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“Anti-hate” think tank scapegoats China for Palestine solidarity protests

Matthew N Lyons

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There’s a real money trail linking China’s propaganda apparatus with some pro-Palestinian organizations in the U.S. But the Network Contagion Research Institute distorts this bid for influence into a conspiracist vision of the Chinese Communist Party secretly directing mass protests to destabilize America.
Evacuation of students in Ukraine

No longer a gendarme for the West: Simon Pirani on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Matthew N Lyons

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How should western leftists respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? How do we best oppose imperialist aggression and systemic violence in a situation that defies simple narratives? How do we navigate between Kremlin-inspired propaganda and anti-Russian hysteria, or between the “anti-imperialist” and “anti-Nazi” pretensions of a right-wing authoritarian capitalist aggressor and the “pro-democracy” claims of critics who routinely support brutal repression and mass murder? From a three way fight perspective, the Russia-Ukraine war presents special challenges because it’s a situation where fascists—and claims of antifascism—have played significant—but also significantly different—roles on both sides.

Caution doesn’t make us safe: A review of PRA’s report on the MAGA movement

Matthew N Lyons

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Million MAGA March Rally at Freedom Plaza, Washington DC, 14 November 2020 The January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol represented a watershed for the U.S. far right. For the first time in U.S. history, ...