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US-French-Israeli carve op of Lebanon meets massive resistance

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese - maybe over a million according to Al Jazeera- flowed through the streets of Beirut to protest against the attempt by the United States, backed by France and Israel, to force the withdrawal of Syrian troops and install a regime subservient to their interests. Read more...

Hands off Sinn Fein!

The British and Irish governments are trying to criminalise the Irish republican movement. They are doing it to reduce its political support in Ireland, north and south, in the run-up to an expected general election in May. They hope that, after the election, renewed negotiations over the complete disarming of the IRA - which broke down last December when the main unionist party in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party led by Ian Paisley, demanded the publication of a photographic record of decommissioned weapons - will see Sinn Fein and the IRA weakened and under pressure from its own supporters to “go the extra mile” and cave in to the DUP’s demands for complete surrender and public humiliation. Read more...

Palestine: Abu Mazen giving in to Israel?

Since the death of PLO leader and Palestine Authority leader Yasser Arafat last November, political and diplomatic events have moved swiftly. On 9 January Abu Mazen was elected President of the PA in a popular vote inside the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Early in February a formal ceasefire between the PLO and Israel was announced at a summit between Abu Mazen and Israel’s Prime Minster Ariel Sharon at Sharm al-Sheik. Read more...

London ESF: Youth assembly report

At this year’s European Social Forum on the Saturday afternoon of the three day event 200 young activists came together for 2 hours of debate and discussion on the way forward for the movement against war, racism and neo-liberalism. Read more...

London ESF: Resolution of the youth assembly

The Youth Assembly of the 2004 European Social Forum declares opposition to the world of war, racism, poverty, and the system that causes it – global capitalism. Read more...

The Rise of the Gay Right

Alison Hudson reviews Homocons by Richard Goldstein (Verso 2003) Read more...

Sudan: government troops and militia out of Darfur!

Currently there is much human suffering in Darfur in western Sudan, including what is, in effect, ethnic cleansing. Well over a million people have been turned into desperate refugees by the Islamist regime in Khartoum, the country’s capital. The government has used bombers, helicopter gunships, paramilitaries from the regular armed forces and an estimated 20,000 janjaweed militia to terrorise the people of the region. Read more...

London ESF: Berlin meeting sidelines youth

The ESF Preparatory Assembly for the London European Social Forum came together in Berlin on the 17-18 June, while the ’Programme Workgroup’, as now seems routine at these meetings, met on the two days prior to the Assembly itself. Read more...

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