I have a hard time getting people to realize the US is an empire
and the process of taking over other countries and parts of the world have
nothing to do with defending freedom or democracy. That is one of my goals in
life—to bring this argument to the US mainstream public. And it is not
an easy task.
And yet some times the truth works its way in to the
mainstream press. One of the latest examples is
Stephen Kinzer's "The world of threats to the US is
an illusion," published by The Boston
While the slant and wording is different from what I usually
write, it says the same basic thing that we are paranoid and view the
aspirations of others as a threat to us.
"WHEN AMERICANS look out
at the world, we see a swarm of threats. China seems resurgent and
is aggressive. Iran
menaces our allies. Middle East nations we
once relied on are collapsing in flames. Latin American leaders sound steadily
more anti-Yankee. Terror groups capture territory and commit horrific
atrocities. We fight Ebola with one hand while fending off Central American
children with the other.
In fact, this world of threats is
an illusion. The United
States has no potent enemies. We are not
only safe, but safer than any big power has been in all of modern history."
Is this true? Yes. All of it is true. I've never worded an
article this way, but if I did it certainly follows the themes I have written
about. My own writings usually use such phrases as "empire building"
or the simple word "imperialism." I write of "sovereignty being
crushed," "people's resources as being stolen" and "people
But this article makes the point that the desperate people
of the third world are not a serious threat to the residence of this country.
"Our other asset is the
weakness of potential rivals. It will be generations before China is able to pose a serious challenge to the
— and there is little evidence it wishes to do so. Russia
is weak and in deep economic trouble — not always a friendly neighbor but no
threat to the United States.
Heart-rending violence in the Middle East has
no serious implication for American security. As for domestic terrorism, the
risk for Americans is modest: You have more chance of being struck by lightning
on your birthday than of dying in a terror attack.
Promoting the image of a world
full of enemies creates a “security psychosis” that misshapes our view of the
world. It tempts us to interpret defensive steps taken by other countries as
threatening. In extreme cases, it pushes us into wars aimed at preempting
threats that do not actually exist."
And this is accurate. Consider that car bombs go off all the
time in Iraq.
bombing is the only one that has gone off and hurt people since 9/11. If
terrorists where that dedicated to conducting terrorist attacks on US soil they
would have done way more of that than has been actually happening. Another
"Promoting the image of a
world full of enemies creates a “security psychosis” that misshapes our view of
the world. It tempts us to interpret defensive steps taken by other countries
as threatening. In extreme cases, it pushes us into wars aimed at preempting
threats that do not actually exist."
A good example of the above is Democratic People's Republic
of (North) Korea.
They built a nuclear bomb to defend themselves from the George W. Bush
Regime, back when he invaded one of the countries in the Axis of Evil.No one in the news media notices that North Korea
feels threatened by the outside world and developed that bomb to defend
So in his conclusion Kinzer said:
"This impulse is not
peculiarly American. Feeling threatened strengthens group solidarity. Some
thinkers have gone so far as to suggest that since societies become more united
and resolute in the face of enemies, those that have none should find some.
“It is always possible to bind
together a considerable number of people in love,” Freud wrote, “so long as
there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their
aggressiveness.” Nietzsche believed the nation-state’s “profound appreciation
of the value of having enemies” produced a “spiritualization of hostility.” A
young country especially, he said, “needs enemies more than friends: in
opposition alone does it feel itself necessary.”
When Americans see threats
everywhere, we fall into this trap. Believing we are besieged is strangely
comforting. To recognize how safe we are would require a change of national
mindset that we seem reluctant to make."
So we see some truth in the sense that this is a nation
where paranoia about national security is the national psych and norm today.
While there is not a lot about the basics of imperialism we see a side of this
country that relies way too much on militarism.
This is not the only article I have found. With this
Memorial Day coming I should point out that there are many peace people and
military critics who will not post anti-military articles today. Yet I have
found one by REBECCA SANTANA, of Yahoo
News that lets us know:
the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential
contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically
supported to invade that country.
Some veterans say
they long ago concluded their sacrifice was in vain, and are annoyed that a
party that lobbied so hard for the war is now running from it. Others say they
still believe their mission was vital, regardless of what the politicians say.
And some find the gotcha question being posed to the politicians — Knowing what
we know now, would you have invaded? — an insult in itself."
So even in the mainstream of
politics there are those who seriously notice that these wars can just as easily
be a human waist and lives were lost neadlessly. So if there is anything I am
grateful for this Memorial Day it is that there are still a few journalist left
that will write about thetruth.
WichitaKSwill be getting a state supreme court
ruling on theMarijuana
DecriminalizationInitiative that was supported by voters in last April's
Kansas Supreme Court will hear the case, between the state and the city ofWichita, in September. Kansas
Attorney General Derek Schmidt has challenged the new ordinance, promising to
stop it. He claims that a city ordinance can not legally over-ride a state law.
He and otherKansasofficials have not honored the democratic
wishes of the people ofWichitaand have done everything possible to stop
the ordinance from ever being enacted. There are
several reasons some political figures, along with various individuals, are
opposed to decriminalizing marijuana. Many religious leaders oppose it due to
their fundamentalist ideology. There are religious leaders who believe that
reformed marijuana smokers may join their churches after being forced into
rehabilitation. There are also those who profit from the court mandated drug
rehabilitation programs offenders are sent to. Those who
oppose it have been sending letters intoThe
Wichita Eagle,Wichita's main local newspaper, sharing a lot of the same
arguments. The latest is to remind the readers, over and over, of the case of Seth
Jackson, who left his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car, last July, while
he was high on marijuana. One of
the letter writers, Peter Goico, used that antidote and insisted that this kind
of thing happens all the time. But in reality such incidences are extremely
rare with marijuana. Other letter writers have not mentioned any other specific
cases such as this one in their letters. The
Supreme Court should be able to settle this issue once and for all. There is
House Bill 2049which goes further than theWichitaordinance in lowering penalties and would
be state-wide. It also allows for some medical use of marijuana. The
ballot initiative was put on the ballot after local activists fromKansas for Changecoalition along with JENI (Jobs &
Education-Not Incarceration) and the Peace andSocial
JusticeCenterworked for months to gather
signatures. One of the main reasons for the pro-referendum groups is to stop
the over population of the county's prison population.
Today, just as in Peru
the most brazen and stubborn revisionism strategic counteroffensive, the
proletariat and people of Peru
and the international proletariat we attended live commemorate the anniversary
of the beginning of the Armed Struggle.
Of course, the war can not be mechanically view of
metaphysical way, idealistic, without property and others of the laws of war
where not only our actions is one that has an impact on its development, but
the international context movement, the national dynamics strategic and
tactical disposition of the enemy. That all goes determining moments, scenes,
circumstances, contradictions and of course, ways to solve them, always on the
same strategic base: People's War until Communism.
With voice command issued by President Gonzalo: are the
initiators !, was launched in 1980 to armed struggle as manifested in the Peru
People's War, that is, people's war under guidance of the proletariat and its
Communist Party. People's war has universal validity and that from the Andes of
Peru to India,
have been endorsing its validity, effectiveness and especially the theoretical
and ideological and political foundation as the military line of the
international proletariat for the sake of power.
Peru comrades began the greatest feat of the proletariat
after the triumph of the Revolution in China, feat that becomes collect all the
historical experience of the proletariat from the Paris Commune, the October
Revolution, the Revolution of New Democracy China, the Great Cultural Revolution
and of course, the accumulated wealth of the class and the people of Peru in
the class struggle and that takes scientific, dialectical forms, like
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism-Gonzalo Thought experiences.
The great worker-peasant storm lighthouse Peru was the
world proletarian revolution at the end of last century. His light was flare
stimulated and burned burning hearts of the proletariat and people in the
Philippines, Turkey, Nepal and India, and become present in the new set beacon
from all parts of the world encourages the development of the People's War / or
disposal of the Communists to build and rebuild intimately and inseparably
tight to the guide of the powerful ideology of the proletariat,
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Communist Parties.
Today the People's War through difficult times in
Peru, however, must not overwhelm, are stages of the war in which incidentally
lost the initiative, but not the war. It is a matter of time and effort to
vivify, reorganize, recover invigorate Power gestated years ago and launch the
Today the situation is more complex, revisionism confuses
the masses shown after arm themselves victorious in Nepal under leadership of Prachanda
miserable and consent of revisionism Avakianista; now in Peru Movadef he intends
to do the same, wants garrisoned fulfills its strategic role to the old state,
but that says a lot and nothing at once. Much, because it marks its
counteroffensive that seeks to avert the revolution ideologically and
politically disarm the proletariat and the masses in line spurious bowels of
the old bourgeois-landlord democracy. Nothing, because I still colluded with
reaction and imperialism, revisionism has not been nor will demonstrate
objectively that the PCP and the People's War have lowering flags of struggle
and abandoned its strategic project to destroy the old state and build on their
ruins new: New Power, New Democracy as the manifest as transit dictatorship of
the proletariat socialism, hence the course of the People's War in Peru and the
democratic revolution of a new type remain firmly registered in the charters of
the Great World Proletarian Revolution .
It is a matter of time, the Mapuche in their war of
national liberation and anti-feudal effort over 300 years fought in the war of
Arauco; so, and still they have many pending tasks, almost all done. That is
the class struggle and can not be viewed rigidly stageist is fulfilled, but
with difficulty, without petty immediacy; however, President Gonzalo was forged
in the membership to understand it that way, which is popular war, its
characteristic is prolonged, and that scramble comrades, in that we struggle
the Communists understand and develop.
Follow crumbling old walls, deploy dawn, the future belongs
to us and we can only attend a meeting with People's War.
"We had a tough time ?, Yes: but what ?: reality has
shown that if you persist, the policy remains in charge, remains the political
strategy, military strategy is maintained, it has a clear plan, defined, then
it advanced, and is capable of facing any bloodbath ... ". Gonzalo P.
What we understand about the People's War in Peru & Ecuador communists? That in the
same way as the Commune, the October Revolution and the Revolution in China, the People's War in Peru on its
scope, triumphs and turns, are light, they are a guide. When hurried efforts to
unleash the great worker-peasant storm in Ecuador to serve the world
proletarian revolution fight these legacies are reissued tight to the new
social, political and ideological movement that unfolds society as a whole and
can only be processed from the right ideology of the proletariat. That is, we
can not pretend to see the People's War in Peru outside the Commune, to the
great Bolshevik revolution or the revolution in China of Chairman Mao. What we
now undertake and what still remains to be done with blood, fire and optimism
class has that stamp printed by the initiators in May 1980, proletarian
leadership exploited masses with People's War until victory.
We understood that when we speak of People's War in Peru, we are talking about people's war in the Philippines, Turkey
is a dialectical and even systemic relationship, it becomes ideology,
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and that is essential to note understand and apply.
When hyenas reaction and revisionism howl and moan
outrageous shouting that "the People's War in Peru has been defeated" have
but that, dreams of hyenas. The People's War remains latent, increasingly nests
among the people, it's about time that big storm soon be nourished by the vital
efforts of the international proletariat ... then if you will dance.
LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S WAR IN PERU!
LONG LIVE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE
BEGINNING OF THE ARMED STRUGGLE IN PERU!
LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S WAR IN PERU, PHILIPPINES, Turkey
DEVELOP PEOPLE'S WAR UNTIL
Honor and glory to the fighters who
gave their blood FEE IN THE PEOPLE'S WAR IN PERU
Believe it or not, it's time to start looking for a
new candidate and preparing ourselves to win the next Kansas Governor's
election. I have found the perfect candidate, Kinky Friedman of the Kinky
Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. He ran for office several times in Texas and lost. What's
wrong is he's running in the wrong state. Kansas
needs and wants Kinky, not Texas.
I checked with the Secretary of State's office, and
there are no qualification requirements for governor. Actually a 10 year old
could run. Kinky wouldn't even have to change his Texas residency.
Kinky's first calling to serve was for Justice of
the Peace, Kerrville, Texas as a Republican in 1986. He lost. The
next time he ventured into politics was for the 2006 Texas gubernatorial election as a Democrat
against the villainous Rick Perry. Friedman garnered 13% of the vote as an
independent and out-fundraised the Democrats. One of his stated goals was the
"dewussification" of Texas.
He followed other celebrities like Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and
Jessie Ventura, former WWE pro-wrestler and Minnesota Governor. In 2010 and
2014, Kinky ran for Texas Agriculture Commissioner as a Democrat but was beaten
in the primaries.
Friedman is somewhat Lincolnesque.
Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections, crashed in business twice and suffered
from depression. As we know, he was one of our greatest presidents. Kinky
endorses medical marijuana. There are many reasons to support medicinal
marijuana especially for cancer patients. Friedman said, "Guess what for
chemo? It's the big one; chemo kills more people than cancer. More than surgery
or radiation….A lot of people like me who don't smoke pot are realizing
this." It could help chemotherapy patients eat, sleep, and squelch the
worry about dying. He also mentioned medical marijuana helping children with
autism and Alzheimer patients. Think of it; University of Kansas Medical Center
could outpace Texas' M.D.AndersonHospital with cancer patient
I have watched for the last 15 years
or more as the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) made such great strides in
people's war that I believed they might actually win a revolution in that
First there was an end to the
people's war. Then there was an election victory and then a split. I don't
blame all the people who split from the party after Prachanda simply gave in to
an electoral western style government.
Let's be honest here. We know two
facts. One is that a party that at least believes in Maoism hold office with
some more revisionist communist parties. Is this really a tragedy? I agree it
is not what we wanted. But we have supported the revolutionary faction for
years and they have not gotten ANYWHERE. I'm not against having real
But now we have a second factional
split and when I look at the future all I can see a loss coming up. The 1980s
and 1970s were full of factional splits. And what did that gain anyone? Small
parties folded more and more as they were just too insignificant to matter in
the politics of a modern time.
There used to be factions of Maoists
and Socialist Workers Party in Kansas
City when I visited there. Today none of those groups
are still in Kansas City.
There are no traces of Marxists anywhere. It looks as if there never were any
So why does this news about a
factional split in the Maoist revolutionary movement make me sick to my stomach?
Why do I see déjà vu all over again? Will we make all the same mistakes
I'm going to print this article for
information purposes. I find the whole idea that we can afford such a split
disgusting. The Imperialist have sharpened there skills to wipe Maoist out the
whole world over. I noticed just a week ago how much smaller the Indian Red Corridorhas become and I have to
wonder—what are we doing wrong? Even the Maoist of India have consolidated—not
split their movement and that makes sense. Spitting a movement up does not make
Ideological Bankruptcy of Baidhya Faction
-Rishi Raj Baral
“We will join hands with the government to support the ongoing
rescue, relief and reconstruction and rehabilitation operation.’’ Mohan Baidhya ‘Kiran’
I have already
mentioned that ideologically Baidhya faction has parted from the revolutionary
path and organizationally it is heading toward liquidation. In fact, just they are pretending to be the
follower of MLM and NDR, so that, they could be able to keep their cadres
silence. It is not the allegation, Baidhya's opinion regarding the relief
operation is enough to understand their
Ideologically Baidhya faction has gone bankrupt. Their ideological bankruptcy has come out during the earthquake relief operation.
Baidhya faction announced that he will
contribute 10 lakhas to the government and will assist the government relief
operation. As the English online
telegraphnepal has mentioned: “The communist veteran in a brief encounter with the press men
appealed his party cadres to support government’s ongoing rescue operation in
the earthquake affected districts of the country. ‘We will join hands with the
government to support the ongoing rescue, relief and reconstruction and
rehabilitation operation.’ ’’
We must condemn such activities and it is a matter of pride that Nepalese people
have come out in the street raising the
slogan : Go Back Indian Media, Go Back Indian Army. It is not only the matter
of Indian expansionism, American imperialism also doing the similar activities
in the name of relief operation. The use of drone has produced all around annoyance against
Americans. And it is admirable that most
of the Nepalese medias and progressive intellectuals are reading American
activities very watchfully. People have raised the voice: Stop flying the
drone, Stop the surveillance against Nepalese sovereignty.
We all know
outrage has aroused throughout the country regarding inability and inefficiency
of the government. Victims have
not realized the presence of the government in the remote area. Even the
leaders of ruling party Nepali Congress
have stated the failure of government on relief operation. People
are raising fingers against partiality,
unfair and corruption done in the name
of relief operation. Medias have exposed
the involvement of some leaders and cadres of ruling parties in such
evil deeds. The people of remote areas,
who are badly affected and damaged by the earthquake, have not gotten any relief material until now.
circumstances, Maoists should take the situation in their hands. Local Party Committees and cadres should join hands
with the victims, not with the foreign agencies. We must discard the role of
foreign agencies and INGOs. We must raise the voice against corruption and
partiality. We must learn from the history of Haiti. But, only the CPN Maoist led by Netra Bikram
Chanda ‘Biplav’ has joined hands with the people of remote area. The top leadership of Biplav faction has involved in relief,
reconstruction and rehabilitation operation in the badly affected areas. With 300 volunteers,
Biplav himself is participating in the relief operation. Not only this, a
group of revolutionary writers and cultural activists, close to Biplav faction,
also has involved in the relief operation in Dhading, one of the badly damaged
district. But the leaders of Baidhya
faction has no any separate plan and program
for the earthquake victims, just
they are visiting the damaged site running in
luxurious vehicles, guarded by
the Police officers.
I have not to say
anything more about the ‘leaders’ like CP Gajurel ‘Gaurav’, Ram Bahadur Thapa
‘Badal’ and Dev Gurung. They have
already lost their ground in the Nepalese Maoist movement. Now, Mohan Baidhya ‘Kiran’ a highly respected
leader within the Maoist movement and outside, also has lost his ground. One
after another, most of the followers have abandoned him. What a matter of
irony! A veteran leader like Kiran has gone astray. But in politics, it happens so. When you lose the ideological
base and Politics in Command, you lose everything. What will be the next step of the Baidhya faction is not
unseen. A online news portal close to Baidhya faction has spoken for the
‘national government’-a coalition government. Now it is crystal clear that
Baidhya faction is following the step of Prachanda, who is crying for the
‘national government’. There is no another way for their survival. After all,
birds of the same feather flock together.
Ajith along with an aide identified by police as Ismail
Hamaza Chiragpilli was arrested from a hospital.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has claimed to
have arrested senior Maoist leader Ajith (62) – who also goes by the names K
Muralidharan and Thomas Joseph – from the outskirts of Pune city early on
Monday morning. Ajith along with an aide identified by police as Ismail Hamaza
Chiragpilli alias Pravin alias James Mathew (29) was arrested from a hospital
in village Talegaon Dabhade – about 30 kms from Pune – and produced before a
special judge on Tuesday morning. Additional Sessions Judge S V Mane has
granted a seven-day police remand to question the two arrested accused. Police
did not clarify how long the duo have been living in Talegaon. Police described
Ajith as a close aide of top Maoist leader Ganapathy.
They said that Ajith and Ismail were residing in Talegaon
Dabhade under a false identity. The duo has been booked under Indian Penal Code
(PIC 419, 467, 468, 471 and 34 read with UAPA sections 10, 13, 20, 38. “We have
arrested them yesterday from MorayaHospital in Talegaon
Dabhade after getting a tip off from a source. They belong to the banned CPI
(Maoist) party. We will be releasing a detailed note for the press later,” said
Bhanupratap Barge, Senior Police Inspector, ATS (Pune Unit). A large contingent
of police personnel was deployed at the Shivajinagar District and Sessions
Court. The police did not allow the media persons to sit for the remand hearing
citing ‘need of secrecy’ and security reasons. The two accused were produced in
the court with their faced covered with a hood. When he was escorted out from
the ATS office, Ajith told media persons, “I am a member of the CPI Maoist
party. I shouldn’t have been arrested like this. My arrest is illegal.”
Maoist leader Murali Kannambally held in Maharashtra
PUNE: Maoist leader Murali Kannambally has been held by the
Maharashtra police. Murali, a native of
Ernakulam, was arrested from Pune along with another Maoist identified as
Ismail, brother of Moideen of Pandikkadu, the master brain behind the Maoist
attacks in Kerala. The police are questioning the two in a secret place.
Murali, accused in attacking the police station at Kayanna in Kozhikode
in 1970 was absconding for the past 40 years. Murali, engaged in terrorist
activities in north India,
had published various books in Maoism. Murali, who was a student of KozhikodeRegionalEngineeringCollege, discontinued his
studies and fled the state. As a student, he became a part of naxalism and
later formed a naxal group named naxalbari. When a split was witnessed, he
stood with K Venu. Later, when the Maoists merged again, he led the main leadership