nationalism

The student parliament: reflections on the Sunflower movement

The Taiwanese students movement against Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China was hardly a radical movement in any way, it nonetheless politicized a lot of people and perhaps opened up space for a more radical critique of existing relations. The following are a few reflections and impressions of events that took place in Taipei from middle of March to beginning of May.

Iranian intellectuals and dependency theory - M. Arman

Fedayeen Khalq guerrilla organization of Iran flag.

An interesting critique of the Iranian intellectual left who had their dogmas - particularly those around anti-imperialist struggle - shattered by the events of the revolution. Also contains interesting information about the development of the Iranian socialist movement.

The great dictator speech - Charlie Chaplin

Silent film star Charlie Chaplin's most famous words on screen, calling for racial equality and the abolition of national borders.

Eastern Ukraine conflict: against the regime in Kiev and the junta in the east - Autonomous Workers Union

As Ukraine slides towards civil war, anarchist group Autonomous Workers Union appeals to the working class to reject both sides and instead fight for their common class interests.

Tragic heroes and victims in zionist ideology - Toine van Teeffelen

Policeman in British Mandate Palestine, 1947.

Article about the ways in which zionism (and particularly left-wing zionism) protects itself from criticism, with discourses around the tragedy of both Jews and Arabs having equal claim to the land of Israel/Palestine.

Statement on the Odessa tragedy - Autonomous Workers Union

An account and analysis of the clashes in Odessa earlier this week between rival groups of Ukrainian and pro-Russian nationalists in which more than 40 people were killed, by the Kiev group of Ukrainian anarchist organisation Autonomous Workers Union.

Ukraine: only action of the proletariat can stop nationalist war

Analysis of the situation in Ukraine as the conflict between pro-Russian and Ukrainian nationalists deepens by Trídní Válka. The English translation of this text is not great but we still feel it contains important points.

Internationalists issue declaration against war in Ukraine

Internationalists and anarchists from Russia and elsewhere have issued a declaration condemning both the Russian and Ukrainian governments, arguing that the working class in both countries should reject nationalism and fight for their own interests.

Orientalism and orientalism in reverse - Sadik Jalal al-’Azm

Edward Said.

Critique of Edward Said's landmark text, Orientalism, using it as a springboard to criticise Arab academics and left intellectuals who have become enamoured with Islam in the wake of the Iranian revolution.