Tagarchief: imperialism

[Article Peter Storm]/Dear Cheerleaders, we need to have a chat about imperialism

Saturday, 4 April, 2015

Written for Libcom, and just published on my blog there.

In Rojava, in the North of Syria, Kurdish fighters are struggling against IS, Islamic State. That struggle deserves out interest, because it is not just a fight between armed groups fighting for territory but at the same time a struggle for a different social and political order, called Democratic Confederalism. Direct democracy, a central rol of women in the fight and in the running of society, space for people of different ethnic backgound to express themselves and co-determine their own fate, libertarian socialist inspiration and a clear break with the Marxist-Leninist and nationalist orthodoxies of the Kurdish movements involved , the PYD in Syria, the PKK in Turkey with which the PYD is connected… all this gives many people reason to cheer the events as an important revolution – the Rojava Revolution. Others, however, are less convinced, some – myself not excluded – have serious reservations. Exchanges of opinions, sometimes furious ones, have been going on for months now. What follows is a contribution to this polemic.

 

 

 

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War on your doorstep/Action against the National Aerospace Laboratory [NRL] in Amsterdam/Statement of solidarity

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THE NATIONAL AEROSPACE LABORATORY
PROVIDER OF ARMS, USED FOR BLOODY WARS
AT THE COST OF HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS CIVILIAN
VICTIMS
DOWN WITH ARMS TRADE AND ARMS FAIRS!

 

ARMS FAIR ABU DHABI,ARMS TRADERS BLOOD ON
THEIR HANDS
IDEX

LAND, AIR & WATER DEDICATED ZONES

Featuring IDEX, NAVDEX and Unmanned Systems Area

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IDEX

LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS

Daily choreographed displays taking place on water and on the purpose built demonstration track

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IDEX

SPONSORSHIP

IDEX offers individually tailored high visibility packages

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THOSE ARE THE WAR TOOLS
WHICH ARE USED IN IMPERIALIST WARS
AND OTHER BLOODY CONFLICTS
AT THE COST OF
HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS
CIVILIAN VICTIMS.
ARMS TRADERS,
SHAME ON YOU!
THE DEFENCE SUMMIT

THE DEFENCE SUMMIT

 

WANTED FOR WAR CRIMES

ARMS TRADERS, BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS!

 

 

 

 

 

Revealing a crime is not a crime
Introduction:
Early morning 19th february action Group ”War on your doorstep” , has  taken action  against the National Aerospace Laboratory , one of fifteen companies from the Netherlands that are planning to take part in one of the largest arms fairs in the world, the largest in the Middle-East, the IDEX [International Defence Exhibition
The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR), located in Amsterdam, received lots of red paint on their doorstep and facade, as well as broken windows.
A good action, as far as I am concerned.
 
For of course it didn’t happen ”out of the blue”
 
BACKGROUND:

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Susan Higginbotham/History Refreshed/Comments on Guest Post by Jeffrey Stayton, Author of ”This side of the River”

HOWEVER TRAGIC THE PTSD SOLDIERS WAR SYNDROME,
WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT THE WARCRIMES VICTIMS,
THE CIVILIAN POPULATION, PAYS THE HIGHEST PRICE
IN WARS
PHOTO’S OF WARCRIMES IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR,
AS US WARCRIMES IN THE VIETNAM, IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
WARS ARE PICTURED HERE, SINCE THE ARTICLE ON SUSAN
HIGGINBOTHAM’S BLOG ”HISTORY REFRESHED” REFERS TO THOSE
PERIODS OF WAR
[EXCEPT VIETNAM]
CIVILIAN  VICTIMS OF WARCRIMES
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WAR CRIMES IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
THE LAWRENCE MASSACRE
US WARCRIMES IN VIETNAM
Daily Casualty Count of Afghan Civilians Killed in U.S. Bombing Attacks

WARCRIMES
US BOMBINGS IN AFGHANISTAN
WARCRIMES
US BOMBINGS IN IRAQ
SUSAN HIGGINBOTHAM/HISTORY REFRESHED/
COMMENTS ON GUEST POST BY JEFFREY STAYTON,
AUTHOR OF ” THIS SIDE OF THE RIVER”
Dear Readers,
Knowing Susan Higginbotham as the author about
Medieval history and often blogging about that period and
shortly thereafter, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about a
Guest post, referring to the American Civil war.
Guest poster is the writer Jeffrey Stayton, who wrote a novel
about the Civil War, focusing on a sort of soldiers shell shock,
PTSD.
His book is titled
”This side of the River”
See the Blog
Perhaps she welcomed his Guest Post because of her yet to be published
novel on the aftermath of the American Civil War ”Hanging Mary”, which
actually refers to the president Lincoln murderer William Booth
However interesting, I had some comments on Stayton’s post and approach.
For I acknowledge the suffering of soldiers because of the horrors
of war, but comparing to that, the suffering of the thousands and
sometimes 100 000 civilians is seldom counted, at least not as individuals.
Therefore I wrote the following comment under Jeffrey Stayton’s post,
for remembering everyone, that the common civilians mostly pay
the highest price in wars.
A TRAVEL TO THE PAST AND PRESENT

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Nelson Mandela ”I am prepared to die”/Mandela’s statement in the 1964 trial

 

 

 

NELSON MANDELA ”I AM PREPARED TO DIE”/MANDELA’S STATEMENT IN THE 1964 TRIAL

 

I am the First Accused.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for a number of years in partnership with Oliver Tambo. I am a convicted prisoner serving five years for leaving the country without a permit and for inciting people to go on strike at the end of May 1961.

At the outset, I want to say that the suggestion made by the State in its opening that the struggle in South Africa is under the influence of foreigners or communists is wholly incorrect. I have done whatever I did, both as an individual and as a leader of my people, because of my experience in South Africa and my own proudly felt African background, and not because of what any outsider might have said.

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[Article of Peter Storm]/Ukraine: What’s going on and what does it mean

UKRAINE: WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN

 

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013

My Libcom piece on Ukraine, posted there this evening

Some thoughts on the protests happening in Ukraine. Things are not completely what they may seem.

The mass protests unfolding in Ukraine are raising a few eyebrows here and there, as well as the usual hyped-up talk of people’s revolt and even revolution. The eyebrows are justified. Mass demonstrations of many hundreds of thousands in the winter cold, people blockading government buildings, attacking a presidential palace and occupying the city government office, calls for president and government to resign, talk of a general strike…all in support of closer ties to the EU? It all seems a bit odd. Add to the strange brew a strong element of extreme nationalism, and the picture of a movement that is right wing, reactionary and unsupportable from a radical, libertarian communist point of view becomes even clearer. What has been going on? I think there are at least three elements to all this.

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Statement Bradley Manning/”Somtimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society”

 

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PAY A HEAVY PRICE TO LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY

 

The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

WATCH VIDEO OF COOMBS STATEMENT HERE

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

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2006/The Saddam Hussein trial and the right of any human being to a fair trial

 

THE SADDAM HUSSEIN TRIAL AND THE RIGHT OF ANY HUMAN BEING TO A FAIR TRIAL

 

by Astrid Essed Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 at 7:57 AM

 

Not only I object the imposed death-penalty on the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and two co-accused, also the trial itself didn’t meet the international standards regarding a fair trial

 

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2009/Israeli attacks on Gaza/Dirty war against the Palestinian civilian population

 

ISRAELI ATTACKS ON GAZA/DIRTY WAR ON THE PALESTINIAN CIVILIAN POPULATION

 

by Astrid Essed Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at 8:43 AM

 

By their unlawful and systematic character,combined with the blockade of Gaza, housedemolitions and extrajudicial executions, the Israeli attacks on Gaza are a dirty war against the Palestinian civilian population

 

Israeli attacks on Gaza
Dirty war against the Palestinian civilian population”For destruction, destruction
For destruction of the race of men
‘A new power is rising
It’s victory is at hand”
“There will be no dawn for men””TO WAR”Saruman: Lord of the Rings II, The Two Towers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Towers

”This is a war without mercy”

Mr Barak, Israeli minister of Defense

http://www.euronews.net/en/article/29/12/2008/barak-tries-to-justify-war-without-mercy/

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2010/Julian Assange arrested/Attack on freedom of press

 

 

JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED/ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF PRESS

 

by Astrid Essed Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM

 

The arrest case of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks is politically motivated and therefore an attack on the freedom of press

 

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2009/Western diplomats walk out of Ahmadinejad speech at Durban II/Hypocrisy and violations of human rights

 

WESTERN DIPLOMATS WALK OUT OF AHMADINEJAD SPEECH AT DURBAN II/HYPOCRISY AND VIOLATIONS

OF HUMAN RIGHTS

 

by Astrid Essed Friday, May. 01, 2009 at 1:18 PM

 

Not only the Western boycott of Durban II and the attitude on the Ahmadinejad speech lacks a fundamental respect for fundamental human rights, it is also hypocritical seeing in the light of her implicite support for the Israeli regime of occupation, letting get Israel away with human rights violations and war-crimes

 

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