Response to Tareq Ali 2015, or the need for internationalist solidarity



Translation: “”History will remember that the scribbles of the children of Deraa moved the fleets of the world.”

Tareq Ali has spoken at a Stop the War rally in London on November 28, 2015, on the need to oppose any Western interventions in Syria. He did so by propagating, again, conspiracies views and actually legitimizing Russian imperialist interventions in Syria.[1]

Once again, as these words came out from an important figure of the International left, I feel it is necessary to answer and contradict them and for others to see that this is not an opinion shared by all among progressive groups and personalities. Above all, it is also necessary to defend the Syrian revolution and the millions of people that have suffered for their struggle for freedom and dignity against all forms of tyrannies: firstly against the Assad regime and its allies, and then against Daech and Islamic fundamentalist forces such as Jabhat Al Nusra and others. This is why I will deconstruct several moments of the speech of Tareq Ali and demonstrate that not only his analysis and information on the Syrian revolution is plainly wrong, but that also his so called strategy to fight Daech is wrong and doomed to fail. I had to add several other points after Tareq Ali posted on facebook a TV conference in response “For all those who have been deliberately misinterpreting my speech outside Downing Street on Wednesday, here is my position on Syria, explained at length”.[2] On many aspects this has not changed the key elements he expressed in the rally. Continue reading

جبهة النصرة تقتل عناصر من جيش الثوار والمدنيين في إدلب – Jabhat Al-Nusra assassinates members of the Army of the revolutionaries and civilians in Idlib Army

29-11-2015 يوم الأحد
جبهة النصرة تقتل كل من《خالد سامي أمانة》《حمود علي العبدالله》ذبحاً بالسكين بتهمة أنهم يتبعون لفصيل “جيش الثوار” ،وهم من أبناء بلدة جوزف بجبل الزاوية ومن أوائل الثوار .

November 29, 2015

Jabhat Al Nusra killed two members of the Army of the Revolutionaries (Jaysh al-Thuwar).



بهة النصرة تقوم باعدام أحد المدنيين في مدينة ادلب عند جامع سعد رمياُ بالرصاص بتهمة التعامل مع النظام ورمي الشرائح للطيران دون تقديم دلائل واثباتات

Jabhat Al Nusra executes a civilan in Idlib under the so called accusation of collaborating with the Assad regime, but no proofs were provided


عصيان مدني في حلب احتجاجاً على حالات الخطف المتكررة – Civil disobeissance in Aleppo against the problem of the kidnapping of activists


“العصيان المدني” حملة قام بهل ناشطون في ‫#‏حلب‬ احتجاجاً على أعمال الخطف التي تطال الناشطين. قامو خلالها بقطع الطريق
“Civil disobedience” a campaign that has been launched by activists in ‪#‎Aleppo‬ addressing the problem of “kidnapping the activists”, and they have blocked the streets with wheels.
المصدر: Source: Shehab News Agency

November 16 2015

Russian bombs against civilians – القنابل الروسية ضد المدنيين

“Almost 80 percent of Russia’s declared targets in Syria have been in areas not held by Islamic State, a Reuters analysis of Russian Defence Ministry data shows, undermining Moscow’s assertions that its aim is to defeat the group.”
Source : Reuters

Few examples:

Russian Bombs central Aleppo


BREAKING: Russian airstrike hits our location in the kalaseh area of central Aleppo which is a civilian populated area during our trip in the city. as a result a number of casualties. Locals expressing anger towards Russia for claiming that it is only targeting terrorists whilst these areas are clear of any signs of these fundamentalists groups or other rebel fighting factions. Since our arrival in the city these strikes have been on going and until now not one of these strikes has targeted any fighting factions but only always the civilians. ANA PRESS</p>Posted by <a href=””>Rami Jarrah</a> on Wednesday, November 18, 2015</blockquote></div></div>

Kalaseh area in the Central Aleppo market targeted with Russian airstrike over civilian populated area leaving many casualties, locals express anger over Russian claims that the strikes are only meant to target terrorists.  Civil defense arrived a few minutes later to pull those trapped under the rubble.

These strikes have been on going and until now not one of these strikes has targeted any fighting factions but only always the civilians.

ANA Press

Bread oven in Atareb, rural Aleppo, bombed.


The bread oven in Atareb, a town roughly 25km west of Aleppo city, that served an estimated 120,000 people in and around an opposition-held western Aleppo town is completely out of commission after a reported Russian airstrike, a journalist in the town told Syria Direct on Wednesday.

The oven was “the largest in terms of size and production in the western Aleppo countryside” before it was bombed on Tuesday, Amer al-Faj, a journalist from the town told Syria Direct on Wednesday. Strikes also hit an industrial secondary school and the transportation directorate.

Atareb is controlled by several rebel factions, including FSA brigades and Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat a-Nusra. The Islamic State had a presence in the town in 2013, its fighters were driven out in fighting with other rebels in January 2014.

Syria Directألف-شخص-في-حلب-بدون-خبز-بعد-غارات-روسية/

Interview with Radio Zamaneh: On the Syrian Democratic and Revolutionary Opposition

On the Syrian Democratic and Revolutionary Opposition
Joseph Daher interviewed by Frieda Afary 
Published by Zamaneh, a Persian-language human rights website and radio station on November 17, 2015
Zamaneh Editor’s Note:  Joseph Daher is a  Syrian-Swiss Marxist intellectual with a PhD in Development at  the University of SOAS, London. He is also a member of Solidarités in Switzerland and of the Revolutionary Left Current in Syria.   What do leftist Syrian intellectuals think about the current crisis, Assad’s future, the intervention of world powers, the activism of forces representing alternatives and the role and influence of Syrian Kurds?  The text below contains Daher’s responses to two questions that have been posed in order to better comprehend the events in Syria from an alternative point of view. 
Also see an English summary of articles from   Zamaneh’s  special page on “War in the Region and Iran’s Share of  Responsibility for the Syria Crisis.”
Here is the link to Afary’s Persian translation of the interview with Daher


What is your analysis of the Russian government’s airstrikes in Syria since September 30?

The objectives of these airstrikes are clear: save and consolidate the political and military power of the Assad regime. In other words crush all forms of opposition–whether democratic or reactionary– to the Assad regime under the so called “war on terror”. Most targets are civilians and factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) still existing. About 100,000 civilians have been forced to flee their regions because of Russian bombings. Russian bombings also destroyed dozens of hospitals while doctors and patients were killed in these raids. In areas such as the outskirts of Aleppo, the bombings in some cases even benefited the IS, thanks to a lightning breakthrough against factions of the FSA disoriented by Russian strike. Moreover Russian strikes are operated with the direct collaboration of the US and Israel. Continue reading