Islamism

Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe: WL 3/49

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Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today. How do we build a united struggle against them?

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Anti-semitism and anti-Muslim racism in Europe, WL 3/49

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Yves Coleman of Ni parties, ni frontières (France)
Analysing the realities and definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism today; How do we build a united struggle against them.

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Support ex-Muslim LGBT peoples’ right to protest

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Simon Nelson

The presence of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) on London Pride has caused a politically awful backlash by the left and others. Counterfire commented “Islamophobic placards have no place at Pride”. Socialist Worker state, “a small group of around ten racists also joined the parade with placards attacking Muslims.” This was followed by an official complaint against them by the East London Mosque.

The presence of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain on London Pride has caused a politically awful backlash by the left and others.

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Saudis back off

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Dan Katz

The Saudi Arabian-led blockade of its smaller Gulf neighbour Qatar began on 5 June. The Saudis, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt put in place economic and political sanctions including closing their airspace to Qatari flights, shutting the Saudi-Qatar land border, forcing their citizens to leave Qatar and expelling Qataris from their territories.

Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia are unpleasant absolute monarchies. Their ruling classes are fabulously wealthy, cynical and despotic, and both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have funded jihadi Islamists in Syria.

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A discussion on Rojava politics

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Riki Lane

Like many leftists (and liberals) around the world, I drew great inspiration from the struggle against Daesh in Kobane, Northern Syria, by Kurdish forces of the YPG/YPJ associated with the PYD. Iconic images of women fighters defeating Islamist fundamentalists carried a strong message of the power of collective organisation by working people. Many leftists, including Australia’s Socialist Alliance (SA), laud them as a beacon of hope. However, I am still critical of the claims that the PYD/PKK etc. represent a genuine working class alternative.

A report from the Rojava Revolution conference in Melbourne.

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Iraq takes back Mosul

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Simon Nelson

After 10 months of fighting the Iraqi government has officially declared victory against Daesh in Mosul.

The Iraqi army has already begun a process of vetting Mosul’s remaining residents, seeking out links with Daesh. Disappearances have been reported. Thousands of refugees remain in camps across northern Iraq, and thousands more are internally displaced.

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More police no answer to terrorists

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Simon Nelson

The London Bridge terror attack was a stark reminder of the ease with which Daesh-inspired Islamists can kill and maim people when there is very little that the police or security services can do to stop them.Yet the focus on how to stop these attacks has been on increased policing on the streets, clampdowns on civil liberties and increased monitoring of the internet.

To undercut the influence of Daesh and other Islamist killers there are no short cuts. We need to build a strong labour movement that fights to save and improve services and education, fights for decent jobs for young people and counters and challenges the cult of death of Daesh with the politics of reason and hope.

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Saudi Arabia tries to push Qatar into line

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Dan Katz

A simmering conflict between the Gulf State of Qatar and its larger neighbour, Saudi Arabia, has abruptly flared into an open, serious stand-off.

Beginning on 5 June, a Saudi-led grouping of states including Egypt, Bahrain and UAE broke off diplomatic relations, and implemented travel and trade bans against Qatar. Qatar has said it will not retaliate.Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar’s only land border and ordered its citizens to leave Qatar.

The Saudis seem to believe that Qatar is also aiding or sheltering Saudi oppositionists.In fact both the contending states — Qatar and Saudi Arabia — have funded extremist Sunni militias in the Syrian civil war and elsewhere. The Saudis have also provided billions of dollars to fund fundamentalist, Wahhabi-aligned mosques across the world which have been an ideological breeding ground for jihadist groups. And much funding for Daesh (IS) and al-Qaeda comes from individuals in Saudi Arabia — something the Saudis have failed to prevent.

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Is Corbyn right on terrorism?

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Clive Bradley

“Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault,” claimed Theresa May on Friday. “I want to make something clear… there can never be an excuse for terrorism, there can be no excuse for what happened in Manchester.”

To explain the growth of Islamism in Europe, one needs to look at more than “Western policy”, but, as part of a wider, nuanced explanation, foreign policy plays its part.

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Daesh resurgence in Libya

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Simon Nelson and Charlotte Zalens

The fact that the perpetrator of the Manchester bombing, Salman Abedi, may have been part of a Daesh network in Libya has focused attention on the group outside of its main territories in Iraq and Syria. Daesh is known to have groups allied to it across the Middle East, Africa and Asia but in recent years their strength has grown in Libya.

Daesh now has groups allied to it across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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