Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Defend Peace - Japanese Communists should stop Shinzo Abe's drive to War and support Inter Korean Dialogue



Genuine Japanese Communists should support inter Korean dialogue and bring the Nippon Kaigi Japanese Imperialist lover Shinzo Abe to account.

Shinzo Abe is sabotaging inter Korean Dialogue and must be exposed for his warmongering.

PS Japanese Communists should drop their support for sanctions on North Korea and protect Japanese Koreans from Government  witch hunt.

Do not play Shinzo Abe's anti DPRK game for the rebirth of Japanese Imperialism.

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Post Olympic Inter Korean Dialogue - The South Korean View



Democracy and Class Struggle welcomes the push back of Moon Jae in against Shinzo Abe the Nippon Kaigi warmonger SOB over the question of anti DPRK military exercises of US and South Korea and Japan.

However we are aware that for Moon Jae-in to stand against Japan and US over the military exercises will take considerable courage and determination  - but if he did so he would write a new positive chapter in Korean History.



The Turkish military has increased their activity in Afrin recently, sending another big convoy to this rural region in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside.



LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Turkish military has increased their activity in Afrin recently, sending another big convoy to this rural region in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside.

According to pro-opposition accounts, the Turkish military send a large convoy of reinforcements to the northern part of Afrin; they reportedly entered from northern Aleppo.

The convoy consisted of a large number of military personnel, along with an entire column of Type M-60 Sabra and Leopard tanks.

Recently, Turkey stepped up their military operations in the area, as their rebel allies launched several attacks along multiple axes in the Afrin region.

The Syrian government forces have yet to enter the Afrin region, despite previous reports by members of the National Defense Forces (NDF) via social media.




BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – The Syrian government forces have yet to enter the Afrin region, despite previous reports by members of the National Defense Forces (NDF) via social media.
According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian government forces have remained at the towns of Al-Zahra’a and Nubl near the Afrin axis; however, they have not received orders to enter.

The source added that the only forces to enter Afrin from the government territories were members of the YPG from the Sheikh Maqsoud District of Aleppo city.

It appears the main issue blocking the government troops from entering Afrin is the agreed upon terms between Damascus and the YPG/PYD.

The YPG/PYD are not in favor of handing over their heavy weapons to the Syrian government, which would ultimately make Afrin under Damascus’ control.

For the Syrian government, the only way they will approve of their forces entering Afrin is to have the YPG surrender their heavy weapons.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

HARSH THAKOR SAYS SALUTE THE PEASANTS AND INTELLECTUALS,STUDENTS YOUTH AND WOMEN OF PUNJAB IN SHIMMERING THE TORCH OF RESISTANCE TO EXTINGUISH THE DARK FORCES OF FASCISM IN THE ANTI-BLACK LAWS CONVENTION AT GRAIN MARKET AT BARNALA IN PUNJAB ON FEBRUARY 16TH.


SALUTE THE PEASANTS,WORKERS,INTELLECTUALS,STUDENTS YOUTH AND WOMEN OF PUNJAB IN SHIMMERING THE TORCH OF RESISTANCE TO EXTINGUISH THE DARK FORCES OF FASCISM IN THE ANTI-BLACK LAWS CONVENTION AT GRAIN MARKET AT BARNALA IN PUNJAB ON FEBRUARY 16TH.

A GLORIOUS CHAPTER IN THE RESISTANCE OF PEOPLE AGAINST FASCSIM WAS INSCRIBED IN HISTORY BOOKS .VENUE RESEMBLED AN OCEAN WITH THE TORCH OF RESISTANCE SHIMMERING TO EXTINGUISH FORCES OF DARKNESS

61 Organizations comprising 20,000 people organized from 15 districts of the Malwa belt of Punjab converged at the grain market in Barnala to protest against the black laws of Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA)and Punjab Prevention to Damage to Pubic-Private Property Act .it represented every opressed section of society from industrial workers,peasants,agricultural labour,govt.employees ,students,youth,doctors and intellectuals.

The prominent speakers were Buta Singh Burgill of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda),Joginder Singh Ugrahan of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan),Mukseh Mulaudh of Zameen parapti Sangharsh commitee ,Lakhwinder of Textile mazdoor and hosiery workers union,Pardeep Kasba of Punjab Students Union,Narain Dutt of Inquilabi Kendra ,Zora Nasrali of Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union,Raminder of Naujwan Bharat Sabha ,Bhagwant Singh Samau of Mazdoor Mukti Morcha,Jagmohan Singh of Association for Democratic rights ,Chatramal Goyal of medical practitioners association,Nirbay Dedhuke of Kirti Kisan Union,representative of Indian federation of trade Unions,.

All the speakers exposed the nefarious designs of the state in using Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA)laws in the false pretext of curbing criminal activity and goondaism.and actually completely utilising it to suppress all peoples movements and Organizations.

Today every section of Society has suffered the onslaught of globalisation and pro-corporate govt.policies leading to peasant suicides because of inability to repay loans,victimisation of workers through massive retrenchment,banning of strikes and denial of minumum wages,inability of students to afford fees in private institutions ,massive unemployment and sexual opression of women.

The speakers gave vivid day to day examples of the fascist designs of the black laws like PCOCA prevalent and how only peoples organized resistance could defeat them.They all aspired to achieve the dream of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades who were betrayed by the Gandhian Congress in 1947.

They explained how maximum powers were given now to the police force to use PCOCA law to violate all conventional liberties.The peasant leaders spoke about how Captain Amrinder did not fulfill a single promise he made to the families of suicide victims in term s of debt relief and compensation.“Now, Punjab government is planning PCOCA to control gangsters. Police will misuse it on the directions of politicians and innocents will be harassed.

The PCOCA would further multiply the problems for common man,” State General Sectary of Istri Jagriti Manch Amandeep Deol said.

The protesters alleged that government does not face any danger from common man. The agitators rued that the state has sold government properties at lower rates to favour their near ones while new taxes were being imposed on poor.

It was one of the biggest rallies ever staged in protest against black laws in the history of Punjab..Event was of great significance to prevent the ascendancy of fascism when the state is investing every ounce of energy into introducing laws to ban and suppress democratic movements and organizations.The joint front of so many organizations and unity of several trends made the event a sweeping success.

The venue literally resembled an Ocean shimmering the torch of justice to extinguish the dark rays of fascism.The participants wrote a new chapter in the history of rallies organized against state repression ,swarming in like bees to the rally.It was reminiscent of a huge army assembled.,preparing for a war.It was a tribute to the meticulous grassroots work and preparation work of the leaders and activists of all the participating groups. The unity of industrial workers and peasants had great significance as well as the participation of the student community.The role of the industrial workers was particularly noteworthy .

The rally had great political significance with the fascist attacks of the administration on all sections of people like the mass arrests of peasants when protesting.police attacks on campuses, and brutal lathi charges on industrial workers.It was great example to the whole nation when fascist attacks on movements and activists are becoming the order of the day .

It proved the great potential of the oppressed classes of Punjab in giving major resistance to the fascist trends prevailing and the their deep frustrations generated by the oppressive social order.The event was a true model .of a revolutionary democratic protest to the entire nation playing a major role in elevation the democratic political consciousness of every section of the masses.


Syria: Convoy of Aleppo residents arrives in Afrin amid reports of YPG-Syrian govt. deal



A convoy of residents of Aleppo was greeted by thousands of people in Afrin on Monday, in a show of unity amid an escalation of Turkish shelling of numerous villages in the Kurdish-dominated region.

A significant number of convoy members reportedly hailed mostly from Aleppo's mostly Kurdish districts.

The convoy arrived in Afrin following Syrian State TV reports of a deal between pro-Syrian government forces and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to allow forces loyal to the Syrian government in the Afrin region.

Authorities have not confirmed these reports. According to local media, armed troops are due to enter the city imminently, following an YPG-Syrian government agreement to deploy pro-Syrian government fighters on the Turkish border.

Hezbollah and Israel plus Syrian Army And YPG Working To Reach Deal Over Afrin



DANGEROUS TIMES - SHIFTING ALLIANCES ?

US-led War Games: The greatest obstacle to peace by Hyun Lee


Democracy and Class Struggle says sometimes the obvious escapes people, the DPRK developed its nuclear weapons because of the nuclear blackmail and threats from the US, including these annual war games which are simulated plans to invade North Korea and kill its leadership -  if that threat was removed permanently then a discussion of a Nuclear Free Korean Peninsula becomes a possibility - with their continuation there will be no prospect of peace let alone future de- nuclearisation,

Seize the Time South Korea - Give Peace a Chance 

The United States and Japan are currently conducting joint military exercises even as the Winter Olympics are still ongoing. The dock landing ship USS Rushmore, with elements of the U.S. 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (SDF),concluded five days of amphibious landing exercises off the Southern California coast on February 7.

The annual Cope North exercise, involving more than 100 aircraft and 2,850 personnel of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force, began on February 14 and will take place in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands through March 2. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the US Navy will also hold a four-day computer-simulated joint missile defense drill on board Aegis destroyers starting February 16.

Key Resolve Foal Eagle, the joint US-ROK war games that happen every year in the Spring have been delayed this year due to the Olympics but are scheduled to resume in April. Ulchi Freedom Guardian, another massive joint military exercise, is scheduled for August. These exercises are offensive war games. Last year’s Foal Eagle involved 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 US troops, including the notorious SEAL Team six, the unit that assassinated Osama Bin Laden. It also involved B-1B and B-52 nuclear bombers, F22 and F35 stealth fighters, as well as an aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine. These exercises rehearse OPLAN 5015, a war plan that includes special forces assassinations, contingencies for North Korea’s regime collapse, preemptive strikes, and the so-called Korea Massive Punishment & Retaliation (KMPR) battle plan, which involves surgical strikes against key North Korean leadership figures and military infrastructure.

The upcoming military exercises pose the greatest obstacle to efforts for peace and North-South reconciliation in the current moment. 

If they move ahead as planned, North Korea will almost certainly respond by resuming nuclear and/or ballistic missile tests. 

Moving forward with the joint war games, in other words, is the surest way to undermine the process of detente that has begun between the North and South through their Olympic cooperation.

A North-South summit that can pave the way for talks between the United States and North Korea is our only chance at peace on the Korean peninsula. It is essential, therefore, for those who desire genuine peace in Korea to raise a unified voice urging the White House and the Pentagon to halt the provocative joint war games and support the Korean initiative for dialogue. Let us nurture the seed sowed in PyeongChang to take root for lasting peace.

SOURCE:
http://www.zoominkorea.org/from-pyeongchang-to-lasting-peace/


Turkey commits War Crimes in Afrin and British Government is Silent

Syrian Popular Forces to Arrive in Afrin to combat Turkish Aggression



Nuri Mahmoud, a spokesman for the People's Protection Units (YPG), told Al Jazeera on Monday that they are calling on the Syrian government forces "to preserve a united Syria", in a development that could mean regime forces might directly confront Turkish troops in the region.


Aleppo, SANA – SANA’s reporter in Aleppo said on Monday that popular forces are to arrive in Afrin area soon to support locals in facing the aggression launched by the Turkish regime on the area since January 20th.

The reporter said that the arrival of popular forces will strengthen the locals’ resilience and resistance against the Turkish aggression which targets infrastructure, public and private properties, and economic and services establishments.

The Turkish regime has been waging a barbaric aggression on Afrin area for almost a month, using various types of weapons and shells including the internationally-prohibited chlorine gas, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians and destroying infrastructure, properties, and historical landmarks.

Hazem Sabbagh