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U.S.A. State Sponsored Terror (rock music video) Released

 

Anti USA Police State rock music video released by American rocker who has been targeted with a decade of government oppression.  Scott X and the Constitution Commandos take on corrupt and criminal acts of the government with their 5th video release from their new album: "Fighting the U.S. Police State With Music".

  

Gangs Started as Response to Police Brutality and Racism

 black support groups, have kept it together. actually won the fuck out of la
the news portrays them as criminals.
i think of them as hero's, and saviors of the community.
brave men and women. who put their lives on the line, to defend our freedoms.
peoples army dont quit, need i say more? We all know what wer'e capable of.

Government Shutdown - Budget Crisis

 

Blackmail, by anyother name, is still blackmail
Legal abdication of duties, Legal right to create own system of governance. Suggested mirror government of current duties. Maintain Private space until official offices are cleared. Use security forces to secure buildings.

Live video coverage from people in Madison, WI statehouse

 

Live video coverage from people in Madison, WI statehouse

This--- is fucking awesome.
This video amazing. Madison, Wisconsin- small victories tonite. Republicans defect in statehouse. People are holding out to stay overnight without the grace of Scott Walker. Cops promise to not take people out of statehouse.
 
 

Thousands Expected at 3/12 Rally in Austin to Save Texas Public Schools

 

Under threat of campus closures, teacher layoffs and program cutbacks, community leaders from across the state are organizing a massive march and rally at the state capitol building in Austin on March. The march will begin at 11 am, starting in Waterloo Park at 12th & Trinity in Austin. The rally will take place on the South Steps of the Texas State Capital building from noon- 2 pm.

 

“Texas students have never faced a crisis like this, but there is help if our leaders have the courage to use it,” says Allen Weeks of Save Texas Schools, the grassroots coalition organizing the rally, and director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth.

 

This year, the Texas legislature is considering proposals to reduce public education funding by billions of dollars statewide.

“On March 12, we plan to send a unified message to our legislators and our governor that it’s time to do everything possible save Texas schools and the children they serve,” says Weeks.

 

 

Schools and students in districts including Austin, Dallas, Denton, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio, among others, are bearing the brunt of state budget shortfalls, but every district is affected. At the March 12 rally, students, educators, parents, and business and community leaders from across Texas will urge state leaders to make public education a top priority by:

 

* Using the $9.3 billion Texas "Rainy Day" Fund to help rescue schools from the current crisis.

* Signing the paperwork for $830 million in federal aid for teachers.

* Fixing school funding laws to be fair to all districts and our growing studentpopulation.

 

For more information: Go to www.savetxschools.org for background information on key issues, rally logistics and how to get involved.

 

Fair Food Austin: Tell Publix to Do the Right Thing!

 Hey Friends!

 
We are writing to ask you to sign this
which
we need 10,000 more signatures on. The petition will be delivered to Publix
Grocery Corp in Tampa, FL next week during the Do the Right Thing March, and
we need your help making sure it has the biggest impact. Make sure you put
your name on it, and forward it to some friends and family. See below for
more info, and thanks for all your support! Look out for updates and
report-backs in your inbox from the Do the Right Thing Tour and March in the
coming weeks, and stay tuned to see how Publix fares in the wake of
thousands demanding they step up their accountability to working conditions
in the tomato fields!
 
In Solidarity,
Fair Food Austin
 
Tell Publix to Sell Slave-Free Tomatoes
Targeting: Ed Crenshaw (CEO Publix Supermarkets), Maria Brous (Director of
Media & Community Relations for Publix), and Dwaine Stevens (Media &
Community Relations Manager)
Started by: Student Farmworker Alliance <http://www.change.org/sfalliance>
 
You'd think a Florida-based company would care about men and women being
enslaved in their own backyard, right? In Publix Supermarket's case, that's
so wrong. Publix, one of the largest supermarket chains in Florida, has not
only refused to address the slavery and exploitation of farm workers in
their own backyard, they've practically laughed at it. According to Publix?s
Media and Community Relations Manager Dwaine Stevens,
 
?We don?t have any plans to sit down with the CIW because it's not our
issue... If there are some atrocities going on, it?s not our business. Maybe
it?s something the government should get involved with.?
 
None of your business, Publix? Actually, when you sell tomatoes picked by
enslaved or exploited farm workers, slavery is a huge part of your business
-- it's in your business model, your business profits, and in the loss of
business that happens when customers choose to shop at a supermarket that
cares about workers.
 
Publix should follow the lead of many other leading companies in Florida and
sign the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Campaign for Fair Food, which
raises farmworker wages by a penny per pound of tomatoes and creates
protections against slavery and exploitation. It's time Publix supported the
workers of Florida and started selling slave-free tomatoes.
 

The Shortwave Report 02/25/11 Listen Globally

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (February 25) is up at the website 
   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)
   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)
 
     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and The Voice of Russia.
   From CHINA- New Zealand experienced a devastating earthquake on Tuesday, with rescue efforts still underway. China is pushing for the 6-party talks on the Koreas to begin again. Thailand has extended enforcement of an internal security act which bans political demonstrations in parts of Bangkok. China is angry with the US veto of a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activities.
    From SPAIN- The new Basque political party called Sortu must prove it is completely separate from ETA before the government will recognize it. There were political demonstrations for constitutional reform in Morocco over the weekend. The uprising in Libya turned violent early in the week, with the possibility of all-out civil war looming by midweek.
   From GERMANY-  An analysis of the future for Libya's President Gaddafi who is unlikely to surrender or flee the country- also which countries will be the next to face uprisings. A report from the UN says that investing just 2% of global domestic product could turn the tide of environmental catastrophe.
   From CUBA- Fidel Castro warned of a NATO occupation of oil-rich Libya. Deadly US drone strikes have begun on Pakistan again. US officials now admit that Raymond Davis, held in Pakistan for murder, was a CIA operative and former employee of Blackwater. A Viewpoint about civilian deaths in the trillion dollar war on Afghanistan.
    From RUSSIA-  Newly released Wikileaks dispatches explain why the US supports the often embarrassing Italian President Berlusconi- US military bases in Italy, troops to Afghanistan, and support for sanctions against Iran.
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -
http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 
 
I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 
 
  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 
This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org
 
I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 
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       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts
 
--"Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation." 

 

Hillary Clinton,Cocaina Traficante:Mexico,Guantanamo,9/11

 

SF Live TV: Bato and Sundi Remember Comrade George Jackson

 

Austin Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers

 Additional photos from the Wisconsin solidarity march to the state capitol.

Live Reporting from the Wisconsin Protests

breaking new Madison IMC is not working right now but there are other places to go for breaking, non-corporate coverage:

Center for Media for Democracy:
http://prwatch.org/news/2011/02/9944/live-reporting-wisconsin-protests

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Indymedia: http://mke.indymedia.org

Stand in support of the Iraqi people’s struggle for freedom, democracy, dignity, unity and social justice

 Note to all Austin area peoples: Solidarity Protests will occur in Austin, this Friday to concur with events in Iraq . Time, location to be announced shortly

 

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 please distribute widely

20 February 2011

Support Iraqi protests! 

While millions across the world watched live 18 days of dramatic revolution that ousted the US-allied torture-friendly regime of Hosni Mubarak, no one is offered live feed from Iraq of its people’s uprising against an enemy much worse.

 And while President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are being lauded for their supposed support for Egyptian democracy, no one is asking the key question Washington can’t answer: When will members of this US administration and the three previous face trial for crimes against humanity in Iraq?

 Despite US hypocrisy, nothing will prevent the collapse of US geostrategic goals in the Arab region. It is not by direct confrontation that this is happening, nor by ideology. The interests of the people are opposed to the model of underdevelopment Washington and allies propose and police.

 The year of revolutions

Across the Arab world, 2011 appears set to be remembered as the “year of revolutions”. In Iraq, ravaged by eight years of US occupation, plunder, destruction and death, protests have burst forth in Baghdad, Kut, Basra, Kirkuk, Ramadi, Sulaymaniyah and tens of other locations. As usual, the people face live fire.We declare our solidarity with the people of Iraq in protest. We declare our solidarity with the martyrs of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and all martyrs of Arab uprisings.

 We put Washington on notice that it is your policies that are being defeated, and it is your alliances that are falling apart. The region is witness to a rolling tide of Arab renaissance, led by the aspirations of the Arab youth. No injustice will be spared criticism. No lie will remain unexposed.

 Support Iraqi protests!

Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their struggle against state terrorism and repression, generalised corruption, a falsified political process and its state apparatus, generalised lack and collapse of public services, poverty and unemployment, systematic abuse of human rights by the government and its militias, illegal contracts, treaties and a constitution imposed under occupation, and foreign plans to destroy Iraqi culture, economy and unity.

 

Stand in support of the Iraqi people’s struggle for freedom, democracy, dignity, unity and social justice.

 Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their uprising, and in solidarity with all Arabs at this dawn of a new era!

 The game is over! We demand that Maliki’s government leave without shedding the blood of innocent Iraqis on 25 February, Iraq’s “Day of Peaceful Anger”.

 We demand that other states withdraw support from Maliki and not provide cover for a government bloodbath.

 We are certain the people of Iraq will achieve victory, like their Tunisian and Egyptian brothers and sisters.

  Dr Ian Douglas, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee and coordinator of the International Initiative to Prosecute US genocide in Iraq – UK/Egypt

Abdul Ilah Albayaty, political analyst and activist, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee and the International Initiative to Prosecute US genocide in Iraq France/Iraq

Hana Al Bayaty, political analyst and activist, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee and the International Initiative to Prosecute US genocide in Iraq, France/Iraq

Denis Halliday, Former UN Assistant Secretary General & United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq 1997-98 – Ireland 

Prof Dr Lieven De Cauter, philosopher, K.U. Leuven / Rits, initiator of the BRussells Tribunal – Belgium

Dr Curtis F J Doebbler, international human rights lawyer – USA/Palestine

Felicity Arbuthnot, journalist – UK 

Paola Manduca, professor of genetics DIBIO, University of Genoa – Italy

Lamis Andoni, journalist Palestine

Serene Assir, writer/journalistLebanon/Spain

Dirk Adriaensens, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee, coordinator SOS IraqBelgium

Matthias Chang, law specialist, Perdana Global Peace Foundation and the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise WarMalaysia

Cynthia McKinney, Green Party US Presidential Candidate USA

 

 

Take action!

 1. Endorse this statement by writing here (hanaalbayaty@gmail.com).

 2. There is a virtual blackout on the uprising in Iraq in the Western media. Take initiative and demand that news outlets put Iraq back on the agenda where you are.

 3. For updated information on the uprising in Iraq follow here (Arabic) and here (English 

Exorcism Versus America’s Naïve Movie Industry (alternative movie review: The Rite):

 

You Say You Want a Resolution?-Re-Post from Austin Gonzo

Re-Post from Austin Gonzo 

You Say You Want a Resolution?

 

The following is my speech I plan to deliver at the Feb. 17, 2011, council meeting, in relation to Item #49, a directive to the City Manager to study the "risks and benefits" of body scanners and pat-downs – a proposed TSA mandate for our airport.

Mayor…Council:

I'd like to impress upon you here today that while this resolution, as drafted, speaks to the crux of the issue well ...and represents the concerns of the people in the "Whereas's"...it's the "Be it Resolved" part that's the sticking point.

While there's some validity and possibilities in tossing this issue to the City Manager...it's just that, frankly, we've tried that in the past and it's sometimes proved to be a trajectory into a black hole. No offense Manager Ott, that's just the pattern amongst City Managers here and elsewhere there's a "Council-manager" structure. Besides, our manager's got plenty of issues to deal with where he actually has to negotiate differentiating factions. Here, we already know where we all are.

The City Manager's too busy to study the studies…which we already HAVE...and know how to read.

We all know how we feel about this thing...we all know this poses grave health risks, and is not about security but instead about a couple of private entities' profit margins and a handful of bought-and-paid-for Congressmen (none of ours, luckily, that I've discovered).

I've not met an Austinite yet who's FOR these measures.

Let's try this: who here -raise your hand- wants body scanners and pat downs in our airport? *crickets*

This resolution, as written, seems to be putting off the inevitable...or, buying us time - for something, I'm not sure. And we may not have time...enough to debate this for the next 6 months since the TSA has flip-flopped on whether they will implement this grand plan of theirs next month or next fall.

Resolutions are broad expressions of opinion and are often passed to express democratic consensus even when the subject matter is not under the purview of the governing entity.

Resolutions carry weight with those under whose purview this WOULD fall...those legislators it's addressed to...who are more suited to halt the proposed program.

We've seen Patriot Act resolutions, divestment resolutions from South Africa in the 1980s, our not-long-ago resolution on the Kyoto Treaty & greenhouse gases....even Congress passes resolutions on things it can’t control; but boy, did they have an impact, despite their supposed "toothlessness."

This resolution should express the very REAL public outrage of Austin residents, regardless of whether it can REALLY do anything about it.

This resolution should be one of outright protest against a security system that's already proven to be a failure.

We need to tell TSA we will not subject Austinites and visitors to unnecessary physical invasions (be they scanners or pat downs) and will not risk financially damaging our airport with these senseless, unfunded mandates.

Many airports are hurting financially and are in conflict with the TSA over security, according to an airline consultant an ACLU national representative spoke with. They said the security mission conflicts with airports’ other goals (for example, most airports would go out of business without their retail and parking) and they view these pointless, intrusive TSA efforts as a nuisance - a rather potent barrier to conducting day-to-day business.

We manage our airport "in cooperation with" federal authorities....not at the behest of. (S. 13-1-3 B4 of our charter)

Let's define "cooperation"...this is where folks make decisions together on an egalitarian basis, NOT a hierarchical one. That should apply to the relationship between our gov't and the people just as much as it should apply to that of federal and local entities where "cooperation" defines the relationship, and in this case, it does.

"Cooperation" can't be interpreted, in any way, as: compliance in spite of our ability to keep our airport financially afloat or limit our liability when privacy/invasion issues arise. The TSA is forcing air travelers, as it forces municipalities, into a no-win situation.

Keep in mind Congress hasn't passed any legislation to mandate this yet. As far as the TSA's administrative mandate, they, according to the law, have to provide a reasonable alternative or "opt-out" for scanners...if we say that pat downs aren't reasonable, then it gets kicked up to Congress. So TSA's "mandate" is hardly a settled issue and therefore its legitimacy is vulnerable to public opinion.

The local gov't represents the local residents in these "cooperative" relationships - if the residents say 'no' then the local gov't must represent us, even if just symbolically via a resolution. While we must "implement and enforce regulations imposed by the TSA" (S. 13-1-3 B5) - we have a say in it...a resolution is just that - "a say" - it's not legally binding, rather, it just let's the feds know we aren't going to lay back and enjoy it.

At the end of the day, sure...the feds are going to do what they're going to do; but we can put up our dukes and say, loudly, we're not going down without a fight.

WE NEED A RESOLUTION NOW THAT SAYS: "NO SCANNERS or CAUSE-LESS PAT DOWNS, PERIOD...EVER." MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD MAY BE TOO LATE.

 

The Shortwave Report 02/18/11 Listen Globally

 Dear Radio Friend, 

            The latest Shortwave Report (February 18) is up at the website 

   http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml  in both broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quickdownload or streaming form (4.9MB) (28:59)

   (NEW! If you have access to Audioport.org there is a higher quality version posted up there {26.7MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

 

     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and The Voice of Russia.

   From CHINA- Inflation in China has risen, mainly due to a 10% rise in food prices. Japan has confirmed that China has become the second largest economy in the world. Beijing is banning residents from buying more than two homes. China has raised the minimum price for rice sales in light of the continuing drought- there is a rush on well drilling to try to save the crop. Japan has suspended its annual Antarctic whale hunt due to confrontations with the Sea Shepherd. The first wind-powered car drove the entire width of Australia.

    From SPAIN- A review of the uprisings in Arab nations, specifically in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Iran. Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi is unfazed by charges of sex with a minor and illegal influence.

   From GERMANY-  A group of squatters in Paris have been told they must evacuate the unused building they are occupying, creating a large debate in France.

   From CUBA- An update on the trial of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles who is only being charged with illegal immigration into the US. A Viewpoint on the world food crisis, which the World Bank has recently confirmed.

    From RUSSIA-  Republicans in the US are pushing to strip the EPA of its ability to maintain the Clean Air Act. According to the European edition of the Wall Street Journal, US investigators are unable to find evidence to bring Julian Assange to court.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -

http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves 

 

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at http://radio.mediageek.net 

 

  All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer. 

This program will be aired on Friday evening at 6:30pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >

There are several other streams that work better- < http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz  now streams this program on Friday at 9:00am.(PST)

The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from < feed://www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?series=outFarpress+presents > or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts) 

Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org

And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org

 

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little) 

link for broadcast edition- 

< http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_02_18_11.mp3 >(13.3MB)

link for smaller file and streaming- 

< http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml >

       ¡FurthuR!      Dan Roberts

 

--"If the past has nothing to say to the present, history may go on sleeping undisturbed in the closet where the system keeps its old disguises." 

 

Robert McChesney - A Last Sunday Special Event

 

Egypt: Mubarak has fallen, the capitalist regime and the bourgeois State remain

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Much to the jubilation of the throngs of demonstrators in Egypt Hosni Mubarak has announced his resignation, handing his powers to the army. The strongman who just a few hours before wanted to be the defender of the constitution and the ultimate bulwark against the “chaos”, has thus ratified a kind of  cold coup d'Etat  (according to the constitution the president of parliament should take over power).

 

   All the maneuvers and proclamations of the government could not prevent the clashes and massive protests which followed one after the other for 18 days in Egypt. On Friday, February 11 a throng even more massive than at previous demonstrations took to the streets of Cairo and other major cities, despite the declarations of Mubarak saying he was abandoning the real power to his vice president.

   After the first few demonstrations involving some thousands of people, especially petit-bourgeois youth mobilized via the Internet, “specialists from the Arab world ”and other “informed commentators” learnedly explained that the Mubarak regime was solid and that a situation such as in Tunisia was impossible in Egypt. The eruption of tens of thousands of demonstrators from the neighborhoods of Cairo during demonstrations on Jan.26 and 28 has completely changed the situation. It was not just in Cairo but in other major Egyptian cities that huge masses poured out screaming their hatred of the power, muscling the police out of the way through sheer numbers.

   Nothing could be done: not the cutting of internet and mobile telephone networks, not the censorship of the media, not the ferocity of the repression (more than 300 dead in early February), nor the half-concessions of Mubarak, could prevent this human tidal wave whose source lies in the  increasingly miserable conditions of life of the proletarianized masses. For the ruling circles of the Egyptian bourgeoisie, like those of other Arab countries in the region and U.S. and European imperialism, the question was how to successfully contain the anger expressed in the streets and squares of Egypt, to prevent the revolt from becoming insurrection or indeed tranform itself into revolution.

 

   Above all, the last few days have seen a new disquieting factor for the capitalists: the entry of the working class into the struggle. Calls have begun to circulate for a general strike and the first work stoppages were reported in the days before the departure of Mubarak. By February 10, tens of thousands of workers were on strike; it was the largest strike wave since the strikes in the textile industry in 2007-2008 – which had been severely repressed.

Strikes erupted in different jurisdictions, in the Cairo mass transit system and on the railways. In the Suez Canal Zone 3,000 oil workers went on strike. In the industrial region of Egypt, the delta where most of the Egyptian industry is located, a strike of 4,000 workers at a chemical plant at Al Nasr Helwan was reported, 2,000 workers (in fact mostly women workers) at the textile factory in the same city, 2000 also at the Sigma Pharmaceuticals plant in Quesna; in Al Mahalla, the center of the textile industry, the epicenter of the struggle of 2007-2008, an unlimited general strike was launched on February 10 at the Misr Spinning and Weaving Textile Factory, the biggest factory in Egypt, which employs 24,000 people, etc..

   Their demands address low wages, (the minimum wage is only $ 70 per month), improved working conditions, the permanent hiring of temporary workers, etc..

   All these strikes, of which we probably have only a small glimpse, were triggered independently of the official unions whose function is to maintain social peace and to prevent workers’struggles. Still partial, they are good signs for the future, provided that workers are able to organize on the basis of class, independent not only of the union apparatuses which have sold out to the bosses and the bourgeois state, but by rejecting all the false “brothers”who would use them for their bourgeois goals (such as those who stopped the strike at the Misr Spinning and Weaving Textiles Factory after Mubarak’s departure).

 

    

                                                      * * *

 

   While Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, mortally afraid of the mass movement, have all pledged their continued support to Mubarak, the U.S. government has stepped up pressure for a “peaceful political transition ”, that is to say that he give way, the only way to prevent further clashes with incalculable risks: Mubarak was the fuse which had to be replaced to protect capitalism from a high voltage shock which the outburst of class struggle in the greatest country in the Middle East could not fail to produce, with repercussions throughout the region. Within the regime, Mubarak’s closest allies have probably toyed with the idea of an Iranian or Chinese alternative: the crushing of protest, after the inevitable fatigue that has at least temporarily quieted the ardor of the demonstrators. The most influential bourgeois circles, those who are most represented among military leaders, have judged this scenario too risky, just as it was by American imperialism from its perspective.

   The Egyptian army was rapidly mobilized to control the crowds, protect buildings, and essential services and goods, while letting the police do the dirty work of repression. Completely absent from the first major events, the Muslim Brotherhood, the only significant opposition force that the government has allowed to develop, has hopped on to the moving train: its role will be irreplaceable tomorrow to maintain bourgeois order. Today, military leaders, after announcing the dissolution of parliament and suspending the constitution, promise a return to civilian rule within six months, by which time they will develop a new constitution.

 

   Whatever form the regime change takes, bourgeois political power remains intact in Egypt; worse, the Army, the mainstay of this power, arises momentarily haloed in the transition. But the Egyptian proletariat will quickly learn if they do not suspect it yet, that it is against them that the successors of Mubarak will mobilize, that they will be battered anew by police and military repression, and to defend their interests they will have to fight on their own, without the petit-bourgeois democrats, whether nationalist or religious. In Tunisia after Ben Ali had been removed, a new government, led by the same Prime Minister, was set up so that nothing essential changes: the police brutally evicted protesters who encamped  in Tunis and continues to fire on the crowds ( 2 dead even on February 4), the capitalists continue to operate, while politicians are preparing for future electoral farce, the hoped-for coronation of the restoration and strengthening of the bourgeois order.

 

   There will inevitably be the same thing in Egypt. Already the Supreme Military Council appears to prohibit any meeting of labor organizations or unions, and in fact prohibiting strikes, and it will call for the resumption of work. The coming period will be one of workers’ struggles and in addition to their determination, the Egyptian proletariat will need solidarity with their class brothers in other countries.

   Shaken by an unprecedented economic crisis, the capitalist world order little-by-little begins to reveal fissures everywhere. The future heralds the return of the proletarian struggle, not only in the so-called “periphery ”but also in the richest “central ”capitalist countries where the consequences of the crisis have so far been largely amortized.

 

   This will not happen in a day and will require the workers of all countries to expend a lot of energy and courage to resist repression just as their Egyptian and Tunisian fellow workers, to foil the false alternatives presented by the lackeys of the capitalist order; it will require much effort to retrace the road of the class struggle and to constitute the indispensable leadership organ of the international revolutionary proletarian struggle, the world communist party, but if these efforts succeed, they will lead to the reappearance of the spectre of communism. It will then be possible to shout out again:

 

The bourgeois of all countries tremble at the idea of a Communist revolution!

The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.

 

International Communist Party

 

www.pcint.org

 

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