A root and branch transformation of our economy

Let’s concentrate on the difference a Labour government would make and the high stakes at the coming election.

AS EVENTS over the past few weeks and days twist and turn, a general election in the very near future looks increasingly likely and the hope of getting Boris Johnson out by Christmas grows.

Jeremy Corbyn has been clear on the need to first ensure that Johnson can’t crash us out with no deal, and once that is secured, a general election must be fought and won.
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No to Trump’s blockade on Venezuela!

Venezuelans will suffer more under the impact of a fully-fledged US blockade, writes Ken Livingstone.

President Trump has recently imposed sweeping new sanctions against Venezuela in his bid to oust the elected government of President Maduro. The embargo measures now constitute a fully-fledged economic blockade of the type employed against Cuba since the early 1960s.

The new measures enacted by an Executive Order on August 5th totally block all Venezuelan assets in the US and prohibit all transactions with Venezuelan state agencies.
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Ghastly Tories are failing our kids

The Conservative government is blighting a whole generation of children, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

ONE of the most depressing things about our so-called “mainstream media” is how little they cover the devastating impact of Tory austerity on our communities and people from all across Britain.

One such thing that deserves much more attention is how the Tories are failing a whole generation of children, including through rising homelessness and poverty. This was shown by a recent report from the Children’s Commissioner for England which estimated that there could be more than 210,000 children without a permanent home in England, with thousands living in dangerous converted shipping containers.
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Time to back the Honduran resistance

One of Trump’s main allies in South and Central America is in big trouble, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

A recent wave of protests against the Honduran government of Juan Orlando Hernandez has continued the campaign calling for his immediate resignation and arrest on charges of corruption and sanctioning violent repression and murder of a range of Honduran citizens such as environmental activists, journalists and trade unionists.

These latest acts of resistance involve a range of groups and social movements, including the Defence of Health and Public Education campaign.
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The future of progress is at stake in the Bolivian October elections

Evo Morales leads the polls but faces other challenges from the right-wing opposition and an increasingly hostile Trump administration, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

A buoyant economy and the recent launch of universal healthcare has helped Bolivian President Evo Morales to gain an 11 per cent advantage over his nearest rival, Carlos Mesa, for president in the elections on October 20, according to a new opinion poll published by pro-right-wing opposition outlet El Deber.
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Boris Johnson’s illiteracy about climate change is a grave danger

The new Prime Minister’s track record as mayor of London is a clear warning about where his priorities lie

At a recent Prime Minister’s Questions, Jeremy Corbyn revealed new analysis by Labour that shows the government is set to woefully miss its climate targets by almost 50 years.

This means that, contrary to boasts from Theresa May and Boris Johnson that the Tories are committed to tackling the climate emergency, if progress continues at its current rate the government target of reaching “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050 will not be met until 2099.
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Stand by Cuba as Trump cranks up the pressure

The Trump administration is now ramping up aggression against Cuba

YOU might not have read much about in the so-called “mainstream” media, but the increasingly hawkish Donald Trump administration has recently announced the most severe economic sanctions against Cuba since the illegal US blockade was first introduced in 1962.

As part of this, speaking in Miami in April on the 58th anniversary of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion (April 17 1961) where the Cuban people heroically resisted the island being invaded, National Security Adviser and warmongerer in chief John Bolton announced the end of virtually all non-family travel to Cuba and new limits on the amount of money Cuban Americans can send home to family.
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We must stand with resistance to repression in Honduras

Ten years on from the right-wing coup against democracy in Honduras, we must again speak against how the US and UK are propping up the reactionary regime there, says Ken Livingstone.

It’s nearly ten years since a military coup in Honduras ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, flying him to exile in Costa Rica.

During his presidency, Zelaya had raised the minimum wage, begun negotiating with campesino movements to restore land rights and signed up to the Petrocaribe and Alba regional trade agreements, moving the poverty-stricken island away from its traditional position of US domination and towards co-operative relations with countries such as Bolivia and Venezuela.
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Stand together against Trump – a man who hates our planet

We need maximum opposition to Trump’s state visit next week to build a movement to save the environment, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

With Donald Trump coming here on a state visit next week, it’s worth restating just what a threat to humanity he is.

In particular, it is important to raise how his stance on two issues — climate change and nuclear weapons — illustrates clearly how reactionary and dangerous his presidency is to us all.
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The coup in Honduras – ten years on

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE recently marched through the streets of the capital of Honduras demanding the resignation of right wing President Juan Orlando Hernández and an investigation of him.

The protestors, from Movimiento Indignados (Indignant Movement), said in a statement, “We demand the immediate removal of Juan Orlando Hernández from the post he is currently usurping, as well as an urgent investigation of him and his family circle and political associates.”

The opposition says Hernández, a conservative backed by the United States, was illegitimately re-elected in a November 2017 vote marred by delays and alleged fraud.
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