Expozine is an annual small press fair held every November in Montreal. Every year, the organizing team asks each of the more than 270 exhibitors to submit a copy of their best new publication for consideration for the Expozine Alternative Press Awards. Last year, Kersplebedeb Publishing submitted Lumpen, just weeks after it had arrived back from the printers. On June 10, 2016, it was declared the best book submitted by the Expozine organizers.
As regular readers of this blog will be aware, though I tend to be sympathetic to many of the positions expressed by some Maoist Third Worldist groups, particularly the Maoist Internationalist Movement [MIM], I identify with the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist movement that comes through the groups involved in the now-defunct RIM project, as well as the Communist Party India (Maoist) and the Communist Party of the Philippines. Since I’ve outlined the reasons for this ...........READ MORE
The following review by Ryan Conrad has appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of the Gay and Lesbian Review. Remember, Lumpen is available from leftwingbooks.net, AK Press, and Amazon, amongst other places.Tear Down the Prison-Industrial Complex!
Ed Mead’s autobiography is a welcome addition to a growing corpus of recent nonfiction that examines the relationship between GLBT people and the prison industrial complex (PIC). Released from prison in 1993, Mead spent eighteen years serving time for his role in a Seattle-based revolutionary Communist group responsible for the bombing of banks, government buildings, and corporations accused of ...........READ MORE
Released by PM Press in collaboration with Kersplebedeb in 2014, Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark’s Revolutionary Bank Robbers recalls the exploits of the so-called Blekingegade Gang, a group of Marxist revolutionaries who, during the 1970s and ‘80s, robbed cash-in-transit trucks, warehouses, and post offices around Copenhagen in order to provide national liberation movements in the Third World with much-needed material support. Now one of the group’s former members, Torkil Lauesen, has written a book titled Det globale perspektiv, “The Global Perspective”, released by the Danish press Nemo in May 2016.
When the Blekingegade Group members ...........READ MORE
WHEN: Saturday June 4th, 11 AM – 5 PM
WHERE: Mac Hall at the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Avenue) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on unceded Algonquin territory.
COVER: By donation, pay what you can. All proceeds to support the Prisoner Correspondence Project. Find information at: http://www.prisonercorrespondenceproject.com/TABLERS
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These oppressor reflexes can both express and reinforce the dominant position of the oppressor, though not necessarily to equal degrees.
Silence and meaningless agreement as much as noise and constant disagreement all can constitute oppressor reflexes.
Under neocolonialism, oppressor reflexes can be harnessed by all “sides” in a conflict.
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Today is the fortieth anniversary of the death in of Red Army Faction founding member Ulrike Meinhof. On May 9, 1976, Mother’s Day that year, Ulrike was found hanged in her prison cell. An International Commission of Investigation conducted an extensive investigation, presenting its conclusions in 1979. The evidence, some of which is touched upon in this interview, strongly supported the claim that Ulrike had been murdered and then hanged to make it appear to be a suicide. To mark the anniversary, former RAF member Ron Augustin interviewed Ulrike’s sister Wienke. The original German-language interview appeared in the German left-wing ...........READ MORE