March 1 interview with Gilbert Achcar about Ukraine
January 15 interview with Brian Hioe in Taiwan (writes for New Bloom)
Outstanding article in The Nation about DSA's inability to talk about China
They thought they could use the mujahedeen.
They liked the generals who overthrew the (mild) socialists in Pakistan
They were happy (at first) that the Pakistanis helped the Taliban.
They allied with the women-hating war lords.
Click here for the details
Mark Colville, of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, who was found guilty of conspiracy and damage to a nuclear sub base in Georgia, was sentenced on Friday April 9. He was not given "time served", the 15 months he had been in prison in Georgia. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison, in other words six more months. Colville and the other "6" poured blood on a plaque with the name of the base and a model of the submarine that is packed with Trident nuclear-tipped missiles in a waiting room of the base. Details here.
He was released from prison in September 2021
March 27, 2021
Hundreds have signed an open letter called "Erasing People through Disinformation: Syria and the 'Anti-Imperialism' of the Fools"
This is how it begins:
Disreputable writers and outlets, often operating under the aegis of “independent journalism” with purportedly “leftwing” views, are spreading corrosive propaganda and disinformation that aims to strip Syrians of political agency
[The following Open Letter was a collaborative effort of a group of Syrian writers and intellectuals and others who stand in solidarity with them. It is signed by activists, writers, artists, and academics from Syria and 34 other countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Oceania, and South America, and appears in multiple languages: English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Greek, and Italian.]
Akram Swedaan, Molly Crabapple, Marc Nelson, Adeebah Alnemar,
Wasfi Massarani, Dylan Connor, Linda Sarsour and Orlando von Einsiedel and speeches by Honorees Mayson Almisri and Dr. Zaher Sahloul (poem read by Amina Masri) Click here for video
We have a 4 person board:
Swati Birla - Swati Birla is a translator and a feminist people's health activist. She has been engaged in anti-caste and anti-racist labour politics in India and U.S. with student labour unions, Sanhati collective and the Global Prison Abolitonist Collective.
Currently she is completing her doctoral degree in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her dissertation The Past is a Foreign Country examines the connections between territories, places and people by revisiting anti-colonial political histories. Her work connects histories of partition in the South Asian subcontinent with the violence perpetrated against Muslims and Dalits (lower castes) in contemporary India.
Robert Cuffy is a supporter of the Socialist Workers Alliance of Guyana and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America’s AfroSocialist Caucus. Robert currently works in NYC as a child protective specialist supervisor and is a member of Social Service Employees Union Local 317 within DC37. His political work centers around the revival of the West Indian radical tradition as embodied by the likes of Claudia Jones, CLR James, Andaiye and Walter Rodney.”
Stanley Heller is a retired schoolteacher. He works for Promoting Enduring Peace and the Middle East Crisis Committee (for which he hosts the weekly TV program "The Struggle".) He's written two books, "The Uprising We Need" (2017) and "Zionist Betrayal of Jews" (2019)
Yasser Munif is a Syrian activist. He is a professor of sociology at Emerson college in Boston where he teaches courses about Race and Racism, Arab and Global Revolts, Feminist Theory, Critical Globalization Studies, and Postcolonial Theory. His research examines grassroots struggles and politics from below in marginal sites. His work appeared in publications including "Rethinking Marxism," "The Journal of Asian and African Studies," and "The Journal of Palestinian Studies." His book "The Syrian Revolution: Between the Politics of Life and the Geopolitics of Death" (2020) was published by Pluto Press. He is the co-founder of "the Campaign for Global Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution" which organizes cultural events and political actions in the US to raise awareness around grassroots politics in Syria. He is also member in the Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists.