Category: International Relations

  • Is Canada More pro-Israel than the U.S.?

    In June, Israel began barring some North Americans with Palestinian-sounding names entry through Ben Gurion Airport. Forced to reroute through a land-border crossing that connects the West Bank with Jordan, their passports were stamped “Palestinian Authority only,” which prevents them from entering Israel proper. The Obama Administration objected to the move by Israel that discriminates … Keep reading »

  • The German Federal Elections

    Centre-Right Wins Majority,Social Democracy Suffers Crushing Defeat,The Left Receives a Boost Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was leading a coalition government with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 2005, will also lead Germany’s next government; this time with support from the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). In an election that saw voter turn out at a … Keep reading »

  • FRSO Statement on Iran: Our Strategy, Theory, and Vision

    National Executive Committee of FRSO/OSCL It is no easier for Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO/OSCL) to understand and respond to the dramatic events now shaking Iran than anyone else. The situation there is confused and fluid, shifting daily. The basic assumptions of Shi’ite society under the Islamic Revolution differ in important ways from our own. The … Keep reading »

  • Canada and Honduras

    Hostility to the military coup in Honduras is increasing. So is the Harper government’s isolation on the issue. At Saturday’s special meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) Canada’s minister for the Americas, Peter Kent, recommended that ousted President Manuel Zelaya delay his planned return to the country. Kent said the “time is not … Keep reading »

  • Protests in Iran: Not Just About Stolen Votes

    Since the June 12 elections declaring incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner, large scale violence not seen for a decade has erupted in cities throughout Iran. Running against former Prime Minister and opposition candidate Mir Hussein Musavi, news of Ahmadinejad’s election victory from the Interior Ministry came less than an hour of the closing of … Keep reading »

  • South African Political Power Balance Shifts Left

    Though Not Yet Enough to Quell Grassroots Anger With high-volume class strife heard in the rumbling of wage demands and the friction of township ‘service delivery protests,’ rhetorical and real conflicts are bursting open in every nook and cranny of South Africa. The big splits in the society are clearer now. Distracting internecine rivalries within the … Keep reading »

  • Obama’s Cairo Speech

    Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo on the 4th of June 2009 definitely lived up to expectations – provided we agree on what could have been expected. With regard to the form, Obama fully lived up to his role as the new black and human face of America in its relation with the rest of the … Keep reading »

  • The War in Sri Lanka and the Left

    Since the initial drafting of this piece, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran allegedly has been killed by the Sri Lankan forces and the Tigers have surrendered. According to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa this victory in his military campaign against the LTTE has ushered in an era of peace on the … Keep reading »

  • The Tamil Protests: Resistance in the Face of Genocide

    On Friday, 15 May 2009, the Sri Lankan army began a sea, air and tri-directional land assault on a single mile of island still believed to be held by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and considered a “no-fire” zone. Over 80,000 civilians are unaccounted for and believed to be trapped in the sandy … Keep reading »

  • The Middle East from Bush/Sharon to Obama/Netanyahu

    Toronto, May 3, 2009. Professor Gilbert Achcar teaches Development Studies at the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London. His latest book is Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy. Dialogues on Terror, Democracy, War, and Justice (2009) (with Noam Chomsky), published by Paradigm.

  • Imperialism and South Asia

    Toronto, April 24, 2009. In the context of India as a rising power with increasingly strong links to the U.S. economic and military empire, of Pakistan’s increasing vulnerability to terrorist acts linked to the incursion of Taliban forces, the U.S. air strikes into Pakistan territory as well as its use of Pakistan as a supply … Watch video »

  • SAPF: Special Session on Sri Lanka

    Toronto, April 23, 2009. The South Asian People’s Unity Forum, Toronto, began with a special discussion on the current crisis in Sri Lanka, and what democratic and Left groups might expect or work for the near future. SAPF is interested to disseminate as many progressive analyses and reflections on Sri Lanka as possible, especially in … Watch video »