Solidarity 128, 6 March 2008

AWL’s record on Ireland (and an account of the IWU, ICG and IWG) Part One

Derry

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Sean Matgamna

What follows is an account of the politics on Ireland of the Trotskyist Tendency, the forerunner of AWL, especially in 1968-70 — that is, of one side in the dispute in IS (forerunner of the SWP), which previous articles have described.

Rest of the series, of which this is part eleven (A)

This article traces ideas developed in Workers' Republic, the journal of the Irish Workers' Group, before the Northern Ireland Catholic revolt in 1968; the place of those ideas in the debates of the 1960s; the reassessments necessary after 1968; and mistakes which we now think we made.

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Solidarity with Iranian workers

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Harry Glass

Thursday 6 March was a day of action for Iranian trade unionists facing political repression, jail and torture. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union organised leafletting at stations in London, Edinburgh, Bristol Cardiff and Liverpool for the jailed Iranian trade unionists Mansoor Ossanloo and Mahmoud Salehi.

This action is an important example to trade unionists across Britain of the kind of work needed to put real international pressure on the Iranian government.

Thursday 6 March was a day of action for Iranian trade unionists facing political repression, jail and torture.

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Teach-in for Abortion Rights

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Amy Fisher

Although this year has seen no defeats for the abortion rights movement, we cannot afford to be complacent. The government has indicated it won’t seek to reduce the time limit at the moment but this is predicated on scientific evidence of foetal viability – basing time limits on this means any medical advances could threaten abortion rights. At the same time, David Cameron has spoken about the need to reduce the time limit, after leaders of all three parties came out for a reduction during the last election.

Although this year has seen no defeats for the abortion rights movement, we cannot afford to be complacent. The government has indicated it won’t seek to reduce the time limit at the moment but this is predicated on scientific evidence of foetal viability – basing time limits on this means any medical advances could threaten abortion rights.

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The Orange Godzilla retires

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Editorial

Ian Paisley did not jump out of the position of First Minister of Northern Ireland. He was pushed. Nudged, anyway.

He came under strong pressure from the leading circles of the Democratic Unionist Party to go, and go now.

It may be for Northern Ireland politics as if President De Gaulle of France had been assassinated early in 1962, at the time of the Evian agreement that gave Algeria independence after an eight year war.

The power-sharing arrangement in Northern Ireland, which has gone on very successfully in the last year - is it really as "bedded down" as it seemed with Ian Paisley as First Minister?

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Stop Israeli atrocity in Gaza!

Two nations, two states

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Editorial

That Israel should want to stop the clerical-fascist Hamas regime in Gaza lobbing rockets into Israel is understandable and unobjectionable. That is has a right to defend itself will be denied only by those who share Hamas's belief that Israel itself has no right to exist, and the Jewish Israelis no right to be where they are, except as a vulnerable, stateless, disarmed religious minority within an Arab state.

In principle, Israel has a right to attack those in Gaza who make feeble and intermittent war from the sky on its citizens.

It is a crime, a crime against the Jews of Israel as well as against the Palestinian Arabs, that Israel does not use its overwhelming power to bring about a just and democratic settlement with the Palestinians.

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