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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 September 2003

More Money For Public Services: End The Occupation Of Iraq

ANOTHER 1,200 British troops are being sent to occupy Iraq, with at least 1,000 more to follow.

Bush and Blair's war and occupation of Iraq for oil and profits have resulted in total chaos. But as usual it's working-class people who pay the price - whether they be Iraqi civilians, US and British soldiers or workers at home.

It's costing £2 billion a year just to keep the British troops that are already in Iraq. That's money that could be spent on improving the NHS, helping our kids get a decent education or paying postal workers and other public sector workers a living wage.

But this New Labour government will always put the profits of big business first. And they will lie and spin in the process.

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In The Socialist 13 September 2003:

More Money For Public Services: end The Occupation Of Iraq

Postal Workers Expose Low Pay Scandal

Postal workers: Treated Like Third-Class Citizens

30 years after the 11 September military coup: The Lessons Of Chile

Workers' Anger Begins To Show At TUC

Stoke by-election: standing For Socialism

Prison Threat To Anti-War Protester

No To Victimisation Of Union Activists

Death Ships, Courtesy Of The Free Market

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Two years after September 11, US Empire Looking Shaky

WTO in Cancún: Where Corporations Plot To Rule The World

Abu Mazen Resignation Ends Bush's 'Road Map'


 

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