By Aqil Abu Dharr Imperialism has been envisioning and working toward a Middle East under their control and domination for a long time. The State of Israel is a bulwark for imperialist domination. It was imperialism that imposed Israel upon the people of Palestine without their approval and it is imperialism which maintains this Zionist […]

Recently, the British television series, Fall of Eagles, was uploaded onto Youtube. Originally aired in 1974, the 13-part series mainly dramatizes power and romantic intrigues of eastern European monarchies leading up to their collapse in the early 20th century. Of particular interest is episode six, ‘Absolute Beginners,’ which stars Patrick Stewart as the exiled Russian […]

Authorities in the United Kingdom have revoked the broadcasting license for Press TV, an English-language international news network based in Iran. The UK regulating committee, Ofcom, based the decision on a biased reading of a technicality. The move exposes the facade of freedom of speech in supposedly democratic western countries and further reveals the class […]

On December 4th, 1969, Amerikan pigs assassinated Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.  The Black Panthers were the most influential revolutionary organization in the U.S. at the time, and a leader of the Black liberation struggle then.  On this anniversary of that fateful day we honor and remember the […]

The genocide of the First Nations that reside in the continent of North America was perpetrated by white settlers and colonialism. Not only were whole nations eliminated through continuous warfare, biological attacks, and re-settlement, but the children of the remaining people were forced into what is known as the Indian Residential Schools. These schools systematically […]

Like others RAIM has been observing and interacting with the Occupy movements in our region.  In contrast to the colonialist messaging of “occupying” many have pointed out that Amerika is already occupied stolen land.  And that the 99 percenters in Amerika are still part of a small percentage of the richest in the world.  MIM […]

This article written by Maximilian C. Forte and published at discusses not only the myth’s surrounding imperialism’s intervention in Libya but also the manner in which they have been accepted and perpetuated by many in the First World, nominal ‘Left.’ Though this articles brings to light many issues in a positive way, reposting here, […]

Samir Amin, director of the Third World Forum, is a frequently cited author is the realm of pro-Third World political economy. The following quotes come from his recent book, ‘The Law of Worldwide Value.’ As always, reposting here does not imply endorsement or affiliation on the part of – Nick Brown

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“Marx is not a philosopher, a historian, an economist, a political scientist, or a sociologist. He is not even a scholar of the first rank in any of those disciplines. Nor even a talented professor who prepared a good multidisciplinary dish cooked with all these ingredients. Marx’s place is quite outside all that. Marx is the beginning of the radical critique of modern times, starting with the critique of the real world. This radical critique of capitalism demands and allows discovery of the basis of market alienation and, inseparable from it, the exploitation of labor. The foundational status of the concept of value derives from this radical critique. … Marx links to this radical critique of the real world the critique of discourses about that reality: those of philosophy, economics, sociology, history, and political science. This radical critique uncovers their true nature, which, in the last analysis, is always an apologetic one, legitimizing the practices of capital’s dominating power.” Continue reading

RAIM has long promoted the work of J. Sakai, particularly his book Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat.  It gives a view of the history of the United States as a settler empire, with it’s European-descended population as net benefactors of settler colonialism.  In this interview conducted by Ernesto Aguilar, originally published at Anarchist People of Color, Sakai furthers his analysis in relation to Aztlan/occupied Mexico, and the colonization of the Chicano/Mexicano peoples here.  While many left and communist formations ignore or marginalize these questions, we give credit to this interview for advancing them.  As always, reposting here does not imply overall agreement or affiliation on the part of or RAIM. -Antonio

Interview conducted and transcribed by Ernesto Aguilar, Thursday, 16 September 2004

Ernesto Aguilar conducted this interview on June 17, 2003, covering Chicano Mexicano liberation, the Southwest and settlerism, for the Latino-culture program Sexto Sol.  The show originated from KPFT in Houston, Texas.  The collective assessment of Sakai and Aguilar was that the interview was ‘ok’; part of the challenge is making larger revolutionary concepts accessible to a possibly uninitiated radio audience. Please read on with this in mind.

J.Sakai wrote a book in the 1980s called Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat. In it, Sakai takes apart U.S. history, examining the development of the U.S., the white working class and oppressed nationalities, especially Mexicanos, Africans, Native nations and Asians. He tears down popular lies about history, and posts fresh perspectives for revolutionaries of color. Continue reading supports revolutionary unity between oppressed nations in the First World and the exploited Third World masses. This song and video, by Black nationalist hip-hop artist Uno the Prophet, is a wonderful example of art leading to such unity. Hat-tip to People of Color Organize for bringing this to video to our attention. – Nick […]

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Within popular bourgeois media, the social contradictions of real life are overlooked yet alluded to through allegory. This is the case with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011). In the CGI special effects-laden movie, a chimpanzee named Caesar is born with enhanced intellectual capacity. Caesar eventually comprehends his and other captive primates’ existence as starkly oppressed by humans and leads a revolt for freedom.

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Based on a true story, Rabbit Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, 2002) chronicles the journey home of three Aboriginal children, Molly Graig, her younger sister Daisy and cousin Gracie, who escaped after being abducted by the Australian government. The girls, age 14, 10 and 8, ran away from a government residential school for ‘half-caste’ children in […]

We received this from comrades associated with Mexican National Liberation. We are reposting it here for critical discussion, and, as always, reposting does not imply agreement or affiliation. – Nick  Intro This was written for the people in the movement Chicano identified and beyond. It is also a reflection. We need to continue to build, but […]

[This article was originally published by Jason Yanowitz for ‘International Socialist Review.’ We republish it here for critical discussion. Republishing does not imply endorsement of the article, its line or the ISR.] STARTING IN the 1970s, a new consensus emerged among serious scholars of the Russian Revolution. Instead of seeing the rise of Stalinism as […]

Georgia Probationers Are No Third World Workers

by Wiawimawo of MIM(Prisons) June 2011

A popular story in the bourgeois press this week gave an interesting side-by-side comparison of the lumpen in the United $tates to the Third World proletariat. The story came on the heels of new repressive practices targeting Latinos in the state of Georgia with immigration laws beginning July 1 of this year. For fear of deportation and imprisonment, both of which restrict their ability to work, migrant labor crews made up of Mexicans and Guatemalans are steering clear of Georgia. As a result fruit is rotting in the fields.(1) The story exposes the extreme parasitism of this country that cannot even harvest its own food. Amerikans are so rich and spoiled that the labor market cannot fill jobs paying above minimum wage if the work is too hard. If the labor market were free and open the jobs would fill up instantly, but Amerikans oppose this vehemently as they cannot maintain exploiter-level incomes without closed borders. In these times of economic crisis many of these parasites would have you believe that they are “struggling to put food on the table.” As they let food literally rot in the fields, we see that just is not true.

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This song is on point. Unfortunately, the end of the video glorifies First Worldist activism and protests, which themselves do little for Third World peoples, while sowing confusion regarding the true nature of class under imperialism. The video would be better to show examples of resistance by exploited people of the world: showing First Worlders […]

On July 1st, 2011, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Tripoli for a massive rally in support of Muammar al-Gaddafi and the Libyan government. The rallies come in the wake of all-around attacks by Western imperialists and their lackey regimes in the Middle East against the north African country’s social and political institutions. Since […]

This essay was originally published in 1990 by Amerikan Trotskyist, Hal Draper. We are posting it here for critical discussion, specifically around the issue of vanguard organizing in different contexts of class struggle. Reposting here obviously does not imply endorsement or agreement, but we do so none-the-less for critical discussion. – Nick The myth for […]

(The End of Poverty?, Director Philippe Diaz, 2008, 106 minutes) Intro The End of Poverty? is a documentary, made by Philippe Diaz, that examines the questions around global poverty and its causes.  It starts with the question, “in a world with so much wealth why is there so much poverty?”  In looking at  poverty from […]

According to recent reports, the United Snakes is stepping up a covert war in Yemen amidst mounting protests which threatens to topple the US-backed regime there. In recent weeks, suspected “militants” have been attacked by US fighter jets and unmanned drones. The escalation in US attacks in Yemen comes after Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has […]