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Alessandro Pelizarri of Attac: 'The G8 creates world injustice'

08 May 2004
The world is still a system of nations and governments, dominated by imperialism and with contradictions between these governments. The history of the G8 is the history of the most powerful nations trying to come to common solutions to problems-but also a history of tensions between them. The G8 was created in 1975 -f irst as G5 and growing to G8. It was set up at the start of a global recession and just after the US lost the Vietnam War. There are four periods in the development of the G8. The years 1975 to 1977 were the period of looking for Keynesian solutions-looking for new areas in which to invest. The G8 countries invested large amounts of capital in the south. At the end of the 19

How the US lost the war in Vietnam

17 April 2004
AS 1968 began, the top US military leader General Westmoreland declared, \"We have reached an important point where the end begins to come into view\" and talked of \"light at the end of the tunnel\". Within a few weeks all that had changed, and the world knew that the US was facing a bloody and unwinnable war in Vietnam.

A new weapon in the fight to stop the war

06 March 2004
"THIS NEW video will be an excellent resource for people to use in Stop the War meetings," says school student and anti-war activist Ed Cope from Cambridge. "The makers of this film have managed to bring together material from leading members of the anti-war movement. It slots together interviews with footage from British news and Al Jazeera and film from the Vietnam War. "The nasty face of US and British imperialism is portrayed with powerful images. Nothing is more disturbing than the images from Iraq-the scalps of children in pools of blood, burnt bodies in crushed cars and men being thrust to the ground by soldiers, with plastic sacks over their heads and their hands bound behind

Panic over Iraq hits the White House

22 November 2003
US FORCES have been occupying Baghdad for just eight months. But already the US faces a situation as serious as that which confronted it after the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968.

Science: Does big business control it?

18 October 2003
STEVEN ROSE is one of Britain's best-known scientists and he has written many popular books on science. He is a lifelong socialist and a politically committed activist, opposing the US war on Vietnam in the 1960s through to opposing the war on Iraq.

How they lost before

27 September 2003
It's like Vietnam-but it is happening so much quicker

This IS Vietnam Mark 2

13 September 2003
EVERY DAY brings more horror for the Iraqi people. US soldiers killed 18 year old Farah Fadhil two weeks ago when they threw a grenade through her window. Her legs were shredded, her hands burnt and punctured by strips of metal. She had been walking to her window to try to plead with soldiers who were spraying bullets at her apartment.

Spectre of Vietnam haunts US in Iraq

26 July 2003
Tens of thousands of protesters marched against the US occupation of Iraq in Najaf last weekend. They chanted slogans such as "No Americans after today", "No to America. No to colonialism" and "Down with the invaders".

We'd better nuke them to save them

26 July 2003
"TO SAVE the village it was necessary to destroy it," was one of the most sickening phrases to emerge from the mouths of US army spokesmen during the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

Iraq gets more like Vietnam every day

28 June 2003
A TOP US general is already comparing the occupation of Iraq to the "quagmire" the US sank into in Vietnam. The US had "failed to understand the mindset and attitudes of the Iraqi people and the depth of hostility towards the US in much of the country", admitted retired general William Nash last weekend.

Last seen during the Vietnam War

22 March 2003
MRS EXECUTIONER Bush decided to give her husband a break from organising mass murder by having a nice poetry reading at the White House two weeks ago. Sadly for her, every single one of the poets she invited refused to attend in protest at Bush's war madness.

Derailing the death machine

15 March 2003
DURING THE Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s thousands of trade unionists in Australia showed how workers can halt the war machine. The right wing Australian government backed the US intervention in Vietnam. It sent military advisors to Vietnam in 1962 and conscripted 20 percent of Australia's 20 year old men.

Birth of a new movement

01 March 2003
WHAT WE saw on 15 February was incredible. It was not just the demonstrations in Britain - it was the protests right around the world. The Financial Times said they were the biggest demonstrations since the Vietnam War. In fact, there was nothing coordinated on this scale during Vietnam.

Message to the uneasy

04 January 2003
"YES, BUT what do you think it achieves?" If you took part in the marches and demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, this was a question that you would be asked over and over again. It didn't come from people in favour of the US bombing peasant farmers but from people who were, let's say, uneasy.

Anti-war protests defy Bush and Blair

02 November 2002
ABOUT 200,000 people joined powerful anti-war demonstrations in San Francisco, Washington, and other cities in the US last weekend. The Washington Post reported that it was Washington's largest anti-war demo since the Vietnam War era. That challenge to George Bush came as protests were planned in most towns and cities in Britain for Thursday, a day of action called by the Stop the War Coalition.

Connecting the links in the struggle

28 September 2002
The anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s was a turning point, but today's movement is even bigger. We now face the fourth war in ten years. And when the war against Iraq is over, the madmen in the White House are planning to set their sights on new targets - Iran, North Korea, perhaps even China.

Students

21 September 2002
Over 50 delegates from universities around the country attended a meeting in Manchester last Saturday of student supporters of Socialist Worker. Most universities start back this week, at a time of mass opposition to Blair's plans for war with Iraq. Last academic year saw the biggest anti-war movement in the universities since the Vietnam War.

When British judges sent angry to jail

10 August 2002
A NEW radio play this week marks the thirtieth anniversary of the trial of the Angry Brigade. The Angry Brigade were a group of young British men and women who launched a campaign of bombing against the government in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were inspired by the huge waves of international protests against war in Vietnam, repression in Ireland and attacks on workers' rights in Britain.

We Were Soldiers and the battle for Hollywood

23 March 2002
I had the misfortune of going to see Mel Gibson's latest movie, We Were Soldiers, last week. It depicts the first major battle in Vietnam between the US army and the Viet Minh in 1965. Lines in the film like "I'm glad I died for America" will have you reaching for the sick bag.

Yes, I knew Chas & Dave

15 December 2001
Charles Clarke, chairman (unelected) of the Labour Party, last week declared his love for the US under George W Bush. In his youth, he admitted, "I was a strong opponent of the foreign policy of the US," and campaigned over issues such as US support for fascist states in Greece, Spain and Portugal, US support for dictatorships in Latin America, and the use of US troops in Cambodia and Vietnam.

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