Andrew Stone

Gun-Loving Criminals

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Review of 'Bowling for Columbine', director Michael Moore

A spokesman for Lockheed Martin is lost for words. The biggest employer in Littleton, Colorado cannot explain why two students at the local Columbine high school massacred their own classmates. But his condemnation of violence rings hollow--for Lockheed Martin is an arms manufacturer, and behind the spokesman sits a deadly US missile.

European Social Forum: Meeting of a Multitude

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All eyes will be on Florence this month when the European Social Forum comes to town. Tom Behan analyses the Italian left while Andrew Stone talks to some activists who will be attending.

The vast majority of people at the European Social Forum (ESF) will be Italians. While I haven't the space to teach you Italian, I can provide some background on the largest organisations likely to be active in Florence

European Union: Larger than Life

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The froth surrounding the potential 'rebranding' of the European Union should not distract from the real economic and political issues being hammered out behind closed doors.

The proposed expansion of the union--adding ten member states to the current 15--has been couched in the idealist language of uniting east and west Europe. What lies behind it is a harder-headed assessment of extending the influence of European capital on the world market.

Industry: A Hot Autumn Ahead

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After years of simmering resentment, there are clear signs of a return to industrial militancy.

The most dramatic example of this has been the unmistakable confidence of firefighters and control staff in their fight for a pay rise to £30,000 per year. On numerous rallies and demonstrations, called by the FBU leadership, a militant rank and file were willing to push the action further. There has been a colour and vibrancy about the firefighters' rallies which is reminiscent of recent anti-capitalist protests. CWU general secretary Billy Hayes was loudly cheered at the London rally for denouncing New Labour's warmongering spending priorities.

Earth Summit: An Ideological World Away

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With a 10 million square mile, 3 kilometre thick mass of soot and carbon monoxide hovering over South Asia, central Europe still recovering from some of the most devastating floods of its history, and sub-Saharan Africa facing a catastrophic famine, the need for radical action against poverty and environmental destruction could not be clearer.

Yet the opulent £30 million Earth Summit which began in Johannesburg at the end of August had only neoliberal 'solutions' on the table.

Not in Denial Anymore

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Review of 'Telling Lies About Hitler', Richard J Evans, Verso £14 and 'The Holocaust on Trial', DD Guttenplan, Granta £9.99

In April 2000, at the cost of a three month, £2 million trial, David Irving was confirmed as a 'pro-Nazi polemicist', who had deliberately falsified the historical record in order to deny the reality of the Holocaust. 'The Holocaust on Trial' and 'Telling Lies About Hitler' are two accomplished accounts of Irving's attempt to sue Deborah Lipstadt for libel, after she exposed his methods.

A Block on the Past

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Review of 'Sorrows and Rejoicings' by Athol Fugard, Tricycle Theatre, London

Athol Fugard's 'Sorrows and Rejoicings' is an exploration of the life of a dissident poet.

Dawid, an anti-apartheid Afrikaaner intellectual, has died. His widow, Allison, and his black house servant, Marta, begin a compelling retrospective of his life. Allison, who returns to Karoo village for the funeral, may own the house, but she is unmistakably a stranger in what is Marta's home.

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