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Howells scorns Afghanistan

On 10 December, the former minister Kim Howells, who was in charge of Afghanistan at the Foreign Office for over three years before he stepped down in October, spoke up in the House of Com

Jim Stanford, 'Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism'

Pluto, 2008; ISBN 978 0745327501; 360pp; £12.99


Iraq: US is not withdrawing

As of 17 November, the US has a paper commitment to completely withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011. In reality, such a withdrawal remains extremely unlikely.

Banking blood

In October, War on Want produced a major report on the involvement of major British banks in the arms trade.


At least 40 civilians were killed in an airstrike on a wedding party in Shah Wali Kot in Kandahar province in Afghanistan on 3 November.

US resister freed

James Burmeister, 23-year-old Iraq war resister, was freed from military prison on 28 October, over two months early.

Negotiate and kill

While the majority of Afghans want a negotiated solution to the present conflict, the outgoing Bush administration seems to see negotiations only as a tactic to weaken the enemy.

The Essential Chomsky, 'Understanding Power: The Indispensable Noam Chomsky' and ' What We Say Goes: Conversations on US Power in a Changing World'

The Essential Chomsky, New Press, 2008; ISBN 978-1847920645; 528pp; £14.99; Understanding Power: The Indispensable Noam Chomsky, The New Press, 2002; ISBN 978-0099466062; 432pp, £11.99. What We Say Goes: Conversations on US Power in a Changing World, Hamish Hamilton, 2008; ISBN: 978-0241144015; pp 227; £14.99


Obama to escalate war in Afghanistan

Building on plans and programmes set in motion by the outgoing Bush administration, president-elect Barack Obama intends to escalate the US war in Afghanistan, and to force Britain to shar

Iraq asks Britain (and the US) to leave

Britain’s military presence in Basra is “not necessary for maintaining security and control”, Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, told The Times in an interview that appeared on 13