Nadia Mahmood on the left and Iraq

Submitted by martin on 1 September, 2004 - 12:16

Excerpts from a recent speech by Nadia Mahmood of the Worker-communist Party of Iraq arguing for a "third force" in Iraq:

Many sections of the left who do not have socialist perspectives no more believe in the power of workers and therefore rely on nationalist and Islamic movement to fight imperialism, regardless of the price or the interests that these movements represent...

Split in Iranian and Iraqi left

Submitted by martin on 1 September, 2004 - 12:00

The Worker-Communist Party of Iran has announced an important split. Below, some notes from a comrade in France who has followed events; for the statements of the two factions, see and

The documents of the two tendencies are currently in the process of translation. In the meantime, it is difficult to build up a clear picture of the situation and the positions concerned.

We need a working-class voice

Submitted by martin on 30 August, 2004 - 5:37

Unite the socialists for the general election!

Some union leaders are claiming that they have won significant concessions from Blair and reshaped New Labour's manifesto for 2005. But even they cannot seriously deny that John Cridland of the bosses' federation, the CBI, was basically right when he said that New Labour's deal with the unions at its 23-25 July Policy Forum "left things roughly where they were".

Disappointment in Liverpool

Submitted by martin on 30 August, 2004 - 5:32

This report by Chris Jones on the discussions on Merseyside about launching a new "United Socialist Party" is abridged from the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform email list.

The sub-committee formed by the "Campaign for a Mass Workers' Party" [initiated by some of the former locked-out Liverpool dockers and Liverpool Labour councillors] to discuss the name and constitution for a new organisation met for a second time on Saturday 21 August.

Allawi, Sadr, trade unions, and solidarity

Submitted by martin on 30 August, 2004 - 3:35

On 18 August the Guardian published a letter from Abdullah Muhsin, British representative of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, welcoming Tony Blair's reported plan to invite Iyad Allawi, prime minister of Iraq's US-appointed "interim government", to Britain's Labour Party conference at the end of September.

[This is a longer version of this article than appears in the printed edition on of Solidarity].

Iraqi women's rights activist needs support

Submitted by martin on 22 August, 2004 - 4:07

The Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq has issued the following appeal for support for Sakar Ahmed, the chair of the OWFI branch in Arbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Sakar Ahmed, the OWFI Arbil branch chairperson, has been subject to ceaseless death threats since mid July 2004 made by her brothers, while she continues her activities in defending women’s rights in Iraq in general and in Arbil specifically.