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New York City: Stop the U.S. March to War! People’s Assembly Against War in Times Square, May 26, 2014.

An amazing gathering of international solidarity as more than 100 people rallied in Times Square on Memorial Day, representing people’s struggles from Ukraine to Syria, Venezuela to the Philippines, Egypt to Honduras, Ecuador to the Fight for $15 here in the U.S. They marched on corporate media giant CNN to remember the victims of U.S. wars and fascist coups and say: Not another war for Wall Street profits and NATO expansion!

Photos by G. Dunkel

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Los Angeles: Arab Americans for Syria, International Action Center and ANSWER Coalition protest U.S. decision to resume arming terrorist factions Syria, February 7, 2014.

Photos: Arab Americans for Syria

Syria

If the US government attacks Syria I will be utterly disheartened by my country. Our government is heinous, claiming a chemical attack in Syria killed over 1400 people. Our drones have killed over 5000! Fuck the military industrial complex. War brings profits to some very fucked up individuals.

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“THE BENDING OF MY KNEES BELONGS ONLY TO MY LORD”

Amal Kassir spoken word piece on Syria, very powerful!

Hands up who lives in the west and would really love to see increased democracy and human rights in Syria? Me too!

By Carlos Martinez

Of course, the level of existential threat facing a state is pretty closely linked with that state’s willingness to allow freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and so on. On that basis, there’s actually quite a lot we in the west can realistically do to help Syria to improve on its democracy and human rights:

- Campaign against our governments’ support for an armed insurgency, the success of which would significantly worsen the democracy and human rights situation (Libya, anyone?). A state fighting a large-scale armed insurgency cannot reasonably be expected to “loosen up” on its opponents, or to devote time, money and effort to exploring processes that ensure greater popular participation.

- Campaign against economic sanctions on Syria. If the average Syrian has to worry about the more fundamental human rights of food, healthcare, education and housing, then freedom of speech moves down the priority list.

- Focus your political critique on the real enemies in this situation; those political entities that are intent on destroying Syria, pulling it out of its alliance with Iran, Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance, and thereby working to preserve imperialist hegemony in the region. The governments of the US, Britain, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey: these all pose a far greater menace to Syrian democracy and human rights than the Syrian government.

To make liberal-democratic demands of the Syrian government right now - that it let opponents out of prison, that it refrain from driving insurgents out of the areas they control, that it allow fuller freedom of speech, etc - is essentially to demand that it give up its fight against the forces of imperialism, sectarianism and zionism that are trying to tear Syria apart. And that, paradoxically, would be the opposite of democracy and human rights.

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Protesters gather in DC to demand no strike against Syria

Protesters gathered to make their objections felt in the nation’s capital this weekend, calling into question President Barack Obama’s case that action is necessary to maintain international law, deter other “bad actors” and protect American credibility.