Voices from Russia

Monday, 17 July 2017

17 July 2017. The Famous Basso M O Reyzen Sings “Песня о Щорсе” (A Song About N A Shchors)

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N A Shchors was one of the heroes of the Civil War… he drove the White Poles and their Galician Uniate nationalist lickspittles out of Kiev. He was a feldsher (medical assistant) in the tsarist army, but he took special courses and become a combat officer. He led Red partisans in successful resistance against the Polish and Galician Uniate occupiers of Little Russia until a rival shot him during a battle.

People’s Artist of the USSR M O Reyzen was one of the most famous Russian bassos of the 20th century. Mark Osipovich was from Gorlovka Raion, in what’s now the DNR. That is, he wasn’t “Ukrainian”, as the area wasn’t handed to the Ukrainian SSR until 1924. He served in the First World War in the infantry, was wounded twice, and earned two George Crosses. As a singer, he earned three Stalin Prizes of the First Degree. He was active on stage until 1985… when he was 90-years-old!

It looks like neither N A Shchors or M O Reyzen are high on the Galician Uniate nationalist “hit parade”… that’s why we should honour both of their memories and respect their legacies… they live on in the DNR and LNR.

BMD

Saturday, 15 July 2017

15 July 2017. V I Lenin on Socialism

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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

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

11 July 2017. A Point to Ponder from James Connolly

1936 CPUSA election poster

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In the long run, the freedom of a nation is measured by the freedom of its lowest class. Every upward step of that class, to the possibility of possessing higher things, raises that nation in the scale of civilisation.

James Connolly

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