Saturday, April 21, 2018

PCm Italy - demo today in Palermo against imperialist war

 



Contro la guerra imperialista
Contro l’attacco criminale in Siria di Usa/GB/Francia/Nato
Al fianco dei popoli oppressi in lotta, dalla Palestina al mondo intero

L’imperialismo assassino di Stati Uniti, Francia, Gran Bretagna e NATO ha attaccato la Siria nella notte del 13 aprile, facendone una tappa ulteriore della aggressione imperialista alla Siria, avvicinando così il mondo intero sul baratro di una guerra mondiale totale. Questo attacco è un passo grave verso l'acutizzazione delle contraddizioni inter-imperialiste nell'area e in particolare nei confronti della Russia e indirettamente della Cina.
Trump, Macron e May, tre rappresentanti dell’imperialismo mondiale in crisi, (nella sostanza sostenuti dagli altri paesi imperialisti che fanno parte della NATO) provano, da un lato, a “risolvere” la crisi economica e politica mondiale con una guerra sempre più estesa, e dall’altro lato spostano sul piano internazionale la profonda crisi politica che ognuno di loro sta attraversando e che li attanaglia all’interno dei propri paesi…
I governi imperialisti trovano ogni scusa per scatenare gli attacchi, dalle armi chimiche al terrorismo islamico e mentre parlano di pace nel frattempo vendono armi, come fa l’Italia, per miliardi di dollari alle “parti in conflitto”!
In questa guerra ci sono in ballo come sempre gli affari della ricostruzione della Siria distrutta (valutata in circa 400 MILIARDI DI DOLLARI), il controllo del petrolio che si trova nel nord del Paese e quindi il controllo politico militare di tutta l’area mantenuta dall’imperialismo in eterna ebollizione.
Per “riprendersi” dalla crisi ogni governo della borghesia deve restringere quanto più è possibile i diritti acquisiti con la lotta dalla classe operaia e dalle masse popolari per avere sempre più mani libere da ogni “formalità democratica” che considera un ostacolo nei confronti della propria insaziabile fame di profitto e del dominio della società. I governi, per la borghesia imperialista, devono essere più “efficienti” e “razionali”.
I massacri dell’imperialismo nell’area non risparmiano nessuno: Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Kurdistan (ma anche la Libia) e la Palestina martoriata dal governo nazisionista israeliano, sempre sostenuto dai paesi complici dei massacri: Stati Uniti, Italia, Francia, Gran Bretagna Germania…
Il governo italiano nonostante le chiacchiere di Gentiloni è pienamente complice della sporca guerra imperialista. Gentiloni, ancora attuale capo del governo, ha detto, infatti, esplicitamente, che l’Italia sarà sempre al fianco degli Stati Uniti a prescindere dal governo! Il loro cinismo, fatto sui corpi di migliaia di morti, è racchiuso nelle parole della Pinotti: “Operazione conclusa”! E insieme a loro tutti i partiti in un modo o nell’altro sono d’accordo.
E così riaccendono con fuochi di guerra ogni volta la Sicilia: "... L'Italia, ha detto … il premier Gentiloni, in base agli accordi internazionali e bilaterali vigenti, continuerà a fornire supporto logistico alle attività delle forze alleate… da Sigonella a Camp Darby…" (GdS 13 aprile).
La Sicilia, infatti, come abbiamo detto in occasione del G7 di Taormina, progressivamente insieme a tutto il Sud dell’Italia, è diventata una grande piattaforma militare piena di armi convenzionali e nucleari, di basi militari, Sigonella e aeroporti civili trasformati in militari come Trapani e Palermo, strumenti di controllo delle telecomunicazioni militari come il radar di Marsala e il Muos di Niscemi. Insomma, un’isola, che mentre viene stretta dai gravissimi problemi della disoccupazione, dello Stato-mafia, dell’inquinamento, della mancanza di servizi, dalla sanità alla scuola, si riempie di armi, di morte e distruzione dalla quale partono azioni di guerra con e senza droni.
·      È necessario solidarizzare attivamente con i popoli martoriati dall’imperialismo
·      Ribellarsi è giusto e necessario contro le politiche guerrafondaie del governo italiano
·      Serve l'unità antimperialista dei popoli per cacciare tutti gli imperialisti e i governi ad essi asserviti

Circolo proletari comunisti Palermo - prolcompa@libero.it

France - universitès en lutte


rassemblement à 14h devant l’hôpital Cochin !


Les témoignages sont nombreux, et notamment recensé par Reporterre, et pourtant la préfecture refuse toujours d’admettre une blessure grave. Un homme serait pourtant à l’hôpital dans un état grave. Un rassemblement est appelé aujourd’hui à 14h devant l’hôpital Cochin pour exiger la vérité !

Rappel : numéro de la coordination anti-répression pour transmettre des infos ou prendre des nouvelles : 07 53 13 43 05

00:48 Censier : la nasse des soutiens est évacuée rue Censier. Une partie des personnes présentes à l'AG a rejoint l'intérieur de la fac. C'est compliqué de les rejoindre, les flics resserrent le cordon sur la fac.
23:48Censier : plusieurs centaines de personnes toujours nassées (mais qui chantent). Les flics viennent de s'équiper.
22:58AG de la Commune libre de Tolbiac en exil : demain 14h, fac de Nanterre
22:40Apparemment ça sort en solo ou petits groupes par les immeubles ; une dizaine de cars de gendarmes alentours, soyez vigilant-es !
22:18Tentative de départ en manif sauvage à Censier ; les flics bloquent les issues de la rue de Santeuil.
21:51Environ 300 à 400 personnes à Censier ; l'AG continue.
21:06Le site de Paris 1 Saint-Charles, occupé depuis le 5 avril, a été expulsé tout à l'heure.

Manfestation sauvage suite au rassemblement de 18h à Tolbiac
  • Environ 600 personnes réunies suite à l’expulsion de Tolbiac ce matin et de l’état critique d’un des occupants sont partis en manif sauvage dans le quartier.
  • Un jeune homme entre la vie et la mort suite à l’évacuation de Tolbiac

    D’après des témoignages recueillis sur place un des blessés de ce matin serait dans le coma.
    Vers 5h10, 5h20 alors que les flics étaient déjà à l’intérieur, les CRS restaient en bas dans la fosse mais des membres de la BAC sont montés sur les terrasses (amphis d’été) pour chopper des gens. Un groupe a réussi à sortir en sautant mais au moment où la dernière personne allait sauter, un bacqueux lui a attrapé la jambe. Le mec a perdu l’équilibre et est tombé, la tête la première, par dessus le muret. Il s’est éclaté la tête par terre (chute d’au moins 3m) et ne s’est pas relevé. Il saignait des oreilles.
    D’autres personnes rencontrées sur place confirment la chute et le fait qu’il ne se soit pas relevé. Dans les médias de masses on s’évertue à reprendre la version policière qui consiste à dire que l’évacuation s’est faite dans le calme.
  • Tolbiac expulsée, pour les étudiant.e.s la lutte continue

    • L’AG de Tolbiac appel à rejoindre le Centre Saint-Charles de Paris 1 Panthéons-Sorbonne (métro Charles Michel). Ce site occupé a reçu un ultimatum de la part de l’administration pour aujourd’hui 15h ! Si vous avez le temps allez leur donner un coup de main.
    • Sinon nouveau rendez vous à 18h, ce soir, devant Tolbiac.
  • Rassemblement en ce moment devant Tolbiac

    • Plusieurs centaines de personnes devant le site de Tolbiac où des prises de paroles ont lieu. Une Assemblée Générale a eu lieu sur la dalle en face du site universitaire pour décider de la suite.
    • Quelques dizaines de fourgons de CRS posté devant et autour de la fac. Pas de contrôles à cette heure.
    • L’AG confirme qu’il y a eu des blessées lors de l’évacuation dont certains à l’hôpital.

Grece - Affrontements à la manifestation contre la guerre



Les partisans du Parti communiste grec (KKE) ont tenté hier lundi de démolir une statue de l’ancien président américain Harry Truman, à Athènes, lors d’une manifestation contre les frappes aériennes contre la Syrie. Les manifestants ont commencé à couper les pieds de la statue avec une disqueuse pour tenter de l’abattre en tirant avec des cordes, mais la police anti-émeute est intervenue en tirant des gaz lacrymogènes, provoquant des affrontements. La statue a subi des dommages mineurs. Au moins trois manifestants ont été blessés. La statue de Truman a été régulièrement la cible de manifestants. Elle a même dû être enlevée et restaurée en 1986 après avoir été visée par une attaque à la bombe.
Les heurts à Athènes hier lundi Les heurts à Athènes hier lundi 

France - Macron attaques avec la police les Universitè


France : La police évacue la faculté de Tolbiac

A l’aube de ce vendredi, la faculté de Tolbiac, occupée depuis le 26 mars et symbole de la résistance étudiante à la réforme des universités, a été évacuée par les forces de l’ordre. L’opération, menée par une centaine de CRS, s’est déroulée très rapidement aux alentours de 5 heures du matin, en période de vacances scolaires. Entre 50 et 100 personnes passaient la nuit sur place - un amphithéâtre ayant été aménagé en dortoir. Les occupants évoquent pêle-mêle des coups de matraque, des corps traînés sur le sol et trois blessés dont un grave.
L'intervention policière à Tolbiac

Italy Naples - meeting comrades Mensa Occupata and MFPR for intensify campaign for Br prisoner NADIA LIOCE against 41 bis


Nap Dal Carcere Al 41 Bis", ha aperto molto bene la campagna lanciata dalle compagne del Mfpr "Dai presidi alle assemblee", dopo l'ultima manifestazione a L'Aquila del 24 novembre scorso in occasione del processo contro Nadia Lioce. 
Un'assemblea con varie presenze, sia di giovani che di meno giovani, di compagne e compagni come di operai, donne, familiari di detenuti, disoccupati, ecc. Un'assemblea durata oltre il previsto perchè si voleva parlare e si voleva ascoltare.
Un'assemblea in cui gli interventi, sia delle compagne di Mensa occupata che hanno aperto e concluso la serata evidenziando le questioni più significative, sia delle compagne del Movimento Femminista Proletario Rivoluzionario di Taranto e L'Aquila, sia di un compagno proletario, Pietro Ioia, ex detenuto nel carcere di Poggioreale, come l'intervento dell'Avvocatessa di Nadia Lioce, Caterina Calia, sono stati tutti importanti e utili, ognuno mettendo in rilievo, fornendo un contributo e approfondendo le varie questioni:
l'intensificazione e costanza della repressione verso le lotte e i movimenti e la centralità di questa battaglia nel momento in cui lo Stato si palesa sempre più solo come 'Stato di polizia'; la forte denuncia delle carceri e delle condizioni disumane che distruggono fisicamente e mentalmente i detenuti e che dimostrano che le carceri non sono riformabili ma vanno abbattute; la repressione verso i prigionieri politici rivoluzionari, Nadia Lioce, come punta di iceberg dell'attacco verso tutti, proletari, donne, giovani, che lottano, e per mettere a tacere lo "spettro" della rivoluzione; la denuncia della condizione di vita in regime del 41bis di Nadia Lioce, di cui si sono letti stralci dalla sua dichiarazione, ma anche la sua resistenza e ribellione; l'analisi della "tortura bianca" del 41bis, e l'azione dello Stato che punta a criminalizzare la solidarietà.
Infine, nelle conclusioni fatte dalle compagne della Mensa occupata, si è parlato di come continuare la mobilitazione. La prima importante iniziativa è la prossima udienza del processo per Nadia Lioce del 4 maggio in cui, insieme alla manifestazione/presidio a L'Aquila, si organizzeranno, e in questo si lancia un appello a tutti, anche contemporanei presidi ai Tribunali o alle carceri (o dove sia necessario) in altre città per il sud, da Napoli, a Taranto, a Palermo, ecc. Presidi che vogliono moltiplicare ed allargare la mobilitazione.
In questa battaglia, come hanno giustamente detto in conclusione le compagne della Mensa occupata, un appuntamento importante è il 25 aprile, in cui sicuramente a Napoli ci sarà nella manifestazione una sezione dedicata alla lotta contro la repressione. 

Women in People’s War: Past, Present and Future


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Following the call to action of the Anuradha Ghandy Campaign in support of proletarian feminism, we are publishing a short speech written by a supporter of the RAH and given at the International Working Womenʹs Day event hosted by the Stonewall Militant Front in Austin this year. Proletarian feminism was birthed in the class struggle, in Peopleʹs War, and in our modern movement we must honor our martyrs and theorists like Comrade Anuradha Ghandy and carry that struggle onwards. Ten years after her death, the memory and spirit of Comrade Anuradha Ghandy lives on, in the Peopleʹs War in India, and in the international communist struggle. It is this spirit which drives us forward now to build a militant womenʹs movement which can crush the class enemy here in the belly of the imperialist beast.
Long live the struggle of proletarian women for their liberation!
Honor to Comrade Anuradha Ghandy!
Onwards in the development of a proletarian feminist movement in the world!
The oppression of women has existed for so long in our world, and is so pervasive and total in our society, that it appears to be almost natural, undefeatable, something which we can only improve or manage but never fully do away with. The capitalists themselves, when they acknowledge the oppression of women, tell us that it is either natural or that we should seek only to improve the representation of women within the ruling class and their toadies within the state. Both serve the same purpose: to preserve the oppression of women, to continue their subjugation and domestication and to liquidate revolution. The capitalists cannot end the oppression of women, and they do not seek to because they are the only people who benefit from it. But this does not mean it cannot be abolished in its totality. The oppression of women was born at the dawn of class society, as the very first ruling classes emerged. At the very establishment of private property, women became subjects, domestic slaves bound to the home and to reproduction, bound to the most demeaning drudgery, as men established control over production and property. Women have been oppressed since the moment oppression was born into this world, and they cannot be truly freed until private property and class society are demolished and withered away, until all of humanity achieves dignity and freedom at last under communism. The oppression of women has existed for so long in our world, and is so pervasive and total in our society, that it appears to be almost natural, undefeatable, something which we can only improve or manage but never fully do away with. The capitalists themselves, when they acknowledge the oppression of women, tell us that it is either natural or that we should seek only to improve the representation of women within the ruling class and their toadies within the state. Both serve the same purpose: to preserve the oppression of women, to continue their subjugation and domestication and to liquidate revolution. The capitalists cannot end the oppression of women, and they do not seek to because they are the only people who benefit from it. But this does not mean it cannot be abolished in its totality. The oppression of women was born at the dawn of class society, as the very first ruling classes emerged. At the very establishment of private property, women became subjects, domestic slaves bound to the home and to reproduction, bound to the most demeaning drudgery, as men established control over production and property. Women have been oppressed since the moment oppression was born into this world, and they cannot be truly freed until private property and class society are demolished and withered away, until all of humanity achieves dignity and freedom at last under communism.
Though this may seem distant and unreachable, we know that we can achieve this, and that in fact it is the natural progression of class struggle. To bring about this world we must build revolution, and understand that revolution is the violent struggle between classes, and never succumb to any delusions that there can be any kind of peaceful revolution. In building revolution, the role of women must be understood as essential to its success, as strategic and not tactical. As comrade Lenin said ʹThe experience of all liberation movements has shown that the success of a revolution depends on how much the women take part in it.ʹ Marxism-Leninism-Maoism teaches us, synthesizing the lessons of a century of class struggle, that protracted peopleʹs war is our universal strategy for the seizure of state power. To better explain the role of women in peopleʹs war and the peopleʹs army, Iʹm going to briefly touch upon these concepts.
The peopleʹs army is an army of a new type. It is utterly unlike the bourgeois military forces we associate with the word ʹarmyʹ. It is in short a political army with a military face, which is always lead by the party and its guiding ideology, never letting the gun take command over its decisions. While it has officers and soldiers, their relationships is nothing like that of the bourgeois forces. The soldiers are able to criticize their officers and the officers receive no medals, no special privileges. The way it engages the enemy is also completely different: its actions are political attacks given military form. It relies on the enemy as their quartermaster, stealing arms and ammunition from them, and captives are treated fairly and every attempt is made to win them over to revolution. In peopleʹs war the warfare is also of guerrilla and not a conventional nature. But the greatest difference between a peopleʹs army and a bourgeois army is in its relationship to the people. A peopleʹs army is not one which takes from the people, it is not one which relies parasitically upon the society in which it operates. A peopleʹs army seeks to be as fish among the ocean of the masses, seeking to unite with them fully, meeting their needs, and producing its own supplies, paying fairly for whatever they need from the people. A peopleʹs soldier is a true servant of the people. To be absolutely clear: the peopleʹs army and the soldiers within it carry out the majority of the mass work during peopleʹs war. They produce infrastructure and agriculture for the people within the base areas and defend them from the forces of the state.
The role of women in peopleʹs war and the peopleʹs army is one of strategic importance. Peopleʹs war brings about transformation in women, and women bring about transformation to the peopleʹs army. They not only double the potential pool of fighters, they improve the quality of the work of the peopleʹs army and themselves often prove the better of male fighters. Women in fact have been active participants in every attempt at socialist revolution, from the first blows of the Paris commune, to the victory of the October revolution, to the long wars of the Chinese revolution, and every peopleʹs war since. Among any segment of the masses, women are the most oppressed, and this oppression is turned into fury in peopleʹs war, which is unleashed upon the bourgeois and their running dogs. In Peru, the PCP paid special attention to the condition of women, who would make up almost half of the peopleʹs army and eventually 60% of the central committee, the highest amount of women to be represented on the central committee of any communist party. They became soldiers and indeed commanders and officers, and terrified the bourgeois forces, who made many observations that they were more furious fighters than their male counterparts. The influence of such women within both the army and the party cannot be understated. Because women understand fully that the forces of reaction will only bring them back into subjugation, that their freedom lies only at the end of the road from socialism to communism, they fight all the more ferociously both for the socialist revolution and to safeguard its gains against capitalist revisionism.
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In Nepal a large amount of women joined the peopleʹs army, and were both an asset to it as soldiers and had a great role in transforming its nature to that of a true peoples army. In their documents they note that women played an important role in giving the army its mass character, ensuring it was not only active in fighting but also in organizing the masses and in engaging in productive labor. Women were able to go among the masses more easily, better integrating themselves in the families in the areas the peoples army was in or moving into. They took away the masculine image from the army, showing the people it was truly an egalitarian force and making it more approachable. In the theater of fighting itself, women were no less valuable. They were found to be more tenacious fighters, more eager to go on the offensive, and more resistant to torture. It was found that where men lay down arms and gave up, women would continue to fight. They were less prone to big-headedness after victories and skulking after defeats, being more patient and retaining their composure. Despite facing conservative thinking among some men in the party and in the army, they proved that they were not less physically able than their male counterparts, and as in Peru they were decisive force in the successes of their peopleʹs war.
Not only were women of benefit to the peopleʹs army, they were drawn to it in large numbers from other organizations. In Nepal, an internal survey of women in the movement found that between the army, the party, and the united front, women most sought to be within the army (about 40% identifying it as the field they were most drawn to). In Peru we can also see that women joined the people’s army through the movimiento femenino popular in large numbers, and there are also large numbers of women within the new peoples army of the Philippines right this moment. Why are women so drawn to peopleʹs war, to the peopleʹs armies? There are many aspects of peopleʹs war which appeal to women. It’s productive and compassionate nature to the people, itʹs egalitarian nature which allows women the chance to advance, and the opportunity to turn their righteous fury upon their class enemy are some examples. The base area itself, the ability to begin to nurture the fruits of the revolution and build a more just and free world where they themselves can taste the beginnings of their liberation, has great appeal to women struggling for revolution. Of greater appeal, however, is the affect the peopleʹs army and peopleʹs war has on women inside and outside of it.
Violence and struggle are the only ways change occurs in this world. This is true for everything from physics to society. War has an immediate effect upon those taking part, and the nature of the peopleʹs army and peopleʹs war makes these effects into positive transformation. Women are changed by peopleʹs war both in essence and also in form. Where she lacked confidence, where she was made meek and told to focus on her appearance over her physical and ideological development, she is now given leadership, she is trained into a soldier who is upright and armed, able to fight for long periods of time or in quick succession. She is given a political education and the equal place to argue with the men around her both over matters of class struggle as well as gender. Where before her spirit was quashed and she was made to be quiet, now she is rebellious, furious and armed. Long have women endured quietly the private and public violence of men, made powerless against this predation and humiliation by the forces of the bourgeois state. During peopleʹs war womanizers, abusers and rapists fear maoist women, and those who commit acts of violence against women are swiftly punished by the peopleʹs courts. In Nepal especially it was noted that women who had been oppressed by the feudal system transformed wholly and completely. Previously women had worked dawn till dusk on land they had no rights to, which was owned completely by their husbands and would only be passed to their sons, they were not even permitted to remarry after their husbands death. After the initiation of peopleʹs war these same women learned how to plant time bombs, listen for enemy intelligence, and plan complicated attacks against reactionary forces. Women who had previously been illiterate and confined to the home now argued complicated matters of philosophy. Before they faced the endless drudgery of feudal life, the only escape being urban life, which itself offered only trafficking into prostitution or enslavement in sweatshops. Prostitutes who had previously known only the gravest indignities, deepest humiliation and most grotesque violence were freed and became dignified and powerful fighters, able to attack the very state that had forced them into such destitution and earning a dignified death in service to the people, for which they would be celebrated both by their comrades and the people. Peopleʹs war offered freedom, an exciting new avenue for young women to challenge themselves alongside men on equal terms, to prove themselves physically and mentally. Women were, for the first time, given an opportunity for a dignified life and a dignified death in service to the people and indeed to the whole world revolution.
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This change however swept far beyond the women directly involved in the peopleʹs war. The peopleʹs war had dramatic affect upon the women within the base areas as well. A base area is in short an area in which the party has seized full control and from which it attempts to build the embryo of a new socialist state. These conditions within the base areas create fertile ground for women to assert themselves and act in ways that feudal and capitalist oppression never allow. In Nepal it was found that women began plowing agricultural fields which was not religiously permitted and tiling roofs which was not culturally permitted. When their husbands were killed by police they would shun traditional widowhood ceremonies and instead would print in newspapers resolutions to avenge their husbands in revolutionary struggle. The shame and stigma around remarrying after widowing was also eroded away, and women began to marry for the first time based on love and ideological commitment, and also divorce men who were found to be traitors to and enemies of the revolution. Women were no longer having children until they had sons, and were infact limiting the number of children they had such that they could continue their revolutionary activities. Where before they had no options against polygamy, cheating husbands, and sexual violence they could now find dignity through the peopleʹs courts, and began to speak out against their abusers. Before rape victims were stigmatize, but as the state engaged in organized rape campaigns, this shame gave way to a deep class hatred and a burning desire for rebellion. Women were able to take an active role in shaping the new state, both in infrastructure and in policy, and the absence of men lead to women being more cooperative and alongside the leadership of the party they engaged in many collective works, collective farming being one such example which both improved the lives of the people and brought many families, including those whose male leaders were reactionaries, to the side of the revolution. In the base areas, women began at last to grasp dignity.
Outside of the base areas in Nepal peopleʹs war radically changed the nature of womenʹs lives and womenʹs organizing. Before peopleʹs war the backwards, reformist feminist movement found itself scarcely able to do anything. After the initiation of peopleʹs war, women’s organizations began to abandon the struggle for reforms and began to take action, and likewise the reactionary nature of NGOs and their sham activists were exposed. No longer did feminist organizations discuss the representation of women in parliament or amongst the bourgeois. The fraudulent nature of such struggles was exposed as counter revolutionary, and instead violent demonstrations against beauty pageants were organized, and organizations came together to protest the rape torture and murder of revolutionary women. In urban areas where the peopleʹs war had not touched, women began to become more class conscious and the womenʹs movement began to see class as the key link to their oppression. Likewise was the failure of reform and charity laid bare in Peru, as NGO activists were exposed as snitches selling revolutionaries to the state, and as reformists called for the end of armed struggle in favor of participation in elections even as the state engaged in horrific campaigns of violence and slaughter against the people. Such reformism is the betrayal of the womenʹs struggle, of the struggle for true and final liberation. It liquidates the fury of women into that domesticated meekness the bourgeois seeks in all its subjects but especially among women. A sugar coated bullet is still a bullet, and in the face of peopleʹs war, it is plain to the masses and especially to women that such capitulation can lead them no where but back into shackles.
Sadly enough, the communist party of Nepal itself capitulated to capitalist ideology emerging within the movement, which we call revisionism, and liquidated the peopleʹs war to engage in parliamentary struggle. When the party laid down itʹs weapons, the condition of women immediately became worse. In their own propaganda they admitted that women became less involved in the party, that the womenʹs struggle went backwards, and these phony ʹMaoistsʹ began to talk of the representation within parliament and of reform that they had railed against just a few years prior. When the peopleʹs army was taken from women, they lost everything they had fought and died for. In this defeat we find stark lessons: firstly, that we must guard against revisionism within our movement. Revisionism turns our struggle into its opposite, it turns the party of the proletariat into the party of the bourgeois, and the peopleʹs army into the lapdogs of the capitalists, the struggle for revolution into one for reform. The other lesson we can take from this and from other failures and defeats is that women can only be emancipated through the armed struggle. Truly, without the peopleʹs army, the people (and women especially) have nothing.
In our present movement, we must begin to build for this struggle here and now. We cannot be deceived by those who tell us that the path to our freedom as women lies in reforms, in representation, in community healing. The only way forward for women is revolutionary violence. Our whole lives as women we are cowed, domesticated, made meek and demure. Our bodies are not our own, and any concerns of physical health or physically ability seconded to aesthetic and sexual appeal, particularly to men. We are assaulted by friends, by lovers, by family and by strangers, and we are never truly allowed the means to defend ourselves and to strike out against those who prey upon us. Our bodies are viewed as things to be consumed, to be used by others, to be bought and sold in advertisements, or often as prostitutes, sugar babies, and in nudes over snapchat. We are denied access to much of the workforce, and those areas we are expected to exist within are devalued. When we do share work spaces with men we are valued and payed less than them, and we are often sexually harassed and assaulted by our bosses and male coworkers. Women who are of oppressed nations or who are LGBT face a triple oppression, subject to further violence and indignities, pushed further into prostitution and out of the workforce. We are butchered in our streets, in our homes, and even alongside our families. How many black women must vanish, how many lesbians must be found butchered in their homes, how many girls must be assaulted before we discard the vulgar lies of reformism? Despite the supposed successes of bourgeois feminism we are still largely confined to the domestic sphere, we still lack in dignity and in autonomy. Our president is a fucking rapist. Nothing these phony ʹresistersʹ and #bossbabes offer us can lift us out of this indignity. But there is a way forward for women. Reclaiming revolutionary violence can give us our dignity, peopleʹs war can give us a correct direction for our violence to destroy this corrupt, bastard world and birth a new one. Socialism towards communism is the only road to freedom for us. Womenʹs participation in revolution is a condition of itʹs success, and the condition for the emancipation of women is our participation in revolution, in peopleʹs war.
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There is more to draw on than historical examples, even more recent than the people’s war in Nepal which continued into the early 2000ʹs. In the Philippines today women make up a large portion of the New Peopleʹs Army and indeed have place within the party as well. Women are celebrated within the NPA, and simply checking twitter or facebook you can see smiling women in battle dress, determined women training with stolen AKʹs and ARʹs, and videos women holding philosophical and political discussions. A recent tweet illustrates quite clearly the view of women in the NPA: ʹWomen who chose the revolutionary path – the new women – have already emancipated themselves. They are no longer beholden to any repressive authority and, in fact, gained the freedom to smash them.ʹ It is accompanied by a picture of woman of the NPA with an AK standing alongside a man with an AR. As of IWWD, this was tweeted a scant 6 days ago. But we do not even need to look so far as that! Within our own budding movement we can see this struggle begin to take shape. In Kansas city, the Proletarian Feminist Committee has, for about a year now, organized self defense classes for everyone but specifically aimed towards women. The organizers have themselves said that women take these more seriously than men, and fight in them more viciously and train more regularly. In Los Angeles, today, the same day that I deliver this presentation, Red Guards Los Angeles announced the formation of their own ʹWomenʹs Guerrilla Defense Unitsʹ in an absolutely inspiring statement. To quote them quite directly:
ʹWith the participation of the Ovarian Psyco-Cycles we will be starting a Boyle Heights proletarian Womenʹs Guerrilla Defense Unit open to all genders but with a principal focus on proletarian oppressed nationality women.
The unit will be one part internal self-defense training for women, one part external (public) self-defense training for women, one part political development – all united principally under the philosophy that only through revolutionary vengeance/violence is it possible for proletarian women and their allies to be transformed and emancipated from patriarchal capitalism-imperialism.
Patriarchy cannot be simply unlearned. We must literally arm ourselves and go to war with U.S. capitalism.ʹ
In our own locality, the Stonewall Militant Front has reaffirmed its commitment to carrying out revolutionary violence against the forces of capitalist patriarchy. More concretely, our comrades here in the Revolutionary Student Front -ATX have started an absolutely ruthless campaign against the loathsome domestic abuser in the faculty, Morrisette. They have brought great scrutiny and attention to his history of domestic violence and have inspired the masses to carry out multiple graffiti attacks against him and against UT for harboring him. Itʹs militant proletarian feminist leadership has called for revolutionary violence against all abusers and him in particular, expressing their desire to see his throat crush by a militant womenʹs movement in an impassioned speech delivered on campus. These are our first stumbling steps down the road to real proletarian feminism, a feminism that brings violence to the forces of capitalist patriarchy, to abusers and to the capitalists that are, ultimately, responsible for them and who alone benefit from womenʹs subjugation. We must not be meek on this matter: we must begin building for peopleʹs war in everything we do. Proletarian feminism means nothing less, women deserve nothing less, our class deserves nothing less, than the violent overthrow of the capitalists, of patriarchy and national oppression. These forces oppress and exploit us for the benefit of a few, who set us at each others throats like beaten dogs to squabble amongst ourselves for the pathetic morsels of reform they ever so often condescend to toss us. But the fury of women, of working class women, is boundless. Our oppression was born at the dawn of class society and it will die at the birth of communism, with our hands firmly around its throat. Women hold up nothing so little as half of the sky, and we must bring the full force of that down upon the capitalists in violent revolution.
Long live the revolution!
Long live proletarian feminism!
(Source: https://houstonra.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/women-in-peoples-war-past-present-and-future/)

20 Million Muslims March Against ISIS And The Mainstream Media Completely Ignores It

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20 In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate media.
Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammadʹs grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD.
As the Independent reports, massive crowds paid homage to the shrines of Imam Hussein and his half-brother Abbas in Karbala, where they were killed in a revolt against the Umayyad ruler Yazeed in the 7th century AD when they refused to pledge allegiance to Yazeedʹs Umayyad caliphate.
Registering only as a blip on the Independent, this most amazing feat was conducted in spite of ISIS, as well as the sacred annual pilgrimage.
As the UK paper notes, the march comes as nearly 80 people, many of them pilgrims returning from commemorating Arbaeen in Karbala, were killed in the latest Isis attack in the area.
Isis has declared Shia Muslims apostates and targeted them in its bloody campaign to establish a hardline caliphate across Iraq and Syria, according to the Independent.
The brave men, women, and children marched on, knowing that an ISIS suicide bomber had just struck near Karbala the week prior.
In recent years, this march has taken on a dual purpose. Where it was once a march for Arbaeen, it now also encompasses the Shia resistance and protest against ISIS terrorists.
ʹI came walking from Basra with my wife and three sons … This is the third time. We started walking 13 days ago and reached Karbala on Sunday night,ʹ said Pilgrim Jaber Kadhem Khalif.
According to the Independent, the 40-year-old said his prayers would go to the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary group that has tens of thousands of men deployed on the front lines to fight ISIS.
Umm Ali, who came without her husband, as he is currently fighting ISIS on the front lines, said, ʹI came with my son and two daughters. I came from Samawa to Najaf by car, then from Najaf to Karbala on foot, to make a plea for my husbandʹs safety.
ʹWe ask God to support us against Daesh [ISIS] members, to help us liberate Mosul and urge our politicians to remember the people who have sacrificed so much.ʹ
In spite of this pilgrimage being one of the most massive marches in the world, the West conveniently ignored it. Arbaeen is magnitudes larger than the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca — yet Mecca is the only event that ever receives headlines in the West. Given the recent revelation that the Shia Muslims are also marching against Daesh, one canʹt help but wonder why this isnʹt all over American news.
According to the Independent, organizers of the annual Arbaeen procession in U.K. have previously spoken of their frustration over the lack of mainstream media coverage of the event.
ʹUnfortunately [some] media outlets have gone for stories that to some extent can be divisive. If a group of Muslims does something good, itʹs not mentioned or the religion is not mentioned. But if someone does something [negative], it is on the front page and their religion is mentioned,ʹ Mohammed Al-Sharifi, a volunteer at last yearʹs event told the Independent.
Many of the stories on Muslims in the U.S. that make it on to the mainstream are those that stoke divide. When a Muslim hero saves hundreds of lives by jumping on a bomb — which actually happened in July — the mainstream and the Islamophobic alternative media is mum.
Those who would judge 1.6 billion people by the actions of just a few are creating a narrative in which innocent lives are put in danger.
Throughout history, most mainstream religions have perpetuated extreme violence upon the world. To attempt to paint Islam as the problem is no better than labeling all Catholics murders for the inquisition.
But peace and empathy are enemies to the establishment who need you to hate others. When the establishment can paint things as black and white, it is easier for you to be controlled. Consequently, this is the exact mission of ISIS.
As the Free Thought Projectʹs Jay Syrmopolous points out, if there is one thing that Islamic fundamentalists and Islamophobic fascists agree on, itʹs that there should be no ʹgray zone;ʹ only black and white.
The gray zone is the zone of peaceful coexistence. Eliminating the gray zone – and rendering a world as black & white as the flag of the Islamic state is the ultimate goal of fundamentalists on all sides.
In fact, a recent ISIS publication, titled Extinction of the Grayzone made clear that the strategy has been at play for the past 14 years.
ʹThe grayzone is critically endangered, rather on the brink of extinction. Itʹs endangerment began with the blessed operation of September 11th, as these operations manifested two camps before the world for mankind to choose between, a camp of Islam… and a camp of kufr – the crusader coalition.ʹ
The way to truly defeat ISIS is by rendering their fear and divisive tactics impotent. We need to show ISIS, and those being manipulated by their tactics, that tolerance and freedom are far more powerful than bigotry and hate — which is why, coincidentally, not a single American mainstream outlet reported on the tens of millions of Muslims marching against ISIS.
Please share this story with your friends and family who may find themselves subject to the fear mongering in the media of Muslim violence. You can bow down to the will of ISIS by allowing their hate-filled rhetoric and divisive tactics to cloud your mind with fear and hatred. Or, you can rise up and stand against those who would drive a wedge through the heart of humankind. The choice is yours.
UPDATE: Weʹve received plenty of backlash from folks who are denying the anti-ISIS sentiment in this march and weʹd like to clarify our point. No one is denying that this is an annual pilgrimage that is centuries old. In fact, if you read the article, that is clearly explained.
That being said, we understand how the original title: 20 Million Muslims March Against ISIS and The Mainstream Media Completely Ignores It, can be misconstrued as implying the entire march was planned in opposition to ISIS, which is not the case. We have updated the title to better reflect the sentiment of this article — which, coincidentally, is exactly the same.

USA - a debate A Critical Reading of the Tampa Summation - Red Gards Austin

tbrc pic“A leading group that is genuinely united and linked with the masses can be formed only gradually in the process of mass struggle, and not in isolation from it. In the process of a great struggle, the composition of the leading group in most cases should not and cannot remain entirely unchanged throughout the initial, middle and final stages; the activists who come forward in the course of the struggle must constantly be promoted to replace those original members of the leading group who are inferior by comparison or who have degenerated. One fundamental reason why the work in many places and many organizations cannot be pushed ahead is the lack of a leading group which is united, linked with the masses and kept constantly healthy. A school of a hundred people certainly cannot be run well if it does not have a leading group of several people, or a dozen or more, which is formed in accordance with the actual circumstances (and not thrown together artificially) and is composed of the most active, upright and alert of the teachers, the other staff and the students. In every organization, school, army unit, factory or village, whether large or small, we should give effect to the ninth of Stalin’s twelve conditions for the bolshevization of the Party, namely, that on the establishment of a nucleus of leadership. The criteria for such a leading group should be the four which Dimitrov enumerated in his discussion of cadres policy—absolute devotion to the cause, contact with the masses, ability independently to find one’s bearings and observance of discipline. Whether in carrying out the central tasks—war, production, education (including rectification)—or in checking-up on work, examining the cadres’ histories, or in other activities, it is necessary to adopt the method of linking the leading group with the masses, in addition to that of linking the general call with particular guidance.”—Chairman Mao Zedong

First and foremost, congratulations are in order to the comrades in Tampa for not giving up organizing after such a difficult attempt at forming a Maoist collective. Every new formation will encounter many hardships that are common to collectives in any city in the US. The transition from being casual activists, or even organized workers, to becoming disciplined communist cadres is not simple. In this process of attack and retreat, trial and error, many people will come and go until a stable core is developed, and most importantly tested in class struggle. Class struggle is the furnace that forges all true communists worthy of the title.
Given that the recent document from Tampa mentions a theoretical disparity in their former project, the aim of this response will be focused mostly on the theoretical errors that existed—and in this case, persist—as well as the theoretical content of their document titled “If You Don’t Struggle You Don’t Deserve to Win.” This response is public, rather than kept private between organizations, so that others with similar mistakes might make use of it as well. The mistakes these comrades have made are certainly not exclusive to the Tampa Bay area.
Initially, many comrades were glad to see a split form in the revisionist formation that calls itself Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!), an organization that has carried out pigwork against Maoists and covered up allegations of serious anti-women crimes. These errors and crimes, apart from being rooted in the patriarchal society that capitalism produces, are also rooted in revisionist ideology and practice. After all, revisionism is capitalist ideology that has the nerve to call itself communist. It is not surprising that their capitalist ideology produces patriarchal practice and conceals it. As always with revisionist organizations, their training of cadres, ideological development, and political education are mismanaged in the interests of maintaining revisionism, preventing line struggle, and thwarting the questioning of leadership. Any training provided by a revisionist organization should be understood as nothing but lessons in what not to think, in what not to do or believe in.

France - Sur les grèves en cours


Le gouvernement Macron, élu en mai 2017, est dans la continuité totale du gouvernement Hollande. Arrivé au pouvoir sur la base de l’opposition au Front National, il est immédiatement largement considéré comme un gouvernement réactionnaire à la solde de la bourgeoisie impérialiste.
Le rythme des réformes et l’impopularité du gouvernement ont permis l’existence de mouvements de grève et de résistance dès son élection et dans l’année qui suit, chose rare et en rupture avec la traditionnelle « trêve sociale » qui protège en général un président « en état de grâce » avant les réformes plus dures traditionnellement plus tardives.
La fin des secteurs protégés et la crise de l’impérialisme
Si cela a lieu, ce n’est pas simplement à cause d’un personnage en particulier, mais bien en raison d’une tendance générale.

Hommage à la Camarade Anu - Parti Communiste maoiste France




Cette année, cela fera 10 ans que la dirigeante révolutionnaire indienne Anuradha Ghandy est morte. Nous partageons et mettons en avant l’initiative Campagne pour le Féminisme Prolétarien – Campaign for Proletarian Feminism.
Les sympathisants et sympathisantes de notre Parti participent à cette semaine et on retrouve les diverses initiatives réalisées sur le blog Campagne Anuradha Ghandy.
Nous souhaitons également mettre en avant le texte d’Anuradha Ghandy Les courants philosophiques dans le mouvement féministe que notre Parti a traduit, qui est pour nous un des textes de base d’étude pour comprendre ce qu’est le féminisme prolétarien.
Nous en profitons également pour réitérer notre engagement dans la construction dans notre pays d’un mouvement féministe prolétarien, nécessité absolue dans la lutte de classe.
Enfin, à travers ces lignes, nous rendons hommage à la grande révolutionnaire qu’elle a été tout au long de sa vie, ne relâchant jamais les efforts pour que les plus exploitées et les plus opprimées de la société indienne prennent le pouvoir entre leurs mains.
La Camarade Anu est à l’origine de plusieurs organisations de femmes révolutionnaires toujours actives. Plus largement, son activité, son énergie, sa combattivité continue d’inspirer les masses populaires dans leurs combats quotidiens.
Anu a réussi à mobiliser des dizaines de milliers d’hommes et de femmes pour la révolution en Inde, pour la Guerre Populaire. Et il faut bien dire que cela n’a jamais été facile. En tant que dirigeante révolutionnaire, membre du Comité Central du PCI (maoïste), elle était recherchée par le gouvernement indien et promise à la mort ou à l’enfermement à vie. C’est pour cela qu’elle a passé les 15 dernières années de sa vie dans la clandestinité. C’est aussi pour cela qu’elle a passé un moment dans la jungle à porter le fusil de l’Armée de Guérilla Populaire de Libération.

Cette Camarade fut une dirigeante hors pair et elle a joué un grand rôle dans la connexion du mouvement révolutionnaire avec les Dalits (Intouchables), les Adivasis (populations tribales) et les travailleurs et travailleuses parmi les plus exploitées, notamment de la construction.
A travers sa pratique, elle a réussi à mobiliser largement autour de la perspective révolutionnaire mais surtout à organiser les masses populaires de manière permanente, ce qui est le gage que toute l’énergie qu’elle a consacré à la révolution n’a pas été dépensée en vain.
Ses contributions idéologiques au mouvement révolutionnaire, non seulement en Inde mais également au niveau international, sont majeures, tout particulièrement sur la question des Dalits et des femmes. Plusieurs de ses textes ont été traduits en français et rassemblés dans le recueil Pour un féminisme prolétarien révolutionnaire publié par notre Parti.
Comme il est indiqué dans le préambule : «Le combat des femmes en Inde ne doit pas être regardé comme devant être soutenu mais plutôt comme étant notre lutte, dont nous tirons à la fois inspiration, courage, détermination mais également des leçons.». Nous pouvons rajouter que notre approche doit s’accompagner de la plus grande humilité face à l’ampleur du combat mené par la Camarade Anu et continué par des millions de paysans et paysannes, ouvriers et ouvrières et autres sections du peuple participant au processus révolutionnaire en Inde.
Hommage à la Camarade Anu !
Nous reprenons entre nos mains le combat qu’elle a mené toute sa vie !
En avant vers un mouvement féministe prolétarien !
Quelques lectures sur la Camarade Anu :
https://csrinde.wordpress.com/tag/qui-est-anuradha-ghandy/


A Nova Democracia - Brasil - Only the Revolution can give what the people need and want

It has become a routine. Every election year, both the High Electoral Court and the Globo Network start an advertising campaign calling on the people to participate in the electoral farce.

The phenomenon of rejection of the electoral farce is what is new in the existence of this corrupt political system of the old bureaucratic state of the rotten ruling classes of big bourgeois and landowners, servants of imperialism, principally Yankee. This state is plunged in a deep crisis.
It is no longer news to anyone that the elections are financed by bankers, contractors, landowners and transnational corporations that are part of this bureaucratic capitalism, which guarantees the policies of super-exploitation of our people and of national subjugation imposed by imperialism.
Of course, the people, by coining the adage “who pays the band, chooses the song”, know for whom the “elected” will render their services.
Globo in action
As the largest media monopoly and defender emeritus of the “democratic right-wing state,” anchored on the electoral farce, the Globo Network, for the 2018 elections, came up with the “the Brazil you want for the future” campaign.

Hamburg’ta G20 tutsaklarıyla Dayanışma Eylemi - ATIK



HAMBURG|21.04.2018| Hamburg’ta G20 süreci sonrası tutsaklarla dayanışma etkinlikleri devam ediyor. Dün (20.04) gerçekleşen mahkeme duruşmaları öncesinde dayanışma mitingi gerçekleştirildi. Hamburg Dam
mtor bölgesinde bulunan mahkeme salonunun önünde saat 2 ‘de dayanışma standı açıldı.
G20 tutsaklarına Özgürlük
Hamburg’ta mahkeme binası önünde gerçekleşen eylem tutsak Peike ‘ye dayanışma amacıyla organize edilirken aynı günde süren G20 davalarına ilişkinde dayanışma vurgusu yapıldı. Eyleme Anti-Faşist kurum United we Stand dışında ATİK , YDG ve Yeni Kadın aktivistleri de katıldı. Gerçekleşen eyleme ATİK ,YDG ve Yeni Kadın imzalı ‘‘G20 tutsaklarına Özgürlük’’ pankartı asıldı. Ayrıca Peike’ye Özgürlük ve United we Stand kurumunun pankartları yanı sıra MLPD’de katılarak destek sundu.

Eylem duruşma bitimiyle gerçekleşen bilgilendirme konuşmaları ve dayanışmanın yükseltilmesi şiarı ile son buldu.

FDLP-ECUADOR: LA OSCURA MANO DEL IMPERIALISMO YANQUI EN EL CONFLICTO DE LA FRONTERA NORTE





Fueron ejecutados los tres periodistas secuestrados por un frente de las FARC en la frontera colombo-ecuatoriana.

Mucho se ha dicho al respecto, sobre todo desde la perspectiva del viejo estado que se ha ensañado con el tema, de todas formas, la lógica en el manejo de la información está determinado por el control que tienen las clases dominantes de los medios de comunicación. Las noticias, los hechos, pero sobre todo los fundamentos de los mismos son manipulados, tergiversados, con la finalidad de sostener los intereses del imperialismo y de sus testaferros en el país.

Hace rato que el imperialismo “metió mano” en el Ecuador. La presencia de esta monstruo data de fines del siglo XIX, y debemos decirlo con dolor y rabia, desde ahí se han quedado, no ha salido, y hasta la fecha, poco es lo que hemos hecho en términos objetivos para destruirlo y/o expulsarlo.
Hoy, a propósito del atentado al cuartel de policía en San Lorenzo el 27 de enero del año en curso, el régimen comprador y entreguista de Moreno, inmediatamente pidió ayuda a los EEUU para que colabore militarmente en la investigación de los hechos y delinear estrategias de acción en la lucha a la que ellos, la reacción, llaman: combate a muerte al narcoterrorismo.

NAKBA Palestina Eventos Mayo / junio en Hamburgo



3 de mayo de 2018, a las 19.00 en la Serrahn No.1 en Hamburgo-Bergedorf:
Conferencia y discusión con Nazih Musharbash, Vicepresidente de la Sociedad Alemana-Palestina A.I. "¿Qué está pasando en Palestina e Israel?"

11. Mayo de 2018.14-18 en Ida-Ehre-Platz  en la Mönckebergstraße en Hamburgo
Concentración a 70 años de la Nakba

31 de mayo de 2018, a las 19.00 en Curio Haus, Rothenbaumchaussee 15, 20148 Hamburgo:
Conferencia y discusión con Nazih Musharbash "Palestina de Balfour a Trump"

28.Junio ​​2018, 19.00 Teatro en Marschnerstraße, Marschnerstraße 44:
Una piesa de Teatro unipersonal "No odiaré" por el Dr. ilzeddin Abuelaish con el galardonado actor Mohammad-Ali Behboudi. El Dr. Abuelaish estará presente para una conversación después de la presentación.

Organizadores:

Comunidad palestina en Hamburgo y alrededores, Alemania A.I.
Sociedad Alemana-Palestina e.V. Grupo Regional Hamburgo
Asociación de Mujeres Alemanas-Palestinas A.I., Grupo Regional Hamburgo
GEW Hamburg Comité para la Educación para la Paz

El 15 de mayo de 2018, Israel celebra el 70 aniversario de su fundación, para los
palestinos es el día de la Nakba, el día del recuerdo de la Nakba, el
desastre palestino, la expulsión de 750 00 palestinos de su
patria en 1948. En un acto sin precedentes de limpieza étnica, 11
 ciudades palestinas y 533 aldeas fueron destruídas, matando a miles y no solo fue aplastada
la estructura económica y social palestina, sino también el conjunto
de la vida cultural. Israel ha conquistado gran parte del país, que después de
1947 debería ser parte de Palestina, y ahora posee el 78% del país.

Con nuestros eventos, queremos dar a conocer la historia y la actualidad
Concienciar sobre la situación de Palestina y compartirla contigo
.....
El acaparamiento de tierras y la expulsión continúan hasta hoy.


En la llamada guerra de los seis días en junio de 1967, Israel conquistó y ocupó el resto del
22% Palestina. Otros 300,000 palestinos fueron expulsados, 175,000
de eso por segunda vez. Para los asentamientos ilegales en Westbank y
Jerusalén oriental han sido destruidos, desde 1967,  48 488 hogares palestinos y
decenas de miles de familias expulsadas.

Latin America MEXICO - Sol Rojo Oaxaca protest


The 11th of April, revolutionary Sol Rojo marched through the principal streets of Oaxaca City. Militants of Sol Rojo and many masses, who joined in, waved their red flags as they made their way towards the city's main square, which they had occupied for a period of two weeks last month.
Below are listed many of the demands, positions and criticisms of Sol Rojo, which they voiced during their massive protest and were shown in their report of said event.
Sol Rojo denounced many of the problems faced in Oaxaca and demanded solutions to said problems:
  • The payment of reparation damages to the Triqui people, who have been displaced from their hometown San Miguel Copala.
  • No meddling with the comunal lands of San Bals Atempa and the the building cancellation of an electric-military installation in Zapotec territorry.
  • No meddling with the syndical autonomy of general working conditions of worker's affiliated to Section 9 of the SINTS (National Independant Syndicate of Health Workers).
  • A solution to the legal battle of politcal character between the state and the primary school Paul Percy Harris  and the cancellation of the educative module (which by its activities denigrates the name of this democratic institution).
  • Freeing the comrades, which were arbitrarily detained and jailed the 7th of June 2015 and have since been behind bars and have suffered tortures in high security prisons.
They also made their political positions clear and heard on different topics, in contrast to the current situation in Mexico:
  • Their rejection of the state's counterreforms and the state's policies against the people.
  • A stop to the war against the people and state terror.
  • Liberty for all politcal prisoners, the alive reappearance of the desaparecidos (people, who have gone missing) and punishment for the murderers of their comrades.
  • Their rejection towards all bourgois parties and candidates and towards the elections, which are no more than an instrument of oppression towards the people and a legitimacy tool for the government.
In Addition, to the already mentioned points and positions, in the context of the 99th anniversary of Emiliano Zapata, 5 Points were upheld:
  1. The validity of the agrarian revolution as it was upheld by the Ejercito Libertador del Sur (Southern Liberating Army) and the Plan of Ayala in today's context of bureaucratic capitalism, semifeudalism and semicolonialism in Mexico.
  2. The agrarian revolution and new democratic revolution will not be achieved by classist collaborationism and parlamentarian cretinism, but by classist organisation and class struggle.
  3. In this question it's unthinkable to think of the viability of pcific and evolutive change, for the electoral circus will only help the bourgoisie to opress, exploit and suck the blood out of the proletarians and the working people. Elections are no solution, the solution is revolution!
  4. They will upheld the call of "No votar, organizarse y luchar!" ("Don't vote, organise yourselves and fight!") and wherever the conditions might not make this possible, the active boicot will be developed.
  5. Their route is the revolutionary route towards the transformation of society, which will only be possible as the revolution of Mexico being part of the world wide revolution towards communism.
Sol Rojo reasserted the revolutionary paroles of its people: "Salvo el poder, todo es ilusion!" ("Everything is illusory, but power!") and "La rebelion se justifica" ("Rebelion is justified!") and that they will continue to struggle as much and as many times necessary, towards newer and greater tasks and newer and greater victories!
Salvo el poder, todo es ilusion!
La rebelion se justifica!

IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY FREE SAIBABA NOW ! - Committee for the Defence and Release of GN Saibaba.

INDIA: Public Outrage against the Incarceration of Saibaba and others is Gathering Momentum




IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY FREE SAIBABA NOW !


THE SPECTRE OF UAPA AND THE QUESTION OF POLITICAL PRISONERS: DAY LONG CONVENTION

Speakers
Justice Sudarshan Reddy (Retd.)
Justice H Suresh (Retd.)
Rebecca John (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court)
Prof. Kalpana Kannabiran
Prof. Haragopal
Rajvinder Singh Bains (Advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court), 

More than a year has passed since Dr. GN Saibaba got convicted along with Vijay Tirki, Pandu Mahesh Tirki, Hem Mishra and Prashant Rahi by the Gadchiroli Sessions Court. The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court recently rejected the bail application of Vijay Tirki and Prashant Rahi without even considering the merits of the arguments of their lawyers. 

A passing reference was made that those arguments may be looked into when the appeal against the conviction is taken up. 

It is increasingly becoming evident that the long arm of the executive has made the judiciary indifferent to its purported role of defending the rule of law. 

As the public outrage against the incarceration of Saibaba and others is gathering momentum, it is important that we take stock of the emergent issues at hand so that we call out the anti-democratic, anti-people intent of the state with renewed vigour. 

The issues that we invite your attention to are also significant in our continuing struggle to ensure justice for all political prisoners.

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), under which Dr. Saibaba and others have been convicted, is undeniably one of the most draconian instruments of law that has been wielded to stifle any kind of political activity that is remotely against the establishment. 

It becomes emergent that every campaign for the release of political prisoners has to thoroughly expose the anti-democratic let alone unconstitutional nature of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). 

The very fundamentals of a democratic polity is being undermined through this act so much so the moment you are charged and convicted under UAPA, you are labeled as you tend to cease as a person on whom law applies on an equal footing as in the case of any other citizen. 

The all pervading sweep of this draconian instrument looks at the nomenclature of crime, especially acts of ‘terror’, in a simplistic way to the extent the science of jurisprudence and the need to maintain a scientific temperament become secondary and the moribund logic of the ideology of war on terror takes precedence. 

Socially for the prisoner and his/her family a new life starts: of stigma; suspicion; surveillance and a total lack of opportunity to be seen as human beings capable of a meaningful productive existence. 

This logic extends within the prison and the word UAPA/naxalite/terrorist becomes the markers that defines what they are and hence are bodies that can /should be kept under constant watch. Admittedly, every campaign for the release of political prisoners has to thoroughly expose the anti-democratic, not to say unconstitutional, nature of UAPA.

The all-pervading reach of an anti-terror Act like UAPA has made the judge more than convinced that the Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act (henceforth the Disabilities Act) which India has enacted with much fanfare in 2016 ceases to exist for a 90 percent disabled who has been convicted under UAPA. 

In the specific context of Dr. GN Saibaba, who is perhaps the only person in his condition forced to live under the harshest form of solitary confinement in a prison cell, the label of a prisoner convicted under UAPA is a double jeopardy. 

As a person with 90 percent disabilities, everyday life as a human being is next to impossible for him without specific care and support that factors in the severe physical constraints. 

We need to address the question of what the naming of Saibaba as a UAPA prisoner does to his specific rights as a severely disabled person with multiple ailments that have consistently deteriorated in confinement. 

Can we expect any sensitivity to a prisoner with severe disabilities from a judicial system when the Sessions Court judge laments about the inability to hand over a much more rigorous punishment than provided by the statute as he is constrained by law? 

Or from a judge who wants to punish Saibaba for having a strong and active mind inside a disabled body? The more banal and protracted the incarceration of Dr. GN Saibaba the more specific is the message for those—intellectuals, rights defenders, activists—who would dare say a word against the wisdom of a model of governance that is violently, unabashedly pro-corporate while the adivasis, dalits and muslims have become dispensable entities.

While we are organising this convention, a bail application has been moved in the Nagpur bench of the Mumbai High Court. The court ordered on the 20 March 2018 for a medical report to be filed within two weeks. As we write this the prosecution if yet to file a medical report. The life partner of Dr. Saibaba, A. S. Vasantha is not even allowed to visit him when he is being taken to the hospital. The lawlessness of the extraordinary law UAPA is such that the high court has asked the prosecution if there is any provision to allow the spouse or relative to be with the prisoner while undergoing medical care. 

The Disabilities Act ratifies the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007) of which the Indian government is a signatory, which requires signatories to guarantee equality and all human rights to the disabled.Particularly, this equality can be attained only by ensuring that persons with disability can exercise their bodily integrity and individual autonomy with “inherent dignity”with “independence and accessibility”, that is, their right to life as stated under the 2016 Act. 

In the case of Saibaba, it is his very life that has been put under serious peril by his conviction under UAPA.

Moreover, despicable living conditions and lack of basic facilities in prisons even for those who are not disabled in Indian prisons makes it utterly impossible for persons with disabilities to live a dignified existence and thus denies their right to equality by forcing them to live an inhuman and precarious existence in custodial confinement. 

In such a scenario, the life imprisonment awarded to a 90% disabled man is not merely a violation of the 2016 Disabilities Act, but it demonstrates the brutality and deliberate attempt by the state to execute his murder for the apparent “crime” of speaking about the wretched conditions of the oppressed people of this land. 

At a time when convicted prisoners with incriminating evidence against them like Babu Bajrangi(who was instrumental in the Naroda Patiya massacre during the Gujarat pogrom) is granted bail 14 times on the basis of flailing health grounds, the denial of bail and incarceration of Saibaba and 5 others exposes a capitulated judiciary and false claims of democracy wherein the rights of citizens are blatantly violated and suspended under a draconian law like the UAPA.

KalpanaKannabiran has succinctly summed up this dehumanization of GN Saibaba in the light of the recent Supreme Court judgement on privacy. To quote her:

The privacy Bench reiterated the words of Justice Krishna Iyer in the Prem Shankar Shukla case: “The guarantee of human dignity, which forms part of our constitutional culture, and the positive provisions of Articles 14, 19 and 21 spring into action when we realise that to manacle man is more than to mortify him; it is to dehumanise him and, therefore, to violate his very personhood, too often using the mask of ‘dangerousness’ and security…” and that the right to life cannot be restricted to mere “animal existence”. 

How do we begin to understand the sanctity of life, dignity and bodily integrity for a person with disabilities? If handcuffing is an extraordinary and excessive restraint on an ordinary prisoner, what constitutes excessive restraint beyond the writ of law for a person with disabilities?

To deliberate more on such pressing questions we would wish your participation in the convention which would be addressed by renowned judges (retd) of the Supreme Court and High Court, Senior advocates, prominent civil libertarians. 

Please do attend and pass on the message.


Committee for the Defence and Release of GN Saibaba.