Posts in: middle east

Syrian revolutionaries defy Assad, jihadists, and imperialists

October 2013

With the eruption of the Arab Spring in 2011, all revolutionary hell broke out in the Middle East. In Syria, unwavering rebels are fighting a civil war — militarily and politically — in self-defense against assaults by their dictator Bashar Assad, and for the profound economic and social changes that took them into the streets… Read more »

Palestine/Israel peace talks: a shameless deceit

October 2013

The British empire handed over the lands of Palestine to Jewish Zionists to create the state of Israel after World War II, when the U.S. took over as main imperialist honcho. Ever since, there have been peace talks. “We’ve never seen them achieve anything,” declared a Palestinian who lost 10 family members to an Israeli… Read more »

World Beat: Syria’s winter of pain

February 2014

It’s snowing and freezing cold in war-torn Syria, and 80 percent of the people fear starvation. Two and a half million refugees, mostly women and children, have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and elsewhere. An additional four million are displaced within Syria. The death toll is at least 126,000. Areas held by anti-Assad rebels… Read more »

Freedom Socialist newspaper Letters to the Editor, February 2014

February 2014

SOCIALIST CANDIDATES Dangers of reformism Your recent article, “Sign of the times: Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative unseats Seattle Democrat” [Vol. 34, No. 6], does an excellent job of connecting this local victory to the wider struggle. I particularly like how Linda Averill points out the dangers of reformism and opportunism. I’m familiar with Socialist… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Fallujah: resistance by any other name …

February 2014

Ten years ago during the Iraq War, Fallujah residents endured the bloodiest U.S. military assault since the Vietnam War. Massive ground and air bombing, including depleted uranium and white phosphorus, turned the city into a slaughterhouse; its toxicity led some to compare it to Hiroshima. The justification for such carnage on a city heroically opposed… Read more »

The sham of democracy in Afghanistan

April 2014

The invasion of Afghanistan led to the longest conflict in U.S. history. It has decimated an ancient land and its people, and enhanced the power and wealth of war criminals and Taliban jihadists. It has also grievously harmed a generation of U.S. soldiers and filled the pockets of war industrialists and mercenaries. Against this backdrop,… Read more »

Fundamentalist onslaught in Iraq: made in USA

August 2014

Ali supported the U.S. overthrow of Saddam Hussein and worked for “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” All the more reason for his outrage at the destruction unfolding in Iraq. Now living in the Seattle area, he says, “I lost family! I lost my country! And all for this?” In mid-June, the Al Qaeda split-off, Islamic State in… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial: More Israeli madness

August 2014

From the moment three Israeli teens disappeared on June 12, the government declared the Palestinian group Hamas guilty, and launched a revenge campaign on the West Bank. Soldiers sealed off entire towns, arrested more than 800, invaded homes, killed several Palestinians, and incited rightwing anti-Arab mobs in the streets of East Jerusalem and Tel Aviv…. Read more »

The boycott against Israel: which side is music on?

August 2014

Is art a vague, individualistic pursuit of human creativity, divorced from any other reality or social accountability? Can we act as artists and ignore others being starved, beaten and imprisoned around us? These are questions central to the culture boycott on Israel, in solidarity with Palestinians. Most prominent artists keep their distance from politics and… Read more »