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The British anti-war movement should be standing with anti-war protesters in Russia

antiwar-moscowThe argument against Western imperialism can only be strengthened by a firm opposition to other imperialisms, argues Mike Marqusee

Red Pepper blog, 5 March 2014

It really should be easy enough to condemn Russia’s action in Ukraine while at the same time rejecting and campaigning against US-EU military intervention. Sadly, there are some in the anti-war movement who see this as an awkward proposition. Read more

Recurring nightmare of Western intervention

It’s like a recurring nightmare. A nightmare in which the unbearably familiar story unfolds relentlessly, indifferent to reason or experience. Once again we’re asked to trust our governments’ assertions about WMD; once again, inspectors’ efforts are being pre-empted; once again the UN is being circumvented. Read more

Atreverse a fracasar, atreverse a ganar

“Dare to fail, dare to win”

Spanish translation (for Rebelion) of Red Pepper column on “Success, failure…”

En la lucha por el cambio social, el éxito y el fracaso son a veces difíciles de determinar. Sólo si aceptamos que podemos fracasar asumiremos los riesgos que podrían conducir a un mundo mejor. Traducido para Rebelión por Christine Lewis Carroll. Read more

Success, failure and other political myths

Red Pepper, December-January 2012-2013

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the global anti-war protest of February 15th, 2003, people are bound to ask what it actually achieved. Certainly it failed to stop the war, a failure for which Iraqis paid and are paying an exorbitant price. So was it a waste of time, an exercise in futility? There are answers to these questions, but to be persuasive they cannot be glib. Read more

Obama abroad

The Hindu (to be published 29 May)

When it came to foreign affairs, Barack Obama’s first presidential task was a simple one. He had to be better than his predecessor. For this alone, it seems, he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

But those who hoped Obama’s promise of “change” would apply to the US’s relations to the rest of the world have been bitterly disappointed. His recent State Department speech and ensuing overseas tour are supposed to mark a new phase in US foreign policy, but it’s continuity, not “change”, that prevails. Read more

Empires past and present

The Hindu, 23 April

A high court in London is hearing a suit brought against the British government by four elderly Kenyans who were tortured, sexually abused and in one case castrated while held in detention during the British repression of the Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s. As a result of the trial, the Foreign Office has been forced to make public a vast cache of documents that confirm in grisly detail both the systematic nature of the abuse and the complicity of British officials at the highest levels. Torture, mutilation, starvation, forced labour were routine. People were clubbed to death or burned alive. More than 1,000 were hanged, many on the basis of confessions extracted by torture.

The current British government does not deny the facts of the case, but does dispute its “residual liability” and is refusing to apologise or pay compensation. Read more