American administration is a bloodthirsty wild animal.
By Harold Pinter.
I found that to emerge from a personal nightmare was to enter an
infinitely more pervasive public nightmare - the nightmare of American
hysteria, ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and belligerence; the
most powerful nation the world has ever known effectively waging
war against the rest of the world.
Thoughts on Improving the Human Condition from Class and Historical
Materialist Perspective. By Dave SILVER.
In the past decade
groups such as the Committees of Correspondence have traveled down
this revisionist road. As the German Communist Robert Steigerwald
eloquently showed in his Anti-Communist Myths in Left Disguise,
that it is impossible to be anti-imperialist, anti-racist or progressive
when one buys into anti-communism for it is what Marx called an
WITH POLICE PROVOCATIONS AGAINST LABOR ACTIVISTS!
In the last several days Russian secret police (FSB) and the authorities
of Kemerovo Region launched a campaign of harassment and intimidation
against Comrade Vladimir Vorobiev, a well-known labor leader from
Kuzbass, and orchestrated the publication of slanderous articles
against him in a number of media outlets.
Tries to Quietly Murder Milosevic. By Jared Israel
and Vladimir Krsljanin. The
Hague "Tribunal" show trial has disastrously backfired. Slobodan
Milosevic has so thoroughly defeated this NATO "court" that the
pro- NATO media has eliminated virtually all TV and newspaper coverage.
Since, because Milosevic is brilliant and because they are lying,
the Hague cannot "show" their trial, they are trying to defeat Mr.
Milosevic the way they find most natural: by murdering him. Meanwhile,
his support Committees have been hindered by a drastic lack of funds.
vs. America. By Edward Said.
It is the coincidence between the Christian Right and the so-called
neo-conservatives in America that fuel the drive towards unilateralism,
bullying, and a sense of divine mission. The neo-conservative movement
began in the 70s as an anti-communist formation whose ideology was
undying enmity to communism and American supremacy. "American values",
now so casually trotted out as a phrase to hector the world, was
invented then by people like Irving Kristoll, Norman Podhoretz,
Midge Decter, and others who had once been Marxists and had converted
completely (and religiously) to the other side.
Let Us Choose the Royal Way! Speech in Florence by
Vladimir Voroviev, a member of the Russian delegation at the Social
Forum in Florence.
Let us not deceive ourselves. No matter how many-voiced and multilingual
our movement is there are only roads to choose from: the road of
accommodation to capitalism, of reforming it --and the road of going
beyond capitalism, of overthrowing it. The third road is that of
illusion, or even worse – an attempt to avoid the responsibility
to make the real choice.
Green Rain of Yassouf. By Israel Shamir.“Go
away, you Arab-lover,” hissed one of them. “You support our enemies.
It is our land. It is the land of the Jews; the Goyim do not belong
here.” In more peaceful circumstances, I would laugh: these disturbed
young men from New York wished to expel the proper and rightful
descendents of the people of Israel from their ancestral land.
Mobilization in Florence. In the Nov 9 mobilisation against
the war on Iraq in Florence, Italy, the Anti-imperialist forces
of Italy have decided to participate in a separate block. Their
main front banner will read: Defend
Iraq – down with the black list!
Tries Quietly to Murder Milosevic; His Defense in Financial Crisis.
Hague "Tribunal" show trial has disastrously backfired. Slobodan
Milosevic has so thoroughly defeated this NATO "court" that the
pro-NATO media has eliminated virtually all TV and newspaper coverage.
Since, because Milosevic is brilliant and because they are lying,
the Hague cannot "show" their trial, they are trying to defeat Mr.
Milosevic the way they find most natural: by murdering him.
IN CRISIS; IRAQ;—U.S . PRE-EMPTION, REGIME CHANGE AND PROTO-FASCISM
AT HOME. By Dave Silver. For the first
time “pre-emptive strike” and “regime change” is now declared a
“right” of US imperialism as was “Manifest Destiny” of an earlier
Degeneration of Workers' Leaders The Classical Case of Oleg Shein,
the Deputy. By Shamil Borodobaev. Translated by Ya.
three years ago Oleg Shein had won in the race for the seat in the
State Duma it was seen as a big victory for all those who stood
to the left of CPRF. We all hoped that Shein would not only carry
on the work begun by the previous left deputies Grigoriev and Avaliani,
but that he would raise it to a new level of militancy. We can now
say that our hopes have failed come true. And even worse.
Peace. By Israel Adam Shamir. I
signed a separate peace treaty with all my neighbours in the Middle
East. As far as I am concerned, Syrian children may come and swim
in the Sea of Galilee, and children of Palestine are welcome to
amusement parks of Tel Aviv, while I shall sip Lebanese arak at
Bardaouni in Ramallah. The refugees of Gaza may come back to the
fields they owned before 1948, and deal directly with the few old
Polish Jews who "privatised" the lands. If Jerry Falwell wants to
have a Jewish state, let him build it in Alabama. They lived through
Reconstruction, they will manage.
Generation Lost To the Market Economy in Bulgaria. By
Vessela Sergueva. With commentaries by Blagovesta Doncheva.
be very suspicious to the official news from the US\EC protectorate
Bulgaria. As it is already very well known, THEY – THE GLOBO MASTERS
- LOVE LIES! And demand THE SAME from THEIR servants.
Left? Marching With the Right...
By Irina Malenko. You can see them chanting
at all demos for any cause. They always carry politically correct
posters. Their style and methods of recruiting have something of
the Jehovah Witnesses.
Sunny Days. By Israel Shamir.
The US plans to destroy Iraq, invade Syria, break Saudi Arabia
into a few parts, separate the oil fields, pass them in the hands
of Israel, and finish off with Egypt.
Homeland Criminals; The Bush Axis of Evil. By Dave
own “homeland criminals” are revving up for war. The Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-
Ashcroft Axis of Evil continues the legacy of Hiroshima, Tonkin
Gulf hoax of LBJ, the bombing of Yugoslavia, the collateral damage
in Afghanistan and now the murder of more women and children in
and Peace. By Israel Shamir.
Our choice was
that of a drunken driver, who sees everything double. The Jewish
Lobby is the War Party, the closely-knit gang of Jewish supremacists
and their Gentile neo-con allies.
We Should Still Be Anti-Imperialists. By Jean
has become fashionable, in leftists circles, especially in France,
to adopt of position of “neither-nor” (“ni ni” in French). Neither
NATO nor Milosevic; or neither the Taliban nor the United States.
And, probably tomorrow, neither Saddam Hussein nor whatever alliance
the United States manages to set up against Iraq.
presented by Iraq to the Security Council. After
disclosure of the spying activities of former UNSCOM inspectors
and the International Agency of Atomic Energy according to the confessions
made by some of the special committee members and statements issued
by US sources and some Security Council permanent members and what
was acknowledged by the General Secretariat. Is it fair that inspectors
return to Iraq who could be used to spy against Iraq and its leadership
and to update information about Iraq's vital economic installations
to bomb them in a coming aggression?
I WILL NOT SIGN THE AD FROM AMERICAN JEWS FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE
EAST ADDRESSED TO OUR GOVERNMENT.
By Dave Silver.
Your demand for “Palestinian acceptance of negotiated limitations
on the ‘right of return’ in exchange for financial compensation
for refugees” is both reactionary and racist. Well over a million
Palestinian and Arabs were forced or decided to flee the new settler
state so that the right of return should be unequivocal for those
who choose to do so.
New Allies for the Russian Opposition? By Dmitri Glinski.
In Russia, which has lost much of its sovereignty
and national self-respect, the struggle for social and political
rights, unlike in the West, is hard to disentangle from a "national
liberation" movement. The barbarization of society, especially of
parts of the ex-intelligentsia, often produces fairly repulsive
variations of this movement. While we must condemn anti-Semitism,
Islamophobia, racism and the rest of ugly deformities, we also better
understand their nature... Those Western progressives who accept
the burden of working with our "human material" would be well advised
to help the "national liberation" movement adopt more civilized
forms, rather than turning their backs in disgust.
Pakistani Rich are Worse than Animals. By Taimur Rahman.
Even the Israeli army has to maintain some semblance of democracy
and concern for human rights in the international media, but the
feudal lords of Pakistan are criminals beyond compare. They are
worse than the zionists.
Labor Leader Murdered. The
body of Yuri Smolentsev, who disappeared on June 15, has been found
in a pond. Yuri Smolentsev was the Chairman of the independent trade
union SOTSPROF at the Alumina Plant located in the city of Achinsk.
He had a long record of organizing strikes and court actions on
behalf of the Plant workers.
Secret Shame. By John Pilger. Ethnic
cleansing attended the birth of Israel but, more than 50 years later,
the country is still in denial about its bloody past. Those who
speak out risk their jobs. Behind the turbulent news from Israel,
a struggle for historical truth has passed almost unnoticed outside
academic circles; yet its wider significance is epic. In May 1948,
more than 200 Palestinians were killed by the advancing Jewish militia
in the coastal village of Tantura, south of Haifa.
State of Mind (full version).
By Israel Shamir. In
1991, when Russia's future was exceedingly obscure, Israel received
a lot of young blood from there. Israel supporters in the US media
carried out a two-pronged campaign: they warned of forthcoming pogroms,
and they promoted the idea of a beautiful easy life for immigrants
in the US. Whole issues of Newsweek and Time concentrated on the
neo-Nazi Pamyat group and rampant anti-Semitism. At that time, I
reported for the Haaretz from Moscow, and interviewed Pamyat leaders
for the paper. I found this sinister organisation to number about
as many members as the Flat Earth Society. Still, Russian Jews would
come to our countryside house to ask for protection in case of a
pogrom. I tried to calm them down, but I could not fight the mighty
media machine alone. Ten years later, I met a Russian Jewish lady
writer in Jerusalem who told me that she had initiated the rumours
Coup-Making in Venezuela: the Bush and Oil Factors.
By Karen Talbot. According
to an article in Proceso by Aram Ruben Aharonian (7), private investigations
revealed that one of the moves of the 48-hour coup leaders was "the
privatization of PDVSA, turning it over to a U.S. company linked
to President George Bush and the Spanish company Repsol; plus the
sale of CITGO, the U.S. subsidiary of PDVSA, to Gustavo Cisneros
and his partners in the north: as well as an end to the Venezuelan
government's exclusive subsoil rights."
of Me Cheered Too: The Western Left, Moral Universalism and Hatred.
By Sebastian Job. I
find myself thinking: 'Okay, I'll be the bunny'. In other words,
I volunteer to break with this compulsion to express the 'right'
reactions to the attacks and appear to be good. If I affirm the
necessity of such a gesture, one moreover that may further distress
the grieving, it is because the stakes are extremely high. Boxed
in as we are between homicidal adversaries and fearful publics,
just about the only weapon the rest of us have left is our will
to tell the truth. The pertinent aspect of my reaction was this:
a quiet but irrepressible sense of gleeful satisfaction.
Charming. By Israel
In order to understand the obscure charms of the Daughter of Zion,
we should remember that Uncle Sam is but a third lover of the plucky
girl. With Bush's predecessors, the British Empire in 1917-1922
and the Soviet Union in 1945-1949, we have an advantage of full
knowledge of sources and motives. The archive documents were aired,
published and analysed by better men, while we can just sum up the
fruits of their labour, and find out "what attracts them".
an ethnic minority. By Irina Malenko. Let’s
face it. My people are not used to being an ethnic minority. In
our own country we are an overwhelming majority of the population.
And even here, being abroad, in a country where many people have
told me that I was actually the very first Russian they personally
met, some of us are not willing or able to face this fact.
Global Transnational Ruling Class Requires Global Solidarity and
Resistance. By Dave Silver. We
can’t forget that there is a dialectical connection of class and
race. Of exploitation and oppression embodied in the slogan of workers
and oppressed unite. Institutionalized racism is used by the corporate
rulers to maintain and preserve a racist colonial world which makes
capital accumulation easier.
the Threat to National Security of Russia Statement
of the Central Committee Communist Party of the Russian Federation
25 May 2002. The
special services of USA and their allies penetrate freely all corners
of the country. They are trying to infiltrate their agents of influence
into power structures of Russia. Pro-American forces are openly
seeking control over the Foreign Ministry, the army and security
with Mary Kelly - a nurse from Cork, one of 2 Irish citizens who
witnessed first hand Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian
people.By Irina Malenko. It's
very hard to look at dead children, to see the horror in their starring
eyes, their long eyelashes, heads split open. One boy had a bag
on his lap - his brains were in it. All were dressed in poor clothes.
I ran out of there when I saw the coroner handle them roughly. I
could not accept that they could not feel anymore.
in Moscow. Clarification. By Oleg Shein. 26
participants were arrested, including the activists of the trade
union "Defense" Victor Petrov and Sergei Sychov. The arrested were
mostly workers, white-collar workers, and students, and included
an elderly female worker from Yaroslavl and journalists. Police
did not stop beating the arrested inside the police bus. Five persons
received heavy injuries, concussions and fractures.
a Firestorm Coming, Provoked by Bush.
By Robert Fisk.
In the United States, the Bush administration is busy terrorising
Americans. There will be nuclear attacks, bombs in high-rise apartment
blocks, on the Brooklyn bridge, men with exploding belts - note
how carefully the ruthless Palestinian war against Israeli colonisation
of the West Bank is being strapped to America's ever weirder "war
on terror" - and yet more aircraft suiciders. If you read the words
of President Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney and the ridiculous
national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, over the past three
days, you'll find they've issued more threats against Americans
than Mr bin Laden.
Brothers receive money from same sources that support hemisphere’s
worst terrorists. By Raisa Pages.AS
a U.S. soldier died in the faraway mountains of Afghanistan – while
supposedly fighting terrorism and having been sent by the person
who appropriated the leadership in the fight against that evil –
that same President George W. Bush was attending a banquet in Miami
with the hemisphere’s most notorious terrorists.
and "Anti-Semitism." By Alexander Cockburn. So
the left gets the rotten eggs and those tossing the eggs mostly
don't feel it necessary to concede that Israel is a racist state
whose obvious and provable intent is to continue to steal Palestinian
land, oppress Palestinians, herd them into smaller and smaller enclaves
and in all likelihood ultimately drive them into the sea or Lebanon
or Jordan or Dearborn or the space in Dallas/Fort Worth airport
between the third and fourth runways (the bold Armey plan).
does John Malkovich want to kill me? By Robert Fisk.
Take Jennifer Loewenstein, a human rights worker in Gaza – who is
herself Jewish and who wrote a condemnation of those who claim that
Palestinians are deliberately sacrificing their children. She swiftly
received the following e-mail: "BITCH. I can smell you from afar.
You are a bitch and you have Arab blood in you. Your mother is a
fucking Arab. At least, for God's sake, change your fucking name.
Last Action Heroes. By Israel Shamir. As a professional
journalist, I regret that this tense drama of siege, breakthrough,
diversion, relief, salvation, arrest, escape and confrontation at
Easter, in the shadow of the great church, the best stuff there
is, did not reach the mass audience of Europe and America, that
it was not broadcasted by all TV stations and reprinted by all newspapers.
But the regret does not diminish my joy, as one of the kids who
broke the siege was my own son.
Irish nurse is deported from
Israel. By Paul Cullen.
Ms Kelly was "very angry" at her treatment at the hands of the
Israeli forces, according to Ms Georgina Reeves, a spokeswoman for
the International Solidarity Movement, to which Ms Kelly belonged.
As the only nurse among the group, she provided medical assistance
to the wounded.
fascism and the Russian working class. A very short answer to an
extraterrestrial critic. By Alan Wood. So
what about fascism? The organisers of the demonstration began by
excluding the fascists (the so-called National Bolshevik Party)
who in the past participated on the May Day demonstration. At the
front of the Communist youth column, just where I was marching,
there was a large placard with the slogan: "DEATH TO FASCISM!" On
repeated occasions the demonstrators chanted: "Fascism shall not
Willing Executioners". By Edward Herman.
know what is being done to Palestinians on the West Bank, they have
long been able to read about the institutionalized torture of Palestinians
in their papers, and they are well aware of the character and scope
of the recent devastation and killings, yet despite significant
dissent they openly approve, vote brutalizing governments into power
and keep them there. Sharon's popularity has risen in the wake of
his "war" on the Palestinian refugee camps and cities. The prima
facie case is that the Israelis are more clearly "willing executioners"
than the Germans or Serbs.
Venezuela: The Lies Go On. By John Pilger. When
the conspirators made their move on April 12, the response of the
British media provided an object lesson in how censorship works
in "free" societies.
Downfall and the Future of Socialism. By Dave Silver.
A key and immediate task facing Leninists is to strengthen not only
the practical every day struggle against the Right, but equally
important to mount an ideological struggle against those who profess
to be Left or even Communist who have bought into the counter revolutionary
“new thinking” using Stalinism as a code word for their an anti-communism.
Dangerous Liaisons. By Israel Shamir. Professor
David D. Perlmutter wrote in LA Times: “I daydream--if only! If
in 1948, 1956, 1967 or 1973 Israel had acted just a bit like the
Third Reich, then today Israelis would shop, eat pizza, marry and
celebrate the holy days unmolested. And of course Jews, not sheiks,
would have that Gulf oil’.
Filmmaker's Eyewitness Account of the Venezuelan Coup d'Etat.
By Michael McCaughan.
"I arrived in the centre of town just as the shooting started,"
says Kim. "I filmed a while then took cover in a doorway. Whoever
was firing aimed directly at the crowd, which was pro-Chavez. I
filmed two dead bodies, both of them beside the podium set up to
rally Chavistas to defend the presidential palace.
has bought Turkey and paid its price". By Evren Madran.
Even the Kurdish
left who is looking forward to a U.S. solution in Iraq, joined the
leftist protests that blamed the American imperialism for what’s
been happening in Palestine. Thousands of people from the political
parties, labor unions and associations have gathered in the streets
of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and Adana to condemn the Israeli aggressiveness.
04.16. 02. Socialist
Cuba, the Hope of the Planet.
By Dave Silver.
Fidel said that Che “was totally opposed to
using and developing capitalist economic laws and categories in
building socialism.” Che advocated that the “building of socialism
and communism is not just a matter of producing and distributing
wealth but is also a matter of education and consciousness.”
Years of Shame. By Alexander Tarasov. The
"intellectuals" of the 1990s ... have discovered a hypocritical,
servile contempt for their own people--viewed as mere cattle. The
intellectual prostitutes and shopkeepers have adopted (as lackeys
and servants often do) the views and manners of their lords.
Invasion. By Israel Shamir. In the unfolding Palestinian
holocaust, PNA was forced to play a morally ambiguous, nay, impossible
part of Judenrat, the Jewish Authority, established by Germans in
the ghetto and camps of the occupied Europe.
Workers Want Ceausescu and the Communist Party of Romania Back.
By Tomas Mellen. In
November 1999, thousands of workers held a mass rally outside the
Palace of Culture (community buildings for working class entertainment
and education from the socialist era) in Iasi, hanging pictures
of the former Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu on the walls
and chanting "Ceausescu - PCR" (Romanian Communist Party). "During
his time, we used to have bread and jobs too. Now we are the laughing
stock of crooks, thieves and sellers of the country," the protesters
in Argentina. Buenos
Aires: The workers at the Brukman factory are expecting a POLICE
ATTACK on their factory sometime after next Tuesday. They are organizing
a march Tuesday morning to the Ministry of Labor at 9 am- The occupation
by workers and the production by the workers themselves represents
a threat to the very nature of capitalism.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Statement to the Broad U.S. Left.
By Dave Silver. We
in the belly of the beast must demand an immediate halt to all military
aid, the Right of Return of refugees who wish to do so, the dismantling
of all Settlements and compensation for destroyed homes, Jerusalem
as an international city and for massive international assistance
to rebuild and develop the economy where the leaders of a new Palestine
and not transnationals, I.M.F. or World Bank determines how, when
and where the assistance shall be used.
Irish Means They Are Guilty?
By Irina Malenko.
The US media were so outraged about 3 Irish Republicans visiting
FARC's zone that they accused then in all sorts of crimes without
any factual evidence. But what they are forgetting to mention, is
that over 60.000 Latin American officers, many of them - Colombians,
were trained in the US's very own military School of Americas (currently
Western Hemispheric Institute for Security and Co-operation, WHISC),
and that SOA graduates are "consistently linked to some of the worst
human rights atrocities" (NMC).
Party of Britain: Resolution 2 For popular sovereignty against imperialism
The past decade has seen a sharp and menacing shift in the character
of imperialism. Economically capitalism has moved into a serious
crisis of over-accumulation. Politically the imperialist powers,
led by the United States, have embarked on a dangerously predatory
and aggressive course that threatens the democracy of all countries.
for Palestine. By Israel Shamir. On
March 3, a Palestinian Rob Roy armed with an old, WWII – vintage
carbine, succeeded to lay low the whole troop of heavily armed Jews.
One after another, he shot the soldiers, and their officers, and
escaped unharmed. In one stroke, he erased the overblown myth of
Israeli military valiance. Never again the supporters of Israel
will sneer at Arab courage, never again they will tell stories of
shoes dropped in Sinai and Six Day War. He repeated the feat of
Karameh and returned the honour to Palestinians.
of a Different Kind. By Irina Malenko. “Sometime
in the 80s, when you had your perestroika, and it was just beginning,
Fidel said in one of his speeches that it might happen that there
would be no Soviet Union anymore, and that we should be prepared
to this possibility and to the situation where we would have to
continue our revolutionary struggle under the objectively new conditions.
To be honest with you, at that time we could not imagine that
the Soviet Union could possibly be no longer – how can it be that
there would be no Soviet Union?
Social Forum - Conclusions and Next Steps. By Dave
coming together in Porto Alegre of representatives of Indigenous
Peoples, workers, peasants, and intellectuals was an inspiring event
for national liberation struggles as well as against exploitation,
oppression and racism worldwide.
People's Republic of China: From Revolution and Communes to Counter
Revolution and Capitalism.
By Dave Silver. One
fifth of the world’s population, China, an essentially feudal society
for over 2000 years was victim of plunder, oppression and dominance
by colonialism and western imperialism on an unprecedented scale
until the middle of the 20th century. From the Chang and successive
Dynasties, Mongol invasions, Opium Wars with British and French
colonialism of the 19th century and the U.S. “Open Door Policy”
of plunder, to genocidal Japanese imperial domination and international
isolation until 1972 when US imperialism played its “China card”
to gain a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union.
Them Talk (The Cuban Diary, pt. 3). By Irina Malenko.
have invented a prevention vaccine against AIDS that is being tested
at the moment. But even after being tested, if successful, there
is very little chance that this vaccine will be allowed to enter
the world’s market: the US won’t allow this to happen.
and Nato. By Viacheslav Tetekin. Mr.
Robertson now comes to Russia without fear of being arrested and
sent to Belgrade to serve his prison sentence. NATO Information
Center, closed two years ago, has been reopened in Moscow. It is
not quite clear what is the purpose of the Center. The "democratic"
Russian press abounds with those keen to promote NATO's interests.
And they are substantially cheaper than Western-propaganda intelligence
officers serving in the Information Center.
of Women's Freedom. By Irina Malenko. It’s
up to us – to put the arrogant Uncle Sam back to his place where
he belongs. To express it in the language of his own intellectual
level, let him stick his “freedom” up his arse --his freedom to
rob, to oppress, to humiliate and to brainwash all of us.
02.16.02 Letter of the Slavic Union in Israel to the leaders of Russia, France, Germany, China and to the people of the US and the UK. As the threat of aggression against Iraq grows, we, members of one-million- strong Russian Community in Israel/Palestine, call upon you to stop the imminent bloodshed and save millions of innocent men and women from violent death.
Balkanizing the World What Empire Wants. By Nebojsa Malic. When the implausible proposal of exile for the Iraqi leader was floated ten days ago, Saddam Hussein must have thought of Slobodan Milosevic. His constant appeasement of U.S. demands, from Dayton to Kumanovo, only brought more demands and new sanctions, which did not stop even after he was taken to the Hague Inquisition in chains. Clearly, in Milosevic’s case, trusting the Empire proved his undoing. Unlike the Serbian people, Hussein seems to have realized that.
02.13.02 THE MOTHER OF ALL WAR SHOWS. From The Black Commentator. The Bush cabal devoutly believe they are at a Hiroshima-like juncture in history - that they have at their disposal the means to start the world over in an apocalyptic spasm of swift and terrifying violence.
Repressions against the workers' leader intensify
Governor Tuleev and his henchmen plan to get rid of Vladimir Vorobiev for good
DID YOU HELP THE REVOLUTIONARIES ARRESTED AND TORTURED IN UKRAINE?
01.31.03 Dear Jared Israel: Thoughts from an old friend
Let me make that clearer: You once stood for, almost alone in a surrounding whirlwind of reaction, truth and justice and the ultimately beautiful (indeed, nothing is greater in importance) resistance to imperialism, both it's hegemonic domination of our minds and their outright military colonisation of the Yugoslav people. For this reason, your continued descent has me distressed...
01.26.03 Enemy of the People and Right of Response. A Letter to Editor.
By Israel Shamir. An important Israeli right-wing newspaper Maariv published a very long (four A3 pages) article, Enemy Within, attacking me and spreading numerous lies (09.01.03, www.maariv.com ) Well, this is to be expected from a Zionist publication. However, the editor Mr Amnon Dankner refused to publish my response (below in English translation, Hebrew text available on Indymedia Israel). Please write to him (his email address firstname.lastname@example.org ) and demand to publish my response!
01.12.03. From the investigative team of Burtsev.ru:
IS LISA TAYLOR OF ISWOR A ZUBATOVIST AGENT-PROVOCATEUR?
By Tatiana Aparina
The secret police wants to know who we are, they use provocateurs, we call them Zubatovists (from Zubatovism). They want to find out who are the editors of Left.ru, who is Anton Baumgarten. Taylor acts like Zubatovist agent-provocateur. We believe that Taylor may work for the imperialists and Zionists. And we want to start an international investigation into her political connections, past and present.
01.12.03 POLITICAL PRISONERS; THE INTERSECTION OF CLASS AND RACE. By Dave Silver. Thanks to felony disenfranchisement laws in the U.S. and to racial disparities in the criminal justice system, a remarkable one and a half million African-Americans, or 13% of black men do not have the right to vote, which is approximately seven times the national average. The connection of resurgent U.S. imperialism and the prison craze is that the figurehead of imperial expansion George W. Bush, as governor of Texas came to oversee as Molly Ivins noted “the largest prison system on planet earth.”
01.03.03 POLITICAL ARRESTS IN UKRAINE Searches Produce Nothing. Brutal Tortures of Young Communists.The key event became the night storming of the apartment in Nikolaev. In the wee hours of the night a special unit, belonging either to the police or the state security, detonated the door to the rental apartment where at that time were staying Igor Danilov, Nina Polskikh, Oleg Alekseev, and Sergei Berdiugin.
10.17.02 On Degeneration of Workers' Leaders The Classical Case of Oleg Shein, the Deputy. By Shamil Borodobaev. Translated by Ya. Dakushev. When three years ago Oleg Shein had won in the race for the seat in the State Duma it was seen as a big victory for all those who stood to the left of CPRF. We all hoped that Shein would not only carry on the work begun by the previous left deputies Grigoriev and Avaliani, but that he would raise it to a new level of militancy. We can now say that our hopes have failed come true. And even worse.
06.29.02 Russian Labor Leader Murdered. The body of Yuri Smolentsev, who disappeared on June 15, has been found in a pond. Yuri Smolentsev was the Chairman of the independent trade union SOTSPROF at the Alumina Plant located in the city of Achinsk. He had a long record of organizing strikes and court actions on behalf of the Plant workers.
06.16.02 Part of Me Cheered Too: The Western Left, Moral Universalism and Hatred. By Sebastian Job. I find myself thinking: 'Okay, I'll be the bunny'. In other words, I volunteer to break with this compulsion to express the 'right' reactions to the attacks and appear to be good. If I affirm the necessity of such a gesture, one moreover that may further distress the grieving, it is because the stakes are extremely high. Boxed in as we are between homicidal adversaries and fearful publics, just about the only weapon the rest of us have left is our will to tell the truth. The pertinent aspect of my reaction was this: a quiet but irrepressible sense of gleeful satisfaction.
05.13.02 Communism, fascism and the Russian working class. A very short answer to an extraterrestrial critic. By Alan Wood. So what about fascism? The organisers of the demonstration began by excluding the fascists (the so-called National Bolshevik Party) who in the past participated on the May Day demonstration. At the front of the Communist youth column, just where I was marching, there was a large placard with the slogan: "DEATH TO FASCISM!" On repeated occasions the demonstrators chanted: "Fascism shall not pass!"
of a"sovok"? No, of a Soviet individual!
By Alexander Zinoviev Only
now do I realize that the whole undertaking of privatization was
actually aimed at the destruction of all collectives and of collectivism.
The organization of collectives and communes has been killed. It
is terrible that all of this occurred before my own eyes, and I
did not lift a finger to interfere with it.
is far away, Cuba is near…” By Irina Malenko.
Part 1: Till the Cock Crows Thrice in Havanna.
one is to believe Western propaganda, university professors including,
then, for example, Soviet women were working exclusively because
“their husbands could not afford to feed them”. It is virtually
impossible to argue with those who are brought up with such a primitive
vision of life and, of course, are judging everybody else by his
or her own standard. I am not even attempting to do that:
those who are born to crawl, as we say, cannot fly… On
the foto: Irina Malenko in Havana
02.23.02 The People's Republic of China: From Revolution and Communes to Counter Revolution and Capitalism. By Dave Silver. One fifth of the world’s population, China, an essentially feudal society for over 2000 years was victim of plunder, oppression and dominance by colonialism and western imperialism on an unprecedented scale until the middle of the 20th century. From the Chang and successive Dynasties, Mongol invasions, Opium Wars with British and French colonialism of the 19th century and the U.S. “Open Door Policy” of plunder, to genocidal Japanese imperial domination and international isolation until 1972 when US imperialism played its “China card” to gain a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union.
OUT OF LATVIA! The
ruling bourgeois-comprador elite of Latvia, even before entering
NATO, is doing its best to serve the interests of its imperialist
lords. With this purpose the government has approved the construction
of a radar station on Latvian territory. This will serve as part
of the air defense system of the aggressive imperialist bloc. The
construction of the radar station is planned to take place in a
populated area in the Rezeknenskii region. This would jeopardize
the life and health of the local population.
Care Crisis: A Contrast Between Cuba and USA. By Raisa
a statement issued last year, Dr. David Satcher, director of the
U.S. Public Health Service, reported that 37% of Hispanics and 25%
of the African-American population lack medical insurance. Dr. Satcher’s
report noted that the majority of cases concern poor workers who
do not receive insurance through their employers and do not qualify
for public assistance.
the World Hostage - Part I. By Karen Talbot.
According to one account of his speech as
reported on National Public Radio, Bush spoke of the new military
strategy allowing total management of the planet. He indicated
that any nation taking exception to that role and acts
on it, (not only in terrorist manner) will be met with force, "not
just comparative retaliatory force, but devastating force."
I Don't Like Gorby. By Irina Malenko.
… I remember Gorby's visit to Rotterdam where I lived
at that time. This once head of state was acting like some
sort of escort service offering himself for dinner for the rich
Western entrepreneurs. Among Russian emigre circles there were continuous
rumours that Mikhail Sergeevich was even entertaining them with
singing Russian folk songs accompanied by a guitar….
to Think. By Dr. Martin Conovan.In
recent years the majority of people have experienced an erosion
of their capacity for critical self-reflection - thinking. We are
all born with the ability to think, but our capacity to think, both
individually and collectively, has been progressively undermined
by an array of forces and agencies. A "world-view" is currently
being peddled which suggests it is perfectly reasonable to live
in a society of vast inequalities in wealth and power, and an ever-widening
gap between the rich and the poor. To challenge or question the
ways things are invites ridicule, marginalization and the labels
"awkward" and "dreamer".