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UN Day: Pakistan’s Army’s Peacekeeping Measures


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By Sajjad Shaukat
Every year, United Nations Day is celebrated on October 24. On this day in 1945, the United
Nations (UN) came into force when the five permanent members of the Security Council ratified
its charter This followed a declaration by the UN General Assembly in 1947 which designated
24th of October as United Nations Day, by proclaiming that the day would be instrumental in
making people aware of the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gain their
support for its work.

Since its creation, Pakistan has played a significant role as UN member, in bringing peace
through active diplomatic, moral and material support in various regions of the world. Therefore,
this very day also reminds Pakistan’s Army’s role in UN peacekeeping measures, during war and
peace time.

Pakistan’s Army is considered the best organized institution, and is highly respected in the
country, as since the founding of Pakistan, its military has played a key role in holding the state
together, promoting a feeling of nationhood and providing a bastion of selfless service.
Today, Pakistan’s position as one of the largest troop contributing country in the world with one
of the highest peacekeepers’ casualty figure is testimony to its commitment and endeavours
towards promoting the noble cause of global peace. It is not easy to achieve peace in world’s
conflict ridden areas. But Pakistan Army’s history is replete with sacrifices, services to humanity
and promoting collective security for human prosperity.

In this regard, Pakistan is a big player in UN peacekeeping forces. Pakistan joined the United
Nations on September 30, 1947. Since 1960, it has been actively involved in most of the UN
peacekeeping missions. Major contributions of Pakistan Army are in Congo, Liberia Somalia,
Ivory Coast, Western Sahara, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia, East Timor Haiti etc.
Even, at present, more than 8200 troops of Pakistan Army are engaged in different peacekeeping
missions across various volatile countries.

The performance of Pakistani peacekeepers has been recognized worldwide by several world
leaders including those of the UN. An undeniable professional standing of Pakistani forces has
made them the passion of every special representative of Secretary General and Force
Commander in each of UN peacekeeping operations. In this respect, Pakistan’s dedication
towards UN has been acknowledged by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who himself visited
Pakistan and inaugurated the Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) on 13 August
2013 and praised Pakistan’s efforts in UN peacekeeping missions.

However, Pakistan has participated in 41 UN missions in 23 states where total 142,542 Pakistani
personnel engaged, taking start from UN Congo Operation in 1960. Pakistan Army delivered its
services there, and contributed in ordnance, transport and staff. It is still present in Congo, and
provided a Battalion Group comprising one infantry battalion and supporting elements.

For maintaining and monitoring ceasefire during transition of West Irian from Dutch rule to
Indonesians, Pakistan contributed 1500 infantry troops from October 3, 1962 to April 30, 1963.
In a rare acknowledgement of excellent role done, Chinese Premier Chou-En- Lai had said, “The
only example in United Nation’s history, when United Nations force had gone in…performed its
role honestly and came out, was Pakistan’s military contingent to Indonesia.”

Besides, Pakistan’s contribution was in United Nations Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM) as
a military observer from January to September 1964. Yemen entered into a state of civil war in
1962. To ensure that this conflict did not escalate into global incident, the UN set up its Yemen
Observation Mission. And, United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia (UNTAG)
was established to assist the special representative of the UN Secretary General to ensure the
early independence of Namibia through free and fair elections, and to carry out a number of
other duties. For the purpose, 20 military observers from Pak Army performed their duties from
April 1, 1989 to March 21, 1990 in Namibia.

Notably, Pakistan Army played a positive role in the Middle East, and was on forefront for peace
restoration. United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission (UNIKOM) was set up in April 1991,
following the forced withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Its task was to monitor the
demilitarized zone along the Iraq-Kuwait border and deter border violations. Pakistani forces
which helped continuing their services there from April 1991 to 2003 were assigned the most
difficult area in the north of Kuwait city—reclamation of Bubiyan Island was also entrusted to
them. The operation was carried out by a task force of Pakistan Army Engineers. The
professionalism and dedication displayed by this force was praised at international level.
While, inside the United Nations Transitional Authority on Cambodia (UNTAC), the Pakistan’s
military forces carried out peacekeeping operations in the most thorny and remote areas during
the period-May 1992 to August 1993. They overcame enormous logistic and operational
problems, and proved their courage and determination by defending themselves and those for
whom they were sent. Coping with the odds, they handled crisis after crisis and persuaded the
warring factions to lay down their arms.

And on the request of the UN in Latin America under the United Nations Mission in Haiti
(UNMIH), Pakistan provided one infantry battalion, ‘PAKBAT’ which arrived in Haiti in March
1995 and was deployed in Cape Haitien—the area faced extremely volatile security situation and
was also the hotbed of political agitation. ‘PAKBAT’ discharged its duties with an extensive
patrolling program, covering various regions there.

Nevertheless, Pakistan’s Army has worked in difficult terrains and situations for the global
peace. Now, inside the country, although Pakistan Armed Forces are facing a tough situation in
wake of war against terrorism, yet they are contributing to global peace and prosperity; having
still a large number of their presence in various parts of the world.

Now, the major powers must abandon their false propaganda against Pakistan and its Armed
Forces, as the latter did more in response of international demand of world peace.

Nonetheless, in pursuance of Pakistan Army’s unwavering commitment towards international
peace, 130 Pakistani soldiers have sacrificed their lives. In this connection, Pakistan’s Army
positive role in the UN peacekeeping measures reflects Pakistan’s desire to see the principles of
human dignity, freedom and self-determination.


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Khazarain Mafia has Gone Mad, Follows the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror


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By Sajjad Shaukat
Renowned historians agree that besides other causes, major cause of the French Revolution of
1789 was the class distinction between the privileged and the unprivileged, which rapidly
increased under the reign of King Louis XVI who had continued the policy of taking out
international loans, and the debt drove the country to near bankruptcy, leading to the Revolution.
They opine, “The French Revolution began because the people of France wanted to end the
monarchy and aristocracy…The people signed the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which
declared that all estates are equal…all men are born equal under the law…the Revolution
cherished the genuine aspirations of people such as liberty, equality and justice, which became
the inspiration of people not only in France, but also in Europe and from there to the whole

But, this enthusiasm died, when France witnessed the era of Reign of Terror from September
1793 to July 1794. The Reign of Terror was essentially created by the radical leader of the
revolution Maximilien de Robespierre.
According to a researcher, “The guillotine became the preferred method of executions and
became known as “The National Razor.” Joseph Guillotine, a doctor, suggested its use for all
executions, because it was a quick, painless death…The device was a large timber frame with a
space at the bottom for the neck of the prisoner. At the top of the machine is a large angled blade.
Once the prisoner is secured, the blade is dropped, severing the head and bringing about
immediate death.”

During the Reign of Terror, the revolutionaries executed many high ranking members of
France’s elite class through the guillotine which also included King Louis XVI, his wife Marie
Antoinette, Louis Philippe II, Madame Roland, and the Girondins.

The Reign of Terror was controlled by the Committee of Public Safety-the Jacobins.
Robospierre ran the country and got an army of 800,000. It was the biggest army ever, in Europe,
up to that time. Researchers say, “Between 20,000 and 40,000 people were executed. At their
trials, they could not speak in their own defense. The victims were clergy, aristocracy, and
common people. Anyone who disagreed with the Jacobins was a threat to the Republic.”
Robespierre even executed some of his fellow leaders like Danton and others who were
beheaded in 1794. The Reign of Terror ended when several of the main instigators, including
Robespierre and Saint-Just, were beheaded. However, the French Revolution had started to
murder itself.

Regarding the Reign of Terror, David Thomsan writes, “The Terror was not an instrument of
class war, and 70 percent of its victims belonged to the peasantry and laboring classes.”

According to Indian historian, V. D. Mahajin, “The Reign of Terror has been described as
martial law gone mad…On 10 November [1793], Madam Roland was executed. When she
mounted to the scaffold, she exclaimed: Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!”
By taking advantage of the Reign of Terror and unrest in the country, Napoleon Bonaparte, the
French General seized the power through a coup and became head of the government as the First
Consul. He later proclaimed himself Emperor of France. Quite opposite to the ideas of the
French Revolution, Napoleon ruled over France by establishing a dictatorship, a monarchy and
an aristocracy. He also militarized France and engaged the country in several wars.

If we take cognizance of the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution, we need to know that in
the modern era, Khazarain Mafia has also gone mad and follows the French Revolution’s Reign
of Terror in its worst form. This Mafia has refined the tactics of the guillotine and tortured to
deaths millions of people, belonging to various nations. If guillotine resulted into quick death of
persons, Kazarian Mafia’s techniques have been eliminating the human beings not only through
mass murder, but also through perennial pain which may also be equated with slow poison.
As regards the historical background of the Kazarian Mafia and its connections with Israel and
Zionist Jews, various writers of the Veterans Today, including Senior Auditor Gordon Duff have
already exposed its evil-designs.

In this respect, under the titles, “The Hidden History of the Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia”
and “Khazarians Then, Khazarians Now”, Preston James and Mike Harris wrote on the VT, “The
curtain is now being pulled back to fully expose the Khazarian Mafia and its evil plan to
infiltrate, tyrannize the whole world and eradicate all Abrahamic Religions and allow only their
Babylonian Talmudism also known as Luciferianism, Satanism or ancient Baal worship…the
Khazarian Mafia (KM), the World’s largest Organized Crime Syndicate that the Khazarian
oligarchy morphed into by their deployment of Babylonian Money-Magick…It has been
exceedingly difficult to reconstruct this hidden secret history of the KM…We have done the
best we can to reconstruct it…It was Mike Harris that connected the dots and made the actual
discovery of the presence of the Khazarian Mafia’s secret history and blood oath to take
revenge on Russia for helping Americans win the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and
their blood oath of revenge against America and Americans for winning these wars and
sustaining the Union. At the Syrian Conference on Combating Terrorism and Religious
Extremism December 1, 2014—in his Keynote address, Veterans Today Senor Editor and
Director Gordon Duff disclosed publicly for the first time ever that World Terrorism is actually
due to a large International Organized Crime Syndicate associated with Israel…And the shock-
waves from his historic speech in Damascus continue to reverberate around the world even to
this very day. And now Gordon Duff has asked President Putin to release Russian Intel which
will expose about 300 traitors in Congress for their serious serial felonies and statutory
espionage on behalf of the Khazarian Mafia (KM) against America and many Middle East
nations. We now know that the Khazarian Mafia (KM) is waging a secret war against America
and Americans by the use of False-flag Gladio-style terrorism, and via the illegal and
Unconstitutional Federal Reserve System, the IRS, the FBI, FEMA, Homeland Security and the
TSA. We know for certain that the KM was responsible for deploying an inside-job, Gladio-
style False-flag attack on America on 9-11- 01, as well as the Murrah Building Bombing on

April 19, 1995….Khazarians develop into a nation ruled by an evil king, who had ancient
Babylonian black arts, occult oligarchs serving as his court…The leaders of the surrounding
nations, especially Russia, have had so many years of complaints by their citizens that, as a
group, they deliver an ultimatum to the Khazarian king…he must choose one of the three
Abrahamic religions for his people…Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The Khazarian king chose
Judaism, and promised to stay within the requirements laid out by the surrounding confederacy
of nations led by the Russian czar. Despite his agreement and promise, the Khazarian king and
his inner circle of oligarchs kept practicing ancient Babylonian black-magic, also known as
Secret Satanism…Sadly, the Khazarians continued their evil ways, robbing and murdering those
from surrounding countries who traveled through Khazaria. Khazarian robbers often attempted
to assume their identities after they murdered these visitors, and became masters of disguises
and false identities—a practice they have continued even to this very day, along with their
child-sacrifice occult ceremonies, which are actually ancient Baal Worship…The Khazarian
leaders had a well-developed spy network through which they obtained prior warning and
escaped from Khazaria to European nations to the west, taking their vast fortune with them in
gold and silver. They laid low and regrouped, while assuming new identities…To accomplish
their invasion, they hired Oliver Cromwell to murder King Charles 1, and make England safe
for banking again. This began the English Civil Wars which raged for nearly a decade, resulting
in regicide of the royal family and hundreds of the genuine English nobility. This is how the
City of London was set up as the banking capital of Europe and launched the beginning of the
British Empire. The Khazarian Mafia (KM) decides to infiltrate and hijack all World Banking
using Babylonian Black-Magick, also known as Babylonian Money-Magick or the secret art of
making money from nothing also using the power of pernicious usury to accumulate
interest…The Rothschild banksters regroup and continue their covert attempts to install their
own Babylonian money-magick bank inside America. In 1913, the Rothschild KM was able to
establish a beachhead by bribing crooked, treasonous members of Congress to pass the illegal,
Unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act on Christmas Eve without a required quorum. The Act
was then signed by a crooked, bought off President, who was a traitor to America, like the
members of Congress who voted for it. The KM put an illegal, unconstitutional tax system in
place, in order to make sure that Americans would have to pay for high-level USG spending,
approved by a bought-off, crooked Congress and Presidential puppets, put in place by corrupt
KM campaign finance…It is easy for the KM to garner enough money to elect anyone they
want, because when you control a bank that is a secret major counterfeiter, you have all the
money made for you that you desire…they also bribed members of Congress to approve the
Internal Revenue Service, which is their private collection agency incorporated in Puerto
Rico…The Bolsheviks, at the direction of the Rothschild KM, raped, tortured and mass-
murdered approximately 100 million Russians, including women, children and infants. Some of
the torture and bloodletting was so extreme, we are not going to mention it here in this
article…They called this racially-paranoid mass Judaic delusion of world conquest, “World
Zionism”, which is really a form of covert Babylonian Talmudism or Luciferianism…It is
important to realize that the Rothschild KM took Germany down to nothing after WWI, created
a vacuum for Fascism, and then rebuilt it, creating Naziism and installing Hitler as a counter-
force to their Russian Bolshevism…Hitler became a problem for the KM when he broke free
and begin acting in the interests of the German people and the free people of the world, and
developed his own banking system free of the Rothschilds…We see the same thing today with
the Khazarian war against Islam, because Islam forbids usury. That is why Israel is so vocal and

aggressive about destroying the Islamic people of the world…The KM expected this to be a
large WWII and when they supported both sides, this could be used to industrialize the whole
world and maximize their bankster money-power…After WWII was finished, the Rothschild
KM deployed the Cold War, and used this as an excuse to bring Nazi scientists and mind-
kontrol experts to America under Operation Paperclip. This allowed them to set up a worldwide
spying and espionage system that far exceeded any of their prior efforts…Under this new
system, they continue to infiltrate and hijack all American institutions, including the various
American church systems, Freemasonry (especially the Scottish Rite and York Rite), the US
military, US Intel, and most private defense contractors, the Judiciary and most agencies of the
USG, including most State governments, and both major political parties as well…The
Rothschild KM was able to use their self mis-labelled, so-called “holocaust” to serve as a mind-
kontrol trigger to thwart and resist any criticism of their Zionist ways.”

As a matter of fact, Jews are owners of the many big cartels of the US in particular and the world
in general. Based in the US, they have been running the major multinational corporations, arms
factories, five star hotels, oil companies, liquor business, banks, film industry, print and
electronic media on international level. Having influence on the financial institutes like World
Bank and International Monetary Fund, Jews have direct and indirect hold on the global
economy. Thus, by dominating the American internal policies Khazarian Jewish Mafia has
moulded country’s foreign policy for their own interests and those of Israel. By changing
America into a corporate industry, they have converted the world into a corporate industry.
It is notable that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US emerged as the sole
superpower in the unipolar world. In consultation with his Zionist-advisers, American former
President Bush, (The Senior) replaced the old bipolar order with the New World Order (NWO),
with the US acting as a kind of global policeman to protect the political, economic and religious
interests of the Khazarian Mafia.

In the unipolar world, even the United Nations system became an instrument of the US policy to
establish American hegemony in the world. The Third World—Muslim countries were
compelled to realign their domestic policies according to Washington’s dictates. In order to
obtain the hidden agenda of the Khazarian Jewish Mafia, the US imposed its sudden terms of
globalization such as free markets, privatization and de-nationalization etc. on the ill-prepared
developing countries and the Muslim countries, which left behind shattered nations and a global
financial crisis and increased poverty in most of these countries, which resulted into painful
deaths of many persons due to diseases and lack of medical treatment. It further widened the gap
between the poor and the rich countries or G-7 countries. The Khazarian Mafia has continued to
drive the project of globalization.

Besides, America’s child-killing sanctions against Iraq and Iran; late action to curb ethnic
cleansing in Kosovo, support to Israel’s aggressive occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, with
vetoing any effective action by the UN to curb the Israeli state terrorism greatly annoyed the
Muslims all over the world.

When President George W. Bush became the US president, he and the neo-conservatives crossed
all the limits in securing the political, economic and religious interests of Israel and the
Khazarian Mafia at the cost of Muslims and patriot Americans.
Once Henry Kissinger stated “legitimacy is not natural or automatic, but created.” Under the
cover of the false flag operation of the 9/11, the US President Bush orchestrated the drama of
global war on terror.

Bush who used the words, “crusade against the evil-doers” adding to the perception that the
ongoing ‘different war’ against terrorism is actually a war against the Islamic countries also
warned the world to choose sides by saying, “either you are with us or with terrorists.” It was due
to employment of pressure-diplomacy on the weak states—Muslim countries like Pakistan,
Indonesia, Libya etc., including almost all the Arab states joined Bush anti-terrorism war. By
manipulating the 9/11 carnage, Bush also got the sympathies of almost all the major Western
countries including NATO states which also joined the fake global war on terror.
During the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq (By the US-British- led forces) and after occupation,
the brutal tactics of the US-led NATO like heavy air bombardment and ground shelling by the
sophisticated war machinery, including special military operations and extra-judicial
assassinations killed several innocent persons. Particularly, the US military strategic warlords
who preferred to create a paralyzing effect of ‘shock and awe’ displayed the terrible inferno of
destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In case of Iraq, many of the Iraqis including some members of the former Interim Governing
Council were shocked at the violence in Fallujah. Even the US weekly, ‘Newsweek’ admitted in
its publication of April 19/April 26, 2004 that the US forces “used very heavy hand in Fallujah
where more than 400 people were killed. Four members of the [former] Governing Council
resigned in a protest against America’s crackdown in Fallujah…according to doctors figure of
the deaths was impossible to check and it is more than 400…an airstrike dropped a 500 pound
bomb. Arab language TV claimed that the bomb killed more than a score of civilians at prayer.”
Like Afghanistan, American soldiers also massacred several wounded people and civilians in
Iraq. In November, 2004, a number of world’s televised channels including those of America
showed footage of a US marine who was shooting and killing an already captive and wounded
Iraqi prisoner at close range in a mosque in Fallujah where civilians had taken shelter.
Nobody can deny the fact that these were the worst examples of the US-led state terrorism or use
of abnormal force.

It is of particular attention that the US-led troops, assisted by CIA have carried out indiscriminate
mass round-ups in catching up suspected Muslim men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq,
including some Arab countries without evidence. Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and Indian
secret agency RAW have helped the CIA officials in arresting the Muslim men, having beard and
ladies, wearing scarves. Besides Guantanamo Bay and Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, CIA torture
cells were present in several Islamic countries and were also set up in ships where US secret
agencies and military personnel employed various methods of torture on the militants and

suspected persons like physical violence and even murder. American notorious private military
firm Blackwater also eliminated countless Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In March, 2013, an investigative report by the British Guardian/BBC disclosed that acting under
the direction of the top US officials; the CIA utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign
intelligence agents and torture centers in various Islamic countries including Belgium, Thailand
etc. where torture was conducted directly by American intelligence operatives.
The report also mentioned atrocities of the US-backed entities, carried out in Bagram Airbase
(Afghanistan), Guantanamo and Iraq—unleashed a deadly sectarian militia which terrorized the
Sunni community and germinated a civil war between Sunnis and Shias, and claimed tens of
thousands of lives.

It revealed, “At the height of that sectarian conflict, 3,000 bodies a month were strewn on the
streets of Iraq. Rounding up Sunnis in American pickup trucks, the captives were thrown into
secret prisons established in libraries, airports, and ministries. Anti-occupation politicians,
human rights activists, and journalists were murdered. The purpose was also to terrorize ordinary
Iraqis who opposed the US occupation.”

In this regard, the report focuses on the role of retired Colonel James Steele who worked with the
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. David Petraeus who also served as President
Obama’s CIA director. Steele sent regular memos to Donald Rumsfeld who forwarded them to
Vice-President Dick Cheney and President George Bush, while, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis
died and millions were displaced as a result of the chaos and brutal practices.
In this connection, some latest reports suggest that more than 3 million people including civilians
died in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan which was not attacked, but was, deliberately,
destabilized by CIA, RAW and Mossad, as the latter is the only nuclear country in the Islamic

Following his predecessor, President Barack Obama also continued the ruthless killings of the
Muslims to complete the unfinished agenda of the Khazarian Mafia.

Apart from air strikes on funerals, marriage-ceremonies and mosques in Afghanistan, he
converted Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen etc. into concentration camps. As part of the US double
game, CIA which created Al-Qaeda and then Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS
and ISIL), including Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and Syrian rebel groups in fighting against the
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iraqi regime is responsible for the mass murder of more
than 2 million Muslims and Christians who were killed in civil wars—ground and aerial strikes
of the US-led Western countries—suicide attacks and bomb blasts, conducted by Al-Qaeda and
ISIS. Besides, during the phony global war on terror, in these countries and Afghanistan and
Iraq, especially in Syria, millions of Muslims became homeless. The plight of
refugees—countless deaths, particularly of children due to lack of medical treatment and
starvation has shocked the peace-loving people of the international community.

President Obama had also broken all the record of human rights violations by extrajudicial
killings of the innocent people through illegal CIA-operated drone attacks in Afghanistan,
Somalia, Yemen etc. in general and Pakistan in particular.

It is mentionable that through the war against terrorism, President Bush and President Obama
provided a golden chance to Israel and India to accelerate the systematic genocide of the
Palestinians and Kashmiris by equating the wars of liberation in the controlled territories of
Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their forces have been employing military terrorism such
as curfews, crackdowns, sieges, massacre and targeted killings to maintain alien rule on these

It is noteworthy that a number of investigative reports after lab-verification verified that since
1948, Israel used the banned chemical and radiological materials against the Palestinians,
Egyptians and Syrians, and during various phases of the Palestinian Intifada, which resulted in to
severe convulsions, the burning sensation, the difficulty to breathe, the vomiting and pain found
in relation to the victims—mostly women and children, a majority of whom died in the long run.
In 2006, during the war against Lebanon, Israel used banned chemical weapons like phosphorous
bombs in Lebanon and Gaza, which killed 286 Palestinians and injured 4,200.

Notably, the main purpose of occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US-led forces was to
possess energy resources of Central Asia and Iraq. In case of the Middle East, we can see the
resources of natural gas reserves in the whole Persian Gulf region. Hence, the motives of the
CIA-led Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in financing with billions of dollars to the
opposition rebel groups and ISIL in Syria was to occupy the natural gas and oil of the region.
Many analysts say that Russia supplies Europe with a quarter of the gas. America and its
European allies which are involved in the Syrian war want to end European dependence on
Russia. American President Obama had openly said to reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.
In this context, F. William Engdahl wrote, “Today the US-backed wars in Ukraine and in Syria
are but two fronts in the same strategic war to cripple Russia and China and to rupture any
Eurasian counter-pole to a US-controlled New World Order. In each, control of energy pipelines,
this time primarily of natural gas pipelines—from Russia to the EU via Ukraine and from Iran
and Syria to the EU via Syria—is the strategic goal.”

It is worth-mentioning that according to the retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a
memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans
to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years, starting with Iraq and moving
on to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. In an interview, Clark said that this
strategy is fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.
Similarly, when during the regime of the then President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan
initiated the construction of Gwadar deep-seaport in Balochistan province in March 2002 with
Chinese assistance, sirens went off in the capitals of some European countries, especially the US,
India and Israel which took it as a threat to their global and regional plans.

Located on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Gwadar seaport is close to the
Strait of Hormuz from where more than 17 million barrels of oil passes every day. Its ideal
location among South Asia, the oil-rich Middle East, and oil and gas-resourced Central Asia has
further increased its strategic significance. Besides, Balochistan’s abundant mineral resources
irritate the eyes of Washington, New Delhi and Tel Aviv who intend to weaken Pakistan for their
collective aims.

Based in Afghanistan, CIA, Mossad and RAW which are well-penetrated in the ISIS and
Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) including their linked terror outfits and Baloch separatist
groups are using their terrorists to destabilize Tibetan regions of China, Iranian Sistan-
Baluchistan and Pakistan’s Balochistan by arranging the subversive activities. In this connection,
the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is their special target.

Machiavelli advises the rulers to have a lion-like image outwardly, and act upon the traits of goat
inwardly. He also suggests them foreign adventures and the use of terror to obtain their goals. In
his sense, a good ruler should be a good opportunist and hypocrite. While echoing Machiavelli,
Morgenthau points out that sometimes, rulers act upon immoral activities like deceit, fraud,
falsehood and even murder to fulfill their selfish aims.

Indicating dual policy, Morgenthau, and Palmer and Perkins opine, “Just as power became the
instrument of ambitious nationalism and state’s leaders, it has now become the tool of ideologies.
The true nature of the policy is concealed by ideological justifications and rationalization.”
Although in the present world of social media and Internet, such a sinister politics has been
replaced by modern trends such as fair-dealings, reconciliation and economic development, yet
by following the old strategies, Khazarain Mafia has been practicing the most horrible form of
colonialism and neo-colonialism, while employing ruthless techniques of terrorism by assisting
the militant groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS which conducted various terrorism-related attacks in
the US, Europe and other Western countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq,
Syria, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Philippines etc., and some African countries. Thus, they massacred
thousands of persons which also include Christians.

It is also of particular attention that on September 25, 2016, at the UN General Assembly, while
indicating the unjust global order, Pope Francis condemned the global financial institutions,
calling on them to ensure that countries “are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which,
far from promoting progress, subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty,
exclusion and dependence.”

Earlier, addressing the US Congress, Pope Francis said, “No religion is immune from forms of
individual delusion or ideological extremism…We must be especially attentive to every type of
fundamentalism. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetual in the name of a
religion, an ideology or an economic system…Every life is sacred.”

Taking note of America’s non-acceptance of the Syrian refugees, Francis reminded the law-
makers by remarking that the United States “is part of a larger whole on America in the

Americas, where immigration is a deeply rooted part of history…We, the people of this
continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.”
While calling for an end to the arms trade by arms dealers, Francis explained, “Deadly weapons
for money are being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and
society…Money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.”
He further added, “If politics must truly be at the service of human person, it follows that it
cannot be slave to economy and finance.”

Meanwhile, since September 2015, when Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon-
based Hezbollah started successful military operations against the CIA-supported rebels and
mercenaries after their failure to topple Assad’s government, proving links of Al-Qaeda and
ISIS, several false flag terror assaults in Europe and the US, were, in fact, arranged by Mossad in
connivance with some CIA operatives and ISIS terrorists to increase anti-Muslim phenomena in
the West—now, more resentment is found against the US-led West, and even the moderate
Muslims are likely to join the militants. Another aim, especially of Mossad is to radicalize the
Muslims against the Western Christians and the latter against the former.

The pro-Israeli President Donald Trump who manipulated these terror assaults, continues his
anti-Muslim policies. Being a capitalist, President Donald Trump is blindly pursuing the goals of
the Khazarain Mafia. Like Napoleon Bonaparte, he is a staunch warrior, as his policy war-like
strategy regarding Afghanistan and North Korea show. Taking note of Trump’s contradictory
approach and emotional statements, some Americans call him a sick man. In fact, like the
revolutionaries of the French Revolution, President Trump has also gone mad.
Now, Russian-led coalition has almost defeated the ISIS and its linked militants groups in Syria
and Iraq, who are on flee.

While, implementing secret strategy of the Khazarain Mafi, besides supporting the fanatic Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, American extremist President Donald Trump is also
backing the Indian leader of the fanatic party BJP and the fundamentalist Prime Minister
Narindra Modi against China and Pakistan in accordance with anti-China, anti-Pakistan and anti-
Muslim agenda. President Trump is leading the clandestine Indo-Israeli nexus as part of the
invisible war of the Khazarian Mafia.

Nonetheless, according to an estimate, more than 8 million Muslims (Excluding the missing
persons) have been killed during war on terror and in various terror related attacks by the
terrorist groups. The figure of their fatalities is more than 6 or 7 million, which has,
exaggeratedly been claimed by the Jews in connection with the Holocaust. While, the fake war
on terror shows no end, American President Trump is likely to accelerate the massacre of the
Muslims, Christians and military personnel of the US-led West in Syria, Afghanistan etc., and
other vulnerable countries by furhter motivating the terrorist outfits like ISIS to target the
Muslims and Christians through more acts of terrorism.

If not checked in time by the peace-loving Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists, the
rigid and racist policies of the President Donald Trump who is completing the unfinished agenda
of the Khazarain Mafi could culminate into civil war in the US who is already facing multiple
internal crises which are owing to the prolonged war on terror (And in Afghanistan). While the
world has already been radicalized on religious lines, this cabal can bring about a major war
between the Muslim and the Christian worlds. The most dangerous aspect is that this conspiracy
of the Khazarain Mafi may culminate into nuclear war between America and Russia, which will
envelope the entire world and take it to the state of nature.

Returning to our earlier discussion, we can, undoubtedly, conclude that like the radicals of the
French revolution, Khazarain Mafia has gone mad and follows the Reign of Terror of the French
Revolution in its worst form.

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Clinton, Assange and the war on truth

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By John Pilger
On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.

Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. “They” (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian “nihilist”, Julian Assange.

In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, “absolutely a feminist”. The thousands of women’s lives this “feminist” destroyed while in government – Libya, Syria, Honduras – were of no interest.

In New York magazine, Rebecca Trainster wrote that Clinton was finally “expressing some righteous anger”. It was even hard for her to smile: “so hard that the muscles in her face ache”. Surely, she concluded, “if we allowed women’s resentments the same bearing we allow men’s grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women might just have a point”.

Drivel such as this, trivialising women’s struggles, marks the media hagiographies of Hillary Clinton. Her political extremism and warmongering are of no consequence. Her problem, wrote Trainster, was a “damaging infatuation with the email story”. The truth, in other words.

The leaked emails of Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, revealed a direct connection between Clinton and the foundation and funding of organised jihadism in the Middle East and Islamic State (IS). The ultimate source of most Islamic terrorism, Saudi Arabia, was central to her career.

One email, in 2014, sent by Clinton to Podesta soon after she stepped down as US Secretary of State, discloses that Islamic State is funded by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Clinton accepted huge donations from both governments for the Clinton Foundation.

As Secretary of State, she approved the world’s biggest ever arms sale to her benefactors in Saudi Arabia, worth more than $80 billion. Thanks to her, US arms sales to the world – for use in stricken countries like Yemen – doubled.

This was revealed by WikiLeaks and published by The New York Times. No one doubts the emails are authentic. The subsequent campaign to smear WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, as “agents of Russia”, has grown into a spectacular fantasy known as “Russiagate”. The “plot” is said to have been signed off by Vladimir Putin himself. There is not a shred of evidence.

The ABC Australia interview with Clinton is an outstanding example of smear and censorship by omission. I would say it is a model.

“No one,” the interviewer, Sarah Ferguson, says to Clinton, “could fail to be moved by the pain on your face at that moment [of the inauguration of Trump] … Do you remember how visceral it was for you?”

Having established Clinton’s visceral suffering, Ferguson asks about “Russia’s role”.

CLINTON: I think Russia affected the perceptions and views of millions of voters, we now know. I think that their intention coming from the very top with Putin was to hurt me and to help Trump.

FERGUSON: How much of that was a personal vendetta by Vladimir Putin against you?

CLINTON: … I mean he wants to destabilise democracy. He wants to undermine America, he wants to go after the Atlantic Alliance and we consider Australia kind of a … an extension of that …

The opposite is true. It is Western armies that are massing on Russia’s border for the first time since the Russian Revolution 100 years ago.

FERGUSON: How much damage did [Julian Assange] do personally to you?

CLINTON: Well, I had a lot of history with him because I was Secretary of State when ah WikiLeaks published a lot of very sensitive ah information from our State Department and our Defence Department.

What Clinton fails to say – and her interviewer fails to remind her – is that in 2010, WikiLeaks revealed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the United Nations leadership, including the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and the permanent Security Council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK.

A classified directive, signed by Clinton, was issued to US diplomats in July 2009, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks.

This was known as Cablegate. It was lawless spying.

CLINTON:  He [Assange] is very clearly a tool of Russian intelligence. And ah, he has done their bidding.

Clinton offered no evidence to back up this serious accusation, nor did Ferguson challenge her.

CLINTON: You don’t see damaging negative information coming out about the Kremlin on WikiLeaks. You didn’t see any of that published.

This was false. WikiLeaks has published a massive number of documents on Russia – more than 800,000, most of them critical, many of them used in books and as evidence in court cases.

CLINTON:  So I think Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator.

FERGUSON: Lots of people, including in Australia, think that Assange is a martyr for free speech and freedom of information. How would you describe him? Well, you’ve just described him as a nihilist.

CLINTON: Yeah, well, and a tool. I mean he’s a tool of Russian intelligence. And if he’s such a, you know, martyr of free speech, why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia?

Again, Ferguson said nothing to challenge this or correct her.

CLINTON: There was a concerted operation between WikiLeaks and Russia and most likely people in the United States to weaponise that information, to make up stories … to help Trump.

FERGUSON: Now, along with some of those outlandish stories, there was information that was revealed about the Clinton Foundation that at least in some of the voters’ minds seemed to associate you …

CLINTON: Yeah, but it was false!

FERGUSON: … with the peddling of information …

CLINTON: It was false! It was totally false! …

FERGUSON: Do you understand how difficult it was for some voters to understand the amounts of money that the [Clinton] Foundation is raising, the confusion with the consultancy that was also raising money, getting gifts and travel and so on for Bill Clinton that even Chelsea had some issues with? …

CLINTON: Well you know, I’m sorry, Sarah, I mean I, I know the facts …

The ABC interviewer lauded Clinton as “the icon of your generation”. She asked her nothing about the enormous sums she creamed off from Wall Street, such as the $675,000 she received for speeches at Goldman Sachs, one of the banks at the centre of the 2008 crash. Clinton’s greed deeply upset the kind of voters she abused as “deplorables”.

Clearly looking for a cheap headline in the Australian press, Ferguson asked her if Trump was “a clear and present danger to Australia” and got her predictable response.

This high-profile journalist made no mention of Clinton’s own “clear and present danger” to the people of Iran whom she once threatened to “obliterate totally”, and the 40,000 Libyans who died in the attack on Libya in 2011 that Clinton orchestrated. Flushed with excitement, the Secretary of State rejoiced at the gruesome murder of the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi.

“Libya was Hillary Clinton’s war”, Julian Assange said in a filmed interview with me last year. “Barack Obama initially opposed it. Who was the person championing it? Hillary Clinton.  That’s documented throughout her emails … there’s more than 1700 emails out of the 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails that we’ve published, just about Libya. It’s not that Libya has cheap oil. She perceived the removal of Gaddafi and the overthrow of the Libyan state – something that she would use in her run-up to the general election for President.

“So in late 2011 there is an internal document called the Libya Tick Tock  that was produced for Hillary Clinton, and it’s the chronological description of how she was the central figure in the destruction of the Libyan state, which resulted in around 40,000 deaths within Libya; jihadists moved in, ISIS moved in, leading to the European refugee and migrant crisis.

“Not only did you have people fleeing Libya, people fleeing Syria, the destabilisation of other African countries as a result of arms flows, but the Libyan state itself was no longer able to control the movement of people through it.”

This – not Clinton’s “visceral” pain in losing to Trump nor the rest of the self-serving scuttlebutt in her ABC interview – was the story. Clinton shared responsibility for massively de-stabilising the Middle East, which led to the death, suffering and flight of thousands of women, men and children.

Ferguson raised not a word of it. Clinton repeatedly defamed Assange, who was neither defended nor offered a right of reply on his own country’s state broadcaster.

In a tweet from London, Assange cited the ABC’s own Code of Practice, which states: “Where allegations are made about a person or organisation, make reasonable efforts in the circumstances to provide a fair opportunity to respond.”

Following the ABC broadcast, Ferguson’s executive producer, Sally Neighbour, re-tweeted the following: “Assange is Putin’s bitch. We all know it!”

The slander, since deleted, was even used as a link to the ABC interview captioned ‘Assange is Putins (sic) b****. We all know it!’.

In the years I have known Julian Assange, I have watched a vituperative personal campaign try to stop him and WikiLeaks. It has been a frontal assault on whistleblowing, on free speech and free journalism, all of which are now under sustained attack from governments and corporate internet controllers.

The first serious attacks on Assange came from the Guardian which, like a spurned lover, turned on its besieged former source, having hugely profited from WikiLeaks’ disclosures. With not a penny going to Assange or WikiLeaks, a Guardian book led to a lucrative Hollywood movie deal. Assange was portrayed as “callous” and a “damaged personality”.

It was as if a rampant jealousy could not accept that his remarkable achievements stood in marked contrast to that of his detractors in the “mainstream” media. It is like watching the guardians of the status quo, regardless of age, struggling to silence real dissent and prevent the emergence of the new and hopeful.

Today, Assange remains a political refugee from the war-making dark state of which Donald Trump is a caricature and Hillary Clinton the embodiment. His resilience and courage are astonishing. Unlike him, his tormentors are cowards.

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Refocus on Kashmir Black Day


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By Sajjad Shaukat

Although 27th of October is celebrated every year as the “Black Day” by the Pakistanis and the
Kashmiris all over the world as a protest against Indian illegal occupation of Kashmir on October
27, 1947, yet this time, this very day has come at time when the people of Kashmir have
accelerated their legitimate struggle in the aftermath of the martyrdom of the young Kashmir
leader Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) in wake
of continued sieges, prolonged curfews, arrests and detentions of the Kashmiri leaders. Since
July 8, 2016, Indian forces have martyred more than 200 innocent persons who have been
protesting against the martyrdom of Burhan Wani.

Some online authentic sources suggest that recent wave of Kashmiri intifada has witnessed
repression of Indian armed forces; large numbers of the dead and injured have been youngsters.
The pellet guns used by security forces have damaged the faces of 1600 people and more than
1100 people have partially or wholly lost their eyesight making 2016 as the year of dead eyes.
An Indian journalist Sagarika Ghose in her piece in “Times of India” admitted that India has
become a “de facto Hindu country” and “the boiling situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir is a
sign of triumph for Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Two-Nation theory”—also admitted that “Today
Kashmir is a cantonment, patrolled by lakhs of security forces.”

Another Indian journalist Santosh Bhartiya in an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Modi
published on ‘Rising Kashmir’ has claimed that although “the land of Kashmir is with us, the
people of Kashmir are not with us.” New York Times editorial “Cruelty and Cowardice in
Kashmir” also has the same shade commenting on an incident on the current situation in the
valley. Former chief of RAW, Dulat felt that “the ongoing unarmed uprising has worsened under
the current government due to alienation and the anger of youth; young Kashmiri minds have
gone out of control…There is a sense of hopelessness. They aren’t afraid to die. Villagers,
students and even girls are coming out on the streets. This has never happened in the past.”

While, by manipulating the false flag terror attacks at a military base in Uri and Baramulla, the
BJP-led Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has intensified war-hysteria against Pakistan.
After deployment of heavy arms and weapons at the Line of Control (LoC), Indian forces have
increased troops and continue shelling in Pakistani side of Azad Kashmir. New Delhi’s main aim
is to deflect the attention of the international community from the new phase of Kashmiri
Intifada, while in this regard; pressure has been mounting on the Modi government both
domestically and internationally to resolve the dispute of Kashmir with Pakistan.

However, during the partition of the Sub-continent, the people of the state of Jammu and
Kashmir (J&K) which comprised Muslim majority decided to join Pakistan according to the
British-led formula. But, Dogra Raja, Sir Hari Singh, a Hindu who was ruling over the J&K, in
connivance with the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Governor General Lord
Mountbatten joined India.

The design to forcibly wrest Kashmir began to unfold on August 16, 1947, with the
announcement of the Radcliffe Boundary Award. It gave the Gurdaspur District—a majority
Muslim area to India to provide a land route to the Indian armed forces to move into Kashmir.
There was a rebellion in the state forces, which revolted against the Maharaja and were joined by
Pathan tribesmen. Lord Mountbatten ordered armed forces to land in Srinagar.

When Pakistan responded militarily against the Indian aggression, on December 31, 1947, India
made an appeal to the UN Security Council to intervene and a ceasefire ultimately came into
effect on January 01, 1949, following UN resolutions calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir to
enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine whether they wish to join Pakistan or
India. On February 5, 1964, India backed out of its promise of holding plebiscite. Instead, in
March 1965, the Indian Parliament passed a bill, declaring Kashmir a province of India-an
integral part of the Indian union.

The very tragedy of Kashmiris had started after 1947 when they were denied their genuine right
of self-determination. They organized themselves against the injustices of India and launched a
war of liberation which New Delhi tried to crush through various forms of brutalities.

It is notable that since 1947, in order to maintain its illegal control, India has continued its
repressive regime in the Occupied Kashmir through various machinations.

Nevertheless, various forms of state terrorism have been part of a deliberate campaign by the
Indian army and paramilitary forces against Muslim Kashmiris, especially since 1989. It has
been manifested in brutal tactics like crackdowns, curfews, illegal detentions, massacre, targeted
killings, sieges, burning the houses, torture, disappearances, rape, breaking the legs, molestation
of Muslim women and killing of persons through fake encounter.

According to a report on human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, since 1989,
there have been deaths of 1,00000 innocent Kashmiris, 7,023 custodial killings, 1,22,771 arrests,
1,05,996 destruction of houses or buildings, 22,776 women widowed, 1,07,466 children
orphaned and 10,086 women gang-raped/molested. Indian brutal securities forces have continue
these atrocities.

In fact, Indian forces have employed various draconian laws like the Jammu and Kashmir
Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act and
Public Safety Act in killing the Kashmiri people, and for the arbitrarily arrest of any individual
for an indefinite period.

Besides Human Rights Watch, in its various reports, Amnesty International has also pointed out
grave human rights violations in the Indian controlled Kashmir, indicating, “The Muslim
majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security

In its report on July 2, 2015, the Amnesty International has highlighted extrajudicial killings of
the innocent persons at the hands of Indian security forces in the Indian Held Kashmir. The
report points out, “Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in Indian-administered

Kashmir…the Armed Forces Special Powers Act allows troops to shoot to kill suspected
militants or arrest them without a warrant…not a single member of the armed forces has been
tried in a civilian court for violating human rights in Kashmir…this lack of accountability has in
turn facilitated other serious abuses…India has martyred one 100,000 people. More than 8,000
disappeared (while) in the custody of army and state police.”
In this respect, European Union has passed a resolution about human rights abuses committed by
Indian forces in the Indian held Kashmir.

It is of particular attention that in 2008, a rights group reported unmarked graves in 55 villages
across the northern regions of the Indian-held Kashmir. Then researchers and other groups
reported finding thousands of mass graves without markers. In this respect, in August, 2011,
Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission officially acknowledged in its
report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have been buried in unmarked

Notably, foreign sources and human rights organisations have revealed that unnamed graves
include those innocent persons, killed by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in the fake
encounters including those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW.
Indian authorities are not willing to talk with Kashmiri people on political grounds. New Delhi
reached to a conclusion that only bullet is the right way of dealing with Kashmiris, demanding
their right of self-determination. Surprisingly, Indian successive governments are trying to ignore
the dynamics of the freedom movement of Kashmiris for the sake of their alien rule.
But, New Delhi is still showing its intransigence in order to resolve Kashmir issue with Pakistan
by neglecting the fact that Kashmir remains a nuclear flashpoint between both the neighbouring

In this context, Egbert Jahn in his book, “Kashmir: Flashpoint for a Nuclear War or Even a Third
World War?” has pointed out, “The Kashmir conflict is embedded in the wider conflict over the
incomplete creation of nations and states on the Indian subcontinent, which during the east-west
conflict even threatened at times to escalate into a nuclear world war between Pakistan and the
USA on the one side and India and the USSR on the other. Until now, there have been three wars
between India and Pakistan over the Jammu and Kashmir: in 1947–49, 1965 and 1999… finally,
the Indo-Chinese border war of 1962…after these wars…and could unexpectedly again lead to a
regional and under certain circumstances…even a major nuclear war or a Third World War.”
Meanwhile, like the previous year, Pakistan’s recent serious and sincere effort at the annual
session of the United Nations—highlighting Indian atrocities, the Kashmir dispute and
demanding its solution has infused a new spirit among the Kashmiri people.

Although 27th of October is celebrated every year as the “Black Day” by the Pakistanis and the
Kashmiris, living on both sides of the LoC and all over the world as a protest against Indian
illegal occupation of Kashmir, yet the issue is still alive due to continued struggle of the
Kashmiri people.


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India: Spate of Attacks on Muslims And Dalits in Bihar



There has been a spate of attempts to whip up communal tension and to inflict violence on Dalits in various parts of Bihar throughout October 2017: almost half the districts of the state experienced communal tension on the occasion of Dussehra-Muharram These incidents reflect the manner in which the feudal-communal forces of Bihar feel emboldened by the abduction of the 2015 mandate by the Nitish-BJP Government.

In Arwal, there were attempts to whip up a communal climate around the end of September and early October, when Dussehra and Moharram coincide. CPI(ML) leaders Comrade Rameshwar Prasad, Mahanand and Inquilabi Muslim Conference convener Anwar Hussain visited various areas in Arwal on 3 October, appealing to people to uphold Arwal’s legacy of communal harmony and unity and rebuff the poisonous attempts of Sanghi forces to vitiate this culture.

Frustrated by its failure to foment violence during the Tazia procession and on other occasions, Sanghi goons started closing shops and spreading rumours to vitiate the atmosphere. Many Muslim houses were vandalized and fruit shops were looted. The Sanghi cadres also attacked and vandalized CPI (ML) leader Sohail Akhtar’s house. A negligent administration responded only under pressure from the CPI (ML), holding a flag march and imposing Section 144 to maintain peace.

Meanwhile in Sikariya village in Bihta, feudal-communal forces attacked dalits on the day of Durga Puja. The incident in Sikariya started with a petty dispute about motorcycle parking at the Durga Puja site, upon which members of the dominant Bhumihar community beat up and injured Dhurkheli and Ritesh Kumar – both from the Mahadalit Ravidas community. When the dalits went to the Thana on 1 October to file a complaint, the Thana in-charge informed the attackers. The attackers then arrived at the Thana and filed a case of theft, chain-snatching and molestation against the dalits. Feudal powers from the neighbourng 10 villages held a meeting and resolved to ‘teach a lesson’ to the Mahadalits.

Hundreds marched in protest on 6 October at Bihta against the attack and false cases on Dalits, followed by a public meeting addressed by former MP Comrade Rameshwar Prasad, as well as Comrades Gopal Singh, Surendra Yadav,Vinod Yadav, Rakesh Manjhi and others.

Burning of Mahadalit Homes in Khagariya

On 18 October feudal dominant forces burnt down the houses of 70 Mahadalits from the Musahar community in Chhamsiya village (Morkahi Thana), Khagariya district. Heavy firing also ensued and Mahadalits were beaten up. Property worth lakhs has been reduced to ashes, including household goods and goats. Many people are reported missing.

The Special Task Force (STF) of the police in cahoots with criminal Munna Yadav is behind the burning of Mahadalit houses Khagariya. The criminal gangs in Khagariya have the protection of JD(U) MLA Poonam Yadav and her strongman husband Ranvir Yadav. The CPI (ML) has called for a Khagariya-Samastipur bandh on 23 October to protest against the burning of Mahadalit homes, as well the Samastipur firing that killed one person, and the kidnapping of a 16 year old girl in Tajpur. State-wide protests will also be organized on the same day.

The CPI (ML) enquiry team comprising Tarari MLA Sudama Prasad and AIARLA leader Gopal Ravidas reported that the site of the incident (of burning houses) is only 17 km from Khagariya but it took them a long time to reach there, with 3 rivers needing to be crossed and long distances covered on foot. Clearly, development is a long way from here, in spite of tall claims by the government.

The enquiry team report said that 82 houses were set ablaze and destroyed, out of which 79 belong to people from the Musahar community and 3 to poor Kumhar families. Properties worth about 80 lakhs, 13 goats, 1 cow and 1 buffalo have also been burnt to ashes. The attack was carried out by the Munna Yadav gang at 9 pm. This area has always been prone to power tussles by different gangs. The pretext for the attack was Munna Yadav’s with to ‘teach a lesson’ to the people of Chhamasiya for, according to him, supporting a rival gang led by Angad Singh.

On 17 October Munna Yadav arrived in Chhamasiya along with STF jawans, without informing ether the Thana or the local Chowkidar. The local people said that the STF carried out early morning raids in the village, looted ornaments, and threatened to come again. The STF arrested four villagers (Aman Sada, Santosh Sada, Suman Pandit, Devendra Choudhury) and 2 people from neighbouring village Amousi who had come to buy fish. They lodged false cases of possessing rifles and pistols against the villagers.

The CPI (ML) has made the following demands:

    • 1. Withdrawal of all false cases from against the villagers

2. Rs 5 lakh compensation, Indira Awas and 5 decimals land to all victim families.

3. Permanent police camp for the protection of the people.

4. Arrest of all the criminals and action against the STF in-charge.

5. Road and bridge construction in the area.

6. Speedy trial in the case. 

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Long Live The November Revolution !

Long Live The November Revolution !

The Russian Revolution – 7 November 1917. A 100 years after that momentous day, it is important to remind ourselves that that Revolution was no coup, no conspiracy. It was the greatest assertion the world has yet seen of democracy – of the urge and will of ordinary people for liberation.

In tribute to that moment in history, Liberation reproduces Lenin’s own article on the fourth anniversary of the revolution. We also carry some excerpts from October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, (Verso 2017) – a recent retelling of the story of the revolution by British writer China Miéville, and from some other sources, to highlight some of the remarkable and less recognized aspects of the revolution.

A few words of introduction are called for. Russia in 1917 followed the Julian calendar – which is 13 days behind the modern Gregorian calendar. This is why the ‘October Revolution’ of October 25 1917 is now called the November Revolution.

My Champion Is The People

On 17 March “Delo naroda, the SR newspaper, told its readers that they had been lied to, that not only were fairy stories real but that they were living through one. Once upon a time, it continued, ‘there lived a huge old dragon’, which devoured the best and bravest citizens ‘in the haze of madness and power’. But a valiant hero had appeared, a collective hero. ‘My champion’, wrote Delo naroda, ‘is the people.’ The hour has come for the beast’s end, The old dragon will coil up and die.”(October)

The story of the Russian Revolution is a lesson in the speed with which history can move and epochs can change. The period after 1907 was a period of setback and despondency for the revolutionary Left in Russia; its leaders forced into exile, its membership plummeting. And yet within a decade, things changed rapidly. In March 1917, a massive popular upsurge overthrew the Tsar and established a Provisional Government headed by the then immensely popular Kerensky. Edward Dune, a young teenager in Moscow, described how most of the people in the massive crowd of demonstrators “that morning had been praying for the good health of the imperial family. Now they were shouting, “Down with the tsar!” and not disguising their joyful contempt.” (Miéville, October)

The new Government enjoyed plenty of popular support to begin with. But the March 1917 moment had also given birth to another centre of democratic power: “From the streets, meanwhile, as this continued, had arisen another kind of control. Some of the insurgents recalled those councils of 1905, those soviets. Activists and streetcorner agitators had already begun to call for their return, in leaflets, in boisterous voices from the crowds.”
(October) And soon after, the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies was born. The Soviet reflected a broad spectrum of the 1917 Russian Left. Between March and November, again, history moved fast. As disillusionment with and anger against the Provisional Government grew among people, the demand grew that the Soviet directly take power. But within the Soviet, amongst the Russian Left, opinion was divided about taking power. The Soviet leadership hesitated to take power, holding on to the notion that the democratic revolution needed an alliance with the bourgeoisie and bourgeois leadership, rather than exclusively proletarian leadership which must wait for a future stage of socialist revolution. Meanwhile, in the interim, the Bolsheviks and Lenin in particular were branded as traitors to Russia, and there was a (partially successful) attempt to whip up some national chauvinist sentiments against them. But as the popular mood in favour of ‘Bread, Peace, and Land’ grew, the Bolshevik Party’s consistency on these questions paid off, and support for it grew exponentially, culminating in the proletarian revolution of November 1917.

The point to be underlined here is the relationship between the people and the revolutionary party. The proletarian revolution did not take place out of some subjective wish of the Bolshevik leadership – it was not a coup planned and achieved by Lenin and his party. The people’s determination to win Bread, Peace, and Land – to liberate themselves not only from the yoke of the Tsar but from oppression in factories and fields, to end a hated war, to achieve human dignity as workers, as women, as oppressed nationalities and rank-and-file soldiers – found expression first in the March revolution. But when the Provisional Government thanks to its very nature betrayed those goals, the people began to wish to take power directly into their own hands – and saw in the Bolshevik party the means, the organized force, and the vision to do so.

Workers Assert Democracy and Dignity

What did the revolution mean to Russia’s workers?

In the months between March and November 1917, workers had already begun to experience and assert direct democracy in the Soviets – taking decisions without waiting for the Provisional Government’s opinion or approval. Miéville describes it this way: “… in Petrograd, the Soviet agreed with the factory owners that long-demanded eight-hour day, as well as the principle of worker-elected factory committees and a system of industrial arbitration…. Unpopular foremen were shoved in wheelbarrows and tipped into nearby canals. When the Moscow bosses resisted the eight-hour day, on 18 March the Moscow Soviet, recognising what workers were instituting as a fait accompli, simply decreed it, bypassing the Provisional Government. And their decree stood.”

And the workers’ concerns were not just for wages and working hours – they asserted, above all, a newfound sense of human dignity. In the wake of the March revolution, “Demonstrations voiced existential demands, even at the expense of income. ‘No tips taken here’, said the signs on restaurant walls. Petrograd waiters struck for dignity. They marched in their best clothes under banners denouncing the ‘indignity’ of tipping, the stench of noblesse oblige. They demanded ‘respect for waiters as human beings’.” (Miéville, October)

“Take Power When It’s Given To You!”

Onwards from 16 July 1917, postal workers, and soldiers being recalled to the war were gathering on the streets of Petrograd as a “seething, angry mass.” Even as the demonstrations surged on to the streets, attempts by Soviet leaders to calm them down failed. The massive demonstration converged on the headquarters of the Soviet on 17 July, shouting their demand: “all power to the soviets.” The Soviet leadership (hesitant to take power and instead determined to keep supporting the Provisional Government) sent out one of their most popular and well-liked leaders, Chernov, to speak to the demonstrators and calm them down. “A big worker pushed his way through and came up close and shook his fist in Chernov’s face. ‘Take power, you son of a bitch,’ he bellowed, in one of most famous phrases of 1917, ‘when it’s given to you!’” (Miéville, October)

Peasants’ Movements

The March revolution ripened into November – and the growing assertion of the peasantry was one of the foremost signs of this maturing revolution. In the Volga region, “rural communes began disputing with landowners over rent and rights to the commons. Gangs of peasants were increasingly wont to make their way into private woods with axes and saws and fell the estate’s trees.” In the north-west districts, “peasants simply began to mow the gentry’s meadows for their own use, paying only the prices they reckoned were fair for seed. That sense of ‘fairness’ was crucial. Certainly there were moments of crude class rage and cruelty. But the actions of village communes against landlords were often scrupulously articulated in terms of a moral economy of justice.”

From all over Russia, illiterate peasants got scribes to write letters to the Soviet, to the Government, to the various Left parties, experiencing the thrill of self-expression. They wrote demanding that feudal lands, lands belonging to monasteries, churches and estate owners “must be surrendered to the people without compensation.” Some wrote demanding socialist newspapers, others lamented their lack of education and asked for books; others sent meager amounts of money for the revolution. The Rakalovsk peasants sent a letter saying, “We are sick and tired of living in debt and slavery – we want space and light.”

Support for the Bolsheviks grew among the poor peasants. The First All-Russian Congress of Peasants’ Soviets took place in Petrograd in May. “Reflecting the overlap between peasantry and soldiery, close to half the 1,200 accredited delegates” were soldiers from the front. “Despite the Bolsheviks’ tiny presence – a minuscule group of nine, accompanied by a caucus of fourteen ‘non-party’ delegates who tended to vote with them – their influence was growing. This was, in particular, because of their harder, more coherent and clearly expressed positions on the two key questions of war and land, as laid out in an open letter from Lenin to the Congress…he addressed the delegates in person, hammering home his support for the poorest peasants and demanding the redistribution of land.”

Soldiers Sick And Tired Of War, Impatient For Peace

In 2014, Vladimir Putin addressed a youth camp, telling them, “Regardless of how hurtful it might be to hear this, perhaps even to some of this audience, people who hold leftist views, but in the first world war, the Bolsheviks wished to see their fatherland defeated. While heroic Russian soldiers and officers shed their blood at the front, some were shaking Russia from within. They shook it to the point that Russia as a state collapsed and declared itself defeated by a country that had lost the war. …This was a complete betrayal of the national interest!”

Putin is attempting to rewrite history. He knows that Lenin is still viewed as a positive figure by a majority of Russians – and he is trying to change that perception. (A poll conducted by the Levada Center in May 2013 found that 40 percent of Russians had a “somewhat positive” view of Lenin; 15 percent had a “positive” view of Lenin; 18 percent had a “somewhat negative” view of him; 16 percent were undecided and 1 percent did not know who he was.)

No sentinel, policemen, pickets, as if there never had been any guards or guns . . . . It’s like telling a starving man, ‘Eat!’ And him replying. ‘I’m eating!’ with a smileFrom the poem “Russian Revolution” ( Mikhail Kuzmin, 1917)

Putin’s version of history tries to erase the fact that way back in 1917 too, there were many attempts to portray the Bolsheviks as traitors to the fatherland – and these proved to be in vain, because the growing disgust for World War I among the poor peasants, soldiers, and women overwhelmed any chauvinist sentiments.

In 1915, at the Zimmerwald conference of the Second International, the right flank of the Mensheviks and SRs had claimed that Russia’s revolution would be “pro-war rather than pacifist”. This “social patriotism” – patriotism of the social democrats – effectively rendered the International defunct. For Lenin and the Bolsheviks, revolutionary internationalism went together with a commitment to peace and a firm opposition to war.
Meanwhile, all across Europe, the terrible nature of modern warfare, experienced for the first time in World War I, was giving birth to anti-war sentiment even amongst soldiers in the trenches. The English poet Wilfred Owen wrote in 1918, that his poetry was not “about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power” – “Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War.” An entire generation of English “war poets”, writing straight from the trenches, described the sheer horror and inhumanity of war; defying jingoistic war-mongering by civilians, these soldier-poets insisted on recognising “enemy” soldiers as humans, even as friends.

In Russia, widespread anti-war sentiment among the peasantry and soldiers was a huge factor spurring the March and November revolutions. October quotes a grassroots soldiers’ song expressing deep-seated resentment among the military rank-and-file against the high-handedness of officers:

Sure we’d like some tea
But give us with our tea
Some polite respect
And please have officers
Not slap us in the face.

During the March revolution, workers’ demonstrations met with displays of solidarity from contingents of soldiers. On one occasion, 2500 Vyborg mill-workers found themselves face to face with a dreaded Cossack contingent of horseback soldiers. Officers ordered the Cossacks to block the street – and the soldiers obeyed: “With their legendary equestrian skills, they lined up their horses into a living blockade breathing out mist. Again, in their very obedience was dissent. Ordered to be still, still they remained. They did not move as the boldest marchers crept closer. The Cossacks did not move as the strikers approached, their eyes widening as at last they understood the unspoken invitation in the preternatural immobility of mounts and men, as they ducked below the bellies of the motionless horses to continue their march. Rarely have skills imparted by reaction been so exquisitely deployed against it.” (October)

One of the most important documents of the March revolution was “Order Number 1” – a seven-point order drafted by the soldiers themselves: that decreed “1) election of soldiers’ committees in military units; 2)election of their representatives to the Soviet; 3)subordination of soldiers to the Soviet in political actions; 4)subordination of soldiers to the Military Commission – in so far, again and crucially, as its orders did not deviate from the Soviet’s; 5)control of weapons by soldiers’ committees; 6)military discipline while on duty, with full civil rights at other times; 7) abolition of officers’ honorary titles and of officers’ use of derogatory terms for their men.” The poet Mikhail Kuzmin wrote that soldiers, like workers, “demanded to be addressed with the respectful ‘Citizen’, a term spreading so widely it was as if it had been ‘invented just now!’” (October)

A young Ukranian deserter Aleksandr Dneprovskiy, his his diary A Deserter’s Notes, bitterly described the patriotic press as “tubs of printed slop … poured over the heads of long-suffering humanity.” By June and July, mass desertions from the front were the order of the day: “By the hot days of July, more than 50,000 deserters were in the city….As the war grew ever more hated, people remembered the Bolshevik party’s unwavering opposition to it.” (October)

In spite of this widespread opposition to the war, attempts to brand the Bolsheviks as “traitors” continued to have some traction. In July 1917, right wing papers published “fake news” claiming that Lenin was a German spy. For a while, this provoked suspicion and even violence against the Bolsheviks among the people. Not only did the right wing feel emboldened to attack Bolsheviks – “A Pravda distributor was killed on the street” – the rumours had an impact even on the Left, among workers. “One party activist, E. Tarasova, came into a Vyborg factory she knew well, and instantly the women workers she had been speaking to days earlier screamed abuse, calling her a German spy, and hurled nuts and bolts at her, savagely cutting her hands and face. A Menshevik, they explained, shamefaced, when the panic abated, had been agitating against the Bolsheviks.”

From street to street with sovereign stride… – Who’s there? Don’t try to hide! But it’s only the wind playing with the red banner ahead…This is the last of you, old world – Soon we’ll smash you to bits.

From The Twelve, Alexander Blok, translated by Robert Chandler

But the anti-war sentiment was so strong that such prejudice and frenzy against the Bolsheviks dissipated quickly. In August, a soldier, Kuchlavok, and his regiment sent a letter to the Soviet paper Izvestia asking “They used to say that the war was foisted off on us by Nicholas. Nicholas has been overthrown, so who is foisting the war on us now?” Another group of soldiers sent the Soviet Executive Committee a letter asking, “All of us … ask you as our comrades to explain to us who these Bolsheviks are … Our provisional government has come out very much against the Bolsheviks. But we … don’t find any fault with them.’”

Women Dreaming of Equality, Bread, and Peace

The March revolution began on International Women’s Day – 8 March 1917. The Left parties had organized meetings in factories to commemorate the day – but they did not plan what happened next:

“women began to pour from the factories onto the streets, shouting for bread. They marched through the city’s most militant districts – Vyborg, Liteiny, Rozhdestvenskii – hollering to people gathered in the courtyards of the blocks, filling the wide streets in huge and growing numbers, rushing to the factories and calling on the men to join them….Abruptly, without anyone having planned it, almost 90,000 women and men were roaring on the streets of Petrograd. And now they were not shouting only for bread, but for an end to the war. An end to the reviled monarchy….They gathered in great crowds by barracks and army hospitals. There they struck up conversations with curious and friendly soldiers.” (October)

Tough sandpaper has polished all our words. – Mikhail Kuzmin, the poet

The old sexist taunts and jeers lost their ability to intimidate and shame women: “The heaving streets rang with revolutionary songs. Seeing workers from the Promet factory marching behind a woman, a Cossack officer jeered that they were following a baba, a hag. Arishina Kruglova, the Bolshevik in question, yelled back that she was an independent woman worker, a wife and sister of soldiers at the front. At her riposte, the troops who faced her lowered their guns.” (October)

During the March revolution, women also demanded the right to vote. The provisional government was hesitant to grant this demand. “Many even in the revolutionary movement were hesitant, warning that, though they supported the equality of women ‘in principle’, concretely Russia’s women were politically ‘backward’, and their votes therefore risked hindering progress. On her return to the country on the 18th, Kollontai took those prejudices head-on. ‘But wasn’t it we women, with our grumbling about hunger, about the disorganisation in Russian life, about our poverty and the sufferings born of the war, who awakened a popular wrath?’ she demanded. The revolution, she pointed out, was born on International Women’s Day, ‘And didn’t we women go first out to the streets in order to struggle with our brothers for freedom, and even if necessary to die for it?” (October)

On 1st April 1917, a massive procession of 40000 demonstrators (mostly women, but also many men) marched to demand women’s right to vote. Note, they marched to the Soviet headquarters, not the Provincial Government! Their banners read: “If the woman is a slave, there will be no freedom.” The demonstration forced the Soviet and Provincial Government leaders to draft a bill for universal adult suffrage, which was passed in July. Because the demonstration for the right to vote was a cross-class, broad spectrum one, it also included those who were pro-war.

But anti-war sentiment among women grew stronger and stronger. “In early April, thousands of soldiers’ wives – soldatki – marched through the capital. These women had started the war disadvantaged, browbeaten and precarious, desperate for charity and inadequate state support. But the absence of their husbands could also mean an unexpected liberation. In February their demands for food, support, respect, had started to take on a radical bent. That trend continued. In Kherson province, one observer saw the soldatki forcing their way into homes and ‘requisitioning’ any luxury they thought was undeserved. Not only did they flout laws and intimidate the authorities wherever they possibly could, there were also direct acts of violence. The state flour trader who did not want to offer them his goods at discounted price was beaten by a band of soldiers’ wives, and the pristav, the local police chief, who wanted to hurry to his help, escaped the same fate by a hair’s breadth.” (October)

In May, “Nina Gerd, the organiser of the Committee for the Relief of Soldiers’ Wives in the Vyborg district, a liberal but an old friend of Krupskaya, surrendered to her the organisation. Three years before, in the recollection of one philanthropist, the soldatki had been ‘helpless creatures’, ‘blind moles’, pleading with the authorities for help. Now, as she relinquished the committee, Gerd told Krupskaya that the women ‘do not trust us; they are displeased with whatever we do; they have faith only in the Bolsheviks’. Soon the soldatki were self-organising in their own soviets.””

National and Religious Minorities Seek Self-Determination

In the revolutionary climate that followed March and built up to November, national minorities (that in many cases also represented religious minorities) rose up against Russian chauvinism and began to pursue self-determination.

“The predominantly Buddhist Buryat region of Siberia had …more than once in subsequent years … been rocked by Buryat revolts against discriminatory laws, and it had faced chauvinist cultural and political threats from the Russian regime. In 1905 a Buryat congress had called for rights to self-government and linguistic–cultural freedom: it had been suppressed. Now, with the new wave of freedoms, came a new Congress in Irkutsk – which voted in favour of independence….

“Buoyed by the February revolution, and feeling it vindicated their own programme, members of the progressive, modernizing Muslim Jadidist movement set up an Islamic Council in Tashkent, Turkestan, and across the region, helping to dismantle the old government structures – already undermined by the spread of local soviets – and enhancing the role of the indigenous Muslim population. At the end of the month, the council convened the first Pan-Turkestan Muslim Congress in the city. Its 150 delegates recognised the Provisional Government, and unanimously called for substantial regional autonomy.” (October)

Along with the assertion of self-determination, there were also democratic stirrings within communities and oppressed nationalities. At the All-Russian Muslim Women’s Congress held in May in Kazan in Tatarstan, “fifty-nine women delegates met before an audience 300 strong, overwhelmingly female, to debate issues including the status of Sharia law, plural marriage, women’s rights and the hijab. Contributions came from a range of political and religious positions, from socialists like Zulaykha Rahmanqulova and the twenty-two-year-old poet Zahida Burnasheva, as well as from the religious scholars Fatima Latifiya and Labiba Huseynova, an expert on Islamic law….Delegates debated whether Quranic injunctions were historically specific. Even many proponents of trans-historical orthodoxy interpreted the texts to insist, against conservative voices, that women had the right to attend mosque, or that polygyny was only permitted – a crucial caveat – if it was ‘just’; that is, with the permission of the first wife. Unsatisfied when the gathering approved that progressive-traditionalist position on plural marriage, the feminists and socialists mandated three of their number, including Burnasheva, to attend the All-Russian Muslim Conference in Moscow the next month, to put their alternative case against polygyny. The conference passed ten principles, including women’s right to vote, the equality of the sexes, and the non-compulsory nature of the hijab.”

The All-Russian Muslim Conference in Moscow was attended by 900 delegates from Muslim populations and nations – Bashkirs, Ossets, Turks, Tatars, Kirghiz and more. “Almost a quarter of those present were women, several fresh from the Women’s Muslim Congress in Kazan; one of the twelve-person presidium committee was a Tatar woman, Selima Jakubova. When one man asked why men should grant women political rights, a woman jumped up to answer. ‘You listen to the men of religion and raise no objections, but act as though you can grant us rights,’ she said. ‘Rather than that, we shall seize them!’” Finally, at the conference, “a powerful programme of women’s rights was adopted, and, as the left at the Women’s Congress had advocated, polygyny was banned, if only symbolically. Against the plans of the powerful Tatar bourgeoisie for extraterritorial cultural–national autonomy, and against pan-Islamic aspirations, the conference advocated a federalist position of cultural autonomy. This could, and indeed would, mature into calls for national liberation.”

Revolutionising All Aspects of Life

There was scarcely any aspect of life that was not utterly transformed by the Russian revolution. Lenin’s piece reproduced by us touches upon the most significant changes in the lives of workers, peasants, oppressed nationalities and women: that made it a much deeper and more consistent democracy that any bourgeois democracy.

A few other remarkable advances deserve our attention. The revolution made a bold bid to transform the patriarchal family; in Lenin’s words, “We really razed to the ground the infamous laws placing women in a position of inequality, restricting divorce and surrounding it with disgusting formalities, denying recognition to children born out of wedlock, enforcing a search for their fathers, etc., laws numerous survivals of which, to the shame of the bourgeoisie and of capitalism, are to be found in all civilised countries.” (A Great Beginning, June 1919) On women’s demand, abortion too was legalized, giving women a measure of control over the size of their families. In that piece Lenin candidly acknowledged that “Notwithstanding all the laws emancipating woman, she continues to be a domestic slave, because petty housework crushes, strangles, stultifies and degrades her, chains her to the kitchen and the nursery, and she wastes her labour on barbarously unproductive, petty, nerve-racking, stultifying and crushing drudgery. The real emancipation of women, real communism, will begin only where and when an all-out struggle begins (led by the proletariat wielding the state power) against this petty housekeeping.” Lenin stressed that the solution lay in nurturing the “shoots” which already existed in capitalism: “Public catering establishments, nurseries, kindergartens — here we have examples of these shoots, here we have the simple, everyday means, involving nothing pompous, grandiloquent or ceremonial, which can really emancipate women, really lessen and abolish their inequality with men as regards their role in social production and public life….  Public catering establishments, nurseries, kindergartens — here we have examples of these shoots, here we have the simple, everyday means, involving nothing pompous, grandiloquent or ceremonial, which can really emancipate women, really lessen and abolish their inequality with men as regards their role in social production and public life.” Spurred by Lenin, the fledgling Soviet state did in fact make an enormous advance in this field, thus bringing women in very large numbers into the workforce and into public life.

Another remarkable blow to patriarchy was struck by the Bolshevik Revolution when it struck down the tsarist-era laws criminalizing homosexuality. A 1923 pamphlet The Sexual Revolution in Russia, written by Dr. Grigorii Batkis, director of the Moscow Institute of Social Hygiene declared: “The present sexual legislation in the Soviet Union is the work of the October Revolution. This revolution is important not only as a political phenomenon, which secures the political rule of the working class. But also for the revolutions which emanating from it reach out into all areas of life…Soviet legislation bases itself on the following principle: It declares the absolute noninterference of the state and society into sexual matters, so long as nobody is injured, and no one’s interests are encroached upon. [Emphasis in original.]

Concerning homosexuality, sodomy, and various other forms of sexual gratification, which are set down in European legislation as offenses against public morality—Soviet legislation treats these exactly the same as so-called “natural” intercourse. All forms of sexual intercourse are private matters. Only when there’s use of force or duress, as in general when there’s an injury or encroachment upon the rights of another person, is there a question of criminal prosecution.” (Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation, Sherry Wolf, Haymarket Books, 2009)

As a result of this principled and progressive policy, revolutionary Russia even saw homosexual marriages being approved by Courts, sex-change operations being conducted in the 1920s, and transgender and gay people being able to live freely and with dignity. Many public figures of Soviet Russia of this period were openly gay: such as the commissar of public affairs Grigorii Chicherin who was a prominent face of the revolution abroad, or the prominent poet Mikhail Kuzmin, author of the first known gay-positive novel in any language, Wings.

Resonances in India

The November revolution transformed Russia – and in doing so, fired the imagination of people all over the world. In India, too, its impact was felt among the freedom fighters. Ten days after the revolution in Russia, a Calcutta nationalist daily Dainik Basumati wrote: “The downfall of Tsardom has ushered in the age of destruction of alien bureaucracy in India too”. A whole range of revolutionary organizations and individuals were inspired by the November revolution: including groups like Anushilan Samity and Yugantar; the Ghadar movement; leaders like SA Dange of Bombay and M Singaravelu of Madras.

Bhagat Singh and his comrades too were drawn to Leninist ideas of revolution and party building. Ashfaqullah – martyred in the Kakori Conspiracy Case – had been elected by Bhagat Singh and other comrades to travel to Russia, but could never make that journey.
On January 21, 1930, on the occasion of Lenin’s death anniversary, during their trial in the Lahore Conspiracy Case, Bhagat Singh and his comrades appeared in the court wearing red scarves, and raised slogans of “Long Live Socialist Revolution”, “Long Live Communist International”, “Long Live People” “Lenin’s Name Will Never Die”, and “Down with Imperialism”. Then, Bhagat Singh read aloud in open court the text of a telegram to be sent to the Third International: “On Lenin day we send hearty greetings to all who are doing something for carrying forward the ideas of the great Lenin. We wish success to the great experiment Russia is carrying out. We join our voice to that of the international working class movement. The proletariat will win. Capitalism will be defeated. Death to Imperialism.”

Not only those on the Left: other prominent Indians too were affected by the November Revolution. Rabindranath Tagore, who visited Russia in 1930, wrote in Russiar Chithi (Letters from Russia), commenting especially on its internationalism, “Their message of the Revolution is true for all the world. Here is a people on earth today who put the interest of all mankind above their own.”

The November Revolution is best remembered by the possibilities, promises, the striving and the hope of the moment of its birth and its early years. In the difficult years that followed, many mistakes were made, and the initial promise foundered and was eventually reversed. Revolutionaries all over the world will no doubt learn from its mistakes and missteps – but above all will be inspired by the bold confidence with which ordinary workers and peasants sought to reshape the world and make the brave bid towards human liberation. 

Fourth Anniversary of the October Revolution

V.I. Lenin

(First published Pravda No. 234, October 18, 1921)

The fourth anniversary of October 25 (November 7) is approaching.

The farther that great day recedes from us, the more clearly we see the significance of the proletarian revolution in Russia, and the more deeply we reflect upon the practical experience of our work as a whole.

Very briefly and, of course, in very incomplete and rough outline, this significance and experience may be summed up as follows.

The direct and immediate object of the revolution in Russia was a bourgeois-democratic one, namely, to destroy the survivals of medievalism and sweep them away completely, to purge Russia of this barbarism, of this shame, and to remove this immense obstacle to all culture and progress in our country.

And we can justifiably pride ourselves on having carried out that purge with greater determination and much more rapidly, boldly and successfully, and, from the point of view of its effect on the masses, much more widely and deeply, than the great French Revolution over one hundred and twenty-five years ago.

Both the anarchists and the petty-bourgeois democrats (i.e., the Mensheviks and the Socialist-Revolutionaries, who are the Russian counterparts of that international social type) have talked and are still talking an incredible lot of nonsense about the relation between the bourgeois-democratic revolution and the socialist (that is, proletarian) revolution. The last four years have proved to the hilt that our interpretation of Marxism on this point, and our estimate of the experience of former revolutions were correct. We have consummated the bourgeois-democratic revolution as nobody had done before. We are advancing towards the socialist revolution consciously, firmly and unswervingly, knowing that it is not separated from the bourgeois-democratic revolution by a Chinese Wall, and knowing too that (in the last analysis) struggle alone will determine how far we shall advance, what part of this immense and lofty task we shall accomplish, and to what extent we shall succeed in consolidating our victories. Time will show. But we see even now that a tremendous amount—tremendous for this ruined, exhausted and backward country—has already been done towards the socialist transformation of society.

Let us, however, finish what we have to say about the bourgeois-democratic content of our revolution. Marxists must understand what that means. To explain, let us take a few striking examples.

The bourgeois-democratic content of the revolution means that the social relations (system, institutions) of the country are purged of medievalism, serfdom, feudalism.

What were the chief manifestations, survivals, remnants of serfdom in Russia up to 1917? The monarchy, the system of social estates, landed proprietorship and land tenure, the status of women, religion, and national oppression. Take any one of these Augean stables, which, incidentally, were left largely uncleansed by all the more advanced states when they accomplished their bourgeois-democratic revolutions one hundred and twenty-five, two hundred and fifty and more years ago (1649 in England); take any of these Augean stables, and you will see that we have cleansed them thoroughly. In a matter of ten weeks, from October 25 (November 7), 1917 to January 5, 1918, when the Constituent Assembly was dissolved, we accomplished a thousand times more in this respect than was accomplished by the bourgeois democrats and liberals (the Cadets) and by the petty-bourgeois democrats (the Mensheviks and the Socialist-Revolutionaries) during the eight months they were in power.

Those poltroons, gas-bags, vainglorious Narcissuses and petty Hamlets brandished their wooden swords—but did not even destroy the monarchy! We cleansed out all that monarchist muck as nobody had ever done before. We left not a stone, not a brick of that ancient edifice, the social-estate system even the most advanced countries, such as Britain, France and Germany, have not completely eliminated the survivals of that system to this day!), standing. We tore out the deep-seated roots of the social-estate system, namely, the remnants of feudalism and serfdom in the system of landownership, to the last. “One may argue” (there are plenty of quill-drivers, Cadets, Mensheviks and Socialist-Revolutionaries abroad to indulge in such arguments) as to what “in the long run” will be the outcome of the agrarian reform effected by the Great October Revolution. We have no desire at the moment to waste time on such controversies, for we are deciding this, as well as the mass of accompanying controversies, by struggle. But the fact cannot be denied that the petty-bourgeois democrats “compromised” with the landowners, the custodians of the traditions of serfdom, for eight months, while we completely swept the landowners and all their traditions from Russian soil in a few weeks.

Take religion, or the denial of rights to women, or the oppression and inequality of the non-Russian nationalities. These are all problems of the bourgeois-democratic revolution. The vulgar petty-bourgeois democrats talked about them for eight months. In not a single one of the most advanced countries in the world have these questions been completely settled on bourgeois-democratic lines. In our country they have been settled completely by the legislation of the October Revolution. We have fought and are fighting religion in earnest. We have granted all the non-Russian nationalities their own republics or autonomous regions. We in Russia no longer have the base, mean and infamous denial of rights to women or inequality of the sexes, that disgusting survival of feudalism and medievalism, which is being renovated by the avaricious bourgeoisie and the dull-witted and frightened petty bourgeoisie in every other country in the world without exception.

All this goes to make up the content of the bourgeois-democratic revolution. A hundred and fifty and two hundred and fifty years ago the progressive leaders of that revolution (or of those revolutions, if we consider each national variety of the one general type) promised to rid mankind of medieval privileges, of sex inequality, of state privileges for one religion or another (or “religious ideas ”, “the church” in general), and of national inequality. They promised, but did not keep their promises. They could not keep them, for they were hindered by their “respect”— for the “sacred right of private property”. Our proletarian revolution was not afflicted with this accursed “respect” for this thrice-accursed medievalism and for the “sacred right of private property”.

But in order to consolidate the achievements of the bourgeois-democratic revolution for the peoples of Russia, we were obliged to go farther; and we did go farther. We solved the problems of the bourgeois-democratic revolution in passing, as a “by-product” of our main and genuinely proletarian -revolutionary, socialist activities. We have always said that reforms are a by-product of the revolutionary class struggle. We said—and proved it by deeds—that bourgeois-democratic reforms are a by-product of the proletarian, i.e., of the socialist revolution. Incidentally, the Kautskys, Hilferdings, Martovs, Chernovs, Hillquits, Longuets, MacDonalds, Turatis and other heroes of “Two and-a-Half” Marxism were incapable of understanding this relation between the bourgeois-democratic and the proletarian-socialist revolutions. The first develops into the second. The second, in passing, solves the problems of the first. The second consolidates the work of the first. Struggle, and struggle alone, decides how far the second succeeds in outgrowing the first.

The Soviet system is one of the most vivid proofs, or manifestations, of how the one revolution develops into the other. The Soviet system provides the maximum of democracy for the workers and peasants; at the same time, it marks a break with bourgeois democracy and the rise of a new, epoch-making type of democracy, namely, proletarian democracy, or the dictatorship of the proletariat.

Let the curs and swine of the moribund bourgeoisie and of the petty-bourgeois democrats who trail behind them heap imprecations, abuse and derision upon our heads for our reverses and mistakes in the work of building up our Soviet system. We do not forget for a moment that we have committed and are committing numerous mistakes and are suffering numerous reverses. How can reverses and mistakes be avoided in a matter so new in the history of the world as the building of an unprecedented type of state edifice! We shall work steadfastly to set our reverses and mistakes right and to improve our practical application of Soviet principles, which is still very, very far from being perfect. But we have a right to be and are proud that to us has fallen the good fortune to begin the building of a Soviet state, and thereby to usher in a new era in world history, the era of the rule of a new class, a class which is oppressed in every capitalist country, but which everywhere is marching forward towards a new life, towards victory over the bourgeoisie, towards the dictatorship of the proletariat, towards the emancipation of mankind from the yoke of capital and from imperialist wars.

The question of imperialist wars, of the international policy of finance capital which now dominates the whole world, a policy that must inevitably engender new imperialist wars, that must inevitably cause an extreme intensification of national oppression, pillage, brigandry and the strangulation of weak, backward and small nationalities by a handful of “advanced” powers—that question has been the keystone of all policy in all the countries of the globe since 1914. It is a question of life and death for millions upon millions of people. It is a question of whether 20,000,000 people (as compared with the 10,000,000 who were killed in the war of 1914-18 and in the supplementary “minor” wars that are still going on) are to be slaughtered in the next imperialist war, which the bourgeoisie are preparing, and which is growing out of capitalism before our very eyes. It is a question of whether in that future war, which is inevitable (if capitalism continues to exist), 60,000,000 people are to be maimed (compared with the 30,000,000 maimed in 1914-18). In this question, too, our October Revolution marked the beginning of a new era in world history. The lackeys of the bourgeoisie and its yes-men—the Socialist-Revolutionaries and the Mensheviks, and the petty-bourgeois, allegedly “socialist”, democrats all over the world—derided our slogan “convert the imperialist war into a civil war”. But that slogan proved to be the truth—it was the only truth, unpleasant, blunt, naked and brutal, but nevertheless the truth, as against the host of most refined jingoist and pacifist lies. Those lies are being dispelled. The Brest peace has been exposed. And with every passing day the significance and consequences of a peace that is even worse than the Brest peace—the peace of Versailles—are being more relentlessly exposed. And the millions who are thinking about the causes of the recent war and of the approaching future war are more and more clearly realising the grim and inexorable truth that it is impossible to escape imperialist war, and imperialist peace (if the old orthography were still in use, I would have written the word mir in two ways, to give it both its meanings) [In Russian, the word mir has two meanings (world and peace) and had two different spellings in the old orthography.—Translator] which inevitably engenders imperialist war, that it is impossible to escape that inferno, except by a Bolshevik struggle and a Bolshevik revolution.

Let the bourgeoisie and the pacifists, the generals and the petty bourgeoisie, the capitalists and the philistines, the pious Christians and the knights of the Second and the Two-and-a-Half Internationals vent their fury against that revolution. No torrents of abuse, calumnies and lies can enable them to conceal the historic fact that for the first time in hundreds and thousands of years the slaves have replied to a war between slave-owners by openly proclaiming the slogan: “Convert this war between slave-owners for the division of their loot into a war of the slaves of all nations against the slave-owners of all nations.”

For the first time in hundreds and thousands of years that slogan has grown from a vague and helpless waiting into a clear and definite political programme, into an effective struggle waged by millions of oppressed people under the leadership of the proletariat; it has grown into the first victory of the proletariat, the first victory in the struggle to abolish war and to unite the workers of all countries against the united bourgeoisie of different nations, against the bourgeoisie that makes peace and war at the expense of the slaves of capital, the wage-workers, the peasants, the working people.

This first victory is not yet the final victory, and it was achieved by our October Revolution at the price of incredible difficulties and hardships, at the price of unprecedented suffering, accompanied by a series of serious reverses and mistakes on our part. How could a single backward people be expected to frustrate the imperialist wars of the most powerful and most developed countries of the world without sustaining reverses and without committing mistakes! We are not afraid to admit our mistakes and shall examine them dispassionately in order to learn how to correct them. But the fact remains that for the first time in hundreds and thousands of years the promise “to reply” to war between the slave-owners by a revolution of the slaves directed against all the slave-owners has been completely fulfilled—and is being fulfilled despite all difficulties.

We have made the start. When, at what date and time, and the proletarians of which nation will complete this process is not important. The important thing is that the ice has been broken; the road is open, the way has been shown.

Gentlemen, capitalists of all countries, keep up your hypocritical pretence of “defending the fatherland”—the Japanese fatherland against the American, the American against the Japanese, the French against the British, and so forth! Gentlemen, knights of the Second and Two-and a-Half Internationals, pacifist petty bourgeoisie and philistines of the entire world, go on “evading” the question of how to combat imperialist wars by issuing new “Basle Manifestos” (on the model of the Basle Manifesto of 1912[1]). The first Bolshevik revolution has wrested the first hundred million people of this earth from the clutches of imperialist war and the imperialist world. Subsequent revolutions will deliver the rest of mankind from such wars and from such a world.

Our last, but most important and most difficult task, the one we have done least about, is economic development, the laying of economic foundations for the new, socialist edifice on the site of the demolished feudal edifice and the semi-demolished capitalist edifice. It is in this most important and most difficult task that we have sustained the greatest number of reverses and have made most mistakes. How could anyone expect that a task so new to the world could be begun without reverses and without mistakes! But we have begun it. We shall continue it. At this very moment we are, by our New Economic Policy, correcting a number of our mistakes. We are learning how to continue erecting the socialist edifice in a small-peasant country without committing such mistakes.

The difficulties are immense. But we are accustomed to grappling with immense difficulties. Not for nothing do our enemies call us “stone-hard” and exponents of a “firm line policy”. But we have also learned, at least to some extent, another art that is essential in revolution, namely, flexibility, the ability to effect swift and sudden changes of tactics if changes in objective conditions demand them, and to choose another path for the achievement of our goal if the former path proves to be inexpedient or impossible at the given moment.

Borne along on the crest of the wave of enthusiasm, rousing first the political enthusiasm and then the military enthusiasm of the people, we expected to accomplish economic tasks just as great as the political and military tasks we had accomplished by relying directly on this enthusiasm. We expected—or perhaps it would be truer to say that we presumed without having given it adequate consideration—to be able to organise the state production and the state distribution of products on communist lines in a small-peasant country directly as ordered by the proletarian state. Experience has proved that we were wrong. It appears that a number of transitional stages were necessary—state capitalism and socialism—in order to prepare—to prepare by many years of effort—for the transition to communism. Not directly relying on enthusiasm, but aided by the enthusiasm engendered by the great revolution, and on the basis of personal interest, personal incentive and business principles, we must first set to work in this small peasant country to build solid gangways to socialism by way of state capitalism. Otherwise we shall never get to communism, we shall never bring scores of millions of people to communism. That is what experience, the objective course of the development of the revolution, has taught us.

And we, who during these three or four years have learned a little to make abrupt changes of front (when abrupt changes of front are needed), have begun zealously, attentively and sedulously (although still not zealously, attentively and sedulously enough) to learn to make a new change of front, namely, the New Economic Policy. The proletarian state must become a cautious, assiduous and shrewd “businessman”, a punctilious wholesale merchant—otherwise it will never succeed in putting this small-peasant country economically on its feet. Under existing conditions, living as we are side by side with the capitalist (for the time being capitalist) West, there is no other way of progressing to communism. A wholesale merchant seems to be an economic type as remote from communism as heaven from earth. But that is one of the contradictions which, in actual life, lead from a small-peasant economy via state capitalism to socialism. Personal incentive will step up production; we must increase production first and foremost and at all costs. Wholesale trade economically unites millions of small peasants: it gives them a personal incentive, links them up and leads them to the next step, namely, to various forms of association and alliance in the process of production itself. We have already started the necessary changes in our economic policy and already have some successes to our credit; true, they are small and partial, but nonetheless they are successes. In this new field of “tuition” we are already finishing our preparatory class. By persistent and assiduous study, by making practical experience the test of every step we take, by not fearing to alter over and over again what we have already begun, by correcting our mistakes and most carefully analysing their significance, we shall pass to the higher classes. We shall go through the whole “course”, although the present state of world economics and world politics has made that course much longer and much more difficult than we would have liked. No matter at what cost, no matter how severe the hardships of the transition period may be—despite disaster, famine and ruin—we shall not flinch; we shall triumphantly carry our cause to its goal.

October 14, 1921 

Note : The Extraordinary International Socialist Congress that sat in Basle on November 24-25, 1912, adopted a manifesto on war, which warned the peoples that an imperialist world war was imminent, showed the predatory objectives of that war and called upon the workers of all countries to make a determined stand for peace. It included a point, contributed by Lenin to the resolution of the Stuttgart Congress of 1907, that if an imperialist war broke out the socialists should utilise the economic and political crisis stemming from it to accelerate the downfall of capitalist class domination and to work for a socialist revolution.

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Cruel and Unusual: Sentencing 13- and 14-Year-Old Children to Die in Prison


In the United States, dozens of 13- and 14-year-old children have been sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole after being prosecuted as adults. While the United States Supreme Court recently declared in Roper v. Simmonsthat death by execution is unconstitutional for juveniles, young children continue to be sentenced to imprisonment until death with very little scrutiny or review. A study by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has documented 73 cases where children 13 and 14 years of age have been condemned to death in prison. Almost all of these kids currently lack legal representation and in most of these cases the propriety and constitutionality of their extreme sentences have never been reviewed.

Most of the sentences imposed on these children were mandatory: the court could not give any consideration to the child’s age or life history. Some of the children were charged with crimes that do not involve homicide or even injury; many were convicted for offenses where older teenagers or adults were involved and primarily responsible for the crime; nearly two-thirds are children of color.

Over 2225 juveniles (age 17 or younger) in the United States have been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. All of these cases raise important legal, penological, and moral issues. However, EJI believes that such a harsh sentence for the youngest offenders – children who are 13 and 14 – is cruel and unusual in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. These children should be re-sentenced to parole-eligible sentences as soon as possible. Sentences of life imprisonment with no parole also violate international law and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been ratified by every country in the world except the United States and Somalia.

EJI has launched a litigation campaign to challenge death in prison sentences imposed on young children. This report is intended to illuminate this cruel and unusual punishment inflicted on children, particularly for those who have been without legal help for so long that the procedural obstacles to winning relief in court will be formidable. Increased public awareness, coupled with informed activity by advocacy groups, will be necessary to reform policies that reflect a lack of perspective and hope for young children.

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Clinton Told FBI’s Mueller To Deliver Uranium To Russians In 2009


Clinton Told FBI’s Mueller To Deliver Uranium To Russians In 2009 “Secret Plane-Side Tarmac Meeting”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton facilitated the transfer a highly enriched uranium (HEU) previously confiscated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) during a 2006 “nuclear smuggling sting operation involving one Russian national and several Georgian accomplices,” a newly leaked classified cable shows.

So-called “background” information was provided in the cable which gave vague details on a 2006 nuclear smuggling sting operation in which the U.S. government took possession of some HEU previously owned by the Russians.

Over two years ago Russia requested a ten-gram sample of highly enriched uranium (HEU) seized in early 2006 in Georgia during a nuclear smuggling sting operation involving one Russian national and several Georgian accomplices.  The seized HEU was transferred to U.S. custody and is being held at a secure DOE facility.”

The secret “action request,” dated Aug. 17, 2009, was sent out by Secretary of State Clinton and was addressed to the United States Ambassador to Georgia Embassy Tbilisi, the Russian Embassy, and Ambassador John Beyrle.

It proposed that FBI Director Robert Mueller be the one that personally conduct the transfer a 10-gram sample of HEU to Russian law enforcement sources during a secret “plane-side” meeting on a “tarmac” in the early fall of 2009.

“We require that the transfer of this material be conducted at the airport, on the tarmac near by the plane, upon arrival of the Director’s aircraft.”

The FBI Director was originally scheduled to ‘return’ a sample from the DOE stockpile to the Russians in April but the trip was postponed until September 21.

Paragraph number 6 of the leaked cable confirms Dir. Mueller’s Sept. 21 flight to Moscow.

“(S/Rel Russia) Action request: Embassy Moscow is requested to alert at the highest appropriate level the Russian Federation that FBI Director Mueller plans to deliver the HEU sample once he arrives to Moscow on September 21. Post is requested to convey information in paragraph 5 with regard to chain of custody, and to request details on Russian Federation’s plan for picking up the material. Embassy is also requested to reconfirm the April 16 understanding from the FSB verbally that we will have no problem with the Russian Ministry of Aviation concerning Mueller’s September 21 flight clearance.”

But possibly even more shocking is the fact that the State Department wanted the transfer of the HEU to take place on an “airport tarmac” which is rather reminiscent of the infamous Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton meeting which occurred on a Phoenix, Arizona, tarmac back in June of 2016.

Past dealings with the Russians were also mentioned in the cable, signifying that previous deals have taken place.

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‘Kill all Palestinians and Arabs’: US Nazi Rabbi Calls For Genocide Of Non-Jews


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Jewish Nazi rabbi of a major modern Orthodox synagogue in New Jersey has used a blog post entitled “Dealing with Savages” to call for genocide against Palestinians living within illegaly 1948 occupied Palestine and the 1967 illegally Occupied territories, until they realize “they have no future in the land of Israel.”

Writing Friday, the Nazi Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck refers to “the Arab-Muslim animals that span the globe chopping, hacking and merrily decapitating,” and then writes, “At a certain point, the unrestrained behavior of unruly animals becomes the fault of the zookeeper, not the animals.”

The Nazi Rabbi argues that Palestinians and Arab as a whole are Israel’s enemy — “and that enemy rides our buses, shops in our malls, drives on our roads and lives just two miles from us.”

US Nazi Rabbi Calls For Genocide Of Non-Jews

Of course, “us” doesn’t actually include Pruzansky himself, who leads a congregation 5,000 miles from Jerusalem. Unless he would like to see this same treatment meted out to Arab Americans?

He offers a range of suggestions for mounting this act of collective punishment, each one as barbaric as the next. He states that the Nazi regime should:

  • obliterate entire Palestinian towns
  • end civil and human rights for many Arab Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Destroy entire Arab villages if more than one terrorist comes from them. All the residents of those villages, he writes, should be expelled.
  • Rioters and stone-throwers should be shot with live ammunition, and that reporters should be barred from these scenes and have their cameras confiscated.
  • Arabs should be barred from the Temple Mount for at least six months, and muses that “perhaps the day will come in the near future when the mosque and the dome can be uplifted intact and reset in Saudi Arabia, Syria or wherever it is wanted.”

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The Inspiring Legacy Of The November Revolution

The Inspiring Legacy Of The November Revolution

A hundred years ago, the world had experienced a different kind of earthquake. An unprecedented upheaval in Russia had shaken the whole world. It was a revolution where for the first time political power passed from the hands of a small caucus of the rich and the elite to a grand collective of the oppressed and toiling masses. It was no military coup or conspiratorial strike, rather waves of organised people’s power sweeping away the relics of an autocratic regime. A festival of the oppressed, an awakening of a disempowered people to a life of freedom. It was the great October (now remembered as November in the wake of a change in calendar) revolution led by Lenin and his party of Bolshevik revolutionaries.

Never before had the world witnessed anything of this sort and on such a scale. True, the Communist Manifesto published nearly seventy years earlier had envisioned such a revolutionary overthrow of the old (capitalist) order to march towards a new symphony of human emancipation. True, Marx’s Magnum Opus, Capital, had first seen the light of day fifty years previously, soon after which the brave communards of Paris had demonstrated in action the feasibility of the idea of a revolution led by the working class. Yet, it was the November Revolution which for the first time showed the full potential of this vision, clearly and decisively, before the entire world. The world got its first paradigm of a popular uprising where workers and peasants came together, civilians and soldiers fought together, women and men marched together, the young and the old celebrated their victories together.

Of course, it did not happen just in those ten days that shook the world as immortalised by the great socialist chronicler John Reed. It took decades of class struggle to facilitate the rise of the revolutionary Russian Social Democratic Labour Party that eventually grew into the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, a series of strikes and other struggles, much study and analysis, research and social investigation, rigorous organisational discipline and great political imagination and initiative, and of course plenty of failures and rehearsals including the failed revolution of 1905 and the stepping stone of the February 1917 revolution.

The November Revolution effected a sea change in the initial communist idea of revolution taking place only after capitalism had reached a saturation point, as a moment of explosion of the inherent contradictions of capitalism. Instead, revolution happened in a backward capitalist country saddled with feudal survivals and ruled by an autocratic tsarist regime. It also replaced the soaring expectation of revolution on a continental, if not global, scale with the sobering reality of revolution in a single country, of the imperialist chain snapping at its weakest link. Of course, the revolution triggered a global awakening and served as the strongest inspiration in the early 20th century in the battle for freedom and democracy in every corner of the world.

Along with the Communist Manifesto, the November Revolution made the biggest contribution in spreading the ideas of socialism and inspiring the communist movement across the world. For all its subsequent limitations and problems, it must be said that the Communist International formed in the wake of the November Revolution played a historic role in encouraging and strengthening the international communist movement in its formative years. The transformation of backward Russia into an advanced nation with all sections of the working people enjoying rights never witnessed before in any capitalist country and the rise of a people-oriented planned economy in place of the profit-hungry market economy spread the message of socialism far and wide. Indeed, the growing international impact of the Soviet Union made it a rallying centre for countries across the world looking to overcome colonial and feudal hurdles to emerge as free and prosperous nations. For a major part of the twentieth century, the Soviet Union remained a powerful counterpoint to the capitalist world.

The stagnation, derailment and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union cannot obliterate its role as an inspiration for national liberation movements, as the bulwark of resistance against Hitler’s fascist aggression, the force that bore the brunt of the fascist attack and eventually emerged triumphant to the great relief and joy of the whole world, and finally as a contending pole against the global domination of US imperialism. Following the disappearance of the Soviet Union we are witnessing a massive neo-colonial offensive of global capital and a desperate American drive for unipolar global domination and now in the rise of Donald Trump and his trumpets in different countries, even the threat of a resurrection of Hitler’s brand of fascism appears all too real. Our celebrations of the centenary of the Great November Revolution must be not just an affirmation of a pivotal moment of world history but a determined resolve to draw on its multiple lessons and inspirations to face the present juncture and develop a revolutionary answer to the challenges posed by a crisis-ridden global capitalism and the badly dented and dilapidated paradigm of bourgeois democracy.

Of course, even in its collapse, the great twentieth century world historic experiment that was the USSR, left us with questions that socialism in the twenty first century must answer. Socialism has to outdo capitalism in its inner dynamism, socialist democracy must be able to demonstrate its superiority over bourgeois democracy in every respect, the working class organised under the communist party and leading the socialist state must ensure sustained comprehensive representation and participation of the whole class and draw consistently on the advances in science and technology and other fields of knowledge and creative arts to propel the socialist model forward. But most crucially, it is the grand innovative and revolutionary spirit of the November Revolution, of turning adversity into opportunity and seizing the moment firmly and decisively in the interest of the revolutionary advance of the people and the communist cause that must guide and drive today’s communists in facing the Trumps and Putins and Modis and Erdogans of our times.

PS: It is heartening to remember that Liberation had begun its journey in November 1967, in the fiftieth anniversary of the great November Revolution. The historic Naxalbari peasant uprising had just happened a few months ago and its thunderous message had begun to resonate in distant corners of India. Communists across the world had launched a powerful debate against the early signs of stagnation and distortions in the Soviet Union, especially in its foreign policy with the erstwhile socialist model getting trapped in a superpower syndrome in its contention with US imperialism – and Liberation had joined the debate, with its bid to spread the message of Naxalbari in the face of a brutal crackdown by the Indian state and uphold the revolutionary legacy of November. Today, when the November Revolution has turned 100, Liberation has also completed 50 challenging years. Liberation salutes the ever inspiring revolutionary legacy of Lenin and November and Charu Mazumdar and Naxalbari. We shall fight, we shall win. 

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