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Left Voice Magazine for March 2022

We present a collection of contributions on the most important debates on the war in Ukraine and the need for an independent, anti-imperialist, and internationalist perspective to confront the crisis.

Left Voice

March 31, 2022
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Prospects for the War One Month after Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Claudia Cinatti

The war in Ukraine has opened a panorama of crisis unprecedented in recent decades. It is necessary to confront this reactionary war by opposing both the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the warlike policy of NATO, from an anti-imperialist and internationalist perspective.

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Debates on the War in Ukraine

Matías Maiello

The war in Ukraine has opened a militaristic chapter in the broader capitalist crisis that began with the great recession in 2008. The international Left is divided over what policy to adopt on the Ukrainian question. The following is a necessary debate with the Argentinean Left regarding the ongoing war and the politics that revolutionaries should adopt.

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Once Again on the Debates regarding the War in Ukraine

Matías Maiello

It has been more than a month since the start of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. What should an independent political position of internationalist revolutionary socialists consist of?

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Militarism, Imperialism, and Self-Determination: Marxist Debates on the War

Josefina L. Martínez and Daniel Matos

During World War I, the Marxist movement had a rich debate on the questions of militarism, imperialism, and self-determination. Those discussions help inform some of the current issues around the war in Ukraine.

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War and the Reformist Left: We Need a 21st-Century Zimmerwald

Santiago Lupe 

In response to World War I, anti-militarist socialists gathered at the 1915 Zimmerwald Conference to build a new anti-war movement. The revolutionary wing raised the perspective of an independent, anti-imperialist path, one based on the slogan to wage a war against capitalism’s wars and crises.

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The Challenge of an Independent Anti-Imperialist Policy in Ukraine: A Response to Achcar and Kouvélakis

Juan Chingo, Philippe Alcoy and Pierre Reip

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has provoked considerable discussion about what a consistent anti-imperialist policy should look like today. It is a debate of tremendous importance.

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For the Right to Choose Motherhood

A new mother writes about her experience with pregnancy and why we must, in the wake of the recent Supreme Court leak, build a movement that fights for the right to choose parenthood.

Tatum Regan

May 8, 2022
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Sanctions on Russia: The Collateral Damage and Strategic Risks of the West’s ‘Economic Weapon’

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States and European Union have imposed unprecedented sanctions on the Putin regime. These measures are severely damaging the Russian economy. They are also disrupting international markets in energy and other commodities. Such large-scale use of the “economic weapon” risks further fragmenting the world economy.

Esteban Mercatante

April 25, 2022
A Russian tank rolls during a military drills at Molkino training ground in the Krasnodar region.

Angry About High Fuel and Food Prices? Blame Imperialism

Biden is attempting to paint Putin as the sole reason for inflation, while Republicans try to blame Biden. In truth, the entire global economic system that all of these politicians represent is why workers keep being strained.

Sam Carliner

April 22, 2022
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg looks on as Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (left) and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde (right) bump fists after holding a joint press conference after their meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Jan. 24

The War in Ukraine Is Strengthening NATO and U.S. Imperialism

As Germany increases its military budget and Sweden and Finland ponder joining NATO, it’s clear that the war in Ukraine has been a boon for European and U.S. imperialism.

James Dennis Hoff

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