Revolution in an Age of Resurgent Fascism

Atlee McFellin The late sociologist Erik Olin Wright used the phrase “ruptural transformation” as stand-in for revolution, inaccurately summarizing this as “Smash first, build second.” [1]  His immensely popular and useful work also unfortunately erased historical European anti-fascist strategy whose approach to revolution differed from the caricature he presented.  To move beyond Wright’s important, yet…

Left “Anti-Authoritarianism” Has Been Counterrevolution’s Greatest Weapon

Rainer Shea Since workers states began to form in the early twentieth century, and bourgeois propaganda therefore first had highly tangible enemies to latch onto, capitalism’s defenders have claimed that revolution will lead to dictatorship. The image of a grim, despotic dystopia that was projected onto the Soviet Union—and then onto the next socialist states…

Africa in Review 2021

Abayomi Azikiwe Sudan: Crowds of people marched in different parts of the Sudanese capital and other cities in demonstrations to reject military rule. October, 2021 Part I: Continuing Pandemic Highlights Public Health Crisis From the lack of vaccines to the discovery of the Omicron variant, the continent is struggling to recalibrate its developmental trajectory A…

The Palestinian Left Will Not Be Hijacked

Samar Al-Saleh and L.K. “American Imperialism is the Bitter Enemy of the Palestinian People,” from the Palestine Poster Project Archives. A Critique of Palestine: A Socialist Introduction The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s political program, Strategy for the Liberation of Palestine (1969), emphasized the indispensable role of political thought in the Palestinian national…

Fatah Celebrates its 57th Foundation Day Amid Israeli Threats

Peoples Dispatch Palestinians light a torch and wave banners bearing the image of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghuti with a slogan demanding his release and referring to him as the “symbol of freedom” during a celebration marking the 57th anniversary of Fatah movement foundation, in Ramallah. Fatah launched its first attack against Israeli occupation in…

Historic Unity and Resistance in Palestine Amid Increased Attacks and Oppression

Abdul Rahman A massive march was carried out in Ramallah in the West Bank as part of the national strike on May 18, 2021 against Israeli aggression. Photo: Rana Nazzal Resistance in Palestine acquired new dimensions this year amid the pandemic and unprecedented Israeli offensives in Gaza, forced displacements and increased numbers of settler attacks….

Latin America: The Continent that Never Ceases to Amaze Us

Hussam AbdelKareem With such leaders that the continent of Marquez produces, the poor would not have to steal in order to feed the children. Latin America never ceases to amaze us. Its ability to “produce” “extraordinary” leaders continues across generations. Guevara and Castro are the most famous in the twentieth century, and before them, Simon…

Afghan Women Protest Continued Denial of Rights, Extrajudicial Killings

Peoples Dispatch Photo: Tolo News Contrary to its promises, the Taliban government has failed to reopen most of the girls’ schools that were shut following its takeover and end restrictions on women working outside their homes. The government has also announced fresh curbs on the movement of women Security forces in Afghanistan fired in the…

Colombia: Duque’s Neo-Nazi Security Law

Horacio Duque The Colombian Congress, the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Defense have issued a Law of supposed citizen security. In reality, it is a statute to establish a series of provisions and institutions that reshape the political regime to fully establish a neo-Nazi dictatorship to crush social movements and political organizations…

Guatemala: 25 Years of Peace Accords, 25 Years of Neoliberalism

Ollantay Itzamná Mayan peasant women harvesting sesame seeds. OI In the Christmas atmosphere, and the day after the feast of the “Holy Innocents”, the groups that took up arms in the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG) and the Creole State of Guatemala, after 36 years of “internal war”, signed the firm and lasting Peace Agreements….