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Liberation

IRA renounces the armed struggle

“The leadership of Oglaigh na hEireann has formally ordered an end to the armed campaign. This will take effect from 4pm this afternoon.” So began spokesman Seanna Walsh, delivering an IRA statement via DVD on 28th July. “All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms. All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means. Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever.” 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...

Northern Ireland and the British elections

The recent General Election results in Northern Ireland saw a humiliating defeat for the the Ulster Unionist Party at the the hands of their Unionist rivals the Democratic Unionist Party. Their local election vote was also significantly down by 5 per cent. David Trimble the UUP leader and a key player in the Peace Process lost his seat and resigned as leader. The DUP now has a virtual monopoly of the Unionist vote, 9 Westminster seats as against the UUP one. Read more...

US-French-Israeli carve op of Lebanon meets massive resistance

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese - maybe over a million according to Al Jazeera- flowed through the streets of Beirut to protest against the attempt by the United States, backed by France and Israel, to force the withdrawal of Syrian troops and install a regime subservient to their interests. Read more...

Hands off Sinn Fein!

The British and Irish governments are trying to criminalise the Irish republican movement. They are doing it to reduce its political support in Ireland, north and south, in the run-up to an expected general election in May. They hope that, after the election, renewed negotiations over the complete disarming of the IRA - which broke down last December when the main unionist party in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party led by Ian Paisley, demanded the publication of a photographic record of decommissioned weapons - will see Sinn Fein and the IRA weakened and under pressure from its own supporters to “go the extra mile” and cave in to the DUP’s demands for complete surrender and public humiliation. Read more...

Palestine: Abu Mazen giving in to Israel?

Since the death of PLO leader and Palestine Authority leader Yasser Arafat last November, political and diplomatic events have moved swiftly. On 9 January Abu Mazen was elected President of the PA in a popular vote inside the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Early in February a formal ceasefire between the PLO and Israel was announced at a summit between Abu Mazen and Israel’s Prime Minster Ariel Sharon at Sharm al-Sheik. Read more...

London ESF: Youth assembly report

At this year’s European Social Forum on the Saturday afternoon of the three day event 200 young activists came together for 2 hours of debate and discussion on the way forward for the movement against war, racism and neo-liberalism. Read more...

London ESF: Resolution of the youth assembly

The Youth Assembly of the 2004 European Social Forum declares opposition to the world of war, racism, poverty, and the system that causes it – global capitalism. Read more...

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