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After the London bombs: whitewash, repression and marginalisation

Since the bombings, and especially since the discovery that the bombers were young British Muslims, the government and the press have tried even more vigorously to keep the question of the war in Iraq out of people’s minds.

Tony Blair, like George Bush, blames the bombings on “evil". He explicitly denies any link to the war: “If it is Iraq that motivates them, why is the same ideology killing Iraqis by terror in defiance of an elected Iraqi government? What was 11th September 2001 the reprisal for?" Read more...

We will not be hostages of Bush's and Blair's warmongering

Statement on the London bombings from the League for the Fifth International

The terrorist attack on the London underground and bus services, which has resulted in the death of dozens of people and serious injuries to many others, is an horrific act aimed at innocent people - workers, students, tourists - and deserves the most unequivocal condemnation by all socialists and progressive people. Both the survivors and the families of the victims deserve our deepest sympathy. Read more...

French workers say no to neo-liberal EU constitution

In a historical referendum on May 29 the French masses voted in large numbers and rejected the EU constitutional treaty designed to carve in stone the neoliberal policies at the core of the EU project.

The 55 per cent rejection of the proposed constitution was also a clear rejection of the neo-liberal polices that president Jacques Chirac and his Prime Minister Pierre Raffarin were implementing in France. Read more...

Athens ESF : Paralysis in Prague

The European Social Forum has passed up an important opportunity to break new ground in Central and Eastern Europe, to focus on the immediate struggles facing the European working class and, indeed, to co-ordinate those struggles. Read more...

ESF Preparatory Assembly: Paralysis in Prague

The European Social Forum has passed up an important opportunity to break new ground in Central and Eastern Europe, to focus on the immediate struggles facing the European working class and, indeed, to co-ordinate those struggles.

As has happened all too often, a handful of “leading” delegates grabbed control of the agenda and ensured that the 150 participants spent the full three days discussing the themes for the next ESF, 11 months away. Read more...

Uzbekistan erupts

On Friday 13 May Uzbekistan armed forces opened fire on thousands of unarmed demonstrators including women and children in the eastern city of Andijan. It appears that some 500 people were killed. Rebellion spread on Saturday to the nearby town of Korasuv, where demonstrators opened a border crossing to Kyrgyzia. Read more...

Mass demonstrations in China

The Western media is full of reports of anti-Japanese demonstrations in China. But these are not the only signs of mass mobilisation in the last weeks. While nationalist marches have been tolerated by police, marches by workers and peasants are brutally repressed. Read more...

Grand inquisitor elected Pope

German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected head of the Roman Catholic church on Tuesday 19 April after one of the shortest conclaves in recent history. He will be crowned as the 265th Pope on Sunday, in the usual Byzantine ceremony, replete with the triple tiara, the ostrich plume fans, the gilded litter-throne that mark him out as supreme pontiff - hardly ‘a humble worker in the Lord’s vineyard’ as he described himself. Read more...

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