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Neither judges nor diplomats are coming to save Sheikh Jarrah

Dennis Brasky
 


Young Black Cubans talk about the protests

Dan La Botz <danlabotz@...>
 

I thought this one of the most interesting panels I have heard in years.


Let Cuba live! End the blockade and sanctions (Green Left)

Chris Slee
 


Re: A Cuban Scientist Responds

Louis D Armmand
 

Thank you for this rare and important report.


On Mon, Aug 2, 2021, 4:23 PM Ken Hiebert <knhiebert@...> wrote:
I cannot attest to the accuracy of what is saiid here.  In fact I doubt the accuracy of his report on the size of demonstrations.  But this is a voice from within Cuba and is worth paying attention to.
                ken h

Cuba is Being Accused of Many Things - Let’s Fact Check Them

http://www.internationalist.org/cuba-accused-of-many-things-fact-check-2107.html





To Make the World A Human Dwelling Place For All: I Can't Believe What You Say Because I See What You Do

Charles Keener
 

Further | To Make the World A Human Dwelling Place For All: I Can't Believe What You Say Because I See What You Do | Opinion (commondreams.org)

Baldwin's eloquence and rage  - "what is unspoken by the subjugated, what is never said to the master" - lived side by side, both keenly aware of history. In his epic 1965 debate with William Buckley at Cambridge, he decreed the American Dream is in fact at the expense of the American Negro: "I picked the cotton, and I carried it to the market, and I built the railroads under someone else's whip," he said, adding, his majestic voice rising, "For nothing." In the extraordinary 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro, director Raoul Peck used Baldwin's own posthumous words to explore race in America through the lives and murders of his three friends Medgar Evers, Malcom X and MLK. "The story of the Negro in America is the story of America," it declares, "and it is not a pretty story." It is also, he noted, the story of any white-ruled, so-called democracy: "That great Western house I come from is one house...Simply, I am the most despised child of that house." "It comes as a great shock, around the age of five or six or seven, to discover that Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, when you were rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians were you," he said. "It comes as a great shock to discover the country which is your birthplace and to which you owe your life and your identity has not in its whole system of reality evolved any place for you." 


Sheikh Jarrah: Israeli Court Wants Palestinian Homeowners to Pay ‘Rent’ to Jewish Settlers

Dennis Brasky
 


A Cuban Scientist Responds

Ken Hiebert
 

I cannot attest to the accuracy of what is saiid here. In fact I doubt the accuracy of his report on the size of demonstrations. But this is a voice from within Cuba and is worth paying attention to.
ken h

Cuba is Being Accused of Many Things - Let’s Fact Check Them

http://www.internationalist.org/cuba-accused-of-many-things-fact-check-2107.html


Communists win in Karlsruhe | Keith Barlow | The Morning Star

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
 


https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/communists-win-in-karlsruhe

Communists win in Karlsruhe

The legal attempts to exclude the German Communist Party from the Bundestag Elections have failed — but no thanks to some parts of Die Linke, writes KEITH BARLOW

IN A shock decision on July 8, without any warning, Germany’s Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruled that the German Communist Party (DKP) was to lose its status as a political party.

This would have meant it not being eligible to contest the coming elections for the Bundestag, the federal parliament, on September 26. A number of other parties were also affected for various reasons.

In the FEC, parties with seats in the Bundestag are represented. Normally, decisions of the president of the FEC regarding the admittance of parties seeking to contest Bundestag and also European parliamentary elections are accepted.

The basis for this is whether the legal criteria have been fulfilled or not. In the event of rejection, there is right of appeal to Federal Constitutional Court located in the city of Karlsruhe. There were just four days for appeals to be lodged.

Political parties in Germany are bound by law to submit their annual reports to the president of the German Bundestag within six years.

In the case of the DKP, it was claimed that in recent years it had often been late in the submission of its annual reports — the president of the FEC, Georg Thiel, defended this ruling by stating that “deadlines are deadlines.”

The DKP rejected Thiel’s claims. Its report for 2017 had already been submitted and it was aiming to submit its report for 2018 by the end of July.

In its verdict on July 27, Karlsruhe stated that the ruling of the FEC regarding the DKP “not adequate” for it to lose its status as a political party.

Put another way, the election commission’s ruling was seen to be political and Karlsruhe wanted no part in it. The appeals of other small parties to Karlsruhe were unsuccessful, but the DKP can now proceed with its election campaign.

Communists, especially in Germany, are only too aware of the possible implications if this ruling had been allowed to stand.

Not only would there have been the loss the DKP’s right to contest the coming elections, it would have opened the way for the minister of the interior to ban it by the stroke of a pen.

The Communist Party of Germany (KPD) was banned by the Nazis in March 1933. It was banned again in August 1956 at the height of the cold war.

Although the DKP was able to constitute itself and register as a political party in 1968, being under conditions more favourable than those at the height of the cold war, the ban on the KPD remains in force.

Another implication of the loss of party status is financial: the loss of public funding (through topping up subscriptions and donations), with members and donors no longer being able to include any payments on their tax returns. This works to the disadvantage of smaller parties, especially those on the left.

In the FEC, only the representative of the Greens opposed this ruling against the DKP. All the other party representatives there supported it. To the dismay of many of its members and supporters, this includes Germany’s Die Linke (Left party).

A number of the Die Linke’s MPs, groups within the party, as well as well-known people, both inside and outside the party, came out in solidarity with the DKP.

Also significant was the widespread international solidarity with the DKP.

Most notable are the words of the chairman of the Die Linke’s council of elders, the last-but-one prime minister of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), Hans Modrow.

In an edited statement on the coming Bundestag elections in the Morning Star’s sister daily newspaper in Germany, Junge Welt, on July 20, Modrow expressed fears of attacks on democratic rights and a hard hand against the left opposition if the DKP could “be silenced through legal tricks.”

He reminded us that in the 1950s Federal Republic of Germany banned the KPD and previously the Free German Youth organisation because there were active anti-fascists and war opponents campaigning against rearmament and the rehabilitation of Nazis.

The case concerning the DKP is of a political and in no way of a formal technical matter and it is more than just one of simply being allowed to contest the Bundestag elections, he said, and therefore “the DKP needs right now our solidarity and support in its appeal to the Federal Constitutional Court … An exclusion which could lead to an outright ban must be prevented.”

With Modrow’s words, the handling of this matter by Die Linke leaders lies in ruins.

Formed in 2007, the Die Linke had clearly forgotten that following the loss of the GDR over 30 years ago, its predecessor, the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), was subject to vicious attacks coupled with calls being made for it to be banned. Solidarity with the PDS was crucial in preventing this. Solidarity came also from the DKP.

Over the years prominent Die Linke members, to put it mildly, have taken to not wanting anything to do with the DKP and of simply seeking to ignore it.

The result of all this became evident in the way the party’s representative voted in the FEC on July 8.

In effect, it put itself in a position of being discredited whichever way Karlsruhe was to decide. This has not helped the Die Linke election campaign in any way at all. Some serious thinking is needed.

There have always been differences among left parties. As far as the DKP is concerned, there is one thing the Die Linke often forgets: its enemies lie to the right of it, not on the left.

The attack on the DKP was an attack against the entire German left. Solidarity was crucial in defeating this.




Re: Robbing the soil, 1: Commons and classes before capitalism | Climate

David Walters
 

I urge readers here to follow these essays as they get posted. They are not long, they are well written, they are easy to understand. I will have to assume that the issues of actual soil degradation, infertility, poisoning, and erosion will be detailed, as well as solutions to it.

David Walters


John Oliver unpacks racial housing discrimination in America and calls for reparations

Louis Proyect
 

I watched this segment last night. John Oliver is the only leftist comic worth watching on TV. His research team is outstanding as this video will demonstrate.

https://mashable.com/video/john-oliver-housing-discrimination


Re: Bipartisanship Is Garbage

Jim Farmelant
 

As George Carlin used to say,  "The word bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." That certainly seems to be true with the infrastructure bill.


Re: Bipartisanship Is Garbage

Farans Kalosar
 

So Jacobin has finally figured this out. 'Ray for them.  They seem so surprised.


Re: OOPS --- not so fast

R.O.
 

Really? I'll shut up. Goodnight.


On Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 07:39 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
On 8/2/21 1:13 PM, R.O. wrote:
It seems you are the agent provocateur now; by telling us that vaccination for the flu is of the same order as mandatory vaccination for Covid which is registered in a government 'pass sanitaire'. Ridiculous.

Hari referred to you as a provocateur. I think he meant it as interchangeable with troll, which is really what you are. You replied that he is an agent-provocateur, which is a slander that you probably didn't think through. My advice is to lay off the pandemic stuff or else I will have to remove you.


Re: OOPS --- not so fast

Louis Proyect
 

On 8/2/21 1:13 PM, R.O. wrote:
It seems you are the agent provocateur now; by telling us that vaccination for the flu is of the same order as mandatory vaccination for Covid which is registered in a government 'pass sanitaire'. Ridiculous.

Hari referred to you as a provocateur. I think he meant it as interchangeable with troll, which is really what you are. You replied that he is an agent-provocateur, which is a slander that you probably didn't think through. My advice is to lay off the pandemic stuff or else I will have to remove you.


Re: OOPS --- not so fast

Farans Kalosar
 

You do have to make a distinction between the terrorized and deluded victims of the anti-vax hoax and the criminals who have caused this unprecedented collapse of social solidarity.  But that distinction should not lead to "liberalism" toward antivaxism, which must IMO be severely and--where necessary--forcibly repressed in the interests of that greater humanity in which we all sort of believe although it does not yet actually exist.

I have a nephew who is a diehard Trumpist.  He is not stupid--has a chess rating of something like 180, but dropped out of college after a year or so, and works on computers for the state gov't where he lives.  Personally he is a sweet guy in his way--loves roses, kittens, puppies, and music both classical and otherwise, as well as certain people including Yours Truly (I think), to whom he is emotionally deeply loyal.. The exception to this lovingkindness is his oldest sister, whom he is forever repudiating and to whom he seldom speaks.  He suffers from the curse of religious mania.

He has two beautiful sons, one grown and the other rapidly reaching his majority.  Everyone in our tiny and far-flung unhappy family loves both of them. He would die for them.

He is on and off Facebook, where he continually closes and reopens his account in the interstices of being criticized for his Trumpist propaganda. He's taught himself a significant amount of German and French, can draw a bit, and would would die for his sons. Moreover, despite a temper that can be volcanic, he is deeply non-violent personally--a big fellow who played a bit of football in high school and could fight if he wanted to.  He wants nothing to do AFAIK with the gun culture and is IMO incapable of a mass shooting or assassination.

Both sons still live at home for reasons that don't discredit the older son.

The boys got themselves vaccinated behind their father's back.  When one of them told my niece what they had done, he added, "Don't tell Dad."

No amount of handholding and sensitive counseling is going to correct his guy's outlook, which includes an element of outright delusion. 

I do love him, but personal love is overrated.  It shouldn't stand in the way of that larger Eros that probably does, as per Freud and Marcuse, roughly tie civilizations together, but which has been critically undermined by late capitalism and its ideo-pathologies, and which has never yet been manifested consistently across entire civilizations.

Stern and, if necessary, forcible coercion must be applied even to him, not to mention the tens of millions of pickup-truck-and-football-chewing homicidal he-men who tyrannize over everyone within fist's reach, creating terror in the women, children, and weaker men who cower in their shadows. These felons have caused and are perpetuating the gigantic pool of non-vaccination in which ever-more-dangerous versions of the virus incubate.

Compare the situation now with the situation during the polio epidemic of the 1950s, when a sufficient level of vaccination was achieved without the threatened collapse of the Constitution--and without the incredibly profitable  blessing of Pfizer and the other capitalist monstrosities for which we are now supposed to root like little cheerleaders.

Michael Meeropol, IMO, is not only a brilliant fellow and one to be deeply respected but also, it seems, an unusually kind and decent person.  But we can't be kind to everyone at all times.

Antivaxism is a criminal conspiracy.  It should be dealt with sternly, authoritatively, and without hesitation.  Effective decimation of the leadership, if feasible, would be IMO a good thing.

This has to be stopped dead by whatever means can be brought to bear, but least of all by thoughts, prayers, and (so to speak) Haydn quartets or the songs of Joan Baez.


Re: OOPS --- not so fast

R.O.
 

It seems you are the agent provocateur now; by telling us that vaccination for the flu is of the same order as mandatory vaccination for Covid which is registered in a government 'pass sanitaire'. Ridiculous.


On Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 05:50 PM, hari kumar wrote:
This may not be welcome but I ask anyway. Why are jobs supported in any way by state resources, not mandating Vxx for work? I gather some Trade unions oppose this. I do not think that is progressive in any way. I had no choice in Philly or Canada but to be vaxxed for flu - even though the mutability and unpredictability of this yearly vaxx was quite variable o my understanding. but it was (and is) the right thing to do. 

Anyway, it is worth talking to you and many others who are on this list. However those that raise statistical issues and then when challenged on statistics blather Mark Twain's dinner party joke about 'statistics, damn statistics and damn lies' etc... are mere provocateurs in my opinion. 
Hari 


Re: OOPS --- not so fast

hari kumar
 

Sorry auto spell correct error:
"invitation in an ICU" should of course be "intubation in an ICU".
Hari


Re: OOPS --- not so fast

hari kumar
 

Michael: I have sympathy with the physician (Dr Leap) writing that piece that you linked to. Of course the people concerned are not 'stupid'. All the examples chosen ("Why does a patient with diabetes come to the emergency department with a blood sugar over 500, having failed to take insulin for 2 weeks? Why does the patient with lung disease continue to smoke two packs per day despite struggling to breathe around the clock? What prompts the elderly patient with abdominal pain to sign out and go home to be with her dog? And for heaven's sake, why do young people take that first hit of heroin or methamphetamine?") - have socio-political dimensions that Dr Leap tries in teh limits of the article, to show.

As a paediatric-newborn intensivist I saw much of that, and it is very emotionally draining, and in practice very difficult to deal with. Another vignette:  hopeless brain-dead or terrible prognosis (95% and up certainty) infants in Philly - and parents refusing to take infant off ventilators inflicting huge suffering of both child, family - and staff. Explanations? Long legacy of  medical distrust to AA community; echoes of Henrietta Lachs, and Tuskegee-neurosyphilis etc; etc.  All that relevant history being said - the care team still has to deal with it in that compassionately in that concrete situation without benefits of a vast social engineering.

I agree that Dr Leap reaches for some social aetiology, and even perhaps some social remedy. But there are a couple of  things that are - I think - quite naive in the current situation:
i) The interaction of the purely biological-medical crisis with the class-social intensification of struggles, that prefers to use the problem as an excuse for short term political gains. Obviously the near fascists or fascists (such as AfD Germany) are the key examples  I have written on this at BerlinLeft blog, and I believe I have posted links at this blog, before now. (The site is undergoing re-working right now so some links temporarily down).  
I think there is a class basis identifiable for some of this with petty-bourgeois elements feeling this (down to direct profit gain functions included eg restauranteurs/on-line marketing for bogus 'medicines'/selling merchandise). 
All amplified by anti-'social' media - untrammelled by state agencies. 
ii) One obvious gap in Dr Leap's article is the exhaustion of many care-workers (especially nurses) - and the difficulty of helping wilful anti-vaxxers through a medical crisis including invitation in an ICU. All very well to reach to them about their 'Hippocratic' Oath (not actually utilised in practice as far as I know anywhere) and all that. Tell that to someone who has done this time and time gain. And in the UK gets offered a pittance wage/insulting 1% wage increase/no PPE/under-counted COVID deaths in their peers from work transmission....  and so on and on.  

This may not be welcome but I ask anyway. Why are jobs supported in any way by state resources, not mandating Vxx for work? I gather some Trade unions oppose this. I do not think that is progressive in any way. I had no choice in Philly or Canada but to be vaxxed for flu - even though the mutability and unpredictability of this yearly vaxx was quite variable o my understanding. but it was (and is) the right thing to do. 

Anyway, it is worth talking to you and many others who are on this list. However those that raise statistical issues and then when challenged on statistics blather Mark Twain's dinner party joke about 'statistics, damn statistics and damn lies' etc... are mere provocateurs in my opinion. 
Hari 


One Hundred Years of Unbroken Struggle: Put People Before Profit: Socialism is the Future—Build it now | Statement of the South African Communist Party Central Committee | Delivered by Dr Blade Nzimande, the SACP General Secretary | SolidNet

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
 


How Inequality Distorts Economics | Dissent Magazine

Louis Proyect
 

How Inequality Distorts Economics

The growing global concentration of wealth has made basic data on household savings, the trade deficit, and overseas assets increasingly unreliable.

https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/how-inequality-distorts-economics

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