WHEN CIA experts wrote a report in September 1978 on the political
health of the pro-western monarchist regime in Iran, they concluded that
despite his autocratic rule, the Shah presided over a stable dynasty
that would last for at least another decade.
WHILST THERE are quite clear differences between the situation now and
the situation in Lebanon following the Israeli invasion in 1982 (not
least the collapse of Stalinist USSR and the Eastern Bloc countries), it
indicates what could develop in US-occupied Iraq.
If a shooting war starts in the Gulf it will be the first real test of
the US army rebuilt after its withdrawal from Vietnam. The US
interventions during the 1980s in El Salvador, Grenada and the Lebanon
were really police actions not full-scale wars. The Gulf mobilisation is
the largest movement of US troops since the...
ON THE 22 October 1962 the president of the United States, John F
Kennedy, made a speech to the nation. Informing everyone of the build up
of offensive nuclear weapons (supplied by the Soviet Union) in Cuba, he
announced a blockade of ships carrying military equipment to Cuba. He
demanded the Soviet Union withdraw these...
"SHOOT, COWARD, you are only going to kill a man." According to legend,
these were the last words of Che Guevara, just before his execution at
the hands of the Bolivian army, who were in league with the CIA, on
October 9, 1967, aged 39.
IT IS with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Jimmy Deane.
When I joined in 1958, Jim was general secretary of the organisation
that became Militant, Militant Labour and the Socialist Party (CWI
section in England and Wales).
James Connolly (1868-1916), the Irish socialist revolutionary, Marxist
thinker and working class martyr, has been included amongst ’100
Greatest Britons’ in a BBC online poll, the results of which were
THIRTY YEARS ago the ’Watergate’ political scandal rocked US capitalism,
exposing the corrupt and reactionary intrigues of the Nixon presidency
and its spy agencies. Today, US president George Bush is reactivating
the state’s surveillance powers - a threat to socialists and the
organised working class.
MUCH TO THE surprise of Western capitalist governments, all Russian
forces will be withdrawn from Afghanistan before 15 February.
Gorbachev’s eagerness to meet the agreed deadline, however, is as
one-sided as last year’s Geneva Accords. Under this UN-sponsored
agreement between the USSR, the US, and...