The WSWS has acquired following assertion from Lohan Gunaweera, a visual and efficiency artist and translator in Sri Lanka. He denounces the assaults on Russian art and artists, which, he states, are a element of the US-NATO war preparations towards Russia.
I strongly condemn the ongoing assault and censorship on Russian artists, exhibitions and artistic tasks, carried out in the identify of actions versus Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nothing good can occur out of censoring great cultural accomplishments ranging from classical new music, to 20th century Russian avant-garde art, to Tolstoy. The plan that this could pave the way for a peaceful end result is as delusional as expressing that asphyxiation can extend existence. Personally, as somebody who are not able to think about one’s own upbringing and daily life with out Russian literature and art, I obtain this distressing to watch. In the context of planet politics, this is a warning symptom of an impending catastrophic stroke.
Contrary to the proclaimed intentions, this assault goes hand in hand with the US and NATO’s imperialist war generate in opposition to Russia. A mere glance at the listing of international locations racing to enter and escalate this conflict, raising their armed service budgets and sending weapons to Ukraine, really should alarm any individual who is aware of the huge tragedies of the next environment war. The United States, the British isles, Germany, France are the same imperialist powers that brought about intense havoc and destruction in that war. Above the earlier 30 a long time, the US has been the major destructive actor in several wars all-around the earth. The scale of its army involvement in Ukraine, which includes the procedure of biological weapons labs is only now coming to comprehensive light-weight. The imperialist drive has constantly been directed towards re-partitioning of the Eurasian region (and the rest of the globe) in purchase to get direct obtain to its large methods and marketplaces.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is definitely a reckless, reactionary act that pushes that nation toward a significant humanitarian catastrophe. It on the other hand does not exonerate NATO’s central position in drafting the blueprint for this war. Its constant growth to the east due to the fact the 90s attained a new height with the routine shifting coup in Ukraine in 2014. It experienced no qualms about residing collectively with significantly-ideal and neo-Nazi forces in the method.
Dwelling up to its status, NATO continues to fuel the unfolding disaster in each possible way. The most significant army organisation that has been a lasting fixture in wars all around the environment is hence actively playing with fire, raising the hazard of a nuclear war. Throwing aid driving the US and NATO does not add to any tranquil, democratic end result.
The campaign to block Russian art and artists poisons the general public sphere with anti-Russian sentiments. Russian artists—living or dead—and their will work are equated with Vladimir Putin and his military services invasion. Its real function is to exploit the widespread significant regard for artistic operates and artists to hack public opinion in favor of war to normalise anti-Russian mentality in all aspects of social life and to make people today despise every thing that is Russian. What we need to have right now is the reverse. The arts need to be freed to purpose as a unifying spiritual drive, addressing thousands and thousands of folks, considerably and wide beyond national borders.
As Julian Assange stated, “Nearly each and every war that has started in the previous fifty many years has been the end result of media lies… populations never willingly and with open eyes go into a war.” The lies have to be defeated. A broad anti-war motion need to be constructed centered on a genuine, consistent social power that can fight imperialism. That pressure is the worldwide operating course, the course that has no country.
I urge artists and progressive creative organisations all over the world to rally guiding this pressure and defend Russian art and culture from this assault do not weaken your anti-war stance do not abandon your proper being familiar with of NATO’s reactionary function. Russia’s invasion does not negate any of this. The war push has to be stopped prior to it is as well late.
I look ahead to attending the impending on-line public conference on March 20, organised by the SEP and IYSSE in Sri Lanka. As introduced on the Earth Socialist Web Website, the assembly will evaluation the economic, political and historical track record to the war and outline the socialist point of view the working class should struggle for, to avoid a global nuclear disaster. I urge every person to be there.
Foreword to the German edition of David North’s Quarter Century of War
Johannes Stern, 5 Oct 2020
After a few many years of US-led wars, the outbreak of a 3rd planet war, which would be fought with nuclear weapons, is an imminent and concrete hazard.