08/27/11

Communist Leader: The Republicans Must be Defeated!

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Jarvis Tyner

In 2008, Communist Party USA executive vice chair Jarvis Tyner criss-crossed the United States drumming up support for his party’s “friend” Barack Obama.

In 2011, Comrade Tyner still loves Obama, but perhaps even more, he hates the Republicans. Boy does he hate the Republicans!

Tyner makes it clear how he regards the GOP when he writes of them picking their next “fuehrer.”

Jarvis Tyner writes in the latest Peoples World:

After watching the recent Republican presidential debate in Iowa, I am sure millions have been convinced more than ever that the Republicans must be defeated in 2012.

This motley crew of right-wing fanatics are not in favor of giving any concessions to the working class, the poor or the victims of systemic racism.

They have no regard for historic levels of poverty, unemployment, home foreclosures, hunger and homelessness that people of color suffer.

They don’t care about the youth and children who attend run-down, understaffed and underfunded public schools every day.

The fact that tens of million of youth who should be going to college or starting their first real job but instead face the prospect of years, decades, perhaps even a lifetime of joblessness, underemployment and incarceration is a non-issue to them.

They didn’t get the memo on global warming and the health care crisis.

The Iowa debate convened the real “death panel,” because if the GOP policies prevail a whole lot of people won’t survive.

In their debate, the war hawks pushed for more war, more squandering of blood and treasure while claiming to support the troops.

With the addition of Rick Perry, the political debate among the Republican contenders has moved even further to the right. The process of picking the next Republican “fuehrer” shows a party whose time has long past.

The GOP candidates oppose the concept of people before profits. As Mitt Romney put it last week, “corporations are people.” Their uncompromising priority is protecting the wealth and privileges of the super rich, which means they are uncompromisingly against the general welfare of the people, particularly multiracial working majority.

They say they’re opposed to big government, but that is a cover up.

By opposing raising taxes on the super rich and cutting the military budget and subsidies to big oil, they oppose jobs for the unemployed, rebuilding the collapsing infrastructure, ending the foreclosure crisis. Theirs is not a noble cause.

The very premise of their policies is a fallacy. If the dominant policies of the current Republican contenders prevail, our nation will be driven into a far deeper crisis economically, socially and politically.

The truth is that the crisis will not be overcome without increasing the wellbeing and buying power of working people. And that is what they are fighting tooth and nail.

The racial dynamic of their policies are something that should alarm all democratic minded people.

It is no accident that the tea party’s largest base is among southern whites, who according to a recent Notre Dame study, continue to be highly influenced by the ideology of racism.

They considered black people inferior before Obama, and they continue to be motivated to defeat Obama because he is African American.

The driving force for progressive activism in the coming 2012 election is not how serious one can criticize Obama’s concessions to the right but the grave historic danger from the right. The Republicans must be defeated.

Having just watched the movie The Help, and as the son of a mother and father who grew up in the Jim Crow South this writer is reminded of what is at stake. If the Republican-Libertarian-tea party Axis thinks we are going back to the days of Jim Crow, they are mistaken.

The extreme right has done enormous damage to the national spirit of unity and hope. And it is true that Obama didn’t fight hard enough and succumbed to the enormous pressure from the right on too many occasions. However, the democratic forces have to take our country back from the fanatic right-wing minority.

One has to be impressed by the new militant spirit of fight back that is gaining momentum across the country. Grassroots folks from people’s and labor organizations are confronting tea party elected officials at their town hall meetings.

Labor is gearing up for the big fight for jobs and decent contracts. The immigrant rights movement is on the move.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus and Black Caucus are holding hearings on the issue of jobs creation through public works to repair our neglected infrastructure.

Taxing the rich has become a majority demand. Tens of thousands are lining up at job fairs organized to get corporations to step up and hire the unemployed, veterans and youth.

Peace forces are pushing to bring the troops home and transfer the money to create jobs and stop the massive number of foreclosures.

This is a crusade to put the people first.

Before the announcement of Hurricane Irene on Sunday, tens of thousands were planning to come to Washington to welcome the now postponed opening of the monument to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What are they demanding? Jobs. Jobs. Jobs!!

Despite their correct criticisms of the president, they understand that the main danger comes from the right.

If the GOP regains all three branches of the government, the crisis of human suffering can and will become far more severe.

The majority of the American people understand that the reelection of Obama is not an option. It is part of what is necessary to win this epic battle.

Could comrade Tyner make it any clearer?

The 2012 election is not about Democrats versus Republicans.

It is about almost certain socialism and tyranny versus the hint of a chance of restoring liberty in America.

08/27/11

“Fur Hats and Arms” – Chavez Plans Yet Another Russia Trip

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

From Russia Today:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov after a meeting at the presidential palace in Caracas on August 24, 2011

Hugo Chavez has met with the Russian Foreign Minister and promised to personally visit Russia in the nearest future to seal more contracts, purchase weapons, and maybe a fur hat to counter the winter frost.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which was the last – and most emotional – leg of his Latin American tour that also included Peru and Salvador. Caracas met him as an honorary guest. The capital’s Mayor Jorge Rodriguez presented him the keys to the city, after which Lavrov laid a wreath at the Monument to Venezuelan national hero Simon Bolivar.

The most anticipated part of the visit was Lavrov’s Wednesday meeting with Hugo Chavez, who has been battling against cancer in recent months. When the Venezuelan leader did not come to greet Russia’s top diplomat at the entrance to Miraflores presidential palace, many worried that it could have been a bad sign and the president was not in a good shape, wrote Rossiyskaya Gazeta (RG). However, after the talks, which lasted for about two hours, Chavez did make an appearance before journalists and, together with Lavrov, answered questions about the outcome of the meeting.

The Venezuelan president said that he would like to visit Moscow in late 2011-early 2012.

“Please give an embrace to President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on my behalf and convey my greetings to the entire people of Russia,” Chavez said while addressing Lavrov after their meeting, as cited Itar-Tass news agency.

Lavrov noted that Russian political leaders are always glad to see Chavez in the capital.

“I will certainly come to Moscow,” the president stated. He stroked his head – bald as a result of two rounds of chemotherapy – and added that he would now need more warm clothes, “probably a Russian fur cap.”

As for business matters, the visit appeared to be quite fruitful. Venezuela may soon get a four-billion dollar loan to spend on a variety of projects, including a new purchase of weapons from Russia – which is the republic’s major arms supplier.

Chavez stressed that the “strengthening of relations” between Caracas and Moscow included socio-economic development projects, and would “of course” also “serve to strengthen technical and military cooperation, which is moving along at a good pace,” reported Venezuelanalysis.com. He added that, among other things, an additional step has been taken towards the installation of a highly modernized air-defense system based on Russian technology. According to Chavez, his state needs new weapons in order to avoid repeating the fate of the Muammar Gaddafi regime.

Lavrov observed that Russia is interested in a more poly-centric world “with a more solid architecture, supporting the economic centers, including the Latin American center”.

In a few weeks, the Venezuelan Finance Minister, Jorge Giordani, will travel to Moscow to negotiate the details of the loan. Apparently, the Russian side has already made a positive decision on the matter and is ready to lend four billion dollars to its main strategic partner in Latin America, reports Kommersant daily citing a source at Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

“We don’t see any problems about that since Venezuela has no outstanding debts with Russia,” the source said. “We understand that Chavez has to get weapons on credit because [the money received from the oil trade] is spent on social programs. Considering the pre-election situation in Venezuela, this loan would be a real opportunity for us to support our key ally in the region.

During the Caracas meeting, Lavrov and Chavez also discussed the joint development of a Russian-Venezuelan bank, which Moscow and Caracas want to turn into an analogue of a mini-IMF (Inernational Monetary Fund). According to Kommersant, the bank’s first task might actually be the issuance of the $4 billion loan to Venezuela.

“We are considering the project of a joint bank with Russia. Its branch has already been opened in Moscow, another branch will soon be opened in Caracas and one more in Beijing,” Chavez said after the talks with Lavrov. The reference to a Beijing branch might indicate that China could also join the project.

Yet another idea that Caracas is mulling over is transferring its billions of dollars in cash reserves and gold from the US and Europe to banks in Russia, China and Brazil. Moscow says that it is ready to think about the proposal.

“If our Venezuelan friends decide to use schemes involving Russia, we will consider them,” Lavrov told journalists. He emphasized though that these reserve funds are the property of the republic and it is up to Caracas to decide how to use them.

Overall, both sides expressed satisfaction with the “active nature of the political dialogue between Russia and Venezuela, which occurs on a bilateral basis and within mechanisms of multilateral cooperation,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Moscow and Caracas are ready to further develop cooperation. Lavrov and Maduro also signed an agreement on the opening of centers of science and culture in Moscow and Caracas.

Under Chavez’s presidency, the two countries have been enjoying rather warm relations. One of the most vivid examples of the friendship was Venezuela’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states after the August 2008 war. Hugo Chavez has visited Moscow nine times, and Medvedev became the first Russian leader to travel to Venezuela since diplomatic relations between the two countries were established.

Moscow’s current friendship with Hugo Chavez is far more dangerous to US interests than was Moscow’s relationship with Cuba in the 1960s.

Then the US had a Democrat president who was prepared to stare down the Soviets.

Today?