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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Local paper shows that land developers buy local elections


  • Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner

  • The Wichita Eagle came out with an article that shows just how much money the local developers put into local campaigns. It is no secret that land developers have had the city council in their back pocket and this is how they do it.
    Of the Developers Dave Burk has backed Mayor Carl Brewer, because of his use of local funding for downtown redevelopment. Brewer also got support from David Wells, co-founder of Key Construction.
    Burk and his wife gave three contributions of $500 each to Pete Meitzner, District 2; Joshua Blick, District 4; and Jeff Longwell, District 5.
    Wells and his wife gave $1,000 to Blick and Longwell and $1,500 to Meitzner.
    Steve Clark, real estate developer, gave $500 each to Stevens and O'Donnell.
    Other business people have contributed to campaigns and some with equal or greater value. But the real estate and developers seem to get the most out of local Government and the common people get the least. We get fewer parks, less money for libraries and road work for developers gets a higher priority than the rest of the city’s citizens. When it comes to problems of homelessness, It’s hard to tell this city even has a government.
    Big money messes up all our elections so it is no surprise that people need land developers income to get elected here in Wichita.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Obama’s speech—more useless blather

    So President Barack Obama, in a speech last night, told us he has got a coalition together protect civilians, to stop an advancing army, prevent a massacre and establish a “no-fly” zone. He claims this is not about “regime change” and yet everything he has done has been to stop Muammar Gaddafi’s, (معمر القذافي‎) army and force him out of power by the use of a rebel army.
    Everything this man talked about, cutting off his arm supplies, and hastening his fall, is about removing Gaddafi. Why is that NOT regime change? Either they are trying to remove this man or they are not. Which is it? And what do they expect will happen when these rebels take control?
    He has made it clear that he believes “history is not on Gaddafi’s side.”

    It is clear that he is going after a man who the US has wanted to remove as bad as removing Fidel Castro from Cuba. He has been a traditional enemy. It is true that Gaddafi has recently killed a lot of innocent people and he is a dictator. But he is not alone and while the US, under Obama, continues to focus on Libya, they continue to ignore other dictators in the Middle-east who also slaughter innocent people and have uprisings to deal with. So far none of these have gotten much attention from the US Government or the press. They include;
    -សតិវ អតុ


    Reuters) - Unrest spread in southern Syria on Monday with hundreds of people demonstrating against the government in three towns near the main city of Deraa, but authorities did not use force to quell the latest protests.
    Security forces killed four civilians in demonstrations that erupted last week in Deraa, in the most serious challenge to President Bashar al-Assad's rule since the 45-year-old succeeded his father 11 years ago.
    An 11-year-old child died overnight from inhaling tear gas fired by security forces, activists said.
    "This is peaceful, peaceful. God, Syria, freedom," chanted the protesters in Jassem, an agricultural town 30 km (20 miles) west of Deraa.
    See More…


    MANAMA, BAHRAIN — A protest movement that was inspired by the new calculus of the democratic revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt now appears to be following a decidedly old equation: the Sunni-Shiite divide that has riven the Middle East with violence for centuries.
    And with Saudi Arabian tanks now in Bahrain to help keep order and many of the nation’s majority Shiites dismayed that their demands for greater influence in the country will not be met anytime soon, the future of this prosperous island looks suddenly contentious and bleak.
    “I could see a Sunni extremist blowing himself up during an Ashura celebration” — a major Shiite holiday — “or a Shia going to a Sunni mosque,” said Jasim Husain, a member of the main Shiite opposition political society, al-Wefaq, and a former member of parliament.
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     (Reuters) - Yemeni protesters demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Tuesday they would insist he leave power soon, blaming him for violence that has raised U.S. fears of chaos that could benefit militants.
    Explosions at an arms factory on Monday killed more than 100 people in a southern town where Islamists seemed to have driven out government forces, a reminder of instability that Saleh's Western allies fear in the poorest Arab state.
    Al Arabiya TV said the death toll could rise to around 150.
    The main coalition of opposition groups said Saleh was to blame for the presence of militant groups including al Qaeda in Abyan province, where the blast took place.
    "We condemn this ugly crime and accuse the president and his people of involvement with al Qaeda and armed groups to whom handed over government institutions in Abyan. The chaos was planned in advance," it said in a statement.
    See More….

    Words of an emperor

    Political resolution adopted by the 5th Conference of CCOMPOSA, March 2011

    On the Current Situation and Tasks
    Since the 4th Conference of the Co-ordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organisations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) held in 2006, there have been significant developments in the world and in South Asia. These changes have given rise to both challenges and opportunities. Guided by Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, the unity among the constituents of CCOMPOSA and their joint activities will surely strengthen the revolutionary struggles and initiatives going on in the different countries of South Asia and be a catalyst in facing up to these challenges and seizing the opportunities. This has a significance going far beyond the boundaries of South Asia.
    International Situation
    Bourgeois ideologues had seen the collapse of Soviet social imperialism in the 1990s as a "landmark victory" of capitalism over socialism.  But this has now been dealt a body blow through the recent global crisis. Furthermore, the claim that Marxism and socialism have failed and capitalism has triumphed is doubly exposed as hollow rhetoric by the fact that the crisis of the imperialist economy has originated from such a country, the US, which claims itself as the leader of the imperialist world order.
    Following the collapse of Soviet social imperialism US imperialism had arrogantly declared its sole hegemony in a world without any rival superpower. Policies like structural adjustments, privatisation and liberalisation were imposed on oppressed countries without any let up. In the imperialist countries themselves employment was downsized and casualised on a greater scale. All of this was aimed at sustaining the imperialist economy and maximising profits by further opening the way for finance capital penetration.  But the result has been just the opposite. The US, which spread the tentacles of its financial institutions more intensively and extensively, compared to other imperialist powers, has been the worst sufferer in the present economic crisis. The specific causes underlying this crisis and its particular dynamics need to be further probed. But right now we must draw attention to the horrible devastation it has caused among the masses in both oppressed countries and imperialist countries. This is on top of the sharp widening of the gap between the rich and poor within countries and intensification of unevenness among regions of the world caused by imperialist globalisation.
    By pumping in trillions of dollars through deficit financing to save financial institutions the imperialists managed to stave off an all-round collapse of the global economy. Yet the crisis is far from over. The measures adopted to tackle the crisis piled up huge public debts. There is a lot of loud talk, but little action, in the matter of regulating the frenzied speculative deals of financial institutions. Meanwhile, all the burdens of deficits and deficit cutting are being loaded on the backs of the masses through soaring inflation and cut downs in public employment and welfare. This has generated wave after wave of struggles in imperialist countries. Thus the aftershocks of the global crisis still rumble on.  Imperialist solutions sow the seeds for more severe crisis.
    The current crisis has been a great educator. Most importantly, all talk of the greatness of free market disappeared as imperialist governments scrambled to save their economies by any means. All the champions of liberalisation sneakily turned to protectionism. In order to overcome the  economic crisis, some of the imperialist governments were even forced to implement the 'socialist' measure of nationalisation. Bourgeois pundits had to talk about the need to retain this as one means to safeguard against future crisis. The crisis and the responses of the bourgeoisie thus further justify the validity and inevitability of Marxism and socialism ever more powerfully.
    As a consequence of this crisis, not only has the contradiction between capital and labour sharpened more but the contradiction of imperialism versus the oppressed nations and people, which is the principal contradiction of the present world, has further intensified. The emergence of China as an economic force in the international arena, economic consolidation of Russia and more importantly the formation of a pole centred on both of these countries, brings out the multipolar nature of the world. The dream of the US imperialism to lead a unipolar world has turned out to be a mere pipedream. Rather, what is seen is a sharpening of inter-imperialist contradictions.
    The economic crisis and consequently the intensification of the basic contradictions of the world, including the principal one, are sure to lead this world towards a political crisis in the days ahead. What it already shows is that, though in an uneven way, the objective situation all over the world, including in the imperialist countries, is developing favourably for revolution. The main trend of revolution is strengthened. We have seen the waves of militant struggles in imperialist citadels. And now the Arab countries are being shaken up one after the other in an unprecedented series of popular uprisings.  Decades old dictatorial regimes were toppled in Tunisia and Egypt. In the absence of communist vision and leadership, these upsurges will ultimately fail in realising the peoples' aspiration of ending all exploitation. But this great churning up, this breech in the walls of reaction, surely creates fresh opportunities for the emergence and strengthening of the Maoist pole. It stands as powerful testimony to the great revolutionary potential existing in the world today.
    In comparison to the favourably developing objective situation and its demands, the subjective strength of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties still lags. Nevertheless, greater attraction of people towards Marxism and socialism all across the world is a very positive sign. There has been a powerful strengthening of anti-imperialist sentiment, specifically directed against US imperialism. Most importantly the formation of Maoist parties, latest in an imperialist country like France, is an inspiring event. The communist revolutionaries must help accelerate this process by waging ideological and political struggle in a planned way. In doing so, emphasis must be laid on defeating revisionism, which is the main danger today, and guarding against dogmatism.
    The growing people's struggles all across the world against imperialist globalisation and US occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan have created favourable grounds in which the possibility of rallying a broad section of pro-people forces against imperialism has widened. Conscious efforts on the part of Maoist revolutionaries to seize this opportunity can change the scenario in favour of anti-imperialist struggles all across the world. This should be done with all force and capacity. Much hinges in this regard on the unity in understanding and common resolve on the part of communist revolutionaries.
    The Situation in South Asia
    Mao's assertion that Asia, Africa and Latin America are the storm centres of world proletarian revolution still holds good. Revolutionary class struggles against imperialism and its domestic puppets in South Asia have made this region very important for the world revolution. In concrete, the intense contradictions of the broad masses with feudalism and imperialism, widespread presence of revolutionary, national liberation and democratic movements all across the region and the enormous weight of the huge number of exploited and oppressed masses living in South Asia heightens this potential.
    It is a fact that the masses of this region are commonly weighed down by the yoke of imperialism and Indian expansionism. The Indian state dominates not only over the broad masses in India but also the neighbouring countries. Open and arrogant intervention in the internal affairs of Nepal in recent days is a stark example. Indian ruling classes are gradually surrendering to US imperialism in the latter's plan of bringing the entire region under it strategic web to contain China, an emerging economic power of the 21st century. This is the principal aspect. But on the other hand, they also have differences. The Maoist revolutionaries must keep in mind both the collusion and differences that exist between the US, India and China when they determine their strategy and tactics in this region as part of the world revolution.
    Apart from semi-feudal and semi-colonial exploitation, a broad section of the Indian masses are victims of national oppression. Untold repression upon Dalits, Adivasis and the religious minorities based on Hindu chauvinism has been the identity of the Indian ruling classes. While a handful of ruling classes subservient to imperialism, principally the US, have been fattening, a huge number of the working people are thrown into ever increasing destitution. The much touted high growth in GDP masks an inhuman reality at the ground level, with no let up in peasants' suicides, punishing price rise, and high unemployment.
    However, the New Democratic Revolution aimed at uprooting semi-feudal and semi-colonial relations from the Indian soil is making newer strides in the recent days. Advances made in the people's war, particularly after the formation of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), militant  masses struggles led by the Maoist and other left forces against land grabs and forcible displacement of peasants by monopolies, and other struggles has given sleepless nights to the Indian reactionary ruling classes. Instead of addressing the problems confronting the country and its people they have launched a war on the people, Operation Green Hunt. The aim is to attack and destroy the new revolutionary political power emerging through the people's war, and thus clear the way to unbridled assaults on the people and plunder of natural resources. But this has brought out an unprecedented polarisation of a broad section of left, progressive and democratic forces, of almost the entire pro-people forces, against the country-selling, anti-people ruling classes of India. Wide, determined resistance to the Indian rulers 'war on the people' is growing and strengthening. In the battle field, the People's Guerrilla Liberation Army and People's militia have given sharp blows to the vastly superior and huge enemy force. Despite losing hundreds of their beloved ones in the attacks of the reactionary Indian armed forces, the valiant masses of the war zones maintain a high fighting morale. In fact this solid fortress of the revolutionary masses has been crucial in the successful withstanding of the enemy offensive.
    In order to safeguard their interests and ensure that their puppets don't loose power, imperialism and Indian expansionism, have now come in open to interfere in the internal affairs of Nepal. Thus people's sovereignty has now become inseparably linked with national independence. Consequently, it has widened the possibility of building a broad united front among entire patriots, republicans, lefts, progressives including the entire oppressed classes, nationalities, gender and regions under the leadership of the proletariat for the seizure of power. In this challenging and promising situation the Nepalese people continue to struggle for the fulfilment of their revolutionary aspirations led by the UCPN (Maoist).
    In Bangladesh, Maoists faced some setbacks with the capture of some veteran leaders by the reactionary regime. Crushing the Maoist movement is given top priority by the state. This counter-revolutionary campaign is trained and guided by imperialism. But despite facing such harsh attacks the Maoists persist along the revolutionary road. The rising struggles of the impoverished masses give favourable opportunities. The present Hasina regime is not only determined to oppress the revolutionary movement but is kneeling down to appease the Indian expansionists opening all the venues for loot and plunder. Its appeasement went to the extent of cooperating with the Indian government in arresting most of the senior leaders of ULFA.
    Pakistan has been used as a front paw by the American imperialists for its war of occupation in Afghanistan. With the total subservience to the US imperialists, Pakistan has become a ground for civil war. The strengthening of US grip over Pakistan and the establishment of US bases in Pakistan is making the whole South Asia more vulnerable to US imperialist war designs.
    Despite ever increasing budgets for the war of occupation in Afghanistan and enhanced deployment of US and its allied forces, the Afghan people are showing grit and determination against the barbaric war of US imperialists. Targeted attacks on occupation forces, the massive destruction of their logistics and ever increasing body count of the allied forces is a slap on the face for Obama's "surge". South Asian regimes, like those of India and Nepal, though not sending troops, are actively supporting the puppet government and is becoming a tacit partner in the occupation war.
    The victory of Rajapaksa is the victory of rabid Sinhala national chauvinist forces. After defeating the LTTE, by perpetrating the murder of thousands of Tamils, this war criminal got elected when lakhs of Tamil population were languishing in miserable conditions surrounded by the barbarous Sri Lankan Army and all opposition was suppressed by fascist means. Indian expansionism actively supported the destruction of the LTTE and was hand in glove with the Rajapaksa government in its genocidal war against the Tamils of Sri Lanka. The LTTE got defeated mainly because of its lack of ideological and political clarity, sharply manifested in its nationalist sectarianism, and secondarily in the positional warfare tactics it adopted. While the defeat of LTTE is an immense loss to the struggling people of the world, it is also a sharp reminder of the need to establish, in theory and practice, the Maoist pole within the broad arena of national liberation struggles.
    Challenges and opportunities
    This Conference is being held when the Indian new democratic revolution continues to confront the serious challenge of "The Operation Green Hunt" launched by Indian expansionist state. While the initial victories in beating back this 'war on the people', politically as well as militarily, grant better conditions to the revolutionaries, the gravity of the challenges they face remains. The revolution in Nepal is at the crossroads. The powerful potential of great victory exits along with the serious danger of harsh defeat. Imperialism, and Indian expansionism is openly intervening in Nepal to destroy the revolution and is directly instigating the ruling classes for this. People all over the world look up to the Maoists in Nepal to break out of all domestic and external conspiracies and advance determinedly towards the completion of new democratic revolution. Notwithstanding vigorous attempts on the part of revolutionaries, the people's wars in Bangladesh and Bhutan have not yet been able to cut through enemy repression and develop it to a higher level. Maoist revolutionaries of Afghanistan are engaged in preparation of people's war amid US occupation. In Sri Lanka the task of reorganising the Maoist party is still on the agenda. All this shows the challenges faced by the Maoists of this region in the present juncture.
    In spite of challenges, the opportunities are bright. In fact, bigger the challenge brighter is the opportunity. In order to transform this potential into reality the communist revolutionaries have to
    • engage in serious ideological and political struggle to defeat the wrong trends in the communist movement, principally revisionism;
    • develop strong ideological and political unity and common resolve among themselves;
    • build up regional mechanism for cooperation to fight imperialism, Indian expansionist hegemony and advance revolution;
    • establish the inevitability and invincibility of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism among the broad masses;
    • unite the entire national and democratic movements and just struggles broadly to the extent they can go together to fight the principal enemy.
    • unite with Maoist and all fighting forces throughout the world.
    Seize power where it is possible, develop ongoing people's wars to higher levels, prepare and initiate people's war where parties exist and build up parties where they don’t - this should be the working orientation of Maoist revolutionaries.
    It is a declared fact that CCOMPOSA has been formed to unite the Maoist revolutionaries of South Asia and fight Indian expansionist hegemony and imperialism in the region. Apart from accomplishing its responsibility in this region, CCOMPOSA, as a part and parcel of the international communist movement, must discharge its internationalist duties to further the cause of world proletarian revolution.  
    South Asia is ripe for new democratic revolution. Let all of us strive to develop ongoing people's wars, initiate new ones, accomplish new democratic revolution in our respective countries and establish South Asia as a strong base area of the world proletarian revolution. This and only this is the way the Maoist revolutionaries in South Asia can contribute to the advance to socialism and communism and thereby fulfil their proletarian internationalist duty. This Conference calls on all Maoist forces in South Asia to join the CCOMPOSA and strengthen it and thus further advance in the common aim of making South Asia a blazing center of world revolution.
    MARCH 1ST WEEK, 2011

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    Why no "no fly zone" over Gaza?

    From RWC

    National Democratic Front of the Philippines condemns imperialist war of aggression against Libya and the Libyan people

    National Executive Committee
    National Democratic Front of the Philippines
    March 22, 2011
    The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) vigorously condemns the imperialist war of aggression perpetrated by the US, UK, and France and their cohorts against Libya and the Libyan people.
    Under the pretense of protecting the lives of Libyan civilians, these imperialist powers are violating the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya and are in the process of destroying the lives and property of the Libyan people. Deceptively declaring that they are undertaking a so-called humanitarian intervention, they repeat the imperialist wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    They aim to set up a puppet government and take over control of Libya's rich oil, gas and other natural resources. For this purpose, they are coddling and supporting a traitorous and retrogressive opposition group that brandishes the flag of the former King Idris.
    The imperialist powers collaborate with the Zionists in flouting UN resolutions. They refuse to lift a finger to save the lives of Palestinian civilians: the mothers, children, elderly who have been subjected to brutal and massive invasion and massacre by the Israeli armed forces in December 2008, January 2009 and to the present day.
    Why is there no "no-fly-zone" over Gaza to protect the Palestinian victims of Israeli aggression?
    Why, despite massive protest demonstrations in the US, UK and other countries worldwide, have these imperialist powers not done anything to stop the brutal Israeli attacks on the Palestinian civilian population and the Israeli bombardments on hospitals and medical clinics, schools and universities, mosques and public buildings?
    Instead of the "no-fly-zone" which has opened the way for the current imperialist military intervention, the peace plan offered by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and supported by Cuban leader Fidel Castro and four other Presidents of Latin America, which Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi has accepted, ought to be carried out. This peace plan has suggested former US President Jimmy Carter to lead the peace delegation. There is also the appeal of Qaddafi to the UN Security Council for an emergency session and for the UN to send a fact-finding mission to Libya.
    These constructive proposals can avoid the human disaster that has taken place in Iraq as a result of the US-British led war of aggression and occupation, involving the death of over a hundred thousand people, the destruction of the civil infrastructure of the country, and the mass displacement of close to five million Iraqi refugees. The Western mass media should now make an honest reporting of the ongoing massive destruction of Libyan lives and property.
    The imperialist war of aggression against Libya not only endangers the lives and safety of the Libyan people, it also causes grave danger to the many thousands of migrant workers who work and live in Libya. A special cause of concern for the NDFP is the safety of many thousands of Filipino workers. Among them are Filipino nurses who provide needed medical care to the population in the hospitals and medical centers in Libya.
    The National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which condemns and opposes the increasing US military intervention in the Philippines, joins anti-imperialist and progressive forces throughout the world in vigorously condemning this latest imperialist war of aggression by the US, UK and France as a violation of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya.
    Immediately stop the war of aggression by imperialist powers against Libya!
    Support all initiatives to settle the conflict peacefully!
    Uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya!
    National Democratic Front of the Philippines
    International Information Office
    Amsterdamsestraatweg 50
    3513 AG Utrecht
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    Tel: +31 30 2310431
    Fax: +31 84 7589930

    Whistle-blower Ethan McCord visits schools

    Students at an alternative high school in Manhattan are still talking about Ethan McCord's visit to their classes last fall.  They still message him on Facebook, asking for advice, letting him know about their lives, and checking up with him.

    Ethan stood outside a packed assembly room while they watched a film of him talking about the 2007 Army operation in Iraq where U.S. Apache helicopters, firing from 1.5 miles up, systematically killed 12 civilians, and wounded more.  Ethan, a member of Bravo Company, 216th Infantry, rescued 2 children wounded, and got harsh criticism from his command for doing so.

    A film by James Spione about Ethan, Incident in New Baghdad, debuts April 24 at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. 

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Debate over Nepal

    From Party of the  Committees to Support Resistance – for Communism (CARC) - Italy

    To Red Star, national fortnightly review of UCPN-M

    Dear Comrades,
    I saw you published the article with the report I wrote when I were in Nepal in last December, in your issue of February 1-15, and I thank you very much. Anyway, my report contained some important wrong arguments, as I realized thanks to a letter sent me from a reader from Belgium. Now, I think that publishing the letter by that reader and my answer will help to advance in the just conception, line and strategy the International Communist Movement has to get. As you know, and as I read in the latest book of comrade Basanta Imperialism and proletarian revolution in the twenty first century, to overcome ideological limits is the key issue for the International Communist Movement to advance and strengthen.
    So I enclose here the letter from Belgium and my answer, asking you to publish them both in the next issue of Red Star. Is it possible?
    Thank you very much.
    Lal Saalam

    Paolo Babini

    A letter from Belgium

    Dear comrades,
    I have received and read the statement you sent me titled Report from Nepal of January 4, 2011, in English, that your Party has published on its monthly Resistenza, and that was published in Red Star, the telematic fortnightly magazine of UCPN-M, (Vol. 4, No. 3, February 1-15 2001). It is important that you make the effort to release information on the revolutionary movement in Nepal, but you must do it better and in another way: the report has a number of serious ideological errors, which do not help at all to make advance the right conception of the world in the international communist movement, but on the contrary hamper it. I list them here. This is my contribution for your international work to be carried out at the level it deserves.
    The author writes: “The great adhesion by young people to the revolution and to UCPN-M that guides it shows that the Party has so far followed the just line. The ability of a communist party to collect the adhesion by the young people of the popular masses is a sign of its vitality and of the rightness of its line.” This is nonsense. Where the author deduced from such a criterion? In your country, in the years 1945 - 1956, did the Italian Communist Party follow a just line? How many other social democratic parties (before 1914 and some even later) and communist parties led by revisionists or anyway with a wrong line (as it is clear to everyone now, a posteriori), have had for years a large following among the youth and a great capacity for mobilization of young people, particularly after a period of victorious armed struggle? Why the author needs to clutch at straws to convince that UCPN-M follows a just line?
    Then he writes that “Facing criticism and doubts, top leaders of UCPN-M (Mahara, Basanta, Dharmentra Bastala of International Department, Ananta, of the Directing Committee, the vice president Prakesh) gave the same explanation of the ongoing tactics, proving that the party is not divided on key issues .... “ This is another silly defensive argument: about what are they divided on key issues, if not just the line to follow? What is the ongoing tactics, if not the line to follow?
    It continues saying: “Given that even today a part of the popular masses are convinced that the change can be achieved through a peaceful process, the tactic is to bring exhausted all possibilities in this respect, practicing all the ways of peaceful mobilization that masses propose and  follow, show in practice that “political power comes from the barrel of a gun”, that only revolution can bring progress in the country, freeing it from the chains of feudalism and oppression. The argument that as long as there is a part of the population that believes that change can be achieved through a peaceful process, we do not have to grasp the weapons arms is a reactionary argument! In 1996 in Nepal when the Maoists began their armed struggle, there was not a part of the masses convinced that the change could be achieved through a peaceful process, wasn’t there? If there is such part still today, let alone in 1996! That to begin the armed struggle we need to expect that all the masses are convinced, is the key argument of those who oppose the armed struggle: they are not really stupid enough to expose it in these terms, they do not say “all” but “ most “of the masses. But even so it is not right, it is still a silly and a priori argument, a prejudice against the armed struggle. Never ever it is possible in a society divided into classes that oppress and oppressed classes to measure a priori the will and the thought of the oppressed masses. The communist party must assess whether this initiative (which of course starts with the forces it already has) will win the support and participation of the majority of the masses to an extent to be able to win. It does not matter what they think and want the masses before the communist party takes the initiative, but what they will want and think as the communist party will develop its own initiative, as a result of both the ongoing initiative of party and the response of the counter-revolutionary forces. Even after the victory, however, a part of the masses will not be convinced and still will not join the revolution.

    That's it. A public response to the questions I ask will be useful to promote the debate for the assimilation of the correct conception of the world at international level.
    With communist greetings,
    Peter W., Maastricht, Belgium


    Dear Comrade,
    I am Paolo Babini, Head of International Relations of the Party of CARC. I reply to the letter which you sent us about the report on Nepal, that I have written.
    In this letter, you put some criticisms, which I share.
    I write:
    1.        that the adhesion of the young people shows that the party has a just line,
    2.        that a party divided over the line to follow, however, is united on key issues (that is to say, that for a communist party the line to follow is not a fundamental issue),
    3.         that as long as there is a part of the masses who are convinced that you can change the situation through a peaceful process, the communist party should not resort to arms.
    All these are statements that I do not share. Why did I write them, then? For a conception still far from the conception of the Communists, scientific and rigorous, and as yet not distinguished from “common sense”. The “common sense” lets you say things contradictory to each other.
    Antonio Gramsci, in its Prison Notebooks, so describes the common sense: “Its fundamental and most characteristic trait is to be a conception (also in individual brains) broken up, incoherent, inconsistent ....”[1] It is a disordered aggregate of truth, prejudice, stereotypes, half-ideas. An individual who has such a conception of the world thinks “without being critical awareness, in a disjointed and occasional way”[2]

    Clearly, the assimilation of my conception of the world is still superficial, has not yet become the lens by which, so to speak, spontaneously I look at the world, and in fact, faced with a problem or a situation, I often still react the usual views, according to common sense. This is what I understand, thanks to your criticism.
    With communist greetings,
    Paolo Babini

    [1] A. Gramsci, Quaderni dal carcere, Torino, Einaudi, 2001, vol. II, p. 1396
    [2] ib. (vol. II, pag.1375).

    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Glenn Beck—not only a whack job—but lacks creativity

    Salamander 奥托
    And Otto himself

    I and a few others have run this blog, Otto’s War Room, since February 2005.
    And now, Glenn Beck of all people has the gall to copy my blogs name. Not only that, he talks of getting ready for Doom and Gloom. It just so happens we have a Gloom and Doom night each Thursday at Kirby’s in Wichita to discuss problems the US is facing and what we might be able to do about them. Beck has stolen all our Gloom and Doom scenarios, only he has all the wrong answers to what needs to be done. He not only steals the name of my blog, he steals the name of a political club that meets once a week in Wichita.

    Glenn, we all know you are a whack job. No doubt about that here. But can’t you be a little creative and come up with your own labels for your gloom and doom scenarios? If you are going to call yourself the “War Room” why not give credit to the original War Room, from “Dr. Strangelove,” 1964.

    Glenn Beck's War Room;

    Kansas Republicans chip away at abortion rights


    It is not surprising that a house, senate and governor, completely in the hands of the Kansas Republican Party, would try and pass as many obstacles against abortion as is possible under the rules of the U.S. Supreme Court.
    So they have passed a law HB 2218, a ban on later term abortion with no exception for fetal anomaly or clear definition of physical conditions that would constitute a threat great enough to the mother to allow the procedure.
    Several women’s groups, such as National Organization for Women (NOW) and Trust Women have tried to fight the bill the best they could.
    A site for Trust Womensaid;
    This bill removes the ability of pregnant women and families to make critical decisions about pregnancy in consultation with their physicians. It puts lawmakers in the position of health care administrator and decision-maker and bans safe, legal procedures. HB 2218 is nothing more than political interference in a pregnant woman’s most personal, private medical decisions.
    What is really ridiculous about this bill and others across the country is that they will simply be overturned if the Republican Party looses its grip on power as it did during the Barack Obama election.
    The Kansas Legislators know they can’t just ban abortion so they come up with as many restrictions as possible. So far South Dakota has the most restrictive abortionrules on the books. Republicans will continue to chip away from abortion rights even though there are powerful women’s groups to oppose that.

    Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land

    “This Land Is Your Land” is one of the United States’ most famous folk songs. Its lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940 based on an existing melody, in response to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”, which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent. -Wikipedia

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Statements on the attacks on Libya, more ignoring of Bahrain by US and NATO—more lies

    The following are statements on Libya, as to the imperialist nature of the constant bombardment of that country by the US and NATO forces who claim to speak for the entire world. But they only speak for world imperialist and they make up all kinds of lying excuses to wage a war on Libya and its present leader Mohamer Gaddafi. They claim the violence in Libya is far worse than the other rebellions…an outright lie. Bahrain is also mired in violence. They claim the other dictators may be inspired to act as Gaddafi to stay in power……another convenient lie. The west has traditionally hated Gaddafi while embracing all the other dictators in the Middle-east. They claim they are acting out of humanitarian reasons…another lie. Libya has a vast oil reserve. People are being killed all over the Middle-east and Africa and the US and NATO chose only Libya to take action. US troops are committing atrocities in Afghanistan and nothing is done about that. -សតិវ អតុ

    No to the imperialist war of aggression against the Libyan people
    Alongside with the anti-imperialist democratic revolution and the resistance of the Arab peoples

    The imperialist powers headed by France, Britain and the U.S. have triggered a war of aggression against Libya for getting rid of Gaddafi that, although he broke the anti-imperialist role he played for years after the success of the anti-colonial movement in 1969, remains however, a collaborator unreliable to make a strong clutch at country’s natural resources and to roll back the revolution taking place in Arab countries.

    The speculators who starve the world, the accomplices of the Israeli Zionists, the killers of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq are posing as champions of democracy and human rights, hiding behind the fig leaf of a resolution passed by a body in the service of Washington government and the Zionists. They deliberately ignored the proposal made by the Venezuelan government and supported by the countries of ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative of the Peoples Alliance for Our America) to form a “Commission for International Humanitarian Peace and integrity of Libya , to send observers and to work to mediate between the parties, in order to avoid a military attack in the country and within the international community’s efforts to help Libyan people”, and gave the green light to the “group of the willing criminals” that had already turned the engines of the Tornado airplanes.

    The campaign of misinformation and public intoxication in which the bourgeois mass media paved the way to a military attack (do you remember the “weapons of mass destruction” of Saddam Hussein?) hammered at the fact that “ they are the Benghazi rebels who ask the West to intervene to stop the massacre of civilians.” Even if we grant for the sake of argument about these “requests for help,” it would not be the first time that the imperialist forces maneuver, infiltrate, corrupt and conspire to transform organizations and popular movements in an instrument to be used to their own purposes. Why are British SAS special forces agents and soldiers working in Libya for weeks? Is it by chance that the Chief of Staff of the rebel army is a Libyan former general recently returned in Libya after having been for twenty years “exile” in United States?
    As it is not the first time that movements and organizations promoted and fed for counter-revolutionary purposes by the imperialist forces turn against their own patrons.

    The ongoing revolutions in the Arab and Muslim countries have alerted the ringleaders of world imperialism that are doing something to salvage whatever possible of their “world order” that is falling to pieces under the joint pressure of the new wave of proletarian revolution and of the gang war between the imperialist robbers. The uncouth rush to decide who more and better is bombing Libya, the struggle for control of operations, the dissociation of the German Government, the military will to be at the centre of attention by the French Government and the disintegration of the “group of the willing criminals” reflect the clashes, the tensions, the bitter struggle among the imperialist groups: too many and too sharp are the differences, the special interests, the competition for a major role in the division of the spoils, the fear of inflaming the anti-feudal and anti-imperialist New Democratic Revolutions going on in the Arab and Muslim countries!

    The Berlusconi’s government joined the initiative of the “group of the willing criminals.” It is the fourth time (after Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan) that the Italian bourgeoisie and its center-right and center-left governments, openly violating the Constitution, drag our country into a war of aggression passed off as a “humanitarian mission”. This time is to “protect civilians” the same population that our interventionists keep and force in barbaric and inhumane conditions when landing on Lampedusa island! The hairsplitting of the Northern League, the firm support of the Democratic Party, the praise of the “defender” of the Constitution Napolitano [the President of the Republic, Note of Translator], the ambiguous statements by the CGIL [the biggest Italian trade union, Note of Translator] (first it supports the creation of the no-fly zone then, after the bombing started, calls for “a political and diplomatic initiative“), the blessing of the Vatican hierarchy are the umpteenth, further confirmation that the Berlusconi’s gang is a sinking boat, but above all that the “holy alliance” of those who put the profits of the capitalists, the financiers of capital gains, the balance of public accounts above everything and everyone, of those who cannot conceive of other civilization than to produce for making profit, can only drag us toward new world wars and the devastation of the planet.

    The peace movement is on the move: sit in, mobilizations, action against the headquarters of ENI [Hydrocarbons National Board, that has plants in Lybia, Note of Translator]... The Network “Disarmiamoli” has launched an appeal to make a national demonstration in Naples, the headquarters of U.S. naval forces in Europe, the headquarters of the naval forces of Africa Command and those of the Allied Joint Force. Inside the CGIL they are multiplying the stances against the war and the intricacies of Camusso [General Secretary of CGIL, Note of Translator ]: the struggle against military action in Libya is an integral part of the general, political and widespread strike! Some components of the peace movement have appealed to make a national demonstration in Mineo, in Sicily, to free refugees detained in a lager of the State (CIE: Center for Identification and Expulsion) with an action of social disobedience and allow them to move freely, in various European countries. Let’s answer to imperialist war, making the country ungovernable by the Berlusconi’s gang, developing a broader mobilization against the war (strengthened by the experience of the No War movement which developed in the U.S. against the war in Iraq), civil disobedience against racist measures taken against refugees, supporting the riots in the CIEs, refusing to pay increased fees for the costs of the war, promoting strikes and sabotage in the factories that produce weapons and seek to do lucrative business. Against imperialist war everything that is in the interest of the masses is legitimate, even if it is illegal!

    Not a penny for the government of war, poverty, racism!
    Not a soldier for the war of aggression against the masses of the people of Libya and other Arab countries!
    Let’s throw out the government of war, nuclear power and misery!
    Its place must be taken by a popular emergency government, formed by people trusted by workers and popular organizations and decided, even at the cost of damaging the interests of the rich and going against their habits and will, to give to the special and concrete measures indicated by worker and popular organizations form and force of government decrees,
    - to eliminate immediately the worst effects of the economic and environmental crisis and prevent its recurrence despite the crisis of capitalism that is rampant throughout the world,
    - to start the rebirth of the country and establish links of solidarity, cooperation and exchange with countries willing to establish with us, because they too want to escape the grip of the imperialist world system.
    Party of the  Committees to Support Resistance – for Communism (CARC) - Italy
    Via Tanaro, 7 - 20128 Milano - Tel/Fax 02.26306454
    e-mail: – website:

    Dear Friends,

    20th March, shamelessly another war has imposed on the world. This is the
    same date when eight years back Iraq was attacked by collation forces to
    brig security for everyone. But this time target population is people of
    Libya, using same old and absurd accuse, protecting people, eliminating
    dictatorship and bringing democracy in the country. Air strikes and
    missiles have started to operate for this “noble” cause. We were told that
    Countries which responsible of this assault are kind enough to think about
    the welfare of Libyans, hence will try their best to keep civil casualties
    as minimum as possible. Strike would continue till Kernel Gaddafi gets off
    from power.

    What would be more disgusting than this?

    Hard to digest, countries that claim to be developed and civilized do such
    violent and uncivilized acts to deal with world problems. Sudan, Iraq,
    Afghanistan, Pakistan and many other countries are painful examples of so
    called “elected governments’ love for democracy and hunger for absolute
    rule. “Might is Right not law of past. These governments are not bringing
    destruction and death on weak and under developed regions while insulting
    their own people who believe in peace and human rights for everyone.

    On behalf of Working Women Organization and women workers in Pakistan who
    are already victim of so called war on Terrorism, I express our deep
    distress and concerns on attack on Libya. USA, UK and other European
    countries’ Air strikes on Libya are entirely revolting and condemnable. We
    people of the world especially Europeans nations must act swiftly to stop
    their governments brutal proceedings and tell them “no more war”. Every
    national must have freedom to decide their political and financial future
    by them self without any external and violent interruption. This attack is
    not different then Kernel Gaddafi’s violence that he was doing to protect
    his power.

    Weapons and war never ever bring democracy and stability. We strongly
    reject and condemn those who kill million to get their hidden interests in
    the name of democratic system.

    Our warmest thoughts and solidarity with the Libyans as well as all the
    victims of war.

    In solidarity,

    Aima Mahmood
    Executive Director
    Working Women Organization
    93-A, Nawab Town, Raiwind Road
    Lahore, Pakistan.
    Tell: + 92 42 35314365/6151635
    Fax: + 92-42-35315823

    Aima Mahmood
    Executive Director
    Working Women Organization
    93-A, Nawab Town, Raiwind Road
    Lahore, Pakistan.
    Tell: + 92 42 35314365/6151635
    Fax: + 92-42-35315823


    (A mass front organization constituted with various mass, class organizations like porattom)

    Barbarous Incursion and Intervention condemned.
    The Single spark from Tunishia is spreading like a prairie fire through out the Arab world. A wave of spontaneous mass struggles is sweeping across the Arab countries like Ejipth, Bahrin & Libya etc. No doubt, the tide is against the reactionary and totalitarian imperialist puppet rulers of these countries and their policies.

    Not only the reactionary rulers of these countries but the imperialist including US also are got upseted and trumbled at these developments. And they indulged in various intravenous and interventions to deceive and defeat the struggling masses and install their own new guards in order to maintain their hegemony and exploitations over these countries.

    With the direct united armed action on Libya and the UN sanction for it, the intention of the imperialist powers have become more explicit. Since the US, France, Britan and Italy like countries have a history of terminator of freedom, democracy and development in third world countries, it is a great joke to say that the present armed attacks are to save democracy in Libya. It is nothing but a shear barbarous incursion and intervention into the sovereignty and freedom of Libyan people and in the internal affairs of Libya. Let the destiny of the Libya be decided by its own people. We vehemently condemn the united armed action, assuming themselves as an ‘International Police’. By giving sanction for the imperialists armed attacks on Libya, the UN itself has taken the role of a marshal in this war.

    We urge all democratic, patriotic forces and people of our land to raise their voice against this aggression at Libya. We warn that the struggling people of the Arab world, particularly Libya have to be extra vigilant against the danger of the wolf that trying to enter on various pretext through the back door, while driving out the tiger through front door. We like to invite the attention to the statement of Tunishian Maoist Communist Party, “the agenda must not be confined to change the guards only but they should extend to changing the whole system itself”.

    Palakkad/ Keralam M.N.Ravunni,
    21.3.2011 Secretary
    MOB: 09249713184

    Imperialists, Hands off Libya!
    Humanitarian Intervention is a euphemism for Military Invasion!

    The United Nations Security Council on 17th March approved a resolution for the United States and other major imperialist powers to conduct direct military intervention in Libya. It however has maintained the old pretence of this being a “humanitarian” mission to protect civilian lives. The resolution, backed by the US, France, Britain and Lebanon, nullified the earlier proposals for a no-fly zone, and authorized the use of military force including “all necessary measures … to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack.” These “areas” include Benghazi, the city with a population of one million which has been the stronghold of the revolt that began against the Gaddafi dictatorship a month ago. Both British and French rulers had already started air strikes and have confirmed more intensified attack in the coming days on Libya. The American military officials too had warned that even the imposition of a no-fly zone will require the prior destruction of the Libyan air bases. This implies direct bombardment which inevitably will lead into massive civilian killing. Already, there are reportedly two civilian hospitals and a medical clinic that have been bombarded by the ongoing air raids. The US had also made it clear that it is going to use cruise missiles, manned and unmanned drone aircrafts. As per the media reports, so far, the US has already fired 124 Tomahawk missiles on strategic air defense systems across Libya and the Pentagon official did not rule out any additional missile strikes against the Libyan regime in coming days.

    Sham of ‘Democracy’= Geo-Politics of Big Oil

    These plans for war are not motivated by any intentions to protect the Libyan people or further the cause of democracy, as the imperialists are proclaiming within the UN Security Council. This belligerent intervention by the Iraq-style “coalition of the willing” led by US in the oil-rich Libya is only driven by profit interests and geopolitical imperatives and have nothing to do with any “humanitarian” pretenses of these powers with brutal histories. The aim is to exploit the civil war in Libya to impose a completely titular regime which will remain completely loyal to these powers and to the major Western oil conglomerates to ensure free export of oil in future. The real aim of the US-backed intervention is therefore to suppress any genuine revolution and ensure that any regime that replaces Gaddafi serves not the interests of the Libyan people, but rather the demands of Washington and Big Oil. The NATO has legitimized this intervention by citing that they have ‘regional support’. This support comes from none other than the Arab league which consists of dictators, royalists and emirates who have always served the interests of the imperialists and have often violently repressed popular upsurges in their own countries. The autocrats of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have also indicated that they will send military forces to attack Libya. Right now the two Arab countries who have formally registered their support in the UN and are ready to join the US-NATO assault are Qatar and UAE, both ruled by feudal monarchs and are currently aiding Saudi Arab’s violent intervention in Bahrain to repress the mass upsurge of people against its ruling monarchy.

    Parody of ‘Humanitarian Intervention’= Propping up Imperialist Stooges

    The sham of ‘humanitarian intervention’ is being trumpeted faithfully in the corporate media. Right after the mass upsurge in Libya started, major sections of the media have been portraying it in a way that suits the imperialist interests. On Feb. 22 BBC showed footage of crowds in Benghazi pulling down the green flag of the republic and replacing it with the flag of the overthrown monarch King Idris – who had been a puppet of US and British imperialism. Right now the media is once again justifying the war on Libyan people by dubbing it as the ‘war against Gaddafi’. The media will never focus on the real imperialist intention which is to tighten its grip over Libya as a semi-colony, ruled by the United States and its fellow predators from Western Europe, who will seize control of the oil reserves and transform the country’s territory into a strategic base of operations against all the mass upsurges which is now sweeping West Asia and North Africa.

    Washington, which pretends to be outraged over the killing of Libyan civilians and bent on saving lives, is itself responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the very eve of the UN vote, the US war machine has carried out the cold-blooded murder of around 40 civilians (media count) in a drone attack in Pakistan. The same powers stood by the Tunisian and Egyptian dictators, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak when they massacred demonstrators seeking jobs, democratic rights and an end to the plundering of their country and their resources by the corrupt ruling elite. They offered political, diplomatic and in some cases direct security assistance in an effort to prop up these stooge regimes. In the same two weeks that Gaddafi’s security forces have shot down opposition demonstrators, similar crimes have been committed by US allies in Oman and Bahrain and by the US client regime in Iraq without even any public condemnation by Washington, let alone the organization of an international campaign for military intervention. 

    The US-European posture of humanitarian outrage has no credibility

    Until a few weeks ago, these powers were openly paying court to Gaddafi to obtain lucrative contracts for the exploitation of the oil and gas resources of Libya. They paid no heed then to Gaddafi’s police state and the brutalities that were going on in the Libyan torture chambers.  It also continues to back the regimes in Bahrain and Yemen as they scythe down protesters demanding democratic rights. The US and its cronies are silent on the atrocities meted out to the people of Kuwait or Saudi Arabia or Bahrain who are also fighting to overthrow their dictatorial rulers. This is simply because the ruling regimes in these countries are declared puppets of US. As for Egypt and Tunisia, the imperialists are pulling every string they can to get the masses off the streets. There was no talk of US intervention to ‘help’ the Palestinian people of Gaza when thousands died from being blockaded, bombed and invaded by Israel. To the contrary, the U.S. intervened to prevent condemnation of the Zionist settler state of Israel. These same forces were criminally silent and thereby complicit on the use of chemical weapons on the people of Tamil Eelam by the fascist Rajapakshey government of Sri Lanka. Since 1945, the US has destroyed or subverted more than 50 governments, many of them democracies, and used mass murderers like Suharto, Mobutu and Pinochet to dominate by proxy. In the Arab world, every dictatorship and monarchy has been sustained by America.

    Desert Storm in the Arab World: Faultlines of a Worldwide Economic Tyranny

    The revolt in the Arab world is not merely against a resident dictator but a worldwide economic tyranny designed by the US Treasury and imposed by the US Agency for International Development, the IMF and World Bank, which have ensured that even relatively rich countries like Egypt are pauperised, with half the population earning less than $2 a day. From Tunisia in January 2011 the desert storm of people’s upsurge had set across the entire Arab world. From

    Revolutionary Democratic Front condemns the ongoing military assault on the people of Libya by the French, American and British imperialist powers. RDF hails the people’s upsurges in the Arab world and expresses its full solidarity with the struggling people who are fighting tooth and nail the mighty forces of imperialism and the feudal/monarchic ruling elites who have lived the time and space that Post-World War II imperialist arrangements have provided them. Down with US led imperialist military intervention. It is the people of Libya who must have the right to shape their future.
    General Secretary
    G N Saibaba
    Deputy Secretary


    Communist Party of the Philippines

    CPP denounces US-led war against LibyaMarch 20, 2011

    The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the US-led coalition of imperialist forces for launching missile attacks against the people and government of Libya, calling it "a barefaced act of armed intervention against a sovereign nation."
    Following a resolution by the UN Security Council to enforce a "no-fly zone" over Libyan airspace, imperialist countries such as the United Kingdom, France and the US launched rockets into Libya with the aim of crippling the military strength of the Libyan government of Mohamar Gadaffi. The attacks were carried out against the Libyan government in an effort to help the US-supported armed rebels which launched armed uprisings in the last weeks of February.
    "The imperialists are arrogantly imposing their will against a government that has stood for their people's right to self-determination," said the CPP.
    "The Gadaffi government has long been a target of US attacks since the early 1980s," the CPP pointed out. In 1982, the US imposed an economic embargo against Libya in an effort to force the overthrow of the government. This was followed by an assassination attampt against Gadaffi in 1984 and the aerial bombing of the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi in 1986. Economic sanctions were further imposed by the UN in 1992 and were eased only around 2004 after Libya complied with UN conditions regarding arms control and the surrender of suspects in the 1997 bombing of a commercial plane over Scotland.
    "The US imperialists have long wanted to overthrow the Gadaffi government since it carried out the nationalization of banks and the oil industry," said the CPP. "The Gadaffi government has steadfastly stood against the imperialist policy of neoliberal globalization and has carried out populist policies ensuring the welfare of the Libyan people."
    The CPP denounced the "hypocrisy" of US President Obama "who is now launching a large-scale war following mere declarations of 'no-mercy' by the anti-US Gadaffi. Yet, Obama and his imperialist coterie never lifted a finger in January even after their Egyptian puppet Mubarrak attacked peaceful demonstrators with armed thugs and state police personnel."
    "The armed attacks against Libya are bound to blow up in the face of the US-led imperialists forces," said the CPP. "The US-led bombing of Libya can only succeed in inflaming the patriotic aspirations of the Libyan people and will militate them into uniting to defend their country's right to self-determination."
    "Majority of the American people will not accept another interventionist war," said the CPP. "Like their wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, the US-led imperialists are risking involvement in another protracted war of intervention that they can never win."


    Marco Valbuena
    Media Officer
    Cellphone Numbers: 09156596802 :: 09282242061

    Bahrain authorities out of control as violence continues


    Tahrir Square
    in Egypt to the city of Benghazi in Libya, to Algeria, Bahrain, Sudan, massive protests shook the dictatorial, corrupt regimes most of which are mere stooges of US imperialism. Although the corporate and imperialist media too are forced to talk about these massive protests and their attempts to overhaul the ruling regimes in Tunisia and Egypt; the anti-imperialist, anti-neoliberal ethos of these protests are being carefully made inconspicuous and the uprisings are only attributed to the misrule and rampant corruption of the head of states. These protests with their anti-imperialist character, secular overtones and overwhelming participation of women demolished all the vulgar stereotypes of the Muslim world trumpeted by the propaganda machinery of the so-called ‘war against terror’. These mass upsurges in the Arab world have shaken imperialism in and out. They are shaken by the spread of the protests and at the same time are clueless about the road ahead in the region. The military intervention in Libya once again reflects the desperation of the US led imperialist war machine as they have run out of all other solutions.