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Raging opposition to US imperialist TPP

TPP = economic imperialism

The TPP will lock in the countries of Asia-Pacific under US imperialism’s economic control, and trample on the rights and livelihoods of people, and the sovereignty of nations. The TPP exposes the advanced stage of US monopoly capitalism which necessitates constant expansion, monopolisation and protection of its multinational corporations and banks. It will sweep away hard won rights and regulations that provide some protection for workers’ wages, working conditions, jobs, health and safety, food safety, the environment, welfare and community services, and democratic rights. TISA and the TTIP are the other two arms of US imperialist “trade liberalisation”. None of them have much to do with trade, but everything to do with removing all obstacles to greater monopolisation by corporations and financial institutions.

Rather than promoting “free trade” the TPP will introduce US corporate law across the region, law that inevitably enhances the interests of US monopoly corporations at the expense of ordinary people. It will allow US monopolies to penetrate every aspect of member countries’ economies, and undermine national governments’ policies and initiatives in areas such as health, education, environment protection and workplace rights and conditions.

Under the TPP, the Investor State Dispute Settlement provision (ISDS) empowers foreign corporations to sue national, state or local governments when they deem laws and regulations diminish their profits or are detrimental to future profit making. Under NAFTA and other free trade agreements, the multinationals have lodged hundreds of claims suing national governments for loss of profit due to local environmental regulations and workers’ wages. Veolia, a French multinational waste management corporation, is suing the Egyptian government for increasing the minimum wage that the Egyptian workers had fought for and won.

TPP signatory countries will be compelled to change their domestic laws and regulations to comply with the TPP standards, as drafted by some 600 multinational corporations. Outrageously, in another blow to sovereignty, the draft changes to domestic legislation will have to be sent to US Senate for approval before they can become law!

Under the TPP, foreign corporations will be able to challenge government subsidies to State Owned Enterprises and open the way to further privatisation of public health, education and social services by foreign monopolies. The costs to the people will increase even more.

There is strong resistance by the Indigenous communities of New Zealand, Canada, Peru and Chile, angry with the Intellectual Property provisions in the TPP. The First Nations People of Australia are calling the TPP yet another invasion and dispossession. The minimal protections over their lands and culture from the ravages of mining corporations that the Aboriginal people have achieved, may well be dismantled. ....
The Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist) [CPSA (M-L)] fully supports and pledges solidarity with the students who greatly suffer from the neo-apartheid and neo-colonialist government education system which is in favour of the profit-making system, i.e., the imperialist system, which lives on excessive exploitation of the poor masses. Now the majority of students who belong to the working class and peasants are subjected to the inaccessibility of higher learning education and only the kids of the rich people who are getting access to higher learning and qualitative education.

The 10 percent and more than 10 percent tuition fee increases aim at preventing the students from furthering their education and there are many grievances of the students, among other grievances are the high rentals which are ranging from R26 000 and upwards per annum. As a result of the failure of the government to pay its financial obligation, i.e., the financial loans which were granted to students who are unable to pay at all their tuition fees, now the students are not allowed to write their examination by some of the universities.

The racism is another problem which affects the black students in these universities, the former liberation movements failed to eradicate racism in South Africa or to liberate the people of South Africa from the imperialist oppression and exploitation. So the racism has been reformed instead of eradication. The imperialist countries together with the neo-apartheid and neo-colonialist government are now busy with the excessive exploitation and oppression of the poor masses.

The government and university authorities do not care about the misery of the poor masses what they care about are their profits. They do not even care about the question of high rate of unemployment which severely affects the working class and poor peasants which make them unable to pay the education tuition fees of their children.

The CPSA(M-L) calls upon, the working class, peasants and all the sections of the oppressed people to join hands with the students struggles. Only the united struggles of the masses are going to free them from the exploitation and oppression of the neo-apartheid and neo-colonialist government and imperialism.

The people must stand up and fight for a new democratic republic which will free them from the imperialist domination and provide the students with better and accessible education. The education system which will integrate the theory with practice for the learners at the earliest levels of learning, i.e. grade I up to the university level. Let us all fight for better and affordable education which is controlled by the People’s government not a private owned education.

 Down with the profit-making education system!!

 Down with Neo-Apartheid and neo-colonialist government!!

 Down with Imperialist domination in South Africa!!

 Forward with accessible education system to all students!!

 Forward to People’s government that will lead us to Socialism!!

Coms Berçem and Ekin are Immortal: MLCP

The physical liquidation attacks against the communist revolutionary and patriotic forces starting with the massacres in Suruç, Amed and Ankara are also continued in the form of murder in houses and on the streets.

A part of these attacks was realized on 22nd December in Istanbul. Two women of MLCP were surrounded during an armed confrontation with the forces of the colonialist, fascist regime in the neighbourhood of Gaziosmanpaºa and shot. Our comrades and commanders Yeliz Eray (Berçem) and ªirin Öter (Ekin) became immortal. Four policemen were hurt in this attack.

Now the Turkish bourgeois regime is focusing for months on imposing curfews in Northern Kurdistan to oppose the proclamation of self-administration. Thus, mounts a colonialist encirclement with tens of thousands of soldiers and policemen. It carries on with its fascist attacks by using tanks, guns, war planes and other heavy weapons. The occupying forces shoot and hurt Kurdish children, women, youth and labouring people and take them into custody.

Against these colonialist cruelties the Kurdish people shows a great resistance. YDG-H (Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement), Women and Kurdish poor through barricade and turf battles move on to their national freedom. They deliver heavy resistance in order to take fate into their own hands.

In Kurdistan it’s all about the struggle between revolution and counter-revolution. The Kurdish people demand its political recognition. It proclaims its self-administration and defends itself. It waits for the support and solidarity of all people in Turkey and the world, the progressive and revolutionary parties.

Our comrades in the Turkish front will hold, strengthen and carry to victory the torch of this unified revolutionary struggle. They showed us the path of exercising revolutionary force through their armed resistance against the colonialist, counterrevolutionary violence.

Their resistance enlightens our path!

The comrades Yeliz and ªirin are immortal!

Long live revolution and socialism!
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirmed that the escalating crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people, especially the recent actions taken by the Zionist state and its army against our Palestinian people in the West Bank and Jerusalem, will not break the will of our people or stop the valiant uprising, nor will they put an end to the heroic resistance actions of Palestinian youth.

The Zionist escalation has entered a new phase within the framework of an ongoing war against the Palestinian people, including the Zionist law imposing a minimum prison sentence of three years on stone throwers or the throwing of Molotov cocktails or any other actions against the settlers and soldiers, as well as the imposition of large fines.

This also includes the delivery of notifications of home demolitions to Palestinians because they are close to settlements in the West Bank, and the serious crime of the escalation against Palestinian children, including targeting school children with tear gas; the Front also notes the targeting of health workers and hospitals, media and press crews, and the threat of gassing and killing the Palestinian in Aida refugee camp by occupation forces, documented on video.

The Front said that the occupation’s claims that its escalating crimes have led to the reduction of the rate of operations against it in Jerusalem and the West Bank are false and illusionary meant to deceive their audience. The Palestinian youth have not been stopped by the occupier and all of its crimes and actions have proven unsuccessful in defeating the Palestinian resistance, only increasing the determination of our people to confront the occupier and continue the Intifada. 

USA: Can Bernie Sanders Represent the Left?

IN THE CAMPAIGN for coming US Presidential elections, voters sick of big-business politics are flocking to Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who campaigns against staggering inequality and denounces the rule of banksters and CEOs. He is drawing huge enthusiastic crowds at campaign rallies and is running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton in some polls.

In the Congress, he has taken principled stands opposing the authorization of force in Iraq in 1991 and 2002 and the invasion in 2003. He calls for a single-payer “Medicare for all” healthcare system. He endorses labour unions, higher wages, and a national public jobs programme to rebuild infrastructure. But he has voted for the 2001 authorization of force that gave George W. Bush the green light for military action after September 11 and led to the imperialist invasion of Afghanistan. He supported the US/NATO war on Yugoslavia in 1999. He backs indefinite US funding of Israel and defends Israel’s vicious attack on Gaza in 2014. He wants the US to remain the world’s strongest military power.

Exposing his rightist stand on race question, Sanders refused to address the issues raised by Black Lives Matter protesters at rallies in Phoenix and Seattle, who were reflecting the explosive frustration of millions of people with racism and politicians’ silence. Sanders’ economic plan calls for increasing taxes on the rich, letting large insolvent banks fail, and using taxes on risky financial transactions to pay for education. But he refuses to challenge the power of Wall Street!

As far as the ruling system in US is concerned, he supports the Democrats and thus the two-party choke hold continuing for a very long time. The path that Sanders is treading is a well-worn one. Over the last 30 years, the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Dennis Kucinich, and now Bernie Sanders have espoused agendas seen as progressive and tried to push the Democratic Party to the left. These experiments tried many times before have only failed. But the international media and the reformist forces in the US are trying to project him as a leftist candidate, though he has refused to fight against the ruling system in any radical form. So, while the big mobilizations in his meetings are an indication that people look forward to an alternative, still no such possibilities have emerged so far in any significant form.

Canada: Liberals’ Victory

THE SWEEPING victory of the Liberals led by Justin Trudeau in Canada marks a significant political shift in Canada ruled by the Conservatives since 2006. Trudeau vowed to reclaim Canada’s “core values” — a strong social security system, active participation in international organisations, and an inclusive nationhood. Calling himself a “proud feminist”, he has pledged to revise the Conservative’s anti-terrorism laws and end the country’s combat role in the US-led fight in Iraq and Syria. Compared to nearly a decade of Conservative regime, he is promising a shift in the policies like Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected Labour Party leader in Britain
FOR MANY YEARS, the Syrian state and people have been exposed to a fierce terrorist invasion, led by extremist groups coming to Syria from more than 80 countries to destroy the infrastructure, and to shed the blood of innocent citizens.

Definitely, these crimes could not be committed without the boundless support granted to the terrorists by the imperial powers of the USA, France and the UK, and their partners in our region, mainly the Turkish and Gulf regimes, the so-called “international alliance” which hinders all the efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Syria has always warned the international society of the dangers of transforming this terrorism and takfirism – threat, into a regional and international one, and that is happening today in many countries like Iraq, Libya and some European countries.

In spite of the Security Council resolution No. 2199, which prohibits the financing of terrorist groups such as “ISIS” and “Al-Nusra Front”, nevertheless the crimes of these groups are still continuing, killing thousands of civilians. As happened to Al-Sheitat tribe in Deir Al-ZOR and Aleppo province the victims of the terrorist groups were school students, besides the massacre in Tel Tamer the province of Al-Hasaka, the majority of whose inhabitants are Assyrians (the old, historically well-known population of the region).

Another crime of takfirist groups committed against humanity is the destruction of ancient monuments in Syria and Iraq and the stealing of artifacts, as we believe that the aim of such actions is to efface the history of this region.

Lately, those terrorists have committed carnage in Mabuja village near Salamieh, where more than 60 people were killed at night, followed by invasion of Edleb with a contribution from the Turkish armed forces, in addition to many other crimes done by these groups in many of the Syrian cities and villages.

The Syrian Communist Party (Unified) requests all the workers’ and communist parties and all the progressive powers in the world to denounce the terrorist crimes in Syria as well in Iraq, and to express their solidarity with the Syrian people who are still putting up a resistance against the crimes and dark ideology of the reactionary powers and their extremist tools, the terrorist organizations, in spite of all kinds of blockades, and economic sanctions imposed against them.

The Syrian people are still looking forward to a democratic, secular future through an inclusive national dialogue, to reach a political solution of the Syrian crisis. No, to the support of terrorism! Yes, for solidarity and humanitarian support to Syrian people!

Hunein Nemer, General Secretary of Syrian Communist Party (United)
THE already chaotic political situation of the country has been further confounded by the partly anticipated dissolution of parliament on 26th June with general elections to be held on 17th August amid controversy about the 20th Amendment to the Constitution concerning changes to the elections system. Little has been politically different between the two main Sinhala political parties except issues of personalities. In the past decade both UNP and SLFP suffered splits based mostly on personal issues: the former owing to leadership rivalry encouraged by vested interests, against a background of successive electoral defeats; the latter owing to internal contradictions aggravated by the authoritarianism of former President Rajapaksa, most of which remained dormant until Rajapaksa moved to contest for a third term. His recent announcement that he will contest the parliamentary elections has made the split a certainty. How the split will materialize depends on developments in the coming weeks amid attempts at reconciliation and could continue even if the warring factions field separate slates of candidates.

Although the UNP has superficially patched up differences, bitter personal rivalries still at work are bound to surface after the elections. Holding together the alliance that defeated Rajapaksa will be a challenge since partners are already disgruntled over sectarian interests. What matters is not which alliance comprising incompatible political parties will come to power but what plans that any of them has to rescue the economy and resolve the national question. The media gleefully give the impression that the UNP will adopt foreign and economic policies agreeable to US imperialism while the SLFP, united or divided, will adopt policies that will be friendlier towards China. Recent events have shown that pragmatism dominates foreign policy and an anti-China policy by any government is unlikely despite sections of US loyalists in the UNP craving for one. As for anti-imperialism, the SLFP has been good at making the occasional anti-imperialist noise for local consumption while in practice bowing to US and European Community pressures on matters of economic and social policy.

The country’s economic policy has since 1978 been dictated by the IMF, the World Bank and other financial arms of imperialism. No regime has deviated from the line laid by imperialism. Electoral considerations did, however, slow down certain projects such as total privatization of education and health sectors. But state funded education and health continue to be systematically run down with gates wide open for private hospitals, private practice by government doctors, private schools under the guise of “international schools”, and local and foreign private universities. The election pledge of 6% for education by Maithripala Sirisena, to which both the UNP and the SLFP subscribe, is likely to be fulfilled the way JR Jayawardane delivered on his election pledge of 8 kg of grain per person which gave the electorate the impression that the gain will be free or at subsidized prices, by offering 8 kg of grain at market price.

People are used to elected governments breaking promises. Yet public frustration and anger found expression as mass demonstrations on several occasions in the past few years, especially as the glitter of war victory wore off. It seemed ominous that the BBC, reporting the dissolution of parliament, chose to display below the news caption an image of President Sirisena flanked by the commanders of the Army and Navy. It is likely that future dissent in any form will be met with brute force. The failure of the main presidential candidates to address the national question was not accidental. While Mahinda Rajapaksa adopted an openly chauvinist line, Maitripala Sirisena pledged that the country’s security will not be compromised and that an internal inquiry will be conducted into war crimes, the former to placate Sinhala chauvinists and the latter the “International Community”.

Leaders of minority nationality parties displayed their political bankruptcy by not demanding from the UNP a clear statement of its stand on key aspects of the national question. Resettlement and rehabilitation of the war displaced, release of persons arrested on suspicion of being terrorists and detained without charges, and withdrawal of excess troops from the North and East are matters on which positions need to be clear. The narrow Tamil nationalist TNA likes to have it both ways by making loud pronouncements about national rights of Tamils while cosying up to the UNP, knowing well that the UNP will do little more than making a few symbolic gestures on the national question. Its rival, the Tamil National People’s Front, for electoral gain, hints at a separatist agenda, but without plans, amid growing public displeasure with the TNA and the Northern Provincial Council which hardly addresses matters that concern the livelihood of the people. All Tamil nationalists are unwilling to take any stand critical of the US and India, even in maters where the people are affected. The reliance of Tamil nationalist leaders on the “International Community” to solve the national question while shying away from mass politics and mass mobilization will only weaken the struggle of the minority nationalities for their rights.

Disputes about the 20th Amendment on electoral reform which failed to materialize clearly revealed that the political leaders of the minority nationalities and parties such as the JVP and JHU are only interested in ensuring their parliamentary seats and privileges that flow from them. In all, the country has not gained anything significant except for the passage of the 19th Amendment which curtailed some of the presidential powers and effectively made the notorious 18th Amendment null and void. The defeat of Rajapaksa was a symbolic victory against a chauvinistic dictatorial trend. Parliamentary politics cannot consolidate that victory. It is time for the people of all nationalities to build a genuine left, progressive democratic alternative.

[Editorial of New Democracy, Organ of NDMLP, Sri Lanka)
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