From Man Of Action: Ted Rall, 'The Anti-American Manifesto,' Buboys and Poets
Mismanagement has left the U.S. teetering on collapse, he argues, and only with an out-and-out revolution will citizens be able to reclaim the country. And the left-wing has to do it before the right-wing does.
I started thinking, 'OK, someone's gotta say this,' but these are dangerous thoughts. ... They may even be illegal, they may even get you thrown in prison," says Rall. "You keep waiting for someone else to do it, but if you have any integrity, you start thinking to yourself, 'I can't wait for someone else to say what needs to be said.' So this is probably the most radical book written in the last 40 years."
The Anti-American Manifesto Ted RallIt may sound over the top, but that's the point. Rall, who trashed two previous drafts for the book because they weren't as direct as he wanted, is certain people are angry enough to seriously consider taking action against the U.S. government. "What I'm really trying to do is empower them to think of these ideas as legitimate," Rall said. "We've been propagandized into thinking something like revolution and overthrowing the state only takes place in Poland and Senegal, but why not here?"
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The Anti-American Manifesto: Cartoonist Calls For Armed Revolution
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The nation's largest federation of unions, the AFL-CIO, has begun a major campaign in preparation for November's mid-term elections. In an obvious counter to the Tea Party movement, millions of union members around the country are receiving fliers in the mail mobilizing them to march in Washington DC for jobs this weekend. But is this enough to turn the tide of unemployment and end corporate bailouts and subsidies? Certainly it is not enough to change the pro-corporate, pro-war agenda of the Democrats themselves. My next guest, Ted Rall, a prominent political commentator and cartoonist has a new book out called The Anti-American Manifesto. In it, he attempts to inspire Americans to revolt. Literally - by taking up arms. Comparing the coming collapse of the American state to the end of the Soviet Union, Ted Rall says “Revolution, though bloody and terrifying, would have been much easier than the slow convulsions of collapse. So it will be here.”
GUEST: Ted Rall, syndicated political cartoonist, columnist, graphic novelist, and war correspondent. His earlier books include “The Year of Loving Dangerously,” “Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?,” and “To Afghanistan and Back: A Graphic Travelogue.”
Monday, October 4, 2010
From Man Of Action: Ted Rall, 'The Anti-American Manifesto,' Buboys and Poets
From BP: The Unfinished Crimes and Plunder of Anglo-American Imperialism by Frederic Clairmont, Global Research.ca
The year 1919 signallized a turning point in the history of APOC in Iran and indeed throughout the Middle East (yet another imperialist designation). It marked the first organized strike at the Abadan refinery. More than 30 workers were killed by the Shah's army acting in concert with the special armed constabulary created by the company. Dozens were wounded. It was at this point that MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency, began its close working relationship with the company. Many of the strike leaders and militant workers who slipped through the gauntlet were arrested and tortured in prisons located on the premises of the oil fields. APOC had taken the leap into sustained state terrorism, as had the masters of the Colonial Office and British imperialism. The Rubicon had been crossed. But what the APOC/ MI6 duo could never have imagined were the long-term revolutionary reverberations that these well-coordinated and organized strikes would engender.
The first major strike of a colonized working class in the Middle East triggered a political firestorm that would reshape the political configuration, but of course it was not an isolated event. It was meshed into the burgeoning colonial struggles that had now become ubiquitous. The mass peasant uprising in the Mekong Delta was crushed in blood by the Foreign Legion in 1919. It was one of the largest single massacres in colonial history. More than a thousand men, women and children were killed. "The peaceful colonial world that we inherited from our parents is now exploding," moaned British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Of course the anti-colonial revolt and battle for freedom had begun earlier with the Easter Uprising (1916) in Ireland that was acclaimed by Lenin and throughout the colonial world.
The killings in Abadan occurred (April 1919) simultaneously with the mass murder in Jallianwala Bagh (Amritsar), India in which General Dyer's Gurkha mercenaries slaughtered (according to the official count that was grotesquely understated) 279 non-violent Satyagrahis and left 200 gasping for life on the ground. This act of imperial butchery was, in Dyer's arrogant words, "to teach the natives that the power of the British Empire was not to be trifled with". But that power would be challenged not only in the Indian sub-continent but universally.
The Abadan strike had extensive political ramifications in other major cities and over-spilled into the countryside; it was the crucial catalyst in the creation of the Iranian Communist Party in 1920. Many of the leading strike militants were destined to become members of the party's central committee. Their political mission to Moscow in that decisive year was of revolutionary significance as it blueprinted the party's central theses, which were nationalization without compensation of the entire productive and marketing operations of APOC and its infrastructure; expropriation of the large landed estates; the democratization of the armed forces and the creation of worker/peasant militias. The struggle against APOC revealed the first fledgling roots of the party's internationalism.
This was a revolutionary platform that left no space for reconciliation with the existing order of British imperialism and the likes of APOC. Here was a concrete example of the workings of the Third International. Many of the party's future leaders held discussions with Lenin, Zinoviev, Bukharin and Karl Radek in which their strategies for seizure of state power were framed. The imperialist wars of intervention (1918 - 1921) against the Russian October Revolution had not yet ended when discussions with the beleaguered but soon to be triumphant Soviet leadership got underway.
Easily conceivable was that the backlash of APOC, which had already co-opted many segments of the Iranian ruling class, the army and the higher clergy with its massive payoffs, was immediate. Churchill and the masters of APOC grasped the revolutionary significance of this new politico-ideological orientation. That was not too difficult given the international revolutionary context, and the fact that foreign imperialist powers were waging a life-and-death struggle to annihilate the emergent forces of the October Revolution whose existence threatened the existing order.
The spectre of anti-communism was raised. APOC published and distributed thousands of pamphlets fulminating that the party's blueprint for the overhaul of existing property relations would be an onslaught against Islam. It would inexorably lead, given the corollaries of their policy inferences, to the extermination of the landed aristocracy, the monarchy and private property and wholesale destruction of law and order. Such were the ideological onslaughts that would endure until the ouster of Mossadeq decades later. The party was attacked on all fronts. The incipient trade union movement was victimized but never successfully undermined, as subsequent decades revealed. The military, seeing the potential threat that the party and its freedom manifestos posed to its class privileges and prerogatives, was instrumental in imprisoning hundreds of party members and those suspected of "seditious conduct", in the language of Reza Shah Pahlavi. State terrorism had now become a grim and present reality.
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By Conrad W. Worrill, The Final Call
Those of us who work deeply in the Pan African Movement worldwide are keenly aware of the monumental contributions Brother Bob has made as an organizer and researcher for over forty years “in the student, human rights, Black Power, National Liberation, Pan African, and Peace Movements.”
Once again, through his research, Brother Bob has opened up new territory and possibilities for the varying strategies and tactics in the African Reparations Movement throughout the world.
As Co-Director of Pan African Roots, Brother Bob stated, as he made his presentation in the press conference, that Pan African Roots “convened this encounter with history and the future in order to directly, militantly and uncompromisingly challenge and correct at least two myths.”
Myth 1: “The malicious myth that man-stealing, woman-stealing, child-stealing, and kidnapping; that piracy and privateering; that slavery and the slave-trade, especially the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; that colonialism, segregation and apartheid; that slave-like conditions and practices; that racism and racial discrimination; White supremacy; was and is acceptable; and that there is nothing we could or can do about it.”
Myth 2: “The malicious myth that time and the elements have destroyed all records, all evidence, all proof of who committed and or aided and abetted in the commission of these crimes; and of who was and continues to be wrongfully and unjustly enriched by and through their participation in these crimes; in this unprecedented theft of lives, of land, and of labor.”
Unraveling these two myths continues to be the challenge of the Reparations Movement as we strive to enhance legal strategies, legislative strategies, and mass mobilization strategies. The research of Bob Brown over the last several years will aid the Reparations Movement in unraveling these myths.
In this regard, Brother Bob revealed that Pan African Roots was requesting from the United States Government, through the Freedom of Information Act, “access to and / or copies of any and all records, including e-mails, electronic records, and computer-generated records, created and / or obtained by, or under the control of the United States Government that relate to, and / or contain information about, its role, operations, and activities in facilitating and/or combating piracy and privateering, slavery, and the slave trade, especially the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which are and were a crime against humanity.”
At the United Nations World Conference Against Racism that was held in Durban, South Africa from August 31 to September 7, 2001, we participated in the Durban 400, a delegation made up of Africans in America activists and organizations that worked with African Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) and African Governments that helped shape a significant outcome of the conference in declaring through the Final Declaration and Programme of Action the following:
“acknowledge(s) that slavery and the slave-trade, including the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, were appalling tragedies in the history of humanity not only because of their abhorrent barbarism but also in terms of their magnitude, organized nature and especially their negation of the essence of the victims ... acknowledge(s) that slavery and the slave-trade are a crime against humanity and should have always been so, especially the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade and are among the major sources and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance ... and invite(s) the international community members to honour the memory of the victims of these tragedies.”
The Reparations Movement celebrated the victory of this language being included in the Durban Declaration, particularly since the United States, and its Western allies, fought so hard against its inclusion in the final document. You may recall that the United States was so upset they called a press conference and announced their withdrawal from the conference.
Little did we know at the time, what Brother Bob's research now reveals, that slavery and the slave trade, as far back as 1831, had been declared crimes against humanity. William Lloyd Garrison was the first person to declare slavery a crime against humanity in the inaugural edition of his Liberator newspaper. On November 12, 1849, the Vermont Legislature passed a joint resolution declaring slavery and the slave trade a crime against humanity.
And the irony of all this, as revealed by Brother Bob's research, is that in 1860, the “Republican Party National Platform resolved that slavery and the slave trade were crimes against humanity.”
As Bob stated, “We are confident that the records requested by and through the FOIA Request will prove, once and for all, that piracy, slavery and the slave trade, including the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, are and were illegal and prohibited, are and were recognized as a crime against humanity…”
We must thank Bob for his dedication, commitment, and creativity in helping to move the Reparations Movement to another level with his research.
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French authorities will soon take the fingerprints of Roma and other migrants, in an attempt to discourage them from coming back to France after being expelled.
Martine Rodier, head of the ministry of immigration and integration, made the announcement on Friday, two days after the French government had been cautioned by the European Commission for its deportations of European citizens from Bulgaria and Romania.
Rodier said that the "biometric system will allow us to detect repeated requests for repatriation assistance and help us prevent the undue payment of return aid to people who come once, twice."
She added that authorities will take a full set of prints for every person over the age of 12 who receives financial assistance to leave the country. The fingerprinting is set to begin on October 15.
The authorities argued that the policy will not be specific to the Roma, and is therefore not discriminatory.
However, a large proportion of people who receive the reparations are Roma. France has expelled 10,000 Roma so far this year, according to Amnesty International. A sum of 300 euros was paid in most of these cases.
Those who accept the payment are considered by the government to have left "on a voluntary basis." Those who refuse to leave risk being incarcerated at detention centres and ultimately deported without any payment.
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Daniela Estrada reports for IPS News:
Eleven members of the Chilean armed forces and three Uruguayan military officers were found guilty of the kidnap-murder of Chilean biochemist Eugenio Berríos, an intelligence agent of the 1973-1990 regime of Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Berríos was secretly taken to Uruguay in 1991, hidden or kidnapped for more than a year, and then killed. The 14 military men were sentenced Friday on charges of illicit association, kidnapping and homicide. The three retired Uruguayan officers have appealed the verdict.
"This is without a doubt a historic ruling, because in one way or another it closes a chapter in Chile's transition to democracy," journalist Jorge Molina Sanhueza, author of the 2002 book "Crimen Imperfecto. Historia del químico DINA Eugenio Berríos y la muerte de Eduardo Frei Montalva" (Imperfect Crime: The Story of DINA Chemist Eugenio Berríos and the Death of Eduardo Frei Montalva), told IPS.
"All the different aspects of an era come together somehow in the Berríos case," he said. "It's as if we had wanted to speak of a case par excellence of all of the military dictatorship's power in the shadows."
"It entails all aspects: identity theft, clandestine payments, homicide, cover-ups, protection networks," he added.
Berríos was involved in research on lethal biochemical weapons like sarin nerve gas in the dictatorship's secret police, the DINA.
The verdict handed down by Judge Alejandro Madrid found that Berríos was kidnapped and killed by active duty members of the Chilean and Uruguayan armed forces in one of the last episodes of Operation Condor.
Operation Condor was a coordinated plan among the military governments that ruled Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay in the 1970s and 1980s, aimed at tracking down, capturing, torturing and eliminating left-wing opponents, with the tacit approval of the United States.
The unique thing about the murder of Berríos was that it was committed after both Uruguay and Chile had returned to democracy, and while Pinochet -- who died in 2006 -- was still army chief.
Madrid's ruling states that the 14 defendants "strayed from their duties, forming an organisation parallel to the regular structure."
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