Friday, 17 April 2015

PRESIDENT ZUMA ON XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS IN SOUTH AFRICA


All Africa

Honourable Speaker,
Honourable Deputy Speaker,
Honourable Deputy President,
Honourable Members,
Fellow South Africans,

During the past week we have witnessed shocking and unacceptable incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal, which has now spread to some parts of Gauteng. Similar incidents had taken place in Soweto in January.

No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops.

We condemn the violence in the strongest possible terms. The attacks violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu.

Our country stands firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism.

We extend our condolences to the families of all who have lost their lives and wish the injured a speedy recovery.

We appeal for calm, an end to the violence and restraint. Criminal elements should not be allowed to take advantage of the concerns of citizens to sow mayhem and destruction.

Any problems or issues of concern to South African citizens must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue.

The police have been directed to work round the clock to protect both foreign nationals and citizens and to arrest looters and those committing acts of violence.

We urge communities to assist the police by providing information on the incidents that have taken place in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

We thank religious leaders, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders who are providing humanitarian assistance to the displaced people.

While we strongly condemn the attacks, we are aware of, and are sympathetic to some of the issues that have been raised by affected South African citizens.

We reiterate our view that South Africans are generally not xenophobic. If they were, we would not have such a high number of foreign nationals who have been successfully integrated into communities all over our country, in towns, cities and villages.

There are socio-economic issues that have been raised which are being attended to.

These include complaints about illegal and undocumented immigrants in the country, the increase in the number of shops or small businesses that have been taken over by foreign nationals and also perceptions that foreign nationals commit or perpetrate crime.

We wish to emphasise that while some foreign nationals have been arrested for various crimes, it is misleading and wrong to label or regard all foreign nationals as being involved in crime in the country.

In addition, not all foreign nationals who reside in our country are here illegally.

Many are in the country legally and contribute to the economy and social development of the country. Many bring skills that are scarce that help us to develop the economy and are most welcome to live our country.

Others came to South Africa as refugees having run away from conflict or wars in their countries of origin, in the same way that many South Africans left this country at some point and lived in other countries in the continent and beyond.

We were treated with generosity, dignity and respect by our brothers and sisters from the rest of the continent. We will never forget that hospitality and solidarity.

The support of the Frontline states in Southern Africa and that of the Organisation for African Unity was critical to the achievement of the freedom and democracy we are enjoying today.

In this regard, Government will continue to play its role and fulfil our responsibilities and obligations as members of the African Union and the United Nations.

Refugees and asylum seekers will be accorded support in line with international law and protocols, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

We appeal to our people to support and protect refugees and asylum seekers.

During the weekend, I deployed the Ministers of Police, State Security and Home Affairs to work with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial government to quell the violence and bring the situation to normality. They have done well but the problem requires a much more comprehensive and sustainable long-term intervention.

I have therefore assigned the entire Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster to work on this issue intensively, joined by the Ministers of Social Development, Trade and Industry and Small Business Development.

The security cluster and economic departments had already begun working on this matter, following the Soweto incidents in January.

I have now directed them to work faster and to engage affected communities, organisations representing foreign nationals, business, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders to attend to the concerns raised on both sides.

The objective is to avoid future incidents by improving relations and promoting peaceful co-existence between citizens and our brothers and sisters within the continent, as well as other foreign nationals.

We will also be seeking cooperation and support from the affected foreign missions based in South Africa. The Minister of Home Affairs met with African Heads of Missions last week.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation will take these discussions forward as well in her engagements with the African Heads of Missions as well tomorrow, on the 17th of April.

We request Members of Parliament to work with us as well, in their constituencies, to improve relations and promote peaceful co-existence between our people and foreign nationals.

Measures are also being put in place to improve controls and better regulate immigration into our country.

In this regard, Government is making progress with establishing the Border Management Agency, which will manage the border environment and all ports of entry.

The capacity of the Department of Home Affairs is being improved to enable it to better handle migration issues especially at border posts.

In this regard, the SANDF will transfer three hundred and fifty soldiers to Home Affairs, to work as immigration officers at border posts.

Furthermore, the SANDF has deployed military personnel along the border line in seven provinces to prevent border crime activities and illegal border crossings.

Fellow South Africans,

We urge all of you to exercise calm and restraint.

We also urge those who use social media, to refrain from fanning the flames of violence on Facebook, twitter and other platforms.

We all have a responsibility to promote social cohesion, peaceful co-existence and good relations in the country.

Foreign nationals help us to develop a cosmopolitan atmosphere and we welcome their presence. We also want to see an increase in tourism figures from countries in the continent and to share a lot of business opportunities as part of promoting sustainable economic development in the continent.
The upcoming Africa Month celebrations in May provide an opportunity for us to further promote our African identity and good relations with our brothers and sisters from the continent.

We look forward to the celebrations of Africa Day in every province on the 25th of May.

Bakwethu, siyakhuza sithi asehliseni imimoya.
Ukuhlaselwa kwabantu bokufika kulelizwe akwemukelekile neze.
Sathola usizo emazweni amaningi ngesikhathi silwela inkululeko. Abazange basixoshe noma basihlukumeze.

Siyazizwa izinkinga ezibekwayo njengokuthi abanye abangabokufika abanamvume yokuba seNingizimu Africa.

Kubuye kukhalwe nangobugebengu obenziwa ngabanye bokufika kanye nokuthatha amathuba okuhweba nemisebenzi.

Siyazizwa lezizikhalazo futhi sizozilungisa. Kodwa siyagcizelela ukuthi akukho okungenza udlame lolu lwamukeleke. Siyalugxeka kakhulu.

Njengohulumeni siyayisebenza indaba yokuqinisa ezokuphepha emingceleni ukuze abantu bangangeni ngokungekho emthethweni ezweni. Sesitshale namasosha ukuze asize umnyango wezasekhaya, kuloludaba.

Honourable Members,

Let us work together to provide support to all foreign nationals who have been affected by this violence.

The Freedom Charter says there shall be peace and friendship. Our responsibility is to promote this legacy of peaceful coexistence and take it forward.

We also reaffirm our responsibility to contribute to a better Africa and a better world.

Let us work together to make our country a better place for all who live in it.

I thank you.

INDIAN MILITANT ANTI-IMPERIALIST (COMMUNIST) UNITY IMPERATIVE FOR ANY CHANCE OF PRO-POOR RIGHTS IN INDIA


The communist movement in India is in a dire state, and it will take nothing short of a major internal shift within the movement broadly and the individual parties to change the current decline and crisis. I wish the communist movement in India all the best as despite its current state, it is still the only real viable force that can push back against the neo-colonial sectarian forces especially currently of the BJP and allied forces, and also it is the only political current capable of bringing any advocacy of justice to the poor masses of India. The communist movement needs to rejuvenate itself away from institutionalisation and inertia. They have my full support in a strategy of re-grouping and re-focusing their potential. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Merger of Left parties need of hour: Narayana

The Hindu 

Communist Party of India Central Secretariat member K. Narayana on Wednesday said merger of CPI and CPI (M) was the need of the hour to fight against ‘Hindutva forces’. The present political situation called for a merger of the two Left parties for fighting against the NDA’s ‘neo-liberal’ economic policies and rising communal tendencies effectively, he told a press conference here.

He hoped the CPI (M) national congress in Visakhapatnam initiated steps in this regard, and welcomed the six parties which were once part of ‘Janata Parivar’ coming together to fight against the BJP. The CPI would spearhead a country-wide ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation in May in protest against the alleged ‘anti-farmer’ Land Acquisition (LA) Ordinance, he said.

“The Narendra Modi government should either withdraw the corporate-friendly ordinance in deference to the wishes of the farmers or put us in jails,” he added.

The BJP which had, in fact, supported the Land Acquisition Bill passed during the UPA-II regime, removed the farmer-friendly provisions to curry favour to the corporate sector, he said.

Mr. Narayana opposed BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's reported statement to strip those not adopting family planning of their voting right in the wake of a similar demand from Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to come out openly against them.


Karat calls for forging Left unity

The Hindu

Draw inspiration from the resurgence of Left elsewhere: CPI. Go forward towards building a Left and democratic alliance: Prakash Karat.

Cornered by successive electoral reverses, Left parties on Tuesday drew inspiration from the recent successes of their counterparts in various parts of the world, and said the people of India had not written off the Communists.

Invited to the inaugural session of the 21st Party Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the smaller Left parties were given prominence by the host leadership. The leaders of all the six Left parties present, including the CPI(M), were one on the need for coming together on a broad Left platform.

“It is by forging a strong Left unity that we can rally all other democratic forces and go forward towards building a Left and democratic alliance,” said CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat in his inaugural speech.

This was the first time four of the Left parties were invited to the Party Congress. While the CPI was present at the last Congress in Kozhikode, the two long-standing allies in the Left Front — the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Forward Bloc — received invites for the first time as did recent entrants, the CPI (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist).

While CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy stressed the need to draw inspiration from the resurgence of the Left elsewhere and the admission by the U.S. that the blockade of Cuba was a mistake, Forward Bloc’s Debabrata Biswas said his party expected the CPI(M) to take the initiative in building Left unity nationally.

SUCI general secretary Provash Ghosh was appreciative of the efforts made by Mr. Karat personally to reach out to a small party like his while pointing out that his organisation had always been in favour of Left unity, even through the years it carried out struggles against CPI(M) governments.

MAJOR RESPECT TO LEANNE WOOD AND NICOLA STURGEON - IRISH, SCOT & WELSH INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENTS NATURAL ALLIES OF GLOBAL SOUTH


Major respect to Leanne Wood and Nicola Sturgeon for utterly smashing up Milliband and putting him on the ropes on his utter racist crap immigration and exposing he and labour are terrified of any real anti austerity alliance rather he wants to continue with the same private finance neo colonial bombing and genocidal killing culture of Labour governments.

Once again, anti-imperialist and anti-colonial politics are increasingly defining the political landscape in this country.

Things will get MUCH worse in England before they/we see things improve like with Plaid Cymru, SNP, Sinn Fein. The basis of any real pro-people change in England has been shown by historical Black and Asian radicalism in this island (although not recently for a few decades) more so in terms of the Global South liberation struggles that continue, by IRA and Sinn Fein, by SNP and Plaid and by the best militant anti-imperialist elements of the English working class movement such as the Miners / Scargill, RMT/Bob Crow etc. this debate reminded me again that it is the left pressure from Plaid and SNP which is the only route to pressurise any government in london.

I can never forget or forgive Labour for the rank, conceited and genocidal behaviour towards the majority of people in the world when they are running the British state.

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Last night after the latest 'leaders debate' on bbc, I put up my status (above) which I shared on Leanne Wood's page. My analysis in my status was that basically the liberation of the English will come through learning and supporting the Globla SOuth historical and continued liberation struggles (ie., BRICS, ALBA, SCO, AU etc), IRA and Sinn Fein, SNP, Plaid and the best most militant traditions of the English working class struggle such as Miners/NUM and RMT/Bob Crow.

I thought I would share it on her page and picture to see what, if anything, people who support Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party (SNP) would think.

Interestingly I have got over 100 'likes' so far, which again points towards the fact that radical anti-imperialist socialist-oriented analysis is relatively much more accepted in the milieus of the Scottish and Welsh Independence movements (and of course with the Irish Republican movements) than it is in the English left which is still overwhelmingly imbued with a deep colonial hostility and prejudice to any real meaningful change for those wanting to free themselves from neo-colonialism and for a people and environment-centred decolonial approach.

I am NOT saying there won't be plenty of contradictions and challenges between the those who are supportive of the Global anti-imperialist decolonial struggle and the independence movements of Ireland, Wales, Scotland (and Cornwall), but that these struggles are natural allies of ours and we should develop those bridges. Actually, Black and Asian communities in England who have little to no relative power vis a vis the system can also learn well from Sinn Fein, Plaid and the SNP of how to develop a radical political capacity against british neo-colonialism

BRO DAN GLAZEBROOK INTERVIEWED ON RT ON IRAN DEAL WITH THE 'wEST'

Thursday, 26 March 2015

ON EGYPT AND THE CURRENT YANKEE-BRIT-SAUDI WAR OF AGGRESSION AGAINST YEMEN

It should be also remembered that Gamal Abdel Nasser spent considerable Egyptian sacrifice in fighting the same alliance of forces who are currently attacking Yemen. Although that intervention by Nasser was anti-imperialist and just, it did bleed Egypt financially and politically. Egyptians remember this.

ON EGYPT AND THE CURRENT YANKEE-BRIT-SAUDI WAR OF AGGRESSION AGAINST YEMEN: Egypt has committed some minor level assistance to this war, and that is wrong and unethical. Rather we need Egypt to go into a strategic unity with ALL countries of the Resistance Axis not just Syria. To understand and contextualise this further:

1. Egypt still relies on heavy funding from the Gulfies including Saudi to ensure the functioning of its governance, and while it is wiggling out of that link with the fundamental strategic shift to the Russians, Syria and the BRICS, it is still some time before it can move away from that. That's just a fact, however much we might dislike it.

2. Egypt is very concerned about the trade through the waters of the Gulf, MAJOR RESPECT from the Houthi leadership side which has stated: [Houthi spokesperson Mohamed Abdel Salam told Youm7 Friday] "We respect Egypt, its people, its President, and all the agreements signed between Yemen and the neighboring countries,” Abdel Salam said, noting that Egypt has helped many Arab nations, particularly Yemen, adding that the group had sent this message to Egyptian Sisi."" (source:http://tiny.cc/ygf4vx )
However, Egypt cannot be seen to be supporting a internationally UNrecognised Houthi authority in the region and globally, as if it were to do so would set a dangerous precedent for itself (indeed, it has come out of a situation of a near coup by the pro-Nato forces under the (mis)leadership sell out of orsi/MB).

3. Egypt is at war with neo-colonial death squads in Sinai and across Egypt (and in Libya!), so it is a total contradiction for them to be supporting the neo-colonial death squad project on Yemen. This will cause problems with the Egyptian leadership internally, and one hopes that with the good will from the Houthis towards Egypt and President Sisi as stated above, and with the continuing shrift towards the Resistance Axis and BRICS etc, that Egypt will move on and develop a strategic alliance with not just Syria but ALL of the Resistance Axis. However, Iran also has a big role in ensuring that this happens, rather than its constant sniping at Egypt in public, respect to Egypt for not responding in kind against Iran. BIG RESPECT to Syria and Algeria for rejecting this neo-colonial war of aggression against Yemen, this portends well for Egypt eventually coming to its short, mid term and long term senses. I have no doubt that the Egyptian state is in intense talks towards strategic unity with the BRICS and Algeria and Syria. Iran must help that process!

4. The situation as it is currently unfolding now in Yemen (Houthi's and internal and regional allies cleaning up brit-yankee-saudi-gcc neo-colonial presence) is a victory also for Egypt who is arrayed at the same alliance. So once again, while I state Egypt's position is wrong, the real world is the real world and everything has to go through the mess of the real world to get to a better position.

5. I have seen some unfortunate comments by a few Shia brothers that Egypt is some how anti-Shia. It is not. Dozens of millions of Egyptians took to the streets to give then head of the Egyptian Army Sisi (now president) the popular mandate to get rid of Morsi partially because they did not want Egypt to become a Ikhwani-Qaeda-Nato mess that has happened to Libya and Syria, the Egyptian masses were horrified by mass rallied conducted by Morsi/MB that called on genocide against Shia and for throwing Egypt into a war against Syria on behalf of the neo-colonial alliance.

6. And now cue the hate, abuse, dogma, narrow thinking, etc for me saying some obvious points in a view of anti-imperialist global united front in this subject. IF people wanna understand the challenges in order for our side to overcome them, then ADVOCATE unity, yes criticise Egypt but take a lead from the Houthi leadership, which I repeat stated: ""We respect Egypt, its people, its President, and all the agreements signed between Yemen and the neighboring countries,” Abdel Salam said, noting that Egypt has helped many Arab nations, particularly Yemen, adding that the group had sent this message to Egyptian Sisi.""

The bottom line is that Egypt has the most populous Arab country to run, it needs money especially as it is exiting the neo-colonial orbit into the GlobalSouth orbit. It needs to find tens of billions of alternate cash from China etc, and in so doing will face a direct war with the Gulf Monarchies. Not easy tasks!

Either we advocate for anti-imperialist unity and liberation, or we advocate for pro-imperialist death squad divisions and collapse. There is hardly the slightest middle ground.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

SUPPORT THE YEMENI RESISTANCE DEFEATING THE BRIT-YANKEE-GULFIE NEO-COLONIAL WAR OF AGGRESSION


British-Yankee (Saudi) bombing from the air, al Qaeda and Ikhwan bombing from the ground. THIS is the neo-colonial allied war of destruction against the Muslim world be it in Libya, Syria and even in England. And as such there is no future for the Muslim world if this neo-colonial alliance is not defeated and buried.

I support the Yemeni peoples and the Houthi people there in their resistance against the Yankee-British-Saudi war of aggression that is currently taking place.

The neo-colonialists are terrified that their gulf monarchies are being surrounded in the Gulf area and that the water channel in the Persian Gulf is basically now under the strategic control of Iran and allies. As Leila Khaled said at the ‪#‎MXFilmFest‬ the priority in the Muslim world is to unite to defeat the neo-colonial death squads, which operate in Yemen and are backed by Saudi and other Gulf monarchies and also by the Pakistani ISI.

Victory to the anti-imperialist resistance in Yemen, total defeat to the neo-colonial death squad project and total defeat to the British-Yankee-Saudi war of aggression on Yemen. This war of aggression is a desperate move by the enemy as they see their hegemonic position under direct threat in the region.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

TUNIS NEO-COLONIAL TERROR ATTACK, MASSES ARE SICK AND TIRED



The Arab Sting has struck again, this time tragically in Tunis with the neo-colonial terrorist attack against a museum. 

This is what the Arab Sting has unleashed, a political trauma defined by the deepening all the neo-colonial oppressions to terrible levels. 

While the british state has ensured that Gulf Monarchies have more or less direct and indirect control of most of the Muslim communities in britain, outside in the Muslim world, there is growing mass seething anger against this neo-colonial pro-zionist pro-imperialist terrorism, our peoples only need a green light and leadership for an almighty historic liberation-oriented whirlwind to be unleashed to wipe out these neo-colonial scum. Where and how will this leadership come about? Its not clear yet, but I feel we are on the cusp of it. 

The Muslim masses are sickened to their back teeth by sadistic gangsters using and abusing Islam to kill everyone and destroy everything but the enemies of the peoples (ie., imperialism and zionism and their allied Turkish and Gulf Monarchist states). 

The Saudis are scuppering and sabotaging the unity between the Egyptian state/army/peoples and the Islamic Republic of Iran and the wider Resistance Axis. Egypt is already united with Syria in opposing the neo-colonial terror project. Don't believe the public hype, Egypt and Iran are busy discussing ways out, while President Sisi is very unhappy with what he calls 'the bunch of pigs' in the nato-allied Gulf monarchies. T

hings are slowly moving to a head, and I guarantee everyone, we will see a massive upsurge in anti-imperialist struggle in the region that will be defined by: 

1, A massive upsurge against neo-colonialist terrorism, 

2, In so doing taking back Islam and Muslims back into the liberation project and away from the collaborationist project of the Arab Sting and related death squads 

3, a deepening of the global strategic alliances with the BRICS, and esp with Russia, China and Africa, and to some extent 

4, the deepening of the prospects of the social justice interests of the masses, as the masses will not be unleashed in unity with their leadership against neo-colonialism and growing unity with the BRICS without some significant raising of their conditions. 

We are emerging towards nearing the light from the deep dark tunnel of the last 4 years.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm