Mike Marqusee

Direct Inaction

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The claims about my views, actions and motives made by Lindsey German and Andrew Murray (’Within Political Inches‘, September SR) are wildly inaccurate.

I responded to their personal attack when it first appeared in the Morning Star (see www.labournet.net/other/0308/marques1.html) For the original article to which Lindsey and Andrew object, see www.signsofthetimes.org.uk/mar3.html. What the anti-war movement needs now is less self-congratulation, more analysis and an end to smear politics.

Mike Marqusee
London

India and Pakistan: Merchants of Death

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As India and Pakistan compete for American support the danger of nuclear war continues to threaten the subcontinent.

We are being told that we can breathe a sigh of relief. India and Pakistan, it seems, have stepped back from the brink of the worst human catastrophe since the Second World War. As so often in the past, people around the planet are being assured that they can 'learn to stop worrying and love the bomb'.

Unfortunately, a glance at the reality of the continuing south Asian crisis and the forces driving it forward leave no room for such complacency.

Jab in the Right Direction

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Review of 'Ali', director Michael Mann

Pity the makers of 'Ali', the long gestated $105 million Hollywood biopic starring Will Smith. The picture was in the can well before 11 September, and one can imagine the growing discomfort of studio executives as they wondered how to market this tale of a black American who converts to Islam and then refuses to serve his country in a time of war. In the US the film has already proved a box office disappointment, overshadowed by Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down.

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