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We support unions and workers’ struggles throughout the world. We are committed to the advancement of the peace and anti-intervention movements. We stand in opposition to all forms of imperialism and oppression, and we are uncompromising in our defense of the rights of women, people of color, le****ns, g**s and the transgendered. In our pages there is broad coverage of labor, social movements, and

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Steve Early and Suzanne Gordon review a powerful new book about U.K. vets life in the military and after as "civvies," h...
04/19/2022
U.K. War Resister Reflects On Troubled State of “Veteranhood” - New Politics

Steve Early and Suzanne Gordon review a powerful new book about U.K. vets life in the military and after as "civvies," how they are betrayed and resist. https://newpol.org/u-k-war-resister-reflects-on-troubled-state-of-veteranhood/

[PDF][Print]Military service in the U.S. and the U.K. promised more than it ever delivered for many post-9/11 volunteers. As sociologist and Vietnam vet Jerry Lembcke observes, “This generation of veterans went off to Iraq and Afghanistan . . . Read more ›

"Virtually the entirety of fascist, Nazi, white-supremacist and ultra-rightist forces everywhere in the world have been ...
04/09/2022
Can the God of global fascists and Nazis “de-Nazify” a country? - New Politics

"Virtually the entirety of fascist, Nazi, white-supremacist and ultra-rightist forces everywhere in the world have been strongly aligned to the Putin regime."

Virtually the entirety of fascist, Nazi, white-supremacist and ultra-rightist forces everywhere in the world have been strongly aligned to the Putin regime.Read more ›

"The stalemate of the Russian army led to a victory in Kyiv. The Russian forces are obliged to withdraw to the East and ...
04/09/2022
Russia and Ukraine: A Stalemate? A Turning Point? - New Politics

"The stalemate of the Russian army led to a victory in Kyiv. The Russian forces are obliged to withdraw to the East and South of the country. It is a political victory as well as a military one, even if, obviously, the war is not ended and Putin’s Russia can still be victorious."

The stalemate of the Russian army led to a victory in Kyiv. It is a political victory as well as a military one, even if, obviously, the war is not ended and Putin’s Russia can still be victorious.Read more ›

"The Jewish Labor Bund, from its beginning, described itself as a Marxist, revolutionary party, wanting thus to place it...
04/09/2022
The Socialism of the Jewish Labor Bund - New Politics

"The Jewish Labor Bund, from its beginning, described itself as a Marxist, revolutionary party, wanting thus to place itself in the camp of those opposed to the reformist tendencies in the world socialist movement."

This was the socialism of the social-democratic Bund: Opposed to dictatorial Leninism-Stalinism, the Bund, had a democratic vision for a better world and carried on a courageous fight for the dignity and well-being of the Jewish working class.

'The attitude consisting in expressing sorrow for the Ukrainians and claiming to care for their fate by supporting negot...
04/09/2022
Coherence and Incoherence about the War in Ukraine - New Politics

'The attitude consisting in expressing sorrow for the Ukrainians and claiming to care for their fate by supporting negotiations and “peace” in the abstract (which peace?) is rightly seen as hypocritical by Ukrainian socialists.'

What should our attitude be towards arms to Ukraine?

Adorno’s prohibition on war art should inform our social media posting about Ukraine, identifying when it’s useful and w...
03/26/2022
Should We Create Memes about the War in Ukraine? - New Politics

Adorno’s prohibition on war art should inform our social media posting about Ukraine, identifying when it’s useful and when the online Left should be silent

Adorno's prohibition on war art should inform our social media posting about Ukraine, identifying when it's useful and when the online Left should be silent.

The following statement was adopted by dozens of European organizations in March as the basis for taking collective acti...
03/26/2022
European Network of Solidarity with Ukraine and Against War - New Politics

The following statement was adopted by dozens of European organizations in March as the basis for taking collective actions in support of the Ukrainian people as they resist the Russian invasion and occupation of their country

We, collectives of social movements, trade unions, organizations and parties, from Eastern and Western Europe, oppose war and all neocolonialism in the world, want to build a network from below, independent of any government

Art, Tolstoy, and Russian imperialism. New post explores the relationships: https://newpol.org/reading-tolstoys-sevastop...
03/22/2022
Reading Tolstoy's “Sevastopol Sketches” against Russia's Wars on Syria and Ukraine - New Politics

Art, Tolstoy, and Russian imperialism. New post explores the relationships: https://newpol.org/reading-tolstoys-sevastopol-sketches-against-russias-wars-on-syria-and-ukraine/

In the continuities between the Tolstoyan scenes from the “Sevastopol Sketches” and the destruction of Syrian and Ukrainian cities, we perceive constancy in the fundamentally brutal exercise of State powerRead more ›

Sam Farber provides a critical perspective on the economic policies of the Cuban government and of some of its critics, ...
03/19/2022
For a Cuba with Democracy and Solidarity - New Politics

Sam Farber provides a critical perspective on the economic policies of the Cuban government and of some of its critics, and offers an alternative to both

Sam Farber provides a critical perspective on the economic policies of the Cuban government and of some of its critics, and offers an alternative to both.

The "Social Movement"’s appeal to Leftists around the world on how to help Ukraine stop Russian aggression and rebuild c...
03/19/2022
The Ukrainian "Social Movement" Appeal to Leftists - New Politics

The "Social Movement"’s appeal to Leftists around the world on how to help Ukraine stop Russian aggression and rebuild cities

We hope that leftists around the world - for whom working-class solidarity and an anti-war stance are core values - will help us do just that.Read more ›

Marvin S. Zuckerman reviews Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration by Frank Wolff
03/13/2022
The Soul of the Bund: A Review of Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration - New Politics

Marvin S. Zuckerman reviews Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration by Frank Wolff

Being a Bundist changed their lives. They were now part of a special, national culture. They fought back. They attended lectures and read. They acquired a new socialist lens through which to look at the world. They joined Bundist cultural circles where ideas, books, and philosophies were discussed.....

Pyotr Akopov, writing for a Russian state-owned publication, presents several of Putin’s central ideological and strateg...
03/13/2022
The World According to Russian Propaganda - New Politics

Pyotr Akopov, writing for a Russian state-owned publication, presents several of Putin’s central ideological and strategic views

We at New Politics don’t usually publish rightwing positions or articles from state agencies, but we make an exception here because we believe it is important to understand Vladimir Putin’s worldview and his long-term goals.Read more ›

03/09/2022

Any setback to Russian imperialism "is above all thanks to the extraordinary and unexpected resistance of the Ukrainian army and, more broadly, of the Ukrainian population (100,000 people enlisted in the territorial defense units; which in no way excludes other forms of citizen involvement in the resistance to the invasion)." More here: https://newpol.org/the-russian-army-is-a-paper-tiger-and-the-paper-is-now-on-fire/

#ICYMI in the Winter 2022 print issue, recently posted on our website: A round table on the right to defend abortion rig...
02/24/2022
The Fight to Defend Abortion Rights: A Roundtable - New Politics

#ICYMI in the Winter 2022 print issue, recently posted on our website: A round table on the right to defend abortion rights: https://newpol.org/symposium/the-fight-to-defend-abortion-rights-a-roundtable/

[PDF][Print]We at New Politics have been horrified by the passage of laws in Texas and Mississippi aimed at reversing Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that upheld women’s right to choose an abortion. The . . . Read more ›

Review of Jeffrey B. Perry books on Hubert Harrison, in the new print issue, recently posted on the website: https://new...
02/16/2022
The Life and Political Contributions of Hubert Harrison - New Politics

Review of Jeffrey B. Perry books on Hubert Harrison, in the new print issue, recently posted on the website: https://newpol.org/review/the-life-and-political-contributions-of-hubert-harrison/

[PDF][Print]With the completion of his biography of Hubert Harrison, Jeffrey B. Perry has made a monumental contribution to our understanding of one of Black history’s most important yet neglected figures. Hubert Henry Harrison (1883-1927) was the first . . . Read more ›

"The U.S. government wants to expand its influence, while we on the internationalist left oppose Russia, NATO, and the U...
02/13/2022
Biden Sends Troops to Eastern Europe - Step Towards War? - New Politics

"The U.S. government wants to expand its influence, while we on the internationalist left oppose Russia, NATO, and the United States and support self-determination for Ukraine."

U.S. President Joseph Biden has begun to send small numbers of U.S. troops to Eastern European nations—some 8,500 altogether have been put on high alert—though none will go to Ukraine, which is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Is this a first step toward war?

"As socialists, we have a responsibility to speak out and to act against our own government’s imperialist role in the wo...
02/10/2022
What the DSA International Committee's Ukraine Statement Gets Wrong - New Politics

"As socialists, we have a responsibility to speak out and to act against our own government’s imperialist role in the world, but we also have a responsibility to condemn the imperialisms of other powers and stand with the victims of oppression everywhere. The statement’s biggest weakness is its remarkable failure to say a word about Russia’s role in this crisis, consequently creating an incomplete, slanted, and distorted view that makes it impossible to understand what’s actually happening, much less to take a principled position on it."

The DSA International Committee statement on Ukraine rightly criticizes NATO but is silent on Russia's role in the current crisis

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Steve Early and Suzanne Gordon review a powerful new book about U.K. vets life in the military and after as "civvies," how they are betrayed and resist. https://newpol.org/u-k-war-resister-reflects-on-troubled-state-of-veteranhood/
'Those who advocate “peace” while opposing the Ukrainians’ right to acquire weapons for their defense are counterposing peace to fighting. In other words, they are wishing for the capitulation of Ukraine.'
Exclusive interview with expert scholar/activist Helen Lackner about the 8-year war waged against and in Yemen: https://newpol.org/the-yemen-crisis-an-interview-with-helen-lackner/
"Virtually the entirety of fascist, N**i, white-supremacist and ultra-rightist forces everywhere in the world have been strongly aligned to the Putin regime."
Interview with Vitaliy Dudin, head of the Ukrainian democratic socialist organization Sotsyalnyi Rukh (Social Movement)
"The stalemate of the Russian army led to a victory in Kyiv. The Russian forces are obliged to withdraw to the East and South of the country. It is a political victory as well as a military one, even if, obviously, the war is not ended and Putin’s Russia can still be victorious."
"The Jewish Labor Bund, from its beginning, described itself as a Marxist, revolutionary party, wanting thus to place itself in the camp of those opposed to the reformist tendencies in the world socialist movement."
'The attitude consisting in expressing sorrow for the Ukrainians and claiming to care for their fate by supporting negotiations and “peace” in the abstract (which peace?) is rightly seen as hypocritical by Ukrainian socialists.'
Walden Bello, who is running for vice president in the Philippines, is facing a barrage of right-wing attacks that may put his physical safety in jeopardy. Please consider signing this Statement of Support for Prof. Bello.
Viet Than Nguyen posted the following statement on his page on March 18, 2022. We thank him for permission to publish it.
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Interview with a Volunteer from the Kiev Territorial Defense
Adorno’s prohibition on war art should inform our social media posting about Ukraine, identifying when it’s useful and when the online Left should be silent