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Issue 51, January 1993

The West doesn't know best

As we go to press American troops are landing in Somalia, and there are fresh calls for a similar military operation in Bosnia. From Africa to Eastern Europe, the consensus today is that Western intervention can solve the world's problems. But it cannot.

Intervention by the Western powers cannot be a solution to today's global crises, because it is the primary cause of them. From Somalia through Iraq to Bosnia, the current crises result from the way in which the West uses other peoples' lives as pawns in its own great power games.

That is the message of this month's Living Marxism . It is also the message of our Manifesto Against Militarism, which was launched in style at the Hot Wars and Holocausts conference in London in November.

More than a thousand people from around the country gathered for two days of timely discussion on the problems of the New World Order. At the end, they voted unanimously to endorse the Manifesto Against Militarism. Now the urgent task is to spread the word against Western intervention.

4 Editorial

6 Letters

8 'Annus horribilis' Mike Freeman

11 Ann Bradley

12 One year from now?

14 Tale of the 'armed miner' Andrew Calcutt and John Riley

16 The truth about Somalia Kenan Malik and Barry Crawford

18 Who lit the Yugo powder-keg?Joan Phillips

20 A guide to these unstable times Frank Richards

24 A Nazi mess in Germany Rob Knight

27 Italy's wind from the north Alan Harding

28 Elitism rules the East Dominic Salter

30 Corrupting democracy in America James Heartfield

32 The old order crumbles in Ireland Fiona Foster

34 Press barons Tessa Myer

35 Toby Banks

36 Living: 38 Frank Cottrell-Boyce on TV

43 The Marxist Review of Books
  • Who made Eastern Europe? - Adam Eastman tackles the argument that Eastern Europeans are the architects of their own backwardness
  • Norman's conquest - Eve Anderson reviews the autobiography of General HN Schwarzkopf, and discovers an anti-racist family man with the blood of thousands on his hands



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