cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgStalinists Attack Contingent of Austrian Section of RCIT at Pro-Refugee Demonstration

Report of the Austrian Section of the RCIT, 21.03.2017, www.rkob.net

 

 

 

As part of the international day of action in solidarity with refugees, a demonstration was hold on 18 March in Vienna despite rain and strong wind. The Austrian section of the RCIT participated in the demonstration together with Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Aswazi and Palestinian migrants and refugees. Our joint contingent was not only well-spirited and militant but also by far the most multi-national at the demonstration.

 

Unfortunately, the stewardship of the demonstration was dominated by Austrian Stalinists and centrists. The chief steward, Selma Schacht (who is also the deputy chairperson of the ultra-Stalinist “Party of Labor” – a sister group of the Greek KKE), mobilized her stewards in order to prevent our contingent from joining the demonstration. Some stewards from the Austrian section of the Cliffite IST also participated in this attempt. When this failed, Selma Schacht attacked us and tried to take away our front banner which proclaimed the slogans “Open Borders and “Let them Stay!“.

 

Through the disciplined handling of the situation by our own stewards and our entire contingent, we succeeded in joining the demonstration despite this aggression. However, only minutes later our contingent faced an attack by the police who tried to grab a young Syrian refugee marching with us. When we challenged the cops, their commander replied that they had been called by the organizers of the demonstration! While we succeeded in preventing the police from grabbing our young Syrian brother, this incident demonstrates how Stalinists are not ashamed to call the police against refugees when they don’t like their political views. (See pictures and videos on these incidents by visiting the link cited below.)

 

This physical attack is only the most recent example of the increasing political differences between us and the Stalinists, differences which have accelerated since the beginning of the Arab Revolution and, in particular, with the escalation of the civil war in Syria. The ultra-Stalinist “Party of Labor” takes the side of the genocidal regime of Bashar al-Assad while the RCIT – as well as most Syrian and Arab people – support the popular uprising.

 

However, this reactionary provocation by the Stalinists will certainly not stop our work in solidarity with the Arab Revolution and for the right of refugees to come to Europe!

 

To view pictures and videos of the demonstration and the joint contingent of the RCIT’s Austrian branch and migrant organizations, click the following link: https://www.rkob.net/wer-wir-sind-1/rkob-aktiv-bei/int-aktionstag-18-maerz/ (Scroll down to the end of the article)

 

Another video report about the demonstration as well as about our contingent has been published by the Egyptian journalist Camira Hamdi Marouf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ9CJi2B19Y&feature=youtu.be (a view of our contingent can be seen from minute 9.40-10:20)

 

The daily Austrian newspaper “Kronen Zeitung” has published a short video on the demonstration which briefly shows our contingent (go to minute 1:02-1:11): http://www.krone.at/videos/links-demo-fuer-proletarische-revolution-in-wien-stau-inklusive-video-559958

 

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cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgBrazil: Army troops in the streets as the Temer Government advances its attacks against the workers

No to the slogan “Bring back Rousseff!”; “What is the practical use of the slogan “Out with Temer! “?

Everyone, participate in the 15 March general strike against the pension reform!

For a National Revolutionary Constituent Assembly convened by the workers

Corrente Comunista Revolucionária (Section of the RCIT in Brasil), 4 March 2017, http://elmundosocialista.blogspot.com/2017/03/tropas-do-exercito-nas-ruas-enquanto-o.html

 

“The Fascists find their human material mainly in the petty bourgeoisie. The latter has been entirely ruined by big capital. There is no way out for it in the present social order, but it knows of no other. Its dissatisfaction, indignation and despair are diverted by the Fascists away from big capital and against the workers. It may be said that Fascism is the act of placing the petty bourgeoisie at the disposal of its most bitter enemies. In this way big capital ruins the middle classes and then with the help of hired Fascist demagogues incites the despairing petty bourgeois against the workers.

The bourgeois régime can be preserved only by such murderous means as these. For how long? Until it is overthrown by proletarian revolution.” Leon Trotsky,Whither France? (1934)

The journalist Ricardo Kotscho wrote in his blog early in January that the decision of the government to put armed forces in them streets of the states of Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro, and the recently ordered censorship on the content of private talks between the wife of the President Michel Temer and her brother that supposedly can compromise her husband, these are sufficient in themselves to declare that Brazil is living in a state of emergency.

Censorship of newspapers, something that hasn’t happened since the military dictatorship, and troops (of the army and the National Guard) in the streets to ensure public safety; what else is missing for a return to 1964?” Between the reality and fantasy in which the facts are trampled and denied, images from the past threaten the future of our democracy,” wrote Kotcho.

In Brasilia, at the request of President Temer, a judge prohibited Brazil’s largest newspapers, Folha and O Globo, from publishing information about the attempt by a hacker to blackmail the president’s wife, Marcela Temer. Censorship on newspapers is something we have not seen since the end of the military dictatorship.

Meanwhile, since the beginning of January, violent outbreaks in Brazil’s prisons have resulted in more than 200 deaths (actually probably many more, as official figures may not correspond to reality). In addition, the country’s economic, social and political bankruptcy, the most glaring examples have bee in the states of Rio de Janeiro , Rio Grande do Sul, and Espirito Santo, where public workers have resisted government proposals in the streets. Among these angry workers are police who participated in protests against cuts in their salaries and pensions, and an ever lengthening delay in receiving their salaries since December. In this context, the Temer government decided to make the armed forces available to face any possible “disorder” in Brazil.

In response to this step, we paraphrase the journalist cited above and ask “With troops on the streets to ensure public safety, what else is missing for us to return to 1964?” And to this we respond in kind, as he did, “Images from the past threaten the future of our democracy,

One of the Brazil’s major writers, the publicist Raduán Nassarm, received in Sao Paulo in mid-February the 2016 Camões Prize which is granted every year by the governments of Brazil and Portugal to an important writer of the Portuguese language. In his firm, but friendly, speech Nassar took the opportunity to speak out against the government of Michel Temer, referring to it as “repressive.” What was supposed to be a tribute to the work or this writer was transformed by him into as a small but powerful act of protest. After expressing his thanks for the prize awarded by a unanimous vote of the members of the jury from Brazil and Portugal, the writer said that nowadays “unfortunately, nothing is so beautiful in our Brazil” and added that “we live in dark, dark times.” In his speech made reference to a number of recent episodes in Brazilian national politics, like the “invasion of the headquarters of the Party of the Workers-PT [by fascist gangs] in São Paulo,” the “invasion (by military police) of high schools in many states [during the second helf of 2016]” and “violence against democratic opposition demonstrating in the streets.

In mid-December of the year last, the newspaper Estado de São Paulo published an article written by a general of the army and former Chief of Personal of the Ministry of Defense, Romulo Bini Pereira, in which he wrote that “in the event that the country’s economic and political crises enter stages which make Brazil ungovernable and which are inconsistent with the desires and expectations of society, entirely disrupting the existing democratic system, the armed forces may be forced to intervene in defense of the state and the institutions .”

According to the attorney Lucio França, an activist and leading member of the group Torture Never Again, the simple stationing of the military to conduct a new intervention is illegal. “This is completely unconstitutional; it is a Putch. They cannot defend military intervention in a democratic state, since that would be repeating what was done in 1964.

Former President Dilma Roussef (PT), who was ousted from office in April 2016 by an institutionalized coup, defended her government and those of her PT predecessor, Lula da Silva, in a lengthy interview with the web site Sul21 (http://www.sul21.com.br/), saying that “the second stage of the coup has the potential of being far more reactionary and repressive.” She also criticized not only the dismantling of social policies, but the growing process of privatization which serves the interests of American and European Union imperialism. At one point in the interview, she admitted that the rapprochement of her and Lula’s governments the blocs of Russia and China in the context of the BRICs alignment played a decisive role as a catalyst for the institutionalized coup. She said: “In the case of Brazil, there is also an interest of having control of our geopolitical alignment.” A lot of people considered illegitimate the multilateral stance we adopted, which resulted in the emergence of the BRICS, a very significant group which brought together China, Russia, India, South Africa and Brazil and led to the founding of a BRICS bank. It is important to remember that one of the main international policies of the Obama administration was the containment of China, and it still is,” (under Trump).

We in the CCR anticipated that, in response to the government attacks, during the first half of 2017, there would be a large popular mobilization against so-called Pension Reform and the new Labor Laws sponsored by the illegitimate government of Michel Temer. The recent unrest in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where for four months the public sector workers have not received their salaries, in resistance to the privatization reforms and the slashing of worker rights by the state governor (a member of the PMDB), put the city on a warpath resulting in clashes with riot police that lasted several weeks, manifestly a sign of things to come. At the same time, there was the outbreak of a mutiny by the police in the state of Espirito Santo against the shrinking of their real wages (for four years their salaries have not been incremented at all). More than 4,000 of the state’s police officers refused to patrol the streets, causing an unprecedented security crisis. As a result, for at least three days, the population of the state capital, Vitoria, as well as the peripheral countryside refused to leave their homes. In response, the state government asked the federal government to send in the National Guard and Brazilian army forces to maintain order.

The crisis in the prison system in the north of the country, in which more than 200 died, as well as the security crisis last month in the states of Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro, with more than 140 dead, together further encouraged sectors of the middle class, who helped make last year’s institutional coup concrete, to move on from there an request the return of military rule. According to the newspaper A Gazeta from the state of Espirito Santo “a political group linked to the Deputy Jair Bolsonaro (PSC-RJ) constituted the first line of communication and logistics for the disturbances by the state police in the beginning of this month (February), along with a team of experts in social networks.” In the picket lines of the striking policemen were posters with conservative and reactionary slogans like “For the return of the military!”, “Out with them all! [the politicians], “For an end to corruption!

For several years, a congressman in the Chamber of Deputies, Jair Bolsonaro, from Christian Social Party (PSC), has been the most visible face of Brazilian fascism. His agenda is not only conservative in the sense that he’s against abortion, against human rights, against minorities, against women, etc., but he openly favors the torture and execution of political opponents and the expulsion of immigrants. During the vote in the Chamber of Deputies for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, Bolsonaro honored the memory of the most infamous torturer during Brazil’s military dictatorship, Colonel Carlos Brilhantet Ustra. The late Ustra was at the time of the dictatorship one of those professional soldiers who actually took part in the torture of Dilma Roussef, then a guerrilla in the militant group Comando de Libertação Nacional – COLINA. In a recent poll for the presidential elections still scheduled for 2018, Lula da Silva took first place with 30.5% of the vote. But ranking second was Bolsonaro who received 11.3%, running ahead of traditional politicians like the Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, of the PSDB and Marina da Silva.

We of the CCR view in police officers and their establishment the armed wing of the bourgeoisie for repressing the demands of workers, and for which there is strong evidence of involvement in the deaths of youths in poor suburbs and outlying regions. Therefore, we do not support policemen in their strikes. Furthermore, we view the support given to the strike of policemen by the majority sector of the leadership of the CUT, as well as of the Morenoite PSTU and the “left of the PSOL,” as being both opportunistic and very dangerous. Such positions only mislead the workers’ vanguard into supporting the repression apparatus of the state. Instead, the crucial task of revolutionaries is to advance the political independence of the working class from the bourgeois state. Therefore, a central slogan for revolutionaries during the current period of increasing repression, as well as the surge of criminality and insecurity in the streets (due in large part to the police strikes) should be: For self-defense committees of the workers and poor to defend the neighborhoods against the police, the military, and criminal gangs!

The public’s growing demoralization with and distrust of traditional politicians (products of corruption scandals and media pressure) can result in events similar to what happened in Egypt in 2013, when the elected government of President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the military headed by al-Sisi.

In the current political crisis in the country we in the CCR do not advocate the slogan “Bring Back Roussef!” as one of the conditions for ending the institutional coup which usurped the power of the Workers Party (PT). This slogan, which is supported by reformists, we entirely reject because it constitutes support for Dilma Roussef’s popular front government. While we in the CCR certainly opposed last year’s institutional coup, at the same time we always rejected expressing any political support for this government. Instead, we consistently called upon mass organizations of the working class and the oppressed to break with the popular front.

What is necessary now is for the PT to denounce, without any reservations, any future alliance with sectors of the bourgeoisie, including in the judiciary branch, and furthermore commit itself to cancel completely and entirely any structural reforms (whether for pensions, in labor laws, for education, in matters of privatization, etc.), including those instituted by the governments of the PT (Lula, and Dilma, between 2003 and 2016) as well as those introduced by the PSDB (under President Cardoso from 1995 to 2003). While we are certainly aware that the bureaucracy of the PT is totally incapable of this task, it is crucial that the revolutionaries put these demands before the PT leadership, which will at the same time bring about our engaging in discussions with the PT’s rank and file supporters, who are often rooted in the CUT, MST and other popular mass organizations. Adhering to these very demands we make can only be done by a true revolutionary workers’ party!

Yet another current popular slogan is “Temer Out!” While this slogan is quite correct in expressing opposition to the present government which came to power via an institutional coup, it is not sufficient. Rather, it is vital to tie this slogan with ones calling for organized mass struggle against the pension reform and other attacks. We want to bring Temer down via a general strike, and not by choosing another political figure via the reactionary Congress. Under the present law, the choice of a new President of the Republic must be done by indirect elections held in the National Congress. Clearly, any president elected by a mostly conservative, ultra-reactionary Congress would in no way be beneficial for the workers and the oppressed.

Quite the contrary, we in the CCR advocate calling for the convocation of a Revolutionary National Constituent Assembly, one that would be convened and controlled by the workers and the oppressed via their organizations along with the social movements, being totally independent of the bourgeoisie and its parties.

* For mass mobilizations and a general strike to stop the attacks of the Temer government! No to the slogan “Bring Back Rousseff!”

* For a Revolutionary National Constituent Assembly convened and organized by the workers and the oppressed!

* For mass mobilizations against the pro-austerity offensive of the far right! For the setting up of action committees in factories, unions, neighborhoods, slums and outlying regions in defense of our rights and against the government of putchists!! For self-defense committees of the workers and poor to defend the neighborhoods against the police, the military, and criminal gangs!

* For a working class government in alliance with the peasants, urban poor and the landless! We can only guarantee our future and our rights if we bring down capitalism, the source of our misery!

* Total support for the national strike of 15 March against pension reform!

* For a Workers Revolutionary Party, a new World Party of socialist revolution! The Fifth International!

 

https://www.marxists.org/archive//trotsky/1936/whitherfrance/ch00.htm

http://www.sul21.com.br/jornal/o-golpe-nao-terminou-a-segunda-etapa-pode-ser-muito-mais-radicalizada-e-repressora/

https://www.marxists.org/portugues/trotsky/1934/franca/cap01.htm

https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grupo_Tortura_Nunca_Mais

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torture_Never_Again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DU6FFz3QZQ

 

 

 

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cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgDefeat the Imperialist Invasion in Syria – Victory to the Revolution!

Down with the American and Russian interventions! No to the imperialist plan to divide Syria! Down with the butcher Assad and his imperialist allies!

 

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 13.03.2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

President Trump has signed orders to deploy another 400 US marines to Syria. This will increase the number of American special-forces ground troops in Syria to approximately 1,000, who are backed by the devastating force of the US Air Force. This relatively small number does not reflect the real strength of the US intervention, since the US troops on the ground are equipped with heavy arms, especially light tanks, mortars and other artillery. In addition to the US intervention, we have witnessed during the past year and a half the brutal intervention of Russian imperialism in support of the Assadist army, which peaked in the occupation of Free Eastern Aleppo and is now mostly focused on the province of Idlib which is still defended by various Syrian rebel forces.

 

The Stalinist and Castro-Chavista left’ adaptation towards imperialism

 

Since the outbreak of the Syrian Revolution in 2011, a huge proportion of the reformist left, especially the Stalinists, have continually slandered the uprising as a CIA-conspiracy. They have claimed that the various Syrian rebels, who represent the aspiration of the Syrian popular masses to overthrow the Assad dictatorship, were simply “agents of imperialism.” As proof for this contention they have repeatedly stated that the Assad regime was supposedly “anti-imperialist,” and that western imperialism lent mostly rhetorical support to the Syrian revolution while trying to influence in it by arming some rebel groups, as well as buying off some rebel commanders in exile.

 

In light of Trump’s new deployment of ground troops to Syria, we can now clearly see that these slanderous lies of the reformist left have no actual basis in reality. Rather, there is a consensus among the imperialist Great Powers – including both the US and Russia – that the Assadist state needs to survive, as it is the only means to guarantee the ongoing oppression and exploitation of the Syrian workers and peasants. (1) Therefore, the goal of the so called “peace-talks” in Astrachan is to force the Syrian opposition to succumb to the central demand of the regional and imperialist powers: complete capitulation.

 

Support the Kurdish struggle for national self-determination! No to the subordination of the PYD/YPG to US Imperialism!

 

Another part of the left has been highly uncritical of the Kurdish YPG militia and their party, the PYD, claiming that it is a supposed progressive alternative to Daesh/IS, the Assad regime, and the Syrian rebels who represent the revolution of the Syrian popular masses. However, in fact, the PYD has established an autocratic, basically one-party rule in the areas which it controls. It also regularly collaborates with the Assad regime and has even undertaken a number of sectarian assaults against the Arab-Sunni population, which it camouflages by claiming to be fighting against Daesh/IS. Furthermore, the PYD/YPG leadership is deeply pro-imperialist, openly collaborating with the US military. It’s no coincidence that American ground troops, as well as the US Air Force, is fighting alongside them, increasingly tightening imperialist control over them.

 

It is vital that Kurdish revolutionaries learn from the past and understand that, sooner or later, the imperialist Great Powers will betray them, as they have always done in the past. A free and really independent Kurdistan cannot be established with the help of the US Marine Corps. Even if a Kurdish state were to emerge as a result of the wars in Syria and Iraq, it will be a mere colony of the US and consequently draw the hatred of the other peoples in the region.

 

What is necessary for Kurdish revolutionaries is to conduct an independent struggle for a free, red Kurdistan, meaning that the imperialist troops have to be kicked out. This is especially germaine now, as most of the Kurdish areas in Syria have been liberated from Daesh/IS, and the YPG, with the support of American marines, is now mostly advancing into Arab-majority areas.

 

Defeat the imperialist powers!

 

The RCIT, together with all consistent anti-imperialists, stands for the defeat of all imperialist troops in Syria. We do not support their crusade “against terrorism.” Although Daesh/IS is a brutal, arch-reactionary Islamist force, which actively stabbed the struggle against the Assad regime in the back, we totally oppose the war of Trump, Putin and Assad against them. We support the military struggle of those forces which are doing the actually fighting to defeat and drive out the imperialist invaders.

 

Only an independent struggle of the oppressed peoples in the region against Daesh/IS can ensure a progressive outcome, one that will involve the defeat of this counter-revolutionary threat. This is why the struggle of numerous Syrian rebels against Daesh deserves the support of consistent revolutionaries.

 

We stand for the total defeat of the biggest murderers of all, who are the US, Russian and European imperialists who bear the responsibility for the death of millions! We call upon all forces defending the Syrian Revolution to direct their weapons against the troops of imperialism, but at the same time to continue the struggle against Assad while also defending the popular masses against the Daesh/IS butchers!

 

* Down with imperialism! Defeat the intervention of the US, EU and Russia!

 

* Victory to the Syrian Revolution! For a multinational, independent Syria led by the workers and peasants – free of sectarianism, foreign occupation and dictatorship!

 

* For mass mobilizations and strikes of workers, migrants and youth in the US, Europe and Russia to stop their imperialist aggression and colonization of the peoples of the Middle East!

 

 

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) This recently intensified collaboration between the imperialist great powers against the Syrian Revolution – irrespective of their rivalry – has been reflected in meetings between the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff US General Joseph Dunford and his Russian counterpart Valery Gerasimov on 16 February (in Baku) and on 7 March (in Antalya). (See Joe Macaron: The Sheriff of Manbij: US makes debut in the Syrian War, 11 March 2017, http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/03/sheriff-manbij-debut-syrian-war-170311075055718.html)

 

Another example for the direct collaboration between US imperialism and its Kurdish allies with the Assad regime is the recent development around the northern city of Manbij. Reuters, as well as many other news agency, reported: “Syrian government forces have taken over positions from a U.S.-backed militia in the northern city of Manbij on part of a frontline with Turkish-backed rebel forces, in line with a deal brokered by Russia, the militia’s spokesman said on Monday.” (Reuters: Syrian government forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria: militia spokesman, Mar 6, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-manbij-idUSKBN16D25L)

 

 

 

For more articles on Daesh see:

 

RCIT: The Revolutionary Struggle against Daesh and the Imperialist Aggression in the Middle East, 28.02.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/resolution-daesh/

 

Yossi Schwartz: Why Revolutionary Marxists Oppose Daesh/ISIL, 15.12.2015, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/marxists-vs-daesh/

 

For our analysis of the Arab Revolution we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents on the Africa and Middle East section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/

 

In particular we refer readers to the following documents:

 

RCIT: World Perspectives 2017: The Struggle against the Reactionary Offensive in the Era of Trumpism, Theses on the World Situation, the Perspectives for Class Struggle and the Tasks of Revolutionaries, 18 December 2016, Chapter IV. The Middle East and the State of the Arab Revolution, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2017/part-4/

 

RCIT: World Perspectives 2016: Advancing Counterrevolution and Acceleration of Class Contradictions Mark the Opening of a New Political Phase. Theses on the World Situation, the Perspectives for Class Struggle and the Tasks of Revolutionaries, 23 January 2016, Chapter IV.2. Counterrevolutionary Offensive: The Retreat of the Arab Revolution Continues Despite Heroic Popular Struggles, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2016/part6/

 

RCIT: Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World: An Acid Test for Revolutionaries, 31 May 2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/theses-arab-revolution/

 

 

 

 

 

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cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgIsrael / Occupied Palestine: The Case of Azaria Demonstrates the Zionist Definition of “Justice”

For a Red Democratic Palestine from the River to the Sea

 

Internationalist Socialist League (Section of the RCIT in Israel/Occupied Palestine), 7.3.2017, http://the-isleague.com/

 

 

 

11 months ago on March 24, 2016, in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian youth, stabbed an Israeli soldier of the occupation force. He was shot and wounded. No medical attention was offered after he was immobilized by the gunfire. While he was lying bleeding on the ground he was shot again in the head by Elor Azaria, a sergeant medic of the Israeli Oppression Forces.

 

This was a cold blooded murder that was captured on camera by a human rights activist. Azaria was arrested and was charged not of murder, but of manslaughter. He was found guilty by a military court in Tel-Aviv. The court stated that his defense was based on lies.

 

Firstly, he claimed that al-Sharif was lying there dead. Then he claimed that his victim was a threat, that he had a knife. But that knife was some considerable distance away. Then Azaria said al-Sharif may have been wearing a suicide vest and that’s why he responded the way he did. But this was 11 minutes after al-Sharif had been shot by other soldiers and was left neutralized on the ground, bleeding. He was bleeding on the ground as the ambulance staff was attending to the Israeli soldier who had minor wounds. (1)

 

Azaria smiled as he got sentenced to a year and a half in prison. This is worse than a caricature of justice, it is a message that killing Palestinians is not very nice but not too bad. In Israel when a Jew kills a Jew, he is likely to get 10-12 years in jail. When an Arab kills a Jew, he is likely to get 20 years, when a Jew kills an Arab, he is likely to get 18 months and is likely to get pardoned and maybe serve a one year sentence.

 

Two thirds of the Israelis, according to polls, sympathize with Azaria and a vocal minority calls him a hero. According to the Israeli mass media, Azaria killed a Terrorist.

 

In January this year the police killed Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan, a teacher in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran. The police was there for the demolition of homes in the Negev village. According to police, the civilian who was killed, was a terrorist who deliberately ran over and killed a policeman, 37-year-old Erez Levi, and injured another.

 

Within hours after the incident occurred, Gilad Erdan the Minister of Public Security had said: “This was a grave incident for our forces and for the whole country. A terrorist associated with the Islamic Movement sped toward our forces with the intention of killing as many police officers as possible before the start of the eviction. Since then, I have been hearing more and more calls of incitement that are distorting the picture of what really happened. I call upon the Knesset members from the Joint List: ‘Stop the incitement”. (2)

 

By now it is clear that the police fired at Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan’s car before it hit two officers and because of it he lost control after being shot. The Video footage of the incident, taken from a police helicopter, shows at least one police officer opened fire on the driver as the car was moving slowly. An officer to the front and right of the car runs towards it and appears to shoot at least three times from several yards away.

 

On February 1st the Israeli police evacuated settlers from a West Bank outpost. The settlement was built on Palestinian private properties. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the stealing of proven private land is illegal and the government was forced to remove the settlers.

 

The Israeli police wearing no helmets and carrying no weapons evacuate the settlers very gently. At the same time far right Zionist youngsters smashed tiles, gathered rusty metal bars and large rocks to erect makeshift barricades to slow their advance. Some protesters threw rocks at police , while others set fire to tires and trash piles. Activists gathered in homes, praying, singing religious songs and dancing.

 

So the question to ask is who is a terrorist? Is a Palestinian Bedouin whose house the Israeli government demolished a terrorist or the police who killed him, in cold blood? Is a Palestinian youth who had enough with the daily oppression and attacked the army of the occupation a terrorist or the Israeli army and in particular Sergeant Azaria who killed him in cold blood? Are the Palestinians whose land has been stolen the terrorists or the settlers who are stealing the Palestinian lands?

 

During the British rule and in particular after the World War II the Zionists wanted to force the British to open the gates of Palestine to European Jews, and opposed the White Paper of 1939, which outlined the government policies which placed restrictions on Jewish immigration and land purchases.

 

The government declared the intention of giving independence to Palestine, with an Arab majority, within ten years. The Zionist and in particular the Irgun of Begin and Lehi of Stern attacked British targets including British soldiers. Yet in the Zionist books these actions were not terrorist activities but justified revolt.

 

From a revolutionary working class perspective the Zionist military activities could not be supported because their aim was not to remove colonialist occupation, but to prevent the independence of the native Palestinian majority in order to build a Colonialist settler society that its logic led to the Nakba-the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.

 

No wonder that the Zionists definition of terror is not the normal understanding of terror as activities against uninvolved civilian population but any action that defies the Zionist supremacy. A person who fights an occupation of his country by colonialists is not a terrorist but freedom fighter. A person who kills in cold blood a wounded immobilized person who lies on the ground is not a hero, but a murderer and those who sees him as a hero and those who call to pardon him and first of all Binyamin Netanyahu are racist freedom haters.

 

Needless to say Azaria is a product of settler society not different From South Africa during the Apartheid regime. Those who rule this country are much guiltier than Sergeant Azaria Elor The military court that sentenced him to 18 months after the found him guilty of killing with intention to kill is responsible for sending the message that murdering Arabs is an accepted policy in Israel.

 

This is the real Israel that will continue to kill Palestinians as long as it will exist. A different society must replace the Zionst Apartheid regime. A society that will be a real democracy not only politically, but socially.

 

For a Red Democratic Palestine!

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) Al Jazeera: https://goo.gl/FCKYEJ

 

(2) Almog Ben Zikri, “Israeli Public Security Minister Backtracks on Whether Cop’s Killing by Bedouin Was Terror” Haaretz Feb 22, 2017 http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.773123

 

 

 

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cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgEU Politicians Call for Banning of Turkish Politicians

No to the Stirring Up of Chauvinist Hatred against Turkey by European Bourgeois Politicians! Defend Migrants against Imperialist Racism! No Support for Erdoğan’s Constitutional Reforms!

 

Statement of the Austrian and German Sections of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 7 March 2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has called for a European Union-wide ban on campaign appearances by Turkish politicians. German and Dutch politicians have raised similar calls to ban politicians from Turkey’s governing AKP party from holding rallies of Turkish migrants in their respective countries. In two German cities, pro-Erdoğan rallies have already been cancelled by local German authorities. These are just the latest outbursts of chauvinist agitation by leading EU politicians – be they right-wing populists, conservatives or social democrats (including the German Linkspartei which calls for a tourist boycott of Turkey) – against Turkey and Turkish migrants.

 

  1. The Austrian and German sections of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) denounce this policy as reactionary and imperialist chauvinism! It is an anti-democratic policy to forbid rallies of the AKP – the strongest party among Turkish migrants – and to forbid Turkish politicians from participating in such rallies. Furthermore, it is characteristic of the EU’s anti-migrant chauvinism that, while such calls are made for banning Turkish parties from holding rallies among Turkish migrants in European countries, right-wing racists like Strache, the AfD, France’s Le Pen, etc., are free to hold and speak at rallies – not only in their native countries but in any other EU country as well. This demonstrates clearly that right-wing racists who campaign for the hegemony of the native “white race” are welcome in the EU to agitate as they like, while Turkish politicians who have a strong following among Turkish migrants are not.

 

  1. Contrary to what is hypocritically claimed, the motivation for the EU’s campaign against Turkey and its government is not their concern for democracy and human rights. Rather it is intended to pressure the Erdoğan regime into complying even more than it has until now with the EU’s demands to keep refugees from entering Europe. Furthermore, the EU is angered that the Turkish government feels itself free to act too independently in its foreign policy, and is willing to collaborate not only with the US and EU but also with Russian imperialism. In short, the EU denounces the Turkish government not for its undemocratic character, but because it is not acting sufficiently as a loyal regional guardian for the imperialist EU. Look how courteous the EU deals with the military dictatorship in Egypt – a regime which is hundred times more authoritarian than Erdoğan’s! Last but not least, the campaign against Turkey is part of the European ruling class’s Islamophobic racist campaign which has been going on for years with the goal of poisoning the consciousness of the white working class, to rally the confused white middle class, and to ideologically justify the oppression of Muslim migrants – among whom the Turks constitute the biggest sector in central Europe.

 

  1. Of course, the RCIT’s defense of Turkish politicians and the right of pro-AKP migrant organizations to hold rallies in the EU must not be confused with our having any political sympathy with them. Quite the contrary, we sharply denounce the Erdoğan government as a Bonapartist regime which increasingly limits democratic rights in Turkey and which brutally oppresses the Kurdish minority. Similarly, the RCIT denounces the regime in Ankara for its cooperation with the EU in helping it to keep refugees out of the EU. We strongly oppose Erdoğan’s constitutional reforms – without giving any support for the AKP’s reactionary opponents like the Kemalist CHP or the CIA-supported Gülen network. The RCIT entirely support the Kurdish people’s right for national self-determination – including the right to constitute their own state.

 

 

 

To read the RCIT’s analysis of the imperialist EU’s policy, click here:

 

RCIT: Increasing Instability and Militarization in the European Union. On the Tasks of Revolutionaries in the New Political Phase which has Opened in Europe after the Terrorist Attack in Paris, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/militarism-in-eu/

 

To read the RCIT’s analysis of the Erdoğan’s government in Turkey, click here:

 

Action Program for Turkey by Sınıf Savaşı (Section of the RCIT in Turkey): https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/program-turkey/

 

RCIT: Turkey/Kurdistan: Stop the Terror against the Masses! https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/ankara-bombing/

 

 

 

 

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cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgBrazil: Fight against the recession and the proposed pension reform! Workers shouldn’t have to pay for the crisis they didn’t create!

Statement of the CCR (Brazilian section of RCIT), 15.2.2017, http://elmundosocialista.blogspot.com

 

 

 

In the last days of 2016 there were 12.1 million unemployed in Brazil, equivalent to 11.9% of the workforce without jobs during that quarter quarter. These figures were compiled on December 29 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) and are similar to those of the previous quarter, when the unemployment rate closed at 11.8%. Relative to the fourth quarter of 2015, this represented was an increase in unemployment of 2.9%.

 

The Brazilian recession deepened during the third quarter of 2016, manifesting itself in particular in a decrease in investments as well as in the national level of consumption. These facts make even less likely any recovery during 2017, amid rising unemployment.

 

From January to September 2016, Brazil’s GDP dropped by 4% compared to the same period during the previous year. According to the IBGE, this is the largest annual decrease in GDP since 1996. This figure is worse than that projected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a report released in October, which forecasted an annual decrease of 3.3% in gross domestic product for 2016 and a 0.5% increase in 2017.

 

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that, in 2018, the total number of unemployed in Brazil will initially be 1.2 million more than in 2016, with an increase from 12.4 million to 13.6 million, and will ultimately reach a level of 13.8 million.

 

In absolute terms, Brazil will have the third largest unemployed population among the world’s largest economies, surpassed only by China and India – countries which have populations 5-6 times larger than Brazils! In China, the ILO predicts that the number of unemployed will rise from 37.3 million to 37.6 million in 2016, while in India, the rate of joblessness will rise from 17.7 million to 17.8 million.

 

The ILO projects the unemployment rate in Brazil this year at 12.4%, one percentage point above the 2016 level. For 2018, the projection is also 12.4%.

 

The institutional coup led to the position of president of Brazil Michel Temer (PMDB) who promised an end to corruption and the economic crisis. Neither of these has been achieved. Six government ministers have thus far had to leave their offices due to allegations of corruption, while another 16 are currently being investigated; meanwhile, unemployment continues to grow.

 

According to Dieese1 (Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies), the main factors behind the current economic malaise involve a combination of the political crisis with a fall in public and private investments while at the same time a recessive economic policy responsible for the increase of unemployment and the fall in demand and public revenue from taxation.

 

The Secretary of Administration and Finance of the CUT, Quintino Severo, explains the negative impacts that the grey, non-taxed (informal) economy causes in the country. “When informality increases, precariousness increases and we have to be careful that this does not end up reinforcing the (false) thesis of the necessity for labor reform and increased outsourcing. We need to fight the argument that unemployment is fought by withdrawing [workers’] rights.

 

Last February 9, in São Paulo, 23 national representatives of the CUT and representatives of 14 labor sectors met with the executive director of the trade union center to present their campaign against the Pension Reform.

 

Under the slogan “React now or die working,” the CUT intends to initiate a movement that will take to the streets of the country to preserve the historical rights won by the working class. The national president of the Central, Vagner Freitas, warned that “The pension reform planned by the Temer governmen, is directly linked to the coup that toppled President Dilma Rousseff.”

 

According to Vagner, the current unelected government “Needs to make these reforms to pay the price of those who financed the coup and the pension reform is part of this project to place a freeze on primary spending for 20 years. The proposal is not just to reform pensions but to end them, with the banks then filling the role by selingl private pension plans. We are discussing with the other central unions that we should not try to make amendments to this reform but rather defeat it, “said Vagner Freitas.

 

The National Confederation of Education Workers (CNTE) reports that the union decided to call for a national day of strike of the sector on March 15. The strike, decided upon at a congress held between the January 12-15, must have as its main demand combating the pension reform proposed by the Temer government and the government’s full compliance with the National Minimum Wage Law by the Ministry of Education.

 

The CNTE considers the national strike “inevitable” due to the consequences of the current government’s having been installed by means of a coup which “confronts the democratic rule of law“; also “attacks income distribution policies, replacing them with outsourcing and privatization; and promotes the “freezing” of public spending, thereby undermining growth.”

 

We in the CCR unequivocally maintain that the proposed pension reform and labor reform cannot be defeated by negotiations with the ultraconservative national congress or negotiations with right-wing parties. Any negotiation between the reformist bureaucracies which constitute the leaderships of the social movements and central trade union will, in practice, result in some kind of defeat for the working class. For this reason, the CCR maintains the entire pension reform project must be totally defeated without any worker concessions. However, this can only be achieved by mobilizing the workers with their own specifically class-based method of struggle — a general strike. And such a general strike must not be limited to only public sector workers, but should involve all workers in factories, in commercial businesses, as well as the peasants in the countryside.

 

* For a public works program to combat growing unemployment!

 

* Down with the pension reform!

 

*For a general strike against the putchist regime! For mass mobilizations against the far-right pro-austerity offensive! For the creation of committees of action in factories, unions, neighborhoods, favelas and outlying regions in defense of our rights and against the putchist government!

 

* For a working-class government in alliance with the urban poor and the landless! We can only guarantee our future and our rights if we bring down capitalism, the source of our misery!

 

* All support for the national education workers’ strike on March 15!

 

* For a revolutionary workers’ party -a new world-wide party for socialist revolution!

 

 

 

 

 

1* The Inter-union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (DIEESE) is a research, advisory and education institution of the Brazilian trade union movement.

 

The origin of the DIEESE dates back to December 22, 1955, when 20 union leaders from São Paulo decided to create an organ for technical advice to workers, as well as to carry out research and education activities related to the world of work.

 

https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/latin-america/outlaw-regime-of-brazil/

 

https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/latin-america/brazil-attacks-of-temer/

 

https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/latin-america/brazil-temer-government/

 

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cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgInternational Women’s Day 2017: Sisters, Let Us Make the Imperialists Afraid Again!

International Women’s Day – After One Century: Turn 8 March into a Day of General Strike Actions!

Statement by the International Women’s Secretariat of the RCIT, www.thecommunists.net, 08.03.2017

 

The most important event in the history of the workers and oppressed was the first successful proletarian revolution in 1917. The Great Russian Revolution would not have been possible without the bold initiative of the women workers who – in the best sense of the word „impatiently“ – started the February Revolution, which was the prologue to Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917. The great heroines of the February Revolution turned International Women’s Day into a day of general strike, inflaming the country with the spirit of the revolution. On the eve of the International Women’s Day in 1917, this revolutionary spirit also spread to their class brothers. The vanguard role of women in revolutions had already been demonstrated long before during the French Revolution of 1789-94. Since the Women’s March to Versailles in 1789 (also known as The October March) we have repeatedly seen that, in the history of the oppressed, we as women, are the warrant for revolution.

In this, the ninth year since the beginning of the historic period of capitalist decay in 2008, the inner-imperialist rivalries are accelerating while the workers and oppressed have risen up in numerous countries against the ruling class (in particular in the Arab world), but have also faced a number of counterrevolutionary defeats.

A vivid symbol for this contradictory development is rise to power of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. The new US administration led by Trump constitutes a severe threat of massive attacks not only against the working class and the oppressed in Northern America but throughout the entire world. We can see that this danger has already turned into a reality, for example, by the so-called Muslim Ban, a disgusting racist attack against migrants from several Muslim countries initiated by Trump. But we can also see the danger in the ongoing racist attacks against the Mexican people and the attempt, already started, to build a strong wall along the Mexican border as well as in the massively increased number of deportations. Yet another example is the renewed attacks against the heroic fighters on the ground at Standing Rock, North Dakota, ever since the Trump administration re-opened the road to massive destruction of the living conditions of Native Americans in this area by ruthless petroleum companies building a pipeline through this area.

However, all these attacks, and many others, are being undertaken by a government that is abhorred by billions of people in the world. Even moreso, the Trump administration provokes mass resistance because of its undisguised extreme chauvinism and super rich arrogance. It even provokes the shame of bourgeois imperialist forces who claim to defend democratic values, mainly the liberal sectors of the bourgeoisie of the United States, Canada and the European Union, while amusing and confusing the eastern imperialists like Russia, China and Japan. We don’t take the democratic protest of the bourgeois liberals against the Trump government seriously, as they themselves have implemented such racist and imperialist policies in the past (and are still implementing them in Europe) against both the workers at home as well as against our oppressed brothers and sisters in the semi-colonial world. However, the Trump administration, while clearly a tremendous danger for the workers and oppressed and a catalyst for rivalries between the imperialist powers, at the same time also objectively (albeit unintentionally) constitutes a factor for the mobilization of the masses.

Women in particular were and still are a driving force in the mass mobilizations as we have seen during the inauguration of Trump on 20 January, when more than 5 million people, mainly women, marched world-wide against the new US government. There are already calls circulating for a women’s general strike on this years’ International Women’s Day (8 March) – something the world hasn’t witnessed for nearly a hundred years.

Less than a month ago there was a mass strike of migrant workers in the US on 16 February, the „Day Without Immigrants.“ Indeed, migrants have played a central role in reviving the militant May Day tradition in the US since 2006. In particular, Mexican brothers and sisters, along with migrants from other Latin American countries, brought the May Day tradition back to the US. It is the vital labor movement of Latin America which, through militant migrant protests, is enlightening the stiffened traditions of the US. Given Trump’s attacks on Mexico specifically and migrants in general, it’s no wonder that the new Trump Era provokes mass popular protests in Mexico and other countries of Latin America!

In October 2016 tens of thousands of women marched under the slogan of „Ni Una Menos“ (Not One Less) against femicide in Argentina. We have seen similar mass demonstrations in Mexico (Ni Una Muerta Más ), Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Paraguay and Uruguay. In the time of such important and impressive mass movements of women a US president who is known for boasting to „grab her by the pussy“ as well as for his racist slander against Mexican people, is an additional provocative factor.

Thousands have marched against the extremely racist Muslim Ban which was initiated by the Trump government – not only in the US but also in London. The politics of the Trump administration creates automatically a sharp demarcation line and provokes even those people to protest against the reactionary Muslim Ban who have not always been „comfortable“ with a multinational composition of the population respectively who have some issues with Muslim people as such. Even the deep popular mistrust – nurtured by the chauvinist propaganda of the imperialist forces against people of color and mainly Muslim people – is partly broken up amongst broader layers of the population.

However, at the same time we can see an increase of direct and violent attacks against migrants and Muslims as the right wing forces – and with them a relevant part of reactionary elements in the population – feel encouraged by Trump’s victory. Along the demarcation line it is the utmost duty of the working class and the oppressed – especially of its vanguard – to uphold the banner of class solidarity. In this it is the duty of us, women workers, urban and rural poor women, to be the role model for our class as we have been already in the past.

It is time to revive our own heroic tradition and to stand together with all oppressed. It is time to stop the imperialist beast, to revive the Arab revolutions, to turn the spontaneous solidarity with people of color and Muslim people into an organized joint struggle, to fight for a proletarian leadership of the emerging new Women’s movement as well as to broaden it by including our sisters in the semi-colonial countries who should play a leading role in an international, revolutionary Women’s movement. It is time to turn the 8th March into a day not only replete with the spirit of the heroic past, but rather with the spirit of a revolutionary present and future. Let us turn the 8th March into a day of general strike action! Let us make imperialists worldwide afraid again!

 

For a more extensive analysis of the women’s liberation struggle we refer readers to the following document: https://www.thecommunists.net/oppressed/resolution-womens-liberation/

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