16/12/2015 by socialistfight
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Rojova—US imperialism is the main enemy; critical support for the Kurdish anarchostalinists Comment by Tony Fox
Page 25 of SF 21
The defiance of the Labour Party membership and its elected leadership by 66 Labour MPs, including about a third of the Shadow Cabinet, poses point-blank the question of working-class democracy, as the functional expression of independent working class politics, in the Labour Party.
The parliamentary vote took place in the context of the Cameron government’s stated desire to extend its participation in the US imperialist military campaign against Islamic State (IS) from Iraq to Syria. This was obviously given enormous new ammunition by the atrocious killing of 130 people by IS supporters in Paris on 13 November. Another important precursor of British participation in the attack on IS was the failed attempt to put together a coalition to execute ‘regime change’ against Assad in 2013.
Revolutionary and Counter-Revolution in Hungary 1956
Peter Fryer, Gerry Healy, Bob Pitt, June 2015
Preface to the 1986 reprint
A first-hand account of the Hungarian Revolution and its crushing by the Soviet intervention. Peter Fryer was correspondent for the Daily Worker (Now Morning Star) a newspaper under the control of the Communist Party of Great Britain. His experiences in Hungary and the censoring of his reports led to Fryer’s resignation from the paper and party.
Any writer whose first book is thought to be worth reprinting after 30 years, for a new generation of readers, is bound to feel a sense of pride. But my pride in the reappearance of Hungarian Tragedy does not blind me to its flaws. This little book was written in a week. Or rather, it poured itself on the page white-hot. It bears the marks of haste, emotion and disillusionment. It is not free from naivetés and purple passages. There are two errors of fact: the ‘North-East district secretary’ quoted in the Introduction was in fact the Durham area secretary; the interview with Charles Coutts took place, not on November 2, but the day before.
Zionism and Colonialism
Political Zionism: The Hegemonic Racism of the early 21st Century
By Ian Donovan
The popular image of Arabs in some our most beloved Hollywood movies actually resembles … the popular image of Jews in Nazi propaganda … Hollywood and Washington share the same genes. Political and economic events like the crisis of high oil prices in the United States as a result of the refusal of the Arabs to export it to us, the (non-Arab) revolution in Iran, as well as Al-Qaeda activities, the events of 9/11 and others, exported a bad, faded image about Arabs to every American home… a blatant pattern of profiling to stereotype the Arabs and they also showed the similarity of this stereotype with the racist, anti-Semitic caricature and cartoon art throughout history.