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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
June 2015 – Labor Weather Report: A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.
March 2015 — Dignity in the fields. Over 50,000 mostly indigenous Mexican farm workers strike for over a week and block a freeway as they fight for legally mandated healthcare, a doubling of the $8 a day wage, and recognition of their union, which is independent of the government. April 2015 — All about patient… Read more »
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 »
Today, in 2015, Afghan mothers who produce only daughters are still routinely abused by their families and shunned by their communities. They are almost universally barred from employment outside the home, and a daughter can be sold into marital slavery for a one-time lump sum. Their only asset is “the ability to one day give… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Odeh, a Palestinian and community organizer, won a partial victory against the U.S. government’s attempt to deport her.