Interview with Sandra Bakutz (political prisoner in Turkey from February 10 to March 30, 2005)

Appeared in: ArbeiterInnenstandpunkt (Workers’ Standpoint) 138. Translated by RCN. As we learned just now, Sandra Bakutz was acquitted today (June 1, 2005) by a Turkish court! Like many, we are pleased about it and see it as a confirmation that international solidarity campaigning is both right and necessary. Here we publish an interview with her…

Freedom For Sandra Bakutz!

Austrian human rights activist Sandra Bakutz was arrested at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on February 9th whilst entering the country to observe a trial. As soon as the plane landed police entered the plane and removed her from the aircraft taking her straight into police custody. As a result of an imprisonment order issued by Ankara’s…

Sierra Leone – Britain’s Other Invasion – 5 Years On

Reprinted from Issue no. 64, Nov/Dec 2005, of Class Struggle, produced by the International Communist Union (Trotskyist) More than 5 years ago, on 7 May 2000, British troops landed in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. This was the first major intervention by the British army in sub-Saharan Africa since the end of its bloody…

Basketball rules in Palestine

Written by Dror Feiler, an ex-Israeli para from kibbutz Yad Hanna, now living in Sweden. He is a member of European Jews for a Just Peace. Published in New Interventions, Volume 12, no.1, Spring 2005. Israelis have the right to play on both sides of the court, whereas Palestinians can only play on their own…

Our Day Will Come!

Opposing the Imperial and Corporate Plan for the North Atlantic Region G8 protestors will visit a ‘strange state’ and a ‘peculiar country’ This July, socialists and communists will figure prominently amongst the international visitors coming to Edinburgh and Gleneagles to protest against the latest G8 summit. Many will pass through ‘her majesty’s passport control as…

Make Poverty History, Make Capitalism History, Fight For Socialism Today

Nick Clarke examines the reality behind the G8 agenda and looks at the alternative Blair’s presidency As the leaders of the G8 countries, together with their overpaid, overfed and self important delegations, meet at the luxurious Gleneagles estate in the Perthshire countryside, we welcome protesters to Scotland from a myriad of campaigns, pressure groups and…

Iraq: a rigged election under occupation does not equal democracy

No wonder Bush and Blair believe in God! As their imperialist venture into Iraq descends further into chaos, blood and madness, the criminal folly of this illegal and ruthless occupation was pushed off the pages of our newspapers and from our TV screens by an ‘act of God’: the Tsunami. The paltry aid from the…

Diego Garcia

Britannia waives the rules Uncle Sam rules the waves Diego Garcia is an island in the Chagos Archipelago, lying in the Indian Ocean. It has been inhabited by a Creole people since the eighteenth century, when it became a British colony. In 1966, the island’s 2000 inhabitants were forcibly removed by Harold Wilson’s Labour government…