[Marxism] Nobel Peace Prize for Cuban Doctors

2020-07-16 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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https://www.cubanobel.org/nobelcuba?recruiter_id=930938 


Selflessness, solidarity and working for the common good characterize what the 
Nobel Peace Prize should be about. These traits aptly describe Cuba’s Henry 
Reeve International Medical Brigade, which has saved over 80,000 lives since 
2005 and has been fighting COVID-19 in 27 countries. Join us in asking the 
Nobel Committee to award Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade a 
Nobel Peace Prize!
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[Marxism] Jerusalem offers a grim model for a post-annexation future

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The information in this article will not be new to many on this list.  What I 
find interesting is that this is appearing in an AP article and in “mainstream” 
newspapers.  This is symptomatic of a shift in opinion and will further that 
shift in opinion.
ken h

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/jerusalem-offers-a-grim-model-for-a-post-annexation-future/
 


Israeli leaders paint Jerusalem as a model of coexistence, the “unified, 
eternal” capital of the Jewish people, where minorities have equal rights. But 
Palestinian residents face widespread discrimination, most lack citizenship and 
many live in fear of being forced out.

Rights groups say that in some aspects, Palestinians in east Jerusalem have 
even fewer legal protections than those in the West Bank, where it’s possible 
to appeal to international laws governing the treatment of civilians in 
occupied territory.
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[Marxism] Concert for Cuba

2020-07-06 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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SUNDAY JULY 19 AT 7PM CST
https://hothouse.net/ 

REGISTER HERE

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-for-cuba-tickets-111083545876 

Cultural organizers from the US and Canada have come together with the 
Instituto Cubano de la Musica (ICM) in Cuba to host a special virtual tribute 
recognizing the distinct contributions to the world during the Covid-19 
pandemic. The concert will salute Cuba’s heroic and outsized contributions to 
health care around the world as doctors have volunteered this year to serve in 
more than 26 countries. These contributions have been in spite of severe 
depredations imposed by US sanctions under Trump and the ongoing blockade. For 
these sacrifices and more, many around the world are calling for the 2020 Nobel 
Prize to be bestowed upon Cuba.
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[Marxism] Migrant workers in Lebanon - appeal for funds

2020-07-06 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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Received today.
ken h

As most of you already know, the situation in Lebanon is dire and it's getting 
worse by the day. This is especially true for migrant workers in the country 
who have seen their wages obliterated by the free fall of the local currency 
and the dollar shortages. 

Alongside supporting migrant workers organize against the Kafala system and 
launching many protests/propaganda campaigns to garner momentum that call for 
the dismantling of the Kafala system, we have also launched this crowdfunding 
initiative in order to support migrant workers in their fight against Kafala. 

I really hope I can count on you to donate and disseminate this crowdfunding 
campaign (even 100$ can make a difference since our currency is extremely 
volatile).

Here's a link to the campaign: 
https://www.gofundme.com/f/Emergency-Funds-for-Migrant-Domestic-Workers?utm_source=customer_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet_medium=copy_link-tip
 


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[Marxism] ‘Planet of the Humans’ and the Inconvenient Truths of Eco-Capitalism – Due Dissidence

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I watched the film, preparing for a discussion group near me.  
I was interested int he criticism of various billionaires and their program of 
action, as well as the criticism of political figures such as Al Gore.

So I looked forward to what the filmmakers would propose.  And what was their 
proposal?  “We must get ourselves under control.”  This is open to 
interpretation as they did not elaborate.
For his part, having pointed to the shortcomings of Al Gore, Moore is 
campaigning for Joe Biden.

ken h
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Re: [Marxism] GONE WITH THE WIND

2020-06-26 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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"When even people 
with college education talk about cinema,
we post movie reviews from pedestrian 
hacks like James Agee…”

It seemed clear to me when Louis posted the Agee review, it was not to further 
our understanding of the movie, or intended to serve as a review, but rather to 
illustrate the racist support for the movie.  With that purpose in mind, it was 
useful to post it.

ken h

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[Marxism] Gone With the Wind

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Decades ago I saw a one-person performance of something I recall as Scarlett 
Fever.  The performer grew up in Georgia and gave us a lesson on racism in that 
state.  He suggested that the crowd that turned out to the premiere of Gone 
With the Wind was bigger than the population of Atlanta itself.  I’m not sure 
he was right, but the massive crowd meant that every human being living in 
Atlanta was there or, as he said, people flooded into Atlanta.  He said it was 
one of the biggest celebrations of white supremacy since the Civil War.  See 
the account below.
ken h

http://www.aboutnorthgeorgia.com/ang/Atlanta_Premiere_of_Gone_With_The_Wind 


Noticeably absent were Hattie McDaniel (Mammy) and Butterfly McQueen (Prissy), 
black actresses with major roles who were not welcome in the white side of the 
segregated Atlanta society. Noticeably present was a young Martin Luther King, 
Jr., who sang in a "negro boys choir" from his father's church, Ebenezer 
Baptist.

* * * * * *

Spotlights swept the sky with huge beacons of light. Peachtree at Pryor Street 
was closed to traffic. An enormous crowd, numbering 300,000 people according to 
the Atlanta Constitution, lined the streets on this ice-cold night in Atlanta. 
Car after car paused at Lowe's Grand Theater as the stars came out. Wild cheers 
greeted each celebrity as they braved the cold to participate in a brief radio 
interview.

A rousing ovation greeted a group Confederate veterans who were guests of honor.
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[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Glasgow Anti-Racists defiant against Far-Right attacks

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https://secure-web.cisco.com/1L9G2yKQJWQkn_2GGrkrBRRd3iobvoyyZJm3XMGKACGXisMUmyuxNX1yqMYADAYZn4B-bJ8Dwsbh3ROtKFMxOdBKMhpw9FO-VCLPQXFEssENEiYy8dfoTTk_403LlV6ID-KrytCyVi7dldZ3yYbNeqmzXpYl8W5BRyek6yHzskSvlBmRzn7zJ7YxGmvHU2fW-dGSW4SbRjwdMd-eXG87kfUGxfwZDUS7dJeVqXvuoAhG0zPj55CwWFrBVeL2BfAvXuVNonMWCmLaoohec0lq17YLI1Yymuk8DaO7lLMBII2GsBdsjGOPsFS6Ig_VFQCrrv_khS93Z-V7DCtzKJYa9reT2Uemly-JOET3VBTpmsdJcguOu9XTlCZqCJ-uJP3FE/https%3A%2F%2Fsocialistresistance.org%2Fglasgow-anti-racists-defiant-against-far-right-attacks%2F20250
 


The previous Wednesday a group of supporters of refugee rights had gathered in 
the square to protest about the impact of the lockdown on the denial of rights 
of refugees and asylum seekers living in the city.  This peaceful demonstration 
was attacked by supporters of a far right group, the “National Defence League” 
ostensibly on the grounds that they were “defending statues” in the Square 
following huge protests across Britain, including a massive rally on nearby 
Glasgow Green of over 5,000 people in support of the Black Lives Matter 
movement [2]. 
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[Marxism] Asian Solidarity with Black Lives

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Asian Solidarity with Black Lives: Dismantling Racial Capitalism

Free Online Event Monday June 29, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm PDT

Anti-Asian and Anti-Black racism and oppression are pieces of Canada’s 
concealed histories, which continue on today. At this pivotal time, solidarity, 
particularly among racialized groups, is needed more than ever. With Min Sook 
Lee as the moderator, Winnie Ng and Carol Wall will discuss their perspectives 
on Anti-Asian and Anti-Black racism, solidarity between Asian and Black 
communities, as well as share their insights on dismantling racial capitalism.

Min Sook Lee, an award-winning documentary film director/producer of such 
documentaries as “Migrant Dreams”, an educator, and a political activist.
Carol Wall, a labour and social justice activist who has had an extensive and 
diverse career within labour in which she recently retired as the Ontario 
Regional Director for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Winnie Ng, a labour rights activist, educator, and community organizer with a 
deep commitment to anti-racism, equity and worker empowerment. Winnie is 
currently an Adjunct Professor with the School of Social Work, Ryerson 
University.
Go to eventbrite to register: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/asian-solidarity-with-black-lives-dismantling-racial-capitalism-tickets-109831087740
 

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, Coalition of 
Black Trade Unionists, Ontario Federation of Labour - Workers of Colour 
Committee, OPSEU Coalition of Racialized Workers, OPSEU Provincial Human Rights 
Committee, and Toronto & York Region Labour Council - Chinese Workers Network.
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[Marxism] June 19/Longshore workers to walk off in Vancouver, BC

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https://ilwu500.org/2020/06/work-will-stop-for-8-hours-june-19-2020/ 
  

ANTI-RACISM WORK STOP JUNE 19
Posted on June 16, 2020 

Longshore Will Observe Juneteenth

Work Will Stop for 8 Hours on Historic
In solidarity with ILWU International, there will be no work on the 8 AM shift 
of Friday, June 19, 2020 as we are supporting anti-racism – what this Union is 
founded on.

“Dockworkers will stop work on the [8 AM] shift on June 19, 2020, to show their 
commitment to the cause of racial equality and social justice.”

“Juneteenth is the day in 1865 when Black slaves in Texas first learned of 
their emancipation”, nearly 2 ½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation had 
formally freed them.

In solidarity,

Officers Local 500

Dockworkers Juneteenth 8HR Stoppage 


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[Marxism] Belgium’s colonial crimes in the Congo

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Belgium’s colonial crimes in the Congo. A duty to remember
https://www.cadtm.org/Belgium-s-colonial-crimes-in-the-Congo-A-duty-to-remember 



This policy eventually triggered an enormous international campaign against the 
crimes perpetrated by the regime of Leopold II. Black pastors in the United 
States were protesting against this situation, then were joined by British 
activist E.D. Morel. Morel worked for a British company in Liverpool, and was 
regularly called on to travel to Antwerp. He observed that while Leopold II 
claimed that Belgium was undertaking commercial exchanges with the Congo Free 
State, ships were returning from the Congo with cargoes of elephant tusks and 
thousands of kilos of rubber, and the return cargoes were mainly arms and 
foodstuffs for the colonial forces. Morel considered this to be a very strange 
kind of trade, a strange kind of exchange. At the time, those Belgians 
supporting Leopold II never acknowledged this truth. They declared that Morel 
represented the interests of British imperialism and only criticized the 
Belgians in order to take their place. Paul Janson, a member of parliament who 
gave his name to the main auditorium of the Free University of Brussels, 
declared, I shall never criticize the actions of Leopold, because those who 
criticize him, especially the British, do so only in the spirit of ‘move over 
and make room for us’.

However, criticism grew, with books such as Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, 
and The Crime of the Congo, a too-little known work by Arthur Conan Doyle, the 
creator of Sherlock Holmes. An international campaign against the exploitation 
of the Congo generated demonstrations in the United States and also in Great 
Britain, finally producing results. Leopold found himself obliged to set up an 
international commission of enquiry in 1904, which met on the spot, in the 
Congo, to take evidence. The testimonies received there are overwhelming. They 
are available in manuscript form in the Belgian state archives.
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[Marxism] In defence of Hugo Blanco

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Some of this is in Spanish and those parts that are in English appear to be 
translated by a computer program.
ken h

 Comrades all! 
 
 
 I am Carmen Blanco Valer, Hugo's eldest daughter and I make use of the list of 
subscribers of Lucha Indígena and contact them for the following: 
 
 
 Following the Peruvian alternative means Wayka proyectase by the networks last 
week the documentary "Hugo Blanco G, - River Deep" 
https://www.hugoblancofilm.com/  have emerged 
virulent reactions from right - wing groups against my father and against the 
filmmaker Malena Martinez. 
 
 
 Both the Fujimorista Marta   Chavez, like ex-military groups, civil guards, 
etc., have been publishing press releases in which they accuse Hugo of serious 
crimes against Human Rights and are outraged by the support given by the 
Ministry of Culture to the screening of the film. 
 
 
 Faced with these serious accusations, a group of comrades took the initiative 
to vindicate Hugo and his struggles and drafted a text to which he would ask 
them to adhere in solidarity.   Once we can gather a significant number of 
signatures, it will be published in Peru. 

 Sincerely: 
 
 
 Carmen Blanco Valer 
 
 
 carmincha.blancova...@gmail.com  
 
 
 
 
 Here is the text and below the link you can make the accessions. 
 
 
 
 In demand of Hugo Blanco 
 
 
 Concerning the exhibition of the award-winning documentary “Hubo Blanco Río 
Profundo”, a group of former military officers colluded with a series of former 
right-wing politicians, together with journalists from virtual publications 
with titles like El Montonero, have issued some pronouncements naming the 
former member of the 1978 Constituent Assembly, deputy and senator, 
democratically elected by the sovereign people, Hugo Blanco Galdós, as a 
terrorist and murderer. 
 
 
 We, the undersigned, citizens of Latin America and beyond, repudiate those 
words that, fifty years after the events that raised the impoverished peasants 
in the Valley of the Convention, seek to criminalize and discredit the 
politician and activist for the rights of the nature. Today, at 85 years old, 
Hugo Blanco Galdós, is considered one of the most important internationalist 
leaders for the struggles of agrarian reform, and against extractivism that 
pierces the bowels of our territories. 
 
 
 Hugo is an example for his tireless commitment to justice and to the people, 
whether in Pucallpa, Cajamarca, La Convencion, Chiapas or Cauca. Also because 
he is one of the few leftist leaders who today has been able to take a 
significant turn towards another fight for protest: for the environment. Blanco 
summarizes it relentlessly: "Before, it was fighting for socialism, today it is 
about the fight for the survival of the species." 
 
 
 This life dedicated to the fight for justice, democracy and the defense of 
Mother Earth has been masterfully represented by Malena Martínez in "Hugo 
Blanco: Rio Profundo", which has caused the unacceptable reaction of these 
emblematic characters of the Right caveman, who consolidate in their ranks the 
harshest of Peruvian authoritarianism, and who fear the example of this son of 
the hills of Cusco, where even today the cry "land or death: we will win" 
resounds. 

To sign:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRC5hrZYPj6UeT5vlkXkQdOTMZXXK-3YAeK3iwXF4aLhpGVw/viewform
 

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[Marxism] Rest in Power Sarah Hegazi

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From the Toronto Palestine Film Festival



We are absolutely devastated by the news of Sarah Hegazi's death. We extend our 
love and support to her loved ones, siblings, friends and community.

Sarah Hegazi was in her own words super communist, super gay and feminist. She 
was an Egyptian activist and writer who led several campaigns to combat 
discrimination against LGBTQ people in Egypt and had participated in several 
solidarity campaigns with prisoners of conscience. Sarah was forced to exile in 
Canada after her imprisonment and torture by Egypt for raising the Pride Flag 
at Mashrou Leila's 2017 concert in Cairo - a watershed moment for LGBTQ Arabs 
across the region. For Sarah, prison left her with significant trauma.

While in exile, Sarah co-ran the platform ⁨برة السور,⁩ 
<⁨https://tpff.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=82bad0e8d200ec8aa7fa15a0b=3f7f8ff248=f3a69aeb6a⁩>
 spoke publicly at an event by Sudanese women's rights organization Kandaka in 
White, completed academic courses and published some of her work at where you 
can read her article "The Egyptian Revolution: Nine Years Later 
"
 

Rest in power Sarah Hegazi.

TPFF is committed to making our spaces safe for our LGBTQ2S community members 
and their stories and art. Like racism, homophobia and transphobia are deadly 
and harmful - we must confront hate and discrimination within our communities 
and stand with our queer sisters and brothers.


* * * * * *.* *

GET SUPPORT
Tarab NYC 
:
 Fosters an inclusive and safe community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, 
queer, and/or gender non-conforming Arab, Middle Eastern, and/or North African 
people in the greater NYC area. *Register for their June 19 Online Community 
Support Group
The 519 (Toronto) 

 - Programs and services offered include counselling, queer parenting 
resources, coming out groups, trans programming, and senior’s support.
Rainbow Railroad 

 - Since 2006, Rainbow Railroad has helped more than 800 persecuted LGBTQI 
people from 38 countries travel to safety.
Workers Action Center 

 - Resources to improve the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage 
and unstable jobs.
Asylum Connect  
-
 Online resource database for LGBTQI asylum seekers in the U.S and Canada.
WATCH
June 18 - Seattle Arab Film Festival’s Online Queer Arab Short Films Screening 

READ
AlQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society - '5 Ways to 
Support Palestinian Queers 
'
'Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique 
'
 book by Sa'ed Atshan
Khateera 
:
 Arabic language platform
LISTEN
Ghanni 3an Ta3rif - 'Minkom O Feekom' 

 
The Queer Arabs Podcast 

Mashrou' Leila's Radio Romance 

 Music Video
Bashar Murad's More Like You 

 Music Video
FOLLOW
Queer Palestinian Empowerment Network 

 on Facebook
Eva Laurent - Palestinian Drag Artist 

 on Instagram
Art Queer Habibi 

 on Instagram
Halal Bae 

 - Toronto Queer/Drag Performer



[Marxism] Well Worth reading

2020-06-14 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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And her book is also well worth reading.
ken h

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/11/algiers-third-world-capital-elaine-mokhtefi-review
 

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[Marxism] Duncan rally

2020-06-13 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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I attended this rally last night in Duncan, BC.
As well as black speakers, there were a number of powerful First Nations 
speakers.
https://thediscourse.ca/cowichan-valley/duncan-black-lives-matter-rally-photos 

https://www.facebook.com/sebastian.silva.980/videos/10158357996278703/ 



This happened in Nanaimo June 5th.  
https://nanaimonewsnow.com/2020/06/05/nanaimo-represents-at-peaceful-local-black-lives-matter-anti-police-brutality-protest/
 

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[Marxism] Anticapitalist strategy and the question of organization

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There is more than one defect in the translation.
ken h

http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article6599 


Political time, accordingly, does not march in linear fashion towards progress, 
rather, it is broken time, marked by crisis and interruptions of normality, 
opening possibilities for those who are prepared and know how to approach it. 
French revolutionary socialist Daniel Bensaïd spoke of empty, homogenous time 
and dense time, which is to say that there are periods when nothing happens and 
periods when, all of a sudden, time accelerates and many things happen all at 
once. [2 ] 
Revolutionary politics implies the mastery of this kind of political time, of 
knowing how to react in the face of rapidly changing events. To prepare, as 
Trotsky put it, for the “forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of 
rulership over their own destiny.”

* * * * * * * *

A party committed to political action across the whole society. The party must 
not remain passive in the face of injustices, however small they may seem, it 
must participte in all local and sectoral battles, not merely shutting itself 
up on the margins of concrete conflicts. And this is true in all areas of work, 
be it the economic/union struggle or work in elected or other institutions.
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[Marxism] Negative reaction to police

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Police no longer welcome in Vancouver Pride Parade, organizers say. 
https://bc.ctvnews.ca/police-no-longer-welcome-in-vancouver-pride-parade-organizers-say-1.4979197
 

A Canceling ‘Live PD’ Following Ongoing Protests Against Police Brutality
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/live-pd-a-e-javier-ambler-austin-black-lives-matter-1234630742/
 



‘Cops’ cancelled after 30 years following George Floyd death  
https://globalnews.ca/news/7048347/george-floyd-cops-show-cancelled-after-30-years/
 



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[Marxism] Reputation restored | Gordon Parsons | The Morning Star

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There was a previous biography of Swingler.
https://www.amazon.ca/Comrade-Heart-Life-Randall-Swingler/dp/0719063345 


It was in this book that the author quoted Swingler on Virginia Woolf.
Randall Swingler writing in Our Time, February, 1941 noting the suicide of 
Virginia Woolf, had this to say, "Virginia Woolf, the outstanding prose writer 
of the English Twilight of individual subconsciousness, has accepted the 
judgement of history and taken the logical step.”

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[Marxism] Introduction to Marxist Economics

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The International Bolshevik Tendency has on their website an Introduction to 
Marxist Economics http://bolshevik.org/ 
I am not qualified to judge it from the point of view of theory, but I am happy 
to say that there is a spark of creativity in some of their material, in their 
use of graphics.
It’s not that long ago that I said to myself that the IBT gave new meaning to 
the word “moribund.”  I can no longer say that.
ken h


Imperialism
https://twitter.com/IBT1917/status/1264642578059755523?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3AIBT1917_url=http%3A%2F%2Fbolshevik.org%2Fwhats_new.html
 


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You may want to read Ernest Mandel’s An Introduction to Marxist EconomicTheory
https://www.marxists.org/archive/mandel/1967/intromet/ch01.htm 

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[Marxism] Fighting Fascism (también en español)

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The Struggle Against Fascism: Lessons from the Past
https://johnriddell.com/2020/06/07/the-struggle-against-fascism-lessons-from-the-past/
 


A Review of “Fighting Fascism: How to Struggle and How to Win,’ by Clara 
Zetkin, Haymarket Books, 2017, 144 pages; edited by Mike Taber and John 
Riddell. This text is translated and reposted with permission from 
Puntorojomag.org . 

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La lucha contra el fascismo: Lecciones del pasado
https://www.puntorojomag.org/2020/05/20/la-lucha-contra-el-fascismo-lecciones-del-pasado/
 

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[Marxism] In another small city

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Abbotsford was a sleepy small town when I grew up about 20 miles away.  Today 
it is diverse with a population of about 150,000.  At the federal level they 
are represented by a Conservative MP.  At the last provincial election three 
Liberal MLA’s were elected.  That’s the main right wing party in BC.
ken h

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbotsford,_British_Columbia 


Hundreds demonstrate in Abbotsford for end to racism
https://www.abbynews.com/news/photos-hundreds-demonstrate-in-abbotsford-for-end-to-racism/?fbclid=IwAR0snWSLWvvt0Cqbu8dY-LgAeM-d79wLO4NybcCzEqTXPPaBmwH683CdjKw
 

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[Marxism] Wafa Mustafa with The Syria Campaign

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-- Forwarded message -
From: Wafa Mustafa with The Syria Campaign mailto:i...@thesyriacampaign.org>>
Date: Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 6:21 AM

Holding a picture of my dad outside a German courthouse

My name is Wafa Mustafa and in July 2013 my father Ali was taken by the Syrian 
regime for protesting against the injustice and oppression he saw in our 
country. I haven’t seen or heard from him since.

Today is a big day as I am once again outside the courthouse in the German town 
of Koblenz to witness the world’s first trial of Syrian state torture. Two 
members of Assad’s regime are on trial for murdering and torturing thousands of 
detainees and it's the first week that survivors are finally speaking out 
against their oppressors in court.

It’s a crucial first step towards accountability in Syria, that might 
eventually expose a chain of command that goes all the way up to Assad. But at 
the same time, people are still suffering in inhumane cells to this day. We 
must not wait until they are killed by COVID or tortured to death to start 
seeking justice.

I am a member of Families for Freedom, a women-led movement of Syrians like me 
searching for our family members amongst the 130,000 people who have been 
detained and tortured by the Syrian regime, ISIS, and other armed groups. 
Together we are pushing the international community to do more to free all 
detainees and missing persons and to hold those responsible to account.

So many families wanted to be here with me today but couldn’t travel due to 
coronavirus restrictions. Instead, I’ve come alone with photos of their 
fathers, sisters, brothers and daughters in the hope that our calls for freedom 
will be heard. These photos of our loved ones, snatched from us and missing 
from every birthday meal and family moment, are the closest we can get to 
representing them here at the trial.

My father is a human rights defender and I have learnt from him and I will 
never stop demanding freedom for those detained. I will continue to campaign 
until my dad is standing by my side and able to speak up for justice using his 
own voice. 

Can you add your strength to our movement by sharing a photo of today's 
demonstration on your Facebook to spread the word about these important trials?


Or if you haven't already, could you sign Families for Freedom's petition 
demanding the release of Syria's detainees 
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[Marxism] From Ireland - solidarity with family of George Floyd

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'Black Lives Matter' mural solidarity with family of George Floyd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbw-Sk9amBg=youtu.be 


Michelle O’Neill MLA, Leas Uachtarán Shinn Féin and West Belfast MP Paul Maskey 
welcome the painting of a new mural on Belfast's international wall in 
solidarity with the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign and to the family of George 
Floyd who was brutally murdered by Minneapolis police officers.
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[Marxism] Anti-fascist mobilization in Brazil

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Lessons from “The Battle of the Paulistas”
http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article6647 


The streets are the main site for resistance against Bolsonaro. We must reclaim 
them.
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Re: [Marxism] a defense of antifa

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In his article In Defence of Antifa Ron Jacobs makes the point,  "The 
unfortunate (for some) truth is that sometimes, you gotta’ fight fascists if 
you want to fight fascsim. Vigils don’t make them go away.”
I have to agree.  The question is, how best to do that.  So I don’t want to 
compare Antifa’s efforts with vigils.  I think it is more fruitful to compare 
their efforts with other anti-fascist mobilizations.
I think the best anti-fascist mobilizations leave behind a mobilized and 
self-confident mass of people. The organizing efforts are very public.  I have 
three cases I want to mention.

50,000 Anti-Nazis Answer SWP Call
https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/swp-us/education/antifascism/silver.htm
 


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Minneapolis response to Silver Shirts, 1938
https://isreview.org/issue/85/it-cant-happen-here 

“This [the Silver Shirt threat] situation called for prompt countermeasures,” 
wrote Farrell Dobbs thirty-five years later. “So Local 544, acting with its 
customary decisiveness, answered the threat by organizing a union defense guard 
during August 1938.”60 The SWP wanted the union defense to be a broad formation.

Conceptually, the guard was not envisaged as the narrow formation of a single 
union. It was viewed rather as the nucleus around which to build the broadest 
possible united defense movement. It was expected that time and events could 
also make it possible to extend the united front to include the unemployed, 
minority peoples, youth—all potential victims of the fascists, vigilantes, or 
other reactionaries.61

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Vancouver, BC 1993
I was among a large number of people who organized in response to a planned 
visit by Tom Metzger, an American fascist.  We organized a rally of thousands.  
The fascists were obliged to keep their meeting place secret, but we found them 
after all and they took off.  As a footnote, one of the central organizers of 
that fascist effort has since repented and become an an anti-racist.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/04/life-after-hate-groups-neo-fascism-racism
 

Alan Dutton, the director of the Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research 
Society , also lives in Vancouver. Back in 1993, he 
had McAleer in his sights.

When he and other organisers heard about the plans to bring Metzger over, “We 
organized a demonstration and brought about 3,000 people into downtown 
Vancouver. Around the same time we also organized demonstrations against a band 
he managed called Odin’s Law.”
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[Marxism] Announcing the Global Prison Abolitionist Coalition and standing with Black Lives Matter protests

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Dear Friends:

Below are links to the statement of purpose of the newly formed Global Prison 
Abolitionist Coalition and an article by members of the Alliance of MENA 
Socialists  on standing with Black Lives Matter protests.  
In Solidarity, 
Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists

Statement of Purpose in English  

https://worldwithoutprisons.wordpress.com/31-2/ 
  

 Statement of Purpose in Persian

https://worldwithoutprisons.wordpress.com/statement-pr/ 
  

Statement of Purpose in Turkish
https://worldwithoutprisons.wordpress.com/kuresel-cezaevi-karsiti-koalisyonu-davet-mektubu/
 

 
 
Standing With Black Lives Matter Protests: Opposing Police Brutality, 
Militarism, and All Forms of State Violence
by Frieda Afary, Sara Abbas and Yasser Munif
https://worldwithoutprisons.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/standing-with-black-lives-matter-protests-opposing-police-brutality-militarism-and-all-forms-of-state-violence/
 

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[Marxism] Protest as seen from Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Island man’s brother and cousin die amid protests in Chicago
https://www.vancourier.com/2.2065/vancouver-island-man-s-brother-and-cousin-die-amid-protests-in-chicago-1.24144968
 


Jelks recalls the day in Chicago he was walking to a friend’s house, his 
university registration papers under his arm, when police swarmed. They 
descended from alleyways and cars.


“The next thing you know police come out of nowhere with guns pointed at my 
face,” said Jelks “to yell at me to take my hands out of my pocket. I told them 
‘no, I’m not going to do such a thing, you come take them. I’m not gonna get 
shot.”
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[Marxism] Song

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It’s Been Burning for a While

https://playingforchange.com/videos/burning-for-a-while/?utm_source=Premium+Members_campaign=1b7b91f0ff-burning+for+a+while+%28members%29_medium=email_term=0_9b70e99e0e-1b7b91f0ff-13101641_cid=1b7b91f0ff_eid=f46f38ad6e
 

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[Marxism] Two articles from Christianity Today

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George Floyd Left a Gospel Legacy in Houston
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/may/george-floyd-ministry-houston-third-ward-church.html
 



The Revolution Will Not Be Videoed
https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/may-web-only/dennis-edwards-george-floyd-revolution-will-not-be-videoed.html
 

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Re: [Marxism] Are riots revolutionary? | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

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May I make a comment from a distance?  If I was given a choice between the 
previous period of relative inactivity and the current upsurge of struggle, I 
would take the current upsurge, with whatever shortcomings it has.  I think 
some of the shortcomings may be inevitable until a leadership gels. And this 
leadership is struggling to emerge from the smothering influence of the 
Democratic Party.   Within the current upsurge I would support those who are 
trying to promote self-organization and a perspective of ongoing struggle.
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[Marxism] In the morning paper

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On Saturdays I get two newspapers at my door.
ken h

In the Victoria Times Colonist as About the Photo
https://apnews.com/67140b375520a47a73fcfc3c057423e3 


Globe and Mail
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-america-is-burning-and-with-good-reason/
 

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[Marxism] Minnesota Attorney General Suggests Auto Zone Riot Starter Was 'Provocateur'

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This video was shot in 2007 at a protest in Quebec.  Dave Coles, a right wing 
union official, exposed three police provocateurs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1-WTc1kow 


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/quebec-police-admit-they-went-undercover-at-montebello-protest-1.656171
 


The videographer, Paul Manly, is now a Green Member of Parliament from my 
constituency.

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[Marxism] Jair Bolsonaro is a threat to Brazil and global health

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Statement initiated in Brazil and signed by many in other countries.
ken h

http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article6633 

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[Marxism] Red International and Black Caribbea

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Dreams Deferred: Book Review of “Red International and Black Caribbean”

https://socialistaction.org/2020/05/23/dreams-deferred-book-review-of-red-international-and-black-caribbean/
 


Margaret Stevens is one of the few writers to examine the fascinating 
revolutionary history of the Caribbean and Mexico as a partisan of revolution. 
Her book is a detailed look at the struggles and betrayals between the two 
World Wars at the hands of U.S. and British racism and imperialism. Stevens 
deserves praise for her pioneering work, which is surely a revelation to many 
North Americans, ignorant of past struggles in the Caribbean.
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[Marxism] The leftwing deadbeat

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The evidence cited is anecdotal and I’m not sure what a more “scientific” study 
would reveal about leftists and organizing campaigns.

But I can agree that is is easy to misjudge who will play a role in union 
organizing.  One more than one occasion I have been a member of a union local 
and heard reports from them after I had moved on.  In three of these cases 
someone who I had dismissed as useless ended up taking the leadership of the 
local.

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[Marxism] Ecosocialism or barbarism: an interview with Ian Angus

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http://roape.net/2020/03/24/ecosocialism-or-barbarism-an-interview-with-ian-angus/
 


New zoonotic diseases — viruses, bacteria and parasites that spread from 
wildlife to domestic animals and humans — are emerging around the world, 
because capital is bulldozing primary forests, replacing them with profitable 
monocultures. In the destabilized ecosystems that result, there are ever more 
opportunities for diseases like Ebola, Zika, Swine Fever, new influenzas, and 
now Covid-19 to infect nearby communities.

And in Spanish
https://climateandcapitalism.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Lucha-Indigena-164-Angus.pdf
 

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[Marxism] Anti-nazi Germans by Merilyn Moos/German Volunteers in the French Resistance by Steve Cushion | The Morning Star

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To add to what we learn in the review -

Ernest Mandel’s book The Meaning of the Second World War is now on-line
https://kok.memoryoftheworld.org/Ernest%20Mandel/The%20Meaning%20of%20the%20Second%20World%20War%20(25)/The%20Meaning%20of%20the%20Second%20World%20War%20-%20Ernest%20Mandel.pdf
 


Pages 94-95
The Yugoslav Communists built a proletarian brigade - much to the fury of 
Stalin - which succeeded in recruiting several thousand Italian, Austrian, 
Hungarian and German soldiers and volunteers into its ranks. 

(And re the surviving support for the Communist Party of Germany)
Page 205
 The KPD received ten per cent of the popular vote in the regional elections in 
West Germany in 1946-7. It had three hundred thousand members and held 
important positions throughout the country in local unions and among the shop 
stewards.
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[Marxism] Fact-sheet on Rami Makhlouf, Assad's cousin who controls 60% of Syrian economy

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One sentence in the article contradicts the headline that you gave it. The 
author claims the 60% figure is wide of the mark, but does not offer an 
alternate figure.
ken h

"He was also said to control up to 60% of the economy, a claim that continues 
to be widely shared, despite being wide off the mark."
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[Marxism] Cuba's Medical Solidarity

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In The Economist, dated April 4, there is an article entitled Mercy and Money.  
It’s behind a paywall.

A few points from the article.  
In the last 18 months 9,000 (doctors) have left Brazil, Bolivia, El Salvador, 
and Ecuador, due to the advent of right-wing governments.
Portugal, which has received Cuban doctora since 2009, pays 50,000 euros (US 
$55,000) a year for each one.

With the article is a chart with startling (to me) information.  The median age 
in Haiti is 24 and in Angola 16.7.

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Re: [Marxism] Webinar this Saturday - : SHINING THE LIGHT ON CUBA'S MEDICAL SOLIDARITY

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David Duport asks
Cuba still charges host countries for these medical missions, right?

I can’t say that I know all the facts.  It would make sense if some countries 
did pay.  The item below suggests otherwise.
ken h

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_medical_internationalism 


Cuban medical internationalism
Missions abroad are intended to provide services at low cost to the host 
country. "Patients are not charged for services, and the recipient countries 
are expected to cover only the cost of collective housing, air fare, and 
limited food and supplies not exceeding $200 a month. While Cuban doctors are 
abroad, they continue to receive their salaries as well as a stipend in foreign 
currency."[2] 

 In 2008, the pay for Cuban doctors abroad was $183 per month, whereas the pay 
for doctors working domestically was $23 per month.[20] 

 A new term - "disaster tourism" - has arisen in response to a growing number 
of large-scale natural disasters. This phrase refers to individuals, 
governments and organizations who travel to a disaster area with the primary 
goal of having an "experience" rather than providing meaningful aid. Such aid 
is often short-lived, and may even get in the way of more serious rescue 
efforts. Cuban medical internationalism represents a polar opposite to this 
disaster tourism mentality, with a focus on large-scale, sustained aid 
targeting the most marginalized and under-served populations across the globe
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[Marxism] Snapshot of Russia today

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Russians know what the absence of stability can mean. COVID-19 is just the 
latest reminder

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-russians-know-what-the-absence-of-stability-can-mean-covid-19-is-just/
 


André Forget
In the provincial Russian city of Yoshkar-Ola, where I live, the coronavirus 
was first greeted as something of a joke. Even after school and university 
classes were moved online, and trucks with loudspeakers began driving around 
the city telling people to stay inside, the average citizen in our part of the 
Mari El Republic found it hard to take the situation seriously. Through an odd 
coincidence, the voice on the loudspeakers sounded eerily similar in tone to 
the one in the infamous news bulletins announcing the Nazi invasion of 1941 – 
an irony my adult students laughed about in class. The virus still seemed far 
away, and its presence in the distant capitals was hardly the kind of decisive 
catastrophe the Second World War had been. The quarantine orders were not 
strongly enforced initially. Most people ignored them.
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[Marxism] Rosa Luxemburg on present-day sects

2020-05-01 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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For the most part, this does not conform to my experience in Canada, in the 
League for Socialist Action (beginning for me in 1967) and later the 
Revolutionary Workers League.
I can think of rare instances when we were discouraged from buying the paper of 
another group or attending the public meeting of another group.  But these were 
exceptions.

A few summers ago I was chatting with a comrade who was in the LSA with me.  
After a glass of wine she confessed to me that in the branch meetings decades 
ago, whenever I stood up and remarked on what another small left group was 
saying or doing, she would roll her eyes.  But that was it.  No one approached 
me to ask me not to make these remarks.

ken h
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[Marxism] Full Citizenship Rights During COVID-19 Outbreak

2020-04-30 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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Portugal Grants Migrants and Asylum Seekers Full Citizenship Rights During 
COVID-19 Outbreak
https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/portugal-grants-migrants-and-asylum-seekers-full-citizenship-rights-during-covid-19/
 

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[Marxism] Epoch Times 'Racist and inflammatory'

2020-04-29 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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This paper shows up in my local library.  I thought the best course was to 
refrain from asking them to remove it.
Better to put forward our own publications and get them into the library.  As a 
matter of fact a leftist publication, Fire This Time, is also available in my 
local library.  I don’t think it is very good, but it does offer a challenge to 
The Epoch Times.
I had no idea that the Shen Yun dance troupe was connected to The Epoch Times.  
They had a massive advertising campaign that reached into my small community on 
Vancouver Island.  Tickets started at somewhere close to $125.00.  I wouldn't 
be surprised to find that for every $100.00 in ticket sales, they spent $15-$20 
in advertising.
ken h

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/epoch-times-coronavirus-bioweapon-1.5548217 

'Racist and inflammatory': Canadians upset by Epoch Times claim China behind 
virus, made it as a bioweapon


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[Marxism] Playing for Change

2020-04-26 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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While you are stuck run your homes, may I suggest the music of Playing for 
Change.  No doubt there are reasonable criticisms that could be made of Playing 
for Change.  But it does have the merit of bringing income to struggling 
musicians.  And, the the case of Cuba, breaking the embargo in a very small way.
ken h

Chan-chan
https://portside.org/video/2020-04-17/chan-chan-playing-change 


Gauntanamera
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blUSVALW_Z4 


La Bamba
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5dkwQY-_tk 


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[Marxism] "Trump comments prompt doctors, and Lysol, to warn against injecting disinfectants"

2020-04-24 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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For me the question is what impact this will have among his supporters.
What percentage of them will be inclined to turn away from him?
I expect his supporters are not all the same.
ken h

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[Marxism] Lift the blockade against Cuba to strengthen the fight against Covid 19

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http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article6539 


According to official data, in 2019, Cuban health personnel abroad exceeded 
28,000 in 60 countries.

To date, Cuba has sent 21 brigades of health professionals to join national and 
local efforts in 20 countries that have recently requested Cuban medical 
assistance to combat coronavirus. These 21 brigades are in addition to or 
reinforce the medical collaboration brigades in 60 nations, where they were 
already providing services.

Over the past 50 years, Cuban medical personnel have carried out missions in 
164 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

Cuban health personnel have accumulated a great deal of experience in the fight 
against the dengue fever that periodically shakes the island, as well as the 
Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Guinea Conakry and Liberia (2014-2015) and the 
cholera epidemic in Haiti. It has also intervened effectively to help the 
victims of several earthquakes in this Caribbean country as well as in Pakistan 
(2005) and Nepal (2015); against floods and hurricanes in Central America and 
the Caribbean. The World Health Organization has recognized the importance and 
quality of Cuban medical aid at the international level.
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[Marxism] For those who can read French

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... an extensive dossier on the Covid-19 pandemic and several tributes to 
Michel Lequenne .

http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article6538 

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[Marxism] Motorcycle Madness | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

2020-04-16 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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And here is an article I had published in The Ubyssey in November of 1967.  The 
Ubyssey is the student paper at the University of British Columbia.
ken h

https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/ubcpublications/ubysseynews/items/1.0128219#p13z-4r0f:
 

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[Marxism] Call of the indigenous peoples, afro-descendants and peoples’ organizations of Latin America.

2020-04-05 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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http://cadtm.org/Call-of-the-indigenous-peoples-afro-descendants-and-peoples-organizations-of
 


The crisis that COVID-19 has provoked globally presents a crossroads to the 
peoples of Abya Yala - Latin America. The popular organizations are the first 
line of resistance against the worst expressions of the decomposing system.

We are going through a complete crisis that threatens life in all its forms. 
The COVID-19 has become a pandemic at a time when the capitalist crisis is 
intensifying and economic forces repeatedly try to make the working class bear 
the onus of restoring the corporate profit  rate. This 
coincides with the weakening of health systems, the deterioration of living 
conditions and the destruction of the public sector as a result of the 
neoliberal shift. Asphyxiated by foreign debt, international organisations and 
the permanent oppression of imperialism against our sovereignty, we are heading 
for a scenario with very serious consequences.
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Re: [Marxism] SARS-CoV-2: fear versus data (New Scientific Study)

2020-03-31 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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To the best of my knowledge, Michael is the only person from his tendency that 
forwards material to this list.  I don’t know what the others are thinking.
It is a feature of small group life that members who may not  be confident of 
their groups public stance, may nevertheless lack the confidence to challenge 
the view of a prominent leader of the group. And so errors can go uncorrected 
for some time.
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[Marxism] Epidemics, working-class self-organization and socialism

2020-03-29 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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https://solidarity-us.org/epidemics-working-class-self-organization-and-socialism/
 


The COVD-19 pandemic and the attendant economic crisis raise big-picture 
questions of great importance to socialists. Disasters, natural, human-made or 
a combination of both, such as wars, famines, economic depressions and 
epidemics, often trigger great political and social crises affecting all areas 
of life. This brief article offers reflections on the ways that crises have 
raised the question of the relationship between self-organization and socialism.

Sudden crises lay bare the great contradictions of class society and create 
both the necessity and the opportunity for the self-organization of daily life. 
More rarely, they lay the groundwork for revolutionary situations in which the 
question of Who rules society? is posed.
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[Marxism] Manitoba chiefs organization wants Cuban doctor aid on COVID-19

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/coronavirus-manitoba-sco-wants-cuban-doctors-1.5511712
 


Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said a letter would be 
sent by Friday morning formally asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to allow 
Cuban Health Care Brigades into the country to provide medical aid to First 
Nations. 

"We need to move and we need to move quick," said Daniels. 

Daniels said half of his organization's 34 member Anishnaabe and Dakota 
communities want Cuban doctors to help them deal with the pandemic. 
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Re: [Marxism] "personal distancing plus social solidarity" Re: Fwd: [pen-l] If we want everyone to stay home during a coronavirus crisis, we need deep change to make that possible

2020-03-19 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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First, as I recall you made the point that the mass testing in South Korea was 
effective in combatting the coronavirus.
You advocate mass testing as opposed to social distancing.
The point has been made elsewhere that South Korea has a single payer system, 
which is much more effective in dealing with this crisis than the US system.
The US system is not going to change in the short term.
Also, one of the obstacles to mass testing in the US has been the fact that 
they have very few test kits.
This is not going to change within days, or even within 2 weeks.

Secondly, are you suggesting that the virus will pass through the population at 
the same rate whether or not we stay in our homes or go out and mix with other 
people?

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[Marxism] Covid-19 pandemic: let’s protect our lives not their profits!

2020-03-18 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article6457 



One error crept into the translation, 2nd last paragraph.
I expect
“...by opposing peasant agro-ecology and agro-forestry…” should be “…by 
imposing peasant agro-ecology…"
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[Marxism] One initiative - COVID-19 Coming Together - Vancouver!

2020-03-16 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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I have omitted contact information.  If you wish to be in touch contact me at 
knhieb...@shaw.ca
ken h

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 · 11 hrs 

Group update, call out for help, and reminder of group guidelines: 
WOW! On behalf of the organizing team, we are blown away by the level of 
response to this group. We came together spontaneously yesterday after seeing 
the need to create a platform such as this, launched at 1am with no promo other 
than adding friends, and it has been snowballing ever since. YOU, the people of 
Vancouver and the surrounding area, have been keeping our hearts bursting ever 
since!
A couple of things the Admin team wanted to highlight:
1. We are accessible to folks who don't have Facebook! We encourage people to 
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[Marxism] Taking your activism into the retirement home

2020-03-14 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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I had occasion recently to see good examples of how activism can stay with you 
into old age.
One was the passing of someone I had met years go, Judith Kolokoff. 
https://bartonfuneral.com/2020/01/01/19392/ 

According to someone who knew her better, when she arrived in her retirement 
home, she began collecting the memories of those around her, with the hope of 
writing a play based on this.

And last month I was singing (as part of a group) in a nearby retirement home.  
As I entered I recognized a man I hadn’t seen for a while.  I had seen him 
previously at Cuba events and Communist party events.  He was wearing two 
buttons, one of them a large picture of Che Guevara.  As we sang I noticed him 
struggling to his feet.  He turned to the woman next to him and helped her up.  
She had an even tougher time getting to her feet.
I assumed they were leaving.  They were not.  They started to dance, the first 
time this has ever happened to us.
Happily, I was able to pass this along to a young person in the Young Communist 
league, who intends to visit him.

We can all think of negatives that come with political engagement.  Evidently, 
there are positives that can stay with you into old age.

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[Marxism] Statement on refugees

2020-03-09 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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Signed by 500 groups and organizations.  Quite impressive.
ken h

Common statement: Transnational solidarity against racism and war!


https://crossbordersolidarity.com/ 
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[Marxism] Some notes on viruses & infection prevention

2020-03-05 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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There is nothing wrong with the message that Louis forwarded.  
https://louisproyect.org/2020/03/03/some-notes-on-viruses-infection-prevention/ 

It is legitimate.  Later versions have included an ad for Cold-Eeze, referring 
to it as The Silver Bullet Against Coronavirus.
ken h

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/zinc-lozenges-coronavirus/ 

We reached out to Robb to ask if he was the author of this letter. Via email, 
he told us that he did indeed write it, but that it was never meant to be for 
anyone besides family and close friends, and that it was not intended to be an 
advertisement for any specific product:
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[Marxism] Wet'suwet'en struggle/ International Women's Day

2020-03-05 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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This is a local, free publication, rather eclectic.  They print 7,500 copies.  
I don’t know how many are picked up and read.

If you scroll through to pages 18 and 19, you can see how IWD is being observed 
in a small, West Coast city.

On page 73, you’d find an article on the Wet'suwet'en struggle, written by two 
young activists in Victoria, BC.

https://cowichanvalleyvoice.com/ 

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[Marxism] Trotskyist Euphemisms

2020-03-04 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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While I admit the accuracy of some of these characterizations, I would qualify 
them as well.
When I joined the Young Socialists I did so with a sense of urgency about what 
was happening in the world, the Vietnam war being important in this regard.
I had been drawn to the New Left, but my contact with them did not offer me an 
activist group that I could join.

I think that something that contributed to our fierce attachment to our ideas 
was our sense of isolation.  We were a small group in a broader society that 
was either hostile or (more often) indifferent.
“Educationals" were sometimes simply a rehearsal of our ideas without much 
reflection, but sometimes much more stimulating.
Educationals, as we called them, were a 20 or 30 minute presentation of some 
aspect of our ideas, including discussion from the floor.

Quoting from a longer piece I wrote elsewhere.
“... I overcame my hesitation and joined the Young Socialists in January of 
1967. Another factor made my joining somewhat hesitant. I feared that the 
organization would put an intellectual straitjacket on me. This was a 
reasonable fear in that some left organizations do promote intellectual 
conformity. But his was not what I found in the Young Socialists. I found the 
intellectual life quite engaging. And I'm not the first person to find that a 
study of Marxism opened up a whole new world.
Just one example. About 1968 the International Socialist Review published an 
article by Rosa Luxembourg on Russian poetry, Luxembourg on Korelenko. If you 
can find this piece, I'm happy to recommend it."

https://www.socialisthistory.ca/Remember/Reminiscences/Hiebert.htm 


ken h


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[Marxism] What algorithm led me to survivalist videos?

2020-02-23 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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I was innocently watching the video record of a memorial gathering for someone 
I knew and as I looked on the right hand side of may screen I saw videos about 
surviving in the woods and on the run.
How did these crop up?  I had to think back.  I do follow some sites that I 
regard as bordering on conspiracist.  And recently, researching the 
Wet’suwet’en struggle, I found myself on a website quite hostile to their 
struggle.
That might account for it.


The videos themselves were quite interesting.  The one below was one of two by 
someone who calls himself The Gray Bearded Green Beret.  Here is someone who 
had been part of the armed forces of the most powerful imperialist country in 
the world, but he sees himself as potentially some kind of rebel.  His T-shirt 
celebrates the Green Berets and their various overseas missions.  He sees no 
contradiction between this and his preparing to be on the run from some 
government entity.  This puts me in mind of the expression “To run with the 
hares and hunt with the hounds."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29woKujuuFs 


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[Marxism] Chinese Doctors Are Using Cuban Antivirals Against Coronavirus

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https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/cuban-antiviral-used-against-coronavirus-in-china-20200206-0005.html
 

Cuba produces one of the most potent medicines for the treatment of 
immunological diseases.


The Recombinant Interferon Alpha 2B (IFNrec), an antiviral produced by the 
Cuban biotech industry, is being used by Chinese doctors to treat patients 
infected by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, which has affected more than 28,000 
people and has killed 564 patients worldwide.

Since Jan. 25, the ChangHeber Company located in Changchun city has been 
producing the famous Cuban antiviral, which is one of 30 medicines chosen by 
the National Health Commission for its potential to cure respiratory diseases.
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[Marxism] Two statements re Wet’suwet’en struggle

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From David Diamond

http://www.theatreforliving.com/ 

Some of you will know that I have strong connections with the Gitxsan and 
Wet’suwet’en Nations that go back to the No` Xya` (Our Footprints) 

 production in 1987-90. The Delgamuuxw Court Case 

 (1997) gave the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en jurisdiction over many things, 
including development in their 58,000 sq. kilometers of ancestral lands in the 
NW of British Columbia.
 
Although the details of Delgamuuxw are currently being disputed in some 
sectors, it is clear to me that the Hereditary Chiefs have jurisdiction over 
their Territory. With all due respect, the elected, Federal Department of 
Indian Affairs Band Council Chiefs (an imposition of the Colonial Government) 
have jurisdiction on Reserves only. I support the Hereditary Chiefs in their 
insistence on the validity of the supreme court decision and therefore the 
validity of Wet’suwet’en law alongside Canadian law. Let’s understand this is 
only ‘necessary’ inside the imposition of colonialism.
 
The Wet’suwet’en have recently exercised their legal rights as a Nation inside 
Canada and have therefore been under attack by the Governments of Canada and 
British Columbia, for their refusal to allow Coastal GasLink/TC Energy to push 
through a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas 
through Wet’suwet’en Territory. The Chiefs suggested an alternate route which 
was refused by the energy company for financial reasons. This has mostly been 
ignored by the media. Wet’suwet’en blockades went up to protect their 
territory. The Government’s reaction was to use the Royal Canadian Mounted 
Police (RCMP) as a heavily armed (including snipers and helicopters) occupying 
force, removing the legal and peaceful blockades. As a reaction to this, 
solidarity demonstrations and blockades have sprung up across Canada and around 
the world, in support of the Wet’suwet’en. This has really disrupted rail and 
other services, having a huge effect on the economy.

While some believe this is about the pipeline, it seems clear to me that at 
core it is about respecting territorial jurisdiction and making Reconciliation 
a reality and not just lip service. For instance, Truedau campaigned on 
Reconciliation being real – meaning things like access to drinkable water (that 
has been poisoned by logging, mining, fossil fuel extraction, etc.), access to 
education, to health care, and numerous other things most Canadians take for 
granted. These promises have to date not been acted upon in meaningful ways.

Yesterday (Feb. 20) the RCMP offered to respect one of the Hereditary Chiefs’ 
requests and withdraw from the blockade area – something the Chiefs have 
insisted on before agreeing to speak to Canadian Government officials, having 
said they will not engage in dialogue with guns aimed at them. However, it is 
essential to understand, as a Representative for the Chiefs has said, this does 
not solve everything. It is the beginning of a possible solution. Prime 
Minister Trudeau has refused to meet personally with the Chiefs, a sign of 
disrespect, if we acknowledge these are, in fact, Nation to Nation 
conversations.
 
Today (Feb. 20) Trudeau addressed the media (and therefore the nation and the 
Hereditary Chiefs and other Indigenous Leaders) and, while saying the 
Government was committed to dialogue and Reconciliation, that he expected the 
RCMP withdrawal would mean the blockades would come down and if they don’t, 
they will need to be removed. I believe he was particularly referring to the 
Mohawk blockade of a train line that is stopping train movement that is 
critical to the Canadian economy. He insisted that the responsibility is now 
sitting with Indigenous Leaders and that ‘dialogue cannot be one-sided’. I know 
for a fact that attempts at dialogue have been one-sided through-out Canadian 
history and it is not Indigenous Leaders (for the most part) who have not been 
willing.  
 
We are at a historical turning point in Canada. I have just read that 
Wet'suwet'en and Mohawk Leadership have issued a joint statement that the 
barricades will come down when the RCMP and Coastal GasLink/TC Energy leave 
Wet'suwet'en Territory and all gas line activities cease. Having been ignored 
and disrespected for too long, this is an understandable next step. Full 
information here:


[Marxism] Wet’suwet’en struggle - Statement 2

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From David Diamond

http://www.theatreforliving.com/ 

Some of you will know that I have strong connections with the Gitxsan and 
Wet’suwet’en Nations that go back to the No` Xya` (Our Footprints) 

 production in 1987-90. The Delgamuuxw Court Case 

 (1997) gave the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en jurisdiction over many things, 
including development in their 58,000 sq. kilometers of ancestral lands in the 
NW of British Columbia.
 
Although the details of Delgamuuxw are currently being disputed in some 
sectors, it is clear to me that the Hereditary Chiefs have jurisdiction over 
their Territory. With all due respect, the elected, Federal Department of 
Indian Affairs Band Council Chiefs (an imposition of the Colonial Government) 
have jurisdiction on Reserves only. I support the Hereditary Chiefs in their 
insistence on the validity of the supreme court decision and therefore the 
validity of Wet’suwet’en law alongside Canadian law. Let’s understand this is 
only ‘necessary’ inside the imposition of colonialism.
 
The Wet’suwet’en have recently exercised their legal rights as a Nation inside 
Canada and have therefore been under attack by the Governments of Canada and 
British Columbia, for their refusal to allow Coastal GasLink/TC Energy to push 
through a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas 
through Wet’suwet’en Territory. The Chiefs suggested an alternate route which 
was refused by the energy company for financial reasons. This has mostly been 
ignored by the media. Wet’suwet’en blockades went up to protect their 
territory. The Government’s reaction was to use the Royal Canadian Mounted 
Police (RCMP) as a heavily armed (including snipers and helicopters) occupying 
force, removing the legal and peaceful blockades. As a reaction to this, 
solidarity demonstrations and blockades have sprung up across Canada and around 
the world, in support of the Wet’suwet’en. This has really disrupted rail and 
other services, having a huge effect on the economy.

While some believe this is about the pipeline, it seems clear to me that at 
core it is about respecting territorial jurisdiction and making Reconciliation 
a reality and not just lip service. For instance, Truedau campaigned on 
Reconciliation being real – meaning things like access to drinkable water (that 
has been poisoned by logging, mining, fossil fuel extraction, etc.), access to 
education, to health care, and numerous other things most Canadians take for 
granted. These promises have to date not been acted upon in meaningful ways.

Yesterday (Feb. 20) the RCMP offered to respect one of the Hereditary Chiefs’ 
requests and withdraw from the blockade area – something the Chiefs have 
insisted on before agreeing to speak to Canadian Government officials, having 
said they will not engage in dialogue with guns aimed at them. However, it is 
essential to understand, as a Representative for the Chiefs has said, this does 
not solve everything. It is the beginning of a possible solution. Prime 
Minister Trudeau has refused to meet personally with the Chiefs, a sign of 
disrespect, if we acknowledge these are, in fact, Nation to Nation 
conversations.
 
Today (Feb. 20) Trudeau addressed the media (and therefore the nation and the 
Hereditary Chiefs and other Indigenous Leaders) and, while saying the 
Government was committed to dialogue and Reconciliation, that he expected the 
RCMP withdrawal would mean the blockades would come down and if they don’t, 
they will need to be removed. I believe he was particularly referring to the 
Mohawk blockade of a train line that is stopping train movement that is 
critical to the Canadian economy. He insisted that the responsibility is now 
sitting with Indigenous Leaders and that ‘dialogue cannot be one-sided’. I know 
for a fact that attempts at dialogue have been one-sided through-out Canadian 
history and it is not Indigenous Leaders (for the most part) who have not been 
willing.  
 
We are at a historical turning point in Canada. I have just read that 
Wet'suwet'en and Mohawk Leadership have issued a joint statement that the 
barricades will come down when the RCMP and Coastal GasLink/TC Energy leave 
Wet'suwet'en Territory and all gas line activities cease. Having been ignored 
and disrespected for too long, this is an understandable next step. Full 
information here:


[Marxism] Wet’suwet’en struggle - Statement 1

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To:  Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
   Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
   Hon. David Eby, Attorney-General of British Columbia
   Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Relations
   Hon. Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations
and Reconciliation
   Office of the Wet'suwet'en
   Unist'ot'en Camp
   Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs
   S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, RCMP E Division

Health Professionals’ Open Letter On Wet’suwet’en
 
We are alarmed and concerned by events unfolding in northern British Columbia.  
Once again we have watched as RCMP officers armed with automatic weapons and 
equipped with dogs, drones, helicopters, and sound cannon and with the 
overwatch of RCMP snipers dismantled three peaceful Wet’suwet’en checkpoints. 
 
These blockades arose from the incursion of a fracking natural gas pipeline 
backed by Dutch, Chinese, Korean, Malaysian and Japanese multinationals into 
traditional Wet’suwet’en territories, without permission from the Wet’suwet’en 
leadership and over their strenuous objection.
 
The health risks from fracking are well known, including release of 
carcinogenic toxins such as benzene.  Pregnant women in northeastern BC have 
serum benzene levels three times the normal level (1) and studies have shown 
this has an association with increased childhood leukemia rates (2).  U.S. 
studies have shown increases in congenital heart disease, chronic pulmonary 
disorders and small birthweight babies in populations living in proximity to 
fracking operations.  And as we all know, every pipeline leaks. 
 
In addition, the CGL pipeline would feed the massive LNG project in Kitimat.  
The whole project is geared to shipping huge volumes of LNG to Asian markets 
and increasing fossil fuel emissions worldwide at a time when the looming 
devastation of climate change is literally setting countries on fire.  
Australia is burning,   Antarctic temperatures just passed 20 degrees Celsius.  
The health risks presented by climate change should terrify everyone.
 
The American Journal of Public Health has pointed out that indigenous groups 
are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change – “warming temperatures 
have the potential to affect infectious diseases associated with the 
preparation of traditional foods (e.g. gastroenteritis, food-borne botulism), 
zoonotic diseases (e.g giardiasis) and traditional plants or remedies.”  In 
addition, “high-intensity rainfall events could be particularly problematic, 
with waterborne disease outbreaks (e.g. typhoid, bacillary dysentery, 
Escherichia coli and cryptosporidiosis)”, not to mention the direct and 
indirect effects of wildfire outbreaks we have already seen in BC. (3)
 
Article 26.2, of the UN Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous People states 
that “Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the 
lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of tra­ditional 
ownership or other traditional occu­pation or use, as well as those which they 
have otherwise acquired.”  This right has been enshrined in law by B.C.‘s Bill 
41, as has the right of indigenous peoples not to be removed from their lands.  
But if the words of the provincial government uphold these rights, their 
actions do the complete opposite.
Despite the fact that the Wet’suwet’en have an established legal and moral 
right to govern their own territories, this inconvenient fact is being ignored 
by the provincial government the RCMP and even the courts.  Once again unceded 
indigenous lands are being annexed by force and at the point of a gun.  And 
this in turn has led to the polarization and division that has erupted across 
Canada.
 
For these reasons, we, the undersigned health care professionals, join our 
voices with Amnesty International to call for a halt to further work on the CGL 
pipeline until the free prior informed consent of the Wet’suwet’en people has 
been obtained and support the call of the UN Committee for the Elimination of 
Racial Discrimination for the RCMP to withdraw. 
We also call on Premier John Horgan to place a moratorium on CGL construction 
permits and to return to the table with the Wet’suwet’en people.  
 
Mary-Wynne Ashford, MD PhD
Juan Ayala retired patient escort
Sandy Bauer retired RN
Jessie Beauchamp RN BSN
Farideh Bozorg RN
Bridie Cain LPN
Krista Barclay RN MSN CNE
Ladan Bayani-Mehrabadi RN BsCN
Karin Bergen RMT
Katherine Bertram, MD, FCFP
Courtney Blake, HCA BScN Student
David Bowering MD, MHSc 
   (retired Chief Medical Health Officer, Northern Health)
Eleanor Cohen RN PhD
Lori Dupuis 

[Marxism] Unis’tot’en website

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[Marxism] Russian antifascists sentenced to 6- 18 years prison

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https://freedomnews.org.uk/breaking-russian-antifascists-sentenced-to-6-18-years-prison/?
 


The trial of seven Russian antifascists accused of terrorist offences ended 
today in Penza, western Russia.

Dmitry Pchelintsev recieved 18 years,  Ilya Shakursky 16 years, Arman Sagynbaev 
6 years,  Andrei Chernov 14 years, Vasily Kuksov 9 years, Mikhail Kulkov 10 
years and Maxim Ivankin 13 years imprisonment.
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[Marxism] January 25 day of action

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What is your assessment of the actions demanding No War On Iran!?
The report on New York said the demonstration was in the hundreds.  Not much, 
but perhaps explained by the fact that the immediate threat of war has receded.

You may see here some videos from the action in Nanaimo, BC.
https://www.facebook.com/NanaimoSocialActionNetwork/ 


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[Marxism] Impresssions of Coronavirus crisis

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The extensive coverage of the coronavirus crisis has given me an exposure to 
China as it is today.  I have to say it has updated my perceptions of China.  
Based on the coverage I have to see China as a more “modern" country than I had 
thought, with gleaming health care facilities and up to date equipment.
And I expect many were impressed by the announcement of a 1,000 bed hospital to 
be built in six days.

I am left with a question that others may be able to help me with.  Is there 
something wrong with agriculture in China that allows these outbreaks?  How 
common is this elsewhere?

ken h


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/world/asia/china-coronavirus-xi-jinping.html 


The turnaround from complacency to nationwide mobilization typifies how China 
can respond to unexpected crisis 

 like a lumbering giant, reluctant to stir, but then capable of shattering 
urgency. It represents both sides of the authoritarian political bargain under 
Mr. Xi.
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[Marxism] Day of action today

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I am impressed by the range of activities today and the range of organizations 
involved.  From where I am, it appears that ANSWER 
https://www.answercoalition.org/  and 
CodePink https://www.codepink.org/  are two of the 
organizations that have some authority in this movement.
ken h

Jan. 25 Global Day of Protest: No War on Iran! List of Actions and Endorsers
http://nepajac.org/jan25actions.htm 
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[Marxism] The struggle against random searches.

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Yesterday I heard an impressive speaker from United Teachers of Los Angeles.  
One of the things she referred to was this video.
ken h

https://vimeo.com/296246103 
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[Marxism] Brazil’s Culture Minister Sacked after Video Paraphrasing Goebbels

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https://havanatimes.org/news/brazils-culture-minister-sacked-after-video-paraphrasing-goebbels/
 


The aesthetic of the video, the tone of the speech and the background music – 
Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” – was all reminiscent of Nazi propaganda.

Alvim later explained that the similarities were all a coincidence and that he 
had not known where the phrase came from.

Had he known, he would not have said it, Alvim added on Facebook.

The video had been intended to publicize a new art prize created by President 
Jair Bolsonaro’s government.
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Re: [Marxism] British elections: "The Center Blows itself up"

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'The "dead skunk" in the middle of the road is a Waylon Jennings song (???)’

No, it is Loudon Wainwright III.

ken h

http://content.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2069174,00.html 


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[Marxism] Iran tragedy - further reaction in Canada

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Both of these items were in my daily newspaper this morning.

ken h


Maple Leaf Foods CEO criticizes the ‘narcissist in Washington’ after Iran deaths

https://nationalpost.com/news/maple-leafs-food-ceo-criticizes-the-narcissist-in-washington-after-iran-deaths
 




Susan Delacourt: PM’s words left room for Iran to confess that it shot down 
plane
https://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/letters/susan-delacourt-pm-s-words-left-room-for-iran-to-confess-that-it-shot-down-plane-1.24052073
 


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[Marxism] Response from Green Party MP to loss of airliner

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Elizabeth May is no longer the leader of the Green Party of Canada.
She remains a Member of Parliament, one of three Green MPs.
ken h

> A Hard Morning!
> 
> It is not possible to write a cheery “Good Sunday Morning” after the multiple 
> tragedies of this week. As a country, we are in mourning with deep pockets of 
> grief in ever widening circles around each victim. We grieve with increasing 
> intensity as we learn more of the individual lives cut short by the missile 
> strike against a civilian airliner.
> 
> We know who was innocent. Every life lost on the ill-fated Ukrainian Airlines 
> flight was innocent, from the Ukrainian flight attendants to the 
> Canadian-Iranian newlyweds, to the brilliant graduate students heading back 
> to Canada, to the babies.
> 
> It is harder to know who was individually guilty, but many decisions led to 
> this tragedy.
> 
> The proximate causes start with President Trump’s reckless decision to 
> assassinate General Qassem Soleimani. In our media, I have heard it compared 
> with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand that led to the First World War. 
> That comparison struck me as false from the outset. This was no rogue 
> element, no individual radical with a hand gun as the Bosnian separatist who 
> killed Archduke Ferdinand in 1914. This was the President of the United 
> States, a man with access to the most powerful and deadly of military 
> arsenals, launching a drone to kill. Whether General Qassem Soleimani was a 
> nice man or a deadly murderer himself is irrelevant in international law. 
> When the West found it convenient to enlist his help in the fight against 
> Daesh (ISIS), he was a U.S. ally. The question is not, as a disturbingly 
> large number of Canadian commentators would have it (Conrad Black “the world 
> is a better place without him” and John Robson “killing Soleimani was a 
> no-brainer” among others) was he a terrible human being? The question is: did 
> the US government have a legally defensible rationale for a deliberate 
> murder? Was it legal under US law, a question with which the US Congress is 
> now grappling? Was it legal under international law?
> 
> To be legal under the United Nations Charter, there would have had to be 
> proof of an imminent threat, that the actions were necessary and 
> proportionate. That test may still be met by evidence which - at this point - 
> no one has seen. I am grateful, at least, that Canada has not taken an 
> official view on the legality of the assassination.
> 
> The wide support for an extra-judicial targeted assassination of a foreign 
> country’s official because he was “bad” is beyond dangerous. We can all think 
> of brutal killers and dictators and dangerous people globally. Some of them 
> lead countries with which the US is on cozy terms. But any international 
> stability requires respect for international law.
> 
> The assassination of General Soleimani was at least reckless. What were 
> Trump’s motivations? It is premature to insist the president did not have 
> valid security intelligence to justify his actions. But it is also naïve to 
> dismiss the domestic political scene – the pending impeachment and the fall 
> election -- as factors. In fact, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that 
> Trump was influenced to assassinate Soleimani to secure support from his 
> Republican allies in the Senate. Senator Lindsay Graham appears to have been 
> the only, or at least one of a handful, of people briefed in advance. (Link 
> )
> 
> Iranian reaction to the assassination in the form of very targeted missile 
> strikes on the US base in Iraq was deemed “proportionate” and careful by most 
> commentators. And just as Trump was tweeting out “all is well” and that no 
> American military had been killed in that missile strike, the Iranian ground 
> to air missile was launched – by mistake – killing all on board Ukraine 
> International Airlines flight 752.
> 
> The Iranian regime is also brutal and anti-democratic. Nevertheless, it had 
> been honouring the agreement with the U.S. negotiated under former President 
> Obama’s administration. That agreement was a significant step toward security 
> in the region. In May 2018, Trump denounced the deal and launched new 
> economic sanctions against Iran. Many other world leaders urged the US to 
> re-engage. France’s 

[Marxism] Global Research discusses tragic airliner crash

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As of this morning, this article still appears on the Global Research website.
I have omitted some of the article.
ken h

“Fake Intelligence”? Washington Blames Iran for Ukraine Airliner Crash. Was the 
Plane Brought down by a Missile?
Stephen Lendman

https://www.globalresearch.ca/blaming-iran-ukraine-airliner-crash/5700207 


A Reuters report was similar, saying the Ukraine aircraft “was likely brought 
down by an Iranian missile,” citing Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and 
“intelligence from Canadian and other (unnamed) sources.”

Iranian officials debunked false claims about a missile or rocket downing the 
Ukraine airliner.

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization head Ali Abedzadeh said the following:

“From a scientific viewpoint, it is impossible that a missile hit the Ukrainian 
plane,” adding:

“The plane caught fire three minutes into the flight, according to what the 
witnesses have reported and the data collected from the parts of the airplane.”

“The pilot tried to return the airplane at the altitude of 8,000 feet, but due 
to the fire, the airplane crashed and exploded.”

“We can say that the airplane, considering the kind of the crash and the 
pilot’s efforts to return it to Imam Khomeini airport, didn’t explode in the 
air. So, the allegation that it was hit by missiles is totally ruled out.”

“(B)ecause the airplane was Ukrainian, Ukraine is obliged to cooperate with us, 
and has started cooperation. Their team of experts has arrived in Tehran, and 
we have coordinated the issue with them on different aspects.”

“Iranian experts and the Ukrainian ones have had a meeting so that we could 
determine the cause of the incident in cooperation with the Ukrainian side.”

An official investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.

On Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissed false 
accusations about an IRGC missile downing the Ukraine airliner.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has begun investigation into the cause of this 
plane crash in accordance with the international standards and the ICAO’s 
(International Civil Aviation Organization’s) criteria, and has invited 
Ukraine, as the owner of the plane, and the Boeing company, as the plane 
manufacturer, to take part in the investigation,” he explained, adding:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the presence of experts from the 
countries whose nationals have been killed in the tragic incident, and requests 
the Canadian prime minister and any other government with information about 
this issue to give the information to the committee investigating the incident 
in Iran.”

Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 crashed hours after Iranian missiles struck two US 
bases in Iraq.

They were launched in retaliation for the Trump regime’s assassination of IRGC 
Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani — an act of war by the US against 
Iran.

Both incidents were unrelated, no credible evidence suggesting otherwise.

On Thursday, IRGC spokesman Abolfazl Shekarchi debunked false accusations, 
saying:

Western sources “are spreading propaganda that the Ukrainian flight was 
targeted. This is ridiculous,” adding:

“Most of the passengers on this flight were our valued young Iranian men and 
women.

“Whatever we do, we do it for the protection and defense of our country and our 
people.”

If the airliner was struck by a missile, it likely would have broken apart in 
flight which no evidence suggests happened.

Separately, Ukrainian authorities ruled out terrorism, suggesting likely engine 
failure, what an analysis of the crash site and black boxes aboard the doomed 
aircraft will likely determine.

Falsely claiming an Iranian missile may have brought down Ukraine Airlines 
Flight 752 is similar to wrongfully accusing Russia for downing Malaysian 
Airlines MH17 on July 17, 2014 in eastern Ukraine airspace.

The latter Big Lie persists despite no credible evidence proving it, plenty of 
evidence debunking it.

Investigations of commercial airline crashes take considerable time to complete.

It’ll likely be months before it’s officially known why Ukraine Airlines Flight 
752 went down.

There were no credible reports of satellite images showing one or more missiles 
in Iranian airspace before the Ukraine airliner crashed.

When the cause is determined and publicly announced, it’ll no doubt cite a 
technical malfunction, not an Iranian missile responsible for what happened.

A Final Comment

On Friday, Press TV quoted Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization head Ali 
Abedzadeh, saying the following:

“From a scientific viewpoint, it is 

[Marxism] War threat - reaction in Canada

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Footage of a Washington, DC demonstration that I saw earlier on CNN has shown 
up on CBC.
I have not seen any calls for demonstrations in Canada.  Some Iranians here 
have publicly supported the killing of Soleimani, but others are urging 
restraint.
Below is an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail.  I would place the writer 
somewhat on the right of the political spectrum in Canada.
ken h


Trudeau’s handling of the Iran crisis could define his second term
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-trudeaus-handling-of-the-iran-crisis-could-define-his-second-term/
 


This country’s best hope lies in working with European and Asian allies, 
including Japan, to forge a coherent response that provokes neither the 
Americans nor the Iranians. But that may prove impossible.

To make things even more complicated, we will all need to figure out how much 
U.S. actions against Iran are based on calculated national interest, and how 
much they are the whim of an erratic and uninformed President who is trying to 
change the impeachment channel.
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[Marxism] Jordan Peterson finds readers in China

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Jordan Peterson finds an unlikely readership in China, even after censors 
stripped away entire sections of his book

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-jordan-peterson-found-an-unlikely-readership-in-china-even-after/
 


“Many Chinese young people hate political correctness, such as the idea of 
feminism and equality for all,” said Wei Jianfeng, a prominent online writer 
who has praised Mr. Peterson’s book on social media. ”Mr. Peterson stands out, 
telling people that he’s tired of these baizuo, too,” he said, using a Chinese 
epithet for people they see as naive foreign liberals. Canada’s Prime Minister 
is high on that list.
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[Marxism] Jairus Banaji on Artur Rimbaud

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I am relying on my memory here, but according to an account I read Rimbaud was 
in Paris at the time of the Commune.  He was 17 and would have been affected by 
it in some way.
Interesting to contrast that with later joining the Dutch Colonial Army  
(granted he deserted within months) and some years after that running guns into 
North-East Africa.

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[Marxism] Vanessa Beeley speech

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I haven’t invested the time to watch this.  I send it for those who might wish 
to see it.
ken h

"Canada's Dirty Role in the war on Syria: the White Helmets and the 
regime-change billionaires."

http://hamiltoncoalitiontostopthewar.ca/fall-winter-events-2019/vanessa-beeley-dec-3-2019/
 

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Re: [Marxism] Trump Should Be Removed from Office

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https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html
 


Below is a note that I sent to another list re this item.
ken h


Some evangelicals are now denouncing Trump.  It is hard to say what percentage 
of evangelicals they represent.
I think a couple of things are at work.  Some evangelicals, like many 
Republicans, have decided that Trump is the wave of the future and if they want 
to be involved, they’d better support him.  But there are others who are 
looking ahead and seeing a day of reckoning.  They anticipate a time when any 
association with Trump will discredit them.  As the author says, " If we don’t 
reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and 
righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?”
Paul Ryan, formerly the Speaker of the House, is a good example of someone who 
has decided that he’s better take his distance from Trump if he wants a 
political future.

Another factor is the presence of the evangelical churches in other countries.  
They often have missionaries in poorer countries.  Imagine being an evangelical 
active in Honduras or El Salvador and having to admit that some evangelicals 
back home support Trump.


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[Marxism] Fwd: Petition for Disappeared Iranian Socialist Intellectual, Yashar Darolshafa (PLEASE SIGN BY FRIDAY)

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> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: "'Frieda Afary' via Middle-east" 
> Subject: Petition for Disappeared Iranian Socialist Intellectual, Yashar 
> Darolshafa (PLEASE SIGN BY FRIDAY)
> Date: December 18, 2019 at 6:05:48 PM PST
> To: Middle-east-ISO 
> Reply-To: Frieda Afary 
> 
> Dear Friends:
> Below,  please find a petition about the young  Iranian socialist 
> intellectual activist,  Yashar Darolshafa,  who was arrested in Tehran last 
> month and has not been heard from.   If you are interested in signing it, 
> please respond by Friday and say how you would like your signature to appear 
> (name, description, country or continent).   It will be published on the 
> weekend. 
> Best,
> Frieda Afary
> 
> Where Is Iranian Socialist-Humanist Intellectual, Yashar Darolshafa?
> 
> December 17, 2019
> 
> On Thursday November 21,  five days after the outbreak of a popular uprising 
> against the Islamic Republic of Iran,  Yashar Darolshafa was violently 
> arrested  by government authorities at a friend’s home and  taken away.   
> Since then, family and friends have not heard from him.   Subsequent efforts 
> by family members inquiring about his status,  have not led to any results.
> 
> Darolshafa is a  33 year old PhD candidate in the School of Health and Social 
> Welfare at Tehran University,  a journalist and an activist with deep 
> interest in student, labor, women’s and oppressed minority struggles and 
> rights.  He  represents the combination of brilliance, erudition  and 
> compassion.   
> 
> He has paid a heavy price for his critical thinking and commitment to human 
> emancipation.His efforts in producing a youth journal,  Sarpich  
> (Insubordinate) with a special 2009 issue critically evaluating the 1979 
> Revolution,   landed him in prison for the first time.  Later he was 
> sentenced to five years in prison for his participation in the 2009 Green 
> Movement.
> 
> While in prison (2012-2016), Darolshafa continued his research with an 
> extensive critique of the Iranian Shi’a reformist thinker, Ali Shariati.  He 
> also closely followed the Syrian uprising against the brutal Assad regime and 
> the Kurdish struggle for self-determination  in Rojava,  northern Syria.  
> 
> After  he was released on parole in late 2016,   despite extreme pain from 
> beatings in prison,  he was drafted into compulsory military service.  He 
> then returned to his graduate studies  in sociology, health and social 
> welfare. 
> 
> He responded to the December 2017-January 2018 popular uprising in Iran by 
> writing a series of articles on the history of Iranian labor struggles  from 
> the early 1900s to today.  He also wrote about and strongly supported women’s 
> rights activists  known as  the Girls of Revolution Avenue who took off their 
> scarves in public to oppose the compulsory hijab.  
> 
> Most recently Darolshafa was writing an essay,  comparing and contrasting Ali 
> Shari’ati and Frantz Fanon with the aim of reclaiming Fanon’s critique of 
> Third World nationalist intellectuals.  
> 
> Darolshafa is a unique type of humanist intellectual activist who has broken 
> with the dogmatism, nationalism and sexism of many members of  previous 
> generations of Iranian socialists.  His  contribution to emancipatory thought 
> and struggle at this critical moment in Iran’s history is urgently needed.
>  
> 
> We urge socialists around the world to publicize the case of this brave 
> intellectual activist,  demand to know where he is being held, hold the 
> Iranian government accountable for his safety, and call for his immediate 
> release. 
> 
> He needs and deserves our support! 
> 
> Signatures:
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[Marxism] Call for Solidarity with Uprisings in the Middle East & North Africa

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https://newpol.org/call-for-solidarity-with-uprisings-in-the-middle-east-north-africa/
 


...will the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa succeed in moving the 
region in a progressive and revolutionary direction, or will authoritarian 
regimes simply change face, survive and engage in endless wars?
Which scenario will prevail? Much depends on what progressives around the world 
do at this critical moment to express their solidarity with these revolts. The 
current international mobilizations especially of environmental activists and 
feminists against capitalist exploitation and oppression of humanity and nature 
are promising.  Our destinies are linked.
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[Marxism] Lysenko

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Tonight I had occasion to pick up a copy of The Spark, Marxist Theory and 
Discussion, a publication of the Communist Party of Canada.
It carries a review of Lysenko’s Ghost: Epigenetics and Russia.  The reviewer 
claims that advances in science have vindicated Lysenko.

“…the author accidentally but fatally exposes West capitalist bioscience to be 
severely flawed.  With its dogmatic rejection of the possibility of other 
methods of inheritance it was Western bioscience that was shown to  be less 
open, narrow, non-dialectical, philosophically frozen and inferior in 
comparison to an imperfect but superior Soviet dialectical science.”

Can someone who knows more about this than I do please comment.

ken h


https://thesparkjournal.tumblr.com/ 
The issue I am referring to is not yet on line.
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Re: [Marxism] No False Consolations

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Leaders of left groups must consider how their supporters will react to a 
defeat such as this.  It is possible that some will become inactive, not seeing 
any point to their activity.
Leaders must rally as many as they can to carry on the struggle.  Granted, this 
should not be done by way of false consolations.

In the end, Seymour comes to a conclusion I can support.  There is a basis for 
continued struggle.

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[Marxism] Colombia to Seek Damages from Walmart over Cocaine Sweater Ad

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https://havanatimes.org/uncategorized/colombia-to-seek-damages-from-walmart-over-cocaine-sweater-ad/
 


HAVANA TIMES – Colombia plans to seek damages from the US retail giant Walmart 
over a Christmas sweater that associated the country with cocaine.

The sweater, marketed by a third party seller on Walmart’s Canadian website, 
showed Santa Claus sitting in front of three white lines that look like 
cocaine, with the text: “Let it snow.”
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[Marxism] Why working class Britons loved reading and debating the classics.

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It’s more than 50 years since I talked to a comrade who himself had been in 
remote work camps in Canada.  He said it wasn’t unusual for am itinerant worker 
 to show up with the collected works of Byron, or Shelly, or Shakespeare.  
Presumably they got some spiritual and intellectual nourishment from these 
works.
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[Marxism] Green Party of Canada on Bolivia

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These two statements, a week apart, indicate that there was a strong push back 
to the first statement.
ken h

https://www.greenparty.ca/en/statement/2019-11-11/green-party-statement-bolivia 

Green Party Statement on Bolivia

November 11, 2019 
The Green Party of Canada has been closely following events in Bolivia related 
to the October 20, 2019 presidential elections. A post-election audit conducted 
by the Organisation of American States (OAS) Electoral Observer Mission 
concluded that those elections were marred by serious irregularities and that 
the results should be annulled.  Evo Morales has announced his resignation as 
President of Bolivia.

The Green Party of Canada welcomes the call for new elections, which should 
take place as soon as possible. Those elections must take place under the 
supervision of a renewed Bolivian electoral authority in order to ensure that 
they reflect the will of Bolivians, and to strengthen confidence in the 
Bolivian electoral system.

The pre and post-election period has been marked by violence and there have 
been reports of targeted attacks against demonstrators. The Green Party calls 
upon all parties to exercise maximum restraint as the country prepares for 
fresh elections and to work to de-escalate the situation. “We remind Bolivian 
authorities of their responsibility to protect the people as they exercise 
their right to peaceful expression,” said Annamie Paul, International Affairs 
Critic for the Green Party. “During this transitional period, it is critical 
that all actors work together to avoid further violent confrontation and make 
meaningful efforts to engage in peaceful, inclusive dialogue.”


* * * * * *

Green Party calls for return to democracy in Bolivia
November 18, 2019
OTTAWA —The Green Party of Canada is alarmed by the rising levels of violence, 
detentions and deaths in Bolivia and supports calls for impartial 
investigations.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Inter-American 
Commission on Human Rights have attributed the most recent deaths to the 
“disproportionate use of force” by the Bolivian army and police.

"We are very concerned that the new, self-proclaimed government in Bolivia is 
threatening Indigenous rights, " said Interim Leader Jo Ann Roberts. “It is 
urgent that free and fair elections take place within the constitutionally 
required 90-day period, and that the safety and security of MAS party 
representatives be guaranteed."

After President Evo Morales stepped down, the vice president and the leaders of 
the upper and lower chambers resigned under threat of violence. The opposition 
assumed power without the backing of a majority of legislators.

Paul Manly (MP, Nanaimo-Ladysmith) said, “There can be no legitimacy to a 
political process when more than half of the members of the legislature feel 
unsafe to show up and participate. We recognize the authority of the Bolivian 
Constitutional Tribunal but are concerned that their ruling to recognize the 
Añez government without quorum in the legislature may have been made under 
duress.”

"There is much at risk,” said Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “Under 
Evo Morales, huge strides were made in alleviating poverty and protecting human 
rights and the environment. The Government of Canada must not recognize Jeanine 
Añez as the interim government leader. Canada must use every diplomatic lever 
to ensure that authorities in Bolivia do not abuse their power.”
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[Marxism] Longshore newspaper

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The Dispatcher

https://www.ilwu.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/DispatcherOCT2019lores.pdf
The cover article was of most interest to me.  You may recognize the 
Solidarnosc banner.  The other banner refers to a struggle at the  Jakarta 
International Container Terminal 
https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/itf-alleges-safety-shortcomings-at-jakarta-s-jict-terminal
 


ken h


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[Marxism] Meet the Man Doing More to Protect America from ISIS than Donald Trump: Hassan Nasrallah, the Islamic World’s Che | Washington Babylon

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Among the many differences between Nasrallah and Che is the attitude to 
religion.  Che did not ask people what their religion was.
Nasrallah does.  No one can join Hezbollah unless they are a Shia Muslim.
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Re: [Marxism] rising tide?

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Latin America and the global reactionary wave

http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article6256 

The reality of the current turn to the right in Latin America is as evident as 
its instability. Do not be fooled: this is not about any impasse or “hegemonic 
draw”. The relationship of forces is worse than in the previous cycle, as is 
evident in the emergence of an authoritarian phenomenon in Brazil, the 
“moderate” turn of Kirchnerismo, the permanent coup threats in Venezuela or the 
risks of right-wing victories in Bolivia and Uruguay. However, the shift to the 
right in Latin America law is based on a still fluctuating dynamic with some 
palpable ripostes: the victory of AMLO and the fall of the old regime in 
Mexico, the overwhelming electoral defeat of Macri in Argentina, the bogging 
down of imperialism and the right in Venezuela , the vitality of some social 
movements (especially the feminist movement, but also the workers’ movement in 
some countries). In Brazil the result is also ambiguous at the moment: 
Bolsonaro is advancing significantly with his major reforms (pensions, tax), 
but subject to increasing discredit, instability and an emerging fightback from 
the mass movement. We are not seeing a generalized “Bolsonorization” of the 
region, the turn to the right is advancing but on unstable ground and we have 
not yet seen a strategic defeat of the popular classes.
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[Marxism] Federal election in Canada

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These are fragments of the political debate in Canada.
The election day is this coming Monday.
Turnout at advance polls was quite high.  I was able to cast a vote for the 
Communist Party candidate in my riding.
ken h

Margaret Atwood
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-not-sure-how-to-vote-start-with-the-parties-that-recognize-theres-a/
 


Neil Young, Wade Davis, Pamela Anderson, etc.
https://www.pressreader.com/canada/times-colonist/20191019/281741271193857 

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[Marxism] Plea from young activist

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According to one account this young person was part of the climate action in 
September.
ken h

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/maddison-yetman-winnipeg-cancer-diagnosis-vote-1.5322201
 


https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/federal-election/dying-teens-plea-to-canadians-get-out-and-vote-563168012.html#long-story
 


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[Marxism] Solidarity with UAW Strikers

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Local 222 was at one time a local of the UAW, later the Canadian Auto Workers.
It is now a local of Unifor.  Unifor is a general trade union in Canada and the 
largest private sector union in Canada. It was founded in 2013 as a merger of 
the Canadian Auto Workers and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers 

https://socialistproject.ca/2019/10/solidarity-with-uaw-strikers/ 

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[Marxism] A teen explains climate change to his parents.

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I haven't watched the whole episode, but the item at 6:15 is worth spreading 
around.
Some stuff on the Montreal march before that.
ken h

https://gem.cbc.ca/media/this-hour-has-22-minutes/season-27/episode-3/38e815a-011bbf80f92
 

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Re: [Marxism] Greta Thunberg and Big-Biz’ Climate Charade

2019-09-28 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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https://journal-neo.org/2019/09/27/greta-thunberg-and-big-biz-climate-charade/ 

Tony Cartalucci 
A 16 year old girl is obviously not behind a “global movement” demanding 
“climate action” from governments.

The massive corporate Western media is. And anything the corporate media is 
behind certainly cannot be described as “grassroots.”


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Cartalucci offers us two alternatives.  The massive climate change movement was 
created by a single individual or it was created by “corporate Western media.”
I propose a third alternative.  There were already millions of people anxious 
to respond to climate change and Greta Thunberg came up with an idea that that 
was simply a spark.

But if I were to concede that a massive movement could be created by a single 
individual, why shouldn’t that individual be a 16 year old girl?

By way of comparison I offer the example of Terry Fox.  At the age of 21 he set 
out to run across Canada.  It was only when he reached Ontario that he started 
to gain a wide following.  Today there are Terry Fox runs in many countries.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Fox 


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[Marxism] Climate

2019-09-26 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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Today, in my dentist’s office, I was looking at Readers Digest.  I was struck 
to see articles acknowledging the seriousness of climate change.
Below see a communication from a BC, Canada, school board.
ken h

Dear Parents and Guardians: These past few months, conversations about the 
global climate crisis have been occurring more often in the classroom, at all 
levels of government and in mainstream media. Tomorrow, there are rallies 
expected around the world. Already, students in B.C., some here in Nanaimo, 
have staged climate strikes to raise awareness about this very important issue. 
As a district, we applaud and encourage all students in this type of social 
action, as it helps build confidence to speak on matters most important to 
them. They are our future leaders. We are witnessing a growing intolerance by 
our youth pertaining to the inaction of corporations and governments in making 
significant changes in policies and business practices. Led primarily by Greta 
Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden, climate advocates across the world point 
to scientific evidence that climate change is real and should be taken 
seriously. I am happy to share that the district has taken steps to address 
this issue. Last night, the Board of Education approved a Strategic Plan in 
which one of its goals is to be a leader in environmental stewardship and 
sustainability. The Board also updated its administrative procedure on 
environmental initiatives to focus on the stewardship of the land. Your child 
may feel the need to participate in one of tomorrow’s various climate strikes 
across the region which will be held during or after school hours. We invite 
you to have these important conversations with your child. I write this letter 
to assure you that your child will be supported in an excused absence, provided 
we have your expressed permission for them to miss school. 
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[Marxism] I'll never heil again

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A Three Stooges episode on fascism, apparently.
On AMC Thursday morning at 3:00 am PDT.
Looks like a half hour.

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[Marxism] Text - The U.S. has lost the Afghanistan war

2019-09-21 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-us-has-lost-the-afghanistan-war-dont-let-it-botch-the-retreat/
 

At some point in the next year, the White House will almost certainly complete 
the task it suspended last week, and negotiate a retreat from the largest 
military defeat it has experienced since Vietnam.

The word defeat will not be uttered. Nor will retreat. Instead, “peace 
agreement” and “phased withdrawal” will be the preferred euphemisms, partly out 
of respect for the 3,459 soldiers, including 157 Canadians, who have given 
their lives in this 18-year war in Afghanistan, and partly out of a sense of 
political self-preservation.

But there is no disguising the fact that it is an admission of defeat in an 
unaffordable and unsustainable conflict.

The main challenge for the Trump administration will be to make it look like 
something more noble, by extracting some visible concessions in exchange for 
its retreat. The difficulty of accomplishing this in a non-humiliating way 
helps explain President Donald Trump’s bizarre shifts in behaviour last week, 
during which he was prepared to hold a rather distasteful-looking summit with 
Taliban leaders at Camp David three days before Sept. 11, and then cancelled 
the whole thing in alleged response to yet another bloody Taliban attack.

The main challenge for the rest of the world will be to ensure that those 
concessions do not strictly serve narrow U.S. interests – that is, that they 
are not singularly focused on the chimeric threat of Afghan-based international 
terrorism – and that they include commitments that allow us to keep at least 
some of the promises we made to the Afghan people, giving them a sense that two 
decades of violence served some beneficial purpose.

At best, those gains will be marginal. The United States is leaving not because 
the Afghan National Army is in a position to take control of a country it holds 
and is fully able to secure. Rather, the U.S. is leaving because it has proved 
to be impossible, at any price anyone wants to spend, to prevent the Taliban 
from controlling half that territory and from bringing horrifying violence to 
the rest.

This is why the United States is negotiating only with the Taliban, and not 
with the elected Afghan government it installed. (In fact, the Trump 
administration this week angrily withdrew US$160-million in funding to the 
government, on the eve of elections).

It is the Taliban that is fighting the United States and its allies. There has 
not been a surrender or ceasefire on either side – both are pursuing a fight 
and talk strategy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boasted last week that they 
had killed “over 1,000 Taliban” in 10 days, and the Taliban has responded with 
horrific attacks, most recently a bombing on Thursday that destroyed a hospital 
and killed at least 20.

At least 82 per cent of Afghans, according to polls, have “no sympathy” for the 
Taliban. The prospect of a return to the sort of Islamic-fundamentalist 
government they meted out in the late 1990s is abhorrent to the majority of the 
population.

But the extraordinary level of violence – which has killed tens of thousands of 
Afghan civilians and maimed or impoverished far more – is also something 
Afghans desperately want to end. And that will only happen with a U.S. 
withdrawal. Big military surges under Barack Obama and Mr. Trump have only 
further inflamed the conflict and increased instability. Afghanistan is set to 
have a national election next weekend, and there are ominous signs that it will 
be blocked by awful acts of violence.

Afghans’ biggest fear is not either of the combatants, but the war itself.

The Taliban have shown that they are capable of ending the violence. When they 
called a three-day ceasefire on the eve of Eid last year, the country was 
startlingly peaceful for three days (and then for another 15 as the government 
extended its ceasefire).

They have not, however, shown any trustworthy commitment to the minimum rights 
of women and girls, to the maintenance of democracy or to basic rule of law. 
Here is where the retreat negotiations, which have so far been kept secret, can 
have some sway.

Sadly, the U.S., in their statements, have had an almost singular obsession 
with the possibility that the Taliban would once again allow al-Qaeda to use 
Afghanistan as a base for attacks on the U.S. or its allies – the issue that 
formed the legal basis for the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Few terrorism 
experts consider it a plausible threat 

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