Stand with us outside the Democratic Party: Call to Bernie

A Journal of People report

The Democratic Party in the US is, media reports said, facing important questions related to leadership and message to reach the working people in the country. Both types of reports of competition within the party and unity are available in the media also. There are media reports that say: the party is deeply divided. Senator Bernie Sanders is playing a crucial role in the party, and the party also is relying on Bernie Sanders although the senator was dealt in a negative way during race for nomination.
US Senator Bernie Sanders has been urged to stand with his supporters “outside the Democratic Party if its establishment refuses to change.” This call has been made in an open letter to Bernie Sanders.Read More »

“Democracy” in the Political Consciousness of the February Revolution

by Boris Ivanovich Kolonitskii

Translated by Christopher K. Cosner

Slavic Review, Vol. 57, No. 1 (Spring, 1998), pp. 95-106

[EXCERPTS FROM THE ESSAY]

Source: Internet

Historians of quite diverging orientations have interpreted the February revolution of 1917 in Russia as a “democratic” revolution. Several generations of Marxists of various stripes (tolk) have called it a “bourgeois-democratic revolution.” In the years of perestroika, the contrast between democratic February and Bolshevik October became an important part of the historical argument of the anticommunist movement. The February revolution was regarded as a dramatic, unsuccessful attempt at the modernization and westernization of Russia, as its democratization. Such a point of view was expressed even earlier in some historical works and in the memoirs of participants in the events-liberals and moderate socialists. For example, just such a description of the revolution is given by Aleksandr Kerenskii, Whose last reminiscences are especially significant. Kerenskii thought that “the overwhelming majority of the Russian population … were wholeheartedly democratic in their beliefs.” (A. F. Kerensky, Russia and History’s Turning Point, New York, 1965, 326)Read More »

Doctors’ strike: Kenya government is killing poor people 54

by Henry Makori

Pambazuka News | 16 February, 2017

Photo: Boniface Okendo

“I’m admitted in St. Mary’s Hospital, Langata, Ward 1, Female Medical Ward. Unfortunately, it appears that I took one of the last available beds, if not the last one. The doctors’ strike means that most public hospitals are not admitting patients … Those who will come after the last bed is taken will be turned away. A few lucky ones will get into another hospital. The majority will go back home to wait for the strike to end. Some will survive; some will die.

“What are healthy Kenyans doing to help their fellow Kenyans who need healthcare services now? Or, perhaps, you’re sitting on the sidelines watching the horror show for entertainment and political incitement? Good. Do nothing; after all, this sort of thing – illness – happens to someone else. I, too, once was in that comfort zone.”

Kenyan social justice activist Wangui Mbatia wrote these words on her Facebook page on 10 January 2017. She died of cancer exactly a month later, on 10 February. (A tribute to her appears elsewhere in this issue.)

Perhaps Wangui’s life could have been saved. Perhaps not.

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Venezuelan VP Releases Open Letter to US Treasury as Parliament Demands Resignation

by LUCAS KOERNER

venezuelanalysis.com | 21 February, 2017

Venezuelan VP Tareck El Aissami. (Archive)

Venezuelan VP Tareck El Aissami. (Archive)

Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami published an open letter to the US Treasury Department in the New York Times Tuesday in which he lambasted the body’s recent drug trafficking accusations as an attempt to further derail bilateral relations.

On February 13, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) froze all of El Aissami’s alleged assets in the US under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Act, making the vice-president the top-ranking official of any country to be sanctioned in this way. In particular, the OFAC accused El Aissami of having “facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela” allegedly in collusion with the Las Zetas Cartel in Mexico.

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‘‘Mandela of Puerto Rico’’

A Correspondent

Frontier | Vol. 49, No.32, Feb 12 – 18, 2017

LÓpez Rivera, whose commutation was announced along with those of 208 others, has been incarcerated for 35 years for his role in fighting for Puerto Rico’s independence.

The 74-year-old, who has spent more than half of his life behind bars, was convicted of “seditious conspiracy” for plotting against the US. The US government had also classified him as a terrorist.

If Obama had not intervened, he would have remained in captivity until 26 June 2023, five months after his 80th birthday.

Jan Susler, López Rivera’s lawyer, said the prisoner’s release is a huge win in the ongoing fight for Puerto Rican independence, adding that she was grateful that Obama understood “there wasn’t any legitimate reason to keep Oscar in prison”.

In a recent interview with the Guardian, he said he still believes in what he described as the “noble cause” of full sovereignty for his Caribbean birthplace, which is classified as a US “territory”.Read More »

Ambedkar: The New Found Messiah

by Anindya Sen

Frontier | Feb 17, 2017

Introduction
In a year or so now, Bhimrao Ambedkar has been hogging perhaps more national limelight than ever before. Admin-induced self-killing of Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad University in January 2016, where rabid upper-casteism was in full play, had exposed once more the power of feudal dead-weight in nullifying the promises of equality known to be embedded in Indian constitution.

Vemula’s rather introvert suicide note was truly representative of the common psyche of the dalit masses, where he didn’t accuse anybody for his death. A sense of void, a deep sense of defeat appears to have engulfed his being which starkly points to the odds faced by his existence in a life of 26 years. His silence however, is an indirect indictment of the whole Indian society, under the savage leadership of Hindutva brigade, where a dalit student didn’t find it useful to mention anyone in the death note!!

If this is the level of alienation of a dalit PhD student from the mainstream Indian pshyche, it is not difficult to fathom the mental process of the dalit multitudes while they are the ones who virtually carry the nation on their shoulders.

It is really refreshing to note that Vemula’s message didn’t go un-noticed by our youth even in the elite educational institutions. The event in no time grew into one of national importance. Activism that sprouted around Vemula cause in JNU and other university campuses had a great snowballing effect and the country had been witness to a new bout of struggle between ideas of conservatism and progress, subjugation and freedom, enslavement of labor and emancipation of the labor, in myriad forms.Read More »

Issue: Immigrants Scene: Sweden Germany Spain France Incidents and politics

A Journal of People report

The issue of immigrants is now overwhelming mainstream media and politics in many countries.
Media reports including Swedish public service broadcaster SVT said:
Days after US president Donald Trump suggested Sweden had become a victim of a major terrorist incident for accepting refugees and hours after Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven dismissed Trump’s criticism of Sweden’s refugee policies an immigrant-dominated area of the Swedish capital Stockholm has erupted into riots. It was also reported in media that Swedish embassy asked Trump to explain his remark about Sweden.
The clashes started on February 20 after police arrested a man for drug offences in Rinkeby in a suburb of Stockholm.Read More »

Fifth of the world’s food stock is lost to over-eating and waste, says study

A Journal of People report

A fifth of the world’s food stock is lost to waste and over-eating, finds a study.
Persons over-eating consume 10 per cent more than they need while nearly nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil.
Scientists say:
The wasted food could feed the one billion malnourished human beings around the globe. Encouraging people to eat less meat and dairy, stop waste and not exceed nutritional needs could help to reverse these trends.
Study leader Dr Peter Alexander, of Edinburgh University, said: “Reducing losses from the global food system would improve food security and help prevent environmental harm.Read More »

Revolution overthrows tsar Nicholas II

A Journal of People compilation

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A poster of the Russian Revolution.

The Russian monarchy faced serious opposition in the early part of the 20th century. Tsar Nicholas II lost his credibility and popularity as the Russian army suffered embarrassing defeats in World War I.
“By 1917 the bond between the tsar and most of the Russian people had been broken,” writes Encyclopedia Britannica. “Governmental corruption and inefficiency were rampant. The tsar’s reactionary policies, including the occasional dissolution of the Duma, or Russian parliament, the chief fruit of the 1905 revolution, had spread dissatisfaction even to moderate elements.”
With resources committed to the war effort, the economy strained. Widespread food shortages in the winter of 1916-17 began hurting people. On March 8 (Feb. 23 according to the Julian calendar used in Russia during the time), an International Women’s Day festival in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) gave way to strikes by female factory workers protesting food shortages. Students, industrial workers and others joined the protests.Read More »

US Meddling in Ecuador Likely to Continue if Left Wins Election: Researcher

teleSUR spoke to Eirik Vold on the U.S. attempts to undermine Ecuadorean democracy and sovereignty, as revealed by Wikileaks.

teleSUR | 21 February, 2017

U.S. meddling in Ecuador’s politics is likely to continue, especially if President Rafael Correa’s ally and former vice president, Lenin Moreno, wins the upcoming presidential election, an expert on U.S. intervention in the South American country told teleSUR.

Norwegian journalist Eirik Vold, author of the book “Ecuador In the Sights: The WikiLeaks Revelations and the Conspiracy Against the Government of Rafael Correa,” spoke to teleSUR about his investigation into how the U.S. government tried to prevent Correa from winning the presidential election in 2006, since he was an outspoken critics who threatened Washington’s interests.

The information in the book was obtained through leaked official data released by WikiLeaks, including thousands of secret documents sent from the U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. consulate in Guayaquil.

In an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Vold laid bare how the U.S. tried to destabilize Correa’s government, prevent Latin American integration under UNASUR and even promote police discontent once the left-wing president assumed office. A key factor tempering the relationship was Correa’s decision to close the U.S. military base in the coastal city of Manta.Read More »