“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.”

“Pathetic clowns, lousy Trotskyists”: some responses to a solidarity campaign with Belarus

Above: Belarusian workers protest against Lukashenko By Eric Lee (02 Sept 2020) A week ago, at the request of independent trade unions in Belarus and supported by global union federations, LabourStart launched a campaign demanding an end to state repression in that country. The campaign title was “Stop the violence – defend democracy and human … Continue reading “Pathetic clowns, lousy Trotskyists”: some responses to a solidarity campaign with Belarus

The collapse of Corbynism – radicalism without class power

© Twitter/@jeremycorbyn Guest post by Johnny Lewis Starting points: faced with one of the greatest upheavals in the Party’s history it should have been the organised left’s moment, when they would provide conscious direction to 'the masses’ who flooded into the Party under Corbyn. Instead, 'leadership' was exercised by promoting the specifics of each organisation's … Continue reading The collapse of Corbynism – radicalism without class power

Who’s lying about the Uyghurs? Socialist Action denies repression in China

Above: from the Socialist Action website The Socialist Action group has republished an article by Max Blumenthal, a US “left-wing” conspiracy theorist and apologist for Stalinism, seeking to undermine the idea the Chinese state is committing human rights abuses against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang/East Turkestan. They praise Blumenthal and his article in an introductory article which … Continue reading Who’s lying about the Uyghurs? Socialist Action denies repression in China

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

Finkelstein, Labour Against The Witchhunt and ‘left’ antisemitism

A lot of decent, anti-racist people have difficulty distinguishing between legitimate criticism of Israel and/or concern about the influence of conservative ("Zionist") Jewish organisations on UK politics, and antisemitism - especially when it comes in a leftist guise. So let's get a few things clear: by ‘left-wing antisemitism’ we emphatically do not mean political criticism … Continue reading Finkelstein, Labour Against The Witchhunt and ‘left’ antisemitism

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

Matgamna: Reminiscences of Ted Knight (1933-2020)

Above: Ted Knight (in middle background) with Bertrand Russell (right foreground) and Russell's secretary Ralph Schoenman (bearded, left), from The Newsletter, 25 June 1966 Click here to download as pdf By Sean Matgamna (in a supplement to the present issue of Solidarity) I am saddened by the death of Ted Knight (30 March 2020). I … Continue reading Matgamna: Reminiscences of Ted Knight (1933-2020)

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’