“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.”

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

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

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

On the Turkish offensive on north-eastern Syria

Excellent post on from Leila on the latest – Trump-induced – stage of the Syrian tragedy:

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EGghDIpX0AEU5Se Syrians flee their homes amid Turkish bombardment. Photo credit: Delil Souleiman/AFP

The recent Turkish offensive on north-eastern Syria and US withdrawal of troops from the region is unleashing yet another humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions.

In the past few days over 130,000 Syrians have fled for their lives, in desperate search of safety. Dozens of civilians have been killed by Turkish bombs and assassinations by Turkish allied militias. Among the chaos ISIS prisoners have broken out of detention camps and are now running free – many of them foreigners, including children, whose respective states have refused to take responsibility for their nationals.

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Trump’s betrayal of Kurds puts Rojava at risk

Donald Trump's announcement of the withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria gives effective consent to President Erdoğan to invade. This marks a slight shift from Trump’s previous stated position. Back in December he announced that American troops would leave Northern Syria within the medium-term future, but that it was conditional on guarantees from Turkey … Continue reading Trump’s betrayal of Kurds puts Rojava at risk

A lazy day in the office for Steve Sweeney

Above: White Helmets in action Life isn’t always easy for Steve Sweeney, International Editor of the Morning Star. Earlier this year he was detained and interrogated by Turkish police when he landed at an Istanbul airport. Thoughts of what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate six months before in the same city … Continue reading A lazy day in the office for Steve Sweeney

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

‘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

On International Women’s Day: Yazidi women burn their veils as ISIS crumbles

Barfe Khalaf Farho said she felt like she was born again after setting her veil on fire Credit: Sam Tarling for the Telegraph Liberated Yazidi women burn their veils as Islamic State crumbles by By Raf Sanchez, Hassakah Province, Syria, 8 March 2019, the Daily Telegraph: As she emerged from five years captivity inside the … Continue reading On International Women’s Day: Yazidi women burn their veils as ISIS crumbles