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Britain sent children to war

10 February 2007
It was revealed last week that during 2003-4 the British army sent fifteen 17-year olds to fight in Iraq.

Hilary Benn won’t help Iraqis

10 February 2007
Hilary Benn, the government’s international development secretary, likes to pose as a champion of the world’s poor.

Unseen wounds of Iraq war

10 February 2007
The violence engulfing Iraq is having a terrible effect on the mental health of ordinary people there, especially children, says a new report released by the Association of Iraqi Psychologists (AIP).

Bush funds war by slashing healthcare

10 February 2007
George Bush plans to ramp up funding for the military and police while slashing healthcare and welfare, according to budget plans for 2008 announced on Monday of this week.

US covers up Iraq massacre

10 February 2007
The occupation forces and their Iraqi allies last week claimed they had crushed a doomsday cult outside the Shia holy city of Najaf. This was, they said, the first victory in George Bush’s "surge" against the resistance in Iraq.

US campaigner Ehren Watada faces jail

10 February 2007
US Army lieutenant Ehren Watada is facing four years in prison for "missing movement and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman".

Bush could end poverty - but instead spends $320 million a day on war

27 January 2007
From the slums of Kenya to the streets of Washington there is disgust at George Bush and Tony Blair's "war on terror".

Bush and Blair’s nightmare vision: a generation doomed to war

20 January 2007
Tony Blair promises us a "generation" of war. Standing on HMS Albion, a naval assault ship, he ranted last week about the need for decades of conflict, and how the British people had to harden themselves for the coming clashes.

Bush’s Iraq plan is a desperate gamble

20 January 2007
George Bush’s method when deciding his new Iraq strategy seems to have been to take the report of the Iraq Study Group (ISG) and, where it said minus, replace with a plus.

US troop ‘surge’ to Iraq is last, desperate gamble

13 January 2007
George Bush’s decision to send more US troops to Iraq means still more death, devastation and misery for its people.

Bush orders more carnage

13 January 2007
Tens of thousands more US soldiers are set to land in Iraq. George Bush promises a "surge" in troops to secure a "final victory".

US war strategy is caught between a rock and a hard place

06 January 2007
The imperial project in the Middle East is damaged but not destroyed. It is damaged in part because of the successive blows that have rained down on it from the Iraqi, Afghan, Palestinian and Lebanese resistance since 2002.

A victory for the right to protest

16 December 2006
Demonstrators against the Iraq war, who were detained during a protest in 2003, have won a legal victory against the police's action.

Iraq Survey Group report – deep crisis, threats and promises

16 December 2006
Last week saw the release of a long awaited report by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) – a panel of senior US ruling class politicians – into the future of US imperialism in Iraq.

How Iraq media coverage was spun in the government's favour

02 December 2006
Media coverage overwhelmingly reflected the Blair government’s spin about a "moral" case for war. Over 80 percent of press and TV stories about the war’s justification reflected the official line, with less than 12 percent challenging it.

Iraq and the information war

02 December 2006
On 19 March 2003, a week before the start of the invasion of Iraq, Tony Blair wrote a furious letter to BBC director-general Greg Dyke and BBC chairman Gavyn Davies. He accused the BBC’s coverage of being biased against the war.

Why we should get the troops out now

25 November 2006
The arguments for maintaining the occupation of Iraq crumbled a little further this week.

British Army command ‘sanctioned prisoner abuse’

25 November 2006
The high command of the British Army officially sanctioned the hooding and mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, a court martial has been told.

Bush humiliated in US elections - now get the troops out

18 November 2006
Suddenly, debate on both sides of the Atlantic centres on what was once seen as impossible – withdrawal of US and British forces from Iraq.

US multinational Bechtel to leave Iraq

18 November 2006
The US engineering company Bechtel is leading the corporate withdrawal from Iraq. Despite much of the country’s infrastructure still being in ruins, US government funding for reconstruction is coming to an end.

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