Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

Socialist Worker says Israel is the West's "attack dog" - and it's "got to go" - but provides little detail about how Israel is to be abolished, and by whom. By Dale Street When Sunderland Polytechnic Students Union (SPSU) banned a campus Jewish Society in 1985, Socialist Worker (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party) … Continue reading Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

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

The politics of Jewish victimization

People gathered for a news conference discussing the man accused of stabbing five Jewish people at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, N.Y. Picture: Yana Paskova for The New York Times By Barry Finger Orthodox Jews in the New York metropolitan area alone have been the victims of no less than a dozen attacks in the … Continue reading The politics of Jewish victimization

Soleimani assassination and the danger of war: what socialists in the region have to say

Unlike the UK Stop the War group (uncritical apologists for the Iranian regime), the Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists, about whom we at Shiraz know next to nothing, are able to simultaneously condemn Trump's reckless belligerence and  and the repression of democratic forces by Iran and other regional imperialist powers: Oppose U.S. … Continue reading Soleimani assassination and the danger of war: what socialists in the region have to say

Morning Star article threatens Jews

Whether or not Chief Rabbi Mirvis is a Tory is not the issue. His attack on Labour over antisemitism spoke to a real problem. Even the Morning Star, in a rambling, incoherent editorial (in the 27 November print edition but not on their website) noted that a 2018 poll conducted for the Jewish Chronicle “said more … Continue reading Morning Star article threatens Jews

Keep Galloway out: vote Labour in West Bromwich East!

Gangster chic for Galloway: how appropriate ... The loathsome Red-Brown poseur George Galloway, friend of dictators everywhere, is standing as the pro-Brexit (and supposedly pro-Corbyn!) candidate in West Bromwich East. The scumbag announced his candidature well before the constituency's MP Tom Watson stood down. Watson, of course, was not popular on the Labour left and positively hated … Continue reading Keep Galloway out: vote Labour in West Bromwich East!

Williamson threatens to do a Galloway

Above: Williamson campaigning against Labour adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism, alongside fellow 'left' antisemites Hope not hate statement: Chris Williamson made Labour’s antisemitism problem worse, and he deserves to lose his seat in Parliament. HOPE not hate will help make that happen, writes Nick Lowles. It’s apt that Chris Williamson‘s resignation letter contained an … Continue reading Williamson threatens to do a Galloway