“The Paris Commune of 1871 was one of the greatest and most inspiring episodes in the history of the working class. In a tremendous revolutionary movement, the working people of Paris replaced the capitalist state with their own organs of government and held political power until their downfall in the last week of May. The Parisian workers strove, in extremely difficult circumstances, to put an end to exploitation and oppression, and to reorganise society on an entirely new foundation. 130 years later the lessons of these events are of fundamental importance for socialists today.” — Greg Oxely, The Paris Commune of 1871, May 16, 2001
The Stimulator: Paris is Burning! + Take-Down of “The Donald”
subMedia.tv on Apr 4, 2016
This week we take a look at the multiple converging flashpoints of resistance in France, which have combined into a popular movement that has inspired over a million peeps to take to the streets in a massive expression of collective rage.
Chris Hedges: We Bomb Them, They Bomb Us
with Chris Hedges
TheRealNews on Mar 24, 2016
On Tuesday, March 22, a couple of explosions rocked Brussels Airport, killing 11 people. Another blast struck near the European Union headquarters an hour later, leaving approximately 20 people dead in the Belgian capital. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack, and two of the suicide bombers have now been identified as Belgian nationals.
Europe Gets Burned Playing With Fire by Finian Cunningham
by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Crossposted from RT
March 23, 2016
Brussels, the administrative capital of Europe, was turned into a war zone after a series of deadly bomb blasts caused the city to shut down all transport links to the outside world.
John Pilger: It is the West that Created this Monster
with John Pilger
goingundergroundRT on Nov 25, 2015
Afshin goes underground with one of NATO imperialism’s greatest chroniclers, John Pilger. The award-winning journalist and filmmaker tells us how Washington, London and Paris gave birth to ISIS, and why he can’t imagine Labour Party changing.
Why Paris Reveals the Horror and the Hypocrisies of Global Terrorism by Andrew Gavin Marshall
by Andrew Gavin Marshall
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted at Occupy.com, November 17, 2015
November 23, 2015
The world was shocked and horrified at the terror inflicted upon Paris on the night of Friday the 13th, 2015, when ISIS-affiliated militants killed well over 100 civilians in one of the world’s most iconic cities. An outpouring of grief, solidarity, support and condolences came in from across the world. The tragedy, and tyranny, of such terror cannot be underestimated, but it should also be placed in its global context: namely, that the chief cause of terrorism is, in fact, terrorism, and that the chief victims are the innocent, wherever they may be.
We Are In Pitiless Times by Vijay Prashad + Beirut Bombings
by Vijay Prashad
November 15, 2015
After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.
A week of horrible carnage – bomb blasts in Beirut and Baghdad and then the cold-blooded shootings in Paris. Each of these acts of terror left dead bodies and wounded lives. There is nothing good that comes of them – only the pain of the victim and then more pain as powerful people take refuge in clichéd policies that once again turn the wheel of violence.