War and Terror

War and Virgin Birth: 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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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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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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Defying fundamentalism

In an article originally appearing in Against The Current, the publication of the US socialist group Solidarity, Haideh Moghissi reviews Karima Bennoune's Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.. This article originally appeared online here, and is from the March/April edition of ATC (No. 169).

An article from Against The Current, the publication of the US socialist group Solidarity, in which Haideh Moghissi reviews Karima Bennoune's Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.

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