Some American Republicans are calling for the resignation of Kofi Annan as UN general secretary. The alleged reasons are accusations of corruption. As always the real reason lies elsewhere. It is part of the onging conflict between the major powers over the war in Iraq.
Recent revelations about British troops using torture on Iraqi
prisoners have finally put an end to the myth that the British army is
somehow better than the American. All occupying armies are using these
methods. The Labour movement must demand the unconditional withdrawal
of all troops from Iraq.
The elections have taken place in Iraq. The masse media have presented
us with the myth that now “democracy” will reign in Iraq. An occupied
country cannot have genuine democracy. Different sections of the
population reacted in different ways. Some boycotted, others took part
with the illusion that this is the road to peace. The illusion will
soon be shattered. Not until the heavy yoke of imperialism and its
monstrous twin, capitalism, are removed will the people of Iraq begin
to breathe freely.
We received this article from a trade union activist in Egypt who
reports on how the state security police have removed candidates in the
trade union elections who are opposed to privatisation. It is quite
clear that a very angry mood is developing among Egyptian workers and
the state, in collaboration with the leaders of the trade unions, are
attempting to stifle the growing opposition.
The Sharon government is held together by a shaky coalition of parties.
In the past period some have left, bringing his government close to
collapse. Now Labour has come to the rescue. With it it brings the
leadership of the Histadrut, the trade union federation. It is an
attempt to hold back the inevitable explosion of class struggle which
will come in the next period.