[Marxism] Monthly Review editor's note on the Middle East

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 23 17:17:31 MST 2015

On 11/23/15 7:08 PM, Ken Hiebert via Marxism wrote:
> You make an interesting point about the paucity of serious writing on Syria, etc. in Monthly Review.
> How about book reviews?  Which books have they reviewed on the Arab Spring?  Cillbert Achcar was at one time published by Monthly Review.
> I am not sure if they have reviewed his book The People Want.
> A book review would be an opportunity for them to challenge his views.

My guess is that John Bellamy Foster has almost zero interest in Syria 
except as it figures into his analysis of imperialism. To be able to 
review Gilbert's book, as I did for CounterPunch, requires some 
engagement with Syrian society. Most of the people with such a 
background orient to Jaddaliya or MERIP. In fact, now that I think about 
it, you find very little interest in Syrian society at any of the 
flagship Marxist institutions from Socialist Register to NLR. A fucking 
shame, really.

> Have any leftists published books from a pro-Assad perspective?

Yes, a fellow named Marvin Grendelfluss. He is in a halfway house for 
mental patients now.

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