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Internationalist Communist Forum
#96 - Syria at war: between the militias, the imperialist powers and their regional stooges
Colonial origins after WW1
De Gaulle dispatched with British help
Syria under Pan-Arabism
The Baath - the era of Hafez al-Assad
Regional strong man
The Muslim Brotherhood against the Baath
Bashar al-Assad and the "Damascus Spring"
The ripples of the Arab Spring reach Syria
The US leaders and regime change in Syria
Imperialism's regional proxies
The imperialist powers' search for an alternative to Assad
The rule of the militias, on the back of the population
The rise of Daesh and its consequences
Russia, Iran towards a new division of labour in the region
#95 - EU referendum? For a world without profits or borders!
28 May 2016
When nationalism was a unifying force
The progressive expansion of the world market
The nation-state becomes a straitjacket
The nation state, a war machine in the trade war
The nation-state, a crutch for capitalist profit
Nationalism in the poor countries - a dead end for the poor masses
From the captive markets of colonial empires ...
... to the setting up of currency zones...
... and to the development of trading blocs
A patchy Union
A disunited Union
The unacceptable cost of national divisions and private profiteering
Only the working class can unify the planet
#94 - Middle East, blowback from the Iraq war
A historical focus for Europe's greed
Strategic and financial interests first
...To major oil spoils
An anti-imperialist push
Israel: custom-made policeman
Iranian turning point
1991: first blow-back in Iraq
The Western occupation and the rise of the militias
A Sectarian Regime In A Devastated Country
ISIL, the Syrian civil war and imperialism's power games
Iraq's social powder keg
The Iraqi protest movement
ISIL's irresistible march
A sectarian threat - in Iraq and across the region
Against the new imperialist aggression
#93 - South Africa’s mining unrest - workers strike back
A special system of exploitation
The development of the mining proletariat
The first significant strikes
Into the 1970s and the 1987 strike
A transition overseen by imperialism
From crony capitalism...
... to corrupt union machineries
Growing discontent with the NUM
Marikana, where it all began
The strike spreads
Lonmin caves in
Towards a showdown
Capital's "fire fighters"
A balance sheet
#92 - How capitalism under-develops the world
The world market, born out of "Indian" blood
Europe's industry built on Africa's decimation and India's ruin
Tightening the colonial screw
The blood, sweat and hunger of the colonial people
The US and the postwar explosion
The sinister farce of "decolonisation"
Economic plunder carries on
The "Third World debt" explodes
Lessons in "governance" and "democracy"
The bloody cost of imperialist rivalries
The vicious circle of war
The poverty of the poor countries today
Aid for trade as long as they buy the guns
Smoothing out the differences - or exacerbating them?
Capitalism is not part of the solution