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.
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!
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.
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.