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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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No to the Islamists!

The war in Iraq was an event that sparked mass protest when over 1 million people marched on the 15th February 2003 in London. Despite this, as we all know, the USA and UK troops continue to occupy Iraq and bomb its civilians and destroy its infrastructure. The result was the devastation of the work and livelihoods of huge numbers of Iraqis. The occupying forces still have done little to rebuild this as the capitalist oil corporations carved up Iraq for oil profits without even caring about the Iraqi people all. This was no war of liberation, but a war for capitalist profit! The media has afterwards portrayed the battle between the occupying forces of the American and British troops fighting the Islamic guerrillas.

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Defend gay Muslims!

Around 25 lesbian and gay activists went to the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London on 17 May to protest at the arrests and punishment of 105 men in the country, after allegedly attending a gay wedding in March this year. The protest, organised jointly by Outrage and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association. It was one of hundreds that took place in more than 40 countries to mark the first International Day Against Homophobia.

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A major conspiracy?

By Roy Havers

The so-called "ricin plot" resulting in the murder of Special Branch member Stephen Oake by alleged al-Qaeda supporter Kamel Bourgass in January 2003 has been used by right-wing political figures to promote their own agendas. Charles Clarke said it showed the terrorist threal was real; Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, declared that it therefore justified the war on Iraq.

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Iraq: tide turning? And which way?

By Colin Foster

According to the Independent, probably the major newspaper most sharply critical of the US/UK military in Iraq, “the tide is turning”.

Patrick Cockburn writes: “American forces are on the retreat throughout Iraq.

“Slowly, the great American adventure in the country, which started with the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, is coming to an end.” (Independent, 12 April)

Jonathan Steele, in the Guardian, takes the opposite view:

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The anti-imperialism of fools

The Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) has produce a withering attack on the fake “anti-imperialism” of Islamist forces across the globe. An article by Farooq Sulehria contains a sharp rejection of these forces. Although we disagree with the LPP’s views on some other “anti-imperialists” discussed in the article, we welcome their honest and uncompromising stance.

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Letter to a student SWP member: Why are you joining the reactionaries?

Dear comrade,

On 7 April, at this year’s National Union of Students conference, Socialist Worker Student Society members, in alliance with the Islamist-dominated Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), organised a walkout in protest at the speech given by the Iraqi socialist, Houzan Mahmoud, who had been invited to conference as a guest speaker.

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Qaradawi and Ken Livingstone’s dodgy dossier

Contrary to Ken Livingstone's claims, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, whom he has boosted and welcomed to City Hall, promotes clerical-fascist views. His politics are neither progressive nor "moderate", but radically reactionary.

Ken Livingstone's office has produced a document defending his invitation to the Muslim cleric Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi to City Hall in July 2004. Al-Qaradawi is a leading spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to a briefing written by gay activist group Outrage, using the words of Qaradawi himself, the Livingstone dossier includes factually untrue claims in defence of Dr al-Qaradawi.


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Islamism and democracy

Israeli socialist and peace activist Uri Avnery comments here on recent demonstrations against Mubarak in Egypt and on the growth of Islamism in the Middle East. The demonstrations have been severely repressed. That is bad, but it is also worrying that the forces that are initiating the demonstrations are growing. How should socialists face up to this reality?

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