Today’s mainstream feminism is for the 90% about themes as bodyshaming, hair, self-acceptance, girl power, freedom to manage one’s own body. All better if seasoned with a few commercials, as many well-known FB pages do (as the italian Freeda, for example – link). In the capitalist system, anything that can make a profit must be squeezed as much as possible: just think about Beyoncè, a champion of feminist fights, who pays a few cents the women working in Sri Lanka to produce the items of her clothing line.
The reality that most women live every day, however, is very different from the on which this type of feminism puts the emphasis on: precariousness, layoffs, inability to have a family, exploitation. And in the rest of the world the situation is even worse. Yet, all this does not seem to interest us. Why is that?
Because it is much more convenient to artificially create a sort of “female solidarity”, rather than making women aware of the economic power relations existing in this society: a Sri Lankan female worker has NOTHING in common with her boss Beyoncè. But she has EVERYTHING in common with her fellow man, as much exploited and badly paid as she is.
The big paradox of commercial feminism is precisely this: fighting for gender equality without fighting for social equality. To fight, therefore, for an emancipation that can never be found in an economic system precisely based on exploitation and oppression. With the aggravating feature of transforming struggles into profit.
– Benedetta Sabene
It’s not a ‘defense’ of Alex Jones to argue that we’re on a slippery slope of internet censorship.
The celebration on the Left at the quick-fire purge of Alex Jones and InfoWars from social media has been disturbing — not because Jones’ views deserve to be defended, but because his banning is a warning shot against dissent.
It’s important to note at the outset that I have no love for Jones whatsoever — lest this be read as some kind of endorsement or defense of InfoWars. It is not. Continue reading
Tatiana Rybalko, a native of Mariupol, did not throw up her hands after escaping Kiev’s torture chambers; she went to volunteer in the Ghost Brigade.
Alexey Albu: Tell us about yourself. Who were you before the war, what did you do?
Tatiana Rybalko: Before the war, I worked in the Mariupol steel plant, up to the very moment I was captured. Since 2010 I’d been a member of the Communist Party [of Ukraine, KPU], and was repeatedly re-elected to the post of Secretary of the Party cell, member of the District Committee, Assistant Secretary of the District Committee. Continue reading
While the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro caused grief and sorrow worldwide, many could not hide their joy. Political analysts told RT who has been “dancing on the lion’s grave” and why.
“Cuba was nothing more than a casino, a bordello before the Cuban Revolution led by the man who died yesterday,”former British MP and host of RT’s ‘Sputnik’, George Galloway, said. “And the people who fled Cuba for Miami, the Scarface generation, were the people disinherited by the Cuban revolution, when casinos were turned into schools and colleges, when bordellos were no more. And they are celebrating for the same reason [that] hundreds of millions of people around the world are mourning. The passing of someone, who … was the star, who made Cuba the coolest place on the planet.” Continue reading
The serious flaws of our left and anarchist tactics in Ukraine (which resulted in its current weakness) can be traced to the early 2000’s and the wrong approach adopted by many of them that time. It is particularly expressed in their permanent, short-term approaches – the desire to get results immediately.
How did some of our left drift towards right-wing nationalists and middle-class liberals? It came from ideas of intervening in nationalist groups and hijacking their rallies (not yet numerous at the time). Instead of starting to work from the beginning with the working class (which takes more time), some of left and anarchists decided instead to try and influence pro-capitalist and nationalist movements. Continue reading
Once again about Zhelobok, or it’s better to see for yourself
June 9: In connection with the recent panicky rumors on social media that the Ghost Brigade has surrendered northern Zhelobok after heavy battles, I want to officially say: #ЖелобокНаш! [ZhelobokIsOurs!] Continue reading
Sascha, Andrei, and Mira are members of AntiFascist Union Ukraine, a group that monitors and fights fascism in Ukraine. We sat down to talk about the influence of fascism in EuroMaidan, this is what they told me:
Sascha: There are lots of Nationalists here, including Nazis. They came from all over Ukraine, and they make up about 30% of protesters.
Mira: The two biggest groups are Svoboda and Pravy Sektor (Right Sector). The defense forces aren’t 100% Pravy but a large percentage is.
S: Svoboda is more legal as a group, but they also have an illegal militant faction. Pravy Sektor is more illegal, but they want to usurp Svoboda.
M: There’s a lot of infighting between Pravy and Svoboda. They worked together during the violence but now everything is calm so there’s time to focus on each other. Pravy and Svoboda both take donations and they have lots of money. Recently Pravy has all these new uniforms, military fatigues. Continue reading
Every proper modern war is now fought with the crucial help of media warfare. The situation in Ukraine makes no exception, where, in the last few months we can see the clash between two of the world’s superpowers piercing through: on one side the North–American block and its less enthusiastic european ally, and on the other, the Eurasian block. A war in wich Italy, as an EU member, doesn’t have and can’t have a neutral position. A war that is fought by overlooking and censoring news and information, a war that can bring to an altered understanding of a complicated political scenario. In order to highlight these well known facts, that contribute to a massive manipulation of the public opinion, we have decided to gather all the information (texts as well as videos) that the western media did not show, or tried to overlook. Continue reading