Video: Zainab al-Hosni, the “Flower of Syria,” Alive and on TV: Will Human Rights Organizations and Mass Media Issue Corrections? By Yoshie Furuhashi

4 October 2011 — MRZine

Zainab al-Hosni, dubbed the “Flower of Syria,” who the Syrian opposition claimed was tortured and murdered, burned and decapitated, by the Syrian government, has just appeared on Syrian TV, very much alive.  Here is the video of the TV interview with Zainab, who says she fled from her family home because her brothers were beating her: Continue reading this...

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Mass Protest in Spain: No Vote for Traditional Parties! By junge Welt

16 May 2011 — MRZine

Madrid.  Tens of thousands of people, especially youth, demonstrated again on Tuesday evening in the Spanish capital of Madrid, against the political and economic system of the country, which they called corrupt.  The participants in the rally at the central Puerta del Sol square shouted slogans such as “Less Policing, More Education” and “They Call It Democracy, But It Isn’t.” With this demonstration, held just a few days before the municipal elections on Sunday, the participants responded to the brutal eviction of a vigil from the central square at the beginning of this week.  Already on Sunday, thousands had demonstrated in some 50 cities across the country against the Spanish political system, calling on the electorate not to give their votes to any of the traditional parties.  The protest is directed against the massive cuts in social services made by the Spanish government and against the huge mass unemployment which affects nearly one-half of young people.

Puerta del Sol, 17.05.11


The original article “Massenprotest in Spanien: Keine Stimme den traditionellen Parteien!” was published by junge Welt on 19 May 2011.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.  Cf. <www.facebook.com/democraciarealya?sk=wall>.

 


Walking Out on the Libyan Rebels (at Long Last)

5 April 2011 — MRZine

Some leftists, at long last, are seen walking out on the Libyan rebels they once loved. . . .

Hossam el-Hamalawy, 2 April 2011:

This is catastrophic.  The biggest imperialist force on the planet, NATO, is bombing Libya “in the name of revolution,” CIA operatives are active on the ground, Western “military advisers” become visible in Benghazi, as US and Egyptian military specialists are reported by Al-Jazeera to be training the revolutionaries.  The Libyan revolution is being hijacked in front of our eyes. . .  This is counterrevolution. . .

Richard Seymour, 4 April 2011:

Can I just risk a modest proposition?  NATO, the CIA and the special forces belonging to the world’s imperialist states are not forces of progress in this world.  Does anyone disagree with that?  If not, then it follows as surely as night follows day that the successful cooptation of the Libyan revolution by NATO, the CIA and special forces is a victory for reaction.

As’ad AbuKhalil, 4 April 2011:

I was as excited as anyone to see the Libyan people revolt against the lousy dictator, Qadhdhafi: a tyrant who one should hate with an extra measure of eccentricity because — like Saddam — he is particularly obnoxious and repugnant as far as tyrants are concerned.  But I can’t say now that I support the Libyan uprising: it is no more a Libyan uprising.  The uprising has been hijacked by Qadhdhafi henchmen, Qatar foreign policy agenda, and the agenda of Western government.  Count me out.

Who will be the last leftist carrying a torch for the Libyan rebels, saying nonsensical things like this?

Revolutionary socialists must give unconditional support to the Arab uprising.  Its immediate goals in all these countries can be summed up as (bourgeois) democracy, and are 100% progressive.  Its domestic enemies are for the most part agents of imperialism, and where not directly so, are complicit with it.  We support it for this reason also. 

By “unconditional” support I mean support not conditioned by our evaluation of the leaders of the rebellions or whether or not we have political agreement with them.  That goes for Libya, too.  I disagree with comrades who seem to condition their support of the Libyan rebels on more knowledge of what their program is.  We must be for the victory of the rebellion in Libya, period.

Or like this?

Stop the bombing!  Deliver arms to the insurgents! Coupling the two demands is our way to show concretely that we care for the Libyan people’s uprising against its tyrant much more than those who deny them arms while wanting to impose their guardianship over their movement.

Cf. Yoshie Furuhashi, “What Is the National Front for the Salvation of Libya?” (MRZine, 24 February 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “Al Jazeera Promotes Libya’s ‘Crown Prince’ Who Calls for Military Intervention in Libya” (MRZine, 25 February 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “What Does the Libyan Opposition Want?” (MRZine, 27 February 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “Imperialists Prepare for Military Intervention in Libya” (MRZine, 28 February 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “Black Africans Live in Fear in ‘Free Libya'” (MRZine, 2 March 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “French Leftists for the Libya War” (24 March 2011); Yoshie Furuhashi, “Loving the Libyan Rebels” (MRZine, 27 March 2011); Charles Levinson, “Rebel Chief Asks for Timely Strikes, Helicopters” (Wall Street Journal, 4 April 2011).

 


Ska-P, "Intifada"

12 October, 2009 — MRZine-Monthly Review

Viva Palestina libre!

Ska-P is a ska punk band from the working-class Vallecas neighborhood in Madrid, Spain. “Intifada” is a song from the band’s fifth album: ¡¡Que Corra La Voz!! The text below is the English translation of the lyrics of “Intifada” by Yoshie Furuhashi.

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Six million Jews
Annihilated in the manner most cruel,
An imperialist genocide by the fascist armies.
You must understand history.
The victims have become executioners,
Switching roles,
Colonizing Palestinian territories, against all common sense.

Dead, dead!
In whose name?
Dead, dead!
In the name of Israel.
Dead, dead!
In whose name?
Dead, dead!
In the name of Yahweh.

What would you do if someone kicked you out of home,
Giving you no right to protest,
Trampling on your culture,
And you were plunged into madness by the loss of dignity?
Palestine in exile suffers
The opulence of Israel
For an all-powerful government
Prepared for war
By you know whom.

Dead, dead!
In whose name?
Dead, dead!
In the name of Israel.
Dead, dead!
In whose name?
Dead, dead!
In the name of Yahweh.

Stones against bullets
A new intifada
In the West Bank, Gaza, or Jerusalem.
Who could imagine
That David would become Goliath?
Who could imagine
That David would become Goliath?
Intifada, intifada, intifada — liberation!

Don’t get me wrong,
I am an atheist and
Do not believe in any god.
Nor do I differentiate people
By their race, culture, or religion shit.
I only condemn oppression,
Injustice, and
The abuse of power.
Palestine is subjected to
The toughest wars,
The opulence of Israel.

Dead, dead!
In whose name?
Dead, dead!
In the name of Israel.
Dead, dead!
In whose name?
Dead, dead!
In the name of Yahweh.

Stones against bullets
A new intifada
In the West Bank, Gaza, or Jerusalem.
Who could imagine
That David would become Goliath?
Who could imagine
That David would become Goliath?
Who could imagine
That David would become Goliath?
Who could imagine
That David would become Goliath?
Intifada, intifada, intifada — liberation!
Intifada, intifada, intifada — liberation!


Video: EuroPalestine, "Action Boycott Israel in Montigny, Paris Region"


This action was led by the Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), especially Omar Slaouti, who heads the NPA list in Ille-de-France, as well as by Senator Alima Boumediene-Thiery (Greens), conducted in a clear, educational fashion, with the participation of many local politicians.  The NPA walks the walk, demonstrating that the call for the boycott of Israel, launched by the Palestinian civil society and Israeli dissidents, is an integral part of its campaign for respect for law and justice in the world, including the Middle East.

That is why EuroPalestine calls upon people to vote for the NPA in the next European elections and support the campaign of the candidates, like Omar Slaouti, who have the courage to put their words into practice.

The original article
“ACTION BOYCOTT ISRAEL –  Montigny, région parisienne : VIDEO”
was published on the Web site of EuroPalestine on 11 May 2009. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.

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Raúl Zibechi, "Our Everyday Crisis"

MRZine – Monthly Review

‘The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle.’
— Marx, Capital

Among leftists and fighters against the system, the predominant idea is usually that the current crisis is ‘their’ crisis, a crisis of capital and capitalists, which has dramatic consequences for the world of labor. It turns out to be very difficult to accept that we, too, are going through ‘our’ crisis, a crisis of our methods of understanding the mode of domination and our strategies for potentially overcoming the crisis in an emancipatory way.

Based on a certain interpretation of Marx, we may conclude that we are facing a phenomenal crisis of overproduction, since capitalism has managed to produce mountains of goods that cannot be bought by the population, which can only be resolved by destruction of surplus goods and of millions of jobs that produce them. This analysis highlights the laws of political economy, especially the tendency of the rate of profit to fall, as the center of gravity in the decline of capital accumulation.

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