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Racism and resistance in the wake of Woolwich

09 July 2013
The killing of soldier Lee Rigby sparked a wave of anti-Muslim attacks. But politicians and pundits created the climate for them, writes Annette Mackin

US force feeds Muslim prisoners on hunger strike in Guantanamo during Ramadan

09 July 2013
The US is refusing to stop the force-feeding of 45 Guantanamo detainees through the annual Muslim fast of Ramadan. The men are among 106 detainees who are on hunger strike in protest at being held in the prison for years without trial. 

Bitter defeat of the West's bloody war in Afghanistan

25 June 2013
The West has finally admitted it lost the war in Afghanistan. A coalition led by the world’s greatest superpower is scuttling out of the country. To do so it agreed to talks with the Taliban—the enemy the warmongers said they went in to defeat.

Spying and snooping are systemic

11 June 2013
Revelations that Britain's GCHQ listening station is involved in the US Prism scandal should surprise no-one

Chelsea Manning exposed US ‘bloodlust’

04 June 2013
The former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been jailed for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Here is an article from 2013 about the case.

After Woolwich - beating back the racist backlash

04 June 2013
Attacks on Muslims are on the rise in the wake of the murder of a soldier in Woolwich last month. Politicians may be quick to urge calm but it’s their policies that are the main drivers of racism, says Yuri Prasad

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’

Islamophobic attacks rocket as racists seize on soldier’s murder

28 May 2013
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and a group of his henchmen went to Woolwich within hours of the killing to try and whip up race hatred.

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. 

Trust the Tories to make the most of a good terror scare

28 May 2013
How would you feel if you found out that a load of strangers could  go rooting through all your texts, emails and instant messages without you even knowing?

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. 

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

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.

SWP statement: Don’t let racists divide us after Woolwich attack

23 May 2013
Racists and right wingers are trying to use yesterday’s horrific killing in south London to divide working people and whip up hatred of Muslims.

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. 

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.

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.

Guantanamo guards terrorise prisoners on hunger strike

16 April 2013
The last British detainee in Guantanamo Bay has spoken out about conditions in the prison and why he’s on hunger strike.

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