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Thursday, May 05, 2016

When is it OK to bomb a hospital?

The al-Quds hospital was one of the very few remaining in Aleppo and the only one with facilities and personnel to treat children. It was hit by one or more air strikes on the night of 27 April. Video from a surveillance camera in a hospital corridor shows Dr Muhammad Waseem Moaz, said to be the leading and perhaps last paediatrician in the city, closing a door, adjusting his hospital scrubs and stepping toward the emergency room just as an explosion blows in the front door and the walls and ceiling collapse. He and at least 26 other staff and patients were killed in the attack on this hospital supported by the international medical volunteer organization Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Two other hospitals in the Aleppo area were hit the same day, also in air strikes carried out by the Bashar al-Assad government, according to the New York Times. An Al Jazeera military analyst stated it is standard procedure, in these kinds of wars against insurgents, to hit vital civilian facilities, in order to terrorize and drive out the civilian population and isolate opposition fighters. But such acts are supposedly illegal under international law, specifically the Geneva Conventions that define the "rules of war."

In short, the attack on the al-Quds hospital was criminal, a war crime to be unequivocally condemned and the people behind it brought to justice. Few would believe it was an accident, because it fit an established pattern and served identifiable goals.

Yet what about the US attack on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last October? Cannon fire and strafing killed 42 people, including three children and 14 medical staff, and injured dozens more. Patients burned alive in their beds. Surviving medics had to operate on the wounded, including each other, on a desktop standing amid the rubble.

The US refused to allow an independent international body established by the Geneva Conventions to investigate. Instead, the Pentagon investigated itself, concluding, in a report released 29 April 2016 that the "tragic strike" was "unintentional", caused by a series of human errors and "equipment failures".

These are the undisputed facts about the Kunduz hospital attack:
- The medical NGO had given the US armed forces the precise coordinates of the hospital's location long before the attack.
- A minute before the AC-130 gunship took off from the Bagram base, headquarters for US forces in Afghanistan, crew members gave their superiors the coordinates of the target they intended to strike – the hospital.
- The aircraft flew low enough over the hospital to see it. It was marked by MSF banners and a prominent hospital logo on the roof.
- About eleven minutes after the gunship began firing shells and strafing the hospital, MSF began calling Afghan and US military and civilian officials to halt the attack. The head of the US Central Command said in a 29 April news conference that the order to stop the assault was given 19 minutes later, or about a half hour after it began. But according to MSF, the aircraft's cannons pounded the building for more than an hour. Machine gun fire hit people trying to flee the burning building.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, as MSF spokespeople pressed hard on the US government for an explanation, the Pentagon had little to say. They let stand an Afghan government claim that Taliban fighters had taken over the hospital and were using it as a base against attacking government forces. There was an implication – and still is, in the latest Pentagon report – that the gunship was defending American soldiers, or at least that the US military thought that was the case. There were, it turns out, no US ground troops in the area, and no arms in the hospital, although the medical staff quite correctly refuses to distinguish among those who come for help. But even if the military's alleged fears were true, and even if they attacked the hospital by mistake, MSF has clearly stated that the intense and prolonged attack was on a densely populated area and should never have taken place no matter what.

Citing the haste with which the aircraft took off, the failure of communications and targeting systems and the crew's disorientation, the US announced it would include reprimands in the files of unnamed soldiers and officers, but that there would be no courts-martial because no crime was committed – not murder (premeditated killing), not manslaughter (killing without seeking to do so) and not even criminal negligence. A driver whose headlights failed and became disoriented and then, instead of stopping, ran into a school bus would not get off so lightly. In short, as MSF points out, the US is saying that such things are the inevitable cost of war, just collateral damage.

This conclusion is more than an exoneration for the solders and officers involved, which would be bad enough. It is a self-exoneration of the whole US military chain of command and the government headed by that military's commander in chief, Barack Obama.

It is a "rule of war" that commanders are responsible for the actions of their troops. What's more, Obama, through his silence in public and his obvious, if never publicly spoken, approval of the Pentagon cover-up, could be held criminally responsible before and after the fact, if the same rules were applied to the US as to countries and armies the US and its allies and friends have defeated, from Germany and Japan in World War 2 to Serbia and African countries today.

But the "cost of war" point has to be addressed. Is this war itself right or wrong? This the basic question. Underlying the Pentagon's argument's is the claim that because it is right for the US to wage this war, its cost has to be accepted. MSF and other volunteers don't address the question, and yet it is the heart of the matter.

What is the US fighting for in Afghanistan? The US supported Islamists when that seemed to suit American interests (grabbing Afghanistan from its Soviet rivals). Then the US gave the Pakistani secret services the green light to bring the Taliban to power, although that turned out to be problematic for the US. Now Washington is sending troops and gunships to save the Kabul government – the Islamist government it installed – from other Islamists.

When the US first invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the pretext was to protect "American lives" from Islamic fundamentalist attacks and "liberate" the Afghan people. What we have seen since then is that Western invasions, occupations and other crimes provide the conditions for Islamism to flourish. Further, the idea that "American lives" are worth more than those of anyone else, including children murdered by US forces and /or US-supplied weapons and munitions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine and elsewhere, is a keystone in the imperialist ideology that justifies such crimes and turns ordinary people into accomplices.

Why is Obama presiding over the bombing of hospitals? To defend his "legacy", as the man behind the "surge" that saw Afghanistan overrun by US troops – and that breathed new life into the Taliban, the president who still keeps 10,000 US soldiers and 3,000 other Nato troops there today? If Obama ever intended to end that war, or US aggression in general, as some people fooled themselves into believing, why the surge, and why the continuing insistence that US troops cannot leave until American interests are secured?

The purpose of a war determines the way it is fought. A war of liberation has to rally the people; it has nothing to rely on but the active participation of increasing numbers of the masses of people. Not only would it not target civilians, it would fight in a way meant to minimize harm to the people whose interests it serves, even at risk to its own forces. A reactionary war such as that waged by the US-led occupiers in Afghanistan – and the Islamist opposition – necessarily takes all Afghans as potential targets because the interests behind it are completely opposed to the interests of the people.

The Kunduz hospital attack, and the continuing occupation it serves, are driven by the same geopolitical interests that led the US to invade Afghanistan in the first place: to dominate a key region and keep out its rivals. These crimes are part of trying to hold on to global domination in a worldwide system of exploitation and oppression presided over by the political representatives of finance capital headquartered in a handful of countries.

Heroic volunteers are going to have to try to save children and other civilians burned alive again and again, until that imperialist system is brought down.
 

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

May Day event held in Wichita, KS

We had a small but enthusiastic gathering for May Day 2016. I gave a history of May Day, with the fight for an eight hour work week, in 1886. The whole world was supporting that effort. There was also the Haymarket affair, with a riot and bombing, in which four people were sentenced to death for giving speeches during the bombing.
Janice Bradley pointed out this it was struggles like this where Americans actually fight for our freedom.
"When the military says they are fighting for our freedom that is the biggest crock," she said.

Members of the group recalled a big May Day celebration with Mexican Americans, focusing on immigrant reforms, a few years ago, where the numbers were huge. 
Out May Day event was held at the Peace and Social Justice center in Wichita.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

INTERNATIONAL DECLARATION FOR MAY DAY 2016 Proletarians of all countries, unite!



Communiqué INTERNATIONAL DECLARATION FOR MAY DAY 2016 Proletarians of all countries, unite!

Long live the 50th anniversary of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution! Long live the Proletarian World Revolution! Long live Maoism!


On this Mayday we call upon the proletariat and oppressed peoples of the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR) in China.
In the GPCR, as a great strategic beacon, the Mao Zedong Thought was intensely spread and Chairman Mao became the recognized leader of the world revolution and the one who brought forward a new stage of Marxism-Leninism: Maoism.
Five decades after Chairman Mao affirmed that “imperialists and all reactionaries are paper tigers” imperialism has descended further into its prolonged and deep crisis; in a world evermore ridden from storms the conditions to advance the revolution are increasingly favourable.
In the current phase of imperialism, the brutal concentration and centralization of capital reaches even more sharp levels. Today, 1% of the world population have more riches than the rest of the world’s population all together. With the ever-greater concentration of capital in the last five years the wealth of the 62 richest people in the world rose by 45% while the wealth of “the poorest half” felt by more than 38%.
This “poorest half” is in its absolute majority situated in the oppressed countries, 33% in India alone. This big bourgeoisie are increasingly concentrated in the hegemonic superpower: five years ago, 41% of the owners of most of the world’s wealth lived in the USA… and they are now 46%.
 Due to the increasing centralization of capital, for the first time since 1999 the USA will account for over 50% of the amounts transacted in monopoly-related transactions worldwide.
At the opposite pole, around the world there are at least 800 million people living in extreme poverty. This poverty is expressed most acutely in semi-feudal countries; 75% of the global masses living in extreme poverty are poor peasants. About 750 millions have no access to clean water and 25% have no access to electricity.
Hundreds of millions of people are being brutalized by imperialist wars, forced displacements, epidemics, starvation, and brutal unemployment—even in countries like Greece the youth unemployment is above 50%.
Imperialism, mainly Yankee imperialism, develops its imperialist wars of plunder and pillage against the dominated countries, mainly in the Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, is the main part of the booty of the current imperialist re-partition, in which Yankee imperialism strives to deepen and consolidate its condition as sole hegemonic superpower status while the Russian imperialism strives to maintain their spheres of influence and its condition of being an atomic superpower.

As well as imperialist China strives for a stronger repartition and so thereby, they are getting increasingly in contradiction with the Yankee imperialism, the sole hegemonic power. Between imperialist countries of Europe the struggle for hegemony (mainly between Germany and France) is not yet decided; this brings their leading powers into distress towards the other imperialists.
The imperialist coalition led by the USA, in dispute with Russia results in collusion to divide and rule the Syrian nation and the whole subcontinent (as recent agreements between Lavrov and Kerry shows); it is promoting all kinds of massacres and genocides in the name of war on “terror.” For this they are launching smokescreens, putting peoples against peoples to divide the anti-imperialist front.
After more than five years of imperialist aggression in Syria there are over 470 000 dead, nearly 2 million people injured. In five years the country’s average life expectancy has fallen from 70 years to 55.4. These numbers add up to no less than 5,350 people who died trying to migrate in 2015.
The sharpening of our epochs main contradiction—the contradiction between oppressed nations and imperialism—sharpens all the other contradictions, such as the contradiction of inter-imperialist rivalry and the contradiction between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie in the imperialist countries.
The passing of Russia into an active role in the war in Syria is a part of its struggle to defend its interests in Syria and Ukraine.
As part of inter-imperialist dispute for dominance of the region, the lackey governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia are making all sorts of provocations encouraging Yankee imperialism to devastate the region even more, and to isolate and defeat Iran even more—as the episode of the recent decapitation of Shiite leaders shows.

The inter-imperialist dispute cannot result in any benefit for the masses but instead it will deepen the colonial and semi-colonial domination as we are witnessing in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.
Hence, regarding the struggle of the Kurdish people against the domination of the Turkish State and Middle Eastern countries, we reaffirm that only the New Democratic Revolution, through the People’s War lead absolutely by Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties, can achieve the liberation of their people and ensure the national minorities their un renounceable right to self-determination—even their right to complete separation.
Large waves of immigrants and refugees are coming to the European imperialist countries, shaken by crisis, as result of the imperialist war, in which these European imperialist countries participate, and the misery and despair in which the oppressed peoples of the Middle East, Asia and Africa are subjected. To this you have to add the massive unemployment on the continent, especially among youth.
These migratory waves are part of the imperialist plunder, because the imperialists need to incorporate every year hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers to keep their economy going in face of the “population deficit” in the imperialist countries themselves.
Germany needs to incorporate annually 500,000 immigrants in its economy until the year 2060. But these same imperialists propagate the “immigrant threat” to boost imperialist chauvinism among the population, promoting fascism to separate the bulk of the proletariat from the migrant proletarians and create public opinion for the war against the peoples and wars of imperialist aggression.

The contradiction between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie sharpens, in the form of the contradiction between the masses and the imperialist governments and states. Additionally the imperialist war is “brought back home.”
With the attacks in Paris and Brussels, the European imperialist bourgeoisies, starting with the French one, pay the cost for their active participation in the war of plunder in Syria, the imperialist interventions in Libya, Mali, etc.
While they extend imperialist war of domination abroad, internally they wage war on the poorer masses of their countries. Imperialism uses war as a mean to solve all sorts of problems. In the name of the “war on terrorism,” they impose the Emergency State, repression and militarization of the whole society, reactionary campaigns of racism and xenophobia against immigrants’ neighbourhoods.
With the policy of “adjustments and new labor laws” they continue suppressing the long time conquered rights by the proletariat and increasing the exploitation of wage labor. Millions of workers, especially young people, took to the streets in powerful protests in France and other European countries.
The proletariat, the masses, led by communists, must organize the proletarian and mass resistance against the internal war and resolutely undertake the preparations to turn the imperialist wars into revolutionary wars.
To do so from the belly of the imperialist beast, communists are constructing new Maoist Communist Parties, making efforts to merge with the deepest masses of the proletariat, to win ideological hegemony in the revolutionary movement in order to, in front of all non-proletarian ideologies, mobilize, politicize and organize the most exploited sections of the working class and the poorest masses, to prepare and carry out through actions the beginning and development of the People’s War.
The countries oppressed by imperialism are the storm centres and base of the world revolution. In India, the Philippines, Turkey and Peru, the masses and the peasants, the main force of the New Democratic Revolution, rise up through Agrarian Revolution to defend their lands and defeat the displacement plans from the countryside carried out by bureaucratic capitalism engendered by imperialism.

In India, the People’s War developed by the CPI (Maoist) has survived the encirclement and annihilation campaigns of the enemy, imposing defeats on imperialism and all reaction, and it is a great example for the masses of the whole world regarding the way forward.
Hundreds of millions of peasants joining the masses of Indian workers—raised up in People’s War under the direction of CPI (Maoist)—add great strength for the world proletariat.
The old Indian state, headed by the reactionary Modi clique, promotes the massacre of Adivasi peasants, mass arrests in the countryside and in the cities, and the persecution of revolutionary leaders and democratic personalities as part of the war on the people in a desperate attempt to stop the revolution. Thus the Indian reactionaries are revealing the true character of the government and the Indian state and its fake democracy.
By developing the People’s War and joining the national liberation struggles of the New Democratic Revolution, the CPI (Maoist) is preventing the division of the masses. They are defeating the new revisionism; they are an example for the International Communist Movement.

As part of the unequally development of the revolutionary situation in the world, the bankruptcy of the opportunist governments in Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, etc. is part of the crisis of electoral revisionism and opens great possibilities for the revolutionary proletarian movement.
In Brazil, the deep political and economic crisis of bureaucratic capitalism shattered the official propaganda that sought to present Brazil as a new “rising power” (“BRICS” as a new perspective to the world, etc.).
In the midst of the economic crisis, traditional and new political parties, representing different class fractions, pitted an endless struggle to see who stays on top of the old bureaucratic state machine.
And although the bankruptcy of the opportunist aroused an anti-communist new wave, the peasant uprisings, united with the struggles in the cities, promise to shake up the entire old order and raise the class struggle to new levels.
These facts unmask the new revisionism of PCPMOVADEF/PCPMLM in Peru, of Prachanda and Avakian that want to deny the validity of the analyses of Lenin and Mao, separating the two great currents of the International Communist Movement: the national liberation struggles of the oppressed peoples and the proletarian revolution, whose unity is guaranteed by the Communist Parties.
More than ever the urgent task of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist movement is to fight the current state of dispersion in the International Communist Movement, struggling for a Unified International Conference of Parties and Organizations that are Marxist-Leninist-Maoist.
Pursuing this task will serve to establish, through the line struggle, new levels of coordination between Maoist forces around the world that will trigger new Peoples War’s and enhance the anti-imperialist movement under the hegemony of the revolutionary proletariat.

Celebrate 50 years of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution!

Developed and led by Chairman Mao Zedong, the GCPR was the most advanced stage, the highest level of the Proletarian World Revolution. It put forward and solved the problem of how to lead the class struggle under the conditions of the dictatorship of the proletariat, how to continue the revolution under socialism and move society to Communism after the ascent and success of capitalist restoration in USSR (1956); and for 10 years it prevented the capitalist restoration in China.
The GPCR, mobilizing hundreds of millions of masses in defence of the dictatorship of the proletariat, was the most shattering and overwhelming blow to bourgeois ideology, politics and culture, arming the international proletariat with Mao Zedong Thought, which turned into Maoism.
Chairman Mao Zedong established that to struggle against power holders who take the capitalist road is the immediate task of the GPCR, however, that its fundamental task is to solve the problem of world outlook; the question is to eradicating the roots of revisionism.
Therefore we must grasp the shining GPCR and its teachings underneath the change of ideology and in this sense fully assuming Maoism as the key issue for the class to take power, supported by a people’s army capable of defending the New State supported by immense masses.
Fifty years after the initiation of the GPCR the powerful East wind is continuing blowing to sweep away imperialism from the earth. The glorious People’s Wars of India, Peru, the Philippines and Turkey threaten to set the entire prairie on fire. These People’s Wars, despite a thousand difficulties, are proving that the imperialist bandits are the real terrorists, the popular masses are the real heroic builders of a new world, that imperialism and all reactionaries are paper tigers, and that the masses are almighty.
On this Mayday, amidst a world evermore stormy and challenging, to celebrate the GCPR is to continue swimming against the current, challenging wind and tide in deep ideological and political struggles to uphold Maoism in the struggle of the international proletariat to conquer power.
The Communists around the world must assume their role with acts of war against imperialism so as to place Maoism in command and as guide for the new great wave of world proletarian revolution and sweeping imperialism off the face of the earth!
We celebrate the beginning of the struggle to put Maoism as commander and guide of the proletarian world revolution to sweep away imperialism from face of the earth, a challenge that requires to resolve the pending and delayed task of constitution and reconstitution of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist Parties throughout the world so as to trigger the People’s War in as many countries as possible.

Down with imperialist war, long live the People’s War!

For an International Unified Maoist Conference and a new Maoist International Centre!

Imperialism and all reactionaries are paper tigers!


1st of May 2016

LIST OF SIGNATORIES:

Collective of Iranian Maoists
Committee for Building the Maoist Communist Party, Galicia, Spanish state
Committees for the Founding of the (Maoist) Communist Party, Austria
Communist Nucleus Nepal
Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan
Communist Movement of Serbia
Communist Party of Brazil Red Fraction – CPB (RF)
Communist Party of Ecuador Red Sun – CPE (RS)
Communist Party of India (Maoist)*
Communist Party of Turkey / Marxist-Leninist – TKP/M-L*
Democracy and Class Struggle, British State
Klassenstandpunkt, Class Position, Editorial Staff, Germany
Maoist Communist Group USA
Maoist Communist Movement Tunisia
Maoist Communist Party – France
Maoist Communist Party – Italy
Maoist Communist Party Manipur
Maoist Group Shouresh – Iran (MGS)*
Maoist Organization for the Reconstitution of Communist Party of Colombia
Maoist Revolutionary League – Sri Lanka
Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Party Construction Committee (Germany) MLM-PAK
Network of Communist Blogs
Peru People’s Movement (Committee for Reorganizing)
Red Fraction of Communist Party of Chile
Revolutionary Communist Party (PCR-RCP Canada)
Revolutionary People’s Front of Bolivia MLM
Serve the People – Communist League of Norway
Servir le Peuple – Sheisau Sorelh – Occitany – French state
Workers Voice – Malaysia
* Because of difficulties of communication, still waiting for official signature


All Out for May Day! Stand up, fight back on International Workers Day 2016

May Day is our day. It is International Workers Day. It is a day that is all about us, working and oppressed people, and our fight for a better life. The wealthy, the powerful billionaire class that rules this country, wallow in luxury 365 days a year. On May Day, we say, "Enough!" We are tired of being held down, pushed around and sold out. We cannot accept things the way they are.
In every region of the globe, from the streets of Europe to the countryside of Latin America, from the Philippines to Palestine and in the U.S., working people will come together on May 1. We urge everyone to help organize and participate in the many events marking May Day across the country.
The origins of May Day are in the class struggle right here in the U.S. In 1886, a powerful fight for the eight-hour day arose. A call was issued for a general strike, and in Chicago many responded. On May 4 a clash took place at Haymarket Square. This was used as a pretext to hang four revolutionary labor leaders. In subsequent years, the tradition of workers standing up on May Day to advance our cause was born.
During the Cold War, the ruling class attacked everything progressive - and they went so far as to rename May Day 'Law Day.' But you can't keep a good thing down. In 2006, a great upsurge, the mega-marches for immigrant rights, revived May Day.
Over the past year there has been a real upsurge in the people's struggle and in the year ahead everything possible should be done to add fuel to the fire. On April 18, thousands marched on the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. in support of Deferred Action - a measure that provides relief from deportation for millions of undocumented people. In the coming year, the struggle to obtain legalization for all will be one of the key battles.
In cities across the U.S., particularly in African American communities, hundreds of thousands have marched and participated in militant protests against the epidemic of police killings and violence. There is no doubt that this storm of struggle will grow in intensity and that more will follow the example of Chicago in fighting for community control of the police.
This country is one big prison house for the oppressed. The African American, Chicano and Hawaiian nations are held in chains. Racist discrimination, along with national oppression is visited upon all oppressed nationalities, including Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders. Oppressed nations need liberation and self-determination and all oppressed peoples need full equality.
Workers are on the move. The fight of the 40,000 Verizon workers on the east coast is a testament to this. Another example for the entire labor movement is the courage and determination displayed by the Chicago Teachers Union. Then there is the heroic Kohler strike in Sheboygan to defeat the two-tier wage system - it shines like a Wisconsin lighthouse, in a state with massive battles against anti-union 'right to work' laws. In an unequal fight, the working class of Wisconsin has time and again resisted anti-labor legislation and, in those battles, a militant organization of the trade unionists has been born - the United Workers Organization.
The capitalist system is an evil system. At its core is exploitation of the many for the benefit of the few. The political representatives of the wealthy such as Trump or Clinton have nothing to offer us but more of the same. Trump, a right-wing populist, is an open advocate of racism and reaction. The Chicago students who shut down his campaign event did the right thing. Trump should be confronted and shutdown where ever he goes.
America's rulers have built an empire of injustice that spans the globe. Those who are fighting back - in the Philippines, the Middle East or anywhere else - deserve our support. In the billionaire class, which includes the rich bankers who are robbing people at home and abroad, we find that we in the U.S. have the same enemy as people around the world. On May Day, international solidarity needs to be front and center. So does the fight against repression.
Over the last five years the FBI and so-called Justice Department have lashed out at anti-war and international solidarity activists. They tried to imprison veteran Chicano leader Carlos Montes on the flimsiest of pretexts. Now they are going after longtime Palestinian leader Rasmea Odeh. We must stand with her and anyone else facing political repression.
The capitalist system, and those who stand at its apex, give working people a million reasons to hate it. We look around this country - at dangerous clowns like Trump, unemployment, crummy jobs and endless wars and know that we can do better than this. Capitalism is a failed system. It can and will be abolished and replaced with socialism - the system where the political and economic power of the country is in the hands of working people.

Long Live May Day! Long Live International Workers Day!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Come and celebrate worker’s solidarity in Wichita KS—May Day 2016

May Day is the holiday that working people around the world celebrate international worker’s solidarity. The US is one of the few countries that do not celebrate this with a legal holiday. The US government moved our Labor Day to September, many years ago, hoping to kill its meaning. Although most Americans no longer celebrate this holiday, many of us still do. And for those of us who do celebrate it, we celebrate the struggle for working people to liberate themselves through revolution.
In Wichita KS we don’t have a lot of Marxist people. So those of us who are Marxist must band together with those who share our solidarity with working people and their struggles for human dignity. This year as every year we band together with Marxists, anarchists, democratic socialists and peace activists.  
We realize that Labor Day is supposed to be a day set aside to honor the struggle for worker’s rights, including the hard earned fight for an eight hour work day, an end to child labor, a five day work week and the right to organize ourselves into labor unions. The US right-wing has worked hard to reverse most of these gains and this is one day we can come together and support our rights as workers.

 This celebration will be at the Peace and Social Justice Center, May 1st, 5:30pm, at 1407 N Topeka St, Wichita, KS 67214, (316) 263-5886. 
Come and bring a dish. Or just come and join in.

-សតិវអតុ


 

Brazil- TWO MORE FARMERS ARE MURDERED IN BURITIS

Translated from Portuguese by Google;

The brothers Nivaldo Batista Lamb and Jesser Baptist Lamb were cowardly murdered on 24/04/2016.
Their bodies were found floating in the river Candeias five kilometers distance from the place where they were addressed.
Nivaldo left wife and four small children.
The motorcycle they were traveling was bloodstained. This suggests that they were shot on the road while traveling and their bodies loaded and played in Rio Candeias.
Both were camped in the area on May 10, and had received death threats Laird Caubi Moreira Quito, which on several occasions said it would kill all "without ancient land" camp.
On 29 December 2014 the Caubi propio in testimony taken to delegate Renato Morari, Ariquemes, which had hired 10 PM`s Buritis to the armed security of your farm.
Buritis Military police have made several attempts to repossession in the area on May 10 without a court order.
This crime have all the characteristics of crimes committed by police officers. The camponeseses house left on Sunday morning, in broad daylight, on a very busy road. They were murdered in one place and their bodies found in another. Gunmen would not have to do such an operation without drawing attention.
Local residents reported seeing the PM Commander of Ji-Parana, Braguim, making blitz in the vicinity; other farmers area May 10 reported being chased by helicopter where he was the PM Braguim who sadistically seemed to be playing the game with the helicopter scaring the peasants.
These crimes are further proof that the state policy for the serious agrarian peasant question are the murders of peasants and their leaders, as well as covering up the illegal occupation of land by large landowners.
As always sold the press says nothing about the crimes of banditry against the peasants.
Farmers are accumulating revolt due to another cowardly action of state agents in collusion with the armed groups of large landholders.
This crime will not go unpunished, the peasants will not give up fighting for the land, not with all the terror perpetrated by the state and gunmen landlordism.
Fellow Jesser, present in the fight!
Companion Nivaldo, present in the fight!

Long live the struggle for land!
Land for those who live and work.
League of Poor Peasants of Rondonia and Amazon Western!

Committee of residents of the area 10 May.



Origional:


Os irmaos Nivaldo Batista Cordeiro e Jesser Batista Cordeiro foram covardemente assassinados no dia 24-04-2016.
Seus corpos foram encontrados boiando no rio Candeias a cinco kilometros de distancia do lugar em que foram abordados.
Nivaldo deixou esposa e quatro filhos pequenos.
A moto em que viajavam estava suja de sangue. Isso leva a crer que eles foram baleados na estrada enquanto viajavam e seus corpos carregados e jogados no Rio Candeias.
Ambos eram acampados na Área 10 de maio, e haviam recebidos ameaças de morte do latifundiario Caubi Moreira Quito, que em várias ocasiões afirmou que iria matar todos os “sem terra antigos” do Acampamento. 
No dia 29 de dezembro de 2014 o própio Caubi em depoimento assumiu ao delegado Renato Morari, de Ariquemes, que havia contratado 10 PM`s de Buritis para fazer a segurança armada de sua fazenda.
Policiais Militares de Buritis fizeram diversas tentativas de reintegraçâo de posse na Área 10 de Maio sem ordem judicial.
Esse crime têm todas as caracteristicas dos crimes praticados por policiais. Os camponeseses sairam de casa no domingo cedo, à luz do dia, em uma estrada muito movimentada.  Foram assassinados em um lugar e seus corpos encontrados em outro. Pistoleiros não teriam como fazer tal operação sem chamar a atenção.
Moradores da região informaram ter visto o Comandante da PM de Ji-Paraná, Braguim, fazendo blitz nas imediações; outros camponeses da Área 10 de Maio relataram terem sido perseguidos pelo helicóptero onde estava o PM Braguim, que sadicamente parecia estar brincando de videogame com o helicóptero amedrontando os camponeses.
Estes crimes são mais uma prova que a política do Estado para a grave questão agrário-camponesa são os assassinatos de camponeses e suas lideranças, bem como acobertar a grilagem de terras pelos latifundiarios.
Como sempre a imprensa vendida nada diz sobre os crimes da pistolagem contra os camponeses.
Os camponeses estão acumulando revolta devido a mais uma ação covarde de agentes do Estado em conluio com os bandos armados dos latifundiarios.
Esse crime não ficará impune, os camponeses não vão desistir de lutar pela terra, nem com todo o terror perpetrado pelo Estado e pela pistolagem do latifúndio.
Companheiro Jesser, presente na luta!
Companheiro Nivaldo, presente na luta!
Viva a luta pela terra!
Terra para quem nela vive e trabalha.
Liga dos Camponeses Pobres de Rondonia e Amazonia Ocidental !
Comissao de moradores da Área 10 de Maio.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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


At times a Marxist must look ahead with some new and modern ideas. One such an idea is in moving away from a growth economy to a maintenance economy. Many political activists call it simply the “no growth economy.”
While intellectuals have heard of it, for many common citizens is totally over their heads. I ran as a local town councilmember and I called for a "controlled growth economy" over the traditional "growth economy." I'm sure that those who read it were scratching their heads and wondering: "WHAT!"
It is time to bring about the debate over a maintenance economy vs. growth. To most people abandoning a growth economy seems insane. Who ever heard of such a thing? How can a local economy be healthy without growth?
And yet this debate rose up during the rise of the Green Party of Germany, in the late 1970s, with discussions on “Sustainable Living.”
The reasons to abandon growth based economies are really simple. Growth requires resources that have to expand, and keep expanding in order to work. That means more power (gasoline, electricity) more land, more building of structures, more water, more sewer, more roads, vehicles and everything else we need to live. It can't remain stable, it has to grow. The problem is that all these resources will run out eventually. And that day is probably sooner than most people realize.
One thing that needs to be looked at is population growth. For many Americans putting the breaks on population is the equivalent to devil worship. Many Christians will quote the Bible; "As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it." In Kansas and other parts of the Bible Belt people take that book seriously and would never hear of challenging it. But for those people who believe that science has a place in our lives, it is time to challenge the idea of unlimited population growth. Once again, we must consider all the resources needed for a growing population, including homes, food and jobs.
There are a few people who will argue that this issue has nothing to do with Marxism. I really don't care if it does. We have to share the world and if we grow beyond our means we will die out as a species, or we will end up in a barbaric war over simple resources. In some ways we see that through today’s imperialism. Much of our so called “terrorism problem” stems from the lack of basic needs of people in less developed third world countries. So I don't care what Karl Marx had to say about this. No growth is what we need. It is a lot like blowing up a balloon. If seeing the balloon get bigger all the time is the point of having it, eventually it will pop. There is no way I can keep putting air in a balloon indefinitely. That idea defies simple scientific logic.
The debate has already begun. For example from Population Matters

"On 19 April, an audience gathered in the House of Commons for the launch event of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth.
Speaking first, Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion and chair of the new APPG, discussed the group’s aim of bringing discussion of limits on economic growth into the political mainstream by hosting debates, generating new policy ideas for a post-growth economy, and commissioning new secondary research.
In essence, this is meant to be an insurgent think tank within Westminster.
Ms. Lucas emphasized the political challenge of convincing other politicians, and the public, who are so accustomed to promises of growth, that we as a society have enough already.  Beyond a certain level of prosperity, economic growth does not lead to greater societal or personal wellbeing. Moreover, economic growth is becoming uneconomic on its own terms, she argued, in that the cost of repairing its social and environmental side-effects, such as climate change, is greater than the primary value growth delivers.
Ms. Lucas argued that efficiency improvements alone will not be sufficient to cope with increasing consumption alongside a growing population; the economy needs to stabilize and maybe even contract."

So the idea is getting around. It is still in the discussion stage. “No growth” is among the many ideas that the capitalist system, and all of its industrial leaders, politicians and pundits are working hard to suppress. An example of that is the present day capitalist thinkers the Koch Brothers, David and Charles. They funded a massive climate denial machine to help keep them and other industrialists from having to spend their money on changing the way they do business. Surely as educated as they are they realize that climate change is real. But, as I have often heard people say; "Why worry about that? You will be dead long before that becomes a problem." And there is a clear connection between a no growth economy and cleaning up the environment. Both issues include painfully needed changes in the way the economy works. Both may lead to smaller profits in the short run. However, without changes our economy eventually implodes and humanity is doomed. And some of us do care what happens to the people who live hundreds of years into the future after we are gone.
As long as we adopt a sustainable world, let’s adopt a fair one. Let’s not have $billionaires and wealthy people getting everything they want in and above abundance while others settle for a few crumbs or even less that what they need. There is no excuse of the US, the wealthiest country in the world, using its empire to make sure its people have all the best, and yet we have people going without health care and dying from that.
We need a FAIR sustainable future for all of humanity.

-សតិវ​អតុ

Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea- A Small Nation Standing Up To US Imperialism

President Barack Obama has turned down another opportunity to talk over (DPRK or Democratic People’s Republic of) North Korea’s nuclear weapons. According to News Week:

U.S. President Barack Obama has dismissed a sudden North Korean proposal to suspend its nuclear tests, if the U.S. abandons its military exercises in the region. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Obama said that he wasn’t taking the offer seriously and that North Korea would “have to do better than that.” The country’s foreign minister, Ri Su-yong, suggested the plan on Saturday.

Once again we see the brazen hypocrisy of Prez. Obama as he turns down an opportunity for peace with North Korea. He and the US Empire seem determined to undermine and destroy the sovereign nation. The US and its “free enterprise” empire have shown no tolerance of any nation that does not conform economically. That is why the following article is so appropriate. -សតិវ​អតុ


-Ned K.

North Korea is a small country compared to the USA and by population about half the size of South Korea. South Korea hosts US troops and large military bases. 

North Korea is called 'the hermit kingdom" because it does not embrace the imperialist 'free trade' in goods and services. It is fiercely independent and there is little information about how its political system works but much criticism from the West that it is essentially run like a feudal monarchy. There may be some truth in this with one family dominating for decades in the leadership positions of government.

Despite its faults, there are some things its leadership says that make sense, especially regarding relations between North Korea and the USA. The North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong visited New York this month to attend a UN meeting on sustainable development. The US restricted his movements in New York due to the firing of a ballistic missile test off the coast of North Korea.
Minister Ri did not kowtow in response. 

He said, "If they believe they can actually frustrate us with sanctions, they are totally mistaken...A country as small as the DPRK cannot actually be a threat to the US or to the world. How great would it be if the world were to say to the US and the American government not to conduct any more military exercises in the Korean peninsula. But there is not a single country that is saying this to the US. These big countries alone or together are telling us that we should calm down For us, this is like a sentence, that we should accept our death and refuse our right to sovereignty."

Minister Ri said that the US drove North Korea to develop nuclear weapons as an act of self-defence. He added that North Korea saw the increased military exercises between South Korea and the US as preparation for an invasion of North Korea.

Such a move would be a disaster for the Korean people in the South and the North, not to mention the people of the world.

The Australian government and the Labor Party both support the growing US military presence in Australia, using Australia as a launching pad for aggression in the Asia Pacific region to our north. 
On Anzac Day it is worth asking the question as an election approaches, do the Australian people want the country to be used for this purpose and possibly see Australian military personnel die in yet another war far away from our shores in the interests of a foreign imperialist power? 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BOLIVIA- FOR A RED FIRST OF MAY AND FIGHTERS OF CLASSISM!


More comments for this May Day, 2016. A Google Translation;

Monday, April 25, 2016


Bolivian Communists who hoisted the red flag with the hammer and sickle in the top of the Andean peaks of our country, armed with the powerful ideology of the proletariat, Marxism-Leninism, under the leadership and guidance of the great masters of the revolution worldwide, without compromising with the false revolutionary populism, nor revisionism, standing salute militantly international day of the proletariat, with the right fist raised, with unwavering firmness of our principles, determined to take heaven by assault always all with the masses and the masses, the masses make history and directs the Party for scientific socialism to the glittering society of communism.

We live in the era of inter contradiction between the decadent imperialist powers (US and EU) and emerging (Russia and China) to world hegemony claiming a new order are disputed, and colluding to seize and exploit the natural resources of people and third world nations, under new conditions imposed by the correlation of forces imperialist wars through local, regional and even with the clear trend towards the third world war.

The other contradiction of the time, is still the oppression of peoples and nations of the Third World, by imperialism, mainly Yankee imperialism. Bolivia as a capitalist country, dependent and backward third world, remains an oppressed and semicolonial nation, although the present rulers say being built community socialism, the truth is that they are playing capitalism in its Andean version, using our complex social economic formation (society), where the capitalist mode of production, remains the principal and subordinating other social relations of production of pre-capitalist character (for populist rulers, this reality corresponds to the model of plural economy, which in reality is no more Andean capitalism).

In our country, the contradiction is the Plurinational State against the oppressed nations and nationalities, which the new plurijurídico order (as above) denies them the right to self-determination and only recognizes them free reactionary determination ethno-cultural character; and the fundamental contradiction in our society, remains among the bourgeoisie (the old and the new bourgeoisie) against workers contradiction that pachamamista and postmodernist view denies and hides, with the illusory idea that all "are brothers" and that there are no longer patterns, but "partners" and the absurd idea of ​​complementarity and harmony of opposites.

Hoisted the red flag with the hammer and sickle, swore that never arriaremos, however difficult and complex the class struggle; we will not fall to new currents and ideological tendencies towards bourgeois postmodernism in vogue, assembled in the universities of the Western world, NGOs and Foundations to serve the international financial capital, whose purpose is to divide workers peasants divide people and oppressed nations, to divide the household between patriarchy and matriarchy, divide the population between indigenous and non-indigenous, among k "yt sake" sake, between mestizos and non-mestizos, and the most absurd of intercultural and not intercultural ... fragmenting politically and legally to the "National States" to become easy prey to the multinationals, NGOs and Foundations ravenous our natural resources.

We support the struggle of the workers and community, parcelarios, poor and landless peasants; the struggle of oppressed peoples and nations of our country, for whom the old Bolivian state now as Plurinational State, claims to represent and govern, when in fact it does for all factions of the bourgeoisie (old and new bourgeoisies) and transnational, ignoring the "red October agenda 2003", refusing to abrogate the DS 21060, the INRA Law and other laws neolibeales, refusing to nationalize the San Cristobal mine, and populist MAS traveling to the US to Yankee transnational plunder our natural resources, etc. etc.

In spite of the difficult situation for the communists and revolutionaries, we show firmness unitary vocation revolutionary forces not capitulated to the false revolutionaries MAS populism and revisionism, which in fact defend the interests of the new bourgeoisie and the old bourgeoisie chicanery that "we must deepen the process" or that "we can change from within" and other absurdities, as vulgar militants decay, degeneration, decay and perversion of MAS populism in his desfreno to stay in the pleasant old state power with ultra-revolutionary bourgeois but ultraconservative discourse in practice.

Maintain the strong conviction of unity of the popular and revolutionary camp, the need of the Party of new type, program and Front. Therefore, overcoming difficulties, we were able to realize the merger of the Reconstruction Committee of the Communist Party of Bolivia and the Revolutionary Communist Party, constituting COMMUNIST PARTY OF BOLIVIA-REVOLUTIONARY (PCB-R), policy workers vanguard and our people, forge where they will tune with Marxism-Leninism, the powerful ideology of the proletariat, future cadres, leaders and commanders of the Bolivian revolution. Marxism-Leninism is science, revolutionary theory and ideology of workers is not based on subjectivities, fantasies and myths, nor inconsequential speculations of postmodernism and its confounding variables in the service of reaction and imperialism.

We support the struggle of oppressed peoples and nations of the Third World against imperialism, mainly Yankee imperialism; we support the struggle of the workers of the world against the local bourgeoisie and imperialism; We support and solidarity with the struggle of the liberation movements of the peoples and nations of the Third World; support and solidarity with the wars of liberation and people's wars of organizations and fraternal Parties, while respecting their political determinations, being the ones who know and know the reality of their countries and their peoples.

In this Red May and classist fight, we reaffirm our struggle against imperialism, reaction, revisionism and against populism that blocks the class struggle of workers revolutionist fascistic rhetoric and corporate unionism; fight for the political project of a new democratic state, Popular Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist and, by the Democratic Revolution and the Revolution of Scientific Socialism. Convinced we are to come new revolutionary waves of Third World countries, that inter contradiction worsen, although collude to plunder natural resources of our people and generate local, regional wars trend towards the third world war, against which workers , the oppressed nations and peoples will respond with revolutionary wars to defeat imperialism and march inexorably toward the Democratic People's Power revolution, revolution of Scientific Socialism in transition to shining Communism.

LONG LIVE THE RED FIRST OF MAY AND RED FIGHTERS OF CLASSISM!

Death to imperialism, revisionism, and populism BRAKING THE REVOLUTION IN OUR COUNTRY!

THE STRUGGLE FOR A LABOR and revolutionary class!

Death to the fascist CORPORATE LABOR!

LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE OF INTERNATIONAL PROLETARIAT!

LONG LIVE THE NATIONAL LIBERATION STRUGGLES OF OPPRESSED PEOPLES AND NATIONS!

LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S WARS GUIDED BY THE COMMUNIST PARTIES BROTHERS!

LONG LIVE THE SYRIAN PEOPLE'S FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE AGGRESSION, US ally Turkey and the UAE!

Death to the Jewish state GENOCIDE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE!

For early VENEZUELA REVOLUTION, GIVING THE XXI CENTURY SOCIALISM!

For our CLASS AND OUR PEOPLE!

TO Rebel!

ALL WITH THE MASSES, NOTHING WITHOUT THEM!

LONG LIVE THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF BOLIVIA NEW!

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