Posts in: middle east

Afghan women fend off misogynist law

Winter/Spring 2009

On March 31 this year, the war in Afghanistan took a gruesome turn when a new law placed women of the Shia minority under the absolute control of their husbands. A woman was forbidden to refuse her husband’s demands for sex, leave the house without his permission or go out unaccompanied and without a head-to-toe… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2009

The Freedom Socialist Bulletin welcomes your opinions and campaign reports. Send contributions to PO Box 266, West Brunswick Vic 3055. Email: freedom.socialist.bulletin@ozemail.com.au Author’s thanks Thank you for another top notch Freedom Socialist Bulletin. As an American, I really appreciate your in-depth coverage of Australian and Asian issues that we don’t get as much coverage of… Read more »

Editorials

Winter/Spring 2009

Rudd’s ETS: A lot of hot air! Climate emergency. Here’s a tip. You can safely ignore anybody who claims that the warming of the planet’s oceans and atmosphere is a fiction. If you accidentally click through to Andrew Bolt’s blog, hit the back button. There’s nothing to learn there. If you hear Senator Stephen Fielding… Read more »

End the Zionist genocide in Palestine

Summer/Autumn 2009

Arabs observed a bloody anniversary around the globe in 2008. Sixty years earlier, the Settler State known as Israel was founded on stolen Palestinian lands. Al Nakhba, (the catastrophe) was preceded by years of terrorism by organised Zionist gangs. The Palestinian people are in exile or else trapped in two enclaves, the West Bank and… Read more »

Palestinian Women Warriors

Summer/Autumn 2009

Palestinian working women must be courageous just to survive, and those who have joined the resistance struggle are heroes. In 1967, the Israeli army seized control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which was all Palestinian land. Today, 41 years later, Palestine is still under imperialist Israeli military occupation, abetted by major U.S…. Read more »

Unprecedented mass reaction to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto

Summer/Autumn 2008

We are pleased to publish this slightly abridged version of a statement by the Labour Party of Pakistan (LPP), issued by General Secretary Farooq Tariq, on 29 December 2007, just two days after the assassination of opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto. This working class view from inside Pakistan tells a story of struggle that the mainstream… Read more »

Unity for Peace Conference injects energy into the Australian anti-war movement

Winter/Spring 2006

The Unity for Peace Conference, held in Melbourne on 27 May, attracted nearly 300 activists from around the country to discuss strategies for the movement. Alison Thorne, who represented the Freedom Socialist Party, assesses the conference. Delegates from 80 organisations and individual anti-war activists filled the hall at the Maritime Union for a day of… Read more »

Iranian feminist speaks out against invasion threat

Winter/Spring 2006

Roya Sahraei is an Iranian women’s rights activist who now lives in Sydney. This is an extract from her speech at the Unity for Peace Conference on 27 May 2006. “My childhood was lost during the 8-year Iran-Iraq war. Instead of happy memories, my childhood was full of fear, agitation, desolation and brutal human butchery…. Read more »

Ali’s story: Powerful weapon in the struggle for justice for refugees

Summer/Autumn 2006

“What we have is the Minister of Defence saying in the immediate post Tampa environment, don’t humanise the refugees.” This is a quote from the October 2002 Senate report on the “Children Overboard” affair. The Howard Government has deliberately tried to suppress individual stories of refugees — who are to be kept nameless and faceless…. Read more »

Resisting the Bush War Machine

Summer/Autumn 2005

“For these reasons, it is absurd to condemn the resistance to the U.S. occupation in Iraq as being masterminded by terrorists or insurgents or supporters of Saddam Hussein. After all if the United States were invaded and occupied, would everybody who fought to liberate it be a terrorist or an insurgent or a Bushite? The… Read more »