WW archiveIssue 710
28 February 2008
Turkey's action endangers region
Kurdistan was, till now, the only stable part of Iraq. Turkey's military campaign has put an end to that and will trigger all manner of dangerous consequences, writes Esen Uslu
Turkish armed forces have launched a combined operation over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan. Up to 10,000 troops are involved. The pretext is to destroy the ‘terrorist’ camps and bases of the Kurdish Workers Party, the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan or PKK, which have long been established in the rugged and inhospitable mountains along the Turkey-Iraq border in a thin land strip about 20 miles deep. These PKK camps and bases are used as staging posts for cross-border raids, as well as acting as logistic and command centres for guerrilla operations inside Turkey. Ominously, Turkey has declined to give Iraq a timetable for the withdrawal of its troops.
Vote Lindsey; Age concern; Independent; Name and shame; SPGB democracy; Amnesia; Apologists; Not harmless; Too tepid; Kurds and Turks
Esen Uslu responds to Phil Kent's criticisms
Hopi's steering committee unanimously rejected holding a joint meeting with the AWL's Education Not for Sale at the NUS conference on Iran and the imprisoned students, proposing instead an ENS v Hopi debate. Ben Lewis looks at the issues
Hopi political discussions focus on the role of imperialism and what position to take, reports Tina Becker
Chris Gray continues his series on the class battles in ancient Rome
It is time for the SWP membership to call a halt to the leadership's stubborn GLA charade, argues Peter Manson
A revolutionary platform was too much for some 'revolutionary' students. Mohsen Sabbagh reports
James Turley looks at the mixed response of the left and the prospect of a 'Cuban Deng'
Jim Moody asks who controls the social controllers
Keen to help, but regular SOs urgently needed