For a President who initially promised an ‘America First’ policy during his election campaigning, Trump has shown that US Imperialism is alive and well.

Examples include his threat to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran, the continued interference in Venezuela, where a desire to get American hands on their oil reserves is a key motivation, his recent promise to put more troops in Afghanistan and his aggressive threats towards North Korea.

North Korea understands only too well the dangers from the US. Painted as a paranoid, evil country by the western press it is worth remembering what the US did to it during the Korean war. By the time of the armistice in July 1953 there had been an estimated 1.3 million military and civilian Korean casualties out of a population of about 9.6 million before the war. Its entire infrastructure, including the greater part of its towns and cities, had been obliterated.

Much of the destruction was caused by aerial bombardment. The US Air Force dropped 635,000 tons of explosives, more than the entire Pacific Theatre of WW2, including 32,000 tons of napalm.

Not surprisingly North Korea prioritises national defence in its constitution, having a policy of ‘songun’ or ‘military first’. They understand only too well that even countries which give up their nuclear ambitions, like Libya, will still be attacked. For this reason they consider their nuclear programme to be a defence ‘in the present world where the law of the jungle prevails’ (statement by the North Korean Foreign Ministry).

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Trump has said if they manages to keep the death toll to 100,000, they’d be doing a “very good job.” Instead of protecting US citizens, his administration launches a campaign of misinformation & anti-China conspiracy theories blaming China for Covid19.
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Economically speaking we would expect food prices to go up Overall social cost of production is higher since the social wage has necessarily gone up Millions of workers are not working & yet, strangely for capitalism they are paid, albeit less than before
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Shut the Sites! call for building sites to close, so that building workers do not become infected by COVID 19. Construction magnates have too much influence over the government.
Penalties set by large corporations for late completion, must be banned
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We are living in difficult times, being encouraged to socially distance ourselves. It is essential that our union organisation remains intact. Indeed, in this environment our collective organisations are not only needed but should be made to thrive. https://digital.tuc.org.uk/working-remotely-for-trade-unions/

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