Much of the left internationally has given open or covert support to the Assad regime in Syria. The Morning Star in Britain went so far as to call the defeat of Aleppo a “liberation”. Why do left-wingers support a murderous regime instead of people fighting for their freedom? What is the role of Islamist forces in the conflict? Leila al-Shami, co-author of the book “Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War”, gives an interview which provides some answers to these questions.
Articles from En Passant
Syrian socialist Ghayath Naisse, a member of the Revolutionary Left Current, spoke to Simon Assaf in International Socialism about the brutalisation of Syria, the goals of those intervening and the prospects for socialists in the region.1
SA: Let’s start with imperialism. What do those intervening in Syria—Russia, the Saudis, the US and Turkey—hope to achieve?
This is from an article written in October this year but is even more relevant today as Aleppo and its people are destroyed and the Stalino-Assadists ramp up support for ‘their’ war criminals.
Corporate tax avoidance cost us $4 billion in the last financial year — a small “democracy levy” on big business could help balance the scales, says John Passant in Independent Australia.
‘The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.’ Gramsci.
Morbid symptoms? Trump. Bernardi. Christensen. Hanson. Le Pen. Wilders. UKIP. 46% vote for a fascist in Austria. AfD in Germany.
I walk with the dog every day
Past the dam of sunken dreams
The ducks were there today
With six children in tow
Four shepherds protecting them
From dogs and men,
And other predators
They are safe from us
As they glide the water
To their distance
The ripples ride the surface
And reach us on foreign shores
The other side of nowhere
In the midst of city
This is a Queensland Labor Party ad in the run up to the Queensland State election in 2015, when they were elected.
The Party, in government, approved the Adani mine.