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The Bewildered Right - There are two possibilities - either Bush planned democratic revolution in the Middle East all along or he just made it up as he went along. We've been arguing all along that Bush and company had a very real need to deceive the right because Bush planned to do something that was genuine left in Iraq, overthrow fascism and support democracy

(Published: 2003-12-01 12:00 AM)

US strategy with regard to Palestine

(Published: 2003-11-19 08:20 AM)
A discussion that took place on the old LastSuperpower forum in September 2003.

Stability and US Policy

(Published: 2003-11-09 12:00 AM)

Understanding US declaratory policy (by albert on 09/09/2003)

(Published: 2003-09-09 06:00 AM)
From our old forum (September 2003). The first part is a comment on US strategy with regard to Palestine and the second part discusses why Bush et al lied about weapons of mass destruction.

Chronology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(Published: 2003-06-24 08:00 AM)

Nine Red Herrings: How the Western 'Left' has Misread Iraq

(Published: 2003-06-18 12:00 AM)
How is it possible that Marxism has been so corrupted and distorted that "Marxists" prefer to see thousands more Iraqis die in the torture chambers of the Baath, and millions more suffer under the iniquities excused (not caused) by the UN sanctions, rather than admit that socialists not only can but must support even the worst bourgeois democracy against even the least bad tyranny?

Engels on Hegel - all that is real is rational; and all that is rational is real. "Just as in France in the 18th century, so in Germany in the 19th, a philosophical revolution ushered in the political collapse. But how different the two looked! The French were in open combat against all official science, against the church and often also against the state; their writings were printed across the frontier, in Holland or England, while they themselves were often in jeopardy of imprisonment in the Bastille. On the other hand, the Germans were professors, state-appointed instructors of youth; their writings were recognized textbooks, and the termination system of the whole development — the Hegelian system — was even raised, as it were, to the rank of a royal Prussian philosophy of state! Was it possible that a revolution could hide behind these professors, behind their obscure, pedantic phrases, their ponderous, wearisome sentences? Were not precisely these people who were then regarded as the representatives of the revolution, the liberals, the bitterest opponents of this brain-confusing philosophy?"

(Published: 2003-06-15 12:00 AM)
This is part 1 of Frederick Engels' article "Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy. (1886)

Aggression, fascism, strategy and logic - discussion from previous LS site. Why, and when, should we support the US overthrow of fascist regimes?

(Published: 2003-05-11 12:00 AM)

May Day - it's the festival of the distressed - For more than two decades, the genuine Left has been swamped by a pseudo-Left whose hostility to capitalism is reactionary rather than progressive. The pseudo-Left opposes modernity, development, globalisation, technology and progress. It embraces obscurantism, relativism, romanticism and even nature worship. At May Day rallies, the pseudo-Left whines about how things aren't what they used to be. The real Left has been marginalised, debating neither the neo-cons nor the pseudo-Left, simply because there has been no audience for that debate. Incoherent nonsense from complete imbeciles is published as "Left" comment in newspapers just so right-wing commentators can pretend they have something intelligent to say. In fact "Left" is used as a euphemism for "pessimistic", "unimaginative" and just plain "dull".

(Published: 2003-05-01 12:00 AM)

BARHAM SALIH: What the Kurds Want

(Published: 2003-04-22 12:00 AM)
The transition in Iraq will not be easy, and must be assessed in its proper context. Iraq's decimated civil society - coupled with the many external influences - will inevitably make the transition a rather complicated process. The future of Iraq is of consequence not only to the people of Iraq, but also the wider Middle East and beyond. The stakes cannot be any higher: for those of us who would like the Islamic Middle East to aspire toward more democracy, as well as for those who seek to maintain the status quo.

Barham Salih: The Kurdish Dream

(Published: 2003-03-21 12:00 AM)
"Today, we fight alongside you because in a world of cynicism, the U.S., and its genuine allies, understand that they cannot use the Kurdish dead to justify this war and then sell out the Kurdish living. We have been sickened to hear those who armed Saddam preach to us about the horrors of war, to listen to those who helped prop up the dictator prate about international law."

A Plea from the People of Iraq

(Published: 2003-03-10 12:00 AM)
No one wants a war in Iraq less than the Iraqi people. But we don't have the luxury of being anti-war.

Speech by Dr. Barham Sahlih (January 2003)

(Published: 2003-01-20 12:00 AM)
Speech presented by Dr Barham Salih Prime Minister, Kurdistan Regional Government - Iraq to The Socialist International (SI) Council, Rome, January 20th, 2003

A Summit Misconceived

(Published: 2002-08-12 12:00 AM)
But what are the causes of global poverty? An Argentine economist once told me, "Everybody below the Rio Grande River believes that they are poor because you are rich."

Stability, America's Enemy

(Published: 2001-02-10 12:00 AM)
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Last modified 2004-11-18 07:37 AM

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