SOCIALISTS MUST WORK FOR PRO-PEOPLE ECONOMY
Published 20-12-2018 10:22 GMT-0000
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told some uncomfortable truths to Europe’s social democratic parties in Lisbon last week. He urged the congress of the Party of European Socialists to “work together to help build a real social Europe, a people’s Europe, a Europe that will strengthen solidarity across borders, resist the race to the bottom in rights and protections, and work together to extend them for all workers, consumers, and our environment.”
GROWING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DELHI AND BEIJING
Published 20-12-2018 10:13 GMT-0000
While US-China trade war botched global trade, it opened a new gate for India’s export expansion to China. Hitherto, China never blinked in India’s radar for export destinations, despite the huge trade deficit with that country. Under MIES scheme in Exim policy – a specific market oriented export promotion measure – China never figured in the scheme.
STRUGGLE FOR BETTER WAGES TO INTENSIFY IN 2019
Published 19-12-2018 12:52 GMT-0000
2018 has seen many working-class people around the world standing up for their rights and pushing back against injustice and inequality. Some of these fights have made the mainstream news in western countries, but many have not. As we reflect on the year that is ending, let’s not forget the struggles of working-class people and the successes of collective action and solidarity. Around the world, people have had enough of corporate greed and government inaction to combat inequality.
RATING DOWNGRADE SHOWS HEIGHTENED EXTERNAL RISKS
Published 18-12-2018 14:19 GMT-0000
Optimism about translation of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi’s dream of carving out ‘Naya Pakistan’ is increasingly apparent as an ‘intellectual error’. To put it bluntly, the dream was taken kindly to by most seasoned analysts with acknowledged grasp over the polity of Pakistan. The grim reality is that the troubled state is now in a penumbra of unprecedented financial crisis that mocks at the slogan.
GOVT, CBI, ED ARE ALL UNDER GRAFT SCANNER
Published 17-12-2018 12:40 GMT-0000
Few in the government or public life in India took note of the International Anti-Corruption Day, which quietly came and went on December 9, almost unknown, unrecognised. Rarely, a global UN event gets such a silent reception in India. There was probably no reason to celebrate the event at a time when the government and its top anti-corruption agency, CBI, are struggling to protect themselves against a host of hi-profile corruption charges. In fact, the country is continuously in the news for corruption at its highest echelons. The government itself is facing massive corruption charges, from the opposition Congress party, in the Euro 7.8-billion (worth over Rs.60,000 crore) Rafale deal with France’s Dassault Aviation for the purchase of 36 multirole fighter aircraft. Though the Supreme Court has given a clean chit to the government, Rafale’s choice of severely cash-trapped Gujarati businessman Anil Ambani as private Indian offset partner still remains a mystery.
ATHENS MEET CHARTS OUT ACTION PROGRAMME
Published 15-12-2018 17:26 GMT-0000
“Communist Parties around the world are gaining a second wind and are deeply involved in working-class struggles in their respective countries,” Rossana Cambron, the Communist Party USA delegate told representatives at the International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties (IMCWP), held in Athens in November.
NEED FOR STRONG PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT AGAINST ARMS
Published 15-12-2018 17:21 GMT-0000
The decision of President Trump to increase US defence spending by $108 billion or 18 % compared to last year’s and his decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia have sent dangerous signals. The US defence budget has, in fact, grown by 23% since Trump took over. This is happening at a time when several regions in the world are under serious conflicts. The situation in the Middle East is extremely alarming, with thousands of people running helter skelter to save their lives from bullets, bombs and chemical weapons. Such people need support of all kinds. They need food to sustain life. Lack of food is an understandable consequence in war-ridden areas. This affects the health of children very seriously. In such conditions people are much more likely to be taken ill and need medical support more than normal times. They also require treatment for disabilities occurring as a result of injuries in long standing wars. And above all they need moral boost to come out of anxiety and stress disorders.
“YELLOW VESTS” REVOLT IS A STRUGGLE AGAINST RISING INEQUALITY
Published 13-12-2018 12:18 GMT-0000
According to the narrative repeated by most news sources, the “Gilets Jaunes” (Yellow Vests) uprising began ‘spontaneously’ on Saturday, November 17, when approximately 300,000 activists, incensed by a heavy regressive tax on fuel, began a series of roadblocks and protests which snowballed across France.
KEY COMMONS COMMITTEE GIVES REPORT
Published 12-12-2018 10:44 GMT-0000
Prime Minister Theresa May would be expected to resign if MPs express no confidence in her leadership and this could trigger a general election if the Tories do not agree on a successor, a key Commons committee confirmed.
OPPOSITION TO EU’S NEO-LIBERALISM IS IMPERATIVE
Published 11-12-2018 19:17 GMT-0000
It’s my deal or no deal is the unwelcome message that Theresa May’s little helpers have been carrying to the far corners of Torydom over this weekend. Gin and tonic-fuelled discussions in the bars of Conservative clubs up and down the shires is perhaps not the most accurate measure of Britain’s mood. But these ministerial missions to this least representative loci of public opinion are more about framing a consensus — any kind of consensus — among the warring tribes of Tory MPs than any more ambitious political project.