www.platypus1917.com Platypus home page: http://home.comcast.

net/~platypus1917 Platypus Affiliated Society and Marxist reading group Chicago 2006-07: http://home.comcast.net/~platypus1917/platypus_group.htm Platypus discussion site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/platypus1917

international journal of critical letters and emancipatory politics publications What is a platypus? On surviving the Left (June, 2006) Introducing Platypus AREA Chicago magazine #3, Summer/Fall 2006 (September, 2006) forthcoming Platypus pre-issue manifesto: What's Left? (projected June, 2007) Platypus journal issue number 1 (projected November, 2007)

What's Left?

The Platypus Affiliated Society presents a workshop on:

What's Left in Iraq? Problems of internationalism and anti-imperialism on the Left
Students for a Democratic Society Conference on Iraq Occupation Chicago, February 24, 2007

The Platypus Affiliated Society presents a workshop on:

What’s Left in Iraq? Problems of internationalism and anti-imperialism on the Left
In discussion of the Iraq invasion and occupation, seldom mention is made of organizations for progressive politics in Iraq. What potential allies and colleagues exist in Iraq for the American and international Left? What have been the prospects for a Left in Iraq under the occupation, and beyond? How are the prospects for social progress affected by the spiraling violence that is taking place there, the nature of the Iraqi insurgency/resistance, and calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and other international forces? We will present and discuss various groups, political parties and labor unions, etc., that have fought for progressive social politics in Iraq, and their relation to the occupation and the political process that has issued in the present Iraqi government and state.
"However difficult the task of grasping and confronting global capital might be, it is crucially important that a global internationalism be recovered and reformulated. . . . None of the massive demonstrations against the war featured oppositional progressive Iraqis who could provide a more nuanced and critical perspective on the Middle East, a telling political failure on the part of the Left." (Moishe Postone 2006) "We have to note, with regret, that the Iraqi democratic forces have not received, in their difficult struggle, effective solidarity and support from international forces of the Left." (Iraqi Communist Party 2006)

Workers Communist Party of Iraq / Iraqi Freedom Congress http://www.wpiraq.net/ -or- http://www.wpiraq.net/english/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worker-Communist_Party_of_Iraq http://www.ifcongress.com http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Iraqi_Freedom_Congress http://www.answers.com/topic/iraqi-freedom-congress Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq http://equalityiniraq.com A "third pole" in Iraqi politics | Workers' Liberty http://www.workersliberty.org/node/4160 US Labor Against the War: Issued by the Iraqi Freedom Congress http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/article.php?id=10248 Iraqi Union Calls for a "Freedom Congress" and U.N. intervention http://www.uuiraq.org/english/168.htm From Baghdad to Tokyo | World War 4 Report http://ww4report.com/node/1660 Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (member of Socialist International; party of Jalal Talabani, President of Iraq) http://www.puk.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriotic_Union_of_Kurdistan International solidarity and journalism US Labor Against the War Iraq: Iraqi labor Tour 2005 http://www.uslaboragainstwar.org/article.php?list=type&type=78 "Iraqi Labor Tour in U.S. Stirs Controversy" (Jul. 2005) http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=2200 "Worker Unions in Iraq: an interview with Amjad Aljawhary" (Aug. 2005) http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=8595 "Iraqi Unions Defy Privatization" (Oct. 2005) http://progressive.org/node/2459/print "Disunity Threatens Iraqi Labor's Resistance to Occupation" (Nov. 2005) http://www.truthout.org/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi/36/15350/printer David Bacon (journalist) home page: http://dbacon.igc.org/Iraq/IRAQ.HTM

Some information on the Iraqi Left and the anti-war movement Theoretical Moishe Postone, "History and Helplessness: Mass Mobilization and Contemporary Forms of Anticapitalism" (Public Culture 18:1, 2006) Iraqi Leftist parties and organizations Iraqi Communist Party http://www.iraqcp.org/ -or- http://www.iraqcp.org/framse1/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_Communist_Party "Letter to Fraternal and Friendly Parties About the Situation in Iraq and the Position of the Iraqi Communist Party" (Jan. 2006) http://www.iraqcp.org/members3/0060125icpr.htm "Iraqi CP at International Meeting Workers Parties in Lisbon" (Nov. 2006) http://www.iraqcp.org/members4/0061119wzaaqw2.htm "Challenges ahead facing Iraq at crucial crossroad point: interview with Iraqi Communist Party Central Committee member Salam Ali" (Dec. 2006) http://www.iraqcp.org/members4/0070104wa21.htm