Olga Rukosyla was murdered by neo-Nazis on the evening of October 8, 2008, in Irkutsk
I first saw this face, these eyes (on this photograph) twenty minutes ago. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop shaking, although I knew beforehand that I would be seeing the image of a dead human being, a girl who was kicked to death by three Irkutsk neo-Nazis.
Life is such that, as you ride the bus or stand in line at the grocery store, you’re surrounded by people and their eyes. And sometimes you don’t feel like looking into those eyes. Because all too often those eyes reveal stupidity, thoughtlessness, indifference, and aggression.
But this case is different. I would be glad if I had an acquaintance, a friend or even a student like this. I would even be glad to have ended up by chance at a bus stop in Irkutsk and to have looked into these eyes just once.
But no, we were not destined to wait together for a bus and exchange glances.
Yet another selection of articles from our virtual magazine rack. This week’s topics include: leftist analysis of the world financial crisis from leftist heavy-hitters Rick Wolff, Immanuel Wallerstein, and others; the prospects for meaningful systemic political change in the US; the decline of the US empire; the complicity of journalists in that empire’s criminal invasions and occupations; a review of the new film Battle In Seattle and the real impact made by the alter-globalization movement; a critique of Paolo Virno’s new book on the multitude that fuels that movement; President Chavez’s proposed law for a six-hour work day in Venezuela; the historical role of the late Georgian president Zviad Gamsakhurdia in the present conflict in the Caucasus; India’s courageous anti-displacement movement; reinvoking 1968 on radio; a remembrance of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya; and, finally, how to promote a crappy film in Russia by tapping into anti-American sentiment.