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Speech to the rally convened by the Greater Toronto Kurdish House, October 13

[Metnin Türkçe çevirisi aşağıdadır.]

Demonstrations took place around the world on Saturday, October 12, and in Toronto on October 13, to protest the invasion of northern Syria by Turkey, its bombing and its brutal ground assault on the Kurdish people.

Speech to the rally convened by the Greater Toronto Kurdish House, October 13, across from the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue in Toronto

Sisters and brothers, comrades and friends, Biji Rojava! Biji Rojava! (Long live Rojava!)

My name is Barry Weisleder, federal secretary of Socialist Action. Thank you for the opportunity to join you in demanding: Turkey Out of Syria! Hands Off Rojava! Self-Determination for the Kurdish People!

When Donald Trump gave Recep Erdogan the green light to bomb and invade Rojava it was another in a long series of betrayals of the Kurdish people by imperialism. The super-rich Masters of the Universe believe that they have the right to manipulate, even to destroy anyone who stands in their path to profit from the plunder of the world’s resources.

To this, workers around the world say NO! No to ethnic cleansing. No to demographic engineering. No to murder and mayhem in norther Syria, where close to one million Kurds live.

The Sykes-Picot Agreement was a secret treaty in 1916 between Britain and France. It was exposed by the Bolsheviks in 1917. It was entrenched by the so-called Paris Peace Conference in 1919, with the support of the United States, Italy and Japan. It dismembered the Ottoman Empire. It drew lines in the sand for the benefit of Big Oil. A century later, the world is choking on pollution, climate change and war.

Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, like the U.S. retreat from Afghanistan, like its impotent response to attacks on tank vessels, Saudi oil rigs, and the shooting down of a U.S. military drone, shows the decay of U.S. imperialism as the hegemonic imperialist power. But a wounded beast can be very dangerous.

Recent events also show the failure of any policy that relies on an alliance with imperialism or with the neo-colonial dictators of the region. They all hate Rojava. Why? Not just because it is a Kurdish majority autonomous zone, but because it is pro-working class, pro-woman, and a popular democracy. The imperialists prefer Al-Qaeda, Daesh/ISIS, the Zionist state, and the Saudi Kingdom to a socialist and feminist Rojava. But we defend Rojava.

What is the role of Ottawa in this horrendous situation? Justin Trudeau sheds crocodile tears for the Kurds and for Yemen. At the same time, he allows the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. The Liberal government increased its military budget by 70 per cent. It maintains troops in Latvia and Ukraine, police in Haiti, and it leads the Lima Group which seeks to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Venezuela. A Canadian general in NATO led the bombing that destroyed Libya. We want no more of Trudeau’s fake tears and dirty lies, whatever colour he paints his face.

We stand with the Kurdish people, and we say loudly:

  • Combine the struggle for democracy and national liberation.
  • For Socialist Revolution in the Middle East! Build a revolutionary workers’ party there, here and everywhere.
  • Turkey Out of Syria!
  • Next time, let’s protest at the Turkish Consulate in Toronto.
  • No Reliance on the American rulers.
  • U.S. and allied imperialists Out of the Middle East!
  • Canada Out of NATO!
  • Self-Determination for the Kurdish nation!


Metnin Türkçe çevirisi

Aşağıdaki metin, Toronto Kürt Evi Derneği’nin 13 Ekim 2019’da Toronto Amerikan Konsolosluğu önünde düzenlediği protesto gösterisinde okunmuştur.

Kardeşler, yoldaşlar, dostlar… Biji Rojova! Yaşasın Rojova!

Ben Barry Weisleder. Sosyalist Eylem örgütünün federal sekreteriyim. Davetiniz için teşekkür ediyorum. Ve sizlerle birlikte haykırıyorum: Türkiye Suriye’den defol! Rojova’dan elinizi çekin! Kürt halkına kendi kaderini tayin hakkı!D

Donald Trump’ın, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’a Rojova’yı bombalayıp işgal etmesi için yeşil ışık yakması, emperyalizmin Kürt halkına ihanetler zincirinin son halkasıdır. Kainatın Efendisi süper-zenginler, dünya kaynaklarını talan edip kar ederlerken önlerine çıkan herkesi imha etmeye hakları olduğunu zannediyorlar.

Bu kıyıma dünyanın dört bir yanında işçiler dur diyor. Etnik temizliğe hayır! Nüfus mühendisliğine hayır! Milyonlarca Kürdün yaşadığı Kuzey Irak’ta karmaşa ve cinayete hayır!

1916’ta Britanya ve Fransa arasında Sykes-Picot gizli antlaşması imzalanmıştı. Bolşevikler bu anlaşmayı bir sene sonra gün yüzüne çıkarmışlardı. Bu antlaşma ABD, İtalya ve Japonya’nın desteklediği sözde 1919 tarihli sözde Paris Barış Antlaşmasıyla perçinlenmişti. Bu anlaşmalarla Osmanlı Devleti paramparça ediliyordu. Sınırlar, petrol devlerinin çıkarına göre belirleniyordu. İşte bundan tam bir asır sonra bugün dünya, kirlilik, iklim değişimi ve savaş kıskacında can çekişiyor.

Trump’ın Kuzey Suriye’den çekilme kararı, tıpkı ABD’nin Afganistan’dan çekilmesiyle petrol tankerlerine, Suudi petrol kuyularına ve Amerikan insansız hava aracına saldırıya verdiği cılız tepkiyle aynı anlama geliyor: ABD emperyalizmi hegemonik emperyalist güç olma konumunu yitirmekte. Aman ha, bunu yabana atmayın. yaralı bir vahşi hayvan çok tehlikelidir.

Tüm bu olanlar, emperyalizmle veyahut bölgedeki yeni-sömürgeci diktatörlerle ittifaka dayanan tüm politikaların iflasını gösteriyor. Rojova’dan nefret ediyorlar. Neden? Sadece Kürt çoğunluğuna dayanan otonom bir bölge olduğu için mi? Hayır. Aynı zamanda işçilerden, kadınlardan ve halk demokrasisinden yana olduğu için. Emperyalistler Al-Kaide’yi, DAEŞ’i, Siyonist devleti ve Suudi Kralığını, sosyalist ve feminist Rojova’ya yeğliyorlar. Ama Rojova’nım yanında biz varız.

Bu korkunç tabloda Ottava’nın rolü ne? Justin Trudeau Kürtler ve Yemen için timsah gözyaşları döküyor. Bir yandan da Suudi Arabistan’a silah satmaya onay veriyor. Liberal hükümet savunma bütçesini yüzde 70 arttırdı. Letonya ve Ukrayna’da asker tutuyor, Haiti’de polisi var ve Venezüela’nın seçilmiş hükümetine darbe yapmaya çalışan Lima grubunu destekliyor. Libya’yı yerleşir eden bombardımanın başındaki NATO komutanı Kanadalı bir generaldi. Trudeau’nım sahte gözyaşlarına ve yalanlarına karnımız tok. Yüzünü ister siyaha boyasın, ister beyaza…

Bizler Kürt halkının yanındayız. Ve tüm yüreğimizle haykırıyoruz:

    • Demokrasi mücadelesiyle ulusal kurtuluş mücadelesini birleştirelim
    • Ortadoğu’da sosyalist devrim!
    • Dünyanın dört bir yanında devrimci partileri inşa edelim
    • Türkiye Suriye’den defol!
    • Bir sonraki protesto gösterimiz Toronto’daki Türkiye konsolosluğu önünde olsun
    • Amerikan efendilere güvenmek yok
    • Amerikan emperyalistleri ve işbirlikçileri, Ortadoğu’dan defolun!
    • Kanada NATO’dan çık!
    • Kürt halkına kendi kaderini tayin hakkı

Detaylı bilgi için:
http://www.socialistaction.ca ya da 647–986–1917

Another great Rebel Film night in Toronto on October 11

Attached are some photos taken at the well-attended Rebel Film night, October 11 at OISE U of Toronto.

The outstanding film “Nae Passaran” showed the power of international working class solidarity. Forty years on, Scottish factory workers discover the impact of their refusal to work on Chilean jet engines at the Rolls-Royce factory, in the wake of the ruthless, U.S.-backed military coup in Chile in 1973. The workers kept the labour boycott going for four years. Anna Ainsworth, Executive Board member of the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union, and one of the leaders of the community college teachers’ strike in 2017, opened a lively and highly participatory discussion. Enclosed pix show Anna, meeting chair Elizabeth Byce, and part of the crowd. Folks bought books and buttons, and snapped up copies of the new Socialist Action Federal Election Manifesto 2019. To see the Manifesto text, along with news about future films, our Election Watch party at the Imperial Pub in Toronto on October 21, and the SA Education for Activists Conference, November 15-16, please visit: Socialist Action – Canada

Socialists Say ‘Vote NDP’

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Canadian Unions Sharply Divided on Federal Election

by Gary Porter

On October 21 Canadians will elect 338 Members of Parliament.

Since its high point — winning 103 seats in 2011, making it the Official Opposition, which occurred when a Conservative government was elected under Stephen Harper — the fortunes of the New Democratic Party have been in decline. In 2015, with polls indicating a possible NDP federal government, the right wing social democratic leadership moved to the right. The party ran on a promise of a neo-liberal balanced budget. The capitalist Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau promised more funds for health and education, admitting it would increase the deficit. They won. The NDP lost 60 seats, reduced to 43.

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Why the NDP is a field of battle – In dialogue with comrades in the TF-FI

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Why the NDP is a field of battle.

The question of the Canadian labour party, the party built by the trade union movement and the fusion with the former members of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation(CCF) , the antecedent social democratic party to the New Democratic Party, has been the subject of much debate within the Canadian left and now with our dialogue with the comrades of the Trotskyist Fraction-Fourth International, taking an international dimension as well.

The following document, adopted at the May 2019 national convention of Socialist Action/Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste (SA/LAS), elaborates in full our orientation to this field of class struggle, and in doing so contributes to a fuller understanding of how revolutionary socialists help build working class political independence in countries where bourgeois workers parties dominate the political landscape.

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Socialist Action at Climate Strikes across the Canadian state

It was an historic day around the world. Years from now, you are likely to remember where you were on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Over 7 million people took to the streets for the global climate strikes, “including 12,000 here in my home city of Winnipeg”, said Indigenous political activist David Clayton Muller. “It was the largest climate mobilization ever.  We made history today folks.”

In Canada, 800,000+ people joined the climate strikes in at least 85 cities. In Montreal, Indigenous youth led the way as 500,000 people marched to demand bold climate action. It was the largest single climate march in the world.

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