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Jose Maria Sison on May Day: Intensify the Struggles of the Proletariat

Jose Maria Sison presiding over the International Seminar on Mao Zedong Thought in 1993

The following statement by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson of the International League of People’s Struggle, is being reposted here from the website of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, the militant and anti-imperialist labor center in the Philippines:

 Intensify the Struggles of the Proletariat Against Imperialism and Reaction

On this glorious day of the international proletariat, we, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, join the workers and peoples of the world in celebrating their struggles, sacrifices and victories. It is of the greatest importance to raise the banner of proletarian unity and struggle against exploitation and oppression by imperialism and all reaction. Once again, we renew our resolve to dismantle the monopoly capitalist system and replace it with a just, democratic and peaceful new world in which socialism prevails.

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May First: High Noon in Nepal

This eyewitness reporting by Jed Brandt  first appeared on Jed Brandt’s blog:

“You must come to Kathmandu with shroud cloth wrapped around your heads and flour in your bags. It will be our last battle. If we succeed, we survive, else it will be the end of our party.”

— General Secretary Badal of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

APRIL 21 — There are moments when Kathmandu does not feel like a city on the edge of revolution.

People go about all the normal business of life. Venders sell vegetables, nail-clippers and bootleg Bollywood from the dirt, cramping the already crowded streets. Uniformed school kids tumble out of schools with neat ties in the hot weather. Municipal police loiter at the intersections while traffic ignores them, their armed counter-parts patrol in platoons through the city with wood-stocked rifles and dust-masks as they have for years. New slogans are painted over the old, almost all in Maoist red. Daily blackouts and dry-season water shortages are the normal daily of Nepal’s primitive infrastructure, not the sign of crisis. Revolutions don’t happen outside of life, like an asteroid from space – but from right up the middle, out of the people themselves. 

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CP of Cuba: We will defend the truth with our ethics and our principles

The following article was the lead editorial in Granma on April 8th.  Granma is the official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. It is being reposted here from ML Today.

The empire and its allies have launched a new crusade in an attempt to demonize Cuba. Its powerful political and media machinery has set in motion a colossal operation of deception with the object of discrediting the revolutionary process, destabilizing the country and provoking the conditions for the destruction of our social system.

In this heated campaign they are using their mercenaries at their whim. In order to obtain shameful political dividends they are tossing them to their deaths without the most minimal concern for those human beings; just as they have never cared about the death of more than 3,000 Cubans as a result of acts of terrorism organized and financed from the United States, or the fate of the 2,000-plus compatriots mutilated by those abominable acts, or citizens who have perished in the Strait of Florida having launched themselves on ill-fated adventures after the siren calls of the murderous Cuban Adjustment Act.

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Vietnam: meeting celebrates Lenin’s 140th birthday

The following is from the website of the Communist Party of Vietnam:

A meeting to mark V.I. Lenin’s 140th birthday (April 22) was held in Hanoi on April 21, to stress the everlasting value of his thoughts and cause as well as his significance to revolutionaries around the world and in Vietnam.

On addressing the meeting, Truong Tan Sang, Politburo member and Permanent Secretary to the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee, highlighted Lenin’s great contributions to the working class cause, the struggle against imperialism, the struggle for peace, independence and the freedom of nations throughout the world.

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Bourgeois Democracy and Fascism

The author, Harpal Brar, Chairman of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)

The Marxist-Leninist is reproducing the following article by Harpal Brar from the Stalin Society in order to counter propaganda that fascism is something other than the open terroristic dictatorship of the most reactionary elements of the capitalist ruling class, or that fascism has something in common with communism, the organized revolutionary power of the working class. 

Stalin Society introduction: On May 21, 2000, Harpal Brar, made a presentation to the Stalin Society based on an article written by him entitled ‘Bourgeois Democracy and Fascism’ which was initially presented to the International May Day Seminar in Brussels, organised by the Party of Labour of Belgium (PTB), on 3rd May 2000. The complete article is reproduced here

Fascism – the sudden growth?

To those who have accepted as unquestioned the existing social forms and their continuity, and those who have looked to the possibility of peaceful progressive advance within these existing social forms, and those who have dismissed the revolutionary outlook as the fantasy of a minority, the victory of fascism in an advanced industrial country such as Germany came as a brutal shock.

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Misrepresenting the Left: We Are Not Liberals

According to John Locke, who is quite possibly the godfather of liberalism, it is the possession of property that gives humans their freedom.

The following article by Ron Jacobs is from Dissident Voice:

Despite the current media-induced confusion, liberals are not leftists. This misconception is not only embarrassing to those of us who are genuinely leftist in our politics, it is also discrediting the Left. From the New York Times to FOX News, the portrayal of the US Democratic party and Barack Obama as leftist is creating a perception in the US populace that leftists are ineffective politicos who have no principles they won’t modify. Of course, the Left has not done that great of a job explaining the situation in any other way, thereby leaving the way open for the misconceptions put forth by the media to appear as truth.

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Venezuela: New moves to build people’s power

The following article by Federico Fuentes exploring some of the developments in the ongoing National Democratic revolution in Venezuela is from Green Left Weekly

“The free, sovereign and independent homeland of our dreams will only come true if we radicalise the process and speed up the transition to socialism”, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wrote in his March 14 weekly column “Chavez Lines”.

The Venezuelan government has launched a number of initiatives in recent weeks aimed to tackle threats to the revolutionary process — including from elements within the pro-Chavez camp that seek to undermine plans to deepen the revolution.

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