Monday, 16 November 2015


There were quite a few non-white Black and Brown people killed in the ‪#‎ParisAttacks‬, so the ‪#‎OnlyWhiteLiveMatters‬ has to be a bit more problematised; as I have been arguing for a while we need to understand that within the 'West;, ie., within the imperialist lands the system of coloniality and imperialism invites IN Black n Brown people and, while they are still considered lower human beings WITHIN the west by the system (and the masses here, as this is internalised), these Black n Brown people are CLOSER in political terms to western whites than they are to NON-western Black n Brown people.

So within the west, Black n Brown people are HIGHER/more SUPREME and as such join IN WITH masses of whites in their supremacy AGAINST the people of Africa, Asia and 'latin' America.

Of course, the antidote to white /- western/euro supremacy is asserting Humanity through whatever means (Black Power/anti-imperialism/third-worldism/internationalism etc), and as such the victims of the Paris attack's Humanity, be they white or not should be not be belittled as that would be another victory of this imperialist supremacy.

It's just important to understand how Black n Brown people are invited into the this colonial club and why. Black n Brown people are invited in (Obama being the most famous/infamous, but also Bobby Jindal, pictured) to elevate us over and above our peoples in the Homeland, so when the imperialists go to war against our peoples, we are basically silent and complicit (see Libya and Syria as two recent examples), and Black n Brown people are invited in to promote the system (the originally working class, Black n Brown art form of Hip-Hop for example is a veritable soundtrack now for global imperialism and imperialist culture) cos the system needs to 'Black face' in an increasingly non-western / pro Global South / multi-polar world.

IMHO these are really important issues we need to discuss and address in order to better unite with our peoples and help defeat this system of colonial and imperialist oppressions.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Sunday, 15 November 2015


Beirut, Baghdad and Paris:
The colonial racialised hierarchy of terrorism's victims

Sukant Chandan
Sat 14 Nov 2015
Sons of Malcolm

While we await the results of the investigation from the Sinai plane crash, while the smoke in South Beirut from Daesh's murderous is still smoldering, while Baghdad is still reeling from the latest Daesh attack on a funeral of an anti-Daesh Shia fighter, Paris experienced multiple synchronised terrorist attacks. The way in which 'Western' governments and states interact with these dynamics and the nature of Western media reports and public reaction point to a deeply troubling racialised and dehumanising manner in which different victims of terrorism are treated and respected, or disrespected.

In the case of Beirut many Lebanese and others complained about the dehumanised nature of the way the attack was reported, western mainstream journalists gave the impression that the area targeted was some kind of 'Hizbullah bunker' or 'Hizbullah stronghold' rather than the densely populated residential area that it is. This attack on Beirut and its people was one of the biggest terrorist attacks since the Lebanese civil war which ended some 25 years ago, however this attack was only reported on item 6 perhaps 5 on the headline news on Western news channels. The attack the next day in Baghdad saw barely any verbal comment from news media, perhaps a mention on the ticker tape text that runs along the bottom of the screen. And that's where the victims of terrorism are posited, at the bottom of a hierarchy of humanity which the overwhelming amount of humanity does not help to define. The discriminatory nature of how Black and Brown people terrorist victims means their stories and plight is rarely represented on the same human level as those vitims who live in the West and happen to have a lighter skin and hair colour. Often the manner in which non-Western victims of terrorism are treated smacks of a dehumanizing framework.

The Sinai Metrojet plane crash investigation points in part to a terrorist plot that brought the plane down, but there is an important aspect of the way in which the UK handled that issue similar to the Sousse attack in Tunisia that demonstrates another manner in which non-Western people are treated in a wholly different and comparatively unjust manner. The UK has seen some considerable terrorist attacks this last decade, such as 7/7 and 21/7 and a suicide attack on Glasgow airport. Through all these instances no one ever suggested that all flights in and out of the UK should be halted, and that the UK has now become a place that is unsafe for tourism. However, such a move has been made against Tunisia and more recently against Egypt that has resulted in a devastating impact on the livelihood of the people of these countries, as tourism is a major source of revenue.

With the recent Paris attacks, will the UK or any major world power be suggesting that there should be a boycott of tourism in France? One only has to pose the question to know that such a move against France would be unthinkable, so why is it so casually accepted when it comes to Tunisia and Egypt? It can only be a insidious but very powerful notion that Western and especially Western white people and countries are somehow human or more human than others.

It has become a banal normality that western victims of terrorism are humanised, we learn of their direct family members, see their family members tears and grief, learn of what school they went to and what their close friends say of them; on the other hand when non-Western people are killed in terrorist attacks there is none of this humanisation, rather these victims would be lucky to get a verbal mention on news or a mention on the ticker tape. However, perhaps the most problematic aspect is that for Western states when they suffer terrorist attacks, the same mass killings and mutilation and depravities becomes a ‘struggle for freedom’, as the same groups that France, the US and UK support in Libya and now Syria, the same groups they finance, arms and support become heroes, that is they are heroes when they kill non-Western people and they are heroes when they help destroy countries that are strategic obstacles for the West. A group of Syrian people are currently in a law suit against French foreign minister Fabius for stating that the armed gang known as Jabhat Nusra in Syria was doing a ‘good job’ in Syria. When the same kind of ‘job’ is conducted in Paris, one doubts that Fabius will be commenting in the same way, but why is one a terrorist act and the other an ‘act of freedom’?

This writer went on several peace missions to Libya in 2011 and it was in the Libyan arena in the Nato war against it in 2011 and then in the same year the start of tens of thousands of armed gangs infiltrating Syria supported by the West that we saw the open allying of leading Western states with these terrorist groups. In Libya the USA, UK and France were the air power of the terrorist groups on the ground including 'Al Qaeda' type groups such as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, whose leader Hakim Belhaj is a known Daesh leader but a liberal-left 'human rights' cause celebre in the UK. Belhaj was a terrorist leader in Libya and a leading colleague of Nato in its war against Libya. The victims of this Nato and allied death squad terrorism were just airbrushed out of existence throughout that entire war, the tends of thousands of dark skinned or Black Libyan and non-Libyan African people and others resisting Nato who were lynched and chased across Libya by Nato's terrorist allies just did not exist for the Western media and countries for the entirety of that imperialist war.

Immediately following Syria the West directly allied with armed gangs whose ideology informs them to kill anyone outside their own notion of 'God's/Allah's chosen people' in their twisted use and abuse of Islam. With the attacks around the Charlie Hebdo offices earlier this year in Paris and now this multiple terrorist attack in Paris, that terrorism which the West has been exporting to countries of the Global South has returned to the lands of their most powerful backers. The UK state collusion with these armed gangs is well known, leading one leading terrorist recruiter to state: "I came back [from war] and opened the door and the trickle turned to a flood. I inspired and recruited, I raised funds and bought weapons, not just a one-off but for 15 to 20 years. Why I have never been arrested I don’t know." (Guardian,13/06/2015)

Or perhaps in the case of Moazzam Begg who was sent off to Libya and twice to Syria by the British authorities to conduct work in support of supremacist armed gangs in those countries, including meeting with Hakim Belhaj in Tripoli, Libya. Begg said of his meetings with MI5, a branch of the UK's military intelligence services: “In the meeting Begg said MI5 were concerned about “the possibility of Britons in Syria being radicalised and returning to pose a potential threat to national security. I told them that Britain had nothing to worry about, especially since British foreign policy, at the time, seemed in favour of the rebels.” (Guardian, 02/10/2014)

China suffered terrorist attacks in March 2014 where some 30 people were knifed to death, this too was hardly reported in the Western press, there were no hand-wringing solemn words of solidarity and unity by political leaders in Europe and North America. Rather, the Western press was reticent to even call these acts terrorism, as the political project of the terrorists in splitting and weakening China is something that many Western nations support. From China through to Africa, there is a clear pattern whereby terrorist groups who are supported directly or indirectly by the West through their primary allies in the Muslim world such as Saudi Arabia are active in terrorising and in some cases such as Somalia and Libya facilitating the total collapse of communities and societies.

The supremacist nature of these armed gangs display a world outlook which is a mirror image of European racism and white supremacy, which is aped by Saudi Arabia's Wahhabism, which itself is a state and ideology which was brought to power by the UK and continues to be a primary global ally of the US and UK. The common thread between European racism and these assymetric mirror relfections of them is that certain categories of people are worthy of humanity, and then there are other groups of people who are outside of that category and are expendable who can be massacred without trace or justice in massive imperialist bombing campaigns, or can be sexually enslaved and raped and mutilated.

At certain times victims of terrorism are used by the instigators and backers of global terrorism to achieve certain goals. For example, the Nigerian Chibook girls who were kidnapped by the supremacist militia Boko Haram were utilised in a similar way the 2012 Kony campaign previously was used to depict Black and African people as either mad killers, or as hapless victims only to be forgotten once their use for a racist narrative has been exhausted.

Terrorism and massacres is wrong in Syria, Libya and Somalia, it is a tragedy against people on the same level as it is when the victims are in Paris and London, but treating all humans as equals in resisting this racist hierarchisation is a challenge that confronts us all.

The US and UK destruction of Iraq and France joining in with the destruction of Libya and Syria and the way terrorism plays a fundamental component part of these neo-colonial and racist wars is something that has to be deconstructed by people. It is a shame that unlike the impact of the war of aggression and occupation against Vietnam that a similar endeavour in the US and UK invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq has failed to be a defining and instructive and educational political issue for current generations that otherwise could have informed a deeper understanding and solidarity with sections of humanity who are attacked by 'the greatest purveyors of violence' in the world today, to paraphrase Dr King, which remains the UK and USA and leading Nato countries.

The challenge that we are faced with is to go well beyond the narrow media reporting and imperialist opportunistic grandstanding of politicians who seek to further deepen their Islamophobic and racist strategies against those racialised as outside 'civilised European-ness' and to justify the on-going primary scapegoating of Muslims and migrants and refugees for the oppressions and injustices of Western states. Perhaps like with Vietnam, we should take a lead from the very people and countries who are resisting this project of imperialism, racism and terrorism against their Homelands? Surely it is they who are resisting the best and from whom we should be learning the best.


Thursday, 12 November 2015



Interesting statements from Iraqi Shia Resistance organisations, stating that they will Resist any Yankee or connected occupation troops, that they will publish documents showing collusion between yanks and Daesh, and that they welcome possible Russian alliance against Daesh in Iraq. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Popular Forces Spokesman Warns US to Avoid Deploying Troops in Iraq

English Fars News

Iraq’s Ahl al-Haq Popular Forces Spokesman Naim al-Aboudi warned Washington against hatching plots for his country, and meantime underlined that the Baghdad government will never accept the presence of the US forces in Iraq.

“The Iraqi government is against the presence of foreign military forces, including Americans or non-Americans in Iraq, because it is aware of the reaction of the great nation of Iraq to such a move,” al-Aboudi told FNA on Friday.

He reiterated that the Iraqi popular forces, specially Ahl al-Haq, will deal with the US troops in Iraq like occupying forces, implying that the popular forces will kill the US troops on sight.

Al-Aboudi said that the US is plotting to confiscate the victories that the Iraqi popular forces have gained in Iraq.

He underlined that the Iraqi nation and popular forces do not trust the US and the US-led anti-ISIL coalition.

In relevant remarks last month, Spokesman of Iraq’s Seyed al-Shohada Battalion Hassan Abdol-Hadi said that “the Iraqi popular forces believe that the US-led coalition formed to fight the ISIL in their country is insincere and untrustworthy”.

“Iraq’s resistance forces do not trust the international coalition led by the US,” told FNA.

Abdol-Hadi reiterated that the Iraqi popular forces are worried that the US fighter jets strike their positions under the pretext of misinformation or claim to have done so as a result of mistake.

He, meantime, pointed to the popular forces’ military operations against the Takfiri terrorists, and said, “The battles against the ISIL continue in two different fronts; including one in the city of Mosul.”

Abdol-Hadi said that the Iraqi forces are now ready to launch massive military operations against the ISIL in Mosul, Fallujah and Ramadi.

Iraqi popular forces comprise of Badr Organization, Iraqi Hezbollah, Ahl al-Haq, Jund al-Imam, Seyed al-Shohada, Imam Ali (AS) and Al-Nujaba battalions.

Also in October, a senior advisor to Iraq’s Badr Organization also announced that his organization would expose documents disclosing that the US-led coalition forces are helping the ISIL terrorist group.

“Badr Organization will not hesitate to reveal any document and evidence that substantiates the supply of (foodstuff and arms) aids to ISIL by the coalition forces,” Karim al-Nouri told FNA.

Later the same organization released photos of US and British aircraft shot down by the popular forces as they were supplying arms and food cargos to the ISIL in a number of areas, specially where they were losing ground in the confrontation with the Iraqi forces.

Earlier last month, Deputy Secretary General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Abdolkarim al-Ansari blasted the US-led Anti-ISIL Coalition’s poor performance in fighting the Takfiri terrorists, and said his country does no more want Washington’s help in the war against the militant group.

“What the international coalition has done to fight the ISIL over the past year has been much smaller than what the (Iraqi) volunteer forces have achieved in the same period,” Al-Ansari told FNA.

He reiterated that the Iraqi volunteer forces have achieved great victories in all fronts while they have had none of the equipment and satellites that the so-called coalition has for surveillance and controlling the ISIL in all regions.

“Yet, the US-led coalition has done nothing important since its formation and none of its attacks has been desirable and effective; even in some cases it has targeted the (Iraqi) volunteer forces,” Al-Ansari said.

He, meantime, appreciated the role played by the quadrilateral coalition comprising Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq against the ISIL, and said, “The Iraqis welcomes Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s request from Russia for direct intervention in the anti-ISIL fight and our country does not need the American troops.”


I hope the 'ache din' (good days/time) continue to expand across the Homeland. The secular (not anti religious) and leftist forces have the Himalaya to climb yet, such are the challenges.

India a year and half ago elected a supremacist party who use and abuse Hinduism - the BJP - who, while keeping India on track on the global stage of continuing to develop BRICS, developing excellent relations with Africa, China and Russia, opposing imperialist wars and aggression against Syria and Iran etc, have on the home front been an utter anti people communalist (bigoted religious sectarian) disaster, and I wish the forces of unity of the people to totally defeat the BJP and all communalist forces wrapping themselves in and abusing whatever religion.

It is the job of the Indian people in India to conduct the struggle and the duty of everyone else especially those on the imperialist lands to defend India and all global south countries from imperialist harassment and oppression.

I seldom talk about internal problems of India or other global South countries cos our internal affairs are just that. Especially in the 'west' there is such profound ignorance and prejudice and frankly unwitting hostility to our affairs that I consider it incomparably more important for people just to research and expose to defeat imperialism across the world which is constantly and in countless ways attacking India and all global South countries.

I think if South Asian anti imperialist, decolonial and/or socialist diaspora in the west and in London etc are interested in seriously studying and being active around our internal affairs they should do so in a disciplined and organised manner. Other than that our political diaspora is so politically poor and weak that too much eurocentric nonsense seeps through and has a very messy impact on this westerners and their ignorant gorai ways, and the gorai ways also impacts plenty diaspora too.

I am here in this island of world scale imperialist and white supremacy to single mindedly fight jus that, and many others have said which I would concur with that it is the primary job of all revolutionaries across the world but especially in the west to unearth and the expose and to join in with all forms of Resistance and struggles of liberation the global South, and for this and this alone to be the central strategy. Indeed outside of the BRICS and allied formations, this is being taken up pitifully.

There is so much confusion and eurocentric essentialisation that is promoted against India and all global South countries. And western media, academia and the western left constantly interfere and promote these flawed and problematic depictions. To illuminate something that pushes back against this:

In Karnataka recently the Congress chief minister (who happens to be a Hindu) of the state said that following the supremacist lynching of a Muslim brother in Delhi after a beef eating controversy, the chief minister said he has never eaten beef before but he will eat it in solidarity with the slain Muslim brother and he will do so on the main state capital round about and let's see who can stop me. In response a few days later a BJP politician in the state said he will cut his head off if he eats meat. This BJP supremacist is facing criminal charges.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Makhan Singh and Kenyatta embrace each other, leading Kenyan revolutionaries 
who fought for Kenya's independence from britain

Remembrance Sunday, remembering our heroes of our wars of liberation against colonialism: While it's an act of white racist imperialism to airbrush black and Asian people out of fighting for the imperialists in the first and Second World War, it's an insult to our anti-colonial masses, martyrs and ancestors to somehow positively 'celebrate' their mercenary role for the enemy.

The Second World War is a bit different cos colonial peoples, especially across Asia (especially Indian, Vietnamese, Malay, Korean and Chinese peoples) were fighting the fascist forces and occupation, but it still needs to be said loud and clear that we are not asserting our humanity by trying to prove how much we fought, killed for and died for those who devastated our homelands for centuries.

I sympathise with our people who were bribed and manipulated in joining the enemy armies, however surely we must elevate and celebrate and popularise our heroes and martyrs of our wars of liberation over and above those who fought for the greatest purveyors of violence and genocide.

This is all directly connected to how imperialism today is projecting itself through the recruitment of and collaboration by Black and Asian people fronting imperialism, it's sad and tragic that people want a black person to play perhaps the most racist, militarist and raping character in the 'entertainment industry' ie., James Bond! James Bond needs to be killed asap as does the system the system that he serves by our Black and Asian allied liberation forces and struggles.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Are faith-specific war memorials the best way to remember the fallen?
Santanu Das on seeing past conflicts through the prism of modern multiculturalism

By Santanu Das

On Thursday 12 November, the renovated Muslim burial ground at Woking will be inaugurated. The walled structure, with its domed gateway, arches and minarets, was built during the First World War near the Shah Jahan Masjid – Britain's first purpose-built mosque – to receive the bodies of Muslim soldiers from Indian army hospitals along the south coast of England. It eventually housed 27 South Asian graves from two World Wars. We don't know much about these men but we do have their names and regiments – the poignant exception being “Abdullah”, killed on 16 December 1915 and listed simply as a “follower”. Gradually, the grounds fell into disrepair, and in 1968 the bodies were removed to Brookwood Cemetery nearby. Restoration was planned in 2012 with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The centrepiece will be an Islamic-style peace garden where one can reflect on the “sacrifices made by those servicemen” – and a reminder to Muslim youths of their “shared history” with the country and broader British identity.

Undivided India contributed more than one million men to the war effort, more than any other colony. Woking's is just one in a series of recent faith-specific memorials, and the Muslim counterpart to the Chattri Memorial on the Sussex Downs, which commemorates 53 Sikh and Hindu soldiers. Earlier this month, a new Sikh memorial was unveiled in the National Memorial Arboretum at Staffordshire.

One of the more lasting legacies of the war's centenary will be the recognition of its multiracial nature. In Britain, such commemoration has been marked by a general broadening, and a simultaneous sanitisation, of remembrance to take in the Commonwealth experience. The complex and sometimes contradictory motives and experiences of the South Asian, African and West Indian soldiers are often flattened into a paean of imperial loyalty and brotherhood eerily reminiscent of George V's call to the empire in 1914.

Colonial war memory is increasingly being reinvented as the grand stage on which to showcase the anthem of multiculturalism. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi set the tone in 2013: “Our boys weren't just Tommies – they were Tariqs and Tajinders too, and we have a duty to remember. Tommies and Tariqs fought side by side in the battlefield.” While Warsi is right to stress the diversity, the language of camaraderie veils much that was painful and unattractive. We have a historical duty to remember that, too.

Of course, there are heart-warming tales of Indo-European friendship: British officers and Indian sepoys respected and admired each other; homesick sepoys referred to their French matrons as “mothers”; and when the latrine-sweeper Sukha, an untouchable, died and the Imam of Woking refused to have him, the Vicar of Brockenhurst stepped in and buried him in the local churchyard. Stories abound of sepoys risking their lives to rescue their British officers.

But in all my years of research, I have not come across a single example of a British soldier putting his life under fire for a sepoy. The colonial, military and racial hierarchies were all firmly in place. Indian soldiers, however senior, were always junior to the youngest British officer, and fences around the Brighton Pavilion Hospital kept the Tariqs and Tajinders apart from the Tommies.

The war was particularly difficult for the South Asian Muslims, with the Ottoman empire joining the war on the side of Germany in October 1914; a holy war was declared and the Muslims in the Allied army were promised “the fire of hell”. There were three mutinies in the South Asian Muslim units and the 15th Lancers refused to open fire on their religious brethren in Basrah in 1916. The Paris Peace treaty of 1919 and the dismantling of the Caliphate provoked widespread anguish. Mohammed Iqbal – the national poet of the future Pakistan – referred to the League of Nations as “thieves of grave clothes” set up for “dividing the world's graves”.

The contradictions are epitomised in the story of the Mir brothers. On a dark night in March 1915, Mir Mast, an officer, defected to the German side and went on an extraordinary jihad mission across Central Asia; his brother Mir Dast continued to serve gallantly, saved the lives of his British superiors, and got the Victoria Cross. Some soldiers had a touch of both: one prayed that “our King – God bless him – is going to win”, but inserted a separate note adding “Oh God we repent! Oh God we repent”. The South Asian soldiers were neither all imperial heroes nor martial robots. Many had volunteered to keep debtors at bay, and once in the Western front, they wrote back home: “For God's sake, don't come, don't come, don't come to this war in Europe”.

Commemoration by communities and military organisations often slips into a celebratory mode, as if these forgotten colonial soldiers can only be reclaimed as war heroes. True, some won the first Victoria Crosses for their countries; the majority, though, like the English Tommies, trembled and shat in their trousers as shells burst. If asked about imperial sacrifice, they would have pointed, like Wilfred Owen, to “the old lie” – they were only human in inhuman circumstances.

It is not enough merely to “remember”: we must choose what to remember and how.

'Indian Troops in Europe, 1914–1918' by Santanu Das (£24, Mapin) is out now