Friday, December 29, 2017

Year of Independence Against Imperialism
Action and reaction can be said to be a law that cannot be ignored even in social phenomena.

This year has seen a sharp conflict between US president Trump’s “America First” and the developing countries’ independent stand against imperialism.

Developing countries resolutely rejected the US moves to topple legitimate sovereign states by force.

Iran stubbornly defied the US against its attempt to abrogate the Iranian nuclear deal by imposing sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani clarified the stance to cope with the US in case it does not honour its commitment to the nuclear agreement, saying that Iran would further beef up its defence capabilities by pushing its missile programme despite the US sanctions and pressure.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad exposed the aim of the US’ military operations conducted under the signboard of “anti-terror war”, calling the US troops aggressors.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros ordered the military to be fully ready to cope with the US’ potential military invasion, while the government officially withdrew from the Organization of American States which interferes in its internal affairs at the US’ instigation and declared the establishment of the national constituent assembly to counter the threats caused by right-wing forces that are backed by the US.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla announced Cuba would make no concession that does harm to its sovereignty despite the strong pressure of the current US administration.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that the US accusations against Pakistan over human rights do not tally with its reality and described the US report as a “fancy picture”.

Anti-US sentiment mounted on a worldwide scale after Trump acknowledged Kuds as Israel’s capital.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, Fatah (National Liberation Movement of Palestine) spokesman and other Palestinian officials said that a Palestinian sovereign state cannot exist without East Kuds as its capital, adding the Palestinians would launch a dynamic campaign to protect Kuds, put an end to the occupation of it and achieve national independence.

The decision of the Trump administration prompted denunciation, mass protest and rallies in Mideast, North Africa and Latin America.

Developing countries raised their voices against the US aggression moves and extended support and solidarity to anti-imperialist and independent countries.

The 72nd session of the UN General Assembly which discussed some 170 items related to international peace, security, UN reform, disarmament, human rights and sustainable development branded the US as an untrustworthy country and focused its attack on the US.

The UN General Assembly session in early November adopted its 26th resolution against the US’ anti-Cuba blockade, which won the approval of 191 member nations except the US and Israel.

The ambassador-level meeting of the coordinating committee of the Non-Aligned Movement in February raised the alarm against aggressive joint military exercises that infringe sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of NAM members, or use of force and threat, saying that they are a wanton violation of the UN Charter and international law.

The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students held in October in Russia unanimously adopted an appeal which called on the young people around the world to strengthen unity against imperialists, who are trying to dominate the world on the pretext of “protection of human rights” while engaging in manslaughter and destruction.

All in all, gone are the days when the US indulged in high-handedness and tyranny on the international arena as the “only superpower”.

By Kim Rye Yong PT

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