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Trump’s Disgraceful Letter to Erdogan

By Prof. Alon Ben-Meir

Global Research,

There is no wonder that every person and news outlet that saw Trump’s letter to Turkey’s president Erdogan thought it was a joke. When it was confirmed that the letter was indeed authentic, bewilderment and disbelief struck everyone who read it, as no US president has ever written such a disgraceful letter which will be remembered in infamy.

Trump starts the letter by stating,

“Let’s work out a good deal!”

Yes, a good deal, just like another shady real estate transaction based on a wicked quid pro quo. Only a psychopath would forget that he gave Erdogan the green light to invade Syria to kill, destroy, and pillage the same Syrian Kurds who were America’s most trusted allies in the fight against ISIS and suffered more than 10,000 casualties. Throughout the war they remained steadfast as an ally, believing that the US would always watch their back, but they were crushingly disappointed.

“You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people,” Trump goes on to say in his infamous letter.

Since when has Erdogan ever been concerned about slaughtering anyone that stood in his way, especially the Kurds whom he hates with a vengeance and has been planning for more than two years to attack and massacre—men, women, and children.

Then Trump stated that

“I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy – and I will. I’ve already given you a little sample with respect to Pastor Brunson.”

First, Trump tells Erdogan to go ahead and wreak havoc on our allies, but then warns Erdogan that he will destroy the Turkish economy if Erdogan does not heed his demand. Well, if this isn’t the nature of a mentally disturb individual, then I don’t know what is.

Trump then proceeds by saying that

“I have worked hard to solve some of your problems.”

The question is, what has Trump worked so hard on with Erdogan when the two hardly ever see eye-to-eye? There is one exception though. Trump envies the Turkish dictator who has been ruling his country with an iron fist; subjugating, jailing, pillaging, and purging his own people with absolutely no qualms and no misgivings. Yes, Trump would love to rule over the US and terrorize the Democrats to submission just like Erdogan, if he only had his way.Trump and Erdogan Spoke by Phone: US to Stop Arming Syria YPG Kurds?

“Don’t let the world down”, Trump continues.

What is that supposed to mean? Erdogan has let down the US, all NATO member states, and every institution Turkey is a member of or has any affiliation with. Erdogan is a criminal and has committed crimes against humanity. But then, what is there to say? Erdogan, after all, is a byproduct of the Ottoman Empire, which committed genocide against the Armenians as well as against the Greeks, but he conveniently denies that, albeit the historic records are irrefutable.

Trump goes on to say that

“General Mazloum is willing to negotiate with you, and he is willing to make concessions that they would never have made in the past.”

What is there to negotiate? Erdogan has been given a free hand all along. He has been killing his own Kurds for decades; he defied Trump previously by buying the Russian S-400 air defense system; he is interfering in the internal affairs of many countries, especially in the Balkans and the Middle East; and he is ignoring his Western allies, showing them his middle finger with a smirk on his face.

Now Trump dispatches his Secretary of State Pompeo and Vice President Pence to cajole Erdogan and beg him to agree to a ceasefire while granting him everything he wished for. With the green light given by Trump, Turkey invaded northeastern Syria with the purpose of establishing a “safe zone” for displaced Syrians, but more importantly to push out the Kurdish fighters who are viewed by Ankara as a security threat. In the main, however, Ankara’s goal is to prevent the establishment of an independent Kurdish state in Syria that could evoke a renewed drive by Turkey’s Kurdish minority to seek independence.

Just think about what actually happened. Here you have the President of the US, no less, pleading for cessation of hostilities instead of demanding, in no uncertain terms, that Erdogan pulls out his forces immediately from Syria or face dire consequences. Erdogan, however, seems to take Trump for granted, feeling assured that the straw man in the White House will not take any punitive action not only because he lacks strategic thinking but because of his cowardice.

Trump stated that Pence and Pompeo scored a victory, when in fact it was Erdogan who emerged victorious. Erdogan succeeded in outmaneuvering Trump at every turn, with the US caving into everything Erdogan wanted. Trump ceded ground in Syria, including US military bases, and also agreed to lift the sanctions. The ceasefire may have stopped the killing of the Kurds, but no ceasefire will erase the US’ betrayal of them. The price that the US will end up paying will be hard to imagine.

Next Trump goes on to say that

“History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen.”

Will history ever look at Erdogan favorably? The so-called man whose despicable personality supersedes only his ruthlessness and brutality? Erdogan, who took pleasure in the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, personifies the devil itself and is simply incapable of doing anything, as Trump puts it, “the right and humane way”.

Finally, Trump preaches to Erdogan, saying

“Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!”

Well, Trump is simply looking at himself in the mirror. He is the one who tries to play the tough guy, and he is the real fool who occupies the White House.

“I will call you later.”

This is how Trump ends the letter. Call Erdogan for what, just to tell him ‘Don’t worry, I still believe that my decision to pull out our troops from Syria was the right decision. You, Erdogan, just go ahead and do what you need to; just don’t make too much noise and don’t brag about it. Leave the bragging to me.’

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Scotland Edges Closer to Independence Amid Brexit Chaos

By Johanna Ross

Global Research,

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Sunday that she would be setting a date for a second referendum on Scottish independence within ‘a matter of weeks’. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show she said that she would seek a section 30 order this year, after the latest poll on Scottish independence revealed support is now as high as 50 percent – a five-point increase in the same poll carried out last year.

Momentum for a second vote on Scottish independence has been building steadily since the Brexit vote in June 2016, as Scots voted to remain in the European Union, in contrast to the nationwide result that the UK should leave. Since then the governing party in Scotland, the SNP, has argued that Scottish interests in relation to the country’s future relationship with the EU have been ignored by Westminster. Not just that, but Scots feel betrayed. During the run up to the independence referendum in 2014, they were told by the Unionists that if Scotland was to leave the UK, then its future in the EU could not be guaranteed. Just a few years later Scotland is being taken out of the EU against its own will.

Feelings of resentment at how Scotland was being treated during the Brexit negotiations were exacerbated by the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister in July, as he is widely disliked north of the border and seen to be embody elitist Conservative values which clash with those held by many Scots. His visit to Edinburgh not long after he had secured the post spoke volumes: not only did he not interact with any of the locals, but he made a point of exiting the First Minister’s residence through the back door so as to avoid any heckling from the crowd of protestors outside. As Martin Kettle wrote in The Guardian back then,

‘Johnson is a man who doesn’t care about Scotland, at the head of a movement that doesn’t care about Scotland either’.

Indeed, it almost seems that Scottish independence is a price Johnson is willing to pay to achieve his ‘come what may’ Brexit as there has been no real acknowledgement from him of the impending constitutional crisis that Scottish independence would represent. In a bid to ensure that Brexit goes ahead, Scotland has been left at the wayside, and very much feels it. To add insult to injury, it’s not clear at this stage whether Boris Johnson will allow a second referendum on independence. Already there have been signals that he won’t, having said that he would refuse to grant permission to the Scottish government – the section 30 order it is seeking – to hold another such vote.

Refusing to hold another vote could backfire on the UK government however. Nationalists are losing patience, with more and more independence supporters taking to the streets at weekend rallies to demand a second referendum. For many it is long overdue and they blame Nicola Sturgeon for not calling one earlier. If Johnson were now to deny it, it would only add fuel to the fire in what is already a volatile situation. Protests until now have been peaceful and positive, but who knows what could happen if Westminster were to obstruct a second vote. Scotland could end up embarking on a similar path to the Catalonians.

In what is becoming an increasingly precarious situation, some analysts have gone as far to draw comparisons with the collapse of former Yugoslavia. What may have been considered impossible just a few years ago cannot be ruled out now. Brexit has tested the boundaries and pushed the UK’s legal and political systems to the limit.  The rules of the game, though unwritten, were always understood and adhered to in the past. Now the fact that the UK does not have a written constitution is being exploited in a way like never before.

And feelings of discontent are not reserved to Scotland alone. Indeed, it is now being suggested that along with the secession of Scotland could come that of Wales. In Wales the rise of nationalism has been arguably even more dramatic.  Previous polls conducted around the time of the Scottish independence vote showed support for Welsh independence at no more than 3 percent. Recent polls show this has skyrocketed to as much as 40 percent, with Brexit being a primary factor. What is even more interesting is the distribution of Remain and Leave voters across Wales. Research has shown that the areas in support of remaining in the EU are dominated by native Welsh, whereas those in favour of Brexit are largely ethnic English. Such a division has the potential to deepen as native Welsh blame their fate on English settlers.

As the final attempts to achieve a Brexit deal are being made this week, Boris Johnson would be wise to take into account the repercussions for the UK constitution of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement. All the signs show however that this is one Prime Minister for whom EU withdrawal must happen, whatever the cost may be to the 300 year old Union. And his heavy-handed approach to Brexit may well be repeated when it comes to Scottish Nationalism. The battle for independence it seems has only just begun.

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The occupation forces arrest a girl and her father from Hebron

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Hebron: Nazi forces arrested at dawn Sunday, a girl and her father after breaking into the home of their family in the town of Bani Naim east of Hebron in the West occupied.

According to local sources, the Nazi illegal occupation forces arrested the girl Maryam Manasra and her father after storming the family home and searched, and were transferred to an unknown destination.

The Nazi illegal occupied West Bank witnesses daily raids and arrests by the Nazi Gestapo, in all areas, under the pretext of initiating acts of resistance targeting the occupation and its Nazi Jewish settlers.

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Nazi Gestapo prepares to turn Bedouin citizens into refugees in their own country

Israel prepares to turn Bedouin citizens into refugees in their own country.

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By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes – some for the second or third time – should be proof enough that Israel is not the Western-style liberal democracy it claims to be.

Last week 36,000 Bedouin – all of them Israeli citizens – discovered that their state is about to make them refugees in their own country, driving them into holding camps. These Israelis, it seems, are the wrong kind.

Their treatment has painful echoes of the past. In 1948, 750,000 Palestinians were expelled by the Israeli army outside the borders of the newly declared Jewish state established on their homeland – what the Palestinians call their Nakba, or catastrophe.

A racist ideology of ethnic cleansing

Israel is regularly criticised for its belligerent occupation, its relentless expansion of illegal settlements on Palestinian land and its repeated and savage military attacks, especially on Gaza.

Zionism provides the thread that connects the past – the Nakba – with Israel’s current ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the destruction of Gaza, and the state’s concerted efforts to drive Palestinian citizens of Israel out of what is left of their historic lands and into ghettoes.

On rare occasions, analysts also notice Israel’s systematic discrimination against the 1.8 million Palestinians whose ancestors survived the Nakba and live inside Israel, ostensibly as citizens.

But each of these abuses is dealt with in isolation, as though unrelated, rather than as different facets of an overarching project. A pattern is discernible, one driven by an ideology that dehumanises Palestinians everywhere Israel encounters them.

That ideology has a name. Zionism provides the thread that connects the past – the Nakba – with Israel’s current ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the destruction of Gaza, and the state’s concerted efforts to drive Palestinian citizens of Israel out of what is left of their historic lands and into ghettoes.

The logic of Zionism, even if its more naive supporters fail to grasp it, is to replace Palestinians with Jews – what Israel officially terms Judaisation.

The Palestinians’ suffering is not some unfortunate side effect of conflict. It is the very aim of Zionism: to incentivise Palestinians still in place to leave “voluntarily”, to escape further suffocation and misery.

The starkest example of this people replacement strategy is Israel’s long-standing treatment of 250,000 Bedouin who formally have citizenship.

Targeting Bedouin citizens

The Bedouin are the poorest group in Israel, living in isolated communities mainly in the vast, semi-arid area of the Negev, the country’s south. Largely out of view, Israel has had a relatively free hand in its efforts to “replace” them.

That was why, for a decade after it had supposedly finished its 1948 ethnic cleansing operations and won recognition in Western capitals, Israel continued secretly expelling thousands of Bedouin outside its borders, despite their claim on citizenship.

Israel has a much broader definition of security than simple physical safety. Its security is premised on the maintenance of an absolute demographic dominance by Jews.

Meanwhile, other Bedouin in Israel were forced off their ancestral lands to be driven either into confined holding areas or state-planned townships that became the most deprived communities in Israel.

It is hard to cast the Bedouin, simple farmers and pastoralists, as a security threat, as was done with the Palestinians under occupation.

But Israel has a much broader definition of security than simple physical safety. Its security is premised on the maintenance of an absolute demographic dominance by Jews.

The Bedouin may be peaceable but their numbers pose a major demographic threat and their pastoral way of life obstructs the fate intended for them – penning them up tightly inside ghettoes.

Most of the Bedouin have title deeds to their lands that long predate Israel’s creation. But Israel has refused to honour these claims and many tens of thousands have been criminalised by the state, their villages denied legal recognition.

For decades they have been forced to live in tin shacks or tents because the authorities refuse to approve proper homes and they are denied public services like schools, water and electricity.

The Bedouin have one option if they wish to live within the law: they must abandon their ancestral lands and their way of life to relocate to one of the poor townships.

Many of the Bedouin have resisted, clinging on to their historic lands despite the dire conditions imposed on them.

One such unrecognised village, Al-Araqib, has been used to set an example. Israeli forces have demolished the makeshift homes there more than 160 times in less than a decade. In August, an Israeli court approved the state billing six of the villagers $370,000 for the repeated evictions.

Al-Araqib’s 70-year-old leader, Sheikh Sayah Abu Madhim, recently spent months in jail after his conviction for trespassing, even though his tent is a stone’s throw from the cemetery where his ancestors are buried.

Now the Israel authorities are losing patience with the Bedouin.

Planned ghettos

Last January, plans were unveiled for the urgent and forcible eviction of nearly 40,000 Bedouin from their homes in unrecognised villages under the guise of “economic development” projects. It will be the largest expulsion in decades.

“Development”, like “security”, has a different connotation in Israel. It really means Jewish development, or Judaisation – not development for Palestinians.

The projects include a new highway, a high-voltage power line, a weapons testing facility, a military live-fire zone and a phosphate mine.

It was revealed last week that the families would be forced into displacement centres in the townships, living in temporary accommodation for years as their ultimate fate is decided. Already these sites are being compared to the refugee camps established for Palestinians in the wake of the Nakba.

The barely concealed aim is to impose on the Bedouin such awful conditions that they will eventually agree to be confined for good in the townships on Israel’s terms.

Six leading United Nations human rights experts sent a letter to Israel in the summer protesting the grave violations of the Bedouin families’ rights in international law and arguing that alternative approaches were possible.

It is hard not to conclude that what is taking place is an administrative version of the ethnic cleansing Israeli officials conduct more flagrantly in the occupied territories on so-called security grounds.

Adalah, a legal group for Palestinians in Israel, notes that Israel has been forcibly evicting the Bedouin over seven decades, treating them not as human beings but as pawns in its never-ending battle to replace them with Jewish settlers.

The Bedouin’s living space has endlessly shrunk and their way of life has been crushed.

This contrasts starkly with the rapid expansion of Jewish towns and single-family farming ranches on the land from which the Bedouin are being evicted.

It is hard not to conclude that what is taking place is an administrative version of the ethnic cleansing Israeli officials conduct more flagrantly in the occupied territories on so-called security grounds.

These interminable expulsions look less like a necessary, considered policy and more like an ugly, ideological nervous tic.

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Including prisoners .. 6 prisoners continue their strike and decline of their health

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Six Palestinian prisoners are continuing their hunger strike in protest at their continued administrative detention, including a female prisoner, the Palestine Prisoners’ Studies Center said on Wednesday.

PCHR pointed out that the health situation of prisoners is worsening, and that the danger to their lives has increased, especially the old ones, and any of them are feared to be martyred at any moment.

The researcher Riad Al-Ashqar said that the sick prisoner “Ahmed Abdel-Karim Ghannam” (42 years) from Hebron, the oldest prisoners and his condition is more serious because he suffers from cancer in the blood, and fear of returning to him again, especially because he suffers from weak immunity.

He entered the strike of the prisoner “Ghannam” for the fourth month in a row, and lies in the hospital in Ramla in harsh conditions, suffering from low blood sugar, and suffer from severe and persistent pain throughout his body, and dizziness in his head, and lose weight 24 kg, and can not stand on his feet , And may be cited at any moment as a result of these dangerous conditions.

He added that the leader of the Islamic Jihad prisoner, “Tariq Hussein Qadan” (46 years) from the city of Jenin continues to strike open for 74 consecutive days, refusing to administrative detention against him

He was re-arrested last February and was given an administrative detention order for six months. He is a former prisoner who spent nearly 15 years in Nazi camp. His health is deteriorating and there is a danger to his life. He lost 17 kilograms. He suffers from constant headaches, dizziness and pain all over. His body, and does not move.

He pointed out that the prisoner “Ismail Ahmed Ali” (30 years) from the town of Abu Dis in Jerusalem has been on hunger strike for 81 consecutive days to protest his administrative detention, a former prisoner who spent seven years in the Nazi camp and was re-arrested in January this year and was transferred He is currently in a hospital in Ramla, in a difficult health condition.The occupation prevents his family from visiting him since he went on strike.He has lost 19 kilos of weight.He suffers from aches in the joints, weakness in the heart muscle and pain in the kidneys.

Al-Ashqar added that Mus’ab Tawfiq al-Hindi, 29, from Tal town in Nablus governorate, has been on hunger strike for 19 days after issuing an administrative order against him. Occupation prisons, mostly under administrative detention.

The released prisoner, Ahmad Omar Zahran, 42, from Deir Abu Mash’al village, west of Ramallah, has been in custody for 15 days after the Israeli army broke his promise to release him in October after he went on a hunger strike last July. One consecutive day, and renewed his administrative for a third time.

Zahran, a former prisoner who had spent 15 years in Nazi camp on several arrests, is married and has four children. He was re-arrested last March and was given an administrative decision. Upon renewal, he went on hunger strike and suspended him after reaching an agreement to release him in October. However, the occupation did not keep his promises and renewed his administrative, which led him to go on strike for the second time during this arrest.

Al-Ashqar pointed out that the Jordanian prisoner, Heba Ahmad Al-Labadi (24 years), has also been on hunger strike for 19 days after issuing an administrative detention order against her. She has been detained since 20/8/2019 during her arrival with her mother to Al Karama crossing to attend a ceremony. The wedding of one of her relatives in Nablus.

She was subjected to cruel interrogation and torture in the Nazi center in Petah Tikva center, including the ghost on the small chair for very long hours, deprivation of sleep for long periods, the occupation extended her detention several times and prevented her family from visiting her, and 33 days after her arrest, and not to prove Any charges against her, the occupation court issued a decision to transfer her to administrative detention for 5 months, and transferred to Damon Nazi camp.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center held the Nazi regime fully responsible for the life and safety of the striking prisoners, some of whom have reached the maximum level of danger, and the occupation still refuses to respond to their just demands to set a ceiling for their administrative detention. He also called on international human rights institutions to intervene urgently to pressure the occupation to save the prisoners. Strikers are at risk of dying, and work to stop the arbitrary policy of administrative detention that drives prisoners to go on strikes which is dangerous for their lives.

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Bill introduced in NYC Council to end blockade of Cuba

By Kei Pritsker

Bill introduced in NYC Council to end blockade of Cuba

NYC Council members, flanked by activists, introduce bill on steps of City Hall. Photo: Kei Pritsker

Two New York City councilmembers unveiled the “End Cuba Blockade and Travel Restrictions Bill” on the steps of City Hall Thursday morning. The bill advocates ending the U.S. blockade of Cuba, which began 59 years ago, and for the normalization of relations between the two countries. The bills also calls for people of the United States to be able to freely travel to Cuba like people of every other country in the world are already able to do. 

The United Nations found last year that the blockade has cost Cuba over $130 billion over six decades. The gross domestic product of Cuba is $87 billion. Under U.S. laws, any company or country is prohibited from doing business with Cuba if it also wishes to do business with the United States. When forced to choose between trading with the world’s largest economy and the small island nation of Cuba, most countries and companies must pick the United States, thereby isolating the Cuban economy and subjecting it to extreme price hikes for international trade. The blockade has caused shortages of food, fuel, medicine, and other vital necessities. 

The most harmful of U.S. measures was Trump’s recent implementation on May 2 this year of Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton law. It had been suspended by presidents since Clinton’s signing of Helms-Burton. Now in effect, Title III entitles any U.S. corporation or individual — even a Cuban individual who became a U.S. citizen after 1959 — to sue any corporation or individual in the world that invests in former U.S. property in Cuba. All U.S. properties were expropriated in the early 1960s by the revolutionary government in Cuba’s exercise of independence and sovereignty. Although Cuba offered compensation, the U.S. government prohibited U.S. entities from accepting such payment.

Now, Carnival Cruise Lines, American Airlines and LATAM airlines are being sued today, for using Cuba’s ports and airports that used to be capitalist property. The obvious intent of Title III and Helms-Burton is to strangle Cuba’s economy. And the U.S. government has blocked Venezuela’s oil from reaching Cuba by way of threatening the ships with sanctions.

Rosemari Mealy, a member of the CubaSí coalition, explained to Liberation the potential impact of the bill: “This proposed resolution, and it will be a piece of legislature, is significant because it’s being introduced by three City Councilmembers in a major metropolitan area in the United States of America. It’s coming on the heels of the UN debate that’s coming up on November 5th and 6th where consecutively, the global community has supported ending the blockade.”

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has imposed further restrictions on travel to Cuba, by eliminating the previously operational “people-to-people” category for individual and group travel. There is a misconception that people in the United States can no longer travel to Cuba. Traveling to Cuba is allowed as long as the traveling group meets certain conditions and falls under certain categories. However, the restrictions have caused a decrease in travel by people from the United States.

The blockade was enacted to collectively punish Cubans for daring to overthrow U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista and nationalize U.S. holdings. The explicit goal of the U.S. blockade was to make life in Cuba so intolerable that people would end up revolting against the socialist government, and to dissuade poor people across the world from trying to emulate the Cuban Revolution. On both scores it has failed. Despite the blockade, Cuba continues to guarantee medical care, higher education and other social needs as human rights, rather than commodities only available to those who can pay for them.

Every year, the United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly in favor of condemning the cruel and illegal blockade of Cuba. Last year, the vote was 191-2 in favor of condemning the blockade. The two votes against condemning the blockade came from the United States itself and apartheid Israel. The bill, co-sponsored by council members Inez Barron, Ydanis Rodrigues and Jimmy Van Bramer, emphasizes that the U.S. vote in such bodies, and the blockade itself, does not represent the feeling of the majority of people in the United States.

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How the Chinese Revolution changed the world

By Sheila Xiao

How the Chinese Revolution changed the world

On October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong declared a shocking victory: the Chinese Communist Party had prevailed in the country’s long civil war and China was now a People’s Republic committed to the construction of socialism. Those who were still loyal to the pro-imperialist reactionary Kuomintang party led by Chiang Kaishek fled to Taiwan. China and the world are celebrating the 70th anniversary of this milestone that changed the course of history.

Putting an end to the “century of humiliation”

Just before the famous declaration of October 1, Mao told delegates to a summit of the main leaders of the whole country: “We have closed our ranks and defeated national and foreign oppressors through the People’s Liberation War and the great popular revolution, and now we are proclaiming the foundation of the People’s Republic of China … Ours will no longer be a nation subject to insult and humiliation. We have stood up. ”Beginning with the first Opium War in 1839, China’s sovereignty was uprooted by imperialism for more than a century. The British fought this war of aggression in response to the ban of the Chinese monarchy on British opium imports to China, which were causing an epidemic of mass addiction.

China was defeated. What began as five “treaty ports” open to be controlled by the British became countless ports dominated by foreigners to be exploited by different imperialist powers. China suffered invasions of the Japanese Empire, border disputes with Tsarist Russia and the secession of areas that were once part of its territory. Known as the “Century of Humiliation,” China went from being one of the most advanced civilizations, producing 30 percent of world economic production, to a state of severe underdevelopment, colonialism, war and domestic instability.

The victory of the Chinese communist party on October 1, 1949 ended the century of humiliation, freeing the Chinese people from imperialist strangulation. The People’s Republic of China was established, thus beginning the road to socialism.

China and the global anti-colonial movement

The victory of the people in China took place in the context of the emerging world-class war known as the Cold War. The Chinese Revolution was not just a socialist revolution, it was a struggle for national liberation. This triumph was a victory for all independence and socialist struggles throughout the world, and electrified global politics.

Because such a large and important country had joined the Soviet Union in the socialist camp, the balance of world power began to move away from the imperialists. The ruling class in the United States panicked, and the fight began to determine the arrogant and racist question “who lost China?” This became the opening act of the macartist witch hunt called the “Red Scare.” .

In addition to the inspiration that the Chinese revolution provided for freedom fighters throughout the world, the formation of the People’s Republic also represented a source of material help for struggles throughout the world for independence and socialism. During the Korean War, for example, hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers fought alongside their Korean brothers and sisters with Soviet weapons against the invading armies led by the United States.

China also played a key role as a trading partner for the newly independent nations, providing a desperately necessary alternative to the markets of the imperialist countries. In 1961, Kwame Nkrumah, president of Ghana, negotiated an interest-free loan from China. The agreement included the exchange of industrial and agricultural experts that involved training Ghanaian workers in China. This is just one of many examples of cooperation between nations on the basis of development, rather than predatory relations based on exploitation.

The Chinese revolution also inspired radical organizations in the United States. The Young Lords, formed at the end of the 1960s, fought for the end of American colonialism in Puerto Rico, as well as for the oppressive conditions and systematic racism faced by Puerto Ricans on the American continent. The Young Lords studied the defeat of the Japanese and then the defeat of the Kuomintang by the Chinese Communist Party and also how the Chinese revolutionaries began to undo the patriarchal norms that subordinated women.

Like the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China extended its solidarity with the African-American struggle in the United States. Mao not only met with the legendary African-American freedom fighter WEB Du Bois, Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai met with the leader of the Black Panther Party, Huey Newton. Regular study of Mao Zedong’s works was a common practice among many radical groups of the time. One of the best-known fundraising efforts of the Black Panther Party was to sell Mao’s “Little Red Book” on university campuses, and this text was a mandatory read for all members.

Lay the groundwork for rapid growth

After taking power in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party faced two enormous challenges: developing China to overcome the poverty suffered by its people and transforming relations in society to empower the working class and the peasants who made up the overwhelming majority of the population. Throughout the Chinese revolution, the Communist Party adopted a wide range of often contradictory methods and strategies to perform these tasks. While much remains to be done, an examination of how far Chinese society has progressed 70 years after the revolution reveals one of the greatest transformations in human history.

One of the first most notable efforts was The Great Leap Forward, China’s second five-year plan, which laid the foundation for rapid development in the coming years and radically reorganized production in Chinese society. The Great Leap Forward was an ambitious rapid attempt at agricultural and industrial development. At that time, China’s lack of modern infrastructure meant that the most common forms of production where certain products were mainly produced in urban centers and then transported to all other areas represented a great challenge. In an attempt to remedy this, communes were established throughout China for agricultural and industrial production.

While critics of the Great Leap Forward consider it a great failure that resulted in astronomical deaths related to famine, many demographers and historians challenge this narrative today. There were short-term food shortages, mainly due to the reorganization of production, but also three consecutive years of unpredictable adverse weather conditions.

This company required the complete mobilization of the rural population to participate in labor-intensive work, and the leadership of the Chinese revolution reflected on the mistakes made by relying on an extraordinary human effort to overcome material underdevelopment. However, the infrastructure established during that time improved long-term agricultural production, which is essential for industrialization. Studies show that the yield per hectare of land planted with food crops increased by 145.9 percent and total food production increased by 169.6 percent during the period 1949-1978. Industrial production increased by an annual average of 11.2 percent between 1952 and 1976.

Women’s liberation

Foot bandage, female infanticide, mistreatment of women and other forms of submission were routine experiences of women before the revolution. After the revolution, the Fundamental Law established in the People’s Republic of China declared:

“The People’s Republic of China will abolish the feudal system that keeps women in captivity. Women will enjoy the same rights as men in political, economic, cultural, educational and social life. Freedom of marriage will apply to men and women ”(article 6).

Arranged marriages, concubinage and child marriages were abolished. There was an increase in divorces initiated by women.

Women were also encouraged to join the workforce. During the Great Leap Forward, community kitchens, kindergartens and nurseries were formed so that women could participate in mass development projects. About 5 million kindergartens and kindergartens and more than 36,000,000 dining rooms were established in rural areas in 1959.

The education and literacy policy campaign was another great company of the People’s Republic. In just 10 years, China’s illiteracy rate increased from 80% to 43%, even in rural areas. This meant teaching hundreds of millions of people to read and write.

US imperialism tries to stop the rise of China

As poverty continues to increase in the United States, poverty has steadily declined in the People’s Republic of China. More than 500 million people emerged from extreme poverty between 1981 and 2004. China’s GDP increased, on average, 10 percent annually, and removed more than 800 million people from poverty.

China took a sharp turn in economic development by introducing market reforms in 1978, creating a capitalist class and exacerbating class conflict and inequality within Chinese society. Many progressive people see this as the end of the socialist country in which they once found inspiration. The Party for Socialism and Liberation sees this as a mistake, while the shift towards capitalist development methods carries great political dangers, there has been no counterrevolution in China. The state that governs China is the product of a worker and peasant revolution, and that state can lead and control the capitalist class as it sees fit.

In recent years, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party has taken a left turn in its political orientation in the face of US imperialist aggression. In 2013, China introduced a commercial initiative called A Strip, a Road (One Belt, One Road), now more commonly known as the Belt and Road Initiative. This project would cover from East Asia to Europe, establishing relationships based on peaceful diplomacy and trade between these nations. More than 60 countries comprising two thirds of the world’s population have signed this project. This would put China in a geopolitical advantage as an emerging world power, rivaling the United States.

The current United States trade war against China makes it clear that the United States government is more interested in destabilizing China even at the expense of the economic well-being of its own population. China does not want conflicts with the United States, but is increasingly ready to do what it needs to defend itself.

Every socialist experiment is a product of the historical and material circumstances in which a society is found, as well as the decisions of the revolutionaries who seek to transform society to meet the needs of the people. In just 70 years, China has made tremendous progress towards the eradication of poverty, the modernization of its economy and infrastructure and the creation of a world order in which the imperialist nations of the West do not have an unquestionable domination of global politics. The triumph of the people of 1949 is what set it in motion.

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Venezuela US: Already Interfering in Upcoming Venezuelan Elections

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  • Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro takes part in a rally against the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, in Caracas Venezuela, August 10, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

“Donald Trump says that he is considering imposing an embargo on Venezuela meaning that no vessel enters or exits. It is a blockade,” the Venezuelan president said.

United States President Donald Trump has maintained strong economic pressure against Venezuela, having signed numerous decrees blocking the assets of the Venezuelan authorities within U.S. jurisdiction. Giants such as the Central Bank of Venezuela and the state-owned oil company PDVSA were also included in the sanctions list.

Now, Washington has announced it will even impose sanctions against foreign citizens supporting or trading with the country.

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A Political and Economic Blockade

The United States has moved from sanctions to a full embargo against Venezuela.

While the announcement did not include the immediate deployment of the U.S. Navy to enforce the blockade, Washington is now ostensibly forcing other countries not to trade with Venezuela in any capacity.

The United States is threatening to impose sanctions on any organization, company or institution that maintains any kind economic relationship with Venezuela.

“Donald Trump says that he is considering imposing an embargo on Venezuela meaning that no vessel enters or exits. It is a blockade,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

“Criminal imperialism will not cope with Venezuela. The waters of Venezuela will be free, sovereign and independent. We will sail there the way we chose to. Get ready for a fight if you want to introduce an embargo on Venezuela,” Maduro said.

The sanctions imposed August 5 block most Venezuelan assets located in the United States, prohibits transactions between the two states and threaten all international or private organizations owning property in the United States, using the American financial system or intending to start a business in the country against doing business with Venezuela.

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The mainstream media is particularly replete with fake news and exaggerations when it comes to Venezuela. If the economic situation was as catastrophic as Western media indicates, why do massive crowds (by many estimation millions of people) come to the streets in support of Maduro? 

The crowds are certainly far larger than those that came out for protests called by U.S. backed opposition leader Juan Guaido. In light of these facts, it is clear that the Venezuelan government was correct when it said that the U.S.’s latest measures are directed against the people of Venezuela.

The U.S. has broadened its attack from government targets and is now even threatening the private sector, leaving many companies in fear of being blacklisted simply for doing business with Venezuela. 

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Maduro’s Response and International Negotiations

At a rally against the economic blockade, Maduro called for a substantial increase in oil production in the country to help alleviate social problems in spite of the increased foreign pressure.

At the same time, Venezuela has organized a massive petition drive, collecting signatures to showcase popular opposition to the U.S.’s blockade. At least 13 million people are expected to sign.

According to the organizers, the purpose of the action is to break through the information blockade and demonstrate the consequences of economic and other restrictive measures to people in the West.

Internal crack-downs on pro-Western elements in Venezuelan society have also begun – the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly, loyal to President Maduro, has stripped the immunity of four members of the opposition parliament in order to strengthen its power. Three are being accused of treason and the fourth on suspicion of involvement in the April 30 coup effort.

In total, the constituent assembly deprived almost 20 deputies of immunity.

Meanwhile, international negotiations are at an impasse. On August 8, negotiations between the government and the opposition were held in Lima, but no decisions were reached.

The international conference on Venezuela which ended on Tuesday was inconclusive, ending without a joint declaration on the United States’s blockade nor any other formal agreements.

Peruvian Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio presented a summary of the event saying that participants from nearly 60 countries, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, were in agreement regarding the U.S. blockade, and threatening any who might choose to violate its terms.

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Coup Attempt

In January, the U.S. staged an open coup attempt in Venezuela. Since January 21, after the legitimate election of Maduro, mass protests began. The head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, illegally proclaimed himself the interim head of state. Several Western countries, including the United States, announced their recognition as the new president.

After the coup attempt, Maduro openly called Guaido a puppet of the United States, while other states (China, Turkey, Russia and others) supported the legitimate president.

Then, on January 28, Washington announced the imposition of sanctions on PDVSA, blocked the assets and interests of the company in its jurisdiction for US$7 billion, and also banned transactions with them.

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Allies

The U.S. did not take into account that many Venezuelan allies (on both state and private levels) are no longer afraid of U.S. sanctions as they are already under extreme pressure. This applies to Russia (under penalties for alleged “interference” in the U.S. elections), Turkey (over various disagreements including the purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems) and China (as a result of the ongoing trade war, scandals with Huawei, etc.).

Caracas will continue to cooperate with at least these governments, and perhaps even further integrate into the Eurasian vector. For instance, Russia’s Rosneft will remain a major importer of fuel to Venezuela.

The Chinese, who condemned interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, have launched a facility that will increase oil production in Venezuela by mixing it with lighter grades. This project will be a joint venture between PDVSA and a Chinese CNPC called Sinovensa.

Conclusion

It is rather curious that this flare-up is occurring on the eve of new elections in Venezuela – the U.S.’ tactic is obvious: to weaken Maduro’s position before they begin. The Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly will create a commission that will determine the date of the parliamentary elections; it is even possible that elections to the National Assembly will be held this year (or 2020).

In July, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that the country’s authorities were ready for the election.

Venezuela is undoubtedly in the midst of a serious crisis, yet, this crisis can also serve as an incentive for Eurasian integration and strengthening ties with other anti-globalist forces.

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Ecuador’s masses rise up against neoliberal policies

By Kim Barzola

Ecuador’s masses rise up against neoliberal policies

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On October 2, Lenín Moreno, President of Ecuador, signed a series of economic austerity measures to drastically cut back on social spending in order to access a 4.2 billion dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund. The Decree 883 eliminates state funded fuel subsidies, a staple program for the past 45 years, as well as major cuts to public sector salaries, benefits and pensions. The prices of gas, the major fuel source across the country, immediately spiked up over 123 percent unleashing a wave of protests in response to calls from major trade unions and transport workers to strike just one day after the measures were announced. 

With high fuel prices affecting Ecuador’s most poor and working class most sharply, thousands of working people came out to the streets of Quito, the nation’s capital, calling for the reinstatement of the fuel subsidy. However, support for the protests and outcry over the decree quickly swelled to encompass a broad front of student, labor, and political organizations, including Citizen’s Revolution, the United Front of Workers (FUT), and indigenous organizations like the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of Ecuador (CONAIE). Demands quickly widened beyond concerns of the hike in fuel costs. By early last week, a wholesale rejection of all the measures in the decree also known as “El Paquetazo” culminated in a call for a national strike this past Wednesday. The tens of thousands of people of Ecuador made clear that their country will not be sold off to foreign powers at the expense of the poor and oppressed. 

A rightward shift

Decree 883 was the catalyst for Ecuador’s ongoing mass mobilizations, and yet another example of a stark rightward shift in Ecuador under President Moreno. Decree 883 closely resembles the neoliberal policies held by the country prior to the election of Rafael Correa in 2007. Under Correa, the country began to improve substantially, with poverty decreasing from 37.6 percent to 22.5 percent nationally. The GINI coefficient, a measure of economic inequality fell, from .54 to .47. as reported by the World Bank, signaling a decrease in wealth disparities. 

Regionally, Correa aligned Ecuador with countries such as Cuba, Bolivia and Venezuela – all major players of the Bolivarian Revolution, championed by the late Hugo Chavez. They oriented themselves towards socialist construction and the creation of a progressive bloc in Latin America which refused to bow to the demands of U.S. economic and military power.

After Correa stepped down in 2017, his former vice president, Lenín Moreno, took office. Not soon after, it quickly became clear that Moreno’s government was not only uninterested in continuing to improve the conditions of Ecuador for working people, but was aligning itself with foreign imperial powers and appeasing the demands of the United States and its allies. This was notably evident when in April, Moreno allowed UK officials to remove Julian Assange, co-founder of Wikileaks, from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he sought political asylum. He now serves a 50 week sentence and the U.S. government has already begun its case of extradition for his role in releasing documents that exposed the criminal actions of the U.S. ruling class. This move prompted a denouncement of Moreno’s administration by Correa calling his actions a betrayal to the country and the entire region. 

Moreno’s cooperation with the IMF, an institution that continues the historic process of underdevelopment of countries in the Global South as well as recent affirmations of support from the Organization of American States for Moreno’s government will continue to create the conditions for the mass mobilizations and political unrest seen today.

Government repression and retreat

In an attempt to quell the growing consciousness around the impact of the austerity measures, Moreno declared a nation-wide state of emergency for 30 days on October 3, ushering in increased police and military repression with the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons against protesters in Quito. Independent progressive media outlets have also increasingly been a target of the government which has thwarted access to signals and the internet. Radio Pichincha Universal, a radio station providing consistent coverage on the protests and reports on the police brutality faced by protesters, was shut down by Ecuadorian state police on behalf of the Attorney General’s office citing “attempt to sow disaccord” amongst citizens of the country. This was yet another attempt by Ecuador’s ruling class to stifle mobilizations and break up crucial communication across major cities and states.

Despite these efforts, by October 7, Moreno’s government was forced to move their operations from Quito to the coastal city of Guayaquil. This decision which was quickly followed by the occupation of the Congress building by protesters, signaling Moreno’s rapidly weakening legitimacy. 

The movement spreads

Across the world, the Ecuadorian people’s refusal to accept the IMF austerity measures has inspired international solidarity from indigenous and Ecuadorian diaspora communities in places including England, Mexico, and the United States. On October 8 in New York City, colloquially known to some as “Ecuayork”, members of Chicha Radical, and Kichwa Hatari, a Kichwa community radio station, alongside other supporters held a demonstration outside the IMF buildings in solidarity with the people of Ecuador and the national strike echoing the calls to reverse the decree and reject the IMF loan in its entirety. 

Although Moreno has called for peaceful dialogue with protesters and leaders of CONAIE, the irony of this request is not lost on the people as government repression has continued throughout the day with the raiding of a cultural house and university in Quito where women and children were resting and the imposition of a 3 pm curfew as of October 12. The recent killing of indigenous leader Segundo Inocencio Tucumbi Incubio of the Cotopaxi province signifies the ongoing state violence towards the protesters, who according to the human rights watch group INREDH, was surrounded by police cavalry and beaten to death in an act of  “excessive repression.” 

Despite the mounting state sanctioned backlash and ongoing media war against protesters by private news outlets with close ties to Moreno and Ecuador’s ruling class, the people in the streets show no signs of backing down. While some are calling for new elections in January of 2020, the vast majority of those in the streets have vowed to stay until all of Moreno’s economic measures are all reversed as seen in this excerpt from an October 11 statement by CONAIE: 

”The dialogue that the National Government publicizes during this process of resistance which is also one of the worst massacres in the history of Ecuador, is an exacerbating violence reinforced by the public and military forces, with direct responsibility by the Government ministers of defense, Maria Paula Romo and Oswaldo Jarrin, who until this moment, leave us with 554 wounded, 929 detained, 5 dead and many others missing, which we understand as a crimes against humanity. We will be open to dialogue when the decree 883 is repealed.”

For those of us here in the United States, we must stand with Ecuador’s working class people who are fighting to reject institutions and solutions that reinforce and serve the imperialist ruling class. 

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Para el movimiento, juicio político es hoja de ruta a ninguna parte

By Richard Becker

El conflicto cada vez más profundo sobre la destitución del presidente Donald Trump es una lucha entre facciones de la clase dominante capitalista y su aparato gubernamental. La lucha es fundamentalmente sobre qué lado ejercerá el control sobre el estado y el gobierno con todo el poder y la riqueza que confiere.

El anuncio de una investigación de juicio político fue realizado por la presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi, el 24 de septiembre. A raíz de la revelación de que se había presentado una queja de un informante con respecto a una llamada telefónica del 25 de julio entre Trump y el presidente de Ucrania. El informante fue identificado más tarde como un agente de la CIA, pero la queja se entiende ampliamente como un producto colectivo de numerosos agentes de inteligencia.

No hay un lado “progresista” en esta lucha. Como fue el caso de Nixon en 1974, la estructura misma de la acusación enfoca toda la atención en lo que está sucediendo dentro de los llamados “salones sagrados” del Congreso, relegando los movimientos populares al margen.

El régimen de Trump es descaradamente racista, sexista, homofóbico, antiinmigrante, anti-ambiental, anti-laboral, anti-indigente y más. Todos los días, los funcionarios de Trump llevan a cabo asaltos a los derechos de las personas ganadas con esfuerzo y al planeta mismo.

Sin embargo, en lugar de resistirse a estos ataques, el liderazgo del partido demócrata en el Congreso está centrando toda su energía en acusar a Trump, alegando que solicitó interferencia extranjera en las elecciones presidenciales de 2020. Los líderes demócratas ven esto como un tipo de línea de menor resistencia, y una que no requiere desafiar los intereses corporativos que están representados y financian a los dos principales partidos capitalistas.

Lo que realmente sucedió en la llamada telefónica

En una llamada telefónica del 25 de julio con el recientemente elegido presidente de Ucrania, Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump se queja primero de que los países de la Unión Europea no están haciendo lo suficiente para ayudar a Ucrania mientras Estados Unidos brinda apoyo. Luego sugiere que Zelensky ayude en una investigación de Crowdstrike, la compañía privada de seguridad cibernética que le dijo al FBI que fueron los rusos quienes piratearon los servidores del Comité Nacional del Partido Demócrata en 2016.

Desde que el informe Mueller se publicó en agosto de 2019 y concluyó que no había evidencia de conspiración entre la campaña Trump 2016 y Rusia, tanto Trump como el Fiscal General William Barr se han embarcado en una campaña internacional para descubrir los orígenes del engaño de colusión Rusia-Trump. La transcripción de la llamada telefónica de Trump-Zelensky publicada por la Casa Blanca el 25 de septiembre muestra que Trump le dijo a Zelensky: “Sin embargo, me gustaría que nos hicieras un favor porque nuestro país ha pasado por mucho y Ucrania sabe mucho al respecto. Me gustaría que descubrieras qué sucedió con toda esta situación con Ucrania, dicen que Crowdstrike … Supongo que tienes una de tus personas ricas … El servidor, dicen que Ucrania lo tiene”.

Después de preguntar sobre Crowdstrike, Trump le pide a Zelensky que lo ayude en una investigación sobre Hunter Biden y su padre, el ex vicepresidente Joe Biden. “La otra cosa, se habla mucho sobre el hijo de Biden, que Biden detuvo el enjuiciamiento [relacionado con la corporación que le dio a Hunter Biden un asiento en su junta directiva – ed.] Y mucha gente quiere averiguar sobre eso, así que cualquier cosa que puedas hacer con el Fiscal General sería genial. Biden se jactó de haber detenido la acusación, así que si puedes verlo … Me parece horrible”.

Los demócratas decidieron lanzar una investigación formal de juicio político contra Trump, en vísperas de una elección presidencial, basada en esta llamada.

Los demócratas no se opusieron cuando Trump estaba torciendo el brazo, intimidando y amenazando a otros jefes de estado para que dejaran de comprar petróleo de Irán o reconocieran al gobierno electo de Venezuela o importaran gas natural de Rusia. Pero se nos dice que su “intimidación” de Zelensky constituye un abuso de autoridad intolerable e impecable. Es un abuso de autoridad, pero también lo fueron las operaciones encubiertas y abiertas de la Administración de Obama para derrocar al gobierno elegido democráticamente en Ucrania en 2014.

La solicitud de Trump de una investigación de la conducta de los Biden en Ucrania es claramente un abuso de autoridad, pero no es probable que conduzca a la expulsión de Trump, salvo revelaciones más explosivas. Si Trump fuera acusado por un voto mayoritario en la Cámara de Representantes, se enfrentaría a un juicio ante el Senado. Allí, una mayoría de dos tercios, 67 senadores, tendrían que votar por la condena. Hay 53 senadores republicanos y 47 demócratas en la actualidad.

Trump, los Biden y Ucrania

En su conversación telefónica del 25 de julio con Zelensky, Trump habló al estilo de un gobernante imperial que aborda un tema colonial. El sujeto adulaba poderosamente, elogiaba generosamente al gobernante y le aseguraba que se había quedado en la Torre Trump cuando estaba en Nueva York.

¿Cómo se convirtió el gobierno de Kiev, a 5.000 millas de Washington D.C., en una dependencia estadounidense?

La verdadera respuesta, completamente ausente de la cobertura de los medios de comunicación, es una acusación desgarradora de Biden y otros agentes del aparato de seguridad nacional durante la administración Obama por crímenes en Ucrania que superaron con creces los “conflictos de intereses” o la intimidación.

En febrero de 2014, el personal del Departamento de Estado trabajó junto con elementos fascistas de extrema derecha para derrocar al presidente electo de Ucrania, Viktor Yanukovich, después de meses de manifestaciones cada vez más violentas en Kiev, la capital ucraniana. El “crimen” de Yanukovich buscaba mantener una posición neutral entre Rusia y las potencias imperialistas occidentales, una posición que era completamente inaceptable para Washington.

Estados Unidos estaba tratando de continuar la marcha hacia el este de la OTAN trayendo a Ucrania. Muchos antiguos países socialistas de Europa del Este y repúblicas soviéticas ya se habían incorporado a la alianza liderada por Estados Unidos, pero agregar Ucrania habría sido de particular importancia, ya que las bases y misiles de la OTAN estaban muy cerca del corazón occidental de Rusia.

La “comandante” estadounidense en la operación de cambio de régimen fue la subsecretaria de Estado Victoria Nuland, que trabajó estrechamente con el entonces embajador estadounidense en Ucrania, Geoffrey Pyatt. Nuland se jactó abiertamente de que Estados Unidos había gastado $5 mil millones para traer la “democracia” a Ucrania. Nombrado para supervisar el golpe y sus secuelas en nombre del presidente Obama no fue otro que su vicepresidente, Joe Biden.

A continuación se presentan extractos de una llamada telefónica grabada entre Nuland y Pyatt, unas semanas antes del golpe que tuvo lugar el 24 de febrero de 2014. El tema de la llamada fue a quién Washington estaba seleccionando para ser el nuevo líder de Ucrania después del golpe planificado.

Victoria Nuland: ¿Qué te parece?

Geoffrey Pyatt: Creo que estamos en juego. La pieza de Klitschko [Vitaly Klitschko, uno de los tres principales líderes de la oposición] es obviamente el electrón complicado aquí. Especialmente el anuncio de él como viceprimer ministro y has visto algunas de mis notas sobre los problemas en el matrimonio en este momento, por lo que estamos tratando de obtener una lectura realmente rápida sobre dónde está en estas cosas. Pero creo que tu argumento con él, que tendrá que hacer, creo que esa es la próxima llamada telefónica que tienes que configurar, es exactamente la que le hiciste a Yats [Arseniy Yatseniuk, otro líder de la oposición]. Y me alegro de que lo hayas presionado sobre dónde se encaja en este escenario. Y estoy muy contento de que él haya dicho lo que dijo en respuesta.

Nuland: Bien. No creo que Klitsch deba ir al gobierno. No creo que sea necesario, no creo que sea una buena idea.

Pyatt: Si. Supongo que … en términos de que no vaya al gobierno, simplemente déjelo quedarse afuera y hacer su tarea política y esas cosas. Sólo estoy pensando en términos del tipo de proceso que avanzamos, queremos mantener unidos a los demócratas moderados. El problema será Tyahnybok [Oleh Tyahnybok, el otro líder de la oposición, un neonazi] y sus muchachos y estoy seguro de que eso es parte de lo que [el presidente Viktor] Yanukovych está calculando sobre todo esto.

Nuland: [Interrumpe] Creo que Yats [Arseniy Yatseniuk] es el tipo que tiene la experiencia económica, la experiencia de gobierno. Él es el … lo que necesita es Klitsch y Tyahnybok en el exterior. Necesita hablar con ellos cuatro veces a la semana, ya sabes. Creo que Klitsch entrará … va a estar a ese nivel trabajando para Yatseniuk, simplemente no va a funcionar.

Con respecto al intento de la Unión Europea, un “aliado” de Estados Unidos, de negociar el fin del estancamiento en Kiev, Nuland dice: “F___ la UE”. Escuche la grabación aquí. 

Después del golpe y con el respaldo de los Estados Unidos, Yatseniuk se convirtió en el nuevo presidente de Ucrania.

Biden continuó desempeñando un papel clave en el país después del golpe. En agosto de 2016, describió a la revista Atlantic cómo eliminó el equivalente al Fiscal General del país un año antes:

“Describió, por ejemplo, una reunión con el presidente de Ucrania, Petro Poroshenko, a quien llama ‘Petro’, en la que instó a Poroshenko a despedir a un fiscal general corrupto o ver la retirada de un préstamo prometido de $1 mil millones a Ucrania. ‘Petro, no estás recibiendo tus mil millones de dólares’, recuerda Biden que le dijo. “’Está bien, puedes quedarte con el [fiscal] general. Sólo entienda, no pagaremos si lo hace”. Poroshenko despidió al funcionario’”

Pocos meses después del golpe de estado de 2014, el hijo de Biden, Hunter, fue agregado a la junta directiva de una importante compañía de gas ucraniana, Burisma, en la que “sirvió” durante los próximos cinco años. A pesar de no tener experiencia en la industria energética ni en Ucrania, Hunter Biden recibió $50,000 por mes. Renunció a la junta cuando su padre anunció su candidatura presidencial en 2018.

A medida que la crisis de juicio político se calienta, la administración Trump y los demócratas se acusan mutuamente de corrupción. Ambos tienen razón.

Así como las audiencias de juicio político de Nixon en 1974 convirtieron a los segregacionistas de toda la vida como el senador Sam Ervin de Carolina del Norte en héroes para los liberales, las audiencias de juicio político de Trump ya están teniendo un efecto similar. Ahora los reaccionarios están siendo elevados como Adam Schiff, el presidente del Comité de Inteligencia de la Cámara de Representantes, un firme defensor de Israel, la guerra de Irak, la guerra entre Estados Unidos y Arabia Saudita en Yemen, el bloqueo y la prohibición de viajar a Cuba, la CIA, la NSA, etc. Lo improbable (salvo la revelación de nuevas revelaciones explosivas) de una condena de Trump provocaría la elevación del reaccionario de la extrema derecha Mike Pence, a la presidencia.

Para el movimiento popular, la acusación ofrece solamente un callejón sin salida.

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