RAJAN MENON O n May 1st, the date Donald Trump signed onto for the withdrawal of the remaining 3,500 American troops from Afghanistan, the war there, already 19 years old, was still officially a teenager. Think of September 11, 2021 — the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the date Joe Biden has chosen for the same — as, in essence, the very … [Read more...] about The Graveyard of Empires
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TARIQ ALI In his classic work, The Jewish Question, A Marxist Interpretation, that was published posthumously in France in 1946, the Belgian Marxist, Abram Leon, (active in the resistance during the Second World War, he was captured and executed by the Gestapo in 1944) invented the category of a ‘people-class’ for the role of the Jews who managed to preserve their … [Read more...] about Notes on Anti-Semitism, Zionism and Palestine
FARAMARZ FARBOD Another cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians has been announced ending another round of violent assault on the latter. The settler colonial Jewish supremacist regime in Israel killed 275 Palestinians, 248 of them in the Gaza Strip, 26 in the West Bank and Jerusalem, one inside Israel, including 66 children in Gaza, and at least 6,200 others injured. … [Read more...] about Palestine Can’t Breathe
As the current issue of Left Turn goes to press, we are witness to another round of Israeli violence against the Palestinians followed by another cease fire. There is a definite need to raise critical awareness of the Question of Palestine, Zionism and the US-backing for the apartheid state of Israel. Clearly, the most recent spectacular Israeli assault on the Palestinians … [Read more...] about Notes from the Editor-Left Turn #9
LENNY FLANK The history of Russia clearly demonstrates the truth in the adage, “Governments come and go, but national interests remain the same.” At the end of the 8th century, a new scourge swept across Europe—raiders from Scandinavia, known to history as “Vikings”. Armed with a new type of sailing vessel called the “longship” which was fast, capable of long distances … [Read more...] about History, Geography, Russia, and Vladimir Putin
El Jones A woman’s going to send the dronesSo ready the covers of your VoguesThe food bank lines are now miles longBut a woman’s the one who sends the bombsLiberal feminism can’t be wrongWhen a woman’s the one who sends the bombs.Can’t get workers PPEBut you go girl Nancy PelosiAll hail the bipartisan war partiesNow Trump is gone we all agreeGeorge W. Bush has been … [Read more...] about “A woman’s going to send the bombs”
by Anne Colamosca In 2020 the rising angst against a resurgent fascism took on an urgency not seen for a century. In the U.S., Brazil, Hungary, India and Italy, fascism was appearing in various forms, all of them profoundly worrying. And in some of these countries, a familiar angry cry went up: “Antifa!” One hundred years earlier — where fascism first appeared, that same … [Read more...] about They Helped Destroy Mussolini!
by Don Fitz Beginning in December 1951, Ernesto “Che” Guevara took a nine-month break from medical school to travel by motorcycle through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela. One of his goals was gaining practical experience with leprosy. On the night of his twenty-fourth birthday, Che was at La Colonia de San Pablo in Peru swimming across the river to join the … [Read more...] about How Che Guevara Taught Cuba to Confront COVID-19
by Faramarz Farbod The U.S. has a bloody history of trampling on the sovereignty of other nations and committing atrocious acts, including torture, against the peoples of these countries. The U.S. also uses all means it deems necessary to stop others from effectively challenging the impunity it enjoys in the international arena for its nefarious behavior. However, none of … [Read more...] about U.S. Crimes Don’t Matter
“Everything Hurts” “I’m claustrophobic, my stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts, some water or something, please, please, I can’t breathe officer, don’t kill me.” These were some of the last words uttered in desperation by George Perry Floyd Jr before he was pronounced dead as officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes. Since then millions of … [Read more...] about Notes from the Editor