Notable Deaths in 2014: Two Figures of the McCarthy Era

A wraith-like figure from the U.S.’s still-not-entirely forgotten anti-Communist past briefly flickered across the field of American historical perception in mid-October of this year. The revelation of the July death of David Greenglass, brother-in-law of Julius Rosenberg, resulted in nothing like the full-on cultural and political debates over the guilt or innocence of the couple […]

Paresh Chattopadhyay on the Comintern and the Triumph of National Socialism in Germany

In a recent letter published in Economic and Political Weekly (September 6, 2014), Paresh Chattopadhyay reminds us of the role of the Third International in the accession to power of the National Socialists in Germany. The context of the comments excerpted below is a critical response to an article on the BJP’s recent return to […]

Bob Myers on Bosnia After the Spring Protests

Bob Myers describes a visit to the city of Tuzla in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the site of brief but intense protests against the corruption and indifference of the post-Dayton Agreement local and national governments. Myers, a leading activist of the British group Workers Aid for Bosnia, has been a consistent voice of support for the multi-ethnic solidarity […]

One Viewpoint on the Ukraine Opposition

Richard Greeman, translator of Victor Serge, recently shared with readers of New Politics a brief communication on the opposition in Ukraine he received from the Praxis Center (Moscow) activist Julia Gusseva. See also the text referred to by Gusseva, “Kiev’s Euromaidan is a Liberationist and not extremist mass action of civic disobedience.”

Pakistani Left Launches New Organizational Initiative

Criticism &c. looks upon efforts towards left “regroupment” with great scepticism. Too often “regroupment” has meant merely a tactical improvisation in lieu of the developement of new ideas. The statement by Aasim Sajjad Akhtar excerpted below appeared in the November 10 issue of Economic & Political Weekly (edited in Mumbai, India) under the title “21st […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Spanish Eurocommunist Santiago Carillo

Confirming the adage that bureaucrats die at home in bed, Santiago Carillo, one of the chief architects of the trend called Eurocommunism, expired last month in Madrid at the age of 97.The New York Times recently published a mildly  sympathetic obituary for Carillo, in which he was quoted as offering this less-than-comforting observation on the […]

Filmmaker Chris Marker, 1921-2012

David Ames Curtis, the curator of the Cornelius Castoriadis/Agora International Website, incuded this announcement in the latest issue of his e-mail newsletter (dated July 31). • • • Death of Chris Marker We have just learned of the death of Chris Marker (July 29, 1921 – July 29, 2012, born Christian-François Bouche-Villeneuve), poet, essayist, critic, translator and […]

Update on the Victor Serge Library

Richard Greeman’s blog features a recent communication from Russian activist Alexei Gusev. Of interest is a brief update on the Victor Serge Library. • • • Another interesting development concerns the Victor Serge Library in Moscow. We have established contact with the State Social and Political Library (SSPL), whose representative participated in our series of seminars on […]