War and Terror

Cameron's hypocrisy on extremism

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Pat Murphy

On 20 July 20 David Cameron spoke to a selected audience at an academy school in Birmingham about tackling violent extremism in Britain.

While there were fleeting references to the far right and Islamophobia, the main focus of his speech was the extremism that led, among other things, to hundreds of young people leaving their homes in Britain to join Daesh (Islamic State). The speech was fundamentally about Islamist extremism.

Cameron is not wrong to see Islamist terror as a problem, or to see the links between the violent and the non-violent form. He is also not wrong to say that a more cohesive and integrated society would help undercut the attraction of simple but reactionary cults. But the neo-liberal economic and social policies which are at the absolute core of his government are incapable of creating such a society. On the contrary they magnify and exacerbate the levels of inequality and alienation we already endure.

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Challenging fundamentalism: Workers' Liberty in further conversation with Marieme Helie-Lucas

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Marieme Helie-Lucas

In March 2015, Algerian sociologist and revolutionary socialist-feminist Marieme Helie Lucas spoke to Solidarity, the newspaper of Workers' Liberty, about the Muslim far-right, and the struggle for secularism, women's rights, and socialism (click here). Here, we continue the conversation.

A continuing discussion on religious fundamentalism, feminism, secularism, and socialism.

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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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The Russians Withdraw from Afghanistan (1988)

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Sean Matgamna

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

They argued that Afghanistan was a different case from Vietnam or other battles against imperialism. The USSR claims to be socialist; and even if we reject this claim we can point to the frankly reactionary prograrnme of the Afghan rebels and the support for them from the United States. In comparison the Afghan government and its Russian backers are , if no more, 'progressive'.

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

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The Russians Withdraw from Afghanistan

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

They argued that Afghanistan was a different case from Vietnam or other battles against imperialism. The USSR claims to be socialist; and even if we reject this claim we can point to the frankly reactionary prograrnme of the Afghan rebels and the support for them from the United States. In comparison the Afghan government and its Russian backers are , if no more, 'progressive'.

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

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Discovering what socialism should really mean

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Omar Raii

Socialism has always been a bit of an odd word for me. Growing up, reading about history I could never really understand what it meant. The Labour Party called itself a “democratic socialist party”, the totalitarian dictatorship that ruled Russia was known as the “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics” and Saddam Hussein’s thuggish ruling party in Iraq was known as the “Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party”. So in what sense could it mean anything?

If there is any hope to solving the problems in the Middle East, or changing the world in general, it lies with the international working class.

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The First World War: Swear You'll Never Forget (verse)

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN YET?
For the world's events have rumbled on since those
gagged days,
Like traffic checked awhile at the crossing of the ways:
And the haunted gap in your minds has filled with

Do you remember the rats, and the stench Of corpses rotting in front of the front line trench?

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Swear You'll Never Forget (the First world War)

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN YET?
For the world's events have rumbled on since those
gagged days,
Like traffic checked awhile at the crossing of the ways:
And the haunted gap in your minds has filled with

Do you remember the rats, and the stench Of corpses rotting in front of the front line trench?

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