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April 1917: How Lenin Rearmed Paul D'Amato

April 1917: How Lenin Rearmed

The intersection of theory and practice in the Russian Revolution
“Now one has to engage in excavations, as it were, in order to bring undistorted Marxism to the knowledge of the mass of the people.”
–Vladimir Lenin, State and Revolution
When Bolshevik Party leader Lenin returned from exile to Petrograd on April 3, 1917—scarcely more than a month after the February revolution that overthrew Russia’s autocracy—he delivered a speech to a gathering at Bolshevik headquarters, where, according to an eyewitness, N. N. Sukhanov, he declared: “We don’t need a parliamentary republic, we don’t need bourgeois democracy. We don’t need any government except the Soviet of workers’, soldiers’, and farm-laborers’ deputies!”1

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The Tallest Man in Ramallah By Michael Chabon


The Tallest Man in Ramallah
MICHAEL CHABON ROAMS THE WEST BANK WITH SAM BAHOUR
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The tallest man in Ramallah offered to give us a tour of his cage. We would not even have to leave our table at Rukab’s Ice Cream, on Rukab Street; all he needed to do was reach into his pocket.
At nearly two meters—six foot four—Sam Bahour might well have been the tallest man in the whole West Bank, but his cage was constructed so ingeniously that it could fit into a leather billfold.
“Now, what do I mean, ‘my cage’?” He spoke with emphatic patience, like a remedial math

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U.S. missiles won't liberate the Syrian people By : socialist worker editorial

U.S. missiles won't liberate the Syrian people

Anyone who cares about justice and peace needs to mobilize against the U.S. government's new escalation of the bloodshed and repression in the Middle East.
A Tomahawk Cruise missile launched from a U.S. Navy ship
THE TRUMP administration's April 7 missile strike targeting the Shayrat Syrian Arab Air Force base in Syria is a frightening escalation of a six-year-old conflict that has already had catastrophic consequences for the Syrian people.

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Marx: Hit and Myth

Alex Callinicos

Marx: Hit and Myth

(February 1999)


From Socialist Review, No.227, February 1999.
Copyright © 1999 Socialist Review.
Copied with thanks from REDS – Die Roten.
Marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Having been treated like a dead dog for most of the 1990s, Karl Marx is back in fashion. Over the past year or so commentators in establishment organs such as the Financial Times and the New Yorker have carried pieces affirming the relevance of Marx’s thought to the contemporary world. It is rare that a week passes without the economic pages of the Guardian making at least one reference to Marx’s critique of capitalism.
Indeed, as Bill Clinton famously put it, “it’s the economy, stupid” that explains the revival in Marx’s reputation. While world capitalism appeared to have triumphed in the first half of the 1990s, Marx was ignored. Now that the world economy is in increasingly deep trouble, his works are being dusted off again.
Yet there is in many ways less to this return to Marx than meets the eye. Despite the greater respect and attention with which he is now treated, the substance of his thought is still largely discounted. Thus the Guardian’s Victor Keegan wrote at the start of January that he’d like to have one of those One-2-One talks with Marx, but then went on to argue, “What would really have astonished Marx is the resilience of the market system, which seems to have survived yet another crisis.”

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Against Trump and Peña Nieto


Against Trump and Peña Nieto

Donald Trump signed an executive order on January 25 to begin immediate construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, repeating once again that Mexico would have to pay for it. Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a planned visit to the White House on January 31. After Trump's order, the Revolutionary Workers’ Party (PRT), the Mexican section of the Fourth International, published the following statement, translated into English for theInternational Viewpoint website.
Donald Trump meets with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (left) in 2016Donald Trump meets with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (left) in 2016
AFTER A dramatic increase in fuel, electricity and water prices throughout the country and a month of uninterrupted, massive protests across the country that have deepened the crisis of legitimacy--which is increasingly a political crisis--of Mexico's oligarchic regime, we are now beginning to see the first steps of the new, extreme right, xenophobic, macho, racist and anti-Mexican administration in the White House. This can only bring further complications, contradictions and possibilities of struggle to the Mexican political scene.

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Marx’s Ecological Notebooks by Kohei Saito

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Kohei Saito recently received a PhD in philosophy from Humboldt University, Berlin. In 2015 he was a guest researcher at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, where he helped edit Marx’s notebooks on natural science.
Karl Marx has long been criticized for his so-called ecological “Prometheanism”—an extreme commitment to industrialism, irrespective of natural limits. This view, supported even by a number of Marxists, such as Ted Benton and Michael Löwy, has become increasingly hard to accept after a series of careful and stimulating analyses of the ecological dimensions of Marx’s thought, elaborated in Monthly Review and elsewhere. The Prometheanism debate is not a mere philological issue, but a highly practical one, as capitalism faces environmental crises on a global scale, without any concrete solutions. Any such solutions will likely come from the various ecological movements emerging worldwide, some of which explicitly question the capitalist mode of production. Now more than ever, therefore, the rediscovery of a Marxian ecology is of great importance to the development of new forms of left strategy and struggle against global capitalism.

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YEAR ZERO

Wikileaks Releases Half A Million Diplomatic Cables From "Year Zero" Of The Modern Era
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Nov 28, 2016 12:53 PM

Coming on the sixth year anniversary of the infamous "Cablegate", when on this day in 2010 Wikileaks made global headlines when it unveiled classified cables sent to the US State Department, revealing assessments of countries and details of eavesdropping, this morning WikiLeaks released more than half a million US diplomatic cables from 1979, covering various diplomatic events and incidents such as the Iranian revolution, Osama bin Ladin's departure of his native Saudi Arabia for Pakistan to support the Mujahideen, the siege of Mecca, Saddam Hussein becoming president of Iraq and much more.