The Plough #42
6 June 2004
E-Mail Newsletter of the Irish Republican Socialist Party
2) No More Lies
3) We Have Nothing to Learn from South Africa
4) Keep Water Public
6) What's On?
The Plough endorses the statement below entitled "No More Lies." We
call on all who in any way consider themselves Republican and who are
in agreement with the five key points outlined below to send their
names to The Plough beneath the letter.
NO MORE LIES
Throughout the month of May, a group of Republicans met in Belfast.
The purpose of the meetings was to facilitate all Republican ideas,
defend the right of people to pursue them free from fear and ensure
that the freedom to think is safeguarded. The Republicans surveyed
the options available to those intent on promoting Republicanism. As
a result the following points were agreed.
* Within the Republican family there should be room for the open
airing of our disagreements; we cannot move forward until we are able
to do so.
* We believe the criminalisation of Republicanism in the vacuum of
the current process is shameful and contrary to the principles of
Republicanism. It is our duty to stand up against it and speak out.
* It is time for Republicans to reclaim the honour and integrity of
the cause which sustained our beliefs; to stand together against the
tyranny of abuse and intimidation employed against anyone who has the
courage and fortitude to speak out against the wrongs and injustices
they see, or suffer themselves.
* Republicans should stand with each other in repossessing the
ownership of their struggle. It does not belong to a clique, it is
owned by all the people who believe and participate in it.
* Republicanism is not about corruption, intimidation, or isolation
from one another. It is not self serving. It is about the Republic,
and that Republic is about people. The true spirit of Republicanism
is not a cult of personality. It is those who have always been the
hidden backbone -- once upon a time the volunteer, now the taxi
driver, the door man, the day labourer; the support staff in
hospitals, waitresses, school workers; the unemployed, marginalised,
We have all stood together in times of hardship and crisis.
Increasingly we find ourselves standing apart from one another, and
our destinies loosened from our grip and out of our control. We once
believed we would deliver the Republic to each other where we are
equal -- Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter.
Today the ideals we fought for are never spoken of, and those who do
remember them silenced. Our beliefs were traded for the realities of
the current process, a process that suits the interests of political
parties and not the common people. These realities include a
criminalisation of the people's armies; corruption that fills the
coffers of the elite and expands their empires, rather than advances
the Republic; children beaten, shot, tortured; comrades isolated,
spat upon, silenced, imprisoned, disappeared.
We stand against the tyranny in our midst. It is time to come
together, to convene a congress of Republicans, to determine where we
are going, to support each other no matter our differences, to
reclaim our heritage, integrity and honour, to speak out against
injustice, corruption and criminality, and to stand up for the
Stand with us. Make your voice heard.
Martin Cunningham, South Down; Mickey Donnelly, Derry; Paddy Fox,
Tyrone; Tommy Gorman, Belfast; Brendan Hughes, Belfast; John Kelly,
South Derry; Anthony McIntyre, Belfast; Tommy McKearney, Monaghan;
Tony McPhilips, Fermanagh; Kevin McQuillan, Belfast; Clare Murphy,
Belfast; Roisin Ni Sheanain, Belfast; Fionnbarra O'Dochartaigh, Derry;
Mary Ellen O'Doherty, Derry; Noel O'Reilly, Belfast; Liam O'Ruairc,
Belfast; Francie and Geraldine Perry, Downpatrick; Dolours Price,
Dublin; Marian Price, Belfast; Brendan Shannon, Belfast; Carrie
I wish to add my name to the above list.
NAME AREA ANY OTHER INFORMATION
WE HAVE NOTHING TO LEARN FROM SOUTH AFRICA
(By Suzanne Breen, Belfast News Letter, 3 June 2004)
It has loads of sunshine, endless beaches, and stunning scenery. No
wonder some politicians say Northern Ireland should become more like
South Africa. Paul Murphy, who is on a fact-finding mission there,
said we could learn much from the South African reconciliation
process. Gerry Adams agreed but claimed the British government had a
cheek to use that example. While South Africa enjoyed democracy, we
certainly didn't, he declared. South Africa's admirers would have us
believe it has undergone a fairytale transformation. President De
Klerk (unlike all those obstreperous unionists) displayed courageous
leadership. He embraced change.
Nelson Mandela was freed from jail. He forgave his enemies. An
election was held, the old order collapsed, and -- apart from minor
teething problems and a high crime rate -- everything is hunky dory.
South Africa has moved from pariah state to rainbow nation. Bitter
divisions and prejudices have collapsed. Heck, everybody votes ANC
Yet Northern Ireland remains wedded to the past. Some of our
politicians still refuse to even shake hands. Ten years into the
peace process, agreement on government, policing, and human rights
South Africa's problems once appeared as intractable as ours. If they
can sort themselves out, why can't we? But look a little closer and
South Africa isn't quite the shining beacon. Its 'transformation' has
been only skin deep. There has actually been greater change in
Northern Ireland. On taking power, the ANC promised a fairer
distribution of wealth. Everyone had the right to work, a home, and
security, it declared.
That hasn't happened. The new government fell into bed with the
pillars of apartheid -- the foreign multinationals and wealthy
whites. A band of nouveau riche blacks have done well. But most of
their brothers and sisters remain in the gutter. The powerful whites
have given up nothing. They still live in their luxury mansions,
though with bigger dogs and more extensive security systems these
days. Apartheid's end has actually been good for them. No longer the
outcasts of the world, they can now travel, play sport, and do
business wherever they want.
Around 10 million blacks still have no reliable water supply. Whites
fill their swimming pools and lawn sprinkler systems, while black
women in rural areas walk miles to draw water from wells. South
Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. The
multinationals, which did business with the old regime -- like Shell,
Coca-Cola and BMW -- have enjoyed huge profit increases.
Eighty-five per cent of the country's wealth is in the hands of a new
middle-class white and black elite, with only five per cent for the
15 million in the largely black under-class. Unemployment at 40% is
substantially higher than under apartheid. One in ten people are
infected with HIV. The ANC completely bungled the Aids epidemic.
Fifty per cent of the budget allocated to the problem was spent on a
stage musical to increase awareness of the disease.
Houses are springing up in a transformed Soweta but new shantytowns,
just as squalid as Soweta ever was, are going up even faster on the
edge of cities. Corruption in government is rife. President Thabo
Mbeki recently acquired a Boeing jet, which cost seven per cent of
the entire national health budget.
Nelson Mandela, universally hailed as a secular saint, approved £4
billion on a foreign arms deal, acquiring huge quantities of weapons
South Africa didn't need. The debt will take 50 years to pay off. The
top ANC brass have been kind to themselves. Many have become
millionaires. They wear suits that make the Sinn Féin leadership
look like they were dressed by Oxfam.
South Africa shouldn't be cited as an example of liberty and justice.
There is little about it that is inspirational. Apartheid survives
today, through money rather than rigid laws. Northern Ireland, for
all its faults, is actually a more equal society.
KEEP WATER PUBLIC
On 11th March 2003, the direct rule minister for Northern Ireland
announced a 'major public consultation' to discuss the reform of
water and sewage services in Northern Ireland.
From the very start, this document was flawed as it claimed the
people of Northern Ireland did not already pay for water and sewage
provision. The fact of the matter is that water charges are included
in the domestic rates bill -- the average paid per household is
£200. To add another £350 to £400 on top as a separate
charge would mean the people of Northern Ireland would be paying
amongst the highest water and sewage charges in the UK.
The ATGWU is leading the fight against water charges and the threat
of around 600 job losses. To date, led by our new assistant general
secretary Jack Dromey, we have united almost all shades of political
opinion against water charges and job losses and the communities.
Jack led a delegation of Northern Ireland water workers to Downing
Street and the minister in charge of this 'back-door privatisation,'
Angela Smith MP, has stood down from this role after admitting she
was 'losing the argument.'
The 'Keep water public' campaign, which is led by lead officer Albert
Mills and senior shop stewards Pat Torley, Davey Gordon, Adrian
Gilmore and Harry McBride, will continue to ensure that they continue
to lose the argument!
For more details contact the ATGWU Belfast office on 02890 232381.
Doctors launch 'No' campaign 31 May 2004 08:53
A group of doctors are launching their campaign for a No vote in the
forthcoming referendum on citizenship today. The GPs claim the poll
is an attempt by the Government to deflect anger from the real issues
of under funding of the health services.
Among the 30 doctors who have given their names to the campaign are
the sitting independent TD, Jerry Crowley, and Senator Mary Henry.
BTW For anyone wanting to follow the campaign in the South RTE radio
is available across NI on 567 MW (AM) and 252 long wave also check
out "the last word" 5-7pm on Today FM 105.5/100-102
Vote No: Send a Message to McDowell on June 11th
If we vote 'Yes' on June 11th, children who were born in Ireland, and
have never set foot outside of Ireland, will have no rights as Irish
citizens. They will be liable to be kicked out of their own country.
They will be discriminated against because of where their parents
came from. This proposal is a blatant attempt to whip up racial
prejudice to divert our attention away from real problems like a
crumbling health service, overpriced houses and prefab classrooms.
All of these are the fault of government, not the small number of
Irish children whose skin happens to be a different colour to other
Irish born babies.
They want us to think the problems in the maternity service are
caused by overcrowding as a result of 'too many babies'. But there
has been a dramatic fall in the number of births in Ireland over the
last twenty years. For example, there were 16,604 less births in 2000
than in 1982. The crisis in the health service is a result, of
cutbacks, under funding, and ward closures. 40% of births take place
in 3 hospitals.
One of our busiest hospitals, the National Maternity in Holles
Street, experienced a cut in income of 594,000 Euro between 2001 and
2002, which led to cut-backs in medicines, staff and heating. This
referendum will do nothing to solve these problems. What is needed is
cash for hospitals, not huge grants to rich horse owners. The
government's plan, in the Hanly report, is that 10 more maternity
units in nine counties will be closed.
Instead of blaming the greedy, selfish ruling class and their pals in
Leinster House, we are supposed to take out our frustration on people
with a different colour skin or a different accent. Even more
unpleasantly, we are supposed to take it out on babies!
Our rulers get away with so much because they keep us divided. In the
North they played Protestant off against Catholic, in the South
Bertie and his friends want to play off White against Black. Instead
of getting together with other working people to win improvements, we
are supposed to be happy if we can blame someone worse off then
ourselves. The bosses criminalise immigrant workers because they want
a cheap and obedient workforce to do the less desirable jobs. This
only benefits the rich, who care about nothing but their profits. An
open immigration policy would benefit all Irish people because of the
taxes those legal immigrant workers could be used to increase the
budget for housing, education and health.
The best way to stop immigrants being used as a low pay workforce is
to recruit them into our unions and win decent conditions and
the 'going rate' for all workers. Sadly, because of capitalism, all
children are not equal. A child born to a wealthy business owner has
a much better start in life than one born to a shop assistant or
security guard. The government wants to make this even worse. It
wants to leave some children with no constitutional rights whatsoever.
It is a nasty proposal. You can send the government a message that we
won't scapegoat the children of new arrivals so he can take the heat
off his corrupt friends. Vote NO on June 11th. You can download a one-
page leaflet of this text from
http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/leaf/votenojune11.html we'd encourage you
to do this, make a few copies and give them out locally from the
ainriail mailing list. Join at
Sunday 13th June
A memorial to Vol. John Morris will be unveiled in Bohernabreena
Cemetery, Dublin, on 13 June 2004 at 2.00pm.
Elizabeth Corrie's visit to Belfast
Arrival in Belfast 10.35am Tuesday 8th June
Tuesday 8th 12.30pm-2.00pm Meeting organised by the Committee on the
Administration of Justice, at the N. I. Human Rights Commission
building, 39 North Street, Belfast city centre.
Tuesday 8th June 3.00pm
Meeting with ICTU (informal).
Wed 9th June 12.30pm-2.00pm
Meeting with the Irish Council of Churches.
Wednesday 9th June 3.00-4.30pm
Meeting in Conway Mill, organised jointly with Falls Women's Centre,
for West Belfast community workers and women's groups.
Thursday 10th June 1.00pm - 2.00pm
One World Centre, 4 Lower Crescent, Belfast BT7
Meeting organised by the One World centre, South Belfast.
Meeting with NGOs, development workers and reps of ethnic minority
Friday 11th June
Journey to Galway (evening meeting).
Elizabeth Corrie is the cousin of Rachel Corrie; the human rights
activist killed 16 March 2003 by an Israeli soldier in Rafah, Gaza
Strip, while she was attempting to prevent the demolition of a
Palestinian civilian home. An educator and activist in Atlanta,
Georgia, Elizabeth has been working to raise awareness about the
significance of Rachel's life, work and death within the context of
the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories.
She works with Atlanta Palestine Solidarity, the American Friends
Service Committee's Middle East Peace Education Program, and the
Rachel Corrie Foundation for Justice and Peace. She has a PhD in
Religion, and teaches classes in ethics, philosophy, theology and non-
violence theories and practices.
The conference Elizabeth is attending in Dublin is 'RELIGIONS AND THE
POLITICS OF PEACE AND CONFLICT, An International Interdisciplinary
Conference,' June 15-17, 2004, Arts Building, Trinity College.
Tuesday 8th June
Anti Racist Network events have been organised.
Tuesday 8th June at lunchtime, a picket shall be held outside the
British-Irish Secretariat offices. They are based in Windsor House,
Bedford Street. The picket is to lend solidarity for those opposing
the Racist Citizenship Referendum and who are calling for a no vote.
This referendum in being held in the South of Ireland. The ARN
therefore shall hold a picket and we ask supporters to arrive around
Thursday 10th June
A benefit and fund raising gig for the ARN is to be held at the Front
Page, Donegall Street, Belfast, on the 10th June and we both thank
those organising it and also urge persons to attend it. The ARN is
funded only be those who participate in it and by those gigs etc that
are organised by supporters.
Saturday 19th June
The ARN is to hold a protest at the immigration offices at Belfast
International Airport we are asking those with cars who can attend to
contact the ARN as so to give lifts to others. Details to follow.
Finally as more and more community and trade union organisations as
well as individuals are joining us, the ARN therefore is to hold
meetings in several towns in the short time ahead to establish new
groups, anyone wishing to establish a local ARN group can again
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 11th of June
The School of Politics and International Studies
The Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict In conjunction with the
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) presents a one-day
conference: 'Interpreting ongoing crises in the Northern Ireland
peace process: International dimensions'
Professor David Schmitt (North Eastern University)
The US War on Terrorism and Its Impact on the Politics of
Accommodation in Northern Ireland.
Dr Christopher Farrington (Queen's University Belfast)
'We're not quite as interesting as we used to be': Conflicting
interpretations of the international dimension among Northern Irish
Professor Paul Arthur (University of Ulster)
The American-Irish Dimension: Have the dynamics changed?
Dermot Nesbitt MLA (Ulster Unionist Party)
The Northern Ireland problem in the 21st Century European context
Professor Elizabeth Meehan (Queen's University Belfast)
From the EU in NI to NI in the EU
David Russell (Democratic Dialogue)
The unintended consequences of power-sharing: A compared exploration
of the Belfast Agreement and Lebanese Ta'if Accord.
Professor Adrian Guelke (Queen's University Belfast)
The lure of the miracle? The South African connection and the
Northern Ireland peace process
Eoin O'Broin (Sinn Féin)
Sinn Féin and Batasuna: Fact and fiction in an evolving
Professor Michael Cox (London School of Economics)
'Bringing in the international' Revisited
Places will be strictly limited. If interested please contact
Christopher Farrington, School of Politics and International Studies,
Queen's University Belfast, C.Farrington@qub.ac.uk, 028 9097 3231.
Saturday 19th June
IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT Presents WHEN BUSH COMES TO SHOVE...AN ANTI-
WAR GIG OF TOP IRISH MUSICIANS WILL PERFORM IN A MAJOR CONCERT
AGAINST BUSH'S WAR AND US MILITARY USE OF SHANNON
Featuring Christy Moore, Damien Rice, Mary Black, Kila, The Revs,
Katell Keineg & comedy with Barry Murphy (Aprés Match).
Saturday 19th June -- The Point Depot, Dublin. (Doors Open - 5.30pm)
The concert is aimed at raising awareness of the issues involved in
the protests against Bush, particularly highlighting opposition to
the US war and occupation of Iraq.
Tickets for the event are 30 standing 33.50 seated. (Plus 2 for
agents / 12.5% phone and Internet bookings) Tickets from The Point,
Ticket Master -- Usual outlets. Ph: 0818 719300 Internet:
http://www.ticketmaster.ie/ Also from CTB at Liberty Hall, Dublin.
Ph: 01 8721122 http://www.libertythall.ie/ Or to avoid paying booking
fee and get your tickets directly contact Kieran O'Sullivan at 087 61 87 680.
The funds generated from the gig will be used to finance the costs of
organising and advertising the STOP BUSH CAMPAIGN protests taking
place the following weekend.
Any surplus funds will go to the Irish Anti-War movement to finance
its on-going anti-war work. All of the musicians have generously
offered their services to perform at the concert free.
Saturday 19th June
AGAINST THE BUSH VISIT
Protest details: Dublin; Saturday 19th June at Parnell square at
2.30pm Critical mass to Shannon; leaves from end of Dublin march,
ring 0872820906 to join Buses to Shannon (going Friday 25th return
Sat 26th) Ring 086 1767936 to book ticket
Dublin Grassroots Network - More info at http://struggle.ws/dgn.
1. Stop Bush -- end the occupation
2. Public meeting June 8th in Wynn's Hotel with the Editor of a
3. Reminder of June 19th Christy Moore and Damian Rice Anti-War gig
4. Anti-War Movement gets office in ATGWU -- appeal for equipment
5. Upcoming STOP BUSH meetings and other events -- check out
1. US military is still landing in Shannon and Baldonnel. Ahern and
Cowen will fall over themselves to welcome the warmonger Bush in
June. We must show them up for the war criminals and liars that they
are. The majority of Irish people oppose the visit and want to
protest against it. It is up to us to get that opposition organised
and make sure that tens of thousands march on June 25th at 7pm and
then at 10am in Dromoland Castle, Co Clare. Wherever you are get a
Stop Bush meeting going, put up posters, distribute leaflets etc. The
potential is there to make these demos as big as the Feb 15th 150,000
that marched last year. Its up to us to get organised to make sure
that potential is fulfilled. For posters, info, etc contact Rory at
STOP BUSH PROTESTS Friday June 25th -- STOP BUSH Demonstration,
Assemble Garden of Remembrance Parnell Sq, Dublin contact 086 1523542
* 7pm Galway: Assemble at City Hall and then Father Burke Park --
contact 086 8343667
* 7pm Waterford: Meet Red Square, contact 0863274015
* 7pm Tralee: Assemble Brandon Hotel, contact 087 6176009
* 7pm Sligo: Assemble Town Hall, contact 086 303 9787
* Saturday June 26th –- Demonstration & March, 9-10am Assemble
Dromoland Castle, Co Clare followed by a march to Shannon, (To book
buses to Dromoland >phone: 086 1523542/087 6187680)
2. Dr. Ibrahim Allawi, editor of a Baghdad newspaper will speak at a
Public Meeting on the 8th June at 7pm in Wynn¹s Hotel, Dublin.
Dr. Allawi is the editor in chief of the Baghdad left wing weekly
paper Al Ghad. Ibrahim was a left wing political activist for the
past 55 years, he was in exile for the past 35 years from the Baath
regime. He was sentenced to death in absentia in the 70s by Saddam
Regime. Al Ghad newspaper is the leading newspaper in Baghdad against
the occupation, it used to be published as a quarterly in London from
1978. After the collapse of Saddam regime it started to be published
in Baghdad as a weekly from the beginning of this year.
3. Don't miss the When Bush Comes to Shove gig -- with Christy Moore,
Damian Rice, the Revs, Mary Black, Kila, Katell Keineg and comedian
Barry Murphy -- June 19th Point Theatre. All funds raised to go to
IAWM and STOP BUSH CAMPAIGN. Contact us about tickets or check out
4. The IAWM is now moving into office space in the ATGWU, Abbey St.
The Irish Anti-War Movement has been generously given the use of
office space in the ATGWU hall, Abbey Street, Dublin to organise for
the STOP BUSH demos. This is important for the anti-war movement to
establish itself as a serious and permanent organisation in Ireland.
It is only by having a well-resourced and organised anti-war movement
that we will be in a position to pressure the government to reverse
its support for the US war and to campaigning effectively against the
occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and so on. We hope you
appreciate therefore our need for substantial resources and equipment
to run the office. If you have any printers, computers, phones,
photocopiers, filing cabinets and any other office equipment to spare
please contact us at 086 523542 or 087 6187680 5. Here is a list of upcoming STOP BUSH meetings and events. Check
them out to find out where and when your local meeting or antiwar
activity takes place.
* Ballymun Against War White Line Picket every Thursday
Ballymun Against War holds a White Line Picket in the Central
reservation near Ballymun's new Civic Centre every Thursday from 5.30-
6.30. All Welcome Details: 086-3074060
Wednesday 7th July, 2004
Professor Arend Lijphart
The de Borda Institute has invited Professor Arend Lijphart, a well
recognised protagonist of consociationalism and a patron to The de
Borda Institute, to conduct a seminar on voting procedures in The
Linenhall Library at 10.30 - 12.00 on Wednesday 7th July, 2004.
All welcome on a first-come-first-served basis, but places are
limited. Further details from The de Borda Institute:
Friday 9 July
Honouring anti-fascist fighters
A monument to the eleven Waterford men who fought in defence of the
Spanish Republic, 1936-38, will be unveiled at the Mall, Waterford.
The work of the acclaimed artist Michael Warren from Gorey, it will
be unveiled by the International Brigade veterans Michael O'Riordan
and Jack Jones.
Aoine 9 Iúil
In onóir trodaithe frithfhaisisteacha
Nochtfar leacht i gcuimhne ar an aon fhear Port Láirgeach déag
a throid i gcosaint Phoblacht na Spáinne, 1936-38, sa Mheal, Port
Láirge. Saothar de chuid an ealaíontóra mholta Michael
Warren as Guaire is ea é, agus is iad Michael O'Riordan agus Jack
Jones, seansaighdiúirí de chuid na Briogáide
Idirnáisiúnta, a nochtfaidh é.
[from CPI website]
1) Resistance and Hope Assisi, August 2-7
Call for the Anti-imperialist Camp, Assisi, Italy, August 2-7
Mankind is travelling in fear on a train towards the abyss. This
abyss is the mercilessly waged global war. The train is steered by
the United States of America, to be precise, by a group of
adventurers dreaming of a dead and mute world with one single God,
the dollar; with one single banner, that of stars and stripes; with
one single language, that of American oppression.
These adventurers are driven by a vision which neither admits
compromises nor half ways: the clash of civilisations not only with
Islam but also with anybody who believes in the co-operation between
the peoples and who consider peace as the holiest of all values. They
have given a name to their doctrine: "permanent and pre-emptive war"
which not only displays the warmongering character of the North
American regime but also the idea that the US were a superior nation
with a special mission namely to exercise the global predominance at
any cost. The alibi, which this doctrine builds on, is the terrorist
threat. Those who employ indiscriminate force against defenceless and
innocent civilians, those who consider a person guilty if it does not
believe in their God, might believe to be on a straight way to
paradise but surely contribute to the transformation of this world
into an inferno without hope. The only remaining hope of the world is
the Resistance, the struggle of the peoples for freedom and self-
The American aim is not only to subjugate the poor and oppressed
nations but also those who still enjoy some liberty. The Patriot Act
and the anti-terrorist Black Lists show that the most elementary
democratic rights are at stake also in the West and particularly in
the United States. Virulent racist and chauvinist crusades attempt to
criminalise the anti-imperialist and revolutionary forces as well as
the organisations of immigrants. They even want to silence the peace
The anti-imperialist Resistance has indestructible roots and dates
back to the very beginning of the imperial North American ambitions.
Where there is oppression there will always be revolt as well, where
there is dictatorship there will always be the struggle for
democracy, where there is injustice there never will be peace.
Today the Iraqi people is testifying for the Resistance keeping up
their heads against the American war criminals and their paranoid
designs to Guantánamise the world. The Iraqi resistance has taken
the way paved by the Palestinian Intifada. By building a united front
of all the fighting forces it will gain further strength transforming
itself into a national liberation war. This front, the embryo of a
future government of a liberated Iraq, will be able once the
invaders are driven out to call upon the Iraqis to elect a
democratic constituent assembly exercising the full and undivided
sovereignty of the Iraqi people.
The future of humanity depends on the outcome of the battle raging in
Iraq. The heroic town of Falluja, having chased away mercenaries
armed with the most sophisticated weaponry, shows that the Iraqi
people are able to win as the Vietnamese people won. The decisive
factor in war even more than in peace is not technological
superiority but what motivates the people to fight.
We have to unite with the Resistance of the Iraqi people to help
mankind to liberate itself from the North American menace.
The future of the world depends on the victory of Iraq!
2) Iraqi presences and programme of Assisi
This year's Anti-imperialist Camp will have its focus on the Iraqi
resistance. The Iraqi Patriotic Alliance (IPA) will present its
efforts to build a common political front of all forces struggling
against occupation. For the Iraqi Democratic Communist Current, which
is a component of the IPA, Ahmed Karim will be present and for the
Iraqi Communist Party (cadre) Nori al-Moradi.
A global meeting of all the forces and committees in open support of
the Iraqi resistance is scheduled. The preparation of the
international day of action for the resistance scheduled for
September 25 will be one of the topics on the agenda.
The preliminary programme:
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