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Thomas Rowley

Thomas Rowley is editor of oDR.

Rebuilding Iraq - London sees it differently from Washington

The joint US-British military operation in Iraq involves not only the integration of two separate force structures but also the coordination of two different approaches to humanitarian assistance and recovery operations. In an interview with Peter Troy, Humanitarian Programmes Manager at the UK’s Department for International Development, Gil Loescher explores the contrasts in the two countries’ approaches.

Tony Blair and the Marxists

‘New’ Labour’s life-force is to move beyond – and forget – its leftist predecessors, who brought to democracy a passion for argument, vibrant radical politics, multicultural focus, and theoretical Marxism. But precisely these elements helped bring Tony Blair to power – and a denial of this past is sinking his project.

International Directory of Protest and Beyond

February 15th was a watershed for protest. Unprecedented in numbers and global reach, people power attained its greatest prominence yet. Below are country-by-country links to some of the main protest groups and networks who were involved. The list is not exhaustive by any means, but it is a start for any activist or casual browser who wants to try and keep up with this gathering phenomenon.

Talking about revolution: an interview with John Micklethwait

In the age of globalisation, companies are often associated with scandal (Enron), litigation (Microsoft), or overweening power (Wal-Mart). But in the wider historical perspective, the institution is both socially more transforming and politically less powerful than it often appears.

B.E.: the price of loyalty

The aftershocks of Rwanda’s genocide still shake neighbouring Congo, wrecking innocent lives. BE, now washed up on Europe’s shores, survives to bear witness.

Iraq: the true course

A former peacenik and now British government minister explains his belief that force is necessary and legitimate to rid the world of Saddam Hussein and his regime’s weapons of mass destruction.

The northern Iraqi kaleidoscope

The northern frontline of the Iraq war does not separate only Kurds and regime forces. Independent Kurdish groups, pressed by Turkish incursions in the rear, are also engaged in bitter fighting with the extremist guerrillas of Ansar al-Islam. A Kurdish observer sends a vivid diary of a many-sided conflict.

The quicksand of war

By the fifth day of the Iraq war it is clear that a swift US and British victory is unlikely. Regime survival, fierce Iraqi resistance in the south, and popular suspicion of the invaders, all suggest that a war lasting weeks or even months is in prospect.

Caesar crosses the Rubicon

As the first war of the new era begins, the die is cast and War Fever peaks. Through the sandstorm and the summits, can we see our way toward responsibility and the Futures of Europe? From Cyprus to Malta and Belgrade to Finland, the wind is rising...

Your open letters to the leaders

We published an open letter from a Palestinian doctor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and asked our members to draft their own letters to Tony Blair, Saddam Hussein or George W. Bush. Here are the first responses…

Blood, sweat and tears

As the Iraq war he opposed opens, Gerhard Schröder, son of an unknown soldier, confronts two thorn-spiked mountains: tackling economic sclerosis against his own party’s wishes, and rebuilding transatlantic bridges. His former cabinet colleague Michael Naumann cuts through nostalgia to ask: is this Germany dying?

A heart in New York

For openDemocracy, modern war brings new tests to our thinking, practice, and values.

Iraq - Everything Must Go!

After the war, the fire sale. After the bombs, the brands. After the Baghdad blues, Dominic Hilton lights up the night.

Gujarat's 'successful experiment'

The racial violence gripping Indian politics may appear to be the latest manifestation of an age-old problem. But this is deceptive. Modern technology and globalisation have brought about a mutation.

A nuclear-free world: in reply to Achilles Skordas

Achilles Skordas recently argued in openDemocracy that legalising nuclear weapons could help ensure they are never used. Now, a former Naval Commander makes the opposite case: not only must the use of nuclear weapons remain illegal, but the dangerous current crisis offers an opportunity to push for their complete abolition.

Fear and loathing: Arab cultures need a strategy of resistance

Concerned by the Arab world’s culture of victimhood, a German Arabist issues a vigorous challenge to the prevailing sentiment of ‘anti-globalism’ among the Arab intelligentsia, typified by the prominent Egyptian intellectual Sherif Hetata.

The sovereign state of Europe: burying democracy

The new European Constitution drafted by Valery Gicard d’Estaing’s team can be seen as establishing a new unitary state, the unaccountable playground of national executives and the European Commission, according to this convention member and leading critic of the Brussels institutions. Will the voters get the chance, through referenda, to reject the prospect of European President Blair, Prime Minister Aznar and Foreign Minister Fischer? Jens-Peter Bonde was interviewed by Paul Hilder on 27 February 2003.

The future of Europe in the shadow of Iraq

The schism in Europe and the transatlantic rift over Iraq are shaking the foundations of the Convention on the Future of Europe also. A twin presidency of Europe sounds unworkable to this Dutch participant, but a European Security Council might work. Democracy has been jettisoned in favour of fixing Europe’s chassis; but a Constitution may be hard to sell to the people… Frans Timmermans was interviewed by Paul Hilder on 28 February 2003.

A just solution: military intervention

All the arguments about war must recognise an essential truth: the vicious tyranny of Saddam Hussein can only be ended by force, and with outside help.

Return to the state of nature

The US-led war on Iraq is more than a failure of American strategy, diplomacy and thinking; in its heedless rejection of international institutions and their norms of co-operation, it represents a dangerous retreat to the law of the jungle.

The choice for protesters: anti-war or peace?

The reality of war challenges peace movements to rethink their strategy. One lesson of earlier campaigns is that activists need to move beyond mere ‘anti-war’ onto the territory of justice, solidarity, and human rights.

The slow death of American democracy

It is not just that the war on Iraq is illegal, unjust, and immoral. It is also an assault on American democracy and freedom itself. A heartfelt cry of opposition from a now fearful American writer.

The new cosmopolitanism

The shock of the new is always painful. War and diplomatic breakdown are symptoms of a transformed political order struggling to emerge. It will be robust, secular, ideas-based, flexible, and interventionist; but it needs anchoring in legitimate force, institutions and public support. This, says the director of the European Policy Forum, is the new cosmopolitanism: and the century’s agenda.

One-way traffic: the failed promise of iTV

Interactive television will bring the internet to the poor. At least that is one of the ways the British government accounts for massive spending on digital terrestrial television. But the silence is deafening as technological decisions are taken which will make delivery of this vision impossible, says the editor of Inside Digital TV.

The right war

A Member of the European Parliament with long-standing interest in the fate of the Marsh Arabs sees their terrible fate as only one piece of evidence for the morality and legitimacy of war against the Saddam regime in Iraq.

Hymn for the Unsung

Novelist and Playwright Dorfman wrote these words on the brink of a destructive war in the Gulf, where President Bush’s US forces squared up to those of Saddam Hussein. That they were written twelve years ago, on the brink of the first Gulf War, but not even the names have changed, is a chilling example of history repeating.

Iran: preparing for a refugee crisis

The war in Iraq faces its Iranian neighbour with the prospect of hosting another wave of refugees. How will the country cope? Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Javad Zarif, talks to Arthur Helton about how past experience informs current humanitarian planning on the ground.

From a human shield

How does it feel to be a voluntary human shield in Baghdad, waiting for the gathering storm?

Weapons of War

The mother of all nicknames, US-French warfare, bin Laden the pop star

Another world is necessary

The World Social Forum is a potent liberating force, but its leadership risks being hijacked by the West’s old left. It must listen to women and to the Third World. They need exchange on an equal basis.