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One Israeli Killed As Almost Two Hundred Palestinians Are Slaughtered

A dozen rockets were fired across the Gaza-Israel border yesterday, while an Israeli was killed. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the death as a lame excuse to relaunch Operation Protective Edge and continue the relentless assault on the Gaza Strip.

He asserts that he has no choice but to retaliate. In his mind the rocket attacks carried out by Hamas mean a scuttling of the shaky cease-fire, a cease-fire which Hamas has only just now learned about.

Contrast that single Israeli causality, however tragic, with the overall death toll from Israel’s brutal military campaign against the Palestinian people: over 194 people, many of them innocent men, women, and children unaffiliated with Hamas finding themselves caught in the crossfire. [1]

Since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8th, the Israel Defense Force has managed to massacre almost two hundred people in the space of a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Hamas’s rockets continue to rain down onto Israel by the hundreds. Still, Hamas’s actions have only managed to kill one Israeli, and within the same time span as Operation Protective Edge for that matter. Most of the rockets are handily intercepted by the Iron Dome, with the ones that do hit solid ground usually causing some minor property damage and a few frayed nerves, nothing more. Though, it wasn’t even an ineffectual rocket that killed the Israeli; it was a stray motor shell.

The scant numbers of those harmed by Hamas militants, past and present, cannot be compared to the numbers of those harmed as a result of Operation Protective Edge or any other previous acts of aggression by the Israeli apartheid state.

What’s going on is sick. People are being killed, murdered, in the name of fighting terrorism. It is hugely ironic that Israel, in carrying out missions against so-called terrorists, is obliged to commit egregious human rights abuses and heinous acts of violence which are nothing but acts of terrorism against a defenseless people.

When will this madness end?

Sources:

[1]: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28320901

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Kshama Sawant – Speech On Adoption Of $15/hr Legislation By Seattle City Council

Seattle has, as of June 2nd, become the first major city to adopt a $15/hr wage increase, the City Council approving the adoption of the reform.

The University of Washington, in a report compiled in March of this year and, summed up by the Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality, asserted that the state of Washington as a whole had a minimum wage standing at just $9.32/hr. In a city the size of Seattle, with a population numbering at or around 634,534 people as of 2012, the historic legislation is due to take effect upon being signed into law by Mayor Ed Murray much to the empowerment of many in Washington and across the country striving for a living wage.

Socialist Alternative Council member Kshama Sawant put crucial emphasis on the future-if not immediate-ramifications of the legislation’s passing:

“This is a victory for our movement – it shows the power of working people when we organize and fight for our rights. It will inspire millions of people all over the nation to build on this historic step forward. Fifteen in Seattle is just the beginning.” [1]

Believing firmly indeed that “15 in Seattle is just a beginning,” she promises that “We have an entire world to win” [2] – openly and daringly borrowing from Marx’s closing words in the Communist Manifesto, which are all the more timely today given late capitalism’s sordid track record in this young and brave new 21st-century.

Sources:

[1]: http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/minimumwage/default.html
[2]: http://www.socialistalternative.org/2014/06/03/speech-by-socialist-seattle-city-councilmember-kshama-sawant/

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Joining the CPUSA and Other Musings

Just now, with school finally over, I’ve been mulling over whether or not to join the Communist Party of America (CPUSA).

I’ve been reading through the constitution and program, eager to learn what the Party is all about before making a decision to sign up.

Although I’m a staunch supporter of the Kasama Project, which I’ve written a few articles for, I’d prefer to join a more established, larger political organization.

That being said, the Thirtieth National Convention is set to convene at Chicago in June, an event which I will watch closely. If I find myself agreeing with the convention, as well as the constitution and program, I will join.

Otherwise, I’ve made it through my freshman year of college, passing a series of exams and essays along with a hair pulling research paper with flying colors.

I furthermore haven’t had a chance, unfortunately, to work on the paper covering the 1918 Russian Constituent Assembly elections. Nonetheless, it will be finished sometime in June.

I’ll make sure to post a few creative writing pieces-poems, stories, and so forth-especially my fan fiction. The title has been decided on: Fallout: The Utah Front. The story won’t be a simple rehashing of New Vegas, but will be set within the Fallout universe possessing its own unique plot and characters taking place a handful of years after the events of the latest game in the series.

Lastly, I’ve been following the unrest in the Donbas region of Ukraine intensely, incensed along with many others by the senseless killings in the name of fighting terrorism. As someone whose youth was dominated by the War on Terror, who vividly remembers the 9/11 attacks and the unjust invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, I can say resolutely that I’ve come to realize the hypocrisy of such a war – be it waged in the Middle East or Ukraine.

Victory, to quote Vladimir Lenin, lies with the exploited. My struggle is international, from the United States to Greece, Ukraine, Nepal, and everywhere in between, a movement for socialism on a global scale. We all get to communism or none of us do.

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Mending Freedom Dearly Bought – A Poem

Here’s a brief poem I wrote a while back. I don’t usually write poetry, but I liked this particular one enough to post it here.

Heavy rain falls down
Washing the city streets clean of sin
Covering up that awful sound
Of martyred kin
Long ago vanquished in the war for freedom
That great ideal, reduced to a mere phrase
Serving only to numb
Dissipating in the haze
With immense strength and might
Those kin not yet wasted away fight to champion what is most dear to them
To hold onto what is theirs by right
In a vain effort to mend
That last vestige of freedom frozen in ice
Left behind and ready to freely, cheaply lend

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A Quick Update – Future Blogging Projects

Recently, I’ve been swamped by school work. Having at long last completed my midterms, I’m now having to write several academic papers taking up a lot of my time, one of which is a long research paper that I won’t be finished with until the end of the semester.

Hence why I haven’t been able to update my blog, which has been on hiatus for awhile. This is also a consequence of me being a perfectionist, meaning that I don’t enjoy updating my blog as much as I should owing to my need to put quality before quantity. Hence the lack of posts in recent weeks.

So what am I planning on working on when school’s out for summer?

One project, being as this is a left-wing blog with a Marxist perspective, is a research paper on the Russian Constituent Assembly – chiefly, an account of the fateful elections and their aftermath, an article which will utilize works by Alexander Rabinowitch, Rex A. Wade, among others and a handful of relevant primary sources. Since attending college, as a history major, I’ve learned how to write academic-level writing assignments. The piece will be entitled Hue and Cry Over the Russian Constituent Assembly, a reference to a similar work by Leon Trotsky on the Kronstadt naval rebellion.

That being said, my argument will run counter to the views held both by Rex A. Wade and Alexander Rabinowitch that the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly represented the revolution’s end (Rex A. Wade more or less puts forth this notion in the last few pages of his book, The Russian Revolution, 1917, which I’d highly recommend nonetheless), as it is their belief that the Constituent Assembly was the last hope for Russia’s modernization along western democratic lines – ignoring, for a moment, the existence of multiparty soviets and the accompanying Soviet Congresses which were equally if not more democratic than the 1918 Constituent Assembly.

The second article is called Remembering Clara Zetkin, which will serve as an overview of Clara Zetkin and her work originally meant for International Working Women’s Day consequently put aside. I’m planning on reading through all of her archived writings and, after drawing several conclusions, outlining her views on Marxism, feminism, the Russian Revolution, etc.

Thirdly, I’m going to be working on yet another article, The Cuban Revolution and Dual Power, which will examine the revolution in Cuba with a Marxist slant while focusing on just how the Cuban revolutionaries utilized the concept of dual power to win power.

A fourth article, still without a proper name, will cover the Kronstadt Rebellion and probably will be finished sometime this year or the next when I have time to do so.

Finally, I’m going to be posting chapters to a novelization of Fallout: New Vegas. I’ve been pointed to a fan fiction, Tiberium Wars, by a friend that inspired me as a fellow writer and gamer.

That’s that. Wish me luck

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Half of U.S. Congressional Politicians are Millionaires and the Fight for an Alternative

According to the BBC, at ‘least 268 of the 534 politicians in the Senate and House of Representatives had a net worth of $1m or more in 2012.’ Interestingly enough, Democrats are ‘slightly wealthier than Republicans’ as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. The net median worth for Washington politicians as a whole peaks at one million dollars, with the Democrats worth more than their Republican counterparts in government. [1]

This shows how morally bankrupt, how depraved, politics and by extension bourgeois democracy has become in the modern United States. This at a time when poverty in the U.S. has only grown since the 1960′s and 1970′s, decades bearing witness to a significant movement of the oppressed in the form of the Black Panther Party and the early Revolutionary Communist Party of America (RCPUSA).

The years 2011 and 2012 saw the societal explosion that was the Occupy Wall Street Movement. As short lived as the protests proved to be, they forced the nation’s mainstream news media outlets to focus on the previously-ignored manifold issues brought up by the protesters; chiefly, and to a large extent, poverty and the growing powerlessness of the vast majority of Americans which tends to go hand-in-hand with the increase in poverty.

Free-market capitalism, the American Dream, representative democracy, etc. are just meaningless concepts in today’s America. According to a recent Reuters report, roughly fifty million U.S. citizens are poor. The U.S. Census Bureau has furthermore stated that as of 2012, approximately fifteen percent of the population was considered poor, which corresponds to the report. [2] In the absence of such basic government aid as food stamps, which the Republicans want to slash, there would be even more people wallowing in dire poverty. [3] So much for government for the people, by the people.

The system that we live under is sick, sick with greed and apathy. Although I’m not a fan of the current RCPUSA, leaning as I do closer to the Kasama Project, its clear that the two organizations and the people in them share common goals. Primarily, how to get to socialism through revolution. Because, aye, there’s the rub: how do we finally put the means of production in the hands of those who create, how do we at once eliminate poverty while creating new forms of popular power answerable to the people? These crucial questions were faced by the Bolsheviks nearly a century ago, when soviet power seemed to offer up a solution in the form of rule from below by workers’, peasants’, and soldiers’ councils. The Russian revolutionaries also struggled, amidst a series of grave political, economic, and social crises, to realize workers’ control over industry. Our movement, here in the belly of the imperialist beast, has the potential to solve these problems and do much more.

Sources:

[1]: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25691066
[2]: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/us-usa-economy-poverty-idUSBRE9A513820131106
[3]: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/doctors-lobby-congress-against-cutting-food-stamps/

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The CPN (M) – Striving for a Nepalese People’s Democracy

A month after the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and its 33-party alliance boycotted the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, the breakaway Maoist faction has called for the CA’s dissolution in preparation for the country’s liberation from the ‘semi-feudal and neocolonial situation’ while seeking to broaden their alliance with all ‘patriotic, people’s democratic, and leftist forces’ in Nepal.

The CPN-M has opted for a people’s democracy and the drafting of a people’s constitution, urging the formation of a ‘powerful high level all-party political body’ [1] which would at once set itself the task of achieving national independence and sovereignty for the country. Nepal’s revolutionary Maoists have condemned the CA, boldly asserting that it won’t be able to draft a ‘people’s friendly constitution’ let alone acknowledge the gains made during the Nepalese people’s war. For those familiar with Mao Zedong’s writings during the formation of the Anti-Japanese National United Front, the CPN-M’s calls for a ’roundtable political assembly’ representing all political parties bears a striking resemblance to the policies put forth by the Chinese Communist Party that focused on resisting Japan through the formation of a diverse, multiparty political front.

Naming the dissolution of the original CA, the formation of a technocratic government, and the deployment of the Nepali Army during the CA elections as contributing factors towards their decision to challenge the authority of the new CA, the CPN-M has stated rather bluntly that they won’t be reunifying with the reformist Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) in doing so. [2] The party has also decided to identify genuine party cadres at the grassroots level, a three month process involving the formation of local committees designed to strengthen the appeal of the CPN-M nationwide while drawing cadre away from the UCPN-M. [3]

Communists here in the United States should keep watch over developments in Nepal, which are of historical significance and will have repercussions around the world. The oppressed Nepalese peasantry and urban proletariat aren’t dawdling, rather, they are marching lockstep side-by-side along the path to their liberation. Socialism, a dirty word denigrated by Republicans and Tea Party members in the U.S., has the potential to become a cherished concept for the vast majority of Nepal’s poor and exploited populace. The Nepalese people, with the CPN-M acting as their vanguard, have the decisive opportunity to recreate socialism for the 21st-century while going above and beyond the Latin American Bolivarian movement. All eyes are on Nepal, looking towards the east with great anticipation.

As the Kasama Project’s letter to the CPN-M has powerfully stated, ‘The [Nepalese] revolution here has brought hope to millions the world over who feared it may have become impossible to imagine revolution in today’s world.’ [4] in starting over from scratch, both the Nepalese communist movement and our own Marxist movement here in the U.S. have the potential to be great, far-reaching, and liberating experiences for those struggling for freedom and ultimately a socialist mode of production.

Sources:

[1]: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=66309
[2]: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=66964
[3]: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=66659
[4]: http://kasamaproject.org/south-asia-revolution/4371-kasama-to-cpn-m-new-beginnings-on-the-communist-road

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