translation - (Diogo Dalot on being called up for the World Cup in Qatar) "There are moments that last forever, and being on this call-up will be one of them. We will carry the history of Portugal with us.. We are from a land that explored, discovered, conquered and spread its culture to the 4 corners of the world."
I feel very uncomfortable when people (particularly Westerners) white wash the atrocities of the Shah out of some twisted logic that Iran was somehow any better off. When Iranians wave the former flag of the monarchy, is there unironic support for that part of their history?
An excerpt from Robert Fisk's chapter on the Iranian Revolution showing how hypocritical it is for Westerners to claim the Islamic Revolution wasn't a popular movement - "(in 1979) I was stopped by a schoolboy outside the gates of Tehran University who wanted to sell me a remarkable example post-revolutionary graphic art. It was a cardboard face mask of the Shah, his jowls slack and diseased, his crown kept in place only by two massive black horns. Push out the detachable cardboard eyes, place the mask over your own face and you could peer through the Devil's own image. Whenever a stroller purchased a mask, whenever I held it to my own face, the young men would cry *Marg ba Shah* - "Death to the Shah!
An account of SAVAK (the Shah's intelligence squad) torture rooms from the same chapter - "... downstairs there were cells. In each of them was a steel bed with straps and beneath it two domestic cookers. There were lowering devices on the bed frames so that the people strapped to them could be brought down onto the flames. In another cell, I found a machine with a contraption which held a human arm beneath a knife, and next to it was a metal sheath into which a human hand could be fitted. At one end was a bacon slicer, they had been shaving off people's hands".
Iranians have every right to be frustrated but Westerners co-opting such demonstrations with disgusting pro-Shah nonsense must be firmly opposed
Starting a double major in Economics/Accounting in a couple of months. Wondering if any comrades had any advice on how I can use skills like this to further my understanding of Marxism and/or help working-class movements in any way.
btw if anyone's interested I had offers for history and fashion design too but I unashamedly picked this combo for employment (I still enjoy it anyway)
These teens are getting roped into neo-fascism in absence of Marxist guidance showing them what the "matrix" actually represents. Vulnerable young men are getting told that yes, corporations are oppressing them, and yes, the US government is a puppet of the rich - but the solution being presented to them is to become an exploiter themselves rather than any form of class solidarity or dialectical materialism. I really feel like this "escape the matrix" rhetoric is the kind of thing we can capitalise on instead of just standing idly by as young men have their very real grievances with modern life twisted into something wholly unhealthy
Eritrea, ranked "the worst country for press freedom in the World" has been fighting Western sanctions since it's very inception, for 30 years rebuilding a country that was completely decimated in all facets of society following decades of war. Obviously the West doesn't show Eritrea's full picture, and I think it's a really interesting country for us to study from an anti-imperialist perspective.
here's an article from a couple weeks ago stating that UNESCO recognises Eritrea's literacy campaigns as being some of the most effective in the past 50 years - https://tesfanews.net/eritrea-education-and-social-justice/
There are only so many more braindead, agenda-fueled smug remarks I can deal with at this point and I've lost all hope of changing most of these people. Just this evening I commented a one sentence defense of China's foreign policy on reddit only to get every single one of my comments from the past week bombarded by a guy spamming Taiwan emojis and calling me a "CCP slave girl who should go to the Xinjiang rape camps". It's tiring
The film follows a group of student's founding a terrorist sect and planning to assassinate a Soviet official on a diplomatic visit. Godard was a Marxist and his films are littered with dialectical readings, with another film (Weekend) even mentioning Marx's name next to Jesus Christ.
He's my all time favourite director and if you've never checked him out you really should