A sad balance sheet
by Wilhelm Langthaler
The Syrian government is celebrating its apparent victory over the armed insurgency in its former capital. But Syrian society pays a price too high. One only needs to look at the appalling pictures of destruction caused by years of siege and indiscriminate artillery bombardment. It stands as symbol for the ravaging of the Syrian social fabric which is even worse than the physical one and without perspective to be healed.
by Tapan Kumar Bose
G.N. Saibaba is in judicial custody in a remote place called Gadchiroli in Maharashtra state in western India.
Call by the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)
G.N. Saibaba is an outstanding and widely recognised figure of India’s various movements against global capitalist rule and its Indian representatives. He has been playing an integrative role of struggles ranging from Kashmir to Tamil Nadu and Nagaland, for the rights of different oppressed groups like the indigenous population (Adivasis), the Dalits (Untouchables) or the Muslims and the social rebellion against the impact of neo-liberalism. He holds contacts across the world and has been organising support for international anti-imperialist struggles like the Palestinian one or the Iraqi resistance.
and Russias’s troubles
by Boris Kagarlitsky
Following an extensively shortened article by Boris Kagarlitsky, profiled intellectual and political leader of the Russian left. We publish those parts trying to grasp the character of the Donbass popular movement and describing the Kremlin’s fear of a mass movement.
Odessa massacre requires a strong response
Following the call for solidarity by Borotba, one of the independent organisations of the popular revolt of Ukraine’s southeast, as well as an account on the Odessa massacre committed by Ukrainian ultra-rightist forces. Latter enjoy the support of the new Kiev regime as well as the EU and the NATO. As democrats, social revolutionaries and anti-imperialists we support the Donetsk People's Republic.
With a democratic and social alliance against the Kiev regime and NATO
by Wilhelm Langthaler
Every international conflict also has a regional or local dimension – this is also true for Ukraine. Quickly, all too quickly geopolitics moves into the centre of attention. But without understanding and considering the socio-political underpinnings, a social revolutionary solution in the interest of the majority cannot be devised.
On the strategic rupture with the liberal middle classes
by Wilhelm Langthaler
With close to 50% of the votes the AKP rightly can claim an impressive electoral success despite the alleged involvement of the prime minister and his entourage in corruption. This is yet another evidence for the deep Anatolian roots the AK party could sink during the last decade thanks also to the social and democratic gains – not to speak about the unbroken power of Sunni identity politics. Nevertheless, behind the increased cultural rigidity and authoritarian tendencies there is hidden a deep loss of hegemony especially among the educated middle classes. Conflicts are bound to exacerbate. Turkey has lost its attraction as a model to be followed.
On the spirit emerging from the “All Sides Consultation for Political Solution” in Vienna
By Wilhelm Langthaler, Co-convener PeaceinSyria.org
Now that the “All sides Consultation for a Political Solution in Syria” is accomplished and is being recognized by all the participants as a success that deserves continuation, the time has come to draw a balance not only of the conference itself, but also of its wider significance. The very fact that around two dozen people from the most diverse and conflicting backgrounds of Syrian society came together and consulted how to overcome the civil war tearing apart the country is extraordinary. But the spirit emerging from the debates reaches far beyond the objective of this single event, giving hope that a movement for a political solution is gaining momentum.
Conclusive Declaration All Sides Consultation for a Political Solution Vienna
Initiative for a Political Solution
Syrians coming from most diverse social, educational, political and national backgrounds have gathered on March 8th and 9th in the Castle of Schlaining, Austria, in the framework of an “All Sides Consultation for a Political Solution in Syria” organized by the International Initiative www.peaceinsyria.org.
Attempting to give the Syrian people a voice in Geneva
by Haytham Manna
"We call together with a large number of forces and national democratic voice for a gathered Conference to restore to the free Syrians their natural right to independent decision-making and to take a political stand together, to build a road map bringing back the role of the political solution as the only way to put an end to the plight faced by the country."