Friday, October 31, 2014

The Ukraine junta’s fascist foot soldiers: interview with Victor Shapinov by Greg Butterfield

Fascists burn Odessa House of Trade Unions May 2.
                                               Fascists burn Odessa House of Trade Unions May 2.

Victor Shapinov: Before the Maidan coup, Ukraine was a country without a significant army. Ukraine did not have any real enemies around, so our ruling class only established a police apparatus. The army was something that issued decrees and was used for corruption. Ukrainian military pilots didn’t even have enough hours in the sky to really be pilots.

Workers World: What was Borotba’s view of the Maidan movement that overthrew President Victor Yanukovych in February? Washington and the corporate media told U.S. workers that it was a great democratic movement facing repression from a tyrannical dictator. [Maidan took its name from the central square of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, where it held protests in late 2013 and early 2014. — WW]
But afterward, when the Maidan forces came to power, we saw a very fast militarization of all aspects of social life.
Even when Yanukovych was still in power, we knew they had firearms and bombs on Maidan Square. Everybody knew it. But Yanukovych feared the Western powers. They warned him that if he used police against the Maidan, he would be attacked and eliminated like [former Libyan leader Col. Muammar] Gadhafi. He was afraid, and as a result he lost everything.
Of course, we are not upset that Yanukovych disappeared. But you can see the influence of imperialism, its magnetic pull. You may have everything at your command — secret service, police — but you can’t use them if Western imperialism says, “Don’t do it.”
The core of Maidan was formed by paramilitary gangs, most of them with neo-Nazi or radical nationalist ideology. Some of them were called “Maidan Self-Defense.”
Another component was the “Golden Youth” — wealthy and middle-class young men who drive luxury cars and carry firearms. They hate the people accused of supporting Yanukovych, because, according to them, they are poor and stupid, human livestock. To them, politics should only be for businessmen.
These two ideological trends merged on the Maidan and developed a common enemy: the people of Donbass [the mining and industrial region of southeastern Ukraine].
They consider Donbass people bad because many of them are Russian speakers, and some of them are pro-Russian. This makes them the enemy of the fascist, nationalistic part of Maidan.
Donbass people are poor, most of them are miners and workers, and this makes them the enemy of the Golden Youth. They say the working classes are second-class people who should not vote or have political influence.
So it was not only a national question or language question, it was also a social and class question. They had not only Russophobic ideas, but also a kind of class racism against the Donbass “cattle.” The Polish aristocracy used this term for the peasants, and now the Maidan uses it for the people of Donbass.
WW: What did these groups do after Yanukovych’s overthrow?
VS: After the coup, they formed military brigades, paramilitary groups and started to hold demonstrations against political opponents.
Borotba was face to face with it. We were one of the first groups targeted. They came to our office right after the Maidan victory.
They wanted to kill us. They have the slogan, “Communists to the tree branch,” meaning communists should be hanged. It comes from the Bandera movement [pro-fascists who fought against the Soviet Red Army during the World War II Nazi occupation].
So we evacuated our comrades. When the fascists arrived at our office, they found only empty walls. All they could do was cut up some posters with knives.
In this situation, we could not continue our political activity in Kiev. We moved to Kharkov [Ukraine’s second-largest city, located in the southeast]. Odessa and Kharkov became the most important centers of our organization during the AntiMaidan movement.
The nationalists and oligarchs sent their paramilitary gangs to the southeast. They called them “Trains of Friendship.” It was very cynical, because they wanted to beat up their opponents. They said, “We will teach you to love Ukraine.”
First, they went to Donetsk, but the people there fought back and they lost. After that, the first People’s Militias were formed in response.
Before that the resistance in Donetsk was peaceful. Of course there were some people with rifles, because there had also been people on Maidan with rifles, but it was not a militarized movement. They held rallies, like Maidan, but in the other political direction.
The paramilitaries also came to Kharkov and there were some fights. In one battle, two comrades from the Kharkov self-defense squad were killed by the fascists. It was a completely neo-Nazi outfit named “Misanthropic Division.” They made videos of themselves where they said, “We don’t fear death, because we will meet the Führer [Adolf Hitler, dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945] in Valhalla.”
The high point of these clashes was on May 2 in Odessa. The fascists were very organized, they had several thousand paramilitary people, and they massacred protesters from Kulikovo Field who were against Maidan.
After Kiev launched its war in Donbass, many of these people joined the so-called territorial battalions. These are paramilitary groups armed by the state with firearms and artillery, but not within the structure of the official Ukrainian military, and not subordinated to the minister of Internal Affairs. Sometimes they are just private gangs, like the paramilitaries directly armed by the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
This situation does not exactly resemble classical German or Italian fascism. It’s more like the pro-fascist paramilitary movements of the 1970s and 1980s in Latin America. The oligarchs create paramilitary groups and use them to spread terror.
Even Amnesty International, which is supported by U.S. imperialism, published a report of military crimes by one of these groups, the Adar Battalion, which is guilty of marauding, looting, torturing and killing people in Donbass.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

On a Correct Understanding of Kurdish Forces by Maoist Rebel News

The Kurdish relationship with Imperialism is clearly problematic and the contradictions amongst the various Kurdish Groups also adds to the complexity of the contradictions.

This view from Maoist Rebel News warns us against oversimplfying the contradictions and alerts us to contradictions within the Kurdish camp.

Nevertheless supporting Kurdish self determination is still very important.

Imperialism has been responsible for plight of the Kurds in the past and never should be seen as a liberator for the future.

Democracy and Class Struggle has focused on Turkey and its duplicity towards the Kurds while being aware that there are contradictions between pro US Imperialist and Anti US Imperialist Kurds.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Today: - Unmasking Ukrainian Fascism [Stoppt die Nazis] Banderschtadt/Бандерштат

Left in fascist Ukraine by Victor Shapinov of Borotba - The Ukrainian Elections

                                                                Ukrainian Neo Nazis

The election results are clear. The bloc of oligarchs and nationalists, who longed for power at the Maidan, have consolidated their power. In this the junta became more homogeneous – the purely oligarchic parties have adopted Nazi rhetoric (Yatsenyuk first and foremost), and among the nationalists Lyashko came to the fore, more clearly elitist than the uncouth fans of SS runes, and not so embarrassing for Europe.

Actually the logic of the political process was understandable in the days of the Maidan -- the strongest momentum was to the right. And it passes through the strengthening of the neo-Nazi fringe, and the Nazification of moderate "pro-European" politicians.

The task of the SS, "Maidan Self-Defense," etc. is not to create a racially pure political elite, but to intimidate or destroy the political opposition. And -- "it's done." The Left (even those as conventionally left as the Communist Party of Ukraine) are no longer in the parliament. There is only the tame opposition of the "Opposition Bloc." The other parties differ only in the intensity of their nationalism.

All celebrate the militarization of politics (the presence of “warlords” in all the lists reflects the military theme of the election campaign). Here, too, there is nothing surprising: Fascism always goes hand in hand with militarism. It is a basic political law. Small wonder, then, that this pattern was evident in the Ukraine. If you shout "Ukraine uber alles", then you will get your Hermann Goering.

The election saw the meeting of two trends. First, the old dream of Maidan supporters to deprive the southeast of the opportunity to influence the political agenda. And second, lack of desire by the inhabitants of the southeast to participate in politics organized by Kiev. The result was an extremely low turnout in the southeast. The southeast remains unrepresented in the new government. This fact, along with the economic and social collapse, leaves no hope of reducing the “separatist fever” in these regions.

Naturally, no "anti-oligarchic” Maidan tendencies emerged, as some feverishly imagined. On the contrary, the power of money increased. It is not necessary to be a political analyst to see which oligarch is the puppeteer of this or that politician or “leader” --  it’s so apparent that it’s boring.

Pity the KPU. Simonenko and Co. tried to sit quietly and not quarrel with the junta. It didn't work. A businessman-politician like Simonenko does not understand that for the new regime, anti-communism is not just an element of the image, but its deepest principle.

Perhaps now, in retirement, he will recall what Georgi Dimitrov said: the fight against the Red Menace is the social function of fascism, without with the bourgeoisie has no interest in it -- including Ukrainian fascism.

The destruction of Lenin monuments was not casual.

Those who would like to build a new "Ukrainian left-wing party" in this context are absolutely ridiculous, of course.

But these followers of Comrade Manilow are too few to write about seriously.



A very short episode from an hour long video interviewing Pavel Dremov and Evgeniy Ishchenko. Lugansk People's Republic

Turkish Duplicity over Kobane confirmed by Ahmet Davutoglu the Turkish Prime Minister

Ahmet Davutoglu Prime Minister of Turkey

Democracy and Class Struggle says whilst PKK fighters are what is needed to reinforce the YPG the Turkish Government is doing all  its power to only allow "approved" fighters to take on ISIS and undermine both the YPG and PKK influence in Kobane.

Turkish treachery knows no bounds has Davutoglu tries to increase Turkish influence in Kobane over the dead bodies of Kurdish YPG  fighters.

In fact Turkish delaying tactics was to ensure as many YPG dead in Kobane has possible before inserting Turkish friendly proxy forces like Free Syrian Army.

Long Live the Struggle of the YPG expose the treachery of the Turkish State.

Long Live the heroic struggle of Kurdish People.


Turkey wants the anti-Damascus Free Syrian Army (FSA) to control the Syrian border town of Kobane if Islamist jihadists are defeated, and not the Kurdish forces of YPG  or President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

In an interview with the BBC broadcast on Tuesday, Davutoglu called for an "integrated strategy" with the United States to equip and train the FSA and oust Assad from power.

He indicated that Turkey would only offer its air bases and other facilities for the international coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) if such a strategy were pursued.

The United States should "equip and train the Free Syrian Army so that if ISIS leaves, the regime should not come," he said.

"If ISIS leaves the PKK terrorists should not come, if ISIS is eliminated, the brutal massacres should not continue," he added.

Clearly  Ahmet Davutoglu  regards the Iraqi Peshmerga has part of the Iraqi army who he hopes to use against  PKK and YPG has they are political rivals in his plan to install Free Syrian Army in control of Kobane.

Turkish treachery against the Kurds continues.....

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PS: Up to 200 Free Syrian Army fighters arrive in Kobane to help Kurdish defenders in the Syrian border town under siege from Islamic State militants.


A group of 150 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have arrived in Turkey from where they plan to cross into Syria to battle Islamic State (IS) militants besieging the town of Kobane.

One contingent flew from Iraq to a south-eastern Turkish airport.

Another contingent, carrying weapons including artillery, is travelling separately by land through Turkey.

Kurdish Guerilla Song For Kobane; YPG Guerilla Lied Für Kobani; Kurde Gerilla Chanson Pour Kobanê

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Recent statement from Welsh Comrades
of the  Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr on Kurdish Struggle

                                                              Kurdish Mountains

Mountain Turks or Kurds ? Mountain British or Welsh ?

Statement from the Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr calling for Plaid Cymru to speak up and organise support for the Kurdish Struggle for National Independence and Socialism.

Asking the question above shows the unity between the Welsh struggle for National and Social Liberation and the Kurdish People's Liberation struggle.

The Kurds and Welsh have had to wage a struggle against their falsified history - their battle for the past and present - is to ensure they both have a national future.

The historic and heroic struggle in Kobane in West Kurdistan by our Kurdish brothers and sisters should be enthusiastically supported by all Welsh Patriots.

We call on Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales to issue a new statement in support of the Kurdish Peoples Struggle similar to the one issued at Brecon Conference in view of current situation in Kobane in West Kurdistan.

To also call for a renewed call for the release of our brother in struggle Abdullah Ocalan of the Kurdish Workers Party a demand already supported by Plaid Cymru.

Protests in support of our Kurdish brothers and sisters in Wales similar to those organised in other European countries should also be organised and supported.

We have much to learn about National Struggle's from our Kurdish brothers and sisters not least by their heroic practice but also from their theoretical developments.

In particular from the writings of Ibrahim Kayappaka and Abdullah Ocalan on the national question and socialism.

Long Live solidarity between the Welsh and Kurdish Struggle's for national Independence and socialism.

Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr

26th October 2014


Monday, October 27, 2014

ISIS tanks destroyed in Kobane District by YPG FIghters

3 ISIS T-72 tank (captured from the Syrian Army or the Iraqi Army) in Kobani district (Ayn al-Arab in Arab) get hit by the Kurdish YPG during the syrian War in North Syria near the Turkish Border

Gandhi and Imperialism extract from Gandhi, Non-Violence and the Liberation of the Proletariat from Imperialism by LLCO

Democracy and Class Struggle says has we remember the slaughter of the 1914 - 1918 War and the courage of those that opposed it and the millions of lives sacrificed we should also remember the position of Ghandi and his collaboration with Imperialist War. and learn the lessons for today: Thanks to LLCO for this extract:
Gandhi and Imperialism :In the sense that loyalism is a political ideology justifying fealty to a colonialist power, Gandhi was a pro-British loyalist. Like Irish “nationalist” MP John Redmond in the same period, Gandhi abhorred violence when it was in the cause of his own country’s independence, but he actively promoted it when he campaigned for his countrymen to join the hated Brutish Army to fi...ght for the interests of Brutish finance capital in World War I. In Ireland, revolutionary national martyr Pádraig Pearse is today chastised by “liberals” and historical revisionists for having argued for a “blood sacrifice” in the cause of Irish nationhood. Yet it is conveniently forgotten that Irish Republicanism’s political opponents in 1916, the so-called “moderates” in the Irish Nationalist Party, demanded a far more massive and costly blood sacrifice when they campaigned for Irishmen to go off to die in their thousands for the Brutish Empire.

Similarly, Gandhi is today thought of as an apostle of non-violence, but he was quite happy to act as a recruiting sergeant for one of the deadliest and mightiest killing machines in the world in 1915, when he toured the country seeking “20 recruits from every village.” Hypocrisy? No.

Merely the product of one politician’s enduring loyalty to capitalist interests. As Gandhi said:

“I discovered the British Empire had certain ideals with which I have fallen in love.”

But the core ideal of the Brutish Empire in Gandhi’s day and our own is popular submission to murderous militarism in the service of the super-exploitation of the downtrodden working masses.

Who can love such “ideals” but an enemy of humanity?

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