Daily Archives: October 10, 2009

Last Tanks in Oslo


The enemies of peace speak out:

Michael Moore

Alexander Cockburn

Atilio Borón

Craig Murray

Paul Street:

Obama may have sold himself as a “peace” candidate to the nation’s liberal-Democratic primary voters, but he has made sure to repeatedly remind that elite of his basic commitment to the imperial agenda. He will continue the occupation of Iraq for an indefinite period, escalate U.S. assaults on Afghanistan and Pakistan, reflexively defend Israel’s oppression of Palestine, continue the United States’ provocation of Russia, oppose independent and left nationalism in Latin America,  and possibly assault Iran.  All of this and more is clear from his numerous foreign policy statements to date, including his claim that “the Surge” in Iraq has “succeeded beyond our wildest imagination”, his insistence that “all options” (including nuclear attack) are “on the table” when it comes to Iran, his repeated call for increased commitment to George Bush’s “good” and “proper” war on Afghanistan, and his call (last year) for incursions into Pakistan.

Obama has never criticized the brazenly petro-imperialist, mass-murderous Iraq occupation on moral or legal grounds.  He claims that the U.S. invaded out of the “best of [democratic] intentions” and even that we are “spending billions each month re-building Iraq” (he tells voters the U.S. should “stop” that altruistic project and “start re-building America”). A committed “American exceptionalist,” he recently told CNN that the U.S. has done nothing for which it should apologize for in terms of its foreign policy because “we [the U.S.] are a force for good in the world.”

In the summer of 2007, Obama published an article in the establishment Council of Foreign Relations journal foreign Affairs.  In this essay he said, “The American moment is not over, but it must be seized anew.” Obama argued that “we must not rule out using military force” in pursuit of “our vital interests…A strong military,” Obama wrote, “is, more than anything, necessary to sustain peace.” We must “revitalize our military” to foster “peace,” he argued, echoing Orwell, partly by adding 65,000 soldiers to the Army and 27,000 to the Marines.

Obama gave reasons to expect future unilateral and “preemptive” wars and occupations carried out in the name of the “war on terror” by an Obama White House. “We must retain the capacity to swiftly defeat any conventional threat to our country and our vital interests,” Obama pronounced.  “But we must also become better prepared to put boots on the ground.” Reassuring the more militarist segments of the U.S. power elite that he would not be hamstrung by international law and civilized norms when “our vital interests” (translation: other peoples’ oil resources) are “at stake”. Obama added that “I will not hesitate to use force unilaterally, if necessary, to protect the American people or our vital interests…We must consider using military force in circumstances beyond self-defense…to provide for the common security that underpins global stability.” Obama wins accolades from American neoconservatives like Robert Kagan (a leading McCain advisor) for such language.

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Russian Fascist Art on Its Way to London

17th October – 10th December 2009

Kandinsky Prize in London will be complimented by a series of lectures, workshops and events that form part of the ongoing programme at the Louise Blouin Foundation. Leading academics, curators, and critics will deliver talks and lead panel discussions which explore themes related to current affairs in Russia today. 

We sincerely hope these “leading academics, curators, and critics” will discuss this:

An Open Letter on the 2008 Kandinsky Prize

Kandinsky Is Ashamed: Vpered and Chto Delat Picket the Kandinsky Prize

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Resistanbul: Concluding Report

Conclusion report of 1-8 October anti-capitalist resistance days against the IMF and WB summit

report-01 (Medium)We are informed that on 7th of October  while we were sieging  İstanbul from all sides,  the IMF and the World Bank meeting had to be finished in a haste.  So we, as the ungovernable of resistanbul,  gathered here to announce our own riotistanbul decisions against the  so-called Istanbul decisions  of the  governors.

We are announcing our own economic and social program which is both a proposal for a libertarian anti-capitalist way of life that we have already started to create in different sectors of society, as well as a proposal for a way out of global capitalism. Our program consists of a series of resistance and  counter-struggle tactics that can dig down the roots of the capitalist world system that has colonized all parts of our  life.

– Strikes in and occupations of  in all sorts of workplaces against the repression and exploitation of all managers and directors,

– Factory occupations aiming at the self-government of workers,

– Occupation of all sorts of workplaces  and creation of collective solidarity forms so as to create workplaces  without bosses.

– Organization and creation of syndicates and confederations supporting small and local agriculture  and permaculture  against the agricultural monopoly and the ecological destruction.

– Collectivization and occupation of land against the impoverishment of the farmers and forced exile of peasants from the villages and their lands.

– Occupation and resistance movements for the creation of autonomous spaces with autonomous municipalities.

– Occupations of buildings and public spaces against homelessness created by urban gentrification and creation of communal living structures in the liberated spaces.

– Development of alternative and local production systems against the capitalist exploitation of nature based on the imposion of consumption.

– Supporting of any sort of individual and collective migration for the abolishment of borders that create ethnical, national and cultural separations and hostility. Spreading the motto of ‘no border’ so as to emphasize the brother/sisterhood of the humankind and our common struggle against capitalism and the state system.

– Transformation of the education systems by working with student councils for the creation of free education spaces ; occupations of schools and universities against commercialization of education and education systems based on class discrimination.

– Support of all propaganda and art-sabotage against the commercialization of art and culture. Creation of our own free spaces for increasing the expressive art movements of anti-professionals.

– Manifestation of the rising voice of the women’s movement against violence towards women, gender discrimination and gender oppression.

– Creation and organization of a counter-culture that questions the male identity against the gender oppression and dominance of gender identity  of men in collaboration with the feminist movement that will question machismo through individual male identity.

– Spreading the anti-authoritarian cultural values against the family pressure over children and youngsters.

– Resistance against the discrimination, exclusion and violence against lesbian, transvestite, transsexual, bisexual individuals to be able to say we exist with our differences against transphobia and homophobia.

– Mobilization for a global antiwar movement against wars supported by states and capitalists and militarism disciplining every aspects of our lives; abolishment of  any sort of military service  obligatory or paid.

In an age when life is being colonized and controlled by the powers, ways of resistance are being multiplied through the development of imagination, courage and solidarity. For this reason creation of a horizontal network of all different social struggles  and connection of all resistances will be the goal of social movements for the coming years.

Resistanbul Committee of the Ungovernables


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All-English Issue of “Khiaban”


Our Iranian comrades have published an all-English digest version of the underground journal Khiaban (“The Street”). You can download the .pdf of the issue here: XYABAN

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