Monthly Archives: June 2019

Action or lip service? US’ European allies seem to break ranks over Israeli settlements

As Donald Trump cozies up to the hardline Israeli right-wingers, it seems that support for a sensible Middle East policy is in decline. But a number of the US’ European allies seem to be beginning to break ranks with Washington.

On May 30, the Israeli Housing Ministry announced plans to build several hundred new residential buildings in the Pisgat Ze’ev and Ramot neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Both areas are located in the illegally occupied East of the city, which was seized in the June 1967 war. The UN has consistently condemned such settlements as a violation of international law. However, western governments, led by the US, have for decades been turning a blind eye.

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The sordid history of Trump’s fake claims about the British royal family

Donald Trump has been celebrating his trip to the UK as a great success. During the official state visit, he attended a banquet and inspected the guard with the queen and other members of the royal family. But now that the visit is over, it’s emerged that Trump has long fabricated stories about the royals to promote his businesses.

Fake, fake, fake

On 5 June, a CNN report emerged showing that, between 1981 and 1995, the US press made several claims that members of the royal family were either “looking into or joining one of Trump’s properties”. This included reports in 1983 that then-newlywed Charles and Diana had plans to purchase an apartment in Trump Tower in New York City. About a decade later, Diana was again said to have been interested in buying a property in one of Trump’s building.

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Mainstream media loves protests for democracy and freedom… unless they’re in US ally Honduras

Riots against President Juan Orlando Hernandez have been raging in Honduras for several days. But the media press coverage has been very different from protests against Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro. And it’s not hard to see why.

Unlike Venezuela, Honduras is a close US ally.

There have been multiple reports of violent clashes between demonstrators and state security forces since the riots broke out last week over Hernandez’s privatization proposal. Hernandez eventually dropped the plan, but the riots have since morphed into a more generalized protest against his government’s corruption and unpopular policies.

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There are strong left-wing reasons to leave the EU. But there’ll be no ‘Lexit’ under this Tory government.

Brexit is often presented in binary terms: progressives support Remain while reactionaries support Leave. But things are far from that simple. As the idea of ‘Lexit’ (‘left-wing Brexit’) shows, support for Leave cuts across black and white ideological divisions. Is Lexit really viable in the current political climate, though?

Neither a right-wing Brexit nor a neoliberal EU

Some left-wingers have presented Lexit as a rejection of political elites on both sides of the debate. As the leader of the Irish People Before Profit party, Eamonn McCann, put it, Lexit provides a choice “between the racist, neo-liberal elite of the European Union on the one hand and a raggle-taggle collection of right wing loonies”.

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