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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
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My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
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Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

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Russia, the West and Assad

Assad Aleppo


In the October edition of socialist magazine Solidarity, James Supple writes about the situation in Syria. He says in part:

‘We should oppose Russian, US and Australian bombing as well as all forms of foreign imperialist intervention.’

Later on he argues:

‘Assad is no lesser evil to Islamic State and similar rebel groups like the Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra. Like IS, the Assad regime also ruthlessly represses any political dissent, has targeted ethnic minorities and is waging sectarian war.

‘The solution to the nightmare in Syria can only come through a revival of the democratic movement that erupted in 2011.’

To read the whole article click here.



Comment from Tony Iltis
Time October 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm

“The solution to the nightmare in Syria can only come through a revival of the democratic movement that erupted in 2011.”
I doubt it. The democratic movement of 2011 ended up as the current bloodbath, after all. Revolutions need revolutionary leadership to show the way forward. That leadership has to be based inside the country and have a mass base. And with all due respect, Joseph Daher falls short on both counts. The hope for Syria lies in the mass-based, multi-ethnic democratic socialist revolutionary movement in the north of Syria (Rojava). Despite what is often said in the Western media (and echoed by both the “pro-Assad left” and their “anti-anti-imperialist” opponents), this movement is not secessionist, not exclusively Kurdish and its politics are totally unrelated to those of the pro-Western Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. Until a year ago the Western media all but ignored this movement. Its a pity the Western “pro-Assad left” and “anti-anti-imperialist left” continue to do so.