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By: Yasmeli Pernía

Three Tragedies, and the Question of Complicity and Compliance

By Yazan al-Saadi

Last week, I consumed three tragedies that I wanted to unpack with you, dear reader. 

The first tragedy was a film, the first Kuwaiti and GCC film made that was released in 1972 and called, “The Cruel Sea.” If you can find this film, I think its worth it for its presentation and subtle examination of Kuwait's poverty-ridden society and the dangerous work by its people in the sea to survive prior to the discovery of oil. 

The Storm, the Summit, and the Rage

By Yazan al-Saadi

In the third act and second scene of Shakespeare’s King Lear, the old suffering protagonist with his loyal fool enters the stage lashing out to a storm in one of the most power monologues. Spitting with absolute fury at the heavens, the unhinged king yells out:  

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! 

You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout 

Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks! 

Fascism in the Streets, Fascism in the Sheets

By Yazan al-Saadi

In numerous mystical and esoteric traditions that span our region and elsewhere there is a phrase that often echoes itself in their respective schools of thinking. The phrase was apparently written first in Arabic during the sixth or eighth century, later translated to Latin during the 16th century and its simplified form is presented as so: “As above, so below.”

Shall We Gamble Together?

By Yazan al-Saadi

I quite enjoy listening to the British Zen philosopher Alan Watts from time to time, and especially now as we enter a new chapter in the passage of time.  Recently I came across this excerpt of one of his numerous lectures; here are the good bits edited for you consumption that I wanted to share and discuss: 

50 years of Palestinian struggle: A critical analysis

By Gilbert Achcar

In 2017 and 2018, a series of anniversaries have been and will be commemorated. From the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war, to the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel and the start of the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948, the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, and the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan of 1947. It is a catastrophic history to which we must add the 10th anniversary of the dividing of Gaza from the West Bank in 2007. 

Letter of Solidarity from the Socialist Forum in Lebanon to Revolutionary Socialist Workers' Party in Turkey

Dear Comrades,

Your conference this year comes at a time of counter-revolution in the region. But despite the calamities, we are fully aware of the responsibilities of this difficult phase.

This is evident in the rearrest of comrade Mahinour al-Masri in Egypt, the recent arrest of comrade Emin Şakir in Turkey, and the restrictions on working in solidarity with refugees in Lebanon.

In response, we can only build hope and strengthen the means of solidarity and cooperation between revolutionary parties and forces that emerged or grew in the past few years.

Boldly GAUB's response to administration intimidation

Boldly G-AUB

Update on Recent Events

November 23, 2017

Clash of Counter-Revolutions in Lebanon

By Walid Daou

Having consolidated its power following the revolutionary wave in the past years, the counter-revolution continues to extend its influence in the region. After a direct clash, and through its agents, in Yemen and Syria, it seems that Lebanon is next. Or, at least, something is being prepared.