Sunday, 31 May 2015

HOW 'DEMOCRACY NOW' SERVES NEOCOLONIALISM

COGNITIVE DISSIONANCE ON DEMOCRACY NOW? READ THIS.

This post stemmed from a comment made that DN should be covering the tragedy of the Rohingya and the complicity of Suu Kyi, as detailed in Tony Cartalucci’s “Who’s Driving the Rohingya into the Sea?“, excerpts of which I will paste at the bottom of this post.
On Democracy Now, on the subtle side of corporate presstitutery, Eric Draitser (StopImperialism.org) commented:
“Goodman is a foundation funded hack who did yeoman service for Obama and the cause of “humanitarian intervention” in Libya. She and Democracy Now disseminated lie after lie, parroting State Department talking points and lies from Human Rights Watch and Navi Pillay. Their “reporter” was a liar embedded with NATO-backed terrorists and they all have Libyan blood on their hands. In all that time reporting about Gaddafi alleged “crimes” (all of which have been debunked and proved to have been lies), they deliberately ignored the ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans in Fezzan, the Tawergha people, etc because it didn’t jive with the “Good rebels vs bad Gaddafi” script they were feeding the so called “progressive left”. Now they try to pretend they didn’t and they were against the war on Libya.
Goodman has done similarly with regard to Syria. They are discredited liars whose good work only comes in opposing Republican wars which takes no courage at all. They are, put simply, left liberal imperialists.
I said in 2011 that Democracy Now and Young Turks and all these other foundation funded left liberal imperialists would never be forgiven for their treachery, and they haven’t been, no matter how they try to whitewash their records.”
Draitser wrote a more detailed review of the criminal lies that enabled the destruction of Libya and murder of innocent Libyans in his “The Truth of Libya (Finally) Goes Mainstream“, in which he also addresses the war propaganda of DN:
“Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International should face serious investigations into criminal negligence, or at least gross misconduct, in terms of their dissemination of lies – lies which were used as the prime justification for the war in terms of how it was sold to the people. Is it a crime to inflate by 1000% casualty figures, the end result of which is a justification for war? If not, it should be, as without such propaganda, the war could never have been sold to the public.
Media organizations, especially some ostensibly on the Left, should also be held to account for their misinformation and disinformation. Democracy Now is at the top of the list of guilty organizations. As Bruce Dixon, Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report, wrote at the height of the war:
So like every other Western reporter, Anjali Kamat [Democracy Now’s Libya correspondent] never saw any “mercenaries,” just their oversized bullets. She never saw any mass graves of the hundreds or thousands allegedly killed by Khadaffi’s “heavy machine gun fire” either, or that would be on Democracy Now too. It’s not. Nobody’s located the thousands of wounded survivors either, that must have been the result of shooting into crowds killing hundreds of people, and none of this has stopped Democracy Now from carrying the story just like Fox News or CNN or MSNBC…Something is really wrong with this picture. We have to wonder whether, at least as far as the war in Libya goes, whether Democracy Now is simply feeding us the line of corporate media, the Pentagon and the State Department rather than fulfilling the role of unembedded, independent journalists.
As Dixon points out, Democracy Now exhibited at the very least poor journalistic practice, and at worst, served as the left flank of the imperial propaganda machine. By faithfully reporting the “facts”, which have now been utterly discredited, Kamat and Democracy Now primed the pump of left progressive support for “humanitarian” war.
“There have been many persistent reports from too many sources have pointed to widespread persecutions of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. There are reports of all-black towns in Libya which have been wiped off the map by the Libyan rebels and their allies. Our own Cynthia McKinney has visited the families of some who were lynched — hanged by jeering mobs who used their cell phones to record the ghastly spectacle. Some of the videos of these lynchings were still on YouTube as late as last week.
Make no mistake, Democracy Now is one of the few places that have reported the persecution of migrants and black Libyans. But a careful search of Democracy Now stories from the past six or seven months reveals that of this handful of mentions of ethnic cleansing in Libya, all except one on March 7, 2011, [7] in which Anjali Kamat interviewed migrants from several countries awaiting transport out of Libya originated from Democracy Now studios stateside.
DN’s correspondents in Libya apparently have more important things to do than interview the black Libyan and migrant victims of what Kamat called “populist rage,” a curious and revealing term for lynch law in Libya.
…Anjali Kamat is one of those lazy and irresponsible reporters. She has carried tales of African mercenaries fighting for Muammar Khadaffi many times over the last few months, with no more proof than the rest….
…Democracy Now reporters used to question authority and empire, not serve it. Goodman in the 1990s and Jamail in 2004 told stories that made US officials furious, all of us uncomfortable, and that sometimes put their own safety at risk. That’s not what we see from Democracy Now’s coverage in Libya today, which can hardly be distinguished from that of Al-Jazzeera or CNN.”
“With the suppression of mounting facts that Western governments are waging a covert war of aggression in Syria, the Western public is right to treat the conventional media sources with skepticism and outright contempt. Such media are seen as “politicized” and “unreliable”, serving a naked imperialist agenda for Western regime change. In a word, they are damaged goods.
This is where a segment of the so-called alternative media can play a valuable propaganda function for Western powers. Because such media are supposed to be independent, critical, non-corporate, the public tends to consider their reports as objective and unbiased.  One such “alternative” news service is “Democracy Now” hosted by Amy Goodman. Goodman is seen as something of a campaigning critical journalist shedding the light of truth on the depredations of the US government, corporations and the Pentagon. But a closer look at what Goodman’s “Democracy Now” is reporting on Syria shows that the purported critical broadcaster has become a purveyor of Western government propaganda. While the mainstream media’s propaganda function is obvious to the informed public, Goodman’s “Democracy Now” plays a more subtle role. Camouflaged with the trappings of critical, independent journalism, “Democracy Now” serves to sow powerful seeds of misinformation in a way that the “compromised” mainstream media cannot.
This misinformation from “Democracy Now” is valuable to the ruling elite because to many of its readers it is not seen as misinformation.
Rather, the “news” on “Democracy Now” is viewed as reliable and representing the views of the anti-war, anti-imperialist constituency. In this way, Goodman is a valuable asset to Washington and Wall Street because her broadcasts can serve to disorient and undermine a constituency that is normally opposed to Western warmongering and imperialism. Many of the subscribers to “Democracy Now” may see through the misinformation. Many, though, may not, and therefore will become embedded with the imperialist agenda. The fact that Democracy Now ratings appear to be holding up would indicate that a lot of its followers are oblivious to the insidious effect of such misinformation. As such, Democracy Now is more valuable to the powers-that-be than, say, the New York Times or the Financial Times. “Democracy Now” ensures that the agenda of the powerful becomes infiltrated in a constituency that would otherwise be opposed to that agenda.
…The Houla massacre on 24 May is a case in point. The BBC and other mainstream media outlets have been shown to be outrageously wrong in their initial rush to blame the atrocity on Syrian government forces when the evidence has slowly emerged that it was most likely the grisly work of Western-backed mercenaries.
It is all the more disquieting when a supposedly informed, alternative news service, Democracy Now, peddles such blatant misinformation – more than six weeks after the massacre occurred and after evidence has been reported that points convincingly to Western-backed perpetrators.On 9 July, Goodman broadcast an interview with Rafif Jouejati, a spokesperson for a Syrian opposition group called the Syrian Local Coordination Committees, based in Washington DC.Despite the mounting evidence of Western, Turkish and Saudi/Qatari covert operations, Goodman gave her guest a free rein to regurgitate the litany of mainstream media calumnies on Syria. Without a hint of scepticism from Goodman, her guest said:
“The bottom line is that the majority of the country is engaged in a popular revolution for freedom, for democracy, for dignity… We have mountains of evidence indicating that [Assad’s] armed forces have been engaged in systematic torture, rampant detentions, massacres across the country.”
Really? The majority of the country engaged in a popular revolution for freedom, democracy and dignity? That sounds more like the fanciful imagination of someone safely based in Washington DC. By contrast, sources in Syria have confirmed that people are terrified by Western-armed gangs running amok in their communities, kidnapping, murdering, evicting families from their homes and burning down business premises.
Goodman also indulged in the overblown casualty figures from dubious Syrian opposition sources as if they were verifiable accurate data. She even sounded like Hillary Clinton in talking up the “defection” of the hapless former Syrian Brigadier General Manaf Tlass as “significant” when informed sources discount that news as a minor irrelevance.
In the interview between Goodman and her guest (whom sources describe as belonging to a family formerly aligned with the Syrian government), Bashar Al Assad was portrayed as an unhinged leader who is in denial over massacres – massacres, as we have noted, that have most likely been carried out by Western-backed death squads as confirmed by numerous reports.
Preposterously, Assad was described as guilty of much worse crimes than former Egyptian and Libyan rulers Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi. Then the “alternative” Democracy Now broadcast this statement from the supposed opposition spokesperson as if it were normal discourse:

“I would like to think that we will proceed with full prosecution in the International Criminal Court. I think the longer this issue goes on and the more violence he [Assad] commits, the more likely he will wish to have a fate such as Gaddafi’s.”
Recall that the Libyan leader was lynched on a roadside by a NATO-directed mob, and sodomised with a knife before being shot dead. It may also be recalled that “Democracy Now” gave prominent broadcasts supporting NATO’s intervention in Libya and justifying the criminal subversion of that country. Going by the latest coverage on Syria, Democracy Now is acting once again under a “progressive” cloak as a propaganda tool for US-led imperialist intervention. Given the misplaced respect among many of the public seeking independent, alternative, accurate news and analysis, this insidious role of Democracy Now is reprehensible. May it be suggested, in the name of media transparency, that the programme be aptly renamed “Imperialism Now”.
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Finally, excerpts from the article that sprung today’s renewed look at the lies of DN:
“…The group that is in fact driving the Rohingya from their homes in Myanmar and into the sea – and why this is not reported as the center of the current crisis – are the followers and supporters of the West’s own “patron saint of democracy,” Aung San Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi herself, and many of the NGOs that support her and her political network are directly and substantially underwritten by the US and British governments.
These NGOs and faux-news agencies include the Irrawaddy, Era Journal, and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), all admitted by the Burma Campaign UK (page 15) to be funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) along with “Mizzima” also fully funded by NED and convicted financial criminal George Soros’ Open Society.
There is also the “Burma Partnership” which upon its “About Us” page is listed a myriad of associations and organizations directly linked to Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, including the Students and Youth Congress of Burma, the Forum for Democracy in Burma, and the Nationalities Youth Forum, which is directly funded by the Euro-Burma Office (in turn funded by the EU, and US National Endowment for Democracy), and Open Society.
The heavily US-British-backed Noble Peace Prize laureate’s followers have prosecuted a campaign of ultra-racist genocide aimed at eradicating Myanmar entirely of the Rohingya people, often with orgies of machete-wielding brutality and neighborhood-wide arson leaving scores of people dead, and hundreds, sometimes thousands homeless, destitute, and above all, desperate.
Leading the violence are Suu Kyi’s “saffron monks.” The so-called “Saffron Revolution” of 2007 seeking to oust the Myanmar government and put into power Aung San Suu Kyi and her “National League for Democracy” was named so after the saffron-colored robes of these supporters.
Underneath the “pro-democracy” narrative, however, is an ugly truth that if known more widely amongst the global public, would spell the end of both Suu Kyi and her foreign backers’ agenda in Myanmar.
While the Western media attempts to shift the blame on the Myanmar government itself for the current Rohingya crisis, it was the government that attempted to grant the Rohingya citizenship through incremental programs that included allowing them to vote in upcoming elections. The plan was, however, disrupted by violence spearheaded by Suu Kyi’s followers, as reported by Australia’s ABC News article, “Myanmar scraps temporary ID cards amid protests targeting ethnic minorities without citizenship.”
The irony of Suu Kyi’s supporters, supposedly representing a shining example of democracy worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, attempting to deny hundreds of thousands of people their right to vote in elections is immeasurable.
Suu Kyi, for her part, has remained utterly silent regarding the brutality and inhumanity of her most loyal and active supporters. While she is portrayed as a woman of courage and conviction, in reality these “virtues” were bought and paid for through millions of dollars of support for both her and her political network over the decades by the US and British governments. While her silence is shrugged off by the Western media as “pragmatic” and “calculated,” it is in reality merely her refusal to condemn the very supporters who have carved out a niche for her amid Myanmar’s political landscape.
…Among Suu Kyi’s saffron butchers, there stands out one leader in particular, Wirathu. Wirathu has been involved in stirring up politically-motivated violence for over a decade. In particular, his group has carried out a bloody campaign against the Rohingya, even landing him in prison in 2003.
 The International Business Times published an article titled, “Burmese Bin Laden: Is Buddhist Monk Wirathu Behind Violence in Myanmar?” explaining in further detail:
The shadow of controversial monk Wirathu, who has led numerous vocal campaigns against Muslims in Burma, looms large over the sectarian violence in Meikhtila.
Wirathu played an active role in stirring tensions in a Rangoon suburb in February, by spreading unfounded rumours that a local school was being developed into a mosque, according to the Democratic voice of Burma. An angry mob of about 300 Buddhists assaulted the school and other local businesses in Rangoon.

The monk, who describes himself as ‘the Burmese Bin Laden’ said that his militancy “is vital to counter aggressive expansion by Muslims”.

He was arrested in 2003 for distributing anti-Muslim leaflets and has often stirred controversy over his Islamophobic activities, which include a call for the Rhohingya and “kalar”, a pejorative term for Muslims of South Asian descent, to be expelled from Myanmar.

He has also been implicated in religious clashes in Mandalay, where a dozen people died, in several local reports.
By all accounts, Wirathu is a violent criminal leading mobs which have cost thousands of people their lives and has created a humanitarian crisis that is slowly engulfing all of Southeast Asia. Yet Wirathu is still counted among Suu Kyi’s most vocal supporters and frequently weighs in on high level decisions made by Suu Kyi’s political party. Furthermore, the West has failed to condemn him, place any sanctions upon him, and through their various media outlets, still grant him interviews, lending him continued credibility and influence.
…This systematic genocidal brutality is what has driven the Rohingya to the seas from their rightful homes in Myanmar, scattering them abroad and creating a humanitarian crisis for other nations to bear. In particular, Myanmar’s neighbor Thailand has been criticized vocally by the West as this crisis continues on, and more so now than ever since Thailand has ousted Washington and Wall Street’s political order of choice there in a military coup in 2014.
But it is clear that the source of the problem is in Myanmar, and in particular the violence being used to drive the Rohingya from their homes. Myanmar’s neighbors are but scapegoats for perpetrators not politically convenient for the Western media and the West’s many so-called “international” institutions and rights organizations to name and shame. If anything, the perpetrators have created a political and humanitarian crisis regionally, giving the West an opportunity to meddle even further.
Regardless of what Myanmar’s neighbors do to assist Rohingya being driven from their homes, if the violence driving them abroad to begin with is not stopped, the humanitarian crisis will only continue to grow. Such violence, however, cannot be stopped so long as the self-proclaimed arbiters of international order and human rights not only refuse to condemn those guilty of precipitating this crisis, but in fact actively defend and support them.
For Southeast Asia, and in particular, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia – all nations targeted by the US and British with perpetual political meddling – exposing the true perpetrators of this crisis, and in particular the political order under which these perpetrators are operating, can expose Aung San Suu Kyi and her party and disrupt other foreign backed political proxies across the region like her. By doing so, perhaps an end can be brought to this current crisis today, and the next one prevented from unfolding tomorrow.
The Ronhingya are not “stateless.” They are not “boat people.” They are not “without a home.” Their home is Myanmar. Ultra-racist genocidal criminals, apparently with the support and blessing of the West, have driven them from that home.”

EXPOSED! MYANMAR GOVT HAS BEEN TRYING TO RESOLVE ROHINGYA ISSUE, BUT BRIT's LONG TIME AGENT IN MYANMAR IS SABOTAGING


Who’s Driving the Rohingya into the Sea?

By Tony Cartulucci

New Eastern Outlook

As the plight of the Rohingya, driven from Myanmar into the sea, gains increasing international attention, the same familiar voices across the West have begun climbing upon their soapboxes and pointing fingers at each and every nation refusing to accept them upon their shores. What is not mentioned, conveniently, is who drove them into the sea to begin with.

Who Are the Rohingya? 

The Rohingya are a predominately Muslim people living in Myanmar’s southwest state of Rakhine – and have lived there for generations. Many may be indigenous to Myanmar, having settled their centuries ago. Others may have come to Myanmar as a result of British rule during the 1800’s.

Despite the fact that they have lived in Myanmar for generations, they have suffered as a stateless people, with the political dynamics in Myanmar making it nearly impossible to grant them citizenship without considerable conflict and the threat of widespread violence.

However, this is not because of the government of Myanmar will not grant them their citizenship.They have tried. It is the groups that have opposed Rohingya citizenship that has perpetuated this problem, groups the Western media has intentionally failed to expose and condemn.

Democracy Icon’s “Saffron” Supporters  

The group that is in fact driving the Rohingya from their homes in Myanmar and into the sea – and why this is not reported as the center of the current crisis – are the followers and supporters of the West’s own “patron saint of democracy,” Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi herself, and many of the NGOs that support her and her political network are directly and substantially underwritten by the US and British governments.

These NGOs and faux-news agencies include the Irrawaddy, Era Journal, and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), all admitted by the Burma Campaign UK (page 15) to be funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) along with “Mizzima” also fully funded by NED and convicted financial criminal George Soros’ Open Society.

There is also the “Burma Partnership” which upon its “About Us” page is listed a myriad of associations and organizations directly linked to Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, including the Students and Youth Congress of Burma, the Forum for Democracy in Burma, and the Nationalities Youth Forum, which is directly funded by the Euro-Burma Office (in turn funded by the EU, and US National Endowment for Democracy), and Open Society.

The heavily US-British-backed Noble Peace Prize laureate’s followers have prosecuted a campaign of ultra-racist genocide aimed at eradicating Myanmar entirely of the Rohingya people, often with orgies of machete-wielding brutality and neighborhood-wide arson leaving scores of people dead, and hundreds, sometimes thousands homeless, destitute, and above all, desperate.

Leading the violence are Suu Kyi’s “saffron monks.” The so-called “Saffron Revolution” of 2007 seeking to oust the Myanmar government and put into power Aung San Suu Kyi and her “National League for Democracy” was named so after the saffron-colored robes of these supporters.

Underneath the “pro-democracy” narrative, however, is an ugly truth that if known more widely amongst the global public, would spell the end of both Suu Kyi and her foreign backers’ agenda in Myanmar.

While the Western media attempts to shift the blame on the Myanmar government itself for the current Rohingya crisis, it was the government that attempted to grant the Rohingya citizenship through incremental programs that included allowing them to vote in upcoming elections. The plan was, however, disrupted by violence spearheaded by Suu Kyi’s followers, as reported by Australia’s ABC News article, “Myanmar scraps temporary ID cards amid protests targeting ethnic minorities without citizenship.”

The irony of Suu Kyi’s supporters, supposedly representing a shining example of democracy worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, attempting to deny hundreds of thousands of people their right to vote in elections is immeasurable.

Suu Kyi, for her part, has remained utterly silent regarding the brutality and inhumanity of her most loyal and active supporters. While she is portrayed as a woman of courage and conviction, in reality these “virtues” were bought and paid for through millions of dollars of support for both her and her political network over the decades by the US and British governments. While her silence is shrugged off by the Western media as “pragmatic” and “calculated,” it is in reality merely her refusal to condemn the very supporters who have carved out a niche for her amid Myanmar’s political landscape.

This carving has left a trail of blood and tears, one the Nobel Peace Prize has been shamefully used to distract the world’s attention away from for years now.

Suu Kyi’s Followers Have Brutalized the Rohingya for Years

2431111Among Suu Kyi’s saffron butchers, there stands out one leader in particular, Wirathu. Wirathu has been involved in stirring up politically-motivated violence for over a decade. In particular, his group has carried out a bloody campaign against the Rohingya, even landing him in prison in 2003.

 The International Business Times published an article titled, “Burmese Bin Laden: Is Buddhist Monk Wirathu Behind Violence in Myanmar?” explaining in further detail:
The shadow of controversial monk Wirathu, who has led numerous vocal campaigns against Muslims in Burma, looms large over the sectarian violence in Meikhtila.

Wirathu played an active role in stirring tensions in a Rangoon suburb in February, by spreading unfounded rumours that a local school was being developed into a mosque, according to the Democratic voice of Burma. An angry mob of about 300 Buddhists assaulted the school and other local businesses in Rangoon.

The monk, who describes himself as ‘the Burmese Bin Laden’ said that his militancy “is vital to counter aggressive expansion by Muslims”.

He was arrested in 2003 for distributing anti-Muslim leaflets and has often stirred controversy over his Islamophobic activities, which include a call for the Rhohingya and “kalar”, a pejorative term for Muslims of South Asian descent, to be expelled from Myanmar.

He has also been implicated in religious clashes in Mandalay, where a dozen people died, in several local reports.

By all accounts, Wirathu is a violent criminal leading mobs which have cost thousands of people their lives and has created a humanitarian crisis that is slowly engulfing all of Southeast Asia. Yet Wirathu is still counted among Suu Kyi’s most vocal supporters and frequently weighs in on high level decisions made by Suu Kyi’s political party. Furthermore, the West has failed to condemn him, place any sanctions upon him, and through their various media outlets, still grant him interviews, lending him continued credibility and influence.

Beyond Wirathu,  there are other “monks” who took to the streets in 2007’s “Saffron Revolution,”a series of bloody anti-government protests in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. Human Rights Watch in a report titled “Buddhism and activism in Burma” (.pdf), would specifically enumerate support provided to Aung San Suu Kyi’s movement by these organizations, including the Young Monks Union (Association), who are also now leading violence and calls for ethnic cleansing across Myanmar against the Rohingya people.

The UK Independent in their article, “Burma’s monks call for Muslim community to be shunned,” mentions the Young Monks Association by name as involved in distributing flyers recently, demanding people not to associate with ethnic Rohingya, and attempting to block humanitarian aid from reaching Rohingya camps set up after being driven by their homes by violence.The Independent also notes calls for ethnic cleansing made by leaders of the 88 Generation Students group (BBC profile here) – who also played a pivotal role in the pro-Suu Kyi 2007 protests. “Ashin” Htawara, another “monk activist” who considers Aung San Suu Kyi, his “special leader” and greeted her with flowers for her Oslo Noble Peace Prize address earlier this year, stated at an event in London that the Rohingya should be sent “back to their native land.”

Are Myanmar’s Neighbors to Blame? 

This systematic genocidal brutality is what has driven the Rohingya to the seas from their rightful homes in Myanmar, scattering them abroad and creating a humanitarian crisis for other nations to bear. In particular, Myanmar’s neighbor Thailand has been criticized vocally by the West as this crisis continues on, and more so now than ever since Thailand has ousted Washington and Wall Street’s political order of choice there in a military coup in 2014.

But it is clear that the source of the problem is in Myanmar, and in particular the violence being used to drive the Rohingya from their homes. Myanmar’s neighbors are but scapegoats for perpetrators not politically convenient for the Western media and the West’s many so-called “international” institutions and rights organizations to name and shame. If anything, the perpetrators have created a political and humanitarian crisis regionally, giving the West an opportunity to meddle even further.

Regardless of what Myanmar’s neighbors do to assist Rohingya being driven from their homes, if the violence driving them abroad to begin with is not stopped, the humanitarian crisis will only continue to grow. Such violence, however, cannot be stopped so long as the self-proclaimed arbiters of international order and human rights not only refuse to condemn those guilty of precipitating this crisis, but in fact actively defend and support them.

For Southeast Asia, and in particular, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia – all nations targeted by the US and British with perpetual political meddling – exposing the true perpetrators of this crisis, and in particular the political order under which these perpetrators are operating, can expose Aung San Suu Kyi and her party and disrupt other foreign backed political proxies across the region like her. By doing so, perhaps an end can be brought to this current crisis today, and the next one prevented from unfolding tomorrow.

The Ronhingya are not “stateless.” They are not “boat people.” They are not “without a home.” Their home is Myanmar. Ultra-racist genocidal criminals, apparently with the support and blessing of the West, have driven them from that home.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine“New Eastern Outlook”.

First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/30/who-s-driving-the-rohingya-into-the-sea/

LEFT NEOCOLONIAL JOURNOS JOB IS TO COVER UP COLLUSION OF BRITISH STATE WITH DEATH SQUADS



John Wight is a socialist based in Scotland I think, we are on reasonably good and constructive terms. He tweeted a few days ago that he considered Dan Glazebrook and mine analysis on British state collusion with 'Isis' type death squads to be wrong and too much conspiracy. We have had a constructive twitter exchange since on the subject which can be seen here: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40sonsofmalcolm%20%40%40JohnWight1%20&src=typd

However, there is an on-going problem here which is seen in this exchange in this twitter exchange posted here: we need to critically examine and counter the tendency to give more kudos to western neocolonial voices (even if they are liberal/left) as for eg in Patrick Cockburn, Cockburn is a neocolonial journo who KNOWS VERY WELL as all other mainstream journos, pundits, analysts etc know very well, that if they ever really investigated British state collusion and support into supremacist death squads in the Muslim word, they would lose their career and jobs within days.

One the other hand, those that are actually doing all the Resistance to imperialism and its death squads are denied any legitimacy in their analysis, struggle and and such their political voice and action is dehumanised, made lesser in their human contribution than someone like Cockburn who is directly/indirectly giving cover to this British imperialist collusion.

Who if not those who are fighting back and countering the death squads knows best about these death squads and their nature and relationship? No one.

And I would really encourage people refrain from promoting neocolonial liberals who white wash the British state and its collusion, and in so doing, indirectly and often very directly, join in and add insult to injury by denying our Global South people our right to a primarily legitimate voice and struggle.

Here you can see a quote from Cockburn's new book on 'Isis' whereby he states that the west are troubled by Isis, which is just a white wash as this very intelligent man seems to not be able to see Isis is delivering ALL the strategic aims of the same west. Why is such an intelligent man not able to investigate this? Cos he is an embedded part of the neo-colonial order.

Compare this to the Defence Intelligence Agency of the USA which has stated in 2012: "There is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)” Elsewhere, the “supporting powers to the opposition” are defined as “Western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey”.

Surely Cockburn and the entire gamut of neocolonial journos, pundits etc must be privvy to this, but decide to take no further action in investigating it, and it is only those of us who are loyal to Libyan Jamahirya, Syria etc who engage in this highly important work.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm




Wednesday, 20 May 2015

PIONEER OF SOUTH ASIAN RADICAL CULTURE, SAIFULLAH/SAM ZAMAN AKA STATE OF BENGAL, PASSES ON


Brother Mathis Richet informed me of the terrible news this morning that our older brother, comrade, musical-cultural-political pioneer Sam 'State of Bengal' / Saifullah Zaman, and the intense energy of light, creativity, laughs and love has passed on.

We became close friends in the last several years, and he often schooled me in the history of South Asian cultural experience and resistance on this island while I would be surrounded by the seemingly endless South Asian drums covering one side of his living room come studio, with his music production equipment crammed in the other half. We discussed plans to hold a celebratory event for Black and Asian musical resistance histories in this country - something I will still go ahead with in helping to make happen and turn into a celebratory event for Sam's life!. He always encouraged me in my political work and always would say it is better to never sell out to the enemy and keep true to your people, community and our liberation struggle.

Sam exposed in the late 1990s some organised sexual abuse going on in Tower Hamlets of young Bengali boys by members of the white political elite which has of course been covered up. For Sam's work on this issue they punished him somewhat but he seemed to be getting through that and other challenges in life. Sam did not care about the fall out onto him in exposing this abuse and defending our youth. Sam would never kowtow or be intimidated by the enemy, nor would he be bought off or bribed and sell out to the enemy. He had backbone and was fearless and courageous in this regard.

I expected to have Sam as one of my mentors for decades to come, just recently he contributed to the Malcolm X Movement's Malcolm X Film Festival by facilitating communication and building relations between myself and some individuals connected to a big venue and a well known South Asian radical music group. Sam is the real older brother of another South Asian pioneer, Deedar Saifullah Zaman, someone I consider one of the best Emcees these islands has ever produced, and former front man (albeit very young man) of Asian Dub Foundation (Official), with Sam having a leading part in the writing and composition of some of the well known old school tracks of ADF that Deedar was on.

Sam and I even discussed doing some music and he sent me over half a dozen tracks for me to step back on the Mic, to make some tracks for this Malcolm X's 50 martyrdom anniversary. Recently last year he had a successful trip to India to play music, and he was keen to get back into schools and colleges and work with young people like he always has, and touring in India etc.

We often went into Lahori Nihari restaurant, a working class simple Punjabi restaurant next to his house in Upton Park and he would school me intensely in the hidden histories of the South Asian political and musical scene that he was a leading part of. He used to tell me about growing up as a militant young Bengali youth in East London, literally playing gigs and having running street fights with racists and the far right. And of course he would always impart his knowledge of the healing qualities of bass frequencies and harmonies!!

God bless you, brother Saifullah, brother Sam! You were the kind of older struggler, revolutionary and brother and mentor that we need so much to value and share your creativity and experiences to our peoples, especially the younger ones who perhaps don't know the sacrifices and histories.
And anyone who spent anytime with Sam will know of his wicked wit and sense of humour, and the way his eyes would twinkle and shine with his typically cheeky infectious Bengali smiling face.

I Love you brother. Sorry I was not there more for you, I wish came over in recent months and we could have gorged on Nihari and lemon juice drenched onion salad and discussed and schemed together. Thank you for bringing me into your heart and life and giving me the privilege to sit at your feet. You were and will always remain of one of our greatest cultural revolutionaries and humans who sought to bring liberation and elated mediation and dance for our peoples, and your beautiful beautiful son who I know you adored so much is the most gorgeous being who carries you inside him for life.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm







Tuesday, 19 May 2015

CHINESE INTERCONTINENTAL MISSILE CAPABILITIES DEVELOPING


China rapidly upgrading nuclear arsenal with MIRVed missiles – report

RT

China is fast refurbishing its arsenal of silo-based long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple independently targetable warheads, defense experts say. The move comes decades after Beijing acquired the technology, indicating a strategy change.

It has been speculated on for years that the Chinese military is upgrading some of its bigger ICBMs with Multiple Independently-targeted Reentry Vehicle technology (MIRV), which allows a single missile to carry multiple warhead across the globe and deploy them to aim at individual targets.

The assessment was endorsed by the US government in the latest Pentagon report on Chinese military might, which marked Dongfeng-5 missiles, China’s large liquid-propellant rocket capable of reaching the US, as MIRV-capable. The same report said Dongfeng-41, smaller solid-propellant road-mobile ICBMs were “possibly capable of carrying MIRVs.”

According to The New York Times, as many as half of China’s 20 DF-5 missiles may have been upgraded by now. With a conservative estimate that each missile would carry three individual warheads, it increased the number of warheads that Beijing may fire at an enemy to 40, up from 20, the newspaper said, citing a number of defense experts.

“China’s little force is slowly getting a little bigger, and its limited capabilities are slowly getting a little better,” Hans M. Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, told NYT.

In an earlier report on the development, Kristensen said China is probably upgrading its arsenal in response to the buildup of the global antiballistic missile system by the US. Washington says it needs the system to protect itself and its allies from an attack by nations such as Iran and North Korea. But strategists in Moscow and Beijing see it as threat to the national security of their respective countries.

“If so, how ironic that the US missile defense system – intended to reduce the threat to the United States – instead would seem to have increased the threat by triggering development of MIRV on Chinese ballistic missiles that could destroy more US cities in a potential war,” Kristensen said.

“China is working on a range of technologies to attempt to counter US and other countries’ ballistic missile defense systems, including maneuverable reentry vehicles (MaRV), MIRVs, decoys, chaff, jamming, and thermal shielding,” it said.

China reportedly had technology needed to miniaturize nuclear warheads enough to fit several of them on a missile for decades, but chose not to upgrade its arsenal. Beijing’s nuclear deterrence strategy is to have just enough weapons that they could survive a nuclear attack and deliver monumental damage to the aggressor.

“This is obviously part of an effort to prepare for long-term competition with the United States,” Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a senior national security official in the George W. Bush administration, told NYT. “The Chinese are always fearful of American nuclear advantage.”

The beef-up of China’s small but punchy nuclear arsenal may trigger similar efforts from other nuclear powers in the region - India and Pakistan. So far only the US, Russia, Britain and France have deployed MIRVed ICBMs.

US make nuclear reduction senseless

Moscow indicated it may see fit to stockpile more nuclear weapons depending on US foreign policies. The warning came from Mikhail Ulyanov, chief of the non-proliferation department in the Russian foreign ministry, who is attending a UN conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The Russian diplomat was speaking about the New-START nuclear reduction treaty signed by the US and Russia in 2010, saying Moscow is sticking to its commitments, but would not go any further due to US behavior.

“The things the Americans are doing objectively hampers if not completely eliminates any prospect of further nuclear disarmament,” Ulyanov said.

“As of now there are no factors that would make our continued participation in the [New START] treaty counter to Russia’s interest, but hypothetically such a situation may arise from US actions, which we would not want to see,” he added.

The US and Russia have parity in nuclear weapons, but America has far more conventional forces. With Russia relying on its nuclear arsenal to safeguard it from a massive US attack, the development of the US anti-missile system is viewed as a dangerous threat to national security in Moscow.

FULL FOOTAGE OF HISTORIC RUSSIAN-LED/HOSTED VICTORY PARADE WITH CHINESE & INDIAN MILITARY MARCHING

GREECE INVITED BY RUSSIA TO JOIN BRICS BANK


Greece to Escape West’s Chokehold by Joining BRICS Bank - European Lawmaker

Sputnik

Last week, Russia invited Greece to become the sixth member of the BRICS New Development Bank.

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — Greece could climb out of the debt hole created for it by International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank if it accepts Russia's proposal to join the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), Sofia Sakorafa, a member of the European Parliament from the Greek ruling Syriza party, told Sputnik on Monday.

"[Greek] attempts to escape from the deadly embrace of the IMF and the World Bank have been made in the past. [The invitation to join] the bank of BRICS makes this effort the most advanced one to break the monopoly of terror."

Five major developing economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — signed an agreement to establish the NDB at a summit in Fortaleza, Brazil in July 2014. The bank is expected to become an alternative to Western-dominated financial institutions and will focus mainly on funding infrastructure projects.

She stressed, that in order to make this attempt successful, the NDB must stick to its commitment to economic development instead of trying to strangle the Greek people as their Western creditors are currently doing.

"The participation of Greece, therefore, in the new development bank of BRICS, with the objective to finance development projects, is an interesting alternative option that should be evaluated with great seriousness by the Greek government," the Greek Member of the European Parliament stressed.

Earlier, a source in the Greek government told Sputnik that Prime Minister Tsipras would have an opportunity to discuss Athens' accession to the bank with the leaders of the BRICS group in St. Petersburg during an economic forum to be held there on June 18-20.


SNP LEADER NICOLA STURGEON MEETS CHINESE AMBASSADOR

H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

Chinese Embassy in UK

On 28 January, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming met with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at the Embassy. Present at the meeting was China’s Consul General in Edinburgh Pan Xinchun.

Ambassador Liu congratulated Sturgeon on her election as the first-ever female First Minister of Scotland. He spoke most positively about China-Scotland relations and reaffirmed China’s willingness to make joint efforts with Scotland to bring the mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas to a higher level. Ambassador Liu welcomed a visit to China by the First Minister at a convenient time for both sides.

Sturgeon said that Scotland pays high attention to the development of Scotland-China relations. She looked to continuously strengthen economic and trade cooperation with China and welcomed Chinese companies to invest and thrive in Scotland, including engaging in key industries and projects that are of strategic significance to the economy of Scotland. Scotland is also willing to strengthen cultural exchanges with China through the important platform of Edinburgh International Festival. The First Minister also said she was looking forward to paying her first visit to China soon.

MACEDONIA PROTESTS LINKED TO PRO-NATO INTERESTS


Russia links west to Macedonia violence

[source]

Macedonia is emerging as a potential flashpoint in a geopolitical stand-off between Russia and the west, with Moscow accusing western capitals of trying to foment a revolution in the former Yugoslav republic.

The western Balkans state has been rocked by violence and demonstrations in the past 10 days, amid accusations that Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is becoming an authoritarian leader.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital, Skopje, despite intense heat on Sunday to demand Mr Gruevski’s resignation. The mass demonstration came a week after tensions between ethnic Albanians and Macedonians exploded in clashes between police and gunmen in the town of Kumanovo where at least 18 people were killed.

The instability has prompted concerns in EU capitals that unrest in Macedonia could spill over into neighbouring countries such as Serbia and destabilise the rest of the western Balkans.

But Moscow has constructed an alternative narrative. Senior Russian officials and media have suggested that the west is behind the protests against a Macedonian leader it had initially backed as someone who would speed his country’s progress towards EU membership.

Speaking on a visit to Serbia on Friday, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said events in Macedonia were “unfolding against the background of the government’s refusal to join the policy of sanctions against Russia and the vigorous support Skopje gave to the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project”.

Turkish Stream is a scheme that Moscow is promoting to replace the South Stream project to bring Russian gas into southeast Europe which was abandoned in December after EU opposition.

Russia’s foreign ministry on Saturday followed Mr Lavrov’s comments with a statement citing Serbian media reports of the arrest of a Montenegrin citizen alleged to have “assisted Kosovo-Albanian extremists” in Macedonia.

It said the arrest was “convincing proof of plans launched from outside to destabilise the internal political situation in this country, an attempt to push it into the abyss of a coloured revolution”.

The statements were retweeted by Russian diplomats overseas on Monday.

Sputnik, the state-run Russian news agency, reported that Macedonia was being “forced to decide between a national identity and EU/Nato integration”. It alleged that the west had increased financial support for pro-democracy activities, such as the $4.8m Civil Society Project, which “trained over 1,000 young people in the use of social media”.

The claims echo the Russian narrative surrounding last year’s protests that toppled former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, who had initially claimed to be pro-western but swung towards Russia. Moscow says he was removed by a “US-backed coup”.

Monday, 18 May 2015

READING LIST ARISING FROM SUKANT's INTERVIEW WITH MARK McGOWAN


Finally brother Mark McGowan, AKA Artist Taxi Driver, and I met up and he kindly interviewed me me for his excellent youtube channel.

For those who do not know McGowan, he is one of the very few relatively successful online personalities in the last decade in england who has developed a platform which advocates for the rights of the oppressed who are victims of the British state and of 'western' imperialism generally. He is a very decent comrade, and has a open political heart to many trends within radical politics, and I especially respect him for taking a lot of time to point peoples attention to the Scottish peoples experience of mass politicisation towards countering the war and militarism, racism and xenphobia, privatisation and austerity which defines the neo-colonial governments in London.

I am also really appreciative of the very positive feedback I have received on twitter as a result of the interview, especially from our Scottish family and those in england who are open to these issues.

I am going to suggest some further readings etc, as a few people on twitter requested such.


I start by discussing the historical genesis of what brought about thing which is sometimes called 'capitalism, 'democracy', 'the west', 'modernity', ie., the system of global colonial and now neo-colonial domination.

I discuss some of the first steps in this genesis which was the new capitalist ruling classes' (and often in alliance with the older feudal ruling classes, the latter merging into the former) war against the poor which lasted from roughly the 16 through to the late 19 century in what is called the 'clearances' or 'enclosures', which is nothing but actually a massive brutal class war against the peasants. Actually Scotland was one of the last region of the british isles that saw the english colonialists complete their process of domination through the clearances.

I am not going to go into all the details of this terrible process of perhaps the start of what became global colonialism and capitalism, but needless to say this was a a war on all fronts to strip the land away from the peasants, literally replaced the masses from the land in order to replace them with the more lucrative sheep and deer pastures for the cotton industry and in the case of vast areas of land in Scotland, so that the rich could hunt game!

Marx in chapter 27 of his revolutionary critique of the rise of capitalism (note: when 'capitalism' in the western sense, is synonymous with colonialism, the two terms are interchangeable) lays out some of the details to this oppression and its impact on the masses, which can be read HERE

In this piece, Marx with his characteristic scathing revolutionary wit, denounces the english rich in complaining to about the enslavement of African peoples in north america when they themselves are conducting such horrific acts in Scotland, and states only the victims of english capitalism amongst the poor in england, Scotland and Ireland have the right to attack the enslavers in north america!

I also mention that the war on the peasants was also a war on women. Indeed, these oppressions are not narrowly class-based in their nature, but encompass the traumatisation of all aspects of human relations, and human relations between ourselves and nature, and also a 'ideological genocide' in that this oppression also wiped out ancient systems of knowledge of the peoples handed down the generations. Often those who would hand down these healing and pro-people knowledge systems were women in these communities, and being in that position of intergenerational bearers of knowledge in terms of healing and nutritional plants, and also hold responsibility for reproductive, child rearing and child birth issues, these societies saw an open war against women, which resulted in millions of them being lynched in a systematic way for centuries in what is dismissively called by the mainstream (mis)education system the 'witch hunts'.

For a fantastic book on this issue, which weaves together how the emergence of capitalism was also of colonial was also of a war on peasants and was also a war on women, is the book by Silvia Frederici called 'Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation', someone has very kindly put the book into a PDF here. I am personally not a supporter of 'wages for housework' as Frederici is, but that is another discussion and this book is just an amazing piece of work. THIS is also a good youtube interview with Frederici on the same subject.

On the subject of putting people outside the zone of humanity into the zone of animals, which is one of the unique contributions of the colonialists to the world, is laid out in this piece by decolonial scholar Ramon Grosfoguel.

I then discuss issues relating to Nato's war against Libya and the war the british have always teamed up with the very depraved sectarian death squad forces ('AlQaeda', 'Isis' etc). Mark Curtis' book called 'Secret Affairs: britain's secret relationship with radical Islam'. While I do not agree that what Curtis is referring to is Islam at all (rather it is actually a very british perversion of Islam!), nonetheless, the book is without competition in terms of its thorough nature and the research makes this a very authoritative piece. One can read the introduction to the book HERE.

On the issues to do with Libya, on can always flick through my dozens of appearances on this subject on youtube in my interviews on Press TV and RT as well as others. But the best books on the subject is by Horace Campbell, Cynthia McKinney, for the best historical book on Libya please see Jonathan Bearman's Gaddafi's Libya (extract of which here). Also Maximillian Forte, Fancis Boyle's books, and I have written quite a bit on Libya which can be found looking through the tag 'Libya' on my blog Sons of Malcolm. 

On the recent controversy over the deaths of Asian and African people being sent to their death by mafia (who were brought to power by Nato in Libya) is covered here in this sharp article by one of my long time colleague and comrade Dan Glazebrook. He also presents his book HERE which lays out very well the current strategy of british imperialism currently especially in the Middle East and North African region: divide and ruin.

I mention that colonialism was directly used by the english imperialists to corrupt the british working class (working not so well on the Scots at the moment), and here is the direct quote from Cecil Rhodes that I cite:

"I was in the East End of London (a working-class quarter) yesterday and attended a meeting of the unemployed. I listened to the wild speeches, which were just a cry for 'bread! bread!' and on my way home I pondered over the scene and I became more than ever convinced of the importance of imperialism.... My cherished idea is a solution for the social problem, i.e., in order to save the 40,000,000 inhabitants of the United Kingdom from a bloody civil war, we colonial statesmen must acquire new lands to settle the surplus population, to provide new markets for the goods produced in the factories and mines. The Empire, as I have always said, is a bread and butter question. If you want to avoid civil war, you must become imperialists.

To develop the analysis further, this is one of the most important texts in the USA context which lays out an analysis as to how the working classes are deeply corrupted by a settler-colonial consciousness: J Sakai's 'Settlers' and a further development of the analysis by Sakai (who built upon the initial thesis and analysis by Lenin) of Divided World Divided Class by Zak Cope.

Lenin himself wrote extensively about this issue especially in his work 'Imperialism and the Split in Socialism', in which he quotes Marx and Engels on the same issue:  “"..The English proletariat is actually becoming more and more bourgeois, so that this most bourgeois of all nations is apparently aiming ultimately at the possession of a bourgeois aristocracy and a bourgeois proletariat alongside the bourgeoisie. For a nation which exploits the whole world this is of course to a certain extent justifiable." (Engels in a letter to Marx, Oct 7 1858, quoted in Lenin's Imperialism and the Split in Socialism) 

Furthermore:

 “You ask me what the English workers think about colonial policy. Well, exactly the same as they think about politics in general. There is no workers’ party here, there are only Conservatives and Liberal-Radicals, and the workers gaily share the feast of England’s monopoly of the world market and the colonies.” (letter to Kautsky, Sept 12 1882, quoted in Lenin's Imperialism and the Split in Socialism)

On the Bengal Famine, the best work by far yet published is Madhusree Mukerji's 'Churchill's Secret War', there are two youtube videos featuring Mukerji in relation to her work here and here.

On China and Africa, as well as the official Forum on China and African Cooperation website, there is also THIS very interesting paper, and I used to run a blog called Friends of China which still has some very good content on in. I would like to reinvigorate that Friends of China project, but do not gave the human resources at the moment to do so.

Other multilateral bodies of the Global South I would encourage people to learn about are the following:


Learning about these groups of the Global South, and also others such as the African Union, will give people a much more rounded understanding of where we are right now in history in the long march of our peoples struggle for liberation against colonialism and imperialism and for a world that is in harmony with other peoples and nature, something I and many other people across the world would call socialism, ie., the rule and management of society run by those interests who seek peace, mutual respect and friendship and respect for nature and pro-people systems of knowledge and/or liberation ideologies of our peoples.

Specifically on Africa, and Britain's planned but failed war of aggression and invasion on Zimbabwe, please see HERE and HERE, and also another comment on this by another giant of the African liberation struggle, SWAPO/Namibian leader Sam Nujoma HERE.

Finally, HERE is my article on the 10 preconditions imho for a rebuilding of the english left post the last general elections.

I hope these links are of some use to people. I would really encourage people to engage with this kind of materials, as it really humanises our peoples histories and helps us chart ways in our pursuit of achieving for ourselves and the coming generations a world which is not dominated by the 'biggest purveyors of violence in the world'  to paraphrase Dr King, which are the regimes of london, paris and washington.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm






Thursday, 14 May 2015

PROSPECTS/OUTCOMES FOR NEOCOLONIAL ALL OUT GLOBAL WAR ... OR NOT?


As we edge closer to China and Russia (and allies) developing military-industrial capacity that can match firepower - to - firepower with the USA and its allies, I see three broad main outcomes. Keep in mind the entire miltary strategy of the USA and allies is openly geared towards a showdown with China, this has been the case ever since the collapse fo the Soviet Union and East Euro Socialist countries:

1. The USA and a few allies (Japan, Aus, Britain?? no guarantees!) will go to an open war against China and/or Russia and its allies (nearly the entire GlobalSouth, but esp the more militant countries: Zimbabwe, 'North Korea', South Africa, Cuba, Venezuela and ALBA, Chinese-led and pan-Asian Shanghai Cooperation Organisation countries etc), and basically with the approach that if they (western fat rich white man) cannot have everything, then no one on the planet will.

2. In this open global war of neocolonial aggression, our side (China and/or Russia and allies) wins! And literally it could be a case of Russian/-Chinese-/BRICS/-SCO etc soldiers liberating the lands of europe, north america and australia. Then we have a totally new global order where the decolonial anti-imperialist alliance of countries and peoples call the shots!

3. That the USA and UK etc ratchet up their military plans and actions (as they are overtly on Libya, Syria, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Ukraine etc), but watch carefully if they can cajole through covert and overt war the diminishing of Russian and Chinese military-industrial capacity. **at the moment** it does not look like to me that the west will for options/outcomes 1 and 2, cos they are seeing the Global South countries and peoples develop relative massive steps forward and are not going all out and CANNOT go all out to stop these moves like the formation of the BRICS, developments in SCO, BRICS development bank, Chinese global development bank, Chinese and Russian militaries joint drills in Moscow, Med Sea, Russian Naval drills with Venezuelans in Caribbean etc. And they are seeing all this, and unable and unwilling to war to sabotage all of it.

Hence, I think while any three outcomes and scenarios are possible, it SEEMS to me (and my understanding of events could change, and events could change my reflections) the third thing is what is happening for the time being: that the west is developing war operations, but not going for the biggest countries on our side, and will through losing stratiegically the smaller battles and wars, will gradually and increasingly accept an 'emerging' world order whereby the anti-imperialist global forces are increasingly going to call the shots, until a day when the west are defeated in terms of their global neo-colonial reach, and will be under our manners.

Whatever the weather, we are going to see the final outcome of this in the next two decades, perhaps a lot less, perhaps a bit longer. THIS is the most dramatic time to be living in the entire history of Humanity.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

SNP APPOINTS ALEX SALMON AS FOREIGN AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON


'PORRIDGE WOGS' - HOW THE ENGLAND PUSHED OUT THE SCOTS FROM THE CLUB OF WHITENESS

Message to the english left

"porridge wogs" (english racists slur against independence-oriented Scots) - how english white supremacists colonial minded types have put the Scots even further outside the 'whiteness' club, ie., the global white settler colonial settler club. Although a racialist slur, I think many Scots who voted SNP would be quite happy to put into the club of the GlobalSouth rather than the english colonial club by dint of being called these disgusting slurs. Welcome to our world, Scots! And thank you for running up the british imperialists, esp cos us Black and Asian people in england are not doing it. Some of us are trying to play catch-up with youse! lol

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Monday, 11 May 2015

POST ELECTION REFLECTIONS: 10 PRECONDITIONS TO A POTENTIAL RESURGENCE OF RADICALISM IN eNGLAND

English socialists' 'spirit of '45'

10 things that unless and until the english left appreciate and act on, there will be NO left, radical, socialist resurgence in england:

1. England is a neocolonial imperialist capitalist country. Neocolonialism is a physical and political force, but also a conceptual and ethical force: it encompasses all neocolonial oppressions between humans (materialism, misogyny, white supremacy/racism being some of the primary but very few of them). All features of 'coloniality' and imperialism need to be addressed concurrently.

2. Unless england's imperialist nature is strategically and analytically understood and put into primary practice in struggle, england will continue to shift to the right.

3. Scotland is doing relatively well cos it well understands england is a neocolonial country, and hence it can work towards a trajectory of progressive, inclusive people-oriented politics.
4. The english working class have in general always been colonial minded, and have definitively shited towards the right continuously since 1985 (Miners Strike), or at the latest 1991 (anti-poll tax uprising).

5. Labour (old/new labour) and the Trade Union leadership and membership is overwhelmingly imperialist (with some wonderfully brilliant exceptions,ie., those who remain loyal to the best traditions of Scargill and Bob Crow) and is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

6. It is the english WORKING CLASS who have shifted their allegiances to the right, those workers who would have been at least in 'old labour' are now voting tories or/and ukip and have gravitated towards edl/britain first etc.

7. The people of the 'Global South' are equal human beings to people in the 'west' and england, and this should be an integral and primary part political struggle, ie., britain's neocolonial (and previously colonial oppression) of the world is a PRIMARY issue to be advocating on, not some awkward secondary issue to stay generally silent on and dismiss as 'foreign policy' or 'anti-war' politics.

8. That the global counter force and resistance to global capitalism (which is primarily yankee, brit and french neocolonialism) is the people, countries and leaderships of the Global South, and everything should be oriented to supporting them, as THIS AND NOTHING ELSE is what global solidarity/unity and internationalism is: supporting those who are doing the brunt of the fighting and taking the brunt of the sacrifices in the global resistance. These forces include ALL the forces in BRICS, ALBA, SCO, AU, CARICOM, SADC and others.

9. This political project requires gathering a sizeable force (even a dozen or more cadres) focusing on one particular area, developing a mass line there without compromising your politics and ethics (a mass line is basically consulting the people of a small area, working out their demands and immediate needs, and working on them to develop mass support and movement), and through the long term developing support, growing political capacity which may include getting councillors etc elected, and growing out FROM THAT SMALL PHYSICAL space and expanding. Perhaps an oppressed community like Handsworth, St Pauls, Southall, etc could be such a place?

10. Honesty, not neocolonial delusions, lies, turning failures until here into greater failures for the immediate future, are the order of the day.

Of course, there is actually quite a bit else, but at the moment, the major issue is that the english left is in denial about the growing colonial nature of the english working class, their delusions make them think we are on some brink of great resistance. The reality is that we are entering into many years perhaps decades of growing rightwing neocolonial triumphalism in england, unless the left recognise the above 10 point amongst other things, they will constantly get people running into defeats and becoming increasingly demoralised but still promoting their defeated project as the model for the 'upsurge of protest' which again will result in continuing defeats.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Friday, 8 May 2015

AN [ANTI-IMPERIALIST] IDIOT's GUIDE TO THE bRITISH GENERAL ELECTION


THE [decolonial anti-imperialist] IDIOT's GUIDE TO THE NONSENSE OF THE ENGLISH [colonial] LEFT's LIES AND IDIOCY IN THIS LAST GENERAL ELECTION:

1. 'People died for your right to vote!' - errr, many millions more died FIGHTING to liberate themselves from your bullshit 'democracy' which was for the majority of people in the world, and remains so, not democracy, but colonial then neo-colonial imperialist looting, raping and genocide. There is no natural 'good' in this election and voting, the only partial 'goodness' comes from utilising the flawed neo-colonial electoral process to develop your struggle as the SNP, Sinn Fein and before Black Panthers and others did.

2. 'SNP won cos they are anti-austerity' - well, lots of your pathetic english colonial left circles are also seemingly anti-austeriy (peoples assembly, left unity blah blah) but they have got nowhere, no, SNP have advanced cos they are ANTI-COLONIAL, and the MASS culture in Scotland is a leftward anti-colonial culture, and the left in england will get nowhere as long as it does not recognise anti-colonialism is fundamental to a socialist strategy in england

3. 'I'm moving to Scotland!' - No, stay in england and go amongst your english white working class peoples and develop an anti-imperialist socialist movement, rather than having utterly failed until now and then leeching off the Scots whose struggle of the SNP you never even supported anyway!

4. 'Labour need to be more to the left, that's why they failed' - Such disgusting nonsense and lies! No, Labour lost cos they are not RIGHT WING COLONIAL enough for the english electorate! The political trajectory of england since 1985 has been towards MORE colonially informed racism, privatisation, war etc. Labour and the english colonial left's support to Labour is a PART OF THE PROBLEM, not the solution. As long as the english left do not prioritise developing an anti-imperialist approach to socialism, they will always give away ground to the neo-colonial capitalist forces. At the moment, the english left just dont get this AT ALL.

5. 'We are going to see a peoples resistance against the Tories in england!' - oh yeah?! Like we seen in the last 5 years of tory rule? lol. No, the left has been smashed due to its own internalisation of neo-colonialism cos it cant imagine a future that is not tied to the system of labour party, the greens etc. Furthermore, the english are becoming MORE RIGHT WING, not less after the last term of Tory offensives, the left are on their arse, including the potential of radical Black n Asian anti-imperialist politics. What is going to happen is what HAS been happening for decades, england will continue to the right, what we need is to gather the forces who can IN A DECOLONIAL ANTI-IMPERIALIST fashion forge a new resistance. There are currently TINY numbers who are able to do this, this whole thing has to be built from scratch, and currently there are only literally a few dozen people up for it in the entire england. Those in england who are pro GlobalSouth anti-imperialise decolonial AND pro SNP and Scot Indepdence can literally be counted on one hand.

6. 'We need to reclaim the Labour party' - yeah, lets just forget all their raping, looting, warring, invading, genocidal crimes they did until their last term in govt, and which they still support around the world, AND also they are firmly pro privatisation! And for more on this, see above on issue of neocolonial loyalty of the english left. This pro labour shite is only taking away ANY potential of us actually moving forward.

We are deep in the shit. Black n Asian people should be the force to build this new resistance, but they have been confused and co-opted into a neo-colonial strategy to support the peoples colonial enemy which is the labour party. The english working class continue to lurch to the right and would rather blame Black n Asian people and now the "porridge wogs" of the Scots than blame the system. Don't fool yourself, we have EVERYTHING to build and at the same time are still constantly losing ground. Anyone who is up for the challenge, get in touch.

As I have tried to emphasise: the ONLY interesting thing in the elections, the ONLY interesting thing in politics on this island is the rise of the SNP, and one of my life long dreams has come true (I never thought it would!), that a political force that rejects racism, rejects militarism, rejects going to war with the GlobalSouth but actually wants friendship and peace with the GlobalSouth and a movement that wants to break this first and biggest most genocidal colonial Union is marching on British imperialism seeking to smash it into two is a growing and leading political force on this island!!

In sharp contrast England shows itself to be the growing right wing rump on this island. And the left and most of Black and Asian people including self professed radicals are still chasing after the solidly colonial unionist pro privatisation pro war racist Labour Party and the imperialist conceit of the greens. With all their contradictions the Scottish people are showing and trying to inform all of is that without basing your outlook strategy and policies on anti British colonialism, you will will forever remain steeped in a colonial right wing trajectory.

This, the most genocidal colonial union is dead, a massive contribution and honour to the countless martyrs and ancestors of ours in Asia and Africa who fought and continue to fight for their final emancipation against the brits and yanks.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm