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  1. Republican Sinn Féin redesigned their national website www.rsf.ie. Together with the monthly paper SAOIRSE, the internet is the most important tool to spread the republican message in the 21st century. The redesign of the national website is in line with significant developments of Republican Sinn Féin on the internet and social media. The new national website will be an important tool to make Republicanism and the Republican Movement more relevant to the people of Ireland in the run-up to the 1916-Centenary. In the 1990s Republican Sinn Féin was among the first political organisations in Ireland to have a permanent and professional online presence by launching the national website www.rsf.ie and an online archive of the republican paper Saoirse on www.saoirse.info. Since then the internet became an essential part in the life of most people. To fulfil the requirements of the 21st century Republican Sin Féin decided to develop a new and modern online presence. In early 2012 Republican Sinn Féin set up a Committee to develop the online presence of the organisation and establish a modern and vibrant online presence of Republican Sinn Féin. Since 2012 Republican Sinn Féin set up a new official Facebook page, a national Twitter account as well as an international Twitter account and a YouTube account. Further steps to develop the profile of Irish republicanism on the internet were made by setting up a new international website which is accessible on www.rsf-international.org and temporary website of the Republican campaign against the EU Austerity Treaty in May 2012 and a website for the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013. In autumn 2012 Republican Sinn Féin launched four provincial websites to make the republican voice be heard on a local level in Ireland. Republican Sinn Féin in the four provinces of Ireland is available on www.leinster.rsf.ie, www.ulster.rsf.ie, www.munster.rsf.ie and www.connacht.rsf.ie. There is no change in the domain-name of the redesigned national websites. It stays www.rsf.ie The international website is www.rsf-international.org Republican Sinn Féin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Republican-Sinn-F%C3%A9in/312436515470517 Republican Sinn Féin on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/republicansf National Twitter-Account: https://twitter.com/RepublicanSF/ International Twitter-Account: https://twitter.com/RSFInt All these websites and social media sites are officially maintained by Republican Sinn Féin. They provide news, history and events relevant to Irish Republicanism, Republican Sinn Féin and the Republican Movement. The online presence, in particular the new redesigned national website, is a work-in-progress. Thus all websites will be constantly updated and redeveloped to fulfil the needs of a relevant political movement in the 21st century. For any technical enquiries and all questions regarding the online presence of Republican Sinn Féin please contact: admin@rsf.ie Críoch/Ends.
  2. In July 2013, republican activists from Europe, North America and Australia launched the “International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War” as a permanent and independent body to coordinate international support with Irish Republican Prisoners of War. In the context of a blackout of mainstream media and reformist politics, we rely on our strengths and build solidarity from below. Hence the committee works towards promoting solidarity with all genuine Irish Republican POWs. It operates as an independent network to coordinate support with the Irish Republican POWs world-wide. It has been agreed by the members of the committee to hold the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. All international organisations and Irish republican activists and their supporters are invited to join preparations to make the 3rd annual POW-Day a success. The 1st International POW-Day in 2011 was organised by the Republican Sinn Féin International Bureau and Liberation Irlande from France. The 2nd International Day 2012 was organised by an ad-hoc committee chaired by Dieter Blumenfeld. Since the situation in Maghaberry has not been solved and internment continues, various republican activists joined forces to set up the permanent “International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War”. Chairperson of the committee for the coming period is Dieter Blumenfeld. He welcomed the launch of the International POW-Committee as “an important step to promote the cause of Irish Republicanism and the case of the Irish Republican Prisoners in English, Irish and Lithuanian jails on an international level all over the world”. The main focus of the committee in the coming period is the organisation of the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. On the weekend of October 25/26/27, Irish republicans and their supporters will hold various protest and events on at least three continents, Australia, Europe and North America. October 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the escape of three republican POWs by helicopter from Mountjoy jail. October 25 is also the anniversary of the death of Sinn Féin’s Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence Mac Swiney and republican Joseph Murphy in Cork prison. Both died on hunger strike in July 1920. On October 27, 1980 the first H-Block hunger strike began. The members of the committee urge all Irish Republicans abroad, international human-rights activists and progressive political activists to support the 3rd Annual International Day in Support of the Irish Prisoners of War on October 26, 2013. The republican POWs scream, but their voices die away in silence. We on the outside must become the voice of the prisoners! The members of the committee for the coming period are: from Europe: George Faisan of Liberation Irlande, France, and Dieter Blumenfeld of Republican Sinn Féin, Austria; from North America: Padraig MacLiam of the Release Martin Corey Campaign, USA, and Dominick Bruno of the National Irish Freedom Committee, USA; and Martin Longwill of the Sydney Branch of the James Connolly Association. The website of the International Committee to Support the Irish Prisoners of War is: http://supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net/. The contact details to the Chairperson of the Committee are: supporthepows@irish-solidarity.net and 0043 664 556 18 68. Further contact details to each area are available from the website.
  3. 2016 will see the centenary of the anti-imperialist rising of Irish republicans, revolutionaries, socialists and militant trade union activists against 800 years of Anglo-Norman, English and British occupation in Ireland. The reading of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic marks the initial point of the current phase of the national and social liberation struggle of the Republican Movement in Ireland. Yet 1916 remains unfinished business! The Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee has been set up to make preparations to commemorate the events of 1916 in a decent and dignified way. Though the best way to commemorate the struggle of 1916 and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is to join the struggle of Republican Sinn Féin and build the All-Ireland Republic proclaimed on Easter Week 1916! All events organised by the Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee leading up to the centenary in 2016 will be announced on the new campaign-website http://1916centenary.rsf.ie/. Users will also find a wide range of historical information on the events of Easter Week 1916 and the revolutionary and pre-revolutionary period from 1913 to 1923. In the coming years Republican Sinn Féin will constantly updating the website. We ask everyone to visit the website regularly and share the information. 1916 remains unfinished business! Commemorate Easter Week 1916 by building the Republic! Join Republican Sinn Féin! The website of the Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee: http://1916centenary.rsf.ie/ Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Republican Sinn Féin 1916 National Centenary Committee, saoirse@iol.ie
  4. On July 1, Lithuania has taken the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the 26 Counties Administration in Dublin for the coming twelve months. On this day, the programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency has been published in Brussels. Referring to the illegal treatment of republican prisoner Michael Campbell and the inhumane treatment in prison, Republican Sinn Féin International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld called the programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency as “pure hypocrisy”. The programme of the Lithuanian EU-Presidency vows to safeguard “that the EU institutions remain active in their protection of fundamental human rights both within the EU and abroad“. The programme continues: “Regarding the Southern neighbourhood, Lithuania will support the EU focus on more effective implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy aiming at promoting democracy and inclusive and sustainable growth, based on promotion of human rights, especially the equal rights and freedoms of women, as well as closer cooperation with civil society.“ Furthermore the documents claims: “The EU is ready to take on leadership in protecting human rights.“ The chapter D “Justice and Home Affairs” starts with: “The Council dedicates particular attention to the protection of interests and the needs of citizens and other EU residents, in order to ensure respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms.” In a statement, Dieter Blumenfeld, International Spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin, said: “The whole document is pure hypocrisy. While the EU and the current EU-Presidency of Lithuania try to play the role of heralds of human rights and democracy, they hold an innocent Irish citizen under inhumane conditions in Lithuania. Not just that his basic human rights are continuously denied by the very government that produced this document. Michael Campbell should have never been sentenced in the first place. The whole process of coercion, incitement and setting traps is unlawful as such. “While we demand the repatriation of Irish republican Michael Campbell, we are very aware of the fact that Michael Campbell should have never been sentenced in the first place. The whole court case was a farce, disreputable for a so-called democratic state in the 21st century. Thus, we call on all Irish republicans and their supporters in Europe and elsewhere to put pressure on the Lithuanian government. The unlawful refusal of Michael Campbell’s basic human rights must end immediately! We ask all our supporters to write letters to the Lithuanian embassy and consulate in your countries and demand justice for Irish republican prisoner Michael Campbell. We ask you to raise the case of Michael Campbell among your family, friends and in your workplace. Contact local, regional and national media outlets. “Only a campaign of international pressure on the Lithuanian government can and ultimately will achieve justice and the repatriation of Michael Campbell”, Republican Sinn Féin International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld said. Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Dieter Blumenfeld,International PRO Republican Sinn Féin, 0043 664 556 18 68, international@rsf.ie http://www.rsf-international.org/
  5. Statement by the Republican Sinn Féin International Relations Department The blacklisting of Hezbollah as a ‘terrorist organisation’ by the EU has been condemned by Republican Sinn Féin. In a statement RSF International Spokesperson Dieter Blumenfeld said by putting Hezbollah on the EU-terrorlist, the EU-members once again follow the US-Israel-agenda in the Middle East and blocking the way for a democratic and federal solution of the conflicts in Lebanon, Syria and the Middle East. In a statement issued to media outlets in Europe on July 27, Dieter Blumenfeld, International Spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin said: “Hezbollah is no terrorist organisation but a legitimate peoples movement. They play both an important social role in Lebanon and a very progressive role in defending the Arabic people and the minorities against Imperialist and Zionist aggression. The huge support the get from the people in Lebanon, Syria and all over the Arabic world proves their analyses and politics as correctly. “By putting Hezbollah on the EU-terrorlist, the EU members follow the Imperialist and Zionist agenda of blacklisting and demonising all progressive movement in the Middle East and world-wide. We as Irish Republicans know this situation all too well. The Irish Republican Movement stands for the same democratic rights once the progressive revolutions of America, France and Russia held up high, though for decades Irish republican organisations are on these terrorlists of the EU, the UN and the US State Department. “By proscribing Republican Sinn Féin as a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation’ and refusing our former President and Patron Ruairí Ó Brádaigh entering the United States, it has been proven that all these organisations and states show no real interest in a democratic and lasting solution of the Irish conflict. “The same happens with Hezbollah these days. Hezbollah is no terrorist organisations but a progressive people’s movement that is forced to take up arms to defend their people against Imperialist and Zionist aggressions. The whole episode once again shows that we as Irish Republicans cannot wait to see the EU or UN standing up for Irish Unity. All these events are in vain. What history told us is that only the international people’s struggle will lead to a lasting and just solution of the national, democratic and social question in the Middle East and Ireland.” Dieter Blumenfeld, international spokesperson of Republican Sinn Féin said. Críoch/Ends. For confirmation: Dieter Blumenfeld, International PRO Republican Sinn Féin, 0043 664 556 18 68, international@rsf.ie http://www.rsf-international.org
  6. 'Saoirse. The Voice of the Republican Movement' uimh 315 Iúil/July 2013, Special Edition in honour of Republican Sinn Féin Patron Ruairí Ó Bradaigh. To purchase a copy for € 2,- (plus p&h) contact: saoirse@iol.ie (Ireland), international@rsf.ie (Europe, Australia, Latin America & Asia) and nifcmem@optonline.net (North America) or your local Republican Sinn Féin Cumann in Ireland, Scotland and England.
  7. A new Republican Sinn Féin Cumann has been established in County Wicklow. It is a historic moment as the Republican movement hasn't had an active Cumann in the Garden county since the pre-1986 era. The Cumann has been named in honour of local man Maolmhuire Ó Raghallaigh and the recently deceased Ruairí Ó Brádaigh. Both men gave a lifetime of service to the Republican cause and stayed true to their principles to the end. Ó Raghallaigh saw active service during the Counter-revolution of 1922-23 as a member of Neil 'Plunkett' O'Boyle's Flying Column, and remained a dedicated Republican throughout all the defections over the years until passing away in 1992. Ó Brádaigh joined the movement in 1950 and went on to become a legendary figure, serving as IRA Chief Of Staff during Operation Harvest and also serving two lengthy terms as president of Sinn Féin. The Ruairí Ó Brádaigh/Maolmhuire Ó Raghallaigh Cumann pledge to offer the people of County Wicklow a Republican alternative to the failed policies of the Leinster House parties through the Éire Nua programme. Republican Sinn Féin stand for a complete British withdrawal from Ireland and the deliverance of social justice through the full implementation of the 1916 Proclamation. As well as promoting the policies of the Republican movement, we endeavour to highlight local issues affecting local people and the ongoing use of selective internment in the occupied six counties. The Cumann has members from all over County Wicklow and is looking for fresh recruits. For further information you can contact the Republican Sinn Féin head office at 018729747 or visit either of these websites: www.facebook.com/rsf.wicklow RSFWicklow@hotmail.com
  8. Le combat du peuple philippin contre la domination impérialiste et la répression Discours prononcé à Conway Mill, à Belfast, le vendredi 14 juin 2013 dans le cadre du forum anti-impérialiste qui s’y est tenu pendant trois jours. Par Luis G. Jalandoni, responsable international du Front Démocratique National des Philippines. Le Front Démocratique National des Philippines remercie Republican Sinn Féin de l’avoir invité à participer à son Forum Anti-Impérialiste irlandais de 2013 et à participer à des activités conjointes pour contrer le sommet du G8 qui se tient dans le Fermanagh, comté d’Irlande occupé par la Grande-Bretagne. Nous vous sommes reconnaissants de pouvoir faire connaître ici la situation aux Philippines, et en particulier de vous parler de la destruction sociale et environnementale que l’impérialisme nous inflige, et de la lutte révolutionnaire menée par le peuple philippin pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. Nous voudrions aussi profiter de ce moment pour transmettre nos condoléances à la famille, aux camarades et aux amis de Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, ancien chef d’état major de l’IRA et ancien président de Republican Sinn Féin, qui a disparu le 5 juin. Il avait consacré sa vie au Mouvement Républicain irlandais, à la fois en tant que soldat et dirigeant politique, lui qui a été sa vie durant un parangon d’engagement, d’honneur et de loyauté à la cause de la liberté irlandaise. Les révolutionnaires philippins saluent l’héritage qu’il a passé aux générations suivantes de républicains qui continuent le combat pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. L’impérialisme US aux Philippines Il est tout à fait approprié de mener des activités publiques en même temps que le somment du G8 ici en Irlande. Cela donne aux peuples du monde l’occasion de cibler notre indignation collective sur la destruction et la pénurie engendrée par les Etats impérialistes les plus puissants du monde. La population des pays membres du G8 représente 14% de la population mondiale, alors que leur produit national brut représente 60% du PNB mondial. Les monopoles basés dans ces pays opèrent à l’échelle du monde, extorquent des sur-profits en pillant les ressources naturelles et en exploitant le travail salarié, et projettent leurs forces armées de répression contre les peuples qui se révoltent. Les Etats du G8 sont ceux qui font les plus grandes dépenses militaires et qui contrôlent presque toutes les armes nucléaires qui existent dans le monde. Ces Etats n’hésitent absolument pas à employer la force des armes contre d’autres pays qui défendent leur indépendance nationale, ou pour défendre leurs régimes fantoches en Asie, Afrique, Amérique Latine et au Moyen-Orient. Les Philippines ont subi la domination impérialiste US depuis le tournant du 20è siècle. Ayant pris le dessus sur le colonialisme espagnol, les Etats-Unis ont lancé une guerre interventionniste en 1899 contre le peuple souverain des Philippines. La brutalité des agresseurs étrangers a coûté la vie a 20.000 combattants philippins et à un million et demi de civils. Depuis lors, les Etats-Unis maintiennent leur emprise sur les Philippines, les dominant depuis 1946, tout d’abord comme un maître colonial suprême, puis par l’entremise de gouvernement autochtones fantoches. Le pays est maintenu dans une arriération agricole, l’économie n’est pas industrielle, mais elle utilisée comme source de matières minérales et naturelles, de plantations, de marchandises semi-finies et de travailleurs bon marché. Les Philippines sont utilisées, aujourd’hui comme hier, comme rampe de lancement pour les agressions armées en Asie Pacifique, dans l’Océan Indien et eu Moyen-Orient. Les Philippines sont un archipel en Asie du Sud-Est composé de plus de 7000 îles. Sa superficie est de 300.000 kilomètres carrés, à peu près comme la Nouvelle-Zélande et l’Italie, et sa population est d’environ 100 millions d’habitants. Le pays possède en abondance des ressources minérales, forestières, agricoles et marines. Malgré ces richesses luxuriantes, la majorité de la population vit dans la pauvreté. L’impérialisme US et les classes dominantes locales, les propriétaires terriens et la grande bourgeoisie compradore maintiennent le pays dans une condition principalement féodale. La majorité de la population est composée de paysans, dont 70% sont des métayers, non propriétaires. Ils paient une rente féodale aux propriétaires terriens, qui revient souvent à 70% de la récolte. Il n’y a presque pas de machines dans l’agriculture, la plupart des paysans travaillent avec des buffles et des instruments traditionnels pour la culture et la moisson. Les paysans et les travailleurs agricoles subissent un asservissement de type féodal, ils sont victimes de l’usure, de très bas salaires et de prix de revient très bas pour leurs produits agricoles. Moins de 15% de la population travaille dans le secteur industriel en tant que salariés. Il s’agit pour l’essentiel d’industries liées à l’agriculture, à l’extraction des ressources naturelles, et à l’assemblage de produits électroniques, textiles, d’équipements de transport et de produits alimentaires. Pendant la dernière décennie, des compagnies étrangères ont installé des centres d’appel dans le pays, employant paraît-il 700.000 travailleurs, c’est-à-dire environ 2% de la force de travail actuelle. Les travailleurs salariés des Philippines gagnent en moyenne 1,30 € de l’heure et 10,5 € par jour. Les besoins moyens par famille sont de €18,20 par jour pour survivre. Ceci signifie que le travailleur salarié gagne en moyenne la moitié de ce dont il a besoin pour survivre. Et de fait, 60% de la population vit dans la pauvreté, ne pouvant se procurer le nécessaire. Les entreprises monopolistes continuent de pillier les ressources naturelles du pays. Ils engrangent des sur-profits de ces opérations d’extraction et ne payent pour ainsi dire rien au gouvernement en retour. D’un autre côté, ces développements engendrent des dommages irréparables à l’environnement naturel et l’épuisement des ressources qui seraient nécessaires à l’industrialisation du pays. Les classes dominantes locales, propriétaires terriens et grande bourgeoisie compradore, sont rapaces et répressives à l’extrême. Elles monopolisent les ressources économiques du pays, exploitent les travailleurs, se servent de leur positions dans l’Etat pour en extraire un profit économique et politique, et emploient la puissance toute entière de l’Etat contre les masses populaires qui exigent le changement social. D’autre part, ces classes dominantes sont serviles à l’extrême envers les compagnies monopolistes étrangères et l’impérialisme US. Ils livrent le patrimoine du pays et sa souveraineté à des profiteurs étrangers et légitiment la domination impérialiste US. La révolution contre l’impérialisme, le féodalisme et le capitalisme bureaucratique La majorité écrasante du peuple philippin subit le problème chronique de l’impérialisme, du féodalisme et du capitalisme bureaucratique. Dans ces conditions, le peuple n’a d’autre choix que de livrer une lutte révolutionnaire pour l’indépendance nationale et la démocratie véritable. Ceci implique le renversement par la force de l’Etat réactionnaire contrôlé par les Etats-Unis, la distribution gratuite des terres agricoles aux paysans pauvres et ouvriers agricoles, le développement socialiste de l’agriculture, l’industrialisation de la nation, et l’établissement d’une république démocratique et populaire dirigée par la classe ouvrière. A l’heure actuelle, la révolution démocratique nationale est dirigée par la Parti Communiste des Philippines. Depuis sa reconstitution en 1968, le Parti a formé et commande la New People’s Army (NPA), qui est son arme principale, destinée à démanteler la force armée de l’Etat réactionnaire. Employant la stratégie de la guerre populaire prolongée, les forces révolutionnaires se construisent dans les vastes zones rurales, battant les forces armées réactionnaires unité par unité, dans le but de s’emparer du pouvoir politique à l’échelle du pays. En outre, la NPA est l’instrument principal qu’utilise le parti pour soulever, organiser et mobiliser la population rurale dans la révolution. Sont établies des organismes sectoriels à destination de la paysannerie, des femmes, des jeunes, et de la petite bourgeoisie rurale. Des projets et des campagnes pour la révolution agraire sont lancés, pour la baisse de la rente foncière par exemple, la fin de l’usure, l’amélioration de la production agricole, l’augmentation des salaires agricoles, des prix des produits à la vente, et l’amélioration des activités coopératives. Des organes locaux de pouvoir politique sont mis sur pied, en commençant au niveau du village, puis aux niveaux municipaux et provinciaux. Ces organes de pouvoir imposent la réforme agraire, organisent la production économique, l’éducation, l’auto-défense, l’arbitrage des conflits et des activités culturelles. Les activités révolutionnaires dans les villes sont également importantes. Sont formées des organisations d’ouvriers, d’indigents, de femmes, de jeunes, d’étudiants et de personnes des classes moyennes [«urban professionals»]. Elles entreprennent des actions légales et non armées pour propager les exigences des masses pour la libération nationale et la libération sociale. Elles font en outre connaître les nouvelles du front de la lutte armée menée principalement dans les campagnes, mais qui inspire la population urbaine, qui peut la soutenir ou rejoindre ses rangs. En ce moment, les forces révolutionnaires dirigées par le Parti Communiste des Philippines sont actives dans 70 provinces sur les 81 que compte le pays. La NPA opère sur plus de 110 fronts de guérilla, chaque front engageant une escouade ou une compagnie de combattants rouges. Le nombre des combattants rouges à temps plein munis de fusils d’assaut se rapproche de 10.000 unités. A ceux-ci s’ajoutent les milliers de volontaires des milices populaires, et les centaines de milliers de personnes qui participent aux unités d’auto-défense des organisations de masses dans les campagnes. La base de masses de la révolution, ce sont des millions de personnes. Cela a pu se faire en construisant au niveau des villages eux-mêmes des organisations de masse, des organes de pouvoir politique, et des comités du Parti. Celui-ci compte plus de 100.000 membres et a comme but d’en organiser 250.000, dans les campagnes comme dans les villes. Pour sa part, la NPA vise à accroître ses effectifs et atteindre le nombre de 25.000 combattants et à passer à 180 fronts de guérilla. Les organes de pouvoir politique et les organisations de masses se renforcent et cherchent à étendre leur influence sur des millions de gens, par l’organisation directe et le travail de front. Sous la direction du Parti, la NPA et les autres organisations alliées du Front Démocratique National des Philippines sont décidées à préparer l’avancée de la lutte révolutionnaire vers la victoire finale contre l’impérialisme US et ses alliés réactionnaires locaux. La victoire du peuple philippin saura contribuer à l’affaiblissement de la domination impérialiste US et aiguiser la contradiction qui prévaut au sein même des Etats impérialistes. Nous adressons notre solidarité révolutionnaire au peuple d’Irlande dans sa lutte ininterrompue contre l’impérialisme britannique et pour la révolution socialiste. Nous attendons une plus grand unité entre nos peuples et un soutien mutuel dans notre lutte commune pour la libération nationale, la justice sociale, la démocratie véritable et le développement socialiste. Victoire à la révolution nationale démocratique aux Philippines! Victoire au mouvement républicain irlandais! Vive Republican Sinn Féin! Vive la solidarité internationale anti-impérialiste! Traduction: Liberation Irlande, France
  9. Belfast, Ireland 13-15 June 2013 The National Democratic Front of the Philippines wishes to thank the Republican Sinn Fein for this invitation to participate in the Irish Anti-Imperialist Forum of 2013, and to join activities countering the G-8 Summit now being held in Fermanagh, in British-Occupied Ireland. We are grateful for this opportunity to share with you the situation in the Philippines, specifically the social and environmental destruction being wrought by imperialism, and the revolutionary struggle of the Filipino people for genuine national independence and democracy. We would also like to take this opportunity to express our condolences to the family, comrades and friends of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, former Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and President of the Republican Sinn Fein, who passed away on 5 June. He dedicated his life to the Irish Republican Movement, both as a soldier and political leader, setting the highest standards of commitment, duty, honor and loyalty to the cause of Irish freedom.Filipino revolutionaries salute the legacy that he has passed on to the next generations of Republicans who continue the fight for Irish national independence and genuine democracy. US imperialism in the Philippines It is highly appropriate to hold public activities simultaneous with the G-8 Summit here in Ireland. It gives peoples around the world an excellent opportunity to focus our collective indignation at the destruction and penury caused by the most powerful imperialist states in the world. Member-countries of the G-8 comprise about 14% of the world’s population, but they represent up to 60% of the global gross domestic product. Monopoly corporations based in these countries operate around the world, plundering the natural environment, exploiting wage labor for their super profits and dispatching armed repression against protesting peoples. G-8 governments are the biggest military spenders, and they control almost all the nuclear weapons in the world. These governments have no qualms about using their military might against other countries asserting national independence, nor in supporting repressive puppet regimes in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Philippines has been suffering from US imperialist domination since the turn of the 20th century. Taking over from Spanish colonialism, the US launched an interventionist war in 1899 against the sovereign Filipino people. The brutality of the foreign aggressors resulted in the death of 20,000 Filipino combatants and an additional 1.5 million civilians. The US has since kept its grip on the Philippines, governing first as a colonial overlord until 1946, and thereafter through a series of local puppet governments. The country is kept as a backward agricultural and non-industrial economy – as a source of mineral and natural resources, plantation products, semi-manufactured commodities, and cheap labor force. The Philippines also serves, then as now, as a launching pad for military aggression in Asia-Pacific, Indian Ocean and the Middle East. The Philippines is an archipelago in southeast Asia composed of more than 7,000 islands. It has a land area of 300,000 square kilometers, roughly the same size as Italy and New Zealand, and currently has a population of about 100 million. The country has rich mineral, forest, agricultural, water and marine resources. Despite these bountiful natural riches however, the vast majority of the population live in poverty. US imperialism and the local ruling classes of landlords and compradors big bourgeoisie have kept the country in a predominantly feudal state. Majority of the population are peasant-farmers, and more than 70% of them are landless share-croppers. They pay feudal rent to the landlords, sometimes amounting up to 70% of the harvest. There is virtually no amount of mechanization in agriculture, most peasants still use water buffaloes and hand tools for cultivating and harvesting their crops. Peasants and agricultural workers also suffer from feudal slavery, usury, low farm wages, and low prices for their agricultural products. Less than 15% of the population work in the industrial sector as wage laborers. Among others, they are engaged in extraction of natural resources, agriculture, assembly and semi-manufacture of electronics, garments, transport equipment, and food products. In the last decade, call center operations of foreign companies have expanded into the country, reportedly employing 700,000 workers, or about 2% of the country’s current labor force. Wage laborers in the Philippines earn an average of US$1.70 (€1,30) per hour or about US$13.60 (€10,50) per day. The average family needs US$23.60 (€18,20) per day in order to survive. This means that, on the average, a wage laborer earns only half of what they need to survive! In fact, more than 60% of the population live in poverty, not earning enough for the basic necessities. Foreign monopoly corporations continually plunder the country’s natural resources. They reap super profits from these extractive operations while paying virtually nothing to the government. On the other hand, these result in irreparable destruction to the environment and the depletion of resources for the country’s own industrial needs. The local ruling classes of landlords and compradors big bourgeoisie are extremely rapacious and repressive. They monopolize the country’s economic resources, exploit the working people, extract political and economic power from government resources, and utilize the entire might of the reactionary state against the masses who are demanding social change. They are also extremely subservient to foreign monopoly corporations and US imperialism. They hand over the country’s patrimony and sovereignty to foreign profit, and legitimize US imperialist domination. Revolution against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism The overwhelming majority of the Filipino people suffer from the chronic problems of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism. Under these conditions, the people have no other choice than to engage in a revolutionary struggle for national independence and genuine democracy. This involves the forcible overthrow of the US-controlled reactionary state, free distribution of agricultural lands to poor peasants and farmworkers, socialist development of agriculture, national industrialization, and establishment of the people’s democratic republic to be led by the working class. The national democratic revolution is currently being led by the Communist Party of the Philippines. Since its re-establishment in 1968, the Party has formed and commands the New People’s Army as its main weapon in dismantling the armed strength of the reactionary state. Utilizing the strategy of protracted people’s war, the revolutionary forces build up strength in the vast countryside, defeat the reactionary armed forces piece by piece, and aim to seize national political power. The NPA is also the Party’s main machinery for arousing, organizing and mobilizing the rural population for the revolution. Sectoral organizations of the peasantry, women, youth, children and the rural petty bourgeoisie are established. Programs and campaigns for agrarian revolution are launched, including those for lowering the land rent, wiping out usury, improving agricultural production, increasing farm wages, increasing prices for agricultural products, and improving cooperative activities. Local organs of political power are set up starting from the village level and later up to the municipal and provincial levels. These implement programs for agrarian reform, economic production, health, education, self-defense, local arbitration, and cultural activities. The revolutionary struggles in the towns and cities are also important. Organizations of the industrial workers, urban poor, women, youth and students, and urban professionals are formed. They launch legal and unarmed mass actions to propagate the demands of the masses for national and social liberation. They also spread the news about the armed struggle being waged primarily in the countryside, inspiring the urban population to support and actively join it. At the moment, the revolutionary forces led by the CPP are active in 70 out of the total 81 provinces in the Philippines. The NPA is operating in more than 110 guerilla fronts, each front equivalent to a platoon up to a company of Red fighters. The number of full-time Red fighters with high-powered rifles is moving towards the level of 10,000. They are also augmented by tens of thousands of volunteers in the people’s militia and in the hundreds of thousands of self-defense units of the mass organizations in the countryside. The mass base of the revolution runs into millions of people. It has been realized by building the village-based mass organizations, the organs of political power, and the local Party branches. The CPP membership is now beyond 100,000 and is expanding towards the goal of 250,000 in both urban and rural areas. The NPA seeks to increase its Red fighters to 25,000 and its guerilla fronts to 180. The organs of political power and the mass organizations are strengthening themselves and seek to cover more people by the millions through direct organizing and by united front work. Under the leadership of the CPP, the NPA and other allied organizations of the NDFP are determined and prepared to advance the revolutionary struggle towards total victory against US imperialism and its local reactionary allies. The victory of the Filipino people shall contribute in weakening US imperialist domination and heighten the contradiction among the imperialist states. We extend our revolutionary solidarity with the people of Ireland in their continuing struggle against UK imperialism and for socialist revolution. We look forward to greater unity between our peoples and mutual support in our common struggle for national liberation, social justice, genuine democracy and socialist development. Victory to the national democratic revolution in the Philippines! Victory to the Irish Republican Movement! Long live the Republican Sinn Fein! Long live international anti-imperialist solidarity! June 14, 2013 Luis Jalandoni Chief International Representative NDFP National Executive Committee
  10. Statement by Des Dalton, President of Republican Sinn Féin Republican Sinn Féin called for a fully independent, comprehensive and public inquiry into the banking system on June 27. Such an inquiry should also look at the role played by the then 26-County administration as well, along with their neo-liberal economic cheerleaders on the opposition benches of the Leinster House Assembly. The contempt displayed by senior executives of the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank – as revealed in the so-called “Anglo tapes” - merely serves to illustrate the contempt in which the political and financial elite hold the mass of the Irish people. The subsequent decision of the 26-County State to bail out the banking system heralded the beginning of a vicious war of economic attrition waged against ordinary people throughout the 26 Counties. The very fact that the Leinster House political class think even now they should have a role in investigating what occurred within the banking system underlines their disconnect from the public mood. The same political elite who are proposing to hold an in-house inquiry into the banking, championed the very concept of so-called “light-touch” regulation. This was of course just code for the free-for-all that was not only tolerated but encouraged by the political establishment that took place within the financial sector. When this pyramid scheme economic system collapsed it was the Irish people who were expected to foot the bill. All of this reinforces our argument for a banking system which first and foremost serves a social function, serving as an economic driver for the essentials of a just and civilised society capable of providing truly national health programme accessible to all at the point of need, equal access to education at all levels and a system of real social protection for our old, young and those on the margins of society. As we point out in our social and economic programme Saol Nua (A New Way of Life), social control of capital is essential to ensure capital serves people rather than people being the slaves of capital. By doing so you ensure balanced development and equitable distribution of wealth. Money must be regarded, not as a commodity, but as an accounting system in which all participate. http://www.rsf-kildare.ie/
  11. IAF2013: International delegate held at Belfast Airport Republican Sinn Féin condemn the actions of MI5 against one of the international delegates to the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013 in Belfast on her way to the Forum. One of the delegates, Sukriye Akar, was stopped at 1:40 pm on Friday, June 14, at the Belfast International Airport. Following the passport control she was approached by two plain cloths men who identified themselves as police officers and took her with them. No reason was given. She was questioned for up to four hours about her intended trip to Belfast, her stay and the reasons for attending the IAF2013. Her laptop, USB-Sticks and mobile phone were taken off her. She also had some copies of the movie “F-Type Film” with her. RSF had intended a screening of the film on political prisoners in Turkey as part of the programme of the IAF2013 on Saturday evening. These DVDs were taken as well. Before leaving the room one of the men said to her: “Let’s hope you get your laptop back and we let you out of the country.” Sukriye Akar, a German and Turkish citizen, travelled to Belfast to attend the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013 as a representative of the Turkish political organisation Halk Cephesi. Republican Sinn Féin immediately established contact to a solicitor. While comrade Akar was allowed to collect her belongings on her way back, Republican Sinn Féin condemn these attempted intimidation of a political activist on her way to a political conference in Belfast. The stopping and questioning of Sukriye Akar at the Belfast International Airport was just the last attempt by the English and Irish government to disrupt the preparations of the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum. The Forum was intended as a platform of various Irish and international speakers to discuss political alternatives to corrupt imperialist system of the G8 and its puppets in Stormont and Leinster House. Some delegates, who had planned to address the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum and the annual Bodenstown commemoration in Sallins, Co. Kildare, were barred from entering Ireland. Among these were Badrul Alam and Abdul Naser of the Bangladesh Krishok Federation and Leonid Savin, a political activist from Russia. No visas to Ireland were granted for these three political activists. Furthermore, while activists gathered on the Falls Road to hold a White Line Picket for Republican Prisoners, four RUC/PSNI men entered the Conway Mill through a back door and searched the premises where the IAF2013 was hold. Republican Sinn Féin condemn all the harassment and intimidation against republicans and Anti-G8-protesters during so-called Operation Sponsor by the British RUC/PSNI, Gardaí, MI5 and other sections of the English and Freestate intelligence service. All these actions could not stop republicans and protesters to hold a successful IAF2013 in Belfast and successful protests all over Belfast, the 6 Counties and Dublin. Críoch/Ends.
  12. On Friday, June 14, Republican Sinn Féin held a very successful White Line Picket in support of political hostage Martin Corey on the Falls Road in Belfast. The picket started at 12noon when activists lined up on the Falls Road in West-Belfast near Dunville Park. Despite rainy weather conditions and the change of the assemble time for the picket due to a last minute change of the venue for the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum, dozens of activists demanded the release of political hostage Martin Corey and showed their support for the Republican Prisoners in Maghaberry jail. Among those taking part in the picket were activists of the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective, RSF President Des Dalton and former Republican POW and RSF General Secretary Josephine Hayden. The picket lasted until 1pm. In these 60 minutes hundreds of leaflets informing about the case of Martin Corey were distributed to passers-by. The online magazine TheDetail.tv quoted a RUC/PSNI report saying “the largest protest that day was organized by Republican Sinn Fein (RSF), with 30 people taking part in a picket on the Falls Road.” The RUC/PSNI posting stated that the protest included “10/15 foreign nationals as well as local figures”. While the number of 30 taking part in the picket is definitely underestimated, the attendance can be described as more than 50 protesters, the number of “10/15 foreign nationals” means, RUC/PSNI describes those republican activists travelling from the 26 Counties as “foreign nationals”. Indeed, there were no more than 5 international delegates to the IAF2013 presented at the White Line Picket on Friday, June 14. The White Line Picket on the Falls Road was the start of a successful IAF2013. Members and activists of Republican Sinn Féin took part in a number of protests against the G8 over the weekend. A group of RSF activists attended the Trade Union march in Belfast City Centre on Saturday afternoon. RSF International PRO Dieter Blumenfeld addressed the Dublin Alternative G8 on Monday and on Tuesday, June 18, a contingent of RSF joined a march against the G8 to the US-American Chamber of Commerce in Dublin. Críoch/Ends. Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.518231291557704.1073741833.312436515470517&type=1
  13. Contribution to the Irish Anti-imperialist Forum 2013 Belfast, Ireland 13-15 June 2013 By LUIS G. JALANDONI NDFP Chief International Representative http://www.ndfp.net/joom15/index.php/readings-mainmenu-73/1740-the-filipino-peoples-struggle-against-imperialist-domination-and-repression.html
  14. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) joins the Irish people in commemorating the 250th birth anniversary of Theolbald Wolfe Tone, the great Irish patriot who launched the Irish people's struggle for independence. At the young age of 28, he founded the Society of the United Irishmen, which within a few years was able to organize about 280,000 volunteers, estimated at that time to comprise 5 % of the entire Irish population. His firm patriotic spirit would be carried on by other Irish patriots and martyrs such as Pearse and Connolly. In the Filipino people's struggle against colonialism and imperialism, we have also had similar patriots and martyrs, such as the proletarian revolutionary, Andres Bonifacio who founded the revolutionary organization, Kataastaasang Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, the Most High and Honorable Association of the Sons and Daughters of the Nation, and launched the armed struggle for independence against Spain in 1892. In our continuing revolutionary struggle for independence and national sovereignty, social justice and genuine democracy against US imperialism and the local exploiting classes of compradors and landlords, we have been privileged to receive the firm support of Irish comrades. One such Irish friend of the Filipino people, lived and worked in the Philippines for some 25 years, integrated with the exploited and struggling peasants and workers, learned their local language and performed various revolutionary tasks at great risk to himself. In joining the Commemoration of the great Irish patriot and martyr, Wolfe Tone, we express our firm solidarity with the Irish people and our desire to further develop the solidarity between the Irish people and the Filipino people. (Sgd) LUIS G. JALANDONI Chief International Representative National Democratic Front of the Philippines http://www.ndfp.net/joom15/index.php/media-releases-mainmenu-53/messages-mainmenu-72/1747-ndfp-joins-the-irish-people-in-honoring-irish-patriot-wolfe-tone.html
  15. statement published in Saoirse-The Voice of the Republican Movement: POW FOLLOWING an internal discussion by CABHAIR-aligned prisoners a decision was taken to share facilities with Roe 4 prisoners, ie meals, gym facilities, exercise yard etc. Disagreements arose with some prisoners in Roe House over the issues of parole and bail conditions. Some prisoners have recently accepted bail and conditions imposed by the prison authorities, i.e. drug tests have been taken, electronic tags accepted as parole conditions. As Republicans we believe this is not acceptable as it is an attempt to criminalise our struggle. As some prisoners have accepted this, the prison is now using it as an excuse not to grant parole to other prisoners who are not accepting these conditions. We believe this is an attempt by the prison to foster disagreement and disunity among prisoners, to divide and conquer. Within the prison the CIRA prisoners’ position has not changed. We are operating under our own command structure and we are fully aligned to the leadership of the Republican Movement, Republican Sinn Féin and CABHAIR. Republican Sinn Féin and CABHAIR remain the only people authorised to speak and fundraise on our behalf. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has been supportive of us in the past and ask that this support continues for us and CABHAIR. Recently a CIRA prisoner, Damien McKenna of Lurgan, was refused parole to attend his son’s Communion, the reasons given was that he is a Category A prisoner, if released he would be a danger to the police and the public, also there was danger he would abscond. They also claimed he would not be eligible for parole until November. These are used as excuses to deny parole, but they will use the issue of drug testing etc to block parole. This is the second time Damien has been refused parole. He was refused parole for his father’s funeral which shows the vindictiveness of the system. At present the system of cooperation with Roe 4 prisoners is working efficiently, now we await the August 2010 agreement is to be fully implemented. We call on all Republican prisoners to work for the full implementation of the agreement.