Resist US regime change with words and action

Calling for the overthrow of the government of President Nicolas Maduro is a new and extremely serious development in the US’s longstanding strategy of aggression towards Venezuela, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

IN recent weeks, we have all seen how the US has been ramping up its “regime change” strategy towards Venezuela, both directly and through its right-wing proxies in the country and the region.

The thrust of the US strategy is to delegitimise the presidency of Nicolas Maduro and secure a transition to a new government led by Juan Guaido, who they and their supporters internationally have claimed is now Venezuela’s president, against all the norms of international law.
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‘I assumed I was a target of MI5, but I didn’t have secrets & wasn’t too worried’

Britain’s conservative newspapers are obsessed by claims of Russian intelligence interfering in UK and US elections and Skripal allegations, but they have no interest in exposing the illegal activities of MI5 and MI6.

The Undercover Research Group worked with the Guardian newspaper to expose the fact that in the last 50 years 124 organisations have been infiltrated and spied on even though many of these were anti-war and anti-racist activists, environmentalists or animal rights groups – a total of 144 spies targeted them.
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Brexit or not, things will get worse unless neo-liberalism is brought to end

On Tuesday, the UK Parliament will almost certainly vote down the British prime minister’s Brexit deal with Europe. In all my life, I have never known a government so incompetent and uncertain of where it is going.
It is over two-and-a-half years since the British people voted to leave the EU and all Theresa May has come up with is a shambolic deal.

She also has to live with the fact that this is the most-divided parliament perhaps for over a century.
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Dark side of the moon: China’s great gig in the sky triggers paranoid US

While China and India could soon overtake America as the world’s largest economies, the US has got to come to terms with this and co-operate with China as it does with Russia on space exploration.

The most amazing event of the new year and perhaps the most significant in our future development was the successful landing of a Chinese space craft for the first time in human history on the far side of the Moon.
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Transport should be run as a public service for everyone’s benefit

Labour is right to stand for bringing our railways back into public ownership so they are run in the interests of passengers, not private profit, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

LABOUR rightly termed this week’s rail fare increases an affront to everyone who has had to endure years of chaos on Britain’s railways.

To coincide with the 3.2 per cent train fares hike, Labour analysis compared the costs on over 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power and the new prices, showing that the average commuter will now be paying an astonishing £2,980 for their season ticket, £786 more than in 2010.
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Tommy Robinson and the impact of the super-rich on UK politics

Over the last few years Tommy Robinson has gone from being a marginal character in the far right to a prominent figure with over one million Facebook followers. He’s also supported with lavish donations in the UK and overseas.

It’s hard to think of anyone else that has so rapidly gone from being a convicted football thug to a worldwide known political figure. Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, set up the extreme right Islamophobic English Defence League back in 2009.
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How the protests of 1968 challenged the established politics of the day

As we approach the end of a year of events marking 50 years since 1968, KEN LIVINGSTONE reflects on the lessons for the struggle for socialism today.

It is impossible to understand the significance of 1968 without knowing about the decades before. I was born in 1945 just as Labour came to power and gave my generation the best life in British history, with the welfare state, NHS, housebuilding and full employment.
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‘Winter is coming’: Subservience to bankers and failure to reform is leading us into another crash

It is obscene that governments are failing to make changes needed to avoid another global financial crash despite many economists warning that one is coming, writes Ken Livingstone.

Back in October, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank had their annual meeting in Indonesia, where Indonesian President Widodo told the plenary session: “With all the problems that the global economy currently faces, it’s appropriate to say that winter is coming.”

He was followed by the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, who pointed out that global debt (public and private) had increased by sixty percent since 2007 and now equalled $182 trillion.
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The Tories are breaking Britain

Their cuts are destroying the fabric of our society but the Tories have no solutions to increasing poverty and insecurity, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

OVER the last five years more than 500,000 workers in Britain have fallen into working poverty, it was revealed this week in the UK Poverty 2018 report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

It also showed that the number of people with a job but living below the breadline has risen faster than employment, further destroying the Tory myth that their policies make work pay.
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International solidarity is urgently needed for Brazil

Now is the time to stand with the millions of Brazilians resisting attacks on democracy and equality, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

EXTREME right-winger Jair Bolsonaro’s impending inauguration as president of Brazil from January 1 has sent shockwaves around the world.

This is a man who has said that refugees are “the scum of the Earth” and is prepared to say: “If I see two men kissing each other in the street I’ll whack them.” Talking about his five kids, he said “four of them are men but on the fifth I had a moment of weakness and it came out a woman,” further claiming: “I would be incapable of loving a homosexual son… I’d rather my son died in an accident than showed up with some bloke with a moustache.”

In May 1999 he said “I’m in favour of torture,” and in 1993 he said: “Yes, I’m in favour of a dictatorship.
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