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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 July 2006

In brief...

Afghan conflict re-ignites

FIVE UK soldiers, part of US-led coailiton forces in Afghanistan, have been killed in Helmand province in clashes with Taliban fighters.

Aside from the irony that these Islamist guerrillas were once used as a proxy army by the West against the Soviet backed Afghan regime, these deaths underline the deterorating security situation in the country.

The original mission aim of the British troops was to act as peacemakers and helping in reconstruction. Now, because of the "unexpected strength" of the Taliban, the Ministry of Defence will eventually deploy nearly 6,000 troops to try and quell the uprising.

Yet, in October 2004, Tony Blair and George Bush dismissed a renewed Taliban threat and instead trumpeted Afghanistan elections as a milestone toward a 'flourishing democracy' and an example for Iraq to follow.

Guantanamo Bay - put Bush in the dock!

ON 29 June the Supreme Court - the US's highest court - ruled that President George W Bush had exceeded his authority and violated the Geneva Conventions in ordering military war crimes trials for detainees at the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison.

Many foreign prisoners, mostly Muslims, have been held there but only ten of the 460 prisoners have been charged with any crime. About 120 have been cleared for release or release to their home countries where Bush and his administration wants them to stay in detention.

Guantanamo's constant stream of news of torture, force-feeding and other maltreatment, suicides, hunger strikes etc are bad public relations for US imperialism and its attempts to maintain its superpower authority.

Will Bush use this judgement as an excuse to close Guantanamo or will he continue to ignore the worldwide condemnation, even from his 'allies' in his war? Regardless of what this superpower capitalist politician is forced to do, the Socialist Party supports the closure of this horrific camp as well as the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.


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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 6 July 2006:


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: Not for sale!

Fighting back against cuts and closures

Stop NHS Logistics sell-off

The NHS: What the Socialist Party says


Campaign for a New Workers Party

Public services not private profit

Build the Campaign for a New Workers' Party


Socialist Party youth and students

Young people need a living wage!


Socialist Party campaigns

How the rich became super-rich

Blairites trounced in Labour heartlands

Come to Summer Camp!


International socialist news and analysis

Israeli troops inflict 'collective punishment' on Palestinians

In Brief

'War on terror' undermining our democratic rights

Chile: Who killed Victor Jara?


Socialist Party review

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

The Irish Civil War 1922-1923


Socialist Party workplace news

Royal Mail - turn anger into action

Bus campaign prepares support for striking drivers


 

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