The adventurist policies of the United States and the regional reaction are serious threats to the national sovereignty of Iran and the struggle of the patriotic and freedom-loving forces of Iran against the theocratic Supreme Leadership regime.
Trump announced the USA decision to revert the advances achieved in the process of normalizing its bilateral relations with Cuba, during the last two years – after which diplomatic relations had been re-established, on December 14th, 2014 – with the purpose of changing the political, economic and social system, stopping the people of Cuba to perform, free from any kind of interference, its present and future, in Miami, June 16th.
During 58 years – 55 of which under a criminal economic, financial and trade blockade, imposed by the USA -, the Cuban revolution represents an outstanding example of courage and revolutionary creativity, entrusted to the cause of freedom, workers, women and children emancipation, engaged in the right to a full and happy childhood, tenaciousness before the permanent imperialism aggression, of abnegated patriotism and internationalist solidarity, determination of defending and proceeding the building of a new socialist society.
Since early April this year, Venezuelans have been suffering the consequences of violent street protests, resulting in more than 60 deaths, hundreds more injured and millions of dollars in value in the destruction of public and private property. We are deeply sorry for the death of so many people, both civilians and law enforcement agents. Media reporting on this situation, however, has been strongly biased, with news outlets falsely depicting Venezuela as a country in state of economic collapse and at war, where peaceful protesters are violently repressed by a dictatorial government.
“You can’t build socialism with dollar signs in your eyes” – Fidel Castro
Many experts and commentators describe the political process in Latin
America as one of ‘alternating right and left governments’. Journalists
focus on the abrupt regime changes from democratic to authoritarian; from
neo-liberal to progressive programs; and from oligarchs to populists.
The results of the British general election have caused a substantial upset in the bourgeois and liberal media. Journalists and pundits by the dozen have been compelled to issue grovelling apologies for their rank dismissal of Jeremy Corbyn as a leader and his policies as reflected in Labour’s manifesto. They have been joined by many of the parliamentary Labour Party who – now returned to the Commons with enhanced majorities – owe their livelihoods and careers to a man who, for months and years, they have excoriated.
In many cases these new confessions of faith are designed to serve a double purpose. To deflect the anger of those hundreds of thousands of Labour Party members – joined in the last few days by near another 200,000 – and to give them enough wriggle room to subvert the party programme and, in particular, to dilute Corbyn’s commitment to respect the referendum result on leaving the EU.
To this sorry crowd of penitents we must shortly expect the author/s of a recent piece in the otherwise quite illuminating website In defence of Communism. It is worth reading their offering in full but for the purposes of polemic I will précis it.
Labour and Tory are two versions of bourgeois management. The Labour Party of Corbyn is a thoroughly bourgeois party serving the the capitalist system, fully committed to promoting capitalist profit. With either with Labour or Tories the bourgeoisie will manage to safeguard its interests in the Brexit process.
Time to take stock. The main party of Britain’s bourgeoisie has lost its parliamentary majority and remains irremediably split over the main question which preoccupies the ruling class. The inner-party division directly reflects the divergent interests over membership of the EU. This clash is the foundation of the political crisis and directly led to the defenestration of the previous Tory leadership of Cameron and Osbourne. The ‘austerity’ strategy of reducing public spending and squeezing wages – in line with the policy imperatives of the Lisbon Treaty and the obligations of EU membership – is now seen to have failed even in its own terms with the public debt ballooning under the Tory and Lib Dem stewardship of the economy.
A political crisis is always a crisis of hegemony. In Britain’s case this is not one of domination over the state apparatus but of ideological hegemony. It is important not to overstate the case. The ruling class is the ruling class because of its ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange and is a long way from losing control over the the main instruments for securing consent to its rule including the media and the repressive apparatus. The challenge is to the way its has ruled and to its stewardship.
“History is full of examples of politico-economic elites who equate any challenge to their privileged social order as a challenge to all social order, an invitation to chaos and perdition…” The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Michael Parenti
For Donald Trump, Parenti’s insight is emphatically and relentlessly demonstrated. The months since Trump’s inauguration have brought a ceaseless attack from his political adversaries. More significantly, a broad section of the ruling class has unleashed the barking dogs of the media and pressed the military and the security services to guide Trump back to the aptly named ‘swamp,’ the morass of mainstream politics. The rulers saw “chaos and perdition” in the Trump electoral campaign and the first period of his administration.
Macron and ‘What People’?
First of all, Macron received only 46% of the actual vote. Over 54% of eligible French voters either abstained, spoiled their ballots or voted for Marine Le Pen, the nationalist populist. In other words, 26 million voters rejected or ignored Macron’s candidacy versus 20.6 million voters who endorsed him. This was despite an unremitting push for Macron from the entire French and European mass media, all of the major political parties and the vast majority of academics, journalists, publishers, undertakers and doormen.
In a few weeks, the legislative elections will complete the reconstituted political situation that resulted from this presidential campaign. It is essential we learn the first urgent lessons.
Workers, public services, local communities, will need MPs that support them, listen to them and help them rebuild.
Ana Belén Montes gave classified information to Cuba for 17 years before her arrest in 2001 for espionage. Pleading guilty, she avoided conviction for treason, which carries the death sentence. She is called “the most dangerous spy you’ve never heard of.”¹ She deserves to be known now.
Her story shows the personal cost of some truths. I don’t mean suffering endured in prison, predictable result of breaking US law. I mean the cost of believing, as US citizen and government employee, truths about US state terror, supported by evidence. The truths are well-known, or at least readily available. But they’re not easily believed, even when known to be true.