Is the Syrian Revolution at its End? Is Third Camp Abstentionism Justified?

An essay on the organs of popular power in the liberated area of Syria, on the character of the different sectors of the Syrian rebels, and on the failure of those leftists who deserted the Syrian Revolution


By Michael Pröbsting, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 5 April 2017,

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Part I




The Nature of the Local Coordination Councils in Syria




Part II


The Contradictory Nature of the Petty-Bourgeois Rebel Factions


A note on the adjectival juxtaposition of "progressive" to liberal democrats versus "reactionary" to Islamists


Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham and Other Islamist Militias


The Role of Religion in Democratic and National Liberation Struggles


Some Arguments on the Ongoing Progressive Character of the Syrian Revolution


Have the Rebels Become Agents of US Imperialism and Regional Powers?




Part III


On Foreign Powers' Support for Liberation Movements


Lenin and Trotsky on Liberation Struggles and Imperialist Interference


What Did Lenin and Trotsky Say about Getting Support from Imperialists?




Part IV


Imagining Two Different Scenarios: The Revolution Succeeds/Fails in Overthrowing the Assad Regime


A Period of Defeats and Retreats: What Are the Reasons?


Some Thoughts on the Future Prospects of the Arab Revolution


The Urgent Need for a Revolutionary Party