Iraq

War and Virgin Birth, or, Capitalism Drives You Crazy!

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Sean Matgamna
Now we have the triumphant homecomings. And what do the soldiers come home to, in the country whose fantasies they embody? To a tremendous outcry in the press about artificial "virgin birth"!

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Bloody War and the Threat of Virgin Birth, or, Capitalism Drives You Crazy!

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Sean Matgamna

During the Gulf war it was hard o avoid the impression that Britain was a country in the grip of a mass psychosis.

From the grey dull little Thatcher-made Prime Minister, with his robotic voice and the grey metallic glint round the eyes, by way of no-guts Neil Kinnock translating Major's pronouncements into a better class of sub-Churchilian rhetoric, all the way down into the sewers of the tabloid press, official society was caught up in a fierce fantasy about fighting a glorious war for freedom and liberty against great odds.

Now we have the triumphant homecomings. And what do the soldiers come home to, in the country whose fantasies they embody? To a tremendous outcry in the press about artificial "virgin birth"!

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Bloody War and the Threat of Virgin Birth, or, Capitalism Drives You Crazy!

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

During the Gulf war it was hard o avoid the impression that Britain was a country in the grip of a mass psychosis.

From the grey dull little Thatcher-made Prime Minister, with his robotic voice and the grey metallic glint round the eyes, by way of no-guts Neil Kinnock translating Major's pronouncements into a better class of sub-Churchilian rhetoric, all the way down into the sewers of the tabloid press, official society was caught up in a fierce fantasy about fighting a glorious war for freedom and liberty against great odds.

Now we have the triumphant homecomings. And what do the soldiers come home to, in the country whose fantasies they embody? To a tremendous outcry in the press about artificial "virgin birth"!

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Stop this war, start another one

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Dan Katz

The Stop the War Campaign is misnamed. To the naïve it is a happy, pacifist campaign.

However the splinter of the SWP that runs it (called Counterfire) is very far from being pacifist, and it would be far more honest for the campaign to be renamed, “Stop this War and Start a Different One”.

Stop the War website article argues Islamic State (ISIS/IS) is serving Israeli interests

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ISIS threatens the Kurds; US sends bombers

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Martin Thomas

The US has restarted military action in Iraq, bombing the Sunni ultra-Islamist movement ISIS.

In June ISIS took control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria, stretching from the border with Turkey almost to the border with Iran. On 29 June it declared a "caliphate" (religious dictatorship) and called on all devout Muslims to rally to it.

The US has restarted military action in Iraq, bombing the Sunni ultra-Islamist movement ISIS.

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Impasse in Iraq

Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent (13 July): "Since the capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) on 10 June, Shia women and children have been killed in villages south of Kirkuk, and Shia air force cadets machine-gunned and buried in mass graves near Tikrit."

Shia-sectarian militias are mobilising against ISIS more effectively than the Iraqi army.

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Justice for all ‘honour crime’ victims!

On 7 July, I attended a meeting at the House of Commons, hosted by Jeremy Corbyn MP, about honour killings in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The meeting was called by the Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation (KMEWO).

Before this meeting, I have to say that I knew very little about the plight of some of the women in the region. The statistics and stories I heard have inspired me to take action on this issue and to ask others to do the same.

Iraqi Kurdistan has a population of less than five million people yet according to women’s groups in the country on average 252 women have been murdered every year in so-called ‘honour killings’ in the last decade.

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Iraqi union leader Falah Alwan speaks on workers' struggles in Iraq

On the Saturday night of Ideas for Freedom 2014, Workers' Liberty and comrades from the Worker-Communist Parties of Iraq and Kurdistan organised a fundraiser to support Iraqi workers', women's, and refugee organisations in their struggles against sectarianism.

In this speech Falah Alwan, the President of the Federation of Workers' Council and Unions in Iraq reports on the recent struggles of Iraqi workers.

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