Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Send them to the hell they've created on earth, from warzones echoing with the sounds of screaming orphans to the garbage heaps filled with families trying to eke out a bare subsistence , to the fucking sweatshops where their fucking entrepreneurs destroy lives in order to fulfill the hideous " amerikkkan dream ". Send them all.
Points of Orientation:
January 29, 2018 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
As we go to press, word is that the Trump/Pence regime will announce a deal in which 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who came here as children (many of them known as “Dreamers”) will be enabled to stay and have a “path to citizenship” in return for a harsh new set of laws on immigration. These laws are said to include: $25 billion for Trump’s border wall; major increase in “internal enforcement”—increased arrests, speeded-up deportations, and stepped-up security at airports and other ports of entry; intensified crackdown on people who overstay their visas; prevention of people who are U.S citizens from bringing non-citizen parents from other countries into the U.S.; the ending of a State Department program to encourage migration from under-represented countries.
This comes on top of weeks of agitation by Trump and the Republicans demonizing immigrants—including calling whole areas of the world “shitholes,” and viciously slandering and insulting those who come from those areas.
One: Such a deal is intolerable—in the words of one of those being offered citizenship, “it is a white supremacist ransom note.” It will add fuel to the whipping up of an ugly nativist sentiment and white supremacist atmosphere hostile to immigrants and people of color, which is a cornerstone of the Trump/Pence regime’s “Make America White Again” program.
Two: The United States lords over a worldwide empire which plunders vast regions of the world. It violently rends the social fabric of those countries and sentences billions of the human beings who live there to dispossession and grinding exploitation, and often to being driven from country to country seeking work and even survival. It has no right to then declare people from those countries to be “illegal” and to hound and persecute them.
Three: The wall being built is both real and symbolic. It is real in the sense that it will actually further militarize the border and make it even more deadly for any who are driven from the hells that the U.S. has created in Central America and Mexico when they risk their lives to escape. And it symbolizes the determination of the U.S. to “lock out” the rest of humanity in the face of the rapidly worsening environmental crisis.
Four: We need a world without borders, without exploitation, and without oppression of any kind. Such a world actually IS possible and the work that’s been done by Bob Avakian—the forging of a new communism—shows how it could be achieved. Humanity does not have to go along with the sentence now being imposed on it.
Five: People in this country need to mount the strongest possible fight to DEFEAT this compromise/deal and to make this fight a building block to driving out the whole Trump/Pence fascist regime. This will require going into the streets in determined and defiant nonviolent mass action, as well as other nonviolent expressions of opposition (like wearing armbands or other symbols, etc.) ultimately involving millions, and refusing to go along with the capitulationist “electoral calculus” of the leading Democrats.
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
I know I'm not the only one who finds this funny. Only the best get hired to be police officers.
With files from CBC's Dwight Drummond, John Lancaster, Adrian Cheung
2 Toronto police officers suspended after allegedly ingesting pot, hallucinating while on duty
CBC News has learned Const. Vittorio Dominelli and his partner are under investigation
By Amara McLaughlin, CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2018 3:55 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 29, 2018 8:03 PM ET
Two Toronto police officers who allegedly ingested marijuana edibles, hallucinated and called for help while on duty Sunday have been suspended, CBC News has learned.
Both officers are under investigation by the force's professional standards unit following an incident that happened Sunday, according to Mark Pugash, a spokesperson for Toronto Police Service.
CBC News has learned the officers, who work at 13 Division, were on duty not far from the station at Eglinton Avenue West and Allen Road when they allegedly ingested pot edibles.
Police sources tell CBC News the officers began to complain of "hallucinations" and one made a call for an officer needing assistance. Both officers were found in a police vehicle and later treated in hospital.
During the call, another officer responding to the scene slipped on ice and required medical attention. That officer suffered a head injury.
Over the weekend, Toronto police carried out a raid at Community Cannabis Clinic, a marijuana dispensary at St. Clair Avenue West near Dufferin Street.
Sources tell CBC News the marijuana edibles the officers ingested are believed to have come from this dispensary. It's unclear if the officers participated in the raid over the weekend.
CBC News has learned the officers under investigation are Const. Vittorio Dominelli and his partner.
Dominelli serves in 13 Division's neighbourhood resources officer unit, according to Toronto Police Service's website.
CBC News has not been able to confirm the name of Dominelli's partner.
No criminal charges have been laid against the officers pending the outcome of the investigation by the force's professional standards unit.
The professional standards unit is obligated to investigate complaints of misconduct under Ontario's Police Services Act. This branch is responsible for overseeing police practices, conduct, appearance, ethics and integrity.
Monday, 29 January 2018
$ 1298 was raised for Victoria Hospice on Saturday night, and this was in spite of DOA playing in the same venue the night before. No offense to the band or the promoters , this is more intended to be a positive commentary on the support of the Victoria scene to such a worthy cause , and to the memory of Jay Brown. The bands who played were Screaming Fist , BLKR, Riffheist , Awkward AC , the Gnar Gnars, and AK-47 . The event was beautifully organized by Hoon , the bands were all excellent , and I wish The Gnar Gnars a great tour when they go to Japan next month. Once again, my favourite show of the year , and for a great cause.
Thank you to all who were there , and most especially to Hoon for doing this every year !
Thank you to all who were there , and most especially to Hoon for doing this every year !
Saturday, 27 January 2018
It sucks that the DOA show was last night, the night before the Jay Brown Memorial and Hospice Benefit Show . But that's just the way it goes with different bands' schedules and whatnot. I'm not blaming anyone . On the positive though, I've heard that The Keg Killers are donating anything they make towards the benefit show tonight. Now that's a beautiful thing. Hopefully most of you aren't too hung over or tired to make it out tonight. See you there !
( The poster is to your right ).
( The poster is to your right ).
Friday, 26 January 2018
Do you know about u.s. domination in Haiti , which is probably one of the places trump refers to as " shithole countries "? kkkanada is totally implicated in subverting democracy there also, on top of the exploitation already being carried out by the u.s. and kkkanada. Read this. Fuck imperialism.
The U.S. in Haiti: A Century of Domination and Misery
January 17, 2010 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
In the wake of the earthquake, the U.S. is posing as the greatest friend of Haiti. But the whole history of the U.S. in Haiti shows just the opposite.
The native people of the island of Hispaniola (what is today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) were exterminated by the Spanish conquerors in the 1500s and 1600s. In the 18th century, the French colonialists who took over Haiti set up a system of slavery so harsh it was assumed new slaves would die from overwork. The blood of slaves poured into the capitalist world markets of coffee and sugar, making Haiti the most profitable colony in the world.
In 1791, Toussaint L’Ouverture led a slave rebellion which over 13 years defeated, in succession, the slave-owners of Haiti, armies from Spain and Britain (who saw the revolt as an opportunity to seize Haiti for themselves), and then the army of Napoleon, the French leader who at that time had conquered most of Europe.1 Toussaint was captured after agreeing to negotiate a peace with the French, and taken back to France in chains, where he died in prison. But the rebellion flared up until Haiti was independent, and slavery abolished. This was the first and only successful slave revolution in history.2
The Haitian Revolution set off a panic among the rulers of the U.S. and the European powers, who refused to recognize the new Haitian Republic. The French navy imposed a total embargo on Haiti. In 1805 the French foreign minister wrote to U.S. Secretary of State James Madison that “The existence of a Negro people in arms, occupying a country it has soiled by the most criminal acts, is a horrible spectacle for all white nations.”3 The U.S. honored the embargo and refused to recognize, assist or trade with Haiti.
The embargo had a crippling impact on the island nation, whose agriculture had been devastated by warfare. It remained in effect until 1825, when France agreed to end it, in return for a Haitian commitment to “compensate” them for the loss of their “property”—i.e., their SLAVES.This “debt” was set at 150 million francs—roughly the annual French budget.4 Haiti was forcibly enmeshed in a network of debt and deep poverty. In the late 1800s, debt payments amounted to 80% of the Haitian budget.5
In the 20th century, the U.S. asserted itself as the dominant power in its “backyard.” In 1915 it invaded and occupied Haiti. U.S. Marines went straight to the Haitian national bank and removed its gold reserves to Citibank in New York City. The Haitian constitution was rewritten to allow foreign ownership of Haitian property; land was seized from small peasants to create large plantations;6 the economy was reorganized so that 40% of Haiti’s gross domestic product flowed to U.S. banks.7
The Haitian people fiercely resisted the occupation in a series of revolts which the U.S. military ruthlessly crushed, murdering leaders, burning villages to the ground and killing 15-30,000 Haitians.8 The occupiers did not leave until 1934, leaving behind the brutal, U.S.-trained, Haitian National Army to repress the people.
In 1957, François “Papa Doc” Duvalier came to power and set up his own army of thugs—the Tontons Macoutes. The Duvalierist reign of terror—supported and backed by the U.S.—killed roughly 50,000 people.9
When Papa Doc died in 1971, U.S. warships were stationed just off the coast of Haiti to oversee a smooth transition of power to Duvalier’s son, Jean-Claude (“Baby Doc”). Baby Doc was closely associated with the “American Plan,” 10 which explicitly aimed to cut the ground out from under peasant agriculture by large-scale imports of cheaper U.S. goods, driving hundreds of thousands of peasants into the cities and shantytowns, desperate for work in U.S.-owned assembly plants being set up by the likes of Disney and Kmart, which paid workers 11 cents an hour to make pajamas and t-shirts.11
In 1985-86 a powerful uprising swept Haiti, forcing the U.S. to rescue Baby Doc and fly him to the French Riviera, in order to preserve their basic control of the country through the Haitian Army. A series of military governments followed, known to Haitians as “Duvalierism without Duvalier.” In 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a radical priest and a leader of the Ti Legliz (“Little Church,” the Haitian expression of the Liberation Theology movement) and of the anti-Duvalierist movement, was elected president. Though Aristide did not have a plan to break out of the framework of U.S. domination, he was not totally subservient to it nor to the pro-U.S. local ruling classes and repeatedly clashed with them over both foreign and domestic policy. Haitian reactionaries hated him, the U.S. saw him as “unreliable” and from even before his inauguration worked to overthrow him.12 On September 30, 1991, after just nine months in office, the CIA collaborated with local military forces to stage a bloody coup d’état, and in ensuing waves of repression unleashed soldiers and Macoutes to rip up the networks of mass organization, especially in slums like Cité Soleil, that were Aristide’s base of support. Thousands of his supporters were killed, up to 300,000 went into hiding, and another 60,000 fled the island in makeshift boats.13
But this did not quell resistance or establish a “stable environment” for the U.S., so in 1994 the U.S. brokered a deal to restore Aristide to office, returning him from exile on a U.S. warship, accompanied by 20,000 U.S. troops who proceeded to protect the violent paramilitaries from the people and allow them to keep their arms, while they reorganized the army to more effectively suppress the people. The troops remained for over a year. The terms of a deal (known as the Governors Island accords) was that Aristide abandon all resistance to the U.S. plan for Haiti and to the Haitian Army and ruling class.14
Aristide largely honored this agreement but continued to fight for whatever concessions he could find, which the U.S. found unacceptable. On February 29, 2004, after many months of political and military preparation in which the U.S. was directly involved (through the CIA and the International Republican Institute—IRI) a second coup was carried out. The U.S. military literally kidnapped Aristide and his family and put him on a plane to the Central African Republic, where he was kept as a new regime consolidated.15 By March 1, hundreds of U.S. Marines again controlled the capital, and new waves of attacks, often by U.S. soldiers, were unleashed on the people. In June they were replaced by a force of 7,000 UN troops (mainly Brazilian) who have been cited by Human Rights groups as widely practicing “Summary Executions.”
From that time until the earthquake, there has been no serious challenge to U.S. economic, political and military control of Haiti.
Thursday, 25 January 2018
Alright people, the 12th annual Jay Brown Memorial Show and Cancer Clinic Benefit is coming up the day after tomorrow, the 27th of January. It is both my favourite show of the year to play and to attend. Be there. We have new t-shirts made by the good people at Style N' Print , and they look fantastic. If you look at the new CD cover at the top of the page, then you know what the shirt looks like. They did a great job. I will have to charge 15 bux for them, as they are full colour . You probably shouldn't wear it to work, though. Come to the show, assholes . It's a way better cause to get drunk at this one than DOA the night before. See you there.