Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Malala The Socialst

Missing from media accounts heralding 17-year-old Afghan Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai are her political views, as pointed out by the Socialist Worker.

They quote a message she sent back to comrades in Pakistan after attending a Marxist school there. The message has shown up on various Socialist and Marxist web sites and reads in part:

"I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.”

At a Marxist conference in Pakistan at which her message was read, one of the young schoolgirl friends she was riding with in the van the day she was shot by Taliban, who is also a Marxist, spoke and read poetry, according to

Malala opposes President Obama's drone wars and told him so in person, information that is also missing from the media, which instead has situated her story in a narrative in which the US needs to kill more people in the Middle East.

If you have a chance to read the SW article it also has a brief but interesting discussion of Malala's opposition to western Imperialist intervention in places like Afghanistan.

Marxist political parties, including Socialists and Communists, are common in Middle Eastern countries, although they have not held power in some time. A few examples: Mohammad Mosaddegh, the Iranian president overthrown by the CIA in 1953 -- which is the direct cause of most of the resentment of the US in Iran today -- was a Socialist who had nationalized Iran's oil, leading to his overthrow by the US and UK intelligence forces on the orders of President Eisenhower. Many sectors of Egypt's union movement, which played the major although mostly unreported role in organizing the protests that led to the downfall of Hosnai Mubarak, are Socialist. The PKK, the main Kurdish opposition group, which has been waging a several decades old guerrilla war for an independent Kurdish state that would encompass the large Kurdish homeland that overlaps Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, is Socialist. The Ba'athist parties in various Middle Eastern countries, including the one Sadaam Hussein controlled and the one that rules in Syria, are, ideologically, Socialist, Pan-Arab parties.  

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