A poisonous affair: Russia accused

The British government’s response to the alleged poisoning with a nerve agent of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on 4 March 2018 has been one of calculated aggression, with no room for doubt that the trail ‘leads inexorably to the Kremlin’ (Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary). The Labour Party’s response has been to round on its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, for having asked for the evidence before condemning Russia. Corbyn called on the government to pursue established international legal and diplomatic procedures, but this has been turned into a test of the Labour Party’s fitness to serve British imperialism in government. The Labour Party does not intend to be found wanting. Trevor Rayne reports.

 

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Ukraine’s descent into ruin and fascism

Ukraine’s descent into economic chaos is accompanied by organised fascist repression of opponents to the government. The government was selected by US and European capitalism and Ukraine’s army is being trained by US and British soldiers. In late May 2015 Ukrainian state forces were shelling towns in the Donbass (Donetsk and Luhansk) in defiance of the Minsk 2 agreement signed by Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France in February 2015.

 

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