Chances and dangers for a social revolutionary left
by Wilhelm Langthaler
The old left had failed facing the AKP challenge – because they read them erroneously as a linear prolongation of the military dictatorship. As the authoritarian and culturally repressive tendencies of Erdogan are coming to the fore, a new chance is being offered to social revolutionary democrats. But there is one condition: not to tap into the trap set by Kemalism which already had seemed moribund.
The German city of Stuttgart could seem a peculiar choice to hold a conference on Palestine and the One-State solution. However the defense of the Palestinian cause by an acclaimed local politician, Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, whose father was president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, seems to give the movement a significant resonance. Over 20 speakers from around the world drew in several hundred participants from across Germany and neighbouring countries. What follows is an account of some of the speakers' interventions.
Campaign of Global Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution
As in Tunisia and Egypt also in Syria there is a significant revolutionary democratic camp. While they all share the opposition against foreign intervention, sectarianism and excessive militarism their positions range from pacifism to the support of the armed struggle. Following appeal has been launched by the latter tendency spearheaded by Syrian figures like Salameh Kaileh or Samir Aita and endorsed by personalities like Fawaz Traboulsi, Etiénne Balibar, Elias Khoury, Ilan Pappe, Tariq Ali…
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Otherwise Berlin will lead us into disaster
by Wilhelm Langthaler
The German elites are dictating Europe extreme austerity. The ideology behind that: salvation comes about by emulating the German export-driven wage-deflationary model. Only by means of such drastic treatment the EU periphery could regain competitiveness. In this way these economies are pushed into deep recession with an unknown end. Dozens of millions of people are forced into unprecedented misery which for decades had been considered overcome for capitalist Europe. Eventually Germany itself will be drawn into the vortex of crisis as it is destroying its own markets. The only solution suggesting itself: dissolving the eurozone.
Results of Düsseldorf’s convention for a political solution to the Syrian conflict
On April 13th 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany, a meeting of German speaking Syrians took place who originate from all milieus participating in the conflict*. Representatives of the German peace movements provided the frame for the debates. Declared aim was to promote a dialogue of civil society in order to pave the way for political negotiations. On this way a first step was realized in Düsseldorf.
2nd statement of the Initiative for a Political Solution
Instead of waiting until the big and small powers of the region and of the world would find an equilibrium which allows them to generate a cease-fire from the outside, we established contacts with the Syrian political forces who are willing to engage a political dialogue under conditions which eventually could lead to a cease-fire and a political transition acceptable to all people who truly want peace in Syria and in the whole area. We also established contacts with members of the Syrian civil society and people on the ground.
Committee of Action emerging from the Syrian International Conference for Democratic Syria and Civilian State on 28-29 January 2013
The Democratic Civil Alliance which consists of Syrian political figures and civil democratic forces considers the coming Syria as a democratic civil State based on citizenship that ensures the individual and collective rights that are approved in the International Bill of Human Rights.
2nd republic drawing to an end
Popular Liberation Movement (MPL)
Yes, we want to say it immediately -- for the first time we can enjoy an election result. Let us see why:
On Moaz al Khatib’s offer for talks
by Alfred Klein
The ice-breaking offer for direct negotiations with the Assad government by the leader of the “Syrian National Coalition” indicates a significant shift. Important parts of the population including the Sunni elites want to avoid a further (sectarian) escalation. It is deemed a price too high to be paid. They want to save their capital Damascus from the fate suffered by Homs and Aleppo.