Monday, April 30, 2018

PET GODINA NOVOG BORCA



PET GODINA NOVOG BORCA
(Pismo radnicima u regionu i svetu)

Drage drugarice i drugovi,

     pozdravljamo vas kao urednici jedinog radničkog časopisa na području bivše Jugoslavije. Časopis Novi borac - Jugoslovenska radnička tribina, izlazi pet godina. Uslovi našeg rada su izuzetno teški: besposlica, besparica, nacionalna razjedinjenost i istorijska regresija, iz ugla tekovina radničke klase, za 80 do 100 godina. Naša misija je povezivanje radničke klase u regionu i šire a samim tim i otvaranje horizonta radničke borbe. Kao što znate prostor bivše Jugoslavije podeljen je po nacionalnim i etničkim granicama na 7 (sedam) nezavisnih država, od kojih su dve od njih, BIH i Kosovo, međunarodni protektorati EU i SAD, dok je treća, Makedonija, sa nepriznatim međunarodnim imenom i sa perspektivom unutrašnje etničke podele po receptu BIH. Od četiri preostale države, dve su članice EU – Slovenija i Hrvatska – Slovenija unutar a Hrvatska izvan Šengena – a dve države su kandidati za prijem: Srbija i Crna Gora... Slovenija, Hrvatska i Crna Gora su članice NATO a pred vratima je Makedonija i verovovatno i Kosovo. Srbija je proglasila nekakvu neutralnost što u praksi znači da ima jednog gospodara više: pored onih iz USA, EU i NATO još i Rusiju.

      U devastiranom regionu koji se diči novim imenom Zapadni Balkan, zvanična nezaposlenost kreće se između 15% i 40% a prosečne plate kreću se od zemlje do zemlje između 350 i 450 eura.

      Radnički pokret u Post-Jugoslaviji je podeljen, oslabljen i obespravljen, izmučen godinama ratova i krizra, pritisnut sa jedne strane mafijskim poslodavcima i državom a sa druge strane oportunističkom levicom koju, kroz razne oblike finansiranja, nameću međunarodni gospodari podeljenog Balkana. U celoj regiji ne postoji ni jedna partija koja brani interese radnika. Organizovani radnički pokret je desetkovan, u njemu teško možemo naći išta socijalistično. Ipak radnici koje je staljinizam ostavio na cedilu bili su sposobni za razne oblike otpora putem svoje samoorganizacije. Upamtiće se dugotrajna rovovska borba radnika Jugoremedije iz Zrenjanina, koja je prošla kroz različite faze i oblike – praktično sve oblike borbe sem direktnog napada na vlast u Beogradu – a takođe i revolucionarni plamen, koji su zanetili radnici pet tuzlanskih fabrika u boju protiv privatizacije, koji se raširio po celoj BIH i u kome je izgorela i tadašnja vlada kantana Tuzla.

    Novi borac nastao je zahvaljujući radničkom povezivanju sa drugovima u Evropi i SAD koji neguju marksističke tradicije radništva. Ova saradnja, iako je mnogo obećavala, spotiče se o novonastale frakcijske podele a ove su uvek izraz nedostatka demokratije. Na žalost, i one frakcije marksistički opredeljenog radništva koje uzimaju demokratiju za svoju oznaku, gaje birokratske odnose kojima dominiraju sklonost ka negativnoj selekciji saradnika (podržava se „poslušnost“), uzvišenost i zagledanost u sebe, kao i odbacivanje bilo kakvog dijaloga; iz takvih odnosa provejava hladni stil rada Kominterne. To je naša stvarnost koja nas neće sprečeti da i dalje služimo interesima radnika. Od nedavno je uspostovljen naša Fejsbuk stranica sa kojom pokušavom da se aktuelnije uključujemo u događaje važne za radničku borbu. Nadamo se uspesima druge petoletke!

Uredništvo


FIVE YEARS OF THE NOVI BORAC



FIVE YEARS OF THE NOVI BORAC
(A Letter to the Workers in the Region and the World)
Dear comrades,
     Let us greet you as editors of the only workers' magazine on the territory of former Yugoslavia. The magazine Novi Borac – Yugoslav Workers' Tribune has been published for five years. The conditions of our work are extremely difficult: lack of jobs, lack of money, national disunity and historical regression, regarding the working class, are for 80 to 100 years. Our mission is to connect the working class in the region and beyond thus opening up the horizon of the workers' struggle. As you know, the territory of former Yugoslavia is now divided by the national and ethnic borders into 7 (seven) independent states with two of them (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo) as international protectorates of the EU and USA while the third one, Macedonia, is under an unacknowledged international name facing, at the same time, the perspective of inner ethnic division following the model of BIH. As for the four remaining states, two of them are EU members, Slovenia and Croatia – with Slovenia being within while Croatia outside Schengen zone - while two remaining states are candidates to join EU, Serbia and Montenegro. Moreover, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro are members of NATO while at the door are Macedonia and probably Kosovo. Serbia has proclaimed a kind of neutrality which practically means that, on the top of the USA, EU and NATO, it has one more master, namely, Russia.
     In the devastated region boasting a new name of the Western Balkans, the official unemployment rate is between 15% and 40% while the average wages differing from one country to another are within the range of 350 to 450 euro.
    The workers' movement in Yugoslavia is disunited, weakened and disempowered, worn out by the years of wars and crises, pressed, on the one hand, by mafia employers and state while, on the other, by the opportunistic left which is, through various forms of financing, imposed by international masters of the divided Balkans. In the whole region there is no party whatsoever that is defending workers’ interests. The organized workers’ movement is decimated; hardly anything socialist can be found in it. Yet, the workers left in the lurch by Stalinism were capable of different forms of resistance thanks to their self-organization. Long will be remembered many years of trench battle of the workers of Jugoremedia from Zrenjanin; their struggle has passed through different phases and forms – practically all the forms of fighting except for a direct attack upon the government in Belgrade. Worth remembering is a revolutionary flame fueled by the workers of five factories from Tuzla in their struggle against privatization; it spread all over BIH engulfing also the then-government of the Tuzla Canton.
     The Novi borac came into being thanks to the workers’ networking with their comrades in Europe and the USA who still cherish the Marxist traditions of labor. This cooperation, though it promised a lot, now stumbles upon the newly-founded fractional divisions which are always manifestations of the lack of democracy. Unfortunately, even those fractions of the Marxist-oriented working class that proclaim themselves as democratic nourish bureaucratic relations dominated by a tendency towards negative selection of associates (upholding servility), haughtiness and self-centeredness as well as rejection of any kind of dialogue; it is in this kind of relationships that a cold working style of the Comintern is still felt. This is our reality that will not prevent us from serving the interests of workers. Of recent date is our Facebook page supporting our attempts to engage more actually in the events of relevance for the workers’ struggle. Looking forward to successes of the second five-year plan!
Editorial Board

Sunday, April 29, 2018

LEVICA ILI AGENTURA? (Putinov izazov Soroševoj "levici" u Sloveniji)



LEVICA ILI AGENTURA?
(Putinov izazov Sorošovoj "levici" u Sloveniji)

        Slovenija se približava prevremenim izborima, koji će se održati 3. juna 2018. I na ovim izborima pokazaće se nedostatak marksističke levice tj. levice koja svoju politiku gradi na klasnoj borbi radnika, umesto na agenturi tuđih centara moći. Međutim, određeni demokratski pomak je ipak napravljen. Ako je ranije levica bila rukovođena jednim centrom moći - onim liberalnim (Soroš i Die Linke, odnosno Rosa Luksemburg Stiftung i Open Society Fondation) koji je u direknoj sprezi (kao neka vrsta placebo terapije) sa onim silama koje su razbile ne samo Jugoslaviju i Balkan, već i celi svet - sada se pojavljuje levica povezana sa Putinom: Socijalistička partije Slovenije, na čelu sa izvesnim mladim "socijalistom" koji se odaziva na ime Tadej Trček (navodnice kod "socijalista" su zato što je za pretpostaviti da je Tadej, o kome se nema baš nikakvih podataka, toliko "socijalista" koliko je njegov kolega Soroševac, Luka Mesec - "levičar"). Naravno obe levice su populističke i ne treba ozbiljno shvatati njihove nazive, koji su tu samo zato da posluže kao maska i nemaju veliki demokratski a kamoli radnički kredibilitet.
         Takozvana Socijalistička stranka Slovenije (SPS) bila je ustanovljena na Dan mladosti, 25. maja, 2016, u Titovoj vili na Bledu (ne u fabrici, i ne među radnicima) u prisustvu 45 članova partije (u Sloveniji je potrebno 200 potpisa punoletnih osoba da bi se registrovala stranka). Poređenja radi sa ozbiljnim svetom, kod osnivanja male izvanparlamentarne Partije nezavisnih radnika u Francuskoj, bilo je sakupljeno više od 10.000 potpisa radnika koje je stranka reprezentovala). Od dosadašnjih "socijalističkih" aktivnosti članovi SPS istakli su se nošenjem crvenih zastava, negovanjem cveća ispred spomenika, slikanjem sa ruskim uniformisanim veteranima i posetom Kumrovcu. Sve ovo ne bi bio razlog da se napiše tekst, da ne postoji u njihovom tzv. "programu" jasan i odsečan zahtev da Slovenija napusti EU i NATO. Po našim saznanjima, do sada ni jedna relevantna politička stranka nije imala ovaj zahtev na prvom mestu svojih planova i to je vredno pažnje.
           Međutim, na primeru Grčke i Britanije, videli smo da nije isto da li je istup zemlje iz EU -institucije nadvlade Evropom američkih finansijskih franšiza- rezultat radničke borbe ili rezultat interesa krupnog kapitala. Greksit kao izraz radničke borbe slomio bi EU (i zato nisu smeli da ga dozvole ni po koju cenu) dok je Breksit o kome se dogovaraju elite beznačajna stvar. Ako je dakle izlazak Slovennije iz EU i NATO samo zastupanje Putinovih interesa a ne predmet radničke borbe, onda je to sa stanovišta radničkog pokreta i u ovom slučaju beznačajna stvar. Postoje i stvari koje nisu sjajne a koje prate Putinovu borbu protiv liberalizma: ksenofobija i homofobija u retorici Socijalističke partije Slovenije. Doduše nemački nacional-socijalisti su sebe takođe smatrali socijalistima ali izvesno je da mržnja prema drugačijem od sebe (dakle rasizam) ne može biti smatrana tekovinom radničke borbe - i u tome se vidi otuđenost Trčkovog "socijalizma" od radničkog pokreta.
             Međutim, imati Putina za prijatelja može biti odlična stvar. Može se na primer slobodno govoriti da je Janša nemački agent koji je za interese Zapada, zajedno sa agentima Pučnikom i Šircom, razbio Jugoslaviju (na ovom mestu treba se setiti još jednog, malo većeg agenta: Miloševića, prim. red.). Ne samo da Janša nije tužio sudu Trčeka zbog takvih izjava, nego nesme ni da pisne; pravi se da ih nije ni pročitao. Za utrđivanje i iznošenje političkih istina potrebna su jaka leđa. U tom smislu čini se da je slobodno iznošenje važnih političkih podataka u slovenačkom političkom prostoru, rušenje, dakle, monopola nad istinom a sa tim i demokratizacija političkog prostora, i diskreditacija slovenačkih političkih laži a posebno laži liberalne (Soroševe) levice, najvažnija misija Socijalističke partije Slovenije. Ta misija uopšte nije mala jer donosi neophodan kiseonik potreban za disanje u jednom malom, zagušljivom i dobro kontrolisanom političkom prostoru. To do sada još nikom nije uspelo iako su se mnogi kitili zaslugama za demokratiju, pa je čak i Soroš zakićen slovenačkim državnim ordenom, a ime nemačkog agenta Pučnika nosi aerodrom na Brniku. Zbog toga će možda na predstojećim izborima i neki ozbiljni marksisti ove Putinove "socijaliste" podržati iako bez iluzija o njihovoj ulozi u radničkoj borbi.

NOVI BORAC INTERNATIONAL

Saturday, April 28, 2018

SLOVENIAN LEFT OR FOREIGN POWERS AGENCY?

 
SLOVENIAN LEFT OR FOREIGN POWERS AGENCY?
(Putin's challenge to Soros's "left" in Slovenia)
         

          Slovenia is approaching the early elections, which will be held on June 3, 2018. In these elections, a lack of the Marxist left will be evident again, ie, there is no left that builds its politics on the class struggle of workers, rather they are servicing and advocating different power centers. However, a certain democratic shift was nevertheless made. If the former situation on the left was led by one center of power - those liberal (Soros and Die Linke, or Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and the Open Society Foundation), who is in direct coupling (like some kind of placebo therapy) with those forces that broke not only Yugoslavia, the Balkans and Eastern Europe but also the whole world - now a left-wing aligned with Putin emerges: the Socialist Party of Slovenia, headed by a certain young "socialist" who responds to the name Tadej Trček (the quotation in the "socialists" is because it is supposed that Tadej, who has appeared from thin air, is as much a "socialist" as Soros's colleague, Luka Mesec, is "leftist"). Of course, both parties are populist and we do not need to seriously grasp their names, which are here only used to serve as a mask and do not have a large democratic, let alone a workers' credibility. 

        The so-called Socialist Party of Slovenia (SPS) was founded on the Day of Youth (Tito's birthday) on May 25, 2016 in Tito's villa in Bled (not in the factory, and not among workers) in the presence of 45 party members (in Slovenia, 200 signatures of adult persons are needed to register a political party). Comparisons with a more serious world: with the establishment of a small non-parliamentary Independent Workers Party in France, more than 10,000 signatures of workers represented by the party were collected). The so-called "socialist" activities of the SPS members (presented on the blog) until now were occasionally wearing red flags, nursing flowers in front of the monuments, taking photos together with Russian uniformed veterans and visiting Kumrovec (Tito's birthplace). All of this would not be a reason to write a comment but in their so-called "program" is a clear and accentuated demand that Slovenia leave the EU and NATO. To our knowledge, so far, no relevant political party has had this request as a primary goal and that is why it is worth of special attention. 
        However, on the example of Greece and Britain, we have seen that it is not the same whether the country's exodus from the EU – an institution of dominating Europe by American financial franchises – as the result of a workers' struggle or a result of an agreement of the elite. Grexsit, as an expression of a workers' struggle, would break the EU (and therefore they should not have allowed it at any price), while Brexit, on which the elites agree, is an insignificant thing. If, therefore, the exit of Slovenia from the EU and NATO is only the advocacy of Putin's interests, and not the subject of a workers 'struggle, then it is an insignificant thing from the point of view of the workers' movement. There are also more insidious things that follow Putin's struggle against liberalism: xenophobia and homophobia in the rhetoric of the Socialist Party of Slovenia. However, the German National Socialists also considered themselves socialists, but it is certain that hatred towards different kinds of human being (that is, racism) can not be regarded as the course of a workers 'struggle - and this shows the alienation of Trček's "socialism" from the workers' movement. 
         However, Putin's friendship can be a great thing as well. For example, it can be freely said, under his umbrella, that Janša (right-wing leader) is a German agent who, for the interests of the West, along with agents Pučnik and Širca, broke Yugoslavia (at this point one should remember another, a little bigger foreign agent: Milošević). Not only that Janša did not sue Trček's in the court for such statements, but he is totally silent; he pretends he has not ever heard of it. A strong backbone is needed to consolidate and expose political truths. In this sense it seems that the free flow of important political data in the Slovenian political space, the demolition of the monopoly over the truth, and therefore the democratization of political space, and the discrediting of Slovenian body political lies, and, in particular, the lies of the Liberal (Soros's) Left, is the most important mission of the Socialist Party of Slovenia. This mission is not at all small because it brings the necessary oxygen needed for breathing in a small, stifling and well-controlled political space. So far, no one has succeeded in it, although many have merited recognitions for their contribution for democracy, so even Soros was decorated by the Slovenian state order, and the name of the mentioned German agent Pučnik is branded on the airport of Brnik. Therefore, in the upcoming elections, some serious Marxists may support these Putin "socialists", even without the illusions of their role in the workers' struggle. 

NOVI BORAC INTERNATIONAL


Thursday, April 19, 2018

EUROPEAN ENDEMIC RACISM FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF GLOBAL MEDICINE-On the Case of Criminalization of the Erased and Migrants

EUROPEAN ENDEMIC RACISM FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF GLOBAL MEDICINE – On the Case of Criminalization of the Erased and Migrants
Dimitar Anakiev, dr.med
Doctors for Asylees (DfA), Slovenia

Abstract: The manifestations of racism in medical practice and medical relations we find in Slovenia since 1991 up to the present day. The examples we have mentioned in the text tell us, on one hand, that racism is a serious social illness, and, on the other hand, that there is no place for racism in medicine. The abuse of medicine for political purposes is not only specific for Slovenia but can also be found in many countries of the European Union.

At the time when I received an invitation to submit a paper for the Conference of the Peace Institute in Ljubljana I was preoccupied with the dilemma whether to join a humanitarian medical mission in Bangladesh. I studied the situation in the country in which, fleeing from violence, 809.000 refugees from Myanmar “got aground”. Very soon I understood that the situation in the Cox’s Bazar district, otherwise a very well known tourist destination, was not only unfamiliar to me but, from the viewpoint of my own culture, also something I cannot even imagine. For example, 92% of the population has no access to potable water; only 0,36% doctors are available per 1000 people; the state pays for only 7,8% of medical services to its population while 43% of the population are malnourished. To this picture, we should further add endemic cholera. I also realized that this shocking situation is a result of socio-historical circumstances, in much the same way as it is the case, in our region, in a large part of Europe, with racism. To Bangladesh its historical development brought cholera while our historical development brought us racism. I dare say that racism in these areas is an endemic phenomenon caused by historical development. I will explain what that means by the example of the erased and migrants.
The real problems with racism start when it gets institutional confirmation which means when it grabs power. In Slovenia the institution of racism started with erasing 25.000 Yugoslavs from the official records as done by the government of Slovenia in 1992, that is, less than a year after gaining independence from Yugoslavia (1). Until the sentence of the European Court of Human Rights (2) all the governments of Slovenia and a great part of politics considered this racist act as a state-forming one while a part of the politics and the “deep state” still think so and so they behave as well. Paradoxically, and of special interest for us, doctors, the one that leads the way in the violation of human rights, till the present day, is the Medical Chamber which consistently places politics over profession, thus daring not only to disregard the Geneva Conventions but to openly violate the domestic legislature. Many doctors were criminalized and drastically sentenced for being loyal to their patients instead of politics (3). The sentences were their “deletion” from the population register by the state organs, not gaining a medical license and annulment of their specializations by the Medical Chamber.
Regardless of its having signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all the accompanying documents and other laws regulating human rights, Slovenia continued with mass violation of human rights immediately after joining the EU. It is the case of denying the right to medical care to the seekers of international protection (asylum). The first Asylum Act in independent Slovenia was brought by Drnovšek’s government in 1999 and this Asylum Act recognizes the right of seekers to the basic medical care (Article 43). Already Janša’s government in 2006 brought new asylum legislature which denied the given elementary human right and allowed only for urgent medical help (Article 46). Ten years later Cerar’s government confirmed Janša’s violation of human rights (Article 86) while Slovenian politics decided that the Cerar’s legislature finally brought Slovenia’s legislature into full accordance with that of the European Union (4). This allegation is not completely groundless. Regarding all the EU members in the region, similar legislatures have Croatia and Hungary but not Bulgaria which recognizes the right to the basic health care (Art. 29 of 2007 Act). Still, the respect of migrants and asylees’ right to health protection is an exception. In Britain these rights are respected unlike in Germany and France. Italy, Spain and Greece improved their legislature after the migrant crisis and enabled health protection. Some European states such as Belgium have numerous additional acts and royal decrees providing for all migrants, not only to asylum seekers, exceptionally good opportunities for medical protection. Practice, yet, shows that in the constitutionally multicultural Belgium, despite positive legislature, developed cultural mediation and care on the part of the whole society – including engagement of the greatest humanitarian organizations such as Red Cross and Caritas that, in Slovenia, do not participate at all in taking care of the medical protection seekers – the overall health care is realized by only 14% of migrants (5). A complicated medical care system and cultural barriers are themselves a great obstacle that does not need any additional legal restrictions at all. Obviously, so far as international protection seekers are concerned, the legal restrictions in Slovenia and other countries aim at deterring seekers and precluding international protection since the decisions about protection are waited upon for many years and in such a long period of time it is not possible to be without basic health care. These restrictions mostly strike the most vulnerable ones.
At the same time it should be said that Slovenia with 2,52 doctors per 1000 inhabitants thus overcomes the USA and Japan in the relative number of doctors; hence, somewhat over 1300 asylum seekers annually as were registered in 2016 and 2017 in Slovenia represent no burden for a developed health care system. Only one municipality in Slovenia, Ilirska Bistrica, relatively underdeveloped, with 15.000 inhabitants and one medical center with a dozen of doctors, starting from 1998, had no problem in treating 5.000 refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina. What problem can then represent 1,300 seekers in the whole state? If we look back further, we can see that in 2015 there were only 277 asylum seekers while in 2013 there were 272. At the time when Janša’s government brought its restrictive law, the problem of asylum practically did not exist. Evidently the legal restriction of human rights has as its main task to keep alive racism as the ruling ideology; it is the matter of political action that Janša obviously found interlocutors for in the EU while Dr. Drnovšek in 1999 needed not such actions and ideology in order to rule.
The restrictive legislature regarding asylum seekers is not only criminalization of asylees and migrants but it is also criminalization of the doctor who gives help to an asylum seeker. All the doctors who had worked with migrants and asylees could feel this criminalization on their own skin. To give help to someone against the law is neither a small nor simple matter. Who should the doctor be loyal to: to the law or to the patient? Should the doctor cooperate with the government that violates human rights en masse? Should he rebel or fall silent? A standard recessive pseudo-professional opinion that can be heard at every step in Slovenia is that “the doctor should not get involved in politics.” This opinion is promoted by doctors-careerists given political positions who are in fact advocating for the primacy of politics in medicine for the sake of their own benefits. The truth is entirely different: the doctor is an advocate of the patient’s rights and is obliged to warn about their violations. These are the dilemmas of essential importance for medical profession; the notion of Dual Loyalty that is more and more often frequent in the modern society is contrary to the basic dictum of the profession: namely, that the doctor is loyal solely and only to the patient. This dictum is regulated, since ancient times, by the professional codes such as Hippocratic Oath or, in modern times, the International Code of Medical Ethics of the World Medical Association. The above-given example of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia has shown us the way primitive communities, that take racism as the basis of their activities, punish the doctors who regard the loyalty to the patient as more important than that to politics. However, the example of the Medical Chamber of Slovenia is not unique in the world regarding the violations of the basic rules of medical profession. Under the apartheid rule in the South African Republic the medical profession completely adapted itself to the rule of racism. I repeat: under the apartheid rule in the South African Republican the medical profession completely adapted itself to the rule of racism! This means that the doctors adopted the rule of racism in their professional work! That is why in the year of 2000, in Durban, in the Republic of South Africa, there was a world conference held on the issue of “dual loyalty” in medicine in which the participants included over 56 experts – doctors from all over the world – with the intention to explain and stop further spread of this, in terms of medical profession, unacceptable (and inconceivable) practice (6). Apparently, we in Slovenia will also have to organize a conference like the Durban one due to very similar practice in our country.
At the time when our racists fortified their bunkers, medical organizations in the developed world published their attitudes towards human rights of asylees, refugees and migrants and in this way, they, relying on the power of their authority, dictated to politics the civilization norms that it was not allowed to violate. One of the most comprehensive such documents is the statement of the Australian Medical Association about the rights of asylum seekers and refugees (7).
In our region the medical organization of relevance have remained silent and persistently subjected to politics – not only these that stood out earlier due to mass violation of human rights such as the Medical Chamber of Slovenia but also the organizations that are apparently entirely professional such as the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH). During our humanitarian work (DfA) we have incessantly warned of a series of health problems that asylum seekers are facing in Slovenia (starting from chronic malnutrition to barrack accommodation and dislocation). And yet, the NIPH, though these problems fall into its field of action, in none of these cases reacted; it seemed as if the public health of asylum seekers did not concern them at all. They showed up and intervened when there were no medical indications for this: they vaccinated a Kurd child from Syria against morbilli, seven days after the child was, due to morbilli, discharged from a hospital in Greece and came to Slovenia afebrile and with developed immunity like all those who got over the disease; that is why additional immunization was, to put it mildly, completely nonsensical. The very action went on like this: the media were informed that in the Asylum Home there was a child from Syria sick from morbilli. When the atmosphere of fear was created, they came in a large number and saved the nation from danger: by unnecessary vaccination. They vaccinated each and everyone who happened to be there including some wretched Cubans, security service, social workers... That is how they left a strong media impression about their being saviors of their nation from dangerous migrants who come to us every day and threaten us with various diseases. We have explained this case of unnecessary vaccination and posted it on our Internet blog but, of course, not anyone from the NIPH was held responsible for this fake medical (media) action though, logically, someone will have to (8).
The deprivation of the migrants in the EU of the right to health was an issue dealt with by many research studies even before the last migrant wave took place in 2015. The classical work on the subject is a book (dating 2011) by a group of authors led by the sociologist Bernd Rechel from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The book entitled Migration and Health in the European Union was also signed by the government of the Republic of Slovenia in joining this project (9). Explicitly it says in the book that many EU countries abuse medicine for the purpose of dissuading migrants from settling in their countries. Racism is, therefore, concerning all that has been said, a normal political means in the EU. It also says that the EU members were called upon many times, by two Secretaries General of the UN, Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, to pass the laws that would prevent any violation of human rights in the domain of health care but this has not taken place so far. Quite the contrary: we are witnessing increasing and ever more present racism in the European society.
This short survey I would like to conclude with an example from the humanitarian practice of the DfA. Some time ago I wrote a text about our humanitarian work for a monthly. I mentioned, without telling her name but only specialization, a female doctor from a health center in the province that had helped us with her pro bono work in the cases of much needed diagnostics. Soon the editor phoned me and said, „You must not write things like this, do you know what might happen to her? At least her car, when parked in front of the health center, will have her tires cut or the windsheet broken. And she might get fired. And God knows what else may happen...“. I had to hide all the facts including the name of the health center and the doctor's specialization. Moreover, her gender I also hid and I just wrote „doctor“, so that no shadow of a doubt could be cast on her. Therefore, we are living in a society in which help given to a certain man, or a certain kind of man, could be severly punished. This is typical for the rule of racism. It is not fully public as it was in Hitler's state but it is sufficiently powerful to induce a real fear in the majority of people. Probably that is why many of the doctors who are helping us want to remain anonymous; we understand that. On the other hand, people are willing to help. Racism is not a state of human soul; this is politics led in order to grab power and for personal gain. That is why when speaking about endemic racism in Europe we should underline that this phrase means only a certain political continuity – sometimes on the margin and sometimes in the center – that is incessantly rehashed by certain political circles. The manifestations of racism in medical practice and medical relations we find in Slovenia since 1991 up to the present day. The examples we have mentioned in the text tell us, on one hand, that racism is a serious social illness, and, on the other hand, that there is no place for racism in medicine. The abuse of medicine for political purposes is not only specific for Slovenia but can also be found in many countries of the European Union.

SOURCES AND REFERENCES:

  1. Jasminka Dedić, Vlasta Jelušić and Jelka Zorn, The Erased, 2003, Mirovni inštitut, Ljubljana
  1. Nel Vandevannet, Director of the Belgian Mission of Medecins du Monde, Welcome Speech at the National Congress of the Belgian section of the MdM, February 2017, Brugge, Belgium
  2. Dual Loyalty & Human Right in Health Professional Practice, 2002, Physicians for Human Rights and School of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Cape Town
    Bernd Rechel, Migration and health in the European Union, 2011, Open Universyty Press, Berkshire, England
  1. VACCINATION IN ASYLUM HOME AGAINST MEASLES BY THE NIJZ (National Public Health Institute), WAS NOT REALLY NEEDED: http://zdravniki4azilante.blogspot.si/2017/07/vaccination-in-asylum-home-against.html
  2. Bernd Rechel, Philipa Mladovsky, Walter Deville, Barbara Rijks, Roumyana Petrova – Benedikt, Martin McKee, 2011, Migration and Helth in the European union, Open University Press, Berkshire, England.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

PODRŠKA GRAĐANIMA ZRENJANINA



 
Drage drugarice i drugovi, građanke i građani Zrenjanina,

čak do Slovenije došao je glas o pritiscima crkve i tajkuna da se promeni slobodarsko ime vašeg grada. Čestitamo Vam na slozi da se ime Žarka Zrenjanina, partizana i narodnog heroja, koga ponosito nosite 70 godina, odbrani. Oni koji su opljačkali vašu imovinu koju su sa mukom sticale generacije, sada žele da vas dodatno i defintivno opljačkaju oduzimanjem imena grada, da vas na simboličan način siluju, ponize, degradiraju i demorališu, zato da se ne bi širio glas o pljački društvene imovine koju su izvršili proteklih decenija zaštićeni državom. U svojoj borbi niste usamljeni! Izbrisani radnici Slovenije su takođe opljačkani, takođe su nam brisali imena. Poznajemo prirodu društvenog uređenja na prostorima bivše Jugoslavije i zato smo sa vama! Želimo Vam da ustrajete i želimo da se glas vaše borbe nadaleko čuje!

Dr.Dimitar Anakiev, predsednik
Udruženje izbrisanih radnika Slovenije

10-tog Marta, 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017

345. PLANINSKA BRIGADA RIDES AGAIN




Na Facebooku su se ovih dana događale zanimljive stvari: 163 bivših vojnika 345. planinske brigade JNA je formiralo grupu pod nazivom “345. planinska brigada”. Želeli su da se ponovo povežu međusobno ali i sa bivšim starešinama (koji su preživeli građanski rat i torture “demokratije”) a zatim i da diskutuju 1991. koja im nije bila nikad razjašnjena: šta se desilo? Zašto su predate kasarine? Zašto nije došlo do borbe? Ko je izdao vojnike? itd. bila su samo neka od postavljenih pitanja. Jedni su samo želeli da čuju reč starešine koja im je tada ostala uskraćena, drugi su se interesovali za naizgled neobične detalje. Na primer: kakva je bila sudbina konja, vranca, koga su poznavali pod imenom Džomba? Bilo je zaista dirljivo naći se ponovo među svojim vojnicima 26 godina nakon rasformiranja brigade i osetiti da je duh brigade tako živ, kao da je brigada sve ove vreme normalno živela. Mene je najviše ganulo spoznanje da naši tadašnji vojnici i nakon 26 godina i svih istorijskih kalvarija još uvek cene i vole svoje starešine. To puno govori o JNA i 345. planinskoj brigadi. Druga fascinantna stvar koja odmah pada u oči je da duh “bratstva i jedinstva” živi dalje. Momci iz svih krajeva bivše Jugoslavije, tada 18-godišnjaci, danas zreli ljudi, zajedno, mirno i dostojanstveno a srčano i iskreno raspravljaju sudbinu brigade i istorijske okolnosti! Nisu uspeli da nas podele i zatruju nacionalnom mržnjom čak ni isceniranim i grozno krvavim bratoubilačkim ratom. Šta može biti zaključak ovog razmišljanja: 345. planinska brigada je nepobediva! Vojsko sve najbolje u 2018!

Dimitar Anakiev