Monday, 16 November 2015


There were quite a few non-white Black and Brown people killed in the ‪#‎ParisAttacks‬, so the ‪#‎OnlyWhiteLiveMatters‬ has to be a bit more problematised; as I have been arguing for a while we need to understand that within the 'West;, ie., within the imperialist lands the system of coloniality and imperialism invites IN Black n Brown people and, while they are still considered lower human beings WITHIN the west by the system (and the masses here, as this is internalised), these Black n Brown people are CLOSER in political terms to western whites than they are to NON-western Black n Brown people.

So within the west, Black n Brown people are HIGHER/more SUPREME and as such join IN WITH masses of whites in their supremacy AGAINST the people of Africa, Asia and 'latin' America.

Of course, the antidote to white /- western/euro supremacy is asserting Humanity through whatever means (Black Power/anti-imperialism/third-worldism/internationalism etc), and as such the victims of the Paris attack's Humanity, be they white or not should be not be belittled as that would be another victory of this imperialist supremacy.

It's just important to understand how Black n Brown people are invited into the this colonial club and why. Black n Brown people are invited in (Obama being the most famous/infamous, but also Bobby Jindal, pictured) to elevate us over and above our peoples in the Homeland, so when the imperialists go to war against our peoples, we are basically silent and complicit (see Libya and Syria as two recent examples), and Black n Brown people are invited in to promote the system (the originally working class, Black n Brown art form of Hip-Hop for example is a veritable soundtrack now for global imperialism and imperialist culture) cos the system needs to 'Black face' in an increasingly non-western / pro Global South / multi-polar world.

IMHO these are really important issues we need to discuss and address in order to better unite with our peoples and help defeat this system of colonial and imperialist oppressions.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Sunday, 15 November 2015


Beirut, Baghdad and Paris:
The colonial racialised hierarchy of terrorism's victims

Sukant Chandan
Sat 14 Nov 2015
Sons of Malcolm

While we await the results of the investigation from the Sinai plane crash, while the smoke in South Beirut from Daesh's murderous is still smoldering, while Baghdad is still reeling from the latest Daesh attack on a funeral of an anti-Daesh Shia fighter, Paris experienced multiple synchronised terrorist attacks. The way in which 'Western' governments and states interact with these dynamics and the nature of Western media reports and public reaction point to a deeply troubling racialised and dehumanising manner in which different victims of terrorism are treated and respected, or disrespected.

In the case of Beirut many Lebanese and others complained about the dehumanised nature of the way the attack was reported, western mainstream journalists gave the impression that the area targeted was some kind of 'Hizbullah bunker' or 'Hizbullah stronghold' rather than the densely populated residential area that it is. This attack on Beirut and its people was one of the biggest terrorist attacks since the Lebanese civil war which ended some 25 years ago, however this attack was only reported on item 6 perhaps 5 on the headline news on Western news channels. The attack the next day in Baghdad saw barely any verbal comment from news media, perhaps a mention on the ticker tape text that runs along the bottom of the screen. And that's where the victims of terrorism are posited, at the bottom of a hierarchy of humanity which the overwhelming amount of humanity does not help to define. The discriminatory nature of how Black and Brown people terrorist victims means their stories and plight is rarely represented on the same human level as those vitims who live in the West and happen to have a lighter skin and hair colour. Often the manner in which non-Western victims of terrorism are treated smacks of a dehumanizing framework.

The Sinai Metrojet plane crash investigation points in part to a terrorist plot that brought the plane down, but there is an important aspect of the way in which the UK handled that issue similar to the Sousse attack in Tunisia that demonstrates another manner in which non-Western people are treated in a wholly different and comparatively unjust manner. The UK has seen some considerable terrorist attacks this last decade, such as 7/7 and 21/7 and a suicide attack on Glasgow airport. Through all these instances no one ever suggested that all flights in and out of the UK should be halted, and that the UK has now become a place that is unsafe for tourism. However, such a move has been made against Tunisia and more recently against Egypt that has resulted in a devastating impact on the livelihood of the people of these countries, as tourism is a major source of revenue.

With the recent Paris attacks, will the UK or any major world power be suggesting that there should be a boycott of tourism in France? One only has to pose the question to know that such a move against France would be unthinkable, so why is it so casually accepted when it comes to Tunisia and Egypt? It can only be a insidious but very powerful notion that Western and especially Western white people and countries are somehow human or more human than others.

It has become a banal normality that western victims of terrorism are humanised, we learn of their direct family members, see their family members tears and grief, learn of what school they went to and what their close friends say of them; on the other hand when non-Western people are killed in terrorist attacks there is none of this humanisation, rather these victims would be lucky to get a verbal mention on news or a mention on the ticker tape. However, perhaps the most problematic aspect is that for Western states when they suffer terrorist attacks, the same mass killings and mutilation and depravities becomes a ‘struggle for freedom’, as the same groups that France, the US and UK support in Libya and now Syria, the same groups they finance, arms and support become heroes, that is they are heroes when they kill non-Western people and they are heroes when they help destroy countries that are strategic obstacles for the West. A group of Syrian people are currently in a law suit against French foreign minister Fabius for stating that the armed gang known as Jabhat Nusra in Syria was doing a ‘good job’ in Syria. When the same kind of ‘job’ is conducted in Paris, one doubts that Fabius will be commenting in the same way, but why is one a terrorist act and the other an ‘act of freedom’?

This writer went on several peace missions to Libya in 2011 and it was in the Libyan arena in the Nato war against it in 2011 and then in the same year the start of tens of thousands of armed gangs infiltrating Syria supported by the West that we saw the open allying of leading Western states with these terrorist groups. In Libya the USA, UK and France were the air power of the terrorist groups on the ground including 'Al Qaeda' type groups such as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, whose leader Hakim Belhaj is a known Daesh leader but a liberal-left 'human rights' cause celebre in the UK. Belhaj was a terrorist leader in Libya and a leading colleague of Nato in its war against Libya. The victims of this Nato and allied death squad terrorism were just airbrushed out of existence throughout that entire war, the tends of thousands of dark skinned or Black Libyan and non-Libyan African people and others resisting Nato who were lynched and chased across Libya by Nato's terrorist allies just did not exist for the Western media and countries for the entirety of that imperialist war.

Immediately following Syria the West directly allied with armed gangs whose ideology informs them to kill anyone outside their own notion of 'God's/Allah's chosen people' in their twisted use and abuse of Islam. With the attacks around the Charlie Hebdo offices earlier this year in Paris and now this multiple terrorist attack in Paris, that terrorism which the West has been exporting to countries of the Global South has returned to the lands of their most powerful backers. The UK state collusion with these armed gangs is well known, leading one leading terrorist recruiter to state: "I came back [from war] and opened the door and the trickle turned to a flood. I inspired and recruited, I raised funds and bought weapons, not just a one-off but for 15 to 20 years. Why I have never been arrested I don’t know." (Guardian,13/06/2015)

Or perhaps in the case of Moazzam Begg who was sent off to Libya and twice to Syria by the British authorities to conduct work in support of supremacist armed gangs in those countries, including meeting with Hakim Belhaj in Tripoli, Libya. Begg said of his meetings with MI5, a branch of the UK's military intelligence services: “In the meeting Begg said MI5 were concerned about “the possibility of Britons in Syria being radicalised and returning to pose a potential threat to national security. I told them that Britain had nothing to worry about, especially since British foreign policy, at the time, seemed in favour of the rebels.” (Guardian, 02/10/2014)

China suffered terrorist attacks in March 2014 where some 30 people were knifed to death, this too was hardly reported in the Western press, there were no hand-wringing solemn words of solidarity and unity by political leaders in Europe and North America. Rather, the Western press was reticent to even call these acts terrorism, as the political project of the terrorists in splitting and weakening China is something that many Western nations support. From China through to Africa, there is a clear pattern whereby terrorist groups who are supported directly or indirectly by the West through their primary allies in the Muslim world such as Saudi Arabia are active in terrorising and in some cases such as Somalia and Libya facilitating the total collapse of communities and societies.

The supremacist nature of these armed gangs display a world outlook which is a mirror image of European racism and white supremacy, which is aped by Saudi Arabia's Wahhabism, which itself is a state and ideology which was brought to power by the UK and continues to be a primary global ally of the US and UK. The common thread between European racism and these assymetric mirror relfections of them is that certain categories of people are worthy of humanity, and then there are other groups of people who are outside of that category and are expendable who can be massacred without trace or justice in massive imperialist bombing campaigns, or can be sexually enslaved and raped and mutilated.

At certain times victims of terrorism are used by the instigators and backers of global terrorism to achieve certain goals. For example, the Nigerian Chibook girls who were kidnapped by the supremacist militia Boko Haram were utilised in a similar way the 2012 Kony campaign previously was used to depict Black and African people as either mad killers, or as hapless victims only to be forgotten once their use for a racist narrative has been exhausted.

Terrorism and massacres is wrong in Syria, Libya and Somalia, it is a tragedy against people on the same level as it is when the victims are in Paris and London, but treating all humans as equals in resisting this racist hierarchisation is a challenge that confronts us all.

The US and UK destruction of Iraq and France joining in with the destruction of Libya and Syria and the way terrorism plays a fundamental component part of these neo-colonial and racist wars is something that has to be deconstructed by people. It is a shame that unlike the impact of the war of aggression and occupation against Vietnam that a similar endeavour in the US and UK invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq has failed to be a defining and instructive and educational political issue for current generations that otherwise could have informed a deeper understanding and solidarity with sections of humanity who are attacked by 'the greatest purveyors of violence' in the world today, to paraphrase Dr King, which remains the UK and USA and leading Nato countries.

The challenge that we are faced with is to go well beyond the narrow media reporting and imperialist opportunistic grandstanding of politicians who seek to further deepen their Islamophobic and racist strategies against those racialised as outside 'civilised European-ness' and to justify the on-going primary scapegoating of Muslims and migrants and refugees for the oppressions and injustices of Western states. Perhaps like with Vietnam, we should take a lead from the very people and countries who are resisting this project of imperialism, racism and terrorism against their Homelands? Surely it is they who are resisting the best and from whom we should be learning the best.


Thursday, 12 November 2015



Interesting statements from Iraqi Shia Resistance organisations, stating that they will Resist any Yankee or connected occupation troops, that they will publish documents showing collusion between yanks and Daesh, and that they welcome possible Russian alliance against Daesh in Iraq. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Popular Forces Spokesman Warns US to Avoid Deploying Troops in Iraq

English Fars News

Iraq’s Ahl al-Haq Popular Forces Spokesman Naim al-Aboudi warned Washington against hatching plots for his country, and meantime underlined that the Baghdad government will never accept the presence of the US forces in Iraq.

“The Iraqi government is against the presence of foreign military forces, including Americans or non-Americans in Iraq, because it is aware of the reaction of the great nation of Iraq to such a move,” al-Aboudi told FNA on Friday.

He reiterated that the Iraqi popular forces, specially Ahl al-Haq, will deal with the US troops in Iraq like occupying forces, implying that the popular forces will kill the US troops on sight.

Al-Aboudi said that the US is plotting to confiscate the victories that the Iraqi popular forces have gained in Iraq.

He underlined that the Iraqi nation and popular forces do not trust the US and the US-led anti-ISIL coalition.

In relevant remarks last month, Spokesman of Iraq’s Seyed al-Shohada Battalion Hassan Abdol-Hadi said that “the Iraqi popular forces believe that the US-led coalition formed to fight the ISIL in their country is insincere and untrustworthy”.

“Iraq’s resistance forces do not trust the international coalition led by the US,” told FNA.

Abdol-Hadi reiterated that the Iraqi popular forces are worried that the US fighter jets strike their positions under the pretext of misinformation or claim to have done so as a result of mistake.

He, meantime, pointed to the popular forces’ military operations against the Takfiri terrorists, and said, “The battles against the ISIL continue in two different fronts; including one in the city of Mosul.”

Abdol-Hadi said that the Iraqi forces are now ready to launch massive military operations against the ISIL in Mosul, Fallujah and Ramadi.

Iraqi popular forces comprise of Badr Organization, Iraqi Hezbollah, Ahl al-Haq, Jund al-Imam, Seyed al-Shohada, Imam Ali (AS) and Al-Nujaba battalions.

Also in October, a senior advisor to Iraq’s Badr Organization also announced that his organization would expose documents disclosing that the US-led coalition forces are helping the ISIL terrorist group.

“Badr Organization will not hesitate to reveal any document and evidence that substantiates the supply of (foodstuff and arms) aids to ISIL by the coalition forces,” Karim al-Nouri told FNA.

Later the same organization released photos of US and British aircraft shot down by the popular forces as they were supplying arms and food cargos to the ISIL in a number of areas, specially where they were losing ground in the confrontation with the Iraqi forces.

Earlier last month, Deputy Secretary General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Abdolkarim al-Ansari blasted the US-led Anti-ISIL Coalition’s poor performance in fighting the Takfiri terrorists, and said his country does no more want Washington’s help in the war against the militant group.

“What the international coalition has done to fight the ISIL over the past year has been much smaller than what the (Iraqi) volunteer forces have achieved in the same period,” Al-Ansari told FNA.

He reiterated that the Iraqi volunteer forces have achieved great victories in all fronts while they have had none of the equipment and satellites that the so-called coalition has for surveillance and controlling the ISIL in all regions.

“Yet, the US-led coalition has done nothing important since its formation and none of its attacks has been desirable and effective; even in some cases it has targeted the (Iraqi) volunteer forces,” Al-Ansari said.

He, meantime, appreciated the role played by the quadrilateral coalition comprising Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq against the ISIL, and said, “The Iraqis welcomes Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s request from Russia for direct intervention in the anti-ISIL fight and our country does not need the American troops.”


I hope the 'ache din' (good days/time) continue to expand across the Homeland. The secular (not anti religious) and leftist forces have the Himalaya to climb yet, such are the challenges.

India a year and half ago elected a supremacist party who use and abuse Hinduism - the BJP - who, while keeping India on track on the global stage of continuing to develop BRICS, developing excellent relations with Africa, China and Russia, opposing imperialist wars and aggression against Syria and Iran etc, have on the home front been an utter anti people communalist (bigoted religious sectarian) disaster, and I wish the forces of unity of the people to totally defeat the BJP and all communalist forces wrapping themselves in and abusing whatever religion.

It is the job of the Indian people in India to conduct the struggle and the duty of everyone else especially those on the imperialist lands to defend India and all global south countries from imperialist harassment and oppression.

I seldom talk about internal problems of India or other global South countries cos our internal affairs are just that. Especially in the 'west' there is such profound ignorance and prejudice and frankly unwitting hostility to our affairs that I consider it incomparably more important for people just to research and expose to defeat imperialism across the world which is constantly and in countless ways attacking India and all global South countries.

I think if South Asian anti imperialist, decolonial and/or socialist diaspora in the west and in London etc are interested in seriously studying and being active around our internal affairs they should do so in a disciplined and organised manner. Other than that our political diaspora is so politically poor and weak that too much eurocentric nonsense seeps through and has a very messy impact on this westerners and their ignorant gorai ways, and the gorai ways also impacts plenty diaspora too.

I am here in this island of world scale imperialist and white supremacy to single mindedly fight jus that, and many others have said which I would concur with that it is the primary job of all revolutionaries across the world but especially in the west to unearth and the expose and to join in with all forms of Resistance and struggles of liberation the global South, and for this and this alone to be the central strategy. Indeed outside of the BRICS and allied formations, this is being taken up pitifully.

There is so much confusion and eurocentric essentialisation that is promoted against India and all global South countries. And western media, academia and the western left constantly interfere and promote these flawed and problematic depictions. To illuminate something that pushes back against this:

In Karnataka recently the Congress chief minister (who happens to be a Hindu) of the state said that following the supremacist lynching of a Muslim brother in Delhi after a beef eating controversy, the chief minister said he has never eaten beef before but he will eat it in solidarity with the slain Muslim brother and he will do so on the main state capital round about and let's see who can stop me. In response a few days later a BJP politician in the state said he will cut his head off if he eats meat. This BJP supremacist is facing criminal charges.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Makhan Singh and Kenyatta embrace each other, leading Kenyan revolutionaries 
who fought for Kenya's independence from britain

Remembrance Sunday, remembering our heroes of our wars of liberation against colonialism: While it's an act of white racist imperialism to airbrush black and Asian people out of fighting for the imperialists in the first and Second World War, it's an insult to our anti-colonial masses, martyrs and ancestors to somehow positively 'celebrate' their mercenary role for the enemy.

The Second World War is a bit different cos colonial peoples, especially across Asia (especially Indian, Vietnamese, Malay, Korean and Chinese peoples) were fighting the fascist forces and occupation, but it still needs to be said loud and clear that we are not asserting our humanity by trying to prove how much we fought, killed for and died for those who devastated our homelands for centuries.

I sympathise with our people who were bribed and manipulated in joining the enemy armies, however surely we must elevate and celebrate and popularise our heroes and martyrs of our wars of liberation over and above those who fought for the greatest purveyors of violence and genocide.

This is all directly connected to how imperialism today is projecting itself through the recruitment of and collaboration by Black and Asian people fronting imperialism, it's sad and tragic that people want a black person to play perhaps the most racist, militarist and raping character in the 'entertainment industry' ie., James Bond! James Bond needs to be killed asap as does the system the system that he serves by our Black and Asian allied liberation forces and struggles.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Are faith-specific war memorials the best way to remember the fallen?
Santanu Das on seeing past conflicts through the prism of modern multiculturalism

By Santanu Das

On Thursday 12 November, the renovated Muslim burial ground at Woking will be inaugurated. The walled structure, with its domed gateway, arches and minarets, was built during the First World War near the Shah Jahan Masjid – Britain's first purpose-built mosque – to receive the bodies of Muslim soldiers from Indian army hospitals along the south coast of England. It eventually housed 27 South Asian graves from two World Wars. We don't know much about these men but we do have their names and regiments – the poignant exception being “Abdullah”, killed on 16 December 1915 and listed simply as a “follower”. Gradually, the grounds fell into disrepair, and in 1968 the bodies were removed to Brookwood Cemetery nearby. Restoration was planned in 2012 with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The centrepiece will be an Islamic-style peace garden where one can reflect on the “sacrifices made by those servicemen” – and a reminder to Muslim youths of their “shared history” with the country and broader British identity.

Undivided India contributed more than one million men to the war effort, more than any other colony. Woking's is just one in a series of recent faith-specific memorials, and the Muslim counterpart to the Chattri Memorial on the Sussex Downs, which commemorates 53 Sikh and Hindu soldiers. Earlier this month, a new Sikh memorial was unveiled in the National Memorial Arboretum at Staffordshire.

One of the more lasting legacies of the war's centenary will be the recognition of its multiracial nature. In Britain, such commemoration has been marked by a general broadening, and a simultaneous sanitisation, of remembrance to take in the Commonwealth experience. The complex and sometimes contradictory motives and experiences of the South Asian, African and West Indian soldiers are often flattened into a paean of imperial loyalty and brotherhood eerily reminiscent of George V's call to the empire in 1914.

Colonial war memory is increasingly being reinvented as the grand stage on which to showcase the anthem of multiculturalism. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi set the tone in 2013: “Our boys weren't just Tommies – they were Tariqs and Tajinders too, and we have a duty to remember. Tommies and Tariqs fought side by side in the battlefield.” While Warsi is right to stress the diversity, the language of camaraderie veils much that was painful and unattractive. We have a historical duty to remember that, too.

Of course, there are heart-warming tales of Indo-European friendship: British officers and Indian sepoys respected and admired each other; homesick sepoys referred to their French matrons as “mothers”; and when the latrine-sweeper Sukha, an untouchable, died and the Imam of Woking refused to have him, the Vicar of Brockenhurst stepped in and buried him in the local churchyard. Stories abound of sepoys risking their lives to rescue their British officers.

But in all my years of research, I have not come across a single example of a British soldier putting his life under fire for a sepoy. The colonial, military and racial hierarchies were all firmly in place. Indian soldiers, however senior, were always junior to the youngest British officer, and fences around the Brighton Pavilion Hospital kept the Tariqs and Tajinders apart from the Tommies.

The war was particularly difficult for the South Asian Muslims, with the Ottoman empire joining the war on the side of Germany in October 1914; a holy war was declared and the Muslims in the Allied army were promised “the fire of hell”. There were three mutinies in the South Asian Muslim units and the 15th Lancers refused to open fire on their religious brethren in Basrah in 1916. The Paris Peace treaty of 1919 and the dismantling of the Caliphate provoked widespread anguish. Mohammed Iqbal – the national poet of the future Pakistan – referred to the League of Nations as “thieves of grave clothes” set up for “dividing the world's graves”.

The contradictions are epitomised in the story of the Mir brothers. On a dark night in March 1915, Mir Mast, an officer, defected to the German side and went on an extraordinary jihad mission across Central Asia; his brother Mir Dast continued to serve gallantly, saved the lives of his British superiors, and got the Victoria Cross. Some soldiers had a touch of both: one prayed that “our King – God bless him – is going to win”, but inserted a separate note adding “Oh God we repent! Oh God we repent”. The South Asian soldiers were neither all imperial heroes nor martial robots. Many had volunteered to keep debtors at bay, and once in the Western front, they wrote back home: “For God's sake, don't come, don't come, don't come to this war in Europe”.

Commemoration by communities and military organisations often slips into a celebratory mode, as if these forgotten colonial soldiers can only be reclaimed as war heroes. True, some won the first Victoria Crosses for their countries; the majority, though, like the English Tommies, trembled and shat in their trousers as shells burst. If asked about imperial sacrifice, they would have pointed, like Wilfred Owen, to “the old lie” – they were only human in inhuman circumstances.

It is not enough merely to “remember”: we must choose what to remember and how.

'Indian Troops in Europe, 1914–1918' by Santanu Das (£24, Mapin) is out now

Saturday, 7 November 2015


Looking into why Russia has since yesterday also grounded all flights to and from Egypt: It was on last Tues that the usa and uk stated that they had intelligence that suggested that Deash brought down the metro jet plane in Sinai. Until today the yanks and brits have refused to share this intelligence with Russia and Egypt! That is quite a major snub.

Considering this, the yanks and brits have made a mafia-style threat to the Russians and Egyptians, basically stating that they very well might see more of their passenger planes being attacked over Egypt and its Sinai, that they themselves have grounded their planes. This does has been done for a number of reasons:

1, to make out the Russians and especially Egyptians are criminally negligent in this context and cannot run things properly like the good ol brits etc,

2, the fact that they are hiding the intel thus far from the Russians and Egyptians indicates that there they are being deliberately vindictive and this vindictiveness points to the reasons why they are being like this (ie., Russian intervention in Syria and the Syrian goats request, Egypt's support of that, and Egypt's strategic reorientation away from the 'west' towards Moscow),

3, to test the mettle, confidence and leadership of Putin towards his own people and his supporters in the region, at a time she Putin's approval ratings in Russia is 90% PLUS(!!),

4, to put a hanging blade over the necks of the Egyptians in terms of not being clear how long this tourist boycott is going to go on for, creating tension and apprehensiveness amongst Egyptians, and trying to sow discord between them and their political leadership,

5, and also behaving towards Egypt as some corrupt useless defunct shit hole which cannot guarantee anything for anyone especially british tourists. In this regard today the british media has put out a story that a passenger plane in Egypt in recent months allegedly 'missed' a missile from the Egyptian military in Sinai a kilometre away from it. Wether this is true or not I don't know, but its timing and the fact that it has been splashed all across the media is another wood in the british imperialist fire against Egypt right now.

One of the central things being promoted in the imperialist media on this issue right now is that this Sinai plane crash is retribution by the imperialist death squads against Russia's actions in Syria, and the imperialist press is and governments are hoping this is going to make Putin and his policies in Syria etc less popular, to quote from a associated press piece today: "A proven terror attack on a plane full of Russian tourists could be a traumatic reminder to Russians of the vulnerability they felt to terrorism connected to the wars in Chechnya" (source)

And this is part of the central message of this last weeks barrage of imperialist sniping and attacks towards Egypt and Russia: you will pay for sabotaging our imperialist death squad war in Syria.

My concerns is that this imperialist shenanigans on the Sinai plane crash may point to imperialism planning further death squad terrorist attacks in Moscow or somewhere in Russia, as this is what the imperialist press is assuming is what the Sinai alleged terrorist attack is. The imperialist press is normalising in the minds of the masses that Russia and Egypt will be victim to more terrorism and that they would deserve this terrorism.

While Russia are right to stop the flights during open threats of more death squad terrorism on their planes, a threat telegraphed to them by the usa and uk governments and media, it is highly unlikely that this will do anything but build more resolve amongst Putin, Lavrov and the Russian leadership. Where this imperialist intrigue and sniping might work to an extent is to one extent knock off balance the Egyptian leadership as they have a lot more than Russian to lose: their whole economy is under attack by imperialism in at least two fronts:

1, by the attack on their tourist industry by this possible terrorism and the moves by the british government, and

2, by the coordination between imperialism and  gulf monarchist regimes especially Saudi of giving a tiny amount of investment that they had seen in the previous year (approx $30 bn USD last year, and less than $3 bn USD this year).

Egyptian President Sisi in London and his leadership have done all that they possibly can to push back against the brits, but as long as there is no replacement, they desperately need the many tens of billions of pounds that relations with the uk bring into Egypt. That being said, Sisi and his Egyptian colleagues are having some hard and fast strategising now and will be planning with the Russians and others (China is a major partner also) as to how to get themselves through this historical crossroads. I wish them all the best and all successes in a near impossible situation. As I said before, either Egypt will think making a major compromise with the imperialists is the 'way out' of this, which is unlikely cos the imperialists keep kicking them and kicking them and they have decided that they are looking elsewhere (Russia) for strategic relations. Or either Egypt will have to make some serious bold moves to stave off further imperialist attacks, what this might be, I have no idea. But everything is in flux and movement. God deliver the Egyptian, Russia, and Syrian people all victories.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Friday, 6 November 2015


For all Corbyn and his camp's complaints about media attacks on him, Corbyn has an uncanny ability to supply the same imperialist media with material to use against Scotland, China and now Egypt

First China now against Egypt, Jeremy Corbyn plays the leading left english colonialist once again: I discussed Corbyn's leading role in promoting imperialist prejudices and racism against Chinese people at the time of the state visit of the Chinese president Xi Jinping (see here). Unfortunately Corbyn has now decided to do a similar arrogant colonial posture against Egypt's president's visit to London.

No doubt my criticisms will irk those who have thrown their lot in with this Corbyn left colonial hype, but these criticisms have to made as the english left will only move forward once it has broken with its profound connections to imperialism and racism as it is manifested in the form of the 'left' and the labour party or the 'centre' or the 'right'. The defeat of the colonial consensus that exists in england as it does in many parts of the 'west' must be undertaken and the left imperialist corruption in the form of silence due to supporting Corbyn must be critiqued. Corbyn is not my deity, and loyalty to the Global South is the only course to developing a decolonial anti-imperialist liberation movement within the west and of course in the world.

Corbyn has said of the Egyptian President's visit: ““David Cameron’s invitation to Britain today of the Egyptian president and coup leader Abdel Fatah al-Sisi shows contempt for human and democratic rights and threatens, rather than protects, Britain’s national security. … Support for dictatorial regimes in the Middle East has been a key factor fuelling the spread of terrorism. Rather than rolling out the red carpet to President Sisi, the Prime Minister should suspend arms exports to Egypt until democratic and civil rights are restored.”" (source)

Like with his repugnant rantings on China, Corbyn has used imperialist human rights scam on Egypt. His comments are being used non-stop by imperialist media to kick Egypt and its people and leadership at a time when Egypt is under the imperialist death squad kosh. I have gone into the nature of british imperialisms humiliation and oppression of Egypt in these two articles in recent days here and here.

At a time when britain has insulted the Russians and Egyptians by shutting its flights to Egypt, wrecking the Egyptian economy, while britain coordinates with its gulf monarchist allies to economically squeeze Egypt (gulf monarchies have invested hardly 10% this year in Egypt compared to the previous year), Corbyn's comments could not have been made at a more inappropriate time for Russia and Egypt and has made them at the most opportune time for imperialism and for the tory government. Imperialist media across the globe were handed a wonderful propaganda tool when 'the leader of the opposition' makes these comments.

In deconstructing Corbyn comments in this regard a clear colonial arrogance is projected. Corbyn assumes that somehow britain is sullied by inviting the Arab worlds most important country to the 'uk'. That somehow britain is a global definer of who is worthy and unworthy of relations. It is important to keep in mind that Corbyn is assuming that the tory government is a upholder and global standard bearer of human rights and democracy, and as such has defamed its own great global standing!

Corbyn like most of the western/westernised left soft peddles for death squad forces in the Muslim world, on the one hand he patronises pro PKK communities in london, and on the other hand he also patronises imperialist death squad forces who are directly raping and massacring Kurds in Syria and Turkey with his support for the muslim brotherhood and also supremacist death squad factions like Moazzam Begg and Cage. Directly in this regard his comments that inviting President Sisi to the uk endangers the national security of the uk is a comment that could be taken from a Daesh / Jabhat Nusra propaganda statement.

The threatening of the national security of this island and in the region is actually primarily the work of the usa and uk's leading overt and covert wars and collusion with and promotion of death squads throughout the region, Egypt has actually pulled back itself from the fate of places like Libya and Syria by pushing back against the generations long agents of usa and british colonialism and imperialism the muslim brotherhood and its allied death squads. There is a coalition of pro-imperialist liberals and those using and abusing Islam and 'Islamism' who can hardly hide their glee at the imperialist death squad war that has impacted Egypt especially in the Sinai region. One can be quietly confident that Corbyn has some idea of british collision with these death squads, but stating so openly means h would come into conflict with one of the most important covert operations of the state, and also his own opportunism which is shared by most of the western left informs him to keep close to the political forces of the muslim brotherhood and other such factions. His comments and actions is just the normalised state of affairs of the western left.

Those supporting Corbyn should be encouraged to speak out about his colonial arrogance and the service he is giving british imperialism and imperialist media and policies. There is too much of a deafening silence from people who are usually quite sharp on anti-imperialist matters but their support for Corbyn has silenced their critical faculties. First on Scotland, then China, and now Egypt: Corbyn is playing the perfect left colonial leader in the footsteps of all those colonial labour party leaders before him. Corbyn and any activist's role in the west should be opposing western imperialism's oppression of Global South countries, not partaking and leading in the kicking of these countries and peoples when they are under enormous and growing imperialist pressure. Corbyn has only an imperialist given right to pass judgement in the way he has on a situation which calls for people like him to desist from speaking in such an unhelpful manner.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm

Thursday, 5 November 2015



In an extraordinary diplomatic insult and humiliation towards Egypt, the british imperialist authorities have at exactly the same time of receiving the head of state of Egypt decided to punish Egypt by sabotaging its tourist economy by stopping flights to and from Sinai, the main tourist destination for brits. Do not underestimate how much of a direct colonial slapping for Egypt this is. The Egyptians for their part have made it clear they consider this move by the british to be totally out of order, and had today made it clear that they will not be cooperating with the british on this state trip due to these developments. I am sure there will be further diplomatic and political fall out as a result of this, I am confident that this historic insult to Egypt, after many insults that Egypt has faced recently, not least a majority of Egyptians feeling that they experienced the imposition of a sectarian and pro death squad force in the muslim brotherhood and at the time the brotherhood president of Egypt who was deposed by the biggest mass protests Egypt ever has seen.

British foreign sec phillipm hammond yesterday and today brit prime minister david cameron have shown crocodile tears towards the Egyptians when they comment that they understand how devastating their moves to stop flights will be to the livelihoods of Egyptians, this is nothing but insult to injury as they are brazenly stating that this is a taster of what Egyptians should expect from the brits and yanks if Egypt continues its policy of increasingly allying with Russia and playing a spoiler role in the imperialist death squad war against Syria. Let's for a secod look at what happens when the 'UK' is under death squad attack for a contrasting example:

In July 2005 central London suffered two bombings on the 7th and 21st by death squad forces who were closely monitored and facilitated by the british intel services. No country stopped flights to and from britain, no one even suggested that. However, in the british-french-usa led Arab Sting and wider covert and overt sponsoring of death squads in the Muslim world britain helped to unleash these death squads (through their support of them in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Kashmir, Kosovo, Chechnya, Libya and Syria) onto Tunisia, and then they have destroyed the Tunisian economy and livelihood of its people by stopping all tourist flights to and from there after the recent death squads attack in Sousse. The brits have employed a similar approach now to Egypt, having stopped all flights to and from Sharm el Shaikh.

Tunisia is a tiny country with minimal gas deposits and relies heavily, nay nearly entirely on its tourist industry. Unfortunately and although Tunisia has in some smaller ways pushed against the imperialist death squad project (most notably by rejecting the 'Ennhada' british agents, see here and here and by opening some diplomatic relations with the Syrian govt) because it is tiny and in a precarious position in a lot of ways it has regrettably not developed its strategic distancing from imperialism, especially french imperialism, and instead developed relations in a Global South direction.

Egypt is a totally different country, it holds a leading strategic position in relation to the regions relations with the colonial settler state of 'israel', it is managing imperialism and the region's relations with this entity, it is a major army, the biggest in the Arab world and also the biggest population, it has developed confident but imperialist-ire-inducing relations with Putin in the recent few years, it has helped Syria by stopping the 'muslim brotherhood' and other death squad forces in helping to destroy Syria. Also recent gas discoveries in Egypt possibly point to Egypt becoming a major energy producing power in the foreseeable future which factors into all the political actors inside Egypt and in the region and also imperialists considerations in its policies towards Egypt.

Egypt and Russia have both expressed a totally different account thus far as to what happened to the Russian passenger plane crash, the Egyptians and Russians have not made public their own findings as to the crash. In an open move of humiliation against Egypt and Russia, the brits and yankee intel services passed onto their political leadership claims made public that Daesh have done a terrorist hit on the plane. Russia and Egypt have rightly publicly decried that this is against protocol which would otherwise inform the brits and yanks to confidentially pass on whatever intel the brits and yanks have to their Russian and Egyptian counterparts. Just like the Syrian govt invited Russian airstrikes in Syria, the yanks, brits and french have refused to share intelligence with the Russians against the death squads, and similarly they are playing death squad games now against Egypt and Russia in relation to the Sinai plane crash.

Make no mistake, relations between Egypt-Russia and imperialism is in flux, it is changing rapidly, and similarly to Ukraine imperialism is just very unhappy that Egypt wants a balanced relation between 'east' and 'west', imperialism wants Egypt to either follow imperialism diktat or be destroyed a la Libya and Syria. However, Sisi and Putin are no pushover, and despite the contradictions and desire to have a more middle of the road political existence, my guess is that Egypt is being pushed rather swiftly in historical terms away from imperialist and its death squad project in the region and into the arms of the Russian/Chinese/Syrian/Iranian/Hizbullah led axis. There is just nowhere else for Egypt to turn to.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


As the former colonial power in Egypt sees protests in its capital city (London) against the visit from the Egyptian head of state organised by age old agents of the brits the Muslim brotherhood, intriguing things continue in relation to the Sinai passenger jet disaster. It's important to remember that Egypt is facing a full blown imperialist death squad project itself supported by the near full spectrum of eurocentric liberals, left's through to the usual pro death squad forces using and abusing Islam.

As I said before I speculate that this could be a revenge act on Russia and its burgeoning and deepening strategic alliance with Egypt, as Egypt edges out of the imperialist orbit into the leading global South alliance. Egypt has openly stated it supports the Syrian governments invitation of Russia to clean up imperialist death squads in Syria.

While Russian experts search through the wreckage of the crash site, the brits and yanks have stated they think it was done by Daesh (so called 'Isis'), having rushed to state that this is Daesh before the Russians and Egyptians have made their official findings public. The yanks and brits stating things like this points to three things: 1, that the Brits and yanks have had some hand in this terrorist act, the bbc news just now stated openly this information would have come from the brit Intel services, which usually means that they have had at least some facilitating role or AT LEAST looked the other way as Daesh was preparing this attack, 2, that they would like this terrorist act to have happened and 3, they are seeking the squeeze and punish Egypt for moving away from its orbit.

More so, britain in neocolonial sabotage style it first employed on Tunisia recently the Brits have cancelled flights from and to Egypt!! BBC news had a feature now making out that Egypt is failing to fight terrorism and basically the Egyptian state is useless. The Egyptian government has protested vigorously against this act of industrial and political sabotage stating that this is a decision made in too much haste and that this move directly adversely impacts Egyptian people's livelihood.

While the Egyptians have a primary vested interest not to ratchet confrontation with those forces (USA, UK, gulf monarchies, Turkey and 'israel') who are perhaps behind this terrorist act against the passenger jet, Russia has been a lot more bold in not ruling out terrorism as a possible cause.

My first thoughts when I first heard about the airplane crash has been further positively informed especially by the ritual move to stop the flights that this has been a punishment and warning to Egypt in relation to Russia and Syria.

As Mao said, imperialism often lifts up a heavy rock to drop it on its own feet, and this hit on the plane and subsequent actions and noises from the imperialists point to them giving an ultimatum to Egypt: either come back into our camp or you will get even more of our terrorism than you have been subjected to. Egypt seems to have not wanted to make a sudden and total break with imperialism and the gulf monarchies, they would prefer to have a balanced non-aligned relationship with them and the global South, however the global and regional situation will not and cannot allow Egypt to play it's east-west balancing game. Egypt will probably try to keep this balance however if the imperialist and regional allies continue with upping their pressure on Egypt as they seem to be doing could possibly MAYBE push Egypt into more drastic actions. By drastic I mean only a real tough and big shift of a massive military alliance with Russia and possibly linked to Syria will make imperialism and its regional allies to think twice before continuing with their imperialist death squad war against Egypt.

Whatever happens, Egypt will be pushed to make the jump. It has no other choice and while Sisi would like to keep things quiet as possible for Egypt, he is also a patriot who seeks to neutralise death forces and to protect and promote Egypt as a central Muslim and Arab country, the last biggest army and biggest population of the Arab world.

- Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm