Macron, the ‘President of the Rich,’ reelected in France amid record abstention

The following article by Damien Bernard was posted by Left Voice (USA). Emmanuel Macron has won a second term as president of France in an election marked by record abstention. As he prepares to continue his war against French social gains, the Far Right is consolidating its base in opposition to the failures of Macronism.…

Ukrainian Socialist: ‘The future of demilitarisation lies in stopping Russia’s war machine now’

 Federico Fuentes (Green  Left, Australia) conducted the following interview with Vitaliy Dudin of Sotsyalnyi Rukh (Social Movement) from Cherkassy in Ukraine. It gives a Ukrainian Socialist perspective on events and addresses the state of the Russia’s invasion, the scale of peoples’ resistance and key issues such as Ukraine’s far right, NATO and sending weapons to Ukraine. UKRAINIAN SOCIALIST: THE…

For the victory of the Ukrainian people

 We are posting two artilces which challenge some on the the Left’s retreat into campism, apologising for one imperialism over another,  instead of providing solidarity ro the oppressed. The first article has as been translated, is written by Yorgos Muitralis, a vrteran Greek Socialist who opposed the capitulation of Tsipras and Syriza. He makes no equivocation about…

When the Bolsheviks created a Soviet Republic in the Donbas

This article written by Hanna Perekhoda (translated by David Broder) first appeared in The Jacobin. It examines the history of the creation of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, during the 1916-21/3 International Revolutionary Wave    WHEN THE BOLSHEVIKS CREATED A SOVIET REPUBLIC IN THE DONBAS The Donbas is at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s claim…

Putin’s war and Jewish history

The history of Ukraine is inextricably linked with antisemitism, from the pogroms of the Russian Civil War to the Ukrainian nationalist complicity in the Holocaust. Such historical connections have once more come to the fore during Russia’s invasion of the country, now lead by a Jewish president. Here, historical sociologist Brendan McGeever writes on this complicated past, and…

Self determination and sovereignty in Europe

This article by Mike Small was first posted on bella caledonia. It  highlights the Gadarene stampede to the Right by media commentators following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Ian MacWhirter, for a short period a supporter of Scottish independence, but now following his longstanding attacks on public sector workers, followed by transgendered  people and environmental activists,…

EL&SD – Ukraine coverage since 2013

Below we are posting links to all the articles EL&SD has posted on Ukraine since 2013, along with some other links to related articles.   EL&SD COVERAGE OF UKRAINE SINCE 2013 Why has Putin invaded Ukraine? – Allan Armstrong, Intfrobel On the Frontier of Whiteness? Expropriation, War, and Social Reproduction in Ukraine – Olena Lyubchenko, EastWest…

Former Left Bloc partners crushed by (social democratic) Socialist Party in Portuguese elections

We are posting this article from Left Voice (USA) translated from the one which first appeared in  IzquierdaDiario.es. The Left Bloc (along with the Portuguese Communist Party) had joined a coalition with Antonio Costa’s Socialist Party in 2015.  The Left Bloc like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain is an essentially Left social democratic…

Freedom come all ye – Why we need a truly human and democratic communism

The RCN/RCF has always seen the need to connect anti-capitalist activities with providing a vision of the type of society we want and the means of achieving it. To this end we were engaged in debates in the commune.  One of the articles which Allan Armstrong, with assistance from Bob Goupillot,  contributed proved too long…