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A Modern Reichstag Fire: U.S. blames Ukraine rebels for Malaysian Airlines tragedy

By Greg Butterfield

A civilian passenger plane is rerouted over a war zone. The plane crashes mysteriously in rebel-held territory. Within hours, the rebels and an “enemy” government are blamed for deliberately downing the plane and killing everyone aboard.

Welcome to the Reichstag fire, 2014 edition.

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Zoom Portrait of Lenin. Marble, 1927-1933. Artist: N.L.Aronson (France)

Portrait of Lenin. Marble, 1927-1933. Artist: N.L.Aronson (France)

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Zoom "The Republic of Soviets (of Workers’, Soldiers’ and Peasants’ Deputies) is not only a higher type of democratic institution (as compared with the usual bourgeois republic crowned by a Constituent Assembly), but is the only form capable of securing the most painless transition to socialism.”V.I.Lenin, Theses On The Constituent Assembly 

"The Republic of Soviets (of Workers’, Soldiers’ and Peasants’ Deputies) is not only a higher type of democratic institution (as compared with the usual bourgeois republic crowned by a Constituent Assembly), but is the only form capable of securing the most painless transition to socialism.”

V.I.Lenin, Theses On The Constituent Assembly 

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Why We Defend Workers' States

Based on remarks by Caleb Maupin at the Workers World Party Marxist School on July 4-7, 2014, in New York City.

Every country where the working class has seized power is also in a life and death struggle to preserve working class power, with the imperialists surrounding and attacking them.

As a result of being encircled and threatened, worker’s states simply don’t have the ability to be open, free societies, full of debate. They are in a state of war, fighting for their very survival.

This can be very confusing in the United States, where we are told “this is a great country, we are free.” Anti-Communists often say things like “Communists want to take away our freedom, but capitalism is about freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.”

This is obviously non-sense. Go to the capitalist country of the Philippines. In the Philippines, being a member of the Communist Party is illegal. People are locked up, or kidnapped in the middle of the night all the time, merely on suspicion for being Communists.

Go to the capitalist country of South Korea. A young man is in prison currently for nothing other than tweeting statements supporting his northern countryfolk.

Go to the capitalist country of Colombia, where trade unionists are rounded up, and political activists are killed.

In any society, capitalist, socialist, feudal, or whatnot, when the class that is in power feels threatened, it is forced to take measures to hold on to power.

This is true even in the United States, despite the nauseating rhetoric about “freedom” and “the greatest country in the world.” In the US, when any leader of the oppressed Black nation emerges to fight back, they are suppressed. Martin Luther King was gunned down. Malcolm X was gunned down. Fred Hampton, the leader of the Black Panther was brutally murdered by the Chicago Police working with the FBI.

In the 1960s, the FBI had an entire program called COINTELPRO designed to suppress dissent among the oppressed Black nation, as well as the rising student movement.

During the 1950s, the U.S. Communist Party was outlawed. The government even passed a law called the Mccarran Internal Security Act of 1951. This law called for Communists and progressive activists to placed in concentration camps if a “national emergency” took place.

When the capitalists and imperialists find themselves in a state of war to preserve their power, all the so-called “freedom” goes away. They are in a life and death struggle to preserve their power.

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Zoom Lenin Square, Donetsk, July 13, 2014
Photo: Borotba

Lenin Square, Donetsk, July 13, 2014

Photo: Borotba

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Soviet-era mural in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Photos by Svetlana Licht

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July 17, 1919: Liberation of Miass, Russia, from Kolchak’s White Guards and restoration of Soviet power.

Thank you to comrade Natalya Fedoruk for this people’s history of 95 years ago that most of us have never heard:

In January 1918, the Miass Council of Workers’ Deputies proclaimed Soviet power. Soviet power was achieved peacefully. The 8-hour day was introduced, workers took control over production, the city treasury and food supply were centralized, free education and health care were introduced, etc.

On April 28, 1918, Miass held the first universal, equal, direct election in the city’s history for the Board of Deputies of workers and cossacks. The population voted for the Bolsheviks. A Bolshevik, Nikolai Sviridov, was elected to head the Boar. 

On May 27, 1918, a group of Red Guards departed to aid workers in Zlatoust. On May 29, with the city unguarded, there was an armed rebellion of local counter-revolutionaries and companies of the Czech army against the elected Council and the population. Killed without trial were N. Sviridov Chair of the Board; Chair of the Revolutionary Committee N.Romanenko; Bolsheviks, deputies, and activists of the Council: Germak, V. Petrovsky, A. Vinokurov, P. Garin, E. Elorimov, T. Elorimov, P. Zhelnin, A. Saburov. N. Gorelov. 

On May 31 (according to some sources, June 1), a detachment of Red Guards were ambushed and defeated. The Whites hung Fyodor Gorelova, who covered the retreat of the Red Guards.

From June 1918 to July 1919 was the period of White Guard terrorism. Miass was placed under martial law. People were arrested on the slightest suspicion of sympathizing with the Soviet government. Fighters of the Turgojak Red Guard units were shot. 

On June 11, 1918, in the vicinity of the Polikarpovskoy mill, an Estonian communist intelligence battalion was ambushed and killed. In 20 days in June 1918 the White Cossacks arrested 96 workers in Miass. In the area near Turgojak [a lake near Miass], those arrested were hacked to bits or thrown alive into two mines. 

Miass was constantly combating the Whites. Risking their lives, young activists V. Gaytanov, G. Suhanov, M. Batin did underground political work. They pasted up leaflets at night, beckoning the population to fight against Kolchak. Workers V. Morozov, B. Andreev, N. Rykov and others took machinery from the factory and hid it at the bottom of the river, preventing the removal of Miassa factory equipment. 

In the summer of 1919, along the line of the Eastern Front, the Red Army began a rapid advance. In mid-July the 5th Army, commanded by Tukhachevsky, came into Miasskoe valley. The Whites were well entrenched on the Chashkovskih mountains, and in the case of retreat planned to burn Miass by firing incendiary shells. Young Miass workers Nikolai Torbeev and Stepan Baidin secretly sneaked into Chrysostom, came to the headquarters of the Red Army and offered to help them attack the White troops from the rear. The vanguard walked around the White’s position at night and broke into Miass from the rear. Panic began in the enemy camp. This was the signal for a general offensive of the Red Army. After a short fight Kolchak fled. Soon they were cleaned out of Miass. 

On July 17, 1919, Soviet power was restored in Miass. 

Remember, comrades! The heroes of the October Revolution and the Civil War gave their lives for socialism — a society of social justice for the people’s state, for a better life of the working people. We, the citizens of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, had huge gains under socialism, from free education to free housing! Our duty is to achieve socialism for our descendants!

First photo: Civil War memorial in Miass, Russia.

Second photo: Young activists restoring the mass grave memorial of the Red reconnaissance battalion of the Estonian Communists, ambushed by Kolchak’s White Guards on June 11, 1918 in the area of the Polikarpovskoy mill (now the street Fallen Fighters in the city of Miass).

Third photo: Monument to heroic Red Guard Fyodor Gorelov, murdered by the Whites on June 1, 1918.

Fourth photo: Memorial at mass grave of workers killed by the White Guards near Miass, Russia.

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Zoom July 16, 1947: Birthday of Comrade Assata Shakur

July 16, 1947: Birthday of Comrade Assata Shakur

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Logroño, La Rioja autonomous community, Spain: Protest in solidarity with Gaza against Israeli war crimes, July 14, 2014.

Via Communist Youth Collective (CJC) - La Rioja

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Zoom São Paulo, Brazil: Protest in Solidarity with People of Donbass Under Attack by Ukraine Army
Wednesday, July 16 - 4pm
Ukraine Consulate in São Paulo - Alameda dos Jurupis, nº 1005, cj.nº 81/82, Moema - Proximo ao Ibirirapuera
In defense of the people of Donbass and its resistance against the massacre carried out by the fascist government of Kiev, supported and armed by the U.S., EU and NATO.
Sponsored by: Liga Comunista, Partido da Causa Operária, Corrente Comunista Revolucionária, Refundação Comunista, Espaço Cultural Latino Americano, Bloco Saci da Bixiga

São Paulo, Brazil: Protest in Solidarity with People of Donbass Under Attack by Ukraine Army

Wednesday, July 16 - 4pm

Ukraine Consulate in São Paulo - Alameda dos Jurupis, nº 1005, cj.nº 81/82, Moema - Proximo ao Ibirirapuera

In defense of the people of Donbass and its resistance against the massacre carried out by the fascist government of Kiev, supported and armed by the U.S., EU and NATO.

Sponsored by: Liga Comunista, Partido da Causa Operária, Corrente Comunista Revolucionária, Refundação Comunista, Espaço Cultural Latino Americano, Bloco Saci da Bixiga

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