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By initiative of the PCP (Portuguese Communist Party) we publish the Joint Statement signed, until today, by 35 communist and workers parties from all over the world on the NATO Summit held in Chicago on the 20-21 May 2012.

In an international situation marked by the deepening crisis of capitalism and by the violent imperialist offensive against the achievements and rights of the workers and peoples, a NATO summit will take place on the 20th and 21st of May, in Chicago, USA.

In the context of an ever-deeper crisis of capitalism, imperialism embarks on a militaristic and interventionist escalation.

Having renewed NATO’s strategic concept in 2010 – a new and dangerous qualitative step in its interventionist ambitions, of which the aggression against Libya was an example – the USA and NATO, which has the EU as its European pillar, seek to expand their sphere of influence, promote an arms race and ever greater military spending and invest in new weapons and in their worldwide network of military bases.

Imperialism militarizes international relations, proceeds with occupations, threatens new aggressions and promotes conspiracies and manoeuvers of interference in countries of every continent and through a permanent militaristic escalation, violates the existing agreements for international disarmament. The principles of the UN Charter are seriously jeopardized and there is a growing instrumentalization of the UN, with a view to providing a cover for imperialist violence. The process of destruction of theInternational Law that emerged from the defeat of Nazi-fascism in World War II, paves the way for the imperialist goal of controlling resources and of dominating the planet on a military and geo-strategic level.

As imperialism’s main instrument in its quest for world domination, NATO is an enormous threat to world peace and security.

But, as the facts are demonstrating, imperialism’s force-based response to the crisis of capitalism is coming face to face with the progressive and revolutionary struggle of the peoples, who in various parts of the world are taking into their own hands the defense of their rights and the sovereignty and independence of their countries and are resisting in the most diversified ways, imposing setbacks to the strategy of imperialist domination.

Reaffirming their commitment to the struggle for peace, for the right of every people to determine freely its destiny, for social progress and socialism, the Communist and Workers’ Parties signing this declaration:

Demand the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan, as well as from all other imperialist interventions in the world;
– Reject the escalation of war in the Middle East, namely against Syria and Iran;
– Demand the dissolution of NATO and support the sovereign right of peoples to decide to disassociate their countries from this aggressive alliance;
Reject the deployment of the US and NATO’s new antimissile system in Europe and demand an end to foreign military bases;
Demand an end to the arms race and nuclear disarmament starting with the world’s major nuclear powers – such as the USA – and the complete destruction of all chemical and biological weapons;
Express their solidarity with the peoples that resist imperialist occupation, aggression and interference, namely in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa

21st May 2012

List of signatories Parties

 

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But Thomas Merton belonged to a generation that lived through real apocalypses brought about by political actors: Auschwitz, Hiroshima, and Vietnam. Mary Bryden, a specialist in modern literature, suggests that the recurrent apocalyptic motifs that surface in Merton’s writings reflect two somewhat contradictory notions of how the world might end: one emerging from religious expectation, and the other from a more plausible secular angst. In 1968, the year of his death (caused when an electric fan fell into his bathtub) he wrote in his diary that the news of the murder of Martin Luther King had pressed down upon him “like an animal, a beast of the apocalypse.”

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This shift in doctrine clearly facilitates the cozy relationship between Mitt Romney, the first Mormon Saint ever to have a plausible shot at the US presidency, and his friend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During his recent visit to Jerusalem Romney delighted his hosts by calling the disputed city Israel’s capital, although the US and most other countries refuse to do so. He also suggested that because of their own cultural background (rather than the Israeli occupation) the Palestinians were incapable of showing the same level of ”economic vitality” as Israelis. Netanyahu was equally warm, praising and hugging Romney, clearly indicating that he wants Romney to defeat Obama in November. As the Haaretzcommentator Uri Misgav somewhat mischievously put it, the US-educated Netanyahu “doesn’t speak English or even American; he speaks fluent Republicanese.”

More alarming than “Republicanese,” however, may be the apocalyptic mindset both men share.

The recent developments in Syria revealed a series of important signs which will have decisive repercussions over the course of the global war led by the United States to destroy this country. Unlike the information and impressions of American strategists and their European and Arab accomplices – as conveyed by hundreds of media outlets engaged in the battle – the death squads, mercenaries and Takfiri groups introduced from all parts of the world suffered a crushing defeat at the level of the battles. Nonetheless, the Turkish officials and their Qatari and Saudi allies had promised – as they have already done last year and during the same period – that the month of Ramadan will witness the fall of the resisting regime in Syria. These illusions have once again collapsed on the battlefield where the armed gangs suffered the fall of thousands of dead, wounded and detainees.

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Ampliamente publicitado en Occidente como gran instrumento de la «revolución», la realidad del célebre Facebook es muy diferente para los que están del lado equivocado de la supuesta «democracia».

El hecho es que, desde hace semanas, Facebook viene sirviendo de plataforma a una serie de páginas que llaman sin ambages al linchamiento y asesinato de funcionarios sirios y de simples ciudadanos acusados de ser favorables al gobierno sirio.

Por ejemplo, la página anti shabiha invita a poner en línea los nombres, direcciones y descripciones detalladas de funcionarios y defensores del gobierno sirio, a quienes los autores de la página clasifican como «enemigos de Dios».

¿Conoce usted personas cercanas a funcionarios, soldados o familiares de estos?

¿Puede usted proporcionar sus fotos, identidad completa, números de teléfono, lugar de residencia, identidad de sus colegas de trabajo, identidad de sus hijos e hijas?

Los funcionarios y miembros del ejército no son los únicos blancos de estas amenazas y llamados a la delación. Una página presenta incluso una lista de personas propuestas para su ejecución. Entre esas personas se encuentran el alcalde de una comunidad, el entrenador de un equipo deportivo y varios propietarios de establecimientos gastronómicos y comerciantes. Los responsables de la «ONG» (sic) también presentan fotos y direcciones de personas acusadas de haber participado en manifestaciones a favor del gobierno sirio o de simplemente de llevar camisetas con consignas favorables al presidente al-Assad.

Los miembros del llamado Ejército Sirio Libre y los medios de prensa de las potencias occidentales y de los países del Golfo justifican esta campaña de llamados a perpetrar actos de terrorismo calificando a sus potenciales víctimas de shabiha o de «milicianos favorables al régimen» que asesinan niños, abriendo así el camino al asesinato arbitrario de cualquier sirio que defienda el gobierno nacioal o se oponga a la intervención extranjera en Siria [1].

Al no existir en el derecho internacional ningún texto que castigue la difusión de este tipo de exhortaciones al crimen, Facebook y sus dirigentes no están expuestos a ningún tipo de sanción. Esto no impide que Facebook deba ser considerado en lo adelante como un «medio que incita al odio», en el sentido que da la UNESCO a esa expresión.

Ya en el pasado, la secretaria de Estado estadounidense Hillary Clinton se regocijó públicamente por el papel de Facebook en los cambios de régimen de la llamada «primavera árabe» en Egipto, Túnez y Libia.

El fundador de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, fue uno de los participantes de la conferencia 2011 del grupo de Bilderberg, el club de relaciones públicas de la OTAN [2].

Este joven millonarío fue también uno de los comensales ultra-VIP de la grandiosa cena organizada en Washington en honor del presidente israelí, Shimon Peres, cuando este último recibió la «Medalla de la Libertad», el 13 de junio de 2012.

El propio Zuckerberg supervisó personalmente la creación y promoción de la página oficial del presidente de Israel, cuyo lanzamiento tuvo lugar en marzo pasado, y organizó una campaña publicitaria que incluyó la difusión de un video titulado «Be my friend for peace» (Hazte mi amigo por la paz), con la participación de «pacifistas» y «militantes pro derechos humanos» de la talla de Nicolas Sarkozy, David Cameron, Recep Erdogan y la reina Isabel II de Inglaterra.

El objetivo de esa operación publicitaria no es otro que garantizar la promoción de Israel propiciando la «comunicación con ciudadanos de países que no tienen relaciones diplomáticas con Israel, especialmente con la juventud del mundo árabe».

Presentado por los medios de prensa occidentales como un respaldo «joven» y «actual» a los supuestos «revolucionarios», Facebook es en realidad un elemento clave del dispositivo de propaganda del imperialismo «2.0» de Estados Unidos e Israel.

Facebook used by imperialism to disseminate hate and promote war on Syria.