Tuesday, 28 July 2015

LONG LIVE THE DEFENDERS OF THE LIBYAN SOCIALIST JAMAHIRYA


Long live Abdullah Senussi and Saif Al Islam Gaddafi! 

For all their mistakes increasing amount of Libyans nevertheless see them and the former Libyan Jamahirya as a massively successful pro-people society building project and compared to now a verticals golden age.

Senussi is still flown out by the pro nato forces from his cell to help intervene in disputes amongst Libyans! Saif is a well respected asset for those who are holding him, without which the Zintanis are nothing in Libya.

It's no surprise that those who have helped nato plunge Libya into this raping, looting, collapsed state mess, those who took up arms in alliance with nato would send the defenders of the formerly beautiful Libyan Jamahirya to death.

Those who gave life to Libya and beyond are sentenced to death, while those who have brought nothing but misery and trauma in Libya and beyond are the 'Arab spring revolutionaries'.

There is a complex internal struggle in Libya to orient Libya back towards that legacy, but those process like other processes (Tunisia, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq etc) will only see some meaningful successes once Russia and China and its regional allies (especially Egypt and Iran) are united in a concerted push back project against the neo-colonial supremacist death squads.

Monday, 13 July 2015

SYRIZA: THE EURO IMPERIALIST ROLLER-COASTER, BIG HIGHS, LOW NAUSEA


'Europe' Isn't Designed To Save Greece and Europeans

Sukant Chandan
Sons of Malcolm
Mon 13 July 2015

#‎Greece‬, where are we now?: What was ‪#‎Syriza‬'s plan from day one? Did it have a viable plan? Firstly, one must look beyond the delusions, fanciful flights and fantasies that people, understandably desperate on the one hand for a push back in europe, projected onto Syriza. A week ago the western/westernised left were making out that Syriza were the new Bolshevik revolution in europe, now they are dumping them hard and fast. Silly, but to be expected. The english left have tried to bask in reflected glory in Syriza of their own ridiculous bankrupt left strategy, which is Jeremy Corbyn for labour leadership and the colonial left 'peoples assembly'. Or is it russell brand talking about and obsessed with 'boobies' & misogyny and owen jones criticising the establishment while the establishment promotes him THE strategy? Like Syriza, the english left, like Podemos in spain are all about their own crumbs from colonial loot, they will never spit on African and Asian people in torturous fire in our Homelands created directly by their own imperialist states, but will throw a hissy fit cos their imperialist-given living standards are relatively slightly hit.

Syriza's plan from day one was to plead and beg with their european masters that they are europeans, so they should be treated more nicely / less harshly. What was their plan to put force to that strategy? basically none. The referendum was supposed to up Syriza's relative power in negotiations, but referendums, mass protests, conferences, paper sales, strikes are not enough to shift things, you need a global strategy, and an iron will that incrementally delinks you from the imperialists, and you go towards the BRICS etc who will not dictate politics to you, not least push intolerable policies on your population. The actually existing model for this is the Scottish National Party (see herehere and here).

Syriza are now being punished for even trying (and failing) to tinker with the troika (EU, ECB and IMF) diktat, and ironically it was the USA and less so France that have been the relative strategic allies of Syriza! So why haven't Syriza reached out seriously to the Brics, Global South etc? Cos ON PRINCIPLE they think they can up their survival game WITHIN the confines of imperialist europe. Why did they think they could do this? Cos they are politically nearly totally vested in 'europe', being the extremely naive middle class western lefties they are and remain until now, Syriza's leadership thought europeans could treat europeans nicely cos they are all europeans (something Pilger and others have spelled out well).

This has been put in the dustbin by those running 'europe', while Greece will not see a Nato 'no fly zone' war of aggression, while Greece will not see Nato proliferating death squads, 'while Greece will not see their leadership raped, slaughtered and lynched on tv and newspapers for days, europe' has nonetheless told Greece you are not *really* fully european (read: 'human') 'like us', thanks for trying, but we are going to punish you for even trying to make out 'another europe is possible'.

Syriza now have to deliver a massive austerity package which is actually a total punishment for Greece, that surrenders their economy to the enemy in return of a promise that Greece will never engage with the Global South (source). Indeed Syriza have tried to show 'europe' that they are not playing some covert plan with Russia and China, so much so that Syriza have made it clear that they will renege on the China deal Piraeus port deal! (see here)

Syriza delivering the european diktat to Greece is going to and starting to lead to even more Greek domestic turmoil, there is no way the Greek people will accept such a situation when Syriza put their hopes sky high to only bring them back deeper into the gutter.

What should be the attitude of anti-imperialist people outside Greece? Imho, I would say echoing our 'latin' American leadership on Syriza: We are with you in your FIGHT! STRUGGLE! RESIST! But Syriza leadership have utterly ignored our comrades in Cono Sur, they have no Plan B, they want to stay put, there is no fight and resistance. Our attitude should be to encourage the fight, but its hard when there just isnt a fight. What exactly is there to support here?? There is NO PUSH BACK. In all honesty, I think we just have to observe this mess, clearly and without creating more colonial confusion strive to understand what forces Syriza actually is instead of wishful thinking and perhaps something new from within Syriza or outside, or another combination of forces will emerge that refuse to stay within the euro imperialist vice-grip, and WANT TO fight to 'grexit' this mess and build a functional life-giving bridge to the Global South.

Greece of late has been perhaps the second big test as to the future of the european imperialist periphery. The first has and continues to be Scotland, all going more or less fine and good there. Greece comparatively is a real roller-coaster which, through illusions, raised the Greeks high, and is now plunging and making everyone quite sick. The bottom line is that a radical force within europe has to be strategically oriented in a anti-european ie., anti-imperialist direction that with confidence and steely determination makes gradual but sure preparations of joining our global family of support, rather than staying in this cesspit of genocide, white supremacy, and neocolonialism.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

SPEECH BY CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO ERITREA


Remarks by Ambassador Qiu Xuejun at the Reception for Eritrean Friends from Various Social Sectors

From Chinese Embassy in The State of Eritrea

2015/06/18
By Qiu Xuejun
Chinese Ambassador to the State of Eritrea
June 17,2015, Asmara, Eritrea

Eritrean Friends from various social sectors,
Chinese faculty members and Eritrean students at the Confucius Institute,
Members of Chinese Medical Team to Eritrea,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening.Welcome to the reception held for Eritrean friends from various social sectors. This is the first time for the Chinese Embassy in the State of Eritrea to host such a reception specially for representatives of Eritrean friends from all walks of life who are interested in and care for the development of China-Eritrea relations.

When I first set my foot on the land of Eritrea, breathing the fresh air of Asmara, strolling on streets full of flowers every where, enjoying the magnificent clouds of different formations in the sky, I felt so relaxed and happy not only because of the pleasant environment, but also the hospitality and friendship of the people of Eritrea towards Chinese people. When I came across with the lovely and smiling Eritrean kids on the streets, they often came to me and extended hands to me greeting loudly "China, China" or "Nihao". By seeing such warm and friendly faces and smiles, I have no doubt that they will be the torch carriers of China-Eritrea friendship.This friendship is not established and enhanced in a single day. Some present here today are from government agencies of Eritrea, some are from non-governmental sectors, some are Eritrean medical doctors and students who have been working closely with their Chinese Colleagues of Chinese Medical Team and Chinese teachers of Confucius Institute. As a Chinese saying goes, all the persons of virtue are here this evening. The fact that we can enjoy such a friendly relationship and so fruitful cooperation between China and Eritrea is the result of the hard work and the enthusiastic participation of the people like you present here today. It is the support of Eritrean friends from all walks of life that makes the foundation of China-Eritrea friendship as solid as rock.

In fact our bilateral exchanges can be dated back two thousand years ago.When the traffic was inconvenient and the two countries are separated by thousands of miles, our two peoples started to interact with each other. In 100 AD , the Messengers from the ancient Eritrean port city of Adulis reached Luoyang, the Capital City of China's Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD) across the Silk Road. It is the earliest contact recorded in the history of exchanges between our two peoples, and the Adulis Messengers were the earliest envoys from African countries to visit China. China's porcelains were shipped to Adulis through the maritime silk road. For example, a pot exhibited in Northern Red Sea Region Museum was excavated in Adulis. Four Chinese characters engraved on the pot tell us that the pot is from China. I have another interesting story to share with you. Du Huan, the Chinese traveler in Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) once traveled to West Asia and North Africa, then returned to China from Massawa Port. Some of you have been to China for scholarship and training programs or just a visit. Mr.Mohamed Salih Husen, the composer of "The Song of China-Eritrea Friendship" and Mr.Omar Ali, the head of Rakuba band are their representatives. You are today's Adulis Messengers and the Chinese people working in Eritrea are today's Du Huan.

Please allow me to brief you the latest development of the China-Eritrean relations.

The Chinese Vice-foreign Minister Zhang Ming visited Eritrea in January, and cosigned with Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed a visa exemption agreement for the holders of diplomatic and service passports, providing convenience for the exchange of official visits between our two countries. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues from the Foreign Ministry and the Immigration Office of Eritrea for their hard work on the signing and implementation of this agreement. Mr. Hagos Gebrehiwet, Head of PFDJ Economic Affairs Department and Mr.Berhane Habtemariam, Minister of Fiance, visited China in March. These official visits at high level between our two countries have added a new impetus to the development of our bilateral relations.

The Chinese government aided project of College of Science, Eritrean Institute of Technology has been formally launched at the end of last year, and the construction of this project is moving forward smoothly. This is the largest aid project that the Chinese government has implemented in Eritrea since the establishment of diplomatic ties between our two countries. The Solar Power Drip Irrigation Project in Southern Region donated by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China was completed by Xinjiang Tianye Company early this year. The project uses advanced technologies and yields good results. The project will play an exemplary role in exploring modern agriculture and increasing agricultural production of Eritrea. Three schools aided by the Chinese government in Asmara, Mendefera and Gindae respectively have improved local school conditions and are playing an important role for local educational causes. The Chinese companies and workers have not only completed in constructing these projects with good quality, but also helped training the local workers, and gained respect and friendship from the Eritrea people.

Health sector is an important part in the field of pragmatic cooperation. Since sending its first medical team to Eritrea in September 1997, China has successively dispatched 8 medical teams of 150 person times to Eritrea as of today. The Chinese medical doctors have been working here for 18 years, and have treated and cured numerous patients and kept pain and suffering away from them. A female interpreter of Chinese Medical Team gave her life in a traffic accident, and was buried in Eritrea forever. she will be forever missed and remembered by both Chinese and Eritrean peoples. Many Eritrean medical doctors and patients have become good friends of the Chinese medical doctors. The eighth Chinese Medical Team to Eritrea will soon accomplish its mission in July, and the ninth medical team will take its turn. Members of the eighth Chinese Medical Team are here with us today, we wish them a pleasant trip back home, and hope that they will continue to care for and contribute to the development of China-Eritrea relations. China and Eritrea will continue to strengthen the cooperation in medical and health area.

We have ripped fruitful results in the fields of education and culture. The Chinese Ministry of Education has trained Eritrean talents through offering Chinese government scholarships. In addition, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce also provides Eritrea with a number of short-term training and degree education opportunities in China. Talents are the core element of national development. The Eritreans who have gone to China for studying and training have made positive contributions to national construction of Eritrea and China-Eritrea friendship after returning home upon completion of their study and training. Since the Confucius Institute at National Commission for Higher Education was established in June of 2013, Chinese language program has been developing very rapidly, many Eritrean students registered to study Chinese language and made good progress in mastering the language. The Confucius Institute held successfully two sessions of the "Chinese Bridge Competition" in the past two years. In this process, many returned Eritrean students from China helped and participated in the activities organized by the Confucius Institute using their talents of music and Chinese language, contributed a lot to the development and growth of the Confucius Institute. In a few minutes, students of the Institute will show a little artistic talent of learning Chinese language and culture, let's patiently wait for their colorful performance.

There are more cultural exchanges to talk about. For example, since 2011 the Chinese Embassy has participated in the Book Fair held in Asmara Expo every year, and donated books to Eritrean readers. In April, the Chinese State Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television signed agreement with Eri-TV, donating films and television programs. We hope these programs will be enjoyed by the Eritrean viewers and enhance the understanding between our two peoples. Three Eritrean painters who are also among us today will attend the 6th Beijing International Art Biennale held in this autumn with their art works, congratulations!

These achievements did not come by themselves, but are result of the help and support rendered by all the Eritrean friends present and not present here. The selfless help you have provided to the Chinese Embassy, Chinese medical team, the Confucius Institute and the Chinese enterprises, and all that has been done to promote China-Eritrea friendship will be remembered in our hearts. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy as well as the Chinese community in Eritrea, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the friends who care for and support China-Eritrea friendship and cooperation.

May I offer a toast,

To the further enhancement of friendship between our two peoples,

To the health of our friends! Cheers!

SERBIA CONTINUES TO DEVELOP UNITY WITH AFRICA


Serbian FM, African Union official sign memorandum

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and African Union Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma have signed a memorandum of economic cooperation.

[source]

The document, signed in Belgrade, refers to cooperation between the Serbian government and the African Union Commission.

"The signing of the memorandum and the visit by the chairperson of the African Union Commission are historic events. Our relations are based on the traditional friendship between the former Yugoslavia and the African states," Dacic told reporters after signing the memorandum on Saturday.

Dacic expressed Serbia's willingness to build partnership relations and thanked the African countries for their support to Serbia's territorial integrity.

Zuma thanked for the hospitality, adding that Africa had excellent relations of true friendship and solidarity with Yugoslavia, but also with Serbia, which is Yugoslavia's successor.

She expressed hope that Serbia will be one of the countries to invest in Africa, adding that today's signing of the memorandum has initiated a new phase in the relations between Serbia and the African states.

SYRIA PROMISED MORE MILITARY, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL FROM RUSSIA


[source]

Syria's foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow on Monday that top ally Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country.

"I got a promise of aid to Syria - politically, economically and militarily," Walid al-Moualem said at a televised news conference in Moscow after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

ERIC FONER's NEW BOOK ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD



Eric Foner Revisits Myths of the Underground Railroad


“I dreaded the approach of summer, when snakes and slaveholders made their appearance,” wrote Harriet Jacobs, author, educator, servant, mother of two — and escaped slave.

Jacobs had fled from Edenton, N.C., to get away from the attentions of the father of a little girl who “owned” her. These had persisted even after she had two children by another white man (and a member of Congress), so she “hid in a small crawl space above her free grandmother’s kitchen in the town” for seven years, as Eric Foner informs us in his illuminating new history, “Gateway to Freedom.” Eventually, passage north was secured on a ship with a “friendly captain,” and Jacobs settled in New York City. But as an escaped slave, she was never really secure anywhere in the United States, especially after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, part of the Compromise of 1850. When, after 10 years of freedom, she learned that her owner “was making preparations to have me caught,” she fled again, to Boston, where abolitionist feeling was higher than in New York, which had long been debased by bigotry and the dollar into more pro-Southern sympathies.

It may seem difficult to believe that slave owners and hired slave catchers prowled the streets of Manhattan before the Civil War, openly carrying whips, pistols and manacles in order to reclaim their “property,” but such was the case. They “entered black churches during Sabbath services looking for runaways, and broke into blacks’ homes and carried them off without legal proceeding,” Foner tells us. Fugitive slaves in the city, wrote the Southern-born abolitionist Sarah Grimké, were “hunted like a partridge on the mountain.”

Unsurprisingly, the men who would make their living in this way were not terribly scrupulous about just which black face they decided to seize upon. Once the slave trade from Africa was banned in 1808, and as slavery in the North was slowly wound down, “an epidemic of kidnapping of free blacks, especially children,” occurred all over the Northeast. After the new federal statute of 1850 was passed, Foner writes, “the abolitionist William P. Powell departed for England with his wife and seven children, although no member of the family had ever been a slave.”

The 1850 law — supported by some of the most illustrious figures in congressional history, and hailed as vital for preserving the Union — was particularly odious. It rendered null and void the longstanding state “personal liberty” laws that had been used to declare runaway slaves free in the past, and provided “severe civil and criminal penalties for anyone who harbored fugitive slaves or interfered with their capture.” Special commissioners were given the final say on all fugitives, along with a financial incentive — $10 a head! — to decide in favor of the slave catchers. Federal marshals could deputize anyone they wished or “call on the assistance of local officials and even bystanders” to help in apprehending suspected runaways.

In other words, the new law would corrupt all citizens into aiding and abetting America’s great moral crime. But as Foner explains, fugitive slave laws were part of the warp and woof of the country from the very beginning, dating back to the 17th century in colonial New York. The Northwest Ordinance of July 1787 held that slaves “may be lawfully reclaimed” from free states and territories, and soon after, a fugitive slave clause — Article IV, Section 2 — was woven into the Constitution at the insistence of the Southern delegates, leading South Carolina’s Charles C. Pinckney to boast, “We have obtained a right to recover our slaves in whatever part of America they may take refuge, which is a right we had not before.”

Resistance to this sprang up in societies for manumission, and sometimes for the “colonization” of freed slaves back to Africa. But as it became clear that slavery was not going to die the natural death that had been devoutly wished for, “vigilance” and antislavery committees were set up. They came to form the Underground Railroad, a loose network of black and white individuals intent on actively helping slaves gain freedom (only in Canada was it truly secure) and evade recapture.

Foner, who as one of our leading historians has written or edited 24 books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” does a superb job of focusing the story of the Underground Railroad on a human level. He makes vivid the incredible risks and hardships so many slaves were willing to endure for their freedom, and how much it meant to them. They came by ship and by train, by horse and foot; by ways however arduous and ingenious. One William Jordan, it was reported, lived for 10 months in the woods, “surrounded by bears, wildcats, snakes, etc.” — although he “feared nothing but man.” Henry (Box) Brown had himself packed into a box three feet long, and shipped from Richmond to Philadelphia. The journey took almost 24 hours and nearly killed him, but according to eyewitness accounts, he stepped out of the box “with a face radiant with joy,” and began to sing a “hymn of praise.”

Foner also performs an invaluable service in restoring the record of liberated blacks who helped their fellow African-Americans to freedom. Here are, among many others, not only the legendary Harriet Tubman — who more than lives up to the legend — but also Louis Napoleon, an illiterate porter and window washer who “was credited with having helped over 3,000 fugitives escape from bondage”; the indefatigable David Ruggles, a freeborn black man who specialized in plucking slaves off ships in New York Harbor; and the anonymous crowds of free blacks, men and women, who rushed again and again to rescue fugitive slaves in violent street battles. On one occasion in Pennsylvania, they even killed a slave owner.

The penalties for whites helping the Underground Railroad could be severe, including mob assaults, tar-and-­featherings, the destruction of their careers, lengthy prison sentences and even the fatwa that the parish of East Feliciana, La., put on the head of the white abolitionist Arthur Tappan, offering the immense sum of $50,000 for his “delivery.” But none of it equaled what blacks stood to lose if caught down South trying to free their brothers and sisters. They were not deterred. “I shall have the consolation to know that I had done some good to my people,” Tubman replied when asked by a white abolitionist how she would feel if she were to be caught and put back into slavery.

Pitted against white mobs, hostile magistrates, policemen eager to claim rewards and the nearly demonic persistence of slaveholders looking to reclaim their property, the little band of men and women who ran the Underground Railroad were able to rescue “somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 per year between 1830 and 1860.” Although this was a small number set against a total slave population approaching four million, such resistance, as Foner shows, was able to leverage the greater prize. The Underground Railroad infuriated the South, providing “the immediate catalyst” for the Fugitive Slave Act, which became in turn “a source of deep resentment in much of the North,” when armed ruffians started showing up in Northern towns and cities to drag away people’s friends and neighbors. The South, The New York Times noted in 1859, had made “the doctrine of state rights, so long slavery’s friend, . . . its foe,” poisoning relations between the sections until, as Foner concludes in this invaluable addition to our history, “the fugitive slave issue played a crucial role in bringing about the Civil War.”

GATEWAY TO FREEDOM
The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
By Eric Foner
Illustrated. 301 pp. W. W. Norton & Company. $26.95.

ECUADORIAN PRES SAYS LIKE BELARUS, ECUADOR IS OPPRESSED BY iMPERIALISM



Belta News Agency

The mankind should be grateful to Belarus for its contribution to the victory in World War II, Ecuador President Rafael Correa said in an interview with the World View program on the RTR Belarus TV channel, BelTA has learned.

“Belarus is a heroic nation. Here, in Latin America, people know little about World War II, about the role of Soviet republics in achieving the victory over fascism. These were not Americans, as they usually show in films, but the Red Army who entered Berlin. Hitler's crash began when he started a war against the Soviet Union. I know that Minsk was one of the most heroic cities. The mankind owes a lot to Belarus,” Rafael Correa said.

According to the Ecuador President, it is strange that certain countries impose sanctions against Belarus taking into account the contribution of Belarus to the victory in World War II. “They also issue unilateral reports on human rights on Ecuador. Imagine, they talk about the human rights in spite of Guantanamo, tortures and murders. We are concerned about this because we fully observe human rights and the freedom of opinions,” he said.

Rafael Correa also said that Ecuador is now in the middle of a difficult situation, which is the intervention of the U.S. radical right-wing groups aiming to destabilize the nation. This can also be seen in Venezuela, Bolivia and Argentina. “These include numerous reports of the Department of State, all sorts of accusations, speculations of those who consider themselves the masters of the world. These include the intervention of the American mass media, the disinformation campaign, radical right-wing groups from the opposition aiming to destabilize the government of Ecuador,” the President of Ecuador explained.



Correa: President should be close and sincere with people

MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) – Closeness to people and sincerity are the pillars of the president's work, Ecuador President Rafael Correa said in an interview with the World View program on RTR Belarus TV channel, BelTA has learned.

The closeness to people gave me the people's support and helped our government to stay in power for eight years, Rafael Correa said.

The Ecuador president also noted that his country and Latin America should learn a lot from Belarus, from its history. For example, the Gini coefficient is the most commonly used measure of inequality. The Gini coefficient is 0.26 in Belarus, 0.44 in Latin America. It means that our country has a higher level of inequality than Belarus. Ecuador is committed to creating a just society,” Rafael Correa said.

He added that Ecuador has made big progress in ensuring equality. But it is still needed to do a lot to create a fair country with equal opportunities.

Rafael Correa also extended his best wishes to the Belarusian people and wished success in the forthcoming election to the Belarusian President.