WE HAVE MANY REASONS TO DEFEND THE CUBAN REVOLUTION
The West is anxiously awaiting the results of Thursday’s general elections in the United Kingdom, which pits Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn against Conservative incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May. Some observers hope that a win for Corbyn, who is virtually neck-and-neck with his opponent in some polls, will signal a seismic shift in U.K. politics.
Since Corbyn’s shocking ascent to a Labour Party once ruled by Tony Blair and his U.S.-loyal neoliberal clique, the leftist has been relentlessly attacked for his past positions on issues ranging from his opposition to atomic weaponry to his solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israeli settler-colonialism, his opposition to apartheid in South Africa and, consequently, the insinuation that he has links to “extremists” and alleged “terrorists.”
While Corbyn has been called the British equivalent of liberal Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the comparison doesn’t quite do justice to the British politician’s progressive stances.
Jeremy Corbyn has proven himself to harbor progressive attitudes that are unacceptable to many in the U.K., where British ruling figures and well-off British workers alike cling to colonial attitudes toward the Global South rooted in an identity many characterize as essentially “imperialist.” The Labour Party has hardly been different — while it has sought to look out for the interests of British workers to some extent, the party has also historically supported the repression of anti-colonial uprisings in Burma, India, Iraq, Nigeria and Palestine while harboring pro-war and pro-U.S. attitudes.