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U.S. provides, weapons, diplomatic cover for Israeli ethnic cleaning in Gaza

By Joyce Chediac

Now, compelled by the wave of international outrage at sheer horror that its most important ally in the Middle East is inflicting on Gaza, the U.S. government has finally acknowledged — in a convoluted way — the impact of the Israeli army’s murders. On July 21, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said: “We are deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel’s appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself.” (www.aljazeera.com, July 21)

Kerry claims he is rushing to the Middle East to stop the fighting. In reality, he is rushing to the Middle East to try to impose a pro-imperialist cease fire on Hamas and the people of Gaza.

This is the goal of Israel’s deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians — to punish Palestinians in Gaza to such a degree to enable Israel to impose a cease-fire on its own terms, which includes further weakening Hamas’ ability to govern, if not to outright remove Hamas from office.

Hamas has given its terms for a cease-fire, which includes Israel’s lifting the blockade, opening the border with Israel and Egypt, and releasing Palestinian prisoners.

The U.S. and Israeli governments also want to end the unity agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

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July 23, 1908: The Bombay (Mumbai) General Strike

Bombay Strike of 1908: The first major political action by the Indian proletariat. The Bombay strike began in response to the judicial mistreatment by the colonial authorities of the leader of the national-revolutionary movement, Tilak, who was sentenced on July 22 to six years at hard labor.

On July 23, the workers of Bombay declared a general political strike, and the city’s population declared a hartal, both of which lasted until July 29, in accordance with the decision to reply to each year of Tilak’s sentence with a one-day strike. More than 100,000 people went on strike.

The Bombay strike was a highly important step in the upsurge of the Indian national liberation movement in 1905-08.

From The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd edition

Top photo: Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian anti-colonial leader whose sentencing led to the strike.

Bottom photo: British colonial troops brutally attack protesters outside Tilak’s trial.

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What Makes Strelkov Feel 'Melancholy': Military-Political Situation Report, July 20, 2014

By Boris Rozhin aka “Colonel Cassad” 

On July 2nd, the battles for Nikolayevka commenced, leading to the loss of control over the last significant highway that enabled supplies to flow to Slavayansk. Strelkov grew more “melancholic,” as it became obvious that Slavyansk, along with him and the garrison, were written off, and that no one was going to come to their aid. On July 2nd-3rd, when street battles still persisted in the surrounded Nikolayevka, where Motorola’s unit continued their heroic resistance (even despite the betrayal of two field commanders who stripped the irflank of defences), a decision to break out of the encirclement was adopted in Slavyansk; it must be understood that this decision had both a military and a political component – Strelkov was warned from Moscow that a surrender of Donetsk was being prepared. 

In the night of July 4th-5th, the Militia effected a successful breakout, sustaining only minimal casualties. In doing this, Strelkov thwarted the secret negotiations being conducted between Surkov’s people and the people of Akhmetov and Kolomoiskiy (through Kurginyan’s people). The gist of these negotiations was an attempt by near-Kremlin circles to coordinate with the Ukrainian oligarchs the question of a “large Transnistria,” to be fashioned out of the Lugansk and the Donetsk Republics, at the head of which would have been Oleg Tsaryov, with a part of the financing flows feeding the South-East being locked on him. 

In these contacts were implicated the mayor of Donetsk, Lukjanchenko (who has since fled to Kiev), the speaker of the Novorossiya Parliament, Pushilin (since dismissed from his position of his own volition), DPR minister of State Security, Khodakovskiy (since dismissed from his position as a minister, with Batallion Vostok having been transformed into a brigade and operationally subordinated to Strelkov’s staff), and police general Pozhidayev (the local command of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was purged almost immediately after the arrival of Strelkov’s brigade in Donetsk). All these people were, in one way or another, connected to Akhmetov. Antjufeev was sent to cleanse the upper echelons of DPR, following which a series of dismissals took place.

A fascinating analysis of the class and political struggles unfolding within the Donetsk People’s Republic. It has the ring of truth.

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Zoom Palestinians carry coffins through Ramallah to protest Gaza offensive
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians marched through Ramallah on Wednesday carrying 500 symbolic coffins with the names of people killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, a Ma’an reporter said.The rally was organized by the municipalities of Ramallah, al-Bireh, and Beituniya as a protest against the Israeli offensive on Gaza. Laila Ghannam, the governor of the Ramallah and al-Bireh district, participated in the rally, along with members of Fatah’s central committee."Palestinians are united and cannot be divided," Ghannam said at the rally."The blood of children is a stigma on the forehead of the silent world that claims to respect human rights," she added."The blood of our people in the West Bank is mixed with the blood of Gazans. The blood is one, the decision is one, and the goal is one."Israel’s latest offensive on Gaza, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” has left over 650 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians. Over 4,000 Palestinians have been injured. Thirty-one Israelis, all but two of them soldiers, have also died in the fighting, in addition to a foreign civilian worker who died Wednesday after being hit by mortar fire in southern Israel.

Palestinians carry coffins through Ramallah to protest Gaza offensive

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians marched through Ramallah on Wednesday carrying 500 symbolic coffins with the names of people killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, a Ma’an reporter said.

The rally was organized by the municipalities of Ramallah, al-Bireh, and Beituniya as a protest against the Israeli offensive on Gaza. 

Laila Ghannam, the governor of the Ramallah and al-Bireh district, participated in the rally, along with members of Fatah’s central committee.

"Palestinians are united and cannot be divided," Ghannam said at the rally.

"The blood of children is a stigma on the forehead of the silent world that claims to respect human rights," she added.

"The blood of our people in the West Bank is mixed with the blood of Gazans. The blood is one, the decision is one, and the goal is one."

Israel’s latest offensive on Gaza, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” has left over 650 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians. Over 4,000 Palestinians have been injured. 

Thirty-one Israelis, all but two of them soldiers, have also died in the fighting, in addition to a foreign civilian worker who died Wednesday after being hit by mortar fire in southern Israel.

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South Africa: ANC calls for Israeli ambassador to leave the country

Following nationwide protests across South Africa against the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza (Israel has killed over 400 Palestinians including 100 children in the last 10 days) the ANC in Parliament has called for the Israeli ambassador in South Africa to leave with immediate effect. The ANC must implement this and the decision to recall the South African Ambassador from Tel Aviv with urgency.

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Zoom 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office
Nine Jewish activists protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza were arrested today after occupying the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) office in midtown Manhattan. The protesters, members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Jews Say No! (JSN), stood in the office for an hour, holding a banner, singing songs in Hebrew and English and reading the names of the more than 600 dead who have been killed as a result of the Israeli attack.
The activists demanded that the FIDF stop funding the Israeli army. FIDF is a multi-millionaire dollar non-profit organization that collects funds to send to the Israeli military. Signs taped to the JVP and JSN members read: “Jews say no to the ground invasion of Gaza.”
The demonstrators were arrested by dozens of New York Police Department members—including members of the Counter-Terror Unit–when they refused to leave the premises. They are expected to be charged with criminal trespassing. The demonstrators were taken to a precinct in Manhattan.

9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office

Nine Jewish activists protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza were arrested today after occupying the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) office in midtown Manhattan. The protesters, members of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and Jews Say No! (JSN), stood in the office for an hour, holding a banner, singing songs in Hebrew and English and reading the names of the more than 600 dead who have been killed as a result of the Israeli attack.

The activists demanded that the FIDF stop funding the Israeli army. FIDF is a multi-millionaire dollar non-profit organization that collects funds to send to the Israeli military. Signs taped to the JVP and JSN members read: “Jews say no to the ground invasion of Gaza.”

The demonstrators were arrested by dozens of New York Police Department members—including members of the Counter-Terror Unit–when they refused to leave the premises. They are expected to be charged with criminal trespassing. The demonstrators were taken to a precinct in Manhattan.

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Fidel receives the President of the People’s Republic of China 

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, held a fraternal meeting on Tuesday with President of China Xi Jinping,who is leading a large delegation on an official visit to Cuba. 

The exchange of views was characterized by a climate of friendship, expressive of historical ties between our parties, governments and peoples.

Fidel and Xi Jinping reflected on various issues of international interest, in particular, the huge dangers and challenges facing humanity and the significance of the Declaration adopted on July 15 by the countries of the BRICS group.  

President Xi Jinping presented the gift of a bronze bust in the likeness of the young Fidel.

Photos by Alex Castro / CubaDebate.cu

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Tragedy of MH17 and Necessity of the Fascists in Kiev and Their Friends to Lie about It

By Vladimir Suchan

So, one day after the game-changing briefing in Moscow delegated to the bottom of news and few snippets in the West, U.S. intelligence came out to salvage its least their own professional honor, if not honesty. And thus the following message was made: “Senior U.S. intelligence officials claim [today—July 22] that their services have not found any indication that Russia was involved in the demolition of the MH17 in eastern Ukraine.”

This means that U.S. intelligence officials are basically saying that US President Obama, State Secretary Kerry, all the other leaders of the West, NATO, and the EU, and virtually all the Western corporate media have been 1) grossly lying to the world in a way that was posing a threat to peace and security, conversely put, that 2) all these Western leaders and the media have been making unsubstantiated claims and accusations, and 3) that this is a de facto U.S. forced response to the hard evidence about the MH17 case given by the Russian Ministry of Defense on July 21, which was officially and in the media ignored, belittled, and ostensibly dismissed.

At the same time, the U.S. intelligence forced and belated admission comes after four days of intensive, global, well-planned and coordinated vitriolic smearing campaign demonizing Russia, the Russians in east Ukraine, and Putin personally.

Since July 17, the list of documented lies include:
1. the “tapes” issued by Ukraine
2. the video issued by Ukraine—with their own Buk missile battery
3. claims by Ukraine and supported by the West that Ukraine had no military aircraft in the air at the time of the crash of the MH17 plane.

These claims were made till the evening of July 21. On July 22, Poroshenko changed the tune—he was forced to by the overwhelming evidence against Ukraine.

What has been thus established is that Ukraine as well as the US, the EU, NATO, and other Western countries have been systematically and grossly lying about evidence pertaining to the tragedy of MH17, thus willfully and bluntly abusing the tragedy and the demise of the victims and the suffering of their families for perverse political goals related to NATO expansionism to the gates of Moscow and anti-Russian hysteria and Russophobia to support the fascist regime in Kiev and its violence, from the Maidan snipers through the Maidan massacre and the deliberate destruction of civilians and civilian infrastructure in east Ukraine.

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Zoom Fifth Congress of the Communist Party of Mexico (PCM), Sept. 13-15, 2014

Fifth Congress of the Communist Party of Mexico (PCM), Sept. 13-15, 2014

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Imperialist offensive causes tragedy in Ukraine

By Paul Roberts

Last Thursday’s (17 July) air disaster, in which a Malaysian Airlines jetliner crashed near Ukraine’s border with Russia, killing all 298 people on board, is likely to be the result of a missile fired from the ground - a commercial plane tragically caught up in the war Kiev and its imperialist backers are waging against Ukraine’s eastern regions.

Regardless of who may have actually fired the shot, it is evident commercial flight paths over eastern Ukraine have been endangered by the Kiev regime’s aerial bombardment of eastern cities and towns. Whether it was pro-autonomy fighters hoping to fend off further Ukrainian Air Force attacks or Kiev creating a ‘false flag’ incident is unlikely to be definitively established for some time.

Irrespective of any truth the US, with its British echo, want to galvanise public opinion against Russia, press Germany and France to toughen EU sanctions against Russia and increase support for Kiev’s offensive against eastern Ukraine. They are more than willing to falsify evidence and invent total fabrications - just as the US and Britain did over Iraqi weaponry in 2003 to ‘justify’ invading that country.

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