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1. Socio-economic structure of Afghanistan prior to the revolution

Emine Engin, a member of the Communist Party of Turkey, in a book "The revolution in Afghanistan" London, 1982, writes: “Out of a population of 17 million, three million were living as nomads raising their own livestock. Nearly half the land was held by feudal landowners who made up five percent of the population. Thirty-six percent of the entire rural population was made up of landless peasants who were subje ... Read more »

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What has taken place in Afghanistan should be understood as a "revolution", a long-cycle of it, to use terminology of Lenin.

The country started on the road of Industrial revolution after the end of WWII. That's when modern antagonistic classes and parties started to develop. The country went through "democratic" stage of revolution when, as a result of a palace coup (1973), the king was overthrown, and the new "President" attempted to take the road of reform and industrialization.

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Let's look carefully at the geopolitical situation of Afghanistan. The country is located in the region of the Caspian Sea. It borders several republics of the former USSR, in the north, and in the East it borders China. Some of the republics of the former USSR are in a state of a civil war, e.g. Tajikistan. A civil war is slowly smoldering in Russia (Chechnya). We know that the region has been one of the goals of strategic drive of Nazi Germany against USSR during WWII.

PNAC, Project for the New American Century (http://www.newamericancentury.org/), a think tank for the current Bush administration, in their "Statement of Principles", June 1997, writes:"promise of short-term commercial benefits threatens to override strategic considerations". America bui ... Read more »

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The first part of the essay will be devoted to the problem why the U.S. has chosen this country as the first one to invade after the events of 9/11/2001.

The second part is devoted to the discussing the history of revolution and counter-revolution in Afghanistan in brief.

In the ... Read more »

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(The article is from 2013)

Infantile character of the international left can be seen through its coverage (or lack of such) of the Syrian civil war and the looming U.S. intervention.

The most interesting article on Syria I have found through http://www.occupy.com/ The site carried a link to an English translation of a statement, made on 31 August 2013, by Revolutionary Socialists (Egypt) - Revolutionary Left Current (Syria) - Union of Communists (Iraq) - Al- ... Read more »

Views: 63 | Added by: gori | Date: 12.06.2016 | Comments (0)

(The article dates from 2013)

Syrian people have many reasons to be discontented with their government. According to one video, made by a member of Syrian opposition in 2011, every Arab leader treats his country as his fiefdom, and people as his serfs.

The young people in Syria see no possibility for development. According to one report, in Syria there was 26% unemployment, with that among the youth over 30%. The poverty rate in Syria was 40% of the population. The events of the "Arab spring" in 2011 have stimulated the local youth - first, the pupils in schools, then students in universities, then population at large - to active protests against the Assad regime. Photo below: a teenager writing "Down with Ass ... Read more »

Views: 75 | Added by: gori | Date: 12.05.2016 | Comments (0)

The Assad regime is not different from the regime which existed in the United Arab Republic, under Nasser. On the one hand, the regime struggles against the "3 I's": Imperialism, Islamists, and Israel. On the other hand, the regime suppresses the left-wing forces, such as the Communist party of Syria, the Kurds, etc.

A particularly bloody incident occurred in 1982. From 1979 to 1982, Muslim Brotherhood of Syria carried out a series of revolts against the Assad regime. They were supported by a certain faction of population, adhering to their version of Islam (Sunni). In 1982, the regime attacks a whole town with heavy weapons and sends in special forces to virtually destroy the town. Between 38,000 and 60,000 people were killed, and this scar was not ... Read more »

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In 1916, in the course of World War I, England and France have concluded the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which has split the spheres of influence among these two imperialist powers in the Near East. According to the agreement, Britain has gotten modern Jordan, Iraq, and the Palestine. Meanwhile, France has gotten south-eastern part of Turkey, northern Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

This explains French "socialist" President's interest in "punishing" Syria for chemical attacks in 2013, together with "the world policeman", the U.S. Franc ... Read more »

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The outbreak of the Second World War found U. S.
Trotskyism divided into two organizations: the Socialist Workers
Party led by James Cannon, and the Workers Party led by Max
Shachtman. The downfall of Mussolini on July 24, 1943 led to the
appearance of a third current: a minority within the SWP led by
Felix Morrow, Jean van Heijenoort and Albert Goldman. Confronting
the SWP leaders’ line, according to which U. S. imperialism
would operate in Europe through “Franco‑type governments,” the
minority argued that it would rely on democratic regimes to stem
the advance of the revolution, propping them up with economic aid,
and that it would be helped in this task by the Socialist and Communist
Parties, which would revive the policy of class collaboration
known as Popular Front. The task of the European Trotskyists was
therefore to wrest control of the masses from those parties through
demo ... Read more »

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