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Middle East

Saudi Arabia-Canada feud reflects ruling class fears at home and abroad

Picture of Canada and Saudi Foreign Affair Twitter AccountsThe ongoing dispute between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Canada continues to escalate. In the latest development, Saudi state television channel Al Arabiya aired a segment criticizing Canada’s human rights record, making a number of false claims—such as that Jordan Peterson had been arrested for his political views—while also pointing to real issues such as Canada’s abysmal treatment of Indigenous people. Though Saudi Arabia itself is one of the most repressive and reactionary regimes in the world, its televised broadside against Canada underscores the severity of the recent quarrel between the two countries. What is the meaning of this unprecedented breakdown in relations?

Imperialists celebrate 70 years of Israel with a bloodbath

The Palestinian Authority, under the leadership of Abbas and Fatah, has proved in the last two decades – beyond any doubt – that the pretence of building an independent Palestinian state under the imperialist patronage of the Oslo and Madrid Accords (which left in the hands of the Israeli ruling class all the threads of strategic control over the economy), was just a reactionary utopia.  The mix of endemic corruption on the part of the Palestinian elite and their commitment to collaboration with the Israeli state in policing the Palestinian people (the security cooperation with Israel, which Abbas has previously termed ‘sacred’), together with slow economic strangulation and ceaseless Israeli support for land-grabs and illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, have fully discredited the policies of Fatah, along with the moral and political authority of its leadership.  On the other hand, it is clear that Hamas is playing a game aimed at resurrecting its declining support by putting up an apparently defiant stand against Israel – a tactic it has applied many times in the past. But the ongoing mass protests at the Gaza border reflect a different situation, which is not at all under Hamas’ control. There is a growing understanding that the tactic used by the Hamas leadership of engaging into an asymmetric military battle against overwhelming Israeli forces has only made things worse, and only mass resistance can break the 12-year blockade of Gaza.  Both Fatah and Hamas have thrown the Palestinian liberation struggle into a blind alley. The mass resistance of tens-of-thousands of Palestinian men, women and youth is exposing the brutality of the oppression they are subjected to from the Israeli State. It is also opening a new perspective for the struggle of the Palestinian people in face of enormous obstacles. It deserves the full solidarity of the international workers’ movement.The spectacle of celebrations for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday 14 May stood in stark contrast with the bloodshed in Gaza, where on the same day, 59 Palestinian demonstrators were killed and more than 2,700 injured by Israeli snipers. As we stated in a previous article, the mass resistance movement by Palestinians in Gaza for the right of return for the Palestinian refugees of 1948, and against the 12-year-blockade by Israel, has been growing despite the harshest repression by the Israeli Army.

Release abducted Pakistani socialists!

Pictures of arrested comradesSeven prominent youth and trade union activists have been disappeared in Karachi by the Army and Sindh Rangers, a paramilitary state department notorious for extra-judicial killings. Nobody has been told about their whereabouts so far and no case has been registered against them.

Syria: the barbarism of war and imperialist hypocrisy

After all the fuss, noisy propaganda and manoeuvres at the United Nations, the so-called Syrian ceasefire has broken down suddenly, shamefully and irrevocably. In reality it was an abortion that was dead even before it was born.

Trump and Western imperialism: hands off the Iranian protests!

President Trump GlaringWaves of heroic protests have spread rapidly to towns and cities throughout Iran over the past two weeks. This was a spontaneous eruption of rage by the lower-middle-class and working-class youth against poverty, rising prices and destitution, as well as against the wealth and corruption of the Iranian elite – particularly the clerical establishment. It is estimated that 21 people have been killed in the protests so far and over 1,700 arrested. Immediately, Western leaders from Washington to London raised a chorus defending the human rights of the Iranian people.

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