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High Court endorses robbery of Venezuelan gold

The UK High Court has ruled against the Venezuelan government over their right to access their country’s gold reserves. This follows a request by Juan Guaidó, who the British government recognises as Venezuela’s ‘real’ President, to appeal previous rulings on the matter. The Bank of England currently holds £1.4 billion of the Venezuelan people’s gold reserves.

Solidarity strikes to take Nigeria by storm

Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, has said that the strikes which are due to take place on 26 and 27 July are “uncalled for and illegal.’’ The solidarity strikes are in support of academics who have been striking as members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since 14 February 2022

SAS accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

A new BBC Panorama investigation has found that British SAS soldiers may have murdered detainees and unarmed men while serving in Afghanistan. Reports suggest a single unit illegally killed 54 people in one 6-month tour. The Ministry of Defence has dismissed such allegations as the product of “irresponsible” journalism, but military police have taken action to investigate whether war crimes took place.

Is the era of the dollar coming to an end?

Following recent proposals in South America and Eurasia, it would appear as if the US dollar is set for further decline. Brazil’s Lula, and the government of Iran, have both proposed new shared currencies in their respective regions, seeking an end to US dollar dependency, and greater cooperation within South America and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Profiting from care report

social care. Profiting From Care: Why Scotland Can’t Afford Privatised Social Care investigates the failures of the private sector in the provision of social care. It has been produced off the back of the assertion made by the Feeley Report and the Scottish Government more generally that in a future National Care Service (NCS) that care outcomes are not affected by ownership. 

37 refugees killed at Melilla border

37 African refugees have been killed at the hands of border guards after hundreds attempted to rush into the Spanish coastal enclave of Melilla, an autonomous city located on the northern border of Morocco, last Friday (24 June)

Striking rail workers vilified by establishment

This week begins one of the largest strikes of railway workers since 1989, as 50,000 RMT members and associated workers walk out on three separate days over disputes on pay freezes, non-compulsory redundancies, and in a separate dispute over pensions and job losses from the London Underground workers

Summit of the Americas, or Summit of the USA?

The ninth Summit of the Americas, held between June 6th and 10th, has proven to be little more than a US-led farce. This year’s summit, held in Los Angeles, excluded Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua from attendance, while warmly welcoming Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Also in attendance was President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, who criticised Cuba and Venezuela for their supposed “authoritarian tendencies”

UK government terminates P&O contract following mass sacking

The British government has ended its contract with company P&O, following their mass sacking of almost 800 workers. Following the decision, P&O will no longer be responsible for contingency travel between Britain and northern France. Though this move is a welcome one, if overdue, much remains to be done to address P&O’s recent actions

Leading Sudanese Communists arrested as military government continues persecution

The Sudanese Communist Party has faced heightened persecution in recent days, with the country’s ruling military forces arresting three politburo members across two occasions. Such arrests included the party’s general secretary, Muhammad Mukhtar Al-Khatib. This follows the meeting of communist officials with revolutionary forces in South Sudan, as the party pushes for an end to military rule

French presidential election prime example of party-political opportunism

The French political crisis is still ongoing, although the two candidates and many other commentators will refuse to recognise it as such. To the liberal observers, the Macron presidency was likely seen as an encouraging curtail against the rising interest in far-right populism in the West. But to simply perceive the two opponents as this is wrong

Police suppression targets Sri Lankan protesters

In spite of a nationwide curfew, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Sri Lanka to highlight the government’s handling of the growing economic crisis, exacerbated by the rising cost of living amongst the working classes