Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Diplomacy with North Korea ? What Diplomacy ? with no Diplomats !
Democracy and Class Struggle says first with Victor Cha now with Joseph Yun those with expertise and diplomatic knowledge of North Korea are either resigning or being dumped.
The hollowness of Trump's talk about diplomacy has an empty can rattle.
The Spirit of Gwangju will Save Korea
Democracy and Class Struggle makes no secret we are looking to South Korea to avert catastrophe on the Korean Peninsula - that is why we appeal to the spirit of Gwangju.
By refusing to engage in diplomacy with North Korea, the Trump administration could be leading South Korea to break away from its strategic alliance with the US says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson
Democracy and Class Struggle says South Korea's interest and US interest are not the same.
If South Korea asserted it sovereignty against the United States the Korean Problem would be on a road to a solution.
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson says the US Presence on the Korean Peninsula is the problem - this basic reality has to be grasped for a solution
Monday, February 26, 2018
"Let America Be America Again," by Langston Hughes
Democracy and Class Struggle says in the deep darkness of the Trump Era we call for another America to speak up and speak out.
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
(America never was America to me.)
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
(It never was America to me.)
O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)
Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?
I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.
I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!
I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.
Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”
Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.
O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!
Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!
Recorded three months before his death
"Self-Help in Hard Times" covers the government's campaign to destroy the IWW, and the factors leading to the Great Depression. Zinn states that, despite popular belief, the 1920s were not a time of prosperity, and the problems of the Depression were simply the chronic problems of the poor extended to the rest of the society. Also covered is the Communist Party's attempts to help the poor during the Depression.
India : Rise of Hindutva Fascism with Shehla Rashid Shora
Shehla Rashid Shora gives a good summary of Hindutva Fascism in India and its tentacles in UK and USA.
Chris Hedges summary of Fascism at the end of the interview updates Fascism reminding us we must see its universals and particulars - especially in India.
The Spirit of the South Korean Gwangju Uprising - Korea will be United and Free and avoid War
LONG LIVE THE GWANGJU CITIZENS ARMY - DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE FIGHTING SPIRIT OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE THEY WILL NOT BE SACRIFICED FOR US IMPERIALISM AND ITS TRUMP MAD DOG
HISTORY WILL LEAD US TO VICTORY
GWANGJU LIVES !
War is the Health of the State : People's History of the United States
History can be instructive if we are prepared to study and learn- but most people seem to suffer from historical amnesia - War is the Health of the State looks to be Trumps new motto to Make America Great Again.
Will it all be All Quiet on the North Asian Front ?
Peace Opportunity missed for Korea - US not interested in talks unless precondition of De-nuclearisation met
Democracy and Class Struggle says this report from South Korean TV confirms that no meeting occurred between Kim Young - chol and Alison Hooker of the NSC.
The United States is not interested in talks unless its pre-condition of de- nuclearisation is met.
If this is the US idea of negotiations there are not or never will be negotiations with North Korea.
However talking in one thing actions are something else and US provocative actions speak louder than words.
1. The United States is proceeding with the joint military exercises with South Korea which simulate invasion of North Korea and decapitation of its leadership.
2' The United States is proceeding with "interdiction" on the high seas of North Korean and its trading partners ships an ACT OF WAR.
3.The United States may be planning according to Foreign Policy a major cyber attack on North Korea as a prelude to military assault.
With these provocative lines in place War is coming o the Korean Peninsula and nothing other than radical decisions in Seoul will stop it - but Moon Jae-in does not give us any confidence in his ability to restrain US drive to War.
STOP WAR ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Dangerous Scheme for Cyber-attack on DPRK
Democracy and Class Struggle says The United States continues to sabotage inter Korean Dialogue with more provocative measures.
The Trump administration put all the intelligence agencies on an alert, ordering them to get ready to mount cyber attack prior to the launch of a military attack on the DPRK after working out a plan for it, according to the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy.
The U.S. preparations for cyber attack on the DPRK clearly reveal once again the despicable nature of the American rogue state as the harasser of reunification, disturber of peace and the chieftain of aggression.
The U.S. should drop its pipedream to realize its aggression ambition through cyber attack on the DPRK.
The DPRK is an invincible military power acknowledged by the world. We can certainly respond to any war mode wanted by the U.S. as we have everything in place and are ready to cope with anything.
If the U.S. finally ignites a train of a war in pursuit of its reckless ambition for the invasion of the DPRK, that will end up in the final ruin of the American empire.
The U.S. should not run wild, clearly understanding its rival.
The Korea's Opportune or Planned Meeting ? Kim Yong Chol will meet with Allison Hooker of NSC ?
North Korea’s delegation to South Korea is led by Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of a key Communist Party committee dealing with inter-Korea relations and a former head of the North’s military intelligence service.
Kim Yong Chol brought with him Choe Kang Il, deputy director of the U.S. affairs division in North Korea’s foreign ministry.
Ivanka Trump is accompanied by Allison Hooker, the Korea director on the National Security Council and a key player in the White House’s policy on North Korea.
Hooker met Kim Yong Chol, who was then head of the North’s military intelligence service, in Pyongyang in 2014 when she went there to secure the release of two Americans detained by North Korea.
Democracy and Class Struggle does not have high hopes of this meeting (if it actually happens) in view of new provocative US actions.
Its success will depend on inter Korean relations restricting freedom of action for United States on the Korean Peninsula - if that does not happen - we are nearer to war than we think - certainly as close as 1994
Looking back over this troubled history, the United States proved remarkably resistant to cooperating with North Korea to reduce nuclear risks in the region.
Instead, from late 1991 until the summer of 1994, it reflexively favored coercion over dialogue.
Gun Control will Not Cure a Society that produces Monstrous Behaviour
Democracy and Class Struggle says that no US Capitalist Government should be allowed to selectively restrict working people's access to weapons - in the end we have to take up the gun to end the gun or has American History has shown you need to move from the ballot box to the cartridge box to resolve the serious fundamental antagonistic contradictions of US Imperialism at home and abroad.
Basically a sick society has to be replaced by a better one and in the Case of the United States the sooner the better for the rest of the world.
The Other Civil War - People's History of the United States
"The Other Civil War", covers the Anti-Rent movement, the Dorr Rebellion, the Flour Riot of 1837, the Molly Maguires, the rise of labor unions, the Lowell girls movement, and other class struggles centered around the various depressions of the 19th century.
Howard Zinn describes the abuse of government power by corporations and the efforts by workers to resist those abuses.
THE BALLOT BOX AND THE CARTRIDGE BOX
Saturday, February 24, 2018
North Korea Special Forces are experts in asymmetrical warfare - Largest Special Forces in the World
Democracy and Class Struggle says this is not a North Korean video but an independent military analysts video based on article in National Interest.
North Korea Special Forces are experts in asymmetrical warfare.
Donald Trump believes his own propaganda and has seriously underestimated North Korean fighting capabilities in the non nuclear area as well as North Korean nuclear areas.
US Private contractors are looking for contracts in Washington to fight a counter insurgency campaign in North Korea - this is a joke - they have no idea of the type of war North Korea would wage.
If this War is started by the USA it will be the biggest War so far in the 21st Century in casualties and the unintended consequences.
The war will cast a shadow over the next 100 years in North Asia and the US mainland will not escape the consequences of an unprovoked attack on the sovereign state of the DPRK.
THE HUBRIS OF THE UNITED STATES REGARDING NORTH KOREA IS ON PAR WITH HITLER'S ABOUT THE SOVIET UNION IN 1941 WHEN HITLER BELIEVED HIS OWN PROPAGANDA MUCH ON PAR WITH UNITED STATES TRUMPISM - RUSSIA WAS TO FALL IN WEEKS AND NORTH KOREA A FEW MONTHS.
NO WAR ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA
Red salute to Anti-fascist protesters rally against racism in Italy
MAKE ITALY ANTI FASCIST AGAIN
Teflon Don thinks he is untouchable : 19 Women Speak Out Against Trump's abuse of women and cite their own cases
Democracy and Class Struggle says he has the morality of a Benito Mussolini might it be he will meet the same end ?
Propaganda verses Reality - War with North Korea
Democracy and Class Struggle says Trump will like a circus animal will only be tamed by fire.
Koreans North and South Unite to fight for your survival against US adventurism.
NO WAR ON THE KOREAN PENINSULAR
United States imposes" largest ever "sanctions on North Korea
Democracy and Class Struggle says the United States is not interested in peace on the Korean Peninsula and has never been since 1945 when in an office in Washington without the consent of Koreans drew up the 38th Parallel and divided North and South.
Peace on the Korean Peninsula means the USA has no justification for interfering in the internal affairs of South Korea and limits the US Asian Pivot Strategy against China,
The Korean People are interested in Peace on their peninsula but they will have to demonstrate their desire for Peace with active measures against the US and Japan - the principal warmoners in North Asia in the coming weeks and months.
The sanctions are just a slow war and leading to faster war - the People of the Korean Peninsula can walk quietly to their death led by global pied piper of death the United States or they can make some radical decisions to survive in the next weeks and months.
A strategy for survival is key followed by tactics to limit US and Japanese influence and military effectiveness in North Asia which also happens to be in Russian and Chinese self interest.
We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank god - People's History of the United States
MANIFEST DESTINY BEGINS HERE:
H V JOHNSON SPEECH
RDF calls for Release Damodar Turi immediately and unconditionally!! Revoke the draconian ban on MSS and other organisations!! Stop Operation Greenhunt and war on people under the name of internal security!!
Release DamodarTuri immediately and unconditionally!! Revoke the draconian ban on MSS and other organisations!! Stop Operation Greenhunt and war on people under the name of internal security!!
Stand in solidarity with the struggles of peasants, adivasis for their Jal-Jungle Jameen!!
Continuing its ongoing assault on people’s movement, and to further the plunder of natural resources by imperialist sharks, the fascist Raghuwar Das government arrested Damodar Turi by branding him as an ‘important’ leader of MSS.
Though he is not a member of the MSS but the state police have arrested him by linking him with the outfit.
It has been clear that the Jharkhand government is hell bent on handing over the key to natural resources to corporates by all means and any opposition to this policy is being silenced by gun of the State.
It is pertinent to mention here that Damodar Turi has been actively leading mass struggles from forefront from the days of the statehood of Jharkhand movement.
He has actively organized the masses on behalf of the Jharkhand Liberation Front (JLF), which organized people with a call to free Jharkhand from exploitation (Soshan Mukt Jharkahand).
Since the emergence and inception of this new state, the sellout of its natural resources to foreign transnational companies and their domestic lackeys began through hundreds of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) shattering the aspiration of exploited and oppressed masses.
He immediately stood against such moves of newly formed state government, and participated and organized struggles for the Jal-Jungle-Jameen of the peasants, adivasis of Jharkhand. In 2006, he took initiative to form ‘Visthapan virodhi samanway samiti, Jharkhand and All India level organization Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan to resist Memorandum of Understanding to plunder natural resources of mineral rich areas.
From the last 20 years, Damodar has been participating in various mass struggles in Ranchi, Bokaro, Girdih, Gumla, Santhal Pargana. In particular, his immense contribution to the struggle against the Operation Green hunt (a multipronged militarily attack on people by the Congress Regime to curb Maoist revolutionaries and to grab land and natural resources for corporate) is notable. He led the struggle against death penalty to cultural artist Jiten Marandi in 2011.
He took initiative to fight for justice for MotiLal Baske who was killed by State armed forces in a fake encounter. Damodar was the one who vehemently opposed amendments in Chota Nagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) and Santhal Pragana Tenancy Act (SPT) to facilitate land grabbing in favour of corporate. This has made him the sore in the eyes of state government, which is unleashing a tranche of anti-people policies. Damodar has been the target of Jharkhand police since he questioned the policies of state government since its very inception.
Firstly, the state police tried to implicate him under draconian law POTA under which thousands of struggling masses were implicated falsely soon after the formation of new state. At that time, not even his family was spared from the torture. Later, in 2008 he was incarcerated in jail for 9 months for a false case under UAPA. He was tortured in custody and it is his indomitable spirit which the government is trying to crush.
He was acquitted recently, in that case. Now, when state has started third phase of Operation Green Hunt and started attacking people and revolutionary forces in the name of SAMADHAN (as declared by Central Home Minister Rajnath Singh), Ragubhar Das Government of Jharkhand has attacked democratic voices and banned Majdoor Sanghatan Samiti (MSS) and arrested its members in false cases. Damodar Turi is also named in one of such First information Report (FIR) although he has never been member of MSS. State government want to silent his voice by bullying.
But Damodar Turi stood forthrightly against such repressive moves of the Government and he played a forefront role in constituting Loktantar Bachao Manch against the fascist and repressive BJP regime in Jharkhand. The formation of Loktantar Bachao Manchand organizing program to mobilize people against repressive moves of Government defying state terror, became a trigger point and the government immediately arrested DamodarTuri.
The program of Loktantar Bachao Manch from where Turi was arrested also highlighted as an anti-people measures of the BJP government in Jharkhand. Several of such anti people measures were resorted to earlier, including starvation deaths following the compulsory use of Aadhaar for availing Public Distribution System (PDS), the ban on MSS and the fake encounter of Motilal Baske.
So far, it is being stated that Turi is arrested in the case related to organizing a public meeting and rally marking the 100 years of Bolshevik Revolution in Girdih, but it is apprehension that he may be implicated in false cases. Arrest of Damodar Turi, All India Convener of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (VVJVA) must be seen as a continuation of larger project of fascist Raghuwar Das government to crush every voice of dissent as it puts into practice the so-called ‘development’, which is nothing but open plunder of the resources which belong to the masses. RDF demands immediate and unconditional release of Damodar Turi and revoke the draconian ban on MSS and other organisations.
Revolutionary Democratic Front also demands to stop Operation SAMADHAN, which is nothing but a tool to crush the voices of struggling masses that are opposing anti-people policies of the Government and immediately withdraw paramilitary forces from Jharkhand.
Intercepting ships on high Seas bound for North Korea would be a Act of War - Japanese Defense Ministry
Reuters Reports that Japanese Defense Ministry acknowledges that the United Nations is unlikely to strengthen sanctions against North Korea making inspections on high sea possible.
From the viewpoint of the country in question, that would be an act of war,” he said, referring to North Korea.
A Japanese ruling party lawmaker briefed by the government said discussions with the United States were focused on the need for stepped up cooperation on surveillance and information-sharing between Washington, Tokyo and Seoul regarding ship-to-ship transfers suspected of violating sanctions, and on the need to notify authorities in ports of origin.
The lawmaker as well as a Japanese defense ministry official involved in policy planning said that under current U.N. sanctions, the agreement of the flag state and ship captain was necessary to conduct inspections on the high seas.
“I think it is unlikely that the U.N. will strengthen the sanctions so that inspections on high seas are possible without agreement,” the Japanese defense official said.
“From the viewpoint of the country in question, that would be an act of war,” he said, referring to North Korea.
Friday, February 23, 2018
As Long As the Grass Grows or Water Runs; People's History of the United States
THE PAST AS PRESENT
The Intimately Oppressed - People's History of the United States
The Intimately Oppressed" describes resistance to inequalities in the lives of women in the early years of the U.S.
Zinn tells the stories of women who resisted the status quo, including Polly Baker, Anne Hutchinson, Mary Dyer, Amelia Bloomer, Catharine Beecher, Emma Willard, Harriot Kezia Hunt, Elizabeth Blackwell, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Fuller, Sarah Grimké, Angelina Grimké, Dorothea Dix, Frances Wright, Lucretia Mott, and Sojourner Truth.
Gerald Horne on God and Guns - The Fanatical Faith of the NRA
Gerald Horne talks us to school on God and Guns and continues our People's History of the United States - we repeat from Marx that History weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living in the USA.
Stephen Colbert Asks God's stance on the NRA
The Political Psychology of America as reflected in CPAC and NRA is highly unusual but as we have shown has deep roots in US political culture even prior to 1776.
The Liberal response of Stephen Colbert is insufficient to root out this culture it is also part of it if we study the historical evidence.
If USA wants to move from it death cult culture and protect its children it needs a real socialist revolution and a profound cultural revolution and a paradigm shift in thinking.
We would remind the over enthusiastic Lin Baoists in USA on the Left that the Party rules the Gun - the Gun does not rule the Party.
A Kind of Revolution - People's History of the United States
Poor whites in America enlist to fight for the rich in a kind of revolution - history weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living - watch CPAC today see the living nightmare.
No new social class came to power as a result of 1776 ? the colonial ruling class engineered the Revolution - something history was to repeat more times than we can count in other countries and in other times.
GERALD HORNE HAS A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON THIS PERIOD
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Kurdish forces have departed Aleppo city, handing the neighbourhoods under their control to the Syrian regime, in order to defend Afrin.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish forces have departed Aleppo city, handing the neighbourhoods under their control to the Syrian regime, in order to defend Afrin.
“As YPG and YPJ forces in Aleppo, we have acted with the awareness of our responsibility since the first day of the attacks against Afrin,” commander of the Kurdish force in Aleppo, Firat Khalil, announced in a statement published by ANF media, which has ties to the force.
“Due to the silence of all world powers on the barbaric attacks, all the YPG and YPJ forces in Aleppo went to Afrin and participated in the defense. For this reason, the neighborhoods east of Aleppo have come under the control of regime forces,” he said.
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the all-female force (YPJ) had been in control of the mainly Kurdish Sheikh Maqsood area of Aleppo.
The statement from Khalil confirms reports earlier on Thursday that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had entered Sheikh Maqsood and raised their flag.
Pro-regime forces have also entered the Kurdish canton of Afrin to help the YPG and YPJ defend against a Turkish offensive.
A third convoy of Syrian forces arrived in Afrin on Thursday.
Civilians from eastern areas of the Kurdish self-autonomous region of Rojava in northern Syria have also travelled to Afrin to show their solidarity with the isolated canton.
A convoy traveling from the eastern canton of Jazira and the central one of Euphrates came under Turkish fire on Thursday, “injuring a number of them,” according to Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of foreign affairs for Jazira canton.
It is believed they were bringing food and medicine to Afrin, Reuters photojournalist Rodi Said reported.
Tyranny is Tyranny - People's History of the United States
GERALD HORNE HAS A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON THIS PERIOD
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Persons Of Mean And Vile Condition - Peoples History of the United States
This video shaws the genisis of methods of social class control in the United States - highly instructive
Columbus,The Indians,and Human Progress - People's History of United States
For Chapter two visit here :
The Peoples History of United States by Howard Zinn may not be perfect but is a necessary good beginning or foundational for a new History of the United States.
Will the Opportunity for Further Inter Korean Dialogue be missed as Pentagon pushes ahead with South Korea - US Joint Drills ?
Democracy and Class Struggle says South Korean doublespeak on Arirang - the drills simulate decapitation of North Korean leadership and invasion of North Korea but the South Korean Newscaster does not regard them as provocations !
For South Korean Newsreader a definition of provocation;
something that incites, instigates, angers, or irritates.
The Military exercises do all these things and are a cause of inter Korean tensions and justification for North Korean military defence including nuclear defense.
Some honesty would go a long way to resolving inter Korean conflict not Arirang doublespeak
The first 500 0f 4000 Syrian Fighters enter Afrin
Democracy and Class Struggle says an additional 1,200 Turkish commando's were sent as reinforcements on Tuesday to support Turkish Offensive in Afrin.
So far, at least 500 fighters with Syrian government-aligned “popular committees” have entered Afrin to “fulfill their role in protecting Syrian territory,” a commander with the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin told Syria Direct.
Syria Direct previously reported that 4,000 militiamen entered Afrin, but the YPG commander clarified that 4,ooo is the total number of fighters expected to arrive in “successive groups” over the course of a 10-day period. Two groups have arrived so far, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.
Pro-government fighters present in Afrin were deployed “to all borders, clash points and the fronts with Turkey,” on Wednesday, the YPG commander told Syria Direct. The commander requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the media.
Press Statement of DPRK Permanent Mission to UN on "Legality" of sanctions
Democracy and Class Struggle says it is members of the Security Council that pose a threat to peace, breach of peace and act of aggression.
They should not determine what is legal or illegal - the world is upside down.
The Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations issued a press statement on February 12 as regards the fact that one year has passed since the DPRK Government requested the UN Secretariat to organize an international forum of legal experts for clarification of legality of the "sanctions resolutions" of the UN Security Council imposed against the DPRK.
Recalling that in January last year the DPRK proposed the UN Secretariat to organize an international forum of legal experts for clarification of legality of the "sanctions resolutions", the press statement said:
The Permanent Mission of the DPRK to the United Nations, during past one year, has constantly requested for earliest organization of the international forum of legal experts to the UN Secretariat through the meetings with the secretary-general, the under-secretary-general for Political Affairs and the under-secretary-general for Legal Affairs, and the letters of the DPRK permanent representative addressed to the secretary-general for 5 times, releases of the Permanent Mission's press statements for 4 times as well as press conferences and interviews for 5 times.
However, the UN Secretariat still turns away our just proposal for organizing an international forum of legal experts, continuously persisting in its outdated sophistry, saying that pursuant to Article 39 of the UN Charter, it is for the Security Council to determine whether or not a particular action or set of actions or a particular situation or dispute constitutes a threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and thus it is for the Security Council to decide what recommendations to make or what measures are to be taken to maintain or restore international peace and security.
The UN Secretariat should listen carefully to the voices raised from numerous legal experts and lawyers of many countries, who are supporting our proposal for international forum, insisting that the Security Council has no legal ground or moral justification to condemn nuclear test or launch of ICBM and satellite as violation of international law.
The DPRK Permanent Mission to the UN requests once again the UN Secretariat to immediately respond in a positive way to our proposal for organizing an international forum of legal experts, in conformity with the mission stipulated in the UN Charter.
Once a Poster Child for Austerity, Latvia Becomes a Hotbed of Corruption
Democracy and Class Struggle has no problem with Latvia's banks helping North Korea bypass sanctions that we do not agree with.
However when you are a neo liberal poster child invariably you put money as your God before people.
Capitalists and bankers are profit patriots and sell out their countries interests for personal ones therefore we are not in the least surprised by corruption in Latvia.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
YPG: Syrian government responded to protecting Syrian border’s duty
The People Protection Units (YPG) assured that after a month of the ongoing resistance in Afrin against the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries and calling for the Syrian government to do its duty protecting the Syrian border, military units responded to the calling and headed to station on the border in Afrin.
The spokesperson of YPG Nury Mahmoud issued a statement about the entrance of units of the Syrian army to Afrin and said,
“After passing a month on the legendary resistance of our forces against the Turkish occupation army and the terrorist organizations allied with it; Jabhet al-Nusra, IS and others and inflicting vast damage in the equipment, our units called for the Syrian government and its army to do their duty and participate in defending Afrin and protecting the Syrian border against this brutal invasion.
And the Syrian government met the calling and responded to the defence duty, and sent military units on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to station on the border and participate in defending the unity of the Syrian lands and its border.”
Syrian state TV shows pro-government fighters enter Kurdish-held Afrin region
Rex Tillerson has been reported in Asia Times has given permission to Turkish forces to come to Manbij - this is the duplicity we expect from the United States who is trying to keep SOB Erdogan on side and betray Kurds.
The YPG/SDF Kurdish forces have to make some difficult life or death decisions.
The situation in Afrin is fluid - with claims and counter claims about presence of Syrian forces.
The Report above from Syrian TV is firm evidence that Syrian forces are in Afrin.
Defend Peace - Japanese Communists should stop Shinzo Abe's drive to War and support Inter Korean Dialogue
Genuine Japanese Communists should support inter Korean dialogue and bring the Nippon Kaigi Japanese Imperialist lover Shinzo Abe to account.
Shinzo Abe is sabotaging inter Korean Dialogue and must be exposed for his warmongering.
PS Japanese Communists should drop their support for sanctions on North Korea and protect Japanese Koreans from Government witch hunt.
Do not play Shinzo Abe's anti DPRK game for the rebirth of Japanese Imperialism.
Post Olympic Inter Korean Dialogue - The South Korean View
Democracy and Class Struggle welcomes the push back of Moon Jae in against Shinzo Abe the Nippon Kaigi warmonger SOB over the question of anti DPRK military exercises of US and South Korea and Japan.
However we are aware that for Moon Jae-in to stand against Japan and US over the military exercises will take considerable courage and determination - but if he did so he would write a new positive chapter in Korean History.
The Turkish military has increased their activity in Afrin recently, sending another big convoy to this rural region in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside.
LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Turkish military has increased their activity in Afrin recently, sending another big convoy to this rural region in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside.
According to pro-opposition accounts, the Turkish military send a large convoy of reinforcements to the northern part of Afrin; they reportedly entered from northern Aleppo.
The convoy consisted of a large number of military personnel, along with an entire column of Type M-60 Sabra and Leopard tanks.
Recently, Turkey stepped up their military operations in the area, as their rebel allies launched several attacks along multiple axes in the Afrin region.
The Syrian government forces have yet to enter the Afrin region, despite previous reports by members of the National Defense Forces (NDF) via social media.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Syrian government forces have yet to enter the Afrin region, despite previous reports by members of the National Defense Forces (NDF) via social media.
According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian government forces have remained at the towns of Al-Zahra’a and Nubl near the Afrin axis; however, they have not received orders to enter.
The source added that the only forces to enter Afrin from the government territories were members of the YPG from the Sheikh Maqsoud District of Aleppo city.
It appears the main issue blocking the government troops from entering Afrin is the agreed upon terms between Damascus and the YPG/PYD.
The YPG/PYD are not in favor of handing over their heavy weapons to the Syrian government, which would ultimately make Afrin under Damascus’ control.
For the Syrian government, the only way they will approve of their forces entering Afrin is to have the YPG surrender their heavy weapons.
Monday, February 19, 2018
HARSH THAKOR SAYS SALUTE THE PEASANTS AND INTELLECTUALS,STUDENTS YOUTH AND WOMEN OF PUNJAB IN SHIMMERING THE TORCH OF RESISTANCE TO EXTINGUISH THE DARK FORCES OF FASCISM IN THE ANTI-BLACK LAWS CONVENTION AT GRAIN MARKET AT BARNALA IN PUNJAB ON FEBRUARY 16TH.
SALUTE THE PEASANTS,WORKERS,INTELLECTUALS,STUDENTS YOUTH AND WOMEN OF PUNJAB IN SHIMMERING THE TORCH OF RESISTANCE TO EXTINGUISH THE DARK FORCES OF FASCISM IN THE ANTI-BLACK LAWS CONVENTION AT GRAIN MARKET AT BARNALA IN PUNJAB ON FEBRUARY 16TH.
A GLORIOUS CHAPTER IN THE RESISTANCE OF PEOPLE AGAINST FASCSIM WAS INSCRIBED IN HISTORY BOOKS .VENUE RESEMBLED AN OCEAN WITH THE TORCH OF RESISTANCE SHIMMERING TO EXTINGUISH FORCES OF DARKNESS
61 Organizations comprising 20,000 people organized from 15 districts of the Malwa belt of Punjab converged at the grain market in Barnala to protest against the black laws of Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA)and Punjab Prevention to Damage to Pubic-Private Property Act .it represented every opressed section of society from industrial workers,peasants,agricultural labour,govt.employees ,students,youth,doctors and intellectuals.
The prominent speakers were Buta Singh Burgill of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda),Joginder Singh Ugrahan of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan),Mukseh Mulaudh of Zameen parapti Sangharsh commitee ,Lakhwinder of Textile mazdoor and hosiery workers union,Pardeep Kasba of Punjab Students Union,Narain Dutt of Inquilabi Kendra ,Zora Nasrali of Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union,Raminder of Naujwan Bharat Sabha ,Bhagwant Singh Samau of Mazdoor Mukti Morcha,Jagmohan Singh of Association for Democratic rights ,Chatramal Goyal of medical practitioners association,Nirbay Dedhuke of Kirti Kisan Union,representative of Indian federation of trade Unions,.
All the speakers exposed the nefarious designs of the state in using Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA)laws in the false pretext of curbing criminal activity and goondaism.and actually completely utilising it to suppress all peoples movements and Organizations.
Today every section of Society has suffered the onslaught of globalisation and pro-corporate govt.policies leading to peasant suicides because of inability to repay loans,victimisation of workers through massive retrenchment,banning of strikes and denial of minumum wages,inability of students to afford fees in private institutions ,massive unemployment and sexual opression of women.
The speakers gave vivid day to day examples of the fascist designs of the black laws like PCOCA prevalent and how only peoples organized resistance could defeat them.They all aspired to achieve the dream of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades who were betrayed by the Gandhian Congress in 1947.
They explained how maximum powers were given now to the police force to use PCOCA law to violate all conventional liberties.The peasant leaders spoke about how Captain Amrinder did not fulfill a single promise he made to the families of suicide victims in term s of debt relief and compensation.“Now, Punjab government is planning PCOCA to control gangsters. Police will misuse it on the directions of politicians and innocents will be harassed.
The PCOCA would further multiply the problems for common man,” State General Sectary of Istri Jagriti Manch Amandeep Deol said.
The protesters alleged that government does not face any danger from common man. The agitators rued that the state has sold government properties at lower rates to favour their near ones while new taxes were being imposed on poor.
It was one of the biggest rallies ever staged in protest against black laws in the history of Punjab..Event was of great significance to prevent the ascendancy of fascism when the state is investing every ounce of energy into introducing laws to ban and suppress democratic movements and organizations.The joint front of so many organizations and unity of several trends made the event a sweeping success.
The venue literally resembled an Ocean shimmering the torch of justice to extinguish the dark rays of fascism.The participants wrote a new chapter in the history of rallies organized against state repression ,swarming in like bees to the rally.It was reminiscent of a huge army assembled.,preparing for a war.It was a tribute to the meticulous grassroots work and preparation work of the leaders and activists of all the participating groups. The unity of industrial workers and peasants had great significance as well as the participation of the student community.The role of the industrial workers was particularly noteworthy .
The rally had great political significance with the fascist attacks of the administration on all sections of people like the mass arrests of peasants when protesting.police attacks on campuses, and brutal lathi charges on industrial workers.It was great example to the whole nation when fascist attacks on movements and activists are becoming the order of the day .
It proved the great potential of the oppressed classes of Punjab in giving major resistance to the fascist trends prevailing and the their deep frustrations generated by the oppressive social order.The event was a true model .of a revolutionary democratic protest to the entire nation playing a major role in elevation the democratic political consciousness of every section of the masses.
Syria: Convoy of Aleppo residents arrives in Afrin amid reports of YPG-Syrian govt. deal
A convoy of residents of Aleppo was greeted by thousands of people in Afrin on Monday, in a show of unity amid an escalation of Turkish shelling of numerous villages in the Kurdish-dominated region.
A significant number of convoy members reportedly hailed mostly from Aleppo's mostly Kurdish districts.
The convoy arrived in Afrin following Syrian State TV reports of a deal between pro-Syrian government forces and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to allow forces loyal to the Syrian government in the Afrin region.
Authorities have not confirmed these reports. According to local media, armed troops are due to enter the city imminently, following an YPG-Syrian government agreement to deploy pro-Syrian government fighters on the Turkish border.
Hezbollah and Israel plus Syrian Army And YPG Working To Reach Deal Over Afrin
DANGEROUS TIMES - SHIFTING ALLIANCES ?
US-led War Games: The greatest obstacle to peace by Hyun Lee
Democracy and Class Struggle says sometimes the obvious escapes people, the DPRK developed its nuclear weapons because of the nuclear blackmail and threats from the US, including these annual war games which are simulated plans to invade North Korea and kill its leadership - if that threat was removed permanently then a discussion of a Nuclear Free Korean Peninsula becomes a possibility - with their continuation there will be no prospect of peace let alone future de- nuclearisation,
Seize the Time South Korea - Give Peace a Chance
The United States and Japan are currently conducting joint military exercises even as the Winter Olympics are still ongoing. The dock landing ship USS Rushmore, with elements of the U.S. 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (SDF),concluded five days of amphibious landing exercises off the Southern California coast on February 7.
The annual Cope North exercise, involving more than 100 aircraft and 2,850 personnel of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force, began on February 14 and will take place in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands through March 2. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the US Navy will also hold a four-day computer-simulated joint missile defense drill on board Aegis destroyers starting February 16.
Key Resolve Foal Eagle, the joint US-ROK war games that happen every year in the Spring have been delayed this year due to the Olympics but are scheduled to resume in April. Ulchi Freedom Guardian, another massive joint military exercise, is scheduled for August. These exercises are offensive war games. Last year’s Foal Eagle involved 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 US troops, including the notorious SEAL Team six, the unit that assassinated Osama Bin Laden. It also involved B-1B and B-52 nuclear bombers, F22 and F35 stealth fighters, as well as an aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine. These exercises rehearse OPLAN 5015, a war plan that includes special forces assassinations, contingencies for North Korea’s regime collapse, preemptive strikes, and the so-called Korea Massive Punishment & Retaliation (KMPR) battle plan, which involves surgical strikes against key North Korean leadership figures and military infrastructure.
The upcoming military exercises pose the greatest obstacle to efforts for peace and North-South reconciliation in the current moment.
If they move ahead as planned, North Korea will almost certainly respond by resuming nuclear and/or ballistic missile tests.
Moving forward with the joint war games, in other words, is the surest way to undermine the process of detente that has begun between the North and South through their Olympic cooperation.
A North-South summit that can pave the way for talks between the United States and North Korea is our only chance at peace on the Korean peninsula. It is essential, therefore, for those who desire genuine peace in Korea to raise a unified voice urging the White House and the Pentagon to halt the provocative joint war games and support the Korean initiative for dialogue. Let us nurture the seed sowed in PyeongChang to take root for lasting peace.
Syrian Popular Forces to Arrive in Afrin to combat Turkish Aggression
Nuri Mahmoud, a spokesman for the People's Protection Units (YPG), told Al Jazeera on Monday that they are calling on the Syrian government forces "to preserve a united Syria", in a development that could mean regime forces might directly confront Turkish troops in the region.
Aleppo, SANA – SANA’s reporter in Aleppo said on Monday that popular forces are to arrive in Afrin area soon to support locals in facing the aggression launched by the Turkish regime on the area since January 20th.
The reporter said that the arrival of popular forces will strengthen the locals’ resilience and resistance against the Turkish aggression which targets infrastructure, public and private properties, and economic and services establishments.
The Turkish regime has been waging a barbaric aggression on Afrin area for almost a month, using various types of weapons and shells including the internationally-prohibited chlorine gas, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians and destroying infrastructure, properties, and historical landmarks.
U.S. Condemned for Obstructing Improvement of Inter-Korean Relations
The National Reunification Institute on Feb. 14 made public an indictment slamming how the United States has obstructed the improvement of the north-south relations and the peace and the reunification of the Korean Peninsula in every way and laying bare the true colors.
The indictment cited facts that the U.S. has dampened the reconciliation and unity of the Korean nation and trampled on the desire for the reunification through impudent interference and undisguised pressure since it occupied south Korea.
Such moves have reached an extreme phase since Trump came to power, the indictment says, and goes on:
When the pro-democracy and pro-reform forces came to power in south Korea after Park Geun Hye was ousted from power as she was hell-bent on pro-U.S. actions and confrontation with the fellow countrymen of the north, Trump told the regime that he would toughly deal with the north issue, the south-north summit is possible under special conditions only and dialogue for dialogue is not allowed.
U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis, National Security Adviser of the White House McMaster and other U.S. VIPs flew into Seoul one on the heels of the other and talked nonsense that it is of the most urgent necessity for the north to show the will to dismantle its nukes first and told the south Korean authorities not to improve the relations with the north without due consideration.
When this year has witnessed a dramatic reconciliation phase thanks to the proactive measure and sincere efforts of the DPRK, Trump said that he supported the north-south dialogue 100 percent for the fear of criticism by the public at home and abroad but cried out for persistently enforcing the policy of the maximum pressure on the north and wooed his underlings to pressurize the south Korean authorities.
The U.S. threw a serious roadblock in the way of improving the inter-Korean ties and the national reunification by escalating the tension on the Korean Peninsula through ceaseless arms build-up and frantic aggression war rackets against the north.
Last year Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military maneuvers were staged for two months. Mobilized in the exercises were hundreds of thousands of troops and huge strategic assets and even U.S. special forces enough to carry out a war.
The drills were unprecedented in their military strength, scale, intensity and period.
Not content with spitting out such warlike remarks as "fire and fury" and "the calm before the storm", Trump unhesitatingly appeared on the UN forum to say that he would totally destroy tens of millions of Korean people.
Right after the dramatic climate of reconciliation has been created between the north and the south and the Winter Olympics was held in south Korea this year, the Trump group announced they would immediately resume Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises after the Olympics, even though they unwillingly postponed the exercises.
Noting that the U.S. has persistently resorted to the despicable moves of disturbing reconciliation, cooperation and exchange between the north and the south through vicious smear campaign, sanctions and pressure upon the DPRK, the indictment goes on:
The U.S. organized anti-DPRK bodies such as "Citizens Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea" and "Network for Democratization of North Korea" on a large scale and spent a huge amount of money for them in a bid to put the north-south confrontation to the extremes for 9 years after the conservative group took the power in south Korea.
Trump, incumbent president of the U.S., imprudently behaved, vociferating about "settlement of the nuclear issue of the north" after his assumption of office only to experience a hot agony of shame due to the DPRK's step of boosting up self-defensive nuclear force. Then he got frantic with the anti-DPRK moves, labeling the DPRK as "human rights abuser" with the mobilization of "defectors from the north" under the pretence of the worn-out "human rights issue of the north".
Historically the U.S. has fabricated all sorts of laws such as the "Trading with the Enemy Act", "Export Control Act," "Foreign Assistance Act" and "Export-Import Bank Act" to impose unprecedented economic sanctions upon the DPRK and prevented south Korea and other vassal forces from doing economic cooperation with the DPRK.
From the beginning of the year the U.S. called for "maximum pressure" on the north until it abandons nuclear and missile program, mischievously behaving linking the technical matters the south Korean authorities promoted for the DPRK's participation in the Winter Olympics to provisions of the UN "sanctions resolution" and "independent sanctions".
Resorting to high-handed and arbitrary practices and shameless interference over the past 70 years since its occupation of a half of Korea, the U.S. has trampled down upon the aspiration and wishes of the Korean nation for the improvement of the inter-Korean relations and national reunification.
The historical thrice-cursed crimes of the U.S. prove that the U.S. is the sworn enemy of the Korean nation and the biggest hurdle in the way for peace and reunification.
The U.S. should properly understand the ever-growing aspiration and will of Koreans for national reunification and stop at once the anachronistic and unethical criminal acts against the improvement of the north-south relations and reunification of Korea
Post-Olympics inter-Korean relations
Democracy and Class Struggle says if the principal goal of South Korea is denuclearisation with inter Korean talks they are not likely to make progress anytime soon.
The resumption of the US South Korean military exercises to decapitate North Korea are also likely to undermine inter Korean dialogue - even terminate it.
Confidence building not military exercises is the need of the hour
Inter Korean family exchanges look possible but pressure on South Korea from the United States disguised as "International Pressure" is still trying to put the chain back on the South Korean dog who has been off the leash during the Olympics..
Sunday, February 18, 2018
The Eight Youths Incident at Guangdong University of Technology has caused a public uproar : Mao still speaks to the Youth of China
The recent arrest and manhunt of eight youths for participating in a [Marxist] reading session at Guangdong University of Technology (GUT) caused a major public uproar.
Numerous students and other people have expressed solidarity with the youths and called for justice.'
The severe handling and the public response to the “Eight Youths” Incident are unheard of.
The incident has yet to be publicly confirmed by the police since their intrusion of the reading session on November 15th, 2017. Zhang, Sun, Zheng, and Ye are bailed from remand while the other four youths are still wanted.
On 15 November, two youths taking part in a leftist reading circle at Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, were arrested by police on the ridiculous pretext of “illegal business operations”.
This was later changed to “gathering crowds to disturb social order”, a very common charge against worker activists and others.
Half a month later, two organisers of the reading group were detained on the same charge.
Four other participants are still wanted by the police.
At least seven of the eight youth are Maoist comrades.
Three staff members from a well-known labour NGO in Guangdong were sentenced to harsh prison terms in 2016.
So the growing number of young leftists, representing the radicalisation of the Chinese masses, and their attempts to propagandise Maoism as contemporary Marxism, seems very dangerous to the CCP whose rule is based on “capitalism with Chinese characteristics”.
LONG LIVE MARXISM LENINISM MAOISM - THE INVINCIBLE IDEOLOGY OF COMING PROLETARIAN POWER
Afrin : According to SDF the fighting continues on five fronts and Turkish army bombarded several villages damaging homes.
According to SDF the fighting continues on five fronts and Turkish army bombarded several villages damaging homes.
In Shera front fighting emerged around Dikmedash village between SDF and invading forces. Chema village was targeted by the Turkish army.
Heavy fighting was reported around Deraqliya and Carinceke villages on Saturday night.
In Jindires district Turkish artillery targeted Dewa and Til Silor villages from Saturday night until the early hours of Sunday.
Locals report that SDF fighters targeted Turkish military positions around Axcele village but no information could be obtained about the results of the action.
Turkish warplanes bombed the area around Sheikhorze village and Turkish artillery hit the villages and SDF positions along the border.
In Afrin city center Turkish army launched an artillery attack at 23h00. Surrounding villages were targeted as well as the city center.
Aaj Bazar Mein -- Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Professor G N Saibaba reminds us of Faiz Ahmed Faiz in his poetic letter to us all on 7th February 2018 from Nagpur Jail
I am living on the margins of life.
My pain, a voiceless song,
my being a nameless mote.
If only my pain could speak,
I’d know who I am.
And if myself could find its essence,
I’d unravel the mystery of this world.
If I could seize this hidden mystery,
my silence would find expression
(Faiz Ahmad Faiz)
Faiz Ahmed Faiz is amongst the most famous poets of last century. Faiz, who was hounoured by Lenin Peace Prize in 1963, was seldom subjected to arrests by the right-wing pro-imperialist military regimes of Pakistan.
Once, during the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq, he was arrested and taken to the police station in front of the public. In this context, he wrote 'Aaj Bazar mein'.
Aaj bazaar main pa ba jolan chalo
aaj bazaar main pa bajolan chalo
let us walk in bazaar in shackles
Chashm-e-nam, jaan-e-shoreeda kafi nahin
wet eyes and restless soul is not enough
Tohmat-e-ishq-posheeda kafi nahin
being charged for nurturing concealed love is not enough
aaj bazaar main pa-bajolan chalo
let us walk in bazaar in shackles
Dast afshan chalo, mast-o-raqsan chalo
let us go with afshan in hand, in trance and dancing
Khak bar sar chalo, khoon badaman chalo
go with dust on head and blood on garb
Rah takta hai sub shehr-e-janaan chalo
Go as the city of my beloved is waiting
Hakim-e-shehr bhi, majma-e-aam bhi
City’s ruler and crowd of commoners
Teer-e-ilzam bhi, sang-e-dushnam bhi
arrow of false charge, stone of accusation
Subh-e-nashaad bhi, roz-e-naakaam bhi
morning of sorrow, day of failure
Unka dum-saaz apnay siwa kaun hai
who is their friend except me
Shehr-e-janaan main ab baa-sifa kaun hai
who is untainted in the city of beloved
Dast-e-qatil kay shayan raha kaun hai
who deserve the killers or executioners hand
Rakht-e-dil bandh lo, dil figaro chalo
get ready for the journey of heart, go wounded heart
Phir hameen qatl ho aain yaro chalo
let me go to be executed
LET VOICES BE RAISED THROUGHOUT INDIA AND PAKISTAN AND THE WORLD TO FREE PROFESSOR G N SAIBABA
JUSTICE HAD A VOICE IN FAIZ AHMED FAIZ YESTERDAY AND IN GN SAIBABA TODAY.
SEE LETTER OF G N SAIBABA FROM NAGPUR JAIL HERE :
JUSTICE HAS A VOICE IN G N SAIBABA DO NOT BE SILENT OUR VOICES FOR HIS FREEDOM MUST BE HEARD ON ALL CONTINENTS
JUSTICE HAS A VOICE IN G N SAIBABA DO NOT BE SILENT OUR VOICES FOR HIS FREEDOM MUST BE HEARD ON ALL CONTINENTS
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