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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.

‘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.

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.

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.

Baha Mousa case: British Army to be cleared of ‘systematic abuse’

30 August 2011
The inquiry into the death of Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa is expected to publish its final report next week.

Tony Blair's war lust laid bare at Chilcot inquiry

25 January 2011
It was a case of deja vu as warmonger Tony Blair put in his second appearance at the Iraq inquiry last Friday.

Tony Blair caught out on war lies

18 January 2011
Former attorney general Lord Goldsmith’s written evidence will make things hard for Tony Blair as he faces the Iraq inquiry again on Friday.

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