Monthly Archives: November 2012

The former owner actually responded to a friend’s email!

The following email was sent as a response to an email that pointed out that Zaman was a racist capitalist piece of garbage.  He actually responded to a friend of The Party.  Here’s his response:

 

RE: Inquiry about Tazreen Fashions Limited

This message was sent to you only 
Registered Location and Message Origin:  BANGLADESH Message Origin:  BANGLADESH Message IP: 58.97.208.*

Dear nunya Beezwax,

Firstly please be informed that I deeply mourned for the lives lost. Secondly, Tazreen Fashion Ltd does not belong to me. In 2007, the factory building was built under my supervision only upto 3 storied. That was completely complied with necessary outings. With three stairs (two of which were emergency). Due to some reason, the machienaries and nothing was there, only the 3 storied building was sold to Mr. Delwar Hossain (MD, TUBA Group). We built the building as per 5 line woven factory. if the later owner modifies the building from 3 stories to 9 stories and make it a knit and sweater factory, please explain how am I to be blamed? In 2008, TUBA Group bought that piece of land and the 3 storied building. What happened is completely disaster and I do feel sorry for the loss. But why are you all pointing fingers at me? Why don’t you just check TUBA Group’s web site and see for yourself, who is the owner and is actually responsible for such tragic act?
 Regards
Aftab
 
Our response:
 
This is the classic capitalist response denying culpability and trying to pass the buck.  The workers are dead.  Zaman built the building, sold it, made his money, and now claims to have had no knowledge of anything that then happened.  He then throws the new capitalists under the bus.  Meanwhile, The owner of the factory, Delwar Hossain, told AFP the cause of the fire was not yet known but he denied his premises were unsafe.
“It is a huge loss for my staff and my factory. This is the first time we have ever had a fire at one of my seven factories,” he said.  
 
Isn’t this capitalism?  A bunch of dead workers, a few very sad capitalists, and yet it was nobody’s fault!  It couldn’t be helped.  Factories without emergency staircases must be just as natural as toadstools.  This is bullshit.  
 
More and more information comes to light, like the fact that the amount being shelled out is 1,200 dollars per dead worker for their grieving families is a disgustingly paltry amount.  Not only did they roast them alive for their profits, but now they are getting away with giving them so little.  The guy owns 7 factories and he can only cough up 1,200 US dollars a head?  
 
This whole scenario is just another reason why capitalism has to go.  
 
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Inter-Imperialist Conflict murders in Bangladesh and Gaza

Imperialism and Inter Imperialist rivalry plays out and it’s the workers that suffer.  As the major capitalist class wrangles on the macro level, hundreds and hundreds of workers die at the micro level.  The workers are rising up again in Egypt, while the global ambitions of a rising China and Russia challenging a crumbling US empire and their bullyboy Israel has had ramifications that have not only affected the working class in Gaza and the West Bank, but also over a hundred dead workers burned alive in Bangladesh.  The designs and plottings of the ruling class are paid in blood by the working class.

 

 

Gaza was a case study in ruling class hypocrisy.  Over a year ago, the US tried to push a UN resolution against the Assad regime in Syria condemning them for dropping bombs on their citizens.  They deplored the kind of government that would dare to drop bombs on their own citizens, the poor innocent people, and all the hand wrangling, false tears, and whatnot that accompany politicians on a humanitarian mission when oil is involved.  Russia and China were all about the fact that Assad may be a dictator and a murderer, but he’s our dictator and he gives us sweetheart deals and lets us have a base and we love him.  So, Russia and China blocked the UN from condemning Syria and following the humanitarian Imperialism that the Libya blueprint laid down.

 

Fast forward a year, and here we have Israel dropping bombs on Gaza.  The USA is blocking any condemnation of Israel dropping bombs on the civilian population of Gaza. Israel being an apartheid society, doesn’t recognize the Palestinians as much more than demi-humans taking up space.  Taking a page out of the How The West Was Won handbook of genocide with another out of the Nazi handbook for How To Treat A Ghetto, they have kept the Palestinian population walled up and sieged in a situation that mirrors all of the worst moments in human history.  The Israelis are carrying out their election year tradition of bombing the civilian population of Gaza to collectively punish the Islamist-Terrorist organization of Hamas.  In Israeli ideology, every Gazan is a terrorist since Hamas is the elected leadership of Gaza.  Subjecting every individual to an all-consuming hegemonic identity is called “racism”, and it is a useful tool for motivating the soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to commit atrocities on the Palestinian working class.  It is not the rich Palestinians that worry about bombs being dropped on them, as it’s the working class’ children who pay the worst price for the designs of the ruling class.  PLP, its allies, and friends in Gaza and Israel, will continue to build the kind of multi-racial, anti-nationalist, anti-capitalist Communist leadership that is needed in Israel and throughout the Levant.

 

As the Imperialists dropped bombs on a civilian population in the Levant, the insatiable need to increase profits at the cost of the working class has murdered over a hundred mostly female workers in Bangladesh.  They were burned beyond recognition, jumping to their deaths, crowded like cattle trying to push their way out of narrow corridors just like a century ago in downtown New York or a few years ago in the very same country!  The racist capitalists do not care about the working class.  They do not care about anything other than exporting their capital to where it can make the greatest return.  Echoing the intense oppression of the textile industry in Europe when Marx was first writing, the capitalists are at it again.

Bangladesh exports about $18 billion worth of garments every year. Workers in the country’s factories are among the lowest-paid in the world with entry-level workers earning a government-stipulated minimum wage of about $37 a month.  

Bangladesh’s garment industry, the second largest exporter of clothing after China, has a notoriously poor record of fire safety. Since 2006, more than 500 Bangladeshi workers have died in garment factory fires, according to Clean Clothes Campaign, an anti-sweatshop advocacy group based in Amsterdam. Experts say many of the fires could have been easily avoided if the factories had taken the right precautions. Many factories are in cramped neighborhoods, have too few fire escapes and widely flout safety measures. The industry employs more than three million workers in Bangladesh, mostly women. 

Most of the workers who died were on the first and second floors and were killed, fire officials said, because there were not enough exits for them to get out.

“The factory had three staircases, and all of them were down through the ground floor,” said Maj. Mohammad Mahbub, the operations director for the fire department, according to The Associated Press. “So the workers could not come out when the fire engulfed the building.”

The sexist Tazreen Fashions Limited was making over 3 million US dollars a month in profit! They had NO fire exits!  Another element of the tragedy is that they provided childcare in the factory.  How many of the women lost their children to the flames that were fueled by the capitalist’s greed?  How much did the sick fucks who caused this tragedy pocket? And what type of garments does The Tazreen Fashion Factory make you ask? WalMart garments it seems.  While WalMart is attacking its striking workforce in the US, it is literarily murdering them oversees. PLP is organizing with the striking WalMart workers in the US and is with the workers in Bangladesh who have been fighting back against the terrible conditions that capitalism has forced upon them. We will continue to support the brave women and men workers who are struggling in Bangladesh and all over the world.

 

The Url: http://www.alibaba.com/member/bd100182308/company_profile.html can be used to send a message directly to the murdering capitalist scum Mr. Aftab uz Zaman. 

Other contact information for messages as follows:

Email: noton@tubagroupbd.net  Contact Person: Mr. Aftab uz Zaman

Telephone: 880-01711346642

Mobile: 880-1191827254

 Fax: 8802-8860025 (Head Office)

 

Address: Nischintapur, Zirabo, Savar, Dhaka-1341, Bangladesh 

A Consignee in the US is : INTERNATIONAL DIRECT GROUP INC
. 499 FASHION AVE STE-12, NEW YORK, NY 10018-6803

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What will stop the attacks on Gaza and the West Bank?

ONE STATE, TWO STATES or A COMMUNIST STATE?

Once again the Israeli Zionist rulers are launching a full-scale murderous military attack against the Palestinian civilians – men, women and children – in Gaza, just as they did with the brutal Cast Lead massacre in 2008-2009. They claim that this is in retaliation for and to stop the rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. This is a big lie! The current murders are simply the latest step in the constant fascist attempts to “ethnically cleanse all of Palestine.

*There is no doubt that the 2nd attack on Gaza is a war crime and that the military occupation of Palestine by Israel is wrong and unsustainable. At 44 years, it is one of the longest occupations in history and violates every precept of international law. Not only are Palestinians reduced to living on 22% of their former land, but they have been deprived of much of their water, farmland, employment, and freedom of movement. Continuous warfare afflicts not only the region but fuels world conflict. No one demonstrating here today disagrees with any of this.
*The much more difficult question is what should we be fighting for? Is it enough to demand that siege of Gaza and the occupation end, the settlements be dismantled, or a “Palestinian state” be established? This issue cannot be addressed without considering the role of racism and nationalism in the history of Israel and the current struggle between Israel and Palestine.

The influx of Jews into Palestine was a response to their racist persecution in Europe and the nationalist impulses of the late 19th century. The massive increase in immigration after the Holocaust also largely reflected the refusal of Western nations to accept Jewish refugees. In addition, the US and Britain were glad to have an enclave of people with Western capitalist values and ties in the Middle East, which was rapidly gaining importance as the major source of oil.
Instead of going to “a land without people for a people without land”, the Jews arrived in a densely populated area. In 1948, the UN gave 55% of the land to the Jews, when they comprised only one third of the population and owned only 6% of the land. 750, 000 Palestinians, 6/7 of the population, were brutally expelled from their homes. In the 1967 war, Israel began the occupation of Palestinian land and took total control over 46% of the West Bank. Now the Wall, the checkpoints, the ban against Palestinians working in Israel and other indignities have reduced Palestinians to a state of desperation.

*None of this would have been possible if the Zionists were not themselves guilty of racism. Instead of learning from centuries of anti-Semitism that racism is the father of genocide and divides poor peoples against one another, they used the same ideology to suppress other people. Meanwhile, now as throughout history, the wealthy and the rulers use these ethnic divides to their own advantage. The US arms Israel to the teeth, not out of love for Judaism, but to maintain bully-power over the oil rich nations and their potential allies in the area. Ordinary Israelis suffer the costs of occupation in lives lost, morality destroyed, and social services cut to finance the military, all tolerated only because of anti-Arab racism.

Despite the fortitude displayed by Palestinians in surviving the occupation, many are now focused on the strife which continues between the corrupt Fatah movement, and fundamentalist, nationalist Hamas, neither of which promises social equality for Palestinians, or leads to an effective resistance. Palestine, like Israel, is a class society, and needs a mass anti-racist movement of workers for a society in their own interests. Jewish and Arab workers. from the river to the sea. must unite to fight the capitalist rulers.

*So we come to the question, what do we ask for now? It is not good enough to ask for equal civil rights and look to South Africa for inspiration, as do many activists. For although apartheid is gone, the condition of the majority poor black population in SA remains abysmal. As long as the same capitalist system, the same corporations are running the country, poor workers are no better off – maybe worse, having lost the activism of the anti-apartheid movement. From India to El Salvador, throwing off colonialism but not capitalism, has not improved the lot of workers.

That is why, while we march against the attack on Gaza and the evil of occupation, we should also march for an egalitarian, anti-racist, anti-sexist struggle and a communist society in Israel–Palestine, History provides many examples of struggles uniting Arabs, Jews and others in the region against common exploiters. Without a fight for communism in the Middle East and the US, global inter-imperialist wars, fought by workers taught to hate and fear one another, will destroy us all.

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The Land Grab Genocide Rages Ahead

Bombs drop into the homes of families, into an area that’s been under siege for over half a decade, that’s been echoing memories of the Warsaw Ghetto and the collective punishment so favored by the Nazis and perfected by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).  While the bombs kill women and children in Gaza, the US has rounded up hundreds of Black, Hispanic, and White workers that once lived in Far Rockaway and other places obliterated by Hurricane Sandy and have left them with little access to food and water and virtually no medical care in hotels right in the middle of New York.  Imperialist Capitalism is the connection between these two seemingly unrelated events. 

 

As a small group of Palestinians have embraced the disgusting ideology of terrorism and have fired off small rockets that have injured some Israeli workers and damaged private property, the IDF masses their forces for an invasion into the Gaza Palestinian Reservation.  This ramp up to future war with Syria and Iran also has its roots in the ultra racist “settlers” that are grabbing land from Palestinian workers to enrich US and Israeli capitalists. 

 

Just as the rich are grabbing Palestinian land, the US is taking a page out of the Katrina response playbook where the mostly Black working class population of the 9th Ward had their land bought up at pennies on the dollar.  The ocean front properties that the displaced working class of Far Rockaway, Redhook, and other affected areas are prime real estate opportunities for profit accumulation by Baby Doc Cuomo and Billionaire Bloomberg and their cronies.  

 

Faithful ruling class puppet Obama defended Israel’s right to defend itself.  He left out the half-dozen children killed by Israeli’s “defensive” bombs, the screaming mothers, the tears on the fathers, the rubble covered young women, the men struggling to tear them free while other Israeli bombs rain down, and the fact that hundreds more will die as the IDF thugs prepare to slaughter Palestinian workers.

 

PLers in Israel are working to organize workers in the IDF to see the Palestinians as their class brothers and sisters and the Israeli ruling class who routinely invades Gaza as part of their election campaign as their true enemy.  PL recognizes that only a Communist led multi-racial struggle against the virulent ideology of Zionist nationalism can end the slaughter of Palestinian workers.

 

PLers are also organizing to bring relief, food, medical care, and to organize the hundreds of workers displaced by Hurricane Sandy and brutalized by capitalism.  These wars will continue as long as Imperialism is allowed to place the need for vast profits to fuel even more wars and land grabs ahead of the needs of the world’s working class.

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Capitalism murders in NYC

The bosses press are patting themselves on the back for the bang up job that they are trying to spin that they did in New York after Tropical Storm Sandy obliterated parts of the capital of world capital.  There are parallels to Hurricane Katrina flooding parts of New Orleans and the US bosses taking advantage of that crisis to fire all the teachers and permanently displace the Black population of the 9th ward.  The bosses are up to it again with the displacement of Black and Hispanic workers from Red Hook, Far Rockaway, and other parts affected by the Hurricane that still don’t have heat or running water.

 

The real estate moguls that are the real power behind Baby doc Cuomo, the governor of New York, and the billionaire capitalist mayor Bloomberg who rules New York like its his own personal fife are licking their chops at the prospect of all that valuable oceanside land that they can develop.  They’ve already been developing it in some of these neighborhoods with gated communities and restaurants as the tells that gentrification are right around the corner.  Of course, the real estate moguls are going to have do deal with the contradiction of changing weather patterns which the bourgeoisie have absolutely no answer for since their vast wealth depends on oil remaining king.    

 

The workers who have been displaced due to the storm are in shelters in schools and other large buildings and are being constantly moved around.  Many of them are not getting the food or medical care that they need.  This disaster clearly illustrates that capitalism can not take care of us workers.  They are going to use this disaster to further their practice on how to institute fascism.  They are already rationing gas.  This is getting us conditioned for life under a wartime footing where gas is rationed due to the needs of protecting the bosses’ empire.

 

The whole way that the disaster was handled and continues to be handled clearly illustrates that we workers could do a better job than the bosses can running this society. We would have organized millions of people all over to come and help with the rebuilding while also creating the conditions necessary for surviving a hurricane class storm, whether it be a sea wall or other elements of infrastructure.  The bosses are using this storm to rebuild their decaying infrastructure while looking with an eye to future profit by displacing the working class populations most affected by the storm.    

Capitalism is a Racist Disaster

Storms don’t know skin color or class, but capitalism is built on inequalities rooted in both. An event like Hurricane Sandy that seems to affect “everyone” the same turns out to strike hardest at those who have the fewest resources, the fewest choices, the fewest places to go.
Like Katrina in 2005, or the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 this system’s response to disaster shows that what is natural under capitalism is RACISM. Footage of ruined yachts and vacation homes dominated the early images of the bosses’ media coverage. More recently news coverage has centered around devastated white communities of the region to the exclusion of areas like Red Hook, the Lower East Side, Coney Island and Canarsie. But there is nothing “natural” about who pays the highest price in these disasters. Meanwhile the ruling class gets to practice fascist police state tactics of population transfer, curfew, military direction of civilian affairs under the name of “emergency management.”
• Undocumented workers live in fear of deportation and so many will not come forward to seek the help they need (in the aftermath of 9/11 families of undocumented restaurant workers in the Twin Towers received nothing!)
• Mostly black DC 37 city workers were forced back to the job while mostly white UFT members got paid days off. On the whole salaried workers have much more income protection than hourly wage workers.
• Red Hook supermarkets with no power take no electronic food stamps: no cash, no food.
Yet workers all over New York have worked collectively to help each other out. While Obama and Bloomberg cruise around in helicopters giving orders, it will be workers who rebuild the homes, roads, rails, ports and more destroyed in this storm. Some put their lives on the line to rescue people stuck on roofs of their homes, others have turned their front yards into collection centers for food, water and clothes that they then hand out to their neighbors. Still others have pooled what little resources they have to help the elderly, disabled and children get meals. This is human nature! The bosses push the idea that everyone is “naturally” greedy and selfish, but in real times of need, those lies are uncovered.
There is nothing natural about this disaster. And as a global system capitalism had doomed countless millions to conditions like those we endure in Sandy-ravaged areas and much worse. Sandy gathered strength over an ocean five degrees warmer than normal and hit a New York harbor where water levels have already risen a foot due to climate change. As the Arctic Ocean melts oil companies race to drill the floor of the sea for more oil. The wasteful nature of the profit system is driving our biosphere off a cliff.
Under communism, natural disasters will continue to occur, but a global communist planned economy is the only hope for reversing human-induced climate change. Under communism society will be organized with the needs of people in mind, not profit like under capitalism. The infrastructure to make our neighborhoods safe will be built. People will be sent to safe evacuation centers without the worry that their belongings will get stolen, since everyone will have what they need.
Obama’s victory will not change what drives the attacks on our class. Both candidates served this racist system of inequality that drops bombs on innocent children in Pakistan and at the same time allows hurricane victims to go hungry and cold. Elections only build loyalty to this broken social order. People’s response to this latest disaster shows that our class, the working class, has the need and the desire to help each other in times of need. Let’s build on those actions and fight for a world built on equality for all, a communist world!

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