[Marxism] Amnesty Calls on UN to stop the US, Qatar and Turkey funding and arming Syria Rebels

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 28 17:27:40 MDT 2012

On 8/28/12 7:08 PM, Carl G. Estabrook wrote:

> (2) One of the few attempts I've seen to assess the class forces at work in the Pussy Riot affair is <http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/23/the-secret-history-of-pussy-riot/>.

You're joking, right?

Israel Shamir, the knucklehead author, writes:

"And indeed the Russian Church was attacked by forces that do not want 
Russia to be cohesive: the oligarchs, big business, the media lords, the 
pro-Western intelligentsia of Moscow, and Western interests which 
naturally prefer Russia divided against itself."

"Do not want Russia to be cohesive?"

"Prefer Russia divided against itself"?

The first thing I learned in a YSA new members class back in 1967 was 
not to use terms like "America" when trying to understand our society. 
You had to think in class terms. Basically Shamir is defending a 
nationalist perspective, as should be of no surprise to anybody 
following his sordid career. He is a mouthpiece for Putin and a cheap 

Here is some more verbal diarrhea from Shamir:

Everything that has a beginning, Mr Milne, has an end as well. Before 
the French Revolution, the Jewish people supported despotism against 
aristocracy, and the Magna Carta was signed by King John despite their 
opposition. After Napoleon, the Jewish people had had a long alliance 
with the Left. It was long, but not forever. This alliance has been 
severed in the aftermath of failed 1968 revolution. After that time, the 
Jewish people built a new alliance, with Globalisation forces. One saw 
the new alliance in action when it supported victory of Margaret 
Thatcher, right-wing shift of Labour under Lord Levy’s promoted Tony 
Blair, and in the US, the programme of Globalisation and World War Three 
(‘clash of civilisation).

full: http://shamir.mediamonitors.net/may162002.html

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