Category: War and peace

A brief response about my purported “change of position”

A response to Jean Vogel’s critique of Achcar’s “For a democratic antiwar position on the invasion of Ukraine.”

The strange change of position of Gilbert Achcar

A reply to Achcar’s “For a democratic antiwar position on the invasion of Ukraine”

For a democratic antiwar position on the invasion of Ukraine

Some basic principles for avoiding the twin dangers of favoring the aggressor and extreme nationalism.

Deconstructing Campist Narratives on Ukraine

Campism does not know how to separate states from nations, nations from populations, and populations from communities. Its social understanding starts and ends at states and organizations. One must separate the Ukrainian state from the Ukrainian people, and one must separate the Ukrainian people from the ethnic minorities of the region.

The Ukraine Discourse and Its Consequences

The Russo-Ukrainian War is a conflict that exposes the deep chasms on what self-proclaimed internationalists perceive as internationalism, what self-proclaimed anti-imperialists perceive as anti-imperialism, and even what self-proclaimed socialists perceive as socialism. Many organizations of the “anti-war left” in the West have taken a route of intellectual laziness, frequently regurgitating Russian state narratives directly from the Kremlin as they are most convenient to counter Western state narratives.

The Class War In Ukraine

The Ukrainian people have a right to defend their self-determination and autonomy, the Russian state is the aggressor, and the West has taken advantage of Ukrainian politics for its own imperialist benefit.

Stand Firm ILWU with Ukraine

An open letter from union members to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union calling on it to maintain its opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Limits of Western Economic War with Russia and the Failure of Climate Policy

Anti-war protest in Lisbon

An attempt to understand the economic war being waged alongside the military conflict in Ukraine, the resulting disruption of energy markets, and their place in the broader social and ecological crises shaking capital.

What is the significance of the Saudi oil decision?

What are we to make of the Saudi vote to cut OPEC+ oil production?

Interview on the War in Ukraine with Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky replies to some questions regarding his views on the Ukraine war.

Of Course the Allies Should Have Bombed Auschwitz

Bombing Auschwitz would not have diverted significantly from the actual war effort.  It would have saved thousands or tens of thousands of lives and would have let the world know that Allied moral outrage was more than feel-good propaganda.

Support Ukrainian Resistance and Disempower Fossil Capital

A new anti-militarist movement must uphold solidarity with the civil as well as armed resistance of the Ukrainian people, and with the Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian leftists who oppose the Putin regime’s war.

Unions Strive to Keep Ukraine’s Mines Running, Protect Civilians and Appeal for Solidarity

The NGPU and our leading organizations consider Russia’s attack to be a cynical attempt by the Russian regime to destroy Ukraine and its people.

DSA Discusses Ukraine—Without an International Socialist Perspective

The Democratic Socialists of America organized a panel discussion on Ukraine on August 28, but it made no reference to the central issue of Ukraine’s right to self-determination.

Ukraine: Between Hope and Fear

While I share the apprehensions of many, those of us on the international socialist left also have hopes that war in Ukraine can lead to making the world a better and safer place.

Ukraine and the Dangers of Nuclear War

Should we oppose arms to Ukraine because of the risks of nuclear war?

Laurent Schwartz: The Vicissitudes of an Internationalist

The first of an occasional series of articles on the lives of figures of the French left.
For more than a decade, from 1936 to 1947, Laurent Schwartz (1915-2002), the famous mathematician, was a Trotskyist in France, though that was only one . . .

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Russia: An Imperialist Power or a “Non-Hegemonic Empire in Gestation”? A reply to the Argentinean economist Claudio Katz An Essay (with 8 Tables)

Since the year 2001 I have defended the thesis that Russia is an imperialist power.

The War on Ukraine

An Interview with a Ukrainian Socialist

A Ukrainian socialist activist discusses the Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion and the situation of the Ukrainian left.

Ukraine, Sanctions, and the Refugee Crisis

An interview with Khury Petersen-Smith

New Politics interviews scholar Khury Petersen-Smith about the war in Ukraine, the role of the US and NATO, the politics of sanctions, and protection of refugees.

The Italian Left and the War in Ukraine

Pietro Maestri discusses positions of various left groups in Italy regarding the war in Ukraine and calls for solidarity with the Ukrainian resistance.

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