Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Ken Mifsud Bonnici, a legal adviser to the European Commission, wrote that Malta was facing a “veritable collapse of the rule of law”.
At the root of the problem, he argued, was a constitution (bequeathed by Britain, Malta’s former colonial ruler) that hands vast powers to the executive, without the checks normal in a democracy. For example, only the police, who answer to political authorities, have the power to initiate investigations, “so police investigations against the government or without its consent are impossible”.
On May 7th, the Sunday Times of Malta reported that the island’s financial watchdog had told the police it had a “reasonable suspicion” that the prime minister’s right-hand man, Keith Schembri, had been involved in money-laundering. Yet the claim, which Mr Schembri denies, was not investigated, the paper said.
Does any of this matter beyond little Malta? If Mr Mifsud Bonnici is right, it does: whichever party is in office, the island could be used by dubious interests as a private back door into the EU.
Posted by nickglais on 10/18/2017 07:28:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle says the Primary Stage of Socialism is the name - the self description of Chinese Revisionists of themselves - expanding the market is not the road to socialism as we have shown in our study Marxism Against Market Socialism
The market economy will consume the socialist sector of the economy however many corrupt Tigers you hunt or foxes you trap - Bureaucratic Capitalism and the market are not opposites but twins it is not just corrupt people but the structural corruption of the market economy that undermines the struggle for socialism in China.
The talk of the Chinese Dream can only be realized by Marxism Leninism Maoism not some market hybrid of Deng Xiaoping a bastardized revision of Marxism in the 20th Century which is part of the social democratic and not the communist collectivist tradition for the last 200 years.
It was no accident that Deng Xiaoping flirted with changing the Chinese Communist Party to a social democratic party until stopped by a Party backlash.
The renewed serious study of Mao Zedong in China is a guarantee that revisionism will be abandoned sooner rather than later in China.We agree with Xi Xingping when he says practice will drive theory - of knowing through doing - but we add the Maoist theory of knowledge - will reveal revisionism is the source of corruption.
One of our intellectual mentors C K Liu stated-
The full impact of Mao's revolutionary spirit is yet to be realized on Chinese society.
A century from now Mao's high minded principles of mass politics will outshine all his neo liberal critics.
The Renewed Marxism that Xi Xingping speaks will be universal Marxism Leninism Maoism and not just local Mao Zedong Thought which will be relegated to 20th Century history books.
Posted by nickglais on 10/18/2017 05:17:00 AM
The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress will see the largest-ever turnover of military elite in the history of the People’s Republic of China
Democracy and Class Struggle says the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress will see the largest-ever turnover of military elite in the history of the People’s Republic of China
1 Security concerns
Beijing Communist Party chief Cai Qi on Wednesday asked the city for "120 percent" effort to ensure safety for the 19th Communist Party congress, the official Beijing Daily said.
"We must hold the line for social control, eliminate all destabilizing factors, hold the line for cyber security and resolutely crack down on political rumors and harmful news," Cai said spoken like a elite confucian communist.
About 83 percent of the military representatives who are full members of the 19th Central Committee will be new, assuming the military maintains the same quota of full members as it did for the 18th Central Committee.
This would constitute the largest-ever turnover of military elite in the history of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).Most significantly, it appears that only 17 percent (7 out of 41) of military leaders with full membership on the 18th Central Committee will retain their seats.
3 What does this mean ?
Democracy and Class Struggle have long identified that a strategic United States goal was to bring the Chinese Military more under control of China's new bourgeois class as the PLA was a source of Nationalism and new variants of Maoism - the new Party Congress seems to be achieving that aim under the guise of modernization .
This is not only reflected in military reorganization but also in the new bourgeois policy on North Korea which prioritizes bourgeois monetary trade policies and not Chinese strategic interest in North Asia while purging old comrades who uphold proletarian internationalism rather than bourgeois nationalism.
Posted by nickglais on 10/18/2017 02:22:00 AM
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - In the wake of the takeover of Kirkuk by Iraqi army and Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi and the withdrawal of the dominant Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the city, the Change Movement (Gorran) in a statement calls for the dissolution of the Kurdish government institutions and the establishment of a national interim government.
“All of the authority and governing institutions should be dissolved,” urged Gorran, blaming the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of failing to administer the Region’s apparatus, which included Kirkuk, largely since 2014.
“We are calling for the establishment of a national interim government until holding a fair public election,” Gorran said in the statement.
“It should be reestablished on a healthy national basis," the statement read.
The statement also called on the authorities responsible for what happened in Kirkuk to “resign as they had announced in the media that they will take responsibility for any bad consequences of the referendum.”
It calls for an immediate withdrawal of the Iraqi armed forces which include Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi from Kirkuk city saying holding a referendum cannot justify their attack on the city and violating the achievements and national rights of the Kurds.
Gorran also urges the international community to put an end to this "destructive war" and not allow the Iraqi government to pose threats to the security of people.
Gorran which is largely seen as a major opposition party in the Kurdish political arena accuses the KDP and PUK of endangering “the people, achievements and the future of our nation” due to holding “a short-sighted referendum.”
The Change Movement blames the KDP and PUK, the two Kurdish parties possessing military forces, for any possible problems which may face the people of Kurdistan.
Iraqi forces, which include the US-trained Counter Terrorism Service and the Iranian-backed mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi, began an attack on Peshmerga-controlled areas south and west of Kirkuk on Sunday at midnight. Monday afternoon, Iraqi forces entered the city of Kirkuk and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered Iraqi forces take down the Kurdistan flag in the disputed areas and hoist only the Iraqi banner.
Iraqi forces have taken control of the K-1 military base, Baba Gurgur oil field, the governor's office, the airport, and key infrastructure and roads.
Thousands of civilians have fled the city, heading towards Erbil and Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region.
The attack by the Iraqi forces ordered by Abadi follows weeks of punitive measures taken by Baghdad against Kurdistan in response to the September 25 independence referendum that saw 92.7 percent of people voting to leave Iraq, despite Iraqi opposition.
The Iraqi forces spearheaded by the Hashd al-Shaabi also entered Shingal downtown on Tuesday in the course of their advances on the disputed or Kurdistani territories claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad
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Monday, October 16, 2017
Catalan president Carles Puigdemont must say clearly whether or not he declared independence last week, or he faces the suspension of Catalonia's autonomy.
Spain’s High Court has remanded two leaders of a Catalan independence organization on suspicion of sedition.
The prosecution alleges them to be the key figures in organizing the recent independence referendum, which was deemed illegal by Madrid.
The leader of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Jordi Sanchez, and Jordi Cuixart of the Omnium Cultural group were jailed on Monday after questioning.
The two men will not be allowed to post bail and remain in custody.
The Catalan regional police chief, Maj. Josep Lluis Trapero, and colleague Lt. Teresa Laplana were also questioned on Monday, but unlike the Catalan independence activists they have avoided jail.
The police officials, however, were forced to give up their passports and have to appear in court every two weeks.
Democracy and Class Struggle says the internal forces in Catalonia are key at this stage as CUP has indicated and they proved themselves in practice in the Referendum not relying on international support which will come later.
The People of Catalonia need leadership that will lead to independence not a bargain among the bourgeoisie - those well known profit patriots - as we have repeatedly said the working class needs to give direction to national liberation for the Catalan Republic which exists in the People.
Posted by nickglais on 10/16/2017 12:15:00 PM
The Trump Mad Dog Art collection hits the Streets of Seoul - South Korea - Art Against Mad Dog of War
Democracy and Class Struggle says these posters which can be found all over Seoul need no translation - seems they arrived by balloon and some arrived directly at the Blue House.
Posted by nickglais on 10/16/2017 09:02:00 AM