Posts under ‘War/Defence’

So what are UK objectives in Syria?

by Michael Meacher.

Here we go again. Cameron’s latest declaration from the NATO summit is clearly hinting his intention of joining the US on air strikes against ISIS positions in Syria as well as in Iraq. This stance is legalised by claiming that the Iraqi government has called for these strikes, which is true, and that president Assad’s […]

Gaza: The war for nothing

by Uri Avnery.

After 50 days, the war is over. Hallelujah. On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 […]

Welcome to the NATO fest

by Jeremy Corbyn.

As Nato leaders gather this week in Wales, how does the military alliance find ever new ways to justify its seemingly endless expansion? Looking at government websites about the forthcoming Nato leaders’ conference at the Celtic Manor golf club, one could be forgiven for assuming it was some sort of gourmet festival. The leaders of 60 […]

Stop the witch-hunt of Tricycle theatre for a “boycott” that never was and a false charge of antisemitism

by Jon Lansman.

For a number of years, the Tricycle theatre & cinema in Kilburn (alongside other cinemas in London, Manchester and elsewhere) has hosted a Jewish film festival. Although most films are non-political, last year, films did include UK premieres of ‘Besa: the Promise‘ about mostly Muslims Albanians who risked their lives sheltering Jews during WWII, ‘From Cable Street to […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to the PM seeking parliament’s recall over Gaza

by Jon Lansman.

Jeremy Corbyn today revealed he’d written to David Cameron seeking the recall of parliament to discuss the Gaza conflict “in view of the serious violations of international humanitarian law taking place.” The request is especially timely coinciding with the resignation of Sayeeda Warsi who’d said “the government’s approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible.” […]

Why the Great War was not stopped

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A century on and the establishment are still soft-soaping it. So no Dave, no. Britain didn’t declare war against Germany for the sake of poor little Belgium, the rights of small nations or for the defence of neutrality. Those then groaning under the weight of our empire might have had a thing or two to say […]

Labour and the Great War

by Andy Newman.

The First World War was an unmitigated catastrophe, leaving over 9 million dead, countless millions more invalided, orphaned, widowed, displaced or impoverished. It destroyed an estimated £208 bn of capital value, and caused economic devastation much greater than that. It plunged much of Europe into political instability, and the lowered threshold to solving issues through […]

Gaza seen through Israeli eyes: two different wars on different planets

by Uri Avnery.

There was this village in England which took great pride in its archery. In every yard there stood a large target board showing the skills of its owner. On one of these boards every single arrow had hit a bull’s eye. A curious visitor asked the owner: how is this possible? The reply: “Simple. First […]

War – what is it good for?

by Jeremy Corbyn.

August is traditionally a time of concentrated conflict and when wars have started. One hundred years ago this week the first world war broke out as a result of a series of dangerous interlocking military alliances, a massive arms race between Britain and Germany, and a competition between European powers for trade and colonial influence all […]

When genocide is permissible?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Never. Well, sometimes. Or at least thinking aloud about it is okay. Why else would The Times of Israel publish such a thing? They may have removed it in short order, but as we know once things get on the internet…. Yochanan Gordon’s execrable screed shits on the memory of his ancestors. I am loathe to bring up […]

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