The 55th International Antiwar Assembly in Japan
August 6th 2017
The Executive Committee for the 55th International Antiwar Assembly
All-Japan Federation of Students' Self-Governing Associations [Zengakuren]
Antiwar Youth Committee
Japan Revolutionary Communist League (Revolutionary Marxist Faction) [JRCL (RMF)]
Messages of solidarity from overseas
Overseas Appeal for the
55th International Antiwar Assembly in Japan
Stop a nuclear Korean war!
Oppose US, Chinese and Russian rulers
bent on a nuclear arms race and warmongering!
We call on people all over the world! East Asia is now on the brink of a nuclear war, a war that may plunge the whole region into an inferno that has never been experienced since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where hundreds of thousands of people were massacred in the closing days of the Second World War. US and Japanese forces are ready for attacking the DPRK, pressing the Kim regime to give up developing nuclear missiles, while the Kim regime is repeating missile launches, reiterating that it 'will reply to the enemy's attack with nuclear weapons'.
In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East, people are being indiscriminately murdered by aerial bombings at this very moment. The rulers of the US, China and Russia are vying with each other to strengthen their nuclear capabilities.
Comrades all over the world! Don't let those rulers go on with warmongering and a nuclear arms race! Now is the time to unite across borders and stand up and fight! On August 6th, the day of Hiroshima, we are holding the annual International Antiwar Assemblies in Tokyo and six other cities in Japan. We ardently hope that you send a message of solidarity to the assemblies.
Down with Trump and Kim laying their finger on the button to launch nuclear missiles!
Numerous US warships, attended by Japanese war vessels, are cruising around the Korean Peninsula. Nuclear submarines, fully loaded with cruise missiles, are navigating underwater, while gigantic B-1B strategic bombers are flying around. US and South Korean special forces are prepared to carry out a 'Kim Jong Un-beheading operation'.
The Donald Trump-led US administration is irritated at the growing possibility of the Kim regime succeeding in the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) tipped with nuclear warheads and capable of hitting the US mainland. Arrogantly rejecting any deal, this administration is brandishing the sword of a pre-emptive attack to press the Kim regime to give up all the projects for developing nuclear weapons and missiles.
The Kim regime on the other side is accelerating its nuclear development all the more, driven by a fear that, without nuclear armament, his autocracy will be forced to collapse (as in the case of Saddam Hussein or Muhammad al-Gadhafi). 'Nuclear weapons are more precious than our lives,' is the phrase that it reiterates.
Faced with the threat of a pre-emptive attack, the DPRK government is desperately shouting, '(If the enemy targets our leadership, it will see) the South reduced to ashes, the Japanese Archipelago sunk to boot, and the US mainland rained down nuclear hail.' Kim is laying his finger on the nuclear button, targeting the people in South Korea and Japan! Trump on the other hand had the nerve to say that 'there is a chance that we could end up having a major conflict with North Korea.' His words suggest that he would never let Kim possess ICBMs and that he would 'not care a damn' how many Korean and Japanese casualties occur in the war. This is the true feeling of the man who barks around 'America first'! At present, Trump is politically driven into a tight corner, as he himself has become the target of the investigation into the 'Russia-gate' scandal. In order to divert attention from the scandal, he is motivated to launch a military attack against North Korea.
Stop the nuclear Korean war which threatens to break out! The only way to stop it is for US, Japanese, and North and South Korean people to fight in unity to topple down their rulers who are dashing towards war.
We are determined to overthrow the Abe government of Japan which is ready to step in full participation in the war. It must be remembered that Japanese imperialism in the past placed the Korean Peninsula under its colonial rule and trampled underfoot other Asian countries. From these crimes of Japanese imperialism - as well as a political deal between US imperialism and the Stalinist USSR - arose a divided Korea. (North Korea today is the faded shadow of what used to be a Stalinist bureaucratic state.) Today, however, the Abe government is intent on burning the Korean Peninsula again in the fires of war in alliance with US imperialism, while arrogantly justifying the colonial rule and numerous crimes that Japanese imperialism perpetrated in the past. We, the Japanese working class and people, will never allow this. We call on the people of the US to also rise in a fight to topple the war-crazy Trump administration!
We fight in solidarity with the people of South Korea who are fighting to block the deployment of the US THAAD interceptor missile system. Korean people in the North and the South! Now is the time to break the division of the nation and advance for the unification of Korea with the own hands of workers and people!
Denounce the genocidal war on Muslim people in the name of 'the war on terror'!
Trump has started another warmongering act in the Middle East. By providing Saudi Arabia with US-made weapons in massive quantities, he has instigated this Islamic kingdom to go to war with Iran, which he sees as 'America's enemy' and a 'threat to Israel'. New Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman whom Trump supports is notorious as a war maker.
Trump has also started a new operation, in cahoots with Zionist Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to eradicate Hamas, a Palestinian resistance organization holding the banner of anti-American imperialism / anti-Zionism. He urged Mahmoud Abbas, the treacherous President of the Palestinian National Authority, to cut food, medical and fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip, which Hamas keeps governing. This was followed by aerial bombings by Israeli troops. Trump is plunging the people of Gaza into famine, disease and the fear of air raids!
In Iraq, US forces fiercely bombed Mosul, the last base of the Islamic State (IS), burning down the city together with its residents who had been held hostage as 'human shields'. Their aim was to achieve more in the anti-IS operation than Shiite militias mobilized from Iran to support the Iraqi army.
In Syria, too, US forces carried out indiscriminate aerial bombings on the alleged IS Capital of Ar-Raqqah to encourage the US-backed Kurdish militias to march on the city, vying with the government forces of Bashar Assad backed by the Russian forces and Iranian Shiite militias. In anticipation of the fall of Ar-Raqqah, the Putin-led government of Russia is preparing to concentrate resources on annihilating rebel forces (including US-backed elements) with the aim of consolidating the rule by the Assad regime as its only ally in the Middle East. Irritated by this, the Trump administration dared mobilize US forces to shoot down a Syrian warplane near Ar-Raqqah. The danger is growing that US and Russian troops will clash head-on.
In Afghanistan, this administration used the 'Mother of All Bombs', a weapon of mass destruction, to kill Islamic rebels instantaneously. It is planning to send 4000 additional soldiers.
Comrades all over the world! Trump has launched warmongering acts to remove every element that he regards as a threat to America's interests, paying no attention to appearances. He backs Saudi Arabia just because this Sunnite monarchy is antagonistic to the Shiite republic of Iran. He backs Kurdish forces as long as he thinks he can use them as his tools for wiping out the IS. In the name of 'war on terror', he is promoting America's state egoism, an imperialist intervention. By so doing, Trump is adding fuel to the flames of antagonisms and conflicts between different religions, sects, ethnic groups and nations in the Middle East and the Islamic world. The same blame lies with Putin.
Comrade all over the world! Oppose the genocidal war on Muslim people perpetrated by US and European governments and the Russian government! Exactly this is the root cause for huge numbers of people coming into Europe to seek refuge. And that is why part of infuriate Muslims are emerging as 'IS fighters' one after another and committing themselves to jihadist attacks (agitated by IS leaders who do not discriminate between rulers and the ruled toiling masses). Workers and people in the US and European countries! Keep this in your mind and fight in opposition to chauvinistic nationalism against Muslims and immigrants. Workers and people in the Middle East! Rise up in a fight in unity under the banner of 'anti-US imperialism / anti-Zionism' going beyond differences in religion, sect, ethnicity and nationality!
Oppose the nuclear capability race between the US and China / Russia!
The US, Chinese and Russian rulers have intensified their rivalries especially since Trump took the reins of power under the slogan 'Make America great again.' Xi Jinping-led China is building its military bases in the South China Sea with the aim of seizing command of the western Pacific Ocean from US imperialism, while Trump-led US imperialism, in order to prevent it, is repeating provocative military actions in the name of 'Freedom of Navigation'. In Eastern Europe, the standoff between the US-led Nato forces and the Russian forces is reaching a hair-trigger situation over the issue of missile defence systems and 'Spearhead Forces' deployed by the former against the latter.
In order to win the intensifying rivalries, US, Chinese and Russian rulers are bent on competitively strengthening their respective nuclear capabilities.
The Trump-led US administration has identified China as 'the main enemy' and is intent on militarily overwhelming it. For that purpose, Trump has started a massive military build-up to 'reconstruct the world's strongest force' by increasing the military budget by 10% (54 billion dollars). When he yells 'America First' and that 'We are not a world policeman', this means that he will abandon rhetorical covers such as 'the champion of freedom and democracy' that his predecessors used, and will unreservedly push America's own interests to the utmost, and that, for that purpose, he will arm America with 'the world's strongest' nuclear armaments and brandish them to threaten the rest of the world.
In the face of this move, the Xi Jinping government of China is also accelerating its military build-up. According to the state strategy of becoming 'a superpower in the 21st century' for the 'great revival of the Chinese nation', this government is frantic to catch up with the overwhelming military capability of US imperialism. In particular, it is reinforcing its naval forces (e.g. by building a domestic aircraft carrier) with the aim of seizing command of the western Pacific from the US. It is at the same time repressing by force rebellions of workers and peasants suffering hardships of life.
The Putin-led Russian government is also building up nuclear capabilities out of its ambition 'to revive Russia as a great power', while strengthening its ties with China.
All the power holders of the US, China and Russia are struggling against each other, each unreservedly showing its state egoism under nationalistic slogans, such as 'Make America great again', 'For a great revival of the Chinese nation' and 'For reviving Russia as a great power'. Comrades all over the world, be aware of an impending crisis! The nuclear capability race intensifying between the US and China / Russia may cause a Third World War and a nuclear annihilation of humanity, unless we stop it.
Let us promote antiwar struggles and fight to overthrow the governments engaging in wars!
Overcome the 'defence of the homeland' tendency!
Against Trump's chauvinist agitation targeting immigrants and Muslims, workers and people in the United States and Europe are rising up in protest actions. Governments of European countries are also distancing themselves from Trump, expressing their open disgust with him. Among all these, only the Shinzo Abe-led Japanese government is servile to the Trump administration based on the US-Japan new military alliance, with an ambition to build Japan into a military power capable of waging a war together with US imperialism.
This government is not only preparing to join the US in a war on North Korea but also sharpening its fangs to exterminate people's antiwar struggles by fully using the repressive 'conspiracy law' which it rammed through the Diet. Furthermore, Abe has recently placed the revision of the Constitution of Japan on the agenda with the aim of consolidating the constitutional status of the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) as Japan's armed forces that in reality wage a war of aggression. The core of the plan he announced lies in the effective nullification of Article 9, which stipulates that Japan forever renounces war and will never maintain any war potential. A grandson of a Second World War criminal, Shinzo Abe, who calls himself a 'right-wing militarist', has shown his true colours as a neo-fascist.
We are fighting with all our strength to overthrow this government led by Abe. However, not a single voice of protest against war is raised by the leadership of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (JTUC), the biggest national centre of trade unions in Japan. Those leaders have gone so far as to demand that the government 'should take a resolute attitude towards North Korea'. The JTUC leadership is not an exception. The central leadership of the Japanese Communist Party is reiterating, 'In the event that Japan's sovereignty is violated, using the SDF and the US-Japan Security Treaty is natural.' Obviously this self-styled communist party has adopted a position of approving a war on North Korea in the name of 'defending sovereignty'!
We have been striving resolutely to overcome the degenerate leaderships of the peace movement and the labour movement in Japan that have fallen into a nationalist tendency to emphasize the 'defence of the homeland'. Based on proletarian internationalism, which has long been trashed by the JCP, we have been calling on Japanese workers and toiling people to 'stop a nuclear Korean war' and 'topple the Abe government bent on war'. By so doing, we have been leading the struggle against the conspiracy bill in the van of workers and people who besieged the Diet Building to block its passage, as well as the struggle against the construction of a new US base in Okinawa.
Comrades all over the world! Today, the world is in danger of a Third World War due to the warmongering and the nuclear arms race of those rulers in the West and the East. Now is the time for the toiling people all over the world to unite and fight. Let us stop a nuclear Korean war! Let us oppose the nuclear armament race between the US and China / Russia!
Comrades all over the world! The true power that can eradicate the imminent danger of war does not lie in the 'diplomatic efforts' of state power holders, which are no more than a 'deal' for pursuing the interests of their own states. No illusion must be cherished about the 'reason' of the war-addict Trump and other rulers. The only power to root out the crisis of war lies in the unity of the working classes and other toiling masses across national borders, the unity of those who are exploited, ruled, mobilized to war and victimized.
Notwithstanding this, the very leaderships of labour movements, as well as most of the self-styled left themselves, have fallen into nationalism. Almost all the 'communist' parties in the world, including the self-described Japanese Communist Party, have fallen into a position of 'defending the homeland'. Because of their degeneration, part of the working class are even being misled by chauvinistic anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant propaganda pumped out by the ruling class. This is truly a critical state of affairs!
The historical origin of this humiliating situation lies precisely in that the Mikhail Gorbachev leadership of the former Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) threw away all the thoughts of Marx and Lenin in the name of 'de-ideologization', regarding them as relics of a bygone century, thus dismantling the Soviet Union with their own hands.
But today, when the storm of nationalism is raging, the significance of Marx's thought - as we see in 'The working people have no country' and 'Workers of all countries, unite!' - is increasing more than ever before.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Amid the First World War, Lenin condemned the leaders of the Second International for falling into the position of 'defence of the fatherland', and called on the people of all countries: 'Reject the massacre of your brothers and sisters in other countries "for defence of the fatherland"!' 'Overthrow your government at home that has brought on the war!' This proletarian internationalism of Lenin based on Marx's thought became a leading idea of the Russian Revolution. It was however trampled down after Lenin's death by the successive leaders of the CPSU starting from Stalin, who subordinated working people's struggles of the world to the defence of the Soviet Union based on his doctrine of 'socialism in one country', and was finally buried by the Gorbachev leadership. Now is the time to revive this spirit of proletarian internationalism!
Comrades all over the world! Let us overcome the degeneration of the official labour and peace movement leaderships yielding to a storm of nationalism! Let us rise up together across national borders and fight to stop the wars and overthrow the rulers hell-bent on warmongering and a nuclear arms race!
(June 30th, 2017)
Messages of solidarity from overseas
- Russian Communist Workers Party- Workers Revolutionary Party (EEK) (
- Union Pacifiste de France
- The International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation (IWC)
- The Organizing Committee for the Reconstruction of the Fourth International (OCRFI)
- The Revolutionary Association of the Women of
- The International Secretariat of the Fourth International
- Revolutionary Marxists in
- Fracción Leninista Trotskista Internacional – Colectivo por la IV Internacional
- Die LINKE
- Radio Te Reo o Tefana (Maohi-Nui,
- Larisa Babienko (
Workers Newspaper ( Faridabad ) India
- ANTARSYA (
Pronin ( Vladimir ) Ukraine
- Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)
- 평화와통일을여는사람들 (Spark)
- David McReynolds (
- The Russian Party of Communists
- Russian Communist Workers Party –
Committee Tyumen State
- Leon Sedov Brigade (Syria)
- Lewisham People Before Profit (
◆ РКРП - КПСС
9 июля 2017, Санкт-Петербург, Россия
Российская коммунистическая рабочая партия выражает товарищескую солидарность и приветствует участников 55-й Международной антивоенной ассамблеи.
Мы желаем Ассамблее успешной плодотворной работы и выражаем надежду на то, что товарищи сумеют разобраться в сложной диалектике сложившейся в мире ситуации и подходить к вопросам войны и мира с точки зрения науки марксизма-ленинизма.
С коммунистическим приветом,
Секретарь ЦК РКРП
◆ EEK (Workers Revolutionary Party)
July 21st 2017, Athens, Greece
The EEK and all revolutionary working class forces in Greece, we salute the International Anti-War Assembly held on August 6, 2017 in Hiroshima, Japan.
As all the exploited and oppressed of the world pay tribute again to the martyrs of the Hiroshima Holocaust, it is more clear than ever that the horror was not ended with this unprecedented crime against humanity. Hiroshima was just the beginning of the horror threatening with extinction every living being on the planet. The monstrous womb generating the horror is still here: decayed world capitalism. The unresolved ten year-long so far global crisis of this social system proves its irreversible historic decline and death agony.
Millions of people all over the world are plunged in the nightmare of endless mass unemployment and famine. Entire populations face conditions of social catastrophe not only in the so-called "Third World" but also in the advanced capitalist "North", including Europe itself, where the tragedy of Greece was just the prelude.
Generated by this insoluble historic structural crisis, the drive to imperialist war intensifies and expands from North Korea and the South China Sea to Central Asia, the Middle East in chaos, the Aegean and the Mediterranean, the Balkans, in the Eastern borderlands of Europe, as in Ukraine.
This urgent situation needs an urgent answer from the international working class. For this reason in the Emergency 4th Euro-Mediterranean Conference, hosted by the EEK in Athens, Greece, on May 26-28, 2017, revolutionary delegates from 17 countries and from all the Continents put at the centre of their deliberations and decisions, the creation of a common international front of revolutionary struggle against imperialism, its destructive wars, including the threat of a Third nuclear World War. This struggle to be really victorious has to mobilize forces all over the world in a relentless war against war, first of all and foremost to defeat and overthrow world capitalism and all local bourgeois regimes, to establish the only stable basis for peace among peoples: world Socialism.
This Centenary Year of the Great October 1917 Socialist Revolution, let us honour our martyrs by fighting together for the expansion and victory of the world socialist revolution!
With our warmest internationalist greetings
on behalf of the Central Committee of the EEK
Savas Michael-Matsas, General Secretary
◆ Union Pacifiste de France
July 21st 2017, Paris, France
The Union Pacifiste de France sends you its best message for your very useful Antiwar Assembly.
We wish you a successful meeting.
At that time, many people are working for war. We must show that other people are working for peace. Peace is, with social justice, the most important work we have to do.
With our solidarity,
Union Pacifiste de France
◆ The International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation (IWC)
July 27th 2017, Mumbai, India
In the name of the International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation, we address our proletarian and internationalist greetings to the 55th International Anti-War Assembly taking place in Japan on August 6th, 2017.
The International Workers Committee was set up as a conclusion of the World Open Conference Against War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour held in Mumbai (India) on November 17th, 18th, 19th, 2016 with the participation of 350 working class activists from various organisations and tendencies coming from 28 countries. The World Conference also received messages of support from many countries, including Japan. Since that event, the Manifesto of the Mumbai Conference has been endorsed by working class organisations or activists in 51 countries.
The very origin of the IWC explains that we share with you the conviction that "the only power to root out the crisis of war lies in the unity of the working classes and other toiling masses across national borders, the unity of those who are exploited, ruled, mobilised to war and victimised" as stated in your appeal.
It is in that spirit that we salute your assembly, its organisers, and all those who take part.
It is of course highly significant that the tradition of the Anti-War Assemblies took place in Japan and that those assemblies coincide with the commemoration of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The murderous destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not only one of the worst mass murder committed by one of the contending imperialist powers in the course of the Second World War; it also meant that to survive, the world capitalist system of exploitation was ready to use against human kind the most destructive means available.
It clearly spelled the fact that the perpetuation of the capitalist system means barbarism.
Your 55th Anti-War Assembly takes place in a critical situation.
Imperialism - which today, as a world system of exploitation and plunder - led by American imperialism is multiplying wars everywhere, military interventions, aggressions against the people and their rights, to preserve its bloody domination. At the same time, it organises a general onslaught against the past gains of the working class on all the continents, aimed at destroying the rights and the organisations of the working class.
This increase in armed conflicts opens the way to the generalisation of war.
The aggressive stance of US imperialism, stressing its will to subordinate the whole of Asia to its needs, is indeed - as you underline in your appeal - threatening the whole of Asia with war. Imperialism attempts to oppose people to people, to use religions and language as a pretext for division. In the Mumbai Conference, delegations from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan could not attend - or suffered from police harassment -, because of the tension, manipulated by imperialism, between the governments.
In the last week, there have been joint exercises between the navies of India, Japan and the United States as a provocation against China.
It is not only in Asia, but also in the whole world, that the threat of war is looming.
In the Middle East, the pretext of "war against terrorism" is used for an actual war against all the people of the area. The most elementary rights are denied to the Palestinian people. Iraq, Syria, and other countries are systematically destroyed, and Iran is under threat.
In Africa, wars are under way, provoked by the world imperialist powers to strengthen their control on strategic areas to continue plundering the resources of its countries.
In Latin America, American imperialism is permanently intervening to destabilise the governments it does not regard as "friendly".
In Europe, NATO troops are now present in most East European countries and ready to intervene.
Yes indeed, it is up to the working class all over the world, to the toiling masses to unite, beyond the borders of nations, against imperialist warmongers.
What unites the world working class is the fact that to survive, it has to struggle against exploitation. War and exploitation are combined. The struggle against war requires the political independence of the working class and its organisations from all the forces linked one way or another to the doomed system of capitalist exploitation.
We wish a full success to your meeting.
On behalf of the IWC
◆ Organising Committee for the Reconstitution of the Fourth International (OCRFI)
July 28th 2017, Paris, France
We address the revolutionary greetings of the OCRFI.
Our message is a message of solidarity but it is also a call for united action against war and imperialism. We are convinced that in Japan, your assemblies in six of the most important towns in the country will represent a strong leaning point for all those who effectively intend to oppose the aggressive alliance between US imperialism and the Japanese government which intends to totally do away with article 9 of the Constitution.
In all the countries of which the governments are part of the general imperialist plans, under the guidance of American imperialism, all the forces which will to struggle for the interests of the working class must oppose the war plans by fighting against the war budget of these governments, and by calling for the withdrawal of their troops engaged in military operations under the banner of NATO and the UN; and by opposing any cooperation with the aggressive operations decided by US imperialism.
The aim of the OCRFI is to regroup all the forces that intend to fight on the basis of the Programme of the Fourth International. It is precisely that programme that dictates to us as a necessity to develop common actions against war and imperialism, uniting - whatever be the political differences on other points - the organisations that stand on the basis of proletarian internationalism and full political independence of the working class from capitalism and all its institutions.
We are proud to act in continuity with the action of the Fourth International, which, at the time of the barbarous nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and then Nagasaki, was the only political force organised internationally to condemn that act as an expression of the totally reactionary character of all imperialist forces. James P. Cannon, who was a founding member of the Communist Party in the United States of America, and then a leader of the Fourth International, stated, in New York in a public meeting, immediately after the nuclear bombing that what had taken place was a major crime of imperialism and should be condemned by all those who claimed to speak in the name of the interests of the working class.
We share what you write in your appeal to the Anti-War Assembly: "The only power to root out the crisis of war lies in the unity of the working classes and other toiling masses across national borders, the unity of those who are exploited, ruled, mobilised to war, and victimised."
At the eve of the Second World War, in its foundation programme, the Fourth International stated: "imperialist war is the continuation and sharpening of the predatory politics of the bourgeoisie. The struggle of the proletariat against war is the continuation and sharpening of its class struggle. The beginning of war alters the situation and partially, the means of struggle between the class, but not the aims and basic causes. The imperialist bourgeoisie dominates the world. Its basic character in approaching war will therefore be an imperialist war. The fundamental content of the politics of the international proletariat will consequently be a struggle against imperialism and its war. In this struggle, the basic principle is: "the chief enemy is in our own country". Or: "the defeat of your own imperialist government is the lesser evil." But not all the countries of the world are imperialist countries. On the contrary, the majority are victims of imperialism."
Those sentences are strikingly relevant today. Today, American imperialism is the main force preserving the world domination of imperialism. Whatever the contradictions, all the other imperialisms have to follow the lead given by American imperialism, by the Trump administration.
Military expenditures in the world have now reached the highest point in the last ten years. At the time of the Obama administration, a programme to improve the nuclear striking force of the USA was adopted, representing an expenditure of a thousand billions of dollars. Once Trump elected, he announced that he would organise a broad reconstruction of the armed forces of the United States.
If imperialism is moving towards war at a world level, through multiplying imperialist aggressions and conflicts, it is first and foremost because war constitutes the only way to preserve the world system of capitalist exploitation based on the private ownership of the means of production, a system which is unable to overcome the consequences of the crisis that erupted in 2007-2008, a system which is at a dead end.
The tragic situation in which are placed today the people of the Middle East, after the destruction of Iraq and of Syria, characterizes the consequences for mankind of the survival of the capitalist system of exploitation as a whole.
They show what would be the fate of the people in all the countries of the world if imperialism achieves its plans.
Today, the threat of war is acute on the whole Asian continent. By all means, imperialism intends to safeguard its domination and the degree reached by the crisis forces American imperialism to confront regimes and governments with which it has closely cooperated before. On all continents, Africa, Latin America, Europe, new aggressions, new conflicts are on the order of the day.
What is happening vindicates once again what was at the basis of our programme: "Imperialist war is the continuation and sharpening of the predatory politics of the bourgeoisie." That is the reason why the preparation of war on the part of world imperialism goes along with a general onslaught against the rights of the working class, against its living standards, against all its gains and conquests.
The effective struggle against war is based on the continuation and deepening of the class struggle. It cannot be separated from the fight to defend each and every gain, position and right of the working class.
More than ever, to wage that struggle requires the full political independence of the working class. Its struggle cannot be bound to the diplomatic combinations of one government or another, it cannot be limited by the needs of any other source than its own struggle for emancipation. To fight against the threat of war and universal barbarism, the working class requires the independence of its own organisations, the right to struggle everywhere for its rights. Indeed, it is the unity of the working classes for their class interest against imperialism and against all forces subordinated or linked to imperialism that can victoriously oppose war.
All these questions will be part of the discussion of the next international conference of the OCRFI (Paris, November 1-2-3, 2017).
Dear comrades, receive our comradely greetings and wish of success for the 55th Anti-War Assembly
Long live international workers solidarity!
The OCRFI Secretariat
◆ The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
July 29th 2017, Afghanistan
Yet another year has passed since the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001. The occupation of Afghanistan was done under the pretext of "war on terror" and defeating the Taliban, but today terrorism and Taliban are stronger than ever. Insecurity all over Afghanistan has made the life of people miserable. This only goes to show that the "war on terror" is a lie told to the world to justify the US's imperialist conquest in Afghanistan in its bid for the ultimate control of the world.
Afghanistan's situation has changed in a few ways from last year. The brutal ISIS, these creations of the US, have spread to Afghanistan where they are setting up their oppressive, fundamentalist system, recruiting youth, and waging a war that has displaced many families. The relatively peaceful north of Afghanistan has become the hotbed of the war, insecurity, mafia, and corruption that has ravaged the rest of the country for the past 16 years. This is part of the US's efforts to import fundamentalist terrorism to Russia, after the defeat it suffered in Syria. Also, since Russia started intervening actively in north Afghanistan through its Taliban proxies, the US had to take action. This has only resulted in more bloodshed, displacement, and suffering for our people.
The US is continuing its crimes in Afghanistan. Its airstrikes, drone strikes, night raids, have only increased, targeting innocent people, and its detentions and torture has continued in its black sites. The US continues to support Islamic fundamentalism. Today the puppet Afghan government, the Taliban, and ISIS are fed through the same hand to play the power game of the US in the region. All three are criminal fundamentalist entities that thrive on the US's funding and arms. Do not be deceived by the clean appearances of high-ranking Afghan officials, most are fundamentalist criminals no different from the Taliban in mentality.
In this devious game, it is the Afghan people whose lives are made hell. Today Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries of the world, the most corrupt, and the highest producer and consumer of drugs in the world. The economy is essentially mafia-controlled, not one basic infrastructure has been built in the past decade, and the gold rush of Western funds only lines the pockets of mafia and state criminals and fuels corruption.
The situation of women is catastrophic with violence, murder, immolation, rape, abduction, honor-killing, underage marriage, and other tradition anti-women practices being on the rise, instead of dropping. When the entire country is in the hands of Islamic hardliners, naturally misogynistic practices and policies will be dominant and our hapless women will continue to be their victims.
The only solution to this horrible situation is to drive away the US occupiers and disarm their lackeys in the government and otherwise. This is only possible through an organized, united struggle of our people. In this difficult struggle, the international solidarity of anti-war bodies and figures, such as the Anti-war Assembly, is vital for us. At this time, it is a necessity of join hands against the US and its allies' reckless wars across the world, and end the global threat of imperialism and terrorism which is consuming innocent people around the world. These gatherings serve this purpose and further strengthen our bond and alliance against war. We send our warmest salutations to our friends in Japan who stand by us in our anti-occupation struggle and are proud to be together in this struggle. The people of Japan have a long history of standing against war. The countless mass protests against the Okinawa base, and resisting laws that would allow Japan to engage directly in conflicts are a few examples of such battles. The peace-loving people of Japan and Afghanistan stand together in this arduous struggle to defeat the imperialist nations' bloody wars.
◆ The International Secretariat of the Fourth International
July 29th 2017, Paris, France
We received your appeal to the 55th International Antiwar Assembly in Japan. The fight against the war has always been a major concern for the Fourth International, and we are glad to send you all our support. This fight is more important than ever, at this time when Middle East undergoes a generalized war and war threats multiply all over the world. We strongly share the references you make to the revolutionary defeatism of Liebknecht and Lenin, on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution that put in place the first worker state in the world.
As you may know, the sections of the IVth International, together with other currents of the labour movement, are fully committed to the preparation of an Open World Conferences, in December in Algiers, against the war and the exploitation. We hope we may see you there. We hope we can engage together on common objectives.
The International Secretariat of the Fourth International
◆ Revolutionary Marxists in Britain
July 30th 2017, London, Britain
We, Revolutionary Marxists in Britain, send this message of solidarity to the 55th International Anti-War Assembly.
We fully support your call for proletarian internationalism in opposition to the growing nationalist tendencies that have tarnished labour movements in many countries.
In Britain, many working-class people, students and young people have rejected the oppressive "austerity" measures that the Conservative government has sought to impose to maintain capitalist profits. A major aspect of this resistance has been the support for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader. Corbyn's leadership has brought about mass recruitment to the Labour Party, which with a membership of over 550,000 is now the largest political party in Europe.
In the General election of 8 June, Labour's vote increased from 9.3 million in 2015 to 12.9 million. Labour's share of the vote increased from 30.4 per cent to 40.0 per cent, the biggest increase in Labour's vote since 1945. It is clear that if the majority of Labour Members of Parliament had not conspired against Corbyn and tried to remove him as leader through their "vote of no confidence", Labour would have won the general election. Instead, Theresa May's right-wing Conservative Government holds its majority in Parliament through an agreement with the extremely reactionary Democratic Unionist Party, the right-wing sectarian Protestant party founded by the notorious hate-mongering anti-Catholic bigot, the late Ian Paisley.
Corbyn has however now made compromises with Labour's right wing. The Labour Party Conference voted to renew the Trident nuclear missile system, which is supported by some union leaders and Labour MPs on the basis that scrapping Trident would lose jobs, so Labour's manifesto is committed to renewing Trident. Labour's programme includes reforms and proposals to redistribute wealth through higher taxes on the rich, but it does not attack the basis of capitalist exploitation.
The fire at the housing block Grenfell Tower that killed at least 80 people showed the stark nature of social division in Britain. Grenfell Tower and other buildings in its neighbourhood housed working-class families, many of them immigrants. The fire was caused by low-quality cladding that did not meet safety standards. The Conservative-dominated council of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea decided to save money on cheaper cladding, which was itself installed to prettify the skyline to attract wealthy property speculators. The council decided that attracting property speculators to their hugely wealthy borough was more important than the original purpose of installing cladding, which is to keep buildings warm in winter. The council ignored the objections of the residents of Grenfell Tower, even threatening them with legal action.
Nearly 2,000 homes in Kensington & Chelsea are empty, yet only 10 of 158 families evacuated from Grenfell Tower have been permanently rehoused. Most of the empty homes are owned by property speculators, who intend to sell the properties to millionaires in this very expensive London borough. Families who become homeless in Kensington & Chelsea have often been sent to towns that are long distances from London as the council refuses to provide homes locally for working class people. The Conservative Government's policies promote market-driven gentrification across London and other major cities, so that rents and property prices rise to a level that working-class and even professional people cannot afford.
Thus Kensington & Chelsea represents an image of the whole of British society. The answer can only lie in independent working class struggle and organisation.
The tenants of Grenfell Tower had complained before the fire of the lack of fire safety, including the lack of an emergency fire exit door and the fact that emergency lighting was not working and gas pipes were dangerously exposed, as well as requesting fire-dousing water sprinklers. The council and its managing agent did nothing. Had these faults been rectified, fewer people would have died. Under pressure from the "Grenfell Action Group", which comprises people made homeless by the fire, their relatives and people from the same working class neighbourhood, the government has been forced to carry out tests on the cladding system used. Much evidence has been kept secret, both today and over past years, but it is now clear that tests show the cladding did not meet legal standards and the government has been forced to acknowledge that criminal prosecutions may take place. Evidence shows that 82 other tower blocks have the same cladding and insulation as Grenfell Tower. Of these 82, 47 are owned by local councils or government-funded housing associations, and 35 by private owners.
Grenfell Tower was not the first fatal fire in a block owned by a local authority and housing working class people. In 2009, nine people died at Lakanal House, in Southwark in South London. An inquiry recommended that fire-dousing water sprinklers be installed in all high-rise blocks, but the government did not enact any legislation to this effect, and in most areas no sprinklers were installed. Following Grenfell Tower, some local authorities have commenced the installation of sprinklers, but there is no funding for this from central government. The Conservative Government does not consider working class lives to be important.
Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, was the first world leader to visit newly-elected President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, in January 2017. In implementing "Brexit" (leaving the European Union) the May administration strives to move closer to the US and be a junior partner in the US imperialist strategy. The government of Saudi Arabia uses British arms to suppress the people of Yemen and to advance the most reactionary forces in the Middle East. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has now announced that Britain will send "two vast new aircraft carriers" to the South China Sea, to maintain "international order", by which he means to confront China and ensure Britain's imperialist interests, thus increasing the likelihood of war.
We give our support to the 55th International Anti-War Assembly and its call to "rise up together across national borders" and to revive the spirit of proletarian internationalism.
◆ Fraccion Leninista Trotskista Internacional
July 30th 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina
We salute the 55th Anti-War Assembly, which takes place at a crucial moment for the world working class.
Reformism, Stalinism and renegades of Marxism wanted to make the workers believe that capitalism would emerge from the global crack of 2008 without attacking all the gains of the working class decisively, without counterrevolutionary coups and without wars. They announced -as did social-imperialist currents such as the French NPA, the Argentine PTS, the English SWP and other renegades of Marxism, along with Stalinism- that imperialism dominated the planet by expanding democracy. Reformism wants to sell a venomous delusion to the workers, i.e., that there is a youthful and flourishing capitalist system, while in fact it is already decrepit and in a state of putrefaction; and in a moment it expands not democracy but fascism and war.
Here and there, reformism tied the hands of the working class so that it could not respond to the fierce war that the imperialist world capitalist system has been launching against the international working class since 2008.
From the FLTI / Collective for the re-Foundation of the Fourth International, comrades, we then greet your Anti-War Assembly. You are leading the battles of the Japanese workers against the anti-worker government of Abe, a partner of the US imperialism. You call for defeating the imperialist war machine. You have stated that your enemy is at home, while the workers and oppressed peoples of the world and the Pacific in particular are your allies; the Japanese working class will find in them the decisive force, on condition of being able to unite their claims and combats against the imperialism, with the Chinese, Korean, Filipino, etc., workers.
We salute the struggle both of us waged together, on the same barricade of the exploited in the fights of the Maghreb and Middle East and Syria in particular, where we faced genocidal Bashar al-Assad, the massacres of assassin Putin and imperialism.
Together, we fought the labour aristocracies and bureaucracies of the trade unions and Stalinism, which in 2017, when the 100th anniversary of the victory of the October Revolution is to be celebrated, is still alive and still betraying and bringing cruel defeats to the world working class.
After 1989 and the final handout of the USSR to imperialism, the bourgeoisie protected Stalinist parties from all over the world so that, from the unions and the mass struggle organizations, they continue to fulfil their perfidious counterrevolutionary role of class collaboration. They held Stalinism as a counterrevolutionary force of capitalist restoration, as in Cuba, China, Vietnam, etc. For this, they counted with the help of the liquidators of the Fourth International, the renegades of Trotskyism. They, surrendering the program of revolutionary socialism, went openly into the field of Stalinism, renouncing the struggle for socialist revolution. So they became neo-Stalinists.
We participate in this Anti-War Assembly on the centenary of the heroic revolution of October, which demonstrated that the world proletariat could seize power and that its victory was only possible with the triumph of the world socialist revolution, or else any conquest would be lost.
That was what the internationalists of Kienthal and Zimmerwald, the revolutionary Marxists of the 20th century, claimed. We pay homage to those who 100 years ago pushed the proletariat to storm the heavens.
We denounce the traitors, the Stalinist scourge who sold out that huge conquest that the USSR meant. More than ever, we keep saying that the only immediate solution to the bankruptcy of the capitalist system, the unprecedented suffering of the exploited masses of the world, and the wars and genocides - which go on worsening in the twenty-first century - is the victory of the socialist revolution. Today, as in the past, in order to achieve this, we must help the international proletariat to get rid of Stalinism, the renegades of Marxism and all the workers' bureaucracies bought by the world capitalist system that, at every step, betray the workers and exploited masses' struggles and surrender all their achievements.
Let's fight together to recover the lost conquests. Our struggle will not cease until the socialist revolution triumphs internationally. This is our best tribute to the October Revolution and to the current struggles of the martyred world working class.
The Bolsheviks, taking power together with the internationalists of Europe, demonstrated how to defeat the imperialist wars and their own imperialist gangs and their counterrevolutionary offensives in the world. The war cry was "the enemy is at home" and they called on the working class to turn the rifle against its own executioners and to the victory of the socialist revolution. There is no other way out of the quagmire of crisis, barbarism, fascism and war to which this bankrupt system leads. The alternative today more than ever remains: socialism or barbarism.
That's why we shout together: Long live the October Revolution! Open the road to militant internationalism!
Today we see a new wave of 2008 global crack. Today a crack new tornado hits the BRICS, opening crisis, recession and stagnation that threaten to ruin Brazil, India, South Africa; and a crisis is already hitting Russia and China's doors.
The capitalist world market has narrowed. The capitalization of companies in the main stock exchanges in the world was reduced by 50%. International trade stagnated. International financial transactions contracted by 33%. The price of raw materials fell dramatically. As an example, the price of oil fell from 140 dollars a barrel in 2011 to 50 dollars at present. Imperialist banks are still accumulating junk bonds.
8 years after the Great Recession, let's see how this system could keep sustained. It has been thanks to the agents of Big Capital, who in the labour movement have dedicated themselves to undo every attempt of revolutionary mass offensive that since 2008 has hit the planet. Union bureaucracies and the social-imperialist parties have disorganized the offensive of the European working class, stabbing its vanguard in the back, as to the revolutions in Greece, Ukraine and the combats of the French working class. They subjected the working class of the old continent to imperialist Maastricht.
They supported the assassin Putin, who acts as a true gendarme on account of world capitalism throughout the Eurasian area.
In Latin America, the World Social Forum and Stalinism delivered Cuba to imperialism, surrendered the Colombian resistance and, with the farce of the "Bolivarian revolution", betrayed the revolutionary rise of the masses of that sub-continent.
Meanwhile, they had a pact with the butcher Obama, that blackened Bush who was the great organizer behind scenes of the massacre of the masses in the Middle East and who led one of the biggest attacks on the American working class by taking away all their achievements. They supported the "leftist" Sanders, who deceived the American workers with his "socialist" verbiage and then he brought them to the feet of Clinton.
The greatest tragedy occurred when imperialism concentrated all its forces to stop this revolutionary offensive of the masses. This happened in Ukraine and Syria, where the revolutionary wave that started in 2011 in Tunisia was restrained and also the European upsurge that with the revolutionary events of Greece had threatened to expand to East Europe.
Today, the result of this policy is concentrated in martyred Syria and on the masses of the Middle East, as in Yemen, Morocco, Bahrain, Egypt and the same Palestinian masses massacred at close range.
In Syria 600,000 exploited were killed in a cruel counterrevolutionary war. This is equivalent to two and a half times the destruction caused by the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Japan) together at the end of the Second World War. Napalm and white phosphorus became daily visitors to crush a heroic mass revolution and to chastise all oppressed workers and peoples of the world there.
Syria was invaded and divided. Its revolution was bloodied, besieged and sold out from within by the cynical Sunni bourgeoisie at the Astana conference, which guarantees the survival of the genocidal regime of al-Assad.
This counterrevolutionary offensive was concealed on all five continents through the so-called "war on Islamic terrorism": a sinister policy of the treacherous leaderships and Stalinism in particular, which depicted the fascist al-Assad, the counterrevolutionary hitman Putin and the slave-owning mandarins of China as the greatest allies of the world exploited. All of them colluded in developing an Islamophobia that was the base of support that imperialism had for consummating its massacre all over the Middle East and continuing to steal the oil and the riches of that entire region.
The different imperialist powers have managed to stop a revolutionary offensive and throw their crisis to the masses. Now an open dispute between them has started around the world market, which has gone down terribly. Capitalism goes on in a crisis. A brutal trade war has begun.
Imperialist Germany allied with no less imperialist France has climbed the Maastricht EU ship of and begun to openly dispute US over spheres of influence.
Imperialist Japan has been linked by thousands of ties to the USA pirates, together with whom it intends to completely dominate and control the Pacific area.
The Trump government has broken the pacts, such as the Atlantic and Pacific ones, with which Obama's US had tried to maintain its supremacy in world politics and economy. US pirates voted "US first" and broke trade agreements with Germany and Maastricht EU. They announced they will lead a commission of parliament to sanction all companies that trade with the US doing dumping. They closed the borders with Mexico from where Germany with its 2000 companies floods the US market. They deepened the embargo on the accounts of the Great Russian aristocracy and new oligarchy. This indicates that they are going to dispute Putin's agreement with Merkel that allows Germany to receive cheap gas directly from Russia without going through US-controlled Ukraine. The last US sanctions against Russia are about that, to prevent the completion of this NordStream 2 pipeline.
The crisis, the crack and the shrinking of the world market have already led to an open trade war that raises the following question: if the US is doing well, the imperialist Europe of Maastricht will do badly, and vice versa.
The "US First" policy also means that, in order to maintain its supremacy, the USA must lock in and kick the customs barriers all over the world and including its competitors'.
"US first" means that the US doubles its military budget and multiplies by thousands the production of destructive forces.
Trump has already projected an investment of $ 700 billion for military spending, which is equivalent to two thirds of the total military budget of the 28 NATO countries together. And the US imperialists have already begun to spend in advance. This investment in the military industrial apparatus - which adds up to the 280,000 million dollars for high-tech companies in ballistic research - explains the growth of 1.6% of the US economy in the last 3 years: That means war... the development of an economy for destruction.
The military and counterrevolutionary offensive of imperialism has already begun.
The battles that are being prepared for the control of the Pacific are not the first ones. We must speak clearly.
US bombings in 2017 in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, have increased by 50%, compared to previous years. The US dropped 15,000 high-destructive bombs on the planet in the first four months of this year. It has left nations massacred; not only Syria, but also Yemen...
The Hiroshima-Nagasaki catastrophe is here, with conventional weapons of even more destructive power than the nuclear bombs that were dropped at the end of the Second War in Japan.
And this is only a preview of what imperialism has prepared to get out of its crisis, if the world working class does not stop it.
Trump said that "there is no dominant power that does not win a war"... and it's been long years since the US imperialists cannot win one clean-cut because the workers of their country do not allow it, as they did not allow it in Vietnam in 1960s or Iraq in 2008. And yet, with the support of the treacherous leaders, creating a sinister Islamophobia campaign, they have began to lay the groundwork for the US return with its gunboats firing openly in the Middle East, as we see now in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, with the excuse of the "fight on terror".
This huge imperialist victory is what today allows it to go to higher offensives in the Pacific and threatens to attack North Korea militarily. It has found a new "axis of evil": Kim Jong-un's counterrevolutionary gang. These would be the "new nuclear terrorists" ... the perfect excuse to prepare a large-scale military attack.
The military threat against North Korea is also part of a strategic offensive by the US and Japan to semi-colonize China. This time, imperialism's plan in China is not only to break the latter's customs barriers limiting US trade, but also its goal is to snatch all the state-owned companies that are profitable and supply the imperialist transnationals in that country. This is the imperialist plan that explains the enormous tension in the South China Sea.
If the US imperialists want to completely dominate the Pacific, they must reverse the defeat they suffered by the hands of the Korean masses in 1952. They must recover the land from the 38th parallel to China's border and transform that peninsula into a large colony that could allow it to completely semi-colonizing or even dividing China.
At this point, this means that the US and Japan must compel China to force its ally Kim Jong-un to disarm and surrender. They must send men to its border with Korea. Trump has already made the Chinese mandarins responsible for any military action by Kim.
To this end, the United States -while placing its entire war arsenal in military operations on the Pacific- is negotiating harsh trade sanctions against North Korea, so to encircling it, and -by confiscating the north of the Peninsula- multiply the unseen sufferings of the North Korean people, subdued to a chronic famine in its interior.
In North Korea, a blockade of this type at this precise time IS A BEAT OF THE SAME OR EVEN GREATER EXTENT THAN A NUCLEAR BOMB, because this sanction and economic embargo comes at a time when in North Korea one of the worst droughts in its history is beginning to develop, perhaps one higher than which occurred at the end of the 1990s that cost 2 million dead.
What are they all afraid of? An outbreak of the hungry, the slaves of North Korea, who could defeat the Kims, take their armaments, unite with the workers of South Korea and reopen the road of the Korean revolution that hits hard to the Chinese borders and arouses the Chinese working class.
The murderous autocracy of the Kims want to sustain themselves militarily by controlling the masses and administering their business of smuggling arms and charging a commission for the slave labour in the prison-factories that this bourgeoisie has in the Kim FEZ on the border with South Korea and which produce for the transnationals. With their military threats and showing a minimum atomic and missile arsenal, they want to blackmail imperialism so it acknowledges their regime as gendarme of Korea. The Kims, belatedly, want that US acknowledge them as the counterrevolutionary guarantor of the stability in the region and being the ones who attack and discipline their working class (one of the most slashed and overexploited of the world). The Kims have been playing this role very well since Second World War.
But the counterrevolutionary offensive of Yankee imperialism gives no respite. Its strategists know perfectly well what is at stake in the region. They want to force Kim Jong-un to surrender, just as the Stalinist bureaucracy of the USSR surrendered, which had an arsenal of 6,000 nuclear warheads, and ended up as managers of the City Bank and smaller partners of Merkel/Basf/E.oN in the looting of Russia by Germany. They want Kim's surrender, as happened with Chavezismo in Venezuela, with Lula and the PT in Brazil, or with the Iranian Ayatollahs, who acted as Gurkha-like troops of US imperialism against the Syrian revolution.
In order to increase its counterrevolutionary offensive on China and the definitive control of the Pacific Rim -an area concentrating 40% of world trade, mostly in the hands of the MNCs- the imperialist policy is to create direct agents of imperialism in Korea and throughout the region. This includes kicking the Kims' gang, whether with invasion, sieges and blockades, or recreating a pro-Japanese fraction inside the North Korean army. All that has a single aim: imposing a favourable relationship of forces and proving that USA is THE power in the Pacific.
Though, imperialism does not have a free hand within the USA and Japan, since it has not yet conquered a mass support for large-scale counterrevolutionary actions. Neither a nuclear attack of the imperialist power would get support internationally.
But this does not mean -and we cannot rule out- imperialism seeking, through its economic, political and military offensive against North Korea, a change in the relationship of forces at international level.
For that reason, a leap in military, even nuclear, conflagrations in that region begins to be placed on the agenda in the new historical period of imperialist counter-offensive that is opening up.
Trump's government has made responsible -and has threatened- not only China, but also Russia for what the Kims' regime do. US imperialism's strategic offensive has that goal, which means disputing the Chinese and Russian markets to Germany and Maastrich Europe. Germany disputes those markets only commercially per now, and USA also militarily.
The world proletariat must pay great attention to the events and wars that are emerging in the Pacific. Perhaps the life of the present and the next generations of the proletariat depend on it.
No doubt the commercial war between the imperialist blocs that are forming, fighting for the world market, will end tomorrow like the vultures, pecking at the prey, that is, opening the way to the Third World War, which, if the proletariat does not prevent it, will begin as the second ended: with nuclear bombs.
This imperialist system must die! Before us it only deploys famine, fascism and wars.
Meanwhile, this New Left of Syriza, Podemos, Stalinists and renegades of Trotskyism, has declared that their struggle is "to expand democracy". They are the heirs of counterrevolutionary politics centralized from Moscow in the last century; of the WSF that comes from burying the revolutionary processes of the last decades. They are the New Left that has formed a movement called "real democracy." There vocal "anti-capitalist" -and in fact renegades of the struggle for socialism- have also been organized. These people have long since broken with the struggle for socialist revolution... but of new it has even given up talking about it. They hide in the bourgeois democracy that comes out of the same sewer as fascism and war: the world capitalist system.
The crushing of the Syrian revolution was what opened the possibility of a military attack concentrated in North Korea. It emboldened imperialism with its destructive power. It allowed it to gain confidence and launch a large-scale attack on the conquests of the world working class.
The defeats of the Middle East, the surrender of Cuba to imperialism, the European working class sold out struggles are what ultimately created the conditions for imperialism to fill the Pacific with blood.
Throughout this region the first task of the working class is to fight for the expulsion, dissolution and dismantling of all Japanese and US imperialist military bases in that region... from Japan to South Korea, from Chile to the Philippines, and expropriating and seizing all the assets of imperialism, its transnationals and its banks that sack the 15 countries of the Pacific Rim (China included).
The obligations of the Japanese workers, as you, brave revolutionary communists of Japan pose, is to disarm Japanese imperialism and expel US bases in that country; forge a strong unity with the American workers, who have in their hands the power to paralyze the largest counterrevolutionary war machine on the planet. That is the way to unify with the Chinese and Korean workers to destroy and demolish that infamous pact of the USA and Japan that enslaves the Pacific and the whole world.
The wars that are under way will only be stopped by the working class, if it is able to distinguish that behind the counterrevolutionary Fascist Kim government there is a working class, working as a slave in sweat-shops and rice fields, who desperately fight for surviving in the midst of a widespread famine that has begun.
Only the South Korean working class fighting against Moon Jae In's government, a lackey of imperialism in South Korea, united with their siblings in the North, will be able to defeat the gang of counterrevolutionary murderers of the Kim dynasty and conquer a unified, socialist and independent Korea.
If North Korea is defeated by imperialism the workers of the Pacific and the world must know, they and the whole Peninsula will be subdued to sufferings and slavery a million times harder than those imposed by the Kims. An imperialist military and nuclear arsenal will be imposed there, a million times more destructive. In order to perceive the degree of barbarism and national backwardness that imperialism as a victorious force over the peoples it oppresses, we have to look at the oppressed nations invaded and smashed by the forces of counterrevolution and imperialism in the Middle East.
Only the working class of the Korean Peninsula and from all the countries in the Pacific, moving towards socialist revolution, can stop the wars that are on the works.
The war cry of workers in South and North Korea cannot be other than: "one nation, one socialist Korea without transnationals, without the Kims, without foreign military bases, to guarantee bread and decent work for all and national independence". The Korean revolution will complete the task that Stalinism aborted in 1952; i.e. expelling US imperialism and its agents from the Korean Peninsula... throwing them out from the 38th parallel up to the sea. That is the only way to end all destructive adventure of the Pacific jackals.
The task of the moment is to regroup the ranks of the world proletariat to stop this counterrevolutionary offensive of imperialism.
The masses haven't given up. Neither the Syrian resistance nor the Palestinian masses let alone the US working class were removed from the scene.
In Latin America, the Bolivarian bourgeoisies fall apart on their knees, while selling out the nations of that sub continent to imperialism. This is made by Maduro in Venezuela, Castro selling out Cuba, Morales in Bolivia or Kirchner in Argentina. Now, imperialism comes to take it all and the working class fights, with heroic strikes as that of the miners and the teachers in Peru and Colombia, or the struggles of the workers in Argentina and the powerful Brazilian working class.
In the Black Africa, the workers movement once again rises claiming for justice for the mineworkers that worked in Anglo American mines that were murdered on August 16th, 2012, in Marikana (South Africa).
Those shameless of the imperialist gangs and their henchmen of G20 gathered together in Hamburg have realized that they are very far away from settling their current partial victories. In there, the rebellious youth and the advanced workers of Europe reminded them -with the hell unleashed in Hamburg's streets- that the working class still stands and hasn't given up. Those who have given up were the treacherous leaderships. That fire of Hamburg's hell needs to be taken to every exploiter in the planet. In that fire, also the leaderships that betray the world working class must burn.
We must stop the massacres and genocides and the counterrevolutionary wars that are under way against the exploited of the whole world!
We must completely defeat Stalinism and its henchmen, the renegades of Marxism, who have saved the capitalist world system for now.
A conference and an international fighting front must be set up to break the siege and stop the massacre of the Syrian masses of Yemen, Egypt and the entire Middle East. An international conference and fighting front to unite and centralize the struggle of the world working class to stop all military aggression of imperialism and the counterrevolutionary forces against the working class of the Pacific.
The time has come for the unity of the internationalists to centralize their combat throughout the world. The time has come to disperse the forces of reformism, the traitors to the proletarian revolution. We cannot waste any more time.
Let us regroup the forces of international revolutionary Marxism! Let us defeat the stumbling blocks of Stalinism and the renegades of Marxism that prevent the victory of the working class and its fighting!
Fighting for the socialist revolution, let us defeat the bourgeois regime, imperialism and its wars!
For the working class to live, imperialism must die.
Collective for the Re-foundation of the IV International / FLTI
◆ DIE LINKE
July 31 2017, Berlin, Germany
Some weeks ago 122 states signed the UN-treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Considering the decades of debate and discussion, that treaty is a historical moment and a very important step towards a world without nuclear weapons, a milestone in the history of peace movement. On the other hand, none of the nuclear powers took part in the ceremony as well as most of the NATO-states. Among the boycotters were also Germany and Japan.
Germany, who should know better with its own history of wars and the experience of partition and cold war confrontation, did not sign the treaty on spurious reasons, claiming that a ban-treaty without the nuclear powers would be useless. With the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan became the first and till now only victim of nuclear bombs. Despite the direct experiences, the painful history and knowledge about the long-lasting and deadly consequences of atomic bombs, Japan did not take the chance to sign the treaty.
At the same, North Korea is threatening the US with a nuclear war, and vice versa the Trump-government further escalates this conflict. It's a source of anxiety that the Trump administration with their dangerous, impulse-driven policy has access to nuclear weapons. So despite the treaty the danger of an atomic war is not banned.
Nevertheless the treaty is an international document and will provide a basis for further struggles. This will be a big task for us to push the pressure on our governments. A nuclear-free future has no alternative.
We share your concern about the increase of armament. Weapon exports went down in Germany last year, but the number is still high. The German government announced to be willing to keep up with the NATO aim to invest 2 percent of their GDP in military. As the party DIE LINKE we strongly condemn the armament and weapon exports of our country and made banning arms exports one of our major statements in our election campaign.
DIE LINKE demands:
--- to pull all German soldiers back from abroad.
--- fewer arms, rather than more. We want to spend the money saved in this way on the refurbishment of schools and more child day-care facilities, and more fully subsidised places at these facilities.
--- to make arms exports illegal.
--- an end to drone wars.
--- that all nuclear weapons stationed in Germany will be subtracted immediately.
We support your struggle and wish you a successful assembly!
DIE LINKE Party Central Office
◆ Лариса Трофимовна БАБИЕНКО
Главный редактор газеты «За СССР»
31 июля 2017, Москва, Россия
НА БУРНОМ ПЕРЕКРЕСТКЕ СОЦИАЛЬНОЙ ИНЖЕНЕРИИ
Автор газеты «За СССР» Александр Коммари, прислал нам небольшую заметку: «Когда я в Питере разговариваю с людьми, которые в 7 утра уходят на работу, чтобы вернуться в 22, которые работают по 6 дней в неделю и без всяких трудовых книжек, которые рвут жилы, чтобы дать детям образование или, что еще страшнее, вылечить своих близких...»
И еще нас, советских людей, эти либеральные негодяи называют рабами.
Рабство — оно это сейчас.
У нас была, да, не сильно богатая страна, которой пришлось тратить много сил, чтобы никогда не повторилось 22 июня 1941года. Когда нас пришли убивать и многих убили.
Наши вожди были отнюдь не гениями, в сущности такими же простыми людьми, как и мы.
Я вообще советский социализм называю социализмом простых людей. В этом даже и слабость его была, быть может, потому что простые люди просто работают, просто растят детей, и счастье их тоже простое.
Но почему-то оно, это простое счастье, было. Чем дальше, тем больше я люблю СССР».
По статистике состояние российских олигархов в два с лишним раза больше
государственных расходов на социальную сферу, а это пенсии, расходы на медицину, культуру и образование. За последние 15 лет в России закрыты 15 тысяч школ, в которых учились деревенские дети. Это означает безысходность для сельских детей, которым от рождения в буржуазной России выпадает не только неравенство происхождения, но и недоступность образования. Для многих городских детей выпадает такая же судьба. Даже если родители работают, тем не менее, зарплаты их так малы, что семьи не могут выйти из состояния трудовой бедности.
Пятнадцать российских граждан вошли в список двухсот богатейших людей мира.
Состояние владельца холдинга «Интеррос», гендиректора «Норильского никеля» Владимира Потанина оценивается в 14,7 млрд. долларов. У совладельца компании НОВАТЭК Геннадия Тимченко сегодня около 8,6 млрд.
Всего, по данным агентства «Блумберг», 15 российских миллиардеров владеют суммарно собственностью стоимостью 156,6 млрд. долларов. На всю социальную сферу в прошлом году в государственный бюджет было заложено около 65 млрд. долларов.
Неравенство в России достигло невообразимых масштабов.
Волей неволей вспоминаются события 1917 года, когда собственность у буржуазии отняли, но ею, этой собственностью, поделились со всем народом, постоянно потом улучшая жизнь тем, что в следующем поколении уже почти все получили квартиры, а многие по желанию и высшее образование.
Нынче собственность отняли уже у всей страны, но этим народным достоянием абсолютно ни с кем не поделились.
Тем не менее, в обществе никаких волнений не происходит, люди все терпят, хотя еще почти век назад Владимир Ильич Ленин сказал, что «равенство сытого и голодного – есть преступление против трудящихся». Но люди это вопиющее неравенство не ощущают сегодня как конкретное преступление против них.
Было, даже и я подумала, что коль люди не восстают и не борются за будущее своих детей, значит, скорее всего, это естественный ход жизни, когда есть и бедные и богатые, и такой расклад вокруг отчего-то воспринимается как норма.
Но вот попал мне в руки журнал «Свет. Природа и человек» (№1-1995 г), на страницах которого российский ученый Т. А. Айзатулин пишет: «Решения конференции ООН в Рио-де-Жанейро, 1992, ошеломят каждого беспартийного, то сеть политически беспристрастного человека в нашей стране, вчитавшегося в эти решения. Ошеломляет такая возникающая при первом же прочтении мысль: «Неужели коммунисты были правы? Они были правы больше, чем сами об этом подозревали?».
Дело не только в том, что решениями конференции ООН (а по представительности это все мировое сообщество) отрицаются возможности для современной цивилизации в целом идти «капиталистическим путем» первого мира (а именно в этом состоит официальный курс новых наших идеологов, якобы ради которого уничтожается якобы наша «неправильная страна», ее промышленный, оборонный, научно-технический, интеллектуальный, культурный, образовательный, аграрный, медицинский потенциалы…
Дело, во-первых, в фактическом наложении запрета на лозунг «Обогащайтесь!». Более того, налицо отрицание общества потребления и чрезмерного расслоения по уровню потребления как между странами, так и в странах. Это установка первому миру: «Обедняйтесь! Аскетизируйтесь!».
… Но главное… дело в признании мировым сообществом всеохватности и системности кризиса индустриализма как практики, как концепции, как мировоззрения и даже как стереотипа мышления и склада души».
Так что я вами, японские революционные марксисты, просто восхищаюсь, видя, как вы никогда, ни на одну минуту не прекращаете борьбу с наглостью и подлостью капитала, который плюет на то, что уже и экология всего мира страдает от глобальной эксплуатации, и на то, что более двух третей человечества живет в полной нищете или в ситуации огромных нехваток.
Так что спустя век даже стратосфера Вселенной доказала правоту Великой Октябрьской революции, случившейся в России в 1917 году, когда правительство большевиков национализировало все, что наработала за тысячелетие огромная страна и отдала каждому гражданину общества, погасив тем самым в человеке стремление к алчности и необузданной жадности.
Дорогие товарищи! Дорогие наши коллеги! Поскольку благосостояние одного процента буржуев на Земле сравнялось с благосостоянием остального человечества, а с правотой этого положения не согласна теперь даже планета, то вы — на правильном пути, и всей своей активностью являете пример политической честности всему левому движению планеты.
Удачи вам на поприще общественной жизни! Любви и понимания от близких вам людей!
Radio Te Reo o Tefana
1 août 2017, Faa’a, Maohi-Nui (Polynésie française)
Chers camarades et amis, Ia orana (bonjour)!
Plus de 70 ans après que le monde est été témoin du pouvoir dévastateur des armes nucléaires, un traité mondial a été approuvé à l’ONU ce 7 juillet 2017 pour interdire les bombes atomiques.
Les puissances nucléaires, leurs alliés et les pays soumis n’y ont pas participé. Seuls 122 pays l’ont voté mais c’est une victoire. C’est une victoire pour nous, victimes du génocide nucléaire et peuples pour la Paix. Les générations futures ont une nouvelle voix à prendre.
La puissance nucléaire est encore et toujours une arme politique et économique à l’échelle mondiale. L’appel de ce 55e congrés international Antiwar nous rappel parfaitement cette réalité. Les Maohi vivent aussi cette réalité au quotidien en tant que colonie française du Pacifique utilisée pour les bombes atomiques françaises.
Dans notre démarche à l’ONU pour notre droit à l’autodétermination, la question de la reconnaissance et de la réparation des conséquences des essais nucléaires français sur l’environnement, la santé, la culture, l’identité des Maohi effraie la
. Discuter de ce sujet et négocier entre colonisateur et colonisés est simple mais le faire devant les Nations unies est inadmissible. Cela dévoilerait la vraie image de la colonisation française et remettrait en cause le bien-fondé de la politique de maintien de la puissance nucléaire de la France aussi bien militaire que civil. France
Lors de la commémoration de l’abolition de l’esclavage en mai 2017, l’ancien président français François Hollande disait « On n’efface pas le passé, on le dépasse. Il faut alors poser des actes ». Il a raison. Si en 2016, François hollande était venu en Polynésie faire de belles déclarations au sujet des conséquences d’essais nucléaires effectués à Moruroa et Fangataufa aucune prise de responsabilité ferme de la part de la France n’a été prise.
La loi Morin, loi pour l’indemnisation des victimes des essais nucléaires français, a été dernièrement modifiée mais la reconnaissance des victimes et leur indemnisation sont encore retardées. La majorité des membres du CIVEN ont démissionné dernièrement et c’était prévisible.
Les souverainistes, les associations de défense des victimes des essais nucléaires et l’église protestante de Maohi Nui prennent leur responsabilité. Une plainte pour crime contre l’humanité sera déposée devant la cour pénale internationale par l’église protestante et la commission des droits de l’homme de l’ONU sera saisie par le Tavini Huiraatira. Nous vous invitions à nous soutenir en signant notre pétition en ligne:
La conscience collective Maohi se réveille et le combat continue. Nous nous joignons à votre appel pour la paix des peuples. Faaitoito.
Mr Heinui Le Caill
President of the Board Radio Te Reo o Tefana
◆ Faridabad Majdoor Samachar (Faridabad Workers Newspaper)
August 1st 2017, Faridabad, India
Warm greetings to the participants of the 55th International Antiwar Assemblies in Tokyo, Sapporo, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa from Kamunist Kranti/Faridabad Majdoor Samachar.
We are in the era of global wage-workers and the increasing dysfunctionality of wage-labour based commodity production.
* In its embryonic form, wage labour based commodity production was understood as the last stage of hierarchic social formations. Wage-workers as the radical social subject. And, the world as the arena.
* Private property (individual ownership) was seen as the essence of capital/wage-labour based commodity production. The emergence of joint-stock companies in Western Europe in the 1860s was taken as the negative negation of capital (and cooperative factories as the positive negation).
* By 1880s, joint stock companies/share based companies became the dominant form of wage-labour based commodity production in Western Europe.
* A social strata called "intellectuals" increased in numbers and social significance. A part of this strata filled management positions in expanding companies and state bureaucracies. Another part of this strata, the radicals/revolutionaries looked at wage-workers as the levers for the fulfilment of their aspirations which in essence were statisation (nationalisation) of everything. Karl Kautsky theorised the social significance of this section : (1) Communist consciousness comes from the study of philosophy, history, economics, culture. (2) Wage-workers on their own cannot acquire communist consciousness. (3) Communist consciousness has to be injected into wage-workers from outside.
Lenin popularised Kautsky's theorisation in Czarist Russia and after 1917 it acquired worldwide importance.
* Radical/revolutionary intellectuals had national/state boundaries as their arena although the word, 'international' was in circulation. In 1914, by and large they supported the war waged by "their" countries. The denunciation of Kautsky as renegade is fine but the social basis and the premises of the Third International were fundamentally the same as those of the Second International.
* Fixation on private property suited the statists even though private property in the means of production was becoming increasingly insignificant in Europe and then the USA. The corollaries of this were:
(a) Around 1900, capitalism had become moribund, decadent, imperialism.
(b) Production relations had become fetters on the productive forces (・・・)
* Accumulation of capital is also the process through which capital moulds the world in its image. Wage-labour based commodity production spread throughout the globe. But even then, as late as the 1970s in Africa, South America, Asia (with Japan as an exception) wage-labour based commodity production areas were islands in the oceans of simple commodity production (peasants and artisans). And, peasants and artisans provided fertile breeding ground for statist tendencies. Also, when the dysfunctionality of wage-labour based commodity production had reached such levels in Europe, the USA, Japan that it lead to the massacres of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, the vast population of peasants and artisans in Asia-Africa-South America provided cushions to capital.
* The worldwide social upheavals during 1965-1970 increased exponentially the security needs for the maintenance of the money-market relations. Electronics entered the production and circulation spheres of commodity production. This was an incomparable leap in the productive forces. Just compare this with steam-coal, internal combustion engine, electricity, type-writer. In value terms, surplus value increased massively.
* This incomparable leap in the productive forces has in these forty years so intertwined material and non-material production and circulation in the world that we are today in the era of global wage-workers and increasing dysfunctionality of wage-labour based commodity production on global scale.
To contribute to radical ruptures it is indispensable to frame social dynamics in terms of social relations. Other framings provide space to identity politics which are rampant.
* Colonisation from 1500 to 1800 is fundamentally for the expansion of money-market relations. The efforts of trading companies were to transform goods into commodities. And, the anti-colonial struggles of this period were essentially struggles of varying natural economies to maintain themselves. The incentives to long distance trade were the margins due to historical and geographical reasons that provided significant profits in Europe even after covering the costs of long distance trade. This expansion of money-market relations was premised on simple commodity production.
* Colonisation from 1800 onwards was premised on wage-labour based commodity production. The process of accumulation of capital engendered this colonisation wherein capital moulding the world in its image greatly expanded simple commodity production in colonies and at the same time gave rise to wage-labour based commodity production in the colonies.
* The anti-colonial/national liberation struggles of the twentieth century were essentially the struggles between factions of wage-labour based commodity production. The anti-colonial/national liberation struggles were between factions of capital based in the home country and in the colony.
* More than a hundred years ago it was said: "When German industry trades with German peasants, it is external trade. When German industry trades with British industry, it is internal trade."
* Capital is a social relation. Capital does not have a nationality. National capital and foreign capital are terms that are very loaded. A lot of baggage needs to be discarded to come to: "Capital in India", "Capital in Japan".
* That wage workers do not have a country has been in currency for more than one hundred and fifty years. Then how is it that the term foreign workers is often used? A lot of baggage needs to be discarded to come to: Wage-workers in India (some of them being legal/illegal immigrants from Nepal/Bangladesh), Wage-workers in Japan ...
Friends, the incomparable leap in the productive forces has engendered a huge superfluous population in the world. The social death/social murder of peasants, artisans, shopkeepers is at a very rapid pace. Artificial intelligence et al are leading to lesser and lesser number of wage-workers producing huge amounts of material and non-material goods. Abolition of wage-work, abolition of work is on the social agenda.
◆ Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)
August 2nd 2017, London, Britain
Dear Friends and Comrades
CND UK joins with your call on people of the world to unite in a global protest against the threat of war and nuclear annihilation. It is astonishing that world leaders should have once more brought the human race to the edge of extinction 72 years after the lessons of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We send a message of solidarity and support to the people of East Asia where international tensions are rising to crisis point and governments are driving deep divisions between people and nations at a time when the world desperately needs international cooperation to tackle the threats to our existence presented by nuclear weapons, resource shortages and climate change.
We recognise and acknowledge the vital role that the Japanese people have played in bringing about the UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons and in opposing the US military bases and installations in your country and your region. The continued passionate demonstrations against militarism and war has been an inspiration. The powerful statements and pleas for disarmament by the hibakusha have also been vital in highlighting the horrific capabilities of nuclear weapons, building and strengthening the international campaign and eventually bringing about the treaty to abolish them which was endorsed by 122 countries just a few weeks ago.
We must join together to change government priorities and build our societies on the basis of human welfare and security rather than state survival at all costs. There is no future in holding the world to ransom and continuing to believe that peace and security can only be obtained by threatening the destruction of the planet. People around the UK will soon be meeting in their communities to remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the hundreds of thousands of lives lost and ruined there and since. Like you, we will be once more committing to work together to ensure that every last nuclear weapon is safely deactivated and removed from the Earth and that war ceases to be an option for settling international disputes.
With support and best wishes
August 2nd 2017, Athens, Greece
ANTARSYA (Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow) addresses warm greetings to the 55th International Antiwar Assembly and sends a warm message of internationalist solidarity to the people of
and the antiwar movement against the reactionary politics of Abbe government, against nationalism and militarism Japan
We undoubtedly live at a crucial turning point of the global capitalist crisis. The world of the capital tries to overcome the crisis by loading the cost to the global working class and the people, causing greater exploitation, unemployment, extreme poverty, striking democratic freedoms and destroying the environment.
The plans of the imperialists USA-EU-NATO and their competitions with
and Russia are the basic causes of the war collisions in the 21st century. China
The election of Donald Trump as the president of the
, as a result of the prolonged capitalist crisis, is a sign of a new intension of the competitions and renegotiation of the terms of the so-called imperialist globalization. The bourgeois political leaders whether they speak to the name of "globalization" and the open markets, whether they speak to the name of nationalism and the protection of the economies, they adopt the same strategy against the working class and the peoples. Greater exploitation, less freedom. Nationalist, fascist, neo-Nazi, racist ideologies and the doctrines of the religious sectarianism are being developed in this framework, as in the case of the reactionary “Islamic State”, which divide the people and subjugate them to the destructive plans of the capitalists. USA
This is the case in the dangerous competitions in the
Far East, which is pointed out by the appeal of the 55th International Antiwar Assembly. This is the case in the Middle Eastand the East Mediterranean, in the war of . In the Apartheid of the state-terrorist of Syria and in the heroic struggle of the people of Israel . In the opposition to the authoritarianism of Erdogan in Palestine , in the struggle of the Kurdish people. In Turkey Latin Americaand in the action of the reactionary right opposition in . Venezuela
In the recent summit of G20 in
we saw these tendencies to be confirmed, but we also witnessed a fighting mobilization of the peoples against the world of exploitation, which brought an optimism and frightened the world of the capital. Hamburg
The social struggles in our era defend the rights and freedoms in difficult circumstances. Unbeatable as it may seem, the world of the capital fronts important resistance and the struggles of the working class. The unity and the subversive strategy, the class independence and the stable front against the capital, the imperialism and the war, the solidarity and internationalism with the εργατική δημοκρατία are the elements which can contribute to the counterattack for the resistance to the capitalist barbarity for the social resolution.
, the government of SYRIZA-ANEL continues the policy against people by the memorandums, in other words the policy of the reactionary measures which are imposed by the governments in accordance with the instructions of the EU and the IMF in the name of the Debt. In the summer of 2015 the SYRIZA-ANEL government signed the 3rd memorandum, provocatively ignoring the NO to the memorandum which was voted in the referendum by the 62% of the Greek people. This policy is supported by the EU-friendly opposition and the pro-state and pro-capitalists bureaucrats which controls the General Confederation of Greek Workers. The trial for the criminal activity of the neo-Nazi party “Golden Dawn” under the pressure, among others, of the antifascist movement, reveals how it is being utilized by the capital as a power of racist hatred, anticommunism and against the labour movement and the people. Greece
The government of SYRIZA-ANEL is totally aligned with the dangerous policy of the
and NATO. In this framework it promotes the αντιδραστικό άξονα of Greece-Cyprus-Israel-Egypt. USA
ANTARSYA fights for a struggling front of ρήξη και ανατροπή and a class reborn labor movement which will give perspective to the social struggles. In this direction it proposes an anticapitalistic transitional programme that mainly demands:
overthrow of the memorandums and the policy of the government of SYRIZA-ANEL,
unilateral cessation of payments and the deletion of the debt,
the nationalization of the banks and the μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις under labour and social control,
decisive defence and enlargement of the democratic freedoms and rights,
exit of the Eurobond and the EU. Exit of the NATO.
The overall interests of the peoples of the region have nothing to do with the imperialist interventions and the competitions of the capitalists, with the nationalism and revivalism promoted by the capitalists. This competition is reactionary from all perspectives.
We welcome the struggles against the capitalist barbarity, the imperialism and the war. With the weapon of internationalism and the solidarity of the people we shall fight against nationalism, fascism, racism and religious sectarianism, tribalism, against every reactionary ideology which divides the peoples and the workers, which supports the deadly machine of war. The struggles for the end of the policies of the capital against the people, the defence of civil rights and freedom, and the struggle for a world with no exploitation can lead to the anticapitalistic overthrow. So that the workers take the wealth they produce and the power in their hands, for a new era towards socialism, for the social emancipation and the liberating perspective of communism.
We wish good luck to the 55th International Antiwar Assembly and we believe it will be a decisive contribution to a struggling and victorious antiwar movement.
◆ Владимир Пронин
Член президиума Антифашистского комитета Украины
2 августа 2017, Киев, Украина
За год, прошедший после предыдущей конференции, заметно усилились противоречия как между главными империалисти- ческими государствами, прежде всего, между США и их западноевропейскими партнёрами по НАТО, так и внутри этих государств. Спецификой этого года в европейских странах стало продолжение, а местами обострение серьёзного кризиса, вызванного неконтролируемым наплывом беженцев из стран Ближнего Востока и Северной Африки, пытавшихся уйти от ужасов гражданских войн и кровавых государственных переворотов, в значительной степени спровоцированных агрессивным вмешательством империалистических государств во внутренние дела этих стран.
В центре внимания мировой общественности были также драматические события в Сирии, где неожиданно решительное вмешательство России буквально в последний момент спасло это небольшое, но позволяющее себе проводить независимую и неугодную империалистическому монстру внешнюю политику. Тем самым удалось сорвать планы американских стратегов захватить контроль над ближневосточным регионом в свои руки.
Это громкое поражение не могло не отразиться на всей политической системе американского государства, в которой и без того накопилось достаточное количество взрывчатого материала, ярким свидетельством чего стали бурные события в США в ходе президентской избирательной кампании и в особенности после победы на этих выборах Дональда Трампа.
В первую очередь нежеланная для верхушки правящего класса победа Трампа отразила назревшие острые противоречия в самом правящем классе. Те, кто не хотел и опасался этой победы, представляют интересы той части американской империалистической буржуазии, которые делали ставку на продолжение и усиление политики глобализации под американским верховенством, что тем самым обеспечивало получение максимальных прибылей в ходе этого процесса. С другой стороны, вокруг Трампа объединилась та часть национальной буржуазии, которая чувствовала себя проигравшей в ходе конкурентной борьбы, в результате чего некоторые отрасли американской экономики пришли в упадок, а это тем более болезненно отразилось на бедственном положении значительной части американских рабочих и фермерства, потерявших возможность зарабатывать на жизнь для себя и своих семей.
Трудно предсказать, чем закончится выяснение отношений между двумя фракциями правящего класса США, но покамест всё идёт к тому, что выход из критического положения обе они будет искать на пути обострения международной обстановки.
В связи с этим не может не вызывать обеспокоенности напряжённая ситуация, сложившаяся вокруг испытаний ракетной техники КНДР. Вряд ли в связи с этим существует реальная угроза возникновения ядерной войны, но безответственная политика руководства КНДР, против которой многие коммунисты, хотя и не одобряют её, не выступают открыто из чувства ложно понятой солидарности, может быть использована как подходящий повод для обострения обстановки в данном регионе земного шара.
Пока же американская военщина воспользовалась удачно сложившейся обстановкой и начала в Южной Корее установку системы ПРО якобы для противостояния северокорейской ракетной угрозе, а на самом деле мощная радиолокационная система будет отныне охватывать почти всю территорию Китая и половину территории России.
На Украине сохраняется политическая стагнация. Полу- фашистский режим Порошенко окончательно зашёл в тупик и находится на грани краха, но в попытке продлить своё существование правящие круги инициируют распродажу всей ещё остающейся государственной собственности и, в частности, основного богатства Украины – её бесценных чернозёмов, которые должны перейти в руки, в основном, иностранных граждан тех империалистических государств, которые привели нынешнюю хунту к власти. При этом всё ещё сохраняется угроза насильственного смещения режима Порошенко ещё более реакционным, откровенно фашистским режимом. Поиск подходящей кандидатуры на роль возможного диктатора ведётся почти неприкрыто.
Решительная борьба японских товарищей с реваншистской политикой правительства Абэ, раболепно следующего в фарватере внешней политики США, против строительства новых американских баз на Окинаве, против гонки ядерных вооружений, угрожающей самому существованию человечества, не может не вызывать симпатии и поддержки со стороны всех прогрессивных сил современности.
В текущем году, когда трудящиеся всего мира отмечают 100-ю годовщину Великой Октябрьской Социалистической революции, призыв оргкомитета конференции воскресить дух пролетарского интернационализма в борьбе с империалистическими поджига- телями войны находит отклик в умах всех, кому дороги идеалы социализма и подлинного народовластия.
◆ 평화와 통일을 여는 사람들
(SPARK – Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of
2017년 8월 3일 한국 서울
사드 한국배치 저지! 한미일 삼각ＭＤ와 한미일 삼각 동맹 구축 저지하자!
한반도의 비핵화와 평화협정 체결을 통해 동아시아의 핵군비경쟁을 멈추게 하자!
미국 트럼프 정권은 오바마 정권에 이어, 북한 핵문제를 빌미 삼아 한국에 사드 배치를 강행하고 있습니다. 한국 시민들의 촛불민주주의 혁명을 통해 탄생한 문재인 정부는 대화로 북핵 문제를 해결하겠다고 하면서도 미국의 사드 한국배치에 제동을 걸고 있지 않습니다.
사드가 한국에 배치되면, 작년 박근혜-아베 정권이 체결한 한일군사 정보보호협정과 더불어 한미일 삼각 ＭＤ가 구축되고, 이는 한미일 삼각 동맹을 구축하는 매개고리가 될 것입니다. 때문에 사드 한국배치 반대 운동은 한미일 삼각 ＭＤ와 한미일 삼각동맹을 반대하는 운동입니다.
미국이 핵공격을 포함한 대북적대정책을 폐기하는 것과 동시에 북한도 핵을 폐기해야 합니다. 이런 내용을 담은 한반도 평화협정을 체결하는 것이 한반도에 드리워진 핵전쟁의 위기를 극복하는 해결책입니다. 이를 위해 당장은 한미군사연습을 축소 또는 중단하고 북한도 핵미사일 실험을 중단해야 합니다. 8월 하순에 열리는 세계 최대의 군사연습인 한미연합 을지프리덤가디언(UFG) 연습을 대폭 축소 또는 중단해야 합니다.
그래서 한반도 비핵화와 한반도 평화협정 체결을 위한 협상을 바로 시작해야 합니다.
동아시아의 무한군비경쟁과 핵대결을 막을 수 있도록 한국과 일본의 평화운동이 활성화될 수 있기를 바랍니다.
평화를 위한 동지들의 활동에 연대의 인사를 보냅니다.
◆ David McReynolds
August 3rd 2017, New York, USA
Greetings to friends and comrades as you meet. The need for popular opposition to US actions is urgent.
It is my feeling that Trump, for all his noise, does not make real policy. I even doubt if the military would let him send off a nuclear attack - he is, in my view, clearly out of touch with reality.
However I am stunned by the ease with which Senator Lindsey can talk about destroying North Korea - a monumental war crime, greater than the Holocaust of Hitler. Urgent we all work to rally the international community for diplomacy and dialogue with North Korea.
◆ Российская партия коммунистов
4 августа 2017, Ленинград, Россия
Уважаемые товарищи, участники 55-ой Международной Антивоенной Ассамблеи!
От имени Российской партии коммунистов Исполком РПК в очередной раз подтверждает нашу высокую оценку верности Союза японских революционных коммунистов курсу последовательной борьбы против военной угрозы. И чрезвычайно важно, что СЯРК, Дзенгакурэн и Комитет антивоенной молодёжи традиционно проводят Международные антивоенные ассамблеи в Дни памяти жертв варварских атомных бомбардировок Хиросимы и Нагасаки, совершённых империалистами США. В 2017 мы отмечаем уже 72-ую годовщину этих злодеяний. Важно и то, что именно марксисты как последовательные защитники классовых интересов пролетариата и, соответственно, как последовательные антимилитаристы не дают забыть трудящимся планеты, что современный глобальный капитализм – это постоянный источник военной угрозы.
Мы согласны с тем, что Обращение Оргкомитета заостряет внимание участников Ассамблеи на взрывоопасной обстановке в регионе Корейского полуострова. Мы уже имели возможность зафиксировать значительное совпадение позиций РПК и СЯРК по этой проблеме (см.. например, Коммунист Ленинграда №3/17 (116), с. 22).
Чтобы вырваться из обстановки кризиса или постоянно нависающей угрозы мирового экономического кризиса, периоды волн которого, начиная с 1973 постоянно сокращаются (1973-1998-2008-2014…), империалистические стратеги ищут основания для вливания средств в военно-промышленный комплекс и силовые структуры как, хотя и не естественный, наоборот, уродливый, но двигатель экономики. Возникает так называемая «теория управляемого хаоса», опробованная попытками экспорта демократии танками и бомбами США и государств НАТО в Ирак, Афганистан, Ливию, Сирию. Всё это оборачивается сотнями тысяч жертв и разрушений в этих странах, созданием действительного, отнюдь не управляемого хаоса и возникновением новых мощных террористических организаций, более зверских, нежели даже Талибан или аль-Каида. Нам представляется, что в Обращении Оргкомитета несколько недооценивается угроза, исходящая от фундаменталистского сектантского исламского монстра ИГИЛ/Даиш. Это – рождённая по сути империализмом угроза всему миру, но в первую очередь народам мусульманских стран.
Обращение Оргкомитета к 55-ой Ассамблее завершается абзацем, в котором напоминается, что эта Ассамблея проходит в год столетия Великой Октябрьской революции. Первые декреты Советской власти закрепили 4 главные лозунга, которые привели к победе Рабоче-крестьянскую революцию 25 октября (7 ноября) 1917 года в России: «Мир народам! Фабрики рабочим! Земля крестьянам! Власть Советам!» Напоминание об этих победивших в 1917 году лозунгах было бы уместным, но его в Обращении нет. Вместо этого авторы документа переносят нас во времена разгара Первой мировой войны, когда «Ленин и большевики, осуждая руководство Второго Интернационала, скатившееся к позициям защиты отечества, обратились с призывом к трудящимся воюющих империалистических государств направить оружие не против своих братьев, а против реакционных и буржуазных правительств своих стран». И далее – сразу, без перехода: «Эта идея интернационализма была выхолощена после смерти Ленина руководителями КПСС, которые отдавали преимущество защите СССР». Мы не поверили своим глазам. Ведь эту фразу можно понять как обоснование призыва к поражению СССР!
Разве можно переносить взгляды и позиции Ленина, Розы Люксембург и других марксистов, верные применительно к ситуации Первой мировой войны, на совершенно новую расстановку классовых сил, сложившуюся после Октябрьской революции. В бойне Первой мировой войны одинаково виновны перед вовлечёнными в неё народами как империалистические государства Антанты, включая царскую Россию, так и такие же империалисты Тройственного союза. Тогда
Ленин и другие европейские марксисты, дважды собиравшиеся на конференции в Швейцарии, в Циммервальде и Кинтале, взяли курс на решительную пропаганду поражения своих правительств, превращения империалистической войны в войны гражданские. Но после победного Октября Ленин сказал, что если до революции большевики были пораженцами, то теперь они – оборонцы, защищая Советскую страну как базу мировой революции от любых агрессивных поползновений.
Мировая революция задержалась, буржуазная реакция смогла в потоках крови подавить революционные подъёмы в Германии, Венгрии, Финляндии, Болгарии. В этих условиях защита СССР была обязательным долгом советских коммунистов не только перед советским рабочим классом, но и перед всем мировым пролетариатом – как укрепляющую свою всестороннюю мощь опору мирового революционного рабочего движения, как центр Коминтерна. Советский Союз оказывал помощь республиканской Испании в борьбе против поддержанного нацистской Германией и фашистской Италией мятежа генерала Франко, существенной была помощь советских военных специалистов Коммунистической партии и Народно-освободительной армии Китая в борьбе против гоминьдановского режима Чан Кайши. Можно назвать и другие примеры. Да и само существование Советского Союза помогало рабочему движению капиталистических стран добиваться серьёзных уступок от буржуазной власти в борьбе за повышение зарплаты и улучшение условий труда.
В середине 1930-ых годов над миром нависла угроза со стороны победившего в Германии нацизма, гитлеровской, наиболее человеконенавистнической формы фашизма. Приходится напомнить определение фашизма, данное по предложению Георгия Димитрова VII Конгрессом Коминтерна: «Фашизм — это открытая террористическая диктатура наиболее реакционных, наиболее шовинистических, наиболее империалистических элементов финансового капитала… Фашизм — это не надклассовая власть и не власть мелкой буржуазии или люмпен-пролетариата над финансовым капиталом. Фашизм — это власть самого финансового капитала. Это организация террористической расправы с рабочим классом и революционной частью крестьянства и интеллигенции. Фашизм во внешней политике — это шовинизм в самой грубейшей форме, культивирующий зоологическую ненависть к другим народам». В костры из книг в первую очередь полетели марксистские произведения. Военный союз между нацистской Германией, фашистской Италией и милитаристской Японией был назван ими Антикоминтерновским пактом.
И после того, как в сентябре 1939 Германия с Италией и Японией развязали Вторую мировую войну, а особенно – после нападения 22 июня 1941 Германии на СССР, Вторая мировая война приобрела характер, в корне отличающий её от Первой. «Тысячелетний рейх» угрожал похоронить всю человеческую цивилизацию. Это поняли лидеры ведущих капиталистических держав, вступив в антигитлеровскую коалицию с Советским Союзом. То был один из тех редких моментов истории, когда, как замечал Маркс, общечеловеческие задачи становятся важнее задач классовой борьбы пролетариата. Но именно вооружённый классовым сознанием пролетариат во главе со своим политическим авангардом эффективнее других социальных сил способен решать возникающие общечеловеческие задачи. Определяющий вклад советского многонационального народа в победу над гитлеровской Германией и её союзниками – это победа социалистических идеалов, которые глубоко проникли в сознание советских людей, несмотря на все искажения социалистического развития, допущенные сталинизмом.
Мы надеемся, что эта точка зрения РПК будет доведена до сведения участников Ассамблеи.
Мы желаем успеха 55-ой Международной Антивоенной Ассамблее!
Долой империализм и его порождение – фанатичный сектантский терроризм!
Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь!
◆ Тюменский областной комитет РКРП-КПСС
и обком РОТ ФРОНТ
4 августа 2017, Тюмень, Россия
Мы приветствуем всех участников и гостей юбилейной 55-ой интернациональной антивоенной ассамблеи, проходящей в год 100-летия Великой Октябрьской социалистической революции – беспрецедентного события в мировой истории, навсегда изменившего мир.
Великая Октябрьская социалистическая революция – это первое в мире успешно осуществленное установление диктатуры пролетариата. Первое в мире государство рабочего класса, которое на фоне всех известных примеров практики существования социалистических стран на сегодняшний день показало наибольшую устойчивость. Именно существование Советского Союза на протяжении 70-лет являлось залогом того, что на планете Земля существовал мир. После оглушительной Победы СССР в Великой Отечественной войне мировая буржуазия была вынуждена считаться с силой и мощью Советского Союза, именно поэтому не развязывала глобальные войны. Мировой капитал прекрасно понимал, что в случае такой войны ему придется столкнуться с противником, победить которого будет невозможно. И именно это было залогом мира на планете Земля.
Но, к сожалению, сложившемуся миропорядку пришел конец. Участники 55-ой интернациональной антивоенной ассамблеи совершенно справедливо отмечают, что СССР был разрушен при непосредственном участии Генерального секретаря КПСС Горбачева и других партбилетчиков, предавших партию и страну. Да это было предательство верхушки как партийной номенклатуры, так и руководства государства. Но также очевидно, что такое стало возможно в следствие той скрытой и необъявленной войны, которую правительство США и других капиталистических стран вело против Советского Союза сразу после окончания II Мировой войны. Поняв, что одолеть СССР при помощи грубой военной силы невозможно, были предприняты все меры, чтобы развалить страну изнутри, фактически вырастив в ней поколение предателей, которые без зазрения совести уничтожили все, что героическим трудом завоевали, создали и защитили их отцы и деды. Именно уничтожение социализма в СССР, ослабление боевых позиций пролетариата по всему миру, распространение оппортунизма и ревизионизма в коммунистическом и рабочем движении значительно ослабили факторы мирового развития, сдерживающие агрессивность и развязывание империалистами новых войн.
Именно уничтожение СССР в 1991 году развязало США и другим капиталистическим государствам руки для того, чтобы вновь погрузить планету в пучину локальных войн, направленных на захват территорий, порабощение населения и овладевание природными ресурсами.
И на тех территориях, где американские империалисты не могут действовать в открытую начинается так называемая война с терроризмом. Правительство США и Великобритании путем спонсорской помощи искусственным образом создают террористические организации, которые сливаются в террористические сети. Затем они попросту массово уничтожают мирное население на своей территории. И якобы для борьбы с террористической угрозой американские интервенты вводят свои войска.
Нужно понимать, что запугивание населения всей земли угрозой исламского терроризма – это составная часть империалистических планов США по борьбе за мировые ресурсы. Им выгодно сеять панику постоянными угрозами террористических атак, развивать истерию и на этом фоне проводить свою политику по наращиванию вооружений и усиления военного вмешательства в дела других государств. И в таких условиях военная мощь США только нарастает. Это совершенно справедливо отмечают участники 55-ой интернациональной антивоенной ассамблеи, когда говорят о том, что после инаугурации Дональда Трампа президентом США военные конфликты во всем мире вышли на новый уровень.
Естественно, что в сложившихся условиях те государства, которые ценят свою свободу и готовы отстаивать ее до конца должны максимально наращивать свою боевую мощь, чтобы оказаться равными в своих силах перед столь грозным противником, каковым сегодня является мировой гегемон в лице США.
Поэтому с целью паритета Россия и Китай просто обязаны иметь в своих арсеналах ядерное оружие, чтобы обезопасить мир от угрозы ядерной войны. Именно это является залогом стабильности и баланса в мире, как это было во времена СССР.
На таких же позициях стоит и Председатель Государственного Совета КНДР товарищ Ким Чен Ын, который сделал все возможное для того, чтобы его страна была готова отразить военную агрессию со стороны США. Именно успешные ядерные испытания и запуски космических спутников товарищами из Северной Кореи стали гарантией того, что перед США встал новый мощный противник, способный удержать их от использования ядерного оружия против мирных жителей планеты Земля.
Со всей очевидностью можно говорить о том, что угроза мировой войны с чрезвычайно тяжелыми и непредсказуемыми последствиями для всего населения планеты возросла многократно. В этих условиях нужно как можно активнее единым фронтом выступать против империалистических амбиций США. В современных геополитических условиях это фактически будет означать важное значение в борьбе против мирового капитала. И в этой борьбе не нужно гнушаться никакими средствами.
В работе «История ВКП(б). Краткий курс» Иосиф Виссарионович Сталина дает исчерпывающее определение войны: «война бывает двух родов:
а) война справедливая, незахватническая, освободительная, имеющая целью либо защиту народа от внешнего нападения и попыток его порабощения, либо освобождение народа от рабства капитализма, либо, наконец, освобождение колоний и зависимых стран от гнета империалистов, и
б) война несправедливая, захватническая, имеющая целью захват и порабощение чужих стран, чужих народов».
Борьба против американского империализма, пытающегося захватить всю планету – это и есть самая справедливая и освободительная миссия. В ее основе лежит не освобождение конкретного народа, а населения всей планеты. Это станет основой освобождения от ига капитализма. Такая борьба в нынешних условиях является основой дальнейшего развития общества и сможет направить его на путь развития и укрепления мира, к чему и призывают нас участники 55-ой интернациональной антивоенной ассамблеи.
Поэтому мы призываем участников и гостей 55-ой интернациональной антивоенной ассамблеи, решительно отбросив внедряемые буржуазной пропагандой идеи пацифизма и международной толерантности, освободиться от стереотипов в отношении «исламского» терроризма, следовать направляющим указаниям тов. В.И. Ленина и И.В. Сталина. Это позволит не на словах, а на деле перейти в лагерь борцов против мирового империализма, что станет основой будущего мира без войн, социального неравенства, религиозного экстремизма и прочих «прелестей» капитализма. Только в этом случае мир будет спасен от угрозы развертывания ядерной войны.
Секретарь Тюменского обкома РКРП-КПСС и обкома РОТ ФРОНТа
◆ Leon Sedov Brigade
August 4th 2017, Syria
Dear comrades gathered together in the 55th Antiwar Assembly
We send you our warmest revolutionary greetings from the bloodied
. We salute you, revolutionary workers and youth of the Pacific that took to the streets to stop the massacre on our revolution and you are always willing to stop every imperialist war and aggression! Syria
We are writing from the last trenches of the Syrian resistance. From here, we have released the third issue of our newspaper, The Truth of the Oppressed, the spokesperson of the Syrian revolutionaries that keep on fighting for the victory of the revolution and the fall of Al Assad, of those that are in the tents in the borders and in the few areas still remaining without Bashar's presence such as Idlib, of the refugees in concentration camps in Greece or in Madrid that want to show the truth about Syria.
In our paper we humbly want for all the voices that effectively support the Syrian revolution, all those who truly fight for the downfall of the regime and the victory in
against Bashar, Putin and imperialism to be expressed. We also reflect the struggle of all the comrades that in different parts of the world stand in solidarity with our revolution. Damascus
Comrades, as you know our revolution was slaughtered, partitioned and bloodied by the genocidal regime of Bashar and his allies Putin, Nasrallah and Khamenei... all of them on account of Obama yesterday and today Trump, the bosses of the counterrevolution. Our revolution was bloodied from inside by the generals of the Sunnite bourgeoisie that allowed the fall of Alepo, which had become the capital of the resistance. All of them are gathered together in Astana conference, from where they want to impose "the peace of the cemeteries" in
We have more than 600,000 killed, destroyed cities, millions displaced, refugees, people living in tents in the middle of nowhere, without any kind of shelter against climate… not to stand the unbearable heat of the summer or the hard and snowy winter that always takes the life of Syrian exploited. Misery is unstandable… starvation, lack of food, appearance of diseases are part of ordinary life.
We, revolutionary socialists of
, also left our martyrs behind. Our leaders fell in the most advanced of the battlefield. Mustafa Abu Jumaa is known as the first martyr of the battle to break the siege to Alepo. Abu al Baraa, who fell almost a year ago in the battlefield against Bashar, gave his life under the banners of revolutionary socialism, fighting for its program in order to achieve victory. Leon Sedov Brigade has tens of martyrs, of revolutionary workers and youth that fell fighting for the victory of the socialist revolution. Syria
But nobody gave up! The Syrian socialists keep on fighting to regroup the resistance. We fight against the Astana conference and its "safe zone" plans that want to secure our rendition and partition of
. We keep on fighting for the downfall of the regime and to reach Syria and defeat Bashar and the genocidal forces. We fight to expel all the invader troops. Damascus
For this, to win the war, we know we have to expropriate the entire bourgeoisie, their assets, factories and banks to have funds to be able to eat. Thus we can count with all the available resources to win the war. We can call all the refugees and internal displaced to fight together to recover our houses over the basis of defeating Bashar.
Only by surpassing the businessmen of the Sunnite bourgeoisie we can succeed in our revolution. It is precisely because the Syrian revolution was manipulated by the bourgeoisie, it was sold out and Bashar al Assad remains in
. Damascus shows that without breaking with the bourgeoisie, victory cannot be achieved. We have to recover the weapons for the exploited and to set up again the coordination committees to work with direct democracy. Syria
But comrades, we need to break the siege and isolation upon us. Stalinists, the renegades of Trotskyism, leftist parties, trade union bureaucracies... Most of them supported Assad; those who didn't, supported the FSA... both ends of the same rope of Astana Conference that strangles our revolution. All of them claimed that the worst evil was
ISISand they hid the genocide... they are all responsible to the isolation of our revolution. Thanks to them, was bloodied as well as our region and it was a chastise on the whole world working class. Syria
Today we see that imperialism wants to generalize its victory in
to the whole working class in the Pacific and the world. Syria
Revolutionary comrades ofLet's break the sieges that isolate the revolutionaries country by country! Let's confront these butchers together! The blood of our martyrs will be avenged! We will win in
! Bravely, you fight to expel and dismantle the imperialist military bases of Japan and Japan in the Pacific. You take to the streets paralyzing the imperialist war machine. You are the advanced of our struggle, since you hit directly the imperialist beasts such as USA and Japan that command the genocide in USA . We are part of a single fight across the oceans and borders! Syria and in the struggle of the world working class! Syria
◆ Lewisham People Before Profit
August 6th 2017, London, Britain
Lewisham People Before Profit stand with you as brothers and sisters in your opposition to the warmongers in the Japanese government and elsewhere, and wish we could be with you at this time. We were at a vigil yesterday which is held every year on the first weekend of August in rememberance of August 1945, and there is to be a similar one in Greenwich on Thursday, 9th August, and we can assure you that there are many in this country who do not forget. As ever, this bond between us is unbreakable and will survive despite the problems of language and distance.