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Two weaknesses faced by the US


THERE IS a general consensus in the media that George Bush and Tony Blair entered 2004 in a much stronger position than seemed likely even a few weeks earlier.

Seize this chance to redraw the political map


THE NATIONAL convention to found an alternative to New Labour on 25 January will see the launch of a new force in British politics. Every trade unionist, anti-war campaigner and activist should be there.

Can't we win change through parliament?


Why insist on the need for revolution? Surely, there must be a better way? Why not set out to elect socialist MPs who can legally and constitutionally vote in the principles of a new society? Wouldn't that be more in line with British political traditions? Wouldn't it save a lot of unnecessary violence?

When half is not an equal share


RICHARD BRANSON (Virgin), Richard Baker (Boots), Richard Wagoner (General Motors), Richard Cheney... OK, you don't have to be a Dick to be a captain of industry, but it certainly looks like you have to have one.

The war was wrong and it is still wrong


BUSH AND Blair were crowing this week following the capture of Saddam Hussein. They claim it justifies their war on Iraq. It does nothing of the kind. That war killed at least 20,000 Iraqis.

Headscarf ban unveils racism


THE FRENCH government is proposing to ban Islamic headscarves in schools. It is a racist measure, whatever spin is put on it.

The working class at the centre


Under capitalism the working class has a great political advantage compared with all previous exploited classes.

Flags swing low for any old chariot


A FRIEND who played rugby union for Lancashire insists there are two ways to get onto any rugby team. One is being able to drink 15 pints and piss in your own mouth. The other is being vaguely good at the sport.

We need more than MPs to beat the fees


THEY ARE only students-but could they bring down Blair?" asked the Independent on Sunday last week. It spoke of "the growth of a rebellion that really does threaten to force the prime minister from power".

Is Tony Blair Robert Mugabe's greatest asset?


Observing the Commonwealth Conference over the past week, I can't help feeling a degree of grudging admiration for Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe – for all that I detest him for the devastation he has inflicted on his own people.

Can you hear the cries of revolt, Blair?


THE EXPLOSION of anger over New Labour's proposals for top-up fees has thrown the government into crisis. Blair has been forced to abandon plans to hold a vote in parliament over the fees before Christmas. He fears he would lose that vote. Labour MPs, whose loyalty he has been able to count on, have lined up to speak out against the fees.

Turkish tragedy was made here


THE DEATH toll was appalling. But far from the recent bombings in Turkey discrediting the anti-war movement (as much of the media and the politicians tried to do), they tragically confirmed it was right.

Workers create all the wealth under capitalism


There's a powerful myth, promulgated by Blair, by the Tories, by most of the media. It is that businessmen are "wealth creators". Without them, we're told, there would be no investment, no jobs, an economy in a spiral of decline.

Astor Piazzolla and why you should give Tango a chance


I thought now was as good a time as any to take a look at tango music and, in particular, the work of Astor Piazzolla.

The sacrifice needed to stop the bombing


ONE OF the first points the anti-war movement made was that this country's participation in the invasion of Iraq would make attacks on British targets more likely. The bomb attacks on British targets in Turkey tragically proved those arguments right. The response of Blair and his government is to carry on regardless, stoking the hatred higher.

They can't get their own way


LAST WEEK was a pretty bad one for George W Bush and his neo-conservative administration-and not just because of events in London, Istanbul and Baghdad. Bush suffered a bad setback back home in Florida, the state where he secured his dubious victory in the 2000 presidential race.Miami last week hosted a ministerial meeting whose aim was to create the Free Trade Area of the Americas, better known in Latin America by its Spanish acronym ALCA.

Institutional child abuse


NEW LABOUR ministers jumped to the defence of children's minister Margaret Hodge last week after her dismissal of a child abuse victim in an Islington care home as "extremely disturbed". The whole affair has typified the double standards that are a hallmark of New Labour.

Killers meet as the slaughter continues


If anyone had any doubt about whether it was right to protest against George Bush’s visit to Britain, they should just look at the carnage taking place in Iraq this week.

Revolt at home is worrying Blair


TONY BLAIR will have other worries on his mind while plotting with George Bush to intensify the war on the Iraqi people.

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