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Mike Gravel (1930 – 2021)

We take a look at the extraordinary life of former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel. He famously brought the Pentagon Papers to public attention and confronted Barack Obama about nuclear weapons. He was a notable anti-war activist protesting against the Vietnam draft and militarism. An exemplary Democrat and Libertarian with a big heart, and an inspiration to many.

Mike Gravel (1930 – 2021)

U.S. - China Cold War & Military Build-up

Escalating competition and tensions between the USA and China is being labelled the new Cold War. The relationship has deteriorated between the two military and technology giants over recent years. China’s global influence has ballooned, seen as a huge threat by the US. Not to mention suppression of workers' rights at home, and repression in Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan and of the Uighur people. With advances in nuclear technology and AI from both sides, the threat of conflict is very real, and of huge global significance.

U.S. - China Cold War & Military Build-up

Ramsey Clark, Progressive Lawyer and Activist (1927-2021)

Dedicating his life to defending civil and human rights, Clark was an outspoken activist against racism and the death penalty. The former attorney general turned pro-bono law practitioner was deeply critical of US policy – he will be missed by the progressive legal community who have lost their statesman.

Ramsey Clark, Progressive Lawyer and Activist (1927-2021)

Abortion laws in the US

Among the many human rights currently being violated in the United States, is the growing threat to abortion rights. Since 2019, several US states have passed laws restricting access to abortion.  Which, has worsened after the replacement of Ruth Ginsberg by Amy Coney Barrent, as, the US Supreme Court, now with a conservative majority, has agreed to consider overturning the ruling that legalised abortion across the country, seeking to revive a law banning the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy, setting off alarm bells about a possible rollback of reproductive rights.

Abortion laws in the US

Biden-Harris

Many were relieved when the major media organizations announced the Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the 46th presidential election. US Senator Kamala Harris will be his vice-president, becoming the first woman and African-American in this position. The two face the difficult task of bringing a deeply divided America back together and fighting the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outgoing President Donald Trump, meanwhile, denies his defeat and hides in his office.

Biden-Harris

Georgia Runoff

With both Senate contest falling below a 50 per cent majority, the state is heading for two run-off elections on January 5th 2021. In the regular election, the Republican incumbent David Perdue faces the Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. In the special election, GOP appointee Kelly Loeffler is defending her seat against Democrat Raphael Warnock. The election is particularly important because the two seats will largely determine whether the Democrats or Republicans will hold power in the Senate.

Georgia Runoff