Seumas Milne
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/ 29 April 2008

Why do Zimbabwe and Tibet get all the attention?

There is no question that the struggle over land and power in Zimbabwe has brought the country to a grim pass. Nearly a decade after the takeover of white-owned farms and the rupture with the West, economic breakdown, hyperinflation, sanctions and Aids have taken a heavy toll. With the expectation now that a second round of elections, mired in claims of fraud, may after all keep President Robert Mugabe in power, the prospect must be of continued economic punishment and crisis.

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/ 6 March 2008

Blame laid at the wrong door

The attempt by Western politicians and media to present this week’s carnage in the Gaza Strip as a legitimate act of Israeli self-defence — or at best the latest phase of a wearisome conflict between two somehow equivalent sides — has reached Alice-in-Wonderland proportions, writes Seumas Milne.

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/ 27 February 2006

Communism is dead but not buried

Fifteen years after communism was officially pronounced dead, its spectre seems once again to be haunting Europe. In January, the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly voted to condemn the ”crimes of totalitarian communist regimes”, linking them with Nazism and complaining that communist parties are still ”legal and active in some countries”.

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/ 25 January 2005

Neither free nor fair

They are routinely described by the international media as Iraq’s first free and democratic elections. But, in reality, the elections are likely at best to be irrelevant, at worst to plunge Iraq deeper into the abyss. Both common sense and first principles dictate that no election in a country invaded and controlled by foreign troops can be regarded as free and fair.