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Proxy war in Syria is part shadow boxing

04 June 2013
The great powers seem to be squaring off over bleeding, war-torn Syria, writes Alex Callinicos. Britain and France have bludgeoned the European Union (EU) into ending its embargo on arms supplies to the rebels. 

The Texan firm behind Camp Bastion

04 June 2013
Camp Bastion is the main British base in Afghanistan. It is four miles long and accommodates 28,000 people. It was built in 2006 and is the largest British base built abroad since the Second World War. 

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’

Western arms threaten Syria’s troubled revolt

28 May 2013
People fighting Assad's regime in Syria have welcomed the European Union's decision to lift the arms embargo against the Syrian opposition. But the West has offered a poisoned gift.

Together we can challenge the bigots

28 May 2013
The hypocrisy of the ruling class knows no bounds—especially when it comes to justifying violence.

Woolwich attack highlights British spies' links with torture

28 May 2013
Evidence is emerging of the links between British intelligence and the two men suspected of killing a solider in Woolwich.

Workers in Woolwich refuse to be divided by racist EDL

28 May 2013
Trade unionists, socialists, and anti-racists were out campaigning against racism in Woolwich, south east London, last Saturday. 

Britain and US escalate use of murderous drones

28 May 2013
Britain now has 500 drones (unmanned aerial vehicles). These include five Reaper drones in Afghanistan which can carry 500lb bombs and hellfire missiles. 

The terrible cry of revenge - by British troops

28 May 2013
Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah declared himself Mahdi (saviour) of Muslim lands in 1881 and led a popular revolt. This swept through much of Sudan. People were outraged at the British domination of Egypt, which in turn dominated the region. 

Rendition - a very British secret

28 May 2013
The “war on terror” led to hundreds of people being flown around the world in secret “rendition” flights to be tortured and imprisoned.

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

Imperialist powers go into battle for spoils of Syria's revolution

21 May 2013
The “chaos” of the Syrian revolution marks a shift in the balance of power in the Middle East. It is not certain which competing imperial and regional powers will win.But it is clear that the Syrian revolution could end up being the loser. 

Troops face longer tours in Afghanistan

14 May 2013
Tours of duty for British troops in Afghanistan are set to be extended from six to nine months. The shift will affect 3,500 soldiers. 

Britain doubles 'non-lethal' aid to Syria

14 May 2013
Two car bombs went off in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, last week, killing at least 47 people and injuring many more. It intensified the fear of Syria’s civil war extending across the border. 

Climbdown as British government agrees to negotiate compensation for Mau Mau veterans

07 May 2013
The British government is in negotiation with lawyers about levels of compensation for veterans of the Mau Mau war in Kenya. 

West won't help revolt in Syria

30 April 2013
The allegation that Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad used Sarin nerve gas against opposition forces has led some Western politicians to renew calls for military intervention.

Patrice Lumumba and British imperial murder

05 April 2013
The British establishment has a peculiar genius for denying the existence of its imperial crimes.

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.

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