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The Sino-Soviet split and its meaning today

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, discusses the Sino-Soviet split that began in the 1960s with its underpinnings in differing approaches on survival against U.S. imperialist threats. The pressures of imperialism resulted in a split – first ideologically and later state-to-state – between these sister socialist nations. China moved towards the influence of U.S. imperialism and the USSR became more isolated. This history is important for progressives and revolutionaries to understand today as the United States continues its threats against Russia and its maneuvers to destabilize and overthrow the Communist Party-led government of China.

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Racist massacre in Charleston – spawn of an empire of violence

Listen now: Eugene Puryear, a leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, reviews the history of racist violence and the current racism generated by right-wing U.S. politicians and the media that led to the massacre of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church. Capitalist politicians describe this act as “tragedy,” but when nine members of a historic African-American church are murdered by a racist vigilante while engaged in prayer, it can only be described as another expression of racist terror that has dominated the history of the United States and South Carolina. The Confederate flag, a symbol of slavery and terrorism, still flies over the South Carolina State House. Puryear also explains the history of this church, which was co-founded by anti-slavery martyr Denmark Vesey, who the state of South Carolina put to death in 1822 along with many other freedom fighters and enslaved people. Vesey’s crime: organizing to liberate enslaved people in South Carolina and elsewhere.

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Debunking the myth of “American exceptionalism”

Listen now: Brian Becker, a founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, debunks the idea that the United States is an “indispensable nation” and greater than other nations. He reviews stages of this idea in bourgeois history along with counterexamples of capitalist crisis in the United States, and reveals the racist and supremacist meanings behind the term. This interview is one part of a larger PSL educational series.

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Students call for Fossil Free divestment

Listen nowStudents from Georgetown University Fossil Free discuss their successful, multi-year campaign that resulted in Georgetown becoming the largest university to fully divest their endowment. The students provide insight for anyone who wants to launch a divestment campaign at their school.

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“We have to struggle for a new Turkey”

Listen now: In the second and final part of his interview with Liberation Radio, Ali Somel of the Communist Party, Turkey (KP) discusses the priorities of the KP in the struggle today, analyzes U.S. war and occupation and the resulting sectarianism in the region, and updates listeners on the May Day struggle this year that concluded in mass arrests.