Friday, 22 July 2016

TITO AT BANDUNG


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QUESTION: The public here has followed the work of the Afro-Asian Conference at Bandung with exceptional interest. This interest is quite natural, because the principal theme at Bandung was peace and democratic co-operation among nations. For this reason, Comrade President, now that the Afro-Asian Conference is over and its results have been made known, Radio Belgrade is asking you to give us an answer to this question: How do you appraise the work and decisions of the first Afro-Asian Conference and what, in your view, is its contribution to the stabilisation of peace in the world?

ANSWER: I must admit that the results of the first Afro-Asian Conference have come as a pleasant surprise to me. For, although I expected that the Conference would be of enormous importance, I did not anticipate that so many problems would be dealt with and that in the majority of cases agreement would be reached.

The number of Asian and African countries which took part in the Conference and the tremendous interest in the Conference prevailing among Asian and African countries show that matters have reached an historical turning-point, in that the people of the two continents are determined to decide their own future for themselves, as far as this is possible. It goes without saying that the results of the Conference can only inspire all friends of peace and international co-operation with fresh hope and confidence that the front of peace in the world today constitutes a powerful factor in the struggle to avoid another war and achieve international co-operation.

We, Yugoslavs, are particularly delighted with these results, for the conception which prevailed at the Conference is completely in harmony with our conceptions, both in respect of international co-operation and the strengthening of peace and also in respect of the right of Asian and African countries to settle their own problems.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

ENCOURAGING FASCISM FOR 'A RESPONSE' IS HIGHLY FOOLISH



There is a disturbing trend amongst a considerable amount of 'radicals' and leftists, they erroneously argue that fascism must be encouraged as this will inspire some kind of ant-fascist response. It is called a theory of 'accelerationism'. 

Unlike the late 1920s and 1930s, we have no mass based communist, anti-imperialist and anti-fascist militant movement, we have the absence of one. Even if we had, to encourage the fascists is really and deeply problematic and frankly a great irresponsible act towards our oppressed peoples. We have a situation whereby fascism is gaining in power on on state and non-state levels throughout the 'West'. Anyway, Guerin says it all better than I. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Daniel Guérin in Fascism and Big Business (October 1938):

"A particularly dangerous illusion consists in regarding fascism, despite the horror it inspires, as a progressive political phenomenon – as a passing and even necessary, though painful, stage. Rash prophets have announced ten times, a hundred times, the imminent and inevitable crumbling of the fascist dictatorship in Italy or Germany under the blows of the victorious revolution. They have asserted that fascism, by driving class antagonisms to their highest degree of tension, is hastening the hour of the proletarian revolution, even going so far as to contend that the proletariat could conquer power only by passing through the hell of the fascist dictatorship. Today it is no longer possible to keep up such illusions. Events have demonstrated with tragic clearness that the moment the working class allows the fascist wave to sweep over it, a long period of slavery and impotence begins – a long period during which socialist, even democratic, ideas are not merely erased from the pediments of public monuments and libraries but, what is much more serious, are rooted out of human minds. Events have proved that fascism physically destroys everything opposing its dictatorship, no matter how mildly, and that it creates a vacuum around itself and leaves a vacuum behind it."

BEYOND COLLAPSING COLONIAL SOCIAL DEMOCRACY FOR BLACK & IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES

The Challenges for Immigrant and Poor Communities Going Forward, or: 
After / Beyond / Aside from Corbyn and the Labour Party? 

By Sukant Chandan
Sons of Malcolm
20 July, 2016

African, Asian, non-white, Immigrant and Black people need to appreciate that the LP is a non-force right now, its in a log jam that may never be released, we are looking at the LP being non-functional for the foreseeable future. It is not and not about to provide any space for strategic opposition. The general election is in 2020, thats FOUR years away, as things are going thats a real political age away. Are we really going to be bogged down and distracted from growing challenges of racism, sexism and attacks on the working class and instead solely focused in internal LP mess?

I would put it to you that we need to think beyond Corbyn, beyond the confines of the LP which is just not serving any purpose right now in the context of a growing right and far right threat, growing fascism and all that comes with it. We need to start thinking about a serious political vehicle for poor and Black communities.

The English white left cannot build it, some sections of them can be a helpful and assisting part to it, but they cannot build it cos there is too much internalised colonialism in their heads, and they just can't build a strategic serious political project, as they haven't for around 30 years.

The Black and immigrant communities are very politically weak, scattered, and are dragged constantly into an internal LP/PLP conflict, a conflict that is doing nothing for them/us but dragging us away from our communities into a spat that will result in nothing for them other than a split LP (the LP is split anyway now, just not formally). If there was any sign of that this internal LP/PLP conflict would bring about something strategically better for us, than I would support it even while recognising that the LP/PLP is at the same time institutionally, historically, ethically and in its political framework of being a thoroughly racist and colonial entity.

Sooner or later, assuming Immigrant communities have a future of existence in this country (ie., we are not all thrown into camps and partially expelled and partially killed off, frankly this is looking increasingly likely), we will have to build a viable political vehicle like the Irish have done with Sinn Fein, the Scots with the SNP, and Welsh with Plaid. Hopefully will build something even better! But building something viable and strategic is a challenge before us, much more and increasingly more pressing since colonial social democracy (the LP is the main manifestation of social democracy in england) ended in circa 1991-1994, and especially more since 2008, more so since the exportation of colonial fascism project which was the Arab Sting 2011, and even more since Brexit 2016.

Social democracy is a .massive part of the culture of the people of this island. It is a political culture that has embedded left colonialism, or a brit white workers colonialism into the mass culture of this country. It is not east to budge. But the experience of SF (who sidelined the SDLP), Plaid and SNP show that Labour loyalty needn't be for all eternity. At the same time, those examples have dealt witht he primary issue of colonialism and racism as a primary issue more so than the english left have do so to date, and no sign that the Corbyn camp will address this either. The Corbyn camp and elements in the LP/PLP can assist our communities in some tactical and even strategic ways, but this currently increasingly high stakes gamble and risk-taking on Corbyn and the LP/PLP is not helping us.

Of course, any such strategic move towards building a new political vehicle for Immigrant and poor communities is offset by too much obsession with the current spat in the LP/PLP. However, Immigrant communities will continue to be targeted and attacked, as will the English white workers but the latter will and are turning their anger towards Immigrants not the ruling classes.

To build this you need a core group of at least 50 if not 100 well organised cadre. They then need to be split into several core areas of long term 'mass line' building, which is taking our decolonial socialist politics and engaging with a specific Immigrant and poor locality, finding out what the demands of the people are according to our decolonial socialist politics, and working on the long term to serve our people in the framework, struggle with them and organise communities. After long term work, it will have to show it can battle politically and win, which means standing in elections and winning while militantly guarding against the corrupting nature of elections under this system.

Yes, we are nowhere near this at all, and the longer we don't address this absence of political strategy, the more our communities are in danger of total all our fascist war against us which is now in sight. If we do not build this, we will be wiped out. Several months ago I would have said to you that Immigrant and non-white communities in europe are secure and we will not be chased out, that we won our right to 'here to stay here to fight'. Considering the massive and on-going rise of the right and far right across the west and europe, considering the increasingly weak capacity of Immigrant and Black communities, my reading is that we are in a really precarious situation increasingly going forward, and unless people don't wake up NOW and work very hard, our future here is slipping away fast.

Monday, 18 July 2016

ERIC DRAISTER ON RELEASE OF SAIF al-ISLAM GADDAFI


Freedom for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi! Freedom for Libya!

By Eric Draitser

The news that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the assassinated leader of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from captivity is one of the most significant developments in Libya in some time. For while the Western corporate media would like people to believe that the Gaddafi name is dead and buried, the fact remains that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and the surviving members of the Gaddafi family, are seen as heroes by many in Libya. Moreover, Saif’s release has the potential to transform the political situation in the country.

Although details are few and far between, what we do know is that according to his lawyer at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Saif Gaddafi “was given his liberty on April 12, 2016.” Indeed official documents (which remain unverified) seem to support the assertion that Saif has, in fact, been released. Considering the statements from his attorneys that Saif is “well and safe and in Libya,” the political ramifications of this development should not be underestimated. Not only is Saif Gaddafi the second eldest and most prominent of Col. Gaddafi’s sons, he is also the one seen as the inheritor of his father’s legacy of independent peaceful development and the maintenance of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

This last point is of critical importance as his release is a clear signal to many Libyans that the resistance to the NATO-imposed chaos and war is alive and well. And while there have been isolated upsurges of pro-Gaddafi sentiments at various times in the last five years, they mostly remained underground. Perhaps it might soon be time for the resistance to once again become united as it moves to drive out the terrorists and opportunists who have torn the jewel of Africa apart these last five years.

Libya: Chaos Reigns Thanks to NATO

In order to answer the question of what Saif Gaddafi’s return to political life would mean for Libya, one has to first understand the nature of the Libyan state (if one can even call it that) today. Libya has become a fractured nation made up of at least two governments – one aligned with Al Qaeda in Tripoli, the other moderate, non-Islamist government based in Tobruk – with the vast majority of the tribes having at least some ties with the Tobruk government, and its sometimes backers in Egypt. Indeed, it is the tribes who in many ways dominate political life as much of Libyan society has fallen back on tribal affiliations and loyalties in the wake of the destruction of Gaddafi’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya government.

With disunity having been created by the NATO war on Libya, and the introduction of longtime CIA asset General Khalifa Haftar into a political equation already exhaustingly complex with myriad factions and shifting loyalties, it becomes rather difficult to know exactly where each group and alliance stands. As if to complicate the matter further, Saif has been held since 2011 by the militias centered in the city of Zintan; the Zintanis were no friends of Gaddafi, but have steadfastly refused to cooperate with the Al Qaeda-Muslim Brotherhood allied factions dominating Tripoli as part of the so-called “Libya Dawn” coalition.

Of course, one cannot forget about Abdelhakim Belhadj and the fighters of his Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) which played a key role in the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Belhadj, the darling of western intelligence and political elites like John McCain and Lindsey Graham (who posed for pictures with the infamous Al Qaeda terrorist), had been accused of being involved in training ISIS operatives in Eastern Libya, though sources in Libya have denied the claim, instead maintaining that Belhadj remains holed up in the Tripoli airport, commanding his fighters in alliance with his longtime Al Qaeda comrades.

All of this is to say that the political map of Libya is like broken glass, fractured into dozens of pieces strewn about by the destruction of the once peaceful and prosperous nation. But in the midst of all the chaos, there have been moments of hope, moments when it seemed a pushback from the people of Libya might soon come.

One key element of the political situation in Libya that is often ignored is the role of Egypt’s President Sisi. While Sisi has a dubious human rights record of his own, in the Libyan context his government has seemingly provided air support to the Tobruk government and its allied tribal groups fighting against ISIS/Daesh terrorists, and potentially also against Al Qaeda-affiliated groups. Sources inside Libya have conveyed that, contrary to rumors on social media, Egyptian forces have been closely collaborating with some key Libyan factions, including representatives of the tribes whose loyalty remains with the Gaddafis.

In this convoluted political picture, one must see beyond simply “good guys” and “bad guys,” and instead understand that while there are indeed good guys and bad guys, some of the good guys are sometimes bad, while some of the bad guys are sometimes good. Got it? Good.

The Leader Libya Needs, the Leader It Deserves

It is against this dizzying political backdrop that one must examine the significance of a potential return for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. Saif remains a hero to many Libyans who see in him the inheritor of the independent spirit of his father, a man whose education and erudition, and most importantly wartime experience, make him a natural leader.

It should be remembered that Saif was the main advocate of the rapprochement between Libya and the West in the early 2000s, spearheading the campaign for Libya’s disarmament of its nuclear and long-range ballistic missiles program. However, by 2011 and the US-NATO illegal war on Libya, Saif had changed his tune, regretting terribly his having taken western leaders at their word. In a now infamous interview with RT conducted in the midst of the NATO war, Saif stated:

“Many countries, Iran and North Korea are among them, told us it was our mistake to give up, to have stopped developing long-range missiles and to become friendly with the West. Our example means one should never trust the West and should always be on alert – for them it is fine to change their mind overnight and start bombing Libya…One of our biggest mistakes was that we delayed buying new weapons, especially from Russia, and delayed building a strong army. We thought Europeans were our friends; our mistake was to be tolerant with our enemies.”

One could sense the penitence in Saif’s voice, a man who acknowledged his own responsibility in weakening his country and opening it to foreign invasion. But Saif’s contrition, almost a plea for forgiveness from his people, was also seen by many Libyans as the mark of his true character, a man who forthrightly accepted responsibility while simultaneously standing defiant against the most powerful military alliance in the world, and its terrorist proxies overrunning his country. Indeed, for many, this was the moment – along with his appearance at the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli before a crowd of stunned reporters and Libyans – when Saif ceased to be simply the favored son, and instead became a bona fide leader.

And today, nearly five years later, Saif remains the chosen son of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya – a man who has endured five years of confinement at the hands of his one-time enemies, who has remained defiant of the US and of its puppet institutions such as the International Criminal Court. His is the man who for so many represents the promise of a better future by symbolizing a better past.

And this is why factions inside Libya, and their backers in the US and Europe, are terrified of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi; they understand perfectly what he represents. They know that Saif commands the loyalty and respect of the majority of Libyans, far more than any other single faction. They know that Saif is backed by the most influential tribes in the country, as well as what remains of the Green Resistance which has emerged at key moments in the last few years, including the brief takeover of a critical air base in the southern city of Sabha in January 2014. They know that Saif is the only individual leader left in Libya who can unite the disparate political formations into a single force prepared to finally defeat the jihadist elements backed by the US-NATO.

But the fear of Saif runs even deeper than just the theoretical leadership that he represents. Rather, the powers that be fear the political force he already is. When Saif’s death sentence was handed down by a kangaroo court in Tripoli, supporters of Gaddafi and the Jamhiriya took to the streets in Benghazi, Sirte, Bani Walid, and a number of other cities across the country, despite ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists in control of much of those cities. At the risk of their own lives, these Libyans carried portraits of the assassinated Col. Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, chanting their names and calling for a restoration of the socialist government. Consider the devotion necessary for followers to risk life and limb in a show of political support. Now imagine what would happen with Saif free.

Sources in Libya, and among those who have fled to neighboring countries, as well as Europe, have noted that elements of the former Gaddafi government have been working closely with the Sisi government in Egypt. While it is difficult to confirm independently, such a move is entirely plausible considering the common jihadi enemy both face in Libya which shares a long, porous border with Egypt. Assuming that the collaboration is true, it presents yet another reason why the US and its proxies, to say nothing of the terror groups inside Libya, would greatly fear Saif’s freedom. With the backing of an assertive Egypt, the all-important tribal councils, and elements of the disparate factions on the ground, Saif would instantly become the single most powerful man in Libya.

And for those in the West, it is incumbent on everyone to vigorously and publicly defend Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and to redouble efforts to back him. Saif represents a chance for Libya to be rebuilt, for the country to be pulled from the morass of chaos manufactured by the US and its NATO partners. Saif is the hope of the Libyan people who have suffered unspeakable horrors these last five years. Even those who have no love lost for Gaddafi understand the importance of reconstituting a single, united Libya under a single, united government. Only Saif al-Islam Gaddafi can do that now. And that’s why freedom for Saif might one day mean freedom for Libya.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

ON THE THREE POLICE KILLED IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA TODAY

RIP our brother Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by Baton Rouge police officers,

3 police gunned down today in #BatonRouge, Louisiana: As many comrades have been saying for generations, and as I have been saying for decades (have to thanks James Stuart for schooling me in this since the 1990s) the usa, as is most of the west, is here and now at the start of what we predicted was going to be the eruption of a Black-led developing war within the 'west' and esp in the usa against imperialism's and racism's growing oppression and now definitively going towards domestic fascism. I didn't expect this situation to have arrived so quick, several months ago or a year ago, I wasnt even necessarily thinking I would live long enough to see what we are seeing.

The other thing that I was not expecting is that when we discussed the situation we are seeing now, we all thought that the global and domestic radical and revolutionary leadership would exist, it does not exist. We thought that there would be mass-based radical liberation organisations, something even more wiser and sophisticated than the Black Panther Party and others, but we don't have any of that. We don't even have an upsurge so far that is strategic in its capacity, that charts history.

However, with the amount of state and popular racist tensions and oppressions, and with the way in which 'social' media conveys the amount of depth of the police and racist oppression, it was only going to be a matter of time before the trauma, profound upset coming from the blood and tears of our people was going to inspire armed actions against the police; we had it before in the 1960s and 1970s, but back then we had any excellent global leaderships (MANY all across the global south continents! So many to pick from! lol), today we have none, and have a LOT of imperialist liberal and colonial fascist confusion. Nevertheless, the militant actions reacting from increased racist oppression will continue, its mathematics, its scientific; no one's moralising can or will change this. At the same time, the developing of armed actions against the forces of the colonial state, WITHOUT a objective and subjective leadership and growing revolutionary capacity, means our communities are in a much weaker and more precarious situation that if they had a growing revolutionary capacity.

That being said, and the usa society going into this racialised class war, the continuing development of militant armed struggle and the cycle of oppression/increased-violence-/protest s-increasing/armed/militancy will continue to grow. Although the organisational and leadership capacity is not there, THE references for struggle are basically two Black communities in the usa and arguable throughout the 'west': 1. Malcolm X. And 2. The Black Panthers. Even Beyonce has to reference both when artistically commenting on the developing situation at the Superbowl performance. Our Black communities will get there.

I just hope and pray and work very hard that we arrive at a more effective liberation capacity and organisation sooner rather than later. All this 'horizantal organising' stuff, while important that we have conversations about inclusivity and developing a all-community-involving strategies, this stuff has to end, the liberalism and reformism has to be cast aside, and serious community and liberation organisations that have discipline, clarity and revolutionary strategies need to be built asap. We need all forms of organising, but no point having too much flab and not enough muscle and brain coordination. I know its a lot more complex, but hey, this reformist-liberal stuff is designed to fail. It only works strategically in countries where they have serious paramilitary or state support, such as in some 'latin' American countries, but outside of that, its a quick path to failure and all the shit that comes with that.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Friday, 15 July 2016

ATTACK IN NICE IS THE COUNTER-OPPOSITE OF THE ALGERIAN RESISTANCE


I know what's in the minds of some comrades who have seen and studied Battle of Algiers and have studied Fanon are trying to make a parallel with Nice when they remember the scene in the film whereby resistance fighters of the FLN attacks the white settlers in the truck, running them over and shooting them. This is a very wrong parallel:

these supremacist attacks in France and also those in Libya, Syria, Iraq and many other of our homelands have behind them not a global South allied FLN but a sordid supremacist force that has been created by and continues to be given life by leading western states and their junior allies in the gulf monarchies and others;

those recruited into these supremacist deaths squads are not Ali La Pointes (FLN militant in Battle of Algiers), but are oppressed people who are recruited into a fascist project backed by the aforesaid imperialist and allied global network;

the actions of these supremacist terror forces are not helping anyone, unlike the decolonial anti imperialist socialist force of the FLN, but the aforesaid imperialist alliance, and are deployed to directly assist imperialist strategies, and in that it is having devastating effects.

We have to appreciate and study and popularise how the usa and UK are the leading forces of this supremacist fascism and terrorism, cos our failure to take leadership and explain in these contexts is directly leading in masses of westerners going towards le pen, brexit, and other fascist forces.

The fascism that the 'West' have been delivering through overt and covert wars especially in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria these past 26 years will inevitably return to the lands it has been exported from - fascism is returning to the West. If the Western states and their people accept the imperialist wars in the Global South, then these colonial actions will weaken the peoples movement for liberation in the West and will and are opening up fascist forces on a state and non-state level.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

CORBYN'S COMMENTS ARE NOT HELPFUL IN A CONTEXT OF GROWING HATE TOWARDS IMMIGRANTS


This is Corbyn from the second last PMQs:

"May I take him north-east of Shirebrook to the Lindsey oil refinery? In 2009, hundreds of oil workers there walked out on strike because agency workers from Italy and Portugal were brought in on lower wages to do the same job. Just down the road in Boston, low pay is endemic. The average hourly wage across the whole country is £13.33. In the east midlands, it is £12.26; in Boston, it is £9.13. Is it not time that the Government intervened to step up for those communities that feel they have been left behind in modern Britain?" (source)