Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chairman Mao Zedong on Palestine

 

Question: What is your view on the Palestinian Arabs being deprived of their land

Mao: We support them (Applause and animation).
 
The Palestinian Arabs should go back to their homeland.

Right up to the present time we have had no diplomatic relations with the Israeli government.
 
The Arabs are the overwhelming majority [the questioner was an Arab].

All Arab peoples are opposed to their fellow-Arabs being driven out of Palestine.
 
If we don't stand on your side we will be making a mistake. That is why we are with you.
 
But it is not just a question of Israel but of who stands behind Israel.
 
Therefore it is a world question and particularly - one concerning the USA.

Stephen Cohen "Downed Malaysian Plane raises risk of War"



Democracy and Class Struggle while we may not agree with the Stephen Cohen's version of Russian History he is certainly no Russophobe and his views on the downed Malaysian Aircraft are more rational than most of the Russophobe commentators be they left or right.

Monday, July 21, 2014

SOUTH AFRICA'S RULING ANC IN PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO IMMEDIATELY LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA



Democracy and Class Struggle says it is time for South Africa to take the lead and expel the Israeli Ambassador Now !
 
Following nationwide protests across South Africa against the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza (Israel has killed over 400 Palestinians including 100 children in the last 10 days) the ANC in Parliament has called for the Israeli ambassador in South Africa to leave with immediate effect.
 
The ANC must implement this and the decision to recall the South African Ambassador from Tel Aviv with urgency. Click here for the full statement on Gaza released by ANC Chief Whip in Parliament, Stone Sizani MP.
The virtual entirety of South African political and civil society is calling for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from South Africa from the ANC (click here) to the Economic Freedom Fighters (click here), ANC Youth League (click here), Young Communist League (click here), COSATU (click here), NUMSA (click here), Nehawu, the Christian Faith Based Kairos Southern Africa (click here), MJC, Jamiat Ulama, National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Click here), 72 Leading South African Jews (click here), anti-apartheid stalwarts including Ahmed Kathrda, Ronnie Kasrils (click here) and various others are all calling on our Government to expel the Israeli Ambassador as a form of diplomatic protest against the wanton killing of Palestinians.
 
The latest Israeli massacre conducted on Sunday morning in one of the poorest and most crowded neighborhoods of Gaza, the neighborhood of Shejaiya.
 
Our South African Government must show leadership, take decisive action and move beyond words. Its time for our South African Government to join the progressive countries and leaders of the world

Its time to send a clear message to Israel that its violations of international law and what it is doing in the Palestinian Gaza Strip is unacceptable.
 
Its time to #ExpelIsraeliAmbassador. Play your part by communicating this to all structures of government - councilours, mayors, premiers, ministers and all other officials because our government, on this issue and on the call for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador, has the support from virtually the entirety of South African civil society.
 
SOURCE: BDS SOUTH AFRICA
 
 
 
“Venezuela rejects the cynical campaigns trying to condemn both parties [Palestinians and Israel] equally. It is clear you cannot morally compare occupied and massacred Palestine with the occupying state, Israel, which also possesses military superiority and acts on the margins of international law.”
 
 

"U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date" in Israel's War Against Gaza



Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israel for genocide against Gaza are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establishment

Wales: Cardiff, 500 people marching in Cardiff against ground invasion of Gaza


 
 
500 people marching in Cardiff to protest ground invasion of Gaza yesterday in an event advertised at very short notice.

We expect the march next Saturday to be massive. Saturday 26 July, assembling 2.30 pm at Cardiff City Hall.

Red Salute from Democracy and Class Struggle to comrades in Cardiff in organising Gaza protest and success to protest and march on 26th July 2014.

France: Toulouse : Against Imperialism and Zionism, support the Palestinian resistance! Coup pour Coup 31 (Blow For Blow 31)





This evening, several thousands of people expressed their support for Palestinian people and its resistance movement in the streets of Toulouse (France). With slogans like “Long live the fight of the Palestinian people!”, “Israel killers, Holland accomplice!”, “Gaza, Gaza… Toulouse is with you!”, the popular demonstration walked through the city with calm and determination.
 
Our group Coup pour Coup 31 (Blow For Blow 31), that initiated the demonstration, released this statement that has been read at the beginning and at the end of the demonstration.
 
We are once again in the streets tonight to show our solidarity towards the Palestinian people and our support to its resistance movement against Israel’s attacks and Zionism. During the Zionist attacks of the past days, more than 200 people have been killed and several thousands have been injured. Western media present the Israeli government and the Palestinian resistance as equally responsible of the situation. That eludes that one of the most powerful armies in the world is attacking people who have no army, no tank and no fighter. It also eludes the 1948 Nakba and the exodus of more than 800.000 Palestinian from their homeland. Futhermore, it eludes the racist policy of apartheid that Israel applies since its creation.
 
Let’s be clear. What happens in Palestine is not nor a war of religion nor a conflict between the Jews and the Arabs. What happens in Palestine is land appropriation and ethnic cleansing since more than 60 years. This project is based on a racist and colonial ideology: Zionism.
 
We condemn all forms of amalgams between Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. We also affirm that racism, in particular Anti-Semitism, is the worst enemy of the Palestinian cause. Palestine and the Palestinian people do not need false friends who use Anti-Zionism to spread their heinous speech.
 
Our support for the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to self-determination is based on our anti-colonialist and anti-racist commitments! And we firmly affirm that Israel as a colonial and racist state is illegitimate.
 
We support the Palestinian resistance, in particular one of its components which is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Besides its fight, in particular through armed struggle, for the national liberation of Palestine, this party fights for the social liberation of Palestinian.
 
Our thoughts are with PFLP general secretary, Ahmad Saadat, locked up in Zionist prisons since 2006, and with George Abdallah, former member of PFLP, lifelong activist for the Palestinian cause, imprisoned in France since 1984.
 
The anti-imperialist group Coup pour Coup 31 (Blow For Blow 31) has always sided with Peoples oppressed by capitalism. This is why we support the fight of the Palestinian people, of the Kurdish people for its self-determination, the fight of the Tunisian people, the Syrian people, the Filipino people… and that is why we fight against all the attacks of the imperialist powers that aim to subject the people as in Mali, Central African Republic, Afghanistan…
 
We call for amplification of the anti-imperialist fight and to support our coming initiatives, like the broad campaign for the liberation of George Abdallah that we will organize in October. We also call for a concrete solidarity towards Gaza by donations to the “Union of Health Work Committees” association which manages a hospital in Gaza.
 
LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S STRUGGLE AGAINST IMPERIALISM!
PALESTINE WILL LIVE, PALESTINE WILL OVERCOME!

Source: http://couppourcoup31.over-blog.com/2014/07/against-imperialism-and-zionism-support-the-palestinian-resistance.html


Red Salute from Democracy And Class Struggle to comrades of Coup pour Coup in Toulouse.

 

Larry Wilkerson on Malaysian Aircraft Disaster a "dangerous moment"



Larry Wilkerson: Why weren't commercial flights banned over an area where aircraft had already been shot down?

Democracy and Class Struggle says the bourgeois rational realpolitik of Larry Wilkerson verses the dangerous irrationalism of John MacCain.

While Democracy  and Class Struggle does not know who downed the Malaysian  Aircraft we would like to draw attention to a previous incident where the Ukrainian military downed a civilian aircraft and denied it - only to admit it later.This incident gets no mention in Russophobic western media.

 Perhaps the strangest precedent for the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine is a shoot-down in 2001 caused by military forces in … Ukraine. On October 4, 2001, 64 Siberia Airlines passengers and 12 crew members onboard a Soviet-made Tupolev Tu-154 en route from Novosibirsk to Tel Aviv were killed when the plane was shot down over the Black Sea by a Ukrainian missile.

It took a while for Ukraine to admit that was what had happened, but after pressure from Russian investigators, Ukraine's then-president, Leonid Kuchma, accepted that the Ukrainian military was at fault. The day of the shoot-down, the Ukrainian military was conducting a massive military exercise which involved shooting 23 missiles at drones. "Experts say that the radar-guided S-200, among the farthest-flying and most capable antiaircraft missile in the arsenal of former Soviet nations, simply locked onto the Russian airliner after it raced past the destroyed drone some 20 miles off the Crimean coast," the New York Times' Michael Wines reported.

Kuchma accepted the resignation of his Minister of Defense, Oleksandr Kuzmuk, following the admission that the military was at fault. From 2003 to 2005, Ukraine paid $15.6 million to families of victims following a deal with the government of Israel.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

India: Kolkata : All India Convention Committee for Release of Political Prisoners - 20th July 2014




Democracy and Class Struggle salutes the All India Convention of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners - your struggle and Convention gives meaning to the word Democracy in India.

Operation Green Hunt  (go to link for free book on Operation Green Hunt ) of the Indian State has exposed the falsity and pretentions of Indian democracy before the entire world .

True Indian patriots like the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Kolkata represent all that is good and the best of India - we wish you success in your work and struggle.


Kollkata – CRPP All-India Convention, July 20th



Committee For The Release of Political Prisoners
West Bengal(Preparatory) Chapter


An All-India convention on 20 July at Seva Kendra, Kolkata on Kolkata High Court judgement on political prisoners, repeal of draconian laws, withdrawal of ban from all banned organizations and the unconditional release of political prisoners.


You are aware of the fact that state repression against dissident voices in large parts of India initiated by the central government and state governments in the name of the ‘Operation Green-hunt’ has reached its peak in the recent years. For the last several decades, the central and State governments in the name of ‘development’ have been selling out such immensely precious wealth of the country as water, land, forests and metal to the Indian big bourgeoisie and the foreign MNCs by displacing hundreds and thousands of the adivasis from their land, habitats, culture and social life spreading across large parts of the forest and mineral-rich provinces of the country.



And whenever people protested, opposed and took recourse to resistance for their self-defence and protection of dignity, police and paramilitary forces are being sent to crush them and drown their movement in pools of blood.

Throughout the country, most particularly in the central and eastern India, an undeclared war by the central as also state governments has been going on against the sons and daughters of the soil in the name of combating ‘terrorism’ and ‘Maoism’—the former name being borrowed by them from the American war-hawks.



The setting up of the National Investigation Agency(NIA), the attempts to set up the National Counter Terrorism Centre(NCTC) and many other repressive agencies of the State, the tapping of mobile phones and landlines of citizens, surveillance over e-mails, face-books etc, the introduction of biometric enlistment in the name of UID—all these and many more are manifestations of fascistic surveillance system that are total violations of the constitutional rights of the citizens. In Kashmir, the CRPF raises the poster in many places stating ‘Suspect All’.


In the same ugly spirit, the central and state governments have already set up a country-wide intelligence network that reminds one of a fascist raj. In their ventures, they are being provided logistic and military assistance as also political directives and advice both from the American and Israeli governments.


Draconian laws such as the AFSPA, UAPA and others have been clamped upon and thousands of people in states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Kashmir, Manipur, Assam etc have been incarcerated for years together—acts that are totally fascistic and leave hardly any room for self-defence.


Those imprisoned include adivasis, people charged with having Maoist connections and Muslim organizations, anti-displacement activists in many states, Kamtapuris in North Bengal, people fighting against the setting up of nuclear reactors in south India, for increase in wages, for the development of adivasi culture and others related to people’s interests, mass organizations, political parties, women’s organizations, student-youth-worker-peasant organizations, people fighting for basic social transformation as also those fighting for the right of self-determination of small nationalities.


The government forces have been extending their periods of imprisonment under one pretext or another. Incidents of arrest, fake-encounter killings by security forces and other state agencies, rape and humiliations—have become almost daily features. In some states such as Assam, surrendered militants are being formed into armed gangs by the state to wipe out fighting people.

The right to freedom of speech, to write, to practise politics according to one’s own free will, to take part in movements—all these basic rights are being trampled underfoot by the powers-that-be. Today, any form of protests and voices that refuse to toe the path prescribed by the state are being branded as ‘terrorist, ‘Maoist’ and subjected to intimidation, arrest and torture that beggars description.


In the year 1992 in the previous left-front regime in West Bengal, the West Bengal Services Act was passed that accorded the status of political prisoner to those who were arrested on political charges. However, neither the previous nor the present Mamata Banerjee-led TMC-government gave political status to Maoist and other prisoners arrested under charges of sedition.


Some prisoners got the status from the court only after claiming it, while others did not get it at all. The plea given for refusing the status was that the CPI(Maoist) and its ‘frontal organizations’ were declared to be ‘banned’ by the state. In a recent landmark judgement in the Kolkata High Court Justice Ahluwalia Jr. rejected the objection of West Bengal government and gave the verdict that even people belonging to any banned organization such as the CPI(Maoist), should be given the status of political prisoner.

Along with this, it also proposed broad jail reforms that concerned the day-t-day lives of the prisoners as a whole. Recently, the West Bengal government has made an appeal against this judgement in the Supreme Court and that has been accepted for hearing. Needless to state, this appeal has the full backing of the central government.

In support of the decision of the High Court on the political prisoners and with the demands for the repeal of all draconian laws like the AFSPA, UAPA etc, withdrawal of ban on all banned organizations and the unconditional release of all political prisoners, the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, West Bengal Chapter(Preparatory) will hold an all-day Convention on 20 July 2013 from 10 AM at Seva Kendra, 52 B, Radhanath Choudhury Road, Kolkata-700015(At Palmer Bazar stop along Sealdah-Bengal Pottery-Tangra route) behind Loreto School.

On this occasion, we invite you/your organization to join this convention to express solidarity in support of the demands.


In solidarity,

Amit Bhattacharyya

Sujato Bhadro

Guru Prasad Kar

Arun Chakraborty

Ipsita Samanta


On behalf of the Organizing Committee for this Convention

CRPP, WB Chapter(Preparatory)
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Programme

10 AM-10.15 AM: Welcome Speech on behalf of the Organizing Committee
— Amit Bhattacharya, General Secretary, CRPP.

Welcome song by Sutapa Bandyopadhyaya

Inaugural Session: 10.15-11.15 AM

Moderator: Prof. Tarun Sanyal

Keynote Speaker: Prof. S.A.R.Geelani, President, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners

Second Session: 11.15 AM-12.00 Noon/ Kolkata High Court Judgement on Political Prisoners

Moderator: Sukhendu Bhattacharya

Speakers: 1. Dr. Guru Prasad Kar; 2. Rupkumar Chatterjee.

Songs

Third Session: 12.00 Noon-1.30 PM/ Repeal of Black Laws and Withdrawal of ban from all banned organizations

Moderator: Bidyut Bhowmik

Speakers: 1. Sujato Bhadra, Vice-President, CRPP; 2. Jiten Yumnam, Co-Convenor, Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur(CPNRM); 3. V. Suresh, President,PUCL, Advocate;

4. Sashi Bhushan Pathhak, Jharkhand; 5. Lenin Kumar, Odisha; 6. Chandi Sarkar.

Lunch break: 1.30 PM-2.00 PM Press Conference

Cultural programme: 2.00-2.30

Fourth Session: 2.30 PM-4.00 PM Unconditional Release of Political Prisoners

Moderator: Sujato Bhadro

Speakers: 1. Arun Chakraborty, Convenor, CRPP, WB Chapter; 2. Bubumoni Goswami, MASS, Assam.

Members of Prisoners’ families

Fifth Session: 4.00 PM-5.00 PM Strategy and Tactics

Moderator: Dr. Sanmatha Ghosh

Speakers: 1. Ipsita Samanta, Coordinator, CRPP, WB Chapter; 2. Subhashis Roy, Lawyer; other advocates.

Sixth Session: 5 PM-6 PM Resolutions

Moderator: Prof. Manas Joardar

Summing up: Amit Bhattacharyya
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

India : Punjab : Remembering Comrade Prithipal Singh Randhawa on 35th Anniversary of his death by Harsh Thakor



On July 18th 1979 exactly 35 years ago a dedicated young revolutionary student leader by the name of Prithipal Singh Randhawa was martyred.

This martyr sowed the seeds of the revolutionary student and youth movement in Punjab. He is arguably the greatest student and youth leader in the Indian revolutionary movement since independence.

He innovated methods of building struggle when the movement faced the onslaught of repression. Above all he was very disciplined member of the U.C.C.R.I.M.L. (Nagi Reddy Group), posessed great humility and never exhibited arrogance.

The comrade lit a red flame in the hearts of the revolutionary masses.

In post Naxalbari history ,no organization exhibited such revolutionary democratic functioning or built such a strong student movement as the Punjab Students Union in the 1970's.It had an identity of a student mass organization as no other student group in India.

The movement of that period will be written forever in the annals of Indian revolutionary history.Even sections like Andhra Pradesh Radical Students Union (pro-Charu Mazumdar ) or All-India Revolutionary Students Federation hailed Prithipal's contribution. In 1966 a red letter event took place in the history of the revolutionary student movement in Punjab.

The progressive and revolutionary student comrades formed a revolutionary forum, namely the Punjab Students Union. Such founding leaders waged a bitter struggle combating the revisionist policies of the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India Marxist.

The light that glowed from the great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China reflected on the students and youth of Punjab. In all areas of Punjab college students protests were launched in an isolated form. Jullundar, Ludhiana, Patiala ,Sangrur and Bhatinda were the major areas.

Darshan Singh Bagi, a militant student leader played a prominent role by openly supporting the Naxalite movement.

It was historically the first revolutionary student organization formed since the Naxalbari uprising. The major turning point for the movement in Punjab was the killing of a student named Jagtar Singh in December 1968.

Student strikes engulfed Punjab throughout the state. Buses were burnt all over Punjab. Student leaders were thrown into jail.

The remainder went underground. It seemed that a spark had been converted into a Prairie fire.

Under the leadership of the Ferozepur–Bhatinda committee of Communist Revolutionaries that later converted itself into the Punjab Co-Ordination Committee of Communist Revolutionaries the Punjab Students Union was re-activated.

The ultra-left trend in the Charu Mazumar era, which called for the disbanding of revolutionary mass organizations and mass movements, played havoc to the mass movement and the Punjab Students Union had been divided.

In 1972 the Punjab Students Union had it´s first state conference. In 1974 under the leadership of Comrade Randhawa, the Punjab Students Union with the Naujavan Bharat Sabha led a famous agitation called the Moga Sangram Rally. On October 22nd 1974 a demonstration consisting of 10,000 people was organized. The Wahikar Union, in the same year organized a demonstration at Jagraon in Ludhiana District, where one peasant was killed in a police firing.

Thus on November 26th 1974 an armed demonstration was held at Bhatinda jointly by the Punjab Students Union, the Wahikar Union and the Naujavan Bharat Sabha. This was attacked by the police.

In 1974 the Punjab Students Union supported the strike of the policemen launching a strong solidarity campaign. A major agitation was organized against reckless bus driving where girl students were injured.

The fee hikes were also protested against. The organization also reprinted a copy of Bhagat Singh´s book, "Why I am an Atheist?" Strong propaganda was launched for democratization of the education system as well as for a secular one.

In 1975 the Punjab Student Union became the 1st student organization in India to conduct a protest against the U.S.War in Vietnam.Effigies of the American president and flags were burnt and ared flame wa slit in the hearts of the students and youth.The protests had historic significance. In 1975 during the emergency the organization functioned in an underground manner.

Several leaders were arrested. A Guru Tegh Bahadur (a progressive Sikh religious martyr) Committee was stormed to combat the fascist policies of the ruling government.In the post-emergency period the P.S.U. was led by the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India(Nagi Reddy group)

In the post Emergency period the Punjab Students Union launched a campaign exposing the hypocrisy of the Janata Party professing Democracy.

The moment of students was taken to the villages. Various student leaders and comrades worked in the villages. Rural Students created the base for the Punjab Students Union.

In this period sections of Punjab Students Union were formed owing allegiance to different Marxist Leninist Groups. TIn 1977 Comrade Randhawa played a significant role in the founding of the Association for Democratic Rights.

It was the need of the hour to have a strong Democratic Rights Organization.

Com.Randhawa inspired a strong democratic rights movement which stopped the ruling class parties from defeating the peoples movements and prevented innocent people from being detained.

In 1978 Com Randhawa addressed the founding of Democratic Students Organization in Andhra Pradesh in 1978. When the movement was at it´s peak Comrade Randhawa was slain by a group of student assisted by goondas. His death simply broke the backbone of the revolutionary movement .

The aftermath of his martyrdom witnessed some of the strongest protests that have ever taken place in the history of the revolutionary movement in Indian reminiscent of a tornado. 20,000 people participated in the protests.A red flame was lit all over the State.

The killers were ultimately brought to the book.

After Prithipal´s death the Punjab Students Union weakened .

The great Comrade was simply a pillar to the organization. Shortly after the organization led an agitation protesting against the bus fare hike. What was most important is that Prithipal Singh Randhawa always maintained the correct relationship between the mass organization and the party and combated all trends which tried to impose the party policies on the mass organizations.

The P.S.U.always mantained the identity of a revolutionary mass organization and never became an arena of party politics in Randhawa's time.

Later the P.S.U Became a victim of splits with seperate groups formed wing adherence to different Naxalite formations like Chandra Pulla Reddy,,R.C.C.I.(M.L.) etc.

During the khalistani Movement all the factions of the P.S.U.played significant role in combating the Khalistani and All India Sikh Student Federation politics and collectively confronted the Sikh communal and Khalistani forces in the campuses.

A tiny section owing allegiance to 'Paigam' group sold itself to the service of the Khalistanis.

Today there are 3 factions of the Punjab Students Union.Today on July 18th in Muktsar,Sangrur and Bhatinda district the Punjab Students Union(Shaheed Randhawa group) and the Naujawan Bharat Sabha organized commemoration meetings in memory of Com Randhawa .

They elaborated on his significance in the light of the problems the students and youth of Punjab faced today in light of the policies of privatisation.

Com Randhawa's methods of work are an abject lesson for comrades today in light of the growing state repression through Operation Green hunt.

On his 35th martyrdom day we must radiate his very spirit and light a red torch in his memory.

Clashes in Paris at banned Gaza Protest by pro- Palestinian Supporters



Pro Palestinians Clash at Paris Gaza rally. Clashes at Paris Pro-Palestinian protest.

Large crowds of protesters in Paris clash with police at a banned pro-Palestinian rally against Israeli military action in Gaza. Pro-Palestinian protesters clash with police in Paris. France - Clashes as pro-Palestine protesters march in Paris.

In Paris, despite a police ban and warnings from President Fran├žois Hollande,

PARIS — Police have clashed with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban in Paris on marching to protest the Israeli attacks on Gaza.