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Communist Party of Turkey: “Turkey is not helpless, the people’s true alternative will be strengthened!”
| January 16, 2018 | 3:27 pm | Communist Party Turkey, Donald Trump | No comments

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Communist Party of Turkey: “Turkey is not helpless, the people’s true alternative will be strengthened!”

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) has released a comprehensive public declaration on January 15, calling on the working people to get organized within the party in order to strengthen the people’s true alternative amid the political chaos in the country.
TKP: TRUMP REPRESENTS TODAY’S IMPERIALIST WORLD ORDER
 
Indicating to the current situation of the worldwide imperialist system, the TKP declaration says, “It has been revealed that the world’s super power U.S. President Trump watches T.V., and eats hamburger all the day for fear of being poisoned. What a big dilemma!”
The TKP puts forth that Donald Trump is the most suitable personality to represent today’s imperialist world order since the current system is based on inequalities, unfair distribution of income, starvation, poverty, unemployment, intense exploitation, environmental damage, crazy armament, the threat of nuclear war, racism and religious fundamentalism.
The TKP declaration states that although Turkey does not deserve the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, this party suits to the existing order of the country very well under capitalist conditions.
ERDOĞAN’S AKP GOV’T REPRESENTS EXISTING CAPITALIST ORDER
 
“It is not surprising,” the TKP says, pointing out to the interior minister, who orders the police to “break the drug dealers’ legs” in an unlawful attempt, as a member of the AKP government that attacks workers who raise their voices for their trade union rights.
As Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) dares to give fatwas saying that “9-year-old children could marry”, the TKP emphasizes that all the bourgeois parties have played role in the emergence of such scandals, considering that, apart from the AKP party and its right-hand fascist MHP party, the parliamentary main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) defines secularism as the “freedom of faith and praying” or the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) commemorates Islamic religious figures, eventually undermining the basis of secularism.
Setting forth that there is no other capitalism, market economy or imperialism, the TKP calls on all the people to struggle with the party for the bright future of the country, adding that it is the responsibility of the communist party to warn those who dream about “fleeing from the country under the AKP rule” or “waiting for other forces to save the country”.
U.S. MUST BE KICKED OUT FROM TURKEY
 
“Turkey must be saved from the U.S., its military existence and bases, its intelligence organizations, its political impositions, its threats of coups, and from NATO,” the TKP says, but emphasizes that without getting rid of the country’s capitalist class that cooperates with the U.S., it would be impossible to kick out such imperialist forces from the country.
The TKP vows that it will launch an assertive and widespread campaign along with patriotic people for exiting from NATO and shutting down the entire foreign military bases in Turkey, reminding that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s and his party’s discourse against the U.S. is just fake and demagogic.
“Imperialism is not only composed of the U.S. Imperialism is the name of today’s world order, and the powerful actors of the system from the European Union countries to the Russian Federation, from China to Japan are all in a cut-throat competition,” the TKP declaration says, adding that this is what leads to regional wars.
“There is no good imperialist,” the communist party notes, pointing out the role of Turkey’s capitalist class that drags the country into a bloody game in search for new fields of market and investment in the region.
AKP IS THE CONTINUATION OF FORMER BOURGEOIS GOVERNMENTS
 
Reminding that the AKP government is no different than former bourgeois governments in exploiting the workers and eliminating their rights to strike, as one percent of the population, the capitalists, seize most of the country’s richness, the TKP warns the working people to not to generate hope from the intra-bourgeois political tensions.
The TKP emphasizes that the tension between Erdoğan and his predecessor Abdullah Gül, the position of the CHP party or the new ‘Good Party’ under the lead of ultra-nationalist Meral Akşener would not change the rule of exploitative capitalist class.
“When the working class said in the past, ‘We want the power, the workers will rule the country,’ the capitalists had to step back. Thus the 8-hour workday, the right to collective bargaining with trade unions and social security system were provided, thus many countries enabled free system of education and health,” the TKP statement says, adding that only when the working people get organized and seek power, they can protect their acquired rights.
STRUGGLE FOR ENLIGHTENMENT AS PART OF ANTI-CAPITALIST STRUGGLE
 
Referring to the historical progress in Turkey, the TKP states that reactionary forces were defeated in 1908 and 1923 when the obsolete Ottoman Empire collapsed and the modern Republic of Turkey was established.
“Reactionism was supported by imperialists, particularly the U.S. and Germany, in order to put an end to the rise of socialism and the workers’ movement in Turkey and the region,” the declaration says, adding that the TKP sees the struggle for Enlightenment as part of the struggle against capitalism and imperialism.
The TKP underlines that Turkey will witness three important elections in the near future, however, adding that relying on the elections alone would mean suicide for the people, considering that the elections in Turkey are open to the AKP-government-led manipulations.
TKP WILL CREATE THE WORKING PEOPLE’S TRUE ALTERNATIVE
 
“The pro-establishment opposition has also accepted this situation and focused on the presidential election. Everyone is searching for a ‘person’ who will defeat Erdoğan. This, however, would entrap the Turkish society. Politics based on one single person would completely passivize the people,” the TKP remarks, adding that unorganized people always lose as many bourgeois alternatives to Erdoğan’s party are vainly portrayed as a “recipe for emancipation”.
Declaring that working people’s emancipation will not come with elections alone, the TKP says that it will create the people’s true alternative during the elections despite the government’s repression and bans.
The TKP will launch a campaign between January 20 and February 20 to organize new party members along with new party buildings across the country. The party calls on the working people to attend the party events that will be held in commemoration of the 15 initial founders and members of the TKP, who were murdered in the year of 1920 during the anti-imperialist war waged in Anatolia.
“Turkey is not helpless, the people’s true alternative will be strengthened,” the TKP declaration concludes.
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“Türkiye çaresiz değildir, halkın gerçek seçeneği güçlenecektir.”
 
Dünyanın süper gücü Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’nin Başkanı Trump’ın zehirlenme korkusuyla sadece hamburger yiyip bütün gün televizyon seyrettiği ortaya çıktı. Ne büyük bir açmaz!
Hamburger devi McDonald’s bütün dünyaya sağlıksız bir beslenme alışkanlığını dayatıyor, birçok hekim bunun yavaş yavaş zehirleme olduğunu ileri sürüyor ve ABD’nin başındaki şahıs kendi sağlığını korumak için kendini bu hamburgerlerle yavaş yavaş zehirliyor. Bu nasıl bir çaresizliktir!
Kendine ait otel ve kumarhaneleri olan, insanları aldatarak para kazanan, kiralık yapımcılara televizyon programları yaptırıp insanları aptallaştıran Trump’ın ABD Başkanı olarak aynı “uyuşturucu”yla yatıp kalktığını öğreniyoruz. Bu nasıl bir ahmaklıktır!
Emperyalist dünyanın zirvesinde durum budur ve Trump bu dünyanın zirvesine çok yakışmaktadır.
Çünkü bu dünya eşitsizliklerin, gelir adaletsizliğinin, açlığın, yoksulluğun, işsizliğin, yoğun sömürünün, çevre tahribatının, çılgınca silahlanmanın, nükleer savaş tehdidinin, ırkçılığın, dinsel bağnazlığın dünyasıdır.
Bütün gün hamburger yiyip televizyon seyreden Trump bugünkü dünya düzenini temsil etmek açısından en uygun kişidir.
İnsanın insanı sömürmesi üzerine kurulu kapitalist düzen ne iyileştirilebilir ne kendi yarattığı sorunları çözebilir.
Dünya için geçerli olan Türkiye için de geçerlidir.
AKP iktidarı Türkiye’ye yakışmamaktadır ama Türkiye’de mevcut düzene fazlasıyla yakışmaktadır.
“Yuh bu kadar da olmaz” denilen olayların her birisinin bir mantığı vardır ve bugünkü düzenin kendisi “yuhlanmadıkça”, tek tek yapılanlara hayret etmek saçma hale gelmiştir.
Örneğin polislere “kol-bacak kırın” diye talimat veren İçişleri Bakanı, yıllardır hakkını arayan, zam isteyen, işten çıkarılmalara karşı çıkan ya da sendikasızlaştırmaya “hayır” diyen işçilere saldıran bir hükümetin bakanıdır. Türkiye’de patronların kasası dolsun diye her tür hukuksuzluk, her tür adaletsizlik “kanun” haline gelmiştir. Sonuç “kol-bacak kırabilirsiniz” diyen bir İçişleri Bakanı’dır; kimse şaşırmamalıdır.
Örneğin dokuz yaşında çocuklarla evlenmeyi uygun bulan Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı’nın temellerini yalnızca AKP ve onun hınk deyicisi MHP değil, “laiklik inanç ve ibadet özgürlüğüdür” diyerek din işleri ile siyaset işlerinin iç içe girmesini hızlandıran CHP, Said Nursi gibilerini aklayan HDP de atmıştır.
“Bu kadar da olmaz” yanlış bir tepkidir çünkü bugünkü düzende başka türlüsü olmaz.
Açıkça söylüyoruz ki Türkiye Komünist Partisi başka bir kapitalizm, başka bir sömürü düzeni, başka bir emperyalizm, başka bir piyasa ekonomisi olabileceği yalanına ortak olmayacak. Bugün “belki bana bir şey olmaz”la avunan, “ya daha kötüsü gelirse” diye kabuğuna çekilen, “biri bizi kurtarsın şu adamdan” dileği tutan, “memleketi ben mi kurtaracağım” bencilliğine saplanan, “çekip gidelim buralardan” çaresizliğine teslim olanları uyarmak, hayal dünyasından çıkarmak TKP’nin sorumluluğudur. “Bir şeyler yapmak gerekir” diyerek arayışa giren, çözüm arayan, mücadele etmek isteyenlere seçenek sunmak, onlarla birlikte aydınlık bir Türkiye kurmak da TKP’nin temel görevidir.
Türkiye Komünist Partisi 2018’de bu sorumluluk ve görev bilinciyle hareket etmekte, kendisini ona göre hazırlamaktadır. Bu doğrultuda, TKP yeni yılda tüm emekçileri, öğrencileri, sorumlu aydınları birlikte aşağıdaki güncel başlıklarda ortak hareket etmeye çağırmaktadır:
ABD BU ÜLKEDEN KOVULMALIDIR
Türkiye ABD’den, onun askeri varlığından, üslerinden, istihbarat örgütlerinden, siyasi dayatmalarından, darbe tehditlerinden, NATO’dan kurtulmalıdır. Kurtulmalıdır ama çıkarları Amerikan şirketleriyle derin işbirliğini gerektiren sayıca az paraca zengin patronların borusu öttüğü sürece ABD Türkiye’den nasıl kovulabilir ki? Zengin sınıfların tersine emekçi halk ABD emperyalizminden nemalanmamakta, onun varlığından zarar görmektedir.
TKP pazarlık yapmak için değil, tankıyla, topuyla, tüfeğiyle, darbecisiyle, işbirlikçisiyle, ajanıyla, ABD emperyalizminin tüm unsurlarını kapı dışarı etmek için mücadele etmekte, emekçi halk adına iktidara talip olmaktadır. Herkes bilsin ki, 2018’de ABD emperyalizmine karşı sahte diklenmelerle, “eyyy Amerika” sayıklamaları ile değil, gerçek ve halk iradesine dayalı mücadele ile durulacak. TKP NATO’dan çıkılması, bütün yabancı askeri üslerin kapatılması için yurtsever halk unsurlarıyla birlikte yaygın ve etkili bir çalışma başlatacaktır.
İYİ EMPERYALİST YOKTUR, HEPSİ HALK DÜŞMANIDIR
Emperyalizm yalnızca ABD’den ibaret değildir. Emperyalizm bugünkü dünya sisteminin adıdır ve Avrupa Birliği ülkelerinden Rusya Federasyonu’na, Çin’den Japonya’ya sistemin güçlü aktörleri birbirleriyle kıyasıya bir rekabet içindedir. Bölgesel savaşların temel nedeni, bu rekabettir. Türkiye’nin bu kanlı ve ikiyüzlü rekabetin orta yerinde kalması yalnızca adı geçen ülkelerin suçu değildir. Türkiye’nin insani ve maddi kaynaklarını sonuna kadar sömüren patron sınıfımızın yeni pazar ve yatırım alanları arayışı Türkiye’yi ateşin içine atmıştır.
İçeride ve dışarıda barışın ve tam bağımsızlık ve egemenliğin yolu emekçi halkın iktidarından geçer. TKP “milliyetçiliğin” arkasına gizlenerek halk düşmanı politikalara ve şu ya da bu emperyalist devletin kanatları altında “fetihçilik” oynayanlara pabuç bırakmayacaktır.
HEPSİ PATRONLARA HİZMET EDİYOR
Türkiye’de nüfusun yüzde birlik kesimi ülke zenginliklerinin yarısından fazlasını gasp etmiş durumda. Buna imkan tanıyan sömürü düzenidir. AKP bu sömürü düzeninin sürmesi için işçi ücretlerini aşağıya çekiyor, grev hakkını ortadan kaldırıyor, çalışma saatlerini uzatıyor buna karşın türlü yollarla bütün halka ait olan kaynakları patronlara aktarıyor.
Bu açıdan AKP öncesindeki hükümetlerin bir farkı yoktu. Aynı sömürü, aynı hırsızlık düzenini savundular, emekçi sınıfları hep aldattılar, yeri geldiğinde polisle, jandarmayla, darbelerle hakkını arayanları susturmaya kalktılar. Erdoğan ile Gül arasındaki gerilimin, Akşener’in hamlelerinin, CHP’nin içinde kaynayan kazanın bir yerden sonra hiçbir önemi yoktur. Bu ülkenin zenginliklerinin yarıdan fazlasını sermayedarlardan, patronlardan oluşan yüzde birlik küçük bir nüfus bölmesi ele geçirecek, milyonlarca emekçinin önüne 1600 lira alay edercesine “al bununla yaşa, gerisine karışma” diye konacak, sonra tamamı patronların saltanatına hizmet eden parti ya da “lider”lerden birisini seçmek demokrasi olacak. TKP bu oyunu illa ki bozacak. Zengin partilerinin çevirdikleri dolaplar, halkı nasıl kandırdıkları, hırsızlıkları bir bir ortaya konacak. AKP iktidarının, sivil ve asker bürokrasinin, yasaların, düzen muhalefetinin ortak noktasının patronlara hizmet olduğu gerçeği bütün çıplaklığı ile halka anlatılacak, halk düşmanı faaliyetlerde bulunan herkesin ipliği pazara çıkacaktır.
HEM YARINI HEM BUGÜNÜ KAZANACAĞIZ
“Ben kendimi sömürtmeyeceğim, asalakları, soyguncuları sırtımda taşımayacağım, artık kendi kaderimi ellerime alacağım” demeyen bir halk yalnızca geleceğini ve ülkesini değil günlük ekmeğini de kaybeder. “Düzen değişikliği” için mücadele yalnızca bu karanlıktan kurtulmak için değil, hayat pahalılığına, ücretlerdeki kesintiye, çalışma saatlerinin uzamasına karşı durmak için de gereklidir. Geçmişte işçi sınıfı, “Ben iktidarı istiyorum, ülkeyi emekçiler yönetecek” dediğinde patronlar geri adım atmak zorunda kaldı. 8 saatlik iş günü, grevli toplu sözleşmeli sendika hakkı böyle sağlandı, sosyal güvenlik sistemi bu şekilde kuruldu, birçok ülke parasız eğitim ve sağlık sistemine bu sayede geçti. Yönetime talip olmayan, iktidarı istemeyen bir halkın lokmasını da hırkasını da elinden alırlar. Bunun en somut örneği Türkiye’de yaşananlardır. Kişi başına düşen milli gelir artarken gerçek ücretlerin sürekli düşmesinin başka bir açıklaması olabilir mi?
Çürümüş düzenin yıkılması için ayağa kalkan bir halk bugünkü gibi çaresiz olmaz, sömürücüler adımlarını on kez düşünerek atarlar. TKP “düzen değişikliği uzun iş, bugün ne yapacağız” diye soranlara bugünü de yarını da kazanmak için güçlerimizi birleştirmek ve bir avuç soyguncuyu başımızdan atmak için harekete geçmemiz gerekiyor yanıtını veriyor. Bu doğrultuda işçiler, işsizler, emekliler, yoksul köylüler için her gün daha dayanılmaz hale gelen ekonomik güçlüklere karşı birlikte mücadele ve dayanışma kültürü ile durmak için yeni kanallar açılacak, “örgütlü bir halkın kazanacağı”nı gösteren yeni örnekler yaratılacaktır.
GERİCİLİK YİNE YENİLECEK
Bu ülkede gericilik hep vardı. 1908’de gericilik yenildi. 1923’te gericilik yine yenildi. Peki bundan yüz yıl kadar önce yenilen gericilik bugün neden zaferini kutlamaya kalkıyor? Bu sorunun yanıtını vermeden gericilikle mücadele etmek yel değirmenlerine saldırmaktan farksızdır. Gericilik Türkiye ve bu bölgede işçi sınıfı hareketini, sosyalizmin yükselişini durdurmak için başta ABD ve Almanya olmak üzere emperyalistler tarafından desteklendi. Gericilik Türkiye toplumunun uyanışını durdurmak, kanla ve dinsel baskılarla boğmak için patronlar tarafından palazlandırıldı. Bu iki faktör olmasaydı, gericilik yenilmeye mahkûmdu.
Demek ki gericiliği yenmek için kapitalistleri, emperyalizmi yenmek gerekiyor. İşte bu yüzden TKP aydınlanma kavgasını yobazların arkasında kimlerin ve neden saklandıklarını bilerek yürütüyor.
DÜZEN MUHALEFETİ HALKIN AFYONUDUR
Türkiye’de toplumun geniş bir kesimi kendisini mutsuz, çaresiz hissediyor. Hükümet bu çaresizlik duygusundan yararlanarak halkı sindirmek, yıldırmak için her tür taktiği denemekte. Ona en büyük yardım da düzen muhalefetinden geliyor. Erdoğan kendisinin seçeneksiz ve yenilmez olduğu fikrini yaydıkça muhalefet bir yandan AKP’ye daha fazla benzemeye çalışmakta bir yandan da “Erdoğan çok güçlü, onu alt etmek için herkes birleşmeli” demektedir. Gelinen noktada düzen muhalefeti Erdoğan’ın alternatifinin Abdullah Gül olduğunu kabullenmiş durumdadır.
Ancak burada bir alternatif olmadığı, yıllardır AKP iktidarına duyduğu tepki azalmamış milyonlarca kişinin Abdullah Gül’den heyecanlanmayacağı açıktır. Dahası bir tarafı İyi Parti’de, bir tarafı HDP’de, bir tarafı AKP’nin korkak muhaliflerinde, bir tarafı CHP’de duran bir “birlik” Erdoğan’ın demagojisi karşısında savunmasızdır. Hükümetten gelen “dış mihrak”, “FETÖ”, “Soros” suçlamalarını bugün “sen kendine bak” diyerek boşa düşürmek zordur. İnsanlar dünü değil bugünü önemseyecektir. Nereden bakarsak bakalım, düzen sınırları içindeki muhalefetin tükendiği görülmektedir. TKP bu tükenişin parçası değildir. TKP toplumdaki arayışın Abdullah Güllere, Meral Akşenerlere, yeni Ekmeleddinlere peşkeş çekilmesine izin vermeyecektir.
Türkiye yakın gelecekte arka arkaya üç seçim yaşayacak. Kimse bu seçimlerin önemsiz olduğunu söyleyemez. Ancak seçmen kayıtlarının her tür müdahaleye açık olduğu, sandık başında hile ve baskının yaygın bir uygulamaya dönüştüğü, YSK’nın hükümetin “seçim kolu” olarak faaliyet gösterdiği bir ülkede sadece seçimlere bel bağlamak intihardır. Üstelik Parlamento iyice işlevsizleşmiş, yerel yönetimler İçişleri Bakanlığı’nın insafına bırakılmıştır. Özetle “seçmen iradesi”nin bir hükmü kalmamıştır. Düzen muhalefeti bu durumu da kabullenmiş ve Cumhurbaşkanlığı seçimine odaklanmıştır. Herkes Erdoğan’ı alt edecek bir “isim” peşindedir. Oysa bu Türkiye toplumunun tuzağa düşürülmesidir. Tek bir kişi üzerinden siyaset, zaten örgütsüz olan halkı tamamen edilgenleştirecektir.
Türkiye’nin sorunları halk bütün düzlemlerde örgütlenmeden, örgütlü siyasete girmeden çözülemez. Örgütsüz bir halk sandıkta her zaman kaybeder. Kazansa bile sandığı elinden alırlar. TKP seçimleri elbette önemsemektedir. Milletvekili seçimlerinde de yerel yönetimler için yapılacak seçimde de, Cumhurbaşkanlığı seçiminde de her tür baskı ve yasaklamaya, hükümet tarafından icat edilen yeni engellere rağmen emekçi halkın seçeneğini güçlendirmek için üzerine düşeni yapacak ancak tek başına sandığa bağlanan kurtuluş reçetelerinin temelsizliğini göstermeye devam edecektir.
TÜRKİYE KOMÜNİST PARTİSİ BÜYÜMEKTEDİR
Türkiye Komünist Partisi 2017’nin son çeyreğinde yaygınlaşmak ve örgütlenmek için yeni bir hamle başlattı. Edirne’den Ardahan’a emekçi halkın seçeneğinin Türkiye’nin her tarafında kendisini hissettirmesi için yeni il ve ilçelerde bina açtı. Üye sayısında büyük bir artış var. 2018’de bu örgütlenme hamlesi yeni bir evreye taşınıyor. “TKP her yerde” hedefi doğrultusunda yürütülen çalışmalar sonunda Türkiye Komünist Partisi kendisine hak veren ama tereddüt eden geniş bir kesimle daha yakından temas edecek, onların elinden tutacak ve çaresizlik hissini ortadan kaldıracaktır.
TKP 20 Ocak – 20 Şubat tarihleri arasında “Halkın seçeneği güçleniyor” sloganıyla özel bir örgütlenme dönemine giriyor. 1920 yılında kurulan Türkiye Komünist Partisi’nin Anadolu’da verilmekte olan antiemperyalist savaş sırasında katledilen 15 üyesini de anacağımız bu bir aylık süre boyunca Türkiye Komünist Partisi yeni birçok bina açacak, 15 yerde halkla buluşma toplantıları düzenleyecek, eşitlik tutkunu çok sayıda kişiyi parti saflarına katacaktır.
Türkiye çaresiz değildir, halkın gerçek seçeneği güçlenecektir.
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“Shithole President”: Donald Trump has been declared persona non grata in the Caribbean
| January 15, 2018 | 10:09 pm | Donald Trump | 1 Comment

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“Shithole President”: Donald Trump has been declared persona non grata in the Caribbean

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2018/01/shithole-president-donald-trump-has.html
Nearly 100 representatives of Pan African organizations and members of the Caribbean Socialist popular forces proclaimed US President Donald Trump a non-grata person in the Caribbean, Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) of Barbados reported Monday.
 
According to the source, all of them were committed to demand their respective governments to strongly protest any visit by Trump and support popular activities to prevent US President from coming to the Caribbean.

CMC said that Trump is not well received in the Caribbean, because of his racist and outrageous comments and actions made last Thursday against African countries, Haiti and El Salvador. The measure was promoted by Barbados’ Clement Payne Movement, Pan African Caribbean Network and People’s Empowerment Party.

It is also supported by Saint Lucia International Committee of Black Peoples, the Jamaica-Cuba Friendship Association, Trinidad-Tobago Freedman’s Emancipation Group and the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago.The measure was also supported and the document, signed by the Organization for the Victory of the People and the Black Consciousness Movement, both from Guyana, among other organizations.


CMC recalled that the peoples of the Caribbean, in the light of world history, resisted and survived the most horrendous forms of slavery and colonialism, and also stated that the Caribbean nations are icons in defense of dignity and the human rights. The organization also said all the Caribbean countries defend the zero-tolerance principle on any racist or discriminatory manifestation against black people. 
“We, the under-signed representatives of the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby declare that President Donald Trump of the United States of America is ‘persona non-grata’ in our Caribbean region,” the declaration said.

 
“We further declare that as a ‘persona non-grata,’ President Donald Trump is NOT welcome in any territory of the Caribbean; and we hereby confirm that we — the Caribbean people — will petition our governments, vehemently protest against any Trump visit, and engage in popular demonstrations designed to prevent President Donald Trump’s entry into any portion of the sovereign territory of our Caribbean region,” it adds.
“As sons and daughters of the Caribbean, we hereby affirm that the continent of Africa is the revered motherland of a sizable majority of our people and that the Republic of Haiti — the seminal architect of the destruction of the system of chattel slavery that held our ancestors in bondage — is the foundational cornerstone of our Caribbean civilization,” the declaration continues. “And we, therefore, consider that any insult or attack that is directed at the African continent or at the Republic of Haiti is intrinsically an insult and attack that is directed at us as well.
 
“We further affirm that we Caribbean people — in light of our history of experiencing, resisting and surviving the most horrendous forms of enslavement and colonialism — consciously regard ourselves as champions and defenders of the dignity and fundamental human rights of all Black or African people, and that we are guided by an over-arching and non-negotiable principle of zero tolerance of any manifestation of anti-Black or anti-African racism or discrimination,” it said.
 
“Vancouver Group Summit”: Escalating imperialist threats of sanctions & war

“Vancouver Group Summit”: Escalating imperialist threats of sanctions & war

The so-called “Vancouver Group” Summit on January 16 will bring together the 14 countries which waged war against Korea in 1950, plus South Korea and Japan – invited by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, allegedly to seek “a diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.” The Communist Party of Canada condemns this reunion of warmakers as a further step towards new imperialist military aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The North American media has portrayed the Vancouver Group Summit as a “reasonable alternative” to Donald Trump’s threat to annihilate the entire population of the DPRK. Such a US attack would be the most shocking war crime in history, violating every international law which bans military aggression against other countries. It would mean the deaths of millions of people across the region, and could easily spark a nuclear exchange threatening the entire planet. Trump’s latest boasts about his “bigger nuclear button” are a warning that the possibility of such a devastating catastrophe is quite real.

But the Tillerson-Freeland “good cop-bad cop” scenario is not a path away from war. Rather, it is a cover for the ongoing imperialist strategy to bring the people of the DPRK to their knees, by escalating economic and diplomatic sanctions with the aim of forcing their government to end to its nuclear programme. Both approaches are based on the premise that the US has the right to “punish” any country which refuses to accept the dictates of imperialism. Both Trump’s threats of mass murder, and the Tillerson-Freeland strategy, include the continued presence of tens of thousands of US troops at bases and vessels in and around the Korean peninsula, and regular war exercises to remind the DPRK that a new imperialist aggression could be launched at any moment.

The US is the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons in war, and possesses the largest nuclear weapons arsenal in the world. The US continues to develop and promote nuclear weapons technology and is poised to spend an additional $1 trillion on its nuclear arsenal, through its current Nuclear Posture Review. The DPRK, on the other hand, was almost totally destroyed and impoverished by the “Korean War” waged by the US and its allies, a war which artificially divided the peninsula along the 1953 ceasefire demarcation line – for the crime of defending itself against threats of foreign invasion and coup d’état. While the US and NATO maintain a policy of “first use” for nuclear weapons, the DPRK committed to no first use in 2016.

We demand: the US must end its provocations, withdraw its massive military forces in South Korea and east Asia, sign a peace agreement, and allow reunification to proceed on the Korean Peninsula according to the right of the Korean people to self-determination and sovereignty free of external threats and provocations. This remains the only road to long-term peace and security.

As the Vancouver Group Summit nears, we call on the labour and democratic movements, and the peace movement in the first place, to say NO to sanctions and war against the DPRK – and YES to peace, peaceful coexistence, mutual security and to global nuclear disarmament, beginning with the arsenals of the United States and NATO.

Central Executive Committee, Communist Party of Canada

Trump Asks Why US Has So Many Immigrants from ‘Sh*thole’ Countries – Report
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On Thursday, US President Donald Trump inquired of lawmakers in the White House, “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” while talking about immigrants from Haiti and Africa.

Trump’s comments occurred while speaking with legislators about immigration protections, the Hill reported. Instead, according to people in the meeting, the president said the US should accept more immigrants from places like Norway.

The remarks show that Trump, with almost a year of presidential experience under his belt, is not much different than candidate Trump, who said in a speech announcing his candidacy, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) were some of the people attending the meeting and reportedly were taken aback by Trump’s remark.

​Trump has relied on lawmakers to present a new immigration framework that will deal with expiring protections for immigrants who arrived under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, sometimes known as the “dreamers.” During a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg Wednesday, Trump stated that he would not sign a bipartisan bill that lacked funding for a wall on America’s southern border with Mexico, but House Republicans have been split on whether to side with Trump. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last month that DACA is “a separate issue” from the wall. Ryan sees the wall issue as belonging to the conversation about government spending rather than immigration policy per se.

In a statement, the White House did not explicitly deny that Trump called Haiti and African countries “sh*tholes.”

“Like other nations that have merit-based migrations, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation,” a White House statement reads.

Trump previously berated immigrants from Haiti, alleging that they all “have AIDS,” and claimed Nigerians couldn’t be relied on to “go back to their huts” after seeing America, according to a New York Times report from December 2017. The White House at the time denied reports that Trump made the derogatory statements.

On the Offence: Trump’s Past Offensive Remarks Against Immigrants and Foreigners
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During a meeting with a bipartisan delegation of Senators on DACA, US President Donald Trump reportedly inquired of the lawmakers in the White House, “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?”

Trump’s remarks on immigrants couldn’t go unnoticed, sparking a wave of indignation across the world. Sputnik decided to recall all the times Trump had fired insults at citizens of other countries.

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Mexicans

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to take a tough stance on immigration, and has repeatedly called for building an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” between the United States and Mexico – which he would “make pay for it.”

Having kicked off his presidential bid in June 2015, he delivered an eccentric speech, blaming many of the country’s problems on Mexico, which he alleged was not sending its “best people” to the US.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Days later in an interview with CNN, he continued his rant, branding them, among other immigrants, “killers” and “rapists”:

“I love Mexico. I love the Mexican people. I do business with the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over. And they’re bad. They’re really bad. You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans — I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists, and they’re coming into this country.”

It turned out that long before his presidential campaign, Trump, who claimed he did business with Mexico, in fact regarded them as “enemies”:

Trump’s remarks about Mexicans seem rather controversial, reflecting the double-edged nature of his relationships “I love you, I hate you”:

Furthermore, Trump has retweeted and then deleted a comment attacking his fellow GOP candidate Jeb Bush over his Mexican-born wife.

He claimed that Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, presiding over a class action lawsuit against Trump University, was biased because of his Mexican heritage.

“He’s a Mexican. We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings — rulings that people can’t even believe.”

African-American Community

Already in 2013, Donald Trump was accusing African-Americans and Hispanics of high crime rates in the country.

Later, however, during the presidential race, he tried to appeal to black voters, but despite gaining better numbers than his Republican predecessors, failed, having offended them:

“What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? What do you have to lose? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

His behavior was condemned in June 2016, when he referred to African-Americans as “the blacks,” and then probably in a bid to win their support or dispel the idea that he is racist, pointed out a man in the crowd and called him “my African-American.”

“Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest?”

Earlier in 2015, Donald Trump suggested that the white attendees at his rally acted correctly when they kicked and shoved a Black Lives Matter activist. Mercutio Southall later confessed that prior to the attack they called him and his fellow protesters “monkeys” and used the N-word, because he was chanting “Black lives matter.”

“Maybe [the protester] should have been roughed up,” he mused. “It was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Trump said the following day.

Muslims

Having proposed a travel ban on Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States when he came to the office, Trump said:

“I’m doing good for the Muslims. Many Muslim friends of mine are in agreement with me. They say, ‘Donald, you brought something up to the fore that is so brilliant and so fantastic.”

While a candidate, he compared migrants coming from war-torn countries to a “Trojan horse”:

“You look at the migration, it’s young, strong men,” he said. “We cannot take a chance that the people coming over here are going to be ISIS-affiliated.”

Later, in March 2016, Donald Trump made a statement, which outraged Muslims across the world. During an interview with CNN, he said “I think Islam hates us,” not distinguishing between the religion and radical Islamist terrorism. He elaborated that the war was waged against radical Islam, but clarified that “it’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.”

“There’s something there that — there’s a tremendous hatred there,” Trump said. “There’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.

Haitians and Nigerians

According to The New York Times, during a cabinet meeting in the Oval office in June 2017, the President said that Haitians entering the United States “all have AIDS” and that Nigerians would never “go back to their huts” once they saw America. The White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the “outrageous claims.”

Wall Street Journal: Trump Paid $130,000 to Porn Star He Had 2006 Affair With
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Sources close to US President Donald Trump have alleged that in October 2016 the president arranged a $130,000 payment to a retired porn star that allegedly had a sexual encounter with him in 2006. The story was broken by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ.)

According to the sources, Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen organized a $130,000 payment to 38-year-old Stephanie Clifford, better known by her stage name, Stormy Daniels. A popular and successful adult film star, Daniels retired from the screen in 2016.

The sources claim that Daniels says the encounter occurred when she and Trump attended a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament on Lake Tahoe. At the time of the alleged encounter, Trump was already married to his current wife, Melania, and had been since January 2005.

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Daniels reportedly said that Cohen was dragging his feet on making the payment and threatened to go to the media, the sources said.

The alleged sexual encounter was consensual — but no less than 16 other women have alleged that Trump sexually assaulted them, with Trump settling out of court with one of them, Jill Harth, in 1992.

A White House official replied to the report, saying that “these are old, recycled reports which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.” They declined to answer any further questions about any agreements or payments involving Daniels or whether Trump had any awareness of the settlement.

“President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence, as has Ms. Daniels,” said Cohen in response to the allegations. He didn’t address the reported payment to Daniels.

“This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”

This is seemingly in reference to an August 2016 report from the WSJ that alleged that Daniels was in talks with ABC’s “Good Morning America” program to discuss her history with then-nominee Trump. The article added that another, similar incident was alleged, this time with a former Playboy model paid $150,000 to keep silent about her own affair with Trump.

Cohen also sent an email signed by “Stormy Daniels” denying that she ever had a “sexual and/or romantic affair” with Trump or that she received “hush money” to keep any such affair quiet.

Daniels herself did not reply to the allegations when contacted by the WSJ. When Daniels’ lawyer, Keith Davidson, was asked to comment on the case, he refused to on the grounds of attorney-client privilege.

The story has been floating around since October 2011, when gossip columns alleged that Trump had cheated on Melania while she was pregnant with their son, Barron. At the time, Daniels told E!News that the story was “bullshit” and refused to comment further.

Trump has denied all inappropriate seuxal conduct with women. He referred to the infamous “grab them by the pussy” Access Hollywood tape from 2005 as “locker room banter.”

Another adult-film star, Jessica Drake, claimed in October 2016 that Trump kissed her and two other women without permission after the same 2006 tournament that the alleged encounter between Trump and Daniels occurred at. The Trump campaign called Drake’s allegation “totally false and ridiculous.”

“I did not sign [a nondisclosure agreement], nor have I received any money for coming forward,” Ms. Drake said in a January statement. “I spoke out because it was the right thing to do.”

The Wall Street Journal has been one of the few mainstream media outlets to take a generally positive view of Trump. It is owned by News Corp, the same umbrella organization that owns similarly right-leaning outlets such as the New York Post and Fox News. This lends additional significance to the scandal, as it was broken by an outlet that has typically been skeptical of charges of misdoings on Trump’s part.

Trump is the Ugly American
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Shocker: US President Donald Trump has put his foot in his mouth. Two recent statements of his have attracted significant controversy: his cancellation of a long-planned visit to the UK due to his disapproval of a move of the US embassy, and his alleged comment that the US received too many immigrants from “shithole countries.”

Brian Becker and John Kiriakou of Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear spoke to George Galloway, a former UK parliamentarian for both the Labour and Respect Parties.

​”I was one of the organizers of Stop the War, possibly the biggest demonstration in British history,” said Galloway. “Two million people just before the [Iraq] war in 2003. We saw the the prospect of organizing an even bigger demonstration that has now been cruelly snatched from us by Donald Trump’s patently absurd statement. Because he doesn’t like the real estate of the new American embassy, he’s decided not to come.”

Galloway wryly added that, despite what Trump said, it wasn’t his predecessor Barack Obama who agreed to move the embassy — it was Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush.

​”There are many things to blame Obama for, but the new embassy south of the river, which Trump evidently thinks is a bit of an asshole part of town, is a ‘bad deal.’ I don’t care whether it’s a good deal or a bad deal, but I do feel that we have been robbed of the opportunity to send a worldwide message of rejection of Donald Trump’s foreign policies, of his endless stream of excretions over Twitter and of course his most recent racist outburst, which has rightly been condemned all over the world.”

Galloway then turned the conversation to American imperialism. “It’s a good thing that the American leadership is as ugly as it currently is. It would have been worse if Hillary Clinton had been the American leader, because that would have an entirely unjustified veneer of respectability on a set of really ugly worldviews.”

“I’m someone who’s been organizing against American hegemony almost literally all of my life; my first demonstration was when I was 14 in 1968 against the war in Vietnam. As someone who’s been at this for a very long time, I must tell you that those who’ve made a career out of regarding the United States as the leader of the free world must feel pretty foolish nowadays.”

“The United States is not my leader, never has been my leader, still less my father. In encouraging people around the world to stand up for themselves, stand up to the United States hegemony, Donald Trump’s done us all a favor.”

Becker then discussed the troubled history between the US and Haiti, which goes back as long as either nation has existed. The island was under US occupation from 1915 to 1934, an occupation that saw several skirmishes between the US military and Haitian rebel groups. The US also enacted an embargo against the repressive military dictatorship that overtook the island in 1986.

“Donald Trump’s words were unprecedentedly ugly,” said Galloway, referring to Trump’s alleged comment that Haiti, El Salvador and a number of African nations were “shithole countries.” Trump denied making the comment. “But the United States’ actions against Haiti over centuries, not years or decades, were even worse than the ugliest words that Donald Trump can summon up.”