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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange: The criminal persecution of a truth-teller

 From World to Win News Service:

The 5 February report of a United Nations working group on arbitrary detentions (UNWGAD) has concluded that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been held in "arbitrary detention" by the UK and Sweden for more than five years and they should end "Mr Assange's deprivation of liberty, respect his physical integrity and freedom of movement, and afford him the right to compensation." In announcing the decision, Christophe Peschoux, a senior official at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, argued the UN panel ruling is legally binding because of its basis in international human rights law. 


Outraged over this decision, the British and Swedish governments have rejected these conclusions, claiming Assange took refuge from arrest in the Ecuadorian embassy in London simply to avoid facing allegations of rape during a visit to Sweden. After allegations were made against him in August 2010, the Swedish government willingly allowed him to leave the country in September. His detention was ordered in late November and he was put under house arrest in the UK. In 2014, a Swedish appeals court scolded the prosecution for failing to move forward the preliminary investigation of the allegations against Assange. When Sweden demanded he return for questioning, Assange jumped bail and sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy fearing that Sweden would then send him to the US. 

The UN's Peschoux also criticised the "lack of diligence" by Swedish authorities and the lack of preliminary investigation. The UN group determined that he has effectively been detained, and that since he has never been formally charged with any crime or offence, let alone brought to trial, this detention is illegal.

The panel called on the UK and Sweden to compensate Assange for their illegal actions, but the US is the central figure in this case. This is because Assange could face extradition to the US if the UK were to send him back to Sweden. Rather tellingly, just as Sweden has refused to promise that they won’t send Assange to the US if they get their hands on him, there has been no official US denial of rumours that a secret grand jury investigation has laid the basis to extradite him from Sweden for trial on charges that could result in a lifetime in prison. Prominent US political figures have publicly called for his death. 

The appeal to the UN panel by Assange's lawyers had been going on for a year and a half, with input from the UK government. In the past this panel has demanded the release of prominent individuals such as Aung San Suu Kyi (released in 2010, she is now president of Burma) and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian recently release by Iran. The US (and UK) used the panel's calls when they served to legitimize its diplomatic manoeuvring. Only now, when the UN body has decided against them, do they question its authority.

An even harsher light on this hypocrisy is cast by the fact that in 1998 UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher protected Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet from extradition to Spain, when that country requested his extradition to stand trial for the murder of Spanish nationals who were part of the 3,000 people killed during his regime. Obviously for imperialist ruling classes the question of who has "human rights" is to be decided according to their political interests.

Shameful amnesia on imperialist war crimes

Assange's persecution by various Western governments intensified some weeks after the April 2010 release of 250,000 US intelligence reports and embassy cables on the wars waged by the US (with help from Europe) in Afghanistan and Iraq and American spying on "friendly" governments to better position Washington in international trade deals. An international arrest order was issued, with Interpol putting out a "red notice", making Assange one of the planet's most wanted men. 

The true face of the US government was righteously exposed by these revelations. There are details on war, rendition (the practice of kidnapping suspects and sending them to secret detention facilities to be tortured under CIA supervision in third countries such as Syria), direct torture by American operatives and soldiers, extra-judicial killings, illegal mistreatment and murder in US prisons in Iraq (Abu Ghraib) and Afghanistan (Bagram) and other atrocities and war crimes that could have been kept secret for years. How can we forget how the US lied, coerced, bribed, threatened, and blackmailed governments around the world to back off from investigating and prosecuting these crimes?

To mention a few of the murky dealings pursued by the US government revealed by the diplomatic cables alone, among the other documents Wikileaks made public: The US agro-industrial multinational Monsanto received help from the US government to fight Argentina environmentalists/farmers who opposed use of Roundup pesticides, considered by an Argentinian medical association to be the cause of the rise of cancer among children. The US trained and funded Costa Rican security forces to suppress anti-free-trade agreement protests. Ex-Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to cover up US drone strikes. The US and China conspired to block reform on climate change at the 2009 Copenhagen summit. The US interfered in Spain's judicial process to prevent US military servicemen from being prosecuted for killing Spanish journalist Jose Couso. US diplomats were ordered to spy on UN officials. 

President Barack Obama, chief guardian of the US-dominated current world order, has viciously gone after more "whistleblowers" than any other US president. The vengeful tone against Assange was set by his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who called the Wikileaks publication of US diplomatic cables "an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conventions and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity." Her office sent out letters calling on internet providers to refuse to host the Wikileaks website, which they did. US military chiefs referred to Assange as having blood on his hands. 

The persecution of Assange by the US and its allies came only a few months after Wikileaks leaked a video it called Collateral Murder, edited from US military footage and recorded through the gun-sights of an Apache helicopter as it gunned down civilians in Iraq. This American secret archival material was uploaded to Wikileaks by US soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.

The 2007 footage shows the aircraft machine guns cutting down a Reuters news service photographer and his assistant and other people casually walking down the street in a Baghdad suburb. Several minutes later, a van pulls up, and men get out to rescue a severely wounded man who is trying to crawl onto the sidewalk. Children are visible through the window. The helicopter flies over the van, opening fire again and again on each pass until the crew is satisfied that everyone seems dead. 

The audio track records the crew's eagerness to kill Iraqis, and their laughter and mutual congratulations at the sight of at least 18 bodies ("Good shooting!"). When ground troops report over the radio they have found two seriously wounded children in the wrecked van, one of the crewmen sneers, "It's their fault for bringing children into a war zone." American medics are about to take the children for treatment when an officer orders that they be abandoned. 

Manning was arrested and targeted by a media slander campaign that portrayed him as a psychologically disturbed misfit whose motivation was anything but political, and Assange as a bizarre paranoid with obscure motives. Manning has since been tried and sentenced to 35 years in prison. 

In 2010 Time magazine conducted a poll asking people who their choice would be for Person of the Year. Among the magazine's list of 25 candidates, Assange received 382,024 votes, greater than the total received by the second and third choices combined. Despite the fact that, according to Time itself, its Person of the Year selection is not an award or an indication of approval on its part, but instead goes to the person who "for better or worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year," Time overruled the people's choice in favour of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, with the reactionary Tea Party as the runner-up. The hypocrisy here is another example of the system-embedded media toadying to the government script. 

To show what lengths the US government would go to silence truth-tellers, there is also the example of Edward Snowden who revealed how the U.S. government spies on every person in the US and almost everyone around the world. The US took drastic measures to capture him. While condemning Snowden for taking refuge in Russia, the US has made it impossible for him to leave. They forced Bolivian president Evo Morales' plane to land in Austria as it was rumoured that Snowden was on board. The Danish government recently revealed that a US government jet already used in renditions (read kidnappings for the purpose of torture) was waiting in Copenhagen to grab Snowden should he decide to go onward to a Scandinavian country from Moscow in June 2013. Were Snowden to return – or be forcibly returned – to the US he would face charges of theft and espionage and likely be imprisoned. 

During the current controversy following the UN panel ruling, the question of what the US, the UK and others did in Afghanistan has been the "elephant in the room", unmentioned by most of the major Western media, reactionary talking heads and even some self-identified progressive people whose focus is on what they guess about Assange as a person. This amounts to a cover-up, in that the facts are known to all who care to know them but public opinion makers don't want them mentioned in hopes that the world has forgotten. 

All these revelations call into question why there is such ubiquitous monitoring of people across the planet by those who rule over the system. Why is it that the greatest criminals are in power and people who expose their crimes are hounded, threatened with assassination or jailed? 

Assange, Manning, Snowden and truth-tellers like them should be actively supported for their courage. People of the world are indebted to them. 

Monday, February 08, 2016

PMLI: Do not be fooled by the propaganda of the imperialist superpowers regarding ISIS

My position on ISIS is that there is no reason to support them. They are reactionary even though they are anti-imperialist. They are likely to kill revolutionaries as us if we were to go to their territory. However there is no reason to support the US or European imperialist against them. This is not our fight. It is a problem for the imperialist powers and it is THEIR problem and THEIR problem only not ours. - សតិវ អតុ

Translated from Spanish by Google:


 (Note Shining Future: When we identify and sympathize with the position of fraternal PMLI to support the imperialist war of the Islamic state and Arab anti-imperialist movements in the Middle East and conscious Maghreb we were that thus tum our hand into a honeycomb bees. and it has. Against our blog have risen shields and swords. from different political and ideological spaces have launched the sea no early attacks, insults and recriminations. we do not care defamation, not the answer. are attacks and non-critical Marxist-Leninist Maoist our foreign policy line, hence our dear party, the Communist party (Marxist-Leninist) of Panama. Consequently, our attitude will be drown a escupitazo and arroparles with the mantle of our contempt. However, our attitude towards comrades Collective Marxist Leninist Parties and Marxist-Leninist-Maoist and Maoists who have deigned heading some fraternal, constructive and critical founded on principles that are common, our attitude is different and deferred, are our comrades. Comrades who, though differing from us in view of international perspective, maintain an open position of concern for the fate of the world proletarian revolution and the constant interest in the reconstruction of the international communist movement (MLM), with them are and will be open to dialogue and exchange of opinions. We respect and we feel strongly their reviews, and International Political Line. The theoretical and political experience we draw, we think, of the current class struggle of the international working class and oppressed peoples for their national liberation and state independence, and our involvement in it to take the path of socialist proletarian revolution to communism prove right or wrong of the assumed today before the present international situation position.
In a row, we present an enlightening letter from Comrade Giovanni Scuderi, Secretary General of the Italian Marxist-Leninist Party, with which commemorates the principled position of support for the anti-imperialist movement of the peoples oppressed by the imperialist superpowers and against international imperialism, assumed by the party in its 3rd National Congress, held 31 years ago! Nothing for again, of humbug or snobbery in its current stance of support and solidarity with the imperialist war of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria against the Holy Coalition imperialist powers).



We have the duty to support the anti-imperialist movements EVEN IF YOUR HEAD ARE anti-Marxist-Leninist

Historically the PMLI (Italian Marxist-Leninist Party) committed by high proletarian internationalist feelings is really struggling peoples, which helps with great generosity. We should do more, despite our meager forces, the few means at our disposal and our internal tasks.

We must seize all the way down the concept that all the just causes of peoples concern us directly, and that our revolution can not succeed if they do not advance the revolution and the struggle against imperialism worldwide.

In supporting and helping the people in struggle we must not look alike who guides the movement but the direction in which such movement moves. If that goes in the right direction if it weakens short space of one of the two superpowers (then existing Soviet social, editor's note) or both and imperialism in general, if you carry a national liberation and independence of the Countries we have a duty to resolutely support without reservation. Although his head were anti Marxist-Leninists.

Today that has disappeared because of the revisionist historical fortress of socialism and the bourgeoisie has engulfed almost every game in a Marxist Leninist time is more than ever now stick to that precious teaching that Stalin in 1924 transmitted to all Marxist-Leninists of the world.

 He, dealing with national liberation movements, stressed that "under the conditions of imperialist oppression, the revolutionary character of the national movement does not imply in fact mandatory the existence of proletarian elements in the movement, the existence of a revolutionary or republican program the movement, the existence of a democratic basis of the movement. The struggle of the Afghan emir for independence is objectively a revolutionary struggle, despite the monarchist views of the nature of the emir and his followers, because it weakens, disintegrates, undermines imperialism ... The struggle of the Egyptian merchants and bourgeois intellectuals Egypt's independence is, for the same reasons, an objectively revolutionary struggle, with all the heads of the Egyptian national movement is bourgeois by origin and social belonging and yet they are against socialism "(Stalin, Principles of Leninism, April- May 1924).

The small ultra-left bourgeois certainly can not understand such ideological directions, policies and tactics of Stalin because he dreams a movement of national liberation "pure" and "every proletarian" does not exist and could not exist in reality. But we Marxists-Leninists have learned the lesson of Stalin and are implementing. (Giovanni Scuderi, Report of the Political Bureau of PMLI "Socialism is the future of the working class and the Italian workers", 3rd National Congress of the Italian Marxist Leninist Party, Florence 27-29 December 1985, pp. 32- 33).

Sunday, February 07, 2016

My time with Tim Pouncey was well worth it- Kansas Writer

Obituary:

Tim passed away at about 7:00pm, 2/7/2016


From Counter-Culture Journals:
I remember when I first met Tim sort of.... I was editing and writing for my underground newspaper The Public Voice. It was kind of a 1960s-1970s style paper with radical politics (much of it my Marxist views). Tim was very far-to-the left. But was he a Marxist as with me? I don't really think so. But he was good at political satire and with his help we finished several issues of The Public Voice. That was probably my first involvement with Tim. We put out several issues of that under-ground newspaper.
Here is an article he wrote for The Wichita Public Voice:


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.[1]

Later he went on to be a successful journalist among other Kansas newspapers. Some of the newspapers he worked for included The Times-Sentinel, of Cheney, and their various newspaper chains; the Andover Journal Advocate and for The Pratt Tribune.
He wrote everything from editorials to hard news. But his favorite wasthe column. He always wanted to be a columnist.
And while he was at the many newspapers he worked at, his columns were read through-out Kansas and enjoyed by many.
While he wasn't always as interested that much in my Marxist ideas of revolution, we both took aim at the Republicans and the damage they were doing here in Kansas. I remember when he described former Republican Senator Bob Dole as a "snake with poison fangs dripping down."
Tim liked to write about popular culture. And he also injected sly remarks about politicians in a lot of his writings. He wrote a story about a phony TV detective once, and he included this remark:

"His jaws dropped like a man who just heard Ronald Reagan say something intelligent for the first time."

He wrote an article called "How to become useless in your spare time." that implied this would be a necessity for working people in Ronald Reagan's America.
While Tim was a serious writer, he and I both went through the golden age of drug use during the late 1960s and 1970sLSD,[2] magic mushrooms,[3] fake but active mescaline,[4] MDA[5] and into the late 1970s and early 1980s there was cocaine.
Tim used to say:

"I used LSD back when it was called 'take this."

But as with most of us hard core druggies, Tim's drug use slowly faded, especially by the 1990s. That didn't rule out the two of us getting together at his house, on weekends, drinking rum and beer long into the night. We often had many fine political discussions as well as discussion on pop culture.
If there was one writer who inspired us both, at the same time, it was Hunter S. Thompson. We both liked the idea of a shoot-from-the-hip attitude of writing. Like Thompson, we liked to be part of the story. We like the call-it-like-it-is type of writing. Most of my writings have been political, so much of my influences have also been political, such as Mao Zedong. Tim preferred writers of literature and pop culture, such as William S. Burroughs. But Thompson is where our interests crossed. He was both literary and political.
Tim once told me:

"You and Thompson have made a career out of hating Richard Nixon."

And I would agree. But we also had our local anti-heroescelebrities, mostly political or other newsmen, we hated just as bad as we hated Nixon. And as with Nixon, that hatred pushed us to write and react. We channeled it into something good.
I often went to Tim for advice on my own writing projects. He was a professional and he often helped me with difficult writing decisions. A lot of his old fans knew him from his days at the Wichita State University The Sunflower. He was a columnist there for a few years and that is where he wrote some of his best stuff. That's not to say his later stuff wasn't good.[6] He could always write a good column, especially if humor was needed.
Over the years Tim's health went bad. About a year ago he couldn't stay employed. He had to fight the same Republican political forces that both of us had taken on our whole lives. He had to fight with the KanCare system and that fight probably put the final nail in his coffin. He waited to long before he went into the hospital for treatment. He was worried about how he would pay for it. The KanCare system is famous for pulling out needed funds for poor people who are badly in needed health care. To the end of his life, just as when we were younger, he kept fighting the conservative political establishment, here in Kansas, that has tried to kill so many other low income people.
He had a wife, Naomi, who he met 30 years ago. The two have been together ever since. I met Tim about the same time as Naomi did. We have been to many parties and adventures over the years. Tim was more than just a friend. He was a comrade and a collaborator with my writings.[7] It was hard to say goodbye to him. We don't get to choose when we die. The world we be a different place with Tim gone.  




[1] Tim Pouncey, "Warped Factor," The Wichita Public Voice, May 1982, Vol. 3 No. 1, p 5.
[2] Lysergic acid diethylamide, a powerful hallucinogenic.
[3] Active ingredient Psilocybin.
[4] It was supposed to be mescaline, but usually it was just diluted LSD.
[5] Methylenedioxyamphetamine.
[6] See "World War I revisited—Princip the assassin—part I," Otto's War Room (毛派)
[7] See Tim Pouncey, "High Across The Prairie," Counter-culture Journals (文革)


Friday, February 05, 2016

JOINT DECLARATION- On The occasion of the 122nd birth anniversary of Mao

Translated from Spanish by Google:



The international proletariat assists with great joy and revolutionary joy to this new birth anniversary of Chairman Mao Tsetung. We express our warm greeting to our class and peoples of the world, and we reaffirm our great task of defending and applying Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism and in full force as the command and guide of the world proletarian revolution.
The communists commemorate this date the 122nd birth anniversary of Chairman Mao Tsetung, precisely at a time when humanity passes very complex scenarios where the imperialist aggression against the oppressed peoples and nations, especially in the broader region of the Middle East, has climbed to unprecedented levels. This has led to the proliferation of conflicts of various kinds, with the greatest intensification of the contradictions between the imperialist powers, which try to settle their positions in the new deal, with the corollary peoples and occupied countries, with redoubled oppression devastated, balkanized and manipulated.
As President Gonzalo said in 1992: "Today there is one reality; the same contenders of the First and Second World War are preparing a third world war. We know this and we as the children of an oppressed nation, are part of the booty. " It is what is happening today throughout the world and particularly in Ukraine, Asia, Middle East, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, which has highlighted once again the reactionary and violent nature of imperialist greed and not only puts these countries oppressed as spoils of war powers and imperialist superpowers, but subjected to the masses of these peoples as auxiliary forces of the armed forces of the imperialists; They shackled masses, who are thus trapped in a war that does not meet their interests, ending in some cases aligned behind the imperialist armed forces of the US, France, Britain, Russia, Germany, China, Netherlands, Italy, Canada , etc., which highlights the brutality of the US imperialists seeking to remain as the sole hegemonic superpower and access and control of the most destabilizing parts of the world, leading to a situation of oppression and exploitation unprecedented, increasing the danger of a third war world to define their interests in blood and fire at the expense of the oppressed masses, whom the largest share of useless sacrifice is imposed as part of the imperialist genocide. Against the danger of a new imperialist world war we hoisted the revolution as a historical trend and core policy, therefore, initiate and develop people's war to make revolution and avert the imperialist world war or if it was given, oppose people's war to transform it into revolution.
This confusing alignment of the masses pushed to strive for interests other than historical requirements of the people, part of a history in particular: the lack of correct ideological and political direction, ie Communist Party in its efforts to fight against imperialism and its lackeys and unite all forces that can be united in the struggle against imperialist war of aggression, maintaining the independence and integrity of the Party, as established by Chairman Mao.
The absence of proletarian leadership or still feeble attempts to fight for his leadership in the struggle of the Syrian, Iraqi and Kurdish people against imperialism and violent monsters are a showcase in which the crisis that still survives is reflected in the Communist Movement International, which still girt old-style revisionism and the new revisionism in its various forms, centrism, the reformist opportunism and other current bourgeois infiltrated into the ranks of the international proletariat.
Under the revisionist speech multipolar character of imperialism (new version of ultra- imperialism Kautsky) opportunism newly minted has dragged the class and the people to take stand on the side of the Russian and Chinese imperialism, arguing that since that trench can have efforts to combat and stop the greed of US imperialism and its allies. Nothing is more false than that, the communists do not advocate the existence of imperialism because we are aware of its origins, its nature and therefore do not establish how or what imperialism is kind to the oppressed peoples of the world, however, we are apt for their ultimate destruction and alone with her, the decisive liberation of peoples, especially now that we are at the stage of collapse of imperialism and for world revolution sweeping away with popular war (strategic offensive of the world proletarian revolution).
The revisionists, as incorrigible reformists and capitulationists preach rely on Russian imperialism knelt not only against its strategic purposes in relation to the contradictions it has with the US and its allies but ending sustained in their ideology, downright antagonistic with the proletariat, opposed to the provisions of Maoism to fight the only hegemonic superpower conception, Yankee imperialism, without letting the wolf -the RUSSIAN nuclear superpower, through the back door. In recent months, the conflict between US imperialism and Russian imperialism and the other imperialists, who according to their own interests are aligned behind them, entered the Broader Middle East to the phase of the talks in Vienna, is tell more collusion against the peoples of those countries to see the spoils according to how their forces on the ground, for larger imperialist struggle. Events like the demolition of the Russian bomber by the Turkish Armed Forces servants of Yankee imperialism, the execution of Shiite cleric Saudi authorities servants also of the Yankees, are framed within this phase to find a better position in the table of negotiations and as it has been mentioned by Russian imperialists to seek to influence the presidential elections are underway in the United States, because the Middle East is also part of the electoral dispute between the two factions of the US imperialist bourgeoisie.
Today the New Great Wave of the World Proletarian Revolution is spurred, in flagrant manner, the principal contradiction taking place in the world: between imperialism and the oppressed peoples, contradiction also settles with people's war. The armed struggles taking place, despite its limitations, show the decision of the people to make the leap in their struggles, remain the responsibility of the proletariat pass lead the democratic revolution in the oppressed countries under the strategic assumptions of the proletariat: the People's War.
Convert the wars of national liberation led classes today outside the proletariat powerful people's war under the leadership of militarized Communist Parties and the guidance of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism; support and develop people's wars in India, Turkey, the Philippines and Peru; strengthen the construction and reconstruction of Communist Parties of a new type, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist to initiate and develop new People's Wars to bury imperialism and world reaction, a task that can only be certain of purpose with inseparable struggle against revisionism ; and, of course, establish a correct ideological system within the international communist movement are the tasks pertaining to the communists today to give new impetus to the correct revolutionary wave unleashed in the world.
To the preparations of imperialism to unleash a third world war, the international proletariat and the oppressed peoples of the world we only have one alternative: People's War respond to the world revolution and bury imperialism.
Today, to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Chairman Mao Tsetung involves more than an anniversary, is the historic recognition of Chairman Mao and the Chinese Revolution, with which Marxism-Leninism became the third, new and higher stage of the ideology the proletariat: Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism; It is reaffirm that revolution is the main political and historical tendency and it will become more and renew our commitment to serve the development of the New Great Wave of the World Proletarian Revolution.

Put Maoism as sole command and guide of the world proletarian revolution!

Communist Party of Brazil - Red Fraction
Communist Party of Ecuador - Red Sun
Red Faction Communist Party of Chile
Peru Popular Movement (CR)
Maoist organization by the Reconstitution of the Communist Party of Colom

-In Spanish
Partido Comunista del Brasil – Fracción Roja
Partido Comunista del Ecuador – Sol Rojo
Fracción Roja del Partido Comunista de Chile
Movimiento Popular Peru (CR)
Organización Maoísta por la Reconstitución del Partido Comunista de Colom

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Support the League of Poor Peasants of Rondônia and western Amazon

 and stop the criminalization campaign, demonization and extermination of the militant peasant leaders.

Translated by Google from Portuguese:

From Ligados Camponeses Pobres (LCP):

The National Commission of Farmers alloys Poor is inviting for a visit, on the 23rd of February, the headquarters of the LCP in Rondônia Jaru, where we meet with rural state leaders.
It is very important the participation of lawyers, human rights organizations, trade union leaders, democratic politicians.
Who has accompanied the gravity of the agrarian problem, murder, persecution, torture and reintegration of possession against peasants, indigenous and maroon, understand the importance of this visit, particularly to the peasant masses in the region who are in the eye of the hurricane State Brazilian reactionary .
And those who follow at a distance, before the recent events that have surfaced over the past 15 days, we are sure you will understand what it is and the importance of this activity, whatever the date is very close, regardless of a stuffed holiday period , wage campaigns of various categories are underway and the very economic crisis that we live and become an obstacle for long trips.
If only because, and here we refer to the events of the day 3:04 of February, many of the complaints we did have surfaced so as to leave no doubt about the campaign of extermination of the peasants in their struggle against the land grabbers and murderous landowners.
As this call is addressed first of all the entities closer, we will not dwell on all the facts, and we commit to organize all so that we can draw the necessary conclusions as soon as possible. But right now we do the call, which should be extended to all those comrades have contact.

Greetings and see you soon.
National Commission of Poor Peasants alloys


Pix by g1.globo.com.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

USA: Bernie Sanders - The Movement Goes Beyond the Man ?

We all know Bernie Sanders is not a Marxist. He is not a friend of Marxism. He is a Democratic Socialist and he is not our friend. But by supporting his campaign we can try and educate those people he draws in to the positive aspects of socialism. We can go among his supporters and support socialism—real socialism.
. So we can use his campaign for both education purposes and also to try and build support for real Marxist revolutionary socialism. I went further into this last August.
- សតិវ អតុ

So here are a few words on the Bernie campaign from Democracy and Class Struggle:

Bernie Sanders with illusions or without illusions ? rhetoric and reality ? Corbyn in UK and Sanders in USA trying to breath life back into the stinking corpse of Social Democracy racing to rescue crisis prone contemporary capitalism.



Social democrats reject revolutionary socialism because they do not understand capitalist state power and its neoliberal incarnation today or its capitalist incarnation yesterday with Roosevelt.


The pro Sanders movement conjures up Roosevelt - read our article and watch our video on Roosevelt below.

Let's not make mistakes about this. Both Roosevelts were liberals who thought their actions would prevent a Marxist revolution. - សតិវ អតុ

Massive Rally in Mumbai - Justice for Rohith Vemula

Originally published in Democracy and Class Struggle:

 

Monday, February 01, 2016

It's time for the fools to caucus caucus caucus

It's time for the caucuses. With the today's caucuses I'm reminded of the satire by the Three Stooges of the caucus system. For some of us it is a ridiculous pile of crap. It is buffoonery to say the least and just a fancy way of stretching out the process of picking cronies for a broke system. So here is:
-សតិវ​អតុ

The Three Stooges In Three Dark Horses


Part 1
Part 2

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Flint Michigan water scandal is part of anti-poor class warfare

The reports coming out of Flint Michigan, are painting a distinct picture of class war far-fare. A report from CNN asked: "Was the city neglected because it is mostly black and about 40% poor?"

We are seeing more and more proof that this situation is about wealthy people ignoring the problems of poor people. There is also a racist element, as many residents are black. But as with political decision made all across the country, including here in Kansas, we see wealthy people ignoring dangerous elements that are killing poor people.
Here in Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback has absolutely refused to expand Medicaid. Estimates are that between 113 and 330 Kansans will die, over this next year, without this health care. The people who die will be working poor and it seems that such people just don't matter to a lot of other people, especially right-wing ideology such as Brownback and other wealthy and middle-class people. Not only the Republicans, but the wealthy people who will vote for people who are more concerned about keeping taxes low rather than saving the lives of poor people.
I don't remember a time when the lives of poor people have meant so little to the general public. For the benefit of the people of Flint, many probably didn't realize this was going on.
Again, from CNN:

"Would more have been done, and at a much faster pace, if nearly 40 percent of Flint residents were not living below the poverty line? The answer is unequivocally yes," the NAACP said in a statement.
Others go further.
"While it might not be intentional, there's this implicit bias against older cities -- particularly older cities with poverty (and) majority-minority communities," said Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, who represents the Flint area.
"It's hard for me to imagine the indifference that we've seen exhibited if this had happened in a much more affluent community," he said.

So it is up to us, political activists, to make sure we expose these creepy right-wingers and the ass holes they are; who just don't care about poor people's lives. Just recently Brownback was at an anti-abortion rally in Washington DC, according to CJONLINE;

“Let us see an end to the killing of children in Kansas,” Brownback said during the Rally for Life event outside the Capitol. “The most pro-life state in AmericaKansas.”

He claims to be pro-life when his is literally letting children die of disease in Kansas. WHAT A HIPPOCRIT!!
This kind of indifference over human rights is unacceptable and it is an abomination. People here must realize that class war-fare is real and it is costing human lives. Such a struggle must be a major part of US revolutionary politics. This is outright proof that our capitalist system allows wealthy people to literally kill the poor.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Paul Kantner was a driving force of the 1960s music


One of my favorite rock bands of my past life was the Jefferson Airplane. A major writer for that group was Paul Kantner. He died recently and that leaves me with a hollow feeling. He came out with the album "Blows Against the Empire." Kantner was a not a Marxist or at least he was not known to have such tendencies. But he took the counter-culture seriously and he encompassed the spirit of rebellion and revolution. He was responsible for the launching of the band Jefferson Starship or just Starship, after the Jefferson Airplane broke up.
As with John Lennon I see him as a musician who liked to shake things up. His "Blows Against the Empire" was classics:
  
The album is a narrative concept album that tells the story of a counter-culture revolution against the oppressions of "Uncle Samuel" and a plan to steal a starship from orbit and journey into space in search of a new home. The original vinyl release is divided into two album sides. "Mau Mau (Amerikon)" launched Side One, a counter-culture manifesto and call to arms. In the context of the narrative, this is the free music being performed in the park, drawing everyone together.
"Put your old ladies back into bed,
Put your old men into their graves,
Cover their ears so they can't hear us sing,
Cover their eyes so they can't see us play."
"Get out of the way, let the people play,
We gotta get down on you,
Come alive all over you,
Dancing down, into your town."
It celebrates late-sixties counter-culture, depicting people celebrating mind expansion and free love, "We'll ball in your parks, insane with the flash of living...calling for acid, cocaine and grass." They've had enough of the military, domestic and abroad, and make one of the earliest references to Ronald Reagan in popular music in the line, "You unleash the dogs of a grade-B movie star Governor's war...so drop your fuckin' bombs, burn your demon babies, I will live again!" They condemn the divisive strictures of conservative society, and dream of finding a Utopia.

Perhaps drug use is not really revolutionary, but rebellion is. I like to think that Kantner contributed to the rebelliousness of the 1960s and 1970s.

Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers


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