Thursday, 27 August 2015
Some resources to understand Libya
A comrade recently made some critical remarks on this subject, and this was my suggested reading and watching list. Feel free to add in other materials in the thread:
Many comrades have been studying this in depth for decades, and especially the last five years or so.
Gaddafi's 'support' for the so-called 'war on terror' was nothing but him and Syria and others demanding back those terrorists that the imperialists were training against Libya and Syria. Now we can all see what these imperialist allied terrorists have done and are doing to our Homelands.
I assisted in Dan Glazebrook writing a book about this:
'Divide and Ruin: The West's Imperial Strategy in an Age of Crisis '
Francis Boyle has a good book on Libya too:
Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution
Cynthia McKinney, PhD has compiled a book also on this subject:
'The Illegal War on Libya'
Horace Campbell too, although he does not like Gaddafi, has to admit in his well researched book that ultimately the LIbyan state did not sell out to the diktat to imperialism:
'Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya'
There is also Maximillian Forte's excellent book - 'Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO's War on Libya and Africa'
I went to Libya three times in 2011, and have done a lot of work on this. My and many other comrades research points to the fact that Gaddafi was still building up the African Union as a strategic global south and anti-imperialist bloc; he was allying with Chavez, Morales, Ortega, and Correa and Castro in discussing a global south military alliance; he continued to support Black communities, with meeting Malcolm Shabazz and others in Tripoli in Jan 2011, he advocated $800 trillion reparations from the imperialists for the genocidal crimes against African peoples, and advocated fundamental reform at the UNSC in his speech to the UNGA in 2008.
And there's much more.
Libya before its destruction was still a socialist country, and an increasingly prosperous one at that!
Yes, there were mistakes, many mistakes and negative aspects, but before 2012 Libya was in a Pan-African, people-centred strategy.
Here are some other resources which might be of interest in relation to this:
'Libya: Nato's untold story'
A Tribute to Gaddafi:
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Many complex factors at play here, but in the final analysis I think it is clear that a major section of the British state has decided to give him *enough* space to help him facilitate pushing back against the only real and actual threat to the British state which is Scottish independence (ie., win back Scots to the Labour Party which supports the union, but also this is having an impact on Ireland with votes being pushed towards labour against Sinn Fein and also Wales).
Scotland HAS a serious mass movement against the British state. Corbyn and the entire english left are no threat for the foreseeable future, and EVEN if Corbyn wins the Labour Party leadership the British state would rather a growing Labour left than the growing movement towards Scottish independence, cos the British state knows the latter is a real threat and the former are not and can be handled relatively easily.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Facebook friend: A fallout of Corbyn winning could be the preservation of the Union but that is not the basis of the vote for him. It's a vote against austerity really and there is a split in the establishment so to argue that the British state want him is too simplistic.
Me: As you will know large swathes of Scots have rejected the rather arrogant colonial unionism of Corbyn.
I said a SECTION of the British state have decided to allow Corbyn to save the union, actually it has only been sometimes the most right wing section of the state that has opposed Corbyn.
And that people cannot recognise the bigger picture of the union and are voting in austerity just plays into giving a left cover to save the union.
Facebook friend: Not sure that it's the most right wing section of the state opposing him. Murdoch is supporting him! Tories are happy with the inevitable split. It's the right wing of Labour Party that want rid of him, and it's part of the labour left that may use him to preserve the union.
Me: The telegraph, daily mail seem to be leading the charge against Corbyn to *some* extent, whereas the guardian, bbc, sky, independent, the times, the daily record, murdoch (!) as you mention are all very soft on Corbyn.
Of course the labour 'right' would be annoyed with Corbyn,
I dont think its only the labour left who want to use Corbyn to preserve the union, the fact that Corbyn has got a very nice and easy ride from the propaganda arms of the british state is imho directly related to him 'playing ball' on the colonial union issue.
Although I positively work with Galloway on a number of things, you will remember that he was literally shoulder to shoulder with the orange lodges and tories on the referendum issue, ie., the british (tory and beyond) state KNOW VERY WELL what is good for them and will employ all forces in line with their interests.
It's a shame that not more critical conversations have been allowed into the Corbyn debate, which is dominated by a lot of self delusional narrow chatter.
Facebook friend: Yes critical conversations have been lacking. There is a feeling amongst many - and to s degree I share it - that maybe just maybe he could bring about a change. Probably delusional as you say but I understand and empathise with the desire to hope even though it will probably be an abysmal failure! There are no answers just experiments.
[photo credit: from brother Brian Muhammad's page]
Thank you brother Brian E. Muhammad for informing us that Respected Elder, brother and comrade Dedon Kimaathi (former slave name Kenneth Carr) has passed on to the Ancestors.
I had the privilege of spending a little time with this great human being in Tripoli while the Nato bombs were destroying the country along with their allied death squads who are now running the place amok.
We conducted this interview, which was a great insight into Muammar Gaddafi's Socialist Jamahirya and its relationship to the All-African People's Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) and other related issues.
As I parted ways and dropped off Dominque Stevenson and Black Panther and political prisoner of 44 years Eddie Conway this morning, the morning after we had an excellent event in defence of our political prisoners in Libya, leaders of Socialist Libya, I hope many millions of others will closely engage with these giants of our struggle to better inform our organisational, strategical, ideological and ethical challenges that we face today.
We all have such a short time in this dunya, a short existence in which we are obliged by the Ancestors to struggle harder, better, faster in contributing whatever we can to our on-going and intergenerational liberation struggles of our peoples across the globe.
We walk in your elephant footsteps, dear Dedon Kimaathi.
It was an honour to meet you in a vanguard resistant country which was Socialist Libya, it was an honour to learn from you briefly and meet many other comrades and of course to unite with our Libyan and African family on the continent, at the time when Libya needed us the most, at the time when too many sold out the most.
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Many thanks to comrades in NYC for putting this event on tomorrow. A good initiative following on from one event in London, and one event in Amsterdam on the same issue with a similar political position. So we have London, NYC and Amsterdam holding events to support the anti-Nato pro Socialist Libya resistance, and rejecting the misrule of the death squads.
Waiting for other comrades across the world to support our Libyan family.
London event - Libya: opposing death squad injustice!
Amsterdam event - Libië: steun de Groene opstand!
- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
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
'Europe' Isn't Designed To Save Greece and Europeans
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 here, here 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.