Welcome to the final post in our series, an alternative look at the eight groups that make up the first round of the World Cup. Phobias – the governments of the Group H countries have them all! The most important thing to remember is that trade unionists, civil rights groups and campaigners in those countries oppose their every move.
It’s important to oppose imperialist intervention in Ukraine and say no to Putin’s war. Already Russian military forces have seized Crimea. Russian imperialism is no more progressive than that of the US and NATO – we should oppose all of them. And war would be a disaster for the people of Ukraine. This useful article by Alex Callinicos sets out how Putin’s power play fits into the system of inter-imperialist rivalry. The old slogan, “neither Washington nor Moscow”, is an especially good one now.