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
Turkey's current account
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
Participants All Sides Consultation 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."
Support an all sides’ civil society conference in Vienna
International Peace Initiative for Syria
Every day it becomes clearer that the Syrian war cannot be won by anybody with a positive outcome for the Syrian people. With its internal divisions on every side the civil war has reached the state of an unprecedented bloodshed increased by external interventions. Its continuation will only wreak havoc and spread destruction on all levels of society.
Discussion on the prospective of Syrian Islamism
Actually we deliberately want to stress the reciprocity and similarity of the phenomenon of sectarianism from both sides of the Syrian civil war though the more suitable notion would be communalism built on a specific group identity.
What’s new in the Syrian war in the run-up for negotiations in Geneva
by Wilhelm Langthaler
Starving residents leave govt-besieged Moadamiyeh. Truces remain short-lived.
1. Chemical arms deal reinstating Assad as an interlocutor of the west acknowledging that he will not be toppled any soon by military means. 2. US-Iran rapprochement. 3. Military advances by the Assad side. 4. Weakening of the popular support base of the insurgency as it falls under Jihadi control. 5. Marginalisation of pro-western military forces. 6. Radical opposition of Saudis to a settlement with Iran expressed in continued support for Jihadism. 7. Assad’s reinforced refusal of any democratic reform or any power sharing compromise with Russian backing.