• Zionist Colonization is Not ‘Exceptional’: A Marxist Viewpoint

    This article aims to challenge the rather widely accepted claim that the nature of Zionist settler colonization is exceptional[1] and even “defies appeal to any precedent that can usefully be invoked as to its evolution and eventual revolution.”[2] My challenge will focus on Moshé Machover’s 2016 article, “The decolonization of Palestine”[3] which is the third … Keep reading »

  • Trump’s Strike has Prolonged the Syrian Tragedy

    Trump’s attack on the Shayrat airbase in Syria has received plaudits from western politicians and commentators across the board. Liberal pundits, who had nothing but contempt for Trump days ago, are suddenly more respectful after this show of lethal force, even though most would probably accept The Guardian‘s Jonathan Freedland’s caveat that despite this virtuous … Keep reading »

  • The Much-Maligned Views of Rania Khalek on Syria

    Rania Khalek interviewed by Justin Podur When journalist Rania Khalek’s lecture was cancelled on February 27, the group that invited her, Students for Justice in Palestine – University of North Carolina (SJP-UNC) issued a statement saying that the cancellation was because of Rania’s “views” on Syria, and that they believed “her invitation would mistakenly imply SJP … Keep reading »

  • Unspoken Words: Nuclear War Provocations and Plans

    During the election campaign there was a brief period of anxiety about Clinton or Trump taking possession of the nuclear code, with the power to eradicate our species at the push of a few buttons. But where has discussion, let alone mention, of nuclear weapons gone? An exception is the brief article by Robert Dodge … Keep reading »

  • Debating Syria Productively

    The debate over Syria on the Left is toxic. I pulled together 13 points about the situation in Syria I hope can be useful in framing the discussion in a more productive way. The ultimate goal of these discussions in Western countries should be to have a clearer idea about how to strengthen antiwar movements … Keep reading »

  • Syria and the Antiwar Movement

    The enormity, complexity and fall-out of the Syrian war calls for urgent attention. Current events in Aleppo bring to the fore the unreliability of information and dichotomous political positions that contribute to obstruction and paralysis in the antiwar movement. Conflicting reports make unclear the number of civilians and fighters who have been evacuated, their condition, … Keep reading »

  • War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

    When history repeats itself with a vengeance, it generally signals a crisis of memory, historical consciousness and civic literacy. The ghosts of the past disappear in a comforting somnolence and a deadening market-driven culture of consumption, privatization and individualization. As a mode of moral witnessing, memory withers, lost in forms of historical and social amnesia … Keep reading »

  • Fifteen Years of Occupation: Afghanistan Since the Invasion

    7 October 2016 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. Many Western leaders claimed the invasion, dubbed Operation Enduring Freedom, was a humanitarian intervention to liberate Afghans and especially Afghan women and girls from the brutal Taliban regime. However, the evidence demonstrates the results have been anything but humane or liberating. The people … Keep reading »

  • The Case Against Bombing ISIS

    When ISIS claimed responsibility for the horrendous attacks in Brussels last week, U.S. President Barack Obama was unequivocal: the U.S. and its allies, he said, “can and will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.” More bombing, it hardly needed to be said, was on the way. For … Keep reading »

  • The Militarization of Policing

    Defending the Movements, Challenging the Police Lesley J. Wood Interviewed by Greg Albo After the killing of Michael Brown in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in the late summer of 2014, protests erupted, and the Black Lives Matter spread across North America to protest police violence, too often systematically directed at poor and racialized communities. The massive … Keep reading »

  • A Disaster Waiting to Happen: Expanding the U.S.-led ISIS War to Other Countries

    According to a 29 April report in The New York Times, leaders from the U.S.-led coalition at war with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will meet in the coming weeks to consider broadening the mission to other countries. At present, the Obama administration is attempting to secure congressional support for a measure … Keep reading »

  • The Armenian Genocide: An Open Wound

    To the memory of Stepan Shaumyan, Armenian Bolshevik leader of the Baku Commune in 1918, and of Hrant Dink, Armenian socialist intellectual from Istanbul who, until his assassination in 2007, exerted a Herculean effort to bring the genocide into the centre of attention in Turkey. On April 24, 1915, hundreds of Armenian intellectuals, politicians and … Keep reading »