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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.

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A Statement on the Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood Recently Killed in Egypt

The politics of the class struggle must be primary in any analysis of the recent attack by the state on the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Politics are always primary. A dialectical analysis of the situation illustrates a contradiction between two ideologies that both support Capitalism’s ability to control the state and for different particular imperialists and regional powers to hold sway over whatever group of bosses emerges as the dominant group. Though it is a tragedy that hundreds of workers have been killed over the past two days, the real tragedy continues to be the fact that the working class is still being mislead into supporting one or another group of bosses’ ideology.

The Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters have begun to shoot back and are coopting the language of the left as they try to paint their religious fundamentalism with a progressive veneer. They have regional allies with Turkey and Qatar, both hegemons that are arming and supporting one rebel faction in the imperialist proxy war in Syria. No religious ideology will ever emancipate the working class from exploitation, not Islam or Catholic based liberation theology. The politics that one particular mass is supporting and being killed for will only subjugate them further and empower regional players like Turkey.

This massacre further illustrates the hypocrisy of the US. The US is in a win win situation. If the state completely fails and chaos reigns, then they don’t have to go through the hassle of bombing it into oblivion and then shrugging their shoulders as they say they have to carry on with the rebuilding and fight terrorism as their actions with their humanitarian imperialism has illustrated. If the state does not fail and the army maintains power, then they have an ally that will function as counter weight to the Saudi’s rival, Qatar, and a loyal and submissive client state.  Either way that his resolves, we will probably see US troops stationed in Egypt – either under the auspices of the UN, some ad hoc alliance, or outright as part of the over 1.3 Billion dollars in military aid they currently receive.

 

The Progressive Labor Party does grieve for the innocent workers who have been killed over the past few days by the state, but we do not support the political aim of those workers nor do we support their ideology.  We are further grieved by the lack of a mass Communist Party capable of turning the tables on capitalism and beginning a Communist revolution for the true liberation of the working class by setting up a wageless egalitarian society.  The friends and allies of PLP in that part of the world as well as anybody interested in creating a lasting change need to intensify the struggle for Communist revolution so that we can bring this dark night where hundreds of workers are slaughtered for false consciousness to a close. 

 

 

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