The National Question

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So, we are still dealing with problems of nationalism and tribalism. It’s pretty pathetic, but here we are. These two articles, one by Lenin and the other by Stalin, show the way to approach and solve these problems.

Theses on the National Question by V.I. Lenin

The Immediate Task of the Party in the National Question by J.V. Stalin

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Islamic State is Not a New Phenomenon

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Pan-Islamism — a reactionary religious and political ideology which arose in the second half of the XIX century in Sultan Turkey among the Turkish landlords, bourgeoisie, and clergy. Later on it spread among the propertied classes of the other Moslem peoples. Pan-Islamism professed the unification in one whole of all the peoples who worship Islam (Moslem religion). With the help of Pan-Islamism the ruling classes of the Moslem peoples were striving to strengthen their positions and to stifle the revolutionary movement of the toiling peoples of the East.

The aim of Pan-Turkism is to subject all the Turkish peoples to Turkish rule. It arose during the Balkan wars of 1912-13. During the war of 1914-18 it developed into an extremely aggressive and chauvinistic ideology. In Russia, after the October Socialist Revolution, Pan-Islamism and Pan-Turkism were utilised by counter-revolutionary elements for the purpose of combating the Soviet power.

Subsequently the Anglo-American imperialists utilised Pan-Islamism and Pan-Turkism as their agency in the preparation for an imperialist war against the U.S.S.R. and the People’s Democracies and for the purpose of suppressing the national liberation movement.

Source: The Immediate Task of the Party in the National Question by J.V. Stalin (footnote #4)

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The CIA and the Press: When the Washington Post Ran the CIA’s Propaganda Network

Almost from its founding in 1947, the CIA had journalists on its payroll, a fact acknowledged in ringing tones by the Agency in its announcement in 1976 when G.H.W. Bush took over from William Colby…

Source: The CIA and the Press: When the Washington Post Ran the CIA’s Propaganda Network

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Lost and forgotten: The northernmost Lenin statue in the world | Russia Beyond The Headlines

The photos show the northernmost statue of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin, which stands in the abandoned settlement of Pyramiden [Piramida] in the Arctic, on the Spitsbergen archipelago, 2,489 km from Moscow.

Source: Lost and forgotten: The northernmost Lenin statue in the world | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Also, I found this music video that contains footage of Piramida back in the 60’s when it was a vibrant town. Beautiful and melancholy music from a Danish band called Efterklang. – PC

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CounterPunch Radio: Robbie Martin – Episode 64

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Eric Draitser, of CounterPunch Radio, has been putting out some great episodes discussing the U.S. election, its aftermath, and the far-reaching machinations of the capitalist deep state. – PC

Eric welcomes to the show filmmaker and podcaster Robbie Martin to discuss the incoming Trump Administration’s deep ties with neoconservatives, the mainstreaming of far right conspiracism and its transformation into a media force and major constituency, the competing narratives about the anti-Trump protests, and much more. Did you ever wonder why Trump was so adamant about the border wall and his ability to build it? Robbie Martin has an answer, and it connects to Rudy Giuliani and the neocons’ corporate ties with the military-industrial complex. Did you ever wonder why Trump dabbled in the far right conspiracy world? The answer might be as troubling as it is illuminating. Listen to these and many other uncomfortable questions and observations in this wide-ranging conversation.Musical Interlude: Nouvelle Vague – Guns of Brixton

Source: Robbie Martin – Episode 64

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