Lebanon in the Crucible of Regional Conflict

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri recently threatened to resign and bring down the government, opening a new period of instability in a country that has recently had a sustained but fragile peace. In the weeks since the initial announcement, Hariri has reversed...

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Political Economy of Hezbollah: A Book Review

Hezbollah's role in the Lebanese government is being used as a pretext for Saudi Arabia and Israel --with U.S. backing-- to threaten Lebanon and Iran with war.    For those socialists who oppose the actions of all these states and want to express a principled anti-war...

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The Likely Winners in the Race to Rebuild Syria

Daher argues that two ulterior motives underlie the Syrian government’s approach to reconstruction: Consolidating political and economic power within a narrow circle of Syrian elites connected to the ruling Assad family and quelling dissent in former opposition areas....

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Statement From Detainees in Homs Central Prison

More than 500 political prisoners in Homs Central Prison,  detained by the Syrian regime for participating in the Syrian revolution,   have issued a statement announcing that they have launched a hunger strike.  There are currently over 100,000 political prisoners in...

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Why White Nationalists Love Bashar al-Assad

There’s a simple explanation for how the American far-right became curiously infatuated with the Arab totalitarian leader: Their hearts were won over by the Assad family’s years-old propaganda campaign at home in Syria. Assad’s authoritarianism uses the same buzzwords...

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Barriers to Internationalism: Views of a Syrian Youth

Freedom cannot be treated as a commodity that is the right of some people and  not others.  Oppression is international.   For struggles against it to be successful,  they too have to be international and relate to each other. Internationalism and the Question of...

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Assad’s White Supremacist Supporters

According to the Washington Post, "Syria's Assad has become an icon of the far right in America."(August 13).  James Alex Fields Jr., the man who rammed his car into anti-racist counter-protesters at the white supremacists' rally  in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, ...

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