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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 March 2003

Transport strike in Philippines