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.