27 Nov 2016

Fidel Castro Obituary – by Hugo Blanco

Fidel Castro Obituary – by Hugo Blanco
Fidel is dead, the symbol of the Cuban revolution, headed by him, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and other fighters of the 26th of July Movement.
Cuba, an island 90 miles away from the most powerful capitalist country in the world was a centre for corruption, a brothel for the Yankees, a nest for the mafia. That is the Cuba that many of those who have fled to Yankeeland yearn for.

In the era of the dictator Batista and before, workers were crushed. In the country, by landowners. In the city, by capital, like in the rest of Latin America. The abuse was aided by the governments, the courts, the police, the army and the media. Misery and analphabetism were widespread.
Like Carlos Puebla sings: ‘And then came Fidel’ ‘El Comandante came to make it stop’.
He expropriated the foreign sugar and petrol companies, as well as the businesses and lands of other capitalists and landowners. The empire organised the Bay of Pigs invasion, which was crushed by the Cuban people. 

Amongst other things, Cuba is a role model for its healthcare and the generous and unselfish way in which it supports those in the world who need that healthcare. This was exemplified during the Ebola outbreak in parts of Africa. One Cuban doctor got the illness himself, but returned to the field to continue the struggle as soon as he was cured. 

The Cuban revolution inspired revolutionaries across the world, particularly in Latin America. It is not their fault that others who were inspired mechanically copied the idea of the foco guerrillero, a vanguard group to act as an inspiration for a general insurrection, which failed in many countries. Revolutions are not copied. With that experience, the Zapatista revolutionaries in Mexico say: ‘Please, don’t copy us’. Each one in their respective time and place will have to see how to do it.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to have socialism in one country. Cuba was forced to connect to the Soviet Bloc, which demanded the exit of Che Guevara, as well as leading to the appearance and development of bureaucratic tendencies that deformed the revolution.

The Russian revolution headed by Lenin was deformed by Stalin and later returned to capitalism.
That Cuba does not return to capitalism is not only down to the Cubans, but to all of us.
To continue the work and the struggle of Fidel Castro, across the world we ought to struggle to topple the capitalist government and replace it with a government for all of society. The name we put on that revolution is not important. We can call it socialist, communist, anarchist, libertarian or whatever.

19 Jul 2016

Działacz Partii Zielonych (Green Party of England and Wales) pochodzenia polskiego potępia ataki na obywateli UE po Brexicie.

Działacz Partii Zielonych (Green Party of England and Wales) pochodzenia polskiego potępia ataki na obywateli UE po Brexicie.

Michał Chantkowski, obywatel UK pochodzenia polskiego oraz Koordynator Programu Politycznego Partii Zielonych w Sunderland (Sunderland Green Party), potępił wzrost ataków, które wystąpiły od momentu ogłoszenia wyników referendum, na obywatelach UE urodzonych poza UK.
Partia Zielonych uruchomila wlasnie nowy program członkowski dla imigrantów oraz obywateli UE, którzy nie posiadają brytyjskiego obywatelstwa a chcieliby zostać członkami partii, Michał wydał oświadczenie.
 „Wzywamy wszystkie demokratyczne siły w naszym kraju aby jasno i głośno wyraziły swoje potępienie dla rasizmu, dyskryminacji oraz ksenofobii.
Ostatnie wydarzenia mają swoje korzenie w ciągłym nakręcaniu spirali strachu, uprzedzeń oraz dezinformacji, rozpowszechnianym przez niektóre siły polityczne w tym kraju.
Partia Zielonych Anglii i Walii nigdy nie była, oraz nigdy nie będzie, częścią tego festiwalu winy.
Nasze wartości to otwartość, akceptacja innych kultur i tolerancja.
Cenimy wielki wkład kulturalny oraz ekonomiczny jaki migranci włożyli w nasze społeczeńswo.
Chcielibyśmy zapewnić obywateli UE mieszkających w naszym kraju, że wybrani przez nas przedstawiciele oraz lokalne Partie Zielonych zrobią wszystko aby zapewnić migrantom bezpieczeństwo i szacunek.

15 Jul 2016

Motion to Green Party conference Expressing Solidarity with Rojava.

Cβ 23. Expressing Solidarity with Rojava.

Proposed by Derek Wall*, Dee Searle, Kieron Merrett, Jack Mcglen, Emily Blyth. Synopsis This motion calls for Turkish government to end military assault on Kurdish communities in South East Turkey, advocates peace talks and calls for unbanning of PKK and freedom for Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. This motion promotes solidarity with the Kurds in Rojava where they are promoting a selfgoverning ecological society,

Motion Add into RoPS

Oppose Turkish war against Kurds, solidarity with Rojava.

After a period of peace the Turkish leader Erdogen has carried out attacks against Kurdish communities in South East Turkey. This has reignited the war between the PKK and the Turkish state. We call on Turkish government to end its military assault on Kurdish community and for both Turkey and PKK to end the conflict and negotiated. The historic leader of the Kurds, Abdullah Ocalan has called for a move to purely non violent campaigns for Kurdish rights, he is currently held in solitary confinement. His release is vital on both humanitarian grounds and to promote peace with justice.

The Kurds of Syria created a self-governing territory in 2012, known as Rojava (Western Kurdistan, Syria), which includes three cantons, Kobane, Afrin and Jazire. Rojava, while predominantly Kurdish contains communities self-identifying as Syriacs, Arabs, Armenians, Christians and other groups The largest political party in Rojava, the Peoples Democratic Union (PYD), is the sister Party of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Both political parties are inspired by the ideas of the social ecologist Murray Bookchin and the writings of Abdullah Ocalan. Rojava is being governed with attention to principles shared with our Green Party including grassroots democracy, ecological economics and social justice. Rojava promotes secularism, pluralism and feminism. Described by some as the Chiapas of the Middle East it is a beacon of hope not only in the region but globally Sadly relations with neighbour Turkey are tense and Rojava has been assaulted by Islamic fundamentalists belonging to the so called Islamic State.

It is vital that the Green Party of England and Wales shows solidarity with Rojava, defends their revolution, supports its Charter and self-autonomy based on pluralism, freedom of belief, gender equality and democracy as a model for all of Syria and learns more about this rare example of an attempt to create a sustainable,self-governing and feminist society.

1 The Green Party of England and Wales calls on Turkey to recognise Kurdish aspirations for peace and self-determination, recognising Rojava and negotiating with the Kurdish communities for a full and just peace settlement.

 2 The Green Party of England and Wales supports the campaign to delist the PKK from the list of European Union and UK terrorist organisations.

3 The Green Party of England and Wales will promote greater understanding and solidarity with Rojava.

4, The Green Party of England and Wales calls for the Turkish state to end its assault on Kurdish communities in the South East of the country, for the release of Ocalan and for Turkish state, PKK and other relevant parties to agree a ceasefire and to negotiate for peace and justice."