Three years of the Leftist Critic and many more to go!

It has been a wild ride these past three years. In this post I aim to summarize what I’ve written since then, year by year, post by post.

Today is exactly three years since my first post on this blog, on January 18, 2016, titled “Imperialism besets Iran.” I focused on how Western imperialism was subverting Iran, which I would later refine in later years. Only ten days later I would churn out another, criticizing Black bourgeois personality, Ta Nehisi Coates. In the months to follow, I would criticize those who falsely called Star Wars “fascist,” write about some goof on Twitter, focus on surveillance in U$ society, and imagine a speech Bernie Sanders would give to his capitalist friends, working to tell the reality about this imperialistic social democrat. Following this, there would be articles posing an imagined scenario if Cuba was to be taken over by imperialists, highlighting the revolutionary history of Cuba, and saying that Iran was at the crossroads. Later I would pen two articles about celebrity whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying he was deceptively perceived and focusing on his ties to the CIA. Through the rest of the year I wrote on many more subjects. I countered those who said that the murderous empire was “bumbling,” criticized the corrupted nature of Saudi society and the inter-relationship with the empire, and wrote varied articles on Cuba. The latter focused on the legacy of Fidel Castro in fighting U$ imperialism, and asking where Cuba stood in the world as a whole. At the same time, I directly turned my focus to those who thought that the orange menace (Trump) was somehow good, and noting imperial propaganda. I also asked if Star Wars was really anti-fascist and concluded that it was not and wrote my first article on Soviet history.

In the following year, 2017, I expanded on my ideas and became even more strident. Apart from guessing the possible agenda of the upcoming U$ administration, I highlighted my efforts to write more about Soviet history, and criticized bourgeois peace activist David Swanson while tying in the story of the Soviets. If that wasn’t enough, I also wrote about Obama’s horrible and imperialist legacy, criticized the orange menace in his first days in office, and critically looked at the social democrat on the pedestal, Bernie Sanders. In these first few months of the year I directly stabbed at what some now call “Russiagate,” laughing at those who thought the orange menace was colluding with them, while criticizing the strategy of the orange menace to “fight” Daesh. On a related note, I wrote about armed resistance and gun control in the murderous empire. Like the previous year, I went even more international, focusing on topics away from the murderous empire, with a four-part series on Zimbabwe:

  1. “It is homeland or death”: From British colonialism to the Zimbabwean liberation war
  2. “It is homeland or death”: Final days of Zimbabwe’s liberation war and post-independence
  3. “It is homeland or death”: Breaking the neo-colonial chains in Zimbabwe
  4. “It is homeland or death”: The Zanu-PF on the rise once again!

In retrospect, I feel that my analysis of bourgeois nationalism in Zimbabwe could have been stronger, but I was mainly relying on Stephen Gowans as a basis for my argument while I would do more research outside that if I had to write it again. Perhaps if I had done that I could have realized that there would be a coup and/or disputing factions within the government itself.

As the year went on, I criticized the “Muslim ban” of the orange menace, while highlighting elections of deputies of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the unicameral parliament of Juche Korea, my first article on the country and focusing on a conference hosted by Iran in solidarity with the Palestinians. Additionally, I turned back to U$ imperialism, writing a biting criticism of H.R. McMaster, criticizing the naked act of aggression against Syria which manifested itself as a cruise missile strike, new posts on varied subjects, and asking if the Simpsons was dead or “zombified.” That wasn’t all. In light of the March for Science that year, I noted the role of science in capitalist society, criticized the proposed murderous sanctions on Juche Korea, and again laughed at the claim that there was a connection between the orange menace and the Russians. In later months, I wrote yet another criticism of Snowden, directly poked a hole in the myth that the Kurds are “revolutionary,” highlighted the wonders of the healthcare system in Juche Korea, and countered yet another reactionary leftist: Matt Taibbi. I did the same, in terms of other criticism, of Naomi Klein, a person who really is full of herself and is a brand.  Again, I focused on the conflict in Syria once again. I noted how U$ imperialism was “reipositioning” itself there and laughed at those pathetically trying to criticize my post on the “revolutionary” Kurds.

During the rest of the year, I wrote about the orange menace, murderous empire and bigotry in one post, and the case of Dennis Rodman in Juche Korea in another. As the year came to a close I wrote a flurry of articles about Zimbabwe, arguing that there was a counter-revolution occurring after Mugabe was ousted:

Then we come to last year, 2018. As the year began, I wrote an article analyzing the New Years speech by Chairman Kim Jong Un, accompanied by an article, later that month, arguing that Syria was fundamentally a socially democratic state, not a socialist one as  Stephen Gowans had argued. That wasn’t all. I wrote an article again criticizing reactionary leftists, this one focused on another celebrity whistleblower, Chelsea Manning who is sadly anti-communist and “anti-authority.” The same month I penned a number of other articles, one noting that the Zionist state inherently was an apartheid state, and importantly poking a hole at the imperialist myths about Juche Korea, saying that the state is democratic and does not have a “dynasty.” This was followed by an article, which  I wasn’t originally planning on, focusing on inherent capitalist violence in the murderous empire, “gun control” and armed resistance.

Since then, I wrote a 4-part series on the problematic U$ (and Western-backed) Kurds:

I then turned to a criticism of a television series I still like very much, The Simpsons, and connected it to Gramsci’s ideas on hegemony.

On another topic, I had a series of articles on Juche Korea or the DPRK which focused on Juche Korea’s non-isolation, the DPRK’s support of Venezuela, Mansudae Overseas Projects spreading the ideals of Juche across the world, the DPRK supporting socialist Cuba, the DPRK-Iran alliance, the DPRK’s support for Palestinian liberation, the DPRK-Syria alliance, and support of the Sandinistas by the DPRK. I also criticized when the orange menace canceled the one-on-one summit he was going to have with Kim Jong Un in a letter, siding with the reactionary imperialists. Later, in the aftermath of Kim’s meeting with the orange menace, I talked about possible detente between the U$ and DPRK, which still seems a long while off. In August I wrote while the victor of the Zimbabwean elections were being decided, noting how the proletariat of Zimbabwe will get effected by what happens.

Apart from this, I also gave suggestions for places fellow comrades can submit articles, wrote about a foundational aspect of Marxism, dialectical materialism, and talked about the writings I’ve put together which have been published on other websites. I also did a short post about “human rights” and imperialism. Additionally I published a two-part series about “free speech” in the U$, the first part about social media giants and the second part about the problems with bourgeois conception of “free speech.”

Later on in 2018 I focused on Zimbabwe once again and a new Kim-Moon summit, looking at the document published and what it meant. Both were important to recognize as a person, like myself, who is an internationalist. I also focused on the so-called socialist, Julia Salazar in a two-part article reposted on here (see part 1 and part 2)  but originally published on Dissident Voice, which criticized the DSA and this so-called socialist.

As the year winded down, I posted very infrequently on this blog, only writing two posts, while I mainly focused on interactions on Twitter and Reddit. The first of these posts was about the spread of capitalist hegemony, criticizing films by Zemeckis, while also praising films like Sorry to Bother You, critically looking at Dear White People, and other “black films.” The second these was not until two months later, focusing on re-calibration of U$ destabilization in Syria after the posited U$ withdrawal from the country by the orange  menace which is setting the stage for Turkey becoming a mercenary of the empire. I also did a post posing a scenario of Bernie’s imperialist monster in 2022. Additionally, at the beginning of the new year, 2019, I wrote a post criticizing someone who tried to defend certain Kurds, specifically those in Syria, with one of my best titles ever: “Systemic Dolackian Disorder: U$ imperialism and the Kurdish dilemma.”

In the meantime, I am going through the rest of the posts on this blog as a matter of self-criticism, a process which is taking a long time.


My writings on other blogs and websites

Originally published on Leftist Critic on Aug 8, 2018.

  1.  “Confused and capricious”: U$ imperialists re-calibrate destabilization of Syria? (Dec 23, 2018)
  2. The Kim-Moon summit in Pyongyang (Sept 23, 2018)
  3. Mnangagwa’s “victory” benefits Zimbabwe bourgeoisie, spells doom for proletariat (Sept. 6, 2018)
  4. A Turning Point for Zimbabwe (Aug 1, 2018)
  5. The Specter of DPRK-U$ Detente and what it Means for the World (July 11, 2018)
  6. U$ Imperialists Torpedo Opportunity for “Positive Changes” on Korean Peninsula (May 25, 2018)
  7. “Free trade” and the CPTPP: a Capitalist Feast on the Global Proletariat (Mar 15, 2018)
  8. Armed resistance, “gun control,” inherent capitalist violence (Feb 28, 2018)
  9. The protests and beyond: the days forward for the Iranian proletariat (Jan 13, 2018)
  10. Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe: The Coup, Mnangagwa, and Western capitalism (Dec 12, 2017)
  11. A Study of Dennis Rodman’s “Basketball Diplomacy” (Oct 2, 2017)
  12. “Massive, dangerous and wasteful”: US Imperialism Re-positions Itself in Syria (Aug 6, 2017)

Dissident Voice

  1. “One thing today, another tomorrow”: the Julia Salazar Story (October 1, 2018), republished on this blog on Oct. 2.
  2. The Significance of Julia Salazar running as a “Socialist” Democrat (Sept. 26, 2018), republished on this blog on Sept. 27.
  3. The bourgeois conception of “free speech” in the U$ (Sept. 2, 2018), republished this blog on Sept. 3.
  4. Social media giants, “free speech,” and the control of information (Aug 30, 2018), republished on this blog on Sept 3.
  5. The Illegal Entity of Rojava and Imperial “Divide and Rule” Tactics (May 20, 2017)
  6. “A Liberated Area in the Middle East”?: Western Imperialism in Rojava (May 20, 2017)
  7. Bouncing Back Against the Corruption of Science in Capitalist Society (May 1, 2017)
  8. The Role of Science in Capitalist Society and Social Change (Apr 29, 2017)
  9. “Mr. Madison’s War”: An Imperialist War of Conquest (Apr 14, 2017)
  10. The Road to War in 1812: Imperialism, Empire, and the Proletariat (Apr 1, 2017)
  11. The Immigrant Proletariat, the Muslim Ban, and the Capitalist Class (Feb 26, 2017)
  12. Brutal US Colonialism in Puerto Rico (Dec 2, 2016)


  1. The State Department’s “Human Rights Reports” Reek of  Imperialism (Mar 20, 2017)
  2. “Body counts are completely irrelevant”: H.R. McMaster, the new National Security Advisor (Feb 26, 2017)
  3. Has The US Corporate Media Become “Adversarial”? (Feb 18, 2017)

Oriental Review

  1.  “Putin…has already gotten a full return”: Buzzenberg’s Russophobia (July 16, 2018)
  2. Trump and the “Ruskies” (Feb 16, 2017)

I may soon be published in Wrong Kind of Green as well. This page will be updated with new submissions as they come along.

Suggestions for article submission

Leftist Critic views from around the world, 2016 to 2018, chart courtesy of chartgo.

Originally published on the Leftist Critic blog on June 19, 2018.


For all of you, many whom seem to be in the Western world and others who aren’t, here are some good alternative media outlets to submit articles to!

They define themselves as “a website that provides news, analysis, and culture from a Communist perspective, featuring content that is relevant to the struggle against imperialism and for a revolutionary transformation of society.” They are connected to RAIM (Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism Movement), which is Third Worldist. I’m not Third Worldist myself, but it is a good platform. Yo email your articles to, and they have some requirements: is seeking writers in order to keep up with demand for articles. If you think you have what it takes (and assuming you are familiar with the general political line expressed here), please send an email to the above address. Attach your essay or article to the email as a seperate file, or include the full text in the body of the email for review.

So far, I’ve  been published there 7 times:

  1. U$ Imperialists Torpedo Opportunity for “Positive Changes” on Korean Peninsula
  2. “Free trade” and the CPTPP: a Capitalist Feast on the Global Proletariat
  3. Armed resistance, “gun control,” and inherent capitalist violence
  4. The protests and beyond: the days forward for the Iranian proletariat
  5. Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe: The Coup, Mnangagwa, and Western capitalism
  6. A Study of Dennis Rodman’s “Basketball Diplomacy”
  7. “Massive, dangerous and wasteful”: US Imperialism Re-positions Itself in Syria

Dissident Voice

They define themselves as “an internet newsletter dedicated to challenging the distortions and lies of the corporate press and the privileged classes it serves.” They have specific requirements for their submissions but seem slow to respond:

Dissident Voice (DV) welcomes your article submissions. Please send them to gro.eciovtnedissid@snoissimbus. Editors receive submissions from this email. Please do not send to individual editors as this might cause non-reception or a delay in publication.

Word length isn’t a real issue, but please don’t send us an encyclopedia-size work. Multi-part articles are acceptable. DV reserves the right to edit for length and clarity.

Starting immediately DV will publish new articles six days a week. Sunday will be devoted to DV’s Poetry on Sunday page.  Poems selected for publication will usually be based on social justice and peace. Please note that poetry submissions should not be more than 400 words.

DV is interested in publishing articles on domestic and international politics; culture and the arts; satire; book, film, and music reviews.

We often receive more articles than we can accommodate, and cannot therefore publish everything. If a submission is rejected for posting, please do not get discouraged about sending future work. There are a number of reasons why we may forgo posting a submission, quality of work isn’t necessarily the only one. Time constraints do not allow us to respond to you with reasons why a particular piece may have been rejected. Previous success in getting a submission published does not guarantee publication of future work.

Article(s) should be pasted in the body of an e-mail using simple text format (or attached as a doc.-, rtf.-type file). Any links within the article should be embedded in the text by the writer before submission. Preferably, submit also as an HTML file. Please put “Article Submission” in the subject field of any e-mail submission. For security reasons, DV does not accept any other attachment formats unless the author first communicates directly with the editors.

All articles must include a brief bio line. Let us know if you do or don’t want your e-mail address to be posted in the bio (unless we hear otherwise, we assume including it so readers may respond directly to you).

Please include a title/headline for your submission. The editors suck in coming up with them, and we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed in our choice.

Please let us know if there are any accompanying pictures or graphics, and specify any special text formatting needs. If there are citations or references to other work available on the web, please send along with URLs. Footnotes are cool. They should appear as follows: [1], [2], etc, with the full reference(s) at the end of the article (we’ll create linkable footnotes).

On topics, such as politics and history, among others, Wikipedia is considered a dubious source. As much as possible, it is best to use another credible source in one’s submissions. Quotations from quotation pages are also considered a dubious source. Whenever possible, please source your quotations to a primary document, manuscript, book, journal, other media, or speech.

Please do proofread your work before sending it in: check your grammar, spelling, look for typos, etc. The more editing we have to do, the longer it takes for us to post your work … if we decide to at all. We don’t mind fixing problems after a piece has been posted, but it can be a pain. If you write us about an amendment, please highlight the change requested because the editors prefer not to have to reformat an entire submission again. Amendments to the substance of an article will be signalled by an update at top of article.

If you are submitting on behalf of another party, such submission should include approval from the writer for publication at DV.

DV will try to fact check articles as time permits, but that time is very limited, so please fact check your work and get ‘em straight. It’s your credibility after all.

It is understood that articles published in Dissident Voice do not necessarily reflect the views of its editors or all contributing writers. Conversely, statements and positions by the editor do not necessarily reflect the views of DV contributing writers.

Writers retain full copyright control of their work.

Thank you very much for considering Dissident Voice as a venue for your work. It is very much appreciated.

So far, I’ve been published there eight times:

Oriental Review

They define themselves as “an international e- journal focusing on current political issues in Eurasia and beyond…sharing alternative outlooks and providing new edge analysis of the situation in the global ‘hot spots’.” They have relatively simple submission guidelines:

  • Newsworthy: there must be a news hook to your article, and a clearly stated reason that your topic is likely to attract readers by an informed audience that follows the issue.
  • Length: your article should be no more than 1,000 words. We occassionally accept longer texts cut in chapters.
  • Unique angle: stories must differ from news already published in the English-language media. Stick to a specific angle and avoid cluttering the article with multiple themes. Go in-depth with coverage and analysis not found in mainstream media outlets.
  • Local context: seek out local perspectives and sources not well represented in the media. However, your story must not be simply a collection of quotes; it must include your own contextualization and analysis.
  • Sources and facts: analyses and reports must be based on facts and quotes from sources, and all referenced information must be cited and linked. Even analytical or opinion pieces should be fact-driven. Every quote or fact should be linked back to the original, primary source.
  • Clear writing: avoid jargon, metaphors and clichés. If you have heard a phrase a hundred times, don’t use that phrase. Employ active voice and clear, concise, direct sentences and paragraphs.
  • Self-edit: thoroughly proof your work before submitting, removing grammatical errors and typos, and checking facts. Submit the article “ready to go” and do not expect editors to do your job. The best article is one that needs almost no editing

Its been a while since I’ve published there, with my one and only article titled “Trump and the “Ruskies”” but perhaps I’ll give it another whirl!


Climate and Capitalism

They have very loose requirements:

If you have an article you think might be appropriate for Climate & Capitalism, please send it to ecosocialism[at]gmail[dot]com. If it has previously been published elsewhere on the web, please send a link rather than the article itself.

We wish we could respond to every submission, but our limited resources make that impossible. We will reply if  we plan to publish your article or or if we think it could be publishable with changes.

If we don’t publish your submission, it isn’t necessarily because we don’t like it. Many otherwise excellent submissions don’t make it to the site simply because (a) they don’t fit our current needs; or (b) they cover subjects we have recently dealt with; or (c) we have more submissions on hand than we can deal with in the time we have available.

I haven’t been published there yet, but I hope to!


Global Research Centre

Send submissions to

They have very specific requirements:

Global Research welcomes submissions of news and feature articles. The latter consist of opinion articles, analytical articles as well as detailed research reports on important topics.  Longer articles should not normally exceed 1500 words.

Sources and references should be indicated where applicable with a view to ensuring a high degree of accuracy. For web based references, hyperlink text of main sources should also be indicated where applicable to enable readers to access key online documents. Kindly avoid long url addresses in the text and/or in the notes.

Texts must be carefully edited prior to submission. Contributors are requested to submit a final draft. Revisions and/or updates to the text of the article will not be added once the article is published.

Global Research has the discretion to edit articles and undertake minor modifications prior to publication.

While Global Research welcomes broad political critique and analysis, we do not publish polemics directed against individual authors.

Articles should be sent in the body of your email message, an attached word document and/or a url linking to the article.

With regard to style and format: single space default font, same size default font throughout, no paragraph indentation, indentation of quotes with “quotation marks”, line space between paragraphs and paragraph headings, paragraph headings in lower case bold left justified.

Notes at the end of the article. Please do not use CAPS (in text or title) or underline.

End notes should be entered under the heading Notes.

The notes should conform to a recognized style format pertaining to books, articles, new reports, etc.: author, title, source of publication, date.

Endnote numbering should be entered as text to allow for easy conversion, rather than encrypted (with a hyperlink) as in a word document.

Do not, however attach hyperlinks to endnote numerals. For endnote numbering, use Arabic numerals ( rather than Roman (i, ii, iii…).  The text of the submission should appear in text form in the body of the email message.

Text as well as sources/references can be hyperlinked  in the body of the article.

Kindly do not display long url addresses in the text. Hyperlinked references should be embedded in the text as well as in relation to titles and name of journals, reviews, in the notes at the foot of the article

The article should include a short biographical blurb (1-3 sentences) on the author (including affiliation) at the foot of the article in italics, with the author’s name in bold.  If the author is using a pen name, this should be clearly indicated in the byline.

While shorter articles, including news items, are often published on the same day, following their submission, for longer detailed feature articles, the editorial review may take several days. Longer articles should not normally exceed 1500 words.

Photos and images in articles must be carefully checked for copyright. Credits and source of images (where applicable) must be indicated.

Due to the high volume of emails, we are not able to acknowledge individual submissions or communicate editorial decisions. All articles published by Global Research will include an author’s copyright note, with a link where applicable to the author’s blog and/or original source.

Haven’t been published there yet, but we’ll see.