China’s Positive Relations: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Dear Colleagues,

Last year, an organization called BRIC was formed which is a group combining Brazil, Russia, India, and China in an arrangement for consultation and development in a cooperative way amongst themselves and vis-à-vis developing countries since they are the most developed (other than the Western world).  It is an expression of the development of a bi-polar economic world that is characteristic of 21st century changes in economic relations and a challenge to Western domination, in particular the USA.

Only last week, Obama was in India.  Why?  To our dismay, he was representing US finance capital.  Our foreign policy is being run by the Pentagon also under the aegis of financial capital (they are the ones that have gotten the world into an economic mess).  His mission is obviously to induce India to work with the USA rather than with BRIC.  This means finance capital investments and a strongly capitalist development of India with this foreign capital.  Perhaps, some objective is to build India more rapidly than China as a competitor.  This possibility is like blowing in the wind.  Simply, if India goes along with US finance capital, it will still be on the basis of individual capital investments in particular industries rather than a planned national development of India’s total economy for the benefit of its own people.  China, on the other hand, will continue its economic development on the basis of national planning within which each individual industrial enterprise must fit its program into the national objectives for which they set goals every five years.  In fact, China now, being the second most productive nation in the world, is expected to reach the production level of the USA variably within fifteen to thirty years.  Even that is not the achievement that China will be building simply because, were they to seek the national level of the USA (the number one), they will not be able to develop a standard of living for the country as a whole anywhere near what we have achieved (but is being diminished) since they have a population four times the USA.

We are witnessing capitalist gasps within a changing world in which developing countries are moving forward, freeing themselves from the privatization mania of US finance capital.  We now see many of the developing countries moving into new social forms.

The big danger is that US foreign policy is turning towards military alliances aimed at China.  We have seen some evidences of it.  Not only is the military threat developing but also the economic currency war is being pushed by the USA with little support even from other capitalist countries.  The big danger in the world today is the US creating a military situation with China.  Note that, from the Chinese, there has not been a single move or a single threat in response to the pressures from the USA that have been accelerating in the last few months.  The IMF turned down the US proposal on currency reform.  G20 refused to discuss it, and capitalist countries opposed it.  In the meantime, over the past few weeks, a new development has taken place emanating from China, highly peaceful from a monetary point of view.  They are developing a gold market, which has no doubt an objective of creating international currency valuation on gold as the basic valuation.  Someone will say this is dangerous because gold is overvalued.  So what? That is not new.  It will fluctuate, but it is solid and has international value where currencies must be keyed to it, and it can act as a stabilizing factor in trade and international investment on a peaceful basis.  I am introducing two articles from the latest edition of the Beijing Review. These two articles deal with the practical partnerships that China has been developing with ASEAN countries and the region.  It is beneficial to all and certainly an example of peaceful cooperation and development.  While I am not sending anything on China’s relation with Africa at this time (which I will in the future), its involvement in Africa will turn it to industrialized modernization for the people of that continent and completely free it from the harness and reverberations of colonialism.  Also, note the independent economic development of Latin American countries – independent of US finance capital domination.  The world is moving on two axes, and we should, in our own country, start fighting for change, prevent the impoverishment of the working people in this country, demand stopping the wars, use the money to build up industry, help them create jobs, and invest in high tech,  These are the only ways they will turn around this particular economic crisis, which will develop into a deep depression if they do not do it. We had better start shouting.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck

Click HERE to view “A Practical Partnership” at http://www.bjreview.com.cn/quotes/txt/2010-11/09/content_310359.htm

Click HERE to view “Uninterrupted Progress” at http://www.bjreview.com.cn/quotes/txt/2010-11/09/content_310361.htm

The Grand Jury Subpoena and FBI Raids in the Midwest

Dear Colleagues,

We are faced with a loss of freedom of speech and the right to criticize the law which allows the FBI to investigate anyone they see fit and indict them for so-called legal prosecution.  It is one of the most frightening projections of Bushism that is on the books and, now, being exercised.

There was a meeting on November 6th of an organization formed to protect those who have been indicted and to build a movement against this egregious law.  I am enclosing a copy of a report by Pat Fry, National Co-Chair, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, which is a compendium of knowledge about actions and support for the “Committee to Stop FBI Repression”.  I have permission to share this with you and hope that you will support their efforts since I am making a contribution.

Sincerely,

Sidney Gluck

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Subject: [CCDS Members] Stop FBI Raids and Grand Jury – National Meeting

By Pat Fry

With the threat of grand jury subpoenas served within the next couple of days on anti-war activists in Minneapolis and Chicago, a standing room-only national meeting the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) was held Saturday evening, November 6, at St. Mark’s Church in the lower east side of Manhattan.

Several of the targeted activists spoke to more than 200 people about their ordeal on September 24th when the FBI staged coordinated raids on the homes and offices of 14 activists in Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan. Everything from computers, mailing lists and books to children’s drawings were confiscated. Thirteen of those targeted – all of whom have been active in movements critical of U.S. foreign policy in Colombia and the Middle East – were served with subpoenas ordering them to appear before a grand jury in Chicago. After all refused to comply, citing their right to remain silent, the government withdrew the subpoenas. Last week, however, the Justice Department announced that it intends to enforce the subpoenas on three of the activists and will require their appearance before a grand jury.

Bruce Nestor, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and lead attorney representing the subpoenaed activists, said that it is expected that three will be subpoenaed sometime this week. None have been arrested or charged with any crime. Failure to comply with a grand jury subpoena can lead to imprisonment, loss of jobs, and homes.

The federal law that was cited in the search warrants prohibit, “providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorists organizations.” The law was first passed under the Clinton Administration in 1996 and further expanded with the Patriot Act under the Bush Administration to include provisions to prosecute for speech if it is deemed to be coordinated with a designated foreign terrorist organization. According to Nestor, “what you run the risk of is that even if you state your own independent views about U.S. foreign policy, but those views somehow reflect a group that the U.S. has designated as a terrorist organization, you can be accused of coordinating your views and face, if not prosecution, at least investigation, search warrants, or being summoned to a grand jury to talk about your political allies and who your political friends are.”

In June, the Supreme Court rejected a free speech challenge to the law brought by humanitarian aid groups that said its provisions would lead to prosecutions for talking about non-violence to groups designated by the U.S. to be terrorists.

Ten of the fourteen who were raided by the FBI are members and leaders of trade unions. Several union bodies have responded by passing resolutions condemning the FBI raids, including the American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 5 in Minnesota, the Duluth Central Labor Body, and the San Francisco AFL-CIO. At the Saturday meeting a member of the Central Labor Council of the Detroit AFL-CIO reported that a resolution introduced before a well attended meeting last week was adopted unanimously.

Religious organizations are also responding to condemn the raids including the American Friends Service Committee of Chicago, the Chicago Faith Coalition Middle East Policy, Fellowship of Reconciliation, First Chicago Church of the Brethren, and Witness for Peace – Great Lakes Region.

Members of the Illinois State Legislature are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter opposing the FBI actions, which has thus far garnered signatures from a third of the legislators, it was reported on Saturday. A similar Dear Colleague Letter in the U.S. Congress is under discussion with Congressional delegations in Illinois and Minnesota.

The New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is training lawyers and legal workers for defense work in the case. A petition soon to be circulated among academics was announced at the meeting.

Numerous peace, international solidarity and socialist political organizations were represented at Saturday’s meeting, mainly from Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, and New York. Hundreds of statements condemning the raids and the grand jury subpoenas can be viewed on the web site: www.stopFBI.net

Local committees have been formed in several cities and a speakers’ bureau has been organized. All AFL-CIO central labor councils in the country have been sent mailings about the case.

A large banner hanging in the front of the room Saturday listed three key demands: Stop FBI Repression, Stop the Grand Jury, Return Our Stuff. On a side wall, the names of dozens of mainly Middle Eastern Americans jailed as “Victims of Preemptive Prosecution” were listed, identified with organizations such as the Holy Land Foundation. The daughter of one of the founders of the charitable Holy Land Foundation serving a 65 year sentence under the repressive law spoke at the meeting about the case. She said Palestinians and Arabs have been the main targets thus far of the law but now it has been expanded to others, and a movement is being organized. Jimmy Carter himself could be prosecuted under this law,” she said.

The meeting concluded with adoption of an organizational structure and a National Coordinating Committee of the “Committee Against FBI Repression.”  The committee will meet via telephone conference every two weeks or as needed. Organizations and local groups that are working on the issue are invited to participate with a representative. A national office has been set up in the Twin Cities.

Over $12,000 was raised in a fundraising pitch at the meeting. A contribution in the name of NY CCDS was made. The immediate need is for protests when the grand jury subpoenas are handed down sometime this week. Some 62 protests have already been organized in front of FBI offices around the country and one in front of the U.S. embassy in Vancouver CANADA.