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Dimitris Fasfalis: Russia: “empire abroad entails tyranny at home” (H. Arendt)

Current debates about Russia need to bear in mind H. Arendt’s appraisal of the politics of imperial projects : “Empire abroad entails tyranny at home”. The Russian intervention in Syria in all its barbarism would just be impossible were Russian “civil society” strong and dynamic. The emerging workers movement in the 1990s has been crushed Read more…

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Dimitris Fasfalis: Russian spectres

Amidst the ongoing conflict in Syria, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has become the name of a new dividing line within the Western lefts. On the one hand, we see numerous analysts and intellectuals criticize the mainstream media tendency to portray Russia as an international thug, an authoritarian regime and a threat to the liberal West. On the Read more…

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Sam Hitt: When Things Become Undone

In Obama’s wake dreams have become dystopias, liberating initiatives left in disrepair and new forms of subjugation and unfreedom loosened on the world. Like Carter before him, Obama was a reaction to the loathsome excesses of the Right; neither were creations of movements with deep social roots. And once again in defeat and dread we Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Ideology behind the extremist violence in Pakistan

The following article I published on 31 March 2016 after an Islamist bomber targeted innocent people in Lahore in March this year. I am posing it again because the mainstay of violence in Pakistan has roots in an ideology which gets all the nourishment and patronage for its abominable crimes. —– Ideology behind the extremist Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Happy New Year 2017

Nasir Khan, Dec. 31, 2016 Happy New Year to all our readers and friends! — Come, fill the cup, and in the fire of spring Your winter garment of repentance fling. The bird of time has but a little way To flutter – and the bird is on the wing. — Omar Khayyam

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Nasir Khan: On the unity of workers for a socialist world order

 Nasir Khan, December 27, 2016 When the workers of all countries unite for the common cause of a creating a society where the capitalists and owners of the means of production do not control the lives and destinies of the 99% of human beings in the world, any such unity in Marxist thought is known Read more…

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Sam Hitt: Restless Despair

The task of the Left now is to stake out opportunities for radical thought and action in the essentially hopeless conditions of the present. And to frame this struggle not as a reaction to the traumatic rise of the populous Right but within the context of present suffering where domination, cruelty and inhumanity repeat and Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: On forgetting

i. witness the word in extinction as it tries to catch flame     but there is no past as you try to forget    but there is no hint of yearn to climb out of the past as you try to forget   and the word it catches a sorry flame  a flight a plight of memory       the rot will address you with Read more…

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Nasir Khan: What is the meaning of sword on the Saudi flag?

Nasir Khan, December 22, 2016 On the Saudi flag is the Islamic confession of faith, which in English reads, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his preophet”. But what is the sword doing here under this text? A sword is not made to cut vegetables or grass but to fight with and Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Scandal of Vast Inequality in Retirement Pay

  Cato the Elder, a Roman senator and historian, once remarked:  “Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.”  For centuries, retirees have been aware of this unfortunate fact, which led them to demand and, in many cases, secure old age pensions to help provide financial security during their “golden years.”  But as Read more…

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