You might wonder why this site would link to a Trotskyist site. Just because I link to something doesn't mean I agree with everything there. For instance, read the following:
The only organization that has irreconcilably opposed AMLO, Mélenchon and all petty-bourgeois nationalist agents of imperialism is the International Committee of the Fourth International, the world Trotskyist movement, which stands alone in fighting for genuine internationalism, that is, the revolutionary overthrow of global capitalism and all nation states by the international working class. The progressive alternative to war and dictatorship is the building of the ICFI in the working class, as a new political leadership rooted in the theoretical principles of Marxism and assimilation of the entire history of the fight for socialism. [Source]
Okay, what does that mean in terms of violence? It doesn't mention it, but I oppose violence as a means to power. It's a huge issue. It's a dividing line. It separates.
Marxists will take progress via peaceful democracy; but; if they can't gain it that way, most of them claim the right to use violence to overthrow the capitalists. They aren't using violence right now because the capitalists have gained too much control over the media. The Marxists can't gain and hold enough adherents to mount a violent revolution.
Well, Sanders, Corbyn, AMLO, Melenchon, and others like them are not radical enough for me, but war of the type advocated by violent revolutionaries, such as Trotsky was, is hell and hasn't led to true democracy yet. In my view, it never will. Of course, the Trotskyists think the capitalists will crush all non-violent democracy.
Nevertheless, the Trotskyists of the World Socialist Web Site do work hard to expose the evils of capitalist imperialism and nationalism and are worth reading for that reason.
With that in mind, keep reading:
Australian government seeking to prosecute journalists over exposure of war crimes
By Oscar Grenfell
16 July 2019
Material released this week has confirmed that the Australian Federal Police (AFP), which operates under the direction of the government, has been investigating journalists for criminal offenses over their role in exposing atrocities committed by Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan.
The revelations make clear that the Liberal-National Coalition government is overseeing a far-reaching assault on press freedom, in line with a global crackdown on the media, spearheaded by the arrest and persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
CNN peddles intelligence agencies’ lies against Assange
By Oscar Grenfell
17 July 2019
CNN broadcast a scurrilous attack against Julian Assange on Monday. Its sole purpose was to revive the discredited claim that the WikiLeaks founder functioned as an “agent” of the Russian government, in order to undermine growing opposition to the US attempts to prosecute Assange for exposing American war crimes and diplomatic conspiracies.
While the broadcast report was billed as an “exclusive,” it did not contain any new information. Instead, it recycled innuendos, smears and outright lies that have already been directed against Assange by the intelligence agencies, CNN and the US media.
Canada’s Liberal government steps up internet censorship with creation of new media fund
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan
18 July 2019
In a further step aimed at strengthening state control over the internet and digital content, Canada’s Liberal government has announced a multi-million dollar media fund to be distributed to outlets deemed to be producing “authoritative content.” The $600 million fund, to be launched this fall, will be dispensed by an eight-member government-appointed committee.
The fund, made up of tax credits and incentives to be handed out over the next five years, was first announced last November, under the guise of protecting “the vital role that independent news media play in our democracy and in our communities.”
Behind all of the bogus talk about defending “independent media” outlets and “Canadian journalism,” the new funding structures are explicitly aimed at censoring the internet in the lead up to and following this fall’s federal election. They are part of a global assault on democratic rights and freedom of speech by ruling elites in every country, which has found its most graphic illustration in the persecution of publisher and journalist Julian Assange and courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Publico reports Spanish intelligence facilitated 2017 Barcelona terror attack
By Alex Lantier
20 July 2019
In an explosive report, the news site Publico alleges that Spain’s National Intelligence Center (CNI) intensively followed the Islamic State (IS) terror cell that carried out the August 17, 2017 Barcelona attacks, up to the day of the attack itself. Far from arresting the cell before it carried out the attacks, which left 21 dead and 130 wounded, the CNI let them proceed. Officials at CNI headquarters then tried to delete the file on cell leader Abdelbaki Es-Satty as investigations of the attack began.
The Publico report constitutes prima facie evidence of criminal behavior at top levels of the Spanish state—abetted by intelligence agencies of other NATO powers that launched the Islamist proxy war in Syria from which IS emerged. NATO governments and major US and European press outlets have reacted with deafening silence.
No credible explanation has been given until now for the CNI’s failure to act to halt the attacks. Last year, the PSOE and the right-wing Citizens and Popular Party vetoed calls for investigations of the CNI’s role in the attacks in the Spanish Congress. The question that is posed is whether the CNI and allied intelligence agencies allowed these attacks to proceed in order to provide, via criminal means, a pretext for attempts to impose a fascistic regime in Spain and across Europe.
Report details Indian security forces use of torture against Kashmiri people
By Wasantha Rupasinghe
23 July 2019
A recently published report gives a blood-curdling account of brutal human rights violations against Kashmiri people by Indian security forces in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), India’s only Muslim-majority state.
Titled Torture: Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir, the report is, in its own words, “the first ever comprehensive report on the phenomenon of torture in Jammu and Kashmir perpetrated by the Indian State from 1990 onwards.”
Eager to reassure the military and the other branches of the security forces that they will continue to enjoy impunity for crimes committed in suppressing opposition to the Indian state and capitalist rule, Indian governments have for more than 20 years refused to ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture.
It's not proof, but it is suspicious.
Australian government demands police-state powers over protests and exclusions of citizens
By Mike Head
24 July 2019
With the Labor Party’s help, the Liberal-National Coalition government is this week pushing through parliament “national security” bills that expand the powers of the government and the police-intelligence apparatus to outlaw dissent.
The bill also threatens whistleblowers, journalists and anyone else reporting on such protests. There is a narrow defence for reporters, but only if their coverage is “in the public interest” and they are employed as “professional journalists.”
This bill sets a far-reaching precedent. No government is known to have tried to block a citizen from returning to the country since the Menzies Coalition government refused to issue an Australian passport to Wilfred Burchett, a journalist who had reported on the lies and crimes of the US and its allies in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Another bill would extend ASIO’s power to secretly detain people for up to seven days, without charge, and question them for periods adding up to 24 hours. The powers were due to expire in September. The bill proposes a further 12-month extension to enable the government to draw up new interrogation and detention powers.
In key aspects, the latest bills go beyond parallel measures in Britain, keeping Australia in the forefront of the worldwide attacks on basic democratic rights. These bills are not simply the product of Morrison’s government. They are part of a US-led global offensive. As the federal police chief revealed last month, the raids on journalists were conducted to assure the US-led “Five Eyes” spy network—which is integral to mass surveillance and war preparations—of the reliability of Australia’s police-intelligence apparatus.
This next one is a must-read for those opposed to fascism.
Socialist Equality Party (Germany)
26 July 2019
On January 24, the German section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP), filed a lawsuit against the Federal Ministry of the Interior before the Administrative Court in Berlin. The lawsuit challenges the SGP’s classification as “left-wing extremist” in the 2017 Report of the Verfassungsschutz (Office for the Protection of the Constitution), the Interior Ministry’s secret service. With this designation, the SGP is made subject to surveillance by the Verfassungsschutz.
The SGP justified its complaint on the basis that its inclusion in the report and surveillance by the secret service was a massive and illegal violation of its democratic rights. The Verfassungsschutz did not allege the SGP was either violent or anti-constitutional. It explicitly acknowledged that the party pursued its goals by legal means. The government justified the surveillance of the SGP exclusively on the grounds that the SGP advances a socialist program and opposes capitalism.
New draconian police law introduced in Germany
By Tino Jacobson and Marianne Arens
29 July 2019
At the same time that new neo-Nazi networks linked to the intelligence services, police and army are being uncovered across Germany, state governments are systematically expanding the powers of all of these forces. In the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the ruling SPD-CDU coalition, headed by Manuela Schwesig (SPD), plans to implement a new, much tougher police law after the summer break.
In common with the new police laws introduced in Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin, the so-called Security and Ordinance Act (SOG) in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will significantly strengthen the police apparatus. It undermines important democratic rights.
One focus of the new law is the use of so-called state trojans, which can be used to spy on the entire digital traffic of a targeted individual. In order to plant the spy software on computers and smartphones, police will be allowed to secretly enter and search apartments to “prepare” their eavesdropping operations. The state trojans can also be used against those who are not accused of any offence and are merely seen as likely to commit a crime in the future.
Another important focus of the new law makes clear that the case of Julian Assange is to serve as a role model for suppressing the freedom of the press in Germany. The bill aims to further restrict the right of journalists to protect their sources and refuse to give evidence. It allows police officers to access journalists’ information, contacts and documents in the event of any “imminent danger” without a court order, thereby endangering both journalists and their sources.
Concerning this next one, it puts too much stock in the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Other than that, ...?
By Roger Jordan
29 July 2019
Earlier this month, Canada hosted the third Ukraine Reform Conference, a gathering of diplomats and officials from over 100 countries aimed at bringing Kiev even more directly under the geopolitical and economic domination of the western imperialist powers.
After meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the conference sidelines, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed “to stand with Ukraine against Russian interference and aggression,” and to support it in the struggle to end Russia’s “illegal annexation” of Crimea.
Trudeau’s portrayal of Russia as the aggressor in Ukraine and Eastern Europe turns reality on its head. It conceals the fact that Canada played a major supporting role in the US-orchestrated, fascist-spearheaded February 2014 coup that chased Ukraine's elected president from power and brought a far-right, pro-western regime to power in Kiev; and that the 2014 coup was the continuation of a longstanding US-led, Canadian-backed drive to expand NATO to Russia's borders and harness Ukraine to the West.
In case you missed the story, which was barely a blip in the MSM:
By Eric London
31 July 2019
In a ruling published late Tuesday, Judge John Koeltl of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, delivered a devastating blow to the US-led conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
In his ruling, Judge Koeltl, a Bill Clinton nominee and former Assistant Special Prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, dismissed “with prejudice” a civil lawsuit filed in April 2018 by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) alleging WikiLeaks was civilly liable for conspiring with the Russian government to steal DNC emails and data and leak them to the public.
Jennifer Robinson, a leading lawyer for Assange, and other WikiLeaks attorneys, welcomed the ruling as “an important win for free speech.”
The decision exposes the Democratic Party in a conspiracy of its own to attack free speech and cover up the crimes of US imperialism and the corrupt activities of the two parties of Wall Street. Judge Koeltl stated:
If WikiLeaks could be held liable for publishing documents concerning the DNC’s political financial and voter-engagement strategies simply because the DNC labels them ‘secret’ and trade secrets, then so could any newspaper or other media outlet. But that would impermissibly elevate a purely private privacy interest to override the First Amendment interest in the publication of matters of the highest public concern.
New York judge orders Fordham University to recognize Students for Justice in Palestine club
By Fred Mazelis
10 August 2019
In a decision announced early this week, a New York judge found that Fordham University had violated free speech rights, as well as its own rules, by denying official recognition to a student organization that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the lobbying and protest campaign against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and oppression of the Palestinian people.
Justice Nancy Bannon of the State Supreme Court said that the denial of club status to the chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) was “arbitrary and capricious.”