Friday, October 28, 2011

REVIEW




Scottish Workers Republic: Scottish Republican Socialist Movement P.O. Box 16887 Glasgow G11 9EP £3.00

 by Wee Jimmie frae Auchenshuggle.

A CURIOUS periodical recently arrived at the New Worker office. Undated and unnumbered it describes itself as the “bumper issue” of the journal of the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement (SRSM).
 According to their website the SRSM was founded in 1973. Since then it has gone through a number of name changes and has suffered confusing splits, which are naturally caused by agents of British intelligence who seem to devote all their resources to these most dangerous enemies of British imperialism. Its relationship to other bodies – chronicled on their website such as the “Army of the Provisional Government” active in the 1970s – is unclear.
Clearly more nationalist than socialist they welcome the recent triumph of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the Scottish Parliament elections. Their main target seems to be the “traditional British Unionist Left”, who are abused rather than have their policies subject to withering criticism.
There is an interesting piece on imperialist reporting on Libya.  A touch of the Messianic is evident in a piece about Trident, which seems to suggest that it is essential to vote SNP to create a nuclear free Europe. A short but nevertheless rambling article on James Connolly by James D Young concludes the issue.
Anyone looking for a left-wing critique of the SNP policies or bourgeois Scottish nationalism in general is going to be disappointed. A party that hopes to maintain the British monarchy and seeks to lower corporation tax to please its multi-millionaire bankers and led by a former economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland is a tempting target for “Socialist Republicans”. But they can’t find their tongues. 
Poetry, of a sort, features strongly. The miscellany of poetry includes offerings that make William McGonagall appear positively Shakespearean.
There are some more inspiring efforts, including a satire on Edinburgh merchants by the 15th century poet William Dunbar, but this is marred by blatantly obvious typos and poor layout.
            Strangely enough for Scottish nationalists, they have an abysmal knowledge of Scottish history, one that seems to be derived from entirely from pictures on those shortbread tins sold in tourist shops.
 At one point we are informed that the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion was a “Scottish revolt against British rule”. The Jacobite rebellions were nothing of the kind; 1745-46 saw the final attempt by the absolutist French monarchy to put their man, “Bonnie Prince Charlie”, on the British throne. Some Highland feudal chiefs conscripted their followers into an army that treated Glasgow and Edinburgh as occupied cities before heading south to Derby, where they gave up the march on London.
 More Tory Jacobites were to be found in Lancashire than Lanarkshire. Their final defeat at the Battle of Culloden was at the hands of a British Army that included 12,000 Lowlanders and Highlanders and all Protestants, Presbyterian or Episcopalian, eager to rout their Catholic enemies.
They also distort the events of 1820, when the British working class was engaged in a desperate struggle for Parliamentary reform against a background of economic depression following the ending of the Napoleonic wars, which is romantically turned into a nationalist revolt.
Any left-inclined Scottish nationalist or a left-winger of a nationalist persuasion could take justifiable pride in the valuable role that Scottish enlightenment figures played in the role of developing the study of society, past and present, on which Marx later drew to good effect: Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, John Millar and William Robertson to name but few. The lessons of the Enlightenment are clearly lost on what are at best charitably described as the romantics of the SRSM.
This publication will be of great interest to collectors of political sectariana and anyone wanting a temporary change from the Fortean Times.

The death of Gaddafi



THE IMPERIALISTS are celebrating the death of Colonel Gaddafi and well they might as they were the ones who killed him. The Libyan leader died in Sirte last week when the Nato-backed rebels stormed the last loyalist bastion on the Libyan coast.
            But there’ll be no victory parades in London, Paris, Washington or Rome. The imperialists are happy to leave that to their local pawns. Behind closed doors they squabble over who’s going to get the biggest cut of the spoils. But in public they close ranks as defenders of what they call “democracy” and “human rights”.
They claim to champion the “Arab Spring”. They believe that they can perpetuate imperialist domination of the oil-rich Arab world in alliance with the reactionary Muslim Brotherhood. They think they can continue to use the United Nations and the “human rights” gang as a smokescreen for their neo-colonial aggressions.
In public they uphold human rights and brand those who dare to stand up to them as “war criminals”.   Naturally they have hastened to assure us that they had no hand in the cold-blooded murder of the Libyan leader. And the rebels were happy to claim credit for killing the Libyan leader and to display Gaddafi’s body in public for days for the benefit of their gloating supporters. They’ve not been so open about the manner of his death.
 Contradictory stories from the rebel camp only seem to add credibility to at least one report that Gaddafi was wounded when his  retreating car convoy was hit by Nato aviation, including a US Predator drone and a French warplane, and then finished off by French commandos.
            The imperialists now believe that the Gaddafi’s death will end all resistance to the “National Transitional Government” (NTC) puppet regime that they’ve installed in Tripoli. That remains to be seen.
 At least one of Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al Islam, lives on ready to fight, and he has apparently been accepted by his tribal allies as leader. If reports that the loyalists have spirited away the country’s entire gold reserves are true they could sustain a continuing guerrilla war in the south for years to come.
That seems the most likely outcome as the rebels, who rely entirely on the might of Nato aviation, have consistently refused to negotiate with the loyalists to end the conflict. The rebels have promised “free elections” early next year but they can’t even agree on the formation of a provisional government.
This rag-bag of supporters of the old royal family, reactionary Muslim Brothers and Gaddafi turn-coats are united only in their hatred of Colonel Gaddafi and a lust for power that they believe they can get by serving imperialism. They would not have won one single battle without the support of Nato air-power and if the imperialist air-umbrella is withdrawn it is difficult to see how they could survive today.
Imperialist air power will doubtless be used again and again to impose puppet regimes in countries that the western powers seek to directly plunder. They will continue to look for more collaborators to do their dirty work. They still hope to maintain control over Iraq and Afghanistan even after the formal pull-out of their garrisons next year. Their greedy eyes have long focused on Syria and Iran and their forces are already fighting with the Kenyans in southern Somalia.
What does this say to the world? Well first of all it tells us that UN structures, in themselves, are useless in preserving peace and that the UN Security Council desperately needs to be reformed to ensure that it can never again be used to sanction another Iraq or Libyan-style invasion. Above all it tells us that Third World countries must ultimately rely on their own defence to preserve their independence.
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi ruled his country for 42 years. He used the oil wealth to create a prosperous modern society for the Libyan people and for the millions of African immigrants who went to his land to work. 
The Libyan leader, like Saddam Hussein before him, made many mistakes. But the biggest was to ever trust the word of imperialist leaders. Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it and Muammar Gaddafi will be remembered as an Arab leader who was ready to fight imperialist aggression to the end and go down guns blazing.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Serbia: Far Right in dissarray


By Ilija Buncuk

THE EXTREME right is in retreat in Serbia today. They have not managed to launch any serious actions for years and they’ve split into a number of rival groups, which significantly weakens their strength.
          First of all there was a split in Blood & Honour Serbia/Combat 18 – the Serbian section of the neo-Nazi movement that was founded by Ian Stuart Donaldson and proud of its loyalty to the Combat 18 neo-Nazi terror group that takes its name from the first and eighth letter of the alphabet, AH – Adolf Hitler,
 Blood & Honour (B & H) emerged from the neo-nazi movement and the white power skinhead music scene in 1987. Ian Stuart Donaldson, the lead vocalist in the neo-Nazi Skrewdriver band, was one of its prominent leaders. But a few years after his death in 1993 B & H split into rival factions following arguments over direction and control of the profits.
This division was mirrored in Serbia too. Some disaffected members left the original organisation to establish Blood & Honour Serbia/Unity – the Unity fraction that is opposed to the Combat 18.
 On the Serbian section of the neo-Nazi Stormfront website the verbal duel between the supporters of two camps over who is the “phoney” and who is the “real” B&H went on for months. The newly established the Blood & Honour/Unity has also a new Jurišnik [Stormtrooper] faction. They had their own website, but it went down some time ago for unknown reasons.
Meanwhile Blood & Honour/Combat 18 no longer call themselves the National Alignment (Nacionalni stroj) on their posters and stickers, following the court-ordered banning of its political branch. They now call themselves the National Revolutionaries – Blood & Honour or Combat 18.
The split has seriously weakened Blood & Honour/Combat 18 but there are other reasons for its decline. Attempts to hold public gatherings in the past few years have failed because they were prevented by the actions of the anti-fascists. There have no neo-Nazi attacks on punk concerts in Belgrade since 2003 and in past few years they have not even organised their secret “White Power” concerts.
This is a partly because they are constantly under police surveillance. Their last “white power” concert, held near the city of Niš, was interrupted by the police.  These days Blood & Honour Serbia/Combat 18 actions have come down to the producing Nazi and racist periodicals and cartoons, sticking labels and posters on walls, secret visits to the cultural monuments of “national significance” and taking part in national socialist forums on the Internet.
On the other hand, Goran Davidović, who served a prison sentence for organising an attack on an anti-fascist platform in Novi Sad, has closed his New Serbian Programme (NSP) movement after a faction-fight within it.
 The NSP internet forum NSP has been taken down and it is still unknown whether there were technical problems or whether Davidovic closed it for some other reason.
All organisations of the extreme right in Serbia face stiff competition from Serbian Action (Srpska Akcija), which has only a few members but is very active. They attracted the attention of the public in August when they put a litter bag over the statue of national heroes in Nis – anti-fascist fighters in the Second World War.
 They published footage of that action on their website. Only a few newspapers reported the action and there was no response from the authorities or civil non-government organisations. One of the few public condemnations of the event came from the Young Communist League of Yugoslavia (SKOJ).
 Serbian Action was established by several former members of the reactionary Obraz movement. They had been supporters of Obraz leader Nebojsa Krstic who died in a car accident in 2001. But they walked out in protest at the "lack of clear ideological guidelines" of the new leadership under its current president Mladen Obradovic, to form their own organisation.
Like Obraz, Serbian Action is inspired by the actions of the pre-war clerical-fascist Yugoslav National Movement Zbor. It classifies itself as within the “Third Positionist” movement and alongside Charles Maurras and his Action Française, it considers itself as the successor of the ideological tradition of Codreanu's Romanian "Iron Guard".
 Leading Serbian Action activists present their movement on some extreme right Internet forums as "orthodox-nationalistic" . The Internet blog "Srpski Poredak" (Serbian Order), which is edited by the supporters of the ideology of Adolf Hitler, who also define themselves as "orthodox national-socialists", is close to Serbian Action.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Anti-communism won't pass!


Statement of Communist and Workers’ parties

 
 
On the post-Soviet Union area the anticommunist hysteria is in full swing again. On the eve of the anniversary of the Soviet power execution in Moscow in 1993 a court in Kazakhstan has suspended the activity of the Communist Party.
 
A ridiculous pretext has been found by the ruling regime to actually ban the Communist party of Kazakhstan. It was the participation of the 1st Secretary of the CC CPK Gaziz Aldamjarov in a meeting of an unregistered non-governmental union of citizens. Before that a number of party activists have been subjected to police persecution. One of the leaders of regional party organizations Nurijash Abdrimova was sentenced to a heavy fine only because she dared to address the workers of “KasMunaiGas” company who went on strike.
 
Suspension of the party activity is yet another act of outrageous tyranny on the part of Kazakhstan authorities. The semi-monarchic regime of Mr.Nazarbaev can’t tolerate the only opposition force in the country, which forms the class awareness, courageously struggles against mass dismissals and impoverishment of the working people and consistently fights for the friendship among nations.
 
Before that the parliament of Georgia upon the order of Mr.Saakashvili adopted a Law on persecution which says that former CPSU and Young Communist League members, as well as former employees of the Soviet Union institutions are banned to occupy state positions and to teach in the universities.
 
We express our solidarity with the Communist Party of Kazakhstan and the United Communist Party of Georgia. We resolutely condemn the barbaric and cave-age anticommunism of the powers in Kazakhstan and Georgia!
 
Communist party of the Russian Federation
Union of Communist parties-CPSU
Communist Party of Ukraine
Communist Party of Belarus
Party of Communists of Republic of Moldova
Communist Party of Armenia
Communist Party of Azerbaijan
Party of the communists of Kyrgyzstan
Communist Party of South Ossetia
Communist Party of Abkhazia
Transdnestrian Communist party
 
Also

PADS, Algeria
Communist Party of Bangladesh
Workers’ Party of Belgium
Communist Party of Britain
New Communist Party of Britain
French Communist Party
Communist Party of Greece
Communist Party of Israel
Lebanese Communist Party
Communist Party of Luxembourg
Communist Party of México
Communist Party of Norway
Communist Party of Pakistan
Palestinian Communist Party
Philippine Communist Party [PKP-1930]
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
South African Communist Party
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
Communist Party of Sweden
Communist Party of Turkey