The Yemeni national resistance is rapidly consolidating control over Jizan province in Saudi occupied Arabia, and are now gunning for King Khalid airbase further north which was recently attacked by Yemeni drones. Jizan: 150 square kms liberated. Around 80 Saudi-backed mercenaries exterminated, another 120 wounded and captured. Around 29-60 Saudi armoured personnel carriers have been destroyed, each costing around $1-2 million. #rekt
here’s two possible ways of solving the Israel-Palestine conflict. Two-state solution. For this to happen, Israel would have to vacate all settlers and military forces from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This is something Israel refuses to do, rather they are using the apartheid wall as an advancing frontline…
Yesterday at the Palestine rally I attended, the organizers gave a platform to Dr. Ibrahim Abo Mohammad, the Grand Mufti of Australia, who most people don’t know, supports the Saudi war on Yemen by the way, putting him objectively in the camp of Israel, even though I’m sure he thinks of himself as a friend of Palestine.
Yes, happy birthday Karl Marx, but his work on political economy was incomplete as he only ever presented exactly half the conceptual picture he intended to publish before he died. In Capital 1 Marx begins with the dialectic of the commodity, saying that it has both use-value and exchange-value, the former representing the utility of the commodity, the later its price in the market.
The Patnaik-Harvey debate on ‘imperialism’ shows that most Marxism in the Anglo-American tradition is confused. You can download the transcript of the debate between Prabhat Patnaik and David Harvey here. In that debate, Patnaik quite explicitly advanced an argument that defined ‘imperialism’ as national exploitation, rather than class exploitation. How does ‘imperialism’ manifest itself?
Marxism was always split by the cold war. It was founded at a time when 30% of the world’s population either ruled over nations that were to some extent enslaved, or were at least politically independent. That part of the world, particularly Europe, produced Marxism, which embodied the subjectivity of the European working class. The ideology was universal, meaning that it attracted labouring classes from those enslaved nations.
What I think ‘imperialism’ means comes up a lot in conversations about Syria and other wars. My position is that the word was botched from the beginning because it did not identify the mechanisms by which nations exploit nations.
When someone says that Palestinians are also settlers because the Arab caliphate invaded that land, respond with one simple question. Was the conquest of Syria by the Arab caliphate good or bad for Jews? If they say it was bad, then they’re saying it would have been better for Jews to remain living under the (Eastern) Roman empire which had expelled the Jews from Jerusalem…
The US is threatening to label Taiwan a currency manipulator on the grounds that they are intentionally devaluing their currency, which is worsening the US trade deficit from the US perspective. The accusation doesn’t make sense anyway, given that the Taiwan dollar reached a “23-year high against the U.S. dollar” back in Jan.
Pretty obvious that Israel was responsible for the terrorist attack that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz on Sunday. The explosion took place, “below more than 20 feet of reinforced concrete, which destroyed the power supply that keeps the centrifuges spinning at supersonic speeds, enriching uranium” according to the NYT.
The Saudis are proposing a ceasefire in Yemen but the terms haven’t changed unfortunately. Saudi FM: “We will do all we can to put the necessary pressure on the Houthis to accept and to come to the negotiating table and to lay down arms, because we believe that a stop to the fighting and a focus on a political solution is the only way forward”…
So obvious now that the Saudis are covering up the damage being inflicted upon them by Yemeni resistance drone strikes on their military and oil infrastructure. On Friday the resistance hit an oil refinery in Riyadh, and a week ago Samad 3 drones struck King Khalid military base located in the historically Yemeni but today Saudi occupied province of Asir.
Delhi, India: Raids have been conducted on the homes and offices of Newsclick editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha whose network does some of the best journalism in the country. These raids have been carried out by the Enforcement Directorate, which is controlled by Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This is happening in a climate in which the Modi government and its influencers have been busy accusing anyone who supports the farmers protests of being ‘anti-national’…
How are the farmers protests in India related to India? As many of you will know, the one-way net-transfer of wealth from India to Britain amounted to $45 trillion USD. This plunder happened largely at the expense of the Indian farmer who paid taxes to the British colonial regime, which then used one-third of those taxes to purchase goods from India for export while pocketing the exchange earnings (read Utsa Patnaik’s piece).
On the 10th of January US Secretary of State issued a statement declaring Ansarullah a terrorist organisation, which he justified by claiming that Ansarullah was responsible for the bombing and shooting attacks carried out at Aden airport on Dec 30th…
Before winning in 2016, Trump was the anti-war candidate *relative* to Hillary Clinton who wanted to impose a no-fly-zone over Syria, which could only necessitate shooting down Russian planes. By contrast, Trump was openly praising Russia for eliminating ISIS. Given the information available at that time, Trump was the lesser evil on foreign policy relative to Clinton, hands down.
The rise of China has prompted many US geostrategic thinkers over the past decade to talk about the degree to which another ‘world war’ is inevitable, including most recently Henry Kissinger, who warned that if the leaders of the US and China did not discuss the limits of their confrontation then world war would ensue.
Recently Andrew Korybko wrote an article essentially defending, “Pakistan’s extremely vocal support of Azerbaijan’s counteroffensive against Armenian forces in Occupied Nagorno-Karabakh”…my only point is, that which is legal isn’t always moral, and that which is moral isn’t always legal. Regarding the question of legality, Korybko ignores that India’s position on granting the plebiscite has many parallels to Azerbaijan’s position.
Back in September 2007, one of the leading Iraqi resistance movements of the time, the nationalist 1920 Revolution Brigades, released a video called ‘The Hidden Facts’ which made some serious predictions about the trajectory of the US occupation. Back when it came out, you could download it off P2P file sharing with relative ease, but now, it gets taken off YouTube…
The current economic problems of Lebanon are entirely a reflection of the West in decline. When the US-led world order was established, the West was economically far more dominant than it is today, so they invested in Lebanon, allowing for some growth, however, much of this was consumption heavy, serving wealthy elites.
In a multicultural society like Australia it is inevitable that there will be disagreements among us regarding overseas conflicts, but does that mean we should allow lobbyists representing the agenda of a foreign state to get away with potentially criminalising their fellow Australians for their opinions about those conflicts?
This was written in the immediate aftermath of the Friday 26 June ASIO raids conducted against the homes of NSW parliamentarian Shaoquett Moselmane and his staffer John Zhang, which are the first to be carried out under the ‘foreign interference’ laws introduced in June 2018, ostensibly intended to prevent foreign governments from influencing our political affairs in ways detrimental to Australia’s national interest.
The 26 June ASIO raids conducted against the homes of NSW parliamentarian Shaoquett Moselmane and his staffer John Zhang are the first to be carried out under the ‘foreign interference’ laws introduced in June 2018, that are ostensibly intended to prevent foreign governments from influencing our political affairs to the detriment of Australia’s national interest. The raids were carried out to find evidence of …
Skimming his book ‘The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy’ (1920) because it was referenced by Domenico Losurdo’s book on Stalin to point out that white supremacist prejudices essentially reflected the geopolitical significance of the USSR as an ally of third-world national liberation movements.
History will remember that when the combined power of the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel etc. unleashed a decade of hell upon Syria, which is literally the only Arab country that arms the Palestinian resistance, many who claim they want to free Palestine, aided the aggression.
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