Wednesday, December 7, 2016

USA: Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte in Conversation in Trump

USA: Mad Dog Mattis on delusional Putin and Russia - not quite on the Trump script during the Presidential Election

General Mattis - New US Defense Secretary his views on Russia

His rare public lecture as a civilian featured some of his most expansive views on global security since his retirement in 2013 after leading U.S. Central Command. 

He talked about Russia and Ukraine .

“There is the potential, I believe, that Putin has unleashed forces that he will be personally unable to control,” the former four-star general said.

He raised the possibility that Mr. Putin is “delusional” and “breaks all the rules” 

Democracy and Class Struggle says Trump in domestic policy far from draining the swamp put the alligator of Mnuchin in as Treasury Secretary -  with Mattis he has put another alligator in charge of US Defense (War)  - Trump's words have no real value but his actions speak volumes.

Mattis on Iran and the military option.

Iran: "US sanctions renewal violation of nuclear deal"





Today a homage memorial  meeting or Shaheedi Samagam comprising 2500 people was held in Jaloor vilage in the home of slain comrdae Gurdev Kaur.

It was staged under the banner of the Jaloor Jabbar Virodhi action commitee.

The venue literally looked like being lit with red lamps with the torch of resistance shimmering.

Over the last  month a heroic campaign has been launched by the Zameen Prapti Sangharsh commitee to  arrest the assasins responsible for death of Gurdev kaur and release democratic activists.

The ZPSC has spearheaded a movement for the dalit community to receive 1/3rd share of panchayat land promised to them by govt which faced the wrath of criminal landlord elements backed by the Akali dal govt.

It has been one of the most unique experiments for dalits to re-capture land in the history of Punjab and thus faced the brunt of severe police repression.

The efforts of youth comrades of Naujwan Bharat Sabha must be complemented and later of the Jaloor Jabbar Virodhi action Commitee.

It has sowed the seeds for a major ressurection of land struggle for dalit landless labourers.2 of the 4 criminals responsible for death of Gurdev Kaur have been brought to the book but still 2 namely Gurdeep Babban and Nevsuj have to be arrested.

Today's meeting testified the resilience of the dalit landless labour commitee in fighting for justice and hope to win their demands.

India: The verdict on Ayodhya: a historian's perspective by Romila Thapar

Democracy and Class Struggle remember the destruction of the Babri Masjid on 6th December 1992.

We publish this article by historian Romila Thapar on the land verdict decision in 2010 concerning the Babri Masjid and its implications.

It has annulled respect for history and seeks to replace it with religious faith.

The verdict is a political judgment and reflects a decision which could as well have been taken by the state years ago. Its focus is on the possession of land and the building a new temple to replace the destroyed mosque. The problem was entangled in contemporary politics involving religious identities but also claimed to be based on historical evidence. This latter aspect has been invoked but subsequently set aside in the judgment.

The court has declared that a particular spot is where a divine or semi-divine person was born and where a new temple is to be built to commemorate the birth. This is in response to an appeal by Hindu faith and belief. Given the absence of evidence in support of the claim, such a verdict is not what one expects from a court of law. Hindus deeply revere Rama as a deity but can this support a legal decision on claims to a birth-place, possession of land and the deliberate destruction of a major historical monument to assist in acquiring the land?

The verdict claims that there was a temple of the 12th Century AD at the site which was destroyed to build the mosque — hence the legitimacy of building a new temple.

The excavations of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and its readings have been fully accepted even though these have been strongly disputed by other archaeologists and historians. Since this is a matter of professional expertise on which there was a sharp difference of opinion the categorical acceptance of the one point of view, and that too in a simplistic manner, does little to build confidence in the verdict. One judge stated that he did not delve into the historical aspect since he was not a historian but went to say that history and archaeology were not absolutely essential to decide these suits! Yet what are at issue are the historicity of the claims and the historical structures of the past one millennium.

A mosque built almost 500 years ago and which was part of our cultural heritage was destroyed wilfully by a mob urged on by a political leadership. There is no mention in the summary of the verdict that this act of wanton destruction, and a crime against our heritage, should be condemned. The new temple will have its sanctum — the presumed birthplace of Rama — in the area of the debris of the mosque. Whereas the destruction of the supposed temple is condemned and becomes the justification for building a new temple, the destruction of the mosque is not, perhaps by placing it conveniently outside the purview of the case.

Has created a precedent

The verdict has created a precedent in the court of law that land can be claimed by declaring it to be the birthplace of a divine or semi-divine being worshipped by a group that defines itself as a community. There will now be many such janmasthans wherever appropriate property can be found or a required dispute manufactured. Since the deliberate destruction of historical monuments has not been condemned what is to stop people from continuing to destroy others? The legislation of 1993 against changing the status of places of worship has been, as we have seen in recent years, quite ineffective.

What happened in history, happened. It cannot be changed. But we can learn to understand what happened in its fuller context and strive to look at it on the basis of reliable evidence. We cannot change the past to justify the politics of the present. The verdict has annulled respect for history and seeks to replace history with religious faith. True reconciliation can only come when there is confidence that the law in this country bases itself not just on faith and belief, but on evidence.

( Romila Thapar is a distinguished historian of Early India.)


USA: "We beg for your forgiveness "Veterans to Native Elders in Standing Rock

USA: Veterans Apologize to Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock Forgiveness Ceremony

Solidarity with Standing Rock - true solidarity with standing rock from Veterans who apologize for crimes against indigenous people in USA

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

USA: Trump’s top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, on Friday identified the four candidates on the president-elect’s list for secretary of state.

Democracy and Class Struggle has been watching the apprenctice style selection process for US Secretary of State - Corker seems to have some sympathy for the Iran Nuclear Deal while the other three are opposed.Given the existing security and military people around Trump even if Corker was made secretary of state he would be outnumbered on Iran and we do not rate his chances for the job.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton are not qualified to be secretary of state in President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration, a former US Senate candidate says.

“Joe Scarborough [co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC] is absolutely correct; Giuliani does not have the qualifications to be secretary of state,” said Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and pastor in San Antonio, Texas.

Giuliani lobbied for the removal of the notorious anti-Iran terrorist group known as Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from the US list of terrorist groups because of his close links to the Israeli lobby, Dankof told Press TV on Tuesday.

Bolton “would be even worse than Giuliani; he has even closer links to the Israeli lobby if that’s possible and he is a radical Zionist and a radical interventionist and supports the worse elements of American foreign policy,” he added.

Scarborough, the MSNBC host and former GOP congressman from Florida, said in a tweet that Giuliani is "neither qualified nor capable of effectively holding the position." He further wrote Giuliani is “dreadfully unprepared to be America's Sec State.”

"Selecting Rudy Giuliani as Sec State would overshadow any selections Donald Trump has made. After this week, that is especially true,” he said in another tweet in a thinly veiled reference to Trump’s recent controversial picks of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, known as “Mad Dog”, for secretary of defense, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for national security adviser.

Trump’s top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, on Friday identified the four candidates on the president-elect’s list for secretary of state.

She named 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former CIA director and retired General David Petraeus, Senator Bob Corker, and Giuliani.

A number of Trump’s top nominees for sensitive national security posts have accepted money from the MKO and lobbied for the group’s removal from the US list of terrorist groups.

The POLITICO news organization revealed last month that Giuliani and Bolton were on the MKO's payroll and lobbied to erase the group from the State Department’s list of terrorist groups during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as the top US diplomat


USA: Harry Belafonte "Welcome to the Fourth Reich" and Free Leonard Peltier Now !

Italy; Italian Referendum Defeat is No Victory for the Right Wing :Luciana Castellina says Italian trade unions, youth, and students led the vote against technocracy

Luciana Castellina says Italian trade unions, youth, and students led the vote against technocracy

Luciana Castellina has been a leading figure of the Italian Left since the 1960s. She co-founded the Partitodi Unità Proletaria per il communismo (PdUP) and the Movimento dei Comunisti Unitari (CU). She was a member of the European parliament from 1979 to 1999 and has been at different times the editor of Nuovo Generazione, il manifesto and Liberazione.

Italian Maoist comrades call for New Resistance against Renzi , Salvini Grillo and Berlusconi

Democracy and Class Struggle says there are many contradictions in the Italian Referendum vote and the Austrian Presidential Election which require deeper analysis not superficial responses of claiming premature victory.