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Secret prison shows up Britain's dirty role in war

04 June 2013
The government claims that the military is in Afghanistan to uphold the law. But Ken Olende shows the brutal reality behind Britain’s ‘war on terror’

The wars that fuel the rage behind Woolwich attack

28 May 2013
Some commentators claim the attack on a soldier in Woolwich has nothing to do with the “war on terror”. Ken Olende explains how the brutality of Western imperialism feeds bitterness, resentment and violence

International round-up

21 May 2013
Protest in Italy, carnage in Iraq, shortages in Venezuela

British troops are accused of ‘hanging and torture’ in Iraq

23 April 2013
British troops in Iraq tortured then hanged a teenager, his uncle has told a public inquiry.

US leaders backed cruel treatment

23 April 2013
It is “indisputable” that the US government used torture after 11 September 2001—and top officials are ultimately to blame.

The US’s ‘strategic pivot’ to the Pacific

21 March 2013
Alex Callinicos considers the options for US imperialism on the tenth anniversary of its invasion of Iraq

Iraq: how the west lost

21 March 2013
Iraq was supposed to be the war that finally erased the memory of defeat in Vietnam. Instead, says Simon Assaf, ten years on it is clear that the conflict dealt another blow to imperialism

Baha Mousa inquiry verdict is just the tip of the iceberg

31 December 2012
Iraqi Baha Mousa died as a result of his treatment at the hands of British troops, according to a public inquiry. This included "hooding" and being held in stress positions.

Gun from Iraq makes a hero, but kids with knives go to jail

04 December 2012
Sergeant Danny Nightingale became the hero of the press last week for illegally possessing a firearm.

‘Jail Tony’ say anti-war protesters

31 July 2012
Protesters from the Stop the War Coalition continue to hound war criminal and former prime minister Tony Blair as he tries to rehabilitate himself.

Refugee: ‘They make me feel I am less than human’

01 May 2012
You were a journalist in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Why did you leave?

John Keane captures Blair’s lies and Iraq’s horrors on canvas

04 February 2012
John Keane is best known as a war artist. In 1991 he was the Imperial War Museum’s official artist during the Gulf War. His criticism of the horrors of war—and particularly of the US’s conduct—outraged the political and military establishment.

US marine pleads guilty over Haditha killings - faces three months imprisonment

24 January 2012
A US marine has pled guilty to a charge of "dereliction of duty" in relation to the massacre in Haditha, Iraq, in 2005. He was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault.

Sergeant Wuterich on trial over US’s massacre in Haditha

10 January 2012
A US marine sergeant accused of murdering 24 Iraqi citizens in the town of Haditha in 2005 stands trial this week.

Imperialist war left a bitter legacy of hate and instability in Iraq

03 January 2012
After nine years of war and occupation US troops have pulled out of Iraq.

Tim: Services to Iraq

03 January 2012

A brutal strategy to protect state power

13 September 2011
Torture is the logical outcome of imperialism. It flows from the need to repress resistance with force and fear.

More evidence of systematic torture

13 September 2011
Another inquiry is to begin next month after up to 20 Iraqis were tortured and murdered in British custody in 2004.

Torture—a very British tradition

13 September 2011
The instructions were simple. "Get up you fucking bastard", "Get up you fucking ape" screamed the soldiers, followed by kicks and punches. Sometimes the blows came from multiple fists and boots.

Video showing how British soldier treated Iraqi prisoners

08 September 2011
Video from evidence to Baha Mousa Inquiry showing British soldier's treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

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