Russian Anti-Fascists Imprisoned. Defend our Comrades!

Andrew Coates reports at Tendance Coatesy: You can support the “network” case defendants by sending them solidarity messages, donating to the support campaign, and spreading the word about the case. See the Rupression site for details The BBC reports: Russia jails members of ‘non-existent’ terror group Set Seven Russian anarchists and anti-fascist activists have been handed lengthy jail … Continue reading Russian Anti-Fascists Imprisoned. Defend our Comrades!

CounterVortex podcast: against the global detention state

By Bill Weinberg (at CounterVortex) In Episode 45 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg notes with alarm the rapid consolidation of a global detention state, extending across borders and rival power blocs. In the United States, Trump moves toward indefinite detention of undocumented migrants, with horrific rights abuses widespread in the fast-expanding camp system. In … Continue reading CounterVortex podcast: against the global detention state

A lazy day in the office for Steve Sweeney

Above: White Helmets in action Life isn’t always easy for Steve Sweeney, International Editor of the Morning Star. Earlier this year he was detained and interrogated by Turkish police when he landed at an Istanbul airport. Thoughts of what had happened to Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate six months before in the same city … Continue reading A lazy day in the office for Steve Sweeney

What’s going on in Syria? A summary of some of the issues of the last two years

Republished (with permission) from BobFromBrockley: This post links to a few important pieces about Syria written over the last year which I have had open in my tabs. First, I wrote the following two paragraphs at the very end of 2017, as part of a post I never finished, and they are still as true … Continue reading What’s going on in Syria? A summary of some of the issues of the last two years

Putin, liberalism and the left

Socialists seek to go beyond liberalism, not regress from it By Colin Foster In September 1847, before they had even written the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels declared: “If a certain section of German socialists has continually blustered against the liberal bourgeoisie, and has done so, in a manner which has benefited nobody … Continue reading Putin, liberalism and the left

‘Russiagate’, Syria and the left

This is a cross-post, also appearing at BobFromBrockley, CounterVortex and AntidoteZine. It is an important text which we're pleased to publish here -- JD By Terry Burke The last major national protest in the US was "Families Belong Together" in June 2018. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country demonstrated against the Trump administration's policy of … Continue reading ‘Russiagate’, Syria and the left

Paul Mason’s vision of a new, humanist politics

Matt Kinsella reviews Paul Mason's new book: Paul Mason’s latest book, Clear Bright Future, is written as a defence of humanism and human-centred politics, against the resurgent threat of the far-right, from Trump to Bolsonaro, Le Pen to Salvini. The title is a reference to Leon Trotsky’s testament. Mason entreats us to fight “all evil, oppression, … Continue reading Paul Mason’s vision of a new, humanist politics