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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa review – an unrivalled account

When Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, told a German TV station recently that the Soviet Union invaded Germany, was this just blind ignorance? Or a kind of perverted wishful thinking? If the USSR really was the aggressor in 1941, it would suit Yatsenyuk’s narrative of current geopolitics in which Russia is once again the only side that merits blame.

When Grzegorz Schetyna, Poland’s deputy foreign minister, said Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, did he not know that the Red Army was a multinational force in which Ukrainians certainly played a role but the bulk of the troops were Russian? Or was he looking for a new way to provoke the Kremlin?

Faced with these irresponsible distortions, and they are replicated in a hundred other prejudiced comments about Russian behaviour from western politicians as well as their eastern European colleagues, it is a relief to find a book on the Ukrainian conflict that is cool, balanced, and well sourced. Richard Sakwa makes repeated criticisms of Russian tactics and strategy, but he avoids lazy Putin-bashing and locates the origins of the Ukrainian conflict in a quarter-century of mistakes since the cold war ended. In his view, three long-simmering crises have boiled over to produce the violence that is engulfing eastern Ukraine. The first is the tension between two different models of Ukrainian statehood.

One is what he calls the “monist” view, which asserts that the country is an autochthonous cultural and political unity and that the challenge of independence since 1991 has been to strengthen the Ukrainian language, repudiate the tsarist and Soviet imperial legacies, reduce the political weight of Russian-speakers and move the country away from Russia towards “Europe”. The alternative “pluralist” view emphasises the different historical and cultural experiences of Ukraine’s various regions and argues that building a modern democratic post-Soviet Ukrainian state is not just a matter of good governance and rule of law at the centre. It also requires an acceptance of bilingualism, mutual tolerance of different traditions, and devolution of power to the regions.

Full article can be read at: the Guardian

Monday, 5 January 2015

Pile in Petition Day this Saturday

This Saturday, join activists across Greater Manchester to fight against the imposition of a mayor for Greater Manchester by Tory chancellor George Osbourne.

There will be a number of events held in the major towns and cities across the region including Tameside, Bury, Bolton, Trafford, Salford Shopping City precinct, Leigh, Wigan, Bolton and Manchester town centres. The details of others in Rochdale, Oldham and Stockport are yet to be finalised, but are expected to be announced shortly.

11am Bottom of town hall Steps, Bolton
1pm Ashton Market Ground outside Town Hall, Tameside
1pm Albert Square, Manchester

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Daily Mail trying to cash in on Manchester Communists popularity??

We received the following email from an advertising company looking to offer us some space in the right wing rag.

Hello Manchester-Communists,
This is the first time I’ve been in touch and I wanted to find out whether you’d be interested in the idea of running a banner ad for Manchester-Communists on the Daily Mail website?
Web Windows is an advertising agency who are occasionally able to pick up some amazing late-availability banners. This is one of those occasions and you can find all the details of the offer on this link: One month Daily Mail banner campaign just £480
I appreciate this offer has appeared out of the blue, so if you’d like me to explain things in more detail, I can be contacted on the number below. Or maybe you’d just like to go ahead?
Best regards,
Amy Wood
Online Ad Exec
Web Windows Marketing Ltd

Appeared out of the blue. Erm, yes you could say that. And then...

I hope you don't mind me getting in touch again, but I emailed yesterday about a special offer for a banner ad: One month Daily Mail banner campaign just £480
Did you get a moment to have a look?
I’m around for most of the day, so let me know if it’s of interest – I might even be able to sweeten the deal!
Kind regards,
Amy Wood

Wow. Sweeten the deal? Sounds tempting....

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Osbornes` Greater Manchester Mayoral stitch-up is a corporate step too far

First in a plan to impose democratically elected Mayor's on all our major cities - the ideal corporate arrangement - for unscrutinised wheeler dealing and doling out of privatised services contracts - obscured by political showmanship by `larger than life City Boss` personality contests.

Gtr Manchester Communist Party of Britain branch calls;

- upon the North West Trades Union, Labour, Community & Progressive Movements to unite to both defeat it and project a new democratic, 'people first' model of regional development.
- for the elimination of poverty and a better life for all
- for investment in sustainable manufacturing growth technologies and services and an end to the low pay, casualised economy
- for investment in affordable public housing and regulation of private renting
- for an HNS integrated at local authority (LA) level with high quality heath and social care
- for a non selective, equally funded, LA controlled education system delivered by professionally qualified teachers
- for an efficient and affordable local authority regulated transport system

We say NO to an Osbourne Mayor appointee. NO to Mayoral dictat. YES to a Greater Manchester referendum

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

TTIP meeting with Euro MEP this Friday 14th November

38 Degrees members in Manchester have organised a meeting with Afzal Khan, one of Manchester’s representatives in the European Parliament, to talk about TTIP.

Afzal Khan will get to vote on TTIP - the EU-US trade deal that could privatise our NHS, and allow big corporations to sue our government.Together, we can push him to vote the right way.

Attendees will have the opportunity to express their opinions on this regressive trade deal that seeks to undermine the states ability to challenge big business

Morning Star article on the Tranatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): here

Harry Pollitt: His life and legacy

On the 124th anniversary of his birth we meet to celebrate the life of Harry Pollitt. Communist, boilermaker and working class Lancashire lad. Born in humble circumstances to a blacksmith's striker and a cotton spinner, Harry rose to national prominence as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain during the time of the Kinder Scout trespass, the battle of Cable street, the international brigade and the Second World War. He narrowly missed out on being elected to parliament in 1945. Featured on a Soviet stamp, he even had a warship named after him. Kidnapped, imprisoned and blacklisted Harry suffered for his socialist and union activism. His story takes us from Greater Manchester to war torn Spain, Russia and China. An inspirational figure whose story and example needs to be remembered and celebrated in order to encourage young working class kids today to follow his example.

Speakers include:

Kevin Morgan-University of Manchester professor and biographer of Harry Pollitt

David Ayrton-Marx Memorial Library Tutor and NUJ

Unfortunately Harry's son Brian wanted to be with us but is unable to due to ill health.

All speakers are here in a personal capacity.

Chair; Adam White Longdendale councillor and Unite rep. Introduction from George Waterhouse, RMT rep and 2014 winner TUC congress award for youth.
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