Eddie Dempsey’s account of the London Ukraine events of 9 July supplemented by Gerry Downing

 

The picket of the EU Commission in Smith Square, Westminister, London on 9 July

 

 

Eddie Dempsey, branch Secretary of Paddington No. 1 branch RMT made the following report of the Picket of the EU Commission on 9 July at 6pm and the intervention of supporters of the Solidarity with Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine in the House of Commons meeting at 7pm. I have added in names he did not know and expanded at the end as he had to leave early and missed some of the meeting.

Eddie’s report:

Following our successful protest outside the EU building in Smith Square (between 50 and 60 in attendance – GD) some of our party made our way over to parliament to attend the Socialist Solidarity with Ukraine’s meeting hosted by John McDonnell MP advertised as a discussion forum on ‘Ukraine – the alternative road ahead’. 30 of us arrived shortly after the meeting had started during a talk by Kirill Buketov of the Praxis Centre Moscow and the global labour institute. I didn’t hear enough of his speech to give a full appraisal though he did seem to be reaching the end of an argument that the euro-Maidan movement did not support IMF restructuring of the Ukrainian economy or austerity. He was also speaking about the Kiev government in terms of ‘the democratic will of the Ukrainian people’. Once he had finished John McDonnell opened up questions to the floor, I addressed John McDonnell directly, introducing myself as RMT Paddington No. 1 branch Secretary, saying: “You chair our (RMT) parliamentary group and should be aware our union is affiliated nationally to the SARU campaign following an AGM decision yet you are here with this campaign who are supportive of the euro-Maidan movement and the Kiev junta who have openly fascist MPs, have no democratic mandate, have banned the Communist Party, are responsible for the massacre at Odessa and are carrying out atrocities in a military campaign against a civilian population in the South and East of the country.”

He responded angrily by asking me to produce a single statement he had made in support of the Kiev Government and stated that the RMT had brought Kirill Buketov to the UK and that he is to address our political school. I have checked at Unity House and can confirm Mr. Bukatov has not been invited to speak at any RMT political education events nor has the RMT any involvement with him whatsoever. Another member of socialist solidarity with Ukraine spoke to say they do not support the Kiev government.

Gerry Downing then spoke to say that on founding statement of the socialist solidarity with Ukraine expressed support for the Kiev regime, he was shouted down and again was told that the campaign did not support the Kiev regime, Chris Ford read the aims of the campaign to the meeting and again asserted that the campaign does not support the Kiev regime. Gerry was adamant that the statement read out was not the one he had read on the internet, he made a further point about the campaign referring to the military onslaught on the South and East as an “anti-terrorist operation” one of our group, a woman from Donbas also took offence at the terminology. The statement Gerry was referring, which is in fact a report from their founding meeting can be accessed here: http://www.ukrainesolidarity.co.uk/#!about_us/cjg9 I believe the specific passages that give this impression are: “Participants noted that, while much attention has been focussed on the Anti-Terrorist Operation of the Kyiv Government and the the separatist movement in the eastern oblasts…” And “Protests will also be organised at the Russian Embassy and the offices of the European Union to demand cancellation of the Ukrainian government’s debt…”

A woman who I took to be Ukrainian then stood and asked our group “how many of us were Ukrainian?” to which a number of our group raised their hands. A member of our group then stood and announced he was from a new country, neither Ukraine nor Russia – but “Novorossiya” which seemed to cause a stir. The woman left soon afterwards. Another of their group from Lambeth left unity spoke (this was Stuart King – GD) to say the number of things our campaigns agree on outnumber those we don’t, and that perhaps we should agree a joint statement. They then went back to Kirill to answer some of the points where he sort of made a focus of Russian interference and that they were not supportive of the IMF or the proposed austerity measures. Kevin O’Hanrahan then made the point that “they should stop banging on about Russia, Russia are effectively out of it, they got what they want and now they aren’t the problem, we should be focusing on the fascists in power”

Another speaker (this was Chris Ford – GD) who said he’d been writing about Ukraine for a number of years made a lengthy speech on Russia’s interference in Ukraine and the presence of Pavel Gubarov a Neo Nazi he said was in the leadership of the Lughansk people’s republic. One of our Ukrainian women began to answer back and there was some to and fro and I left at that point.

Eddie’s account ends here.

On the ‘anti-terrorist operation’ now the clarity emerges. The first three paragraphs ARE the Founding Statement and the rest, the stuff where they revealed their political prejudices, is just an account of the meeting, an addendum to the statement and not the statement itself. No one signed up to this account but no one distanced themselves from it either until I brought it up in the Brent and Harrow LRC where Pete Firmin made the scholastic distinction, (scholastic thought is also known for rigorous conceptual analysis and the careful drawing of distinctions, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?) which I did not understand because I never imagined anyone would stoop to such chicanery. So the words complained of were there before the people reading out the statement but they chose to ignore them. And they ARE supporters of both the Maidan and the Kiev government because it is not just words but deeds that tell the tale. As Richard Brenner’s letter to John McDonnell MP demands:

As you have affirmed the USSC’s opposition to the Kiev government, we would now ask that you undertake some action in pursuit of these goals, namely that that you publicly denounce, without qualification, the Ukrainian army and National Guard’s offensive in Donestk and Lugansk, demand that the Right Sector paramilitary officers responsible for the Odessa murders be brought to justice, oppose the NATO manoeuvres in Ukraine this summer, and call on the British government and the EU to end its support for the Kiev regime.

We can be confident that there will be no favourable response to this challenge. Moreover strong support was expressed at the meeting for the Maidan movement itself, although its “contradictions” were acknowledged. In fact the government is not fascist, it is a US puppet junta which contains fascist minister but is to the left of the Maidan, which has now become an outright fascist movement. It demonstrated to end the ceasefire when the Southeast demonstrated for peace. It sends its forcers to commit White Terror atrocities against civilians and the left in the Southeast. They murdered the 48 anti-fascists in the trade union house in Odessa on 2 May. They are fascists.

Eddie’s ends his account where the most disgraceful incidents of the night began. The Ukrainian woman he referred to complained about the fighters in the Southeast being called terrorists, and another woman later spoke of the actions of the Kiev junta, they had banned the Russian language (not true, the pro-Maidan hecklers shouted at her, in fact the parliament had banned it but the President vetoed the law, no doubt on US instructions; the intention was clear), they were banning the use of Russian names and they were changing all the history books in the schools to reflect their bigotry (more heckling and derision). When the hecklers shouted at her that Gubarev, People’s Governor of the Donetsk Region, was a fascist she explained that he was fighting for the people there and she had to support him. This drew more hoots of derision for the pro-Maidan mob. In particular both Bridget Dunne and I were outraged at the derision that Simon Pirani was pouring on these courageous women and we let him know it – we had all been members of the WRP under Gerry Healy but he was one of the central leaders and we were rank and filers – “the working class have the shit on the outside but the middle class have it inside” Bridget remarked at his actions.

It is well known that Gubarev was once a neo-Nazi and he has recently become involved with the LaRouchies but we would question if he or they are fascists. Fascism is not simply a far right reactionary movement, it is an organisation dedicated to smashing the organised working class to restore the rate of profit of Imperialism. He is presenting himself now as an anti-fascist and in a certain sense he is; he does not pull down statues of Lenin, nor outlaw red flags or communist parties, as the Maidan fascists do, let alone seek to smash trade unions. He is forced to fight Imperialism with almost no assistance from Russia. One interview with him in the bourgeois press says his office is plastered with posters of Guevara and Hugo Chavez. That would be highly unusual for a fascist.

The derision of the pro-Maidan crew amounted to a demand that the population in the Southeast expel their leaders and surrender. In fact it is always the case that those whom US imperialism want to attack and murder must first be demonised by the capitalist mass media and by the chauvinist apologists for Imperialism within the workers movement, Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, Al-Maliki are just the recent examples. With no shortage of former leftists to parrot their propaganda and hail their bogus “revolutions”.

Bridget Dunne spoke just after Eddie left: Bombs dropping tonight in Palestine and Ukraine, both courtesy of US Imperialism which hasn’t been mentioned once here. Yet McCain and Nuland were in Maidan and Joe Biden sat in the Ukrainian President’s seat after the coup – what would the outrage be if Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was to be seen in say Mexico or Canada? Fascists have been used by US Imperialism in the same way they use Whabhi jihadist forces in other parts of the world they want to control. Why doesn’t the left call another Maidan but this time to stop the slaughter of their brothers and sisters and the children in the South and East?

Nina Potarskaya of the “Left Opposition” spoke via Skype in a very boring and uninspiring way. Duncan Chapel outlined some of her points in the Socialist Resistance website:

“Nina observed that social tensions are only increasing. In the confrontations, she explained, things have escalated into patriotic hysteria in both sides. This benefits only the oligarchs and the far right forces who have unprecedented support in society. She explained how the revolutionaries oppose the drawing of neo-Nazis into the Ukrainian government forces and also call on the citizens of Luhgansk to bring down the Russian ultra-nationalists.”

This is an accurate account of the politics of the group which must be very careful not to take sides lest they offend their hosts, the Euro-Maidan fascists and the Kiev junta. This was further clarified when Gerry Downing quoted from the Left Opposition statement on the Odessa massacre which said: “We are unable at the present time to name the people responsible for these murders, their organisations or groups. However, we can see the political consequences of the Odessa massacre and we cannot but see that left wing political organisations are among those that carry political responsibility for it.” And he then asked if Nina had discovered by now who was responsible for the murder of 48 anti-fascists in the Trade Union House in Odessa? She took about five minutes to say no. Simon Pirani intervened to take even longer also to proclaim that the identity of the murderers was unknown. You can see from the extract that the Left Opposition is speculating that the anti-fascists may have killed themselves, presumably to make the Kiev government look bad.

Of course the Left Opposition cannot say that the Maidan fascists carried out the massacre, even though the fascists themselves openly boast about it online, because it is a legal party in Kiev precisely because of its pro-Maidan stance and its defence of the Kiev government whom it wants to transform into a socialist government by “de-Nazifying” it. This act of political alchemy is deemed possible so they can still appear as leftist but also get permission from the Maidan to stand their candidates in Kiev. The fascists would allow no genuine leftists to stand in any elections; they attacked the Communist party in the parliament itself and are intent on banning it. And what candidates the Left Opposition have: Pavlo Vezdenetsky, Zakhar Popovych, Mykola Vlasov and Nina Potarska

Pasha Vezdenetsky

 

And here is the emblem on the Facebook page of Pasha Vezdenetsky of the Left Opposition, it is clear that his pretentions to Trotskyism of any description are as bogus as that of Zakhar Popovych, the international fraudster who in 2003 ripped off between 12 and 20 far left groups in Britain and the US by claiming to be their Ukraine section, all at the same time!

 

Bridget Dunne comment on them:

As you may already know Nina Potarska’s ‘comrades’ in the LO include Zakhar Popovych, a well known fraudster and Pavlo Vezdenetsky. Pavlo (unlike the USSC) doesn’t bother to hide his US Imperialist motivations (a point I made when I spoke) nor his reactionary Nationalism on his FB page: [1] Note not only the icon (US-Ukrainian flag) – the first post today – “I’m going to Carpathians to learn experience of the Banderites” [2] The post of 5 July “Avakov [interior minister] and Filatov state that they didn’t eliminated the column of Slavyansk militia of Girkin and let it come out from Slavyansk because there were 200 women and children in the column. So, does it mean that a column with women and children can freely come towards Kiev?” – complains the ‘left candidate’ about the fact that column of refugees was not eliminated.

The “left” cover for the USSC is the Left Opposition, a gang of fraudsters who alibi the Maidan and Kiev fascists whilst hypocritically proposing to “de-Nazify” them. The SARU supports the leftist Borotba who are heroically fighting the fascists. We have no problem supporting these genuine leftist anti-fascists against these fraudsters of the Left Opposition.

Notes

[1] Pasha Vezdenetsky, https://www.facebook.com/pasha.vezdenetsky?fref=ufi

[2] Who Was Stepan Bandera?, by Norman J.W. Goda: “On January 22, 2010 Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko honoured Stepan Bandera by posthumously bestowing on him the state honour, “Hero of Ukraine… (President Viktor Yanukovych annulled the decree in January 2011 after a long legal and political struggle—GD)… Bandera, his deputies, and the Nazis shared a key obsession, namely the notion that the Jews in Ukraine were behind Communism and Stalinist imperialism and must be destroyed.  “The Jews of the Soviet Union,” read a Banderist statement, “are the most loyal supporters of the Bolshevik Regime and the vanguard of Muscovite imperialism in the Ukraine.”  When the Germans invaded the USSR in June 1941 and captured the East Galician capital of Lvov, Bandera’s lieutenants issued a declaration of independence in his name.  They further promised to work closely with Hitler, then helped to launch a pogrom that killed four thousand Lvov Jews in a few days, using weapons ranging from guns to metal poles.  “We will lay your heads at Hitler’s feet,” a Banderist pamphlet proclaimed to Ukrainian Jews. But whatever their disappointment with the Germans, the Banderists never disagreed with their Jewish policy in Ukraine, which eventually killed over 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews.” http://hnn.us/article/122778

 

The Chile Coup of 1973 and the Communist Party’s “Historic Compromise” By Yao Wenyuan

Chilean Army troops positioned on a rooftop fire on the La Moneda Palace 11 September 1973 in Santiago, during the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet which overthrew Chilean constitutional president Salvador Allende, who died in the attack on the palace. AFP photo

Chilean Army troops positioned on a rooftop fire on the La Moneda Palace 11 September 1973 in Santiago, during the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet which overthrew Chilean constitutional president Salvador Allende, who died in the attack on the palace. AFP photo

 

It has been over 40 years since a coup d’état put an end to the Allende government in Chile. The main blow of the coup and its “raison d’être” (main reason), was aimed principally against the rise and embryonic (in its beginning) revolutionary consciousness of the working class, the peasantry and some low layers of the petit bourgeoisie. It was as savage and violent as to “cut every head that overpass” as the reactionaries and imperialism needed.

Its form was that of the overthrow of a reformist alliance of petit-bourgeois-workers parties named Unidad Popular (UP, Popular Unity) lead by the Chilean communist party and the right wing of the socialist party. This people lead an adventurous, albeit reformist policy that brought the masses and their militant leaders to the slaughterhouse.

Chile in 1970-73 was a country that had a fighting working class on the rise, but they followed the UP coalition. The socialist party, Allende’s party, was a conglomerate with a very “revolutionary” language but no internal discipline, full of factions and tendencies, useless to any other activity than winning and working for elections. It was the principal left party in terms of “loose” militancy, local authorities and MPs.

The Communist party, was totally subservient to the bureaucratic Soviet party, and developed first of all, since 1934, what was a form of the Euro communist policy, later adopted by almost every European communist party (Italy, Spain, France and Greece were the more important). But it has a large and disciplined militant following in unions, and other working organizations and suburbs.

During the 60s and later this Euro communist policy took the form of the “peaceful road to socialism”. In fact it has been the bloodiest ever in the long history of military massacres’ of the Chilean workers. This stubborn “Menshevik” policies has been put forward by the CP mainly because they don’t believe that in the conditions of Latin America it was possible a socialist revolution against US imperialism.

O. Millas was the theoretical leader of the party and was very close to the CPSU. On several occasion he wrote that at most it can be possible to make some reforms to “modernize Chile” if, and only if, it “could be possible to unite a large number of social classes to isolate the “momios” (reactionaries)” and to neutralize the imperialists. For this, his strategy was to achieve a “Historic Compromise” with the Christians Democrats, the big center-right party. This conception went through the whole government of Allende and the UP.

The problem of actually putting into action this policy was not only the opposition of US imperialism and the reactionaries, but also the working class which has begun to wake up and was fighting for what they thought was “socialism”. In fact the UP government enacted as many reforms as were possible, held back as they were by the compromises they had made with the state apparatus and the center right parties who had access to this government.

They were a number of very serious reforms but all within the framework of Chilean capitalism. A large agrarian reform, the nationalization of the mineral riches of the country, the passage to the state of the whole banking system were important achievements. These measures, undertaken at the beginning of the Allende government, raised the enthusiasm and support of the working class that also had seen its wages and pensions increased by 40% and more.

But, at the same time and in a very scientific way, reactionaries and imperialism begun to develop a full scale plan to oppose these reforms. Not only because it impinged very seriously on their interest but, for the imperialists, it signified an incursion into their “reserved back yard”. They moved then to put every possible obstacle in place against the “Historic Compromise” which they saw not only as an entrance of their arch foe, the “revisionist” or “bureaucratic” URSS, but also they feared “Chaos” or a social revolution.

They then organized every form of boycott of the Allende’s government, from refusing all credits, to maneuvers to lower the value of copper, the main resource of Chile, to supporting every reactionary newspaper, or a military putsch or the strike of the middle classes against Allende.

Allende won the first elections with more than a 50% majority but they refused to go and further forward, in opposition to its political supporters on the left of (mainly the left leader of the PS party, Altamirano). The MIR, a “focus” ultra-left group (mainly students and petit-bourgeois with some very small support amongst peasants and the lower layers of the sub-proletariat) conducted the same policy, not understanding that the real leaders of the PC and consequently of the UP didn’t want any “socialism” at all but a Historic Compromise. [1]

Only the “Marxist-Leninist” PCR understands this, but its tactics, and their dogmatism prevent them to have any significant development. Those three year were just a deepening on this same process. The masses pressing for more. The government trying to stop this movement and to compromise with the Christian Democrats. The imperialist and the reactionaries trying and succeeding in retaining the DC completely under the domination of the imperialists

Pinochet with Pope John Paul II in 1987

The DC and the National Party (the conservatives and liberal assembled together in one party) made every legal and illegal move to paralyze production, halt the investments, deprive the population of their daily requirements of the food by the controlling distribution, and by using every constituent body of the State (the judiciary, accounts, courts, police and parliament so that not a single law could be passed, etc.) and by promoting military uprisings as often as they could. There were at least six attempts in three years.

In 1972 they triggered a “lorry strike” that paralyzed Chile. Chile is a very narrow country with only one motorway and one railway line all the length of the country, more than 2,000 miles. That bosses’ strike was defeated by the spontaneous mobilization of the masses; the rank and file UP members, the MIR and the PCR.

The answer of the government, instead of pushing the advantage, was to set up a bureaucratic ministry compromising the military and the trade unions. Three months latter, in April 1973 , there were elections for parliament. The DC-right coalition believe they could win by a sufficient margin to depose Allende but the masses who at that moment didn’t want a fight because they didn’t have to and did not have organization nor the political direction to win, increased the vote for the UP coalition up to 44%. That was a “triumph” which the UP leaders didn’t expect, so big was the propaganda campaign of the reactionaries.

This “defeat” of the tactic of reaction make for the turn to the coup d’état. Every Chilean knew six months in advance that the coup was in the making and was expected…soon… This put a survival question to every union leader, every militant, even every sympathizer of the “left”.

The MIR and Altamirano, leader of the PS, makes very “revolutionary” speeches…but nothing more. The MIR because they have neither the forces nor the ideas to do it, the PS because they were always talking very high but in the real world they followed the CP policy like lambs to the slaughter. Altamirano is a Chilean Largo Caballero. [2]

When the coup came, in many places workers asked for arms to fight. There were none and in the very rarest places where there were arms, the people fought valiantly only to find themselves without direction, without support and at the end of the day without ammunition. The dictatorship could boast they have “vanquished Marxism-Leninism”. In fact they have vanquished an irresponsible, adventurous, Menshevik, revisionist policy that had led the masses, the left militants and their membership to defeat, repression, torture and death.

The working classes lost 60% of its income but the agrarian reform was completed and the dictatorship finished the work of transforming Chilean agriculture from small peasant ownership into a capitalist agriculture. The mines were not sold by the Junta; it was the “Democratic Consultation” (a coalition of the DC, the far right of the PS and others) who gave it back to the US companies But the masses suffered 16 years of repression, the destruction of the labour movement, no bourgeois democracy, and the rule of terror.

The “Democratic Consultation” governed Chile for more than 20 years, but maintained all the counter reforms of Pinochet: The health system, the welfare system, pension provisions, the Pinochet Constitution, the anti-union laws, even his political repression against those who opposed capitalism arms in hand (some ultra-left groups who fought also the dictatorship). There are more than 99 extra-juridical murders by the police of the Consultation which has mounted “The Offensive” to persecute the same ones which the dictatorship had persecuted.

In fact, this “Consultation” which came to power after an agreement with Pinochet, the armed forces and the US embassy, continued in a milder way the same policy as Pinochet. There were more public liberties and no one was persecuted by their opinions, but everyone who really fights as the impressive student movement that has lasted more than two years now, as the “mapuches”, the native people who have fought for their lands, are still very much oppressed and their ancient territories are occupied by the military police.

 

Michelle Bachelet
Michelle Bachelet foto campaña.jpg
(2013)
President of Chile
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 March 2014
Preceded by Sebastián Piñera

General elections were held in Chile on 17 November 2013, including presidential, parliamentary and regional elections. Voters went to the polls to elect:

Today after a right wing government which people voted in four years ago because they were fed up with those “socialists” and “democrats”, lost the elections held on 17 November 2013.

The former Socialist party (PS) president Michelle Bachelet presidential election did not get the absolute majority in the first round but won 62% in the runoff election on 15 December defeating right winger Evelyn Matthei Independent Democratic Union.

In the parliamentary elections, the New Majority coalition (backing Bachelet’s candidacy) won back control of both chambers of Congress, winning 12 of the 20 contested seats in the Senate, for a total of 21 out of 38 total seats, and 67 of the 120 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. [3}

The PC, supported Michelle Bachelet , in a “new” form of their eternal and fatal Historic Compromise

Notes

[1] The Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) (Spanish Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria) is a Chilean political organization and former far-left guerrilla organization founded on October 12, 1965. At its height in 1973, the MIR numbered some 10,000 members and associates. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_Left_Movement_%28Chile%29

[2] Francisco Largo Caballero, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

“Francisco Largo Caballero (15 October 1869 – 23 March 1946) was a Spanish politician and trade unionist. He was one of the historic leaders of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and of the Workers’ General Union (UGT). In 1936 and 1937 Caballero served as the Prime Minister of the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War.”

He is blamed by Trotskyists for the defeat of the Civil War in Spain (1936-39) because he opposed revolution, the only way Franco could have been defeated., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Largo_Caballero

[3] Wikipedia, Chilean general election, 2013, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilean_general_election,_2013

 

IMPERIALISM TODAY Socialist Fight, 13-3-14

 

 

Two Supercarriers Side By Side Look Awesome But It's Very Bad News

These are the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS John C. Stennis, two of the ten nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft supercarriers in service with the United States Navy

1. The US Dollar is the trading currency for oil and almost every other commodity in the world (although the BRICS are challenging that now). It gives the US an enormous economic and political advantage over its rivals. Wars against Iraq, Libya, and Ukraine today are at least partially launched to protect this privileged position which enables it to rob every other nation.

2. Today London continues to top the list of the world’s leading financial centres, with New York close behind in second-place, according the latest edition of The Global Financial Centres Index. Sometimes referred to as Ny-Lon, these two cities have dominated global finance for the past couple of centuries.

MOSCOW IS 69 (YES, THAT’S RIGHT SIXTY NINTH).

3. Top 2,000 multi-nationals: We have abstracted these details from Forbes 2,000 top companies which gives a good indication of the balance of global economic forces: Of the top 2,000 firms in the world on 17 April 2013 the USA has 543, Japan 251, China 136, UK 95, France 64, South Korea 64, Canada 64, India 56, Germany 50, Switzerland 48, Hong Kong-China 46, Australia 42, Taiwan 41, Brazil 31, Italy 30,

RUSSIA 30.

Note here that in 2004 when the list first appeared the US had almost 1,000 in the top 2,000. The decline since then is largely due to US transnationals locating their HQs abroad for tax avoidance purposes. Ireland’s 17 companies apparently place it in the same league as South Africa, Mexico and Saudi Arabia, a ridiculous comparison. In reality up to half of those ‘Irish’ companies are not really Irish at all except in name. Take its top company, Accenture plc, which is “engaged in providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services”. It is 318th on the list with a market capitalisation of $53.34 Billion. It has 257,000 employees across 120 countries and only 1,300 in Ireland. It is a US transnational, of course. And not only does the US have all these companies located abroad but the US dominate many others by virtue of its stock holdings. Some statistics on this would reveal the true nature of US imperialism’s domination of almost every aspect of the trade, commerce and lives of the majority of population the planet. And where it does not fully dominate it demonise and makes plans to bomb and invade.

Finance capital is interlinked in a global web of dominance spreading out from Wall Street and the City of London. If we take, for example, the role of Swiss banking is not a secret of the strong links it has with the City of London. Equally important are the so-called ‘tax havens’ such as Luxembourg in Europe for example. Also finance capital plays a major role in the Spanish banking sector – there is the curious phenomenon of its relations to the Basque and Catalan banks, which are not really Spanish and behind much of the separatist agitation. Financial capital of British origin plays a big role in maintaining playing Gibraltar as a ‘tax haven’.

5. Top Stock Exchanges Here are the statistic for the top ten stock exchanges ($US billions) 1. NYSE Euronext, United States/Europe, $14,085. 2. NASDAQ OMX Group, United States/Europe, $4,582. 3. Tokyo Stock Exchange, Japan $3,478. 4. London Stock Exchange, $3,396. 5. Hong Kong Sock Exchange, $2,831. 6. Shanghai Stock Exchange, $2,547. 7. TMX Group, Canada, $2,058. 8. Deutsche Börse, Germany, $1,486. 9. Australian Securities Exchange, $1,386. 10. Bombay Stock Exchange, $1,263. Note the two US stock exchanges are as big as the next eight combined; with its allies it is absolutely dominant.

(MOSCOW NOT THERE AT ALL!).

6. Ranking by Gross Domestic Product The ranking of countries by Gross Domestic Product, this time the top 20: (Millions of $US), World $70,201,920. 1. United States $14,991,300, 2. China $7,203,784, 3. Japan $5,870,357. 4. Germany $3,604,061. 5. France $2,775,518. 6. Brazil $2,476,651. 7. United Kingdom, 2,429,184. 8. Italy $2,195,937. 9. India $1,897,608. 10 Russia $1,857,770.

(RUSSIA 10th )

7. Biggest military Expenditure: The top 15 for military expenditure. ($US billions): 1. United States $682.0. 2. China $166.0. 3. RUSSIA $90.7. 4. United Kingdom $60.8. 5. Japan $59.3. 6. France $58.9. 7. Saudi Arabia $56.7. 8. India $46.1. 9. Germany $45.8. 10. Italy $34.0. 11. Brazil $33.1. 12. South Korea $31.7. 13. Australia $26.2. 14. Canada $22.5. 15. Turkey $18.2.

NOTE THE US EXPENDITURE IS EQUAL TO THE COMBINED TOTAL OF ALL THE OTHER 14 ON THE LIST, ALL NATO OR CLOSE US ALLIES APART FROM RUSSIA AND CHINA.

8. Fleets and aircraft carriers The US has five battleship fleets, the Second Fleet in the Atlantic, the Third Fleet in the Eastern Pacific, the Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific. No other nation gets a look in here. This is a list of the aircraft carriers in service in 2013: United States 10, Italy 2, United Kingdom, 1, France 1, RUSSIA 1, Spain 1, India 1, Brazil 1, CHINA 1 and Thailand 1.

9. The US currently maintains a world-wide network of some 1000 military bases and installations (depending on what you count as a base) outside the US, 2,639 including US home bases in 1993). In addition, other NATO countries, such as France and the UK, have a further 200 such military locations within the network of global military control. The biggest “host” countries are those that once lost a major war in which the US was involved. Germany, Italy, Japan and Korea are the four biggest ‘hosts’. France and the UK mainly have bases in the remains of their colonial empires. The UK is strong in the South Atlantic and around the Mediterranean; France is strong in the South Pacific and in Africa.

RUSSIA CURRENTLY HAS SIX MILITARY FACILITIES IN FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS AND INDIA HAS ONE IN TAJIKISTAN. CHINA CURRENTLY HAS NO US-STYLE OVERSEAS BASES.

The downing of the BOEING 777 in the UKRAINE

A farcical terrorist crime of decadent Imperialism used to blame Russia and the NovoRússia resistance!

One more crime against humanity perpetrated by the US!

Who benefits from the downing of the civil aircraft?

For unconditional defense of the anti-imperialist and anti-fascist resistance!

Statement by the Liaison Committee for the Fourth International July 2014

Wreckage of Boeing 777 flight MH17

The CIA have the knowhow in “false flag” attacks to blame their adversary

 

The downing of the Boeing 777 flight MH17 Malaysian aircraft while it was overflying the airspace of East Ukrainian represents the latest chapter of the imperialist war to crush the anti-fascist resistance of NovoRússia and close in on the Russian Federation. Almost 300 people were killed in the attack, including 80 children and over 100 scientists, experts in HIV, who were to address an International Congress on AIDS in Australia. It is likely that the discovery of a cure for AIDS may have been delayed by this disaster.

 

The imperialists who accuses the anti-imperialist and anti-fascist resistance of shooting down the civilian plane have the know-how and are historically known for falsifying who the author are of “simulated” attacks, also known as “false flag” operations, to justify hundreds of military adventures. Since the inception of the US hegemony over the globe this has been that way. That’s how the coup d ‘ état against the Iranian nationalist Mossadegh was organised in 1953, Obama himself confessed in June 2009 that this was a CIA frame up [1]. So it was in the Gulf of Tonkin incident, used by the US to launch the war against Viet Nam in 1964 [2]. So it was with Bush senior and his invention of alleged weapons of mass destruction held by Saddam Hussein to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003 [3]. That’s how the Sarin chemical weapons attack against the civilian population was conducted by CIA mercenaries in Syria, and was used by Obama to accuse the Assad Government to justify a bombing which failed materialise. This latest Sarin episode, which occurred in 2013, has already been widely debunked by dossiers of Wikileaks and the former CIA agent Ray McGovern [4]. In short, attacks such as this are part of the policy of the imperialist State to maintain their stranglehold on the globe.

 

Particularly in Ukraine, imperialist policy is to conduct a recolonisation offensive that requires the creation of myths that demonise a people who voted democratically for self-determination in three provinces and only want to live free from the parasitism of the European Union and NATO boots by uniting with Russia. The downing of the plane is just the latest episode that featured a popular rebellion that gave fraudulent cover for a coup directed by openly Nazi parties which imposed a fascist dictatorship camouflaged by a false election. This gave a mandate to a tyrant, who is one of the richest oligarchs in the country, to continue massacres like that of 48 anti-fascists on 2 May, 2014 in the House of the Trade Unions in Odessa and to continue the persecution, torture and murder of the Russian majority population, poor Jews, Gypsies and resistance organizations such as the Ukraine Communist party and Borotba. They are bombing defenceless populations with chemical weapons, etc to achieve this.

The bogus, spliced-together recording produced to prove the ‘rebels’ did it.

Who benefits? Who cares about the downing of the Malaysian flight in Ukraine?

 

The downing of the Boeing 777 occurred at a difficult time for the United States. These days, the Eurasian core around China and Russia are strengthened and are in some ways expanding their economic and diplomatic shield with the BRICS Summit. This took place in Brazil and is being followed by a constellation of countries from Iran, to Syria, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina. The creation of the Bank of the BRICS may well dedollarize world trade and it drops like a bomb into the trade war which may well lead to World War III. Added to commercial attacks this is in fact nothing more nor less than a limited economic autonomy for cheaper commercial transactions by a handful of semi-colonial countries around the globe. It is another important movement by the Eurasian block to challenges imperialism like the construction of the Nicaragua Canal, the new shipping channel in Central America. Even in the 21st century, in the “space age”, the sea lanes remain the backbone of global trade.

 

There also highlights that the European imperialism is reticent blindly to follow the US in decline by isolating Russia because they are tied together by through dozens of multinationals like BMW, Siemens, Auchan, Raiffaisen Bank, BASF, etc who are thriving in this relationship. Even with all the American propaganda around the shale revolution, the EU refuses to replace the Russian oil and gas as an energy source it has a value at least 25% less than Russian oil and gas and is twice as expensive. At the last Energy Summit in Brussels, the European Commission ruled out any resort to the use of an alternative to Russian gas in the near future. The US have been doing its utmost to keep the EU in its orbit including using tragic political facts like the downing of the Malaysian plane full of European passengers.

 

Therefore before there was any investigation into the cause of the tragedy the White House, the mass media and everybody linked to the great imperialist capital, began accusing Russia and the NovoRússia resistance of a tragedy that the history and the geopolitical interests of NATO put US intelligence agents and their puppets of Kiev in the frame as the prime suspects.

 

There is also a suspicion that the Malaysian plane was hit by mistake, the goal appeared to be Putin’s presidential plane that are visibly identical in size and paint and overflew the same airspace at the time. [5]

 

The puppet government of Kiev was also suffering setbacks in the civil war. After losing some battles, the resistance is entrenched in Donetsk and has imposed important military casualties, bringing down military planes from the armed forces of Ukraine. It was also important to create the impression that the resistance had the ability to bring down airplanes, power that the Ukrainian Army has in much larger scale.

 

Another indication that the fascists in Kiev are behind the Malaysian plane crash is in revelation that the civilian aircraft was escorted by a Ukrainian military fighter plane before it “disappear”, having previously received the order to fly lower, as reported by the own Malaysian aviation authority: ”MH17 filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000ft throughout Ukrainian airspace. This is close to the ‘optimum’ altitude.

However, an aircraft’s altitude in flight is determined by air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control to fly at 33,000ft.” [6]. Guiding a civil aircraft which was not about to land on Ukrainian territory to fly lower in a civil war zone is clear evidence of a criminal manouvre by imperialism.

 

The People’s Republic of Donetsk allowed four Ukrainian investigators to come to the scene of the accident and promised the same concession to experts of the OSCE and other international organizations. A day after the disaster, the Ukrainian Army continued their punitive attacks on the people of the East despite the proposal to establish a temporary cease-fire in order not to disturb the investigations into the causes of the plane crash and to recover the bodies. However the Ukrainian Army took advantage of the previous day’s trauma and the granting of entry to the international observers and unleashed a bloody new offensive on the population of NovaRússia. [7]

 

Another “coincidence” was the fact that on the same day as the tragic downing of the Boeing from Malaysia Airlines, which attracted the attention of the world news media, Israel, another neo-Nazi agent of imperialism, invaded Gaza by land.

Defending the Peoples Repiblic

For unconditional defence of inspiring NovoRússia!

 

Even in the face of all these clues that point to the agents of American imperialism as an author of this crime against humanity, a lot of information still needs to be revealed. Up till now the European Governments are partners with imperialism in supporting the Government of Kiev and are uncomfortably forced and intimidated into accusing Russia and the NovoRússia resistance on this attack. But even if, exceptionally in this case these responsible was not imperialism, revolutionaries must still stand unconditionally in defense of the resistance in the Ukraine in the fight to defeat the war and war propaganda of imperialism against the oppressed people of NovaRússia. We advocate an anti-imperialist and anti-imperialist united front with Russia for the crushing of these NATO agents and fight for a Soviet and Worker’s Government in Ukraine!

 

For those who know the modus operandi of the capitalist empire there’s nothing new under the sun:

The appearance of a Washington operation is clear. All the warmongers were ready on cue. US Vice President Joe Biden declared that the airliner was “blown out of the sky.” It was “not an accident.” Why would a person without an agenda be so declarative prior to having any information? Clearly, Biden was not implying that it was Kiev that blew the airliner out of the sky. Biden was at work in advance of any evidence blaming Russia. Indeed, the way Washington operates, it will pile on blame until it needs no evidence. Senator John McCain jumped on the supposition that there were US citizens aboard to call for punitive actions against Russia before the passenger list and the cause of the airliner’s fate are known. The “investigation” is being conducted by Washington’s puppet regime in Kiev.

 

We already know what the conclusion will be. The probability is high that we are going to have more fabricated evidence, such as the fabricated evidence presented by US Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN “proving” the existence of the non-existent Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction.” Washington has succeeded with so many lies, deceptions and crimes that it believes that it can always succeed. At this time as we write, we have no reliable information about the airliner, but the Roman question always pertains: “Who benefits?” There is no conceivable motive for separatists to shoot down an airliner, but Washington did have a motive–to frame-up Russia–and possibly a second motive.

 

Among the reports or rumours there is one that says Putin’s presidential plane flew a similar route to that of the Malaysian airliner within 37 minutes of one another. This report has led to speculation that Washington decided to rid itself of Putin and mistook the Malaysian airliner for Putin’s jet. RT reports that the two airplanes are similar in appearance. http://rt.com/news/173672-malaysia-plane-crash-putin/ Before you say Washington is too sophisticated to mistake one airliner for another, keep in mind that when Washington shot down an Iranian airliner over Iranian air space, the US Navy claimed that it thought the 290 civilians that it murdered were in an Iranian fighter jet, a F-14 Tomcat fighter, a US-made fighter that was a mainstay of the US Navy. If the US Navy cannot tell its own workhorse fighter aircraft from an Iranian airliner, clearly the US can confuse two airliners that the RT report shows appear very similar.

 

This was not the first armed criminal attack which was used by imperialism to attack its opponents. As the imperialist beast is in decline and dying it tends to create more and more fakes like this. For example the murder of the three young Jews was used by Israel to unleash the current offensive against the Palestinians. They are desperate and heinous acts yes, but imperialism enjoys the immense advantage of having a sophisticated global system of information handling and falsification of reality in its favour, one immensely more powerful than the one used by Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, in a single country.

 

Important political mobilisation at the Ukrainian consulate at Sao Paulo against the fascist government of Kiev

 

In this context, the Communist League, along with other organizations (PCO, CCR, RC) conducted an internationalist political mobilisation at the Ukrainian Consulate in Sao Paulo on July 16, 2014. The mobilisation was supported and had public greetings from the British Socialist Fight, from the Argentinean Bolshevik Militant Tendency, from the Brazilian Lenin Collective and even greeting from a retired Cuban construction worker.

 

At the protest the main Ukraine-Palestinian slogans was: “For the victory of the anti-imperialist and antifascist resistance!” and the posters were bilingual, in Russian and Portuguese, we had good musical backing and we got on the solidarity of workers of the building where the Consulate is located. However, the LC and other participants in the activity opposed handing any petition or document to the Ukrainian Consul, since it does not recognize as legitimate the current Government, not legitimised nor place any illusions in the method of negotiations with fascists.

 

 

Notes: (in Portuguese)

 

1. http://lcligacomunista.blogspot.com.br/2011/05/da-operacao-ajax-odisseia-do-amanhecer.html

2. http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidente_do_Golfo_de_Tonkin

3. http://acervo.estadao.com.br/noticias/acervo,com-justificativa-falsa-iraque-era-invadido-ha-10-anos,8951,0.htm

4. http://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/06DAMASCUS5399_a.html#efmBA8BJR; http://cidadedeminas.blogspot.com.br/2013/12/obama-mentiu-sobre-ataque-quimico-na.html; http://noticias.terra.com.br/mundo/disturbios-no-mundo-arabe/ex-analista-cia-fabricou-evidencia-para-atrair-eua-a-guerra-na-siria,225ff0ce78601410VgnVCM3000009acceb0aRCRD.html

5. http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/134289-objetivo-misil-ucrania-avion-presidente-rusia-putin

6. http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/mh17.html

7. http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/134283-tragedia-avion-malasio-ucrania