RAMSEY CLARK: HIS AGENDA IS GENOCIDE
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February 20, 2003: The Rev. Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, 78, the former head of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in western Rwanda, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aiding and abetting genocide. His son, Dr. Gérard Ntakirutimana, 45, who worked at the church's hospital, received a total sentence of 25 years for the same charges and for shooting two people to death.Ramsey Clark, the former United States attorney general, who was defense counsel for the elder Mr. Ntakirutimana, called the verdict "a tragic miscarriage of justice." He said both men would appeal.
The Serbians committed genocide against
the Kosovars and that was why millions of Kosovars left Kosovo,
and its surrounding areas. One would have expected that RAMSEY CLARK,
whose name appears as a sponsor of many organizations that claim to be
against genocide would have condemned the Serbs, however, just the
opposite was true. RAMSEY CLARK organized pro-Serbian demonstrations
against the United States, which
intervened on behalf of the Muslim victims of the Serbs. Clark
has been on the side of every Muslim insurgent movement known to
man, but not the Kosovo Liberation Front, which he labels as a
tool of the West, despite its support from the Ben Ladin faction.
The reason for this is that support of the KLF does not fit into CLARKS hidden agenda, which is not to oppose genocide, but to perpetrate it against America and Israel. CLARK is a a deep cover operative who has throughly infiltrated the Jewish liberal/radical scene in New York City. He is reportedly married to a Jewish woman.
CLARK is, on the surface, identified as an anti-government left-winger, although he often crosses over to the right, but his actions, placed in the context of the current political situation, in which Iraq is planning to launch a biological attack on the United States or Israel, clearly indicates RAMSEY CLARK is a dirty NAZI pig. CLARK runs the biggest FRONT GROUP FOR THE IRAQIS in the United States.
This article was taken from YAHOO headline news. June 1999, WASHINGTON - Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark urged NATO's abolition and an end to what he called American warmongering as several thousand protesters demonstrated Saturday against the war in Yugoslavia.
"We've got to stop the fanning of flames of war by the U.S.," said Clark. "We've got to abolish NATO."
The U.S.-European alliance fosters war and is "a threat to life on Earth," Clark said in an address to about 3,000 protesters outside the Pentagon. The sign on the dais below him read: "Stop U.S./NATO Bombing. Hands Off Yugoslavia."
Protesters who marched from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the Pentagon carried signs branding President Clinton a war criminal.
Many marchers wore T-shirts or signs printed with a bulls-eye - the same symbol Serbs in Belgrade have sported in black humor during more than 10 weeks of NATO bombing.
Protesters said they felt bound to turn out for Saturday's march even though peace may be at hand. The American role in the bombing is still wrong, no matter the war's outcome, several speakers said.
Groups including the International Action Center, a New
York-based organization, and Peace Action, based in Washington, led
the protest rally.
According the the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Ramsey Clark represents the interests of the Government of Iraq in the United States. For this he receives a legal fee. With part of this fee he runs a front group for Iraq. This is the tacit understanding he has with the Iraqi Government. Clark's International Action Center was formed by pro Saddam, anti- American types who rallied thousands in the United States on behalf of Iraq. The Center later coordinated an "International War Crimes Tribunal" that held hearings in 20 countries and 30 U.S. cities attacking the United States. The International Action Center was initiated by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and is coordinated by Sara Flounders. Here are the addresses of witting or unwitting Iraqi agents working in the United States:
Although the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that Clark represents the Government of Iraq, neither he, nor his law firm, are registered as foreign agents of Iraq.
CLARK is very selective as to what he opposes. Although he has been part of studies regarding the use of recycled radioactive metals in weaponry, he wants the UN sanctions against Iraq lifted. The U.S./UN sanctions have contributed to curtailing Iraq's war effort and Clark is upset because he might not live to see Israel attacked with chemical biological or atomic weapons. That is this man's motivation in representing, encouraging, and working with, every anti-Semite that crawls out from under a rock! He is scum and anyone who believes otherwise is deluding themselves.
"Clark's recent defense of Nazi War Criminals fits right in with his support of such Arab regime's like Saddam Hussein, as both have a track record of hating Jews, Israel and America" said JDO National Director Mordechai Levy.
The JDO held a protest outside Clark's home which was disruptive and noisy. "We let Clark's neighbors know that a Nazi loving supporter of Moslem terrorists and defender of the PLO, Hamas, and Nazi SS butchers, is their next door neighbor" said Levy. "The JDO is going to war with Ramsey Clark, and is going to let everyone know in Clark's vicinity that he us a traitor to America. We did this to traitor and Moslem terrorism supporter Kunstler, and it broke him in half" said JDO spokesman Jeff Stern. "We will do the same to Ramsey Clark" he added.TRIAL OF ADMITTED NAZI IN NEW YORK
After decades of delivering potato chips in New York City and then living in upstate New York, Jakob Reimer revisited his Nazi past. Reimer, 79, admits that he was a member of a Nazi SS unit, the murderous Trawniki death squad, which emptied Polish ghettoes of Jews and sent them to their deaths.
Prosecutors from the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations and from the U.S. Attorney's Office put Reimer on trial in an effort to get his U.S. citizenship revoked. The trial began Aug. 3, 1998 in Southern District Court, the first denaturalization proceeding of a Nazi war criminal to take place in Manhattan. From 1941 to 1945, prosecutors say, Reimer played a pivotal role in the murder of thousands of Jews in the ghettos, and sent millions more to their fate in labor and death camps. If the prosecutors succeed in proving that Reimer lied on his 1952 application for a U.S. visa, they will be able to strip him of his citizenship and initiate deportation proceedings against him.
During the trial, JDO operatives followed this decrepid Nazi into the MEN'S ROOM and while Reimer was trying to urinate the JDOer's banged on the men's room stall with coins to replicate the sound of a machine gun!!! The New York Daily News reported: "A member of the radical Jewish Defense Organization followed Clark and Reimer into the bathroom and threw pennies at them Clark felt threatened." On August 17, 1998 Reimer's trial was disrupted.
The United States Department of Justice has seen fit to remove mob attorneys from cases involving mobsters so why not remove terrorist attorneys from terrorist cases? What Bruce Cutler is to the mob, Ramsey Clark is to Islamic terrorists. What motivates this man? Anti-Semitism, pure and simple. Hating Jews runs in this guys blood.
Ramsey Clark was born in Dallas, Texas in 1927. He is the son of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark. Clark served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1945-46. The reason for his leaving was unclear. Ramsey Clark earned a B.A. from the University of Texas and two graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. He worked in the Justice Department from 1961 to 1967. Clark was in the Lands Division of the Justice Department. Clark was U. S. Attorney General from 1967 to 1969. While he was USAG he indicted Dr. Benjamin Spock, Marcus Raskin, William Sloane Coffin, Mitchel Goodman, and others for conspiracy to aid and counsel draft evasion. They were sentenced to two years but the charge were overturned on appeal. He authorized wiretaps on Martin Luther King. He was part of the dirty tricks operation COINTELLPRO, which targeted the new left. Clark brought indictments against Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Rene Davis, David Dellinger and others in the famed Chicago Seven Trial. Clark authored the book Crime in America and taught at Howard University. Howard University is now a hot bed of black anti-semitism. Clark also taught at Brooklyn Law School until 1981, which at the time, was predominantly Jewish. Anti-semites have a certain fascination with Jews, and enjoy observing them. Clark will represent anyone he feels is contributing to the annihilation of the Jewish People, on the so-called left, or on the right. Clark started with the left, with the WORKER'S WORLD PARTY, because that was where the Jew hating action was at the time. The left supported the Palestinians in their struggle to anhilate the Israelis, so Clark's hidden agenda was fullfilled. Clark ran for Senator in a race between Bella Abzug and Patrick Moynihan. Because of his candidacy, Bella, a Jew, lost. Clark was the spoiler in this race. Later, after the Left in America died, Clark switched over to people with the same mentality, only with a different rhetoric, the Nazis.
In 1981 the Federal District Court in Westbury, NY stripped 67-year-old Karl Linnas of his citizenship for having lied to immigration officials thirty years earlier about his Nazi past. Linnas's crimes, the judge said, "were such as to offend the decency of any civilized society." From 1941-43 Linnas had commanded a Nazi concentration camp at Tartu, Estonia, where he directed and personally took part in the murder of thousands of men, women, and children who were shot into anti-tank ditches. A 1986 federal appeals court upheld his deportation order, ruling that the evidence against the defendant was "overwhelming and largely uncontroverted."
On April 20, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a final appeal. At that point Attorney General Edwin Meese was legally bound to comply with the deportation order. Linnas was flown to the Soviet Union and three months later died in a prison hospital while awaiting trial.
In 1986 Clark represented Linnas in an appeal which objected to the procedures followed in the deportation. Critics of Clark, including Daniel Levitas of the Center for Democratic Renewal, said Clark was insensitive to the fact that anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi groups were using Clark's appeal to buttress their claims that Linnas was innocent or that the Holocaust was a hoax.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York City accused GOP presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan of having a "history of protecting Nazis."
Buchanan "did everything he could to prevent a commandant of a Nazi concentration camp from going back to the Soviet Union and being punished as he should," Giuliani said. Click HERE for 92K WAV of Mayor Giuliani making this statement.
The Buchanan camp responded to the mayor's accusations by issuing a one sentence "The charges by Mayor Giuliani are absolute nonsense."
Giuliani accused Buchanan of allegedly trying to prevent the deportation of accused Nazi war criminal Karl Linnas in 1987. Linnas lost his U.S. citizenship in 1981 when the Justice Department accused him of being involved in the mass killings of civilians in Estonia during World War II. He was sent back to the Soviet Union in 1987 and died 10 weeks later in a Leningrad hospital.At the time, Buchanan was White House communications director for President Reagan.
Appearing on CNN's Crossfire on April 15, 1987, Buchanan defended his support for Linnas. "He's never been tried for war crimes in the United States, and if you send him back to the Soviet Union he'll be lynched," Buchanan said. 54K WAV sound
Giuliani accused Buchanan of defending other suspected war criminals, but gave no specifics Wednesday."It was not the only case in which Pat Buchanan came to the defense of people who were involved -- clearly proven to be involved -- in vicious, horrible Nazi atrocities," he said. 114K WAV sound Giuliani said Buchanan's past comments suggest he may be anti-Semitic.
Ntakirutimana was a member of the ruling Hutu majority in Rwanda, but left the country when rival Tutsi leaders took power.
According to the indictment against him by the United Nations International War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanada, as reported in The New York Times, people in the Rwandan town of Mugonero sought refuge in Ntakirutimana's church at the time of the Hutu genocide against Tutsis in 1994.
But instead of providing refuge, the Times reported, the defendant led a well-armed group of Rwandan soldiers and militiamen to the church where hundreds were killed.
His cause was taken up by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who questioned the legality of international tribunals and said the Rwandan war crimes tribunal charged the wrong man. "On many occasions," Clark says, "he offered his church as a sanctuary for people and saved lives. This time it didn't work, and people were killed. He wasn't there."
Ramsey Clark said that the Justice Department's case against LaRouche and his associates, viewed in context, "represented a broader range of deliberate cunning and systematic misconduct, over a longer period of time, utilizing the power of the federal government, than any other prosecution by the U.S. government, in my time, or to my knowledge."
Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat was ordered to testify in a civil lawsuit stemming from the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of wheelchair-bound passenger Leon Klinghoffer.
Arafat had until Jan. 12 to comply with a March 1994 order to give a deposition in the hijacking, U.S. District Court Judge Louis Stanton ruled. If Arafat failed to testify, he could have been held liable for damages.
Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. attorney general, represented Arafat, and said in a statement that negotiations are "progressing." It was not clear what the negotiations entailed, although there wass speculation the PLO might settle the suit to avoid testimony and a default judgment.
Clark stated: "At Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman's trial, what we saw in both FBI and CIA files, and this is their phrase, 'the greatest threat to the international and domestic security of the United States is Islamic fundamentalism.' Actually, 'Islamic fundamentalism' to them is redundant. So they have to convict a blind Islamic scholar of terrorism to show that Islam is, at it highest levels of learning and attainment, nothing but a terrorist concept. How could a blind man be a terrorist, what could he do? They claimed that he was the leader of the conspiracy that set off the bomb in the World Trade Centre. They have now had two trials and two convictions of the defendants in the World Trade Centre cases, and Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman's name wasn't even mentioned at either trial. He had nothing to do with it, but we have this war against Islam going on."
One of the IAC's best-known campaigns is aimed at lifting all economic sanctions against Iraq. By raising this issue, the IAC is trying to appeal to many people who have no sympathy for Iraq but who are rightly concerned that the way sanctions are currently imposed only ends up punishing ordinary Iraqis, particularly children, who are deprived of food and medicine while the ruling elite remains unharmed. UN agencies involved with Iraq believe that as a result of the way the sanctions policy has been implemented, thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians are needlessly dying every month. The sanctions policy has also been seized upon by Saddam Husayn to generate sympathy for Iraq, both in the West and especially within the Muslim world. Husayn, of course, wants an end to all sanctions so that he can go about rebuilding his war machine. From his point of view, humanitarian concerns about sanctions serve as a perfect "wedge" issue to force an end to any UN-imposed restrictions on Iraq's sovereignty, restrictions that were heightened after he violated his promise to allow UN inspectors to freely examine potential nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare sites on Iraqi soil.In an attempt to rectify the injustices caused by sanctions, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on March 7th, 2001 before the House International Relations Committee to argue for "humane, smart sanctions" that "target Saddam Hussein not the Iraqi people." A similar view was reflected in a report on Iraq from the Fourth Freedom Foundation authored by David Cortright, a former executive director of the anti-war group SANE. Cortright proposes a revised sanctions policy that specifically targets Husayn's ability to use Iraqi oil revenue to either build or import weapons and "duel use" goods while letting commercial companies, not the UN, be responsible for certifying and providing notification of civilian imports into Iraq. The proposal would also permit the ordering and contracting of civilian goods on an "as-required basis" to overcome cumbersome UN regulations.
While by no means perfect, Powell’s support for "smart sanctions" met with enormous resistance from both Congress and the Pentagon, both of whom fear being seen as overly "soft" on Iraq. Given this political reality, one would have thought that the IAC might have given at least some of Powell's or Cortright's proposals a degree of critical support, since they would materially improve the conditions of ordinary Iraqis -- something the IAC itself claims to be so concerned about -- as well as open up a broader discussion of the sanctions issue. Yet in a March 20th statement, Richard Becker, the IAC's "Western Regional Coordinator" (and a leading member of the WWP), denounced smart sanctions as a "poisonous fraud," claimed that smart sanctions were a form of colonialism, and renewed the IAC's demand "to unconditionally lift the genocidal sanctions against Iraq" which, coincidently enough, is exactly what Saddam Husayn himself would like so that he can rebuild his military machine.
The manipulation of the Iraq sanctions issue by the far left for its own political goals may have hurt the campaign against sanctions, according to Scott Ritter. Ritter, a former Marine Captain who led the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) disarmament team in Iraq for seven years, is today a leading advocate of ending the type of sanctions that only hurt the Iraqi people. In an interview with Ali Asadullah (available from iviews.com) that appeared on February 2nd, 2000, Ritter stated that one of the problems which genuine sanction critics have being taken seriously is that the issue "has been embraced by, I would say, the fringe left of the United States. . .Because the issue has been embraced by the left -- including radical elements of the left -- it's lost a little bit of its political credibility." Due to the fringe left's radical beliefs, "virtually all of what they say [about Iraq] is wrong, factually; or heavily slanted with a political ideology that most of Americans don't find attractive." When one fringe left group claimed that American policy in Iraq was equivalent to Auschwitz, Ritter told them that such a statemenot not only alienated people, but that "[it was] about as grossly an irresponsible statement as I can imagine. This isn't Auschwitz, this isn't genocide. . .This is a horrible policy that's resulting in hundreds of thousands of dead kids. But there's a big difference between the two." Ritter also said that it was almost impossible to get a legitimate debate in the U.S. about sanctions because while one side "demonizes" Iraq, the opposition views "the regime as some sort of nice little genteel Middle East nation."
When specifically asked about Ramsey Clark, Ritter replied: "I wouldn't be in touch with Ramsey Clark. . .I fought in the Gulf War. I was in that war. I know what went on during that war, and we're not war criminals. I'm not a war criminal. And none of the people I served with are war criminals. And yet he's accusing the U.S. of committing war crimes because A-10 aircraft fired depleted uranium shells at Iraqi tanks. That's horribly irresponsible. I don't want to be associated with that man. That's the kind of thing I'm talking about. He may have a point when it comes to economic sanctions, but he hasn't a clue of what's involved in modern warfare and why we targeted certain targets. . .He's grossly irresponsible in some of the things he says." Apparently, Saddam Husayn disagrees with Ritter's assessment of Clark. Otherwise why would he continue to welcome Ramsey Clark-led IAC delegations to Baghdad year after year with open arms?
"ANSWER"AND THE "POD PEOPLE"
The IAC/WWP's new group, International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism), coordinated the September 29th protests in Washington and San Francisco that drew close to 20,000 participants. ANSWER is now calling for renewed nationwide anti-war actions on October 27th.
There can be little doubt about ANSWER’s ties to the WWP. ANSWER's September 23rd press release, for example, listed as "press contacts" Richard Becker and Sarah Sloan. A director of the West Coast IAC, Becker was one of the WWP leaders chosen to give a presentation honoring the memory of the WWP’s founder, Sam Marcy. As for Sarah Sloan, "Youth Coordinator for ANSWER," she is also the "Youth Coordinator" for the IAC. Wearing her WWP hat, Sloan gave a presentation on the evils of capitalism at a WWP conference held at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology on December 2nd and 3rd, 2000. Teresa Gutierrez, another ANSWER leader, a speaker at the September 29th Washington demo and the "Co-Director, IAC," is further described in an ANSWER press release as the "co-chairperson of the National Committee to Return Elian Gonzalez to Cuba, and [as] a coordinator of the International Peace for Cuba Appeal." Unmentioned in the press release is the fact that Gutierrez is also a long-standing WWP leader who, in her March 14th, 1998 speech at a WWP memorial to Sam Marcy held in New York, gushed, "As a lesbian, as a Latina, as a woman and as a worker, I feel compelled today to express my utmost gratitude to this man [Marcy]." Yet another ANWER statement came from one Brian Becker (not to be confused with Richard Becker), a "Co-Director of the International Action Center," national coordinator of the January 20th, 2001 "Counter-Inaugural Protest" in Washington, D.C., and "a frequent commentator on Fox TV." In the WWP paper Workers World, Brian Becker is identified as a member of the WWP's Secretariat.
The WWP/IAC/ANSWER network is now pushing its own paranoid Marxoid line on the war by claiming that U.S.-led military actions against "Usamah ibn Ladin and other Islamist terrorists is really part of a U.S. imperialist plot." An IAC statement on the current crisis begins: "As the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the people of Afghanistan continues and civilian casualties mount, the International Action Center condemns in the strongest terms this latest terror bombing of a civilian population." Of course, only the most hardened leftist ideologue (or Muslim extremist) could believe that the U.S. attack in Afghanistan is a "terror bombing" campaign that is intentionally directed at Afghanistan's "civilian population" and not at the Taliban. The IAC statement then calls for opposition to "this imperialist war" and concocts a conspiracy theory blaming the "U.S. military-oil complex" for using the 9/11 attack as "a cynical opportunity" to beat its "rivals in Germany and Russia, for the oil resources of the former Soviet Union," thereby ignoring the obvious fact that both Germany and Russia completely support U.S. actions against Islamist terrorist fanatics.
Given the sheer crudeness of the WWP and its allied organizations, one would have thought that the "capitalist imperialist" press would play a key role in exposing the WWP's central role in both the IAC and ANSWER. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, ANSWER itself reprints reports from both Reuters and the Washington Post about the Washington protests that treat both the IAC and ANSWER as if they were perfectly legitimate groups. CNN's C-SPAN even covered the September 29th Washington demonstration in its entirety. Until now, virtually nothing has been written about the IAC/WWP, even in the upscale left/liberal press -- with two notable exceptions. The first was John Judis' article on Ramsey Clark for the April 22th, 1991 issue of the New Republic. More recently, The Nation magazine's UN correspondent, Ian Williams, wrote a June 21st, 1999 article for Salon entitled "Ramsey Clark, the war criminal’s best friend," which comments on the IAC/WWP. Outside of these two articles, in order to find any real commentary on the IAC and WWP, one has to turn to the left sectarian and anarchist press. Perhaps the most detailed article dealing with Ramsey Clark, the IAC, and the WWP appeared in the Lower East Side New York-anarchist journal The Shadow a few years ago, in an article by Manny Goldstein entitled "The Mysterious Ramsey Clark: Stalinist Dupe or Ruling-Class Spook?"(to which one is tempted to add "or Flat-Out Kook"). This article has recently been widely circulated on the Internet. Self-described "council communist" Lefty Hooligan has also exposed the WWP/IAC in the punk rock publication Maximum RocknRoll. In his February 1998 MRR column, for example, Hooligan commented on longtime WWP honcho Gloria LaRiva, whose "handcuffs-and-nightstick Leftism is also evident in her unapologetic support for Saddam Hussein's brutality." (This is the same Gloria LaRiva who, according to a report in the August 9th, 1990 Workers World, told a San Francisco audience that "Cuba is far more democratic than the U.S.") Hooligan’s remarks, however, did not prevent MRR from later running a virtual press release from the IAC attacking American perfidy in its misnamed "News" section. The WWP/IAC connection has also been repeatedly exposed by the WWP's rivals in the fringe Trotskyist movement, most notably in the Spartacist League paper Workers Vanguard, which in its September 28th, 2001 issue casually refers to the "Stalinoid Workers World Party" as well as the "WWP's International Action Center" without further elaboration, presumably since the WWP's role in the IAC is already so well known to fringe leftists. The April-May 1999 issue of The Internationalist (from yet another Trotskyist splinter group) devotes an entire page to attacking the WWP and "its creation the International Action Center" for serving as a "leftist front for reactionary Serbian nationalist politics." The WWP's presence inside the IAC is equally transparent to European leftists like Max Bohnel, a writer for the German Communist paper Neues Deutschland. In describing the IAC in a June 23rd, 1999 article, he wrote: "Hinter dem IAC steht die 'Workers World Party' (WWP), die den langsamen Zusammenbruch der US-Restlinken bemerkenswert gut überstanden hat." ["Behind the IAC stands the Workers World Party, which has withstood the gradual collapse of the remaining US left remarkably well."] Neues Deutschland then points out that both Ramsey Clark and the WWP have even come under criticism from other leftists because of their lack of criticism ["wegen mangelnder Kritik"] for the governments of Iraq and Yugoslavia.
Even activists on the libertarian/isolationist right like Justin Raimondo of antiwar.com have noticed the heavy hand of the WWP. In a July 2nd, 2001 column, Raimondo pointed out that Ramsey Clark "is nothing if not a walking stereotype, ever since he joined up with the Workers World Party cult that runs his 'International Action Center'." Raimondo then continues: "The WWP pod people, having taken over the body of an ex-U.S. Attorney General, use Clark as a front to push their own zealous defense of virtually every tyrant on earth, from Saddam Hussein to the black 'anti-imperialist' militias of Rwanda, to Slobadan Milosevic." After describing Clark as "positively spooky," Raimondo notes that the IAC "not only defends tyrants against US intervention -- it glorifies them as heroic fighters for 'socialism'."
Of course it should be pointed out that the WWP's radical critics themselves often promote views that are almost as wacky as those of the WWP. Nonetheless, up until now it has primarily been voices from the fringe Left that have pointed out the ties between the IAC and WWP, ties that are utterly transparent to anyone with even the slightest knowledge of the Left, but which appear to be utterly opaque to big "capitalist" media outlets like Reuters, the Washington Post, and CNN.
THE WWP: FROM KIM IL SUNG’S BIRTHDAY PARTY TO THE RUSSIAN "RED-BROWN ALLIANCE"
The Orwellian absurdity that is the WWP reaches its summit with the group's well-known love for that well-known bastion of human rights and free thought, North Korea. Longtime WWP leader Deirdre Griswold captured the sect's admiration for the world's last remaining Stalinist state when she wrote as follows in the April 20th, 2000 Workers World: "In the Democratic People's Republic of Korea -- the socialist north of the divided land -- no date is more important than April 15, the birthday of Kim Il Sung. . .this year as Koreans celebrate Kim Il Sung's birthday -- and in the U.S.-occupied south, where such actions must be taken in secret because of repressive 'national security' laws -- they will also be telling the world that they are proud of and confident in their new leader, Kim Jong Il [Kim Il Sung's son and heir -- KC], who is following in the socialist footsteps of Kim Il Sung." A frequent visitor to North Korea, Griswold regularly goes into fits of literary rapture when relating her experiences in the North. Her December 22nd, 1986 WW report on her visit to Pyongyang (entitled "A visit to People's Korea where there is housing for all") begins "What a success story!" She then describes a nation where there is "no homelessness, no hunger, no poverty." The fact that North Korea is one of the poorest countries in the world and that North Korea's population faces the threat of famine on a regular basis has somehow escaped Griswold's notice.
Ever since its beginnings as the Global Class War tendency inside the SWP, Sam Marcy's clique has regularly singled out North Korea for special admiration. The WWP's direct "party to party" relations with the North, however, only began to blossom fully after the WWP started attacking Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The WWP's big break came in May 1990, when the first official WWP delegation headed by Marcy visited North Korea "for 12 days in May" at the invitation of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea. While in Pyongyang, the WWP delegates "had the great honor of meeting and exchanging views with Kim Il Sung." The June 7th, 1990 issue of WW even included a photo op of the WWP delegates with their North Korean friends, including Kim Il Sung, who stood in the center of the photo flanked by Marcy and Griswold.
In April 1992 another U.S. delegation led by Marcy that included Sue Bailey (a WWP'er who heads the "U.S. Out of South Korea Committee"), as well as delegates from the CPUSA, the SWP, and the American Democratic Lawyers Association, again visited North Korea to attend a "Joint Meeting of Parties, Governments, National and International Organizations" organized by CILRECO, an organization that "promotes solidarity with the Korean people." (As the official leader of the U.S. group, Marcy received the North Korean equivalent of a papal blessing.) The Americans, along with delegates from 130 other countries, traveled to the North "to attend mass public celebrations of the 80th birthday" of Kim Il Sung, according to a report in an April 1992 issue of WW by Sue Bailey and Key Martin datelined Pyongyang.
While in the North for Kim's birthday party, the WWP entered into discussions with other hardline Communist groups, including a Stalin-worshipping sect called the Russian Communist Workers Party (RCWP) (Rossiskaia Kommunisticheskaia Rabochaia Partiia, or RKRP), which emerged from the anti-Gorbachev, "anti-revisionist" Movement of Communist Initiative in November 1991. On September 3rd, 1992, WW ran an article by Viktor Tyulkin, the group's top leader and the Secretary of its Central Committee. The introduction to the article explained that Tyulkin and Marcy had first met in Pyongyang during the April festivities for Kim "and [had] discussed the political situation in the USSR and the U.S." They remained in contact, and on Marcy's 85th birthday Tyulkin sent him a "message of solidarity" from the RCWP that was reprinted in the October 17th, 1996 WW. Tyulkin's comrade Victor Anpilov from the Executive Committee of Working Russia also enclosed his own message of solidarity.
Although the RCWP doesn't receive much press coverage in WW, it seems clear that the WWP has a sympathetic view of its activities. In a January 13th, 2000 WW article on Russian politics, the RCWP was singled out for its leadership role both in the strike movement as well as inside the "Communist Workers of Russia" voting bloc. The RCWP "left" is also contrasted favorably to Gennadi Zyuganov's far larger KPRF. Workers World's reluctance to devote extensive press coverage to the RCWP, however, may stem from the fact that any overt alliance with the RCWP would be rather difficult for the WWP's more naive rank-and-file members to stomach, since the RCWP is a textbook example of a radical "left fascist" group.
The anti-globalization movement was recently confronted with the problem of the RCWP after it was learned that two RCWP members were officially invited to take part in the recent Genoa protests by the international association ATTAC (the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens, which is best known for supporting the proposed "Tobin tax" on speculative transactions.) The leftist International Solidarity with Workers in Russia (ISWoR-SITR-MCPP) group immediately alerted other anti-globalization activists that the RCWP was an extremely racist and homophobic party whose members worship Stalin, campaign against black people in general and rap music in particular, issue material calling for homosexuals to be jailed, and published a party document in 1997 that blamed Russia's economic crisis on "American imperialism and international Zionism." The group also attacked Russian President Vladimir Putin for being so close to "the Jews that he ignores true Russian 'patriots'." According to ISWoR, the RCWP could be best described as "a pseudo-Communist anti-Semitic organization." At the same time that the RCWP appeals to the far right, it maintains a pro-Stalin analysis of Russia that is almost identical to the one promoted by the WWP. According to the RCWP program, for example, "The RCWP completely rejects the revisionist, opportunist, traitorous line that was promoted and adhered to by the CPSU leadership from 1953-1991, which brought about the temporary collapse of the Soviet Union in a counter-revolution. The XX Congress of the CPSU (1956) was the breaking point in the history of our country and the communist movement."
Victor Anpilov, a former Soviet journalist who became co-secretary of the RCWP in 1992 (but who broke with Tyulkin in 1996-1997 over electoral strategy), also sent his greetings of solidarity to Marcy on his 85th birthday in 1996. However, if anything Anpilov is even further to the right than Tyulkin. After leaving the RCWP, he first entered into an alliance with the notorious Eduard Limonov and his Natsionalno-Bolshevistskaia Partiia (National Bolshevik Party). Today, Anpilov is promoting a new party, the CPSU Lenin-Stalin that backs Stalin's grandson as Russia's new leader.
Kevin Coogan is the author of a crucially important study on the postwar right, Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the Postwar Fascist International (New York: Autonomedia, 1999), as well as a regular contributor to Hit List. Among other things, he wrote "How 'Black' is Black Metal? Michael Moynihan, Lords of Chaos, and the 'Countercultural Fascist' Underground," an article which appeared in Hit List 1:1 (February-March 1999), pp. 32-49.