BLF pays tribute to Che Guevara

BLF pays tribute to Che Guevara

“[I]t is in this field, in the field of ideas, in the field of sentiments, in the field of revolutionary virtues, in the field of intelligence, aside from his military virtues, that we feel the tremendous loss for the revolutionary movement, because Che, in his extraordinary personality, had virtues which rarely appear together. He was outstanding as an incomparable man of action. Che was not only an incomparable man of action, but a man of profound intellect, of visionary intelligence, a man of profound culture. I mean to say he was a man of ideas and a man of action.” extract from Fidel Castro’s eulogy for Che Guevara

Ernesto Che Guevara was killed in Bolivia on 9 October 1967 by a CIA operative upon his guerrilla fighters being defeated during combat. His immortal contributions spans crucial questions including the economic significance of imperialism; struggle against the bureaucracy; the military tactics of guerilla warfare, and the role of the party and cadres in the building of socialism. His elaboration of the anti imperialist struggle was towards national sovereignty, universal citizenship and participatory democracy.

It is now 51 years since Che Guevara’s death and its appropriate on this occasion to heed the many lessons of his revolutionary legacy. Che’s call for principled unity to defeat imperialism, colonialism, and capitalism towards building a radically new world and internationalist outlook, is most significant in this regard. He argued that “unity is necessary because disunity goes in favor of the U.S., which is our enemy, and everything that goes in favor of the enemy must be eliminated”.

Che’s wisdom is timeless. He painstakingly taught us how to be practitioners of revolution. In this context he demonstrated many lessons including that freedom cannot be won without struggle; losing does not mean that victory was impossible; the oppressed liberate themselves; view everything from the perspective of the truth; high doses of passion and audacity are required for revolution; consulting the people is a prerequisite for governing; life must be spent overcoming defeats not celebrating victories; being realistic means demanding the impossible; words must be melded with deeds; and “a true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love”.

Black a First Land First (BLF) honors the legacy of Che Guevara by calling on all to emulate his revolutionary virtues – in words and in deeds!

Long live Che Guevara!

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)

10 October 2018

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Deputy President: Zanele Lwana
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National Spokesperson: Lindsay Maasdorp
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Head of Media & Communications: Brian Tloubatla
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BLF wishes Brazil’s Workers’ Party well in the 2018 general elections

BLF wishes Brazil’s Workers’ Party well in the 2018 general elections
Black First Land First (BLF) wishes Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT) of the imprisoned people’s president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, well in the forthcoming general elections starting on 7 October 2018. Under the leadership of Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, Brazil had come under intense assault from United States (US) led imperialism, specifically for its pro-poor and pro-BRICS policies. This has resulted in the Rousseff being unconstitutionally removed via a coup and replaced by the imperialist puppet Michel Temer, and Lula being imprisoned to prevent him from speaking to the media as well as contesting the presidential elections.

We note that the PT’s presidential candidate, Fernando Haddad, comes up against Jair Bolsonaro. In this respect, unlike Haddad as well as Lula and Rousseff, Bolsonaro is openly anti-women, homophobic, racist, and has made little secret of his pro-western and pro-capitalist position.

At this juncture the Brazilian people owe it to themselves to reflect on the gains of the PT governments of Lula and Rousseff before they vote to either return the PT to power or maintain the imperialist puppet government of the US.

While Lula was still a trade union leader in the steel industry in 2003 he waged a struggle against Brazil’s unjust system in particular against hunger. He led a campaign known as “Bolsa Familia” (family allowance). This served as the basis for the development and implementation of policies by the successive PT governments towards direct social benefits for the people. Hence fifty million Brazilians were taken out of poverty.

The ‘Bolsa Familia’ is a revolutionary project that serves to supplement income through monthly stipends to women to address gender inequality and women’s financial dependency on their partners. The program was successful due to the fact that the country’s income utilized for social policies was increased. The current President Temer reversed this increase via a constitutional amendment that limits spending on social programs.

Under the “Mais Medicos” (more doctors) program, initiated by Rousseff’s government, about 20,000 medical professionals rendered health care to about 63 million Brazilian people. Women received increased access to health in 2011 andaim 2014. To this end via the ‘Rede Cegonha’ (Stork Network), access to health care for pregnant women as well as for newly born children and their mothers was increased.

‘Minha Casa Minha Vida’ (MCMV) meaning, ‘My House, My Life’ was a program that was initiated in 2009 under Lula. It brought housing to millions. Under Rousseff the program was subsequently developed to give autonomy to women who to this end were favored as the title deed owners of the houses they received.

In the period between 2005 to 2013 and during Lula’s term in office, Haddad served as Minister of Education. In that time the ‘Fund for Maintenance and Development of Basic Education and Valuation of Education Professionals (Fundeb)’ and the ‘Programa Universidade Para Todos (University for All Program)’ were created to build more schools and campuses, and to get more children and adults educated. The high numbers of people that studied in higher education institutions in Brazil during Lula’s tenure was unprecedented.

The fact that at least 70% of the food in Brazil is being produced within the country in family farms is all thanks to the PT governments. Furthermore, legislating a minimum wage and hiking the employment rate to an unprecedented high are other hallmarks of the the PT governments and contrary to imperialist propaganda these gains were achieved without undermining the economy. To this end Brazil took 6th place in the world’s economies in terms of importance in 2011. Moreover it ranked 7th in the world in terms of its GDP when measured in terms of the ‘Purchase Power Parity’. Also from 2005 to 2012 due to its social policies Brazil’s economy grew by 30% and on an average of 2.6% per annum.

It is therefore not surprising that the PT governments have been consistently attacked by the enemy in cahoots with its neoliberal agents to further their regime change agenda. The enemy knows that the PT is favored by the millions of people who benefited from the social programs implemented by the PT governments and unless the PT is undermined, the people will return it to power.

BLF calls on the Brazilian people to never forget the benefits you received under the PT governments of Rousseff and Lula. We say #VotePT, #VoteHaddad, #FightImperialism and #TakeBackTheEconomy.

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)

6 October 2018

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Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First

Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

International Relations Secretary: Shantha Balakrishna
Cell number: +27 72 114 3670

Deputy President: Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27799867225

National Spokesperson: Lindsay Maasdorp
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Head of Media & Communications: Brian Tloubatla
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF stands with Venezuela against US interference

BLF stands with Venezuela against US interference

BLF supports Venezuela’s rejection of United States (US) interventionism, as announced by President Nicolas Maduro at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this Wednesday. To this end we note the apt invocation of the revolutionary spirit of Simon Bolivar who led many struggles in the region against Spanish colonialism.

We condemn with contempt the US sponsored assassination attempt on President Maduro’s life during August this year; and the devastating economic embargo and diplomatic isolation of Venezuela – which are all part of the agenda to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela.

We are also appalled by the reactionary regimes of Latin America – from that of Michel Temer of Brasil and Orlando Hernández of Honduras to Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Mauricio Macri of Argentina – who submit to the dictates of the capitalist imperialist US government of Donald Trump against the government and people’s of Venezuela.

As the storm rages in Venezuela, BLF boldly raises the flags of Comandante Chávez in internationalist solidarity. We are anti-imperialist. We stand in defence of the revolutionary government of President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.

In this context the remarks of President Maduro made during the 73rd session of the UNGA is published below:

“ We have been called to work and address a vital issue that has been titled “Making the UN relevant to all”, a high and noble goal.

We are sure that the 21st century will set the tone for processes of human and political liberation, for the liberation of peoples that will have an important impact on the future of the UN.

Today Venezuela comes to tell its truth (…), I bring the voice of a country that has refused to surrender to injustice and to empires throughout history.

I bring the voice of the people who have the honour of being the cradle of the great liberator Simón Bolívar.

Venezuela is at once cradle and a school of republican values.

The US president of North America once attacked the noble people of Venezuela, following the doctrine which founded the United States empire 200 years ago.

Venezuela is the victim of permanent aggression in economic, political, diplomatic and media aspects by those who govern the United States of North America.

They wield the Monroe Doctrine to justify the aggression against our beloved homeland from an ideological, political and diplomatic point of view.

Economically, Venezuela has been subjected to a series of illegal, unilateral measures of economic persecution in the past two years (…), we have been prevented from using the international currency the U.S. dollar.

A migratory crisis has been manufactured by different means, aiming to divert the attention from real migratory crises that exist around the world.

The seriousness of the migration crisis caused by the destruction of Libya by NATO will not be addressed.

Yesterday we bore witness to how the US president made direct threats to withdraw aid, international support and aid systems for the governments and peoples of the world that need it.

The US president threatened the governments of the world to submit to his designs, to his orders and to collaborate with his policies in the United Nations system or else he would act accordingly.

I would like to ask the United Nations system to appoint a special delegate to conduct an independent international investigation on the implications and perpetrators of the terrorist attack of August 4.

Despite the immense historical, ideological, and social differences (…), despite all the differences, I would be willing to shake hands with the president of the United States and to sit down to talk about bilateral and regional issues.

It is those who have differences in this world who have to put their good will on the table (…), President Donald Trump has said he is concerned about Venezuela, I am willing to talk with an open agenda on all issues.

Venezuela is a country that advocates and commits itself to the construction of a multipolar, pluripolar and multicentric world. There isn’t  just one economic model. We cannot allow a unique economic model, a single thought to be imposed.

200 years ago our region was plagued by colony, 100 years ago we struggled as peoples for freedom and today in the 21st century the opportunity has arrived.

Today, Venezuela is stronger than ever, we have known how to resist, we are standing and ready to continue advancing in the construction of a social model of our own, that of the socialist revolution of the 21st century, we say it to the four winds.

I trust in the human being and in the future of humanity (…), from Venezuela we say to the UN we trust in the noble ideals of the Venezuelan people that will not surrender”.

#USHandsOffVenezuela
#USHandsOffMaduro
#NoToRegimeChange

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)

28 September 2018

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Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First

Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

International Relations Secretary: Shantha Balakrishna
Cell number: +27 72 114 3670

Deputy President: Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27799867225

National Spokesperson: Lindsay Maasdorp
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Head of Media & Communications: Brian Tloubatla
Cell: +27 82 216 7664

BLF condemns US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

BLF condemns US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

Black First Land First (BLF) is appalled by the escalation of United States (US) aggression towards Iran that has seen the US withdrawing on May 8 this year from the Iran nuclear deal and imposing severe sanctions on the country.

The nuclear deal which was adopted in October 2015 as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) had at least provided a relaxation of US sanctions – which had deterred ‘European and other companies’ from trading with and investing in Iran – in exchange for the Iranian government curtailing its nuclear program and submitting to international inspectors.

BLF condemns the actions of the US amid empty allegations (by itself and  Israel)  that Iran had reneged on the nuclear deal. This is a war led by the US against Iran to consolidate imperialist power. We applaud the efforts of the Iranian government and its people to defend the sovereignty of the country and to advance the commitment to peace, security and economic independence.

US imperialism, in cahoots with counter revolutionary forces within the country, is hellbent on effecting regime change by removing the democratically elected President Hassan Rouhani from power and replacing him with a US puppet via a Brazilian like coup. To achieve this the US has withdrawn from the nuclear deal which had been adopted by Germany, the European Union, Britain, France, China and Russia over and above the US and Iran. Furthermore, imperialism has imposed sanctions and conducted economic terrorism which has led to inflation levels increasing and ultimately the Iranian currency being attacked.

It must also be stated that imperialism has in cahoots with certain political parties, civil society organizations and other entities created political instability in Iran. To this end society has been mobilized via the captured mainstream media to create hostility against President Rouhani and to effect regime change. In this regard President Rouhani has been deliberately and wrongly projected by imperialism as the real enemy of the Iranian people. BLF is anti imperialist. We stand with the government and people of Iran in the struggle against US aggression and imperialism in general.

We condemn the audacity of the US to rally against Iran acquiring nuclear capabilities which in turn provides a significant measure of independence against the thieving imperialists. We remember the many crimes of the US and other imperialist nations against Iran including Britain’s fight for Iran’s oil, the US led coup in 1953 that ousted Mohammad Mossadeq from power, and the striking down of Iran Air flight 655 by the US Navy in July 1988 which resulted in 300 innocent people dying.

We further recall that in 1995 the the Clinton administration barred US entities from trading with Iran and investing in the country’s oil as well as gas; and in 1996 the US legislated on the imposition of penalties on foreign firms having significant investments in the said sector. We also note the intensification of sanctions during the Obama tenure including to this end legislating the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 and escalating sanctions in terms National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

The nuclear deal of October 2015 has served to relax the monstrous sanctions that were imposed by the US, the European Union and the United Nations and thus give it a measure of independence. It further enabled Iran to gain access to its foreign frozen assets to the tune of $30 billion.  We note that even though Iran increased its oil exports substantially through the nuclear deal, the deal  didn’t address the fact that many of the western companies, particularly those relating to banking, were dissuaded from investing in the country.

BLF supports the decisions and commitments of the ministerial level meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA which was held on 6 July this year in Vienna at the instance of the Islamic Republic of Iran to pave the way ahead so as to guarantee the effective implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and the review of unresolved challenges resulting from the withdrawal of the US from the said deal and its reimposition of sanctions that were previously lifted. We applaud the commitment of the participants to devise and implement practical solutions in relation to inter alia the following: ‘the maintenance and promotion of wider economic and sectoral relations with Iran’; ‘the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran’; ‘the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas condensate, petroleum products and petrochemicals’; ‘the continuation of … (all) transportation relations’; ‘the promotion of export credit cover’; ‘clear and effective support for economic operators trading with Iran, particularly small and medium sized enterprises which are the backbone of many economies’; ‘the encouragement of further investments in Iran’; ‘the protection of economic operators for their investment and other commercial and financial activities’ regarding Iran in or in relation to Iran’; ‘the bringing together of private and public sector experts’; ‘the practical support for trade with and investment in Iran’; and ‘the protection of companies from the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions’.

We call for an end to all sanctions against Iran and for all the progressive nations and forces of the world to defend Iran against any attack by the US and its partners. President Rouhani is problematic to imperialism. He has consequently been deliberately and wrongly made to be the enemy in a bid to distract the people of Iran with side issues and to this end effect regime change in imperialist interests.

BLF calls on all to stand in solidarity with the Iranian government and its people. We say “hands off President Rouhani”, “no to regime change” and “fight imperialism, take back the economy”.

Issued by the National Coordinating Committee of Black First Land First (BLF NCC)

3 September 2018

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Black First Land First Email:[email protected]
Facebook: Black First Land First

Twitter: @black1stland1st
Website: www.blf.org.za

International Relations Secretary: Shantha Balakrishna
Cell number: +27 72 114 3670

Deputy President: Zanele Lwana
Cell: +27799867225

National Spokesperson: Lindsay Maasdorp
Cell: +27 79 915 2957

Head of Media & Communications: Brian Tloubatla
Cell: +27 82 216 7664