Posts in: middle east

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 »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Russia’s bombs cause misery twice over

February 2016

Certain talking heads say that Russia’s air strikes on Syria will help stop terrorism. Nonsense. Its planes are not targeting ISIS, but revolutionaries and civilians fighting Assad and the jihadists. Most of the casualties are in market places and residential areas. Some Stalinists (meaning supporters of Soviet policy under Stalin who also support Russian policy… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — Saudi aggression is US-fueled

February 2016

On Jan. 2, Saudi Arabia — one of the top U.S. allies in the Middle East — executed 47 people. Among those beheaded was famous Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, killed for leading pro-reform demonstrations during the Arab Spring. The monarchy will not abide dissent, nor the most basic demands for human rights. And let’s… Read more »

Your Say Special Feature: Rebel Poets Inspire

Summer/Autumn 2010

The Freedom Socialist Bulletin was overwhelmed by the response we received to our feature, Rebel Poets: Shaking Up the Status Quo, published last issue. We decided to publish some of the reactions from our readers who also shared some of their own writing. Pam Sidney is a rebel poet in the finest tradition. She is… Read more »