The following is from Fight Back! News:
Imperialism and Iran’s Elections
Commentary by Kosta Harlan
A struggle has broken out over the results of Iran’s presidential elections, held Friday June 12, which resulted in the apparent landslide victory of incumbent President Ahmadinejad. On Friday night, before the results had been announced, the main opposition candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, declared himself the winner. The following day, Iran’s election commission announced that Ahmadinejad had won with 62% of the vote. Mousavi responded with allegations of vote-rigging. This set into motion a chain of events that has resulted in hundreds of thousands coming out to the streets in protest. Some of the protests turned into riots, with protesters attacking police, government offices and banks and burning cars. 19 people are reported to have died in clashes with the government.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Iran
Tagged Ahmadinejad, CIA, Colored Revolutions, counter-revolution, Electoral Politics, Fight Back!, Hossein Mousavi, Imperialism, Iran, Kosta Harlan, Mehdi Karroubi, Middle East, Mohsen Rezai
The following article is from the website of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The PFLP is Marxist-Leninist organization that has been waging armed struggle against the U.S.-Israeli occupation of Palestine since the late 1960s. Read their recent article, “On the current conditions of the struggle of the Palestinian working class“.
PFLP rejects Condoleezza Rice visit to region and warns against U.S. deceptions
Supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hold a portrait of jailed Ahmed Sa'adat, their movement leader, during a rally marking the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the group in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 08 December 2007.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine rejected the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the region in statements on Sunday, August 24, 2008.
The Front viewed the visit by Rice as an attempt to force concessions from Palestinians and provide support to the occupation and continue to promote the deception and illusion of a so-called “peace process”. The Front called upon the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and anyone who meets Rice to make it clear that the Palestinian people do not trust Rice or the U.S. and will not continue to be deceived by an illusory so-called “peace process” whose only goal is to secure concessions from the Palestinian people and provide support and cover to the occupier.
The Front further made clear in its statement that the U.S. is a primary force in the continuation of the occupation and its crimes against the Palestinian people, and that it is a strategic partner with the occupation and a willing and active participant in its crimes, and that it is not to be trusted, stressing that U.S. imperialism has a long-term investment and alliance with Israel, and that the U.S. is committed to the continued maintenance of the Zionist project. Continue reading
As the Maoist revolution in Nepal moves forward, I thought it would be helpful post up some resources on the Mass Line, the method of leadership that was elucidated by Mao Zedong in the course of the Chinese Revolution, particularly in his article, “Some Questions Concerning Methods of Leadership“. The following is a chapter on the Mass Line from the 1969 book by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, “Strategy for the Liberation of Palestine” For more on the Mass Line, see the Freedom Road study, “Some Points on the Mass Line“.
George Habash, founder of the PFLP, in his office underneath a portrait of Mao Zedong
STRATEGY FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE: THE PARTY AND THE MASSES
The party is the leadership of the masses. Consequently, the members and leaders of the party must come from conscious elements that are imbued with enthusiasm for action and are willing to accept sacrifice, observe discipline and act in accordance with regulations and organization policy. The party must see to it that its members in general constitute an example and a vanguard in consciousness, activity, sacrifice and discipline. If the party and its members lose these qualities, it naturally loses its role as a revolutionary political organization. However, inasmuch as the revolutionary party must maintain itself as an organization of conscious, active, loyal and disciplined elements, it must at the same time be an organization for the masses, emanating from them, living in their midst, fighting for their causes, relying on them and realising its aims through and with them and in their interest.
Mao Tse Tung says:
“However active the leading group may be, its activity will amount to fruitless effort by a handful of people unless combined with the activity of the masses. On the other hand, if the masses alone are active without a strong leading group to organize their activity properly, such activity cannot be sustained for long, or carried forward in the right direction, or raised to a high level.” It would be very useful for us always to remember this in our action. By understanding the dialectical relation between the party and the masses we can understand a sound manner the party’s role on the one hand and the masses’ role on the other.
The mass line is our third strategic line in the building of the Popular Front. Continue reading
NATIONAL DAYS OF STUDENT ACTION AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR
ALL OUT FOR MARCH 20, 2008
This March will mark a grim milestone – the fifth anniversary of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq. Despite the clear mandate from the American people to end the occupation, the U.S. government continues to wage war upon the Iraqi people. Bush’s mocking response to dwindling public support for the war has been the “troop surge,” or simply more of the same, while simultaneously threatening neighboring countries like Iran. For their part, the Democrats refuse to commit to a clear anti-war stance, even as they try to posture as the opposition party. Meanwhile, the threat of domestic recession looms, racist attacks increase, and millions lack decent housing, jobs, education, and health-care.
The war will drag on for many more years–draining billions of dollars and resulting in thousands of more causalities, both American and Iraqi, on top of the hundreds of thousands already killed, injured, and displaced–unless the people stand up and fight for change.Every year, there have been protests marking the anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that was launched on the basis of lies and deceit. Students have historically had an especially important role in the struggles against racism and war, and we continue to do so today. Last March, over 80 high schools and colleges answered the call by chapters of Students for a Democratic Society to come together to send one loud resounding NO to the Bush administration and the Republican agenda, to the Democrats who refuse to carry out the mandate of their constituents, and to the University administrations that so often support war efforts.
This March, SDS is urging all students, as part of the broader community of people of conscience, to voice our opposition to the war in Iraq. As the presidential election nears, candidates need to be sent a clear message: we will not stand for vague time lines and empty promises, we will not tolerate sanctions, threats, and aggression against Iran, and that we will stand in solidarity with the Iraqi people who are struggling to liberate their country.We want as many people as possible to join us in this protest; the larger the protest the stronger the impact we have, and the sooner we can help end this war. We are calling on any and all student and youth based organizations that are opposed to the war in Iraq to mobilize their memberships, their campus, their community and hit the streets for the week of March 17-21, with March 20 as the focal point.* We are calling on students to take action on their own campuses, where we have the power to reach the entire student body with our message and build resistance on our own campuses. We are calling on our fellow students and youth to take the lead and do whatever it takes–from rallies, marches, walk-outs, civil disobedience, and direct action–to send a clear message to the U.S. government: Get out of Iraq Now!
U.S. OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST!
GET ORGANIZED, GET INVOLVED, GET IN THE STREETS!
SDS March 20th Working Group
January 4, 2008
Contact email@example.com if you would like to sign on to the call.
*This call is flexible so that each campus/community can organize an action that works best for them. For instance, if March 20th is an inconvenient date due to Spring Break, actions can be held in the weeks prior to or after 3/20. We are encouraging those who are on spring break during this week to mobilize their chapters to participate in the anti-war actions being held in D.C. on the 19th; for more information on the actions in DC, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The contradiction between imperialism and the peoples of the oppressed nations is the principal contradiction on a world scale. The main front of this contradiction is in Iraq, where the Iraqi national resistance is in the process of defeating U.S. imperialism. Below you will find some articles about the resistance in Iraq and why they need and deserve the support of the antiwar movement. The Iraqi Resistance is a national liberation movement struggling against occupation for justice, peace, and self-determination. While “TROOPS OUT NOW” must remain the central and unifying slogan of the antiwar movement, raising political support for the Iraqi national resistance as the sole legitimate representative of the Iraqi people is one of the main tasks of Marxist-Leninists and of all genuine anti-imperialists in the movement today. This is true solidarity with the Iraqi people.
Voices of the Iraqi Resistance:
Leaders of the Iraqi National Resistance Speak at an International Solidarity Conference
By Kosta Harlan
Chianciano, Italy – An historic conference with leaders of the Iraqi national resistance was held here last week. It was the first time that representatives of the Iraqi resistance have been able to speak in the West. Organizers had previously attempted to hold the conference in the fall of 2005, only to have the Italian government withhold visas from the Iraqi participants after intense pressure from the United States government. The scope of the conference extended beyond Iraq to include the resistance movements in Palestine and Lebanon, as well as representatives from the antiwar and liberation movements in countries from around the world. Continue reading
By Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Israel has added another offense to its long roster of crimes by attacking Lebanon. It is conducting an air war that intentionally targets civilians; even refugees fleeing in their cars are killed. Israel is systematically destroying the infrastructure of southern Lebanon by targeting people’s basic needs – apartment buildings, warehouses full of food, gas stations, powers plants, bridges and roads. Almost a million people have been driven from their homes. Now Israeli ground troops have crossed the border into Lebanon.
Right now Israel is carrying out a war on the Arab peoples on two fronts. Lebanon is one and Palestine – particularly Gaza – is the other. The Israeli authorities have kidnapped Palestinian legislators, cabinet ministers and mayors. No one is safe from Israel’s ceaseless shelling. Not old folks in their homes or children by the seashore. Occupied Palestine has been turned into an open-air prison. The medical system is in shambles and the hand of hunger is touching the majority of families. On one day, July 26, the Israeli authorities killed at least 23 people.
None of this would be possible without the complicity of the United States government. Israel is a client state, created on stolen land and existing on borrowed time. Israel is a country brought into being by Western imperialism, and it is armed and financed by the U.S. The Bush administration is doing much more than ‘giving a green light’ to these attacks. In fact the two parties have arrived at of crude division of labor. American diplomats are charged with preventing a ceasefire while American-made bombs and artillery rounds are being rushed to the Israeli army. The Israelis’ role is to carry out the actual bloodletting and murder of women and children.
The United States has built an empire for the purpose enriching the corporate elite by looting the land, labor and natural resources of others. Israel serves as a thuggish enforcer of this empire in the Middle East.
At this point it should be clear to all that full-scale war unleashed in Gaza and Lebanon has little to do with that the capture of a few Israeli soldiers by Lebanese and Palestinian resistance forces. According to a number of press accounts, active planning for the invasion of Lebanon began five years ago.
To understand what Bush and the Israeli authorities are doing, several important factors need to be kept in mind. First, a profound radicalization of the broad masses of people is unfolding across the Middle East and Israel is in a position of relative weakness. Hezbollah defeated Israel and forced it leave south Lebanon in 1999. The Palestinian resistance is strong and broad based. Additionally, Israel’s main backers, the rulers of the United States, are facing a defeat of historic proportions in Iraq. The U.S. government and its outpost in Israel are trying to break out of the cycle of defeat and decline though the war on Lebanon. The have lifted a rock that will end up on their feet.
Both the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance deserve the support of peace movement, progressives in general and all people of goodwill. The men and women who are giving their lives to resist Israeli/U.S. aggression represent what is best in humanity: a willingness to sacrifice for the collective good, a commitment on the part of the oppressed and exploited to achieve national freedom and a determination in the face of adversity to right a long history of wrongs. The best way we can support these movements for justice is to unite all who can be united to end the occupations of Palestine and Lebanon.
If a movement weakens imperialism it should be supported. No one wants to live under the shadow of an empire – that’s a matter of fair play and justice. Also, whatever weakens the rich and powerful who rule the United States is good for us, the working and oppressed people who live here.
The people of Lebanon and Palestine are heroes. They are farmers and grandparents, moms and factory workers, scholars and people from all walks of live who are stepping on to the stage of world history. They know what hell is like and have decided to destroy it. They deserve solidarity and support of the American people.
U.S. out of the Middle East!
End all aid to Israel!
The Arab peoples are sure to win!