A trial in Italy threatens volunteers who rescued people at sea with up to two decades in jail. The case shows how Fortress Europe is cracking down on even basic, lifesaving solidarity with migrants.
Nathan Akehurst is a writer and campaigner working in political communications and advocacy.
Mimmo Lucano made the southern Italian town of Riace into a model of refugee integration — only to become the target of politically motivated criminal charges. His legal appeal, launched this week, will decide if he has to spend 13 years behind bars.
In Europe, the volunteers welcoming Ukrainian refugees are often the same people attacked for aiding refugees in the Mediterranean. That’s not just hypocritical, it’s inhumane — we should welcome all migrants fleeing war and terror.
The software on Boeing’s 737 MAX was designed to override human controls — but ended up smashing the planes into the ground. Netflix’s Downfall shows how the firm’s obsessive cost-cutting ignored safety concerns and killed hundreds of people.
Suburbia has long been considered conservative and hostile terrain for the Left. But with the majority of people in the US and the UK residing there, socialists cannot afford to neglect the suburbs.
After twelve years of Tory rule, Britain’s public services are crumbling and its cost-of-living crisis is dire. Labour’s narrow focus on Boris Johnson’s lack of integrity is letting the Tories’ free market dogmas go unchallenged.
Recent elections in Denmark saw a sharp rise in vote share for the Red-Green Alliance, making it the biggest party in Copenhagen. The result shows that the ruling Social Democrats can’t keep letting down Danes who want action on the climate and soaring rents.
The drowning of 27 migrants in the English Channel this Wednesday was a record death count — prompting expressions of regret in both Britain and France. The governments that lamented the tragedy are implementing policies that make sure it’ll happen over and over again.
The occupation of Afghanistan was a disaster — but the US’s failure is already being used to justify even longer “humanitarian interventions.” As after Vietnam, military men are using scenes of disorderly departure to prepare the ground for the next war.
After the Taliban seized Kabul, Emmanuel Macron led EU governments in declaring the need to “protect ourselves” from a fresh wave of refugees. The West’s intervention fueled chaos in Afghanistan. Now, it is punishing the victims.
For a year, centrist pundits scolded the Left for daring to criticize Boris Johnson’s response to COVID-19. This week’s hearing with former aide Dominic Cummings revealed we were right all along.
Scenes of migrants swimming to Spain’s tiny North African enclave show how Europe outsources border control to peripheral countries like Morocco. This practice may shield militarized repression from scrutiny — but it can’t hide a climate crisis forcing millions of people to leave their homes.
Former British prime minister David Cameron has been exposed using his contacts in government to help out his new bosses at finance firm Greensill Capital. The scandal points to the cronyism among Britain’s elites — and how a wider culture of privatization and outsourcing provides a breeding ground for corruption.
Boris Johnson wants the UK to spend more on arms and reassert its “global role.” Along with a government clampdown on anti-racist organizing, his strategy is clear — imperial grandstanding and the crushing of dissent.
A prosecutor in Sicily has charged twenty-one people, including the crew of the Iuventa migrant rescue ship, with aiding illegal immigration. The potential long jail terms show how European countries have criminalized aid for refugees — and how little they care about the thousands who drown in the Mediterranean.
A British government ad campaign targets lockdown rule-breakers, blamed for undermining measures to tackle the pandemic. But the real problem is the government’s failure to set effective rules to start with — scapegoating individual behavior even as it has allowed the virus to let rip in crowded schools and workplaces.
Twitter profited from Donald Trump’s racist outbursts for years, only to delete his account a few days before his departure. A figure with such media platform runs no risk of being “no platformed” — but tech giants still have too much power over what the rest of us say.
The polling industry claims to offer live snapshots of what the public thinks. Yet the obsession with polls is reducing politics to market research.