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John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

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Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

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Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

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Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

'Revolution under siege?': anti-imperialism and the left's response to Syria

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Leeds Friends of Syria
and LUU Revolutionary Socialists are organising a joint platform discussion on the topic of imperialism and the Syrian revolution. In the discussion we will be considering the position of the left in relation to Syria, in particular;

  • what should the left's attitude be towards the revolutionary movement in Syria?
  • what implications does this have for our perspective as anti-imperialists in the West?
  • what should our position be in relation to Russian, Chinese and Iranian imperialist interests in the region?


Speakers confirmed include:

Marcus Halaby - Author of Revolution Under Siege
Jamie Allison - Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster
Abdulaziz Almashi - Coordinator of the Syrian Community in the UK and co-founder of the Syrian Solidarity Movement
Mohamad Isreb - Syrian activist and lecturer at Bradford University