Leftnews.org | News and Views from the Left

by Editors — last modified 2017-07-05T10:43:19-04:00
Contributors: Faiz Ahmed, JBB, Graham H. Cox, R. Dubois, JA Cox
The best of the political left-wing from around the web.

Patrick Cockburn: Why the Kurdish Independence Referendum was a Miscalculation | Counter Punch

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 02, 2017 08:57 AM
"The four countries with Kurdish minorities fear that secessionism might spread, but a further problem is that they do not believe that an Iraqi Kurdish state would be truly independent, but would shift into the orbit of another power. The Iranians are paranoid about the possibility that such a state would be an American base threatening Iran. Politicians in Baghdad say that, if the Kurds are serious about self-determination, they would cling onto the oil fields of Kirkuk and be dependent on Turkey through which to export their crude."

How Jagmeet Singh won the NDP leadership | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 02, 2017 07:37 AM
"There were strong indications throughout the campaign that Singh's support was largely being drawn from new members. Pre-existing members of the party were instead opting for sitting MPs and long-time party figures Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton and Guy Caron. ... Between May and the second week of September — the last date for which fundraising data is available — Singh raised 53 per cent of all the money raised by the four candidates. He was followed by Angus at 20 per cent, Ashton at 16 per cent and Caron at 11 per cent. That matches the results quite closely. The potential for Singh's first ballot victory was hiding in plain sight. ... he has already smashed expectations by winning on Sunday in stunning fashion, becoming only the third person, after Douglas and Layton, to win the NDP leadership on a single ballot. To put him in such august company, New Democrats must believe he can continue to defy expectations."

Hezbollah says Kurdish vote a step towards wider Mideast partition | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 01, 2017 09:28 AM
"In a speech to followers, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the Israeli government did not have “a correct assessment of where this war will lead if they ignite it”, and did not know how it would end. ... Nasrallah said earlier this year that a future Israeli war against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of fighters from countries such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan, and could take place inside Israel."

Why Does Israel Support an Independent Iraqi Kurdistan? | teleSUR

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 01, 2017 09:16 AM
"In a bid to stave off the influence of neighboring anti-Zionist Arab countries, Higgins explained, Israel began creating an “alliance of the peripheries.” “In order to undermine the idea of a united pan-Arab socialist state,” he said, one that supports the Palestinian struggle, “Israel (sought) to make ties with non-Arab Muslim actors.” That policy of undermining pan-Arabism, which, according to Higgins, has expanded now into undermining the “Axis of Resistance” — that is, Iran, Syria, as well as Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements — explains Israel’s underlying motive for supporting Iraqi Kurds."

Jeremy Corbyn promises rent controls and clampdown on gentrification | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 27, 2017 12:49 PM
"Addressing his first conference since stripping Theresa May of a majority in June, Corbyn used the speech to put forward his long-held belief that the neoliberal economic model “forged by Margaret Thatcher many years ago” was broken. ... Corbyn also attacked the media in the speech, saying they were “under instruction from their tax-exile owners to destroy the Labour party”. He said one paper had devoted 14-pages to attacking Labour, and the vote had gone up 14 points. “Never have so many trees died in vain,” he said. “Here is a message to the Daily Mail editor – next time make it 28 pages.” Corbyn said Diane Abbott had borne the brunt of much of the abuse – a line which saw the conference hall rise in standing ovation and sing Happy Birthday to the shadow home secretary. “She suffered intolerable misogynist and racist abuse,” he said."
Document Actions