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Victory to the Intifada

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Anger against Israel's murder of Palestinians has led to mass protests throughout the Middle East. Simon Assaf reports from Lebanon.

On Friday 29 March the Arab world changed. Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon sent his troops in the deadliest assault so far on the Palestinians. Tanks surrounded Yasser Arafat's office, and the massacre of Palestinians began in Ramallah, Jenin, Nablus, and countless towns and villages across the West Bank.

Can There Be a Revolution in Britain?

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Report from a Marxist Forum in Bristol

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in April, 30 of us got together in Bristol for one of our regular Marxist forums. Sitting round cafe tables in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, we discussed the possibility of revolution in Britain. We were of different ages and varying political backgrounds, but what we had in common was a concern about the society we live in and a desire to change it.

May Day: Festival for the Workers

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May Day has long been a celebration of working class movements and struggle. Keith Flett looks at the radical history of international workers' day and how this can provide inspiration for today.

After a long period when the workers' day was either assumed to be nearly dead, or institutionalised and no longer a threat to authority, it is back. Recent years have seen growing protests on 1 May, and the anti-capitalist movement in many countries has made the day its own. The spirit of rebellion to be found in such protests is now being brought together to form a new and powerful movement.

Italy: 'We Can't Turn Back Now'

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Tom Behan looks at the growing working class struggle in Italy.

'The message to the government from the streets is clear: we've got you surrounded--come out with your hands up.' You could hardly criticise the bravado of Francesco Caruso, leader of the 'disobedient' wing of the Italian Social Forum movement. Just a year ago pessimism dominated the Italian left following the election of Silvio Berlusconi. Then came Genoa.

Zionism or Socialism?

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A revolution throughout the Middle East is key to solving the problems of the Palestinians, argued John Rose in 1986. We reprint an extract from his pamphlet.

Israel's left wing supporters in the west continue to insist that all Israel wants is peace and recognition by its Arab neighbours. They might agree that something called Palestinian 'national rights' does exist, and even that a Palestinian state on the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the Jordan is 'acceptable'--though under some form of 'Israeli-Jordanian' supervision. However, in this they are woefully out of date and out of touch. The Israeli leadership has not the slightest intention of conceding even this inadequate 'compromise'.

The Oslo Frauds

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There was nothing generous in Israel's last offer to the Palestinians.

The second Intifada began in September 2000 following Sharon's provocative visit to the holy Muslim site of Harim-Al Sharif. This can only be understood because of the complete failure of the 'peace process' to deliver any reforms to the Palestinian people, let alone a state.

Letter to a War Criminal

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Israeli peace activist Neve Gordon is shocked at the actions of a former fellow student.

To Colonel Aviv Kohavi, brigade commander of the Israeli paratroopers

I presume you remember me. In any event, I remember you. We first met in the paratrooper brigade. I was a platoon sergeant in the corporals' company--you were a young platoon officer. Even then, friends of mine who were serving with you in the same post in Lebanon related that you were a sensible, serious and, above all, decent officer.

How We Beat the Bankers

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The Birmingham Defend Council Housing Campaign recall how they inflicted a serious defeat on New Labour.

Last year John Prescott announced the 'death of council housing'. Last month 40,000 Birmingham tenants stuck two fingers up to him. Birmingham City Council spent two years and over £36 million (of tenants' rents) on their slick 'vote yes' campaign. Birmingham has the largest number of council homes in the country and despite the council's one-sided propaganda campaign over two thirds of tenants voted against them.

Can Men and Women be Equal?

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Report from a Marxist Forum in Tower Hamlets, East London.

Brick Lane is not the place it used to be. The hot bagel shops are still there but its proximity to the City of London and spiralling house prices have led to a proliferation of yuppie wine bars and the like. But how pleasant to come in from the cold to a trendy and neon-lit cafe to debate with an assorted company of some 50 people on whether women today have equality with men. This is the regular meeting place for the Tower Hamlets SWP Marxist forum.

Funds for the Future

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New Labour can no longer take the trade unions' money for granted.

For over 100 years the trade union movement has supported the Labour Party both politically and financially. Last year alone trade unions donated £10 million to Labour's coffers. But, as last month's Socialist Alliance trade union conference showed, New Labour can no longer take that support for granted. With over 1,000 trade unionists attending, it was the biggest unofficial trade union gathering in over two decades. The key debate was the question of opening up the unions' political funds to parties that oppose privatisation, defend union rights and protect jobs.

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