Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Down With the U.S. Sponsored Neo-Nazi Coup in Kiev! (Liberation News)

The following is a re-print of a Mar. 5th Liberation News article by Steven Argue originally published at Boston Indymedia:

Photo: Rostislav Vasilko, First Secretary of the Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, being beaten. He described from his hospital bed being kidnapped and tortured by neo-Nazis for 12 hours in Mariinsky Park. The fascists stuck needles under his fingernails, beat him severely, bruised him very badly, broke three ribs, and gave him a second degree concussion with a broken skull. They also threatened to kill his wife and children and send his mother to prison. Where were the security forces in a park for twelve hours? Simple, they offer no protection because in Ukraine it is the fascist thugs who run things now.
Down With the U.S. Sponsored Neo-Nazi Coup in Kiev!

For the Rights of Russians and all Other Oppressed Nationalities in Ukraine!

US & EU Imperialist Hands Off Crimea, Ukraine, Belarus, & Russia!

By Steven Argue

On February 22, 2014, a far right movement overthrew the elected government of Ukraine and seized power in Kiev. They did this with major U.S. and European Union sponsorship. Since taking power that movement has abolished the language rights of Hungarian, Romanian, Tatar, and Russian speaking minorities, banned political parties, announced their intention to ban abortion, given neo-Nazis important positions in the new government, and announced their intention to carry out extreme austerity as demanded by the IMF as a condition for membership in the European Union.

In response, the oppressed Russian speaking minority of Crimea have risen up, forming self-defense militias and seized their local government. Many Ukrainian troops have switched sides, turned their weapons over, and pledged their loyalty to the Crimean government as opposed to the U.S. backed coup government in Kiev. Russian President Vladimir Putin estimates the number of Ukrainian troops who have turned over their weapons at 22,000. In other cases, Ukrainian troops are confined to their bases where they are surrounded by armed soldiers.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

The following is shared via Richard Chen with the International Bolshevik Tendency:

"On February 25th, 2014, a United Front rally was held in front of the Korean Consulate in San Francisco in defense of the Korean Rail Workers Union (KRWU).

This is the third demonstration in the last four months. At the last rally (January 17, 2014), the Korean Consulate, working with the US State Department, attempted to disrupt the rally by organizing right-wing Koreans in a counterdemonstration. The right wingers also attempted to disrupt this rally, but this time they were outnumbered and drowned out by union supporters and a contingent of drummers and youth from the Korean and Asian/Pacific Islander communities.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Garment Workers See Renewed Appeal in Strike (Cambodia Daily)

The following is a re-print of a February 17, 2014 article originally published at the Cambodia Daily website:

Thousands of garment workers on strike gather in front of the Ministry of Labour demanding a minimum salary of 160 dollars a month on December 27, 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
(December 26, 2013 - Source: Omar Havana/Getty Images AsiaPac)

By Mech Dara and Alex Willemyns | February 17, 2014

The day military police armed with AK-47s shot dead five striking garment workers on Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Street last month, Keo Pheaktra, then two months pregnant, lay flat on the floor of her small rented room for hours to avoid the flying bullets.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Presentation by NUMSA General Secretary to the Cape Town Press Club

The following is a re-print of a presentation dated 11 February 2014 by NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim to the Cape Town Press Club:

Irvin Jim
11 February 2014

I speak to you today with a powerful and united mandate from 341,150 metalworkers.

They made their views extremely clear in our workers’ parliament in December last year – the parliament we called the Numsa Special National Congress. In that parliament there was vigorous debate. Every delegate knew that they would have to account to their constituency. We are justifiably proud of our democratic heritage.

We know that what we decide has the backing of our members. We don’t have to change decisions after the Congress has spoken, as some do, even though there are those who would urge us to “come to our senses” and take Numsa in another direction from the decisions of that Congress.