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US constitutional plan could tear Iraq apart


The outcome of talks on the Iraqi "constitution" is very bad news for George Bush.

Robin Cook, Iraq and New Labour


The sudden death of Robin Cook is a major blow to the Labour Party as it was traditionally conceived, as a party of progressive social reform.

Blair wants to use the fear factor


There are many reasons for condemning the London bombings. One is that the attacks have, temporarily at least, politically strengthened Tony Blair.

Why the war won't go away


ONE OF the stupidest responses to the London bombings has been the effort to depoliticise them.

Glimpsing a better world at the G8 protests


Britain over the past fortnight has gone through in a highly concentrated form the experience of the movement against global capitalism. Our movement went through the protests in Seattle in November 1999 through the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001 to the great anti-war marches.

Their solution for Iraq won’t satisfy


I bet you didn’t know that Air Marshal Glenn Torpy is head of British military operations. Last week this obscure figure told the Daily Telegraph that he expected operations in Iraq to reach a "satisfactory conclusion" in the next 18 months.

Inside the US class system


America’s dirty little secret is class — something that simply cannot exist in the land of unlimited opportunity.

European votes reveal the alternative


The coverage by the so-called quality press of the referendums on the European constitution in France and the Netherlands has been a complete disgrace.

Far left on the rise in Europe


The past fortnight has been a very significant one for the radical left in Europe. The most obvious reason for this is the defeat of the European consitution in France.

A movement sweeps Europe


Respect's breakthrough in the general election wasn’t the only success that the radical left in Europe has enjoyed this year.

G8 policies that make poverty


The most powerful piece of political advertising that I’ve seen during the general election hasn’t come from any party, not even Respect.

Brown offers Blairism Mark II


"Vote Blair and get Brown," the Tories used to say. Now they are keeping quiet about this because Gordon Brown is turning out to be one of New Labour’s major assets.

Iraq is the issue they want to bury


Remember Iraq? Well done if you do, because the government, aided valiantly by the mass media, is doing its best to persuade us to forget it.

The two sides of Pope John Paul II


Even allowing for the predictable saturation coverage by the media, the death of Pope John Paul II does seem to have touched a genuine chord of grief and respect.

Paul Wolfowitz: laughing all the way to the World Bank


In late 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, US president Lyndon Johnson appointed his secretary of defence, Robert MacNamara, as president of the World Bank.

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.

A pale shadow of democracy


It’s a remarkable irony that the methods that helped bring down one empire are now being used to expand another.

Italy’s Rifondazione: the radical left at the crossroads


Half a million demonstrated in Rome last Saturday. The slogans of the march were "Free Giuliana" and "Free the Iraqi people". The first slogan referred to Giuliana Sgrena, a journalist with Il Manifesto, the centre left daily paper. She is being held hostage in Iraq and was shown on video last week appealing to the Italian government to withdraw its troops from Iraq.

Obstacles on Bush’s road


NO ONE can accuse George Bush of setting his sights low. His inaugural speech last week — delivered to what amounted to a mass rally of the Christian fundamentalist right — promised more of the neo-conservative medicine that gave us the conquest of Iraq.

When banks get in debt


THE WORLD media's attention has been so focused on George W Bush's plans to attack Iraq that little notice has been taken of the fact that the global economic crisis is getting worse. Take the three biggest economies – the US, Japan and Germany.

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