Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I'm happy to have come across, via Fuck Yeah Marxism-Leninism, this statement from the MIR of Chile, which is "completely in agreement with the necessity, legitimacy and justice that the people open the doors of the supermarkets and distribution centers to get their necessities." Not only are we in this country being subjected to a 24-7 propaganda war against the Chilean masses and their right to try to survive in the wake of Saturday's horrible earthquake, we're even being assured that to the extent that the damage and death toll in Chile don't seem to be as bad as in Haiti, it's thanks to the wonders of the Pinochet fascist years. No kidding, that's the Wall Street Journal's line. In contrast, the MIR (Movement of the Revolutionary Left) tells the truth: "To expropriate the exploiters is a people's right."

To the comrades of the MIR, still standing, stalwart and strong 36 years after the U.S.-backed coup that murdered President Salvador Allende, killed tens of thousands of workers and activists, and was meant, but failed, to crush the workers' movement of Chile: thank you! My heart is with the Chilean people as it is with the people of Haiti.

And to MIR General Secretary Monica Quilodran (left), greetings and solidarity as we head toward International Women's Day, established 100 years ago, in 1910, by the Socialist International at the initiation of the German communist Clara Zetkin.