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Socialist Worker appeal launched: help us raise £150,000

17 September 2005
We live in a world where the US had to send troops into both New Orleans and Baghdad to try to keep control.

Iraq round-up

06 August 2005
Troops in new abuse claims Some 23 US soldiers serving in Iraq have been charged with mistreating detainees while on operations in the Baghdad area.

The backdrop to killing in Baghdad and London

30 July 2005
IN THE wake of the London bombings on 7 July the political establishment and mainstream media declared war on anyone who dared to link bombs at home to bombs abroad, or to give a historical context to what had happened.

How they forged the case against Galloway

21 May 2005
The central document used against George Galloway this week by the US senate committee investigating Iraq’s oil for food programme is a forgery. Socialist Worker can reveal that evidence crucial to the alleged case against the Respect MP is fake — created after the fall of Baghdad in 2003.

Vote against the warmongers

16 April 2005
Tens of thousands of Iraqis staged a huge demonstration in Baghdad on Saturday, calling for an end to the occupation. Some estimates put the turnout at up to 300,000 — the biggest Iraqi protest since the invasion.

Giuliana Sgrena: Just imagine how the US treats Iraqis

12 March 2005
This paper had added its name to the international appeal for the release of the Il Manifesto journalist, Giuliana Sgrena. On Saturday we shared the joy at the reports of her release. That quickly turned to shock and anger as news came of the ambush of the car taking her to Baghdad airport.

Eyewitness in Fallujah

19 February 2005
Dr Salam Ismael, now 28 years old, was head of junior doctors in Baghdad before the invasion of Iraq. He was in Fallujah in April 2004 where he treated casualties of the assault on the city.

Fallujah timeline

19 February 2005
Fallujah is roughly 45 miles from Baghdad on the Euphrates river.

In brief: Iraq/US military

22 January 2005
The great power failure Despite claims that occupation forces would rebuild Iraq’s infrastructure, a US army officer admitted last week that electricity supply has fallen well below its level prior to the invasion. Major General Thomas Bostwick reported power plants have a generating capacity of just 3,500 to 3,600 megawatts, far less than the 4,400 figure prior to the fall of Baghdad. Most of the country has just three hours of electricity a day. Electricity supply has fallen since December of last year. Blackouts are a daily reality of occupation life.

‘They tied my son to a tank and beat him’

25 September 2004
"Life in Baghdad is unnatural—it is not routine," says Samira. "Students are supposed to go to school and workers to their offices, but the streets are always blocked by US tanks—even the main streets and the main bridges.

Bloodbath in Baghdad as US army lashes out

18 September 2004
THE US occupation is losing its grip on Iraq—and it is lashing out with ever greater brutality in response. At least 110 Iraqis died at the hands of the US military last Sunday.

In Brief

07 August 2004
Iraq carnage intensifies "THE AMERICAN-appointed ‘government’ controls only parts of Baghdad," reported the veteran journalist Robert Fisk last week. "Ayad Allawi, the ‘prime minister’, is little more than mayor of Baghdad."

‘The US is still running Iraq’

17 July 2004
THE ROAD to Baghdad airport used to be lined with date palm trees stretching for miles. "The date palm is a national symbol of Iraq," Haifa Zangana explains. "It’s something that takes farmers 20 to 30 years to grow."

Some deaths more equal than others

19 June 2004
On 2 March, over 270 Iraqis were massacred in a series of horrific bomb attacks in Kerbala and Baghdad. The BBC's Six O'Clock News devoted less than ten seconds to the atrocity. By contrast, the Madrid train bombings on 11 March, which killed around 200 people, received continuous, impassioned coverage for more than two weeks.

They want to steal the anti-war vote, and are heading to the right

10 June 2004
THE LIBERAL Democrats are trying to grab the anti-war vote. But they dropped opposition to the war once the bombs starting raining down on Baghdad. Mark Oaten, the Liberals' home affairs spokesperson, said on Radio 4 last Thursday, "We took the view that when the military action happened, when the vote was taken in the Commons, that the worst thing we could do would be to undermine our troops. When the troops went into action we took the moral judgement to support them as best we can. On the fundamental issue of troops it would have been wrong to call for the troops to withdraw. It is still wrong."

Bush strategy could backfire

10 June 2004
NO ONE should have any illusions about the fact that the occupation of Iraq is in deep trouble. To see why you have only to look at the chaotic formation of the new "provisional government" in Baghdad last week. As sold by George W Bush and Tony Blair, this was meant to be a decisive step towards Iraq regaining its sovereignty.

Blair can't take Muslim votes for granted

10 April 2004
I WAS born in 1968 in Baghdad. I arrived with my family in Britain in 1970. My father is from the same town as Saddam Hussein and attended the same school. But he was a staunch opponent of the Ba'athist regime. Things became extremely oppressive for those who didn't stay in line. So my father came to Britain under the pretext of getting a university fellowship. In reality he was fleeing an unbearable situation.

The difference a year makes

10 April 2004
THE TENTH of April 2003, exactly a year ago, saw the pulling down of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad. The media flashed the image across the world. It was meant to carry the simple message: The US had won and Iraq was on the road to peace and freedom.

Galloway wins double apology

27 March 2004
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST George Galloway in a US paper that he was paid $10 million by Saddam Hussein were "false and without foundation", the High Court has ruled. The Christian Science Monitor based its libellous article on forged documents supposedly from 1992-3, which in reality were only a few months old when they were "discovered" in post-Saddam Baghdad.

They can't get their own way

29 November 2003
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.

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