Anti-imperialist Camp Assisi 2012

Tahrir popular uprisings at our doors
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In the first years after the formation of the Anti-imperialist Camp we used to hold an annual public summer camp in Assisi, Italy, the last one in 2004. After difficult years we revive this experience this year 2012 on the juncture of the Arab revolt and the Southern European movements against the EU crisis.

The Anti-imperialist Camp (both the meeting as well as the organisation as such) has been always conceived as a forum, as a place where anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist forces from Europe and a across the world can meet, exchange experience and elaborate co-operation. The proclaimed aim of the Anti-imperialist Camp is to facilitate the formation of a global Anti-imperialist Front.

After the half defeat of the Iraqi resistance in 2007 the anti-imperialist forces across Europe underwent difficult times.

The Arab rebellion starting in 2011, which was enthusiastically welcomed by us, in the first place did not change much of our defensive situation – different to the times of the Iraqi resistance which created a whole movement. We believe, nevertheless, that the Arab popular movements for democracy indicate the crisis of imperialist capitalism and its concrete expression the American empire. Actually it was the Iraqi resistance (together with other factors) which helped to give birth to this tendency of decline of the imperialist center.

But there is another new element: the acute crisis of the EU which evoked unprecedented popular turmoil in Southern Europe and first of all in Greece. Actually the old Greek regime is close to collapse creating tremendous troubles to the EU oligarchy. Similar tendencies are maturing in central states like Spain or Italy which even belongs to the G8.

It is this combination, the Euro Tahrir, which we want to forge. This year’s Anti-imperialist Camp is a contribution to that goal.

Video footage from Assisi

Anti-imperialist Camp Assisi 2012
Anti-imperialist Camp, Italy, 23-26 August, 2012
The Anti-imperialist Camp in Assisi was a unique event. It brought together leaders and activists of the current Tahrir movement in the Arab world, anti-imperialist resistance forces from the Middle East including Islamic ones as well as anti-capitalist forces from Europe struggling against EU oligarchy. As the main state opposing the US-led global imperialist order a university professor from Tehran addresses the gathering as well. The guiding idea has been how to come together in a global anti-imperialist front.

Following footage has been shot, processed and uploaded to youtube by Gerd Münzner, a filmmaker from Germany. We thank him very much for this great work which he provided for free.

 

Democratic revolution in Tunisia: political Islam, the left and the future of the democratic revolution

Pictures Anti-imperialist Camp 2012

Assisi, 23-26 August, 2012
25/09/2012
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Ajmi Lourimi, member of the political leadership of Enahda Tunisia
Haytham Manna (c), National Co-ordination Body for Democratic Change, Syria
Ali Fayyad, MP of Hezbollah, intervening in the forum of Haytham Manna
Greece: Petros Al Achmar, KOE; Yiannis Rachiotis, Antarsya; Mikhalis Tiktopoulos
Forum on One Democratic State in Palestine
Yoav Bar (speaking), Attia Rajab, Zaher Birawi, Leo Gabriel (r)
At the bar
Amal Ramsis, Egyptian film director, with Angela Lana, Infopal
Paul Larudee (speaking), Massimo De Santi, Mohammad Reza Dehshiri
"The Italian people on the side of the Palestinian one"
Leo Gabriel, member of the Executive Committee of the WSF
Ali Fayyad, MP Hezbollah
Italy: F. Flori (l), M. Ferro, N. De Bellis, M. Badiale, L. Mazzei
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In Assisi, the picturesque medieval town symbolising the quest for peace and friendship between Islam and Christianity, the Tahrir movements against the US order in the Arab world came together with the popular protests in Southern Europe against the starvation programmes of the EU oligarchy. It was a unique event bringing the tremendous challenges to the revolutionary movement to the consciousness of the militants.

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Resistance and democracy to be married

Results of the Anti-imperialist Camp, Assisi 2012
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Amal Ramsis, Egyptian film director, with Moreno Pasquinelli (r), AIC
In Assisi, the picturesque medieval town symbolising the quest for peace and friendship between Islam and Christianity, the Tahrir movements against the US order in the Arab world came together with the popular protests in Southern Europe against the starvation programmes of the EU oligarchy. It was a unique event bringing the tremendous challenges to the revolutionary movement to the consciousness of the militants.

A way out for Syria

Why the war threat on Iran?

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Statement in sight of the Anti-imperialist Camp in Assisi
by Paul Larudee*
Israel needs war or the threat of war to justify its value to the United States. Israel recognizes that there is no benefit for Iran to attack Israel. However, the perception of an Iranian threat makes Israel a necessary partner for the U.S. in the region, and U.S. support for Israeli military action assures that both the U.S. and Israel will be considered enemies to the other peoples in the region.

Sooner or later, therefore, Israel will need war for the sake of its credibility, to maintain its influence in the U.S., and to reinforce the siege mentality of its own population. We may also expect that Iran will be engaged in such a war either directly or through proxies, or both. Neither Israel nor the U.S. accepts defiance.

Greece: Politicizing the struggle as the main task

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Contribution KOE to the Assisi
Petros Al Achmar, Department for International Relations, KOE
After the elections we find ourselves within a new political landscape characterised by the radicalisation of the popular forces. There are four main points to be mentioned:

First of all, everything is in flux. Nothing is secure: nor the political preferences of society, neither the relationship of forces between the people and the special regime imposed by the troika despite the relieve they got from the electoral outcome.

Then there is the acceleration of the political schedules. One event precipitates the next. The privatisation of the Agricultural Bank – which mortgaged 50% of the arable land – within only one day bears witness of this pace.

Out of the Euro or a long Greek winter

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Anti-capitalist Left Co-operation for the Overthrow (Antarsya) in Assisi
by Yiannis Rachiotis
After the elections of 6th May and 17th June 2012 the parties who signed the memorandum and support subjugation, managed to form a government with the collaboration of a "left" party – a break-away of SYRIZA. Members of the new government are some of the most fanatic neo-liberals in Greece.

The government parties contested the elections under the slogan of "renegotiation of the memorandum". After the elections the prime minister - leader of Nea Dimokratia - stated that Greece will abide by its signature and they stopped speaking about renegotiation. Now they spend their efforts to collect 11.5 billions more from the people according to the troika instructions.

EU may explode (soon)

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Can popular protests be developed to size power from the capitalist elites?
by Wilhelm Langthaler
The European Union is experiencing its deepest and most acute crisis ever – both in economic as well as in political terms. We are faced with massive capital flight from Southern Europe to its centre, which is not much longer sustainable. At the same time the imposed austerity is driving a downward spiral into recession leading to mass impoverishment. Popular protests are in the making while the politico-institutional framework is at the brink of collapse. The Euro and the entire EU is being threatened, destabilising the power of the capitalist elites.

Acute crisis of capital flight

Tahrir activist and film maker Amal Ramsis in Assisi

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Projection of the award-winning documentary film “Forbidden”
Amal Ramsis
Amal Ramsis is a well-known revolutionary film director from Egypt and at the same time an activist of the Tahrir movement. She has been involved in the new opposition movement starting in the late 90s which paved the long way for the fall of Mubarak. Amal Ramsis is something like a messenger of the young left revolutionary milieu of Egypt which has been driving the situation. She has been vocal for women’s rights.

Session of the Anti-imperialist Camp
Assisi, Italy, August 23-26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 9pm

Cinema: Forbidden (67min, Arabic with English captions)
Subsequently debate with the director Amal Ramsis
Egypt between military, Islamists and Tahrir

“Forbidden” (2011) is the fourth film of Amal Ramsis, after “In Beirut there is still the sea” (1999), “Only dreams” (2005), “One life” (2008).

Haytham Manna at the Anti-imperialist Camp in Assisi

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Discuss with leaders and activists of the Syrian popular uprising
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Haytham Manna is the foreign representative of the “National Co-ordination Body for Democratic Change” (NBC) and as such one of the most vocal and prominent figures of the Syrian left as well as of the anti-imperialist wing of the current democratic people’s movement.

Speech and public debate
with Haytham Manna
Thursday, August 23rd, 9pm

The NBC is a coalition of democratic forces which are taking part in the popular rebellion under the well-known slogan of the three NOs:

No to foreign intervention!
No to militarization and civil war!
No sectarianism!

One Democratic State to be debated in Assisi

Protagonists of the Palestine solidarity will get together
by Wilhelm Langthaler
The support to the Palestinian liberation struggle always has been in the heard of the Anti-imperialist Camp. Therefore this year’s camp in Assisi, Italy, scheduled for 23-26 of August will feature a debate on the future of the Palestine solidarity movement.

Palestine: the impact of the Arab revolt, the one democratic state solution and the solidarity movement

• Zaher Birawi, leading Islamic Palestine activist, London
• Attia Rajab, Palestine Committee Stuttgart
Yoav Bar, promoter of the Haifa conference for One Democratic State in Palestine
• Leo Gabriel, member of the international council of the World Social Forum (WSF)