Victory was achieved by the world’s most powerful army. Opposing them was an Iraqi army which had been largely destroyed at the time of the Gulf war of 1991.
Terry Conway from International Viewpoint spoke to Gilbert Achcar on May 2, 2003 in London. "What’s going on illustrates what many people who were opposed to this war were predicting - that the easiest part of it would be the overthrow of Saddam Hussein."
Terry Conway analyses some of the reasons why the anti-war movement in Britain has been one of the largest campaigns against Bush’s unending ’war on terror’ anywhere in the world.
Big political or industrial movements can shape the conditions of struggle for the working class for a generation. This was the case with the mass strikes in France in 1968. In Britain, the rising industrial militancy of the 1970s, which began to politicize the trade unions. These events radicalized a generation of activists.
Patrick Sikorski is Assistant General Secretary of the rail union RMT, one of the unions that has been at the forefront of the debate on the links between British trade unions and the Labour Party. He spoke to Alan Thornett in March.
The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) increased its representation in the Scottish Parliament from 1 Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) in 1999 to 6 in the election held on 1st May 2003. Following the election, the most prominent media coverage was of Rosie Kane, the newly elected SSP MSP for Glasgow, promising to put the ’Rude’ into Hollyrood (the location of the Scottish Parliament), and then taking the oath to the queen (under protest) dressed in jeans and with "my oath is to the people" written on her upheld palm.
The Argentine elections of April 27, 2003 left a paradoxical balance sheet; they took place amid generalized apathy and indifference and on the other hand attracted the participation of nearly 80% of registered voters.
Eastward enlargement of the European Union was not an historical necessity after the fall of the Berlin wall. The only exception was former East Germany, where German unification in 1990 represented the first actual enlargement of the EU - then the European Community - towards the East. German unification was decided in a popular and unilateral way, and the rest of Europe had to swallow its consequences.