[Marxism] Ukraine dominates discussion at Party of the European Left’s summer university

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Mon Aug 4 01:11:05 MDT 2014


By Dick Nichols

August 4, 2014 – Links international Journal of Socialist Renewal -- The
main concern of ninth Summer University of the Party of the European Left
(PEL), held outside Berlin from July 23 to July 27, was the armed conflict
in Ukraine. Debate on the issue absorbed many sessions, including those
not directly devoted to it, and the war in the country was a returning
theme in often agitated informal discussion among the 1000 attendees from
31 countries.

The university was fortunate to hear detailed presentations from two
Ukrainian socialists: Sergei Kirichuk, the leader of the Borotba
(“Struggle”) movement, presently living in exile in Berlin, and Kiev-based
social scientist Volodymyr Ishchenko, deputy director of the Centre for
Society Research in Kiev, editor of Commons: Journal for Social Criticism
and a lecturer in the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
Ishchenko is also the author of an informative interview on “Ukraine’s
Fractures” in the May-June issue of New Left Review.

The two Ukrainians’ agreements and differences largely structured the
discussion, even as speakers from various member parties of the PEL
brought their own strongly held positions to it.

Full article at http://links.org.au/node/3986







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