Big bad Vlad: the demonisation of Russia

The barrage of scaremongering by the British press before the football World Cup, painted the hosts Russia as a tyrannical country unsafe for tourists and football fans alike. But the reality has been very different. Visitors have taken to social media to explain that they’ve found Russia and her people hospitable and friendly. This wasn’t what they were told to expect. So was this media onslaught just a mistake? Or was this the latest instalment of post Cold War rhetoric designed to malign Russia? With relations between the West and Russia at an all time low, where next for this relationship? Joining us to discuss why both sides are locked in this frozen conflict is the writer and broadcaster, John White.

Havana: city of dreams underpinned by harsh socioeconomic realities

Havana is a city of dreamers and dreams; of myths and fantasies, where “anything is possible”. But it is also a city that cannot escape a present guided by the dark forces of its past. In essence, Havana is a contradiction that represents the antithesis of the kind of nightmares imposed on it by its superpower adversary 90 miles away.

Chavismo – critical but unconditional defence

It is possible to condemn the influence of America and the IMF plundering Venezuela’s election and economy while simultaneously remaining critical of the shortcomings of all nationalist programs in an imperialist world, even as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those united under their banners.  

Pentagon report declares US empire ‘collapsing’

Stunning new Pentagon report declares the American empire is collapsing, revealing that the Department of Defense is waking up to the collapse of US primacy, and the rapid unraveling of the international order created after the Second World War. Important read by Dr Nafeez Ahmed on what is driving American decline, and what comes next.