The crises and splits in the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and Respect have spurred more talk about left unity. The left needs systematic unity in action where we agree, and honest dialogue where we differ, in order to reinstate socialist ideas as an option in the working class.
Like many others, I watched The Innocence of Muslims thinking it must be some kind of satirist’s joke — that this couldn’t possibly be what all the fuss was about. It was too ludicrous, too obviously amateurish and awful, for anyone to take seriously.
Prominent anti-Zionist writer Norman Finkelstein has broken from the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement, denouncing it as a “cult” and saying that it is based on a politics of “eliminating Israel” but is too dishonest to say so.
The revolt in Syria began in March 2011, in the wake of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
We need a new Marxist left. The one we have is largely degenerate.
The Stop The War Coalition has declared: "The terrorist attack that destroyed the Twin Towers ten years ago was a crime which Stop the War Coalition condemned at the time, and it reaffirms that condemnation today".
Counterfire have published an article by Lindsey German questioning what it says about the French “left” (or, rather, Parti Socialiste) that a man with the reputation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn might be considered an acceptable Presidential candidate.
Notes from AWL EC discussion 12/05/11.
Around 100 people attended the Counterfire conference in London on Saturday 7 May.