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22 May 2008
Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America
African Liberation Day 2008 Solidarity
On behalf of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement, the Irish
Republican Socialist Committees of North America send solidarity
greetings to our comrades in the All-African People's Revolutionary
Party and African people worldwide on the occasion of African
Liberation Day on May 25th, the fiftieth celebration of what was first
known as African Freedom Day, a day to mark each year the onward
progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the
determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign
domination and exploitation.
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Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002:
"Regime change in Iraq would bring about a number of benefits for the region ... Extremists in the region would have to rethink their strategy of jihad. Moderates throughout the region would take heart, and our ability to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be enhanced."Benefits for the region
• 30,000 More People Flee As Violence Deepens In Iraq
• Increased Security Can't Curb Attacks In IraqModerates taking heart
• Mom, Kids Slaughtered For Co-Operating With Us TroopsAdvancing the peace process
• Israel Preparing Lebanon Ground Offensive
• Lebanese Army To Engage Israel If Lebanon Is InvadedExtremists in the region rethinking jihad
• Lebanon Becoming Next Magnet For Extremists
• Afghanistan: The Return Of The Taliban
Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Feb. 27, 2003:
"Peacekeeping requirements in Iraq might be much lower than historical experience in the Balkans suggests. There’s been none of the record in Iraq of ethnic militias fighting one another that produced so much bloodshed and permanent scars in Bosnia."No ethnic militias and bloodshed
• Baghdad Curfew Extended Amid Bloodshed
• Sistani Warns Sectarian Rift Could Destroy Iraq
President Bush, Dec. 18, 2005:
"My fellow citizens, not only can we win the war in Iraq, we are winning the war in Iraq."Iraqi government didn't get the memo
• Gloom Descends On Iraqi Leaders As Civil War Looms
"Iraq as a political project is finished,"
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This photo is absolutely real. The person on photo is the deputy of the Polish Sejm (national parliament) from populist Self-Defense (Samoobrona) party Mr. Mateusz Piskorski. He is known as editor-in-chief of nazi-rasist magazine “Odala”, as leader of Polish skinhead’s movement and radical anti-semite who has been elected in parliament in 2005.
In “Odala” Mateusz Piskorski sang the praises of the “Aryan Race”, Hitler, SS, Gestapo with their struggle against “world Jewish plot” and ideologies “foreign to our race, like Christianity, Liberalism, and Marxism” publishing interviews with Holocaust deniers. Except for that, he and the leader of parliamentary fraction of populist Self-Defense party Andrzej Lepper are the big fans of Russian president Vladimir Putin and of Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
Last five years skinhead Mateusz Piskorsky some times visited Russia where he has old friends among Russian Nazis. Many of them are connected with former KGB which has now renamed in “Federal Security Service of Russia” (FSB in Russian).
Vladimir Putin and Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs have accepted the special political program concerning Eastern Europe. So, in 2005 agent of FSB and well known Russian Nazi Alexei Kochetkov has organized the official visit of his friend Mateusz Piskorski to small, but very criminal “state” Transdniestria (rebel part of Moldova) with the purpose of political support of local dictatorship. Heads of Transdniestria are searched by the Interpol for the illegal traffic in arms and weapons, the murders, money-laundering, terrorism, genocide and drug traffic. But they have the Russian citizenship personally and use Russian support in their policy. Actually FSB supervises a situation in this rebel region and colleagues of Vladimir Putin receive a lot of money from Transdniestrian criminal business.
During his visit to Transdniestria the deputy of Polish parliament Mateusz Piskorski on behalf of Poland, on behalf of Self-Defense party and its leader Andrzej Lepper confirm “legality and correctness” of not free and completely forged parliamentary elections in this rebel region. After that Russia has started to provide nonofficial financial support of Piskorski’s and Lepper’s activity. So, now Self-Defense party (one of the most influential Polish political parties) is financed by Russians through the Polish Nazi and known agents of FSB-KGB.
Deputies of Polish parliament receive some of Russian money, as fees for the participation in election monitoring in the countries of former Soviet Union (Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko, dictator of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, former Ukraine Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich and others) in their struggle against the democratic oppositions during the elections.. In 2005 Mateusz Piskorski has been registered, as the observer from CIS Election Monitoring Organization (CIS EMO) on elections of Transdniestrian parliament. This Russian nongovernmental organization has been created by agent of FSB Alexei Kochetkov under direction of FSB. CIS EMO purpose consists in public support of the proRussian state leaders.
Now Russian KGB-Nazi Alexei Kochetkov, racist Polish deputy Mateusz Piskorski and another members of Self-Defense party are registered on elections of the Ukrainian Parliament, as the observer from CIS EMO. According to Ukrainian mass-media, FSB (through CIS EMO) has already transferred money to Andrzej Lepper and soon Mateusz Piskorski will arrive to Ukraine with his colleagues from Polish parliament. Their purpose consists in support of the proRussian political parties on Ukrainian elections.
In more detail about relations of Polish parliament, Self-Defense party, the Polish Nazi and Russian KGB look in clause published in Ukrainian magazine "Tribuna", informational agency “Maidan”, Polish newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Searchlight” and others media.
It is possible to receive comments from the Poland also:
Self-Defense (Samoobrona) party and parliamentary fraction:
Phones: +48 (22) 6942583 (parliamentary fraction), +48 (22) 6250472 (party office)
Faxes: +48 (22) 6250477 (party office), +48 (22) 6942606 (parliamentary fraction),
Deputy of Polish parliament Mr. Mateusz Piskorski:
phones: +48 (22) 6942583, +48 (91) 8122658, e-mail: Mateusz.Piskorski@sejm.pl
Chairman of Polish parliament Mr. Marek Jurek:
Fax: + 48 (22) 694 22 13, e-mail: Marek.Jurek@sejm.pl
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As people may or may not have heard, students at Hampton University have been threatened with expulsion after a peaceful protest on Nov. 2 was shut down by campus security.
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The disciplinary hearing is tomorrow, so please call the administrators and SIGN THIS PETITION in support and circulate it as widely as possible!
The link is: http://www.petitiononline.com/Hampton1
More info on the case available at the CAN website...www.campusantiwar.net
In case you haven't heard yet:
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THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT--DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME
It seems like they're calling for a general strike on November 2. I don't think that there's ever been a general strike in America. We're not France, after all!
Sounds like a good idea to me. No school, no work. Get involved and get Bush OUT.
While the Republicans and Democrats argue over how many more troops to send to Iraq, the Socialists have known from the beginning that this is a sick and cynical war of aggression meant only to benefit the capitalist class.
All talk of a "premature" pullout causing chaos is simply a modern version of the "white man’s burden." All ruling classes claim that their conquests are for the good of the "natives." But the truth is that no ruling class has ever occupied a nation for the benefit of its people. This occupation has nothing at all to do with the needs or interests of the Iraqi people. It is about controlling oil and establishing a firmer military presence in the Middle East in order to reshape the region in the U.S. image.
In this context, pulling troops out "prematurely" means pulling them out before the U.S. has had a chance to repress the resistance and establish a stable puppet regime.
Source, scroll to second editorial
This is from back at the end of 2003.
Clearly, the Democrats and the Republicans share the same imperialist goals for Iraq. The only differences they have on the issue are about how best to carry out the domination.
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What is Socialist Feminism? by Barbara Ehrenreich.
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WW Sawyer in Mathematicians’ Delight writes that all subjects have two modes of being: the real one and the shadow - the fake. Likewise, there is a range of thinkers, writers, authors, culture-figures who have two (or more) bodies.
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It was the shadow Marx, the spectral Marx, who was voted the Greatest Philosopher of All Time by the audience of the state broadcasting channel of the Iron Heel’s junior partner. (www.bbc.co.uk search for 'In Our Time')Or do we think that - even allowing for the voters not been a random sample of the UK’s population - anything remotely like that number of its citizens are communists? Not unless we’ve seriously OD’ed on the waccybaccy. So what is the character of this spectral Marx,? What kind of contest did it win?( Read more...Collapse )
I don't really expect anyone to read this, but here's a rather long article from the new "Monthly Review" that I thought one or two of you would be interested in.
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The World Can't Wait
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Thoughts on Driving Out the Bush Regime
by Sunsara Taylor
Revolution #007, June 26, 2005, posted at revcom.us
Every day I think of Dilawar. I picture his 22-year-old body chained to the ceiling of a U.S. military prison in Bagram, Afghanistan as the seconds stretched on into days until finally he couldn't wait any longer. Neither can we.
As men are blindfolded and dragged from their homes in Iraq, as Arabs and Muslims are rounded up and detained in the U.S. without charges, and as youth from South Central to the South Bronx are imprisoned in record numbers, brutalized by police, and targetted for correction by Laura Bush: the world can't wait.
As villages are emptied of people by AIDS in Africa and China, as families in the ghettos and farmlands of the U.S. lose children in a war based on lies, and as immigrants are hunted by racist vigilantes on the Mexican border: the world can't wait.
As religious fundamentalism threatens to enslave women, treating them like incubators and denying them the right to make the most intimate and profound decisions about whether or not to have a child, as gay couples are denied marriage and their children are harassed, as the rule of law is replaced by religious dogma and the rule of the Bush regime, and as science itself is suppressed at great risk to the planet: the world can't wait.
THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT!
THE PEOPLE NEED TO DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME.
Now I know a lot of readers are thinking 'if only we could.' and I can just see some people shaking their heads and saying 'that communist girl has really gone over the edge this time.' But being a reality-based girl— who is coming from a scientific place in terms of how we are going to emancipate all of humanity—I have some reality- based ideas on how this could be possible.
And one of the most important things people need to do in order to even imagine the possibility of accomplishing such a monumental task is to break out of the confines of the political-process-as-usual.
Everyone who does not want to live in the "world according to Bush" needs to break out of the dynamic where the terms and the issues and the leaders are defined and limited by various representatives and defenders of this bloodsucking system. And progressive people and oppressed people really need to break out of the confines of the institutions, organizations, and political thinking dominated by the Democratic Party.
Frankly, too many people are suffering from the disease of looking-for-leadership-in-all-the-wrong-places. And as a result, too many people who want to change the world remain locked in a dynamic that stifles their ability to really see a whole different world, squanders their energies, and channels imagination into dead-end paths of conciliation with intolerable injustices.
And it is so very urgent that millions of people break out of the death-grip of all this politics as usual and come together to do something really unprecedented. Millions of people need to un-clip their wings from the Democrats and from the strategies that give backing to their efforts and take independent historic political action.
Together we need to create a whole new dynamic based on acting on principle, telling the truth, doing what's right and actually mounting a real fight to save the future and the planet!... continue this article here: http://rwor.org/a/007/world-cant-wait.htm
Are there any LJ communities based on discussion of or news stories about it?
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Crossposted, 'cause I'm looking and asking around and I can't find any yet. =(
When the First International Workingman’s Association was formed in the mid-1860s, Karl Marx inscribed on its banner: "The emancipation of the working class must conquered by the working classes themselves." The exploited and oppressed must free themselves--that was Marx’s starting point.
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They cannot be freed by "philanthropic bourgeois" reformers. They cannot be freed by a heroic guerrilla force. They cannot be freed by a small band of terrorists with dynamite. And they cannot be freed by a party that stands above or outside their own struggles.
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We now have the evidence needed to impeach the President of the United States, who never won a national election and slaughtered tens of thousands of civilian in Iraq:
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IMPEACHMENT TIME: "FACTS WERE FIXED."
Post this everywhere. Contact the networks, papers and radio stations everywhere and push this story. DO NOT LET THIS STORY DIE!!!
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Bob Avakian's controversial work "Conquer the World" is now online (for the first time).
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First published in 1982, it was considered shocking by some, and liberating by others. It is a sweeping appraisal of the experience of the international communist movement and the world process of proletarian revolution.
And it is well known for its rather sharp critique of previous
Communist leaders (including Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao) -- in ways that some people thought was impermissible, and other thought was refreshingly iconoclastic and scientific.
Recently, speaking of Conquer The World, Bob Avakian wrote of it representing an "epistemological break" with much of the previous history and theory of the international communist movement -- especially on the topic of "political truths." (In other words, no more bullshit, lets dig into the good and the bad, and not wrap our own past or present in gauzy
self-deception and even deceit -- in the interests of short term gains.) We can only get where we are going -- to classless communist society -- if we look at the world as it is, if we have a truly scientific worldview, and a true obsession with truth. And this work applies that fearless approach to some of the most controversial questions of communism.
CTW is also famous for serious trying to rethink the proletarian revolution as a world process -- raising approaches to internationalism that broke with much of the previous communist movement in ways that still set some people's hairs on end.
It is available here:
Current only Part I has been published, but soon the RW website will have more online.
"Marx himself had given the classic definition of a revolutionary moment. It came, he said, when 'the social relations of production' (meaning the nature of ownership and control) prevent further development of the 'means of production' (roughly speaking, the technology)"
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-p. 63 Creating a New Civilization, by A. and H. Toffler, foreword by Newt Gingrich, 1995
The Coming Civil War and Repolarization for Revolution in the Present Era
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[b]by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
Revolutionary Worker #1274, April 10, 2005, posted at rwor.org
EDITORS' NOTE: This is part of a series of excerpts on various subjects—drawn from conversations and discussions, as well as more formal talks, by Bob Avakian—which we will be running in this newspaper over the next period of time. This has been edited for publication and footnotes have been added.
Just to be clear, I didn't choose this title lightly or facetiously, but in all seriousness. In speaking to "a coming civil war" I am "drawing inspiration" from Newt Gingrich (the prominent Republican politician who was formerly the Speaker of the House of Representatives), who has made the observation that what's happening now in the electoral arena and the broader things that it reflects in U.S. society is analogous to what was going on in the U.S. in the 1840s and the 1850s, and that this isn't something that will—I'm paraphrasing, but this is the essence—this isn't something that will go away. It will only be decided when one side or the other wins out. While, obviously, we don't take at face value things that representatives of the ruling class say, we do have to think seriously about this, and I do think that this reflects—through the prism of Gingrich's own point of view, it does reflect a very profound reality. We can look at the alignment in society now and see very profound polarization—without reducing things to how things fall out in bourgeois elections, which are shaped by the bourgeoisie after all, and by the very real conflicts within the bourgeoisie. This is shaped not simply through manipulation on the part of some unified bourgeoisie, but by real conflicts within the bourgeoisie—conflicts that do, more or less, correspond to what was said in the piece on "The Pyramid of Power"(1) in terms of what is represented by the Republicans on the one hand, and the Democrats on the other.
So there is something about that Newt Gingrich statement, there is something about the alignment that you can see, there is something about what was represented in the New York Times Magazine article by Ron Suskind(2), with its representation of the polarization between "reality-based" and "faith- based" communities—which, once again, in and of itself and in the way that it's expressed, represents the conflicts seen through the eyes of, and more or less proceeding from the standpoint of, the capitalist ruling class itself, but nevertheless does speak to something very real in U.S. society at this point.
You really do have two fundamentally opposed forces in society, in potential; and I'll speak to how we can't leave the alignment and the polarization as it is now—for many different reasons and in many different dimensions and on many different levels it has to be transformed. But you can see that (even while many people are not fully aware of this yet, though many are becoming more fully aware of it) there are two camps in antagonistic conflict with each other. Out of this can arise different kinds of resolutions, representing different interests, and ultimately different classes, going to wholly different places in terms of the future of society and the world.
We have spoken philosophically, drawing from Mao, about how "irreconcilable" is not a correct philosophical concept because the opposite would be "reconcilable," and Mao pointed out that there are no reconcilable contradictions. But nonetheless [ BA laughs ], leaving that aside, these really are irreconcilable world views and fundamentally irreconcilable views on what society ought to be based on and what it ought to be like.
There is something very profound and important going on here, even though—and this is another fundamental reason why there is a need for repolarization—the pole of the revolutionary proletariat, and the forces gravitating to it, are at this present time woefully small, nowhere near as large and powerful as they need to be. That has to change—and that's where we come in. But it is interesting, the comment by this guy Hertzberg from The New Yorker —to the effect that two bad things are going to happen because of the Bush re-election: One, all the terrible stuff Bush and company are going to do; and two, this is going to lead to, or provide an opening for, the revival (if you'll pardon the expression) of the radical left. So what people like that are recognizing, we should not fail to recognize—and seize on.
1) Bob Avakian,"The Pyramid of Power and the Struggle to Turn This Whole Thing Upside Down," RW No. 1237 (April 25, 2004). Available online at: http://rwor.org/a/1269/avakian-elections-revolution.htm
2) "Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush," The New York Times Magazine (October 17, 2004).
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Nationalism: An Unresolved Question?
At the National Conference of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1968, the New Left split apart and splintered, the effects of which are still apparent in the US today. The split was between the SDS and the Progressive Labor Party (PL), a sub-group within SDS. As explained in The Way the Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground
by Ron Jacobs:
At stake was the question of how best to organize black people in the United States: as super-exploited members of the working class (PL's position) or as an internal colony within the United States. One's position on this question largely depended on one's opinion of the Black Panther Party, at the time the most revolutionary group within the black struggle. Those who opposed PL politically did so primarily because they believed, like the Panthers, that blacks in the United States constituted a colony and, as such, had a right to national self-determination.
The argument revealed a fundamental difference of opinion over the role of nationalism in the liberation of a people. To PL and its supporters, all nationalism was seen as diversionary and subject to manipulation by the bourgeoisie of the colony. For most of the other members of SDS, though, there was a vital difference between nationalism and national liberation and, for the black community in the United States, the Panthers represented a revolutionary road to national liberation....
The question of nationalism was also involved in the matter of Vietnam. Did one support the National Liberation Front in it revolutionary struggle for self-determination (the anti-PL position), or only because it was being attacked by the United States (the PL position)?
While the specific issues may have changed, being replaced by Palestinian self-determination and the occupation of Iraq, the question remains the same.
It would seem clear to me that the PL had the correct position. While I did not support the invasion of Iraq and do not support the occupation, I cannot support the "self-determination" of Iraq if that means the creation of a fundamentalist structure that oppresses women. This actually reflects back to the Black Panthers, one of which, speaking at the SDS convention, "asserted that the only position for a woman in the revolution was a prone one." (Jacobs.) Such a statement would seem to confirm the PL's contention that nationalism was "subject to manipulation by the bourgeoisie."
How is it possible to speak of "liberation" when half the population is still being oppressed? When the Left speaks of ending oppression, we have to mean the end of all hierarchical power structures. White-skin privilege and male privilege must be dealt with as much as economic privilege. Indeed, these threads are interwoven into the fabric of society and cannot be separated from each other. Any attempt to separate them leads to obscene conclusions, such as thinking that some women gaining the equal "right" to exploit poorer women is a success. Gaining parity with the oppressor is not liberation.
If the Left is to have a future in the United States, it's not through supporting narrow wedge issues relying on nationalist sympathies but only in taking a principled stance against all systems of exploitation (economic, gender, racial or otherwise) and for collective action to raise class consciousness on every level.
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