Protests against police violence in Minneapolis, Minnesota. PC: Fibonacci Blue

The day before the Kent State massacre in 1970, when 13 unarmed students were shot by the Ohio National Guard, the Governor of Ohio James Rhodes issued a statement asserting that outside agitators “worse than the brown shirts and the communist element” were driving the protests, and that the he was ready to “apply every force of the law that we have under our authority”. Yesterday the mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, made statement with worrying echoes of the past. He declared that the city was “confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even…

DEA Wanted Poster for Nicholas Maduro PC: Drug Enforcement Administration

Socialism, drugs, and terrorism have dominated the narratives of good versus evil in U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Second World War. Assassinations, coups, and weapon smuggling are just some of the actions taken by the State Department, CIA, and U.S. military to fight these threats, both real and imagined. It seems then that this week’s allegations against Nicolás Maduro have achieved the holy trifecta: a socialist running a narco-terrorist group, known as the Cartel of the Sun. …

On December 12 I was in the suburbs of Reading, a city just outside of London. Stood in the cold and rain all day, knocking on doors to get out the vote for the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn. Waiting for the exit poll my emotions fluctuated between giddy optimism and a profound sense of doom. Ultimately doom was the end result. The Labour Party suffered a crushing defeat, winning just 202 seats to the Conservatives’ 365. The energy of the Corbyn project that upset the odds in 2017 had dissipated. Boris only increased his vote by 1.2%, it was…

Jack Pannell

Latin American Studies at University of Oxford. International Relations, History of the Drug Trade, Politics.

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