October: Ten Days that Shook the World
A Silent film with music, depicting the October 1917 Proletarian Revolution in Russis
Film Directed by Sergei Eisenstein, 1927
[Chinese imperialism is moving rapidly, knitting new alliances of trade, investment, security, intel-surveillance, and other challenges to the "traditional" US domination of these world relations. Finance is one of the most active arenas of this inter-imperialist contention, as this fidgety New York Times article describes, from US perspective. Significantly, the article, while focusing on the challenge to the US-dominated World Bank, does not go into the parallel challenge (to the US dollar standard) that China is making on the monetary systems of trade, investment, and credit -- raising the yuan/renminbi as the significant "alternate" currency/monetary system. The Wall Street Journal reported, "The U.K. government moved a step closer on Thursday to becoming the first country other than China to issue bonds in China’s yuan." Revolutionary people everywhere are beginning to note that the contradictions within and between imperialists are sharpening, and becoming more muscular. It won't do to focus on the US as the only imperialist to oppose. -- Frontlines ed.]
U.S. Opposing China’s Answer to World Bank
OCT. 9, 2014
BEIJING — For almost a year, China has been pitching an idea to its neighbors in Asia: a big, internationally funded bank that would offer quick financing for badly needed transportation, telecommunications and energy projects in underdeveloped countries across the region.
With the public backing of President Xi Jinping and a pledge from Beijing to contribute much of the $50 billion in initial capital, the plan could be seen as an answer to critics who have long argued that China should take on greater responsibilities as a world power. But the United States, perhaps the most vocal of such critics, especially on issues such as climate change and arms proliferation, has not embraced the Chinese proposal.
Instead, in quiet conversations with China’s potential partners, American officials have lobbied against the development bank with unexpected determination and engaged in a vigorous campaign to persuade important allies to shun the project, according to senior United States officials and representatives of other governments involved.
[A few years back, some Indian government people released a statement that "the Maoists" (which the government calls ay radical movement in tribal areas) have a lot of child soldiers. To some extent, the government in saying this is reacting to and slandering the youthfulness of rebellion. Because young people in India's tribal areas become politically active and join political movements against the conditions they have been born and grown up in, the ranks of rebellious and revolutionary movements are filled with young people. But the fact that the police force young people to leave school and work for the police, reveals what the police really think of children, as they have created an unschooled "child police" force which, one can only predict, will backfire in many ways. -- Frontlines ed.]
For India’s child police, work trumps school
Children of officers killed on duty are given jobs to provide for families, but their studies take a backseat.
Shuriah Niazi, Al Jazeera, 14 Sep 2014
Raipur, India – Children as young as five are being required to work for the police force in central India despite prohibitions on child labour in the country’s constitution.
At least 300 “child police” work in police departments across Chhattisgarh state in what officials insist is a compassionate policy to provide an income for the families of officers killed on duty. Continue reading