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Gearóid Ó Colmáin

Gearóid Ó Colmáin is an Irish journalist and political analyst based in Paris. His work focuses on globalisation, geopolitics and class struggle.

Wildcats and Persian Cats: Trump’s Twitter War on Iran

Since assuming office in 2016, President Trump has surprised and outraged many of his liberal critics. His latest incendiary tweets against Iran have perplexed fans and foes alike. But the Trump administration and the Islamic Republic of Iran have far more in common than their rhetorical outbursts would suggest. So Donald Trump is ranting and raving about Iran again. The liberal media are saying he’s trying to distract their attention from his recent ‘evil’ encounter with Vladimir Putin. He’s trying to appear tough again. But Trump’s pronouncements on Iran are so bizarre, so disconnected from any reality, that they just …

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The Helsinki Summit and Future of Syria: Is Trump a Peacemaker?

The liberation of the city of Daraa by the Syrian Arab Army signals the possible end of the 7-year war which has devastated the country. Daraa, a city along the Lebanese border, was the scene of the first violent confrontations between armed groups and police in March 17 2011. I visited Syria in April of 2011 and had the opportunity to investigate the events of that day. Syrian state media showed aerial footage of snipers shooting into the crowd and at police. I discovered that the technique of hidden snipers had also been used in Egypt and Tunisia during the CIA’s …

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French Workers Need More Diversity and Carbon Taxes!

Many media outlets regret that the Spirit of 1968 is lacking among today’s youth. I argue that leftism since 1968 is essentially a culture of death and moral turpitude. What is lacking today is coherent class analysis. For the past few months, there have been major strikes in France’s SNCF railways. The Macron government wants to privatise the railway; French workers are resisting. French railways are among the achievements of post- 1945 France. The dirigiste economic model started under General Pétain and continued under his protegé and later rival Charles de Gaulle; it’s an inconvenient truth for many on the …

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The Occupation: Reflections on a Recent Trip to Iran

Excessive emotional focus on the brutality the Israeli Defense Forces in Palestine, while justified, nevertheless serves to mask the deeper forces driving the world to war: Jewish eschatology, anti-Gentilism, and the Israeli occupation of the Western mind. It is time to break the taboo. I visited Iran last week for the Sixth International New Horizons Conference in the religious city of Mashad. The New Horizons conference is organised by an Iranian NGO and invites writers and intellectuals from all over the world to debate and discuss problems in international relations. This year’s conference focused on the recent US embassy move …

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Sri Lanka’s religious violence and the US pivot to Asia

  Image source Recent inter-communal riots in Sri Lanka have highlighted the problem of religious extremism, particularly among Asia’s Buddhist population. But the Buddhist nationalist point of view has been largely ignored in favour of a discourse which demonises Buddhists as aggressors and  portrays Muslims as innocent victims. The reality is far more complex. Part I A state of emergency has been introduced in Sri Lanka after an outbreak of violence between Buddhists and Muslims. According to reports, the violence erupted after a Buddhist truck driver was killed on the 4th of March by three inebriated Muslims, which was followed by …

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Israel Will Be Our Bank

Catalan ‘Independence’ –  A Tool of Capital Against Labour Part II Dear anti anti-Semitic reader, take heed lest the following facts, bigoted and odious as they most outrageously are, offend thine eyes! Many of the world’s richest financial elites are Jewish. They have a state all to themselves; it’s called Israel. It is no ordinary state. Its agents control the world’s great powers and the minds of the masses through monopoly media. It is a fact few will dare to admit, but facts are facts. And as as the cliché goes, facts are stubborn things! So what interest does Israel have …

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Catalan ‘independence’ – A Tool of Capital Against Labour

 (Source: wikipedia)  Part I Spain’s rich Catalan region has erupted in violence. After a much-disputed referendum on independence where less than 40 percent of the Spanish region’s inhabitants voted, Catalan’s local government has said it will declare independence this week. Many on the left support Catalan independence. In fact, they claim that those who oppose it  are Francoists and fascists. Communists understand fascism to be rule by the dictatorship of  financial oligarchy and it is in such a context that one must view events in Spain in terms of the class alliances behind the independence movement. In order to see whether …

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China and Russia Urge Diplomatic and Media objectivity in Myanmar

(Source: Information Committee) The September 28th Security Council 8060th  Session on the crisis in Myanmar –  following the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terrorist attacks on the 25th of August –  highlighted once again two opposing trends in current international relations. After several speeches by the US, UK and French UN ambassadors blaming the Burmese government for massacres carried out by ARSA terrorists, the Chinese and Russian ambassadors praised  Naypyidaw for its handling of the security crisis in the country. China’s deputy UN ambassador Wu Haitao said: “China condemns the recent violent attacks in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and supports Myanmar’s effort …

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The Rohingya refugee crisis and the problem of objectivity

     The article should be entitled: The Rakine State refugee crisis or the Burmese/Bengali refugee crisis. But readers will be more familiar with headings such as Rohingya refugee crisis or Rohingya genocide. Why is that?  On the 25th of August a Saudi-backed terrorist group Arakanese Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA formerly Harakah Al Rakin) attacked thirty police stations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, murdering 12 security forces and two civilians . The Burmese government responded with a full-scale military counter-insurgency operation. 59 insurgents were killed. Burmese authorities leaked information which proves that ARSA leader Ullah Ata had planned the attack with help from outside agents in Pakistani intelligence …

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