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Thursday, January 19, 2017

US- Women's March in Wichita, KS

For those interested, who live in Wichita or nearby, there will be a Women's March to coincide with the march in Washington DC. We already have about 1,000 people signed up to go.
This is our opportunity to show Donald Trump and the Republican Party that we are not just going to lay down and play dead while our new President and his party try to destroy all the rights women and others have worked for over the last 50 years.

Place: The Keeper of the Plains (the big statue at 650 N. Seneca Street in Wichita).
When: Saturday, at 10am to 1pm.

There will also be a chilli feed after the March, complete with updates on the situation at Standing Rock.

Place: Mid-American All-Indian Center.
When: Saturday, from 11:30am to 2pm.
-SJ Otto

Italy- The Return of Communism

This looks interesting. I would go if I didn't live so far away. The whole idea of the return of communism is a good one. I'm not sure which factional leaning this is (Maoist, Trot, Stalin, etc.) What is important is that we keep looking for ways to promote communism. - សតិវអតុ

Viewpoint is proud to co-sponsor the Rome Conference on Communism, taking place in the eternal city from January 18-22, 2017. The conference entails a series of roundtable discussions with major figures in the history, practice, and theory of communism, as well as workshops bringing together younger activists and militants. In accordance with Viewpoint’s project to uncover forgotten left histories and prompt critical thinking about revolutionary possibility in our own conjuncture, we offer the following interviews with key conference participants, originally published in the Italian magazine Il Manifesto, as a way for our readers to engage with some of the ideas circulating at the conference, even if from afar. We wish to thank our translators and Riccardo Antoniucci for making the texts available to us in advance of the conference.

Reinventing Communist Politics | Sandro Mezzadra

Migration showed me, along with feminism, the strategic importance of “difference”; strategic in organizing the relations of domination and exploitation; but also strategic as a construction of the politics of liberation as well.
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László Moholy-Nagy, Am 7 (26), 1926

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

He’s right—NATO is obsolete

By សតិវអតុ
If Donald Trump is right about anything it is that NATO is obsolete.[1] It was originally justified as a deterrent against the Soviet Union, the arch enemy of the US at the time it was created. Today this great threat is gone. But NATO has been expanded rather than dismantled. So today, the alliance is used more to instill the imperialist order than it is at protecting anyone. There is the so called “Russian threat” but we really don’t need all the weapons in all those countries just for that. Small countries that were once in the Soviet Block now get real cheap weapons in some-what of a welfare system that gives small countries their cheap or free arms.
As far as I’m concerned those small countries don’t need arms from our tax money. They can arm themselves. Countries such as Albania, Bulgaria and Estonia have no reason to be in NATO. Also none of the other countries in NATO, such as France, have any real enemies to worry about.
The more powerful NATO countries, such as France, have attacked the ISIS (Islamic State) territory in Syria and Iraq. NATO really isn’t threatened by ISIS. But the imperialist countries don’t want ISIS to muscle in on their neo-colonial territories and countries. NATO is now just an arm of European imperialism and a tool of US imperialism. It has nothing to do with defense and everything to do with imperialist enforcement. No one in NATO would dare change their system of government without feeling the “iron fist” of NATO.
Trump is not right about much, but he is right that NATO is obsolete and needs to go.  

[1] Actually Trump has back tracked on much of his earlier statements against NATO just a day ago, according to Rueters.

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Martin Luther King Day!

Some people still look up to Martin Luther King as a great progressive person who stood up for right in a not-so-right world. - សតិវអតុ

Sunday, January 15, 2017

India - Maoists plan ‘Janatana Sarkar’

VISAKHAPATNAM: Even as AP director general of police (DGP) N Sambasiva Rao recently claimed that the Maoist numbers have dwindled specially after the major encounter at Ramaguda in Bejjangi area in Odisha in October last year, the CPI Maoists are reportedly planning to set up a ‘Janatana Sarkar’ in the Andhra-Odisha Border.
A Janatana Sarkar is a parallel government set up by the Maoists who provide the people with facilities in education, health, security and other segments. For the benefit of the people, the banned outfit is also planning to set up hospitals in tribal pockets.
Despite losing ground in places like Palnadu and the South Andhra districts like Krishna and West Godavari in the last two decades, Maoists have till date managed to retain their hold in the AOB districts like East Godavari and Visakhapatnam.
According to sources, members of the division committee and red guerrillas have been continuously conducting meetings in the AOB villages. They are now telling people to send their wards to schools to be set up by them shortly and also bring the patients to hospitals set up by them, they added.
With the Maoists regrouping, security forces are on a high alert. “There are reports that new cadre has landed in the AOB. Maoists had already deployed some of the senior cadre from the Dandakaranya region in Chhattisgarh to AOB to recuperate from the losses of Ramaguda encounter,” a senior police officer told TOI
The sources said senior Maoist leader Jitender Reddy alias Krishna was recently seen in the Visakha agency. He may have been sent to the district to coordinate with the cadres and the public to rebuild the movement. Krishna was himself a former secretary of Galikonda Area Committee and has good knowledge of the agency areas. Along with him, Kakuri Pandanna, who was a former commander of Ramakrishna alias RK’s protection team, is also helping in regrouping in the area.
The Maoists have already appointed senior cadre Ajay as secretary of the Srikakulam-Koraput Division committee after the death of former secretary Chamala Krishnayya alias Daya in the Ramaguda encounter.
An expert in anti-naxal operations said Maoists are now practising Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC). They have also deployed a single-man action team in AOB areas. Usually, action teams have three or more people, he added.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Women’s March on Washington is an expression of solidarity for fighting our own class warfare

By សតិវអតុ
Next week end there will be a major march for women and women’s rights timed to coordinate with the Donald Trump inauguration, The Women’s March on Washington. Women from across the country will come to meet and march on January 21.
According to their mission and vision the organizers said:

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

As can be expected there are the naysayers that believe the women’s march is a bad idea. Their reasons vary. Some have attacked the idea of so called “identity politics.” The Democratic Party is being advised to dump all of that and focus just on bread and butter issues that will appeal to the working class. A lot of pundits have noticed that uneducated white people, many who consider themselves democrats, voted for Trump.

Chris Arnade, of Quarts wrote before the election:

The United States is a place divided by race, class, and education. The 2016 election has divided us further. While minorities overwhelmingly favor the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, whites are split at historic levels along the lines of educational background. Those with a college degree, the front-row kids, are much more likely to support Clinton than those without—the kids in the back.
Much of the reason for the divide lies in the fact that the front row is doing much better than the back row. While those in the back row earn about a fifth less than they did 35 years ago, the front row now earns more.
But the rift between Americans goes deeper than that. I am a front-row kid who has spent much of the last five years among those in the back row. And what I have seen are very different versions of America, with fundamentally different values and concepts of personal meaning.
It is this divide, along with the racial divide, that Donald Trump is exploiting now. It is a divide that blinded many of us in the front row to Trump’s broad appeal despite his ugly views. It is a divide that led many to underestimate him, and helped him come within reach of the US presidency.

Likewise is Kay S. Hymowitz who wrote for the New York Times:

I’m not a Trump supporter, but having talked to and read interviews with some of the 56 percent of white women and 43 percent of women overall who are, I think it’s safe to say this kind of talk will fool nobody.
Those women will – correctly – view the rally as organized by and for the women on the other side of the canyon. News media stories about the marchers refer to reproductive health clinic managers, professors, writers, attorneys, fashion designers, university students and 
an artist who is bringing her bachelorette party. There may well be a few small town factory workers and military wives among the 200,000 women expected to link arms on Jan. 21, but they will be alien creatures in a blue sea of creative and professional class elites. 
The women of the other side will – also correctly – know that the marchers look down on them as at best benighted fools and at worst racist haters. On her first show after the election Samantha Bee, one of the spokeswomen for the march, blasted “Caucasian Nation“ women for betraying their sex. Chelsea Handler, who is leading a satellite march in Hollywood-studded Sundance, described them as
If march enthusiasts are serious about wanting to speak for women, rather than laughing along with liberal comedians who treat the rubes like chopped liver…..They might learn that though they disliked Hillary Clinton, especially in the Rust Belt states, a significant number of Trump supporting women voted for Barack Obama. Many of them were eager to vote for a woman president. They put jobs, terrorism and health care before social issues, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t put off by Trump’s sexism. 

First of all, there are those who claim that a march will do nothing. Those people really have no solution of their own. The election is over and electoral politics has its limitations. In fact it rarely solves anything. We need to do all we can. Marches don’t get a lot of change accomplished but we can’t just do nothing.
Second, such a division can’t be helped. The Republican Party has been waging a class war on the American working class, the working poor and those in deep poverty. Many of us on the left have done what we can to reach out and support those classes. But quite often members of those very classes vote against their own interest. They vote for Republicans. Earlier last year labor leaders were in despair. They warned their members that Trump was especially down on labor unions. Most of their members voted for him anyway.
What these articles and others like them imply is that the better educated classes, of which the above authors claims were the supporters behind Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, has un
fairly ganged up on their less fortunate working class democrats. There may be some truth to this, but to imply we should be more like the Republicans is not the answer. The less educate may be more likely to look down on gays, blacks and other minorities. But why should we have to stoop to that level? Such minorities need our support. We shouldn’t need to become Archie Bunkers to gain the support of poorer working class individuals.
I’m not sure why these authors think that the issue of decent jobs is not important to the better educated. Jobs are a problem for a lot of people. And not all well-educated professional class people have the jobs they want or need. After all, one of the things that struck with the Bernie Sanders crowds was the idea of free college education. Those who spend thousands to go and get a college education are tired of not finding the jobs they studied and trained for.
It is also puzzling as to why working people who need healthcare would vote for a man who wants to dismantle Obamacare (Affordable Care Act). The Republicans never have and never will want health care reform. They like the system. It is good for business.  
It is true that the Democrats have not done enough to support the working class. They have let them down. It was easy to see why Hillary Clinton did not appeal to the working class. The Democrats are not friends of the working classes either. But voting for the Republicans was like leaping from the frying pan into the fire.
The truth is that we need class war of our own. The Republicans are not the friend of the working man and neither are the corporations that rely on their support. Neither are the Democrats. Working people need to understand this. Corporate America has waged class war on the workers and poor people. The Women’s March on Washington gives us a chance to come together in solidarity for our own class warfare.
Chris Arnade used this photo of a black women sporting a copy of Revolution, as an example of a disgruntled black woman in a divided America.

Bangladesh: Commemoration of the martyrdom of Siraj Sikder

The Martyr, Revolutionary and Patriot Memorial Sansad (MRPMS) commemorated all of the martyrs, revolutionaries and patriots of the nation on the National Martyr Day, the 2nd January, as it is doing each year.

Another party, New Democratic Peoples Forum (NDPF), also celebrated this day. It arranged a short assembly. Speakers said that 45 years ago from this very day, on January 2nd, 1975, government killed Siraj Sikder, a prominent leader of Maoist movement in Bangladesh and founder of the “Purbo Banglar Sarbahara Party” (PBSP). From this time, the fascist government of Bangladesh tried by every mean to annihilate the revolutionary movement, killing thousands of revolutionaries and patriots.
The speaker said how clear was the expression of class struggle today. After the assembly, the NDPF made a demonstration from TSC to Shahbag, and joined the gathering organised by the MRPMS in front of the national museum in Shahbag, Dhaka. The leaders of NDPF also made a speech during this assembly.

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Monday, January 09, 2017

DPRKorea—Kim Jung Un’s New Year’s Address

At this blog we cover a variety of opinions, not just our own. So here is the New Year's Speech from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. -សតិវ​អតុ

The full text of the New Year address reads:
Dear Comrades,
Having seen out 2016, in which we glorified each and every day with gigantic struggle, creating a new history of great prosperity unprecedented in the history of the Juche revolution, we are seeing in the new year 2017.
Availing myself of this meaningful opportunity, when we look back with dignity upon the great year filled with proud miracles wrought by our great people, I, with the noblest mind, offer warm greetings to all the Korean people, who overcame with optimism trials of all hues unprecedented in history, sharing weal and woe with the Party and throwing in their lot with it by forming an integral whole with it in ideas, intention and will, and extend glory and blessing of the hope-filled new year to them.
My warm greetings go also to the compatriots in the south and abroad and to the progressive peoples of the world and other foreign friends who aspire after independence and justice.
The year 2016 was a year of revolutionary event, a year of great change, worthy of note in the history of our Party and country.
Last year, amid the soaring revolutionary enthusiasm of all the Party members, service personnel and other people and great interest of the world, the Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea was held in a meaningful and splendid way as a grand political festival.
The congress proudly reviewed our Party's glorious history of advancing the revolutionary cause of Juche along the victorious road under the wise leadership of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and unfolded an ambitious blueprint for accomplishing the socialist cause under the banner of Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism.
Through this historic congress, the iron will of our service personnel and people to continuously march along the road of Juche following the Party was fully demonstrated, and lasting groundwork for the Korean revolution was laid. It will be etched in the history of our country as a meeting of victors that demonstrated the invincible might of the great Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist party, as a glorious meeting that set up a new milestone in carrying out the revolutionary cause of Juche.
Last year an epochal turn was brought about in consolidating the defence capability of Juche Korea, and our country achieved the status of a nuclear power, a military giant, in the East which no enemy, however formidable, would dare to provoke.
We conducted the first H-bomb test, test-firing of various means of strike and nuclear warhead test successfully to cope with the imperialists' nuclear war threats, which were growing more wicked day by day, briskly developed state-of-the-art military hardware, and entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of intercontinental ballistic missile; we achieved other marvellous successes one after another for the consolidation of the defence capability. This provided a powerful military guarantee for defending the destiny of the country and nation and victoriously advancing the cause of building a powerful socialist country. Our valiant People's Army reliably defended the security of the country and the gains of the revolution by resolutely frustrating the enemy's reckless moves for aggression and war, and gave perfect touches to its political and ideological aspects and military and technical preparations, as befits an invincible army. The brilliant successes achieved in the sector of national defence instilled a great national dignity and courage in our people, drove the imperialists and other reactionary forces into an ignominious defeat, and remarkably raised the strategic position of our country.
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Friday, January 06, 2017

Turkey- Maoistroad gives tribute to DHKC revolutionaries

From Maoist_Revolution:

Maoistroad supports all revolutionaries forces in Turkey-North Kurdistan and salutes solidarly all martyrs of the revolution!

The DHKC Warriors who were slaughtered in Dersim are immortal!
The fascism of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi or AKP) is going on bombarding the mountains and slaughtering people's children. It was learnt that two Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front/ (Devrimci Halk Kurtuluş Partisi-Cephesi or DHKC) Warriors were slaughtered in action on December 28. We were able to learn only one warrior's name one day later. Than, we learnt that Leyla Araci and Mahir Bektas, members of DHKC Dersim Rural Guerilla Unit, martyrised.
Public enemy, AKP tries to hide the names of our martyries because it wants to prevent us from burying them worthily. We want to bury our martyries in the ground and in our hearts with the Front's yellow starred red flag accompanied our slogans and anthems.
The killers won't be able to glory. If one of our comrades is slaughtered by them, tens of us will go to mountains. Who said that cleaned up Dersim mountains from the Front's guerillas can't lead our people to hopelessness. We once planted our flag in that mountains. We'll continue to fight until our flag flies in mountains.
Just as our Warriors skirmished until the last bullet remains and didn't surrender, we'll go on struggle to the victory day , too. Mahir Cayan was slaughtered in Kizildere on March 30, 1972; but today he has lived with Mahir Bektas's.
We'll continue to fight for our martyries and bring to account!
Leyla Araci is immortal!
Mahir Bektas is immortal!
We'll bring public enemy to account!

How was Christmas in the Soviet Union?

While we here in the US are completely done with the holidays, tomorrow is Christmas in Russia (and in the USSR). So here is an article about the Christmas Celebration which comes a week after New Year than before. – សតិវ​អតុ

Translated to English by Google.
From AlternativeWorld/ Mundo Alternativo

In the Soviet Union, a place so different from the rest of the world, also celebrated Christmas. With many quirks, but in a way very similar to the rest of the western countries. In the West the party went from being a religious celebration to being a "secular" vacation where families get together, giving a greater attention to consumption. In the Soviet Union, too, the secular character prevailed.

In the USSR, and even today in the countries that were part of the 15 Soviet republics, it is more important to commemorate the new year than Christmas itself. Until the year 1492, the new year was on the first day of March. This year was changed to the beginning of the year on September 1. It was Tsar Peter I, who put January 1st as the beginning of the year in 1700, fitting then with the Western calendar. During the 19th century many of the Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree itself, came from Russia. In 1914, Tsar Nicholas II forbade many of these traditions by being at war against Germany.
With the Revolution of October adopts in 1918 the Gregorian calendar, to be in agreement with the rest of the world. It is for him that the new year is celebrated before Christmas, since the Orthodox Church (still today) is guided by the Julian calendar, which gives rise to Christmas Day on January 7. Since then, the celebration of the new year has become more important, while Christmas is reduced to a more private religious celebration. 

Between 1929 and 1935 Christmas was banned due to disagreement between the state and the Orthodox Church. In 1935 the Christmas is celebrated again. The Bolsheviks, seeing that in the capitalist West rich children enjoyed elegant Christmas trees and gifts, while the vast majority of the children had to settle for looking enviously at the rich. This makes in the USSR decided since 1935 to celebrate the new year with priority, with special attention to childhood. So that in the Christmas traditions, dedicate the gifts and the Christmas tree within reach for the children.
The Christmas trees were set up in the squares, theaters, schools, palaces of the pioneers, etc. Small houses were also set up in the houses. These in which they were decorated with all kinds of adornments made of glass or porcelain, headed by a red star at the top of the tree. Families would gather and devote themselves to many foods, sing songs of Christmas, and put into practice ancient pagan traditions of when the celebrations of winter were celebrated.

Day 1 was celebrating a big children's party. The children gathered in their homes the presents that appeared on the tree. Soon in a public place or in a square, the presents were given to the children before beginning a journey of collective jokes where the child was the unique protagonist. Those responsible for distributing these gifts were "Ded Moroz" (Grandpa Frosty) and his granddaughter "Snegurochka" (Snow Maiden). The "Ded Moroz" is the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, and is always accompanied by his granddaughter. By receiving the gifts the children make promises concerning their behavior or studies.
The largest and majestic tree was installed at the entrance of the Kremlin, it was the tree of the USSR, and there came the Muscovite families as tradition. Lights and decorations with flower wreaths and papers made the streets look beautiful, the shop windows were filled with their finest produce, and people bought many things for dinner. In that sense, the Soviet Christmas was exactly the same as in the West. During the holidays, typical songs were played, films of the time, as well as Christmas cartoons where they mixed old traditions and Christmas tales with new entertainments for the children, the young inhabitants of the Soviet Union.

Last night of the year the families would gather for dinner and drink. It was tradition to bring new clothes, to eat and to drink a lot, with much noise, laughter and euphoria. "It will pass the year just as you will receive the other," commented all the Soviet families. Television was broadcasting the bells of the Kremlin, and at the end the bottles of Soviet champagne burst. Then the television relayed a special program with the main artists of the moment, and other celebrities like Yuri Gagarin in 1962.
Especially the festivities in the war years were harsh. In 1942, Leningrad surrounded by Nazi troops, the Soviet authorities decided to celebrate the feasts even in those apocalyptic circumstances. The object was to disturb the life of the children as little as possible in the midst of those brutal circumstances. In those years, soldiers celebrated the New Year by painting the tanks with a New Year's salute. Ded Moroz handed the presents in the Red Army uniform. But if there was a special party, this party was the one in 1946 where the sadness of the lost family mingled with the joy of victory.

Happy 2017 to everyone! Especially for those who try to fulfill the dreams of building a more just and humane society.