Archive for the ‘Islamism’ Category
Left Unity member says Tendance Shows lack of “empathy” with Isis.
John Tummon writes,
Andrew, your demonisation of me seems to know no bounds and the lack of grammatical grasp that has caused lots of people who say they are angry at this proposed amendment shows their political cowardice in denouncing any attempt to try to reach out towards a more strategic analysis of the Middle East shows the moralism ratehr than the politics of you and them and dependence on western media for your facts.”
“What do you know about what the concept of the Caliphate is, has been and might be apart from via propaganda?
Using secularist reflexes rather than engaging empathy and curiosity is the mark of Left dogmatism.
Three words that go together, though not apparently in some UK schools.
Top London CofE school ‘failed to safeguard pupils from Islamic extremism’.
The BBC states,
A Church of England school previously graded outstanding is expected to be put into special measures over concerns about a sixth-form Islamic society.
Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat school, in Stepney, east London, is believed to have failed for not safeguarding and monitoring pupils.
It is believed the society’s Facebook page had links to a radical preacher.
Ofsted has carried out a series of unannounced inspections in Tower Hamlets.
The education watchdog will publish reports on seven schools in the borough on Friday, which is expected to include a numbe
We publish this for information.
Included on list:
Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) of the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe.
Muslim Association of Britain (MAB).
Islamic Relief UK.
Union of Islamic Organisations of France (L’Union des Organisations Islamiques de France, UOIF).
Islamist Genociders Destroy Memorial to Armenian Holocaust.
There has been a spate of articles and ‘reports’ in the media over the last few days trying to excuse those who have gone to Syria to fight for the Islamist genociders.
Bunch of lads, high spirited youth, idealists……
Well this is the latest jolly jape of their mates,
“Islamists’ destruction of a shrine to the victims of genocide marks the latest chapter in a tragic national history. Robert Fisk reports from Qamishli, north-eastern Syria
In the most savage act of vandalism against Syria’s Christians, Islamists have blown up the great Armenian church in Deir el-Zour, built in dedication to the one and a half million Armenians slaughtered by the Turks during the 1915 genocide. All of the church archives, dating back to 1841 and containing thousands of documents on the Armenian holocaust, were burned to ashes, while the bones of hundreds of genocide victims, packed into the church’s crypt in memory of the mass killings 99 years ago, were thrown into the street beside the ruins.
Kurdish Fighters: Our Kith and Kin.
Yesterday the Labour Representation Committee AGM voted to back the Kurdish struggle.
Cagdas Canbolat from the Daymer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre made a moving speech describing the current situation of the Kurds in Northern Syria. He talked of the importance of the heroic struggle of the people of Kobane against Isis (Da’esh). Warning against the manoeuvres of the Turkish state and the support of Qatar and Saudi Arabia (all (implicated in allowing the jihadists to flourish),for he stressed the need to be wary of the actions of the Western powers. But, with the common socialist objectives of his organisation and the British left, our priority must be support the Kurdish people’s fight.
In the afternoon the LRC’s views on international affairs were debated.
There was no full resolution on the Kurdish issue, although comrade John McDonnel (MP) has held a welcome meeting in the House of Commons on the topic.
There as however a general declaration in support of the Kurds’ fight, and for their right to self-determination.
During the discussion the Tendance regretted that the LRC had not had time to adopt the very recent Fire Brigades’ Union resolution ,
The FBU Executive Council is appalled by the ongoing siege of the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria by ISIS forces.
The Executive Council notes:
- The ISIS attack on Kobane and resistance of Kurdish and other local forces.
- The role of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE (all UK/US allies) in building, assisting and encouraging the growth of ISIS.
- The particular role of the Turkish government in allowing money, arms and fighters across the border to build support for ISIS.
- The role of Turkey at various times in obstructing the flight of Kurdish and other refugees and in blocking any support for predominantly Kurdish defenders of Kobane, thereby increasing the power and influence of ISIS and likelihood of collapse of opposition to it.
As the union of firefighting humanitarian professionals, we believe it is right to warn of the prospects of a massacre and to demand that governments (including the UK government) act to prevent atrocities. As professionals who have to deal with international humanitarian disasters as well as the effects of terrorism on our own doorstep, we cannot passively fold our arms and do nothing in the face of a likely massacre.
We send our message of solidarity to the workers’ organisations in Turkey, Iran and Iraq, including the Kurdish workers’ organisations. We believe these are the progressive forces that can oppose oppressive governments and reactionary and sectarian forces of all types, and can best guarantee workers’ rights and ensure democratic relations between the peoples of the region.
We support the right of Kurdish people across the Middle East to self-determination, including their right to defend themselves against attack from ISIS.
We oppose the horrific brutality of ISIS and its sectarian and murderous behaviour towards peoples of the region.
We condemn the Turkish government’s comments equating Kurdish fighters (including the defenders of Kobane) with ISIS.
We have no confidence in a US/UK/French bombing campaign against ISIS, based on the bitter experience of such efforts in the last decade and on the appalling role played by the Turkish government and other key western allies in the region.
We demand that:
- The Turkish government lifts border obstructions to refugees.
- The Turkish government allows relief efforts, including by opening a relief corridor to the Kurds and other forces defending Kobane.
We call for the TUC to raise these matters urgently, including with the Turkish embassy, the UK government and with trade unions in Europe and elsewhere. We call for international trade union solidarity and support for the defenders of Kobane.
Afterwards I interviewed comrade Cagdas Canbolat.
He reiterated the importance of Kobane, the Kurdish defence of diversity in a region where this is threatened, and the role of women in leading their struggle against the genocidal Islamists.
Back in Ipswich that evening – at nearly ten o’clock – I went into a Kurdish run Newsagents/Off Licence on my way home.
Having already in the recent past already discussed the Kurdish fight with the people there I mentioned the debates at the LRC Conference.
Immediately the proprietor grasped his mobile and showed me pictures of him and his wife at last Saturday’s London day of Solidarity with Kobane.
He began talking about the bravery of the women fighters of the YPG – People’s Protection Units.
I asked if he had seen the video of the Kurdish comrades with the Italian Partisan Song, Bella Ciao.
He sang the first words!
I said that what I liked about the Kurds was that they are “normal people”.
By this I meant – and was understood to mean – that they are simply ordinary decent people.
He liked that expression and repeated it.
A phrase I used in the LRC debate was that these are our “kith and kin“.
That is, people who know, people we feel at ease with, not a special ‘heroic’ ‘victim’ group.
They are friends, neighbours – in my case a number of allotment holders, those who come to the Ipswich Trades Council May Day events, and those I have taught English to.
Nothing special – just plain decent people.
We in the labour movement and left do know the Kurdish organisations – they have supported us, they are part of us.
Ordinary or not the Kurds of Northern Syria are called on to do extraordinary acts.
As our flesh and blood they must be supported to the hilt.
Imperialist ‘adjuncts’ Says Spartacist League.
If ever there was a more bizarre example, and distasteful vile and foul, at that, of ‘dialectical’ excuses for genociders it would be hard to find.
“It goes without saying that we internationalist communists are die-hard enemies of the ultra-reactionary social and political program of ISIS, whose methods of rooting out “apostates” amount to mass slaughter. We condemn communal atrocities on all sides. ISIS is itself the imperialists’ creation, having emerged out of the intercommunal slaughter triggered by the U.S. occupation.”
But (there’s got to be a but..)
“But ISIS today is in battle against the local tools of U.S. imperialism, the main enemy of the world’s working people. A setback for the U.S. in Syria might give pause to Washington in its military adventures, including by encouraging opposition at home. Such opposition adds to the tinder that must be ignited in class struggle against the capitalist rulers who, in their quest for ever greater profits, beat down the workers, black people and immigrants.”
“We uphold the right of national self-determination for the Kurdish people, who are oppressed by the bourgeois regimes in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.”
However (there’s got to be a howeverr)
“However, in Iraq and Syria today as in Iraq after 2003, when the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan enrolled as adjuncts of the U.S. occupation, the nationalist parties have subordinated the struggle for Kurdish national rights to their role as imperialist proxies. Championing the Kurds in the current conflict can only mean lending support to imperialist plunder.”
“Protests called by Kurdish nationalist groups in Germany, Australia and elsewhere have backed U.S. airstrikes in Syria and demanded that the imperialists supply the Syrian Kurds with arms. These calls have been echoed by many reformist leftists around the world, giving credence to the “humanitarian” cover for the imperialist onslaught. Thus, the New Anti-Capitalist Party in France and some leaders of the Left Party in Germany (not to mention the bourgeois German Greens) have called on their respective capitalist governments to arm the Kurds in Kobani.”
“By selling their souls to the imperialists as well as to various regional bourgeois regimes, Kurdish leaders help perpetuate the divide-and-rule stratagems that inevitably inflame communal, national and religious tensions and serve to reinforce the oppression of the Kurdish masses.”
Yet all ends happily…..
“The goal of Marxists in the belly of the imperialist beast is to instill in the U.S. proletariat the understanding that it has the social power and historic interest to destroy capitalist-imperialist rule from within, through socialist revolution. To realize this task requires forging a revolutionary workers party committed to the struggle for workers rule over the entire planet.