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
Anti-regime demonstrators in the province of Idlib, June 29, 2012
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
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.
A Wake up call
by Ram Puniyani, India
Communal massacre used for further anti-Muslim propoganda in the Hindutva style.
Rome declaration of the Syrian Democratic Opposition
Syria is experiencing the most dramatic crisis in its history. The option for a military solution, which does not take into account the revolt’s calls for the freedom and dignity of the Syrian people, has led to the spread of violence, the loss of too many human lives and generalized destruction.
Popular movement will prevail over foreign meddling
Mohamed Aburous and Wilhelm Langthaler
Salameh Kaileh
Salameh Kaileh is a Palestinian-Syrian author, political activist and Marxist intellectual representing the Syrian Left Coalition. He was arrested anew on April 24, 2012. Having been tortured, he was eventually deported from Syria where he had spent three decades and out of that eight years in prison.