Assad to repossess Syria’s graveyards

By Katie Pelikanou THE SYRIAN regime is undertaking a thinly-veiled legal manoeuvre to punish the millions of refugees who have fled the civil war, and entrench the postwar sectarian redivision of Syria by repossessing their homes. The government of dictator Bashar Al-Assad enacted this law whilst the remnants of the Syrian army, along with Iranian … Continue reading Assad to repossess Syria’s graveyards

Assad’s gas habit and the West’s immoral “red lines”

By Marcus Halaby “Why would Bashar al-Assad have gassed his own people when he was already winning the war?” This question is frequently asked by many in the West of a generally anti-war disposition, who see in it a repetition of the arguments made around Saddam Hussein’s alleged (and disproven) possession of weapons of mass … Continue reading Assad’s gas habit and the West’s immoral “red lines”

Labour can lead the fight against imperialism and war

By KD Tait THE US, French, and British attack on the Syrian regime’s chemical warfare facilities, ostensibly in retaliation for the recent chemical attack in Douma, was little more than a cynical attempt by the Nato powers to avoid being made to look totally impotent by the Syrian dictator - whilst carefully avoiding a direct … Continue reading Labour can lead the fight against imperialism and war

Syria strikes risk escalating Middle East conflict

By  Marcus Halaby  The overwhelming priority of the Labour movement today is to prevent Britain from taking any further military action in Syria, or from joining any new Trump-led escalations of conflict with Russia or Iran. And we can do that without pretending that Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad is anything other than a fascistic monster … Continue reading Syria strikes risk escalating Middle East conflict

Condemn Assad and Putin’s war crimes in Idlib

THE SYRIAN Observatory for Human Rights reports that Bashar al-Assad’s warplanes, artillery and barrel bombing helicopters have launched a major assault on the last extensive rebel-held region of Idlib, aided by their Russian allies. It is likely that the offensive aims to concentrate the population into a narrow pocket, subject them to final liquidation or … Continue reading Condemn Assad and Putin’s war crimes in Idlib

Arsonist fans flames: Trump’s green light against Qatar and Iran

PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s 20 May visit to Saudi Arabia, for a summit of the six Gulf Arab states and 49 other Arab and Muslim-majority countries, was very pleasing to the corrupt rulers of the desert kingdom. Dropping the Islamophobic “clash of civilisations” rhetoric of his election campaign, Trump managed to stick to the usual cant … Continue reading Arsonist fans flames: Trump’s green light against Qatar and Iran

Rivalry and cooperation: the USA, Russia and “regime change” in Syria

The attitude of the USA towards “regime change” in Syria has been a source of considerable confusion within the left and within the anti-war movement. Many have assumed that the USA, whatever it said in public, surely must be secretly plotting and organising the downfall of Assad and getting ready to play a direct role … Continue reading Rivalry and cooperation: the USA, Russia and “regime change” in Syria

Condemn US bombing – Nato and Russia out of the Middle East

Donald Trump’s “surgical strike”, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two US warships in the Mediterranean, against the Syrian government’s Shayrat airbase on the night of 6/7 April should be condemned and all further actions by the US and its allies opposed. So too should the eager support this has drawn from Prime Minister Theresa … Continue reading Condemn US bombing – Nato and Russia out of the Middle East