Issue: July/August 1999

  • Aftermath of the Yugoslav War –

    Intensification of all the contradictions of imperialism “War is politics continued by other (i.e., forcible) means.”This famous dictum of Clausewitz, one of the most profound writers on military questions, has received further confirmation from the latest imperialist war in the Balkans. This... [Read more]

  • Decommissioning Posture Masks Ulster’s Last Stand

     by PAT O’ROURKEGiven the ‘spin’ placed on developments in Ireland, it is small wonder that the recent negotiations to save the Good Friday Agreement continue to cause confusion. Republicans, Unionists, the Blair government and the bourgeois press have all claimed victory and defeat, progress and... [Read more]

  • Homage to Shaheed Udham Singh

     i) 59th Anniversary of Martyrdom of Shaheed Udham Singh On 13 March, 1940, the great Indian patriot Udham Singh challenged the imperial hegemony of the British Raj when he assassinated Sir Michael O’Dwyer, ex-lieutenant Governor of Punjab, at a public meeting at Caxton Hall, London. After a... [Read more]

  • Turkey moving headlong to disaster

     DAVID MORGAN shows how the death sentence on PKK leader Ocalan looks set to provoke a new Kurdish uprising if it ends in execution. Macabre scenes in Turkey greeted news of the death sentence pronounced on Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan on 29 June, a verdict that came as no surprise to anyone... [Read more]

  • The Media coverage of Nato’s war on Yugoslavia — and the response of the ‘Left’

    by David AyrtonThe aim of this article is to show the reader the reactionary nature of the reporting on the war, and the way in which the ‘Left’ has proved to be incapable of charting a truly independent course from what is, essentially, the propaganda machine of the British capitalist class.... [Read more]

  • The Peace Process in Ireland

     As the Orange faction in Irish politics does its best to sidle out of the awful prospect (from its point of view) of being forced to do business with northern Ireland’s Catholic and Republican community, of being forced to allow them to participate in matters of state, it is hard to avoid... [Read more]

  • Iraq sanctions: A Crime Against Humanity

     By Susan Wareham [Dr Susan Wareham is president of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) and regional vice-president, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War.] WALID spends most of his time on the streets of Baghdad. He is 14 years old and shines shoes each day... [Read more]

  • Another Hillingdon High Point, but …

     In September 1995 neither the sacked workers or their employers or their union officials could have believed that the struggle would still be raging 4 years later. The persistence and tenacity of these heroic strikers has won the hearts and minds of workers, men and women, black and white,... [Read more]

  • (Untitled)

    Since the last issue ofLalkar(May/June 1999), the people of Scotland and Wales have been to the polls to elect a Scottish Parliament and a Welsh Assembly respectively; there were also government elections in some areas; finally the elections to the European Parliament were held on 10 June. In... [Read more]

  • Month of Action in Solidarity with Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

     The Society for Friendship with Korea held its annual picket of the US embassy on Friday June 25, the anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.This picket was of particular importance this year in the face of the recent armed confrontation between the DPRK navy and the navy of the US puppet... [Read more]

  • The Labour government cuts welfare benefits for the disabled

    Currently between readings in the House of Lords is the Welfare Reform and Benefits Bill, the second piece of legislation introduced by the Labour government is part of the British bourgeoisie’s attack on the British welfare state (the first being the cuts in benefit to single parents last... [Read more]

  • ‘The Committee’

    by Tim LoganSean McPhilemy’s banned book, The Committee, exposes the RUC Death Squads and their links with the ‘establishment’ in northern Ireland Sean McPhilemy’s bannedbookThe Committeemakes sensational claims of inextricable links between David Trimble and prominent members of the Unionist... [Read more]


    Colombia – The guerrilla advancesThe Timesof 13 July 1999 reports that thousands of FARC rebels have advanced on 25 towns in Colombia, including its capital Bogota:“Using tanks made from tractors wrapped in steel sheets, and missiles made from gas canisters … Yesterday Colombia continued under... [Read more]