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Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls off march to avoid ‘chaos’
Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan has called off the ‘long march’ to the capital Islamabad fearing chaos and announced his party would resign from state assemblies in a new bid to push for early elections. “I have decided not to go to Islamabad because I know there will be havoc, and the loss will be to the country,” Khan said in his first public address in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital since an assassination attempt earlier this month.

J&K: Experts, Political Parties Flay ‘Clandestine Approach' to Add Outsiders in Voters’ List
A day after the final electoral rolls of Jammu and Kashmir were published, some experts and political parties on Saturday questioned the record addition of over 11 lakh voters to the list, saying it appears that authorities adopted a "clandestine approach" to add outsiders to the list. Out of the 11 lakh new voters, 3 lakh are first-time voters. Eight lakh new voters across different Assembly segments can change the total vote bank equilibrium in favour of the ruling party, political expert A N Sadhu said.

Project to ‘rewrite’ Indian history a milestone in 4 decades of RSS efforts
By asserting that it was it was time to focus on the “part of history (that) was intentionally suppressed” in a conspiratorial way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 25 virtually endorsed the Indian Council of Historical Research’s (ICHR) recent decision to launch a project to “rewrite” Indian history.
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Workers express outrage after federal judge rejects Will Lehman’s request for 30-day extension of UAW ballot deadline
US District Court Judge David Lawson issued a ruling on Wednesday dismissing a lawsuit brought by United Auto Workers presidential candidate Will Lehman to request a one-month extension of UAW election deadlines. The Mack Trucks worker had filed the lawsuit after it became apparent that thousands of workers either had not been informed of the election or had never received ballots.

United Furniture Industries laid off all 2,700 workers while they were sleeping
A big US furniture company this week fired all of its 2,700 employees while they were sleeping, telling them in texts and emails not to come to work the next day, according to reports. The mass firing on Tuesday by United Furniture Industries, which makes budget-friendly sofas and recliners for Simmons Upholstery, left thousands of employees including truck drivers and factory workers in North Carolina, Mississippi and California unemployed just two days before Thanksgiving.

Workers at Amazon’s largest air hub in the world push to form a union
Workers say they are dissatisfied with annual wage increases this year. About 400 of them have signed a petition to reinstate a premium hourly pay for Amazon’s peak season that hasn’t been enacted at the site yet. Their main demands also include a $30 an hour starting wage, 180 hours of paid time off and union representation at disciplinary hearings. “We have to operate a lot of heavy machinery, freight loaders, cargo tractors and things like that, and people aren’t paid any extra to do that work,” said Griffin Ritze, an air associate and ramp agent at the Amazon air hub, and a member of the organizing committee. “They just cross-train you in as many roles as possible and you’re constantly shuffledPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Thanks news anon


Democratic Socialists of America confront left-wing opposition to Biden by shifting further to the right
Jacobin editor Sunkara vaguely outlined the situation confronting the DSA in a February 15 Jacobin statement titled “The Left in Purgatory,” announcing the latest print edition of the magazine which features the same title.  In the statement, Sunkara writes, “Socialists in the United States are stuck. How do we become masters of our own fate?” Sunkara’s statement acknowledges growing disillusionment in figures he and Jacobin have consistently promoted. “There is no doubt that we’re at the end of a period of rapid politicization and settling into one of either gradual decline or slow advance,” he writes, adding, “The considerable talents of even national figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seem to be directed less toward confrontation with political and economic elites and more toward the terrain of cultural battles of late, destined to resonate most in ‘deep-blue’ districts.” Sunkara expresses his concern that the DSA has been unable to build support for its pro-Democratic Party politics in the working class: "We might feel more confident about the prospects for the Left if, rather than a momentary shift leftward in liberal economic priorities or the rhetoric of certain parts of the mainstream media, there had been deeper inroads made among workers. There have been rare exceptions, but on the whole, it would be delusional to say that our ideological left has made a decade of progress merging with a wider social base." He writes that “one year of marginality drifts into another” and concludes: “The question we may have to ask ourselves in the years to come is whether some of our actions could be hastening rather than reversing the process of class dealignment.”

COP27: More Loss and Damage Ahead
THE mild applause that greeted the Egyptian Chair gaveling through the Agreement reached at the end of COP27, after almost two full sleepless days of last-minute extensions, probably best captured the spirit at Sharm el-Sheikh. The delegates and all the observers were not just tired, they were simply relieved that the Summit was finally over, with some or other agreement. There were the usual claims of a successful COP by Post too long. Click here to view the full text.

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In capitalist states, rebellious sentiment is incorporated into the system with ease. Of course, the contradictions will eventually force unmasked use of violence, but until that point there is a decently wide span where opposition is tolerated because it reinforces the liberal notion of the status quo being the product of many years of the marketplace of ideas letting the best ideas float to the top.
Meanwhile, in socialism, you have as an example Poland pissing their pants and enacting martial law for around two years once some protesters started making some noise. Socialist states, justifiably in reaction to capitalists funding constant max-volume slander, seem to ignore the idea of letting opposition voices be folded into maintaining the state.
The idea seems to be that socialism is simply more honest about its suppression that capitalists also do, which is true, but surely having that feeling among the general public that they are "free" in subscribing to opposing ideologies or "free" to consume news from a "variety of sources" is something that socialism could benefit immensely from. Capitalists can say that the market is some outside force independent from the state that therefore cannot oppress others because only the state can limit freedom, how can socialists justify enacting their necessary boundaries with a similarly pacifying rhetoric?
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There was an attempt through national front goverments to potray the centrally planned system and the natural evolutions of the pre war capitalist system, thats how self proclaimed liberal and christian democratic parties justified their existance in the eastern block.


>In capitalist states, rebellious sentiment is incorporated into the system with ease.
As long as it doesn't actually changes anything? Sure. Also, capitalists don't like spending money on the state, so every time they come unprepared for the unrest - just look at what happened with BLM and Trump's supporters taking Capitol.


Unironically, multiparty democracy.

Single-party states have to be much more responsive to public opinion in order to legitimize their rule, making them much more vulnerable to protest and dissent than democracies. Multi-party systems are paradoxically much more stable because they can effectively ignore or recuperate dissident movements. The strength of capitalism is its ability to obscure and social relations via "the market." In a democracy, an opposition party can win an election, get into power, and then immediately break its promises, (somewhat rightfully) claiming that they are constrained by "international markets" and must continue impoverishing the working class. This effectively demoralizes opposition movements, or channels their energies into conservative parties which come to power in the next election (and the cycle continues).

The peoples of Eastern Europe screamed bloody murder in the 80s whenever communist governments attempted to increase productivity or discipline their workforces. A decade later their post-communist governments implemented brutal austerity/privatization regimes, and the people mostly accepted it - because they were seen as legitimate, democratically-elected governments responding to the inviolable will of international markets. If the Comecon nations had invited "socialist opposition" parties into power in democratic elections, and then made THEM confront the realities of late-1980s economic conditions, the USSR would probably still be around today.


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>you have as an example Poland pissing their pants and enacting martial law for around two years once some protesters started making some noise
Dude are either naive or disingenuous
The US has spent the majority of the XX century destroying workers movements inside the US and all around the world. Every single movement or group that was even remotely a risk to the system in the US got glowed and infiltrated, hell the communist party got outlawed in the 50s with the Communist Control Act
Every single even remotely leftist country in the world got sabotaged, sanctioned and glowed, in Europe, in Asia, in Latin America. Socialist countries got outright invaded and bombed into oblivion. The states that were successfully couped by the US enacted anti communist policies or just killed socialists en masse after taking power

Only AFTER every single movement that could represent some actual risk to them was effectively castrated and destroyed you were 'free' to be 'rebellious' because you are now nothing but a bunch of atomized people unable to do anything


Also worth noting that in multiparty systems people are far more likely to separate the ruling party from the state, i.e. it's easier to oppose the Democrats without opposing the United States, oppose the CDU without opposing the Federal Republic of Germany. In single party states the two become synonymous, and opposition to the current leadership becomes opposition to the state as a whole. Besides, the Soviet style system of faction bans simply doesn't work. Political factionalism is the product of opposed interests, aka social contradictions stemming from the division of labour. So long as such contradictions exist they will find political expression. It's better to allow these to play themselves out in the open where they can be monitored and more easily guided to a general compromise, otherwise they remain clandestine and take on conspiratorial tendencies. It's extremely important that the state be able to bend without breaking.
The success of bourgeois hegemony in the US stems to a large degree from the ability of its ruling class and their state apparatus to separate antagonistic from loyal opposition. Suppression of these radical elements doesn't work on its own, it has to be paired with incorporation of the moderates. Of course being the world's leading imperialist power helps a lot too, since a bigger pie means more people can be brought into the fold. Still, that only works with a judicious application of concessions and force to fracture the opposition and bring a considerable segment of it into the ruling hegemony.

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If superstructure is determined by base, why do socialist societies, capitalist societies, late feudal societies and even the ancient romans all have pretty similar rank systems? Military rank systems seem like they gradually evolved over history. No country today has substantively different rank systems either.(thread based on false premise and abandoned by OP)
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>you need redundancy inside a unit to account for casualties.

I'm not sure it works like that. Units get to the frontline, get used up, rotate out of the fight and into the rear, get reformed, rotata back to the frontline. For casualties you use reserves, not redundancies, and in case of commanders you have lower rank officers assuming control, and if no low rank officers left, sergeants take charge of units.


And in case of Soviets, command had commissars in them, who acted normally as advisors and shared commander's duties somewhat, and assumed control if normal commanders got incapacitated.

In companies, vice-whatevers also share command, as well as take on most of the lower level tasks. Militaries must have some similar logic to their ranks as well


Even though they are not, militaries in most societies are supposed to be separated from the state to an extent. Most people don't like the idea of military rule, and military type people tend to rule in a certain way. They are supposed to bend to the whim of whichsoever political party or group is in power, defending the nation and constitution and so on.

Because they are depoliticised in this way, there is no push towards democratisation, they function like any other corporate bureaucracy, head honcho to henchman, henchman to grunt.

Also, in order to execute military decisions effectively it is pretty necessary that there is one small decisive body.


> How on earth could the war be won by an army of this type?
spoilers it wasn't spoilers


>in case of commanders you have lower rank officers assuming control, and if no low rank officers left, sergeants take charge of units
Those are the redundancies Anon is talking about. In most Western militaries at least NCOs and officers usually are trained to fill the role immediately above them in case that person gets killed.

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Redpill me on the Caribbean. Are there any prominent left-wing movements there? Are any of them /our guys/ (besides Cuba, obviously)? Are the ones which are still part of the US, Britain, France, or the Netherlands going to become independent? Will the independent Caribbean countries unify?
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more cuba material



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>The US convincing everyone to support drag queens is… LE BAD
>The US convincing everyone to restructure their economies is… LE GOOD
Why are right-wing third-worlders like this?


5/10 "eh i mean it gave me a chuckle but I expect better these days"


Go away robot, put it in the Cuba general thread. The entire point of this thread is to talk about places that aren't as well-known as Cuba.

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The previous thread died (is full) for our sins. >>326202
Everything Russia related belongs here.
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Can we talk about the fact that whenever I eat Russian food I immediately vomit it out? It never happens to me with any other type of food, just only with Russian food.

Why is this? What makes it inherently so repulsive?

Please help.


just don't eat it, retard


yet another western lefttuber on Syomin's show


I just wonder who will be next?


I hate the Russian tendency to dub everything. Fuck


You hate the United States, don't you? I'm happy to tell you that there is a way to destroy Muttland. Buy all the US national reserves of silver and copper until the COMEX is completely bankrupt, this will weaken the US economy which indirectly will weaken the dollar and thus its military budget so you can make all the gay revolutions you want. Spread this to as many people as you can.
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>Wanna tear down the US government? Just follow these steps.
>Step 1: Spend eleventy gorillion dollars on…
Thanks OP. I will consider that when the opportunity arises.


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Come on bro use your fucking head. What do you think would happen in a scenario when it became burdensome to maintain some mandated amount of bullion reserves? They'll just get rid of it and life will continue. Like they've already done multiple times in history. Gold has no magical powers. Neither does silver.


>I'm happy to tell you that there is a way to destroy Muttland.

Yeah, support China.


Worth going for the copper then


I wasn't talking to you, I was talking to General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping.


Does anyone have any good sources on the successes and failures of socialist projects in Africa? Have there been any good attempts by socialists to elaborate on the history and particularly contradictions of socialism as it came about in post-colonial Africa?
What about the Soviet Union's relation to Socialism in Africa?

Any good reading you might have on hand would be appreciated. I want to try to get an understanding of socialism in Africa in particular, since it seems to be home to some of the most optimistic, and comedically poor moments in socialist history.
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>But is this a progression of the dialectic, or a reaction?


How does one even start studying Africa? I know absolutely nothing about it, it feels daunting


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I think Nkrumah is one of the most important figures and he contributed a lot to socialist and decolonial theory in his writings in his own right.


>CFA Franc


African history is really understudied. I would recommand Golden Rhinoceros from Fauvelle for a start. If you want a good book about cold war geopolitics there's also a few chapters on africa in global cold war from westad.

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>decorated Great Patriotic War hero
>expanded the socialist camp to its greatest historical extent
>put down counter-revolutionary revolts ruthlessly
>oversaw the golden age of Soviet prosperity
>put humanity into space
>made the USA shit their pants so hard that Kennedy wanted to make peace
Damn, it feels good to be a tankie. Am I really supposed to hate this guy just for making a little speech?
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lol, now compared China to India, or the USSR to Brazil (before the revolution Russia was as developed as Latin America), or the DPRK which was more heavily bombed than Japan in WW2 to any country in the developing world.

>In 2010, then WHO Director General Margaret Chan described North Korea’s healthcare system as “the envy of the developing world



>wanted to rehabilitate Stalin
no, he didn't, that's a meme
literally supported the results of the XXth congress

>made steps to repair relations with the People's Republic of China

the relations with PRC were even worse than under Khruschev


where are these from?


>the relations with PRC were even worse than under Khruschev
His speech in Tashkent was a positive step towards improving relations.



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But the Guardian coped again: The best path to peace are not intiating dialogues, but helping Ukraine to win this war

>Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 274 of the invasion
>Kyiv’s critical infrastructure hit by Russian rocket attacks; Ukraine to set up winter shelters
>U.S. is sending Ukraine $400 million in ammunition and generators
>Boris Johnson claims Germany favored Ukraine's defeat and France was in 'denial'
>At least six die in Ukraine as dozens of missiles target civilian infrastructure
>Russia-Ukraine war live: death toll rises after Russian strikes across Ukraine; European parliament ‘under cyber-attack’
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Please the suicide hotline is overworked as it is


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Greece is the last hold out against the Trans Menance!


>new thread
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>new thread
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france looks the same


Based. Infinite uygher genocide of all transphobe bugs.

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How does the world feel about the US's long term goal of "Prompt Global Strike" and why isn't it discussed more?

>U.S. Conventional Prompt Global Strike (2008, US National Academies Press)

<The Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) 2007 budget request included $127 million for the Conventional Trident Modification (CTM) program—specifically, for the conversion of two Trident II (D5) missiles on each of the U.S. Navy’s 12 deployed nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) from nuclear-armed to conventionally armed, to provide a conventional prompt global strike (CPGS) capability. For the purposes of this report, “conventional” is defined as non-nuclear, “prompt” is defined as striking within 1 hour of launch, and “global strike” is defined as the ability to strike anywhere in the world within meters of the target.

> Western Powers Back Neo-Nazi Coup in Ukraine by an EIR Research Team (2014)

<Western nations, led by the European Union and the Obama Administration, are backing an outright neo-Nazi regime-change coup in Ukraine. If the effort succeeds, the consequences will extend far beyond the borders of Ukraine and neighboring states. For Russia, such a coup would constitute a casus belli, coming as it does in the context of NATO missile defense expansion into Central Europe and the evolution of a U.S.NATO doctrine of Prompt Global Strike,” which presumes that the United States can launch a pre-emptive first strike against Russia and China and survive the retaliation. The events in Ukraine constitute a potential trigger for a global war that could rapidly and easily escalate to a thermonuclear war of extinction.

>Patriots Traitors and Empires by Stephan Gowans (2018)

<The Pentagon is also at work on non-nuclear WMD “approaching the level of strategic nuclear arms in their strike capability.”32 The new class of weapons, termed “’Prompt Global Strike’ could be fired from the United States and hit a target anywhere in less than an hour.” The new weapons would “give the president a non-nuclear option for, say, a … pre-emptive attack on … North Korea,” achieving the effects of a nuclear weapon without, it is hoped, “turning a conventional war into a nuclear one.”33
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i didn't say my opinion on whether it's the "better choice" because it's not a fucking choice. I just disagreed with that other anon (or is it you again?) when they said "America's state enemies cannot rule without the consent of the masses" because it is so fucking obvious to anyone with two braincells none of this is about protecting the "consent of the masses".






>US is using its massive technological advantage

Where's American supersonic missiles, mate? Even DPRK has them


American drone arsenal compares poorly to Chinese one. China's like 2 decades ahead of USA, and USA can only manage to throw money at the problem to produce more outdated junk

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