Iraq

Notes on a debate with Tony Greenstein

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Daniel Randall

On 15 September, I debated anti-Zionist activist Tony Greenstein in Brighton, on the topic of antisemitism on the left.

The audience was comprised mainly of local Labour Party and Momentum activists. The debate was conducted in largely civil tones - perhaps, given the depth of our differences with Tony Greenstein, both in terms of policy and approaches to political activity, too civil.

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Chilcot and Labour democracy

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Gerry Bates

Jeremy Corbyn was right in his response to the Chilcot report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq, published on 6 July.

The invasion was “an act of military aggression launched on a false pretext... [which] led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions of refugees. It devastated Iraq’s infrastructure and society. The occupation fostered a lethal sectarianism... that turned into a civil war...

“While the governing class got it so horrifically wrong — many of our people actually got it right.

Jeremy Corbyn was right in his response to the Chilcot report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq, published on 6 July.

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23 June: a victory for reaction and regression

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The vote in the 23 June referendum that Britain should leave the European Union was a victory for the forces of reaction and historical regression. It has fed the fires of reactionary nationalism and chauvinism in other EU countries, people who want to go back to a Europe of competing, and possibly warring, nation-states, to what degree and with what consequences remains to be seen. In Britain, it has triggered a wave of attacks on migrants.

The vote in the 23 June referendum that Britain should leave the European Union was a victory for the forces of reaction and historical regression.

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Why Blair is the guy whose face is on the placard

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Dave Osland

Richard Nixon famously told a press conference that he was “not a crook”. And in the sense that the late US president was never found guilty of anything whatsoever, the statement is factually incontestable.

Blair either does not acknowledge — or, more frighteningly, does not even realise — that there could be any relationship between the course in which he acquiesced 13 years ago and unintended consequences that spill beyond Iraq’s borders today.

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The Kurds and Turkey’s ambitions

Aso Kamal, a member of the Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan, spoke to Solidarity. This is the second part of the interview. We published the first last week.


There is no stability in the Middle East. Kurdistan stretches across different countries — Turkey, Iraq, Syria. There is conflict between the big powers: Russia and US. In the region there are two poles: on the one hand, Iran and Assad, and on the other, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Political parties and powers are divided between those two poles in the region.

The second part of an interview with Aso Kamal, a member of the Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan.

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Strikes and boycotts in Iraqi Kurdistan

Aso Kamal, Kurdish socialist activist, spoke to Solidarity about class struggle in Iraqi Kurdistan.


There is a recession in Iraqi Kurdistan, and there are strikes and demonstrations happening all the time.

Aso Kamal, Kurdish socialist activist, on class struggle in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Turkey's hidden civil war against the Kurds

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Ralph Peters

Across areas in south-eastern Turkey, areas that are overwhelmingly ethnically Kurdish, a virtual civil war is going on.

The right wing Turkish AKP government’s response has been what they describe as “security operations”. These were first launched in the Sur district of Diyarbakır and the Cizre and Silopi districts of Şırnak in mid-December.

Across Kurdish areas of south-eastern Turkey, a civil war is going on.

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Daesh strikes in Jakarta and Istanbul

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Simon Nelson

Following attacks in Paris and Beirut in November last year, along with the shooting down of a Russian passenger jet, Daesh has stepped up its deadly operations outside of the claimed borders of its “Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.

Following attacks in Paris and Beirut in November last year, along with the shooting down of a Russian passenger jet, Daesh has stepped up its deadly operations outside of the claimed borders of its “Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.

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Daesh shifts its tactics

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Simon Nelson

Daesh has since its evolution from Al Qaeda in Iraq concentrated on the “near enemy”, on sectarian killing of Shia Muslims, non-compliant Sunnis, and other minorities, and conquest of contiguous territory to form its “Islamic State”.

The “far enemy” was not a priority for Daesh. Now there is a shift in the style and type of attack that Daesh and its supporters carry out. The downing of a Russian plane, the bombing of Beirut, and the bombings and mass shootings in Paris, are more like Al Qaeda attacks such as the 2004 Madrid bombing.

Daesh has since its evolution from Al Qaeda in Iraq concentrated on the “near enemy”, on sectarian killing of Shia Muslims, non-compliant Sunnis, and other minorities, and conquest of contiguous territory to form its “Islamic State”

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