Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The spectre of revolt in the Middle East

In this week's Socialist Worker, Anne Ashford has an interesting look at the possibility of Hizbollah's heroic resistance to Israel's barbarism throwing not only the Israeli regime but also other Arab Governments into crisis. Histomat also recommend's reading Seymour Hersh's article on Bush's role in the recent war, which has been usefully digested by Doug Nesbitt.

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4 Comments:

At 10:05 am, Blogger Cliffite said...

It's a good article especially if read with the most recent Nasrallah interview on the Tomb. Stalinist nationalism is not the word.

 
At 4:01 pm, Blogger Redaspie said...

It does strike me that these articles are the perfect response to the constant allegations made by some on the left that the SWP and their allies are uncritically supportive of Hezbollah and other nationalist and Islamic groups. It also shows what being supportive but critical in practice actually means.

 
At 4:49 pm, Blogger DJN said...

Exactly, redaspie. Ashford's article was a also fantastically well-written and clear, and also quite helpful on giving concrete examples of how the "permanent revolution" could unfold from certain democratic demands.

The article also mentions that Kifaya recently called for oil workers to stop shipping oil to Egypt. This is news to me - has this been reported anywhere? Come to think of it, is there a good english-language source of news on Egypt's democracy movement?

 
At 5:15 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

The Globalise Resistance site has some links which look like they might be worth following up:

http://www.resist.org.uk/reports/archive/egypt2006/index.php

 

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