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Friday, March 24, 2017

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE LIFE AND HEALTH OF PRESIDENT GONZALO

From Partido Communiste Del Ecuador- Sol Rojo/ Communist Party of Ecuador- Red Sun:
A Google translation to English:

Once again the repressive insanity of the old bourgeois-landed state of Peru attacks the physical and psychological integrity of President Gonzalo.

Regarding the legal humbug that is followed against him, it has been evidenced the little or no medical assistance that President Gonzalo has to treat his serious health conditions, to that extent, we adhere to the International Campaign  for the Defense of the Life and Health of President Gonzalo issued by the PCP.

In the same way we reject, condemn and fight the decision of the old state of India to condemn Dr. Saibaba to life imprisonment from whom we demand his immediate release.

LONG LIVE THE PDTE. GONZALO AND HIS EVERYTHING THOUGHT!

LIVE THE REORGANIZATION OF THE PARTY IN THE MIDDLE OF PEOPLE'S WAR!

HONOR AND GLORY TO THE HEROIC PERUVIAN PEOPLE!

IMMEDIATE FREEDOM FOR DR. SATISFIED!

TO CONQUER THE RED SUN OF LIBERATION: COMMUNISM!

CAMPAÑA INTERNACIONAL POR LA DEFENSA DE LA VIDA Y SALUD DEL PRESIDENTE GONZALO



Una vez más la insania represiva del viejo estado burgués-terrateniente del Perú arremete contra la integridad física y psicológica del presidente Gonzalo.

A propósito de la patraña jurídica que se sigue en su contra, se ha evidenciado la poca o ninguna asistencia médica que tiene el Presidente Gonzalo para tratar sus graves afecciones de salud, en esa medida, nos adherimos a la Campaña internacional por la Defensa de la Vida y Salud del Presidente Gonzalo emitida por el PCP.

De igual manera rechazamos, condenamos y combatimos la decición del viejo estado de la India de condenar a cadena perpetua al Dr. Saibaba de quién exigimos su imediata liberación.

¡VIVA EL PDTE. GONZALO Y SU TODOPODEROSO PENSAMIENTO!

¡VIVA LA REORGANIZACIÓN DEL PARTIDO EN MEDIO DE LA GUERRA POPULAR!

¡HONOR Y GLORIA AL HERÓICO PUEBLO PERUANO!

¡LIBERTAD INMEDIATA PARA EL DR. SAIBABA!

A CONQUISTAR EL SOL ROJO DE LA LIBERACIÓN: ¡EL COMUNISMO!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

USA- Mary Harren- peace activist and anti-imperialist- dies

Mary McDonough Harren has died yesterday. In KS, she was about the first person I met here in Wichita when I became politically active. I will miss her a lot and I know a lot of my friends will miss her. She was a major political peace activist and a firm anti-imperialist. I will be posting a full biography and obit later this week.-សតិវ​អតុ

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Do we really want to go back to the polluted environment of the 1960s?!

I remember when I was a kid, maybe 9 years old, I lived in St. Louis, MO. Most of the small creeks I lived by were open sewers. I remember being taken to a beautiful park, back in those days, for a picnic with my family. I remember walking through a path that went past a large creek. The creek went over the path and from there went to several deep pools. Some were between three to four feet deep. I looked down deep in the water and it had a gray tint to it. There were no fish in it. It had no tadpoles or crawdads. Those are found in most healthy streams. This stream had nothing living in it, except some frogs along the shore. The water smelled like sewage.
This was common back then. There was a creek down the street from me. We found minnows and crawdads in that stream. We enjoyed going long that creek to find all the animals that lived in it. But there was a sewage treatment plant at one point. after the creek passed that plant it was dead. No minnows or crayfish could be found past that. There were some frogs along the creek. There were snakes along the sides of the stream from time to time and some large rats. There were blood wormsin the creek, tiny red worms that looked like threads. They seem to be able to  tolerate the low level of oxygen in that stream. The water always had a gray tint and there was often that ugly clump of bubbles found in dirty streams.  
I like to swim in streams. As a kid I used to go swimming with my family at the Big River, in Missouri. Occasionally we also swam in the Meramec River and a few other streams in that state. After I moved to Kansas I have swum in the Fall River, the Walnut River and the Wakarusa River. I've waded in the Arkansas River but that is nothing to brag about. I would never swim in any of these if they had no fish in them. I would hate to imagine what these rivers would be like if we get rid of the EPA and other environmental agencies.
By the time I left St. Louis for Wichita, in 1969, they had just put in a new sewer line along the creek by my house and the pollution went away. Then I started to notice fish returning and the stream was alive again.
My point to all of this is that I have no desire to go back to the bad old days when our water ways were nothing but open sewers. We have a lot of politicians calling for an end to the Environmental Protection Agency. Many of their supporters are calling for this also. When I think back to the wasted environment I had to endure as a child, I can't image anyone wanting to return to that. And that is what we will have if this country goes backwards and starts to chip away at our environmental protections. Before that we had rivers in the east were completely dead. Their water was often a horrible pee green color or had water that looked like red paint. This kind of half hazard treatment of out lands and waters should be a thing of the past. We should never want to see that kind of industrial abuse ever again. And yet we have given our government in Washington over to such men as Donald Trump, who sees our environment as some kind of impediment to business. We can make money in many ways. But it is really hard to replace the natural world once we have killed it off.



Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

THE CIA READS FRENCH THEORY: ON THE INTELLECTUAL LABOR OF DISMANTLING THE CULTURAL LEFT


Our political theoreticians do more than just write theory by which we all try to live by and work by. For example, John Paul Sartre wrote a lot on Marxism, but he also wrote plays, such as "No Exit" and "The Flies." Mao Zedong (泽东) wrote poems such as "Changsha" and "Yellow Crain Tower." Then in the 1950s there were attacks on such films as "Salt of the Earth," (1954) which was attacked by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The film was written by Michael Wilson, directed by Herbert J. Biberman, and produced by Paul Jarrico, all of who became attached under the HCUAA committee. The list of Marxist crossing over to culture goes on and on. But as we all know, the US and it's secret police want to silence all leftist ideas, be them political or cultural. Much of what we produce may seen harmless, but out government takes no chances.
So we need to defend and uphold our cultural heroes and fight against such attacks. Here is a good article about such attacks.
-សតិវ​អតុ

It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized minutia, or floating in the abstruse clouds of high-minded theory, intellectuals are frequently portrayed as not only cut off from political reality but as incapable of having any meaningful impact on it. The Central Intelligence Agency thinks otherwise.
As a matter of fact, the agency responsible for coups d’état, targeted assassinations and the clandestine manipulation of foreign governments not only believes in the power of theory, but it dedicated significant resources to having a group of secret agents pore over what some consider to be the most recondite and intricate theory ever produced. For in an intriguing research paper written in 1985, and recently released with minor redactions through the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA reveals that its operatives have been studying the complex, international trend-setting French theory affiliated with the names of Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan and Roland Barthes.
The image of American spies gathering in Parisian cafés to assiduously study and compare notes on the high priests of the French intelligentsia might shock those who presume this group of intellectuals to be luminaries whose otherworldly sophistication could never be caught in such a vulgar dragnet, or who assume them to be, on the contrary, charlatan peddlers of incomprehensible rhetoric with little or no impact on the real world. However, it should come as no surprise to those familiar with the CIA’s longstanding and ongoing investment in a global cultural war, including support for its most avant-garde forms, which has been well documented by researchers like Frances Stonor Saunders, Giles Scott-Smith, Hugh Wilford (and I have made my own contribution in Radical History & the Politics of Art).
Thomas W. Braden, the former supervisor of cultural activities at the CIA, explained the power of the Agency’s cultural assault in a frank insider’s account published in 1967: “I remember the enormous joy I got when the Boston Symphony Orchestra [which was supported by the CIA] won more acclaim for the U.S. in Paris than John Foster Dulles or Dwight D. Eisenhower could have bought with a hundred speeches.” This was by no means a small or liminal operation. In fact, as Wilford has aptly argued, the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF), which was headquartered in Paris and later discovered to be a CIA front organization during the cultural Cold War, was among the most important patrons in world history, supporting an incredible range of artistic and intellectual activities. It had offices in 35 countries, published dozens of prestige magazines, was involved in the book industry, organized high-profile international conferences and art exhibits, coordinated performances and concerts, and contributed ample funding to various cultural awards and fellowships, as well as to front organizations like the Farfield Foundation.
For the rest click here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kansas, US- Former US assassin drone operator sheds light on a program she now condemns

Lisa Ling used to operate those unmanned drones the US Army uses for assassinations in parts of the Middle east and Africa. Today she travels the country to tell people why the US Army should stop doing that. She spoke at Wichita State University, last Friday Night, for a crowd of between 25 to 30 people. Ling is interviewed for the National Bird, a documentary on military drones shown here in Wichita a week before.
"You can't understand a culture from a two dimensional view,” Ling told the audience. “A lot of people call them terrorists. They are people. They are human beings.”

She was referring to the computer screen the drone operators are looking at when they look for their targets and the people they see on those screens.
The program has soldiers using computers and equipment to send these un-manned flying machines around the globe to assassinate suspected paramilitary "terrorist" leaders and operatives, with explosives. once leaders are found to be hiding out somewhere, the drones fly in when they least expect it. At times they kill family members, including children and people who just happen to be near the targets.
“This is America's longest conflict,” Ling said. She added that the drones are being used in countries we are not at war with such as Yemen.
“Congress hasn’t declared war since World War II,” Ling said. “They don't even call it war. They use words like “conflict.” They use the term “Eminent Danger." They call it "acquiring targets" and they are hunting humans.”
Ling explained through the night that targets are picked with little if any intelligence gathering. She said the program started out using the drones as intelligence gathering.
"Once they put bombs on those frames it changed everything, she said.
She added there have been 121,000 attacks on people by drones. After they believe they have hit a target the look to see how many pieces are left from the explosion, to figure out who they hit.
"I thought I would be protecting people on both sides,” she told us. “How do you wrap your mind around not seeing what you do?”
Ling told the audience that she believed the drone program is a form of terrorism. She said they hover around for days or weeks before they go for their target. The people they target often know they are being stalked. At times she said some people brought their children out so the drone pilot would see they are family people and hoped they would not be considered military targets. But that didn't help them.
"They don't attack us because they hate our freedom," she said, taking lines from Former President George W. Bush.[1] "They attack us because we attack them."
Ling said she would prefer boots on the ground rather than these hi-tec killing machines.
“If there is a war it is better to show up for it and be physically there,” She said.
She pointed out that here is no debate going on this kind of war. There is no national conversation. Democrats are as supportive of the drone program as Republicans. The media does not do a good job of bringing any real debate on the drone program. She said it is hard to pin down who actually authorized the drone program.
"Congress pays for it," she added.
During questions and answers Ling told a person in the audience that military drones and those used for commercial or personal use are completely different.
 "Am I with those people who stand in front of the bases and protest?" she said. "NO! All that does is push the operators to suicide (and other problems). The drone programming is getting bigger and standing in front of bases isn't helping. You need to target people who make money off the drones. Not the privates."
She said political pressure needs to be applied to politicians and any corporation that is profiting off of the drone program.
The Kansas Peace and Social Justice Center sponsored Ling's appearance. The  Peace and Social Justice Center is focusing on the use of military drones this coming year. Ling is touring across the country to get her message out.



[1] "They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other." - George W. Bush.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We demand the release of Professor GN Saibaba, sentenced to life imprisonment by the Hindu fascist regime!

The Communist Blogs Network (RBC) echoes the denunciation of Professor Saibaba's condemnation to life imprisonment by the Hindu fascist regime, in the framework of the persecution against all social and political protest, and especially against the revolutionaries, The Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Naxalite movement, and joins the demand for their liberation.

Long live the Naxalite Revolution and the PCI (m)!
Freedom for Professor Saibaba and all the political prisoners of the Hindu fascist regime!

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URGENT INDIA: Professor GN Saibaba sentenced to life imprisonment. 

A report from the IANS agency reports that Delhi University professor GN Sabibaba 
along with four others accused of having ties to the clandestine Communist Party of India (Maoist) have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Court of Sessions of Gadchiroli Maharashtra).
Professor Saibaba, aged 47 and with a disability of 90%, was arrested in May 2014 on charges of being a member of the PCI (Maoist). After being in painful conditions in the Nagpur jail, he was allowed, on parole, to undergo medical treatment in April last year. 

Prosecutors argued that Mishra, Tirki and Narote entered the forests of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra to meet with Narmada Akka, a senior Maoist commander, who received 500,000 rupees, to hand over Professor Saibaba with the aim of spreading Maoist ideology in the city. 

Together with Professor Saibaba, Jawaharlal Nehru University student and member of the Democratic Union of Students (DSU), Hem Mishra, journalist Prashant Rahi, have been sentenced to life imprisonment, Mahesh Tirki and Pandu Narote. 

A founding member of the Revolutionary Democratic Front, Professor Saibaba is a prestigious revolutionary intellectual and his case has raised an important wave of solidarity at the international level, his case being treated even in the European Parliament. Correovermello-news

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Wichita, Kansas- Indigenous Peoples' Continuing Struggle


Sunday, March 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
WSU Hughes Metroplex

Room 132, Enter Door C, East Side of the Metroplex.
Reception at 6:30. Free and open to the public.


Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Central Oklahoma and received her BA in History from San Francisco State University and the Ph.D. in History from UCLA. She is author or editor of twelve books. She took a position teaching in a newly established Native American Studies program at California State University at Hayward, near San Francisco, and helped develop the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women's Studies. In 1974, she became active in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to international human rights.

Her first published book, The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty, was published in 1977 and was presented as the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians of the Americas, held at United Nations' headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sponsored by Global Learning Center
Lecture Co-Sponsors: Friends, Newman, WSU Departments of Anthropology, History, Women’s Studies, WSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Questions: dorothy.billings@wichita.edu