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Frieda Afary’s Interview with a Ukrainian Socialist Feminist

We repost Frieda Afary’s interview with Oksana Dutchak, who is a Ukrainian sociologist and co-editor of Commons, a Leftist journal in Ukraine.  She talks about the courageous popular resistance to Putin’s brutal invasion,  as well as  the needed solidarity with regional and global struggles against  authoritarianism, racism and misogyny. It originally appeared here on March 19, 2022.

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Fundraising for the Russian anti-war movement: strikes, layoffs, resignations

Every protest needs a fund – striking workers and people on barricades have to eat, or they won’t be able to last long enough. These people need reassurance that if they get fired, they will get the necessary support and will be able to feed their children. Neither the well-known Russian opposition nor foreign organizations […]

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RUSSIA: Manifesto of the Coalition “Socialists Against War”

Note of LeftEast editors: we reprint the English version of the original (also below) manifesto of an informal group in Russia called ‘Socialists Against the War.’ This power was based on the promises of peace and stability, and eventually led the country to war and economic catastrophe. Like any other war in history, the current […]

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The Anti-Capitalist Basis and Potential of the Slogan: “We Want Social Housing, Not Militarization”

Note from LeftEast editors: This article originally appeared in Romanian in The Political Art Gazette and we publish it as part of the collaboration in the ELMO – Eastern European Left Media Outlet network. On March 8th, 2022, responding to the invitation of Meduza Kolektiv and Rhythms of Resistance Cluj, the radical housing justice movement […]

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Against war in Ukraine and the New Imperialism: A Letter of Solidarity with the Oppressed

After a long winter of the covid-19 pandemic, the first glimpses of a coming spring offer a vision of new bloodshed. We have now witnessed more than a week of Russian invasion and war on Ukraine, a stretch of time that will be seen as an undeniable rupture in international relations. Things are moving at […]

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No war on Ukraine: Ukrainians must decide their fate

The inter-imperialist conflicts we see between NATO and Russia (or the US and China, as well as many smaller conflicts) are ultimately rooted in national economic competition, which itself is an outgrowth of the competition inherent to capitalism. To finally wipe out the drive to war means ending capitalism altogether. But that is no excuse for an abstract position that the only thing we can do now is call for revolution, as some on the far left are doing. War enflames national divisions and is most damaging to working people. It needs to be resisted and ended immediately. It is the end of wars, especially when opposed from below, that can open space for continued class conflict and the further struggle for socialism in Ukraine and beyond.

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Do Russians Want War?: Moscow on the First Day of the Invasion

Translated from the Russian original in Moskvichmag.ru. Editorial note: In the absence of meaningful sociological data, it is difficult to know what ordinary Russians think of their country’s war on Ukraine. (In pro-Kremlin media, of course, it is not a war but “a special operation,” “the defense of Donbas,” etc., and the accompanying imagery reflects […]

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A Russian Invasion of Ukraine Could Destabilize Russia’s Political Order

The U.S. and U.K. officials and media have long been warning against the “imminent” Russian invasion of Ukraine. Whatever the prospects of such an invasion are, it also raises an important question about the character of the Russian political regime and how the invasion may change it.

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In Search of Afghanistan: An Interview with Ali Abdi

To offer our readers an inside look at contemporary Afghanistan, we have conducted an interview with Ali Abdi, a researcher who has been living there since 2015 and working with a queer community in Kabul. The Taliban’s speedy takeover of Kabul last week surprised many political observers. Yet, this is exactly what many in Afghanistan […]

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War at Home, War in the World

Refugees, Racism, and the Turkish Ideology Villagers in the Turkish province of Konya murdered a whole family of Kurdish farmers on Friday, July 30. It was a premeditated massacre that announced itself well ahead of time to anyone willing to notice. Neighbors in the farming village of Hasanköy in central Anatolia had assaulted the Dedeoğulları family of […]