This is the personal blog of T.J. Petrowski.
I am a Marxist-Leninist and neurodivergent (autistic) truck driver, safety and compliance specialist, software developer, writer, and book collector from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. My main areas of interest include: ethnic and separatist conflicts and the right to self-determination in international law; the politics and history of the Middle East, South and Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the former USSR; Marxist-Leninist political economy and ideology; and the international labour movement.
Articles and papers I have written include “US, EU Prepare for Intervention in Mali” (2013), “The Crisis in the Central African Republic” (2013), “U.S. Military Option Worst Response to Nigeria Crisis” (2014), “The Human Cost of the FIFA World Cup” (2014), “Eritrea: The ‘Cuba of Africa’” (2014), “The Profits Behind Drone Warfare” (2014), “Attack in Paris a Direct Result of Western Imperialism” (2015), “Afghanistan War is Far from Over” (2015), “The War on ISIS is a Farce” (2015), “Refugee Crisis is a Crisis of Imperialism” (2015), “Canada’s $15 Billion Saudi Arms Deal: What History Tells Us” (2016), “The Permanent War Economy and De-industrialization” (2016), “The Grenfell Fire: Austerity is Terrorism” (2017), “Soviet Nationalities Policy and National Territorial Delimitation: “Divide at Impera”?” (2019), “Marxism and the National Question: Nagorno-Karabakh in Context” (2019), and “An Analysis of Soviet Economic Policy in the Periphery: Tajikistan in Context” (2019), Democracy in Canada: Fact or Fiction? (2021), Terrorism and International Law in Palestine (2021), The Right to Self-Determination in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) (2021), and The 2021 Taliban “Victory”: A U.S.-backed Coup (2021). Currently I am working on publishing a book on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.
I was the Communist Party of Canada-Manitoba candidate for the riding of Burrows in the 2016 Manitoba legislative elections. You can read about my election campaign here.
I am passionate about books and reading. My personal library includes more than 1,400 volumes by more than 1,000 different authors. You can read more about my library in the Book Collection and LibraryThing tabs on the top of the page.
My wife and I are also passionate about helping others. We are monthly donors to such organizations and charities as the Communist Party of Canada, Harvest Manitoba, the Armenia Fund, the American Near East Refugee Aid, Baitulmaal, the Oak Table, Plan Canada, and National Park Rescue.