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Trump was never a break from the norm in US politics – and his fight against Iran proves it

The start of 2020 has seen an escalation in tensions between the US and Iran not previously seen since the 1970s. These tensions culminated in a US airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. As is typical of the Trump administration, US officials and Trump himself have oscillated wildly between different positions. At first, it seemed as if a US invasion was imminent, with anti-war groups issuing ominous warnings of the beginning of World War III. On 8 January, however, Trump appeared to backtrack, claiming that Tehran was “standing down” and claiming to welcome military de-escalation.

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The right-wing weaponisation of last year’s London Bridge attack needs calling out

In 2019 the UK was convulsed by a shocking act of violence along London Bridge. On 29 November, two people were killed and another three injured in a stabbing attack committed by a radical Islamist who had previously served prison time for another terrorism offence. Predictably, the usual suspects in the right-wing media cynically used the attack and the background of the perpetrator to push their reactionary agenda. And as the 12 December election day neared, it was also inevitably used as ammunition for attacking Jeremy Corbyn. Of course, all acts of terror should unequivocally be condemned. But these right-wing forces need to be called out on their shameless misuse of the tragedy for their own political ends.

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After Corbyn goes, the aspiration for public ownership must remain

Following the devastating loss for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the 12 December election, the Labour right has already been crowing about how the result ‘proves’ that Corbyn and “the far-left” were “toxic”. As the recriminations gather steam, there will inevitably be calls for the party to drop its commitment to renationalising the UK’s railway and utility companies. Progressives must stand firm in resisting such pressure. The evidence is overwhelming that public ownership is sound policy that enjoys strong public support.

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A ‘work of art’ shows just how insane modern capitalism has become

To say that much modern art is pretentious, ostentatious, and ridiculously priced would hardly be saying anything new. But one certain sale at this year’s famous Art Basel Miami festival has plunged things to new depths of absurdity. And with economic inequality at record levels, it’s worth putting things into a broader social context.

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The video of Labour legend Tony Benn that captures the spirit we all need to have right now

There’s one hard-hitting speech from left-wing Labour legend Tony Benn that we all need to rewatch right now. Because it captures the spirit that we so badly need, both today and every day from here on out.

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As in the US, British voters face a stark choice between a gentleman and a rogue

As the UK goes to the polls on December 12, the two men leading the country’s major political parties could not be more different. One is a perfect gentleman; the other a perfect rogue. But something is seriously amiss. If this is the case, then how come the rogue is leading the polls and the gentleman is the undoubted underdog? The answer lies in the power structures of the mainstream media.

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Trump accidentally lifts the lid on what really motivates US treatment of other countries

As The Canary has previously argued, Washington’s treatment of other countries is rarely based on concerns for human rights and/or democracy, but rather on the extent to which their governments serve US economic and geostrategic interests. And now, Donald Trump has all but admitted that this is the case.

Pro-US dictators welcome

During a speech at the New York Economic Club on 12 November, Trump said that he is open to meeting with any foreign leader if doing so is “good for the United States.” “Dictators, it’s OK. Come on in,” he added.

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