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March 24  Activists rallied  in support of  ECM Serbia / Serbian People’s Movement (SNP)  dedicated to the 13th anniversary of the NATO aggression against Serbia.

Mitinguschie stated that the crimes of murderers with  NATO membership can not be forgotten. Protesters opposed the treacherous policy of the current Serbian authorities, and stood  against the entry of Serbia into NATO and the EU.

 

 

In addition members of the Eurasian Youth Union of Serbia started a propaganda campaign to promote Eurasianism in the Faculty of Philosophy and Philology of Belgrade University.

The ECM Serbia leaflets “Eurasia” and promotional materials that contain Eurasian manifesto were distributed during this campaign.

 

New Resistance sends our best wishes and  regards to our Eurasian Youth Union of Serbian comrades.  Keep up the Fight!

 

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This is documentary-film on the life of revolutionary nationalist and socialist leader of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, is well worth a watch. It is usa-made and interviews many western journalists and other figures who had met Ho.

The documentary also has footage that I had not seen where Ho meets Chinese revolutionary leader Mao tse Tung, Kruschev of the USSR and Tito of Yugoslavia.

Ho is one of the greatest revolutionary leaders on the twentieth century, and a lot more focus should be put on the historical and continued anti-imperialist and socialist experience of Vietnam. Rather, lefties in the west like it when our people die in their tens of thousands in our wars of liberation against empire, but when our people build up our countries after the resistance, the western lefties aren’t interested any more and usually denounce that which we have successfully built.

It was in reality the radicalization in usa society borne out of the Black Liberation Movement, especially the Panthers and other radicalizing groups like the Young Lords, Brown Berets, Weather Underground, White Panthers, that disturbed the usa ruling class. All organizations which most of the western left at best patronize or more usually denounce as being too this or too that for their liking.

Ho Chi Minh, as the documentary states, spent over thirty years living in the west, including in London and Paris, he was also a founding member of the Communist Party of France in 1920 but was constantly frustrated by the way French colonialism infected the French CP particularly as the CP at times was in the French government and as Vietnam was a French colony at the tie, Ho felt the party could have played a better anti-imperialist role.

He saw in the usa that the blacks were the most oppressed section of the population and supported their militant resistance against white supremacist terror.

Ho Chi Minh was a firm believer of the unity of the socialist camp, and was disturbed and upset when the Communist China fell out with the USSR in the early 1960s, and even in his last words desired the two countries to reunite:


“Being a man who has devoted his whole life to the revolution, the more proud I am of the growth of the international communist and workers’ movement, the more pained I am by the current discord among the fraternal Parties.


I hope that our Party will do its best to contribute effectively to the restoration of unity among the fraternal Parties on the basis of Marxism – Leninism and proletarian internationalism, in a way which conforms to both reason and sentiment.


I am firmly confident that the fraternal Parties and countries will have to unite again.”

This process of rapprochement between the two socialist giants started in the mid 1980s, but never was completed due to the collapse of the USSR due to internal sell-outs like Gorbachev.

Today we can see the Russian state being led by Putin who is the personification of the continuing power of the old Red Army and KGB intelligence services unite again strategically in international politics with China in support of the Global South, most profoundly of late with the veto at the UN security council in favour of supporting Syrian independence which has given the Global South a little breathing space.

Ho Chi Minh’s writings and speeches and as well the military-political leader of the Vietnamese resistance General Giap, a modern master of mass-based socialist guerilla warfare, are important texts for revolutionaries to get their heads around.

The documentary states that Ho believed in outright victory of the liberation forces against the French occupation of the country, and then the usa occupation. On both accounts the Vietnamese defeated them outright. This was a major inspiration to the militancy of the international struggle as with the support of the USSR and China, Vietnam could take on such a strategy vis-a-vis imperialism and win. In so doing, they inspired militancy across the world (listen to the Chilean revolutionary’s and singer’s – Victor Jara’s ode to Ho Chi Minh below), including Che Guevara who concluded in his most famous speech that the world needs one, two three many Vietnams to defeat imperialism across the world.

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Suspicious Activity Reporting asks citizens to keep an eye out on their neighbors — but the results could be terrible.

Crime in Los Angeles is a gritty enterprise, and donning an LAPD badge has historically involved getting your hands dirty. Long before the New York Police Department was spying on Muslim students, the LAPD was running a large-scale domestic spy operation in the 1970s and ’80s, snooping on and infiltrating more than 200 political, labor and civic organizations including the office of then Mayor Tom Bradley. Today, the LAPD isn’t quite so aggressive, but it still employs a directive titled Special Order 1, which permits police officers to deem what is “suspicious” and then act on it.

SO 1 enables LAPD officers to file Suspicious Activity Reports on observed behaviors or activities. Where things get murky, however, is how SAR guidelines categorize constitutionally protected, non-criminal and commonplace activities such as using binoculars, snapping photographs and taking notes as indicators of terrorism-related activity. The SARs are coupled with the LAPD’s iWatch program, a campaign the police pioneered to encourage regular citizens to report “suspicious” activity, including “a person wearing clothes that are too big or too hot for the weather,” or things that just plain old don’t “look right.”

Far from being merely a local phenomenon, the standardized program that the LAPD developed in 2008 served as the lead model for a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. “Success” stories from the LAPD’s program are used in national training material, and the LAPD touts it as “the first program in the U.S. to create a national standard” for terrorism-related procedures.

According to the Information Sharing Environment, the nationwide SAR initiative “establishes a standardized process whereby SAR information can be shared among agencies to help detect and prevent terrorism-related criminal activity.” Personal data that is collected on these individuals is treated as criminal intelligence. The rapidly expanding and dangerously intrusive network houses personal data on thousands of Americans. “The level and the rate at which local law enforcement is expanding its intelligence-gathering activity is very alarming,” said Ameena Mirza Qazi, deputy executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-LA. “We as community advocacy groups hope to continue to work with law enforcement and encourage them to maintain their community policing models working with communities to identify criminal behavior.”

The SAR program’s broad reach extends into every level of the security hierarchy, from citizen policing to federal intelligence agencies. The Minnesota Joint Analysis Center, one of the nation’s 72 “fusion” centers — information-sharing centers created by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security — is where the SAR report on Najam Qureshi, as well as thousands of others, found its final destination. Qureshi was a kiosk owner at the Mall of America, where security guards stop and question, on average, up to 1,200 people each year.  He was questioned by guards and later visited by the FBI at home after his 70-year-old father negligently left his cellphone at a table in the mall’s food court in 2007. The FBI prodded Qureshi and his family, asking “how many people they knew in Afghanistan” and if “they knew anyone who might want to hurt the United States.”

“The problem with this program is that the behavior range of what can be reported is so broad that it just lends itself to discriminatory application,” said Jumana Musa, deputy director of Rights Working Group, an advocacy group based in Washington. “When it comes to these innocuous activities, what people are reporting on is not necessarily the activity, but who is doing the activity.”

As a counter-terrorism initiative, the SAR program is already in place in major cities like Boston, Miami and Seattle, and is in the process of being rolled out across the nation by September of this year. The Los Angeles model gives citizens in other places an idea of what they can expect. Between 2008 and 2010, the LAPD shared 2,668 SARs with the local fusion center, which only uploaded 2 percent of them to the database — meaning that the majority of the reports did not have a reasonable indication of criminal activity. Though only a fraction were used by the fusion center, the LAPD retained the remaining 98 percent of its SARs in intelligence files, even though they did not serve as evidence of crime.

This is in stark contrast to former LAPD policy, which mandated that any intel amassed to follow a lead had to be destroyed if reasonable suspicion of criminal activity hadn’t been established. “This is such a drain of resources when there are real crime threats out there where these resources could much better be utilized,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent and currently the policy counsel on national security, immigration and privacy at ACLU National. “The real problem with these systems is that they encourage and cause waste and drive resources away from legitimate investigations.”

According to an independent analysis conducted by the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions in April 2011, analysts  “also expressed a desire to obtain feedback on SARs reported to federal agencies on whether the SARs did, in fact, constitute genuine threats; such feedback reportedly occurs rarely, if ever.” The report also found that the majority of thwarted terrorism plots came from investigations into criminal activity as opposed to intelligence gathering. “They’ve created this expensive, and resource-intensive system that has a huge impact on innocent people’s privacy,” said German. “And yet there is no science showing that this is an effective way of going about law enforcement or intelligence gathering.”

The most alarming feature of LAPD’s Special Order 1 is the vague language that lowers the threshold for what can be considered “suspicious,” and does not even meet the already soft federal standards that require “articulable facts and circumstances that [are] …  indicative of criminal activity associated with terrorism.”  Special Order 1 only requires “articulable facts and circumstances that [are] … reasonably indicative of suspicious activity associated with terrorism.” That single word removes a citizen’s safeguards from harassment, eliminates the requirement of probable cause, and encourages officers to investigate non-criminal activity.

“In using different language, it opens the door to somebody saying this is a lower standard,” said German. “What we’re seeing is a lot of people being stopped, harassed, even arrested for doing no more than taking a photograph.” In some cases, police counter-terrorism training has been proven to be blatantly Islamophobic or hyperbolic at the least, which can color an officer’s perception of a “suspicious” threat.

Take, for example, an incident that transpired in December 2009 in Henderson, Nev. An observant bystander called the police to notify them of a suspicious scene — seven Muslim men were praying in a gas-station parking lot. Praying in a public space is a constitutionally protected activity, and though no illegal conduct was described in the tip, the Henderson Police officers detained the seven Muslims for approximately 40 minutes and searched their vehicle. In a recording of the incident, a police officer expresses that he doesn’t know what they could be praying about and suggests that they could be chanting, “I want to kill a police officer today.” The officers later said that “they were not trained well enough to know how to appropriately respond to Muslim religious behavior.”

With recent revelations about the NYPD’s actions, civil liberties groups are concerned that vague criteria provided in SAR policies puts a bull’s-eye on the Muslim American community. “The program absolutely targets the Muslim community,” said Musa. “But I think the issue is that it could really target any community, it depends on what the threat is that people decide they are looking at.”

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With regard to Alexey Beliayev-Guintovt — an artist who is in demand, is featured in museum collections and has had a career that stretches back nearly twenty years — after 2008, when he received the Kandinsky Prize, epithets such as “political author,” “crypto-fascist” and simply “shameful” began to be used. In all honesty, all of these terms, at the very least, appear to be far-fetched — over the last fifteen years (until now, at least) Beliayev-Guintovt’s manner and technique have remained almost entirely unchanged. This is where the discrepancy is most apparent — why did this artist, with a strong and continual attraction to manual work (in the most literal sense, as his artistic technique is actually termed “palm printing”) that prevailed, let us say, until the end of the 1990s, suddenly become a fascist, waving the party’s red flag in the 2000s? Perhaps it is all about the flag. By no means quarrelsome by nature, the artist Beliayev-Guintovt clearly experiences an entirely explicable nostalgic passion for banners and the imperialist colors of red and gold. This, nevertheless, would appear to be something that lies in the realms of aesthetic preferences, rather than political views. In terms of the latter, Alexey Beliayev-Guintovt has long been a firm Eurasian and internationalist, and there is absolutely no way that he could be pigeonholed in any national-socialist framework.

55° 45′ 20.83″ N, 37° 37′ 03.48″ E is in essence a continuation of the Parade, developing it in the direction of a totalized future. Of the twenty-one images, only three have been made with the artist’s more familiar technique of palm printing. They form the so-called “entry group.” In the first, fish-scaled creatures, sent out through the Kremlin Gates, are revealed in a mysterious manner, with the aid of certain magical spheres and spirals that are akin to a form of teleportation from Soviet science fiction films. Before them there are guards: people and zoomorphic beings with halberd-blasters in their hands. The second are zooms — images of the guards, blown up several times over, portraits in close-up, from the waist up. Even without seeing the other nineteen images, it is clear that Beliayev-Guintovt is giving expression to things that has interested him for his entire life — theatricality and the cinematic. The images-sets are akin to screenshots from some futuristic film such as Lang’s Metropolis, albeit even less adapted for habitation by living creatures. We might note that there are incredibly few inhabitants of the city for such a large project. It appears as if there is no one at all. The main sites are artistic “sets,” the colossal architecture and the overarching construction of the endless sky, by turns glowing with the northern lights, covered with vast rainbows or split by the giant lightning flashes of tropical storms from an era of global warming.
Alexandra Rudyk

http://triumph-gallery.com/events/137.html

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GDP & Disaster Capitalism

 

“By itself the GDP tells very little. Simply a measure of total output (the dollar value of finished goods and services), it assumes that everything produced is by definition “goods.” It does not distinguish between costs and benefits, between productive and destructive activities, or between sustainable and unsustainable ones. The nation’s central measure of well being works like a calculating machine that adds but cannot subtract. It treats everything that happens in the market as a gain for humanity, while ignoring everything that happens outside the realm of monetized exchange, regardless of the importance to well-being.

 By the curious standard of the GDP, the nation’s economic hero is a terminal cancer patient who is going through a costly divorce. The happiest event is an earthquake or a hurricane. The most desirable habitat is a multibillion-dollar Superfund site. All these add to the GDP, because they cause money to change hands. It is as if a business kept a balance sheet by merely adding up all “transactions,” without distinguishing between income and expenses, or between assets and liabilities.”

–Clifford Cobb, Ted Halstead, and Jonathan Rowe, If the GDP is Up, Why is America Down?

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