Monthly Archives: August 2018

Poland | Ukrainian Far-Right Fighters, White Supremacists Trained by Major European Security Firm

Since 2016, the European Security Academy (ESA) an EU-based company that offers advanced training programs for security, law enforcement and military professionals, has provided sophisticated training geared towards combat application to elements of Ukraine’s controversial Azov Regiment, also known as the Azov Battalion, which has been integrated into the Ukrainian National Guard in Mariupol. A large group from Ukraine consisting at least partially of Azov veterans, along with likely current members of Azov movement and other far-right activists, received special-ops like training in the ESA training center in Poland. Among recipients of ESA advanced firearms and tactics training are also current activists of far-right organizations in Ukraine linked to attacks on, or harassment of Ukrainian Roma, LGBT persons and rights activists: Tradition and Order, The National Corps and The National Militia.

Brazil | After 26 days, Brazilian activists end hunger strike, point out victories

by Cristiane Sampaio

The hunger strike held by seven activists in Brasília, capital city of Brazil, ended on Saturday, after 26 days. The announcement was made during a solidarity rally staged by supporters and organizations that took part in the protest.

Do Not be Distracted by Rising Imperialists

Seven years after formally ceasing operations, the US navy’s 2nd fleet has been reactivated and ordered to the northern Atlantic as a means of confronting “bad actors” they believe hostile to imperialist interests. It is more than obvious these “actors” are in fact one actor—Russia. This is riding a high-tide of inter-imperialist tension and rivalry over control in strategic political and economic areas throughout the Third World. The United States, desperately attempting to hold onto its empire, sees any and all Russian activity—even its existence—as a threat to its survival. This is by no means exclusive to the Russian imperialists. China is a power capable of dislodging American imperialist hegemony from strategic markets, a reality that has stoked a similar policy in Asia.

Private sector behind mass killing of Colombia’s social leaders: prosecution

by Adriaan Alsema

Colombia’s private sector is using death squads to assassinate social leaders who seek the return of stolen land, according to the country’s prosecution.

Authorities have long claimed that drug traffickers and ELN guerrillas were behind the killings, but top officials told President Ivan Duque on Thursday that businessmen are behind many of the killings to prevent the restitution of land they stole during the war.

USA | Freedom House’s new chairman of the board was key player in Bush-era civil liberties abuses

by Jeet Heer