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Young hunger strikers go up against regimes in Morocco and Egypt

1 September 2014. A World to Win News Service.


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Lately Kasama Project has had a lot of Toll messages—most likely from right-wingers. So I decided to do an article on such trolling. First, they may be annoying and detracting from what we are doing, but they may also be a sign that we leftist are being watched by the political right in this country.

It’s hard to say whether we should like this or not. Most of the time the right-wing in this country tries to pretend we don’t exist. That seems to work quite well for stopping the average person from finding out who we are. I know our local newspaper—The Wichita Eagle—routinely avoids mention of right-wing or left-wing groups. They seem determined to avoid using our names. A good example of this is Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church- the right-wing anti-gay organization. Even when they cover something the group does they refused to use their name. It seems they don’t want to give them any free publicity.

So maybe the attention we get from trolls is a sign they feel we have enough of a following that they can’t just ignore us.

As Mao (毛泽东) said:

I hold that it is bad as far as we are concerned if a person, a political party, an army or a school is not attacked by the enemy, for in that case it would definitely mean that we have sunk to the level of the enemy. It is good if we are attacked by the enemy, since it proves that we have drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves. It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly black and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work.[1]

I don’t get as many troll messages on my blog; Otto’s War Room. I have received these two messages; the first was a response to an article about the Communist Party of India (Maoist):

Anonymous said...

Naxals sucks and so are those fucking Chinese who baking up them in India. They are motherfucking cowards stoping the growth of India, raping their own women comrades.

And then a comment against abortion:

Lester E. Rees said...

Scott Roeder was a hero! Regardless of the lies you lie-beral communist traitors spew out, Scott Roeder will spend the rest of eternity in Heaven after he dies!!! Praise be to God for compelling Scott Roeder to kill the monster "Doctor" George Tiller!

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The US is beating the war drums over the loss of Iraqi territory to the Islamic State soldiers known as ISIS.

While the real loss is in land, prestige and control of Middle-east holdings by the US Empire, that is not what supporters of a new war are saying.

According to CNS News, Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said ISIS is “one plane ticket away from U.S. shores.” As usual the Republicans are using scare tactics to get the US people ready for a war they are promoting. It may be imperialist real estate and “interests” they want back but they are using fear to promote deeper involvement in the ISIS war.

ISIS "present the greatest threat we've seen since 9/11," said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, according to CNS News.

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It is significant that Cornel West, one of the most significant black intellectuals, who supported Obama in 2008 has now come out against him. West, like millions of others, believed Obama to be a progressive and interested genuine social change. West has seen, and is articulating, the disillusionment felt by millions of people, that Obama was not "hope and change" but just a new enforcer of Empire.


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By ISH, Photos by Jed Brandt

Wednesday evening during rush hour, pro-Palestine activists dropped a stunning, huge banner off the side of the Manhattan bridge. Reading, "Gaza In Our Hearts" and "Boycott Divest Sanction Israel," the massive multi-storey banner was soon taken down by the NYPD. The banner drop was the highlight of a Palestine solidarity march across the neighboring Brooklyn bridge. 1,700 people carrying signs and Palestinian flags filled the walkway of the bridge for two hours after a short rally in downtown Brooklyn. The action was called by an ad hoc group of activists who have been organizing various actions to call out Israel's assault on Gaza, an assault that has now taken well over 2,000 Palestinian lives.

b2ap3_thumbnail_nyc2gaza.jb-4.jpgThe march included Occupy Wall Street veterans, NYC left groups, Palestine-focused groups like Jewish Voice for Peace and Al-Awda the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, and included significant representation from New York's Palestinian community. It was a really beautiful and inspiring event, and the banner drop got a fair amount of publicity on local media, though one local TV station cluelessly headlined the banner's "Cryptic Message."

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