No to the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan!

A new war for the small territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has broken out on 27 September 2020. The armed clashes and bombings on Nagorno-Karabakh and its capital have not stopped. Hundreds of soldiers and civilians have already died in the fighting. And it may lead to a global war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Both sides accuse each other of starting the conflict.

This conflict is very complex and has a long history of territorial disputes in the South Caucasus region. The population of Nagorno-Karabakh (about 150,000) is mostly of Armenian origin and in 1991 it was proclaimed the independent republic of Artsaj, with military support from Armenia and Russia. Since then, the conflict has been present and unresolved.

It should be borne in mind that the conflict between Armenia (2,900,000 inhabitants, Armenian-Christian majority) and Azerbaijan (10,000,000 inhabitants, Muslim majority) over Nagorno-Karabakh is not limited to Nagorno-Karabakh, but includes other large portions of Azerbaijani territory that were taken by Armenia during the war that ended in 1994.

Nagorno-Karabakh was not a border with Armenia, but was an Armenian enclave surrounded by regions of Azerbaijan. Armenia launched a military action that razed Azerbaijani territory surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. It separated the Azerbaijani Nakhchivan region from Azerbaijan and caused massacres, ethnic cleansing and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Azeris (some 600,000 currently live in Azerbaijan), emptying these territories of their population and transferring the Armenian population.

There’s a flip side to this and is the capitalist regime of Azerbaijan, which has always refused to recognise the right of Nagorno-Karabakh people to decide their own destiny.

We reject this war that will only bring more death, destruction and poverty to its peoples. Meanwhile, the imperialist powers, members of NATO, and the aggressive expansionism of the capitalist regimes of Russia and Turkey use this conflict to advance their projects of domination of the peoples and their wealth for capitalist exploitation.

Where does the conflict come from?

The conflict has its roots in centuries of ethnic rivalries and massacres, which had to do with the formation and dispute of the old capitalist empires (English, French, Ottoman, Russian).

The small region of Nagorno-Karabakh has been populated for centuries, mainly by a population of Armenian language and Christian culture.

When the Soviet Union was formed by the socialist revolution of 1917, expropriated landowners and capitalists, there was over a decade of peaceful coexistence between different historical nationalities in the Caucasus. After Lenin’s death and with the emergence of the counter-revolutionary bureaucratic caste led by Stalin, wounds were opened again. Stalin, in the 1930s, ceded this small territory to Azerbaijan, to divide and control the peoples for the benefit of the Kremlin bureaucracy.

When the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991 and capitalism was restored, the old division of the peoples, which is now directly subordinated to the interests of the different capitalist and imperialist sectors for the control of territories and wealth, was strongly revived. Thus, both Armenia and Azerbaijan became capitalist countries.

In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh declared its independence. And a war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, supported by Russia, started. In 1994, the war ended with a ceasefire, but without an agreement. Nagorno-Karabakh becomes precariously independent; no country in the world recognises this independence. Since then, there have been repeated incidents and armed clashes.

The new armed conflict and the danger of a new fratricidal war

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has always been used by the Azerbaijani and Armenian regimes to divert the attention of their peoples from the political and social crisis in their countries. Raising the flag of “national” unity. Amid the new acute capitalist crisis, the regimes of Azerbaijan and Armenia are being questioned by their peoples.

Azerbaijan regime, led by the Islamic Ilham Aliyev, his father’s successor, has been ruling for almost 20 years. It is being questioned for its repression and social crisis. The fall in oil prices affected it. The country is an exporter of oil and gas. It has special agreements with Turkey, which buys its hydrocarbons. Among the main investors are British, Russian and Turkish companies. Aliyev has declared that he will not stop until he recovers Nagorno-Karabakh. He counts on the clear political and military support of the Turkish regime of Erdogan, who openly declared that “the struggle will continue until Karabakh is liberated from the occupation” (Clarin, Argentina, 3 October 2020). The USA’s underhanded intervention in the conflict may be behind Israel’s role that has been selling modern weapons to Azerbaijan for a long time. Aliyev bought a lot of modern weapons from Israel.

The current Armenian government came to power after the popular insurrection of 2018 that ended up removing the previous government and forcing new elections. Armenia is a big producer and exporter of copper and privatised all its former state enterprises.

Although Armenia has always had the support of Putin and Russia, the new government has sought closer relations with the European Union and NATO. Therefore, Russia is giving lukewarm support to Armenia and does not want to break its ties completely with Azerbaijan. And France and the EU are seeking to support Armenia in a new negotiation. The French imperialism, where there is a big Armenian community, with its capitalist sector, has special economic and political links with Armenia.


Not to the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan

With this war, the working class and the peoples of the region can gain nothing but only be more submitted to the multinationals.

The UN talks about “peace” but lets the confrontations or the tricky “peace” with the military occupation of territories go by, in order to leave the field free for the imperialist multinationals to exploit the workers, falsely divided by national hatreds.

There will only be real peace and fair coexistence between the peoples if they end with the capitalist-imperialist system and its capitalist governments, and the multinationals that impose their interests today are expelled. Only true socialism, not the false socialism that governed the former USSR, would allow the overcoming of national borders and the peoples to live together in harmony, respecting their nationalities and cultures, planning their economies for the benefit of the working class and the popular sectors of the Caucasus region.

In this background perspective, it is urgent today to stop this war between peoples used as pawns of capitalist-imperialist interests and Turkey and Russia regimes.

From the IWU-FI, we call upon all political, trade union and student organisations that claim to be democratic and anti-imperialist in the world to speak out against the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Out with the political and military interference of the imperialist countries (EU and USA) in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Out with the aggressive expansionism of Russia and Turkey capitalist regimes in the region.

Stop the massacres of the civil population.

For the self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh people. End of occupation by Armenia of the Azerbaijani territories and the full right of the population to return to its territory.

Not to the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan!

International Workers’ Unity-Fourth International (IWU-FI)
8 October 2020

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No a la guerra entre Azerbaiyán y Armenia por Nargorno Karabaj

No a la guerra entre Azerbaiyán y Armenia por Nargorno Karabaj! ¡Fuera la injerencia de los países imperialistas (la UE y EE.UU.) y de Turquía y Rusia en la región!

Una nueva guerra por el pequeño territorio de Nagorno-Karabaj ha estallado 27 de septiembre de 2020. Los combates armados y los bombardeos sobre Nagorno-Karabaj y su capital, no han cesado. Cientos de soldados y civiles ya han muerto en los enfrentamientos. Y puede terminar en una guerra global entre Azerbaiyán y Armenia. Las dos partes se acusan mutuamente de iniciar el conflicto.

Este conflicto es muy complejo y tiene una larga historia de disputas territoriales en la región del Cáucaso sur. La población de Nagorno Karabaj (unos 150.000 habitantes) es mayoritariamente de origen armenio y, en 1991, se proclama república independiente de Artsaj, con apoyo militar de Armenia y Rusia. Desde entonces el conflicto ha estado presente y sin solución.

Hay que tener en cuenta que el conflicto entre Armenia (2.900.000 de habitantes, mayoría armenia -cristiana) y Azerbaiyán (10.000.000 de habitantes, mayoría musulmana) por el Nagorno-Karabaj, no se limita al Nagorno-Karabaj, sino que incluye otras grandes porciones de territorio de Azerbaiyán que fueron arrebatadas por Armenia durante la guerra que culminó en 1994.

Nagorno-Karabaj no era frontera con Armenia, sino que era un enclave armenio rodeado por regiones de Azerbaiyán. Armenia lanzó una acción militar que arrasó el territorio azerbaiyano que rodeaba el Nagorno-Karabaj. Separando la región de Nahchevan azerí de Azerbaiyán y provocando matanzas, limpiezas étnicas y el éxodo de cientos de miles de azeríes (unos 600.000 viven actualmente en Azerbaiyán) y vaciando de población esos territorios y trasladando población armenia.

La otra cara de la moneda es el régimen capitalista de Azerbaiyán que se ha negado siempre a reconocer el derecho del pueblo de Nagorno-Karajab a decidir su destino propio.

Rechazamos esta guerra que solo traerá más muertes, destrucción y miseria para sus pueblos. Mientras tanto las potencias imperialistas, miembros de la OTAN, y el expansionismo agresivo de los regímenes capitalistas de Rusia y Turquía, usan este conflicto para avanzar en sus proyectos de dominio de los pueblos y de sus riquezas para la explotación capitalista.


¿De dónde viene el conflicto?

El conflicto tiene su raíz en siglos de rivalidades y masacres étnicas, que tuvieron que ver con la formación y disputa de los viejos imperios capitalistas (inglés, francés, otomano, ruso).

La pequeña región de Nagorno Karabaj es una región poblada desde hace siglos mayoritariamente por una población de lengua armenia y cultura cristiana.

Cuando surgió la Unión Soviética por la revolución socialista de 1917, se expropió a terratenientes y capitalistas hubo más de una década de convivencia pacífica entre distintas nacionalidades históricas del Cáucaso. Luego de la muerte de Lenin y con el surgimiento de la casta burocrática contrarrevolucionaria encabezada por Stalin, se volvieron a abrir heridas. Stalin, en los años 30, cedió ese pequeño territorio a Azerbaiyán, para dividir y controlar a los pueblos en beneficio de la burocracia del Kremlin.

Al disolverse la Unión Soviética, en 1991, y restaurarse el capitalismo, resurgió con fuerza la antigua división de los pueblos, ahora subordinada directamente a los intereses de distintos sectores capitalistas e imperialistas por control de territorios y riquezas. Así tanto Armenia como Azerbaiyán se convierten en países capitalistas.

En 1991, Nagorno-Karabaj se declara independiente. Y se desata una guerra entre Azerbaiyán y Armenia, apoyada por Rusia. En 1994 termina la guerra con un alto el fuego, pero sin acuerdo. Nagorno Karabaj se independiza precariamente, ningún país del mundo reconoce esa independencia. Desde entonces se reiteran los incidentes y choques armados.


El nuevo conflicto armado y el peligro de una nueva guerra fraticida

El conflicto de Nagorno-Karabaj siempre ha sido utilizado por los regímenes de Azerbaiyán y Armenia para desviar la atención de sus pueblos frente a la crisis política y social de sus países. Levantado la bandera de la unidad “nacional”. En medio de la nueva crisis aguda capitalista, los regímenes de Azerbaiyán y Armenia sufren cuestionamientos de sus pueblos.

El régimen de Azerbaiyán, encabezado por el islámico Ilham Aliyev, sucesor de su padre, gobierna desde hace casi 20 años. Enfrenta cuestionamientos por su represión y por la crisis social. La caída de los precios del petróleo lo afectó. El país es exportador de petróleo y gas. Tiene acuerdos especiales con Turquía, que compra sus hidrocarburos. Entre los principales inversores están las empresas británicas, rusas y turcas. Alivev ha declarado que no se detendrá hasta recuperar Nagorno-Karabaj. Cuenta con el claro el apoyo político y militar del régimen turco de Erdogan. Quien declaró abiertamente que “la lucha continuará hasta que Karabaj sea liberado de la ocupación” (Clarín, Argentina, 3/10/2020). La intervención solapada de Estados Unidos, en el conflicto, puede estar detrás del rol de Israel que lleva tiempo vendiendo armamento moderno a Azerbaiyán compró gran cantidad de armas modernas a Israel.

Por otro lado, el actual gobierno armenio llegó al poder a partir de la insurrección popular de 2018 que terminó sacando al anterior gobierno y obligando a realizar nuevas elecciones. Armenia es gran productor y exportador de cobre y privatizó todas sus antiguas empresas estatales.

Si bien Armenia ha contado siempre con el respaldo de Putin y Rusia, el nuevo gobierno a buscado tener relaciones más cercanas con la Unión Europea (UE) y la OTAN. Por eso Rusia está dando un tibio apoyo a Armenia y no quiere romper totalmente sus vínculos con Azerbaiyán. Y a su vez Francia y la UE busca apoyar a Armenia en una nueva negociación. El imperialismo francés, donde hay una gran comunidad armenia, con su sector capitalista, tiene con Armenia vínculos especiales económicos y políticos.


No a la guerra entre Armenia y Azerbaiyán

Con esta guerra la clase trabajadora y los pueblos de la región nada pueden ganar, sino sólo ser más sometidos a las multinacionales

La ONU habla de “paz” pero deja correr los enfrentamientos o la “paz” tramposa con ocupación militar de territorios, para dejar el campo libre a las multinacionales imperialistas para explotar a las y los trabajadores, falsamente divididos por odios nacionales.

Solo habrá una verdadera paz y convivencia justa entre los pueblos si se termina con el sistema capitalista-imperialista y sus gobiernos capitalistas, y se expulsa a las multinacionales que hoy imponen sus intereses. Solo un verdadero socialismo, no el falso socialismo que gobernó la ex URSS, permitiría superar las fronteras nacionales y que los pueblos convivan en armonía, respetando sus nacionalidades y culturas, planificando sus economías en beneficio de la clase trabajadora y los sectores populares de la región del Cáucaso.

En esta perspectiva de fondo, hoy es urgente detener esta guerra entre pueblos manejados como peones de intereses capitalistas imperialistas y de los regímenes de Turquía y Rusia.

Desde la UIT-CI llamamos a todas las organizaciones políticas, sindicales o estudiantiles que se reclaman democráticas y antiimperialistas del mundo, a pronunciarse contra la guerra entre Azerbaiyán y Armenia.


Fuera la injerencia política y militar de los países imperialistas (la UE y EE.UU.) en el conflicto de Nagorno- Karabaj.

Fuera el expansionismo agresivo de los regímenes capitalistas de Rusia y Turquía en la región.

Alto a las masacres de la población civil.

Por el respeto a la autodeterminación del pueblo de Nagorno Karabaj. Desocupación por parte de Armenia de los territorios azerbaiyanos y derecho pleno de la población a volver a su territorio.

¡No a la guerra entre Armenia y Azerbaiyán!


Unidad Internacional de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI)
8 de octubre de 2020.

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R.Dominicana:Ante un nuevo aniversario de la Masacre del Perejil

Movimiento Socialista de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores

Entre finales de septiembre y mediados de octubre de 1937 se llevó a cabo la peor masacre racista del siglo XX en la región, la campaña trujillista de limpieza étnica contra la comunidad haitiana y dominicana de ascendencia haitiana en la zona fronteriza de República Dominicana con Haití.

Si bien no existen cifras precisas de la cantidad de personas asesinadas, debido a la política de ocultamiento del Estado dominicano, se trató de una matanza en la que participaron hordas de militares, policías y civiles, algunos de ellos liberados de las cárceles para integrarse a bandas paramilitares. Miles de cadáveres fueron arrojados al mar o enterrados en fosas comunes. El propio Joaquín Balaguer, canciller de la dictadura para el momento de la masacre, estima que 17 mil personas fueron asesinadas. Hay registros de que se siguieron realizando ejecuciones de personas haitianas hasta mediados de 1938.

El Estado dominicano llegó a un acuerdo, tutelado por el gobierno yanqui, en virtud del cual pagó una simbólica indemnización de 550 mil dólares al Estado haitiano, el equivalente aproximado de 9 millones de dólares actuales. Sin embargo, el Estado dominicano nunca ha asumido plenamente su responsabilidad y la masacre no es conmemorada oficialmente.

Entre los antecedentes de la barbarie desatada por la dictadura proyanqui y anticomunista de Trujillo están la firma de un tratado binacional de delimitación de fronteras, criticado por sectores de la propia derecha que lo consideraron una cesión territorial. También se realizó una campaña masiva de deportaciones de inmigrantes haitianos por parte del régimen y se implementaron programas racistas de promoción de la inmigración de europeos para “blanquear” la zona fronteriza. Todo ello en el marco de la promoción por parte de la burguesía de una ideología filohispánica y antihaitiana desde el siglo XIX.

Trujillo pronunció un discurso el 2 de octubre en Dajabón en el que dio a la masacre en curso una connotación de venganza por supuestos robos de ganado a propietarios dominicanos. También se asume en documentos oficiales de la dictadura la doctrina fascistoide de la “invasión pacífica”, teoría conspirativa según la cual los inmigrantes haitianos estarían realizando una invasión secretamente concertada. Intelectuales que apoyaban a la dictadura fueron directamente apologistas de la masacre, como el racista Peña Batlle, con argumentos de “purificación racial”.

Actualmente dirigentes de los principales partidos políticos del sistema, y no solo de la extrema derecha, siguen usando el discurso de la “invasión pacífica” para hacer apología de medidas como la privación de la nacionalidad a miles de personas dominicanas de ascendencia haitiana, para exigir o justificar deportaciones masivas y violaciones de derechos humanos, así como la violación de los derechos laborales de los trabajadores inmigrantes haitianos.

Tanto por la dimensión del genocidio trujillista contra personas haitianas y dominicanas de ascendencia haitiana, como por la permanencia de políticas de Estado y discursos racistas y xenófobos, es un reclamo democrático elemental la conmemoración oficial de la Masacre del Perejil, también conocida como El Corte.

Muchos elementos de la ideología racista y el discurso que alimentaron la campaña genocida siguen siendo empleados por políticos de la derecha y autoridades del gobierno dominicano hasta el día de hoy. Actualmente los linchamientos contra personas haitianas quedan casi siempre en la impunidad, lo cual demuestra que el compromiso de los sucesivos gobiernos con el racismo y la xenofobia sigue intacto. Se sigue estigmatizando a la inmigración haitiana como un lastre para los servicios públicos o la asistencia social del Estado en los grandes medios de comunicación. Cíclicamente hay operativos violentos y arbitrarios de deportaciones, la extorsión y el robo por parte de los cuerpos represivos contra los inmigrantes son permanentes. Ante cada coyuntura de dificultades políticas o económicas, se recurre al cuco de la inmigración haitiana para distraer al pueblo dominicano, arengando el odio racista y xenófobo. Con esa ideología, la clase dominante pretende intoxicar al pueblo para que no reconozca a sus verdaderos opresores y a quienes lo explotan y roban todos los días, los capitalistas y sus gobiernos. Por eso es tan importante hoy rescatar la memoria histórica y destruir los residuos trujillistas.

Es un error desvincular la lucha antirracista que libran las personas dominicanas, de ascendencia haitiana o no, de la lucha antirracista de las personas inmigrantes haitianas, y sus respectivas organizaciones. Más allá de las formas específicas en las que el racismo oficial afecta a distintos sectores, la lucha antirracista debe ser una sola, fraccionarla es debilitarla. La masacre de 1937 fue un crimen en contra de la comunidad inmigrante haitiana, la comunidad dominicana de ascendencia haitiana, y también contra disidentes políticos y personas que se opusieron a la campaña genocida. El régimen empleó la masacre para aterrorizar al conjunto del pueblo dominicano. Hoy debemos confluir unitariamente en la lucha contra el racismo todas las personas dominicanas e inmigrantes que defendemos la dignidad y los derechos humanos. La exigencia de que se conmemore oficialmente la masacre de 1937 es parte de esa lucha.

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Global climate action day on 25 September! Stop the catastrophe caused by capitalism!

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In September 2019, one year ago, there were demonstrations in over 3,000 cities in 150 countries, millions of people demanding effective action against climate change. One of the largest was in New York, where the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched at the head of the demonstration, now a world symbol of youthful indignation at the lack of action by governments and the futility of the “summits” of imperialism (G8, G20) to take effective measures to stop the rise in the temperature of the planet.

The international environmentalist group Fridays for Future called for a global day of action for the climate on 25 September, the first of the year. In its call, it says: “The coming months and years will be crucial (…) If we want to minimize the risk of triggering an irreversible chain of reactions beyond human control, we need to act now. Therefore, the climate crisis mustn’t be forgotten in the shadow of the coronavirus, but to be considered a top priority instead”.

This new world day of 2020 is convened with the COVID 19 pandemic still in progress. At a time when the hurricanes in the Caribbean, with unprecedented force, and the fires of gigantic areas in California and the Amazon, show us the disastrous effects of climate change.

These disasters, in addition to COVID 19 itself, are a direct result of the decline of capitalism. A system of exploitation that measures neither environmental consequences nor human catastrophes, when it comes to maintaining or multiplying its profits. The growth of social inequality, overcrowding, the collapse of the world’s state public health systems and environmental destruction are the breeding ground for the emergence and development of old and new diseases.

The destruction of forests, as well as capitalist agro-industry, as in the case of the Chinese dictatorship and industrial pig production without health controls, together with global warming, are exposing us to new pandemics. This was even foreseen by a report to the UN by 250 scientists that was completed early last year. But the UN, as a body of imperialism, only makes “reports” while letting the USA, China and the big capitalist powers continue, with their multinationals, destroying the environment.

The current world economic crisis and a recession of 6 to 8 per cent worldwide, far from alleviating the problem of environmental pollution and depredation, as some environmentalists had predicted, is aggravating them. The capitalist governments, from the United States to China, passing through the semi-colonial countries, give carte blanche to the multinationals so that they can maintain profits, and for that they allow them to violate the insufficient environmental regulations that the States have. A very clear catastrophic example is that of the fires in the Amazon, in Brazil and Bolivia, caused both by global warming and by landowners who intentionally set fires and who are protected by governments to extend the “agricultural frontier” of capitalist agro-industry.

From the International Workers’ Unity – Fourth International (IWU-FI) we call for the promotion of the global day of struggle on 25 September, affirming that the capitalist-imperialist system itself is responsible for the climate disaster. That the only possible way out to stop this catastrophe is to fight to end capitalism by imposing governments of the working class and popular sectors, by expropriating the multinationals and the banks without any compensation, protect workers. Governments that begin to build a socialist society where the economy and production of mining, agriculture, fishing and industry are democratically planned to serve the broad working majorities and to care for nature. Socialism or Catastrophe!

From the IWU-FI we call to mobilise on 25 September, in the form that is possible in each country. We do this by supporting the struggles against water, air, land and sea pollution; against the incendiary destruction of forests and indiscriminate logging; against the depredation of nature by the multinationals and their imperialist plundering; for a ban on open-pit mining; for the expropriation of the mining, oil and gas multinationals, of agrochemicals (Monsanto-Bayer and others) and of the capitalist agro-industry that depreciates, poisons and destroys rivers and forests.

International Workers’ Unity – Fourth International (IWU-FI)

18 September 2020

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¡Jornada de acción global por el clima el 25 de septiembre! ¡Alto a la catástrofe causada por el capitalismo!

La agrupación internacional ambientalista Fridays for Future (Viernes por el Futuro) convocó para el 25 de septiembre a un día de acción global por el clima, el primero del año. Señala en su llamado: “Los próximos meses y años serán cruciales (…) Si queremos minimizar el riesgo de disparar una cadena irreversible de reacciones más allá del control humano, necesitamos actuar ahora. Por todo esto, es vital que la crisis climática no quede olvidada a la sombra del coronavirus, sino que se considere la máxima prioridad”.

En septiembre del 2019, hace un año, hubo manifestaciones en más de 3.000 ciudades de 150 países, millones de personas reclamando medidas eficaces contra el cambio climático. Una de las más grandes fue en Nueva York, en cuya cabecera marchaba la activista sueca Greta Thunberg, convertida ya en un símbolo mundial de la indignación juvenil por la falta de acción de los gobiernos y la inutilidad de las “cumbres” del imperialismo (G8, G20) para tomar medidas efectivas para frenar el aumento de la temperatura del planeta.

Esta nueva jornada mundial del 2020 se convoca con la pandemia del COVID 19 aún en curso. En momentos en que los huracanes del Caribe, con una fuerza sin precedentes, y los incendios de gigantescas extensiones en California y la Amazonía, nos muestran los desastrosos efectos del cambio climático.

Estos desastres, que se suman al propio COVID 19, son resultado directo de la decadencia del capitalismo. Un sistema de explotación que no mide consecuencias ambientales ni catástrofes humanas, cuando se trata de mantener o multiplicar sus ganancias. El crecimiento de la desigualdad social, del hacinamiento, el colapso de los sistemas de salud pública estatal del mundo y la destrucción ambiental, son el terreno propicio para el surgimiento y desarrollo de viejas y nuevas enfermedades.

La destrucción de bosques, así como la agroindustria capitalista, como el caso de la dictadura china y la producción industrial de cerdos sin controles sanitarios, junto con el calentamiento global, nos están exponiendo a nuevas pandemias. Esto fue incluso previsto por un informe a la ONU de 250 científicos que culminó a comienzos del año pasado. Pero la ONU, como órgano del imperialismo, solo hace “informes” mientras deja correr que Estados Unidos, China y las grandes potencias capitalistas sigan, con sus multinacionales, destruyendo el ambiente.

La actual crisis económica mundial y una recesión del 6 al 8% mundial, lejos de atenuar el problema de la contaminación y depredación ambiental, como habían pronosticado algunos ambientalistas, los está agravando. Los gobiernos capitalistas, desde Estados Unidos a China, pasando por los países semicoloniales, tienden a dar carta blanca a las multinacionales para que puedan mantener ganancias y, para eso les permiten violar las insuficientes reglamentaciones ambientales que tienen los Estados. Un ejemplo catastrófico muy claro es el de los incendios en la Amazonía, en Brasil y Bolivia, provocados tanto por el calentamiento global como por terratenientes que impulsan los incendios intencionalmente y amparados por los gobiernos para ampliar la “frontera agrícola” de la agroindustria capitalista.

Desde la Unidad Internacional de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores – Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI) llamamos a impulsar la jornada de lucha mundial del 25 de septiembre, afirmando que el responsable del desastre climático es el propio sistema capitalista-imperialista. Que la única salida posible para frenar esta catástrofe es luchar por terminar con el capitalismo imponiendo gobiernos de la clase trabajadora y los sectores populares, expropiando a las multinacionales y a la banca sin ninguna indemnización, protegiendo a trabajadoras y trabajadores. Gobiernos que inicien la construcción de una sociedad socialista en donde se planifique democráticamente la economía y producción minera, agrícola, pesquera e industrial al servicio de las amplias mayorías trabajadoras y al cuidado de la naturaleza. ¡Socialismo o Catástrofe!

Desde la UIT-CI llamamos a movilizar el 25 de septiembre, bajo la modalidad que sea posible en cada país. Lo hacemos apoyando las luchas contra la contaminación del agua, aire, las tierras y el mar; contra la destrucción incendiaria de las selvas y la tala indiscriminada; contra la depredación de la naturaleza por las multinacionales y su saqueo imperialista; por la prohibición de la minería a cielo abierto; por la expropiación de las multinacionales mineras, del petróleo y el gas, de agroquímicos (Monsanto-Bayer y otras) y de la agroindustria capitalista que depreda, envenena y destruye ríos y bosques.

Unidad Internacional de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores – Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI)

18 de septiembre 2020

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Socialist Core in solidarity with Socialist Resurgence comrades

As a response to a right wing attack on Socialist Resurgence on the last week of August, Socialist Core and the International Workers Unity sent a written message of solidarity to our fellow comrades.

On September 4, one of our members in New York City traveled to Stamford, Connecticut to express our unconditional solidarity with revolutionaries at a time when far-right and fascist violence is on the rise in the US and abroad.

The old saying “one for all and all for one” continues to be as relevant as ever during these difficult times that calls for unity to repel fascist and state repression.

Link to the article reporting on the solidarity action with Socialist Resurgence: https://socialistresurgence.org/2020/09/06/a-show-of-solidarity-in-defending-the-right-to-distribute-socialist-literature/

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Nicaragua Free all political prisoners now!

Nicaragua is facing an overwhelming social and economic crisis, in which the struggle for the liberation of political prisoners and the denunciation of the continued harassment of activists and their families is of enormous importance. As of August 5, there were 99 political prisoners, ten of whom have been imprisoned since before the rebellion of 2018.

In spite of the fact that an amnesty was issued in June 2019, reducing the number of political prisoners from around 700 to a hundred, the groups for the defense of political prisoners describe the continuity of the persecution with the metaphor of the “revolving door,” since dozens of people who were released from prison have been victims of new arrests. The amnesty also had a great popular repudiation for being designed to leave in impunity the repressive crimes of orteguismo itself, which killed more than 400 people in the repression against the rebellion of 2018. The persecution against all forms of worker, student and popular dissidence has continued with massive expulsions of students from public universities and the carrying out of numerous judicial farces.

Between May 4 and August 4 of this year, there were 63 arrests of dissidents. Of the current political prisoners, 20 are activists who were released and later recaptured. Among the prisoners there are people who have not been formerly charged with any crime or who have been acquitted of the false crimes they have been accused of but are still arbitrarily detained. One of the methods preferred by the orteguista police is to fabricate accusations of drug possession in order to imprison opposition activists and impose long prison sentences. One of the political prisoners, student Kevin Solis, was sentenced to ten years in prison after an Ortega sympathizer accused him of stealing the equivalent of $15. He has been subjected to solitary confinement and torture.

The health of dozens of prisoners has deteriorated as a result of the appalling sanitary conditions in the prisons. More than 40 prisoners have reported having been infected with covid19 . Peasant leader Justo Rodríguez, arrested for protesting on the second anniversary of the 2018 rebellion, suffered a stroke while in confinement at the end of August, and his sister Emerita Rodríguez has also been arrested for denouncing the situation. Police and paramilitary harassment of the families of those detained for political reasons is recurrent.

Several political prisoners and their families denounce that the traditional opposition parties do very little to obtain their freedom. The capitalists and the traditional parties have made numerous agreements with Ortega since he returned to power in 2007, through an electoral Alliance with various members of the former Contra, such as his vice president until 2012, Morales Carazo. We support the attempts of sectors of the Nicaraguan youth and working people to constitute a political alternative to consistently fight for democratic freedoms and against exploitative and plundering capitalism in Nicaragua. We call on the workers’ and popular organizations of Latin America and the world to show solidarity (*) with the demand for freedom for all people imprisoned for political reasons in Nicaragua.

International Workers’ Unity-Fourth International (IWU-FI)
September 2, 2020
www.uit-ci.org

(*) P.S.: We are currently promoting gathering signatures for this campaign

Petition

We, activists and members of political, trade union, peasant, women’s, student and popular organizations, demand that the government of Nicaragua immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners.

Send signatures to the following email:

uitcuartainternacional@gmail.com

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Nicaragua ¡Libertad a todos los presos políticos ya!

Nicaragua enfrenta una agobiante crisis social y económica, en cuyo marco la lucha por la liberación de los presos políticos y la denuncia del continuo hostigamiento a los luchadores sociales y sus familiares es de enorme importancia. Al 5 de agosto se contabilizaban 99 presos políticos, de los cuales diez se encuentran encarcelados desde antes de la rebelión de 2018.

A pesar de que en junio de 2019 se emitió una amnistía, que redujo el número de presos políticos de alrededor de 700 a un centenar, las agrupaciones de defensa de los presos políticos describen la continuidad de la persecución con la metáfora de la “puerta giratoria”, ya que decenas de personas excarceladas han sido víctimas de nuevas detenciones. La amnistía también tuvo un gran repudio popular por estar diseñada para dejar en la impunidad los crímenes represivos del propio orteguismo, que asesinó a más de 400 personas en la represión contra la rebelión de 2018. La persecución contra toda forma de disidencia obrera, estudiantil y popular ha continuado con expulsiones masivas de estudiantes en las universidades públicas y la realización de numerosos montajes judiciales.

Entre el 4 de mayo y el 4 de agosto del año en curso hubo 63 detenciones de disidentes. De los 99 presos políticos actuales, 20 son activistas que fueron liberados y luego recapturados. Entre los presos hay personas que no han sido acusadas o que han sido absueltas de los falsos crímenes imputados, pero se les retiene arbitrariamente. Uno de los métodos preferidos por los policías orteguistas es fabricar acusaciones de posesión de drogas para encarcelar a activistas opositores y luchadores sociales e imponer largas condenas de prisión. Uno de los presos políticos, el estudiante Kevin Solís, fue condenado a diez años de prisión luego de que un simpatizante de Ortega le acusara de haberle robado el equivalente a 15 dólares. Ha sido sometido a confinamiento solitario y a torturas.

La salud de decenas de presos se ha deteriorado como consecuencia de las pésimas condiciones sanitarias de las cárceles. Más de 40 presos han denunciado haberse contagiado de covid19. El dirigente campesino Justo Rodríguez, detenido por protestar en el segundo aniversario de la rebelión de 2018, sufrió un accidente cerebrovascular estando confinado a fines de agosto, y su hermana Emérita Rodríguez también ha sido detenida al denunciar la situación. Es recurrente el hostigamiento policial y paramilitar contra las familias de las personas detenidas por razones políticas.

Varios presos políticos y sus familiares denuncian que los partidos de la oposición tradicional hacen muy poco por lograr su libertad. El empresariado y los partidos tradicionales han pactado en numerosas ocasiones con Ortega desde que volvió al poder en 2007, de la mano de varios miembros de la antigua Contra, como su vicepresidente hasta 2012, Morales Carazo. Apoyamos los intentos de sectores de la juventud y el pueblo trabajador nicaragüense de constituir una alternativa política para luchar consecuentemente por las libertades democráticas y contra el capitalismo explotador y saqueador en Nicaragua. Llamamos a las organizaciones obreras y populares latinoamericanas y del mundo a solidarizarse (*) con la exigencia de libertad para todas las personas presas por razones políticas en Nicaragua.

Unidad Internacional de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores-Cuarta Internacional (UIT-CI)
2 de septiembre de 2020
www.uit-ci.org

(*) PD: Acompañamos petitorio para sumar firmas a esta campaña

Petitorio

Nosotros y nosotras, activistas e integrantes de organizaciones políticas, sindicales, campesinas, de mujeres, estudiantiles y populares, exigimos al gobierno de Nicaragua la inmediata e incondicional liberación de todas las presas y los presos políticos.

Firmas Enviar a: uitcuartainternacional@gmail.commailto:uitcuartainternacional@gmail.com

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Black Lives Matter: Justice for George Floyd!

Statement on the killing of George Floyd by a racist cop

Photo: Offices of Ben Crump Law via The New York Times

Black people in the United States suffer racist violence at an alarming rate at the hands of the police. The lynching of George Floyd by a white cop in the state of Minnesota is the latest example of what African-Americans endure on a daily basis in public spaces, at work and in schools. A videotape of his senseless death went viral, sparking outrage, anger and rage.

Minnesota is now on fire. In fact, protesters set a police precinct in fire during the first night of the anti-police uprising, and all throughout the Unites States protesters are targeting other symbols of power and repression. What we are witnessing now are some of the biggest riots since the 1990s when a group of sadistic and racist white cops brutalized Rodney King in the streets of Los Angeles. The anti-police brutality uprising in Minnesota also comes in the aftermath of massive protests in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore during the Obama administration.

The riots, led by a multiracial and rebellious youth, are spreading like wildfire all across the US, sending a strong message against the white supremacist system that sustains racial discrimination, racist police violence and poverty. The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow racism is still intact, and in recent years, the right wing presidency of President Donald Trump reinforced this divisive legacy by spreading racism and xenophobia.

The Minnesota uprising is taking place at a time when the most recalcitrant sector of the American ruling class is in power while the capitalist system is facing an acute crisis due to the worldwide pandemic. Trump is a neo-fascist whose words and deeds have emboldened the growing network of armed white supremacist fascist militias in the country. Meanwhile, the so-called opposition party, the Democratic Party, has also strengthened of state repression by funding police departments which both the Republican and Democratic parties, the two parties of capitalism, depend on to protect private property, maintain the status quo and safeguard the profits of their rich donors.

To uproot racism and the racist violence that permeate every aspect of American life, we must combat racism and white supremacy whenever it rears its ugly head. As socialists and revolutionaries, we believe that Black liberation in the United States is central to the fight for a different world free of capitalist exploitation and oppression of any kind.

We salute the protests in Minnesota and other states and express our solidarity with Black people in America and other oppressed communities here and abroad. If we want to defeat Trump and its ilk and everything that they represent; combat racist violence and win justice for all victims of police brutality and ultimately, transform the system of oppression and exploitation that we live under, we must organize our side. To that end, we call on student organizations, labor unions, LGBT, feminist and immigrant rights organizations, artists and writers and grassroots community groups to unite and give a political direction to the riots and the rising collective anger so we will be prepared for the fire next time.

Justice for George Floyd and all victims of police brutality! Black Lives Matter! Black, White and Brown workers unite! Down with White Supremacy, the police and Fascism!

Socialist Core, June 1, 2020

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Anti-racist uprising in America! Justice for George Floyd!

Statement by the International Workers’ Unity-Fourth International

On a racist police officer smothered 25 May, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American worker, on a public street in Minneapolis, while other officers held off a group of people trying to stop the attack. Several videos of the arrest showed that he was not armed and did not resist the arbitrary and racist arrest. After they handcuffed him, racist henchmen threw him to the ground and police officer Derek Chauvin choked him for ten minutes, pressing Floyd’s neck onto the asphalt with his knee, even after he lost consciousness. Passers-by filmed the crime and filled millions around the world with outrage. Thousands of protesters echoed the cry of “I can’t breathe” over the next few days.

Large demonstrations have erupted across the country with the slogan “No justice, no peace”, recalling the anti-racist uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore in 2014 and 2015. In defiance of repression and the pandemic, crowds have taken to the streets of Minneapolis first and then to many of the nation’s major cities. Protesters surrounded the home of the murderer Chauvin until the National Guard attacked them. The police facility to which Floyd’s killers were allegedly assigned was set on fire on Thursday. There was also extensive looting.

Beyond the role of police provocateurs in some actions, the attack on the symbols of repression has generated a great impact, and the mobilisation has spread to the rest of the country. In Louisville, where young Breonna Taylor was recently killed by racist cops, there have been large protests and seven reported gunshot wounds in the repression. There has been a pattern of attacks on the press by the police, with arrests like that of Black journalist Omar Jimenez of CNN in Minneapolis, and shots at cameramen and other attacks in several cities.

On Friday 29th, hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the White House, where Trump was staying, defying the curfew. Banners with slogans like “An Eye for an Eye” reflected the radicalised spirit of the fighting youth in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Oakland, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, San Jose and Memphis. In the small Mississippi town of Petal, the mayor spoke out to support Floyd’s murder, and hundreds of people rallied around his resignation. There are workers’ resistance to the repression: In Minneapolis, bus drivers used to transport the rioters refused to do so, and the same thing happened in Brooklyn. It is important to demand that the unions take action on a national level in solidarity with the anti-racist struggle. If the bureaucrats refuse, they must be swept away.


Right-wing Trump calls for shooting protesters

Trump’s first reaction was cautious, sympathising with Floyd’s family and assuring them that a federal investigation would provide justice. But as the people’s struggle grew, his fascist convictions came to the fore. In the early morning hours of 29 May, he tweeted that protesters were “thugs,” threatened militarisation to impose “order,” and even quoted a phrase from Miami’s racist police chief Walter Headley, who in 1967 said that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a clear incitement to use military and paramilitary violence against the protests.

The president not only gives the green light to the brutal methods of the repressive forces, he also signals the neo-Nazi paramilitary and white supremacist groups. Already an unknown attacker has shot and wounded a protester in Minnesota and there has been at least one hit in Denver. The contrast between the repressive forces’ treatment of violently attacked anti-racist demonstrations, and the protection afforded to armed mobilisations by extreme right-wing racist groups, which have taken over government buildings protesting against social distancing measures in the pandemic’s context, is striking.

Trump’s message of incitement to shootings has been criticised by some Democrats and the social network Twitter has partially reduced its visibility, a sanction that irritated the racist president, who has already taken legal initiatives to regulate the networks. But one factor preventing a deepening crisis in the ruling class is the role of the Democrats in serving repression and order.


The Democrats, the liberal component of the party of order

Minnesota’s Democratic governor declared an emergency to allow the deployment of the National Guard, and by Thursday night, they had deployed 500 military personnel. Trump lashed out at the Democrats, whom he accuses of being “leftist radicals” and threatened to further militarise the state. The mayor of Minneapolis, also a Democrat, also called for the deployment of the National Guard. Overwhelmed by the mobilisation, they have enforced a curfew, with little or no effectiveness.

Former President Obama has called for an investigation but refused to call Floyd’s death a murder. He concluded his message by congratulating “most of the men and women” in the police force who “take pride in doing their hard work properly. He was scrupulously careful not to use the word “racism” and he praised the repressors. Former Social Democratic pre-candidate Sanders did criticise systematic racism and police violence against Black people and demanded the arrest of all the cops involved in the murder. He demanded that all future deaths in police custody be investigated and criticised Trump for inciting the police to carry out shootings. But it did not call for mobilisation, nor did it show solidarity with the ongoing ones.

The virtual Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, issued an extensive statement criticising racism and calling for calm, without using the word murder. Amy Klobuchar looked like a likely running mate of Biden’s, but she has been unmasked by the crisis. African-American communities already repudiated her for her complicity with racist police in Minnesota during her years as a prosecutor. After Floyd’s murder, her role in covering up police brutality in Minneapolis has been widely publicised.

The governor of New York, Democrat Cuomo, who has been antagonising Trump over the response to the pandemic, has said he supports the protesters while condemning “the fires and robberies”. This is pure demagoguery and double talk. The police in his state, who are as racist as the others, have taken it upon themselves to suppress the protests with the same violence.


The US: A Racist State

This heinous crime brings back into focus the racist character of the regime of the world’s largest capitalist and imperialist power, and its very limited bourgeois democracy. The U.S. rose as a power based on hundreds of years of slavery and maintained apartheid-like laws of racist segregation until the 1960s. Several states apply policies designed to deny the right to vote to the black population. Until 2000, interracial marriage was illegal in the state of Alabama. One third of black children live in poverty, and the per capita income of blacks is ten times less than that of whites. Twenty-seven percent of Black people live below the poverty line. Unemployment, at over 10 percent among Black people, is more than twice as high as among whites. A 2017 study showed that a third of the over two million prisoners in the U.S. are Black. There are proportionally six times as many Black prisoners as white prisoners and twice as many Latino prisoners. A low-income Black man is over 50 percent more likely to be incarcerated in his life. Convictions for drug use are six times more frequent against Blacks than whites, although the rate of use is the same in both groups. In 2016 the murder rate at the hands of the repressive bodies was 10.13 per million among the indigenous population, 6.6 per million among blacks, 3.23 among Latinos, 2.9 among whites.

Racist groups like the KKK carried out thousands of lynching against Black people between the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. In the post-war period, they applied policies of state terrorism with racist criteria. The FBI’s Cointelpro programme had as its priority the destruction of organisations of the indigenous movement and black communities, through infiltration, criminalisation and physical elimination. Traitors from the movement murdered the anti-racist fighter Malcolm X in the service of the FBI. The oldest political prisoner in the country is the indigenous Sioux leader Leonard Peltier, imprisoned for 44 years. One of the most impressive displays of racist violence was on 13 May 1985 bombing of a Black neighbourhood by Philadelphia police. Sixty homes were destroyed, and they killed eleven people. The attack, with warlike characteristics, was directed against the Black organisation MOVE.

Racist police violence under the cover of impunity. The racist paramilitaries who recently murdered Amaud Arbery in Georgia were only charged because they filmed the murder and the denunciation became widespread. No police were charged with the recent murder of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. When Eric Garner was strangled in 2014 by racist cops in New York City, not one cop was prosecuted, nor for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson the same year.

Racist cop Chauvin, Floyd’s killer, was arrested after three days of intense nationwide protests. It was so exceptional, wiped out by popular mobilisation, that prosecutors claimed it was the quickest charge ever brought against a cop. But it is an exception that confirms the rule: he is only charged with third degree murder, i.e. “unintentional”. Meanwhile, the bourgeois media refrain from using the word “murder”.


International anti-racist solidarity!

Racism is a scourge inherent in capitalism, from its very birth. The slave trade was one mechanism of the original accumulation. The ideology of pseudo-biological racial differentiation arises in this process of genocide and slave exploitation. Within the framework of capitalist relations of exploitation, racist hatred is advocated by the bourgeoisies to divide the working class and perpetuate the super-exploitation of the most marginalised and oppressed sectors, blacks, indigenous people and immigrants.

The Covid pandemic19 has shown that the destructive effects of capitalism have a global dimension and hence the need for a global fighting response from the working class. The anti-racist uprising in the U.S. deserves the solidarity of the world’s revolutionaries. Along with the protests in Chile, Lebanon and Iraq, it is part of the revival of the class struggle after the impact of the pandemic. In the U.S., structural racism has also been reflected because Black and Latino populations have been punished much more harshly in proportion. This has contributed to the widespread situation of discontent that has been overtaken by the vicious racist murder of George Floyd.

Let us call on the leaders of the U.S. unions to break their complicity with the repressive Trump government and call strikes to bend the arm of the racists. Let the public employee unions refuse to defend police who repress workers, attack popular communities or commit racist crimes. Let us call on the members of the National Guard to break discipline and not to repress. Let us demand justice for George Floyd, an independent investigation and an exemplary punishment for the murdering police. In the struggle’s heat it is also necessary to build the independent social and political organisations of the left that will give continuity to the struggle until we defeat the Trump government and its reactionary and racist policy in the service of the multinationals and the capitalist-imperialist system.

We call for united acts of protest in front of the U.S. embassies and consulates to express our support to the Black and Latino hardened youth who, from the bowels of the greatest imperialist power, resist racist oppression and increasingly question inequality and capitalist exploitation. Let us take the momentum that the struggle in the U.S. gives to the anti-racist cause to denounce and combat expressions of racist violence and oppression in our own countries.

International Unity of Workers-Fourth International (IWU-FI)

30 May 2020

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