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On the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba

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Our revolutionary socialist current has always defended the socialist gains of the Cuban revolution of 1959, has repudiated all forms of imperialist aggression against Cuba, including the economic blockade and embargo. But we have always been critical of Cuba’s political leadership who was abandoning the socialist banner of the glorious era of Che Guevara

Statement by the IWU–FI

The announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations, conducted jointly by Barak Obama and Raul Castro, after more than 50 years of rupture and US blockade has caused a logical impact on the world. This is an important fact about which all kinds of interpretations for the reasons for this change and its scope have opened.
Although it is a partial measure, since the historical blockade has not been raised yet, the mere fact that a USA president finally acknowledges, as Obama had to do, that after more than 50 years of rupture of relations and blockade to Cuba “have failed” means a political victory for the Cuban people and the peoples of the world who have fought for decades repudiating these reprisals of imperialism. Together with this, it is a welcome fact the release of Cuban prisoners part of the so-called “Five Heroes” (two had been released long ago), who had been for over 15 years in an US prison and were a claim of peoples and the left of the world. Therefore, as socialists, we reject Raul Castro thanking the Pope and congratulating Obama for this political setback. It was the struggle of more than 50 years of the peoples of Cuba and the world who achieved this political defeat of imperialism.

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Syria: ¡Solidarity with the 4 Douma kidnapped activists!

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We join and call to support the global campaign against the kidnapping of Samira al-Khalil, Razan Zeitoona, Wael Hammada, and Nazem Hammadi, carried out against al-Assad opposition activists who were unarmed.

We adhere to the global campaign for the abducted Syrian fighters

We join and call to support the global campaign against the kidnapping of Samira al-Khalil (*), Razan Zeitoona, Wael Hammada, and Nazem Hammadi, carried out against al-Assad opposition activists who were unarmed. About the kidnappers all indications intersect with the group of "Jaish Al-Islam" (Islam Army) and their leaders who have effective authority in Douma.

In Syria the struggle begun in 2011 to end the criminal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad has produced thousands murdered by the regime as well as thousands missing and displaced.

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Solidarity with the Kurdish people resistance in Kobani!

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The city of Kobani, with a population predominantly Kurdish in northern Syria, had been controlled by the Kurdish people through the process of popular rebellion started in 2011 against the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad.

The city of Kobani, with a population predominantly Kurdish in northern Syria, had been controlled by the Kurdish people through the process of popular rebellion started in 2011 against the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. And since then they have been exercising their self-government defended by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). For some weeks now Kobani is being attacked by the reactionary forces of the Islamic State (ISIS) with the complicity of the Turkish government, which has blocked the entry of humanitarian aid, weapons and Kurdish fighters of Turkey to fight alongside their Syrian brothers, who are exposed to a slaughter.

Turkey is part of the "international coalition" headed by the United States, with support from the European powers and the Arab monarchies, which has only militarily faced the Islamic State when this has threatened their interests. For two years ISIS has massacred the peoples of Syria as a fifth column of the revolution, with the blessing of al-Assad's regime. It was not until its expansion into Iraq (see IWU-FI statement of 28 August 2014), when ISIS put in check the regime imposed by the US on its withdrawal, that this coalition was organized. Far from any humanitarian purpose, the imperialist intervention in Iraq, and later in Syria, only seeks to stabilize the hated regimes in Baghdad and Damascus. As we said in August, only the people of Syria and Iraq will get rid of the Islamic State and these regimes which have created the breeding ground for the expansion of the self-styled "caliphate". We therefore condemn the imperialist intervention and affirm that it does nothing for those in Syria and Iraq fighting for peoples' rights of and social justice.

Turkey has joined the coalition, but it is reluctant to intervene militarily in Syria, first because it is not willing to do the dirty work on land while Obama avoids sending more soldiers to die in the region. For years, the Turkish government has allowed the development of ISIS and has kept Kobani under a blockade to weaken the Kurdish movement.

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Why did the ISIS attack Kobanê?

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By Hakkı Yükselen - IDP - Turkey"Estamos en contra de todo tipo de intervenciones imperialistas no importa cuales son, o podrían ser sus razones. Incluso si el objetivo es destruir ISIS"

There is not an easy explanation for it. The answer could be the following if we were to disregard the much deeper strategic, political and "divine" reasons: to unite the ISIS-dominated areas by capturing the Rojava (West Kurdistan in Kurdish, Kurdistan of Syria)cantons, which constitute a physical disconnection between these areas — the districts and the cities in the north; and to get to Aleppo, the economic centre of Syria, from the north by capturing the westernmost Afrin after Kobanê. Yet another motive could be to capture Cizre that is located at the far east of Syria and that has an important oil field (Rimela), which would allow ISIS to both get all the oil fields under its dominance and toguarantee a continuous supply of military, organizational and logistic needs as the entire border with the Republic of Turkey would then be under their control.

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