International Solidarity

No US War in Syria and Iraq!

In recent weeks, the United States has begun a new military campaign in Syria and Iraq. Branded as a humanitarian mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by the bourgeois media, this war is, in truth, the latest method with which to topple the anti-imperialist elected government of Syria, as well as further destabilize the region in general. Not only is US imperialism merely using ISIS as a pretext for war, it is, in fact, the primary reason that the group exists at all.

Prior to the 2003 invasion by western imperialism, Iraq was a secular and highly developed country. Despite US Sanctions, Iraq had universal healthcare, education, and a nationalized oil industry. After the 2003 invasion and nearly nine year occupation, all of that was gone. Most of the country’s infrastructure laid in rubble and the government set up by the occupying imperialist powers was purposefully weak. Over 3 million Iraqis died since 1990 because of US policies of sanctions, war, and occupation in what we consider to be one of the gravest crimes against humanity. This combination of imposed poverty, weak government, and an imperialist policy of religious sectarianism and discrimination gave rise to the tensions that allowed ISIS to prosper.

In Syria, during the summer of 2011, several groups financed by the US and its allies started an armed rebellion against the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad. Their right wing insurgency had nothing to do with the Arab Spring’s demands for democracy and equality. This became a proxy war by which the United States is trying to destroy the government of Syria and destabilize the region, making it weaker against the forces of imperialist plunder. Over 200,000 people have died in the conflict so far, most of which are soldiers fighting against US-Saudi-Qatar backed mercenaries.

In 2013, with the forces of the Syrian government remaining strong, the imperialists, headed by the Pentagon, needed an excuse to intervene directly. Chemical weapons had been used in the town of Ghouta and the US media was quick to pin it on the government of Syria before any investigation had actually taken place. Despite no concrete evidence pointing to the Syrian government having committed the attacks, they claimed that “red lines had been crossed” and the United States was ready for war. The insurgent groups had failed to break the will of the loyal Syrian forces and now the US Imperialists were going to do it themselves. In the end, a combination of public outrage against a new war and international diplomacy prevented the United States from going to war… at least temporarily.

With their original plan foiled, the United States began searching for a new way to strike at Syria. ISIS had been active in Iraq in various forms for years and began to fight in the Syrian Civil War in 2013. It wasn’t until the end of spring 2014, however, that the bourgeois media began to cover them. Now they play on every level of islamophobic prejudices and fears of “terrorism” that have been used since 2001, all in an massive concerted effort to drum up support for war.

The United States has begun bombing all manner of Syrian infrastructure supposedly to combat ISIS. In addition to this destruction of Syrian property, the United States has refused to coordinate attacks with the Syrian Government forces in their own country! This is particularly telling about the objectives of the United States government. If they were truly interested in only defeating ISIS, on a humanitarian mission, then they would work with the Syrian government to ensure that their infrastructure remains intact. Because they have shown no desire to do this, and additionally continue to fund anti-government insurgent groups, it can be concluded that the United States only wishes to harm the Syrian government and the Syrian people.

All nations around the world have the right to self determination and the right to be free from intervention. The people of Syria have largely made it clear that they choose their President, Bashar al-Assad, over anything that US imperialism has to offer. We in Fight Imperialism – Stand Together (FIST) denounce the United States’ blatant violation of the sovereignty of Syria and call for all progressive people around the word to rally behind the slogan “US Hands off Syria!”

The people of Syria resist imperialist advances into their country, much like the people of Iraq. This is exactly what causes it to be the target for war. The justification being used by the United States is an old and tired one which has been proven to be wrong many times before. Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Libya are all testaments to the millions of lives lost because of imperialist “humanitarian wars”. These wars only offer death, destruction, and poverty. In exchange, the major corporations and banks get billions in blood money.

As young revolutionaries, we stand in solidarity with all of the working and oppressed peoples of the world. We understand that capitalism is at a dead end and has nothing to offer us except poverty, racism, and especially endless war. While the US working class suffers continually high unemployment and low wages, the Pentagon is spending $7.5 million every day on the war against ISIS. This money could be used to provide for the material needs of working and oppressed people, but is instead spent on death and destruction in pursuit of profits.

The only way forward for our generation, and humanity in general, is socialism. In order to bring that about, we need to defeat US imperialism. States everywhere that struggle against imperialist advances and fight for their national independence must be supported in our common fight. This is the basics of Leninism and the essence of solidarity with the oppressed. For all of these reasons, we in FIST say NO to war on the Syrian and Iraqi people!

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Victory to the Palestinians! Stand with Gaza Aug 2 in DC!

FIST will be mobilizing to Washington DC this Saturday, Aug 2nd,  at 1pm across from the White House, along with many other people and organizations from across the US.  All out to stand with Gaza, the Palestinian resistance, and to oppose U.S.-funded genocide! Contact us if you want to meet our contingent.

Victory to the Palestinians!
FIST Statement


Israel’s bloodthirsty siege of Gaza, based on a contrived excuse of the killing of three Israeli boys in Palestine, has nothing to do with self-defense and everything to do with elimination the Palestinian people.

Armed with $4 billion in military support from the US, Israel has invaded Palestine and killed over 1,000 Palestinians, most of which are civilians. Many thousands more have been injured and lack necessary medical care because of Israel’s devastating blockade of Gaza.

Hamas, the elected leadership of the Palestinians in Gaza with, has been the target of endless propaganda which seeks to defame it.  Yet the resistance of the Palestinians is successful and growing.

Millions of people in every continent have mobilized for the Palestinians, to the point at which the UN has had to act. Last week at the UN, only one country voted with Israel as to whether they had committed violations of human rights, the United States. The people of the world have condemned Israel’s genocide of the Palestinians 77 different times at the UN. Yet the UN is not where the Palestinians will get justice. The US will never let this happen.

Zionism, much like the US colonists’ ideology of Manifest Destiny and the following annihilation of the indigenous people of the Americas, has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with imperialism and oppression. Similar occupied territories exist because of US and European imperialism, like Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the entire United States, Northern Ireland, Golan Heights, Taiwan, and many more.

Imperialism is an economic system, the development of capitalism on a world scale in which monopolistic banks and corporations dominate the world. Expand or die, this is the rule for imperialism. US imperialism, in its attempt to lift itself out of economic turmoil, is the primary source of violence in the world today. The United States’ interest in Israel is not religious, but economic. “The dollar follows the flag and the flag follows the dollar.” This is US policy across the world. For the US wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, as well as its drone killings of mostly civilians in Somalia and Pakistan, Israel is home base and a tool of US corporate domination.

Yet we know that the power of the people is stronger than any amount of fighter jets, high-tech bombs, or occupations. The millions of people in the streets all over the world in solidarity with Gaza must continue to put pressure on Israel and the US. The struggle of the Palestinian people is foremost example for the world of people fighting back against imperialism. Together, linked in our struggle against US and Israel’s apartheid and genocide, we will win.

The young revolutionaries of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together are organizing in cities across the US, from Detroit to Los Angeles, New York to North Carolina, to support the Palestinians fight for their entire homeland. We urge all people to build unconditional support for the Palestinian people to fight back, by any means that they determine are necessary. A victory for the Palestinians is a victory for all the oppressed and the exploited!
From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free!

IMPERIALISM on the Offensive: How We Will Fight Back

What do PALESTINE, REFUGEE MIGRANT CHILDREN, UKRAINE, & SYRIA have in common?

IMPERIALISM on the Offensive: How We Will Fight Back

A Statement and Call to Action from Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST)

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FIST demonstrating against Israel’s attack on Gaza and Lebanon in 2009.

The aggressive apartheid settler state of Israel is once again attacking the people of Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank. The pretext this time was the death of three Israeli teenagers, but the results are all too familiar. At the time of this writing, 167 Palestinians have been confirmed killed in the airstrikes, 1,100 injured, and hundreds arrested. This chapter in the ongoing genocide of Palestine recalls the massive bombings of 2008-2009, which killed 1,417 Palestinians.

Meanwhile, in the United States, over 50,000 refugee children and youth, primarily from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, are being held in concentration camps at the border. The U.S. governments ineffectual efforts to relocate some of them have in some areas been met by proto-fascist demonstrations of whites opposing migration.

On the other side of the world, in Ukraine, a pro-U.S./E.U./NATO government effected a coup of the democratically elected leader with the help of a growing fascist movement. At the time of this writing, the popular workers’ movement in East Ukraine is being exterminated by those same fascists who now wear government uniforms.

Syria, a nation suffering immensely from a civil war, recently re-elected its president Bashir al-Assad by a wide margin with high levels of public participation. Opposing the government is a right-wing U.S./Saudi-funded grouping of “contra” mercenaries, who are raised up as “freedom fighters” in the U.S. media while the Syrian government is demonized.

Nowhere in the capitalist-controlled media are these events portrayed as related in any way – yet they are intimately connected. Each is a product of the world system of imperialism.

IMPERIALISM IS THE ROOT CAUSE

Imperialism is not just the tendency of U.S. and European nations toward aggressive wars. It is not simply bad policies of a particular president or political party. Imperialism is a global economic system – it is the highest stage of capitalism, in which monopolies and a financial oligarchy rule, the imperial nations divide the world amongst themselves, the entire world is subjugated and exploited economically by these powers, and those nations or peoples which do not obey are crushed militarily.

Israel is imperialism’s outpost in the Middle East – a genocidal white settler nation armed with nuclear weapons, a high-tech military, funded by the U.S. Since Israel’s establishment as a state, it has served to destabilize all other independent nations nearby, halting anti-imperialist development and keeping it’s oil-rich neighbors weak and open to exploitation by the west. Were it to make peace with it’s neighbors and truly reverse the historic crime of occupation and genocide against Palestine, it would lose its utility to the imperialists. Racism and apartheid keep the flame of conflict burning, and keep the missiles falling on the oppressed peoples of the Middle East.

The poverty and conflict in Central America is a direct result of more than 150 years of U.S. imperial policy – effecting right-wing coups, halting independent development – all in order to keep the resources and peoples’ labor open to exploitation and profit. Most recently, in 2009, the U.S. supported a coup that displaced the left-leaning democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya. Popular opposition to this crime was crushed with massively increased police repression, combined with more exploitative working conditions, leading ultimately to a mass exodus – many of whom are now imprisoned at the U.S. border.

When the government of the Ukraine wavered in its resolve to strengthen ties with the E.U. and NATO and considered moving towards closer ties with Russia, a fascist-supported violent coup came swiftly after to bring the nation – and its crucial energy infrastructure and resources – back into the imperialist fold.

Syria has long materially supported the Palestinian peoples’ struggle for self determination, having had its own Golan Heights stolen and occupied by the settler state. The U.S. seized on internal turmoil is Syria to fund and support right-wing fundamentalists in their war with the Syrian government and people. Syria, Iran, Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon – these nations are under constant attack and pressure precisely because they oppose U.S.-led imperial domination and exploitation of the region.

HOW WE WILL FIGHT BACK

FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) calls upon all people, particularly youth, to take to the streets against these crimes. Demonstrations against the genocidal attack on the people of Palestine have been called in many areas – we praise and support these. We connect the struggles of all people under attack – Palestine, migrant refugees, the people of Syira and Ukraine, and all independent peoples of the world. We must be clear about the root cause of the violence whenever we take a public stand: imperialism is the enemy of all humanity. It is not a particular law, lobbyist group, or president. It is the system itself, and the independent peoples across the world will only be free to follow their own path when it is defeated.

The most crucial political principle in opposing imperialism is to unconditionally support the right of oppressed peoples to self determination. We must defend the right of the Palestinian people – and all peoples across the world under imperialist attack – to fight back in whatever way they choose, by any means necessary. What kind of solidarity would we be showing if we denounce the U.S. and Israel while at the same time preaching to the oppressed how they should struggle? Our duty is to oppose imperialism!

Learn more about FIST, socialism, and how to fight back at fightimperialism.org

Why We Defend Worker’s States

Why We Defend Worker’s States

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Based on remarks by Caleb Maupin at the Workers World Party Marxist School on July 4-7th in New York City.

In the modern period, Marxist-Leninists join with other progressive forces, to struggle for justice. Communists are involved in the struggle against racism and police brutality. Communists are involved in the struggle against low wages. Communists are involved in demanding an end to imperialist wars.

There are Communists not just in the United States, but all over the world. The world Communist movement involves hundreds of parties in nearly every country on earth.

In almost all the progressive struggles that Communists are involved in, the primary force that the workers and the oppressed are fighting against is monopoly capitalist imperialism. The small class of billionaires that runs the United States, Britain, France, and Germany, as well as other western imperialist countries, is the primary force behind all reactionary things that exist in the world.

Imperialism props up the brutal monarchist regime in Saudi Arabia, that beheads people in public, and lives through the ruthless exploitation of foreign workers. Imperialism sets up sweatshops in Bangladesh, where children are burned alive in factory fires. Imperialism funds brutal terrorists in Syria who are recruiting children, and bombing schools and hospitals.

It is the same monopoly capitalists, the same imperialists, who are driving wages down in the United States, setting up the growing prison industrial complex, and making life hell for working people here. We seek to build an alliance of all forces opposed to the deadly reality of imperialism.

Victories Against Imperialism

Often, we communists will focus on the bad. We will talk about the crimes of the imperialists. But it is also important to speak of the victories. When a boss is forced to sign a union contract, this is a victory against imperialism. When a school closing is stopped, or a political prisoner is freed, this is a victory against imperialism.

One type of victory that can be achieved is called national liberation. This means that the foreign capitalists in the western countries, the imperialists, are pushed back. It means that the country is allowed to develop independently. No longer are the imperialists sucking the wealth out of their economy, but instead, a domestic economy can be established and developed in an oppressed country.

The Islamic Revolution in Iran, was a revolution that established National Liberation. The US imperialists backed the Shah, and allowed US and British bankers to exploit the Iranian people and to steal the natural resources. But the people of Iran heroically rose up. In 1979, they drove out the Shah, and Iran’s oil is now in the hands of the Iranian state.

Many Latin American countries are currently carrying out revolutions of national liberation, joining the Bolivarian movement. Communists and Socialists are playing an important role in these events.

Sometimes, revolts and revolutions against the imperialists go even further, and don’t just drive out the foreign imperialists, but also overturn capitalist relations.

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The United States will not accept peace

By Caleb Maupin (originally posted on RT at http://rt.com/op-edge/166816-us-war-extremism-iraq/)

A member of Kurdish Peshmerga forces takes position overlooking militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Jalawla in the Diyala province, on June 14, 2014 (AFP Photo / Rick Findler)

A member of Kurdish Peshmerga forces takes position overlooking militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Jalawla in the Diyala province, on June 14, 2014 (AFP Photo / Rick Findler)

Popular discourse in the US often speaks of “anti-American dictators” and “aggressive autocrats.” The group of world leaders who currently top the US enemies list is always portrayed as “pushing toward war” with their “hostility.”

While this is the portrait that is presented, the majority of the states in conflict with the US in the current period have assumed this role with extreme reluctance.

The United States with its huge military and its central role in the world economy is a country that no sensible world leader would genuinely want a conflict with. Any rational head of state would want trade, diplomatic relations, and cooperation with the US. The problem is that the US will simply not allow independent-minded states to be at peace with it.

We have recently seen examples of states going to extreme lengths to appease and befriend the United States, and only to be met with more hostility.

The WAVE rejected

World media portrayed former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as an “extremist.” His words were distorted at great length, and almost everything he did was portrayed as an example of his “anti-Americanism”, “belligerence” and his “desire to destroy Israel.”

The new President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has made gigantic efforts to improve relations with the United States. Rouhani’s debut speech at the UN did not speak of the United States with hatred, but instead called for an alliance for a “World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE).” He emphasized that there was no “Iranian threat” and Iran had no desire to develop nuclear weapons. He called for a new period of peace and cooperation.

While the US seemed to always blame Ahmadinejad for their policy towards the Islamic Republic, the accommodating, peace-seeking words of Rouhani did not result in an end to US hostility. The illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran have not been lifted.

Just months after Rouhani told the General Assembly of his desire for peace and cooperation, the United States even took the unprecedented action of denying Iran the right to choose its UN representative. The US claimed that the new UN Ambassador appointed to represent Iran, Hamid Aboutalebi, had been involved in the 1979 student takeover of the US embassy. With no clear evidence to support this claim, the US barred the Iranian representative from entering the country. This was an extreme diplomatic attack on Iran, violating the obligations of the United States under the United Nation host country treaty.

Though the Islamic Republic opened a hand of friendship to the United States, calling for joint anti-terrorism efforts and new negotiations to secure a lasting peace, the response of the US has been to become even more viscously hostile.

 

Iranian soldiers (AFP Photo)

Iranian soldiers (AFP Photo)

The destruction of Libya

Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, was also portrayed as an “anti-American dictator”, but the last decade of his life, before he was brutally killed, he engaged in great efforts to satisfy the United States.

In 2004, Libya began extensive cooperation with the United States. The Libyan government carried out mass privatizations and began work with US and British corporations. The Libyan government cooperated with Bush and his “war on terror.”

This did not stop the United States from backing the brutal insurgency as they kidnapped, tortured, and murdered people in the country. As the US backed insurgents were continuously defeated on the battlefield, the US joined with the other NATO countries in bombing Libya in order to secure their victory.

The efforts of Gaddafi to cooperate with the United States and cease hostilities clearly fell on deaf ears. Though Gaddafi was praised by the Bush administration for his cooperation with the war on terror, and for destroying his chemical weapons, the United States still happily facilitated the violent destruction of Libya.

Libya once had the highest life expectancy on the African continent. In a climate where water is scarce, Libya had the most efficient water system, with pipes under the ground. Libya was known for its free education, and its widely accessible medical care. This has all been destroyed. The country is ruin.

The US regime change operation clearly did not take place because Gaddafi was “belligerent” or “Anti-American.” It happened after he spent over half a decade accommodating, negotiating with, and doing all he could to please the leaders of the United States and Britain.

 

Pro-government forces fire their gun off the back of a truck on October 23, 2012, one kilometer from the northern entrance to the town of Bani Walid, one of the final bastions of Moamer Kadhafi's ousted regime (AFP Photo)

Pro-government forces fire their gun off the back of a truck on October 23, 2012, one kilometer from the northern entrance to the town of Bani Walid, one of the final bastions of Moamer Kadhafi’s ousted regime (AFP Photo)

The continuing Syrian bloodbath

The Syrian Arab Republic, like Libya, and the Islamic Republic of Iran, has no desire for war against the United States. The Syrian Arab Republic cooperated with Bush during his “war on terror.” It also carried out many economic reforms. Much to the delight of Wall Street, the country is far from the economically centralized Arab nationalist state it was a two decades ago.

Yet, these measures are not enough. They have not stopped the United States from backing a brutal, violent insurgency campaign. The United States, along with its allies in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan have armed and trained extremists as they wage war against the Syrian government. They slaughter, torture, and kidnap with the United States and its gulf-state proxies paying the bill.

This campaign was not unleashed on Syria because President Assad was “aggressive” or “hostile.” President Assad was known for his moderation, and prior to the civil war, he often cooperated with the United States.

As over 100,000 are dead, and millions are displaced living in refugee camps, the Syrian government has called for peace talks to end the fighting. The insurgents keep killing. The insurgents also boycotted the recent election, making clear that they were not interested in achieving their aims through peaceful or legal means.

 

Syrians run for cover during an airstrike on the Bustan al-Qasr rebel held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 30, 2014 (AFP Photo / Karam Al-Masri)

Syrians run for cover during an airstrike on the Bustan al-Qasr rebel held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 30, 2014 (AFP Photo / Karam Al-Masri)

‘State sponsors of terrorism’

When portraying a regime as “hostile”, the US often accuses it of being a “state sponsor of terrorism.” Recently, it seems the cause of anti-terrorism is being championed, not by the US, but by those in conflict with it.

The Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari has pointed out that forces Obama claims to be fighting in Nigeria, and are now considering fighting in Iraq, are being supported by the US in Syria. Syria has joined Russia and Iran, in calling for a global mobilization against terrorism and violent sectarianism. It is the United States, and its allies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan that are arming and training the sectarian terrorists who currently plague Syria and Iraq. The forces US leaders dubbed “Al-Qaeda” and “Islamic Extremists” in the aftermath of 9/11, and now working with the US.

Likewise, the US-backed regime in Kiev is dependent on Anti-Russian extremists like the infamous “right sector” to carry out its “anti-terrorism” operation in the East. While the US backed government has absorbed ultra-right wing militias based on ethnic hatred into its national guard, Russia continues to loudly call for a cease fire, and the protection of civilians.

The use of terrorists to fulfill its aims is not a new part of US policy. The US has backed violent, para-military forces all throughout Latin America. Currently the US is harboring Luis Posada Carriles, a terrorist who bombed a Cuban airliner killing over 70 people. Violent groups in Venezuela that seek to destabilize and overthrow the United Socialist Party are also receiving US support.

In recent years, the US has worked to support the People’s Mujahedeen, a group of anti-Iranian terrorists. The group has a long history of violence and terror, and even killed a US army general. However, now that the primary target of the People’s Mujahedeen is not the United States, but the Islamic Republic of Iran, the US is happy to facilitate their activities. John McCain, Tom Ridge, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani have all raised money for the People’s Mujahedeen, and promoted their cause internationally. The group has been removed from the official Justice Department list of “Foreign Terrorist Organizations.”

It is currently the regimes that the US opposes like Iran, Russia, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba that are pushing for a global effort against terrorism. The United States, with its actions in the Middle East, Latin America, and elsewhere that is undisputedly the primary “state sponsor of terror.”

 

AFP Photo / John Moore

AFP Photo / John Moore

The dangerous drive for war

In the early 1970s, Chinese leader Mao Zedong assessed the international situation saying “revolution is the main trend in the world today.” At that time there was a global trend of armed struggle against the US and its allies, by anti-imperialist and anti-colonial movements.

The current period is drastically different. In the current period, the colonized and oppressed countries are not engaged in an offensive revolt against US and European domination. It is rather the opposite.

Countries like Iran, Syria, Russia, Cuba, and Venezuela are seeking simply to peacefully co-exist. They are striving to have normal diplomatic relations, to trade with the United States, and to exist as an equal and independent part of the global economy.

The policy of the United States has been to force conflict on these states. If there is a government that cannot be totally controlled, no matter how much it appeases and cooperates with the US, it simply is not tolerated. The policy of the US to force these countries into a corner, threaten them until they finally are forced to push back as an act of basic self-preservation. At this moment, the US then declares such states to be “hostile” and “belligerent” as justification for more attacks and provocations against them.

In the modern world of drones, nuclear warheads, and the huge growing apparatus of destruction, peace is a necessity for humanity. The people of the world rightly want peace, but the United States and its allies will simply not allow it.

No matter how much effort is made to appease them, they will simply not be appeased.

The Syrian Elections on June 3: FIST Statement

FIST members march with Syrian youth at the 2013 World Festival of Youth and Students in Quito, Ecuador.

The Syrian people have an outstanding history of fighting for national liberation and independence. The Syrian Arab Republic was born in the battle against French colonialism, and has continued to defy the will  of imperialists ever since. It has aided the Palestinian people in their fight against Zionist repression, and it has established an economy based on independent economic development.

The response of the Wall Street Billionaires has been to unleash a campaign of terror against the country.  Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have already died, and millions have become refugees. Insurgent terrorists who assassinate, kidnap, bomb, and destroy on a daily basis are being funded and supported by the United States, Britain, France, and other western imperialist powers.

These imperialists now declare that Syria does not have the right to conduct its scheduled Presidential election on June 3rd. The US imperialists lecture Syria about “democracy” while they arm and fund Emirates and Autocrats in Qatar, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. They tell Syria that because of the ongoing fighting, they have no right to hold a Presidential election, even though the much honored US President Abraham Lincoln was re-elected in the context of a massive civil war, 150 years ago. Working class people in the United States suffer from home foreclosures, mass unemployment, and a rising police state. The funds being spent on militarism and campaigns of terror around the world could be much better spent on human needs in this country. The Wall Street class that attacks working people in the US are the same that fund the terrorist violence against the Syrian Arab Republic. The monopolists that seek to control world markets are the common enemy of all progressive forces, and all of humanity.

We in Fight Imperialism – Stand Together (FIST), a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist youth group in the United States, stand with the Syrian people. We say they should be free to conduct their election on June 3rd. We say the terrorist insurgents should be defeated and all support for them from the west should immediately cease. We support the Syrian people in maintaining their economic and political independence.

Solidarity with working people of Ukraine: FIST Statement

Anti-facists in Ukraine's 'Borotba' (Struggle) organization organize in the streets.

Anti-facists in Ukraine’s ‘Borotba’ (struggle) organization organize in the streets.

Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) would like to extend its solidarity and deep condolences to the working class of the Ukraine during this time of trying struggle.

Fascists in the Ukraine backed by the US imperialists committed a horrific massacre on May 2, burning and beating to death 46 people in the Odessa ‘House of Trade Unions’. The historical importance of this date should not be missed as in 1933 Hitler’s fascist thugs stormed all trade union headquarters in Germany and arrested the union leaders. Now 81 years later the same type of fascist thugs, no doubt taking inspiration from this past violent anti-worker attack, have ever more clearly displayed to the world their true colors and what legacy they carry on.

This brutal attack was orchestrated by the illegal coup government in Kiev which US/NATO imperialism played a key role in installing. The western media purposefully distorts the truth about who is to blame, even blaming the victims and ‘Russian agents’. It is clear who is responsible, fascist mobs acting in tune with Kiev and the CIA, even recording their attacks and uploading them online. With the busing in of fascists, removing police from the area, and even arresting the victims of the attack while letting all the attackers go free these actions are condoned and instigated by the Kiev coup government. It’s no coincidence that the CIA is reportedly stationed in Kiev to “advise” them on how to stop the anti-fascist resistance. The CIA has a long track record of collaboration with fascists, dictators, and anyone willing to do the dirty work of capital to destroy people’s movements around the world.

By May 20 weeks of full-on military offensive by the coup government against the working people of eastern Ukraine was turned back by the  dynamic peoples movements there. In the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk and Odessa, militant mass struggle, including armed resistance, showed that the Western-Backed oligarchs of Ukraine will not get away with their pro-NATO austerity agenda without a fight. Earlier in the month, on May 11, Donetsk and Lugansk voted overwhelmingly by referendum for autonomy from the coup regime.

As the coup government tries desperately on May 25 to pull together national elections to legitimize their illegal seizure of power, the working people of the Ukraine face the new challenge of uniting against the NATO-backed oligarchy on a nationwide basis. We support the right of the working people of Ukraine to fight back by any means necessary, from mass organizing and trade union work to underground activities and armed resistance. The coup regime is constantly pushing the people to adopt the latter tactics – on May 7, the Communist Party of Ukraine was banned from participating in parliament, even as outright fascist paramilitary groups are newly recognized as legitimate parties.

The threat of war looms ever more real as US/NATO position warships in the region, schedule war games, and employ armed fascist mobs against the people’s movement. NATO encroachment and takeover would mean harsh austerity measures, like those in Greece, imposed on the working class in the Ukraine. The criminal class of capitalists wages war on the workers of the Ukraine for their hopes of new markets and bigger profits while dumping all the costs onto the workers but the anti-fascist people’s resistance stands in its way.

In light of these events, FIST firmly supports the call put forward by United National Antiwar Coalition for emergency anti-war actions from May 9 to May 26 – for more information about these demonstrations, visit no2nato.org. Attacks on the workers of Ukraine are attacks on the entire international working class. We must organize the workers at home to fight the war threats abroad by the US and build the movement to crush imperialism and fascism internationally.