U.S. soldiers shoot at Afghans during Operation Mostarak in Badula Qulp, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 19, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/Released)
The following article by Kosta Harlan is from Fight Back! News:
An investigation into the killings of five Afghan civilians by U.S. forces on Feb. 12 has revealed that the U.S. tried to cover up its responsibility for the deaths.
On the night of Feb. 12, U.S. occupation forces entered a home in the Gardez district of Paktia province, east of the capital Kabul. The U.S. soldiers shot dead two Afghan men who were carrying weapons, then shot three pregnant women. The Afghans had been celebrating the birth of a baby. The U.S. initially claimed that the two men were Taliban fighters and that the three women were already dead when they arrived on the scene. In fact, the two men were a local police chief and a prosecutor.
Happy New Year! Here are the top ten posts of 2009, highlighting some of the key political moments for the people’s struggles around the world over the past year. They have been selected by The Marxist-Leninist based on their popularity as well as their overall political significance.
Posted in Marxism-Leninism
Tagged 2009, Afghanistan, anti-revisionism, Berlin Wall, Communist Party of the Philippines, East Germany, FARC-EP, FRSO, happy new year!, Harry Haywood, Joseph Stalin, PFLP, retrospective, Tiananmen Square, Tom Tancredo, University of California, walkouts
The following statement is from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and is being reposted here from Fight Back! News:
Across the country, more working people are losing our jobs and our homes. Each week, the ranks of those running out of our unemployment benefits grow. In every state, public schools and programs that serve poor and working people are being cut. Health care is in crisis and congress is debating another bailout for the insurance companies. Oppressed nationality – Black, Chicano, Latino, Asians and Native Americans – are hit the hardest by the economic crisis.
Some in government, the media and a few economists say the economic crisis is over and that “we have turned a corner.” This is a joke that’s not funny. More money flowing into the stock market does not change the fact that life is getting worse for the people of the United States. Bailouts for the banks let the bankers maintain the standard of living they are accustomed to – the best mansions, vacations, cars and luxuries money can buy. The rest of us get what is left, which is less than we had before.
Posted in FRSO, Political Economy
Tagged Afghanistan, economic crisis, GEO Urbana, Leslie Parks, Network to Fight for Economic Justice, Republic Windows and Doors, Rosemary Williams, SEPTA, SK Hand Tools, U.S. Oppressed Nations and Nationalities
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