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The War on ISIS: Views From Syrian Activists and Intellectuals | Dissent Magazine

Conspicuously absent from the debate about ISIS and U.S. intervention—both in the mainstream and in the leftosphere—are Syrian voices. ISIS and U.S. officialdom occupy center stage, leaving the perspectives of Syrian civil society activists and writers out of the equation. While hardly surprising, this omission is troubling. In an attempt to remedy this imbalance, I asked several Syrians—longtime activists and intellectuals from a range of backgrounds, including Kurdish, Palestinian, and Assyrian Christian—what they think about the ISIS crisis and Western intervention.



There will be scumbags in charge of Scotland however this vote goes – that’s a given. National self determination is an impossibility, only as a class can we self determine in any meaningful way. The day after independence day will be a work day, a dependence day, a wage dependence day just like any other.

Still, there is something deeply insidious about the arguments for voting No which have surfaced during this campaign. It’s been interesting watching commentators attempt to suggest that we should be proud of our “shared history” without ever naming the central project of that history – the British Empire. Are we supposed to be proud of the legacy of white supremacist capitalism we enforced by warfare and starvation upon this planet? The consensus from all major political parties seems to be yes. The fact is that the idea of being “proud” of British history is racist in itself, and an insult to the people still suffering from its legacy. Shame would be a more reasonable emotion.

For me the empire has been the unspoken, unnamed monster in the room of this whole referendum thing – underlined by the fact that the single largest No rally was an Orange Walk, which was oddly spun as some sort of fringe element. 15,000 people isn’t a fringe, that’s your grassroots. I think this is something worth voting to draw a line under. We can’t get meaningfully forward as a class by changing the state we live in, but we can get that union jack in the bin where it belongs. It is just symbolic, but I think there’s value in showing the world how little this symbol of international racist, capitalism now means to us and having something different. It won’t be “good”, but it won’t be that.

Honestly, the most important thing that’s gonna come from it is the repoliticisation of vast swathes of the Scottish population. Even if it doesn’t go the way of Yes, at this point it’s opened up a whole load of possibilities for the future simply from that fact. Sick of seeing certain anarchists (mostly Americans), who have no understanding of the complex political differences between rUK and Scotland, arguing that it’s going to be of utterly no consequence whatsoever for radicalism, but then again a lot of anarchists aren’t very good at, you know, reasonably confronting political reality. When the entire weight of the British political and media establishment (as well as crypto-fascists like the Orange Order and UKIP) are against independence, ppl need to understand that that is for a very good reason and not just because “nothing will change”.

Like, the grassroots for Yes are mostly leftists, socialists and radicals, the grassroots for No are the fucking Orange Order like you say.

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on repeat. this sounds like lace curtains in the window

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Gay in the Gulag

On 23 May 1934, Pravda and Izvestiya published an article by Gorky declaiming, in language reminiscent of a political trial, that homosexuality was the result of pernicious influences from the Western bourgeoisie and German fascism. The article concluded with the slogan: “Destroy homosexuality and fascism will disappear!”

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