U.S. troops have begun withdrawing from northeast Syria as Turkey prepares to invade Kurdish-controlled areas of the country. For years, the Kurds have been close allies to the United States in the fight against ISIS. On Sunday, however, the White House released a statement that surprised many in the region, announcing that Turkey would be “moving forward with its long-planned operation in Northern Syria,” following a phone call between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in that operation, and the United States forces, ..
Originally published by the Bulgarian web journal Terminal 3, this article came to us via the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association. An update from the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association on the sixteenth day of Jock Palfreeman’s hunger strike, May 6, 2019 (after the original article was written, in Bulgarian) as a protest against corruption and abuse of power by the staff of Sofia Prison and its chief in particular: “After his transfer from the Kazichene prison to the Sofia Prison (in order to be put under medical observation), he was harassed by guards. On Saturday, May 4th, the chief of the shi ..
Click on the triangular “play” button above to hear this segment. In this audeo clip, first broadcast by Public Radio International/WNYC in New York, historian Peter Linebaugh discusses the history and future of International Workers Day–or, to use the title of his latest book, “the incomplete, true, authentic and wonderful history of May Day.” Many Americans, familiar only with the holiday called “May Day” that has been celebrated in North America since colonial times, are not aware that the International Workers’ Day celebrated by the labor movement around the wor ..
LeftEast editors interview Griselda Qosja: Has the government in Albania taken an official position regarding the situation in Venezuela? If yes, what is the position? Yes, the Albanian government has officially recognized Juan Guaidó as temporary president. The prime minister tweeted his support in the name of the Albanian people, wishing that the courageous Venezuelans successfully remove the illegitimate power that has made the country into a hell for its people. This position was to be expected. What does this reveal about the foreign policy and international standing of Albania? To understand this position, ..
1. Has the government in your country taken an official position regarding the situation in Venezuela? If yes, what is the position? If we consider the twitter posts of the Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov as official statements of the ministry and the Government itself, then we could say that our government has an official position on the situation in Venezuela. The position is not the least bit surprising if we take into account that our country’s government is subordinated to Western imperialism and has completely lost its sovereignty in the last year. Namely, the Tweet read as follows: “In line with our E ..
1.Has Georgia’s government country taken an official position regarding the situation in Venezuela? Georgia recognized Guaido as an interim head of the government of Venezuela. The country’s official position is no surprise as it is always in a line with Washington’s and Brussels’ stance. There was only one peculiarly Georgian angle to this story. Since independence, Georgia experienced two ethnic/political conflict within its own territory as a result of which Tbilisi lost control on the breakaway regions – Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In 2008, the Russo-Georgian war escalated as Georgian mili ..
1.Has Turkey’s government taken an official position regarding the situation in Venezuela? If yes, what is the position? Turkey presents the peculiar case of a right-wing government with historically close geopolitical ties to the USA supporting President Maduro both verbally and commercially. Over the last year, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has developed an ever friendlier rapport with Maduro, visiting him in Caracas and receiving him in Ankara. Over the course of these visits the Turkish and Venezuelan governments concluded a deal by which Venezuela exports unrefined gold to Turkey in return for crucial food ..
1.Has Croatia’s government country taken an official position regarding the situation in Venezuela? If yes, what is the position? The government of Croatia has already moved to recognize Guaido as “interim president” about a week ago, when a handful of regional right-wing governments and a handful of imperialist Western countries did so, proving yet again Croatia’s spotless record in neo-colonial bootlickery. 2. What does this (fail to) reveal about the foreign policy/international standing of your country? Like i said, it proves first and foremost that Croatia has no “foreign poli ..
1. Has Serbia’s government taken an official position regarding the situation in Venezuela? If yes, what is the position? The government is trying to keep a low profile. After a period of some sort of a constrain, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic gave a moderate statement for Sputnik: “The least we can do is to not change our position towards Venezuela”. In fact the government is openly on Maduro’s side but tends not to insist this position because most of European countries- including Germany, which is super influential in the governing party- act as hard-liners on the issue. 2.What does this (fail to) ..