Urgent Statement by the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change
National Coordination Body’s Media Office / Exile Branch
On Thursday, five members of the delegation from the National Coordination Body returned to Damascus from the People’s Republic of China. Following their departure from Damascus International Airport after 5pm two cars were travelling together, but contact was lost with one of them. That car was carrying Abdelaziz Alkhayyer, Head of the Office of Foreign Relations Office of the NCB, Iyas Ayash member of the Executive Committee and a leader of the Arab Socialist Movement, and friend Maher Tahan who came to pick them up. There has been no contact with them since.
Message of the Bishop of Assisi Domenico Sorrentino
In a message to the Anti-imperialist Camp in Assisi Bishop Sorrentino expressed his hope for peace and democracy in Syria to be achieved without foreign armed intervention:
Statement in sight of the Anti-imperialist Camp in Assisi
by Paul Larudee*
Israel needs war or the threat of war to justify its value to the United States. Israel recognizes that there is no benefit for Iran to attack Israel. However, the perception of an Iranian threat makes Israel a necessary partner for the U.S. in the region, and U.S. support for Israeli military action assures that both the U.S. and Israel will be considered enemies to the other peoples in the region.
Answering the thesis of Yoav Bar
by Wilhelm Langthaler
How to support the popular movement while refusing foreign meddling and confessionalist militarism.
Contribution KOE to the Assisi
Petros Al Achmar, Department for International Relations, KOE
After the elections we find ourselves within a new political landscape characterised by the radicalisation of the popular forces. There are four main points to be mentioned:
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF)
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) has been banned by the Andhra Pradesh government on 9 August 2012 through Government Order No.430 under Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act 1992. This comes as the latest of the anti-people repressive measures that the Andhra Pradesh government have persistently adopted to over the last few decades to crush democratic voices and peoples’ movements under the garb of fighting Maoism. This comes as another glaring example of the hollowness of Indian government’s claim as ‘largest democracy of the world’.
Anti-capitalist Left Co-operation for the Overthrow (Antarsya) in Assisi
by Yiannis Rachiotis
After the elections of 6th May and 17th June 2012 the parties who signed the memorandum and support subjugation, managed to form a government with the collaboration of a "left" party – a break-away of SYRIZA. Members of the new government are some of the most fanatic neo-liberals in Greece.
Can popular protests be developed to size power from the capitalist elites?
by Wilhelm Langthaler
The European Union is experiencing its deepest and most acute crisis ever – both in economic as well as in political terms. We are faced with massive capital flight from Southern Europe to its centre, which is not much longer sustainable. At the same time the imposed austerity is driving a downward spiral into recession leading to mass impoverishment. Popular protests are in the making while the politico-institutional framework is at the brink of collapse. The Euro and the entire EU is being threatened, destabilising the power of the capitalist elites.
Taking Aleppo from outside goes to the detriment of the popular movement
by Wilhelm Langthaler
The military escalation in July, opened by the assassination of four high ranking regime officials, is an acid test both for the regime as well as for the various and diverging opposition forces. Will the current battle help to decompose the ranks of the regime, increase the stream of defections and eventually lead to a military coup to eliminate the Assad-Makhlouf-Clique? Or will the increasingly militarist strategy embodied by the attempt to take over Aleppo by means of an outside assault prompt the closing of the regime’s ranks and alienate parts of the population?
Projection of the award-winning documentary film “Forbidden”
Amal Ramsis is a well-known revolutionary film director from Egypt and at the same time an activist of the Tahrir movement. She has been involved in the new opposition movement starting in the late 90s which paved the long way for the fall of Mubarak. Amal Ramsis is something like a messenger of the young left revolutionary milieu of Egypt which has been driving the situation. She has been vocal for women’s rights.