Saturday, October 25, 2014

Young communists in Venezuala attacked

This is an announcement by the Word Federation of Democratic Youth referring to the recent sadly news that took place in Venezuela. WFDY received the news about the criminal terrorist attack that took place in Venezuela, against the National Headquarters of the Youth Communists of Venezuela which is a Member organization of WFDY, and consequently WFDY would like to officially vigorously condemn this attack, and demands the clarification of those facts by the same time that it is calling for the most wider international support about the said attack.

As it is known and understood this attack endangered the life of the brigade leaders and activists of JCV, who were at their offices by the time working and completing their tasks, and they received a bombing attack that created a fire to their offices while they were inside working.

By the time where the imperialism offense exist and continues against the Bolivarian Revolution, WFDY supports the positions of the Communist Party of Venezuela in the calling message which calls the revolutionary militants to decidedly fight and defense for the deepening of the process change, so that they will strengthen the revolutionary monitoring that will effectively continue answering to the attacks and provocations by the right pro-imperialists.

The Word Federation of Democratic Youth eventually and with a realistic respect ratifies its solidarity with the Communist Party and the Young Communist League of Venezuela. Further, WFDY honestly condemns the terrorist and fascist attack against JCV on the same time that it calls for an international solidarity with the people of Venezuela.

On Behalf of the Head Quarters of WFDY


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CPI on right2water

Need to build the widest possible opposition to water charges

Speaking at a meeting of CPI activists after the massive Right2Water street protest on Saturday 11 October, under trade union leadership, against the imposition of water charges, Eoin McDonnell, Dublin District chairperson, CPI, called on more trade unions to join the Right2Water coalition to ensure that the widest opposition is built against this unjust charge on the people.

      We need to build opposition in every community, in every work-place, linking the organised labour movement with communities. This is the only way to prevent it being turned into another beauty contest between contending political groups intent on gaining short-term electoral advantage over each other, as well as to block the divide-and-rule tactics being developed by the Government.

      Eoin McDonnell stated that this campaign can be developed into a broadly based popular struggle not only against this anti-people policy but also to raise the whole question of the odious and unjust bank debt imposed on our people by the European Union and its Irish lackeys.

      Access to water is a basic human right. There is no escaping the clear links between the bank debt and water charges, which can only lead to one conclusion: the privatisation of water, with access based on ability to pay.

      We need to move beyond anger and mobilise a conscious risen people, to build the people’s resistance. A politicised conscious people will not be fooled by short-term political opportunism, nor by the gimmicks of this Government.

      Eoin McDonnell also pointed out that after the next general election the greater Dublin area will be a Labour Party-free zone, with the other two major establishment parties reduced to their bases in the well-heeled suburbs.

      It is clear from the politically orchestrated leaks that they are already attempting to divide and rule, to control the people’s anger. We must build the people’s resistance.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Exhibition revealing the horror of the Odessa Massacre in Ukraine to open in Dublin

An exhibition highlighting the massacre of Ukrainian trade unionists and political activists in Odessa on 2 nd May 2014, opens on Sunday, 12 th October, at 4.00 p.m. in the Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.

The exhibition will include photographs showing the events that surrounded the Odessa Massacre in which far-fright gangs killed at least 42 political activists. The exhibition also includes images from the conflict in other parts of Ukraine and a presentation by Oleg Muzyka, a survivor of the Odessa Massacre.

The exhibition is being hosted by Mobius, an organisation of Ukrainians in Ireland that seeks to highlight the violent activities of the fascist militias which support the Kiev Regime. The exhibition runs from Sunday until Friday, 17 th October.

Mobius spokesman, Sergey Menshakov, said: “People in Ireland are largely unaware of the horrors that are being perpetrated by fascist gangs in the Ukraine. These gangs, which act in support of the regime that was installed in Kiev after the coup in February, have killed many men, women and children.

“In Odessa in May political activists and trade unionists that were protesting for a federal Ukraine were chased into the local trade union hall. The building was then set on fire and as people tried to escape the flames they were set upon and killed by a fascist mob”.

He added: “We are calling for a proper investigation of this mass murder and for the Irish people to be aware of the horror that is happening in another European country.”

The exhibition runs for one week from Sunday 12th October to Friday 17 th October. Opening times are Sunday, 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and Thursday 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

People's News

Latest issue of the People's News looking at all things EU from a people's perspective.

Referendum results show a continued decline in support of the European Union and the direction it has went.

The AKP, IS and imperialism must be stopped!

Declaration of the communists on Kobanê, IS, and imperialism

The Communist Party of Turkey strongly condemns the policy that aims at keeping the threat of massacre alive over the Kurdish people in Kobanê, the civilian and official fascist attacks against solidarity demonstrations in several cities of Turkey, and the imperialist assault carried out by using IS, the “Free Syrian Army,” and other similar terrorist organisations. We call on our people to raise the following demands against this blood game staged by the AKP [Justice and Development Party] government together with the United States and other reactionary forces.
     1. The hostile policies adopted against Syria must be ceased.
     2. All kinds of assistance given to those forces of “opposition” in Syria must be stopped immediately.
     3. The present situation, which is a violation of the sovereign rights of Syria and paves the way for IS, must be terminated.
     4. In the context of the struggle against IS, the “Free Syrian Army,” and similar organisations, the world must collaborate with the Syrian government. The plans and demands for excluding Damascus from the struggle against IS must be abandoned.
     5. All demands of the Ankara government that are targeting the sovereignty of Syria (including forming security and no-flight zones in Syria and supplying training and equipment to the so-called moderate opposition) must be withdrawn. The governments must be forced to retreat from being partners of an international coalition, that has been formed in reality not against IS but against Syria.
     6. The volunteers who want to cross the border into Kobanê must be allowed.
     7. Plans to carry out cross-border military incursions must be abandoned.
     8. The curfews declared in six cities of Turkey today [8 October] must be revoked.
     9. Investigation must begin against the aggressors who caused the death of protesters in the demonstrations held in several cities.
     10. The reactionary educational practices that help IS and similar organisations in recruiting people and gaining a social support base must be abandoned.
     11. The reactionary religious organisations that function as a support base for IS and similar terrorist organisations must be dissolved.

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Socialism: a historical necessity

The deepening environmental crisis—described in various articles in Socialist Voice over the years—makes the requirement of a transition to socialism not just desirable but absolutely necessary for the survival of humanity.
      To prevent the destruction of a biological environment necessary for the reproduction of the human species in a meaningful sense, a planned, sustainable system is required. Growth—in capitalism’s meaning of the word, as the re-creation and accumulation of profit—runs contrary to this principle and in fact is driving the very destruction that needs to be reversed.
      Capitalist reproduction has come to the end of its progressive phase, has hit a number of brick walls, and now reproduces itself in the main through destructive and damaging processes, such as the insane drive for natural resources, ever-expanding military production and destruction, and unnecessary and wasteful packaging and advertising, not to mention a highly destructive financialisation process.
      The planned alternative that is necessary and has historically evolved is socialism. By “historically evolved” I mean that it is not the fantasy of someone’s mind but the logical product of human struggle and the existing social nature of production. It is “socialism” because work is collective, and everything that is produced is produced by human labour, which comes into conflict with the private and increasingly monopolised nature of accumulation and the private possession of profit.
      It is this conflict between labour and capital—i.e. between workers and owners—that, if it is pursued on the basis of strengthening labour, is the foundation on which a planned economy can be built, in which the social nature of production and the socialised distribution of wealth are elevated to be the dominant characteristic of society.
      The system that can save humanity, therefore, is not a utopian or idealistic notion of a better or fairer capitalism but a transformation to a system based on the self-interest and the needs of the vast majority of humanity and that ultimately is in the interests of all future generations of humanity.
      A planned socialist economy will not of necessity be environmentally sound, so it is our responsibility as communists to inject the necessary understanding into our socialist politics and to advance our class understanding of how to combine efficient socialised production with care of the environment and the necessary rolling back of irresponsible industrial practices to avoid the destruction of threatened species and other environmental tipping-points.
      Francis Fukuyama notoriously announced the “end of history” with the victory of the counter-revolution in the Soviet Union and the socialist countries of eastern Europe. Well, he may have been celebrating the victory of capitalism, but if capitalism is allowed to continue it will be the end of history as we know it, through the destruction of the environment necessary for human survival.
      To avoid the end of history, the transformation to socialism—rather than the reform of capitalism—is required, for it is the logic of capitalist accumulation and commodification that is driving the destruction of the environment and the dehumanised existence that a majority of people on this planet suffer.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Paramilitarism: the main obstacle to peace in Colombia

By: Pablo Catatumbo, September 25, 2014.
The growing importance of the Havana peace talks in the eyes of world public opinion makes it necessary to analyze frequent events in our country's recent history that were previously ignored or silenced, and which have delayed the achievement of the much desired Peace.
On the occasion of important events like the start of the discussion on the item "Victims" in the Agenda of the General Agreement, the implementation of the "Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims" and the very important "Subcommittee on Gender" it becomes necessary to start a national debate about the nature and existence of paramilitary groups in Colombia, since the clarification of this issue is planned for this stage of the talks, according to the Agenda.
The Colombian case is unique in the sense that what we know as paramilitaries ("death squads" in most Latin American countries), existed before the emergence of revolutionary guerrilla movements.
Interestingly, in our country the counter-insurgency was founded before the insurgency. US interference is to be held responsible for this in the first place, together with the foundation of the "School of the Americas" and early involvement by Colombian troops on the side of the imperialists in the first hot war of the Cold War: The Korean War.
«In Colombia, the anti-communist fanaticism of the McCarthy era was wantonly and slavishly adopted by the ruling class and the military leadership, with tragic consequences for many people in the country»
The Colombian Armed Forces have used anti-communist counterinsurgency manuals, written by the US army since 1958 - long before the rise of the FARC-EP and ELN - in the context of adopting for Colombia the "French counterinsurgency doctrine" applied in Indochina and Algeria. The US updated this as "National Security Doctrine" which it extended and applied throughout Latin America.
Those manuals recommend the creation of paramilitary groups in order to eliminate opponents and opposition leaders, as well as carrying out covert actions of political sabotage, "psychological warfare", "Civil-Military Operations" and the systematic use of torture as a weapon of war. In Colombia, the anti-communist fanaticism of the McCarthy era was wantonly and slavishly adopted by the ruling class and the military leadership, with tragic consequences for many people in the country.
In this regard, we can find ample evidence in the archives of declassified US files as well as in the materials and actions produced by the Army training centers. That's why a real commitment to truth and clarification of the national tragedy should include the publication of their files by the Armed Forces.
Returning to the issue of the application of counterinsurgency tools derived from the foreign doctrine of "National Security", we can observe its practical application in the criminalization of social protest, the selective executions of popular leaders and the organized repression against groups of communist peasants who had accepted amnesty and surrendered arms in southern Tolima.
«The murder of Charro Negro was the trigger that set off, 4 years later, the war in Marquetalia»
The high military command of the time, guided by the Liberal and Conservative parties, sponsored liberal groups that had supposedly demobilized, but who in reality were incorporated in the conflict again as counterguerrilla forces under the hypocritical name "Guerrillas for Peace."
"Mariachi", the brothers Loayza, "Arboleda", "Peligro" and others were part of these groups. Today, the strategy is still the same; demobilized fighters are linked to the conflict again as informants or members of paramilitary groups.
It was these groups, this paramilitary structure, acting as a spearhead, together with the security forces, that started attacking the agrarian project of the communists in southern Tolima and prevented peace from being consolidated. Suffice to remember the backstabbing betrayal and infamous murder of Jacobo Prías Alape, historical political leader of the people from Marquetalia, on January 11, 1960 in Gaitania at the hands of one of the mercenaries of "Mariachi", nicknamed "Belalcázar". The newspaper "El Tiempo" presented it as "the result of an intense gunfight between rival factions." The murder of Charro Negro was the trigger that set off, 4 years later, the war in Marquetalia.
Many years later, Manuel Marulanda spoke these words to a group of guerrillas of the unit "Isaías Pardo", his personal guard: "It was the political and military leadership that ordered the followers of "Mariachi" to commit this murder. With the passage of time, Charro's death has led to a national confrontation which has great prospects for producing changes... Armed uprisings are not always caused by the death of a comandante; this is virtually unique. Anyway, the spark was lit in Marquetalia and that was the serious beginning of the revolution, which we're seeing the result of now".
«Common factors were the connivance of the traditional parties, the direct support of the Army in the areas and of regional economic powers»
The murder of "Charro" was followed by the death of other guerrilla leaders like "Vencedor" and "Media Vida" and the Natagaima massacre, which occurred on September 26, 1962, and left 27 communist-affiliated peasants brutally murdered. This led to the emergence of what later became known as "the 26 of September Movement", one of the groups that gave rise to the FARC.
These events, notable among many other horrendous episodes of working people in this region who suffered massive victimization due to political intolerance, were triggering the logical reaction of the peasantry, which, years later, led to guerrilla warfare, the initial creation of the "South Block" and afterwards the current FARC-EP.
However, these initial episodes were not the only ones. With the progress of the popular movement and the prospects for the unity of the left, new local paramilitary experiments emerged and developed.
This happened in regions such as Puerto Boyacá, Cimitarra, Yondó, Urabá and Córdoba. Common factors were the connivance of the traditional parties, the direct support by Army batallions in these areas and by regional economic powers. There were American, British and Israeli (Yair Klein and others) and also Central-American advisors. And the worst complicity: the media, which imposed the discourse of a "legitimate self-defense", the "guerrilla fighters dressed up like civilians" and "everyting is allowed".
«This was an organization that was similar to the one that existed in Argentina, and with which the most cruel of all crimes of state terrorism began in Colombia: the forced disappearance of people»
The emergence of the Patriotic Union in 1984 would open a new scenario for paramilitary actions by the Public Force: the carrying out of a real political genocide against members and supporters of this alternative political proyect for peace. Other political projects in development, like the Popular Front, A Luchar, peasant and indigenous organizations and the nascent United Workers, CUT were subjected to similar treatment.
Names such as MÁS, MRN, the Triple A, "Grillos", "Tiznados", "Mano Negra", etc. followed one after another.
Behind these acronyms was the new alliance between extreme economic and political right, drug trafficking and the top leadership of the Armed Forces.
There is well documented evidence about Harold Bedoya Pizarro, former commander of the Armed Forces, former military attaché at the Colombian Embassy in the United States, student and later teacher of the US military school 'School of the Americas' at Fort Benning (Georgia), being the founder of the "triple A", a sinister local extension of Operation Condor. This was an organization that was similar to the one that existed in Argentina, and with which the most cruel of all crimes of state terrorism began in Colombia: the forced disappearance of people.
In the 1990s, when paramilitarism united around the acronym AUC, many people tended to see it as a sort of "personal project" of the Castaño brothers, to hide the commitment of the establishment and economic power with this "project"; and to conceal the direct connivance of national and foreign entrepreneurs, landowners, legislators, governors, mayors, media, battalions and brigades, with the expansion of the new paramilitary "blocks".
«Prosecutors concluded afterwards that the trucks belonged to the battalion Palacé of Buga»
I directly encountered the warmongering and political practices of the AUC, since I was part of the guerrilla command that was in charge of repelling its project to occupy the Central mountain range in Valle del Cauca in 1999.
We were eyewitnesses of the material and logistical support by the Battalion Palacé of the Third Brigade, based in the city of Buga, to the so-called "Calima Block".
Kodiak trucks that belonged to that battalion transported paramilitary groups from Buga to the mountainous area of Buga, Tulua, Sevilla, Caicedonia and Bugalagrande; they were the ones who carried out the massacres of El Placer, Alaska, La Moralia, Ceylán, La Marina, Monteloro, Santa Lucía and Barragán. As mute witnesses and evidence of what is said here, there are three of those trucks with plates at a place called "El Diluvio", burned by guerrillas after clashes in the village "El Placer". Prosecutors concluded afterwards that the trucks belonged to the battalion Palacé of Buga.
Neither the military and police officers nor the civil authorities of the region moved a finger to defend these peasant communities victimized by those horrifying massacres.
We, the guerrilla fighters of the FARC and the Jaime Bateman Cayón movement, went out in defense of that homeless population, until we managed to defeat the paramilitary threat after nearly two years of confrontation.
While all this was happening, the great entrepreneurs of the sugar industry in Cali, Palmira, Tuluá, Buga, Bugalagrande, Florida and Pradera, met in Cartago in the farm of alias "Rasguño", to agree with Castaño, "Rasguño", "DonDiego", "Chupeta" and other mobsters, regarding the shares of the financial support they would provide to these paramilitary hordes. Confessions of H.H to prosecutors give ample witness to what we say.
«Colombia's Peace requires full elucidation of all aspects of this paramilitary reality and its conjunction with the actual power that is ruling in the regions»
The regional media welcomed and praised the "rescue work" of the AUC, as we can see in articles by the two columnists of the newspaper "El País" from Cali, Diego Martínez Lloreda and some paramilitary scribbler named Mario Fernando Prado.
Colombia's Peace requires full elucidation of all aspects of this paramilitary reality and its conjunction with the actual power that is ruling in the regions. It also requires its effective dismantling and guarantees of non-repetition. Without this, there will be no peace in Colombia, since the paramilitaries remain a clear reality in all regions of the country.
The final question is: Are the Colombian establishment, the State, the entrepreneurs and the traditional political parties mature to assume the elucidation of this truth and the dismantling of the sectors that have boosted, sponsored and exalted paramilitary action in Colombia?
This is not mere rhetoric; we say it with sincere conviction and full patriotic responsibility: In the answer to this question is the likely outcome of the Peace Process in Havana. Because indeed, paramilitarism - the official and the mafia version - ,  is the main obstacle to achieving peace in our country.
President Santos said: "The key point... the heart of the problem, is the point of the victims and what is called transitional justice. Therein lies the heart of the solution to this conflict. The most difficult thing".
Mr. President may be right, this is an obstacle that we must overcome, but to solve what he calls "the heart of the problem", we need to solve the problem of paramilitarism. That is what Peace in our country depends on.
With the active, impune and rampant paramilitarism as currently exists in Colombia, it is impossible to carry out political activity of opposition against the establishment. That's the biggest challenge we face.