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Is Putin Heading Toward a Partition of Ukraine?

Zoltán Grossman CounterPunch
Teaching college classes about the geographies of Russia and East-Central Europe, it is becoming clear that Putin’s ultimate goal is to carve off a distinct Russian-speaking region from Ukraine. The partition of Ukraine is very much on the table.

Can Ukrainians Survive East-West Conflict and Their Own Bad Actors?

Jerry Harris and Garret Virchick Organizing Upgrade
Short of the emergence of a progressive people’s movement in Ukraine, there may be little that can be done to stabilize the country and prevent bloodshed. What is needed is a strategy the Bolsheviks called “revolutionary defeatism.”

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Caste, Race — And Class

Sujatha Gidla & Alan Horn New Left Review
New York Times Pulitzer writer Isabel Wilkerson was widely applauded for two books on caste, using racial discrimination analysis that flourished in 1940s academia. But does her U.S. model explain other forms of discrimination internationally?

Nina Turner Is Reaching Forward and Reaching Back

Sarah Jaffe The American Prospect
Her willingness to learn from her base, while holding fast to principles and being willing to take a public stand even when that stand might cost her, offers a lesson to the party in how to evolve in the years to come.

Organizing the Multiracial Working Class

Maurice Mitchell The American Prospect
If working people fail to see real material distinctions between life under Trump and life under Biden, they’ll look for an alternative to the party in power.

Why 2020 Was the ‘Precarity Election’

Albena Azmanova and Marshall Auerback Economy For All
workers with dangerous machine gears Neither political party has truly addressed the issue of economic security, which is why the country remains a house divided against itself.

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Mexican American Disambiguation

José Olivarez Hyperallergic
The son of Mexican immigrants, the poet José Olivarez explores the ambiguities (and realities) that determine who labels whom in the discourse of ethnic identity.

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Bigotry 101: Why Haters Gonna Hate

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent, Issue #207
Here is bigotry as a systematic, total mindset having a special affinity for right-wing movements. The author explores its appeal, the self-image it justifies, the interests it serves and its complex connection not so much to antiquity as modernity, shaping the conspiratorial and paranoid worldview of true believers, elitists and chauvinists. It enables their hiding behind mainstream conservative motifs to support policies disadvantaging the targets of their contempt.
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