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Spendthrift Italy: The Case of the Afghan Adventure

Italy’s mission in Afghanistan costs € 1.3 million per day.  Starting October 7, 2001, to date there have been few positive results. And the Taliban control half the country. By Enrico Piovesana Seven billion and a half euros over sixteen years, or nearly half a billion a year, one million three hundred thousand euros a … Continue reading

Jean Jaurès: champion of peace, socialism and a genuinely free press

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / L’HUMANITE On July 31 1914 Jean Jaurès was assassinated. Today, French political movements of just about every colour are seeking to appropriate his memory. 100 years on, Patrick le Hyaric, editor of the French newspaper l’Humanité that was founded by the historic socialist leader puts the record straight about Jaurès, and … Continue reading

Peace Not War on Italy’s Liberation Day

Thousands amassed on Friday in the northern Italian town of Verona for a peace rally against tens of euro-billions in arms spending by Italy’s cash-strapped government. The Italian peace movement will come together to call on the centre-left-right coalition administration to end its 14 billion euros funding of 90 F35 fighter-bombers. The call from peace campaigners came  as new PM Matteo Renzi … Continue reading

US/France intervention in Syria would be a massive blow to international law

Speaking in Vilnius (Lithuania) at the European Interparliamentary meeting on Security and Defence, GUE/NGL MEP and foreign affairs policy coordinator Willy Meyer called proposed US/France intervention in Syria “a mortal blow to the UN Charter” and called for a “negotiated political solution to the Syrian conflict, without any foreign interference”. The Vilnius meeting brings together … Continue reading

Thousands say ‘No to French military intervention in Syria’

THE FOLLOWING PETITION HAS GARNERED THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES The use of chemical weapons, of which many doctors bore witness in a district of Damascus on August 21, 2013, has seen Syria cross a new threshold of horror. For two years, the confrontation caused by the regime of Bashar Al Assad, which has refused to hear … Continue reading

Syria Intervention: Will French parliamentarians have their say?

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / HUMANITE By Jean -Emmanuel Ducoin In the political life of the supposed great republican democracies, there are times when gut urges should give way to reason, not the reason of state (though ) but the reason of the mind that seeks to rise above short-term political touting. As he moves … Continue reading

European radical left say No to War on Syria

French Communists …Bombing with chemical weapons, whose responsibility is attributed to the regime of Bashar Al Assad, is a specific and particularly horrendous criminal step. Light still needs to be shed on these bombings … But the United States, which has already trained nearly three hundred commandos for the Free Syrian Army during the last few … Continue reading

Mali, Afghanistan, lessons forgotten

by Alain Gresh Once again, a political consensus is emerging around the French military intervention in Mali. The Socialist Party, the National Front and the UMP support the initiative of the Head of State. Only a few discordant voices are heard, the Communist Party (“The French military intervention has a high risk of war”, PCF, … Continue reading

Chancellor Merkel: Greeks want justice

Statement by Manolis Glezos on the occasion of the visit to Greece by German Chancellor Angela Merkel On the occasion of the visit of the German Chancellor to Greece we see it as our duty to remind her as well as the Greek Prime Minister that: 1. The great and powerful Germany has no right to … Continue reading

The public spending that Monti left untouched

Italy spends about Euros 23 billion annually on the military, making it among the top ten worldwide in terms of defence expenditure per GDP. But in the packet of swinging spending cuts pushed through by the Government of Mario Monti last month that budget was left untouched. The country’s imperialist adventures such as the Nato … Continue reading

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