National Sections of the L5I:

Middle-East

L5I declaration on the US-UK backed Israeli invasion of Lebanon

What this war is about?

The war now being waged by Israel in Lebanon and Gaza is not a defensive national war but an expansionist and aggressive one – aimed at consolidating and increasing the seizure of Palestinian lands and turning Lebanon into another buffer state to guarantee its borders. It is also a war that Israel is waging as a proxy of United States imperialism and its ever-loyal British ally to advance the conquest of the Middle East and seize its vast oil reserves. Read more...

Stop Israel’s barbaric aggression!

Workers, youth and oppressed people around the world – unite in support of the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance! Israel has declared war on Lebanon. The entire Middle East trembles on the brink of another war, fomented by the aggressively expansionist state of Israel and backed as usual by he United Sates and its European allies. The League for the Fifth International appeals to the international anti-war and labour movement not to stand aside but to rally the maximum forces to oppose this barbaric aggression and to actively support the legitimate and heroic resistance of the Palestinian and Lebanese people. Read more...

Victory to the resistance!

George W Bush, US president and commander-in-chief, visited Baghdad for five hours on 13 June. During that time, 36 Iraqis were killed. Meanwhile, 2,000 supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr took to the streets, chanting, “”Iraq is for the Iraqis!” Read more...

Grab your rifles and resist!

Those who thought that the dismantling of the Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip in 2005 by Sharon was a sign that the Israelis were willing to make sacrifices on behalf of the Peace Process must be scratching their heads by now. The supposed peace process which in reality was merely an attempt to maintain the status quo of a powerful Israeli state and a weak Palestinian ‘authority’ has solved nothing for the ordinary Palestinians still living in misery and poverty in the region. Read more...

Palestine: Kadima coerces Hamas – with ballot and bullet

Eight Palestinians lay dead on the beach in Gaza last Friday.

Families, who had been denied access to the seaside for years by Israeli settlements, have only just started to enjoy picnics and swimming trips: one of the few ways to get away from the squalor and enforced boredom of life in the open air prison camp that is the Gaza strip. Now one family, including children aged two and four, has been exterminated. Others are scarred for life, with 30 seriously wounded. Read more...

Call for release of arrested Turkish activists

The League for the Fifth International has received the following press
release and appeal from the MLKP, a prominent participant in the
anti-imperialist space at the Athens European Social Forum. The MLKP have been extremely active in opposing Turkey’s support for the US-Israeli atrocities in Lebanon and Palestine. These courageous actions have brought down the wrath of the Turkish state with 23 activists taken into custody on the 8th - 9th September. Read more...

Middle East: global antiwar demo against imperialist domination

Iraq

After three years of occupation, life has deteriorated for the vast majority of Iraqis. A recent report by the IMF and United Nations said that living standards have declined since the invasion in 2003. A fifth of the population subsists below the poverty line, on less than a dollar a day. Half the population is unemployed and 60 per cent are dependent on government subsidised rations. Read more...

Middle East, Asia: protests against racist cartoons need anti-imperialist focus

The publication of racist cartoons, depicting the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, by the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, sparked a series of protests across the Middle East and into central and south-east Asia.

One cartoon depicts Muhammad wearing a turban, which contains a bomb; another shows Muhammad welcoming a queue of suicide bombers to heaven, but telling them that there are no virgins left. Others depict Muslims as stereotypical terrorists. Accompanying the Danish cartoons was an article by Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten’s culture editor, claiming, “Modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims." Read more...

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