Mélenchon‘s Project – Will it last?

Mélenchon, Hero to France’s Far-Left, Will Not Vote for Le Pen, But Won’t Endorse Macron

The leader of a far-left movement who won nearly 20 percent of the vote in the first round of France’s presidential election, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, told his seven million voters in a YouTube address on Friday that he would not tell them how to vote in the final-round run-off next weekend.

As for himself, Mélenchon said that he would cast a ballot, and that it would not be for Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the far-right National Front, who courted his voters in a video of her own on Friday. But Mélenchon also refused to say, like the leaders of other parties across the political spectrum — and celebrities including the French soccer legend Zinedine Zidane — that he would vote for Le Pen’s centrist rival, the former banker Emmanuel Macron, to stop the far-right from gaining power.

Instead, Mélenchon predicted that forcing France to choose between a candidate of “the extreme right” and one of “extreme finance” would led to a political crisis, and left open the possibility that he would submit a blank ballot, a form of protest vote permitted under French electoral law. (Mélenchon’s platform included provisions for voting to be made mandatory, and for blank ballots to be recognized under law.)

The appeal for unity, to construct a barrage, or dam, against the rising tide of the far-right, Mélenchon said, was, in fact, a disguised attempt to force voters like him, who profoundly disagree with Macron’s economic policies, to endorse his project.

Amid fears that widespread abstention and protest votes for neither candidate could lower the threshold for Le Pen to win with 50 percent of the valid votes cast, Mélenchon’s refusal to join the sort of united front against Le Pen that led to her father’s defeat in 2002 caused anxiety to spike.

Those fears were reflected on the front page of Saturday’s Libération, the Paris daily, which tried to shock left-wing voters into casting votes for Macron by imagining a Le Pen victory with depressed turnout and a high number of blank protest votes.

They also inspired the Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Corinne Rey, who uses the pen name Coco, to predict that voters who refused to vote for Macron for any reason would be sorry if they lowered the bar for a victorious Le Pen.

“Macron is not my candidate,” the cartoonist explained on Twitter, but added a hashtag calling for a united front against the National Front.

Mélenchon’s YouTube address was released hours after Le Pen posted an appeal to his voters on social networks, in which she tried to turn the concept of a united front against her extreme nationalist party on its head, calling on voters of the far-left to unite with her to block Macron, a former economy minister who is liberal on social issues but neoliberal on economics.

Raquel Garrido, a spokeswoman for Mélenchon, called Le Pen’s appeal to his supporters “an insult to their intelligence.”

Another Mélenchon spokesman, Alexis Corbiere, icily noted Le Pen’s “despicable video” had garnered only a few thousand views all afternoon, in contrast to the message from his party leader, which surpassed 110,000 views in an hour.

At several points in the 32-minute message to his supporters, Mélenchon expressed indignation at the idea that he, or any large number of his voters, could ever support Le Pen. “Is there a single person who doubts that I will not vote National Front?” he asked rhetorically. “My opinion is displayed on all my clothes for five years,” he said, pointing to a small red triangle pin on his jacket — a symbol of communists deported to Nazi concentration camps during the French Vichy regime Le Pen and her party apologizes for.

“And besides, of the 7 million people who voted for me,” Mélenchon added, “I am almost certain that only a small fraction part will vote National Front.”

“I am not a guru, I am not a guide,” he said, standing by his refusal to endorse Macron. “I am a political leader who tries to shed light on the path,” he added, perhaps hinting that he wants to keep his new party intact ahead of the legislative elections that directly follow the presidential vote.

See also:

Jean-Luc Mélenchon should be French president. Here’s why

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Not to choose any of the Franch candidates – either Neoliberal or Neofascist!

Emmanuel Macron is the Hand Crafted Tool of the Neoliberal Globalist Elites

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: “Macron is more Obama than Obama. More Blair than Blair. A creation, groomed and glossed for this “spontaneous” bid for power by the banking class he unashamedly represents.” Off Guardian

The word is out, the votes are in and it looks like the French presidential election is following the trend in Westernized nations: it will pit continued neoliberal globalization verses breaking away toward a nationalistic populist turn. The Greeks saw it first. And then they were betrayed. The British voted to exit the EU and everyday someone over there is doing their level best to see that decision is overruled. And here in the states, the people begrudgingly elected the Duke of Orange because his globalist, lying war-monger of a “progressive” of an opponent was just too sickening to elect. But his populist facade is melting away quickly like the Wicked Witch of the West after a cold shower.

Across the neoliberalized globe, support for faux-socialist Emmanuel Macron is coming in from the elite puppet-class.

A German MP and Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, stated that the result shows that “France and Europe can jointly win!”

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert‏ also tweeted his support for Macron’s pro-EU and social market economy platform, wishing him “All the best for the next 2 weeks.”..

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, went as far as calling Macron “the hope and future of our generation.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also “congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his result in the first round and wished him all the best for the next round,” Juncker’s spokesman, Margaritis Schinas, said on Twitter. RT

Unlike his opposition, Macron will not pull France out of the EU. He will not get them off the euro. He does not support lessening sanctions on Russia. He believes Russia “invaded” Crimea. These are key policy positions that makes him the European globalist elite favor his election over his competition.

But his real appeal to them lies in his willingness to serve at home in the neoliberal restructuring of France’s economic and social structure. That’s what makes him their golden boy because, frankly, that’s what he was made for. Kind of like Obama in that regard.

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Europe‘s True Fascist in Disguise as a Democrat

Dear Marine Le Pen: Only a Fascist would Praise Colonialism . . . Oh Wait

Jessica Northey | ( OpenDemocracy.net) |

Marine Le Pen’s declaration that colonialism was a positive thing is not only a denial of France’s painful history, but an example of the fascism that we now face in Europe.

When we see or hear evil we have a moral imperative to call it out. Otherwise evil seeps into our narrative, our media, our politics and our lives. The words uttered by Marine Le Pen – France’s presidential candidate on the eve of one of the most important elections in Europe – insisting that colonialism was a positive thing, are so fundamentally wrong. To then further precise that in Algeria in particular it was beneficial is an incitement to hatred, a blatant lie and the worst form of fascism that we now face in Europe.

The actual denial of France’s painful history in Algeria goes even beyond the amnesia of British colonialism. For young French people who are denied the truth about their past, actively lied to, this is a crime. And it is particularly so for the descendants of the Algerians in France, including for the pied noir families, who were all victim to this cruel and barbaric regime which ran for 132 years until 1962.

In the May 1945 uprisings following the Second World War, when Algerians who had fought to liberate Europe demanded their basic human rights, the colonial government brutally massacred 15,000 Algerians. 104 Europeans lost their lives. Wiping out entire villages, throwing people out of airplanes in a campaign of fear and brutal repression, the French violence was a turning point in the Algerian struggle for civil rights and justice.

Between 1954 and 1962 over one million Algerians were killed during the war of liberation. The extent of cruelty defies belief. Whether reading Alistair Horne’s seminal A savage war of peace on the sheer barbarism, Henri Alleg’s The Question on the institutional torture centres (he saw the internal workings from painfully close up) or listening to the stories of the descendants who saw their parents brutally murdered, disappeared, tortured at the hands of – no other than – the likes of Jean Marie Le Pen. Like his daughter, Le Pen was a French Presidential candidate, and is a man known to have committed torture in Algeria.

Colonial Algeria was a crime against humanity – from its bloody initial conquest to its brutal end. It is a crime which Algerians – astonishingly – have somehow been able to overcome. When the French left in 1962 there was one university in the country – one in which you would not find Algerians. Today there are 48 vibrant institutions, full of students with whom I have had many interesting debates in recent years.

In the almost impossible conditions of continued French terrorist actions at the end of the independence struggle, which saw the Secret Army Organisation (OAS), a right wing French paramilitary organisation, destroying any infrastructure they could get their hands on, including burning down the national library, Algeria rebuilt a nation. The liberation movement rebuilt the Algerian identity, re-designed an education system and rediscovered their proud and beautiful culture.

Listening to this injustice and Le Pen’s degrading comments will make life more difficult for young French Algerians in particular. It will hurt French people in Algeria and Algerians in France. It will break the bonds of friendship which still span the Mediterranean between the shores of Marseille and the coast of Algiers.

Marine Le Pen is playing a dangerous, deceitful and immoral game. And it is one which will ultimately hurt France and French citizens far more than it will damage Algeria. Algerians know their history, and despite all the pain and bloodshed, can be proud of it. As my Professor Olivier Roy once told me, there is no way we can compete: Algerians have a deep understanding of French and European culture, of the Middle East, of African identity. They can adopt multiple identities, build on multiple allegiances and access a multitude of information sources. This century will be theirs if they can manage a peaceful and democratic progression which includes all of Algerian citizens in a real reflection about the future of the country.

The equivalent unfortunately cannot be said in the context of the French presidential election, tarnished with corruption, racism and lies

Jessica Northey is a Research Associate with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at the University of Coventry. She gained her PhD from the European University Institute in Italy and is a country expert with the Bertelsmann Foundation. Jessica has recently published ‘Associations and Democracy in Algeria’ (2017) with Democratization and her upcoming book Civil Society in Algeria: activism, identity and the democratic process will be published with I.B.Tauris.

This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International licence.

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Related video added by Juan Cole:

French Presidential Candidate wants to Make Colonization Great Again

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Women’s march — in Turkey

Hulya Sen; she was working as a family doctor in Istanbul before April 16, presidental referendum of Turkey, but after April 16, she resigned from her office and began a march to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey for the annulment of the referendum. Dr. Hulya Sen has said about the start of the march […]

via Women’s march — unnecessary news from earth

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Venezuelan people wants peace, stability and progress – Not violence!

It Takes a Lot More Than Votes to Govern

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Right-wing opposition violence in Venezuela

Maduro: Opposition Activists Confess Being Paid to Promote Violent Protests

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Statement: Communist Party of Turkey on The Referendum

Communist Party of Turkey : ‘There is no legitimacy of political power anymore’

There is no legitimacy of the referendum results which have been determined by oppression, fraud and thefts

Published Sunday, 16 April 2017 – news.sol.org.tr

The CC of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a statement on the devious results of Sunday’s referendum.

The statement declared Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and AKP government as illegitimate since the referendum results “are designated with tyranny, cheating and stealing”.

Reminding that a political power does not receive its legitimacy only with votes, the Communist Party of Turkey’s statement declared the celebrations of the ruling AKP government an act of “mocking” the people. The ruling AKP government has long been illegitimate with its reactionary character and practices against the people, the statement said, calling the referendum results “a confirmation of illegitimacy”.

“This election has the marks of tyranny and cheating”, the statement declared, referring to the decision of Supreme Committee of Elections to accept unsealed voting papers and envelopes as valid.

Confirming that the governing party’s ruling capability is destroyed, the Communist Party of Turkey reminded that the AKP government lost most of larger cities and city centers where no votes overwhelmingly prevailed. Therefore, ” there is zero chance for the society to accept a ‘yes’ result to be declared”, the statement said.

The Communist Party of Turkey called on the people “to unite, to act organized and not to accept ‘fait accompli'”.

A friend of mine from Turkey wrote this:

This referendum result is fraudulent. All around Turkey according to serious claims of CHP and HDP and Nationalist Meral Aksaner, about 2,5 millon votes were warped.

Already there are many videos about how many AKP officers made cheating with voting boxes. There are incredible manipulations in here. The Supreme committee of elections in Turkey about 5.30 pm, about half an hour before the voting process was over, changed very important rules on the referendum. They canceled the necessary seals of the Supreme committee of elections which needs to be on all envelopes stated that the voting paper have to be inside it. Where the votes came from are therefore, uncertain.

In the biggest three cities of Turkey – Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir – the voting figures almost equalled 30 small cities in the middle of Turkey. “No” votes were high in these three biggest cities:

Istanbul, 51,3 % – NO

Ankara 51,1 % – NO

Izmir 68,8 % – NO

Also, in the other big cities, the situation is the same, “no” votes are high, but incredible cheatings are being made.

Tayyip’s presidentship is illegal!

Ivar Jordre

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