|The 61st International Antiwar Assembly
August 6th 2023
|Overseas Appeal for the
61st International Antiwar Assembly
|Create an antiwar struggle
to break through the crisis of nuclear war
erupting amid the clash between the US and China/Russia!
Now is the time to smash Putin's war!
July 3rd, 2023
Workers, students and intellectuals all over the world!
|Messages of Solidarity from Overseas
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The Secretariat of the Fourth International
The Union Pacifiste de France
The International Socialist League
All Pakistan Federation of United Trade Unions (APFUTU)
The Collective for the Refoundation of the Fourth International - FLTI
The Tavini Huiraatira
Editorial board of Spilne/Commons Journal
News and Letters Committees
* The Executive Committee received another message days after the Assembly. We add it below.
Organizing Committee for the Reconstitution of the Fourth International (OCRFI)
The Secretariat of the Fourth International
The secretariat of the Fourth International which condemned the military intervention in Ukraine launched by the oligarch Putin against the oligarch Zelynski, considers that the war in Ukraine is used by American imperialism to, with its armed wing NATO, relaunch the arms economy in order to save the capitalist system in crisis. The Fourth International recalls that US imperialism never fights for peace and democracy. On the contrary, it has been the main warmonger in the world since the American atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. We can recall the Korean War, the war in Vietnam, the war in Yugoslavia (carried out under the aegis of NATO), the two wars in Iraq... The most powerful imperialism on the planet, US imperialism, which has the military command of NATO intends to use the war in Ukraine, unleashed by Putin, to seize the immense natural resources of Russia and then settle accounts with China, its main economic competitor, all at the cost of immense destruction. for the peoples and classed workers. This is why the secretariat of the Fourth International, which is therefore not in favor of a "victory" for Biden/NATO or for Putin, supports all initiatives for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine.
- 2023/July 8
- For Fourth International secretary
The Union Pacifiste de France
The Union Pacifiste de France wish you a fructful congress.
Your meetings are very important always, and particularly now in the world situation.
We try and work to stop war without conditions. We are against the russian government and so much against NATO.
We support the pacifists of all sides who refuse to participate to the war.
With our solidarity.
Secretary Union Pacifiste de France
Дорогие японские товарищи!
Мы благодарны за вашу поддержку. Ситуация для тех, кто ведет антивоенную борьбу в России, как вы прекрасно понимаете, непростая, но с каждым днем противников войны становится всё больше. Мы уверены, что режим Путина идет к своему концу.
Уверен, что все вместе мы сможем добиться перемен, добиться мира без войн и угнетения. О своего имени и от имени коллег по редакции "Рабкора" желаю успеха 61 интернациональной антивоенной ассамблее.
главный редактор канала и сайта "Рабкор"
The International Socialist League
From the International Socialist League, we wish to send our heartfelt solidarity greeting to the 61st International Antiwar Assemblies. In these times of decadent crisis-ridden capitalism and growing inter-imperialist friction, the international solidarity and organization of workers and peoples against the imperialists’ war plans is more important than ever.
The war in Ukraine is the sharpest expression of the growing inter-imperialist tension and highlights the challenges we face. In the first place, to defend the right to self-determination of the Ukrainian people against Russia's aggression, and also to confront the militarization and expansion plans of NATO and Western imperialism.
The struggle between the United States and China for world hegemony is leading us towards a growing confrontation that, in the event of a new world war between nuclear powers, threatens to end human life on the planet. Only the workers and peoples of the world can stop them.
We wish you the best of luck in your assemblies, which represent an important contribution to this gigantic task. We hope to meet in person soon and be able to develop an internationalist collaboration and contribute to the necessary unity of the workers of the world.
Fraternally, Alejandro Bodart, Sec. General of the MST in the FIT Unity of Argentina and Coordinator of the International Socialist League (ISL)
Comrades, colleagues in the anti-war movement, friends who work for peace,
On the occasion of the 61st International Antiwar Assemblies, LALIT (meaning “struggle” in the Mauritian language) is pleased to send our revolutionary greetings to Japanese workers and students attending the anti-war assemblies being held in different regions in Japan soon.
At the very outset, we all see the International Antiwar Assemblies taking place at the very moment when the Russian-Ukraine war has surpassed 500 days, causing thousands of deaths, thousands of war injuries, and millions of people displaced, as well as the destruction of much of Ukraine.
While African leaders, to their credit, are looking for a peaceful solution to stop the war, to ensure that poor people in the African Continent are not afflicted by rising prices and food scarcity provoked by the war, the US imperialists are acting for the escalation of the war, i.e. doing exactly the opposite. The UK and USA even managed to sabotage a cease-fire agreed in March last year, even when Ukraine had agreed, arguing that Russia was not weakened enough for the liking of the West. Imagine how different life would be in Ukraine, had that cease-fire led to peace negotiations? President Biden has now unilaterally decided to send cluster munitions to Ukraine, adding even more danger of severe humanitarian consequences and unacceptable harm to civilians (Convention on Clusters Munitions, 2008). In retaliation, Putin is threatening to use same kind of bombs. More than 100 countries, even a majority of countries in the NATO alliance, are against the use of these unconventional arms.
LALIT demands that the war be stopped. There needs to be an immediate ceasefire, and negotiations opened. The Russian army must immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine. The NATO countries, led by US imperialists who totally control Europe now, must immediately stop sending arms to Ukraine. This new form of proxy war, where the USA arms Ukrainians, will only lead to further escalation, and death and destruction. NATO must be disbanded, as the Warsaw Pact was. It is as simple as that. The USA’s undertaking not to expand NATO eastwards has, unfortunately, just been flaunted, time and time again, until encirclement of Russia is now well-nigh complete. And now NATO starts to encircle China, openly aiming to set up desks in Japan and South Korea. The USA is putting inordinate pressure, as you know, on these two Eastern countries, to spend on arms, i.e. like Europe, in reality on American arms.
In Mauritius, we in LALIT are, for our part, continuing to mobilize to close down the UK-USA military base on Mauritian territory, i.e. Diego Garcia which is part of the Chagos Archipelago region of the Republic of Mauritius. Our struggle moved forward, as you know, after the UN General Assembly 2019 resolution told the UK to withdraw altogether from the entire Chagos Archipelago. This came after the International Court of Justice judgment declared the UK-US military occupation to be the illegal occupation of a sovereign country. The UK and USA, while arming Ukraine to the teeth to oppose illegal occupation by Russia, just, themselves, illegally occupy our country. They do not even see their own hypocrisy.
Our Government is now, shamefully, holding secret talks with the UK Government, and making concessions. The Mauritian Prime Minister has even gone so far, after winning at the ICJ and UN General Assembly (where the UK-USA alliance was so isolated it got support from only three countries, Israel, Australia and Hungary) as to offer the USA a lease on Diego Garcia for their base to continue operating. We oppose this. LALIT, three big union federations, workers’ and women’s associations and anti-base militants, have come together to oppose these talks and this offer of a lease.
Our struggle on Chagos continues, focusing as always on (a) the dismantling of the US military base on Diego Garcia and the cleaning up of any nuclear and other pollution (b) the right of Chagossians as well as all people of Mauritius in general to visit or settle on all the Chagos islands, i.e. freedom of movement within our country (c) and the complete decolonization and re-unification of Mauritius territory, as called for by the UN’s courts and General Assembly. Military occupation must end.
LALIT’s struggle against wars and military bases in the Indian Ocean and world-wide has over years linked us together with the struggle that the JRCL is waging in opposing the Japanese ruling class and US imperialists maintaining military bases in Japan, and opposing arms manufacture and arms build-up. We oppose all the 800 or so military bases all over the world. They must all be dismantled, just as NATO must be.
Our struggles against wars and militarism are linked to our struggles against the capitalist system. Democracy in the capitalist system is difficult, if not impossible, when countries like the USA are run by a small band of a few hundred capitalists that run the monopoly firms of the “Military Industrial Complex”, of the Big Pharma, of the the food and agriculture sector, and of Big Data. It is these types of firm that dominate, and exploit the broad masses of the whole world, taking all the decisions in the interests of their profits. They, in turn, put humanity in a triple, inter-related existential threat: destruction through nuclear war, destruction through pollution-related environmental collapse, destruction through the collapse of civilization into either bands of armed men, of which Haiti is a precursor country, or into a dystopia of extreme state repression, of which we will soon have examples, if we do not manage to oppose this system in creative ways, relying on the brilliance of ordinary people, when they think and act together independently of the ruling class.
Our common struggle can only be reinforced through articulating our local struggles to the international struggles and at the same time building networks of organisations working towards revolutionary changes for more equal societies, in particular for classless society. Any lasting revolutionary change needs to be part of an international dynamic for change.
We wish your assemblies to be resourceful and inspiring for workers and students in Japan in the fight against the imperialist war, and against the military bases and the arms industry, that together, cause war.
Lotta Comunista: to the 61° International Anti-War Assembly, Japan:
Internationalists greetings to the 61st International Anti-War Assembly!
For more than a
year the imperialist war in Ukraine has been massacring the Ukrainian workers
and their Russian working brothers sent to both fronts in a senseless and
reactionary slaughter. All our internationalist solidarity must go to the
Ukrainian workers and the Russian workers. In Russia and Ukraine workers are
forced to conscript and are driven by the nationalist ideologies of big Russian
chauvinism and small Ukrainian defensivism to shoot each other, and they are
arrested if they refuse to fight or even if they call this "war" by
its name. Here in Europe, these things are well known. The Ukrainian military
arrests the deserters and so do the Russian invasion forces. And then there are
the so-called “incidents,” when both Russian and Ukrainian soldiers hit their
officers. These are well known things. By now, thousands of Russian and Ukrainian
workers who have fled, with their families and children, find refuge in our
cities. They are welcome! We know, comrades, all the wars of our age are
against the workers. No war is justified from the point of view of our
international working class, except the war of the exploited classes against
Или мы победим войну, или война победит нас
Уважаемые участники антивоенной ассамблеи!
Наша планета стоит на переломе, которого никогда не было в мировой истории и который особенно трудно понять после 78 лет развития без мировых войн: мы находимся на пороге глобального уничтожения 7,5 миллиардов человек - включая всех нас, борцов за мир.
Капиталистическая анархия привела мир не только к небывалому классовому расколу, когда 1% богатейших капиталистов богаче половины населения мира, но и к тому, что анархический рост населения стал угрозой экологического самоуничтожения человечества. Если весь мир выйдет на уровень потребления наиболее богатых стран (а только несколько миллионов человек во всём мире достигли уровня нормального материального обеспечения), то для этого не хватит большинства ресурсов, а экологическая угроза от вредных отходов усугубит положение. Уже сейчас не только учёные, но и многие страны почувствовали на себе главную угрозу – перегрев атмосферы и океана, небывалый в истории человечества.
В этих условиях только переход на однодетную семью в мировом масштабе (вместе с развитием прогрессивных технологий) смогут предотвратить губительные экологические последствия капиталистической анархии. Однако такая социальная политика сейчас недоступна большинству беднейших стран мира, которые на протяжении веков эксплуатируются капиталистами развитых стран (в том числе Японии), ибо она требует значительных средств на создание системы социального обеспечения для тех стран, где лишь собственные дети могут обеспечить неработоспособных родителей.
Но поскольку за последние полвека такая политика в мировом масштабе не проводится (лишь КНР удалось сознательно стабилизировать численность населения, и в ряде развитых стран произошёл стихийный переход к однодетной семье), но в тоже время увеличиваются и совершенствуются арсеналы оружия массового поражения (не столько ядерного, сколько биологического и химического), то логически мы приходим к выводу, что мировой финансовый олигархат (преимущественно США) взял курс на решение проблемы перенаселения насильственным, военным путём.
Кроме того, империалисты США рассчитывают в Третьей мировой войне уничтожить не только бедняков всего мира, которые не нужны им ни как покупатели товаров, но и как продавцы рабочей силы, но и основных своих конкурентов: КНР, ЕС, Японию (Россия с 1-2% мирового ВВП преимущественно в сырьевых отраслях – не конкурент США). А поскольку известна вековая практика американского империализма – достигать своих целей чужими руками, то стратегия США вполне ясна – стравить в Европе Россию с ЕС, а в Азии – КНР с Японией («чемберлены» и «даладье», не понимающие хода мирового развития, среди руководителей многих стран не перевелись). Победители в этой борьбе будут добиты США – «союзникам» не следует тешить себя надеждами.
В этих условиях борьба за мир является единственным способом предотвратить развязывание полномасштабной войны. Для рабочего и коммунистического движения в этих условиях главным является борьба против собственного империализма (в том числе такого, который не понимает той роли, которую ему отвели вашингтонские кукловоды) – и это очень трудная борьба, ибо кучка капиталистов руками нанятых слуг, особенно в СМИ, научилась ловко манипулировать психологией масс. Когда коммунисты клеймят империалистов и агрессоров других стран, и не замечают реакционной деятельности «своих», то они невольно (или вольно) выступают защитниками «собственных» капиталистов.
Опыт Первой и Второй мировых войн показал, что рабочий класс империалистических стран не смог противодействовать военным планам империалистов, в первую очередь потому, что был подкуплен «своими» капиталистами за счёт грабежа колоний и других стран. Известно, что жизненный уровень рабочего класса в Германии за счёт грабежа оккупированных стран возрастал до 1943 года, и не немецкий капиталист, а немецкий рабочий воевал не только в таким же прикормленным рабочим Англии и Франции, но и с пролетариатом социалистической России.
Кроме того, сейчас, несмотря на то что для современного империализма вопросы территориального владения давно ушли в прошлое, массам внедряются иллюзии о необходимости различных территориальных претензий. Великобритания на другом конце мира ввязалась в войну за Фолклендские (Мальвинские) острова, веками никем не заселённые (которые сейчас известны лишь скромным овцеводством), угрожая применением ядерного оружия Аргентине. Япония, Китай и Вьетнам спорят о кучке мелких островов в Южно-Китайском море. Японских трудящихся десятки лет возбуждают насчёт островов Малой Курильской гряды, на которых исторически жили не японцы, а айны; такая же националистическая кампания насчёт этих островов ведётся в России. Неужели все проблемы Японии и её пролетариата будут решены при присоединении этих клочков земли, а пролетариат России станет жить ещё хуже без этих территорий?
С другой стороны, не следует забывать, что существуют действительно не решённые национальные проблемы, связанные с территориями. Насильственно отделённый от Китая Тайвань, населённый китайцами – одна из таких проблем. КНР уже удалось отобрать у колонизаторов Макао и Гонконг; возврат Тайваня – следующий необходимый шаг в национальной консолидации китайской нации. Развал Советского Союза, в котором национальные вопросы решались относительно успешно (но не без сталинистских ошибок), породил ряд территориальных споров между националистическими буржуазными государствами, возникшими на руинах СССР. Вооружённые конфликты между Арменией и Азербайджаном, Молдовой и Приднепровской республикой, Грузии с Абхазией и Южной Осетией – следствия разгула местных национализмов, пытавшихся подавить другие нации.
Особое место среди этих конфликтов заняли конфликты между Россией и Украиной. Границы современной Украины были установлены, в основном, немецким генералом Гофманом во время оккупации в 1918 году и включали ряд районов, в которых проживало неукраинское население: русские, евреи, молдаване, белорусы, поляки и пр. В советское время ряд национально-территориальных вопросов был урегулирован, например, район Гомеля был передан в Белоруссию, в северная часть Черниговщины – в Россию. Однако ряд других вопросов так и остался неурегулированным, в том числе и потому, что в СССР проводилась политика исключения как великодержавного шовинизма, так и местного национализма, и в Украинской ССР все национальности развивались свободно (хотя и не без мелких проблем).
Августовская контрреволюция изменила положение в Украине, где стал набирать силу украинский национализм. В стране, в которой всё население знало русский язык, а каждый пятый был русскоговорящим, русский язык потерял статус государственного и стал насильственно вытесняться, что нарушало гражданские права населения, особенно в Донбассе и в Крыму. Эта политика украинских националистов велась по прямому указанию американских спецслужб и вызвало законное сопротивление населения на Юго-Востоке Украины и в Крыму. Государственный переворот в Киеве, организованный спецслужбами НАТО, и приход к власти откровенных националистов побудило рабочий класс Донбасса к сопротивлению и борьбе за независимость. Возникли две республики: Донецкая и Луганская, против которых киевские власти начали вооружённую борьбу. К сожалению, слабо организованный пролетариат Донбасса не получил поддержку мирового пролетариата и был оттеснён от власти в этих народных республиках ставленниками российских властей. Киевская военщина все эти годы вела обстрелы этих регионов, от которых погибли несколько тысяч человек гражданского населения, включая женщин и детей. Эти военные преступления поддерживались империалистами НАТО, а мировой пролетариат не оказал сопротивления империалистам.
Этот конфликт, который вполне можно было решить мирным путём, разжигался странами НАТО, особенно ближайшими союзниками США в блоке. Расширение военных действий с обеих сторон давно потеряло все разумные основания; с обеих сторон в конфликте за интересы империалистов США за полтора года погибло в десятки раз больше людей, чем от варварских обстрелов донбасских республик.
Этот конфликт грозит перерасти в мировую войну на уничтожение, и главный виновник и организатор этой войны – финансовый олигархат США.
Развернём мировую борьбу против мировой войны!
Исайчиков В.Ф., «Марксистская платформа», главный редактор журнала «Просвещение».
Dear comrades and friends --
Solidarity sends our best wishes for the success of your 61st International Antiwar Assembly. As your message emphasizes, it is our obligation to build an antiwar struggle of consistent anti-imperialism, whether that means U.S. and NATO, Chinese or Russian imperialism. We fully agree with your discussion of the criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the importance of the Ukrainian people's victory in their struggle for their nation's survival.
We would only add that in this terrible summer of wildfires, drought and deadly floods in North America, Europe, east Africa and Asia, the need to abolish military spending and convert these resources to preventing ecological catastrophe is increasingly urgent. Forward to a world without war, oppression and exploitation.
With comradely regards,
The Collective for the Refoundation of the Fourth International - FLTI
From the Collective for the Refoundation of the Fourth International - FLTI, we want to send an internationalist revolutionary salute.
We have witnessed the rebellion of Prigozhin, the head of the Wagner
brigade, a Putin's Praetorian Guard, made up of fascist mercenaries, who also
wage war in the service of the highest bidder. This opened a crisis on the
military front and in Moscow.
While this is happening, at the last NATO/G7 summit, after being dragged
around and patted on the back, Zelensky was returned to Ukraine empty-handed.
This was the moment of greatest crisis for Moscow in this war, however the US
imperialists pushed Ukraine into a farcical “counteroffensive”, with war
supplies, tanks and artillery from the Second World War and the 1970s, without
aviation and without long-range missiles.
There are too many imperialist powers.
The struggle for the sources of raw materials and minerals that are
essential for the new high-tech industries threatens new wars and massacres.
To the dispute and the offensive for lithium, coltan, cobalt, uranium, gas,
etc., there are Anglo-Canadian, USA, Japanese, German, French companies...
Capitalists have spent and parasitized benefits that human labor has not yet produced. The global financial oligarchy has covered its bankruptcies and deficits by emptying state treasuries, and seeks to make the world working class pay for its crisis. All the debts of nations, banks and companies have grown to the brutal figure of 188 trillion dollars, which is equivalent to 230% of world GDP.
In each struggle, thousands of vanguard
workers become radicalized and begin a process of breaking with the treacherous
They surpass their leaderships. Those are the
forces to set up a powerful internationalist revolutionary movement.
We must deepen the struggle we wage in common! The class struggle makes it imperative.
The Tavini Huiraatira
First of all, warmest greetings from Maohi Nui to Japanese People and to our friends from Zengakuren.
We express great solidarity on the occasion of the 61st International Antiwar Assemblies in Japan. Our solidarity with the Japanese people is guided by our common goal to reach a nuclear free and peaceful World.
As we all know, the Pacific Ocean has been where nuclear bombs have been fully developed, tested, like in the Marshall Islands and in Maohi Nui, and unfortunately has been used to kill people in Japan. With all the tensions in the world, humanity might soon face a nuclear world war.
A peaceful world could only be reached if imperialist countries stop colonialism or neocolonialism. It seems that these countries have not learn from their past history or other nation history. Today, it is clear that imperialist countries with their liberal economies have no other purpose than make use of other countries wealth and cheap labor in order to lead the world.
Even small Pacific island countries were and are not spared despite their poor wealth. Today, the small Pacific small countries are forced into the dispute between China and USA while France is trying to play a role in this dispute by getting favors from small island states. During the month of July 2023, The french president has been visiting Pacific states to promise France help. But there is no concession regarding the independence of Kanaky and Maohi-nui. France has full control on the economy of Kanaky and Maohi-Nui and decides which country is good to collaborate with.
People of Maohi Nui still seeks for their freedom like any other nation under control by another nation. Paths to freedom are war or diplomacy. Only diplomacy applies to Maohi-Nui as promoted by the United Nations Organization. However, France has never accepted to sit at the table to discuss Maohi-Nui independence as proposed several times at the UN committee of 24. France forwarded the reason that the Tavini Huiraatira has not won the election. This year, the Tavini Huiraatira won the election and had the majority in our parliament. Would that change France position ? We doubt it since loosing Maohi-Nui means for France a lost of half of its Economic Exclusive Zone! France grandeur is due to its occupied oversea territories where nuclear tests have been carried out. Maohi-nui people would never heal their wounds from the nuclear tests and France will never recognize the hurt and the pain.
Hegemony is not only achieved through the economic and financial sector but also by occupying other nation lands. Imperialist country which hegemony is under threat would never be at rest and would rather reduce our world into chaos. The Anti War movement is important to remind everyone of the terrifying consequences of a war and of the destructive power nuclear bombs which can annihilate our planet Earth.
With Solidarity ! Faaitoito !
Keitapu Maamaatuaiahutapu, Heinui Le Caill and Guillaune Colombani
Members of the Tavini Huiraatira
Editorial board of Spilne/Commons Journal
We are approaching the 530 days of the Russian full scale invasion of Ukraine. During these days we have learnt that there are very few limits to this reactionary imperialist aggression, and even those still existing can be crossed in the future.
The Kremlin's neglect of life was once again demonstrated by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam by Russian occupiers, which killed dozens of people and hundreds of animals, which devastated towns and villages. While the long-term environmental and social impact of this crime is still to be seen, it is one of the largest human-caused disasters in Europe in recent decades. For Ukrainian society, it is ecocide and the worst environmental disaster since the catastrophe on the Chornobyl nuclear power plant. And we continue to live under the permanent threat of explosion or radioactive leaks at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant - the biggest one in Europe, occupied by the Russian army since the very beginning of the full-scale invasion.
In July 2023 Russia quit the “grain deal”, which, despite the war, allowed the export of Ukrainian harvest through the Black Sea to different parts of the globe, relieving the food security crisis in those developing countries where the population is struggling with hunger. For several days in July in a row, Russia has been systematically shelling Ukraine harvest storages, destroying crops and obviously preventing them from being delivered to people worldwide. This strategy is accompanied by the hypocritical and cynical Kremlin’s self-presentation as a champion of anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggle, as a “true” ally of the Global South.
On the 31st of July 2023 two Russian missiles hit an educational facility and a multi-storied apartment building in Kryvyi Rih, killing at least 6 people, including a child, and wounding at least 73, including 8 children. The previous attack on the city happened on June 12, killing 13 civilians. These are just two tragic episodes in the row of many during the 17 months of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine. We are mentioning them specifically to bring attention to the city in the war zone, which for years has been an epicenter of labor militancy in Ukraine. Having previously reported from Kryvyi Rih about strikes on mines, in hospitals and industrial factories, we have to report about local victims of war now. Where workers were organizing the May Day demonstrations, demanding decent wages and expressing solidarity with labor struggles across the globe, people are mourning deaths caused by Russian imperialist aggression.
Several months ago one of our prominent authors Evheny Osievsky, who was 29 years old, was killed in action. A person of libertarian leftist and anti-war beliefs, he went to the army, being sure that Russian aggression must be repelled and that he must participate in this struggle, as many others do. Our social media feeds are filled with obituaries about deaths of workers and independent labor unionists. These days Spilne/Commons and Ukrainian left broadly are mourning our editor, close friend and comrade, Oleksandr (Sasha) Kravchuk. Several weeks ago, being 37 years old and having no health issues before, he died in his sleep due to cardiac arrest. Avoiding any speculation, we must say that these 17 months were extremely tense and hard for all of us, and Sasha was taking responsibility for too many.
Russian imperialism is ruining our homes, sites, seeds and fruits of important struggles, killing workers and intellectuals, putting others under immense stress not everybody manages to go through, destroying nature and harvest, bringing hunger and devastation far beyond the geographical boundaries of Ukraine. With massive arrests and expulsion of the Russian antiwar and anti-imperialist activists, with years-long prison terms and murders of independent journalists, with assault on women and LGBTIQ+ rights, Putin's regime is becoming a leader in authoritarian and antidemocratic global tendencies. Building an alliance with other right-wing forces and governments around the globe, the Kremlin is becoming the number one challenge for the global progressive movements, yet underscored as such by far too many. With its nuclear threats and blackmailing it once again brings the world to the brink of a final disaster.
In this gloomy time of our history, we are feeling the immense support from anti-imperialist activists from all parts of the world. We use this support, trying to build the pass between the idealization and the demonization of the “Ukrainian side”: knowing and criticizing many of the regressive measures and policies Ukrainian government has been implementing, we also know what the Ukrainian society is fighting against, and we know what we, as part of the anti-imperialist movements, are struggling against. We are asserting the words of the Russian Socialist Movement: “This “brave old world” [Putin is trying to create] would be a wonderful place for dictators, corrupt officials, and the far right. But it would be hell for workers, ethnic minorities, women, LGBT people, small nations, and all liberation movements.”
We are calling the antiwar and anti-imperialist activists to support the struggle against this "brave old world". We are urging you to continue your own contribution to the future without imperialist aggressions, antidemocratic right-wing and authoritarian assaults, nuclear threats, exploitational capitalism. We must have a different future or we will have none.
News and Letters Committees
To comrades of the 61st International Antiwar Assembly:
We at News and Letters Committees have been honored to participate with you in antiwar agitation since our founder Raya Dunayevskaya was able to speak in person with the youth in Zengakuren in 1964. We enthusiastically support your work to create this 61st International Antiwar Assembly. The past 17 months since Russia’s genocidal full-scale invasion of Ukraine have witnessed increasing solidarity from workers, activists and people around the world with Ukrainian resistance to the erasing of their lives and national identity.
At the same time, the voices from fascist elements in country after country—such as from Trump supporters in the U.S.—have gotten louder in enabling Putin’s tactics, even his constantly repeated threats to initiate nuclear war. The self-described Leftists who have joined with fascists in a so-called Red-Brown alliance to denounce Ukraine’s fight for self-determination have been exposed for their reactionary behavior much more publicly than for similar actions against Syrian revolutionaries.
Just as capitalist arms makers worked to maintain their bloated World War II profits by replacing the promise of peace with the permanent war economy, making the atomic bombs dropped on the civilian population of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the opening nuclear threat that still looms over us all, the defense of Ukraine has exaggerated the indispensability and inflated the profits of military suppliers. The same goes for the petroleum companies, for whom Russia’s invasion not only multiplied profits but allowed them to sound patriotic in demanding that global dependence on carbon-based fuels be extended for decades, even as great rivers have been reduced to a trickle and deaths mount amidst the hottest days in 100,000 years.
Ukraine’s fight for freedom has made clearer than ever that capitalists see war as a business opportunity. While they remain in charge, propped up by the best politicians they can buy, issues of war and peace, of life and death, come with a price tag. We have seen too many attempts to topple capitalist power which did not end class society. All the more reason at this time to seek a basis for revolution in the liberatory struggles that Karl Marx hailed, of the ongoing fights of Irish and Poles for self-determination, of uprisings of enslaved Blacks in the U.S. and serfs in Russia, and workers’ control from every workshop to the 1871 Paris Commune. The solidarity in support of Ukrainians, and the solidarity at this conference, represent threads to a world without imperialist war, a world without capitalist war, a world without nuclear war.
Organizing Committee for the Reconstitution of the Fourth International (OCRFI)
The 6th of August 1945
In a few days, on the 6th of August, commemorations will take place in remembrance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, on the 6th of August 1945.
The destruction of Hiroshima was followed a few days later by the annihilation of Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese people were killed in one stroke.
It is indeed a date to be remembered by the labour movement. In the framework of capitalism, a tremendous technical advance represented by the control of atomic fission was transformed into the most murderous means of destruction. Everybody knows today that the propaganda about ending the Second World War more quickly is nothing but lies. The atomic destructive power was released to threated and frighten the people of the world and to show that all powers would have to accept the leadership of American imperialism.
In 2023, Hiroshima has been in the news since sometime before the anniversary of that act of mass slaughter. In May 2023 the heads of State of the 7 most powerful capitalist industrial powers (USA, Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Italy and Canada) met in Hiroshima. That type of meeting is usually devoted to indicating what should be the main lines of development of the world economy. This time, emphasis was put on the military conflict raging between Ukraine and Russia. The main capitalist powers declared that they would accentuate their support to Ukraine and their more and more direct involvement.
Hiroshima may have seemed a strange choice for such a stand. There was not a word of sorrow or excuse for the 1945 atrocity: it looked like a meeting of culprits returning to the scene of their crime to prepare new ones.
A critical escalation
And indeed, in the following weeks, there was a summit meeting of NATO – the military coalition under the command of American imperialism - held in Vilnius, Lithuania in July 2023.
Jens Stoltenberg, the General Secretary of NATO, enthusiastically claimed that the meeting had approved the most ambitious of defence plans since the end of the Cold War, adopting measures to get Ukraine closer to NATO, and also to reinforce a partnership of NATO and other countries in the world. The Ukrainian president Zelensky underlined the fact that Ukraine would benefit from the largest military aid package ever granted. In the following days, the United States authorized exportation of fragmentation weapons to Ukraine, and guaranteed the exportation of war planes.
It also decided to offer Ukraine another 800 million dollars for the purchase of items of destruction.
All over the world, military budgets are rapidly being increased in the name of defending Ukrainian rights.
Who can believe for one second such rubbish? The profits in arms trade are swiftly increasing. But someone has to pay for that. On one hand, the onslaught against living standards and worker rights combines with the phenomenal extension of military expenditure. All the riches of Ukraine are now mortgaged in exchange for the generous help given to Ukraine. The wall between Ukraine and Russia is part and parcel of the march towards the Third World War.
What was diplomatically worded at the NATO summit is an escalation of the preparations of a generalized war in which Russia is but one target and not necessarily the most central: China is at the center of the world offensive of imperialism. That’s why such an importance is given to developments in Asia, and also gives all its meaning to the choice of Hiroshima as the venue for the 7 great powers’ previous meeting.
That means that the answers put forward in the Japanese labour movement are meaningful for the international labour movement. That is why some questions must be raised and discussed in relation to the stand taken by organizers of the international anti-war assembly in Japan.
They expose the disagreement with the call for an immediate cease-fire. They write “There are some ‘leftists’ who are crying out for an immediate cease-fire and talks. That is tantamount to pressing Ukrainians to surrender the occupied territories to Russia. But if they call themselves ‘leftists’ they should first and foremost stand by the side of these people who are waging a life-risking battle against the invading army.” Such a statement has no validity whatsoever. If, for the sake of argument, we put aside for a moment the problems of imperialism, of class forces, and regard the question of a cease-fire, only at the technical level, a cease-fire is one act which may take place between two countries engaged in armed conflict without meaning that one side gives up its demands.
Now, if we turn to the political meaning of the demand for an immediate cease-fire, it means first of all that Ukrainian and Russian workers and youth will stop killing each other, that the alteration in military constraints will give them more space for their common demands.
That’s why neither Putin nor Biden, nor any capitalist leader is putting forward, at this stage, the question of a cease-fire. They may do so at some point, if they reach between themselves an agreement contrary to the interests of the people.
It is not the case today: Biden is ready to fight to the last Ukrainian soldier; Putin cannot admit his failure.
The preparation of a generalized war springs from the acute world crisis of the capitalist exploitation system.
If Biden wants the war to go on and grow in intensity and in space, it is because the war offers a temporary way-out for the capitalist world system and ensures the leading position of American imperialism.
Since the war started in February 2022, American imperialism has witnessed changes in relation with other imperialisms and command of the world market. The fantastic rise in military spending worldwide has first of all benefitted to the American war industry. At the same time, the position of the United States in the world energy market has been transformed, the situation in the east of Europe has opened new possibilities for American agriculture…
Why should any of the forces which benefit from the war stop it?
From the very first day of Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, in February 2022, the OCRFI denounced the reactionary character of Putin’s decision and called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian armed forces from Ukraine as the only solution answering the needs of the Ukrainian and Russian working class.
We stated then, and we still advocate:
“No to Putin, no to Biden and his allies. No holy union with the war-mongering governments. Russian troops out of Ukraine, dismantlement of NATO.”
There is nothing progressive, or in conformity with the interests of the working class worldwide in the decisions taken by Putin with the hope that a return to the Russian Empire would strengthen the capitalist oligarchs he represents. But it is not Putin’s war, viewed in isolation: it is totally interlocked in the general counter-revolutionary moves of world imperialism.
It can only be fought on the basis of internationalism, of the unity of interests of the workers of the world.
The roots of the policy put forward by the OCRFI are in the whole experience verified and enriched by the experience of the opposition to the first imperialist war. It means first and foremost that our main enemy is in “our own country”. The main enemy of the working class of each country is its own government.
That means it is from there that flows the policy and action of the OCRFI, its will to unite in action with all forces calling for an immediate cease-fire, while defending the totality of its positions, while fighting for a break within the labour movement with all policies of submission to an alliance with the exploiting class and its governments.
What are the interests of the world working class regarding China?
In spite of the accommodating policy of the ruling bureaucracy in China and its ceaseless attempts to find an agreement with imperialism, China, the Chinese State and its sovereignty are under threat. War against China is now part of American policy. The deep organic crisis of world imperialism means that imperialism now needs to reassess its direct control of the vast Chinese market, and therefore eliminates, in one way or another, what is left of the conquests of the 1949 revolution.
The re-establishment of capitalist relations and therefore of imperialist domination over China will mean a tragedy for the Chinese workers and would be a severe blow carried against the world working class.
The defence of China, of the Chinese
working class, of the State character of the main productive forces can only be
carried in full independence in relation to the corrupt bureaucracy in power.
All the attacks against democratic rights, against the rights of the working
class to organize on the part of the bureaucracy weaken the ability of the
Chinese people to resist imperialist attacks, in Hong Kong as well as in
Those questions, and many others linked to the problem of the independence and leadership of the world working class are at the core of the conference organized by the OCRFI and due in November 2023.
Organizing Committee for the Reconstitution
of the Fourth International (OCRFI),