Notes on the News

By Gwydion M. Williams France’s Overlooked Left Vote Ukraine: Making Local Democracy Illegal Russia: A Fate Worse Than Putin? NATO: Elites Who Reluctantly Tolerate a Democratic Electorate Britons Vote Themselves Into Poverty Bears and Libertarians – Both Unbearable Covid Failures France’s Overlooked Left Vote Macron picked up another nine million votes: a bare majority of … Continue reading Notes on the News

Orecchiette

Listening to Italy by Orecchiette Parties Italians commemorate their Liberation Day from Nazi fascism on 25th April. This year's celebrations were the largest ever; La Repubblica estimated 70,000 were gathered in Milan's cathedral square. Dignitaries made appropriate speeches throughout Italy but Matteo Salvini's Lega did not appear at all. Further controversy followed a Tweet made by Vito Petrocelli, M5S's (Five Star) … Continue reading Orecchiette

A Unipolar World and Ukraine

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI ON the place of Ukraine in A UNIPOLAR WORLD Extracts from The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives Zbigniew Brzezinski, New York, Basic Books, 1997 After the fall of the Soviet Union, Americans started thinking about a unipolar world, a world organized around one pole, themselves.  Zbigniew Brzezinski, diplomat and adviser to presidents … Continue reading A Unipolar World and Ukraine

Inflation 2022

A Transitory Inflation?                Martin Seale The price of many of the goods that the typical consumer buys is higher than it was a year ago. Is this inflation?  The last time we had inflation in the UK was in the 70s and 80s.  But is what happened then similar to what is happening now? In the early … Continue reading Inflation 2022

NATO, Ukraine and the Labour Party

Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier (April, 2022)  Dictionary definition of “foot soldier”: “…a dedicated low level follower…”  Michael Murray: murraymicha@gmail.com; FaceBook: Michael Murray London (1) Introduction “Time to get your mind right on NATO, boy!” (2)   Stop The War fights back (3)  Jack F Matlock: “I was there: NATO and the origins of the Ukraine crisis” (4)  George … Continue reading NATO, Ukraine and the Labour Party

Bevin and NATO

Ernest Bevin Founder of NATO By Brendan Clifford At Prime Minister’s Questions 9th March 2022 John Healey, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, said: “It was Labour’s post-war Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin, who was the principal architect of NATO and in particular of its article 5 commitment to collective defence. Today is the anniversary of Bevin’s … Continue reading Bevin and NATO

Newsnotes

Notes on the News By Gwydion M. Williams NATO as ‘They Who Must Be Obeyed’?MICE – a Team of RivalsDown and Out in the G7P&O: Britania Losing the WavesSlavery: a World HeritageIran and SubversionSnippetsHollywood as Foe?Alternative East AsiaThe World Burns? NATO as ‘They Who Must Be Obeyed’? We have just seen a naked display of … Continue reading Newsnotes

Pisa Airport Workers

Italian Airport Workers Stop Arms Shipment to Ukraine Under Guise of “Humanitarian Aid” Carry Out Protest We strongly denounce this genuine forgery, which cynically uses “humanitarian” cover to continue fueling the war in Ukraine Italian workers discovered that weapons were being shipped to Ukraine under the pretence of sending “humanitarian aid” and have refused to … Continue reading Pisa Airport Workers

Moscopoli — Moscowgate

Listening to Italy by Orecchiette MOSCOPOLI (or Moscow-gate) Marco Travaglio, Editor of Il  Fatto Quotidiano, a newspaper to the left of la Repubblica, commenced his editorial on Putin by taking a slogan from a pacifist demo that happened in March. “Né con Putin, Né con Nato” Not with Putin nor with NATO. “I have always condemned Vladimir Putin's regime, ever since Silvio Berlusconi … Continue reading Moscopoli — Moscowgate

OSCE and the Indivisibility of Security

OSCE and the Indivisibility of Security By David Morrison The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has 57 participating states in Europe, Asia and North America. At a conference in Istanbul in November 1999, the OSCE adopted a Charter for European Security, Paragraph 8 of which prescribed the basic principles on which security for participating states was to … Continue reading OSCE and the Indivisibility of Security