THIS BOOK is a searing indictment of the US war machine and internal repressive state apparatus. Gore Vidal doesn’t in any way condone the methods of terrorism, but tries to explain why 9/11 occurred and why Timothy McVeigh blew up a federal building in Oklahoma killing 168 people.

"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.

BLAIR CLAIMS that his "dossier" on Iraq justifies the US and Britain going to war and forcing a ’regime change’. "Rogue State", William Blum, is a "dossier" - with detailed references, many from official sources - on US imperialism.

In the excellent television programme, Palestine – Still the issue, which unfortunately was broadcast so late that many people will have missed the chance to see it, John Pilger provided a follow-up documentary to one he did 25 years ago on the issue.

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 published recently.

Our society has an obscene gulf between rich and poor. The private assets of the 200 richest people are more than the combined incomes of the poorest 2.4 billion people - almost half the world’s population.

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.

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