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Bush lays out his “vision” for the Middle East

By Bill Vann, 28 February 2003

With its scare stories about weapons of mass destruction and allegations of Baghdad-terrorist ties having failed to stem worldwide opposition to a war against Iraq, the Bush administration this week unveiled a new pretense for aggression. War, it claimed in typical Orwellian fashion, is the only means of achieving peace, and US military occupation is the road to democracy in the Middle East.

WSWS/SEP public meetings in Melbourne and Sydney: the political tasks facing the antiwar movement

By , 28 February 2003

The mass protests that took place across the world over the weekend of February 14-16 inaugurated an international antiwar movement that already embraces tens of millions of people. In Australia, as many as one million marched in cities and towns around the country.

Police assault striking tea plantation workers in Sri Lanka

By Sri Haran, 28 February 2003

Police from the town of Hatton in the central plantation area of Sri Lanka last week raided the Ottery tea estate in an effort to intimidate striking workers. About 20 police in plain clothes stormed into the workers’ residences, known as “line rooms,” on the evening of February 20 and assaulted Subramaniyam, a security guard on the estate. When other workers heard his wife’s screams and gathered outside, the police fired into the air and fled in their vehicle, attacking two other workers as they left.

Behind the “antiwar” stance of the Australian Greens

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 February 2003

The hundreds of thousands of people across Australia who joined demonstrations on February 14-16 to oppose the Bush administration’s criminal invasion of Iraq were motivated by a genuine horror of war. Like millions across the globe, they added their voices to the demand “No war against Iraq”.

The opposite of what’s needed

By Joanne Laurier, 28 February 2003

The Life of David Gale, directed by Alan Parker, written by Charles Randolph

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 28 February 2003

Parisian artists and musicians strike against government benefit plans

A conversation with historian James M. McPherson

By David Walsh, 28 February 2003

A recent conversation with historian James McPherson of Princeton University was prompted by two events: the appearance of Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, which purports to deal with an episode of the Civil War, and the publication of Professor McPherson’s most recent work, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, which studies one of the turning points in that same conflict.

Italian opponents of war block US military transports

By Marianne Arens, 28 February 2003

Since last Friday, thousands of Italian war protesters have been blocking military trains used by US armed forces to transport soldiers, weapons and tanks from a north Italian base to Livorno, where the materials are due to travel on by ship.

Letters on US war against Iraq

By , 28 February 2003

Below we post a selection of letters on the US war preparations against Iraq.

Ebola outbreak in the Congo

By Barry Mason, 27 February 2003

On February 19 the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva confirmed that an outbreak of haemorrhagic fever in the Cuvette Ouest region of northwest Congo-Brazzaville, near its border with Gabon, was due to the Ebola virus.

An interview with French Socialist Party spokesman Karim Pakzad

By David Walsh, 27 February 2003

On February 14, one day before millions marched in Europe in opposition to the impending US war against Iraq, reporters from the World Socialist Web Site visited the headquarters of the French Socialist Party (PS) on the Rue de Solférino, not far from the National Assembly. That same afternoon French Foreign Minister Dominique Villepin spoke in opposition to the US in the United Nations Security Council, bringing to a close a remarkable week in which the Iraq question had provoked the sharpest crisis in American-European relations in the postwar period.

A victory for government by stealth: US congressional arm abandons suit against Cheney

By Joseph Kay, 27 February 2003

The General Accounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of the US Congress, decided earlier this month to abandon its legal efforts to force US Vice President Dick Cheney to turn over information relating to the development of the Bush administration’s energy policy. The decision amounts to a self-abdication of congressional oversight on the part of the GAO and Congress as a whole, and marks a major step in the Bush administration’s drive to arrogate sweeping and unconstitutional powers to the executive branch of the federal government.

Senator Byrd laments Democrats’ silence on Iraq war

By Bill Vann, 27 February 2003

Rarely do the public utterances of American bourgeois politicians rise above the level of lies and platitudes. Earlier this month, however, the octogenarian Democrat from West Virginia, Robert Byrd, took the floor of the US Senate and gave a speech that merits consideration.

Britain: Blair ignores popular opposition in parliamentary brief for war

By Chris Marsden, 27 February 2003

British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s February 25 statement to Parliament, given on the eve of a debate on the Labour government’s backing for a US-led war against Iraq, was little more than an extended ultimatum. It was intended as a rebuttal to the proposal tabled in the UN Security Council by France, Germany and Russia calling for the weapons inspectors to be given more time.

National Express withdraws from Australian showpiece of privatised transport

By Margaret Rees, 27 February 2003

When the Victorian government privatised the state’s entire public transport system in 1999 it lauded the move as the consummate answer to the persistent problems of conveying people and goods in one of Australia’s most populated states. The public was assured that private enterprise would deliver what the public sector could not—an efficient, safe and vastly improved service.

Australian legal experts declare an invasion of Iraq a war crime

By James Conachy, 27 February 2003

Forty-three Australian experts in international law and human rights legislation have issued a declaration that an invasion of Iraq will be an open breach of international law and a crime against humanity, even if it takes place with the authorisation of the UN Security Council. The statement concisely argues that any Australian participation in a war on Iraq—as part of the Bush administration’s “coalition of the willing”—will make the government of Prime Minister John Howard and Australian military personnel liable for prosecution in the International Criminal Court.

Bush hands UN an ultimatum on Iraq war

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2003

The resolution presented to the United Nations Security Council Tuesday by Britain, Spain and the United States is an unprecedented ultimatum, not to Iraq, but to the entire world. The Bush administration is demanding unconditional support for the war of aggression it has decided to wage against an impoverished country that poses no threat to the American people.

Britain: Labour government delays directors’ liability as work deaths rise

By Neil Hodge, 26 February 2003

Despite assurances that the Labour Party is committed to safety at work, more than 50 people each month are killed in work-related accidents in the UK. In fact, the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s New Labour has the worst record for deaths at work of any government since the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) started compiling figures in 1981.

War crimes tribunal drops charges against Croatian general

By Keith Lee and Paul Mitchell, 26 February 2003

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has dropped war crime charges against the former Chief of the Croatian Army, General Janko Bobetko. Medical experts appointed by the tribunal have declared the 83-year-old Bobetko too ill to stand trial.

US: Bethlehem Steel to terminate health and insurance benefits for 95,000 retirees

By Alden Long, 26 February 2003

Bethlehem Steel Corporation has announced it will terminate health care and life insurance benefits for 95,000 retired workers and their dependents by March 31. The cuts are part of the $1.5 billion purchase agreement initially reached by Bethlehem with the International Steel Group (ISG), agreed to in December and finalized on February 5, in an effort to bring Bethlehem out of bankruptcy.

Australian government backs imprisonment of Melbourne man in Pakistan

By Margaret Rees, 26 February 2003

Australia’s Howard government has refused to demand the release and repatriation of Jack Thomas, a 29-year-old Melbourne man and former taxi driver imprisoned without charge in Pakistan since early January. Pakistani officials claim that he has links with Al Qaeda: allegations that are unsubstantiated and strenuously denied by Thomas’ parents and his wife.

Japan’s involvement in the Sri Lankan peace process

By K. Ratnayake, 26 February 2003

Over the last six months, Japan has been quietly but insistently pushing to play a significant role in the so-called peace process in Sri Lanka. Tokyo is scheduled to host the next round of talks between Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in mid-March and a major donor conference on Sri Lanka in June. Its involvement in Sri Lanka is part of a wider agenda to enhance Japan’s influence, in particular through its interventions in regional conflicts.

Why Germany’s Christian Democrats support the war against Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 25 February 2003

The war against Iraq has split not only the European elite, but also that of Germany. Sections of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and Free Democrats (FDP), as well as the German conservative press, are conducting a campaign against the political course adopted by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (Social Democratic Party—SPD) and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (Green Party) that is growing more hysterical by the day.

Jesse Jackson and the Chicago dance club tragedy

By Kate Randall, 25 February 2003

The death of 21 people, mostly young and African-American, who perished in a stampede at a Chicago dance club in the early morning hours of February 17, was a terrible human tragedy. It was also one of those events that shed light on political and social realities normally concealed from the public eye—in this case, the longstanding and thoroughly corrupt relationship between the city’s so-called civil rights leaders, black entrepreneurs and the political establishment.

Record US trade deficit highlights global imbalances

By Nick Beams, 25 February 2003

The announcement of a record balance of trade deficit has once again thrown a spotlight on the deepening financial problems of the US as it prepares to unleash war against Iraq.

Pennsylvania state police cleared in killing of 12-year-old

By Eula Holmes, 25 February 2003

No charges will be filed against the two Pennsylvania state police officers who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy on Christmas Eve in Uniontown, Pa., a small town 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon announced that she wouldn’t prosecute the troopers a few days after a coroner’s inquest ruled the shooting to be “justified.”

The New York Times’ brief for war against Iraq

By Bill Vann and Barry Grey, 25 February 2003

In the buildup to war against Iraq, the editors of the New York Times have postured as “responsible” allies of the growing antiwar movement. Their modus operandi has been to castigate those elements who denounce the impending war as an act of imperialist aggression, while advocating a “healthy debate” about “nuanced” differences with the policy elaborated by Washington.

Fiji’s cyclone victims still lack food, shelter and clean water

By Frank Gaglioti, 25 February 2003

More than one month after Cyclone Ami devastated Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, its victims have, in many cases, been left to fend for themselves with local authorities unable to cope. People are still struggling to rebuild their homes and to find adequate food and clean water. Only limited international aid has been provided with small contributions from the two regional powers—Australia and New Zealand.

UK government’s hypocritical stance over World Cup cricket match in Zimbabwe

By David Rowan and Julie Hyland, 25 February 2003

The start of the World Cup cricket tournament in Africa was overshadowed by a dispute involving the International Cricket Council (ICC), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the England cricket team.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 25 February 2003

Sao Paulo paralyzed by transit engineers strike

Rumsfeld pushes big lie on "human shields” in Iraq

By Henry Michaels, 24 February 2003

Faced by protests against their war plans involving millions of people worldwide, the Bush administration and the US media are increasingly employing one of the “big lie” techniques notoriously employed by the likes of Hitler and Stalin: accusing their enemy of the crimes they are about to commit.

France: Former prime minister Jospin resurfaces in the pages of Le Monde

By Alex Lefebvre, 24 February 2003

The former Socialist Party prime minister, Lionel Jospin, has resurfaced in the French press. After his ignominious third-place finish behind the conservative president, Jacques Chirac, and the neo-fascist candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in the first-round presidential elections of April 21, 2002, Jospin withdrew from political life. He made virtually no public statements except vague promises to “express my views ... once the time has come.”

Documentary exposes US aggression in Somalia, Sudan and Afghanistan

By Linda Slater and Andrew Warren, 24 February 2003

Award winning journalist and film maker Sorious Samura, who originates from Sierra Leone, presents a damning exposure of the terror campaign waged by US imperialism against the people of Somalia, the Sudan and Afghanistan in the Channel 4 documentary 21st Century Wars.

Inadequate safety planning produces South Korean subway disaster

By our correspondent in Seoul, 24 February 2003

On the morning of February 18, a fire in the subway in the South Korean city of Daegu rapidly turned into one of the world’s worst subway disasters. The official death toll currently stands at 133 but the figure could rapidly rise as 385 people are still missing. Another 145 were injured, some seriously.

Student protest exposes rift in Chinese regime

By John Chan, 24 February 2003

Details have surfaced this month of how a large but localised protest by university students in the city of Hefei in early January led to a bitter factional conflict in the upper echelons of the Chinese bureaucracy over the handling of social discontent.

New findings on Stonehenge point to continent-wide socio-cultural network

By Ann Talbot, 24 February 2003

Archaeologists have discovered that a body excavated near Stonehenge last year is a man who originated in Switzerland, Austria or southern Germany. The 4,000-year-old burial is contemporary with one of the early phases of building at Stonehenge, suggesting that the man may have been connected with the monument.

Public meetings in Britain on the tasks facing the antiwar movement

By , 22 February 2003

The mass demonstrations that took place across the world over the weekend of February 15-16 represent a historic turning point.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 22 February 2003

Chinese timber workers blockade factory

Child starvation stalks Argentina’s northern provinces

By Perla Astudillo, 22 February 2003

Since October, Argentina has reported the deaths of scores of children from malnutrition, with thousands more hospitalized and fighting for their lives. Nearly half a million children—more than one in five—are suffering from malnutrition across the country. Included among the deaths reported in recent weeks was a 14-year-old who died February 10, weighing only 25 kilos and a three-year-old weighing only 9.8 kilos—the normal weight for a one-year-old.

US troops to be involved in combat operations in the southern Philippines

By Peter Symonds, 22 February 2003

In a major escalation of the US military presence in the Philippines, the Pentagon plans to send up to 3,000 personnel to take part in a joint operation next month with the Philippine army against the Islamic fundamentalist militia Abu Sayyaf on the southern island of Jolo. Unlike last year’s operation on neighbouring Basilan Island, which was disguised as a limited six-month training exercise, US Special Forces will be directly involved in combat alongside local soldiers. There will be no cutoff date.

Bush administration preparing new police state measures

By John Andrews, 22 February 2003

For months the Bush Administration has been secretly preparing a new bill to add or change dozens of federal laws and thereby dramatically increase the executive branch’s power to spy on people in the US, hold them secretly, and even strip them of their US citizenship.

US telecom giants and the war in Iraq: It’s not just about oil

By Joseph Kay, 22 February 2003

A growing number of people around the world recognize that the impending US assault on Iraq will be a war of plunder. Focus has rightly centered on Iraq’s enormous oil reserves and the desire by American corporations to seize control of this lucrative resource.

Reports on February 14-16 antiwar demonstrations

By , 22 February 2003

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its coverage of the historic international demonstrations held last weekend to protest the US war drive against Iraq. Today we are posting reports from demonstrations in Portsmouth, Ohio and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

US government mounts conspiracy frame-up of Palestinian activists

By the Editorial Board, 22 February 2003

The indictment and arrest February 20 of University of South Florida (USF) Professor Sami Amin Al-Arian and three other men on terrorist conspiracy charges is an outrageous attempt to railroad individuals to prison because of their political opposition to the murderous policies of the Israeli government and Washington’s complicity in the repression of the Palestinian people.

A comment on The Pianist

By Alex Steiner, 22 February 2003

I enjoyed reading Fred Mazelis’s review of The Pianist. My reaction was similar to that of the reviewer. I found the movie very moving because it told the story of the destruction of the Jews of Warsaw pretty much the way it happened without the noxious Hollywood melodrama that Spielberg employed in Schindler’s List. Perhaps because I am also a Polish Jew—one whose parents survived the Holocaust—I particularly appreciated Polanski’s efforts to depict the complexity of Polish society—that it included elements of historical anti-Semitism as well as a modern secular European culture that rejected such backwardness. This depiction contrasts with the one-dimensional anti-Polish stereotype of the congenital anti-Semite one sometimes encounters in Zionist circles (not dissimilar to the view of Germans as all equally accomplices of Hitler a la Goldhagen) as well as the equally false image of the heroic Poles propagated by Polish nationalists.

Wider US war threatened in Colombia

By Bill Vann, 21 February 2003

The threat of a wider US war in Colombia just as Washington is preparing to unleash an invasion of Iraq has escalated sharply following the killing of a Pentagon contractor and the abduction of three others by guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Acontecimiento histórico de significado mundial

By , 21 February 2003

WSWS : Español

Socialism and the Struggle Against Imperialism and War: the Strategy and Program of a New International Working Class Movement

By , 21 February 2003

The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party are sponsoring a public conference on the weekend of March 29-30, 2003 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The subject of the conference will be “Socialism and the Struggle Against Imperialism and War: the Strategy and Program of a New International Working Class Movement.”

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 21 February 2003

Autoworkers strike at UK Peugeot plants

Bolivia: Military-provoked riots end in 33 deaths

By Mauricio Saavedra, 21 February 2003

Fifteen thousand people marched on La Paz, February 17, demanding the resignation of the Bolivian government of President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. The demonstration came in the wake of more than a month of protests, strikes, roadblocks and violent clashes that have rocked Latin America’s poorest nation.

Britain: The significance of Blair’s response to the mass antiwar protest in London

By Chris Marsden, 21 February 2003

Consider if you will the political implications of the British government’s response to the antiwar protest in London and internationally that took place on February 15.

US boosts military aid to Bolivia

By Mauricio Saavedra, 21 February 2003

As coca grower leaders resume discussions with the Bolivian government, the Bush administration is substantially increasing military funding for the US-enforced “drug war,” paving the way for direct intervention.

French government party leaders solidarize themselves with American imperialism

By Stephane Hughes and David Walsh, 21 February 2003

The current conflict between French President Jacques Chirac and the Bush administration over war plans for Iraq has enabled the French government to posture temporarily on the world stage as a force for peace and international harmony. French imperialism has not changed its spots, however, and the present dispute has everything to do with how Paris believes its economic and geopolitical interests can be best served.

Reports on February 14-16 antiwar demonstrations

By , 21 February 2003

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its coverage of the historic international demonstrations held last weekend to protest the US war drive against Iraq. Today we are posting reports on demonstrations in Uruguay, Argentina and Sweden.

New Zealand antiwar protestors condemn Bush and Blair

By John Braddock, 21 February 2003

The WSWS spoke to some of the 7,000 participants in the antiwar protest in Wellington, New Zealand last Saturday. The large turnout caught the organisers from Peace Movement Aotearoa by surprise. They abandoned plans for a rally at the undersized Midland Park and headed to the parliament building instead, where police and parliamentary security guards hastily erected barricades.

Bush administration accelerates US military buildup against Iraq

By Henry Michaels, 20 February 2003

Having declared that he is undeterred by the size of the global protests against his planned assault on Iraq, US President George W. Bush is proceeding with frenzied military preparations. While Bush cynically continues to insist that no decision has been taken to invade Iraq, and that military attack is a “last resort,” US and British troops are massing in Kuwait at breakneck speed.

Economic “Perfect Storm” threatens to wreck US public education

By Steve Light, 20 February 2003

Public schools in New York City are facing budget cuts on a scale not seen since the city teetered on the edge of bankruptcy in the 1970s. Those responsible for this slashing of funds for the largest school system in the country have billed themselves respectively as the “education mayor,” the “education governor” and the “education president.”

Murdoch’s Sun dismisses million-strong London march as “nothing”

By Chris Marsden, 20 February 2003

The Sun is the flagship publication of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in Britain. It specialises in sleaze, bare breasts, celebrity scandals, attacks on welfare recipients, asylum-seekers and encouraging every possible variety of jingoism.

Bush administration withholds evidence in case of Zacarias Moussaoui

By Henry Michaels, 20 February 2003

In the latest twist in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui—the only person under arrest in the United States on charges related to the September 11 terror attacks—US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema postponed his trial indefinitely on February 12 to allow the Bush administration to file an appeal to support its right to withhold evidence from the defense.

Sri Lankan police drag out hearings over LTTE’s threats against SEP

By Nanda Wickremesinghe, 20 February 2003

Despite continuing threats by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) against members of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) on Kayts Island in northern Sri Lanka, three court cases earlier this month confirm that the police are in effect shielding the LTTE. Reluctant to act at all, police officials have dragged out proceedings and downplayed the LTTE’s actions.

Reports on February 15-16 antiwar demonstrations

By , 20 February 2003

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its coverage of the historic international demonstrations held last weekend to protest the US war drive against Iraq. Today we are posting reports sent in by readers from Brussels, rural Oregon and California.

Russia and the war against Iraq

By Vladimir Volkov, 20 February 2003

The war against Iraq, whose prime mover is the American Bush administration, assisted by Tony Blair’s British government, might start any time in the next few weeks, perhaps even in a few days. Having begun as an act of naked neocolonial aggression against a weak and almost defenseless country, it will inevitably set off a chain of events producing deep changes in political and social relations throughout the world.

Australia: Protestors express deep disgust with US war plans

By our correspondents, 20 February 2003

WSWS correspondents in a number of Australian cities spoke to participants at the anti-war rallies last weekend. Altogether around a million people marched in all the capital cities as well as in many smaller regional centres and towns across the country.

Desperately searching for allies: Washington fetes Australian prime minister

By Richard Phillips, 19 February 2003

Confronted with mass anti-war protests on a global scale and diplomatic resistance from France, Germany and Russia, the US government has been summoning some of its most reliable allies to Washington in a desperate effort to present an image of a growing international alliance for war.

Reports on February 15-16 antiwar demonstrations

By , 19 February 2003

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its coverage of the historic international demonstrations held last weekend to protest the US war drive against Iraq. Today we are posting reports sent in by readers in New York City; Seattle; Wilmington, North Carolina; Texas; and Bern, Switzerland.

South Africa: ANC escalates privatisations and economic restructuring

By Barbara Slaughter, 19 February 2003

On January 14 President Thabo Mbeki gave his state of the nation address before the South African parliament, which was heralded with an air force flypast and a 21-gun salute.

Discussions with Paris antiwar demonstrators

By David Walsh, 19 February 2003

An overwhelming majority of the French population is hostile to the US war against Iraq. According to a poll done by the IPSOS global research firm for French television and released February 17, nearly 9 in 10 French men and women (87 percent) are opposed to such a military intervention. Opposition has grown by 10 percent since the beginning of January alone.

EU summit agrees on war against Iraq as a “last resort”

By Peter Schwarz, 19 February 2003

Two days after millions took to the streets in worldwide protests against an Iraq war, the government leaders of the European Union (EU), meeting in Brussels, agreed a resolution that expressly approves of war as a “last resort”.

Letters on global antiwar protests

By , 19 February 2003

The following is a selection of letters to the WSWS on the international antiwar protests held February 15-16.

Oil and the coming war against Iraq

By Nick Beams, 19 February 2003

In the lead-up to last week’s global demonstrations against the impending US-led onslaught against Iraq, the London-based Financial Times mounted a somewhat desperate attempt to assert that oil is not one of the prime motivations for the American war drive.

A survivor of the Warsaw ghetto

By Fred Mazelis, 18 February 2003

Roman Polanski’s latest film, The Pianist, is a moving evocation of the Nazi Holocaust, depicted through the experience of a single survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 18 February 2003

Brazilian public servants protest

Australia: Near disaster as runaway train crashes at major rail station

By Peter Stavropoulos, 18 February 2003

On February 3, an unmanned commuter train rolled for 17 kilometres reaching speeds of 100 kilometres an hour before ploughing into a stationary V/Line country train at Melbourne’s Spencer Street station.

Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath gives evidence to Bloody Sunday tribunal

By Steve James, 18 February 2003

Former Conservative British Prime Minister Edward Heath gave evidence to the Saville Tribunal hearings into the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, Northern Ireland, in which 13 people were murdered by the British Army.

London: antiwar protesters denounce Blair’s support for Bush

By a WSWS reporting team, 18 February 2003

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its coverage of the historic international demonstrations held last weekend to protest the US war drive against Iraq. Today we are posting a further report, with interviews, on the massive London march, as well as an on-the-spot report on the rally held in Cape Town, South Africa. We encourage our readers to send in further reports from last weekend’s rallies, as well as comments on the demonstrations and the statement that was distributed in six languages from the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board entitled, “The tasks facing the antiwar movement”.

Air Canada demands massive concessions

By a correspondent, 18 February 2003

Air Canada, the country’s principal air carrier, is demanding $650 million in annual contract concessions from its 35,000 unionized employees—the equivalent of eliminating 8,000 jobs.

Bush uses AIDS funding as an instrument of foreign policy

By Barry Mason, 18 February 2003

US President George W. Bush announced $15 billion to fight HIV and AIDS in his State of the Union address on January 28. The proposed funds are to be spent in the African countries of Botswana, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Also included are the two Caribbean countries Guyana and Haiti.

Persecution of homeless mother continues in Toronto

By Mary Beadnell, 18 February 2003

Authorities in Toronto are continuing to persecute a 41-year-old homeless woman, proceeding with draconian charges of child abandonment against her, despite media coverage indicating the tragedy of her plight. The woman faced court February 10 and was ordered to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on March 11. Her bail conditions require that she remain in a shelter, report regularly to authorities and seek counseling.

Washington prepares to tighten the economic noose around North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2003

Even as it is preparing to launch war against Iraq, the Bush administration is planning a series of provocative new steps designed to heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Tens of thousands march in South Africa against Iraq war

By Eric Graham, 18 February 2003

On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across South Africa to voice their opposition to the US drive for war against Iraq. Demonstrations were held in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein.

Amsterdam protest confirms widespread antiwar sentiment

By our correspondent, 17 February 2003

Some 75,000 people from all over the Netherlands and neighbouring regions took to the streets of Amsterdam on Saturday to join the international demonstrations against a war on Iraq. The huge protest march lasted several hours and included people of all ages and many national origins. It confirmed that the overwhelming majority of the Dutch are strongly opposed to any military action against Iraq. Official opinion polls recently revealed that 89 percent of the Dutch population reject the war drive of the US government and its allies.

Protesters rally on Chicago’s North Side

By Joseph Kay, 17 February 2003

In Chicago, some 5,000 people braved bitter cold temperatures to demonstrate at Rogers Park on the city’s north side, in a mainly Pakistani community. Protestors included large numbers of youth and high school students, as well retirees, workers, immigrants and families, including infants in strollers. Buses brought demonstrators from around Illinois, as well as from Iowa and Indiana.

100,000 demonstrate in Belgian capital

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 February 2003

Some 100,000 people demonstrated Saturday in the streets of Brussels to oppose the impending war against Iraq. The demonstration was called by two umbrella organisations, “Stop USA” and “Anti-guerre Irak.” As a result, the protest ended with two separate rallies at different locations.

An event of world historical significance

By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 17 February 2003

The mass demonstrations that unfolded simultaneously across the globe on the weekend of February 15-16, 2003 will live in history. What occurred on these days was an unprecedented manifestation of international human solidarity against war. In the face of the militaristic frenzy of the most ruthless imperialist regime in the world, more than 10,000,000 people have spoken out against the plans for an invasion of Iraq.

200,000 march in Paris against Iraq war

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 February 2003

Some 200,000 people marched in Paris on Saturday to protest the impending US war against Iraq. The procession, which gathered protesters from every region of France, took several hours to march from the Place Denfert-Rochereau in the south of Paris to the Place de la Bastille in the central east.

3,000 march in Tel Aviv

By David Cohen, 17 February 2003

Some 3,000 people, both Arabs and Jews, demonstrated this weekend in Tel Aviv to protest the US-British war drive against Iraq. The demonstration was held by a coalition of peace organizations, political parties and alternative media groups, including the Communist Party, the National Democratic Assembly, the Democratic Arab Party, the Independent Media Center, the Alternative Information Center, the Jewish-Arab Partnership Group (Ta’ayush),the Peace Block movement (Gush Shalom), and the Organization for Democratic Action. The Zionist left, including Meretz and Peace Now, decided to boycott the demonstration.

Protests in Perth, Brisbane and other Australian centres

By our correspondents, 17 February 2003

Antiwar protests took place last weekend in all of Australia’s major cities.

Thousands join protest in Wellington, New Zealand

By John Braddock, 17 February 2003

New Zealand saw its biggest political demonstrations in over two decades when thousands turned out to protest the planned war against Iraq in 18 urban and provincial centres—from Whangarei in the north to Dunedin in the south. The Clark Labour government has indicated that it would support a war on Iraq if it received UN endorsement.

Thousands march in Detroit

By Shannon Jones and Lawrence Porter, 17 February 2003

Braving sub-freezing temperatures, close to 5,000 demonstrators marched through downtown Detroit on Saturday to oppose the threatened war against Iraq. The protest was sponsored by the Michigan Emergency Coalition against War on Iraq, and culminated in a rally at the Cobo Hall convention center.

Tens of thousands march in Dublin

By Patrick Walsh, 17 February 2003

The Dublin antiwar protest was a massive affair, with a rough estimate at over 200,000 participating. The march initially proceeded along O’Connell Street, a broad boulevard in the city centre. It took just over one and a half hours to pass.

Copenhagen: 30,000 march past US and British embassies

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 February 2003

The demonstration in the Danish capital of Copenhagen was attended in sub-zero temperatures by some 30,000 people, dwarfing last autumn’s antiwar demonstration, which involved 2,500 protesters.

Tens of thousands protest in cities throughout California

By Rafael Azul, 17 February 2003

More than 100,000 protested in San Francisco on Sunday. The protest took place the day after other protests worldwide so as not to conflict with the traditional Chinese New Year’s parade in the city.

London: a massive rebuttal of Blair’s support for war

By Julie Hyland, 17 February 2003

Up to two million people took part in the London demonstration to protest war against Iraq. The exact figure was difficult to calculate due to the sheer weight of numbers, but the demonstration stretched across the capital—From Hyde Park past Buckingham Palace, to the Houses of Parliament and beyond.

Thousands join rallies in Pittsburgh and nearby cities

By Paul Sherman, 17 February 2003

A number of rallies, vigils and demonstrations took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the smaller cities and towns in the surrounding tri-state area. People gathered at county courthouses and in public parks to show their opposition to the impending war in Iraq.

Massive New York City rally spills into streets

By Bill Vann, 17 February 2003

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied on Manhattan’s East Side February 15. Many of them, unable to reach the official rally sites, staged spontaneous protest marches that brought traffic to a standstill throughout much of the city.

Mass demonstrations inaugurate international antiwar movement

By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2003

The events of the past weekend constituted the largest single political protest and the first truly global demonstration against war. More than ten million people marched and rallied in over 60 countries and over 600 cities, with demonstrations taking place on every continent—including Antarctica, where scientists and others at the US McMurdo Base held a rally—in an historically unprecedented international movement against the Bush administration’s planned war against Iraq.

Sydney: Australia’s largest ever demonstration

By James Conachy and Laura Tiernan, 17 February 2003

The antiwar protests throughout Australia last weekend, in every major city and many smaller regional centres, were the country’s largest-ever political demonstrations. The turnout far exceeded the expectations of the organisers and expressed the hostility of broad layers of the people—from all walks of life, all ages and a wide array of ethnic backgrounds.

Young marchers predominate in Toronto

By our correspondents, 17 February 2003

An estimated 80,000 people marched through Toronto Saturday in a colorful and spirited demonstration, despite temperatures of 13 degrees below zero Celsius. Compared to the last antiwar rally on January 18, when about 10,000 participated, this march was not only far larger, but much younger, more working class and diverse.

Spain: more than 2 million march in Barcelona and Madrid

By Paul Bond and Vicky Short, 17 February 2003

Antiwar demonstrators mobilized in 57 Spanish cities on Saturday as part of what El Mundo described as “the first global protest in the history of humanity.”

Melbourne: 200,000 take part in antiwar protest

By Margaret Rees, 17 February 2003

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