Monday, March 22, 2010

Ralph Schoenman: The Underlying Politics of 9/11

(My deepest gratitude to C for making me discover Schoenman! VS)

Ralph Schoenman is a political activist and head of Socialist Organizer, a Marxist group in San Francisco. He also hosts a weekly radio program with Mya Shone, Taking Aim on the Pacifica Radio station WBAI 99.5 FM. Schoenman was an associate of the philosopher Bertrand Russell and was the executive director of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. He was also Secretary General of the International Tribunal on U.S. War Crimes in Indochina, founder and Director of the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign, and Director of the Who Killed Kennedy Committee. Since the 1960s, Schoenman, an activist for over 45 years in support of international movements for liberation, peace and social justice movements, has traveled the world as a lecturer, activist and participant in revolutionary struggles. He supported Patrice Lumumba when the United State, Belgium, France and Britain cosnpired to overthrow the legendary Prime Minister of the Congo, met Malcolm X when they both were in London and was arrested in Bolivia for being in regular contact with Che Guevara during Che's struggle to assist revolutionairies in the Andean country. In fact, Schoenman was imprisoned in Bolivia for his contacts with Guevara. Schoenman is the author of "Iraq and Kuwait: A history suppressed". He is one of the few survivors of the Nazi holocaust in Hungary, in which seventy-five members of his group were killed. .