The authoritarian Western left has, in light of the tragedy in Syria, lost both its credibility as well as its right to speak on the matter. If they cannot, given time, begin to address this, they are well on the way to complete irrelevance.
The same energy is there today in Russia. There’s a pride in imperialistic, genocidal ambitions, and there is casual, proud use of genocidal language, cheering on the Russian bombs killing civilians and leveling towns.
The Assad regime’s open genocidal policies against its own people are enviable to people on the far right. For people whose politics come from identification with the state, this completely unrestrained killing is the highest form of freedom.
An international, autonomously organized Request for Proposals, informed by neighborhood assemblies, to re-imagine infrastructures of security in South Minneapolis, particularly the East Lake St. corridor and 9th Ward.
Now based in Minneapolis, Antidote is engaging with new struggles that echo in many ways the situation a cofounder encountered in 2013 Exarcheia. Lessons from Greece feel very relevant to people’s struggles in our new home, ten years on.
The Assad regime is finding the earthquakes quite useful: they came to help with the destruction. And on a political level, the Syrian regime is weaponizing the aftermath to get out of international isolation.