Thursday, April 24, 2014

On Mumia's Birthday we say Free Mumia Abu Jamal



Saturday 26th April 1.00 pm, Rally at Windrush Square, Brixton, London, SW9 - Free Mumia Abu Jamal Now !

Larry Wilkerson on Obama's Wrong Headed Approach to China



Larry Wilkerson: President Obama's trip to East Asia exemplifies the need for the U.S. to control China's influence instead of looking for ways to collaborate.

Since 2011 the Pivot to Asia has created tension in the Asia Pacific that tension is growing not diminishing just as the US pivot to the Ukraine has brought the highest level of tension since the Cold War in Europe.

Imperialism means War - not inevitable war but high probability of war  - people can make history and avert wars but with all these global tensions at the moment a new war in Europe or Asia becomes more likely.

See Also: http://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/andrew-scobell-speech-at-us-china.html

"Russians" in Eastern Ukraine : The Obama administration and Kiev government have tried to base this claim on photographic evidence that the NYTimes recently had to retract


Philippines: Confront Obama's visit and US military basing with protests




To justify its growing military presence, the US has been stoking diplomatic tensions in the South China Sea... US warships, jetfighters and armed troops have been arriving in the Philippines with greater frequency and in greater numbers. In 2012, warships docked at least 80 times, growing to 150 in 2013.
 
 
MEDIA RELEASE
CPP Information Bureau
23 April 2014



On 28 April 2014, Barack Obama, current US imperialist chief, will be visiting the country to inaugurate the newest military agreement between the US and the Philippines. After a series of meetings since March, US and Philippine government and military officials finalized the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) on 11 April.

The US and the Philippines first began negotiations for the new agreement in January 2011, right after the US announced plans to “pivot” towards Asia and declared the New Pacific Century.

With the declaration, the US considers as key to the US’ recovery from crisis the strengthening of trade and investments in Asia through a stronger military presence in the region.


The US’ planned “pivot” involves deploying to Asia up to 60% of its naval forces and 50% of its land forces abroad. This is equivalent to maintaining hundreds of thousands of troops in various parts of Asia. In this manner, it could project its military strength at any time and in any place in the region.

Also part of the US “pivot” to Asia is the forging of regional and bilateral agreements with countries in the Asia-Pacific to facilitate coordination. The US estimates that the “pivot” would be completed in the next decade.

In the past three years, US warships, jetfighters and armed troops have been arriving in the Philippines with greater frequency and in greater numbers. In 2012, warships docked at Philippine ports at least 80 times, growing to 150 in 2013 and even more often in succeeding years.

Aside from rotational US military troops, there are 700 American soldiers comprising the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) permanently stationed in an exclusive area within the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command’s Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City since 2002.

To justify the growing US military presence in the Philippines and the launching of military exercises in various parts of Asia, the US has been stoking diplomatic tensions regarding multi-country claims to islands and land formations in the South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal. Benigno Aquino III’s government has played a distinct role in this fracas by taking the lead in hurling verbal challenges at China.

Aquino and the US government have invoked “tensions with China” to justify the growing US presence in the Philippines. The Aquino regime portrays the US as a “friend” of the Philippines regarding the conflict with China. Aquino’s officials have also been claiming that under the 1956 Mutual Defense Treaty, the US has an “obligation” to support the Philippines once conflict erupts in the South China Sea.

While the US continues to strengthen its military relations with China (which includes its participation in the Rim of Pacific Exercise or RIMPAC in June), it also repeatedly states that it would “come to the aid of its friend”, to the delight of its gullible puppets in the Philippines. In fact, the ruling monopoly bureaucrat capitalist class in China is a close ally of US imperialism, even if the US keeps a watchful eye on and blocks China’s growth and domination over Asia.

Ukraine: Right Sector co-ordinating actions with Kiev Putschists says Dimitry Yarosh

 

Ukrainian radical neo-fascist Right Sector group has moved its main headquarters from Kiev to Dnepropetrovsk to “closely monitor” the developments in the east, its leader said, announcing the formation of yet another paramilitary squadron in Ukraine.

“I moved my headquarters to Dnepropetrovsk. The purpose is to prevent the spread of the Kremlin infection,” Ukrainian presidential candidate and Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh announced at a press conference in Dnepropetrovsk.

He says the vital industrial city in Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk provides a better platform to observe the situation in Donbass where pro-federalization protests are flourishing, after the coup in Kiev.
Yarosh, placed by Russia on an international most wanted terrorist list, also announced that he started forming a special squad of fighters called “Donbass.”

“We coordinate all of our actions with the leadership of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Security service of Ukraine,” Yarosh said.

Ukraine : Kiev Putschists attack Slavyansk : Ukrainian troops APCs, choppers amid burning checkpoint in Slavyansk



6 Self Defence Forces and 1 Policeman killed by Ukrainian Army in attack.

Fighting erupted again just outside Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine. Kiev restarted anti-terrorism operation leaving a checkpoint in ruin. Ukrainian troops take photos alongside APCs as Choppers fly overhead.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Kiev of a deterioration of relations because of the military operation against the protesters in Slavyansk. “If these people [in Kiev] have opted for a hot stage, which in fact is a counterinsurgency operation, it will definitely have certain consequences for those who make such decisions, state-to-state relations included,” said Putin at a media forum of the All-Russian People’s Front.

The president said that only the Ukrainian parliament has “elements” of legitimacy, whereas other branches of the current authorities in Ukraine are not legitimate for various reasons.

“Given what they have done today, the authorities in Kiev have become a junta, a kind of cabal, so to say,” Putin said.



Today is Mumia's Birthday Join Us for Long Distance Revolutionary



Long Distance Revolutionary is showing tonight at Slug and Lettuce, Islington Green, London ,N1 7PM

Saturday 26th April 1.00 pm, Rally at Windrush Square, Brixton, London, SW9

See Also : http://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-unsilenced-voice-of-long-distance.html

 


Red Salute from Democracy and Class Struggle to Mumia Abu Jamal on his birthday - he continues to inspire us and millions of others around the world who demand his release from prison - Free Mumia Abu Jamal !

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Aleksandr Dugin - Radical Conservatism dressed up as Revolution - A Critique by Nickglais - Part 1 The Ideological Roots of Duginism




The Eurasian ideology of Alexsandr Dugin and his Fourth Political theory is a recycling of some old  ideas which have long been discredited by revolutionary practice.

Aleksandr Dugin's recent influence on some comrades in Russia, Eastern Europe and Turkey requires us to remind them of these past struggles which combated these counter revolutionary ideas.

Has Wikipedia says :

Eurasianism was a political movement in the Russian emigre community in the 1920s. The movement posited that Russian civilization does not belong in the "European" category (somewhat borrowing from Slavophile ideas of Konstantin Leontyev), and that the October Revolution of the Bolsheviks was a necessary reaction to the rapid modernization of Russian society.

The Eurasianists believed that the Soviet regime was capable of evolving into a new national, non-European Orthodox Christian government, shedding off the initial mask of proletarian internationalism and militant atheism (which the Eurasianists were totally opposed to).

Aleksandr Dugin saw the collapse of the Soviet Union has the end of socialism - he confuses end of the Soviet  state with the end of an idea - he has based his "new" 4th position on old wine of Nazi Existential philosopher Martin Heidegger with a dose of Berdyayev and put it into new bottle of the 4th Political Theory,

His eclectic positions are profoundly anti Marxist and he seems never to have heard or ignored Marxism Leninism Maoism and its critique of the Soviet State collapse through internal revisionism but sees Marxism locked in the 19th century and has a nationalist interpretation of Leninism.

Aleksandr Dugin is in the tradition of Nikolai Alexandrovitch Berdyayev a Russian Bourgeois Mystic and existentialist founder of the "new Christianity".

                                                                       Berdyayev


Berdyayev began his career has a "legal Marxist" but by 1905 in his critical appraisal of  Marxism had developed into the direct opposite to neo Kantianism and God seeking and mysticism.

To the class struggle of workers he poses an inner spiritual liberation.

After the October Revolution of 1917 Berdyayev set out to perfect a theory that would bring wavering intellectuals into the fold of mysticism.

Capitalism was declared an inhuman system and the old Christianity a weapon of exploitation and even the truth of communism was recognised to the extent that it rested on the socialisation of the means of production.

Moving from an analysis of class Berdyayev wanted an analysis of theo humanity and in his work in  Philosophy of Inequality published in 1923 he justified inequality has beneficial and right and war the basis of the creative movement of humanity.

According to Wikipedia a significant influence of the doctrine of the Eurasianists can be found in Nikolai Berdyaev's essay "The Sources and Meaning of Russian Communism".

The other major ideological mentor of Aleksandr Dugin is Martin Heidegger has the video above clearly illustrates.

                                                                      Heidegger


The Nazi Existentialism of Heidegger was the nearest thing to a philosopny of Nazi National Socialism and supplanted the earlier Fascist "Actualism" of Giovanni Gentile and has a had subversive influence on a whole range of "Left" intellectuals particularly French Post Modernist ones in the post Second World War World



Heidegger taught a racial rootedness in the German soil that was ontologically or existentially based rather than biologically based.

It provides a philosophical justification for German racism without it being tied to the fundamentalism of Nazi scientism.

This, in turn, provides a broader foundation for Nazi doctrines to rest upon, pollinate and grow. 

Has Emmanuel Faye has pointed out such nuances have been used by scholars to disassociate Heidegger from National Socialism but this needs to be corrected and abandoned.

Heidegger’s fascism is built on environmental existentialism rather than biological scientism.

In his  Heidelberg courses Heidegger enlightened his audiences by saying that, “the Fatherland is being itself.”

That is the meaning of rooted Dasein that Aleksandr Dugin so loves but he attempts to give it a myriad of meanings to avoid acknowledging Heidegger the Radical Nazis has ontologically racist.

Concerning the cosmopolitanism question raised by Dugin, we have  dealt with this question in relationship to the National Question and Marxism here :

http://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-cosmopolitan-left-and-national.html

Alexsandr Dugin abstracts Cosmopolitanism from the National Class Struggles has he does Technology has he never addresses the class which it serves rather indulges in Heidegger's anti technological rants.

There is nothing progressive in the Heideggerian vision of nature shared by Dugin, it is Green Fascist and violent.

On the very important question concerning the Ecological Movement and the Green Fascism of the Red Brown type they have been exposed well in the case of Rudolf Bahro.

http://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/rudolf-bahro-case-of-mixing-red-with.html

We will deal with theories of Geo Politics and Eurasianism 
in Part 2

25th April 1945 - Italy's Liberation from Fascism - Now for the Liberation from Capitalism the system that breeds Fascism



Red Salute from Democracy and Class Struggle to Italian Comrades on your Day of Liberation from Fascism - Now for your Liberation from Capitalism !