Thursday, 31 July 2014

'LATIN' AMERICAN BRIC-ALLIED COUNTRIES TAKE THE LEAD IN PROTESTING GAZA MASSACRE


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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has branded what is happening in Gaza a "massacre". She argued that the offensive was "disproportionate", calling for an immediate ceasefire:

"What's happening in Gaza is dangerous. I don't think it's a genocide, but I think it's a massacre.
It's a humanitarian issue. This can't be done in such a small strip (of territory), with people who are in a situation of great insecurity, very threatened, with many women and children.

We know that in a war like this, the ones who pay are the civilians."


Gaza Crisis: El Salvador Joins Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru to Recall Israel Envoy

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El Salvador has joined four Latin American countries in recalling its Israel ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest at the military's ground and air offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have all recalled their diplomatic representatives to Israel.

The Chilean foreign ministry in Santiago said its ambassador was being brought back to the country because of "the escalation of Israeli military operations in Gaza".

"Chile notes with great concern and dismay that such military operations, which at this stage of development are subject to a collective punishment against the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza, do not respect fundamental rules of international humanitarian law."

Spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Yigal Palmor, said that the recalling of diplomatic missions only served to encourage Hamas militants in their attacks on the Israeli state.

"Israel expresses its deep disappointment with the hasty decision of the governments of El Salvador, Peru and Chile to recall their ambassadors for consultations," said Palmor.

"This step constitutes encouragement for Hamas, a group recognised as a terror organisation by many countries around the world."

Palmor said the protests of the Latin American countries were handing "terrorists a prize".

"Israel expects countries that oppose terrorism to act responsibly and not to hand terrorists a prize," he said.

"So far, every time Israel accepted plans for establishing a ceasefire and restoring calm, it was countered by Hamas's sustained rocket fire.

"El Salvador, Chile and Peru would have been much better advised to promote the international move intended to assist Israel in its efforts to defend innocent civilians and reinstate a durable ceasefire with the demilitarisation of Gaza."

Brazil had earlier denounced the "disproportionate use of force by Israel" before recalling the Ambassador of Brazil in Tel Aviv to Brasilia.

The United Nations Human Rights Council, consisting of 46 members, also voted unanimously to investigate potential Israeli 'war crimes' in the territory. The only member to vote against the resolution was the United States while many European Union nations abstained. 

YOUTH IN BELFAST PAINT SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE

[video] AL QUDS BRIGADE OF THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE IN GAZA IN SUCCESSFUL ATTACK ON ENEMY ARMY

[video] 'GAZA FIGHTS BACK' HIP-HOP TRACK BY BRO MARCEL CARTIER

[video] PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE IN GAZA DOWNS ENEMY DRONE

[video] PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE ATTACK ENEMY WATCHTOWER FROM TUNNELS & RETREAT BACK INTO TUNNELS

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

wEST IS ALREADY AT WAR WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA


The west's war on China and Russia wont happen in a few decades, its here already

Sukant Chandan
Sons of Malcolm
30 july 2014

Time for some self criticism / self reflection. I used to think that the neo-colonials/imperialists/'west' will go to direct and open war on Russia and China as the last on a list of Global South countries to war on, that the enemy would first go through and neutralise Global South counties Libya-Somalia-Afghanistan-Iraq-Syria-style, and THEN go on to China and Russia. I an no longer that this is the case.

It's clear to all that the 'west' has no more than 30yrs tops to close the gap with the leadership of the Global South (China and Russia) before the latter develop their industry and military to be some kind of conventional match with the enemy.

However, I was rather foolish to think that the enemy will be waiting for a couple of decades and allow Russia and China to develop their military, and I was perhaps foolish to think they would only try and knock out the smaller and weaker countries and links in the Global South chain. Why on earth would the enemy give Russia and China decades to prepare a defensive war with the enemy?! I dont think the west are allowing that.

No, I think the war has been called out against Russia and China by the enemy NOW, not at some future date, but the war is HERE. How? The "picot to Asia" in the words of obama and clinton is a WAR STRATEGY. It is encouraging any East Asian country to go to WAR with China over disputes over islands that could otherwise be resolved through talking. On Russia the conflict in Ukraine is an OPEN WAR declaration by the enemy.

The Global South is building its united capacity on all fronts, but its at a (sometimes literally) crushingly slow pace, Chavez and Gadafi were two leaders we had who stood out precisely because they worked day and night and frantically to develop our unity and MILITARY UNITY. They made their historic contribution, but much more needs to be done.

Fact is, that our side need to find the victories, search out the victories, get into the fight and counter the war that is being rolled out against them/us. But that's "their stuff". OUR role especially in the 'west' is to develop a anti-war movement or anti-imperialist war movement that can develop this kind of understanding and mobilise around it. We are not and instead we have anti-war movements in the west including in england who are ANTI-China, ANTI-Russia and who celebrated the lynching of Gadafi/Libya and they would love to see a similar lynching of Assad/Syria.

There are tiny signs of opposition in england, like that of Russell Brand, Mark McGowan, Frankie Boyle but these formations tend to neutralise themselves as they are defacto and not because of their own intentions in the white supremacist and neo-colonial circles (albeit those circles which dont like some of the things the west does) like ukip/farage, alex jones, david yikes, ron paul etc (see the comments under Russell's youtube videos etc to as evidence). What I am saying is that there is a eurocentric neo-colonial oriented 'opposition' growing that has hegemonised most 'opposition'. This is also reflected in supposed radical circles in the sense so many are just putting their heads in the sand in regards to the Global situation, there are basically no moves to unite peoples, and leaving the field clear for the enemy to develop war everywhere.

Many of us were and still are waiting for the great leap forward in the Global struggle, whereby revolutionary leaderships will take the tasks in hand and mobilise and inspires and educate our peoples to fight the enemy and win liberation. You know what? We HAD that! And that was in the period circa 1999-2010 with especially Chavez and Gadafi taking that leadership in alliance with the rest of the Global South. There was also Yasser Arafat and others who should never be forgotten.

We are now waiting for the next big Global South surge. No sign of it yet, and it its coming is not an inevitability. But history changes and moves within weeks and months that would otherwise take decades and generations to shift. In the meantime, we need to develop ourselves, unite ourselves, develop our analysis and in general up our game. But I see nearly none of that happening. What is going on is classic end of empire stuff: people doing ANYTHING but facing the reality.

[video] "GAZA AND EAST UKRAINE ARE ONE STRUGGLE"

Thursday, 24 July 2014

eUROPEAN COLONIALISTS DID TO EUROPEAN WOMEN WHAT THEY WENT ONTO DO TO AFRICAN PEOPLE



"A scold is paraded through the community wearing the "bridle", an iron contraption used to punish women with a sharp tongue. Significantly, a similar device was used by European slavetraders in Africa to subdue their captives and carry them to their ships" 

- 'Caliban and the Witch', Silva Fredereci, p101 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

"HAMAS IS NOT THE ENTIRE RESISTANCE / TURKEY & QATAR GET nATO TO BOMB LIBYA, BUT NOTHING FOR GAZA"


"Hamas is not the entire Resistance, the entire Resistance is very pluralistic, it includes over half a dozen organizations, and they are all united. When the occupation forces do actually invade on the ground---these cowards who prefer to bomb from thousands of feet up in the sky, like their NATO friends---once they're actually on the ground they can be met man-to-man by our resistance, and they suffer dozens of soldiers injured and killed.

Hassan Nasrallah... said that Hizbollah are ready to go and fight in Gaza.That exposes Turkey and Qatar, who would put missiles on the border of Syria, ask NATO to bomb Libya and Syria and other countries, and attack Lebanese Hizbollah. Why aren't they doing anything similar for the people of Gaza? This exposes their utter, rank hypocrisy and their agenda.

The people of Palestine have a right to resist, the people of Palestine have the right to unite with the people and the states of the region who are defending the entire region, allied with the BRICS and the Global South."

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm (taken from this interview)

IRAQI BAATH IN HOSTILE TAKE OVER FROM 'ISIS' IN MOSUL


Iraqi Baath / Naqshabandi Army declare war on Isis. Iraqi Baath and Iraqi Political Shia and pro-Iranian forces in Iraq should unite against the common enemy that being zionism and imperialism and their death squads. yaser Arafat, FLN Algeria, Hugo Chavez and many other anti-imperialists across the world always wanted and still want Iran and Iraqi nationalists to unite. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Baath Party declares war against ISIS

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The banned Iraq Baath party has declared war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) group due to their violent dismissal of the Christians of Mosul.

In a statement released by the Baath party this week, claims are made that the crimes of ISIS are becoming far too numerous and there should be a limit put on them, especially after they threatened and forced Christians in Mosul to leave the city.

On 18 July, ISIS called on all the Christians to make a choice: to remain in the city, they would have to either convert to Islam or pay high taxes to remain as recognized Christians. Otherwise they were to leave Mosul within 24 hours. Most of the Christian families left the city and fled to the Kurdistan Region.

Earlier last month and at the start of ISIS attacks in Mosul, former Saddam Hussain deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri still on the run since 2003, is believed to lead the Baathist militant group the Naqshbandi Army, one of several groups which supported the al Qaeda offshoot in a recorded audio called on all Iraqis to join efforts to ’liberate’ the country and praised Sunni militants who led last month’s dramatic offensive through northern Iraq.


The Baath party is an Arab political party from Syria and previously in Iraq. Its main ideological objectives are secularism, socialism, and pan-Arab unionism. Founded in Damascus in 1941 and reformed, with the name Baath, in the early 1950s, it rapidly achieved political power in Syria.




New militant group replacing Isis in Mosul, says city governor

Atheel Nujaifi says main strike force has withdrawn, with rebels linked to Saddam Hussein regime taking over

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Isis fighters have partially withdrawn from Iraq's second city, Mosul, where another militant group - closely linked to former members of Saddam Hussein's regime - has taken over large areas, according to the city's governor.

In an interview with the Guardian the governor, Atheel Nujaifi, who escaped from Mosul last month, said the Islamic State's main "strike force" had withdrawn from the city to fight the Iraqi army further south in Tikrit, he said. A smaller number of local Isis supporters remained in Mosul's western part, known as the right bank, he said.

Last month Isis staged a stunning advance, seizing Mosul and Tikrit, and raising the spectre of Iraq's collapse. On Tuesday the Iraqi army was forced to retreat from Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's birthplace, 100 miles north of Baghdad, after its latest attempt to retake the city met heavy Isis resistance.

But according to Nujaifi, most of the eastern half of Mosul is now dominated by the Naqshbandi Army, a group led by high-ranking Saddam-era Ba'athists including Izzat al-Douri, the king of clubs in the US deck of "wanted Iraqi" playing cards. Naqshbandi militants had taken down Isis flags from "a lot of buildings" and replaced them with their own, he said. Other sources inside Mosul confirmed that Isis fighters began to withdraw from the city about a week ago.

The lightning Isis offensive, which swept Iraqi government forces from swaths of the country's north, is thought to have been partially enabled by an alliance with the Naqshbandi group - known in full as the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order which emerged around 2007. The group is believed to be under the control of Douri, the most senior of Saddam's commanders to evade capture after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. His whereabouts is unknown, though many think he is in Syria.

"They [the Naqshbandi group] have a direct relationship with al-Douri," the governor said. "It's a Sufi group. Al-Douri is himself a Sufi."

Nujaifi said the only way out of Iraq's current violent turmoil was a political solution involving talks not with Isis but with the "six or seven" other Sunni groups fighting in different parts of the country. All are opposed to Iraq's Shia-led government, and its prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. "The solution must be without Maliki. Nobody trusts him," the governor said.

Residents in Mosul, meanwhile, say Iraqi aircraft are regularly bombarding the city, and on Tuesday night hit its main power plant, next to Mosul University. Water supplies have already been cut. Electricity – previously available for a couple of hours a day – is now down to just a few minutes, forcing people to rely on generators. Prices for basic foodstuffs and petrol have risen dramatically.

The northern city of around two million is by far the biggest to have fallen into the hands of Isis. When jihadi fighters swept into Mosul on 10 June, many initially welcomed their arrival: the city is predominantly Sunni, and the Shi-dominated Baghdad government and its local police force in Mosul were deeply unpopular. Locals described how Isis militants attempted to win over locals, using army cranes to remove Mosul's numerous checkpoints, for example. One shopkeeper said that before the militants' arrival it had taken one hour to cross the city; now it took just 15 minutes.

Gradually, however, Isis began imposing its own Salafist rules – pulling down municipal statues of Mosul singer Mala Osman and poet Abu Tamam. Fighters asked shops not to stock western-style women's clothes. They told female public-sector employees – doctors, teachers, nurses – to stay at home. According to residents, Isis promised to give male street cleaners and other workers 30% of their salaries to keep essential services going – but failed to pay anything.

One resident said most Isis fighters had vanished late last week. They were now largely invisible, with only a few low-key checkpoints inside the city. "They left their houses. You only see them now in on patrol at night, a couple of cars. Before in the same neighbourhoods I saw hundreds of fighters celebrating their victory," the resident said.

So far, there has been no conflict between the Naqshbandi Army and Isis, who are now facing off in Mosul on opposite banks of the Tigris river. But the governor said that a struggle was inevitable. "Logically, they will confront each other," he said. Local Sunni factions in several Iraqi provinces were stronger than Isis, he added. The faultline was between "nationalist" groups and hardline Salafist outfits, he said, which had emerged from a rigid "ideological, Islamic background".

Nujaifi said he reluctantly left Mosul on the advice of his security officers on 10 June, as the Iraqi army fled. He initially stayed at his farm outside the city, but left that too as Isis rolled forward.

His son Abdullah said Isis had stolen the family's 200 pure breed Arab horses, adding: "One third of them will be dead by now."

The governor hinted there could be a deal over control of Mosul in the near future. "With Naqshabdni it's easier to get a solution," he said. "The ideological people [from Isis] aren't interested in the city. They've left."

For the moment, though, Isis militants are killing about five or six people a day, the governor said, citing sources inside the city's mortuary.

The group had also taken prisoners, including two high-ranking Ba'athists: Sayf al-Din al-Mashhadani, a Ba'ath party commander and the three of clubs in the US "most-wanted" deck, and his cousin Fadhil. According to Reuters, Isis militants last week rounded up between 25 and 60 senior ex-military officers and Ba'ath party members in Mosul, taking them away in SUVs for questioning.

The governor said he believed the man who appeared in a video making a speech from Mosul's al-Nuri mosque on 5 July was indeed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Isis's leader. In the footage, Baghdadi proclaimed a new Islamic caliphate stretching from Iraq to Syria, with himself as its ruler. "I think he is a simple man," the governor said. "It wasn't a high-level speech."

Nujaifi said the choice of the 900-year-old mosque, known for its wonky minaret, and elaborate brickwork, was deliberate. It evoked a historical war against the Shia, he said: in the 12th century Nur al-Din set off from the mosque to defeat the Shia Fatamid caliphate in Cairo.

One former Saddam-era general, now in Kurdish Irbil, said he had shared a cell with Baghdadi back in 2004. Both were imprisoned by the Americans in Abu Ghraib, in camp C, just outside Baghdad, he said. The general said the prison become a training school for Sunni militants who would go on to take part in the growing insurgency against US forces. "I would give lectures on special forces training," he said wryly.

He described Baghdadi as an "average guy". "He was a normal fighter, one of thousands who fought the Americans. He smoked a lot. Strange to think he is now leading Isis."

CHAVEZ, NASRALLAH, NASSER!



This was a poster that our pro-Resistance comrades in Lebanon designed. The caption says: Chavez: Symbol of Global Resistance, Nasrallah: The fulfilled promise [of Hizbullah's 2006 victory against the white colonial settler state, I assume], and Nasser: He who ignited the Light. 

Beautiful!

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

REMEMBERING HUGO CHAVEZ AND PALESTINE


"IRAQ, LIBYA, PALESTINE: AND YOU STILL ASK WHY NORTH KOREA IS ARMED TO THE TEETH?"


[video] NATIVE PEOPLES IN AMERICAS AND PALESTINE UNITED! SISTERS SHADIA MANSOUR AND ANA TIJOUX




Tuesday, 22 July 2014

'IF YOU DONT LIKE ROCKETS, GIVE THE PALESTINIANS A PROPER ARMY LIKE THEIR ENEMY's' - SUKANT ON PRESS TV


"Yes the resistance rockets are terrifying. Well that's fine, give us your F-16s, give us your tanks, so-called 'Israel', and you can have the rockets, you can have the AK-47s. What we have is a largely defenseless population who has been usurped historically, who have been boxed into a ghetto of nearly 2 million people, in a tiny strip of land... and these people haven't got the right to resist? Absolutely Palestinians have the right to resist, and they should have more rockets, they should have better rockets, and they should have a Resistance that can match conventionally one of the biggest genocidal entities on the plant, which is the white, colonial state of 'Israel'."

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm on Press TV Mon 21 2014 here and here

HUGO CHAVEZ, HERO FOR PALESTINIANS







PFLP STATEMENT ON SHUJA'IYA MASSACRE IN GAZA


Shuja’iya massacre will stain the hands of all who are silent and complicit

PFLP website

The Zionist enemy carried out a horrific massacre today against the civilians of Shuja’iya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, targeting homes with mortars, tanks, missiles and aircraft, killing dozens of martyrs and wounding hundreds, where many remain under the rubble of their destroyed homes amid a barrage of shells and rockets.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine pledged that the blood of the martyrs of the Shuja’iya massacre, of the war crimes and genocide committed by land, air and sea in every inch of Gaza against civilians in their homes, children, women, and the elderly, will not be wasted, and that the enemy will never be able to break the will and steadfastness of our people and their valiant resistance which will fight and resist this cowardly and criminal enemy until the last breath.

The Front noted that the Zionist criminal occupation has brought death, destruction and devastation to our neighborhoods, camps and cities, saying that the occupation forces were incapable of stopping the resistance or its qualitative strikes against occupation forces, and have expressed their cowardice by targeting innocent civilians in their homes.

The Front saluted the brave resisters in all the Palestinian military organizations who are willing to sacrifice in order to block the progress of the occupation forces, for our people to survive and confront the war machine, and praised its ongoing painful strikes to the enemy.

Furthermore, the Front emphasized that the international community is responsible for the crimes against our people in Gaza with its ongoing military, financial, and political support to the occupation entity, providing it with political cover to commit crimes against our people.

The Front demanded that Palestinian Authority officials and spokespeople stop engaging in the language of defeatism and to instead respect the Palestinian popular mood, which shouts that no voice is louder than the voice of the resistance. Our legitimate resistance is a point of pride for all of our people; we are convinced that we will win, and we will mend our wounds, we will rise from the rubble and the ruins to rebuild our homes again.

The Front saluted with pride the steadfast people in Gaza from Rafah to Beit Hanoun who have suffered so much pain and yet refuse to concede to the threats of the occupation. People with such steadfastness will inevitably triumph and no war machine will be able to defeat them or to force them to abandon their embrace of the resistance.

The Front saluted the inspiring sacrifices and commitment of medical personnel, ambulance workers and civil defense, who faced extreme danger and came under fire in order to evacuate the dead and wounded, as well as the journalists who lost their lives in order to deliver the tragic images in the streets of Gaza to the world.

The Front called upon the Palestinian people throughout Palestine, in the West Bank, Jerusalem and ’48 and everywhere in diaspora and exile, saying that the land of the West Bank must burn under the feet of the occupiers, in their settlements and everywhere the occupation is. It is time that the earth is turned to flame beneath the feet of the criminal enemy. There can be no more waiting as the horrific massacres continue in Bureij, Rafah, Khan Younis, Beit Hanoun, Shuja’iya, Gaza.

It also demanded the Arab people and the democratic and progressive forces of the world to remain in the streets and squares, to occupy, surround and storm the Zionist and U.S. embassies and consulates in response to the crimes of the occupation forces, and to condemn the international and Arab official silence and complicity, demanding an immediate end to the siege on Gaza and the unconditional opening of Rafah crossing and in particular to facilitate the entry of medical personnel and aid.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirm that the crimes of the occupation will not go unpunished and resistance to the Zionist genocide against our people is our path. The banner of resistance and confrontation will be raised high by the Palestinian people.

The PFLP demanded that the PLO leadership immediately act to join the International Criminal Court and act to prosecute the fascist occupation war criminals for their massacres against the Palestinian people. The Front expressed its highest honor and salute and deepest mourning for the blood of the martyrs whose blood was shed on the land of Gaza, pledging to march on the path of freedom, self-determination, return and liberation, for which they were killed.

[video] SUKANT ON PRESS TV: "zIONISTS HAVE INTERNALISED WARSAW GHETTO EXPERIENCE & PROJECTING IT ONTO GAZA

ETHICS (OR LACK OF) TOWARDS VICTIMS IN UKRAINE, LIBYA AND GAZA


I would make a comment as to how the dead from flight MH17 are considered human by the 'west' whereas our people in Gaza are not, but then many of the people saying this didn't care and continue to not care one jot for 50,000+ who were killed by nato/the 'west' in 6 months in Libya 2011, so things are a bit more complex. 

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Monday, 21 July 2014

EGYPTIAN AHRAM EXPLAINS BATTLE WITH nATO (TURKEY & QATAR) OVER GAZA, PALESTINE


Very interesting article here from the generally pro-state and widely respected Egyptian newspaper Ahram Online. This article makes quite clear the machinations between nato (the 'west' Turkey and Qatar) and Egypt and the Resistance Axis (Syria, Lebanese Hizbullah and Iran) in relation to Gaza and Palestine. Basically the situation is that nato is working on taking Palestine under its wings from the Resistance Axis and Egypt. Such a development would be another blow to the Palestinian struggle and the region and the entire Global South.

The most interesting passage is this one: "“Obviously we are facing a serious challenge, but the initiative is not dead yet,” said the same Egyptian diplomat. He acknowledged that to give the initiative the kiss of life, Cairo would have to stop counting on its good relations with Abbas and with Israel and venture into improving its relations “somewhat” with Hamas and some of its regional allies — Iran the more likely candidate, rather than Turkey or Qatar."

What this means is that Egypt is most likely open to developing a strategic approach with Iran in countering the attempts at nato to take over Palestine.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm



Egypt vies to protect traditional Gaza truce broker role

With challengers to its traditional regional role having emerged, principally in Turkey and Qatar, Egypt's proposed initiative to end Israel's latest assault has taken on added significance

Ahram Online

What started as an understated diplomatic tug of war between Egypt and Turkey is turning into an open confrontation over developments in Gaza.

On Friday afternoon, during a press conference with visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Egypt’s top diplomat Sameh Shoukry openly criticised the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his remarks on Egypt.

Erdogan had been directly critical of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his political choices on Gaza. The Turkish premier, who was a vocal opponent of the ouster of former Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi over a year ago, on Friday called Egypt’s president "another dictator" who is in league with Israel against the oppressed Palestinians.

Shoukry said that the remarks were "totally unacceptable and went way out of the boundaries of diplomatic decency."

The statement of the top Egyptian diplomat came as both Cairo and Ankara were by now openly competing to provide a political deal acceptable to both Israel and Hamas with the objective of ending Israel's latest war on the beseiged and impoverished Gaza Strip.

It also came at the time when Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas was leaving Cairo to Ankara after a two-day visit where he met with Egyptian, Israeli and Hamas officials in an attempt to secure a deal acceptable to all parties.

The talks in Cairo, designed to support an Egyptian ceasefire initiative tabled Tuesday, failed to deliver as Hamas leaders — later joined by all Palestinian factions, except Abbas's Fatah — declined the Egyptian offer as inappropriate in failing to acknowledge the demand of Palestinians in Gaza to see an end to the siege that has been imposed on the densely populated Strip since Hamas took power in 2007.

“Erdogan, with the help of the Qataris, is blocking Hamas from agreeing to the initiative because they don’t want Egypt to be the one that ends the war on Gaza. They want to have this political victory for themselves on the bodies of innocent Palestinians in Gaza,” said an Egyptian diplomat who spoke off the record.

The Egyptian initiative, which calls for end of "hostilities" on and from Gaza pending security arrangements, was shrugged by Hamas leaders on the basis that it was neither coordinated with the Palestinian faction prior to its being issued, unlike with Israel, nor would it provide Palestinians in Gaza the end of siege they are demanding.

Hamas openly qualified the Egyptian initiative as a slightly polished version of an Israeli blueprint that was designed to cut the political losses of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over the war on Gaza.

Concerned Egyptian officials say that contrary to the Hamas criticism, the initiative was discussed with PA chief Abbas. This, they admit, was essentially due to tense relations between the new authorities in Egypt and Hamas over Egyptian accusations that the Islamic Resistance Movement is attempting to avenge the ouster of Morsi last year.

Egyptian officials add that Hamas leaders “went too far” when they declined Egyptian mediation ahead of the Israeli war on Gaza. “They were warned that this was going to happen and they shrugged our advice,” said a source close to mediation talks that failed to stop the assault over a week ago.

In Cairo, following Hamas's rejection of the initiative, which had been offered nominal support from an extraordinary Arab League meeting Monday, Egyptian authorities acknowledged the need to put aside their political hostility towards Hamas if they wished to deliver a political deal that would save traditional Egyptian influence on the Palestinian-Israeli front — especially when it comes to Gaza that falls squarely on the eastern borders of Egypt and historically had been administered by Egypt following the 1948 war and until its occupation in 1967.

Hamas leader Moussa Abou Marzouk, given refuge in Egypt since he had to leave his otherwise permanent base in Syria amid the political turmoil there, was summoned for talks with top intelligence officials, which were partially joined by Abbas. He then left Cairo with a message to Hamas leaders in Gaza and would later meet with Hamas leaders outside Gaza.

Meanwhile, Egypt has asked top Hamas political figure Khaled Meshal to come to Cairo for talks that could pave the way for the promotion of the Egyptian initiative.

Egypt has been — and still is — reluctant to accommodate Hamas's demand for a permanent opening of Rafah Crossing, the only non-Israeli controlled outlet for Gaza. However, according to official sources, it is willing to agree to more frequent, if not basically regular, operation of the crossing point, as well as suspending its anti-Hamas media warfare and releasing some Hamas prisoners.

In return, it wants Hamas to agree promptly on its initiative, and away from co-sponsors — especially political adversaries Turkey and Qatar, that have been calling the ouster of Morsi a "military coup."

Egypt already has Israel on board. And, according to the Egyptian diplomat who spoke to Ahram Online, “it is unlikely that Israel would grant any other mediator a higher level of concessions for Hamas than it does for Egypt.”

Israel has been fully opposed to ending its siege on Gaza or releasing the full list of prisoners Hamas is putting on the table. It has at best agreed to some measures, coordinated with International Quartet envoy Tony Blair, to alleviate the hardships faced by Gazans, including an Arab reconstruction scheme, in return for a long-term ceasefire (most sources speak of five years) and the elimination of Hamas's rockets capacity.

The objective of getting Hamas to succumb to a truce sooner rather than later is something that most international players — particularly the US — are willing to support.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who twice cancelled tentatively scheduled visits to the Middle East, including Egypt, has been discussing developments with regional interlocutors.

Kerry had openly called on Hamas to agree to the Egyptian initiative and during the past few days expressed more than once Washington’s support for the Egyptian initiative.

However, Western diplomatic sources say, it is becoming increasingly the impression in Washington, which is unlikely to send its top diplomat to the region too far in advance of a political deal, that Egypt is unlikely to achieve a positive result by itself.

“Egypt does not have the influence it used to have over Hamas — not just under Morsi but also under [ousted president Hosni] Mubarak,” said one Western diplomatic source.

Under the rule of Mubarak, Egypt was never at ease with Hamas and openly favoured its rival, Abbas's Fatah movement, in the internal Palestinian dispute. But its regional weight meant ultimately that its word was heard by Hamas leaders. Under Morsi, the close association between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas was revealed.

Today, it is the impression of concerned Western capitals that without mixing Egyptian diplomatic/intelligence efforts with those of either (or maybe both) Turkey and Qatar, it might prove difficult for a deal to be reached in the region.

During the last few days, in talks between Kerry and Shoukry, the US secretary of state — according to one informed Western diplomat — suggested to his Egyptian counterpart the possible need to extend diplomatic cooperation (ie, to pull in other partners) to conclude a deal to end the war on Gaza.

This is not something that is pleasing Cairo. Concerned Egyptian officials are not ruling out the possibility of the US opting for a non-Egyptian umbrella for a ceasefire deal. But this, they say, might add to already existing tensions — and some say the mood for revision — that Cairo and Washington share.

The regional capacity of Egypt has always been a key factor in the Egyptian-American "partnership," as established since the relaunch of relations following the Egypt-Israel peace deal. Recently, this capacity has been significantly challenged, with Egypt too busy with its internal affairs to have an impact on developments in a region marked with considerable military and political turmoil.

A senior retired Egyptian diplomat said “it would be a serious setback” if Egypt failed to be the sole mediator of a Gaza truce. “We are not there in Syria, not in Iraq, and even not in Gaza? That would be a diplomatic catastrophe,” he said.

Realistically speaking, Egyptian officials are aware that their initiative might falter. In this case, the face-saving scenario they would opt for is for the war on Gaza to be referred to the UN Security Council.

This option was already addressed in talks that Shoukry has been holding in Cairo with visiting European and Israeli delegations, with Abbas, and with other officials over the phone, including Kerry.

“Obviously we are facing a serious challenge, but the initiative is not dead yet,” said the same Egyptian diplomat. He acknowledged that to give the initiative the kiss of life, Cairo would have to stop counting on its good relations with Abbas and with Israel and venture into improving its relations “somewhat” with Hamas and some of its regional allies — Iran the more likely candidate, rather than Turkey or Qatar.

Three days ago, Shoukry discussed developments in Gaza with his Iranian counterpart, Jawad Zarif, according to a press statement issued by the press office at the Egyptian foreign ministry.

[video] NEW TUNE FROM HAVANA, BROS MARCEL CARTIER AND AGENT OF CHANGE - 'A BETTER WORLD'

BRO AGENT OF CHANGE's HIP-HOP MIX TAPE

[video] fRENCH PIGS & 'JDL' WHITE SETTLER SCUM RETREAT UNDER FORCE OF PRO-PALESTINE BROTHERS

Remember, protesting for Palestine is illegal in france. See from 3mins in the video the white colonial settlers running back behind police lines, forced to retreat by our brothers.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Saturday, 19 July 2014

SYRIAN PRES ASSAD ON THE ARAB STING


"Had this ‘spring’ been genuine, it should have started in the backward Arab countries. Had it been a revolution for more freedom, democracy & justice, it should have started in the most oppressive & tyrannical countries: the countries behind every catastrophe that befell this nation, behind every war against it, behind the intellectual & religious deviation & moral degradation. The existence of these countries is the West’s most important achievement & the most significant cause for Israel’s successes & continued existence. There is no clearer evidence than their current stand regarding the Israeli aggression against Gaza. Where is the alleged zeal & ardour that they showed towards Syria or the Syrian people? Why haven't they supported Gaza with arms & money? Where are their jihadists; and why haven't they sent them to defend our people in Palestine?"

- Bashar al-Assad


QATAR AND TURKEY REPLACING EGYPT AS BROKERS FOR PALESTINE WOULD BE A MAJOR VICTORY FOR THE ENEMY


The region's destroyers are not the saviours of Palestine

Sukant Chandan
Sons of Malcolm
19 july 2014

While as predicted, the enemy suffered two losses of its troops in today's provocations against Gaza, lets re-visit for a moment the issue of the ceasefire: Not even a week into the vicious white settler colonial attack on Gaza by 'israel', Egypt had come with a ceasefire plan that included immediate cessation of all hostilities, and high level talks between the Hamas, Fatah etc and the enemy on the other hand. This was dismissed by Hamas, why?
Hamas demanded a whole bunch of demands instead, demands which had never been won by the Palestinian War of National Liberation for over 40yrs, and, in a state of the utter strategic decline of the power of the Palestinian Resistance, these demands were and are not in any way going to be met now while Palestine's main regional allies are under attack or have been neutralised (Libya, Syria and Lebanese Hizbullah fore-mostly).
THE KEY to understanding what on earth is going on, and to unlock the means of understanding all this, is to NOT look at Egypt and obsessively, foolishly and in a utterly self-defeating manner denounce it, but to look at a strategic enemy in the region. And that enemy is Turkey, Qatar and its coordination with nato and YES WITH 'isRAEL'!
I totally appreciate Egypt should be doing more, much more to assist Gaza, but there are also other rather major considerations beyond the really tragic situation that Egypt's attitude towards Gaza, Gaza is entwined with Egypt's mission to bring any actual or potential power of the Muslim Brotherhood to an end internally in Egypt.
The bottom line which seems to be escaping nearly everyone who are, it seems, more busy turning our dear martyred blown up babies of Gaza into mainstream war porn snuff when they not obsessing over denouncing Egypt, is that TURKEY AND QATAR (which is directly with and promoting nato interests through war in Libya and Syria etc) WANT TO REPLACE EGYPT AS THE MAIN BROKERS BETWEEN PALESTINE and the zionist enemy, a role that Egypt has always and continues to enjoy. Lots of headlines pointing to this including "Turkey spars with Egypt over failed Gaza cease-fire bid", in 'Today's Zaman' newspaper from July 18. THIS AND THIS ALONE is the reason why TURKEY AN QATAR HAVE DICTATED TO Hamas not to accept the ceasefire, Turkey and Qatar are dragging this out. Why?
This is all part of the plan to remove Egypt as part of ANY and ALL strategic bulwarks against total western and zionist control, hence the Muslim Brotherhood thought they could do to Egypt what they have done to Libya and Syria. THAT project was stopped. However, moves to destroy Egypt's role in the region continues, and like before, the main means to achieve this is the old empire network going back to at least the 1950s of: nato, the GCC (gulf monarchies), Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood nay Sell-out Hood, of which the latter's manifestation in Palestine is Hamas. However, unlike Turkey and Qatar, Hamas have one foot in the Resistance whose unity should always be supported, a unity which includes Fatah, PFLP, DFLP, ALF, PRCs PIJ and others.
Furthermore, Qatar and Turkey, goaded on by nato (ie., the 'west') are dragging the massacre of Gaza out as long as possible, as they want to then appear like the saviours of Palestine, cuss out Egypt, cheap meaningless words against israel (while they bomb Syria together, and connected to that are at war with the Resistance Axis!), and then step in to 'save the day'. Obvious, cheap, disgusting moves.
The really sad thing is right now, that a lot of my comrades and colleagues who are usually consistently anti-imperialists are on this issue often taking the EXACT same line as the destroyers of the region ie., Turkey and Qatar. Here's President Erdogan: "Egypt itself is an oppressor”, and "Erdoğan also claimed that Israel wants to give legitimacy to the Egyptian government by allowing it to get involved in cease-fire efforts because, he said, the Egyptian government that came to power as a result of a military coup has no legitimacy."
That sounds worryingly like a lot of good comrades right now, echoing one of our chief regional enemies.
I know what's coming and would like to pre-empt if I could people jumping back at me and telling me how much of a zionist and yankee puppet Sisi is etc etc ad nauseum. I get that. And yes, Sisi prompted by the Egyptian masses cut out the Sell-out Hood from Egyptian body politic, stopped Egypt going to war against Syria, and is now embroiled in a schism with Hamas in Gaza. But I would REALLY like to remind people that it WAS Egypt that had and has given the only viable ceasefire offer right at the start of this week, can people PLEASE not see that while apart from removing Egypt from warring on Syria etc, and that while anything 'good' from Sisi has to be seen and there is no guarantee of that, that nevertheless, getting Turkey and Qatar to replace Egypt is another disaster in the long litany of disasters strategically for the people of the region and the entire Global South since 2010.
I know the enemy (through former mi6 director richard dearlove, and Obama's 'pivot to Asia'., ie., mainly China and North Korea) shows very clearly that the enemy is content with the way things are going in the 'middle east, North African' region, but do we really have to blind ourselves and feed into that process time and time and time again?
I would suggest that the demands and understanding going forward should be in the very immediate interests of the anti-zionist and anti-imperialist struggle is a total strategic and a formalised popular civil (ie., not just military) unity between Palestinian Factions themselves especially in Gaza, the Palestinian Revolution and Lebanese Hizbullah, Syria, Iran, Algeria and Egypt, and most importantly a total and priority level campaigning and advocacy of TOTAL REFUSAL of Turkey and Qatar to replace Egypt as brokers between the enemy and Palestine etc. For the good of our Struggle, Turkey and Qatar ARE the enemy along with israel, arent they BOTH bombing Syria together?! Are we really so naive to think that there isnt FORMAL coordination between nato, Turkey and GCC in destroying Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Algeria etc!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE SAYS EGYPT DEALING WITH THEIR DEMANDS "POSITIVELY", WHILE SOME ARE SNIPING AT EGYPT



For all the negativity and vitriol spouted against Egypt, here's one of the best Resistance groups in Gaza on the subject, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who are loyal to our struggle in Syria, Lebanon and allied with Iran: "A spokesman for Islamic Jihad, which is also involved in the talks, told the BBC the discussions in Cairo were "ongoing and intensive" and that Hamas and Islamic Jihad had asked for amendments to the Egyptian initiative, which the mediators were dealing with "positively".(source)" 

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

WHY GAZA IS PRIORITY FOR ALL PRO-HUMANITY HUMANS



If you are not utterly sick by the attack on Gaza and moved to support their right to Life (ie., Resistance), you really have to question if you have any Humanity.

If you cannot realise that the attack on Gaza is an attack on all resistant-oppressed victims of neo-colonial and white supremacy, please reconsider.

If we cannot treat Gaza as a number one priority right now, and do all we can to support the Resistance and its Resistance Axis and Global South allies: then what really is Humanity and being loyal to such?

If you use any excuse not to come to the support of the people of Palestine nd wrapped up in your own self-ghettoised world and identity, how otherwise will we build bridges between our communities and Liberate ourselves: one section of our peoples Liberation is tied and united with other sections of our peoples Liberation.

Like Serbia 1999, Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003. Libya 2011, today Gaza is our number one priority. You are a comrade of mine if you tremble with rage and a burning desire to learn about, and support our Resistance. "If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine." - Che Guevara

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm (July 14, 2014)

CONGRATS TO THE AHSAN FAMILY


Congratulations to the Ahsan family for the return of their son Talha Ahsan back to england. While people have seen the often bitter and sharp exchanges between Hamja and I, reflective of the different sides of the barricades we have been and are on in the Arab Sting context, I have always stated to Hamja that while I disagree and oppose his and his brother's politics, on a personal level to his family I am always at their service due to the trauma and suffering they have been dragged through by our common enemy. Congrats Hamja, enjoy your chicken and chips with your older brother in tooting. I pray God speed to the liberation of all our prisoners of empire in Libya, occupied Palestine, Colombia, Turkey and peace and unity in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere.- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

[video] DOC-FILM ON PIONEERING PALESTINIAN REVOLUTIONARY - RESPECTED COMRADE LEILA KHALED

ON THE EGYPTIAN CEASEFIRE PROPSAL FOR GAZA



5 points on the Egyptian ceasefire proposal: I am sure I am not quite right on some things and wrong on others, so wanna push this out for discussion: I don't quite understand why people are hostile to the Egyptian ceasefire when:

1. This most important points are these: the criticism that the Egyptian ceasefire deal leaves the situation as it is and does not free prisoners arrested after the killing of the three settler children, and does not allow the right of rockets being fired from Gaza by the Resistance.

The brutal fact is as long as the Resistance, and especially Fatah and Hamas, are not allied strategically to the main and defacto Liberation forces of the region (Iran, Baathist Syria, Lebanese Hizbullah, FLN Algeria), they are not going to move forward strategically like when they were until 2008/2009 when the Arab Sting sabtoaged it and emboldened Palestine and the region's people's enemies, ie., forces conducive to and mobilised by london, washington, paris and its regional allies the Gulf Monarchies and Turkey and the white colonial settler state.

No amount of rockets of the kind we have from Gaza is going to be THE strategic hand to deliver some kind of victorious end to this battle. YES, the Resistance will have a small victory of sorts if israel fails to finds and destroys the organisational ability to launch them (which they will fail in so doing), but unless there is: Unity between Hamas and Fatah, unless there is unity with the Resistance and the regional struggle (allied as it is with the wider Global South), unless the Resistance JOINS IN fully with defending the Syrian govt and allies, and defends Hizbullah and Iran, there's gonna be no strategic forward movement for the Palestinian struggle.

If you balk at this, look at recent history, the Palestinian Revolution was on a upward trajectory from the late 1960s until circa 2009, BECAUSE it was generally involved with the regional struggle for liberation.

2. We want the bombardment of Gaza to stop immediately, this ceasefire facilitates that.

3. Egypt has more ability to deliver a ceasefire strategy than does the UN sec council, as the sec council STILL reflects the situation on the planet ie., hegemony of the 'west' in the world, ie., our side in the Global South cannot do anything we want unilaterally without war response from the enemy.

4. Egypt has ALWAYS played the main mediating role in regards to Gaza and Palestine, which is accepted by all Palestinian factions.

5. If people are bemoaning a serious ceasefire offer from Egypt, let ANYONE else from the region propose a better ceasefire offer. Anyone think Turkey and Qatar (to whom Hamas are allied currently more than anyone else) are gonna offer anything better? No, they too busy having destroyed Libya with nato and destroying Syria in preparation for destroying Lebanon, Iran and Algeria.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Sunday, 13 July 2014

iSRAELI LEAFLET DROP ON LEBANON 2006 SHOWED EFFICACY OF RESISTANCE AXIS


This is very interesting. During the white colonial settler of 'israel's war of aggression against Lebanon in July 2006, they dropped this leaflet in large numbers in south Lebanon. The leaflet shows how the israeli's and the 'west' saw the efficacy and thus opposed the Resistance alliance between Khaled Meshaal of Hamas, Syrian President Assad, Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and Lebanese Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Tragically, this alliance came to an end due to Hamas' ideological weakness as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas and the MB have never stayed in any anti-imperialist alliance for more than a few years since the 1950s, and time and time again keep allying with the west's and israel's allies in the region, crazy but very true. Btw, israel lost that war of aggression in July 2006 by the hands of Hizbullah, the first time a guerilla army defeated israel in a direct military confrontation. Albeit, a guerilla army backed by the govts of Syria, Iran, North Korea and others.

And this below is a Hamas poster more recently, stating that nato and israel's main strategic allies (Turkey and Qatar) in the region are Hamas' allies!

These comments of mine should in no way be interpreted as being anti-Hamas, I respect Hamas as one pillar of many pillars of the Palestinian Revolution (PFLP, Fatah, DFLP and others being other pillars). I think it is important to analyse these things with a view of promoting unity between Hamas as forces which always supported them (Syrian govt for example!).

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Friday, 11 July 2014

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF 'ISIS' - BY ADEL SAMARA

The Political Economy of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

By Adel Samara
Kanaan Online

It is well known that Arab and Islamic terrorist groups, especially al-Qaida were a joint production and “marriage” of US and Arab oil renter regimes, especially Saudi Arabia.

The US was and still the planner, commander, trainer and finally the seller of all weapons and logistics…etc. It is in the final analysis a business for US companies of military industrial complex.

Saudi Arabia is the financer and recruiter of fanatics on the one hand, and their educator of Wahhabi ideology (Ideology of Politicized Religion). Saudi Arabia is attracting the poor, idle, illiterate and semi-literate youth by paying them and their families a lot of money which means they guarantee life (al-Dunia) and educate them that through Jihad they will be martyrs which means they guarantee religion (al-Din God blessing).

The EU was and still is participating in these criminal policies following the US. One of EU activities was and is still facilitating transportation of terrorists to Afghanistan. I remember  (1984-87) when I was a student in London and working as economic editor of al_Arab newspaper when groups of “Mujahideen” were visiting journalists in that newspaper as they go through London in their way Pakistan and then Afghanistan. It is impossible for them to reach Afghanistan without cooperation of European and many other countries in the world. The same is true for the terrorists who are gathered today in Syria and Iraq.

In recent years, most of Gulf renter regimes followed Saudi Arabia. Rulers of Qatar are competing today with Saudi Arabia to lead the terrorist war against Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq.

Based on this, the economy of al-Qaida depends totally on the renter Gulf regimes.

It seems that ISIS is pushing the relationship to a different level. ISIS reviews the experience of other terrorist groups in Syria who are stealing Syrian oil and sell it to European companies as the Kurds are smuggling Iraqi oil to western companies through Turkey.

According to French Voltaire Network, Exxon Company in Qatar, buys smuggled Iraqi oil and ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia buy oil directly from ISIS for $12 per barrel.

These companies received the green light from US and EU. In Fact companies in the core countries of capitalist world order are the real partner in state decision making especially in matters of external colonial policies.

When ISIS, last month, occupied large areas in Iraq which are rich of oil and for sure Turkey, like Saudi Arabia will give ISIS access to smuggle and “export” the stolen oil.
Reaching this stage ISIS plans to transcend its financial dependency on the regimes which had politicized religion and will certainly arrange oil export with western regimes (especially Britain and France) and companies.

If such crimes last for a certain period, oil prices might fall down to the level of harming Russia’s oil export.

The equation is: control oil fields, export through enemies of Arabs, gain large amounts of money and buy weapons from the West and continue terror expansion including the land occupied by the same oil Gulf regimes which support ISIS itself.

One might ask. Will the US let ISIS threat its dependent regimes? According to pragmatic policies every step makes profit is acceptable. If ISIS is able to occupy those monarchies, will its ideology, policies and interests be different from those of the monarchies? Mainly NO. For imperialism and Zionism, any weakening and division of any Arab state is welcomed.

The most important goal of imperialism in supporting ISIS at the present time is to continue the destruction Arab nationalist states, i.e. Syria and Iraq. This gave a grace period for all terrorist groups to participate in achieving this goal as a link in the chain of US and Zionist war against the emerging camp in Arab Homeland which is the camp of resistance.

The counter- revolution, imperialism, Zionism and Arab comprador regimes, continue their goal of targeting Arab nationalism. That is what is behind their terrorist war against nationalist regimes of Libya, Syria and Iraq. As long as terrorists are serving this strategy, they will be used and supported even if they harm the US, EU old dependents Arab regimes.

It is most likely that counter-revolution will use the terrorist groups including ISIS temporarily and then decide what to do due to the results of the war against Arab nationalism.

RAMADAN IN GAZA: 'NO CONFLICT BETWEEN SOCIALISM AN ISLAM' - BRO RAMZY BAROUD

Ramadan and Socialism in Gaza

By Ramzy Baroud

[source]

WHEN I was a child, I was obsessed with socialism. It was not only because my father was a self-proclaimed socialist who read every book that a good socialist should read, but also because we lived in a refugee camp in Gaza under the harshest of conditions.

Tanks roamed the dusty streets and every aspect of our lives was governed by a most intricate Israeli “civil administration” system — a less distressing phrase for describing military occupation.

Socialism was then an escape to a utopian world where people were treated fairly, where children were not shot and killed on a daily basis, where cheap labourers were no longer despairing men fighting for meagre daily wages at some Israeli factory or farm and where equality was not an abstract notion.

But since Gaza had little in terms of “means of production,” our socialism was tailored to accommodate every lacking aspect of our lives.

Freedom, justice and ending the occupation was our “revolutionary socialism” around which we teenagers in the camp secretly organised and declared strikes on the walls of the camp in red graffiti, and quoted (or misquoted) Marx as we pleased, often out of context.

And when it was time for prayer, we all went to the mosque. We simply didn’t see a contradiction, nor did we subscribe to (or cared to understand) the inherent conflict between socialist movements and institutionalised religion in the West.

True, we declared solidarity with factory workers in Chicago and followed the news of union victories in Britain, but our socialism was mostly south-oriented.

It was the revolutionary struggles of Guatemala, South Africa and Algeria that inspired our various socialist movements in Gaza and the rest of Palestine. Socialism was a call for freedom first, before it was a call for equitable salaries and improved work conditions. There was little by way of western-style “atheism” in our refugee camp. Most of us prayed five times a day, communists and all.

I went to the mosque for prayer as often as I could. I memorised chapters of the Koran at a young age. Starting in the second grade, I joined my peers for classes in Islamic stories taught by a kindly, semi-blind young man named Sheik Azzam.

In the stories, those with faith always triumphed in the end. The key to their victories, aside from the inevitable divine justice, was their unity and persistence. The characters were often, if not always, poor. The poor always triumphed in Islam, or the way Islam was taught in my refugee camp.

I was a socialist and a Muslim. It was my father, who was sometimes called a “communist” as a slur by some of the camp’s ultra-conservatives, who urged me not to miss my prayers and rewarded me for reading the Koran.

He was the same person who shared his treasures of translated Russian and other literature with me, all promising of a revolution, of a better world where a person was not judged based on his or her colour, race, sect, religion or nationality. If there was ever an inherent tension in all of this, I didn’t see it. I still don’t.

Naturally, a real socialist must have a nemesis. In many parts of the world, the archenemy is the multinational corporations and, in the US in particular, the use of military-driven foreign policy as a tool to maintain global hegemony. It is globalisation used as a platform to enforce a new kind of imperialism that is no longer an exclusive western attribute.

For me in the refugee camp, my nemesis was our neighbour Ghassan. He owned a car, a beat-up old Fiat that was actively decomposing back into its original elements. The colour was a rainbow of old paint and rusting metal and its seats were almost entirely bare from any evidence that leather chairs were once attached to the unpleasant iron beneath.

Nonetheless, Ghassan represented a “class” of society that was different than mine.

He was a teacher at a United Nations-funded school who was getting paid in dollars, and his kind received what was called a pension, a seemingly novel concept that Gaza cheap labourers in Israel didn’t enjoy, never mind comprehend.

Ghassan also prayed at the same mosque as I did. For the main Friday prayer, he wore a white jalabiya (robe) of white silk, manufactured abroad. He wore authentic Egyptian cologne, and along with his UNRWA colleagues, walked to the mosque with the unabashed grandeur of a feudalist.

In the month of Ramadan, as poor refugee parents struggled to make at least the first few days of the fasting month somewhat special and festive for their children, Ghassan and his clique prepared feasts, shopped for the best vegetables and adorned their iftar tables with meat — not once a week, but every single day of the entire month.

And here is the part that I resented the most — to show gratefulness for how “lucky” and “blessed” they were, since Ramadan is the month of charity, the rich refugees would distribute raw meat in carefully sealed bags to the less fortunate. And of course, the most qualified to give charity was a UN teacher paid in dollars and expecting a so-called pension.

Today I chuckle at the naive notions of that Gazan childhood. In actuality, Ghassan was slightly less poor than the rest of us. His home was an improved version of the UN’s “temporary shelters” it provided refugees following the Palestinian exile in 1948.

He was paid around £230 a month and his car eventually broke down and was sold to a mechanic for scrap metal.

Much of this was placed in context later in life when I worked in a rich Arab Gulf country. I spent two Ramadans there. Each year our company provided a “Ramadan tent,” not a metaphorical term, but an actual massive tent under which the finest of delicacies, cooked by the best of chefs, was served by cheap labourers who, although some of them were fasting Muslims, were not allowed to break their fast until the rest of us did.

The fasting men and women thanked God for giving them the strength to fast before they diligently consumed massive amounts of good food until they could hardly move.

Ramadan always takes me back to the refugee camp in Gaza, no matter where I am in the world. And when a TV sheikh preaches about what Ramadan is or is not about, I often reflect on what Ramadan has meant to me and my peers in the refugee camp.

It was not about feeling the brunt of the poor, for we all were, Ghassan included, poverty-stricken. It was about sharing the hardships of life, a communal struggle against one’s own weaknesses and a month-long introspection to uncover the collective strength of a beleaguered community.

Ramadan was an exacting platform through which poverty and deprivation were devalued so that when Ramadan was over, we felt grateful for the little we had, before we resumed our struggle for the rights and freedoms we truly deserved.

[video] SUKANT ON IRAQ DISCUSSING 'ISIS' IN IRAQ AND wESTERN COMLICITY WITH THEM




There is nothing new in the Western policy towards Middle East and it’s clear that the winners are the State of Israel and its Western backers, and the losers are the people of the region, independent filmmaker Sukant Chandan told RT.
Western nations were well aware that extremist groups in the form of ISIS can overrun war-torn Iraq, whereas the only way for Iraqis to beat the extremists is to unite against common enemy, Chandan said.
RT: The US is sending its troops to protect its staff from ISIS in Iraq, it is also aiding Syria. Isn't it a danger that some of these weapons and some of this support are going to end up in the hands of ISIS?
Sukant Chandan: I think it is very clear that more weapons - i.e. half a billion dollars’ worth - are going to go indirectly or directly into the hands of so-called ISIS in Syria. We had a picture of John McCain that was taken last year posing with members of ISIS, and really in the situation of NATO intervention in Libya and then in Syria and other places, we have seen a direct coming together, an alliance between the leading NATO forces – of particularly London, Paris and Washington – and the sectarian death-squads who are using and abusing Islam to deliver absolute divide and destruction of various vast swathes of the region.
So really the Western plan for the region, unfortunately for the people of the region impacted, has become a part to the interest of the West, which is knocking out strategic enemies of the region, particularly Libya and destabilizing Syria and then going on to divide and destroy whole regions.
Because the rationale is basically if the US and Britain cannot have total monopolization of the wealth and control and monopoly of power in these regions they are not going to have Russia and China have it.
And we can see that it is [Iraqi PM] Maliki who has been given the poisoned chalice, and that is the whole other connected discussion about the sectarianism in Iraq, but he has been given the poisoned chalice, which is Iraq, and having been put in the situation, and then the US refusing to come to their assistance and that is where Russia stepped in.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)

RT: Yes. We see strange bedfellows, if you want to put it that way, getting together there to fight against ISIS. We're hearing Iran will be coming in to fight alongside the US. Surely the West could have seen that coming? Certainly they are very professional, very well read, very good people in charge of what is going on there – you think? Could they not see all this coming?
SC: They did see all this coming and they planned for all of this coming. There is nothing new in what we're seeing in the region. It is the same alliance of forces, a raid against the people of the region that we saw since WWII, when London and Washington were particularly allied with the Gulf monarchies in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other much more violent sectarian forces in the region against those countries and states and leadership that were delivering land reform, social reform, distribution of wealth, and pro-south and are non-aligned at that time world policy.
The NYT last year in June reported that China is the biggest recipient of Iraqi oil produce now as well. Again when we come to that dynamic it is very clear that the rationale in Whitehall and in Capitol Hill is, “Well if we can’t have the total manipulation of the carbon-hydron industry in Iraq, well we're not going to have the Chinese and Russians have it,” who are preparing to defend themselves in the next 20-30 years against a total war strategy rolled out against it, pivot to Asia and Ukraine.
RT: Was ISIS part of this plan? Just over the weekend it declared it want to have a Muslim State from Austria in the North to central Africa. Could the West see that coming as well or not?
SC: Aside from the fact that Britain is actually facilitating death squads from the British public going to Syria and Iraq, indeed the young men who were filmed in the ISIS video talking English and trying to recruit more. If you see the actual details of how they got to Turkey and to Syria and Iraq, actually the British authorities clearly facilitated that. But this is nothing new, as I've said.
They saw this coming. They are delivering it. And they are achieving the strategic interests of the West. Don’t listen to what the West are saying, look at what they are doing, and ask who benefits the most. It’s clear that the winners are the State of Israel and its Western backers, and the losers are the people of the region.
The Iraqi people must come together, must overcome sectarianism, because they were shooting against common enemy post 2003 and eventually what they failed to do is to create a real unity in struggle. But we can see the same forces that are split in Iraq united in Syria, united in Lebanon and united in Palestine, i.e. pro-Iran and pro-Saddam Hussein, pro-Baath forces, all united together against a common enemy. Tragically until the Iraqi people will do that, they will continue to see this trauma.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

FURTHER ON GRAVE DANGERS TO PALESTINE: FROM THE SECOND/AL-AQSA INTIFADA TO THE ARAB STING


Arab Sting sabotaged Palestinian cause

Sukant Chandan
Sons of Malcolm

A few thoughts on the situation in Palestine what with the three colonial settler boys being killed and the variable ramifications of which: I would love a New Intifada which united the people of Palestine with the anti-imperialist countries, movements and peoples of the region and the world. However, considering the region is struggling to hold the line (Egypt and Syria with support from Iran, Hizb and Brics + North Korea and few others have saved th region to imploding that much quicker) against imperialist plans to divide and destroy, a new possible round of Intifada and zionist colonial military repression brings new and dangerous potentials against the interests of the Palestinians.

The 'west' and israel know that since late 2010 (ie., start of the Arab Sting) that an open battle between Palestine and the colonialists would have derailed the Arab Sting, meaning the overthrow of govts that were brought about by struggle against colonialism would stop, and the real enemies of the region's peoples would be exposed. Basically put, people would unite FOR their common interests AGAINST their common enemies, instead of the Arab Sting agenda which is an un-ending divisions of our peoples for the benefit of the enemy.

Considering, it seems unlikely that israel would do what they did at the start of the Second/Al-Aqsa Intifada in late 2000 which was a massive military occupation and orgy of colonial killing of Palestinians. However, unlike 2000 we have a much lowered and downgraded situation in Syria, Egypt and frankly its kinda obvious Jordan will get the Arab Sting poison imminently.

A new intense round of Resistance and occupation crimes would most likely INCREASE strategic strength of our enemies, NOT of the Palestinians. The only way the Palestinians would benefit benefit from a New Intifada is if that Intifada is tagged to Iran, Hizbullah, Syria and Egypt, with these countries working together with the New Intifada. This looks unlikely considering the political situation. And even during the Second/Al-Aqsa Intifada, there was no clear regional leadership, but an unofficial one whereby Iran was defacto in the leadership of it. I remember going to Tehran for a conference in 2007 on Palestine, and the atmosphere was of confidence and unity with PFLP (Leila Khaled was there), Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Shehada was there), Hamas (their leaders were there), etc. That is no longer the case.

A New Intifada with the bonkers brigades on the borders in Syria and Jordan and the covert machinations of the west and israel could mean an utter new Nakba for Palestine. I think its very clear that the west and israel are successfully orienting reality towards a final solution for Palestine. israel is still way too useful for imperialism to let go in any way, shape or form. Indeed, israel is quite comfy and happy with the bonkers brigade in Syria, even giving them free medical assistance in israeli hospitals.

My concern is that israel and the west will use a massive upsurge in violence in Palestine to use that crisis to hand over the whole West Bank Palestinian population over to a bonkers brigade directed Jordan with help from the death squads in Syria, Iraq, and, the west wished so, in Sinai Egypt.

I sincerely wish I am totally wrong about this, and any new possible eruption in Palestine starts to "straighten th crooked", that any New Intifada allies strategically with Baathist Syria, Leb Hizbullah, IRI, Algeria and Egypt, and in so doing we foil the plans of our enemy. I sincerely wish and pray I am wrong and such a situation isn't just the opportunity for israel and the west to remove Palestine as an issue forever, isn't Palestine already neutralised as a strategic issue cos of the Arab Sting? Tragically, yes. Iran is the big war prize in the region, Palestine needs to be neutralised before that, so does Hizbullah, but frankly, the west will fight Iran and Hizbullah to the last israeli. Whatever the case, cool, loyal and absolutely real politik strategic minds are required to make our deconial/anti-imperialist ethics and agenda a reality.

'ALQAEDA' FORCES IN GAZA BLOW UP GAZANS AND THEN POSTURE AS ANTI-ZIONIST?


There are some who play up some factions in Gaza who send a few fireworks towards israel, when their main role is to develop violent divisions and trauma as can be seen in the article below, and also strategically devastate the communities and countries they impact at the service of the 'west' and Saudi Arabia amongst other interests.  - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

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GAZA CITY — Islamists were believed to have resumed their bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip.

On April 2, a supermarket in the Gaza refugee camp of Jabalia was rocked by an explosion. Palestinian sources said a bomb was planted in the supermarket by what was believed to have been Islamists inspired by or aligned with Al Qaida.

“It appears to be part of a renewed campaign to uphold Salafist morals,” a source, referring to Al Qaida doctrine, said.

The bombing was the first in 2013 attributed to Islamists in the Gaza Strip.

For several years, so-called Salafists, many of them linked to AlQaida, targeted beauty salons,
  music shops and Internet cafes as part of a campaign against Western influence.

The sources said the supermarket in Jabalia was heavily damaged but nobody was injured. They said Hamas police arrived at the scene and began an investigation.

On late April 2, a Salafist militia claimed responsibility for the firing of rockets into Israel.
The Mujahadeen Shura Council, which also operates in neighboring Egypt, said it fired two rockets into southern Israel.

On April 3, another round of rockets was fired into Israel.

GRAVE DANGERS FACING THE PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE



I disagree with chomsky A LOT, not least his foolish support for the nato no fly zone / blitz of Libya, however, he is right when he says: "In South Africa, "the white nationalists needed the black population: it was the country’s workforce, and as grotesque as the bantustans were, the nationalist government devoted resources to sustaining and seeking international recognition for them. In sharp contrast, Israel wants to rid itself of the Palestinian burden," he explains his stance. "The road ahead is not toward South Africa, as commonly alleged, but toward something much worse.""

I think he is right, Palestine has been knocked off the agenda due to the Arab Sting, the Resistance is of nearly no concern to the west strategically. As I keep saying, the 'west' and israel are planning on a final solution to Palestine, and the Arab Sting is an integral part of that: the plan is to occupy or "annex" the West bank and do a mass transfer of Palestinians into Jordan and perhaps pro-west rebel held areas in Syria. The annexation strategy is again mainstream amongst israelis, with one opinion piece in the ny times a few days ago stating: "Why then has annexation suddenly become politically kosher?" The Muslim Brotherhood and the related death squads ('AlQaeda') in Jordan will be utilised to achieve this goal, hence the brits sending back their man Abu Qatada to Jordan to help int his project. israel seeks to free itself from the West Bank burden of Palestinians, and they were hoping a MB/'AlQaeda' Egypt would do the same in Gaza, General nay President Sisi and the Egyptian people foiled that part of the plan, for the time being at least.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm