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Iraq war

Hans Blix and Iraq's missing weapons

19 April 2003
THE UN weapons inspector Hans Blix now believes the war on Iraq was "planned well in advance" of his inspectors' last visit to Iraq. He says, "You ask yourself a lot of questions when you see the things they did to try to show that the Iraqis had nuclear weapons programmes, like the fake contract with Niger."

Protests in Middle East stun the US

05 April 2003
"THERE HAVE been massive spontaneous demonstrations throughout the Middle East over the last ten days. Around 15,000 people protested in the city of Alexandria in Egypt on Sunday. There have been regular clashes with the police.

Our resistance marches across world

29 March 2003
The global anti-war movement has not weakened since Bush and Blair began their war on Thursday of last week. It has reached an even greater scale. Millions marched, struck and protested last Thursday. And on Saturday millions took to the streets in at least 27 different countries.

Bush and Blair's 'military targets'

29 March 2003
'We want to minimise the suffering of ordinary Iraqi people. This is a war not of conquest but liberation' Blair, 24 March

It is right to fight the US Empire

29 March 2003
"I'm not fighting for Saddam, I'm fighting for Iraq." Those were the words of Nasr Al Hussein, a former Iraqi special forces parachutist, on Monday. He was one of hundreds of Iraqi exiles in Jordan queuing to board coaches to take them back across the border to Iraq so they can fight US and British forces.

10 reasons why the war in Iraq is wrong

23 March 2003
A poster to put up at work

Anger erupted across Britain as the attack on Iraq began

23 March 2003
On the day that war broke out towns, cities and even villages across Britain were brought to a standstill by militant anti-war protests

Mass action can stop the barbarism

23 March 2003
News reports treat the war like a video game. But anti-war protesters are organising and refuse to be silent

Anti-war protests sweep the world

23 March 2003
San Francisco, Rome, Buenos Aires, Vienna, London, Sydney, Dhaka, Brussels, Madrid, Athens, Seoul, Tokyo, Mexico City, Edinburgh... and hundreds more

Delegates at People's Assembly for Peace call for action to stop war

22 March 2003
Over 1,500 delegates packed into an inspiring "People's Assembly for Peace" in Westminster Central Hall last week. It centred around unprecedented demands about what to do when the war starts. Delegates called for a campaign of mass civil disobedience, strikes and direct action to stop the war.

Tariq Ali: 'Our marches have had a big impact'

01 March 2003
Tariq Ali, writer and broadcaster, has been an anti-war activist since the 1960s

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.

What would you do to free the Iraqis?

01 March 2003
War is the only way to remove Iraq's brutal dictator, says Tony Blair. His claim is echoed by commentators such as David Aaronovitch, Christopher Hitchens and Nick Cohen. Blair puts to one side the fact that the West hoisted the brutal Iraqi dictator into power.

The day the world said no to war on Iraq

22 February 2003
It was the day the world said no to Bush's war. Demonstrations took place in over 600 cities and towns. The numbers of demonstrators far surpassed the most optimistic forecasts of ten million. In some countries people marched in their millions or hundreds of thousands.

Two million march against war in Iraq

22 February 2003
It was the biggest march in British history, and that's official. Only once before have such numbers been on the streets - back in 1945 when millions partied to celebrate the end of the Second World War. Last Saturday up to two million marched in London to protest against another war.

Political speeches got loudest cheers

22 February 2003
Hyde Park was filled with people as far as the eye could see listening to speech after speech attacking Bush and Blair's drive to war. Hundreds of thousands of people stood in the freezing cold for four hours intently listening to the speakers at the rally.

Voices from the world's biggest global anti-war protest

22 February 2003
Turkey | Luxembourg | Ireland | Australia | Austria | Czech Republic | Malaysia | New Zealand | Switzerland | Malta | Poland | Cyprus | Norway | Germany

Kurdish refugee 'I fled Saddam Hussein's Iraq...'

08 February 2003
Helen Shooter went to Salford in Manchester to talk to refugees and find out what their lives are really like.

'People are mobilising in every area of our city'

01 February 2003
Anti-war activists were out in force across the Greater Manchester area last Saturday to organise opposition to the war and a huge presence at the anti-war march on 15 February.

Seize the chance to make history

01 February 2003
What happens in Britain in the next few weeks will shape history. Everyone in the anti-war movement can be part of making that history. The clock is ticking relentlessly towards war. On Monday chief United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix reported that his team had found no evidence of any Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction". We cannot trust the UN to block the war.

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