The US has mobilised a massive war machine, poised for an invasion of
Iraq. Undoubtedly, the US has the military power to smash Saddam’s
regime. But US imperialism will face major complications, especially in
the aftermath of war.
Tuesday 25 February. Thousands of factories closed down, the sky was
without planes, the streets were without public transport, banks and
offices where closed and the printing presses of the daily papers
Today the new ("old") Austrian government will be announced. After
coalition talks with the both the Greens and Social Democrats the ÖVP
(Peoples Party, conservatives) decided to turn back to the weakened
far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). This government will be a crisis-ridden
one. According to a poll...
Yesterday evening over 1,000 young people demonstrated through the
streets of Leuven in protest against a demo of the NSV (Nationalist
students, closely linked to the neo-fascist Vlaams Blok). The blockade
was led by members of LSP/MAS (Belgian CWI section) and its student
organisation, Active Left Students.
In Minneapolis the Clerical Workers at the University of Minnesota
organized in AFSCME 3800 have taken a strong anti-war position and have
endorsed the city-wide student walkout that members of Socialist
Alternative (CWI’s affiliate in teh US) are organising.
In an elemental tide of protest against US preparations to attack Iraq,
millions marched against war on 15 February, an estimated 30 million in
600 cities. Big demonstrations took place in the United States, in New
York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and other cities. In Europe
the biggest demonstrations were in...
The recently launched campaign Youth Against War has organised a
successful day of action on February 25th. The campaign was
recently launched by different school students’, students’ and
appretices’ anti war committees – many of them initiated by members of
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.
Last week-end saw dramatic scenes of direct action in Italy to stop the
movement of US military supplies in the country. One major rail convoy
was forced to stop and to re-route in a number of different places by
hundreds of demonstrators occupying the tracks. The biggest US military
base in Europe at Camp Darby, near...