Questions and answers on Iraq

Submitted by martin on 21 April, 2007 - 7:53

Who is Moqtada al-Sadr?
He is a Shia Islamist cleric who inherited a political movement from his father, Muhammed Sadiq al-Sadr, an Ayatollah who, along with Moqtada’s brother, was assassinated by Saddam Hussein’s agents in 1999.
He, in turn, had been the political heir of his brother, Ayatollah Muhammed Baqir al-Sadr, a major ideologist for the relatively soft-Islamist Dawa Party who was killed by Saddam in 1980.
Moqtada is a "harder" Islamist than the earlier Sadrs. He favours direct rule by the clergy on the model of Iran.

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Ted Grant and Marxism as "Prediction"

Submitted by AWL on 19 April, 2007 - 4:43 Author: Sean Matgamna

“The only true prophets are those who carve out the future they announce.”
James Connolly

Ted Grant, the last survivor from the leading figures of the Trotskyist movement of the 1940s died last July.

Ted Grant defined Marxism, in my hearing, as the “science of prediction”. Grant made many “Marxist” predictions, about the Stalinist states, the, so-to-speak, predetermined evolution of the Labour Party and many other things.

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Why isn't Hamas the same as the Algerian FLN?

Submitted by cathy n on 17 April, 2007 - 12:05 Author: Clive Bradley

Islamism represents despair. It is not an alternative economic and political programme, but a retreat from having one, trusting instead in God.

Old-style nationalism was for something positive and concrete in the real world. The Islamists of course have their ideology (or ideologies, plural, ranging from that of Sayyid Qutb to that of Khomeini) - but what it represents is essentially negative.

Download and read the article: Why isn't Hamas the same as the Algerian FLN? by Clive Bradley.

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Why for socialists the working class is central

Submitted by Anon on 12 April, 2007 - 10:46 Author: Max Shachtman

WE consider ourselves as heirs of the Trotskyist movement when it was a living movement in the full sense of the word, when it represented the imperishable tradition of revolutionary Marxism. And today, 25 years after the founding [in 1928] of that movement, looking backward with a minimum of maudlin sentimentality and a maximum of calm, objective and reasoned analysis — what do we celebrate on this 25th anniversary?

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What is Trotskyism?

Submitted by Anon on 9 April, 2007 - 10:25 Author: Sean Matgamna

Click here for the debate around this contribution.

19th and 20th century socialism is a house of many rooms, cellars, attics, alcoves, and hidden chambers (not to speak of private chapels and “priest-holes”).

There are in it the utopian socialists of our pre-history reformists and revolutionists, parliamentarians and insurrectionists, “direct action” anarchists and union-building syndicalists, council communists and kibbutz-building utopian Zionists.

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Poverty, crime and institutional racism

Submitted by cathy n on 8 April, 2007 - 12:15

Robin Sivapalan examines the educational and social background to gangster and gun culture and starts a discussion on how institutional racism still poisons British society.

Four young black men were shot dead this month in South London, sparking a new debate on gun crime. A just published UNICEF report ranked the UK last of the world’s 21 richest nations in terms of the material, subjective and educational well being of its children. The two events are connected.

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Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Submitted by Clive on 5 April, 2007 - 1:19 Author: Clive Bradley

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