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Stop the War Socialism Today cover issue 72, cartoon by Alan hardmanAttack on Iraq

WHEN, IN EARLY January, Hans Blix and the UN weapons inspectors reported that there was no ‘smoking gun’, conclusive evidence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, the prospect of an immediate war against Iraq by the Bush regime appeared to have receded.

Just a few days later, however, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced the deployment of a further 65,000 troops which, with further mobilisations since, has put into place a powerful war machine in the Gulf region.


The Korean crisis

Last autumn, as the Bush administration geared up for a showdown with Iraq, a full-blown diplomatic and military crisis was developing on the Korean peninsula, once again raising the spectre of war and nuclear conflict. LYNN WALSH analyses this new and disturbing feature of world relations.


Decisive moments in Venezuela

Right-wing forces backed by the Venezuelan ruling class called an ‘indefinite general strike’ in December in an all-out offensive to overthrow president Hugo Chávez and his radical populist government. TONY SAUNOIS, secretary of the Committee for a Workers’ International, reports on a country plunged into social and economic chaos.



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