Activist and journalist Ewa Jasiewicz has been held in a detention centre by the Israeli government since 11 August. Her appeal to Israel's Supreme Court is due to be heard on 1 September. For the latest on Ewa, see Indymedia.
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...
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 www.hekmatist.com and www.wpiran.org.
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.
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".
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.
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].
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.