[Marxism] Mondoweiss pimps for Assad

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 06:35:49 MDT 2016

Andy mentioned that the tour was organised out of Australia. That 
doesn't surprise me at all, we have an unusually large segment both of 
the left and of the Arabic population that shill for Assad here. With 
the left it probably relates to a bit of isolation, just catching onto 
bits and pieces of shallow "anti-imperialist" BS from abroad and from 
some celebrity leftists; with sections of the Arabic community, of 
course it is by no means overwhelming or even majority, but when we hear 
of Arab and especially Syrian activists in the US, UK etc, we often hear 
of a lot of activism around the Syrian revolution; for some reason, 
Sydney in particular seems a hotbed of Lebanese-Syrian 
Christian/Alawite/Islamophobic Shabia types (they go way back before the 
outbreak of the Syrian uprising), including a significant base of the 
Syrian National Socialist Party (SSNP), you know, the ones that wave the 

That said, I have no idea who this mob are. They are the 'Social Justice 
network', who have a website that looks brand new 
(http://socialjustice.net.au/). The usual list of "home" "about", 
"contact" etc at top of webpage, but one additional one, "international 
tours of peace to Syria." A FB page where one in two posts is dedicated 
to attacking the Greens (even posting a vicious red-baiting article from 
Murdoch's idiosyncratically right-wing 'Australian' attacking a leading 
left-wing Green, Lee Rhiannon, as a Stalinist), even for Greens support 
for ... "terrorism," and the other half are posts about their tours to 
"Potemkin villages", not in Communist states, but in Assad's fascist 

It is often noted that Australian fauna and flora are interesting.

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From: Andrew Pollack via Marxism
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10:36 AM
To: Michael Karadjis
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Subject: Re: [Marxism] Mondoweiss pimps for Assad

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see also Louis's earlier piece:
and a great guide - ironically at mondo - by Ramah Kudaimi:

On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 8:31 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> On 4/25/16 5:47 PM, Andrew Pollack via Marxism wrote:
>> http://mondoweiss.net/2016/04/say-hello-to-zenobia-a-report-from-palmyra-rising-from-the-ashes/
>> The delegation was organized by an explicitly pro-Assad group and the
>> reportback is unabashedly pro-regime, pro-Russia genocide.
> I just posted a comment:
> Sad to see Jeff Klein writing this kind of garbage. I knew him back in 
> the
> late 80s when he was involved with Tecnica and when both of us had 
> high
> hopes that the FSLN could have succeeded in building an alternative to
> neoliberalism. But writing this kind of pap for a blood-drenched 
> tyranny
> whose top capitalist crony of Bashar al-Assad was revealed to be 
> hiding
> billions in Panama banks really makes me want to throw up.
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