Ukraine : On the influence of fascism in EuroMaidan

AN INTERVIEW WITH MIRA, ANDREI, AND SASCHA OF ANTIFASCIST ACTION UKRAINE

ukraine-far-rightSascha, Andrei, and Mira are members of AntiFascist Union Ukraine, a group that monitors and fights fascism in Ukraine. We sat down to talk about the influence of fascism in EuroMaidan, this is what they told me :

Sascha : There are lots of Nationalists here, including Nazis. They came from all over Ukraine, and they make up about 30% of protesters.

Mira : The two biggest groups are Svoboda and Pravy Sektor (Right Sector). The defense forces aren’t 100% Pravy but a large percentage is.

S : Svoboda is more legal as a group, but they also have an illegal militant faction. Pravy Sektor is more illegal, but they want to usurp Svoboda.

Left Opposition: Ukraine will be saved from intervention by solidarity

Left-Opposition-UkraineThe socialist union "Left Opposition" offers its assessment of the Russian aggression in Crimea and the destructive role of Ukrainian nationalists. The intervention of Russian armies was made possible as a result of a split in Ukrainian society. Its unity is impossible with the oligarchs and chauvinists in power. Only solidarity will save Ukraine.

1) We are for the self determination of Crimea only after the withdrawal of the Russian armies that are carrying out this flagrant intervention. We are for the self determination of the people, and not of the mercenary elite who "self determine" so as to protect themselves from Crimeans with the muzzles of Russian automatic weapons. The outcome of separatism in Crimea will become the rebirth of the Russian empire, which threatens a world war.

Maidan and Its Contradictions: Interview with a Ukrainian Revolutionary Syndicalist

Correspondent(s)

maidan-and-its-contradictionsFor weeks and weeks, we have been looking at Ukrainian events, trying to make sense of what has been happening in Kyiv and other cities. We had read many texts, comments and interviews and discussed about Maidan, but we had been always arriving only at new questions to be answered. Thus, when a possibility occurred to get in touch with Ukrainian comrades one of us tried to use it as best as he could. As a result of that effort and thanks to kindness and patience of Denis from a Kyiv branch of a revolutionary syndicalist group called Autonomous Workers Union the following interview came into existence. Hopefully, it will provide you with many useful insights into the Maidan movement and its context.

Ukraine : ni troupes russes, ni fascisme, ni institutions euro-atlantiques

3 mars par Catherine Samary

Ukraine : ni troupes russes, ni fascisme, ni institutions euro-atlantiquesLa chute de Ianoukovitch n’est pas “un coup” fasciste ; mais la composition et les orientations du “gouvernement d’union” soutenu par les puissances occidentales vont faire exploser l’Ukraine.
Les présentations complotistes et polaires occultent les enjeux sociaux et démocratiques, en s’appuyant sur une part de vérité.

Du coté de Maidan : C’est un mouvement populaire, défiant envers tous les partis, qui a fait chuter Ianoukovitch, à cause de ses propres méthodes : plus que sur l’Europe, Maidan s’est massivement mobilisé contre “la famille” régnante, oligarchique et le cours de plus en plus répressif et personnel du régime, en craignant qu’une intégration aux projets de Poutine aggrave ces dérives.

On the situation in Ukraine

BUDRAITSKIS Ilya*

19 February 2014

 BudraitskisIn Kiev tens of thousands risk their lives to protect the Maiden from police aggression. A participant in the January protests, socialist activist Ilya Budraitskis, argues that the left needs to be a stronger and more visible force in the movement.

 Ilya, you’re active in the “Socialist Movement of Russia” and were in Kiev to observe the recent protests. What was the reason for your visit?

Ilya Budraitskis – We have strong links to the left in Ukraine and I travelled to Kiev two weeks ago in the wake of anti-demonstration laws that rendered Ukraine a virtual police state.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar Rising: The Most Divided City in Bosnia is Standing up to Nationalism and Government Corruption

25 February by Revolution News

Photo: Avi BlechermanEvery day more and more citizens are overcoming their fears and misconceptions and joining the protest movement in Mostar, one of the most essential cities active in the current uprising in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They gather every day, and have plenums (popular assemblies) a few times a week. They teach themselves direct democracy and activism – they will not be victims anymore. They are building civil power through direct action, and aim to reclaim their lives – the war is not over.

About six months ago, this amazing man Muharem Hindić – aka “Mušica” or “fly” in english – stood here and demonstrated alone.
Photo: Avi Blecherman

Every day, Mušica would stand in the square near city hall, holding a banner in his hand, protesting the government’s ineffectiveness that led to the lack of medical attention which caused the death of a sick baby. Government officials could not decide who should take responsibility for the care of the baby, and time ran out before they acted. Beyond the tragedy of the case, the incident serves as a symbol of how stuck the every day lives of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina are, when politics and politicians are not in service of the citizens, but a burden weighing on their shoulders.

UKRAINE: Communique №1 of "Borotba" Union and center of antifascist resistance from 25 February 2014

 BorotbaAs "Borotba" predicted in the November-December, victory of Maidan will lift to power ultraliberal and Nazi block. Approximate composition of new government recently published just proves our conclusion.

Future Premier Arsenii Yatsenyuk, whose candidature was actively supported by EU bureaucrats (Elmar Brock), stated: "Western world will help come out of a crisis... Immediate help from our European partners is required. Program with IMF should be resumed immediately."

We remind that the requirement for the gaining IMF money is the raising taxes for population to the level of world prices, reduction of social benefits and acceleration of neoliberal reforms. This Yatsenyuk's statement means that new government will listen to the voice of international financial structures, but not the voice of people.

Ukraine – Quelle victoire ?

SAMARY Catherine
24 février 2014

2014-02-26 01 SamaryPrès de 80 morts sur les pavés de Maïdan, devenus les martyrs du peuple tout entier révolté, ont fait basculer une part importante de l'appareil politique et policier du président Ianoukovitch, se déclarant « du côté du peuple ». S'agit-il d'une sortie de crise ?

Le parlement a voté vendredi 21 février le retour à la Constitution de 2004 contre l'évolution présidentialiste du régime, puis décidé la libération de l'opposante libérale Ioulia Timochenko en prison depuis deux ans. Dénonçant un « coup d'Etat », Viktor Ianoukovitch a quitté Kiev et aurait été empêché de s'envoler vers la Russie par les gardes frontières, dans son propre fief du Donetsk. Les députés l'ont déclaré dans l'incapacité d'exercer le pouvoir.

Ukraine's Protest Movement: Is a 'Left Sector' Possible?

BUDRAITSKIS Ilya, 12 February 2014

Political analysis from Ilya Budraitskis written as he visited Kiev in the midst of revolution.

EbpoMaidanBack in mid-December, our estimate of Ukraine's political crisis as a "revolutionary situation" resulted in a lot of critical reviews. Further, the use of the word "revolution" in the context of Ukraine was condemned as a kind of sacrilege, because the events in Kiev appeared to be totally incomparable to the grandeur of past revolutions. There are no proclamations about the beginning of a new world, and no discussions of the socialization of property, while the social order established over the last two decades of post-Soviet rule has itself not been called into question. But a revolution's political content may not totally correspond to its dynamics: the masses' actual experience, their determination and ability to organize on their own, may be far ahead of their "political imagination." And if the revolution fails simply by virtue of a lack of independent political projects, it never ceases to be a revolution.

J’ai vu l’autre Ukraine, celle qui célèbre les SS et crimes nazis

MONNIER Louis, 3 décembre 2013

svoboda-partyDepuis que l’Ukraine a refusé de signer un accord d’association avec l’Union européenne, d’imposantes manifestations pro-européennes ont lieu à Kiev, la capitale. En leur sein, on trouve paradoxalement des partisans de la formation politique ultra-nationaliste Svoboda. Une présence qui mène Louis Monnier, professeur d’histoire-géographie à la retraite, à relater une scène à laquelle il a assisté il y a quelques mois.

Édité par Hélène Decommer

[Pour les photos qui accompagnent cet article, se reporter à la version originale sur le site du Nouvel Obs.]

En ces temps où l’on parle de l’Ukraine pour son refus de signer un accord avec l’UE et les manifestations pro-européennes qui en découlent, voici un autre visage du pays, que j’ai pu voir de mes propres yeux.

Cet été, je me suis rendu dans la région de Brody, dans l’ouest ukrainien, avec une amie canadienne d’origine ukrainienne (et ukrainophone). Le 21 juillet 2013, j’ai assisté à un événement assez surprenant pour un européen occidental.

MANIFIESTO DE LAS MARCHAS DE LA DIGNIDAD

NO AL PAGO DE LA DEUDA
NI UN RECORTE MÁS
FUERA LOS GOBIERNOS DE LA TROIKA
PAN, TRABAJO Y TECHO PARA TODOS Y TODAS

2014-02-21 01 Marcha DignidadEn 2014 nos encontramos ante una situación extremadamente difícil, una situación límite, de emergencia social, que nos convoca a dar una respuesta colectiva y masiva de la clase trabajadora, la ciudadanía y los pueblos.
Millones de trabajadores y trabajadoras se encuentran sin empleo. Tener unas manos para trabajar; tener una carrera terminada; disponer de tu capacidad tanto manual como intelectual y no encontrar un trabajo digno es humillante. Se está desperdiciando el talento colectivo de una sociedad, hipotecando indefinidamente su futuro. Los trabajadores y trabajadoras no se merecen este atropello a nuestra dignidad colectiva.

Contre l'agrobusiness, quelle agriculture paysanne?

Intervention de Roxanne Mitralias à l'école anticapitaliste le 17/03/2013

Introduction : Pourquoi s’intéresser à l’agriculture et l’alimentation ?

2014-02-19 02 contre-lagrobusinessParce-que tout simplement, sans cultiver la terre et sans manger, un autre monde n’est pas possible. N’oublions pas que dans les pays en crise, se nourrir redevient une priorité absolue.

Parce-que cette thématique est à cheval entre travail et nature (on produit depuis la nature avec elle), elle se situe donc entre social et écologique, elle combine revendications immédiates et projet émancipateur (demander de plafonner les aides de la PAC, c’est privilégier les modes de production plus respectueux de l’environnement par exemple).  C’est une bataille globale mais se décline aussi en expériences locales (paniers de légumes, coopératives alimentaires…). Enfin elle est sectorielle (puisque il s’agit d’un combat syndical dans la paysannerie) et en même temps concerne l’ensemble de la population quand il s’agit d’alimentation.

Open Letter of support for Citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Open Letter of support for Citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina  We, the undersigned, express our full support for the legitimate demands and justified outrage of citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Their cry for a decent life, true democracy, solidarity that knows no borders—be them ethnic, national or religious, social equality and justice—resonates throughout the world. In a similar fashion to the citizens of Tahrir, Zuccotti Park, Taksim or Syntagma, the Bosnian protestors showed a courage to go beyond all institutional obstacles and all limitations that governments around the world impose on their citizens and reclaimed their streets and squares. The people of Bosnia-Herzegovina are standing against the system of exploitation, injustice and inequality that has been serving only and exclusively a tiny political, economic and financial elite.

Révolte sociale en Bosnie-Herzégovine : « Qui sème la misère récolte la colère »

par Catherine Samary

2014-02-17 02 bosnian-revolutionLe printemps est en avance sur le froid qui règne. Nul ne sait jusqu'où ira l'explosion sociale et démocratique. Mais dores et déjà, on sait qu'elle laissera des traces profondes et pourrait faire tâche d'huile : les peuples de la région commencent à voir « ce qui fait système », tant dans les griefs que dans les aspirations exprimées. De la dénonciation des « privatisations criminelles » on pourrait voir émerger celle des institutions euro-atlantistes qui les ont encadrées.

The Exceptional Meaning of the Tuzla Plenum

The following is an article by 'Radnicka Borba' (Workers' Struggle).

2014-02-17 01 radnicka-borba logoThe most significant gain to date of the workers' uprising in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the foundation and daily activities of the Tuzla Plenum. It's natural that in the town where the uprising began, where from the very beginning the strength of the movements' working base was most clearly expressed – which had gathered around it the students, the unemployed and pensioners – would be the first to introduce into the life of the country a new political form in the service of the oppressed.

Une transition énergétique… à l’envers, ou quand les villes grecques se transforment en chambres à gaz !

2014-02-12 02 athens-winter-smog

Quel pourrait être le rapport de la transition énergétique à la crise actuelle de la dette et aux politiques d’austérité draconienne qui en résultent un peu partout en Europe ? Ou en d’autres termes, comment se présente la transition énergétique non pas en théorie, mais en pratique dans cette Europe balayée par la crise ?

Spain: popular resistance delivers results

 by Esther Vivas

Esther VivasVictory against Madrid’s hospital privatisation – and other recent struggles in Spain – shows popular resistance delivers results.

Resisting is pointless”, we hear endlessly repeated. “So many years of protest but the crisis continues, why bother?” insist others, inoculating us with apathy and resignation. “Protests could lead to something that’s even worse”, whispers the machinery of fear. They want us submissive, heads bowed. Dreams of change are forbidden. However, history rebels, indomitable. And it shows us, despite the naysayers, that struggle is worth it. The victories against the privatisation of the Madrid’s public health system, of the Gamonal neighbourhood standing up to speculators and the corrupt, of the cleaners in their battle for jobs in the capital and the struggle against evictions and the banks, are good examples.

Bosnia anti-government protests spread

2014-02-08 bosnian-revolution 01What started as a demonstration by unpaid workers in the north has expanded to more cities and other issues

Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in cities across Bosnia on Friday, as demonstrations by unpaid workers in the northern city of Tuzla spread to other parts of the country and morphed into widespread discontent — in an election year — about unemployment and rampant corruption.

Miguel Romero (“Moro”): Revolutionary dignity

Tuesday 28 January 2014, by Manuel Garí

Miguel RomeroOn January 26 in Madrid, cancer finally conquered the tenacious resistance of Miguel Romero Baeza (born Melilla, 1945). A journalist and revolutionary militant, who experienced and fought the Franco dictatorship and the capitalist system with the same passion, intelligence and dignity which with he faced his disease. He never lost the capacity of indignation faced with injustice, he was always on the side of those at the bottom, was immune to accommodation and at all times maintained analytical lucidity and decisiveness in action. As happened with so many others and other revolutionaries, his was first sensitivity towards other people’s suffering, then an ethical option (“with the poor people of this earth I want to share my fate ") and later, only later, came tactics and strategy, party and program. He lived exactly as he thought. Neither a drop of ambition, nor an ounce of profit. Decently. Austerely. Incorruptible.

Miguel Romero 'Moro', la dignidad revolucionaria 

 MANUEL GARÍ, Miembro del consejo editorial de Viento Sur

Miguel Romero MoroEl cáncer pudo, finalmente, el 26 de enero en Madrid, con la tenaz resistencia de Miguel Romero Baeza (Melilla, 1945). Periodista y militante revolucionario, que vivió y combatió a la dictadura franquista y al sistema capitalista con la misma pasión, inteligencia y dignidad con la que enfrentó su enfermedad. Nunca perdió la capacidad de indignación frente a la injusticia, siempre se puso del lado de las gentes de abajo, fue inmune al acomodo, en todo momento mantuvo la lucidez analítica y la decisión en la acción. Lo suyo, como ocurrió con tantos otros y otras revolucionarios, primero fue una sensibilidad hacia el sufrimiento ajeno, luego una opción ética ("con los pobres de la Tierra quiero yo mi suerte echar") y más tarde, sólo más tarde, vinieron la táctica y la estrategia, el partido y el programa. Vivió exactamente como pensaba. Ni una gota de ambición, ni un gramo de lucro. Decentemente. Austeramente. Incorruptible.