A U.S. War on Jabhat al-Nusra: Just What Baghdadi Ordered

30 Sep

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The same day the U.S. and an internally contradictory ‘grand coalition’ correctly and justly launched airstrikes on the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) Syrian safe haven in Syria, the U.S. launched another war, a unilateral war, on Syria’s Al-Qaeda branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, in separate but simultaneous attacks in Idlib and Aleppo governates. Continue reading

Declaration of the Homs Liberation Movement

21 Sep

1The Homs Liberation Movement is a military formation, founded by a group of dissident Syrian officers and revolutionary intellectuals as a result of the injustice and oppression inflicted on the Syrian people by the regime of Al-Assad, the criminal, in order to protect the people from this systematic killing machine that has exceeded all humanitarian and ethical boundaries that were not confined to one component of Syria’s fabric but affected all Syrians, Christians, Muslims, and various sects and groups. Continue reading

The Politics of the War on #ISIS: A Marxist Approach

17 Sep

A Marxist approach to war begins with the truism that war is the continuation of politics by other means.

What are the politics of the war on the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, or Daesh)?

James Foley, Father Paolo, David Haines

James Foley, Father Paolo, David Haines

ISIS is waging a political struggle first and foremost against the democratic revolution of Syria’s working and oppressed classes. Daesh’s most famous victims are journalists, humanitarian aid workers, and priests dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and therefore they are enemies of the people. ISIS is also at war with: Continue reading

Contradictions of the Post-Revolution Assad Regime in Syria’s Protracted Anti-Fascist War

1 Aug

The Leviathan built by Hafez al-Assad, a fascist state stretching from Daraa in the west of Syria to Deir Ezzor in the east, has been shattered irrevocably by the popular upsurge of the March 15 revolution. Born as a peaceful protest movement for dignity and political reform, the Syrian uprising painfully and organically developed into a revolutionary war to liberate the country from the misrule of Bashar al-Assad’s fascist clique and dismantle his regime’s barbaric institutions.

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Hazm Movement and Syrian Revolutionary Front: Suspending All Forms of Cooperation with Nusra

22 Jul

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Press Release: Suspending all forms of cooperation with Nusra

We, the undersigned, heads of factions that have come together to save the Syrian revolution of freedom and dignity, and to defend Aleppo and Morek (in rural Hama), on which Assad’s forces and militias have recently launched a fierce offensive, express our rejection of Jabhat al-Nusra’s withdrawal from Aleppo front.

It is also unacceptable that Jabhat al-Nusra attack Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in liberated areas under the pretext of attacking infidels.

Turning its guns away from the regime, Jabhat al-Nusra is trying to divert the revolution from its fundamental principles. Continue reading

Selective Internationalism: An Activist Disorder

22 Jul

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Some 80,000 people rallied in London over the weekend to support the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip whom Israeli forces are slaughtering daily by the dozens. This commendable display of internationalism, defined as unconditional solidarity with the oppressed and the exploited without regard to borders, colors, or creeds, was repeated all over the U.S. and Europe as thousands turned out at similar marches, even defying a government ban in Paris. Bringing this street sentiment into the halls of power, Chile’s parliament voted to suspend trade talks with Israel. Continue reading

Cómo Cuba y Venezuela Actuaron Como ‘Rompehuelgas’ de la Revolución Siria

29 Jun

[Traducido por Gab Chaag.]

Golpeando a los  imbéciles  que son las prominentes figuras de la izquierda extrema — gente como George Galloway, John Rees, y Tariq Ali — y su complicidad con el régimen sirio durante la campaña de exterminio contra su propio pueblo podría ser emocionalmente satisfactoria, pero es injusta. Estas personas así como son impotentes, no tienen idea; son viejas glorias, perpetuamente atrapadas tratando (y fallando) de revivir la gloria de los días de su influencia, ya sea 1968 o 2003.

Lo que dicen y hacen cuenta poco para el mundo real. Continue reading

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