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Palestine: Hamas wins election: All change?

"The United States does not support a political party that wants to destroy our ally Israel. People must renounce that part of their platform."

Thus George Bush greeted the latest result of his administration’s declared policy of spreading democracy throughout the Middle East. The people have spoken; rewrite the manifesto they voted for. Read more...

Iraqi elections: mass participation, but nobody for workers to vote for

Today Iraqis go to the polls to elect a 275 member parliamet, which will in turn choose government under the new constitution. Unlike the semi-boycotted January elections, mass participation in all parts of the population is widely expected. But who should the workers vote for? Read more...

Iraq: A bad day in Basra

"A difficult day in Basra, but we have to put this behind us and move on." These were the words of Brigadier John Lorimer, one of the commanding officers of the British occupation forces in Basra, southern Iraq.

20th September was very, very difficult for the British forces - as they were forced to explain why two of their soldiers were found disguised as Iraqis carrying explosives in their car, and why the British Army felt it necessary that they had to destroy an Iraqi police station to rescue their two men. Read more...

Egypt: Fake elections will not halt rising social tensions

On 7 September Egypt held its first multi-candidate presidential vote. To no one's surprise, president Hosni Mubarak won his fifth six-year term in office. Also no surprise that the US was the first country to endorse the ballot, claiming it was “a historic departure". Read more...

Crumbs from Sharon’s table - the withdrawal from Gaza

The Gaza pull out of Israeli citizens and the dismantling of four settlements in the West Bank has been hailed as a victory for the Palestinians by many Middle East commentators. Even Hamas said it was a step forward. But the facts behind the recent events in Gaza paint a darker picture for the future of the Palestinians. Read more...

Crumbs from Sharon’s table - the withdrawal form Gaza

The Gaza pull out of Israeli citizens and the dismantling of four settlements in the West Bank has been hailed as a victory for the Palestinians by many Middle East commentators. Even Hamas said it was a step forward. But the facts behind the recent events in Gaza paint a darker picture for the future of the Palestinians. Read more...

No to the imperialist swindle: for a revolutionary constituent assembly!

Leading Sunni representative in the negotiations, Soha Allawi, said, “We will campaign among Sunnis and Shias to reject the constitution which has elements that will lead to the break-up of Iraq and civil war,” while his Shi’ite opposite number, Jalal al-Din Sagheer, rejoined, “The only possible change now is that the Sunnis become federalist.” Read more...

Iran’s “nuclear weapons programme”: seeking a pretext for the next big oil robbery.

The release of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday 23 August found no evidence that Iran has been working on a secret nuclear weapons programme. The report was commissioned after traces of enriched uranium were found in equipment at Iran’s nuclear facilities two years ago. Iran’s claim that the uranium samples came form contaminated equipment bought second-hand from Pakistan has been vindicated. Read more...

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