Malalai Joya versus Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Malalai Joya was listed under the banner of “Heroes” by Time Magazine in its ‘100 Most Influential People of 2010’. That Time should have even attempted to profile a courageous activist against the U.S./NATO occupation of Afghanistan is surprising. More predictable is the treatment it accorded her. Not one word of her unwavering opposition to…

The Revolutionary Party Is An Oxymoron

The campaign of socialist Kshama Sawant for the Seattle City Council continues to attract excitement on the left for her strong showing. A Counterpunch contributor recently called it a “highly significant” development. I wish her well of course. A socialist threat in the city of Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks is indeed heart warming. Hopefully the publicity will introduce…

For the first time we feel Syrian

Two brief reports on how Palestinians in Syria are getting on with life. Nasser Haamed Abdul Fattah, 43-years-old, has the following testimony (via a photo essay by Michael Friberg and Benjamin Rasmussen in the New Republic): “As a Palestinian in Syria, and a person from Gaza, you have no proof of identity. You can’t go from one…

Who Supports the Revolution in Syria?

Update 8-Sept-13 5:22pm: link added at bottom to a new source further describing the popular self-organization in some rebel-held areas Update 17-Sept-13: further links documenting the revolution added Update 23-Sept-13: NYT link added on the gulf between the revolutionaries on the ground and the unrepresentative expat leadership; a reflection by Reem Salahi; and Rochelle Davis on…

AIPAC Goes To Bat For Obama On Syria

The Obama team is pulling out all the stops to drive the nation into a war with Syria. Given the opposition in the House and overwhelming public skepticism (even after more than a week of full bore messaging, 59 percent of Americans oppose strikes on Syria, notably including “a majority of Democrats and a majority of…

How Can We Act Now to Stop War and End Racism?

Obama’s threatened aggression against Syria once again requires the awakening of the slumbering anti-war movement. The demo I attended at the White House on Saturday was apparently called by the Stalinist front group, ANSWER. A sea of their yellow signs dominated the event. Judging from the images I saw from the multitude of other protests…

Obama the Mafia Don

Obama’s attack on Syria is delayed for some days but is all but certain to happen. In the wake of the Obama-Cameron failure to properly stage manage the ‘democratic’ outcome of the British parliament vote, Obama felt it wise to enlist explicit Congressional support. This is good news, if only because it marks a rare…