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The other 9/11 – The Pinochet Coup in Chile 1973

The capitalist media and commentators have given great emphasis to discussing the consequences and lessons of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York a decade ago. Yet this was not the first ‘9/11’. Following the first 9/11, thousands were slaughtered and thousands more tortured and suffered the horrific consequences which followed. This slaughter took place not in the US but in Chile on September 11th 1973. It was planned and executed not from the tribal territories of Afghanistan or Pakistan but in the head-quarters of the CIA and the White House, in collusion with the ruling elite in Chile and its armed forces. This 9/11 should be commemorated, and its lessons studied, by socialists and workers everywhere.

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London’s Burning: Looking back at the Brixton riots of 1981

The recent riots in the most unequal borough in the UK - Tottenham, London - in response to the shooting of Mark Duggan by police have many parrallels with the Brixton riots in London 30 years ago. In advance of a fuller analysis of the recent events, we repost an article for our readers from April of this year, where the Socialist Party of England and Wales (our sister group) loked back at the Brixton riots on it's thirtieth anniversary and warned that the "conditions for new 'Brixtons' are being prepared".

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Warning: Capitalism’ a health hazard

TASC, an independent Irish think-tank, has produced a report that puts the reality of the detrimental impact of poverty, lack of education and class division on human health, in an Irish context. Eliminating Health Inequalities – A Matter of Life and Death, TASC 2011 points out, for example, that according to Census 2006, men living in the most affluent areas live 4.5 years longer than men living in the poorest areas.

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