WW archiveIssue 509
18 December 2003
Bible myths and modern Israel
Jack Conrad looks at archaeological wars and bible myths
Zionism is a Jewish nationalist ideology whose origins lie entirely in the malevolent reinvention and growing pervasiveness of anti-semitism in 19th and 20th century Europe. Jews were pathologically blamed for every perceived evil: democracy and internationalism, military defeat and extortionate bank rates, Marxism and Freud, abstract art and terrorism, jazz and hyperinflation. In short Jews were systematically diabolised by the anti-semites.
Gibraltar; Treachery; SSP or Labour; Web resource; Worthy; Reformist unity; Two masters; Democratic?; Stalinist Galloway; Expelled; Mandates; Reformist Respect; Shallow Respect
As agreed at December aggregate
The SA Democracy Platform - supported by the CPGB, the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, the Revolutionary Democratic Group and a bloc of individuals - has just issued this programmatic document
Mike Macnair reviews: Graham Dutfield, 'Intellectual property rights, trade and biodiversity', Earthscan Publications, 2002, pp238, Â£24.95 Michael Perelman, 'Steal this idea: intellectual property rights and the corporate confiscation of creativity', Palgrave, 2002, pp242, Â£17.65 Peter Drahos, 'A philosophy of intellectual property', Ashgate, 1996, reprint 2002, pp272, Â£60
The CPGB's Communist University 2003 was addressed by Ray Gaston, vicar of All Hallows church, Leeds, and a member of the Socialist Alliance. This is an edited version of his speech
Jem Jones looks at sci-fi and fantasy
Chris Jones of the Revolutionary Democratic Group joins the debate
European Social Forum: short on cash, will those organisations involved cough up?
The capture of Saddam Hussein last weekend is being hailed in London and Washington as vindication of Bush and Blair's war. Yet amidst the triumphalism of the US and British governments, there is a note of caution, writes Ian Donovan
European Social Forum: After a heated debate, it was finally agreed that our first UK ESF assembly on January 24 would decide on the issue, a short text to which affiliates could sign up, and the composition and function of the working group.
European Social Forum: Should we cooperate uncritically with the European Trade Union Congress (ETUC)? How important are the anti-war protests? Should we demonstrate against the new constitution of the European Union? Comrades from France, Italy and Britain have pretty different views on these subjects
European Social Forum: Discussion around the programme for the next ESF showed that important lessons had been learnt from the previous two events.
Around the web: Campaign for Real Ale
Under the guise of defending secularism in education, the French establishment is launching a cynical attack on muslims, young muslim women in particular, which, not accidentally, also strikes at the basic freedom of all.