Thursday, 18 December 2014


Libya: Nato's untold story

Chair Hafsa Kara-Mustapha
Journalist, broadcaster, political analyst.


Dr Mabruk Derbash
Professor at Tripoli university, Dr Derbash is also a political commentator whose work has been published in Al Jazeera, BBC, Calgary Herald,as well as Middle East online or Al Quds el Arabi.

Sukant Chandan 
Co-ordinator at the Tricontinental, and reported from Libya three times during the Nato aggression in 2011.

Moussa Ibrahim
Former spokesperson of the Libyan Government during the time of NATO war in Libya (2011), and currently of the Executive Committee of the Libyan National Popular Movement."

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014


Cuba Stands Resolute through Five Decades of Neo-Colonial War
Rapprochement a historic victory for Cuba but also raises grave dangers

Sukant Chandan
Sons of Malcolm
Dec 17 2014

The Cuban Revolution and the Cuban socialist state and Communist Party which leads the Revolution has been a beacon of decolonial and anti-imperialist peoples revolution in the western hemisphere since 1959. It shown nearly single handledly in that hemisphere what is possible in terms of guaranteeing basic rights and freedoms to its people, freedom from hunger, homelessness, a world class free health system and the export of the Cuban Revolution by militant means as in the case of supporting the African Revolution against Southern African Apartheid through the supply of troops along with the USSR, and also through civilian solidarity through its famous medical teams and programs across the GlobalSouth. (Here is a good summary of Cuba's incredible achievements by comrade Carlos Martinez as to twenty reasons to support Cuba.)

More recently in history the Cuban Revolution has seen allies in the region which are following a path of similar policies in the case of the ALBA countries. Up until a few decades ago the region saw the neo-colonialists destroying the liberation projects throughout central and south America in a strategy very similar to the neo-colonial death squad policy it has against much of the 'Muslim world', ie., it used the most depraved pro-colonial forces to literally behead, rape and massacre and terrorise the revolutionary and resistant forces of the region into submission. Those days for the most have done, although that danger is ever present.

The recent thaw we are seeing in today's historic news of the start of a thaw in relations with the empire to the north of Cuba is a great historic victory for the Cuban Revolution and for the wider GlobalSouth. It is a victory because Cuba has been and continues to be subject to a covert and overt policy of neo-colonial war against it, despite this today's news is indicative of a defeat of the neo-colonialists against Cuba. This move of indirect admission of defeat by the yankee empire is as well the achievement of Cuba but also the GlobalSouth in the region and globally. Globally the GlobalSouth forces, especially China and Russia have provided Cuba and the wider CARICOM and ALBA region with the space by means of weapons, investment, and political protection to survive and continue our people-centred anti-imperialist processes.

Only in the past few days, the Community of Carribean Nations (CARICOM) summit in Cuba stated that they:

"Demand an immediate end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the government of the United States against Cuba and, especially, to its extraterritorial nature and the financial persecution of Cuban transactions, whose severity increases daily; the inclusion of Cuba on the List of States Sponsoring Terrorism, prepared and published unilaterally by the US State Department, and all undercover actions that the US government is carrying out to subvert domestic law and order in Cuba, including those that involve the illegal use of information and communications technologies, that constitute violations of Cuban sovereignty and its people's right to self-determination." (source)

The Organisation of American States, hitherto a tool by whereby the empire thought they could isolate Cuba is now lobbying stridently for the empire to respect Cuba and end its hostilities against it. Similarly the newer regional blocs especially the more combative ALBA formation have been doing the same, with the region's power house Brazil and its Workers Party leadership in former President Lula and now President Dilma playing a not too small part in making it clear that they will never forsake Cuba but rather always defend the regions small but most inspiring little-big brother.

Along with the fact that this is a victory for Cuba, the region and the wider GlobalSouth, the neo-colonialists are still that, they are a network of global power that seeks the highest rates of profit through total domination and monopolisation of power in every field, otherwise known as imperialism and coloniality. Although the GlobalSouth is rising in power and capacity, the neo-colonial system will never and has never ceased its efforts of domination through all war means necessary until it is long gone and buried by the GlobalSouth and the yet to be born strategic and political enemies within the 'west'.

In his speech about today's thaw, head yankee representative Barack Obama stated: "We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests", stating quite honestly that this move is to further not Cuba's interests in any shape or form, but the interests of the neo-colonialists.

Whereas in contradistinction to that, President Raul Castro of Socialist Cuba stated that: "We have been able to advance the solutions of some themes of interest to both nations".

Further, Obama states: "the best way to bring democracy and prosperity to Cuba is through a different kind of policy", ie., stating clearly once again that the neo-colonial war schemes against Cuba have utterly failed, including its more recent attempts at dirty tricks through the scandals of the Cuban twitter counterrevolution and the Cuban Hip-Hop counterrevolution (see here and here). Therefore this move on Cuba is seen strategically and in principle by the usa as a means of furthering its continuous neo-colonial policies by a change of tack.

This does not mean however that Cuba cannot use this to their advantage, but at the same time the Cubans are wiley and wise revolutionaries who know the devilish games of the enemy in changing its tactics towards it. Furthermore, the Cubans allies in North Africa and the 'Arab world' especially in the former socialist state of Libya of Muammar Gaddafi and the "Cuban of the middle east" (to quote another neo-colonial devil), Ba'athist Syria are two profoundly violent examples of how neo-colonial thaw can turn into white neo-colonial heat from open and covert war and death squad projection.

There is also the case of China who have also in the last several decades seen a thaw with the neo-colonial enemy (usa especially) and craftily used the thaw to build its own and allied GlobalSouth capacity to great effect, however on that front too the silent war between Socialist China and the usa is over, and preparations for the real war are well under way with the usa's shift from the middle east which they have now largely destroyed to the open war strategy on Asia and especially China in their openly stated "pivot to Asia". The Chinese are increasingly vocal about their own self-defensive measures to meet this approaching open war of aggression from the usa and the 'west' and its few regional Asian allies:

"Unfortunately, the situation in this [Asia-Pacific] region, in North Africa and elsewhere in the world generally becomes more and more difficult each year. In this context, the military and military-technical cooperation between Russia and China gains special nature and significance,” Shoigu said during the meeting with Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China." (source)

Finally, while this thaw is taking place, the yankee neo-colonialists are upping their war of destruction on Venezuela with slapping on further sanctions against it which will no doubt be followed by more Arab Sting-esque moves at destabilisation, as they are with Russia, these two countries being component parts with others in the leadership of the GlobalSouth decolonial and anti-imperialist revolution which is now in its final historic phase of struggle to bury once and for all the entire imperialist and neo-colonial system.

So in conclusion we have as ever two major mutually excluding phenonmenon at play at the same time: major opportunities for Cuba to further secure and deepen their Revolution and with that the allied regional and international GlobalSouth forces, and at the same time looking at the moves of the yanks against other GlobalSouth forces in Libya, Syria, Russia, China, Venezuela and elswhere, indicators to grave and great dangers to the Revolution. The GlobalSouth in the region of Cuba and more broadly are increasingly swiftly building unity on all levels, pushed along of late by the terrible events in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and the 'pivot to Asia'. We must support Cuba and trust and remain loyal to our GlobalSouth forces, they and billions of our people are in the bitter and beautiful trenches of struggle against the enemy, and we must uphold intense revolutionary vigilance and preparedness, siempre, hasta la victoria: forever, until victory!

Daniel Ortega FSLN/Sandinista leader and Nicaraguan President, Muammar Gaddafi, Fidel Castro

Monday, 15 December 2014


There is an informal & formal, indirect & direct conspiracy & campaign of silence & silencing over the profound ramifications that nato's destruction of Libya & the related systematic ethnic cleansing of Black & anti-nato Libyans has on the politics not only of the neo-colonial enemy, but also most & nearly all radical formations in the west, their discourse & analysis.

I've said it many times, mass lynching of people on the southern edge of europe in the 21st century dressed up as 'revolution' & 'arab spring' is something one can never shut up about, but rather go deeper & deeper in what this has meant for all of us.

This debacle has left a deep & profound imprint on all of us. If some wanna avoid, silence, shout it down: go for it. However, those I work with on these issues will never be silenced

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Recently I spoke to one of the most famous 'human rights' lawyers in the west. While I respect his/her work in previous decades of defending individuals in actually revolutionary causes, he/she these days represents some pretty sordid death squad types in relation to Libya and Syria.

I challenged him/her about the fact that their clients are involved in the ethnic cleansing of Black people in Libya, Shia, Christians and others in Syria. He/she feigned total ignorance, although they had heard of the previously ONLY Black African town in ALL of the Maghreb - Tawergha, whose population of 30,000 people has been wiped out by people closely allied to his/her clients, and the former Tawerghans are STILL being persecuted along with others in Libya systematically. The main reasoning this human rights lawyer gave for everything I said was "I dont know. Is that true? I am not aware of that".

This lawyer is no fool at all, and I'm sure they are aware of the legal principle of "Ignorantia juris non excusat", ie., ignorance of laws does not excuse oneself. I will supply the said lawyer with al the relevant material, however, I think there was a lot of feigning ignorance. The neo-colonial conspiracy of silence continues to the highest levels and across nearly all 'radical' formations in the 'west'. ‪

#‎Tawergha‬ ‪#‎Libya‬ ‪#‎BlackLivesMatterInTheGlobalSouth‬!

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


By James Stuart

" in a society where politicians will happily see brown skinned children starved and blown to pieces in the pursuit of corporate profit, why would anyone be surprised that they view the children of the poor at home as being little more than disposable toys?"

The English will protest outside Parliament about the banning of porn showing fisting and golden showers, but not a raise a peep when it comes to the people ruling them from that Parliament abusing, raping, and in some cases, murdering, vulnerable, desperate and forgotten children.

They will seethe with rage at the tabloid stories of non-white men sexually exploiting white teenage girls (whilst booking their lads away trip to the brothels of Thailand), but elicit barely a tut at news of cabals of child abusers within the highest echelons of government.

Perversion and violence from politicians and policemen is hidden behind smoke screen misdirection of salacious tales of child abusing has-been pop-stars and tv personalities, the connections of privilege, property, power and perversion being swept under the carpet as the big by-gone names are sacrificed to protect those with big, and real, power.

Evidence, long known, but until now suppressed, of our lost children being imprisoned in brothels for the powerful, under the perverse euphemism of "care" leads to no more than the shaking of heads and the turning of the page, so we can gawp at tweenie celebs papped in bikinis and titter at advertising masquerading as news.

In a civilised society, revelations of Prime Minister after Prime Minister presiding over cabals of rapist paedophiles and the murderers of children within their governments should trigger a wave of anger and horror that would shake politics and the seats of power to their foundations. The politicians and the policemen that are, often literally, in bed with each other to hide and protect their depravity, should be being hounded and vilified and dragged out into the public.

But we are not a civilised society. We are a society run by barbarians in suits. Savages with good PR, who have presided over and nurtured a culture that fetishises the sexual objectification of girls and young women, that celebrates the hedonistic worship and pursuit of impossibly youthful flesh. Which elevates abuse and greed as principles of leadership and common sense, and preaches hypocritical empty "morality" whilst deriding the combination of education and empathy from which genuine morality grows. Where "respect" means fear, and compassion is written off as gullibility and weakness.

But in a society where politicians will happily see brown skinned children starved and blown to pieces in the pursuit of corporate profit, why would anyone be surprised that they view the children of the poor at home as being little more than disposable toys?

And in an environment where "lad" culture promotes intimidation, sexual assault and rape as no more than a short cut "pick-up" technique, and little girls are taught by MTV that sex is all you have to give to the world, that your body and your face is all that is of value about you, a society where 1 in 5 women and girls are raped or sexually abused in their lifetime, 90% of them by someone they know, should we be surprised that, actually, no one really gives a shit? Not enough to actually do anything about it anyway.

But lets have a demo to protect the right to watch face-sitting in pornography. We don't want anyone to think we are a nation of prudes now, do we?

Sunday, 14 December 2014


How a Greenpeace stunt in Peru drives home the global climate divide


When the stunt-planners at Greenpeace sent teams of activists to trespass this week at Peru's Nazca archeological site, they must have thought their bumper-sticker messaging would look good on a Facebook page next to the 2,000-year-old geodesic drawings.

After all, the group is known for stringing banners from bridges and skyscrapers to draw attention to its environmental campaigns, and with U.N. climate talks taking place in Lima this week, the activists clearly wanted to make an impact.

And so they have. The impact of their footprints on the fragile desert site, in fact, will last "hundreds or thousands of years," according to outraged Peruvian officials.

So furious is the Peruvian government that it has barred the Greenpeace activists from leaving the country and is preparing criminal charges for "attacking archeological monuments," punishable by up to eight years in prison. 

On Tuesday, culture ministry officials showed reporters aerial photographs of the damage, and said that when the Greenpeace trespassers snuck into the U.N. World Heritage site in the middle of the night, they marched single-file across the delicate volcanic rocks and white sand, leaving a path that has introduced a new line to the iconic Hummingbird-shaped figure.

The damage is "irreversible," Peruvian officials say, explaining that the rainless desert landscape is so delicate that visitors are required to obtain government permission and use special shoes to approach the site.

"What they have done is an attack on a site that is one of the most fragile in the world," cultural official Luis Jaime Castillo told reporters Tuesday.

Greenpeace issued an apology Wednesday, saying it was "deeply concerned about any offense Peruvians may have taken."

A statement on the group's Facebook page earlier in the week insisted that "absolutely NO damage was done" by the stunt, and that "no trace was left behind." The activists laid out yellow cloth lettering next to the hummingbird with the group's logo and the message: "Time for Change! The Future is Renewable."

The Greenpeace members who participated were from Germany, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Spain and Austria, according to the group, insisting that an archeologist was on hand at the site during the episode.

The Nazca Lines are one of South America's most storied archeological wonders, a mysterious series of huge animal, human and plant symbols that were carefully etched into the ground between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago. Tourists typically view them from the air.

But by treating the sacred site like a Manhattan skyscraper, a European train terminal or some other eye-catching advertising space up north, Greenpeace seems to have trampled more than the desert.

Anger at the group from Peruvians and others on social media has been directed more at the cultural condescension of their act, and the attitude that they could barge their way into one of Peru's most sensitive places for the sake of publicity.

Of course, one of the biggest challenges for climate change activists is to convince developing countries in the southern hemisphere that they should not aspire to enjoy the same material comforts — cars, airplanes, air conditioning, et al — that have enlarged the carbon footprint of wealthier nations.

This is a delicate moral argument to make. It looks especially hollow coming from activists who are willing to break your laws and stomp all over one of your most sacred places because they think they walk on higher ground.