US bombs won’t bring liberation in Syria

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A banner held by a Syrian protester in Aleppo last week read, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, Albert Einstein”. Below were the words, “Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003, Syria 2014.”

Islamic State, Jabhat al Nusra and similar organisations can’t be defeated with the same tools that created them. They are the consequences of criminal authoritarian regimes and foreign interventions.

The US-led coalition’s objectives are not to assist Syrian revolutionaries or protect them from Islamic State or Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

They are to re-impose Western hegemony over the region. Continue reading

Kobani, the Kurdish issue and the Syrian revolution, a common destiny

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The city of Kobani, which is in its far majority inhabited by Kurdish people, in Syria has been under direct threat for several weeks of the Islamic State (IS). Since the beginning of the offensive of the IS on September 16 2014, more than 550 people died, including 298 militants of the IS, 236 Kurdish fighters and around twenty civilians. More than 12 000 civilians still remain in some sections of the city of Kobani, while the offensive of the IS on Kobani and its surrounding villages has led to the forced displacement of about 200,000 people.

The city would actually have fallen long ago if it was not for the resistance organized by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (YPD which is linked to the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), and its military forces, units of protection people (YPG), and also the active participation of at least three battalions of Arab fighters in the city: the revolutionary battalion of Al Raqqa, the battalion of ” the northern Sun” and the battalion of “Jirablis”. On October 4 the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had also decided to send a thousand fighters to defend Kobani.

The city Kobani has a strategic location for the IS. First the city lies between the cities of Cerablus and Tell Abyad, which are both under the occupation of the IS, and its capture would allow a territorial continuity for the IS, and secondly the city is also a gateway to Turkey. Continue reading

Syria and the International coalition intervention

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In recent weeks we have seen the establishment of an USA led International coalition also composed of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Jordan to launch a joint military operation, on Syrian territory, with the tacit support of the Assad regime as we will see, against Daech (also known as the Islamic State (ISIL).

Several levels of analysis are needed to understand the dynamics of this intervention. Continue reading

Syria, an analysis of the International coalition intervention led by the USA

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“Who did not die from Assad planes, died from Al Saoud Planes, they are numerous planes and the bombing is one”

In recent weeks we have seen the establishment of an USA led International coalition also composed of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan to launch a joint military operation, on Syrian territory, with the tacit support of the Assad regime as we will see, against Daech (also known as the Islamic State (IS)).

Several levels of analysis are needed to understand the dynamics of this intervention.

Continue reading

Revolutionary Left Movement in Syria: position around the bombings of the International Coalition led by the USA

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Today the American planes bombed positions of Daesh (also known as the Islamic State), Jabhat al Nusra ( al Qaeda branch in Syria) and Ahrar Sham. These bombings occurred, according to some sources, with the participation of the reactionary Arab governments allied to the USA government, which are leading the counter-revolution at the regional level

We do not welcome these bombings, even though we have called since the advent of these reactionary and fascist forces to oppose them because they are hostile to the popular revolt, unlike the positions of the various liberal opposition bodies linked the Syrian National Council and the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, which consider them by all their foolishness and immorality as components of the revolution. We oppose and strongly condemn the bombings and imperialist military intervention in Syria and call to confront it, in opposition to the Liberal bodies of the Syrian National Council and of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces that welcomed it

The reason why we oppose this imperialist intervention is that its objectives are not to support the Syrian people in their revolution, but to restore an imperialist domination of the countries of the region after the on-going popular revolts undermined it

Daech and jihadist forces are the result of the imperialist military intervention and of the brutality and corruption of despotic regimes

In the face of the multiplication of the enemies acting against the revolution of the Syrian people, we see that only the conscious and organized masses led by a truly revolutionary leadership are able to defeat these reactionary forces hostile to the revolution, to defeat the authoritarian regime, and also to defeat the imperialist intervention

No to Washington and its allies

No to Moscow and its allies

No to Daesh, no to the counter-revolutionary forces, and no the authoritarian regime

Long live the unity and struggle of the workers and oppressed everywhere

All the power and wealth to the people

Revolutionary Left Movement in Syria

September 23, 2014

Understanding imperialism as a global system

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In several debates I recently conducted in which I condemned all forms of imperialisms, including Russian imperialism in Syria and Ukraine (not to mention the Russian repression against the Chechens and the Russian authoritarian, reactionary and economically neoliberal system, with a concentration of wealth in the country in the hands of a mafia business clique affiliated with Putin), several people claiming to be “leftists” answered that there was no Russian imperialism or that Russia was a power that opposed USA imperialism and should therefore be supported.

This kind of analysis is part of a completely distorted understanding of imperialism, which is reduced to one (United States) or few actors (Western states generally).

Several reasons can explain this reasoning, which I do not have time to discuss in details here in this article, but that is primarily rooted first in a misunderstanding of the capitalist system, and / or a legacy of the Cold War, which sees Russia and its allies (Iran and Syria in particular) as progressive and anti-imperialist states, against the United States.

This reasoning leads to hostile positions with regards to some popular uprisings, as it is currently the case with Syria and Ukraine or in the past with Iran in 2009. Continue reading