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The alt-right and antifa: way past their shelf-life

Random notes on "anti-imperialism"

The "anti-imperialist" backhanded support for the war on "al Qaeda"

Deconstructing Tariq Ali

Samir Amin's "Beyond U.S. Hegemony"

Is Anarchism, not Marxism, the more relevant left tradition?

Perry Anderson's Weberian turn

Werner Angress's "Stillborn Revolution: the Communist Bid for Power in Germany, 1921-1923" (part one)

Werner Angress's "Stillborn Revolution: the Communist Bid for Power in Germany, 1921-1923" (part two)

Werner Angress's "Stillborn Revolution: the Communist Bid for Power in Germany, 1921-1923" (part three)

Werner Angress’s “Stillborn Revolution: the Communist Bid for Power in Germany, 1921-1923” (part four) Ronald Aronson considers Leon Trotsky

Argentina, vulture funds, and Thomas Griesa

The Collapse of Argentina, part 1: Railway Imperialism

The Collapse of Argentina, part 2: The "Golden Age"

The Collapse of Argentina, part 3: Juan Peron

The Collapse of Argentina, part 4 (conclusion): the incredible shrinking economy

Bakunin: a Marxist critique

Bard College luminaries: enemies of democracy in the Middle East

Paul Baizerman--Presente!

The Belarus Formula

Baathist secularism? In response to Gary Leupp

Baathist truthers

Taking out the Baathist garbage

Newsbud versus Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett

Hunter Biden and geopolitical myopia

Did the Bolsheviks Advocate Socialist Revolution in 1917? A reply to Eric Blanc

Eric Blanc's ersatz socialism

Eric Blanc endorses Joe Biden

Eric Blanc, Leo Panitch, and the Popular Front

21st Century Socialism

Leftist support for BRICS: a faith-based initiative

Rhino horn poaching: brought to you by the BRICS

BRICS: the anti-capitalist critique

Anti-imperialist schemas versus BRICS reality

Heinrich Blucher: street-fighting man

Roland Boer: having his cake and eating it too

The dark night of the soulless bourgeoisie

Reflections on Chechnya

China, Saudi Arabia and the fate of the Uyghurs

Bring back communism?

Rafael Correa and the Chessintern

The counter-offensive against Ashley Smith Critical Muslim

Socialist revolution in Greece--easier said than done

Greece as Rashomon

Greece by the Numbers

Do the Greeks get it?

Greek anarchists and Greek politics

The Greek left: notes from afar

Chris Hedges and the black bloc

Chris Hedges and B. Traven debate the black bloc

Chris Hedges and identity politics

The black bloc, jihadism, and Counterpunch

Holding the black bloc up to scrutiny

The black bloc and the Battle of Seattle

Black bloc, part 1: Italian autonomism

German autonomen: morality police

William Blum's follies

A reply to Jean Bricmont

Alex Callinicos debates New Zealand SWP over Venezuela

Alex Callinicos: propagandist

Castro and the Pope

The Witchfinders Hugo Chavez, Monthly Review, and the Syrian torture state

A Short History of the Syrian Conflict

Corbyn: the strange return of radical politics

Why Jeremy Corbyn lost

Eritrea and the left

Hugh Roberts: ideological defense attorney for a torture state

Young Assadist academics nursing their wounds

Petrified Assadism

An extraordinary meeting on Syria

A look at recent Assadist propaganda

Assad or We Burn the Country

The shifting sands of Assadist propaganda

Chemical attacks, false flags and the fate of Syria

Syria and neo-McCarthyism

Fisking Douma

Robert Fisk's wrong turn

Fisking Douma 2

The rancid politics of the Douma false-flag brigades

Was the Douma chlorine gas attack a "false flag"?

The Douma Gas Attack: What’s the Evidence It was a False Flag?

Douma, Chlorine Gas, and Occam's Razor

Steve Ellner, Syria, and the “leftist utopians”

Response to Rick Sterling's denying torture in Syria

A rejoinder to Vijay Prashad on the Islamic State

Syrian refugees and the amen corner

Contradictions within the Baathist amen corner over Brexit

The latest idiocy from the Baathist amen corner

Jo Cox, the White Helmets and the Baathist amen corner

More stupidity on Syria from Jacobin

Stephen Kinzer and Jeffrey Sachs: latest recruits to the Baathist amen corner

Syrian refugees, Hungary and the "axis of resistance"

Israel joins the "axis of resistance"

The idiot's guide to writing an anti-imperialist article about Syria

On the marbling of al-Nusra and "moderate" Syrian rebels

Should Syria be a litmus test for the leftin the 2016 elections?

Syria From National Independence to Proxy Wars

The Economic Roots of the Syrian Revolution

The Battle of Aleppo

Two other members of the Syria amen corner: Slavoj Zizek and the Nation Magazine

Slavoj Zizek, Turkey and ISIS

Syria and The National Interest

Was Syria a Salafist exception to the Arab Spring? Jonathan Littell's "Syrian Notebooks"

A closer look at Jabhat al-Nusra

Syria, Chechnya and the jihadist gambit

Baathist truthers

An exchange with a member of the Baathist amen corner

Is Europe exporting jihadists to Syria?

The left's on again, off again bromance with jihadists

I run afoul of stringent British libel laws

Patrick L. Smith: the latest inductee into the Baathist hall of shame

Should the left be buoyed by the Syrian election?

In response to "Selling 'Peace Groups' on US-Led Wars

Imperialism, Counterhegemonic blocs, and the Syrian torture revolution

A tale of two conferences on Syria

In response to Jonathan Cook on Syria

Commentary on a Patrick Cockburn commntary

Andrew Cockburn joins the amen corner

Commentary on a Patrick Cockburn's alarming support for American air power

Jonathan Cook proves my point

Yarmouk, Jonathan Cook and the Baathist left

The Provenance of Mint Press News

Why Obama did not make war on Syria

Examining the Piccinin/Quirico testimony

Letter to John Bellamy Foster

Deciphering Omran Daqneesh

Max Blumenthal follows Ben Norton down the bloody primrose path

The Grayzone and the facts of the Ltamenah gas attacks

Grayzone's latest pro-Assad propaganda

The Syrian fascist whose word Max Blumenthal would have you believe

Max Blumenthal and the Streisand Effect

Ben Norton cooks the books

The Integrity Initiative controversy (yawn)

When truth is the first casualty of warfare

In the Court of Leftist Public Opinion

Lessons to be drawn from the ISIS suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia joins the Axis of Resistance

Truth is the first casualty of warfare, especially in Syria

Reading the NY Times on Syria

Reading the NY Times on Syria, part 2

A response to the Jacobin on Kobane

Can regional powers bring peace to Syria?

A guide for the perplexed on Syria

A resource guide for understanding Syria

Were the Saudis and careless rebels responsible for the East Ghouta deaths?

The left and East Ghouta

The Arab Revolt and the conspiracist left

Buyer's remorse over the Arab Spring

Hamid Dabashi, Vijay Prashad, Syria, and the left

Interview with a Syrian-American helping Aleppo

David Bromwich's miscues on Syria

Prospects for the Syrian revolution

The Houla Massacre

Once again on that Arab League report on Syria

Sept. 2nd 2012 Rally for Syria in Washington

Sept. 22nd 2012 Rally for Syria in New York

The conspiracy theory shared by Donald Trump and the left

Did Julian Assange help Trump get elected?>

Putting Ben Norton under a microscope

Charles Glass writes obit for revolution he helped kill Neo-Nazi group attacked in Sacramento is pro-Assad and pro-Putin

N+1, Syria and the Democratic Party

(October 16, 2016) Letter to the N.Y. Times ombudsman on Hugo Chavez

James Bloodworth and the real nightmare threatening Venezuela

Poverty reduction in Venezuela

Hugo Chavez and the Venezuealan Revolution, part one

Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan Revolution, part two

Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan Revolution, conclusion

Chile and the CP

China and Socialism

Notes on China's New Left

Che Guevara biography reviewed

The Juan Cole/Gilbert Achcar controversy

Revolution in Colombia, part 1--the historical background

Revolution in Colombia, part 2--guerrilla origins

Revolution in Colombia, part 3--guerrillas and cocaine

NACLA and Colombia

Jimmy Dore, Joe Rogan, and the left

Reckless charges against the FARC

Costa Rica

Cuban Revolution

Did the Cuban Revolution enforce socialist realism?

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A response to Owen Jones and James Bloodworth on Cuba

Alexander Cockburn, Marc Cooper and Castro's Cuba

Democracy in Cuba

Samuel Farber: avoid Che Guevara, he is not good for you

Samuel Farber versus the Cuban Revolution, part one

Sam Farber article on Cuba in the ISR

Sam Farber's latest folly

Sam Farber, the ISO, and the Angolan Revolution

Sam Farber, the state capitalists and Cuba

How Czechoslovakia Became Communist

Ethiopian History and Politics

Reflections on the Egyptian revolution

Assessing the Egyptian crackdown on imperialist NGO's

Is firebombing a bank an acceptable tactic?

Following the money and mass monuments

Mike Gonzalez on Hugo Chavez

Ghadars, Sikhs, M.N. Roy, German imperialism, and Alexander Berkmant

Sikh Human Rights Vigil at the U.N.

Was Che Guevara a Stalinist?

Hating Russian Orthodoxy

Vaclav Havel and the struggle for socialism in Czechoslovakia

Rohini Hensman’s "Indefensible"

Reflections on Iran

Edward S. Herman and David Peterson: flunkies for Ahmadinejad

A Pentagon-Kremlin conspiracy to back Assad? Who is Seymour Hersh kidding?

Seymour Hersh, Saudi Arabia and the truth about al-Qaeda

Seymour Hersh and Richard Sale's senior moments

Seymour Hersh vindicated on sarin gas attack? Not really

Seymour Hersh and his unnamed sources

Seymour Hersh as Dorian Gray

No, Seymour Hersh, the shish kebab does not favor Sharia law

Theodore Postol falsifies the Seymour Hersh hypothesis

Hong Kong...a Colored Revolution?

The Hong Kong protests and the conspiracist left

Shahed Hussain, the FBI sting artist who has the blood of 20 limousine passengers on his hands

Libya, Syria, and left Islamophobia

Understanding the rise of ISIS

Turkey and ISIS: separating fact from fiction

A reply to an Islamophobe

Who is Gareth Stedman Jones

Notes on Libya

Commentary on Max Ajl's "Notes on Libya"

Qaddafi and the Tuaregs

With the Libyan Rebel

Libya: a nightmare on the brains of the living

Edward S. Herman slipshod writing on Libya

Was Libya attacked because of its attitude toward AFRICOM?

What 5 years of Lexis-Nexis reveals about Libya and the West

Libya, the left, and journalistic integrity

Getting Gaddafi wrong Sarkozy and Gaddafi

In response to Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

Iran on the Brink, part one

Iran on the Brink, part two

A velvet revolution in Iran?

Answering an email on Iran

Haleh Esfandiari

Historical Materialism Conference 2013

HM/Jacobin Conference 2019

Diana Johnstone, Qaddafi, and the dangers of rote thinking

The Eleanor and Ronnie Kasrils story

Ronnie Kasrils book party

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the leftist tilt toward Mohammad bin Salman

Gabriel Kolko's "After Socialism"

Dear Dan Kovalik

Alan J. Kuperman: useful idiot">Alan J. Kuperman: useful idiot"

Lars Lih and Lenin's April Theses

Lars Lih, Revolutionary Continuity, and Permanent Revolution Lars Lih versus Eric Blanc

Liberation Theology

Mairead Maguire: pacification activist

Assessing John Marot

John Marot and the NEP

Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society, v. 1

Thoughts triggered by the passing of Nelson Mandela

Mexico and the left

The battle of Misurata

MRZine sinks to new lows

Monthly Review's love affair with the al-Assad dynasty

Robert Mugabe's downfall: a challenge to the "anti-imperialist" left

An open letter to the editors of N+1 on Syria (Apr. 29, 2016)

Navalny and the left

The NY Review versus Marxism


Nicaraguan contradictions

Horizontalism and the Nicaraguan Crisis

Nicaragua 25 years later: a reply to Lee Sustar

A sectarian version of the lessons of Nicaragua

Nicaragua's industrialists? Say what?

Obama's Ghana speech

Otpor and the Egyptian student movement

Robert Parry's folly

Taking stock of Robert Parry (1949-2018)

Robert Parry up to his old tricks

The People Want

Legacy of Juan Peron

Public opinion polls and the left

The myth of Vladimir Putin's progressivism

Russia Without Putin

Qaddafi and the left

Is Qaddafi an anti-racist?

The anti-anti-Qaddafi left

Qaddafi and the Monthly Review

Qatar, Hamas and IS

Red Star Over Russia

Russiagate and the left

Russiagate redux

Is there anything worth salvaging from the Soviet legacy?” Commentary on Sovietologist Stephen Kotkin

What can we learn from the Russian Revolution?

A reading guide for students of Marxism

Before there was Steven Salaita

Steven Salaita speaks at the New School

Steven Salaita's "Uncivil Rites"

The scum that rises around the Steven Salaita firing

A reply to John Saul

Sectarianism Unbound

Does socialism have a future?

Does anyone ever get the revolution they asked for?

Socialism and religion: what Marx believed

Socialism and Islam

Socialism and democracy

Reimagining socialism

A Socialist Defector

Gene Sharp's goal: liberty in a land of market imperatives

Teodor Shanin and George Soros

George Soros: destroyed by the monster he created

How KPMG and McKinsey ripped off South Africa

The Swedish model (part 1)

Who rules Sweden?

Swedish colonialism, part 1: the persecution of the Sami

Swedish imperialism in Africa

Swedish socialism and eugenics

Getting to the bottom of Swedish social democracy

How Swedish social democracy became neoliberal

Sanders, Sweden and Socialism

Considerations of the post-Sanders era

How should Marxists react to Bernie Sanders becoming the front-runner?

Reflections on Syriza

A panel discussion on Syriza

What's going on in Thailand?

Thoughts prompted by the coup in Thailand

Ahmet Tonak on the AKP-Gulenist confrontation

Ahmet Tonak on 2015 Turkish elections

Uighur oppression

China and the Uyghurs

A sock puppet and the Uighurs A Short History of Uighur Resistance

Grayzone and the Uyghurs

Gray Zone versus the deep state, regime change, Trotskyite devils

Yakunovych's ouster: the myth and the reality

Donetsk in Context

What's going on in the Ukraine?

How class mattered in the Ukrainian and Turkish elections

Two new books on Ukraine

Russiagate, Victor Pinchuk and the Ukrainian kleptocracy

Painting Imperialism and Nationalism Red

The Novorossiya Follies

The Ukrainian National Movement and Great Russian chauvinism

Ukrainian contradictions

The Ukrainian neo-Nazis who oppose NATO and the EU Indefensible Marxism on Ukraine

Lenin's party, Great Russian chauvinism, and the betrayal of Ukrainian national aspirations

Is Russia imperialist?

What to make of state ownership of Gazprom

A time-ine for the Ukraine

On fascists holding ministerial posts in the Ukraine

Max Blumenthal tweets about the Ukraine?

Gauging the power of Ukraine's neo-Nazis

Ukraine, Stalin, Hitler and the American liberal

Does St. Augustine help us understand Stalin?

Stalin, Stalinism and crypto-Stalinism

The Dictator, The Revolution, the Machine: a Political Account of Joseph Stalin

The gangster bilionaire behind Ukraine's president

Michael Urmann Presente!

Why Third Way politics refuses to die

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl goes to Venezuela

How not to write about Venezuela

Ultraleft Counter-Revolutionaries in Venezuela

Zizek, Lenin and firing squads

Is democracy the enemy? A reply to Zizek.

ZNet Orwellianism

Zyuganov's Dilemma