Don’t forget to drop the debt

Now is the perfect time to highlight and confront the systems of neocolonial exploitation of developing countries by unjust loans — and we can fight the fight here in Britain, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

THE international coronavirus pandemic has shown more than ever how both in society here in Britain and in terms of different countries and continents all over the globe, we are more intertwined that ever.

In this situation, there are two possible responses.
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The risk of climate catastrophe must not be forgotten

With Trump seeking to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, we need to keep up the pressure for real action on global warming, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

JUST weeks before Boris Johnson failed to take the strong lead and measures necessary in responding to the coronavirus crisis, he went missing as floods devastated communities across Britain.

The fact that many on the hard right deny the need for real action to tackle climate change does not alter the fact that the increasingly regular and severe floods here — alongside extreme events across the globe such as the Amazon and Australian fires — are clear examples of a deepening climate emergency that needs to be addressed urgently in the period ahead.
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US ramps up pressure on Venezuela amid coronavirus pandemic

Instead of offering help, Trump has threatened to increase sanctions on the country unless Maduro resigns, reports KEN LIVINGSTONE

AS STATES around the world struggle to tackle to coronavirus pandemic, Venezuela’s efforts to protect its population are being severely jeopardised by Trump’s aggressive tactics which have been ramped up over the past few weeks.

Trump’s strengthening of illegal US sanctions against Venezuela since 2017 — creating an economic blockade of the type employed against Cuba since the 1960s — have undoubtedly weakened its health infrastructure by cutting deeply into its oil revenues and its capacity to import key medical supplies and equipment.
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To no avail, Trump ramps up pressure for ‘regime change’ in Nicaragua

Despite ‘the Donald’ and the CIA being on quite a roll in Latin and Central America, they have failed to squash Sandinista leader President Daniel Ortega, whose left-wing party are overcoming US sanctions to achieve significant poll leads, reports KEN LIVINGSTONE

THE US is renewing its attack on the elected government of Nicaragua by imposing yet more sanctions, coupled with new draft congressional legislation aiming to secure “regime change.”

This drive of sanctions against Nicaragua dates back to December 2018 when Trump signed into law the “Nica Act” (Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act), over two years after the draft legislation was first approved by the US House of Representatives in September 2016.
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Buy more nukes? People and health should come first

The government should wash its hands of Trident and put resources into our health and security, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

WITH the ongoing coronavirus crisis, these are frightening times for millions of people here in Britain and around the world.

It is important to note that pandemics have been designated as tier-one threats to our security for many years.

Successive national-security risk assessments have rightly identified such human-health crises as worthy of the highest level of concern and planning, so why has Britain seemingly found itself unprepared for this crisis?
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Bolivia: the people still stand by Morales and socialism

The right-wing coup government is repressing and criminalising the country’s progressive and popular movements — but their resistance endures, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE

CAMPAIGNING for the “elections” to be held in Bolivia on May 3 is already under way, amid growing evidence that the current coup government is set on “winning” them through manipulation and repression.

Last October’s elections, which Evo Morales and his Movement for Socialism party (MAS) won convincingly, were annulled following the right-wing coup supported by the military and the Catholic Church that deposed Morales and installed Jeanine Anez as self-proclaimed president of Bolivia.
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We need to tackle the climate emergency right now

It’s climate chaos with the Tories or a green new deal with Labour, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

This week saw new calls from the United Nations for countries to take urgent action to cut emissions to tackle the growing global climate emergency.

The UN is calling for global emission cuts of over 7 per cent a year, but last year the Britain’s carbon emissions fell by a lowly 2 per cent.

Furthermore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said we need to cut global emissions in half by 2030 to have a chance of keeping global heating within safe limits — that means acting now and acting in an ambitious and decisive manner.
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Bolivia: a blatant coup of the worst kind

We must build an international movement in solidarity with those resisting the Latin America’s latest right-wing outrage, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

LAST Sunday, a right-wing coup ousted President Evo Morales amid a wave of violence and abuse directed against indigenous people across the country, particularly supporters of Morales’s Movement for Socialism (MAS) party.

Whilst some in the media have ridiculously claimed this is not a coup, what other word in the English language can describe a situation when army generals appear on TV demanding the resignation of an elected head of state while their allies detain and torture government officials?
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Labour’s pledges can help people and planet

The party’s commitment to make all new homes zero-carbon within three years is both radical and needed, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

LAST week, Labour announced ground-breaking plans to make all new homes zero-carbon within three years.

This could save people living in new-builds £200 a year in energy bills, and is just one of a series of progressive and far-reaching announcements from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour during this election campaign that will both tackle the climate emergency and improve people’s living standards.
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Latin America – Urgent Solidarity Needed Against Trump’s Threats

First published in Labour Briefing.

Firstly, can I say how great it is to be writing in this issue of ‘Labour Briefing’ and to be adding my thoughts to the excellent recent articles on Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil that have looked at why we on the Left must be clear that it is up to the people of Latin America to determine their own future, not Donald Trump.

I have been active in solidarity with the left in Latin America for decades, from opposing the coup in Chile in 1973, to supporting the Nicaraguan revolution in 1979, to my agreement with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela when I was Mayor of London, to my continued activity today.
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