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I drifted out of the Diem25 galaxy a couple of years ago (disappointment about the lack of democracy within the "Democracy in Europe Movement", distaste at the democratic-centralist manoeuvrings of Varoufakis and his clique of devotees), but I am in touch with a diaspora of former members, from whom I picked up this cathartic rant by the Polish news editor of the British anarchist site Freedom News
Earlier this week, the Polish parliamentary progressive left party, Razem, issued a statement in which they announce that they are cutting ties with two European organisations: Progressive International and DiEM25.

"The Russian aggression in Ukraine demands a lot of work from us and- unfortunately- explaining of many issues to the west European left," Razem states on their socials, "Yesterday, our National Council decided to leave Progressive International and DiEM25. Why? For reasons incomprehensible to us, both movements did not unequivocally condemn the imperialist and aggressive actions of the Russian Federation and did not unequivocally support the sovereignty of Ukraine, dangerously relativising this war."

I support this very polite and carefully worded statement, but this is Freedom so let me deliver this message by Razem differently: Fuck.You. Or, at the very least, Shut.The.Fuck.Up.

[snip]
This text was written with consultations with other Eastern European comrades. I am signing it with my name, mainly so you can then give me the joy of an accusation of myself being CIA-funded or something, but be informed that many East Europe leftists are on the same page here, and we have been discussing it for a while now.

This text will be a bit chaotic and I request you put up with this. Like most Eastern Europeans, I have spent the past week or so living in some kind of haze, where news cycles really last 24hrs, there is no sleep, and your phone rings constantly. Some of my friends, those from Central and Eastern Europe mostly, want to share their worries, they are organising support networks, collecting money, publishing How-To-Flee-Ukraine guides in multiple languages, cooking, driving scared and exhausted people to their temporary accommodation. Many, rightfully, share their disgust in the differences in how the Polish state and society (and wider, European states and societies) approach another "refugee crisis" just a bit further north, on the Belarusian parts of the Polish border, or the "refugee crisis" in other parts of Europe. Some are facing the very real possibility of finding themselves in combat soon. Some worry about their family currently in a war zone, some are in this war zone themselves. All are angry. All are sad to the point you are unlikely to understand.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 05:00:04 PM EST
Also : Darya Rustamova : a thousand red flags

If your first reaction to Russian aggression anywhere is to bring up the Cold War or NATO (or anything you think the US or UK governments have done worse), your priorities are in the wrong place. We just need you, even for one single day, to simply and firmly stand with victims of Russian imperialism, or fucking stay quiet.

If your second reaction is to denounce armed resistance? 🚩🚩🚩 again. It's hard to understand outsiders wielding language like "civilised" and suddenly "European" and then also shouting at everyone to be pacifists like are we being classed as violent or civil today? I can't keep up.
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And while it is truly understandable that many people hate Russia and Russians and anything to do with Russia, part of the narrative Putin is giving to Russians is that he is the only person on their side. "It's us against them". He says the rest of the world hates us, watch how they treat us. He says Ukrainians are Russophobes (imagine). The insular, exceptional nationalism which Putin has been carefully nurturing and weaponising will only become more effective if the rest of the world turns its back on Russian people.

It also isn't anti-left to be anti-Russia, but taking Russian bands off festival line-ups also isn't going to help anyone. Do you think Putin watches Eurovision? Do you think cancelling football will finally stop him? Is de-platforming meerkats going to help? Do you find yourself suddenly crying when you hear Tchaikovsky for some reason? If so, have you considered simply not telling everyone about it? 🚩🚩🚩

(Sorry. I'm sooo tired of being on the "same side" as so many toxic people... just needed to reassure myself that all right-thinking leftists think like me.)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Mar 13th, 2022 at 05:33:24 PM EST
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Earlier this week, the Polish parliamentary progressive left party, Razem, issued a statement in which they announce that they are cutting ties with two European organisations: Progressive International and DiEM25.

How many seats in parliament?

Poland's Left: Fragmented and in disarray | June 2018 |

2019 Polish parliamentary election

Russia's aggression towards Ukraine in the last few days requires us to work and - unfortunately - to explain many issues of the Western European left. Responsible for this, among others Magdalena Milenkovska, member of Razem Berlin and expert of the Secretariat of International Affairs Together.

Yesterday our National Council decided to leave Progressive International and DiEM25. Why? For reasons incomprehensible to us, both movements did not unequivocally condemn the imperialist and aggressive actions of the Russian Federation and did not unequivocally support the sovereignty of Ukraine, dangerously relativizing this war.

Magda, together with Zofia Malisz and Dorota Kolarska, is the author of an article that appeared in the Berliner Zeitung and Krytyka Polityczna, and co-authors of the position of the National Council.

Enough with the struggle of superpowers. Voices from Central and Eastern Europe | Partia Razem Poland |

Beyond the imperialistic cliché

Unfortunately, these facts seem to be overlooked by some of our German partners on the left. Gregor Gysi and Sevim Dagdelen of Die Linke repeatedly use phrases like NATO's ,,expansion" or ,,aggression". During this tense week, Rolf Mützenich of SPD, in turn, expressed understanding of Russia's ,,justified security concerns". Such statements embed these politicians, often incidentally, in a Cold War rhetoric, which the left is, after all, trying to move away from. 

Michael von der Schulenburg also describes the situation in Ukraine as a ,,conflict between the two strongest nuclear powers in the world, the USA and Russia, on European soil". Conducting a public debate on this crisis over the heads of the people in Central and Eastern Europe ultimately leads to the exclusion and objectification of the countries directly affected by the conflict.

A good example of sidelining Eastern Europe in action not only words is Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline project that has been repeatedly protested against by Central and Eastern European politicians, and which today reveals its destructive potential. From our point of view, such words and actions are reminiscent of similar haughty politics that the West has pursued and continues to pursue towards Africa or the Middle East.

Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, or DiEM25

Countries of "New Europe" founded by Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George Bush and consolidated by Donald Trump. The expansionist and policy of aggression by NATO US Military Command should be criticized.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said so in an opinion piece December 2017 ... NATO crossed the red lines of Russia.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 17th, 2022 at 09:37:24 PM EST
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How many seats in parliament?

49 for the "left" coalition, of which 6 for Lewica Razem.

It's a long road back for the left in Poland. For the long term, Razem has the advantage of not being "post-communist", but thoroughly modern.
Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk is a personal heroine of mine.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 18th, 2022 at 04:14:58 PM EST
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