Daily Archives: March 13, 2016

Poland | The Social Forum of Eastern Europe on Peripherisation

As we wrote before, on March 12 the Social Forum of Eastern Europe actively discussed several questions important to understand the current position of the region. The most important topic of the Forum was “Peripherisation of Eastern Europe and Mediterranean Area. Public Debt and TTIP as the Tool of Neocolonialism”. Many prominent left scientists paid attention to this problem.
Section moderator Professor Alexander Buzgalin said that the Social Forum was attended by over 200 people.
Matthias Benyik, Hungary, gave an analysis of the socialist left-wing movement in Hungary. He pointed out a split in the ranks left in the country. In the words of Professor Benik right-wing government of Hungary has created the xenophobic atmosphere in Hungary.
Bernard Founu Chougou, Director of Third World Forum, drew parallels between the events in developing countries in Africa and what is now happening in Eastern Europe. He noted a paradox that these countries do not have enough of capitalism, do not have enough of the local bourgeoisie. Our countries were not ready to the development of capitalist relations, which led, inter alia, to the aggravation of nationalism. He believes that the EU has adapted the system of nationalism for Africa too.
Distinguished Greek scholar and politician Savas Matsas gave a detailed critique of the current state of social relations in the EU, referring to the examples of Greece. He called Greece “weakest link” in the chain of the EU countries. There is no question about any complete triumph of capitalism and liberalism, about which so much has been written in the recent past. The main characteristic of the present day – destabilization. Rising nationalism is an indicator of these changes.
Yan Maylchek from the Czech Republic added to the previous speeches specific statistical and digital material. The iron logic of his report followed to conclusions that European economy is in crisis. The growth of domestic debt, the explosive growth of unemployment, the fall in economic activity in various sectors of the economy – that’s obvious signs of this crisis.
Sungur Savran from Turkey stressed that despite the hostile stated policy of the Turkish authorities there are people in this country who set up links to allegedly hostile Greeks and Russians. “Cloud of a third world war hangs above us, we have very little time”, – he warned.

Poland | The Social Forum Discussed The Balance of Real Socialism in Eastern Europe

Social Forum of Eastern Europe discussed the heritage left by so called ‘real socialism’ in the region.

Yuri Glushakov, Belarus, gave an analysis of the positive and negative aspects of the Soviet economic model. He suggested: “In the 1960-ies the Soviet leadership launched the construction of a consumer society.” Speaking about the current state of socio-economic sphere in the former Soviet Union, he noted the complete collapse of the neo-liberal concept that led to the emergence of an aggressive reaction and pro-fascist forces in Eastern Europe. The restoration of capitalism in the former USSR is a real disaster for the peoples of these countries.
Mary Alexandrova-Rubinchik, who represents organization “Alternatives”, criticized the modern approaches of leading Western countries to the problem of refugees. She noted that in the era of the Soviet Union the country’s leadership was making every effort to stop war in the world’s trouble spots. Then, it provided assistance to affected countries, and held training for the most important spheres of social and political life of these countries. This approach seems to be the most effective compared to the current practice of hosting refugees, which are generally considered not to be able to integrate into European society.
Daniela Penkova, Bulgaria, spoke about the depressing social statistics, which speaks of a deep crisis of public sphere of the country. At the end of her speech Daniela Penkova posed the question: “Is not it time to stop supporting the authorities, which led to such results?”.

Poland | Social Forum of Eastern Europe discussed topical issues of the region’s life

The Social Forum of Eastern Europe started its work in Wroclaw, Poland on March 11. On Saturday, March 12 the work of the Forum continued. Participants  focused on the important issues specific to the countries they represent. The discussion was attended by civic activists, academics and politicians. The focus was on three issues.
1. Militarization of Eastern Europe. The Role of NATO and the Wars Provocations. Ukraine Issue as the Example of Making the War in the Region
The first speaker was moderator of the section, a journalist Jacek Kaminski. He noted the importance of the forthcoming debate over the militarization of Eastern Europe and invited to discuss the different points of view.
Professor Michelle Colon, Belgium, proclaimed the need to recreate the broad anti-war movement in Europe. It is puzzling why the Europeans were actively protesting against the military actions of their governments in local conflicts in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and now, when a real war has started in Europe, the public does not react to the fact of the bloodshed of civilians in Ukraine. This passivity is nothing else, as a result of manipulation of public opinion of the European people, and above all depends on media’s position. Prof. Colon proposed the creation of a network of information points, which could quickly share objective information.
Victoria Machulko, a representative of 2 May committee from Odessa, spoke about the development and results of the people’s protest movement that arose after the Bandera pogrom that took place on May 2, 2014. Victoria Machulko stressed that in spite of the terrible events of May 2, 2014 in Odessa there is a peaceful protest movement, even in conditions of continuing terror it continues to struggle against the nationalist ideology imposed to society.
Forum participants observed a minute of silence in memory of anti-fascists who were killed in battle with the right-wing radicals.
Russian Communists representative Daria Mitina said that current approaches to solving the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine have become obsolete. There is no military solution to this problem. But as long as the leaders of Europe are blind eye to pro-Nazi movement in Ukraine, the conflict will not be able to stop or freeze. It is impossible to be walled off from fascism. Daria Mitina asked everybody to work on informing their people about what is happening.
Marko Milachich from Montenegro focused on how his country accesses to NATO. Most citizens do not agree with the entry into NATO. To this aim only representatives of Montenegro’s ruling circles insist on it but they are not going to ask people’s opinion. At the end Marko Milachich expressed the view that only the struggle against anti-popular plans of the country’s ruling elite will allow to count on the realization of the true interests of the people of the country.
Associate Professor Yuri Shakhin focused on the origins of international tensions in Eastern Europe. They appeared before the Ukrainian crisis and associated with the United States activity. These are NATO’s eastward expansion and the creation of a US missile defense system in the region. At the same time Russia since 2013 conducts unannounced military exercises that cause a panic reaction in the West. “But if we take the ratio of military power, NATO should not worry. NATO military expenditure in 2013 exceeded the Russian military spending by more than 10 times and accounted for more than half of all military spending worldwide. But despite such a clear predominance in force, the NATO countries have begun to strengthen their position in Eastern Europe.” Russia took up the challenge, although limited in its material resources.
Then he focused on the problems of struggle against militarism and the threat of war. According to him, the social movements of Eastern Europe are not yet able to effectively counter the military threat. However, there is still time, that can be used to strengthen the anti-war forces. To do this, Shakhin urged to study the experience of the anti-war struggle in Ukraine and gave an overview of the anti-war protests. He estimates there were more than 130 anti-war actions in Ukraine in the period of 2014-2015.

Turkey | Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement Established in Kurdistan

12 March 2016

10 revolutionary organisations from Kurdistan and Turkey have announced the establishment of the Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement.

Representatives of the 10 revolutionary organisations attended a joint press meeting in guerrilla zones to announce their alliance with the purpose of stepping up the revolution in all areas including armed struggle against the “collaborative fascist AKP and TC (Turkish Republic) system of sovereignty”.

France | Libye: les critiques d’Obama contre Cameron et Sarkozy

Globalement ils ne valent pas tripette ni les uns, ni les autres… Mais j’aimerais bien que les belles âmes qui m’accusaient à cette époque de soutenir les tyrans quand je dénonçais l’expédition libyenne et Sarkozy fasse une fois dans leur vie leur auto-critique, à commencer par Jacques Fath alors responsable de la politique extérieure du PCF et la direction de l’Humanité. A force d’accumuler les positions erronées en feignant de les oublier quand le pot aux roses est découvert, la gôche faussement humanitaire soutient une bande d’aigrefins et les dirigeants communistes qui n’osent plus avoir une vision internationale indépendante du PS et du système médiatique dominant se déconsidèrent durablement. Il s’agirait de se reprendre et d’avoir le courage d’aller a contrario quand il s’agit de paix et de guerre. En effet, c’est un miracle qu’il n’y ait pas encore eu de guerre nucléaire qui laisserait l’humanité en état de survie et on doit avoir un minimum de courage quand on prétend à des propos aussi creux et ronflants que le pseudo humanisme affiché par les directions communistes pour mieux oublier qu’il existe une lutte des classes et le capitalisme porte en son sein guerre et fascisme.  (note de Danielle Bleitrach)