Syria and the crisis in Idlib

Nearly one million people have been displaced since December in Idlib as a result of the military campaign against the western countryside and the advancement of the Syrian regime. Anas Alkharboutli/dpa/picture alliance via Getty From Syria UK The Syrian war has lasted nine years, and can be hard for many to understand. We have written … Continue reading Syria and the crisis in Idlib

Russian Anti-Fascists Imprisoned. Defend our Comrades!

Andrew Coates reports at Tendance Coatesy: You can support the “network” case defendants by sending them solidarity messages, donating to the support campaign, and spreading the word about the case. See the Rupression site for details The BBC reports: Russia jails members of ‘non-existent’ terror group Set Seven Russian anarchists and anti-fascist activists have been handed lengthy jail … Continue reading Russian Anti-Fascists Imprisoned. Defend our Comrades!

What’s going on in Syria? A summary of some of the issues of the last two years

Republished (with permission) from BobFromBrockley: This post links to a few important pieces about Syria written over the last year which I have had open in my tabs. First, I wrote the following two paragraphs at the very end of 2017, as part of a post I never finished, and they are still as true … Continue reading What’s going on in Syria? A summary of some of the issues of the last two years

Putin, liberalism and the left

Socialists seek to go beyond liberalism, not regress from it By Colin Foster In September 1847, before they had even written the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels declared: “If a certain section of German socialists has continually blustered against the liberal bourgeoisie, and has done so, in a manner which has benefited nobody … Continue reading Putin, liberalism and the left

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’: a service to us all

Above: reactors No. 4 and No. 3 shortly after the disaster By Les Hearn (this article also appears in the current issue of Solidarity) Chernobyl was a disaster — there is no doubt about that — but what lessons should we learn from it? Though the catastrophic meltdown and explosion of the RBMK Reactor No 4 happened … Continue reading HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’: a service to us all

‘Russiagate’, Syria and the left

This is a cross-post, also appearing at BobFromBrockley, CounterVortex and AntidoteZine. It is an important text which we're pleased to publish here -- JD By Terry Burke The last major national protest in the US was "Families Belong Together" in June 2018. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country demonstrated against the Trump administration's policy of … Continue reading ‘Russiagate’, Syria and the left

Paul Mason’s vision of a new, humanist politics

Matt Kinsella reviews Paul Mason's new book: Paul Mason’s latest book, Clear Bright Future, is written as a defence of humanism and human-centred politics, against the resurgent threat of the far-right, from Trump to Bolsonaro, Le Pen to Salvini. The title is a reference to Leon Trotsky’s testament. Mason entreats us to fight “all evil, oppression, … Continue reading Paul Mason’s vision of a new, humanist politics