Posts in: middle east

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 »

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 »