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Art Is a Dream in Which We Imagine Our Future: The Twentieth Newsletter (2022)

Art Is a Dream in Which We Imagine Our Future: The Twentieth Newsletter (2022)

Originally From: https://thetricontinental.org/newsletterissue/culture/ Dear friends, Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. On 11 May 2022, an Israeli sniper fired at the head of the veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh as she reported on an Israeli military raid on a refugee settlement in Jenin (part of the Occupied Palestine Territories). The snipers continued to fire at the journalists who were with her, preventing them from aiding her. When she finally arrived at Ibn Sina Hospital, she was pronounced dead. After Abu Aqleh’s death, the Israeli military raided her home in occupied East Jerusalem, where they confiscated Palestinian flags and…
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Statement by the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations on the Appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister

Statement by the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations on the Appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister

As the national trade union representing university academics, which has stood firmly behind the ongoing people’s struggle for democracy and economic stability, the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) strongly condemns the non-consultative and self-serving appointment of Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on 12 May 2022. On the Prime Minister’s position becoming vacant because of the resignation of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa on 09 May 2022, it was incumbent on the President, as stated in the Constitution, to appoint as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament “who in his opinion is most likely…
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The war in Ukraine: The questions that must be asked

The war in Ukraine: The questions that must be asked

Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board The deep-rooted and essential causes of a war are revealed not in how a war begins but in how it develops and to what it leads. The American Civil War was not caused by the firing on Fort Sumter. The assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand did not cause World War I. That the Civil War was ultimately about the destruction of slavery (and the resulting unfettered growth of modern capitalism in the United States) would become clear in historical retrospect. That the assassination of Ferdinand in Sarajevo was little more than a…
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End the Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen – Stop Arming the Saudi Dictatorship!

End the Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen – Stop Arming the Saudi Dictatorship!

By Payam Solhtalab Originally From: https://labourhub.org.uk/2022/03/23/end-the-humanitarian-disaster-in-yemen-stop-arming-the-saudi-dictatorship/ This weekend – March 26th/27th – will mark the seventh anniversary of the beginning of the onslaught by a coalition of countries, headed by Saudi Arabia, against Yemen and its people. It’s a war that has exacted a particularly horrific toll on the country and its population, and which continues to do so unchecked as it is by the international community and powers that be.  This bombardment of Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition has utterly devastated critical infrastructure across the country – leaving it in ruins and on the brink of a catastrophe of…
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The Belligerati

The Belligerati

RICHARD SEYMOUR 22 MARCH 2022 Originally From: https://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/the-belligerati The defenestration of dignity and common sense may be among the lesser tragedies of war. But in late capitalism the cynical, the sinister and the stupid tend to be enfolded in the same apocalyptic drive. Consider, for a moment, recent gestures of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, currently suffering under Russia’s increasingly brutal assault. As Western states have imposed vigorous sanctions on Russia, though not as severe as those imposed on Iran or Iraq, others have taken their own initiatives. In the United Kingdom, some supermarkets have taken Russian vodka off the shelves.…
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War is good business

War is good business

Originally From: https://labourhub.org.uk/2022/03/18/war-is-good-business/ A new World Peace Foundation report, Missing in Action: UK arms export controls during war and armed conflict, authored by Anna Stavrianakis, Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex, was published this week. Its findings are unequivocal. Despite the UK’s commitment to a ‘rigorous and robust’ arms export control regime, the outbreak of war or conflict has had little or no restraining effect on UK arms exports. Even where violations of human rights and humanitarian law are documented, UK arms export controls have not restricted transfers in any meaningful way. The report examines UK export patterns in…
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