Sunday, June 17, 2018
Posted by nickglais on 6/17/2018 02:34:00 PM
The UN warns millions of Yemenis could starve as US-backed Saudi and Emirati forces attack Yemen's port city of Hodeida. TRNN's Ben Norton speaks with Medea Benjamin, who is campaigning to try to end the cataclysmic war
US and British Complicity in this attack
Posted by nickglais on 6/17/2018 07:13:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle says if there is one lesson and there are many from the US North Korean Summit it is it has exposed the bloodlust of liberals which some on the Left just see on the right.
We know that our position at Democracy and Class Struggle of support for a Peace process to solve the national question on the Korean Peninsula does not go down well with certain Leftists some calling themselves Maoists or Trotskyists.
We see these people suffering from the pervasive sickness diagnosed by Lenin as Imperialist Economism and it is a fatal political disease which will condemn our critics to oblivion.
We salute our sister Christine Ahn who has been there for the Korean People in bad times and good times.
Posted by nickglais on 6/17/2018 04:43:00 AM
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Posted by nickglais on 6/16/2018 12:51:00 PM
Human Rights and USA did not fit well together past or present - reality asserts itself
Posted by nickglais on 6/16/2018 09:31:00 AM
Posted by nickglais on 6/16/2018 08:47:00 AM
The Working Class in the British Isles in 1838 and 1842 and 1848 and its lessons for today.
The 10 year agitation a lesson for Today- a failure of Leadership.
How do we craft People's War not merely insurrection ? Byron gives us a description.
Byron in his Don Juan Eighth Canto writes
At first it grumbles, then it swears, and then,
Like David, flings smooth pebbles 'gainst a giant;
At last it takes to weapons such as men
Snatch when despair makes human hearts less pliant.
Then comes "the tug of war;" -- 't will come again,
I rather doubt; and I would fain say "fie on 't,"
If I had not perceived that revolution
Alone can save the earth from hell's pollution
Before the Chartists and After the Chartists the History of the Scotch Cattle by Alan Jones
For a Far Sighted View of 20th Century Social Democracy listen to this speech of William Morris in 1888
Posted by nickglais on 6/16/2018 07:28:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle say Chinese truck drivers protest in nine provinces and municipalities.
Mass protests by truck drivers have erupted in nine Chinese provinces and municipalities against decreasing wages, high fuel prices and police harassment.
Strike action began on June 8 in Jiangxi province’s Xiushui county and rapidly spread to Shandong province. Trucks filled national highways and parking lots, rendering some impassable.
Protests and strikes are reportedly continuing in the provinces of Anhui, Guizhou, Hubei, Sichuan and Zhejiang, and the municipalities of Chongqing and Shanghai.
One of the targets of the industrial action is Manbang, a truck hire logistics platform, which strikers claim has reduced their income.
Manbang is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., the owner of Google
China: Long live the national truck drivers’ strike!
This is a declaration by the “Struggle Association”, an underground Marxist-Leninist-Maoist organization in China.
The truck drivers’ strike took place on June 8, two days prior to the planned date.
As of now, this spontaneous strike wave has rapidly spread to Jiangxi, Shandong, Sichuan, Chongqing, Shanghai, Anhui, Hubei, Zhejiang, and other provinces, elevating the strike to a national level.
Truck drivers from all over the country have blocked major road with protest banners attached to their vehicles, demanding higher transport prices, lower fuel prices, improvement in living and working conditions, and abolish the panorama of collusive monopoly, arbitrary fines, and constantly changing policies.
According to the drivers on strike, the strike would last for at least ten days, and they will not give up until the regime concedes to their demands.
The transport prices of truck drivers have barely increased since 2000. However, fuel prices have been constantly increasing, not mentioning the incessant tolling and arbitrary fines by the police…
The harsh reality forced truck drivers to desperately seek for their livelihood: processing as many orders as they can, driving for 12 hours per day or more, and taking less than two days of break every month.
Truck drivers are only able to use National Highways as the incessant tolling of freeways makes their runs no longer profitable.
Nonetheless, the National Highway network covers many dangerous roads: combined with fatigue caused by longer driving hours, staying concentrated has become a harder task for truck drivers.
As a result, fatal accidents are now a common occurrence.
Other drivers are also beset with numerous occupational illnesses and injuries. Truck driving has gradually become a high-risk occupation.
Furthermore, the already insufficient wages the drivers risked their lives for are running out after subtracting fees incurred from all kinds of tolls and gas from their earnings, making them no longer able to sustain the lives of themselves and their family.
Other than this, what made the situation completely intolerable for the Chinese truck drivers was the monopoly of Manbang Corporation – the result of a merger between “Yun Man Man” and “Huo Che Bang”, two biggest companies in the transportation sector – over the market through its control of mobile applications, which again lowered the meager transportation prices.
Mr. Li, a striking truck driver, stated, “All of us drivers (using the database app of “Manbang Corp”) must pay about 1,000 to 3,000 yuan per year to continue using their service. 10 messages cost 688 yuan. Another thing that pains us is the referral fee.
We are truck drivers; cargo owners look for trucks through the platform: say they agree to pay 2,000 yuan when communicating with the platform, but Yun Man Man would only give us 1,500 to 1,800 yuan when we contact them, taking off the surplus.
Now the prices are getting lower and lower to the extent that we literally can’t run anymore.”
The genuine revolutionary Marxist-Leninist-Maoists firmly support this strike by our trucker brothers and sisters!
Strike is an indeprivable right and a weapon of struggle exercised and took up by every worker exploited by the bourgeoisie. This ongoing great truck drivers’ strike is one of the first nationwide large-scale strikes in decades.
Its importance is not limited to the truck drivers alone, but also to the working masses of every arduous trade in all of China. It made clear the fact that Chinese workers dare to break through the prevailing white terror of the bourgeoisie and challenge corrupt bureaucrats and capitalists on the streets, carrying forward a collective resistance.
The recovering rebelling spirit of the Chinese proletariat is finally reflected in the tremendous class hatred through concrete actions of the nationwide struggle against monopoly capitalism.
However, it must be held true both painfully and certainly, that this strike would ultimately end in a tragic defeat. But the brave trucker brothers and sisters are not the ones to blame.
This strike is a spontaneous struggle of dissatisfied truck drivers.
However, due to the fact that there exists no real nationwide labor unions entrusted by the workers to jointly organize the strike effort, to coordinate strikes in each province, to notify the masses of the immediate situation of the strike and inspire more social strata to join the struggle, to provide accurate directions and notifications, and to send teams of agitators among the the truck driver masses to educate and agitate, this strike is doomed to be isolated, disorganized, and therefore easily broken up and struck down one by one; this dissatisfaction would deplete and the resolve would waver in but a few days.
On the other hand, the bourgeoisie who has control over the state machinery has the tightest organization.
The reactionaries are well aware of this.
Starting from yesterday, three days after the start of the strike, the police has pressured striking truck drivers in all directions and tried to create division among the strikers: many truck drivers who planned to go on strike were forced to capitulate under heavy pressure and went back to driving, cargo transport businesses in many locations have resumed operations, severely weakening the strength of the strikers, making it no longer possible to cause national price fluctuations and force the authorities to concede through the stoppage of cargo transportation.
Facing the prospect of failure, the most urgent thing in front of revolutionary Marxist-Leninist-Maoists is not to fill oneself with indignation of the authorities (anyone could easily do that), but self-criticisms in a serious manner.
The fundamental cause for the strike to fail at any moment is the lack of a labor union or a revolutionary organization belongs to the workers capable of coordinate and inspire strikes.
A strike without the leadership of such a strong revolutionary organization, even though participated broadly and valiantly by workers, is unable to conquer victory, as its scattered and indefinite strength is unable to stay either protracted or concentrated.
There are no weapons of theory capable of reshaping the world sharper than Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, but most domestic “Marxist-Leninist-Maoists”, although branding it as their “beliefs”, are completely unable to apply it through practice, not mentioning have never tried in a serious manner to build a nationwide revolutionary organization united with the workers.
This long period of inactivity not only excluded and alienated Marxist-Leninist-Maoists from political struggle, but also disabled the masses of the ability to mount any resistance when they developed class consciousness themselves, making most basic economic strikes like this not only unable to succeed, but also confronted by the danger of repression.
If the revolutionaries aren’t organized tightly, the masses can’t be organized, and if the masses aren’t organized, thoughts for any victory, including economic gains in strikes, are delusive under the fascist dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.
The bleak current situation is: if the liberation of the Chinese proletariat, a giant, depends on its two legs: the left leg is the seasoned proletarian revolutionary organization, and the right leg is the rebellious consciousness of the proletarian masses.
Neither leg is strong enough, nonetheless, the left leg, comparing to its counterpart, is severely dysplastic, and this symptom in turn restrained the growth of the right leg, as it constituted a “Li Tieguai-style” giant: due to its disability, every step of this giant – who was supposed to conquer everything – towards victory became this difficult, every resistance against the oppressors became this hopeless, tripping on almost every step, and finally, ended up all black and blue.
The reality has shown, that the dilemma faced by the masses risen up in revolt and strike is precisely caused by this group of pseudo-revolutionaries in their armchairs for years doing nothing. Currently, the degree of organization of revolutionary Marxist-Leninist-Maoists in our country is still close to zero, making an unequal match with the working masses’ – spontaneously striking and resisting – dissatisfaction with the current system.
Regarding economic strikes, it should be realized that even their victories wouldn’t solve the fundamental problem of exploitation: this would at most reduce fuel prices temporarily, increase transportation costs temporarily, limit embezzlement temporarily, and improve the living condition of workers temporarily, but the bourgeoisie, who appears to have taken a step back, would soon once more seize all fruits of victories from these economic strikes using the state that it clutches tightly in its hands when the workers scatter after their supposed “victories”.
When class consciousness of the people has yet to develop and revolutionary organizations have yet to mature, economic strikes can be a viable choice to train the masses to struggle against the bourgeoisie; but if the workers are to smash the bourgeoisie’s shackles once and for all, the only way forward is to launch large-scale political strikes, expand the political rights of the workers, and set the aim on the conquest of power, the reshaping of the society, in other words, to establish a dictatorship of the proletariat and abolish the fascist dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, as well as the relation of production that exploits the workers and market economy under private ownership that it defends, and replace them with a planned economy under common ownership that utilizes all wealth to serve the livelihood of the people.
In China, to commence political strikes without taking up arms is absolutely hopeless, just like to commence economic strikes without organization is hopeless as well.
After the truckers started the strike, a group of suit-wearing “democrats” who have been propagating for the American-style “democracy” raised their voices in support in their villas, as if they represent the interest of the worker masses – we cannot be fooled by them!
We cannot forget what kind of trash those neoliberal “democrats” worshiping capitalist “democracy” are.
We can expose the disguise of those so-called “democrats” just like poking through a house of paper by looking at what’s really going on in the noble example of their “democracy”, the United States.
If it were to be said that “distinctions” exist between China and the US, then, the only distinction is their distinct forms of “democracy”: one is where the bourgeoisie appointing “people’s representatives” from top to bottom in plain sight, forbidding anyone from resisting and striking; and the other is where the bourgeoisie, through a self-directed farce of democracy, let the masses “elect” senators representing the interest of the bourgeoisie.
In the “democratic” US under its dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, the workers are also being exploited, also lacking a discourse, also facing the repression of the police, also living in slums, and since the ascension of Trump, even the robe of “democracy” and the handful of “democratic rights” are being torn apart by the capitalists themselves.
It can be observed, that what those holier-than-thou “democrats” wish to have is but another form of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie with another layer of “democracy”: this system would only continue to worsen the conditions of the workers, even placing China under the control of the US bourgeoisie again.
In the eyes of many, a third choice doesn’t exist besides the Western capitalist “democracy” and the capitalist fascism which is ruling China right now.
This way, the masses are either used by the capitalist “democracy” or the capitalist fascism.
But a third choice exists, and it is only not recognized by the broad masses of people because the revolutionaries haven’t put in enough work.
Any type of capitalist states is the oppressor of the broad masses of people. The only road that can liberate the working people is the elevation of the proletariat to the position of ruling class and the proletarian revolution towards global communism.
This requires the proletariat to struggle without being subjected or used by any force not a part of proletariat itself.
We can’t expect too much whether this nationwide truck drivers’ strike would solve anything, but it is a great beginning of a new era of the awakening of the Chinese proletariat.
Regardless of how much the bourgeoisie tries to block information regarding this strike, they cannot erase the deep impression it left on the masses.
It brought a whirlwind of struggle to a China almost suffocating from the capitalist fascist dictatorship; the spontaneous nationwide action of truck drivers stirred the sleeping backwater of the Chinese workers movement; but the dilemma that came immediately after it rang a bell for us Marxist-Leninist-Maoists
This bell warned us that we have fallen behind the masses on the way to revolution, and the masses are facing defeat because of this.
It is warning us to immediately engage in concrete struggles, to take up the role of organizing workers all over the country; it is warning us to dare to hold ourselves responsible for every failure, to organize ourselves into a national revolutionary organization, and with this leverage, organize the proletariat into a giant that will win the complete victory in liberating itself.
Long live the national truck drivers’ strike!
THE TEN DECLARATIONS OF THE MAOIST COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA
Posted by nickglais on 6/16/2018 05:30:00 AM
Posted by nickglais on 6/16/2018 04:35:00 AM
Deflection and Diversion the Donald Way
Posted by nickglais on 6/16/2018 02:36:00 AM
Friday, June 15, 2018
Democracy and Class Struggle said three years ago it would be the mob ties that would unravel and ultimately get Trump - Michael Cohen the Trump Mob fixer will be the Canary of Canaries.
How the Mob links to Russian State is still an open question and not necessarily the most important one for Trump.
Michael Cohen will need protection very soon as Trump goes beserk.
Michael Cohen will be joining Paul Manafort in the slammer soon for his own good whether he flips or not.
Posted by nickglais on 6/15/2018 09:56:00 AM
Thursday, June 14, 2018
All Round Progress should be welcomed except by the recidivists on left and right that have Imperialist bloodlust
Posted by nickglais on 6/14/2018 09:52:00 PM
Posted by nickglais on 6/14/2018 09:14:00 AM
Remember Roy Cohen ? Gotti was in Construction ?
THE COHEN CANARY IS SINGING ? - HAPPY BIRTHDAY
YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE PAST TO UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT - CARL SAGAN
Posted by nickglais on 6/14/2018 02:38:00 AM
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Bashar Assad says Syria's relationship with Iran is not for sale in the bazaar and is strategic.
United States and Israel are sabotaging the peace process in Syria.
Terrorists in Syria coordinating with Israel to attack Syrian air Defences for Israeli Planes to attack Syria.
Bashar Assad says Russia's relationship with Syria is also strategic.
The Tripartite Alliance is also strategic and is not for sale in the bazaar says Bashar Assad.
Bashar Assad praises Palestinian Resistance.
Bashar Assad praises Iraqi's who have come to fight to defend Syria.
Hezbollah makes for a Syrian Quadruple Resistance.
Democracy and Class Struggle welcome the opening of dialogue between the Syrian Government and Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces - there are many that do not want dialogue with Syrian Government - we are not among them.
Posted by nickglais on 6/13/2018 02:32:00 PM
Rachel Maddow has Liberal Peace Panic because Trump says that the US War Games against North Korea delivering nuclear bombs to the North Korean border will stop.
What can we say about Rachel Maddow other that she is the female face of Liberal Bloodlust - the military solution to the Korean Crisis.
Posted by nickglais on 6/13/2018 01:56:00 PM
Democracy and Class Struggle says we are seeing the art of triangulation politics being applied by the Democrats to out right Republicans on the Question of Peace and War on the Korean Peninsula and the Trump Kim Summit - Ajamu Baraka points out this shameful behaviour.
If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
The Democrats asserted that the planned summit could only be judged successful if the North Koreans agreed to dismantle and remove all their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, end all production and enrichment of uranium, dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure, and suspend ballistic missile tests.
Those demands would constitute an unconditional surrender on the part of the North Korean leadership and will not happen, and the Democrats know it.
But as problematic as those demands are, here is the real problem that again demonstrates the bi-partisan commitment to war that has been at the center of U.S. imperial policies: If these are the outcomes that must be achieved for the meeting to be judged a success, not only does it raise the bar beyond the level any serious person believes possible, it gives the Trump administration the ideological cover to move toward war.
The inevitable failure to force the North Koreans to surrender essentially forecloses all other options other than military conflict.
This is a reckless and cynical game that provides more proof that neither party has the maturity and foresight to lead.
Both capitalist parties support the use and deployment of militarism, repression and war, but somehow – even though the historic record reveals the opposite – the Democratic party has managed to be perceived as less likely to support the war agenda than Republicans.
That perception must be challenged directly.
The Democrats have had a long and sordid history connected to North Korea, and every other imperialist war that the U.S. has waged since the end of the Second World War.
It was the policies of Democrat president Truman that divided the Korean peninsula and led to the brutal colonial war waged by U.S. forces. Conflict with Korea was valuable for Truman and his party advisors who were committed to re-militarizing the U.S. economy, and they needed the justification that the Korean war gave them.
Truman tripled the military budget and established the framework for the network of U.S foreign bases that would eventually cover the world over the next few decades.
The bipartisan commitment to full spectrum dominance continues with no real opposition from the Democratic party-connected “resistance.”
Even the Poor Peoples’ Campaign (PPC) that was launched in May and purports to be an independent moral movement still dances around the issue of naming the parties and interests responsible for the “moral failures” of the U.S.
On the other hand, the Revolutionary Action Committee, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the student- and youth-led anti-war movement and eventually Dr. King clearly identified the bi-partisan commitment to the Vietnam war. What Dr. King and the activists in the 1960s understood was that in order to be politically and morally consistent, it was necessary to name the culprits and identify the concrete geopolitical and economic interests driving the issue of war and militarism.
Appeals to morality as an element for popular mobilization against war can be useful. But such appeals have little more impact than an online petition if they substitute vague platitudes for substance and specificity.
So it was with the PPC’s week of actions against war. Just a few days before the week began, a vote took place in the House of Representatives to support yet another increase to the military budget. In a vote of 351 to 66, the House of Representatives authorized a significant hike to an incredible $717 billion a year.
And then just a few days after the PPC’s week of action on militarism and war, the Democrats delivered their reckless and opportunistic ultimatum to the Trump administration on North Korea that could very conceivably lead to another illegal and immoral U.S. war.
Not calling the Democrats out on their warmongering is itself immoral.
It is also quite clear that vague moral appeals are not enough to delineate the interests of the capitalist elites and their commitment to war as oppositional to those of working people and the poor, who in the U.S. serve the moneyed interests as enlisted cannon fodder.
The positions staked out by the leadership of the Democratic party just confirmed what was already commonly understood as the hegemonic positions among the majority in the foreign policy establishment.
Objectively, there was never much ideological space between the right-wing policies of Dick Cheney or John Bolton and the neoliberal right-wing policies of Democratic party policy-makers.
The differences were always merely tactical and not strategic in the sense that they all want the North Koreans to be supplicants.
Unfortunately, the general public is the only sector confused about the intentions and interests of elitist policy-makers, especially those elements of the public conditioned to believe that the Democratic party is less belligerent and less committed to militarism than the Republicans.
The fact is that the Democratic party establishment is also firmly entrenched on the right. Defeating the bi-partisan right must be the task for ourselves and for the world.
That is why the peace, anti-war and anti-imperialist forces must do the work to clear up that confusion. The movement must declare without equivocation the position of the Black Alliance for Peace:
Not one drop of blood from the working class and poor to defend the capitalist oligarchy.
Ajamu Baraka is a board member with Cooperation Jackson, the national organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace and was the 2016 candidate for vice president on the Green Party ticket. He is an editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report and contributing columnist for Counterpunch. He can be reached at www.AjamuBaraka.com Read other articles by Ajamu, or visit Ajamu's website.
Posted by nickglais on 6/13/2018 09:01:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle the progress towards peace on the Korean Peninsula is under attack from liberal and conservative forces even though the progress towards peace is in its early stages.
We doubt the sincerity of Shinzo Abe towards the agreement in Singapore - but his duplicity will be his undoing. We do not doubt the sincerity of Moon Jae in towards the agreement.
Posted by nickglais on 6/13/2018 06:20:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle says the tradition of keeping Kim Jong Un's movements under wraps until after events was done to prevent assassination attempts by the previous South Korean Government and United States on the life of Kim Jong Un - some people might like to forget that now - we do not..
Posted by nickglais on 6/13/2018 04:53:00 AM
HARSH THAKOR SAYS CONDEMN THE ARREST OF ADV. SURENDRA GADLING, PROF. SHOMA SEN, SUDHIR DHAWALE, RONA WILSON AND MAHESH RAUT BY THE PUNE POLICE! CONDEMN THE ATTACK ON PEOPLE’S STRUGGLES !
CONDEMN THE FASCIST ARRESTS FROM THE CORE OF OUR HEART AND SALUTE THE BOLDNESS OF LAWYERS AND JUDGES IN JOURNALISTS OFFICE IN MUMBAI YESTERDAY IN PRESS CONFERENCE.ONLY SUCH VOICES CAN SAVE THE NATION FROM BEING SMOULDERED COMPLETELY BY FASCISM.
HAIL 5 OF THE BEST SONS OR DAUGHTERS OF OUR LAND WHO IN EVERY BREADTH OF THEIR LIVES UPHOLD THE SACRED CAUSE OF LIBERATION OF THE OPPRESSED MASSES FROM THE CLUTCHES OF FASCIST TYRANNY.
WHAT A SHAME SUCH A 'DEMOCRACY' TO SAVE ITS SKIN OR SURVIVAL LABELS THEM AS CRIMINALS JUST LIKE HITLER BRANDED THE COMMUNISTS FOR CONSPIRING TO BURN THE REICHSTAG.THEIR ARRESTS ARE SYMBOLIC OF THE FASCIST ATTACK ON THE INDIAN PEOPLE AS A WHOLE BY THE HINDU SAFFRON BRIGADE RESSURRECTING TERROR OF NAZI DAYS.
On the same day and time, the police landed at the residences of Dr. Shoma Sen, HoD, English Literature, Nagpur University (Executive Committee member of Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights, Maharashtra), and Mahesh Raut, anti-displacement activist and they were arrested from their houses in Nagpur. At the same time a team from Pune arrested Rona Wilson, Public Relations Secretary, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, from his residence in Delhi.
All five were produced before the Pune Additional Sessions Judge, Special Court, Shri Baisare on 7th June and were remanded to police custody till Thursday14th June. Adv. Surendra Gadling was produced at 5 a.m. before the same Court, thus ensuring that there would be no lawyers to represent him.
The police however called one of their own lawyers to ‘represent’ him as a ‘legal aid’ lawyer! Adv Gadling’s health required him to be admitted to Pune’s Sassoon Hospital on the 7th itself and when his health deteriorated he was moved to the ICU there. In order to avoid being answerable for his health condition, the Pune Police promptly applied for his judicial custody remand. It is shocking that once again he was not allowed a lawyer of his choice when there are dozens of lawyers from Nagpur and Pune who wish to represent him.
While in ICU, Adv Gadling was kept handcuffed to the bed in gross violation of Supreme Court directions in this regard. Meanwhile Adv Gadling has been moved from Sassoon Hospital to Pune’s Yerawada Prison at 3-00 pm on 11th June, 2018, despite his wife’s requests to wait for his reports before transfer. She fears a major health problem as the reports which came later indicate a need for diabetes treatment that has not been prescribed. There are many shocking aspects too these arrests. First of all, the arrests have been carried out in Crime No. 4 of 2018.
This crime was registered by Vishrambaug police station Pune under sections 153-A, 505 (1)(b), 117 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The offence was registered on 8th January 2018, eight days after the Elgar Parishad on 31st December, blaming the Parishad organizers for the violence committed the next day against the predominantly Dalit congregation at Bhima Koregaon, over 40 kms from the Elgar Parishad programme site.
The arrests were carried out six months later. Secondly, the police have expanded the charge by saying that not only was Elgar Parishad responsible for the violence but that those behind the Parishad were Maoists and the arrests of these five persons are to show their alleged association with Maoists.
A closer scrutiny of the allegations reveals a larger attempt by Centre and State Governments through the Pune police to attack people’s struggles that are criticising or challenging the present regime.
By doing so, the attempt is clearly to shield those responsible for the attack on dalits on 1st January 2018, led by Manohar Bhide and Milind Ekbote.
This has been the consistent demand of the Bhima-Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyan spokespersons, including its Convenor, Justice (Retd.) P.B. Sawant (Supreme Court) and Justice (Retd.) B G Kolse-Patil, the umbrella organization of 260 organisations which held the Elgar Parishad on 31st December 2018. Sudhir Dhawle, a leading member of the Abhiyaan has been arrested while Ekbote and Bhide are roaming free.
Thirdly, from 7th June 2018 onwards, the Pune police have been systematically leaking fabricated letters alleged to have been seized from the accused which is in violation of the orders of the Bombay High Court .
The Pune police are also attempting to target Opposition parties such as the Congress and the Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharip. Even vocal critics of the Government such as Jignesh Mewani, Umar Khalid and Varavara Rao have been targeted and are now receiving death threats. In fact these fabricated letters mention every possible opposition leader from all over the country and also makes a sensational claim about a “Rajiv Gandhi-like incident” (with obvious reference to PM Modi) so as to create a frenzy of pseudo-nationalism keeping in mind the 2019 elections. This despite directions of the Bombay High Court in a 2014 judgement and a subsequent circular issued by the Maharashtra government disallowing police personnel and public prosecutors from such disclosures till filing of the chargesheet.
Such leaks have the effect of denying a fair trial to the persons falsely implicated in serious offences.
The undersigned therefore condemn these arrests and defamatory and illegal leaks to the Press by the Pune police, and demand the unconditional release of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson & Mahesh Raut.
Justice (Retd.) B G Kolse-Patil (Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Diwas Prerna Abhiyan), Indira Jaising, former Addl. Solicitor General, Supreme Court of India, Mihir Desai, Senior Advocate, (PUCL, Maharashtra), Adv. Maharukh Adenwalla (CPDR), Bilal Khan (NAPM), Abhirr Palat (Amnesty India), Feroze Mithiborwala (Bharat Bachao Andolan), Sadiq Qureshi (B K S D Prerna Abhiyan)
Dated: 12th June 2018 Press Club Mumbai
Posted by nickglais on 6/13/2018 03:30:00 AM
The War Rats are still in the Media as embedded as ever
Posted by nickglais on 6/13/2018 01:43:00 AM
The battle for Peace on the Korean Peninsula is not over it has just began in Singapore by Nickglais
Democracy and Class Struggle says Democratic Liberal opposition to the Trump Kim summit and its results shows the true character of the venomous war mongering liberals in USA - it even finds a reflection in the United Kingdom in the venomous Guardian newspaper editorial on the Singapore Summit.
The "Neo" Liberals in the United States will do all in their power to undermine Korean Peace prospects on the Korean Peninsula now joined by old school opportunist Liberals in venom against North Korea..
Liberalism was the blood lust ideology of Empire different from the Tory view of Empire in that it wanted democratic facades rather than just pure Tory authoritarianism and superiority - but it was was just as wicked and bloody.
The prospect that millions of people on the Korean Peninsula will not die in a nuclear inferno and that both North Korean and United States leaders have created a basis for a peace agreement should be universally welcomed - but it is not from the mechanical trotskyists who see workers state betrayal to the liberals who cannot realise their blood lust fantasies of a first strike on North Korea.
The conservative opposition to Peace on the Korean Peninsula will also be fired up by the last stinking remnants of the Park Geun hye camp in South Korea and Japanese recidivists stirring hatred.
The battle for Peace on the Korean Peninsula is not over it has just began in Singapore
Posted by nickglais on 6/13/2018 01:03:00 AM
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 01:28:00 PM
The Guardian Newspaper denounces suspension of War Games Against North Korea : The Guardian the Liberal Murderous Warmongers Paper of Choice
The Guardian Newspaper the Voice of Murderous Warmongering Liberals - denouncing Trumps suspension of War games against North Korea in an Editorial.
"In return Mr Trump axed the drills with, it seems, no warning to Seoul (or even US forces). Worse, he described them as “provocative” and “inappropriate”, not just giving the North what it wanted, but suggesting it was right to demand it. He added that he hoped to withdraw US troops from South Korea at some point – further undermining the long alliance."
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 12:56:00 PM
Democracy and Class Struggle says Bruce Cumings brings the missing context to understanding Korea - hope some on the Left make an effort to understand the historic limitations imposed on North Korea by the West while they poured money into South Korea their running dog.
Context is important as well as international comparisons and those that make the effort will appreciate North Korea's Anti Imperialism.
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 10:25:00 AM
Trump announced the end of the US South Korean War games of simulating attacks on North Korea acknowledging they were provocative.
1.The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2.The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3.Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4.The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Several political analysts said the summit had yielded symbolic, rather than tangible, results - as if halting the United States South Korean War Games was not an advance ?
The comments below say more about the people saying them than the reality of what happened in Singapore.
‘It is unclear if further negotiations will lead to the end goal of denuclearisation,’ said Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow of Washington’s Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.
‘This looks like a restatement of where we left negotiations more than 10 years ago and not a major step forward.’
Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the Nobel Peace-prize winning anti-nuclear campaign group ICAN, said: ‘We support diplomacy and peaceful solutions. But there is no agreement on nuclear disarmament and this all looked more like a big welcome party to the nuclear-armed club.’
Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, said: ‘Our negotiators achieved nothing new – not one new concession in exchange for legitimisation of North Korean dictator.’
FROM ZOOM IN KOREA
Following the DPRK-U.S. Summit in Singapore on June 12, the leaders of the two countries released the following joint statement:
“President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S.–DPRK summit—the first in history—was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously.
The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.–DPRK summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.–DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
KIM JONG UN
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018
A few hours after the completion of the summit meeting, Donald Trump held a press conference at which he mentioned the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises. Although Trump said the withdrawal or reduction of U.S. troops in South Korea is not “part of the equation right now,” he also told reporters, “We will be stopping the war games.”
Trump cited two reasons for stopping the joint military exercises with South Korea:
1. “War games are tremendously expensive.”
2. “I think it is very provocative.”
Trump also talked about the denuclearization process as being complicated, particularly mentioning that it will “take a long time to pull off complete denuclearization… scientifically.”
According to the U.S. president, more meetings are to be expected in the near future — possibly in Washington and Pyongyang.
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 08:30:00 AM
Dennis Rodman is no politician but he was prepared to take risks to have United States open dialogue with North Korea including getting multiple death threats - Dennis is the human in human being.
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 08:01:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle says that Fascism is American as apple pie - a position we have always adopted and Trumpism is a precursor of Fascism that could transition rapidly to full Fascism - we are seeing the Modi regime in India accelerating to full fascism from its proto fascist stage.
Gerald Horne is our kind of historian and gives depth to revolutionary politics - new conceptions of the past lead to new conceptions of the future.
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 02:23:00 AM
THE WAR GAMES AGAINST NORTH KOREA WILL STOP
PEACE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN PERSONALITIES.
BAD PEOPLE CAN DO GOOD THINGS AND GOOD PEOPLE CAN DO BAD THINGS - ITS THE DIALECTIC OF LIFE.
WE LOVE PEACE MORE THAN WE HATE TRUMP.
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 01:28:00 AM
THE WAR GAMES AGAINST NORTH KOREA WILL STOP
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 01:18:00 AM
Caution is the word - Hope is alive - defanging US Imperialism is one claw at a time - this is a long term process as the United States is a bloody beast.
This meeting is a result of seven years hard work by Kim Jong Un to create a bargaining position with United States that it cannot refuse.
We are on the side of 5000 years of Korean History we play like Kim Jong Un for the long term and create our own winning game and not play theirs..
Posted by nickglais on 6/12/2018 12:47:00 AM
Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted by nickglais on 6/11/2018 02:41:00 PM
Democracy and Class Struggle say the intensity of the Indian State's attack on democratic rights and the framing of comrades on the basis of fake letters as well as the arrests over the Sterlite protests need to be met with popular upsurge to prevent the transition from Proto Fascism to Full Fascism in India without even pretense of democratic facade.
HARSH THAKOR SAYS SALUTE MEETING OF ASSOCIATION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS PUNJAB STAGED IN LUDHIANA YESTERDAY CONDEMNING GADRICHOLI MASSACRE AS WELL AS FASCIST FRAMING OF ACTIVISTS.
IT WAS QUALITATIVELY AMONGST THE BEST MEETINGS STAGED IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY EDUCATING PEOPLE ON THE FASCISM PERVADING TODAY.EVEN IF ONLY 250 PEOPLE ATTENDED IT CREATED A SPARK THAT COULD TURN INTO A PRAIRIE FIRE TO EXTINGUISH THE FASCIST FORCES.ATTENDED BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.
RESSURRECTION OF AFDR PUNJAB IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENTS ION THE MOVEMENT TODAY.
SALUTE MEETING OF ASSOCIATION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS PUNJAB STAGED IN LUDHIANA YESTERDAY CONDEMNING GADRICHOLI MASSACRE AS WELL AS FASCIST FRAMING OF ACTIVISTS.IT WAS QUALITATIVELY AMONGST THE BEST MEETINGS STAGED IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY EDUCATING PEOPLE ON THE FASCISM PERVADING TODAY.
EVEN IF ONLY 250 PEOPLE ATTENDED IT CREATED A SPARK THAT COULD TURN INTO A PRAIRIE FIRE TO EXTINGUISH THE FASCIST FORCES.ATTENDED BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.
RESSURRECTION OF AFDR PUNJAB IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENTS ION THE MOVEMENT TODAY.
A most commendable meeting took place of AFDR in Ludhiana comprising around 150 persons.Speakers touched upon the massacre in Gadricholi,the attack in Tuticon and the arrests of 6 democrats.
.Gautam Navlkakha highlighted how fascist the judicial system was becoming and traced that the root of consolidation of fascsim lay in the judiciary itself.
He explained why the state stooped down to such level of fascist assaults on the people and summarized the historical grounding of it.Professor Jagmohan Singh spoke about the nature of state corporate capitalism and how only by treading the path of Shaheed Bhgat Singh could the Indian masses emancipate itself from it's clutches.
He summarized the significance of Bhagat Singh's teachings in light of the fascsim pervading in India today. A.K.Maleri spoke briefly as well as Daljeet Singh of Democratic Lawyers Association
Gautam Navlakha's contribution was very significant considering his role in the civil rights movement.
Meeting was of great qualitative value even if numbers were small.Like a breeding ground for many roses to bloom to extinguish the weeds .Gave vibration sof the days of the 1970's and 80's when the civil liberties movement was at it's helm.The ressurrection of AFDR today has great significance considering that hindutva fascsim is reaching it;s ultimate crescendo .Attendanace was reduced as the AFDR had it;s internal meeting s at state level.
Earlier on 4th June a rally and convention was held in Bathinda comprising around 100 people shimmering similar overtones.Significantly it comprised section sof the landed and landless dalit peasant community and a few industrial workers.
The rally lit the town with the flame of resistance to extinguish fascism.The participants included mass revolutionary peasant leaders and some women comrades.like Sukhwinder Kuar of Lok Sangram Manch and Laxmna Singh Sewewala of Punjab khet Mazdoor Union.N.K.Jeetr wa sthe chief speaker here.
Official statement of AFDR Convention organized by AFDR, Punjab demands the release of five activists implicated in false cases by Maharashtra police.
“Our country is passing through a very critical situation where the law and judicial system too are prostrating before the alliance of corporate and ruling clique and the ruling saffron brigade has been putting no stone unturned to languish the democratic dissent in jails in the name of internal security and criminal conspiracy.”
These were the views expressed by Gautam Navlakha of PUDR Delhi and prof. Jagmohan Singh, nephew of Shahid Bhagat Singh while addressing the event organized by Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab recently at Punjabi Bhawan Ludhiana. I#
It was organized to oppose the extra-judicial killings of Maoists and adivasis in fake encounters in Garchiroly, Maharashtra and massacre of peaceful protesters at Tuticorin by Tamil Nadu police.
Apart from democratic rights activists, a large number of progressive and democratic activists, trade unionists and leader of students and youth organsations participated in the convention and expressed solidarity with the resistance struggles going on against this repressive regime across the country.
The main speakers compared the police firing at Tuticorin with Jallianwala Bagh massacre under British rule.
They alleged that the security forces are using UBGL and Mortars against the Adivasis which are used on the borders to inflict maximum loss on the enemy. In fact, this is a brutal fascist war being waged by the Indian state against its own people.
The so-called development projects are being forced upon the people through brutal state machinary. And “Operation SAMDHAN” is a more repressive version of Operation Green Hunt initiated by UPA government.
They said that the forests are life-line of tribal people that’s why they are resistance tooth and nail against their displacement and land grab. The ruling elite has no respect for PESA and other acts enacted for the protection of tribal people and forest life.
The armed forces of the state are wokring as the mercenary gangs of corporate capitalists and serving for them shamelessly.
Commenting on the arrests of Sudhir Dhawle, Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut under the UAPA they stated that this is only a ploy by the BJP to save the saffron culprits Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote responsible for Bhima-Koregaon violence unleashed against Dalits and divert the attention of the masses from the failures of extreme Right rule and their politics of hate mongering.
The sole purpose is to create a false political narrative, favorable to the current saffron regime. They expressed serious concern that there is every possibility before general election due in 2019 that some more ‘stories’ like this so-called conspiracy to kill Mr. Modi will be plotted by saffron brigade like Germany under Hitler.
They hailed the resistance by Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and another downtrodden people who are braving these attacks.
Many resolutions were passed demanding immediate and unconditional release of Sudhir Dhawle and other activists, higher level judicial enquiry of the fake encounters going on in Maoist affected areas, withdraw special armed forces from the tribal areas, punish the police and administrative officials responsible for the killing of protesters at Tutucorin and permanently shut down the Sterlite plant at Tuticorin.
Dated 11 June 2018.
Posted by nickglais on 6/11/2018 10:57:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle does not have to observe protocol we have wished the Korean Nation the best at Singapore - but we still want Trump fucked and Avenatti is proving that some liberals can bite but not many have spines or backbones - its no longer down with Trump but fuck him - Robert de Niro.
Avenatti - Giving Trump a Run for his Money - the last of the liberals with guts
Posted by nickglais on 6/11/2018 10:20:00 AM
The fact that the President of the United States is meeting Kim Jong Un in Singapore is because North Korea has found its way by its own efforts - self reliance.
Self Reliance a Lesson for 21st Century Anti Imperialists
Posted by nickglais on 6/11/2018 08:17:00 AM
Posted by nickglais on 6/11/2018 07:44:00 AM
India: Cases Filed under National Security Act (NSA) against Six Makkal Athikaaram (People Power) Comrades for fighting against Sterlite !
On 22nd May 2018, The State unveiled the brutal attack on the people of Tuticorin, who peacefully marched towards the Tuticorin Collector Office to urge the state to shut down the Sterlite Unit which is poisoning the Land, water and Air. On that day and the following day, the police opened fire on the innocent people which claims 13 innocent lives. It is reported by most of the Human rights organizations and Fact finding teams that, it was a well-planned murder conducted by the State to terrify the People.
Almost all the Parties in Tamilnadu, except BJP and AIADMK has condemned these brutal murders and accused the Police for this massacre. In order to get away from the blame, the state framed the charges against the Democratic forces who stood for the people in their struggle. On the 3rd day after firing, by 25th May 2018, the police arrested 14 “Makkal Athikaaram” Cadres from south districts of Tamilnadu in Wee hours.
While arresting they have not given any details about the arrest to the family members of those who were arrested. They have not informed them about “For what charges they arrest them?”, “From Which station they come from?” and “Where they take them to?”. Literally saying, the Police had kidnapped them.
For the next 2 days there were no information provided by the police regarding the whereabouts of the arrested Cadres. After filing Habeas Corpus, Police said that they have arrested them regarding the Tuticorin violence. They have framed the false Charges on the cadres and filed cases. Along with those Makkal Athikaaram cadres, they have also filed cases against the Lawyers, Mr. Vanchinathan and Mr. Hari ragavan, who were the legal advisors for the “Tuticorin – Anti Sterlite Struggle People Committee”.
Yesterday (10.06.2018), Among those 14 Makkal Athikaaram cadres, six has been booked under National Security Act (NSA).
The details of the cadres are as follows
1. Com. Kottaiyan (40) S/O Chinnan from Usilampatti
2. Com. Saravanan (32) S/O Pandaaram from Kovilpatti
3. Com. Velmurugan (40) S/O Chellathurai from Aalankulam
4. Com. Kaliyaloor Rahman (50) S/O Kaleel From Thirunelveli
5. Com. Muhamad Anas (20) S/O Kaliyaloor Rahman from Thirunelveli
6. Com. Muhamad Isharath (18) S/O Kaliyaloor Rahman from Thirunelveli
Makkal Athikaaram condemns this fascist act of the state to suppress those who stand for the People’s right to live.
We call for all the democratic forces around the world to lend your voice against this state oppression against ‘Makkal Athikaaram’.
- Makkal Athikaaram
Posted by nickglais on 6/11/2018 05:26:00 AM
HAIL PUBLIC MEETING OF CIVIL LIBERTIES COMMITTEE IN HYDERABAD ON JUNE 9TH SHIMMERING THE TORCH OF LIBERATION TO EXTINGUISH FASCISM.
MOST SIGNIFICANT WHEN NAZI TYPE FASCISM HAS RESSURRECTED ITSELF IN ANOTHER FORM.
REMINDS US OF HOW COMMUNISTS WERE FOISTED IN FALSE CASES OF CONSPIRACY BY THE NAZI REGIME FOR ATTEMPTING TO BURN THE REICHSTAG.
PROVES HOW THE RISING DALIT MOVEMENT IS A THORN IN THE FLESH FOR THE RULING GOVT.
THAT IT FRAMES GENUINE DEMOCRATS AS MAOISTS.THE MEDIA IS A MERE PUPPET OF THE RSS SAFFRON BRIGADE LITERALLY INTERROGATING ALL DEMOCRATIC VOICES.
SUCH PROTESTS SHOULD SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE IN EVERY NOOK AND CORNER OF THE COUNTRY TO LIGHT THE FLAME OF DEMOCRATIC CONSCIOUSNESS .
Salute public meeting ofCivil Liberties Commitee of Telengana in ballianghampall vinghyan sundaram hall in Hyderabad protesting the massacre in Gadricholi and the Facist Nazi type arrests of 5. Genuine democrats .
Around 200 persons attended but it laid the base for a spark to turn into a prairie fire to extinguish fascism.The best revolutionary intellectuals of our land like Varavara Rao, Professor Haragopal and K Venugopal addressed the meet and crusaders for civil liberties like Laxman Gadam, Chandrashekar and Narayana Rao.
Inspiring songs by a cultural movement also lit the stage.Speakers narrated how Nazi fascism was ressurrected through such arrests of activists and by cooking up sensational story of Maoist murder plot on prime minister.
They also summarzied the plot of the police in producing false papers claiming to murder the pm.
Vara Vara Rao spoke about the history of fascism from the 1970's and 80's itself.The CLC leaders summed up the findings of the report on Gadricholi massacre.
Sadly the bourgeoisie press virtually boycotted the event displaying its partisan attitude with the Hindutva fascism.Speakers explained the desperation of the Hindutva fascist forces to survive ,
They confirmed that Hindutva fascism had scaled heights never reached before.
Unfortunately negligible participation by students and working class and other sections of the revolutionary democratic camp..Fascist repression in the state was reflected in the relatively low participation of people.
Nevertheless qualitatively a most significant event held when the nation witnessed streaks of Nazi fascism ressurrected.
Neverthless the Civil Liberties Commitee revealed its determination to fight to the very end to punish the perpetrators of gadricholi massacre and for the release of all 5 activists.-Rona Wilson,Mahesh Raut,Surenda Gadling,Sudhir Dhawale and Shoma.
Let us hope that the Civil Liberties Committee continues the glorious tradition of revolutionary democratic resistance against fascism of the past.
No doubt in recent years it has done most commendable work in investigating state terror of Operation Green Hunt.
A strong democratic rights movement like that in the 1970's and 80's has to be revived in the days when trends of Nazi fascism has been ressurrected..
Posted by nickglais on 6/11/2018 04:31:00 AM