National Sections of the L5I:

Liberation

Votes for Women: socialists and feminists in the suffrage movement

In 1903 the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded. The WSPU became the militant wing of a mass movement of women fighting for the vote. Within this organisation many of the direct action tactics used today were first developed. Kirstie Paton and Stuart King explain the origins of the movement and the divergence of the two wings of the WSPU: the socialists and the feminists. 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...

Halt the bloody assault on Aceh!

The end of May saw the Indonesian military launch an all out offensive on Aceh. In a land, sea and air assault 40,000 troops and military police stormed into villages throughout the province. It was Indonesia’s largest military operation since the invasion of East Timor in 1975. The aim is to wipe out the estimated 5,000 guerrillas of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) who are fighting for independence. Read more...

The Roma, Europe’s forgotten nationality

Of all the groups seeking asylum in Western Europe, none have been subject to more harassment from state forces and racist gangs than the Roma of eastern Europe. Michael Pröbsting, traces the struggles of a people whose history shows many parallels with that of the Jews, from medieval pogroms to the Nazi death camps, but whose rights, today, continue to be denied. Read more...

Socialism and "backward" countries

How and why do revolutions happen in 'undeveloped' countries? Read more...

No war over Kashmir!

Atal Behari Vajpai, the Hindu chauvinist Indian premier and Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf are threatening the desperately poor peoples of the subcontinent with enormous suffering and destruction. 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...

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