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PFLP: Arrests of our leaders will not deter us from continuing resistance

Posted in Ahmad Sa’adat, Alex McGuigan, Anti-Zionism, Armed Struggle, cadre, Gaza, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Imperialism, Internationalism, Palestine, PFLP, PFLP/IRSP Solidarity, Political prisoners, Solidarity, Statements, zionism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: PFLP

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirmed that the Zionist occupation forces launched a pre-dawn campaign of raids across the occupied West Bank of Palestine on Sunday, arresting a number of leaders and activists of the Front, led by the Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar, feminist activist Khitam Saafin and former prisoner Ihab Massoud, as well as a number of activists in al-Khalil. The Front declared that these attacks will not stop it from continuing its role in resistance to occupation and confronting the crimes and projects that attempt to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

The Front emphasized that these arrests only underline the futility of the choices of the Palestinian Authority to continue to bet on settlements, “peace process” and security coordination. It also confirms the correctness of the Front’s position and its continuing struggle to build the resistance and the primary contradiction with the occupation as a major feature of its approach and political positions.

The Front further stated that these arrests have come after the major campaign of incitement launched by the Zionist entity and its prime minister, the war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the resistance factions.

The PFLP urged the Palestinian masses to escalate the popular movement to support the struggle of the brave prisoners in Israeli jails, for Jarrar and Saafin and the prisoner Muhammad Allan, on hunger strike for 25 days.

The Front promised to continue to defend the rights and principles of the Palestinian people. Continued targeting by the occupation only emphasizes the importance of continuing the path to return and liberation.

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
July 2, 2017

US, EU, Backed Ukrainian Nazis

Posted in Imperialism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

IRSP International Department Easter speech 2017

Posted in Anti-Zionism, Belfast, Class Solidarity, Commemoration, Easter Commemoration, Fallen Comrades, Human Rights, Imperialism, INLA, International socialism, Internationalism, Irish National Liberation Army, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSCNA, IRSM, IRSP, Kurdistan, PFLP, Scottish Indepence, Socialism, Solidaity, Statements with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: IRSP NEWS!

Head of the Irish Republican Socialist Party International Department and Ard Comhairle member Sean Carlin delivered a solidarity message to our comrades struggling abroad.

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Comrades

International solidarity is an important aspect of the struggle for socialism in Ireland. Through this work our International department has endeavored to rebuild old friendships and to find new allies as we try to get support for our struggle but also give support and solidarity to others around the world who find themselves fighting against oppression and injustice.

During this Easter we would like to extend solidarity and revolutionary greetings to our comrades in Catalonia as they demand independence from Spain. They have fought a long and hard fight over the decades and if they can achieve victory this it will bode well for their neighbours in the Basque country. ETA has very recently volunarily disarmed in an attempt to further their cause through politically peaceful activities. It’s been reported that the Spanish government has not reacted in a positive manner to this brave move. History has shown that the Spanish will not come easily to a political solution that gives autonomy to either the Basques or the Catalans and we urge our comrades to exercise caution and to stay resolute when dealing with the intransigence of Madrid. Like here, too many sacrifices have been made and too many imprisoned and too many families broken up over a long period of time for these initiatives not to produce positive political results for our comrades in the Basque country.

Given our experience of the pacification process here in Ireland we would caution. We would demand that the Spanish and French Governments recipricate ETA’s initiative and repatriate Basque prisoners from both Spanish and French jails. We know from experience if you oppose the process for any reason you will be subjected to state harrassment

Since the Brexit referendum there is a growing desire from Scotland to once against vote to leave the UK. We look forward to any coming referdom in Scotland were the scots have a chance to become a free nation as we see this as a real opportunity for occupied Ireland.

This year has seen many groups fighting for to implement a better, more sustainable progressive and revolutionary future for their people. Some are simply fighting against oppression from religious fundamentalists and we will continue to offer support to all these goups.

The Kurds, Palestinians, Syrians, Yemenis, the Free Papua Movement  to name but a few as we see the interests of the USA and backed by the worlds capitalists rain their bombs in civilian targets and hospitals inbuilt up areas but never the oil or the gas depots.

Comrades as neo liberal agenda ramps up we must be ready to stand by our comrades

We from this platform must send the messge out loud and clear

You have our support and our solidarity

Saoirse go deo

War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare

Posted in Imperialism, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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“The guerrilla fights the war of the flea, and his military enemy suffers the dog’s disadvantages: too much to defend; too small, ubiquitous, and agile an enemy to come to grips with.” (Robert Taber)

The ‘War of the Flea: The Classic Study Of Guerrilla Warfare’ by Robert Taber arguably surpassess  Carlos Marighella’s ‘Handbook of Urban Guerrilla Warfare”,”On Rural Guerrilla Warfare”,“Guerrilla Tactics and Operations” contained in his book ‘For The Liberation of Brazil’, perhaps the most valued studies in guerrilla struggle.

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‘The War of The Flea’ is timeless and has been utilised as a tactical manual from every group opposing imperialist armies, from the NVA and Vietnamese National Liberation Front (called the ‘Viet Cong’ by the USA).   Robert Taber, quotes Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese commanding general from 1944-1978, on guerillas fighting a conventional Western army, who obviously concurs that:

“The enemy will pass slowly from the offensive to the defensive. The blitzkrieg will transform itself into a war of duration. Thus, the enemy will be caught in a dilemma: He has to drag out the war in order to win it, and does not possess, on the other hand, the psychological and political means to fight a long, drawn-out war.”

 

Taber is an excellent analyst of anti-imperialist struggles and arguably, even more valuable, has an insight into the mindset of the ‘dog’ attacked by the ‘flea’,

“Whether the primary cause of revolution is nationalism, or social justice, or the anticipation of material progress, the decision to fight and to sacrifice is a social and a moral decision. Insurgency is thus a matter not of manipulation but of inspiration.

I am aware that such conclusions are not compatible with the pictures of guerrilla operations and guerrilla motivations drawn by the counterinsurgency theorists who are so much in vogue today. But the counterinsurgency experts have yet to win a war. At this writing, they are certainly losing one.

Their picture is distorted because their premises are false and their observation faulty. They assume–perhaps their commitments require them to assume–that politics is mainly a manipulative science and insurgency mainly a politico-military technique to be countered by some other technique; whereas both are forms of social behavior, the latter being the mode of popular resistance to unpopular governments.”

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Robert Taber’s classic ‘War of the Flea: The Classic Study Of Guerrilla Warfare’ is a must read for all revolutionaries, students of conflict and those interested in the principles of guerrilla war.  Although written in the 1960’s it has yet to be surpassed in content and is still used by peoples’ repressed by imperialist forces globally, from the Hezbollah, The Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine, the Maoist Naxelite Guerrillas in India to FARC and ELN in Columbia, to name but a few….

The War of the Flea is available from all good booksellers, including Amazon, where it can be purchased for as little as just over £7.

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Alex McGuigan

Operation Gladio in Ireland “Project Echoes”

Posted in Collusion, Imperialism, Ireland, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars
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For those not familiar with Collusion and State sponsored murders in Ireland, Project Echoes was an alleged Operation Gladio linked secret joint venture involving Apartheid South Africa’s notorious Vlakplaas unit, Civil Co-operation Bureau (C.C.B), the RUC Special Branch, Armscor, Loyalist paramilitaries and members of the British security services. Some of the key players will be fairly well known, for instance Brian Nelson, British military intelligence’s Force Research Unit’s top agent and UDA chief intelligence officer. Project Echoes was just one of a series of Gladio-related operations in Ireland.

Other Project Echoes’ players from the South African Apartheid regime, such as ex-pat Loyalist, Charlie Simpson, Leon Flores, Eugene De Kock and Pamela Du Randt, will not be household names but they were key players in a murky world of collusion, torture, murder and international intrigue.  Former Tory MP, for Basingstoke, turned Paisleyite Democratic Unionist Party member, Andrew Hunter, who had long been in the pay of British intelligence, also figures prominently in the Project Echoes story.

An important part of the Project Echoes story, are the joint operations that resulted in the murders, or attempted murders, of exiled opponents of the Apartheid regime.  Arguably at the top of their hit-list was Dick Coetzee, a former hit-man for the Vlakplass unit, who ‘defected’ to the ANC in the late 1980s. Although, it should be stressed that Coetzee’s defection was more for self-preservation reasons, than any ideological conversion to anti-racism or multi-culturalism!

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Dulcie September, ANC Paris rep murdered by ‘Project Echoes’ operatives

Dirk Coetzee survived several assassination attempts, including one very near miss in London by a joint RUC/Loyalist paramilitary hit squad. Many others were not so lucky, including the ANC’s representative in France, Dulcie September, who was murdered by a similar squad in March 1988. A South African born academic, Adrian Guelke, who was a lecturer at Queens University, Belfast, was shot and badly injured by a pro-British loyalist hit-squad, in September 1991.  The unsuccessful murder bid occurred at his Fitzwilliam Street home, just off the Lisburn Road, in South Belfast. This attempted murder was a payment in kind to the Apartheid intelligence services by Loyalist paramilitaries based in Belfast and Mid-Ulster.

Another Irish academic, this time at the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster, was also targeted several times by Loyalist paramilitaries at the behest of the Apartheid state. British military intelligence spooks linked to Project Echoes planted false stories in the media, wrongly linking the unfortunate lecturer to armed Republican groups in an attempt to primarily sabotage his career. Their other intention was to further raise his profile as a prospective target for assassination by pro-British Loyalist death squads.

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Paul Larkin in an expose on ‘Collusion’ and State sponsored murder in Ireland, has a chapter on the subject of Project Echoes in his book, A Very British Jihad. The Pat Finucane Centre and the Troops Out Movement also have some material on Project Echoes, which was available on their respective websites.

A name that constantly crops in all areas of this phase of the British Collusion project with Loyalist paramilitary terrorists is Irish born ex-pat, Charlie Simpson. Simpson, was a Loyalist paramilitary and British intelligence asset who served with units of the then Rhodesian Special Forces and later in Apartheid South Africa’s dirty world of state sponsored murder. In many respects, Simpson seems to have been the link man during key stages of Project Echoes, having accumulated years of specialist military training and indoctrination into the far-Right values of the various organs of the Apartheid state.

At some stage, hopefully, there will be a more in depth, comprehensive insight published into the foul and murky world of British state collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries and the murders of Irish citizens, often at the behest of foreign intelligence agencies. These brutal sectarian murders often occurred at the behest of reactionary, true Rogue States, such as Apartheid South Africa and Israel or as payment in kind for receiving military ordinance or training.

Paul Larkin’s book mentions assassination attempts on Apartheid South African dissidents and even London Mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone, by joint RUC/UVF death-squads exported to London and guaranteed safe passage back to the North of Ireland. These contract murder attempts, at the behest of Apartheid South Africa, involved the late Loyalist Godfather and British security service asset, Billy King Rat Wright and Mid-Ulster RUC Special Branch members. The attempted hit on Ken Livingstone, was planned to take place as he made his way to work on the tube, to the then Greater London Council’s Headquarters.

Project Echoes remains an element of state-sponsored collusion that has largely escaped the glare of publicity and for many in this supposed era of so-called ‘new dispensation’, it will be an inconvenient truth.  Mid-Ulster, since the first years of the post-1969 period of conflict referred to as The Troubles, has always been at the heart of collusion between British state agencies and Loyalist paramilitaries. In many ways, that particular area of the north of Ireland, with it’s blurred lines between policing, British military intelligence and Loyalism, functioned as an open air, counter-insurgency laboratory.  It can therefore be no surprise, that some of the North’s most prolific and most protected Loyalist serial murderers originated in Mid-Ulster, for instance, Robin the Jackal Jackson and Billy King Rat Wright. The details of Project Echoes may never be fully exposed and like all dirty state secrets concerning British collusion in Ireland, the British government although clearly culpable, will censor, obstruct and frustrate those who seek the truth.

(I originally published a shorter version of this article in 2010 under the pseudonym ‘Iskra’ which was later shared by the Revolutionary Communist Party of Great Britain/Marxist Leninist’s website)

Alex McGuigan

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The Orange Order The Irish Ku Klux Klan

Posted in Alex McGuigan, Belfast, Flags, Imperialism, Ireland, Loyalism, Unionism, UVF with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

It was ironic that Unionist politicians took umbrage at a painting that depicted a Loyalist Flute Band performing an atavistic, tribal dance outside St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Belfast that quite logically made the linkage between their bigoted behaviour and that of the Ku Klux Klan.  Klan members are depicted to the left of the painting.  Apparently the Ku Klux Klan have been equally outraged that they should be linked to the extremist Orange Order.  However both organisations routinely pursue the same tactics with vigour.  One might be able to complain regarding artistic license yet when the same sectarian behaviour is caught on camera there can be little wriggle room for the Orange Order….

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(The film footage below was taken by and is the intellectual property of JJ Magee at Donegal Street, Belfast)

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Both the KKK and the Orange Order’s modus operandi is to cause maximum offence to those they exclude from membership.  With the KKK, their hatred is primarily pointed towards non-Whites, Catholics and Jewish people.  However Orangeism has a hybrid-supremacist worldview that promotes hatred not only of Catholics, Irish Republicans, Communists and Muslims but also targets immigrants, traumatised refugees, the LGBT community and just about any group/sect/race or community deemed suitably ‘un-British’ by the be-sashed Broederbond.  Thankfully, the vast majority of working-class people in Ireland, of all faiths and none, are diametrically opposed to Orangeism’s supremacist worldview.

 

In a recent interview with an American film producer, he described the local television’s media’s attempts to normalise the Orange Order’s as ‘outrageous’ and would be akin to CNN attempting to portray a KKK parade as a benign cultural event (which he stressed would never happen).  If anyone is foolhardy enough to seek to experience the authentic mob hatred of being deemed an Untermensch during Kristallnacht or during a KKK cross-burning, then attempt to live as a Irish Republican, a Catholic, a Communist, a Muslim or an easily identified minority group in a majority Loyalist area on the infamous ’11th Night’ prior to the Carnival of Reaction known as the Twelfth.  

Even in death Catholics get victimised by Loyalist politicians

Even in death Catholics get victimised by Loyalist politicians
Young Michael McIlveen 15, was murdered by a Loyalist lynch mob in Ballymena who beat him to death with baseball bats
Young Michael McIlveen 15, (above) was murdered by a Loyalist lynch mob in Ballymena who beat him to death with baseball bats
Catholic Community worker Kevin McDaid murdered by a Loyalist lynch mob in Coleraine this year
Catholic Community worker Kevin McDaid (pictured above) murdered by a Loyalist lynch mob in Coleraine during one of the Orange Order’s Nuremburg type rallies
The funeral of Kevin McDaid murdered by a sectarian lynch mob
The funeral of Kevin McDaid murdered by a sectarian lynch mob
Loyalism has strong ideological links to the far-right
Loyalism has strong ideological links to the far-right
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Loyalist racists habitually force countless Eastern Europeans and non-WASP families from their homes each year.

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Loyalists have well documented links to the far right in England and Europe, so it is with a well polished ‘brass neck’ that the Orange Order or Unionist politicians who are intrinsically linked to the Orange Order, should take umbrage at hints of linkage to the Ku Klux Klan.  They are, colloquially put, cut from the same cloth.  When an organisation’s ideology fills in the majority of tick boxes for what constitutes Fascism then it is disingenuous to attempt to portray the Orange Order as some benign,  purely ‘cultural’ body by those with a vested interest in seeking to normalise bigotry.
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Alex McGuigan, Belfast
Video by Loyalists Against Democracy (LAD).

Reject Imperialism, Reject The Poppy

Posted in Imperialism, The poppy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

A few years back, there was an article that received considerable publicity from an individual who claimed to be an Irish Republican but who also stated that they would now be wearing a British Legion poppy.  It is no-one’s right to dictate what a person can or can not wear, but we certainly can define what an Irish Republican is and it has since turned out that the individual was in fact a constitutional nationalist, rather than an Irish Republican.  Traditional Republicans and indeed Irish Republican Socialists will not be availing of the British Legion’s emblems for all too obvious reasons

In the Ireland, the poppy and the British Legion are inseparable from reactionary Unionism and British militarism.  In practice, many British Legion Clubs in the north of Ireland are often little more than Loyalist drinking shebeens.  Remembrance Day parades are in effect just another date in the Loyal Orders marching calendar, with more often than  not the standard Loyalist supremacist band leading their November militarist pageant in homage to British imperialism’s global bloody pillage, rape, slavery and murder.  Socialists of all hues should have real ideological problems remembering the wholesale slaughter and waste of lives in two World Wars and countless other imperialist campaigns, by commemorating the dead in the same spirit of jingoist militarism, that caused the tragedies of the World Wars in the first place!

Over in England, veterans of a Socialist or pacifist worldview now tend to wear a white poppy, or none at all.  Some of these veterans do attend the British Legion events in Britain, though do not march in military formation but hold their own commemorations.  Many who fought in World War Two certainly felt they were fighting Fascism, but that was arguably not the real rationale behind the conflict or indeed the causus beli .

World War One, often bizarrely described as ‘The Great War’ (it certainly was not ‘great’ for the millions of combatants or civilians who were butchered or maimed) was an obscenity to humanity which saw the triumph of militarism over the altruistic hopes for a better world, that were gaining popularity at that time, not dominated by the Great Powers but by international class unity.   No-one should be denied the right to remember their war dead, in whatever way they feel, as long as it does not cause widespread offence to the majority of people.  The tragedy and misplaced bravery of the World War One combatants is aptly summed up in the description of the working-class conscript soldiers led to certain slaughter in the world’s first mechanised war by Generals more used to fighting poorly armed colonial insurgents, as being, lions led by donkeys.  In effect, they were mere Malthusian cannon-fodder for imperialist brigands whose hands were thrust so deeply into each others’ proverbial pockets via systems of alliances, that war was an inevitable consequence, if not their prime objective.  Harry Patch, the recently deceased last surviving English soldier who fought in World War One,  aptly described imperialist wars in general and World War One specifically, by stating,

“War is organised murder and nothing else…… It was not worth it, it was not worth one let alone all the millions”

Unfortunately, similar imperialist adventures, that the British Legion are commemorating each year in November, are still sadly being continued globally in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places in contemporary times, as make no mistake about it, war is a multi-Billion Dollar industry making the rich even richer and depleting a portion of what they would see as the ‘surplus population.’ Furthermore, Britain has yet to become the land fit for heroes, as the Beveridge generation hoped. Many of today’s war veterans are still living in poverty, dreading fuel bills, depending on meagre benefits while the rich just keep on getting richer.  Vindicating Henry Joy McCracken’s observation that,

“the rich will always betray the poor!”

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If the truth be told, in the vast majority of the country, Ireland is not ready for commemorations which showcase the British Army and all it’s imperialist trappings.  It would be as unacceptable and insensitive as permitting the same imperialist power to hold  pageants praising their military jingoism in the Indian city of Amritsar where they were responsible for the massacre at the Golden temple of the Sikh religion.  These militaristic pageants effectively honour the same British Army that along with countless outrages it committed in Ireland, massacred 14 Irish civilians in Derry in 1972 as they were peacefully marching for civil rights.  The British Legion’s Remembrance Day ceremonies honouring the British army leave a bad taste in the mouth when Irish citizens remember that it was the same regiments they honour who dragged thousands of Irish men and women from their homes to intern, torture and imprison them in concentration camps and who still illegally occupy 6 counties in the north of the country.  The reasons for not wearing pro-British imperialist symbols like the British Legion’s poppy is over 800 years old and there is no discernable appetite from Irish citizens to look favourably upon them.

 

Alex McGuigan

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