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Palestine: Hamas truce met with murder

Talks between former US President Jimmy Carter and the exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, which led to offers by the latter of a six - months truce. Meshaal indicated that Hamas would be willing to cease firing rocket at Israel from Gaza, and begin negotiations for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, without requiring a simultaneous Israeli ceasefire in the West Bank in return, insisting only on one in Gaza, and that Gaza's border with the outside world should be re-opened. Read more...

May Day in Istanbul: Tear gas and robocops prevent rally in Taksim Square

On May Day Taksim Square, Istanbul's largest and 20,000 police, many of them in full riot gear, occupied a major tourist and shopping centre. Read more...

Palestinian Nationalism and the PLO

Whilst the PLO has recently been usurped by Hamas as the vanguard organisation of Palestinian militants which holds the leadership of the national liberation struggle, the PLO historically was always the dominant party. This historical article from 1988 explains how the bourgeois nationalist politics of the PLO and Fateh were a dead end for the Palestinians, and led to their fall from grace in January 2006. Read more...

End the siege of Gaza

It has become customary to begin articles about Palestine by reeling off casualty figures, as if it was possible to give an exact measure of the suffering or the sheer barbarity, to which Palestinians have been subjected, in numbers. And in a sense, this ritual has become meaningless, not just because it invariably tells the same story of a largely unarmed and defenceless population facing the armed might of the world's fourth strongest army, but because, by the time the story has been told, the Israel Defence Forces murder machine has already claimed another victim, and so renders the story out of date. Read more...

Iraq: Mahdi army inflicts defeat on US puppet

Just weeks after the media retrospectives on the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, a new round of violence was unleashed on the country's long-suffering people, leaving at least 500 dead. While an Iranian-brokered ceasefire has brought some relief, Jeremy Dewar warns that this is the start of a battle to break up Iraq and hand its oil wealth over to the imperialist multinationals. Read more...

Voices from Gaza

Communists stand in complete solidarity with all those fighting Israel's brutality against the Palestinians, including the defence of their right to use arms. While we recognise that Hamas' tactic of firing rockets at Israeli towns has been ineffective and counter-productive, this is in response to Israel's far greater firepower. Read more...

International Intifada must halt the Israeli "holocaust" on Gaza

Once again the aggressive and expansionist Zionist state has launched bloody attacks on the besieged Palestinian population of Gaza. On March 3 Al Jazeera reported that Israeli incursions and air-launched missiles over the preceding five days left 'at least 116 Palestinians dead, including 22 children and 12 women'. Read more...

International Intifada must halt the Israeli “holocaust” on Gaza

As an Israeli MP threatens a modern day 'holocaust' against the Palestinians in Gaza, the urgency of starting a new, third intifada that spreads across the region and beyond becomes even more pressing. This is a statement from the International Secretariat of the League. Read more...

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