D-Day and the Spectre of the Eastern Front

Anish R M Soviet Soldier Raising a Flag Over the Reichstag The recent D-Day celebrations epitomize the process of erasure of the Eastern Front from the global imagination of World War II On June 5, the official account of the British royal family made a quirky little error. In the run-up to the 75th anniversary…

D-Day: How the US Supported Hitler’s Rise to Power

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, opening a second front against German fascism. The largest contingents of fighters were British, American, and Canadian. This battle has been depicted in movies and books as the decisive turning point of World War II, a ferocious struggle against a superior enemy. But…

Different Shades of Black: The Anatomy of the Far Right in the European Parliament

Ellen Rivera and Masha P. Davis Protesters of right-wing and far-right Flemish associations take part in a protest against Marrakesh Migration Pact in Brussels, Belgium on Dec. 16, 2018. [Credit: Alexandros Michailidis / Shutter-stock.com] [Of all the European elections, the one scheduled for May 23-26, 2019 that will decide the composition of the 9th European…

As the Far-Right Wins Indian Elections, Progressive Forces Vow to Resist

Peoples Dispatch The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Hindu far-right party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has managed to secure a majority of 350 seats (numbers subjected to minor changes as final result is awaited) out of 542 for a second term in the recent Indian general elections. The BJP alone received around 304 votes…

Brazil: Political Mafia Suspected in Marielle Franco Murder

Only two people have been arrested in the March, 2018 assassination of Marielle Franco, the Black activist and city councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “Everyone believes this was carried out by militias” which “operate in Rio very much like classic mafias,” said Stephanie Reist, a Rio-based writer and researcher. “Many militia members are current…

Nicaragua in the Shadow of Western Fascism

Stephen Sefton In her Sorbonne University exam results, French philosopher Simone Weil scored better than Simone de Beauvoir or Jean Paul Sartre. She well understood the varieties of Western fascism and imperialism. So it’s worth paying attention to her remark that Europeans were shocked by Nazi crimes because the Nazis did to them what Europeans…

Arundhati Roy: ‘India is Fighting for Her Soul’

Arundhati Roy The full text of the PEN America Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture delivered by Arundhati Roy on May 12. I am truly honoured to have been invited by PEN America to deliver this year’s Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture. Had Arthur Miller and I belonged to the same generation, and had…

Colombia: Where Assassinations Escalate and No One is Indignant

Vannessa Morales Ivan Duque’s triumph in Colombia’s presidential elections last year predicted a worsening of the war, just as it happened during the term of the former president and now Senator Álvaro Uribe. Although more than 15 years have passed since the class faction Uribe represents burst into the highest spheres of political power, the…

“This is a War Against the Honduran People”

Zoe PC Honduran Military Police Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández announced on May 6 that the country had arrived at an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a 311 million dollar loan. He stated that the agreement would help support the growth of Honduras’ “privileged” economy which continues to outshine the rest of…

Where Have All the Anti-War Warriors Gone?

Dr. Kweli Nzito Has the US public become desensitized to the horrendous suffering inflicted by their government on fellow human beings, or are they blissful co-imperialists? “What has produced this unprecedented state of brain demise, amorality and bizarre insensitivity to the suffering and pain of others?” The ratcheting up of tensions has placed two culturally and…