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Where is Labour going? (John Nicholson)
"Immense progress?" (Rob Kent)
Bosnia: not a German plot (Colin Fostor)
Too rosy a picture (Conrad Russell and Petra Peters)
Shachtman and the US military (Ernie Haberken)
Loyalist right, not socialist! (John McAnulty)

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Russia after the elections (interview with Boris Kagarlitsky)
Hopes and fears in Bosnia (Chris Reynolds)
Oppose the Asylum Bill! (Dale Street)
Who backs Scargills SLP? (Tom Willis)
Stalemate in N.Ireland. Why? (John O' Brien)
Defend Nigerias workers! Mark (Sandell)
Blackboard jungles: why school violence?

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Tube workers' battle
An open letter to Clare Short (Annie O'Keefe)
Bosnia: will the ceasefire hold? (Martin Thomas)
Israel: the myth of Rabin and the prospect for peace (Adam Keller)
South Africa: victors don't commit war crimes (Anne Mack)
After Yeltsin, what?

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Letters and debate from Workers' Liberty 25

Letters and debate from Workers' Liberty 25

Yes, I am a socialist! (Billy Hutchinson)
Victor Serge was a revolutionary, but...
Jail food is poison (Lauren Otter)

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Socialists must support Scottish self-determination (Dale Street)
Labours maundy money (Martin Thomas)
The Fragile Middle East peace (Mike Fenwick)
TUC leaders bow down to Blair

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The left and Bosnia

To read Britain's left press on bosnia, you would think that there must be three different Bosnia's with the same name.
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Class and democracy in Bosnia's protest movement

Over the past month in Bosnia-Herzegovina, mass protests originating in workers’ struggles have evolved into autonomous citizens’ plenums calling for radical social and political change.

Since the close of the Balkans war in 1995 an increasingly corrupt, nationalistic bureaucratic class married to a project of economic neo-liberalism has developed in the country. The dire social consequences have been the seed-bed of a new “movement of the dissatisfied”.1

Over the past month in Bosnia-Herzegovina, mass protests originating in workers’ struggles have evolved into autonomous citizens’ plenums calling for radical social and political change.

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Bosnia: “Death to nationalism! Factories to the workers!”

Protests continue in Bosnia, taking the form of a widespread revolt. The artist Damir Niksic says: “It’s a new paradigm, a new Bosnian example. In other words, we do not talk any more about nationalities, tribes, races and nations. We are now talking about the proletarians, the unemployed, the reserve army of labour. “

“This is no longer a riot, it’s a social revolution”, says Sakib Kopić, president of the Polihema union.

Protests continue in Bosnia, taking the form of a widespread revolt.

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Benn, the Left and the Serb-Kosova Conflict, 1999

Record of a reconstructed discussion

Three people aroud a table in a back-street pub between Kings Cross and Euston stations. They have come from the Friends Meeting House on Euston Road, where Tony Benn MP, the one-time bishop Bruce Kent, the journalist Paul Foot and others have spoken against NATO's bombing of Serbia. The three are old college friends who have not seen each other in a long while...

TONY: That was a hell of a meeting, eh? It's many years since we've had an overflow meeting like that! Footsie and Bruce Kent were in great form. And Benn is fantastic!

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The SWP's Political Nihilism in the Balkan Wars [1999]

Making bricks without political straw: a Review of "The Balkans, nationalism and imperialism", edited by Lindsay German, published by Bookmarks in 1999. From Workers' Liberty #57

Review of "The Balkans, nationalism and imperialism", edited by Lindsay German,1999

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The Fruits of SWP Mechanical negativism in the Balcan Wars

Making bricks without political straw: a Review of "The Balkans, nationalism and imperialism", edited by Lindsay German, published by Bookmarks in 1999. From Workers' Liberty #57

If socialists operate in politics according to worked out positive principles, then they will generally be consistent. Should circumstances arise that compel them to seemingly veer from those principles, then they will explain themselves in terms of the base-line principles involved, or of some higher principle.

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Kosovo, NATO, Milošević and the SWP at the Easter 1999 NUT Conference

Friday, April 2

Arrive at the NUT Conference in Brighton expecting a lively and constructive weekend. Teachers are deeply angry about the Green Paper proposals for performance related pay.

Yet it is hard to think about anything but the unfolding crisis in Kosova. The previous week I had been to an involved discussion on the issue. This conflict is not reducible to the well-worn slogans - 'the main enemy is at home', 'stop the war', etc.

Kosovo, NATO, Milosevic and the SWP: Diary of a Delegate to Easter 1999 NUT Conference. Workers' Liberty 55, April 1999

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Why Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and their co-thinkers should apologise over Mladic and Srebrenica:

With Ratko Mladic, predator and killer, now in custody, Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and the others who have sought to deny justice to the victims of Bosnia's killing fields should apologise to those victims for working so long to make the justice they sought less, not more, likely.

With Ratko Mladic, predator and killer, now in custody, Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and others should apologise.

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Ratko Mladic, Srebrenica, and lessons for the left

Ratko Mladic, who commanded Serb forces during the Bosnian war of 1992-5, was arrested on 26 May in a Serbian village, and will now face a war-crimes tribunal in The Hague.

In July 1995, two of the areas which the United Nations declared “safe havens” in the midst of a fierce war were overrun by Serb forces under Mladic’s command. In Zepa, some 200 lives were killed, and the bulk of the population of 40,000 fled.

In the Yugoslav civil war of the early 90's, large parts of the left betrayed basic values of consistent democracy and freedom for oppressed nations, either openly siding with Mladic and Milosevic or, like the SWP, giving them backhanded support by posing as “anti-imperialist”.

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"Apparatus Marxism" and the Balkans war

A study of the political techniques of deception and self-deception used by the left in the 1999 Kosova war.

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Workers' Liberty 11 Survey

International round-up: PLO goes for two states; Yugoslavia's "market socialism" crumbles; aftermath of the economic crash; crisis in Nicaragua; gains for PT in Brazil; EEC's "single market"

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Hopes and fears in Bosnia

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Chris Reynolds

“The occupiers of a country are never popular, either those who want to stay forever or those who are dying to get home.” Jane Flanner was writing about the American occupation of France in 1945, which, having helped free the country from Nazi terror, had a better chance of popularity than most. The occupation of Bosnia by 60,000 NATO troops, mostly US, French and British, has no such advantages.

A 1996 survey of the situation in Bosnia after the end of the Yugoslavian civil war.

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Why Bosnia must defeat Milosevic

Branka Magas is a Croatian socialist living in London and the author of 'The Destruction of Yugoslavia' (Verso). She talked to Martin Thomas about the nature of Karadzic's Bosnian-Serb military regime and the case for siding with the Bosnian government in the current war.

Bosnia's declaration of independence in 1992 was preceded by a referendum in which a large majority of the population voted in favour. Those Bosnians who found themselves under the control of the Serbian-dominated Yugoslav army were not allowed to take part in the referendum.

A 1995 interview with Branka Magas, a Croatian socialist living in London, about the nature of Karadzic's Bosnian-Serb military regime and the case for siding with the Bosnian government in the war between them.

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Free the Belgrade Six!

Six members of the Serbian section of the International Workers Association, the Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative are facing charges of “international terrorism” in relation to an attack on the Gree

Six members of the Serbian section of the anarchist International Workers' Association are facing “international terrorism” charges relating to an attack on the Greek Embassy in Belgrade.

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Student struggles go global

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Darren Bedford

Students all over Europe — and, indeed, the world — are planning a wave of high-level direct action as part of the Global Week of Action, called by the “International Students Movement”.

Students all over Europe — and, indeed, the world — are planning a wave of high-level direct action as part of the Global Week of Action, called by the “International Students Movement”.

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Self-determination for the peoples of former Yugoslavia!

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An article from July 1992 stating our basic position in the wars which erupted as Yugoslavia broke up and Serbia tried to conquer maximum territory for a "Greater Serbia".

An article from July 1992 stating our basic position in the wars which erupted as Yugoslavia broke up and Serbia tried to conquer maximum territory for a "Greater Serbia".

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Radovan Karadzic: The politics of ethnic chauvinism

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Editorial, Solidarity, 21 August, 2008

The capture in Belgrade of Radovan Karadzic, who bears political responsibility for the murder of many thousands of Bosnian Muslim civilians in the mid-1990s, undoubtedly reflects the “turn to the west” of the current Serbian government. He had been living and working in Belgrade, protected by other Serb nationalists.

It is good that he has been captured and good that he will be punished. The pity is that the relatives of his victims in Bosnia won’t have the chance to hang this mass murderer!

Radovan Karadzic, who bears political responsibility for the murder of many thousands of Bosnian Muslim civilians in the mid-1990s, has been captured and jailed.

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Motion on Kosova

The following motion, moved by Workers' Liberty member Sofie Buckland, was passed by the National Executive of the National Union of Students on Thursday 21/02/08. The same text could be used for motions to trade union branches.

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1. Kosova declared independence from Serbia on Sunday 17 February 2008.

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Yes, Kosova should be free!

On Sunday 17 February Kosova declared itself an independent state.

It has been recognised by the European Union and the United States; it is opposed by Serbia, Russia, and others.

As we go to press, Serbs have burned the customs posts on the new border between Kosova and Serbia. Conflict may escalate.

On Sunday 17 February Kosova declared itself an independent state. It has been recognised by the European Union and the United States; it is opposed by Serbia, Russia, and others.

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Was Callinicos a Closet Neo-Con?

Kosova

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No better, more democratic, or more effective rules exist for organising relations between peoples and fragments of peoples than those of Lenin, Trotsky and their comrades. Consistent and comprehensive democracy: self-determination for compact majorities; indifference towards existing state boundries; as much autonomy, self rule, as circumstances allow, for peoples who are not a compact majority; unity of the working class across the borders and other divides on the basis of consistent democracy.

The SWP decries self-determination for Kosova on the grounds that independence breaches "international legality" and "destabilises", and an independent Kosova could be a "failed state".

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