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239th Anniversary of US Declaration of Independence: US Working Class Has Little to Celebrate

Even in the relatively affluent suburbs of the USA, like Glenview, IL - located just outside Democratic Party-run and financially tottering Chicago - if you want to have a Fourth of July celebration you have to cough up some dough, because the greedy capitalist class won't foot the bill any more. [Photo by IWPCHI]

Even in the relatively affluent suburbs of the USA – like Glenview, IL, located just outside Democratic Party-run and financially tottering Chicago – if you want to have a Fourth of July celebration you’d better dig deep into your own pockets, because the greedy capitalist class won’t foot the bill any more. [Photo by IWPCHI]

Today on the Fourth of July we honor the revolutionary worker- and farmer- heroes of 1776 by honoring the revolutionary workers of 2015 who suffer in prison and exile for daring to fight for the rights of every working man and woman on this planet.

There are two kinds of workers in the world: wage-slaves and revolutionaries. In 2015, as in every era of human history, the mass of working people is composed of the wage-slaves, who sullenly bear their burdens like the downtrodden slaves they are, lashing out at anyone who tries to organize a slave rebellion and who slavishly place themselves at the service of their capitalist masters no matter how humiliating or savage the requests may be. Only at times of actual revolutionary struggle do these people attempt to finally cast off their chains and join in the revolutionary struggle to overthrow the ruling class – and then only if the odds of success are heavily on the side of the revolutionaries. It has ever been thus and it will ever be this way. This article is addressed to the revolutionary-minded workers of the United States and throughout the world who hate the capitalist status quo and who will NOT be mindlessly waving the flag on this 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. They will be mindful of the vast and widening gulf that exists between the largely empty promises of 1776 and the current realities of a US government run by a greed-drunk capitalist class whose regime grows more and more monstrously oppressive with each passing hour.

The annual celebrations in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 are being conducted in their usual senseless manner this year – but with an ironic twist. The ruling capitalist class, which sees no point in spending their hard-stolen money on such frivolities as education for the nation’s children, has apparently lost interest even in providing the ‘bread and circuses’ they once deemed essential for the maintenance of class peace between the millions of exploited wage- and debt-slaves and their exploiters. Today the once sacred budget appropriations for celebrations of the 4th of July have been placed on the chopping block; if you want to have a big 4th of July fireworks display, forget it – there’s not enough tax revenue left in the coffers of our cities and towns to be able to afford such an extravagance – the capitalists’ hired politicians and their co-conspirators have stolen it all. Increasingly, workers – even in the more affluent towns like Glenview, IL are going around hat-in-hand begging the citizens to donate money if they want to see any fireworks on the nation’s birthday!

Parades roll on full of fresh-faced military “heroes” the most recently-minted of which have only achieved the destruction of several small and poorly-defended nation-states, having left nothing but corpses, chaos and hatred for the United States in their wake. Many of these young men and women will not be marching in today’s parades – because it is no longer possible for them to do so; they have been horribly maimed while fighting in US imperialism’s endless and unwinnable “War on Terror”(TM). Now they have a new fight ahead of them: the struggle to survive, to obtain the health care and family services they desperately need, and which a money-grubbing US government doles out to them with an eye-dropper – if they can “qualify” for any assistance at all. Once a soldier is no longer able to physically defend the overseas investments of the US capitalist class, the capitalists discard them like an old pair of army boots. Yet every major sporting event and every Fourth of July parade, every newscast you’ll see today and millions of fatuously “patriotic” advertisements include a bombastic and idiotic salute to the nation’s military “heroes” freshly returned from one-sided “battlefields” where the only sacrifices being made are on the side of those wantonly attacked by the United States Government.  Crowds of stupefied American wage-slaves cheer as these veterans are trotted out for the national photo ops all over the nation, and then sent back home to figure out how the hell they are going to find a job so they can keep a roof over the heads of their families.   Almost completely ignored are the tens of thousands of homeless US veterans  who will be out there panhandling at these very parades that pretend to honor them; for these homeless veterans of America’s many, many wars, these Fourth of July celebration’s of America’s hometown military heroes must seem like deliberate mockery.

Military jets fly over baseball parks from coast to coast, prompting “oohs and ahhs” from the throng of stupid American wage-slaves idiotically applauding machines designed to do nothing but blast human beings into tiny pieces – bought and paid for with the workers own hard-earned tax money. Meanwhile, our cities are mismanaged,  looted by the politician-hirelings of capital and driven into bankruptcy;

US citizens across the nation are being denied access to a basic human need – water –  because they can’t afford to pay the water bill; racist cops shoot down citizens for no reason and get away with it and the US president declares to the world that he has a “right” to order the assassination of anyone who he deems to be a “terrorist” – even if they are a U.S. citizen! Happy Fourth of July! Wave a flag, dummies!

Meanwhile, more and more of the actual heroes who have risked their lives and fortunes trying to expose the horrendous crimes being committed by an increasingly deranged US capitalist class and its hirelings are being framed up on bogus criminal charges, convicted – by juries composed of cowards who will never rise to the level of the women and men they are sitting in judgment of, and thrown into the notoriously overcrowded and violent hellhole prison system for years or even decades. Brave men and women like Jason and Jeremy Hammond and  Chelsea Manning languish in prison; courageous people like Julian Assange of WikiLeaks have their lives turned upside down for exposing the crimes and endless lies of the US Government; true working-class heroes like Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu-Jamal have been brutalized, imprisoned and live under a sentence of death issued by the ruthless and bloodthirsty US capitalist class that seeks to destroy all who dare to oppose it. These are a mere handful of the cases we could cite; what about the millions like Tim Tyler who languish in US prisons, victims of the idiotic “War on Drugs”(TM)? And still tens of millions of US worker-slaves stand dumbly by waving their flags and doing nothing to stop these outrages! Wage-slaves who refuse to come to the defense of those who risk their lives in our behalf do not deserve to breathe the same air as these imprisoned and exiled worker-heroes!

Millions of US workers are unemployed – some for so long that they are no longer even being counted by the government as “unemployed” any more ; more than half of all US public school children live in poverty; the world’s largest prison population languishes in some of the most brutal prisons in the “civilized” world; immigrant workers are being brutalized in prison camps where small children are imprisoned along with their mothers

the children beg visiting US politicians – whose colleagues wrote the laws under which they are imprisoned – to help free them; US citizens – particularly those who “happen to be black” are being shot to death by the nation’s police on a daily basis and never prosecuted for their crimes; US politicians, in the wake of the latest racist atrocity – this time in Charleston, S.C. – proclaim to the world that their love for their “southern heritage” demands that the racist Confederate flag of the southern slavocracy should be flown proudly across the USA, inspiring more members of the deranged racist lunatic fringe of the United States to commit more atrocities – it is hard to understand what it is that we have reason to celebrate on this July 4, 2015.

An 8-year-old Mexican girl handed this drawing to a US Congressman inspecting a detention center housing "illegal" immigrant mothers and their children.

An 8-year-old Mexican girl named “Helen” handed this drawing to a US politician inspecting a detention center in California housing “illegal” immigrant mothers and their children. It reads: “I want to be free”. Source: ilw.com, “House Democrats Recap Trip to Family Detention Facilities”, 24 June 2015 (see link above)

It has been 239 years since this nation’s founders declared independence from Great Britain and launched their revolution to “free” the oppressed white, male property-owners of colonial America from their British overlords. It was indeed a bold move and inadvertently set in motion the global chain of events that would almost completely wipe out feudalism in the world within 100 years – a major step forward for the human race and one the revolutionary socialist movement has always honored. In 2015 it is easy to see that, then and now, that group of courageous yet fatally flawed bourgeois revolutionaries made promises they never intended to make good on for anyone but themselves and their friends. To celebrate their revolution 238 years after the fact takes no courage at all; and it requires that we ignore a mountain of evidence proving that the progressive aspects of the US capitalist class were discarded by the ancestors of those revolutionists more than a century ago. This generation of capitalists don’t even want to shell out money for the fireworks displays and parades held in honor of their own ancestors! It really is a sad spectacle for a revolutionary worker to behold!

The success of the “American Experiment” that has been celebrated every Fourth of July since 1776 – in spite of the fact that the “freedom” gained by the US Revolution was only really gained by a tiny minority of rich, white men – has long since lost its golden halo. The United States capitalist class hasn’t done anything “revolutionary” or hugely progressive since the Reconstruction period unless a gun was being held to its collective head in the form of an enraged and fighting working class that wasn’t going to take anything but “yes” for an answer. Immediately after the American Revolution, women, slaves and the rest of the toiling classes were all left essentially right where they were before the revolution began! Every political gain made by blacks, women and the working class since then was gained only after prolonged and bloody struggle against the cabal of rich, white men by and for whose sole benefit the revolution was fought. Every major social gain since Reconstruction has been made on the initiative of the working class itself – the ruling capitalist class has fought us tooth and nail and all along the line. The struggle for the 8-hour day; the right of women to vote; the right of unions to organize; the right to withhold our labor-power in order to win better wages and working conditions (the right to strike); civil rights for blacks and LBGT people were all opposed by the capitalist class and their political parties and cops and courts. Workers blood has been shed in every one of these struggles before the capitalist class finally gave in and grudgingly made the necessary concessions – and then only in order to prevent the workers impulse towards revolution from reaching the boiling point. The plans of the ruling capitalist class are well-laid and made with their long-term objectives always in mind. The entrenched bourgeoisie of the United States consists of those who made their family fortunes stealing land from the Native Americans and selling it to the immigrants streaming in from all over the globe; their wealth is hereditary and they have been part of the US ruling class in some cases since their ancestors landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620! They have a lot of experience in these matters and know full well that any concessions they make to the workers today can eventually be clawed back once the temperature of the working class eventually cools off – as it inevitably does unless kept red hot via the work of a revolutionary vanguard party.

The American Revolution of 1776 was not as wildly popular as we have been led to believe. Every flag-waving moron in the USA who defends the racist, anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-worker status quo in the USA today wants you to believe that if he or she was alive in 1776, they’d not have hesitated to attack the status quo under British rule! It’s so easy for them to say now, isn’t it? Defense of the American Revolution in 2015 risks not a hair on the head of anyone wrapping themselves in the Stars and Stripes. But that was NOT the case in 1776. Then, to take up arms against the “legitimate forces of law and order” – the British – was an act of treason punishable by death! So only about a third of the workers and farmers of 1776 actually had the guts to take up arms and join the army of Washington. And he had a hell of a time keeping an army in the field because the war was so unpopular. At Valley Forge, as the Americans were unable to procure food or decent clothing or bedding for the revolutionary troops, the local farmers of Pennsylvania were smuggling cattle, and all kinds of foodstuffs and homemade goods – to the British in Philadelphia! Washington had to send out detachments of troops to intercept the steady stream of vitally needed food and other goods that were being sold by Americans to the British, who paid them in good English money instead of the worthless money issued by the Continental Congress! These flag-waving patriots who bellow their love for the revolutionaries of 1776 while threatening to murder worker-revolutionaries of 2015 are cowards who would have been waving the British flag in 1776 just as these shameless American neo-fascists wave the US flag now! Who are they kidding? If they are such valiant defenders of our “freedoms” why do they refuse to lift a finger or donate a penny to the defense of people like  Edward Snowden, whose “crime” in the eyes of the capitalist class – exposing the fact that the US’ National Security Agency is spying on every human being on the planet, including US citizens –  is no crime at all in the eyes of worker-revolutionaries? These people who wrap themselves in the flag today will NEVER fight for even the rights of their own children against their capitalist masters – they are too craven and cowardly to ever fight the “powers that be” – and if they were around back in 1776 you can be sure that, just as they do today, they would have taken up their position in defense of the strongest party – the British – and would have been counted among the Tories, hated by all the revolutionaries of the 1770s!

Historians tell us that the American Revolution was not wildly popular at all and that only about a third of the population in 1776 actually supported the Revolution in ways that mattered – in 1775-1781 – and even those weak numbers rose and fell parallel to the successes and failures of the revolutionary struggle. I has never been easy to take a stand against the powerful monied interests that rule over us – the work we do is not for the faint of heart or for the flag-waving coward! Those courageous women and men who took up arms to overthrow the British monarchy did so selflessly – and because they mistakenly believed that those ringing words, those freedom-promising principles announced to the world in the heroic language of the Declaration of Independence were meant for THEM and not just for the handful of rich white men leading the revolution. Like the confused women and men in the US military today, the worker-heroes of the American Revolution risked their lives and their meager fortunes in order to defend the glorious ideals that the government leaders pretended would be available to all should their side emerge victorious from the war. It was only after the revolution, when the American revolutionary leaders “forgot” to add a Bill of Rights to the US Constitution that the workers discovered with horror that they had been robbed of the fruits of the years of labor in the service of the Revolution. Then, as the new nascent capitalist masters proved to be every bit as arrogant and oppressive to the working class and yeomanry as the British had been, a new wave of revolutionary struggles broke out – first, Shays’ Rebellion, then the Whiskey Rebellion and, later, Fries’ Rebellion all reflected the anger of the workers and farmers of the new nation who felt that their rights were being trampled on by the new rulers of the young United States of America just as they had been by the British. Their working class aspirations were crushed by the infant US capitalist class and their leaders were hunted down like dogs, tried and hanged or imprisoned. And thus began the long struggle for worker rights under the then-emerging capitalist dictatorship that continues to this day.

At the top of the political and economic pyramid of the United States in 2015 sits a small cabal of primarily rich, white men whose ancestors, in many cases, led the Revolution and made their fortunes thereby. What a clever gang of lawyers those original founders were! Somehow they managed to lead a successful bourgeois revolution whose stated aim was to bring into existence a “free nation” dedicated to the principle “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – but which “somehow” ended up only creating “freedom” for less than a tenth of the population, while making chattel slavery the law of the land! Only a gang of very clever lawyers could pull off such a scam! All of us who were not born rich or white or male have been fighting for OUR freedom without cessation since 1776 and we still haven’t reached our goal! Our ancestors worked as slaves, as indentured servants as brutally exploited factory workers, fought in all the wars waged under the Stars and Stripes, yet we still must struggle to keep a roof over our heads while the tiny gang of rich white men live lives of unbelievable luxury – and every year on the 4th of July, all of us, worker and capitalist, rich and poor, are supposed to join hands and sing hosannas to the glorious revolution of 1776! A revolution our worker and farmer ancestors fought in over two hundred years ago and which millions of us to this day have have only barely been able to enjoy a fraction of the fruits of! It’s taken us two hundred years of constant class warfare to force our rich masters to bestow upon us third-rate rat-infested public housing housing, health care on the installment plan and food stamps. “Hooray for the Fourth of July!”

In Chicago, it was announced this week that yet another round of savage budget cuts will be made to the already vastly underfunded Chicago Public Schools. The filthy rich capitalist class has decided that it makes no sense to spend “their” money (which they stole from us) to educate our children whom they never intend to employ, ever! So every year they cut back on education – to them it’s nothing but a bad investment! “Where” – the dull-witted among us ask “is their patriotism?” The fact is that the only thing the capitalists pledge allegiance to is their bank accounts! All they care about is: “how much money is in my bank accounts?” and “is the pile growing or shrinking”? All that wealth was derived from the labor of workers somewhere – either in the United States or somewhere else in the world – and they have no intention of allocating any more of it than is absolutely necessary in order to make those piles of cash of theirs keep on growing. They couldn’t care less about the future of us, or our kids!

So where is the outrage of the working class of the United States? We would think that when the capitalists start attacking your CHILDREN you’d start paying attention and get off your fat asses and start fighting for your kids’ futures! Yet that is simply not happening. Apparently, American workers have become so fat, lazy, apathetic and cowardly that even when the capitalist class and their government attack your CHILDREN you just mumble “oh well, you can’t fight City Hall” and go to the fridge for another beer! What the hell is wrong with you? Your hard-earned money has been taken from you in the form of taxes and spent – not to educate your children or to make your lives and theirs better – it has been taken and used to create a vast war machine which has as its primary purpose the defense of the overseas investments of the tiny U.S. capitalist class! Your sons and daughters have been sent overseas to butcher your fellow workers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Libya and elsewhere; many of them have come back physically and/or mentally maimed, unable to function as complete human beings and lead normal lives. Your sons and daughters in the US military have left a trail of destruction of whole nations, where the conditions of life now are far worse than they were under the dictators whose regimes our children were sent to overthrow! By the work of your military “heroes” the name of “American” has become a sort of curse in the mouths of decent human beings all over the world! Cities, towns and villages lie in ruins – destroyed by your sons and daughters; parents have had to bury their infant children by the tens of thousands; other children have been left orphaned thanks to the work of the US military – and for what? For whose benefit? For the benefit of that tiny gang of greedheads on Wall St. whose investments around the world are threatened by any kind of opposition, whether it comes from the heads of competing nation-states or individual U.S. citizens!

What is there to celebrate? The working class of the United States has not ONE representative in the US Senate or House of Representatives! Not one! Each and every politician in the national government of BOTH political parties is owned and operated by that same tiny cabal of capitalists who run the banks, insurance, pharmaceutical, energy and telecommunications companies and the defense contractors who make the weapons being used by OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS to butcher our working-class sisters and brothers around the world! This is the true state of things in the “free” “democratic” United States of America on the 4th of July 2015!

The police forces of the United States – paid for, as everything else is paid for in this country, by taxes squeezed from the working class – seem to have been given orders to shoot to kill any worker who dares to stand up for her or his rights. Even little children are gunned down as if they were a nuisance animal by police forces that are looking more and more like occupying troops in a foreign country. The US citizens are their “enemy”! Hardly a day goes by without another disgusting murder of an unarmed citizen by a police officer somewhere in the USA. Black people, as usual, are their favorite “prey”. These racist cops in the US major cities are all being run by a political party that styles itself as “the party of labor”! Our so-called trade union “leaders” take our union dues and lavish it on this “party of labor” – the Democratic Party – telling us that we must go to the polls and vote for the Democrats because they are the “lesser of two evils” – as if the purpose of a modern “democracy” is to provide the working class with a choice between “firing squad” or “lethal injection”! And you are so stupid, dear brother and sister workers, that you actually BELIEVE this to be ‘the best of all possible worlds” and act as if you – all 300 million of you! – were “powerless to do anything” to change the way this country is run!

The fact of the matter is that the United States of America has always been a hellhole for black and minority workers, for immigrants and for the poor of all “races” from 1776 to today! And yet here you are, in 2015, with the Internet at your fingertips and cell phones in your pockets, cars in your driveways and credit cards in your hands, sitting around telling yourselves that you are powerless to do anything!

In order to fight racism we need to have a political party of by and for the working class that has as one of its fundamental principles the idea that racism must be driven out of existence permanently. We need a government that fights racism, not a government that defends it and uses it to divide and conquer us! In every capitalist country in the world we see racist capitalist governments attacking minority workers, scapegoating scapegoating immigrants for the joblessness created by the capitalist system itself to hold down wages; attacking striking workers and students protesting austerity programs imposed on them by the capitalists; using racist ideology to divide the working class against itself! This is not just happening in the United States! We must come to understand that it is the capitalist system itself and the capitalist class of the United States that are our enemies; not the Muslim or Mexican immigrants; not the Chinese or Indian workers but the greedy scumbags on Wall St. are the common enemy of the workers! This is not and will never be the program of the so-called “friends of labor”:Democratic Party, whose politicians are now going around defending “southern heritage” and the Confederate flag as merely expressions of the “free speech rights” of racist rats like Dylann Roof and his kind!   A workers government will not allow mentally ill people like Dylann Roof to walk the streets seeking people to attack; a workers government will FINISH THE CIVIL WAR by overthrowing the racist capitalist class of the United States and by throughly cleaning up every nest of Ku Klux Klan and Nazis we can find, so that never again will there be another atrocity like that which took place in Charleston, S.C. Under capitalism, these racists are protected and even given police badges and allowed to run police departments in our major cities! This will be IMPOSSIBLE under a workers government! The “free speech rights” of the Klan and nazis will be abolished under a workers government! The Democrats and the capitalist mouthpieces in the bourgeois press claim that if we smash the Nazis and Klan and outlaw their organizations and their “right” to spread racist lies we will somehow be destroying civilized society! This is just their back-door way of defending the racists whom they keep in reserve to attack the workers movement whenever we try to organize ourselves across racial lines. The Klan and Nazis are the attack dogs of the capitalist class – and the “friends of Labor” – the Democrats – use the code words of “southern heritage” and “free speech rights” to DEFEND the fascists like Dylann Roof. Under a workers government, people like Roof will be placed in insane asylums and taken out of circulation so they can’t poison the minds of any other young people.

The Democratic Party – Enemies of Labor

The Democrats put on a fine dog-and-pony show over the anti-worker “Trans-Pacific Partnership” (TPP) agreement, first pretending to vote against it in a fake “rebellion” “opposing” Obama and then turning around and passing it in a flurry of activity that took all the US union misleaders totally by surprise!  The AFL-CIO’s own website has still not recovered from their embarrassment to issue a statement on the vicious bitch-slapping they received from the Democrats on TPP!  But what can they say?

30 June 2015: Obama signs "Fast Track" into law, surrounded by his criminal co-cospirators and cracks "This is so much fun we should do it again!" Source: AFP-JIJI via japan Times

30 June 2015: Obama signs “Fast Track” into law surrounded by his criminal co-conspirators and cracks “This is so much fun, we should do it again!” Source: AFP-JIJI via japan Times

The Japan Times described the scene as “friend of labor” Obama was signing the “Fast Track” legislation surrounded by a joyful gang of capitalist criminals whose capitalist masters will undoubtedly reward them richly for this magnificent gift:

“As Obama signed the legislation, using a set of 20 commemorative pens set out for the ceremony, he remarked: “This is so much fun, we should do it again!”

Source: Reuters via the Japan Times, “Obama inks ‘fast-track’ trade bills but says tough talks lie ahead before TPP is reality”, 30 June 2015]

You have to stop believing the lies of the fake worker-leaders who tell you that the Democrats are the party of labor.  No “party of labor” would even attempt to pull off a robbery of the working class like the one the Democrats just committed on TPP. Expecting the Democratic Party politicians – who owe their seats in Congress to the rich people who financed their campaigns – to fight against the interests of the capitalists who own them is like expecting the small lampreys that live by attaching themselves to the bodies of enormous Whale Sharks to swallow the shark whole!  It ain’t gonna happen!  The working class needs its OWN party, its OWN political leaders who owe their positions only to the workers and owe the capitalists not one thin dime!  Until we have such a party, the working class of the United States will continue to see its standard of living decimated by the capitalists who are “running the tables” of the world unopposed with the help of the bribed officials at the AFL-CIO and their employees in the Democratic Party!

Another big lie that you must stop believing is that the rich people are sooo powerful and we workers are so weak! The opposite is true: the working class creates ALL the wealth in a capitalist country – and we make up the vast majority of the population! We have the power to shut down the US economy completely simply by refusing to work; our sons and daughters essentially run the US war machine as well!  A workers government would by its very nature be a really democratic government, a real case of “majority rule”. Right now the US Government is essentially owned and operated by a cabal of filthy rich capitalists who make up less than a tenth of the population; this isn’t a democracy, it’s an autocracy! Its the dictatorship of the capitalist class! The capitalist class owns and operates BOTH the Republican and the Democratic Parties. They pre-select who we will get to vote for by allocating their campaign donations only to those candidates who are most willing to carry out the orders of the capitalists. There is absolutely nothing democratic about how the presidential, senatorial or Congressional candidates are chosen: they must pass the test of the capitalist class first – only then will their campaigns be funded.

How do we get from here to there? First we must build ourselves a revolutionary workers party that refuses to take even a penny in funding from the capitalist class. A party completely funded by the workers and beholden only to the working class! The Democratic Party is entirely owned and operated by the capitalist class. Hillary Clinton, like Barack Obama, like all the others are EMPLOYEES of the capitalist class – these politicians go around begging for campaign donations from the capitalists who own this planet and they offer their services to the capitalists in exchange for those campaign donations. A revolutionary workers party would raise its funds from membership dues and donations from the workers who make up the vast majority of the population. The active working class in the US is about 170,000,000 strong! If only half of that number sent in a dollar a month, our party could run candidates in all 50 states in its first year! This is what we must do!

This means, sisters and brothers that until we create a revolutionary workers party that represents only the interests of the working class, THE CAPITALIST CLASS WILL CONTINUE TO WIN EVERY ELECTION as they have been doing since 1776!

Capitalism Must Die so that the Working Class May Live!  Break with the Democrats – Build a Revolutionary Workers Party to Fight for a Workers Government!

– IWPCHI

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New York Times Censorship: Revolutionary Socialist Ideas Are “Not Fit to Print”

The flagship propaganda outlet for US imperialism, the New York Times, claims to publish “All the News Fit to Print” – which doesn’t include ideas that would lead to the overthrow of their owners in the US capitalist class – the most despotic ruling class in world history.  This is not surprising, and it isn’t “news” to veteran socialists; but it is real and it has to be brought to the attention of the working class and a major campaign by the socialist parties of the United States must be fought to smash the capitalist class’ censorship of public discussion.

The NYT publishes all kinds of pro-regime news, and only very carefully edited exposes of the most flagrant violations of bourgeois etiquette – like the mass torture of prisoners by the US military at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay and the global spying scandal revealed by Edward Snowden and the US Government claiming the “right” to assassinate US citizens – make it through their fine sieve of bourgeois propriety.  Even then, the New York Times goes out of its way to allow the United States Government to conduct pre-publication censorship of the Times’ own articles on these subjects.

The words “Communist” and “Communist Party” or even “socialist” rarely find their way into the bourgeois press unless they are being used as pejorative terms. Even in death the Times’ obituary columnists routinely “forget” to mention the fact that the deceased person(s) whose virtues they are forced to extol (due to the departed’s vast contributions to US and/or world culture) was a lifelong communist.  “Not fit to print” apparently.  Musn’t let the children know that there was ever anything good that came from the communist movement!

This amounts to nothing less than a long-running attempt to falsify the historical record.  Actually, almost everything “good” that has happened in the past 150 years (including the US civil war) came about due to the political intervention of the anarchist, socialist and communist movements: the anti-slavery movement, the 8-hour day, equal rights for women, the civil rights movement, the ban on child labor, the imposition of basic safety rules on the job and much, much more.  Nary a one of these reforms originated in the greed-addled brains of the capitalist class.  And it took years of bloody struggle by the socialist workers movement to achieve every reform we take for granted today.  The revolutionary socialist movement is now and has always been a force that looks forward and proposes new ideas that are necessary in order to continuously advance human civilization  – and to keep it from being incinerated by the capitalists in the next big inter-imperialist war.  To attempt to keep socialist ideas out of the public arena in the “Age of the Internet” is akin to the fruitless attempt by the Catholic Church to suppress heliocentrism: it is a thoroughly reactionary censorship that places itself firmly athwart the road of human progress.  This censorship must be overcome, and it will be overcome – by us, and by you, the workers of the world!

So, why would the New York Times go out of its way to deny socialists today access to their Augean “comments” section?  We say it is because their capitalist masters are so very frightened at the appearance of even the tiniest pinhole in their well-grouted pro-capitalist propaganda dikes that they are convinced that allowing the socialists regular access to the public fora they manage could bring their entire rotten, tottering capitalist system crashing to the ground in a matter of weeks.  The capitalist class, in spite of their ruthless shows of “force” enacted all over the world and their endless murderous wars for profits are actually – especially in the case of the US capitalist class – very “thin on the ground” as the saying goes.  The US capitalist class makes up only a tiny fraction of the 4.5% of the world’s population represented by the people of the United States, and they think that they have the “right” to run the whole planet as if it was their rightful possession.  The US capitalists are running scared and are always looking over their shoulders to see if one of the servants is sneaking up on them with a butchers’ cleaver or something.  They can’t sleep – and for good reason.

Like so many other socialist groups, we regularly try to add our revolutionary voices to the cacophony of “inside the box” thinking so tiresomely peddled by the New York Times’ housebroken journalists and editors – and most of their well-trained readers.  The comments section of most New York Times articles are so filled with banalities and Mobius-strip philosophizing that any one of them could be prescribed to any thinking person as a cure for insomnia.  On occasion, we manage to break through the Times’ wall of censorship of revolutionary socialist ideas, but most of the time we don’t.

So, we are going to demonstrate just how extensively the New York Times’ censorship of socialist ideas is by consistently trying to break their blockade on revolutionary ideas by posting to their comments sections of articles on subjects of national and international importance.  When our comments are deemed to be “not fit to print”, we will publish them here, so everyone can see if they think that our ideas deserve to be made part of the national and international discussion of the important topics of the day.  We encourage our readers to do likewise and take some time every day to put your 2 cents in to the discussions going on in every major local and national newspaper.  We simply must not allow the right wing blowhards and partisans of the twin parties of US imperialism: the Democrats and the Republicans – to monopolize the discussion of what must be done to prevent WWIII from happening and about what must be done to create a better future for the working people of the world and for future generations of workers all over the globe.  In Chicago this means that we must all try to post at least one short essay on the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times newspapers, as well as on our local newspapers (Pioneer Press, etc.).  Let’s open up the left side of the political spectrum to public discussion and by doing so smash through the capitalist class’ stranglehold on political thought in the United States.

Workers of the World, Unite!IWPCHI

WikiLeaks Party of Australia’s “Transparency” Problem: Not-So-Openly Preferring Fascists Over Working-Class Parties

It’s one thing to criticize governments from an ivory tower; it’s quite another thing to take an essentially reformist whistleblowing organization and to turn it into a viable political party.   Occupy Wall St. never had the cojones or the intention to even try to create a political party, perhaps because its leaders knew what an impossible task it would be to attempt to weld a mishmash of disaffected political activists and declassed petit-bourgeois holding diametrically opposed political opinions into a cohesive political party.  So they never bothered to try, and fell on their own wooden swords – “rugged individualists”, all.

WikiLeaks is trying to assault the windmill of supra-class politics by creating the “WikiLeaks Party of Australia”.  It’s essentially an attempt to spring Julian Assange from his gilded cage in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London by getting him elected to the Australian Senate, by which maneuver he will obtain (allegedly) diplomatic immunity of sorts.  It’s not a bad idea providing that there is enough advanced political consciousness behind the noble – but extremely limited – reformist experiment of WikiLeaks.  But, like most wishful thinking, this, too, has proven to be of no more substance than a wad of cotton candy.

The historical landscape  is littered with the bones of long-dead but once high-flying reformist political parties that tried to base themselves on something besides the class struggle politics of the Marxist/Leninist communist movement.  Idealistic reformists all across the globe who harbored deep hatred for the “communism” of the Stalinist USSR and its satellites sought repeatedly to create allegedly pro-working class anti-communist parties from scratch.  Their success rate to date has been nil.  They all wind up revealing their utter contempt for the working class, selling out strikes and, ultimately,  throwing down with their “own” bourgeoisie and its imperialist state against revolutionary movements led by socialists or “communists”.

In Australia, as in Italy, their bourgeois democratic parliamentary system has produced  hundreds of ridiculous self-aggrandizing single-issue “political parties” – none of which have any intention at all of ever taking power into their own callus-free little hands and building a new society.  Most of these parties have some degree of hostility to Marxist ideology which causes them to distance themselves from the trade union and socialist movements of the working class.  In fact, these petty political parties seem to want to pretend that the working class – numerically by far the largest section of the population in ANY modern nation-state – doesn’t even exist!  Many – if not most – of their their party programs make no mention of support for the workers movement or for trade unions or for the working class at all.  This is not an accident: it is due to the fact that the leaders of all these ridiculous and essentially phony “political parties” are run by small businessmen (petit-bourgeois) whose own personal wealth is based on the exploitation of workers, and whose hostility towards the organized working class arises directly from their class status as petit-bourgeois.  The leadership of these parties are, by their very nature, incapable of overthrowing the existing economic and political order of things under capitalism.  In fact, the only problem that the petit-bourgeois have against capitalism is that they themselves don’t own enough capital.  Thus they find themselves – and their political party programs – utterly at odds with the class interests of the vast majority of their fellow citizens – the working class – from whom they and the big capitalists extract profits, enriching themselves and simultaneously impoverishing the workers.

Some of these petit-bourgeois would-be political “leaders” are conscious of the fact that their politics are in opposition to those of the working class.  We imagine that most of these conscious opponents of the working class among the petit-bourgeoisie BECAME conscious of their opposition thanks to a Marxist friend or friends, or due to the teachings of a professor or two they ran across at university, who turned them on to the basics of Marxism way back when they were young and “idealistic”.

Others do not fit into this category.  These unfortunate souls do not possess even a smattering of understanding of the fundamental class divisions of capitalist society (as elucidated by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels way back in 1848 in “The Communist Manifesto”).  This vast ignorance of the basic political and social realities of the societies that these pathetically under-educated petit-bourgeois LIVE IN leaves them grasping at straws when they try, desperately, to defend their extremely tenuous position as small businessmen against the massive political and economic forces arrayed against them by the big capitalists.   In a desperate attempt to appeal to the “better side” of the big capitalists, these pathetic petit-bourgeois parrot all the anticommunist and anti-working-class drivel they’ve been taught from the day they learned to watch T.V., spewing it back out in the form of their pathetic, reactionary “party programs”.  The most foolish of them attempt to create political parties without making any attempt to make even the most cursory appeal to the brutally exploited masses of workers who work for them, live all around them and without whom the petit-bourgeois themselves wouldn’t even be able to exist!

This is precisely what Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks Party of Australia are trying to do.  They have produced a party platform that doesn’t even MENTION the working class ONCE in the 15 pages of its party program!  Only ONCE does this “party program” even MENTION the word “union” – and then it is referring to the “European Union”!  Not even ONCE does it mention the concept of WOMEN’S RIGHTS!  Hell, you can’t even find the words “woman” or “women” in it at all!  It adopts essentially the same attitude towards immigrants as the current and previous Australian governments, asserting only that the detention of immigrants be “capped” at 45 days for “health and security” reasons, leving it up to the tender mercies of the Australian judicial system to decide if it would be O.K. to extend that detention period.  In short, the WikiLeaks Party of Australia has produced a party program that is not worth a cup of spit in so far as any woman, worker or immigrant is concerned!  BUT THEY WANT AND EXPECT TO OBTAIN THE WORKERS’ VOTES!  AND THEY WANT THE WORKING CLASS TO FINANCE THE WIKILEAKS PARTY, TOO!

As if this isn’t insulting enough and absurd enough to the worker-citizens of Australia and the entire world, the WikiLeaks Party wants to go the extra distance in order to prove their allegiance to the class interests of the top 10% of filthy rich Australians by showing that the WLPA are not a  threat to Australian capitalism!

How do they do this?  By secretly submitting to the Australian Electoral Committee  this list of their “preferred” political parties – parties to whom the WikiLeaks Party of Australia could hand over their votes in the event that the WikiLeaks Party of Australia does not win the 2013 Australian Senate election.

As many Australians were shocked to find out, and as you can see from the link above, the WikiLeaks Party of Australia has “preferred” several far-right parties and even at least one actual fascist party – the “Australia First Party” – over a number of socialist workers parties!

As if they had not made their political program clear enough by doing this, recently Julian Assange, WLPA candidate for Senate, in an online press conference, stated that he was a “big admirer” of U.S. Senators Ron and Rand Paul – both of whom are considered to be among the most right-wing conservative of all U.S. members of Congress!  Both Ron and Rand Paul are famous for their opposition to abortion even in case of rape or incest; and Ron Paul is infamous for having – for years – published newsletters spouting disgusting racist and anti-Semitic propaganda!

The WikiLeaks party of Australia has claimed that the favoritism shown by them in their “preference statement” was due merely to an “administrative error”.  But we warn the working class of Australia that the deep political CONSISTENCY of these actions shines a harsh light on the politics of the WikiLeaks Party of Australia.  Among the leaders of this party are obviously some people who are extremely hostile to the rights of women, minorities and the workers movement.  This comes as no surprise to Marxists like us, as we know from over 150 years of worldwide historical experience that the fascists recruit their leaders precisely from that petit-bourgeois strata of the population from which has emerged Julian Assange and the leadership of the WikiLeaks Party.  We are not asserting that the WikiLeaks Party of Australia is a fascist or neo-fascist party: it is not.  They are in fact running a man of Indian ancestry as one of their candidates.   But they have openly allied themselves with people who are themselves closely aligned with some well-known extreme right-wing elements of both the Australian and U.S. political scenes.  This is not an “administrative error”!  It is a conscious attempt by the WikiLeaks Party of Australia to present to the capitalist class of Australia their “pledge of allegiance” to the capitalist system, and their distaste for any political movement of the working class.

[The “Friends of WikiLeaks -Chicago” group – which we are very closely allied to – has written an email to the WikiLeaks Party of Australia asking for immediate clarification of these “administrative errors”.]

It is because of this that we warn the working class of Australia: DO NOT VOTE FOR THE WIKILEAKS PARTY OF AUSTRALIA!  They offer you, the workers of Australia, absolutely NOTHING in return for your vote.  Their political program is a work in progress, and so far it doesn’t look good at all.  They are a pro-capitalist political party, and have no intention of ever doing anything to disrupt the capitalist economy of Australia.  In the words of Julian Assange: “Wikileaks Party is a party of accountability, it’s not a party of government… It’s a party to put into the Senate, to make sure whoever is put into the government does their job. It’s an insurance against the election.”

[Source: The Indian Down Under,  “Suresh Rajan is a candidate from Western Australia for WikiLeaks Party”, 5 August, 2013 ]

In other words, they are a classic reformist outfit that will restrict themselves to holding the feet of the Australian capitalist class’ political puppets “to the fire” – nothing more.   They are so boundlessly ignorant of the basic political and social realities of capitalist society that they simply do not deserve the support of any politically conscious worker.

We hope to have the time to provide a comprehensive critique of the WikiLeaks Party of Australia’s latest incarnation of its political program in the next week or so.

IWPCHI

Defend “Charlie Hebdo”! For the Complete Separation of Church/Temple/Mosque and State!

The world was treated to a wave of religious fanaticism this week as right-wing fundamentalist Islamic preachers ordered their slavish followers to take to the streets in an orgy of anger over – some right-wing Jewish guy’s stupid anti-Islam movie!  From Indonesia to France Islamic extremists surged into the streets to express their outrage over an incident that, in fact, will do absolutely no harm at all to any believer in their religion.  The mullahs, the woman-hating, money-grubbing preachers of Islam, who spread their creed as if it was the answer to all the world’s needs – which it is decidedly not – and who demand that their followers follow them so blindly as to be willing to do anything to anyone who opposes these clerical misfits – including murder – must be opposed by all class conscious workers everywhere – including in majority-Muslim countries.  The power of these reactionary scum over the minds of the working class must be shattered.

Islam is a hugely popular religion, with hundreds of millions of followers worldwide.  Any Islamic preacher who tells his followers that the existence of a lousy movie is a threat to the existence of their religion is nothing but a liar and a charlatan.  These Islamic “leaders” must have very little faith in the power of their ideas if they think for a minute that someone could destroy Islam simply by making a video that insults it.  These cretinous Islamic fundamentalists obviously have ulterior motives: to force their followers to commit outrages against anyone who dares to oppose these mullahs.  These protests aren’t about religion per se: they are about the mullahs’ ability to control the minds of human beings and to get them to commit any criminal act – including murder – on demand of the religious leaders.  This is a mind-control experiment that seeks to turn decent human beings into killers for Islam.  These criminals who call themselves “religious leaders” and who then demand that those who they deem to be a threat to Islam be murdered should be thrown in jail like the dangerous criminal they are.  A movie is not – and cannot be – a threat to Islam any more than a cartoon can make devout Muslims turn into apostates.  Anyone who believes the opposite is a fool who shows how little they really believe in their own religion.

As if getting your turban in a twist every time some asshole makes a movie insulting your religion isn’t enough, these same ignorant religious bigots are going crazy because the French satirical magazine  “Charlie Hebdo” is this week publishing some cartoons that allegedly make fun of Mohammad.  Big deal!  Let them make fun – it is their right to do so.  A cartoon – no matter how funny or insulting, or even racist it is – does not possess some magical power to bring the Islamic world to its doom.  However, this ignorant bigoted attack on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press does.

The European nations went through a long period of religious bigotry and ignorance just like this one back when the Catholic Church ruled over Europe with an iron fist, ordering “heretics” to be burnt at the stake for such hideous “crimes” as denying the existence of the Trinity.  Millions of peasants and workers who were deemed to be too irreligious or not sufficiently intellectually subjugated to the whims and crazy imaginings of the Pope in Rome were summarily arrested, subjected to hideous tortures and murdered for their “impiety”.  It took a struggle of hundreds of years against the all-powerful hierarchy of the Catholic Church to bring the priesthood to heel.  Revolutionary struggles to topple monarchies allied with the Pope took place throughout Europe which finally brought the Church down to Earth.  The Enlightenment philosophers, often using barely-hidden satires of leading Catholic Popes and Bishops and their followers, exposed the Church to intense criticism and led the advanced, enlightened workers and intellectuals to organize political movements dedicated to the creation of more liberal governments that broke the stranglehold of the Catholic Church over the people and forced a strict separation of church and state to be put into place.  This finally put an end to the hideous excesses of the Catholic Church and its most fanatical advocates, who had gone so far as to create the monstrosity known as the “Holy Inquisition”, whose pious, criminal leaders tortured and executed millions of unfortunates who refused to kiss the Pope’s ass.

This hard-won victory of reason over religious superstition and intolerance – which we call the “Separation of Church and State” – which came at the cost of the lives of so many human beings must never be surrendered by the working class!  Never again will we suffer at the hands of an ignorant priesthood that seeks to amass hundreds of millions of dollars of wealth through the indoctrination of workers into the belief that human beings here on Earth are having daily conversations with some sky god, who is telling these idiot priests that if the working people don’t get together and mass-murder unbelievers, then this sky-god will come down and kill us all.  That trick will never again work against us!  The mullahs who think that they can force those of us who live in countries where the power of the priesthood has been irreversibly shattered by revolutions in the 17th and 18th centuries will allow them to reverse that verdict of history against their once unlimited power are sadly mistaken!  The defense of the right of freedom of speech and freedom to criticize and satirize religions of all kinds is something that must be taken up by all bona fide working-class organizations.  Never again will an ignorant priesthood run roughshod over the minds and bodies of our working class brothers and sisters on this planet!

Islam has made tremendous contributions to human society and has given the world such wonderful gifts as: algebra; tremendous discoveries and observations in astronomy; the very Arabic numerals we use every day!; beautiful poetry; marvelous literature and historical writings; magnificent architectural achievements, to name a few.  If it wasn’t for Islam, whose scholars hundreds of years ago carefully collected and preserved many ancient manuscripts that were at the time being collected – and burnt! – by the Roman Catholic Church – much of what little we know of the literature of the ancient, pre-Christian world.  The debt the workers of the world owe to the Islamic world for all these marvelous contributions to world civilization is incalculable.

The Independent Workers Party welcomes immigrant workers from all nations and from all religions into our organization, on one condition – that they fully accept the principle that there must be a complete separation of Church/Mosque/Temple and State!  This is not negotiable.  We will not stand for religious bigots going around demanding that if artists and comedians -and even disgusting bigots like the guy who made this movie – don’t obey the commands of the mullahs, they will be attacked, beaten up and/or killed.  Never again will we allow a gang of religious freaks to rampage through our cities threatening “unbelievers” with summary execution.  The days of the Inquisition, the Witch Trials and religious persecution must end.  We welcome those followers of the Prophet Muhammad to our shores who understand these concepts, and we will defend even to the death your right to worship in any way you choose.  But do not imagine for a moment that the working class of the United States will ever allow Islamic fundamentalists to cause us to sit down and shut up and refuse to use our hard-earned freedoms to ridicule any and all religions in any way we choose.

There is much that is ridiculous in ALL religions.  In the United States, parodies of Catholicism have long existed and are enormously popular – the great movie “Life of Brian” by Monty Python comes to mind, as well as Mel Brooks’ wonderful “History of the World” films.  Islam is way overdue for such a treatment; and if these right-wing Muslim zealots continue to rampage across the face of the planet physically assaulting everyone who thinks that, say, the fact that Muhammad had sex with a 9-year old girl he had taken as a wife, for example, is absurd and monstrous – then we in the IWP have a major problem with that.

When the movie “Life of Brian” came out, it was immediately subjected to verbal attack and its creators were even subjected to death threats by Christian bigots who tried mightily to censor the film and keep it from being seen – all to no avail!  Because their power to rule over the minds of the citizens of our nations was irreversibly shattered back in the 1700s!  They marched, they wrote sermons attacking the movie and they went on TV to denounce it and all they got for their efforts was a massive outpouring of support for the film.

We remember with great fondness going to see “Life of Brian” back when it came out in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1980s.  The lines waiting to see the film were going all the way down the street, while would-be Christian censors stood impotently outside the theatre, vainly imploring us not to go see the film. We gleefully made fun of them!  We laughed at them, pathetic as they were! Probably at least half the people there might never have bothered to go and see the movie if it were not for the ridiculous hue-and-cry raised by the religious bigots of the Christian right wing who absurdly attempted to impose their religious beliefs on the citizens of the United States 300 years after their power to do so had been irretrievably shattered!  This is exactly what should happen all over the world if ever some intelligent satirists finally get around to making a parody of the Koran that isn’t racist.  We would quite happily attend such a movie, and should anyone try to stop us, they would face the wrath of the working class, who would treat them in precisely the same way that we treat Nazis when they try to march in our working-class cities and towns!

The analogy between the right-wing religious bigots of the Islamic world and Nazis is quite apt.  Though there are major differences between the two, their methods are very similar: “what we say goes, and if you don’t get down on your knees and obey us, we will kill you!”  This isn’t Iran or Saudi Arabia.  What Islamic bigots say; or Christian or Jewish or any other religious zealot says DOES NOT “GO” here today; and we will do everything in our power to make certain that it never does in the future!

The capitalist governments of Europe and the US are all falling over themselves to placate these hideous woman-hating, ignorant fundamentalist Mullahs and their insolent demands that we workers in the West should obey them and their religion.  These scum – who were only a marginal force in the Middle East, even in Iran, until the United States armed and trained them to attack the USSR during the Cold War – are now powerful forces in many countries, able to force whole nations to get on their knees at their command.  The capitalists’ hypocritical mewlings in fake “defense” of the supposed “right” of Islamic bigots to “not be offended” is really only an expression of the capitalists’ fear that all the anti-Western protests will interfere with their ability to continue to rob the workers of the Islamic world blind.  We do not support the disgusting attacks on Muslims and the right of women to wear the veil that have been promulgated by the political servants of the French capitalist class.  Women have the right to wear whatever they want in public – including the chador – so long as they choose to do so of their own free will.  We do not support the racist anti-immigrant policies of the French government that seeks to drive Muslim workers into ghettos and out of France.  These workers are our sisters and brothers and they should be welcome in France as we welcome them here in the United States.  We stand for full citizenship rights for all immigrants, of all nationalities and religions – even Islamic fundamentalists.  But the working class will not stand for religious bigots of any religion going around physically attacking people who they disagree with.

We salute “Charlie Hebdo” and their courageous defense of the right to free speech and the separation of church and state in France – where the Great French Revolution destroyed the stranglehold of religious bigotry and superstition once and for all. We call on the revolutionary French working class to rise to the defense of freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom of the press by defending the offices and workers at “Charlie Hebdo” against any and all attacks by Islamic fundamentalist bigots the same as we would here in the US if the “National Lampoon” grew some balls and decided to take on such a worthy target of ridicule as the Islamic fundamentalist Mullahs and was then attacked for it – or if either was being attacked by a gang of Nazis.  When these Islamic bigots attempt to silence those who merely criticize or hold them to ridicule, we say: “Acquaint these Islamic fundamentalist lunatics’ heads with the pavement!”  We will do the same here.

IWPCHI

Women’s Rights: Meet a Saudi Arabian Woman Scientist

As we surf the sun-dappled beaches of the Internet, we sometimes come across a rogue wave that just knocks us butt-up-in-the-air and leaves us high and dry, wondering what hit us.  And so it was today as we searched for ways to get in touch with some young scientists we met in the Cook County Forest Preserves who were engaged in a study of stream hydrology in tributaries of the North Branch of the Chicago River.

The young researchers didn’t have business cards and they gave us some basic info by which we might read about the results of their studies.  We had some photographs we took during today’s rain storms that we thought they might be inin and so we set about to find them.

We often confuse Northwestern and Northeastern Universities.  Who knows why?  But it happens, and it happened again today.  We were following leads on the Internet from the Northwestern homepage to their research departments, then to hydrology, then to this link for the GEODE Initiative at Northwestern, which sent us to a dead link.  We then went down to the next link, for the main website for GLOBE, and searched for the local Illinois affiliates of this program by searching under the tab at the top of the page labeled “Community”.  Then we clicked on “Regions and Countries” … which is when we suddenly found ourselves upside-down on a sand dune.

http://www.globe.gov/community/countries/overview

Regions and Countries

Overview

Featured Profile

Norah Nasser

Mrs. Norah Al Nasser of Saudi Arabia is the newest member of the GLOBE International Advisory Committee (GIAC) representing the GLOBE Near East + North Africa region.

Wow!  Did not expect to see this!  Who is this woman and why is she forced to hide her entire face from the world?

It turns out she’s a very impressive woman scientist and teacher working in the country with possibly the worst record on women’s rights in the world: Saudi Arabia.  And she appears to be much more than meets the eye – which isn’t saying much because no one outside her closest family members and hopefully her students ever gets to see any part of her at all… except maybe just a hint of eyeball occasionally.

That was a poor sort of joke, and hopefully Mrs. Nasser would not be offended because we are profoundly and truly impressed with the work she does.  She really appears to be an amazing person, fighting under some of the most severe oppression of women you’ll find anywhere.  Read this – and between the lines and see if you can understand what this means :

Featured Coordinators

Mrs Norah Al Nasser
GLOBE International Advisory Committee (GIAC)
Saudi Arabia

Mrs. Norah Al Nasser of Saudi Arabia is the newest member of the GLOBE International Advisory Committee (GIAC) representing the GLOBE Near East+North Africa region. Her successor, Mrs. Zakeya Ahmed Ali Zada of Bahrain, served in this capacity from 2006–2011 and will be an invaluable mentor to Mrs. Al Nasser.

Mrs. Al Nasser began her career in science in 1992 as a physics teacher, following her graduation from the College of Education for Girls in Riyadh. During her 11 years as a teacher, she earned a Masters in Science Education from King Saud University and, in 2005, was appointed as Supervisor for Scientific and Environmental Activity at the Riyadh Ministry of Education. There she led the Environmental Education Program. Mrs. Al Nasser’s interest in student scientific research qualified her as a judge in the First Student Scientific Conference about the Environment for secondary school students in her country.

In late 2010, Mrs. Al Nasser joined GLOBE as Deputy Country Coordinator of the Girls Section. Long-time GLOBE Master Trainer Mr. Rafat Jambi, who also serves on the GLOBE team in Saudi Arabia, trained her in GLOBE protocols. Mrs. Al Nasser helped identify schools in 14 educational districts for GLOBE implementation and facilitated the formation of GLOBE girls’ teams.

In mid-2011 she was appointed as GLOBE Deputy Country Coordinator in both the Boys and Girls Sections –working with Dr. Hadi Ali Bahari, GLOBE Country Coordinator for Saudi Arabia. She has assumed many responsibilities, such as:

Management of the Annual operating plan for GLOBE in Saudi Arabia
General supervision of GLOBE implementation
Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for GLOBE in Saudi Arabia
General supervision of the training workshops.

The GLOBE Program congratulates and welcomes Mrs. Norah Al Nasser to the GLOBE International Advisory Committee.

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OK, read that again.  Do you have any idea how difficult it must have been for this woman to get to the position she has attained today, fighting all the way through obstacle after obstacle after roadblock after mountain?  It would appear that absolutely NOTHING will stop Mrs. Nasser from educating Saudi Arabian “girls” (meaning young women and young adult women in Saudi-speak) to become scientists.  “College of Education for Girls”?  What century are we in again?

In France, the police are authorized to stop veiled women in the street and order them to remove their veils.  We at IWPCHI think that’s disgusting, and a complete violation of a woman’s right to go anywhere at any time dressed any way she wishes to dress.  And to think of a French cop accosting a courageous woman like Mrs. Nasser in Paris and ordering her – at the risk of humiliation, and disgrace among her friends and family – to remove her veil strikes us as profoundly offensive.  Far more offensive than the veil itself, which we are not a big fan of, to say the least.

This chance encounter with Mrs. Nasser on the Internet brought us up short and showed us that things are almost never as simple as they appear to be on the surface.

And unless we get information to prove us wrong about her politics, we are making Mrs. Norah Nasser of Saudi Arabia a “Working Class Hero”.

IWPCHI

The Human Rights Nightmare of the US Puppet Regime in Afghanistan

This past Monday, the New York Times alerted the world to the existence of an 800-page document on human rights abuses during the Afghan Civil War since 1978.  This document, the article asserts, is being suppressed and prevented from being published by the US puppet government of Afghanistan at the behest of key Afghan Government leaders implicated in numerous instances of brutal human rights abuses, including the mass murder of civilians.

The as-yet unpublished report, prepared by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, details thousands of atrocities committed by former and current members of the US puppet regime since 1978, when the US Government of Democrat Jimmy Carter ordered the CIA to provide training and weapons to some of the most hideously backward and brutal Islamic mullahs in Afghanistan in order to fight the modernizing pro-Soviet regime then in power in Afghanistan, which was being backed by the military forces of the USSR.  The report actually maps out the locations of these atrocities committed in what became the US-backed jihad against Communism; for obvious reasons, many of the US’ long-time Afghan puppets have no interest in the document seeing the light of day.  The New York Times’ report even writes ominously about death threats that have been made by top scumbags in the Afghan Government of Hamid Karzai against the man responsible for the creation of the report, Afghan Human Rights Commissioner Ahmad Nader Nadery:

“At a meeting on Dec. 21, including Mr. Karzai and other top officials, Marshal [Muhammad Qasim] Fahim [“former” warlord and current First Vice President of Afghanistan] argued that dismissing Mr. Nadery [from his job as human rights commissioner] would actually be too mild a punishment.  ‘We should just shoot 30 holes in his face,’ ” Fahim was quoted as saying.

[Source: New York Times: “Top Afghans Tied to 90’s Carnage, Researchers Say” by Rod Nordland, July 23, 2012]

This is the attitude of Washington’s “Freedom Fighters” in Afghanistan toward the idea of human rights summed up in a nutshell.

The article describes how key US “freedom fighters” like Ahmed Shah Massoud, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and Second Vice President Karim Khalili are all accused in the report of having committed (undoubtedly with the full knowledge of the US military and intelligence agencies) war crimes such as the mass murder of women and children, who were often marched up to the edge of open pits and shot to death and their bodies then tumbled into the pits and hastily buried.  In some cases, the burials were only partially completed: the Times article contains photographs of open mass graves with skulls, some with single bullet holes in the back, lie completely exposed to casual viewers.  Clothing of women and children lie next to the bones of the dead.

These war criminals are the supposedly “moderate” forces the US intends to turn over Afghanistan to when the US finally departs this brutalized nation.  This amounts to a situation in which the Afghan equivalents to SS Commander Himmler being put in charge of Germany at the close of WWII!

Women’s rights were actually undergoing a massive improvement under the Soviet-backed regime in the late 1970s when the US Government saw a way to bloody the “Reds” on the cheap by arming and training a proxy army of woman-enslaving Afghan mullahs and their foreign allies (like Osama Bin Laden) who willingly fought the Soviets in order, principally, to defend “their” women from such outrages as public school education and social equality with men.  Under the Soviet-backed, modernizing regime, women were able to not only attend school, but to go to university and to begin to have a normal, civilized full participation in the life of the nation.  But to the US, completely blinded by its haterd of “Communism”, no weapon was too savage to be brought to bear against this “scourge of communism”.  The rights of Afghan women were as nothing in that proxy war in the late 70s, and they are as nothing now.  The “new” Afghan government is chock full of woman-hating killers who gleefully went about executing women for such “crimes” as teaching other women and girls to read and for taking up arms to defend themselves against such horrors as the chador and the selling of women as brides.

We looked for more information about the current situation in Afghanistan and we found it: at the website of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, where stories of atrocity after atrocity committed by the current regime abound.

We also recommend the site of RAWA, The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan.

[To be continued]

IWPCHI