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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe: WL 3/49

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Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today. How do we build a united struggle against them?

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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe, WL 3/49

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Yves Coleman of Ni parties, ni frontières (France)
Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today; How do we build a united struggle against them.

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Daesh stages murderous fightback in Mosul

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Simon Nelson

With the assault on Mosul advancing quickly, Daesh have mounted a last ditch fightback. Seven eastern districts of Mosul have been lost; fighters who remain are hiding amongst the civilian population and launching repeated smaller guerilla style attacks on the approaching troops. 34,000 people have now fled the city.

The war on Daesh is producing winners and losers — and the people of Mosul may be among the latter.

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Socialist Worker drops “stop the bombing”

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Will Sefton

In Socialist Worker (18 October) Charlie Kimber says Mosul will be “the next city to be razed by imperialism”. He does not, however, make a direct call on the US or UK to end their bombing in support of Iraqi government forces.

The recognition that to shout “stop the bombing” is not an automatic “anti-imperialist” duty, when the alternative is like Daesh, marks a real shift. But where is the accounting?

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Mosul: thousands flee the city

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Simon Nelson

As we go to press Iraqi government troops are on the point of entering Mosul in their drive to expel Daesh (Islamic State) from the city. With Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia militias operating in the surrounding areas, Mosul is surrounded, leaving Daesh with limited capacity to repel the attack.

Iraqi government troops are on the point of entering Mosul in their drive to expel Daesh (Islamic State) from the city.

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Part IV: Afghanistan: Defend the cities!

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Sean Matgamna

For nine years, the army and air force of the bureaucratic ruling class of the Soviet Union waged a brutal war of conquest against the peoples of Afghanistan. They napalmed villages and burned the crops in the fields. They devastated the countryside, wrecked the primitive economy, and drove as many as five million refugees — one quarter of the entire population — over the borders into Pakistan and Iran.

For nine years, the army and air force of the bureaucratic ruling class of the Soviet Union waged a brutal war of conquest against the peoples of Afghanistan. They napalmed villages and burned the crops in the fields. They devastated the countryside, wrecked the primitive economy, and drove as many as five million refugees — one quarter of the entire population — over the borders into Pakistan and Iran.

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When the left refused to condemn 9/11 (2001)

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Cathy Nugent

The last issue of Action for Solidarity went to press two days after the aircraft attack on the US. At the time We believed the British left had condemned the attacks. That was not quite right.

All of the British left have described the events as horrific, of course but most have not made an unequivocal condemnation. Rather they have condemned the “tactics” of the attackers(Socialist Party) or said they condemn the attack “because the actions will not take forward the struggle against US domination by a single step...” (Workers Power).

Comment from the time on left groups' responses to the 11 September 2001 atrocity in New York.

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Sectarian dangers in Mosul

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Simon Nelson

The progress of Iraqi forces in their effort to re-take Mosul has gathered pace. Many Daesh fighters have been pulled out of the city to consolidate their power back in the rest of the terrain they control.

Daesh have used suicide attacks, carried out a diversionary operation in Kirkuk, and tried to halt Iraqi forces with clouds of toxic smoke from a burning sulphur plant; but it still seems unlikely that their fighters will be able to resist the combined forces of Kurdish peshmerga and the Iraqi army, backed by US and UK airstrikes.

The progress of Iraqi forces in their effort to re-take Mosul has gathered pace.

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Blaming The Victims

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Marieme Helie-Lucas

The Algerian socialist-feminist Marieme Helie-Lucas responds to Deeya Khan's film Islam's Non-Believers, which was broadcast on ITV on 13 October.


For the past three decades, we have been witnessing the implementation in politics of the concept of perversity in psychology. Truly, this is a case study.

The Algerian socialist-feminist Marieme Helie-Lucas responds to Deeya Khan's film Islam's Non-Believers, broadcast on ITV on 13 October.

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Defend Fatima Manji

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Gerry Bates

Kelvin MacKenzie is a loudmouth, a bully and political thug. For years, during the 80s and early 90s MacKenzie edited the populist, Tory rag, the Sun. He was responsible for the gloating headline “Gotcha” after a British submarine killed 1,200 young Argentinian soldiers and sailors by sinking an old warship, the Belgrano, which was steaming away from the Falkland Islands during the 1982 war.
MacKenzie commented, “The fact that the enemy were killed to my mind was a bloody good thing and I’ve never had a moment’s loss of sleep over it.”

Kelvin MacKenzie is explicitly inciting hatred against all Muslims, irrespective of their political beliefs, apparently slandering all Muslims as sharing some responsibility for the Islamist attacks.

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