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mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war / press release Thursday June 25, 2020 22:46 byKurdish-speaking Libertarians
The support and solidarity with innocent people can be done in different ways. It can be through launching complaints, expressing anger and frustration, protests, and demonstrations. The best kind of support and solidarity is boycotting all the goods that are made in Turkey and by Turkish companies wherever they are. Boycotting its media, universities, language colleges and stopping holiday bookings to Turkey. While Turkey has got so many interests in Iraqi Kurdistan the boycott is very effective. Turkey has hundreds of companies plus colleges, shops, factories there, and it is the main country for Kurdish holiday makers. In short Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the main market for the Turkish capitalists and the others. Boycotting Turkey and the Turkish goods can also put pressure on the Kurdistan Reginal Government, KRG, Iraq and the foreign companies to meet people’s demand.We condemn the Turkish state attack and invasion of the Iraqi Kurdistan
At the time when the Covid-19 is spread around the world and is a huge threat to people’s lives, a few days ago (16/6) the Turkish state launched an aggressive attack on Iraqi Kurdistan and invaded many villages and small towns. In its intensive attack, both from the sky and on the land, it so far killed many innocent people, livestock, and destroyed anything they had: their houses their villages and lands. Their justification for this massive attack is defending their borders and fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, PKK.
We are not only against the military assault by the Turkish state, but in fact we are against any use of wars to solve disputes, agreements, settlements, or any other matters. We only support using weapons in self-defence, as defending people’s rights, their lands, and their nature.
As a matter of principle we, Kurdish-speaking Libertarians, are against all the assassins and we are against all the decisions that are imposed on people through the force or wars, against putting them under pressure and disturbing, destroying their peace and freedom. We demand a peaceful life, justice and equality for all people in the world.
Unfortunately, the civilian people in Kurdistan, helpless at resisting violent forces, like the Turkish state and the political militias. And neither the Kurdish militias who belong to Kurdistan Reginal Government, KRG, nor the Iraqi government do not want to resist the Turkish forces. They do not want to disturb and unbalance the interests of tyrannies in the region. They are sharing the mutual economic, political, and cultural interests, as they are all part of the same capitalist system. But we, as Libertarians, cannot be silent in the face of this terrible atrocities.
We can and we should raise our voice and do whatever possible, whether it is in defending the life of a black person in the US or supporting the movement of Black Lives Matter (BLM). We can also be and should be against any military confrontation between the US and Iran, between both Korean countries and India and China or any other wars between the countries. In view of this and of our principle that we are against all kinds of suppression of freedom and repression of poor people and working class. We are in favour and demanding the protection of the principles of peaceful society, togetherness, live in harmony and in total humanity. We are against invading the rights of individuals and societies and against the abuse of power in violating and crossing the borders illegally. This, in our view, is the red line: neither any state nor their militia should be allowed to invade people’s peaceful and normal life.
What is happening now in front of the eyes of the “International Community” is a genocide, it is a terrible atrocity. The Turkish state is an immensely powerful state and have a powerful and sophisticated army. It is the second powerful force in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, it uses all their power, under the name of “Tiger’s Claws” against people in Iraqi Kurdistan.
We denounce this not just because we are Kurdish- speaking people, but as Libertarians too. We believe the peace and normal life of people do not emerge from the mouths and the sounds of weapons that cannot achieve and never will achieve normality and harmony to people’s life. That only happens through acknowledging each other, valuing each other and through cooperation.
Finally, we ask all Libertarians to raise their voices and stand up through whatever possible mean against all kinds of military confrontations, invasions and against the militia of political parties and the states. We call our comrades, wherever they are, to stand up against the aggressive Turkish state that overtly and indiscriminately killing everybody in the Kurdish areas especially those who live in the villages that are on the border.
The support and solidarity with innocent people can be done in different ways. It can be through launching complaints, expressing anger and frustration, protests, and demonstrations. The best kind of support and solidarity is boycotting all the goods that are made in Turkey and by Turkish companies wherever they are. Boycotting its media, universities, language colleges and stopping holiday bookings to Turkey. While Turkey has got so many interests in Iraqi Kurdistan the boycott is very effective. Turkey has hundreds of companies plus colleges, shops, factories there, and it is the main country for Kurdish holiday makers. In short Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the main market for the Turkish capitalists and the others. Boycotting Turkey and the Turkish goods can also put pressure on the Kurdistan Reginal Government, KRG, Iraq and the foreign companies to meet people’s demand.
While we are supporting the struggle of Kurdish people against the Turkish assault and invasion of Kurdistan, in the meantime we support and offer our solidarity to their struggle against the KRG to achieve their demands.
19th June 2020
venezuela / colombia / imperialism / war / non-anarchist press Monday May 11, 2020 23:20 byVijay Prashad, Paola Estrada, Ana Maldonado and Zoe PC
In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, speedboats left the Colombian coastlines and headed toward Venezuela. These boats had no authorization to cross the maritime border. They landed on the Venezuelan coastline at La Guaira. This was clearly a hostile action, since the boats carried heavy weaponry, including assault rifles and ammunition; the people on the boats possessed satellite phones as well as uniforms and helmets with the flag of the United States of America.The incursion was intercepted by Venezuelan authorities, who fought them off; eight of the belligerents were killed, while two were intercepted. One of those who was arrested says that he is an agent of the US government’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The DEA has not responded to calls for confirmation.
Néstor Reverol, the minister of internal affairs of Venezuela, told Venezuelan television stations hours after the thwarted incursion that the government received information about the attack from sources in Colombia and from its own regular patrols of the Venezuelan coastline. “We cannot take any of their threats lightly,” said senior Venezuelan politician Diosdado Cabello. “What happened today,” he said, “is an example of the desperation” of the United States and its allies.
Lima Group and Regime Change
The United States government has been entirely candid about its goal to overthrow the government in Venezuela led by Nicolás Maduro and to reverse the Bolivarian Revolution. In August 2017, US President Donald Trump spoke openly about the “military option” at the same time as the United States, Canada, Colombia, and a list of other countries governed by the far-right and subordinated to Washington formed the Lima Group. The Lima Group tried to maintain a liberal patina around their objective, stating in their declaration that they wished to “contribute to the restoration of democracy in [Venezuela] through a peaceful and negotiated settlement.” Trump ripped aside the fig leaf of this kind of liberal language; he interpreted the phrase “restoration of democracy” quite rightly as a military coup or an armed intervention to overthrow the government.
In January 2019, the United States government deepened its hybrid war with a clever diplomatic maneuver. It declared that Juan Guaidó, an insignificant politician, was the president of Venezuela and turned over substantial Venezuelan assets outside the country to him. An attempted uprising in Venezuela failed to materialize, and Guaidó found himself with more friends in Washington, D.C. and amongst Colombia’s oligarchy than at home in Venezuela. This failed attempt to overthrow the Venezuelan government did not deter the United States. In fact, the failure deepened US conspiracies in the region.
In May 2019, Senator Lindsey Graham took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to make the case that the “US must be willing to intervene in Venezuela the way we did in Grenada.” In 1983, the US marines landed in Grenada to overthrow the legitimate government and to uproot the New Jewel Movement. The United States, Senator Graham wrote, “should move military assets to the region.” The United States attempted to create a phalanx of allies in the Brazilian and Colombian military to prepare for an invasion of Venezuela. Fortunately, at the Lima Group meeting in February 2019, Brazil’s vice president Hamilton Mourão told the press that Brazil would not allow the US to use its territory for a military intervention into Venezuela. The plans for a full-scale invasion had to be put on hold.
COVID-19 and Regime Change
As COVID-19 moved toward South America, the US government increased pressure on the Venezuelan government. In February 2020, at the Munich Security Conference, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US seeks to “oust Maduro.” In March, the US tightened sanctions against Venezuela, and then the US Treasury Department put pressure on the International Monetary Fund not to allow Venezuela access to emergency finances to tackle the global pandemic. None of this worked. The Venezuelan government mobilized the people to break the chain of infection with international assistance from China, Cuba, and Russia as well as the World Health Organization.
At this point, the US government shifted its focus. It suggested that President Maduro and his senior leadership are involved in narco-trafficking. No evidence was offered for this hallucinatory claim, although there is substantial evidence of the culpability of senior Colombian politicians in the drug trade. Trump authorized a naval detachment to sit off the coast of Venezuela, threaten its government, and intimidate its population. On April 30, to increase pressure on Venezuela, the Trump administration activated parts of the Selected Reserve forces to assist the US armed forces in a mission called “Enhanced Department of Defense Counternarcotic Operation in the Western Hemisphere.” All signs point to mischief by the US and its Colombian allies against the Venezuelan people.
Plots surround Venezuela, the plotters a cast of characters from the seediest quarters of the military and the drug world as well as US intelligence and Colombian paramilitaries. The plot for a small invasion in 2019 that unraveled is now well-documented by Joshua Goodman of the Associated Press. That plot was led by Jordan Goudreau, who served in the US Army as a medic in Iraq and Afghanistan and then became a private security contractor; he worked with Cliver Alcalá, a former Venezuelan military officer, who brought together a few hundred Venezuelan military deserters to conduct the raid. Alcalá is now in prison in the United States for his involvement in the drug trade. Goudreau and Alcalá were backed by Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller and Roen Kraft of Kraft Foods. The entire operation sniffs of a madcap CIA adventure, akin to the 1961 CIA failed invasion of Cuba at Playa Girón.
It is likely that the more recent invasion in May 2020 emerged out of the military deserter camp set up by Alcalá in Colombia. One of the men involved in the raid was Captain Robert Levid Colina, also known as Pantera. Colina had been involved in the attempted coup on behalf of Juan Guaidó on April 30, 2019, and is a close associate of Alcalá’s.
Vladimir Padrino López, the minister of defense of Venezuela, said that the government and the people had defeated this attack and would remain vigilant against other such plots. One of the characteristic features of the Bolivarian process has been the mobilization of the population to defend itself; “We declare ourselves in rebellion,” López said, adding that Venezuela is now under a state of “permanent vigilance.”
Despite the global pandemic, the old playbook of the CIA and the Trump administration with their dirty coups remains operational. As at Playa Girón in 1961, the Venezuelan people defeated this plot at La Guaira in 2020.
indonesia / philippines / australia / imperialism / war / press release Saturday April 25, 2020 15:39 byMelbourne Anarchist Communist Group
The US-dominated world order can only be maintained by endless war. Australia, a junior partner, has signed up to this to maintain its domination of the South Pacific and Timor L’Este. The situation would not be improved by allying with China or any other would-be hegemon, because that wouldn’t change the system. The working class needs to unite internationally and abolish capitalism. Only this can build the basis for a world of liberty, equality and solidarity, where war is no more and the nation state has been abolished. We can have a new world of libertarian communism
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