National Sections of the L5I:

Middle-East

Fatah betrays Palestinians

The Western media portrays the struggle in Palestine as one between “extremists” and “moderates”, with the Palestinian factions’ willingness to live peacefully alongside Israel as the decisive factor. Read more...

Occupation in retreat: time to drive the US and UK out

“The British have given up and know they will be leaving Iraq soon. They are retreating because of the resistance they have faced. Without that they would have stayed for much longer, there is no doubt. The British have realised this is a war they should not be fighting.” Read more...

Workers aid for Gaza

We call for action to prevent Israel and its imperialist allies from crushing resistance in Gaza and imposing its “two state” solution. Since the cause of the Palestinians is a vital part of the worldwide struggle against imperialism, to let that happen would be a defeat for all of us. It must not happen. Read more...

Break the blockade of Gaza

The USA, European Union and Israel are maintaining and intensifying a full-scale blockade of Gaza. The situation is getting harder for the 1.5 million inhabitants by the day. Two thirds already live below the poverty line. The United Nations estimates that they could start running out of flour, rice, oil and other essentials within weeks. Read more...

USA and Israel behind Palestinian Civil War

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, has declared a state of emergency and “dismissed” the three month old “unity government” of prime minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas. His action comes after seven days in which some 110 people died in fighting in Gaza between the Hamas militia and forces loyal to the President. When the Preventative Security building and the intelligence service headquarters in Gaza City finally fell to Hamas virtually the entire Gaza Strip was in its control. Read more...

The Army or the Mosque?

The mass demonstrations in Turkey and the political manoeuvrings by the military and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have exposed the contradiction that exists at the heart of Turkish politics. The battle lines are drawn around the fight for secularism against an encroaching Islamisation of society by the AKP, yet this is not the full story. Read more...

The US is losing the war

Since January US forces in Iraq have been implementing the new “surge” policy that was agreed by the White House towards the end of last year. 21,500 additional troops and tougher rules of engagement were, argued the Bush administration, to resolve the security crisis in Iraq, put an end to the insurgency and bolster the authority of the Iraqi government. Read more...

Programme of action for Palestine

The starting point for a revolutionary party’s programme in Palestine and the surrounding countries must be the struggle against imperialism and its wide variety of local agents. The world-hegemonic imperialist power-the USA with its fleets in the Mediterranean and the Gulf defends “its” oil and the semi feudal rentier regimes it props up in the Arabian peninsular with a limitless arsenal. Yet as its ignominious fiasco in Iran and its inglorious retreat from Lebanon shows it is far from invincible when the masses are roused against it even under the most appalling leadership. This “leadership” whether Stalinist, bourgeois nationalist or clerical reactionary can however only score partial and limited victories against the USA and its agents. Read more...

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