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The Idea of May Day on the March: ROSA LUXEMBURG April 30th, 1914

ROSA LUXEMBURG
The Idea of May Day on the March
 April 30th, 1914  

original material by Rosa Luxemburg on the origins and history of May Day. 

In the middle of the wildest orgies of imperialism, the world holiday of the proletariat is repeating itself for the twenty-fourth time. What has taken place in the quarter of a century since the epoch-making decision to celebrate May Day is an immense part of the historical path. When the May demonstration made its debut, the vanguard of the International, the German working class, was breaking the chains of a shameful law of exception and setting out on the path of a free, legal development.
The period of the long depression on the world market since the crash of the 1870s had been overcome, and the capitalist economy had just begun a phase of splendid growth which would last nearly a decade. At the same time, after twenty years of unbroken peace, the world breathed a sigh of relief, remembering the period of war in which the modern European s…

The Hell on Earth Paved by Samantha Power’s Good Intentions, Dan Sanchez

April 26, 2016Dan Sanchez The Scourge of Africa and Her Savior Complex published at Antiwar.com and Medium.com

In Batman Vs. Superman, the intrepid reporter Lois Lane (played by Amy Adams), tries to expose a dastardly villain and gets herself into a deadly predicament from which Superman must save her. This has been the Lois Lane formula since 1938. But in this case, the rescue has blowback. The villain in question was an African warlord/terrorist. And the intervention of Superman (and the CIA) somehow precipitates a massacre of local civilians. Lois’s efforts end up leading to the very kind of atrocity she was crusading against.
This also aptly describes the Africa policy of Samantha Power, the most strident “humanitarian interventionist” in the Obama administration. Power’s career was encapsulated in a single awful moment last week. A New York Timesstory relates that:
“As the convoy barreled through a village in northern Cameroon on Monday, a 7-year-old boy darted to the road, excited…

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

ERIC ZUESSE | 28.04.2016 | WORLD in Strategic CultureIn an interview with Alternet.org, the independent investigative reporter Seymour Hersh was asked about Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi Libya consulate’s operation to collect sarin from Libyan stockpiles and send it through Turkey into Syria for a set-up sarin-gas attack, to be blamed on Assad in order to ‘justify’ the US invading Syria, as it had invaded Libya. He said: «That ambassador who was killed, he was known as a guy, from what I understand, as somebody, who would not get in the way of the CIA. As I wrote, on the day of the mission he was meeting with the CIA base chief and the shipping company. He was certainly involved, aware and witting of everything that was going on. And there’s no way somebody in that sensitive of a position is not talking to the boss, by some channel». This was, in fact, the Syrian part of the State Department’s Libyan operation, Obama’s operation to set up an excuse for the US doing in Syria what…

Ukraine’s Rightists Return to Odessa, By Nicolai N. Petro, Apr 28, 2016

For two years, Ukraine’s U.S.-backed regime has balked at investigating dozens of arson deaths in Odessa and now is doing little as far-right nationalists rally for another confrontation, writes Nicolai N. Petro.
By Nicolai N. Petro consortiumnews.com

May 2 will mark the second anniversary of one of the most horrific, politically inspired tragedies in modern European history — the fire in the Odessa trade union building that killed 48 people and wounded another 200. Numerous pleas by the United Nations and the European Union for an objective investigation into the causes of this tragedy have gone unanswered. Multiple government commissions, both local and national, have been unable to move the case forward, partly because some of the evidence has been marked secret.
Screen shot of the fatal fire in Odessa, Ukraine, on May 2, 2014. (From RT video)
Last November, the International Consulting Group, set up by the Council of Europe, issued a scathing report about this lack of progress, and…

Winston Churchill 'ordered assassination of Mussolini to protect his letters praising Italian Fascism

Winston Churchill 'ordered assassination of Mussolini to protect compromising letters’
Winston Churchill ordered the assassination of Benito Mussolini as part of a plot to destroy potentially compromising secret letters he had sent the Italian dictator, a leading French historian has suggested.
Churchill once wrote Mussolini saying: 'Fascism has rendered a service to the entire world... If I were Italian, I am sure I would have been with you entirely’.
http://bit.ly/1UkbCeA


Churchill chose to holiday under a false name only a few miles from the spot Mussolini was seized Photo: GETTY
By Henry Samuel, Paris 02 Sep 2010
Pierre Milza, an expert on fascist Italy, theorizes that the wartime prime minister may have wanted Mussolini dead to prevent the letters, in which Churchill expressed his admiration for his Italian counterpart before the outbreak of the Second World War, coming to light.
“There is no doubt, judging by his public declarations back in the 1920s and early 1930s, that Ch…

PM Trudeau: Canada doesn't have "the baggage that so many other Western countries have — either colonial pasts or perceptions of American imperialism"

Did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say that Canada has no history of colonialism? Yes and no.  Literally.
http://bit.ly/1rt3AoB

In an article on the National Observer website about Trudeau's visit to New York University in New York City on Thursday, he was quoted talking about Canada's ability to offer support for UN peacekeeping missions "without some of the baggage that so many other Western countries have — either colonial pasts or perceptions of American imperialism."

The quote raised a lot of eyebrows online — especially among Indigenous peoples — who took to social media to express their outrage.
However, during that same Q&A session with NYU students, Trudeau also spoke critically of Canada's relationship with Indigenous people — and specifically mentioned "colonial behaviours" — in comments that were not in the National Observer article.
"We have consistently marginalized, engaged in colonial behaviours, in destructive behaviours, in ass…

Why Solidarity in the 21st Century Means Understanding Race and Class as One Entity, not Two, by Danny Haiphong on Tue, 04/26/2016

Submitted by Danny Haiphong on Tue, 04/26/2016  from: Black Agenda Report
by Danny Haiphong Capitalism is the scourge of the planet. “The basis of solidarity, then, should ultimately derive from an internationalist perspective. It means mutually working together with the peoples of the world in the struggle against the common enemy of imperialism.” Malcolm X understood that Vietnamese and Algerian freedom fighters provided “a great service to Black people in the US by weakening the international influence of the US capitalist state.” Why Solidarity in the 21st Century Means Understanding Race and Class as One Entity, not Two by Danny Haiphong“White supremacy justifies such oppression through the dehumanization of ‘non-white’ life and the humanization of ‘white’ life.” White supremacy and capitalism were constructed for the same purpose: to exploit humans, turn them into commodities, and enrich private owners of capital. This remains true in the 21st century. The Black working class of …

Russian Canadian Congress Statement on Dismantling of World War II Soviet Army memorials in Poland

Posted By  on April 24, 2016 The following  letter from the Russian speaking community in Canada was  forwarded to Andrzej Duda, the President of the Republic of Poland, and the National Assembly of Poland.  http://russiancongresscanada.org/geopolitics-en/1571/ Toronto, April 19th, 2016
Andrzej Duda President of the Republic of Poland
Dear President Duda,
The Russian Congress of Canada is deeply concerned about the Polish authorities’ initiative to dismantle more than five hundred monuments to Soviet soldiers who lost their lives during the liberation of Poland from the Nazi troops during World War II. With deep regret, we have witnessed the continued efforts by Polish authorities to rewrite history in favour of a fleeting, present-day political moment. A campaign has been unleashed against the memory of the people who fulfilled their sacred duty and gave all they had – their lives – for the liberation of the Polish people from the Nazi invaders. We would like to remind you that ab…

The Lies of Neoliberal Economics (or How America Became a Nation of Sharecroppers) by MICHAEL HUDSON – CHRIS HEDGES