NATO, Russia, and the Syrian Inferno—The Impotence of Imperialism

putin-and-obama“It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5)

When the US army stormed into Iraq, there was no al-Qaeda present in that country. Now the whole region is in the grip of the jihadi madness. This is the direct result of the meddling of US imperialism. The politicians in Washington understood nothing and foresaw nothing. Ironically, by destroying the old state machine of Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi army, they upset the balance of power in the region and created a vacuum into which stepped on the one hand, ISIS, and on the other their old enemy, Iran.

Syria and the Hypocrisy of Western Imperialism

Crocodile tears for Syria-LatuffSince last week, when Russia began bombing targets inside Syria, Western media has been overflowing with articles about the crimes of Russian imperialism in Syria. But the idea put forward that “moderate” rebels are being bombed by ruthless Russians raises more questions than it answers.

Mayhem in the Middle East and the Socialist Solution

SyrianRefugeesA grotesque humanitarian disaster looms large as crisis and conflagration ravage the Middle East. The number of people fleeing the civil war in Syria alone has now surpassed four million. “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation. It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.

Greece: SYRIZA Wins Elections, But This is No Mandate For Austerity

tsiprasSYRIZA won the elections Sunday, which Tsipras claims gives him a mandate to continue on the road he had already embarked on this summer, i.e., to apply the conditions dictated by the Troika. He, however, conveniently ignores the not unimportant detail that his government coalition (SYRIZA-ANEL) lost a total of 416,000 compared to the vote in January.