The Struggle Against Orientalism in Reverse

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We have in the first part attempted to show how and why the struggle against Islamophobia is a major issue for the radical left (although it is unfortunately often overlooked by some comrades) in its struggle for an egalitarian and emancipated society against the capitalist system. In this second part, we want to demonstrate that the struggle against Islamophobia should under no circumstances be replaced by “Orientalism in reverse or in return” that affects certain parts of the radical left when we analyze the Middle East and North Africa.Continue Reading

Eyes With No Memory See Nothing

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The situation in Greece is reaching a point comparable to that of mid-1930s Spain. On the brink of civil war, as a lab rat in the ongoing neoliberal austerity experiment, Greek society is being pushed further and further towards the complete obliteration of democratically achieved civil and human rights and is becoming a festering sore of rightwing nationalism.Continue Reading

Revolution within the revolution

Leila's blog

Those that have bought into regime narratives that it is engaged in an existential battle against Al Qaeda terrorists must be feeling a little confused this week.

Revolutionary activists have long been protesting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), known locally as Daesh, the main Al Qaeda affiliated group in Syria.[1]

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«Wir blei­ben alle!»

Von Flo­ri­an Wilde.

Es waren unge­fähr drei­hun­dert west­afri­ka­ni­sche Flücht­linge, die im Früh­jahr 2013 von Li­by­en kom­mend Ham­burg erreich­ten. Ihr Weg hatte sie nach einer gefähr­li­chen Über­fahrt über das Mit­tel­meer zu­nächst auf die ita­lie­ni­sche Insel Lam­pe­dusa ge­führt, nach der sich die Grup­pe in Ham­burg dann be­nann­te. In Ham­burg ange­kom­men, wei­ger­ten sich die Behör­den unter Ver­weis auf die EU-​Richt­li­ni­en, den Flücht­lin­gen eine dau­er­hafte Unter­kunft zur Ver­fü­gung zu stel­len und ver­such­ten, sie gleich wie­der aus der Stadt zu trei­ben. Doch die Flücht­linge woll­ten nicht wei­ter­zie­hen. Wohin denn auch? Sie ent­schie­den sich zu blei­ben, an die Öffent­lich­keit zu gehen und für ihre Rech­te zu kämp­fen. Sie stie­ßen dabei auf eine spon­tane Welle der Sym­pa­thie und Soli­da­ri­tät in Tei­len der Be­völ­ke­rung.Continue Reading

Syria, European Pseudo-Leftists, and Žižek

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I was a bit disappointed when I read Žižek’s article on Syria. It is true that the people in Syria have no excuse for not making a revolution, but compassion is a virtue. Maybe if “comrade” Žižek could’ve taken the time to scribble them a manual of “Revolution 101″ they could’ve been brought to their senses. Possibly a syllabus of recommended readings? Žižek has a lot to teach the people in Syria and Egypt. The European Left as a whole has much to share. I mean, Europe has been revolting for decades and the victories of the European Left are a source of global envy. Žižek himself has stood atop the barricades and put a stake in the heart of neoliberalism in his own country.Continue Reading