On February 26, 2007, Houzan Mahmoud received a death threat in an e-mail signed by Ansar al-Islam, the notoriously brutal jihadist group based in Kurdistan/Iraq.
In this small article Lenin discusses the role of Russia and other European powers in China Lenin – “The War in China”. Changing what has to be changed, for example, bringing democracy rather than bringing Christianity, fighting insurgents and terrorists rather than rebels Lenin's article could today have been written by him about the involvement of the US and Uk in Iraq. His article also discusses the effect such actions have on the working classes of the countries involved in ways that are again familiar today. For example, he discusses the restrictions placed on workers similar to the way the "War on Terror" has been used to restrict Civil Liberties etc., he talks of the use of press stories attacking Chinese people, in the same way that the press today attack Muslims.
US and Iraqi government forces have once again raided the office of Iraq's largest trade union federation.
In an interview just aired on CNN Wolf Blitzer spoke to the respected US columnist Seymour Hersh of the "New Yorker". Hersh says that the US is already launching attacks on Iran from across the Iraqi border by Special Forces. Hersh also claims that the US has now changed tack in relation to Iran. Where previously the focus was on taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, the US is now looking to take out those Iranian facilities providing support for Shia groups inside Iraq.
Text of the AWL leaflet for the 24 February anti-war demonstration, London.
Around 250 people attended a “Faith, Homophobia and Human Rights” conference in London on Saturday 17 February 2007. Ali Hili from Iraqi LGBT and OutRage! spoke at the conference. Here is part of his speech.
The reactionary nature of the sectarian militias in Iraq has been demonstrated yet again with the killing of more trade unionists.
On 11 January militia gunmen abducted eight engineers from the Iraqi Oil Ministry as they were travelling to a Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI) press conference on fuel price increases. Four of the kidnapped victims were released. One engineer, Abdukareem Mahdi, was later found dead, after being tortured. The other three, Nazar Fattah, Adil Yahia and Ahmed Maulood, remain missing and are presumed dead.
Saddam Hussein was hanged in Baghdad on 30 December. The first thing that needs to be said about it, and said clearly and unambiguously, is that he should have been hanged a long time ago!
The second is that it is a great pity it was not the Iraqi workers, but the invaders and the Shia-dominated government of Iraq, that, 40 years too late, put a hangman’s rope around Saddam’s wretched neck.
By Martin Thomas
The official US National Intelligence Estimate now concedes that Iraq has lapsed into sectarian civil war, complicated by straight gangsterism and increasing conflict between different militias.
The Iraqi labour movement has been campaigning for a long time now against the principle of privatising and contracting out Iraqi oil. A joint statement in December 2006 by all the main union federations declared: