Friday, 29 June 2012


Guest post by Not-A-Dinner-Party

Clearly the BBC is hoping to stir up an imaginary "Jasmine Spring", the tone of the reporting is quite clear in that. Now, these workers have legitimate grievances, as they do in the many protests and riots that break out across China. Working-conditions, heavy handed policing, corruption, gangsterism. And often less legitimate reasons such as the usual bigotry, racism and sectarianism that often blight the poorest communities.

And these issues need to be addressed by the CP. And in many cases they are and seriously.

For example the BBC reporter mentions wages issues amongst migrant workers who are often lower paid and discriminated against. What he fails to mention is that the wages of migrant workers have increased by over 20% on average over the last year. How much did your wages go up this year?

The simple fact is, whatever legitimate issues and grievances there are for many millions of workers in China, the fact is that there is no demand, no desire for "western style reforms". There is no mass movement against the CP or the socialist system. Quite the contrary, people by and large want to see more socialism not less, want to see the CP being more pro-active, not less. What they want is accountability and greater means for redress.

Even hostile analysts accept that if there were a "western style" election in China tomorrow, the CP would win with such a landslide it would most likely have more seats in the already multi-Party National Peoples Assembly than it already does!

But that does not allow room for complacency. There are plenty in China with wealth and power who will be more than happy to play the west's game. And they will use whatever means available to them to sell China out and destroy what has been gained.

These kind of protests are important. They keep the Party on its toes. Remind them who is really boss under socialism.

Monday, 25 June 2012


Defence of the DRC against empire, is defence of the whole of Africa

The below article shows clearly that usa imperialism along with the brits and other european powers are behind the sabotage of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The reason why they are determined to keep Congo on its knees is that they can see DRC in alliance with other countries of the Global South - especially China - can in the coming decade potentially build up a national economy and infrastructure enabling DRC to use its massive mineral wealth (one of the richest countries in the world) for its own and African development.

If DRC can reach achieve the basic steps to nation building and do so with an assertive African strategic agenda of Kabila, then the white man's attempts at dominating Africa is in serious doubt and danger.

I would also like to bring to the attention of people that the demonisation of Zimbabwean president - Robert Mugabe - is not just connected to his positive relationship to the seizure of white settler farms by blacks in Zimbabwe, but also because Zimbabwe was one of the main contributors along with other historic frontline African countries in sending soldiers to DRC in the late 1990s to help it defend itself exactly against the western-backed proxies attempting to keep DRC on its knees.

An African leadership coming to the defence of another African people in fighting against imperialist-sponsored dirty tricks is just a massive red line for the empire, and the empire will exact revenge on those forces who stand together for African unity. One only wishes the same moves were done in defence of Libya during (and I should say also the ongoing) nato sabotage and lynching of that country, the 'shield of Africa'.

I would encourage our people to involve themselves deeper into African solidarity and internationalism on the basis of anti-imperialist liberation of the whole of Africa, and positively and critically navigating the deep confusion and misinformation by the white power structure on African affairs. DRC has been victim to one of the greatest crimes in recent decades, and one can go longer back obviously to one of the most brutal colonial rulers of Africa by king leopold of belgium before.  The struggle for African independence, development in a socialist direction is a struggle that is taking place in there here and now, and it is in the here and now that we need to raise our voices and struggles.

Also, the black liberation struggle in the 'west' is predicated on the rise of the African liberation struggle in Africa. Its a two-way relationship, and its high time we developed this perspective combined with a strong militant anti-imperialist internationalism with the other forward positions of our struggle throughout the Global South.

One final point. The article below uses quotes from 'human rights watch' to criticise the usa on this issue. Readers should not fall for this trick of the white power structure. There is a clear pattern that the empire uses, their media mildly criticises an aspect of foreign policy, they then bring in their pro-empire pro-nato 'human rights' organisations to coopt and criticism, and then when there needs to be an open regime change agenda, the 'human rights' organisations provide empire with the 'HR' justification for such an operation. I would strongly advise people to take some of the information available from hrw and amnesty etc, but to always understand it for the manipulative agenda it serves the white power structure.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

UN report on Rwanda fuelling Congo conflict 'blocked by US'

Congolese officials rebuke US for 'stifling' inquiry over claims Kagame's army is backing Bosco Ntaganda mutiny


The United States has been accused of blocking a UN report which examines claims that Rwanda is fuelling a violent rebellion in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Congolese government said the UN group of experts' report is being stalled by Rwanda and its allies on the security council to protect President Paul Kagame.

Rwanda vehemently denies that it is sending fighters and weapons across the border. Kagame rebuked Congo and said it should take responsibility.

Claims that Rwanda's military has been aiding a mutiny in eastern Congo led by the renegade general Bosco Ntaganda have been gathering momentum in recent weeks, with a leaked UN report followed by allegations from Human Rights Watch.

The UN's group of experts on Congo submitted its latest report to the security council on Monday, but an annex believed to deal with the Rwanda claim was held back and its publication remains uncertain. Lambert Mende, a Congolese government spokesman, blamed Rwanda and its backers, including the US, for the delay. "I think [the report] confirms everything that has been said," he told Reuters. "I don't think the Rwandans are at all happy that it should be officially endorsed by the UN."

Atoki Ileka, the Congolese ambassador to France and special envoy to the UN, said: "It seems the panel tried to submit the report and annex to the security council. I have no proof but from what I'm told one delegation, which seems to be the US, asked them to delay for two weeks. If it was the US, it would be trying to protect one of its allies, Rwanda. I think that would be a mistake because it would also be protecting Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the international criminal court."

Ileka added: "There is a risk of the security council losing any credibility. We don't understand the position of the US. This will do nothing to protect the people of eastern Congo and will not bring stability to the region. The path they are taking is not intelligent."

Rebel fighters captured in eastern Congo, and interviewed by Congo, Rwanda and the UN peacekeeping mission, revealed a Rwandan network supporting the mutiny, Ileka claimed. "It might go to the head of the Rwandan government."

Kagame has long been a darling of western donors and Rwanda is almost guaranteed a seat on the UN security council next year.

Congo's accusation has been given credence by diplomatic sources and international rights organisations.

Philippe Bolopion, UN director of Human Rights Watch, said: "The US government's reluctance to allow the publication of the UN group of experts' findings of Rwandan military support for Bosco Ntaganda's rebels is counterproductive.

"Stifling information will only hinder attempts to put an end to the atrocities committed by ICC (internatinal criminal court) war crimes suspect Ntaganda and other abusive commanders who have joined his mutiny."

He added: "The US and other security council members should be doing everything they can to expose violations of UN sanctions and the arms embargo, including by Rwanda, and not attempt to cover them up."

Rwanda has gone on the offensive to counter the criticism. Kagame called on Congo to take responsibility for a surge in rebel fighting rather than blame its neighbour for stoking the violence.

The latest fighting should not be seen as a problem between Congo and Rwanda, but an internal matter between "the different shades of Congolese", he said.

"And you Congolese, don't run away from your responsibilities and start claiming that this is our problem," Kagame told a press conference in Kigali on Tuesday.

"For us, we're only in to be a part of a solution."

Rwanda has repeatedly intervened in Congo's conflicts since Hutu extremists fled there after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Rwanda has cited the need to hunt down those rebels but has been accused of acting to protect its economic interests in the mineral-rich region.

The UN security council has previously called for a full probe into "credible reports of outside support" for the dissident troops, who deserted from Congo's army two months ago, many in support of Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator".

Sunday, 24 June 2012


Apologies that this is not structured better, but some comments I have made today on this issue:

EGYPT PRES ELECTION RESULTS: So the the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Morsi is declared winner by a thin margin (51%) (pro-nato slaves al-jazeera are very happy about this) against the candidate repping the Muburak era Shafiq (48%).

The Military (who have taken assertive positions against empire, while nato forces are playing footsie with the Brotherhood) are still firmly in power, so lets see what happens next, but this shows that Egypt is nearly split in half between the pro-nato MuslimBrotherhood (the choice movement for the white power structure across MENA) and the more patriotic and nationalistic camp of Shafiq.

Contradictions between the patriotic and anti-imperialist forces (mainly in and around scaf and the old order) and the collaborationist forces (liberals, lefties and brotherhood etc) will continue to intensify. Anything can happen in Egypt. Will keep watching and convey my opinions.

I would also like to remind people of a recent status of mine on my facebookSo, trickery clinton comes out in opposition to the military and supports the Muslim Brotherhood. In London we call that: BAIT! "Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state joined a growing chorus of alarm, including Human Rights Watch, which said the military's actions meant its authority went "far beyond their powers under Hosni Mubarak"." - classic quote! (source - )

I gotta a strong feeling that scaf know what they are doing, they are no joke, things have been so interesting in Egypt since the 'uprising', and they will continue to be so. then again, anything can happen in politics, and scaf *could* come to an arrangement with empire and the MB to maintain their own narrow position, but I am not seeing this happen as of yet. 

Crucial to all of this is what position scaf have in relation to Syria, Iraq and Hizbullah, there is no clear indication that they are going along with the imperialist war against them.

Interesting comment here from an editorial from the liberal wing of the english white power structure - the guardian. This extract shows how hostile vast swathes of the white power structure are the scaf (the military); that they are concerned about the fact that scaf may not give a shit about pressure from imperialism; that the white power structure considers the actions of scaf of contributing to the sabotage of the nato agenda in the region (arab spring, blah blah); and they are desperate that scaf dont switch off totally from 'external [ie., imperialist] pressure', and turn strategically against empire:

"In all of this the international community has acted as willing collaborators with the generals, refusing to speak out even in the midst of what appears to many to be a slow-moving and soft coup d'etat. The United States, which provides the military with $1.3bn in aid, is most guilty in this respect, but the British Foreign Office and other European capitals have hardly been better. There are, however, signs that even the US may be running out of patience with the generals' unwillingness to hand over power to civilian rule. Warnings have issued from the State Department that aid is contingent on political transition.

"The outcome of the struggle under way in Egypt is critical, too, not just for that country's weary inhabitants but for the wider region which has witnessed the promise of the Arab Spring transformed increasingly into a bitter competition between different players.

"Failure of the revolution and transition in Egypt would have far-reaching consequences. For now, at least, the junta remains susceptible to external pressure."

Al-jazeera correspondent at Tahrir right now trying his best to put some kind of radical populist spin on Morsi's win, implying that Morsi's win will threaten israel in some way. BUT, read all the way through the imperialist press, and the empire ARE NOT worried at all about any potential rise in anti-zionism as a direct result of Morsi's win.

So with all the Islamophobic propaganda in the last decade plus, the empire is rather relaxed about the MB win, and very happy the scaf's man didnt get in.

Read this piece on Morsi's win in the tory right wing paper of the english white power structure, and very nice article in favour of Morsi really!

And look at all those Palestinian flags all over Tahrir right now! - NOT.

God bless Gamal Abdel Nasser, only God knows what Nasser would have thought of this utter nonsensical mess.


Two interesting points from Brothers Nu'man and Roshan respectively:

Let me get this right 13 million voted for Mursi out of 50 million possible voters. That makes Mursi the winner with about 26% of the Egyptian vote. Just over a quarter of the Egyptians voted for him and he gets to rule the country.
Same thing happens in any so called democracy. Cameron got 30 per cent I think. But Cameron has a reasonable degree of power, Mursi won't. Polarised country and the fact that most didn't vote at all is very interesting.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Saturday, 23 June 2012


CIA spies have met Syrian rebels to discuss their required weapons, military strategies and the “dirty war” that the insurgents are fighting supported by the US, Britain and France, says an analyst.

The comment comes as according to a New York Times report published on Thursday, some US and Arab intelligence officials say a group of “CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey” and that the agents are helping the anti-Syria governments decide which gangs inside the Arab country will “receive arms to fight the Syrian government.” 

“CIA officers are there and they are trying to make new sources and recruit people,” said one of the Arab officials, whose name was not mentioned in the report. 

The arms include automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and antitank weapons, which are being transported “mostly across the Turkish border,” the report said. 

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar pay for the transport of the weaponry into Syria, according to the US and Arab intelligence officials cited in the report. 

The CIA spies have been in southern Turkey for the past several weeks and Washington is also considering providing the armed gangs with “satellite imagery and other detailed intelligence on Syrian troop locations and movements,” the report adds. 

This as Syria has been the scene of violence since March 2011. Many people, including security forces, have lost their lives in the unrest. 

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing the protesters. But Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, stating that it is being orchestrated from abroad. 

Press TV has conducted an interview with political commentator, Sukant Chandan, to further shed light on the issue. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.

The video also offers the opinions of two other guests: Lawrence J. Korb with the Center for American Progress and author and Islamic studies expert, Kevin Barret. 

Press TV: Sukant Chandan, how do you explain claims of “diplomacy” from the United States when it comes to Kofi Anan’s peace plan but then reports like the one in the New York Times surfaces pointing to the CIA in addition to Washington’s allies in the region for aiding armed groups fighting the Syrian government. Does the US have any interest to support Anan’s peace plan or is the claim sort of a political ploy?

Chandan: The Western white power structure has one aim which is to conduct regime change against any state in the Global South which poses any type of obstacle to its total domination of the world.

I mean it’s high time that the empire admitted through the New York Times that the CIA officers have been directing and arming the Syrian rebels which, you know, let’s be honest with ourselves if anyone understands a little bit of the nature of the West we know that they’re up to this all the time and we don’t need them to admit it.

But once they’ve admitted it, we know that they’ve been up to this for a long, long time when the former US ambassador Mr. Ford - for Syria that is- was on the demonstrations when this rebellion first took place in the first days and weeks.

Who is Mr. Ford; Mr. Ford is the protégé of Mr. Negroponte. Who is Negroponte; he is the arch designer of the contra dirty war in Latin America.

So when Mr. Ford has been meeting the rebels and CIA officers are meeting the rebels, they’re discussing what type of weapons to give the rebels and what type of military strategy to conduct and knowing the type of dirty war that these people get up to we know that the United States along with Britain and France are encouraging and probably training [the rebels].

Don’t forget it was in Scotland that the British state trained the Mujahidin to fight the Soviets and the [People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan] PDPA government back in the 80s fast forward to today we’re seeing a tragic rerun of a similar type of dynamic that took place in Afghanistan today in Syria, where you have a state backed by the Global South, particularly Russia and China that’s supporting Syria on the other hand you have imperialism arming and training and financing these terrorists for regime change.

So it’s all in the open and no one should be confused about the situation, it’s all very clear you have a clear polarization of forces, on the one hand you have the empire, the Western white power structure whatever you want to call it allied directly with Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the state of Israel.

Don’t forget Shimon Peres himself said just very recently, a few days ago that he would wish that the Syrian rebels would win. So on one side you have these forces on the other side you have the forces for independence and progress for the people of the world, led by Russia and China and the Syrian government and their allies.

So the situation is very clear and I’m really quite disturbed by how too many people out there are still befuddled or taking this nonsensical third way or neutral position as [South African activist and retired Anglican bishop] Desmond Tutu said and he’s not my favorite progressive character but as he said if you’re neutral in a situation of oppression then you’re siding with the oppressor and that’s what’s going on.

Press TV: Let’s go back to our guest in London Mr. Chandan you were shaking your head there when Mr. Korb was giving his answer let’s relate one of his talks to you. Do you agree first of all with Mr. Korb that the United States is trying to prevent arms from reaching al Qaeda forces if they are in Syria and add anything if you have to the comments made by Mr. Korb.

Chandan: It’s incredible how history developed. I mean our friend from the United States is either so naive to not understand the system of governance and world domination of his government or he is a trickster frankly.

I mean now today you can become a Jihadist and go fight against the Syrian regime or against Gaddafi’s regime yesterday and you’ll be promoted and celebrated in the mainstream media in the West. It’s all very clear what’s going on.

I mean you know the United States and Britain and France are constantly conducting covert regime change against the whole Global South. This is what the state of the West is all about.

Just recently today you can read how the United States is putting pressure on stopping a report showing a report that Rwanda, its proxy in Africa, is involved in destabilization against the Democratic Republic of Congo which if Congo becomes independent in alliance with China will lift Africa and smash US domination and British domination in that region.

So it’s clear what the nature of this state is all about. I mean again the way the West is dealing with al Qaeda is very interesting, because it’s obviously purging al Qaeda of those elements which it sees too problematic to its interests and then promoting other elements of al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda is very active in Libya and they always have been since the beginning of the uprising and before when the Libyan Islamic fighting group was one of the main organizations supported by the CIA and the MI6 and the French intelligent service against Gaddafi’s regime.

It’s all on record. It’s all on the open and it’s very important that our people raise their voices, organize themselves and are really rigorous and assertive in struggling for peace and development of the countries of the Global South.

Press TV: Mr. Chandan in London some observers critical of Turkey‘s role in Syria are saying that it is acting as a proxy for the US and NATO. How do you perceive that and in addition to that do you have anything to add to what Mr. Korb just said?

Chandan: In response to Mr. Korb it’s a typical strategy of the white man to project all issues of oppression that’s actually coming from the White power structure onto the natives and onto the brown and black people i. e. you know the white power structure is absolutely, you know, innocent of any wrong doing and it’s these silly Africans and these silly Asians and these silly Arabs who are creating all the mess and all the problems.

The interesting thing in that regard with Libya and now with Syria is that the West don’t want to put any of their boots officially on the ground but obviously in the first days of the Libyan uprising the British SAS were in Benghazi and they got sprung because the telephone conversation between the former British ambassador to Libya and the head of the NTC their phone conversation was exposed by Gaddafi’s regime and similarly in Syria.

They don’t want to put official boots on the ground in Syria so they are sending covert agents to do all the dirty work because they want to give the impression to the rest of the world: hey we’re the good guys and if any dirty business is going on it’s these crazy natives and on the issue of the Arab Spring as well that this befuddling of minds about what to lose in Egypt is all about.

Tunisia has broken relations with the Asad regime and the Muslim Brotherhood which it seems to be in the ascendancy for the time being is against the Assad regime.

Their comrades in Syria are absolutely involved in the insurgency against the Assad regime there. On the issue of Turkey, it’s a similar thing actually and it’s a great shame that the Turkish state has strategically decided not to side with the Global South but it sees its interests for the time being and it’s a very narrow strategy that it’s employing and it’s going to go nowhere because, you know, anyone who dances with the devil will find that the devil will stab them in the back in the not too distant future. So really it’s not even in Turkey’s national interest to go along with NATO as it did with Libya and now with Syria...

Press TV: You seemed a bit anxious there to get a response to what Mr. Korb was saying please go ahead with that and also do you think that with so many external factors, this can be a Syrian-led effort to end the unrest?

Chandan: It’s amazing. I don’t know what world Mr. Korb is living in. You know the Americans don’t want to get involved with anyone; the British don’t want to get involved.

Korb: Wait a second I don’t attack you personally...I’m living in the real world, you’re not. Don’t attack me personally.

Chandan:...the establishments in Britain, France and the United States are constantly planning wars. Mr. Corb himself constantly talked about the pivot to Asia. Is that not a war plan? Of course it’s a war plan. I mean it’s total nonsense what Mr. Korb is coming out with but. But in terms of the internal Syrian situation we need to- I’ve said many times before, I’ll say it again, the Global South needs to assert itself and take the initiative.

We lost Libya- that was devastating. We didn’t take enough initiatives, meaningful initiatives whereas Latin America- I’m loyal to all of our Global South and Latin America politically is the most advanced. It needs to be making moves to rediscover the regime change...

Friday, 22 June 2012


Introduction to Kwame Toure on the fBI and cIA
By Sister Asli Mohamed

This speech certainly reminded me why a militant state of mind is essential. Like Malcolm X said "If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary."

Kwame Ture in this speech repeatedly reminded us 'No African in this country has arrived at any individual position without the shedding of the blood of the masses of our people' to reach a certain level of freedom militancy and sacrifice is needed.

This speech was very effective unlike others I have watched as he made it clear that situations concerning race needs to be addressed harshly with no compromises as compromises just make it easily digestible for some. Racism is harsh and the truth of it must be exposed in a harsh way.

Kwame Ture goes on to talk about individualism. African Americans that reach a high position which is the result of the shedding of the blood of the masses adopt this concept of individualism. Which we've seen in the new era of the Hip Hop scene (the sleeping baby of the white power structure) where collective struggle is ignored.

Kwame Ture then went on to say they will tell you Kwame Ture was crazy in the 60's and crazier in the 90's which he then quotes Malcolm X saying 'Nothing wrong with that as Malcolm X said extreme conditions must have extreme solutions and we are certainly in extreme conditions'. The common problem with black leaders is that they grow less militant with age. From 1968 when Kwame Ture was tracked by CIA till his final years, he grew more and more militant whilst making us aware that American imperialism will be the cause of his death.

I do wonder why black history month in school didnt stress on the relevance of the man who popularized 'black power' but this speech just makes me understand more.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012


The white power structure has been for a long time being promoting the white supremacist stereotypes of black people from the time of slavery and segregation in the usa through popular culture. They have been perpetuating the over-sexed predator, black hyper-macho, material obsessed black man in mainstream culture and media, and unfortunately they have done this with very little resistance. 

This new adidas trainer is a natural development to this state of affairs however disturbing it is. 

Perhaps its time that our people, especially our youth turn over a leaf and see the system for what it is: a machine that conducts genocide against our peoples across the world and manipulates our brains to the point that lynching and nato bombing is freedom, and consumer fetishisation is happiness.

Maybe taking a revolt of the slaves in the direct targeting of adidas products for confiscation by our peoples is a fitting reply to this development? And perhaps our Irish family can join in, seeing the disgusting insult to them by adidas beforehand (see article below).

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Adidas under fire for unveiling new trainer with orange 'shackles' like those worn by black slaves

- JS Roundhouse Mids have bright 'shackles' that fit around wearer's ankles
- Many have compared devices to those worn by black slaves in America
- 2,000 label design 'offensive, ignorant' and say Adidas 'sunk to new lows'

Adidas has come under fire for creating a pair of trainers with ‘shackles’.

Critics have compared the ‘JS Roundhouse Mids’, to be released in August, to the chains worn by black slaves in the 19th century.

The firm unveiled the trainers on its Facebook page. They feature plastic orange ‘shackles’ attached to the ankles by chains in the same colour.

The shoes have sparked an angry debate online. More than 2,000 Facebook users have commented, with many calling the design ‘offensive’ and ‘ignorant’, saying the firm has ‘sunk to new lows’ with its ‘slavewear’ product.

One, ‘Kay Tee’, said: ‘It’s offensive and inappropriate in many ways… How would a Jewish person feel if they decided to have a shoe with a swastika on it and tried to claim it was OK in the name of fashion?’

Dr Boyce Watkins, writing for Your Black World,  said: 'Shackles. The stuff that our ancestors wore for 400 years while experiencing the most horrific atrocities imaginable.

'Most of which were never documented in the history books and kept away from you in the educational system, all so you'd be willing to put shackles on your ankles today and not be so sensitive about it.'

The Professor at Syracuse University said he accepted some people would accuse him of overreacting.

But he added: 'There is always a group of negroes who are more than happy to resubmit themselves to slavery.

'I'm offended by these shoes as there is nothing funny about the prison industrial complex, which is the most genocidal thing to happen to the black family since slavery itself.'

Others have likened the shoes' orange 'bracelets' to the shackles worn by prisoners across the America, or said the firm is 'promoting slavery'.

Kay Tee added: 'Regardless if the company was saying the shoes are so hot you have to chain them to you, or they were capitalising on the whole prison style popularity.

'But corporate business has a social responsibility above all to consider these perceptions before releasing a product like this.

Adidas has not yet commented.

It seems Adidas did not want to be outdone by fierce competitor Nike in the controversial shoe design stakes.

In March, Nike was accused of 'huge insensitivity' for launching a £70 'beer-themed' trainer called 'The Black and Tan' in time for St Patrick's Day.

The firm apologised, saying it was an innocent name designed to chime with the often boozy celebrations for Ireland's patron saint.

To others, however, it was a historical affront reviving bitter memories of a British unit sent to Ireland to suppress revolt in the 1920s.

That is because the Black and Tans was the nickname given to the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, which became notorious for a brutal crackdown during the independence war.

One outraged Irish American claimed it was the equivalent of calling a shoe ‘the Al Qaeda’.

The trainer is officially called the Nike SB Dunk Low, but has been nicknamed The Black and Tan for its colourings. An advertisement for the shoe says: ‘Tis the season for Irish beer and why not celebrate with Nike.

‘The Black and Tan sneaker takes inspiration for the fine balancing act of a stout on top a pale ale in a pint glass.’

Others Irish Americans criticised Nike for being ‘oblivious’ to the historical connotation.

Six years ago ice cream firm Ben & Jerry’s caused a furore when it launched a Black and Tan flavour. The product was quickly withdrawn.

Athough only deployed from 1920 to 1922, nationalist Ireland still associates the Black and Tans with murder, brutality, massacre and indiscipline in the years leading to southern Ireland's independence

Historians say there is no dispute that 'the Tans' killed and destroyed on a large scale, and recorded that when a Tan was killed in Cork, they burnt down more than 300 buildings.

The Catholic cardinal of the day called them 'a horde of savages, some of them simply brigands, burglars and thieves'.

Monday, 11 June 2012



The Scottish independence movement is one of the most important anti-imperialist struggles in the 'west' today. They have Sons of Malcolm's full support.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Afghanistan being admitted into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as observers is a positive move for peace in the region. Afghanistan's only chance of any semblance of stability, territorial integrity and people-centred development is for it to escape the clutches of the imperialists and develop positive relations with its regional neighbours.

But this is exactly what nato fears, and nato is frantically trying to cajole and bribe and prepare the Taliban and other factions in Afghanistan for continued war against the SCO countries once nato draws down its occupation by 2014.

The negotiations with the Taliban and nato are, one can be sure, around exactly these issues. The fact that nato has opened a Taliban office in one of the most slavish statelets - Qatar (also host to the yanks biggest military base in the region) - shows the bribery that is taking place towards the Taliban.

It remains to be seen what splits will occur if any amongst the Taliban, perhaps some elements of the Taliban will not want to do the bidding of the west, but if the Arab revolts are anything to go by, one cannot be sure, but on the other hand perhaps the Afghan patriots can prove they are not slaves like so many Arab organisations currently in the nato-managed counterrevolution going on in Libya and Syria today.

At the same time, one can be sure that the SCO countries are also in negotiation with all sections of the Afghan political spectrum, including those who have and are fighting nato, and Russia like nato has a long history of involvement in Afghanistan, and will have learnt all manner of lessons in order to defend Afghanistan and itself for nato aggression and dirty tricks.

In the article below you can already see the imperialist reflex to divide and rule when the article plays up some wishful thinking divisions between the Russians and Chinese on Afghanistan:

"Moscow also has offered generous assistance to rehabilitate Soviet-era dams and power stations and is exploring natural gas exploitation and infrastructure contracts — putting it on a potential collision course with China."

There is no sign for the time being that China and Russia are on any kind of collision course about any issue of politics, let alone Afghanistan. But our side in the Global South should be constantly aware and assertively counteracting divide and rule strategy and tactics of our enemy.

Watch this space, as we may yet see a even more intense re-run of the war in Afghanistan if nato gets its way. On the other hand, one hopes that the SCO and other nations of the Global South can help Afghanistan to fend off the imperialists and finally start nation building.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Central Asia group admits Afghanistan as observer


BEIJING –  China, Russia and four Central Asian states granted Afghanistan observer status in their regional group Thursday, moving to consolidate ties with the impoverished, war-torn nation before most foreign combat troops depart by the end of 2014.

Chinese President Hu Jintao announced the plan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's annual summit in Beijing.

Russia and China have long seen the six-nation group as a way to counter U.S. influence in Central Asia, and hope to play a significant role in Afghanistan's future development, especially in economic reconstruction. Granting Afghanistan observer status will strengthen their contacts, something Beijing and Moscow hope will dilute U.S. influence and more closely align Kabul's policies with their own aims.

The SCO also recommitted itself to closer security and economic ties and to combating drug trafficking, extremism and terrorism.

"All the member states should implement the agreement on striking the three forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism," Hu told other leaders at a morning session. "We should establish and improve a system of cooperation in security and take coordinative actions to narrow the space of activities of the three forces, get rid of drug deals and other organized cross-border criminal activities."

Afghanistan, whose president, Hamid Karzai, attended the summit, joins India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan as SCO observer states. The group also admitted Turkey as one of its three dialogue partners.

Granting observer status aims to strengthen "political, economic and civilian cooperation between the SCO states and Afghanistan," Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told reporters.

Underscoring China's growing economic dominance in Central Asia, Hu opened the summit by saying China would offer a $10 billion loan to support economic development and cooperation among SCO member states. No details were immediately given on how the money would be used.

Despite the warming political ties, the SCO has yet to declare a unified strategy on Afghanistan and shows little sign of filling the void left by the withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign forces.

Already, Russia and fellow SCO member nations Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are doing their part to ensure an orderly NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, having agreed to allow the reverse transport of alliance equipment after Pakistan shut down southern supply routes six months ago.

The fourth Central Asian member of the SCO is Tajikistan.

The NATO pullout will also prompt the end of military operations out of Kyrgyzstan's Manas air base, fulfilling China and Russia's oft-stated opposition to a permanent U.S. presence in Central Asia.

While the SCO's security plans in Afghanistan remain unclear, economic outreach looks set to lead the way.

Firms from China — the world's second-largest economy — already have moved into Afghanistan, where officials hope that vast untapped mineral deposits will help offset the loss of foreign aid once foreign troops withdraw. China shares a small stretch of border with Afghanistan.

The U.S. Defense Department has estimated the value of Afghanistan's mineral reserves at $1 trillion. Other estimates have pegged it at $3 trillion or more.

In December, China's state-owned National Petroleum Corp. signed a deal allowing it to become the first foreign company to exploit Afghanistan's oil and natural gas reserves. That comes three years after the China Metallurgical Construction Co. signed a contract to develop the Aynak copper mine in Logar province. Beijing's $3.5 billion stake in the mine is the largest foreign investment in Afghanistan.

China's government has also helped train and equip some security units and government offices, invested in infrastructure, healthcare and education, and offered scholarships to Afghan students.

Russia, which lost nearly 15,000 troops in its disastrous 1979-1989 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, appears keen to recover some of its lost influence there. A key concern for Moscow is stemming the flow of heroin into Russia, to be met by increased intelligence work in the country and bolstered border security in surrounding states.

Moscow also has offered generous assistance to rehabilitate Soviet-era dams and power stations and is exploring natural gas exploitation and infrastructure contracts — putting it on a potential collision course with China.


China summit seen as counterpunch to US moves


BEIJING – Will an international summit hosted by China that includes major “movers and shakers” in Asia, including Iran, Russia, India and Afghanistan, lead to an eastern version of NATO?

“Absolutely not,” Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told NBC News.

Cheng was speaking at a media event as some 16 heads of state and top officials, representing more than half of the world’s population, have gathered as members, observers and dialogue partners of the innocuous-sounding Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an economic and anti-terrorist security bloc initiated by China and Russia in 2001.

The meeting comes as China’s rising profile has raised questions about a possible power struggle between the U.S. and Beijing, with the recent Asia tour of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta highlighting America’s effort to strengthen military alliances and partnerships in the region.

And as a sign of efforts to dilute U.S. influence, the summit granted observer status to Afghanistan on Thursday, a move should position China and the bloc to cultivate ties and play a greater role in the impoverished war-torn country even before NATO ends its military mission by 2014.

Already, Chinese firms have moved into Afghanistan, with designs on the country’s untapped trillion-dollar mineral and energy resources.

Granting observer status and inviting Afghan President Hamid Karzai will help to strengthen “political, economic and civilian cooperation between the SCO states and Afghanistan,” said Cheng at the media event.

“No military alliance” but…

When NBC News asked Cheng if the Shanghai Cooperation Organization would become an “eastern NATO” or a military alliance in the future, he very firmly downplayed the possibility.

“The main purpose is politics, economics and security and under no circumstances will the SCO become a military organization,” he said..

“But I personally think that, as the international environment becomes more complex, the SCO should enhance its cooperation with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), for the sake of peace and stability in Central Asia,” he added.

It’s extremely rare for Chinese senior diplomats to offer their personal views to foreign media, and Cheng’s pronouncements may be China’s trial-balloon for new security thinking.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, of which China is not a member, is a defense alliance formed in 1992 by Russia and former Soviet Republics, which Russia has been trying to reinvigorate in recent years, with stronger military contingents to counter the “eastward expansion of NATO,” among other threats.

By using the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a vehicle to coordinate closely with the Collective Security Treaty Organization, China may be hoping to benefit from stronger military ties with Russia, while avoiding the pitfalls of a formal military alignment.

“It is my personal view,” Vice-Minister Cheng emphasized to NBC News, “but I will try to push for it."

“The peace and stability of Central Asia is related to China’s core interests, we will not allow the unrest in West Asia and North Africa to spread to Central Asia,” he said, referring to the threat of Arab-style upheavals.

America should not worry

“I don’t think America should worry about China’s Central Asia strategy,” said Professor Shi Yinhong, a leading international affairs expert at Renmin University, one of China’s top research institutions.

“There is no possibility for SCO to become a formal military alliance like NATO, but there can be greater security cooperation among SCO’s member-countries,” he told NBC News.

Nonetheless, Shi conceded there are “some elements" of counter-balancing strategy in China’s latest moves.  

“China has neither the stomach nor the power to confront America’s strategic advantage in East
Asia, but China has the capability to improve cooperation in Central Asia,” he said.

“China’s difficulty in East Asia is a motivation for China to do good diplomacy in Central Asia, otherwise things will become very difficult for China,” he explained.


A Black sister who works in the media asked me today: 'Why are Muslims working with israel and nato in Syria? You would have thought its a bit of a give away in terms of in whose interests the Syrian rebels are working with such allies?' I didnt really know how to reply, and said it's indicative of the low level of anti-imperialist politics in the region and especially amongst Arabs. What can you say?

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Israeli President Shimon Peres urged the international community on Sunday to bolster efforts to stop the bloodshed in Syria, and said he hoped the rebels "will win" their struggle.
In an interview with Israeli public radio, Peres said the "efforts of the international community are insufficient."

"We cannot remain indifferent to the tiny coffins that contain the bodies of children," he said ahead of a trip to Washington.

"The massacres get worse each day. It's shameful. I have the deepest respect for the rebels who expose themselves to live fire and I hope that they will win."

Deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon also weighed in on the conflict in Syria on Sunday, saying the Jewish state was ready to provide humanitarian assistance.

He said Israel was shocked by the situation in its northern neighbour and was willing to provide aid, including medicines and food.

"We are in contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations, and we have asked that injured people be evacuated to Jordan, where we can help them. But we are not in contact with the rebels -- that could harm them."

Israel remains formally at war with Syria, but the armistice line between the two countries has been largely quiet for years.

At the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in March last year, Israel said little publicly, with some analysts saying Assad's ouster could be bad for the Jewish state.

But in recent months, Israeli politicians have said Assad's overthrow is a matter of time and have condemned the bloodshed in Syria, offering humanitarian assistance and expressing hope that the regime's collapse could weaken the position of arch foe Iran, a staunch ally of Assad.


Chinese experts say India will not ally with US against Beijing


BEIJING: Chinese analysts say that US efforts to make India part of its alliance against China will not succeed India pursued independent foreign policy focusing on its national interests.

US defence secretary Leon Panetta's visit to New Delhi is as part of Washington's efforts to make it part of alliance against Beijing but India's interest lie with Beijing, Wang Dehua, a specialist on South Asia studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies said.

"It seems that the US is sparing no efforts in forging a semi-circle of alliance against China from the South" as Panetta has attended the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore and afterward visited Vietnam and India, Wang, a specialist on South Asia told state-run Global Times which carried an article highlighting Panetta's visit to New Delhi.

"But India has its own agenda in the region," Wang said noting that India wants to be independent in making its own foreign policies while maximising its national interests.

"For example, India has refrained from becoming deeply involved in the South China Sea rows because it viewed any friction with China as being against its fundamental national interests," Wang said.

"India's interests lie in wider economic and cultural cooperation with China. This is China's opportunity to break up the US intention to contain China," Wang said.

Recent write-ups in the Chinese media were consistent with expectations that India would remain independent.

Another article in the Chinese version of the Global Times said that China should would work to improve bilateral ties with "clear goals" to strengthen friendship taking into consideration New Delhi's independent foreign policy and its recent decision to pull out of South China Sea oil blocks exploration.

"For a long time, India has not figured as an important centre of Chinese foreign policy and China has not decided on a clear goal in its India policy", the write up published in Huanqiu Shibao, the Chinese version of the hardline Global Times daily run by the ruling Communist Party of China, (CPC) said two days ago.

"Now, the activity of the Indian military in the Indian Ocean has increased and the Indian Navy is also sailing more and more towards the east, lack of mutual trust may lead to both sides adopting a mistaken strategy. China should have clear strategic goals towards India", it said.


Kim Jong Un Makes Congratulatory Speech at Joint Meeting of KCU Organizations

Pyongyang, June 6 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, made a congratulatory speech at the joint national meeting of the Korean Children's Union (KCU) organizations.

He in his speech warmly congratulated the delegates and all other members of the KCU across the country on the anniversary being marked amid great care and blessings of the party and the people.

He also extended a warm salute to their teachers and parents across the country working hard to bring them up stoutly.

He said that June 6 is not only the holiday for the KCU but a significant one for the WPK and all the people.

There are in the world no such schoolchildren as those in the DPRK, millions in all, reliably growing to be pillars of future, rallied close around one and the same organization with red ties around their necks, he noted, adding:

For the WPK and the DPRK, the beloved KCU members are treasures more precious than a hundred million tons of gold and silver as they represent hope and future.

Admirable KCU members have done a lot of good things for the country and people, he noted, and continued:

The party and people regard it as great pleasure and pride to have such excellent KCU. The future of Songun Korea is very bright and rosy as it has such ranks of millions of juvenile revolutionaries.

The KCU is demonstrating before the world its honor as a mighty organization of successors to the revolution as now thanks to the benevolent care of Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il possessed of the noblest love for the younger generation and future as their natural disposition.

There were no such great fathers in the world as the Generalissimos who put forward the children as kings of the country and devoted everything to the schoolchildren all their lives, regarding it as the most important affairs of the party and state to show love for the younger generation.

It is the intention of the WPK to build the best thriving socialist nation and hand it over to the KCU members, he said, stressing that thriving Korea in the future will be the strongest country in the world in which happy laughter will be heard from every house and all people live in harmony.

He called on the KCU members to uphold this great country and build it more wonderfully, indicating the following tasks:

The KCU members should learn from the glorious childhood of Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and reliably carry forward the lifeblood of the revolution holding aloft the flag of KCU after the flag of the immortal sun, always cherishing the trust and benevolence of the Generalissimos.

They also should become genuine juvenile revolutionaries and guards in the era of Songun who safeguard the party like the heroes of the Anti-Japanese Children's Corps and juvenile guerillas during the Fatherland Liberation War and advance along the way indicated by the party.

They should prepare themselves to be able revolutionary talents and pillars of a prosperous Korea who are knowledgeable, virtuous and healthy.

It is necessary for them not to waste even spare time but work harder upholding the banner of learning for thriving Korea.

They should become exemplary members of the union who not only study hard but observe the socialist morality, always love the organization, collective and comrades, respect teachers and elders, have good hand in sports and do good things for the country.

They should remember that the honor of being party members and winning the gold medal of heroes starts from the red ties and badges of the union and voluntarily take part in its organizational life.

The party puts great trust in the instructors of the union organizations and instructors of sub-branches of the union, said Kim Jong Un, expressing expectation that they would become genuine teachers who take good care of and love the KCU members as their real parents would do and lead them to bring their talent into bloom.

Kim Jong Un said that the party and government of the DPRK will make it a priority of their affairs to bring up children, carrying forward noble love of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il for rising generation, and make every possible effort to rear the beloved KCU members to be the pillars of Songun Korea who are the happiest and excellent in the world.


... and I am very glad to hear it.

Bunch of imperialist sanctions should not at all stop our peoples from supporting each other - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Chinese firms breaking UN embargo on North Korea

Chinese firms are breaking a United Nations embargo by supplying North Korea with key components for ballistic missiles including launch vehicles, according to evidence provided by an intelligence agency in the region.

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Postcard from Jamaica


Jamaica is set for a huge summer. Usain Bolt is the face, and legs, of the London Olympics. Whether or not he wins gold, his country will swathe itself in yellow and green and black: on August 6, it celebrates 50 years of independence. And there’s another significant anniversary this month in the island’s cultural history – 40 years since the premiere of The Harder They Come, the movie that introduced reggae and the “real Jamaica” to the world. The film’s star, Jimmy Cliff, also releases a new album soon, the splendidly soulful Rebirth, which revels in some unfinished business the 64-year-old singer and songwriter has with that period.

The Harder They Come still jolts the viewer today. It’s as exuberant as any musical – and, indeed, was successfully adapted as a stage show in 2006 by London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East. Shot in almost vérité style, the film’s street scenes have a vivid documentary feel, while clever cuts to a western he watches indicate the state of mind of its anti-hero, aspiring singer-turned-gangster Ivanhoe Martin.

Then there’s the soundtrack, one of the bestselling ever: a cross-section of Jamaican music before Bob Marley dominated its international image – from the lilting ska of Desmond Dekker via the rocksteady harmonies of Toots and the Maytals to Cliff’s socially conscious pop, on the cusp of being called reggae.

This is the era Cliff returns to on Rebirth. “It’s a chapter I wanted to complete in my life,” he says, looking dapper and spritely when we meet at a London hotel. “It’s important to remind people of the value of what was done in those days.” Driving melody and sympathy for the common man have always gone hand-in-hand in his material, whether it’s “You Can Get It If You Really Want It” or “Many Rivers to Cross” then, “World Upside Down” or “Children’s Bread” now.

The new track “Reggae Music” is an autobiography in song. It touches on both his early success as a teenage ska singer in Kingston and the eventual political awakening that led him to write “Vietnam”. It skips, however, from The Harder They Come to the present, skating over the fact that Cliff’s career path since the film – in spite of a Grammy for Cliff Hanger in 1985 and acclaim for his live performances – has not been as smooth as he hoped. Cliff smiles coyly when asked about the choices he made, but concedes that he regrets leaving Chris Blackwell’s Island Records in the wake of the movie.

Cliff was an established international pop star before The Harder They Come – “purely on his music, not as some ‘cultural’ artefact,” observes Lloyd Bradley, author of Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King. The film’s producer/director, the late Perry Henzell, cast Cliff on the strength of two contrasting photographs on his 1969 Jimmy Cliff album. “In one, I look like a winner,” Cliff recalls. “In the other, like a loser or a rebel.” Thus the character of Ivanhoe Martin, a real-life villain and anti-establishment folk hero in the 1940s, became a musician in the movie.

Blackwell and Cliff would later clash over that rebel persona. Blackwell wanted to promote Cliff in such fashion; the singer considered it a backward step. The film had taken three years to make, and wouldn’t be released in the US until 1975; Cliff was moving on. In retrospect, however, he admits “that would probably have been the right thing to do”, not least because Blackwell had a better understanding of reggae than Cliff’s subsequent labels. Blackwell also intended to market reggae as “rebel music” to rock audiences. For that, he needed a band, yet Cliff saw himself as a solo pop act. Enter Bob Marley and the Wailers.

The Harder They Come was none the less a revelation. In Jamaica, the response was ecstatic, chiming with a new optimism following the election of the socialist Michael Manley as prime minister. “How amazing is it the first time you see yourself on the big screen, speaking the way you speak?” says Justine Henzell, Perry’s daughter and herself a film-maker, alluding to the patois that peppers the dialogue. “Nobody was being portrayed in a watered-down or whitewashed way. Perry made the decision early on to make it for Jamaicans rather than an overseas audience.”

That truthfulness resonated abroad. “It gave reggae a context and a reality,” says Bradley. “It said, ‘This is where reggae comes from, this is what Many Rivers to Cross means.’ For a lot of Jamaicans in the UK, it was like a postcard from home. And an awful lot were offended because it was too violent and didn’t show Jamaica in a good light [with the shanty towns and the corruption], but at the same time it did show Jamaica.”

Henzell believes The Harder They Come remains relevant to Jamaicans today. “The passion and intensity that Ivan has in the film is still the spirit of Jamaica,” she says. Her documentary, entitled One People, taps into a growing national confidence, the mood behind calls for Jamaica to become a republic. To be screened during the independence celebrations, it aims to show “we don’t just sing and run fast”, highlighting Jamaican achievements in areas such as politics, medicine, and even chess. “OK, the past 50 years haven’t been perfect,” Henzell says. “We have made mistakes, but we have a lot to be proud of, and we are going to build on that now.”

Reggae, to use the term as a synonym for Jamaican music, has changed markedly since The Harder They Come. The roots movement, of which Marley was a part, was overtaken by the bass-heavy, electronic strains of dancehall. “People were, like, ‘Roots reggae, what’s it ever done for us? We’ve done roots and culture for 10 years and nothing’s changed [in society], so let’s have some fun,’” says Bradley of that more politicised form. Party music for adults it may be, but dancehall attracts much flak for its sexist and often homophobic lyrics.

While not condoning that lyrical content, Bradley maintains the “slackness”, the overt sexual bragging that originated with the Jamaican reggae and dancehall DJ Yellowman and others, was meant as a dirty joke. “It’s all a bit ‘nudge-nudge’,” Bradley says. “At a dancehall night, everybody’s thinking about one thing, pulling [the opposite sex], and that’s what much of this is about.”

Homophobia in dancehall is being challenged. It helps, Henzell says, that the Jamaica’s female prime minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, takes a clear lead within a very macho culture on anti-discrimination in general. The furore that engulfed Buju Banton in 1992, leading to the Stop Murder Music campaign, has been salutary. “If you’re going to make worldwide music, you have to comply with worldwide mores, whether you like it or not,” says Bradley. “That’s commercial intelligence as much as than anything else.”

A UK music-industry figure with notable personal links to Jamaica agrees. “There’s a long way to go, but these attitudes are less and less acceptable among the young,” says Natasha Manley, daughter of the late Michael Manley and Beverley Anderson, now a Jamaican broadcaster and political activist who, in 1972, had a small role in The Harder They Come.

Jamaica’s influence on pop culture has been out of all proportion to its size. Knowledge of the island’s music, “from the 1960s straight through”, is essential to win kudos among young British and American DJs and singers, Manley says. Jimmy Cliff is considered “in the top 10 icons” of those she works with, including M.I.A producer Diplo, who recorded his dancehall project, Major Lazer, in Kingston. “It’s the way he handles melody,” says Manley, explaining Cliff’s enduring appeal. “It’s coming back and being incorporated into current bass music.”

In reggae, too, Bradley and Henzell think the pendulum might be swinging back towards more melodic styles, citing Raging Fyah, Tarrus Riley and Busy Signal, among others. It’s fitting, then, that a sequel to The Harder They Come now looks likelier than ever. Unhappy that the protagonist is killed at the end, Cliff has longed to do a version in which Ivan has a son who “proves you can grow up in that [ghetto] environment and come out good”. Henzell, who owns the rights, will only say a “contemporary reimagining” is in “script development”. Will music play a role? “It has to,” she replies. “Has to.”

“Imagine the opportunities for the soundtrack!” Manley exclaims when I tell her. The next day, I suggest to Cliff that Diplo is a fan. “I would work with him,” he says, with the wary enthusiasm of a favourite uncle offered his first iPad. “I’m not one of those artists who wants to live in the past.”

‘Rebirth’ is out on July 16 on UMC; ‘The Harder They Come’ concert is at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London on June 29 & 30; ‘Bass Culture: When Reggae was King’ is published by Penguin; for ‘One People’, see


Thanks Not a Dinner Party, for the heads up.


The PDF here is some work by Timothy B Tyson on Robert F Williams and the roots of Black Power. It's an excellent piece of work, and is fundamental reading and subject matter for those who would like to know the hidden history of the Black Liberation Movement.

Please search "Robert F Williams" on Sons of Malcolm to learn more.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Huey Newton meeting Chinese Premier - Chou En Lai

The 1946 Chinese revolution ensured the independence of China from once being a semi-colony of many european colonialists. The revolution also developed in a socialist direction. The Chinese revolution was one of the most important revolutions of the last century, which inspired a new wave of revolutionary struggles for several decades.

The African Revolution and the Black Liberation Movement was also inspired by the Chinese revolutionaries, and Mao's statement on the Black Liberation struggle, arising from discussions with pioneering black revolutionary Robert F Williams, helped to put Mao and the Chinese revolution as a champion of the Black Revolution.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Chapter 32 
From Revolutionary Suicide

The people who have triumphed in their own revolution should help those still struggling for liberation. This is our internationalist duty. 
(Mao Tse-tung, Little Red Book)

Today, when I think of my experiences in the People’s Republic of China – a country that overwhelmed me while I was there – they seem somehow distant and remote. Time erodes the immediacy of the trip; the memory begins to recede. But that is a common aftermath of travel, and not too alarming. What is important is the effect that China and its society had on me, and that impression is unforgettable. While there, I achieved a psychological liberation I had never experienced before. It was not simply that I felt at home in China; the reaction was deeper than that. What I experienced was the sensation of freedom as if a great weight had been lifted from my soul and I was able to be myself, without defense or pretense or the need for explanation. I felt absolutely free for the first time in my life completely free among my fellow men. This experience of freedom had a profound effect on me, because it confirmed my belief that an oppressed people can be liberated if their leaders persevere in raising their consciousness and in struggling relentlessly against the oppressor.

Because my trip was so brief and made under great pressure, there were many places I was unable to visit and many experiences I had to forgo. Yet there were lessons to be learned from even the most ordinary and commonplace encounters: a question asked by a worker, the response of a schoolchild, the attitude of a government official. These slight and seemingly unimportant moments were enlightening, and they taught me much. For instance, the behaviour of the police in China was a revelation to me. They are there to protect and help the people, not to oppress them. Their courtesy was genuine; no division or suspicion exists between them and the citizens. This impressed me so much that when I returned to the United States and was met by the Tactical Squad at the San Francisco airport(they had been called out because nearly a thousand people came to the airport to welcome us back), it was brought home to me all over again that the police in our country are an occupying, repressive force. I pointed this out to a customs officer in San Francisco, a Black man who was armed, explaining to him that I felt intimidated seeing all the guns around. I had just left a country, I told him, where the army and the police are not in opposition to the people but are their servants.

I received the invitation to visit China shortly after my release from the Penal Colony, in August, 1970. The Chinese were interested in the Party’s Marxist analysis and wanted to discuss it with us as well as show us the concrete application of theory in their society. I was eager to go and applied for a passport in late 1970, which was finally approved a few months later. However, 1 did not make the trip at that time because of Bobby’s and Ericka’s trial in New Haven. Nonetheless, I wanted to see China very much, and when I learned that President Nixon was going to visit the People’s Republic in February, 1972, I decided to beat him to it. My wish was to deliver a message to the government of the People’s Republic and the Communist Party, which would be delivered to Nixon when he made his visit.

I made the trip in late September, 1971, between my second and third trials, going without announcement or publicity because I was under an indictment. I had only ten days to spend in China. Even though I had no travel restrictions and had been given a passport, the California courts could have tied me down at any time because I was under court bail, so 1 avoided the states jurisdiction by going to New York instead of directly to Canada from California. Because of my uncertainty about what the power structure might do. I continued to avoid publicity after reaching New York, since it was not implausible that the authorities might place a federal hold on me, claiming illegal flight. By flying from New York to Canada I was able to avoid federal jurisdiction, and once in Canada I caught a plane to Tokyo. Police agents knew of my intentions, and they followed me all the way right to the Chinese border. Two comrades, Elaine Brown and Robert Bay, went with me. I have no doubt that we were allowed to go only because the police believed we were not coming back. If they had known I intended to return, they probably would have done everything possible to prevent the trip. The Chinese government understood this, and while I was in China, they offered me political asylum, but I told them I had to return, that my struggle is in the United States of America.

Going through the immigration and customs services of the imperialist nations was the same dehumanizing experience we had come to expect as part of our daily life in the United States. In Canada, Tokyo, and Hong Kong they took everything out of our bags and searched them completely. In Tokyo and Hong Kong we were even subjected to a skin search. I thought I had left that routine behind in the California Penal Colony, but I know that the penitentiary is only one kind of captivity within the larger prison of a racist society. When we arrived at the free territory, where security is supposed to be so tight and every-one suspect, the comrades with the red stars on their hats asked us for our passports. Seeing they were in order, they simply bowed and asked us if the luggage was ours. When we said yes, they replied, “You have just passed customs.” They did not open our bags when we arrived or when we left.

As we crossed into China the border guards held their automatic rifles in the air as a signal of welcome and well-wishing. The Chinese truly live by the slogan “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun,” and their behavior constantly reminds you of that. For the first time I did not feel threatened by a uniformed person with a weapon; the soldiers were there to protect the citizenry.

The Chinese were disappointed that we had only ten days to spend with them and wanted us to stay longer, but I had to be back for the start of my third trial. Still, much was accomplished in that short time, traveling to various parts of the country, visiting factories, schools,and communes. Everywhere we went,large groups of people greeted us with applause, and we applauded them in return. It was beautiful. At every airport thousands of people. welcomed us, applauding, waving their Little Red Books, and carrying signs that read WE SUPPORT THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY, DOWN WITH U.S. IMPERIALISM, OR WE SUPPORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT THE NIXON IMPERIALIST REGIME MUST BE OVERTHROWN.

We also visited as many embassies as possible. Sightseeing took second place to Black Panther business and our desire to talk with revolutionary brothers, so the Chinese arranged for us to meet the ambassadors of various countries. The North Korean Ambassador gave us a sumptuous dinner and showed films of his country. We also met the Ambassador from Tanzania, a fine comrade, as well as delegations from North Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam. We missed the Cuban and Albanian embassies be-cause we were short of time.

When news of our trip reached the rest of the world, widespread attention focused on it, and the press was constantly after us to find out why we had come. They were wondering if we sought to spoil Nixon’s visit since we were so strongly opposed to his reactionary regime. Much of the time we were harassed by reporters. One evening a Canadian reporter would not leave my table despite my asking him several times. He insisted on hanging around, questioning us, even though we had made it plain we had nothing to say to him. I finally became disgusted with his persistence and ordered him to leave. Seconds later, the Chinese comrades arrived with the police and asked if I wanted him arrested. I said no, I only wanted him to leave my table. After that we stayed in a protected villa with a Red Army honor guard outside. This was another strange sensation- to have the police on our side.

We had been promised an opportunity to meet Chairman Mao, but the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party felt this would not be appropriate since I was not a head of state. But we did have two meetings with Premier Chou En-lai. One of them lasted two hours and included a number of other foreign visitors; the other was a six-hour private meeting with Premier Chou and Comrade Chiang Ching, the wife of Chairman Mao. We discussed world affairs, oppressed people in general, and Black people in particular.

On National Day, October 1, we at-tended a large reception in the Great Hall of the People with Premier Chou En-lai and comrades from Mozambique, North Korea, North Vietnam, and the Provisional Government of South Vietnam. Normally, Chairman Mao’s appearance is the crowning event of the most important Chinese celebration, but this year the Chairman did not put in an appearance. When we entered the hall, a band was playing the Internationale, and we shared tables with the head of Peking University, the head of the North Korean Army, and Comrade Chiang Ching, Mao’s wife. We felt it was a great privilege.

Everything I saw in China demonstrated that the People’s Republic is a free and liberated territory with a socialist government. The way is open for people to gain their freedom and determine their own destiny. It was an amazing experience to see in practice a revolution that is going forward at such a rapid rate. To see a classless society in operation is unforgettable. Here, Marx’s dictum- from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs- is in operation.

But I did not go to China just to admire. I went to learn and also to criticize, since no society is perfect. There was little, however, to find fault with. The Chinese insist that you find something to criticize. They believe strongly in the most searching self-examination, in criticism of others and, in turn, of self. As they say, without criticism the hinges on the door begin to squeak. It is very difficult to pay them compliments. Criticize us, they would say, because we are a backward country, and I always replied, “No, you are an underdeveloped country.” I did have one criticism to make during a visit to a steel factory. This factory had thick black smoke pouring into the air. I told the Chinese that in the United States there is pollution because factories are spoiling the air; in some places the people can hardly breathe. If the Chinese continue to develop their industry rapidly, I said, and without awareness of the consequences, they will also make the air unfit to breathe. I talked with the factory workers, saying that man is nature but also in contradiction to nature, because contradictions are the ruling principle of the universe. Therefore, although they were trying to raise their levels of living, they might also negate the progress if they failed to handle that contradiction in a rational way. I explained that man opposes nature, but man is also the internal contradiction in nature. Therefore,while he is trying to reverse the struggle of opposites based upon unity, he might also eliminate himself. They understood this and said they are seeking ways to remedy this problem.

My experiences in China reinforced my understanding of the revolutionary process and my belief in the necessity of making a concrete analysis of concrete conditions. The Chinese speak with great pride about their history and their revolution and mention often the invincible thoughts of Chairman Mao Tse-tung. But they also tell you, “This was our revolution based upon a concrete analysis of concrete conditions, and we cannot direct you, only give you the principles. It is up to you to make the correct creative application.” It was a strange yet exhilarating experience to have traveled thousands of miles, across continents, to hear their words. For this is what Bobby Seale and I had concluded in our own discussions five years earlier in Oakland, as we explored ways to survive the abuses of the capitalist system in the Black communities of America. Theory was not enough, we had said. We knew we had to act to bring about change. Without fully realizing it then, we were following Mao’s belief that “if you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.”


Channel 4 News journalist Alex Thomson has upset the nato apple cart in relation to Syria by stating in the press that the nato mercenaries ('rebels') in Syria deliberately led him into a fire fight so as to endanger his life and possible kill him in order to assist their campaign for further nato support and ideally a good old fashion imperialist bombing. Keep in mind that Channel 4 News is one of the worst pro-empire news channels in britain, and is a particular favourite amongst 'white man's burden' type of liberals. But Thomson, unlike the rest of his on-camera colleagues, does not seem to share the same degree of empire-liberal conceit. Perhaps this is in part due to his experience in Libya. He is also known for shutting up mark regev, a nasty little fool passing as a spokesperson for white supremacist israel.

Alex Thomson was also in Tripoli, Libya just after it fell to nato and their mercenaries ('rebels') there too. The reason I raise this is that Thomson himself witnesses the persecution of black people there by the rebels (see the video below). It is clear from this report that the black brothers in the video would have been lynched by these Arab white supremacists.

Channel 4 News, like every other empire-liberal media outlet, has been championing regime change on the part of nato, but some credit has to be given to Thomson for having stepped out of this paradigm, if only for a moment.

His comment,  "dead journos are bad for Damascus," is a very important one for anti-imperialists and those who believe in peace and independence for the Global South, as it points to the central media strategies of the Syrian rebels: to create a media sensation by hook or by crook so as to justify their own terrorism against the Syrian people, and in order to push along nato to conduct their own terror against Syria.

One hopes that Thomsons' experience and comments will raise peoples understanding as to the fact that what is taking place in Syria, like that in Libya, is a battle between on the one hand the forces of imperialism allied with saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, and on the other hand the forces of independence for the Gobal South led by Russia and China.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


One of the defining characteristics of the "Arab Spring", other than it's enthusiastic prostitution to imperialism, has been the resurgence and political whitewashing of racism and ethnic cleansing. The two things are of course not unconnected.

- Not a Dinner Party

"But racism is unlikely to be erased overnight, either in Lebanon or in many other Middle Eastern countries where blacks are routinely looked down on. Racist taunts are often heard on Egypt’s streets, and in Yemen, darker-skinned people, known as al-akhdam (“the servants”), who make up perhaps 5% of the population, are confined to menial jobs and tend to dwell in slums. In Libya rebel militias often targeted darker-skinned people from nearby countries such as Chad and Mali and from countries further south, accusing them of being mercenaries of Muammar Qaddafi."


Sunday, 10 June 2012


This article in a right-wing mainstream paper of the brit white power structure inadvertently makes a good point: in their usual arrogant nasty manner, the piece makes digs at anti-imperialist and socialist (north) Korea and its leadership. But it says this: 

"It was more like a welcome given to teen pop idol Justin Bieber than a political leader.

"But these North Korean children certainly appeared to be overcome with emotion about meeting Kim Jong Un – even if they may have been instructed to show their happiness.

"The youngsters, all members of the Korean Children's Union, wept and jostled to hold the hand of the 'supreme leader'"

So this article is basically saying that millions of children and young people who, as a result of media brainwashing, fall about themselves over a deeply pathetic and embarrassing non-entity, but a people of the Global South cannot express their deep emotional love and loyalty to the revolutionary leadership which helped them to deliver themselves from Japanese and western colonialism and towards socialism. 

On a more positive note, great to see Kim Jong Sun being a young leader who is obviously enthusiastic about connecting with his people. This video below, although with the usual pro-imperialist slant of Al-Jazeera, gives a good idea of Kim Jon Un's dynamic with the Korean people and wonderful to hear him talking about developing the Korean national liberation and socialist revolution, and handing over the revolutionary process to the younger generations.

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm