8 January 2007

Imperialism, Out!

The way the Communist University started using the Internet in 2005 resolved itself into a three-cornered arrangement of a Blog, a Wiki, and a Group.

Strictly speaking, the blog was never necessary. It is a “nice to have”, and not a “must have”.

And now that
Google Groups (beta) offer pages and file upload and download, there is stricly speaking no need for the wiki, either. All of the functionality we need is right there in the Google Group, including to its own original function of providing mass distribution of e-mails.

We have been using the wiki as an archive. That means that a document would be copied and pasted on to an Internet “page”. After that it has its own unique URL. The URL is the Internet address of the page (beginning with http://). A document that has its own URL can be linked from e-mails (as well as other pages), and does not have to be sent as an attachment.

Today we only have one linked document (below). For a change, and just to show what is possible, it is not archived on the wikispace site, but instead on the
Communist University Google Group.

To sum up: If anyone were to want to run Internet political education in a way similar to the Communist University, from now on they would be well advised to simplify it around the Google Groups (beta), because everything that is necessary is now there, all in one. And it is free.

The linked document is from an Ethiopian exiled in Brussels, Dr Mohamad Hassan, forwarded to us by the
Workers Party of Belgium. He provides some of the recent history of the region and in particular the history of Ethiopia and Somalia up to the recent invasion of the latter by the former.

In a television report shown on SABC TV during the holiday, the woman who was US Ambassador to South Africa until last year, Jendayi Frazer, now working for the US State Department, stated that the Imperialist model for Somalia will be the Burundi model.

Burundi was the first country with which South Africa became militarily embroiled after 1994 (not counting the Lesotho fiasco, that is). South African so-called peace keeping troops are still in Burundi, and now also in several other independent sovereign countries (of which there are more than 50 in Africa). The pattern of increasing South African military domination of other African countries, summed up by G W Bush in the phrase
my point man (top of p.24 of that SARPN document), is very dangerous.

The Somali situation is exceptionally dangerous. Here, the machinations of the US Imperialists have resulted in the Somali institutions of self-preservation and public order being crushed and swept away by military action. Yet in time we will hear the same hypocritical US Imperialists calling for Somalis to step up and run their own country. Having destroyed Somalia’s independence, they will be heard loudly calling for Somaliisation, (on US terms, of course).

When is this nonsense going to stop? Why is South Africa involved in it?

The picture of Joe Slovo above was omitted by mistake from the last CU post, so here it is today.

Click on this link:

Ethiopia and Somalia, Mohamed Hassan (3220 words)


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