Inter-imperialist rivalries are leading to growing tension and conflict, intensified oppression and countless new victims. Whether it is the US threatening Iran or seeking to push back China’s growing power, India’s brutal assault on Kashmir, or the rivalry between regional and global powers in Syria – imperialism remains at the heart of how capitalist states operate. What can Marxist ideas do to help explain the complexities of today’s imperalism – not just the dangers of conflict and the oppression of subjugation of peoples, but the nature of economic rivalries?
Permanent crisis in the Middle East and North Africa is presented as inevitable, intractable, and rooted in ‘backward’ cultures. The British state and other powers sustain oppression and bloodshed in the region, exporting arms to Saudi Arabia and other powers such as Israel and Turkey. British arms are at the forefront of the Saudi state’s war in Yemen and the repression of Sudanese revolutionaries by the Saudi-backed Transitional Military Council.
As we approach the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, Ian Allinson argues that the right are pressing Boris Johnson to introduce a new wave of repression.
Cullen uses the language of advertising to make art taking aim at militarism and consumerism