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Unity in Diversity

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The movement against neoliberalism and war must be built, but so too must the revolutionary Marxist current within it.

The 2000s are proving to be a new era of mass movements. This is most spectacularly reflected in the international campaigns against global capitalism and against the 'war on terrorism'. Of necessity, these movements unite a wide range of political forces in common action. The anti-capitalist movement prides itself on its unity in diversity. The second World Social Forum in Porto Alegre brought together a very wide spectrum that extended from French and Brazilian social democrats to revolutionary socialists and autonomists.

The Fight against Capital and War

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The anti-capitalist movement is back with a vengeance. Socialist politics are crucial to its success.

The anti-capitalist movement has taken a decisive step forward. In Rome last month three million people called onto the streets by the CGIL union federation formed the biggest demonstration in postwar Italian history. A one-day general strike is planned for April. In Barcelona half a million people poured onto the streets, including a substantial number of organised workers. This was ten times more than the organisers expected. The continuing uprising in Argentina has shown how unstable governments wedded to the neoliberal economic model can become.

Shaking Labour to its Core

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George Galloway speaks about the growing opposition to Bush and Blair's war.

What have been the effects of sanctions on the people of Iraq?

According to UN statistics well over 650,000 children under the age of five have died as a result of 11 years of sanctions. If you add to that the number of children over the age of five, as well as elderly and sick people, then the figure may reach 1.5 or 1.6 million Iraqis who have been directly slaughtered as a result of sanctions. This adds up to one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century, which one day a war crimes tribunal may be interested in investigating.

It's the Government, Stupid

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The Michael Moore book signing tour hits San Diego.

Dear Friends,

I'm in San Diego, and I have just escaped being arrested by the police. This book tour keeps getting more surreal, but the last hour has been unlike anything I have yet seen. I have come to San Diego to speak at an event organised for my book 'Stupid White Men'. The event is being held at a middle school in an auditorium that seats about 800 people.

Losing the Appetite for War

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Simon Assaf reports from Lebanon about the growing unrest in the Middle East.

With the Afghan war still smouldering the US is having difficulties in moving to the next stage of its 'war on terror'. US vice-president Dick Cheney toured the Middle East trying to win Arab support for a full scale invasion of Iraq. The Arab leaders, however, have shown little appetite for a third Gulf War while the Occupied Territories are ablaze.

The King of the Jungle

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For a nation swept by a mixture of self pity, paranoia and gung-ho aggression, it's not a great surprise that the US has announced a huge increase in military spending.

It will rise by 15 percent, from $310.5 billion in 2001 to $347.5 billion this year, and onwards and upwards by a further $48 billion in 2003, rising to an extra $120 billion over the next five years.

Zimbabwe: 'We are Demanding an End to Violence, and Free and Fair Elections'

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A statement from those who are protesting against Robert Mugabe.

Revolutionary greetings, comrades.

On 15 February about 1,500 to 2,000 people attended the 'No to dictatorship - no to neoliberal poverty' demonstration. Earlier the High Court had refused to hear our urgent application against the police for banning the demonstration. However, the demonstration went ahead, but only in Harare--demonstrations in the other towns were cancelled on the day because of the heavy police presence.

Choice over the Future

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Women are fighting for the right to choose in Ireland's abortion referendum.

As the politicians yet again drag the abortion question into the political limelight, it is worth reflecting on the startling contradictions confronting women in Ireland in 2002. The Celtic Tiger was virtually built on the contribution of vast numbers of working women. The resulting financial independence, albeit poorly paid, has brought independence in all sorts of other areas.

Dirty Business

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With New Labour facing yet another cash for favours scandal it's little wonder that the public consider them even more sleazy than the Tories.

Oh dear, oh dear. The old Tory governments of Thatcher and Major, New Labour assured us, were 'drowned in sleaze'. Corruption was their undoing, and the constant pledges of Labour's new, young, clean politicians, led by Blair, Brown and Mandelson, were going to clean up the whole mess. Now New Labour is back for a second term with an impregnable majority, and what is this? An opinion poll finds that the public consider New Labour even more sleazy than the Tories ever were! Blair and Co regularly mock and contradict that finding.

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