Calls by Western Socialists for a Russian Retreat from Ukraine Amount to De Facto Support for NATO Aggression

22 May 2022 — Internationalist 360°

Roger Annis

On May 11, the online news journal Mediapart in France interviewed Olivier Besancenot following his recent return from a fact-finding mission to Ukraine. The interview was translated into English and published in a French Trotskyist journal that publishes in English and French.

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A Lemming Leading the Lemmings: Slavoj Zizek and the Terminal Collapse of the Anti-War Left 

New Bill That Passed House Reinvokes Old Russian Bogeyman as Pretext For More U.S. Intervention in Africa

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Richard S. Dunn

Map warns of growing Russian influence in Africa—shades of the Cold War. [Source: vifindia.org]

Liberal Democrats shamefully all voted for the “Countering Malign Russian Influence Activities in Africa” Act—seems like relic from bygone era

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As imperialism’s spoils dry up, the imperial center & its “left” further embrace fantasy

Friday, 10 June 2022 — See You in 2020

The core imperialist countries are being confronted with the reality that when you build an entire civilization off of theft from other civilizations, your society can’t sustain itself. It goes straight from its rise, made possible by parasitic extraction and the destruction of numerous cultures, to collapse, where the global structure it depends on falls apart and the core descends into chaos. The main reason the U.S. became the most powerful empire in history was because of World War II, which wiped out tens of millions of lives and in the process created a power vacuum where Washington had no capitalist competitors. Then China, Korea, and Vietnam beat back the empire’s counterrevolutionary aggressions, starting off a spiral of decline which has only been accelerating.

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By endangering the petrodollar, Ukraine conflict brings multipolar world & U.S. revolution far closer

Monday, 6 June 2022 — See You in 2020

The U.S. empire’s social stability can no longer rely on buying off the workers within its own borders. When Che Guevara observed that international worker solidarity gets undermined by the proletarians in the core imperialist countries receiving special benefits compared to the proletarians in the exploited countries, he was right. But with the contraction of capital, and the consequential introduction of neoliberalism to keep capital afloat, this has changed. Every year, the masses within the United States face conditions that are more like the ones in the Global South. The global wealth gap is still the primary wealth gap in a macro sense, but this widening of the U.S. empire’s internal inequality represents a contradiction which can bring about the empire’s defeat from within. And therefore a major step towards eliminating the global gap.

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The Depravity of the Armchair Communists

Sunday, 22 May, 2022 — The Saker

By Kahlil Wall-Johnson for the Saker Blog

The inter-imperialist camp, as it has been called, has dedicated itself to painting the Ukraine conflict strictly in terms of inter-imperialist struggle. In their dedication to this interpretation, they have committed to a series of surprisingly extravagant claims, some of which I intend to gather here and hold up to the light. However, it is this camp’s total lack of scruples, specifically when it comes to their sources, that has compelled me to object. Having said this, I find it necessary to reassure the reader that what follows is not (unlike the pieces being critiqued) a rant on how we ought to interpret Lenin’s Imperialism, or even really an attempt to engage with theory. Nor is it a detailed comparison of the role of the US and Russia in the world-system. There is no need to repeat the many articles which have rebutted these claims and contrasted the specific nature of US imperialism to Chinese or Russian foreign policy and trade. Rather, what I am trying to scrape at here is their lazy and offensive attitude towards their sources; an attitude that is repeatedly criticized by the very authors they cite!

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Has globalisation ended?

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

michael roberts

Apart from inflation and war, what grips current economic thought is the apparent failure of what mainstream economics likes to call ‘globalisation’.  What mainstream economics means by globalisation is the expansion of trade and capital flows freely across borders.  In 2000, the IMF identified four basic aspects of globalisation: trade and transactionscapital and investment movements, migration and movement of people, and the dissemination of knowledge.  All these components apparently took off from the early 1980s as part of the ‘neoliberal’ reversal of previous national macro-management policies adopted by governments in the environment of the Bretton Woods world economic order (ie US hegemony).  Then the call was to break down tariff barriers, quotas and other trade restrictions and allow the multi-nationals to trade ‘freely’ and to switch their investments abroad to cheap labour areas to boost profitability.  This would lead to global expansion and harmonious development of the productive forces and resources of the world, it was claimed.

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What is propelling the U.S. into increasing international military aggression?

Sunday, 24 April 2022 — MROnline

| Thick smoke billows from the Azov steel plant on April 20 2022 | MR OnlineThick smoke billows from the Azov steel plant on April 20, 2022. Photo credit: Guancha.

by John Ross

This article by John Ross (Luo Siyin) was also published in slightly edited form in Guancha as “It’s pointless to count on American ‘kindness’.”

Introduction

The international escalation of U.S. military aggression over a period of more than two decades is clear. However, even within that framework, the events leading to the Ukraine war represent a new qualitative step in this U.S. military policy. Before the Ukraine war, the U.S. carried out military confrontations only against developing countries which had far weaker armed forces than the U.S. and which did not possess nuclear weapons. In chronological order these major U.S. aggressive military actions against developing countries were:
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John Pilger: War in Europe and the Rise of Raw Propaganda

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — MintPress News

Zelensky

The war hysteria that has rolled in like a tidal wave in recent weeks and months is the most striking example. Known by its jargon, “shaping the narrative,” much if not most of it is pure propaganda.

By John Pilger 

Marshall McLuhan’s prophecy that “the successor to politics will be propaganda” has happened.  Raw propaganda is now the rule in Western democracies, especially the US and Britain.

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The US Government Truly Believes The Entire Planet Is Its Property

Monday, 14 February 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

Listen to a reading of this article:

The Wall Street Journal has an article out titled “U.S. Aims to Thwart China’s Plan for Atlantic Base in Africa“, subtitled “An American delegation wants to convince Equatorial Guinea against giving Beijing a launchpad in waters the U.S. considers its backyard.”

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Thoughts on West’s planned Ukraine provocation (no, not “Russian invasion”)

Monday, 14 February 2022 — In Gaza

by Eva Bartlett

BREAKING: Lugansk statement: “Units of the 79th assault airborne brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces are getting prepared for the deployment as a tactical assault force into the Lugansk People’s republic”

— ASB News / MILITARY〽 (@ASBMilitary) February 13, 2022

“Commander of the United Forces Operation (Kiev’s armed operation in Donbass) Alexander Pavlyuk has arrived in the settlement of Voitovo to check the combat readiness of the 1st battalion.” https://t.co/V0kXVjW1eq

— ASB News / MILITARY〽 (@ASBMilitary) February 13, 2022

The clownish diplomats (and media) in the West have been gunning heavily for Russia-Ukraine war recently. As per their usual, their claims are pure fabrications with zero evidence whatsoever. Just hot air. And as per usual, when challenged to substantiate their claims, they stutter and talk in circles, hoping the questions will stop.

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“Summit for Democracy” and the Empire’s New Weapons

19 December 2021 — Internationalist 360°

William Serafino

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On December 9 and 10, the so-called “Summit for Democracy” took place, an online event sponsored by the Biden administration as part of a new attempt to revive the global hegemony of the empire, weakened for several years now by a polycentric architecture of international actors of different sizes, influence and geopolitical scope, with China and Russia at the forefront, which has brought about the definitive collapse of the era of US unipolar dominance.

“Summit for Democracy” – Enhancing Empire, Not Defending “Democracy”

2 December, 2021 — New Atlas

(Brian Berletic – NEO) – The very first “Summit for Democracy” will be held in early December 2021. Organized by the United States, it will include “leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector,” all unilaterally picked by the United States who, by implication, has unilaterally declared itself arbiter of which nations are deemed “democratic” and by process of counting the uninvited, those deemed “undemocratic.”

US-sponsored opposition movements in nations left uninvited took the opportunity to portray the summit as validation for some and a “slap in the face” to others.

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Churchill & British Imperialism

18 October 2021 — Economics of Imperialism 

Even patriotic Brits know that their hero Winston Churchill did not win World War 2 or fly a Spitfire. What they, and others, may not know is how his statements often shed a clear light on British imperialism. From Britain’s reliance on colonies, to the political rationale for giving the working class some welfare services, Churchill’s rhetorical flourishes in speeches, newspaper articles, and deliberations with his peers, illuminate things all too often absent from contemporary political consciousness.

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‘Left problem’ is not cozying up to bad guys but supporting imperialism

28 October 2021 — Yves Engler

The Breach article photo

Left media should explore a wide range of critical ideas. But it should try to avoid ‘punching down’ too often.

Recently new left outlet The Breach published a long interview with Columbia University PhD student Barnaby Raine “on the resurgence of ‘tankie’ and ‘campist’ politics” titled “Is the enemy of my enemy my friend?”

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The Emerging Totalitarian Dystopia: An Interview with Professor Mattias Desmet

12 October 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Editorial Comment: In addition to the following interview, I highly recommend the recent interview conducted by Max Blumenthal, “Foreign Agents #10 – Covid and Mass Hypnosis w/Dr. Mattias Desmet


Few phenomena have had a profound impact on a global level as quickly as the current corona outbreak. In no time, human life has been completely reorganised. I asked Mattias Desmet, Psychotherapist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ghent University, how this is possible, what the consequences are, and what we can expect in the future.
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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-24

5 October 2021 — Indian Punchline

Sir Simon Gass, British Prime Minister’s representative on Afghanistan, seated second from left, with Taliban Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, Kabul, October 5, 2021.

24. UK fires the first shot in the New Great Game

While India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is doing a masterly job to canvass support for the Biden Administration’s project to delay any constructive engagement with the Taliban Government in Kabul by the international community until Washington gets its act together, on a parallel track, the Anglo-American axis has been working systematically to re-engage the Taliban. read more

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How the US Government Stokes Racial Tensions in Cuba and Around the World

10 September 2021 — MintPress News

BLM for Thee, but Not for Me

In Washington’s eyes, the point of funding Black, indigenous, LGBT or other minority groups in enemy countries is not simply to promote tensions there; it is also to create a narrative that will help convince liberals and leftists in the United States to support American intervention.

by Alan Macleod

Cuba Black Lives Matter Feature photo

BLM for Thee, but Not for Me

HAVANA — “A Black uprising is shaking Cuba’s Communist regime,” read The Washington Post’s headline on the recent unrest on the Caribbean island. “Afro-Cubans Come Out In Droves To Protest Government,” wrote NPR. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal went with “Cuba’s Black Communities Bear the Brunt of Regime’s Crackdown” as a title.

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We Can No Longer Avoid Raising the Contradiction of the Western Imperial Left’s Collaboration with the Western Bourgeoisie

1 September 2021 — Black Agenda Report

We Can No Longer Avoid Raising the Contradiction of the Western Imperial Left’s Collaboration with the Western Bourgeoisie

As the Western left has become more aligned with their imperialist bourgeoisie in the destabilization of the Global South, the radical Black tradition provides a clear approach to “turn imperialist wars into wars against imperialism.”

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