12/3/10

Socialists Motivated by Wikileaks – “It is Time to Tear Down the Empire”

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Whatever the motivation of the Wikileakers, the far left is using the leaks to motivate their base.

Andrea Pason and Billy Wharton are co-chairs of the Socialist Party USA. They just published this statement in LINKS, an international Marxist journal run by the Australian Socialist Alliance:

The latest Wikileaks revelations should be a call to action for all Americans. It is time to tear down the empire that has been created in their name. Two tasks are first and foremost. We need to create a vibrant movement to end the wars being waged in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. No more occupations, no more military surges and no more drone attacks. Simultaneously, we must demand that the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay be closed immediately. Achieving such demands will open a political space to more directly challenge the center of the military industrial complex by calling for an immediate reduction of the military budget by 50% and the closing of all US military bases abroad.

As democratic socialists, we imagine another society, where the great wealth this world produces is put to use to meet human needs. Such a world would not need the secret cloak that covers the operations of the US empire. It would, instead, be based on notions that seem very distant from our current reality – democracy, free association and self-determination. We think that democratic socialism holds the potential to live up to these lofty ideals. Let the Wikileaks disclosures provide the motivation for you to join in this struggle.

Whenever you want to know who is behind a project, look at who has the most to gain.

The far left clearly has more to gain from Wikileaks, than do those who want to preserve freedom and the American republic.

12/3/10

Chinese Communist Party Leader Meets Dem, GOP Leaders

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

This is not healthy.

From the website of the Communist Party of China International Department:

Washington DC December 1. Senior officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the U.S. government held discussions here Wednesday on exchanges between the CPC and major U.S. political parties.

Wang Jiarui, visiting minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, and Acting U.S. Secretary of State James Steinberg, also talked about other issues of mutual interest during their meeting.

Wang said with close attention and guidance from top Chinese and U.S. leaders, all sectors of the two countries have forged the consensus on the importance of building a positive, cooperative and comprehensive bilateral relationship for the 21st century, as well as a partnership to address common challenges.

Political parties from both sides need to exchange views candidly through dialogues on overall, strategic and long-term issues concerning the development of bilateral relationship, said Wang, who is leading a CPC delegation here to attend the 2nd High-level Dialogue of Political Parties between China and the United States.

Such dialogues, he said, will help promote mutual strategic trust, and provide new platforms and dynamics for long-term, sound and steady growth of relations between the two countries.

Steinberg, for his part, said the framework laid down by U.S. and Chinese heads of state has helped elevate bilateral relationship to a level of maturity.

The United States will stick to fundamentals of its policies toward China regardless of whatever changes that may happen in the country’s political environment.

Steinberg said that the U.S. side attaches great importance to the visit by the CPC delegation headed by Wang and its upcoming dialogue with both Democratic and Republican Parties, saying that such a channel of communication could play an important role in propelling the long-term growth of the U.S.-China relationship.

Wang was invited by both Democratic and Republican Parties to attend the two-day dialogue, which opens Thursday.