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Railway resistance in Belarus to Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine.

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This map shows incidents of infrastructure disruption on railways across #Belarus in recent weeks. Belarusian partisans have been sabotaging signals, switches and other equipment to disrupt the delivery of #Russia|n military hardware by rail to the borders of #Ukraine:

(Via Jim).

As the world shows solidarity this gang of ghouls are organising a meeting to tell us how to think.

We say to that crew:

Written by Andrew Coates

March 20, 2022 at 2:23 pm

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Brendan O’Neill Stands with Dianne Abbot Against NATO.

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Martin Rowson on Twitter: "...I posted a tweet about Brendan O'Neill  WITHOUT including this cartoon from @littleatoms. My only excuse is that I  included comments about Toby Young in the same tweet

O’Neill Stands with Abbott.

The Sage of Spiked writes,

“In truth, Ms Abbott made a lot of sense on the Ukraine crisis. For me, anyway. Last Thursday, in an online chat for the Stop the War movement, she said Russia is not the only sabre-rattler in the Ukraine stand-off. ‘We see that the United States has decided that it needs to send US and other Nato troops to Russia’s borders’, she said. ‘This alone should tell us that the claims that Russia is the aggressor should be treated sceptically. The destabilisation in the entire region comes from the continued eastward expansion of Nato.’You don’t have to be a Putin fanboy to understand why Russia might feel a bit peeved

For this — this reasonable, factual observation — Abbott is being subjected to sub-McCarthyite jabber about being a bootlicker of Putin’s regime.”

What the assaults on Abbott most clearly confirm is how intolerant the interventionist lobby remains. Those of us who opposed the reckless, destructive invasions and incursions into Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya are very familiar with the low tactics currently being deployed against Diane Abbott. ‘You love Saddam!’, ‘You are an apologist for Gaddafi!’, ‘You want to snog Assad!’ — these were the morally infantile, politically vacuous slurs that were hurled at everyone who questioned the wisdom of dropping bombs on already fractious, desperate nations.

This is of course the same Bully Boy Brendan who has written,

Man up, Diane (2019)

With her hissy fit over Question Time, Diane Abbott has humiliated herself far more than Fiona Bruce did.

She claims ‘the audience were wound up against me’ by the Beeb before the show started. She says QT is now all about ‘red-faced men [in the audience] abusing politicians’.

Those dreadful little people, with their reddened skin and pesky intolerance of politicians’ bullshit. We know what she means by ‘red-faced men’ – she means ‘gammon’, the dehumanising term used by bourgeois Corbynistas to describe men lower down the social ladder who like Brexit and don’t like Corbyn. If anyone wound up the audience against Abbott, it was Abbott herself. 

There is something disturbing about a man who has spent years attacking Dianne Abbot, somebody I personally like, doing this volte face.

But it not the first act of turncoatery by Brexit Brendan:

Written by Andrew Coates

February 15, 2022 at 4:42 pm

Solidarity with the Ukrainian People.

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The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign seeks to organise solidarity and provide information in support of the Ukrainian labour movement.

We, socialists, trade unionists, activists for human rights, social justice and peace, stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine against Russian imperialism.

The international trade union movement and socialists globally must vigorously denounce and oppose Russia’s threats against Ukraine.

We oppose the unaccountable manoeuvres of the big powers and NATO deciding Ukraine’s destiny.  Increased NATO deployments in other parts of Eastern Europe are motivated by Western rivalry with Russia, to protect business interests and influence, not the needs of Ukrainians.  We stand for neither Washington nor Moscow, as both are untrustworthy.

Currently it is Russia that is threatening the self-determination of the Ukrainian people and their legitimacy to even exist as an independent nation.

It is Russia that has massed troops on Ukraine’s borders; annexed Crimea and persecuted the Crimean Tatars.  It is Russia that has organised an eight-year war in eastern Ukraine leading to 14,000 deaths, 30,000 wounded and 1.9 million displaced people on the Ukrainian side alone.

Subjugated by Russian Tsarist and Stalinist rulers, for centuries Ukraine was the object of exploitation, national oppression, the culture and language subject to discrimination, millions perished at the hands of the Kremlin.

The labour movement must have nothing in common with Russian chauvinism. Putin’s project is not to make Ukraine more democratic, but to subdue it in the interests of the oligarchs, of Russia’s ruling class.

To underestimate a fascist threat is dangerous, but neither should we overestimate that threat. This has led some to accept the camouflage of Putin’s fake ‘anti-fascism’ as justification for supporting Russian imperialism.  Aggression by the historic oppressor has exacerbated the national question, inflamed nationalism and far right elements.  But only Ukrainians themselves can defeat the small far right not a Russian invasion.

We hail the brave internationalists in Russia protesting against Putin’s war politics and demand the release of Russian political prisoners.  

We call for the achievement of peace through self-determination of the Ukrainian people. That does not mean support for the current government of Ukraine or a state in which big business and oligarchs have been dominant.

We stand in solidarity with the socialists, trade unionists and activists for democratic and human rights who can bring about social and democratic progress in Ukraine – which Russia cannot tolerate and is seeking to prevent.

We demand the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the Ukrainian borders and occupied territories and an end to Russian interference in Ukraine once and for all.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 1, 2022 at 2:17 pm