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Socialist Worker | issue 524 | November 2010


No more war: don't extend it, end it

In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and “opposition leader” Michael Ignatieff want to extend the war in Afghanistan for the third time—keeping 1,000 troops for more than 1,000 days in a war that has already killed 152 Canadian soldiers and thousands of Afghan civilians, and cost
$18 billion. »

WikiLeaks documents reveal torture, murder and lies

The recent publication by WikiLeaks of nearly 400,000 classified military documents about the Iraq War is the largest leak in world history—and a vindication of the global anti-war movement. Many of the documents reveal war crimes committed by US forces in Iraq: the indiscriminate murder of Iraqi civilians, the backing of brutal and repressive regimes in Iraq, and widespread complicity in torture. »

Why capitalism is killing the planet

Capitalism is increasingly threatening the survival of the planet and its people by creating a rift between humanity and nature. Here, John Bell provides updates on particular environmental threats, and Jesse McLaren looks to the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels for the source of this alienation, and its cure. »

Why Ford won

According to the mainstream media, Rob Ford “swept” to mayoral victory on October 25 with a 47.1 per cent majority in Toronto’s municipal election. The “unprecedented” voter turnout was 52.6 per cent, compared with turnouts ranging from 36.10 per cent in the 2000 elections to 39.3 per cent in the 2006 election. »

Solidarity convoy breaks siege of Gaza, again

The fifth Viva Palestina aid convoy recently delivered $5 million worth of aid, 147 vehicles and 15,000 litres of fuel to the people of Gaza. A convoy of trucks and ambulances travelled from London to Turkey by road, to Egypt by ship, and by road again to Gaza—breaking Israel’s siege. »