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The rise in economic size and political weight of the BRICS countries (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) has some commentators suggesting they will soon rival the US in strategic terms, providing breathing space for underdeveloped countries vis-a-vis imperialist countries. Some go so far as to say that BRICS itself could turn into an alternative development model. But other analysts say BRICS is part of the imperialist schema, its members harshly exploiting their own workers and engaged in standard capitalist investment and political relationships with other countries. Our panelists, who have long been active not only in analyzing such issues but in activism around them, will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the contending arguments.
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Almost no one in the United States has any reason or interest to see our country get into a war about the Ukraine crisis. We must find ways to speak to the concerns on people's minds, and make public issues of them. The United States government cannot even run the United States properly! A third of the people without adequate access to health care, one child in four classified food-insecure, 50 million in poverty and half the population close to it - in the richest country in the world! No US military involvement in Ukraine! No US arms to Ukraine! We won't fight, we wont't kill in Ukraine! No US involvement with the illegal Nazi junta in Kiev! Talk to Russia, don't threaten it!
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Massive antiwar sentiment in the US and throughout the world has made it difficult for the US to conduct wars today as they did in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. People do not want to see another quagmire with US military boots on the ground. As a result, the US has turned towards militarized drones, special operations forces and the use of US allies, proxies and right-wing forces to push its imperialist agenda in country after country. This is the case in Syria, Africa, Venezuela and with its intervention in Ukraine. The panel will discuss the mechanisms that the US uses to make this happen and the response needed from the antiwar movement today.
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Many antiwar groups have joined with the U.S. in condemning Russia or ISIS or others that the U.S. government sees as its enemy. This has led some to not take up the fight against U.S. military attacks in Libya, Syria or Ukraine. However, it is the U.S. that is the main terrorist force and the cause of war in all these areas. This panel will discuss the role of the U.S. military abroad and how we can stop it
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Hosted by Mat Callahan, this session will bring together the music of international artists as they merge folkloric and global sounds.
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An exposé of the behind-the-scenes mechanisms between the Obama administration and the Neo-Nazi coup government in Kiev. Who are the forces in East Ukraine fighting the U.S./E.U./NATO-backed regime?
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Lenin had written in Imperialism that, The receipt of high monopoly capital …makes it economically possible for them to corrupt certain sections of the working class .. and for a time a fairly considerable minority and win them to the side of the bourgeoisie of a given industry or nation against all others.” This quote from Lenin is most art in the era of financialization when the military management of the international is hidden by humanitarianism and psychological warfare against all citizens of the world. The new forms of military, cultural economic, financial and humanitarian imperialism are not always understood by progressive forces leading the inability to properly organize anti-imperialist forms of resistance. This panel seeks to elaborate on the nature of imperialism today and the tasks of the Left to build a genuine anti-imperialist movement to build a new society and a new internationalism.
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The United States holds itself the only sovereign country in the world. It perpetrates "regime change" in countries as different as Iraq and Ukraine, whereas the right to determine a country's government belongs exclusively to its own people. "Regime change" violates every principle of international law. It also violates the Constitution of the United States. It is undeclared war, whereas only Congress can declare war. There is more. It kidnaps citizens of other countries on their own territory for “rendition” to secret prisons. Even the sovereignty of France can be violated: the United States fined a French bank for violation of sanctions against Iran, as if the French government were not the sole rightful arbitrator in the case. The result is an acute threat to world peace. The expansion of NATO and the stationing of heavy weapons right up to Russia’s borders cross “red lines” for Russia. Due to the failure of “regime change” in Syria the United States confronts desperate choices. Yet the peace movement is scattered and little heard. People’s resistance can be very effective. Attempts to demonize Fidel Castro and Cuba have never succeeded because progressive forces are broadly united in their support. Aggression against Venezuela faces limits for the same reason. U.S. We must organizedto bring the truth to the people and arouse them!
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A critical look at the role of the European Union and its brutal neo-liberal policies in Greece. Special attention will be paid to the SYRIZA party and its' compliance with neo-liberal E.U. policies that it once opposed and its impact on the working class. A focus will be on building alternatives to SYRIZA and capitalism. Two of our speakers are activists in the Greek OKDE-Spartacos, part of the ANTARSYA coalition, Left opponents of SYRIZA. Our Greek speakers will appear live via SKYPE.
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Professor Levon Chorbaijian will discuss how Turkey rewrote history after the 1915 Armenian Genocide in which the Assyrians,and Pontic Greeks were killed, and the rest sent into exile. Professor Henry Theriault will discuss "Reparations as Radical Transformation." A narrow capitalistic, individual, legalistic approach does not address all the harms done to victims. Anoush Ter Taulian will discuss the intergenerational trauma that led her to become a lifetime Armenian activist and Artsakh (the part of Armenian liberated from Azeri conquerors) veteran.