Hammer and Sickle by quinet on Flickr.
Hammer and sickle at a memorial to Czechoslovakian soldiers killed in WWII
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Aris Velouchiotis, leader of the Greek People’s Liberation Army (ELAS), the military wing of the National Liberation Front (EAM), during the Greek Civil War.
Top: Partisans of the Albanian National Liberation Army
Bottom: Enver Hoxha, leader of the Communist Party of Albania (CPA), later the Party of Labor
When Russian sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko was interviewed by Time magazine in 1942, she derided the American media.
“One reporter even criticized the length of the skirt of my uniform, saying that in America women wear shorter skirts and besides my uniform made me look fat, ” she said.
The length of skirt probably didn’t matter to the 309 Nazi soldiers Pavlichenko is credited with killing, or to the many Russians she inspired with her bravery and skill.
According to the Financial Times, Pavlichenko was born July 12, 1916, in southern Ukraine and she was a tomboy from the start. Forget playing with dolls, Pavlichenko wanted to hunt sparrows with a catapult; of course she was better at it than most of the boys her age.
When Germany declared war on Russia in 1941, Pavlichenko wanted to fight. But once she got to the front, it wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be.
“I knew my task was to shoot human beings,” she recalled in a Russian paper. “In theory that was fine, but I knew that the real thing would be completely different.” She was right.
Even though Pavlichenko could see the enemy from where she was crouched during her first day on the battlefield, she couldn’t bring herself to fire.
But that all changed when a German shot a young Russian soldier set up near Pavlichenko. “He was such a nice, happy boy,” she said. “And he was killed just next to me. After that, nothing could stop me.”
She is a true inspiration to me and one of the people that I look up to and will continue to remember because of the reason why she fought, for her country, for her family, for her friends, and for her fellow soldier.
Four buildings in Jamaica, including a mosque, grocery store and two homes, were firebombed Sunday night by individuals throwing Molotov cocktails, multiple media outlets reported. No one was hurt in any of the attacks, but one of the houses, located on 107th Avenue, was severely damaged, forcing the occupants to seek shelter elsewhere.
The Council on American Islamic relations condemned the attack on the mosque as a hate crime and linked it to violent rhetoric on an anti-Muslim website, as well as other firebombings against Islamic centers around the country. As many as 80 worshippers were inside the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center, located at 89-89 Van Wyck Expressway, when it was attacked at about 9 p.m., according to the Daily News.
THIS GUN KILLS FASCISTS
Italian communist partisans
“Fighting squads must be created … nothing increases the insolence of the fascists so much as ‘flabby pacifism’ on the part of the workers’ organisations … It is political cowardice to deny that without organised combat detachments, the most heroic masses will be smashed bit by bit by fascist gangs.”
- Leon Trotsky
July 18, 2011, marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, fought between the people’s forces or Republicans who had been elected to govern, and the fascist “Nationalist” forces, led militarily by General Francisco Franco. The people’s forces, aided by anti-fascist volunteers from all over the world, including Canadians of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion of the XVth International Brigade of the Spanish Republican Army, fought heroically against great odds. The civil war, which caused an estimated 500,000 casualties, officially ended in the spring of 1939 with Franco coming to power, but the Spanish people’s struggle against Franco’s fascist dictatorship continued unabated until his unlamented death in 1975.
The Spanish fascists were backed by the big landowners such as the Duke of Alba and the Church, the big capitalists such as Juan March, and the foreign monopolies such as Rio Tinto, who wanted to retain their profits and privileges. The fascists were greatly strengthened by open financial and military support from Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. On April 26, 1937, the German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion infamously bombed Guernica, one of the first air raids on a defenceless civilian population. The Spanish fascists also benefited hugely from the sham non-interventionist policy of the ruling circles of the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, who had financial interests in Spain and who hoped to egg on the Nazis and fascists to attack the Soviet Union. Only the Soviet Union provided material assistance to the Republican forces.