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Saturday, 12 August 2017

12 August 2017. WE REMEMBER… They Won the Great Victory

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That’s John Witte Sr of Texas… he fought in the Great War Against Fascism. He never boasted… he rarely talked about his time at war. In that, he was like millions of others. They, likewise, did their duty, did their bit in defeating the fascist snakes, and came home to raise families and make an honest living. Postwar America was better for their presence. That generation is passing on now… not many are left. Honour them, the living and the dead. They ARE an “Immortal Regiment”…

We DO remember…

THANK YOU FOR THE VICTORY… THANK YOU FOR OUR LIVES…

BMD

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Remembering Oliver Law, an American Communist Who Died Fighting Fascism in Spain

Anti-fascist volunteers in Spain; Commandante Law is on the extreme left.

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9 July 2017 marks 80 years since the death of Oliver Law, a communist, labour organiser, and the first Afro-American to lead an integrated military force in the country’s history. Law served in the US Army from 1919 to 1925; he joined the CPUSA in 1932. His communist activism and his political activities with International Labor Defense kept cops constantly on his coattails. In one incident, the Chicago Police Red Squad severely beat him. In another incident, cops arrested Law as he spoke at a demonstration in Chicago on 31 August 1935 against Italy’s occupation of Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War. He organised mass protests against the occupation.

A year later, Law joined the joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, one of the thousands of international volunteers that travelled to Spain to fight against Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco and the rise of the fascist Nationalists. Fighting for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War, which occurred between July 1936 and April 1939, Law was commander of the entire Brigade for several days and commander of its Machine Gun Regiment for much longer. Law led the Brigade during the initial days of the Brunete Offensive, but on the fourth day of the campaign, he died of wounds suffered whilst leading an assault on Mosquito Ridge. Five decades after his death, Chicago Mayor Harold Washington recognised Law’s historic achievement by declaring 21 November 1987 as “Oliver Law and Abraham Lincoln Brigade Day”.

9 July 2017

TeleSur

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/analysis/Remembering-Oliver-Law-the-Black-Communist-Who-Died-Fighting-Fascism-in-Spain-20170709-0029.html

Thursday, 2 March 2017

2 March 2017. Lest We Forget… It Was 74 Years Ago…

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The White Rose Group went to the guillotine 74 years ago for their opposition to fascism. Read the above… it could’ve been written yesterday. Now, that’s a meaty reflection. Do remember that all totalitarian systems find willing stoolies and executioners… beware the well-known rightwingers amongst us (we all know who they are, kids)… they’re of that ilk and they idolise Joseph McCarthy. Freisler lives today… and he calls himself “conservative”. The present is all too much like the past, I fear…

BMD

Sunday, 16 August 2015

16 August 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Take Vengeance Against the Fascists in the Donbass!

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Many in Russia, including most Orthodox believers, see I V Stalin very differently than brainwashed clueless Westerners do. They acknowledge his cruelty… but they also acknowledge his leadership… a leadership that saw the USSR defeat Nazi Germany almost singlehandedly and allowed the USSR to successfully hold its own against American neoliberal aggression. I stand with our Russian compatriots on this one… not with the loudmouth Far Right elements in our Church in the diaspora. To acknowledge Stalin as a great historical figure and a great leader isn’t the same as approving of his methods. After all, most of his critics in Russian diaspora Church circles have close family ties to Russian Nazi collaborators… fancy that…

At a time of crisis, I V Stalin preserved the naroda… the relatives of his critics cravenly stabbed the naroda in the back to benefit those who considered us Untermenschtum (Sub-Humanity). Which one do you back? Need I tell you where I stand?

BMD

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