Iraq has been cruelly burdened with UN imposed sanctions for 14 years.
In a recent article, based on a the forthcoming paper back edition of
his book, ’The New Rulers of the World’ (Independent On Sunday, London,
23 February 2003) the award winning journalist John Pilger investigates
Egypt’s president Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah are feeling the
ground shaking under them. They are both completely economically
dependent on the US, while workers and poor people are heavily against
the US war plans in both these countries.
"If our great country becomes involved in an all-out war, the sacrifice
must be shared. In that regard, I am preparing legislation to authorise
instatement of the universal draft and other forms of mandatory national
There was an anti-war demonstration in Osaka yesterday. The organisers
claimed 1,500. It was a very good demonstration and march. The
atmosphere was good - lots of youth and, surprisingly, a very large
percentage of foreigners, mostly westerners but some Asians and people
form the Middle East. Those present...