US retreat from Syria sends shock waves through Middle East

(By the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)

Right now, the key link in the chain of developments in the Middle East is the humiliating failure of imperialism to overturn the progressive and secular Arab state of Syria by means of either proxy or direct war.

This setback for Anglo-American and French imperialism is creating enormous opportunities for anti-imperialist forces to assert themselves throughout the region and beyond. This is so whether the context is the continuing rout of terrorist forces in Syria itself, the related progress of the Egyptian revolution, the improving relations between Hamas and Iran, the mounting contradictions between Washington and Saudi Arabia, the appearance of a nervously conciliatory US stance towards Iran, Ankara’s growing irritation with the antics of its former jihadist protégés and the complex interplay with and between various Kurdish forces in Syria, Iraq and Turkey.

In every case, Washington’s failure to overturn the Syrian nation either by proxy war or by boots on the ground is sending shock waves throughout the region, weakening the very structures of oppression that imperialism has sought to bolster. Continue reading

Victory to the intifada! Join the axis of resistance!

(By the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist Leninist)) 

The CPGB-ML sends a red salute to the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, whose courage against enormous odds is an inspiration to the oppressed masses of the world. We denounce the massacre unfolding there (136 Palestinians slaughtered and 941 wounded in eight days) whilst the supposed guardians of international law at the UN sit on their hands and reactionaries everywhere point the finger of blame, not at oppression and state terror, but at those who resist it. Continue reading

The Massacre at Sabra and Shatila: Thirty Years Later

A NEVER-ENDING HORROR STORY

by SONJA KARKAR

It happened thirty years ago – 16 September 1982. A massacre so awful that people who know about it cannot forget it. The photos are gruesome reminders – charred, decapitated, indecently violated corpses, the smell of rotting flesh, still as foul to those who remember it as when they were recoiling from it all those years ago. For the victims and the handful of survivors, it was a 36-hour holocaust without mercy. It was deliberate, it was planned and it was overseen. But to this day, the killers have gone unpunished.

Sabra and Shatila – two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon – were the theatres for this staged slaughter. The former is no longer there and the other is a ghostly and ghastly reminder of man’s inhumanity to men, women and children – more specifically, Israel’s inhumanity, the inhumanity of the people who did Israel’s bidding and the world’s inhumanity for pretending it was of no consequence. There were international witnesses – doctors, nurses, journalists – who saw the macabre scenes and have tried to tell the world in vain ever since. Continue reading