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Anti-Racism

Denmark: The left, the racist cartoons and repression

Most parts of the Swedish left have met the controversy around the racist caricatures of the prophet Mohammed with caution. In the Swedish CWI weekly, the Danish left is, amongst other things, accused of “acting as an advisor for the Danish government”. That is a critique one can easily agree with, and a brief look at the websites of Socialistiskt Folkeparti and Enhedslisten gives an even worse impression than the wording of that article. 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...

Australia: race riots rock Sydney suburbs

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there have been several nights of violence on along the eastern beaches train line of suburban Sydney. Read more...

France: Youth uprising demands end to racism

After 12 nights of rioting in the suburbs of Paris and many other French towns and cities, the premier Dominique de Villepin and president Jaques Chirac have resorted to further repression. They have invoked a law (3 April 1955) passed during the Algerian War of Liberation giving the prefects the right to declare a state of emergency in their regions, involving curfews, closing of places of entertainment and draconian penalties for breaches of it. Read more...

New Orleans: another Bush victim

The tragedy of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was both a huge natural disaster, and a product of poverty, racism and imperialism. The answer, argues Sean Murray, is a new American revolution Read more...

After the London bombs: whitewash, repression and marginalisation

Since the bombings, and especially since the discovery that the bombers were young British Muslims, the government and the press have tried even more vigorously to keep the question of the war in Iraq out of people’s minds.

Tony Blair, like George Bush, blames the bombings on “evil". He explicitly denies any link to the war: “If it is Iraq that motivates them, why is the same ideology killing Iraqis by terror in defiance of an elected Iraqi government? What was 11th September 2001 the reprisal for?" Read more...

Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution

Haiti has just celebrated the 200th anniversary of the revolution that brought about its existence as a formally independent state. Anyone who wishes to study this revolution can still do no better than to turn to a classic of Marxism, Trotskyism and Black Liberation: The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution Read more...

Labour's racist record

In mid-November the Asylum and Immigration Act 1999 became law. Its provisions mean hardship, social isolation and effective criminalisation for asylum seekers. Linda Miller and Kate Foster explain that support for racist legislation is nothing new, either from the Labour Party or Britain’s trade union movement. Read more...

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