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Danny Haiphong

Location: USA

Activity: Writer, Journalist

Articles: 11

Notes: 9

Opinion: 8

Danny Haiphong

specialization:

War, Racism, Capitalist exploitation, Civil rights

About:

A contributing columnist, Danny analyzes the issues of war, racism, and capitalist exploitation. His articles appear in the weekly journal every Wednesday. Resources such as Global Research, TruthOut, and Counterpunch have shared his works published in Black Agenda Report. He has also appeared on Community Progressive Radio, KPFK, and Counterpunch Radio to talk about his contributions to Black Agenda Report’s important analytical framework. He also spoke at Skidmore College in March of 2015 on neo-liberalism from the perspective of his piece on Black Agenda Report on the topic. 

LATEST ARTICLES and notes

EXPERT OPINION

Danny Haiphong

WHY IS OTTO(SUPER)MAN ERDOGAN LOSING HIS CHARISMA?

It is interesting that Erdogan has campaigned historically as a man of the people and a "voice of the voiceless." His regime has presided over the repressive imprisonment of journalists and even the complete shutdown of social media in the country. This makes his campaign image very ironic. One point about Erdogan's political legacy that must be addressed is his foreign policy. On the one hand, Erdogan has privileged Turkish expansion as part of an independent "Neo Ottoman" project. Yet on the other, his party's foreign policy has worked hand in hand with Washington, Israel, and Saudi Arabia's regime change agenda in the region. Erdogan's direct support for terrorist proxies in Syria has been the lynchpin of the regime change agenda in Syria in particular. What is not yet known is whether Turkey will maintain its status as one of the least dependable states in the imperialist alliance. As Washington regroups after setbacks in Syria and Saudi Arabia begins to intensify conflict with Iran, Turkey's hopes for expansion may have to be put on hold. Whether Erdogan's regime can accept this remains to be seen.

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Danny Haiphong

ARGENTINA’S NEW FOREIGN POLICY

This article presents a balanced analysis of the geopolitical ramifications of Macri's election. My perspective is that Macri's election represents another blow to the left-wing movement in Latin America. This blow’s impact in the region was compounded by the recent election victory of the right wing opposition in Venezuela's National Assembly elections.

While Macri will undoubtedly act as if he and his party are balanced political actors willing to work with all global forces, he will undoubtedly work in the interests of the very same vulture capitalists that have decimated the country's economy and sabotaged the former Kirchner administration. His main policy line has been privatization. He has already presided over the firing of 10,000 public sector workers since his administration came to power. Macri is a representative of the Latin American oligarchy, which is completely aligned to Washington's political and economic priorities.

Both Venezuela and Argentina's right-wing shift present a challenge to the left in Latin America. The left in Latin America has inspired millions all over the world. The Bolivarian movement that started in Venezuela in 1999 has greatly integrated the entire continent and raised the living standards of the poor and working class. However, the movement is learning a hard lesson about social relations in a world dominated by US imperialism. Without complete independence from the dictates of Washington, the left in Latin America will find their victories over the last decade and a half in grave danger.

 

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Danny Haiphong

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Oregon Standoff. Part I.

I hope Part II will mention how the Oregon occupation represents the continuation of a centuries long policy of white racism in the US. The occupiers have claimed to hold rightful ownership over land that actually belongs to the Paiute peoples. Much of the narrative surrounding the occupation from both the left and the right has left out this central point. 

Furthermore, those attracted to the occupier’s rhetoric of fighting against "tyranny" should take heed of the response of the very government they protest. Neither the police nor the FBI has taken any action against the occupation. This does not happen by chance. The US government is very friendly to right-wing political movements and actors. Right-wing political actors allow the ruling circle to both legitimize the stability of America’s two-party corporate system and channel the discontent of millions of poor, mostly white Americans into acceptable forms of protest. Some even become useful to the FBI’s “counter-terrorism” agenda. So while I am completely against those who call on the US government to crush the occupation as it certainly would if the participants were Black, the roots of the occupation must be addressed. The question of land, armed white Americans, and racism have always been intertwined. So the occupation is less a call for justice and more a call for the reinstatement of the material benefits of a racist order, much of which has been lost since the advent of neo-liberalism.

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Danny Haiphong

Nearly 60% of Republicans Support Candidates Who Say Assad Should Stay

The state of politics in the US is in just as much of a crisis as the economic situation. There shouldn't be any illusions that the Republican Party is a servant to the same corporate forces as the Democratic Party, albeit in a different form. Yet because the Democratic Party has moved so far to the right under the Obama Administration, the Republican Party has been given no choice but to counter Democratic Party foreign policy with a more "common sense" approach. But since the Democratic Party needs its base among women and African Americans, it has conceded to making liberal-position statements on issues of police brutality and gender equality while presiding over the state that simultaneously enforces such racist and sexist policies.  So the Republican Party is allowed to run freely as the boogeyman of white racism and sexist bigotry while the Democratic Party wages endless war abroad and brands itself as a progressive party.

I would counter the idea that Putin's comments were somehow an endorsement of Trump. Putin is an experienced political strategist. He made his comments in the midst of negotiations with the US on the fate of Syria. I see his comments as a message to the Democratic Party that currently holds power and is seeking another term. Putin is sending a message that he will undermine the image of the Democratic Party if it does not negotiate in good faith. I find it somehow hard to believe that Putin takes Trump's position seriously, as US aggression toward Russia has been a point of unity among Democrats and Republicans alike for almost a century.

Nevertheless, I agree that the 2016 election will be an ugly one. The US electoral system itself is an ugly thing. The only victors will be Wall Street and the war machine. The rest of us stand to lose whether we recognize it or not.

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Danny Haiphong

Israel/Palestine: Moving Beyond the Oppressed/Oppressor Paradigm

From my experience, the question of Israel is one of the most volatile and misunderstood in the US. Frantz Fanon's writings on colonialism are very helpful in providing clarity on this question. Fanon concludes that while resistance to colonialism isn't always disciplined, tactical, and strategic, it stems ultimately from the conditions that have been imposed on the colonized. In the situation of Israel and Palestine, nearly a century of imperial aggression, displacement, and apartheid of the Palestinians has left few safe from the consequences of war. As for how the left in the US sees Israel, pro-Palestinian forces often leave out Israel's larger role in the imperialist order. The Israeli state's position in the world is linked to the overall imperial agenda to destabilize the region. The author makes the point that Turkey supports Jihadists who commit crimes greater than the Israeli occupation forces. I would posit that the oppression in both cases is equal in its devastation. I would also conclude that the Israeli state cannot be absolved in its complicity in the jihadist proxy war afflicting Syria and much of the Middle East and North Africa. Israel has been found giving medical care in the occupied Golan Heights to "rebels" in Syria. The imperialist-backed proxy war benefits Israel's plan for the region, which was outlined in the Yanon Plan in 1982 and by the Clean Break study in 1996. Both outline Israel's plan to facilitate the fracture of sovereign states in order to create the conditions for expansion. 

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Danny Haiphong

Venezuela: Not Socialism, Useless Populism. No Revolución, Just Violence.

This is maybe one of the most damning critiques of Venezuela I have read. Much of the left in the US or anywhere else dare critique the Bolivarian movement. One disagreement I have is the belief that the Bolivarian movement is not rooted in the masses. When it was strong during the Chavez years, many ordinary Venezuelans participated in the housing, healthcare, and education programs. Extreme poverty was vastly reduced and healthcare, housing, and education became much more accessible than in the prior neo-liberal period. Furthermore, grassroots institutions and the restructuring of the Venezuelan government have given more opportunities for workers and poor people to participate and shape their own destinies. But I think this article hits on the central problem with the movement as it stands today.

Today, the contradictions of a “revolution” that fails to take state power and property completely from the oligarchs and their imperialist-backers have weakened the movement. What the author describes is a movement under siege from outside forces and the general state of the movement. There is a growing separation from the objectives of the movement and the masses. The people voted against the PSUV in the National Assembly because they were (and are) disappointed in the setbacks that have occurred in the country. In order to channel energy away from disappointment and toward a confrontation with imperialism, there must be an orientation to

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Danny Haiphong

Evo’s Last Chance

This article is timely, as shortly after its release Evo Morales lost a referendum bid to run for President in the next election. I agree with the author's assessment that the Bolivian economy's reliance on gas as well as the international capitalist market as a whole will create rifts between the masses and the movement Morales represents. The author could have also mentioned that the left-wing "Bolivarian" movement throughout the continent is facing crisis and setback. A right-wing government has taken power in Argentina. Venezuela's oligarchy has also gained serious ground by capturing the National Assembly. 

While the progressive reforms that have reduced poverty, illiteracy, and political corruption must be defended, the mass movements that brought them about must also advance and deepen toward the goal of state power. Without a revolutionary overthrow of the oligarchy in Latin America, Bolivia and the non-aligned nations of South America will become increasingly vulnerable to destabilization. Evo Morales' referendum loss does not spell doom for his party necessarily. However, recent developments across the continent as well as the points in this piece do make a strong case that the struggle for the sovereignty and independence of Latin America is just beginning.

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Danny Haiphong

CUBA AND NEW YORK: WHAT ARE PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR?

This article does a very good job illuminating, without having to say so, the difference between poverty in Cuba versus poverty in the US, its allies, and the nations the US exploits. On the one hand, the US embargo has drained Cuba of billions of potential revenue and has kept the nation relatively backward despite the many advances of the revolution. On the other, Cuba's revolution has allowed the people to enjoy human rights many in the US can only dream of such as free healthcare, education, and true popular democracy. This, I believe, is the material basis for the differences in spiritual health between Cuba and New York City.

I hope the author, in future pieces, can speak to his experience of how a socialist economic system impacts the social relations of society. That is, how do the principles of socialism, which include collectivism, worker control, and human need over individual profit, factor into the day to day experience of the Cuban people? In the US, violent individualism and capitalist alienation are some of the main contributors to mental illness, disease, and unhappiness generally.

Although I have not been, I know many people who have journeyed to Cuba who have told me many Cubans do not envy the material abundance of the US. I have also been told without surprise that Cubans know US history and politics better than the majority of Americans. So I wonder what the debate is in Cuba around the question of material abundance and socialism. The author argues that there are Cubans who believe that people in NYC are all rich. But an analysis of conditions in NYC, the citadel of world capitalism, shows that many people live in conditions of squalor, poverty, and racist terror. Most of the material wealth that is robbed from around the world and utilized in the US is never seen by most of the population aside from tinker toys and overpriced gadgets. I look forward to future articles on the question of Cuba from the author as the example this nation sets for the world is critically important for the worldwide struggle for emancipation.

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OPINION

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James N. Green

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Barbara H. Peterson

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Danny Haiphong

Danny Haiphong

WHY IS OTTO(SUPER)MAN ERDOGAN LOSING HIS CHARISMA?

Miray Aslan

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Navid Nasr

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Writers

chief editor

Joshua Tartakovsky

Analysis should serve as a method to better understand our world, not to obscure it.

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Specialization: Israel and the Middle East, US politics

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Specialization: Foreign politics, Immigration, Human rights.

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Danielle Ryan

Ireland

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Specialization: War, Racism, Capitalist exploitation, Civil rights

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Specialization: Modern Japanese History, Modern Chinese History, Military History, History of Counterinsurgency, History of Disobedience, Dynamics of Atrocities in Wartime

Dovid Katz

Lithuania

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Specialization: Holocaust Revisionism and Geopolitics; East European Far Right & Human Rights; Yiddish Studies & Litvak Culture

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Specialization: History, Catalunya, Spain, Geopolitics, Nationalism in Europe, Islamization, Immigration

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Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy and strategies, BRICS/SCO

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Jay Watts

Canada

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Specialization: History, Marxism-Leninism, Imperialism, Anti-imperialism.

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Specialization: International Relations, Sociology, Geostrategy

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Specialization: civil rights

Lionel Baland

Belgium

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Maram Susli

Australia

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Specialization: Civil rights, Racism, US politics

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Max J. Schindler

Palestine-Israel

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Specialization: Politics

Miray Aslan

Turkey

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Specialization: Media, Politics

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Specialization: Politics, International relations

Navid Nasr

Croatia

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Specialization: Global security, Politics

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Specialization: Development of European Union, Non-governmental organizations, Politics and economics in Baltic States

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Specialization: Greece, Crisis of the US hegemony; Israel / Occupied Palestine, Oppression of Black people in the US

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Specialization: geopolitics, Russia, USSR

Pedro Marin

Brazil

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Specialization: Latin America, Ukraine, North Korea

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Specialization: Sustainable development, International relations, Comparative European politics, European integration, Eastern European politics and EU-Russia relations

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Specialization: Counterterrorist Finance

Seyit Aldogan

Greece

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Specialization: ISIS, Middle East, Globalization, Migrant crisis

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Specialization: Head of "Srebrenica Historical Project"

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Specialization: Economy, Social politics

Stevan Gajic

Serbia

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Specialization: Full time researcher at the Institute for European Studies

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Specialization: Civil rights

Tobias Nase

Germany

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Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy, Ukraine

Valerijus Simulik

Lithuania

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Specialization: Politics and economics in Baltic States, education and science, non - governmental organizations, globalization and EU

Van Gelis

Greece

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Specialization: Middle East

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Specialization: Kosovo, Serbia, Belgrad bombing

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Specialization: international relations, Russia

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