Daily Archives: March 12, 2016

USA | How “economic despair” affects high school graduation rates for America’s poorest students

When it comes to staying in school, many economists talk about the “aspirational effects” of income inequality. When students look around them and see a better life, they are incentivized to invest in their own human capital—such as investing in their own education.


Following is a letter from Erdal Gökoglu, who has been recognized as a political refugee from Turkey in Belgium, but is already imprisoned for almost 2 months in Poland without committing any crime. …
In his letter, which was received by the Polish Committee for the Freedom of Politica Prisoners, Erdal Gokoglu says:
‘’I want to thank very much to all those, participated in my extradition trial on March 2, to those who organized support actions and who helped me to raise my voice louder.
We, revolutionary prisoners never carried prison uniforms and we won’t carry them. No torture method can make us surrender. I would like to remind the Polish state, that they apply torture methods against me, which were applied several years ago to the people in this country in the concentration camps. I’m kept in a cell, without any sunray. I’ve been denied my right to visit the courtyard. I am subjected to degrading torturous body searches.
They force me to wear a prison uniform.
But with our historical determination and courage we resisted fascism for decades and we didn’t give in. Today, as ‘soldier of this tradition’ I’m going to continue my resistance another time with a hunger strike, until it will end with victory.

Germany | Kosak und Sultan: Poroschenko besucht Erdogan

Von Reinhard Lauterbach

Es gibt ein berühmtes Gemälde des russischen Malers Ilja Repin: »Die Saporoscher Kosaken schreiben dem türkischen Sultan einen Brief«. Es zeigt eine Truppe von mutmaßlich schon gut angeheiterten bulligen Gestalten mit malerischen Schnauzbärten, die mit allen Zeichen des Amüsements dem einen unter ihnen, der schreiben kann, einen Text diktieren. Nach der Überlieferung ähnlichen Inhalts, wie ihn Goethe dem Götz von Berlichingen in den Mund gelegt hat.

Ukraine | “Hot” ceasefire in Donbas

As media agencies from Donbas reported on March 11, the situation in the area of the Yasinovatsky checkpoint, on the highway Donetsk – Gorlovka remains tense. Ukrainian military units have been trying to seize this checkpoint for six days. The Donetsk Peoples Republic units have been forced to open return fire, using only small arms and successfully repelling all the attacks of the invaders. During the attacks Ukrainian regular troops suffered significant losses, such as more than thirty killed and more than seventy wounded.
The fighting continued next day. On March 12 the Ukrainian military tried again to break through in the area of the Yasinovataya checkpoint. The Armed Forced of Ukraine fired on the positions of the DPR 55 mines. ‘During the day the Ukrainian military fired on the positions of the Republic 45 mines of 82mm caliber and 10 ones of 120 mm caliber. Today the Ukrainian party has again tried to break through the key route Donetsk-Gorlovka,’ informed the representative of the Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic. According to him, during the intensive shellings the Ukrainian military advanced to the positions of the DPR by a few tens meters.

Poland | Social Forum of Eastern Europe has started its work Wroclaw

March 11, Social Forum of Eastern Europe has started its work Wroclaw.
Forum was opened with the speech of Forum’s director – Eve Groshevska, Doctor of Sociology.
“Dear comrades and friends!
I greet you in Wroclaw at a Social forum of Eastern Europe, the Forum of cooperation between the East and the South. I greet the participants from Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, Switzerland! Welcome visitors from Tunisia, Syria and Latin America!
This day is an extraordinary and optimistic. We are gathered here to analyze the situation, but also to find answers to the question of how to change our political reality, how to build a new public and social movement to defeat this system, which is based on greed and crime, how to build a new world without hunger, poverty, war, repression and exploitation. We are gathered here because we understand that people, as never before, need peace, equality and freedom. We are fight for this and we will win!”
Then the world-famous scientist Professor Samir Amin spoke on Skype. He outlined the concept of three worlds:
– Social Democrats: the US, Japan and Western Europe
– Socialists: the USSR, China and Eastern Europe
– National Liberals in Africa and Asia
their struggle during the Cold War, and the development of the situation today, he has condemned globalization and called to fight together against globalization of capitalism and peripherization Eastern Europe.
Then the floor was given to the Member of European Parliament Constantina Kuneva. Kuneva presented the position of the left parliamentary group on political and economic crisis in Greece and the EU. She said that the problems of Greek Government are the common problems of all European governments. “We say that this is banking dictatorship, because ordinary people pay for banking greed!” Troika blackmails all governments, arguing that it is necessary to maintain a poverty policy in order to pay the debts of the banks.
Then the participants from Turkey, Tunisia, European countries and the United States spoke. The speech of Michel Colon from Belgium was especially bright: “The United States is responsible for the spread of the war in Europe today: the intervention to war in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine. US surround Russia with military bases. Eastern Europe most affected by this policy, with its neo-liberal anti-social policies, financial and economic crisis, and now the refugee crisis.”
A fiery speech uttered by representatives of UNAC – United Nation Antiwar Coalition – the United States: “We are from a country which is responsible for all: the war in Syria, for the destruction of Ukraine etc. We have for you, we fully support your struggle, we are against all NATO’s wars all over the world. We are fighting together with you”,- Ana Edwards and Phill Wilayto said.
The program of the first day was over with opening the exhibition of artists Naila al Wardi from Tunisia and Naila Hanna from Syria