cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngAfter the Death of Saleh: Continue the Defense of Yemen against the Al-Saud Gang of Aggressors!

 

 

Joint Statement by the International Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the RCIT Yemen, 12.10.2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. The death of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh opens a new chapter in the Yemeni struggle against the Saudi aggression. It is a dramatic turn which accelerates the contradictions of the war. As it is well known, the war started in March 2015 when a Saudi-led alliance, with the support of the military dictatorship in Egypt as well as the US and other Western imperialist powers, invaded the country. Its purpose is to restore the puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and to liquidate the, albeit limited, democratic and social victories achieved since the popular uprising started in Yemen in the autumn of 2014.

 

  1. In the last two and a half years, the Saudi monarchy has waged a barbaric war against the Yemeni people – with the tacit support of the Western imperialist powers. By imposing a reckless bombing campaign as well as a total land, air and sea blockade, the Saudi aggressors try to subjugate the Yemeni people. As a result, over 11,000 people, with the vast majority being innocent civilians, have been killed since March 2015. Meanwhile, untold millions have been displaced. Seven million Yemenis are facing famine and completely rely on food aid to survive. A fast spreading cholera epidemic is affecting at least 1 million people, including at least 600,000 children.

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) reconfirms its position which we have taken since the first day of the war: We unreservedly condemn of the Al-Saud gang of aggressors’ war and we unconditionally support of the Yemeni resistance. We congratulate our comrades in Yemen for the participation in the defense of the country against the foreign aggressors. As we stated in our past declarations, such a support for the military struggle of the Yemeni resistance against the Saudi-led alliance doesn’t mean support of the political leadership of the Houthis. Quiet the opposite: we strongly reject the petty-bourgeois nationalist-Islamist agenda of the Houthi leadership. However, together with our comrades in the RCIT in Yemen we stress that is the duty of democrats, anti-imperialists, and socialists in Yemen and the Arab world as well as internationally to support the Yemeni people’s struggle for national independence.

 

  1. Despite their military and technical superiority, the Al-Saud gang of aggressors has failed until now to defeat the Yemeni forces and to conquer the capital city Sana’a. This can only be explained by the popular support for the Houthis’ struggle and the lack of such support for the foreign invaders. In fact, the popular resistance against the Saudi invasion goes far beyond the Houthis and includes also other, including socialist, forces. Furthermore, the Saudi-led coalition is faced with inner contradictions with a significant part of their Yemeni supporters striving for the secession of the Southern part of the country from the north (as it was the case between the 1960s and 1990)

 

  1. As Riyad could not win on the battlefield, it tried to defeat the resistance by bribing Saleh, a notorious reactionary figure and former Saudi ally who had fought the Houthis in six different confrontations between 2004 and 2011. However, in 2015 he had joined an alliance with the Houthis for opportunistic reasons. After one year of secret negotiations, Saleh stated on 2 December 2017, publicly that he was willing to engage in talks with Saudi Arabia, i.e. that he was ready to switch sides. The Houthis rightly condemned Saleh’s actions as “a coup against our alliance and partnership … and exposed the deception of those who claim to stand against aggression“. As a result armed clashes erupted in Sana’a. However, given the weak support for Saleh and his treacherous actions, the Houthis succeeded quickly in defeating this coup. On 4 December, Saleh was killed at a checkpoint outside Sanaa when he tried to flee. In short, once more a maneuver of the Saudi monarchy has failed.

 

  1. Various left-wing organizations have refused in the past years to support the Yemeni resistance. They argue that this conflict would be a “proxy war” between Saudi Arabia and Iran resp. between the Western and the Eastern Great Powers. The RCIT has always condemned such a coward position which was equivalent to desertion from a legitimate national liberation struggle. Of course, it is true that Iran politically supports the Houthis and lend them some limited material aid. However, the struggle of the Houthis since 2004 and the popular mass uprising in autumn 2014 and spring 2015 have their origins and their impetus in the domestic class contradictions and not in any foreign interests. Likewise it is complete nonsense to assume that the struggle of the Houthis is controlled by Tehran. Given the geographical isolation of the Houthi-controlled areas in the north of Yemen and their total blockade by the Saudis from all sides, this is simply not possible even if Tehran would wish so. For the same reason there is no significant presence of Iranian (or Hezbollah) troops in the north of Yemen. Of course, the opposite is true when we look at the anti-Houthi camp which is dominated and controlled by foreign powers, beginning with Saudi Arabia. Let us finally remark that in an epoch marked by the rivalry between capitalist powers, it is only logical that such powers try to utilize a national or democratic liberation struggle to advance their interests. This has always been the case in the 19th and 20th century and is also the case in the new historic period which opened up in 2008 with China and Russia as emerging imperialist powers. This has, however, never led Marxists to refuse support for oppressed people fighting for their freedom!

 

  1. It is urgent to link the Yemeni national liberation with other legitimate national, democratic and anti-imperialist struggles in the region. Most of all, the struggle must be linked to the current Al-Quds intifada in Palestine and the global wave of mass protests against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Furthermore, the struggle should link up with the ongoing liberation struggle of the Syrian people against the barbaric Assad dictatorship and its Russian and Iranian masters. Other examples are the resistance of the Egypt people against the regime of General Sisi and the resistance of the people of Bahrain against the corrupt monarchy. Such a strategy requires that the liberation forces do not orientate to find allies among this or that capitalist government in the region but among the workers and oppressed fighting against the ruling classes. It requires international solidarity across sectarian and national lines.

 

  1. Such an internationalist and anti-imperialist strategy must be combined with the goal a uprising of the workers and fallahin which should result in the formation of a Worker’s and Fallahin government. Such a government would rely not on the old and corrupt army but on the power of popular councils and armed militias. Such a government would break Yemen’s dependence on the imperialist monopolies, and would nationalize the key sectors of the economy under workers’ control.

 

  1. However, such a strategy can not be implemented “spontaneously”. It requires the existence of a revolutionary party based on an action program which combines the tasks of the democratic and socialist revolution. Such a party has to be independent of capitalists, imperialist institutions, and bourgeois parties. It should be based on the working class and rally the oppressed peasantry and poor. It should fight against any sectarian divisions along religious lines.

 

  1. The RCIT calls on revolutionaries in Yemen as well as the Arab world to join us in the struggle for an internationalist, anti-imperialist, and socialist program, and to build a common international organization.

 

 

 

For the RCIT’s analysis of the Yemeni Revolution we refer readers to:

 

Almedina Gunić: Yemen – Thirsty, Sick and War-Ridden! 02.10.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/yemen-thirsty-sick-and-war-ridden/

 

RCIT: Yemen: Condemn the Massacre in Sana’a! Down with the Al-Saud Gang of Aggressors! 11.10.2016, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/yemen-massacre/

 

RCIT: Greetings to the Yemeni ‘Socialists against Aggression’, 15 July 2016, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/greetings-to-yemeni-socialists/

 

RCIT: Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World: An Acid Test for Revolutionaries, 31 May 2015, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 36, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/theses-arab-revolution/

 

RCIT: Yemen: The al-Hadi Puppet Government Calls for an Imperialist Invasion!  Victory to Yemen! Defeat the Al-Saud Gang of Aggressors! 8.5.2015, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 36, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/assault-on-yemen/

 

Yossi Schwartz: The War in Yemen, Iran and US-Imperialism, 20.4.2015, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 35, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/yemen-war-us-and-iran/

 

RCIT: Defend Yemen against the Al-Saud Gang of Aggressors! No to Sectarian Divisions and Civil War! For a Workers’ and Popular Government! Joint Statement of the International Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the RCIT Yemen, 3.4.2015, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 34, www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/saudi-aggression-vs-yemen/

 

Mohammed Al Wazeer: Yemen Under Attack, RCIT Yemen, 15.4.2015, www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/yemen-under-attack

 

RCIT: Yemen: Down with the Price Hikes! For a “Second Revolution” to Establish a Workers and Fallahin Government! 3.9.2014, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 27, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/yemen-uprising/

 

Yemen: The Mass Protests continue, Report from a Yemeni Supporter of the RCIT, 4.9.2014, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 27, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/yemen-report-4-9-2014/

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngPalestine: A New Intifada is a Real Possibility! Long Live the Palestinian Heroic Struggle!

 

By Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 7.12.2017, http://the-isleague.com/ and www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

Last Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced that the US formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and it will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy. This is a real provocation against the Arabs and the Muslims and may push the Palestinians to a new Intifada that may reignite the Arab revolution.

 

According to the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, at least 22 Palestinians were wounded on Thursday in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza during clashes with Israeli soldiers following U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement.

 

Seven Palestinians were wounded at demonstrations checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Four were wounded by live fire and two by rubber bullets. Eight were wounded by rubber bullets in Tul Karm, three in Bethlehem. Four Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Confrontations were also reported in Nablus and Jenin. In Gaza, east of Khan Younis, three Palestinian protesters were wounded by live fire, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

 

Demonstrations in Ramallah, Tul Karm, and Nablus were attended by many hundreds of demonstrators, some of whom burned pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump. Dozens of Palestinians also protested in the north and center of the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank cities of Hebron and Al-Bireh, thousands of demonstrators rallied with chants of “Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine“. Some Palestinians threw stones at soldiers. The Israeli military is sending army battalions. (1)

 

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Trump “destroyed any possibility of peace” and was “pushing this region towards chaos [and] violence. He is destroying all moderates in the region and giving power to extremists,” Erekat told Al Jazeera. “This is the most dangerous decision that any US president has ever taken.” Erekat said Trump had “disqualified his country from any possible role in the peace process. How can he talk about peace when he dictates the future of Jerusalem before negotiations begin, in total violation of international law?

 

Erekat said it is “meaningless” to have a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital. The only option remaining for Palestinians, he said, “is to fight for equal rights between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, the area of historic Palestine“. (2)

 

Very nice words and of course the solution is one state with equal rights to Palestinians and Jews, but how can the Palestinians trust the PA leadership to lead such a struggle when since Oslo agreement it has collaborated with Israel against any popular uprising?

 

Meantime, instead of leading real mass protest, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Amman to meet King Abdullah II of Jordan to coordinate positions on Trump’s Jerusalem decision.

 

Unlike Abbas, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new uprising against Israel following the announcement. In reference to Jerusalem, he said Trump’s televised remarks on Wednesday were “a declaration of war” against “the diamond in the Palestinian crown,” and said those who believe that the Palestinian people will reconcile itself to Trump’s newly declared policy “are deluding themselves.”

 

A new uprising is indeed necessary! For it to win it is necessary to organize in every village in every neighborhood an action committee and self defense committees, but would Hamas be able to do it? It did not organize such committees in Gaza during the Israeli attacks.

 

To win such a struggle a real revolutionary working class leadership is needed!

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) Jack Khoury: Palestinians Clash With Israeli Soldiers Over Trump’s Jerusalem Decision, Haaretz Dec 07 2017, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.827480

 

(2) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/trump-defies-warnings-reckless-jerusalem-decision-171206160643273.html

 

 

 

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See also: Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine! Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital “Will Open the Floodgates of Hell to the West”! Mobilize for a Popular Intifada – in Palestine, in the Arab and Muslim World, Globally! Joint Statement of the International Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel / Occupied Palestine), 06.12.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/jerusalem-is-the-capital-of-palestine/

 

For the analysis of the RCIT and its comrades in Occupied Palestine of the Palestinian liberation struggle, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents accessed from the Africa and Middle East section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/ as well at http://the-isleague.com/. In particular we refer readers to the following documents:

 

ISL: Al-Aqsa Uprising: Zionists Provoke Global Clash with Muslim World, 25.07.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/report-al-aqsa-25-7-2017/

 

RCIT and ISL: Israel Starts Ground Offensive: Defend Gaza! Defeat Israel’s War! Support the Palestinian Resistance! For a Workers’ and Popular International Campaign to Boycott Israel! Down with the Regimes which Collaborate with Israel! For a Free, Red Palestine! 22.7.2014, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/joint-statement-defend-gaza/

 

Yossi Schwartz: Israel’s War of 1948 and the Degeneration of the Fourth International, in: Revolutionary Communism, Special Issue on Palestine, No. 10, June 2013, www.thecommunists.net/theory/israel-s-war-of-1948-1

 

Yossi Schwartz: Israel’s Six-Day War of 1967. On the Character of the War, the Marxist Analysis and the Position of the Israeli Left, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 12, July/August 2013, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/israel-s-war-of-1967/

 

Summary of the Program of the Internationalist Socialist League, February 2014, http://www.the-isleague.com/our-platform/

 

Michael Pröbsting: On some Questions of the Zionist Oppression and the Permanent Revolution in Palestine, in: Revolutionary Communism, Special Issue on Palestine, No. 10, June 2013, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/permanent-revolution-in-palestine

 

RCIT: World Perspectives 2017: The Struggle against the Reactionary Offensive in the Era of Trumpism, Theses on the World Situation, the Perspectives for Class Struggle and the Tasks of Revolutionaries, 18 December 2016, Chapter IV. The Middle East and the State of the Arab Revolution, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2017/part-4/

 

RCIT: Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World: An Acid Test for Revolutionaries, 31 May 2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/theses-arab-revolution/

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngJerusalem is the Capital of Palestine!

Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital “Will Open the Floodgates of Hell to the West”! Mobilize for a Popular Intifada – in Palestine, in the Arab and Muslim World, Globally!

 

Joint Statement of the International Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Internationalist Socialist League (Israel / Occupied Palestine), 06.12.2017, www.thecommunists.net and http://the-isleague.com/

 

 

 

  1. Today US President Donald Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to this city. This is a break with Washington’s decades-long foreign policy which: while the U.S. has always supported the Zionist Apartheid state politically, economically and militarily, it at least formally tried to preserve the facade that it would respect international law which does not recognize Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem. The decision of the US Administration officially supports Israel’s policy of occupation.

 

  1. Washington’s decision is an unprecedented provocation to the Palestinian people as well as to the whole Arab and Muslim world. It symbolizes, in the most provocative way, the unconditional support of US imperialism for the barbaric Zionist state and all its outrageous acts of genocide, ethnic cleansing and occupation of the Palestinian people. It symbolizes the arrogance of the imperialist masters against the oppressed and humiliated peoples in all corners of the world. It is hardly surprising that no government in the world has dared to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until now. But Trump – this personification of imperialisms’ racism, ignorance and decadence – has decided to take this step.

 

  1. The Grand Imam of al-Azhar in Cairo – the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Muslim world – has said that the US plan to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem will “open the floodgates of hell to the West“. The Palestinian resistance organization Hamas has called on the Palestinian people and factions to “turn the coming Friday into a day of rage against the Israeli occupation, in rejection of the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognising it as the capital of Israel“. Other Palestinian political factions called for daily protest marches this week, starting on Wednesday. Even those governments are forced to express verbal outrage about Trump’s provocation, which are conspiring with the US and other imperialist powers in liquidating the liberation struggle of the Palestinian and the Syrian people – like the Saudi, Jordanian and Turkish rulers as well as the treacherous Abbas clique in Ramallah.

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) declares its unconditional solidarity with the protests of the Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims and all advocates of freedom around the world! The RCIT and its predecessor organization as well as its comrades in Occupied Palestine have fought for decades against the barbaric Zionist oppression of the Palestinian people. Our solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and sisters will continue until they have achieved freedom and the Zionist entity will be replaced by a Free Red Palestine with equal civil rights to the Arabs and the Israeli Jews!

 

  1. It is urgent to break the conspiracy of the Palestinian Authority to liquidate the resistance against the Israeli occupation. For an immediate stop to all forms of collaboration of the Palestinian Authority with the Israeli state! For a popular Intifada! Build popular committees and self-defense committees composed of Palestinian workers, poor peasants, and youth in places of work, towns, and villages!

 

  1. Today the Palestinian people need our international solidarity more than ever! The whole world must be shaken by mass mobilizations and determined resistance to counter the official recognition of Jerusalem’s occupation by the Zionists. Protest in front of the US and Israeli embassies! Support popular actions against the Israeli state! Force the governments around the world to stop their open and hidden economic, political and military aid for the Zionist state!

 

* No to the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel capital! Protest in front of the US and Israeli embassies!

 

* Revive the Palestinian Intifada!

 

* For popular committees and self-defense committees composed of Palestinian workers, poor peasants, and youth in places of work, towns, and villages!

 

* For international solidarity actions including mass demonstrations and popular actions against Israel!

 

* Stop economic, political and military aid for the Zionist state!

 

* Lift the Israeli blockade against the Gaza! Egyptian workers and peasants: Break the reactionary blockade of the al-Sisi regime against Gaza!

 

* Israeli workers and youth: Turn against the racist demagogues! Defend the Palestinians against the reactionary settlers, the fascist gangs, and the army!

 

* For a Free Red Palestine!

 

* Unite the Arab Revolution with a renewed Intifada in Palestine! Support the Syrian Revolution against the reactionary Assad dictatorship! Bring down the reactionary military dictatorship of General al-Sisi in Egypt!

 

* Onward to the building of a revolutionary workers’ party as part of a World Party for Socialist Revolution!

 

 

 

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For the analysis of the RCIT and its comrades in Occupied Palestine of the Palestinian liberation struggle, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents accessed from the Africa and Middle East section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/ as well at http://the-isleague.com/. In particular we refer readers to the following documents:

 

ISL: Al-Aqsa Uprising: Zionists Provoke Global Clash with Muslim World, 25.07.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/report-al-aqsa-25-7-2017/

 

RCIT and ISL: Israel Starts Ground Offensive: Defend Gaza! Defeat Israel’s War! Support the Palestinian Resistance! For a Workers’ and Popular International Campaign to Boycott Israel! Down with the Regimes which Collaborate with Israel! For a Free, Red Palestine! 22.7.2014, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/joint-statement-defend-gaza/

 

Yossi Schwartz: Israel’s War of 1948 and the Degeneration of the Fourth International, in: Revolutionary Communism, Special Issue on Palestine, No. 10, June 2013, www.thecommunists.net/theory/israel-s-war-of-1948-1

 

Yossi Schwartz: Israel’s Six-Day War of 1967. On the Character of the War, the Marxist Analysis and the Position of the Israeli Left, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 12, July/August 2013, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/israel-s-war-of-1967/

 

Summary of the Program of the Internationalist Socialist League, February 2014, http://www.the-isleague.com/our-platform/

 

Michael Pröbsting: On some Questions of the Zionist Oppression and the Permanent Revolution in Palestine, in: Revolutionary Communism, Special Issue on Palestine, No. 10, June 2013, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/permanent-revolution-in-palestine

 

RCIT: World Perspectives 2017: The Struggle against the Reactionary Offensive in the Era of Trumpism, Theses on the World Situation, the Perspectives for Class Struggle and the Tasks of Revolutionaries, 18 December 2016, Chapter IV. The Middle East and the State of the Arab Revolution, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2017/part-4/

 

RCIT: Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World: An Acid Test for Revolutionaries, 31 May 2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/theses-arab-revolution/

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngZimbabwe: The Fall of Mugabe – Victory for the Masses or for the Military-ZANU-PF Alliance?

 

 

Joint Statement of the Africa Secretariat of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Economic Liberation Association (Zambia), 22.11.2017, www.thecommunists.net and www.elazambia.org

 

 

 

 

  1. Zimbabwe’s weeks-long political turmoil brought about by the military’s siege on political power, and subsequent house-arrest of Zimbabwe’s long-time President Robert Mugabe, finally come to an end yesterday on 21st November 2017. The Zimbabwean Defence Forces (ZDF) led by General Chiwenga has finally forced Mugabe to resign as President of the nation, and abdicate his leadership of the ruling Party ZANU-PF, a party which he founded and led for 37 years after winning Independence from the British backed Ian Smith settler regime in 1980 via a years-long liberation struggle.

 

  1. Mugabe led Zimbabwe as a dictator, brutally repressing any dissent or opposition against his leadership. His leadership has come to an end, but the repressive regime (ZANU-PF) he built around him remains. The question therefore stands, does the removal of Mugabe from power via a military coup constitute a victory for the working class, peasants and poor and oppressed masses of Zimbabwe, or does it represent a victory and continuation of a faction of the capitalist oppressive ZANU-PF whose preferred successor to Mugabe is Emerson Mnangagwa?

 

  1. The RCIT and ELA hold the view that while the ousting of Mugabe as a dictator is a relief to the masses from long years of oppression, it does not however entail freedom and progressive change for the masses of the Zimbabwean people. The very fact that Mugabe has been deposed from power via a military coup d’état, and not by a mass popular uprising by the people, is evidence enough that the reactionary regime of ZANU-PF is very much in charge and ready to continue and maintain the status quo under another leader of the military favored faction of the ZANU-PF.

 

  1. Therefore, what we see is a classic case of the Zimbabwean military and ZANU-PF political elite alliance capturing political power in the name of saving the people from Mugabe’s dictatorship. In reality, the General Chiwenga and Mnangagwa military-political tag-team has usurped the will of the people under the pretext of ‘protecting and advancing the revolution’, whilst in actual fact, they will still maintain a stronghold on political power under a capitalist economic formation, and will continue to serve the political and economic interests of their own class – those of the political, military, bureaucratic and capitalist elites, and all to the exclusion and detriment of the long-suffering ordinary masses of Zimbabwe.

 

  1. The latest developments are a confirmation of what we said in our last statement of 15th November: “The RCIT states that this military coup represents a power struggle within the ruling elite. Both sides represent different sectors of the capitalist class but none represents the interests of the labouring masses. Likewise, the Mugabe regime is not based on democratic elections or any mass support by the people but hold his power via repression and corruption for years. Therefore socialists in Zimbabwe oppose the coup but neither can they support the thoroughly corrupt Mugabe regime.” Those who cheered the coup as an act of “liberation” were equally wrong as those who sided with Mugabe in the name of “anti-imperialism”.

 

  1. The RCIT and ELA therefore calls on all the peoples of Zimbabwe, and all Socialist and progressive formations across the world, not to consider the military coup and installation of the military’s choice puppet leader Mnangagwa as a revolution nor victory of the people of Zimbabwe; but rather, to view such a military induced succession as a replacement of one dictator by another! In real terms, there is no change at all because the oppressors have not been overthrown by the people’s insurrection!

 

  1. We therefore call upon all oppressed people of Zimbabwe to immediately mount a counter- offensive against the military-political alliance if they are to truly liberate themselves. Such liberation must not be led by the bourgeois opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) or any other reactionary political force in Zimbabwe, but must be led by a revolutionary Party with a Socialist program that will deliver the demands of the working masses, peasants, students, women and youths of Zimbabwe. The workers and poor peasants of Zimbabwe must, in a word, take political power back from the generals, and by any means necessary, and wield it in their own hands for the purpose of serving their own political and economic interests! The ZANU-PF is a spent force, and compromised political entity that is of no value to the modern and historical demands of the masses of Zimbabwe, and is therefore, incapable of inspiring a revolutionary change. What the toiling workers, peasants and oppressed masses need for the true emancipation is one united socialist front with a revolutionary program. Most urgently they need their own revolutionary party as a leadership which serves the interest of the popular masses, and not an elite capitalist cabal that has entrenched itself in the decadent ZANU-PF!

 

  1. The RCIT and ELA repeat to call for the independent organisation and mobilisation of the workers and poor. No support for any faction of ZANU-PF or the MDC! We call the workers and the poor to form action committees in order to independently fight for their demands. Likewise it is urgent to fight for a Revolutionary Constituent Assembly as a democratic body which debates and decides on a new constitution and which is composed of delegates who are controllable by those who elected them and who are open to recall by their constituents.

 

Down with the military-political coup of the General Chiwenga-Mnangagwa faction!

 

For a Revolutionary Constituent Assembly!

 

For the nationalisation of the key industries and banks under workers control! For the expropriation of the foreign corporations!

 

For the nationalization of the land under the control of the rural poor!

 

For a public employment program in order to abolish unemployment, etc.!

 

Down with all imperialist sanctions against Zimbabwe!

 

All Power to the popular masses of Zimbabwe! For a workers and poor peasants government based on workers and popular councils and militias!

 

Long live the struggle for Socialism and Liberation of all Africa!

 

 

 

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We refer readers also to our last statement on the military coup in Zimbabwe:

 

Zimbabwe: Down with the Military Coup! No to the dynastic Mugabe Regime! For Independent Workers’ and Poor Mobilisations! For Action Committees of the Workers, Poor Peasants and Soldiers to Advance the Struggle against All Factions of the Ruling Elite! 15.11.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/against-mugabe-and-military-coup-in-zimbabwe/

 

For the RCIT’s analysis and perspectives of the liberation struggle in Black Africa, see, among others, the following document: Theses on Capitalism and Class Struggle in Black Africa, 13 April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/africa-theses/

 

For more articles on Zimbabwe and Africa in general, we refer readers the section on our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/

 

 

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngRCIT AFRICA CONGRESS: Prepare for Mass Revolutionary Struggle!

Report (with Pictures) by Mainda Simataa (RCIT Africa Secretariat), 24.11.2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

A revolutionary storm is brewing all around the world, capitalist governments and their reactionary puppet leaderships and systems are failing. The masses of workers, youths and oppressed are ill-at-ease; and in some cases, already up in arms. Now therefore, revolutionaries have a historic duty, and must prepare to provide the leadership, theoretical and practical basis for this growing tide of discontent, and lead the masses to real economic freedom and political victory, rather than let the reactionary Parties of the elite and corrupt capitalist regimes to mislead and sabotage the revolutionary demands of the working people and the oppressed masses.

 

In response to this growing revolutionary tendency in many parts of the world, not the least in Africa, the Revolutionary Economic Liberation Association (ELA), the Zambian Section of the RCIT, organized the second RCIT World Congress – the first ever in Africa – in Lusaka (Zambia) together with other international delegates from the RCIT, from 9th to 18th November 2017. The aims were enhance international solidarity and to exchange programmatic notes and ideas on the way revolutionary way forward for the liberation struggle in the epoch of 21st Century decaying capitalism.

 

Various programmatic documents and strategies for waging the liberation struggle at a national, Pan-African and International stage were discussed. In addition, a three day intensive cadre training program in Marxism and Socialism was conducted to reinforce the ideological understanding of revolutionary comrades as the vanguard of the oppressed masses. Also, a ground tour to assess the impact of capitalism on the welfare of the most poor and oppressed sections of society was conducted in and around Lusaka during the duration of the Congress.

 

It was resolved that the success of Socialism and the struggle for liberation of the masses of oppressed peoples in Zambia, Africa and the world at large can only be successful if concerted and coordinated efforts are made by revolutionary movements working from a common revolutionary program of liberation.

 

The second part of the RCIT Congress takes place in Mexico this December.

 

Forward with Socialism!

 

Abash Capitalism!

 

Aluta Continua!

 

 

 

The RCIT and ELA Zambia thank for the various greetings sent to our second congress from the following groups/activists:

 

Pan-Afrikan Consciousness Renaissance, PACOR (Nigeria)

 

Abdul Karim Bah (Interim Secretary General, Movement for Social Progress [Sierra Leone] and Convener International Alliance for Economic Emancipation in Africa [IAEEA])

 

Marxist group “Class Politics” (Russia)

 

Apu Sarwar (Bangaldesh)

 

John Reimann, Oaklandsocialist (USA)

 

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngSyria: Counterrevolutionary ISIS/Daesh attacks again the Liberation Forces with the Help of Assad’s Army

By Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 25.11.2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

Once again, the counterrevolutionary ISIS/Daesh forces have launched an attack against the liberated areas in northeast Hama. Once more, they do so in undisguised collaboration with the army of the murderous Assad regime. (1) ISIS/Daesh forces advanced unscathed through areas controlled by Assadist forces, i.e. they obviously did so in consultation with the regime. (2) This surprise attack allowed ISIS/Daesh to conquer more than 15 villages (incl. Talhan, Ateeq, Tahtouh, Abu Al-Kassor, Abu Hareq, Maasran, Alia). Furthermore, while the pocket controlled by Daesh is in between the territories controlled by the rebel forces and the Assadist forces, it is characteristic that while there are heavy clashed between Daesh and the rebel forces, no clashes between Daesh and the regime’s forces in this area have been reported! (See the map below)

 

The liberation forces – mostly the petty-bourgeois nationalist Islamist Hayyat Tahir al-Sham (HTS) as well as various petty-bourgeois nationalist FSA factions – are fighting hard to stop the advance of Daesh. According to some reports they have managed, for now, to repel an ISIS attempt to capture Mustariah as well as the Al-Shiha village. (3)

 

At the same time, the Syrian regime with massive support of foreign militias and the Russian Air Force, is seeking to advance towards the strategic Abu Duhour military airport in the southern countryside of Aleppo. Added to this is the threat of the Turkish army and their FSA mercenaries which started invading Idlib in the North. (4)

 

In short, the Syrian Revolution continues to be under heavy attack by the reactionary regime as well as the counterrevolutionary ISIS/Daesh forces. This demonstrates once more how ridiculous the claims by Assad and Putin and their numerous supporters amongst the Stalinist and liberal “left” are that they would fight the “jihadist terrorists”. In fact, they join hands with the “jihadist terrorists” of Daesh in order to defeat the Syrian liberation forces which they bizarrely denounce as “jihadist terrorists”!

 

As the RCIT has already pointed out in past reports, the collaboration of Daesh and Assad in northeast Hama is not surprising at all. (5) While they certainly are opponents, they have a joint interest in defeating the Syrian Revolution. This popular uprising which started in March 2011 is still continuing despite many setbacks and despite the fact that it is endangered by the treacherous policy of various leadership factions. These factions are ready to join the reactionary negotiations charades in Astana, Sochi and Geneva which are all dominated by the imperialist Great Powers as well as regional powers (e.g. Russia, Iran, Turkey, US, Saudi Arabia). As we have repeatedly warned, these negotiations are a trap by the imperialists in order to disarm and liquidate the Syrian Revolution. (6)

 

The only way forward is to reject all imperialist traps of such fake negotiations and to continue and deepen the revolution by basing it on popular committees and militias. Most importantly, the most advanced workers and youth in Syria need to unite into a revolutionary party based on a program for socialist liberation. (7)

 

The RCIT continues its support for the liberation struggle of the Syrian workers and peasants despite the extremely difficult situation it faces today. When the Revolution is under attack from all sides – the Assad dictatorship, Russian as well as US imperialism, Daesh/ISIS, the Turkish Erdoğan regime, and finally various FSA mercenaries – it is all the more important to maintain international solidarity with those who have not given up the struggle.

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) See e.g. Qasioun News: Syrian Regime and ISIS Cooperate East Hama and Control Many Areas from The Syrian Opposition, 24 November 2017, http://qasioun-news.com/en/news/show/112163; Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Renewed clashes northeast of Hama after an advancement attempt by the “Islamic State” organization, 24/11/2017, http://www.syriahr.com/en/?p=79344

 

(2) On the RCIT’s assessment of Daesh see e.g. The Revolutionary Struggle against Daesh and the Imperialist Aggression in the Middle East, 28.02.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/resolution-daesh/

 

(3) See https://disqus.com/home/discussion/freedomfalconofsyriablogspot/freedom_for_syria_page_29_07_june_2017_to_current/#comment-3631436124 and https://disqus.com/home/discussion/freedomfalconofsyriablogspot/freedom_for_syria_page_29_07_june_2017_to_current/#comment-3631437142

 

(4) See on this e.g. Michael Pröbsting: Syria: The Turkish-Russian Invasion against Idlib has begun! All out to defend the Syrian Revolution against the Astana Conspirators! For an anti-Assad, anti-imperialist and anti-capitulationist united front, 07.10.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/the-turkish-russian-invasion-against-idlib-has-begun/.

 

(5) See e.g. Michael Pröbsting: Russia’s Air Force supports Daesh against Syrian Liberation Fighters. Another instructive episode how Russian imperialism helps Daesh/ISIS to attack the Liberation Forces in the North of Syria, 23.10.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/russia-s-air-force-supports-daesh-against-syrian-liberation-fighters/; Syria: A Very Instructive Episode. Counterrevolutionary ISIS/Daesh collaborates with Assad’s Army (as well as Erdoğan and Putin) in Attacking the Syrian Liberation Fighters in Idlib, 10.10.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/a-very-instructive-episode-in-syria/

 

(6) On the RCIT’s assessment of the Astana deal see: Michael Pröbsting: Syrian Revolution: The Moment of Truth is Approaching! Rally to defend the Syrian Revolution against the Imperialist conspiracy called the “Astana Deal”! 20.09.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-moment-of-truth-approaching/; RCIT: Syria: Defend Idlib against the Great Powers! Down with the reactionary Astana Deal! Defend the Revolution against the butcher Assad, against Russian and US Imperialism and the local Allies! Victory to the Struggle of the Workers and Oppressed! 04.08.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/defend-idlib-against-great-powers/; Michael Pröbsting: Syria: The Astana-Deal Struggle Intensifies. Some Notes on Recent Developments in the Syrian Civil War and the Dangers for the Liberation Struggle, 28 July 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syrian-revolution-28-7-2017/; RCIT: Syria: Condemn the Reactionary Astana Deal! The so-called “De-Escalation Zones” are a First Step towards the Partition of Syria and a Conspiracy by the Great Powers to Defeat the Revolution, 7 May 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/astana-deal/

 

(7) See on this e.g. Michael Pröbsting: Is the Syrian Revolution at its End? Is Third Camp Abstentionism Justified? An essay on the organs of popular power in the liberated area of Syria, on the character of the different sectors of the Syrian rebels, and on the failure of those leftists who deserted the Syrian Revolution, 5 April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/syrian-revolution-not-dead/

 

 

 

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For the RCIT’s analysis of the Syrian Revolution, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents which can be accessed at a special section on our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/collection-of-articles-on-the-syrian-revolution/

 

 

Appendix: Advance of ISIS/Daesh forces in Northeast Hama (as of 24.11.2017)

Legend:

 

Green: Liberated Areas under Control of the Rebel Forces

 

Red: Areas under Control of Assadist Forces

 

Black: Areas under Control of the ISIS/Daesh

 

Source: https://disqus.com/home/discussion/freedomfalconofsyriablogspot/freedom_for_syria_page_29_07_june_2017_to_current/#comment-3631440422

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngBritain: Sunderland’s 2021 Bid for the “City of Culture” will not benefit the Working Class

By Dave Tate, RCIT Britain, 08.11.2017, https://rcitbritain.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Sunderland’s 2021 bid for the city of culture was launched on 2nd November 2017. All the rhetoric used to legitimise the bid aims to portray the success of winning the award will lead to a renaissance for Sunderland. From being a major ship builder and coal mining area for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries it will follow the so-called post-industrial success of Liverpool, the first City of Culture and the most recent Hull. At least that is what is being sold to the people of Sunderland and the wider community.

 

The City of Culture was introduced by Labour’s Culture Secretary Andy Burnham in 2009 following the perceived success of Liverpool’s European City of culture. Justifying such a scheme he argued that “culture and creativity should be viewed as part of the answer to tough economic times and not as a distraction or a luxury”.

 

However, like most rhetoric justifying capitalist reality this has proven to be narrowly focused. Previous winning cities have never led to much of an improvement in workers lives as it was never meant to be an improvement. Success of the scheme is seen narrowly through how much new revenue is generated, in the case of Liverpool it was estimated that the local economy benefitted by some £800m.

 

The bid that Sunderland is making for 2021 is taking place in a city with a high proportion of food banks, it is also estimated that some 17000 children live in poverty, the cruel Universal Credit, which has rightly been seen as a direct attack upon the working class, is now being rolled out with all of the accompanying horrors of late payments and increased destitution.

 

In the work force the public sector pay cap which has seen wages being cut for the last ten years hits cities in north east disproportionally as more workers are employed in the public sector. The scourge of zero hours contracts and minimum wage jobs also will not be tackled by being designated a city of culture, if anything what will result will be a deepening of such conditions of non-union, zero hours, and minimum wages as the jobs created by a city of culture is just this type of employment.

 

The physical benefits will also be concentrated in and around the city centre while the outlying regions of Sunderland will continue to languish. You can also bet that from all the exhibitions few if any will highlight the socialist/radical history of Sunderland. The exhibitions may be interesting, but they will not challenge the capitalist ethos of accumulation for the sake of accumulation.

 

It seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong when the wealth which is created socially should be used for collective benefits not individual benefit. There is enough wealth being created to build decent, habitable houses and to provide income that feeds workers etc. However, knowing this does not bring us closer to ensure that wealth being created is used for the working class rather than the narrow segment of the capitalist class. As workers we need to struggle to ensure that our needs are met. That housing, employment, welfare stops being a method for the capitalists to get rich. We need to widen our strikes make them political that is increasingly challenge the corrupt house of commons and the criminal capitalist state that protects the corrupt House of Commons. By doing this then we can build a humane future and for the first time bring culture truly into workers lives by making it ours and not the plaything of the wealthy or a way to make money.

 

 

 

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