Socialist Taras Bilous argues that calls for diplomacy mean nothing unless they take account of negotiating positions, concrete concessions, and the willingness of the parties to adhere to any signed agreement.
Russia's war on Ukraine
There are grave fears for the safety of Ukrainian anti-fascist and human rights activist Maksym Butkevych, following his capture by Russians troops, reports Federico Fuentes.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European left parties have been debating their anti-war positions. Die Linke, Germany’s left party, is about to launch a new round of discussion ahead of its 2023 national congress, reports Sibylle Kaczorek.
Some claim the fighting in Ukraine is nothing more than a “proxy war” between Washington and Moscow. On this basis, they deny Ukrainians their right to self-determination and self-defence. This view is mistaken, argue Geoff Mirelowitz and Argiris Malapanis.
US President Joe Biden is attempting to recreate a unipolar world dominated by the US, first by defeating Russia and then China. Anti-war forces should be demanding a negotiated settlement with Russia now, thwarting Biden’s imperial goals, argues Barry Sheppard.
If war were not such a profitable enterprise for capitalism, the arms industries would not be so huge, writes William Briggs.
Backed by Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton, the "defence and strategic policy think tank" ASPI is a key player in drumming up a pre-election China threat, writes Marcus Reubenstein.