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US-UK conflict over the spoils of war

By Nick Beams, 31 March 2003

A conflict has started to develop between British and American interests over how the resources of a post-conflict Iraq are to be exploited.

International protests against Iraq war continue over weekend

By Joseph Kay, 31 March 2003

The enormous opposition to the war against Iraq was evident again this weekend, as protests were held in numerous cities in the United States and internationally.

Another market massacre in Baghdad

By Henry Michaels, 31 March 2003

Last Friday, for the second time in two days, US missiles hit a busy market street in a working class district of Baghdad, killing and wounding scores of innocent civilians—the same slum dwellers that President Bush and Prime Minister Blair had claimed would rise up to overthrow the Iraqi regime as soon as the war began.

Blair’s proposed destruction of public services opens "second front" at home

By Jean Shaoul, 31 March 2003

Prime Minister Tony Blair unveiled his plans for Britain’s essential public services in an article entitled “Where the Third Way Goes from Here” on the Progressive Governance Web Site (

Antiwar protests across Britain

By Julie Hyland, 31 March 2003

Demonstrations and rallies to protest the war against Iraq and Britain’s involvement in it were held across the UK on Saturday, March 29.

Over 200 artists perform at London Concert for Peace

By Paul Bond, 31 March 2003

On the evening of Sunday March 23, over 200 theatre performers took part in a special gala show at the filled to capacity Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, under the banner of the London Concert for Peace. The show was put together by performers working in the West End to express their opposition to the US-led war against Iraq. It featured solo readings and songs, as well as ensemble numbers provided by the companies of several shows. Proceeds from ticket sales are to be donated to human rights groups and aid agencies.

Australia: Thousands rally in Melbourne protest against war

By our correspondents, 31 March 2003

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100,000 in Germany demonstrate for an immediate end to the war

By our correspondents, 31 March 2003

An estimated 100,000 joined protests, sit-ins and blockades throughout Germany on Saturday to demand an immediate end to the US/British war against Iraq. According to police, 50,000 marched through Berlin in the latest of a series of protests and activities in the capital city against the war.

Blair caught lying about soldier’s "execution"

By Julie Hyland, 29 March 2003

The sister of a British soldier killed in Iraq has denounced Prime Minister Tony Blair for lying about the circumstances of his death.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 29 March 2003

Transport strike in Philippines

Bush and Blair hold crisis summit

By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2003

US President Bush and British Minister Blair came together this week for a hastily convened summit at Camp David to discuss war plans that have gone badly awry and to patch up widening disagreements over the political framework for postwar Iraq.

Antiwar protests in Turkey

By our correspondent, 29 March 2003

On March 27, public workers held a protest at Ankara’s Kizilay square, displaying their attitudes concerning the budget and the US-led war against neighboring Iraq.

Israel: Netanyahu’s nephew victimised for refusing military service

By Harvey Thompson, 29 March 2003

Jonathan Ben-Artzi, a 20-year-old physics student, has served a total of 214 days in military imprisonment for refusing to fight in the Israeli army. He has now spent more time in prison—stretching seven sentences—than any other Israeli conscientious objector and was recently designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

US Air Force Academy chiefs removed over rape scandal

By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2003

The US Air Force has announced that it is removing the four top officials at its academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after two months of revelations about the rapes of dozens of women cadets and the systematic cover-up of these crimes and intimidation and punishment of the victims by supervising officers.

Washington’s use and abuse of the Geneva Conventions

By Henry Michaels, 29 March 2003

Media commentators, legal experts and human rights organizations internationally have rightly accused the Bush administration of brazen hypocrisy in threatening to indict Iraqi leaders as war criminals for displaying American prisoners of war on state television.

Pittsburgh police lock up antiwar protesters for 30 hours

By Rosa Ieropoli, 29 March 2003

Below is the account of the experience of some of the 122 protesters in Pittsburgh who were arrested at the end of the March 20 march against the war in Iraq. The account is based on interviews with two of those arrested, Jennifer and Ethan, and confirmed by other accounts published in the press. Both Jennifer and Ethan are librarians at the University of Pittsburgh.

BBC complains of Pentagon lies

By Julie Hyland, 29 March 2003

The BBC has become so concerned at false and misleading information being put out on the war against Iraq that it has stressed to its journalists that they must clearly attribute military sources.

Russia: Putin condemns Iraq war as an "error"

By Vladimir Volkov, 29 March 2003

Only hours after the first American missiles landed on Iraqi territory, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a public declaration, condemning the onset of the US invasion as a “great political error.”

War coverage takes over as top Internet search

By Mike Ingram, 28 March 2003

“War” has taken over “sex”, “Britney Spears” and “travel” as the top Internet search term since the US and British forces commenced their bombardment of Iraq.

Washington’s hypocrisy over Iraqi "war crimes"

By Bill Vann, 28 March 2003

The Bush administration and the Pentagon have seized on Iraq’s treatment of captured US soldiers in an attempt to counter flagging support for a war that has failed to live up to Washington’s promises of a speedy campaign of “liberation.”

2002 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction: a static view of American life

By Sandy English, 28 March 2003

Richard Russo, Empire Falls , New York: Random House, 2001

Protest in Colombo against the US war on Iraq

By Ajitha Gunaratna, 28 March 2003

More than 1,000 people rallied in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, on March 21 against the US-led invasion of Iraq. The demonstration, which included Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, began at the Colombo Town Hall after Muslim prayers and marched through the city to Maligakanda.

WSWS/SEP to hold public meeting in Colombo against US war on Iraq

By , 28 March 2003

The US invasion of Iraq marks an irrevocable turning point in world history. Washington has embarked on an imperialist war of plunder aimed at seizing control of Iraq and its vast oil reserves as part of its broader ambitions in the Middle East and beyond.

Washington’s dirty military intrigues in northern Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 28 March 2003

The US military is rapidly becoming embroiled in a murky war of manoeuvre and intrigue in northern Iraq, in league with its Kurdish militia allies—the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

By , 28 March 2003

Romanian workers demonstrate against planned job losses

Democratic Party leaders embrace Bush’s war of aggression

By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2003

The outbreak of war with Iraq has already produced one abject surrender—by the congressional leadership of the Democratic Party and all the contenders for the party’s 2004 presidential nomination. Whether in the months leading up to March 20 they claimed to oppose a US war with Iraq or openly supported it, all sections of the Democratic Party have rallied behind the White House in the wake of Bush’s go-ahead for the invasion.

Baghdad market massacre sheds ghastly light on nature of US invasion

By Henry Michaels, 28 March 2003

Wednesday’s atrocity in a Baghdad working class neighborhood has cast a grisly light on the real character of the US-British invasion. The final death toll from two US missiles that tore apart the Abu Taleb Street market in the suburb of Al Shaab is expected to approach 30.

Blair’s press conference: lies and self-delusion

By Julie Hyland, 27 March 2003

Prime Minister Tony Blair’s monthly press conference, held Tuesday, March 25, was a distasteful spectacle.

France: Iraq war speeds up government’s austerity measures

By Alex Lefebvre, 27 March 2003

Having announced at the National Assembly that the Iraq war crisis was contributing to a moment of “national unity,” the government of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has specified that “world events are speeding up the calendars [of the reforms he has announced].” This declaration goes beyond a simple attempt to use the rise of President Jacques Chirac in the opinion polls, following his opposition to US war plans at the UN, to rapidly push through the “reforms” already prepared by the government. They represent more broadly an attempt to adjust the French economy and public opinion to the new world reality inaugurated by the invasion of Iraq by US forces.

International protests continue against US war in Iraq

By , 27 March 2003

Below are reports sent by correspondents in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Reno, Nevada; and Austin, Texas on protests against the US on Iraq. We urge readers to send in further reports on protests in their areas.

British troops lay siege to Basra

By Peter Symonds, 27 March 2003

Amid a welter of media reports, rumour and speculation about a possible anti-Hussein “uprising” in the southern Iraq city of Basra, simple facts have been conveniently buried. A large force of mainly British troops has surrounded and laid siege to the city of 1.3 million people, most of whom now have no electricity and clean water, and is responsible for creating a humanitarian crisis, potentially of huge proportions.

Germany: Embezzlement scandal at telecom giant Mannesmann

By Ludwig Niethammer, 27 March 2003

Charges laid by the Düsseldorf state attorney’s office against five captains of German industry and the head of Germany’s giant engineering trade union IG Metall, Klaus Zwickel, have led to a storm of media coverage.

Australia: Police arrest student antiwar demonstrators

By our correspondents, 27 March 2003

More than 10,000 Australian high school, Technical and Further Education and university students demonstrated across the country yesterday against the US-led war on Iraq. An estimated 5,000 students rallied in Sydney, 2,000 in Melbourne, 1,000 in both Perth and Adelaide, up to 800 in Brisbane, and 300 in Hobart. Students burned US flags and effigies of Australian Prime Minister John Howard and US President Bush and angrily demanded Australian troops be withdrawn from Iraq.

Argentina: Masiva marcha contra la guerra y por la memoria de los desaparecidos

By , 27 March 2003

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Letters on US war against Iraq

By , 27 March 2003

The following is a selection of recent letters on the US war against Iraq.

Iraq war: suspected war criminal at the side of Bush?

By Peter Schwarz, 27 March 2003

The poison gas attack carried out in the northern Iraqi city of Halabja which killed several thousand Kurdish civilians in March 1988 has been continually used by US president Bush and other leading representatives of the American government to justify a change of government in Iraq. There is now extensive evidence that the person responsible for this atrocity is actively participating in the current war against Iraq—and he is fighting on the side of the US.

Talking about not too much, unfortunately

By Joanne Laurier, 27 March 2003

Talk to Her, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Australian unions guarantee no ban on war materials

By Terry Cook, 26 March 2003

On March 2, a front-page article in the Sunday Herald Sun reported that the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) would consider a Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) proposal for bans on the movement of war materials if the US-led assault on Iraq went ahead.

International legal experts regard Iraq war as illegal

By Peter Schwarz, 26 March 2003

Prominent international legal experts regard the US-British invasion of Iraq as a clear breach of international law. Earlier this month the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Geneva expressed its “deep dismay that a small number of states are poised to launch an outright illegal invasion of Iraq, which amounts to a war of aggression.”

An open letter from the WSWS Editorial Board to the Attac movement in Berlin

By the Editorial Board, 26 March 2003

Dear Jan Sievers and members of Attac Berlin,

Indonesian president "strongly deplores" US attack on Iraq

By John Roberts, 26 March 2003

In a rare media conference last Thursday, Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri made a formal statement “strongly deploring” the US invasion of Iraq and branding the action as “an act of aggression, which is in contravention of international law”. She expressed “deep regrets” that the UN Security Council had been sidelined, warning that the unilateral US military action “threatened the world order”.

Ontario Tories’ Hydro One debacle: the political issues

By David Adelaide, 26 March 2003

Privatizing Ontario Hydro was a key objective of the Ontario Tories when they came to power in 1995, vowing, in the name of a “Common Sense Revolution,” to cut taxes for the well-to-do, slash social programs, and confront the unions. Not only did significant sections of Canada’s financial elite expect to reap riches from the privatization of the electrical industry. The dismantling of what had been Canada’s largest crown corporation was meant to demonstrate the Tories’ commitment to the privatization of public services and the removal of all regulatory restraints on big business.

Britain: Media report widespread hostility to US/UK forces in Iraq

By Julie Hyland, 26 March 2003

Just days into the war against Iraq, it is clear that the US-led action, supported by British and Australian military forces, is provoking widespread, popular resistance.

US Homeland Security’s "Operation Liberty Shield" targets democratic rights

By Kate Randall, 26 March 2003

One hour before President Bush went on television the evening of March 17 to issue his ultimatum in preparation for war on Iraq, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge made the decision to raise the national terrorism threat level to orange, the second highest level. At the same time, Ridge activated a security plan called “Operation Liberty Shield,” which calls for unprecedented domestic security measures, supposedly to protect American citizens from impending terrorist attacks.

Antiwar web site shut down

By Henry Michaels, 26 March 2003

While the major US media outlets have readily complied with Pentagon requests not to show footage and pictures of captured or dead American soldiers, one US-based web site has been shut down by its Internet provider,, for showing the images.

The ideological forebears of Washington’s "neo-conservatives"

By Stefan Steinberg, 26 March 2003

The article by Bill Vann, “The controversy over US Congressman Moran: anti-Semitism, Zionism and the Iraq war,” correctly characterises the collaboration between pro-Zionist elements in the Bush administration, such as Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, with such born-again Christian fundamentalists as the president himself. The ideology that underlies the thinking of the administration’s most hawkish and criminal elements, often referred to as “neo-conservatives”, is worth further examination.

US prepares for slaughter in Iraq

By Bill Vann, 26 March 2003

With the failure of the Bush administration’s war strategy to secure either the speedy collapse of the Iraqi regime or the support of the Iraqi people, the Pentagon is preparing to dramatically escalate its onslaught against the country’s civilian population as well as its military.

Singer Iris DeMent refuses to perform in protest against Iraq war

By David Walsh, 26 March 2003

US country music singer and songwriter Iris DeMent announced to an audience in Madison, Wisconsin March 21 that she would not be performing while the US was pursuing its war against Iraq. DeMent, who has recorded both fiercely personal and socially critical songs, told the surprised crowd of 600 at the Barrymore Theater that she had been agonizing over the decision for hours in her dressing room. Her opening act had already performed.

German Chancellor Schröder attacks the socially disadvantaged

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 March 2003

Three days before the American president gave his final orders for war against Iraq, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (Social Democratic Party—SPD) announced sweeping cuts in Germany’s social welfare system.

White House dictates war coverage to a pliant media

By Henry Michaels, 26 March 2003

Over recent days, photographs and footage of captured and killed United States soldiers have been seen by millions of people around the world, but not published by the major American newspapers or broadcast by TV networks. The blackout imposed on the American public, at the direct behest of the Bush administration, has highlighted two fundamental developments.

Antiwar protests in France

By our correspondents, 25 March 2003


War rally on Wall Street may be short-lived

By Nick Beams, 25 March 2003

There was something rather obscene, but at the same time instructive, in the way the US stockmarket completed its best weekly performance in more than 20 years last Friday. With bombs and missiles raining down on Baghdad, “investor confidence” pushed up the Dow Jones index for the eighth consecutive day, as if to underscore the symbiotic relationship between financial parasitism and militarism.

The US media: propagandists for a criminal war

By Bill Vann, 25 March 2003

The New York City Police Department announced recently that as part of its “Operation Atlas” plan for a security crackdown to accompany the Iraq war it has deployed special patrols to guard television news outlets in midtown Manhattan. City and police officials claim they are concerned about terrorists seizing control of a network news studio to broadcast anti-American messages.

Muerte de Rachel Corrie condenada por el mundo

By , 25 March 2003

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Rachel Corrie: víctima de la política israelí y la complicidad de los Estados Unidos

By , 25 March 2003

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Media lies and war crimes: the instructive case of Julius Streicher

By Bill Vann, 25 March 2003

Eleven leading members of Hitler’s Third Reich were sentenced to death for their role in instigating a world war that claimed the lives of tens of millions of people as a result of military slaughter and death camps.

Lo Sviluppo di un Movimento Proletario Internazionale Contro La Guerra Imperialista

By Comitato Editoriale, 25 March 2003

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The speech that could not be delivered: What WSWS spokesman planned to tell Berlin rally

By the Editorial Board, 25 March 2003

On March 23 Ulrich Rippert, the national secretary of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) of Germany and a member of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, was scheduled to speak at the Berlin rally against the Iraq war held at the Brandenburg Gate. Two days previously, a meeting of the organisation Axis for Freedom had agreed that Rippert would address the rally as a representative of the WSWS. Axis for Freedom organised Saturday’s demonstration in collaboration with the Attac movement.

Por el establecimiento de un movimiento internacional de la clase obrera contra la guerra imperialista

By , 25 March 2003

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Antiwar protest outside Oscar ceremony

By John Andrews, 25 March 2003

During the afternoon of March 23 several thousand demonstrators gathered on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, near the Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards ceremony was taking place, to protest against the US invasion of Iraq.

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party suppresses dissent at antiwar "People’s Assembly"

By Paul Stuart & Vicky Short, 25 March 2003

On March 12 during a seven-hour meeting held at the Central Halls, opposite the House of Commons, the steering committee of the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) formed a People’s Assembly. More than 1,000 delegates attended—some after being elected at antiwar rallies and others from political organisations, student groups, trade union branches, schools and colleges.

Iraqi resistance shatters US propaganda of "liberation" war

By Patrick Martin, 25 March 2003

The battles which erupted Sunday and Monday in southern and central Iraq have exploded Bush administration claims that the invasion of Iraq would lead to a speedy collapse of the Iraqi government. Instead of US and British troops being hailed as liberators, they have encountered fierce resistance in towns such as Umm Qasr, Nasiriya and Karbala.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

By , 25 March 2003

Mexican airline workers poised to strike March 31

India offers half-hearted criticism of US war on Iraq

By Wije Dias, 25 March 2003

The Indian government has made the most muted of criticisms of Washington’s unilateral decision to launch war against Iraq. After a meeting between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and senior ministers last Thursday, an official statement cautiously declared that “the military action lacks justification” and was “avoidable”.

"These the times ... this the man": an appraisal of historian Christopher Hill

By Ann Talbot, 25 March 2003

Christopher Hill, the renowned expert on seventeenth century English history, who died on February 24 at the age of 91, lived through the great upheavals of the twentieth century. Its wars and revolutions moulded the mind of a historian who looked back from one revolutionary century to another, giving him a unique insight into his subject and his books a lasting value that few historians can claim.

British journalist killed by American troops

By Henry Michaels, 25 March 2003

The tragic death of veteran British ITV News correspondent Terry Lloyd, who was killed by American troops last Saturday on the southern Iraq warfront, raises disturbing questions about how far the Bush and Blair governments will go to suppress independent reporting of the US-led invasion.

Iraq war dominates 75th Academy Awards

By David Walsh, 25 March 2003

Despite the efforts of organizers, the specter of war and widespread antiwar sentiment hung over the 75th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood March 23. Representatives of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences had made clear beforehand that they would provide as little opportunity as possible for expressions of opposition to the war. In the end, objective reality impinged on the event.

Millions march in Europe against Iraq war

By our reporters, 24 March 2003

On the first weekend after the US bombing of Baghdad, antiwar demonstrations took place in hundreds of cities across Europe. The main demand raised at the demonstrations was for an immediate end to the brutal war being waged by the American and British administrations.

A massive march against war in heart of New York City

By a reporting team, 24 March 2003

A massive crowd of over a quarter of a million people streamed down Broadway through the heart of New York City March 22 in protest against the Bush administration’s war of aggression against Iraq.

Los Angeles antiwar protests draw tens of thousands

By Kim Saito and Nick Davis, 24 March 2003

On Saturday, March 22, a crowd peacefully marched from Hollywood and Vine to the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard, where demonstrators rallied to protest the network's broadcasting of government lies and glorification of war. (Organizers estimated the crowd at 20,000, while police estimates were much lower.) Hundreds of Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol police lined the route on foot, bicycles and horseback.

Socialist Equality Party speaker addresses antiwar rally in Perth

By our correspondents, 24 March 2003

A series of substantial antiwar protests have taken place in Perth, the state capital of Western Australia, since the US, Britain and Australia launched war against Iraq on Thursday.

A million march in Spain against war

By Vicky Short, 24 March 2003

An estimated million people joined marches and demonstrations in Spain in major cities and regional centres last weekend in protest against the US-led attack on Iraq. Half a million demonstrated in Barcelona with over 100,000 protesting in Madrid.

Socialist Equality Party holds public meetings in Australia against Iraq war

By our reporters, 24 March 2003

On the eve of the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia held public meetings last week in Melbourne and in Sydney to discuss the political tasks of the antiwar movement. As rallies and protests were erupting against the decision to go to war, these forums opened up an important discussion on the underlying causes of the war and the necessity of advancing a socialist strategy.

Giant antiwar protest in Montreal

By Keith Jones, 24 March 2003

Montreal was again the scene of a massive antiwar protest Saturday. March organizers put the crowd at 200,000. Media estimates of the protest’s size varied wildly. Some reports numbered the demonstrators at a hundred thousand. Others said the crowd was comparable to that on March 15, when a quarter-million people marched through downtown Montreal.

The US war against Iraq: the historical issues

By Nick Beams, 24 March 2003

The following speech was delivered by Nick Beams, Socialist Equality Party (Australia) national secretary and a member of the WSWS Editorial Board, to public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne last week.

Millions around the world join weekend antiwar protests

By Barry Grey, 24 March 2003

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its comprehensive coverage of the global movement against the Iraq war and imperialist war in general. Today we are posting reports from around the world on the marches, rallies and other actions held over the weekend. Several reports from last week’s protests are also included. We invite readers to submit reports on activities in their areas and comments on the leaflet distributed by the WSWS and the Socialist Equality Party at the weekend protests: “Build an international working class movement against imperialist war.”

Hundreds of thousands march in London

By Chris Marsden, 24 March 2003

Antiwar protest demonstrations were held in many British towns and cities, with the largest assembling in London.

Antiwar protests in Canada’s principal cities

By our correspondents, 24 March 2003

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians joined demonstrations Saturday in protest against the illegal and brutal US-British invasion of Iraq. In addition to a Montreal march that was joined by some two hundred thousand workers and youth, there were major protests in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.

Hundreds of thousands demonstrate across Germany

By our correspondents, 24 March 2003


Students walk out and rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By Joseph Kay and Alex LeFebvre, 24 March 2003

Protests were held in Ann Arbor, Michigan throughout the afternoon on Thursday, March 20, in spite of intermittent rain. Several hundred area high school students led the day’s activities with a student walkout followed by a rally at the Ann Arbor federal building. Despite police presence at the rally, a number of students spoke out forcefully against the war as a criminal endeavor.

France dispatches troops to Central African Republic

By Chris Talbot, 24 March 2003

France has stepped up its military presence in Africa by sending 300 troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) following a coup on Saturday March 15. The troops are officially there to secure the airport and help evacuate French citizens from the capital, Bangui.

New Zealand: Tens of thousands join antiwar protests

By John Braddock, 24 March 2003

Over the past four days, tens of thousands of people have turned out in the main cities and provincial centres around New Zealand to protest the invasion of Iraq by US, British and Australian forces.

Attac leader bars World Socialist Web Site speaker from addressing Berlin anti-war rally

By Barry Grey, 24 March 2003

At Saturday’s mass anti-war rally in Berlin, a member of the executive of the anti-globalization organization Attac refused to allow Uli Rippert, the national secretary of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party) of Germany, to address the crowd. Rippert, who is also a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, was scheduled to speak on behalf of the WSWS. The ban against him was an overt act of political censorship.

50,000 antiwar protesters march through Sydney

By Laura Tiernan, 24 March 2003

For the second time since Thursday, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Sydney to protest against the US-led war on Iraq. At least 50,000 people marched through the streets of the city from Belmore Park to the Domain. Marchers, including families, Arab people, youth, students and workers, chanted angrily, condemning the murder of innocent Iraqi’s by the largest military power in the world.

Chicago: Antiwar demonstrators defy police intimidation

By John Anthony, 24 March 2003

Thousands of people participated in antiwar marches in Chicago late last week. On March 21, 7,000 people assembled in Federal Plaza in front of the downtown post office to hear speakers from Afghanistan, Palestine and local organizations protest the US invasion of Iraq. Two lines of Chicago police officers in riot gear encircled the crowd; providing only one entrance or exit into the plaza. When the march began estimates put the crowd at least 10,000 people: a mixture of students, professionals and workers of varying age and race.

Antiwar demonstrations throughout the UK

By our reporters, 24 March 2003

Protests against the war vs. Iraq were held at Fairford Town in Gloucestershire, a Royal Air Force base where US B-52 bombers are based. About 1,000 police lined the route of the protest by over 5,000 people and five arrests were made. Three coaches full of protesters from London were stopped and searched by police and then turned back under the Criminal Justice Act. A spokesman for CND denounced the police action stating, “It is unheard of for 20 years”—a reference to the 1984-85 miners’ strike against the then Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher.

Four days of antiwar protests in Melbourne

By our reporters, 24 March 2003

Melbourne, capital of the Australian state of Victoria, has witnessed four antiwar demonstrations in the four days since the US-led bombardment of Iraq began on Thursday.

Blacklist excludes antiwar celebrities from Oscar Awards broadcast

By David Walsh, 22 March 2003

The Academy Awards ceremony scheduled for March 23 has become a major focus of a McCarthyite-style campaign of witch-hunting and blacklisting aimed at silencing antiwar views. The event will be held as US cruise missiles and bombs are falling on the population of Baghdad and other cities. The organizers of the event in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are working furiously to limit as far as possible the expression of oppositional views.

Reports on international protests against Iraq war

By our correspondents, 22 March 2003

Below are several reports sent by correspondents on the demonstrations taking place worldwide since the outbreak of war against Iraq.

Ann Arbor, Michigan high school students speak out against war

By Joseph Kay, 22 March 2003

One of the most striking aspects of the recent global protests against war is the extraordinary breadth of participation of different age groups, and in particular the participation of the youth. Not only a growing number of university students, but also high school students have taken a stand in opposition to the policies of the American government. Several hundred high school students participated in a rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 20, many demonstrating a remarkable level of political consciousness. After the rally, the World Socialist Web Site spoke to two of them.

Russia: Izvestia changes its design and redefines its “values”

By Vladimir Volkov, 22 March 2003

Last month, Russia’s flagship national daily newspaper, Izvestia, announced a change in its format and an increase in its page count. The initial issues published in the new format reveal that not only the newspaper’s external appearance, but also its guiding ideas have been reformulated.

Thousands arrested at US antiwar protests

By Rafael Azul, 22 March 2003

Thousands of protesters were arrested across the United States on March 20 as people took to the streets to demonstrate against the war on Iraq. Over 1,300 were arrested in San Francisco and nearly 600 in Chicago. Arrests also took place in Portland, Oregon, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

Britain: Protesters condemn military assault on Iraq

By our reporters, 22 March 2003

Thousands took to the streets in Britain on March 20 to protest the start of the US-led war against Iraq. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to protesters in London, Leeds and Sheffield about their opinions on the war, and Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to support it.

Right-wing campaign against US country music group

By David Walsh, 22 March 2003

An anti-Bush comment by a member of the three-woman Dixie Chicks has spurred ultra-right elements in the US to launch a witch-hunting campaign against the popular country music group.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

By , 22 March 2003

Chinese textile workers continue protests

US blitzkrieg turns Baghdad into an inferno

By the Editorial Board, 22 March 2003

The US bombardment of Baghdad, which began in earnest Friday, is a horrific, brutal and cowardly attack. It is being carried out for predatory imperialist aims—above all, the seizure and control of oil wealth—against the defenseless population of a nation that represents no threat to the American people. March 21, 2003 is a shameful day in US history.

Australian cabinet rubberstamps military commitment to Iraq war

By Richard Phillips, 22 March 2003

In the face of overwhelming international and domestic opposition, the Australian government formally committed troops to the US-led war against Iraq in what is the country’s most significant military mobilisation since the Vietnam War. This infamous decision constitutes a criminal act of aggression against a poverty-stricken and virtually defenceless nation. By ignoring the UN, breaching its protocols and embracing the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war, Canberra has joined Washington in breaking entirely with the post-World War II system of international relations.

Canadian law professors declare US-led war illegal

By Henry Michaels, 22 March 2003

The US-led coalition’s war against Iraq is illegal, declared 31 Canadian professors of international law at 15 law faculties in an open letter issued Wednesday, just before US President Bush announced that the war had commenced.

Modes of resistance

By David Walsh, 22 March 2003

Safe Conduct (Laissez-passer), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, written by Jean Cosmos and Tavernier, based on the book by Jean Devaivre

Britain: Trades Union Congress disowns antiwar movement

By Julie Hyland, 22 March 2003

Britain’s Trades Union Congress (TUC) has made clear it does not support the antiwar demonstration and rally scheduled for London today, Saturday, March 22.