“Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex” - Karl Marx


A Gobal Assault by the Far-Right

Fascism is no longer a horror story from the last century. With the rise of ultra-right forces in several parts of the world, talk of fascism has re-emerged with a vengeance. Debates and comparisons abound on whether the ultra-right of today is a direct descendant of the hordes of Hitler and Mussolini or a new creature. What remains a certainty is that the working class must fight these forces worldwide before its too late.   

Capitalism, confronted with a historic crisis, has unleashed the regressive narratives of hyper-nationalism and hate. At the core of the current fascist, ultra-right regimes is a desperate attempt to safeguard and secure finance capital from a structural assault by the working class. Imperialism, hyper-nationalism, militarism, dictatorship, hate and xenophobia are then simply manifestations of the larger bid to protect the interests of global finance capital.  

In the United States for instance, the unending drama over the impeachment bid against Donald Trump continues even as a bipartisan agreement on a budget deal is struck. This deal will likely inflict further cuts in health care and social benefits, a trend that extends to every level of governance. This tacit understanding between so-called rivals in the political arena is reflective of the power wielded by financial capital. In this light, the impeachment agenda appears nothing short of a gimmick.  

In fact, the rise of Donald Trump in 2017 was no accident. The fissures created by Trump and other such forces across the world have been key in preventing working class unity against the political and financial establishment. On the foreign policy front, a malleable Trump has stirred up chaos across the world and has shelved US commitments to global climate and peace accords. The claim that Trump is an outsider or a fluke is exposed when it is clear how faithfully his administration has fulfilled its function as the spearhead of global capitalism. What defines him and other forces on the right is their ability to manipulate democracy and exploit the fractures of the system to divide people.  

The assault of the right is nowhere as pronounced as in Latin America, which the US considers its own "backyard." Amid the setbacks suffered by the alliance of the people's governments of Our America, parliamentary and non-parliamentary coups led by right-wing reactionaries have been executed, and economic embargoes have stifled the growth of several countries. Right-wing stooges in the region, and traitors to the people - Sebastian Pinera in Chile, Lenin Moreno in Ecuador, Mauricio Macri in Argentina, Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and now, Jeanine Anez in Bolivia -  serve as standard bearers of the right-wing in the continent. Many have laid out a red carpet welcome for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), facilitating once again the entry of the 'old but golden' arm of financial imperialism in the global south.   

In Latin America, the resistance is on the streets. Fans of Augusto Pinochet and Alfredo Stroessner are reigning in Chile and Paraguay. But at the same time, we have also witnessed hundreds of thousands of people on the streets opposing the Chilean president Sebastian Pinera and his policies. Chile, Ecuador and above all, Argentina have exposed the limits of the right-wing. Bolivia's Evo Morales may have been overthrown but the coup regime is on shaky ground. In Brazil, even though Bolsonaro - an admirer of the erstwhile military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-85) ' is trying desperately to ensure the corporate take over of each and every inch of Brazilian soil and water, the struggle for Lula's freedom is a beacon of hope.  

Meanwhile, Venezuela has proved time and again that there is hope against the right-wing. Venezuela shows that an empowered working class and a population with political understanding of the real enemy, based on their past experiences, will defy attempts of all the Boltons and the Lima Groups in the world. Class politics and popular mobilization remain the only hope to combat the right-wing.  

The lack of the abovementioned factors is most evident in Europe, where the EU, an imperialist pole run by European financial capital through a consensus of the European bourgeoisie, is in complete disarray. Ironically, it has become the prime enemy of a large section of both the austerity-stricken European working class and the crony capitalists who have as their goal monopolization, and want to avoid sharing profits even with fellow capitalists.  

The right-wing wave in the continent peaked this year. In Britain, Boris Johnson and his anti-worker Brexit seems to have triumphed. In Greece, Alexis Tsipras - who betrayed the aspirations of the Greek working class - lost to the conservatives. Neo-fascists and Francoists have emerged and consolidated under Matteo Salvini's League in Italy and the Vox party in Spain respectively, riding on a vicious campaign founded on anti-immigrant propaganda and hyper-nationalism. High-profile political reconfigurations like the Five Star- Democratic Party (M5S - PD) coalition in Italy, and the PSOE-Podemos alliance in Spain have not been successful in resisting this trend. In France, the rise of the French right-wing - as represented by the National Rally - has lead to fears of another opportunity for Emmanuel Macron or a new avatar. The French working class seems to be the only force defiantly proclaiming through its mobilizations: "Out with all of them."  

Even Germany, considered the bedrock of the EU project, has witnessed the rise of  the Alternative for Germany (AfD), yet again riding on an anti-immigrant and hyper-nationalist campaign.  

A united opposition victory in Budapest has also not done much to restrain the policies of the far-right leader, Viktor Orban, in Hungary. Many of these opposition parties are considered equally treacherous and anti-worker. In such a scenario, only working class unity and class opposition remain an effective remedy for resistance to Orban's racist regime which has been enacting the infamous slave laws.  

The Eurosceptic and conservative Polish Law & Justice party (PiS) also continued its winning streak this year, running a textbook right-wing campaign. But a glimmer of hope persists as the Polish Left regained its presence in the national parliament, and the year ended with massive protests against PiS' initiatives to subjugate the Polish judiciary.  

The far-right has gained and fortified political power in several of the post-Soviet European republics as well, riding on Russophobia and anti-communism. The government in Ukraine becomes more fascist day by day, mainstreaming the ultra-right fringe in the country and repressing the communist and leftist parties and their publications. The region has succumbed to imperialist pressure, with the introduction of decommunization laws, the banning of communist parties and demolition of Soviet monuments. In September 2019, the Euro parliament itself passed a resolution equating communism with fascism and called for the erasure of the monuments glorifying it. In all of this, the feats of the Soviet Red Army in the liberation of Eastern Europe from the Nazis remain ignored or wiped out.   

The crisis inflicted by the EU policies, rampant militarization promoted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), along with the failed promises on EU integration, remain major factors for the rise and consolidation of the far-right in the Balkans and several other east European states. 

In India, the common people face an unprecedented twin assault from crony capitalism and a divisive religious-based politics. The right-wing BJP government, propelled by a religious Hindu supremacist ideology, has been pushing its divisive tactics while permitting the the takeover of the country by a handful of corporates. The recent controversial initiatives of the Indian government, including the anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposal for a National Register of Citizens (NRC), have drawn millions out on to the streets in protest across the country despite a massive crackdown by the state.  

The crisis wrought by the War on Terror in Afghanistan, along with the imperialist attempts to destabilize the regimes in Iraq and Syria, continue to affect the lives of peace-loving common people across West Asia. Yemen has been devastated by Saudi state terror, with the overt support of Western powers. Meanwhile, even though Benjamin Netanyahu could not win the Israeli elections this year, the apartheid state has escalated its relentless persecution of Palestinians through further encroachments and genocide, with encouragement from US president Donald Trump. Turkey also continues its anti-Kurdish purge in its eastern border, but a united opposition has managed to deliver some mighty blows to Erdogan in the recently held elections. In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte continues the militarization of the countryside, repressing the peasantry and the working class on the pretext of quelling militant communism and the drug mafia. Hate crimes have also risen in Australia and lslamophobia has raised its ugly head in New Zealand too, as reflected by the bloody shoot-out in a Christchurch mosque on March 15.  

The holes in the politics of the right-wing are nowhere as apparent as in Africa. Imperialist interventions in the pursuit of natural resources and strategic dominance in West Asia and Africa caused the disastrous wars in Syria and Libya. Millions have become refugees and now wait for their turn to either die while crossing the Mediterranean, or rot in the miserable refugee camps located on European islands in order to prevent their entry into the mainland. Meanwhile, the European right-wing polarizes the workers in their respective countries by raising the bogey of 'invasions by these migrants.' 

The structural crisis of capitalism is here and everywhere. The far-right is rising to defend the capitalist system. At this point, the working class has the task of strengthening and deepening democracy, building alliances and developing strategies to counter these phenomena. The lessons of Russia, China, Cuba and Vietnam and the experiences of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia and many others offer hope and reaffirm one  irrefutable truth: the working class has no option and no higher calling but to fight on.    


  • The Taj That is India
  • The BJP and Triple Talaq
  • Rohingya: A People Condemned!
  • 9 Key Qs Raised on First Day of Aadhaar Hearing in the Supreme Court
  • A Critical Analysis of Delhi's Human Development Index
  • 3 Army Divisions For 300 Terrorists In JK But No End to Violence: Certainly the Answer Does Not Lie in Force
  • 'It is Not the Left But the Congress That's the B-Team of the BJP'
  • Kasganj: A Story of People's Unity Fractured by Engineered Hate and Violence
  • Invisible Children Of Delhi
  • India 81 in Corruption Index, Amongst the "Worst Offenders"
  • Economists Hit Out Against Move to Privatise Public Sectors Banks
  • Tripura Trades Decency For False Eldorado
  • Syria's Bloody War
  • Pakistan And China Fill Space In Maldives Willfully Vacated By India
  • The Big Private Crop Insurance Scam: Farmers Par Premium of Rs 482, Receive Rs 5 as Insurance!
  • US Attack on Syria Violates International Law, Total Hypocrisy
  • Death Penalty Is Not The Answer To Sexual Violence: Implement Justice Verma Committee Report
  • Walls on Every Side: Trying to Get Data in India
  • The Ascent of Multi-Politics In Malaysia
  • Why the Objections to Marxism are Mistaken
  • The Rise and Fall of the Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim
  • BDS Has Placed Israel on Notice
  • Can We Promote Peace in India, Today?
  • Burying The Two-State Solution
  • Corruption And Class Rule
  • Is Ethnic Cleansing Coming to India
  • Our Real Heroes
  • Confronting Journalism's Misogynistic Trolls
  • After 17 Years of War, A Peace Movement Grows in Afghanistan
  • Taking Play Seriously: Time to Make Sports A Fundamental Right!
  • Law Commission Publishes Consultation Paper on Sedition
  • Foreign Policy: Between Folly and Foibles
  • Suu Kyi's Continued Denial And Bangladesh's
  • Economy Crumbles as Fuel Prices Skyrocket, Household Budgets Hit
  • Rupee's New Low: A Dangerous Drift
  • Are We Still Ruled by The British?
  • From Anti-National to Urban Naxal: The Trajectory of Dissent in India
  • Learning the Power of Lies: Facts vs. Falsehoods in the Age of Trump
  • The Indian Economy is in a Tailspin
  • China Walks a Tightrope on The Uighur Muslim Issue
  • Is Ram Mandir a Mere Election Strategy of the BJP?
  • The Harsher Counters of India's Drug Legislations
  • BJP's Election Strategy: Data is the New Opium
  • Geographical Indication - India's Untapped Resource
  • Climate Change to Make Prediction of Furious Storms More Difficult
  • Mountain echoes for India
  • Maldives: Has the Wheel Turned Full Circle?
  • President Sirisena Needs to be Reached Sooner Rather Than Later
  • Plastic Pollution in India
  • Prejudice by Any Name
  • 29 Years After Fall of Berlin Wall, Europe Has 1,000 Km of Walls to Stop Migrants
  • The Leftover Women of Afghanistan
  • Harmony of Music and Politics of Silencing
  • The Economics of Policy: Prohibition and Free Water Supply
  • Threat to Democracy in the Age of Social or Anti-Social Media
  • Intellectual Property- A Vital Discipline
  • What Happened in Britain, and What's Next
  • Assembly Debacle: BJP Got Taken in by Its Own Fake News
  • India: Secular Democracy or Hindu Rashtra
  • Adani is Byword for Government's Climate Inaction as Australia Gears for Elections
  • How The Modi Government is Killing Off MGNREGS
  • The Year of the Gazan
  • Assembly Polls: Ten Crucial Takeaways Ahead of 2019
  • The Real Effects of Fake Propaganda on Migrants
  • Why NGOs in Pakistan Are at The Brink of Extinction
  • Dogged by Brexit
  • In My Own Voice: Citizenship Amendment Bill And You
  • Oil Giant Shell Finally Faces Its Day In Court For Complicity In Rapes And Murders in Nigeria
  • The Geopolitics of Pulwama
  • Shah Faesal Cuts Through Calls for Blood and Lays Out a Roadmap for Kashmir
  • Modi's ABC: Avoiding, Burying, Confusing
  • The Kashmir Question: A 'Made in India' Problem
  • Opposition Must Take a Stand Against the War Politics of Hindutva
  • 'Patriotism' Made Easy in Times of 'WhatsApp Elections'
  • Urban Poor Have Set Agenda for 2019 Elections
  • Will the US End Up Putting Sanctions on Every Country That Doesn't Bend to its Will?
  • Minority and Indigenous Women Human Rights Activists More Prone to Harassment UN Report
  • Tribute to Speaker Rabi Ray (1926-2017)
  • International Participation is Necessary Where State is Part of The Problem
  • Italy Takes Belt and Road to The Heart of Europe
  • The Legacy of Shaheed-e-Azam
  • In My Own Voice: Heroes or Hiroshima
  • The Modi Years
  • Election in Israel: A Race to the Bottom
  • Why Bangladesh Overtook Pakistan
  • Digital Monopoly Platforms, Modi Regime and Threat to Our Democracy
  • Elitism and Development
  • Jawaharlal Nehru and Organised Religion
  • A Brief History of the IUML and Kerla's Muslims
  • The Immunisation of Human Rights
  • How Can India Win The Struggle on Poverty?
  • The RSS's Chanakya Neeti
  • Diversity, Belonging and Multiculturalism
  • The Chinese Ambition
  • The Role City Govts Can Play in the Health of Citizens
  • Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew: Forgotten Warrior of Our Freedom Movement
  • Fighting Climate Change, Building Resilience
  • Mridula Sarabhai(the orignal anti-national)
  • Right to Education: A Dream Half Forgotten
  • Decoding One Nation One Poll
  • Tunisia Heads for Polls Amidst Economic Slowdown, Squsbbling and Crack Down on Islamic Extremist
  • Lynchings, Litchis and No Water: What the International Media is Saying Abount India
  • Blood in the Nile
  • Will the BNP Ever Again be a Major Political Force in Bangladesh?
  • 'Real Estate Brokers' Cannot Dampen The Palestinian Spirit
  • The Indian Liberal's Conundrum
  • Hope For Democracy in Sudan
  • In Depth: Water Crisis Looming Across Tamil Nadu
  • Missing Secularism in New Education Policy
  • Religion, Nationalism And Insurgency in Balochistan
  • Dim Lights, Closed Blinds: History Lessons From a Party in Power
  • Loan Waivers Need Better Designing to Prevent Farmer Suicides
  • Makimg Best Use of Sri Lanka's Strategic Location
  • FDI in Coal: Look Who's Coming to the Party
  • Weapons and the Never Ending Space Race
  • Thirty Years the Berlin Wall Brought Down
  • Reclaiming the Opposition and Political Space in India
  • An Interreligious Conference to Build Bridges in Sri Lanka
  • On 'Correcting' History and Akbar's Invasion of Kashmir
  • The Evolution of the 'Nobel Prize' in Economics
  • Close Coordination Between Turkey and Russia in Syria
  • Sri Lanka's Election Time Promises Costly to Keep
  • The India Economy and The Cobra Effect
  • Fascism: Is Liberal Use "Trivialising" This "Destructive Phenomenon?"
  • Treating the Poor as Development Guinea Pigs
  • A Not sp 'National Education Policy: Analysis Reveals Exclusion in Education Sector
  • University Fee Hikes Pave the Way for Selling Public Assets
  • The Truth About Middle Class 'Revolutions?
  • 50 Years of US Arms Trade: The Lasting Impact on West Asia
  • India Abjures Secularism in Bangladesh's View, Will Regional Cooperation Take a Hit?
  • Amidist Resistance to "De-Tribalisation", A Look at Why Jharkhand Polls are More Critical Than They Appear
  • The Dangerous Game of Citizenship: BJP Creates Divisive Agenda Through NRC
  • Revealed: US Losing Aghan War Due to "Fatally Flawed" War Strategies and Lack of Clear Objetives
  • 'Politics and Prejudice': Can Dalit-Bahujans and left Progressives Join Hands?
  • State Power's Attempts at Rewriting History
  • Afghanista's Tumultous Fourty-Year Journey
  • Nepal: Citizen's Needs Remain Sidelined as Turbulent Game of Politics Continues
  • "Enough is Enough": Secular India Revolts Against a " Majoritarian State"
  • Looking at Cuba's Revolution 61 Years On
  • Soleimani Murder Set to Spiral Out of Control, US Expected to Pressure India Under LEMOA
  • The Rise of Digital Media and The Viral Phenomenon of "Nowledge"
  • Thus Spake JP: Beware the Writing on the Wall
  • Sri Lankan Government Must Pay Attention to Problem-Solving in the North
  • Drowning Nation Clutches at Military Might?
  • India's Neighbourhood First Policy Crumbles
  • A Gobal Assault by the Far-Right
  • Delhi Riots: Historical Patterns, Complicity of Forces Point to Planned Violence
  • Behind The Protests Defending Public Education
  • Putting The Judiciary on Trial
  • "Sanctions Are a Crime": During Coronavirus Pandemic, Sanctions Against Iran, Venezuela Causing Medical Shortages
  • Social Messiahs or Smart Entrepreneurs?
  • Justice Gogoi Joining Rajya Sabha Points to a Constitutional Crisis
  • A Russian "Plays Long Game" Firewall for Venezuela Against US Sanctions
  • RSS and the Question of Morality
  • Establishing COVID-19 Hospitals in Record Time
  • A New "Medical Internationalism" Needed: Cuba At the Pandemic Frontlines Even As Wealthy States Neglect Healthcare
  • Why They Suffer: The Human/Animal Conflict
  • More Books and Snowy Mornings
  • Statesmanship Required to Avert Constitutinal Crisis in Sri Lanka
  • Combating 'Hate Virus': Communal Forces Divide in times of Global Pandemin
  • How Biometric Authentication Has Excluded MAny From The Public Distribution System
  • Lessons From Iraq: Before Trump Sues China, US Must pay for Unjust War on Iraq
  • The American War System And The Global 'War of Error'
  • Demilitarising Patriotism in The Covid Fight
  • Muslims Need a Fair Media
  • Sri-Lanka: Shock of Covid-19 Wanes, Nationalist Sentiments Rise as Elections Approach
  • Covid-19 in Brazil: A 21st Century 'Reenactment' of the 19th Century Yellow Fever?
  • Iran's Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Sail to Safety Under 'Chinese Shield'
  • US Protests Bear Lessons For Sri Lanka
  • India and Nepal in For A Prolonged Standoff?
  • The Fifth Schedule: Tribal Advisory Councils and International Perspectives
  • The Asian American Response to Pandemic-Era Racism Must Be Cross-Racial Solidarity
  • Is Police Brutality Exclusive to the USA?
  • Libya's Future Seema to Rest on Arrangements Between Russia And Turkey
  • China's strategic Mind And Method: "Long-Term Planning" Behind Country's Geo-Political Moves
  • Returning Migrants: A Boon For Rural Industrialisation?
  • Why Refugees in Greece Are Afraid of the Word 'Camp'''
  • Black Lives Matter Movement And Its Lessons For India
  • US Provocations Trigger Tension in Sino-American Relations
  • Inclusive Representation Required In Sri Lanka's Decision-Making Bodies
  • Humanists At Risk: Demonising Dissent, Infantilising Society
  • Putin Anticipates 'Cascading Tension', Hints At Need To Rest World Order
  • Why the Neoliberal Agenda Is a Failure at Failure at Fighting Coronavirus
  • Covid-19 Underscores Importance of Local Planning
  • BRI Drive Post-Covid-19 Global Economic Recovery', Claims China
  • Are We Mainstreaming or Simply Trivialising Biodiversity?
  • Is Iran's Influence in Iraq Waning?
  • Green Economic Recovery: A Firm Commitment Required
  • Ease Of Doing Business VS Human Development
  • Provincial Councils The Best Option For A Peaceful Sri Lanka?