On November 22, 2013, Falcons of the Levant, (Suqour al-Sham), the Army of Islam, the Islamic Movement of the Freemen of the Levant (Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya), Supporters of the Levant (Ansar al-Sham), al-Haq Brigade, the One-ness Brigade (Liwa al-Tawhid), and the Kurdish Islamic Front united to form the Islamic Front, the largest and most cohesive coalition of armed opposition forces in Syria. Below is their founding document which is published here for the first in English not out of political agreement but out of solidarity with the struggle to bring down the worst tyrant to walk the face of the Earth since Adolf Hitler. Translation by Basel Watfa. Read More
Although the Syrian revolution is a bourgeois-democratic revolution, it does not conform to the 1848 pattern that Marx and Engels were most familiar with and experienced first-hand: bourgeois liberals, fearing the nascent but still immature proletarian movement, become irresolute and half-hearted in the struggle against counter-revolution and pave the way for the revolution’s defeat. Read More
[Translation by Ahmed El-Khatib and Sam Charles Hamad.]
On October 13, 2013, about 106 military, media, and civil formations have assembled at Anatolia café in Elrihania city on the Syrian-Turkish border to form a conglomerate that is considered the biggest of its kind – according to some participants – to form what is called (Ahrar Syrian Union [Free Syrian Union]). The thing that is so special about this union is that it includes military units, civilian organizations, media people, and rescue squads, so it includes all aspects of revolutionary work. The members of the union say that they acknowledge the revolution’s flag that the protesters held in the beginning of the revolution. They believe that the 1950 constitution is the suitable one for the new Syria and they will do their best to adhere to the laws and international treaties after the breakdown of the regime. They also talked about the separation of legislative, executive, juridical authorities. Read More
[The following is the text of an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org since she is scheduled to speak at their church, St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral. Please copy, paste, adjust it for your own needs, and send!]
You should know the following about Mother Agnès-Mariam: Read More
James Bloodworth’s round-up of the scandal surrounding Stop the War Coalition’s (StWC) invitation to gassacre-denier Mother Agnes is excellent because he gets to the root of why so much of the Western left (including the governments of Cuba and Venezuela) has sided with counter-revolution and fascism in Syria in the name of ‘anti-imperialism’:
“In inviting Mother Agnes to speak the Stoppers were simply sticking faithfully to their own ‘anti-imperialist’ worldview — hence why the organisers still see nothing wrong in having selected her as a speaker. It was after all the organisation’s National Officer John Rees who once wrote: ‘Socialists should unconditionally stand with the oppressed against the oppressor, even if the people who run the oppressed country are undemocratic and persecute minorities, like Saddam Hussein.’”
Slamming the dimwits who constitute the far left’s leading lights — people like George Galloway, John Rees, and Tariq Ali — for aiding and abetting the Syrian regime’s scorched-Earth campaign against its own people might be emotionally satisfying, but it is unfair. These people are as powerless as they are clueless; they are has-beens, perpetually stuck trying (and failing) to re-live the glory days of their influence, whether that be 1968 or 2003.
What they say and do counts for little in the real world.
Far more damaging in material terms to the Syrian people’s revolution than the slander peddled by these irrelevant eunuchs are the actions of Cuba and Venezuela, two countries where the left’s influence is so vast that it holds the reigns of state power, controls media outlets, and commands armies.
Where these governments lead, leftists the world over follow. What they say is heard ’round the world. What they do matters.
Before scabbing on the Syrian revolution, Cuba and Venezuela did a dry run with the Libyan revolution. Read More