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Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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THE HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL ISSUES: Two arguments are offered by leftists against support for the Syrian revolution: 1) that revolutionaries should only focus on their own imperialist masters; and 2) that the Assad regime, and other regimes (Venezuela, Iran... ) are "anti-imperialist". Are these arguments consistent with the tradition of revolutionary struggle against imperialism, and what are the implications of these arguments for efforts to build international working class solidarity in the US?"? What implications do different answers to these questions on the self-identified "Left" domestically and internationally, have for the standing of socialism in the world today?


Abdulkafi Alhamdo is a Syrian teacher and activist, currently displaced to Idlib, Syria, along with hundreds of thousands of Free Syrians. He is a professor of English at the University of Idlib and a member of the Idlib Union of Media Activists.

Shiyam Galyon is a Syrian-American writer and feminist based in Brooklyn.

David Turpin teaches philosophy at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. His political experience began in the 1960s in Houston, Texas, when he and a group of friends burned their draft cards in the street in front of the Selective Service building. Their anti-war activities soon...

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Robert Cuffy is a supporter of the Socialist Workers Alliance of Guyana, the Socialist Labor Group and the maintainer of the C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya pages at the Marxist Internet Archive who has an interest in the state capitalist political economy arguments of the Johnson-Forest...

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John Reimann is a retired carpenter. He was the recording secretary of Carpenters Local 713 and was active in the labor movement for many years, always as a union supporter but also in opposition to the employer-friendly policies of his union leadership. He was expelled for life from the...

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