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Food Sovereignty Honorees Show ‘There is Another Way to Fight Hunger’


Both of the 2015 prizewinners are minority groups that ‘have struggled for decades against oppression from their governments and large agricultural companies’

This year’s international winner, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), was created in 1979 to protect the economic, social, and cultural rights of 46 Garifuna communities along the Atlantic coast of Honduras. (Photo:

Underscoring how the struggles for racial, environmental, and economic justice are deeply intertwined, this year’s Food Sovereignty Prize, honoring those who are taking back their food systems, will be bestowed Wednesday to the Georgia-based Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras.

“On the heels of a visible resurgence of the struggle for black liberation made visible by a spate of police brutality against Black Americans, the two winners this year demonstrate a commitment to solidarity with Black people’s struggles globally,” wrote Alison Meares Cohen of the global hunger and poverty non-profit WhyHunger.

“Everything we’re about is food sovereignty, the right of every individual on earth to wholesome food, clean water, clean air, clean land, and the self-determination of a local community to grow and do what they want. We just recognize the natural flow of life. It’s what we’ve always done.”
—Ben Burkett, Federation of Southern Cooperatives

Both of the 2015 honorees “have struggled for decades against oppression from their governments and large agricultural companies,” said WhyHunger co-founder Bill Ayres in an op-ed last week. “They have pioneered excellent agricultural practices, fought for their rights, and produced nutritious food for people.”

And in doing so, he concluded, they have shown that “[t]here is another way to fight hunger. It is not through the latest tech solution or the latest chemical toxic concoction, but it does utilize science rooted in ecological principles, community participation, and democratic management.”

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, whose members are farmers in 16 Southern states—approximately 90 percent of them African-American, but also Native American, Latino, and White—grew out of the civil rights movement in the late 1960s. But its work “is today more important than ever,” the prize committee writes, given that African-American-owned farms in the U.S. have fallen from 14 percent to 1 percent in less than 100 years.

To counter that trend, and to keep farms Black- and family-owned instead of corporate-owned, the Federation promotes land-based cooperatives and community development credit unions; provides training in sustainable agriculture and forestry, management, and marketing; and advocates to the courts as well as to state and national legislatures.

“Our view is local production for local consumption,” said Ben Burkett, co-founder of the Federation and a fourth-generation Mississippi farmer. “It’s just supporting mankind as family farmers. Everything we’re about is food sovereignty, the right of every individual on earth to wholesome food, clean water, clean air, clean land, and the self-determination of a local community to grow and do what they want. We just recognize the natural flow of life. It’s what we’ve always done.”

As Andrianna Natsoulas and Beverly Bell wrote in an op-ed this week, “the Federation’s work to keep land in the hands of the small farmers is one of the foundations of food sovereignty, a framework of policies, principles and practices through which food systems are controlled by, and serve the best interest of, people instead of corporations.”

Meanwhile, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), was created in 1979 to protect the economic, social, and cultural rights of 46 Garifuna communities along the Atlantic coast of Honduras. In the face of Big Ag land grabs, tourist-driven development, and climate change, OFRANEH helps this historically oppressed minority, descending from Indigenous Caribbean and African groups, fight back through direct-action community organizing, legal action, leadership training, and movement-building. At the center of the organization’s work is a focus on strengthening land security and sustainable, small-scale farming and fishing.

“Our liberation starts because we can plant what we eat,” stated Miriam Miranda, coordinator of OFRANEH. “This is food sovereignty.”

She continued: “We need to produce to bring autonomy and the sovereignty of our peoples. If we continue to consume [only], it doesn’t matter how much we shout and protest. We need to become producers. It’s about touching the pocketbook, the surest way to overcome our enemies. It’s also about recovering and reaffirming our connections to the soil, to our communities, to our land.”

Watch the award ceremony, taking place in Des Moines, Iowa, and streaming live starting at 7 pm CDT:

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Lockdown in East Jerusalem: Harsh Policies Come Amid Intensifying Violence


Rights groups condemned the new security measures, calling them a ‘recipe for harassment and abuse’

Under new measures passed by the Israeli government, a so-called terrorist's house that has been demolished will not be rebuilt, and the individual's residence maybe revoked and property confiscated. (Photo via Al Jazeera)

Under new measures passed by the Israeli government, a so-called terrorist’s house that has been demolished will not be rebuilt, and the individual’s residence maybe revoked and property confiscated. (Photo via Al Jazeera)

East Jerusalem is in lockdown as of Wednesday after the Israeli military erected checkpoints around the occupied territory as the repression of Palestinian protesters took a severe turn.

According to reports, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead early Wednesday by Israeli forces at the city’s Damascus Gate after allegedly wielding a knife. Locals told reporters that 12 Palestinian students were also detained by military after early morning raids in two East Jerusalem neighborhoods.

Ma’an News Agency, quoting local official Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, reports, “the forces were issuing citations to Palestinian drivers at random. Israeli security also inspected several Palestinian youths and students in ‘humiliating’ ways, forcing them to take off their clothes.”

The teenager’s shooting death brings the total number of Palestinians killed since October 1 to 31, with an estimated 17 shot dead at demonstrations. At least seven Israelis have also been killed in the same time period.

The widespread crackdown was initiated by the government’s security cabinet, which agreed to a suite of punitive measures early Wednesday following a handful of attacks against Israeli citizens.

A statement issued by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli police are now authorized to “impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations.”

The statement also said that a so-called terrorist’s house that has been demolished will not be rebuilt, and that the permanent residency rights of the individual will be revoked and their property confiscated. Further, military units will be deployed to reinforce police in cities and on main routes, and 300 security guards will be recruited to secure public transportation in the capital.

Israeli forces have also been deployed in and around Jerusalem’s Old City, Ma’an notes.

Human Rights Watch condemned the measures, calling them a “recipe for harassment and abuse.”

“Locking down East Jerusalem neighborhoods will infringe upon the freedom of movement of all Palestinian residents rather than being a narrowly tailored response to a specific concern,” it said in a statement.

The police lockdown comes after what reports said was the most violent day since Israel began imposing controversial new rules on the al-Asqua Mosque compound late last month, setting off a new wave of protests against the occupation, which have been met with brutal force.

As Brad Parker, an attorney and international advocacy officer with Defense for Children International, wrote Tuesday, the recent relaxing by the Israeli government of “live-fire” rules has given Israeli police a “green light” to use live ammunition against Palestinian stone throwers, who are mostly youths—amounting to what he says is effectively a “war on Palestinian children.”

Since that time, 366 Palestinians have been shot with live fire, 932 with rubber-coated steel bullets, and 2,365 have been injured by tear gas, according to the Red Crescent. Dozens of Israelis have also been injured, mainly in rogue stabbing attacks.

However, as critics have noted, much of the mainstream media reporting has focused on the violence against Israeli citizens and have either neglected to include the context of the ongoing occupation or have buried the significant number of Palestinian fatalities.

Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, told Al Jazeera that news outlets that fail to disclose “the conditions that Palestinians live under that is really fueling the resentment and the anger that is leading so many of these young Palestinians to take actions themselves in these way — in stabbings, in protests” are failing to provide their audiences with information vital to making sense of tragic events.

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Mother of Saudi Teen Sentenced to Crucifixion Urges Obama: ‘Rescue My Son’


Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was sentenced to death at the age of 17 after taking part in a rally for equal Shia rights in Saudi Arabia

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was sentenced to death by crucifixion when he was just 17 years old. (Image: Reprieve)

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was sentenced to death by crucifixion when he was just 17 years old. (Image: Reprieve)

The mother of teenage pro-democracy protester Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, sentenced to crucifixion by Saudi Arabia, pleaded with President Barack Obama to use his power to pressure the close U.S. ally to spare her son.

In her first interview with foreign media outlets, Nusra al-Ahmed told the Guardian that Obama “can interfere and rescue my son.”

“To rescue someone from harm, there is nothing greater than that,” she continued. “My son and I are simple people and we don’t carry any significance in this world but despite that, if he [Obama] carried out this act, I feel it would raise his esteem in the eyes of the world. He would be rescuing us from a great tragedy.”

Al-Nimr was arrested in 2012 when he was just 17 years old following his attendance of a rally for Shia rights in the eastern city of Qatif, according to his mother. After being denied access to a lawyer, al-Nimr was sentenced to death by beheading and crucifixion in May 2014 on charges that include taking part in demonstrations against the government and possessing a gun—the latter of which his family strongly denies. “The court seems to have based its decision solely on ‘confessions’ which Ali al-Nimr has said were extracted under torture and other ill-treatment,” noted Amnesty International.

Al-Ahmed confirmed to the Guardian that her son had been tortured and brutalized. “When I visited my son for the first time I didn’t recognize him,” she said. “I didn’t know whether this really was my son Ali or not. I could clearly see a wound on his forehead. Another wound in his nose. They disfigured it. Even his body, he was too thin.”

Al-Nimr is not alone. Dawoud al-Marhoon was also sentenced to die at the age of 17 under similar circumstances, and both executions are imminent. Between August 2014 and June 2015, at least 175 people were executed by the Saudi state after unfair trials, in a country where adultery is punishable by death and neither children nor the mentally handicapped are spared from execution.

Al-Nimr’s case has shined a global spotlight on Saudi human rights abuses—within its own borders and around the world, including in Yemen where the state stands accused of numerous war crimes in its ongoing military onslaught. The pending execution has also called attention to the complicity of global superpowers that maintain close relations—and sell weapons to—the Gulf state, particularly the U.S. and UK.

Maya Foa, head of the death penalty team at human rights organization Reprieve, charged Wednesday that “the response of the U.S.—the Saudis’ closest ally—to these outrages has been woefully inadequate.”

“The beheading of these two boys, who were arrested and tortured for merely attending protests, would be a grotesque miscarriage of justice,” Foa continued. “President Obama must listen to the call from Ali’s desperate family, and step in now to urge the Saudis to change course.”

When questioned by a reporter last month, U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner expressed “concerns” but declined to condemn al-Nimr’s sentence. He went on to “welcome” Saudi Arabia’s recent appointment to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel.

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Jubilant Syrian Army regulars pose to register their delight after the recent advances of their military in Homs.


The Homs Offensive in the north and northeast is going better than planned.  In Aleppo, too, Syrian Army ground forces, under the protection of Russian bombers and interceptors,  have scored significant victories over the American-Saudi-British-Turk-supported vermin in both Nusra/Alqaeda and ISIS.   In Aleppo, we can confirm the liberation of Nu’aam Village, Tal Nu’aam, ‘Ibteen Town, West Al-Haddaadeen, at the nearby rock quarries and the hatcheries in the area of Al-Zaytoon Farms.  Also, the Manshiyya Quarter in Der’ah has been totally deloused.  And it’s going so much better in Homs.

Talbeesa:  Under heavy bombardment by the SAA and RuAF, this major arterial town is about to fall to the SAA.  Inside, was Abu Bakr Al-Sheeshaani, a major figure in Harakat Ahraar Al-Shaam’s franchise called Jaysh Al-Shaam.  On October 14, 2015, he swallowed a Russian bomb dropped from a Sukhoi 25 which turned him into some kind of Central Asian puree.   On October 16, 2015, these were also the recipient’s of Russian generosity delivered by a Sukhoi bomber:

Mustafaa Al-Khudhr (With yesterday’s tally of ‘Ammaar Al-Khudhr and Ma`moon Al-Khudhr, his death bestows on this wretched tribe of apes the hat trick. I’m sure Dudley will appreciate that.  Good show to the Al-Khudhrs whose donations to the statistics of Hell will be most appreciated.)

Khaalid Abu Anas (He was Al-Khudhr’s right hand man.  He stayed to the end.)

Khaalidiyyat Daar Al-Kabeera:  Liberated completely with over 61 rat carcasses counted around the area.  Here are the only Syrians in the group:

Baasil Muhammad Al-Fahhaam

Muhammad ‘Ali Iskamlaji

‘Abdul-Rahmaan ‘Issaam Al-Dabboor (He got stung)

Ahmad Sa’eed Jubayli

Murhif Mustafaa Al-Daaghir


بدء العملية العسكرية بحمص.. الجيش يسيطر على العديد من المناطق في سوريةTayr-ma’la Village:  Horrific massacre by American-supported rat terrorists of Nusra/Alqaeda against the people of this village.  When the terrorists knew their time was over in this village, they gathered 40 men and shot them all in a line at 7:00 a.m..  Their accusations were that these people were unwilling to fight alongside terrorism.  Some were accused of collaborating with the government.  Don’t believe any of the nonsense about Russian bombers and Syrian Army artillery being at fault. Those two forces do not miraculously kill only males between the ages of 16 and 40.


إرهابيو However, the Army did get its revenge.  We can confirm the deaths of these:

Rawaad Al-Aksah (It means “the crippled”.  I guess its all beyond that now.  He was a “leader of an “operations room”.)

‘Aamir Moussaa Shaybaloot

Shibli Tawfeeq Al-Qaysi

Muhammad Jihaad Far’oon

Another 50+ have not been identified.

Talbeesa Town:  A command-control HQ was vaporized by the Russian Air Force.

Qawaa Al-‘Aassi:  On the Orontes River, this area is now the scene of pure pandemonium as 100s of rodents are fleeing toward Talbeesa. 

Extremely heavy fighting in these areas with Russian and Syrian Air Forces very active:  Al-Ghantu, Ghajar Al-‘Aassi.




Lt. Gen. ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayyoob stares down through military binoculars at scattering rodents after their defeat at Al-Safsaafa.

Al-Safsaafa and Al-Fooru towns are now totally rat-free.  This is only the beginning.

The aftermath of the liberation of Fooru Village:


بدء عملية عسكرية في ريف حمص.. والجيش يحكم سيطرته على خالدية الدار الكبيرة


Nice article about how Russia’s intervention may have blocked a Turkish invasion, although, as you know, I do not believe Turkey would have done anything of the kind without NATO involvement:

Makes you wonder what the U.S. has been doing all this time:


Why us Government and media are silent toward I$raHell war crimes ?

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Warsaw Ghetto
When the Jews dug tunnels to smuggle food and weapons into the Warsaw Ghetto, it is was an act of justified resistance. However, when the Palestinians dig tunnels to smuggle food, medicines and weapons into Gaza Ghetto it is called terrorism.
Ever since Israel was forced to withdraw from Gaza in 2005, Gaza fell under illegal and inhumane siege imposed by both Israel and Egypt following 2006 Palestinian first held election, in which Hamas has won. Therefore, the tunnels became the life line for 1.8 million Palestinian living in Gaza. Now Egypt and Israel managed to flood and closed the tunnels.
Whether or not it gets reported by the US stream media, Palestinians living in Gaza are being subjected to collective punishment, which is a crime under international law. Even though the Israelis have left Gaza, Gaza is still occupied as its borders are closed and its water and airspace is controlled and get violated daily by Israeli military.
As of last September 26th, Gaza Strip has been under siege for 3020 days. Many Gazans lose their lives daily due to malnutrition and lack of medicine.
Whenever either Russia or Iran violate basic human rights, US government and media alike are quick to speak out and help stop the atrocities, then why they are silent toward Israeli war crimes

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Russia’s actions in Syria are legal and effective

Since the beginning of the plot against Syria and its people, The Syria Solidarity Movement has  stood firmly against the plan to destroy Syria and the region, rejected illegal intervention by the USA and Western and Regional entities, and strongly condemned the terrorists’ actions and the flow of mercenaries into Syria. We mourn the loss of more than 200,000 Syrians, as well as hundreds of Palestinians and Lebanese.
As a result of the escalation by the West and their agents in supporting terrorist groups, Syria has exercised its sovereign and legal right to ask Russia, Iran and other trusted parties for their support to stop this murderous plot and madness.  The Syria Solidarity Movement regrets all military action, but recognizes the differences between the actions of Russia, Iran, China, Hezbollah and now Cuba in Syria, as compared with those of the US, NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies and other states.  Here are some of those differences:
  1. The actions of Russia, Iran and other Syrian allies are legal under the UN charter and international law.  Russian military aid was requested by the internationally recognized Syrian government holding the Syrian seat at the United Nations.  The actions of the United States, NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other countries are illegal and contrary to international law.  Such actions constitute aggression in the internal affairs of Syria and are without its consent.
  2. The actions of Russia, Iran and other Syrian allies are effective against foreign terrorists and mercenaries in Syria.  Reports state that thousands of al-Qaeda fighters and their allies have fled or been killed since the start of Russia’s response to Syria’s request.  Although the US has claimed for decades that al-Qaeda is its worst enemy, a year of US-supported intervention in Syria has made no significant reduction in the capabilities of this or other terrorist groups.  Clearly, the US/NATO battle against al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist mercenaries in Syria is a total sham, and the US/NATO is in fact providing aid to these groups through intermediaries from other groups and through Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other supporters of terrorism.
  3. The actions of Russia, Iran and other Syrian allies are helping to prevent another failed state in the region, not create one.  The US, NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and their allies have openly declared their pursuit of “regime change” in Syria, a violation of the UN Charter, the Geneva Accords and other international law.  The plans for a “No Fly Zone” recall a similar campaign of wanton bombing in Libya, which resulted in a failed state there.  In the case of Syria, the intention also appears to be a de facto Turkish annexation of Syrian territory.
As US Congressional Representative Tulsi Gabbard has said, “Russia is bombing al-Qaeda terrorists.  How is that a bad thing?”  The Syria Solidarity Movement supports the removal of foreign terrorists and mercenaries in Syria, an end to military and other support to these territorists, an end to illegal foreign intervention in the affairs of Syria and restoration of Syrian sovereignty over all Syrian territory.
PLEASE NOTE:  A group in the UK is illegally using our name and also recommending illegal actions against Syria.  We are pursuing legal remedy to compel them to stop using our name, but the process is slow. Please be aware of this problem.  Your donations to help with our effort are gratefully appreciated.

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روسياThe Syrian Army, under the cover of both the Syrian and Russian air forces has begun its much-anticipated Homs campaign in the north as part of the “sandwich” operation taking place in Hama.  We will be bringing you details as they come in.

People, you gotta read this sent by Vasili:

HAMA:  The SAA has liberated Al-Mansoora, Lihaayaa West and East with hundreds of Jaysh Al-Fath rodents killed or wounded.  Hundreds have been seen deserting their positions to try and make it to Idlib.  The SAAF and RuAF have destroyed over 14 pickups with 23mm cannons during the last 24 hours with hundreds of IEDs being dismantled by expert engineers in the SAA.

Al-Tanmiya Village:  SAA artillery has destroyed 2 pickups with 23mm cannons with extremely precise rockets.  A truck loaded with Turk-provided ammunition and weapons was also reportedly melted down.

Ghaab Area south of Jisr Al-Shughoor:  12 Nusra/Alqaeda and Jaysh Al-Fath hyenas were put to death here as the army increases its assaults with forces coming out of the eastern side of the coastal mountains.

Usaamaa Al-Sirmaani

Muhammad Radhwaan Al-Hassan

Najeeb Hassaan Saleem Al-Shaykh

Muhammad Marwaan Al-Faraj (a/k/a “Al-Deeb”)

Suhayl Saadiq Al-Khutba

‘Abdul-Rahmaan Maqbool

Ibraaheem Latmeen

Ahmad Al-Azraq

Muhammad Abu Hassan Al-Bakri

Muhammed Al-Nijm

‘Abdul-Kareem Al-Ma’arraati

Khaalid Nijm

Khaan Shaykhoon at the Jabal Seedi ‘Ali area:  17 rodents were killed belonging to the Jaysh Al-Fath.  All were Chechens and Turks.

Al-Tamaani’ah-Sukayk area:  Tens of rodents were either killed or wounded in an ambush by the SAA.  No other details. 

Khaan Shaykhoon:  The SAAF has dropped tens of thousands of leaflets to encourage the rodents inside the town to either leave or surrender.  They have been given 48 hours before the assault is expected to start.  This is as of today.


14350821746786249Lt. General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayyoob, Chief of the Syrian General Staff, was ordered by the president to visit Hama to review troops and deliver the president’s message of confidence and pride.   


Al-Sama’leel Village:  The SAA ambushed a convoy of rodents here and killed 26 rodents.  Here are the only names which arrived:

‘Abu Anas Al-Sheeshaani (CHECHEN SNAKE DIARRHEA)

‘Ammaar Al-Khudhr (described as the “chief of staff” for this area)

‘Abdullah Barakaat

Zhaahir Sa’adeddeen

Ma`moon Al-Khudhr

Al-Hoolaa Area:  7 rats were killed by the PDC in an ambush. No other details.  All were reportedly foreigners belonging to Ahraar Al-Shaam.

Talbeesa:  The RuAF is pounding the daylight out of this area now with reports of over 30 rodents killed.


Penny weighs in on euphemisms for murderous terrorists:

We have a wonderful team of alternative rapporteurs on our website.  Brandon tells the West what it doesn’t want to hear:

But, they are guided by such simplified logic:

John Esq. sends this nice review of the illustrious exploits of Division 30:

Brandon discusses the curious coincidence of Carter’s threats and the Russian uncovering of a terrorist cell:

Afraa Dagher writes this from Syria about the support we have for Russia’s intervention: (Thanks, Brandon)

Vasili sends this one about a deadly thermobaric missile now in Syria:


EU diplomat says his government thinks Obama is mentally ill


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Dr. John R. Schindler is a former intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer at the U.S. National Security Agency, a former professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, and a former U.S. Navy Reserve officer specializing in cryptology. Witha Ph.D. from McMasters University, Schindler is the author of books on the Italian front in World War IIslamist extremism in the Balkans, and an insider’s look at how Al-Qa’ida thinks and operates. Schindler now writes for The Daily Beast.

John R. Schindler

Given his background and experience, Schindler is known to have many high level military and government contacts in both the U.S. and other countries.

In a tweet on Oct. 12, 2015, Schindler claims that he was told by an unnamed senior European Union (EU) diplomat that the government of the diplomat’s country considers Barack Obama to be mentally unwell. The government has also made inquiries about U.S. impeachment proceedings.

John Schindler tweet

Steve Watson of InfoWars points out that the tweet’s “wording indicates that the opinion is not that of a single person, but rather the whole government of whichever European country the diplomat is from.”

Here are the countries that make up the European Union:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The government of one of the above countries believes Obama is mentally ill and so unfit for the office of the presidency that they are inquiring how he can be impeached.

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We need an anti-war movement built upon solid anti-imperialist foundations


BUAFS banner in Trafalgar Square on May Day 2015

BUAFS banner in Trafalgar Square on May Day 2015

A comrade from Bristol Ukraine Anti Fascist Solidarity (BUAFS) was invited to speak at a recent public meeting in London organised by Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in the Ukraine (SARU). We reproduce his remarks below.

We are talking today specifically about the way that the imperialist media serve a vital propaganda role in selling us their agenda of war and austerity. Other speakers have given many telling examples of this manipulation of public opinion.

In Bristol, we try to expose this manipulation by mounting a weekly picket of the BBC in Whiteladies Road. We do this to draw attention to the lies the corporation tells about the conflict in the Ukraine and Donbass, and to point out how this conflicts with the vaunted status of the BBC as a paragon of ‘objective’ and ‘balanced’ journalism. It lays claim to that status, so it’s right that we should demand that it be held to account for failing to live up to it.

However, in reality, we should not be so surprised about the BBC’s behaviour. Its journalists are just doing their job, serving as part of the propaganda machine for the imperialist ruling class. When push comes to shove, that is the basic purpose of every organ of mass media in imperialist society. How could it be other? The capitalist media are bought and paid for, and capitalism gets what it pays for. In that sense, we have nothing to complain about.

But if the real function of the BBC and the rest is not too hard to grasp, what have we to say about the role of some of those in ‘left’, ‘anti-war’ and trade-union circles who help to grease the wheels for war by going along with the reactionary propaganda? I’m thinking about those who in words ‘opposed’ the bombing of Libya, yet rowed in with all the vilification of Muammar Gaddafi by which imperialism sought to justify that bombing.

Or those who went along with the hate campaign against Bashar al-Assad and the progressive leadership of Syria – a hate campaign that acted as a smokescreen for the West’s proxy war of subversion against
an independent Arab state whose secular and progressive character posed a threat to imperialist dominance in the Middle East.

What do we make of those who peer down from a great height upon the inhabitants of the Donbass fighting for their lives against Kiev’s stormtroopers, only to pronounce them to be ‘Putin’s useful idiots’?

In my innocence, I had hoped to come here tonight in a cloud of glory, bearing glad tidings that Bristol Trades Council had decided to cough up £50 and affiliate to SARU. The Bristol branch of Community Unite earlier this year passed a resolution to affiliate, and went on to propose to the trades council that it follow suit.

Sadly, this initiative was ambushed by some very vocal delegates to the trades council, who ‘explained’ that the fascist coup that removed the democratically-elected Yanukovych government was in fact a “popular uprising”, that the subsequent elevation of Poroshenko to the presidency was “legitimate”, that his government was not fascist, that the Donbass resistance were no more than stooges for Putin and that the conflict in the Ukraine was not about anti-fascist resistance but was essentially a turf war between rival oligarchs.

To make this unashamed rehearsal of the standard BBC/Fox News Big Lie more palatable to a trade-union forum, matters were given a workerist twist, appealing for “solidarity with workers throughout the whole of the Ukraine”, carefully ignoring the fact that the fascist aggression dished out by the Kiev junta’s forces is actually the military wing of the IMF-imposed austerity being imposed on all Ukrainian workers.

This stunt recalls the dishonest ‘neither green nor orange’ pose that was assumed in the 1970s and 80s by those who sought to justify their enmity towards the Irish national struggle by making spurious appeals to the “unity of all workers” (all workers, that is, in ‘Northern Ireland’ – ie, the colonised six counties).

Regrettably, these lies about what is really going on in the Ukraine were enough to stampede the trades council away from supporting the resolution, which was formally remitted (kicked into the long grass). Fifty pounds here or there will not break our campaign, but this setback usefully illustrates just how crucial is the role of social democracy in making workers vulnerable to capitalist war propaganda, softening up our resistance.

It is important to challenge the media lies. But it is at least as important to challenge those on the social-democratic ‘left’ who help to give those lies currency in the working class. We can’t get rid of media lies, but we can make a start on challenging the social-democratic politics that rob workers of any ideological defence against those lies.

When the manufactured paranoia about Russia has been so eagerly embraced by many on the ‘left’, for example, it will take no more than one or two well-orchestrated false-flag operations for war fever to sweep the board.

What is the antidote to this war fever? The short answer is: to build an anti-war movement in the working class; a movement that identifies imperialist crisis as the driver of war, which supports all those engaged in resistance against imperialism and which leads a campaign of active non-cooperation with the war effort.

Do we possess such a movement now? Sadly not. The Stop the War Coalition, in the name of ‘broadening the appeal’ of the movement, withheld its support from the Afghan resistance and the Iraqi resistance. It likewise withheld support from the progressive governments of Gaddafi’s Libya and Assad’s Syria. Now it opposes the Russian bombing campaign against Islamic State in Syria.

And, of course, it withholds support from the Donbass resistance – always in the name of ‘broadening the movement’. Yet, far from ‘broadening’ the anti-war movement into the mass of the working class, this approach has narrowed the movement to a dwindling support base consisting mostly of a pacifist-minded middle class.

Our task must be to break down the social-democratic walls that separate workers in Britain from all their oppressed brothers and sisters who are fighting against imperialism – be it in Palestine, Syria, the Donbass or wherever.

The imperialist ruling class that plunges one country after another into war is the self-same imperialist ruling class that imposes austerity at home. By recognising that imperialism is our common enemy and linking arms with those engaged in resistance against imperialist meddling, we can unite in an anti-war movement that stands on solid anti-imperialist foundations.

I believe that this can be done in Britain, and that our support for the struggles of the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk could be a step in the right direction.

It is in that spirit that we continue our solidarity work in Bristol. Let me take this opportunity to invite comrades to come and visit our picket outside the BBC in Whiteladies Road, every Monday from 5.00pm to 6.30pm.

Also, let me remind you about the public meeting we are holding on Saturday 24 October in the Terrace Room of Barton Hill Community Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol (BS5 0AX), from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, on the subject of imperialist crisis and the drive to war in Europe.

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Horrid Carcass of Indonesia – 50 Years After the Coup


Last year, I stopped travelling to Indonesia. I simply did… I just could not bear being there, anymore. It was making me unwell. I felt psychologically and physically sick.

Indonesia has matured into perhaps the most corrupt country on Earth, and possibly into the most indoctrinated and compassionless place anywhere under the sun. Here, even the victims were not aware of their own conditions anymore. The victims felt shame, while the mass murderers were proudly bragging about all those horrendous killings and rapes they had committed. Genocidal cadres are all over the government.

Don’t get me wrong: there is really nothing wrong with maturity. But instead of maturing elegantly into something noble, like a precious wine, Indonesia just decayed into disgusting vinegar, or spoiled milk, or most likely into something much, much more sinister – a monstrous decomposing carcass in the middle of a once socialist, progressive and anti-imperialist Asia.

After the 1965 coup backed by the US, Australia and Europe, some 2-3 million Indonesians died, in fact were slaughtered mercilessly in an unbridled orgy of terror: teachers, intellectuals, artists, unionists, and Communists vanished. The US Embassy in Jakarta provided a detailed list of those who were supposed to be liquidated. The army, which was generously paid by the West and backed by the countless brainwashed religious cadres of all faiths, showed unprecedented zeal, killing and imprisoning almost everyone capable of thinking. Books were burned and film studios and theatres closed down.

Women from the left-wing organizations, after being savagely raped, had their breasts amputated. They were labeled as witches, atheists, sexual maniacs and perverts.

Professional militant Christian cadres from Holland and other Western countries landed in Indonesia well before the coup. They were entrusted with the radicalization of Muslims, Hindus, Protestants, Catholics and the Indonesian military. They labeled Communists and other leftists as “dangerous atheists” and began an indoctrination and training campaign aimed to liquidate them.

The right-wing Chinese individuals, mostly traitors who just escaped from their Communist revolutionary homeland, happily joined the fascist putsch-nick clique and later the murderous, whoring and treasonous regime of General Suharto. They joined it as snitches and “preachers”. The Chinese minority in Indonesia, while undoubtedly suffering from certain discrimination, had joined the most oppressive domestic and foreign forces, shamelessly collaborating with military fascism, Western imperialism and the savage capitalist system, which it itself had helped to establish. Because of its control over the crucial part of the local “economy” (read: plunder of the natural resources) and its ownership of the countless brainwashing media outlets and private educational facilities, the Chinese minority in Indonesia has been playing a decisive and devastating role in the spectacular collapse of post-1965 Indonesia.

After the slaughters of 1965/66, everything resembling the Revolution and the People’s Republic of China was banned and obliterated in Indonesia, including red color, the Chinese language, and the word “Communism” itself. Some of it was “inconvenient”, but overall, the Chinese right-wing anti-Communist émigrés in Indonesia finally had it their way! Suharto’s fascism was definitely closer to their hearts than the anti-Western-imperialism and the power sharing between the progressive Muslim leader Sukarno and his “golden child”, the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI).

After the genocide, the great selling of Indonesia began. Corruption and privatization went hand in hand. Ideological and intellectual blindness were administered to the population.

The murder and rape of millions, theft of everything that used to belong to the nation…

Thus was committed the greatest treason of the 20th century.

Roughly 50 years after this disaster took place, I broke my self-imposed ban and visited Indonesia once again.


This time, I did not come to Indonesia for academic work. In fact, I have fully divorced myself from academia, now considering it as prostituted and defunct as journalism. Philosophy has to break itself free from academia and its institutions. Philosophy deals with life, while contemporary academia represents intellectual death.

My damning book, Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear, was published more than 3 years ago by Pluto in London, then translated and published by Badak Merah into the Indonesian language. Other translations followed. Enough of theory!

I came back once again to breathe polluted air and to see the ruins of Indonesian society – ruins visible all over the capital. I came to observe the uninspired expressions on people’s faces, to once again experience the totally collapsed infrastructure. I came to face the society that had liquidated almost all science, philosophy and arts, and where local workers are now unable to even put two simple tiles together in a matching manner, much less construct a spaceship or passenger jet.

I returned to shout and to curse, and to write this as a warning to those who still think that a savage capitalism could actually work, that a country that would allow its “elites” to turn it into a doormat (or worse) of the West, could simply survive, let alone thrive.

I came to say what is clear but “forbidden” to say: “Indonesia died! It is finished. It was murdered some time between 1965 and now. It will never get back to its feet. People living there do not really live in a country, but inside a horrific, decaying cadaver.”

The only way forward would be a revolution, as Pramoedya Ananta Toer used to say. A total revolution, a reset! Return to what was destroyed in 1965. Bury the corpse, put on trial all those who have been committing treason, and start from zero, from the beginning!

This is reality, and it does not require footnotes or quotations!


But back to the deal between Empire and local “elites”:

The deal was clear: the West allowed the putsch-nicks and their religious and “educationalist” lackeys to rob the nation, tolerating the lowest forms of corruption. But, in exchange, they had to guarantee that the Indonesian people would to be kept thoroughly brainwashed and uneducated, never demanding the return of the Communist Party, never striving for great patriotic ideals and never questioning market fundamentalism and the indiscriminate looting of Indonesia’s natural resources.

The Christians that were put “in charge” were those from the most deranged evangelical sects, braced by the imported army of North American and Australian intelligence/religious cadres. “Prosperity Gospel” and “Pentecostals” were the most successful implants. The preachers listening to Voice of America and reading Western economic journals were suddenly in control.

Saudi-style Wahhabi Western allies shamelessly sidelined almost all socialist brands of local Islam, and the most militant and intolerant varieties of otherwise progressive and socialist Muslim religion began their destructive, totalitarian and intellectually ruinous activities.

The West, its media and academia, started unashamedly backing all fascist cultural dogmas: including regressive religious and family structures.

Not only that – they kept spreading the most grotesque lies: about “how tolerant Indonesia became”, and “how moderate” it is. “Third largest democracy” was how the Western demagogues have constantly described the country without one single pro-people or anti-imperialist political party. Indonesia is called “the largest economy of Southeast Asia”, a totally misleading definition, considering that Indonesia has more than three times more people that any other nation in the region. And could it really be called an “economy”, something that produces hardly anything and lives predominately from the unbridled plunder of its natural resources, as well as from the resources of colonized Papua, where Indonesia has been committing horrific and silent genocide?

The local media has continuously quoted all this propaganda and disinformation, quite logically, considering that corrupt business interests own virtually all of it.

After the regime murdered around 40% of teachers in Java alone, the education system fell to the hands of totally ignorant but zealous morons: themselves collaborators with the West. These people were nothing more than cynical and money hungry businessmen and businesswomen, but definitely not educators. Spreading ignorance and stupidity was not only their mission; it was a natural way of expressing themselves, their method of interacting with the world.

After years of the horrid plunder of the resources, of incongruous religious gaga, of censuring of everything deep and creative, and after preventing Indonesian youth from getting real knowledge about the world, the country of Indonesia began eventually resembling what it is not: a nation of 300 million people (the government lies about the numbers, too, as I was told by several leading UN statisticians while I was working on my book) without one single thinker (now that people from the PKI and Sukarno era, like Pramoedya Ananta Toer, passed away), without one single internationally recognizable scientist or a musician or public intellectual…

Dirt everywhere, horrendous immoral social contrasts on every corner… Range Rovers and Gucci boutiques right next to open sewers and children showing clear signs of malnutrition. There are hardly any parks in Indonesia, no waste treatment plants, and hardly any sidewalks or public playgrounds for children. There are no public educational television channels, while public libraries are almost-not existent – a shocking contrast to Malaysia. Water is, of course, privatized.

The nation stopped reading. One bookstore after another is closing down. It only translates a few hundred titles each year, most of them commercial. Translations are of horrendous quality.

Nothing, almost nothing, works. There are constant blackouts, and the roads are uneven and narrow. Even trans-Java “highways” are two-lane, narrow potholed tracks, of a worse quality than some village roads in Thailand or Malaysia. Traffic jams are all over, in the cities and countryside, as even poor people have to rely on private vehicles and infrastructure that has already collapsed many years ago.

Internet and phone signals are so bad that when I was editing my films, I was forced to fly to Singapore in order to upload some larger files.

Old ferries are sinking, airplanes are falling from the sky, and trains keep derailing.

No forests are left intact. The entire nation is logged out, mined out – ruined, screwed!

And the West is dancing on that horrid Indonesian carcass, celebrating! Yes, celebrating! It loves, it adores this “democratic”, “tolerant” nation which is in ruins. Instead of thinking, Indonesia is listening to some repulsive pop, grinning idiotically, producing incomprehensible squeaks and giggles befitting a mental institution, sacrificing itself oh-so-generously to the wellbeing of Western corporations and governments!


And so I came again, for just a few days, to show my feature documentary film at a small, new film club at TIM in Jakarta… the only film club, with 45 seats for an entire nation of 300 million inhabitants. I came to show my film about the 1965 Coup, called “Terlena – Breaking of A Nation”, which I produced some 11 years ago. It was the first feature documentary film ever made about the 1965 “events”.

I watched my own film and suddenly felt devastated, because my old friends had “departed” several years ago, and I missed them… Abdurrahman Wahid, a former President of Indonesia, a progressive Muslim leader and a closet socialist, who was “discreetly” overthrown by the “elites”… Pramoedya Ananta Toer, the greatest Indonesian thinker and paramount Southeast Asian writer…

I looked as their faces on the screen, faces so dear to me, and I thought: “How alive you were! Even when you were old and ill, how strong and determined was your will. How alive was your generation that grew up on the socialist fervor of great President Sukarno, father of the non-aligned movement… how alive you were compared to this cynical, greedy, brainwashed “young generation” of the corporate whores, of covetous nitwits, of the pathetic, emotionless, selfish and empty moral and intellectual degenerates!”

After the screening, predictable questions came from the audience: “what is to be done?” and later: “what do you think about the young generation in Indonesia?”

I thought about some of those young social media damsels, who had come to me in the past, begging to be ‘educated’ and ‘brainwashed back into reality’… They ‘wanted to work for humanity’, they said. I thought about how they were faking and lying, and how they betrayed and ran away, always, at the slightest sign of danger… How they ran back to their fascist clans whenever they were whistled for, how they dove immediately and directly into the rectums of their corrupt and venomous parents and grandparents… I also thought about the students at the University of Indonesia – arrogant, disinterested, banging into their phones and eating shit food during the lectures, even when presented with some tiny bits of essential information.

“Young generation?” I wondered. In Indonesia, they felt like some old nomenclature, even at the age of 15: endless idiotic Barbie dolls on thin legs… Those of the “elites”, I mean… the rest were just slaves, exploited, humiliated and fully conditioned not to ask and not to know. “Young elites” – embarrassing parodies of the movers and shakers from Wall Street. So pathetic! No individuality, dreams, talent, hard work; no revolutionary and rebellious spirit! The same crappy, sugary pop music and Hollywood films, the same Starbucks lattes… While outside, the nation was burning, choking on its own smoke and excrements, collapsing and murdering in some of the most horrendous genocides in the modern history – East Timor before, and Papua now.

Damned collaborators with the Western fascism! Bloody ass-lickers of the colonialists! And nobody thinks about shaving their head as punishment for selling themselves and the country to the Empire! That Indonesian boo-boo, coo-coo, absurd “young” (really, young?) generation!

I spoke. They listened. Then they went home. I think my shouting provided some entertainment. Nothing more. I was not shouting in Quito or Caracas. I was shouting in Jakarta. Most likely, nothing could be revolutionized here anymore.


The next day, I wanted to see a rhino at “Safari Park”, outside the city of Bogor, but police decided to torture people and it blocked, for no apparent reason, the highway exit. They did it for several hours, just to show that it could… This way the thugs were able to sell their junk, and ‘guides’ could take motorists through back roads. Booty was shared with the police, of course. Everything was corrupted: even a motorway could be blocked so police and gangs could make extra cash! I somehow managed to leave the highway, after my lungs began threatening to collapse from pollution.

I tried to make it to Bogor, to those old and famous Botanic Gardens, that were until recently one of the very few public places in Indonesia. But when I arrived, I saw devastation: the gardens were now systematically destroyed by some horrid construction project. Ancient trees have been cut down to give way to yet another revolting sprawl of parking lots. A historic bridge had been torn down and a new one was being built, obviously in order to change a predominately pedestrian area into a driveway. Instead of serenity, there was loud pop junk music, coming from all directions.

Then I was going on yet another stretch of clogged highway… and then I witnessed and smelled a mountain of garbage burning in the middle of Jakarta.

There were some deformed, gangrenous beggars in the middle of the highway and at several major intersections…

In Jakarta, a former bookstore that I used to frequent was now converted into a fruit shop. For dinner, I ate disgusting food at overpriced restaurants, where the waiters were clearly “somewhere else”, unable to even keep their eyes open, or to concentrate on what they were being told.

Several Ferraris were in between all this, and also a few Prada stores… and those enormous, monstrous advertisement billboards promoting cigarettes as something cool and hip.

There was no beauty in sight. No beauty at all. All gone.

While in the traffic jams, I tried to work. But how could I? The Internet was collapsing, and mobile phones hardly functioned. I’d written about it so many times, so why was I surprised?


50 years since the coup. A real anniversary – what many Indonesians are genuinely proud of! Their moment in the limelight! Their betrayal of all great ideals and their submission and surrender to the West.

Again, I wanted to run away. I felt physically sick here: a revolutionary, a rebel, and a philosopher in this land of obedience and intellectual collapse.

So, I ran. From canals clogged with unimaginable filth, garbage… from deformities of children and adults, but with Louis Vuitton boutiques in the background… from sickening betrayals, and from constant lies, from long uninterrupted silences, from the inability to rely on almost anyone, from the absolute and total lack of poetry, and from joylessness, from bleakness, from the absence of love. Yes, above all, from the absence of love.

During the 72 hours that I spent in the place that I consider to be the closest to hell (and I have seen more than 150 countries on this Earth), I suddenly recalled so many things that I tried to bury and forget: from the stench of the mutilated bodies of gang raped women in Ermera, East Timor, to those hundreds of poor animals slaughtered in the Surabaya zoo, so that some corrupt “international” project could go on.

I recalled how, after the tsunami in Aceh, the Indonesian soldiers and police, instead of helping traumatized victims, were blackmailing the volunteers, demanding money and threatening to cut with their knives those precious barrels of drinking water if the bribes were not forthcoming. I remembered bodies decomposing in the pits, because no government worker would lift his finger and operate heavy equipment without being “greased”.

Oh Indonesia, you are a true daughter of turbo-capitalism, of the lowest religious aspirations, of senseless obedience, notorious lack of education and knowledge, and unimaginable brutality and lack of compassion!

I saw so much shit during the 20 years that I tried to document your downfall!

I saw deranged Christian preachers, their sadistic and fanatic eyes popping in ISIL-style zeal, locking up, for years, their adult daughters, simply because they wanted to marry non-Christian men.

I witnessed Christian religious services in Surabaya malls, where totally molded idiots preachers were declaring with absolute conviction: “God loves the rich, and that is why they are rich!” I observed some English-language church services performed by US and Australian intelligence apparatchiks… complete with bizarre and repulsive pop gospels, accompanied by ass wiggling of thrilled matrons and young girls. I saw racist, bigoted extremist Sunni Muslims, paid and conditioned by the Saudi Wahhabis, destroying Shi’a villages in the middle of backward and desperate island of Madura.

I saw a little girl running away from a burning mosque in Ambon, and a Christian boy trying to escape from a gang of Wahhabi youth. They cut him to pieces, at the end, with their machetes…

I saw so many fires and ashes, and so much intolerance, stupidity and hate! I saw what replaced a once great and proud nation governed by a progressive Muslim President who trusted and relied upon the great and democratic Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI).

I saw clearly what capitalism, what imperialism, ignorance and fascist indoctrination can do!


And deep inside I swore: “I will re-edit Terlena! I will re-edit that film of mine, damn it!”

I swore, and it made me feel much better.

Indonesia is the greatest untold story that I know – the story about what imperialism is capable of doing!

Entire islands deforested, robbed: enormous Borneo and Sumatra… Tortured elephants and great apes… Corruption and theft… Filth everywhere, on the surface of the earth, and inside people’s brains.

The collapse of humanism… the collapse of humanity. The persistent ruin of intellectualism, creativity, compassion and tenderness…

I ran, but as I did, I felt those millions and millions of hands trying to hold me, trying to slow me down. “We are alone, we are forgotten” I heard voices. “Stay little bit longer… Write a few more books, write a few more essays, and make films… Do not abandon us!”

I knew I would do what they were asking. I would leave and come back again. For those slaughtered and defenseless creatures, for the ruined rainforest, for the millions of interrupted lives…

I would come back out of spite for those who ruined Indonesia.

I would come back to warn the world.

I would come back, so I could call murderers by their real names, and give collaborators the titles that they deserve.

As I was leaving, I knew I would soon return and expose the full horrors of the Indonesian experiment that has been conducted on the local people by the sadistic Western regime, by its religions and its capitalist dogmas.

I knew that I would expose local collaborators. That is how revolutions begin!

I would give back, years and decades after they passed away, at least some dignity to those Indonesians who lived and fought and were killed. To those Indonesians who knew how to love passionately and desperately, fully and selfishly, each other and their Nation, and who were therefore eternally alive!

I knew one day soon I would return and re-make my film. For “them”! And my film would be, with some luck, damn good!

But as I was leaving, it was all smoke, stench and rubbish.

Indonesia died. Silently.

No more lies! Right now, the Indonesian people have no country. It was taken away from them by Western imperialists, by their own corrupt and treasonous “elites” and by the military. Only after they realize what has been done, they will be able to struggle and build their new motherland.

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