[Marxism] Important statement on Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Apr 13 08:43:39 MDT 2013

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the millions of Syrians 
who have been struggling for dignity and freedom since March 2011. We 
call on people of the world to pressure the Syrian regime to end its 
oppression of and war on the Syrian people. We demand that Bashar 
al-Asad leave immediately without excuses so that Syria can begin a 
speedy recovery towards a democratic future.

Since March 2011, Asad’s regime has steadily escalated its violence 
against the Syrian people, launching Scud missiles, using weapons banned 
by the Geneva Convention such as cluster bombs and incendiary munitions, 
and using aerial bombardment. The regime has detained and tortured tens 
of thousands of people and committed untold massacres. It has refused 
political settlements that do not include Asad in power, and it has 
polarized the society through strategic acts of violence and by sowing 
seeds of division. The regime has also, since the early days of the 
uprising, sought to internationalize the crisis in order to place it 
within geopolitical battles that would only strengthen the regime. 
Staying true to the logics of an authoritarian regime, Asad could never 
accept the legitimate demands of the Syrian people for freedom and 
dignity. Thus, there is no hope for a free, unified, and independent 
Syria so long as his regime remains in power.



Vijay Prashad (Trinity College, United States/ India)
Tariq Ali (British Pakistani writer, journalist, and filmmaker, United 
Kingdom/ Pakistan)
Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University, United States/Palestine)
Ilan Pappe (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
Adam Shapiro (Activist, United States)
Etienne Balibar (Columbia University, United States/ France)
Nigel Gibson (Emerson college, United States/ Britain)
Norman Finkelstein (American researcher and writer, United Sates)
John Holloway (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, United States/ 
Frederic Jameson (Duke University, United States)
Salameh Kaileh (Intellectual, Syria/Palestine)
Bill Ayers (University of Illinois at Chicago, United States)
Bernardine Dohrn (Northwestern University, United States)
Lieven de Cuater (Philosopher, Belgium)
Jihane Sfeir (l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, Lebanon/ Belgium)
Jean-Pierre Filiu (Institut d’études politiques de Paris, France)
Farouk Mardam Bey (Intellectual, Syria)
Faraj Bayrakdar (Poet, Syria)
Ziad Majed (American University of Paris, Lebanon/ France)
Kamal Bandara (Intellectual, Tunisia)
Francois Burgat (CNRS, France)
Razan Ghazzawi (Activist, Syria)
Yassin el-Haj Saleh (Intellectual, Syria)
Thierry Boissière (Institut français du Proche-Orient, France)
Olivier Le Cour Grandmaison (universitaire, France)
Jens Hanssen (University of Tornoto, Canada/ Germany)
Ghassan Hage  (The University of Melbourne, Australia/ Lebanon)
Hani al-Sayed (American University of Cairo, Syria/ Egypt)
Hazem al-Azmeh (Intellectual, Syria)
Sadri Khiari (Intellectual, Tunisia)
Oussama Mohamad (Film maker, Syria/ France)
Jihad Yazigi (Journalist, Syria)
Saad Hajo (Cartoonist, Syria)
Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley, United States)
R. Radhakrishnan (UC Irvine, United States/ India)
Ann Ferguson (Philosopher, United States)
Samir Aita (Le Monde Diplomatique editions arabes, Cercle des 
Economistes Arabes)
Santiago de Rico Alba (Philosopher, Spain)
Gilbert Achcar (SOAS, London University)
Asef Bayat (University of Illinois, USA)
Chela Sandoval (University of California, Santa Barbara)

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