Sunday, 25 November 2012

DPRK (North Korea) condems Israel's Attack on Gaza Strip, Palestine

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Imperialism steps up the offensive against Syria


Saturday, 17 November 2012 09:24

Imperialism steps up the offensive against Syria

Israeli tanks in the Golan Heights Photo by: Israel Defense Forces
By Paul Roberts
Immediately following the US Presidential election the imperialist countries started to increase their activity to overthrow the Syrian government, which has continued whilst Israel is bombing Gaza.
On 11 November the US and its allies pulled together a new opposition coalition - the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces (SNCORF) to act as the political focus for rallying international support. This latest bloc, assembled in the Qatari capital Doha, replaces the Syrian National Council (SNC) as imperialism’s favoured opposition front.
The US insisted that the Muslim Brotherhood dominated SNC be subordinated within a more imperialist controlled framework and made clear to the SNC that the new coalition would be formed with or without their participation. Imperialism’s project is to install a reliable client regime – it coordinates closely with the Islamic currents fighting to oust Assad, but does not support them being handed overall control.
The SNCORF has already been recognised by France, Turkey and the Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait) as the ‘sole representative of the Syrian people’ - effectively as the government in exile. The Arab League has only recognised it as ‘a legitimate representative’ – as several member states, notably Iraq and Lebanon, do not back imperialism’s regime change project.
Britain and other imperialist states have welcomed the new coalition and are discussing giving it formal recognition.
Britain has just started a new push to encourage greater intervention in Syria. Last week David Cameron visited a Jordanian refugee camp on its border with Syria and it was announced that Britain will have official talks with Syria's armed rebels. On 16 November Britain hosted a donor conference in London so Syria’s opposition could push for more financial support and weaponry.
Alongside France, Britain has launched a campaign for the EU arms embargo to be lifted so that it can directly arm rebel militias.
British ‘special forces’ are already active inside Syria and the population is being prepared for ‘conventional’ action. General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on 11 November that plans are in place for a military intervention this winter should it be required – he indicated the pretext that might be used would be a worsening ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Syria, as if Britain is not currently working to produce just such a crisis.
Prior to commencing its current assault on Gaza, Israel had publicly joined the military campaign against Syria’s government. On 12 November it started firing missiles at Syrian Army positions in the South of Syria. Rebel guerrillas are using Syria’s northern and southern borders as strategic fighting positions so that Turkey and Israel can claim infringements of their territory to justify making ‘retaliatory’ assaults.
So Israel claimed that Syrian Army munitions had fallen in the Golan Heights and shelled Syrian positions for three days. The hypocrisy of the Israeli claim is that the Golan Heights are part of Syria that has been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967.
Within Syria the conflict continues to be a stalemate - opposition fighters have been unable to consolidate control over any area.
Suicide bombings and guerrilla attacks into urban areas are inflicting immense damage. But there is no indication that the violent sectarian campaign is increasing popular support for the rebels.
Aware that ousting the Syrian government requires greater military commitment, imperialism is stepping up its intervention.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Meet the Real Sons of Anarchy — Greek Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Club Confronts neo-Nazis


Meet the Real Sons of Anarchy — Greek Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Club Confronts neo-Nazis

by WILL POTTER on NOVEMBER 7, 2012
Real Sons of Anarchy, GreeceMeet the real Sons of Anarchy. An anti-fascist motorcycle club in Athens, Greece, patrols the community, fighting neo-Nazis who attack immigrants.
As of June 2012 the far right/neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is officially represented in the Greek Parliament with support from the local media. As we have seen throughout history, in times of “economic” crisis, far-right ideologies tend to increase their influence dramatically.

The number of attacks on immigrants is rising every week, fuelled by the police’s complicitly apathetic stance and refusal to do anything to stop the perpetrators. This has led to a need for anti-racist patrols, as it is the only way of protecting immigrants from racist violence.
On the nights of the 15th and 22nd of September, the first two antifascist motorcycle patrols took place, with fly-posting and protest chants against neo-Nazi attacks. A third motorcycle demo passed through down-town locations on the evening of Sunday, September 30th, where it encountered a group of neo-Nazis smashing up immigrants’ shops. The antifa successfully attacked and stopped them, and were themselves attacked in retaliation by several motorcycle police units.
I wanted to share this because here in the U.S., anarchism is increasingly being linked to “terrorism” in the courts and in disinformation campaigns. There are currently two anarchists in prison for refusing to talk about their politics before a federal grand jury, and a third individual has been subpoenaed to appear today. Meanwhile, the Cleveland 4 are fighting a “terrorism enhancement” penalty that would officially reclassify them as terrorists in prison.
Minneapolis anarchist motorcycle rally supporting CeCe McDonald.
Minneapolis anarchist motorcycle rally supporting CeCe McDonald.
Of course, not all anarchists form motorcycle clubs. They also step in after natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy to provide relief and support that, in some cases, has been more effective than the government has been able to do. Check out Occupy Sandy Relief for more information.
There’s video below. If motorcycles aren’t your thing, there’s also an anti-fascist scooter gang in Athens.
Meanwhile, if this club decides to start a US charter, I’ll be the first to sign up.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Obama wins - world to get more of the same


Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:32

Obama wins - world to get more of the same

Obama wins - world to get more of the same
By Jane West
The re-election of Obama as US President rather than a right-wing creationist Republican in hock to the Tea Party movement has naturally pleased progressive opinion in the West.
But the truth which ever candidate had won there would be little change, and the indifference to the result reported on the streets of Islamabad, and the coolness of response in China is a far more accurate response.
‘With or without an Obama presidency, US policies in our region will remain the same. The US will continue using drones to target our innocent people’, Sameer Khan, a school teacher in Islamabad told the FT.
The drone attacks on Western Pakistan – which have taken a fierce toll in civilian lives – will continue.
The failure to pressure Israel to reach a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians and its other neighbours will continue. Provocations from Netanyahu to call Obama’s bluff on the issue of settlements will likely persist.
The sabre-rattling on Iran will go on, with tighter sanctions and even military action more likely now the election is over.
The ‘pivot to the Pacific’ with its aim of encircling China and whipping up regional discord was invented by Obama and will be stepped up. As will the regular threats of trade wars and economic boycotts of China’s producers, as well as actions like the ban on contracts with Huawei and ZTE (two major Chinese telecoms companies) on the alleged ground of ‘security risks’.
In Latin America the hostility to the leftward advance across the continent will be maintained and as in Honduras, if a right-wing, pro-Western coup can be engineered, then the US will be behind it.
Guantanamo Bay military prison camp for America’s victims and enemies world-wide will remain open. So-called ‘terrorist’ suspects alongside computer hackers, and whistle blowers – like Bradley Manning, Talha Ahsan, and Babar Ahmed – will be held in conditions of semi-torture in ‘supermax’ prisons. The US state agencies will both openly and covertly continue their pursuit of Julian Assange to demonstrate that you can’t expose their secrets and get away with it.
Internally, the deal on the economy that will be done between a Democrat Senate and Republican House will be virtually the same as that Romney would have done – continuation of some tax breaks and of some government spending programmes. Not enough to make a difference to the dire state of the US economy, no new relief for the poorest, and no new steps against dramatically rising inequality.
Obama’s lacklustre campaign precisely reflected how little he actually has to offer the American people – or the people of the world.
Of course, on many social issues Obama is more progressive. On gay marriage, abortion rights, equal rights and racism, Christian fundamentalism and creationism, Koran burning and insulting the Prophet, a clearer and better view will come from this President rather than the alternative. This is why exit polls show Obama won 55 per cent of women voters, 93 per cent of African American voters, 71 per cent of Latino voters and 73 per cent of Asian voters.
But with the world economy in crisis, working people being forced to pay the price, while billions are wasted on wars and bombings, a better choice than that was needed.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Washington aims to reorganize Syrian reactionary ‘rebels’

Washington aims to reorganize Syrian reactionary ‘rebels’


Washington aims to reorganize Syrian reactionary ‘rebels’

By  on November 3, 2012 » Add the first comment.
Despite its longtime leading role in the attempt to overthrow the Syrian government, the U.S. government is increasingly frustrated. The failure of the “rebels” — who are really reactionary mercenaries — to make significant gains, or even hold territory, is leading top U.S. officials to try to “reshape the Syrian opposition” according to the Oct. 31 New York Times.
The assault on the Gadhafi government in Libya in 2011 was soon followed by targeting the nationalist Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad by the imperialist Western powers. From the beginning, Washington encouraged rebel groups, which operated under the name of the Free Syrian Army. The U.S. assigned its client states — Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar — to carry out the direct arming of the rebels. Washington provided communications, other aid and full diplomatic backing at the United Nations and other international forums.
An April 1 meeting held in Turkey intensified the intervention of the U.S. and its allies by approving $100 million to further equip the Syrian rebels. According to the April 1 New York Times, however, “the opposition had pledges of $176 million in humanitarian assistance and $100 million in salaries.” The rebel groups reported that they were put on the payroll with the $100 million to pay them for three months.
While bringing tremendous pain and disruption to Syria, the opposition hirelings have been unable to chalk up any major victories. This led to Washington’s blatant intervention to reorganize its puppets in the region. In old fashioned colonial style, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Oct. 31 that the U.S. was going to form a new leadership for the rebellion by bringing in more representatives of the military units on the ground in Syria. She denounced the current leaders as out of touch and having “not been inside Syria for 20, 30 or 40 years.”
A meeting to carry out this plan is scheduled for Nov. 7 in Qatar, completely orchestrated by the U.S. The Times revealed that Clinton “had been heavily involved in planning the meeting, including recommending individuals and organizations to include in any next leadership structure.”
This game plan may be carried out with the aim of using a new rebel leadership to “invite” the U.S. and other imperialist states to directly intervene inside Syria with military forces. It should be remembered that the so-called Libyan rebel groups were unable — on their own — to make any serious headway against the Libyan government. It was only the continuous and massive bombing campaign by the Western powers that literally cleared the way into the capital, Tripoli.
The Syrian rebel fighters may not prove to be a stable grouping to lead the puppet opposition. Not only are they divided by loyalties and ideologies, but they are increasingly being exposed as murderers and war criminals. A Nov. 2 New York Times article revealed that videos from inside Syria clearly show rebels capturing, beating and then summarily executing dozens of Syrian army soldiers.
Even the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights publicly called it a war crime. This is just the latest of charges, not given much coverage in the major capitalist media, that the Syrian rebels have for many months been executing thousands of civilian supporters of the Assad government in areas where they have taken control.

Meet The Youngest Vice Presidential Hopeful, Yari Osario of the Party for Socialism and Liberation

Meet The Youngest VP Hopeful
Party for Socialism Vice Presidential candidate, Yari Osorio