[Marxism] MRZine retweets snide NY Times comments on Yassin al-Haj Saleh from 2015

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Oct 28 06:57:02 MDT 2016


Yoshie Furuhashi didn't see it as sufficient to retweet the article 
once. She has retweeted it four times.

The NYT published a stupid review of a documentary that was shown in a 
January 2015 called "Our Terrible Country" that reflected the 
understandable dismay of a man and his wife forced into exile who have 
had to deal with both Assadist and Islamist brutality. In choosing to 
highlight this dated article, she reflected the toxic POV of a 
publication that has zero to do with the legacy of Paul Sweezy and Harry 
Braverman.

Yoshie essentially made MRZine an extension of Press TV, the official 
Iranian news agency. She was so outrageous in her advocacy that Barbara 
Epstein resigned from the editorial board. Later 18 Iranian leftists 
living outside the country wrote an open letter denouncing MRZine's 
support for the Islamic Republic: 
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2006/letter070706.html

Among the Iranians who signed the letter was Dr. Morteza Mohit, who was 
described as a "close friend of Monthly Review" and a translator of the 
Meszaros's "Beyond Capital" into the Parsi language on the MR website.

Somehow after 5 years of Yoshie putting such crap up on MRZine, I still 
can't get used to it. She is not the only idiot trying to smear Yassin 
al-Haj Saleh, who spent 16 years in a Syrian prison for criticizing the 
dictatorship.

The ineffable Ben Norton referred to Saleh in a tweet:

"Just because some social dems living comfortably in exile said they're 
leaders of the revolution doesn't mean they have impact on the ground."

Norton, who lives comfortably in Brooklyn as does Yoshie in Columbus, 
Ohio, are really despicable in these attacks on Syrian Communist who 
went to prison for his beliefs. The two of them are so dimwitted that 
they can't even begin to understand how creepy these attacks make them look.



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