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Dated: 19 Mar 2005

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We will resist U.S. empire, say voices across Middle East

"Iraqi culture is being crushed under the tracks of US tanks," says Dahr Jamail, one of the few independent journalists reporting from occupied Iraq. He is clear what is happening there.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Racist victimisation of travellers

"Why can’t I travel, just like my grandparents and their parents did?" asks Ninah Smith, a traveller from Norwich. "I’m entitled to follow my tradition and lifestyle."

NHS hospitals face a financial crisis

Hospitals are closing wards, cutting bed numbers and laying off staff as a financial crisis begins to bite.

Trevor Ngwane backs protests against Gleneagles G8 summit

I will be coming from South Africa to Edinburgh in July to confront the G8. I hope you will be marching with me.

Don’t let Bush and Blair off the hook over G8

The world’s number one terrorist, George Bush, and his sidekick, Tony Blair, will be coming to Scotland in July. People should come and take part in the demonstrations against them.

The war will be an issue at the election

About 80 anti-war campaigners packed into the Castle Hotel, Neath, on Tuesday of last week to hear one of the leading figures in the anti-war movement call for British troops to be brought home from Iraq.

Further education college lecturers on strike

The latest strike action in the long running pay dispute between college lecturers’ union Natfhe and college managements—who have failed to honour a two year pay deal — took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Reports in brief

Protesters put GSL in the dock Asylum rights campaigners in Manchester protested outside the immigration office in the city last week to highlight the mistreatment of refugees by private contractor GSL.

Stop the Nazi BNP

Support Martin Gleeson The Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils is to write to the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police to request that charges against an Oldham TUC official be dropped.

T-Mobile still won’t talk to communication workers

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have condemned phone giant T-Mobile for its continued refusal to negotiate with or recognise their union.

Royal Mail sacks depressed postal worker

I have been employed as a reserve delivery worker for two years at South Shields delivery office, north east England.

Women’s rights

About 150 people protested at Cornton Vale women’s prison near Stirling last Saturday to mark International Women’s Day. Demonstrators chanted, "Being poor is not a crime — too many women doing time!"

Unison general secretary election result

Members of the Unison union have voted to re-elect Dave Prentis as their general secretary. Prentis won 76 percent of the vote. The two left wing challengers for the leadership, Jon Rogers and Roger Bannister, won 8 and 17 percent of the vote respectively.

Demand is building for council housing ‘fourth option’

Over 140 council tenants, councillors, council officers and trade unionists from 29 different areas around the country came to parliament on Tuesday of last week to take part in an inquiry organised by the House of Commons council housing group. MPs heard evidence from 19 areas of the country covering a wide range of issues.

These anti-terror powers are about controlling dissent

There were many telling moments after South Africa’s first democratic election. I’d like to touch on one which I think is relevant to the changes being made to our country’s law.

Message to peace marchers from Babar Ahmad

"It’s the hinge that squeaks that gets the grease," as Malcolm X said. All over the country, and in fact all over the world, people are waking up to the horrors being perpetrated by the tyrants of power and authority.

‘We do not want to see US troops and a civil war in Lebanon’

There is a growing fear that US policies in the Middle East are stoking up sectarian tensions in Lebanon, and threatening a return to civil war. These fears have drawn people into the streets to protest against US interference in the country.

Why Hizbollah will keep up the struggle

The US is attempting to interfere in Lebanon’s politics. The US has made no secret about its intentions for Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.

Bush’s wars

Official: children in Abu Ghraib The US army has been forced to admit that young children are being held at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison. Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, the former commander of the jail where US troops tortured and photographed detainees, told investigators that one boy held at Abu Ghraib appeared to be just eight years old.

Health experts call for count of Iraqi casualties

Leading public health experts from around the world have condemned the US and British governments’ refusal to count Iraqi war casualties as "wholly irresponsible".

Martin Mubanga backs the anti-war march

Released Guantanamo detainee Martin Mubanga has given his backing Saturday’s demonstration against the occupation of Iraq.

Foreign intervention in Iran will bring disaster

The kind of propaganda offensive that paved the way to war against Iraq is now being directed at Iran.

Who pays the blood price for Blair’s war?

This Saturday’s march is no nostalgia trip. The war is very much still with us — over 15,000 US and British soldiers have been wounded, over 100,000 Iraqis have been killed, and the casualties are mounting daily.

Over 1.25 million set to strike over pensions

Over one and a quarter million workers are set to strike on Wednesday next week in the biggest industrial revolt to hit New Labour during its eight years in government.

Mark Serwotka’s appeal to anti-war marchers

"This Saturday will again see a major demonstration in London against this government’s policy of support for George Bush’s war and occupation of Iraq.

Up to 200,000 march in London against war and occupation

Up to 200,000 people from across Britain marched through the streets of central London this Saturday 19 March to mark two years since the invasion of Iraq.

Pictures of London demo against Iraq war and occupation, 19 March


Vulnerable Zimbabweans deported to face brutal treatment

A REPORT on the usually reliable website details how Ratidzo (not her real name) was treated on her arrival recently at Harare airport.

Bolivian movement unites to fight president and corporations

The Latin American country of Bolivia is witnessing another bout of struggles between the government and the movements which oppose its policies. President Carlos Mesa resigned last week because of the huge scale of the mobilisations against him. But the next day he was back in office.


Anti-war protests do make a difference

Recently I read Ian McEwan’s new novel Saturday, which is set in London on 15 February 2003, the day of the great march against the war in Iraq. The fact that McEwan uses 15 February as a framing device is an illustration of how deeply the anti-war movement has rooted itself in public consciousness in Britain.


Marx’s message to the global justice movement

What can Marxism tell us about capitalism that we don’t already know?

An expert view on inequality under New Labour

If you look at the whole period from 1979 to the end of the 1990s, you can put it in quite a dramatic way.

Respect is our best chance to hit back at Blair

Respect was formed out of the anti-war movement — but anyone who thinks Respect is just a single issue party about Iraq is very much mistaken.

Housing crisis in Tower Hamlets

Last July I was elected as a Respect councillor in Tower Hamlets, east London. The biggest crisis here is in housing. I visit homes every other day — people are living in overcrowded situations, and their health and children’s education are being affected as a result.

Respect candidates chosen so far

Bethnal Green & Bow George Galloway

Einstein on socialism

Man is, at one and the same time, a solitary being and a social being. As a solitary being, he attempts to protect his own existence and that of those who are closest to him, to satisfy his personal desires, and to develop his innate abilities.

Brighton man who’s still in Guantanamo

Omar Deghayes fled to Britain aged 11 to escape persecution in Libya. He was granted asylum, grew up in Brighton and applied for British citizenship. Yet today he lies caged in Guantanamo Bay—and the British government is refusing to lift a finger to help him.

Nightmare world where all rights are taken away

The family of Omar Deghayes escaped from Libya in 1986 after years of persecution by Colonel Gadaffi’s regime. They came to Britain, since they had links to this country and used to visit Brighton every summer.

Coming events

Wednesday 16-Saturday 19 MarchPeace camp in Trafalgar Square, London, organised by Military Families Against the War, supported by Stop the War Coalition and CND.

Tariq Ali on empire and those who fight it

The Iraqi resistance is demonised by Bush and Blair as terrorists, supporters of Saddam Hussein, Islamic fundamentalists and so on. Tell us what you think of the resistance.

Dahr Jamail on his experience of the Iraqi resistance

One of the few independent journalists still reporting from Iraq, Dahr Jamail's work has been published across the world. He spoke to Socialist Worker.


Faithless still believe in the power of the people

Dave Randall: Maxi, you’ve consistently supported the movement against the war and the occupation of Iraq. Why do you think it’s important to be involved?

CD round-up

African SpiritsVarious artistsSoul Brother In 1995 the John Coltrane disciple Pharoah Sanders sang the refrain, "Our roots began in Africa." He was recreating a form of music that developed in the late 1960s, known as "spiritual jazz".

What We Think

The Commission for Africa is a miserable response

A government that gives in to multinationals at home cannot curb their ravages abroad. That is the central reason why Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa is little more than a PR exercise.

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Ukraine’s oranges turn bad

The revolution has been privatised. Although the upheaval in Ukraine was driven by disgust at the authoritarianism and corruption of Leonid Kuchma’s regime, those who assumed leadership have very quietly, but very rapidly, embarked on an agenda of International Monetary Fund (IMF) restructuring and privatisation.

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