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Resistance hears the call:

Hamas releases a video with 3 rockets and today’s date. Video says “Our Women Prisoners are the Red Line!”

(Source) Another Source

Palestinian Women in Zionist Damon prison release a call for help.


English Translation

The Palestinian Lions’ Den resistance group attacked an Israeli military checkpoint in Nablus on 1 February, as Israel’s National Security Minister Ben Gvir announced new measures against Palestinian prisoners. The Lions’ Den announced the attack on its official Telegram group, saying that they “unleashed volleys of bullets on Sirra checkpoint to the west of Nablus” and that they could “withdraw safely” without losing any men. Such hit-and-run tactics are a common strategy used by the Lions’ Den against Israeli forces to break their grip on a besieged area in the occupied West Bank. The attack happened while Israel’s National Security Minister announced the closure of prisoner bakeries in the Ramon and Ketziot jails, a move viewed as collective punishment against Palestinian prisoners. Ben Gvir’s office released a statement, saying, “The minister’s policy is to deny benefits and indulgences to terrorists imprisoned in Israel, to deny them benefits that can be denied by law and certainly to deny them rights that for some reason only terrorists and not criminal prisoners have.” Prisons for Palestinians in Israel have been the scene of protest and acts of resistance in recent months, with reoccurring hunger strikes violently suppressed due to the public’s fear of another intifada. The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) released a report on 31 January detailing the developments occurring across Israeli prisons in the aftermath of Israel’s massacre in Jenin and the subsequent Palestinian retaliation in Jerusalem. According to the PPS, authorities in the Israeli Damon prison carried out a ‘massive crackdown’ on female prisoners, resulting in physical assaults against them and the unwarranted confiscation of their belongings. In an allegedly leaked voice recording from Damon prison, an unidentified female Palestinian prisoner released an audio, saying, “Free people of Palestine, heroes of our resistance. From the prison of Damon, where your mothers and sisters are held hostage, where your daughters are abused, we raise our voices in the face of anyone who fears your liberation.” **The last few days have witnessed a dangerous and unprecedented escalation of tensions, and the Palestinian resistance has announced its readiness for the outbreak of all-out war.**

Excerpt: "It may be that stoking fears of Russian invasion is simply a foot-in-the-door ruse, which effectively facilitates London’s penetration of these agencies. Mehmedagic’s reference to “current circumstances in the region” necessitating Britain’s supporting role being “intensified” is a palpable demonstration of how heightened fears of Russian intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina benefit Perfidious Albion. Even then, in the Balkan context, such cynical manoeuvring could easily have extremely dangerous ramifications. Since February 24th 2022, an already tense political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina has become ever-further inflamed. Just three months earlier, Bosnian Serb leaders announced Republika Srpska would withdraw from the state’s armed forces, judiciary and tax system, in advance of outright secession. The move led to London and Washington levelling sanctions against Republika Srpska’s President Milorad Dodik, a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. While secession was put on a backburner following the invasion of Ukraine, his refusal to back EU and US sanctions against Russia, maintenance of a neutral stance on the conflict, and active pursuit of deeper economic ties with Moscow, have all further antagonised Western powers. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s October 2022 general election was highly controversial. Within minutes of polls closing, and before votes had been counted, internationally-appointed High Representative Christian Schmidt, Sarajevo’s highest political authority, changed the country’s electoral system to fudge the results in favour of nationalist parties. The widely unpopular move - coincidentally backed by Britain - ignited mass protests, which in turn prompted renewed calls for secession within Republika Srpska. Resultantly, Bosnia and Herzegovina could now be en route to breakup. Yet it is British, not Russian, troops who await that fateful day on the frontline in Sarajevo, with bated breath. Which begs the question, who is truly the aggressor here, and who has been stirring up trouble all along?"

This is violence. You know nothing about Iran. You repeat zionist lies about Iran. You are doing the work of the enemy.

Your ignorance is readily apparent. The subtle Islamophobia behind your messages is readily apparent. Instead of listening and learning and asking questions you have continued to double down on your chauvinism.

I don’t owe you any more of an explanation or any more of my time.

Imagine for a moment that you take your “Latino Amerikkkan in the deep south” self to Sana’a or Ouagadougou or Jenin or Grozny or Bamako or Tehran or Laayoune or Beirut or Gaza or Baghdad. Telling the forces of anti-imperialist revolution there about your plan to “free their minds from irrational immaterial thought” and see how that goes over. It wouldn’t go over very well.

Internationalism means building points of unity with anti-imperialist forces and respecting their self-determination.

The way you are talking about other cultures and religions and peoples is fucked. It’s especially anti-materialist when the people in these places are doing more for global anti-imperialist struggle in just one day than the sum of entire US anti-imperialist movement has done over the last 50 years.

Maybe it is just a question of definition but I don’t know what is difference between monopoly capital interests and “US National Interests”?

US government is a fascist-imperialist government that is just the face for monopoly capital. So now the massive companies and the financial monopoly capitalists that now have Ukraine, as well as many other European countries as indebted underlings with less autonomy than before. They basically eliminated a lot of European economic/political forces as competitors. Great scheme in light of the larger crisis of capitalism and TRPF.

I only push back because it seems odd to me the narrative promoted by paleoconservatives that this is “bad for US interests”. They said the same about Iraq and Afghanistan like “we failed in Iraq because we didn’t bring them democracy” but their invasions into West Asia have been very successful at promoting total chaos. US imperialism real “failure” in West Asia was that they couldn’t destroy the Islamic Republic of Iran. If they had successfully destroyed Iran in color rev attempts in 2009, 2011, etc then Syria would also have fallen. It is chaos which is profitable and the best thing for US imperialism. They used that chaos to create ISIS which is paying dividends by keeping much of Africa mired on chaos (thus easier to exploit) to this day.

While the war in Ukraine has accelerated the movement towards multipolarity and NATO is being demilitarized I don’t think we could write it off as a failure for the US. They have achieved very real benefits and continue to accrue benefits otherwise they wouldn’t drag it out as they have.

Again I am just very wary of how these paleocons position things (and then that bleeds into other anglophone ‘pro-Russian’ spaces) because they are obviously saying what they do for a reason. What that reason is? I’m not sure yet. But I suspect its to deflect from the actual strategy for US imperialism (as economic force).

To be clear: I see what you’re saying. I agree they won’t achieve the destruction of Russia or its relationship to the PRC. And I want to advance this line of the dialectic here with you to unearth this contradiction because it is not something that is being discussed almost anywhere else that I have seen. 🙏

Right, US soldiers are already there getting denazified. The article is just referring to official deployment of troops or air force by US/NATO. Thats why it showed the overlay of Desert Storm vs Ukraine.

US/NATO official deployment would require many years of planning.

Depends on how you define success. The war has been and continues to be wildly successful for US monopoly capital (and hence US imperialism)

"No U.S. ground troops will move into Ukraine. It is ludicrous to think otherwise."

Interview with Union Organizer on the Labor Aristocracy – MIM (Prisons)
My situation was sort of unique as I worked in a sort of underground cell within the union, but ultimately I worked under two unions. These two are some of the biggest/most significant unions in the United $tates. They operated similarly – very bureaucratically. We did a lot of work with other big and medium-sized unions and they also seemed to reflect that structure. I can’t speak on the more grassroots type unions. **An underground cell? That sounds interesting, how did that work?** I was a union salt, or rather, I was sent into a specific workplace by the union as an undercover organizer to help them organize it. In my case, I was entering one of the most infamous workplaces in the U.$. My goal was to immerse myself with the working-class/the masses and commit myself to the struggle for socialism. **Why do you feel this type of organizing didn’t ultimately match your goals?** I believed that building up worker-power would lead to building up a pillar of support for socialism in the United $tates. My goals were political whereas the union’s were not – this is the fundamental conflict between my interests and theirs. **What kind of things did you end up doing that you felt were not aligned with your goals and politics? Were these tasks/projects unexpected when you first got into union organizing?** I thought I was going into the workplace to build relationships and serve in raising class consciousness, but ended up doing a bunch of non-campaign related tasks/projects, such as phonebanking for random surveys and canvassing for politicians I had never even heard of in neighborhoods nicer than the one I lived in. This was unexpected because I was sold such a militant/radical message by the persyn that recruited me. I had been upfront about my reasons for wanting to work for the union and how it related to my politics and this persyn told me that our goals were similar and that I was in the right place. So it was a surprise to me when I found myself doing a bunch of work that seemed no more radical than working for the Democrats. **Did your political line develop/change during this time? because of the work you were doing? or from external study on your own?** Yes. My political line changed drastically over my time with the union. Partially because of the work, but mostly from deeper study. Like I mentioned earlier, I salted at one of the most infamous workplaces in the U.$. and while the work in itself was difficult, no one there really belonged to the vulnerable population. You needed papers and a clean record for at least five years in order to work there. So I was working with a very different group of people – a group of people I began to understand more and more through my persynal political study. They were not the proletariat and they did not share the same interests with the proletariat. They were labor aristocrats who, despite not being unionized, still benefit from the spoils of global imperialism. I became disillusioned with my work after understanding the reactionary role labor unions and the labor aristocracy have actively played throughout the history of the United $tates and among the global proletariat. **Of course we should not be quick to draw general conclusions from our own limited experiences as that would be an empiricist error. Were you able to connect your experiences to the historic experiences of others?** I definitely do not think my experience can be used to make broad generalizations on how a typical rank-and-file organizer’s experience looks like given its unique form, but I think it does reflect an all too common experience faced by those organizers motivated by a genuine desire to struggle for revolution, but who misdirect their energy into union work, non-profit work or any other form of controlled opposition work that ultimately serves to further legitimize the bourgeois state. There is a bit of naivety that stems from a lack of skepticism towards such organizations and overall lack of experience from such organizers. That is the importance of studying historical experience; to help guide us on what works and what doesn’t work. For example, the experience I often connect (or at least keep in mind the most) was that of the historic IWW because they were an open anti-capitalist union with the goal of organizing all workers. In retrospect, they closely matched my goals and the goals of the other self-proclaimed communists I have worked with. They were relatively successful as a union and were perhaps the best case scenario regarding unions, yet they failed to carry out anything revolutionary and fell short of pushing an anti-imperialist line in fear of the repercussions they would face from the U.$. government. Self-preservation marked higher on the priority list than class struggle to a union of “radicals”; this seems important to keep in mind whenever you find yourself working in an organization full of liberals. **So the people you had worked with previously were also not unionized? but they were lacking in full citizenship rights, whether by birth or as punishment by the injustice system? What are your thoughts on the organizing potential there based on your experience and studies?** No, the people I had previously worked with were not unionized and the industry as a whole is typically non-union (with an exception of the more skilled within said industry that make up a very small portion of the workforce). There seems to be too many complications in trying to organize this workforce into a union, primarily because of how willing another persyn who is lacking full citizenship would be to replace them. Also, as I mentioned earlier, the consequences for this vulnerable population are much more detrimental, which lessens the likelihood of participating in a campaign that can risk their employment. Some people need a job to satisfy the terms of their parole and losing their job puts them at risk of going back to prison. When you’re in a more desperate situation, you’re more willing to put up with shit. With that being said though, I do think there is organizing potential among them – it just so happens not to be in labor. Most of them come from oppressed nationalities and their lack of full citizenship rights demarcates them further from being accepted by oppressor society, demarcating them from an amerikan identity. I believe there is potential to organize this particular population of the U.$. workforce around the national question, but only through practice will we see if this proves to be correct. **What do you see as possible solutions/roads forward for you or anyone who shares your goals? How do they contrast with the practices within the labor organizing movement in this country as you experienced it?** *The struggle for better wages, universal healthcare, remote work opportunities , or whatever “communists” and liberals are fighting for (i.e. union work) will not lead to revolution – but rather further pacification – which will ultimately serve imperialism. Communists should aim to wage class struggle, not facilitate social work. If diversifying the beneficiaries of global imperialism sounds productive, then support a union. If not, then recognize the importance of keeping your politics in command. As a communist – the goal is revolution and the role we play is in advancing that goal. But we can’t advance our goal if we cannot admit that we need to re-assess the situation we are working in. This requires deep study. So take a step back and study seriously.* We are working in very unique conditions and it is important that we understand these conditions if we are remotely serious in our politics. Fortunately for us, Chairman Mao formulated the fundamental question when it comes to making revolution: Who are our friends? And who are our enemies?

We don’t know and until now we can’t know. But there’s some evidence that the US military created it and then it leaked (accident or purpose who knows). Not an “evil plan” per se.

Jeffry Sachs (himself an imperialist pig) chaired the Lancet Commission on Sars-COV-2 and seems to think so.

Chinese researchers have made similar claims.

It’s my personal opinion that the US has purposefully allowed it to continue and is using New York City as an incubator to continue the evolution of the virus because it puts a lot of pressure on foreign governments and is a cash cow for pharmaceutical monopoly capital.

edit: fixed sentence was confusing

Content warning for a few graphic scenes in video

Bet you didn’t know the Palestinian Islamic Jihad was founded by communists.

No clue who is behind the podcast but Alan Macleod is really enlightening

I still think that religion itself is actively harmful, even in subtle ways, and that as a whole humanity will be better off without religion.

This is incompatible with internationalism.

But I also understand that religion acts as a painkiller, and might have a small amount of relief or comfort for those in the Global South demonized by capitalism.

It’s weird to reduce entire religions and entire cultures to being “a painkiller”. What a bizarre thing to say.

I just see no good that religion can offer that can’t otherwise be offered by a secular socialist society

I think this speaks more to the limitations of your political scope than to any actual dialectical materialist analysis.

Excerpt: "The second approach relates to promoting unity in struggle across ideological and sectarian lines. Baathist Syria, an Islamic Iran renewed in strength, Shia Hezbollah, Sunni Hamas and PIJ, secular-nationalist PFLP, and Zaydi Ansar Allah can and have united to work towards expelling the invaders, what's left is to plan for the future. What will this future liberation look like? Is it possible to view things like Al-Shiqaqi did? A dual approach of spirituality and shrewd geopolitical analysis with respect for the religious and cultural lives of the people, combined with a government and economy capable of promoting equality and a good life for its citizens is necessary, in my opinion. The rights of other cultural expressions within the Arab-Islamic civilizational sphere must be respected: Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Kurds, Assyrians, Jews, and other minority groups must be respected and integrated into this renewed civilization. So again we see the power of the civilizational approach, not in the style of Huntington, which carries with it the anxieties of the collective West in the face of the rise of multipolarity, but in the style of Alexander Dugin and Anouar Abdel-Malek, where the cultural traditions of the oppressed peoples are not ridiculed, nor subject to an infantile leftist anti-theism. Instead, these cultural touchpoints are cherished, revised for the current epoch, and seen through a lens of liberation from the domination of invading states. The analytical strength of historical materialism remains in this case as well, and it strengthens the civilizational approach. An Islamic approach, unique to our civilizational project, is what propelled and drove martyr Fathi al-Shiqaqi; his participation from the prisons and the grassroots allowed him to see from the great heights of the civilizational view that every problem has a unique solution."

It’s not confirmed yet that ‘israel’ is behind it… but ‘israel’ is behind it.

"Three Iranian aid trucks loaded with flour and rice was targeted after crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border, sources reported to Al-Mayadeen on Sunday. According to sources, the aid convoy consisted of 25 trucks, of which two batches entered, making for seven trucks in total. The attack took place right after the second batch entered. The bombing was indirect and targeted 3 trucks, and the damage was material, without causing any casualties. Moreover, the convoy did not carry any weapons and crossed the Al-Bukamal crossing, according to Syrian protocol."

Sweida, SANA- The Syrian Family Forum Foundation-Sweida branch organized on Sunday a national event to condemn the unjust blockade imposed on the Syrian people. Civil, youth, and official activities participated in this event, which included signing a document demanding the United Nations and the international community to take effective action, lift the unilateral coercive sanctions imposed on the Syrian people. The participants raised national flags and banners denouncing the so-called “Caesar Act”, underlined their adherence to national unity, and continuation of confronting the aggressive terrorist war against Syria. They called on the international community and the United Nations to take effective action to lift the inhumane and immoral blockade on the Syrian people and end their human suffering. They also expressed their condemnation of the illegal American occupation on the Syrian territory and the looting of national resources.

This is a good question. It all depends on how the contradiction is resolved. It’s going to be resolved 1 of 3 ways:

  1. continuation of status quo with minimal changes. The resistance is defeated. Expulsion and extermination campaign against Palestinians accelerates.
  2. Complete dissolution of the zionist entity, expulsion of the remaining settlers, creation of a new Palestinian government that redistributes the expropriated/reclaimed settler wealth
  3. A nasty half-way neo-colonial compromise

As for the #1-- It’s not gonna happen. the zionist entity can’t win a full on conflict with the entire Axis of Resistance.

As for #2 – I think this is the most likely possibility and it is only a matter of time. Those who are settlers should leave of their own accord before they are liquidated. Whether this will be a worker’s state? I have no clue. I think that is so far off that we can’t know. It will depend on how a new PLO is formed to become the national government. The PFLP is certainly working behind the scenes to prepare for it. That is for Palestinians inside of Palestine and in the camps to resolve though.

As for #3 The author of article provides a possibility where ‘Israel’ continues to exist by assimilating some Palestinians and genocide the remaining. Such a situation would have some similarities to modern South Africa. (This article was interesting insight of how it would look in Palestine.) There’s a lot of material differences (especially in terms of demographics) between apartheid-era South Africa and modern Palestine so I don’t want to extend the analogy beyond its usefulness.

But if we think about what happened when South Africa transitioned, the ANC made a lot of compromises because it was a non-violent transition. While there was militant elements it was not a militant revolution. Monopoly capital would never allow actual decolonization so it should be self-explanatory that a transition endorsed by monopoly capital turned out the way it did. I think the global solidarity movement has to reflect very hard on why ending apartheid through imperialist endorsed boycotts, promoted by NGO’s, was a complete failure for South Africans.

This is still a possible, albeit unlikely, scenario in Palestine and I think that’s why its important that we clearly identify the “false friends” such as Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Legal, If Not Now, Al Shabaka, and Adalah etc. Theres a good article about these groups and this phenomenon. It is these kinds of groups and other EU/Khaleeji NGO’s and western solidarity movements who penetrate into Palestinian society and promote normalization. They are enemies in disguise which is why they are so dangerous.

Bad solidarity work is far far worse than no solidarity work.

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Yes this was unquestionably a US-isntreal operation using their intelligence. CIA director is in occupied Palestine at this moment. Also Netanyahu said something to the effect of “We will punish the terrorists” just a few hours before the attack. All signs point this way.

Zionists can’t even carry out a drone attack successfully lol. Inshallah the IRGC will punish them swiftly

China’s COVID approach highlights unity, community with shared future
Excerpt: "Three years of anti-epidemic experience tells us that we should adopt anti-epidemic measures in a scientific way, including increasing vaccination, enhancing research and development into vaccines such as nasal spray vaccines and anti-viral drug research and development, Lu Hongzhou, head of the Third People's Hospital of Shenzhen, told the Global Times on Sunday. "We should use anti-viral drugs in time which could be an effective way to reduce severe illness and mortality," Lu said. According to data of clinical cases, most severe COVID-19 patients' symptoms remain mild for the first week, but worsen in the second week. For high-risk groups which could develop into severe cases, anti-viral drugs should be used in time, according to Lu. However, in the US, the available vaccines and medications remain out of reach for a vast majority of Americans, which is also a result of poor communication by federal officials and other bureaucratic barriers, The New York Times said in an article in August 2022. Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Walensky also wrote in the Washington Post on Sunday that political pressure and manipulation by the former Trump administration early in the pandemic played a role that fostered greater skepticism about science and debate over whether public health interventions infringe on personal freedom. The US CDC, the nation's premier public health agency, saw its demoralized workforce exhausted, its authoritative voice diminished and its data-gathering processes cumbersome. The US marked 1 million deaths of Americans from COVID-19 in May 2022 and Omicron set records for COVID infections in the US, heavily weighing on US medical systems and driving burnout among medics. "Due to different social governance structures, different federal states are unlikely to organize medics well to fight the epidemic together. But the unity is a major systemic advantage in China," Zhou Ning, a doctor from Wuhan's Tongji Hospital, told the Global Times on Sunday. Zhou, a frontline doctor who witnessed the lockdown in Wuhan and the country's top-down support for the city, said when there was an outbreak in a Chinese city, the country makes all-out efforts to help by allocating resources and medical staff. "It's always like a big family and people help each other," he said. "but it's all but impossible to see such scenes in the US." After three years of arduous battle, many Chinese medical workers like Zhou said they accumulated abundant experience in treating patients infected with the coronavirus, especially those with severe symptoms. - "During the recent infection peak period in late December [2022], although we received growing numbers of patients everyday and faced shortages of medical resources to some extent, we were not panicked at all, and we saw that overall mortality rates caused directly by COVID were relatively low," Zhou said. "Most patients of severe cases were treated quickly and they recovered well." But in the US, life expectancy dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, falling to the lowest it has been since 1996, CNN reported in December 2022, citing final mortality data published Thursday by the US CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. "It was exactly because of the dynamic zero-COVID policy that we managed to dodge the havoc of the deadlier Delta and other variants, and reduced the rates of severe cases and mortality and protected people's lives and health to the greatest extent possible," Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told a press conference on January 10. More than 3.48 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, and the total number of people vaccinated is 1.31 billion, according to a report released by China's CDC on Saturday. Of those, 1.27 billion have been fully vaccinated. The number of people who have completed at least one booster immunization is 827 million."

Excerpt: "Today, the Israeli regime is backed into a corner for many reasons. The Palestinians defeated the IOF in Seif Al-Quds and forced negotiations during the Unity of Fields battle. The IOF are facing daily confrontations in the West Bank. Hezbollah, with their missiles, forced Israeli concessions over the Kharish gas fields. The Resistance has never been more powerful than it is today. All of this compounded because "Israel's" main supporter, the United States, is no longer the undisputed hegemon of the planet. Thanks to Hajj Qasem, the Palestinian Resistance is armed, and their rockets have changed the equation. The regional Resistance is unified like never before. When the battle begins, it will be nothing like the catastrophe of Al-Naksah. In light of this, a COIN strategy of bolstering the PA and accelerating the assimilation of a privileged class is the only available counterinsurgency strategy that could sustain "Israel" and the American project. In order to survive, it would need to create a "fake" Palestinian state. However, the new Netanyahu regime is doing the exact opposite. Rather than relying on its best weapon, the regime is abandoning the PA and resorting to a strategy of naked terror. Earlier this month, the Netanyahu regime announced seizing PA revenues. Another new law that is being proposed will revoke Israeli "citizenship" for the Palestinians who receive financial assistance from the PA. This law will only further isolate and de-legitimize the PA in the eyes of Palestinians. The Ben-Gvir-led police ban on the Palestinian flag, too, is a practice that further de-legitimizes itself. We should not be so foolish as to think that being Palestinian has ever been "legal" except for a privileged few. ... The "human rights defenders", "journalists" and "intellectuals" who are working overtime to present Netanyahu and Ben-Gvir as exceptional or unique "neo-Zionists" are doing the work of the enemy. There is no such thing as leftist, centrist, or rightist in the Israeli government. The recent escalation of violence is quantitative, not qualitative. A quantitative increase in violence and attacks and assassinations are a natural consequence of the escalation of a conflict. Those who decry this are denying the very legitimacy of the Palestinian armed struggle. What will they do when the fighting truly escalates? What will they do when Palestinians, because of the ascent of regional allies, gain a military-technological edge in important fields like drones? What will they say when the Palestinians are no longer murdered a hundred to one for every occupier eliminated but have flipped the ratio? What will they do when American and European economic and military investments are turned to dust, endangering the globally segregated "way of life" of the "consumer society" in the imperialist center? What will they do when confronted by a new political equation where Palestinians and their popular Resistance organizations dictate the terms? The answer is plain to those who understand the class leadership and political ambiguity of the present "solidarity movement" in the imperialist countries."

Iran and Russia link banks to bypass SWIFT sanctions
Excerpt: "The central banks of Iran and Russia Sunday signed a deal to connect their national interbank communication and transfer systems to help boost trade and ease two-way bank transactions. Per the deal, 52 branches of Iranian banks and four unnamed foreign banks will use Iran's local interbank telecom system, known as SEPAM, to connect with 106 banks using Russia's System for Transfer of Financial Messages or SPFS, the website of the Central Bank of Iran said. Iran's Shahr Bank and Russia's VTB Bank will be involved in the related pilot program and other lenders will join gradually. The agreement was signed at CBI by the deputy head for international affairs, Mohsen Karimi, and Vladislav Gridchin, on behalf of Russia’s central bank."

Comments from Iranian analyists:

" It seems [like Israel] wanted to carry out an operation immediately after the killing of the Zionists in the West Bank to give an answer and to reduce the psychological pressure a little and to say that Israel can respond quickly in Iran. Fortunately, no secondary explosion is seen after the impact, which indicates that the level of destruction is limited, if anything was destroyed at all by this light explosion. The response to these operations in Iran will soon be given in the occupied territories. The Zionists are very worried. The Quds Force has exactly targeted the nerve center of the Zionists!"

Excerpt: People say the Axis of Resistance is not left wing enough, ‘they’re not like Venezuela or Cuba so that’s not anti-imperialism’. But of course anti-imperialism has got nothing at all to do with the question of neoliberalism. It’s a question of whether you actively support the resistance. And if you ask the resistance what they think, they say ‘Yes Iran is our ally’.

The Iranian Defense Ministry announced on 29 January that several “unsuccessful” drone attacks were launched early that morning against a military facility in the city of Isfahan, leaving no casualties and causing minor material damages. “One of [the drones] was hit by the … air defense and the other two were caught in defense traps and blew up … Fortunately, this unsuccessful attack did not cause any loss of life and caused minor damage to the workshop’s roof,” the defense ministry statement read. The facility is said to be an equipment manufacturing plant, and Tehran has not specified who is suspected to have carried out the attack. The statement was released following the sound of a large explosion in the central Iranian city. Videos circulating social media show the moment one of the drones was repelled by the facility’s defense systems, resulting in a blast. The attack “has not affected our installations and mission … and such blind measures will not have an impact on the continuation of the country’s progress,” the statement added. The attacks coincided with an Iranian television report which said that a fire had broken out at an oil refinery near Tabriz, the cause of which was unknown. Although Tehran has yet to specify who it believes perpetrated the attack, Israel is likely to be the main suspect, as it has in the past been found to be behind many acts of sabotage against the Islamic Republic. These incidents include attacks on the Natanz nuclear research facility and other sites; the use of cyber-attacks to cause malfunctions in electrical infrastructure, and the use of miniature drones armed with explosives. On 25 May, an explosion at the Parchin military research site in Iran resulted in the death of an engineer and the injury of one other person. Days later, the New York Times (NYT) reported that Israel had explicitly told Washington that it was behind this attack. Israeli espionage has been active in Iran for several decades. However, it has increased significantly in the wake of recent international efforts aimed at instigating regime change in the country.

Synopsis: As the Palestinian resistance factions increasingly come together and take the fight to the Zionist entity, what kind of support are they getting from outside? Even its worst enemies recognize that since its establishment in 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has become "a leading patron" of the Palestinian cause. Those are the words of the Zionist front group United Against Nuclear Iran. They are quite correct. How has Iran supported the legitimate resistance of the Palestinians? Earlier this year tens of thousands of Iranians took part in the annual Quds Day rallies in the capital, Tehran, in a major show of support for Palestine. Similar marches and events happened in more than 900 cities and villages nationwide, according to officials. Hossein Salami, the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who was the keynote speaker of the event in Tehran, told the gathered crowd that Iran's first Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini established Quds Day shortly after the 1979 revolution to let the world know that Palestine was not alone. He said the current Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei subsequently established the Quds Force, the overseas arm of the IRGC, to "expand the Islamic revolution in other Islamic countries with the aim of pressuring the Zionist regime and in the near future, the regime's elimination from the world's political geography." Even the Jerusalem Post recognizes the strategy being adopted by Iran of unifying the resistance. A strategy which is visibly now in operation. In the unity Intifada of May 2021 it was revealed on the Lebanese news service Al Manar that a joint operation room was established in Beirut in response to Zionist attacks on Gaza. It involved officers from Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps The Commander of IRGC's Al-Quds Force, General Esmail Qaani, visited Lebanon twice to attend the meetings. The Palestinian factions were provided with data about the movements of the Israeli occupation military, which frustrated the enemy's plot to ambush the Palestinian fighters near the Gaza border. According to the editor-in-chief of the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, Ibrahim Al-Amin: "Had 'Israel' expanded its aggression, the entire axis of resistance would have confronted it." Among the other support from Iran is funding, weapons and training. In 2020 al Jazeera broadcast revelations from Hamas about the weapons being supplied by Iran. The program "What is Hidden is Greater" showed members of Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, collecting Iranian Fajr missiles and Kornet Anti-Tank shells. The Islamic Republic of Iran stands fully behind the Palestinian factions and is central to the wider axis of resistance.

It is hosted on Palestinian Servers which are routinely throttled by the occupation. I downloaded each individually to my computer with this site and then watched with “VLC Media Player”

A gathering of the mothers of the martyrs of Jenin after the implementation of the Jerusalem operation.

““We took our revenge tonight, praise be to God.” The mother of the martyr, Raed Abu Seif, expresses her joy with the heroic Jerusalem operation.” (Source)

cross-posted from: > "At least 10 Israeli settlers were killed, and 10 others were injured during a shooting attack on 27 January at a synagogue in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem. > > Israeli police killed the perpetrator of the attack. > > According to local reports, the assailants arrived at the ultra-Orthodox settlement in a car and stopped near a synagogue. They then waited for the service to end before opening fire. > > Hebrew media reports said the occupation forces are searching for additional suspects that may have aided the gunman. A handgun allegedly used by the attacker was found at the scene. > > The shooting came one day after Israeli troops committed a massacre in the occupied West Bank, killing 10 Palestinians during a violent raid in massacre in the occupied West Bank, killing 10 Palestinians during a violent raid in the city of Jenin. > > This marked the deadliest day for Palestinians in the West Bank in over a year. > > Early on Friday, the Israeli air force launched several airstrikes in the besieged Gaza Strip as retaliation for two rockets fired by resistance factions against adjacent Israeli settlements. > > Soon after news broke about Friday’s shooting attack, Hamas issued a statement congratulating “the heroic operation in occupied Jerusalem, which comes as a quick response to the Jenin massacre, and is evidence of the vitality and readiness of the resistance.” > > “The Jerusalem operation confirmed the ability of the resistance fighters to strike back at the heart of the entity, to pay the price for its folly and drink from the same cup,” the Hamas statement added. > > The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) also released a statement hailing the attack on the synagogue and highlighting that “the enemy only understands the language of force.” > > “The heroic operation in Jerusalem confirms that the Palestinian people live in geographical and political unity,” the PIJ statement reads, adding that the attack “is a field message to the extremist Ben Gvir and the occupation government.”

"The Popular Front for the liberation of Palestine on Friday evening saluted the heroes of the Palestinian resistance, stressing that the heroic Jerusalem operation is the embodiment of the will of our people to confront the enemy and punish the Zionist war criminals for their crimes. In a press statement, the Popular Front praised the heroic operation carried out this evening in the occupied city of Jerusalem, which led to the death of 8 candidates for the increase of Zionist settlers and the injury of a number of others. The front said that our people will not surrender in front of the fascist policies and crimes of the occupation, and that our resistance continues and will continue everywhere until salvation and the attainment of our full rights to freedom and independence. The front stated that the international community and its institutions, which did not pay attention to the crime of the occupation and its massacre in the Jenin camp yesterday, bear responsibility for the continued Commission of massacres by the occupation against our people, and it must understand that our people are determined to wrest their freedom, and will not beg the position of those who supported and covered the occupation and its crimes"

" Mass rallies in northern Gaza, celebrating the heroic operation in Al Quds" (Shehab News)

(Shehab News)

“The mother of the martyr Wassim Jais, who died in the Jenin camp massacre yesterday, distributes sweets in celebration of the Jerusalem operation”

“Celebrations in all areas of Ramallah to celebrate the Al Quds operation” (Shehab News)

“the mother of the martyr, Commander Jamil Al-Amouri, the founder of the Jenin Battalion - Al-Quds Brigades, accompanied by the mothers of the martyrs of Jenin, distributing sweets in Jenin, rejoicing in the heroic operation of Al-Quds” (Source)

Glory to the martyr and all the martyrs of Palestine and Al Quds!!!

The heroic martyr of the Al-Quds operation: Alqam Khairi, 21 years of age, from the Shuafat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem (Source)

"At least 10 Israeli settlers were killed, and 10 others were injured during a shooting attack on 27 January at a synagogue in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli police killed the perpetrator of the attack. According to local reports, the assailants arrived at the ultra-Orthodox settlement in a car and stopped near a synagogue. They then waited for the service to end before opening fire. Hebrew media reports said the occupation forces are searching for additional suspects that may have aided the gunman. A handgun allegedly used by the attacker was found at the scene. The shooting came one day after Israeli troops committed a massacre in the occupied West Bank, killing 10 Palestinians during a violent raid in massacre in the occupied West Bank, killing 10 Palestinians during a violent raid in the city of Jenin. This marked the deadliest day for Palestinians in the West Bank in over a year. Early on Friday, the Israeli air force launched several airstrikes in the besieged Gaza Strip as retaliation for two rockets fired by resistance factions against adjacent Israeli settlements. Soon after news broke about Friday’s shooting attack, Hamas issued a statement congratulating “the heroic operation in occupied Jerusalem, which comes as a quick response to the Jenin massacre, and is evidence of the vitality and readiness of the resistance.” “The Jerusalem operation confirmed the ability of the resistance fighters to strike back at the heart of the entity, to pay the price for its folly and drink from the same cup,” the Hamas statement added. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) also released a statement hailing the attack on the synagogue and highlighting that “the enemy only understands the language of force.” “The heroic operation in Jerusalem confirms that the Palestinian people live in geographical and political unity,” the PIJ statement reads, adding that the attack “is a field message to the extremist Ben Gvir and the occupation government.”

An armed attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran left at least one dead and two wounded, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said on 27 January. “The attacker fired with a Kalashnikov rifle at the guard post and killed the head of the security service. Two guards were also wounded while repelling the attack,” the Eurasian country’s foreign ministry said in a statement. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani strongly condemned the armed attack in a statement released on 27 January. “The Iranian law enforcement and security forces took action quickly and apprehended the offender, who is being questioned,” the spokesman said, sending his condolences and most sincere sympathies to the victim’s family and the government and people of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Kanaani advised the media to refrain from making assumptions and publishing unsubstantiated reports about the case, given that Iranian law enforcement, security, and judicial organizations immediately began investigating the matter after the assailant was arrested by Tehran police shortly after the incident. The preliminary investigation carried out by the authorities and organizations in charge suggests that “personal motives” were behind his attack. The assailant told police that his wife went to the embassy in April last year and never returned. He visited several times to inquire about her whereabouts, but to no avail. Eventually, he decided to take up arms against the embassy. The attack drew a strong response from Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry, which summoned Iran’s ambassador to Baku to demand justice and announced it would withdraw its diplomatic personnel from Tehran. A statement by Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said “We are of the opinion that the recent anti-Azerbaijani campaign against our country in Iran led to such an attack against our diplomatic mission.” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian later told his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jayran Bairamov, in a phone call that he hoped the attack would not damage bilateral ties. “Necessary security measures have been taken to continue normal activities at the embassy and diplomats of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tehran,” the Iranian minister stated. Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev demanded swift punishment for those involved in Friday’s “act of terrorism.” Meanwhile, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi called for “a comprehensive investigation” into the incident and sent his condolences to Azerbaijan and the dead man’s family, Iranian state media said.

The link goes to the website of Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades–The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. This is the website of political wing.

Bookmark both to follow what Communist revolutionaries are doing in Palestine.

Absolutely. Those who deny the legitimacy of Hamas deny the self-determination of the Palestinian nation. Palestine will be freed by Palestinian hands, guns, and rockets–supported by the Axis of Resistance.

Image: Rally for Hamas 35th anniversary of founding in Gaza December 2022. (source)

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Excerpt: "So where do these facts leave us? As the media stir up the flies around Chun’s sordid past, they also seek to bury with his body the fact that South Korea’s military is an appendage of the U.S. military, and that its warts, chancres, and tumors are grown from within the U.S. body politic. Exorbitant atrocities such as the Bodo League Massacres, or the Gwangju Massacre, accrue to the secret debit account of the U.S. imperial ledger, where human rights violations vanish off the books, and where moral debt and karmic interest are never calculated or reconciled. Despite a confusing, bifurcated organizational structure (Independent command control vs. Subordinated operational control; Peacetime OPCON vs. Wartime OPCON), the bare political fact is that South Korea’s military falls effectively under U.S. control, not simply in “wartime,” but whenever it is politically expedient or strategically necessary. This card was obvious when the ROK military simply defied Moon’s moratorium on THAAD missile installation and took its orders from the United States, not even bothering to notify the Korean president that the missiles had been delivered in-country. Subsequent investigation revealed that the South Korean military claimed a confidentiality agreement with the U.S. military as the reason to hide the information from South Korea’s own commander-in-chief. **Not only does the ROK military translate the will of the United States in domestic actions—including coups and massacres, but it has also functioned as a brutal sidekick for U.S. aggressions abroad, and serves as a strategic force projection platform and force multiplier for U.S. containment against China. Unlike any other “sovereign” state in the world, South Korea’s 3.7 million troops and materiel all fall under U.S. operational control the instant that the United States decides that they want to use them.** This is despite the fact that since the inception of its civilian government in 1993, SK has sued the United States for the return of OPCON. This request is now going into its third decade; the United States has simply stalled, moved goal posts, changed definitions and conditions, and stonewalled to this date. This debate around OPCON is important in the current historical moment as the United States is escalating to war with China. Any de-escalation with North Korea will require the declaration of peace, predicated on the return of sovereign OPCON to South Korea. However, the United States will not seek to de-escalate tensions with North Korea, because if that happens, South Korea is likely to confederate in some manner with North Korea, join China’s Belt and Road Initiative and then become integrated as an ally of China. This would cripple the U.S. security architecture in the Northeast Pacific. This renders any peace with North Korea antithetical to U.S. strategic interests. Secondly, the U.S. escalation for War with China requires the capacity to access and threaten the Chinese continent across a series of leverage points. Inescapably, South Korea will be a key theater of battle, because of its geostrategic position as a bridgehead onto China. Also, the temptation to leverage a force of 6.7 million South Koreans (3.7 M troops +3 M paramilitary) as cannon fodder for war against China is simply too irresistible to pass on. **In light of this, Korea expert Tim Beal argues that in this moment of heightened tension with China, the most dangerous place in the Pacific is not the South China Sea or the East China Sea, but on the Korean Peninsula.** We will see this conflict heighten as South Korea enters into a new presidential election cycle between a U.S.-favored conservative candidate, and a China-sympathetic progressive candidate. Nevertheless, South Korea’s history offers a stark and ominous lesson, one that the MSM would prefer you ignore: a battle is brewing, with very high stakes. Under pressure, the United States has taken brutal actions to maintain control and hegemony. It may do so again."

Excerpt: "Although frivolous criminal investigations against politicians and business leaders as tactics to gain an upper hand over rivals has certainly been engaged in as long as politics and business have existed, the concept of Lawfare as a hybrid war tactic really begins in the 21st Century, in actions that seem to have been piloted by the U.S. DOJ within the U.S. itself before being applied selectively to advance U.S. business and political interests abroad. The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, initially created in the 1970s a means to reduce the ability of U.S. companies to bribe foreign officials overseas—in theory strengthening sovereignty in countries around the world—has been transformed into a weapon used as justification to arrest foreign political leaders and bankrupt foreign competitors to U.S. corporations. Furthermore, the we can see the toxic legacy of this imperialist strategy in the form of local initiatives, unrelated to the FCPA, that use similar Lawfare tactics to annihilate political enemies such as Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Kirchner. With a new round of electoral victories of the working class left in Latin America, it is more important than ever to develop defense strategies against Lawfare."

Besieged by imperialism, a remote commune projects a better future based on solidarity and the commons.