Resurgence of the World Left?

By Immanuel Wallerstein, iwallerstein.com, October 1, 2015

The sweeping triumph on September 24 of Jeremy Corbyn to be the leader of Great Britain’s Labour Party was stunning and totally unexpected. He entered the race with barely enough support to be put on the ballot. He ran on an uncompromisingly left platform. And then, standing against three more conventional candidates, he won 59.5% of the vote in an election that had an unusually high turnout of 76 percent.

Immediately, the pundits and the press opined that his leadership and platform guaranteed that the Conservative Party would win the next election. Is this so sure? Or does Corbyn’s performance indicate a resurgence of the left? And if it does, is this true only of Great Britain?

The Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect

By Richard Falk at his blog, September 28, 2015

Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. If we look beyond the political fog that envelops the conflict the tragic circumstances of acute suffering imposed on the civilian population do emerge with stark clarity. Long before the outbreak of civil warfare, Yemen was known to be the poorest country in the region, faced with looming food and water scarcities. The UN estimates 80% of the population is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, 40% live on less than $2 per day. Further there are high risks of mass famine and epidemic outbreaks of disease will occur, while continuing chaos is a near certainty, with the prospect of yet another wave of desperate migrants swept ashore in Europe.

The Axis of Evil

Johan Galtung, TRANSCEND Media Service, September 21, 2015

Do you remember the Axis of Evil–Iraq-Iran-North Korea?

George W. Bush, or his speechwriter rather, concocted that axis in 2002 as focus for a global war on terror. The key term is “evil”–not “enemy”, “hostile”–the connotation being “possessed by Satan”. The proof is opposition to a USA chosen by God, as God’s Own People, as “In God we trust”. To exorcise Satan only violence works.

Mass Migration and State Failure

Europe and the Geopolitics of Interventionism

A Statement by Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization, Vienna, 21 September 2015

The uncontrolled mass migration into the territory of the European Union, further fuelled by recent statements of the German Chancellor, is the direct result of Western interventionist policies in the Middle East.

Regionalism and Multivectorism in Eurasia: The Case of Ukraine

A Paper by Mikhail Molchanov, Professor, Department of Political Science, St. Thomas University, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2015

The need to balance between regional and global and between the old and new centres of power in the world imposes special demands on foreign policies. This gives rise to multivectorism – a concept originally developed specifically to describe international behaviours of vulnerable postcommunist regimes, although more recently applied to other developing countries, such as Turkey, India or Brazil (Barysch 2010; Carmody 2013).

Multivectorism is an adaptation strategy. It attempts to go beyond the politics of alliances and toward its opposite – the politics of the impartial and even engagement of foreign partners. The key part of the post-Soviet reconstruction and re-conceptualization of foreign policy could not but take into account the necessity to build mutually beneficial relationships with all partners, thus leaving the legacy of the cold war behind.

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An Urgent Appeal to Heads of Government for Action: The UN General Assembly Is the World’s Last Chance!

By Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Executive Intelligence Review, September 11, 2015

More and more people worldwide are profoundly worried over what only a few prominent people are saying publicly: NATO’s confrontation with Russia and China is ongoing, and set to escalate, so that a global thermonuclear war is almost inevitable, unless we dramatically change our political course. The worldwide stock market collapse which followed “Black Monday” wiped out around $5 trillion, which then almost immediately flowed again into the pockets of one gambler or another, after the central banks set their electronic printing presses into motion in grand style.

John M. Hobson on Eurocentrism, Historical Sociology and the Curious Case of Postcolonialism

Theory Talks, September 8, 2015

International Relations, it is widely recognized, is a Western discipline, albeit one that claims to speak for global conditions. What does that mean are these regional origins in and by themselves a stake in power politics? This Eurocentrism is often taken as a point of departure for denouncing mainstream approaches by self-proclaimed critical and postcolonialist approaches to IR. John Hobson stages a more radical attack on Eurocentrism, in which western critical theories, too, are complicit in the perpetuation of a dominantly western outlook. In this extensive Talk, Hobson, among others, expounds his understanding of Eurocentrism, discusses the imperative to historicize IR, and sketches the outline of possible venues of emancipation from our provincial predicament.

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Japan: Protesting For Peace

By Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), September 5, 2015

On Sunday, 30 August 2015, more than 100,000 Japanese protested in the vicinity of the Japanese parliament against new security bills tabled in the upper legislative chamber by the Shinto Abe government. About 300 similar rallies were held in different cities all over the country. One television station estimated that perhaps a million people had participated in the mass protests.

How Neocons Destabilized Europe

By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews, September 7, 2015

The refugee chaos that is now pushing deep into Europe – dramatized by gut-wrenching photos of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey – started with the cavalier ambitions of American neocons and their liberal-interventionist sidekicks who planned to remake the Middle East and other parts of the world through “regime change.”

Instead of the promised wonders of “democracy promotion” and “human rights,” what these “anti-realists” have accomplished is to spread death, destruction and destabilization across the Middle East and parts of Africa and now into Ukraine and the heart of Europe. Yet, since these neocon forces still control the Official Narrative, their explanations get top billing – such as that there hasn’t been enough “regime change.”