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Syrian women refugees forced into prostitution

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صحيفة: نساء وفتيات سوريات يُعرضن للبيع للزواج القسري أو البغاء بعد أن يصبحن لاجئات

لندن ـ يو بي آي: ذكرت صحيفة ‘ديلي تليغراف’، الخميس، أن نساء وفتيات سوريات لا تتجاوز أعمارهن 14 سنة يُعرضن للبيع للزواج القسري أو البغاء بعد أن يصبحن لاجئات، وفقاً لعمال اغاثة وجمعيات خيرية دينية.

وقالت الصحيفة ‘إن المئات من اللاجئات السوريات في الأردن تأثرّن بهذه التجارة غير الرسمية التي ظهرت منذ بداية الحرب في سورية، حيث يقوم الرجال الطامعون بهن باستخدام عملاء كمدخل لاستخدامهن لأغراض الجنس مقابل المال’.

وأضافت أن هذه الممارسات تتم غالباً تحت ستار الزواج المؤقت، والذي يستمر بضعة أيام أو حتى ساعات فقط، مقابل دفع مهور للاجئات السوريات.

ونسبت الصحيفة إلى زياد حمد، من الجمعية الخيرية (كتاب السنة)، التي تُعد واحدة من أكبر المنظمات العاملة مع اللاجئين السوريين في الأردن، قوله ‘يتقاطر رجال من السعودية ودول أخرى على مخيمات اللاجئين السوريين للإقتران بفتيات مقابل استئجار منازل لعائلاتهن خارج المخيمات والتعهد بدعمهن مالياً قبل ممارسة الجنس معهن وتطليقهن بعد أسبوع واحد’.

وأضاف حمد ‘هؤلاء الرجال يبلغون الفتيات السوريات بأنهم سيتزوجونهم بهذه الطريقة ومن ثم سيضفون الطابع الرسمي للزواج بعد عودتهم إلى السعودية، لكنهم يغادرون ويغيّرون أرقام هواتفهم، وأدركنا أن هذه الممارسات هي زواج استمتاعي وزواج وهمي تستخدم وثائق مكتوبة بخط اليد غير مسجلة في الدوائر المعنية، وتركت الكثير من الفتيات السوريات حاملات وتم التخلي عنهن بهذه الطريقة’.

وفيما اعترف حمد بأن جمعيته الخيرية (كتاب السنة) اصبحت واحدة من الهيئات التي تربط الرجال الراغبين بالزواج من اللاجئات السوريات، أصرّ على ‘أن هذه الممارسة ليست مسيئة بسبب القيود الصارمة، ونشرنا في البداية بياناً في الصحف وعلى مواقع الإنترنت المحلية بأننا لن نقبل أية طلبات من الرجال العرب للزواج من الفتيات السوريات، لكنه جاء بنتائج عكسية وغمرتنا الطلبات وأدركنا بعد ذلك بأن العديد من هؤلاء الرجال لديهم نوايا حقيقية’.

وقال حمد، إن جمعيته الخيرية ‘زوّجت نساء سوريات من رجال مسلمين من مختلف أنحاء العالم العربي ومن بلدان أوروبية، بما في ذلك بريطانيا وفرنسا’.

واشارت ديلي تليغراف، إلى أن لجنة الإنقاذ الدولية ذكرت في تقرير نشرته مؤخراً أن الإغتصاب ‘اصبح الآن سمة من سمات الحرب الأهلية في سورية، حفّز النساء والفتيات على الهروب من البلاد واللجوء إلى دول الجوار’.

وقالت الصحيفة إن حراساً في مخيم الزعتري للاجئين السوريين في الأردن، ابلغوها بأنهم ‘تلقوا طلبات من رجال عرب، معظمهم من الأردن والسعودية، للدخول إلى المخيم للعثور على عروس شابة لطيفة’.

واضافت أن شاباً أردنياً اسمه ‘وسام’ على معرفة بالأشخاص المتورطين في تجارة الجنس، أكد ‘أن هناك إمرأة ترتب لقاءات الزبائن بالفتيات من مخيمات اللاجئين مقابل 50 ديناراً أردنياً للساعة الواحدة، و100 دينار في حال كانت الفتاة فقدت عذريتها مؤخراً’.

Syrian women refugees forced into prostitution

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Syrian army boots with flowers on her head.

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Picture convinced Obama that Syrian army is not defeated and enjoy people’s support.

ارض كنعان/وكالات / نشرت صحيفة لوس انجلوس تايمز مقالا تحت عنوان (سيدة خمسينية سورية تدهش اوباما
ونقلت الصحيفة عن احد الدوبلوماسين في البيت الابيض ان الرئيس الاميركي دهش عندما شاهد صورة لسيدة سورية تضع حذاء الجندي السوري على رأسها وقد وضعت الورود الحمراء داخل الحذاء كعربون وفاء لهذا الجيش،
وقد نقلت الصحيفة ان الرئيس الاميريكي علق بالقول: “لا يزال الجيش السورييتمتع بنسبة تأييد عالية من قبل شعبه”.

الجدير بالذكر ان هذه الصورة من احدى المسيرات المؤيدة للجيش العربي السوري في المدن السورية.

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Witch hunt against MP who dared criticise IsraHell? YOU Decide

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David Ward MP has faced condemnation today following statements he made after a visit to Auschwitz where more than a million people were killed in the Holocaust. Most of these innocent victims of Nazi persecution were Jewish.

The statements made by David Ward were as follows:

About Auschwitz – “the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history”.

“Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”

When questioned about his comments, he stated the Holocaust was “one of the most horrific examples of man’s inhumanity to man”, and questioned “should we not also remember when there are examples of atrocities being committed in the present?”

Holocaust Denial or free speech based on factual analysis of the Israeli occupation? YOU Decide

Is this statement in any way anti-Semitic or does it amount to denying the Holocaust? MPs and right wing media who are being heavily lobbied by Pro-Israelis would suggest it is.

Or, is it the statement of someone who recognises the deep and indescribable tragedy of the Holocaust, and perhaps feels the memory of this is now being betrayed by those who refuse to allow Israel to be criticised for its human rights abuses.

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Azmi Bishara Mossad agent Propaganda

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Azmi Bishara on how the Syrian regime dug its own grave

 

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How the Road to Hell was Paved (without any good intentions this time):

In the beginning, the regime refused to lead a reform process, which the protestors, and a group of people including myself had begged it to do.Instead, the regime began a forceful repression of the uprising. 

Only after it was too late does the regime finally declare that it will accede to reform—and by then, nobody believed them. Of course, the regime wanted to lead the reform single-handed, pushing the opposition aside. The forceful repression of the uprising, which by then had blossomed into a revolution, continued. 

The regime begged for dialogue, and asks the unarmed opposition to take part. Nobody accepts however, and the regime wages war on its people who are now in the throes of an armed revolution. 

The regime demands negotiations without any preconditions, yet nobody is willing to accept anything less than the regime’s departure as a condition to come to the table. So the regime adopts a scorched earth policy, bombing its own towns and cities and displacing its own people: even as they stood in queues outside of bakeries, the Syrian people were bombed by their regime. Even if left without a people and state to rule over, and even if only the ruins of towns and cities remain, this regime of destruction is committed to remaining in power. 

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THANKS GOD FOR HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

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By Gilad Atzmon

 

So the Goyim can learn first hand about the vile impact of Jewish Power

So the Goyim grasp once and for all that their democratically elected politicians better keep their thoughts to themselves.

So the Goyim accept once and for all the primacy of Jewish suffering.

So the Goyim can turn a blind eye to all those Shoa inflicted by the Jewish State,Stalin’s Jews and Ziocons.

So we remember never to forget to ask the most crucial and appropriate questions:

1. why is Jewish history an endless chain of Holocausts?

2. Can the Jews liberate themselves and the rest of us of their past?

3. Can we transform the Holocaust into a universal message against racism, oppression  and discrimination?

4. Can the Jewish State follow such a universal message? Can the so-called Jewish ‘anti’ Zionist follow such a universal message?

The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics, the lobby, the power and Jewish ‘progressive’  spin in particular 

 

 

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Zio-Nazi Terrorist Propaganda

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Netanyahu: Iran preparing for another Holocaust

Israel must not make the mistake of underestimating the Iranian threat to destroy Israel, says Netanyahu, adding that his government’s first and foremost mission remained to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear power.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Photo by Reuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of planning another “Holocaust,” as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Holocaust denial is continued energetically by a central state in the world,” he told his cabinet in Jerusalem.

“Not by groups. Not by single individuals. Not by marginal elements. But by Iran, whose leaders on a daily basis and at the United Nations and any other platform deny that the Holocaust occurred, while at the same time they prepare what they believe will be an additional Holocaust: The destruction of the Jewish state.”

Israel, he said, would not make the mistake of underestimating the threat and his government’s first and foremost mission remained to prevent Tehran from becoming a nuclear power.

The day of remembrance marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation by the advancing Red Army of the survivors of Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp.

Netanyahu also warned the ministers during the weekly cabinet meeting against the risk of chemical weapons from Syria falling into the hands of Hezbollah.

“It is necessary to look at our surroundings, both at what is happening with Iran and its proxies, and what is happening in other arenas – lethal weaponry in Syria, which is steadily breaking up,” Netanyahu said during the weekly cabinet meeting.

On Saturday, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying that Iran would consider any attack against Syria as an attack against itself.

These threats, Netanyahu stressed, require Israel to form the largest coalition possible.

“The Middle East is not awaiting for the outcome of election and is not stopping  while the [Israeli] government is assembled. We are facing many threats, from the most dangerous ones, which I have mentioned, to others and reality continues to evolve – in the east, in the north, in the south – the entire area is raging and we must prepared and strong and determined in the face of any possible development. For this reason, I will seek to form the widest and most stable government in order to respond, first and foremost, to every security threat,” Netanyahu said.

Several Iron Dome anti-missile batteries have recently been deployed to northern Israel, including around Haifa, the IDF confirmed on Sunday. Last week, the IDF conducted an exercise meant to expand the system’s capabilities.

The IDF Spokesman’s Unit said the batteries were deployed on an experimental basis in various spots around the country, ahead of a more permanent deployment in the near future.

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Saudi prince calls for Syrian rebels to be armed

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By Paul Taylor

DAVOS, Switzerland

(Reuters) – A senior member of Saudi Arabia’s monarchy called on Friday for Syrian rebels to be given anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to “level the playing field” in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad.

“What is needed are sophisticated, high-level weapons that can bring down planes, can take out tanks at a distance. This is not getting through,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief and brother of the Saudi foreign minister.

Insurgents in Syria have seized territory in the north of the country and control suburbs to the east and south of the capital, but Assad’s air power and continued army strength have limited their advances 22 months into the conflict.

“I’m not in government so I don’t have to be diplomatic. I assume we’re sending weapons and if we were not sending weapons it would be terrible mistake on our part,” the Saudi prince said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“You have to level the playing field. Most of the weapons the rebels have come from captured Syrian stocks and defectors bringing their weapons,” he said.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which started nearly two years ago with mainly peaceful protests but has mushroomed into a civil war that has driven half a million people from the country and displaced many more.

King Abdullah of Jordan, which has taken in some 300,000 Syrian refugees, 20,000 of them in the last week, told the Davos meeting that anyone who thought Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was going to fall within weeks did not understand the complex situation and the balance of forces.

One major problem was that radical al Qaeda forces had established themselves in Syria for the last year and were receiving money and equipment from abroad, he said.

NEW TALIBAN IN SYRIA?

Noting that Jordanian forces were still fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan alongside NATO troops, he said: “The new Taliban we are going to have to deal with will be in Syria.”

Even in the most optimistic scenario, it would take at least three years to “clean them up” after the fall of the Assad government, the monarch said.

He called for major powers to craft “a real and inclusive transition plan” for Syria, saying the army must be preserved intact to form the backbone of any new system and avoid the anarchy that prevailed in Iraq after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion.

The United Nations should stockpile food and emergency supplies in Jordan to be moved into areas of Syria controlled by the opposition to prevent more people leaving.

Syria has accused Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, the United States and France of funding and arming the rebels, something they have all denied. But U.N. diplomats say that weapons are clearly reaching the rebels via Gulf Arab states and Turkey.

Saudi Arabia has called in the past for the rebels to be armed, but diplomats say that Western countries are reluctant to allow sophisticated weapons into the country, fearing they would fall into the hands of increasingly powerful Islamist forces.

The United States has designated one Islamist group in Syria – the Nusra Front – as a terrorist organization and expressed concern about the growing Islamist militant strength in Syria.

But the Saudi prince said foreign powers should have enough information on the many rebel brigades to ensure weapons only reached specific groups.

“Leveling the plain militarily should go hand in hand with a diplomatic initiative … You can select the good guys and give them these means and build their credibility,” he said.

“Now they don’t have the means, and the extremists have the means and are getting the prestige.”

(Reporting by Paul Taylor; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Letter to George Habash’s from his daughter رسالة إلى أبي في ذكراه الخامسة – لمى ابنة القائد الشهيد جورج حبش

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في حديثنا يا أبي عن القومية العربية والشيوعية والمد الديني في بلادنا وعن تحرير فلسطين أعترف بأنه كان لدي دائماً روح الانتقاد …. لكنني أجد اليوم بداخلي شيئاً لم أعرفه من قبل أريد أن أحدثك عنه…. شىء لا علاقة له بالتحليل ولا بالتفكير ولا بالنظريات… شىء أشبه بالداء الذي لا يشفى… دائم الوجع ….دائم الألم… شعور بالافتقاد والغربة … كيف يقضي الإنسان كل هذا العمر بلا وطن!……

و لماذا الشعور الآن بالذات؟.. هذا ما لا أعلمه … لكن يبدو أن هناك يوم يأتي لا محالة… يصحو فيه الإنسان ليدرك أن كل ما حاول أن يسعى إليه في الحياة… هو ليس بالحياة….وأنها كانت فقط محاولات للتناسي أو تحويل النظر عن الحياة… عن الافتقاد.. عن الانتماء… عن الوطن… عن فلسطين.. فلسطين التي كنت أظنها خطاب في مفردات الكلام .. وأنا من جيل لا يُلام يا أبي لأن فلسطين هي وطن لم نعرفه ولم نشم رائحته ولم نرَ وجهه ولا قسماته فكيف أفتقد ما لا أعرف….. و خاصة أن فلسطين في ذاكرتي و في طفولتي اسم مرتبط بالقلق… وبالإجراءات الأمنية والطفولة المصادرة… و كنت كلما سمعت جملتك الأحب إلى قلبك ” كل شبر من تراب فلسطين..” أدرك أن الطريق مازال طويلأ… و هذا ما كان يعنيني في طفولتي.. متى سنصل!… حتى تنتهي هذه الرحلة القلقة….

لكن اليوم يا أبي أدرك أن ما كنت أنتظره من الحياة الهادئة البعيدة عن القلق لا لون ولا طعم له.. دون ماضٍ ومستقبل…دون ذاكرة… دون روح… دون حضن…دون وطن…وأن هذه الأرض التي جاء إليها جميع الأنبياء وولد فيها السيد المسيح ليبشر بالمحبة والتسامح والسلام و خبز الحياة … إنما الأرض ذاتها.. فلسطين.. هي خبز الحياة……. أشاركك اليوم داء العشق الذي لا شفاء منه وأصّر على جملتك التاريخية ” العودة إلى فلسطين كل شبر من تراب فلسطين…” لأن كل شبر من تراب فلسطين هو قطعة من القلب.. فكيف يساوم الإنسان على لحمه وعلى روحه…… كما أستطيع اليوم أن أشاركك التفاؤل والثقة اللذان كانا دائماً لديك و لم أكن صدقاً أفهم لهم سبباً في حينها … 

أستطيع اليوم أن أشاركك الثقة واليقين … وأرجو أن لا تسألني كيف و لماذا .. هل ينتقل العشق بالولادة أم بالوراثة أم بالحتمية التاريخية التي تحدثت عنها كثيراً… لا أعلم… لكنني أردت أن أقول لك اليوم بالذات وبعد مرور سنوات خمس على افتقادك .. أنني أُصبت بحب لا شفاء منه وبأنني أفهمك أكثر من أي وقت مضى وبأنني أشاركك الحلم و اليقين بـأننا عائدون…

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The Stakes

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China Mieville:

Members of the SWP must understand what is at stake in the crisis rocking our organization. Not only is there already a steady outflow of members resigning in disgust at this farrago and its handling by the leadership, but now other organizations of the left are becoming hesitant about working with us, and in some cases are openly boycotting and censuring us.

This is a call to members to stay and fight. It is also to urge that we do so without illusions about the nature of the fight that we face.

Many of us have argued strongly that catastrophic errors of principle and process on the part of the leadership have taken us to this. But even those who – I firmly believe wrongly – disagree about this must recognise the situation we are in. This has rapidly also become a catastrophe for us strategically. Our name is becoming toxic. Our credibility as a collective and as individual activists is being grossly compromised, and is on the verge of being permanently tainted. We all know the allegations that any future potential recruit who takes two minutes to research us online will read. The hoary accusations of the loyalists that those of us expressing concerns are looking ‘inward’ to ‘blogland’ and are not in the ‘real world’ have never looked so pitiful as they do now. This is a real world, acute crisis, of the leadership’s making.

As we ‘dissidents’ have repeatedly stressed, the fact that we are on the verge of permanently losing our credibility is irrespective of the truth or otherwise of the allegations of rape and sexual harassment. (These, of course, deserve sensitive and appropriate examination in their own right.) This fact inheres in the grotesque and sexist nature of the questions posed to the accusers; in the ‘wagon-circling’ attitude of the leadership and its loyalists; in the failures and evasions of accountability that meant the processes involved could ever have been thought appropriate; and now in the belief-beggaringly inadequate and arrogant response of the CC to the greatest crisis we have ever faced. These are all political failings of astonishing proportions.

We must not only deal with this but be seen publicly to be dealing with it. A ‘quiet revolution’ will be no revolution at all. There is one chance to save the SWP, and to do so means reclaiming it. We must be the party whose membership saw that there was a catastrophe unfolding, refused to heed our own failed leadership’s injunctions to fall into line, and reclaimed the party and the best elements of our IS tradition. If we fail in this, the SWP is finished as a serious force.

We must understand that these are extraordinary times and require extraordinary measures. Members’ usual – and usually understandable and honourable – instincts to show discretion and to trust their leadership are not only inadequate, they are counterproductive. This leadership does not deserve our trust, and our discretion now only serves them.

We must consolidate our efforts. We need to communicate with each other. It is invaluable to pass motions in branches censuring our CC and above all – this is critical – calling for an extraordinary conference. However, these motions must be publicized to the wider membership. This is not the time for private letters to the CC, for appeals to their wisdom, for concerned words to our district organizers. Such methods are part of the system that got us here. Comrades must go public, and link up with others attempting to salvage the honour of the tradition in which we fight.

Of course taking matters to the branches and discussing them there is vital. However, the allegation often made by loyalists that to also discuss them with the wider membership is somehow inappropriate or disloyal is wrong at any time, and utterly absurd now. The CC itself, in its shameful document ‘For an Interventionist Party’, defending the recent expulsion of four comrades for ‘secret factionalism’, claims that ‘[m]embers of the SWP are of course free to discuss face-to-face or online’. (This, incidentally, is a lie: as recently as the 2009 conference, those arguing for democratic renewal were denounced from the podium by a CC member for discussing our concerns on email.) Even according to the CC’s own ad-hoc positions, in other words, members are free to discuss with all others, including by email, Facebook or whatever, the nature of the crisis facing us, and how we fix it. And discuss we must.

By far the lion’s share of blame for our parlous situation lies squarely with the CC and its loyalists. However, none of us can avoid hard questions. What got us here was not merely the failures of this particular CC, but of our structures. These structures concealed from the members perfectly legitimate debate within the party; pathologised dissent on the CC and among the membership; and at worst legitimated whispering campaigns and bullying against members considered ‘troublemakers’. We could have stopped this train wreck at an earlier stage if the membership had been able and ready to call bullshit on the CC’s bullshit.

To overthrow these problems requires, among other things, a huge shift in internal culture. This, of course, is not possible in isolation from the structures that we have worked under. These have enabled the CC’s top-down and dissent/discussion-phobic style and mistrust of the membership; and among the membership itself have encouraged a damaging culture of deferral to the leadership.

This vicious cycle must be broken. To renew our party, in other words, must mean to trust in the membership, to encourage independent thought and comradely discussion. This in turn will enable the members not only to select the leadership we deserve, but to hold them to account in a way both we and they deserve.

Accordingly, not only is this fight one for the SWP’s survival as an interventionist force, but it is one that can only be won by a root-and-branch rethinking of how we operate. The scale of this catastrophe of their own making is slowly dawning on the leadership. It is inevitable that they will start to offer some kind of carrot-and-stick response, likely designed to minimize changes to the structures to which they have shown themselves wedded. We must be clear on the scale of what is needed. The removal of one or two people from positions of prominence would clearly be inadequate.

Our starting point must be public and immediate calls for an emergency conference. We must urgently mobilize our branches to pass motions making this call. To emerge from this catastrophe with credibility, at this conference we must demand:

• The immediate reinstatement of the four recently expelled comrades.

• The removal of this CC and Disputes Committee. By their stunning miscalculations, they have shown themselves to be inadequate to their tasks. They must go.

• A thoroughgoing reexamination of the structures of party democracy and accountability, to ensure that the culture of mistrust of the membership and closed ranks on the CC that created this situation in the first place cannot happen again.* This must include an expanded CC and one which airs its internal disagreements openly.

• Formal mechanisms for encouraging internal communications among all members, allowing them to air dissent, concern, uncertainty, as well as information, analysis and support.**

Such renovations will address the terrible situation in which we find ourselves. They should also encourage a spirit of comradely discussion and theoretical open-mindedness, allowing us to act as a pole of attraction for all those fighting for emancipation. This does not mean diluting our Marxism: it should mean invigorating it.*** The fight for the soul of the SWP is on now. The only hope of reclaiming a party on the brink of political annihilation is political audacity.

*I have made no secret of my own proposals for this, including, e.g., an at-least temporary end to the slate system. This is argued not on principle, but because that system has in our party become a shibboleth for forces of conservatism and top-down leadership. 

**Many comrades see the end on the ban on permanent factions as indispensable for this. Another invaluable way forward, in my opinion, would be a regular internal bulletin.

***As for example when we began to address the lacunae in our approach to homosexuality by learning from the best wings of the gay liberation movement. Currently, we must end a situation where, for example, ‘feminism’ is used by some loyalists as a diss.

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Sussex SWSS: Open letter to the Central Committee

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Sussex & Brighton University SWSS condemns in the strongest possible terms the Disputes Committee’s (DC) recent handling of serious allegations against a leading member of the organisation, the vote which ratified their report at conference, and the subsequent failure of the central committee to address the current crisis.

We note the failure of the DC in this case to carry out their investigative process in an entirely impartial way due to their composition, and the implications this has for any outcome they could have reached. We also reject aspects of the line of questioning of the two female comrades that came forward with the allegations as sexist, and at odds with the principles of our tradition. We recognize that the DC was faced with a difficult situation, with lack of precedent to enable them to handle this effectively. For this we fault the CC’s conduct with respect to W and the concerns she raised over the past few years. We also fault them for their failure to intervene and correct for failings in the DC’s procedure when they were so glaringly obvious, and for what many will see as their intentional misleading of the membership around the issue in past conferences.

To the CC, we say: not only have you failed W, X and every other comrade that might once have trusted in our disputes procedures. You have failed this entire organization, as well as the tradition in which it stands, by absurdly insisting on the shambolic series of fuckups and blunders that have constituted your “political response.” The list of these includes a process of misinformation in the lead-up to this conference and previous ones; banning the faction that tried to use our democratic processes so that comrades could make an informed decision on the DC report’s process; the removal or reshuffling of those CC members and full-timers that aired critical concerns regarding the matter; the moves to suppress debate in the organisation by asking comrades to “draw a line under it”; the expulsion of four comrades for an alleged “Facebook faction” (in practice a Facebook conversation) that is likely no different in content to those serious debates in which comrades are engaged today, in their branches and through other mediums of communication; the political slurs directed at comrades who have openly aired their views, including the unhelpful brandishing of “feminism” as an apparent insult, as well as the wholly disingenuous implication that the problem at hand is a “generational disconnect”; and the concomitant new CC appointment to the Student Office.

The aforementioned cannot be seen as anything but an attempt to “smash” critical student voices. These issues, coupled with the poor treatment and lack of support offered to the two female comrades that came forward with such grave allegations, has led to a complete breakdown in the trust we have in your leadership. We express our utmost concern for the fate of this organization and the role we hope we can continue to play, as SWP members, in building a revolutionary organization capable and worthy of leading the struggle against all forms of oppression under capitalist society. It is with this in mind that we write to you today, particularly in lieu of a public statement on SocialistWorker.co.uk that shows a complete disconnect with the political and personal burden your membership has come to bear as result of this fiasco, but more crucially displays an apparent obliviousness to the political reality that comrades are facing in their local unions, campuses and campaigns as a result of this.

Recent events have forced us all to take a long look at how we found ourselves to be in this position, faults in our democratic procedures, perhaps a narrowing of space for debate, or a developing culture of political regurgitation and acquiescence and the inevitable lack of accountability that results. It is with the long-term view of how the party got here and what is necessary for us to be able to move forward that Sussex & Brighton University Branch came to an almost unanimous vote of no confidence in the leadership. We will be moving for the current CC’s dismissal from their post at the earliest available party decision-making body and/or conference at which we can do so.

Finally, to our comrades in struggle, to our colleagues and our friends, we would like to express our sincerest apologies for the recent failures of our organisation. We understand the distress and distrust that many of you have expressed as a result of this. We had hoped that the few responses circulated by comrades would offer at least some assurance that members of the SWP are fighting tooth and nail for the principles we share, and this letter should come as confirmation that Sussex & Brighton SWSS are no exception to this.

We ask you to bear with us, to give us the opportunity to exhaust this line of enquiry, this line of protest, to allow us to fight for the very relevance (if not existence) of the organization that has equipped us to become the principled revolutionaries that you know us to be. And in turn we assure you that we will continue to uphold the proud tradition we stand in, that we will continue to fight oppression in our society in all its forms and variants and that we shall never dismiss or shy away from the criticisms and concerns of those in the movement and in the class as a whole.

We Call for:

1) An emergency conference, so that this organization may resolve this political crisis in a way that holds accountable those responsible and gives the membership the clarity and confidence needed to implement our political strategy moving forward.

2) An immediate public response that can provide clarity around the failures of the DC’s due process.

3) Delta to be removed from any official or public position within our organization, particularly given disagreement on the DC with respect to the question of Delta’s conduct.

4) The DC to resign their posts. Although we acknowledge the difficult situation the DC was faced with, we argue that their ability to carry out their functions as mandated by conference has been undermined by recent events. It remains the case that many members, including Comrade X, will not feel confident in taking their disputes to the current DC in light of recent events.

See also the statements issued by a host of other SWP Student Societies.

East London SWSS 
FE Members of SWSS 
UEA students and staff 
University of Essex
University of Kent
University of Brunel
Portsmouth
Queen Mary 
Manchester University

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