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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

The Flag of the PKK flies in West Belfast!

Posted in PFLP/IRSP Solidarity, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

 

The Flag of the P.K.K now flies in West Belfast!  The PKK (in Kurdish: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê‎). The PKK are a Marxist, secular group and gender equal group who have defended the Kurdish people from vicious attacks, torture and genocide over the years by the Turkish Fascist State. The PKK are closely linked to the YPG and YPJ who act as Peoples’Defence Units who bravely defend their people against the brutal ISIS, who are locally known as Daesh (Arabic for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

 

Peoples’ Defence Units aka YPG and YPJ

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The YPG anf YPJ fight bravely against Daesh (ISIS) which was the ‘Frankenstein Monster’ of the Western Powers, such as the USA and the UK.  Unfortunately, the Kurdish Defence Units, the YPJ (the female units) and the YPG (the male unit’s) receive very little military aid, some of their small arms would not be out of place in a museum and their AK47’s, which are the nearest thing to standardised small arms, are very old (some are over 50+ years old). In general, although the YPG and YPJ are in possession of some heavier ordinance, Daesh receive $millions in aid from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf principalities hoping to export their own false brand of inhuman, Fascist-type Fundamentalist Islam that has no backing in the Koran. Daesh have also captured thousands of small arms and heavy weapons, including modern artillery pieces from the Iraqi army.  Bizarrely to most, Daesh receive funding from the Zionist Apartheid state of Israel!  The YPJ and YPG are thinly spread along a massive front line, from Syria to Iraq, as well as facing air strikes from Turkey and constant attacks against them within and without the Turkish border.

Despite being portrayed as the geo-political ‘bad guys’, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and the PFLP have no links to and are diametrically opposed to Daesh/ISIS’s form of Islamo-Fascism. It is all freedom loving peoples’ duty to support the PKK, the YPJ and YPG. Volunteers are needed, funding is needed by these brave people who take on Daesh at close quarters on a daily basis.

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Vinceremos! Saoirse go deo!

 

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YPJ Fighters on the Frontlines mounting attacks on Daesh aka ISIS.  Dseah believe that any of their fighters killed by women, of which there have been many, will go straight to Hell!

 

How effective is Isis compared with the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga? by Peter Beaument

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars
Isis fighters
(Isis fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in Mosul, northern Iraq. Photograph: Reuters)

Iraqi armed forces

After Iraq’s armed forces were disbanded following the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the United States and its allies committed more than $25bn to training and building a new military. With more than 250,000 frontline troops (not counting paramilitary police units), on paper at least the Iraqi military should be effective. It is equipped with almost 400 tanks including US M1A1s and Russian T- series tanks including the T-72. It also has more than 2,500 armoured fighting vehicles and 278 aircraft, including drones, transport aircraft, amphibious aircraft and 129 helicopters.

But despite its manpower and equipment – and the huge sums invested in it – the Iraqi military has suffered constant problems with combat readiness at battalion level while struggling to attract sufficient recruits to maintain effectiveness, particularly in key areas such as training. As the security environment in Iraq has steadily worsened, the government under the prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has tended to concentrate elite units in the capital, while recent operations in the west on the Syrian border and around Falluja and Ramadi have suggested both serious political and operational shortcomings. The collapse of an estimated 30,000 forces in and around Mosul underlined a lack of morale and an apparently chaotic chain of command.

Isis

Estimates put the fighting strength of Isis in Syria and Iraq at around 7,000 but its numbers in Iraq appear to have been bolstered by other groups, including local Sunni militants and Ba’ath nationalists particularly in Tikrit. Despite claims that they have captured helicopters in Mosul, it seems unlikely they would be able to deploy them. Lightly armed with Toyota pickup technicals, RPGs and small arms, Isis has captured some armoured Humvees, although there are suggestions that some equipment has been sent back to Syria. While they have been able to operate easily in largely Sunni areas where they have some support from a population angry and alienated from the Shia-led government in Baghdad, the capital is a different proposition. One district alone, Sadr City, has a Shia population of some 1 million and since the sectarian war that ended in 2008, the sprawling suburbs have been divided along sectarian lines with checkpoints and barriers.

Peshmerga

Although some 35,000 Kurdish peshmerga are incorporated into the Iraqi security forces, other peshmerga remain outside with published estimates varying from 80,000 to three times that number. Two years ago a Kurdish official suggested the peshmerga numbered 190,000. Increasingly well equipped – including with 2,000 armoured vehicles and rocket artillery systems – they are regarded as motivated, well trained and experienced.  Source: The Guardian

Brave YPG Fighters

Videos below courtesy of Clonard Marxist  and the  Irish Republican Socialist Party News

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!”

Bloody Sunday

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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