The Worker, June 12, 2019
Published by the Workers Party, USA
P.O. Box 25716, Chicago, IL 60625

Stand Up and Denounce the U.S. War on Afghanistan!

The U.S.-NATO war on Afghanistan is hardly a mere ornament of U.S. imperialism’s self-appointed role as judge, jury and executioner of the world. The military and economic superpower today obtains an essential amount of its decisive supporting structure by remaining skillfully seated in Afghanistan.

When Trump and Congress rant and rave about how the Afghan people should count their blessings in being under the occupation of such a great power, they are really highlighting the chauvinism of the U.S. capitalist class. According to this chauvinism, the class in America which enjoys cultural, political and economic ascendancy is morally superior and therefore entitled to force its style of government and way of life onto the peoples of other countries. Behind this chauvinism lies the original aim of gaining unbridled sway over Afghanistan as the decisive overland route which joins up southern and eastern Asia with Europe and the Middle East. Afghanistan extends across an area which Trump and Congress do not want to be forced to surrender.

The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan for control over this strategic crossroads is one of the main sources of tension in the world today. It has already allowed the U.S. to tip the balance of forces in the region in favor of a U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Today, the U.S. occupiers are barely able to hang onto their rule; and they are hanging on only through the use of unrestrained military force.

The simple truth is that both tiers of Trump’s policy, demanding a ceasefire and making the law at the point of a gun, are two parts of one whole. Both tiers are aimed at crushing the national liberation struggle and desperately trying to prevent the Afghan masses from dissolving the units of government created to help administer the occupation.

Unfortunately for Donald Trump and U.S. imperialism, the national liberation war in Afghanistan is neither submitting to these demands nor dying away.

U.S. troops are coming under attack on a daily basis. The resistance forces are expanding their ranks and include a broad front of Afghan political and religious groups opposed to U.S. occupation.

Whether the U.S. is forced to surrender this week, or some time further down the road depends on a number of factors. However the more conscious and organized are the combined anti-imperialist political struggles of the Afghan, American, and world’s peoples, the more difficult it will be for the U.S. and NATO to carry on the war. The important thing is to keep the edge of the consciousness and militancy of the people sharp by organizing on a protracted and persistent, yet urgent, basis.

Independent Working Class Politics Takes Up The Issue Of Empowering The Individual Personality

The Workers Party, USA, sees man as the ultimate value. People’s welfare and happiness must be the ultimate goal of any humane society.

This is one of the infinite reasons why the crowned achievement we are seeking through independent political organization is to bring the working class and people to power. This aim is taken up so that the state power becomes an instrument for the emancipation of the working class, an instrument through which the people reclaim the public authority and use it to solve the problems facing society and advance.

We define the main reason for man’s enslavement as the capitalist system. We define the chief historical force that liquidates that reason as the proletariat. And we define the means for this emancipation as socialist revolution.

The Marxist-Leninist theory of class struggle, socialist revolution, and the dictatorship of the proletariat does not preach coercion as the bourgeois falsifiers would have you believe. Rather, it offers proof of the means necessary for ending man’s enslavement by man and for achieving truly humane relations among people.

It is in the revolutionary struggle that one becomes a personality, asserts freedom and dignity, and develops one’s abilities to the full. Conversely, philistine adjustment to an exploiter social system suppresses or cripples the personality and breeds all types of socially undeveloped and intellectually repressed individuals who live in constant fear of everything; the police, strikes, and participation in social movements.

Each man is a personality, i.e. a bearer of socially significant traits. That is to say, each person is at one and the same time the product of the social environment and an original and unique expression of this environment; of the general in life and in his or her social group.

One of the biggest lies you are ever told, is that there is nothing you personally can do about the “overwhelming power” of the dominant institutions that run the world.

Take for example, the fact that people rightly feel alienated and excluded by the present two-party monopoly. Aren’t the government and other institutions of the state such as the scholar despots, union misleaders, and the mass media continually trying to de-politicize people and tell them that there really is nothing they can do to change the situation? And isn’t this occurring in direct opposition to the fact that every day more and more people are expressing their opposition to the current political set-up and speaking out against it? Isn’t the solution to develop the genuine alternative through which the workers and people can come out and create space for their own aims and agenda?

Isn’t it this necessity of changing the inner and outer conditions of our existence which demands the creation of an entirely new situation in the U.S.; a situation in which we have an entirely revolutionary party leading the cause of the working and oppressed people of the U.S. forward?

This is the necessity for change that we recognize.

The Workers Must Fight for a Fundamental Change in the Economy

International specialization is a prominent feature of the international division of labor.

The extension of specialization and cooperation among capitalist countries enhances the interests of their respective dominant economic classes in signing trade agreements.

Of course, man, just as the society he lives in, is inseparable from nature with which he constantly interacts. Man cannot exist without providing for his primordial, natural, biologic needs – the need for food, clothing, shelter, protection against the harmful effects of the elements (natural calamities), etc.

However, of course, when drawing up their preferred trade agreements, the capitalists and their politicians seek not to respond to the interests of the human race as a species, but rather they seek to prove the necessity of the social system of which the capitalist mode of production is the bearer. In other words, the capitalists and their politicians look at the problem of the worldwide economic crisis from the angle of their own class aims. Concerns about properly calling forth the resources of the soil cannot be the motive that underlies their activities. Concern that tens of millions of workers have no jobs, no means of a livelihood, cannot be the motive that underlies their activities. Concern that tens of millions cannot afford the basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter cannot be the motive that underlies their activities. Concern about environmental damage resulting from their policies cannot be the motive that underlies their activities. The objective that underlies their activities is the objective of maximizing their profits.

The political consciousness of an economic class is inseparable from political activity, for it is realized in this activity through political institutions, parties, mass organizations, and movements. It is because these means reflect the economic interest of the big financial interests and monopoly corporations, that the big monopolies see in the growing poverty, economic insecurity and exploitation, a promising expedient for increasing their domination and their profits.

In antagonism to the interests of the society as a whole, the capitalist politicians relentlessly pursue the aim of subordinating the entire world economy to what they deem necessary in order to maximize profits for the monopoly capitalist class.

For the U.S. monopoly capitalist class, the program of “increasing U.S. competitiveness” is a program of restructuring U.S. industry by downsizing the workforce and slashing wages.

For their part, the workers are resisting this capitalist offensive, fighting against wage-cutting and union-busting, against cutbacks in social investments and the privatization of public services. In addition, the demand of the workers is that everyone be guaranteed the RIGHT TO A JOB OR A LIVELIHOOD.

To take the initiative into their own hands, the workers must confront the contradictions and inhumanity of the capitalist social system. The capitalists, relying on their state power, are waging a concerted and organized struggle to drive the workers into the dirt.

The workers own interests can never be served by paying the rich through servicing the debt, escalating the attacks on education, health care and social programs. They can only be served by creating a new kind of political system, a new kind of state which empowers all human beings and guarantees a fundamental change in the economy, so that the means of production, the social property, are stripped of their exploiting class character and returned to the people as a whole. The starting point and aim of such a transformation is to guarantee the well-being of the people rather than the wealth and power of a few. A new kind of state is needed which guarantees men both their individual rights as well as their collective right to determine and consciously shape the character of society and their own lives.

Important Statement: Cuba is not intimidated by measures adopted to reinforce the blockade
Revolutionary Government Declaration

June 5, 2019 – The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba repudiates, in the strongest terms, measures announced by the United States government on June 4, 2019, reinforcing the economic blockade imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years, at a cost to the Cuban economy that in 2018 exceeded 134 billion dollars at current prices, or 933 billion dollars, when considering the depreciation of the dollar as compared to the value of old on the international market. As is known, this new escalation, effective June 5, further strengthens the stringent restrictions U.S. citizens face in order to travel to Cuba, and adds full prohibitions on travel by sea from the United States, of all types, and prohibits cruise ship stops in our country immediately. The objective continues to be pressuring the Cuban nation to make political concessions, by strangling the economy and causing damage at the population’s level. In this particular case, the measures also seek to prevent the people of the United States from learning about Cuba’s reality, and thus undermining the slanderous propaganda campaigns against our country that are fabricated on a daily basis.

These actions are contrary to the majority opinion of U.S. citizens, whose interest in seeing Cuba, and exercising their right to travel, is made clear by the 650,000 who visited us in 2018, along with half a million Cubans resident in the United States.

This past April 17, National Security Adviser John Bolton, on the occasion of an anti-Cuban show that featured the presence of mercenaries defeated at Playa Girón and relatives of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship’s henchmen, announced that his government would restrict non-family trips to Cuba. It is clear that this individual has managed to take possession of U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere, which constitutes the main threat to peace and stability in the entire region. The United States promotes the Monroe Doctrine without reservation, with which it seeks to deny sovereign equality and the right to self-determination of each and every one of the hemisphere’s nations.

The recent attacks on Cuba are justified with new pretexts. The most notorious among them is the slanderous accusation that Cuba is intervening militarily in Venezuela, a lie that has been publicly and consistently refuted by the Cuban government.

They go to the unscrupulous extreme of proposing that Cuba betray the convictions and principles that guide the Cuban Revolution’s foreign policy, in exchange for promises of negotiations or easing of the draconian and criminal measures that make up the blockade.

Cuba’s solidarity with constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution, and the civic-military union of its people is not negotiable. The more than 20,000 Cuban collaborators, who in a voluntary and disinterested manner offer their social services in the country, the majority in health care, will continue to do so, as long as the Venezuela people want, cooperating with this sister country.

For Cubans, betrayal is not an option. We are not naive: we have already struggled 150 years for our independence, obliged to confront the hegemonic ambitions of U.S. imperialism since the first day. Cuba will not be intimidated, nor distracted from the essential, urgent tasks of developing our economy and the construction of socialism. Closely united, we will be able to face the most challenging adversities. They cannot asphyxiate us, nor can they stop us.

From the Anti-Imperialist News Service

U.S. Military's Noxious Colonial Influence Persists in Iraq

May 27, 2019 – The people in Mosul are being robbed blind, according to recent local news reports about government stealing of so-called "reconstruction funds" earmarked for the city.

One report, issued by Iraq's Integrity Commission in April, details the recent disappearance and embezzlement of tens of million of dollars worth of funds dispersed to the province of Nineveh by the Federal government.

This exposed case set off an investigation which revealed several of the financial processes used to hand the money over to obscure private contractors. So far, $64 million has been discovered missing in this latest of many thefts reports.

From early in the U.S. occupation of Iraq, reports repeatedly showed that a climate of fear exists throughout much of the country due to the terrorizing activities of soldiers, police, and warlords which dominate every aspect of the internal surroundings of the country destroyed by U.S. invasion.

The abuses – arbitrary arrests, torture, kidnapping, rape and extortion carried out by army troops, police, and intelligence agents are an everyday part of life.

The well-known formerly industrialized condition of Iraq serves to further underscore the role of U.S. occupation in the present process of regression and decay the country is going through. Not only does Mosul remain a demolished wasteland of rubble and dead bodies, but unemployment there is almost universal.

Throughout the country, one out of ten Iraqis is internally displaced.

There have been so many instances of government authorization for the diversion of disputed funds to racketeers, that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force no longer even details commercial transactions with Iraq that it supports financially, coordinates and oversees.

So too, the current Department of Defense, following in the footsteps of the Obama administration, keeps very tight-lipped about the operational circumstances around active duty military deaths. Typically, only trend lines are disclosed.

As regards the status of the U.S. war, all of these facts stand as yet another exposure of just what kind of "democracy" the U.S. government is exporting – through force of arms – to Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.

The U.S. bears full responsibility not only for the crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan it is directly participating in, but also for the actions of those it has installed and propelled to power.

Iraqi Military Acquires New Ability to Fly Combat Sorties

May 20, 2019 – According to the United States Central Command, a group of coalition aircraft flying a mission at the border of Syria and Iraq included Iraqi Air Forces for the first time. The event occurred on April 16 and was reported in a press release.

It attested that, “This marks the first time Iraqi Air Force fighter aircraft have flown a combat sortie alongside Coalition aircraft.

“The sortie represents a milestone as the Global Coalition Against Daesh continues to work by, with and through the Iraqi Security Forces to build Iraqi airpower through Security Forces Advisement.”

Washington's plans for the future of the so-called “war on terrorism” in Iraq still include perpetual military tutelage under the oversight of the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense.

The U.S. military also recently mobilized new armaments to the vicinity, including an Army Patriot anti-ballistic missile battery, four B-52 bombers and the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

The U.S. Congress is united in its support for the war in Iraq, with the Democratic Party leadership frequently accusing the Trump administration of “not doing enough.”

Coinciding with new U.S. warship deployments in the Persian Gulf, the justifications for the war have recently shifted from claims that Iraqi stability is threatened by tens of thousands of ISIS and local insurgents, to claims that the sovereignty of Iraq might be violated by Iran at some point in the future.

In the meantime, the U.S. keeps promising that it will eventually “restore sovereignty” to Iraq once it is made safe for investors.

The latest attempts to dodge responsibility for the chaos in Iraq caused by the U.S. invasion and occupation show, once again, that the U.S. imperialists are panic-stricken, desperate, and without any hope.

U.S. Establishes Itself as a Terror to Navigation on the Open Seas

May 27, 2019 – A merchant vessel owned and operated by the Korea Songi Shipping Company of North Korea was illegally impounded on May 9 by U.S. pirates and taken to American Samoa in the South Pacific.

Immediately following the ship's capture and relocation, the U.S. Justice Department initiated a domestic procedure under the U.S. criminal justice system, in place for seizure of the property of U.S. citizens. In this case, an attempt is being made to apply the domestic action to an international conflict. In order to engage a pseudo-legal procedure, the U.S. Justice Department is linking the event to its acceptance of a civil forfeiture complaint from the FBI’s New York Field Office.

The pretext for the piracy of the North Korean vessel hinges on complaints the Justice Department, and U.S. government and capitalist ruling class as a whole, have about North Korea's right to engage in free trade.

According to the May 9 Press Release from the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs:

"Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director John Brown of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office announced today the filing of a civil forfeiture complaint against M/V Wise Honest (the “Wise Honest”), a 17,061-ton, single-hull bulk carrier ship registered in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK” or “North Korea”). The Wise Honest, one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers, was used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and to deliver heavy machinery to the DPRK. Payments for maintenance, equipment, and improvements of the Wise Honest were made in U.S. dollars through unwitting U.S. banks. This conduct violates longstanding U.S. law and United Nations Security Council resolutions."

Assistant Attorney General Demers also said, “This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service. North Korea, and the companies that help it evade U.S. and U.N. sanctions, should know that we will use all tools at our disposal — including a civil forfeiture action such as this one or criminal charges — to enforce the sanctions enacted by the U.S. and the global community. We are deeply committed to the role the Justice Department plays in applying maximum pressure to the North Korean regime to cease its belligerence."

According to U.S. Attorney Berman, “Today’s civil action is the first-ever seizure of a North Korean cargo vessel for violating international sanctions. Our Office uncovered North Korea’s scheme to export tons of high-grade coal to foreign buyers by concealing the origin of their ship, the Wise Honest. This scheme not only allowed North Korea to evade sanctions, but the Wise Honest was also used to import heavy machinery to North Korea, helping expand North Korea’s capabilities and continuing the cycle of sanctions evasion. With this seizure, we have significantly disrupted that cycle. We are willing and able to deploy the full array of law enforcement tools to detect, deter, and prosecute North Korea’s deceptive attempts to evade sanctions."

One prominent feature of the aggressive interdiction perpetrated by U.S. imperialism is that it represents an attempt to elevate the U.S. government's own domestic laws in order to pass them off as internationally binding ones.

So too, enlisting blackmail, bullying, and all-out sea piracy against U.S. competitive rivals, and enlisting other countries in aggressive alliances which endorse such crimes, is a dangerous precedent to set. If left unchecked, it will soon enough assume even greater proportions and add significantly to the many ways in which U.S. imperialism is already saddling the world with grave dangers of war.

Even while demonstrating its determination to carry out aggression against North Korea, the U.S. is simultaneously employing the tactics of imperialist pacifism. "Sticks" such as sanctions are combined with "carrots" such as promises that baby steps by the U.S. will remove the danger of further U.S. aggression against Korea. Both of these are two sides of the same coin. They work together as a tactic for wresting concessions from North Korea, breaking the U.S. out of its deadlock in Asia, and securing for the U.S. an ongoing role as world policeman.

The issue confronting the anti-war movement is twofold. Firstly, it is to avert the new wars the U.S. is preparing against national liberation movements and governments which stand up against the dictates of U.S. imperialism, whether those dictates are expressed through aggressive military alliances or unilaterally. Second, it is to overthrow the modern imperialist system in order to permanently eliminate the root cause of war in the 21st century.

The anti-imperialist sentiment of the broad masses of the American people is being expressed in workplaces, communities, schools and elsewhere, all across the country. It is important to keep information and analysis about the truth of U.S. aggression against North Korea in the forefront as we organize. So too, Korea is but one front in a worldwide war program being carried out by the two parties of war. The growing consciousness and initiative of the independent political movement is fortifying itself daily, and will not relinquish its striving to advance on the path towards an anti-war government in which the decision-making power is vested in the people themselves. This will enable the American people to embark on a program of withdrawing all U.S. troops stationed abroad and implementing a Democratic Foreign Policy that starts with respect for the sovereignty of countries.

Letter to Our Readers Who Recently Expressed Concern About Escalating U.S. Aggression in Venezuela

January 29, 2019 – Thank you for the recent correspondences regarding the latest phase of the U.S. government's counter-revolutionary destabilization campaign in Venezuela and the struggle of the American people in opposition to it!

Your recognition of the value of our recent and archived materials on Venezuela and Latin America is greatly appreciated.

It is just such anti-imperialist politics which is required to assist the anti-war movement of the American people by helping to provide it needed consciousness and direction.

Not only do the articles expose the monopoly capitalist class and the imperialist system as the cause of war, but they also point the way for reliance on the people and speak to the heart of the matter, which is inspiring them with their decisive role in the struggle.

One of the great democratic traditions of the American working class is that it has always sympathized with and supported the liberation struggles of people everywhere.

As to Venezuela's progress on that path, Washington's latest recognition of a parallel "government" as well as its ongoing funding of election interference and all-sided wrecking activity paid for through the National Endowment for Democracy and other imperialist institutions, is a neo-colonial policy aimed at plunder.

This neo-colonial policy is an obstructive burden to Venezuela and is also prospectively so to every country on the path of independent development interested in asserting its right to self-determination.

U.S. monopoly capitalism, at the head of the capitalist-imperialist system, has placed itself in opposition to the fundamental interests of the people and is opposed by the overwhelming majority of humanity. Countless examples show that the people can win when they take the initiative into their own hands by uniting themselves and standing up for their interests.

Let us continue to work together to expose the lies of the capitalist politicians and media and to tell the truth about the program of our "own" ruling class.

Let us demand nothing less than a genuinely democratic foreign policy which ends U.S. interference and aggression and withdraws all U.S. troops stationed abroad.

-Anti-Imperialist News Service editorial board