Comment on Guardian Piece: ‘We know about British colonialism. Russian colonialism is not well known’

Just thought I’d selectively put up this comment from the (way too) many ones that I tend to leave in the online sphere.

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Stop the War Coalition take down a criticism by a Muslim of their neoconservative rhetoric on their Facebook page about Islamophobia (not saying that was an Islamophobic thing to do, just saying it was a hillarious thing to do)

A few days ago a Stop the War coalition event showed up on my Facebook, titled ‘No to Islamophobia, No to war’.

I found the attempted save-face a bit rich, considering that they’ve helped contribute through their ‘leftist neocon‘ / ‘progressively orientalist‘ language to the cesspool of Islamophobic rhetoric (inadvertently I believe, but that’s their fault), emanating from the rhetoric around Syria, which can probably be isolated as the biggest single ‘external’ factor to have contributed to the rise of Islamophobia in recent times (by that I mean the biggest single effect from the ‘outside’ on the escalation of Islamophobia internally – i.e. leaving aside possible argument that such internal escalation was already in motion). And so below is what happened (click on picture to expand).

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The Syrian Revolution struggles on

Seminal piece.


Following a demonstration to mark the fourth anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, Mark Boothroyd argues the reputation of socialist organisations has been seriously damaged by their failure to stand alongside Syrians who have continued fighting for freedom in terrible conditions.

Mark Boothroyd was a founder of the Syria Solidarity Movement.

Demonstrations in Aleppo, March 2015 Demonstrations in Aleppo, March 2015

15 March 2015 marked the fourth anniversary of the Syrian Revolution. On 14 March, over a thousand Syrians from across Britain marched through central London to mark the start of the uprising against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. The march was loud, with activists chanting and singing the revolutionary songs that have been the hallmark of the Syrian uprising through four years of demonstration, protest and bloody fighting.

Despite reports to the contrary, the Syrian revolution is not over. Its flame is kept alive by the Syrian diaspora, who from Brazil to Romania, Germany to Malaysia, Michigan to London…

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