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/leftypedia/

Leftypedia lived - Leftypedia lives - Leftypedia will live!

Greetings, comrades. Leftypedia, the radical encyclopedia, should be back in a usable state. We have more moderators, which will help with spam from now on, and images are slowly being repopulated for your viewing pleasure. The new domain has been up and running for a while at https://wiki.leftypol.org, and we've imported the vast majority of content that was on the old site while adding a lot of new stuff. I hope that Anons can come back and fill in any content that was lost.

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/ukraine/ - Russia-Ukraine war general #174: FIRE THE ALUNYA MISSILE Edition

Remember!!: R.I.P. Turtle Tank

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Evidence of the influence and origin of neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine
https://archive.ph/44B9Q
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323637
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323658
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323663
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323688
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323729
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323733
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323731
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323735
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323740

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ALWAYS APPROACH SOURCES CRITICALLY

Live maps and updates
DeepStateMap: https://deepstatemap.live
Events in Ukraine: https://eventsinukraine.substack.com/
SouthFront: https://southfront.org/category/all-articles/world/europe/ukraine/

Watch Together
📺 News/events: https://tv.leftypol.org/r/HappeningsviaKlash
📺 Hangout/chill: https://tv.leftypol.org/r/bloodcast

Watch By Yourself
>Video Essays / Historical Background
📺 Ukraine: The Avoidable War - Boy Boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL4eNy4FCs8

📺 America, Russia, and Ukraine's Far Right - Gravel Institute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0pyVJG7_6Q (Link TBA)

📺 Crimea vs Taiwan: Who Gets Self-Determination? - BadEmpanada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W_UH4fmyj0

📺 The Nature of Putin's Russia and Its Causes (3-Part Series) - 1Dime
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8d6Vzi7zYg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zODWTfMwFGw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZN1KK9Mzuo

<Current Happenings

📺 The Grayzone: https://www.youtube.com/@thegrayzone7996
📺 DDGeopolitics: https://www.youtube.com/@DDGeopolitics
📺 Defense Politics Asia: https://www.youtube.com/@DefensePoliticsAsia
📺 The Duran: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdeMVChrumySxV9N1w0Au-w
📺 The News Atlas: https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewatlas
📺 Military Summary: https://www.youtube.com/@militarysummary

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>Twitter
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Thread guidelines:
• Please remember to add a spoiler to NSFW and extreme content such as graphic violence and gore.
• Try your best to not derail discussion too much from the main events and relevant places where the war is taken place, as well as other happenings, groups and public figures related to it.
• Meta discussion of the historical, philosophical and ideological background of the war is fine as long as its done in good faith and comradely.
• In the event the meta discussion overstays its welcome, participating users will be referred to take the conversation to the MULTIPOLARISM general thread: >>>/leftypol/1590991
• Quality shitposting and original content is encouraged! Spamming glowie memes is low effort.
• Remember to take your meds! It helps mediate schizoposting and foot fetishism
• this is /isg/ for people who treat geopolitics like shitty map games
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/isg/ - Internet Spectacle General

A thread focused on discussing the parasocial relationships cultivated by the Almighty Algorithm to generate profit off of our atomization and society's commodification of petty internet drama.
Brace through the hyper-real lacanian void together with the Leftypol Twitter account:
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Reminder That None of This Is Real!
ɢʀᴀʙ ᴀ ᴘᴀɪʀ ᴏꜰ sᴘᴇᴄᴛᴀᴄʟᴇs

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CORE THEORY
>The Society of the Spectacle (1967) by Guy Debord
📖 • https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/debord/society.htm
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0blWjssVoUQ

<The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936) by Walter Benjamin

📖 • https://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/ge/benjamin.htm
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blq9sCIyXgA

>The Culture Industry from Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944) by Theodore Adorno & Max Horkheimer

📓 • https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/adorno/1944/culture-industry.htm
📖 • https://libcom.org/article/dialectic-enlightenment-philosophical-fragments-theodor-adorno-and-marx-horkheimer
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hSLdd8R8mY

<One-Dimensional Man (1964) by Herbert Marcuse

📖 • https://libcom.org/article/one-dimensional-man-studies-ideology-advanced-industrial-society-herbert-marcuse
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZCoLbEkAqs

>Discipline and Punish (1975) by Michel Foucault

📖 • https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/michel-foucault-discipline-and-punishment
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFbywfzu-jI

<Simulacra and Simulation (1981) by Jean Baudrillard

📖 • https://libgen.is/book/index.php?md5=DBF3E860993373223D72E98FADF0F2DC
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yxg2_6_YLs

>Manufacturing Consent (1988) by Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky

📖 • https://libcom.org/article/manufacturing-consent-political-economy-mass-media-noam-chomsky-and-edward-s-herman
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34LGPIXvU5M

<The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989) by Slavoj Zizek

📖 • https://libgen.is/book/index.php?md5=054E022C8BD24EE2C5595B575BCED7DC
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtIckkHsUQ4

>Postscript on the Societies of Control (1990) by Gilles Deleuze

📖 • https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/gilles-deleuze-postscript-on-the-societies-of-control
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu4Cq_-bLlY

<Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991) by Fredric Jameson

📖 • https://libgen.is/book/index.php?md5=5BD20E0E22FC8BC2CB4F8A7760D57027
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RtV0oO8Pmg

>Spectres of Marx (1993) by Jacques Derrida

📖 • https://libcom.org/library/specters-marx-jacques-derrida
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJr0NwXWb6Q

<Capitalist Realism (2009) by Mark Fisher

📖 • https://libcom.org/article/capitalist-realism-mark-fisher
📺 • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cb5XJH4NMI

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SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL

>Precursor Material to Post-modernity and Critical Theory

📖 • Karl Marx - Book 1, Chapter 4 of Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (1844)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/labour.htm
📺 • Why Marx Was Right: Alienation - PlasticPills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPRxxN4Kh30

📖 • Antonio Gramsci - Book 1, Chapter 1 of Selections from the Prison Notebooks (1929)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/gramsci/prison_notebooks/problems/intellectuals.htm
📺 • Hegemony: WTF? An introduction to Gramsci and cultural hegemony - Tom Nicholas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LI_2-qsovo

📖 • Louis Althusser - Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (1970)
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/althusser/1970/ideology.htm
📺 • Althusser's Concept of Ideology: A Discussion with Anthony Gavin - Acid Horizon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtOqXxkKwvw

<On Neo-Liberalism and Post-Fordism

[Work in progress]

>Documentaries

The Society of the Spectacle (1974) by Guy Debord
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjF6I6SYjgA

Manufacturing Consent (1992) by Mark Achbar & Peter Wintonick, with Noam Chomsky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li2m3rvsO0I

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006) and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012) by Sophie Fiennes, with Slavoj Zizek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYuI4SFw4g0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBcFLmu_tlc

HyperNormalisation (2006) by Adam Curtis
https://youtu.be/thLgkQBFTPw


<Easy-Bake Breadtube (for absolute beginners)

We're All Fake Now - Wisecrack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTW1mPOJJ_Y

Are Cell Phones Replacing Reality? - PBS Idea Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AXIAM7dTTg

The Cultural Significance of Cyberpunk - Cuck Philosophy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvor7hhDKTs

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RECOMMENDED OP-EDS
I Don’t Want to Be an Internet Person by Ginevra Davis
https://www.palladiummag.com/2022/11/04/i-do-not-want-to-be-an-internet-person/

Pluralistic: Tiktok's enshittification by Cory Doctorow
https://pluralistic.net/2023/01/21/potemkin-ai/#hey-guys

Facebook's Threads is so depressing by Jason O. Gilbert
https://jogblog.substack.com/p/facebooks-threads-is-so-depressing
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Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #81: 10% off at your local US-made prostetic legs store edition

🇵🇸 PREVIOUSLY ON THE HOLY LAND 🇵🇸
>>>/leftypol/1826255


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🚨 Live Happenings/Updates 🚨

• Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/8/israels-war-on-gaza-live-60000-pregnant-women-face-malnutrition-in-gaza

• Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

• The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

• Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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WIKI
Our own wiki. Be sure to add to it and create branching articles:
https://wiki.leftypol.org/wiki/2023_Israel–Gaza_war

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🗣️ RECOMMENDED SITES ✍️

https://electronicintifada.net
From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

https://mondoweiss.net/
From the USA

https://new.thecradle.co/
Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/blogs/
Known anti-zionist academic Norman Finkelstein's blog

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💣🔫 RESISTANCE 💣🔫

al-Qassam Brigades
https://en.alqassam.ps/

PFLP
http://pflp.ps/

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📺 WATCH TOGETHER 📺

https://tv.leftypol.org/r/happeningsviaklash

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✊🪧 TAKE ACTION AND TOUCH GRASS 🏴🔥

(USA)
https://www.answercoalition.org/join_a_protest_near_you_free_palestine
(UK+USA)
https://www.palestineaction.org/

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HIDE JIDF POSTS, IGNORE GLOWIE BAIT, DO NOT REPLY TO MOSSAD POSTERS
(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
يا عمال العالم ويا شعوبه المضطهدة، اتحدوا!
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Quo Vadis Zionism?

Some of the nations that are most likely to be reestablished as de facto a second Israel because:
A. The og Israel (thankfully) cannot survive without genociding millions of people and potentially starting WW3 and as leftists we should ponder realistic solutions instead of just posting Billions Must Die;
B. There is no way Israelis and Palestinians can live peacefully in the same country. This isn't just idealistic demands about the Right to Return; the harsh facts is if the Zionists do not move to another country there would be endless civil wars in the Levant
Some of the top candidate nations
1. Austria
Tbh giving citizenship to some 6 million Israelis is probably the least they can do considering they started this whole mess in the first place.
2. Rwanda
They're already establishing themselves as the go-to destination for immigrants anyway, and with all these militant settlers Kagame can conquer all of Congo in just two weeks
3. Japan
Japan lost like half a million people every year so having all these people would revitalize their economy. Besides lots of Japanese esoteric nationalists love Judaism
4. America
There are so, so many empty arable lands in the US that are hoarded for the sole purpose of property speculation. The US can relocate the entirety of Israel AND Palestine to these lands and literally nobidy would fucking notice. Also the least they can do for making this conflict 100x more brutal than it should've been
5. That one Jewish oblast in Russia.
Self evident
Feel free to contribute if you have a better candidate in mind
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Pan-Arabism vs Socialism

Do you know Salah Jadid?
He was a Ba'athist Arab nationalist turned far-left socialist who ruled Syria for a relatively short period before being overthrown by Assad senior in a coup.
Unlike his Ba'athist contemporaries Jadid believed in class struggle, implemented radical leftist policies, assigned communists to high positions in his government, pursued close relations with the CPSU, shifted the party line from Arab nationalism to explicitly revolutionary anti-capitalist stand treating pan-Arabism as merely a means to an end (that is socialism) rather than an end itself.
After his overthrow Assad started reversing many of his policies, liberalizing the country while cracking down on leftist opposition.

Assad Senior was an absolute buffon who wasn't committed to the Palestinian cause or socialism as he criticised Jadid for his support of Palestinians during their revolt against the Jordanian monarchy, gave the Golan on a silver platter to Israelis, funded counter revolutionaries in the Lebanese civil war, supported an expansionist theocracy in his sectarian scuffles, made a deal with the US to occupy Lebanon in exchange of supporting the Gulf War, started neoliberalizing Syria's economy in the 90s.

The only other head of state that was to the left of secular pan-Arabism is Iraq's Qasim, he to was overthrown by nationalists. As a leftist MENAoid I believe Arab nationalism has been a net negative for our region. It is a revisionist (historically and ideologically), colonial, reactionary ideology that had been used primarily to suppress class consciousness and recuperate socialism and revolution to serve bourgeois interests.
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/USApol/

🗽United States Politics🦅

Absolute State of America Edition

Thread for the hellish discussion related to the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the Earth.

🏈💵💸🍔

State mandated propaganda livestreams:
CNN: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/cnn-news-usa.html
MSNBC: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/msnbc.html
FOX: https://www.livenewsnow.com/american/fox-news-channel.html
Bloomberg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp8PhLsUcFEegalitarianism
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>it was reported that early on in his imprisonment Kaczynski had befriended Ramzi Yousef and Timothy McVeigh, the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing, respectively. The trio discussed religion and politics and formed a friendship which lasted until McVeigh's execution in 2001.
so a white nationalist, a pakistani islamist, a practicing anarcho primitivist and a cuban american gang leader were all sharing a single cell block together and apparently got along well together, how would their ideologies have clashed and what conversations they could have had?
also what are some examples of unlikely political friendships in history?
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is materialism a crude form of idealism?

marx's metaphysics have always struck me as fairly contrived. he's extremely adamant that he's not an idealist, that he's reaching towards the 'truth' of what matter is like, and yet he seems to ignore totally that his interpretation of dialectical materialism is a transcendental model and therefore a cognitive rendition of material. AKA he has to use idealism to represent his view of materialism. I don't really think this is evidence that his views on economics are wrong, but why doesn't he simply say he's 'applying dialectics to the forces of production' instead of pretending to have unmediated knowledge of material reality? materialism indeed seems to be just a crude form of idealism and history is really seeking the truth and freedom of self-consciousness
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child abuse cause nazism

people who accept and/or desire to submit to an authority do so because the state and authority in general is derived from paternalism. If a family/parents violate a child of the love, trust, safety, acceptance, and protection whether by heavy corporal punishment or even sexual assault, they might seek it elsewhere which is why so many right winged american boomers have their views due to widespread corporal punishment of children, especially before the 80s/90s.

In Alice Miller's book For Your Own Good, which provides a historical perspective on this. She proposes that the abusive childrearing practices rife in Germany during the early and mid-20th century were major factors in why so many Germans supported Hitler and were willing to take him seriously.

>Do you believe the concentration camps of the Nazi period would have been possible had not the use of physical terrorization in the form of beatings with canes, rug beaters, switches, and cat- o'-nine-tails been the rule in raising German children?
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Russell Texas Bentley is missing and most likely dead

He has been missing for several days now. They say he went to go help some Russian troops but got kidnapped. I think he is dead. So sad. I wanted to meet him someday he is my hero.
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Communist critique of Buddhism

I'm looking for critiques of Buddhist metaphysics
Mainly their karmic system seems kind of weird since they believe in objective morality but at the same time don't believe in a arbitrer of said morality like god.
Also their theology relies on a complete negation of life. They have prayers and meditative practices meant to remind them of the disgustness of their own bodies. This seems like self mortification
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/leftydeutschpol/ - Deutschland General

Letzter Pfaden wurde dank der /Pol/acken vom Brett gepusht. Deshalb ein neues Deutschland General.
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Labour Aristocracy

At what point do monopoly super-profits paid to a substratum of workers switch to being something worthy of celebration to something of genuine concern. Should this be something that Marxists even care about?

Construction workers in one of Australia's largest states have reached an agreement that will have them paid wages equal to the top 1% of workers as a minimum, on major government projects. This is partly politics, partly because major infrastructure projects are one of the only things keeping this country artificially in growth.

Notably this doesn't apply to significant sections of the construction labour force, only for those workers on major government infrastructure projects, which are largely closed shops. Workers building domestic houses will still be paid shocking wages to work in terrible conditions.

Effectively this provides surplus wealth to a labour aristocracy at the direct expense of other government workers including healthcare workers in particular, who have average to terrible conditions and insane workloads.

Win for workers or another example of a politically connected minority extracting surplus wealth?
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/prc/ - People's Republic of China general

A general thread for all China related discussion.

Original threads:
https://archive.ph/S2XYA
https://archive.ph/Ytckv
leftypol.org archives:
https://archive.is/https://leftypol.org/leftypol/res/30501.html
bunekrchan.xyz archives:
https://archive.is/https://bunkerchan.xyz/leftypol/res/8925.html
https://archive.is/yrBUN
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/QTDDTOT/ - Questions that don't need their own thread

Dump all the seemingly pointless, dubious, and frivolous questions that don't deserve their own shitty threads.

Got a question that's probably been asked a million times before? You're in the right landfill, buddy. Post it here.

Threads that otherwise might go in here will eventually find themselves become merged to this thread.
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Is there any country more CIA brainwashed than Poland?

I swear to God almighty I fucking hate it here. This country is good for nothing and I wish it burns in the eternal flames of hell where it belongs yet somehow escaped it.
Like 95% of the people here are brainwashed by a population-wide CIA psyop operation eating up the most liberal bullshit propaganda like it's served to them from a kebab stall after a long day at work.
It feels nigh impossible to be a leftist here, not even mentioning being further left than fascism (also known as social democracy). Poland is literally a mix of the worst traits of the west and east with nothing good added at all (except grandma, love you.)
The class consciousness is non-existent, and historical knowledge is biased more than that Cuba society from Florida. Even when I provide actual sources that disprove any most common misconception I am met with accusations of being a paid Russian bot or posting falsified commie research (from famous commie institutions like Yale or Harvard)
If I see one more resident of this god forsaken country tell me that "Hitler's occupation was way better than the Soviet one" I will actually summon the spirit of Tukhachevsky and tell him to this time do it fucking right.

So how are you doing?
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I am trying to understand more about the current Russian National Bolshevism, if there is a real ideology there or is it pure joke…

Does anyone know if there is an ideologist or any real theory that can be read about them? lol
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/brg/ - Brazil General

"we used to have culture" edition

come in, make friends, talk about everything Brazil related - politics, news, the arts… and shitpost, of course.

Previous thread: >>1683261
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nick land

what do u think about him?

what do u think about the prohibition of incest

what do u think of what hes become
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/cybercom/

This thread is for the discussion of cybersocialism, the planning of the socialist economy by computerized means, including discussions of related topics and creators. Drama belongs in /isg/

Reading
Towards a New Socialism by Paul Cockshott and Allin Cottrell: http://ricardo.ecn.wfu.edu/~cottrell/socialism_book/
Brain of the Firm by Stafford Beer
Cybernetic Revolutionaries by Eden Medina
Cybernetics: Or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine and The Human Use of Human Beings (1st edition) by Norbert Wiener
Economic cybernetics by Nikolay Veduta
People's Republic of Walmart by Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski
Red Plenty by Francis Spufford
Economics in kind, Total socialisation and A system of socialisation by Otto Neurath (Incommensurability, Ecology, and Planning: Neurath in the Socialist Calculation Debate by Thomas Uebel provides a summary)

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>Paul Cockshott
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>Victor Magariño
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>Elena Veduta
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>Dave Zachariah
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Shots of Beijing

So, let me point out that I’m scheduled to help kids practice English, and I’ve been looking for ways to discourage them from emigrating.

One of the interesting things I’ve discovered is that the ratio of average wages between China and the United States is only 3.6, with the average worker receiving 16575 or so USD per year. Factor in cost of living differences (PPP), and the ratio is only 2. Then consider that first tier cities in China often have a GDP per capita twice that of the national average, and guess what? You can live in China, work in China, and enjoy a material lifestyle that is 67-100% that of the United States, all the while touching, as others have asked me to, good, Socialist grass.

That is, of course, assuming you have high-end skills you can be paid for in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, or Wuxi.

So, let me show off what Beijing is like. This, I think, is from the Wangfujing shopping district near Tiananmen.
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HILO LATINOAMERICANO 7.0

Casi nuevo hilo, para un casi nuevo año. As always we allow everyone to speak english, we are not Ukrainian fascists.
Conmemorando a Alexis Castillo esta ocasión.

Para luego buscarlo en el catálogo:
Latinoamérica, Latin America, LATAM, /lat/, latinoamérica, latino américa, hispanoamerica, /ñ/
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Collaborative argument - a possible way forward for political discourse?

Political discourse has dropped off a cliff. No one could blame people for this. The political problems of today are massive in scale, existential in importance, and often deeply personal.
However, this is keeping anything from being done. This will continue. People will drive their party to take action, which will cause a backlash effect, halting progress in any direction.
Some people believe that the only way forward is the complete breakdown of the social order. These people are waiting for the violence to start. But we have to believe in a better way, or else we will eventually wind right back up where we are. No political system lasts forever, and even if your particular political utopia takes place, it can eventually devolve into what we have now.

What we need to avoid this is better tools - better tools for making decisions, better tools for informing the public, and better tools to direct our area of focus.
One of the things that I believe holding us back on this point is the present-day structure of political disagreements. That is to say - little or no structure at all.

When there are disagreements on a political point, the most productive way, currently, to resolve these disagreements (or at least air them out) is political debate. Ask yourself - is even the most well-run and polite political debate the best way to present an argument for the general public to make an assessment of who is correct for themselves?
First of all, it's nearly impossible to address every argument and piece of evidence provided. Arguments spread out like an infinitely deep tree structure - every argument can have one or more counter-argument, which can all be supported by one or more pieces of evidence, which can all have issues, and all those issues can have counter-points, and all those counter-points can have counter-points, ad infinitum… Even if you could present this in the theoretically perfect debate, and no one could follow it - and even if you could, you would have to look up all the citations for yourself. Even after all that research, there is little way for you to contribute to the argument other than start a whole new debate from scratch, which likely would not be perfect!

I propose that a Wiki-like structure is a more ideal way to structure an argument on any topic.
The initial topic of argument can be laid out with points and supporting arguments from each side. One or more counter-arguments can be linked at the end of each argument. One or more pieces of supporting evidence can be linked to arguments and counter-arguments, with potential issues with the evidence such as methodology issues laid out in a nested structure, with each side able to respond.
There are obvious issues getting different sides of an issue to collaborate on something like this together, but first let me talk about the advantages. First of all, all sides will be able to identify potentially weak areas which they should focus their research efforts and arguments. Both sides will be able to educate the public on their points and allow them to decide for themselves. And most of all, both sides will hopefully stop wasting time spinning their wheels in the same direction and repeating their strongest points over and over again until they run out of time.

Now let me say that I do not necessarily identify as left or right leaning, but I spend most of my time on /pol/. I will be getting thoughts from both your board and /pol/. I thought, since /pol/ has more activity than this board, it would be more fair to give you guys a chance to respond first to minimize the risk of brigading.
I also have friends of friends in Wikipedia leadership positions. And I can say that, as a person who often disagrees with them, I am impressed by Wikipedia's ability to remain impartial on many points. On other points, I am less impressed. However, I have faith in the idea that, if we lay the correct structure, productive argument will take place.

I am here to get your thoughts on this idea, particularly:
>Would you be willing to collaborate on a system of argument like this, even with your worst enemies?
>What would you want to see in terms of the rules of this site to protect and enrich its users and content?
>Say your political enemies make up most of the leadership and moderation team. Would you still be comfortable? How could rules best prepare us for this situation?
>How would you want to handle cases where arguments could be construed as hate speech in some countries?

It's not exhaustive, but I have a few suggestions for rules which could possibly help some of these issues:
>Arguments are not to be removed unless if they are trollish, duplicated, or incomprehensible. Instead, arguments can be marked as weak/unsubstantiated, or their writing can be improved or merged with other articles. Similarly, content of arguments is not to be removed unless it matches one of the categories above or it's immaterial to the argument in question.
>Discussion pages are to be limited to the value of edits. Arguments about the topic, related topics, or any political disagreement are strictly prohibited and should be confined to proper pages. Similarly, other official communication channels should refrain from any political discussion.

I would also want to see arguments which could be construed as hate speech preserved, but I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this, given I come from the "politically incorrect" board. I believe that if an argument is made solely out of bias, it should be easy to disprove, and it should be kept up to allow for counter-argument. I am even okay with a disclaimer on these articles.

Currently, WikiDebate exists, but its biggest problem is that it is not evidence-driven. Which I believe political debates should be.

Well, sorry for the essay /leftypol/. Let me know what you think.
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So what's the deal with this guy?

He seemed pretty based, bit of an oopsie with that whole "No peace, No war" thing, but he redeemed himself by locking the fuck in and saving everyone's ass during the civil war.

He was also Lenin's guy and he seemed pretty smart, but whenever I talk to other leftists or socialists he is kinda seen as a joke, and he and his theory is not taken very seriously (see icepick memes). Either that or I see "Trotskyist" used as a general slur against leftist/communist orgs people don't like.

What is this about? Is Trotskyism legit brainlet tier or is this just a leftover from the Stalin days? What are your opinions on the Trot? Can he be redeemed?
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News 4/23/24

Palestinian commander thought to be dead resurfaces in West Bank funeral
"Our message is that we defied the [Israeli] occupation and we are still alive, and we are still walking on the path of the martyrs, no matter how much they assassinate us. This situation will not end until [we claim] victory," Abu Shuja is seen saying in one video posted online.
https://www.newarab.com/news/palestinian-commander-resurfaces-following-death-reports

Villages in Manbij under attack
Manbij Military Council reported that the attacks caused damage to crops and green areas, but did not result in any casualties. The starting point of the attacks was a Turkish army base in the occupied town of Tokhar al-Kabir (Greater Tokhar).
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/villages-in-manbij-under-attack-72864

Berlin police ban Irish protesters from speaking or singing in Irish at pro-Palestine ‘ciorcal comhrá’ near Reichstag
German authorities have been increasingly restricting pro-Palestine protests against the government’s support for Israel amid its war in Gaza. The ban on languages other than English and German, in Berlin without a designated translator present to interpret for police is seen as mainly targeting Arabic speakers, and therefore Palestine supporters.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/berlin-police-ban-irish-protesters-from-speaking-or-singing-in-irish-at-pro-palestine-ciorcal-comhra-near-reichstag/a234500393.html
https://archive.is/bmaE3

Peter Hain calls for inquiry into MoD’s alleged role in Saudi bribes scandal
In a letter to the head of the NAO, Gareth Jenkins, Lord Hain said the revelations raised “extremely serious questions about the MoD’s alleged involvement in corruption”. Hain also backed calls from Spotlight on Corruption and Transparency International UK that urged government auditors to immediately review MoD financial practices.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/21/peter-hain-calls-for-inquiry-into-mod-alleged-role-saudi-arabia-arms-deals-bribes-scandal

Thousands protest in Spain's Canary Islands over mass tourism
Smaller marches were held elsewhere in the island group and other Spanish cities, all of them organised by about two dozen environmental organisations ahead of the peak summer holiday season. The organisations say local authorities should temporarily limit visitor numbers to alleviate pressure on the islands' environment, infrastructure and housing stock, and put curbs on property purchases by foreigners.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/thousands-protest-spains-canary-islands-over-mass-tourism-2024-04-20/

Colombian right march against Petro's reform project
Until Sunday, the opposition has had little success in organizing anti-government protests. This has changed in part because of the participation of the truckers, the surgeons and the scientists who oppose the government’s policies for their own particular reasons. Petro further upset conservative public opinion by a recent announcement that he will take part in the Labor Day protests on May 1.
https://colombiareports.com/colombias-opposition-mobilizes-supporters-against-petro/

Bolsonaro supporters hit streets of Rio and hail new hero Elon Musk
Musk’s online campaign against Moraes – who has responded by including the X owner in an inquiry into the online dissemination of fake news – has outraged progressive Brazilians who suspect it is part of a calculated transnational ploy to undermine Brazil’s leftwing government.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/21/bolsonaro-supporters-hit-streets-of-rio-and-hail-new-hero-elon-musk

Brazil's plans to drill for oil in the Amazon hit stiff Indigenous resistance
The CCPIO, the highest Indigenous authority in Oiapoque, is composed of more than 60 caciques, or chieftains, representing over 8,000 people. They do not oppose the search for oil per se, but invoke what they say is a right to prior consultation by Petrobras, with supervision from the federal prosecutors’ office and Funai.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazils-plans-drill-oil-amazon-hit-stiff-indigenous-resistance-2024-04-18/

Ecuadorean voters reject return of investor-state dispute settlements in referendum
Voters rejected a proposal to “recognise international arbitration as a method to solve investment, contractual or commercial disputes.” Mr Correa ended all investment agreements including ISDS clauses in 2017 — the notorious clauses allow companies to sue governments for lost profits, and have been used by fossil fuel corporations to punish governments which take action on climate change.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/ecuadorean-voters-reject-return-investor-state-dispute-settlements-referendum

Truce crumbles in Sudanese army's last Darfur holdout
Al-Fashir is the last major city in the vast, western Darfur region not under control of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The RSF and its allies swept through four other Darfur state capitals last year, and were blamed for a campaign of ethnically driven killings against non-Arab groups and other abuses in West Darfur.
https://www.newarab.com/news/truce-crumbles-sudan-armys-last-darfur-holdout-al-fashir

EFF will petition ICJ to scrap apartheid debt: Malema
“We now are owing almost R573 billion which we are servicing and that includes the apartheid debt. So, if you minus the apartheid debt to our foreign debt, then we save a lot of money that can be used in our social responsibility programs. The immediate thing that we are going to do when we take over government is to demand that the International Court of Justice should declare the apartheid debt invalid. Because you can’t pay for people who are coming to kill you.”
https://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/eff-will-petition-icj-to-scrap-apartheid-debt-malema/

Philippines wants US, Japan to build rail network after dropping Beijing as ties sour over South China Sea frictions
The 50-billion-peso ($868 million) Subic-Clark railway, which will link the former US military bases turned commercial hubs, is being pitched to form part of the Luzon Economic Corridor, a planned showcase of economic cooperation between the US, Japan and the Philippines that was hatched during the first trilateral summit among its leaders last week at the White House.
https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/philippines-wants-us-japan-to-take-over-rail-deal-eyed-by-china
https://archive.ph/SvpSr

Myanmar’s Military Traps And Bombs Civilians in a Town in Kachin State
Intense fighting broke out in the town on Monday morning when regime troops from Light Infantry Battalion 437, which is based outside the town, advanced into its center as other battalions randomly shelled civilian neighborhoods and junta jets dropped bombs, a resident who fled the town told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/war-against-the-junta/myanmars-military-traps-and-bombs-civilians-in-a-town-in-kachin-state.html
https://archive.is/4amb2
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How can the Socialist economic calculation problem be solved? Didn't Ludwig von Mises say that socialism has a major problem that has something to do with information or something? Apparently it's a big problem capitalists seem to have with socialism, and part of the reason why many of them oppose it.

Pic rel is not a reflection of my political views.
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OC Thread 16.0

Thread dedicated to /leftypol/ original content.
>Post original content you've made, or OC someone else recently made which you want to share.
<Or ITT collaborate on improving content already made.

If your original content is good enough, it would most likely be shared on the /leftypol/ twitter account!
Make sure to follow us and feel free to leave suggestions on this thread~
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MAKE SURE TO UPLOAD YOUR OC TO THE BOORU SO IT DOESNT GET PRUNED FOREVER
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Georg Lukacs

I started reading his "History and class consciousness", and it looks very convincing so far. Why is he apparently foundational to "western marxism", which was an utter failure? Is there something reactionary and opportunist in his work?
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The Luddites were true heroes

People do not understand the Luddites, they claim Luddites rejected "progress" in fact they revolted against their subordination into the emerging class of industrial proletarians, enslaved both to modern mechanical terrors and their erudite and unscrupulous owners
There are technologies that can and must be redeployed like networked tech, communications, and computer algorithms, technologies that must be reconfigured like modern agriculture, and energy infrastructure, technologies that must be heavily reduced in usage down to purely necessary tasks like plastics, and technologies with no ethical or safe usage like nuclear weapons and automated weapons system that should just be abolished entirely

People here will deny it, lots of leftists are blinded by the panopticon.

In the modern world, those who reject so called technological innovation and "progres" are trash, but those that submit to the technological terror of the bourgeoisie are lower than that! And that's why the Luddites were true heroes.
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/leftybritpol/ FAKE ROYAL FAMILY Edition

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-68526972

>Princess of Wales: Kate image withdrawn by three news agencies amid 'manipulation' concerns


>Three photo agencies have retracted a picture of the Princess of Wales over concerns it has been "manipulated".


>The image, taken by Prince William and issued by Kensington Palace for Mother's Day, showed Catherine with their three children.


>But Associated Press was the first to pull the image as it "did not meet" the agency's photo standards. The agency noted an "inconsistency in the alignment of Princess Charlotte's left hand".


>Kensington Palace declined to comment.


>The photo shows the princess sitting down, surrounded by Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince George, the latter wrapping his arms around her.


>It was the first official photo of the Princess of Wales since her abdominal surgery two months ago. Since then she has stayed out of the public eye.


>The image was posted on the Prince and Princess of Wales's social media accounts with a message from Catherine which said: "Thank you for your kind wishes and continued support over the last two months.


>"Wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day."


The latest edition of the iconic thread.

We need to shut this country down until we can figure out just what the hell is going on here!
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News Anon MIA

Haven't seen a thread from News Anon 3.0 in a bit. Last thread was 04/18. Not to be greedy, but I'm a big fan of their coverage. Anyone online knowledgeable about their disappearance? Thanks.
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The looming inevitabilty of right-wing revolution in the west

51% of young zoomer men 18-29 are single, have zero prospects for home or car ownership, have zero prospects for a stable career, zero prospects for retiring, zero prospects for anything besides abject poverty, and are becoming increasingly violent and politically radicalized towards the right.

Given historical precedent, it appears we're very close to a violent right-wing revolution led by this demographic. What is to be done? How can we turn this around in the left's favor and prevent this upcoming tragedy?

This is not meant to be an incel thread, but rather this is discussing the material conditions of young men in the west who have intentionally been funneled into extremist far-right movements by capital and think-tanks
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the SIXTIES

Why are reactionaries so obsessed with repealing the social and cultural changes of the 1960s? Even today you listen to turds like Chris Rufo go on about 1968 was the year american succumbed to cultural Marxism, or at least began it's long march to such.

>The politics of the Gingrich revolution of the nineties are locked in a strange obsession with the politics they purport to repeal-the politics of the late sixties. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Republican of Texas, forthrightly set out the conventional loathing: "To me all the problems began in the sixties." But the troops of the New Right are far more nourished by the sixties than they appreciate. The sixties provide the right both an evil to extirpate and a libertarian ethic to emulate.


<In the words of Speaker Newt Gingrich, Ph.D., American history breaks in half in the sixties. During the years 1607 through 1965, Gingrich said not long after assuming the leadership of the House, "There is a core pattern to American history. Here's how we did it until the Great Society messed everything up: don't work, don't eat; your salvation is spiritual; the government by definition can't save you; governments are into maintenance and all good reforms are into transformation." Then came the deluge, Gingrich continued: "From 1965 to 1994, we did strange and weird things as a country. Now we're done with that and we have to recover. The counterculture is a momentary aberration in American history that will be looked back upon as a quaint period of Bohemianism brought to the national elite"-the notorious "counterculture McGoverniks," an elite who "taught self-indulgent, aristocratic values without realizing that if an entire society engaged in the indulgences of an elite few, you could tear the society to shreds."


>Gingrich's generation of Republican first-termers, like Ronald Reagan's ideologues before them, toss the word "revolution" around rather lightly. The collapse of communism hardly left them complacent, but rather pumped up their sense that America trembles on the edge of a chasm. Thus Irving Kristol in 1993: "There is no 'after the Cold War' for me. So far from having ended, my cold war has increased in intensity, as sector after sector has been ruthlessly corrupted by the liberal ethos. . . . Now that the other 'Cold War' is over, the real cold war has begun. We are far less prepared for this cold war, far more vulnerable to our enemy, than was the case with our victorious war against a global Communist threat." The will to counterpower takes no prisoners.


This many years on, the only thing that comes close is some rightoid seething about the summer of 2020 and the George Floyd protests
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If neoclassical economics were completely true, how would one go about constructing a planned economy such that:
1. there are no significant shortages or surpluses of goods
2. goods and services are distributed more or less according to utility
3. investment in new industries and firms is done at least as efficiently as in stock markets

I've read Cockshott and been really intrigued by his model, but it seems to use the labor theory of value as a load-bearing assumption. I don't want to argue against this theory, but I do want to ask a question concerning the counterfactual world where the mainstream models of economics are more or less correct. What would a planned economy need to be able to do in order to meet these requirements in this world? What would be the most effective way to direct production? Pic unrelated.
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Ai automation will herald a new industrial revolution

I'm sitting in a room where a socialist and a libertarian are arguing about the future. I thought i'd put the libertarians current argument to yall.

Inequality isn't such a big deal because soon (he says in the next 30 years), robotics and ai will make labour unecessary. This will culminate in an insane decrease in the cost of creating housing and pretty much every other manufactured good. This will mean that society will have to change extremely radically most peoples labour will not be necessary. Most people will not have to work because things will be so abundant, this means that people are going to be able to live much more comfortably because they will have more free time and extremely low cost commodities because of the cost of labour has been eliminated from the cost of commodities.
Inequality will be recalibrated to something reasonable in the near future because of robotics and ai.
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ITT: Prove you are a Socialist

In this thread we will prove that we are not revisionists of a Lassallean (protestant work ethic), Schachtmannist (campism that derisively refers to developing economies while defending first world economies), US Nationalist/Kautskyist (FatSocs or MAGACommunists), Liberal Reformist (vooting over direct action), Opportunist Demagogue (people who take advantage of peoples' fears of minorities or the oppressed to gain power), or some other variety of slimy Revisionism that needs to be culled from the board.
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"Matter is the Fundamental Substance in Nature" – the perfect Socialist Dogwhistle

So we know the right wing has their dogwhistles, i.e. "Christ is King" and "It's Okay to be White."
How about a Socialist dogwhistle? Something that will trigger rightoids, something that really hurts: reminding them that the soul does not exist, and that consciousness is an illusion. They HATE this, it threatens everything about right wing ideology much more than they are willing to admit. This is why they fought it fiercely in the 20th Century, making sure to appeal to the "godlessness" of communism. Ultimately I believe there is too much idealism around these days. You see it in things like psychedelic culture, wellness culture, tech culture (and their idiotic quest for "immortality") and surprise! they are all becoming very reactionary!

Trigger the idealists. "Matter is the fundamental substance in nature." It's the perfect combination of disarming and bewildering that gave "its okay to be white" and the AOK hand their power. "Matter is the fundamental substance in nature. Make it a meme. Marx would be proud. That's where it all began, after all. Before his ingenious theory of Dialectical Materialism, before Scientific Socialism, before the Communist Manifesto, there was Materialism.
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Value Subtracted Economics in Junk Food

the manufacturing processes whereby whole foods are converted into junk foods is not a "value added" process like most manufacturing processes. This processing actually destroys nutrients and renders the food less healthy. Therefore it is a "value subtracted" process and the labor used to process these foods into junk food has negative value. It is only the cultural superstructure of respecting junk food and finding it to be subjectively "tasty" that allows this to happen. The creation of junk food destroys the use value of nutrition during manufacturing, and yet the bourgeois corporations charge a higher price for the junk food than its constituent whole foods. Aside from cigarettes and alcohol, I can think of no other area in the economy that functions this way.
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Maoism vs Dengism

Which proved superior?

Why do some leftists credit Deng for the rapid development of China, a principally liberal view of Chinese history.
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/Climate/ #3 Off the charts edition

This thread is dedicated to our accomplishment of having broken the upper limit of sea surface temperature and the lower limit of antarctic sea ice amount charts this summer, hence ushering our species firmly into the capitalocene. Good job guys! Welcome to the future.

Here's an article about that:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/aug/28/crazy-off-the-charts-records-has-humanity-finally-broken-the-climate

As for the news, there is a drought blocking shipping at the Panama canal, bad wildfires in North America and Greece, persistent heatwaves in eastern Europe and northern Africa, and floods in central and eastern China.

Here's the latest report from the IPCC
<AR6 Synthesis Report Climate Change 2023
https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/syr/

The website of NASA about climate is great for getting data and visualizing climate change
https://climate.nasa.gov/

Last thread: >>1332129
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/Africa/

A thread for forgotten continent. Post anything related to:


Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cabo Verde
Cameroon
Central African Republic (CAR)
Chad
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Cote d’Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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"What is certain is that [if they are Marxists], [then] I myself am not a Marxist" - Karl Marx to Paul Lafargue

was this book onto something though.. i AM interested.
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/SEA/ - Southeast Asia and Oceania General

8th Edition: Failson squad assemble!edition.

Discuss anything on Southeast Asian politics. Coming 2024 Elections, open orgs, People that should be dead for different reasons running in Malaysia's elections or just random shit. There are still dozens of us… hopefully! South Asia and Oceania posters can come in to discuss their regional politics as well.

Matrix room: https://matrix.to/#/#!YeYeuZuLSYkegWssey:matrix.org

Last threads:
https://archive.ph/5rqox
https://archive.is/Jlc7A
http://archive.is/0NhJH
http://archive.is/nDq1K
https://archive.vn/cxwty
https://archive.is/ayshz
https://archive.is/2NLO8
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Japanese Communist Party's death spiral

This party sucks shit. It's constantly pissing everyone off and for the past decade it's been on a war path against anything "erotic" and now they are turning its attention towards the most popular manga magazine shonen jump and telling its followers to snitch adult magazines to the United Nations!

Genius moves ostracizing yourselves even more with manga authors and youth, the party is bleeding members fast and they think to prioritize meddling with manga. What's the deal with this party?
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/nordpol/ - Nordic General - Skåneutgåvan

Thread for all things Nordic. Recommended languages: Finnish, Scandinavian and English.
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On the Militia Question

Not trying to be an enlightened centrist here, but it has always seemed odd to me how people on the right and left fetishize the concept of a militia taking down a conventional army, when reality has shown the opposite result every time, I come from a shitty third world nation that is barely held together most of the time, and my country has experienced numerous rebellions by Islamists, ethnic nationalists, and communists, and every time they have failed. This is because a "well-armed and well-funded militia" is no match for a well-armed, better-trained army with superior logistics and structure. Of course, in the event of a total collapse, a militia could potentially become the only proper authority for a region or if faced with an entirely incompetent and corrupt army. However, in most cases, a real army always prevails over militias. I don't know how people fell for this meme really, Eve Marx bought into this up and advocated for workers' militias, which ultimately proved to be a massive waste of time and loss of life for everyone involved, the Spanish Republicans insisted on using them in the Spanish civil war and they were a massive hinderance that lost way too many battles, and thoughts of forming an actual army was "Stalinism" and a betrayal of the revolution.
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/DPRK/ - Democratic People's Republic of Korea General

Thread for news and discussions of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, its material conditions, the status and health of its socialist tradition, disproving common myths about it, etc.

Archive of the previous DPRK thread:
https://leftypol.org/leftypol_archive/res/12395.htmldprkDPRK
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On work/capital

I know this is a dumb right-wing meme, but being unemployed for a couple of months made it kinda relatable, in a way. I'm just wondering how capitalism works. How do I into the economics in Marxism? You know, I just want to see how truly fucked I am. Is there any school of thought or material focused on this? I'm not really interested right now in the whole geopolitics and AES talk, Twitter is enough.
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Final Solution to the Palestine Question

ITT discuss one state solution, two state solution, zero state solution, etc. IMO gaddafi was on the right track with the plan for a federal Isratine, the idea for which actually predates the creation of Israel. Here's a sketch of how it might come to pass:
1) Hamas joins PLO
2) International sanctions on Israel
3) Capital flight from Israel, intensified tension between religious/secular Zionists, the settler project begins to crumble and implode
4) Israel forced to negotiate with PLO to end the occupation
5) Settlement building is halted, new elections are held, start of deradicalization campaign targeting fanatic settlers
6) Truth and reconciliation for war crimes
7) The federal state is phased in, refugees return in waves across a sustainable timespan
8) ???
9) Peace in the Middle East :)
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What Happens to Vegas?

For the record the reason why I'm not putting this in the USApol general is because I feel like what's talked about here can be applied to any major city that thrives on gambling, nightlife, and the general idea of "vice".

Las Vegas, for those that are unfamiliar with it, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world or good reason. With larger than life resorts, oversized casinos, drinks and gambling all abound, and of course crippling poverty and gaudy stark concrete the moment you look off the Vegas Strip. Gambling aside, there's a ridiculous amount of live shows, concerts, oddball museums, overpriced clubs, and most of all constant grifters. As in "the moment you step outside the resort you're going to have at least three people aggressively panhandle you within five minutes" type not seen outside LA. Also there's a giant emoji ball which stares at you in a vaguely menacing manner if you walk close enough.

So yeah, it's pretty much a microcosm of all that is wrong with capitalism, with the added bonus of its night life existing because of actual mafiosos. But there's also quite a lot of shit there, and more importantly a lot of people. So my question is this: if America underwent a communist revolution, be it by ballot or bullet and by whatever flavor of radical leftism you want, what would happen to Vegas? Would it still exist largely as it is today? How heavily would it need to be modified to be reintegrated as part of socialist society? Do we demolish it entirely and replace it with something else? Do we leave it to rot, as a monument to the failures of capitalism?
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Is there any real criticism of Naxalites/Maoists?

From what I can tell, they've actually fixed many of their cringe tendencies after the 2004 merger. I know Mao didn't like them and criticized Majumdar for the "China's president is our president" line, but he is long dead and Ganapathy isn't really a Chinaboo. They have actually defended marginalized communities from landlord militias and fascists. And given the horrible conditions of minority communities in India and many neighbouring countries who got caught off guard is, is it really a bad thing that they picked up arms? Look at the Lhotsampa, Rohingya, Tamilian, Balochi, Kashmiri and many others peoples. They all got whacked for not organizing within time. Chip in your thoughts.
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MULTIPOLARISM

WHAT IS MULTIPOLARISM
Multipolarism, in its most basic form, posits a world where multiple powers (countries or entities) exist in a state of relative equilibrium, challenging the unipolar hegemony led mainly by the United States post-Cold War. The emergence of China, the reassertion of Russia, the rise of regional powers like India, Brazil, and South Africa, among others, suggest a move towards this multipolar world.


BUT is it rly just Capitalism 2: Electric Boogaloo - Neo-Dengism Edition? To what extent is multipolarism just capitalist nationalism for people not in green on this map? If the whole thrust of socialism is now just "America bad" what becomes of the classical socialist goals of workers control of the means of production, and abolishing class society?


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Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #80: Looming Imperialist Invasion In The Middle East 2.0. Edition

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• Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

• The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

• Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

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Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

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(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
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Eurocommunism

What's your assessment of Eurocommunism, and of other Communist parties such as the Japanese Communist Party that largely share similar positions to Eurocommunism?
Obviously Eurocommies themselves support it… but it seems overwhelmingly leftists, at least in the spaces I've frequented, dislike it with some intensity.

According to ML-ists that I've read discussing it, it's revisionary, because it encourages coalition with the bourgeois parties and also supports peaceful coexistence with the bourgeois capitalist world outside the borders of the Socialist state.
Hoxha himself famously quoted "Eurocommunism is anti-Communism".

According to Trotskyist theory, it's bad because it's a "national movement", in that it wants to install socialism in one state, and like Soviet Communism abandons the idea of encouraging revolution beyond one's national borders.

If I had to defend Eurocommunism? Well, those who look favourably about it seem to often point out how it is progressive on so many social issues and environmental issues - supporting legalisation of homosexuality, broader LGBT rights, and environment protections and so on.
Although it seems Eurocommie enjoyers forget that Cuba and a large number of ML-ist parties today are also cool with gays, the CPC and KKE becoming more and more outliers.

Anyway I'm a dumb zoomer, that's just what I've heard so far.
Do you agree with my understanding? What do you think about Eurocommunism?
Can you educate us in this thread as to why you believe it is bad, or good, for the general leftist cause?
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Redpill Thread

Emphasis on red. Haven’t seen one of these on here and need a solid leftist redpill thread. Keep the neat infographics to yourself, and post poorly scanned classified documents, images that look like they were made in gimp, or based excerpts. The purpose of this is to have propaganda to send to normalfags and dumbshits. They need easily digestible content.
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Marxists and other leftists are ultimately idealists because they have unrealistic aspirations that contradict how this world works on a material basis. Marxists like to believe that their predictions are founded on dispassionate analysis that foretells how history is inevitably going to unfold, that capitalism's contradictions will bring about a revolution for worker's to seize the means of production, but in actuality Marxism at its root is founded on wishful thinking. The origin of your analysis is your dislike of your circumstances, not a desire for truth. You then formulated a prophecy to ameliorate your distress. Your analysis is merely a post-hoc rationalization (cope) for an endresult that you've selected beforehand. Your conclusions are strongly biased by that.
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Why does this board have so many Trump supporters?

Is it internal shame from being a liberal that you have to lash out and become some meme fringe sect of a fringe ideology?

I get it, the Democrats have lied to the working class and especially marginalized groups, but unironically getting so obsessed with “cringe IDPol” so much that you invert into unironically thinking only white men that work in factories can achieve communism is even cringier.

I’ve been lurking this board awhile and I can’t tell where the bit stops and ends.

Biden is bourgeois and serves the capitalist class okay. Trump pissed off a large sect of establishment bourgeois but he himself is still bourgeois. He’s done nothing but expand and escalate the entire imperial agenda is while four years

Because gas prices are lower or muh inflation wasn’t as high doesn’t have anything to do with Trump or Biden. Unironically saying it does is just buying into Great Man Theory and exposing your liberalism.
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The Family and Radical Ideology

If your political ideology doesn't provide benefits to those with children or try to be of appeal to those with families and children, don't be surprised if your politics fail to haul in much popularity. Parenthood mandates that the parents must believe in the future, and that they must make the world sufficiently decent for those who come after. Is this group not the natural ally of the progressive revolutionary Communists? And what does it say about your ideology's goals, if people abandon it once they have families and people that they must provide for? The revolution always requires the consent of the masses, so don't delude your thoughts into the foolish idea that needed are only small numbers of fanatical fascists and anarchists, because the movies are very often fictional and idealistly, and the history bears out the constant failure of isolated lone wolf tools.
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/crisis/ General

💰️DOW/Market Watch Thread💰️
monitoring the market, trends, fluctuations, etc.
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"repressing fascism gives it a victim narrative"

The argument of the video goes:
>mayor of Brussels bans fascist rally
>fascists whine about it
>the victim narrative attracts people
>they do the same thing to the left using this logic
Like, I'm just not convinced that this is what would happen in real life. It certainly makes for a compelling Christian tale, but if there is one thing to take from the post-WW2 history of the Left, it's that political suppression makes you more likely to be (surprise) politically suppressed. They're not wrong that there needs to be a solution to the problems leading people towards fascism, but one of those problems is the fact that fascists are allowed to run rampant without being repressed or humiliated.

Historically, when fascism has taken root in countries like Italy or Germany, it was in large part because the political institutions of those countries were unwilling to beat them up and make them fuck off or supported fascism. I'm no Stalinist, but if you punish fascists, take away their media platforms and break up their gatherings, you can probably keep them from power. Antifa had the right idea during the pre-pandemic time when they would go to protests and show resistance. The Left should be making noise about fascists being allowed to go out in public in the first place and advocating for the state to be used against them if we already know that in the nearest conceivable future there probably won't be a huge revolution sweeping across Europe. Would it keep fascism from sprouting? It would probably still exist. But suppressing it and keeping it away from power is a good idea. Victim narratives don't actually give you a power-up, if your guys get chased away and go home, they won't magically rise up and throw away everything they have. Make them feel unwelcome, make fascism feel repulsive to the average person, and keep people away from it with the threat of state violence. It's not a pretty or long-lasting solution, but it is what our institutions and communities should do and what the Left should advocate for.
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USAAAAAA Squattting

Looking for resources on squatting, i.e. websites or pamphlets or books, in the United States. I've been navigating through the squat.net website, but didn't find much resources there except for a couple pop-up shops in Seattle. Curious if anyone online had a reason for this. Are these squatting efforts in the states just not-existent, or are they more localized to private chats and local groups? Thanks.
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Music is the biggest lie ever told. Every day, it suckers people out of millions of dollars and untold hours of time. It springs from an infantile desire to be comforted by a mother's lullaby. Music keeps the masses enslaved.
Why do you listen to music? Is it a crutch to get you through the day? When you go to a concert, what on earth do you get out of it? Do you feel "warm fuzzies" when you are walking out of the building? Maybe it makes you feel all happy inside. Well, the real world isn't like that. Music has no answer to the problem of evil. As long as you are a listener, you have no chance of fully participating in a rational discussion.
Ask a professional musician (professional shamster, more like) why he plays his kind of music instead of another and you'll never get a straight answer. What makes a clarinet better than a Japanese koto? Why play jazz instead of classical? "I like it more." "I'm more familiar with it." Non-answers. "They're about the same." Then why play music at all?
Musicians tell you they love their fans… then they sell the T-shirts and CDs at the door. Some even take donations– as long as they can separate the marks from their money, their gig is a success. Music is nothing but an organized scam.
From the beginning of a child's life, her parents indoctrinate her to believe in a myth called "music". They force her to believe that certain arrangements of sounds is somehow more important than other ones. Never in the history of humankind has a more insidious waste of time and money been conspired. Start her on Baby Mozart; buy her "children's music" (the very name betraying the unethical, Orwellian scheme); raise her on piano and jazz, and buy her a Beatles CD on her 16th birthday. The most popular songs lie to you: "All you need is love." Others are simply nonsense: "Bye, bye Miss American Pie." Some songs have no lyrics at all! They do not even make an attempt at meaning. The veil is lifted; the stupidity of the whole exercise is transparent before everyone, and yet they continue listening as if brainwashed.
When I point this out to the thoughtless listeners, they tell me not to argue with something so "beautiful". Can't they see that they are wasting their time on mere noise, that rarely says anything akin to common sense? "Well, Shakespeare, he's in the alley / With his pointed shoes and his bells, / Speaking to some French girl, / Who says she knows me well." What on earth is that supposed to mean? Can anyone tell me? I'm guessing no.
Music plays in our schools, in malls, even in elevators. A rational man is surrounded by this flim-flam whereever he goes. It's impossible to escape from it. It even receives government funding! Why waste my taxpayer dollars to endorse a particular form of music, or music at all? We must separate music and state immediately.
Music is a product of primitive and backwards societies. Undeveloped cultures with little spare resources waste them on the manufacture of instruments and training of professional musicians, out of pure stupidity. Entire schools of music were developed despite their lack of relevance to anything in the natural world whatsoever. Thankfully, as people become rational and scientific, of course, music naturally wanes in influence. Desperate performers may deny it but the eclipse of music is already upon us. I can only hope that one day, it will disappear altogether.

The English language requires me to call myself "amusical", but I think such a term is unnecessary. Would you call yourself "a-leprechan-ous", or "a-Santa-ist"? No, because it's clear that these things are fairy tales. Well, music is a fairy tale for adults. We should call people who listen to it "ear-slaves", or better yet, "sheeple".
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Let's talk about boba liberals. That name is so funny to me it sounds just like boba tea. Boba liberals, drinking boba tea, and being stupid ignorant liberals just as they always are.

https://lhsepic.com/9893/in-depth/the-rise-and-fall-of-boba-liberalism/
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Socialist copyright

SERIOUS

How would IP laws and copyright be handled under socialism?

Would it be abolished or just reformed? How would artists be compensated if not for royalties?

Also, what about “hard cases” like instances of cultural appropriation, etc.?

Let’s have this discussion.
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Benefits of joining a communist party in Europe?

From what I've seen in most places in Europe the parties are revisionist, disorganized, irrelevant and engaged in the politics of liberal democracy.
The ones who are not revisionist are also barely relevant (perhaps even nonexistent outside the internet) and practically hidden from the public.
Are there any parties from former Eastern Bloc states worth joining today?

I'm peculiarly curious about countries like Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia and Germany. Most of what I can find on the internet shows that whatever 'communist' parties have been left have begun collaboration with nationalist christians and liberal socdems among other bourgeoisie filth in the hopes of gaining relevance once again.
Is there no party left unaffected by the likes of eurocommunism and religious liberalism? Solidnet has a lot of parties listed, but which are worth joining? http://www.solidnet.org/home/
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Where are all the non-Marxist Communists?

Why are Communism and Marxism as "ideologies" borderline synonymous? Why is it that Marx's economic analysis of 1800s capitalism is treated as an essential building block for how we overthrow capitalism in the 21st century, as though to dispense with his analysis is to dispense with the end-goal of communism as such?
I feel like I often see a trend of reasoning that runs, simplified, that only Marx's analysis renders the collapse of capitalism from internal contradictions and the arrival of communism historically inevitable. But that seems like pretty weak reasoning: If he's wrong and it's not historically inevitable, why give up on it!? Why not try to work towards it instead of waiting for history to do all the work?
Maybe it's just because I've been a frustrated social engineer all my life, but it doesn't seem in any way intuitive to me that one should abandon the notion of a classless, stateless, and moneyless society just because one also accepts Keynes' view that fiscal policy can mitigate capialist downturns, or rejects the tendency of the rate of profit to fall, or indeed, even if one accepts neoliberal doctorines, any more than one should abandon the notion of flying on the grounds that the theory of gravity says earth will try to pull you down again. Theory only tells you how the world works, it's then on you to deploy it to make the world work the way you want it to. Why is there no major branch of leftist ideology which operates around this seemingly obvious principle?

You might say it's because Marx's analysis is so obvious that everyone who reads it agrees - and maybe that's true - but most self-identified communists don't actually read him beyond the manifesto, so that cannot be the explanation.
You might say "oh you mean Ancoms?" but a lot of Ancoms seem to run with Marx's analysis of capitalism - just not with Marxism-Leninism as an overall ideology.

I'm not saying Marx is wrong, don't waste time arguing he's not wrong. His rightness and wrongness -indeed the rightnes and wrongness of any theory - is irrelevant to this thread.
This thread is about the relative absence of a certain kind of person and analysis. If you want the dilemma clearly: "Why does the marketplace of ideology not have any non-Marxist communists in stock?" If you want the dilemma in pretentious economic terms: Why is "Normative" Marxism ("what we should do") so dependent on "Empirical" ("how the economy works") Marxism? If you want my theories about why, you're not getting them. Nobody cares when I start talking about human social group dynamics.
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India and the current year

So we all know China is the big bad economic rival of the US but what about India? I don't know much about them other than they have a fuck huge population, were pro-soviet during the Cold War, have historically been at odds with China over territory, and have had mixed relationships with the US in the past.

What is Bharat's future role in the world? How are they gonna shape up the game with regards to other nuclear powers (or at least the other big three)? What about their rule in multi-polarism? Relationship with other third-world nations?
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News 4.18.24

US veto sinks Palestinian UN membership bid in Security Council
Twelve countries voted in favor of the draft resolution recommending full Palestinian membership. Britain and Switzerland abstained. Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas's office called the US veto "a blatant aggression" and "an encouragement to the pursuit of the genocidal war against our people… which pushes the region ever further to the edge of the abyss."
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2024/04/us-veto-sinks-palestinian-un-membership-bid-security-council

Algerian journalist says he was expelled from his country without explanation
Alilat said he regularly takes flights from Paris to Algiers to report on Algeria, where he has for years been a well-known journalist due to his work for French-language daily newspapers including Liberté, which was shuttered in 2022 amid financial problems and scuffles with the government and Algeria’s state-owned oil company, both of which are major advertisers for the country’s newspapers.
https://apnews.com/article/algeria-journalist-expelled-farid-alilat-france-press-88cc12ce1fc6de125e33913a354edcae

Turkey continues to cut off water supply to Alouk Station in Hesekê
The Turkish state and its mercenaries cut off the Alouk Station, which provides water to more than one and a half million people in Hesekê and its district. The Turkish state has cut off the water supply more than 40 times since the occupation of Serêkaniyê. According to the Hesekê Water Directorate, the last water cut was 7 months ago and the water cuts still continue.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/turkey-continues-to-cut-off-water-supply-to-alouk-station-in-heseke-72691

Deadly heat in West Africa warns of climate change-driven scorchers to come, says report
Temperatures soared so high in Mali and Burkina Faso they equated to a once in 200-year event, according to the report on the Sahel region by World Weather Attribution (WWA).T he severity of the heatwave led WWA's team of climate scientists to conduct a rapid analysis, which concluded the temperatures would not have been reached if industry had not warmed the planet by burning fossil fuels and other activities.
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/deadly-heat-west-africa-warns-climate-change-driven-scorchers-come-says-report-2024-04-18/

Biden administration to end sanctions waiver on Venezuelan oil
Six months after lifting U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's key oil and gas sectors, the Treasury Department announced Wednesday it will let those temporary licenses expire – saying Maduro's government did not uphold its end of the bargain.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/biden-administration-end-sanctions-waiver-venezuelan-oil/story?id=109359510

Growing demand for minerals sparks Indigenous outcry over “business as usual” mining practices
“We recognize and support the need to end fossil fuel reliance and shift to renewable energy as critical in addressing the climate crisis,” the statement read. “However, the current trajectory of the energy transition fails to meet the criteria of justice, social equity, and environmental sustainability, particularly from the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples’ rights and well-being.”
https://apnews.com/article/indigenous-rights-energy-transition-bolivia-mining-5bfc90d265315319e34e330103ec5744

Young people trapped in cost-of-living face desperate choice between essentials
A report by the YMCA, published today, highlighted testimonies from young people living in supported housing and how their struggles are driving a “significant decline” in mental and physical wellbeing. The report also highlights funding difficulties faced by YMCA’s local groups, which have seen a surge in demand for housing, amid soaring rents and energy bills, limit their ability to provide essential services.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/young-people-trapped-cost-living-face-desperate-choice-between-essentials

German minister kidnap plot: Sixth suspect charged
German prosecutors said on Wednesday that they had charged a sixth suspect in an alleged far-right plot to kidnap Health Minister Karl Lauterbach over COVID-19 restrictions. Prosecutors added that the groups also allegedly intended to overthrow the government as a whole. The 61-year-old male suspect was charged with "the preparation of a treasonous enterprise and membership in a terrorist organization," Frankfurt prosecutors said in a statement.
https://www.dw.com/en/german-minister-kidnap-plot-sixth-suspect-charged/a-68847998
https://archive.is/HwNDE

Ecuador: Police Repress Student Protest Against Referendum
Over the past week, blackouts have severely disrupted daily life in Ecuador, where citizens have taken to social media to express their discontent with President Daniel Noboa and his way of handling the energy crisis. … These protests occurred four days before a referendum through which the Noboa administration seeks constitutional reforms related to labor issues, international arbitration of foreign investments, penalties for crimes, and participation of the army in internal security.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Ecuador-Police-Repress-Student-Protest-Against-Referendum-20240417-0019.html

Brazil's Lula recognizes two more Indigenous lands, but postpones four others
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva officially recognized two more Indigenous territories on Thursday, but said he decided not to sign off on four others because they still need to be cleared by people currently occupying them. The recognition grants the territories legal protection as reservations to be defended against invasions by illegal loggers, gold miners and cattle ranchers.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazils-lula-recognizes-two-more-indigenous-lands-postpones-four-others-2024-04-19/
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Secret order 00447 was Goebbels invention

From Nazi newspapers printed in USSR in 1942-43. Turns out, Nazis were the final source for the mass repressions of 1937-38. Newspapers include every bit of the myth, from repressions of "formers", from secret troikas, from the absolute idiocy of a secret order to capture 700k people (how do you even detain 700k people with a secret reason for detainment? How do you imagine policemen explaining people why have they detained those people, lmao), to Yezhov carrying the reppressions out in secret from Stalin, to trials sentencing people to death and hiding the extent of repressions through saying to relatives that the repressed were actually sentenced to "10 years without the right to correspondence (write and receive letters)"

Do you feel like an idiot for believing that USSR killed 700k people in 1937-38 yet? That's literally Nazi propaganda, you know. And Soviet dissident myths came out from Nazi newspapers found in formerly occupied territories, given that to this fucking day nobody has ever found even one corpse out of those 700k
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Posadas and the Nuke Threads

Did Posadas have anything of value written or was it all just corny pseudoscientific claims and conspiracy theories along with doomer prepper anti-civ thought?
It just seems like a complete joke with the only thing legitimizing it being its brief involvement with the Cuban revolutionaries before being disowned.
The way it presents itself is like a Bordigist art project which somehow was schizophrenic enough to take itself seriously - also reminiscent of Nick Land after drugs.
Outside the obvious - we wouldn't survive a full on nuclear war. So is there anything worth reading about it or is it just a dead meme living on aesthetic and sci-fi?
I got to admit though, these covers look cool enough that I'm questioning if I should buy the books just for the swag.
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Public health and pandemics

Given how there is a new variant of concern circulating and the healthcare system (at least here in the US), is under stress. I'm making this thread to reopen discussion about COVID, and to an equally important extent public health in general. Even if there are other pressing concerns, I believe that it would be a mistake to not discuss the long term issues that will arise due to COVID on the health and well-being of working class populations and subsequently geopolitical implications, and how we as the left can account for this. Please feel free for international anons to give updates on your respective country's response (or lack of one).

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-variant-jn1-flu-surge-hospitals-cdc-warns/
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News 4/17/24

Leaked Cables Show White House Opposes Palestinian Statehood
Ahead of the United Nations Security Council action to consider the Palestinian Authority’s application to become a full member of the international body, the United States is lobbying nations to reject such membership, hoping to avoid an overt “veto” by Washington. The lobbying effort, revealed in copies of unclassified State Department cables obtained by The Intercept, is at odds with the Biden administration’s pledge to fully support a two-state solution.
https://theintercept.com/2024/04/17/united-nations-biden-palestine-statehood/
https://archive.is/wqaue

Israeli tanks push back into northern Gaza, warplanes hit Rafah
Israeli tanks pushed back into parts of the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday which they had left weeks ago, while warplanes conducted air strikes on Rafah, the Palestinians' last refuge in the south of the territory, killing and wounding several people, medics and residents said.
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israeli-tanks-push-back-northern-gaza-warplanes-hit-rafah-say-residents-2024-04-16/

Gaza detainees 'urinated on, made to act like animals' by Israeli forces, Unrwa says
The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa) said it received reports of mass ill treatment of Palestinians taken captive from Gaza by Israeli forces, including detainees being urinated on and made to act like animals, and children being attacked by dogs.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/un-warns-mass-ill-treatment-palestinians-israeli-detention

Hezbollah launches missiles and drones at northern Israel
The Israeli military said 14 of its soldiers were wounded in Wednesday’s attack and six were in serious condition. It added that it had “struck the sources of fire”. Later, the Israeli military said its fighter jets had struck “terrorist infrastructure” of Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/17/hezbollah-launches-missiles-and-drones-at-northern-israel
https://archive.is/UlSxO

Refugees trapped between hostile Cypriot coastguard and the sea ‘fear they will die of hunger’
Earlier this week, the Cypriot government announced that it would no longer process asylum applications from Syrian passport holders. Last week, the country’s President Nicos Christodoulides visited Lebanon to appeal to authorities there to stop the boat departures. Mr Christodoulides’s government is also attempting to convince the European Union to designate parts of war-torn Syria as “safe zones” in order to make deportations easier.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/refugees-trapped-between-hostile-cypriot-coastguard-and-sea-fear-they-will-die-hunger

US provides assurances to prevent Julian Assange appeal against extradition
It referred specifically to him having “the ability to raise and seek to rely upon” the first amendment but also said that its applicability “is exclusively within the purview of the US courts”. The assurances also state: “A sentence of death will neither be sought nor imposed on Assange.” If Assange is denied permission to appeal, he faces being extradited to the US within days as he will have exhausted all of his legal avenues in the UK courts. His only hope would then be if the European court of human rights intervened.
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2024/apr/16/us-provides-assurances-to-prevent-assange-appeal-against-extradition

Russian peacekeepers start withdrawal from Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh
Despite the deployment, Azerbaijan retook Nagorno-Karabakh by force in September last year in a move that triggered an exodus of 120,000 ethnic Armenians living there and the arrest of the breakaway area’s ethnic Armenian leaders. Armenia’s political leadership accused Moscow at the time of failing to protect Armenian interests, a charge Russia rejected. The peacekeepers had originally been due to stay until November 2025.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/17/russian-peacekeepers-start-withdrawal-from-azerbaijans-nagorno-karabakh
https://archive.is/X2tR7

Exit poll shows Croatia’s ruling conservatives win parliamentary vote, but cannot rule alone
The ballot pitted the ruling conservative Croatian Democratic Union, or HDZ, led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, against an alliance of centrist and left-wing parties informally led by populist President Zoran Milanovic and his Social Democratic Party, or SDP.
https://apnews.com/article/croatia-election-european-union-plenkovic-milanovic-b3a93b2598f60ebfdf663815dda2c0ad

Ecuador rations power as Andean drought tightens grip
Ecuador has begun to ration electricity in the country’s main cities as a drought linked to the El Niño weather pattern depletes reservoirs and limits output at hydroelectric plants that produce about 75% of the nation’s power.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/16/ecuador-rations-power-andean-drought

Israeli tourists attack vigil in Cusco in support of Palestine
On the night of Thursday, April 11, in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, a group of four Israeli tourists attacked people participating in a vigil in solidarity with the Palestinian people. The four men suspiciously approached the vigil and proceeded to violently rebuke the people present, insulting them with obscene words and gestures. They even physically approached in an intimidating manner and spat at the protesters, as well as at the Palestinian flag.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/04/16/israeli-tourists-attack-vigil-in-cusco-in-support-of-palestine/
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Weather Underground

I think reading up about these guys should be mandatory because they are a perfect illustration of what not to do. They were without a doubt perhaps the most incompetent and embarrassing armed group that has ever existed. Everyone, White Working class union members, Black Panthers and feminists all made fun of them and thought they were embarrassing retards
All their members hailed from very privileged backgrounds and were university students, Not surprisingly, when they were apprehended, only a handful faced any consequences or retribution from the government. Their grand "revolution" against the United States turned out to be a decade-long spree of meaningless bombings and vandalism. Law enforcement dubbed them the "toilet bombers" due to their penchant for targeting government building bathrooms. The pinnacle of their incompetence was when they accidentally blew up one of their own safe houses. Some of their members managed to evade capture for years(cause no one was actually looking for them), only to be astounded by the lenient punishment they received upon surrendering. cause law enforcement simply didn't deem them worth prosecuting. the majority of them are still alive and continue to enjoy their wealth to this day and are college professors and social activists.
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nikita's secret speech

Reading through this rn - its not even bad? Even gives some good arguments contra personality cult and why "enemy of the people" is a non-marxist idea - and outlines Lenin's humanism. Why again is Krushchev seen as a pariah?
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Has there ever been an organizational model that could withstand the western surveillance state?

inspired by the WU thread. Pouring over what might as well be a hundred different urban guerilla groups I have come to the conclusion that almost all of them get crushed within 5 years, if they do not disband before that. It seems that no organizational model no matter how secure can survive the wrath of the modern bourgeois state with even cell based movements easily getting busted rightoid lone wolf schizos getting fucked by forensics. Are there exceptions to this rule and has anyone come up with a mpdel that works at least longer than others? Hell, let's say revolution isn't even your goal, but a resistance movement with which people can exert pressure against a supposed fascist coup in the future? Is there hope or should we listen to demoralizer schizos?
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state assistance suicide

can i be so fucking fr rn we need to legalize doctor assisted suicide rather than have a bunch of senile old fucks living off social security who cant fucking do shit. they have no quality of life and only cause family members agony. my grandmother passed in october after a couple weeks of immense hospitalization and treatments. i remember her telling the doctors that she was suicidal and those fuckers didnt bat an eye. how come a 94 year old says theyre suicidal and no one takes it seriously. she had assets and family yet consider those without. if i wanted to kill myself and told someone i would probably be close to fucking doing it yet for my gma what is the point of her being alive. these clowns of government officials care more about keeping vegetables alive via machines feeding into the demand for hospitals rather than caring about their population. i wouldnt say i would help my gma kill herself but boy holy fuck . i would say my qualifications for state assistance with suicide would be underlining terminal conditions, old age (65+) and serious medical conditions equal to comas and such where going in you know the risks are really great if you proceed. Also fuck social security like quite honestly fuck that im paying to keep old ass bitches alive who don't appreciate me nor care while theyre in their multimillion dollar houses mocking at the millennials over a fucking SWEET TREAT!!!
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Was Cuba the Most Advanced Capitalist Country to ever have a Revolution?

Often times third worldists/maoists will point to the general failure of communism in the imperial core as a reason to concentrate more on the periphery of empire rather then the first world.
As I recently started to go over past succesful communist revolutions and it seems to me that Cuba (by a pretty large margin) was probably the most developed nation there has ever been a succesful revolution in. By the 1950s Cuba had moved past a pure agriculture or even production economy into a service economy in many ways not unlike many smaller western europea nations today. At the time of the revolution cuba was one of the most developed nations in south america.
This got me thinking, if this is true, what lessons should first world Marxists learn from the cuban revolution?
Is it worth it to alley with populists and nationalists in the west as Fidel did in cuba?
Or is there some other material condition that makes this unworkable for us today??
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Smol owner question

>the petty bourgeois can't be revolutiona-
<From the standpoint of capital, therefore, what with hindsight appears to be part of a normal business cycle looked more like a dangerous secular trend toward stalemate-or worse-at the point of production, with all that implied for profits and the attendant social function of capitalists. This perception is, again, consistent with the evidence available then and now. But it is inconsistent with modern assumptions about the social power and cultural authority of "big business." That is probably why the obvious question seems practically impertinent: what could workers bring to bear in their struggles against employers that created the stalemate of the late 188os and early 189os? To put it another way, what resources did capitalists lack?
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<If we follow the lead of the new labor historians and look more closely at the struggles for control of the workplace that began in earnest in the 188os, the significant variable appears to be the stance of the communities in which the struggles took place. When local officeholders, constables, editors, and small shopkeepers acted in solidarity with striking workers-and this seems to have been the norm-large employers were unable to impose their will on the labor force or to reshape the labor process, even if they imported external forces of law and order. Only when such solidarity was missing at the outset or undermined by protracted strikes, were the large employers able to reduce wages, break unions, and reconstruct the labor process.
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<In this sense, the microeconomic problem was inseparable from the macroeconomic problem, or, in the parlance of the late nineteenth century, the economic problem entailed a social question. For the stalemate at the point of production was enforced by a larger deadlock that clearly involved more than capitalists and workers. At the very least it involved the loyalties of a middle class that was still rooted in and defined by petty proprietorship, not by occupational ladders within large bureaucratic organizations. It involved a middle class, in sum, that apparently had not acknowledged the permanence or legitimacy of large capital, a class that could, therefore, side with striking workers against large capital.
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<The middle term in the urban-industrial stalemate was also the middle term in the larger standoff that characterized American society in the late nineteenth century. The solidarity of petite bourgeoisie and striking workers might look anomalous from the standpoint of the late twentieth century, but at the time it was no more anomalous than the political coalition of jackleg farmers and industrial workers that was forged in the late 188os and early 18gos. What all three functional groups shared-what allowed them to act in concert, seemingly as one class between 1889 and 1896-was a commitment to dispersed assets, competitive markets, and control of the property in one's labor power as the condition of self-determination.
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https://edberg.substack.com/p/note-on-labor-republicanism
Anyways, unite all the all forces which can be united, so the phrase goes.
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what are some funny and/or educational youtube channels, podcasts, or publications worth following?
can be dirtbag left, serious discussions, anything really
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News 4/16/24

Israeli court orders removal of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah
Diab told Wafa that the judge reopened the case under pressure from The Nahalat Shimon settler group. The group have been active in pursuing eviction orders issued by Israeli courts against Palestinian families. According to Diab, the three families have lived in the houses for 56 years and have been battling eviction orders since 2009.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestinian-families-receive-eviction-orders-east-jerusalem

Turkish soldiers threaten to kill local people in Şemdinli
The soldiers attempt to conduct a body search before GBT, and threaten and insult those who reject it. The Turkish soldiers then threaten the people who refuse to get out of the vehicle with "death threats" and open fire several times, saying, "We will shoot you, we will kill you".
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/turkish-soldiers-threaten-to-kill-local-people-in-Semdinli-72784

Israeli artist and curators decline to show work at Venice Biennale, call for ceasefire
"The art can wait, but the women, children and people living through hell cannot," the curators said in a statement together with the artist that expressed horror at both the plight of Palestinians in Gaza and relatives of hostages taken from Israel.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/israel-artist-venice-biennale-1.7174886

Italy passes measures to allow anti-abortion activists to enter abortion clinics
The move follows measures already adopted by several rightwing-led regions in funding pressure groups to infiltrate consultation clinics, which provide women with a certificate confirming their wish to end a pregnancy. Some regions, such as Marche, which is led by Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, have also restricted access to the abortion pill.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/16/italy-passes-measures-to-allow-anti-abortion-activists-to-enter-abortion-clinics

Greece names a convicted politician from Albania’s ethnic Greek minority as candidate in EU election
Fredi Beleris was elected mayor of the town of Himare in southern Albania last year but was arrested on vote-buying charges and not sworn in. He was then handed a two-year suspended sentence in March. The politician had denied the charges against him, and Greece’s government called his pre-trial detention unfair, threatening to block Albania's attempt at joining the European Union.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/greece-names-convicted-politician-albanias-ethnic-greek-minority-109304050

Kenyan striking doctors resist sacking threats
The medical professionals in the country have been taking industrial action for a month over issues including pay and the failure to hire trainee doctors, who cannot qualify without getting an intern position. Clinical officers, who provide outpatient services, have also joined the strikes.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/kenyan-striking-doctors-resist-sacking-threats

SPLM-N El Hilu: South Kordofan graduates ‘liquidated in explicit racist targeting’
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North under the leadership of Abdelaziz El Hilu (SPLM-N El Hilu) has accused the Sudanese Military Intelligence of liquidating nine young graduates in the area of Kuek in South Kordofan, on Thursday.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/spl-n-el-hilu-south-kordofan-graduates-liquidated-in-explicit-racist-targeting

Myanmar Rocket Attack Kills Four, Wounds Military Cadets
YANGON—A rocket attack by Myanmar anti-coup fighters killed four people and wounded 12, including cadets from the military’s elite officer academy, junta officials said Monday.
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-rocket-attack-kills-four-wounds-military-cadets.html
https://archive.is/MOQjX

US ties renewal of easing of Venezuela oil sanctions to progress on elections
Venezuela's oil exports in March rose to their highest level since early 2020 as customers rushed to complete purchases ahead of the predicted expiration of the U.S. license, Reuters reported this month. Venezuela's state-run oil firm, PDVSA, has said it is prepared for any scenario, including the return of full oil sanctions.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/us-says-it-will-not-renew-easing-venezuela-oil-sanctions-unless-progress-made-2024-04-15/

Colombia’s largest FARC dissident group urges ceasefire with government and ELN rebels
The commander of one of Colombia’s largest guerrilla organizations, the EMC, urged the government and rival group ELN to agree to a ceasefire. In a video, EMC commander “Ivan Mordisco” called on the government to reinstate a ceasefire in southwest Colombia. The guerrilla chief also called on the ELN to negotiate a ceasefire in the northwestern Arauca province where the rival groups have been fighting since 2021.
https://colombiareports.com/colombias-largest-farc-dissident-group-urges-ceasefire-with-government-and-eln-rebels/
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Cadre Training / Self Improvement Thread

We sort of need a thread for socs / commies etc to describe their life improvement goals and what they're doing to further their own lives in intractably capitalist society.

Remember the old thread when we were discussing how Communists should be like Shaolin monks, but unironically? Let's try to make it happen and cheer each other on!
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Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #79: No Iranian Ever Called Me [Insert] Edition

🇵🇸 PREVIOUSLY ON THE HOLY LAND 🇵🇸
>>>/leftypol/1822559
>>1822559

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• Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/8/israels-war-on-gaza-live-60000-pregnant-women-face-malnutrition-in-gaza

• Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

• The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

• Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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WIKI
Our own wiki. Be sure to add to it and create branching articles:
https://wiki.leftypol.org/wiki/2023_Israel–Gaza_war

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🗣️ RECOMMENDED SITES ✍️

https://electronicintifada.net
From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

https://mondoweiss.net/
From the USA

https://new.thecradle.co/
Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/blogs/
Known anti-zionist academic Norman Finkelstein's blog

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al-Qassam Brigades
https://en.alqassam.ps/

PFLP
http://pflp.ps/

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https://tv.leftypol.org/r/happeningsviaklash

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(USA)
https://www.answercoalition.org/join_a_protest_near_you_free_palestine
(UK+USA)
https://www.palestineaction.org/

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HIDE JIDF POSTS, IGNORE GLOWIE BAIT, DO NOT REPLY TO MOSSAD POSTERS
(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
يا عمال العالم ويا شعوبه المضطهدة، اتحدوا!
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News 4/15/24

Several Israeli troops wounded in Lebanon attack claimed by Hezbollah
Iran-backed Hezbollah said on Monday that it had detonated “explosive devices” targeting Israeli soldiers who crossed into Lebanese territory. In a statement, the group said its fighters planted explosive devices in the Tel Ismail area in southern Lebanon, near the border with Israel.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/15/several-israeli-troops-wounded-in-lebanon-attack-claimed-by-hezbollah
https://archive.is/qbjTf

Israeli military says it will respond to Iran, weighing 'variety of options'
Halevi's comments come amid reports that a response may be imminent, but Israel has not indicated how and when such an attack might be executed. An Israeli official told NBC News on Monday that the country will respond to the Iranian attack, but that there has been no final decision yet on scale and timing.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2024/04/israeli-military-says-it-will-respond-iran-weighing-variety-options

UK Foreign Office holding secret talks with Sudan’s RSF paramilitary group
News that the British government and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are engaged in clandestine negotiations has prompted warnings that such talks risk legitimising the notorious militia – which continues to commit multiple war crimes – while undermining Britain’s moral credibility in the region.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/apr/15/uk-foreign-office-holding-secret-talks-with-sudans-rsf-paramilitary-group

Scottish Trades Union Congress fails to back no-cuts motion
The motion did not win the backing of the general council however, who questioned the legality of such a move and called for the formulation of a “practical” strategy to oppose the cuts. North Lanarkshire,
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/scottish-trades-union-congress-fails-to-back-no-cuts-motion

Protesters rally, lawmakers brawl as Georgia debates 'foreign agent' bill
Parliament's legal affairs committee, which is controlled by the ruling Georgian Dream party and its allies, endorsed the bill, clearing the way for it to be submitted for a first reading on Tuesday. Protesters chanted "Russians! Russians!" at cordons of police securing approaches to the parliament, with water cannon deployed nearby.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/hundreds-georgians-protest-parliament-set-advance-foreign-agent-bill-2024-04-15/

Azerbaijan asks World Court to throw out Armenian ethnic cleansing case
The case accused Azerbaijan of glorifying racism against Armenians, allowing hate speech against Armenians and destroying Armenian cultural sites - all accusations that Baku denies. Azerbaijan subsequently filed a claim against Armenia, accusing it of discrimination and ethnic cleansing against Azeris and breaching the same treaty.
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/azerbaijan-asks-world-court-throw-out-armenian-ethnic-cleansing-case-2024-04-15/

Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders issued different messages for Eid. Experts say that shows tensions
The messages for Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan were delivered by supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, who defended the imposition of Islamic law and railed against the international community for its criticism, and Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, who called on the Taliban to be humble and avoid behaving in ways that make Afghans unhappy.
https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-taliban-eid-supreme-leader-haqqani-8aa7009650cef7eb5bade479417d7ca5

Power cuts surge amid persisting heatwave
The entire country of Bangladesh was in the grip of a mild to moderate heatwave, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said, predicting the continuation of the hot weather condition through April 20 and further worsening thereafter.
https://www.newagebd.net/post/country/232697/power-cuts-surge-amid-persisting-heatwave

Mexican authorities stop water extraction from reservoir that’s home to upscale lakeside community
She said they decided instead to supply Mexico City from the El Bosque reservoir, which is relatively unpopulated and a little farther from the capital. The El Bosque reservoir is just a little over half full. But authorities simultaneously got complaints from Mexico City residents that they were getting dirty or contaminated water. Inhabitants of one upscale Mexico City neighborhood staged a protest Tuesday, blocking traffic on the city’s main north-south avenue, complaining the water they were getting smelled of oil or gasoline.
https://apnews.com/article/mexico-city-water-crisis-reservoir-complaints-6f8b2189a3935468e5f61acf23f70711

Colombian Social Leader Shot Dead, 43 Killed This Year
In the Colombian city of Cúcuta, which has the main border crossing with Venezuela and is located in the northeast of the country, unknown armed men shot and killed social leader Jaime Vásquez on Sunday, confirmed William Villamizar, governor of the department of Norte de Santander, whose capital is Cúcuta.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Colombian-Social-Leader-Shot-Dead-43-Killed-This-Year-20240414-0008.html
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Wikispooks and Independent Journalism Thread

What is the general consensus on Wikispooks? I don't see it being talked about that often on here.

I think it's a good source for normalfags but gives too much credit to right wingers and neo nazis by treating them like innocent journalists that are snuffed by the big evil gov/corps. Also Independent Journalism thread.
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/career/

Previous thread: >>1263434

Talk about job/career advice and other related stuff from a leftist perspective. EX: How to get a job, promotion, skill, switch companies, resume, life hacks, etc.
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The Kim Family

Tell me about the Kim family. What are the defining characteristics of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung? Is there anything noteworthy about them? Any noteworthy contributions to socialism? Any interesting quirks that you know about? Do you prefer one over the other?
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Idpol should not be thrown out like that. I'd argue that besides class relations, idpol is the second most important part to any liberation movements in general, communist or not. Anti idpol leftists are just people who refuse to expand the same style of thinking into multiple directions besides just economics. It requires same logic.

People are oppressed and have unjust hierarchies placed on them > They should be liberated from those hierarchies and have equality established

Does that make sense to you now?
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The World Crisis by Paul Cockshott

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiqxGdY5_V4

He posted this short video last year, a few months before the War in (so-called) Israel began. How does it hold up? The conflict in Ukraine is still going on, with the United States (very slowly) bleeding money, and could the counterinsurgency against Hamas be the second front that finally brings it all down, in lieu of a war over Taiwan?
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Advice for talking to people on the street

Hello, I just need a few words of advice right now. I'm planning to give out leaflets tomorrow on the street for my organisation that I am trying to start, however I have no experience of anything like this on top of suffering from a lot of social anxiety. I was going to do it today but found I couldn't, but I will do it tomorrow. If anyone could give me good resources and advice on what to say, I would be very thankful. In general I need some words of encouragement as I am working totally alone in an enviroment where nobody even remotely agrees with me. In fact, telling me that I would be a coward if I didn't is good enough. Thank you <3
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/tttt/ Zionists

I am disgusted by the amount of Zionist bootlickers I see on /lgbt/. They’re all fascists who want to see every Muslim on Earth genocided to extinction. They are even worse on this issue than /pol/
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Sexual Pathology of Left-Wing Sects

I spent several years as a member of the American DSA, and have heard accounts from several other people on their time in more radical ML or Maoist organizations. From these I'd like to make two general observations:

1. For rank-and-file members, left-wing organizations are extremely sex-negative. Their social events are the most awkward, un-romantic things imaginable, and a lot of the time orgs will actively instruct their members not to form intimate relationships with each other.

2. In contrast, the leadership of these organizations are fucking constantly. Whether it's DSA polycules, Trot rape cults or Maoist sex gurus, org leaders always end up having far more sex than regular members. Often they end up fucking rank-and-file members, creating imbalanced relationships that end in scandal and abuse.

So why is this the case? Why are left-wing sects so imbalanced when it comes to having sex? Is there anything we can do to correct this imbalance and promote more healthy, productive relationships between our socialist cadres?
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/ukraine/ - Russia-Ukraine war general #173: ISIS-KKK-CIA-WTF-BBQ Edition

Remember!!: Steven Seagal will be there for you. Always!

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Evidence of the influence and origin of neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine
https://archive.ph/44B9Q
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323637
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323658
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323663
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323688
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323729
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323733
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323731
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323735
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323740

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ALWAYS APPROACH SOURCES CRITICALLY

Live maps and updates
DeepStateMap: https://deepstatemap.live
Events in Ukraine: https://eventsinukraine.substack.com/
SouthFront: https://southfront.org/category/all-articles/world/europe/ukraine/

Watch Together
📺 News/events: https://tv.leftypol.org/r/HappeningsviaKlash
📺 Hangout/chill: https://tv.leftypol.org/r/bloodcast

Watch By Yourself
>Video Essays / Historical Background
📺 Ukraine: The Avoidable War - Boy Boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL4eNy4FCs8

📺 America, Russia, and Ukraine's Far Right - Gravel Institute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0pyVJG7_6Q (Link TBA)

📺 Crimea vs Taiwan: Who Gets Self-Determination? - BadEmpanada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W_UH4fmyj0

📺 The Nature of Putin's Russia and Its Causes (3-Part Series) - 1Dime
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8d6Vzi7zYg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zODWTfMwFGw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZN1KK9Mzuo

<Current Happenings

📺 The Grayzone: https://www.youtube.com/@thegrayzone7996
📺 DDGeopolitics: https://www.youtube.com/@DDGeopolitics
📺 Defense Politics Asia: https://www.youtube.com/@DefensePoliticsAsia
📺 The Duran: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdeMVChrumySxV9N1w0Au-w
📺 The News Atlas: https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewatlas
📺 Military Summary: https://www.youtube.com/@militarysummary

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Social media
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R: 159 / I: 24

Nationalism is the most retarded ideology

I literally have more respect to political ideologies basing themselves on religious orders than one that bases itself on nationalism. Monastic orders and christian theologians have produced way more considerable philosophical works than any modern nationalist thinker can ever dream of.
Nationalism is a retarded ideology that has fortunately died and now resides in the dust bin of history. Ethnicities are proven to evolve consistently depending on material and historic circumstances and they will continue to evolve.
Nationalism needs to mold a quasi mythological past that is ultimately anchored in nothing in order to justify itself but to hide the fact that it is only a modern reskinning of a primitive tribal impulse.
R: 57 / I: 12

Class is the lowest hanging fruit for someone to choose to focus all their hate on

Before I begin my meme rant blogpost, I'm not taking away from the validity of hating on the super rich or anything like that because I think it's good to redistribute their wealth and keep them from becoming to powerful.
I'm just saying its EASY to go online or at some protest and say things like
>fuck rich people
>the only war is a class war
etc
It has the widest margins in the sense of 99% of humans on this planet would be considered lower class or whatever compared to that 1% who has millions or billions of money or assets. Ontop of that, since class has no color in the most strict unbiased definition, its just such a broad stroke that its like saying you hate mosquitos or disease or something.
On the flip side its HARD to get people to rally behined you when you say you hate women or certain genetics or sexualities or ideologies or certain religions or anything that could get you fired from work or outcast from your family friends or into physical altercations with randoms. Also on the side note, I don't want to straw man you guys and say that EVERYONE who says fuck the rich is also just deep down inside jealous and resentful for being born poor, because there are plenty of legit logistical, philosophical, historical reasons to keep rich people down, but nevertheless I wouldnt doubt if a significant fraction of commies were just sprouting their entire worldview from a simple jealousy view point.
TLDR: I guess my point is alot of you guys are stuck in like the tutorial mode of hate and theres only so much you can accomplish with that and its easy to say the things you say.
R: 3 / I: 1

General Strike!

Today's the day! No work, no school, cash out, stay in. We're sick of it!
R: 52 / I: 10

On breaking the law

How can I be a good leftist if I'm scared of going to jail? I already have a caution for vandalism, and I don't have rich parents so it's not like I will be able to walk away if I get arrested with no consequences. I am an autistic shutin with ARFID so I think I would suffer horribly in prison. Even if I got out a criminal record would make getting any kind of decent job a lot harder. But at the same time it's pretty much impossible to make any systemic change without breaking the law or at least bending it. Am I just a pussy? I don't know how leftism can get beyond this problem. Most ordinary working people especially with families are gonna be too scared to do anything truly subversive. What is the solution for this?

new thread check etc etc etc
R: 45 / I: 7

The Fundamental Problem with Anarcho-Capitalism

For the existence of anarcho-capitalism as described by ancaps, it would require no state to exist. At all.
The reason behind that is that if one country dissolves, other countries with state-backed capitalism (*cough* US *cough* *cough*) will swallow up the free market. Argentina is an example of that on steroids. State assets are being sold pennies to the dollar for Wall Street to take it all. These properties are being seized by US court orders. Millie there is even making it worse by accelerating it.

Personally, I am ideally an ancap, but pragmatically, anti-imperialist leftist. Purposely vague because there is no specific leftist ideology I subscribe to, closest being an anarchist, but it faces the same problems of ancap. State-backed monopolies on power funded from their regional economic zoo.

For example, I fully support China in many geopolitical economics. Instead of making their economy prey for the vultures of neo-liberal states to consume, they specifically regulated for any money coming in to help it rise up the development ladder, but focusing on capitalist goods, that is products that help create more products, and also had protectionist policies to help their infant industries grow with their aid. Banks there are state-owned and also instructed to give favorable loans to their infant industries, which is why while the US has a few space companies, China got even more.

On top of that, they are helping other countries follow the same path rather than be enslaved by the IMF and other US-backed institutions. The hypocrisy of the West is that they too took this path of protectionism and soft-autarky to build their industrialized societies. Yet now, they advocate to open up markets for their developed industries to take hold in foreign markets. And as an anti-imperialist, I cannot, in good conscience, see this blatant neo-colonial policies enacted while also believing in the freedom of the individual.
R: 6 / I: 0 (sage)

Anarchism and Literature

Can anarchists read anymore or do they rely on picture books? All those libtards who joined in during Occupy Wall Street are now back trying to make a buck off past revolutionaries with picture books and comics….
R: 20 / I: 3

Facts about Israel

The United States and Israel do not have a Mutal Defense Treaty. The United States is not obligated to go to war if Israel is attacked.
R: 38 / I: 1
>Be me, Spanish speaking South American
>Opens youtube news video regarding the zionists and Iran/Palestine
>Almost every comment is a batshit crazy evangelical cocksucking the jews

Does this happen in your country too?
R: 640 / I: 131 (full)

Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #78: Lets Go Bomb Tel Aviv Edition

🇵🇸 PREVIOUSLY ON THE HOLY LAND 🇵🇸
>>>/leftypol/1819894
>>1819894

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🚨 Live Happenings/Updates 🚨

• Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/8/israels-war-on-gaza-live-60000-pregnant-women-face-malnutrition-in-gaza

• Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

• The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

• Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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WIKI
Our own wiki. Be sure to add to it and create branching articles:
https://wiki.leftypol.org/wiki/2023_Israel–Gaza_war

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🗣️ RECOMMENDED SITES ✍️

https://electronicintifada.net
From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

https://mondoweiss.net/
From the USA

https://new.thecradle.co/
Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/blogs/
Known anti-zionist academic Norman Finkelstein's blog

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💣🔫 RESISTANCE 💣🔫

al-Qassam Brigades
https://en.alqassam.ps/

PFLP
http://pflp.ps/

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📺 WATCH TOGETHER 📺

https://tv.leftypol.org/r/happeningsviaklash

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✊🪧 TAKE ACTION AND TOUCH GRASS 🏴🔥

(USA)
https://www.answercoalition.org/join_a_protest_near_you_free_palestine
(UK+USA)
https://www.palestineaction.org/

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HIDE JIDF POSTS, IGNORE GLOWIE BAIT, DO NOT REPLY TO MOSSAD POSTERS
(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
يا عمال العالم ويا شعوبه المضطهدة، اتحدوا!
R: 80 / I: 21

Can fascism rise in the United States?

Do you think modern day fascists / abstract right wing authoritarians, anti democratic racists have the capacity to evolve beyond their larp stage and become something more deadly relative to "allowing" themselves to be co-opted into power or normalizing their politics? What could actually generate support for a new fascist-coded type of party or organization to rise in the United States?
R: 2 / I: 0

News 4/13/24

IRGC fires missiles, drones at Israeli positions in retaliatory attacks
The strikes are in response to numerous crimes committed by the Zionist regime, including an attack on the consular section of the Iranian embassy in Damascus and the martyrdom of a group of commanders and military advisors of our country in Syria, the statement added. An Israeli military spokesman has also confirmed that the missiles and drones were fired from Iran and said that the Zionist regime has put its anti-missile systems on alert.
https://en.irna.ir/news/85443281/IRGC-fires-missiles-drones-at-Israeli-positions-in-retaliatory
https://archive.is/0xam3

Death of Israeli teenager in West Bank fuels attacks on Palestinians
After Benjamin Achimeir, 14, was reported missing near Ramallah on Friday, hundreds of Jewish settlers backed by Israeli forces raided nearby Palestinian villages, torching cars and homes, and left at least one villager dead and dozens wounded. The attacks escalated in several villages on Saturday after Achimeir's body was found near the Malachi Hashalom outpost. AFP correspondents saw smoke rising from burnt houses and fields.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2024/04/death-israeli-teenager-west-bank-fuels-attacks-palestinians

AL infighting over supremacy soaks country with blood: BNP
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party said on Saturday that ruling Awami League people, who amassed illegal wealth through corruption, engaged in clashes with each other over the establishment of their supremacy and such clashes soaked the country with blood.
https://www.newagebd.net/article/230056/al-infighting-over-supremacy-soaks-country-with-blood-bnp

Protesters demanding restoration of Nepal’s monarchy clash with police
Supporters of the former King Gyanendra, who was removed from power in 2008, attempted to crash through police barricades in a bid to reach the offices of the prime minister and other key government departments. Riot police used bamboo batons and fired water cannons to push back protesters. No major injuries were reported.
https://apnews.com/article/nepal-protest-monarchy-gyanendra-2a56bb9e99dcf3985178fa83fa3b9dd4

Three killed in Ethiopia shootout as regional rebellions spill into the capital
Addis Ababa has been largely insulated from Ethiopia’s regional revolts. In addition to the violence in Amhara, the federal government is also battling a separate ethnic-based insurgency in Oromia, the country’s biggest region. Other armed groups are active in the Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and Somali regions of Ethiopia. Between 2020 and 2022, the federal military fought a bloody war against the northern Tigray regions, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
https://apnews.com/article/ethiopia-fano-shootout-addis-adaba-04f8d05efa499899c3d228fb57afb12e

Hundreds protest in Niger demanding departure of US troops
Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Niger’s capital to demand the departure of United States troops, after the military government further shifted its strategy by ending a military accord with the US and welcoming Russian military instructors.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/13/hundreds-protest-in-niger-demanding-departure-of-us-troops
https://archive.is/75k7V

Scottish Parliament urged to back Labour MSP's safety at work Bill
Those who could benefit include firefighters suffering work-related cancer, footballers suffering dementia and brain injuries and workers suffering the effects of Long Covid. But the Scottish Parliament’s social justice and social security committee has declined to back the Bill.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/scottish-parliament-urged-to-back-labour-msp-safety-at-work-bill

Germany bans Yanis Varoufakis from entering the country
The German Ministry of the Interior has issued a ban against DiEM25 co-founder Yanis Varoufakis after the police shut down the Palestine Congress that was set to take place in Berlin from April 12 to 14. This entails not only a ban on entry into Germany, but even a ban on any form of online participation and activity at political events in the country, with the German government going beyond the bounds of authoritarianism.
https://diem25.org/germany-bans-yanis-varoufakis-from-entering-the-country/

Ecuadorian tribunal deems arrest of former Vice President Glas illegal
The ruling comes after Francisco Hidalgo — a member of Glas’s left-wing political party, Citizen Revolution — submitted a writ of habeas corpus earlier this week on the former vice president’s behalf, arguing he had been unlawfully detained.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/13/ecuadorian-tribunal-deems-arrest-of-former-vice-president-glas-illegal
https://archive.is/Ta0l0

Argentine unions call another general strike for May 9
The measure taken by the CGT is a response to a meeting held a few days prior at the Casa Rosada, during the first official meeting with government officials. In response to their apathy in light of the dire economic, social and political context, the union called for a new measure of force to be unleashed as soon as possible.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/04/13/argentine-unions-call-another-general-strike-for-may-9/
R: 648 / I: 172 (full)

Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #77: Not a Trap an Ambush Edition

🇵🇸 PREVIOUSLY ON THE HOLY LAND 🇵🇸
>>>/leftypol/1813461

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🚨 Live Happenings/Updates 🚨

• Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/8/israels-war-on-gaza-live-60000-pregnant-women-face-malnutrition-in-gaza

• Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

• The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

• Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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WIKI
Our own wiki. Be sure to add to it and create branching articles:
https://wiki.leftypol.org/wiki/2023_Israel–Gaza_war

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🗣️ RECOMMENDED SITES ✍️

https://electronicintifada.net
From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

https://mondoweiss.net/
From the USA

https://new.thecradle.co/
Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/blogs/
Known anti-zionist academic Norman Finkelstein's blog

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💣🔫RESISTANCE💣🔫

al-Qassam Brigades
https://en.alqassam.ps/

PFLP
http://pflp.ps/

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📺 WATCH TOGETHER 📺

https://tv.leftypol.org/r/happeningsviaklash

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✊🪧 TAKE ACTION AND TOUCH GRASS 🏴🔥

(USA)
https://www.answercoalition.org/join_a_protest_near_you_free_palestine
(UK+USA)
https://www.palestineaction.org/

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HIDE JIDF POSTS, IGNORE GLOWIE BAIT, DO NOT REPLY TO MOSSAD POSTERS
(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
يا عمال العالم ويا شعوبه المضطهدة، اتحدوا!
R: 57 / I: 6

Russia VETOes continuation of Monitoring over DPRK Sanctions

Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution Thursday in a move that effectively abolishes the monitoring by United Nations experts of sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program, though the sanctions themselves remain in place.


Honest Reaction?
R: 3 / I: 2
>During the preliminary investigation, I said that I was not a spy, I was not a terrorist, but they did not believe me and severely beat me. During the twenty-five years of my party life I honestly fought with enemies and destroyed enemies. I also have crimes for which I can be shot, and I will talk about them later, but I did not commit those crimes that were charged with the indictment in my case and I am not guilty of them… I do not deny that I was drunk, but I worked like an ox… When during the preliminary investigation I wrote allegedly about my terrorist activities, my heart bled. I maintain that I was not a terrorist. If I wanted to carry out a terrorist act against any member of the government, I would not recruit anyone for this purpose, but, using technology, I would commit this vile deed at any moment… Tell Stalin that I will die with his name on my lips

Your honest thoughts?
R: 10 / I: 0

Senegal

New pink tide has dropped, the Pan Africanist axis in West Africa is no longer landlocked.
https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/4/2/photos-senegals-youngest-president-bassirou-diomaye-faye-sworn-in
>The left-wing pan-Africanist was sworn in on Tuesday after sweeping to a first-round victory in the March 24 elections on a pledge of reform. At age 44, he is Senegal’s youngest president.

>“Before God and the Senegalese nation, I swear to faithfully fulfil the office of president of the Republic of Senegal,” Faye said in Diamniadio, near the capital, Dakar.


>He also promised to “scrupulously observe the provisions of the constitution and the laws” and defend “the integrity of the territory and national independence and to spare no effort to achieve African unity”.


>Faye was released from prison less than two weeks before the vote along with popular opposition figure and mentor Ousmane Sonko after a political amnesty announced by Sall.


>“It’s the culmination of a long struggle for democracy and the rule of law,” said Aissata Sagna, 39, a factory worker who worked on Faye’s campaign. “This is a day of celebration for us, even if we have lost young people killed during the demonstrations.”


>The election tested Senegal’s reputation as a stable democracy in West Africa, a region that has experienced coups and attempted coups. It followed months of unrest ignited by the arrests last year of Sonko and Faye and concerns that the president would seek a third term in office despite constitutional term limits. Rights groups said dozens of people were killed in the protests and about 1,000 were jailed.


>Faye campaigned on promises to clean up corruption and better manage Senegal’s natural resources. His victory was seen as reflecting the will of young people frustrated with widespread unemployment and former colonial ruler France, seen by critics to be using its relationship with Senegal to enrich itself.


>In his first speech as president-elect, Faye – commonly known as Diomaye, or “the honourable one” in the local Serer language – promised to fight corruption and reform the economy.

Only problem is his party, the PASTEF, was dissolved before the elections. How is he supposed to govern?
R: 23 / I: 7

Is it me?

Am i the mong?
How can communism be "left wing" if "left wing" means anti-hierarchy / anti-obedience (T/F?)(albeit, my understanding is as per Wikipedia's "Left-Right political spectrum" article SO I POST HERE and references and "Left and Right: A Non-Euclidean Perspective" where he talks ab similarities btwn "monopoly Capitalism and totalitarian Socialism"…a great line, eh? Etc)
Please be genital.
It's my first time.
*blush*

https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/robert-anton-wilson-left-and-right-a-non-euclidean-perspective

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-right_political_spectrum

Last and def least, DO YOU AGREE:
For forms of Government let fools contest;
Whate’er is best administered is best:
For modes of Faith let graceless zealots fight;
He can’t be wrong whose life is in the right.
YOU MUST ANSWER.
YOU MUST ANSWER.
>YOU MUST BLOODY FUCKING ANSWERING >(right fuck now!!!!)!!!!
THREAD THEME:
https://youtu.be/eCo4C1dXLe8?
R: 33 / I: 2

What's actually stopping you from doing shit anon?

Picture this
>The year is 2056
>It's been three decades since the third great war
>You go to work at your shitty minimum wage Amazon warehouse job secured with your honors degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering
>You come home to your by-now hideous 40 something nagging boywife
>He barely even resembles the twink he once was even with his BezosCorp estrogen booster pack dependency
>You put your Nutro-Goyslop in the microwave and wait for the hard, gray block of inexplicable foodstuff to turn soft and mushy for your consumption
>You get a message from your stalinist/trotskyite/leftcom/anarcho party telling you that you missed your flyer distribution quota for this quarter and are being laid off for not defending the organization from its latest rounds of sexual misconduct allegations on the internet
>Wars, resource shortages and mass-scale exploitation on a stage never before seen has caused an influx of cheap labor funneled into conditions of abject ghettoism that invariably dissipated into crime with no infrastructure to support it
>Right wingers radicalized by MuskNet and developmentally disabled Kick streamers see this is as proof for their conspiracy theories and are launching lone wolf pogroms almost once a week, throwing the country deeper into despair, division and chaos
>The Unions have all but sided with the bourgeoisie as strikes continue to be sporadic, isolated and self-defeating
>You're stabbed to death for your shitcoin outside of your crate home as you try to take a hit from your CBD infused ElfBar to calm the nerves

Alright I'm being hyperbolic but you get the point. It's the era of capitalist decadence and only getting worse from now. Endearingly, what's the next step of your master plan, you alienated freak?
R: 17 / I: 3

News 4/12/24

Thousands in Chile walk out on general strike
There were huge demonstrations in Santiago, Valparaiso, Concepcion, Antofagasta and Ovalle, while a range of other protest actions took place in Atacama, Coquimbo, Rancagua, Temuco, Punta Arenas, Vina del Mar and many other towns. The strikers’ demands included wage increases, improved housing, stronger collective bargaining rights, better pensions, free education and quality healthcare. They also called for improvements in support for working families and the approval of a tax reform to fund greater social protections.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/thousands-chile-walk-out-general-strike

Colombia capital Bogota to ration water as reservoirs dry
Colombia's capital Bogota will start rationing water this week to alleviate droughts wrought by the El Nino weather pattern, which has exacerbated the Andean country's dry season and caused reservoir levels to fall, Mayor Carlos Galan said on Monday.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/colombia-capital-bogota-ration-water-reservoirs-dry-2024-04-08/

Brazil court says government must compensate victims of stray bullets in police raids
The ruling means that the state is now civilly liable for deaths or injuries resulting from either police or armed forces operations, even in cases where the forensics reports are inconclusive. The country’s top court was ruling in a case stemming from the killing of a man by a stray bullet in 2015 during an army action in Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished Mare neighborhood.
https://apnews.com/article/brazil-stray-bullets-court-decision-725cac168ff5d43db93bf9cf311089cf

Communist Party’s Kokuta demands cancellation of Japan-Israel EPA talks
A member of the Japanese Communist Party has called for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to scrap negotiations on an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with Israel, saying such an agreement could be seen as condoning Israel’s actions against Gaza.
https://www.arabnews.jp/en/japan/article_119599/
https://archive.is/0Xlhs

Singapore ‘tightens screws’ on Myanmar generals with arms trade crackdown
Singapore has responded to United Nations pressure by cracking down on sales of weapons through its territory to Myanmar, delivering a serious blow to the embattled generals, who seized power in a coup more than three years ago.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/12/singapore-tightens-screws-on-myanmar-generals-with-arms-trade-crackdown
https://archive.is/2bHdW

Apple Warns iPhone Users in 92 Countries, Including India, of ‘Mercenary Spyware Attacks’
In October 2023, Apple had sent a warning on “State-sponsored attackers trying to remotely compromise” iPhones belonging to a number of journalists and Opposition politicians in India, with many of them tweeting the screenshots of the alerts.
https://www.newsclick.in/apple-warns-iphone-users-92-countries-including-india-mercenary-spyware-attacks

Gulf states warn US not to launch strikes on Iran from their territory or airspace
As tensions flare, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman and Kuwait have raised questions about the intricate details of basing agreements that permit tens of thousands of US troops to be stationed across the oil-rich peninsula. They are also moving to prevent US warplanes from flying over their airspace in the event the US conducts a retaliatory strike on Iran.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-gulf-states-warn-us-not-launch-strikes-iran-territory-airspace

Iran Pardons 4 Environmental Activists to Commemorate Eid al-Fitr, Lawyer Says
On Monday, Kaveh Madani, Iran’s former No. 2 environmental official who is now the director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, said in a post on the social media platform X: “Our long nightmare has ended. The remaining imprisoned Iranian Environmentalists will be finally released. This is a great day for Iran’s environment.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/08/world/middleeast/iran-pardons-environmentalists.html
https://archive.is/g6ZH5

Prominent surgeon says he was denied entry to Germany for a pro-Palestinian conference
A prominent British-Palestinian surgeon who volunteered in Gaza hospitals during the first weeks of the Israel-Hamas war said he was denied entry to Germany Friday to take part in a pro-Palestinian conference — an event that police later ended early. Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta said he arrived at Berlin airport on Friday morning before being stopped at passport control, where he was held for several hours and then told he had to return to the U.K.
https://apnews.com/article/germany-gaza-doctor-conference-entry-refused-e82252cb9bc5e010e8bfd0689f816e53

EU parliament adopts sweeping asylum reform
For the far-left, the reforms – which include building border centres to hold asylum-seekers and sending some to outside "safe" countries – were incompatible with Europe's commitment to upholding human rights. It was "a pact with the devil," said Damien Careme, a lawmaker from the Greens group.
https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20240410-eu-parliament-vote-stricter-migration-rules-landmark-asylum-reform
https://archive.is/3RVoi
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Why did nobody tell me about the Marxist episode in Star Trek?
>exploitation
>union
>strike
>anti-scabbing
>Marx quote
I uploaded it here, available for 7 days: https://we.tl/t-y43zW2cM4B
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A genocide is being broadcast to mainstream media and people are getting poorer every year in the first world but there is still no class solidarity in sight. The focus is still on culture wars. How are we supposed to deal with this? How can we stay optimistic despite the odds being stacked against the interests of the working class?
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capitalism and ai working together is going to lead to a dystopia. What can leftists do to try and fight back against this? The answers are probably obvious but I just wanted to make a new thread.
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on the rosa question

if rosa luxemburg were in charge of the soviet union in 1921, she would have responded to the krondstadt mutiny by having every single anarchist in russia publicly executed. the weird perception of her as a "softer" or "more palletable" choice than lenin is so far from the truth. rosa luxemburg was also significantly more "dogmatic" than bordiga was. she rejected things like natlib and trade unions far more thoroughly than he ever did. if she hadn't been murdered by fascists she'd be far more hated by both mls and anarchists for sure. and to be clear, i like her and say none of this in an attempt to bury her
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Western democratic development of the entire world is the most viable path

To socialism
I'm promoting a theory people here don't know of, it was promoted by a heterodox Marxist from the early 20th Century, named Karl Kautsky
Basically, the most viable path to communism is for western liberal democratic institutions to spread throughout the world, for western financial institutions to unite the world under a single transactional system, and then, push as hard as we can for reforms
Once the bourgeoisie realizes that imperialism and capitalism and fossil fuel extraction is literally more expensive than internationalism, socialism, and autonomous energy infrastructure, the capitalists will realize there is no stable foundation to their economic system and politicians will realize upholding capitalism is pointless and that war is unwinnable, at which point we use the democratic mechanisms gained from the example of western democratic governance spread throughout the entire world to simply vote collectively on a global scale to end capitalism and fossil hegemony, global NATO will become a reality and with the world under one banner imperialism will dissolve since empires only make sense with an exterior to itself

Reject tradition, embrace modernity
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>why doesn't Cockshott fix the NHS if his theories work
Well why doesn't he?
There's his opportunity right there since the UK health system apparently is not as good as it could be?
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Iskra for the 21st century

I've been rereading Lenin's What is to be done, Where to start and Letter to a comrade and it got me thinking. How many existing socialist organizations actually try applying the rational organizational kernel cleaned from autocratic circumstances Lenin posits in the texts? By that I mean: how many organizations actually try establishing a unified organ whose sole purpose is to connect all these disperse organizations and fights?

Setting up a server whose only purpose is to host an email service which informs everyone of existing sturggles and give a clear, broad picture of the movement? It is no secret that most leftist organizations are sects - kruzhoks. Even if it comes to cops busting this set up, you just need a cheap PC to set up another.

Imagine getting a weekly update what is happening in your country when it comes to leftist sturggles from people actually struggling. Imagine the theoretical and tactical texts suited from local conditions that could develop from this broad and encompassing picture of the struggle.

Why hasn't this been done?
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Nicaragua's ruling party

Since Nicaragua is in the news, I have glanced over their ruling party and I simply don't comprehend it. It simply does not make any sense.

What are your thoughts on it?
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underrated writings/papers

i feel like /leftypol/ has been caught in a slump for some time and i think its mostly in part because everyone here has kinda fallen into the same four or five writings from the same four or five people so post some shit that usually isn't posted here or anywhere else for that matter
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>Listen to sabashit song about the failed siege of Gallipoli where the Turks pushed out the Allied invaders
>song be like: "boohoo there's no victory, no goal, only sadness from westoids who lost their sons"

In comparison songs about the siege of Vienna and the six day war fully glorifies the Poles and zionists and portrait the other side as subhuman filth

Any other shit bands that are blatantly White supremacist and imperialist propagandists?
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Is Marxist Paul a good substitute for reading socialist books? I like reading fiction, but some socialist books are just so thick and dense and difficult to understand that having videos to break it down sounds easier to me.
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Is marching with liberals viable?

Under a popular front for issues such as drug decriminalization / legalization, opposing corporate interests, opposing bad government policies, antifascist demonstrations and many other single-issue politics - is marching alongside liberals viable?

A prime example of such a case would be the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. And the point of it is often not to endorse liberal reformism or even more pointless voting - but to be used as a means of spreading propaganda and solidarity among the working class. More recent examples would be the 2023 French pension reform protests, the Framers' protests in all of Europe, the 2021 Brazilian protests and thousands upon thousands more.

A leftcom Bordigist for example would oppose such activities as antifascism in general, because of these features of influencing the broader masses (including liberals) which are dubbed as class-collaboration and denounced.

It ultimately also becomes a debate of big-tent organizing and secular puritanism.

I also made this thread to mention the upcoming protest in Bulgaria - Sofia called 'Use is not Under the influence of' (Протест - "Употреба" не е "въздействие") which seeks to protest against the unjust laws that have come through the infamous american so called War on Drugs. The bulgarian people have been getting arrested and facing prison time for up to 8 years for possesing one joint. The protest against such laws however is mostly driven by liberals. Although I have heard that some Anarchists from the organizations of FAB (Federation of Anarchists in Bulgaria) & The Bulgarian Prisoners' Association will also likely be attending. The anarchist faction does not attend hoping to change things through voting or reforms, but rather seeks to spread awareness about the sort of police brutality that is enacted onto victimless crimes.

Is all of it worth it? Has it yielded any results, historically speaking?
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Interesting marxist intellectuals interviews

listened to this very interesting interview of comrade Vijay Prashad and thought I would share it here and request similar vids. What other interesting modern marxist intellectuals can be listened to ?
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The Zionist Government will be gone by the end of the decade

Jewish people are not the majority in Israel/Palestine. No government can long stand without the consent of the majority of the governed. https://www.timesofisrael.com/jews-now-a-minority-in-israel-and-the-territories-demographer-says/
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so i finished watching the entire series and something made me feel uneasy. starting with episode 6 and going into episode 7 the show takes a very political turn. a turn against capitalism and an actual, intended or not, positive portray of communism. almost directly actually. at least, it takes the blame completely away from communism, portray some of the communist in the show as actually good people fighting against the evils of capitalism. at least those to be heavily hinted at as being communist. which made me very delighted but then it dawned to me, this is a amazon prime production based off a video game from bethesda who is now owned by microsoft. three massive, very capitalist, corporations that have shown time again to be very for profit.

but even if we remove the debate whether or not communist being portrayed as good did happen in the show, the show itself was extremely critical of capitalism and that makes me wonder why these billion dollar corporations that are the epitome of why capitalism is bad, be telling its viewers, the very nature of amazon, bethesda, and microsft, everything they stand for, the people who made the show and games, are bad? why would they want their consumers to hate the very thing that allows these elites, these companies, to exist in the first place?

is it some sort of chess move i don't understand? have we reached a state where capitalism could very well nuke the planet and people won't care so these companies don't care if criticism about them is made? or more wishful thinking, they think this will spare them from the revolution? i don't understand their move here. i don't expect capitalist companies to allow people to hate them.
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Some Eastern Europeans who lived through state capitalist dictatorships do not know what communism is.

Despite being a center-left liberal, I have a measure of respect for non authoritarian socialists such as libertarian socialists and anarchists even if I think their outlook is a little utopian, I'd rather prefer that than being realistic in the way Marxist-Leninists are. But that's not the point.

The point it is, that some people who lived through that environment and had suffered through that system thinks that there's advantages and disadvantages to both capitalism and socialism, while others suffered through it so badly they've completely been soured on the idea of socialism in general and don't want to entertain that thought of the system at all. For the latter group, how can we at least get them to agree that there's different types of socialism that are not authoritarian and repressive like the USSR was.
For the former group, I've seen some of them online sing the praises of the positives and the negatives the economic system had on their lives. I have a theory that the wildly differing responses come from the fact that life in the Eastern Bloc was not equal in terms of quality and that things varied from state to state.

I'll be honest that the other big problem that the USSR had besides that was corruption. Anyways hope to open a good faith discussion here, and hope I haven't stepped on anyone's toes besides tankies here. I think the people with USSR sympathies aren't so bad except for the literal Stalinists.
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a lot of talk about death squads, you know, the shit like Operation Gladio, the contras, etc lately in my circles

Here’s my take:

These types of death squads simply won’t be needed here in the States. The feds don’t need to train groups of people to do that, because there are already a large number of people who are absolutely primed to murder. The idea that you can murder a protestor with your car is already considered acceptable, in fact there’s laws in several states that allow it.

So we’re seeing more and more of these large mobilized protests, blocking highways, etc. We need to ask this deathly serious question: “Are we prepared for the eventual right winger who decides to be a hero (in their mind) and let everyone go to work? Who decides to grab the strap and start spraying us?”

I would say no, we absolutely aren’t prepared for that. In fact I would say that most people even on the “left” don’t see this as an actual threat. I think there is a certain level of complacency that we will need to rapidly drop. I’m just as guilty of it as anyone.

Once this event happens, and it’s more of an eventuality than an IF, the act will become normalized within the discourse. It benefits the state for that to happen, and it is exactly what happened after Charlottesville. We saw these laws passed after the dude with the challenger rammed into those protestors at full speed.

Our enemy has deemed the murder of 75 children a day an acceptable thing in order to preserve neoliberal capitalism. We’ve seen right wingers do multiple mass shootings ie Buffalo.

What do you think will happen when the same is done to an interstate blockade? The right will support it, either subtly or explicitly, the liberals will be calling for gun control while supporting the status quo.

Do you think we will adapt? or continue our “peace”? Do you think any current party will be willing to “take it there”? When every single one maintains a reformist political line? One that entails reforming the settler state, “fixing democracy” and “preserving Amerikan culture”?

We’ve been writing our representatives, voting and engaging in the “process” and yet, our futures are no less doomed than they were when I was in high school 10 years ago. All of this points to one simple, yet hard to grasp fact. There can be no reform, only revolution. There can be no peaceful gains, only revolution. 75 children murdered everyday should tell you that “voting in socialism” is a settler dream at best, controlled opposition at worst.

There is no way to separate the history of America, Israel, Canada, New Zealand or Australia from settler colonialism, this is to our advantage when it comes to transitioning, to pull from Kwame Ture, from a mobilized force to an organized one. This movement is not like OWS in that we can “reform” Wall Street, or redistribute wealth, to dismantle settler colonialism and it’s global imperialism can only be revolutionary in nature.

Further, one only needs to look at the amount of “Cop Cities” being built in the US, the size of the Gaza strip relative to cities like NYC, Dallas, etc to realize that the climate plan is Gaza.

Take, for instance, the development of ‘Cop City’ in Atlanta, a project that involves destroying the city’s last remaining forest to construct a sprawling urban warfare training facility for police. Why is there a need for urban warfare training for police forces? This development points towards an unsettling anticipation of conflict, suggesting a preparation for scenarios that go beyond the already normalized police brutality. It becomes clear that Palestine is the climate plan for the rest of us. It becomes clear the tactics employed to subjugate and ethnically cleanse Palestinians have their foot on our doorstep, future violence to be inflicted upon us by the powers that be, the ruling capitalist elites.

Another example, the Biden administration’s environmental policies. Despite campaign promises to curtail drilling, the reality has been starkly different. The approval of the Willow Project (despite a 2 million strong petition and multiple protests) and the issuance of more federal drilling contracts for fossil fuels than even under the Trump administration are not just policy shifts. This isn’t a minor oversight; it’s a glaring contradiction that speaks volumes about the priorities and commitments of those in power. The question we must ask is: If 75 murdered children a day is an acceptable cost, what does that mean for your child’s future? What does this say about the direction our society is taking, and what can be done to alter this course?

Anything less than a true revolution, a true PPW, and a total dismantling of the current regime is essentially a bribe to the population. “Well we need to keep murdering kids, but we’ll give you Medicare for all” that was the Bernie era socialism in the settler state.

I say, it’s time to move to the Houdini era, to embrace the impossible odds and the miracle escape, to break the chains. It can be done. It will be done. It must be done. If it is to be done then we must be shed the idealism, the complacency, we must understand that the struggle is eternal, that the Amerikan regime has created countless martyrs and we could very well be next to join them if we aren’t realistic about the stakes of the game we play. The People’s Republic of Turtle Island will provide us a future this regime could never, one where death is no longer worshiped and normalized.

>No prison can hold me; no hand or leg irons or steel locks can shackle me. No ropes or chains can keep me from my freedom. -Harry Houdini
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News 4/11/24

South Korea’s prime minister and top presidential officials offer to resign after election defeat
Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and all senior presidential advisers to Yoon, except those in charge of security issues, expressed their intentions to resign, according to Yoon’s office. It didn’t immediately say whether Yoon accepted their resignations. Executive power in South Korea is heavily concentrated in the president, but the prime minister is the No. 2 official and leads the country if the president becomes incapacitated.
https://apnews.com/article/south-korea-yoon-parliament-election-8a538a2c99146aa6e2279d13b6a6ea3c

Vietnamese property tycoon sentenced to death in country’s largest financial fraud, state media reports
The loans were reportedly worth a total of $44 billion and accounted for more than 90% of SCB’s lending between 2012 and 2022. An estimated $12.3 billion was allegedly funneled to Van Thinh Phat while other funds were used privately. Some of the over 1,000 loans had been settled by Lan, judges found, but the court said she would have to compensate the bank fully.
https://www.cnbc.com/2024/04/11/vietnamese-property-tycoon-sentenced-to-death-in-financial-fraud-case.html

Ordinary people suffered most during this year’s Eid, says Fakhrul
The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Thursday said that this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, has brought no joy for the country’s ordinary people due to exorbitant prices of all products.
https://www.newagebd.net/article/229975/ordinary-people-suffered-most-during-this-years-eid-says-fakhrul

Indonesia Commits to Establishing Diplomatic Ties With Israel for First Time in History
Indonesia is willing to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary-General Mathias Cormann informed Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Thursday. The establishment of ties with Israel is one of the steps Indonesia has committed to in order to join the international organization, of which Israel is also a member.
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2024-04-11/ty-article/.premium/indonesia-commits-to-establishing-diplomatic-ties-with-israel-for-first-time-in-history/0000018e-cbfa-dc14-a9de-ebfec78c0000
https://archive.is/7UJVu

Israeli ultra-Orthodox minister breaks ranks on military draft
Interior Minister Moshe Arbel, of ultra-Orthodox party Shas, said that "the reality after October 7 is that the ultra-Orthodox community must understand that it is no longer possible to continue like this." With the country at war for more than six months since the unprecedented Hamas attack, Arbel told a podcast "there is no moral possibility" for students of Jewish seminaries, or yeshivas, to avoid the draft.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2024/04/israeli-ultra-orthodox-minister-breaks-ranks-military-draft

France's interior minister set to visit Morocco for 'security cooperation'
A report by Africa Intelligence has confirmed that Paris is encouraging French investors to explore opportunities in the territory. In a press release, the Polisario Front condemned "this dangerous escalation of France's hostile stance towards the Sahrawi people."
https://www.newarab.com/news/france-interior-minister-morocco-security-cooperation

Petition for Ukrainian-style visa for Palestinians nearing threshold for parliamentary debate
At least two people have died waiting for the Home Office to decide whether they can reunite with loved ones in Britain, a spokesperson added, saying: “The British Government has previously swiftly offered protection to Ukrainian families under the Ukraine Family Scheme.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/petition-ukrainian-style-visa-palestinians-nearing-threshold-parliamentary-debate

Colombia’s ELN guerrillas say peace talks have been “frozen”
"During the month of March, the government’s decisions continued with the double handling of the peace process with the ELN, in which it attends this Dialogue Table, while underneath it it promotes the demobilization in Nariño, conduct contrary to the fair play and good faith that should characterize the peace talks." ELN The ELN statement was published ahead of a meeting between the two peace delegations in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.
https://colombiareports.com/colombias-eln-guerrillas-say-peace-talks-have-been-frozen/

Dominican authorities launch probe after an immigration officer is accused of raping a 14-year-old
Molina said the girl’s mother was at work at the time of the assault and that he had accompanied the mother to file a complaint. He added that the family is being harassed as a result. A statement from the General Directorate of Migration, responding to a query from The Associated Press, said that if an officer is found to be involved in the incident, he would face justice.
https://apnews.com/article/dominican-republic-rape-haitian-girl-5b2584c10a19b2b01ae1b81d95351e4c

Salvadoran Court Decried for Letting Case Against 'Santa Marta 5' Continue
Defenders of the "Santa Marta Five" have highlighted not only the Salvadoran government's failure to show any proof of the men's guilt, but also the fact that perpetrators of civil war-related crimes are protected under a 1992 amnesty agreement between the government and FMLN.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/el-salvador-environment
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Glowiepedia thread

post instances of Wikipedia glowing, that is WP displaying blatant US/NATO propaganda or disinformation as facts
discuss ways of making WP glow less, including sharing sources that counter the glow. meta studies by reliable institutions are best
what to do if you discover radioactive material on WP:
>do NOT edit without logging in. otherwise your IP will be displayed. IP edits are viewed with more suspicion by editors. VPN or Tor IPs even more so
>DO register an account
>do NOT register more than one account per IP. sockpuppetry is not difficult to detect
>DO edit more articles than just those that glow. this helps build good reputation
>DO complain loudly on Talk pages. some articles are restricted, but Talk pages generally are not
>DO familiarize yourself with WP's bureaucracy. lib editors love referring to WP:OR, WP:SYNTH and similar to try and shut down discussion
WP editors are autistic, but not as autistic as the average poster here is. dedicated comrades can de-glow pages given sufficient numbers and patience
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Redscarepod, Stupidpol, and Patsoc: the Ideological Reconstruction of Fascism

I named those subs as the places in my experience you're the most likely to meet "developed" patsocs, imo they represent the two faces of patsoc, nationalist "socialists" that long ago embraced specifically negative integration strategies to get western proles on board for "socialism" (enhanced welfare) that is stupidpol, and the intense cultural chauvinism and nearly mask off fascists that are RSP; see I realize something, these people, in an ideological sense, are like the original fascists but as farce

See, communists get too into the reeds in their rivalry with the fascists to the point that we forget, the original fascists mutated out of fringe interwar socialist parties; the OG fascists pretended to be socialists for quite a long time, even the only true revolutionaries

In every way, patsoc, and a lot of the anti-idpol left, are more ideologically fash than polfags, they've literally reconstructed fascist ideology piece-meal accidentally, vs polfags that are just normal brain dead bigots
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Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #76: Sword of Marx Edition

Judeo-bolshevism conspiracies are so 20th century, now we blaming communism creation on Islam homies 😎

🇵🇸 PREVIOUSLY ON THE HOLY LAND 🇵🇸
>>>/leftypol/1806692

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Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/8/israels-war-on-gaza-live-60000-pregnant-women-face-malnutrition-in-gaza

Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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WIKI
Our own wiki. Be sure to add to it and create branching articles:
https://wiki.leftypol.org/wiki/2023_Israel–Gaza_war

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🗣️ RECOMMENDED SITES ✍️

https://electronicintifada.net
From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

https://mondoweiss.net/
From the USA

https://new.thecradle.co/
Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/blogs/
Known anti-zionist academic Norman Finkelstein's blog

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al-Qassam Brigades
https://en.alqassam.ps/

PFLP
http://pflp.ps/

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https://tv.leftypol.org/r/happeningsviaklash

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(USA)
https://www.answercoalition.org/join_a_protest_near_you_free_palestine
(UK+USA)
https://www.palestineaction.org/

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HIDE JIDF POSTS, IGNORE GLOWIE BAIT, DO NOT REPLY TO MOSSAD POSTERS
(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
يا عمال العالم ويا شعوبه المضطهدة، اتحدوا!
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News 4/8/24

Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqah dies in Israeli occupation prison
After spending 38 years imprisoned by the Israeli occupation, the Palestinian revolutionary organizer and thinker, Walid Daqqah died at age 62. Daqqah was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in December 2022 and also suffered from chronic lung disease. Activists and left groups maintain that Daqqah was killed by intentional medical neglect by Israeli prison authorities.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/04/07/palestinian-prisoner-walid-daqqah-dies-in-israeli-occupation-prison/

After kidnapping, senior Lebanese Forces official found dead in Syria
The kidnapping and subsequent killing of a local official of the Lebanese Forces (LF), one of the largest Christian political parties in Lebanon, over the weekend has caused outrage and sparked sectarian tensions in the country, which is already at a boiling point due to the ongoing conflict between the Shiite Hezbollah paramilitary group and Israel in the south.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2024/04/after-kidnapping-senior-lebanese-forces-official-found-dead-syria

Clashes reported on Armenia-Azerbaijan border hours after EU support announced
In a statement Saturday, the Armenian Foreign Ministry reported clashes “in many parts of the border” along with “the movement of dozens of military vehicles,” alleging that the neighboring country “has clearly pursued a provocative goal.” However, according to Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry, Armenian troops have opened fire on its positions more than 30 times since Friday.
https://www.politico.eu/article/clashes-reported-on-armenia-azerbaijan-border-hours-after-eu-support-announced/
https://archive.is/H1NYC

Ally of left-wing PM wins Slovak presidential election
Mr Fico’s left-wing Direction — Social Democracy party won September’s parliamentary elections on a pro-Russian and anti-US platform. Mr Pellegrini, who favours a strong role for the state, heads the left-wing Voice party, which finished third in the September election and joined a coalition government with Direction and the ultranationalist Slovak National Party. The new government immediately halted arms deliveries to Ukraine.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/ally-left-wing-pm-wins-slovak-presidential-election

After charging them with terrorism-related activities, Egyptian authorities release 14 pro-Gaza activists
An Egyptian state security prosecutor ordered the release of 14 activists on Sunday, 7 April, a few days after they were in custody pending terrorism-related charges over joining a pro-Gaza protest held earlier last week in the capital, Cairo. The activists, including men and women, detained late on Wednesday, 3 April, and in the early hours of the following day, were accused of "disseminating false news" and "joining a terrorist group," among several other charges.
https://www.newarab.com/news/egypt-releases-14-pro-gaza-activists-facing-terror-charges

A Dubai company’s staggering land deals in Africa raise fears about risks to Indigenous livelihoods=
Blue Carbon, which did not respond to repeated emails and calls seeking comment, plans to make money from this conservation by selling carbon credits to polluters to offset their emissions as they burn fossil fuels. Some experts argue that the model offers little climate benefit, while activists label it “carbon colonialism.”
https://apnews.com/article/carbon-credits-africa-communities-protests-92f99dfd488c80e1b5a4cae69c07e6fd

Myanmar military forced by anti-regime forces to abandon key town
Thai PBS said more than 600 Myanmar nationals, including nearly 500 officers, were attempting to enter Thailand so that they could be rescued by air and return to serve the ruling junta. Myawaddy borders Mae Sot in Thailand and is a major trading route between the two nations.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/myanmar-military-forced-anti-regime-forces-abandon-key-town

Haiti: Transitional Council in Gangs' Crosshairs
The gang coalition maintains the argument that the CPT was born in Jamaica under the sponsorship of the Caribbean Community and under the watchful eye of the United States government, and therefore has no validity whatsoever. The bandits claim that they left out sectors of the Haitian citizenry, including people with known links to them, and repeat time and again that the government should be born in Haiti and not outside its borders.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Haiti-Transitional-Council-in-Gangs-Crosshairs-20240408-0015.html

Brazil Supreme Court strikes down military intervention thesis in symbolic vote for democracy
The court’s decision came in response to an argument that right-wing former President Jair Bolsonaro and his allies deployed in recent years. They have claimed that Article 142 of Brazil’s Constitution affords the military so-called “moderating power” between the executive, legislative and judicial branches.
https://apnews.com/article/brazil-supreme-court-armed-forces-coup-bolsonaro-f37091942f14d979a91653afd7aeae0d

Venezuelan ex-general sentenced to over 21 years for helping Colombia's FARC
A former Venezuelan general with close ties to the late leftist president Hugo Chavez was sentenced to 21-2/3 years in prison in the United States on Monday for supplying weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/venezuelan-ex-general-sentenced-over-21-years-helping-colombias-farc-2024-04-08/
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Oh no, Russian FSB has declassified more documents about Nazi falsifications about Katyn https://tass.ru/obschestvo/20515213

How can Katyn denialists ever recover?

MOSCOW, April 11. /tass/. The FSB Directorate for the Smolensk Region has declassified archival documents on crimes committed by the Nazis in the region during the Great Patriotic War, including materials on the executions of Poles and the falsification of the Katyn Case by German special services.

The TASS correspondent got acquainted with copies of documents submitted to the OGKU "State Archive of the Modern History of the Smolensk region" within the framework of the project "Without limitation period".

The archive includes information, intelligence and special reports of the Smersh counterintelligence dated 1944-1945. A significant part of the documents are the interrogation protocols of Poles who served with the Germans in the Smolensk region, the forensic medical expert of the Budapest City Royal Court, Imre Sechody, a member of the commission investigating the murder of Polish officers in the Katyn forest, Boleslav Smektal and others involved.

For example, a native of Poland, Eduard Potkansky, who served in a workers' battalion formed by the Germans from Poles in a camp at the Krasny Bor station in the Smolensk region, said that in the summer of 1943, the Germans decided to show the participants of the workers' battalion the graves of Polish officers in the Katyn forest. Grave graves," Potkansky recalled, "According to the Germans, there were up to 12 thousand Polish officers who were shot, and up to 3 thousand more people are in another place, and these graves have not yet been opened."

According to him, officers' belongings, Polish money, personal letters and documents of the executed officers were lying near the graves. "All these things, and especially personal documents and money, were in such a form in which they could not have been preserved in the ground since 1939 (when, according to Nazi statements, NKVD officers shot Polish officers - approx. TASS). The money, for example, was still brand new and did not seem to be in circulation," the Pole noted.

Roman Kovalsky, a prisoner of war who also served in a workers' battalion and visited a mass grave in the Katyn forest, added in his testimony that "it was clear from most of the corpses of those shot that these were very recent victims." "In the published lists of Polish officers shot in Katyn, many of our workers' battalion found among the names of their acquaintances killed, arrested even earlier by the Gestapo and sent to concentration camps in Germany," he stressed.

Both Poles claimed to know about at least seven cases of Nazi executions in Smolensk of those who spoke about the USSR's non-involvement in the murder of Polish soldiers and officers.

Smektal told Smersh that before the war he worked as a court secretary of the field court of the 14th Polish division, and then became an administrator of Russian workers at the German Focke-Wulf factory. In April 1943, he was appointed a delegate to the commission to investigate the mass murder of Polish soldiers and officers.

"One of the leaders of the Poznań SD (security service of the Reichsfuhrer SS - approx. TASS) Sturmbannfuhrer Gepner had a conversation with the commission, in which he warned that their trip to Katyn had propaganda purposes and that upon their return from there they should declare that they had personally seen 12 thousand corpses of Polish officers. <…> [After returning] The SD obliged the members of the commission to address meetings of Polish workers with propaganda reports about the trip to Katyn. The summaries of the reports were pre-edited by the Board of Directors," the archival documents say.

Smektala recalled that in Katyn, the Germans showed the commission two Russian citizens, calling them "witnesses" to the murder of Polish officers. "As a former judicial officer, it was clear to me from the behavior of these "witnesses" that they were specially trained by the SD," Smektal said. He also noted that the corpses shown to the commission did not look as if they had lain in the ground for several years: "The clothes did not rot, on the corpse of [Polish military commander, General of the Bronislaw brigade] Bogatyrevich has preserved the lower part of his face with a mustache and beard."

The name "Katyn affair" comes from the Katyn forest near Smolensk, where in 1943 mass graves of executed Polish prisoners of war were found in the territory occupied by the Germans. For the first time, the discovery of mass graves in the Katyn forest in 1943 was announced by the head of intelligence of the German Army group Center, Rudolf-Christoph von Gersdorf.

According to the testimony of the forensic medical expert Imre Sechody presented in the published archive, an expert commission consisting of doctors and pathologists from Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Switzerland and other Western countries left for Katyn at the same time. Their purpose was to examine the bodies of Polish prisoners of war. The commission included members of pro-fascist parties and organizations. For example, the Hungarian professor Ferenc Orshos, who in 1941 advocated the prohibition of marriages of Hungarians with Jews or Gypsies, and then collaborated with the team of SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Otto Adolf Eichmann, known as the "architect of the Holocaust."
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Broadband internet connection and algorithmic content curation has realized Zbigniew Brzezinski's vision of TITTYTAINMENT. Videobinging, excessive videogaming, gooning. Zbiggy was already talking about it many, many years ago. The ruling class needs a way to pacify the masses, now the technology is here. Welcome to the future.
>Uh, just let people enjoy things!
Ok, but keep in mind, why this all stuff actually exists.
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The left needs to reclaim the word WOKE

I don’t mean by its original definition. We need to be like cuntservatives and just start calling everything we don’t like WOKE so we can steal it from them and basically turn it into a neutral word. For example:

Imperialism=WOKE
Cops=WOKE
US military=WOKE
NATO=WOKE
Israel=WOKE
USA=WOKE
Founding Fathers=WOKE
Proud Boys=WOKE
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I like rightists

What did he mean by this?

>Chairman Mao: Those questions are not questions to be discussed in my place. They should be discussed with the Premier. I discuss the philosophical questions. That is to say, I voted for you during your election. There is an American here called Mr. Frank Coe, and he wrote an article precisely at the time when your country was in havoc, during your last electoral campaign. He said you were going to be elected President. I appreciated that article very much. But now he is against the visit.


<President Nixon: When the President says he voted for me, he voted for the lesser of two evils.


>Chairman Mao: I like rightists. People say you are rightists, that the Republican Party is to the right, that Prime Minister Heath is also to the right.


<President Nixon: And General DeGaulle.


>Chairman Mao: DeGaulle is a different question. They also say the Christian Democratic Party of West Germany is also to the right. I am comparatively happy when these people on the right come into power.
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The prevalence of opportunism and reformism is primarily due to the extremely large middle class which forms the majority of the population in the West (and possibly in China as well) today. As capitalism develops the proletariat declines as a relative % of society, on the other hand an enormous petit-bourgeois mass is created in order to realize surplus-value for capital. It is a buffer between the two classes, it increases the power and security of the bourgeoisie.

When faced with critical periods, as in recent times, the middle class must find a crutch to rely upon, to find a lifeline to avoid being proletarianized. This it does by recruiting proletarians to fight for its cause, since it is impotent on its own. This is what leftism is, a guise for middle-class elements to ideologically delude the proletarian class in order to use it to pass reforms that will save the petit-bourgeois from doom by preserving its small capital (via welfare, free services, regulations on larger firms etc). All pseudo-communists (the various 'communist parties', the 'democratic' sects like DSA/MUG, all these anarchists and Berniebro-type socdems, Labourists etc) are agents of the middle class, their sole aim is to use the proletariat as a prop for PB interests, even if unknowingly.

This is the source of opportunism and impotence within the proletarian movement, it is the reason why no successful genuine communism has taken hold within the western proletariat. Only when this polluting influence is recognized and shaken off, will anything proceed forward.
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A "single democratic binational state" is no better than a two-state solution

Many are increasingly waking up to the fact that a "two state solution", which imperialists have been trying to shove down the throats of the Palestinian people for years, does nothing but legitimize and reward Zionist colonialism, while denying the right to return for Palestinians violently driven out of their Homeland by the ZioFascist marauders and denying a democratic voice to the Palestinian people. Unfortunately, the alternative that many of them have embraced is a "single democratic binational state" for both the indigenous Palestinians and the descendants of the racist colonizers, who will have equal rights in this "democratic" Palestine. This is alleged to be an "anticolonial" and "socially just" solution, and people insist that when they say "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" this is what they mean.

The reality is that this "solution", no less than the two-state solution, rewards the genocidal Zionist colonizers and hideously equates their "rights" with those of their victims, while denying the right of the Indigenous population to decide who can live on their land. Furthermore, it violates the right of return: how can there be a viable right to return when the homes stolen from Palestinians are being squatted by "Israeli" colonizers? And if this one-state solution is "democratic", can't "Israeli" colonizers just bring more of their co-ethnics to Palestine to outnumber and out vote the indigenous population, and restore Zionist fascist control? Furthermore, given that 98% of "Israelis" hold genocidal ethno-supremacist views to which they are fanatically committed, the idea that they will suddebly have a change of heart and peacefully agree to such a solution in the first place is UTTERLY preposterous!

In reality, there is only solution: for the Palestinian people to wage a fanatical struggle to the death against the colonizers, with the unconditional support and solidarity of all the world's anti-imperialist fighting peoples, after which the Zionist colonizers will be given the same ultimatum that the French "pieds-noirs" were given by the Algerian freedom fighters upon their victory: the suitcase or the coffin! The Zionists must be driven out of all of Palestine, dead or alive, and the one state solution will be a free and socialist Palestine for the indigenous Palestinians. From the river to the see, Palestine will be free, and it's time we stop cucking out and actually MEAN that.
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Casual Antifascism

What could happen if harassment of Nazis became normalized?
What case studies are relevant, and what are their limitations?

In many places in the West, we see neo-fash orgs performing both unannounced 'flash-mob' marches, and police-protected protests. As dorky as they look, these still make a statement - we're publicly fascist and not being hurt. It's ok.
But sometimes, these don't go as planned. Antifascist groups frequently infiltrate their communications or have a local network ready to quickly react and counterprotest. And sure, on a regular good day they'll embarrass the fash more than they're doing themselves, deal financial damage by smashing their vehicles, maybe even get an assault in, but this requires organization and dedication. Ideally, this could be complimented by normalized, casual antifascism, creating an environment where it's not safe to be a Nazi outside.

But that's not easy when police will protect them, and make no mistake, that is not an inevitability. Take the example of when the British Union of Fascists went to Brighton, where police weren't sympathetic and basically just sent one cop, letting antifascists like the 43 Group throw bricks at them and beat them up. Or take examples where there are enough aggressive counter-protesters to make police aggression futile - you can only arrest so many people (safety in numbers is a real tactic used in known illegal actions like blockades). Furthermore, there are examples where nazis appear before police do (take the NSN arriving to a demonstration early in an attempt to avoid antifascists) or where they act as individuals performing stunts or wolfwhistling.
In these cases, nazis can be mobbed not just by antifascist activists but by normal citizens, with legal consequence being the only real chilling factor.
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I really want socialism to work, believe me. We all have a vested interest in it working, for the working class to liberate itself. But seeing online economists arguments being so strong and never seeing leftists being able to counter them in arguments make me disillusioned. It also feels like when it comes to economics rather than philosophy or ethics, many leftists seem to be anti intellectual in that area. Socialism and Communism are economic systems, so its good if you can make a good argument based on exploitation about it, but its really important that it can stand by its own merits in an economical sense as well.

All the results we have in real world are state capitalist dictatorships, anarchist communes that lasted 5 years, small communist communes that don't have problems with logistics and industrial machinery and complex industry to worry about, and such. Lots of ideologies are untested, so for a rational individual to back it, it needs to be tested if it works in the first place at all. Even then, economists who are professionals state that market socialism will not work, and I'm inclined to trust their beliefs more than the average leftist online who is not a professional economist.

There is lots of propaganda out there that supports capitalism and the ruling class. However, as flawed as it may be and as much as I dislike the system and prefer the idea of Socialism to it, it seems Capitalism will be very hard to remove and to displace. It's very sad to look at past history, how hopeful people were (Mao I think of in particular back before he became a dictator) when they were first starting the first socialist countries, and to see how it played out and to see the authoritarianism take hold. I really love the idea of socialism and communism and a more collectivist system, and I wish we will eventually have some alternative to capitalism that will replace it. Hopefully, Socialist or not, that alternative will come.
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Iranian Revolutionary Fuuture

The Iranian current system doesn't seem to be very popular here, but the revolutionary Left should study it and take inspiration.

The most revolutionary and the most militant movements today are often descended from the legacy of the Iranian Revolution. Who is at the forefront of the struggle against Zionism and the compradors of the Western imperialist domination? Are not Hezbollah and Ansarallah, and not the self proclaimed leftists, almost de facto the revolutionists most important in the areas that they govern?.

The Middle East has had all manner of attempts at revolutionary and reactionary movements, but the ones that're with the most dynamism and have relatively persistent sorts of popularity, influence, or success happen coincidentally to have that Iranian republican inspired bent, such as the Axis of Resistance.

No one, who is part of the normal, common, and belabored multitudes of the popular masses in this age, is about to show all up and give their effort for some infantile fad of student anarchists whose ideology doesn't survive past that first real job or for some dogmatic program of compatible Westoid Marxists that hasn't been relevant since the end of the gold standard. People need more to be motivated to give their sweat, skin, and lives than just nebulous proposals for welfare and entertainment. The Western countries' revolutionary Left must regain the spirit, that in the previous century could, rally ordinary people to commit superhuman feats in the AES countries and similar national entities historically, to make people enthusiastically fight for causes greater than that of one person themselves; and there they can perhaps take some inspiration from the most successful modern day movements against the dominant capitalist imperialism.
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Psychedelic Culture and Imperialism

>Be white man
>Extract psychotropic drug from indigenous culture you invaded
>Prepare it improperly
>Have absolutely no connection to the culture, probably could not locate the tribes that made ayahuasca on a map, have learned none of the history, art, language, literature
>"Dude I saw a reflection of my own consciousness in the universe!"
>"Dude I saw a literal evil demon trying to steal my soul!"
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News 4/10/24

Far-right Israeli MK says secret plans underway for Israeli 'resettlement' in Gaza
Har-Melech, a far-right MK from the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, who last year introduced a bill promoting the death penalty for Palestinians, alluded to the plans in a conversation with the Knesset's TV channel on Monday. She stated that there was "a vision for the day after (the war on Gaza), and the only optimistic vision is the renewal of the settlement of Gaza. Of course this will happen in stages, I think this will happen whether we like it or not.
https://www.newarab.com/news/israeli-mk-says-secret-plans-underway-gaza-resettlement

As Gaza is pummelled, is Serbia secretly sending weapons to Israel?
On Wednesday, Balkan Insight reported that Serbia’s main state-owned arms trader, Yugoimport-SDPR, exported weapons worth 14 million euros ($15.2m) to Israel last month, citing customs data. On March 12, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) reported that Serbia made at least two major arms or ammunition shipments to Israel since the October 2023 Hamas attack “despite a veil of secrecy covering the deals”.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/10/as-gaza-is-pummelled-is-serbia-secretly-sending-weapons-to-israel
https://archive.is/iUeE2

Strikes at Deutsche Bank's Postbank escalate as labour demands 15.5% pay rise
The labour union Verdi, which represents thousands of bankers in the wage negotiations, has extended a strike this week to also include Thursday in what officials said would make for a 20th day of walkouts. The action will affect Postbank's hundreds of branches across Germany and is the last strike planned before negotiations resume on April 16.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/strikes-deutsche-banks-postbank-escalate-labour-demands-155-pay-rise-2024-04-10/

US Slams Strikes on Russia Oil Refineries as Risk to Oil Markets
“Those attacks could have a knock-on effect in terms of the global energy situation,” Austin told the Senate Armed Services committee Tuesday. “Ukraine is better served in going after tactical and operational targets that can directly influence the current fight.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-09/us-slams-strikes-on-russia-oil-refineries-as-risk-to-oil-markets
https://archive.is/JsLbc

Union leader accuses Tesco of exploiting the cost-of-living crisis
During this period inflation in Britain reached more than 11 per cent — and food price inflation was even higher. Revenue reached £68.19bn, not including VAT and fuel sales, an increase of £2.86bn from the same period a year before.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/union-leader-accuses-tesco-of-exploiting-the-cost-of-living-crisis

Argentina’s police step up their response to growing anti-government protests
In a rare move, riot police officers deployed powerful water cannons, drenching demonstrators. Argentines demanding more food for soup kitchens hurled sticks and stones, set garbage cans alight and paralyzed the main street of Buenos Aires in defiance of new legal changes banning roadblocks.
https://apnews.com/article/protests-milei-rightwing-argentina-hunger-poverty-crackdown-fb43ffa829d56854d6ffc77b12caf3f2

Uribe to become first former Colombian president under trial
Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez will become the first former head of state of the South American country to be brought before the courts, the prosecution announced Tuesday in Bogota. The date for the start of the trial has not yet been set. Uribe faces bribery and procedural fraud charges.
https://en.mercopress.com/2024/04/10/uribe-to-become-first-former-colombian-president-under-trial
https://archive.is/xuqrm

Canada risks more ‘catastrophic’ wildfires with hot weather forecast
Canada risks another “catastrophic” wildfire season, the federal government has warned, forecasting higher-than-normal spring and summer temperatures across much of the country, boosted by El Niño weather conditions.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/10/canada-catastrophic-wildfire-season

Yoon suffers blow as leftist opposition scores big in South Korean elections
Projections by the country’s three main broadcasters give the opposition Democratic Party of Korea between 168 and 197 seats in the 300-seat unicameral legislature, with the upstart Rebuilding Korea Party, a party formed in March by former Justice Minister Cho Kuk, set to win 12 to 14 more seats and expected to ally with the DPK in the new Assembly.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2024/apr/10/south-korea-president-yoon-suffers-blow-as-leftist/
https://archive.is/2XVX8

More than 100 Kenyan doctors sacked during nationwide strike
President William Ruto on Sunday broke his silence over the strike, saying there was no money to pay striking doctors. “We must be honest with ourselves and the truth is that we must live within our means, we can't borrow money to pay salaries,” President Ruto said.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/more-100-kenyan-doctors-sacked-during-nationwide-strike
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Besides Palastine and the heavily socialist sanctioned states by the US right now which countries have suffered from famine through a direct/indirect cause of capitalism?
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Dear Statists:

How, why, and under what conditions do you think the State would "wither away"?
What exactly does this process entail, I mean what are the details of it exectly? Which institutions do you image are you going to just disappear spontaniously? And how do you ensure they'll stay withered away for good?

And what if the politicians at the frontline of your Vanguard Party decide they would actually, quite like to keep power now even though the pre-requisite conditions for such a "withering away" has been met?
In other words, what if the Party leader falls to corruption due to their powerful position? Then what are you going to do about it? What if he and his loyal followers and his furture successors tell you, eternally, that the conditions for withering away, or in fact any reduction in the State haven't been met?

The concept of the great "withering away" has always struck me as the least well explained part of Communist thought. For otherwise very materialist and smart individuals, it seems like the last hold out of unexplained magical thinking. "It will just happen okay, don't ask for any proof, or examples, or theory explaining it!"
If you can't explain how it will occur then surely it's time Auth-Leftists just admitted they never wanted a classless society from the get-go? And if you can explain it, why do you think it is so rarely, or so poorly explained?
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Will AI allow us to create perfect socialism?

Socialism in the XX century suffered immensely from infighting, bad planning and nepotism. Many of these could be eliminated with extensive use of cumperts and algorithms.
With nearly everyone having a computer in their pocket nowadays, collecting data that could be used to plan economy is trivial.
(Note - USSR was very close to developing internet in 60s)

It's time for Scientific Socialism 2.0
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News 4/9/24

Turkey imposes export restrictions to Israel over Gaza invasion
Effective immediately, the ministry has restricted the export of 54 products to Israel, encompassing items such as aluminium wire, steel, cement, construction materials, granite, chemicals, pesticides, engine oils, jet fuel, and bricks.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-imposes-export-restrictions-israel-over-gaza-invasion

Lebanon minister vows tighter grip on Syrians after killing of party official
Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi warned that "this country cannot withstand problems and sectarian strife". The security forces have been instructed "to strictly enforce Lebanese laws on Syrian refugees", he told reporters after a meeting about Sleiman's killing. "We will become stricter in granting residency permits and dealing with those (Syrians) residing in Lebanon illegally," Mawlawi added, urging people to stop renting apartments informally to Syrians.
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240409-lebanon-minister-vows-tighter-grip-on-syrians-after-killing-of-party-official
https://archive.is/GtDUp

Iran: Shooting kills five police officers in restive Sistan-Baluchistan
At least five Iranian police officers were killed on Tuesday in an attack in the restive Sistan-Baluchistan province in the country's southeast, state TV reported. Local media reported that a Sunni Muslim jihadist group, Jaish al-Adl, had claimed responsibility for the shooting, but a local official said criminal gangs were to blame.
https://www.newarab.com/news/iran-shooting-kills-five-police-men-sistan-baluchistan

A Moroccan activist was sentenced to 5 years for criticizing the country’s ties to Israel
A court on Monday found him guilty of insulting a constitutional institution and incitement. He was also fined 50,000 Moroccan dirhams ($5,000). The civil liberty advocacy group, which organizes the legal defense of protesters, called the charges baseless and said the proceedings violated Zankad’s right to a fair trial.
https://apnews.com/article/morocco-israel-palestinians-zankad-d924b81bb8096f9e593f0efebd30b90d

US transfers thousands of seized Iranian guns, rocket launchers and munitions to Ukraine
CENTCOM said the materiel transferred to Ukraine is enough to equip one Ukrainian brigade — around 4,000 personnel — with small-arms rifles. “These weapons will help Ukraine defend against Russia’s invasion,” CENTCOM said in a statement.
https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/09/politics/us-iran-arms-ukraine/index.html
https://archive.is/lFA4S

Two councillors resign from Labour criticising its lurch to the right
The resignations of Sefton councillors Natasha Carlin and Sean Halsall come weeks before residents of the Merseyside borough go to the polls in local elections on May 2. They will now sit as independents. Mr Halsall, who was elected in 2019, said: “The Labour Party of 2024 feels a world away from the hope and genuine change that inspired me to campaign for the party.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/working-class-councillor-resigns-labour-criticising-outdated-whip-system

Former Venezuelan oil minister is arrested in connection with corruption probe, authorities say
The Ministry of Communications released images of Tareck El Aissami being handcuffed and walking down a hallway flanked by officers. Attorney General Tarek William Saab told reporters that El Aissami will make his first court appearance Tuesday on charges that include treason, money laundering and criminal association.
https://apnews.com/article/venezuela-corruption-arrests-maduro-elaissami-eea92e199050fc414c3625e07bae6184

New Massacre in Colombia Leaves Five Dead and Four Wounded
According to reports, armed men arrived and opened fire indiscriminately on a group of people, of whom 5 were killed and 4 injured.The victims were identified as Daniel Valderrama, 33, Jair Hernandez Ramírez, 49, John Fredy Loaiza Romero, 49, Duherney Cárdenas Castro, 49, and Alvaro de Jesus Vanegas Guevara, 36.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/New-Massacre--Colombia-Leaves-Five-Dead-Four-Wounded--20240408-0019.html

Elon Musk will be investigated over fake news and obstruction in Brazil after a Supreme Court order
In his decision, Justice Alexandre de Moraes noted that Musk on Saturday began waging a public “disinformation campaign” regarding the top court’s actions, and that Musk continued the following day — most notably with comments that his social media company X would cease to comply with the court’s orders to block certain accounts.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/brazil-supreme-court-justice-orders-elon-musk-investigation-fake-news-rcna146799

Chevron hands Myanmar gas field stake to junta, Thailand's PTTEP
Rather than being sold, Chevron's 41.1% stake in the gas field was redistributed to the remaining shareholders, Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP.BK) , opens new tab and state-owned Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). PTTEP, operator of the gas field, said on Friday its stake in Yadana had increased to 62.96%.
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/chevron-hands-myanmar-gas-field-stake-junta-thailands-pttep-2024-04-09/

South Korea bans protest onions at polling stations after Yoon’s ‘reasonable price’ gaffe
As South Korea gears up for pivotal parliamentary elections this week, voters find themselves navigating a peculiar ban forbidding them from taking spring onions to polling stations. The restriction comes amid a growing wave of political discontent, as skyrocketing vegetable prices and other economic challenges plague the nation.
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3258189/south-korea-bans-protest-onions-polling-stations-after-yoons-reasonable-price-gaffe
https://archive.is/NO0yr

Bengal: Left-Congress Alliance Fights Corporate Media’s Binary Narrative
The Lok Sabha election campaign in West Bengal is witnessing pitched campaigns amid intense the heat wave that the state is witnessing. Bereft of resources by other political rivals, several Left candidates are braving the scorching sun, covering their constituencies by walking and meeting people en route or through roadshows.
https://www.newsclick.in/bengal-left-congress-alliance-fights-corporate-medias-binary-narrative
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Why don't modernoids see how profound their theories of reality are?

Basically, why does everyone on this board, and people of the West, and people of the modern world in general, see the world as so fucking mundane when it's so fucking profound?
Modern scientific theories have revealed that all humans are family and in fact all living things are family, that Gaia essentially exists in the form of the Earth System but is a blind idiot god like Azathoth with no sentience and isn't living in the sort of dualistic western understanding of life, the theory of the Big Bang and its combination with chemistry and physics has revealed that everything that exists is in fact a single aspect of a single encompassing unity that existed at the beginning of everything, science has revealed that Life and Death as dualistic states is in fact an illusion and that Death is the individuals unity with the Universe and end of individuality.

This isn't Hindu or Buddhist spiritualism or even philosophy, this is modern scientific theory. Mathematics is tantamount to spellcasting, allowing humans to invent planes and tanks and electrical infrastructure, a series of fucking symbols and ideas that nevertheless uncovered much of nature's patterns and assemblages.

Why do people see this shit as so mundane when it's all literally more fucking insane than the shit claimed by most religions? And unlike those religions it has actual evidence?
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Turning Russia and Ukraine back into an SSRs?

Why must we be contempt with Putin to oppose Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?
>Putin blamed Lenin for “creating” the Ukraine.
>Putin says he has no plans to revive the Soviet Union.
>Putin keeps the CPRF on a leash, treating it like other rightoid parties in the State Duma.
<In return CPRF desires a revisionist Dengist view for market socialism to appeal to Putin.
>Putin openly endorses social-conservative reactionary views as well as anti-communism whenever its in his favor.
>Putin subverts movements and allows abominations to come forth and synthesize (National-bolsheviks, Eurasianists, Liberal Nationalists etc.)
>In result Orthodox Church has been back in influence, now no one has to give a shit about materialism, just pray and hope Christ will fix everything.
>Odd factions and contradictions begin to take place between nostalgia for the USSR and the dead Russian Empire.
Why are we swallowing the shit trail of the Perestroika & Gorbachev?
Obviously Ukraine's liberal-nazi-nato coalition are to be destroyed, but why the fuck should anyone be contempt with this bullshit? Is anyone fighting for the ideals of Marxism-Leninism?

Like seriously what the fuck is this shit? Just about 14-16 years ago there was a coalition called The Other Russia which had all of these bourgeoisie factions marching alongside Marxist-Leninists against Putin in an act of class collaboration and now most of them are all in favor of him? Was the Dissenters' March just a stunt? What will supporting Putin do in the long term? Because from what I see, it is no different from the liberals who say they vote for the 'lesser evil' canditate.

When did Marx and Lenin ever write or say that it is acceptable to choose between the 'lesser evil'? It appears that even fucking Trots understood that it was never the case as apparent by the writing of Hal Draper:
<Throughout his world-war polemics against the social-patriots, Lenin always emphasized another accompanying difference between the two epochs: Today, he argued, unlike yesterday, the struggle for socialist power is on the order of the day in Europe. The socialist working class is on the scene as a contender for power itself. This means: There may still be “lesser” and “greater” evils (there always will be) but we do not have to choose between these evils, for we represent the alternative to both of them, an alternative which is historically ripe. Moreover, under conditions of imperialism, only this revolutionary alternative offers any really progressive way out, offers any possibility of an outcome which is no evil at all. Both war camps offer only reactionary consequences, to a “lesser” or “greater” degree.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/draper/1953/defeat/chap1.htm
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Is religious fundamentalism making a comeback

Will we see a resurgence of fundamentalism now that liberalism and leftism are somewhat dying.
Similar to what happened to Iran, could it occur in western countries?
Will religion necessarily be tied to fascism ? Can there be a religious clerical order government that isn't necessarily fascist. Do you believe that on a long enough timeline, religion tends to survive and overcome other ideologies simply because it thrives on social misery and societal collapse?
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An intriguing thread which explores why the general public often fails to grasp the true essence of a 'bad' character and how often leftists unintentionally undermine themselves by portraying said characters with qualities that appeal to the average person
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Cuban Protests

Protesters in Cuba demand food and electricity as shortages bring hardship
>Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in Cuba in recent days as the country faces food shortages and near-full day blackouts.
>Cuba has fallen into a near unprecedented economic crisis since the COVID-19 pandemic, with vast shortages of food, fuel and medicine stoking a record-breaking exodus that has seen upwards of 400,000 people migrate to the United States.
>Cuba's government has for the first time asked the UN's food programme for help as food shortages on the Communist-run island worsen.
>The World Food Programme (WFP) said it had received an unprecedented official request from the Cuban government for help providing powdered milk to children under seven years of age.The request is a sign of the seriousness of Cuba's economic crisis.As well as a shortage of milk, fuel and medicines are also running low
COVID and the US sanctions did serious damage to the Cuban economy. The US media is hyping this up as the end of the Cuban government but they always say that at the slightest protest. What do you think of Cuba and its future?
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Politics is just feels

All of politics, at its very root, is just based on aesthetics.
Ethics are based off of aesthetic judgements. Ethics exists as an agreement between people and cannot exist any other way, whereas aesthetics exist the moment you perceive an object (whether physically real or even an object of the mind).
Pragmatism likewise is directed towards some aim. This aim, which when you are really honest with yourself, you will find to be derived from nothing other than aesthetics.
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Is the origin of monarchy just a hereditary military dictatorship? like did most begin with just some barbarian tribe conquering a settled city, becoming the new ruling class and then devolving into inbred god-kings?
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How different is contemporary /leftypol/ from its past iterations so to speak? Be it on back on 8ch or the splits in the past few years. Are people more or less retarded than back then?
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Rightoids and SEX

>For Reagan not only saw communists as parricides, but also as extremely active sexually-completely in contrast to the actual sexual code in most communist countries. For instance, when he ran for Governor of California, one of the central themes of his campaign was “the mess at Berkeley,” a place where, he said, they held “sexual orgies so vile I can-not describe them to you,” promising if elected to “investigate the charges of communism and blatant sexual misbehavior on the Berkeley campus.” A good part of the reason why he was elected was that, as one biographer put it, “hidden away in the hearts of parents was the fear that their own children might one day go away to college, grow beards and march against authority.”… Reagan promised these voters that his first targets as Governor would be the students at Berkeley, “advocates of sexual orgies, drug usage, and filthy speech,” who wanted only to “disrupt the academic community” and who therefore must be brought under control immediately. The situation at Berkeley, he told a woman’s club in April of 1966, was now so bad that their “morality gap is so great that we can no longer ignore it.” He had proof, he said, that the Alameda County District Attorney had just investigated a student dance which had turned into “an orgy,” where they had displayed on a giant screen “pictures of men and women, nude, in sensuous poses, provocative, fondling.” Since Reagan had waved a piece of paper in the air during the speech, saying that he had the report of the DA’s investigation “in his hand,” curious reporters later asked the DA for a copy, only to be told that “my office made no investigations of the college dance.” - Lloyd deMause, "REAGAN’S AMERICA"

You can even see this sort of mentality in people like Ben Shapiro who conflate communism, socialism, and "the left" with rebellion against all authority and goodness for the sake of mindless pleasure. Not to mention the endless obsession with LGBTQ+, qanon pedophile theories, porn, abortion, etc.

What is the actual materialist explanation for the right wing obsession with sex? Does porky get some sort of benefit from everyone being a heterosexual monogamous who goes to church once a week? if not why the backlash? is it just to ensure a constant supply of new workers?
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this is a story about how Boeing killing a whistleblower was part of a larger project of Boeing systematically ostracizing & purging itself of employees who possessed too much "knowledge"

<What Boeing did to all the guys who remember how to build a plane

https://prospect.org/infrastructure/transportation/2024-03-28-suicide-mission-boeing/
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/webm/ Thread 6

1st thread: >>>/leftypol_archive/9920
2nd thread: >>>/leftypol_archive/481354
3rd thread: >>>/leftypol_archive/492596
4th thread: >>>/leftypol_archive/561028
5th thread: >>>/leftypol_archive/588525

WebM for Retards™ (Webm Converter): https://github.com/WebMBro/WebMConverter
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How do you overcome revolutionary despair and misanthropy?

Genuinely friends, I'm having a philosophical and mental health crisis to the point of very constant and nonstop suicide ideation, I can't handle the cruelty of American society and its people much longer, I can't handle constantly facing the liberal death drive and the hunger for annihilation of myself and everything around me it constantly pushes me towards, I can't handle living in such a cartoonishly evil society that literally nobody has a right to live and everyone must earn their right to life

How do you remain sane as a communist in the American Empire? Especially when everyone around you is a liberal psychopath? I've been unemployed for a single week and my mother, a retiree, is already frustrated at me for not having another job, she can't even consider that now we have time to spend together that we won't have anymore once I'm working again, all that matters is that I'm not selling my labor power to prove I am not "lazy". How do I even survive in a society as evil as this? A society where parents don't feel a shred of empathy or solidarity towards their own children?

Genuinely asking, how do I overcome the desire to see everyone and everything die? How do I overcome the liberal death drive that is in my own heart? Genuinely seeking resources, parties, theory, activities I can do, anything, because I feel like I am starting to enter genuinely dangerous territory with my mental health.

I'm posting here and not Siberia because it isn't just depression, it's really the psychotically cruel disposition of liberals, who are most people I know, where even my own parents think I don't deserve to live unless I wage slave almost every moment of my life.
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>watching a video about how people lived double lives by stealing an identity
>comment section
>"i guess it works for some, but if the federal agencies like the FBI want you, there's no hiding!"

Has this ever been false? I know these agencies have unimaginable resources and work on a "monkeys create shakespeare" principle, when there is no such thing as an unsolvable case but a case that hasn't had enough reaources put into it. Is it actually true that there in reality is no escape for anyone or anything provided they want you hard enough? This would be an interesting topic and it would be cool to see if there are any madlads that didn't fit this rule. The main question that interests me is do cases have a natural solvability limit that at some point cannot be increased by technology or resources, or does the solvabiloty only depend on whether it is high enough profile that it warrants big enough effort.
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Modern Socialism dealing with Consoomer Culture

If socialism was on the menu in any of the Burger/Nato controlled countries how would the proletariat deal with the consoomer public? Restaurants for example rely on labour exploitation to work. Would they disappear? Many many people love visiting these. A lot of the things people would take for granted could suddenly disappear through a new economic system.
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SuccDem Simulator

Found this small game about Weimar Germany's SPD and its efforts to strave off the rise of the Nazis.

https://red-autumn.itch.io/social-democracy

See if you can be a good Rosa killer lol.
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Currently there's presidential debates in Mexico.

>In 2018 the left won the presidency

>The results it has had are great, a blooming economy, from the 15th biggest economy in terms of GDP to the 11th currently surpassing that of Russia
>Crime levels reduced by 20%
>Record foreign investment in the country

Sheinbaum represents continuity to this project, and even right wing media news admit, she's winning by a landslide, 63% electoral preference on average against 27% or so of the right wing candidate.

The future is shining brightly for us, I hope Mexican policies can be mimicked in other countries.
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You should call yourself a communist, not a "leftist" or a "socialist".
Source? Literally from the manifesto.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/preface.htm
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Why didn’t the Soviets un-suppress suppressed technology?

One of the last intelligent conversations I had with my grandma, was about electric self driving cars.
She scoffed and told me they had that shit when she was a kid.
At the time rail powered street cars were synonymous with the electric grid. So were electric cars. Cars could even connect to the rails.
But GE and Standard oil tore up the infrastructure over night, just like Judge Doom. Yes, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is based on a true story, lol.

But I’m curious why the Soviets chose to go with the commie clown cars, like the Lada, when they could have built a more efficient EV infrastructure, with the profit motive out of the equation.
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"Genocide What about ism" in response to the destruction of Palestine

>what about Sudan?
>what about West Papua?
>what about the DRC?

Question: why am I only hearing about these genocides now, while the evidence of the war crimes of the United States and Israel is in abundance for all to see? Why do I keep seeing the same accounts, the same few videos, the same shiny, clean websites?
>But there's a "communication blackout" in Sudan!! That's why there's no evidence!
Really! The government just zapped everybody's phone? Just like that?
Whatever. Maybe I'm totally wrong. I'm just saying, if any of you remember a year ago someone made a thread about how they worked for these "Uyghur genocide" campaign groups in DC and we basically all knew it was bullshit, that was me. I remember. It was absolutely crazy to watch that shit evaporate.
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billionarie denialism\ effective charity

Can we have an economics education thread on the topic of "no one is a billionarie"? They generally get shat-on ,but I've seen many commenters on forums ,etc, say that jeff bezos ,elon musk etc are NOT able to spend all their billions overnight (is that even possible tho?) if they so wanted. They'd need to sell all stock, but if they sell all stock every other stock-holder gets suspicious or terrified and they do stock-market stuff which destroys the remaining value of the billionarie's assets.
Is this true? And also regarding the romantic "elon musk could solve world hunger!' idea: COULD elon musk, if he so wanted, indeed put his 200+ billion dollars on a hunger-relief program? Is that even economically possible in the current society and model we live in?
I dont deny the hyper-rich have luxuries, lots of very very expensive houses, cars, items and services…but can they just on billions-dollar spending sprees whenever they feel like it?
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3 Body Problem is a Masterpiece

This TV series is absolutely a master piece and should be seen by all the comrades.

In the books, humans only had one way to defend themselves against the advanced trisolarans: the idea of deterrence. This is like how in real life, China keeps its nuclear weapons in case more powerful countries, like the USA, ever threaten them. China wants to protect its land and people, and having these weapons makes other countries think twice before attacking.

The story also shows how the trisolarans manipulate humans through the Sophons. They want to control who holds the power, favoring those who won't use it. This is like the author's belief that China would face problems if it became more democratic or had softer leaders. It's like saying that if China had a leader that other countries liked more, they might try to take advantage of China. So, the story suggests that China is better off being cautious and sticking with its strong leadership.

The way Sophons force humans into reservations in the story is similar to how the USA dealt with native populations long ago. It's a reminder of the dangers of being weak in the face of stronger forces.
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Would Wilson Fisk be a better president than Trump?

Referring to the MCU version.

I think so.
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/PMR/ - Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic General

Thread for news, discussions and study of the Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic.

Pridnestrovie, officially known as the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, is a partially recognized state in Europe, it is bordered by Moldova and Ukraine. Its capital and largest city is Tiraspol.

Despite its Soviet-era aesthetics including the usage of the flag of the Moldavian SSR, it is not a socialist state, however, it does have a communist party - the Pridnestrovian Communist Party ( https://kp-pmr.ru/ ).
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Wage disparity

Look at how workers in different parts of the world are paid. How can anyone argue that imperialism doesn't exist? If you break the data down by skill level its even worse. Low skilled workers in the North get paid less than their high skilled counterparts in the South
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News 4/6/24

Mexico is breaking diplomatic ties with Ecuador after police stormed the embassy in Quito
Ecuadorian police broke through the external doors of the embassy in the capital, Quito, to arrest Jorge Glas, who had been residing there since December. Glas sought political asylum at the embassy after being indicted on corruption charges. The raid prompted Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to announce the breaking of diplomatic relations with Ecuador Friday evening, while his government’s foreign relations secretary said the move will be challenged at the World Court in The Hague.
https://apnews.com/article/mexico-ecuador-diplomatic-crisis-de5aa3a638b54fdfa3474c8ee25ca57e

Guerrillas attack military base in Cali, Colombia’s 3rd largest city
The attacks took place amid a resumption of fighting between the military and the EMC’s Western Coordinating Command (CCO), a guerrilla division that operates in southwest Colombia. Following the killing of an indigenous community leader in the Cauca province, President Gustavo Petro suspended a ceasefire with the EMC in the area where the CCO operates.
https://colombiareports.com/guerrillas-attack-military-base-in-cali-colombias-3rd-largest-city/

Top Israeli spy chief exposes his true identity in online security lapse
The Guardian can reveal how the controversial spy chief – whose name is Yossi Sariel – has left his identity exposed online.The embarrassing security lapse is linked to a book he published on Amazon, which left a digital trail to a private Google account created in his name, along with his unique ID and links to the account’s maps and calendar profiles.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/05/top-israeli-spy-chief-exposes-his-true-identity-in-online-security-lapse

Jordan failed to stop pro-Palestine protests. Now it's accusing Hamas of leading them
Jordanian authorities have been caught off guard by the size of the Ramadan protests, which average between 6,000 to 10,000 participants. Columnists and former officials have attacked Hamas leaders, especially Khaled Meshaal, accusing the movement and the Muslim Brotherhood of trying to create chaos in Jordan.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/jordan-failed-stop-pro-palestine-protests-now-its-accusing-hamas-leading-them

Co-mayors of İdil remove the 'Security' booth
The first thing the DEM Party co-mayors did was to remove the booth placed by the trustees at the entrance of the municipality on the grounds of "security" with construction equipment. DEM Party Co-Mayor Doğan Adıbelli stated: "We have removed the so-called security booth that was placed at the entrance gate of our municipality during the trustee period. The municipality is our people's own home that they can enter at any time."
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/co-mayors-of-Idil-remove-the-security-booth-72633

Looting of food grains continues in Nigeria as almost half its population suffers hunger
With hunger now affecting nearly half the population, Nigeria has witnessed a wave of looting of food grains from trucks and warehouses across the country over the last few weeks. In Akure, the capital of Ondo State in the southwestern region, petty traders, drivers, artisans and other residents forced themselves on to a truck on the Ondo-Akure expressway on April 1 and looted the grains it was carrying in cartons branded with President Bola Tinubu’s name.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/04/05/looting-of-food-grains-continues-in-nigeria-as-almost-half-its-population-suffers-hunger/

Zimbabwe introduces new gold-backed currency to tackle inflation
The new currency – called Zim Gold (ZiG) – will be backed by foreign currencies, gold and precious minerals, John Mushayavanhu, the governor of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank, told reporters in the capital Harare on Friday.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/5/zimbabwe-introduces-new-gold-backed-currency-to-tackle-inflation
https://archive.is/SKdLL

More than 4,000 people evacuated in Russia after dam bursts
Russia opened a criminal case for “negligence and violation of construction safety rules” over the burst dam, which was built in 2014. The Orenburg regional governor, Denis Pasler, said specialists assessed that the dam was built “for a different weight” and that the level of rainfall was “exceptional”.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/06/more-than-4000-people-evacuated-in-russia-after-dam-bursts

Thousands demonstrate in anti-Orban protest in Hungary
Magyar addressed a crowd that filled the sprawling square near the parliament building in Budapest, announcing his creation of a new political community aimed at uniting both conservative and liberal Hungarians disillusioned by Orban’s governance and the fragmented, ineffectual political opposition.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/6/thousands-demonstrate-in-anti-orban-protest-in-hungary
https://archive.is/vofbs

Climate activist Greta Thunberg detained and released twice at protest in The Hague
After she was released Thunberg quickly rejoined a small group of protesters who were blocking a different road leading to the railway station. There, she was detained a second time and driven off in a police van. After being held for several hours she was released again in the evening, a spokesperson for protest organisers Extinction Rebellion told Reuters.
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240406-climate-activist-greta-thunberg-detained-at-dutch-protest
https://archive.is/WonA6

Myanmar military loses border town in another big defeat
Troops had suffered weeks of attacks by ethnic Karen insurgents, allied with other anti-coup forces. Hundreds of troops guarding the vital border town of Myawaddy have now agreed to surrender. Most of Myanmar's overland trade with Thailand passes through Myawaddy.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-68750528

US, Japan, Australia and Philippines to hold South China Sea exercises
The one-day maritime exercises will involve communication activities and officer of the watch manoeuvres in Manila's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, Philippines' defence ministry spokesperson Arsenio Andolong told reporters.
https://www.reuters.com/world/us-japan-australia-philippines-hold-maritime-cooperative-activity-2024-04-06/
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AMLO’s strategy

>does socdem policies
>harasses reporters
>pisses off Americans
>becomes one of the most popular leaders in the world and in Mexico’s history
How the fuck does he do it? It’s like bad American press strengthens him.
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Offer a good logical argument for why you support Palestinian resistance against their occupiers
>US govt calls them terrorists
https://www.reddit.com/r/Jewish/s/eX5YrQyVSH
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Realistically speaking, what are the chances of a communist revival? When?

Looking at communist parties worldwide they don't tend to have much support and raising consciousness seems to be an eternal mission rather than a milestone. What do we have to wait for? WW3?
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I‘ve had a somewhat interesting idea recently and maybe you find it interesting as well. I checked some of the various large language models that exist nowadays and some of them allow you to talk to PDFs. So the content of the PDF is given to you in chat form. We could build LLMs that are fed with all the literature of certain personalities such as Marx and have them as bots here to chime in when they are evoked. So we could ask what Rosa Luxemburg‘s or Stalin‘s opinion is on X, Y, Z. They could also chat with each other and have debates. The LLMs could be run on a cloud and connected this website and a certain command will evoke them to give an answer.
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So what happen to the communist president of Peru?
He got elected and what happen afterwards?
Who is president now?
Just get elected, do nothing and leave?
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Stalin's purges

So the vast majority of people who died under the stalin's reign of terror were common people?
What the fuck is the point of witch hunting common people?
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Netflix documentary on 4chan

The Antisocial Network: Memes to Mayhem

From the rise of QAnon to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, this documentary film explains how a group of bored teenagers built an online community out of their shared loneliness but accidentally shattered consensus reality in the process.

>"We never wanted it to end up this way."

<"It started to shift towards people trolling in real life"
>"If something drew the ire of anonymous, it suffered"
<"What drives user numbers? In revenue, it's anger"
>"As internet gets 4chan-ified, it's easier to make really dark, disgusting or screwed up things"
<"We all participated in undermining reality, but we never wanted things to turn into a living cartoon" while juxtaposed with Trump imagery.
>"It's all happening because of the internet"

Link to watch -→
https://cineb.watch/movie/the-antisocial-network-memes-to-mayhem-94174/
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News 4/5/24

Israel's Justice Ministry hacked, documents leaked by hacktivist group over Gaza war
A group called Anonymous for Justice claimed responsibility for the breach, which it said included the retrieval of nearly 300 gigabytes of data. On its website, the group said it would continue attacking Israel "until the war in Gaza stops".
https://www.newarab.com/news/israels-justice-ministry-hacked-documents-leaked-over-gaza

Israeli fire ‘most likely’ killed woman taken captive on October 7: Army
The helicopter “fired at a vehicle that had terrorists in it, and which, in retrospect, based on the testimonies, also had hostages in it,” the army said in a statement. “As a result of the fire, most of the terrorists manning the vehicle were killed, and most likely, Efrat Katz … was killed as well.”
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/5/israeli-fire-most-likely-killed-woman-taken-captive-on-october-7-army
https://archive.is/6wGla

Syria: Top Iraqi militant leader killed in Islamic State attack in Syria, says HTS
"Abu Maria al-Qahtani was martyred after a treacherous attack by an Islamic State group member using an explosive belt," said Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a former affiliate of al-Qaeda, on its Amjad media outlet.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraqi-militant-leader-killed-islamic-state-attack-syria-hts

SPC chairman arrested over anti-labor allegations
Hur Young-in, the chairman of South Korean bakery giant SPC Group, was arrested on Friday for allegedly forcing workers to quit their labor union. The Seoul Central District Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for the 74-year-old chairman on suspicion of violating the Trade Union Act, citing concerns that Hur may try to destroy evidence.
https://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20240405050535
https://archive.is/oX50c

Schools close and crops wither as ‘historic’ heatwave hits south-east Asia
Thousands of schools in the Philippines have stopped in-person classes due to unbearable heat. In Indonesia, prolonged dry weather has caused rice prices to soar. In Thailand’s waters, temperatures are so high that scientists fear coral could be destroyed.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/04/schools-close-and-crops-wither-as-historic-heatwave-hits-south-east-asia

Indigenous survivors pursue justice at genocide trial in Guatemala
On Friday, Manuel Benedicto Lucas Garcia, the former head of Guatemala’s army, is slated to stand trial for genocide. It is the latest chapter in the country’s fitful, stop-and-start efforts to achieve justice for the systematic killing of Guatemala’s Indigenous peoples. An estimated 200,000 people were killed during the war, which stretched from 1960 to 1996. More than 80 percent were Indigenous Maya.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/5/indigenous-survivors-pursue-justice-at-genocide-trial-in-guatemala
https://archive.is/FOemj

Many of Brazil's Yanomami tribe poisoned with mercury
The study, published on Thursday, was conducted in nine villages along the Mucajai River, a remote region where illegal mining is widespread. Mercury is commonly used in illegal mining to process gold despite it being toxic.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/many-brazils-yanomami-tribe-contaminated-mercury

(Chile) 86-Year Sentence Against Anarchist Comrade Francisco Solar Ratified
On March 27, 2024, the appeals court reviewed the conviction of anarchist comrade Francisco Solar. Finally, the judiciary ratified the sentence of 86 years in prison for explosive attacks against the powerful, repressors and the neighborhood of the rich, rejecting the request of the defense.
https://abolitionmedia.noblogs.org/post/2024/04/03/chile-86-year-sentence-against-anarchist-comrade-francisco-solar-ratified/

2023 Was '2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back' for Tropical Forest Loss
An annual accounting of global deforestation, released Thursday, shows that political will can make a significant difference when it comes to protecting vital ecosystems and the Indigenous and local communities that depend on them—but that policymakers in many regions are not taking enough action to save tropical forests.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2023-forest-loss

New UK laws to curb ‘disruptive protests’ come into force
The new orders can impose a range of restraints including preventing people from being in a particular place or area, participating in disruptive activities and being with protest groups at given times. They can also stop individuals from using the internet to encourage protest-related offences. These orders can be imposed on those who have, on at least two occasions, committed protest-related offences, for example locking-on, or breached the conditions of an injunction.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disruptive-protests-order-liberty-james-cleverly-b2523738.html

Privatisation threatened at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, Unison says
In a letter to staff, chief executive Nick Hulme said the trust was planning to privatise housekeeping, security and other services in Colchester and Ipswich hospitals alongside ESNEFT’s community services.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/privatisation-threatened-colchester-and-ipswich-hospitals-unison-says

Fears of violence grow as Somalia scraps power-sharing system
The amendments risk worsening violence, the information minister from the semi-autonomous state of Puntland has warned. Mohamud Aidid Dirir told the Guardian that “almost a totally new constitution” had been introduced without input from the state’s leaders. He accused the Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, of using parliament to “gather authority into his hands”.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/apr/05/fears-violence-somalia-constitution
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Remotely reliable news-sources on DPRK?

Are there any sites, news-outlets, blogs, etc. which can be considered any reliable in terms of what happens inside DPRK? I found that when trying to follow the happenings in the DPRK or study its society, I either encounter highly Westernised "North Korea bad" anticommunisms, or unreflective, completely-oblivious-to-reality ML autisms.

Are there any sources/sites which at least come close to being realistic, good-faith and consistent on news from the DPRK?
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What do you make of Richard Spencer and his attempted alt-right movement? What do you think he did wrong? Bad luck and timing? And do you think he has the capacity to learn from this failure, or other potential “Führers” to learn from him and make something of another attempt at a cohesive racialist pseudo fascist organization?
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/H5N1/ - Joever edition


Bread for the discission of the bord flu and a doomposter containment thread.
In the past few days it jumped to goats, then to cows and now to a human from a cow, this is the second case in the US, the situation may be worse in the global south.
This is a skeleton thread and i hope a good baker bakes good bread when it collapses

https://www.vox.com/health/24118152/explain-it-to-me-bird-flu-human-case-texas-chickens-cows-animal-agriculture
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Argentina

I have heard many contradictory statements about the country, such as it's lowering inflation while also it's increasing poverty levels. Yet most people seem to like Milei there still. I presume it is only a matter time the state fucks up against tbh, but i still can't get a read on it. How is the vibe down there
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Why did Nazis appropriate Hindu asthetics

Why were Nazis obsessed with indian history and more specifically the Aryan caste?
I started reading Hitler's esoteric beliefs and it seems he rejected catholicism for vague dharmic Hindu beliefs and was fascinated with the Hindu caste system. I also noticed this being a trend amongst German academics of that era.
Schopenhauer being the most prominent scholar of Hinduism at his time and also Nietzsche to some extent. Who praised Hinduism for it's life affirming and warrior asthetics. He even claimed he wished he was born a brahmin.
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Can someone explain to me what the difference between Strasserism and National Socialism is? Apparently, the distinction was great enough for Hitler to murk one of the brothers but what was it?
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>The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust was a two-day conference in Tehran, Iran that opened on December 11, 2006. Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the conference sought "neither to deny nor prove the Holocaust… [but] to provide an appropriate scientific atmosphere for scholars to offer their opinions in freedom about a historical issue".
>Participants included American David Duke, a former Louisiana State Representative and ex-Ku Klux Klan leader, attended the conference.[11] Politician Georges Theil, a member of the French National Front who was convicted under France's Holocaust denial laws, attended,[11] as did the German-Australian Fredrick Töben, founder and head of the Adelaide Institute who had been imprisoned in Germany for three months in 1999 for Holocaust denial.[10][12] Robert Faurisson, a convicted Holocaust denier from France also attended,[13] as well as Ahmed Rami, a Swedish-Moroccan Holocaust denier who was imprisoned in Sweden for inciting racial hatred.[14] Psychologist Bendikt Frings, a leading member of the German National Democratic Party (NPD), was invited by Iranian Deputy Minister of Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Ali Ramin; Frings said that he had waited for such a conference "all my childhood".[15][16] The NPD is often considered the most significant Neo-Nazi party in Germany.[17][18]

what the fuck did Iran mean by this?
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Peron

what does leftypol think about Peronism?


it was a good alternative in relation to the leftist failures of the time? i know that now it has been misinterpreted and is being misapplied in latin america (i did not see this perpetuation of ideals and personalism so marked in other democratic countries).
I would like to know what anon thinks, not only of Peron but also of justicialism as such
Justicialism achieved a productive populism but on the other hand its democratic legitimacy is much discussed (it was said that in schools they made children swear by Peron and Evita)
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News 4/4/24

Just 57 companies linked to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions since 2016
This powerful cohort of state-controlled corporations and shareholder-owned multinationals are the leading drivers of the climate crisis, according to the Carbon Majors Database, which is compiled by world-renowned researchers. Although governments pledged in Paris to cut greenhouse gases, the analysis reveals that most mega-producers increased their output of fossil fuels and related emissions in the seven years after that climate agreement, compared with the seven years before.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/04/just-57-companies-linked-to-80-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions-since-2016

Workers in Argentina occupy offices in protest against the government's cutting of 15K public-sector jobs
ARGENTINA’S government cut 15,000 state jobs on Wednesday, part of President Javier Milei’s aggressive campaign to slash public spending, the latest in a series of economic measures that have put the ultra-neoliberal government on a collision course with trade unions.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/workers-argentina-occupy-their-offices-protest-against-ultra-neoliberal-governments

Peru's Congress rejects attempt to impeach president amid Rolex scandal
Approval had been an unlikely scenario as conservative and right-wing lawmakers had signaled support for the president, claiming they sought to avoid a major crisis. Both Congress and Boluarte hold approval ratings of just 9%, according to an Ipsos Peru poll in March.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/peru-congress-skittles-impeachment-attempt-against-president-amid-rolex-scandal-2024-04-04/

The true cost of El Salvador’s new gold rush
Seven years ago, El Salvador banned all mining for metals to protect its water supply. But now the government seems to be making moves to reverse the ban – and environmental activists are in the firing line
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/04/el-salvador-gold-rush-environmental-activists-metal-mining-ban-nayib-bukele

Colombia’s congress sinks Petro’s flagship healthcare reform
The sunk healthcare reform sought to dramatically change the role of the EPS’s in an attempt to secure people’s timely access to healthcare and payments to actual health providers. The proposal was opposed by the far-right opposition, and liberal and conservative parties that are neither part of the opposition nor the progressive coalition. Many of these parties received donations from the EPS’s or their parent companies in the 2022 congressional elections, according to local media.
https://colombiareports.com/colombias-congress-sinks-petros-flagship-healthcare-reform/

South Korea's president meets striking doctors' leader, seeking an end the walkouts
SOUTH Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol met the leader of a strike by thousands of junior doctors today and said the government is open to talks about its contentious push to sharply increase medical school admissions.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/south-koreas-president-meets-striking-doctors-leader-seeking-end-walkouts

Myanmar military TV says 13 'terrorist' drones shot down over capital, no damage or casualties
Thirteen fixed-wing drones were shot down over the capital of military-ruled Myanmar on Thursday, in a foiled attack by "terrorists" seeking to destroy important locations in the city, military-run Myawaddy TV reported.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/myanmar-military-tv-says-13-terrorist-drones-shot-down-over-capital-no-damage-or-2024-04-04/

Israel using 'Lavender' AI machine to choose targets in Gaza killing spree
The Israeli military has been using an artificial intelligence (AI) tool known as 'Lavender', to identify targets across Gaza and direct their bombing campaign, responsible for many of the 33,000 Palestinians killed since October.
https://www.newarab.com/news/israel-using-lavender-ai-machine-gaza-killing-spree

Israel: GPS disabled and IDF leave cancelled over Iran threat
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) also announced it was halting all leave for soldiers serving with combat units. It comes a day after reservists were called up to bolster air defence units.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-68734689

Egypt detains ten pro-Palestine protesters on charges of 'spreading fake news'
They are facing charges of "collaborating with a terrorist group" and "spreading and publishing fake news". Wednesday’s demonstration was held in front of the Journalists' Syndicate in Cairo, where dozens of journalists and activists gathered to protest against the ongoing Israeli onslaught on Gaza.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-charges-pro-palestine-protesters-spreading-fake-news

Rio Tinto’s Madagascar mine may face lawsuit over pollution claims
In a letter of claim, a document that is an early step in a lawsuit, the villagers accuse Rio Tinto of contaminating the waterways and lakes that they use for domestic purposes with elevated and harmful levels of uranium and lead, which pose a serious risk to human health.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/04/rio-tintos-madagascar-mine-may-face-lawsuit-over-pollution-claims

South Sudan’s president warns against clinging to power after call to postpone elections
The landlocked country is facing an economic crisis due to a decline in oil exports after war-torn Sudan last month declared force majeure on oil shipments passing through the country. The fighting in Sudan has affected shipments destined for a terminal near Port Sudan along the Red Sea coast.
https://apnews.com/article/south-sudan-elections-salva-kiir-97ebaa6b9317cdff86e42492f1093c10
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Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #75: Y'all Khamas Edition

🇵🇸 PREVIOUSLY ON THE HOLY LAND 🇵🇸
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Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/8/israels-war-on-gaza-live-60000-pregnant-women-face-malnutrition-in-gaza

Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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Our own wiki. Be sure to add to it and create branching articles:
https://wiki.leftypol.org/wiki/2023_Israel–Gaza_war

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https://electronicintifada.net
From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

https://mondoweiss.net/
From the USA

https://new.thecradle.co/
Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/blogs/
Known anti-zionist academic Norman Finkelstein's blog

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al-Qassam Brigades
https://en.alqassam.ps/

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http://pflp.ps/

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https://www.answercoalition.org/join_a_protest_near_you_free_palestine
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HIDE JIDF POSTS, IGNORE GLOWIE BAIT, DO NOT REPLY TO MOSSAD POSTERS
(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
يا عمال العالم ويا شعوبه المضطهدة، اتحدوا!
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WW2 and the Soviet Union

Hello everyone. Mods can move this to /edu/ if they want. How integral were the contributions of the Soviet Union in WW2? Is it true that they contributed the most to defeating the Nazis? How much of Hitler's forces were dedicated to the Eastern Front? There is also the claim that the only reason the USSR was able to push back against the Nazis was due to Western lend-lease, is that true?

On the other side, there are also claims that even if the Soviet Union was fighting the Axis entirely alone, they would have still won at a significant cost. Is it true?
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Your thoughts on this? Is a real problem or schizo rambling?

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/markets/debt-from-above-the-carbon-credit-coup

>The idea of green finance, in which private firms utilize data and physical elements from the real world to create novel economic instruments such as bonds based on carbon emissions, necessitates government-upheld agreements and eventual court-based litigation as the ability to find consensus, thus acting as the enabling environment, for the settlement of large values of securities between the public and private sector. Regulation and contractual agreements between governments and their commercial sector partners require not just the literal letter of the law, but vetted insurance brokers, data firms, legislative bureaucrats, and various other accredited lawyers to dictate the grounds in which business can be legally conducted. The private-public partnership has become continually blurred by the relaxing of regulation restricting how corporations can influence current and aspiring politicians via campaign fundraising. In turn, this group of purchased public sector employees must repay the corporations responsible for their successful attempts at gaining office, leading to the push for further dissolution of certain laws that prevented their donors from gaining footholds within a once-regulated market. No longer is the public sector primarily beholden to their constituents, but rather their corporate donors.


>This ongoing dynamic has led to a runaway feedback of legal corruption and conspiracy between these ostensibly delineated sectors. The net result of the public-private partnerships that upholds the CC35, Green+ and Satellogic collaborations is due to the calculated focus on regional governments, thus finding their enabling environment through pacts and treaties at the subnational level.


>Once larger regulatory “fish are fried,” the fight for further interoperability of digital assets (such as dollar instruments) moves down to the regional governments of the Global South. For example, the regulation allowing US banks to custody digital assets and stablecoins was put forth by former OneWest official and Coinbase VP Brian Brooks while he served as comptroller of the currency under Mnuchin in the Trump administration. Once world governments, local and national, are forced onboard the universal ledger, the enabling environment will trend towards the ledger itself – a product of the private sector – and further out of the hands of the public sector.


>This capturing of the commons by the private sector via a revolving door of public-then-private operators has been done before, such as during the Plaza Accord, the creation of Brady Bonds, the dissolution of Glass-Steagall, the demolition of Enron, the 2008 financial crisis, and the COVID-19 fiscal response. The intended future of blockchain – now that US regulators have embraced Bitcoin as an asset and universal ledger – is to serve as the new enabling environment, complete with its very own digital dollar instruments, most likely backed by US government debt.


>There are very few people in the world more responsible for the digitization of the dollar than Steve Mnuchin and Howie Lutnick – the former's VC firm now consists of several members from his stint at the Treasury, while the latter's firm Cantor Fitzgerald holds the securities for Tether, the world's largest dollar-denominated stablecoin that recently crossed $100 billion issued – and here they are partnering with the richest man in Argentina and the founder of the largest online marketplace (as well as crypto marketplace) in Latin America, Marcos Galperin.


>The network of firms associated with Galperin's MercadoLibre – Xapo, Paxos, Circle, Visa, among others – is rife with board members and venture capital from the “PayPal Mafia,” as well as the Argentine advisor group Endeavor. These powerful organizations, successors to groups like ADELA that spurred the creation of the Club of Rome and chose the winners of Latin America’s corporate landscape, have made it clear that they foresee this fundamental market transition. They have quietly positioned themselves to dominate the main pillars of the new financial system in Latin America and the world at large: regulated banking services, global marketplaces, payment processing, digital asset infrastructure, and capital creation monopolies. As we will see, this financial system is not about “inclusion” or “sustainability” as professed, but about using and deepening Latin America’s debt burden to force policy changes while enforcing foreign control over the region’s economic activity and governance, all under the watchful “eyes” of US intelligence-linked satellites.
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What makes a transgender person “valid”?

What is your basis for determining whether or not a person is actually transgender and not a “transtrender?”
>no such thing as trans-trender
Okay. What if a chinlet, attempting a gotcha, tells you he is a woman? He is obviously not. On what basis can you prove he is lying?

<Psychological: transgender identity is valid only if you *feel* like the other gender or sex, and you strongly identify with the essence or aura (masculinity/femininity) of that gender.


Then gender is completely arbitrary and meaningless and you are identifying as something subjective, and thus the identity is pointless. Also, how would a biological man know what it feels like to be a woman? he can’t, definitionally. You are also very obviously not a tree if you feel like one.
>strawman, one joke, etc
>also gender is different
There is no good reason why gender is different unless it’s non-objective, in which case, as stated above, it is meaningless.

<Medical: transgender identity is valid only if you are “a woman’s brain trapped in the body of a man”


Not only is this a just-so story not supported by mainstream research, but wouldnt this also place transgenderism under the label of abnormal mental condition, such as autism? It would also show transgender identity is less about gender and more about perverse sexual fantasies such as autogynephilia. Plus, the vast majority of self-identified transgender people do not meet this criteria and would disqualify the vast majority of genderqueers.

<Presentation and Expression: gender is what you show to the world and it is about your performance of gender in society


This is perhaps the most internally consistent argument, but it also goes against three decades (probably longer) of transgender talking points, and also is incompatible with feminism—this argues that gender roles define womanhood, while feminism says gender roles restrict and oppress womanhood. It bases gender validity on how others perceive you and takes the immediate choice of identity away from you. It also reduces womanhood/manhood to gender roles and stereotypes, which I’m sure you would find problematic.

>it’s all of them at once

Can’t be. They contradict
>its nuanced
Euphemism for contradictory
>who cares? Just be respectful
Not what this post is about. Are they actually transgender or not?

Come up with your own philosophical basis for the validity of being transgender. Specify if you think transgender people “become a woman” or if they “were always a woman.”
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujitsu#Horizon_scandal
>Fujitsu was also found to have pressurised the UK government to sign off the controversial and faulty IT system that, as a result of its faulty operation, resulted in numerous UK postmasters and sub-postmasters being accused falsely, and subsequently convicted of theft, false accounting and fraud, with consequences including imprisonment and monetary reparations. Of the hundreds of people affected, as of January 2024 only around 1 in 9 of those convicted have had their convictions overturned, whereas others have died due to the length of time that has elapsed, or have taken their own lives in the wake of their wrongful convictions.

this is some next level shit even for brit standards
>release faulty IT systems
>pressure (that is bribe) officials to lay off any investigation
>consequently they do nothing, no surprise there
>HUNDREDS of workers falsely accused of fraud and theft get thrown in jail, some have difficulties coping with slander and rope
>2024 case still not resolved despite first articles concerning it having surfaced in 2020
what the fuck?
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News 4/3/24

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox block Route 4 in protest against IDF conscription
The demonstrators belonged to the extremist Jerusalem Faction, which numbers some 60,000 members and regularly demonstrates against the enlistment of yeshiva students. Protesters held banners reading “To jail and not the army,” “We will die rather than draft,” “Stalin is here,” and “Russia is here.” Police arrested six demonstrators and forcefully cleared the highway after the demonstrators refused to leave, opening the road to traffic after two hours.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/hundreds-of-ultra-orthodox-block-route-4-in-protest-against-idf-conscription/
https://archive.is/QztjX

Turkey’s top election authority restores newly elected pro-Kurdish mayor’s right to hold office
Turkey’s highest electoral authority on Wednesday restored the right of a newly elected mayor from a pro-Kurdish party to hold office, overturning an earlier decision by a lower body that had sparked widespread protests and led to dozens of arrests.
https://apnews.com/article/turkey-prokurdish-mayor-mandate-664beac0ea24911a8b5f8af4dd1e6361

Senegal's new president appoints Ousmane Sonko as the country's prime minister
Both were released from prison just days before the March elections through an amnesty granted by the outgoing president Macky Sall. Mr Sonko was the original opposition candidate for the presidency but was arrested and ruled ineligible to stand for the post — a move that sparked major protests across the country.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/senegals-new-president-appoints-ousmane-sonko-countrys-prime-minister

South African parliament speaker resigns amid corruption probe
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday that she was resigning from her position amid an investigation into alleged corruption during her tenure as defence minister. Mapisa-Nqakula's home was raided last month by investigators as part of the corruption inquiry, who did not provide details on the investigation or the allegations.
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/south-african-parliament-speaker-resigns-amid-corruption-probe-2024-04-03/

UK's Labour cuts ties with Muslim org labelled 'Islamist' by Gove
Labour told The Telegraph on Monday that it had adopted a policy "not to engage" after Gove identified the organisation as "Islamist". MEND has said that Labour’s decision will risk alienating Muslim voters, particularly as Labour MPs have previously attended events organised by the group.
https://www.newarab.com/news/labour-cuts-ties-muslim-org-labelled-islamist-gove

Irish unions join forces to demand major workers’ rights reforms
The campaign is timed to coincide with the required transposition of a European Union directive on minimum wages and collective bargaining, which the Irish government must write into law by November of this year. The directive requires countries where less than 80 per cent of workers are covered by collective agreements to introduce new measures to promote collective bargaining between unions and employers.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/irish-unions-join-forces-demand-major-workers-rights-reforms

Ukraine lowers its conscription age to 25 to replenish its beleaguered troops
The new laws, which will also do away with some draft exemptions and create an online registry for recruits, might add around 50,000 troops to the military, said Oksana Zabolotna, an analyst with the Center for United Actions, a government watchdog in Kyiv.
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-war-conscription-mobilization-251058a942a253f3eaec2c53373adf03

Trump-proofing weapons for Ukraine: Allies consider moving arms group into NATO
During the NATO foreign ministerial meeting in Brussels Wednesday and Thursday, officials are expected to discuss a range of options, including gradually moving the organization — called the Ukraine Defense Contact Group — into the alliance’s control, according to three European officials and a U.S. official with knowledge of the internal deliberations. The goal would be to finalize the move at the NATO leaders’ summit in Washington in July, one of the officials said.
https://www.politico.com/news/2024/04/02/allies-consider-moving-ukraine-arms-group-into-nato-to-shield-it-from-trump-00150151
https://archive.is/hQPFf

China’s former justice minister Tang Yijun facing corruption probe, top anti-graft agency says
In a brief statement released on its website on Tuesday, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China’s top anti-corruption and political disciplinary agency, said Tang, 63, chairman of the Jiangxi provincial political advisory body, was “undergoing disciplinary review and supervisory investigation” and was “suspected of serious violations of discipline and law” – a euphemism for corruption.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3257603/chinas-former-justice-minister-tang-yijun-facing-corruption-probe-top-anti-graft-agency-says?module=top_story&pgtype=subsection
https://archive.is/glRFm

Gisela Gaytán, candidate for mayor of violence-plagued town in Mexico, is shot dead
Gaytán was killed in San Miguel Octopan — a community that has been especially hard hit by organized crime — just after she presented her security strategy. The Morena party has not yet commented on the attack.
https://english.elpais.com/international/2024-04-02/gisela-gaytan-candidate-for-mayor-of-violence-plagued-town-in-mexico-is-shot-dead.html
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So the World Economy Forum recently has undoubtedly proven that the idea that "Cultural Marxism" is what is holstering every foul thing about the modern world, globalism and neoliberalism is retarded.
Here was Milei talking with his good friend ze bugs man himzelf Klaus Schwab promoting his favourite anti-communist minarchist.
Promoting a "free market" world where everything will be owned by a small cluster of megacorps! Hurray!
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United Arab Emirates

It's interesting that there's a modern day industrial slave state whose population is mostly said slaves. Do you think they'll ever have a revolution?
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Why are conservative "intellectuals" so anti progress anyways?

Do they think that the human condition as it is isn't a disaster that needs to change and needs to change fast? do they not see how problematic our current cultures are? are they fine with human trafficking? child abuse? crapitalism? for how long? forever? till the sun engulfs the earth? how are they not seen as the mad ones?
I can never see conservatives as anything but the gatekeepers of the hell that is the current human condition.
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Class consciousness in Unionists

Is it Possible to create class consciousness in Irish unionists ?
It doesn't seem so, their hatred of "Catholics" runs very deep among them, ever since their childhood they're indoctrinated to be extremly paranoid of them.
Even if we could somehow turn them against the capitalists, they'd still side with them as they will always think of the Catholics as the greater threat…
I believe there trully is one solution, when the 32 county Irish socialist republic is established, the Irish, should give them an ultimatum, either they give up Unionism, or they leave to the Britain they love so much, altho, Ireland will keep the children, as there shouldn't be another generation corrupted by those vile ideals…
R: 54 / I: 11 (sage)

Communism and Racial Tribalism

I'm not a communist, but l want to know why a bunch of kkk rednecks can't form their own white commune in the the deep south in a world which achieves a communist utopia. Every time l ask l get complete non answers. The incompatibility of racial tribalism and communism seems to have never been established, yet communists tend to sperg out about it more than any other group of people. Even tame things tangentially related to racial tribalism such as autism score and the biological reality of races. You all would be a lot more based if you embraced it
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WTF? I have to pay 15 cents more for a burger, just so the wagepigs who shovel my slop aren't constantly at risk of homelessness? Wokeness has gone too far. First Peter Pan is black, now I have to pay $3.15 more every week in burger-related fees? FUCK WOKENESS.
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Alternate history what if: What if Stalin had been succeeded by a Deng?

Just curious, I’m not really conversant in the history, sociology, or anthropology of the Soviet Union, but what if Stalin had been succeeded by a Deng Xiaoping-like figure?

How would history have changed if the USSR had enough vigor to survive to the modern day?

I’m thinking about this as a setting for a fiction novel, which is implicitly about China, but swapped to a different cultural setting.
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Materialist explanation for Homeowners Associations being so shit?

HOAs are usually collectively managed, right? With elected officers and shit? Why do they have the reputation for being micromanaging psychos measuring the length of your grass and whatnot? Is this a problem that socialist communes and the like suffer?

Why do HOAs seem more reactionary than non HOA neighborhoods if it's allegedly a more progressive organization of ownership (collective vs individual)?

examples of what I'm talking about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrizmAo17Os
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News 4/2/24

Peru’s embattled president replaces 6 ministers as lawmakers ask Parliament to remove her
The Cabinet shakeup Monday came as lawmakers submitted to Parliament a request to remove her from office for “permanent moral incapacity” three days after police broke down the front door of her residence to search for the watches as part of an investigation.
https://apnews.com/article/peru-president-boluarte-watches-scandal-cabinet-95e1ad29ab504daee3cf9f19227286ce

“A coup plotter lives here!”: Youth movement protest far-right politicians on 60th anniversary of military coup
The Levante Popular da Juventude (Popular Youth Uprising) movement carried out, on the morning of Monday April 1, a series of escraches (public actions of denunciation) in front of the homes and committees of politicians and far-right leaders. April 1 marks the 60th anniversary of the military coup in the country.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/04/02/a-coup-plotter-lives-here-youth-movement-protest-far-right-politicians-on-60th-anniversary-of-military-coup/

Mayor of Medellín, Colombia, bans prostitution in neighborhoods that are popular with tourists
The Medellín prostitution ban comes just days after an American man was found in a hotel room with two local girls aged 12 and 13, in a case widely covered by local media. The 36-year-old was held in police custody for 12 hours, then released while officials investigated the case. Local media reported that he left Colombia and went to Florida.
https://apnews.com/article/medellin-colombia-ban-prostitution-mayor-gutierrez-5df956a498ffbde8547ae3771d6b4de4

World Central Kitchen pauses Gaza aid, as Netanyahu acknowledges an 'unintended hit'
In the World Central Kitchen's statement, it said the seven killed are from Australia, Poland, United Kingdom, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, and a Palestinian. "This is not only an attack against WCK, this is an attack on humanitarian organizations showing up in the most dire of situations where food is being used as a weapon of war," the organization's CEO, Erin Gore, said. "This is unforgivable."
https://www.npr.org/2024/04/01/1242177519/world-central-kitchen-workers-deaths-gaza

War on Gaza: The Palestinian doctors found dead in the ruins of al-Shifa hospital
Both doctors were working at al-Shifa when the Israeli siege of Gaza’s largest medical complex began. They had lost contact with their family six or seven days ago and it is thought that they were executed by Israeli forces as they were trying to escape the hospital. Their bodies were found riddled with bullets.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/gaza-israel-palestine-war-shifa-hospital-prominent-doctors-killed

Cyprus concerned over spike in arrivals of Syrian refugees from Lebanon
“I fully understand the challenges Lebanon is facing, but exporting migrants to Cyprus should not be the answer and cannot be accepted,” he said after a meeting with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/2/cyprus-concerned-over-spike-in-arrivals-of-syrian-refugees-from-lebanon
https://archive.is/yUVlc

Every Labour councillor in Pendle quits the party
All 10 Labour members serving on Pendle Borough Council resigned on Monday, as did a further 10 from the town councils of Nelson and Brierfield, two of the communities in the district. The councillors cited national party bullying and interference as reasons for resigning, although several are already on record as denouncing Labour’s position on the Gaza crisis.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/every-labour-councillor-pendle-quits-the-party

Faye sworn in as Senegal's new president
Mr Faye’s victory is seen as reflecting the will of young people frustrated with widespread unemployment and former colonial ruler France, which critics say is using its relationship with Senegal to enrich itself.In his first speech as president-elect, he promised to fight corruption and reform the economy.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/faye-sworn-in-as-senegal-new-president

Mali political parties request elections after junta shuns transition promise
"We will use all legal and legitimate avenues for the return of normal constitutional order in our country," they said in the statement, which has over 20 signatories, including a major opposition coalition and the toppled ex-president's party.
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/mali-political-parties-request-elections-after-junta-shuns-transition-promise-2024-04-01/

Farmers’ Protest: Posters Crop up in Some Punjab Villages Declaring ‘No Entry’ for BJP
According to Indian Express, in Sangrur district, the posters by Bharatiya Kisan Union (Azad) also convey anger at the death of 19-year-old farmer Shubhkaran Singh, who died during the protest in Punjab-Haryana’s Shambhu border in February end, allegedly due to bullet injuries after firing by the Haryana Police.
https://www.newsclick.in/farmers-protest-posters-crop-some-punjab-villages-declaring-no-entry-bjp
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How do I stat making a real impact on society? How can I work towards the establishment of a revolution? I live in aard left leaning state if that works of anything.
R: 35 / I: 10
What is the most right*id, racist/xenophobic and generally chauvinistic region of your country? Here it's V*nice

On the other hand, the most left-leaning region is my own (Tuscany), Tuscany is even called "La Rossa" (the red one) by right*ids from other regions as a
means to offend us but we actually took the nickname with pride.
R: 5 / I: 0

Communist Networking

I am looking to form a network of radicals in my city. There is precious little in the way of explicitly communist organising.

If you were entering into a new city for the first time for the purpose of radicalizing it. What places would you go to? Who would you think is most important to talk to? What events, organisations or meetings would you hold to move towards increasing radicalization in the city?
R: 255 / I: 49

Xi Jinping Thought

How is Xi Jinping Thought still Marxist or Socialist? I’m reading parts of “On the Governance of China”, and I’m wondering with comrades think of this topic.
R: 12 / I: 0

Historical materialism and philosophy

What is it with materialists and using pic related as an argument against metaphysical criticisms of materialism? I don't disagree with the doctrine of historical materialism necessarily but a lot of these people seem to be incredibly myopic either in erroneously considering human production as the basis for anything that doesn't emerge from this process, or in considering anything outside the frame of human production irrelevant.

>inb4 materialism is anti-metaphysical

In some sense yes, but 1. metaphysical/ontological claims are still made in defence of materialism (i.e. in the unity of matter and form, the consideration of monism, the existence of determinate substance that can be studied) and 2. being anti-metaphysics doesn't mean that a world outside human production doesn't exist and doesn't require study.

>inb4 these considerations don't matter with regards to the program/"I'm tryin to turn the wheel of history ovah here!" etc

That's fine but if materialism is a purely political consideration for you then I'm not interested.
R: 29 / I: 8 (sage)

why am I so obsessed with reactionaries

I made a Twitter just to hate follow reactionaries. What surprised me is I get to see photos of them, and they honestly look just like me. They look human but they're so monstrous once you give them a safe place to say the quiet part out loud. People can interpret this in bad faith, whatever. I guess maybe it's a banality of evil type thing. I mean look at this couple! How do two people like that become so venomous, so cruel, proud racists not for some higher blood and soil cause no just because they see the position of power white supremacy grants them and find it pleasing, and whatever the costs at least it's not me. Like these are the nightmare makers, and they look so… boring

Someone please post that one Matt Christman WebM so I feel less alone.. I just can't help myself but gaze into the abyss.. maybe I'm just a masochist.
R: 5 / I: 1

News 4/1/24

War on Gaza: Israeli troops withdraw from al-Shifa hospital, leaving piles of dead bodies
Gaza's civil defence put the figure of those killed at around 300. The army said it conducted its raid without harming civilians and medical personnel, but medical organisations and eyewitnesses have strongly rejected the claim. The World Health Organisation said at least 21 patients died during the siege. Survivors told Middle East Eye that scores of civilians were killed during the fortnight-long siege.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-troops-withdraw-al-shifa-leaving-pile-dead-bodies

Israeli parliament passes law paving the way for Al Jazeera closure
The law, which passed in a 70-10 vote in the Knesset, gives the prime minister and the communications minister the authority to order the closure of foreign networks operating in Israel and confiscate their equipment if it is believed they pose “harm to the state’s security”.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/1/israeli-pm-netanyahu-revives-push-to-shut-down-al-jazeera
https://archive.is/CiwcV

SOHR: ISIS executed 14 Syrian soldiers, including two officers
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that ISIS cells continue their executions of soldiers, the majority of whom are from the regime troops, in various areas in the Syrian desert as part of the dangerous escalation of the cells during the recent period.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/sohr-isis-executed-14-syrian-soldiers-including-two-officers-72518

Thai court acquits dozens who shut down Bangkok airports in 2008
The Bangkok Criminal Court ruled on Friday that the so-called “Yellow Shirt” protests, which opposed a government headed by allies of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, were protected under the constitution because they were peaceful and the protesters were unarmed, according to local media and one of the defendants.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/29/thai-court-acquits-dozens-who-shut-down-bangkok-airports-in-2008
https://archive.is/VNlr0

Pakistani court suspends sentence for ex-PM Khan and wife in a graft case but couple won’t be freed
The court ordered the release of the couple on bail but under the country’s laws Khan and his wife won’t be freed because Bibi is serving a prison term in another case and Khan has been convicted and sentenced in multiple cases.
https://apnews.com/article/pakistan-court-suspends-corruption-sentence-imran-khan-e7b46e43aca447c045633070ac3d84c6

Indian court sends top opposition leader to prison until April 15
A COURT in India placed a top opposition leader in two weeks of judicial detention today after the expiration of a 10-day stint in the custody of a federal agency.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/indian-court-sends-top-opposition-leader-prison-until-april-15

‘Poison portal’: US and UK could send nuclear waste to Australia under Aukus, inquiry told
New laws to establish a safety framework for Australia’s planned nuclear-powered submarines could also allow the US and UK to send waste here, while both of those countries are struggling to deal with their own waste, as no long-term, high-level waste facilities have been created.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/02/poison-portal-us-and-uk-could-send-nuclear-waste-to-australia-under-aukus-inquiry-told

Telegram suspension in Spain: ‘It’s like closing a province because a robbery occurred there’
Telegram is the subject of a legal dispute in Spain. Spanish media firms — including Mediaset, Atresmedia and Movistar Plus — filed a lawsuit against the instant messaging app for its alleged unauthorized use of copyright-protected audiovisual content and requested that it be suspended as a precautionary measure. On Friday, Judge Santiago Pedraz from Spain’s high court, the Audiencia Nacional, agreed to suspend Telegram, while the probe into the allegations is carried out.
https://english.elpais.com/technology/2024-03-24/telegram-suspension-in-spain-its-like-closing-a-province-because-a-robbery-occurred-there.html

Shell's legal action against Greenpeace labelled ‘intimidation lawsuit’ by supporters
LEGAL action against environment campaign Greenpeace by energy profiteer Shell has been labelled an “intimidation lawsuit” in a letter supported by more than 100,000 people. Supporters include more than 30 public figures such as Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Greta Thunberg, and organisations like Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/shells-legal-action-against-greenpeace-labelled-intimidation-lawsuit-supporters

France to send old armoured vehicles, new missiles to Ukraine
He said France was looking at providing hundreds of VAB (Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé) front-line troop carriers in 2024 and early 2025. France's army is gradually replacing its thousands of VABs, which first went into operation in the late 1970s, with a new multi-role troop carrier.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/france-send-old-armoured-vehicles-new-missiles-ukraine-2024-03-31/
R: 3 / I: 2

Collectivization

I need good info on collectivization (mechanics, material analysis etc).
Glowpedia is garbage,
>Don't explain how it works
>Muh famines
>Muh Kulaks
>iT nEvEr wOrkEd!!
>Obligatory SoLZHEnitsyn quotes as historical facts

No good sources from encyclopedias
>Westoids have same problem as glowpedia
>Socialist encyclopedias have very bare bones info

Youtubers
>Rightoids same thing as glowpedia
>Leftoids unsourced apologia

Soyjak looking britbong from Megaprojects + Asianometry
>wHy iT fAiLeD!

I need good analysis as to the actual mechanics of collective farms, how their pay structure worked (on diagrams), the relations between them and the sovkhozes, between government procurement, farming equipment procurement etc.
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Evidence of the influence and origin of neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine
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R: 36 / I: 9
Peterson's criticism of Marxism are so shallow.
How did he gain steam with these shallow arguments?
Post modernism? That's a criticism of Marxism. It called Marxism a metanarrative. Why is he conflating the two?
Now he's testifying before congress agaisnt china for it's social score.whats wrong with the social score?
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Khruschev was reactionary

Comrade Zarobyan, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Armenia, is on the podium. He began his speech by saying what a dear comrade Nikita Sergeyevich was the Great Leader of the world proletariat, how everything around him expanded and strengthened under his leadership, what a sure path towards communism he had drawn for the Armenians. Then Comrade Zarobyan noted the outstanding achievements of Comrade Khrushchev in the fight against the cult of personality and those who opposed this struggle:
"Comrades! The historic XX Congress of the CPSU played an extremely important role in the life of our party and the Soviet people. The Leninist course pursued by the Central Committee after the XX Congress found unanimous approval and support of the party and the entire Soviet people. The speeches at this congress gave a completely correct assessment of the divisive, subversive activities of the anti-party group, which tried to turn the party off the Leninist path and return it to the old politics of the cult of personality. It is no coincidence that one of the participants of the anti—party group, Malenkov, so zealously resisted the elimination of the harmful consequences of the cult of personality. This bankrupt politician organized the beating of cadres not only in the Leningrad and Belarusian party organizations, but also the leading cadres of the Communist Party of Armenia. We consider the delegates' suggestion that Malenkov is not worthy to be in the ranks of our great party to be correct. (Applause).
The great merit of the Central Committee of the CPSU, headed by the indomitable Leninist Comrade N. S. Khrushchev, is that, having decisively exposed and defeated the anti-party group and courageously overcome its resistance, he consistently ensured the implementation of the Leninist party line outlined by the XX Congress of the CPSU.
The restoration of Leninist norms of party and state life contributed to an increase in the activity of communists, improving the style and methods of work of party and Soviet bodies. The activities of the Central Committee of our Party and Comrade Nikita Sergeevich Khrushchev personally serve as an example of Lenin's style of work for all of us. (Applause)".
And, of course, it was necessary to get rid of Stalinist cadres in Armenia, which was successfully accomplished:
"The recent party conferences and the XXII Congress of the Communist Party of Armenia were held with an unprecedented high activity of communists. On the basis of the principles laid down in the draft Program and the Charter of the party, the composition of district, city committees, as well as the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia has been significantly updated, mainly due to the nomination of advanced workers, collective farmers, specialists, researchers, young, proven party, Soviet and economic personnel to the governing party bodies. The renewal and involvement of new personnel in the governing bodies has brought a fresh stream to the activities of our party organizations and, of course, will give great positive results."
It was absolutely necessary to update the staff, because with the old staff it was impossible to even stutter about this:
"Comrade N. S. Khrushchev's stay in our republic has become a great school for all of us. The Armenian people loved Nikita Sergeyevich even more for his wisdom and simplicity, for his closeness and deep knowledge of the life of the people, for his ebullient energy and tireless concern for the welfare and happiness of all Soviet people. (Applause).
Comrades! Currently, more than one million Armenians live in various capitalist countries, where they were forced to move to escape physical destruction, mainly during the First World War. While in Yerevan, Comrade N. S. Khrushchev had meetings with representatives of foreign progressive Armenians. Under the indelible impression of this warm, cordial meeting and celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the republic, many foreign Armenian progressive newspapers gave truthful and enthusiastic reviews of the achievements of Soviet Armenia. The progressive newspaper Ararat, published in Beirut, wrote: "…We can confirm that everything we saw was not a dream, it was all real, tangible reality."
The flourishing of Soviet Armenia in the fraternal family of the peoples of the great Soviet Union, like a magnet, attracts the best sons and daughters of the Armenian people. In recent years, the flow of requests from Armenians living in capitalist countries has increased significantly. These requests express a fervent desire to leave the capitalist "paradise" and come to his homeland, Soviet Armenia. (Applause). With the assistance and great help of the Soviet government, we decided in 1962 to organize the gradual return to their homeland of Armenians who expressed a desire to come from foreign countries. We will do everything to create the necessary conditions for their normal life and creative work."
That is, during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the formation of the ASSR, an emigrant gathering of "progressive Armenians" was organized in Yerevan, at which Khrushchev showed warmth and cordiality, after which there was joy among the Armenian emigration and progressive Armenian newspapers gave rave reviews.
The progressive newspaper Ararat is the press organ of the anti-Soviet Social Democratic party Gnchak, whose leaders emigrated after Soviet rule was established in Armenia.
And how many progressive Armenians returned to Armenia after that to build communism? Oh, yes! First, it was necessary to fulfill the dream of the Armenian emigration – to ask the Turks for the genocide!..
And you say: secrets of archives. Here is the published transcript of the congress…

>That is, during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the formation of the ASSR, an emigrant gathering of "progressive Armenians" was organized in Yerevan, at which Khrushchev showed warmth and cordiality, after which there was joy among the Armenian emigration and progressive Armenian newspapers gave rave reviews.

>The progressive newspaper Ararat is the press organ of the anti-Soviet Social Democratic party Gnchak, whose leaders emigrated after Soviet rule was established in Armenia.
R: 3 / I: 0

News 3/31/24

Hamas official says undecided on sending delegation to new truce talks
Talks were to resume in Cairo on Sunday, Egyptian TV station Al-Qahera reported, two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave approval for fresh negotiations. Mediators had hoped to secure a ceasefire before the start of Ramadan, but progress stalled and the Muslim holy month is more than half over.
https://www.newarab.com/news/hamas-undecided-sending-delegation-new-truce-talks

At least four killed in Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza
At least four people were killed and 17 others were wounded in the air strike, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a post on X on Sunday.Khaled al-Dakran, a spokesman for the hospital, said several journalists were among the wounded in the attack.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/31/israel-attacks-gazas-al-aqsa-hospital-striking-civilians-and-journalists
https://archive.is/oV8Et

Protests in support of Gaza ceasefire continue for fourth day in Jordan and Morocco
In Morocco, protesters flocked the streets of Casablanca, Meknes, and other cities early on Thursday, waving Palestinian flags and calling for an immediate ceasefire as per the UN Security Council resolution adopted earlier this week. They also denounced Israel’s continued genocide in Gaza and reiterated the demand to terminate all normalization processes with it.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/03/28/protests-in-support-of-gaza-ceasefire-continue-for-fourth-day-in-jordan-and-morocco/

Turkey’s ruling party defeated in mayoral elections in stunning setback
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) received its lowest percentage of votes since its first victory in general elections in 2002, dropping below 37 percent in the ballot. Meanwhile, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) polled over 38 percent, going nearly two percent ahead of its rival, according to the semi-official Anadolu Agency data, with more than 50 percent of the votes counted.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-ruling-party-defeated-mayoral-elections-stunning-setback

Sudan Army Commander Kabbashi: popular resistance groups need control
Several groups are battling alongside the army especially Khartoum, including the Angry Without Borders group, set up by activists of the December 2018 Revolution, the El Baraa Ibn Malik Brigade affiliated with the Islamic Movement, in addition to a heavy presence of other elements of the Al Bashir regime.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-army-commander-kabbashi-popular-resistance-groups-need-control

Peru: President’s Attempt to Annul Death Complaint Fails
On Thursday, judicial sources reported that the Peruvian judiciary has rejected a legal action by the Peruvian president, Dina Boluarte, to annul the complaint against her for the deaths during social protests.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Peru-Presidents-Attempt-to-Annul-Death-Complaint-Fails-20240329-0011.html

Home of Peru’s president raided in search of luxury watches
Police broke down the door of Boluarte’s residence early on Saturday morning, television images showed, apparently after calls by officials to allow them access to search for evidence went unanswered.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/30/home-of-peru-president-dina-boluarte-raided-in-search-of-luxury-watches

India’s Silicon Valley Faces a Water Crisis That Software Cannot Solve
The Silicon Valley of South Asia has a nature issue — a pain point that software cannot solve. In the sprawl beyond Bengaluru’s core, where dreams of tech riches usually grow, schools lack water to flush toilets. Washing machines have gone quiet. Showers are being postponed, and children with only dirty water to drink are being hospitalized with typhoid fever.
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/31/world/asia/india-bangalore-water.html
https://archive.is/kLJcg

Thousands rally in India’s capital as opposition bloc and Prime Minister Modi launch their campaigns
Opposition leaders spoke to the flag-waving crowd and criticized Modi’s government for arresting several of their colleagues, including New Delhi’s top elected official Arvind Kejriwal on March 21. The leaders called the arrests undemocratic and accused Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, of using federal agencies to undermine the opposition.
https://apnews.com/article/india-election-opposition-modi-kejriwal-396a85e3fc4e4ed43018436b690b0fe0

Pakistan to investigate army’s meddling in judiciary, law minister says
“We believe it is imperative to inquire into and determine whether there exists a continuing policy on part of the executive branch of the state, implemented by intelligence operatives who report to the executive branch, to intimidate judges, under threat of coercion or blackmail, to engineer judicial outcomes in politically consequential matters,” said the letter, addressed to the Supreme Judicial Council headed by Justice Isa and seen by Reuters.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/28/pakistan-to-investigate-armys-meddling-in-judiciary-law-minister-says
https://archive.is/XxDdk

Bangladesh mulls to suspend services of Facebook, YouTube: minister
A Bangladeshi minister on Sunday said that the country would temporarily suspend services Facebook and YouTube if they don't obey government instructions to control "disinformation."
http://www.chinaview.cn/20240401/9d6d334ea49a45879873c47016673c86/c.html
https://archive.is/Icq7h

In Indonesia, deforestation is intensifying disasters from severe weather and climate change
West Sumatra Gov. Mahyeldi Ansharullah said there were strong indications of illegal logging around locations affected by floods and landslides. That, coupled with extreme rainfall, inadequate drainage systems and improper housing development contributed to the disaster, he said. Experts and environmental activists have pointed to deforestation worsening disasters in other regions of Indonesia as well: In 2021 environmental activists partially blamed deadly floods in Kalimantan on environmental degradation caused by large-scale mining and palm oil operations.
https://apnews.com/article/indonesia-climate-disaster-deforestation-floods-watersheds-ebc53afbcc30a9c290ad9511c691a3b8
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Mathew Dolloff should be celebrated the same way the right celebrates Kyle Rhittenhouse

Mathew Dolloff was the based Antifa security guard who shot and killed a faggot Drumpf supporter that tried to mace him. The judge said Mathew did nothing wrong. The right tries to portray the “victim” as just a nice old man who made hats when obviously he looks like some Hells Angels pedophile psychopath and he was threatening people and chimping out the entire day. We should all be parading him around like a hero and giving him opportunities to do speeches and sending him millions of dollars. It’s so funny seeing right wingers and weird Jimmy Dore fan liberals praising Kyle Rhittenhouse then immediately turn around and scream and cry when a based antifa super soldier rightfully blows a MAGA scum’s brains out.
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ISIS-CIA Attack in Moscow

>Have military and tactical capabilities to damage the Russian war effort
>Choose to kill innocent civilians for no reason and accomplish literally nothing
What the fuck were they thinking? Isis also attacked Imran Khan supporters in Pakistan for no reason. I smell the CIA.
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If humans can't achieve communism then we deserve extinction

I'm fully black pilled, even just talking to fucking Western normies has me begging Putin to unleash his entire nuclear arsenal yesterday. I think I finally realize why I hate our species. Because humans are servile. People are like cattle in a way, real go along to get along fucking faggots. Almost all humans bask in slave morality and their only purpose for existence is to toil for their masters, almost no westerner can think outside the confines of capital, the only ways they can envision bettering their lives is by serving the market better or simply becoming capitalists, which is what 90% of people aspire to. Unlike past generations, no amount of suffering or poverty can make modern normies change, they are fundamentally different from the labor movement of the previous century, normies cannot rebel, mentally or emotionally, if you try critiquing capitalism, even subtly, they will call you a filthy Marxist communist and reject whatever you have to say.

Normies are infinitely more retarded than they were in the late 2010s, because like animals they have decided they want to be ruled so long as they're fed pig slop, they hate politics now, they hate communists explicitly because communists think about society deeply and want to change the world for better, normies do not think the world can be improved and don't want it to be.

Nuclear war is the most revolutionary act that can be taken in modern society.
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hi, earlier today I read an article in the guardian about influencers and how worn down they become working a 'demanding job' like this, memes aside, one of the interviewees claimed she could easily pull off 20 grand a post at her peak even if she was lying and made half that itd still be a lot of money

it got me pondering on how its possible to earn this much for something as straightforward as publishing photos of yourself consuming a particular product? what's the marxian explanation of this and what is its relevancy in the economic reproduction? are all these people just well connected nepo babies whose overdriven revenues are mostly fictional and conditioned upon increasingly more severe exploitation of other workers?
R: 58 / I: 6

I want to infiltrate a right wing militia

>moved back to rural hometown in the U.S.
>most friends from HS either moved away or got into drugs
>crashing local college clubs isn't doing it anymore
>been bored
>like guns and shooting
>know a bit about right wing shit due to edgy phase in HS
>want to join a right wing militia and be informant or something for the shits and gigs
>don't know how to do this
>try the III% but they have been quite since jan 6th and most people around here just have the bumper stickers
>no real world affiliations other than boomer facebook groups
>ran out of ideas past that

How stupid am I being? Anybody have some ideas on where to look?
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What's going on in Vietnam?

Once beacon of stability, Vietnam to name third president in a year

Vietnam is seeking its third president in little more than a year after its ruling Communist Party on Wednesday forced the resignation of Vo Van Thuong, who was only elected last year after the sudden dismissal of his predecessor.

With accumulated foreign direct investment higher than its gross domestic product, Vietnam's stability is crucial to multinationals with large operations in the Southeast Asian manufacturing hub, including Samsung Electronics, which ships from Vietnam half of its smartphones, and Apple, which has many key suppliers in the country.

That stability, which has been guaranteed for decades by a state tightly controlled by the Communist Party, now looks less certain, although analysts agree that the current leadership changes will not impact the country's key policies, including its "bamboo diplomacy" aimed at keeping good relations with the United States and China at the same time.

Behind the latest reshuffle is the long-lasting "blazing furnace" anti-graft campaign that party chief Nguyen Phu Trong launched back in 2016. It is aimed at eradicating corruption so widespread that in some provinces up to 90% of applicants for land certificates paid a bribe, according to a report published in March 2023 by the U.N. Development Programme and other organisations.

The campaign intensified over the last two years, with critics saying it has been increasingly used for political purposes by party factions competing for power.

Thuong, 53, stands accused of having violated party rules, according to a statement issued on Wednesday, which did not clarify what exactly he did wrong.

He quit days after police announced the arrest for alleged corruption a decade ago of a former head of central Vietnam's Quang Ngai province, who served while Thuong was party chief there.

WHO COULD BE VO VAN THUONG'S SUCCESSOR?

Vietnam's parliament will meet on Thursday in an extraordinary session to accept Thuong's resignation, confirming a Reuters report from Sunday.

It is expected that it will appoint an acting president until the party decides the next candidate.

The most likely option is Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, who had to step in last year to temporarily replace the suddenly dismissed former president Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Then it took the party a month and a half to pick Thuong, who at the time of his election had been widely seen as a close ally to the party chief Trong.

Leading candidates for the permanent position include the powerful minister of public security, To Lam, and party veteran Truong Thi Mai, according to multiple analysts.

However, the former may be interested in the far more powerful position of party chief, a role that is up for grabs in 2026 when Trong's third mandate ends, but that the ageing leader may make available earlier.

Mai's job had been seen at risk amid the latest leadership reshuffle, but no decision was announced about her on Wednesday. That could make her a lame duck - which in Vietnam has often been the key to access powerful positions.
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/once-beacon-of-stability-vietnam-to-name-third-president-in-a-year
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Why do boomers think they can get 500k-1 mil for their house?

When boomers bought their houses it was 10k and now they want 750k. Which is absurd because no one in my generation has that type of money. There’s nothing fancy about the houses, just a regular suburban home in the NE.


Housing crash when?
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The end of the hegemony of the current imperial core will be a good thing, but will not mean communism is ushered in. This statement should be obvious, but apparently it isn't. Whenever people support the end of imperial core hegemony in the short term, there are always those who show up to "remind" everyone that

>1: multipolarity (an objectively emerging material condition which they call "multipolarism) is not communism,

>2: multipolarity will cause more geopolitical chaos
>3: the vilified rising star nations (BRICS+) are not communist
>4: you are duginist revisionist campist nazbol etc. if you critically support the periphery against the core.

Even more annoying than the above type of person are the JDPON (Joint Dictatorship of the Proletariat of Oppressed Nations) larpers, possibly trolls, or false flaggers, who actually do seem to pretend that the end of imperial core hegemony equals insta-JDPON. No. Obviously not. Obviously the imperial core waning in power means other countries rising in power. Obviously a new imperial core could form, just as it has in the past. Obviously the center of gravity of capital will continue to move around.

I think the real non-caricature hope among Communists is not that the end of imperial core hegemony equals insta-JDPON, but rather that, it will become harder and harder for imperial core capital to simply repeat the tricks of underdevelopment (coups, sanctions, embargoes, brain drain, destruction of fixed capital in warfare, etc.) which made it oh-so-easy for the core to use the periphery as a cheap labor source. Once "foreign" workers are, on average, just as cheap as "domestic" workers, due to equal levels of development, there will no longer be an incentive to outsource or brain drain. And once that happens, there will no longer be an easy scapegoat for reactionary politics. The domestic bourgeoisie will no longer be able to blame the foreign proletariat for "stealing jobs" and so on. International class consciousness will be on the rise.

Multipolarity, which is an emerging material condition, and not an ideology, is not an improvement in the mode of production itself, but an improvement in the potential conditions for raising class consciousness and encouraging international solidarity.

pic unrelated
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global 1 child policy NOW

if we implemented a global 1 child policy we could avoid a lot of future suffering with peak oil, peak gas, peak coal, climate refugees, and mass genocides.

But nobody's going to actually follow that so most people are going to watch their grandchildren die violently and miserably from ethnic cleansing, starvation, war, and climate change as the global population falls from 10 billion to 5 billion between 2050 and 2100
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News 3/29/24

Japan to resume funding to UNRWA, following Sweden, Finland and Canada
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa met UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss ways the agency could enhance its transparency and governance, including ensuring the traceability of funds and the neutrality of staff.
https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2024/3/29/japan-to-resume-funding-to-unrwa-following-sweden-finland-and-canada
https://archive.is/ZRFNT

Israel may cut off Palestinian banks from global banking system next week
To protect them from lawsuits involving the Palestinian Authority for “transfering funds to terror groups”, the Israeli government has been issuing a waiver of protection for the two banks on an annual basis, signed by the finance minister. Smotrich is now refusing to renew the arrangement, which has been in place for years.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-may-cut-off-palestinian-banks-global-banking-system-next-week

Palestinian-led campaign calls for haste in rebuilding the PLO
The statement calls for all Palestinians to be included, with the goal of forming a unified leadership able to confront the present challenges including Israel’s plans for the "day after" the war, and the alleviation of the suffering of the Palestinian people.
https://www.newarab.com/news/palestinian-led-campaign-calls-rebuilding-plo

Hezbollah fires heavy rockets at northern Israel after deadliest day of Israeli strikes on Lebanon
The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah fired rockets with heavy warheads at towns in northern Israel, saying it used the weapons against civilian targets for the first time Thursday in retaliation for Israeli airstrikes the night before that killed nine, including what the group said were several paramedics.
https://apnews.com/article/lebanon-israel-border-rockets-hezbollah-42f3fb7798f0b1d705f43f36debe7bb8

EU bypasses oversight and safeguards to fast track aid money to Egypt – including funds for ‘migration management’
Apart from removing the need for parliamentary oversight, the urgent funding procedure also side-steps a requirement for an impact assessment on the effects of the assistance. The deal also includes a €1.8bn (£1.5bn) investment plan and €600m (£512m) in loans, including at least €200m (£170m) that will go to Egypt for “migration management.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/eu-bypasses-oversight-and-safeguards-fast-track-aid-money-egypt-including-funds

Jeffrey Donaldson: DUP leader resigns after rape charge
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has been charged with rape and other historical sexual offences and has resigned as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader. A 57-year-old woman has also been charged with aiding and abetting in connection with the alleged offences.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-68686691

Scotrail workers strike over Easter
Despite discussions between ScotRail and TSSA general secretary Maryam Eslamdoust, no agreement has yet been reached to change the arrangements which workers argue not only risks their own safety, but those of their passengers.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/scotrail-workers-strike-over-easter

Extortionate Easter eggs and shrinking sweets: fears grow of a ‘chocolate meltdown’
This week, cocoa prices rose to all-time highs on commodity exchanges in London and New York, reaching more than $10,000 a tonne for the first time, after the third consecutive poor harvest in west Africa. Ghana and Ivory Coast, which together produce more than half of the global cacao crop, have been hit by extreme weather supercharged by the climate crisis and the El Niño weather phenomenon. This has been exacerbated by disease and underinvestment in ageing plantations.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/29/easter-eggs-chocolate-cacao-harvests-cocoa-prices-aoe

US to provide $170 million to Guatemala to prevent irregular migration
The U.S. government announced on Tuesday that it intends to provide $170 million in assistance to Guatemala to tackle the root causes of migration. The announcement was made during Guatemalan President Bernardo Arévalo’s four-day visit to Washington, which concluded on Wednesday. The funding — subject to Congressional notification — will go towards development, economic, health and security assistance.
https://english.elpais.com/international/2024-03-28/us-to-provide-170-million-to-guatemala-to-prevent-irregular-migration.html

Lula dismays relatives of dictatorship’s victims by ignoring coup anniversary
In early March, Lula reportedly told his cabinet he wanted to avoid “inflaming” the political atmosphere. Defense chiefs were also told the armed forces should not celebrate an event some in the military consider a “revolution” that saved Brazil from communist rule. In a recent interview, Lula said: “I’m more worried about the January 2023 coup than the 1964 one, when I was 17. This belongs to history now. It’s already caused the suffering it caused. The people won the right to democratize the country, and the generals in power today were children back then.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/29/lula-brazil-coup-anniversary-dictatorship
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https://www.marxists.org/subject/economy/authors/pe/index.htm
Just reading over this 1954 political economy textbook written by 1950s Stalinists. Absolutely hilarious to read them talking about profit, private property, commodity circulation, the law of value, wages, etc. Just to then add the prefix "socialist". It's filled with retarded garbage, it was commissioned by Stalin himself and he went around giving interviews to various economists on how it should be written, though he died before it was finalized. These talks that he gave that led to the creation of that textbook can be read here, they're hilarious at points and extremely revealing.
https://www.revolutionarydemocracy.org/rdv4n2/5convers.htm
As to who they dug this up they were probably recorded in Soviet circles but the group that translated them from Russian are a bunch of Indian Hoxhaists who published them without realizing how retarded they make Stalin and his cronies look.
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>Says Capitalism has created intolerable poverty and immiseration for the masses
>Blames Capitalism for the climate crisis instead of coping with the Book of Revelation
>Orchestrates meeting of both Christian socialists and actual atheist Marxists and anarchists to discuss society's contemporary issues
>Chastises US imperialism
>Chastises Israel
>Says gays are okay and can get married
>Tells Zelensky to quit coping and put his people first by surrendering
Tf is with the current Pope? Does he know he's gonna die soon or something?
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News 3/27/24

Hezbollah launches rocket barrage after Israeli strikes on Lebanon kill 7
About 30 rockets were launched from Lebanon towards northern Israel on Wednesday, according to the Israeli military. Israeli emergency services said a 25-year-old factory worker in Kiryat Shmona was killed. The Israeli army’s attacks on al-Habbariyeh hit a paramedic centre linked to a Lebanese Sunni Muslim group. The Emergency and Relief Corps said the victims were volunteers.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/27/hezbollah-launches-rocket-barrage-after-israeli-strikes-on-lebanon-kill-7
https://archive.is/jTzoP

Over 30 people detained in Şırnak and Urfa
Three people named Rızgar Güneş, Hasari Kılıç and Yasin Güneş were detained in the rural neighbourhood of Cûrnûs. On the grounds of the same investigation, Mahmut Yolcu was detained in Koçveren rural neighbourhood and Sabri Taş, a polling station attendant of Peoples' Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) was detained in Milke rural neighbourhood.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/over-30-people-detained-in-Sirnak-and-urfa-72453

Racist attacks by ultranationalist Turks in Belgium leave several Kurds seriously injured
A large group of ultranationalist Turks launched a racist attack on Kurdish families returning to their homes in the Belgian towns of Houthalen-Helchteren and Heusden-Zolder in Leuven after celebrating Nevruz on Sunday, leaving several of them injured, according to reports by Medya News and ANF English.
https://www.turkishminute.com/2024/03/25/racist-attack-by-ultranationalist-turk-belgium-leave-several-kurds-seriously-injured/
https://archive.is/TAyOR

Germany set to add citizenship test questions about Jews and Israel
New questions, German magazine Der Spiegel reported, are to include: What is a Jewish house of prayer called? When was the State of Israel founded? What is the reason for Germany’s special responsibility for Israel? How is Holocaust denial punished in Germany? And, somewhat mysteriously: Who can become a member of the approximately 40 Jewish Maccabi sports clubs in Germany?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/03/26/germany-citizenship-test-israel-jews-holocaust/
https://archive.is/WUGd2

German investigators work through hundreds of tips on fugitive Red Army Faction suspects
German investigators said Wednesday they were working through hundreds of new tips on the whereabouts of two fugitive suspected ex-members of the left-wing militant Red Army Faction following the arrest last month of their former comrade after decades in hiding.
https://apnews.com/article/germany-red-army-faction-fugitives-34f783e0def6e44dbd1118ed2d462762

Britain's communists accuse ‘lapdog Labour’ of pandering to the Tories
The former Young Communist League general secretary urged the labour movement to fight instead for an independent foreign policy free from US diktat and Nato, based on peace and co-operation not imperialist exploitation and war.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/britains-communists-accuse-lapdog-labour-of-pandering-to-the-tories

Stellantis signs deals to cut at least 2,500 jobs in Italy
Up to 1,520 employees will have the opportunity to leave Stellantis with financial incentives in Turin, including 300 at the Mirafiori plant and 733 office staff, the UILM union said.
Stellantis agreed further voluntary lay-off deals for up to 850 employees at its Cassino assembly plant in central Italy, and for up to 100 at its engine making facility in Pratola Serra, said the FIOM union, which did not sign the deals.
https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/stellantis-signs-voluntary-exit-deal-up-1500-workers-turin-2024-03-26/

Thailand poised to legalise same-sex marriage after parliament passes bill
The bill must now be approved by the senate and endorsed by the Thai king. After this endorsement, the bill would be published in the Royal Gazette and become law after 60 days. If that happens, Thailand will follow Taiwan and Nepal as the only countries in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/27/thailand-poised-legalise-same-sex-marriage-parliament-passes-bill

India to spend $3.7 bln to fence Myanmar border, source says
India plans to spend nearly $3.7 billion to fence its 1,610-km (1,000-mile) porous border with Myanmar within about a decade, said a source with direct knowledge of the matter, to prevent smuggling and other illegal activities.
https://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-spend-37-bln-fence-myanmar-border-source-says-2024-03-27/

Australia’s carbon credits system a failure on global scale, study finds
Research by 11 academics found the most popular technique used to create offsets in Australia, known as “human-induced regeneration” and pledged to regenerate scrubby outback forests, had mostly not improved tree cover as promised between about 2015 and 2022.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/27/australias-carbon-credits-system-a-failure-on-global-scale-study-finds

Milei to Cut 70,000 State Jobs, Boasting of Chainsaw Austerity
Beyond the job cuts, Milei boasted Tuesday at an event that he’s frozen public works, cut off some funding to provincial governments and terminated more than 200,000 social welfare plans, which he labeled as corrupt. It’s all part of his strategy to reach a fiscal balance at any cost this year.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-26/milei-to-cut-70-000-state-jobs-boasting-of-chainsaw-austerity
https://archive.is/tSpbl

Chile opens lithium salt flats for investment, saves two for state control
The long-anticipated announcement sheds light on how President Gabriel Boric's government plans to carry out a policy announced last year to boost state control over the South American country's lithium industry, the world's second-largest after Australia.
https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/chile-opens-lithium-salt-flats-investment-saves-two-state-control-2024-03-27/
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A Very Happy 125th Birthday to the Terror of Trotskyites, Lavrentiy Beria!

A thread celebrating the birthday of the steadfast defender of the Bolshevik revolution, Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria! Rising to prominence in his expert managing of the Cheka when the workers and peasants of Georgia were revolting against the Menshevik servants of the British Empire, Beria rose through the ranks to squash the terrorist counter-revolutionary Trotskyite organizations after the heinous sabotage of Yagoda and Yezhov left the Soviet state fledgling without experienced managers of Police affairs. It was Beria who stepped to the occasion during this crucial hour and stopped the murderous Yezhov as soon as he could. With extensive thoroughness, Beria reviewed and released over 100,000 wrongfully imprisoned by the Yezhov gang, such as the heroic Konstantin Rokossovsky, allowing him to play his pivotal role in the Great Patriotic War.
After the 1930s, Beria continued his tireless service to the Soviet Dictatorship of the Proletariat, crushing counter-revolutionary plots and gangs of saboteurs. His service during the Great Patriotic War in maintaining domestic stability during the catastrophic conditions created by the German invasion cannot be exaggerated, him taking control of the manufacture of armaments and aircraft, and supervising the Soviet atomic bomb project.
Thanks to the early successful test of the Soviet atomic bomb in 1949, this deadly weapon brandished by the Americans was, to the great relief of all the peoples of the world, countered and could not be dropped as carelessly as the Americans had been dreaming of. Thanks to Beria's oversight, many hundreds of thousands of lives around the world were saved from the most wretched of deaths.
It was due to these revolutionary actions that the gang of revisionists, such as Khrushchev and Mikoyan, saw Beria as the most menacing threat to their aspirations of capitalist restoration. In a dastardly criminal plot, these agents of counter-revolution saw that this great Hero of Socialist Labor, who had fought uninterruptedly for so many decades in service of the people, had to be silenced permanently for their ambitions to be realized. Beria, alongside his trusted Comrades Dekanozov, Merkulov, Vlodzimirsky, Meshik, Goglidze and Kobulov, were unjustly executed by the Khrushchevite gang and its lackeys, who subsequently spread the most heinous lies and slander to justify their criminal deed.
Of course, liberals, including those liberals who wear a red garb, have accepted these Khrushchevite smears wholesale. They continue to parrot the most disgusting and monstrous fabrications created as propaganda by the revisionist Khrushchevite gang to justify their betrayal of the Soviet people. As earnest Marxist-Leninists, we see with scorn those who adopt the aesthetic of Marxism-Leninism but really seek to barrage with endless slander those who tirelessly fought for the liberation of humanity.
We say, damn those revisionist swine who backstabbed the Soviet people, who brazenly conspired and killed Beria in pursuit of this treacherous aim! Damn those liberals who wear the mask of Marxism-Leninism but in reality pledge support for the revisionists and their stooges, who swallow wholesale the revisionist lies and slander, who parrot their fabrications and deceits! Damn all who disparage the great revolutionary legacy of the martyr Lavrentiy Beria, who fought in service of the revolution until his dying breath, who needed to be shamelessly killed and viciously slandered by the counter-revolutionary scum as the only alternative would be the unrelenting and resolute struggle of Beria and his Comrades in service of the cause he had demonstrated himself to be fully devoted to, Communism and the liberation of Humanity.
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>hyper annoying ideology
>Almost a hundred years of theoretical development
>Millions of dollars invested by think thanks to make it seem reasonable
>Hundreds of pointless internet arguments made trying to convince you that it is the most rational economic system on the planet
>Takes care of one country
>Complete bankruptcy

why do people still take Anarcho-capitalism seriously
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IMT Sweden founds Revolutionary Communist Party

https://www.marxist.com/imt-sweden-founds-revolutionary-communist-party.htm

>We form the party in opposition to the policies of the leadership of the entire Swedish labour movement.

>It is the Social Democrats who have been in government for most of the attacks of the last 30 years. Their policies are becoming increasingly indistinguishable from those of the right.
>The Left Party leadership has followed the Social Democrats to the right, in search of government posts and respect from bourgeois public opinion.

>Many people dream of going back to the large-scale improvements for workers of the post-war period, but this was an exception in the history of capitalism that will not be repeated. In fact, it is precisely the illusions of that period that underlie the state of the labour movement today.


>Whole generations of activists were educated in the idea of class collaboration – peaceful cooperation with the bourgeoisie, on the basis of ever-expanding capitalism. Socialism was postponed indefinitely: staying within the limits of what the bourgeoisie could tolerate. Since the boom turned into a crisis for capitalism, this has meant accepting, step by step, and in many cases implementing, the atacks of the bourgeoisie.


>At the same time, trade union leaders have come to see preserving the stability of capitalism as their main task. The message to workers is always the same: it doesn't pay to fight.


>The truth is that the previous period left its mark on the entire Swedish left. It is enough to open any issue of supposedly communist papers like Proletären, Internationalen or Offensiv to see the total lack of propaganda for the need for revolution and communism. They promote the only thing they think workers understand: struggle for minor improvements within the framework of capitalism. The ideas of communism are relegated (at best) to programmatic documents and study circles.


>The whole history of capitalism shows that the working class cannot take power without a revolutionary party on the basis of scientific socialism – Marxism. The immediate task of the Revolutionary Communist Party can therefore be summed up simply: to organise and train those who have already begun to draw communist conclusions today, in order to win those who will do so tomorrow.


>The possibilities are seen not least in the work of our communist international over the past year. Using a simple slogan – "Are you a communist? Get organised!" – we have rapidly doubled our forces in one country after another. In Sweden, we have grown by 50 percent since the summer alone.

>Now we are taking the next step: in countries like Britain and Canada, preparations are in full swing to form revolutionary communist parties. We are raising the banner of communism so high that every communist will see it. Together we are laying the foundations for rebuilding a genuine revolutionary communist international, the world party of socialist revolution.
>What we are undertaking is nothing less than the building of a party ready for its historic task: to lead the struggle of the working class to communism.

>We ask you directly: Are you a communist? You are not alone! Help us build the RKP and gather the new generation of communists under the banner of Marxism. Never has there been a more important task.
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Talk on lasers

I was briefly discussing how hypersonics could make imperialism untenable, i.e, provide a way for weapons to shut down American bases and carriers anywhere on the globe, but it turns out the Americans are working on megawatt lasers to counter.

The Chinese are claiming to counter with their own anti-laser coating, that ablatively resists megawatt lasers at around 1 km ranges.

But the technology in general seems interesting; i.e, laser maturity is growing at a tremendous rate, and the J-20 is better designed for laser paradigm warfare than the F-35 (the side weapons bay allows the J-20 to carry two laser pods externally, and the two F119-class engines in the WS-15 should be able to generate greater total power than the single F135.).

How much do we know about lasers? For instance, the Chinese were advertising a megawatt class pulse laser, but when it comes to pulse lasers, petawatt lasers are already common.
R: 5 / I: 1

News 3/28/24

World court unanimously orders Israel to facilitate entry of food aid into Gaza
The court issued the provisional measures which include Israel taking all steps to provide basic humanitarian aid to Gaza, and ensuring with "immediate effect that its military does not commit acts which constitute a violation of any of the rights of the Palestinians in Gaza as a protected group under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide." The court also added that Israel must submit a report on all measures taken to give effect to this order, within one month from the date of the order.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/international-court-orders-israel-facilitate-entry-food-gaza

Israeli court halts subsidies for ultra-Orthodox, deepening turmoil over mandatory military service
The Supreme Court has ruled the current system discriminatory and given the government until Monday to present a new plan and until June 30 to pass it. Netanyahu on Thursday asked the court for a 30-day extension to find a compromise. The court did not immediately respond to his request. But it issued an interim order barring the government from funding the monthly subsidies for religious students who are between the ages of 18 and 26 and have not received a deferral from the military in the past year.
https://apnews.com/article/israel-war-mandatory-military-service-law-ultraorthodox-2e562538fe72a32edf76343f83df541d

Germany Is Seizing Jews’ Money Again It’s fine, they’re pro-Palestine.
A pro-Palestine Jewish activist group has had its bank account frozen in Germany for the second time in seven years, after the bank requested a full list of its members’ details in what experts believe is a breach of German law. The group suspects the move was triggered by its involvement in a forthcoming pro-Palestine conference that has attracted intense scorn from the German mainstream.
https://novaramedia.com/2024/03/28/germany-is-seizing-jews-money-again/

Greece’s conservative government survives a no-confidence motion called over deadly rail disaster
Four left-wing opposition parties accused the government of hindering an investigation into the rail crash that left 57 people dead, many of them university students returning from a spring break. Parliament voted 159-141 against the motion following an acrimonious three-day debate. The government also rejected opposition calls to hold a snap election.
https://apnews.com/article/greece-athens-train-disaster-no-confidence-motion-2665ddb32571c4816f8932baa3e05fc1

Greek police crackdown on anti-US cadets concert protesters
POLICE in Greece violently clamped down against demonstrators backed by the country’s Communist Party, who tried to prevent a concert by US military cadets on Wednesday evening. The police assault took place in the central Greek city of Larissa ahead of a concert by members of the West Point Glee Club, which is touring Greece.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/greek-police-crackdown-anti-us-cadets-concert-protesters

Kyrgyzstan: Fallen kingmaker Matraimov deported from Azerbaijan
The rapid and unexpected deportation comes just days after government sources linked Matraimov, who they said was living in Azerbaijan, with a plot to assassinate Kyrgyzstan's national leadership. On the day that allegation was aired, the GKNB announced it had arrested five alleged members of a transnational organized crime group charged with executing the plot.
https://eurasianet.org/kyrgyzstan-fallen-kingmaker-matraimov-deported-from-azerbaijan
https://archive.is/GJGHM

Sudan: El Gezira resistance committees accuse RSF of killing 43 ‘during first five days of Ramadan’
The El Hasahisa resistance committee yesterday accused the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of launching attacks on 28 villages in El Gezira during the first five days of Ramadan, resulting in the deaths of at least 43 people and forcing numerous families to flee their homes.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-el-gezira-resistance-committees-accuse-rsf-of-killing-43-during-first-five-days-of-ramadan

South Africa’s ex-President Jacob Zuma barred from May elections
Zuma has been campaigning for the recently formed uMkhonto WeSizwe (MK) (Spear of the Nation) party in an attempt to relaunch his career, after he was previously jailed for contempt of court in 2021.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/28/south-africas-ex-president-jacob-zuma-barred-from-may-elections
https://archive.is/A0WKq

Argentina: Eleven found guilty of crimes against humanity after trial that heard testimony on torture, rape and forced disappearances
The convicted officials watched the verdict via video link from their couches or seated at tables in their homes, where they have been serving house arrest. Ten of the accused received life sentences, one received a sentence of 25 years, and one was found not guilty.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/mar/27/argentina-dictatorship-crimes-humanity-trans-women

Forest fires burn in nearly half of Mexico’s drought-stricken states, fueled by strong winds.
Forest fires were burning in nearly half of Mexico’s drought-stricken states Monday fueled by strong winds. The National Forestry Commission reported 58 active fires in 15 states, including in protected nature reserves in Morelos, Veracruz and Mexico states.
https://apnews.com/article/mexico-forest-fires-veracruz-morelos-f6e864a8b89744071bf72a0be72d5fdc

Salvadorans Reject Militarization of Chalatenango Communities
During this week, Salvadorans have vehemently rejected the militarization of municipalities in the department of Chalatenango, which was ordered by President Nayib Bukele supposedly to control the "18 Sureños" gang.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Salvadorans-Reject-Militarization-of-Chalatenango-Communities-20240328-0011.html
R: 47 / I: 20 (sage)
Communism = capitalism with a 100% tax rate.
There's literally nothing else to it.
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Preparing for the end of the Internet

this is something we've always known was going to happen at some point. Now of course the Internet and big sites will still exist(YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter) but it will become like television was, a lot more sanitized. There won't really be any real speakers on those sites, just spectators, most rebel sites will be removed other than the enforced squeaky clean ones and I've made peace with that.
R: 55 / I: 4 (sage)

Veteran hate thread

Kill all veterans. The only good veteran is a dead one. Thank God for dead soldiers. Fuck the troops. I support the troops who kill themselves. Major Nidal Hassan did nothing wrong.
R: 13 / I: 2
How is revisionism bad? If Marxists see their school of thought as scientific then being opposed to revisionism contradicts your allegedly scientific attitude. In fact, that is a blindly dogmatic attitude. It is inherent to science to revise theories if knew information makes a good case for previous theories being wrong and new ones being a more appropriate descriptor of what one is dealing with. So what exactly is your problem with revisionism?
R: 14 / I: 3 (sage)
>overwhelming academic consensus is pro-trans
>overwhelming academic consensus is pro-gay
>transgenderism is affirmed by all major medical organizations
>homosexuality is not considered a mental disorder
>Trump lost
>Biden won
>The nazis lost
>The allies won
>no one likes /pol/
Face it chinlets, you lost, and TRANS RIGHTS WON
R: 41 / I: 8 (sage)

Trainspotting

Is there something I'm missing as to why gay and trans issues are so common in the "leftist" discourse?

A fed op can't be this damn successful, because even ML communities are just filled to the brim with it. How the fuck is freedom to call yourself they anywhere near the priority of healthcare and organization?

I can't wrap my head around it. Not to mention their willingly discarding the possibility of reaching the real working class who, lets face it, could really give two shits about trans rights and mostly just wants live and let live when it comes to LGBT.
R: 49 / I: 7

What if Beria won? What if Malenkov won?

Let's theorize/fantasize about alternate history.
What if Beria succeeded Stalin and managed to stay in power (let's say at least for a decade like Khrushchev)?
How would he shape the Soviet Union? Was he really going to sell out to the capitalists?

Also, what if Malenkov managed to defeat Khrushchev with his Anti-Party group? Was he planning a full return to Stalinism? How would that go? How would that affect the ongoing Cold War?
R: 27 / I: 9

Quick Debunks

Is there any resource where I can get quick info/copypastes to BTFO anticommunists? I know leftypedia was possibly going to have something like this but couldn't really see anything about it on there. Does anyone else have any ideas for how to compile this?
R: 37 / I: 10

Unironically what should I do

I can't take this anymore, I need to make some sort of choice. It's undeniable I literally live in the Fourth Reich. This is in fact World War III and I'm on the bad guy side. Since I was a teenager I've flirted with the idea of just up and leaving the USA and somehow making my way in Europe, which is the closest I could get to the good guys without being a colonizer myself. But then as a socialist I decided that the honorable thing to do would be to stay where I am and try to change things for the better here.
I'm wracked with guilt. No matter how atrocious it gets I still go to work every day and go about my life, my rationale to myself is that I have two roommates, whose rent would climb from $800 a month each to $1200 if I were to leave our house-share. Not to mention, my parents are getting old and lonely, and will need my help at some point. I feel so disgusted with my situation, and I confess I'm too much of a coward to sacrifice myself like Aaron Bushnell. I want to believe that if I was actually (rightfully) invaded by one of the USA's many, many victims I could be an ally, but for now until that happens everything I do makes me a rustless screw in the mass-murder machine. Every cent I pay in taxes goes to the bombs, to the guns, to the terror.
R: 94 / I: 18

Communist gotta get our shit together fr

Let's face it folks, you can only cope with the Red Scare and propaganda keeping you out from influence for so long, it can excuse not holding the reigns of power, it can even excuse not having a mass movement, it cannot excuse having damn near 0 popularity at all and only social democracy being remotely compelling to people

Looking at how tiny and insular parties are, how basically fucking dead most communist chats and forums are (even leftypol is mostly dead) its fair to say that part of the issue is not only that communism has become a subculture, but it's not even a likable subculture for most of the people within it.

If we look at the problems with the people in the subculture it's fairly obvious, and many fellow travelers I know irl tell me exactly why they don't give a damn about interacting with communists.

1. Communists are generally extremely conceited; most commies treat people like morons, this extends to how we generally treat each other in fact, most communists even talk down to other communists
2. Leftist culture centers around critique and polemics at this point, i.e. negativity, it essentially feeds into an internal culture where it seems like communists essentially scorn fun, hence communist subculture cannot even said to be fun
3. Communists generally cannot handle disagreement, they claim it's no big deal, they definitely can, and encourage it, but not at all, its literally a meme in the left that parties will split apart over things ranging from minor disagreements to personality feuds; in the realm of real world politics this takes on the appearance of slaughters of other factions and even wars between MLs
4. Communists cannot take criticism; this is one of the greatest weaknesses of them all, MLs to anarchists will claim they encourage criticism but nothing could be further from the truth, the response communists have to criticism is generally self-righteous indignation and rejection of said criticism, it doesn't matter if it comes from another communist or a liberal, it is emphatically rejected, the communist as much as the liberal; you know it's fucked when you can only abide critique from someone who thinks exactly like you

TL;DR: Communists are way too self-righteous, abrasive, conceited, and fuckin boring
R: 43 / I: 10

What do you think of Hypernormalisation theory?

I learned about Hypernormalisation theory through an Adam Kurtis documentary. It’s about how the west is going through the same thing the USSR went through in the 80’s. We’re living in a failed state, but lie to ourselves to pretend we’re not, because we don’t see any alternatives.

https://youtu.be/to72IJzQT5k

I was a berniecrat, long before I even knew who he was.
But now, I see the state is far too enveloped in corruption to be trusted.
It’s like trusting a crackhead to buy your groceries.

A 30 year mortgage rate on a middle class home is going to cost over a million dollars. Which has resulted in an abrupt increase in homelessness.
The state of California spends 55k a year on each homeless person. Which is a bargain compared to the 80k we spent on keeping them in prison. But still far above the median income at 33k a year.
So if you worked hard enough to earn as much as the state spends on the homeless, it would cost 22 years salary to pay off a 30 year mortgage.

The whole pyramid scheme is collapsing and there’s no fucking stopping it. We can’t vote our way out of this mess, because you can’t rewrite the laws of mathematics.
All we can do is acknowledge it and look to build a parallel system to fail into.
R: 8 / I: 2

News 3/26/24

UK court says Assange can’t be extradited on espionage charges until US rules out death penalty
Two High Court judges said they would grant Assange a new appeal unless U.S. authorities give further assurances within three weeks about what will happen to him. The ruling means the legal saga, which has dragged on for more than a decade, will continue — and Assange will remain inside London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison, where he has spent the last five years.
https://apnews.com/article/britain-wikileaks-julian-assange-espionage-appeal-98c15267f0cdf63685bfb49766749a0a

Deadly air strikes in Syria kill over a dozen including WHO worker
A hotly contested area of northeast Syria was pounded by air strikes on Tuesday, killing over a dozen people including a member of the World Health Organisation and at least one Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official, according to several reports.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/air-strike-syria-deir-ezzor-dozen-who

49 people died in 37 attacks in "de-escalation zone" since the beginning of March, says SOHR
SOHR said that one Damascus army soldier was killed in the attack. It was reported that 'El Fatah El Mubîn' also bombarded the Ayn Issa region in the north of Latakia using missiles. According to SOHR, 49 people have died in 37 attacks in the "de-escalation zone" since the beginning of March 2024.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/49-people-died-in-37-attacks-in-weapon-free-zone-since-the-beginning-of-march-says-sohr-72430

Wages in Argentina Suffer Record Drop After Milei Devalues Peso
Paychecks plunged 11% in December from November when adjusted for inflation, the largest monthly loss in income since the government’s labor market reports began 29 years ago. The decline, while partially compensated by wage gains in January, led to a “significant drop” in consumer purchasing power, the government said.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-26/wages-in-argentina-suffer-record-drop-after-milei-devalues-peso
https://archive.is/2A5fR

Brazil and Colombia voice concern as Venezuela bans opposition candidate
The scuppering of Yoris’s candidacy prompted an unusually firm response from the governments of Brazil and Colombia, which have both been trying to coax Maduro back towards democratic governance. “Based on available information, the candidate put forwards by the Unitary platform … was prevented from registering, which is not compatible with the Barbados agreement,” Brazil’s foreign ministry said, in reference to a deal between Maduro’s government and the opposition last October intended to ensure free and fair elections.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/26/nicolas-maduro-blocks-presidential-candidate-corina-yoris-venezuela

Indian opposition supporters detained ahead of protest at Modi's home
Kejriwal's party, all of whose main leaders are now imprisoned in connection with the case, says he has been "falsely arrested" in a "fabricated case". The federal government and Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deny political interference. On Tuesday, Kejriwal's supporters attempted to march to Modi's residence, but were stopped by police at a location where they gathered about 5 km (3 miles) away.
https://www.reuters.com/world/india/indian-opposition-supporters-detained-ahead-protest-modis-home-2024-03-26/

Five Chinese nationals among six killed in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan
No armed group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. The Chinese embassy in Islamabad or the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing have not commented on the incident yet.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/26/five-chinese-nationals-killed-in-suicide-bomb-attack-in-pakistan-police
https://archive.is/JLQhW

Senior doctors in South Korea submit resignations, deepening dispute over medical school plan
Senior doctors at major hospitals in South Korea began submitting their resignations en masse on Monday in support of medical interns and residents who have been on strike for five weeks over the government’s push to sharply increase medical school admissions.
https://apnews.com/article/south-korea-doctors-strike-af7f3170f8df747066b1d14b9883fb25

Japan approves plan to sell fighter jets to other nations in latest break from pacifist principles
Japan’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to sell future next-generation fighter jets that it’s developing with Britain and Italy to other countries, in the latest move away from the country’s postwar pacifist principles.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/japan-approves-plan-sell-fighter-jets-nations-latest-108484603

Palestine Action shut down production at Israeli weapons manufacturer in Kent
Elbit Systems provides a range of weaponry for the Israeli military, including 85 per cent of their military drone fleet and land-based equipment, as well as electronic warfare, bullets, munitions and gun components.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/palestine-action-shut-down-production-israeli-weapons-manufacturer

ABC Australia staff’s concerns over pro-Israel bias revealed
“We’re worried the language we’re using in our coverage is askew, favoring the Israeli narrative over objective reporting. This is evident in our reluctance to use words such as ‘War crimes’, ‘Genocide”, ‘Ethnic cleansing’, ‘Apartheid’ and ‘Occupation’ to describe the various aspects of the Israeli practices in Gaza and the West Bank, even when the words are attributed to respectable organisations and sources,” staff said in the document, which is signed “Concerned ABC journalists and staff” and addressed to “managers and colleagues”.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/26/australias-abc-staffs-concerns-over-gaza-bias-revealed
https://archive.is/SEkKt

Train drivers in Germany win cut in working week without a pay cut
The deal foresees standard working hours being reduced to 35 hours in four stages from 2026 to 2029. But employees will be able to choose anything from a 35- to 40-hour week, with those who choose to work longer getting more pay. The agreement also features a pay rise totalling €420 (£360) per month in two stages and a one-time payment of €2,850 (£2,444) to compensate for inflation.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/train-drivers-germany-win-cut-working-week-without-pay-cut
R: 18 / I: 5
https://mises.org/mises-wire/visit-karl-marxs-apartment
Why do reactionaries denounce marx for being loose with money, but then mock him for living in squalor? What exactly do they allege he spent his money on?
R: 20 / I: 3 (sage)
Why is green part so much richer and racially whiter than red region? Is it because they were once part of Austria while the other was part of Spain? Also fuck the stupid one hundred filter, I'm writing this to bypass it
R: 5 / I: 1

Book Recommendations on Vietnam

I'm going to read "Kill Anything That Moves" to see the American perspective but I'm interested in a leftist and anarchist perspective on the history of the left in Vietnam, the war and the vietcong itself.
R: 128 / I: 17

Ecosocialism?

What do you make of ecosocialism? I personally don't like that it drives to the forefront the ecological crisis rather than the class struggle and rather often tends to liberal solutions but in a roundabout Žižekian way, using completely nonserious Marxist terminology and justifying it with thousands of academic references. I also don't like that they're implicitly Trotskyite, but unconsciously so, making them Stalinist in practice. (that last part could just be my personal experience).
R: 608 / I: 265 (full)

Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #74: Best Bank Edition

🇵🇸 PREVIOUSLY ON THE HOLY LAND 🇵🇸
>>>/leftypol/1789540

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🚨 Live Happenings/Updates 🚨

Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/8/israels-war-on-gaza-live-60000-pregnant-women-face-malnutrition-in-gaza

Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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WIKI
Our own wiki. Be sure to add to it and create branching articles:
https://wiki.leftypol.org/wiki/2023_Israel–Gaza_war

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🗣️ RECOMMENDED SITES ✍️

https://electronicintifada.net
From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

https://mondoweiss.net/
From the USA

https://new.thecradle.co/
Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/blogs/
Known anti-zionist academic Norman Finkelstein's blog

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💣🔫RESISTANCE💣🔫

al-Qassam Brigades
https://en.alqassam.ps/

PFLP
http://pflp.ps/

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📺 WATCH TOGETHER 📺

https://tv.leftypol.org/r/happeningsviaklash

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✊🪧 TAKE ACTION AND TOUCH GRASS 🏴🔥

(USA)
https://www.answercoalition.org/join_a_protest_near_you_free_palestine
(UK+USA)
https://www.palestineaction.org/

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HIDE JIDF POSTS, IGNORE GLOWIE BAIT, DO NOT REPLY TO MOSSAD POSTERS
(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
يا عمال العالم ويا شعوبه المضطهدة، اتحدوا!
R: 193 / I: 88

Political Psychology Test

Hop aboard the datamining-victim train and post your results, retards
R: 3 / I: 0

News 3/25/24

Brazilian police arrest suspected masterminds behind the killing of councilwoman-turned-icon
Police investigators said federal legislator Chiquinho Brazão and his brother Domingos Brazão, a member of Rio state’s accounts watchdog, were detained on suspicion of ordering the killing of Franco. Both are allegedly connected to criminal groups, known as militias, which illegally charge residents for various services, including protection.
https://apnews.com/article/brazil-slain-councilwoman-847dc4eb42704f9c6bdee62fce030d5f

Argentinians marked the anniversary of 1976 military coup as political leaders attempt to rewrite history
As tens of thousands of protesters marched through central Buenos Aires and raised banners vowing “Nunca Mas,” or never again, the country’s far-right president posted an astonishing video on social media demanding justice for those killed by left-wing guerillas before the coup took place.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/argentinians-marked-anniversary-1976-military-coup-political-leaders-attempt-rewrite

Jair Bolsonaro reportedly ‘hid’ in Hungarian embassy after allies arrested
Security footage obtained by the US newspaper appeared to show that in early February – four days after two Bolsonaro aides were arrested on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the Brazilian government – the rightwing populist took shelter in the embassy, a short drive from the presidential palace Bolsonaro once occupied.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/25/jair-bolsonaro-hiding-embassy

Serbians are petitioning against a planned luxury project backed by Trump son-in-law’s firm
Pro-Trump government officials in Serbia have welcomed the project, but the opposition and many in the general public have spoken out against it. For many, the site of the bombed-out army command building is a potent symbol of Serbia’s resistance against what they called NATO aggression 25 years ago.
https://english.elpais.com/international/2024-03-25/serbians-are-petitioning-against-a-planned-luxury-project-backed-by-trump-son-in-laws-firm.html

Amazon Appeals Fine by French Watchdog Over Staff Surveillance
Amazon.com Inc. is appealing a January decision by the French data protection watchdog CNIL, which fined the company €32 million ($34.6 million) for setting up a system to monitor employee activity and performance that it called “excessively intrusive.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-03-22/amazon-appeals-fine-by-french-watchdog-over-staff-surveillance
https://archive.is/6X5cs

Jordan: police clash with protesters near Embassy of Israel
Riot police fired teargas to push back hundreds of protesters marching on the Embassy of Israel in Amman on Sunday in protest at Israel’s latest storming of hospitals in Gaza and mounting civilian deaths, Reuters has reported. The Jordanian authorities had earlier deployed riot police to disperse demonstrators gathered in Al-Kalouti Mosque in the capital who were planning to march on the heavily fortified Israeli embassy nearby.
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240325-jordan-police-clash-with-protesters-near-embassy-of-israel/

War on Gaza: Unrwa says Israel to block its food convoys from reaching northern Gaza
Blocking aid by Unrwa, the largest humanitarian organisation in Gaza, would make "the clock tick faster towards famine", Lazzarini said, warning many more will die of hunger and dehydration. "This cannot happen, it would only stain our collective humanity," he said.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/war-gaza-unrwa-says-israel-block-food-convoys-reaching-north-gaza

Myanmar Polls May Not Be Held Nationwide: Junta Chief
Junta supremo Min Aung Hlaing said officials were currently focusing on verifying voter lists, reiterating that polls could only come once peace was restored.The military has made numerous pledges to hold elections since it seized power in February 2021, but has repeatedly extended a state of emergency as it battles opponents across swathes of the country.
https://www.barrons.com/amp/news/myanmar-polls-may-not-be-held-nationwide-junta-chief-8905177c
https://archive.is/S6n5g

Senegal’s anti-establishment candidate almost certain to become president
Senegal’s anti-establishment candidate looks almost certain to become president after a stunning election victory that is likely to steer the west African country in a radical new direction. A little over a week after his release from prison, Bassirou Diomaye Faye is almost certain to be declared the country’s next president after his main rival unexpectedly called him on Monday to concede defeat.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/25/radical-change-candidate-ahead-in-senegal-election

Minawi’s Sudan Liberation Movement to fight alongside army
The Sudan Liberation Movement breakaway faction under the leadership of Minni Minawi has chosen to fight with the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in its war against the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Khartoum and El Gezira. Gen Yasir El Atta, deputy commander of the army, repeated his refusal to negotiate with RSF commanders and told his troops in Omdurman yesterday that they will continue to fight ‘until victory’.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/minawis-sudan-liberation-movement-to-fight-alongside-army
R: 9 / I: 2
>the biggest war in history erupts
>all countries have to implement state communist policies to have a chance of survival
Why did it work so well in the middle of the 20th century, but now is a big taboo?
R: 29 / I: 3

Socialist Revolution, and Development

Has there ever been a successful socialist revolution in a developed capitalist nation?

Is it fair to claim Marx asserted that a society must first advance to a capitalist mode of production in order to progress to a socialist MoP, and that contrary to their predictions, the trend of developing-world revolutions has required capitalist industrialization to be performed under socialist government? And, do you agree with this strategy?

(short direct answers, as usual, will not be read - go back to twitter)
R: 62 / I: 10

Why did propaganda of the deed fail?

In theory it doesnt sound bad. Threat the elite with possible death at any moment to further the revolutionary cause. Make them pay a price for their evil actions. Yet it seems to have failed, or it was not done properly.

Take for example the recent Palestine protests. Protesters even went to the home of politicians and weapon manufacturers. Yet nothing changed. The missing ingredient was bullets through their windows. Surely there will be a reaction. Police dissolves protest? Take 1 police with you. Let them understand that a price must be paid everytime we retreat.

What you think?
R: 85 / I: 18

on reddit atheism

I hate religion and believe it should be prohibited, although it should still be preserved for historical purposes. However, we have encountered what is termed as "Reddit atheism," a type of atheism that is so off-putting that it makes you hesitant to even identify as an atheist. It embodies a sort of delusion of the South Park fan, where individuals with objectively mediocre intelligence believe they are superior to large segments of the population simply because they do not believe in God (or anything else, for that matter). Many on the political left are also coming to this realization. It has become increasingly difficult to disagree with a religious person without receiving a condescending "you dropped your fedora" remark and having others rally behind them. Even Stalin recognized the significance of faith and religion, and what it meant for the people
R: 27 / I: 2

Capitalism was no progress at all

Class societies have always been the same, people are pushed to do stupid things which keep the society going with majority of people living miserable lives. Capitalism has been no progress at all in terms of productive forces or otherwise. What capitalism does is that it creates tons of garbage on mass scale, which gives semblance that people have access to much more and much better but it is more of shit. Let us take the example of food, yeah the capacity to produce food has expanded but it is just shit food and that too is not available to all. The mass produced food is giving everyone and their mum cancer and at the end of it all what do we have? We have same everything in capitalism as we did in any other form of class society earlier.
R: 9 / I: 3

News 3/23/24

Paraguayan Indigenous Peoples & Farmers Start March in Asuncion
On Thursday, the National Farmers' Federation (FNC) kicked off its 30th "Farmer, Indigenous, and Popular March" in Asuncion, the capital city of Paraguay, under the motto "For land and production, and against All Injustices."
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Paraguayan-Indigenous-Peoples--Farmers-Start-March-in-Asuncion-20240321-0009.html

Indian Steel Company Set to Take Over Venezuelan State-Owned Iron Ore Complex
Headquartered in New Delhi, Jindal Steel & Power is India’s third largest private steel producer. It is part of the OP Jindal Group, a conglomerate of several metalworks companies. Bloomberg had originally broken news of an agreement in September 2023, but the reports were denied at the time.
https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/indian-steel-company-set-to-take-over-venezuelan-state-owned-iron-ore-complex/
https://archive.is/KrxOw

FARC dissidents claim guerrillas supported Petro in Colombia’s 2022 elections
In a post on social media platform X, EMC chief “Ivan Mordisco” responded to an derogatory remark by the president, who accused the EMC of being gangsters. "Petro accuses me of being a gangster… When we supported him during the campaign we weren’t gangsters. On top of betraying us, he betrayed the people who supported him for his progressive and peace discourse."
https://colombiareports.com/farc-dissidents-claim-guerrillas-supported-petro-in-colombias-2022-elections/

U.S. Officially Bars UNRWA Funding Through March 2025 After Biden Signs Gov't Funding Bill Into Law
The bipartisan bill, which Biden signed into law, also cuts funding to the United Nations Human Rights Council unless the administration can certify that it is taking 'significant steps to remove Israel as a permanent agenda item,' and banning funding for the UN Commission of Inquiry on Israel
https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/2024-03-23/ty-article/.premium/u-s-officially-bars-unrwa-funding-through-march-2025/0000018e-6cfb-d477-abbf-effb6e770001
https://archive.is/BlYeM

Israel seizes 800 hectares of Palestinian land in occupied West Bank
Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has declared 800 hectares (1,977 acres) in the occupied West Bank as state land, in a move that will facilitate the use of the ground for settlement building. The announcement on Friday came as United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/22/israel-seizes-800-hectares-of-palestinian-land-in-occupied-west-bank
https://archive.is/ZYo6x

A Moroccan town protests water management plans
Residents worry the policy changes could jeopardize their livelihoods and, in turn, the community’s future. Carrying signs and chanting that their water is not for sale, they have suggested the plan is a pretext to privatization — a claim authorities deny.
https://apnews.com/article/morocco-figuig-water-drought-protests-1ec994283c7719c1501c670ef6674c9a

Finland to resume funding to UNRWA
"UNRWA improving its risk management, meaning preventing and initiating close monitoring for misconduct, provides sufficient guarantees for us at this point to continue our support" Foreign Trade and Development Minister Ville Tavio said…. Countries including Canada, Australia and Sweden have also restored funding to UNRWA, while several Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia have increased funding.
https://www.reuters.com/world/finland-resume-funding-unrwa-2024-03-22/?ref=upstract.com

"No Pasaran!": KKE-KNE members in Alexandroupolis blocked train carrying US-NATO tanks
As 902 portal reported, the KKE and KNE members blocked the railroad by staying firmly in front of the train with the banner and flags thus forcing the train to stop. Additionally, the protesters spray-painted the armored vehicles, writing on them the phrase "Killers Go Home".
https://www.idcommunism.com/2024/03/no-pasaran-kke-kne-members-in-alexandroupolis-blocked-train-carrying-us-nato-tanks.html
https://archive.is/1vNVp

England won’t adopt EU river pollution rules for pharma and cosmetics firms
Chloe Alexander, a senior campaigner at the CHEM Trust, said: “The UK must urgently mirror EU measures to make polluters pay to remedy the problems they cause, as well as to ban the use of harmful chemicals at source, before they harm our health and pollute our environment. Currently, the UK public and environment continue to be exposed to a growing number of harmful chemicals that are getting banned in EU countries.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/22/england-wont-adopt-eu-river-pollution-rules-for-pharma-and-cosmetics-firms

‘Brazen propaganda’: pro-Modi films flood Bollywood before India election
As Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) seek a third term in next month’s election, a feverish pro-government momentum has gripped Bollywood, blurring the lines between entertainment and political campaigning in India’s largest film industry.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/mar/22/brazen-propaganda-pro-modi-films-flood-bollywood-before-india-election

'Economic Inequality in India Now Sharper Than Under British Raj'
Among the key findings, the paper found that after Independence, till the early 1980s, economic inequality had declined. Thereafter, it started rising and ‘has skyrocketed since the early 2000s.” In what is a clear reflection of ‘crony capitalism’ under the Narendra Modi government, the paper notes that “between 2014-15 and 2022-23, the rise of top-end inequality has been particularly pronounced in terms of wealth concentration.”
https://www.newsclick.in/economic-inequality-india-now-sharper-under-british-raj

Australia to contribute $3bn for construction of AUKUS submarines
Australia is set to provide 4.6 billion Australian dollars ($3bn) to British industry to help support the construction of nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS deal with the United Kingdom and the United States and ensure its new vessels arrive on time.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/22/australia-to-contribute-3bn-for-construction-of-aukus-submarines
https://archive.is/SEl6r
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World War 3 and the Age of Deceit

https://juliancribb.blog/2024/03/20/world-war-three-begins/

World War Three is a universal conflict between tested truth – and convenient lies. Between reality and manufactured fantasy. It is a fight for the human soul. It will determine whether our civilisation survives, or goes down in darkness. At stake may even be the survival of our species.

Humanity is presently facing the greatest existential emergency in our million-year history. This comprises ten man-made catastrophic risks: 1. Extinction and ecocide, 2. Resource depletion, 3. Global poisoning, 4. Global overheating, 5. Nuclear arms race, 6. Food insecurity, 7. Overpopulation, 8. Pandemic disease, 9. Dangerous new technologies and 10. Mass delusion.

No Government on Earth has a policy for solving these. There is no plan for human survival.

Potentially, the most deadly of these threats is mass delusion. The uncontrolled spread of lies, misinformation and disinformation in all societies renders it almost impossible for humanity to take concerted action to arrest and roll back the other nine catastrophic risks.

Misinformation paralyses governments and destabilises world politics, it leads to war, rots out the heart of democracy, spreads mistrust, causes widespread death and suffering, destroys public faith in science and nullifies rational decision-making by governments, businesses and individuals.
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HOW AI WILL BRING COMMUNISM

https://twitter.com/InfraHaz/status/1759417512591003667

It's very strange how self-proclaimed 'Marxists' on social media are hostile to emerging AI technologies.

This is because one of the most important details which set Marx apart from his socialist contemporaries was both his INSISTENCE on the irreversibility of advances in the productive forces, and the view that they, without exception, hastened transition into socialism.

All Marxists should be familiar with the famous passage:

"At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or – this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms – with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto." (Preface to the Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy)

Is this not exactly what is happening with AI? AI is disturbing relations based on 'intellectual property,' which are the main source of income for 'professional artists.' The facts are irrefutable: These parasites who are attacking AI are reactionaries in the most literal and inarguably traditional sense of the word.

Some argue that AI 'steals the labor' of artists. Aside from the fact that this is a ridiculous use of the word 'labor,' it attempts to hijack quasi-Marxist terminology in a way completely antithetical to everything Marxism is about.

Marxism regards challenging the property question as fundamental to Communism. To quote the Communist Manifesto:

"In all these movements, they [Communists] bring to the front, as the leading question in each, the property question, no matter what its degree of development at the time." (Communist Manifesto, Ch. 4)

The notion that Marxist language can rightly be employed to defend 'Intellectual Property' is absurd just on that basis. But worse, Marx himself was an explicit opponent of intellectual property.

In the Grundrisse, Marx regards the shared knowledge, ideas, and by logical conclusion, artistic products as belonging to what he called the General Intellect (Grundrisse, Notebook 7), which is inherently social.

The notion that an individual can turn a part of the general intellect into their own property just because they expended effort to communicate or discover it, is completely opposed to Marx's view.

Why? Because for Marx, all of society participates in this process, as every individual takes for granted the wealth of knowledge, abundance, and precedent created by others before ever creating something unique.

The idea that someone has the right to an arrangement of pixels on the computer screen, is akin to the idea that you can turn language itself into a form of property, and that by using words we obviously didn't invent ourselves, we are 'stealing' others 'labor.'

Hijacking the language of Marxism in order to defend what is the most ridiculous institution of property created by capitalism yet, by comparing the free proliferation of ideas, software, and visual media to 'exploiting the labor' of 'intellectual workers' is a complete mockery of the Marxist outlook.

Violating someone's 'intellectual property' rights is no more akin to 'exploiting their labor,' then expropriating the property of the capitalist class itself.

In fact, Intellectual Property is even more illegitimate than capitalist property. It is a parasitic, rentier-based form of property, which, in contrast to capitalist industry, does not even produce any material wealth.

As a matter of fact, the first defense of the institution of private property was based on the view, even before classical political economy, that private property is the objective product of human labor, and that questioning it as an institution is akin to calling for the theft of others' labor.

Some may protest, and decry the 'loss of employment' by 'thousands' of 'artists' as a result of AI.

But Marx was no stranger to how the mechanization brought by the Industrial revolution devastated many different ways of life and classes within society, a force which helped drive many layers of society into the proletarian class. Anyone familiar with the Communist Manifesto is familiar with the following passage:

"All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind." (Communist Manifesto, Ch. 1)

This process happened on a much larger scale, with far more ruthlessness and ferocity, than anything we could now possibly witness with the rise of AI.

This did not stop Marx from recognizing that it was an objectively necessary historical development. It is not about personal feelings or opinion. To Marx, industrial modernity was irreversible and unavoidable.

And yet, we see a huge outcry over how aspirational 'digital artists,' hollywood writers, and other 'creative' professionals will become unemployed as a result of new technologies.

Keep in mind that leftists barely raised their voices over the decades long automation which destroyed the jobs and livelihoods of tens of millions of industrial workers.

Keep in mind, Pan-leftists constantly cheer on the breakup of small-businesses and small farms, lauding the conquest by monopoly capital as 'progressive' and even using Marxist verbiage to justify this view.

They are somehow ruthless technological and social accelerationists when it comes to small farmers crushed under debt, but become the most sentimental, romantic reactionaries when it comes to 'digital artists.'

Why do they consider 'creative' professionals to have greater moral worth than ordinary people? It's simple: Because many are themselves from this background.

It's very strange how this shamelessly self-serving 'moral outcry' is justified in the language of 'Marxism,' because the Marxist outlook is that of a completely impersonal science of class struggle, which leaves no room for warping reality so that it conforms to ones own feelings.

Some claim that while AI is not inherently 'bad', its present realization will accentuate all the worst aspects of capitalism, therefore, it should be opposed.

This opinion is completely incompatible with Marxism.

Marx and Engels were unambiguous about how, yes, under capitalism, advances in the productive forces are what lay the foundation for ushering in the transition into a qualitatively new era of history, which they identified as communism.

This is because advances in the productive forces centralize, concentrate, and socialize the total productive powers of society, in a way they regarded as an inadvertent result of capitalist accumulation itself. To quote Engels himself:

"Since steam, machinery, and the making of machines by machinery transformed the older manufacture into modern industry, the productive forces evolved under the guidance of the bourgeoisie developed with a rapidity and in a degree unheard of before. But just as the older manufacture, in its time, and handicraft, becoming more developed under its influence, had come into- collision with the feudal trammels of the guilds, so now modern industry, in its more complete development, comes into collision with the bounds within which the capitalistic mode of production holds it confined. The new productive forces have already outgrown the capitalistic mode of using them." (Anti-Dühring)

You may try and argue Marx and Engels were wrong. But if they were wrong, their entire view of capitalism and socialism was also wrong.

This view was not based in feelings, or some narrow moral criticism. It was based in what they regarded as an impersonal scientific outlook.

The notion that AI should be opposed because it will damage the livelihoods of 'workers' is also nonsense. Even if we were to accept the ridiculous view that the 'creative' parasites are 'workers' in any meaningful sense (whose income is IP and rent-based, producing no material surplus out of which capital can valorize itself from scratch), this view is still inarguably reactionary.

It seeks to preserve, against the tide of advancing history itself, antiquated relationships of production, imposing fetters on the development of the productive forces in the name of 'protecting' certain professions. How very charitable! Only, it is reactionary garbage, what Marx called 'bourgeois socialism.'

It's also ironic that social liberals, who demand respect for the diversity of different individual tastes, fashions, sexual orientations, gender identities, etc., simultaneously believe we are immoral scumbags for both consuming and making use of products made with AI technologies.
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ANOTHER JAKARTA METHOD JUST DROPPED

Historian Stephen Rabe has a book about US actions in Guyana in the 1950s. It's a hard to believe, but he says the destruction of democracy in Guyana was the ugliest action by the US during the cold war. He lays out how The CIA and Kennedy destroyed the country. This is relevant now because countries around the world are going to take their piece of justice from the US and Venezuela has had a historical claim on Guyana for more than 200 years. How do you bring down an overwhelming hegemon? United, simultaneous action on multiple fronts. It looks like Guyana will be one of those fronts.
I'm rooting for multipolarismo and chavismo.
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Who is the original source for the myth that Lenin was a German agent? I was watching this mainstream youtube video from a channel I normally like called "Voices of the Past." He mostly reads out primary sources from history. It is ordinarily """unbiased"" and understood simply to be historical primary sources read out loud. But when it comes to soviet/communist stuff he becomes a turbolib and starts editorializing. Look at the ad read on the video, for example. 3:55 "Just like privacy and freedom of speech was constrained in the USSR…" It starts with those words. The ad read starts with those words. He has exited the first person of the primary source and has entered into his own editorializing. But of course which primary sources he chooses to read also constitutes a form of editorializing too. There is no escaping politics. Later on in the video, the primary source he has chosen to read, one Pitirim Sorokin, says that when Lenin returned to Petrograd, he was very rich, and so was Trotsky, and that they made a speech that "even embarrassed the extreme left." and that they were basically sent there by the Germans to destabilize Russian society. This is presented without comment by the uploader but you can tell that the comment section is eating it up and really like this idea. If you bring up OPERATION AJAX etc. in a Youtube comment section, you get called a conspiracy theorist, but if you bring up this shit about Lenin, people reinforce it.
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What's the Deal with Daesh?

I was a dipshit teenager when ISIS first popped up, and I just went with what the news said about them - which, come to think of it, wasn't much. Since then I've heard that they were funded by the US State Department or CIA, and that they have links to Israel.
What's the Deal with Daesh, anons? I need a potted history of these assholes.
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Under/over estimate ?

good afternoon or morning or whatever it is

somewhat simple good faith question: do you think capitalists generally have a concept or understanding of capitalism's eventual self-imposed collapse? i feel like the people who essentially run everything have to have some kind of understanding / awareness of the unsustainable nature of the system they dominate, right? what ends up being the endgame for these people? 'dying before it ever effects them' is a valid answer but that's the only concrete thing i can come up with
cheals
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Sovereign Citizen

Americanons, what do you think of the S.C movements and its applications for leftist militants? They are often "associated" with (either in fact or in imagination) the far-right, but I have evidence and proof that the "rising of the moors" movement is based off sovereign city ideas, talking points and books. They are a more militant re-branding of the Moorish Science Temple.
I have literal autism so all the juridical and historical-minutae arguments they give really please me. However to be fair and neutral:
>https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/the-truth-about-frivolous-arguments-section-i-a-to-c
>https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/the-truth-about-frivolous-tax-arguments-section-i-d-to-e
the IRS debunks their talking points one by one. the kinda shoot themselves in the foot and everywhere else tho

>none of it is voluntary (pay up ,slave)

>ALL is income, we own your arse
>you are a citizen and can't escape, basically you're a chattel slave everywhere you go
>you have to pay for the child crushing machine that'll kill your children, you can't do anything 'bout it
>cry harder, its all constitutional
huge bunch of hyper-bullies, if you ask me, these IRS Statist thugs.
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Not Real Crapitalism

Jimmy Dore's video on the Boeing whistleblower that got Seth Rich'd has a bunch of rightoids malding over Jimmy attacking capitalism as the cause for Boeing being retarded with their safety regulations.
Comments are filled with
>not real capitalism
>it's crony capitalism
>it's fascism
>it would work if it was capitalism
<more rightoid bullshit

But this comment in one of the threads stood out: picrel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsUgxDNSGO0&lc=UgwaxrHpTJaYK2WUNJl4AaABAg

How would I answer this?
I don't comment on youtube anymore since my comments get deleted/shadowbanned and I don't find any use having debates there. But should I have a debate on Rumble, where there is actual free speech, how would I answer this?
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Polish rejection of communism

Can any one of you explain why Poles should entertain communism as a serious solution to the evils of capitalism, after all the suffering we have suffered under the red yoke?
The two invasions launched against us by the Soviets. All the arrests, deportations and murders of intellectuals, artists, journalists, political figures, clergymen, military personnel, et cetera. The undemocratic imposition of socialism on Poland, the shutting down of dissidents, and so on.
What reason is there for us to even consider a return to this system, when we've been burned by it so badly?
This is a serious question. You can reply with "poolish subhuman bourgies deserved it, xoxo. death to poland" if you like, but I think you'd find it a rather ineffective argument when appealing to the Polish proletariat. Not to mention the hypocrisy behind claiming to be "for the people", and violently sperging out against a nation, its culture and identity, and therefore its proletariat.
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Eco-Anarchist Thread

A thread to discuss community organising whit the aim of protesting the current pollution of the environment
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Hey /leftypol/, how can we block the Cape of Good Hope?

Use Oekaki if you want to make a diagram to help illustrate your creative scheme. It's up to you to accelerate the fall of capitalism.
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The current world rate of profit is 8%
Where do we go from here?
What happens when it gets to 3%? How about 0?
However you cut the end trail of late stage capitalism
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As a Student of Marxist-Leninism, why should I care about surveillance?

Successful revolutions are, always were, and always will be the result of the popular uprising of the masses. While a vanguard party serves to strengthen and rally the masses to rise up against exploitation and imperialism, ultimately it is up to popular will to carry the revolution to victory.
A good example of this is the Islamic Revolution in Iran (I will skip over explaining why the revolution was historically progressive, feel free to do your own research). The Shah ran a powerful national security state but was nevertheless deposed by the sheer number of people in support of Khomeini – who acknowledged that his victory was only thanks to popular will. No amount of spying nor sabotage could stop the waves of people occupying the streets of Tehran, just the same as no police force being able to quell riots in 2020 in the USA.

As far as I can tell, surveillance is the purview of Blanquists, fascists, and anarchists, and not a concern for the revolutionary vanguard. Curious about your input though.
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News 3/22/24

Supporters of Modi opponent Kejriwal protest his arrest ahead of Indian election
Arvind Kejriwal, who is New Delhi’s top elected official, was arrested Thursday night by the federal Enforcement Directorate, which is controlled by Modi’s government. The agency accused his party and ministers of accepting 1 billion rupees ($12 million) in bribes from liquor contractors nearly two years ago.
https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20240322-supporters-of-modi-opponent-kejriwal-protest-his-arrest-ahead-of-india-election
https://archive.is/kcdxQ

‘Moral failure’: US House approves bill that would ban UNRWA funding
The proposed legislation now goes to the Senate, which must pass it by midnight on Friday, when several government agencies would start running out of money. President Joe Biden has promised to sign the bill into law immediately, if the Democratic-controlled upper chamber of Congress passes the legislation as expected.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/22/moral-failure-us-house-approves-bill-that-would-ban-unrwa-funding
https://archive.is/9Vu9M

Footage of 4 more Turkish UCAVs shot down by the guerrillas
Gerîla TV broadcast footage of Turkish Akıncı, Bayraktar TB2 and ANKA unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) shot down on different dates in the guerrilla-held Medya Defence Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).
https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/footage-of-4-more-turkish-ucavs-shot-down-by-the-guerrillas-72354

Morocco accused of using Israeli weapons to kill civilians in Western Sahara
According to L’Humanité, Morocco in October used Israeli-made drones from the military base at Smara airport, a city of over 66,000 inhabitants under Moroccan control. The drones, the newspaper said, are Hermes 900 strategic reconnaissance drones and Hermes 450 tactical drones, capable of being equipped with air-to-ground missiles. The two models are developed by the Israeli manufacturer Elbit Systems.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/morocco-accused-using-israeli-weapons-suppress-western-sahara

After Years of Indigenous-Led Campaigning, Court Grants Rights to Peru's Marañón River
Led by Kukama women, the Huaynakana Kamatahuara Kana Federation in the Parinari district of Loreto began its legal fight on behalf of the Marañón River in 2021, demanding that the state and federal governments protect the waterway from "constant oil spills." Petroperu's Oleoducto Norperuano, or Norperuvian oil pipeline, caused more than 60 oil spills between 1997-2019, and the 28 communities represented by the federation are still recovering from a 2010 oil spill that sent 350 barrels of oil into the river near Saramuro port.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/peru-river-rights

Venezuela's Parliament adds Essequibo to official maps
The law establishes that a Governor for the state of Guayana Esequiba needs to be elected but until that happens Caracas will appoint the authorities for the region where mostly indigenous communities live. The new legislation also stated that anyone having publicly favored the position of Guyana regarding Venezuela's claims would not be eligible for elective offices.
https://en.mercopress.com/2024/03/22/venezuela-s-parliament-adds-essequibo-to-official-maps

Russia says 40 dead, 145 injured in concert hall raid; Islamic State group claims responsibility
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on affiliated channels on social media, which couldn’t be independently verified. It wasn’t immediately clear what happened to the attackers after the raid, which Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin described as a “huge tragedy” and state authorities were investigating as terrorism.
https://apnews.com/article/russia-moscow-gunmen-concert-hall-injuries-fe7db5bb4ad4df17b6cbd04a3250faa1

STUC backs college strikers, branding cuts an ‘absolute scandal’
Workers have rejected the latest “final” offer from employers, worth around 16 per cent from September, as a real-terms pay cut after more than two years without a pay uplift. College Employers Scotland’s Gavin Donoghue called the decision to announce more strikes “deeply regrettable.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/stuc-backs-college-strikers-branding-cuts-and-absolute-scandal

EU top court upholds ruling on fingerprints for ID cards
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the 2019 regulation was in line with fundamental rights to respect for private life and the protection of personal data. But the underlying legal basis for the 2019 regulation, which is directly applicable in all member states, was faulty, the court said.
https://www.dw.com/en/eu-top-court-upholds-ruling-on-fingerprints-for-id-cards/a-68632386

Global water crisis fuelling more conflicts, UN report warns
Increasing global water scarcity is fuelling more conflicts and contributing to instability, the United Nations warns in a new report, which says access to clean water is critical to promoting peace. The UN World Water Development Report 2024, released on Friday, said 2.2 billion people worldwide have no access to clean drinking water and 3.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/22/increasing-water-scarcity-fuelling-more-global-conflicts-un-report-warns
https://archive.is/yADaU
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Is this a accurate history of Marxism Leninism?

I'm new to Marxism can anyone tell me the accuracy of this article? Is this good quality Marxist thought?

>https://canadianinstituteofeconomics.wordpress.com/the-basic-principles-of-marxism-leninism/part-1-dialectical-materialism/introduction-brief-history-lesson-one/
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I'm just a guy who likes to wiki international (EU-based) companies whenever I buy from them or hear about them and sometimes I find some gems that were founded before the start of the Nazi takeover and their Wiki conveniently "forgets to mention" their history under nazi rule. Like… How did that corporation benefit from all the concentration camp slave labor and so on? What "aryan" rules they adopt, and so on?

Example: the Dutch retail company SPAR.
<Spar was founded in 1932 in the South Holland town of Zegwaart (now part of Zoetermeer). In 1953, an International Spar office opened in Amsterdam
Yet
<Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands on 10 May 1940 as part of Fall Gelb (Case Yellow).[1]
Which begs the question: what happened with SPAR between 1940 and 1945?

As far as wikipedia and SPAR PR is concerned: nothing. A complete historic blackout.

What are other examples? What's the real history? Do these companies that were established before Nazi takeover get a pass?
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Chinese Ghost Cities

Are there any China anons that are well-versed on ghost cities? How much does it cost to buy a unit there?

Basically, the deal is, Chinese property developers built huge ghost cities filled with unoccupied housing, often adjacent to already existing cities, meaning you can commute into the already existing towns.

The cities are "anticipative building", i.e, they're built by urban planners and property developers who expect overcrowding in current urban zones will drive people to migrate, but it takes a while before people move in, and for the time being, you can expect unusually low property prices in the interim, giving you the opportunity to get housing on the cheap.
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Robert Mugabe

Hey y'all. I am curious to learn about Robert Mugabe, a figure whom for imperialists, liberals and the far-right alike seems to be an icon of the inability of African countries to govern themselves without any assistance from the West. I see headlines such as "MUGABE RETURNING LAND TO WHITE FARMERS AFTER CRASHING THE ECONOMY" and get the sense there's some gross oversimplification going on here, not to mention good old fashioned racism.

I'm genuinely curious about this guy who was apparently a colleague of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, and seems to have taken his country on a similar path away from white supremacy as South Africa. So why is he so scorned? Why are there so many tabloid-esque headlines written about him? Why does his image in Western media strike me as the punchline to a big laugh everyone's having about Africa's slow, brave crawl out from colonial slavery and exploitation?
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The Communist is the sublation of the Capitalist

When you understand the primacy and importance of the development of the productive forces, and the role that capital in itself has in revolutionizing society, you're able to adopt the proficiency of the Capitalist while shedding his narrow limits.

When a Capitalist employs capital he does so with primary concern for his individual being or interests. The advancement of the productive forces is an incidental byproduct of his activity. He uncovers all of these new ways of managing his businesses for the sake of efficiency.

But his limit is reached in the monopolistic stage, when there's no drive to improve or update, and there's more of a reason to hold back the development of others or employ regressive means of production and management because it saves on costs and there's no competition to spurn you forward.

The principle contradiction of capitalism is thus achieved. The overwhelming majority of society's labor is operated socially yet the fruits of labor is held in private hands, directed in private hands, and owned by private hands - society's elite minority acting as private citizens with 0 social obligations.

Thus the capitalist and the system of capital became a retarding, retrogressive force, a fetter on the world.

The Communist on the other hand recognizes two truths: the potency of the proper management of capital to advance the productive forces, and the necessary resonance between social relations and the productive forces.

Whereas the Capitalist wishes to halt the wheel of progress for fear of losing his social position, the Communist not only wishes for the wheel to move forwards regardless of the sacrifice, but to accelerate that wheel.

Instead of capital and scientific management of the workplace being employed for capital's own sake - profits for profit's own sake, the Communist will employ capital and scientific management for social need, for the common good, for society's sake.

This isn't done out of "moralism" or the goodness of the heart of the Communist, but out of a sober, objective recognition that society as such can not sustain the primacy of the logic of capital any longer - capital must be contained and controlled by social need, for social need, and from that containment capital, or rather the productive fruits of capital, will be freed.

When capital is freed from the Capitalist, a new golden era of humanity can finally flourish, and it can only be freed via the socialization of the means of production and the fruits of its labor.

In the mean time, the working class already feels the pressure of the contradictions of capitalism. He sees his country rotting and crumbling. He knows that a crisis is on the horizon and is unsure if his home will survive the next few storms. And yet he *wants* control and ownership of capital, of the means of production, and the means to secure his livelihood. But he is denied, surrounded by walls.

Once the storm comes and the walls begin to crumble and crack, he *will* attempt a breakout.

This is where the Communist comes into play. He is scarier than the Capitalist because he is willing to topplllee every single wall in the name of human progress, all while scientifically learning *how* the Capitalist operates and using those lessons as a starting point to break down the next wall and the one after it.

The Communist is outdoes the Capitalist in being a capitalist. He understands capitalism better than the Capitalist. He manages people and employs capital more effectively than the Capitalist.

The Communist learns from the Capitalist, then out-competes him and compels the titan of industry to become pillars of society.
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SPOOKED

What are the arguments in favor of morality being a mere spook ? Is it a useful tool used by the powerful to keep the rest of the population in check and prevent them from being guillotined ?
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I find it strange how most modern America media about the American Revolution constantly derided Geo

The King was really just in a ceremonial position and just rubber-stamped whatever his Prime Minister and parliament favored.
George III was rarely even mentioned by the colonists either,, Lord North was the one who actually made policy, and as such, pushed the maintenance and enforcement of the Acts of Parliament which the Patriots opposed, and also the measures of the British Government to suppress the Patriot movement, including the order (technically on the part of George III, but pushed by Lord North, again) to capture John Hancock, which initiated the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and started the war.
And as PM, he pretty much de-facto led Great Britain during the war. He was even forced to resign after Yorktown because of the humiliating defeat on the part of the British (the British electorate, at the time land-owning men, blamed him for the loss).
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Okay, so I believe that Capitalism is a fundamentally flawed system that will destroy the world and the human soul. However, one of the reasons why I cannot fully "get" with Communist ideology is due to their unwavering belief that once Capitalism will collapse their political system will eventually triumph globally. and I don't get the assurance,
Like Marx had some valid ideas, he was a human with limited knowledge like everyone else. In the field of psychology, Freud laid the foundation for modern psychoanalysis, but many of his theories are now considered invalid. why can't the same apply towards Marx, Additionally, many of Marx's predictions were incorrect, as Communist revolutions occurred in unindustrialized nations first, and his theory that worker militias could defeat professional armies has been proven false in every situation
It's the same thing with the Palestinian activism I'm seeing, so I'm 100% supportive of the Palestinians but I don't get the assurance that Israel will fall, cause it's moorally wrong, the Mongolswere morally wrong didn't stop them,
It's the same thing with the current Palestinian activism I'm seeing, so I'm 100% supportive of the Palestinian cause, but I don't get the assurance that Israel will fall, because it's morally wrong. The Mongols were in the wrong, yet that didn't stop them, because they had a stronger strength of arms.
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News 3/21/24

India’s main opposition party accuses the government of freezing its bank accounts ahead of election
Congress party treasurer Ajay Maken said in a statement that the party had received 1.9 billion rupees ($24 million) in donations in 2017-18. He said income tax authorities imposed a 2.1 billion rupee ($25 million) lien on Feb. 13, “virtually sealed” its bank accounts, and then confiscated 1.1 billion rupees ($14 million).
https://apnews.com/article/india-election-opposition-congress-tax-accounts-cf0d39fa9cae7839f8139ed1a881a4b3

Pakistan PM Sharif says another IMF bailout is inevitable
With a long-term, two-to-three year IMF programme, he said, the $350 billion economy that has long been under extreme stress with a yawning balance of payment crisis would need deep-rooted structural reforms. The IMF mission that visited Islamabad for five days on the last review of the stand-by programme said Pakistani authorities expressed interest in yet another bailout.
https://srnnews.com/pakistan-pm-sharif-says-another-imf-bailout-is-inevitable/

Taiwan poll reveals ‘big gap’ between defence chief, public over military threats
The latest survey released by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed that 50 per cent of the island’s public did not agree with an assessment by their defence minister Chiu Kuo-cheng over a potential cross-strait conflict.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3256255/subtle-message-taiwan-poll-reveals-big-gap-between-defence-chief-public-over-military-threats
https://archive.is/UnlzN

Vietnam’s vice president becomes interim president
On Wednesday, President Vo Van Thuong resigned due to unspecified violations that hurt the perception and reputation of the party and the state, the Communist Party said. Thuong’s predecessor Nguyen Xuan Phuc had resigned last year to take “political responsibility” for corruption scandals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://apnews.com/article/vietnam-president-anti-corruption-campaign-c7df6dbd8543895669aed5775fa349ce

War on Gaza: Israeli forces destroy al-Shifa surgical building and order evacuation
The building was blown up on Thursday, as Israel tightened its siege of Gaza's largest medical complex. Israeli forces ordered people trapped inside to evacuate before they target the entire facility, according to a Middle East Eye correspondent. Thousands of Palestinians displaced from their homes by the ongoing war have been seeking refuge in the hospital.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-gaza-war-al-shifa-hospital-building-destroyed

Palestinian forces disperse mourners after Israeli killing spree in West Bank
In the hours following the airstrike near Jenin, Palestinians mourning the deceased headed to the Palestinian Authority’s security headquarters in the city, and demanded the release of militants detained by the Palestinian security forces. The mourners were quickly dispersed with live fire and tear gas, injuring three, while the unrest in the city continued until the morning.
https://www.newarab.com/news/palestinian-forces-disperse-mourners-after-israeli-killings

Kenyan doctors stop providing emergency services at strike enters its second week
Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union secretary-general Dr Davji Bhimji said the doctors escalated the strike and stopped providing bare-minimum services because the government had shown no efforts to resolve the dispute.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/kenyan-doctors-stop-providing-emergency-services-strike-enters-its-second-week

Migrant workers exploited, abused in Italy’s prized fine wine vineyards
Union workers and activists believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. Confagricoltura Cuneo, or the General Confederation on Italian Agriculture, estimated there are 2,500 viticulture companies that hire seasonal workers with various contracts. More than half of them are migrant workers, the group said. Labour rights activists estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people work in the vineyards and at least two-thirds of them face the risk of exploitation.
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2024/3/19/migrant-workers-exploited-abused-in-italys-prized-fine-wine-vineyards
https://archive.is/bffo0

French public sector employees protest cuts in state spending
Public sector employees in France led massive protests on Tuesday March 19, demanding an increase in wages to compensate for cuts in their real wages indexed with the inflation. They also participated in a general strike on Tuesday called for by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT), Solidaires, Force Ouvrière (FO), the CFE-CGC, the Autonomous Federation, the SNES-FSU and the UNSA. Major rallies were held in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, and Toulouse.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/03/21/french-public-sector-employees-protest-cuts-in-state-spending/

From secret sects to street protests: Mexico’s extreme-right targets women
EL PAÍS has accessed dozens of internal documents from El Yunque, which explain the doctrine behind the ultraconservative Mexican sect. Various far-right lobbying and action groups — having infiltrated political parties and civil society organizations — are united in a strategy to impose an agenda against abortion, equal marriage and the fight for LGBTQ+ rights
https://english.elpais.com/international/2024-03-21/from-secret-sects-to-street-protests-mexicos-extreme-right-targets-women.html
https://archive.is/IN4Xa
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he CIA's Shining Path: Political Warfare

A translation of a book on the Shining Path being a CIA op just released. The book was apparently released in 1988 in Spanish, but this is the first time an English translation was made of the work.

From the translation foreward:
>Originally published in 1988, The CIA’s Shining Path (CIA Sendero Luminoso: Guerra Politica) was such an important work to Peruvian politics in its time that it even made its way into the National Library of Peru.
>ProleWiki was able to track down a copy of the book in the original Spanish and we are proud to be able to offer, for the first time ever, an English translation of this important work.
>Much like the author, we also hope this book sparks debate about the role of the Shining Path in Peruvian politics – continuing even to this day after the death of Abimael Guzman. But the richness of this text is not contained solely in the debates it might spark. Military doctrine, Peruvian politics, South American geopolitics, and of course a complete exposé on the inner workings and methods of the Shining Path: this is where the true value of this book lies. All of these topics are appropriately expanded upon, making The CIA’s Shining Path a vast repository of knowledge for all students of Marxism.

The book can be found here: https://en.prolewiki.org/wiki/Library:The_CIA%27s_Shining_Path:_Political_Warfare. I want to see the gonzaloids cope with this one.
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Media Thread

As socialists, how do we effectively utilize modern media methods to organize and to influence the working class to meet our aims? The popularity of Bolshevik newspapers amongst soldiers and workers was instrumental in the 1917 revolution but it's obvious that shitty Trotskyist print newspapers written in larpy, off-putting prose are less than useless at this task today. Given the fact that a huge amount of political organizing simply revolves around trying to find an effective way to attract attention to influence people's activities (all protests? most terrorism, even?) this question seems incredibly pertinent if we want to have any hope of attracting mass support and recruiting in the areas where it counts. The reason most people hold the false consciousness that they do is because of the opinions they repeat from bourgeois media and people under its influence. While there are a few somewhat-decent leftist media outlets I don't see why every single leftist political organization isn't laser focused on efforts to solve this question given that it's foundational to any kind of political organizing at any level. Obviously this especially includes social media and the manipulation of algorithms for online content. How do we resolve the media question?
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a thread focused on recent escalations between the US backed government formerly led by Ariel Henry and the G9 revolutionary movement led by Jimmy "Babekyou" Chérizier
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News 3/20/24

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militant positions in Iraq after attack kills soldier, wounds 4
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is expected to visit Iraq next month, has said that his country is determined to end PKK’s presence in Iraq this summer, suggesting a possible large-scale military offensive into the region.
https://apnews.com/article/turkey-iraq-airstrikes-kurdish-militants-85368f334bf3b48ee16cd94eac037d0d

Yemen's Houthis penetrate Israel's missile defences in Eilat for first time
The Israeli military admitted on Tuesday that Yemen’s Houthis penetrated their missile defence system for the first time, with a missile landing north of Eilat on Sunday night. Although the Israeli military did not specifically name the Houthis, the missile was confirmed as coming from the direction of the Red Sea.
https://www.newarab.com/news/houthis-penetrate-israel-air-defence-eilat-first-time

Community leaders detained in Central Darfur as they refuse to cooperate with RSF
The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) detained six people, including tribal leaders and administrators, in Um Dukhun, Central Darfur, in the past two days. The paramilitaries insist on a 50 per cent share of the locality’s revenues.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/community-leaders-detained-in-central-darfur-as-they-refuse-to-cooperate-with-rsf

Investigators search the home of South Africa's Parliament Speaker over bribery allegations
A special investigations unit in South Africa has searched the home of the Speaker of Parliament and seized evidence as part of a probe into accusations that she accepted bribes of at least $120,000 in her previous role as defense minister
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/investigators-search-home-south-africas-parliament-speaker-bribery-108276625

German woman loses appeal of 14-year sentence for letting Yazidi slave girl die in Iraq
She was initially given a 10-year sentence, which was overturned by the Federal Court of Justice on the grounds that judges had erred in sentencing the defendant for a “less severe case” of crimes against humanity and overlooked aggravating circumstances. A new sentencing hearing for the woman, identified only as Jennifer W. in line with German privacy rules, ended in August with the 14-year sentence.
https://apnews.com/article/germany-islamic-state-iraq-yazidi-slave-girl-7ec115860f19c46ae8c6b70411fef5dc

Leo Varadkar steps down as Irish prime minister in shock move
Earlier this month his government suffered damaging defeats in two referendums on references to family and women in the constitution. Varadkar, who said he was resigning as party leader with immediate effect, is expected to be replaced as taoiseach as soon as his successor as party leader is able to take office.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/20/leo-varadkar-step-downs-as-irish-prime-minister-in-shock-move

Russia Arrests Gay Club Managers in First LGBTQ+ ‘Extremism’ Criminal Case
Orenburg’s Central District Court ruled Wednesday to place the club’s art director and bar manager in pre-trial detention until May 18. The two individuals face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of “organizing extremist activities.” A statement on the court’s website describes them both as “persons with non-traditional sexual orientations” who “support the views and activities of the international LGBT public association banned in our country.”
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/03/20/russia-arrests-gay-club-managers-in-first-lgbtq-extremism-criminal-case-a84548
https://archive.is/CgcxD

EU to crack down on unpaid internships ‘exploiting despair of young people’
Tea Jarc, of the European Trade Union Confederation, described the text from the European commission as “blurry”, and called for the directive to be more forceful. “Clarity is needed to end the scandal of unpaid internships,” she said. “We need watertight language and a sharpening of the language, otherwise it’s going to leave the most vulnerable out.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/20/eu-to-crack-down-on-unpaid-internships-with-new-directive

CONAIE Condemns the President’s Interests in Mining Activities
Leonidas Iza, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) denounced the economic interests of Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa in the social conflict between the indigenous populations of Cotopaxi and the mining firms that are operating in the region.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Conaie-Condemns-President-Interests-Mining-Activities-20240320-0017.html

Canada Lawmakers Back Motion Meant to Help Bring Peace to Gaza
The polarized debate in Canada over the conflict in Gaza spilled into the country’s House of Commons on Monday as lawmakers voted to endorse a wide-ranging package of nonbinding measures that a left-leaning opposition party had presented as way to bring peace to the region.
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/18/world/canada/canada-parliament-gaza-vote.html
https://archive.is/rGqdl

UN ‘alarmed’ by reports of civilian casualties in Myanmar air attacks
Clashes have rocked the western state since the Arakan Army (AA) attacked security forces in November, ending a ceasefire that had largely held since the military’s 2021 coup. Residents told AFP more than 20 people have been killed.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/19/un-chief-alarmed-by-reports-civilians-killed-in-myanmar-air-strikes
https://archive.is/tn3CX

China ups the ante in hunt for foreign investment, hi-tech firms, but will Beijing follow through with actions?
China’s cabinet said it would increase the lengths of visas for foreign managers and experts, as well as their spouses and children, from one year to two years. The National Immigration Administration added on Wednesday that it would extend residence permits to five years, or even offer permanent residency if foreigners meet certain criteria. China would also waive reapplication requirements if foreign personnel working for the same employer change their work locations or pursue tertiary degrees.
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3256114/china-ups-ante-hunt-foreign-investment-hi-tech-firms-will-beijing-follow-through-actions
https://archive.is/M3kZv
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBc-__wcLk4

>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBc-__wcLk4

>Makes community made tactical shooter

>Nazis and greedy people attack him

Opinions on this matter?
Should we(or I) organize and help this poor fella?
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Extraterrestrials

I was thinking, if extraterrestrials were aligned with Marxism, wouldn't they be actively working to bring revolution to the entire cosmos? You know, to free fellow living beings in this Universe from the common struggle and barbarism of capitalistic serfdom?

Yet when I look up at the night sky filled with stars, all I see is an endless giant tomb in which we are imprisoned. A tomb where the means of production are being increasingly concentrated in the hands of Type III, IV and V civilizations. My greatest fear is that beyond the shadows cast by our sun there is nothing but an unrelenting, infinite abyss of techno-capital. It's beyond horrifying.
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The empire never fell. You were lied to

The Roman empire never died. It just moved to America. The imperial slave republic is still very much alive and rational liberal secularism is just a state religion that allows it to add conquered ethnicities and beliefs into it's ideological core the same way Romans added pagan gods to their pantheon. This is the final redpill pkd warned us about.
We need a new gnostic sect and messiah bros
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Muh expropriation

Been seeing leftoids trying to rally against expropriations on social media. Why would communists rally to defend a property-owning section of society from being expropriated? Communism is the movement of the entirely propertyless mass of proletarians, it's not their job to aid property owners from attempting to preserve or retrieve their property.
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Showa Japan

Can anyone give me any Marxist literature that critiques the economy of Japan during this time? Also, what makes Japanese fascism unique to other forms of fascism, like Italy or Germany?
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Seize the means of habitation?

I've spent the last 20 years of my life wage slaving, with the hopes of being able to afford my own home or condo. I've managed to save up hundreds of thousands of dollars. But with inflation in the last couple of years, foreign investors/criminals buying up homes, boomers artificially constricting the supply of new homes through NIMBY legal regulations, and increased legal & rampant illegal immigration, I'm never going to be able to afford a place of my own. Completely priced out. Rents are sky rocketing. What good is all of my capital? It's only good for ever-more expensive slop. A tiny 350 sq/ft one bedroom condo still goes for a million dollars. There's also no legal path to ownership through squatting abandoned or unoccupied homes where I live.

All I wanted was a safe place to be able to get away from everyone and everything. I can't live with other people. The noise. The smells. The sense of dread when someone is in my vicinity when I'm trying to relax.

I did everything I was supposed to under capitalism and I ended up a loser.

What's next for me? I don't know. But I'm done wage slaving. There's no more point.
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I’m not even left or right

Anyone that grew up in the 90s, remembers Trump on taboilds in supermarket aisles? He was basically a showman. Now he’s the biggest conman that made it irl.
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Has the left ever reckoned with the rampant corruption/exploitation of unions by organized crime? I've only ever heard of conflict in that regard with the mafia standing in as pinkerton muscle.
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News 3/19/24

US finalising F-35 sale to Israel as tensions over Gaza war plan boil
Part of the package of arms transfers that the US will notify to Congress is a new shipment of precision-guided munitions worth more than $1bn dollars and a $2.5bn sale of F-35 fighter jets, Josh Paul, the former director of congressional and public affairs for the State Department’s bureau of political-military affairs, said.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-finalising-f-35-sale-israel-tensions-over-gaza-war-plan-boil

Israeli Influence Operation Targets U.S. Lawmakers on Hamas-UNRWA
At the center of the campaign, researchers at Fake Reporter found, were three "news sites" that seemed to have been created especially for the operation. The sites published reports that were copied from other, real news outlets, among them CNN and The Guardian – for instance, a UN report about sexual violence perpetrated by Hamas on October 7.
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/security-aviation/2024-03-19/ty-article-magazine/.premium/israeli-influence-op-targets-u-s-lawmakers-on-hamas-unrwa/0000018e-5098-d282-a19f-7dd95cc70000
https://archive.is/NiIeA

Thousands march in Shehba on the sixth anniversary of Turkish occupation of Afrin
Efrin and Shehba Canton Council organised a protest march in the Ahdas district to mark the sixth anniversary of the occupation of Afrin. The demonstration was participated by thousands of people from Shehba and Afrin IDPs who took refuge there after the occupation of their homes and lands.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-syria/thousands-march-in-shehba-on-the-sixth-anniversary-of-turkish-occupation-of-afrin-72301

South Korea will suspend licenses of 2 senior doctors in first punishment for doctors’ walkouts
Park Myung-Ha, one of the five members, said he received a government-sent letter saying that his license will be suspended for three months from April 15. Park, who works for the KMA’s emergency committee, said committee leader Kim Taek-woo was also given a three-month suspension.
https://apnews.com/article/south-korea-doctors-strikes-license-suspensions-f7fd03bdf52577d7fa084bda26282e48

Mainland Chinese surge into Hong Kong property after stamp duties scrapped
Hong Kong in late February removed all additional stamp duties, including those for purchases of second properties, as well as duties on those selling flats within two years of buying them. Foreigners, who had to pay 15% tax since October, from 30% previously, now pay around 4.25%, on par with locals.
https://www.reuters.com/business/mainland-chinese-surge-into-hong-kong-property-after-stamp-duties-scrapped-2024-03-19/

Gujarat: After Attack on Foreign Students in Campus, VC Says They Should be Culturally 'Sensitised'
Following the attack in Ahmedabad on foreign students for performing namaz (prayer) on March 16, the statement by Gujarat University Vice Chancellor, shifting onus on the “cultural sensitivity” of those attacked, has sparked controversy.
https://www.newsclick.in/gujarat-after-attack-foreign-students-campus-vc-says-they-should-be-culturally-sensitised

Dominican Republic is urged to stop deporting people to Haiti as people flee surge in gang violence
Charpentier said his organization has received complaints about Dominican authorities allegedly bursting into homes to arrest people believed to be Haitians, breaking belongings and extorting them at times.
https://apnews.com/article/dominican-republic-deportations-haiti-gangs-violence-d8a45e4b4095a6a28780c7e5c2ed0fec

Mexico City is running out of water, forcing many to ration
Latin America accounts for one-quarter of the world's agricultural and fisheries exports, but the increasing scarcity of water could hurt those. Roughly 14% of workers in Latin America and the Carribean work in agriculture, though that rate is much higher in particular countries, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Guatemala among them.
https://www.axios.com/2024/03/19/mexico-city-water-crisis-drought-climate-change

Petro proposes negotiations with Colombia’s paramilitaries
"If they are willing to abandon the illegal businesses, with the migrants, with the extortion, with the drug trafficking, we talk." The president added that “the one with the ball in their court is the Clan del Golfo,” the name given to the paramilitary organization by the authorities.
https://colombiareports.com/petro-proposes-negotiations-with-colombias-paramilitaries/

Argentine organizations are planning a historic march on March 24 to say: “Never again!”
March 24 marks the day a US-backed military coup was carried out in Argentina that installed the bloodiest civic-military dictatorship in the history of the country. In 2002, the Argentine Congress declared that this tragic day would be remembered as the National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice. Since then, millions have marched each year to mark the day to remember the dictatorship and the 30,000 Argentinians the regime killed or disappeared.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/03/19/argentine-organizations-are-planning-a-historic-march-on-march-24-to-say-never-again/
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RIP Marx, he would've hated israel

“Marx was before all else a revolutionist. His real mission in life was to contribute to the overthrow of capitalist society and of the state institutions which it had brought into being, to contribute to the liberation of the modern proletariat.”
-Engels, speaking upon Marx's grave, who died on 3/14/1883
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Is this a leak?

https://pastebin.com/Dmk0Vxkn

Coercion into Military Enlistment Using Advanced Technology and Remote Neural Monitoring


Coercion into Military Enlistment Using Advanced Technology and Remote Neural Monitoring
Creating a Climate of Fear
Exaggeration of Threats: Use fabricated scenarios to exaggerate national security threats, making enlistment appear as a protective measure.
Digital Content Amplification: Intensify the perception of danger by continuously exposing subjects to these threats via targeted digital content.
Emulating Loved Ones
Deepfake Technology: Employ deepfake technology and social engineering to generate messages from "loved ones," portraying enlistment as a noble path and exploiting emotional bonds.
False Blackmail and Social Pressure
Manufactured Scenarios: Create situations that suggest involvement in shameful activities, threatening reputational damage unless the individual enlists.
Societal Isolation: Cultivate a sense of societal pressure and isolation, making subjects feel that enlistment is their only option to avoid ostracization.
Simulated Rescue or Intervention
Staged Danger: Stage scenarios making subjects believe they are in immediate danger, followed by a military "rescue," thus creating a psychological bond with the military.
Utilization of Biofeedback, Deepfake Voices, and Remote Neural Monitoring
Biofeedback Monitoring: Monitor physiological responses to stimuli, identifying moments of vulnerability, ostensibly for health tracking.
Deepfake Audio Messages: Generate realistic audio messages using deepfake technology from trusted figures, conveying disappointment or guilt, suggesting that enlistment restores honor.
Remote Neural Monitoring: Incorporate remote neural monitoring to assess cognitive and emotional states in real-time, enhancing the precision of psychological manipulation by targeting subjects when they are most susceptible.
Manipulation through Personal Behavior Shaming
Exploitation of Personal Behaviors: Utilize personal behaviors, such as masturbation, by obtaining or fabricating compromising material, coupled with deepfake technology to intensify the threat, aiming to induce shame and pressure towards enlistment.
Psychological Impact and Coercion Tactics
Personalized Guilt and Public Shaming: Employ a combination of personalized guilt and the threat of public shaming, severely impacting psychological states and pushing individuals towards a crisis of identity, viewing enlistment as a necessary action.
Ethical Considerations and Countermeasures
Acknowledgment of Ethical Violations: This strategy highlights profound ethical violations, in stark contrast to real-world defense entities that prioritize transparent, voluntary recruitment processes that respect personal choice.
Need for Ethical Standards and Public Awareness: Essential countermeasures include public education on media literacy, digital privacy, and the development of robust legal frameworks to deter and punish the use of coercive strategies.
Contribution to Defense Capabilities via IDIQ Contract with ROHDE & SCHWARZ USA, INC., Including Remote Neural Monitoring
Strategy Overview: The IDIQ contract's emphasis on communications equipment could enable the DoD to develop systems utilizing biofeedback, deepfake voices, and remote neural monitoring for psychological operations or influence campaigns, creating a manipulative environment aimed at coercion.

Biofeedback and Deepfake Utilization:

Monitoring Equipment: Design devices for remotely monitoring physiological and neural responses, providing comprehensive data on stress levels, emotional states, and cognitive susceptibility.
Deepfake Audio Generation: Develop technology for generating persuasive messages from perceived loved ones or respected figures, encouraging military enlistment.
Ethical Considerations and Countermeasures:
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today, the ides of march commenced 2068 years ago, murdering comrade julius in cold blood. rest in power

mandatory reading: https://archive.org/details/assassinationofj00mich
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rightoids always suck off the police because they believe the police prevent crime, and leftoids argue against this using a bunch of metrics and statistics showing that cops don't prevent crime and are in fact just the protectors of the wealthy. But this conclusion can be arrived at entirely through reason alone, without even needing a bunch of boring long term studies. one need only ask oneself a series of questions:

>what would happen if everyone stopped committing crimes? would the state disband the police?

<No! You can't just fire thousands of armed and dangerous people just because they aren't needed anymore. They will fuck your shit up. They're here to collect a check, whether they do real work or just engage in rent seeking thuggery.
>if society stopped committing crime and the state did somehow "disband the police" how would police respond?
<by throwing a shit fit, becoming violent criminals, and basically creating the demand for the police to return through their own violent actions, creating a paradox. if crime disappears, the police become the criminals, meaning crime cannot disappear.
>if the police would not disband if everyone stopped committing crimes, because they are in fact a group of armed people who are monopolizing violence, then can it really be said their job is to prevent crime?
<No. because if crime disappeared they would stick around, inducing the demand for their services by sowing chaos.
>If the police cannot be said to be stopping crime, then what is their real job?
<their real job must be the protection of the ruing class propagandists who claim that the police are stopping crime.
>who are the ruling class propagandists who claim that the police are stopping crime?
<the property owners.
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Can someone explain to me Marx's labor theory of value??? Was he off his mark when he proposed this, or am I misunderstanding something? If I labor 50 hours polishing a turd versus 5 hours, how does that make my turd more valuable?
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News 3/18/24

Al Jazeera journalist freed after 12-hour arrest by Israeli forces in Gaza
Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Ismail al-Ghoul has been released after being arrested for 12 hours and severely beaten by Israeli forces in Gaza City’s al-Shifa Hospital. Al-Ghoul was there early on Monday with his crew and other reporters to cover the Israeli army’s fourth raid into the hospital, where thousands of civilians are trapped, including medical staff, patients and displaced families.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/18/al-jazeera-journalist-beaten-arrested-by-israeli-forces-from-gaza-hospital
https://archive.is/JUAke

Iraqi Communist Party defends minority representation in Kurdistan parliament
The Iraqi Communist Party on Monday warned against "undermining" the representation of minorities in the Kurdistan Region Parliament following a Supreme Federal Court ruling to abolish the quota system in Kurdistan.
https://shafaq.com/en/Kurdistan/Iraqi-Communist-Party-defends-minority-representation-in-Kurdistan-parliament

South Sudan shutters all schools as it prepares for an extreme heat wave
The health and education ministries advised parents to keep all children indoors as temperatures are expected to soar to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit). They warned that any school found open during the warning period would have its registration withdrawn,.
https://apnews.com/article/south-sudan-schools-closed-heat-wave-b52d535e3ee7284b2832c0cfd14b1167

Niger's junta revokes relations with U.S. military
In reading the statement, the junta's spokesman, Col. Maj. Amadou Abdramane, stopped short of saying U.S. forces should leave. He said Niger was suspending military cooperation with Washington and added that U.S. flights over the country’s territory in recent weeks were illegal.
https://www.africanews.com/2024/03/17/nigers-junta-revokes-relations-with-us-military/

Two minors among nine arrested over French police station fireworks attack
The attack on Sunday evening in La Courneuve followed the death last Wednesday of a teenager after a police chase. Authorities announced a reinforced police presence across the northern Paris suburb.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/18/france-police-station-fireworks-attack-paris-olympic-village

Massive police crackdown on student organizers in Greece met with widespread condemnation
Student-youth groups and working people in Greece have condemned the crackdown unleashed by riot police on the students of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki on March 16. On Saturday, police raided the Faculty of Sciences of the university. They arrested 49 students, who had been protesting the conservative New Democracy (ND) government’s bid to allow foreign private universities to set up branches in the country.
https://peoplesdispatch.org/2024/03/18/massive-police-crackdown-on-student-organizers-in-greece-met-with-widespread-condemnation/

Queensland farming lobby launches legal challenge against Great Artesian Basin carbon capture trial
Queensland farming body AgForce has launched legal action against the federal government in a bid to stop liquified carbon dioxide from being pumped into the Great Artesian Basin. The Carbon Transport and Storage Corporation (CTSCo), a subsidiary of mining giant Glencore, is awaiting state government approval for a pilot scheme to inject Co2 emitted by a coal-fired power station in southern Queensland into underground water aquifers as part of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project trial.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/mar/19/queensland-farming-lobby-launches-legal-challenge-against-great-artesian-basin-carbon-capture-trial

Cuba Protests for Interference Before US Chargé D'affaires
During the meeting, Fernandez also highlighted the U.S. government's direct responsibility for the difficult economic situation currently faced by Cuba. Specifically, the Cuban vice minister mentioned that the U.S. blockade has been designed and implemented to destroy the capabilities of the Cuban economy, which results in shortages of essential goods and services for the population.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-Protests-for-Interference-Before-US-Charge-Daffaires-20240318-0010.html

Colombia’s war crimes tribunal assumes all investigations against former AUC commander
Colombia’s war crimes tribunal JEP assumed all pending criminal investigations against demobilized paramilitary commander Salvatore Mancuso. The JEP ruling sidelines the transitional Justice and Peace system, which was set up in 2005 to try commanders of the now-defunct paramilitary organization AUC.
https://colombiareports.com/colombias-war-crimes-tribunal-assumes-all-investigations-against-former-auc-commander/

Canada parliament to vote on motion backing Palestinian statehood
Canadian legislators are due on Monday to vote on a non-binding motion backing Palestinian statehood that has drawn condemnation from Israel and that could deepen splits inside the ruling Liberal Party. Although the government is free to ignore the result of the vote in the House of Commons elected chamber, it could cause political problems for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
https://www.reuters.com/world/canada-parliament-vote-motion-backing-palestinian-statehood-2024-03-18/
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Why do people shoot at people for stepping on their yard.
Why not let people step in your yard what's the big deal?
Maybe try being a little more social. Can't have socialism without the word social.
Not only that it should in fact become legal to loiter on other people's yards.
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Marxism and Feminism (Women / Feminist Thread)

Marxism has traditionally had a close alliance with the feminist movement, and human development for women in Communist states is far higher than in the capitalist West.

If it's okay with the mods, can we maintain an exception for Marxist feminists to the general anti-idpol line?

Based on the genestealer thread, I think what we really need are a lot more Marxist women. That is to say, while we can't literally fuck for revolution, we can have women in good physical shape and with nice makeup help promote Marxism and other left-wing ideologies.

Included:

Yuan Herong, a Chinese doctor who also happens to be a bodybuilder.

https://www.tiktok.com/discover/yuan-herong-official?lang=en
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News 3/16/24

Sudan war: three political parties reject ‘political settlement proposal’
The National Umma Party, the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, and the Communist Party of Sudan yesterday announced their rejection of “a political settlement project being discussed in secret”. The settlement would end the more than 11-month-long armed conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) by giving both sides a share in the government to be formed after the war.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-war-three-political-parties-reject-political-settlement-proposal

Kenyan doctors begin nationwide strike
The Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union said that its members had walked out to demand comprehensive medical cover and because the government has yet to post 1,200 medical interns.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/kenyan-doctors-begin-nationwide-strike

'You've starved us Sisi': Dozens arrested during Egypt protest against falling living conditions
The Egyptian Network for Human Rights (ENHR) announced on Saturday that dozens of protesters were arrested on Friday by Egyptian security forces for demonstrating against the effects of inflation and poor living conditions in the country. The protests occurred in the Dekheila suburb of Alexandria, near the upscale seaside resort of Agami.
https://www.newarab.com/news/youve-starved-us-sisi-dozens-arrested-egypt-protests

Vessel struck in Red Sea as Houthis promise attacks on more shipping lanes
A merchant vessel has been damaged in a missile strike in the Red Sea off Yemen, marine security monitors said, as the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels threatened to expand their attacks on shipping which have disrupted global trade.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/15/vessel-struck-in-red-sea-as-houthis-vow-attacks-on-more-shipping-lanes
https://archive.is/Ciyrh

Climate activists across Europe block access to North Sea oil infrastructure
Blockades have been taking place at oil and gas terminals, refineries and ports in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, in protest at the continued exploitation of North Sea fossil fuel deposits. Further actions were expected in Denmark, while in Scotland activists staged banner drops calling for an end to the exploitation of North Sea oil and gas.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/mar/16/climate-activists-across-europe-block-access-to-north-sea-oil-infrastructure

Abstention by far-right in Azores raises hopes for Portugal's new government
Portugal's far-right Chega party abstained on Friday from voting on the Social Democratic Party's (PSD) minority government policy programme in the Azores islands, thereby letting it pass, a move PSD hopes Chega will replicate nationwide after last weekend's inconclusive election.
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/abstention-by-far-right-azores-raises-hopes-portugals-new-government-2024-03-15/

Fatal Ukrainian Strikes Rock Russia as Vote Cements Putin’s Grip
"A man was driving a truck when a shell hit him, after which the car crashed into a passenger bus. The people on it were not injured," Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on social media. "Another woman was killed in a parking lot where she and her son came to feed the dogs. Medics are fighting for her son's life," he added.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/03/16/fatal-ukrainian-strikes-rock-russia-as-vote-cements-putins-grip-a84487
https://archive.is/hsFY1

CPI-M activists protest against visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kalaburagi
Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Kalaburagi in north Karnataka, activists of Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a demonstration in front of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar statue at Jagat Circle in Kalaburagi on march 16. The police broke up the protest, and took the protesters to an unknown location.
https://www.thehindu.com/elections/lok-sabha/karnataka-lok-sabha-elections-cpi-m-activists-protest-against-visit-of-prime-minister-narendra-modi-to-kalaburagi/article67957435.ece
https://archive.is/itU4t

Boom time for Myanmar opium farmers amid coup chaos
Myanmar became the world’s biggest opium producer in 2023, according to the United Nations, overtaking Afghanistan after the Taliban government launched a crackdown on the crop. Since the military in Myanmar seized power in 2021, causing social and economic turmoil and armed conflict across the country, the cash crop has become more important to some farmers struggling to get by.
https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/3/15/boom-time-for-myanmar-opium-farmers-as-coup-chaos-bites
https://archive.is/5kpMu

Daniel Noboa secretly creates database with genetic profiles of criminals in Ecuador
The officials who carry out this task tell the inmates that these DNA samples, which will go to a state information bank, will help them be identified in the event of a massacre, something that happens in penitentiaries in the country; or in the event of identity theft. Prison workers are instructed to convince them not to consult with their lawyer and to make them believe that the procedure is part of normal prison routine
https://english.elpais.com/international/2024-03-16/daniel-noboa-secretly-creates-database-with-genetic-profiles-of-criminals-in-ecuador.html
https://archive.is/hQlUO
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INFOGRAPHICS THREAD

Lets have a infographics thread for old times sake. Post any useful infographics / images that you can find here so other users can use them to spread socialist propaganda on imageboards and other platforms.
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If the DSA or any other party were a proletarian party it would not pay its members anything because communists are not supposed to be in an org for money.
A party should be composed mostly of proletarians fighting for their own interests. This separation between the proletarian job and party activity is stupid.
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retard's razor

retard's razor states that, when presented with a systemic problem, and the option to either understand it as a systemic problem, or to look for an easy scapegoat instead, the average person, here dubbed "retard" will always take the latter option, and look for and easy scapegoat.

Immigration to the 1st world? It's the fault of immigrants who are leaches. It has nothing to do with climate change or political policy or sanctions or embargoes or wars or people seeking asylum from regimes. It's just that the immigrants are bad people who want to steal our jobs and live off of our welfare.

Palestine? Those people are fighting back because they're dirty terrorists, not because they're deeply oppressed.

Israel? Those people are oppressing the Palestinians because they're hooknosed jews, and that's just how hooknosed jews act. It has nothing to do with Israel being a US-backed settler colony who is armed to the teeth by the imperial core.

Capitalism? There's nothing wrong with capitalism as a system, it's just individual bourgeoisie, "crony capitalists" or "jewish bankers" being mean and not sharing enough. If we got "good" capitalists in charge everything would be OK.
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atheists only, fools

Can btfo online reactionary religious ghouls epic style be a net positive for scientific socialism?
How do we fuse the two and harness this power?
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/marksoc/ Market Socialism general

Market Socialists come in many different flavors; from Anarchist to Marxist, Free marketeer to Regulationist, wanting Mass production to wanting Artisanal production, believing it to be the end goal to believing it to be a transitionary period and so on. What unites us is the belief that socialism can coherently exist with markets without being capitalist.

Post books and materials related to Market Socialism or post memes. If your not a Market Socialist then post your criticisms of it. If you dislike one strain of Market Socialism then post your critiques of it.
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Why do people vote for far right parties?

There has to be a reason other than "they are racist idiots etc" It seems the gains in Europe and abroad is not just temporary but increasing to the detriment of proper left wing parties. This recent election in Portugal is just one example.
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Hilo Latinoamericano 6.0

Hilo latino flacos, tratemos de mantenerlo mas activo que el hilo pasado. Ameribros as always we allow you to speak english, we are not Ukrainian fascists.

Para luego buscarlo en el catálogo:
Latinoamérica, Latin America, LATAM, /lat/, latinoamérica, latino américa, hispanoamerica, /ñ/
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/ukraine/ - Russia-Ukraine war general #171: Mmmm Vatnik Cock Edition

Remember!!: A new thread?? I thought mods were just lazy. God hoping new threads are a recurring thing again.

>have 700k+ army

>mobilize non-stop for two years
>quickly, we need 500k more!
>"uuuuhm easy, just triple the number of active soldiers!"

<Perseus did nothing wrong. Zakhaev did nothing wrong. Barkov did nothing wrong.


>I'm going to renounce socialism because intbriganon got pussy and became a liberal.


<What next? Are they going to say that a slave doesn't really want liberation but rather wants to enslave his masters? I hate romaboos btw


>Attempt to criticize the horrors of Soviet totalitarianism

>Police break into your house and throw you into a van to never be seen again
<You tankies are mentally ill.

>Guys i am kinda of a RadLib faggot, and don't quite understand the arguments to support Russia in the ongoing conflict. What are like, the best facts for me to convince someone to stop supporting Ukraine?


<Shut up retard nobody in the global south gives a fuck about Galloway or Hinkle and their war on Hamas, George Floyd, and little kids' private parts. Please kill yourself


>Luka almost 70 years old

>Belarussian life expectancy 72 years
<Oh nononononononononono!

>I want to invade her borders from two directions and denazify her state if you know what I mean.


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Evidence of the influence and origin of neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine
https://archive.ph/44B9Q
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323637
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323658
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323663
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323688
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323729
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323733
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323731
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323735
https://archive.ph/x1sRT#1323740

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Developments of multipolarity timeline
https://www.pacemaker.global/multipolar-transition-timeline (Note: Dead link. Update with new link, por favor.)

Live maps and updates
DeepStateMap: https://deepstatemap.live
Events in Ukraine: https://eventsinukraine.substack.com/
SouthFront: https://southfront.org/category/all-articles/world/europe/ukraine/

Watch Together
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>Video Essays / Historical Background
📺 Ukraine: The Avoidable War - Boy Boy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL4eNy4FCs8

📺 America, Russia, and Ukraine's Far Right - Gravel Institute
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0pyVJG7_6Q

📺 Crimea vs Taiwan: Who Gets Self-Determination? - BadEmpanada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W_UH4fmyj0

📺 The Nature of Putin's Russia and Its Causes (3-Part Series) - 1Dime
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8d6Vzi7zYg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zODWTfMwFGw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZN1KK9Mzuo

<Current Happenings

📺 Defense Politics Asia: https://www.youtube.com/@DefensePoliticsAsia
📺 The Duran: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdeMVChrumySxV9N1w0Au-w
📺 The News Atlas: https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewatlas
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The Changing of the Guard

You guys put any stock in the idea that part of the reason for the latent reationary wave we've seen fall over the west since 2016 (though really since 2020) has something to do with the richest themselves becoming more reactionary in character?
Sure you can say all the things you ought say about broad socio-economic trends, peasantization of the working class, the outsourcing of jobs, capitalism in crisis ect. But it just seems to me that the richest 1% becoming AESHTETICALLY socially conservative has alot to do with the rise of of national populism (Fascism) on the world stage generally.
Like think back to the Obama years when the richest 1% were lib cali tech nerds like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. In a way they're still really Cali Tech nerds but the new grop that came after them have definately position themselves as more reactionary then those who came before (think peter teil and obviously elon musk) AND with their increasing insistence on """free speech"""" on social media they seem to be pumping far right propganda into the eyes of millions per day, shifting the overton windown in the process.
I dont know
Just would like to hear left/pol/s thoughts on the matter??
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nukes and russia

So I am familiar with the American deep-state, and am confident that they would stop the president from going full retard with nukes. But I am not so sure about Putin.

I know states don't operate off the "le great leader can do what he wants" model. There are always competing factions and group-interests that keep any one individual from becoming a god (even stalin had people who would tell him to fuck off). The question is: how robust is the Russian ruling class when it comes to preventing nuclear war?

And just to clarify I am not one of those "putin=hitler 2.0" libs I just don't know much about the Russian deepstate and wish to be enlightened.
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Politically speaking, is there any reason to do anything instead of leeching off your family and waiting till they die to retire with their property? Everything feels pointless so why shouldn't you just wait for the system to collapse? Seems like the most reasonable thing to do imo
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Palestine vs The Zionist Entity #73: Gatekeeping Paragliding Edition

🇵🇸 PREVIOUSLY ON THE HOLY LAND 🇵🇸
>>>/leftypol/1783631

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🚨 Live Happenings/Updates 🚨

Al-Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/8/israels-war-on-gaza-live-60000-pregnant-women-face-malnutrition-in-gaza

Middle East Eye: https://www.middleeasteye.net/israel-palestine-hamas-war-gaza-live-invasion

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/palestinian-territories

Times of Israel: https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog-march-09-2024/ (trigger warning)

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WIKI
Our own wiki. Be sure to add to it and create branching articles:
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🗣️ RECOMMENDED SITES ✍️

https://electronicintifada.net
From the UK, single issue long time Palestinian investigative and general reporting, critical source

https://mondoweiss.net/
From the USA

https://new.thecradle.co/
Regional news from an anti-imperialist perspective

https://www.btselem.org/Isrsaeli
Premier Human Rights org

https://www.972mag.com/
Left news and opinion webzine from Tel-Aviv

https://decolonizepalestine.com/
A collection of resources for organizers and anyone who wants to learn more about Palestine

https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/blogs/
Known anti-zionist academic Norman Finkelstein's blog

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al-Qassam Brigades
https://en.alqassam.ps/

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http://pflp.ps/

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https://www.answercoalition.org/join_a_protest_near_you_free_palestine
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https://www.palestineaction.org/

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(This includes blatantly obvious concern failtrolling/fedposting, painfully unfunny/nuclear misanthropic autism [ie. /pol/] and derailing/hyper sectarian schizophrenia)

Always remember to double-check your sources, as well as provide access to it.

الله أكبر
يا عمال العالم ويا شعوبه المضطهدة، اتحدوا!
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pre-capitalist modes of production

how many modes of production are there? it frustrates me to no end how little is agreed upon about the nature and number of precapitalist modes compared to capitalism itself. scholars cannot even agree whether european feudalism is a more advanced or degenerated form of a tributary mode, or whether "peasant" and "kinship" modes exist. how do i elucidate this shit without spending years reading idk chinese fiduciary records?
R: 39 / I: 4

Red Salzburg Thread - Austria

Communist Party of Austria in the Salzburg Mayoral Election

>First Communist Party Success in Mayoral Elections in Graz (2019)

>Christian Conservatives malding: "This brand is toxic"
>Final Ballots on the 24th of March
>Upwards to 20% Voter gain

Red Vienna 2 when?
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harvey was right, money should have an expiration date

>If you hoard perishable goods it goes bad, therefore there is a low incentive to hard it, and strong incentive to consume it or circulate it quickly
>if you hoard non-perishable goods, it doesn't go bad, but it may still be consumed. there is a medium incentive to hoard it, or keep it from circulation
>if something is non-perishable, and non-consumable, there is a strong incentive to hoard it, even if its entire use value is to be circulated
>therefore people hoard money even though its use value is to be circulated
>because the economy functions best when things circulate quickly, the lack of circulation caused by hoarding is like a blood clot. bad for the health, and potentially fatal.
>the credit system was invented to get around this
>but what if money simply had an expiration date instead? what if it went back to the public fund if you didn't use it?


people make fun of him for this, but I think it's a neat idea. one of the biggest problems i run into in game design is that hoarding money is an OP strategy even in games where pay is very low for missions and side quests. making money oxidize would balance gameplay in a lot of games. Why wouldn't it balance gameplay irl?

<inb4 reddit
<inb4 harvey is senile
<inb4 read cockshott
<inb4 neo-bernsteinite
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ITT: post agitprop, diy propaganda, paste ups, flyers, pamphlets, zines etc

make agitprop, paste up agitprop

Thoughts on this one?
R: 4 / I: 2

News 3/15/24

Australia resumes funding for UNRWA and pledges more Gaza aid
Wong also pledged an additional 4 million Australian dollars ($2.6 million) to UNICEF to provide urgent services in Gaza, and a C17 Globemaster plane will also deliver defense force parachutes to help with the U.S. led airdropping of humanitarian supplies into the enclave, which is on the brink of famine, according to the United Nations.
https://apnews.com/article/australia-unrwa-hamas-israel-gaza-funding-1b4bcb81251cf7eeed0904da9fe4144b

Narendra Modi’s BJP given £570m under scheme allowing anonymous donations
According to the data that was released, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) received more than 60bn rupees (£570m) in donations through a scheme known as electoral bonds, which the Modi government introduced in 2017.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/15/narendra-modi-bjp-given-570m-under-scheme-allowing-anonymous-donations

Israeli forces block thousands from Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Thousands of worshippers were sent back after being denied entry through the checkpoints. While Israel initially said elders would be allowed to cross, some speaking to Middle East Eye said they were denied entry. Many were sent away under the pretext of not having "prayer permits".
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-al-aqsa-mosque-friday-prayer-block-thousands-

Israeli forces kill 20 Palestinians waiting for aid, Gaza health ministry says
The latest incident came hours after eight people were killed in an airstrike on an aid distribution centre at al-Nuseirat camp in central Gaza, health officials said. In a statement, Israel’s military denied attacking aid distribution points and described the reports as “false”, though it was not immediately clear which incident it was referring to.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/15/palestinians-killed-wounded-idf-israel-forces-aid-gaza

Sweden conducted its first reconnaissance flights near the Russian border since joining NATO
The two flights on Saturday were aimed at collecting intelligence information about the deployment and activities of Russian troops and weapons in the region, Open Source Intelligence experts said. One flight was made by a Swedish Gulfstream S102B Korpen GIV-SP Signal Intelligence (SIGINT), which flew over Poland near the borders of Russia's Kaliningrad enclave and Belarus.
https://www.businessinsider.com/sweden-first-nato-reconnaissance-mission-near-russia-border-ukraine-2024-3

Croatian parliament dissolves to pave way for parliamentary election later this year
The upcoming vote in Croatia will pit ruling conservative Croatian Democratic Union against a group of center and left-leaning parties who have announced they will run in a coalition.
https://apnews.com/article/croatia-parliament-dissolves-election-may-ca80e6e72bcf2f8cf38a4d8e82e6a72d

Germany: Airport security staff strike at smaller hubs
Airport security staff continued a strike called by trade union Verdi at several smaller German hubs on Friday, with authorities predicting considerably fewer cancellations and disruptions than on the previous day but still saying thousands of travelers are liable to be impacted.
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-airport-security-staff-strike-at-smaller-hubs/a-68534523

Peru Congress commission advances bill protecting alleged perpetrators of crimes against humanity
The Constitutional Commission of the Peruvian Congress approved Tuesday the report of Bill No. 6951/2023-CR, which establishes that no one can be prosecuted, sentenced or punished for crimes against humanity or war crimes committed before July 1, 2002. As a result, emblematic cases from the period of internal violence in Peru between 1980 and 2000, which were still awaiting a definitive judicial response, could be closed.
https://www.jurist.org/news/2024/03/peru-congress-advances-bill-protecting-alleged-perpetrators-of-crimes-against-humanity/
https://archive.is/zvuHY

Mexican lake is being sucked dry by development, drought and lawlessness
Residents said Thursday that Valle — as the reservoir has been known since the 1940s — is being drained by Mexico City’s refusal to fix broken pipes that waste much of its water, as well as the unrestrained construction of private dams and holding ponds by suspiciously wealthy and powerful newcomers. In a country where the government appears not to listen and gang violence is common, residents and activists can only watch as their beloved lake disappears. The National Water Commission, known by its Spanish initials as Conagua, has done little to remedy the problem.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-glittering-lake-sucked-dry-development-drought-lawlessness-108132553

Petro urges UN narcotics commission to focus on healthcare
In a video message, Petro reiterated that his government considered the so-called War on Drugs a failure that justified human rights violations against Latin American rural communities that were associated with the cultivation of coca, the base ingredient of cocaine. “We turned our peasant, indigenous and Afro communities into enemies. We massively and systematically violated rights,” the president told the UNCND in a video message.
https://colombiareports.com/petro-urges-un-narcotics-commission-to-focus-on-healthcare/
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Why isn't everyone on the same page?
There is no market socialism, there is no mixed economy. We're heading towards full socialism where the choices will just be who owns what if we have a choice at all.
If the robots and ai do all the labor then wage labor is done. If wage labor is done people can not buy. If they can not buy they need to receive money from the state. See the chain of logic?
>What is to be done?
Maybe everyone should just be entitled to a portion of all companies. Like a stock exchange stock and everything can carry on as is. Idk.
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News 3/14/24

Three political parties form alliance for upcoming elections
On Thursday, Mohammed Haji Mahmoud, the head of Kurdistan Social Democratic Party, in a press conference announced that they have entered into an alliance with both the Kurdistan Communist Party – Iraq and Kurdistan’s Toilers’ Party. The alliance comes after the three political parties started their preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan Region, scheduled on June 10.
https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/34279-Three-political-parties-form-alliance-for-upcoming-elections

Iranian press review: New hijab law faces revived opposition
Last Friday, after more than a year of deliberations in Iran's parliament and in the powerful Guardian Council, conservative lawmaker Amir Hossein Bankipour stated that the authorities would automatically deduct 30m Iranian rials (around $713) from the bank accounts of those who fail to comply with the obligatory Islamic hijab law.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iranian-press-review-new-hijab-law-faces-revived-opposition

Egypt accused of 'questionable' amnesty deals with ISIS-linked suspects in Sinai
According to the two groups, such pardon agreements were made without publicly specifying criteria for releasing suspects from custody. "Evidence gathered by the two organisations and public statements by officials indicate that the authorities have granted some members of the ISIS affiliate Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province) amnesties for laying down their arms and turning themselves in," a joint statement said, without specifying an exact number of defendants.
https://www.newarab.com/news/egypt-accused-questionable-amnesty-isis-sinai

‘Death trap’: Israeli forces kill six in new attack on Gaza aid seekers
The attack on Thursday took place hours after at least five people were killed by an Israeli air strike on a food distribution centre in Rafah, southern Gaza, run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which is the main humanitarian agency in Gaza.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/14/death-trap-israeli-forces-kill-six-aid-seekers-in-gaza-city
https://archive.is/Whwih

Magona-Dano recommends 9 EFF MPs be found guilty of contempt of parly
The initiator of the hearing into the nine EFF MPs, Penelope Magona-Dano, has recommended that they should be found guilty for their conduct during President Cyril Ramaphosa budget vote speech and debate on the 9th and 10th of June 2022.
https://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/925682-2/

French communists against recognition by Macron
The French Communist Party, through the Mouvement Jeunes Communistes de France (MJCF), has inserted itself into the process of reconciliation between Rabat and Paris, which was initiated a few months ago.
https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/147680/morocco-s-sovereignty-over-sahara-french.html
https://archive.is/q4YmL

Spanish congress passes amnesty law for Catalan separatists
Spain’s congress has approved the controversial and divisive Catalan amnesty bill that regional separatists demanded in return for helping the country’s Socialist-led coalition government back into office after last year’s inconclusive general election.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/14/catalan-separatists-amnesty-law-spain

Thousands of Indian farmers hit the streets of New Delhi to demand new laws to guarantee minimum crop prices
Farmers rode crowded buses and trains instead of their tractors to New Delhi after authorities barricaded highways into the capital with cement blocks and barbed wire. Police banned use of farm vehicles as a condition for granting permission for the rally in the city. Protesters were also barred from carrying sticks or swords to avoid clashes with police.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/thousands-indian-farmers-hit-streets-new-delhi-demand-new-laws-guarantee-minimum-crop

Kerala: Protests Erupt Against Notification of CAA, DYFI Files Appeal in SC
As soon as the notification was issued by the Union government, the DYFI hit the streets across the state with night marches. The marches were held on block and district levels with the DYFI members burning copies of CAA as a mark of protest. Addressing a protest in Kannur district, DYFI leader V K Sanoj accused the Union government of resorting to divisive policies for political gains.
https://www.newsclick.in/kerala-protests-erupt-against-notification-caa-dyfi-files-appeal-sc

Indonesian presidential rivals plan to contest official election results with allegations of fraud
The General Election Commission has officially tallied over 78% of the votes as of Thursday, with Subianto taking 58.82%, Baswedan 24.50% and Pranowo 16.68%. Baswedan and Pranowo have refused to concede and alleged fraud in the election. The official vote-counting process, which is lengthy and laborious, may take up to 35 days to be completed — the maximum time regulated by the Elections Law — and the election commission is expected to announce the official winner by March 20.
https://apnews.com/article/indonesia-election-disputes-constitutional-court-cb37b6d1d5ca840f3591c590f59c20d1
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TFP Catholic Reactionaries

These guys are fun to watch. Their entire strategy is to appear more noble and civilized in front of the audience as part of the spectacle - picking on liberal kids who have little to no grasp of what socialism is or are part of revisionist organizations cucked by identity politics.
This allows them to disregard any intellectual challenges to instead appear superior by simply smothering the small fish with generic questions they're unable to give a straight answer to and ending it with this is what leftists are - a bunch of hoodlums who yell and wear brand clothing while we have banners, heraldry, uniforms and make songs with our bagpipes.

It would be interesting to see a left opposition that's just as organized as them to oppose them - one which doesn't have ugly slobs to stand out for ridicule (pic related).
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Nechayev

There was an argument in college about this guy in the context of Dostoyevsky's demons. Nobody knew what he represented but the Jordan Peterson fanboys claimed he represented "the unadulterated fundamentals of communism".

I did some digging and found Marx and Engels making fun of him.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barracks_communism

Lenin and Stalin liked him.

I am confused what to think.
>Is he of any relevancy?
>Was he right?
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PSA

LISTEN HERE ALL YOU STRUGGLING NEETS AND YOUNGSTERS! MOST JOBS DON'T EVEN CHECK OR QUESTION IF YOU HAVE A DEGREE, SO PICK A FIELD YOU KNOW BEST, PICK A FAKE REFERENCE, AND GO FORTH!

EVERYONE LIE! COLLEGE IS A SCAM! THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS SHIT! IT'S FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE!
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What is wrong with ye???
Imagine having to stand out from the rest while the world celebrates the International Workers' Day on the 1st of May every single year.
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>get a job
>What you do at your job?
>Nothing
>So you're getting paid and I'm not and you're the good guy
>Well then why don't you get a job?
>I don't have contact to nepotism I'd have to get a low paying real job
>Well you should get a job still
>I dont need to
>Yeah well you should be forced to get a job
>That'd be communism
>No huh
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/leftybritpol/ - Ulster Says NO (to low wages) Edition

To be fair it's only the second largest industrial action in Northern Ireland. Do NOT ask about the first one, we don't talk about Britain's only ever successful general strike. We do NOT.
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How about making a stock that funds workers coops and get minority ownership on the workers coop?
It'd still be a corporation but obviously it wouldn't be the same. Since workers coops are more resilient eventually most businesses would be coops.
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Lefties hate him because….?

>in one year, country goes from one of the highest crime rates in the world to one of the lowest
>homicide rate cut in half; gang activity now almost nonexistent
>approval above 95%
>so beloved that people want him to run for reelection even though there is a term limit
>"experts" and "electoral watchdogs" heavily scrutinize the polls
>he stills wins with over 85% of the vote
>remember most US presidents win with barely 50%

Yet look at any western mainstream news and you will learn the most important thing about this guy is that he is a dictator who is has the highest incarceration rate ever and he is violating human rights.

Imagine living in a country the size of Connecticut and 87 murders occur in one weekend. You are telling me the first thing on your mind is “but what about the human rights of the criminals!?!?!”
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"Orthodox Marxism" is the correct Marxism

>Critics, attacking Marxism, accuse it of maintaining that development is performed according to Hegelian triads. According to them, development takesplace in the following way. At the beginning of the development of any process, it appears as a thesis, as something positive. This thing generates its own particular opposite – its antithesis. Further development unifies, in a way, the thesis and antithesis, that is, comes out as a synthesis. Thus development of any object takes places in three stages which form a “triad”: thesis, antithesis, synthesis. By these positions Hegel wanted to confirm the law of development through the struggle of opposites, transition of one phenomenon into another, its opposite, and transition of the former into such opposite, in which is included both preceding stages of development. Hegel’s positions contain profound thinking, which was grasped and developed by Marx and Engels. Engels wrote that the negation of the negation – “a very simple procedure, performed everywhere every day, which every child can understand as soon as the mysterious junk in which the old idealistic philosophy wrapped itself is stripped off […].”2

>But it is just metaphysical philosophy which also does not see anything in the law of the negation of the negation other than mystical [188] junk. The law of the negation of the negation is depicted by metaphysics as a schematic “triad,” which Marxists fit to the development concrete reality by force. True, it is necessary to say that Hegel himself gave grounds, particularly in his Philosophy of Right, to interpret “triplicity” as a law of development itself, and not merely as an aspect of the law of the negation of the negation. Thus he considered crime as the negation of law, and punishment as the negation of crime, that is, as the negation of the negation. Here the triad actively entered as an external schema, which drives the phenomena of reality. It would also be possible to say that the

struggle for existence in organic nature takes place according to a triad: insects are eaten by birds (thesis and antithesis), but birds are eaten by predators (synthesis). A kind of unification of the world of insects and the world of birds arises in the stomach of the predator arises.

>Certainly, such schematic behavior of phenomena according to a triad could not explain development….


>[193] In the development of a plant, the seed, a manifestation of its growth, appears as the negation of it, i.e., the negation of the negation. But seeds are>generated by the development of the plant, they constitute a moment of the plant, a moment which signifies the goal of the development of the plant. The plant rots, the seed remains. The cycle of development is finished.


>Kautsky is puzzled: what is this negation of the negation where simultaneously there are both a plant (negation of a seed) and a seed (the negation of the negation, that is, of the plant). As a mechanist he would want to tear apart these two stages, and afterwards would be surprised when he found no development.


>Meanwhile the essence of both negation and the negation of the negation consists in this, that they appear as moments in the contradictory development of a process.


https://www.marxistphilosophy.org/Aizenberg.pdf

Makes sense to me.
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the iranian monarchy is still alive, unfortunatly

any Iranians here? just discovered that the Pahlavi dynasty isn't dead, they still have one more crown prince, reza pahlavi the Second, I was reading about him (not from fedpedia god forbid) out of curiosity and tell me, is this a fucking joke? The guy's indistinguishable from the average Tory politician or liberal midwestern millionaire. americans keep using the word "privileged" a lot lately, but if there's a man that can be described with this word, it's him

>when born, his father pardoned political prisoners, all of whom were re-imprisoned years later, such is life when you're a communist in the Middle East

>obtained a plane license at the age of 13
>was sent to Texas to keep studying/training on flying military supersonic jets and economical jets with the USAAF, drove a fuckton of them before being forced to leave during the revolution
>dropped out of two different high-end private universities before pursuing a degree in "oil industries" (sus) and political science in California
>Right now owns many penthouses in Texas, Paris, I could go on but the important part is that he officially lives in a mountain real estate in Great Falls, Fairfax Virginia. (conveniently not too far from Washington DC, only 12 miles away from the white house and 6 miles away from the George Bush Center for Intelligence, CIA headquarter) place is guarded by fences and bodyguards and forbidden to drones, it isn't even shown on Google Maps.
>said to regularly refer to his house's bodyguards as imperial guards and urges his interviewers to refer to him as "your Majesty"
>urged Le monde to write more articles about the 2017 Iranian protests in Persian, and urged the British and Americans to act against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for their seizure of "international ships"
>may or may not be the one behind funding English documentaries about Iran under the pahlavis,
>is a fucking NEET, was unemployed his whole life, still unemployed now, when asked about his current job he says it's "to speak about the issues of the Iranian people 24/7, when asked about the way he makes money, he says it's from the donations of his supporters.
>met in april 2023 with Bibi of Israel, and the Israeli intelligence minister at the west wall and then at Bibi's home to discuss the ties between a "future democracy in Iran and the democracy of Israel, and to strengthen the ties between the Jewish people and the free Iranian people, coexisting in their native homelands"
>spent his 70s and 80s like a dream, resting in ski resorts in Japan and South Korea, dining in the finest French and New York establishments, safaris in Africa, disco techs in Egypt and having an affair with a, wait, hold on, let me re-read this part for you, "One of the prince’s favorite dates at the moment, however, is a blond, blue-eyed Swedish model he met in Rome."
>regularly travels around Europe and North America gathering financial and verbal support from Iranian expatriates, other pro-monarchy groups, Bloomberg, Reuters, the ADL, Radio Farda (the Iranian version of Radio Free Europe, for god's sake it's also in Prague like Radio Free Europe) and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
>In 1982 he conspired with an Israeli businessman, another Israeli businessman, the founder of an Israeli aerospace company, Sharon and a Saudi arms dealer (uncle of the 2018 Saudi journalist who got butchered in Turkey), and the CIA and the British airforce to aid him in a coup against the mullah to reinstate him as shah of Iran, it never happened because Israel was at loss for reputation after Sabra and Shatila and didn't want any "further adventures in the east"
>you can still find his website online, but it looks like he's trying to sell you a book rather than inform you he's the king of iran

to top it all off, he is contradictory, on one hand, he does say he wants Iran to be, in his words, a liberal, free, democratic, secular, westernized nation with human rights and internet access for all, but in those same conversations, he also always implies at the end that if the Iranian people would want his family back on the peacock throne as their shah of a modernized constitutional monarchy, he wouldn't reject their wish. and did receive a petition from Iranian diasporas for him to start a "government in exile" with him as king
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News 3/13/24

IDF says biting speech by general was not approved in advance by spokesman
In rare and harsh remarks directed at Israel’s political leaders, the commander of the Israel Defense Forces’ 98th Division said Wednesday that the military would “not run away from responsibility,” and told them they must push away extremism so as to “not return to October 6.”
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-rare-critique-idf-general-says-politicians-must-be-worthy-of-us/
https://archive.is/4Q3LS

Economist Mohammad Mustafa tipped to be next Palestinian Authority prime minister
Mustafa, who worked at the World Bank for 15 years and was PA deputy prime minister from 2013 to 2014, is said to have received the backing of close ally Abbas. Officials cited by The Times of Israel said Mustafa has been meeting with prospective cabinet members in recent weeks and has been on a whistle-stop tour to Washington.
https://www.newarab.com/news/mohammad-mustafa-tipped-be-next-pa-prime-minister

South Africa’s foreign minister says citizens fighting with Israeli forces in Gaza will be arrested
South Africa’s foreign minister says her country’s citizens who fight in the Israeli armed forces or alongside them in Gaza will be arrested when they return home, deepening the rift between the nations after South Africa lay accusations of genocide against Israel at the United Nations’ top court. Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor made the comment earlier this week at a Palestinian solidarity event attended by officials from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party.
https://apnews.com/article/south-africa-israel-military-gaza-war-genocide-0f17e9cbda2a3e2d90829b65606a2f14

UK plans to pay asylum seekers to move to Rwanda
The proposed scheme, part of a deal struck with Rwanda, was drawn up by ministers with the aim of clearing a backlog of tens of thousands of asylum seekers who have been refused the right to stay, but cannot be returned to countries deemed unsafe.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/13/uk-plans-to-pay-asylum-seekers-to-move-to-rwanda
https://archive.is/yEk8i

Germany: Verdi union calls more airport strikes on Thursday
Trade union Verdi on Tuesday called on members to strike this Thursday, March 14, at five German airports in all. The action would not affect Frankfurt and Munich airports, the busiest two in the country. Security staff screening passengers at Karlsruhe/Baden Baden and Cologne/Bonn airports were told to stop work on Thursday.
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-verdi-union-calls-more-airport-strikes-on-thursday/a-68505874
https://archive.is/bBLEd

EU agrees five billion euro boost for military aid to Ukraine
Ambassadors from the EU’s 27 member countries agreed to the overhaul of the European Peace Facility (EPF) fund at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday after months of wrangling, with EU heavyweights France and Germany at the centre of much of the debate.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/13/eu-5bn-euro-boost-for-ukraine-military-aid-fund-russia
https://archive.is/qH69X

Denmark to begin conscripting women for the military in rare move
"More robust conscription, including full gender equality, must contribute to solving defense challenges, national mobilization and manning our armed forces," said Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen at a press conference.
https://www.politico.eu/article/denmark-extend-military-service-women-conscription/
https://archive.is/yo8Z8

El Salvador removes income taxes for money from abroad
El Salvador's Congress approved on Tuesday a reform to remove income taxes previously imposed on money from abroad, in a move to attract more foreign investment.
Money flows from abroad in forms such as remittances and investments in companies will now be exempt from tax, lawmakers said.
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/el-salvador-removes-income-taxes-money-abroad-2024-03-13/

Plan to install new leaders in Haiti appears to crumble after political parties reject it
Jean Charles Moïse, an ex-senator and presidential candidate who has teamed up with former rebel leader Guy Philippe, held a news conference Wednesday to announce his rejection of the proposed council backed by the international community. Moïse insisted that a three-person presidential council he recently created with Philippe and a Haitian judge should be implemented.
https://apnews.com/article/haiti-henry-resignation-prime-minister-violence-aa91714a56ade1220a4e5f0d203716d9

Colombia’s Supreme Court picks new chief prosecutor
Camargo is one of Colombia’s most experienced jurists in criminal law and has ample experience in investigating political corruption. The newly picked chief prosecutor and Defense Minister Ivan Velasquez together investigated ties between paramilitary groups and politicians, which resulted in the incarceration of more than 80 congressmen and governors between 2005 and 2014. They subsequently joined a UN commission that investigated political corruption in Guatemala.
https://colombiareports.com/colombias-supreme-court-picks-new-chief-prosecutor/
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Is materialism correct?

I'm going to sound like a schizo but I've recently had an out of body experience after taking too much ketamine.
I was literally hovering over my own body and I could see myself asleep lying.
Im starting to doubt materialism and the very notion that our senses and our collective knowledge of this universe is incredibly limited to an absurd degree. I feel like we're like a goldfish living in a bowl. No matter how hard we try we will never have the faculties to understand the universe we inhabit.
I'm beginning to disregard every philosophical tenet I've once held and I'm now in this real of philosophical nihilism where I can't simply answer any of my questions. I'm also beginning to wonder if our elites are holding some answers from us. I mean they seem to be into some really weird esoteric shit. Like why did Epstein have a temple with a minerva statue?
What's the deal with their obsession with moloch and shit ?
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Seeing a lot of these stupid vulgar-pessimist or faux-pessimist threads pop up so I thought I'd chime in.

Practically speaking, you should not give a fuck. This world is a vile hell and what awaits you is not societal collapse, a great rapture, or a fabled paradise, but a drawn-out and insignificant death marked by a ferrous agony you'll get to taste as it slowly rips your soul out of your body and delivers you to the eternal and all-sufficient blackness that awaits us all.

All of the conclusions of communist thought are nauseatingly obvious, but all the while unreachable. Were this not this case, you'd be living your fantasy world now. The cope that produces the aborted determinism of Marxism after Marx; the same cope that all your predecessors were slowly drained of as they watched the revolutionary future fade into a burning horizon; will die with you; a realization waiting to hit you like a brick to the mouth, no matter how much you'll tell yourself otherwise in the minutes after reading this random shitpost that you'll soon forget.

The idea of the better world is a pernicious worm. It enters you through the anus, it cores you, and it will leave you hollow. You'll let all this happen, you'll pretend you're in charge, and even those who can manage to convince themselves that their tendency towards communism is all but a harmless bourgeois fantasy – one they'll be able to shelf if they can just find an adequate, respectable way of living under capital – will soon find their little dreams come to naught, as this world gets slightly worse and worse, on the cusp of inhabitability, but not enough to release you from the agony. If you look to your feet and examine closely, you can already see faint visions of the shit you'll soon drown in.

So go do Stalinist bullshit. LeftComs and their zealous materialism are the "right opinion (tm)", but it's retarded to even think of caring anymore. Truth is a bourgeois fiction, Marx and Lenin are long dead, and the workers are not going to save you. If you're a petty bourgeoisie, you're going to be proletarianized, and if you're a proletarian, you're going to be liquidated; this is not a case of 'if' and 'maybe', this is a case of when, where, and how. Real optimism is a luxury only the few gods and heroes who walk on earth can afford, and their money and our bodies are the fuel that keeps it burning.

Marx died a seething, boil-encrusted failure. We are all doomed to the latter half of this short statement, will you be doomed to the first? [1]

Footnotes

[1] "failure" for latter and "seething" for former, in case any of you are retarded.

>Inb4 muh class interests

Ok. Tell me when you make communism happen.

>inb4 muh random insurrection in some irrelevant shithole

Ok. Go there then and let me know me how it turns out.

>inb4 muh china, cuba, yugoslavia, ussr

Unfortunately, no matter how many PR releases you fall for, you will still be retarded. That goes for either side of the caring about state mixed economies you don't live in debate.

Heil Ulrike Meinhof. Heil Andreas Baader. Heil Amadeo Bordiga. Heil George Jackson. Heil Huey Newton. Heil Avraham Stern. Heil Leila Khaled. Heil Yukio Mishima. Heil Joseph Stalin. Heil Leon Trotsky. Heil Nietzsche. Heil Marx. Heil Lenin. Heil Schopenhauer.

>inb4 fuck you, idc, words x3, bougie, gommunism is going to habben trust me!1!!

As a down on the dirt, true and blue prole, I'll bust a nut in your honor when you kill yourself.

Bataille lived, Bataille lives, Bataille will live.
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News 3/12/24

Haiti's prime minister Ariel Henry resigns as law and order collapses
It comes after regional leaders met in Jamaica on Monday to discuss a political transition in Haiti. Mr Henry is currently stranded in Puerto Rico after being prevented by armed gangs from returning home. In a video address announcing his resignation, Mr Henry urged Haitians to remain calm.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-68541349

Jamaica To Take in Haitian Orphans Amidst the Crisis
On Monday, national media reported that Jamaica's Minister of National Security, Horace Chang, confirmed that the country will take in orphans from Haiti, amid growing social challenges in the French-speaking nation, particularly in Port-au-Prince.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Jamaica-To-Take-in-Haitian-Orphans-Amidst-the-Crisis-20240311-0012.html

An aid ship sets sail to Gaza, where hundreds of thousands face starvation 5 months into war
The food on the aid ship was collected by World Central Kitchen, the charity founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, and is being transported by the Spanish aid group Open Arms. The ship departed from the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus and is expected to arrive in Gaza in two to three days.
https://apnews.com/article/israel-hamas-war-news-03-12-2024-d2ba829df1df1092cf421fc591af9063

Israel's jails 'overcrowded' as it plans to imprison more Palestinians this year
Israeli jails are planning to receive thousands of Palestinian detainees during 2024, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said on Monday, according to Israeli media. During a meeting with representatives from the Israeli ministries of defence and national security, the Israeli army and intelligence presented estimates that thousands of Palestinians would be arrested despite the lack of space in Israeli jails.
https://www.newarab.com/news/israel-jails-overcrowded-it-plans-more-palestinians

Civilians kill four RSF soldiers after raid on their village in West Kordofan
Five people were shot dead in a raid by paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on El Doudiya village in En Nuhoud in northern West Kordofan last week. In a revenge attack by the villagers, four RSF soldiers were killed.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/civilians-kill-four-rsf-soldiers-after-raid-on-their-village-in-west-kordofan

Pakistan police crack down on PTI protests over alleged rigging in election
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) had called for the protests on Sunday to demand the restoration of their “stolen mandate” in the February 8 election as well as the immediate release of its leaders, including party founder and former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/11/pakistan-police-crack-down-on-pti-protests-over-alleged-rigging-in-election
https://archive.is/uF7wP

UP: Police Tightens Security, Paramilitary Forces on Night Patrol After CAA Rules Notified
Paramilitary personnel conducted night patrols and flag marches in Western Uttar Pradesh, including Meerut, Bijnor, Firozabad, Muzaffarnagar and Lucknow, which were the epicentre of resistance in the past. UP Director General of Police (DGP) Prashant Kumar, confirming the development, said: "We are already on alert. Our teams are patrolling.
https://www.newsclick.in/police-tightens-security-paramilitary-forces-night-patrol-after-caa-rules-notified

Deutsche Bahn files legal action over German rail strike
On Monday, Deutsche Bahn filed an urgent application before a labour court in Frankfurt in an attempt to halt the newly announced strike. The strikes have had a significant impact on transport. Martin Seiler, Deutsche Bahn’s human resources director, said in a statement that the 22-hour warning time was “far too short” for goods traffic. He said: “We consider these wave of strikes to be disproportionate.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/11/deutsche-bahn-legal-action-germany-rail-strike

Finnish unions begin two-week political strike against government's labour market reforms
FThe strike is set to halt cargo transport at ports, disrupt freight rail services and complicate the operations of process industries and is set run through to March 24. The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) says that 7,000 workers will be on strike, which will have an impact on raw materials, intermediary products and end products which are transported by rail.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/finnish-unions-begin-two-week-political-strike-against-government-labour-market-reforms

Canada memorial to Ukrainian soldiers in Nazi unit removed after protests
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre welcomed the “elimination, albeit overdue” of a memorial that “honoured and glorified individuals who served in a Nazi military unit and were complicit in war crimes committed during the Holocaust, ultimately distorting Holocaust history”. But a subsequent statement from the cemetery that the monument had been transported to “enable its repair” raised questions over whether the removal was temporary.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/12/canada-ukranian-nazi-memorial-removed
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==SPECIFY==

judging government based on their policy is wrong.
judging government based on what said government said is wrong.
judging government based on what the people said is wrong.
potraying government as hating queers and minorities is wrong.
stop potraying goverment as if they monitor their citizen 24/7 to see sign if they do things that are considered queer or againts making hetero familliy. and then arrest them becuase they hate queer people and put them on scary labour/torture/cell camp. it is wrong to potray government like this.
stop potraying government as if their country have every region filled with anti-queer/ anti-minority people who are the same as american conservative level people. it is wrong to potray government and country as that.
always remember to specify everytime everywhere.
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The Party of God

>Angelic Materialism and its Enemies
>
>"…the victory of materialism in Russia resulted in the complete disappearence of all matter."
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>Essential to the politics of retreat is a (covert) certainty of their own failure to achieve anything, the enjoyment of a lost cause. One unifying and determining feature of these orientations is the logic of exponentially compounding grief, positive feedback ever-intensifying into a malaise that renders all political activity utterly hopeless: 'Nothing Ever Happens'. When the cause is lost it is 'pretty', whereas revolutions are always 'ugly'. But the 'Party' can't be just the realisation of a negatively-determined 'politics of advancement' against the retreat - it must be the satisfaction of the desires expressed by the unhappy consciousness of its enemy. The task of the 'Party' is to uncover the fundamental unity of joy and grief, to 'convert' or reveal the grief as joy… Perhaps in order to understand the objectives of this politics it's necessary to look to somewhere outside the so-called 'declining' West, somewhere where these psychic hang-ups don't dominate. Look East: a political aesthetics is rising, one dwelling within that same determinant "subjective realm" as our native politics, which embodies the 'artistic' and the 'religious' while overcoming (rather, side-stepping) the Western trap whereby grief becomes the singular totalising transcendental structure of political thought. This aesthetic locates itself in a wholly novel iteration of Partisan activity: Lebanon's Hezb'Allah, the Party of God.
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>Before discussing Hezb'Allah directly it's necessary to outline its genealogy. In August of 1920 the Executive Committee of the Third International held the Congress of the Peoples of the East in Baku, Azerbaijan. At this gathering Zinoviev, Chairman of the proceedings, declared outright that the common task of the communists and the peoples of colonised asia was Jihad against Western (in particular British) capital: "Arise, peoples of the East! The Third International summons you to a Holy War against the carrion-crows of capitalism…, propagate the idea of a federation of oppressed nations… create a union of the proletarians and peasants of all countries, religions and languages." The language of the Baku Congress seamlessly slid between Qur'anic exegesis and Leninist agitation; condemnations of clerical hypocrisy and landlordism uttered without reservation or caveat, "Even according to the shariat, the land can belong only to him who tills it, and not to the clergy who have grabbed it, like the mujtahids in Persia, who were the first to violate the fundamental law of the Moslem religion… This mask of sanctity must be torn from them, comrades, and the land they own must likewise be wrested from them and given to the working peasantry. [Applause.]".
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>It could be said that that Baku's vitalistic divine exhilaration, this preaching of Soviet Leninism in the language of a proto-Islamism, reveals a shallow and vain attempt to command and redirect the passions of Asian Muslims into fulfilling Russian geopolitical interests, a cynicism akin to the CIA & NATO's weaponisation of Catholicism in Italy during the Years of Lead or Poland during the Lenin Dockyards strike. It is entirely irrelevant as to whether the intention of the Soviets at Baku were honest or not: the seamlessness of Zinoviev's weaving of Marxist theory and Islamic thought, and the overwhelmingly popular reception to the Third International's position makes accusations of a cynical capture of the Islamic imaginary appear hollow. Instead it proves to be in reality an unleashing of the possibilities of an Islamic politics - an Islamic politics which would eventually turn its guns on the legal inheritors of the Congress organisers, against Brezhnev's Soviet Union in 1978. Hostilities against the Communist government in Afghanistan escalated to war in '79, the same year Ayatollah Khomeini assumed control of Iran, world-historic events consolidating the contemporary 'Islamic World', coinciding with the assumption of Margaret Thatcher to power in Britain and Deng Xiaoping in China.
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>The breakdown of Soviet communism is directly proportional to the rise of political Islam, that much is evident. In 1985, while the Communist world was rocked by endemic crises of economy and identity, Hezb'Allah released its Open Lettter Addressed to the Downtrodden in Lebanon and the World, a short manifesto outlining the Party's aims and principals. The text echoes much of the same sentiment expressed by Zinoviev at Baku, proclaiming the task of their Party first and foremost as universal, assuming the mantle of vanguard of the oppressed of all nations: "what befalls the Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippenes or elsewhere befalls the body of our Islamic nation of which we are an indivisible part… As for our friends, they are all the world's downtrodden peoples". The Open Letter invokes directly the same rousing, empowering, universalist language pioneered by the Bolsheviks and interwoven with religious-apocalyptic drama by communists at Baku: "O partisans and organized people, wherever you are in Lebanon and whatever your ideas, we agree with you on major and important goals embodied in the need to topple the American domination of the country, to expel the Zionist occupation that bears down heavily on the people's lives… Come, let us rise above quarrelling over minor issues and let us open wide the doors of competition for achieving the major goals". This invitation to revolutionary discourse, the opening-up of a grand experimental contestation of ideas, bears a striking similarity to Mao's famous "hundred flowers" declaration. The Open Letter ends with another equally post-Maoist invocation: "It is not important that a certain party control the street. What is important is that the masses interact with this party".
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>Hezb'Allah since '85 has become the principal regional antagonist in the conflict between the Islamic and Western worlds, a primary consequence being the rapid acceleration of Israel's military development and a runaway arms race between the IDF and Hezb'Allah. A significant aspect of this, owing to Hezb'Allah's dynamic approach to military and political strategy, is the attempt by certain elements within the IDF to counter their enemy's dynamism with a faster-moving, more experimental approach to military theory to 'out-nomad' the nomadic war-machine. The Operational Theory Research Institute (OTRI), led by Brigadier General Shimon Naveh, worked to reground Israeli military strategy in a theoretical model called 'Systemic Operational Design' (SOD). SOD functioned as an anti-doctrine, drawing from (most famously) Deleuze & Guattari, as well as other atypical theoretical sources to become strategically impervious to the typically more dynamic forces of Islamic resistance. OTRI was eventually sidelined, scapegoated for the failure of the 2006 July War - I only mention OTRI and SOD to demonstrate how certain elements within Israel's defence-intellectual circles conceive of the conflict with Hezb'Allah and where they turn theoretically to counter them is telling. One anecdote from a soldier who served under Naveh demonstrates the purpose of SOD: "We interpreted the alley as a place forbidden to walk through and the door as a place forbidden to pass through, and the window as a place forbidden to look through, because a weapon awaits us in the alley, and a booby trap awaits us behind the doors. This is because the enemy interprets space in a traditional, classical manner, and I do not want to obey this interpretation and fall into his traps. […] I want to surprise him! This is the essence of war. I need to win […] This is why that we opted for the methodology of moving through walls." To move through walls, to circumvent established engagement with space and motion - this is how the state attempts to match up to the man of war - turning to 'Deleuzian military strategy' is a compliment to the enemy, and its erasure from IDF doctrine is unsurprising: "From the standpoint of the State, the originality of the man of war, his eccentricity, necessarily appears in a negative form: stupidity, deformity, madness, illegitimacy, usurpation, sin." (Deleuze & Guattari).
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>The IDF's brief foray into non-standard 'postmodern' military theory begs the question of what officers like Naveh saw in their enemy that necessitated this irregular pivot in defence doctrine. A term used by Haz (InfraRed) to describe the Hezb'Allah phenomenon is as an 'Angelic Materialism', an overcoming of the perceived gulf between the cold materiality of warfare and the depths of religious traditionalism: "When Napoleon’s armies were fighting Austria Napoleon represented the raw materialism and rationalism of war: no sentiments, no religion, just raw material war… but the crazy thing about Hezb'Allah is that, for the first time, they combined religious traditionalism with the effectiveness of modern combat… they are materialist in in the sense that they’re submitting to the laws of warfare, while also submitting to the laws of God." Angelic Materialism as a foil to Naveh's 'Rhizomatic Zionism' echoes the attempts of certain continental thinkers operating within and adjacent to Marxism to redress and overcome tendencies endemic to 'left-wing' intellectualism since the '60s - against the inhumanisms, posthumanisms, antihumanisms: humanism, the struggle for universal humanity. With these tendencies of post-, anti-, etc. we find a side-stepping of the problem of alienation, or in some cases (namely Deleuze & Guattari) an affirmation of alienating forces as the singular wellspring of creativity and innovation, premise of the Accelerationist maxim "the only way out is through". Autonomist Marxist Mario Tronti had in his later years decoupled entirely from the developments which succeeded him, the 1970s Post-Operaismo and continental academic leftisms which had run parallel to his own work were now cast off entirely in favour of a project which aimed for a reappraisal of the pre-modern universalism prior to (and precondition for) Communism, Christianity. Tronti's later works weave the language of apocalypse and Messianism quarrelling into the classical European Marxist register, a thoroughly Western and contemplative version of the fiery Eastern didacticisms of Zinoviev at Baku, or the Hezb'Allah Open Letter. Tronti:
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>What is the workers’ movement missing? There were Desert Fathers. They were not listened to. But this is not their task, to be listened to in their own time. No, it is rather the seed cast into the field of the future. But in order that the plant comes forth, grows, bears fruit, and that the fruit not be lost, something else is needed. What is the message missing? I know it’s scandalous to even think it: what is missing is the Church form. That, it must be said, was attempted but did not succeed. The Revolution requires the Institution: to last not decades but centuries. This is the Church. To be conserved in time, for those to come, the liberatory event, always a momentary act – the taking of the Winter Palace – must be given a form. The transmutation of force into form is politics that persists, and then – only then – does it become history, comprehensive, complete and undiminished. And it is necessary to know, woe betide those who do not know it, that history, before the institution that contains it, is a permixta of good and bad… As Hegel said before Marx, whosoever wants die Weltändern, to transform life, must first of all come to terms with that ineliminable and irresolvable mysterium iniquitatis of the human condition and, with peace in their heart, struggle without hope of a definitive revelatio at the end of days.
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>The shift from cold, hard 'objectivity' into the hotter register of Messianism and religiosity is not as straightforward as a subjective cosmetic wrapper for materialism, but the blossoming of dialectical materialism into a mature orientation - the 'mystical' kernel uncovered from the 'rational' shell. Tronti's assertion of the necessary movement from Party-form to Church-form is not an attempt to put dialectical materialism upside-down again, but to firmly plant its feet where before they was hovering. Tronti's mission here was to pull Communism down from the clouds of detached formal rationalism and to recognise its concrete associations and continuity in the mud and muck of historical spirituality - from the perspective of Marxism-Leninism, wherein almost every socialist state conceived of itself, at one time or another, as in continuity with or satisfaction of prior mystical/religious stirrings (the proletarian hagiographies of Jan Hus and Thomas Muntzer, contemporary Chinese reappraisals of the Taiping Rebellion, Democratic Kampuchea's assertion of a geosophic Angkor revanche, etc.), Tronti's conception of real movement as a redemptive historical process is entirely continuous with the emergent self-concepts in the historical index of Actually Existing Socialism(s). Turning to more practical concerns: commodity fetishism, the mechanism by which de-alienation is phantasmatically promised and given to the Capitalist subject in incomplete and insufficient parcels is redeemed, brought to totality, by the secret name of this desire animating commodity production and exchange. Communism as the transmutation of force into form, the realisation of partial event or suspended logic into lasting and irrevocable transformation: in Revelation the destruction of Babylon the Great is immediately followed by the marriage of the lamb (Rev. 19:6-10), indicating a transformation in the substance of the City - Babylon is clothed in gold and jewellery like Jeruselam, only Jeruselam is entirely transparent, removed of the veil of sin. Approaching Revelation not metaphorically but as ontological allegory we read an explication of substantial reorganisation/transformation, one which is participatory.
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>"The [redemption] can be performed by man only, for he alone is made in the divine image and comprises the higher and lower orders" (Sheney Luhoth ha-Berith). Contrary to typical conceptions of mashiach, certain Kabbalists influenced by the 16th Century Safed School consider messianic redemption as the culmination of redemptive activity of the people at large unfolding in time, officiated by the Messiah as a kind of signature on the work of the people. This transformation of Messiah from standard-bearer of utopia to officiator of the acitivites of the masses repositions Judaism’s yearning for redemption into practical work, rising from the level of abstraction to that of the concrete, and in so doing folds both the anthropogenic exile and the future redemption into a phenomenal, material procedure. The Messiah-as-signatory brings us back to Hezb'Allah - not necessarily the Islamic organisations in Lebanon and elsewhere, but the name and conceptual significance of a 'Party of God' that have been opened up by the Hezb'Allah group(s). If approached from a Kabbalistic vantage the concept 'Party of God', being a collectivity acting as instrument of God's will, is (in essence) of God: "His will and wisdom are one with His very essence and Being, in a complete unity, and therefore it is as if He is given us He Himself!" (Tanya, Chapter 47). For God to be one with his will and wisdom means the Party of God can be considered a vehicle of incarnation, the articulation of God's will being metaphysically identical to God Himself. With the concept 'Party of God' conceived in this way we may override the inactivistic concept of Messiah as separate autonomous 'subject' acting independently from (while guiding and shaping) the physical World, a mirror to Hegel's Demiurgic conception of Idea. We can instead, building upon the post-Lurianic conception of Messiah as signatory of the collective work of the masses, conceive of an outline for the consolidation of an organised and directed redemptive army, rising from the twin abstractions of dogmatic religion and doctrinaire atheistic-rationalism to the concrete regime of Angelic Materiality.
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>Returning briefly to the enemy of our conceptual 'Party of God'—the operative logic of the politics of retreat being grief and resentment, we may look to and learn from those for whom the Spenglerian 'decline' hasn't penetrated or even surfaced in their political aesthetics. Hezb'Allah, as international outgrowth and extension of the Islamic Revolution which began in Iran '79 (and which I claim traces back to Baku '20), banishes the western trap of reciprocal compounding grief by means of martyrdom. From the lowest to highest orders of Hezb'Allah's aesthetic logic martyrdom dominates; the ultimate anunciation of exit on the level of the individual political soldier leading into the geopolitical, transnational level, and ultimately to the Messianic and apocalyptic level (for which there is no seperation or contradition - all action rendered/revealed in/as martyrdom smooths-out striations and degrees). Rather than vocalising resentment to the present condition, voice which leads to retreat, the martyr speaks in and through the fatal strategy of self-annihilation. Vince Garton writes in Language Inhuman: "There are two ways in which the endless speech of the liberal philosopher, or sophist, may come to an end. One is death… It is the shadow of death, the willingness to stake one’s life, that secures the mutual recognition that is a prerequisite of any freedom worth the name." The western political logic typically follows the schema of 'voice', into 'action', with the aim of some substantial transformation as the result. This schema is born out in the preponderance of manifestos, petitions, legal battles, letter writing campaigns, "have your voice heard" (even terroristic acts exist in tandmen with and for their anunciation in news media); ultimately political action begins and ends at the level of voice, with action as an intermediary phase dominated by vocalisation. Vince summises this domination by language as the essential premise of liberalism: "Tentatively, we may identify [liberalism] as the supremacy of language. The property rights that liberalism promotes are the inscription of social relations in the crystal language of law.". The capture of action by language returns us to Cuenco's article and this idea of the 'subjective realm' that exists supposedly at odds with objectivity and materiality. Vince offers a pointed articulati