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War on Terror


The nightmare of occupation in Afghanistan

02 September 2006
There is a full-scale war going on in Afghanistan, shattering British government claims that its troops would act as "peacekeepers".

'Terror' hype sparks racist backlash against Asians

26 August 2006
Tabloid headlines, broadsheet comment pages and ministers’ speeches are once again full of lurid claims about Muslims and "integration" in the wake of the decision on Monday of this week to charge 11 suspects over the alleged "terror plot" to blow up planes with liquid explosives.

Who are the true terrorists?

19 August 2006
The political fallout from the alleged plot against airliners is a sign of how far the wider debate over the "war on terrorism" has shifted against the government.

Terror plot: Blair's wars makes us a target

19 August 2006
A series of high profile raids, together with claims that a major terrorist plot had been uncovered, dominated the headlines and the news channels last week.

Moazzam Begg: ‘the powerful want to change our way of life’

24 June 2006
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg spoke to Pete Jackson about the attacks on rights in Britain after the police "terror" raid in Forest Gate

Dahr Jamail on his experience of the Iraqi resistance

19 March 2005
One of the few independent journalists still reporting from Iraq, Dahr Jamail's work has been published across the world. He spoke to Socialist Worker.

Moazzam Begg letter

09 October 2004
Full text of Moazzam Begg's letter from Guantanamo

Moazzam Begg’s letter from hell

09 October 2004
MOAZZAM BEGG, the British law student being held in solitary confinement in Guantanamo Bay, has accused the US military of torture, death threats and illegal abduction.

Babar Ahmad: ‘I dared to seek for the truth in a false world’

04 September 2004
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Moazzam Begg's father: 'He let executioner take my son'

19 July 2003
'They don't want them to come home. They actually want them to get killed so their stories do not get out.' This is how Azmat Begg, father of Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, sees the government's attitude to his son's plight.

Indonesia bomb attack - What's behind the tragedy in Bali?

19 October 2002
THERE ARE plenty of people in Indonesia who have good reason to hate Western governments and big business. Tragically, some of them may have directed their anger in awful fashion at ordinary holidaymakers. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous state and stretches over hundreds of islands.

Full spectrum dominance

02 March 2002
"War fighting capabilities across the full spectrum of conflict." That is what all this weaponry is for. The war against Afghanistan and the preparations to attack Iraq are part of the US's drive for global dominance.

The Prophet and the Proletariat: taking a new look at Islamism

23 February 2002
The "War on terrorism" has projected Islamism into the centre of political debate. The right wing equate Islam with evil fanaticism.

Bush's new war drive shocks even those who backed Afghan bombing

16 February 2002
"A new foreign policy" is how the Guardian's Martin Woollacott described George W Bush's chilling speech threatening war across the globe. Woollacott and fellow Guardian commentator Hugo Young are just two of those who backed Bush and Blair's Afghan war but are now shocked by the US's new global war drive. Even former Tory minister Chris Patten has spoken out.

George Bush: the madman prepares to kill again

16 February 2002
US President George Bush this week ordered the biggest naval build-up since the Gulf War in 1991. He stunned the world two weeks ago by declaring that Iran, North Korea and Iraq were on his hit list. Yet there is no evidence that any of these countries have anything to do with the Al Qaida network.

War Axis in White House

09 February 2002
"Our war against terror is only beginning." That was US president George Bush's chilling message last week. Bush labelled Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an "axis of evil", and threatened them with "the justice of this nation". After the bombing of Afghanistan there is little doubt what US "justice" means.

Nothing for us in Bush's war

15 December 2001
"George Bush's war is the opportunity of a generation to cut jobs without the risk of strikes." This is what top managers at British Airways (BA) have written in a secret document, obtained by the Observer, as they prepare to axe 10,000 jobs. This is on top of the 7,000 redundancies they have already announced. It is one sign of how rotten the system is that Bush and Tony Blair have gone to war to defend.

Who will the Bush gang bomb next?

08 December 2001
Tony Blair and his government have backed US president George Bush's war in Afghanistan to the hilt. But even some sections of New Labour are worried about his plans to spread his war to Iraq, Somalia or any other country the US decides is a "rogue state".

The movement is recovering

01 December 2001
I missed the great anti-war demonstration in London the Sunday before last. But I don't feel too bad about this because, along with 500 other people, I was participating in a conference on globalisation and resistance in New York.

Vietnam - how a mass movement beat US imperialism

17 November 2001
Three decades ago a mass movement against the Vietnam War shook the US ruling class to its core. At its height 750,000 people marched in Washington and 100,000 in London. The growth of that movement holds vital lessons for the struggle against the US-led war on Afghanistan today.

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