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Boots Riley on His Anti-Capitalist Film “Sorry to Bother You,” the Power of Strikes & Class Struggle | Democracy Now!

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 05, 2018 03:50 PM
"And, you know—and it’s only since the '60s that, you know, radicals have been thinking about like elections as the way. And it's very connected, you know, with the New Left stopping organizing labor and focusing on students. All the sudden in the '60s, you heard the students are the revolution. It was not historically accurate. It's not based on any other revolutions, except for maybe there was, at the same time, the Cultural Revolution in China. But other than that, wasn’t historically accurate. And it was a focus on students and spectacle that has led—and has led to like people not knowing what to do and basically saying, “Well, all I’m going to do is electoral politics.”"

Israel Struck 200 Targets in Syria in the Past Year and a Half | Ha'aretz

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 04, 2018 02:51 PM
"The IDF views Iran as the most serious threat facing Israel. This threat has several components, including Iran’s consolidation in Syria, its nuclear project, its missile development and its support for Hezbollah and Hamas. Hezbollah is the second most serious threat, with the Palestinian conflict in third place and organizations like Islamic State and Al-Qaida in fourth."

Union call for Brexit vote adds pressure on Corbyn to follow suit | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 04, 2018 10:22 AM
"Brexit is likely to be a contentious issue when Labour members gather for their party conference in Liverpool later this month. Campaigners say dozens of local parties have passed motions urging the leadership to back a vote on the final deal. The GMB is one of the three big unions – alongside Unison and Unite – that exercise the greatest influence over Labour, in part because of its funding to the party. It is the first to call for a referendum this explicitly. The issue will also be debated by the union movement in Manchester next week at the TUC conference."

Ash Sarkar: The IHRA definition of antisemitism is a threat to free expression | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 03, 2018 06:39 PM
"[The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance] IHRA is a proposition with 12 moving parts in total, and that deserves serious scrutiny. ... Seven out of 11 examples are about how people talk about the state of Israel. ... The left cannot be complicit in the marginalisation of Palestinian people in the interest of fighting racism. We can, and we must, do much better than that."

Long reach of U.S. sanctions hits Syria reconstruction | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 03, 2018 02:50 PM
"Western countries say they will not approve reconstruction funding for Syria, or drop sanctions, without a political settlement. Meanwhile, sanctions are making it hard for foreign companies to work there. ... Although some have managed to do business in Syria, the wide scope of the sanctions and broad U.S. powers to enforce them mean companies risk inadvertent breaches. ... U.S. sanctions on Syria predate the crisis, but were extended after Assad’s crackdown on protests in 2011 and again as the country slid into war."
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