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Strike in Deir el Ahmar: Complete Solidarity with Syrian Workers

Syrian workers in Deir el Ahmar went on a strike on Tuesday July 26th in protest against the racist and oppressive practices and the several recurrent violations of their rights carried out by the municipality and by members of the Security Forces as well as several of the city’s residents. These violations increased after the El Qaa bombings despite the Minister of Interior and Municipalities Nouhad El Machnouk’s statement in which he stated that the El Qaa suicide bombers came from Syria and not from the refugee camps.

Against Refugee Curfews During Baalbek International Festival

On Monday, July 11th, 2016, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that the Baalbek-Hermel governorate will impose a curfew for Syrian refugees from 6 PM to 6 AM during the upcoming annual Baalbek International Festival, which takes place from Friday, July 22, 2016 until August, 28, 2016. 

While Governor Bashir Khoder verbally denied extending the existing refugee curfew, no official statements have been passed by the Baalbek-Hermel governorate indicating that the NNA reported false news.

Solidarity with Refugees: Down with Xenophobia and Disunity

Before anything can be written, our hearts go out to the lives lost in Al-Qaa, Istanbul, and beyond them both. The sorrow in places like Al-Qaa arise from a grander, universal wound. We bear witness to it today in many places we call home. We and those before us have witnessed in the past. And we and those after us will likely witness it in the future.  But we have also seen this pain, frustration, anger and fear routinely exploited and instrumentalized, with the aim:

- to tear apart communities and natural allies,

- to encourage xenophobia, hate, fear, and isolation,

Twelve Vignettes of Lesvos

By Yazan al-Saadi

Lesvos is a very charming, aesthetically pleasing place. With a population of around 87,000 and covering a total area of 630 square miles, the island is a little over five kilometers away from Turkish mainland. The Aegean Sea stands in between.     

Politicizing the municipal elections is a step towards confronting the regime

Author: Walid Daou. Translated by: Anthony Rizk

As the popular movement of the summer of 2015 faded, several campaigns sprang forward to take the struggle to the coming municipal elections. These include ‘Beirut Madinati [Beirut is my City]’ and ‘Citizens in the State’. So, what is our position on these elections and campaigns?

Syrian Refugees: The Struggle Is Self-Determination

BY Elia EL Khazen, Sami Madani, Yazan Al-Saadi

An abridged account and thoughts of when we tried to mobilize Syrian refugee camps in the Beka’a Valley  

The Context:

Over half the Syrian populations are either refugees abroad or internally displaced within the country. They have no representation or protection – neither from the regime nor the opposition. 

US politics and the state of the left

By Wael Elasady


I want to say thanks to the Socialist Forum and to all the comrades who helped organize the event.