Posts in: middle east

Unstoppable revolt in the Middle East — Analysis: the US role and the road ahead

October 2014

The insurrections of the Arab Spring still live. The revolutionary shock waves that have brought new life to ancient lands, terrifying the powers-that-be, are not spent. Bloodthirsty reaction from dictators and jihadists and foreign masters continues to cause grim suffering and death. Gazan children killed by Israeli missiles while playing on a beach; “infidel” men… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor, October 2014

October 2014

WOMEN WARRIORS Mary Anne Grady Flores for free speech We sat stunned in the packed courtroom on July 10 as a town justice sentenced longtime Catholic Worker activist Mary Anne Grady Flores, grandmother of three, to a year in prison. Her crime? Being the first to allegedly violate an Order of Protection, issued to over… Read more »

An Israeli-born scholar discusses war hysteria and peace activism

October 2014

Raya Fidel, born and raised in Israel, is a retired professor of Information Science at the University of Washington. She was interviewed by Tamara Turner in August 2014. Tamara Turner — What is the situation in Gaza? Raya Fidel — It is gut-wrenching. The UN calls the level of destruction in Gaza “without precedent.” The… Read more »

The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism

December 2014

The barbarism of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has repulsed workers everywhere, especially in the Middle East. For every “jihadist” recruit, more fighters are taking up arms against it. Among the bravest are Kurdish women from Iraq and Syria. Washington screams “evil” at ISIS’ ruthless beheadings, but remains silent at the dozens… Read more »

Freedom Socialist newspaper Letters to the Editor — April 2015

April 2015

MIDDLE EAST Kurdish women I was glad to see something written in the paper about the current situation in the Middle East [The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism, Vol. 35, No. 6]. One thing that concerned me, however, was the phrase “Among the bravest are Kurdish women from Iraq and Syria”. For one, while Kurdish… Read more »

After the Netanyahu-Republican lovefest: What’s next for US relations with Israel?

June 2015

Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister of Israel for the third consecutive time on March 17. During his 9-year regime Israel’s economic situation has severely deteriorated. Israelis now suffer from massive privatization and outsourcing of government jobs, stagnating wages, and drastic cuts in education and social services. As the gap between the rich and… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Charlie Hebdo: we got it wrong

June 2015

In the previous issue of the Freedom Socialist, we carried a story called “The Charlie Hebdo furor: when free speech collides with defense of the persecuted” (Vol. 36, No. 2). Unfortunately, in a rush to judgment, we seized the completely wrong end of the stick. Our big factual error was our characterization of Charlie Hebdo,… Read more »

Fire in the Middle East: Counterrevolution takes heavy toll

August 2015

The urgent quest for radical change in the Middle East impacts and teaches every fighter against injustice. It is rooted in the economic stagnation imposed by neoliberal austerity policies of the International Monetary Fund, peoples’ rage at profound inequality of wealth, and decades of violent repression. In 2009, Iranians tried to unseat their 30-year theocracy…. Read more »