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Message to Left ‘Anti-imperialists.”

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This stands up well.

Message to “left” denialists

To all those who denied the fact of Putin/Assad atrocities in Syria or ignored it; to all those who amplified the claim that the gas attacks there were a false flag; to all those who provide political cover for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine by constantly chanting “NATO, NATO, NATO”; to all those who can only see the (relatively few) fascists in Ukraine and ignore the far more powerful influence of fascism in Russia; to all those who hide behind the claim that this is simply an inter-imperialist war and therefore socialists should take no side at all: To the extent that you have any influence whatsoever, you must take responsibility for the atrocities carried out in Bucha and elsewhere. You must take responsibility for the people tortured to death, women raped, children dead of pneumonia because they couldn’t leave their cold, dank cellar.

Yes, I’m talking to you UNAC, American Peace Council, Black Agenda Report, Stop the War Coalition, Code Pink, and all the various “socialist” groups and individuals who accepted even part of this criminal line. Will you now ignore these atrocities in Bucha just as you have been the atrocities carried out in Mariupol, both of which were carried out by the fascist loving Putin? Or will you blame the US, thereby covering up for the fascist loving Putin once again? Or will you attempt to intellectualize it to death, showing the lack of the least little bit of human empathy? You don’t deserve the title of “left”, never mind “socialist”. It will be most interesting to see how you wiggle out of this.

See also this French article from the radical left:


Tandis que rebelles syriens et zapatistes expriment leur soutien à la résistance ukrainienne, une partie de la gauche occidentale reste coincée entre débats géopolitiques et propagande russe – quitte à occulter la voix des peuples en lutte sur le terrain. Les journalistes et militants Taras Bilous et Leila al-Shami dénoncent ici les errements du campisme « de gauche ».

While Syrian rebels and Zapatistas express their support for the Ukrainian resistance, part of the Western left remains stuck between geopolitical debates and Russian propaganda – even if it means obscuring the voice of the peoples in struggle on the ground. Journalists and activists Taras Bilous and Leila al-Shami denounce here the errors of “ left ” campism.

To this add the above list of anti-imperialism of fools : Transcripts from “Marxists Speak Out on the Conflict between Russia and Imperialism” International Meeting Ian Donovan’s mini-International.

 Hitlerism has been recreated in Ukraine under US sponsorship. The US is still trying to do what Hitler tried and failed to do. Like the Third Reich, the US and NATO need to be smashed.

Our position on this war is that we are for the defence of Russia, and we give military support to Putin’s forces based on the stated objectives of Putin, which we consider defensive.

We extend critical support to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is because we classify Russia, not as imperialist, but rather as a nationalist and dependent bourgeois regime in conflict with imperialism. We support Russia’s right to defend its national sovereignty against imperialist aggression on its borders, up to and including the use of military force.”

And another Red-Brown site with links to the ‘Marxist’ Parti du Travail Belge’s Michel Collon, “He built his reputation through the promotion of complotist and « red-brown » theories” .


L’info n’est pas un luxe, c’est un droit.

Des responsables américains admettent qu’ils sont littéralement en train de mentir au public à propos de la Russie

How the US instigated the Ukraine crisis

US intervention, both open and secret, has been a major driver of the events in Ukraine. The US has instigated the conflict. Ukrainians and Russians are now paying the price.

Let us hope that the violence ends quickly and a genuinely independent Ukraine, no longer a tool of the United States, emerges.

Rick Sterling is a journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be contacted at rsterling1@protonmail.com.

And this Red Brown Front:

Meanwhile today in Paris:


Written by Andrew Coates

April 16, 2022 at 4:29 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on A Riverside View and commented:
    Well done to all on the left standing against the Putin supporting left. What’s said here is powerful as well as heartbreaking and needed to be said.

    Kevin Algar

    April 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm

  2. Thank you!


    April 16, 2022 at 6:06 pm

  3. “Ian Donovan’s mini-International”

    How mini is mini ? Is it literally just him ?


    April 16, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    • Alas no. He has some allies, one in Brazil, with whom I had a furious row last night on FB about “do imperialismo yanque” and its role in Ukraine.

      Donovan and Downing seem to have become reconciled as well…

      Andrew Coates

      April 16, 2022 at 7:38 pm

      • https://www.consistent-democrats.org/uncategorized/sign-the-mayday-declaration-against-natos-proxy-imperialist-war-on-russia/

        Sign the Mayday declaration against NATO’s proxy imperialist war on Russia
        commexplor Uncategorized April 16, 2022 4 Minutes

        Liga Communista and classconscious.org have launched an appeal for groups and individuals to sign an open letter to be distributed on May Day 2022 against the imperialist NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine and for the right of Russia to defend itself against imperialist encroachment.

        The open letter hopes to build on the momentum of the panel initiated by the two groups held on March 26th “Marxists speak out against the conflict between Russia and imperialism”.

        As the imperialist offensive deepens in Ukraine and the drive towards WW3 accelerates, it is an essential political task for anti-imperialist forces to also deepen our collaboration. We must work together to build the socialist leadership of a genuinely anti-war movement that is built upon the twin goals of fighting imperialism and building socialism.

        To sign the letter please send an email to: ClassConscious@protonmail.com or


        Some of the groups involved in the March 26th panel are putting out a call for joint actions on May Day through marching in a united front style bloc together at May Day marches. This is a separate political initiative. To join this initiative please email mayday2022@protonmail.com .

        On May Day, the international day of solidarity of the workers of the world, the following groups and individuals proclaim our united opposition to the greatest threat to the global working class: imperialist war. We declare our refusal to accommodate ourselves to the war drive of world imperialism against Russia. We hoist on our banners today the following:

        • Down with NATO’s proxy imperialist war in Ukraine!

        • for the right of Russia to defend itself against imperialist encroachment!

        Those on the Left who seek to emulate the propaganda of the ruling class by reducing this global conflict to a national struggle for Ukrainian “self-determination” ignore the following:

        Although Russia has been a capitalist state since 1991 it is not an imperialist power in its own right. Imperialism is more than when one state employs military force against another. Imperialism is a stage of capitalism represented by the dominance of finance capital. Russia is not part of the “imperialist club” but a relatively backward, dependent capitalist economy.

        The military operation of Russia in Ukraine is a desperate effort to stop it from being used as a spearhead in the long held plans of western imperialism to turn Russia into a semi-colony to loot its vast internal resources. Ukraine’s integration into the NATO war machine was well advanced before Russia launched its defensive military operation. Russia faced the prospect of its entire western border becoming part of the NATO alliance and a staging ground for the deployment of advanced weaponry, including nuclear weapons, missile defence systems and troops aimed squarely at Russia.

        The 2014 Maidan Coup led by fascist shock troops on the ground and guided by US imperialism, installed an effective puppet government in Kiev. Since the coup this government has not only been a direct tool of US imperialism, but has violently suppressed all Leftists, ethnic Russians, and other minorities. The repression provoked a bloody civil war in Ukraine as residents of the Donbass established the Peoples Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk to defend themselves from the violently Russophobic Kiev regime and its fascist attack dogs.

        This is why we reject the policy of “revolutionary defeatism” being advocated by many centrist Marxist tendencies. It is not enough to just oppose NATO intervention in Ukraine. Opposition to imperialism means extending support to those in it directly in its cross hairs. This means offering support to both the Peoples Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and to the Russian state. Russia has the right to defend its sovereignty by militarily force against imperialism’s proxy war.

        We are also committed to the genuine independence of Ukraine. However this cannot be achieved under the aegis of an imperialist war alliance that is using Ukraine as pawn.

        We oppose the proxy war in Ukraine because it is part of imperialism’s drive to World War 3. The efforts to subordinate Russia through sanctions, war and regime change, are part of US imperialism’s ever more reckless efforts to maintain its global hegemony and reverse its economic decline against both its imperialist rivals in Europe and rising China. The rivalries are fuelled by the ongoing capitalist economic crisis deepened by the Covid19 pandemic. A NATO victory in Ukraine would not lead to peace but only advance imperialism’s war plans against China.

        A war between NATO and its allies against either Russia or China risks wiping out billions of lives in a nuclear war and unleashing horrors that would dwarf the worst infernos of the 20th century.

        On May Day we recommit ourselves not only to resistance to imperialism but to building an independent movement of the working class internationally to overthrow capitalism through world socialist revolution. The signing and sharing of this statement on May Day is aimed at starting to rebuild concrete links between the genuinely anti-imperialist Marxist forces as part of this process.

        The struggle against imperialism must be forged into a struggle against the capitalist system and all the capitalist ruling classes! War will only truly end when there are no more nation states or classes!

        Workers of the world unite!

        Groups that have already signed include:
        Revolutionary Communist Action (Greece)

        Classconscious.org (Australia/USA)
        Consistent Democrats (Great Britain – Donovan canal historique.
        Bolshevik Group – (South Korea)
        Communist League (Brazil)
        Militant Trend Bolshevik (Argentina)

        Socialist Fight (Great Britain) Downing, canal historique.
        Socialist Workers League (USA)

        Individuals that have already signed include:
        Mohammad Basir Ul Haq Sinha, – Bangladesh

        Andrew Coates

        April 16, 2022 at 9:35 pm

  4. Deeply malevolent (and possibly disturbed) Red Browner John Wight going full psycho. According to him Russia’s mistake is being too nice !


    April 17, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    • He seems to have mental health issues, the ‘hard man’.

      Andrew Coates

      April 17, 2022 at 4:19 pm

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