Monthly Archives: February 2014

FIFA Spells death for workers in Qatar

Workers are being callously murdered in the name of profit and soccer in Qatar. More than 500 workers from India have been murdered over the past 14 months, with over 20 in the past month of January alone, in the name of profit. It is not enough that Qatar has been running guns and mercenaries to Syria and has contributed to tens of thousands of deaths there in the name of US sponsored imperialist regime change, but they are also ripping profit from impoverished workers from India and Nepal.

 Working in squalid conditions with little water in a desert heat for over 12 hours a day is the culprit. 

Qatar’s ministry of labour and social affairs told the Guardian: “With specific regard to these new figures, we were aware that local media had previously reported some of these headline numbers, and we are clarifying them. … Qataris … welcome guest workers to our country to perform valuable jobs. We are working to understand the causes of these deaths – as these statistics could include a range of circumstances including natural causes, and road safety incidents, as well as a smaller number of workplace incidents.”

 These workers are brutally exploited and the ministry is saying that “a smaller number of workplace incidents” has killed hundreds and injured how many unknown thousands more?!? If we include the hundreds of dead workers from Nepal and then wonder how many of the other 1.2 million workers are unhealthy, near death, indebted, desperate and unable to leave due to the capitalist’s and their underlings’ “kafala system” of domination that these workers are exploited under. The state apparatus has formalized the usually informal structures of control that workers are daily exploited under. These kafalas mirror the feudal structures of control and tie the workers to their bosses. The US would love to copy this system as part of their guest worker program.

The spreading of PLP’s revolutionary Communism among the guest workers in Qatar would help to permanently end the slaughter the workers are now brutalized with, but only a Communist revolution can ultimately end these for profit death camps in the interest of capitalism’s entertainment industry.  There are revisionist groups fighting in India and Nepal who claim to be Communist. They may also be organizing in the work camps, but they won’t bring Communism. Only the Progressive Labor Party can.

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Female Gender Mutilation is Part of The Special Oppression of Women

 

The economic subjugation of women knows no bounds. Against the backdrop of the fascists in Russia’s sexist anti-gay laws and another rape causing outrage in New Delhi, the “cutters” in Kenya are women who specialize in female genital mutilation. They use a razor blade or an old nail to cut the clitoris from a naked young girl sitting on a rock and toss it to feed the birds. They are now worried about how they’re going to eat. The fact that they earn their living by mutilating young girls isn’t their concern. That’s capitalism for you. It creates a conflict where one shouldn’t be.

It is wrong to remove the sex organ from a young girl. It is sexist and barbaric. Yet, the need to buy and earn money is primary. The brutalization of women is an aspect of reactionary movements like the Taliban and a fundamental aspect of sex tourism in places like the Philippines and Thailand. Exploitative and brutal aspects of Beauty, virginity, and honor are used to objectify and subjugate women. Honor killings are common in Afghanistan and were legitimized rape in a court in India. The sexual exploitation of women is a cornerstone of capitalism. Women are exploited as part of advertising, have the value of their labor devalued by the wage system, and outright stolen when it comes to child rearing.

The sheer brutality of the Taliban and Islamic, Christian, and other religious based ideologies is the hammer that falls on women. The characteristics of the socially constructed female gender are calibrated to inculcate passivity, remove enjoyment, and enslave the female sex to the need to produce the next generation of workers. Women are brutalized by their gender and their race. They are the first victims in war as rape is a constant weapon used against them as civilians and in the US military with over 25,000 sexual assaults in 2012 alone. They are sold by US allies such as Yemen and Saudi Arabia and are silenced by legislation from the US backed puppet government in Afghanistan.

We should have the same sympathy for cutters as we do for pimps and drug dealers whose need to enrich themselves does not absolve them from the pain and misery they cause their victims. The parasites should be exterminated. Let the cutters be cut out of history. They deserve none of our sympathy. They suffer like the rest of the women, but they get a bit more of an income due to their barbaric practice of mutilating young girls. Capitalist imperialists are the real enemy. Only under capitalism would the economic plight of the cutters elicit any sympathy. Only under such a rotten and totalizing false consciousness would well-meaning anthropologists and other social scientists defend the practice of female genital mutilation as a cultural expression and our attempts to condemn it and stop it as cultural imperialism. Capitalism uses its sick rationalization to make wrong right and right wrong.

Only a Communist revolution will negate sexism, gender, and all of the rotten and absurd ideologies of capitalism. We applaud the young girls, women, and men who are organizing to stop this barbaric practice, as anything that can lessen the burden of brutality that the female gender feels is a good thing. But, PLP is very clear when we say that ending female genital mutilation, sexism, and exploitative and divisive gender roles and identities will require a negation of false consciousness and culture that will only happen under Communism.

Update on Michoacán

The vigilante uprising has been placed under the control of the state and is driving out the cartel.  They still serve as an inspiration, but they are becoming, if not already have been, co-opted by the state.  

Bosnian Spring or Western Meddling?

The very real anger that the working class is feeling in Bosnia at the capitalist restoration and rollback of socialism and any working class gains has been a nightmare for the workers there. It is inspiring that workers are attacking the politicians’ cars, homes, the presidential palace, and government buildings leaving smoldering husks of the former symbols of wealth. Uprisings against the bosses and the state apparatus are always inspiring. PLP is wary about the fact that bourgeois media is already labeling this a “blah blah” spring. This time it’s the Bosnia spring and last time it was the Arab Spring. Just as the last Spring did not lead to working class liberation, neither will this, even if it is the genuine expression of working class struggle and solidarity, without Communist politics at the core, the protests will eventually be co-opted by one camp of capitalists or another.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: