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Re: Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign meetings on Ukraine & Russia

Mark Baugher
 

On Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 03:28 PM, John Reimann wrote:
Register here for both meetings:
The registration link doesn't seem to work.  https://groups.io/g/marxmail/message/19427 is the target of the link.  I don't know how that happened since you didn't know your email would become marxmail message 19427 when you sent it.

Mark


Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign meetings on Ukraine & Russia

John Reimann
 


Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign Meetings


Sunday, September 25:

What is happening inside Ukraine?

The stunning success of Ukraine’s military counter-offensive in Ukraine’s north east has taken many by surprise and has received widespread comment. Much of the news focuses on Ukraine’s president, Zelensky. Yet like every other country in the world, the class struggle continues in Ukraine. What was the situation of the class struggle before Russia’s imperialist invasion and how has that invasion affected the struggle? What was the situation in the newly liberated areas of Ukraine and how has it changed? What effect has the recent counteroffensive had on the mood within Ukraine? What are the political perspectives for Ukraine? What are the perspectives for the left in Ukraine?



Hear Vladyslav Starodubtsev discuss these and other questions. Vladyslav is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe, a social activist and a member of the Rada (collective leadership body) of the Ukrainian democratic socialist organization Sotsialnyi Rukh


9:00 a.m. Pacific Coast time; 12:00 p.m. East Coast time

(check time difference in other areas)

See below for registration for meeting



Sunday, October 2

What is happening inside Russia?

The recent counteroffensive of Ukrainian troops and the fleeing of their Russian counterparts in the north east of the country has brought increased criticism of Putin within Russia. That leads to the question of the stability of the Putin regime.

  • What is the basis of Putin’s regime up until now?

  • How long can Putin last?

  • What internal opposition exists to Putin, both from the left and from the right?

  • What possible perspectives exist for a post-Putin Russia?

Hear Ilya Budraitskis speak on these and related questions.

Ilya Budraitskis is a left oppositionist to Putin who is currently living in exile outside of Russia. He is a political writer.


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Re: Russian officials publicly call for Putin to resign

Ken Hiebert
 

I accept David Walters point that whoever replaces Putin could decide to mobilize broader Russian forces to pursue the war more vigorously.
But I also think that in that moment of change there may be an opportunity for the anti-war movement to come back on to the streets.

Anthony Boynton said we cannot influence events in Russia. In large part he is correct, but I think we are not entirely shut out. Our (admittedly) small forces are in touch with left forces in Russia (also very small.)
We can at least broadcast what they are doing and saying and we can publicize their names when they face imprisonment and violence.

ken h


Russia: Zyuganov Calls for “General Mobilisation” to defeat the Ukraine

RKOB
 

Russia: Zyuganov Calls for “General Mobilisation” to defeat the Ukraine

The “communist” KPRF leader joins the long-standing demand of the hard-core sector of the Great Russian chauvinist camp a la Igor Strelkov

By Michael Pröbsting, RCIT, 13 September 2022

https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/russia-zyuganov-calls-for-general-mobilisation-to-defeat-the-ukraine/


Re: In Moscow’s Local Elections, Socialists Are Fighting to Make Their Opposition Heard

David Walters
 

I believe this tendency is *for* a Russian victory in Ukraine, which might account for the public activities, I don't know for sure. Obviously this tendency doesn't call Putin's regime a "brutal Fascist dictatorship"...at least not insofar is currents that defend Putin's actions.

David


Re: The Russian Left Is Standing Against Putin’s War on Ukraine

John Edmundson
 

Mind you, Kagarlitsky having been "a critical supporter of Putinism" does call into question his judgement. I used to read Kagarlitsky occasionally but how a self proclaimed leftist in Russia could have been so soft or Putin boggles my mind.

Comradely 
John

On Mon, 12 Sep 2022, 11:41 , <anthonyboynton@...> wrote:
There is a lot of evidence for the sabotage going on in Russia, a lot of evidence for the antiwar movement, and the repression of it, and a lot of evidence for the Russian feminist resistance that the Jacobin author did not need to cite. Thomas Campbell may have once been related to the anti-Putin left, but he seems to have been absent from it for a long time. Michael Yates cheers him on for no obvious reason other than his hopes that Kononov is wrong. I suggest they both start their study of the current situation by listening to Kagarlitsky, a man who was a critical supporter of Putinism. https://www.patreon.com/posts/boris-on-and-in-71751790?utm_medium=post_notification_email&utm_source=post_link&utm_campaign=patron_engagement&token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJyZWRpc19rZXkiOiJpYTo1NjIzYjM2NS1mZDMyLTQwMmItYjE2MC00NTA5ODZlOTEwNzEiLCJwb3N0X2lkIjo3MTc1MTc5MCwicGF0cm9uX2lkIjo2OTk1NjQ4N30.1JWt9q0WNR5qfpjvZ_IHp3ADbEC4HdMT61YfmsQDDgM

Anthony


Re: NYT: Status report on China's capitalist class

Mark Baugher
 

Thanks, but there's a paywall preventing access to the article.

Mark

On Sep 13, 2022, at 10:27 AM, Charlie <charles1848@...> wrote:

On March 31, 1937, the Associated Press reported from Berlin that the German Government is preparing to give the German people "a new conception of property rights differing radically from the ideas of orthodox capitalism. In the new civil laws, now in process of codification, there will be no need and no room for abstract rights of property."
-- www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/germany/1937-07-01/destruction-capitalism-germany


Re: Extraordinary discussion on Russian television

Michael Pugliese
 

Vladimir Solovyov, host of the show noted below, is alluding to 

https://twitter.com/rwapodcast/status/1569384313078022144?s=46&t=SixC65IopxSn_xin_KctlQ , with his allusion to ,”Southern drawls.” As noted by many on Twitter, 
these forces are likely in the International Legion Defense of Ukraine, seen here in action, 

“…Bogdan Bezpalko, member of the Council for Interethnic Relations under the President of the Russian Federation, was even more outspoken. “For two months, Ukrainian Armed Forces and military equipment have been massing in that area, all Telegram channels have been writing about it. Where was our damn reconnaissance? All of their heads should be laying on Putin’s desk, hacked off at the base... Of course, this is a tactical defeat. I hope it will be very sobering.”

On Monday’s broadcast of The Evening With Vladimir Solovyov, filmmaker Karen Shakhnazarov likewise dispensed a large dose of brutal honesty. “I urge everyone not to panic in the face of a defeat we’ve suffered in the Kharkiv region, and we have to acknowledge it,” he said. “A defeat has some meaning when you acknowledge it and draw new conclusions. And if you don’t acknowledge it, all you get is another defeat, perhaps even more devastating. This is a very difficult situation and we have to recognize that we’re battling a very powerful adversary.”

Shakhnazarov, whose public calls to cease the hostilities made waves shortly after Russia initially invaded Ukraine, regressed to a diametrically opposite position. With the conviction of a fatalist, he asserted: “No one can stop this war, because it was historically necessary... Neither Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin], nor Zelensky and not the West can end this war. This war can end only with the defeat of one of the sides. For us, this defeat may prove fatal. We should understand that it might lead to the disintegration of the country.”

Political scientist Sergey Mikheyev described recent developments in Kharkhiv as “a serious failure,” on the part of Russia. “Call it 'regrouping' or whatever else... This is our most serious defeat during the last six months, and the most significant success of our adversary... Perhaps this failure is beneficial, because being so obvious, now it’s impossible to pull the wool over our eyes, pretending that everything is wonderful,” he said.

Mikheyev argued that failures would likely prompt “serious people” to make some “radical decisions,” like striking Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure—a move that is often praised on Russian state TV, with propagandists promotingthe idea of causing a total blackout that would deprive all of Ukraine of roads, bridges, electricity and running water.

State TV pundits concur that such measures are necessary because Russia’s Armed Forces can’t keep up with the goals set by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Shakhnazarov noted: “All of us are aware of the problems experienced by our Armed Forces. In my opinion, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were obviously unprepared for the magnitude of this war. Ukraine’s Armed Forces were prepared, they’ve been training and getting ready for eight years.”

Solovyov was unwilling to concede Russia’s defeat to the Ukrainian troops and claimed that American and British soldiers were covertly fighting in their ranks. “In the process of preparing the battle-ready Ukrainian troops, it turns out they’ve been rapidly turning darker in color and becoming fluent English speakers. They’re becoming indistinguishable from the mercenaries... Some of them have a Southern drawl, others speak with a British accent. Stop pretending already,” he said. The idea of being defeated by NATO, as opposed to this smaller neighboring country, seems to sweeten the pot for many of the Kremlin’s cheerleaders…”


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Re: NYT: Status report on China's capitalist class

Charlie
 

On March 31, 1937, the Associated Press reported from Berlin that the German Government is preparing to give the German people "a new conception of property rights differing radically from the ideas of orthodox capitalism. In the new civil laws, now in process of codification, there will be no need and no room for abstract rights of property."
-- www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/germany/1937-07-01/destruction-capitalism-germany


The Moscow Signals Declassified Microwave Mysteries: Projects PANDORA and BIZARRE

Dennis Brasky
 

Washington D.C., September 13, 2022 - On the 5th anniversary of the CIA’s decision to pull its agents out of Cuba after several operatives were stricken with what has become known as the “Havana Syndrome,” the National Security Archive today posts the first in a series of Electronic Briefing Books on the “Moscow Signals”—a decades-long chapter of the Cold War during which Soviet intelligence bathed the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with microwave transmissions on a daily basis.

The records published by the Archive are among those being reviewed by a special, high-level panel tasked by the Biden administration to search for clues into the enduring mystery surrounding cognitive brain traumas experienced by U.S. personnel in Havana, and elsewhere, over the last five years. The CIA announced in late August that it is compensating at least a dozen of its officers and operatives for syndrome-related injuries.

The documents posted today record Project BIZARRE, the codename for a program of radiation experiments conducted on monkeys to determine if the Moscow Signal was intended to degrade the abilities of U.S. personnel. Project BIZARRE was a highly classified component of Project PANDORA, a broader research effort undertaken by the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) that included evaluating blood samples of U.S. personnel posted in Moscow and surveying medical records of crew members of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga to determine if exposure to radiation-emitting technology on board produced physiological effects. ARPA official Richard Cesaro said that BIZARRE “may require direct testing [of microwave radiation] on humans under controlled conditions.”

Part II of the Moscow Signals Declassified series, "Microwave Diplomacy," covering a decade of back-channel diplomatic efforts to press the Kremlin to turn off the microwave beams, will be posted on September 15; Part III of the series, "Irradiating Richard Nixon," will post next week along with a supplemental special collection of declassified records on this intriguing history.

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/intelligence-russia-programs/2022-09-13/moscow-signals-declassified-microwave


Re: Leading New Wave film director Jean-Luc Godard dies aged 91

Ken Hiebert
 

It is my recollection that when Alain Krivine ran for president on behalf of the Ligue Communiste in 1969, Godard lent the campaign his airplane.
ken h


Leading New Wave film director Jean-Luc Godard dies aged 91

greene.douglas@...
 

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/new-wave-film-director-jean-luc-godard-has-died-paper-2022-09-13/?fbclid=IwAR3dslhYOIgkvdJwKuEuoh_hzU3euyFXNy_OH3eL1eZMAvlMz7Wok6Z7ANQ


Re: Russian officials publicly call for Putin to resign

John Reimann
 

Regarding the perspectives for a new government if Putin resigns/is forced out: First of all, I think his departure would not only be from office but also from life on this planet. I agree that a new government could be "worse" in the sense of more aggressive - general mobilization, etc. But there is a reason that Putin refused to carry that out and we all know what that reason is: He is afraid of turning the general population strongly against the war. The very fact of his leaving office would mean an upwelling of uncertainty. It would automatically make any new government insecure on the throne A general mobilization, I think, would spell its doom.

As I've said, I think that there will be a general tendency for Russia to fragment once Putin leaves, with the different regions retaining nuclear weapons. Not a very pretty picture when one thinks it through.

John Reimann

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Re: Russian officials publicly call for Putin to resign

Dayne Goodwin
 

Municipal deputies in Moscow and St. Petersburg demand Putin’s resignation
Meduza, September 12, 2022
https://meduza.io/en/news/2022/09/12/municipal-deputies-in-moscow-and-st-petersburg-demand-putin-s-resignation

Nearly two dozen municipal deputies in Moscow and St. Petersburg have signed a petition demanding Vladimir Putin’s resignation as president. Shared by St. Petersburg councilwoman Ksenia Thorstrom, the document says, “We, the municipal deputies of Russia, believe that President Vladimir Putin’s actions harm the future of Russia and its citizens.”

Last week, municipal deputies in Moscow’s Lomonosovsky District also demanded Putin’s resignation. In St. Petersburg’s Smolninskoye District, meanwhile, deputies called on federal lawmakers to open a treason case against President Putin in order to remove him from office for launching the invasion of Ukraine. Though the calls for treason charges carry no legal weight, police later charged five of the Petersburg deputies with “discrediting” Russia’s armed forces.


On Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 1:02 PM <anthonyboynton@...> wrote:
This was just reported on CNN 

Officials from 18 Russian districts call for Putin to resign


The Ukraine War after the Liberation of the Kharkiv Region

RKOB
 

The Ukraine War after the Liberation of the Kharkiv Region

Socialists need to unite on the basis of the slogan “Defend the Ukraine against Putin’s invasion! Against Russian and against NATO imperialism!”

Statement of the RCIT, jointly issued by the International Bureau and Socialist Tendency (Russia), 12 September 2022

https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/global/the-ukraine-war-after-the-liberation-of-the-kharkiv-region/


NYT: Status report on China's capitalist class

Walter Lippmann <walterlx1944@...>
 

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Fall from Grace for China's Entrepreneurs 
(Print edition headline)


The Chinese entrepreneurs Pan Shiyi, left, and Zhang Xin quit this week as chairman and chief executive, respectively, of their real estate empire, Soho China.Credit...Visual China Group via Getty Images

By Keith Bradsher
Sept. 8, 2022

EXCERPTS: The Chinese entrepreneurs Pan Shiyi, left, and Zhang Xin quit this week as chairman and chief executive, respectively, of their real estate empire, Soho China.Credit...Visual China Group via Getty Images

By Keith Bradsher
Sept. 8, 2022

BEIJING — Wealthy and powerful entrepreneurs in China were once idolized by the public, doted on by the government and courted by foreign investors. They helped build the Chinese economy into a powerhouse, and with it became the global face of Chinese business in a freer era, amassing billion-dollar fortunes, buying mansions overseas and holding court at elite international gatherings.

Now, billionaire tycoons are the outsiders in an increasingly state-driven economy that puts a priority on politics and national security over growth. As the government cracks down on business and the economy weakens, they are keeping low profiles, stepping down from their companies or leaving the country entirely.

In the latest exodus, two of China’s best-known entrepreneurs, Pan Shiyi and Zhang Xin, resigned this week as chairman and chief executive, respectively, of their real estate empire, Soho China. Both had already moved to the United States early in the pandemic and tried to manage their business with late-night calls back to China.
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Their resignations underscore the growing concern among private entrepreneurs that China is veering away from the freewheeling capitalism that Deng Xiaoping and former Premier Zhu Rongji pioneered. Mr. Deng turned to entrepreneurs in the late 1970s to rebuild the economy after the devastation of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and Mr. Zhu then led China into the World Trade Organization and toward its role as the world’s largest exporter. 
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China instead toward a much more authoritarian, state-led society in which national security concerns increasingly take precedence over economic growth. Business leaders and human rights activists alike who dare to question Mr. Xi publicly have been jailed as China has tightened the reins on the private sector.

Very wealthy entrepreneurs used to be “able to operate as they wished, as long as they did not step over certain political boundaries, but those boundaries were pretty loose even through the first term of Xi Jinping,” which ended in 2017, said Victor Shih, a specialist in Chinese business and politics at the University of California San Diego. “All that changed. They are no longer such stars.”
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But China’s entrepreneurs have come under pressure as Mr. Xi has pursued his “common prosperity” campaign for businesses and tycoons to share more wealth with their countrymen to ease inequality. Mr. Xi has asserted the Communist Party’s control over the private sector, demanding political loyalty from companies and businesspeople.

Ren Zhiqiang, another wealthy real estate developer and a friend of Mr. Pan’s, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he criticized Mr. Xi. Some entrepreneurs have been silenced on social media. While Mr. Pan’s and Ms. Zhang’s Weibo accounts are still active, they have been posting infrequently and sticking to mundane, bland topics.


https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/business/soho-china-entrepreneurs.html


Re: Extraordinary discussion on Russian television

Dayne Goodwin
 

On Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 5:21 PM John A Imani <johnaimani3@...> wrote:
(JAI: The article, like most of the Times' offerings, is behind a 'pay-wall'. I have found that when one goes to the Times and clicks on "Select All" as soon as the article loads and then quickly click on "Copy" that many times one can capture the text and paste it into an email or a Word document.)
and thank you! John Imani

On Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 6:28 PM Dayne Goodwin via groups.io
<daynegoodwin@...> wrote:

On Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 11:02 AM <anthonyboynton@...> wrote:
Thank you all for this extraordinary footage. However, it will probably become more ordinary on the streets even if it is shut down on Russian TV after this.
Yes, thank you! D. Derwin, Michael P.(in u.s.), and Anthony
dayne


Re: Extraordinary discussion on Russian television

Dayne Goodwin
 

On Mon, Sep 12, 2022 at 11:02 AM <anthonyboynton@...> wrote:
Thank you all for this extraordinary footage. However, it will probably become more ordinary on the streets even if it is shut down on Russian TV after this.
Yes, thank you! D. Derwin, Michael P.(in u.s.), and Anthony
dayne


Re: In Moscow’s Local Elections, Socialists Are Fighting to Make Their Opposition Heard

Michael Pugliese
 

At least one of the Marxist Tendency candidates was elected, from what I see on their Telegram channel , 

Russian Marxists Suffer amid Crackdowns and Brutalization , 

The district this candidate won in is the Zyuzino municipal district and , at least as translated by the Telegram app their name is Boris Izrailev. 

Their attitude towards the KPRF, at least from one of the articles on their website, 

The leadership of the Communist Party received political humiliation as a reward for loyalty to the authorities , could be more critical than asserted by others. See, 


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Re: Extraordinary discussion on Russian television

John A Imani
 

(JAI:  The article, like most of the Times' offerings, is behind a 'pay-wall'.   I have found that when one goes to the Times and clicks on "Select All" as soon as the article loads and then quickly click on "Copy" that many times one can capture the text and paste it into an email or a Word document.)

Thus:

Losses in Ukraine Prompt Something New on Russian TV: Debate

  • Sept. 12, 2022Updated 5:01 p.m. ET

As Russia suffered its most humiliating defeat since the initial stage of the war in Ukraine, cracks emerged in the official narrative as lawmakers and pundits on state television cast doubt on Moscow’s prospects.

While some urged the Kremlin to start peace negotiations, others demanded that its forces double down. The divergence of views, even on tightly controlled state television networks, highlighted how Moscow’s narrative has quickly shifted from a conviction that it was only a matter of time before Russia subjugated Ukraine to a sense of alarm over the rapid progress of Kyiv’s forces. And it was a contrast from the muted response after Russia’s drive to take Kyiv failed in the spring.

On Friday, as the Russian front line in northeastern Ukraine collapsed, Boris Nadezhdin, a Russian municipal lawmaker, told viewers of a political talk show on NTV, a state-owned television channel, what had once been unspeakable: Moscow cannot, under current conditions, win this war.President Vladimir V. Putin appeared on television at a bar in Moscow in February, before the invasion of Ukraine.

President Vladimir V. Putin appeared on television at a bar in Moscow in February, before the invasion of Ukraine. Credit...Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

“We are now at the point when we have to understand that it’s absolutely impossible to defeat Ukraine using those resources and colonial war methods with which Russia is trying to fight,” said Mr. Nadezhdin, who serves as a municipal deputy in a town near Moscow. “The Russian army is fighting against a strong army that is fully supported by the most powerful countries in the economic and technological sense.”

Mr. Nadezhdin suggested that negotiations for peace should begin — a suggestion vehemently refuted by others in the studio, who argued that Russia cannot give up its existential fight against NATO.

“We have been dealt a very serious psychological blow,” said Aleksandr Kazakov, a member of the Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament. “We must destroy the infrastructure that is being used for military purposes.”

Others questioned the main ideological pretext that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia used to launch the invasion — that Russians and Ukrainians constitute one nation.

“We can’t expect their affection if we tell the Ukrainians that they don’t exist as an ethnicity, that there isn’t a Ukrainian language,” said Viktor Olevich, a political scientist.

Speaking on a talk show on Rossiya-1, Russia’s main state television channel, Aleksei Fenenko, a lecturer at Moscow State University, said that Moscow must concede that it faces a formidable adversary in Ukraine.

“We have to admit that Ukraine has rallied against us,” Mr. Fenenko said. “We must treat it as a serious and dangerous adversary.”

Vitaly Tretyakov, a political scientist, warned viewers on Monday that unfulfilled expectations about the war might create social upheaval if Russians realize that their country is losing.

“There is an enormous confidence in our victory, but this confidence should be supported by real advancements,” he said on Thursday on Rossiya-1.

“Social tensions can emerge not because the population would speak against the operation,” he said, “but because they might ask why it is not active, why there is not victory, no advancements?”

JAI