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Afghan Soldier Who Killed Foreign Soldier “Walked Off A Military Base With The Help Of A “Guard Who Also Absconded”
“The Pair Hitched A Lift To The Main Gate Of The Base Aboard A Military Truck”
16 July 2013 Peninsula News Paper
KABUL: An Afghan soldier detained for killing a foreign soldier escaped from his cell and walked off a military base with the help of a guard who also absconded, officials said yesterday. The pair hitched a lift to the main gate of the base aboard a military truck, one local official said. The escape raises questions about the capacity and professionalism of the Afghan army as the remaining 100,000 foreign troops prepare to leave next year. The soldier was arrested last Tuesday after opening fire on foreign troops. The soldier, from Slovakia, died and six other soldiers were wounded during the attack at a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. Officials said the Afghan fled his prison cell on Sunday. “An Afghan army soldier who opened fire on Slovakian soldiers last week has run away from detention,” General Abdul Hameed, the top Afghan army commander in the south, said. He said another soldier, who had guarded his cell, assisted his breakout and absconded with him. The pair managed to sneak off the base by pretending that the detainee was sick and needed to be taken to a military hospital, Hameed said. The US-led International Security Assistance Force said it had “full confidence” that he would be re-arrested. “We have full confidence in our Afghan partners, that they will do an investigation, they will be able to bring this individual back to custody,” said ISAF spokesman Brigadier General Heinz Feldmann. [In your dreams. T] General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Afghan Defence Ministry, said an investigation had been launched. The Taliban said the shooter, whom they named Isanullah, had links to them and was helped by a fellow soldier to escape. “To avoid trouble for him we didn’t reveal at the time that he had links with the Taliban... now that he has escaped and safely joined the mujaheedin, he was welcomed by the mujaheedin,” the militants said in a statement. A local official said the guard, a fellow soldier, and the shooter walked out of the prison and hitched a lift, asking to be dropped off at the gate. “The driver agreed without realising their identity. They walked off the base and disappeared,” he said. Songs supporting the Taliban’s armed struggle and suicide bombings had been found on his mobile phone during investigation, the official said.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Foreign Occupation “Servicemember” Killed Somewhere Or Other In Afghanistan: Nationality Not Announced
July 16, 2013 AP A foreign servicemember was killed in “a direct fire attack in eastern Afghanistan” on July 16.
Pastor Says Local Soldier ‘Laid Down His Life For Us, Now That’s A Hero’
Jun 19, 2013 By Frances Watson, KEPR-TV KENNEWICK, Wash. - The death of an American hero in Afghanistan has a Kennewick family mourning. It was the first tour of duty for Spc. Robert Ellis. He was a Kennewick Lion and joined the Army fresh out of high school. It was just a few weeks ago the 21year-old had re-enlisted for another five years. The decision was tough on his best friend. T.J. Tolliver said, “It was hard because he was one of my best friends and then for him to just not be there and just to know, that, like just to know the danger that I might not be able to see him again.” And he won’t. Spc. Ellis was killed during an attack at Bagram Air Base. His family says he was hit by mortar fire. He was one of four killed in the blast.
His pastor Bill Dupignac said, “That man that I knew as a boy in youth group laid down his life for us, now that’s a hero.” That hero had been in Afghanistan since November, expecting to return this August. He posted these pictures of his time overseas on his Facebook page. His family tells me, he was proud to serve his country. He always knew he wanted to be a soldier. His brother Jimmy said, “He taught me how to be brave like he was, he was my role model.” Ellis was an athlete with a love for baseball even at an early age. By the time he got to high school he joined the football team. He was a proud lion, earning one of the school’s highest honors as a sophomore. His mom said, “I think he was pretty proud of it, he really didn’t say much about it. I know his dad and I were.” Of course it was hard for his mother, Joelle, to speak on camera. She learned of her son’s death late Tuesday. But she wanted you to know more about who he was. “One of the things that I know for sure is that Robbie had the hope, and he is an American hero, a treasure and that will never be taken away from him,” his pastor said. His family says his belief in God and country is what drove him. The military has three days to return a fallen soldier’s body. I’m told Robbie is already on a plane headed for home. Funeral services are expected later next week here at Grace Baptist Church. Ellis was not married and had no children. A prayer service was planned for Wednesday night but was postponed until Ellis’ body is returned to the U.S.
Justin Johnson: Hobe Sound Army Sergeant Killed In Afghanistan, According To His Mother
Sgt. Justin Johnson, photo provided
06/19/2013 By: Angela Cruz; WPTV HOBE SOUND, Fla. - An Army sergeant from Hobe Sound was one of four U.S. soldiers killed Tuesday during an attack at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, according to his mother. Sgt. Justin Johnson, a 25-year-old 2006 South Fork High School graduate, was serving his third tour of duty, said Johnson’s mother, Sonia Randolph of Hobe Sound. Randolph said two officers visited the family after midnight on Tuesday, and notified them of Johnson’s death. “I knew from the solemn looks on their faces that it wasn’t what I wanted to hear,” Randolph said, fighting back tears. “From what I can understand, (Johnson) was situated at a bus stop. It was a large (military) base. Mortar came through, and he had a direct hit from the mortar.” Randolph said Johnson had been stationed at Fort Eustis in Virginia as a sergeant with the transportation battalion. He had served a tour in Haiti and Iraq before this Afghanistan tour began in December. “I am just thankful that he chose the path that he did,” said Randolph. “He didn’t stray from what he believed in. His mind was made up on what he wanted to do to make our country a better place. Serving in the military was something that he really held dear to his heart.” She said it was almost as if he had a premonition before he went to Afghanistan that he might not return. “It’s kind of funny now that I look back on it,” said Randolph. “He said, ‘Mom, these are the things that will happen if something were to happen to me.’ He kind of walked me through step by step, and we had never had that kind of conversation before. It kind of gives me solace that he knew what he was going into, but he wasn’t afraid.” Randolph said Johnson was a father of a 4-year-old little boy who carries his name on as Junior. She said Johnson joined the Army immediately after he graduated high school at the age of 18. Randolph said the military will fly her to Dover, Delaware on Thursday to receive Johnson’s body. “I’m just blessed that he was happy and willing to do what he needed to do for his country,” said Randolph. “I’m a little heavy at heart, but I’m just proud.”
Australian Special Forces Soldier Wounded In Afghanistan
Jul 18, 2013 ABC An Australian special forces soldier is receiving medical treatment in Germany after being wounded during an operation in Afghanistan last week. Defence says the soldier sustained fractures and concussion, but not from insurgent activity. He received medical care at an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) facility before being flown to Germany for further treatment. In a statement Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Ash Power, said the soldier’s family has been notified.
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Eight U.S. Military Base Workers Killed:
“The Attack Was Believed To Be The First Of Its Kind So Close To Kabul”
18 July 2013 By Adam Withnall, The Independent [Excerpts] Eight Afghan civilians on their way to work at a US base have been executed by insurgents in Afghanistan, local officials said. The day labourers were in a van just after dawn on Thursday morning in the city of Pole-Alam just south of Kabul, when they were stopped, ordered to get out of the vehicle, and shot. Their driver was spared. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is thought to be part of the Taliban’s campaign of intimidation, aimed at discouraging Afghans from working for the government or foreign forces.
Pol-e-Alam is the capital of the Logar province, a stronghold for the Taliban near the border with Pakistan. The attack was nonetheless believed to be the first of its kind so close to Kabul.
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July 16, 2013 dpa and AP & July 17, 2013 StarTribune. KABUL, Afghanistan — Officials say gunmen have killed an Afghan prosecutor with ties to President Hamid Karzai in the latest attack targeting those linked to the government. Police Chief Rahmatullah Safi says prosecutor Ahmad Wali Taheri was killed on Wednesday in western Herat province. Taheri was the brother of Karzai’s adviser on national security, Rangin Dafdar Spanta. ********************************************************************************* On July 16, Nangarhar Province’s police spokesman, Hazrat Hussain, said an Afghan police officer and an intelligence agent were killed after an explosive-rigged bicycle was remotely detonated on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Jalalabad. ********************************************************************************* Jul 17 Khaama Press Seven Afghan national army soldiers were killed following roadside improvised explosive device (IED) and militants attacks during the past 24 hours across the country. Afghan defense ministry in a statement on Wednesday confirmed that seven Afghan national army soldiers were killed in various provinces of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours. The statement further added that the national army soldiers were killed in IED and Taliban militants attacks in Logar, Ghazni and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan.
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Afghan Interpreter For U.S. Special Forces Arrested On Accusations Of Torturing And Killing Civilians:
He Says “He Was Always Acting On Orders From His U.S. Military Handlers”
“Kandahari Rejects All Allegations Levelled To Him And Links The Three Soldiers To The Killings”
In the document, Kandahari identified three U.S. special forces soldiers as “Dave, chief of the operations, Hagen and Chris” and told Afghan military interrogators that the trio had been fluent in both of Afghanistan’s major languages, Dari and Pashto. Jul 16, 2013 By Hamid Shalizi, Reuters [Excerpts] KABUL - An Afghan interpreter for U.S. special forces arrested on accusations of torturing and killing civilians has denied involvement in the murders to Afghan investigators, and said he was always acting on orders from his U.S. military handlers. Afghan authorities detained Zakeria Kandahari six weeks ago following allegations he was involved in atrocities against civilians in Wardak, a strategically important province close to Kabul. In a record of the interview being prepared by military investigators and obtained by Reuters, Kandahari said he had worked for U.S. special forces across Afghanistan for nine years, most recently in Wardak’s Nerkh district, where the allegations surfaced in February. “I was a low-rank translator and had no access to roam around inside the base, or in interrogation rooms,” Kandahari told the investigators, according to the three-page
document which carried his photograph on the front page, dressed in camouflage fatigues and a hat. The Afghan government has in the past said that Kandahari is Afghan-American, although his exact background remains unclear. In the document, Kandahari identified three U.S. special forces soldiers as “Dave, chief of the operations, Hagen and Chris” and told Afghan military interrogators that the trio had been fluent in both of Afghanistan’s major languages, Dari and Pashto. “Kandahari rejects all allegations levelled to him and links the three soldiers to the killings,” the interview document said, citing Kandahari, whose case threatens relations between the government and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), already tense over the issue of civilian deaths. Investigators said in the document Sayed Mohammad, a Wardak resident, was seen in a mobile phone video being beaten by Kandahari, who the investigator said was a senior interpreter for U.S. special forces. Mohammad was later found dead. “I also kicked him several times while I was taking him to the base. I handed him over to Mr Dave and Mr Hagen, but later I saw his body in a black body bag,” Kandahari told his interrogators, according to the record, written in Dari. Afghan officials in Wardak and relatives told Reuters earlier that Mohammad’s body was found near the Nerkh special forces base in May with both feet cut off. Mohammad first disappeared in November last year. Afghan authorities have already arrested an Afghan army colonel who allegedly handed prisoners over to Kandahari. That arrest came after the bodies of three men detained in joint U.S.-Afghan raids since November were last month found close to the Nerkh military base. Reuters has seen a list compiled by the Ministry of Defense of 18 men allegedly detained in Nerkh. The three whose bodies were found in June were among 10 listed as missing, villagers and officials said. The other eight were listed as dead.
“An Escalating Dispute Between The Afghan Government And The United States Over Customs Procedures Has Halted The Flow Of U.S. Military Equipment”
“This Week The Kabul Government Took The Unprecedented Move Of Blocking Inbound Shipments Of Fuel And Equipment For Afghan Security Forces”
July 17 By Ernesto Londoño and Kevin Sieff, The Washington Post An escalating dispute between the Afghan government and the United States over customs procedures has halted the flow of U.S. military equipment across Afghanistan’s borders, forcing commanders to rely more heavily on air transport, which has dramatically increased the cost of the drawdown, according to military officials. But this week the Kabul government took the unprecedented move of blocking inbound shipments of fuel and equipment for Afghan security forces. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction warned in a letter to Congress last month that Afghan ministries were seeking to collect nearly $1 billion in business taxes and fines from U.S. contractors — an effort that some American officials see as a massive shakedown in one of the world’s most corrupt countries. U.S. funds intended to rebuild Afghanistan, inspector general John. F. Sopko said in his June 28 letter to lawmakers, are increasingly being used to “pay the cost of doing business in Afghanistan.” With trucks loaded with U.S. military cargo piling up along the southern border, the top commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., has asked for a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week to find a resolution. But neither side appears willing to budge. The Afghan government’s demand for payment is part of a broader dispute over Kabul’s authority to tax entities from the United States, its chief benefactor. As the war economy that for years bankrolled Afghanistan’s political elite starts to deflate, the government is increasingly insisting that U.S. defense contractors pay business taxes and fines for a range of alleged violations.
SOMALIA WAR REPORTS
“Government Officials Who Are On Visit In Baidoa Commenced To Pay The
Salaries Of The Government Forces Stationed In Baidoa As The Forces Have Been On Strikes Over Pay”
18 Jul 18, 2013 Garowe Online Baidoa, Somalia Armed confrontation in Bay regional capital of Baidoa left several casualties when around three persons including the Deputy Mayor of Baidoa district were injured in a shootout between Somali Federal government soldiers and the security guards of Baidoa’s Deputy Mayor, Garowe Online reports. Eyewitnesses in Baidoa told the media that the armed confrontation was intense and interrupted the movement of people and businesses “The confrontation caused the injury of several persons from both sides, it began when the Somali government soldiers quarreled with contractors rehabilitating Baidoa livestock market,” an eyewitness said. Reliable sources in Baidoa told Garowe Online that the Deputy Mayor of Baidoa Mohamed Hassan is in critical condition and it is expected to be flown him to Mogadishu for medical treatment. The situation returned to normal although the rehabilitation work of Baidoa livestock market temporarily stopped. This incident was the first of its kind and comes two days after Ethiopian troops vacated Baidoa. On the other hand, Somali Federal government officials who are on visit in Baidoa commenced to pay the salaries of the government forces stationed in Baidoa as the forces have been on strikes over pay.
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“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. “For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. “We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” Frederick Douglass, 1852
The Social-Democrats ideal should not be the trade union secretary, but the tribune of the people who is able to react to every manifestation of tyranny and oppression no matter where it appears no matter what stratum or class of the people it affects; who is able to generalize all these manifestations and produce a single picture of police violence and capitalist exploitation; who is able to take advantage of every event, however small, in order to set forth before all his socialist convictions and his democratic demands, in order to clarify for all and everyone the world-historic significance of the struggle for the emancipation of the proletariat.” -- V. I. Lenin; What Is To Be Done
Army Declares Bankruptcy, Appoints Navy Admiral As Emergency Manager
File photo taken of an abandoned housing area at Ft. Bliss 20 July 2013 by Courtney Massengale, The Duffel Blog THE PENTAGON — The U.S. Army announced it had filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court Friday, sources confirmed. This long anticipated move follows a decade of borrowing against supplemental congressional funding to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a generous retiree pension plan and decaying on-post infrastructure. “We have attempted to negotiate with our three largest retiree unions, The Association of the United States Army, The American Legion and The Military Order of the Purple Heart. They were not willing to accept any concessions on retiree pay and benefits, therefore we have no choice but to take this extraordinary step.” said Gen. Ray Ordierno, Secretary of the Army. The Army has faced a steady decline in on-post housing residents due to a phenomena known as “Officer Flight”. Fear of gangs, drugs and non-existent public services have driven the Army’s highest wage earners off base, replacing them with lower enlisted soldiers. “They used to have three clubs and two golf courses on-post,” said Capt. Gary Krogh “They tore up one golf course to make enlisted housing and turned two clubs into spouse support centers. Plus, do you know how many sexual assaults happen? I can’t endanger my family by having them live near General Officers.”
The twelve combat brigades scheduled for deactivation will see their buildings razed, creating green spaces in the middle of many Army bases. “We are not abandoning these areas. We hope that by removing Vietnam-era blight, we can spur investors to come on base and revitalize these spaces,” said Ordierno. “We already have interest from multiple windshield-repair vendors, the guy who sells nerdy dragon-killing swords at the PX, and Korea’s largest manufacturer of fake purses.” “We are looking at all Army museums, displays and memorials to determine what assets can be sold to generate capital. The Army owns many works of fine art, useless nostalgia, and historical enemy paraphernalia that will appeal to many militias and crazy people. We will also scour unit headquarters for any trophies, punch bowls or ceremonial items that can be melted for scrap.” “We also have a lot of surplus 7.62mm ammunition and a few hundred thousand captured AK-47s. We are placing these on Ebay and will ship worldwide or have them available for local pick up in Afghanistan.” Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced that while the Army was in receivership, Ordierno would be replaced with Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III., the current Vice Chief of Naval Operations. “We need objective, outside leadership to negotiate with the Army’s creditors and make painful decisions. The Navy has proven its ability to be irrelevant yet remain funded. It is my hope that Adm. Ferguson can bring that mentality to the negotiation table.”
“Of All Persons, Therefore, The Productive Worker Has Least Command Over The Services Of Unproductive Workers, Although He Has Most To Pay For The Involuntary Services (The State And Taxes)”
“The Artisan Or Peasant Who Produces With His Own Means Of Production Will Either Gradually Be Transformed Into A Small Capitalist Who Also Exploits The Labour Of Others, Or He Will Suffer The Loss Of His Means Of Production And Be Transformed Into A Wage Worker”
“It Can Therefore Be Assumed That The Whole World Of Commodities, All Spheres Of Material Production — The Production Of Material Wealth — Are Subordinated To The Capitalist Mode Of Production”
From Karl Marx, Theories Of Surplus Value; International Publishers; New York, 1952 The performance of certain services, or the use values resulting from certain activities or labours, are embodied in commodities; others on the contrary leave no tangible results separate from the persons themselves; or, their result is not a vendible commodity. For example, the service rendered to me by a singer satisfies my aesthetic need; but what I enjoy exists only in an action inseparable from the singer himself; and as soon as his labour, the singing, comes to an end my enjoyment is also over; I enjoy the activity itself — its reverberation on my ear. These services themselves, like the commodities which I buy, may be necessary or may only seem necessary — for example the service of a soldier, a doctor or a lawyer; or they may be services which only yield enjoyment. But this makes no difference to their economic character. If I am in good health and do not need a doctor, or have the good luck not to be involved in a lawsuit, I avoid paying out money for medical or legal services as I do the plague. The services may also be forced on me: the services of officials, etc. If I buy the service of a teacher not to develop my faculties but to acquire skills with which I can earn money — or when others buy this teacher for me — and if I really learn something, which in itself is quite independent of the payment for the service — these costs of education, like the costs of my maintenance, belong to the costs of production of my labour power. But the special usefulness of this service does not alter the economic relation; it is not a relation in which I transform money into capital, or whereby the supplier of the service, the teacher, transforms me into his capitalist, his master. Consequently it also does not affect the economic character of this relation whether the doctor cures me or the teacher makes a success of teaching me or the lawyer wins my lawsuit. What is paid for is the performance of the service as such, and by its very nature the result cannot be guaranteed by those who render the service. A great part of services belongs to the costs of consumption of commodities, such as those of a cook, maid, etc.
It is characteristic of all unproductive labours that they are at my disposal — as is the case in the purchase of all other commodities for consumption — in the same proportion as that in which I exploit productive workers. Of all persons, therefore, the productive worker has least command over the services of unproductive workers, although he has most to pay for the involuntary services (the State and taxes). Vice versa, however, my power to employ productive workers does not at all increase in proportion to the extent that I employ unproductive workers, but on the contrary falls in the same proportion. Productive workers may, in relation to me, be unproductive workers. For example, if I have my house re-papered, and the paper-hangers are wage workers of an employer who sells me the job, it is just the same for me as if I had bought a house already papered: I would have expended money for a commodity for my consumption; but for the employer who gets these workers to hang the paper they are productive workers, for they produce surplus value for him. What then is the position of independent handicraftsmen or peasants who employ no workers and therefore do not produce as capitalists? Either, as always in the case of the peasant (but not for example of a gardener whom I get to come to my house), they are commodity producers and I buy the commodity from them — in which case it makes no difference for example that the handicraftsman supplies it to order or the peasant brings to market what he can. In this relationship they meet me as sellers of commodities, not as sellers of labour, and this relation has therefore nothing at all to do with the exchange of capital, and therefore also nothing to do with the distinction between productive and unproductive labour, which is based purely on whether the labour is exchanged with money as money or with money as capital. They therefore belong neither to the category of productive nor to that of unproductive workers, although they are producers of commodities. But their production does not fall under the capitalist mode of production. It is possible that these producers working with their own means of production not only reproduce their labour power but create surplus value, since their position makes it possible for them to appropriate their own surplus labour or a part of it (as one part is taken from them in the form of taxes, etc.). And here we come up against a peculiarity that is characteristic of a society in which one definite mode of production predominates, although all productive relations have not yet been subordinated to it. In feudal society, for example, as we can best observe in England because here the system of feudalism was introduced ready made from Normandy and its form was impressed on what was in many respects a different social foundation — even productive relations which were far removed from the nature of feudalism were given a
feudal form; for example, simple money relations in which there was no trace of mutual personal service as between suzerain and vassal, for instance the fiction that the small peasant held his property as a fief. In just the same way in the capitalist mode of production the independent peasant or handicraftsman is sundered into two persons. As owner of the means of production he is capitalist, as worker he is his own wage worker. As capitalist, he therefore pays himself his wages and draws his profit from his capital; that is to say, he exploits himself as wage worker and pays himself with the surplus value, the tribute that labour owes to capital. Perhaps he also pays himself a third part as landowner (rent), in the same way, as we shall see later, that the industrial capitalist who works with his own capital pays himself interest and regards this as something which he owes to himself not as an industrial capitalist, but qua capitalist pure and simple. The social character of the means of production in capitalist production — the fact that they express a definite productive relation — has so grown together with, and in the mode of thought of bourgeois society is so inseparable from, the material existence of these means of production as means of production, that the same definition (definite category) is applied even where the relation is the very opposite. The means of production become capital only in so far as they have become an independent power confronting labour. In the case mentioned the producer — the worker — is the possessor, owner, of his means of production. They are therefore not capital, any more than in relation to them he is a wage worker. Nevertheless they are thought of as capital, and he himself is split in two, so that as capitalist he employs himself as wage worker In fact this way of presenting it, however irrational it may seem at first sight, is nevertheless correct in so far as the producer in such a case actually creates his own surplus value (assuming that he sells his commodity at its value), or the whole product materialises only his own labour. That he is able to appropriate to himself the whole product of his own labour, and that the excess of the value of his product over the average price of his day’s labour is not appropriated by someone else, he owes however not to his labour — which does not distinguish him from other workers — but to his ownership of the means of production. It is therefore only through his ownership of these that he takes possession of his own surplus labour, and thus arises his relation, as his own capitalist, to himself as wage worker. The separation between the two is the normal relation in this society.
Where therefore it does not in fact exist, it is presumed, and, as shown above, up to a point with justice; for (as distinct for example from conditions in Ancient Rome or Norway or in the North-West of the United States) in this society the unity appears as accidental, the separation as normal, and consequently the separation is maintained as the relation, even when one person unites the different functions. Here emerges in a very striking way the fact that the capitalist as such is only a function of capital, the worker a function of labour power. For it is also a law that economic development divides out functions among different persons, and the artisan or peasant who produces with his own means of production will either gradually be transformed into a small capitalist who also exploits the labour of others, or he will suffer the loss of his means of production (this may happen to begin with although he remains their nominal owner, as in a mortgage) and be transformed into a wage worker. This is the tendency in the form of society in which the capitalist mode of production predominates. In examining the essential relations of capitalist production it can therefore be assumed that the whole world of commodities, all spheres of material production — the production of material wealth — are subordinated (formally or really) to the capitalist mode of production (since this is being continuously approximated to, is in principle the goal of capitalist production, and only if this is realised will the productive power of labour be developed to its highest point). On this premise, which expresses the goal (limit), and which therefore is constantly coming closer to exact truth, all workers engaged in the production of commodities are wage workers, and the means of production in all these spheres confront them as capital. It can then be said to be a characteristic of productive workers, that is, of capitalproducing workers, that their labour is realised in commodities, in material wealth.
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Police Join General Strike Against The Greek Government
Municipal police officers take part in a general strike in Athens July 17, 2013. Hundreds of Municipal police officers took to the streets to protest the closure of the municipal police force and transfer of thousands of officers. The protest comes before a parliamentary vote on Wednesday on reforms Athens agreed with its European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders as a condition for 6.8 billion euros ($8.9 billion) in aid. Among the measures included in the bill are job cuts for teachers, municipal police and local government posts. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Police Beat Dad To Death After Finding Him Sleeping On The Front Lawn:
“After The Repeated Beating By The Sheriff’s Deputies And Biting By A Deputy’s K-9 Dog, The Man Eventually Stopped Breathing”
July 15, 2013 By Rebekah Kearn, Courthouse News [Excerpts] BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) - Kern County sheriff’s deputies beat a man to death after finding him sleeping on a front lawn, the man’s family claims in court. Tara Garlick and four children sued Kern County, its Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Donny Youngblood and seven deputies in Federal Court for the wrongful death of David Sal Silva, the children’s father. Garlick describes herself in the complaint as Silva’s “life partner,” but she does not say if she is the children’s mother. The family claims the deputies used excessive force on Silva though he posed no threat to them, causing him to die of blunt force trauma. “On May 17, 2013, a sheriff’s deputy reported to a scene where a man was asleep on a front lawn,” the complaint states. “Upon arrival the sheriff’s deputy proceeded to knuckle-rub the sleeping man, causing the man to wake up in a panic. Immediately thereafter, this sheriff’s deputy, along with five other sheriff’s deputies and a sergeant, proceeded to strike this man with batons several times all over his body, while the man screamed in pain and repeatedly begged the officers to stop. “At about this same time, a K-9 dog belonging to one of the sheriff’s deputies attacked the man. Eventually, the officers hog-tied the man. “After the repeated beating by the sheriff’s deputies and biting by a deputy’s K-9 dog, the man eventually stopped breathing. Nonetheless, the sheriff’s deputies failed to immediately transport the man to a hospital despite the man’s apparent inability to breathe. Finally, after a significant delay the man was taken to Kern Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:44 a.m. on May 8, 2013.”
The family claims the officers knew they were beating up Silva were “using deadly force upon (him) without adequate cause, reason or justification,” then conspired to cover up what happened. They also claim the Kern County Sheriff’s Department sanctions the use of “excessive force assaults” by its deputies, through its policies and customs. The family seeks punitive damages for conspiracy and violations of civil and constitutional rights. They are represented by Daniel Rodriguez. Here are the defendants: Kern County, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Donny Youngblood, Sgt. Douglas Sword, and Deputies Ryan Greer, Tanner Miller, Jeffrey Kelly, Luis Almanza, Brian Brock and David Stephens. According to the Bakersfield Californian, a witness who says she was 20 feet from where Silva died called 911 and claimed her mother captured the beating on her cell phone. The witness told the Californian that sheriff’s detectives “barged” into her sister’s home later that day and demanded that her sister’s boyfriend turn over his phone. The deputies had no search warrant, but the boyfriend cooperated with them to avoid being late for work, according to the newspaper. The detectives then tracked down the witness’s mother and demanded her phone as well, but she refused to hand it over until they produced a search warrant, the Californian reported. David Cohn, the Silva family’s attorney, asked the sheriff’s department to release the videos, but Sheriff Youngblood refused because he said they were evidence in an ongoing investigation, according to the California. [Sheriff] Youngblood claimed the deputies did not hit Silva in the head and neck, but only in places allowed by department policy. He said that only three deputies used their batons on Silva. Youngblood claimed that Silva struggled against the deputy who woke him up and resisted attempts to get him to stand, so the deputy concluded that Silva was taking drugs and released the dog.
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