Putin, the War in Ukraine, 
and the Far Right

Jean Batou is is a member of the leadership of SolidaritéS S - an anticapitalist, feminist and ecologist movement for 21st century socialism - in Switzerland, he is professor of Contemporary International History at the University of Lausanne and the author of many books and articles on the history of globalization and social movements. An earlier … Continue reading Putin, the War in Ukraine, 
and the Far Right

The Fallacy of ‘Novorossiya’s’ ‘Leftist’ Friends

Labour Movement Must Oppose Restoring a Tsarist Colony in Ukraine Imagine a campaign to support the abolition of Zimbabwe and restoration of the white colony of Rhodesia; it would be reactionary.  Yet that is precisely what is happening on the European left as regards Ukraine. A section of the left, especially from the Stalinist tradition … Continue reading The Fallacy of ‘Novorossiya’s’ ‘Leftist’ Friends

KAGARLITSKY, THE WAR AND POLITICAL CORRUPTION

A Critique of the 'Red Putinist'  A person of influence on the thinking the western left on Ukraine has been the Russian writer Boris Kagarlitsky Director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements.  Whilst the pro-war views of the Moscow based Kagarlitsky have been accepted without criticism in some quarters – in contrast the views of actual … Continue reading KAGARLITSKY, THE WAR AND POLITICAL CORRUPTION

Bitter Crimean Anniversary – Victims of Russian Annexation

Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group It is exactly one year since Russian forces seized control of government buildings and airports in Crimea and organized the events leading swiftly to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. It was a year that saw murder and disappearances, Soviet-style bans and deportation, as well as persecution of all who oppose … Continue reading Bitter Crimean Anniversary – Victims of Russian Annexation

Constitution of Donetsk People’s Republic: Russian nationalism, clericalism and capitalism

The essence of the whole project of Donetsk People’s Republic can be put in one paragraph , taken from the end of the preamble of the Constitution: “…establishment of a sovereign independent state, based on the restoration of a unified cultural and civilizational space of Russian World, on the basis of its traditional religious , … Continue reading Constitution of Donetsk People’s Republic: Russian nationalism, clericalism and capitalism

UKRAINE: THE OLIGARCHIC REBELLION IN THE DONBAS

Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski Zbigniew Kowalewski a prominent Polish socialist and former leader of Solidarnosc in Lodz in 1980-81, he has written widely on Ukrainian history and society.  Many of his writings on Ukraine can found online at: Zbigniew Kowalewski. This article was first published in Polish in Le Monde Diplomatique – Edycja polska, No. 12 (106), … Continue reading UKRAINE: THE OLIGARCHIC REBELLION IN THE DONBAS

Ukraine: Truths and counter-truths

THE FRONT OF INFORMATION AND MISINFORMATIONSaturday 26 July 2014, by Murray Smith In every war, one of the fronts is that of information and misinformation. In the crisis that Ukraine is going through at present there is a discourse of the Russian state, expressed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, relayed by the political world, broadcast … Continue reading Ukraine: Truths and counter-truths

Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and others call for release of Ukrainian director

European filmmakers are calling for the release of Oleg Sentsov, who is being detained following his protest against the Russian annexation of CrimeaSome of the most highly-regarded film directors in Europe, includingPedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Béla Tarr and Wim Wenders, have co-signed a letter to Russian authorities who are currently detaining a Ukrainian film-maker, Oleg … Continue reading Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and others call for release of Ukrainian director

PROTECTING LIVES, DENAZIFICATION, A GENERAL STRIKE

We publish below the statement of the Left Opposition collective in Ukraine on the war in the east and the steps it believes are needed to bring it to a halt. Posted originally in Ukrainian by gaslo-info on 15 June 2014. Translated by Marko Bojcun  It is necessary above all to protect the inhabitants of populated … Continue reading PROTECTING LIVES, DENAZIFICATION, A GENERAL STRIKE