Reinventing Revolution Conference

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On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the Reinventing Revolution Conference will focus on radical traditions that were inspired by, extended, or challenged the legacies of the Bolsheviks in engagement with the struggles for decolonization. The conference will include two panels—“Decolonizing Revolution: Circuits of Knowledge, Struggle and Solidarity” and “What’s Left of the Left? Alternative Futures”—, an art talk "The Art of Decolonization", and a roundtable discussion, “Radical Imaginaries, Radical Feminisms: The Third World Revisited.” Discussants such as Pam

The October Revolution

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/08/2017 - 19:36
100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

 

Dear Friends,

A hundred years ago, yesterday, the people of the Tsarist empire overthrew a vacillating government to protect and extend their first revolution of February 1917. These men and women - such as those above - founded the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). This new state - a state of the workers and peasants - produced a new kind of possibility, that a socialist state could be created and that a socialist society might be possible.

I was in England last week to join in the commemoration of the events of 1917 held by the Marx Memorial Library and the Trades Union Congress

Africa + LeftWord's Blog

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:15
US government pledging $60 million to a southern Saharan military force

 

Dear Friends,

Following up on the story from the Sahel belt in Africa, where the 'War on Terror' appears to be ready to be ramped up with the US government pledging $60 million to a southern Saharan military force that has its specific aim to attack extremism. As far as my own reporting goes, the story is more complex. It is not clear, as a former US intelligence officer who had done his turn in the Sahel told me, that ISIS killed the four US soldiers. It is as likely that they were killed by smugglers. Nonetheless, rather than tackle the many real challenges that face the Sahel, the US an

England

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<England> Will be doing a series of events in England this week:

(1) London (November 2): Helping release Bhabanistan Bhabanistan's book - Hindu Fundamentalism and the Spirit of Capitalism in India - at Marx Memorial Library at 5pm on November 2.

(2) London (November 2): Speaking at Marx Memorial Library at 7pm on November 2 on 'The Russian Revolution, Imperialism and the Current Crisis', (https://www.marx-memorial-library.org/index.php…).

(3) Cambridge (November 3): Speaking at Cambridge University's King's College on February 3 from 5pm to 7pm at the Audit Room on 'The October Revolution

War on Africa and Devastation in Puerto Rico

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:51

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Dear Friends,

Just over a week ago, news broke that four US soldiers were killed in Niger. The attack against them took place near the border with Mali. There are conflicting reports from US authorities about the attacks,

The Russian Revolution in Latin America and the Global South

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Join us October 25 for this Facebook event commemorating the Russian Revolution and its impact on Latin America and the Global South, live onteleSUR English.

2017 marks 100 years since arguably one of the most important events in modern history: the Russian Revolution. 

Aside from being the first time in history that workers together with peasants and soldiers, lead by Lenin and the Bolsheviks, took power and revolutionized the entirety of Russian society, the revolution had major global implications; from threatening the European ruling class with the spread of revolt across the continent

The International Division of Humanity

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/19/2017 - 03:11

 

Wang Du - Medecine Interne
Photo Wang Du, 'Medecine interne' 2016

 

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, the forces of Chavismo won 17 out of 22 governorships in Venezuela. The signal this sends is important - it showed that the social forces behind the agenda of Chavismo - of Venezuelan socialism - have not been extinguished by the Right's concerted campaign and by the United States (with Trump putting his foot into the race - interfering directly in the elections of Venezuela, something that has the US political system aflutter with allegations of Russian interference). These social forces have also not been exhausted by the

The Day They Killed Nguyễn Văn Trỗi - Guest Post by Dmytriy Kovalevich

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:59
Nguyễn Văn Trỗi

 

On October 15, 1964, Nguyễn Văn Trỗi was executed by a ring squad.

Nguyễn Văn Trỗi (1940-1964) was a militant in the Việt Minh or the National Liberation Front (NLF). In 1963, the United States escalated its criminal war against the people of Vietnam. The policy of 'strategic hamlets' and 'carpet bombing' destroyed the Vietnamese countryside, but did not break the spirit of the people. Trỗi attempted to blow up a bridge and assassinate the United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and the US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. He was captured in the attempt.

Trỗi was sentenced to de

Contradictions: Fascism, Hurricanes, Wars

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:11
Demonstration in Delhi by Sudhanva

 

Dear Friends,

This week, in Kerala and in other parts of India, the Left went out on the streets to fend off a challenge from the fascistic forces - led by the RSS. The Hindu Right's government in Delhi attempted to create mischief in Left-led Kerala, but it was held back by the mobilization of the people. The Left, in this state of 34 million people, built a wall against hatred and intolerance. The picture above, which I love for a million and a half reasons, is taken by Sudhanva (the Managing Editor of LeftWord Books) and is from the demonstration in Delhi.

At Alternet, I have a short re

Divest from the War Machine Summit

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CODEPINK invites you to learn with us as we kick off a Divest from the War Machine campaign. Join us and a broad coalition of partner organizations for a day of examining the current state of the war machine (surprise- it’s thriving!) and learning the skills and knowledge necessary to use divestment as a tool to shine a critical light on the weapons producers that supply and profit from deadly hyper-militarism both at home and abroad. 

 

Speaker Vijay Prashad: 

Taking on the War Machine

4:00pm - 4:30pm, October 21, 2017

(October 21, 2017 at 9am - October 22, 2017)

 

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University o

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