War/Anti-War

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BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL & INTERNATIONALIST OPPOSITION TO IMPERIALISM, THE INTERACTION BETWEEN ORGANIZING FOR SOCIALISM AND ORGANIZING AGAINST WAR. THESIS FOR DISCUSSION: What direction(s) should internationalists take in the coming period of class struggle in the US? Should we focus on building a new internationalist socialist leadership? Should we focus on overcoming the crisis of leadership in US anti-war opposition? Can these tasks be combined? If so, how? What is the relationship between this crisis and the current mass organising context(s) against the Trump regime? What are the organizing priorities? What is to be done?

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THE RED-BROWN ALLIANCE, FAKE NEWS AND GENOCIDE DENIAL, MORAL AND POLITICAL COMPROMISES ON THE LEFT: "Anti imperialism" without any class content and without true internationalism (international working class solidarity) is the political basis for the red brown alliance, the political compromise of sections of the US left with reactionary, fascist forces.

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THE HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL ISSUES: Two arguments are offered by leftists against support for the Syrian revolution: 1) that revolutionaries should only focus on their own imperialist masters; and 2) that the Assad regime, and other regimes (Venezuela, Iran... ) are "anti-imperialist". Are these arguments consistent with the tradition of revolutionary struggle against imperialism, and what are the implications of these arguments for efforts to build international working class solidarity in the US?"? What implications do different answers to these questions on the self-identified "Left" domestically and internationally, have for the standing of socialism in the world today?

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In 1946, right after publishing Animal Farm and right before he wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell wrote a hitherto unknown manifesto, calling for a new, socialist human rights organization. The aim of this organization was to have been twofold: to lobby internationally for the free exchange of news and views across the East-West divide, and to oppose exploitation of every kind, in every country. Hoping to halt or mitigate the looming Cold War, Orwell and his co-signatories, Bertrand Russell and Arthur Koestler, urged what Orwell called "psychological disarmament."

Though the new organization was never built, Orwell's manifesto remains enduringly relevant -- and this reading will be the first public event to discuss it publicly. The author and speaker, David Smith, discovered the manifesto in an obscure archive while research George Orwell Illustrated (Haymarket, 2018, forthcoming). Orwell's devotion to truth telling has never been more relevant, and his manifesto makes that clearer than ever.

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Venezuela has been a driving force for the nations of the Americas attempting to free themselves from US domination. Washington’s actions against Venezuelan sovereignty represent an attempt to reassert imperial control over Latin America. Human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik will address the US threats, sanctions, and disinformation campaign, along with the International role of Venezuela. Venezuelan diplomat Carlos Ron will highlight Venezuela’s accomplishments and its response to the ever-increasing US intervention. Most importantly, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka will discuss solidarity with Venezuela, building a broad anti-imperialist movement in the US.

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Washington has a long history of seeking to overthrow North Korea, even before their murderous war on DPRK that killed one quarter of the population, according to US Generals. We will discuss the effect of the war on Korean consciousness, US sanctions and threats against North Korea since that time, counter some of the fake news in the corporate media over the recent period, and the movement against war in Korea today. All the speakers have been to North Korea. Medea Benjamin was part of the Women Cross the DMZ peace delegation. Deirdre Griswold has been to both Koreas several times, the first being a meeting with Kim Il Sung. Stan Smith has written several articles exposing US disinformation against North Korea.

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This panel first examines pinkwashing in historical context, looking at efforts to link queer and Zionist organizing from the 1970s-1990s. Then it moves to the present, tracing Islamophobic funders' evolving investments in pinkwashing as a way to recruit queer youth and campus groups *away* from antiracist, anticolonial activism that challenges Israeli apartheid. It covers ways to expose these tactics and support student/youth and queer resistance.

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The key to seeking truth is respect for evidence. We address the media's collusion in the theft of the 2016 Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, and how this connects to questioning media's coverage of current events Parkland, Vegas, Charlottesville and historic events like 9/11, used to bring the country into dozens of wars. In addition, just just to make sure we will have a lively discussion, we present evidence that AA77 did hit the Pentagon.

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After the 2016 election, Fox News has attempted to take control of the concept of the Deep State, portrayed as a conspiracy of the adversaries of Trump. In reality, the Deep State - understood as deeply entrenched networks cutting across federal agencies and congressional staff and serving predominantly Wall Street interests - does indeed exist and has long existed. This Deep State played the decisive role in enabling Trump's seizure of power. Recalling JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and 9/11 puts the Deep State into historical perspective. Factual analysis must start with the role of FBI Director Comey in thowing the election to Trump in the last 11 days. The New York FBI field office allegedly fueled repeated Fox News reports of an imminent indictment of Ms. Clinton. The paralysis of the Obama regime in the face of the Russian attack fits the same pattern. We are left with a ruling class of predatory and parasitical billionaires who are deeply factionalized, many of them functioning as Fifth Columns of hostile foreign powers like Russia and China. We urgently need measures to break the power of the Wall Street financier oligarchy, the main reason these problems exist.

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There has arguably been a consistent left position on American foreign policy since the nineteen-sixties and seventies, when the current international legal and political order crystalized in a particular way. What Michael Walzer has described as the left's "default position," includes the following: a "commitment to neutrality in all international and civil wars," and a consistently critical position of U.S. foreign relations. The decidedly post-imperial positioning of the left is, arguably, an isolationist positioning that leaves open the question of what international solidarity can look like. However, recent events with the Arab Spring and the brutal slaughter in Syria have sparked some debate and a call to self-reflection about what internationalism for the Left can look like in the present global order. We are being asked to reconsider what has been dogma for the left regarding international law and global politics. Our increasingly interconnected world and the political and economic reconfiguration of states have placed the left's default positions in crisis. Specifically, there has been a split of the international left on the question of Syria and the interpretation of U.S. and Russian intervention. Left critique of liberalism has contributed to destabilizing its hegemonic power. However, it seems that liberalism is being replaced with illiberalism. The main problem is how the left should respond in this moment of rising illiberalism globally and the reconfiguration of geo-political spaces and ideologies. This panel proposes a discussion of the questions that are becoming increasingly urgent for the left to reflect upon, especially from inside American power.

Some of the questions the panelists will address include what "we" think an American foreign policy should look like. What space there is for dissent and disagreement in the left on its relationship to other peoples especially during times of conflict. And whether or not the left should reconsider humanitarian intervention?