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Democracy call haunts US leaders


It's barely a year since, at his second inauguration, George Bush proclaimed the commitment of the US to an apparently revolutionary programme of spreading democracy worldwide.

Iran shows the limits of US power


It is, of course, utterly hypocritical for George Bush and Tony Blair, both commanding vast nuclear arsenals, to denounce Iran for deciding to restart its uranium enrichment programme. I heard one US neo-con, Frank Gaffney, ranting and raving on the radio the other day about how uniquely evil the Islamic regime in Iran is.

Radical process of resistance


It is just over six years since the great protests in Seattle of November 1999. And it is almost three years since the great anti-war protest of 15 February 2003.

A seasonal double whammy for Bush


For news junkies like me the Christmas break is the purest hell, an information black hole from which nothing emerges but the queen’s speech or some stupid Today programme poll.

Torture is built into the system


The current debate about torture is an astonishing symptom of how a civilization can regress morally and politically despite the technological advances it may make.

Marxism meets the movement


Last week the sixth anniversary of the protests in Seattle passed without much notice. The passage of time has, however, if anything underlined the importance of the challenge that demonstrators mounted to the World Trade Organisation summit on 30 November 1999.

Trouble on both sides of Atlantic


When George Galloway was interviewed on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme a few weeks ago, John Humphreys taunted him with the suggestion that Respect was a single issue party whose issue — the war in Iraq — would have disappeared by the time of the next general election.

The final days of a fatally weakened prime minister


I’ve said it before and been wrong — but now I’m pretty confident that the skids really are under Tony Blair.

Will they bomb Iran or Syria?


The Bush administration had a couple of bits of good news recently, at a time when the picture facing it was generally pretty grim.

Bush’s trouble on the home front


How much difference a year makes. Next week it will be a year since George Bush finally managed to win the support of a majority of US voters.

Zapatistas looking to take power?


One of the disasters that have afflicted different parts of the world in recent months, was Hurricane Stan, which swept southern Mexico and Central America nearly three weeks ago.

Withdrawal would bring better future


The debate over Iraq has shifted significantly over the past few months. The central issue has become the withdrawal of the occupation forces in Iraq.

German result is a blow to neo-liberals


The hung parliament that emerged from the German federal elections is a serious setback for the forces seeking to impose yet more free market "reforms" on us all.

Rise of China behind textile row


"Bra wars" was the idiotic way in which even the supposed quality media covered the row over Chinese textile quotas. The real story is about where capitalism is going.

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.

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