Turkish-Syrian earthquake: minorities worst hit by humanitarian disaster

By Dilara Lorin 4,440 PEOPLE were killed in the earthquake in Turkey and Syria by the morning of 7 February. And the numbers continue to rise steadily. In addition, there are well over ten thousand people injured, some seriously. The humanitarian catastrophe affects the mass of the population in both countries, which are already suffering […]

Dilara Lorin  ·  08 February 2023

10 years of Rojava: achievements and aberrations

IN JULY 2012, Kurdish armed forces took political control in the regions of Kobanê, Afrin and al-Hasakah in northern Syria. The transfer of power from the Syrian regime to the Kurdish organisations began during the Syrian Revolution of 2011. By July 2012, the regime had lost control of Homs, its third-largest city. On July 18, […]

Workers Power  ·  12 October 2022

The Arab Spring ten years on

Its lessons and legacy.

Marcel Rajecky  ·  07 February 2021

End the senseless slaughter, send aid not warships to migrants in the Channel!

Open the borders to refugees, economic migrants, asylum seekers.

Rob Schofield  ·  18 August 2020

Erdogan and Putin conclude deal against Kurds

The Turkish-Russian agreement on the establishment of a buffer zone along the Turkish-Syrian border, which was negotiated in Sochi on 22 October, has fundamentally changed the balance of power in Syria

Robert Teller  ·  19 November 2019

Stop the Turkish invasion of Syria: victory to the Kurdish resistance!

Turkish forces are pounding cities and towns in northern Syria/Rojava, including the region’s biggest city, Qamishli, as well as Kobane, still in ruins after the war to oust ISIS. Air raids and heavy artillery strikes have forced thousands of civilians to flee into arid open country where there is neither shelter nor food and water. […]

Workers Power  ·  11 October 2019

US imperialism abandons Kurdish allies to Turkish invasion

Donald Trump has just signaled a dramatic shift in US policy in northern Syria, betraying his erstwhile allies the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in which the Kurdish YPG militia are the dominant force. The 60,000 SDF fighters had provided him – and Obama before him – with the boots on the ground that defeated the […]

Workers Power  ·  09 October 2019

Assad to repossess Syria’s graveyards

By Katie Pelikanou THE SYRIAN regime is undertaking a thinly-veiled legal manoeuvre to punish the millions of refugees who have fled the civil war, and entrench the postwar sectarian redivision of Syria by repossessing their homes. The government of dictator Bashar Al-Assad enacted this law whilst the remnants of the Syrian army, along with Iranian […]

Workers Power  ·  07 June 2018

Assad’s gas habit and the West’s immoral “red lines”

By Marcus Halaby “Why would Bashar al-Assad have gassed his own people when he was already winning the war?” This question is frequently asked by many in the West of a generally anti-war disposition, who see in it a repetition of the arguments made around Saddam Hussein’s alleged (and disproven) possession of weapons of mass […]

Workers Power  ·  14 May 2018

Labour can lead the fight against imperialism and war

By KD Tait THE US, French, and British attack on the Syrian regime’s chemical warfare facilities, ostensibly in retaliation for the recent chemical attack in Douma, was little more than a cynical attempt by the Nato powers to avoid being made to look totally impotent by the Syrian dictator – whilst carefully avoiding a direct […]

Workers Power  ·  17 April 2018

Syria strikes risk escalating Middle East conflict

By  Marcus Halaby  The overwhelming priority of the Labour movement today is to prevent Britain from taking any further military action in Syria, or from joining any new Trump-led escalations of conflict with Russia or Iran. And we can do that without pretending that Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad is anything other than a fascistic monster […]

Workers Power  ·  16 April 2018

No intervention in Syria – troops out now!

THE OVERWHELMING priority of the Labour Movement today is to prevent Britain taking military action in Syria, or joining a Trump – led escalation of conflict with Russia. We can do that without pretending that Assad is anything other than a fascistic monster at war with his own people. We can do that without pretending […]

Workers Power  ·  12 April 2018

Condemn Assad and Putin’s war crimes in Idlib

THE SYRIAN Observatory for Human Rights reports that Bashar al-Assad’s warplanes, artillery and barrel bombing helicopters have launched a major assault on the last extensive rebel-held region of Idlib, aided by their Russian allies. It is likely that the offensive aims to concentrate the population into a narrow pocket, subject them to final liquidation or […]

Workers Power  ·  04 February 2018

Hands off Afrin! Solidarity with the Kurds!

THE INTERNATIONAL workers' movement should take to the streets in solidarity with the justified resistance of the Kurds' against Turkish militarism

Workers Power  ·  22 January 2018

Arsonist fans flames: Trump’s green light against Qatar and Iran

PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s 20 May visit to Saudi Arabia, for a summit of the six Gulf Arab states and 49 other Arab and Muslim-majority countries

Workers Power  ·  21 June 2017

Rivalry and cooperation: the USA, Russia and “regime change” in Syria

The attitude of the USA towards “regime change” in Syria has been a source of considerable confusion within the left and within the anti-war movement.

Workers Power  ·  23 May 2017

Condemn US bombing – Nato and Russia out of the Middle East

Donald Trump’s “surgical strike”, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two US warships in the Mediterranean, against the Syrian government’s Shayrat airbase on the night of 6/7 April should be condemned and all further actions by the US and its allies opposed. So too should the eager support this has drawn from Prime Minister Theresa […]

Workers Power  ·  10 April 2017

Tom Watson and Bomber Benn back Trump’s militarism

Tom Watson and Hilary Benn have taken advantage of Trump’s missile attack on Syria’s Shayrat airbase to launch their own attack on Jeremy Corbyn. This is the latest salvo in their war of attrition which they intend to wage until they finally remove him as the Leader of the Labour Party. Tom Watson, Deputy Leader […]

Workers Power  ·  10 April 2017

Syria missile attack: Trump plays with fire

Statement published by the League for the Fifth International The US attack on a Syrian airbase near Homs marked a dangerous and dramatic escalation of the conflict in that country. In the night from 6 to 7 April, the US Navy launched up to 60 missiles and severely damaged the airbase. Trump’s order to attack […]

Workers Power  ·  07 April 2017

The Syrian people’s revolution massacred in Aleppo

By Marcus Halaby THE SIEGE of Aleppo has entered its final hours. A cold-blooded and methodical massacre awaits the defenders and civilians who could not or would not escape. With the fall of Aleppo, a similar fate is being prepared for the remaining areas of the country not yet subjugated by the regime’s militias. Moscow and Damascus are […]

Workers Power  ·  13 December 2016

Endgame for Syrian revolution

DONALD TRUMP’S election on 8 November was welcomed in Moscow and Damascus. It was taken as the green light to wipe out what remains of the resistance to the rule of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. A final, unremitting offensive was launched on the remaining rebel-held eastern portion of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. As before, this […]

Marcus Halaby  ·  12 December 2016

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