The Arab spring is still alive. It might sound absurd to make such a statement, given the usual and not entirely erroneous presentation of chaos and violence that has come to popularly define what is occurring in many of the struggles in the region. Some have attempted to make the Arab spring ‘unknowable’ as a […]Read more "The Arab Spring is Alive"
When I read Manufacturing Consent as a teenager, in the summer of 2002 to be precise, at the beginning of War on Terror fever, I never thought that one day its most esteemed author, Noam Chomsky, would accuse me of supporting al-Qaeda. In the following exchange, he does exactly that, as well as accusing me of […]Read more "You Want the Truth? A Correspondence with Noam Chomsky on Syria"
(A version of this essay originally appeared in Khiyana: Daesh, The Left and the Unmaking of the Syrian Revolution, a collection of wonderful essays on Syria from a left-wing perspective published by Unkant – it is available to purchase here) “Oh Allah, strike the apostate rulers, Oh Allah, kill them one after the other, sparing […]Read more "INCONVENIENT TRUTHS: THE RISE OF DAESH IN SYRIA"
I fear that perhaps too much time has passed since Glenn Greenwald catapulted me to my not quite five minutes of fame by responding to a piece I wrote for The Daily Beast contrasting the response of some leftists to the bombing of a hospital by the US Air Force in Afghanistan to the bombing […]Read more "A Belated Response to Glenn Greenwald"
A version of this essay appeared in the wonderful book Khiyana: Daesh, the Left and the Unmaking of the Syrian revolution, available to purchase here. Those of us who concern ourselves with the Syrian revolutionary war will be more than familiar with the old line, almost solely repeated by leftists and self-proclaimed anti-imperialists, that they […]Read more "Anti-Anti-Imperialism"
This is a guest post by Viking-Berber Erdogan fanboy Adam Sami Johansson. It probably hasn’t escaped anybody’s mind that on Sunday Turkey will have yet another election, the third in 2 years. And just like the others this one is characterised as the most important in Turkish modern history. Yet despite this, many people in […]Read more "Turkish General Election 2015: A Short Summary of the Political Forces"