National Sections of the L5I:

Issues

Who are the Taliban?

The Taliban – which literally means “students” or “seekers” of Islamic knowledge – grew from nothing in 1994 to become rulers of 90 per cent of Afghanistan by 1996.

It is an extremely young movement. The average age of its partisans is 14 to 24, and its leader Mullah Omar is 40 years old. It is an exclusively male Muslim brotherhood. Read more...

Stop the invasion of Afghanistan!

The US-led attack on Afghanistan is an atrocity. The war that Bush and Blair have unleashed from the comfort of Washington and Westminster will kill and maim thousands more innocent victims.

We have to be clear that in this war we want to see the imperialist coalition defeated, and that means supporting all Afghan military resistance against imperialism, including Taliban resistance. Why? Read more...

Who backed the Taliban?

The Taliban’s shock troops were the dispossessed youth of the refugee camps in Pakistan. But how did such a makeshift force win so many stunning victories in such a short time? Who backed the Taliban?

In the light of the west’s fulminations against the Taliban after 11 September the answer to this question will catch the unwary by surprise. The Taliban could not have won without the backing of the USA. Imperialism helped them to power and then kept them in power. Read more...

Q&A on the Afghan war

What does Workers Power say about the war?
Our position on the imperialist attack on Afghanistan is that we are for the defeat of Britain/USA and its allies and for the victory of all the Afghan forces that resist them. Read more...

[anti] capitalism pamphlet

The League was involved in the very earliest Anti capitalist protests, including the J18 demonstration in London in 1999. Read more...

9-11 – what we think

The terror attacks on New York have ushered in a new era. But why did it happen? Read more...

WEF - thieves kitchen of world capitalism

Thousands of the arrogantly self-styled “movers and shakers” of the world economy are gathering in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos. Read more...

First World Social Forum meets to debate effects of globalisation

If there are forces prepared to demonstrate on the streets and confront the exploiters and their state forces then the reformist wing of the anti-globalisation movement is meeting in warmer and safer Read more...