After 55 years of repression Indonesian workers, youth take to streets

first_imgThousands of workers and students marched and rallied in Indonesia on Oct. 7 to protest a new antilabor law. “Labor rights activists, workers and students are protesting Indonesia’s new labor law they say will undermine pay and benefits, as well as the environment. The law is part of the president’s efforts to court foreign investors in a bid to drive economic growth,” reported the Christian Science Monitor on Oct. 7.As the demonstrations spread from Jakarta, the capital, to other cities, thousands of participants, many of them high school students, were arrested. Workers protest in Bekasi, Indonesia, on Oct. 7.Police blocked the streets in the capital leading to the Parliament building and the presidential palace, after thousands of university students and workers announced plans to hold mass rallies there.“Similar rallies were also held in Bandung, the capital of West Java province, where clashes between rock-throwing students and riot police broke out since Tuesday, when police tried to disperse the protesters by firing tear gas and water cannons,” the Associated Press reported.Another AP report noted: “Thousands of workers from factories in Karawang, in West Java, and Serang, in Banten province, also protested outside their factories.”Fascist coup of 1965 Before Oct. 1, 1965, the left movement in Indonesia was one of the strongest in the capitalist world. But on that day, a military coup opened the door to a fascist bloodbath that decimated the progressive forces. In just a few months, up to a million Indonesians were slaughtered by soldiers, police and right-wing vigilantes. The Indonesian Communist Party, which had had 3 million members, was totally destroyed, along with all the mass organizations on the left.This slaughter established the bloody regime of General Suharto, who ruled until a series of mass demonstrations in 1998 finally forced his replacement. The Indonesian working class and students are now again intervening openly in their own interests. Protests in the U.S.In the United States, one of the few groups to protest this 1965 slaughter was Youth Against War and Fascism, an affiliate of Workers World Party. It carried out demonstrations and rallies and published several pamphlets alerting people to the terrible crimes that were being committed against the Indonesian people — and the role of the U.S. government in abetting mass murder.One of the pamphlets published by YAWF was “The Silent Slaughter,” a record of speeches given at a Public Inquest on the Indonesian Massacre, which was held at Columbia University on June 2, 1966. In an introduction to the pamphlet, British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote:“During October 1965 two representatives of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, close associates of mine, were in Djakarta [Indonesia] attending a conference[, where] few had any doubt about what was taking place around them. The United States Seventh Fleet was in Javanese waters. The largest base in the area, feverishly constructed by the United States but a few months earlier on the southernmost point of the southernmost island of the Philippines, was ordered ‘on alert.’ [Indonesian] General Nasution had a mission in Washington. The United States was directly involved in the day-to-day events.”In 1965, Time magazine reported that the elimination of communism in Indonesia was “the West’s best news for years in Asia.” (Shimrit Lee, “Memories of Massacre,” Jacobin magazine, June 19, 2015)Since then, U.S. businesses have become the biggest foreign investors in Indonesia. The superrich in the U.S. are growing even richer from an estimated $36 billion invested in Indonesia from 2013 to 2017, mostly in extractive industries like oil and gas, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There can be no doubt that, with so much in profits at stake, the policy makers for U.S. imperialism are already plotting to stifle any resurgence of Indonesia’s progressive movements. The movement here must be alerted to the need for solidarity with our Indonesian brothers and sisters.Deirdre Griswold’s “The Silent Slaughter” and “Indonesia 1965: The Second Greatest Crime of the Century” are available in free download at workers.org/books. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_imgAn American newspaper is qualifying for a monument from the housewives of the world. It has discovered, or calculated, that, in the course of a year, the average mother of four or five children makes the ’equivalent’ of 1,095 loaves of bread… 50 cakes and 750 pies. She also prepares meat which, if assembled, would make one or two cows and about six pigs, peels 5,100 potatoes, makes 1,200 beds and dusts on average 7,500 chairs every twelve-month. This sort of stuff makes one hungry for statistics. Cannot some baker come up with some intensely human story of the number of times a year his nose begins to itch as soon as he plunges his hand into the dough? If the trade should ever decide to answer its plague of critics, a wagon-load of distressing statistics of this kind would make the public weep oceans of tears. Really, bakers are a most unenterprising lot of fellows.last_img read more

Goalie Gilligan keeps Orange in game through 2 periods, falls off in 3rd in loss to Mercyhurst

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jenn Gilligan looked up at the scoreboard and shook her head in disappointment. The Syracuse goaltender had just been pulled from the game to allow an extra attacker on the ice for the Orange with just over a minute left to play.As the final buzzer sounded, Gilligan threw the two water bottles she was keeping with her at the net toward the SU bench.“I mean she made some good saves,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “… When we needed her she made some huge saves, but obviously they did find the net. I think there are a few there she would want back.”Gilligan played well for the first two periods, but allowed two goals in the third period as Syracuse (2-4-5, 1-1-1 College Hockey America) lost 5-1 to conference rival and No. 7 Mercyhurst (9-1-1, 3-0) on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The goalie recorded 25 saves, including 10 that came on visitors’ power-play chances.“I thought personally I did all right. Obviously I had some big saves in the second period, but four goals (allowed) isn’t great on 25 shots,” Gilligan said. “I’ve got to be better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe power-play opportunities for Mercyhurst were unfruitful, mostly due to Gilligan’s work between the pipes. Flanagan called her the team’s best penalty killer.SU received two penalties in the second period, one on defenseman Akane Hosoyamada for boarding and the other on defenseman Dakota Derrer for checking. The team was down a skater for four total minutes in the second period, but the visitors were unable to capitalize on the eight shots they attempted.One of the eight saves that was particularly skillful came when two Mercyhurst forwards were blocking Gilligan’s view of the other skaters and also the puck. She managed to react and made a high glove save on a slap shot from Lakers center Emily Janiga.Gilligan was happy with her play in the second period, calling some of the saves she made huge for the team. Going into the third period, the score was 2-1 and still very much in reach for the Orange.The one shot Gilligan didn’t stop in the second period came when her stick wasn’t quite quick enough and forward Hannah Bale flicked a quick wrist shot past Gilligan on her glove side, giving Mercyhurst its second goal of the game.Bale had a relatively clean look at the net, free from most SU defenders.“The five goals that went in weren’t all her fault,” Derrer said. “As a defense, we let her out to dry a few times.”Flanagan said that the game was frustrating and really wished to see a few more goals in support of his goalie. Possession and shots for both teams were relatively even, 30-29 in favor of Mercyhurst, but the Orange’s offense was only able to finish one of its chances. Mercyhurst finished five.“You got to score more than one goal for her,” Flanagan said. “We need more than that.”Although not explicitly asking her teammates for offensive support when identifying the reason for the team’s loss, Gilligan echoed her coach and pointed to the team as a whole.Said Gilligan: “Personally I’m not doing my job to keep the puck out of the net, but overall as a team we’re not necessarily doing our job to win games, either.” Comments Published on November 7, 2014 at 11:52 pm Contact Liam: [email protected]last_img read more

Leicester Consolidates Attempt at Maiden Title Chase with Swansea Visit

first_imgAfter stunning the Premier League with their surge to the top of the table earlier this season, Leicester were widely expected to fade away when the pressure of the title run-in mounted.But instead the Foxes, beaten just three times this term, have proved impervious to nerves during a remarkable run of six wins and only two goals conceded in their last seven matches.That blistering sequence has given Leicester a five-point lead over second placed Tottenham and put the title within touching distance just 12 months after the unfashionable club were battling to avoid relegation.Establishing the secret of Leicester’s astonishing success in Ranieri’s first season in charge has become a favourite discussion for pundits and fans alike in recent weeks.But Albrighton, 26, has a simple answer, insisting Leicester are being driven by a wave of confidence that has grown stronger each week as they realise they are good enough to compete with the league’s best.“Yes, to some extent, I would say we feel unbeatable. The position we are in and keeping the clean sheets, that is one of the main factors. If you are not conceding goals then you are not going to lose games. We have the quality up front to go and score. The team spirit is what has got us here. We have brilliant individuals, but there is no point having them if we are not going to play as a team. It’s massive that we are keeping a winning habit going. If we continue to do that everything will look after itself,” Albrighton said.However, Leicester’s remarkable charge on the Premier League title has given fans of other clubs hope that their teams can achieve a similar feat, Albrighton has said.Albrighton highlighted the applause from Sunderland’s supporters when the Foxes beat the home side 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on April 10, a victory which secured their place in next season’s Champions League.“To be applauded off by home fans is very rare and it was touching, it touched everyone, including the gaffer. Obviously, with what is going on, it is an emotional time,” the former Aston Villa winger told British media.“We are in a place no-one, including ourselves, thought we could be in. We have achieved something special. It is a credit to us. Obviously, he (Ranieri) got emotional and we have never seen that before.“It shows how much he cares and how much he has put in since the summer. A lot of people questioned it (his appointment) maybe. The relationship between the players and the manager, and the coaching staff, has just clicked into place.”Leicester host 15th-placed Swansea City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday before Spurs take on 14th-placed West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane a day later.Meanwhile, this afternoon, Manchester City will try to strengthen their position in the top four when they face Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are unbeaten in their last four league fixtures, while mid-table Stoke have failed to win any of their last three games in the top flight.As the season winds down, teams begin to prioritise games according to what competitions they remain in, and in Manchester City’s case, Pellegrini’s men are three wins away from lifting the Champions League trophy.Focus will turn to the European competition next Tuesday when they face Real Madrid at home in the first leg of the semi-finals, but before that, they have to take on Stoke in the Premier League.City’s title challenge drifted away a few months ago, but they are not yet assured of a place in the top four as they currently reside third in the standings, one point above fourth-placed Arsenal with four games left to play.Manchester United are knocking on the door as they are two points adrift of their local rivals, so City cannot switch off in the Premier League as they still need to keep themselves within the top four.The team’s form in the top flight has improved over the last few weeks as they have managed to record three victories and a draw since losing 1-0 in the Manchester derby on March 20.After earning a 3-0 win over Chelsea last weekend, City had momentum heading into their midweek game against Newcastle United, but they were restricted by Rafael Benitez’s side.City head into this weekend’s match in the fifth-best form of the league having taken 11 points from their last six matches – only Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United are in better form at the moment.In addition, the North-West outfit are second to Spurs in terms of attacking threat as they have scored 62 goals this season, just two fewer than Tottenham, who have scored the most league goals in the campaign.After his strike against Newcastle, Aguero has now moved up to second in the league’s top scorers, level on 22 goals with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. Tottenham’s Harry Kane leads the way on 24.The Potters meanwhile are on course to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season, but Mark Hughes’s men need to start picking up points if they are to put pressure on the teams above them.Stoke are currently ninth in the standings, four points behind Southampton, seven behind Liverpool, who reside seventh and eighth respectively, and nine points adrift of sixth-placed West Ham United.Last season, Hughes’s team finished the campaign in ninth place on 54 points, meaning that they will need a further eight from their last four games in order to better their 2014-15 campaign.The Potters are not in the best form of late, having recorded one draw and two defeats since sealing a 2-1 victory over Watford on March 19.Pellegrini could receive an injury boost ahead of this weekend’s game as David Silva, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are all expected to be declared fit for the visit of Stoke.Vincent Kompany is expected to play twice in five days as he made his return from a calf injury to start City’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Tuesday night.The captain came through the match unscathed, as did Raheem Sterling, who came off the substitutes’ bench after recovering from a groin injury.As for Stoke, they will be without Erik Pieters until January 30 as he serves a suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With just four matches to go and five points ahead of second placed team, Tottenham, what was generally perceived as a fairytale is fast becoming reality as surprised Premier League leaders, Leicester, continue to soldier on with the visit of Swansea. The result would go a long way in deciding the Premiership title.Ahead of tomorrow’s showdown with Swansea, Leicester winger Marc Albrighton says the shock Premier League leaders are feeling unbeatable as they march towards the most remarkable title triumph in the history of English football.Claudio Ranieri’s side are five points ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with four games left and remain firmly on course to clinch a first English top-flight title despite suffering a setback in Sunday’s draw with West Ham United.last_img read more

Lakers’ Luke Walton expects D’Angelo Russell to return vs Charlotte, but will take long view with his injury

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C >> The movement seemed graceful as Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell ran up and down the court. His game looked normal as he oversaw the offense taking outside shots and making crisp passes.Those images at the end of Monday’s practice explained why Lakers coach Luke Walton said Russell “looked great” missing Saturday’s game in Cleveland to rest his sore left knee. Those images also left Walton optimistic Russell will play when the Lakers (11-19) visit the Charlotte Hornets (15-13) on Tuesday at Spectrum Center.There marks a question that yielded less certainty. Did Russell’s one-game absence serve as an aberration or a warning sign?“Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a type of thing where he misses a game, plays a game and misses a game,” Walton said. “We need to get continuity with our players. Hopefully that’s not the case. So obviously we’ll see how the knee feels.” Injury updateThe Lakers listed reserve forward Tarik Black as probable to play against Charlotte after showing some limitations in Monday’s practice with his previously injured right ankle. Walton said Black “was hurting” near the halfway of the Lakers’ 90-minute practice. After missing five games, Black played three minutes on Friday in Philadelphia before sitting out Saturday in Cleveland despite being on the active roster.Lakers veteran forward Luol Deng also rested during Monday’s practice after he was hit in the back on Saturday in Cleveland. Walton expects Deng to play against Charlotte.“It’s important we keep him fresh on this type of road trip,” Walton said.Team bondingThough the team was off on Sunday, Walton said about seven players completed informal workouts that involved shooting sessions and games of 3-on-3. The Lakers also attended an advanced screening of “Fences” starring Denzel Washington. Russell missed a combined 11 games because of a sore left knee that eventually received non-invasive platelet-rich plasma injection. Russell then faced a minute restrictions while he averaged 11.5 points on 32.5 percent shooting and 3.3 assists in 21.5 minutes per game in the four contests since his return.Should Russell face any more limitations with his knee, Walton said he would feel more comfortable with the Lakers shutting him down until he fully recovers. “Instead of coming in and out like that, especially at his age, it’s more important to get him healthy,” Walton said. “It’s good for our guys, too, to have a unit that they know they’re going to be playing with instead of switching the starting group up all the time, which changes the second group up as well. We’ll keep a close eye on it in the next week or so and see how it’s playing out.”Nonetheless, Walton saw things play out well for Russell since his one-game absence. He spent the Lakers’ designated day off on Sunday lifting weights and completing a private workout. On Monday, Russell completed all of practice including a full-court scrimmage at the end.“He was pressuring the ball and pushing it on offense,” Walton said. “He looked really good today.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more