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New York City: The Central Park 5 and their legal team are honored by the CUNY Public Interest Law Association (PILA) with the 2014 Distinguished Community Leader Award, April 11, 2014.

Top photo, from left: Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam

Photos: CUNY PILA

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Zoom Ukraine: U.S./NATO-backed fascist coup & growing people’s resistance
Compilation of recent articles from Workers World newspaper.
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Ukraine: U.S./NATO-backed fascist coup & growing people’s resistance

Compilation of recent articles from Workers World newspaper.

Download in PDF format here

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Zoom People’s Republic of Donetsk: Anti-government activists block a column of Ukrainian Armored Personnel Carriers in the eastern city of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014.

People’s Republic of Donetsk: Anti-government activists block a column of Ukrainian Armored Personnel Carriers in the eastern city of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014.

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Anti-govt protesters seize Ukrainian APCs, army units 'switch sides'

Kiev’s military faced off with protesters in east Ukraine on Wednesday to sort out their differences…and found none. Soldiers appeared reluctant to go into battle against anti-government activists.

When Ukrainian Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) entered downtown Kramatorsk as part of Kiev’s military operation against anti-government protesters in the east of the country, they were stopped in their tracks, surrounded by crowds of local residents. 

One YouTube video of what happened next shows a woman coming to a soldier with the reproach: “You are the army, you must protect the people.” 

We are not going to shoot, we weren’t even going to,” is the soldier’s reply. 

Similar conversations could be heard at each of several APCs which entered the city, with locals promising to defend their neighbors, in case the soldiers start a military operation.

Military vehicles parked in downtown Kramatorsk have turned into hotspots for political discussion, with people beside the vehicles trying to get their views through to people on top of the tanks.

Another video features the Kramatorsk crowds loudly chanting “Army with the people” and applauding the soldiers as they were leaving their APCs. 

“Guys, we are with you! You are great!” women are heard yelling to the vacating soldiers.

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Stockton, California: Police attack BBQ and speak-out sponsored by parents of police brutality victims, April 14, 2014.

"Pigs at BBQ, vamping on kids and throwing free speech out the window. They tried to kettle us & prevent us from leaving the park in any direction. The youth finally found a way, and had the pigs running back and forth as the youth kept outsmarting them! Power to the people!"

Via Terry Kay / Intercouncil for Mothers of Murdered Children

Holy. Fucking. Shit.

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Observations on the developments in Donetsk and Ukraine

I believe the situation today in the People’s Republic of Donetsk is characteristic of dual power, in the Marxist sense defined by Lenin.

The masses have established an alternative form of government rooted in their resistance. The Donetsk People’s Council has called for the creation of a People’s Army. 

The military sent against them is divided; the rank-and-file are unwilling to fire on the masses, the upper echelons and police are fearful of the consequences to themselves.

Arsen Avakov, the far right Interior Minister, sent in three roughly equal groups to assault Donetsk: the military/Alpha special forces from Western Ukraine, mercenaries provided by the U.S., and the fascist gangs (“National Guard”).

Now that the 48-hour deadline has come and gone, it’s come out that the military forces refused orders to attack. Yatsenyuk, the U.S.-picked prime minister, has said he will push for a referendum in the Southeast — providing the resistance surrenders first.

Today’s developments strip away the regime’s “national” rhetoric and expose that the Kiev junta is entirely dependent on the power of the fascists and the imperialists. The military and police apparatus of Ukraine, the traditional prop of the capitalist state, is divided and disintegrating.

While Donetsk has a breathing spell, we should not expect it to last. Yatsenyuk is just a figurehead, after all — the real power in Kiev rests with the fascists who control the commanding heights of the state apparatus, which they have been integrating Right Sector, Maidan Self Defense, UNO, etc. into. They are likely to unleash their loyalists. 

U.S. imperialism may play diplomatic games and even be at odds tactically with the fascists in Kiev. But Washington and Wall Street have been unswerving for the last two decades in their desire to divide and conquer Russia, and this ultimately puts them arm in arm with the neo-Nazis.

The U.S. war buildup continues, and the antiwar movement should be on alert for what may come out of the NATO emergency meeting scheduled for next week.

It is a good time to review Lenin’s writings on Dual Power that emerged after the February 1917 revolution in Russia.

Of course, the situation is different on many levels. We don’t really have a sense of the forces involved in Donetsk, though there is clearly a pro-socialist left as well as Russian nationalists.

Dual power situations can come and go without a Marxist revolutionary leadership to seize the moment.

Capitalist Russia, though forced into an objectively anti-imperialist posture, is certainly no more eager to see a potential revolutionary state on its border than the Kiev junta is.

But the logic of the situation is outstripping the initial demand for a referendum and simple integration into the Russia Federation like Crimea.

One important lesson to take away is that the anti-communist hangover in a key part of the former Soviet Union is being swept away. In southeastern Ukraine, people are openly discussing socialism, re-nationalizing industry, and proudly embracing the heritage of the USSR in ways that were unthinkable a few months ago. 

— redguard

04.11.14 20
Zoom Obama not welcome! Fight US imperialist agenda in Asia and the Pacific! 
The International League of Peoples’ Struggle Commission One calls on the people of the world to protest the upcoming Asia visit of United States imperialist chieftain Barack Obama in April 2014. The imminent visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines are in line with the US strategic military “pivot” and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Obama’s visit brings with it the US imperialist agenda of entrenching US hegemony in Asia in light of China’s rise as a major regional power, in order to continue imposing itself as the preeminent economic and military power in the Asia-Pacific region.
The US is using the strategic Asia “pivot” to advance its economic and geopolitical interests in the region and to encircle and contain potential “peer rivals” such as China. Within the first 10 years of the pivot, the US seeks to move 60% of its warships to Asia. The US is ramping up its military deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, with the construction of new US bases in Japan, South Korea and Guam, and the deployment of an increasing number of rotational troops as well as the prepositioning of war materiel in Australia and the Philippines. The US wants to maintain its status as a Pacific power by further riding roughshod on the sovereignty of countries in the region and imposing neo-liberal economic policies and programs.
Obama is attending the Japan-US summit on 23 April to affirm the two countries’ military alliance that includes Japan’s hosting of a wide range of US bases aimed at encircling China and threatening the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). The TPPA is also on the agenda of the summit. Obama will move to Seoul, South Korea where he is expected to also affirm the US’ military alliance with South Korea. Obama will then go to Malaysia to make another pitch for the TPPA. His last stop will be the Philippines where he is expected to sign a de facto basing pact disguised as an “Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement”. This would allow the US Armed Forces to use Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) facilities to station their troops and munitions as well as to set up their own exclusive facilities to be made accessible to Philippine authorities but subject to US-determined “operational safety and security considerations”. Obama’s Manila trip also coincides with revitalized attempts to amend the Philippine constitution in order to remove restrictions to foreign investments and thus pave the way for the Philippines’ joining the TPPA.

Obama not welcome! Fight US imperialist agenda in Asia and the Pacific! 

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle Commission One calls on the people of the world to protest the upcoming Asia visit of United States imperialist chieftain Barack Obama in April 2014. The imminent visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines are in line with the US strategic military “pivot” and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Obama’s visit brings with it the US imperialist agenda of entrenching US hegemony in Asia in light of China’s rise as a major regional power, in order to continue imposing itself as the preeminent economic and military power in the Asia-Pacific region.

The US is using the strategic Asia “pivot” to advance its economic and geopolitical interests in the region and to encircle and contain potential “peer rivals” such as China. Within the first 10 years of the pivot, the US seeks to move 60% of its warships to Asia. The US is ramping up its military deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, with the construction of new US bases in Japan, South Korea and Guam, and the deployment of an increasing number of rotational troops as well as the prepositioning of war materiel in Australia and the Philippines. The US wants to maintain its status as a Pacific power by further riding roughshod on the sovereignty of countries in the region and imposing neo-liberal economic policies and programs.

Obama is attending the Japan-US summit on 23 April to affirm the two countries’ military alliance that includes Japan’s hosting of a wide range of US bases aimed at encircling China and threatening the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). The TPPA is also on the agenda of the summit. Obama will move to Seoul, South Korea where he is expected to also affirm the US’ military alliance with South Korea. Obama will then go to Malaysia to make another pitch for the TPPA. His last stop will be the Philippines where he is expected to sign a de facto basing pact disguised as an “Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement”. This would allow the US Armed Forces to use Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) facilities to station their troops and munitions as well as to set up their own exclusive facilities to be made accessible to Philippine authorities but subject to US-determined “operational safety and security considerations”. Obama’s Manila trip also coincides with revitalized attempts to amend the Philippine constitution in order to remove restrictions to foreign investments and thus pave the way for the Philippines’ joining the TPPA.

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ALERT: Donetsk calls for all-out mobilization against fascist attack

A mobilization call of Donetsk republic translated: 

Attention! General mobilization !


According to information from our activists from civilian roadblocks - Ukrainian armoured vehicles is on its way to Donetsk. According to the information from our agents, the Kiev junta has decided to solve the problem posed by our protest decidedly and strongly - by military force – tonight or at dawn tomorrow.

But their politicians and security forces are afraid of the presence of civilians that are present near the building of the People’s Council, where a large number of foreign journalists are also present.

The same way last night, thanks to the presence of thousands of people around the Lugansk state security headquarters - people formed a human shield around the building to protect it and the militias barricaded inside - their presence did not allow law enforcement officers to carry out their order to storm and kill our guys - our heroes.

Friends and brothers-in-arm! Let be worthy of our brothers from Lugansk! Protect our militia guarding the building of the People’s Council (former building of the Regional Council). Let’s defend our independence and freedom!

ALL rise up and go to the building of NATIONAL COUNCIL!
ALL TO DEFEND of THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DONETSK!
TOGETHER we are strong! TOGETHER we will WIN!

04.09.14 17
Zoom People’s Republic of Donetsk
“Incredibly inspired and in awe of the courage of these people. I awoke this morning with the grim but firm expectation that I would begin reporting on the casualties from Donetsk and what it all means. Instead, the state administration building is still safe in the people’s hands; demonstrators were out all night; miners from first shift are refusing to work and instead are helping to defend the building. I will go out on a limb and say this is the dawn of a new day…”
— Dan Welch via Facebook

People’s Republic of Donetsk

Incredibly inspired and in awe of the courage of these people. I awoke this morning with the grim but firm expectation that I would begin reporting on the casualties from Donetsk and what it all means. Instead, the state administration building is still safe in the people’s hands; demonstrators were out all night; miners from first shift are refusing to work and instead are helping to defend the building. I will go out on a limb and say this is the dawn of a new day…”

— Dan Welch via Facebook

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'For me, Palestine is paradise': An interview with Leila Khaled

Exclusive interview with Leila Khaled

Recorded on Thursday 3rd of April 2014
First published here.

Frank Barat for Le Mur A Des Oreilles (LMADO): LMADO: If negotiations do not bring peace to the Palestinians, what will? What should the leadership do?

LK: Resist! That’s how you achieve your rights as a People. History has shown us that. No People achieved their freedom without a struggle. Where there is occupation, there is resistance. It is not a Palestinian invention. We are actually going to call for a conference to be held under the auspices of the U.N, just to implement the resolutions taken by this body on the Palestinian question. Resolution 194 calls on Israel to accept the return of the refugees. Fine, let’s put the U.N on the spot. Let’s have a conference reminding people of this. The problem is that the references to any negotiations that have taken place were drafted by the Americans, which we know are biased towards Israel.

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