Jan 14 2021

2020 WAS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST YEARS FOR MIGRANTS – AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF COVID

 

Emancipation & Liberation is posting this article by James Dennis Hoff of  Left Voices USA about the horrific number of migrant deaths in the EU and USA in 2020. 

 

 

 

2020 WAS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST YEARS FOR MIGRANTS – AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF COVID

On December 24, the bodies of more than 20 Tunisian refugees, including at least four pregnant women, were recovered after their boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea. The vessel, which was bound for the Italian island of Lampedusa, was reported to be carrying as many as 45 passengers, but only five people are known to have survived the wreck.

Like the more than 10,000 Tunisians who have attempted to reach Italy this year, these refugees were fleeing crushing poverty, economic deprivation, and a brutal IMF-imposed austerity plan that has caused irregular mass immigration since 2011 to several European countries including France, Italy, and Germany. Tens of thousands of Libyans and sub-Saharan African immigrants, fleeing poverty and violence, have also used Tunisian ports or attempted to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean, and hundreds have died in the attempt. Continue reading “2020 WAS ONE OF THE DEADLIEST YEARS FOR MIGRANTS – AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF COVID”

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Jan 14 2021

BREXIT – A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

We are posting the following two articles on the Brexit. The first by  Steve Freeman, posted on the Republican Socialist Network blog, highlights the  nature of the constitutional crisis article brought about by Brexit. The second from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) is  about the likely political impact of Brexit on Ireland and the illusion that this will pave the wa  to Irish reunification under the auspices of the Irish Dail and the Northern Irish Stormont.

 

1. VOTING AGAINST  THE TORY DEAL

 

 

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland left the European Union in February 2020 with a stay of execution until 31 December 2020. On the 30 December the country faced a dire emergency. Next day the Great Britain would crash out of the Single Market and Customs Union, leaving Northern Ireland in the single market for goods with a EU customs border with the rest of the UK. The only question in doubt is whether there would be the safety net of a trade deal to prevent a crash. Continue reading “BREXIT – A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS”

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Jan 10 2021

“THIS IS NOT WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR” – EXCEPT, UH, IN LATIN AMERICA

We are posting the following article by Nathaniel Flakin of Left Voices in the USA. This is response to all the nauseating hypocrisy coming from the Democrats and other neo-liberals about the USA’s great democratic traditions. 

 

“THIS IS NOT WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR” – EXCEPT, UH, IN LATIN AMERICA

Top Bolivian coup plotters trained in the School of the Americas* in Columbus Georgia

 

The United States has long supported right-wing protests to subvert elections. This is so common that there’s a joke about it: Why has there never been a military coup in the U.S.? Because there is no U.S. embassy there.

“This is not what America stands for.” That’s what Thom Thillis, a Republican senator from North Carolina, wrote on Twitter while a right-wing mob was marauding through the Capitol. This sentiment was echoed throughout the liberal media and by members of both the Republican and Democratic Parties, who repeated the refrain that “America is better than this.” The right-wing riot was clearly not a “fascist coup attempt” by any stretch. But the images coming out of the Capitol looked eerily similar to actions that the U.S. regime regularly supports in other countries, especially in Latin America. Continue reading ““THIS IS NOT WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR” – EXCEPT, UH, IN LATIN AMERICA”

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Dec 16 2020

COLOMBIA: DRUGS, WAR AND THE ELN

E&L is posting this article by Gearoid O’ Loingsigh on the political situation in Colombia and the hypocrisy of its government in its handling  of drugs trafficking (often quite literally!) Furthermore,  the article also shows how the City and the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies helps with the laundering of drug money. 

 

COLOMBIA: DRUGS, WAR AND THE ELN

 

 

The issue of drugs is one that is never far from public discourse on the Colombian conflict.  Biased or just simply lazy journalists use the issue to ascribe motives for an endless list of events, massacre and murders.  It is true that drug trafficking has permeated all of Colombian society and there is no sector that has not been impacted by it.  But not everyone in Colombia is a drug trafficker.  However, once again the King of Clubs is played to describe the conflict in terms of a drug problem.

Several Colombian newspapers have recently published articles on the supposed relationship of the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) with drug trafficking and there are already eleven commanders who are under investigation for such crimes and are sought in extradition.(1)  They talk as if the ELN dominated the drugs trade, and talk of settling of accounts over drug money, as if they were a crime gang, instead of saying that the ELN takes drastic measures against its members who get involved in drug trafficking and that those internal executions are due to the indiscipline and betrayal of principles of some people and are not an internal dispute over money.(2)  Of course, the ELN in an open letter widely distributed on social networks and alternative press, denied any links to the drug trade.(3)  But, how true is this new tale?  Before looking at the accusations levelled against the ELN it is worth going over the history of drug trafficking in Colombia and the reality of the business in international terms. Continue reading “COLOMBIA: DRUGS, WAR AND THE ELN”

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Nov 26 2020

DEFEND OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO KNOW – FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW

Steve Freeman gave a talk on  Julian Assange Case  at an RCN Zoom meeting on 8.11.20. He has now written this up and we have posted it below. This is followed by two comments, one by Seamus McGuigan, the other by Connor Beaton of the Republican Socialist Platform. 

 

DEFEND OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO KNOW – FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW

 

Julian Assange being seized by the police

I will start with three questions:

  1. Will the defeat of Donald Trump and election of Joe Biden make any difference to the cruel and unjust treatment of Julian Assange
  2. Why or how does the treatment of Julian Assange make the case for a Scottish Republic?
  3. What can be done in Scotland to raise this case?

The Republican Socialist e-list provided some reading materials and through our zoom meetings we have our Youtube talk given by Deepa Driver, a UCU National Executive Member, chair of Camden Momentum and active supporter of Julian Assange. I listened to it today and would strongly recommend you watch this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCuSX8A0I78&t=26s). I am not going to give a blow-by-blow timeline. Instead, I want to concentrate on how we approach and understand this. Deepa identified four important points to be taken away. Continue reading “DEFEND OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO KNOW – FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW”

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Nov 18 2020

BIDEN: A TRANSITION TO NEO-TRUMPIST POPULISM?

E&L is posting the following two articles on the situation in the USA after Biden’s presidential electoral victory. Far from heralding a new “progressive” era, or even a return to “normality”, Biden is already preparing the grounds for  a neo-Trumpist populist backlash. The first article by . M. K. Kumar  in the USA looks at the nature of Biden’s transition team. The second article by Paul Demarty examines the pyrrhic nature of Biden’s “victory”.

BIDEN’S TRANSITION TEAM – NOTHING “PROGRESSIVE” ABOUT MILLIONAIRES AND CEOs

 

Cindy McCain, Republican and Chair of Hensley & Co

Joe Biden’s transition team is full of every kind of capitalist — CEOs, tech execs, even Republican lawmakers. Where are the Squad members or other progressives who were supposed to be moving his administration “to the left”?

Since Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election, there has been much speculation around the kind of president he will be. While some believe, he might be persuaded by the progressive wings of his party who are rallying for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, there is no doubt that he will choose to remain a centrist Democrat, who prioritizes profit over people at every turn and sees capitalists as his only constituents in an America where “nothing will fundamentally change.” To understand his future Presidency, one need not look further than his transition team, composed of over 400 Obama-era staffers, academics, Congressional representatives — and more than a few tech moguls. The Biden-Harris campaign has touted this list as especially inclusive and diverse: more than half of the personnel will be women, and at least 40 percent are people of color or people who identify as LGBTQ+. A more diverse transition team however does not ensure the end of oppression and identity politics is no path to liberation. Continue reading “BIDEN: A TRANSITION TO NEO-TRUMPIST POPULISM?”

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Nov 09 2020

WE FOUGHT TRUMP, TIME TO FIGHT BIDEN TOO

This article from Left Voice (https://www.leftvoice.org/we-fought-trump-time-to-fight-biden-too) in the USA criticises those  illusions in Joe Biden, similar to those in Sir Keir Starmer, who believes he can be pressured from the Left. Biden was bankrolled  by major sections of Wall Street finance and Silicon Valley and these are the interests he will serve.

 

WE FOUGHT TRUMP, TIME TO FIGHT BIDEN TOO

 

 

At long last, it has been announced that Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump for the presidency. While none of us will be sad to see Trump go, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are no friends to the working class and the oppressed.

After five days of Election Day, five days of counting votes, five days of CNN electoral maps, and five days of learning about every single county in Pennsylvania and Georgia, the United States has it’s newest imperialist in chief: Joe Biden. Continue reading “WE FOUGHT TRUMP, TIME TO FIGHT BIDEN TOO”

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Nov 09 2020

POPPY PUSHERS “FUND BRITISH TERRORISTS”

With UK tied up with so many imperialist wars, November 11th, ‘Remembrance Day’ is pushed with ever greater official stridency.  Jon Snow has called this this  “poppy fascism”. We are posting this article  from the Irish-based Anti-Imperialist Action (https://twitter.com/AIAIreland) which looks at the use of the poppy from ther point of view of those who have been oppressed by British state forces.

 

POPPY PUSHERS “FUND BRITISH TERRORISTS”

 

 

“No matter what anybody says to the contrary, while we have fists, hands, and boots to use and guns if necessary, there shall be no free speech for traitors” – Frank Ryan speaking at an eve of Poppy Day rally Continue reading “POPPY PUSHERS “FUND BRITISH TERRORISTS””

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Oct 09 2020

BRITISH GOVERNMENT THREATENS TO BREAK INTERNATIONAL LAW – SO WHAT’S NEW?

 

BRITISH GOVERNMENT THREATENS TO BREAK INTERNATIONAL LAW – SO WHAT’S NEW?

 

Boris ties himself in knots over Withdrawal Deal

 

“For England, there is no alliance that holds, no treaty which is respected, no truth which matters.”
Charles de Gaulle in his memoirs

 

As the negotiations on a post Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU move into a critical period the British government have sought to up the ante by introducing a bill at Westminster that would allow it to renege on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA).  A day prior to its introduction the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis stated quite clearly in the Commons that it would indeed “break international law” though only in “a very specific and limited way”.  This statement caused quite a stir.  Politicians and commentators were aghast that the government would contemplate such a course of action and risk tarnishing Britain’s reputation as an upholder of law.  Of course such a reputation only exists in their mythologised view of the UK rather than in reality.  As the quote from Charles de Gaulle at the head of this article indicates – Britain has a long history of duplicity in its dealings with other nations.  What caused offence was the bald manner in which it was stated on this occasion. Continue reading “BRITISH GOVERNMENT THREATENS TO BREAK INTERNATIONAL LAW – SO WHAT’S NEW?”

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Oct 09 2020

DOCTOR ISAAM HIJAWI – PRISON HUNGER STRIKE VICTORY

 

 

This is an update to the article from Working Class Club  we posted on 20.9.20 (http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2020/09/20/hunger-strikes-in-support-of-dr-issam-hijawi) about the hunger strike to protest at the imprisonment  of Dr. Issam Hijawi a Palestinian activist in Maghaberry Jail. This latest article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland).

 

DR. ISSAM HIJAWI – PRISON HUNGERS STRIKE VICTORY

 

Dr. Issam Hijawi and MM Prison Maghaberry, Lisburn

 

One duty of socialists is to keep record of the ebb and flow of struggles and their significance for future struggle.  That duty arises in relation to the recent republican hunger strike especially as, in a time of retreat,  it registered a modest victory.  Prison authorities, attempting to crush Palestinian Doctor Issam Hijjawi by using Covid-19 to justify extended solitary confinement,  were forced to retreat. Continue reading “DOCTOR ISAAM HIJAWI – PRISON HUNGER STRIKE VICTORY”

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