alex-yudzon:

Hammer, Sickle, Star and Laurels, made out of sunflower seed shells, 2012, 47 x 37 inches.

alex-yudzon:

Hammer, Sickle, Star and Laurels, made out of sunflower seed shells, 2012, 47 x 37 inches.

Überfall auf Mali - neues imperialistisches Kriegsabenteuer

15.01.13 - Seit dem 11. Januar bombardieren französische Kampfjets und Hubschrauber unter dem Vorwand einer “Intervention gegen islamistische Terroristen” Städte in Mali. Über hundert Menschen wurden bereits getötet. Der Krieg wird mit einer UN-Resolution und einem “Hilfeersuchen” der malischen Regierung gerechtfertigt. Truppen aus Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria und Senegal sind laut malischer Regierung bereits seit 11. Januar im Einsatz. Die USA und Großbritannien unterstützen den Einsatz logistisch. Die Bundesregierung hat ebenfalls ihre Unterstützung signalisiert. Nach bisherigen Absprachen soll Frankreichs Armee vor allem mit Transportkapazitäten unterstützt werden.

Tatsächlich verfolgt der imperialistische Überfall das Ziel, die Vorherrschaft in der rohstoffreichen Sahelzone zu sichern. Mali liegt wie Mauretanien, Burkina Faso, Senegal und Niger in dieser Zone. Ethnische und religiöse Gegensätze treten in den vom Kolonialismus willkürlich geschaffenen Landesgrenzen immer wieder hervor. Nach einem Militärputsch gegen die Regierung nutzten kriminelle Banden und reaktionär-islamistische Milizen die Situation, verdrängten die Regierungstruppen, aber auch die in diesem Gebiet traditionell lebenden Tuareg und kontrollieren inzwischen weite Teile des Nordens.

In einer bereits im Frühjahr 2011 ausgearbeiteten Sahel-Strategie der Europäischen Union (“Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel”), die sich vor allem auf Mauretanien, Mali und Niger bezieht, heißt es: "Ein dringendes und unmittelbares Ziel ist der Schutz europäischer Bürger und Interessen, … die Sicherung des rechtmäßigen Handels, der Verbindungswege durch den Sahel (Straßen, Pipelines) und existierender ökonomischer Interessen sowie die Schaffung einer Grundlage für Handel und Investitionen aus der EU."

Die Staaten der Sahelzone haben die Begierde der Imperialisten geweckt. Frankreich hat sich mit seinem staatlichen Atomkonzern Areva die Rechte für das Uran im Nachbarland Niger gesichert, von wo ein Drittel des für die 58 französischen AKW benötigten Urans stammt. Auch im Norden Malis gibt es große, bisher unerschlossene Uranerzvorkommen. Die Bevölkerung der 17.000 Menschen umfassenden Gemeinde Falea wehrt sich massiv gegen die Eröffnung der ersten Uranerzgrube Malis in ihrer Region.

Seit Jahren greifen die auch im Niger beheimateten Stämme der Tuareg Areva an, weil durch den Uranabbau das Trinkwasser verseucht wird, viele Menschen erkranken und auch beim Straßen- und Hausbau radioaktive Materialien eingesetzt werden. Sie führen zum Teil einen bewaffneten Kampf gegen die ausländischen Firmen. Die Tuareg führten zunächst auch die Revolte gegen die gestürzte Regierung Malis an, wurden dann aber von den islamistisch-faschistischen Kräften bekämpft und zurück gedrängt.

Interesse haben die Imperialisten auch an drei bislang noch nicht erforschten Erdölfeldern im Norden Malis. Neben Öl und Uran findet sich hier Phosphat, das weltweit immer knapper wird und für die Düngung zur industriellen Nahrungsmittelerzeugung notwendig ist. Im Norden Malis gibt es große Goldvorkommen. Mali ist drittgrößter Goldproduzent Afrikas.

Bei der Erschließung des Landes rangeln die Imperialisten um die beste Ausgangsposition. Auch die USA versuchen durch die logistische Unterstützung des Krieges ihre Finger nach der Region auszustrecken, nachdem sie bereits in 35 afrikanischen Staaten Militärstützpunkte unterhalten.

Dass die eigentlich reichen Länder der Sahelzone zu den ärmsten der Welt gehören, liegt in erster Linie an der neokolonialen Ausbeutung und Unterdrückung durch die imperialistischen Länder. Der Überfall auf Mali ist ein weiteres militärisches Abenteuer, das genauso wie in Afghanistan oder Somalia durchaus zu einem Desaster für die Imperialisten werden kann. Sofortiger Abzug aller ausländischen Truppen aus Mali und Einstellung aller Kriegshandlungen!

Join the International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organizations (ICOR)!

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 Solidarity statement - What happens 
to you today threatens us tomorrow 

by Marxist-Leninist Group of Switzerland (MLGS)
Strike is a right to enforce workers’ interests - and we have to fight for it across borders
Zurich, 29.07.2012 
Dear colleagues, dear families,
with shock we have heard that the Greek police on 20th 7 2012 with brutality attacked you, colleagues on strike in the steel plant of Aspropyrgos. And the new government of Greece has shown its true face, although a lot of people still had hopes in the grand coalition. Our anger runs deep and our thoughts are with you every minute and with your families. Bravely you have fought for 272 days against the dismissal of 120 colleagues and the reduction of your salary. And your decision to continue to fight to increase union power to struggle, to learn from your strike for new challenges - we congratulate you with that. We want you to know we are still at your side in solidarity. During our visit, about a month ago, we have found that also in Switzerland they try to use similar methods to drive the exploitation of the workers to the extremes, for example by extending the working hours with no extra pay. The question of a comprehensive, political and legal right to strike must become an important demand for the international working class. It is our right as a working class, to strike for our rights. They highly praise democracy, only as long as we, inside their ruling system, do not come too close at their profits. What happened to you today threatens us tomorrow. In Spain also the workers, especially the miners, took to the streets in Madrid and threatened the government. Obviously those in power feel threatened, not just the company Elliniki Halyvourgia. The fighting in Spain and Greece have much in common, and the combatants learn from each other, keep up to date of each other’s situation. To prevent your courageous struggle of becoming an example, your workplace was attacked brutally. The rulers in Europe and in the world put a harder line against us workers. We are confident that this police operation was conducted with the approval of EU.
Switzerland paid in January 2012 683 million to the IMF, money which serves to uphold the capitalist financial markets. It is used to enforce the ruling interests. Money that was previously extracted from the Swiss working class, by ever sharper exploitation. As long as there is capitalism there will be a world economic and financial crises.
We need a world in which it no longer will be possible for international banks and corporations to call the shots. Only through common solidarity action of the working people, against any nationalist division, can we fight our common enemy, the imperialist world system, and struggle for a society without exploitation and oppression of the working people - genuine socialism.
We wish you much strength and stamina
Only in an international struggle, can working people defeat the rulers!
Workers of the world unite!
With revolutionary greetings and in solidarity
Your MLGS-Marxist-Leninist group Switzerland

Solidarity statement - What happens

to you today threatens us tomorrow


by Marxist-Leninist Group of Switzerland (MLGS)

Strike is a right to enforce workers’ interests - and we have to fight for it across borders

Zurich, 29.07.2012

Dear colleagues, dear families,

with shock we have heard that the Greek police on 20th 7 2012 with brutality attacked you, colleagues on strike in the steel plant of Aspropyrgos. And the new government of Greece has shown its true face, although a lot of people still had hopes in the grand coalition. Our anger runs deep and our thoughts are with you every minute and with your families. Bravely you have fought for 272 days against the dismissal of 120 colleagues and the reduction of your salary. And your decision to continue to fight to increase union power to struggle, to learn from your strike for new challenges - we congratulate you with that. We want you to know we are still at your side in solidarity. During our visit, about a month ago, we have found that also in Switzerland they try to use similar methods to drive the exploitation of the workers to the extremes, for example by extending the working hours with no extra pay. The question of a comprehensive, political and legal right to strike must become an important demand for the international working class. It is our right as a working class, to strike for our rights. They highly praise democracy, only as long as we, inside their ruling system, do not come too close at their profits. What happened to you today threatens us tomorrow. In Spain also the workers, especially the miners, took to the streets in Madrid and threatened the government. Obviously those in power feel threatened, not just the company Elliniki Halyvourgia. The fighting in Spain and Greece have much in common, and the combatants learn from each other, keep up to date of each other’s situation. To prevent your courageous struggle of becoming an example, your workplace was attacked brutally. The rulers in Europe and in the world put a harder line against us workers. We are confident that this police operation was conducted with the approval of EU.

Switzerland paid in January 2012 683 million to the IMF, money which serves to uphold the capitalist financial markets. It is used to enforce the ruling interests. Money that was previously extracted from the Swiss working class, by ever sharper exploitation. As long as there is capitalism there will be a world economic and financial crises.

We need a world in which it no longer will be possible for international banks and corporations to call the shots. Only through common solidarity action of the working people, against any nationalist division, can we fight our common enemy, the imperialist world system, and struggle for a society without exploitation and oppression of the working people - genuine socialism.

We wish you much strength and stamina

Only in an international struggle, can working people defeat the rulers!

Workers of the world unite!

With revolutionary greetings and in solidarity

Your MLGS-Marxist-Leninist group Switzerland

It’s the time for a counter-attack!…

TIKB Turkey


 We woke up to a day of a custody rush targeting KESK. This time those who are filled in to the “bag of KCK” have been the trade unionists of KESK. Sixty five people including the chairman Lami Özgen have been taken to custody. It is said that there were seventy one names on the list.

One other common factor of the people taken to custody is that their being Kurds.

The fascist state terror intending to smash the dynamics of organised social opposition is primarily and specially aiming at hitting powers related to Kurdish question. In its background lies the fact that Kurdish people’s resistance constitutes the most effective and militant democratic power in today’s Turkey. They fear to death of the meeting of this dynamic with other social opposition powers and dynamics in Turkey with working class and labour movement being in the first place.

This is an aggression that is meant to clear the way of strategic policies that open an unrestricted area for the brutal exploitation of capital without having to stumble over even a minor oppositional blockade. Today who can claim that the strike of May 23rd and the resistance against the reactionary “4+4+4 law” are not responsible for KESK to be placed at the centre of the targetboard?

The growth of the libertine of capitalists is a process possible only if the poverty of workers and labourers deepen. This process may run only if everything is smooth. It is so because the depression of the imperialist capitalist world system and the results created by it get deeper. Turkey is facing the threat to be Greece more and more. They try to block a social turmoil created by a quake and to narrow its limits as much as they can.

 Therefore, these operations are the result of their aggression to cast the society to a new mould as well. Those who resist, those who defend their rights, those who demand to expand their rights are placed at the keen end of the attack. Filling the prisons with hundreds of students, with thousands of Kurdish politicians, with tens of journalists and trade unionists has a reason. This is an open state terror to intimidate the society. On the other hand, Turkey who undertakes an active role in realising the war scenarios through grabbing Syria by the throat is under the pressure of the hysteria of becoming an actor that affects the balances by leaping up to a regional power level. In so doing Turkey is trying to be the leader of “Sunni crescent” compatible with of US imperialism and the strategic interests of Israel in Middle East. However, at this moment Turkey is experiencing the doziness and the pressure of the response it has received to its being more royalist than the king himself, by an anticraft whose coverage is two and a half kilometres. In this respect it is in need of diverting the attention of public to other directions. 

The collaborator Turkish bourgeoisie is pushing up the level of aggression in and out every day. In fact, these dynamics are breeding and feeding each other.

Confronting this furious aggression and unrestrained conduct, it is a must to go beyond the defence reflex.

On this basis, it is an obligation to organise a united and massive counter-attack from the front in all forms and means.

To the streets, to action, to call to account!…

It’s the time for a counter-attack!…

TIKB Turkey

 We woke up to a day of a custody rush targeting KESK. This time those who are filled in to the “bag of KCK” have been the trade unionists of KESK. Sixty five people including the chairman Lami Özgen have been taken to custody. It is said that there were seventy one names on the list.

One other common factor of the people taken to custody is that their being Kurds.

The fascist state terror intending to smash the dynamics of organised social opposition is primarily and specially aiming at hitting powers related to Kurdish question. In its background lies the fact that Kurdish people’s resistance constitutes the most effective and militant democratic power in today’s Turkey. They fear to death of the meeting of this dynamic with other social opposition powers and dynamics in Turkey with working class and labour movement being in the first place.

This is an aggression that is meant to clear the way of strategic policies that open an unrestricted area for the brutal exploitation of capital without having to stumble over even a minor oppositional blockade. Today who can claim that the strike of May 23rd and the resistance against the reactionary “4+4+4 law” are not responsible for KESK to be placed at the centre of the targetboard?

The growth of the libertine of capitalists is a process possible only if the poverty of workers and labourers deepen. This process may run only if everything is smooth. It is so because the depression of the imperialist capitalist world system and the results created by it get deeper. Turkey is facing the threat to be Greece more and more. They try to block a social turmoil created by a quake and to narrow its limits as much as they can.

Therefore, these operations are the result of their aggression to cast the society to a new mould as well. Those who resist, those who defend their rights, those who demand to expand their rights are placed at the keen end of the attack. Filling the prisons with hundreds of students, with thousands of Kurdish politicians, with tens of journalists and trade unionists has a reason. This is an open state terror to intimidate the society.
On the other hand, Turkey who undertakes an active role in realising the war scenarios through grabbing Syria by the throat is under the pressure of the hysteria of becoming an actor that affects the balances by leaping up to a regional power level. In so doing Turkey is trying to be the leader of “
Sunni crescent” compatible with of US imperialism and the strategic interests of Israel in Middle East. However, at this moment Turkey is experiencing the doziness and the pressure of the response it has received to its being more royalist than the king himself, by an anticraft whose coverage is two and a half kilometres. In this respect it is in need of diverting the attention of public to other directions.

The collaborator Turkish bourgeoisie is pushing up the level of aggression in and out every day. In fact, these dynamics are breeding and feeding each other.

Confronting this furious aggression and unrestrained conduct, it is a must to go beyond the defence reflex.

On this basis, it is an obligation to organise a united and massive counter-attack from the front in all forms and means.

To the streets, to action, to call to account!…

 More Openness After 22nd July? 

 Tjen Folket (Serve the People - Communist League of Norway), 2 May 2012 


 System critic imprisoned because the Prime Minister came to Bergen, Norway.The sun was shining in Bergen (Norway’s 2nd largest city) on 1st May.Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was about to come to Bergen and the citywas to be cleaned so that Mr. Stoltenberg was not to be confronted withuncomfortable truths.Thus the police looked out the Serve the People spokesperson in Bergen,Roger Solsvik, to order him to leave the city for 24 hours. Here the PrimeMinister was to hold his 1st May speech.Solsvik of course refused to follow the police’s orders. Then he wasdragged against his will by two policemen across the main square, throwninto a police car and sent in prison where he had to spend almost fourhours.This is unlawful detention. The police has no reason for removing Solsvik.The only real reason for him to be neutralized is that he represents theonly really system critical organisation in Norway, Serve the People.When other regimes remove such people from the street, the Norwegianmedias rightfully criticizes this. We mean that it is just as bad whenexactly the same thing happens in Norway.However, police abuse did not stop Serve the People as the onlyorganisation pointed at the big, ugly and bad smelling elephant present,but which none of the speakers would attack - the Norwegian imperialistbloody adventures in Libya and Afghanistan.Serve the People, 2nd May 2012

More Openness After 22nd July?

Tjen Folket (Serve the People - Communist League of Norway), 2 May 2012 

 System critic imprisoned because the Prime Minister came to Bergen, Norway.

The sun was shining in Bergen (Norway’s 2nd largest city) on 1st May.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was about to come to Bergen and the city
was to be cleaned so that Mr. Stoltenberg was not to be confronted with
uncomfortable truths.

Thus the police looked out the Serve the People spokesperson in Bergen,
Roger Solsvik, to order him to leave the city for 24 hours. Here the Prime
Minister was to hold his 1st May speech.

Solsvik of course refused to follow the police’s orders. Then he was
dragged against his will by two policemen across the main square, thrown
into a police car and sent in prison where he had to spend almost four
hours.

This is unlawful detention. The police has no reason for removing Solsvik.
The only real reason for him to be neutralized is that he represents the
only really system critical organisation in Norway, Serve the People.

When other regimes remove such people from the street, the Norwegian
medias rightfully criticizes this. We mean that it is just as bad when
exactly the same thing happens in Norway.

However, police abuse did not stop Serve the People as the only
organisation pointed at the big, ugly and bad smelling elephant present,
but which none of the speakers would attack - the Norwegian imperialist
bloody adventures in Libya and Afghanistan.

Serve the People, 2nd May 2012