Reflecting on recent experiences of dealing with the right’s return to power in their own countries, close to 100 social movements and activists from Brazil and Argentina have signed a statement calling on the people of Ecuador to vote against right-wing neoliberal banker Gulliermo Lasso in the second round presidential run-off scheduled for April 2.
Among them are activists from Via Campesina, the Rural Landless Workers Movement (MST), the Popular Brazil Front (FBP) the United Workers Central (CUT), the Argentine Workers Central union confederation (CTA) and the Association of State Employees (ATE Capital).
It was originally posted on movimientos.org on March 20 and has been translated by Federico Fuentes.
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April 2 will be a transcendental moment for the people of Ecuador and all of Latin America. The second round of Ecuador’s presidential elections will be held that day, pitting the candidate of PAIS Alliance (AP), Lenin Moreno, against Guillermo Lasso, a representative of national and international finance capital.
Lasso leads his own movement and, despite his fanciful discourse, is very similar to the other right-wingers in the continent, which is why they strongly support him.
Conscious of the differences that exist between our countries, we want to talk about what is happening in South America’s two biggest nations.
A little more than a year ago, Argentina experienced a similar moment. In a second round run-off for the presidency last November 22, Mauricio Macri – who is also a rich business owner that was involved in acts of corruption and illicit enrichment during the neoliberal period – won by a very small margin (2.7%).
Since assuming power, his government’s policies have left no room for doubt: he governs solely for the rich. Water, electricity and gas rates rose immediately: in the first months of 2016, the rates hike was between 100% and 400%. They rose again at the start of 2017. The cost of public transport doubled a year ago and now they plan to raise it by another 60%.
The justification for these cuts that have hit the people is that public spending must be lower, yet at the same time they are exonerating the rich from paying taxes and the president himself has pardoned debts and done deals with companies owned by family members and friends.
This is all you can expect from a business owner-turned-politician who had been involved in acts of corruption involving public funds and who hides his capital in “offshore” tax havens.
The same has essentially occurred in Brazil. The right wing toppled a legitimate president via an institutional coup under the pretext of combating corruption.
They assumed government and nine months later, the economic crisis continues: unemployment has reached a historic level of 15%; all social spending has been frozen for 20 years; the Ministry of Agrarian Development has been shut down and the land reform program terminated; agriculture and natural resources are being handed over to transnational companies who, it should be said, finance them and are their real bosses.
Corruption continues, but now with great force: nine ministers have been denounced for corruption and another 250 right-wing politicians are facing accusations from these same companies.
The capitalist class, the rich, are always carrying out electoral manoeuvres, shifting discourses, because they want to return to power by any means to continue accumulating wealth.
Elections in Ecuador
Dear people of Ecuador, do not fall into the trap of electing a hard right that has already announced that it will unite with other right-wing governments in the region, such as Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, to rebuild the hegemony of the capitalist order and its neoliberal policies against the peoples.
If a political defeat occurs, there will be no time to repent: you will pay for the political error with your labour and greater exploitation.
We must always be critical of governments, as a way of maintaining democracy and seeking to improve people’s lives. But we cannot allow ourselves to be fooled into putting the fox in charge of the chicken coup!
The people of Ecuador still have time to defeat the candidate of the rich, who stands for the most radical form of neoliberalism.
This April 2, for Ecuador and Our Americas, we think it is best to use all forms of voting that can impede finance capital’s return to power.
From Argentina and Brazil, we are with you.1131International News
Sounds Like the Hitlery State Dept Worked for Israel
The Hillary Clinton email below also makes it clear that Washington orchestrated the Syrian “civil war” in order to have a cover for sending ISIS into Syria. Hillary should be arrested and tried for high treason and war crimes.
From the Hillary Clinton Email Archive:
NEW IRAN AND SYRIA 2.DOC
Date: 2001-01-01 03:00
Subject: NEW IRAN AND SYRIA 2.DOC
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05794498 Date: 11/30/2015
RELEASE IN FULL
The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of
Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.
Negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear program will not solve Israel’s security dilemma. Nor will
they stop Iran from improving the crucial part of any nuclear weapons program — the capability
to enrich uranium. At best, the talks between the world’s major powers and Iran that began in
Istanbul this April and will continue in Baghdad in May will enable Israel to postpone by a few
months a decision whether to launch an attack on Iran that could provoke a major Mideast war.
Iran’s nuclear program and Syria’s civil war may seem unconnected, but they are. For Israeli
leaders, the real threat from a nuclear-armed Iran is not the prospect of an insane Iranian leader
launching an unprovoked Iranian nuclear attack on Israel that would lead to the annihilation of
both countries. What Israeli military leaders really worry about — but cannot talk about — is
losing their nuclear monopoly. An Iranian nuclear weapons capability would not only end that
nuclear monopoly but could also prompt other adversaries, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to go
nuclear as well. The result would be a precarious nuclear balance in which Israel could not
respond to provocations with conventional military strikes on Syria and Lebanon, as it can today.
If Iran were to reach the threshold of a nuclear weapons state, Tehran would find it much easier
to call on its allies in Syria and Hezbollah to strike Israel, knowing that its nuclear weapons
would serve as a deterrent to Israel responding against Iran itself.
Back to Syria. It is the strategic relationship between Iran and the regime of Bashar Assad in
Syria that makes it possible for Iran to undermine Israel’s security — not through a direct attack,
which in the thirty years of hostility between Iran and Israel has never occurred, but through its
proxies in Lebanon, like Hezbollah, that are sustained, armed and trained by Iran via Syria. The
end of the Assad regime would end this dangerous alliance. Israel’s leadership understands well
why defeating Assad is now in its interests. Speaking on CNN’s Amanpour show last week,
Defense Minister Ehud Barak argued that “the toppling down of Assad will be a major blow to
the radical axis, major blow to Iran…. It’s the only kind of outpost of the Iranian influence in the
Arab world…and it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic
Jihad in Gaza.”
Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease
Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States
might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that
military action could be warranted. Right now, it is the combination of Iran’s strategic alliance
with Syria and the steady progress in Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that has led Israeli
leaders to contemplate a surprise attack — if necessary over the objections of Washington. With
Assad gone, and Iran no longer able to threaten Israel through its, proxies, it is possible that the
United States and Israel can agree on red lines for when Iran’s program has crossed an
unacceptable threshold. In short, the White House can ease the tension that has developed with
Israel over Iran by doing the right thing in Syria.
The rebellion in Syria has now lasted more than a year. The opposition is not going away, nor is
the regime going to accept a diplomatic solution from the outside. With his life and his family at
risk, only the threat or use of force will change the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s mind.
UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05794498 Date: 11/30/2015
The Obama administration has been understandably wary of engaging in an air operation in
Syria like the one conducted in Libya for three main reasons. Unlike the Libyan opposition
forces, the Syrian rebels are not unified and do not hold territory. The Arab League has not
called for outside military intervention as it did in Libya. And the Russians are opposed.
Libya was an easier case. But other than the laudable purpose of saving Libyan civilians from
likely attacks by Qaddafi’s regime, the Libyan operation had no long-lasting consequences for
the region. Syria is harder. But success in Syria would be a transformative event for the Middle
East. Not only would another ruthless dictator succumb to mass opposition on the streets, but the
region would be changed for the better as Iran would no longer have a foothold in the Middle
East from which to threaten Israel and undermine stability in the region.
Unlike in Libya, a successful intervention in Syria would require substantial diplomatic and
military leadership from the United States. Washington should start by expressing its
willingness to work with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar to organize, train
and arm Syrian rebel forces. The announcement of such a decision would, by itself, likely cause
substantial defections from the Syrian military. Then, using territory in Turkey and possibly
Jordan, U.S. diplomats and Pentagon officials can start strengthening the opposition. It will take
time. But the rebellion is going to go on for a long time, with or without U.S. involvement.
The second step is to develop international support for a coalition air operation. Russia will
never support such a mission, so there is no point operating through the UN Security Council.
Some argue that U.S. involvement risks a wider war with Russia. But the Kosovo example
shows otherwise. In that case, Russia had genuine ethnic and political ties to the Serbs, which
don’t exist between Russia and Syria, and even then Russia did little more than complain.
Russian officials have already acknowledged they won’t stand in the way if intervention comes.
Arming the Syrian rebels and using western air power to ground Syrian helicopters and
airplanes is a low-cost high payoff approach. As long as Washington’s political leaders stay firm
that no U.S. ground troops will be deployed, as they did in both Kosovo and Libya, the costs to
the United States will be limited. Victory may not come quickly or easily, but it will come. And
the payoff will be substantial. Iran would be strategically isolated, unable to exert its influence
in the Middle East. The resulting regime in Syria will see the United States as a friend, not an
enemy. Washington would gain substantial recognition as fighting for the people in the Arab
world, not the corrupt regimes. For Israel, the rationale for a bolt from the blue attack on Iran’s
nuclear facilities would be eased. And a new Syrian regime might well be open to early action
on the frozen peace talks with Israel. Hezbollah in Lebanon would be cut off from its Iranian
sponsor since Syria would no longer be a transit point for Iranian training, assistance and
missiles. All these strategic benefits and the prospect of saving thousands of civilians from
murder at the hands of the Assad regime (10,000 have already been killed in this first year of
With the veil of fear lifted from the Syrian people, they seem determine to fight for their
freedom. America can and should help them — and by doing so help Israel and help reduce the
risk of a wider war.
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National sovereignty is an undervalued asset in today’s world, especially in the international media, where the views of Washington and its allies largely prevail. This is true with regard to economic as well as political issues, and its consequences can be quite heavy in a region like Latin America, long regarded by US officials as their “back yard.”
The election in Ecuador is being watched as well as contested by forces that have opposing views on this question.
On the left, there is the presidential bid of former vice president Lenin Moreno, and his party PAIS Alliance (AP). — which has already won a majority of the Congress. Like all of the left parties and governments that came to power in the “Pink Tide” that swept the region in the 21st century, the AP values national sovereignty and self-determination.
Its leaders, as well as its activist and much of its electoral base, understand that the progress that has been made over the past decade would not have been possible if the government of President Rafael Correa had followed the economic prescriptions of Washington.
This progress included reducing poverty by 38% and extreme poverty by 47%. Inequality was also substantially reduced: the ratio of the income of the richest 10% to the bottom 10% was reduced from 36 in 2006 to 25 by 2012.
Access to health care and education was substantially increased, with spending for higher education rising from 0.7% to 2.1% of GDP — more than is spent by even many high-income countries. Social spending overall doubled, and public investment more than doubled, as a percentage of GDP.
To accomplish these goals the government had to re-regulate the financial sector, tax capital flight, require banks to repatriate most of their liquid assets held overseas, and make the central bank part of the executive’s economic team, among other economic reforms.
Without this new role of the state — crucially, acting in the public interest instead of on behalf Ecuador’s bankers and richest citizens — Ecuador could not have made most of the gains over the past decade.
The challenger, former banker Guillermo Lasso, proposes a traditional right-wing program of tax cuts for the rich and spending cuts that will have to more than match these, so as to bring down the national budget deficit.
He pledges to reduce the government’s role in the economy, which was actually quite important to the progress of the past decade, arguing that “free markets” are the key to unleashing the country’s economic potential.
And he has pledged to restore the “independence” of the central bank, which would make it more an instrument of the big bankers, like it was when Lasso himself was in his prime in the late 1990s (when the economy was wrecked by a banking collapse).
Lasso has also admitted to owning a bank in Panama whose main line of business is to facilitate capital flight from Ecuador. This is also a big issue of national sovereignty in Ecuador, as the majority of people just voted (in the February 19 election) to approve a ballot initiative saying that people who are holding money in offshore tax havens should not be able to hold public office.
All this would bode ill under any circumstances, but the lack of respect for national sovereignty means that as the economy runs into trouble — which is likely, given the proposed budget cuts — Lasso would probably go to the International Monetary Fund for a loan.
This would mean the end of Ecuador’s hard-won sovereignty over economic policy, and a host of “structural reforms” made in the USA, which Lasso and his allies would be all too eager to implement.
We know what the decades of Washington-sponsored structural reforms looked like in the past: almost zero growth in income per person in Ecuador over 20 years (1980–2000).
We can also look at how the new, Washington-supported right-wing governments of Brazil and Argentina are doing.
Like Lasso, Brazil’s Michel Temer and Argentina’s Mauricio Macri are proteges of Washington. These people have US President Donald Trump and Republican extremists in the US Congress as their closest allies.
Not a great time for Ecuador to give its hard-won national sovereignty back to Washington.1131International News
A strike and massive street protest on March 22 by Argentine school teachers defended public schools while calling for higher wages.
The protest came a day after President Mauricio Macri made disparaging comment about the country's public education system.
The teachers’ union campaign for a pay rise began on March 6 with a 48-hour strike.
The unions are demanding a 35% pay rise to help keep up with inflation, which was 40% last year and is expected to be about 20% in 2017, and a guarantee that no education worker will make less than the poverty line.
The demand comes after the Macri government legislated a ceiling of 20% salary rises, despite an inflation rate of 40%, which has pushed 1.4 million people, including many education workers, into poverty.
A poll released on March 19 showed that for the first time since he took office in December 2015, more Argentines disapprove of Macri's performance than approve, while the country's largest labour union has called a general strike for April 6.
[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]1131International News
The University of Melbourne has renamed the prominent Richard Berry building for maths and statistics after a long anti-racism campaign by a group of staff and students.
Until his retirement in the 1940s, Berry was Australia’s leading voice in the pseudoscience of eugenics, which aimed to produce a superior human race by having suitable people breed, while at the same time sterilising those with “rotten heredity”.
Berry lobbied for “sterilisation, segregation and the lethal chamber” for Aboriginal people, homosexuals, poor people and prostitutes.
Early this year, the building was renamed the Peter Hall building, in honour of world-renowned mathematician and statistician who worked there before his death last year.1131Australian News
Venezuela’s ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Carmen Velazquez, interrupted a media conference held by Secretary General Luis Almagro with Venezuelan opposition leaders on March 20, which she slammed as a violation of the organisation’s internal norms.
“The Venezuelan Mission to the OAS once again deplores the actions of Mr Luis Almagro who in his outrageous and provocative political media campaign against the legitimate and constitutional government of Venezuela has called for March 20, 2017 a press conference with members of the Venezuelan ‘Popular Will’ political party, utilising once more the spaces of the OAS for proselytising purposes,” the statement reads.
Velasquez asserted that the move by Almagro not only constitutes a violation of the OAS’s principle of non-intervention in member-states’ internal affairs, but also directly clashes with the body’s Administrative Memo No. 66, which states that, “the programs or functions of the facilities of the OAS, or any installation of the organisation, will not be political, nor will they have an analogous character or purpose”.
The protest by the Venezuelan delegation adds to a growing chorus within the OAS calling for Almagro’s resignation.
[Abridged from Venezuela Analysis.]1131International News
A Sydney man has been awarded $3000 for being stopped by police for four minutes at Liverpool Station, after a court ruled this amounted to false imprisonment.
Sam Le was approached by two police officers in January last year and asked to produce his Opal card and pensioner concession card, along with photo identification to prove the cards belonged to him.
In a video captured on Le’s phone, he was told he was not under arrest but was “not leaving” until the officers had verified his identity.
Le said he brought the case to “send a message to the police that they can't just approach someone and demand their personal identification ... when a person has not committed any offence”.1131Australian News
More than two months after 60 workers were locked out of a Victorian yoghurt factory, AMWU and ETU members voted on March 20 to accept an agreement that includes wage rises and improved redundancy provisions.
The agreement also included provisions making all production workers direct employees of Parmalat and for mandatory consultation with the union if contractors are engaged.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus congratulated the workers on wining "an epic battle with a multi-national".
"They were locked out for 62 days with the threat of 40% pay cut hanging over their heads," she said.
"But despite all of that they held firm like good Aussie workers have for generations and they won in the end."Asylum seekers can keep mobile phones
The Federal Court ruled on March 17 that asylum seekers have the right to continue their legal fight to keep their mobile phones while in onshore immigration detention.
Border Force had planned to confiscate all detainee’s phones and SIM cards on February 19, but were prevented by a temporary injunction obtained by the National Justice Project.
The government challenged the Federal Court’s jurisdiction to hear the application, but that challenge has been dismissed and the case can now proceed.
Solicitor George Newhouse said: "This is a small but important victory, but it's a long journey ahead and we're up against a government that will oppose human rights at every turn.”1131Australian News
The Day Earth Was Murdered
Paul Craig Roberts
“Change you can believe in” disappeared in the early days of the Obama regime as the same Washington insiders filled the new government’s ranks. David Brooks sung the praises of those who made change impossible: “the best of the Washington insiders, Achievetrons who got double 800s on their SATs.”
Eight years later Donald Trump was specific about the changes he intended, the two most important being normalized relations with Russia and the return home of the middle class jobs and associated state and local tax base that US corporations had moved offshore to foreign locations. But Trump’s government quickly became home to corporate polluters, Wall Street executives, defense contractors, and Russophobic generals.
Obama’s disappointed supporters held firm to their conviction that their man would set the agenda and not the Washington insiders who occupied his government. Trump’s disheartened deplorables are currently finding refuge in this same conviction. But it looks like we will not get the good part from Trump, only the bad part of more pollution and more damage to the social safety net.
Those who agree about this disagree over the explanation. Some insist that Trump, not Hillary, was the establishment’s choice from the beginning and that the fierce opposition to Trump played out in the press and on the airwaves was only an orchestration to convince flyover America that Trump stood for them. My view is different. Trump threatened the power and budget of the military/security complex and the profits of Wall Street before he had an organization and a team in place to impose his agenda. Unlike Michael Corleone, Trump was rash.
Consequently, the CIA, FBI, NSA, Democrats, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and the presstitute media boxed Trump in by portraying him in collusion with Russian President Putin to steal the election from Hillary. Marches worldwide were instantly choreographed, and there were constant and escalating accusations portraying Trump and his associates as puppets on Putin’s string. Lists were made of Internet media sites that took exception to Washington’s wars and dangerous provocations of Russia, China, and Iran.
The attack on Trump seems to have succeeded. Trump lost his National Security Adviser who favored normalized relations with Russia. Trump was forced to prove he was not working for Putin by appointing a Russophobe as National Security Adviser. Trump backed off from an early meeting with Putin to reduce the tensions in the relationship caused by the past three US presidents.
The CIA won the fight by creating an atmosphere hostile to any thought that Russia is not a dangerous adversary and the main threat that the US faces. In other words, a preference for reduced tensions between nuclear powers has become evidence that one is a Russian agent or Putin’s dupe.
The CIA’s victory means that the prospect of nuclear Armegeddon remains on the table, but the budget of the military/security complex is safe and rising. Is this an acceptable trade-off for you?
I was astonished to see the liberal/progressive/left line up with the CIA against peace and with globalism and Identity Politics against the working class. The liberal/progressive/left has turned against heterosexual white males and transformed the working class from a victim group into alleged victimizers of women, blacks, homosexuals, and Muslim refugees. The American left has degenerated into the Identity Politics that originated with Zionism. (See for example the article by Eric Draitser, the host of CounterPunch Radio, http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/24/donald-trump-and-the-triumph-of-white-identity-politics/.)
The political left, once a force for peace, has transitioned into a force for war, as war is the likely outcome of the high level of tension that now exists between the US and Russia. By helping the CIA handicap President Trump and prevent him from reducing these tensions, the liberal/progressive/left has responsibility for the impending danger.
These tensions are very dangerous. They have resulted in high-readiness nuclear alert postures, which together with short warning times, false signals of incoming missiles and distrust, create a dangerous strategic nuclear situation.
It is reckless for Washington to convince Russia (and China) that the US is preparing a pre-emptive nuclear strike against them. But that is what Washington is doing when it puts anti-ballistic missiles on Russia’s border and tells the Russians the lie that the missiles are there to protect Europe from Iranian ICBMs. The entire world knows that Iran does not have nukes or ICBMs. All Washington’s lie does is to make the purpose of the missiles obvious to the Russians.
The continuous anti-Russian propaganda issuing from Washington, NATO and the despicable Western presstitutes has the purpose of orchestrating a Russian Threat and preventing a reduction of tensions between the nuclear powers. The demonization of Russia’s president and the clearly false charges against Russia, such as interference in the US presidential election, invasion of Ukraine, reconstruction of the Soviet empire—are understood by the Russians as a propaganda campaign to prepare Western populations for a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia. The conventional NATO forces conducting military exercises and deployed on Russia’s border are understood by the Russians as being too small and lacking in strength to be of any consequence. They are merely an orchestration to emphasize the Russian Threat for insouciant Western populations. The Russian government understands that all of this is preparation for an attack on Russia. Just as Saddam Hussein, Gadaffi, and Assad were demonized by US government oflficials, now it is Putin. The dangerous situation could not be more obvious.
Yet Hillary supporters are completely blind to what is occuring in front of their noses, as is the liberal/progressive/left, the idiot EU governments, and the Western presstitute media. As President Putin himself has stated, “no one listens to us when we point out the impending danger.”
As environmentally damaging as a pipeline can be, it is nothing compared to nuclear war. In the opposition to Trump, emotion has prevailed over reason and hate has prevailed over judgment. The consequences for life on earth will be dire.
Just as the CIA is indifferent to the threat to life on earth that the agency’s orchestration of the Russian Threat presents, and the liberal/progressive/left is too absorbed in hatred of Trump to comprehend that it is enabling the march to nuclear war, the Trump forces are enabling another catastrophic/apocalyptic threat by dismissing global warning as a hoax. That the obvious, observable melting of Artic ice can be dismissed as a plot against capitalism by left-wing scientists demonstrates a detachment from reality that is difficult to fathom. For whatever reason the ice is melting, the consequence is the sudden enormous release of life-destroying methane into the atmosphere. As far as I am aware, the dire consequences of massive methane release are not controversial.
For a world that sees itself as based on science, it is amazing how uninfluential scientists are. They warn of the consequences of nuclear war, and Western governments continue escalating tensions between nuclear powers. Scientists warn of the consequences of global warming, and the polluting economic interests and their supporters cry “hoax.”
Read Dahr Jamail’s report on the latest published scientific report on the likelihood of a sudden and gigantic release of methane, and then go read the report itself. This is not the fake news that you get from the New York Times, BBC, CNN, Washington Post, Le Monde, MSNBC and the rest of the presstitutes. This report is peer-reviewed scientific opinion based on the known facts at hand. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39957-release-of-arctic-methane-may-be-apocalyptic-study-warns
What is known among scientists as the Artic “Methane Time Bomb” has been studied intensely. Scientists believe that a 50-gigaton “burp” of methane could be released in a brief period of time from the melting of the Artic ice. This would be the sudden addition to the atmosphere of ten times the amount of methane currently in the atmosphere. Scientists equate this to an increase in carbon dioxide of 1,000 gigatons.
In other words, based on our existing scientific knowledge, life on earth depends on the Artic ice not melting. But it is melting.
With the two apocalyptic scenarios described in this article both possibly close at hand, why is the liberal/progressive/left concerned with tranny toilet facilities and the freedom of Muslims to immigrate to Europe and the US? Is this the way they distract themselves from the real threatening issues?
Why are the timber companies cutting down forests and why are the remaining rain forests being massacred when it is trees that absorbe carbon dioxide and emit oxygen?
Why is there intense commercial farming of beef and pork when the methane release from the vast numbers of animals is extraordinary and a factor in the rising temperatures that are melting the Artic ice?
The answer is that profit-seeking has only short-term motivations, and the profits come mainly from the external costs imposed on third parties and the environment. The effort to control what economists call externalities requires thoughtful and determined regulation. Yet, the Trump administration declares regulation to be a hindrance to business. In other words, regulation interferes with the ability of capitalism to generate profits by externalizing its costs, and, thereby, regulation must be abolished.
We have reached the point where the externalities of economic activity and the externalities of the military/security complex’s need for a Russian threat are on the verge of bringing life on Earth to an end.
The idiocy of Identity Poliics is that the ideology has no idea that we are all victims of the real victimizers—the US military/security complex and a carbon-based life style.
Considering the dire circumstances, it really doesn’t matter if more Muslim refugees, whose countries and prospects we have destroyed with our wars of hegemony and who may be seeking revenge for what they have suffered, are admitted to the West. The danger of being run over on a London bridge or at a German bus stop by a Muslim seeking revenge is miniscule compared to thermo-nuclear war and catastrophic changes in the biosphere.
But don’t expect any intelligent awareness from any Western government or from any member of the Western presstitute media. Truth is the last thing that interests these purveyors of fake news. They are interested in manufacturing fake threats, not confronting real ones.
What these hyper-criminals are doing is murdering planet Earth.
Vladimir Putin held a briefing session with the permanent members of the Security Council.
On March 25, the facade lighting of the President’s official residence, the Moscow Kremlin, will be turned off between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm Moscow time for Earth Hour.
„Deutschland ist in einer Ausnahmesituation, 80% der LKW Fahrer sind angestellt, nur 20% sind selbstfahrende Unternehmer. In fast allen europäischen Staaten ist das Verhältnis umgekehrt. (…) In Rußland wurde der Grenze des Erträglichen überschritten und es brach eine Protestwelle los, über die in Deutschland nur wenig berichtet wurde. Der Protest ging von selbstfahrenden Unternehmern aus, die ihre Einnahmen durch die Kosten einer neuen Maut schwinden sahen. Sie sahen sich zudem dadurch provoziert, daß das Mautsystem von einem engen Vertrauten Putins betrieben wird. Die Proteste begannen im vergangenen November und es beteiligten sich mindestens 3000 LKW im gesamten Land…” Beitrag bei chefduzen.de vom 4.1.2016 mit Links zu Presseberichten .Die Trucker freuen sich über jede Solidaritätsadresse. Bitte schreibt an: solidarity_trucker (at) yahoo.com. Siehe dazu neu:
- Montag 27.3.2017 beginnt der große Streik der russischen Trucker
“Eine kleine Gruppe russischer Trucker machte in diesen Tagen eine Rundreise durch einige Städte in der BRD: Berlin, Kiel, Hamburg, Bremen. Und das, obwohl sie am kommenden Montag vor einem großen Streik stehen. Sie setzen damit ihren Widerstand gegen Platon fort, das ist eine Art Mautsystem, das sie existenziell bedroht. Mit Platon und weiteren Steuern sollen die Trucker fertiggemacht werden, damit die großen Logistikfirmen ihren 75 prozentigen Marktanteil übernehmen können. In Rußland sind die meisten Trucker Kleinunternehmer mit ein oder höchstens zwei LKW´s. Ihr gewerkschaftsähnlicher Zusammenschluß heißt OPR, in dem etwa 10.000 Fuhrleute organisiert sind. (…) Lohnarbeitende Kollegen aus großen Logistikfirmen teilten gerade mit, daß die großen Firmen Angst bekommen hätten, ihre Fahrer als Streikbrecher Gewalt auszusetzen. Und gesagt hätten, dass sie während des kommenden Streikes die Gütertransporte stoppten! Mit dem Streik von Montag nächster Woche gehen die Trucker einen Schritt weiter und rechnen damit, daß sich andere Berufsgruppen ihrem Kampf anschließen: Moskauer Taxifahrer und Bauern, die auch gegen Korruption und soziale Ungerechtigkeit in ihren Gebieten kämpfen…” Beitrag vom 24.3.2017 bei der Gewerkschaftslinken Hamburg
- Streik & Selbstorganisierung der Trucker in Rußland
Ein Interview mit der Unterstützerin Olga Reznikova des Arbeitskampfes in Rußland. Video von Kilometerfresser TV vom 27.06.2016 bei youtube . Bei dem letzten Kilometerfresser TV-Beitrag “LKW Streik in Russland” wirkte sie als Übersetzerin in dem Streikcamp in Chimki mit. Es ist quasi die Fortsetzung des Interviews, das noch während des Streiks über Skype geführt wurde
- Resignation und spontane Kämpfe von Berufskraftfahrern
Bericht von Karsten Weber vom Juni 2016, darin u.a. Bericht von Streik und Blockaden in Belgien sowie ein Brief der Streikaktivisten in Rußland: Nach einem 5 monatigen Arbeitskampf haben die russischen Trucker am 1.5. ihren Streik beendet und eine eigene, gewerkschaftsähnliche Organisation gegründet..
- “Die russischen Trucker haben einen eigenen Verband gegründet”
„Ihre einzige Chance sahen die Fernfahrer im Aufbau eines eigenen Netzwerks und sie ließen die Zeit im Protestcamp nicht ungenutzt verstreichen. Ende April schließlich war es so weit: In Moskau fand der Gründungskongress der Vereinigung der Fuhrunternehmer Russlands statt, die über 2 000 Mitglieder in 43 Regionen vereint. Eine Leistung sondergleichen angesichts der ansonsten dürftigen Vernetzung vieler russischer Aktivisten. Der Machtapparat reagiert harsch. Insbesondere in Dagestan, wo der Organisationsgrad der Fernfahrer ungleich höher liegt als in anderen russischen Regionen, sehen sich die Protestierenden mit polizeilichen Abschreckungsmaßnahmen konfrontiert. Rustam Mallomagomedow erfuhr im März, dass er zur Fahndung ausgeschrieben ist. Bei einer Vorladung ins Moskauer Polizeipräsidium hieß es, sein LKW habe einen Personenschaden verursacht – dabei ist der Wagen seit Dezember abgemeldet und nicht im Einsatz. Bei ihrer jetzigen Tour durch das Krasnodarer Gebiet versuchte die Polizei Anfang Juni die Weiterfahrt der kleinen Kolonne zu unterbinden“ – aus dem Artikel “Die Trucker organisieren sich“ von Ute Weinmann am 09. Juni 2016 in der jungle world , worin auch noch einmal die Entwicklung dieser Bewegung im Widerstand gegen die Sondersteuer für LKW skizziert wird
- Gespräche mit streikenden russischen Truckern
„November/Dezember begann ein Arbeitskampf der russischen LKW Fahrer. Auslöser dafür war die neue Maut “Platon”, doch es geht gleichzeitig um die Würde und Arbeitsbedingungen der Fahrer. In den Medien erfährt man kaum etwas über diese Auseinandersetzung. Deshalb ist die alternative Verbreitung der Informationen sehr wichtig“ ist der ebenso kurze wie knappe Vorspann zum Video von Kilometerfresser TV „LKW Streik in Russland“ am 12. März 2016 bei You Tube eingestellt. Die technische Qualität ist nicht besonders – der Inhalt dafür umso mehr, denn streikende LKW Fahrer selbst kommen selten öffentlich zu Wort
- „“I’m Very Tired of the Sense of Insecurity”: How the Russian Truckers’ Strike Has Gone Indefinite“ am 13. März 2016 beim Russian Reader ist die Übersetzung eines Beitrages von Olga Radionova ursprünglich auf russisch bei paperpaper worin Thema ist, warum diese selbstständigen Fahrer den Streik fortsetzen, obwohl die meisten Beteiligten ihn am 1. März beendet hatten
- 10.000 streikende Trucker in Russland brauchen Solidarität
Zehntausend sollen es inzwischen sein, die den Kampf gegen „Plato“ (die extrem erhöhten Abgaben) seit dem 20. Februar nun ebenfalls aufgenommen haben und neben dem Camp in Khimki, das es bereits seit Beginn des Protestes im November 2015 gab, gibt es inzwischen eine ganze Reihe weiterer solcher Camps. Und trotz des nahezu vollständigen Medienboykotts haben sie nicht nur Fortschritte auf dem Weg einer unabhängigen eigenen Organisierung gemacht, sondern sind auch zum Bezugspunkt anderer sozialer Proteste geworden, was sich auch daran zeigt, dass sie ihren Forderungskatalog erweitert haben – etwa für eine neue Wohnungsbaupolitik und für die Rücknahme der Rentenkürzungen. Der Aufruf „Striking Russian Truckers: A Call for Solidarity“ des Russian Reader vom 01. März 2016 macht aber auch die extremen Schwierigkeiten unterschiedlichster Art deutlich, denen sich sich die Streikenden gegenübersehen: Sowohl, was den Medienboykott betrifft und Hilfe dabei, ihn zu durchbrechen, als auch direkte Solidaritätsbekundungen, als auch jede sonstige Hilfe tun dringend Not. Die Mailadresse für entsprechende Kontakte ist: email@example.com, deren reichliche Benutzung von LabourNet Germany dringend empfohlen wird. Siehe dazu auch einen Hintergrundbeitrag, der auch über Vernetzungen berichtet:
- „Wildcatstreik der Lasterfahrer“ von Ute Weinmann am 04. Februar 2016 in der jungle world fasst die Entwicklung bis dahin ausführlich zusammen und hebt, was die Organisierungsbestrebungen betrifft hervor: „Ihre Prioritäten liegen beim Aufbau einer durchschlagskräftigen überregionalen Interessenvertretung, einer Art alternativen Truckergewerkschaft. In fast 60 Regionen gibt es Basisgruppen, die ihre grundsätzliche Bereitschaft zum Beitritt bekunden. Andrej reiste bereits zu Verhandlungen in etliche Orte, darunter auch nach Dagestan. Dort stieß »Platon« auf besonders heftigen Widerstand. Ein weiterer Fahrer namens Sergej stammt selbst aus Dagestan. Erst am Vortag kam er in Chimki an, die Polizei ließ ihn mit seinem Kleintransporter durch die Absperrung. »In Dagestan weiß die ganze Bevölkerung über uns Bescheid«, sagt er überzeugt. Die Sympathien für die Fernfahrer seien dort stark ausgeprägt, gekämpft werden müsse aber in Moskau. Schließlich werden dort die Entscheidungen getroffen“
- Jetzt bilden die russischen Trucker eigene Gewerkschaften – Und streiken weiter
Das Protestcamp in der Kleinstadt Khimki, das russische Trucker schon vor Monaten organisiert hatten, besteht nicht nur nach wie vor, sondern wächst. Und vor allem: Breitet sich aus. Trotz Nachrichtensperre werden Aktivisten aus dem Camp immer öfter in andere Regionen eingeladen, um dort ihre Erfahrungen in Sachen Selbstorganisation zu diskutieren. Der Kampf gegen das Projekt Plato, sprich die Vervielfachung der Besteuerung der LKW-Fahrer – das nach Ansicht der Trucker nur dazu dienen soll, großen Speditionen den Markt zu sichern – geht weiter, auch indem in einzelnen Gegenden eigene Verbände in der Funktion von Gewerkschaften gegründet werden. In dem Artikel „Russian Truckers Prepare for Nationwide Strike“ von Victoria Lomasko am 16. Februar 2016 beim Russian Reader übersetzt wird über diese Erfahrungen und Entwicklungen ausführlich berichtet, wie auch über die in diesen Tagen erneut anstehenden Versuche, daraus einen landesweiten Streik zu entfalten
- Russische Trucker protestieren weiterhin
„Der Streikposten im Bezirk Moskau-Chimki ist trotz starken Schneefalls seit Anfang Dezember besetzt. 15 Lkw sind mit Transparenten behängt. Die Fernfahrer fordern die Abschaffung der im November für Lkw ab zwölf Tonnen eingeführten Abgabe. Der Standort des Streikpostens auf dem Parkplatz am Nordrand Moskaus ist gut gewählt. Hier parken die Kunden der drei großen Einkaufszentren, Ikea, Mega und Aschan. Die Polizei verhindert bereits seit Anfang Dezember, dass sich der Streikposten mit den 15 Lkw vergrößert. Die Lastzüge mit ihren Fahrern sind Überbleibsel einer Protestwelle, die Mitte November letzten Jahres über 20 russische Regionen erfasste, nun aber abgeebbt ist“ – aus der Reportage „Russische Trucker streiken gegen die Maut“ von Ulrich Heyden am 28. Januar 2016 in neues deutschland – wobei abebben offensichtlich noch lange nicht heißt beendet sein… Siehe dazu auch eine Sammlung von Beiträgen über Begegnungen mit streikenden Truckern:
- „A Lesson in Solidarity: With the Striking Truckers in Khimki“ von Tamara Eidelmann am 02. Januar 2016 beim Russian Reader ist die Übersetzung eines Beitrages von Ende Dezember über die Erfahrungen mit streikenden Truckern in Khimki – und obwohl dies der Titel der Webseitesparte ist, ist es der erste Artikel einer ganzen kleinen Sammlung solcher Erfahrungsberichte, aus denen ein recht konkretes Bild vom Leben, Arbeiten und vom Kampf der russsischen Trucker deutlich wird. Bemerkenswert dabei, dass beinahe alle AutorInnen zu Beginn ihrer Beiträge darauf verweisen, dass in ihrem jeweiligen Bekanntenkreis ihre Kontaktabsicht mit einer Art Stirnrunzeln gesehen wurde – nach dem Motto, das sind doch alles Rechte, was sich als eindeutig unrichtig herausstellte
- Aus dem Beitrag bei chefduzen.de vom 4.1.2016 :”… Von Regierungsseite reduzierte man die Mautgebühren und verstärkte die Repression gegen protestierende Trucker. Fahrer wurden gestoppt und gezwungen eine Erklärung zu unterschreiben, sie würden sich ich keinen Protesten beteiligen. Es wurde mit dem Einsatz von Wasserwerfern gedroht. Als für den 1.-3.Dez. zentrale Proteste in Moskau angekündigt waren, verhinderte die Polizei, dass viele LKW die Hauptstadt erreichen konnten, mit dem Argument, es ginge um einen Anti-Terroreinsatz. Am 3.12. kam es zu Gesprächen zwischen Regierungsvertretern und Sprechern der protestierenden Fahrer. Die Protestbewegung ist abgeebbt, aber einige harrten auch über die Weihnachtstage aus mit Transparenten an ihren Fahrzeugen. Obwohl die Mautgegner mit Strafen belegt werden, gibt es noch immer Proteste…”