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Lost at Sea: Israel and international law

Israeli Pirate flagIn rejecting UN and EU proposals for an independent inquiry into the Gaza Flotilla Incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that “it would create a problematic precedent” - that Israel is accountable to the international community and is subject to international law.

Euro: Merkel’s gamble unlikely to pay off

Euro rouletteAngela Merkel’s government shocked markets earlier this week by imposing a ban in Germany on so-called “naked short selling” in euro-area government bonds and in shares of major German financial institutions.

  • Written by James Meadway
  • Category: Analysis

Cameron, Clegg, and the cuts

bankers partyThe Bankers’ Party did not stand any candidates, but it won the British General Election. It does not depend on votes and seats. It deals in currencies, bonds, and shares.

  • Written by Neil Faulkner
  • Category: Analysis

Euro rescue - crisis postponed?

Euro cracksThe markets breathed a sigh of relief after the announcement of a huge bail-out fund for the crisis ridden Eurozone but will it be enough?

  • Written by James Meadway
  • Category: Analysis

Stopping the Tories - the left and the elections

Three cleaversGordon Brown has finally announced the date for general election. Bitterly unpopular, presiding over a government close to burn-out and the sharpest, deepest recession in living memory, New Labour is nonetheless not yet out of the game.

  • Written by James Meadway
  • Category: Analysis

The Budget: Darling walks the tightrope

Darling tightropeAlastair Darling’s Budget attempted an impossible balance, playing up to deep-seated popular anger with the bankers and the City, whilst keeping the City entirely on board with the promise of public spending cuts.

  • Written by James Meadway
  • Category: Analysis

A cuts budget?

Darling budgetAlastair Darling is set to deliver what could be the final Budget of New Labour’s government today.

  • Written by James Meadway
  • Category: Analysis

Euro tensions expose old divisions

EU flag crackedThe crisis in Greece has, for the moment, been largely contained. But efforts to resolve it have revealed old divisions amongst the European ruling classes.

  • Written by James Meadway
  • Category: Analysis

Fighting unemployment in the 1930s

National Unemployed Workers Movement

The 1930's saw the National Unemployed Workers Movement organise a series of huge marches that defied government, police and trade union leaders.

  • Written by Neil Faulkner
  • Category: Analysis

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