The following article by Namo Abdulla is from the bourgeois press, the New York Times At War blog. This post should not be taken as an endorsement of the views of the New York Times, but rather is posted here in an effort to gain a better understanding of the contradictions at work in the region:
Bouzan Tekin, deputy leader of the PKK with female leaders at a news conference.
QANDIL, Iraq — The Land of the Medea is a nickname to a group of villages located here in the Qandil mountains — in the semiautonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq — where the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) are active. The name comes from the ancient kingdom of the Medes.
It is a place without a government, and without disorder. It is, perhaps, in many ways, an ideal example of what philosophical anarchists wish to see in a larger community.
The PKK rebels, who are the sole maintainers of security, hold a Marxist view of the state: It is a tool of the bourgeoisie to suppress the working class.
The men try to cover as the first rounds of shots hit them from the Apache helicopter. (WikiLeaks.org)
The following article is from Fight Back! News:
Leaked video shows U.S. military murdering over one dozen Iraqis
Reuters journalists and children among the dead and wounded
By Kosta Harlan | April 5, 2010
The organization WikiLeaks released a leaked video today showing footage of U.S. soldiers indiscriminately gunning down Iraqis from an Apache helicopter gunship. In the video, U.S. soldiers are heard laughing while shooting down over a dozen Iraqis, including two Reuters journalists. After the initial shootings, a van stops by to pick up one of the survivors who is crawling away. As Iraqis load the wounded man into the van, the U.S. soldiers open fire again, killing more Iraqis and wounding two young children who were inside the vehicle.
The following statement, “End Monopoly Capitalism to Arrest Climate Change” by Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson of the International League of People’s Struggle:
Human societies have created the bases of our survival, sustenance and advancement through the use of our natural resources in production with rudimentary tools and rising levels of science and technology. Yet in no time in history has environmental destruction been systematically brought about in most parts of the world.
The people of the world face today global poverty, economic wars and environmental crises. They are confronted by an escalating, more rapacious and vicious campaign of plunder by monopoly capitalism. This aggravates the already devastated and polluted natural environment.
The massive dumping of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere by the operations of monopoly capitalist firms in the energy industries, manufacturing, transportation, industrial agriculture, mining, construction, etc. is now generating climatic changes that are causing massive devastation and loss of human lives around the world.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Environmentalism, Imperialism, Political Economy
Tagged Afghanistan, Balkans, biofuels, Climate Change, Climate Investment Fund, Copenhagen, Global Warming, Green House Gasses, ILPS, International League of People's Struggle, Iraq, Jose Maria Sison, Kyoto Protocol, Philippines, UNFCCC, World Bank
The following is from A.N.S.W.E.R.
A “throng of war protesters swelled Saturday as they marched across the Memorial Bridge.” (AP) The protesters marched on the Pentagon and what followed was a dramatic direct action at Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and KBR, corporations that demonstrators labeled “merchants of death.” The predominantly young crowd continued to grow as the day proceeded. They marched through the Pentagon north Parking Lot and then into downtown Crystal City, where the leading war corporations’ headquarters are located.
Posted in Afghanistan, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Iraq, Palestine
Tagged Afghanistan, ANSWER, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Imperialism, Iraq, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Palestine, Students for a Democratic Society
The following article is from Lalkar:
US imperialism has decided to go for a ‘surge’ in Afghanistan, increasing its troops there by over 20,000 over the next few months. The first batch, about 3,500 to 4,000 troops from the Third Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, New York, are scheduled to arrive next month, with the remainder arriving over the following 18 months. This is nothing more nor less than Barack Obama promised to do when elected President – i.e., to withdraw (partially) from Iraq in order to focus on Afghanistan, and on Pakistan as well.
The following is from Fight Back! News:
By Kosta Harlan
Vast numbers of Iraqis responded angrily to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed between the United States government and their local allies in the Green Zone. The SOFA will provide a legal basis to continue the U.S. occupation of Iraq when the United Nations Security Council mandate for the occupation expires on Dec. 31, 2008. Hundreds of thousands protested before the agreement was signed and protests are set to continue as the SOFA legislation heads to the puppet parliament for final approval. The Iraqi resistance has also intensified its attacks on the U.S. occupation in response to the agreement.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Imperialism, Iraq
Tagged Admiral Mullen, Ahmed al-Masoudi, AMSI, Fight Back!, Green Zone, Iraq, Iraqi Resistance, Kosta Harlan, Moqtad al-Sadr, neocolonialism, Nuri al-Maliki, self-determination
The following interview is from the website of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) and is interesting and helpful in understanding the present state of the Iraqi national resistance to U.S. war and occupation.
Serene Assir in Madrid interviewed Mohamed Al-Faidhi, spokesman of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq, on the future of the Iraqi resistance and the inevitability of US withdrawal
As one of the intellectual foundations of the Iraqi resistance, how did the work of the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) begin?
The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) was established after the occupation began, a religious association whose concerns at the beginning had no relation to politics and came to fill the gap left by the Ministry of Awqaf, or religious affairs. We were also responsible for establishing contact with religious, tribal and social figures, to raise awareness on concepts of citizenship, and to repel the appearance of signs of civil war, as through our detailed monitoring we came to know that the occupation had a clear intention to spark civil war. We were successful, through the issuing of religious decrees (fatwas), between us and all the other confessional and sectarian groups, in achieving this goal.