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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.

Zimbabwe: A Second Cry for Freedom

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This month sees presidential elections in Zimbabwe. Basker Vashee looks at President Mugabe's attempts to stay in power.

At the beginning of the year, war veterans of the Zanu-PF party in Zimbabwe went on a rampage through the townships of Harare. All suspected members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were systematically beaten, and one was decapitated in front of his family. The police did not intervene. This, like many other acts of violence, was an attempt by the ruling party to intimidate people before the presidential elections to be held in March.

A Delivery from the Inside

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Remember the recent anthrax case in the US last year which led to the deaths of five people, with 13 others being infected?

Such was the hysteria at the time that US senators were forced to evacuate their offices for two months because they thought anthrax had found its way into the air conditioning system. The scare was also used to justify the military build-up in preparation for the war against Afghanistan. We were told that the person sending anthrax was a terrorist, possibly a supporter of Al Qaida or Saddam Hussein.

War without End?

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Bush and Blair are preparing to launch war on Iraq, but this could unleash opposition which they might find hard to contain.

US threats to unilaterally escalate the war have sent shockwaves around the world. Members of the French, German, Canadian and Japanese governments, all part of the western coalition, have expressed alarm and warned against precipitate US action. In Britain the normally pro New Labour 'Guardian' has come out against an attack on Iraq, and within two weeks of Bush's 'axis of evil' speech protests against war had been reported in Japan, Iran and South Korea.

Kashmir: The Valley of Sorrow

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A potential nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan looms over the subcontinent. The flashpoint is the state of Kashmir.

The British ruling class quit India in 1947. But as it did so, it divided the subcontinent between two independent states, India (supposedly secular) and Pakistan (a homeland for Muslims). Pakistan was a bizarre entity which had 1,000 miles of India separating its western and its eastern wings--a state of affairs that would last until 1971 when, amidst tumult and war, the east broke away and became the state of Bangladesh.

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