Friday, October 20, 2017

Kurdish tragedy: Iraqi army advances against Peshmerga towards Erbil province

Moranbong Band - "March of Rocketeers of the Republic" [English]





Korea Does What It Is Determined To Do!: 00:06 - 03:35 We Will Safeguard The Leadership of The Revolution With Desperate Courage!: 03:34 - 06:50 We Will Glorify Our Conviction of Victory!: 06:56 - 10:00 Forward, Steel-Like Division: 10:00 - 12:17 We Serve The Supreme Commander!: 12:17 - 14:34 We Shall Hold Our Bayonets More Firmly: 14:34 - 17:09 The Mt.Paektu Army Song: 17:09 - 19:45 Victorious Military Parade: 19:45 - 22:31 Song of The Kim Il Sung's Socialist Youth League: 22:31 - 24:41 Forward, Invincible Powerful Nation!: 24:41 - 27:15 From Victory To Victory: 27:15 - 31:07 Long Live The Workers Party of North Korea!: 31:07 - 34:14 The General Is Great Champion: 34:14 - 38:27 Long Live Generalissimo Kim Il Sung!: 38:27 - 41:12 Along The Road of Uninterrupted Revolution Under The Banner of Songun: 41:12 - 43:46 The General Is Seen In The Outpost: 43:46 - 48:05 Make a Higher Leap, My Motherland!: 48:05 - 50:32 The Might of Korea: 50:32 - 54:06 Towards The Better Future!: 54:06 - 57:00 National Anthem of North Korea: 57:00 - 1:00:00

Its Happening - Spanish Direct Rule to take over of Catalan TV - Catalan Police and Presidential Powers





"Let's be realistic, do the impossible" Catalan Republic Rising remembers Che Guevara


North Korea's Letter to Australian Parliament



Democracy and Class Struggle publish the full letter from North Korea to Australian Parliament something which the newspapers have not done usually they just quote some sentences but not whole letter.

This selective quotation and spin on statements from DPRK is across the spectrum from RT to BBC and CNN.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Full clash collision. Madrid will strip Catalonia of its self-government. And if it does, Catalonia will officially declare independence.



Spain and the Catalan Crisis by Dr Andrew Dowling



The Dr Andrew Dowling lecture shows the strengths and weaknesses of the Catalan national movement particularly its weakness in the working class unlike Scotland where the working class is more strongly represented in the national movement - it shows while the CUP  has working class support there is much work to be done to strengthen working class position in national movement and particularly in its leadership - the hesitancy of the bourgeois leadership of the Catalan Independence Movement  is self evident and the working class forces like CUP may be too weak to seize direction of the national movement hence Dr Andrew Dowling's conclusion that the Catalan National Movement lacks the strength to break with Spain at this moment in time is his personal view and not ours

Dr Andrew Dowling (School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University) is a specialist on modern and contemporary Catalonia and is the author of The Rise of Catalan Independence: Spain’s Territorial Crisis published by Routledge in December 2017. He has previously written Reconstructing the Nation: Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War (Sussex Academic Press, 2012), as well as numerous academic articles

                     Can the working class give direction to the national movement in Catalonia ?

Spanish government will meet on Saturday to trigger article 155, withdrawing Catalonia's right to self-governance





Statement in Catalan and Spanish of Solidarity with struggle in Catalonia




"L'organització Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr de Gal•les afirma que la lluita catalana és bàsicament una lluita per la democràcia contra un Estat espanyol burgès corrupte, que ha pres una forma nacional a Catalunya.

No obstant això, el lideratge nacionalista català busca subordinar a Catalunya a una Brussel•les corrupta i a la Unió Europea, no és l'alliberament nacional, sinó un simple reajustament entre els burgesos nacionals de l'Estat espanyol i d'Europa.

L'Esquerra Revolucionària de Catalunya s´ha d'oposar tant al corrupte Estat espanyol com a la corrupta Unió Europa, l'OTAN i elevar a la classe obrera al lideratge polític de la lluita nacional per la democràcia a Catalunya. La classe obrera ha de guanyar la direcció de l'alliberament nacional.
Suport a la declaració unilateral d'independència de Catalunya.

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La organización Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr de Gales afirma que la lucha catalana es básicamente una lucha por la democracia contra un Estado español burgués corrupto, que ha tomado una forma nacional en Cataluña.

Sin embargo, el liderazgo nacionalista catalán busca subordinar a Cataluña a una Bruselas corrupta y a la Unión Europea, no es la liberación nacional, sino un simple reajuste entre los burgueses nacionales del Estado español y de Europa.

La Izquierda Revolucionaria de Cataluña debe oponerse tanto al corrupto Estado español como a la corrupta Unión Europa, la OTAN y elevar a la clase obrera al liderazgo político de la lucha nacional por la democracia en Cataluña. La clase obrera debe ganar la dirección de la liberación nacional.
Apoyo a la declaración unilateral de independencia de Catalunya.

Socialism and Independence

Yr Aflonyddwch Mawr in Wales says the Catalan struggle is basically a struggle for democracy against a corrupt bourgeois Spanish State which has taken a national form in Catalonia.

However the bourgeois nationalist Catalan leadership seeks to subordinate Catalonia to a corrupt Brussels and the European Union - this is  not national liberation but a readjustment among the national bourgeois in the Spanish State and Europe.

The Revolutionary Left in Catalonia should oppose both the corrupt Spanish State and the corrupt European Union and NATO and elevate the working class to political leadership of the national struggle for democracy in Catalonia - the working class should win the direction of national liberation.

Support a unilateral declaration of independence

SEE ASLO _https://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/the-national-question-once-again.html


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Catalonia - The Final Countdown






Slain Maltese Journalist Had Powerful Enemies



Ken Mifsud Bonnici, a legal adviser to the European Commission, wrote that Malta was facing a “veritable collapse of the rule of law”.

At the root of the problem, he argued, was a constitution (bequeathed by Britain, Malta’s former colonial ruler) that hands vast powers to the executive, without the checks normal in a democracy. For example, only the police, who answer to political authorities, have the power to initiate investigations, “so police investigations against the government or without its consent are impossible”.

On May 7th, the Sunday Times of Malta reported that the island’s financial watchdog had told the police it had a “reasonable suspicion” that the prime minister’s right-hand man, Keith Schembri, had been involved in money-laundering. Yet the claim, which Mr Schembri denies, was not investigated, the paper said.

Does any of this matter beyond little Malta? If Mr Mifsud Bonnici is right, it does: whichever party is in office, the island could be used by dubious interests as a private back door into the EU.