Author Archive: Bill Hopwood

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How to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

How to Stop the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Trudeau, Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister, has stated loud and clear his determination to push the Kinder Morgan pipeline through to Vancouver harbour, carrying 890,000 barrels a day of diluted tar sand’s bitumen. The pipeline will feed 400 super tankers, each with a capacity of 120,000 tonnes, a year passing through the harbour. The pipeline will […]

Mexico: Earthquake catastrophe and popular solidarity

Mexico: Earthquake catastrophe and popular solidarity

 The earthquake catastrophe reveals the reality of Mexican society. On one side, the incapacity of the state, and, on the other side, the greed of the capitalists, who are more worried about their profits that in using their wealth to attend to those caught up in the catastrophe. Morelos, Puebla and Mexico City suffered the […]

Posted in: International, Mexico
Madrid government repression against Catalonia’s right to decide

Madrid government repression against Catalonia’s right to decide

After days of a police and judicial offensive, without quarter, in which democratic rights have been trampled on with fury, the Spanish Partido Popular (People’s Party/PP) government decided to use massive repression to prevent the people of Catalonia from exercising their right to decide their future. In an operation reminiscent of the days of the […]

Iraqi Kurdistan: A socialist viewpoint on the coming independence referendum
By September 22, 2017 Read More →

Iraqi Kurdistan: A socialist viewpoint on the coming independence referendum

On September 25, the Kurdistan region of Iraq (Southern Kurdistan) is set to hold a referendum on independence. Various regional and international powers have made clear their staunch objection to such a move, and Iraq’s Supreme Court has ruled for all preparations for the vote to be halted. The Turkish, Iranian and Syrian states are […]

US: Trump targets young immigrants

US: Trump targets young immigrants

After months of promising Dreamers that they had nothing to worry about and that he had a “big heart,” Trump sent out arch-reactionary AG Jeff Sessions to announce the repeal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This is a vicious attack on the immigrant population as a whole, targeting young people who came to […]

Posted in: International, Racism, US
Myanmar: ‘Ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya causes worldwide outrage
By September 20, 2017 Read More →

Myanmar: ‘Ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya causes worldwide outrage

What was a slow-burning conflict between the government of Myanmar (Burma) and the Rohingya people of Rakhine, has escalated in the last three weeks into a major humanitarian crisis. More than 400,000 people fled the country towards neighbouring Bangladesh. Tens of thousands have been trapped in a rain-soaked no-man’s land without food, shelter or medical […]

Posted in: International, Myanmar
North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict
By September 11, 2017 Read More →

North Korea: Nuclear stand-off – dangerous escalation of Washington and Pyongyang conflict

The North Korean bomb test on 3 September, the most powerful yet, and the bellicose reaction of the US, underlines the volatile and dangerous situation in the peninsula and entire region. The huge blast in the north of the country was felt in South Korea and China. The regime claimed it was a hydrogen bomb, […]

Posted in: China, International, Korea, US, War
Venezuela: the capitalist offensive – has socialism failed?
By September 10, 2017 Read More →

Venezuela: the capitalist offensive – has socialism failed?

An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try to weaken Jeremy Corbyn. In Spain, the spectre of Venezuela has been held up as a warning of what a Podemos-led government would mean. The close links […]

Posted in: International, Venuzuela
Russian Revolution timeline – July/August 1917

Russian Revolution timeline – July/August 1917

Below we look at the events of July and August 1917 in Russia. Dates are given in the old style Julian calendar used in Russia at the time. This was 13 days earlier than the Gregorian calendar (adopted in Russia in 1918). The economy is in crisis, with inflation out of control and workers thrown […]

US: Hurricane Harvey – a tragedy made worse by capitalism

US: Hurricane Harvey – a tragedy made worse by capitalism

Hurricane Harvey is a historic tragedy affecting millions of people. Socialist Alternative wishes to express our deepest solidarity to all those who have lost loved ones or homes, and will face hardship for weeks to come. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S. with a metro population of over six million, has been devastated by […]