“It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”

Yanis Varoufakis' attempt to build an international organisation seems to be foundering. Having welcomed Vijay Prashad, a propaganda cheerleader for the Chinese state, into the fold and dismissed attempts to raise repression and exploitation in China as 'intra-left-sectarianism', there's now this: they invited a well-respected Syrian leftist to join its 'advisory Council' and then dropped … Continue reading “It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”

Once Upon A Time In Iraq

By guest reviewer,  Leyla Sanai If you haven’t yet watched Once Upon A Time In Iraq on the BBC or iplayer, you are missing out. It is a superb overview of the doomed 2003 war on the wicked but secular despot Saddam Hussein, and the violent chaos that was the war and its faction-ridden, terrorist-packed … Continue reading Once Upon A Time In Iraq

China, Trump and Huawi: my enemy’s enemy is not always my friend

Yesterday's Morning Star was outraged by the government's Huawei U-turn (which it described as "made in Washington") and trumpeted the achievements of the Chinese ruling class: "China leads the world in green technology, from solar power to electric vehicles. It is rolling out the world's most extensive and advanced high-speed rail network, with trains reaching … Continue reading China, Trump and Huawi: my enemy’s enemy is not always my friend

Hong Kong: The Empire Strikes Back

By Chen Ying A music teacher in Hong Kong has been sacked by her school, because she allowed one of her students to perform the song "Glory to Hong Kong" as part of an assessment task at school. Lau Ka-tung, a social worker, was accused of hindering officers from proceeding by standing in front of … Continue reading Hong Kong: The Empire Strikes Back

Mainstream UK Jews condemn Israel’s West Bank annexation plans

Above: Netanyahu unveils the annexation plans, September 2019 The importance of this unprecedented letter cannot be exaggerated: these are not the usual suspects, but mainstream figures (including Sir Ben Helfgott, one of Britain's best-known holocaust survivors), all of whom would describe themselves as Zionists. It should go without saying that we Shiraz'ers do not endorse … Continue reading Mainstream UK Jews condemn Israel’s West Bank annexation plans

Stop West Bank annexation!

On Saturday 1 February, some 2,000 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, demonstrated in Tel Aviv against the “Trump plan” for Israel-Palestine, and the threats by leading Israeli politicians Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to use the “plan” as licence to move quickly to annex large areas of the West Bank. According to the Israeli press, the … Continue reading Stop West Bank annexation!

The Second ‘Deal of the Century’

Above: Olmert, Condoleezza Rice and Mohammed Abbas in 2008 By Barry Finger The Israeli left is not in decline merely due to an overabundance of ineptitude. Nor because of the violence of the second Intifada, or the ill will of a Mizrahi majority to the plight of Palestinians in whose cause they were cruelly scapegoated. … Continue reading The Second ‘Deal of the Century’

No to Trump’s phony ‘Deal of the Century’!

From a piece in the present edition of Solidarity and the Workers Liberty website (adapted and updated by JD): Donald Trump, side-by-side with Israel’s openly gloating prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced his long-touted “Deal of the Century” plan  for Israel-Palestine, giving Israel full control of the settlements with Jerusalem as its undivided capital. “For … Continue reading No to Trump’s phony ‘Deal of the Century’!

Taiwan repudiates fascist world order

By Bill Weinberg (at Countervortex) Following a bitter campaign dominated by “fake news” generated from China and punctuated by sexist personal attacks on President Tsai Ing-wen, the incumbent was re-elected in the Jan. 11 race, overwhelmingly defeating her main challenger, Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT). Tsai, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), received 8.17 … Continue reading Taiwan repudiates fascist world order

Blowback in Iran

Iranian students demonstrate following a tribute to the victims of a Ukraine International Airlines crash, in front of Amirkabir University in Tehran, Jan. 11, 2020. Police later dispersed students chanting what were seen as "radical" slogans. One of the proudest achievements of Shiraz Socialist (at the Old Place) was to have debunked and discredited the … Continue reading Blowback in Iran