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Middle-East

Boycott the elections! Down with the Islamic republic!

This Friday – 20 February – elections to Iran's parliament will take place. But most Iranians entitled to vote won't take part. Perhaps one in three across the country will go to the polls – but it could be as low as one in ten in the capital Tehran. Read more...

Iraqi workers must lead the resistance

Nothing better symbolises the failure of US imperialism to stabilise its rule in Iraq than George Bush’s 153 minute visit to the country in the final days of last month. So unsure of the security arrangements, Bush left the White House in disguise to be secreted onto a plane and flown half way around the world to serve Thanksgiving dinner to US troops. Read more...

Iraq: resistance grows to occupation

The death of six British soldiers near Al-Amarah at the end of June represents a key deepening of the resistance to the US and UK occupation of Iraq. Almost all the attacks in the previous ten weeks since the war was officially described as over have been in the so-called “Sunni triangle” north-west of Baghdad. Read more...

Prospects for the Middle East

The war against Iraq ended in swift battlefield victory for the United States – hardly a surprise given the shattered character of Iraq both economically and militarily. Given too the enormous global military preponderance of the USA, the open terrain of Iraq, the hatred of a majority of the Iraqi people for Saddam’s dictatorship, any other outcome was impossible. Impossible that is unless Saddam had actually possessed any usable weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Of course, he did not have such weapons and Bush and Blair knew that very well, as investigations in both the USA and Britain have revealed. Had they had any serious doubts on this they would not have launched their attack. Read more...

Settlers as shock troops of Zionism

Among the many reasons for the start of the second Palestinian intifada in September 2000, the massive expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza must count as the most important. Read more...

Palestine under siege

On 28 February, Israeli tanks invaded Balata refugee camp in Nablus. This was swiftly followed by similar attacks on Tulkarem Nur al Shams, Jenin, Aaza, Aida and Deheisha, Arrob, Khan Younis, Rafah and Jabalya refugee camps. Read more...

The Israeli left

The recent re-awakening of the Israeli peace movement, with large demonstrations in Tel-Aviv called under the slogan “The Occupation Is Killing Us All”, and the emergence of a “refusenik” movement of Israeli reservists refusing military service in the Occupied Territories, has put the Israeli left back in the spotlight. This has happened after a year of complete silence in the wake of the Palestinian uprising and the election of right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. Read more...

Israel’s war of terror against Palestine

Israeli forces took over six major West Bank towns and cities during the two week assault – Ramallah, Qalqiliya, Jenin, Tulkarem, Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron – and arrested more than 4,000 Palestinians. Yasser Arafat’s compound in Ramallah was the first to be hit and he remained isolated there surrounded by Israeli troops. Read more...

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