cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngJoint Statement: Solidarity with the Mass Protests against the Gnassingbé Regime in Togo!

Joint Statement of ELA (Zambia), IAAEE (Sierra Leone), MSP (Sierra Leone), PACOR (Nigeria), PAM (Kenya) and RCIT, 12 October 2017

 

 

 

We, the undersigned organisations, express our solidarity with the popular protests against the Gnassingbé regime in Togo.

 

We condemn this government for its role in helping imperialist corporations to exploit the country’s valuable phosphate deposits as well as its agricultural products.

 

Likewise we denounce the Gnassingbé regime for its role in regional pro-imperialist political institutions like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). ECOWAS serves the Great Powers not only as an economic institution but also by providing troops for imperialist interventions (e.g., in Mali in 2013).

 

The Gnassingbé regime is part of the numerous dictatorships and pseudo-democracies which are ruling the peoples of Africa in the service of the imperialist Great Powers and their monopolies (like France, Britain, US, and China). It is via such regimes that the imperialists are able to economically suck dry the African workers and poor peasants under the cover of political (pseudo-)independence. There is no real political independence without economic freedom!

 

We send our warmest greetings to the proud people of Togo who demonstrate since many weeks for democracy and freedom!

 

We warn against the political games of the opposition leader Tikpi Atchadam and his pro-capitalist PNP. Atchadam wants to limit the protests to small constitutional reforms instead of supporting an authentic popular movement for the overthrow of the regime.

 

In our opinion freedom and equality can only be secured if the workers, poor peasants and youth combine the toppling of the reactionary regime with the expulsion of the imperialist monopolies and the Great Powers and the expropriation of the ruling capitalist class. Only thus will they be able to create their own government which can open the road towards socialism.

 

* Solidarity with the Togolese masses!

 

* Down with the neo-colonial regimes of Gnassigbe!

 

* No political independence without economic freedom!

 

* For a workers’ and poor peasants’ government!

 

* Long Live the Revolution! Aluta Continua!

 

 

 

Undersigned Organisations (in alphabetic order):

 

Economic Liberation Association (Zambia), http://www.elazambia.org

 

International African Alliance for Economic Emancipation (Sierra Leone)

 

Movement for Social Progress (Sierra Leone)

 

Pan African Consciousness Renaissance (Lagos, Nigeria), https://m.facebook.com/pacrenaissance/?ref=bookmarks

 

Pan African Movement – Kenyan Chapter

 

Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brazil, México, Venezuela, Israel/Occupied Palestine, Yemen, Tunisia, Turkey, Aotearoa / New Zealand, Germany, Britain and Austria), www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngOn the Kurdish Referendum in Iraq

By Yossi Schwartz (The Internationalist Socialist League – Israel / Occupied Palestine), 13.10.2017, http://the-isleague.com/

 

 

 

Between 25 and 35 million Kurds live in the mountainous region on the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia. They are the fourth-largest national group in the Middle East, but they have never been able to form a permanent nation state.

 

In Iraq alone about 5 million Kurds live; and they dream of an independent state. As an oppressed nation they have the right to self determination, but under their reactionary leadership they will never be able to secure authentic independence because not only Iraq, Iran and Turkey oppose it, but so does US imperialism.

 

The Kurdish region has been occupied by many nations: Ancient Persia, Alexander the Great, Muslim Arabs in the 7th Century, Seljuk Turks in the 11th, Mongols in the 13th Century, Turkey in the 16th Century and most recently, the United States in its 2003 invasion of Iraq. After WWI, following The War, British and French imperialists promised a Kurdish state in the 1920 Treaty of Sevres. However, imperialists, as usual, ignore their promises.

 

 

 

The Kurds after World War II

 

 

 

During WWII the Soviet Stalinists helped to establish a republic in Northern Iran – the Republic of Mahabad. However, in spite of a declaration of Azi Muhammad, the chairman of the republic; that his party the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) was not a communist party, the US imperialists sided with Iran that crushed the fledgling republic.

 

On December 15th, 1946, Iranian forces captured Mahabad. Iran closed down the Kurdish printing press, banned the teaching of the Kurdish language and burned Kurdish books. On March 31, 1947, Azi Muhammad was hanged in Mahabad on counts of treason. The leadership of the KDP passed to Mustafa of the Barzani tribe that lives mostly in Iraq.

 

In October 1958, Mustafa Barzani returned to Northern Iraq, and began to struggle for an autonomous Kurdish region. The first major uprising under Barzani was in 1931, and it failed. The next revolt was led by Ahmed Barzani’s younger brother Mustafa Barzani in 1943, but it also failed and Barazani was exiled to Iran, where he participated in an attempt to form the Kurdish Republic of Mahabad.

 

In 1958, Mustafa Barzani returned to Iraq and he attempted to negotiate a Kurdish autonomy in the north of Iraq with General Qasim, Because of this negotiation, army officers among them Abed as-Salām ʿĀrif led a coup in February 1963, which overthrew the government and killed Qāsim himself.

 

A Kurdish Autonomy agreement was reached in March 1970 by the Iraqi government and the Kurds. However, this autonomy was crushed in a new war between the Kurds led by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Iraqi army in 1975. The PUK was led by Jalal Talabani’s while Massoud Barzani’s was the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party. These two parties were rivals and the conflict between them led to a civil war in 1994.

 

Iran supported the KDP against the PUK, while Talabani formed an alliance with Iran, against the KDP, Massoud Barzani made a pact with Saddam Hussein. The latter sent the Iraqi Republican Guard and attacked the PUK-held city of Erbil, which was captured by the Iraqi army with KDP forces. Iraqi troops executed 700 captured fighters of the PUK.

 

Talabani retreated to Iran, where he formed an alliance with the PKK against the KDP which was backed by Turkey. In September 1998, Barzani and Talabani signed the U.S.-mediated Agreement that established a formal peace treaty among the two parties, The US promised to defend the Kurdish autonomy against Saddam Hussein. The US however, never saw the Kurds as a partner, but as something to be used and thrown away, despite any promises to the contrary.

 

 

 

Israel and the Iraqi-Kurdish Leadership – an Alliance of Reactionaries

 

 

 

Israel has been a player and has a long history of support for the reactionary factions in the leadership of the Iraqi Kurds, especially the ones that rely on the imperialist states with a vain hope that they will help the Kurds gain independence.

 

The initial success of the Iraqi Kurds in the struggle against the Baghdad regime attracted the attention of the Israeli special services which regarded them as efficient allies in their struggle against Syria and Iraq, Israel’s most consistent adversaries in the region. That is why by the end of 1950s, with respect to the Kurdish minorities in Arab states, Israel pursued the policy later referred to as the “peripheral strategy.” (1)

 

By the end of 1950s and in the early 1960s Israel became the principal source of weapons, supplies and training for the Kurds in their struggle against the government. By various estimates, thousands of Mossad agents and instructors of the Israeli army resided in the Kurdish-populated regions of Iraq at the time and conducted undercover operations.

 

Various arms supplies for the Iraqi Kurds actively continued in 1965-1975. The Parastin, the intelligence service of the Kurdish Democratic Party, was also established with Mossad’s support in the late 1960s. The operations conducted by the Israeli intelligence agency in Northern Iraq were of particular significance for Israel because the Iraqi Kurds were being pounded not only by the Iraqi troops, but also by the regular army of Syria, another Arab state ruled by the Baath party. (2)

 

According to a former senior Mossad official, Eliezer Tsafrir, Israel had military advisers at the headquarters of Mulla Mustafa Barzani in 1963-1975, trained and supplied the Kurdish units with firearms, field and anti-aircraft artillery. The US also participated in this campaign. Israel spent tens of millions of dollars on the support for the Kurds, supplying them via Iran, which pursued its own goals in Iraq and had close ties with Israel up until 1979. (3)

 

In the mid 1960s and 70s, Israel cooperated with Iran, then a U.S. ally under the Shah, to fight against its Arab enemies – Iraq, Syria and Egypt. As part of the cooperation the Mossad sent Lt. Colonel Tzuri Sagi to develop plans for and build up a Kurdish army to fight Iraqi troops in northern Iraq. Tzuri Sagi was also responsible for the Israeli assassination attempts against Saddam Hussein. His Kurdish cooperation partner was the leader of the Barzani clan, Mullah Mustafa Barzani. The Kurdish army the Israelis created is now known as Peshmerga. The son of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, Masoud Barzani, is now the president of the Kurdish region of Iraq.

 

New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi reported from the ground in her twitter:

 

“A common refrain I hear is that the Iraqi army ran when ISIS overran Mosul, whereas the Kurds stood their ground. Sadly that’s not true. One of the areas that was under the control of Kurdish troops was Mt Sinjar, home to a large share of the 500,000 Yazidis living in Iraq. According to the dozens of interviews I’ve done with Yazidi survivors of ISIS’ ensuing genocide, Kurdish troops cut and ran when ISIS came. Adding insult to injury, say community leaders, Kurdish troops disarmed Yazidis. And did not warn them of ISIS’ advance. The result: Thousands of Yazidi women were kidnapped by ISIS and systematically raped. Many I spoke to partially blamed Kurdish troops for their fate.”

 

Callimachi further reports that Kurdish troops prevented Yezidis from returning to their homes, meaning that their lands have been unilaterally annexed. The Kurds also occupy land and villages that belong to Assyrian Christians, already mentioned in the bible.

 

Another hot spot is Kirkuk. The oil rich city is an original Turkmen and Arab area. The Kurdish militias snatched it in 2014 while the Islamic State marched on to Baghdad. They now want to annex it. The Iraqi state is naturally vehemently against this and is now sending its army to the area. The Turkish government, which sees itself as the defender of all Turkmen, also threatens to intervene.

 

 

 

US Empty Promises

 

 

 

After Iraq’s defeat in Kuwait, Shi’as in Southern Iraq started a popular uprising against the Baghdad regime. The Kurds in the North joined them. Within two weeks, Saddam Hussein lost 15 of Iraq’s 18 provinces. However, once it was clear that the U.S. will not support the rebellion, Saddam’s forces crushed the revolt. Hundreds of thousands of Kurds fled into the mountains.

 

US President Bush, who encouraged the Kurds to rise up against the Baathist government in 1991, refused to arm the Kurds in the fight against the Iraqi army that was using aircraft to attack the Kurds.

 

[…] I do not want one single soldier or airman shoved into a civil war in Iraq that’s been going on for ages,” he was quoted by The New York Times on April 13, 1991. “And I’m not going to have that.”(4) Only after the rebellion was crushed did the US initiate ‘Operation Provide Comfort’ to aid the Kurd civilians running for their lives.

 

Kurdish militiamen in Iraq have been key American allies fighting the Islamic State alongside the Iraqi government’s troops. However, once Mosul was captured, the US-puppet Iraqi government refused to allow the Kurds to control the city.

 

Thus, at the end of September 2017, people living in northern Iraq voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence for the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. The electoral commission said 92% of the 3.3 million Kurds and non-Kurds who cast their ballots supported secession. The announcement was made despite a last-minute appeal for the results to be voided by Iraq’s prime minister. Haider al-Abadi urged Kurds to instead engage in dialogue with Baghdad “in the framework of the constitution“.

 

Kurdish leaders say the “Yes” vote will give them a mandate to start negotiations on secession with the central government in Baghdad and neighboring countries. (5)

 

The flag-waving, including of the Zionist one, in Kurdish rallies across Iraq’s semi autonomous Kurdish enclave, is jubilant. However, the leadership’s conviction that the referendum must lead to independence seems misplaced. Every major player in the region opposes it, placing the Kurds on a collision course with neighbors and allies alike, including the United States.

 

The latter warns that this could ignite armed conflict with the central government in Baghdad and unleash ethnic fighting in a part of the world still roiled by the battle against Islamic State. The United Nations has also appealed for dialogue, saying it will not be “engaged in any way or form” in the referendum.

 

Two of Iraq’s neighbors, Turkey and Iran, concerned that the referendum could fan the flames of secessionist aspirations among their own Kurdish minorities, have stated that they are considering countermeasures. Turkey is carrying out military drills near northern Iraq, and Iran has threatened to close its border with the landlocked Kurdish enclave. (6)

 

In Israel the Jews of Kurdish origin celebrated the outcome of the referendum and Prime Minster Nethnayhou issued, on September 13th, a statement of support, only to then bar Israeli government comments on the Kurdish independence referendum, as it apparently irked Turkey.

 

Asked to comment on the referendum, one Israeli cabinet minister declined, telling Reuters on condition of anonymity: “Bibi (Netanyahu) asked us not to.” A second Israeli official confirmed the order, saying the subject was “too sensitive“. (7)

 

 

 

The Only Solution

 

 

 

While the Kurds have the right to establish a free independent Kurdistan in the areas they have a majority in, they do not have a chance of winning independence within the existing political framework. Their capitalist leadership has provided bloody proof for this during decades.

 

The only way they will be able to win their national freedom is in the framework of the Arab revolution that will begin again under revolutionary democratic demands. Such a revolution must lead to a workers’ revolution, that will establish the socialist federation of the Middle East, along with a free red Palestine.

 

The Kurdish leadership’s politics that relies on the US and Israel is a sure recipe for a failure. Furthermore, under pressure there is a good chance that Barzani will cave in. Baghdad announced that Turkey – an indispensable trade partner to the Kurdish oil – will now only deal with Iraq’s central government on oil sales. That could deprive the Kurdish region of more than 80% of its income.

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) The Israeli-Kurdish Relations. Sergey Minasian. Published in “21-st Century”, No1, April 2007

 

(2) Ibid.

 

(3) Ibid

 

(4) http://www.rudaw.net/mobile/english/opinion/03092017

 

(5) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41419633

 

(6) http://tinyurl.com/y8y6cbds

 

(7) http://tinyurl.com/yddy3lee

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngKenya: Active Boycott of the Election – Prepare for the Uprising!

Organize Mass Demonstrations and a General Strike! Build Action Committees and Self-Defence Units in Work Places, Neighbourhoods, Schools and Villages!

 

Joint Statement of the Pan African Movement – Kenyan Chapter, the Economic Liberation Association (Zambia) and the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 11.10.2017

 

 

 

  1. Raila Odinga, leader and presidential candidate of Kenya’s main opposition force, the National Super Alliance (NASA), has withdrawn his participation in the presidential election re-run ordered by the country’s Supreme Court. He gave as reasons for his withdrawal the lack of electoral reforms like the replacement of suppliers of equipment used to transmit election results and the replacement of electoral officials the opposition claimed were complicit in electoral fraud.

 

  1. Odingas’ reasons for withdrawal are more than justified. There can be not the slightest doubt that the reactionary and pro-imperialist regime of President Uhuru Kenyatta is trying to hold power by any means necessary. It organized massive fraud in the last election, hold on 8 August, which was later annulled by the Supreme Court, and will try the same in any future election. Furthermore, the regime intensified the repression against democratic activists and oppositional politicians (e.g. the arrest of Babu Owino) in the past weeks. It even went so far to close the University of Nairobi, Kenya’s largest and oldest university, on 3 October after massive protests of students.

 

  1. There are talks amongst oppositionial forces about a boycott of the election. However, there exists a serious danger that Odinga and the leadership of the National Super Alliance is mainly interested in some political manoeuvres instead of seriously challenging the Kenyatta regime. The opposition’s leadership is a bourgeois force which has no interest in removing the fundamental illnesses of the country – the super-exploitation by imperialist powers (US, EU and China) and the oppression by a thoroughly corrupt and repressive state apparatus wedded with the ruling capitalist class.

 

  1. It is useless to hope for some serious reforms by the existing regime. It is urgent that all consistent democrats and socialists unite in order to organize an active boycott of the election. We call for the creation of action committees in work places, neighbourhoods, schools and villages to organize the resistance! Only such mass organs of self-organization will allow the people not to become the passive instrument of politicians’ manoeuvres. It is important to start now with mobilising for mass demonstrations and a general strike against the electoral fraud! Likewise we propose to organize self-defence units so that the people can defend themselves against the police thugs.

 

  1. Real change will not come via elections. It will only be the result of a popular uprising against the regime which will open the road to a socialist revolution. We repeat that the only solution for Kenya’s and Africa’s burden of exploitation and oppression is the expulsion of all great powers, the expropriation of the big corporations and the super-rich elite as well as the abolition of capitalism.

 

  1. We call all activists who share such an outlook to unite in building a revolutionary party in Kenya and international! Join us in this struggle!

 

Long live a free and socialist Kenya! Long live the United Socialist States of Africa!

 

 

 

Pan African Movement – Kenyan Chapter

 

Economic Liberation Association (Zambia), http://www.elazambia.org

 

Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brazil, México, Venezuela, Israel/Occupied Palestine, Yemen, Tunisia, Turkey, Aotearoa / New Zealand, Germany, Britain and Austria), www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

* * * * *

 

 

 

We refer readers also to the following document:

 

Kenya: Stop the Repression against Students! For mass protests on the streets in defense of democratic rights! Joint Statement of the Pan African Movement – Kenyan Chapter, the Economic Liberation Association (Zambia) and the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 04.10.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/stop-repression-against-students-in-kenya/

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngCatalonia: Puigdemont & Co. fear the Consistent Struggle for Independence!

After postponing the Declaration of Independence by the Catalan Government – Only Mass Actions of the Militant and Self-Organized Working Class and Oppressed can open the Road to Victory! Fight for an Independent Workers Republic of Catalonia!

 

Emergency Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), www.thecommunists.net, 11.10.2017 (UTC: 12.00)

 

  1. Millions of people in Catalonia expected the declaration of independence on the eve of the 10th October. More than 30.000 activists gathered in front of the parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, as well as in Girona. Banners were hold saying “Defensem la República Catalana” (“We defend the Catalan Republic”) and “No Passaran” (the famous anti-fascist slogan “They will not pass”). Militant activists were mobilized to form self-defense units in order to stop police forces storming the parliament after the declaration of independence. The anarcho-syndicalist trade union Coordinadora Obrera Sindical (COS) practically coordinated the mobilization and argued for self-defense units of the working class to defend independence. On the other side the police forces were mobilized with armored cars and heavy firearms. However, nothing happened in the end of the day. Puigdemont signed the declaration of independence together with the MPs of the Candidatura d’Unitat Popular (CUP) and the Together for the Yes (JxSí) campaign, but postponed its implementation to an unknown future date. Any illusions in the Catalan government as well as in Puigdemont are dangerous as they hinder the class-independent organization of the workers and oppressed. Authentic revolutionaries need to warn the workers and oppressed not to trust Puigdemont and the bourgeois Catalan government, which would like to have an independent imperialist Catalan state but is also willing to suppress any militant struggle for independence in order to keep control over Catalonia.

 

  1. In this very moment, important decisions are made. The imperialist Spanish state still evaluates the implementation of the article 155 which means the dissolution of the Catalonia’s government as well as its autonomy rights. Although it is not certain that the Spanish state will escalate the situation after Puigdemont withdrew the plans for immediate independence, it is still on the table. The reactionary Spanish state has demonstrated once more its arrogance and determination to oppress any attempt towards Catalan independence. It might see Puigdemont’s decision to postpone independence as a sign of weakness and therefore an invitation to solve the matter once and for all. The Spanish state might also be furious about the signed declaration irrespective of the postponed date of its implementation. However, any aggressive strike by the Spanish state will lead to a massive escalation as millions of people might be mobilized in defense. It is therefore highly urgent to prepare self-defense units of the workers and oppressed on a broader scale in order to be ready to defend the Catalan people against the aggression of the Spanish state.

 

  1. The CUP is also discussing in this very moment how to proceed with their MPs as they are considering resigning from parliament. They are under strong pressure by their militant rank and file to protest against the Catalan government’s rejection to immediately declare independence. Indeed it would be a vivid act of protest to turn away from parliamentarian work and to focus on mobilizations on the streets. However, it is not likely that the CUP will resign and it is even less likely that the CUP will take all the necessary steps after resigning from parliament. These steps should be to organize mass mobilizations including an indefinite general strike in order to defend Catalonia against the aggression of the Spanish state and to organize the vanguard of the working class independently of the bourgeois nationalists. An indefinite general strike is the nightmare of the Catalan government as it wants to have the ultimate control over the independence movement.

 

  1. Furthermore, public popular meetings in the districts and neighborhoods, the workplaces and schools must be held in order to build action committees of the workers and oppressed. These committees should decide on the next steps on the road to independence. Authentic revolutionaries need to argue in favor of an independent Workers Republic of Catalonia as well as for the support of the Basque people, the Galician, the Valencian people and others in their struggle for self-determination. Joint forces of the working class and the oppressed together with all discriminated people in Spain will shatter the reactionary imperialist Spanish state. The time has come to organize a constitutional assembly in order to elaborate new laws of an independent Catalan state irrespective of the plans of the current bourgeois parliament. If the CUP really wants to fulfill the will of the working class and oppressed in Catalonia, they need to implement all of these steps now. Otherwise they are just the more radical, stuffed animals of the bourgeois Catalan government.

 

  1. The weekend of the 7th and 8th October has shown the right-wing threat against the independence movement. A huge demonstration with more than 350.000 people took place in Barcelona on Sunday. Although it was declared as a Catalan protest, many participants were mobilized from other parts of Spain. The organizing force was the Societat Civil Catalana (SCC), a platform of supporters of Spanish unity against the independence movement. Although the SCC received in the past support by the one or the other politician from the social-democratic PSOE respectively its Catalan branch PSC, this support never lasted long. The reason for this is that the SCC has been dominated by right-wing and even semi-fascist forces since their foundation in 2014. Their leaders came from political traditions like the Fuerza Nueva (supporters of the Franco dictatorship) and the Movimiento Social Republicano (an openly Neonazi group). No wonder, that the SCC was the main sponsor of a book presentation by the publishing house Galland books (named after Adolf Galland, a Nazi pilot who served also Franco), which is also currently promoting to commemorate of the División Azul, the fascist Blue Division of voluntaries from Spain serving the Nazi regime in WWII.

 

  1. The biggest demonstration on Sunday the 8th October was therefore unsurprisingly supported by a dozen of right-wing and fascist organizations like Democracia Nacional, VOX, Falange and many others. The PP also supported the mobilization officially. Likewise, no trade union respectively workers organization called for the participation at the demonstrations of the SCC. However, smaller demonstrations (approx. 5.000 people) were held by the initiative “Parlem-Hablemos” (Let’s Talk) which want to mediate between the Catalan state and the Spanish state on the matter of autonomy and independence. All in all it became very clear that there is a clear polarization between an active and progressive pro-independence camp and an active, right-wing, bureaucratic centralist, pro-Spanish unionist camp. Authentic revolutionaries need to support the pro-independence movement as well as to defend it against the repression apparatus and the (semi-)fascists. All authentic revolutionaries should struggle for a revolutionary perspective inside the independence movement and therefore argue in favor of an independent Workers Republic of Catalonia. Such a republic must not be part of the imperialist European Union. Instead revolutionaries fight for such a republic being part of a Socialist Federation of Iberian Workers Republics as well as a United Socialist States of Europe.

 

  1. The Vaga General in Catalunya (general strike in Catalonia) on the 3rd October was an impressive signal of the militant working class. Although the bureaucratic leaderships of the biggest trade unions CCOO and UGT didn’t support the strike and even tried to demobilize it, more than 700.000 people participated in Barcelona alone according to police estimations (which are always way smaller than the real number of participants). Additional 60.000 people participated in Girona (population of approximately 98.000), more than 30.000 in Terragona (population of approximately 131.000), and others. The firefighters were mobilized to defend the general strike in case of police attacks as they have also defended the mobilizations at the referendum on 1st October. The 3-O strike has shown the potential but it was not enough to really challenge the Spanish state.

 

  1. As important as the Vaga General 3-O has been, more is necessary. Another, and for this time indefinite, general strike is urgent in order to drive forward in the struggle for independence. Hence, the trade union Intersindical-CSC called for a general strike between the 11th and 16th October, but the call was declared illegal by the Supreme Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC). Furthermore, the pro-independence and left-wing Alternative Interunion Committee of Catalonia announced a general strike for 18th October. All authentic revolutionaries should demand from the leaderships of the trade unions, including the CCOO and UGT, to organize an indefinite general strike irrespective of any prohibition by the bourgeois state. Such a general strike must be based on strike committees and workers assemblies. Self-defense units must be active in order to protect the general strike. Given recent experience, such self-defense units should be led by the firefighters, the dockers and other workers of the transport sector. The latter are able to obstruct the paramilitary Guardia Civil to enter Catalonia during such an indefinite general strike. However, at a certain point the self-defense units will need to arm themselves to be able to really defend the general strike against the repression apparatus. Authentic revolutionaries need to explain the importance of such a step, to actively participate in the self-defense units and to warn against pacifist illusions.

 

  1. The right-wing and fascist forces are an additional threat to the independence movement. It is more than obvious that the polarization goes on between two main camps of which one is progressive, in favor of independence and the other one reactionary, against independence. All workers and oppressed in the whole of Spain need to take side with the Catalan independence movement and to defend it against both the Spanish state as well as fascist forces. Otherwise the attacks of the fascists against progressive forces like it happened in Valencia at the reactionary mobilizations on Monday, 9th October will increase massively. The reactionary forces are mobilized nationwide, so the anti-fascist forces need to answer with nationwide mobilizations. It should be clear to everyone: A victory of the Catalan independence struggle will weaken the most reactionary, militarist and imperialist forces. A defeat of the Catalan independence struggle, on the other hand, is a defeat for the working class and all discriminated people in the whole of Spain. In addition, the people of Catalonia need to join forces with all other oppressed and discriminated people in Spain like the Basque people, the Galician, the Valencian people and others. The working class in Spain needs to fight for the unity of our class and the solidarity with the struggles of the oppressed and discriminated people. Our unity is not the bureaucratically enforced unity of the Spanish state on the ground of territorial lines but rather the class unity of the workers and oppressed on the ground of joint struggle against oppression and exploitation. All authentic revolutionaries must fight for the right of self-determination including the right of separation.

 

  1. All above mentioned tasks are both important and urgent. They must be implemented if the people of Catalonia should have a chance to succeed in their struggle. For this the workers and oppressed in Catalonia and all other parts of Spain need a revolutionary leadership. It is therefore highly urgent for all authentic revolutionaries to join forces and to form a revolutionary party of the workers and oppressed. Only such a party is able to elaborate a revolutionary strategy to lead the masses in a successful fight for independence of Catalonia on a socialist base. This is what the RCIT is fighting for! We call all authentic revolutionaries to join us in this struggle!

 

 

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

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cropped-supporters_of_britain_red_liberation.pngSyria: 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

 

By Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 10.10.2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

Very instructive events are currently taking place at the southeastern border of the Idlib province which is the largest area controlled by the supporters of the Syrian Revolution. In the morning of 9 October a large convoy of several hundred (up to 700) Daesh/ISIS fighters, including 3 tanks, one BMP (infantry fighting vehicle,) and 25 technicals (light truck mounted with weapons), attacked areas in the East Hama countryside which have been under control of the Syrian liberation forces. They surprised the rebels and succeeded in temporarily conquering 13 villages.

 

However, the Syrian liberation fighters in the area – led by the petty-bourgeois nationalist Islamist Hayyat Tahir al-Sham (HTS) – immediately organized the resistance and succeeded during the day to drive back the aggressors. According to the Ebaa News Agency (HTS’s official media wing), they were able to restore control of all villages concerned by the evening of the same day. (1)

 

It is not surprising in itself that Daesh/ISIS attacks those who are fighting for the continuation of the Syrian Revolution. They have done this for years which is why the RCIT – like many Syrian revolutionaries – characterizes them as reactionary, counter-revolutionary forces. (2)

 

It is however highly indicative that Daeshs’ attack takes place exactly at the same time when HTS and other Syrian liberation forces have launched a successful offensive against Assad’s army in southern Idlib. (3) During their campaign they gained fully control over the villages Abu Dali, Mushairfa and Tal Aswad since 19 September. This is noteworthy as Abu Dali is the only gate between the Syrian opposition held areas in north Syria and Syrian regime held areas in Hama city. (4)

 

It is likewise characteristic that this attack of Daesh/ISIS takes place at exactly the same time when the Turkish army and their FSA mercenaries are invading Idlib in the North and when the Russian air force is intensifying its terrorist attacks in that area. (5) They are doing this with the openly declared goal of smashing HTS and all other forces who oppose the counterrevolutionary Astana deal which is the instrument through which Assad, Russia, Iran and Turkey, with the tacit support of the US, want to liquidate the Syrian Revolution. (6)

 

However, the most instructive aspect of this episode is the location where the Daesh/ISIS fighters came from. These forces were stationed before in the Uqayribat district in Hama where they were besieged by Assad’s army for two months. (7) “Suddenly”, these encircled the Daesh/ISIS fighters were able to cross a distance of more than 35km through an area which has been under control by Assad’s forces since a very long time. This fact is undisputable and has to be admitted even by fanatical supporters of Assad and Putin like the notorious South Front website. (8)

 

This automatically provokes the following questions:

 

* How were the Daesh/ISIS fighters able to move to the rebel-controlled areas despite the fact that they were besieged and totally outnumbered by Assad’s army for two months?!

 

* And how was this possible given the fact that this was a large convoy with three tanks travelling such a long distance?!

 

* And why did the Daesh/ISIS convoy not face a single attack by Assad’s or Russia’s air force?!

 

The only possible conclusion is that the commanders of the Assadist and Russian forces reached an agreement with Daesh/ISIS. They allowed them to leave their pocket so that they can attack the liberated areas in Idlib. Hence we see, despite the Assadists’ empty rhetoric about being the “forward post in the struggle against the ISIS terrorists and the jihadists”, when it comes to fighting the Syrian Revolution Assad and Daesh/ISIS become good friends and direct their weapons jointly against the liberation fighters.

 

The RCIT has been attacked many times by the friends and semi-friends of Assad and Putin for our unwavering support for the Syrian Revolution. These fools call us “Trotskyist jihadists”, etc. But as we can see it is the Assadists which work hand in hand with the “jihadists” in order to defeat one of the most important and heroic popular uprising in recent times!

 

The practical collaboration of the Assadist terrorists and the Daesh terrorists against the Syrian Revolution is once more a proof of the counterrevolutionary nature of these forces.

 

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency 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, the Turkish Erdoğan regime, Russian as well as US imperialism and finally various FSA mercenaries – it is all the more important to maintain international solidarity with those who don’t give up the struggle.

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) Qasioun: HTS Restores Areas Of ISIS East Of Hama, 9 October 2017, http://qasioun.net/en/news/show/101592/HTS_Restores_Areas_Of_ISIS_East_Of_Hama

 

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

 

(3) Zaman Al Wasl: ISIS takes 13 villages from Tahrir al-Sham in eastern Hama, 2017-10-09, https://en.zamanalwsl.net/news/30274.html

 

(4) Qasioun: What HTS Achieved In Abu Daly Battle? 8 October 2017, http://qasioun.net/en/news/show/101380/What_HTS_Achieved_In_Abu_Daly_Battle

 

(5) On our assessment of the Turkish-Russian invasion against Idlib see 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/.

 

(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 e.g. Qasioun: Where ISIS Sieged Fighters Eastern Hama Headed To? 9 October 2017, http://qasioun.net/en/news/show/101536/Where_ISIS_Sieged_Fighters_Eastern_Hama_Headed_To

 

(8) See e.g. South Front: ISIS Attacks Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Syria’s Eastern Hama, 09.10.2017, https://southfront.org/isis-attacks-hayat-tahrir-al-sham-in-syrias-eastern-hama/

 

 

 

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For the RCIT’s analysis of the Arab Revolution in general and the Syrian Revolution in particular, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents which can be accessed from the Africa and Middle East section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/. In particular we refer readers to the following documents:

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

Johannes Moraga: Syria: Was the Chemical Attack a “False Flag” Operation? Let’s make Syria the graveyard for Assad, Putin and Trump! Victory to the Revolution! 14 April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-false-flag/

 

RCIT: Syria: No to Trump’s Missiles Strike! Drive all Great Powers out of Syria! Victory to the Syrian Revolution! 7 April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/us-air-strike-in-syria/

 

RKO BEFREIUNG: Press Conference on Assad’s Chemical Weapons Attack and the US Air Strike, Report (with video) on a press conference of the Syrian Community and the Austrian Section of the RCIT on 7 April 2017 in Vienna, https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/press-conference-syria-7-4-2017/

 

Yossi Schwartz: Raqqa: Defeat the US Imperialist Offensive! An assessment of the US/SDF/YPG war against Daesh, April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/us-offensive-in-raqqa/

 

RCIT: Down with the Assad Tyranny! Victory to the Syrian Revolution! For a Workers and Peasants Republic! Draft Platform of Syrian Revolutionaries in Political Solidarity with the RCIT, April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/draft-syria-platform/

 

RCIT: Defeat the Imperialist Invasion in Syria – Victory to the Revolution! Down with the American and Russian interventions! No to the imperialist plan to divide Syria! Down with the butcher Assad and his imperialist allies! 13.03.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/imperialist-invasion-in-syria/

 

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.pngSyria: 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

 

By Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 07.10.2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

In the last hours, Turkey and Russia finally started their onslaught on the last free citadel of the Syrian Revolution. Erdoğan himself announced today in a speech at his AK Party’s 26th Consultation and Assessment meeting that “a serious operation” was beginning in Syria’s Idlib – the last large area under control of the Syrian liberation fighters where two million Syrians are living. (1)

 

Adapting to the notorious language used by Assad, Teheran, Moscow and Washington, the Turkish President denounced the supporters of the Syrian Revolution as “terrorists”: “We will never allow the formation of a terror corridor along our Syrian border.

 

The invasion is spearheaded by FSA troops who serve as mercenaries for the Erdoğan and Putin. According to reports 800 fighters from 15 FSA groups entered Idlib via the Bab al Hawa border crossing. (2) Let us memorize the names of these treacherous groups which now act as marionettes of the imperialist conspirators of Astana! Among them are the FSA Liwa Mu’tasim, the FSA Hamza Division and the FSA Liwa Samarkand. (3)

 

 

 

The Astana Conspiracy

 

 

 

There exists not the slightest doubt about the goal of this invasion. As the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and other supporters of the Syrian Revolution have warned for a long time, the Assad regime, Russia, Iran and Turkey reached an agreement at their negotiations at Astana in spring this year. (4) This deal comprises the liquidation of the Syrian Revolution, consolidation of Assad’s domination in the country and the establishment of four so-called “de-escalation zones” in those areas which are still under control of the liberation fighters (of which Idlib is the largest and most important). The goal of this plan to disarm and “integrate” (i.e. corrupt) the remaining rebel forces so that they give up the struggle against the Assad dictatorship. Hence the Astana deal includes the occupation of the four zones by Russian, Iranian and Turkish troops which will, sooner or later, ensure the full re-establishment of Assad’s terrorist regime in the whole country.

 

Unsurprisingly, the Astana deal has been supported by US imperialism, which is currently occupying the north of Syria with the help of their SDF/YPG foot soldiers, as well as the European Union from the very first moment as these powers have always desired for the liquidation of the Syrian Revolution. Shamefully this deal also received the tacit support of the leaderships of various demoralized and corrupted groups of the so-called “moderate” Syrian opposition including the FSA.

 

Now, the assassins of the Syrian Revolution – Assad, Putin, Rouhani, and Erdoğan, with the support of Trump – are all uniting now to smash the last free citadel of the Syrian people in Idlib. Erdoğan himself is openly admitting this collaboration. According to the Turkish state media, he announced in his speech today “that Russia is backing the operation from the air and Turkish soldiers from inside the Turkish border.” (5)

 

 

 

Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham defends Idlib

 

 

 

The main target of the Turkish-Russian invasion in Idlib is Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – the largest and most dedicated force which is continuing the struggle against the genocidal Assad dictatorship and the imperialist aggressors, Russia and US as well as their local lackeys (SDF/YPG, Iran, Turkey). The HTS has correctly, and unlike many other opposition forces, publicly denounced the Astana deal and called for the continuation of the struggle against the Assad dictatorship. The imperialists – both Russia as well as the US – and their local mercenaries have already prepared for this invasion in the past months by indiscriminately bombing civilian areas in Idlib (including hospitals (6)), by targeted air strikes against HTS leaders (7), and by orchestrating splits and divisions in HTS. (8)

 

It is symbolic for the counter-revolutionary, pro-Assadist character of the Turkish-Russian invasion in Idlib that it takes place only one day after HTS launched a successful offensive in East Hama against the Assad forces. (9)

 

The RCIT and other supporters of the Syrian Revolution have warned about the Russian-Iranian-Turkish conspiracy for a very long time. Many brothers and sisters did not believe us when we warned them about the reactionary character of the Erdoğan regime. They thought that Turkey would not do this. However, there can be no doubt now about the intention of Ankara: it wants to have its share of the Syrian cake, it wants to continue the oppression of the Kurdish people and it is happy to sell the Syrian people for this purpose.

 

All forces who are determined to continue the Syrian liberation struggle must understand that the Turkish state is their enemy like Russian and US imperialism, like Assad and like the Iranian regime. It has been one of the tragic failures of Syrian Revolution that many leaders hoped for support from imperialist or regional powers like the US or Turkey. As we predicted such hopes had no basis and only led to disorientation, defeat and demoralization. A revolution can only win if it relies first and foremost on the organized power of the workers and poor peasants!

 

 

 

Stand with the Idlib in these difficult hours!

 

 

 

Naturally, as revolutionary communists we have no illusions about the nature of the HTS leadership, which follows a petty-bourgeois nationalist-Islamist agenda. This, however, does not limit our unconditional support for the liberation struggle in Syria and in particular, in these difficult hours, in Idlib – even if it is led by forces which ideological agenda we strongly reject (like the HTS).

 

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency calls once more for international solidarity with the Syrian Revolution. The international workers’ movement and popular mass organizations must defend the anti-capitulationist liberation forces which are continuing the struggle against the Assad regime and the Great Powers and their allies. In this decisive hour, we call for the defeat of the Turkish-Russian invasion and their local mercenaries and the defense of the liberation forces in Idlib. We call all Syrian liberation fighters to create a joint military bloc against the enemies of the revolution. For an anti-Assad, anti-imperialist and anti-capitulationist united front!

 

Most crucially, all Syrian revolutionaries should learn the lessons of the defeats which the liberation struggle experienced in the past years. This includes the combination of the defense of liberated areas like Idlib with a socialist program. Instead of hoping for support by this or that foreign power or by focusing on a militarist guerilla strategy, revolutionaries should fight for the organization of the popular masses in independent councils and armed militias. The goal of the liberation struggle must be the creation of a multinational, independent workers’ and peasants republic in Syria as part of a socialist federation of the Middle East!

 

We are fully aware about the difficult situation. This might be the Syrian Revolution’s last stand against overwhelming enemies. Encircled and attacked by Assad’s army, the Russian and American imperialists, the Turkish army as well as the Iranian forces and Hezbollah and even the “FSA” traitors – the Syrian liberation fighters face a nearly impossible task. However, only those who aid the imperialist will cynically stand aside or even join the traitors. All honest fighters for freedom will continue to support the ongoing liberation struggle!

 

* Defeat the Turkish-Russian invasion against the free Syrians in Idlib!

 

* Condemn the FSA mercenaries of Erdoğan and Putin!

 

* For a military bloc of all forces which continue to defend the Syrian Revolution against the imperialist Astana Conspirators! For an anti-Assad, anti-imperialist and anti-capitulationist united front!

 

* Down with the Astana Deal! Support the Syrian Revolution!

 

* Defend Idlib against the Great Powers and their allies!

 

* For a multinational, independent workers’ and peasants republic in Syria – free of sectarianism, foreign occupation and dictatorship!

 

* For international mass mobilizations and strikes of workers, migrants and youth to stop the imperialist aggression of Russia and the US against the peoples of the Middle East!

 

 

 

Footnotes

 

(1) TRT World: Turkey says major operation underway in Syria’s Idlib, 2017-10-07, https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/turkey-says-major-operation-underway-in-syria-s-idlib-11164

 

(2) https://twitter.com/op_shield/status/916585720420163584

 

(3) https://twitter.com/badly_xeroxed/status/916528799017242624

 

(4) See on this the RCIT analysis: 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/

 

(5) TRT World: Turkey says major operation underway in Syria’s Idlib, 2017-10-07, https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/turkey-says-major-operation-underway-in-syria-s-idlib-11164

 

(6) See e.g. the OGN Report: Powerful Russian Missile Blasts 3 Floors of Hospital, September 26, 2017, http://ogn.news/prm-2/

 

(7) Russia claimed on 5 October to have killed a number of HTS commanders as well as severely injured its chief leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani. (See Reuters: Russia says kills 7 Nusra Front field commanders in Syria air strike, October 5, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russia-says-kills-7-nusra-front-field-commanders-in-syria-air-strike-idUSKBN1CA0F5). However, HTS strongly denied Golani injury. (See Orient-Net: Tahrir al-Sham to Orient News: Al-Julani is not injured, 04.10.2017, http://orient-news.net/en/news_show/141163/0/Tahrir-al-Sham-to-Orient-News-Al-Julani-is-not-injured )

 

(8) See e.g. Al-Shahid: HTS endures splits and defections as Jolani takes the leadership role, 2017-10-05, https://alshahidwitness.com/hts-splits-defections-jolani-role/; The Separation of the third largest bloc of HTS Organization, 13 Sep, 2017, http://www.aldorars.com/en/news/1597; Mustafa Harrington: Shaykh Muhaysini Resigns from HTS Amid Controversy, OGN News, September 12, 2017, http://ogn.news/smr/

 

(9) Qasioun News: HTS Impose A Siege Over Abu Daly Village Southern Idlib (Pictures), 7 October 2017, http://qasioun.net/en/news/show/101055/HTS_Impose_A_Siege_Over_Abu_Daly_Village_Southern_Idlib_Pictures

 

 

 

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For the RCIT’s analysis of the Arab Revolution in general and the Syrian Revolution in particular, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents which can be accessed from the Africa and Middle East section of our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/. In particular we refer readers to the following documents:

 

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/

 

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/

 

Johannes Moraga: Syria: Was the Chemical Attack a “False Flag” Operation? Let’s make Syria the graveyard for Assad, Putin and Trump! Victory to the Revolution! 14 April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/syria-false-flag/

 

RCIT: Syria: No to Trump’s Missiles Strike! Drive all Great Powers out of Syria! Victory to the Syrian Revolution! 7 April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/us-air-strike-in-syria/

 

RKO BEFREIUNG: Press Conference on Assad’s Chemical Weapons Attack and the US Air Strike, Report (with video) on a press conference of the Syrian Community and the Austrian Section of the RCIT on 7 April 2017 in Vienna, https://www.thecommunists.net/rcit/press-conference-syria-7-4-2017/

 

Yossi Schwartz: Raqqa: Defeat the US Imperialist Offensive! An assessment of the US/SDF/YPG war against Daesh, April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/us-offensive-in-raqqa/

 

RCIT: Down with the Assad Tyranny! Victory to the Syrian Revolution! For a Workers and Peasants Republic! Draft Platform of Syrian Revolutionaries in Political Solidarity with the RCIT, April 2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/draft-syria-platform/

 

RCIT: Defeat the Imperialist Invasion in Syria – Victory to the Revolution! Down with the American and Russian interventions! No to the imperialist plan to divide Syria! Down with the butcher Assad and his imperialist allies! 13.03.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/imperialist-invasion-in-syria/

 

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.pngYemen – Thirsty, Sick and War-Ridden!

Commentary by Almedina Gunić, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 02.10.2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

It is not difficult to explain the injustice of today’s class system. Half of the world population lives on less than 2,5 dollar per day while one quarter of the worldwide population is so poor that it must be characterized as living in extreme (life threatening) poverty. The eight richest billionaires control as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity! The class system we live in, capitalism in its final stage (called “imperialism” by Marxists), is not only exploiting and oppressing huge parts of the world. In this world we also observe a ridiculous gap between the reality of life in the rich and the poor countries.

 

The Guinness Book of Records names the biggest looping driven by a car, the largest collection of items looking like a hamburger and similar “thrilling” records. It is somehow bizarre to read about these and to know that in the same time the “largest humanitarian crisis in the world” is taking place in Yemen. Overwhelming decadence is so visible today that even the blind can see it.

 

Our brothers and sisters in Yemen are suffering of a brutal war led by the Saudi aggressors since March 2015. In addition to this a huge epidemic, outbreak of Cholera is currently tormenting or brother and sisters. This disease is painful as it leads very fast to complete dehydration. It is spread via contaminated water and therefore it is mainly a phenomenon in poor countries with a lack of water resources. Mainly little children, older and sick people as well as people in very poor areas are threatened to die because of the rapid dehydration. Vaccinations exist since 1884 (!) and it would be very easy to free not only our brothers and sisters in Yemen but rather humanity as such from this threat. In addition it is not so difficult to cure people who are infected with Cholera as they just need to receive infusions.

 

The above mentioned biggest looping was driven by a Jaguar car. One of these models was developed as part of an additional 4.8 billion budget of the Jaguar Land Rover Corporation for 2016. With the same amount of money the vaccination against Cholera of every living person in Yemen could have been done four times! How is it possible that posh cars are built in order to be able to drive a 19 meter loop but there is no money for the health care of our poorest brothers and sisters?

 

Talking about decadence one has also to mention that in average 44 liters of drinking water are wasted just for using the toilet per person, per day in Germany! A person who drinks the minimum amount of 1.5 liters water per day to stay healthy needs the equal amount of water in a month that is flushed by a single person using the toilet in a day! So there is enough clean drinking water to run the toilets with it in imperialist countries but not enough to give it to the thirsty people in Yemen or elsewhere?

 

In 2003 the main parts of Yemen didn’t have a sufficient infrastructure to enable the minimum water supply for the population. While the minimum amount to be above the absolute poverty line is defined by 1000 cubic meters water per person annually, the average amount of the people in Yemen was 140 cubic meters. And this was the situation before the war started. One can imagine how the situation developed to the worst during the last two years. No wonder that Cholera is spread so widely as the people will drink whatever they get in order to survive.

 

It is highly urgent that the international workers movement organizes a solidarity campaign for the people in Yemen in order to support them with fresh drinking water, medicine and other daily goods.

 

In addition, such a campaign must be combined with the unconditional support of the Yemeni resistance. This includes the support for the victory of the Yemeni resistance against the alliance of dictatorships under Saudi leadership. However, such an unconditional support of the military struggle doesn’t mean a support of the political leadership of the Houthis. Only the combined struggle for national liberation and a socialist society can solve the current crisis in Yemen.

 

Aside of this ultimate goal it is the duty of every authentic revolutionary to support the Yemeni people in their current resistance against the alliance of the Saudi monarchy and the dictatorship of Sisi, which are backed by the imperialists of the USA and the EU. It is the task of authentic revolutionaries to demand a broad humanitarian campaign organized by the international workers movement in order to end the “largest humanitarian crisis in the world”. It is the task of authentic revolutionaries to fight against the decadence developed under the rule of the bourgeois class, which is a consequence of the imperialist oppression and exploitation of billions of people in the world. History gives us this test. Will you stand on the side of those who are spending money and resources on Jaguar cars in loops or rather on the side of these people organizing themselves in heroic resistance against dictatorships, imperialist occupation, oppression and exploitation?

 

 

 

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