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Resistance: The Heart of the Matter

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Manoeuvres at Labour Party conference showed contempt for democracy here and in Iraq.

For the third year in succession, Labour's annual conference has allowed Tony Blair to get away with it on Iraq. Voting down a resolution which called for an early date for British troops to withdraw, delegates refused to look reality in the face. Short term interests - the need for a united conference, especially on the day of the Hartlepool by-election and shortly before a projected general election next May - took precedence over long term Labour interests, let alone the interests of the Iraqi people.

The Poor Do the Fighting

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Rose Gentle made this statement on 19 August, the day she and her daughter Maxine delivered a letter to Downing Street protesting the decision to send her son, Gordon, to war.

'My son died needlessly seven weeks ago. Since that day we have not received a single message from Tony Blair - then I decide to come to London and out of the blue I get this handwritten letter from him. This is an insult to Gordon, an insult to me and all the members of my family.

If he's such a compassionate man then why did it take him seven weeks to acknowledge that my son died fighting his dirty war? I intend to return this letter at the earliest opportunity.'

Iraq: A Moving Demonstration for Peace

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In what must go down as one of the most moving and powerful statements ever to be heard at a Trafalgar Square protest, Stop the War Coalition treasurer Jane Challice read out a statement from the father of US contractor Nick Berg, the young man who was beheaded in Iraq recently.

Michael Berg's statement said, 'My son, Nick, was my teacher and my hero. He was the kindest, gentlest man I know; no, the kindest, gentlest human being I have ever known... George Bush doesn't know my son, and he is the worse for it. George Bush, though a father himself, cannot feel my pain, or that of my family, or of the world that grieves for Nick, because he is a policymaker, and he doesn't have to bear the consequences of his acts...

Countdown to 10 June: Wipe the Smiles Off their Faces

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Peter Morgan looks at the unique opportunity we have to teach Blair and Bush a lesson on 10 June.

There is one memorable moment in Errol Morris's masterly new film The Fog of War, in which Robert S McNamara - the secretary of defence under Kennedy and Johnson and the man responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese - admits that both he and Lyndon Johnson knew the US was embroiled in a war it could not win and a war it had to get out of. That point came, he admitted, after about 23,000 US servicemen and women had been killed. Yet the final total of US casualties in the Vietnam War ended up being 58,209.

Striking parallels

The Politics of Terror: Spanish Shockwaves

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The Spanish demonstrators ensured that the events in Madrid resulted in a political defeat for their pro-war government, providing a warning for warmongering governments everywhere.

Yet again rumours of the 'end of history' have proved to be exaggerated. Within the space of a few days the divided reactions to a terrorist atrocity brought down the government of a leading European state, one of the main partners in Donald Rumsfeld's 'coalition of the willing'.

British Politics: Laying the Foundations

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As the left unity coalition forms nationally, Julie Bundy speaks to Harlow activists about how they are bringing together the local anti-war movement and ex Labour members to challenge New Labour

Harlow is a small town of around 70,000 in south Essex. Created as one of the postwar new towns, it was first populated as an east London overspill. Many of the manufacturing industries that were there when the new town was created have disappeared and many people now commute into London to work.

Twenty Reasons to Stop Bush

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Reasons to protest as Bush visits the UK later this month.

1 - Representing the Rich
Introduced $1.6 trillion of tax cuts in 2001, 43 percent of which benefited the richest 1 percent. Made $350 billion more tax cuts in May, promised as a measure to create jobs - 225,000 jobs went in the next three months. In the first nine months of the 2003 fiscal year, corporate income tax revenues slid by $18 billion.

War and Resistance: Within Political Inches

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Andrew Murray and Lindsey German reflect on the achievements of the anti-war movement.

Colonial war has now brought Tony Blair and, by extension, the entire New Labour project, to the edge of a richly deserved political abyss. If the most reactionary prime minister ever associated with a democratic labour movement is indeed brought down it will be because of the fall out from the illegal and aggressive Iraq war, of which Ministry of Defence scientist Dr Kelly is just the latest, and particularly poignant, victim.

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