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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

SA/LAS in Dialog with the Trotskyist Fraction – F.I.

In 2016 and 2017 Socialist Action / Ligue pour l’Action socialiste (Canadian state) contributed to the formation of a new revolutionary political current in the Fourth International. It was based on a text which constituted a sound, principled and absolutely necessary challenge to the F.I. leadership’s abandonment of the historic programme of world Trotskyism. Published in six languages, the document gained support by organizations and individuals around the world. Unfortunately, the Platform for a Revolutionary International obtained few votes at the World Congress held in March 2018.

At the SA/LAS convention in Toronto in May 2018 we pledged to continue our close collaboration with our American comrades in Socialist Action (USA), our very good relations with the Fourth International section in Greece, with the comrades of the Anticapitalist and Revolution (AetR) tendency of the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) in France, with the Revolutionary Left Anti-capitalists (IZAR) in Spain, with Socialist Democracy in Ireland, with the LUS in Mexico, and with co-thinkers in Italy, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong and other countries. Our efforts to participate in the FI as a sympathizing organization, or even to attain observer status, have seemingly reached a dead end. The decision of the 1995 World Congress to include SA/LAS in all F.I. gatherings has been systematically violated. Farcically, the dormant Gauche socialiste in Quebec, which claims to have ten members, remains the official F.I. section in Canada.

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PRINCIPLES AND TACTICS: SOCIALISTS UTILIZING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BALLOT-LINE Contributions to a Debate

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Paul Le Blanc, Rob Lyons, Matthew Strauss

Preface

With the one-sentence preface “these ten points indicate where my thinking is now on certain questions,” I initiated a tempest in the little teapot of my FaceBook page, although the storm – such as it was – swept through other sites and beyond the virtual reality of the worldwide web.

What generated the debate were ten fairly succinct points on how I felt revolutionary socialists should respond to socialists running on the ballot-line of the Democratic Party (the most famous so far being Congressional representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) and the related question of the Bernie Sanders campaign. Many had assumed I would express “revolutionary rejection” – and the fact that I expressed something different astonished many.

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Independent Jewish Voices Canada condemns NDP removal of federal candidate for tweets criticizing Israel

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The federal New Democratic Party has removed noted Halifax activist Rana Zaman from the party’s candidacy in the Dartmouth-Cole Harbour riding, which she won on May 1 by a vote of party members. The ostensible reason for her removal is several tweets that Zaman made in August 2018 when Israeli forces were shooting thousands of unarmed Gazans during the “Great March of Return.”

Although Ms. Zaman’s tweets did contain comparisons to the Holocaust that Independent Jewish Voices Canada does not condone, her statement of apology, sent within less than 24 hours, acknowledged the inappropriateness of those comparisons and showed her commitment to learning from her Jewish allies.

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Contradictions Evident in Vancouver rally for Hong Kong

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by Kurt Young

On August 17, between 4 and 7 p.m., a protest was held in Vancouver in solidarity with those in Hong Kong fighting against their corrupt government. At the corner of West Broadway and Cambie Street, protesters and counter-protesters rallied in front of the entrance to the Broadway–City Hall subway station. This is a site of great importance to the Vancouver Chinese community, steps from City Hall and a gateway to the heart of Downtown and Richmond, a predominantly Chinese area of the city.

The protesters gathered there to raise awareness of both the 3-month-long struggle of the people of Hong Kong against the repression they have faced since June of this year and for their demands. They ask that: Hong Kong government withdraw the extradition law; that it stop referring to protesters as rioters; that it unconditionally free those who have been arrested; that it hold free and open elections; and that it establish an independent inquiry to investigate allegations of police brutality.

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