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The International Socialist Tendency (IST) is a current of revolutionary socialist organisations, based in different countries, which share a political outlook and seek to help each other by exchanging experience and practical support.

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No to AKP-US intervention, victory to the Syrian revolution!

Sunday 6th September 2015

Joining the imperialist coalition against ISIS, the Turkish state has begun to bomb Syria following its compromise with the US to open up the Incirlik airbase in return for bombing the PKK in Kandil.

As part of this agreement of joint action between the Ak Party and the US, by giving air support to some groups in the region they are working towards forming an “ISIS-free zone” in northern Syria.

We, socialists of Turkey and Syria, reject all political and military intervention of foreign powers to Syria; whether it is claimed against ISIS, Assad or the PKK.

For over a century the US leadership of western imperialism has turned the Middle East into a blood bath. The US and its allies aren’t the friends of the people of Syria, the Arab Spring uprising or the Kurds fighting for national rights. They are the friends of reactionary regimes in the region, ...

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In support of the popular movement in Lebanon, against state repression

Sunday 6th September 2015

Beirut has been the scene of growing demonstrations over the past few weeks in reaction to the government’s disastrous management of waste disposal and treatment; this market-based privatised approach has catastrophic environmental consequences, hitting first and foremost the most impoverished regions of the country. The closure of the open-air landfill site in Na’ameh following local mobilisations means that tons of rubbish are left on the streets of the country’s major cities. The regime proposed to open another landfill site in the impoverished region of Akkar, another attempt by the ruling classes to make the most vulnerable layers of society bear the brunt of their failures.

In truth, the waste management affair is the latest scandal of a regime in a state of perpetual crisis. Neoliberal policies, mass privatisations and real estate speculation mean that the majority of the Lebanese population lives in precarious socioeconomic conditions. The omnipresent religious ...

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STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST TENDENCY ON THE EUROPEAN REFUGEE CRISIS

Friday 4th September 2015

1. Europe is facing what has been called its “greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War”. Global levels of displacement due to war and persecution have reached horrific proportions. Some 13.9 million were displaced in 2014 alone. The numbers entering Europe in July were three times higher than a year earlier.

The largest source of refugees making the desperate journey to Europe is Syria. Here the civil war that started with the Assad regime’s attempt to crush the uprising that began in 2011 has been exacerbated by the rise of Islamic State. However, this can only be understood in the context of the disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq, led by the US and Britain. This Western-led offensive, the devastation it caused and the attempt of the occupiers to use sectarian forces to stabilise the country paved the way for the sharpening of conflict across the region.

Afghanistan, another ...

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Comunicado de la Corriente Socialista Internacional sobre la crisis de refugiados!

Friday 4th September 2015

1. Europa está encarando la que ha sido llamada su «mayor crisis de refugiados desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial». Los niveles globales de desplazamientos debido a la guerra y la persecución han alcanzado proporciones espeluznantes. Alrededor de 13,9 millones de refugiados fueron desplazados sólo en 2014. La cantidad de personas que entraron en Europa en julio de 2015 fue tres veces mayor que en el año anterior.

La mayor cantidad de refugiados que hacen el desesperado viaje a Europa vienen de Siria. La guerra civil que empezó con el intento de destrucción que el régimen de Assad aplicó sobre el levantamiento popular que comenzó en 2011 ha sido exacerbada por el ascenso del Estado Islámico. Sin embargo, ésto sólo puede ser comprendido en el contexto de la desastrosa invasión y ocupación de Iraq liderada por Estados Unidos y Gran Bretaña. La ofensiva de las potencias occidentales ha causado devastación, usando fuerzas ...

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