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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Representative Mike Pompeo is a militarist fool- a true arm chair militarist

Representative Mike Pompeo is probably the worst representative to every come from the 4th district.  The following was sent out in e-mails to his constituents:

"We are living in dangerous times here in America.  Sadly, policies set in place by the Obama administration and actions taken by those in his administration have made us markedly less safe. Over the last couple weeks I have been asked to speak on television about some of these major foreign policy blunders that have been in the news.
About two weeks ago, a congressional task force that I served on released its interim report.  Read it here.  Our work found that senior officials at U.S. Central Command had been manipulating intelligence regarding the fight against ISIS.  This manipulation consistently downplayed the strength of radical Islamic terrorists.  It caused policymakers to believe we were winning a battle we were actually losing.  I joined Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss further.

Around the same time, we all learned about the shocking $400 million payment to Iran that by shipping pallets of foreign currency being flown to Tehran secretly while U.S. hostages were being released.  The world knew this was a ransom payment.  I wrote a letter to the Treasury Department demanding to know what legal grounds they had to make such a transfer.  Then, just this week, the State Department confirmed it – the $400 million was contingent on Iran releasing the American hostages!  I explained all of this to Trish Regan on Fox News on Monday before the State Department confirmed our suspicions."  

He is a true arm chair warrior. He sits in his congres seat and acts as if he knows all. The truth is that politicians like him are for more dangerous than our president. The $400 million sent to Iran was part of a diplomatic deal and had nothing to do with hostages. Pompeo seems to believe we can treat regimes we have odds with- to automatically go to war. I don't have any sympathies for the Iranian Government but going to war with them, without any real provocation is just plain Looney. We don't go to war with a country just because we don't see eye to eye.
As for ISIS, the US is fighting to control Arab oil fields. We would not be at war otherwise. As much as I don't favor ISIS we can't just be at war with people because we don't have the same ideologies.
Pompeo has no real intelligent ideas on how to fight ISIS. If it were up to him, this country would put thousands of our men and women into harms way without necessity.
We can only assume that Pompeo learned about the military reading comic books and watching John Wayne movies. We don't need that kind of leadership.

Monday, August 22, 2016


From Maoist_list:
Today we publish a note of tribute Defense Front of People's Struggles in Ecuador and we want to emphasize what these c. They have written the following:

"The Popular Women's Movement of Ecuador expresses its deep sorrow for the loss of such valuable fighter, however, we value your life today it gives modes revive the effort fighter woman anywhere throbs a red heart, rebel , communist, always ready to surrender. "


The proletariat and people of Ecuador has received with deep sorrow the news of the death of Comrade Sandra Lima.

Communist with "soul beekeeper"; founder of the Women's Popular Movement in Brazil, tireless fighter for the conquest of the rights of the workers and poor peasants, the exploited and oppressed women. Convicted of their ideology: Marxist-Leninist, forger of the conditions for propender the untie of the great worker-peasant storm: New Democracy.

No more certainty that love the class and its people, he devoted his life to the sacred task to organize, mobilize and fight, aspects that become immortal not only in the historical memory of the oppressed of Brazil, but new generations of women with class consciousness to the great minga undertake to unleash the World Proletarian Revolution.

 The Popular Women's Movement of Ecuador expresses its deep sorrow for the loss of such valuable fighter, however, we value your life today it gives modes revive the effort fighter woman anywhere pulsates red, rebellious heart, communist, always ready to surrender.




LONG LIVE MARXISM-Leninism-Maoism!
Posted by Defense Front People's Struggles in Ecuador

Friday, August 19, 2016

Can we move to "Space: the final frontier" without imperialism?

In the last century technology took human kind from a plane made of canvas and wood, to space probes that allowed us to know what the outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune were like. By the end of this century space probes will likely visit our nearest star system of Alpha Centauri, allowing us to see, close-up, what those stars and their planets look like.  
A recent article in Yahoo News, ponders the idea that humans will eventually travel to and colonize Earth like planets from nearby stars, such as Alpha Centauri:

What if our planet becomes unlivable and our future selves decide to take to the stars in the hope of starting all over again. Where would we go? Mars could be a good choice as it's the most habitable world beyond Earth in our solar system — though it would be a struggle.
But say if we found a planet, not too dissimilar to Earth, orbiting a nearby star? Could that incentivize us to not only become an "interplanetary species" but also an interstellar one?

It goes on to mention the recently discovered Earth-like planet around Proxima Centauri. The article then goes on to speculate that eventually our scientist will develop space ships and probes that will be able to make it to Alpha Centauri and Proxima Centauri in about 20 years. That is a great improvement over today's space ships that would take thousands of years to get there.
And for those of us involved in Marxist and/or Maoist movements it is only reasonable to speculate on necessary changes to prevent the kinds of human disasters and human atrocities that have taken place as humans have spread out and colonized new areas on Earth. Such movements and colonizing have taken place over thousands of years and have resulted in the slavery of conquered peoples and other human rights violations. From the possible extermination of the Neanderthal race by the more modern Cro-Magnon men to the destruction of the Native American Indian population and culture by Europeans, colonization has brought out the worst of humanity. As Marxists we don't believe such human rights violations are a thing of the past. We see all kinds of imperialist policies, from the Russians to the Iranians, and modern colonialism in Afghanistan and Iraq by the US.
While we don't know if there are any people or people-like intelligent life on any of these planets, there may be some form of indigenous life and even simple microbes have a right to exist in peace. As this article mentions, there is the planet Mars that humans might someday try to colonize on. In fact there is already a group of people who hope to begin settlements on Mars, possibly in the next 10 years. There are no humans or intelligent beings on Mars, but there may be some Martian microbes living on or in some parts of the planet. That brings up the moral question as to our right to disturb possible simple life forms.

For us Marxists and Maoists there is a serious question as to whether we should allow the present state of mankind, mostly capitalist and imperialist societies, to simply gut this planet to the point where resources have been crapped out. Should we simply implant the same system of greed and misuse of resources to new worlds in space? At present we have growth oriented countries dominating this world, including the US. Without change from a growth economy to a maintenance economy first world countries will use up all resources, land, fuel, food, etc. The results of this is that we already have bloody wars in the Middle east. they are actually more about access to resources (mostly oil) rather than religious or ideological contests.
Our present societies have embraced a policy of nearly perpetual war for the foreseeable future. We still have the same problems of colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, classism and neo-fascist leadership. Do we really want to export all of that into outer space?
These issues are already being debated on line. For example; Sarah Fecht, wrote "SHOULD MARS BE INDEPENDENT, OR JUST A COLONY OF EARTH?" in Popular Science. In this article Fecht ponders the issue of what kind of government Mars should have:

But what if we gave Mars its independence right from the get-go? Rather than giving future colonies to governments or corporations, Jacob Haqq-Misra thinks we should let Martian colonists develop their own values, governments, and technologies, with minimal interference from Earth. Haqq-Misra is an astrobiologist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, a non-profit organization that promotes international unity in space.

This whole thing almost looks like this planet is on the verge of some type of future we see on the old Star Trek TV franchises. In that show humans react with aliens, sometimes at war, some times in cooperation. But one thing we don't see being practiced now or any time soon would be the so called "Prime Directive" where the Enterprise Crew was forbidden to interfere in the growth and development of more primitive cultures. Nothing like that exist on the Earth today. In fact most of the first world imperialist countries have policies that are the exact opposite.

While we may be on the thresh hold of "space; the final frontier" we have our work cut out for us. The future of space technology and exploration are interesting and exciting. But there is also a danger that our present capitalist and imperialist system will only use these new technologies to push human kind further backward, when it comes to human social development.

- សតិវ​អតុ 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Publishing the Public Voice

This is an excerpt from my latest book: How a left-wing journalist survives the Bible Belt. It is an autobiography on my career as a writer. In 1980 to 1981 I put out this mildly left-wing news paper in Wichita.

Public Voice

With all that tabloid paper experience I got from the Public Notice, it was easy for me to start up my own paper when I moved back to Wichita, in 1980. I organized and put together a tabloid newspaper of my own, which I called The Wichita Public Voice.
Some of the things I learned I would later discard. For example, the attitude at the Public Notice was to focus on local news only. That was suppose to allow us to focus on issues we could actually work on for change.
As for foreign news, I was told that the daily news paper, The Lawrence Journal World (in my home town it would be The Wichita Eagle) carried national news and there was no way we could compete with that. Years later I change my mind. For one thing The Wichita Eagle did not always cover important international news. A good example of that were articles about the Shining Path (Communist Party of Peru or PCP) guerrillas. By the end of the 1980s the Shining Path was winning a people's war effort in Peru. But a lot of mainstream newspapers didn't cover much of it. That was especially true if the articles showed a direct involvement from US troops. The Wichita Eagle didn't cover that war but just 52 miles away was the town of Hutchinson and The Hutchinson News DID. In a news paper I ran almost 10 years later, I reposted what the The Hutchinson News printed in another news paper I was running at the time, the South Hutchinson Post Dispatch.[1] After the 1990s I was getting a lot of information and articles from political parties across the world. I was able to get articles that foreign people and political parties wrote about their own political struggles. So I realized that a news reporter or a journalist/editor/publisher can post articles about foreign affairs that the local mainstream paper doesn't and won't cover. We CAN compete with The Wichita Eagle (as well as Time, Newsweek and others) after all.
As for the politics of the Public Notice, it had a left-wing slant, but was not openly Marxist. It had more of a liberal slant, although some of the supporters and workers on this paper were openly Marxist. I wanted to print articles from a moderate left position. I didn't want the paper to seem far left. I wanted it to look like a homey local news paper, and that is what it looked like.
I typed it on an old Manuel typewriter. I was living at my parents home so I worked in a corner of the basement. As with the Public Notice I also used rub on letters and old pictures from magazines. At first I tried to sell it, but I realized that would hold me back real bad. So I gave it way free, had a subscription list and I sold ads to try and pay for it.
From time to time I had several people work with me, both as reporters and layout people. As with the Public Notice, I focused on some local issues and the first main one was Wichita's "Annexation Boom!"[2] I was following the anti-growth message carried by the Public Notice. One problem I had with that was that a lot of liberal people, I would later get to know and make friends with, all wanted to annex wealthier people, whom they wanted to pay their fair share of city taxes. And many of the people I was allying myself with where actually conservative land owners. I had not written up a comprehensive anti-growth position to explain why I was so against the city expanding itself.

Years later I wrote a short position on the need for a no-growth economy:

Let’s demand a “no growth” economy for all people—everywhere

I had another article on that subject, DEVELOPERS: Go WEST.
Also in that issue we had an article about a self help clinic, a letter about human rights, an article about Martin Luther King and an article about the Wichita Wings, a soccer team in Wichita. The issue included a cartoon of the Rev. Dr. Cabbage, an ongoing cartoon serious about a religious right character that I came up with, based on the Dr. Carroll from the movie Reefer Madness.[3] In that movie Josef Forte plays Dr. Alfred Carroll, a fire and brimstone character who narrates much of the film. There was also some humor as in an ad for "Bonzo's School of Commercial Broadcasters." It featured a picture of Ronald Reagan and the slogan "no talent or acting ability necessary -you too can be president."
There was also a picture of a man with a cartoon balloon: "I read Public Voice," and another of a catfish that said; "Me Too."

Religion & State

The new right in this country is raising the issue of state functions being contained by religious ideas.. The union of church doctoring and US laws violates the separation of Church and state which the founding fathers of this country set up. Laws of basic decency are closely aligned with basic church doctrine, but the US is made up of many religious sects with diversified beliefs. The constitution allows for freedom of religion to protect any group from laws which would restrict the group fro practicing their beliefs.
Jerry Falwell and the "Moral Majority" are the leaders of this religious movement in this country and feel that church and state can work together. History does no bear this out. Iran is the classic example of the problems with church run government. The Ayatollah Khomeini is a hard -line religious leader , and he advocates no tolerance of those how do not prescribe to his religious rule. The Church of England was born out of a dispute between the head of state and the head of church. This dispute favored neither party, and probably hurt both sides. This country we founded by people fleeing religious intolerance in Europe.
The designed split in the church and state relations was set up to protect not the majority, moral or otherwise, but the minority of religious groups whose beliefs would be restricted by laws set up according to Christian doctrine.
Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution, and the rights of the individual is what the separation of church and state was set up to protect.[4]  

The second addition had some adds in it. I was able to sell a few. We covered the local elections for city commission, 1981.[5] In that article we struggled to find issues. The real issue of that election and those that follow up until today is that these elections are really just a routine practice by the local real estate and land developers to choose THEIR candidate for office. Also covered in this issue was the closing of the Dubuque beef industry plant. We covered the Bel Aire election since it was a new town, we covered a group calling itself the Commission on the Status of Women. We wrote against a fire works ban, we wrote about cameras in the court room and blasted the US government for lifting of controls on the CIA. I did a review of The Russian Anarchists, by Paul Avrich. We did a humor column called "Who Shot Andy Cap."

W.S.U. Paper Denied

You won't find the Public Voice on any news stand at W.S.U. The Public Voice requested permission to distribute our  paper in the Campus Activities Center. We received a letter from Bill Smith, the director of the W.S.U. Campus Activity Center, stating that they had decided not to permit the distribution of our paper. The letter gave no reason whatsoever. When we called his office for an explanation, he said he simply did not want to mess with anymore newspapers.
I have toured WSU several times in the past year and have noticed a virtual vacuum of political literature and periodicals. There are not political newspapers of any kind outside of the Sunflower, the campus newspaper. The political selection of the Campus Bookstore has a few carefully elected books. I can't see how a political science major there could possibly get a well rounded view of politics with the selection of books available in that bookstore. For instance, since third world politics are playing an increasingly important role in foreign policies everywhere, why is there virtually no literature on the subject.
It is easy to see that our newspaper is political .With our small size we have to be. A university is suppose to have a place where people can freely exchange ideas. It should be a place for people to debate and disuses ideas freely. Although this policy is obviously in effect on other campuses, it appears that the administration of W.S.U. want their students to go through with blinders on. Their priority seems to be: "Learn but don't think. There's no place in our society for freethinking individuals."
I certainly hope the students at W.S.U. are smart enough to realize that the nation and the world is certainly more diverse than the quaint pictures painted by W.S.U. Students should wise up and demand not just our paper, but other papers from around the country and even the world. A university is a place to learn but it should also encourage people to think. We at the Public Voice do not believe the old cliché that "ignorance is bliss."[6]

C.I.A. back again

As if our recent foreign policy isn't causing enough criticism from around the world, of President Reagan's conservative friends are actually considering lifting some of the controls on the C.I.A.
Yes they want to strengthen the most violent and suppressive organization the U.S. government has ever produced. The C.I.A. has a long record of invading citizens legal rights of privacy. With its experiments with L.S.D. the C.I.A. ruined the lives of the people they used as guinea pigs.
In other countries the C.I.A. has murdered, tortured and generally terrorized the people in the  worlds most suppressive rightwing dictatorships.
The controls on the C.I.A. were the result of suppressive acts against US citizens. If given the chance the C.I.A. would probably do these things over again.
The Public Voice is opposed to lifting any controls on the C.I.A.[7]

By our third issue, we had focused on a leftwing liberal organization within the local Democratic Party called the Progressive Democratic Quorum.[8] It was a group that focused on liberal issues. It was a fun group. I took part in many discussions on politics as well as writing up what we did in the meetings. The meetings were held at a Machinist (Union) Hall, in south Wichita.
We had some local Democrat Party officials from various offices they held in the Kansas Legislature. A lot of the discussions were on the rights of working people and how those rights were being trampled on by our elected Republican Party officials. It is not a surprise that Republicans back then were as nasty to working people as they are now.
We also covered some other topics including a Consumer Coalition for Health. We had an article on nuclear power, the harassment of a student at a Goddard Kansas School for wearing his hair long. We had a humorous look at ecology movement we called "The New Ecology." The joke was that instead of protecting disappearing species, we wanted to protect lawn meters and telephone poles. We also had classified ads.    
Our forth addition had another article about Wichita's urban sprawl, "City Moves Out West."[9] We also had a large article on Local Wichita Attorney Jim Johnston, who spoke at the Progressive Democratic Quorum. Johnston made rhetorical attacks on then President Ronald Reagan. We also had an article on the National Organization for Women.
We started volume 2 in August of 1981. Again we focused on the City of Wichita and its expansion west. We also included an article on WomenFair, WomenArt, an even held at Century II that included lots of events put on by local feminist groups. Booths were allowed in the hallways, so that artists and political groups could set up tables and promote their various causes. That year we had a presentation called "Renaissance Women—1981" emphasizing a spirit of renewal, rebirth and re-dedication during this long battle for equality.[10] Also in that issue was an article on a Coalition for Health, another article on NOW, an article on Kansans for Peace and Justice and an article about the Mojahedin of Iran, a left-wing Muslim group that opposed the Islamic Republic. The last was an example of an article we received from some Iranian students, from Wichita State University. This is an example of articles a local paper can get that is relevant and it is different from what the city newspaper prints, which in this case was The Wichita Eagle. We also printed some poems by the Palestinian poet, Mahmood Darweesh. We had an article condemning a city-wide ban on fireworks. Because I hinted at the idea of making our own fireworks, I used the pen name, Mark Milhouse. I used that pen name later, mostly when writing for the People's Daily World, during the cold war years. We carried another article of satire, on economics, by my brother Chris Otto, "the New Economics: more for less."  We posted a review of a concert of Jefferson Starship. I had posted an article called "Left" Religion's" which carried on the topic of separation of church and state, but this article defended left-wing religious tendencies that would come under the topic of Liberation Theology. For much of my early life I had some leanings towards Liberation Theology, so this article was somewhat important to me at the time. I later changed my mind and gave up entirely on Christianity.
The last paragraph of that article articulated my beliefs at that time:

"Members of the religious new right tend to make the claim that "God is on their side," but, as I am reminded by an old song by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, "I was told the very same thing so you know somebody's lying."[11]  

That issue we had a letter by a topples dancer, who called herself Strawberry, who opposed the City of Wichita's latest attempts at banning topless dancing in the city limits. This was an occasional issue that The Public Voice took up.  

Letter from a dancer-

I am a dancer and I feel that my opinion of the laws passed on us are unfair in more than one way. I've been dancing for some time and have worked in many places in the United States.
First, we are having a good sized problem with our business. Both the intake of sales for the bar, and especially us girls. Ever since the case went to court a few weeks ago our business slacked, but every since the last week and then the finalization of our rules, it has been the worst. Yesterday had had maybe a total of ten people come into the bar on my shift (12-6). I didn't even have to get up and dance until 2:00--NO CUSTOMERS! It has been this way since last Thursday. A lot of the bars are doing about the same.
Second, we are being deprived of our rights. The people who come here, we don't rope in off the streets. They come because they want to. Do you realize that we're now required to wear more than the girls at the local pool, local grocery store, and person walking down the street? Many other states are dancing in G-strings and such and pasties. The businesses are doing fine and have caused no unusual problems. I don't see as to where someone who has a good job as a professional in any area has the right to limit another professional's art. Some girls honestly can't dance, but what of us who have taken this entertainment as a career? I personally am having a rough time on making ends half-way meet and, I've worked on perfection of my art for 11 years in different forms. Personally I feel we've been screwed!

Jefferson Starship in Wichita

The Jefferson Starship concert here in Wichita last month was a perhaps one of the more refreshing concerts in quite some time. Rock an roll has hardly seen such a comeback in many years. Of course only two of the original members of the old Airplane or Starship remain; That is Grace Slick and Paul Kantner. Both have been a major influence on the history of rock music going back clear to the sixties. They have proven that old wave music is far from dead. The concert featured many songs off their new album such as Stairway to Cleveland. They also played Somebody to Love. They also played some the more recent tunes such as Girl With Hungry Eyes. Among the songs they played for the encore was Volunteers, an old Jefferson Airplane classic. Mickey Thomas sang lead vocals. Others in the band include: Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Pete Sears, Craig Chaquico, Aynsley Dunbar  and David Freiberg.[12]

I also included an article by a friend and writer I got to know, Tim Pouncey. His article was called:

Warp Factor

Trying to understand Reaganomics is a hobby of mine —
like making long shot bets on second-rate foot ball teams or dating slender blonde girls who fathers carry shotguns —
all three can be dangerous to a man's mental health and at least one will probably be responsible for violent, ugly and permanent damage to my emotional stability.
Ah, but the notions persist. This is no season for comprehending anything that oozes out of the Washington Information Network. It is hard enough to keep any kind of lame act running at all with inflation cutting the guts out of my already low standard of living. In the Reaganomics Circus only the High Rollers and multiple felons prosper.
So paranoia make good sense  these days. If you're not scared, you're not informed. Unemployment is a record high, new lay-offs at Dold and BeechCraft, no good news from Cessna. bad slumps in the housing industry, no work no where. When you get into severe economic problems at this level, you can be absolutely sure They Are out to get you.
What we need now is less double talk and more action. There are millions of things that the unemployed could do in Government service. Franklin Roosevelt proved this during the last great depression. There is an incredible glut of skilled labor being wasted. We will only find economic recover through imagination, we are limited by the Washington Circus's inability to figure out how to use a skilled but unemployed work force. [13]

For the next addition, Vol. 2 No. 2, I had a front page story called "Where Wildlife Roamed."[14] I managed to get a picture of an area being developed that I mistakenly though belong to a place where they advertized "Where the wildlife roam." Even though I got the land that matched the sign wrong, the intent was the samebuilding homes on sterile ground where all wildlife had been run off. There was none to be foundanywhere. I was threatened with a law suite and I had to print a retraction. But the developers were decimating the land for places for people to move to. It is sad just how much of that land has been ruined by developers—over developing. We also had an article called "Solidarity Day," where unions around the country planned to march in favor of union rights. The NAACP was taking part in this march. It was all in response to the Ronald Reagan Administrations attacks on the PATCO union, representing the air traffic controllers. We also had an article from the Kansans for Peace and Justice. 
By the time I got to the next addition, Vol. 2 No. 3, I was beginning to get involved in the issue of Central America. There were revolutionary movements making gains in Guatemala and El Salvador. At the same time Reagan was beginning to go after the Sandinista government with the use of CIA directed Contra (short for counter-revolutionary) guerrillas. I went to hear Paul McKay, a developmental aid worker, through Bethel College, talked about the assassination of some congressmen in Guatemala.[15] This was the first time my paper had covered events taking place in Central America.
Another issue I focused on back then was the newly-formed Solidarity Coalition. The group was composed of progressive organizations from the Wichita are. They included the NAACP, NOW, The Gray Panthers, PATCO, the ACLU, the Iron Workers Union and Kansas for Peace and Justice. It seemed like a great idea at the time. By combining all these groups together at once we had a chance to take on the local political right. But after a few months we found the limits to such a coalition. A group concerned with the rights of some young people shot at a local park by police cause some of the members to balk at who should join in. Slowly the coalition unraveled and it disappeared before many more months.  
We also ran "Kidafi: The Crazed Killer" to satirize the coverage of the Muammar Gaddafi regime, in Libya, by US pundits, including Jack Anderson. We tried to make the article look ridiculous and we succeeded. Unfortunately most people who read it didn't realize it was meant as a joke. We ended up writing a second article, a retraction. But the later was written in a way to make fun of the fact that we have so much sensational news, people couldn't tell it was a joke.

Kidafi: The Crazed Killer

The madman of Africa is at it again. The crowned saint of Satanism, the most terrifying man in he world, is itching for a fight and we gave it to him. Libya lost tow planes--we lost zero. But I wonder how many people realize just how crazy this maniac is.
Of Course, We are referring to General Muammer
Jack Understone

Kadafy. Habba Dabba, an expert on Mideast affairs and a math professor in Saudi Arabia, calls him the most dangerous man in the world. Fred Fenhouser, a bartender in Toledo, Ohio, calls him an absolute madman.
One of his most notorious traits is his funding of nearly every major terrorist group in the world. He supports the Popular Movement to Liberate Palestine. He also openly supports the Irish Republican Army. He denies giving them material aid, claiming the he gives them only moral support. But recent documents uncovered by the CIA provide evidence that Gadafy supplied the IRA with 16 tons of arms, last month, consisting of large shipments of rocks, Molotov cocktails, matches ad cans of spray-paint. 
Khadaffy also supports such desperate groups as the American Indians and is suspected of supporting the Red Brigades and the Red Army Faction, and may even be responsible for the recent riots in Miami.
Qadafy has been known to send hit men out to censor his opposition, which means I had to hire an extra bodyguard since writing this article.
Qaddafy is a devout Muslim who has banned drinking and pork from his country. He naturally doe not drink and on days when he's not busy torturing flies he goes out to the country to meditate.
He sites in his little tent out in the desert and dreams up wild , crazy terrorist attacks to be carried out against innocent women and kids. His eyes turn to fire and his nostrils breathe smoke as he envisions his next act of insanity.[16]

I wrote the name of Gaddafi different each time since it was rarely written the same way by other writers in the news media. Strangely enough, some African students got made because they saw him as a hero. 

Confusion and Kadafi

In our last untimely issue we ran a story on Mohamer Kadafi that caused some confusion and drew a few complaints. It seems that the article and author, Jack Understone were taken seriously. Actually Jack Understone was an intended satire of every body's favorite correspondent Jack Anderson.
We attempted to parody the cheap sensationalism of our news media. It seems we were to subtle in our attempts. It also seems that even when an article borders on the absurd people still assume it is meant o be taken seriously. Perhaps this is a reflection of people's perception of the news media and the columnists who claim to be informing us. Perhaps we succeeded too well in our parody.
Of course there is no Jack Understone on the staff of the Public Voice. We haven't hired any body guards as of yet. Just to be on the safe side we will send a copy of this article to Kadafi. If we were on his hit list maybe we will be spared. Surely ol' Mohamer can date a joke, can't you Mohamer?[17]

This was the second to the last issue of the Public Voice. It had an article on IRBs called "IRB's Rich Get Richer." There was another column on "WSU censorship." There was an article on the ERA, which was closing in as an issue that Wichita feminist could not win.
There was on more article on the PDQ and DSOC ( Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee  the original name for DSA). By now Democratic Socialists of America were an established organization in Wichita and many of us really thought there could finally be an alternative to the Democratic Party's status quo. In time I realized that was a pipe dream. But in 1982 I believed otherwise.
We had one more issue of the Public Voice, in May 1982. We covered a May Day rally, one of the first May Day celebrations in decades. We rallied around the labor union under attack by the Dold Company of Wichita. There was a strike and the Dold company was out to destroy the union. This was a direct action against the Reagan policy of pushing unions to the point of a strike and then destroying the unions using various union busting measures.
This issue had an article on the events of Herman Hill, where the third anniversary of the riot that took place in that park, only served to ensure that people in the grouping would not forget the tragic events of that day.[18] It was a really good issue and it was our last. The bi-monthly newspaper got a lot of publicity for its time. Those of us in it, were going to try and  make the best of it. It was as good paper and it had a good run. But after that issue it was over and that was that.

[1] I published a few articles about Shining Path/Communist Party of Peru, Steve Otto, "Some Countries Overlooked," South Hutchinson Post Dispatch, June 1990, Vol. 2, No 6, p. 3 and Steve Otto, "Commentary- Drugs And War," South Hutchinson Post Dispatch, October 1989, Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 3.
[2] "Annexation Boom," The Wichita Public Voice, February 1981, Vol. 1 No. 1 p. 1,3.
[3] Reefer Madness, 1936,
[4] "Religion & State," The Wichita Public Voice, February 1981, Vol. 1 No. 1 p. 4.
[5] Steve Otto, "Election Time," The Wichita Public Voice, March 1981, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 1,2,6, 8.
[6] Steve Otto "W.S.U. Paper Denied," Public Voice, March 1981, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 5,6.
[7] "C.I.A. back again," The Wichita Public Voice, March 1981, Vol. 1 No. 2, p. 4.
[8] Steve Otto, "Progressive Democratic Quorum," The Wichita Public Voice, May 1981, Vo1. 1 No. 3, PP. 1, 3, 6.
[9] Steve Otto, "City Moves Out West," The Wichita Public Voice, June 1981, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 1, 3.
[10] "WomanFair- WomanArt," The Wichita Public Voice, August 1981, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 1,7.
[11] Steve Otto "Left" Religion's," The Wichita Public Voice, August 1981, Vol. 2 No. 1, p. 5.
[12] Steve Otto "Jefferson Starship in Wichita," Public Voice, August 1981, Vol. 2 No. 1, p. 7.
[13] Tim Pouncey, "Warped Factor," The Wichita Public Voice, May 1982, Vol. 3 No. 1, p 5.
[14] Steve Otto, "where wildlife roamed," The Wichita Public Voice, September 1981, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 1,3.
[15] Steve Otto, "Guatemala, McKay speaks out against oppression," The Wichita Public Voice, December 1981, Vol. 2 No. 3, 1-2.
[16] Jack Understone, "Kidafi: The Crazed Killer," The Wichita Public Voice, December 1981, Vol. 2 No. 3, p. 4.
[17] "Confusion and Kadafi," The Wichita Public Voice, February 1981, Vol. 2 No. 4, p. 2.
[18] "Herman Hill," The Wichita Public Voice, May 1982, Vol. 3 No. 1, p. 1.

Earth-Like Planet Around Proxima Centauri Discovered

While it may not be practical politics, a trip to the nearest Earthlike exoplanet may be news worth sharing. We as Earthlings may be interested in seeing what is one of the nearest Earthlike planets. So here is:  -SJ Otto

Earth-Like Planet Around Proxima Centauri Discovered

The hunt for exoplanets has been heating up in recent years. Since it began its mission in 2009, over four thousand exoplanet candidates discovered by the Kepler mission, several hundred of which have been confirmed to be “Earth-like” (i.e. terrestrial). And of these, some 216 planets have been shown to be both terrestrial and located within their parent star’s habitable zone (aka. “Goldilocks zone”). But in what may prove to be the most exciting find to date, the German weekly Der Spiegel announced recently that astronomers have discovered an Earth like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, just 4.25 light-years away. Yes, in what is an apparent trifecta, this newly-discovered exoplanet is Earth-like, so here it here.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Afghanistan Maoist will fight "imperialist occupiers"

This could mean that the Afghanistan Maoists will directly attack US Troops in that country. If so, this will be the fist time in years that a leftist group has taken on US Imperialism and its army directly. This site stands in solidarity with all Maoists who resist US Imperialism and aggression. -សតិវ អតុ


Google Translation from Spanish to English:

The Communist Party (Maoist) of Afghanistan has announced it will soon begin to fight the "imperialist occupiers", "fascism" and "obscurantism" of fundamentalists and against imperialism of any origin. Consistent with this position, after the US invasion of 2001, the PCA became promoter of the revival of a Maoist armed resistance against both but also the "Islamic theocratic reactionaries". Very soon the occupation troops NATO will have to fight not only against the Taliban and jihadists but also against the communist warriors. This is at least what follows a recent statement from the Communist Party (Maoist) Afghan, an underground formation created in 2004. "The match is about to begin the popular war in Afghanistan, whose specific character in the current situation is the of a revolutionary people's war against the imperialist occupiers and their puppet regime.

Thus concludes a statement from the PC (m) published on 15 July in "Shola Jawwid" (Eternal Flame), organ of the party to commemorate Comrade Azad, historical spokesman of the Indian Maoist guerrillas "Naxaliti" killed in action last first of July. The Communist Party (Maoist) Afghan whose leadership has been so far in the clandestinidad- is the fruit of a slow process of reunification and revitalization of the remains of the great Afghan Maoist movements of the 60s and 70s, then exterminated by philo-Soviet communists and the pro-American fundamentalists. A process that began after the Allied invasion of 2001, in order to install a war of national liberation "autonomous" in relation to Islamic armed groups and on behalf of a "third way" alternative foreign to both foreign occupation as Islamic theocracy.

"If the Afghan masses continue it thinking that the only alternatives are to surrender to the foreign occupier or support the Taliban and al-Qaida, the misery of our people will never end," reads a document from 2002. "Our party has autonomously decided to mobilize to resist the imperialist invasion as a necessary step towards a neodemocrática revolution in Afghanistan. However we consider as our enemies not only to the US imperialists and their allies, but also the reactionary theocratic-Islamic, the Taliban and jihadists are those who now control the country ".The PC (m) as a modern heir of Sholay (flames): Maoist militants progressive youth Organization (Sazman-e Jawanan-e Mutarraqi) created in 1965 by Akram Yari, a native Hazara master Jaghori (Ghazni) the Sholai -from name of its popular magazine Estudantil , Shola Jawid- born as a pro-Soviet youth protest movement against the monarchy of Zahir Shah, the Islamic fundamentalists of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and communism of the democratic Party of the Afghan people (PDPA) soon becoming the largest mass movement in the country .

Survivors of bloody persecution, repression of monarchical police and Islamic fundamentalist groups, Sholay Maoists were placed outside the law after the Communist coup of 1978: thousands were arrested, tortured and killed. Among them Ahram Yari, who nevertheless managed to leave an important political legacy through his disciple Faiz Ahmad, founder of the Organization for the Liberation of Afghanistan (OLA), Maoist armed group throughout the 80 fought the Soviet occupiers (formally entering the front of mujahedeen fighters for freedom) but soon came into conflict with Islamic fundamentalists of Hekmatyar. Were exactly the Mujahideen of Hekmayar which, in 1986, killed Ahmad Faiz, actually causing the dismemberment of OLA. From his ashes were born in the late 80s, several revolutionary Maoist movement and in 1991 the Communist Party of Afganisán (PCA) that recovered the "intervenor" tradition of Sholay Akram Yari against the NATO troops and the Taliban and warlords, leading the political process that led in 2004 to the creation of the PCA (m).

The revival of Maoism in Afghanistan is inserted into the widespread phenomenon of awakening of the communist armed movements in many poor countries of Asia. From rural India to Nepal, to the Philippines, Maoism has shown itself capable of interpreting the peasant and indigenous struggles against "raids" of multinationals and the injustices of global liberalism. In Afghanistan instead they proposed as an instrument of national liberation and as an alternative to the feudal theocracy: a not so unreal challenge considering the delayed Afghan society and the result of the failed experiment of Western democracy.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Indian revolution will certainly overcome the difficult situation to win

“Building on the new, unique and unprecedented achievements of the last decade, Indian revolution will certainly overcome the difficult situation to win newer, larger and more glorious victories”

Maoist Information Bulletin (MIB) Interviews CPI(Maoist) General Secretary Comrade Ganapathy on the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations of the Formation of the United Party MIB:

Revolutionary greetings to you and all our comrades from all of us at MIB on the occasion of the Party’s Tenth Anniversary.

Ganapathy (GP): Thank you. Revolutionary greetings to all our comrades at MIB on behalf of our Central Committee.
MIB: What do you think are the party’s significant achievements in the past ten years?
GP: Since the formation of the Communist Party of India in 1925, the history of the revolutionary movement in our country has witnessed some momentous periods. Of all these, the period covering the past decade is not only unique and marked by some of the most significant developments in our Protracted People’s War (PPW) waged for the victory of New Democratic Revolution (NDR) since Naxalbari, but is also witness to something new and unprecedented in the entire history of class struggle in our country. The significance of this decade lies in – Ushering in a single guiding centre for the NDR of India; The Party, Army and United Front (UF), i.e., the three magic weapons of the revolution becoming stronger than before; Enrichment of the political line, military line, UF policy and several policies in the form of united party documents - Unity Congress documents, policy papers, important resolutions, summing-ups, articles, etc.; Further development of the military line and significant advances in waging guerilla warfare, the participation of the vast masses, as never before, in the PPW giving it a true mass nature and rich and new experiences in defeating some of the most brutal counter-revolutionary suppression campaigns of the enemy; Rich and new experiences in building mass movements against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism by mobilising broad masses of the people, particularly the peasantry, around issues of Jal, Jungle, Zameen, Izzat and Adhikar; Rich and new experiences in building strategic UF in the form of Revolutionary People’s Committees (RPCs) at a primary level and better and new experiences in tactical 2 UFs, recognition of RPCs as an alternative model of development that could be applied successfully in contrast to the anti-people, country-selling development model of the ruling classes; In spite of being in a very difficult situation at present, Indian Revolution withstanding a brutal unprecedented countrywide repression campaign waged by the fascist Indian regime with the support of the imperialists, particularly US imperialists, keeping alive the hope for revolution among the people of India and the world; Considerable support for the fighting revolutionary masses from the most diverse sections of the Indian society, both against OGH and in support of the People’s War (PW); The merger into one party of CPI(Maoist) and CPI(M-L)NAXALBARI as another turning point in the effort to achieve unity of genuine revolutionaries in our country; PW in India serving as one of the important focal points around which international unity of Maoist forces and an international solidarity and support movement could be built. These new and significant developments of the past decade were achieved on the basis of the new ideology, new politics, new line, new party, new army and new people’s front ushered in by the glorious Naxalbari armed peasant rebellion and formulated under the leadership of the great founding leaders of our party comrades Charu Mazumdar and Kanhai Chatterji. All the developments of the past decade were achieved amidst and by fighting back relentless brutal enemy suppression campaigns on the one hand, and through bitter inner party struggles against right and ‘left’ opportunism that raised their head inside the party at various crucial junctures of the movement, on the other. One of the most significant features of the Indian revolutionary movement is the glorious sacrifices made both by the communists and the masses for the liberation of our country, without which none of the above significant and new successes of the past decade could have been achieved. Through these sacrifices, the party has put forward an alternative mode of thinking and culture representing the highest human values as opposed to the rotten, decadent and self-centered mode of thinking and culture instilled by the ruling classes among the masses. In this way, these sacrifices have inspired the oppressed classes and sections of the society to fight for revolutionary change.
MIB: What are the main challenges faced by the party now? What opportunities do you see to overcome them?
GP: The following are the main challenges our movement is facing at present. First, preserving our subjective forces, particularly the strategic leadership of the party. Since the formation of the new party, we have lost a considerable number of party leaders at all levels starting from the central committee to the village level party committees. Therefore, we have identified the preservation of existing subjective forces from enemy attacks as one of the foremost tasks before the party. Understanding the importance of preserving the subjective forces and protecting them, we must adopt secret and appropriate methods of functioning, rectify our mistakes in it and firmly implement the lessons learnt from our practice, prepare new leadership and raise the consciousness of 3 the entire party about the need of a strong party with continuation of leadership as a condition for the success of the revolution. Second, the revolutionary movement has weakened in the rural plains and urban areas. This is one of the factors leading to the difficult situation the party is facing today. It is a challenge before us to revive and expand the movement in areas where our party have been present for long but weakened over time. Similarly, we also need to expand the movement to newer areas and open new battlefronts in order to broaden the arena of the people’s war. In light of the rich experience of our movement, we should utilise the conditions that are becoming increasingly favourable for advancing the revolution without repeating the past errors. In this way, we can definitely overcome the difficult situation and take the movement forward. Third, some people are trying to spread confusion in the revolutionary camp by claiming that changes in socio-economic conditions have transformed India into a capitalist country. They also put forward the incorrect view that the line of PPW has become irrelevant. But the path of PPW have been proven in practice to be the only correct revolutionary path for the success of the NDR in a semi-colonial semi-feudal country like India. Therefore, we must guard against such erroneous views and expose them. At the same time, we must deeply study the economic, political, social and cultural changes and bring appropriate changes to our tactics. Fourth, the Brahmanical Hindu fascist forces have come to power at the centre, which reflects a further consolidation of the ideology, politics and culture of the feudal and reactionary forces. International finance and the comprador bureaucratic bourgeoisie backed Modi-led BJP in its ascendance to power, which was complimented by communal polarisation in some places engineered by the Sangh Parivar. After coming to power, BJP is implementing pro-imperialist, country-selling policies at a breakneck pace catering to the needs of foreign and Indian big capitalists and big landlords, while at the same time advancing the Hindu-fascist agenda in various forms. This will provide new avenues for uniting all the democratic, progressive, secular and patriotic forces in struggle. Newer and more numerous classes, social sections, forces and people of the society would be brought into the arena of struggle, and new opportunities for advancing the PPW will open up. Fifth, the objective world situation is becoming increasingly more favourable for revolution. The imperialist world economy is still reeling under a serious crisis and all the fundamental contradictions in the world are sharpening. Consequently, the revolutionary, democratic and national liberation forces all over the world are gaining strength against imperialism and its domestic props. Maoist forces too are consolidating. But at the same time, socialist bases no longer exist and the subjective forces in the international communist movement (ICM) too are weak at present. This too presents a considerable challenge before us. MIB: After the merger of the party and the PLGA, we have seen that a qualitative change has occurred in the development of the PLGA and intensification and expansion of the guerilla warfare.

But now there seems to be deceleration in this. How does the party plan to accelerate it again and advance?

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Communist Party of the Philippines said the New People’s Army must further expand use of command-detonated explosives in launching tactical offensives

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said (August 9, 2016) the New People’s Army (NPA) must further expand use of command-detonated explosives (CDX) in launching tactical offensives against the reactionary armed forces, police and all its attached paramilitaries.

“The CPP and NPA reject the baseless demand of GRP President Rodrigo Duterte for the NPA to stop using CDX landmines which are legitimate weapons of war and are allowed under the Geneva Conventions and the Ottawa Treaty on Landmines.”

According to Duterte, he has long repeatedly told the NPA in Mindanao to stop using landmines which he claims are banned under international conventions. “Perhaps, he has not been closely listening to explanations about landmine conventions and distinctions made about different types of landmines.”

“The aim of the Ottawa Treaty banning anti-personnel landmines is to protect civilians from accidental explosions,” pointed out the CPP. The Treaty defines anti-personnel mines as those designed to be exploded by “the presence, proximity or contact of a person.”

“The explosives and landmines used by NPA are command-detonated or blasted manually, some with a battery-powered electronic trigger held by a Red fighter,” added the CPP. “CDX landmines, which NPA ordnance units manufacture carefully, will not explode simply if it is stepped on, tripped upon or kicked around.”

“Furthermore, CDX landmines are not laid out indiscriminately and are always manned or within the immediate proximity of the NPA unit that emplaced them,” pointed out the CPP. “There has yet to be an incident where a CDX landmine laid by the NPA was accidentally exploded by a civilian.”

“The NPA is very careful about using weapons that may accidentally hurt or injure civilians,” said the CPP. “Even indigenous booby traps such as punji sticks are used with discrimination and are not left unmanned.”

“Contrary to Duterte’s demand for the NPA to stop using its CDX landmines, the NPA and the people’s militias must further expand the use of such weapons,” said the CPP.

It added: “CDX landmines are a poor man’s weapon. These are mass-produced by people who have no recourse to the expensive rockets and howitzers of state-funded armies.

It is a weapon than can only be effectively used by those who have mastery of terrain. It must continue to be effectively and widely employed in waging mass guerrilla warfare.

The mass movement to manufacture CDX landmines must be stepped-up. Every unit of the NPA, including all units of the people’s militias, must have their own supply of CDX landmines, and must have the skill and plan to employ these as defensive and offensive weapons against the enemy.”

“CDX landmines have been proven to be highly effective weapons at thwarting the frenzied military offensives of the AFP,” said the CPP. “This is the reason why the AFP has been so adamant in its demand for the NPA to stop using CDX landmines to the point of mindlessly citing international prohibitions even without a comprehensive and clear understanding of those.”

August 8, 2016
Communist Party of the Philippines