How I got 100 people to back the Uyghurs

Sade Sawyers, who organised a protest for the Uyghurs at the Chinese embassy in London on 11 September, spoke to Sacha Ismail from Solidarity. I watch a lot of political videos on YouTube, and about a month ago I came across one about the Uyghurs. Before that I hadn't actually heard about the issue, even though … Continue reading How I got 100 people to back the Uyghurs

China and Myanmar face Uighurs and Rohingya that are fighting back after years of oppression

A sign of hope for accountability emerged this month after two Myanmar soldiers finally admitted their crimes. A perimeter fence is constructed around what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, on Sept. 4, 2018.Thomas Peter / Reuters fileSept. 17, 2020 By Rayhan Asat, president of the American … Continue reading China and Myanmar face Uighurs and Rohingya that are fighting back after years of oppression

Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) on “Concentration Camps For Uyghurs”

The site of a suspected internment camp in Shufu County, Xinjiang, as seen in satellite imagery in May 2017SHAWN ZHANG / GOOGLE EARTH  Stalinists and apologists for the Chinese ruling class (notably the despicable Carlos Martinez in the Morning Star) have been trying to shrug off the persecution (verging upon genocide) of the Uyghurs on … Continue reading Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) on “Concentration Camps For Uyghurs”

Morning Star denies Uighur genocide – spouts Beijing’s propaganda

Above: what the Morning Star won't show you This is a new, despicable, low even for the Morning Star. They - and their CPB controllers - must never be allowed to forget this, so although the piece is presently available on the Stalinist rag's website, we're reproducing it in full, here at Shiraz. Perhaps the … Continue reading Morning Star denies Uighur genocide – spouts Beijing’s propaganda

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

AWL on Momentum Renewal and Islamophobia

Above: the Chinese state's brutal treatment of Uyghur Muslims This article also appears on the Workers Liberty website: By Mohan Sen For all its rhetoric about working-class politics, the conservative-left and Stalinist faction in Momentum’s national coordinating group election, Momentum Renewal, has had little to say about the huge crises confronting the working class in … Continue reading AWL on Momentum Renewal and Islamophobia

How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

Book Review by Barry Finger: Michael R. Fischbach, The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left, Stanford, Stanford University Press 2020. It is the conceit of this volume that the history of the American New Left and its residual legacy can be fruitfully reexamined in terms of the divisions … Continue reading How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left: ‘what this book cannot offer is a useful political analysis’

The Phillips case: argue it out, don’t suspend behind closed doors

Trevor Phillips, ex chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has been suspended from the Labour Party  [PA ARCHIVE/PA IMAGES] By Mohan Sen The issues involved in the suspension of former Equality and Human Rights Commission chair Trevor Phillips from the Labour Party on charges of Islamophobia are somewhat murky. Listening to Phillips talk … Continue reading The Phillips case: argue it out, don’t suspend behind closed doors

CounterVortex podcast: against the global detention state

By Bill Weinberg (at CounterVortex) In Episode 45 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg notes with alarm the rapid consolidation of a global detention state, extending across borders and rival power blocs. In the United States, Trump moves toward indefinite detention of undocumented migrants, with horrific rights abuses widespread in the fast-expanding camp system. In … Continue reading CounterVortex podcast: against the global detention state

Proud Jew Sanders backed by Muslim Americans

Above: Sanders (in a 2016 debate) on his Jewish identity By Eric Lee In recent months, Bernie Sanders has become an enormously popular politician among Muslim Americans. He was one of only two Democratic presidential candidates to address the Islamic Society of North America Convention in August, the largest annual gathering of Muslim Americans in … Continue reading Proud Jew Sanders backed by Muslim Americans