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  • Labour needs a new foreign policy

    Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn's long-held views ought to become Labour policy

  • Why Labour needs to adopt Corbyn's foreign policy

    Jeremy Corbyn speaking at an anti-Trident rally. Photo: Flickr/Garry Knight

    Labour badly needs to adopt Corbyn's view of war and peace and dump the carbon copy of Tory policies which have served working people so poorly

  • We need a new foreign policy built around peace

    Jeremy Corbyn at '15 years on: Time to stop the war' conference. Photo: Flickr/ Jim Aindow

    Jeremy Corbyn's rise has put anti-war politics centre stage. We now have a chance to do things completely differently, argues Chris Nineham 

  • Russia and imperialism today

    Vladimir Putin visiting a Russian military base. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Putin’s Russia is an authoritarian state, but does it pose the threat that advocates of the NATO alliance often claim? John Rees looks at the profile of Russian military power today.

  • A society which cannot deliver the basics has to be changed - weekly briefing

    Housing

    As pessimism amongst the young spreads, Blair once again intervenes on Brexit and war in the Pacific looms, Lindsey German explains what's at stake

  • Trump and Macron: tangoing in Paris

    Macron and Trump

    Macron’s lovefest with Trump rests on a raft of converging policies, writes Susan Ram

  • Trump and Nato: a dangerous alliance

    Anti-NATO protesters

    It's been a significant week in the murky history of Nato, writes Shabbir Lakha

  • Is there any war you don't support Theresa May?

    Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Wikipedia

    Corbyn is wrongly labelled a pacifist by the Tories and the media, but his opposition to unnecessary war without end is in stark contrast to Theresa May's endless warmongering

  • Corbyn's opposition to endless war is his greatest strength

    Jeremy Corbyn at '15 years on: Time to stop the war' conference. Photo: Flickr/ Jim Aindow

    Jeremy Corbyn's wide-ranging speech on the threat of global war is a lesson to us all

  • Trump the warmonger

    US President Donald Trump. Photo: Wikipedia

    Just over a hundred days into office and confrontation with imperial rivals is already brewing, writes Chris Nineham

  • Nato exercises: escalating tensions

    jens stoltenberg

    The manoeuvres in Poland continue Nato‘s expansionist policies in eastern Europe

  • The centre cannot win

    Donald Trump, US President Elect

    Donald Trump should have been the dream opponent. A narcissistic blowhard opposed by his own party. He should have been a walk over

  • Signs of change in the Balkans? The Bulgarian and Moldovan elections

    Moldovan troops receiving ‘peacekeeping’ instruction from the North Carolina National Guard, 2011

    Is the stifling pro-western consensus that has dominated Balkan and eastern European politics for the last quarter of a century finally on the wane, asks Dragan Plavšić

  • Trump and Nato: continuity and change

    Make America Great Again, Trump 2016 Campaign Sign, Iowa, 2016

    As the dust begins to settle on the result of the US presidency, Jonathan Maunders disentangles the reality from the rhetoric in Trump's nascent foreign policy   

  • What does a Trump presidency mean for foreign policy?

    US President Donald Trump. Photo: flickr / Gage Skidmore

    Donald Trump's foreign policy intentions are unclear, however, what is, is that we should step up anti-war efforts, argues Chris Nineham

  • The Trump disaster: the chickens come home to roost

    US President Donald Trump. Photo: Flickr/ Gage Skidmore

    How did America elect its most reactionary President ever, asks John Rees

  • The hypocrisy of the British war machine

    Michael Fallon with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at Nato Conference, October 2015. Photo: Wikemedia Commons

    The duplicity of British politicians condemning Russia in Syria but supporting the Saudi bombing of Yemen is revolting, argues Lindsey German

  • 'Keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down': a potted and bloody history of Nato

    The Nato flag. Photo: Wikipedia

    From its inception to the present, Nato has been intent on pursuing a policy of aggression. Jonathan Maunders explains 

  • Yemen: Blairite Labour's addiction to war

    Aftermath of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sana'a, June 2015. Photo: Wikepedia

    Labour 'rebels' show their true colours by refusing to stop supporting Saudi bombing of Yemen argues Lindsey German

  • Cold War redux: Vladimir Putin and the new geopolitics

    President Vladimir Putin fields questions from the Russian public, Moscow, 2016

    Western demonisation of the former KGB director obscures his real manoeuvrings, observes Chris Bambery 

  • Don‘t waste this victory

    tory conference demo

    After Corbyn‘s re-election, we need to build a strong extra-parliamentary force that supports Labour – if it supports them

  • The argument for a new foreign policy

    Jeremy Corbyn Labour Leadership Rally in Kilburn, London, 2016. Photo: Jim Aindow

    We republish a chapter by Lindsey German from a new Verso report Corbyn and the Future of Labour

  • Breaking Bosnia's deadlock

    Serbian President Milošević signing the final peace agreement, December 1995. Photo: Wikipedia

    The imperial powers are once again at loggerheads in the Balkans. Dragan Plavsic argues for a decisive response from the left

  • Supporting Trident and Nato is the wrong direction

    MPs demonstrating against the renewal of Trident nuclear missile system, February 2016. Photo: Flickr/Counterfire

    In a world of increasing conflict, pandering to the right-wing on Trident and Nato is not the way forward, argues Lindsey German

  • Internationalism can’t be sacrificed to keep the Labour right happy

    Defend Corbyn Rally, Parliament Square, London, June 2016. Photo: Jim Aindow

    Retreating over foreign policy will allow the right to regroup, argues John Rees

  • British foreign policy just fell apart, and Labour must seize the moment

    stop the war demo

    A disastrous summer for the foreign policy establishment should be a golden opportunity for Labour, argues John Rees

  • Nato: Corbyn is correct

    nato training

    It's disturbing that Jeremy Corbyn's comments on foreign policy were in any way controversial says Chris Nineham

  • Libya: the new wave of destruction

    b-2 bomber

    This is set to be the start of the biggest Western military operation on Libyan territory since the 2011, alerts Chris Nineham

  • Turkey: Erbakan, Erdogan and after

    Erdoğan making Rabia sign for solidarity with Muslim Brotherhood protesters after 2013 Egyptian coup d'état. Photo: Wikipedia

    Alastair Stephens finds lessons for the movement in his analysis of the recent coup attempt in Turkey

  • Trident: it's about power not peace

    A Trident II missile fires its first stage after an underwater launch from a ballistic missile submarine. Photo: Wikipedia

    MPs voted through a military programme that has no rationale, argues Alex Bennett. The campaign to against renewal must go on

  • No time for faint hearts

    Corbyn's victory speech at Labour Party conference, 16 September 2015. Photo: YouTube

    We have got this far by being radical, argues Chris Nineham, and now is not the time to moderate the message

  • Back to the future: don't miss Nato's new cold war

    North Atlantic Council Meeting at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Chris Nineham highlights a worrying foreign policy shift at this year's Nato Summit that needs to be examined

  • 7 reasons anti-imperialists should vote for Lexit

    Photo: Wikipedia

    Anti-imperialists must vote leave, argues Sean Ledwith

  • Libya: Britain heads to war

    HMS Enterprise is being sent to Libya. Photo: Sounddezign/Wikimedia

    The government is taking us ever closer to war in Libya, says Chris Nineham

  • Libya: they want us to go to war against the refugees

    Fayez al-Sarraj meets the High Representative of the EU Federica Mogherini. Photo: YouTube

    The government wants to fight another war in Libya, and without going to parliament, writes Chris Nineham

  • The nuclear option: why Paul Mason is wrong

    Trident demo

    Lindsey German argues that supporting weapons of mass destruction would be a disaster for the left

  • The inconvenient truth about the massacre of the Kurdish people in Turkey

    kurdish protest

    Western governments have ignored the breaches of human rights by the current government of Turkey

  • Nato's dangerous game in the Balkans

    Montenegro's invitation to join Nato

    Dragan Plavšić examines the drivers behind Nato expansion in the Balkans and the implications for the left in the region

  • Paris attacks: fight the racist backlash

    candle moscow embassy

    In the wake of the atrocities in the French capital, building an anti-war movement is more necessary than ever, writes Kevin Ovenden

  • Shots which ring out around the world: Russia’s unexpected intervention in the Middle East

    Russia intervention

    Russian offensive operations in Syria may mark a shift in geopolitics and the global balance of power - and it is a shift into a massively more dangerous world writes

    Alastair Stephens

  • Warmongers and hypocrites accuse Jeremy Corbyn of disrespect for war dead

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn’s victory is a threat because he stands against the establishment's warmongering and hypocrisy writes Lindsey German

  • Killing Hope. US Military and CIA Interventions since World War II

    Book Cover

    William Blum’s Killing Hopeserves as a formidable compendium of US foreign invasions and interference since 1945, finds Ralph Graham-Leigh

  • Belligerent abroad, vicious at home. The government and the anti-war movement

    Don't bomb Iraq

    Stop the War has organised an international anti-war conference 'Confronting a World at War' - a crucial chance to discuss how to respond to an increasingly aggressive regime

  • Ukraine: why the West is to blame for the crisis

    Frontline Ukraine

    Chris Nineham reviews Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

  • Destroying Libya to 'save it': David Cameron has no regrets

    Tony Blair and Gaddafi

    The anti-war movement's prediction that western interventions would set the Middle East on fire, have proved tragically true, but that will not stop politicians fanning the flames

  • Graphic: Britain's Afghan balance sheet

    By 2020 Britain's Afghan operation will have cost over £40 billion according to figures compiled by journalist Frank Ledwidge in his book Investment in Blood, yet it is widely regarded as a strategic disaster

  • Libya: the lesson they want us to forget

    Libya

    Once held up as a model of 'humanitarian intervention' Libya's decent into bloody violence tells a story our rulers would rather we forget argues Kit Klarenberg

  • Berlin: the wall that came down and the walls that went up

    Berlin Wall

    John Rees was reporting from Berlin 25 years ago as the demonstrations which brought down the Stalinist dictatorship reached their peak. Here he reflects on the consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall

  • Afghanistan: why Britain's longest modern war is a failure

    Afghan Uk Coffin

    How could the litany of failure in Afghanistan possibly have been worth the deaths of hundreds of British and uncounted thousands of Afghan lives?

  • John Rees: Kobane can be saved if Turkey opens its border to Kurds

    John Rees of Stop the War Coalition says the Kurds could defeat IS if Turkey allowed the PKK fighters to cross the border with Syria and join the defence of Kobane

  • Mutual Defence Agreement: Cameron plans secret renewal of nuclear cooperation with US

    David Cameron is due to secretly renew the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA) on nuclear cooperation between the US and the UK writes Ellen Graubart

  • John Rees: solidarity with resistance of Kobane

    John Rees speaking at the 'Support the resistance of Kobane against Isis attacks' protest in London's Parliament Square. Video by Shahrzad Shemirani

  • Day-Mer: Kobane needs international support

    20,000 Kurds marched to Iraqi border from Cizre to protest Isis attacks on Kobane

    Nato member Turkey is effectively allowing Isis to destroy the Kurdish city of Kobane. This press release by Turkish Kurdish organisation Day-Mer, calls for international solidarity and for Turkey to allow Kurdish heavy weapons through to defend the city

  • Serbo-Croat: Ukraine: between Russia and the West - Alastair Stephens

    Ukrajina: između Rusije i Zapada
  • Ukraine's uprising against Nato, neoliberals and oligarchs - an interview with Boris Kagarlitsky

    A woman rides on the back of a truck holding a pitchfork and a flag of Novorossia (Newrussia, a union between the "Donetsk People's Republic and "Lugansk People's Republic) on August 24, 2014 in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Max Vertov

    Despite the ceasefire the crisis in Ukraine is far from resolved. Feyzi Ismail talks to Russian Marxist and dissident Boris Kagarlitsky about the background to the current situation

  • Seumas Milne: Far from keeping the peace, Nato is a threat to it

    It was the prospect of Ukraine being drawn into the western military alliance that triggered conflict in the first place

  • We'll protest as long as Nato promotes war

    No to Nato protest

    Lindsey German: as these masters of war meet again, we will make our voices heard to prevent further bloodshed and atrocities in Ukraine and Iraq

  • Video: speeches from the Newport No to NATO protest and Cardiff counter-conference

    Videos of the speeches from the protest rally held in Newport on 30 August to protest against the Nato summit. Produced by Paul Hanes

  • Liveblog: Protest against Nato summit in Newport

    No To Nato

    Images, videos and tweets from the mobilisation against Nato's war summit in Newport, Wales

  • Video: Stopping the spread of war, Stop Nato | 27 August 2014

    Boris Kagarlitsky

    Video from a Stop the War Coalition rally on the eve of protests in Newport against the Nato summit, with Boris Kagarlitsky, Sami Ramadani and Lindsey German

  • No excuse for no

    Yes

    James Meadway: we have an opportunity to crack open our captured democracy, undermine Britain's imperial military power and break up the Westminster-City machine. We should seize it with both hands

  • Nato summit: planning the march to war

    Lindsey German: this week Nato's political and military elite will descend on Newport to plan more military intervention - creating the greatest threat of another major war since 1945

  • Stop Nato setting fire to the world - protest on August 30

    The deranged expansionist policies of Nato are implicated in the wars in Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq argues Chris Nineham

  • A new war in Iraq? Cameron's convenient amnesia

    Cameron and Obama

    Lindsey German: What we are seeing in Iraq now is blowback on a major scale, yet many of those responsible are now saying more military intervention will work

  • The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan - just what the US does not want

    A Kurdish woman flashes a victory sign on September 22, 2013, during a demonstration in Istanbul.Photograph:AFP/Ozan Kose

    Western calls to arm the Kurds and bomb Iraq are both hypocritical and dangerous, argues John Rees

  • From Gaza to Ukraine: unite opposition to Britain's warmongering elite

    Blair and Cameron at the Cenotaph. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

    Lindsey German: the Gaza protests, BDS boycotts, the campaign to break the UK government's links with Israel and the anti Nato protests are all connected - we need a joined up opposition

  • MH17 and the threat of a world war

    Headlines

    The downing of Flight MH17 has fuelled the dangerous dynamic of global conflict that is leading the world towards the violent chaos we witnessed one hundred years ago writes Matt Carr

  • MH17 and Gaza: atrocity and hypocrisy

    Children's toys in Ukraine and Gaza

    To see the extent of David Cameron's hypocrisy, contrast his call for action on the plane shot down in Ukraine to his government's complicity in Israel's brutal assault on Gaza

  • New carriers, new wars

    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    The new aircraft carriers are designed for large scale war - with Britain acting as the junior partner of the US argues Alastair Stephens

  • The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan

    Book Cover

    As Western policy unravels across the Middle East, it is more important than ever to expose media complicity in interventions such as in Afghanistan, argues Helen Redmond

  • National Protests at the Nato Summit: No New Wars - No to Nato

    Wales could see its biggest protests in a generation as 60 world leaders meet at the Celtic Manor in Newport for the Nato summit on 4-5 September to plan their war on the world

  • No UK troops for Nato's Ukrainian war games

    Letter to Guardian calls on the UK government to pull out of joint military exercises on Ukrainian territory in July

  • Video: Georgia, Nato and spreading War

    Boris KagarlistkyVideo from a Stop the War meeting on the war in Georgia held in 2008 featuring Russian socialist Boris Kagarlitsky, Kate Hudson, John Rees and Mark Almond

  • Nato and the decline of US imperial power

    NatoAs the United States wakes up to a new world order of intense competition from Russia and China, Chris Nineham looks at the future of Nato

  • Nato's Afghan exit strategy in crisis as 'green-on-blue' attacks rise

    nato training afghanThe West's entire Afghan strategy has been thrown into chaos as increasing 'green-on-blue' attacks by members of the Afghan military and police cause Nato to suspend training

  • Afghans say the occupation has failed and NATO must go

    afghan protestThe crisis of western intervention in Afghanistan is described by Mitra Qayoom in this transcript of her speech delivered to last weekend’s Stop the War Coalition Conference.

  • Justice for Smiley Culture | Asher Senator | Protest at Scotland Yard 16 April 20111

    video by Adrian Cousins [ www.counterfire.org ] Protest for Justice for Smiley Culture (David Emmanuel)and against deaths in police custody. New Scotland Yard on Saturday 16th April 2011 Info from blkmoet27's tribute to Smiley www.youtube.com David Emmanuel, the British rap star Smiley Culture, died from a single stab wound through his heart, according to a postmortem examination. The 48-year-old singer died during a Metropolitan police raid at his house. His family have been told he stabbed himself while making a cup of tea. Emmanuel's family say the postmortem has strengthened their resolve to uncover the truth behind the "most bizarre of circumstances". They say they will employ an independent pathologist to verify the cause of death. "As a family, we are in a state of deep sorrow and anger," said David Emmanuel, the musician's nephew, at a packed public meeting in Brixton, south London. "My uncle was a father, an uncle, a friend and a mentor to many and is a British icon who died under the most peculiar of circumstances. "This is not a race issue, although there are suspicions that ethnicity has some relevance in this tragic event. This is a time when the whole British public will stand up to let the police and government know that we will no longer allow any citizen to die in the most bizarre of circumstances. Instead, we will seek the truth, doggedly, until that truth has been exposed." Emmanuel was stabbed shortly before 8.30am on Tuesday, an hour and a half after <b>...</b>
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  • No to Nato

    Videos by Feyzi Ismail

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a military alliance of twenty-six nation-states. It was formed on the 4th of April 1949 specifically to counterbalance the growing power of Soviet Union and block its potential expansion into Europe.

    The end of the cold war resulted in NATO becoming a vehicle for US military expansion which is notably seen in the war on Afghanistan.

    This weekend NATO held a summit in Strasbourg, France on its 60th anniversary with the main aim of increasing its troops there. Thousands of protesters converged to say no to the war on Afghanistan, no to war, no to NATO. Below is a report from the London contingent:

    The Stop the War Coalition (STW) organised 1 coach from Manchester and 2 coaches from London. I joined the contingent because demonstrating against NATO and Obama’s foreign policy felt like the necessary step to take after the injustice seen in the siege on GAZA.

    The coaches were waved off by the FIT and arrived late Friday night having negotiated police road blocks and a faulty GPS. A campsite had been set up by local anarchists, who had barricaded the main street leading to it using furniture, broken glass and anything else available to ensure the police could not enter. In the middle of the night, amidst the constant hum of a police helicopter, it was reassuring to know the camp was being guarded.

    In the morning the UK contingent marched with the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) towards the meeting point for the main demonstration.

    All trams and buses had been cancelled and a ring of steel placed around the city centre, with 24,000 German and French police on guard. The march was loud with slogans such as, ‘Obama, yes we can, troops out of Afghanistan’ whilst also focusing on Palestine and linking NATO and war with recession and anti-capitalism, alongside revolutionary chants.

    Upon approaching a bridge smoke from tear-gas canisters marred our view and we linked with the Black Bloc (the name used to describe anarchists wearing black clothing) who had been battling the police lines since dawn. We tried to continue marching but a fresh round of canisters hurtled towards us and we had to draw back, temporarily blinded by our tears.

    I had come ill-prepared but thankfully was handed a lemon and frantically bit on it then passed it on to prevent coughing fits; no-one wanted to stop chanting.

    By this point I simply wanted to beat the police and others had the same urge. We tried pushing forward a couple more times, always staying strong with the banners, always standing our ground. The NPA then called for us to move back to their position, and we did so to form a stronger block.

    Rumours then began that the bridge was open and we slowly inched forward until the smoke cleared and we could see lines of police with tanks to the left of us and fellow protestors ahead.

    I had text comrades about our positioning and they had come from the rally point in solidarity. We marched together to it and sat in the blistering heat listening to speakers trying to ignore the low-flying helicopters and increasing plumes of black smoke rising from the German border where 7,000 protesters were barred from crossing into Strasbourg. When the fires drew closer and tear gas resumed the event organisers finally felt it was time for the march to begin.

    The demonstration was 30,000 strong with international delegations of peace activists, Trade Unionists, the radical left and other pressure groups chanting for change. The main route was blocked and unfortunately the alternative ran alongside an IBIS hotel set alight by anarchists meaning the demonstration was stopped, police lines blocking the front and the back.

    We took time to rest until suddenly tear gas was coming in and we were pushed forward into a desolate industrial area watching police shoot rubber bullets at anarchists throwing rocks. We retreated and tried to establish an escape route; there wasn’t one. With police lines inching forward I realised that there would be no independent witnesses if the police decided to baton charge and began preparing myself for that eventuality.

    At that point organisers decided all protestors should sit down together away from the battle whilst someone negotiated our exit with the police.

    Thankfully this tactic worked and we were allowed to leave, heads bowed, chants banned until we had passed the lines of police onto an open road once again. The demonstration ended where we had begun, with some including myself leaving slightly earlier, ID at the ready at a police block to return to the campsite, greeted by local sympathisers handing out much appreciated water and bread.

    Teargassed, sunburnt and exhausted protesters spent the evening analysing the demonstrations, with many feeling there was an overall lack of organisation due to France not having an equivalent STW group but feeling positive having strengthened international solidarity and delayed the conference by an hour.

    The following day an activist counter conference was held with Black Bloc tactics dominating the discussion. Most speakers felt that the Black Bloc should not be demonised or seen as a homogenous group, and although they shouldn’t have targeted Post Offices and bus shelters their overall actions appeared more justified when a camp medic spoke of police violence as early as the 2nd.

    He described the use of tear gas and arrests at the camp, as well as bombs with aluminium shrapnel in them. STW Greece then argued we should be focusing on this police violence and NATO military violence instead of being distracted by the comparatively negligible violence of the Black Bloc.

    This discussion linked greatly to the need to engage with youth, with Kate Hudson from CND feeling peaceful protest is enough to draw them in whilst John Rees from STW argued that in order to do this our movement must have a radical and dynamic core.

    The London delegation left that evening, but only after we were searched by police blocking the campsite exit.

    All our banners, political literature and anything else the police wanted was taken. This was supposed to be intimidating but, as with the whole weekend, their actions felt tame compared to the British police’s actions during the G20 and GAZA protests. It made me realise how violent our police had become.

    Personally I felt the weekend was a success even if we didn’t manage to march where we wanted to; we protested, we were heard, and we forged closer international links which can only better our tactics in the future. The overall feeling was that no matter what the state throws at us, we will always organise and demonstrate against injustice and war.

    Josephine Gough





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