Rising costs of living

As Trump lowers the taxes on the super rich in the USA, European governments are rising taxes on working class families. The Netherlands has increased its sale tax of products from 19% to 21% in recent years. Next year the right-wing government of Mark Rutte will raise the lowest tax tariff on essential products, from 6% to 9%. This austerity measure will force working class families to spend another 300 euros a year extra on basic human needs. Meanwhile, profits have been huge for those who own our economy. The Irish budget airliner; Ryanair, reported to have made one billion euros in profits. Still the airliner is one of the worst in Europe, when it comes to fair wages. Its pilots are not allowed to form unions and the management of Ryanair is operating under a totalitarian culture!

Capitalist inequality is causing anger and conflict. The problem remains that many workers do not understand that capitalism is the cause. Many are blaming migrants, the political establishment and even leftists. Now it is true that the (capitalist) political establishment is working very hard to serve the ruling class. But working class people must understand that their enemy is the capitalist class as a collective. Under the influence of right-wing populists, migrant workers and leftists are blamed for the rising costs of living. The reality is that neither migrants nor leftists control the economy of this world, capitalists however due. They control what is produced and claim all the profits working class people create. Also the ruling class owns and controls the media and what is reported. Socialist mass-media does not exist, there are no television networks promoting genuine socialism (a workers democracy) in America, Europe, Africa and Asia!

Why are wages stagnating in the USA? Partly because of the low trade union work. American workers have been drilled by the right-wing, not to join trade unions and fight for their salaries. A divided working class can be much easier controlled then a unified one. American workers have been told that unions only work in the interests of those at the top. This is why revolutionary socialists demand that trade union officials are paid only the average wage of a worker in their branch. Capitalists like Donald Trump always said that unions harm business. Owners don’t like paying fair wages, because they want to keep all the money for themselves. This is why unions are needed, because win-out them most workers would be defenseless against the might of the ruling class. Class struggle is what caused a rise in salaries and wealth. The right-wing may deny this, but it is true. In the late 1970’s, a major offensive started to destroy trade unionism. Republicans and Democrats have worked side by side to accomplish this. Now only 7% of all workers in the private sector are unionized!

The offensive to weaken class struggle is also happening in Europe. With the betrayal of social democracy, many unions lost the support of working class people. Social democrats have enjoyed almost unlimited support from trade unions, many of them are union leaders. Since many social democrats now support austerity and capitalist barbarism, it is understandable that fewer workers join unions that are dominated by members of (right-wing) social democratic parties. Revolutionary socialists also think that the unwillingness of union leaders to fight for workers’ rights is causing a decline in membership. It is ironic that the International Monetary Fund has concluded that the stagnation of American wages is a direct result of the drop in trade union membership. The absence of a workers party on a socialist program might also explain this. American workers do not have a political force of their own. To strengthen the movement towards socialism, working class people need organizations that fights for their interests. Trade unions and a workers party are vital to build a socialist future!

It is said that the market can plan and produce anything way better then society. That is what Fox News is broadcasting each day. The right-wing propaganda network is famous for spreading the ideology and line of the Republican Party. Donald Trump is praised by many on the network for his capitalist politics that favor the 1%. Because those you see on Fox News are rich and part of the establishment. Like Trump they own millions of U.S dollars. This is why they are on the side of the far-right president and hail the tax cuts on the rich. Anchors like Sean Hannity do not know what it is like, to live on an income that is less than 30.000 U.S dollars a year. Another country that is experiencing a economic crisis is Turkey. The Turkish lira (currency) is in a downfall, losing almost 10% of its value. Dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded with nationalist rhetoric and blames others. The right-wing leader destroyed the last remnants of Turkish democracy by creating an atmosphere of fear. By 2018, freedom of speech has been fully eliminated. Only supporters of Turkish nationalism and the conservative AK Party are allowed to speak out. Erdogan has not only created a Russian style presidential dictatorship, he is also bringing economic ruin to Turkey!

Ten years after the economic crisis of 2008, capitalism has not solved anything. It has forced workers to pay for the crisis they created. The ruling class claims that all must suffer when in reality only one class truly is hurt. Yes, new jobs are created. But these are low-paid jobs with no real hope of a decent living. Americans and European workers now starting to face conditions that are normal in eastern Europe. Capitalism there created so much inequality that many have tried to flee to ”wealthier” western European nations. Eastern Europeans who tried to build up a new live in the west face racism, discrimination and outright rejection by working class people, who have been misled and brainwashed into thinking that job-loss is the fault of the migrant worker from Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Poland. In the absence of genuine socialist parties, right-wing populists with their pseudo-anti-establishment rhetoric, have won many votes from workers. However the capitalist system cannot hide its failure to provide. Wages are stagnating and the cost of living is rising. Western Europeans will realize this too. Greeks are among the first who now experience mass poverty. 60% of all Greek workers face financial difficulty thanks to the austerity regime of Alexis Tsipras. Behind them are the Spanish, who’s social democratic minority government will not change anything regarding the absolute rule of capitalism!

Despite the betrayal of social democracy and the collapse of Stalinist ”communism”, the workers movement can fight back. Its only needs to look beyond those who still support either the social democratic parties or the (now deeply reformist) communist parties. Genuine socialism is not about more government and less market (social democracy) or an absolute state monolith controlled by an elitist caste. Only in Russia are the communist parties stupid enough to glorify the Stalinist period. Workers do not win anything when old Stalinist dinosaurs like Gennady Zyuganov stand proudly next to oligarch boss; Vladimir Putin in singing the nationalist Russian anthem. In the Czech Republic the communist party openly support a capitalist government and in Nepal the newly NCP is ruling like a typical bourgeois political party. It proofs that we cannot trust any communist party that still calls itself Marxist-Leninist. Because this only shows that they are willing to work with the ruling class. Revolutionary socialists call for the formation of parties that can remove capitalism and replace it with actual democratic socialism, not social democracy. Democracy in the economy means a system of decentralized planning. This can be done by nationalizing the top 500 companies that control the wealth of each country. You be surprised how much wealth is controlled by so few capitalist enterprises!

 

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Last days of Assange?

The days of relative freedom for Julian Assange might be over. President Lenin Moreno and the PAIS Alliance in Ecuador have moved to the right-wing and now wish to undue the populist changes carried out by Rafael Correa (called the Chavez of Ecuador). It is reported that Moreno is willing to expel Julian Assange from his embassy in London. The founder of Wikileaks was given protection here under the previous Ecuadorian government. However Correa is now a wanted man as right-wing forces took over the PAIS Alliance. In May 2017, Lenin Moreno won the presidency and made clear that he was a typical capitalist president. Relationships with the USA were also improved as Ecuador agreed on buying U.S made military hardware in June 2018! 

Lenin Moreno is named after Vladimir Lenin by his Marxist parents. However the actions of Moreno proof that he does not support socialism. This also counts for the PAIS Alliance, which is moving to the right-wing. Under Rafael Correa the party was supportive of what it called ”socialism in the 21st century”. Now the PAIS Alliance is talking about ”social democracy for the 21st century”. The official right-wing in Ecuador can be very happy. Conservatives who are united in the ”Creating Opportunities” (CREO) party welcome the abandonment of socialist ideas by the PAIS Alliance. The last elections were good for the conservatives. They won more seats and although CREO lost the presidential election, they have positioned themselves as the main opposition party. In parliament, the PAIS Alliance is still enjoying a majority. This is because the working class of Ecuador trusted them over the right-wing CREO. But this trust can end by this move to the right!

Julian Assange is living in the London embassy of Ecuador since August 2012. The founder of Wikileaks is regarded as a obstacle by Moreno, who wishes to improve relationships with the USA. It is therefore very possible that Assange is sacrificed. Let us not forget that America wishes to jail him, because Wikileaks exposed the war-crimes of American imperialism in Iraq. It was Wikileaks who showed the world how a American helicopter opened fire on a civilians in Baghdad, killing innocent Iraq’s like Namir Noor-Eldeen, a photographer. After the first attack, the Americans opened fire on a civilian car that tried to get the wounded to a hospital. The video of the attack was leaked by Wikileaks thanks to Chelsea Manning, a U.S Army soldier. Washington DC was not happy with the leaks and Manning was arrested and jailed until 2017. Revolutionary socialists have supported both Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Despite that Sweden dropped the sexual assault charges, Assange still fears that Sweden will extradite him to the USA. The British could also do this, since the right-wing government of Theresa May is allied to the far-right presidency of Donald Trump, who has shown to have a total disregard for the rule of law!

2018 might be the year in which Ecuador expels Assange from its embassy. This despite the fact that he has the Ecuadorian nationality and is a citizen of the Republic of Ecuador. Revolutionary socialists know that president Moreno is not a leftist. Therefore we are concerned that Assange might be in serious trouble. Wikileaks exposes the cruel reality that is the capitalist system and how those who benefit from it, choose to ignore the law. American and European imperialism hate whistle-blowers. Every capitalist boss does not like it when a worker expose his/her dirty secrets. In both the west and east, state governments serve their ruling classes in suppressing whistle-blowers. Even ”democratic” western countries have little to no protection for people who wish to expose the true face of capitalism. Wikileaks is one way to show the world why we must abolish capitalism and replace it with genuine democratic socialism. Revolutionary Socialist Media therefore supports whistle-blowers, because they are our moral compass. Win-out them many dirty secrets of the ruling class will forever be unknown. We know that there must be many more things capitalism does not want the proletariat to see.

Hero’s like Julian Assange need our protection and support.

 

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The betrayal of the African liberation parties

Africa has undergo economic growth. By opening up their markets to western capitalists, some African nations have indeed grown. But the cost is terrible, mass inequality is the result of deregulation and privatizations, yet the ones in power are those who claimed to be anti-capitalist in the 1960’s/1970’s. From the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola to the Mozambique Liberation Front, the African National Congress (South Africa) and the Party of the Revolution (Tanzania). All of them once claimed to stand for a system of socialism and rejected the western capitalist model. By 2018 however, all of them betrayed their socialist ideology and now embrace neoliberalism and capitalism. In a way they are the parties of the ruling class, which makes them right-wing!

African workers have been betrayed by parties like MPLA (Angola), FRELIMO (Mozambique), ANC (South Africa) and CCM (Tanzania). The president of Angola until last year was José Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled from 1979 to 2017. Because of massive fraud the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) is able to win all elections. Angola is not a democracy, despite the changes of 1992 which allowed for a multiparty democracy to be build. The ex-Stalinist MPLA however never intended to play fair or democratic. Their members have used the state to intimidate and imprison democracy activists and those critical of MPLA rule. Between 1956 and 1991, the party was loyal to Marxism-Leninism (Stalinism). It fought a brutal civil war with the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), which was supported by the United States for its anticommunism. As the end of stalinism came closer, the MPLA abandoned its socialist facade and embraced ”social democracy” (officially) as its new ideology. All references to Marx and Lenin were silently removed from the party’s history books. President José Eduardo dos Santos then embraced the IMF and the World Bank. Next to being the absolute ruler he is also a capitalist exploiter, owning a lot of companies who grew very fast in the 1990’s as a result of economic liberalization. Working class Angolans however suffer poverty. 68% is reported to be living below the poverty line of less then two dollars a day!

The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola today plays on populism and its role as a national liberation party to stay in power. They also use fear and intimidation as weapons against any criticism. Anybody who does not support the MPLA is called a ”traitor” and will find it difficult to find work. In 2017, the president announced that he would resign as state leader. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço was selected by him to be the next Angolan president. However this does not mean that Angola is free from Santos, as he remains chairman of the MPLA . Also his children are holding vital government positions, making the Santos family very powerful. This nepotism is very common in Africa. The new president is educated in the USSR. He used to study at the Lenin Higher Academy, where he furthered his military training and completed a master’s degree in Historical Sciences. Despite calling himself a loyal ”Marxist-Leninist”, João Lourenço today is a typical corrupt capitalist leader. It proofs the complete betrayal of socialist principals by the MPLA. During the civil war with UNITA, the People’s Republic of Angola was supported by Fidel Castro. It is ironic that the Cubans ordered many of their soldiers to fight and die for a party that betrayed Marxism as soon as the Cold War was over. After the Angolan stalinists became ”social democrats” (in name only) they renamed the nation into Republic of Angola and removed all socialist references from the constitution. Today only the flag and emblem are remnants of what the MPLA claimed to support, a socialist Angola!

Socialism plays no role in Angola. It never has in the period of the people’s republic and certainly does not today, in the era of Angolan capitalism. Despite the massive socialist propaganda in the past against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the MPLA today is a corrupt bourgosie party. They support only themselves and the new capitalist class, which is made up of people like José Eduardo dos Santos and João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço. All genuine socialists must fully reject the MPLA as a party of class traitors. However the former class enemy of this national liberation party is now suddenly very friendly. The criminal USA (who provided arms to the anticommunists of UNITA) is now supportive of the Angolan government. They dumped the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola as soon as the MPLA embraced capitalism and austerity. Because of its massive human rights abuses, the Angolan government under Santos hired a U.S company to lobby inside American politics. 675,000 dollars were paid each year to Samuels International Associates starting in 2008. In return this company would improve Angola’s global image and facilitate meetings with senior U.S. officials. This is how the corrupt MPLA got America on its side, by paying money to lobbyists. Revolutionary socialists are not surprised. Until 1991, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola relied on the USSR for weapons and financial support. After the Stalinist empire collapsed, they needed new allies. The IMF was to be that new ally and José Eduardo dos Santos was willing to betray the whole ideology on which the struggle against colonialism and imperialism was based on!

Another class traitor in line is Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique between 1986 and 2005. Like that corrupt scum in Angola, Chissano hails from a party much like the MPLA. Mozambique and Angola used to be Portuguese colonies until 1975. The national liberation parties had to fight almost 20 years to gain independence. In the 1950’s, Portugal was a right-wing dictatorship (supported by the USA). It was led by António de Oliveira Salazar. This far-right conservative dictator had much in common with Franco, but he was less a fascist. Unlike fascism in Italy or nazism in Germany, Salazar was a traditionalist, who supported the Portuguese capitalist class and loved the Catholic Church. Between 1932 and 1975, the regime he founded was named Estado Novo (New State). However after Salazar died in 1968, the Estado Novo started to crumble. On 25 April 1975, the Portuguese army staged a coup and ended the legacy of Salazar. Socialism could have been build as the military was not hostile to this idea. However both the socialist party and communist party were too sectarian. The socialists refused to carry out a revolution and the communists saw themselves as the only genuine revolutionary force. Angola and Mozambique were given their independence. The Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) founded the People’s Republic of Mozambique, a Stalinist single party state!

Like many African stalinists, FRELIMO believed that they could build socialism in one country. Those who criticized their brutal methods were arrested and jailed as ”counterrevolutionaries”. Over 300.000 white Portuguese left the country as they feared the revolutionary politics of FRELIMO. This resulted in the fact that Mozambique lost the only group of people who had any knowledge on how to run a nation. The black working class was backward and not educated by the whites. FRELIMO knew how to fight a guerrilla war, but its members were not intellectuals who could teach. Their incompetence and mismanagement of the economy alienated many workers and peasants. It resulted in the formation of the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO). This anticommunist resistance movement received public and military support from the two biggest racist nations of Africa: South Africa and Rhodesia. These white supremacist countries supported RENAMO because of its anticommunism. Those who fought for the Mozambican National Resistance did not seem to care that they got their weapons from regimes that regarded blacks as inferior. Meanwhile the civil war between communists and anticommunists was brutal, over 500.000 are reported to have died between 1975 and 1990. Both FRELIMO and RENAMO committed massive crimes like mass killing, rape and mutilation of non-combatants during terrorist raids on villages and towns, the use of child soldiers, forced labour and sexual violence!

In 1986, the plane of FRELIMO leader Samora Machel crashed. Machel was the first president of Mozambique and a strong believer in Marxism-Leninism (Stalinism). His death resulted in the rise of Joaquim Chissano, who was willing to betray the Marxist-Leninist line of the party. By the late 1980’s, Chissano and the Mozambique Liberation Front came to see the ideas of Marx and Lenin as ”outdated for the contemporary world”. With the collapse of the Soviet-Union and the end of Apartheid on the horizon, FRELIMO and RENAMO agreed on ending the civil war. A new constitution removed all socialist references. The People’s Republic Mozambique was to become the Republic of Mozambique. At the same time the Mozambique Liberation Front started to rewrite its own history books. Their struggle against Portuguese colonialism was already heavily mythologized, now the party’s leadership wanted all memories of Marxism-Leninism (Stalinism) gone. The new history of FRELIMO told of a national liberation party that fought the Portuguese and gave Mozambique its independence, the whole part about socialism was scrapped. Joaquim Chissano then made ”social democracy” (officially) the new ideology on paper. Because by 1990, FRELIMO had capitulated to international capitalism. Chissano was supported by Margret Thatcher and the western imperialist world for his rejection of communist ideas!

FRELIMO won the first multiparty elections in 1994. However like Angola, the nation has not become a true democracy. This is because the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front keeps up a facade, elections are not fair. Mozambique is however more free compared to Angola. Still this has not resulted in a stable political climate. Chissano left the office of president in 2005. He had finished his work of transforming his nation from a Stalinist state into a capitalist one. For revolutionary socialists there is no doubt, Chissano is a class traitor like Santos of Angola. In 2016, FRELIMO and RENAMO resumed their conflict. 3.000 people fled the country as members of both parties started to fight each other once again. 200 have been killed and 15.000 displaced. In May 2018, Afonso Dhlakama died. He was the leader of the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) since 1979 and the official opposition face. Ossufo Momad (his successor) went into hiding as he fears for his life. Meanwhile the country is led by Filipe Nyusi. He was elected president in 2015. Nyusi is a typical capitalist president, despite coming from a (former) leftist party!

Most western people know very little about Angola and Mozambique. This is because the media of America and Europe gave very little attention to the struggle against Portuguese colonialism and the civil wars. However in South Africa there was much more media attention. This was thanks to Nelson Mandela, the icon of the struggle against Apartheid and leader of the African National Congress (ANC). Mandela used to be a socialist. However by the time he was released by the racist South African government in 1990, he had converted to capitalism. The victory of the ANC at the 1994 elections did not end the massive inequality or poverty among the majority of black workers. Worse, the Mandela period (1994-1998) changed almost nothing for the average black worker. Still they idealized him as their liberator, but only for the period in which he was jailed. Nelson Mandela does not deserve their respect for what he failed to do as president of South Africa. His unwillingness to build socialism resulted in the fact that most whites kept all the wealth of the country. The Freedom Charter of 1955 clearly said that: ”The People Shall Share In The Country’s Wealth”. This included: The banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole. Mandela simply choose to ignore these vital ideas. Why? Because that was the deal he made with the whites in 1990 to get out of jail!

The ANC today is a corrupt capitalist party. However unlike the MPLA and FRELIMO it was never Marxist-Leninist (Stalinist). The official South African Communist Party (SACP) is part of a ANC led political alliance called the Tripartite Alliance. Together with the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the SACP is little more then a puppet of the African National Congress. The communist party itself does not run in elections. This show that the South African stalinists are nothing more then reformist idiots who remain loyal to a party that has betrayed socialism since 1990. Despite that Mandela stood next to the hammer and sickle banner, he did not end the capitalist system and not transferred the wealth to the majority of the people. Nelson Mandela is by all account a class traitor and Revolutionary Socialist Media will say this openly and loud. After the icon of anti-Apartheid went into retirement, the ANC choose right-wing Thabo Mbeki to be the next leader. Mbeki was able to create a black capitalist class next to the white ruling class. However black workers remained poor and backward. Thabo Mbeki did not cared. He wanted to serve a new class of black capitalists. Inequality was now very high after Mbeki left office in 2008. Voter loyalism is why the ANC is still winning elections, despite the fact that they are not a party of the working class. Meanwhile the liberals of the Democratic Alliance are winning more black votes, especially from those who are part of the new black bourgeoisie!

”Chama Cha Mapinduzi” is Swahili and stands for: Party of the Revolution (CCM). It is the name of the ruling party of Tanzania. Originally it supported African-socialism, which difference from Marxist-socialism. Julius Nyerere was one of the most important African-socialist leaders. He developed an ideology called Ujamaa. After Tanzania (first named Tanganyika) became independent of Great Britain in 1961, Nyerere wanted to turn the nation into an African-socialist state based on his ideology. The problem with all African-socialists was that they were top-down thinkers. Their ideas were contradicting each other. On paper they promised democratic rights, yet at the same time arrested anybody who pointed out flaws in their system. Julius Nyerere was dictatorial and forced Ujamaa down on the working class of Tanzania. The Arusha Declaration of 1967 marked the start of his grand plan. Nyerere’s revolutionary transformation failed miserably because economic output was low. Despite huge gains on the social front, economic growth was not achieved. Also Tanzania was not self-relined as the CCM had championed. Because the president wanted to build the nation on his ideas, he banned anything that was not in line. Soul music, western films and magazines, miniskirts and tight trousers were all banned in Nyerere’s Tanzania!

African-socialism failed because like stalinism it was top-down, bureaucratic centralist, authoritarian and based on a single party system. Revolutionary socialists understand that people like Julius Nyerere were idealists and more dreamers then actual thinkers. They failed to understand that socialism cannot be build by a small minority. It can only be constructed in a democratic environment with free speech and participation from the working class in planning and production. African-socialists centralized all power in the government, which became a center for corruption, nepotism and elitism. Working class Tanzanians had no means to oppose it, since the government would silence them if they spoke out. By the late 1980’s it was clear that Ujamaa had failed. The Party of the Revolution (CCM) started to think that ”socialism” as a system could not work. Under the influence of neoliberals like Thatcher and Reagan, the party made plans to abandon the ideology of its founder. They did not have to wait long. President Nyerere left his office on 5 November 1985. Disillusioned by the failures of Ujamaa, he choose to retire. The CCM elected Ali Hassan Mwinyi as their new president. This president started to reverse the collectivist ideas of Nyerere. Mwinyi also introduced a multiparty system, although the Party of the Revolution would remain power due to its control over the media and state. After ten years Mwinyi had dismantled the Ujamaa system and turned Tanzania into a capitalist nation. Privileged CCM leaders could now become capitalists and exploit the very people they once claimed to liberate from exploitation!

The CCM continued its market reforms right into the 21st century. Benjamin Mkapa was elected as successor to Ali Hassan Mwinyi. Mkapa claimed to be a supporter of Nyerere, but once in power he kept the austerity of Mwinyi going. In this he was praised by the IMF and World Bank, who were very positive about economic liberalization in Tanzania. Working class people did not benefit as you might know by now. Capitalism only gave wealth to a (very small) minority and foreign capitalists. Mkapa was elected on a anti-corruption platform. He turned out to be a hypocrite, by now we now that this former president was deeply corrupt himself. President Mkapa loved to spend government money. He bought a private jet for 15 million British pounds (19 million U.S dollars) and wasted 30 million pounds on needless military hardware. Let us not forget that the national average income is around 1.100 U.S dollars a year. After he left the office of president in 2005, the state went after Mkapa for corruption charges. As president he had privatized the Kiwira Coal Mine, which the former president bought himself. The Kiwira Coal Mine made Benjamin Mkapa a very rich person in Tanzania!

Today the people and political parties who once claimed to be socialist are now capitalistic. They are class traitors and deserve to be removed. Unfortunate they are all still in power. From the CCM in Tanzania to the ANC in South Africa, FRELIMO in Mozambique and the MPLA in Angola. These former liberation parties now the parties of capitalist exploiters. They can rewrite their history books and ignore what they used to say in the 1970’s, Revolutionary Socialist Media does not forget. We will expose them and call upon the working class of Africa to overthrow them in socialist revolutions. The African continent is the richest part of this planet. Its workers do not deserve to be so poor and backward. It is however up to them to make a difference. They have nothing to lose but their chains!

 

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Putin’s agents working for Trump

It is now clear that the Russian government was involved to get Donald Trump elected in 2016. This is understandable since Hillary Clinton is a anti-Russian war-hawk and would have called for a confrontational policy. Trump said he would not be a war-hawk and that he favored talks with Putin. Now in 2018, we know that Russia had many of its agents working with the 2016 Trump campaign team. Carter Page is one of these people who has high connections to the Putin regime. Now does that mean that Trump is a puppet of Russia? No, we do not have direct evidence for that. We do know that Putin’s government favored Trump over Clinton and that Russian hackers have attempted to gain access to the American voting system!

To say that America would not try to intervene in foreign elections is a scam. American presidents have donated billions of dollars to pro-USA groups and persons to get them elected. In Latin America they bought corrupt leaders and armed states that cared nothing about human rights. After the Cold War the USA claimed it would not longer do ”regime change”. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq shows this to be a lie. Also the USA has been successful in removing Muammar Gaddafi and American dollars are used to strengthen Islamic rebels in Syria. No, the Americans are not angles nor the saviors of democracy and liberty. However we do know that Russia had a key interest in getting Donald Trump elected. Putin may know things that we don’t. The Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation is said to have planted many of their spies to get Trump elected in 2016. Carter Page (one of Trumps foreign-policy adviser) is now revealed to have collaborated with the Russian government at the end of the elections!

Many supporters of Hillary Clinton will now claim that Vladimir Putin stole the elections. There is however no direct evidence that the elections were manipulated by Russian hackers. They tried to get access but did not succeed in getting it. Still it is disturbing that the Russian Federation to would try to get access to a election process. The media in Russia will deny it all and most Russians will believe it. This is because of the ”them against us” enforced by the state-media. Also we must not forget that media outlets in Russia are are not free to critize the Kremlin. Most television networks are either owned or funded by the state. As many human rights organizations have pointed out: Russia is not a democratic nation and does not have a free press. America maybe a semi-plutocracy with a very unfair political system, but the American government has not shutdown critical newspapers of Trump nor has it silenced networks who reject his rule. Putin on the other hand has done all of that!

The problem many leftist opponents of American imperialism have is called ”campism”, a relic of the Cold War. They think that the world divided into two camps. One imperialist one and one who stands against it. The United States and its allies are the imperialists, so they must support anyone who stands against the west. Putin is loved by many anti-imperialists because he is not bowing to America like Boris Yeltsin did. Because of Putin’s ”strongman” image he is getting praise from people who claim to be leftist. Among communist parties we see a clear favoritism towards Moscow. A paradox since Russia is a conservative dictatorship and must be rejected by all progressive thinking people, including communists. Behind the facade, Putin is leading a oligarchy with himself as the the richest man of Russia. Campism is a relic of the past when the world was indeed divided between the Soviet camp and the American camp. But the Soviet-Union is death, Russia today is not anti-imperialist. Worse, Putin has imperialist ambitions of his own as we see in Ukraine and Syria. Bashar Assad is totally depended on Russia to stay in power and the separatists in eastern Ukraine need Moscow’s weapons and soldiers.

Revolutionary socialists have rejecting the two camps during the Cold War. We did not praised the USA and Western Europe as freedom fighters and painted the USSR as ”the enemy of liberty”. At the same time we always made clear that the Soviet camp was not socialist and not progressive. This is why Revolutionary Socialist Media will not support Putin over Trump. Unlike many self-styled anti-imperialists, we do not side with one dictator only because he is a opponent of the western world. Leftists who stand with Putin (or Xi Jinping and even Kim Jong Un) are guided by this wrong believe that he/she must side with any regime that stands against Washington DC. It gives leftist anti-imperialism a bad name and it strengthens those imperialists who will claim that all leftists side with Putin against the ”democratic world”. The American camp knows that it is getting competition from Russia and China as global imperial powers. Beijing is building up its influence in Africa by investing money in the infrastructure of many African nations. In return these countries open up their markets for Chinese capitalists. The USA does not like that, it does not want to share nor abandon its dominate position as the only superpower!

The spy game is reaching higher ground with the arrest of Maria Butina. Like Anna Chapman this Maria Butina is a young woman that is said (by the FBI) to be an agent for ”Mother Russia”. It is a reminder of the Chapman case 8 years ago. Anna Chapman was a young Russian who lived in the USA. She was deported in 2010 for spying. After returning to Russia she became a role model for the Young Guard of United Russia, the youth wing of Putin’s political party. Maria Butina is also a woman who likes the American right-wing. In the USA she build her social network around high ranking members of the National Rifle Association. Like Chapman, Maria Butina is not the typical spy. She is a young woman in her late 20’s and close to establishment Republicans. On social media Butina portrayed herself as a gun lover and supportive of Donald Trump. Anna Chapman and Maria Butina are both born in Russia and have participated in activities of the Young Guard of United Russia, who’s programs are breeding unconditional support for the Russian state and its leader. Is this Maria Butina the new Anna Chapman of 2018? Maybe, but there has to be clear evidence before calling her an agent of Putin. This does not change the fact that there are American Butina’s and Chapman’s spying in countries like Russia and China. The CIA has its own spy network and it is very hypocrite to think that only Russia is playing the spy game!

For working class people the spy game between Russia and America is a game of two imperialist powers. Workers gain nothing by supporting them. America and Russia are controlled by capitalist interests and it is therefore that revolutionary socialists call for the overthrow of both the Trump government and the Putin government. Overthrow does not have to be violent. In the case of Russia however it seems to be necessary. There are no democratic means of taking power in the Russian Federation. Elections are a facade and unlike the USA, there is no room for criticism of the president. Vladimir Putin has silenced all major newspapers and television networks who stood against him in the past. Because of Russian nationalism and the fact that Putin has restructured the state to its old (Stalinist) glory, many working class people support him. Russians don’t seem to care that their leader is a billionaire, who leads a corrupt oligarchy. They don’t care that the Kremlin is mixing Soviet and Czarist symbolism into one toxic propaganda machine used to blind them. Donald Trump wants to be like Vladimir Putin, but he has neither the money (Trump is only a millionaire) nor the political power to rule unopposed. He could strengthen his power by removing democratic institutions as Putin did, but that would be unwise in a country that still has a free media!

It is up to the American left-wing to offer a genuine alternative to that blond racist sexist in 2020. Only a true leftist can defeat Trump and his capitalist class. Revolutionary socialists do not look at the Democratic Party for this. Because there is a high chance that the neoliberals would put forward a establishment Democrat. A person who (like Clinton) is loyal to the ruling class. There are leftist Democrats and Bernie Sanders might try to get the nomination in 2020. But as history has proven in 2016, the Democratic National Committee is not a progressive force and does not want the Democratic Party to become a social democratic party. It is because of this that Socialist Alternative is calling for a new party to be build. Bernie Sanders has the ability to rally millions of young workers for this project if he would support it. A workers party on a socialist program is needed to offer a true alternative in 2020 to the corrupt Republican Party and right-wing Democratic Party!

 

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Ukranian neonazi’s armed with western money

In Syria, the western capitalist powers support Islamic rebels, who fight the Ba’ath regime of Bashar Assad. In Ukraine it is now clear that western money goes to far-right units of the army, who are used by the Poroshenko oligarchy to fight pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk. The Real News Network reported that the Azov Special Operations Unit is now a official party of the Ukrainian Army. Azov started as a far-right militia in 2014 and was made an official part of the army after Poroshenko came to power. Officially this unit denies that its members are neonazi’s, we only have to look at their emblem to know otherwise. They use the Wolfsangel a Germanic symbol that became popular with the Waffen SS. Also their members fly the banner of the former Social-National Party of Ukraine (today renamed into Svoboda), an outright neonazi party!

Before the civil war in Ukraine started, neonazi forces were rather weak. This was because the Ukrainian state used to keep them in line. After the fall of the pro-Russian Yanukovich government in December 2013 this changed. Ukrainian police forces started to look the other way as far-right scum attacked leftists, ethnic minorities and Soviet monuments. The Poroshenko regime officially banned the communist ideology which was fully supported by Svoboda, the new name of the Social-National Party of Ukraine. Under its new name and with 15.000 members, Svoboda is the biggest far-right party in the nation. Like many Ukrainian nationalists, the far-right party is more popular in western Ukraine compared to eastern Ukraine. During the uprising against Yanukovich most regions in the west supported his overthrow!

The western world is fully supportive of the Kiev regime, which is undemocratic and not free. Banning the communist ideology means that even anti-Stalinist communists are not free to express themselves. Symbols of socialism like the red star are banned, singing The Internationale is also not allowed. Meanwhile the far-right nationalists who fought with Hitler against Stalin are glorified by the state. You are not allowed to speak negatively about the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the anti-Soviet nationalists who killed 100.000 ethnic Pols in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, between 1943 and 1945. The banner of the UPA is even allowed to be flown from government buildings in Kiev and it was used during the Euromaidan. This is why many leftists had difficulties supporting the demonstrations. Despite calling for the overthrow of a authoritarian leader, the demonstrators were ethnic nationalist, anti-Russian and pro-western. Next to the UPA banner the anti-Yanukovich opposition used the EU flag and are calling for Ukraine to join the neoliberal European Union!

NATO has started to arm Ukraine, now that Poroshenko has moved his country out of Russia’s sphere of influence. The old Soviet style police and army uniforms have been replaced by American style uniforms and it is clear that in the future, NATO will be the main supplier for arms. Despite that Ukraine is a very poor nation, the government has increased its military budget with three billion dollars. In 2013 the army was given 3,6 billion, now the budget is 6,3 billion U.S dollars. Poroshenko is spending a lot of money on the army, while the working class is suffering poverty. It is said that over 60% of all Ukrainians were living in relative poverty last year. Around 30% to 40% are worse off as they must experience absolute poverty. This includes many elderly who are not supported by the state in any way. With the banning of communism, the Kiev regime hopes that it can destroy the only alternative to their corrupt oligarchy. For socialists it is indeed difficult working in Ukraine. Fighting for socialism is often translated as fighting for Russia as Russians are portrayed by the media as ”communists”. Many pro-Russian separatists are using Soviet symbols, despite the fact that these were not created for great Russian chauvinism!

Svoboda is doing much more then just political work. They are indoctrinating their youth with Ukrainian nationalism, hatred of Russians and leftism. Their youth camps are getting government money, which means that the Ukrainian state is paying for camps in which children are brainwashed into hating Russians. The same scenario is happening in Donetsk and Lugansk were Russian separatists are enforcing hatred of ethnic Ukrainians because of these fascists. Since the Azov Special Operations Unit is part of the National Guard, it was also visited by western officers from the U.S Army. American soldiers were smiling and talking to men who give the Hitler salute and proudly claim their hatred for Jews and Russians (off-course not in front of their western allies). The U.S government is not stupid and knows that far-right forces are part of the Ukrainian Army. But since Ukraine fights Russia, Washington DC supports them. The enemy of my enemy is my friend and America is still playing by this line!

Ukraine is not a fascist state as Russian state media claims. But far-right politicians are part of the government and hold important functions in the Kiev regime. Andriy Parubiy for example is the founder of the Social-National Party of Ukraine. In 1994, he was wearing a Nazi style uniform while parading his Storm-troopers down Kiev. Parubiy also led the ”Patriots of Ukraine”, a fascist paramilitary group linked to his Social-National Party of Ukraine. After 2004 he traded his Nazi uniform for a typical business suit. Now in 2018, Andriy Parubiy is a member of the right-wing: People’s Front. A party made up of far-right politicians who may not use Nazi symbols, but who’s ideology is ethnic nationalist and deeply anti-democratic. Parubiy was made chairman of the Supreme Council of Ukraine (parliament) and visited many western countries. No western government criticized him for the fact that between 1994 and 2004, he called Jews the biggest enemy of Ukraine. Opposition to his visits only came from the European left-wing, who were denounced by the Ukrainian state media as ”agents of Vladimir Putin”.

Revolutionary socialists stand in complete opposition to president Poroshenko and his far-right allies like Andriy Parubiy. However unlike some leftists in Russia we do not support the separatists. These militias in eastern Ukraine are driven by the same ethnic nationalism as the Azov Special Operations Unit. Donetsk and Lugansk are govern by people who rely on Russia to survive. Also we must not forget that Russian fascists are fighting too, on the side of the so called ”people’s republics”. A far-right group known as Russian National Unity led by Alexander Barkashov has send its members to fight in eastern Ukraine. It is therefore clear that fascist scum is fighting on both sides. The Russian state media may claim that the separatists are fighting a fascist state, but that is not reality. Fascists are used as shock-troopers by the oligarchies of Putin and Poroshenko to divide the working class. Ukrainian and Russian workers need to brake free from the poison that is ethnic nationalism, if they never want to be out of poverty and insecurity caused by the capitalist system!

 

Nepal: The revolution betrayed

Nepalese workers and peasants have been betrayed by Stalinist communists once again. Nepal used to have two rival parties, the moderate Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist-Leninist and the (former) revolutionary Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist. Both claimed to be loyal to socialism, but neither has abolished capitalism and turned political power over the working class. Instead they constructed a bourgeois-republic called the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Not only is this a betrayal of revolutionary principals, it is also treason to the core values of communism. Stalinists and maoists have now joined into one  ”communist” (in reality capitalistic) party called: Nepal Communist Party (NCP). This new NCP is no revolutionary party, despite their use of communist symbols. Worse, their hammer and sickle is the same version used by the class-traitors of the Chinese Communist Party!

There were many communist parties in Nepal using the name: Communist Party of Nepal. But only two are worth mentioning as they are mass parties. Since 1991 there was the moderate Stalinist party, known under the name CPN-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML). This ”communist” party supported the monarchy and the king. A revolutionary wing who supported the ideas of Mao Zedong was founded in 1994. This CPN-Maoist called for the revolutionary overthrow of the Kingdom of Nepal. From 1996 until 2006, the Maoist rebels fought the Royal Nepalese Army. After a peace-treaty the CPN-Maoist won the elections. They could have set up a revolutionary government, which would lay the groundwork for a Socialist Federal Republic of Nepal. But by 2008, both the maoists and stalinits had pushed the idea of a socialist Nepal to a far future. The moderate CPN-Unified Marxist-Leninist choose to work with the Nepalese Congress, the main social democratic party!

Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal exposed his betrayal of revolutionary principals, when he agreed on joining a capitalist provisional government. Nepal was to be transformed from a monarchy into a federal bourgeois republic. Like the CPN-Unified Marxist Leninist, the CPN-Maoist believed that Nepal first needs to undergo a bourgeois-democratic revolution. Ten years later and nothing has changed, despite years of ”communist” rule. Reality proofs that Stalin’s two-stage theory is a complete facade for capitalist rule. Nepal is a very poor country and the little wealth they have is centralized in the hands of their capitalist class. Dahal was prime minister for a short time in 2016-2017, he behaved like a bourgeois politician. As the maoists abandoned their revolutionary rhetoric, they became more in line with the reformist ideology of the CPN-Unified Marxist Leninist. By 2018, Pushpa Kamal Dahal agreed on reunification with the moderate stalinists. On 17 May of this year, the two ”communist” parties became one under the name: Nepal Communist Party (NCP)!

The symbol of the new party is a sun with the Chinese hamer and sickle in it. By using the symbol of the corrupt-capitalist ”Communist” Party of China, the Nepal Communist Party shows that it is not a socialist alternative. Still, because many workers have no class-consciousness they are easily manipulated by the (pseudo) revolutionary propaganda. Those who were part of the CPN-Maoist used to be indoctrinated into worshiping Dahal as the Mao Zedong of Nepal. Unlike the Chinese icon, the Maoist boss did not expropriate the ruling class and neither nationalized the means of production. Mao Zedong may have created a deformed system, but Pushpa Dahal did something far worse. He choose to work with the very people who support the ruling class. This is why all workers and peasants must reject the Nepal Communist Party. Meanwhile the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is led by the former CPN-Unified Marxist Leninist leader: Khadga Prasad Oli, a moderate politician!

Despite their overwhelming majority, the NCP choose to include a junior coalition partner in their government. This position is given to the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, a social-democratic party willing to support the pseudo-communist party. The Nepalese Congress is forced into opposition, which is new to them as the social democrats have been a party of power since the 1990’s. For the FSFN this is the first time they entered a coalition government with the NCP. Despite calling themselves a democratic socialist party willing to support federalism and socialism, the FSFN is not revolutionary. Much like the NCP, they support federalism under a capitalist market economy. Officially Nepal has no political party that is openly right-wing. All elected parties claim to be leftist, socialist and progressive. This is ironic since all of them have never even tried to build a socialist society. The NCP, FSFN and Nepalese Congress are all supportive of capitalism. Stalinists, maoists, social democrats and self-styled democratic socialists, in Nepal they are the politicians of capitalism!

Khadga Prasad Oli used to be a revolutionary activist. Fighting in the 1970’s against the absolute monarchy of Birendra Bir Bikram Shah, who was murdered in 2001 along many family members during the Nepalese royal massacre. Oli betrayed his communist principals when he decided to support a parliamentary monarchy over a socialist republic. Also he became minister in the first CPN-Unified Marxist Leninist government, which lasted only a few months before the social democrats brought this ”communist” government down. After the peace treaty with the CPN-Maoist, Oli again joined a capitalist provisional government under Girija Prasad Koirala, the face of the social democratic Nepalese Congress. In October 2015, Khadga Oli finally reached the top of his political career, he was made prime minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. This was possible because Maoist leader Pushpa Dahal supported him. A year later the maoists walked away from the coalition, this meant that the government lost their majority in parliament!

Prime minister Oli was forced to resign after the right-wing Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Madhesi Rights Forum-Democratic also walked out of the coalition government. The elections in November 2017 did not punished the CPN-Unified Marxist-Leninist. In fact the party won the election together with the Nepalese Congress. The CPN-Maoist Center lost a few votes but remained the third largest political party. Now Khadga Oli could become prime minister again. In early 2018, he and Pushpa Dahal came together to talk about unification of the two communist parties. It was decided that the Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist and the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist Center would fuse into the Nepal Communist Party. Khadga Oli and Pushpa Dahal share the position of party chairman, an irony because in the 90’s the Maoist leader used to denouce the moderate CPN-UML politician as a class enemy, for supporting the monarchy. As their new party-symbol Oli and Dahal took the basic emblem of the CPN-UML (a sun) with a hammer and sickle in the style of the Chinese Communist Party!

After the 2017 election no right-wing party entered the House of Representatives. But the Nepalese ruling class is not alarmed, they know that both the ”communist” NCP and social democratic FSFN are no threat to their power structure. Also the Nepalese Congress has been a strong supporter of the ruling class since the 1990’s. They are the main right-wing party now, despite their official social democratic ideology. The Nepal Communist Party is led by the misguided believe that the nation must first become strong under capitalism. This is Stalin’s two stage theory, which is why many communist parties decided to join capitalist governments. Revolutionary socialists fully disagree with the two stage theory. We call for a revolutionary government of workers and peasants to be build in Nepal. With the reunification of the stalinists and maoists completed, the Nepal Communist Party is now the biggest political party in the nation!

Despite that all elected political parties call themselves leftist, progressive and socialist, they all support the capitalist system. It remains to be seen how much longer workers and peasants are willing to vote for ”communists” who do not change the system. The CPN-Maoist rebellion gave many hope and Dahal used to be popular because he used anti-capitalist rhetoric. But the maoists also support Stalin’s two stage theory and Pushpa Dahal has proven to be a true Stalinist. Meanwhile the IMF and World Bank are demanding privatizations and capitalist politics from the Oli government. Looking towards China, it is very possible that Oli wrongly believes that in order for Nepal to grow, he must obey the laws of world capitalism. As a ”Marxist” he should know that this is exactly why revolutionary socialists call for a workers party to be build. The Nepalese revolution has been betrayed by the very same people who claimed to be loyal to it!

 

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The new emblem of the Nepal Communist Party

The facade of Turkish democracy

Western media outlets are asking why the Turks would vote for a dictatorship? Why would a majority choose to vote for a president who has become famous for abusing human rights. The very same thing can be said about Trump voters, who share many similarities with voters of right-wing president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both voting groups belong to the working class in rural areas. Both Trump and Erdogan have played on populist rhetoric mixed with nationalism. This strategy would fail in a country in which nationalism means very little. Yet in the USA and Turkey, nationalism is a part of the national identity. Turks are raised to be ethnic nationalists. They learn to love and worship the founding father of the republic: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. You may reject certain aspects of Turkish society, but you are not allowed to criticize the ‘’Greatness of the Turkish Nation’’. Trump is also playing on American nationalism. But while that capitalist idiot is losing popular support, Erdogan is remaining popular with many Turks!

Turkish workers who work in the major cities and in tourism are not in favour of the authoritarian president. They understand that their freedom is at stake if Erdogan is allowed to stay in power. However in rural Turkey, the far-right conservative; Justice and Development Party (AK Party) of the president, has almost unlimited support among poor peasants, rural workers and farmers. Before 2002, these poor sections of Turkish society were ignored by the secular elite in the big cities like Istanbul and Ankara. While the bourgeoisie enjoyed themselves with a western lifestyle, the religious poor felt they had nothing to say. Since religion (Sunni-Islam) is very important to rural Turkey, Islamic political parties have tried to gain political power. The secular state however banned most Islamic parties on the grounds that secularism was to rule supreme. Erdogan started his career in the National Salvation Party, a Islamist party that was banned in 1980 following the military coup. Erdogan then joined the new Welfare Party and was elected mayor of Istanbul in the 1990’s. Because of his pragmatism he was able to improve the city!

The secular elite mistrusted the mayor from the Islamist: Welfare Party. To stop Erdogan from becoming more popular (and more powerful) they were able to ban the Welfare Party on the grounds that it was a threat to the secular order of Turkey. Erdogan led a massive demonstration against the government and was arrested. He served a few months in prison and later participated in the general election of 2002 as candidate for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). This conservative party did not call for a Islamic state to be build. The AK Party knew back then it could not openly call itself a religious party, so they called themselves culturally and social conservative. Because Erdogan played on these ideas (which are very popular outside the cities) he won the 2002 general election and was made prime minister. For many secularists this was a huge shock!

From 2002 until 2012, Recep Tayyip Erdogan slowly abolished the secular order and replaced it with a neo-Ottoman one. Under the AK Party, head veils were accepted and Islam was allowed to become part of the government. This was unthinkable in previous years. In 2012, the AK leader ran for president. Until then the office of prime minister was more powerful than that of the president. But Erdogan wanted Turkey to become a presidential state, with a lot power centralized in the office of president. By winning the presidency and changing the law, Erdogan succeeded in turning the country’s political system from a parliamentary state into a presidential one!

The AK Party only lost one election. That was in June 2015 when Erdogan was exposed as a corrupt dictator. Angred by the brutal crack down of the protests in Gezi Park, the AK Party lost their majority. Erdogan did not accepted the results. He demanded a re-election and started to silence critical newspapers, journalists and politicians. Especially those Turks who are anti-nationalist were intimidated by groups loyal to the AK Party and the fascist: Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Dictator Erdogan got his re-election and the AK Party won the November 2015 elections, which were held in a very undemocratic environment. The president understood that he could use Turkish fascists to strengthen his regime. A victim of the nationalist-fascist attacks is the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). This leftist party is very popular in Kurdish speaking regions. Because of their popularity among the Kurds, the Turkish state has started to arrest and jail key figures of the HDP. The reasons are always the same, the state claims these HDP politicians are ‘’PKK supporters’’ and because many are pro-Kurdish they are jailed as ”enemies of the state”!

Since the HDP calls for Kurdish political rights, the Erdogan regime can portray them as ‘’PKK supporters’’. In Turkey anybody is automatic a ‘’PKK supporter’’ if he/she rejects the nationalist point of view regarding the Kurds. This is why the People’s Democratic Party is hated by the AK establishment and the fascists. Far-right MHP politicians in parliament have called for a ban on the leftist party. In the past the state banned many pro-Kurdish parties on the grounds that they promote ”seperatism”. Former HDP leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Serpil Kemalbay are already jailed for ‘’spreading terrorist propaganda’’. In Turkey you are regarded a terrorist when you speak at a Kurdish rally!

Since the conflict with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) resumed, many innocent Kurds have been murdered by police and security forces. Nationalists claim that the PKK is still a murderous communist party. In reality, the party of Abdullah Öcalan has renounced stalinism in the late 1990’s. Today the PKK is a democratic-confederalist party and does not even call for a socialist Kurdistan anymore. But for the Turkish far-right, the Kurdistan Workers Party will always remain communist. Turkey has been supported in their conflict with the Kurds by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO weapons have been used to murder and destroy thousands of towns belonging to ethnic Kurds. It is a scandal that Turkey is even allowed to remain in NATO, now that it is clear that democracy is only a façade under Recep Tayyip Erdogan!

Turkey has never been a true liberal democracy. The authoritarian state has banned numerous political parties. This began right in 1923 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk banned the Communist Party of Turkey, despite the fact that Soviet Russia supported the nationalists of Ataturk against foreign imperialists between 1920 and 1923. Still Ataturk demanded full obedience to his secular nationalist order, it was not until after his death that the Republican People’s Party (the party of Ataturk) allowed (limited) political opposition. Then in the 1970’s the military started to impose its secular will on the people by removing civilian governments. The most famous coup was that of 1980, it resulted in the arrested of over 650.000 people, 1.500.000 million were blacklisted and 210.000 jailed. Let us not forget that Turkey was an active NATO member during those three years of military rule. Western countries knew about the massive human rights abuses, yet they said nothing. It shows the complete hypocrisy of western imperialism, when powers such as the USA and EU criticize Putin yet remain silent about their ally Erdogan!

Civilian rule was reinstated in 1983, the military demanded that civilian leaders remained loyal to secular nationalism. Until 2002 no Turkish politician dared to challenge the might of the secular order. To campaign for separatism or religion is considered unconstitutional. This is how the state was able to ban political parties such as the National Salvation Party and the Welfare Party. These parties were openly supportive of Islamist ideas. When the Kurds tried to get minority rights through participating in politics, their parties were all banned by the Constitutional Court. Turkish judges all speak the same nationalist tone. Erdogan understood the growing popularity of the People’s Democratic Party. Despite knowing what it means to be jailed for your political ideas, he has removed elected mayors and replaced them with his henchmen from the AK Party. Many towns and cities in Kurdish dominated regions are now controlled by the AK establishment, despite the fact that the HDP has a majority of votes!

The 2018 elections were portrayed as a victory for Erdogan. This is only partially true. Because the AK Party lost their majority in parliament. It forces the nationalist conservatives to work with the fascists of the MHP to give Erdogan his majority. The fascists are willing to support the president as long as he is enforcing ethnic nationalism. Among the rural poor there is a misguided idea that under Erdogan they have become wealthier. This is not true as income inequality has not changed. Yes, Erdogan has improved rural Turkey since 2002. Towns that were backward and outdated before the 21 century now receive government support, a rarity since the old secular order gave almost no attention to the need of rural workers and their families. Despite the cosmetic makeover reality remains that Erdogan and his AK cronies have enforced neoliberalism and enriched themselves. The newly build Presidential Palace in Ankara is just one example of wasteful spending by the president. 22% of all Turks are still living in poverty and most workers earn an income that is close to 400 euros a month!

Although the AK Party lost its majority in parliament, the introduction of the presidential system will reduce parliaments power. As president of the nation, Erdogan will soon be in complete control. The Turkish parliament will have limited options and with a AK/MHP coalition, far-right nationalism is secured. The opposition can speak out but do nothing. HDP politicians will lose their immunity as soon as they speak out against the abuse of human rights in Kurdistan. Even the secular nationalists of the Republican People’s Party will side with Erdogan in removing the People’s Democratic Party from Turkish politics. Both far-right, religious and secular nationalists hate the HDP for their leftism, multiculturalism and support for the Kurds. Revolutionary socialists call for the HDP to follow a socialist ideology and to expose the Justice and Development Party as a party of the ruling class. The fascists of the MHP are Erdogan’s Stormtroopers. They will be used to harass, intimidate and attack Turkish leftists and anti-nationalists. It is vital that Turkey is kicked out of NATO and internationally isolated. Workers need to understand that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not their ally and that class struggle is the only way to end the power of the corrupt AK establishment. A workers party on a socialist program is needed!

 

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Hungarian idiocy

Far-right conservative Viktor Orbán of Hungary has enabled a ban on helping refugees. Any Hungarian who is caught helping a man, woman or child who illegally entered Hungary can be arrested and jailed. The far-right leader has been in power for 8 years and like all conservatives, he blames refugees and illegals for Hungary’s social problems. In reality it is the capitalist system that has causing poverty and insecurity. But this system is fully supported by Viktor Orbán and his racist conservative party. Yet they hide their pro-capitalist agenda behind a huge façade of right-wing populism and anti-Europeanism. They claim that Muslim migrants would overrun their nation and that Christian culture is under siege. In reality there are very few Muslims in Hungary and even far less refugees!

In 2011 there were 5,579 Muslims in Hungary, making up 0.000568242% of the total population. 73% were ethnic Hungarian and only 2,369 are of Arab origin. Yet with the rise of Viktor Orbán and the Hungarian Civic Alliance (FIDESZ) suddenly this tiny group of Muslims were seen as a major treat to Hungarian culture and traditions. Orbán uses racist slogans to hide a hard reality, that ethnic Hungarians are choosing to work and live outside Hungary. Young people do not want to live in a society in which only the capitalist class enjoy wealth and high salaries. Since 2013 there is a huge wave of young workers moving out of the country. Orbán knew that he could only stay in power if he created this myth of ‘’Muslims hordes’’ attacking Christian Hungarians. Although 50% of the population is Christian (divided between Greek orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism) the other halve is not religious. In fact only 10% of all Hungarians go to church!

The right-wing needed to create a fictional picture of a nation under siege. FIDESZ under Orban used their control over the state media and government to spread fear of Muslim refugees. This is how Orban has won every election, by spreading fear about a religious group which is a very tiny minority in Hungary. Because many media outlets are owned by his corrupt capitalist friends (FIDESZ supporters), the conservative government can spread its poison. Hungary has always been a nation searching for its own identity. Since 1990 most Hungarians ask themselves who they are. Between 1945 and 1990 the country was a Stalinist state, ruled over by the bureaucrats of the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party (MSZMP). Although the current regime is very hostile to this period, many who lived under the Hungarian People’s Republic have some positive things to say. Under stalinism there was less inequality and the state took care of people (up to a certain point). MSZMP leader Janos Kadar was allowed to be more independent of Moscow. This gave him the change of building a Hungarian style ‘’socialism’’. However this system came crushing down after Kadar’s death and the transformation of the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party into a party promoting capitalism, austerity and privatizations!

As the ex-stalinists started to work with pro-EU liberals to privatize the Hungarian economy, it was the Hungarian Civic Alliance who rejected austerity. Viktor Orbán and his conservatives came out against the demands of the European Union and could portray themselves as ‘’defenders of ordinary people’’. With the Syrian Civil War turning into a major refugee crisis, Orbán understood that he could fuel anti-Muslim hatred into his anti-Europeanism. Since there are so few Muslims in Hungary most only know Islam from television networks, who are under control of capitalists supportive of the government. There is no leftist media in Hungary. Even the Stalinist: Hungarian Workers Party is supportive of the brutal anti-refugee rhetoric. This is because the stalinists are populists and wish to support anything that is popular to bash. Refugees are feared by most Hungarians because they fear an Islamic invasion. Viktor Orbán and his FIDESZ cronies have very effectively brainwashed a whole nation into thinking that Syrians and Iraqi’s who are fleeing war and terrorism, have the desire to turn their Christian nation into a Islamic caliphate!

Meanwhile the EU establishment is criticizing Hungary, which is why most populists are now siding with Orbán. Right-wing politicians are very supportive of the Hungary leader, because he is considered a ”Crusader against the EU and Islam”. But this picture is a facade too. Because Orbán knows his capitalist class is dependent on the common European market. Although the propaganda of FIDESZ is anti-EU, the Hungarian ruling class has no desire to leave the European Union. Orbán knows this and has proven that he is a master of propaganda. Behind the microphone he give bombastic speeches, but when it comes to real politics the ”Crusader against the EU and Islam” backs down. Hungary has not rejected any neoliberal policies enforced by the European Commission and has not changed anything regarding the exploitation of the Hungarian working class. Because Viktor Orbán and his Hungarian Civic Alliance are not fighting for workers and poor. They hate the working class and the poor. Because in reality, FIDESZ is only able to rule because the social democratic MSZP is a capitalist party too. Hungarian workers have no political force of their own and we must not forget that the nationalist conservatives have the backing of powerful capitalists, who own many media outlets!

To be a socialist is not easy in the kingdom of Viktor Orbán. Many young Hungarians have already chosen to leave. Since their country is part of the EU, they can work and live in a number of European nations were wages are higher. Orbán may turn the nation more authoritarian, but he cannot hide the reality that young educated people are leaving. For revolutionary socialists it is essential to brake the web of lies. Socialism is not what the old Stalinist MSZMP did under Janos Kadar and it has nothing to do with its present-day capitalist incarnation, the MSZP. It is a challenge to fight the ruling dogma that socialism failed and that capitalism works. Orbán and his conservatives used to reject austerity purely from a opportunistic perspective. They rejected right-wing economics to turn the working class voters against the social democrats and liberals!

Their strategy worked, it resulted in the fact that the Hungarian Socialist Party is now a minor force and the liberal party dissolved itself in 2013. Since FIDESZ has been in full control of parliament it has done nothing to end austerity and the low income of most workers. All it did was complying about Europe and refugees. The public must be distracted from their real problems, that is what the conservatives in Hungary are doing right now. They create an enemy that is not even there. They blame refugees who are not terrorists. They claim to fight for Christianity when only 10% of all Hungarians go to church. Viktor Orbán is a leader who serves only one class and that is not the class who makes up the majority of the people in Hungary!

 

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Prime minister Orbán, the right-wing leader of Hungary since 2010!

The poison of Greek and Macedonian nationalism

Since the collapse of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992, Athens and Skopje have been in a conflict over the name of the former Socialist Republic of Macedonia (1945-1991). Today this country is named Republic of Macedonia, but internationally only recognized as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Greece has never accepted the country’s name, because it claims the current people living there have no historical links to Hellenic Macedonia. Because of the name dispute, the Republic of Macedonia has not been able to join the EU or NATO as Greece would veto any attempt by Skopje to apply for membership. Revolutionary socialists reject nationalism on both sides. The ruling class is dividing the Greek and Macedonian workers to weaken class struggle. Out of all former Yugoslav republics, Macedonia was the least developed. Its capitalist class would love to join the neoliberal EU to strengthen their rule. We say NO to both EU and NATO membership.

Revolutionary Socialist Media stands in opposition to any kind of nationalism. The name Macedonia has become a battleground for nationalists in both countries. Greece has a province they call Macedonia and there is a Slavic country that is called Macedonia since 1943. The Greeks did not seemed to care about that when Yugoslavia was still around. But after the collapse of the federal state, the Republic of Macedonia became independent. Greek nationalists could not accept this. All Greek governments have used their veto’s in the EU and NATO to oppose Macedonia attempts to join these institutions of capitalism and western imperialism. Skopje wants to join the western world, their capitalist politicians have this illusion that EU and NATO membership would make the Republic of Macedonia stronger. As demonstrated by eastern European countries, EU membership turns out only to benefit the ruling class, who own the means of production!

The Republic of Macedonia is a landlocked country of 2,1 million people. Its economy was the weakest of Yugoslavia and the collapse of the federal state resulted in a decline of living standards. Capitalist institutions have praised Skopje with its neoliberal reforms since 1996. Opening up the economy has resulted in a rising GDP for those who benefit from the system. Unemployment is 27% of the total labour force and 22% out of all Macedonians live in poverty. The majority of working class people (72% according to a national poll) have indicated that they struggle financially as wages are low and prices high for basis needs. Macedonia is only a success story for those who are part of the political and economic elite. For average workers life is not easy, with incomes no higher then 385 euros a month. The government does not care, they have lowered corporate taxes and are very happy that European capitalists ”invest” in the country!

Politically the republic is led by two major parties of capitalism. The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity is the main right-wing national conservative party. This party is promoting Macedonian nationalism combined with right-wing populism (anti-Muslim bigotry). Unlike other European populists the VMRO-DPMNE is not anti-EU. In fact the national-conservatives are supportive of the European-Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This is because VMRO-DPMNE wants Macedonia to be part of the western capitalist world. Its main opponent is the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. This pseudo-leftist party was founded by the members of the old communist league. As titoism (Yugoslav stalinism) collapsed the Macedonian wing of the Communist League of Yugoslavia quickly abandoned Marxism. In 1990 they added the title: ”Party of Democratic Renewal” to their name. A small year later the former ”champions of the proletariat” dropped their facade and became fully supportive of capitalism as the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. Together with neoliberals they won the 1996 elections, only to promote austerity and deregulation!

Because Macedonia lacks a workers party, the traitorous ex-stalinists are still portrayed as the only left-wing force. But their so called leftism is a scam, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia is no alternative for the suffering working class. Like all European social democrats, these class traitors only serve one class: the capitalist class of Macedonia. In 2016 a coalition around the social democratic party won the elections, forcing the national-conservatives into the opposition. The new government started to talk with the Greek government of Alexis Tsipras (another class traitor) over the name dispute. Until now the Republic of Macedonia is known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia internationally. Prime minister Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras came to a compromise. Macedonia would be called; ”Republic of North Macedonia” this is what Greece would accept. However the nationalist president of Macedonia has rejected this name. Gjorge Ivanov said he would veto any attempt to change the name of the country. In Greece the far-right nationalists of the Golden Dawn have also called for demonstrations. Like the Macedonian nationalists these Greek fascists claim that the name; ”Macedonia” only belongs to them!

The deep betrayal of Alexis Tsipras in 2015 resulted in the fact that Greece has suffered the full blow, as Europe forced privatizations of its last state-owned enterprises. Airports, once under state ownership are now sold to foreign capitalists to exploit. The same is done with seaports, which means that Greece has no control nor ownership of its air and sea bases. For Greek workers, Tsipras is a traitor who sold them to European capitalism. Right-wing nationalists like the Golden Dawn know how to exploit their anger into racism and hatred. Many who live in Greek Macedonia are using racial slurs to denounce the Slavic Macedonians, who are called ”inferior” and ”Albanian” as nationalist Greeks refuse to call them Macedonians. Tsipras and his ”Coalition of the Radical Left” (SYRIZA) face a certain election defeat in 2019. It does not take much guessing to know that the conservatives of New Democracy will return to power. The Greek left-wing is still unable to build a socialist alternative after SYRIZA turned out to be a party of class traitors!

Revolutionary socialists reject both the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE and the Greek nationalists of Golden Dawn and others. A name change will not improve the lives of workers in both countries. Capitalism is the main reason why 72% of Macedonian workers face financial difficulties. Capitalism is why 68% of all Greek workers are facing relative poverty. Although the Greeks still earn 800 euros above the average income of Macedonia, we must not forget that prices for basic human needs are almost equal to that of western Europe. The main difference is that German,  French and Dutch workers earn 1000 euros above the average Greek income. 72% of Macedonians and 68% of Greeks do not enjoy the fruits of their labour. They are excluded from the wealth they create by working for capitalists both domestic and international. Greece has always been called a ”developed” nation, while Macedonia is often called a developing country. Reality is that because of austerity and privatizations, the living standards in both countries has declined. To end this, working class people need a party of their own. Not a bunch of ex-Stalinist scum like the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia or the pseudo-leftists of SYRIZA!

We say:

  • NO to nationalist demonstrations in Macedonia and Greece organized by the far-right.
  • NO to political leaders like Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras
  • NO to ethnic nationalism and austerity cuts
  • NO to the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • NO trust in politicians and parties of the bourgeoisie
  • Greek and Macedonian workers need to unite in parties of their own
  • For a Socialist Macedonia and a Socialist Greece, part of a Balkan Socialist Federation!

 

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Criminal John Bolton Tried To SABOTAGE Peace

American war-hawk and imperialist criminal John Bolton tried to sabotage the peace talks in Korea on purpose. We know Bolton to be a right-wing imperialist who worked with Dick Cheney and Ronald Rumsfeld in 2003 to invade Iraq. Also he supported the 2011 bombings of Libya and would love to go to war with Iran. Bolton is the NATIONAL security adviser for that hypocrite in the White House, who claimed to be against war and foreign interventions. Like many neoconservatives, John Bolton does not like it that south and north Korea are talking. He also is not in favor of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore!

Bolton is a criminal, like Cheney and Rumsfeld who organized the invasion of Iraq. As a war-hawk he has supported all imperialist interventions of the USA. At age 69, Bolton is no strange to the political elite. He held numerous functions during the Reagan era and got his best promotions under that idiot George W. Bush. But it was Donald Trump who made John Bolton the 27th United States National Security Adviser. This is the same Donald Trump who called Hillary Clinton a war-hawk and said that he would never choose people like her at his side. Now we know that Trump is a big old sexist liar. Because by appointing a war-hawk like Bolton who openly calls for regime change in Syria, Iran and North Korea, Trump has proven that he is just like Clinton: a war-hawk!

By trying to sabotage the upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un on purpose, John Bolton is not only a scumbag. He is also a traitor and should be fired for trying to undermine the actions of the president. It shows the criminal intent of Bolton and how this man is trying to prevent peace in Korea. Because John Bolton is just a puppet for the true war-hawks, the military companies who would make huge profits if a war brakes out. Bolton is their man, their political puppet who openly calls for war, destruction and regime change. In 2001 and 2003, military capitalists got very wealthy by selling expensive weaponry to the U.S Army, Navy and Air Force during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bolton all promoted this and therefore he is a criminal and an enemy of the working class of this world!

The war-hawks may have turned Trump against Iran, but they have failed to do so in Korea. Bolton’s plan to stop the meeting with Kim Jong Un has not yet worked as Trump is willing to meet the North Korean leader in Singapore on 12 June 2018. This North Korea–United States summit is very important as no North Korean leader has ever spoken to a U.S president. Jimmy Carter did speak with Kim Il Sung in 1994, but that was after he was president. Because of the deep hostility of all U.S governments towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Juche regime strengthen its own anti-American propaganda and paranoia. The neoconservatives always favored a war with North Korea, they were never happy with the cease fire of 1953. People like John Bolton fully supported the totalitarian anticommunist regime in the south, which was famous for its suppression of individual freedoms and basic democratic rights!

Revolutionary socialists have no illusions that these peace-talks will result in any improvement for the working class of North Korea. Kim Jong Un is a absolute monarch who has shown interests in the state-capitalist model of China, Vietnam and Laos. In reality the DPRK has already a limited market economy. Behind the facade of the planned economy, there is a shadow capitalist one. Also since Kim Jong Un became leader there have been some minor reforms. Should there be a full peace between the USA and North Korea, then it is possible that economic liberalization will happen. The ruling caste of the Workers Party of Korea (WPK) would love to have access to the world capitalist market, like the members of the communist parties in China, Vietnam and Laos. But for ordinary workers any capitalist reforms will only benefit those who are part of the ruling WPK bureaucracy!

What is needed is a proletarian revolution and the complete overthrow of the Kim dynasty. John Bolton would also like this, but for different reasons. He wants war so that his financial backers are getting rich. Bolton may also like the idea of a new regime in North Korea that is willing to sell their workers to American capitalist companies. This is where capitalist scum like Bolton show their true colors. They don’t give a shit about democracy, human rights or freedom. Because we never hear Bolton about regime change in countries like Saudi-Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or even China. Why? Because these countries are pro-capitalist and produce things the ruling class of the USA needs. Because of this fact, revolutionary socialists will reject any foreign intervention of the USA. We will say NO to any war with North Korea or Iran. This does not mean that we give political support to these regimes. We call for a socialist revolution and the establishment of workers rule in all parts of the world!

 

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John Bolton, a traitor and a war-hawk!