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Saturday, January 20, 2018

China- Chinese scholars sign open letter calling for release of Maoist intellectual

It is surprising that one place where a Maoist can get arrested is the homeland of Mao himself, China. Yes that is right. The birthplace of Maoism is one of the worst places to be a Maoist. Just as with Maoist all over the world, China is a dangerous place for Maoism. Even though Mao is the founder of China and his image is on everything from money to public pictures and statues, his actual philosophy is not so tolerated in that country. The Mao in public places and on money is like "George Washington" Mao. He is the guy that chopped down a chery tree and fessed up to it when his dad asked him if he did it. But that is a harmless Mao who has no opinions of socialist development. People are supposed to admire his pictures and not actually read his philosophy. It is good to know that real Maoism is actually being kept alive in China by real Maoists. – សតិវ ​អតុ

Peking University graduate Zhang Yunfan was arrested at reading session in November, given six months’ detention

More than 100 people have signed an open letter calling for the release of a Chinese Maoist intellectual who was arrested last month.

Zhang Yunfan, a 24-year-old philosophy graduate of Peking University, was arrested during a reading group session on November 15, according to the letter, which was verified by the South China Morning Post.

He was charged with “assembling a crowd to disrupt public order”, after expressing his views on “certain historical events”, the letter said, adding that he had been detained at an unspecified location and would be held for six months.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

What If God Was Just like Us?

Sometimes I like to get creative and have some writing fun. This is my own version of what would happen if an agnostic wrote Joan Osborne's - "What If God Was One Of Us" – សតិវ ​អតុ

If God was a lawyer,
Who would he suit,
If God drove a car,
What kind of car would he drive,
And how much gas would he consume,
Who would he cut off on the high-way,
Who would he flip off with road rage,

Yes, yes God is great,
Yea, yea, God is great,

What if God was one of us,
Just a bozo on a buss,
Push his buttons and make him cuss,
As he makes his way home,
And all his flunkies live in Rome,

If God was a soldier,
Who would he kill,
If God were an executioner,
Who would he execute,
If God was a player,
Who would he fuck,

Yes, yes God is great,
Yea, yea, God is great,

What if God was one of us,
Just a bozo on a buss,
Push his buttons and make him cuss,
As he makes his way home,
And all his flunkies live in Rome,

If God owned a factory,
How big would it be,
If God pushed people off of welfare,
How many elections would he win,
If God owned an apartment complex,
How many people would he evict,

Yes, yes God is great,
yea, yea, God is great,

What if God was one of us,
Just a bozo on a buss,
Push his buttons and make him cuss,
As he makes his way home,
And all his flunkies live in Rome,

What if God was one of us,
And he murdered people just like us,
And he raped others just like us,
Would he be as cold as us,
While he takes the evening buss,
Would he be as bad as us?

Here is the original of this song/poem:

US Corporations, such as Apple, want us to thank them—over and over again

The Apple Corporation is making big promises after getting all those tax breaks from President Donald Trump. Once again from the Republicans; we are supposed to get down on our hands and knees and thank corporations as Apple and their spokes people, such as CEO Tim Cook, for their important contributions to society. According to CNBC News:

Apple says the new tax law will help it contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years.
It says it will create 20,000 new jobs and open a new campus.
Apple expects to pay about $38 billion in taxes for the horde of cash it plans to bring back to the United States.

So if we bribe these people and institutions they will do good things for our economy and our welfare, such as GIVING us jobs. They overlook that the workers they employ are the ones that are GIVING them their profits. Without the workers they have no wealth. But that’s not important to these corporations. We live in this capitalist society were corporations are way more important and way more valuable than one measly worker.
And that is what is wrong with capitalism. The working man has little value under this system, government and country. And no one embodies that view more than President Donald Trump. It is time to rebel against this system that worships big corporations and punishes the workers, especially poor workers.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Trump inspired by Kansas for ideas for his pogrom against poor people and work requirement for healthcare

If there is one clear theme of the Donald Trump Administration I would call it "the scum rising to the top." Everything that is wrong with the direction of this country and government is being sought out after by Trump and his Republican Party. The Democratic Party has pretty much ignored the needs of poor people, so they are not that much better than the Republicans. Our own Governor Sam Brownback is playing a leading roll as a source of inspiration to this countries pogrom against poor people. Welfare today is almost non-existent in Kansas. The restrictions are so great that few of its many poor people can take advantage of them.
Here are some statistics from this Sunday's The Wichita Eagle, in an article called "Brownback cut welfare in Kansas; is Congress about to follow?":

Welfare restrictions and work requirements have knocked tens of thousands of Kansans off assistance over the past few years. Many get kicked out for not working, but only a small percentage leave because they have a job, the latest federal data reveals.
Republicans in Congress have said they want to tackle welfare reform. Some, including Rep. Ron Estes ofWichita, say WashingtonD.C. should look to Kansas as an example, but it’s unclear whether program cuts in Kansas left recipients better off.
During his time as governor, Gov. Sam Brownback lowered lifetime caps on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families from 60 months to 24 months and implemented work requirements for recipients. The Republican-controlled Legislature also acted to place many of the changes made by Brownback into law.
Federal data released in October shows that last year only 9.2 percent of Kansas recipients are getting off assistance because they’re employed. Nationwide the rate is 19.7 percent.
At the same time, 21.8 percent of Kansas recipients lost benefits for not complying with work requirements. The U.S. average is 5.7 percent.
“Communities are suffering and families are suffering because we have put barriers up,” Rep. Monica Murnan, D-Pittsburg, said.....
...... DCF spokeswoman Taylor Forrest said the agency “allows its clients to voluntarily close their assistance cases at any time, and they are not required by law to report why they are closing” their case.
She acknowledged that only 9 to 10 percent of recipients list new employment as a reason. Others offer no explanation, she said.

Kansas may be about the hardest state on poor people when it comes to welfare. It should be relabelled "don't care." Our idiot governor, who seems to have been born without a heart, has almost completely destroyed any vestige of a safety net for our neediest citizens. For most people in Kansas there is no welfare system. Brownback seems to take delight in kicking people off of assistance. And for years he and his followers have bragged that they have lifted people out of poverty and have gave them employment. This has all been an elaborate lie.
Even worse than welfare, Brownback is interested in Trump's moves to require work for Medicaid. Brownback has already stood against expanding Medicaid in Kansas. As many as 77,000 Kansans are without healthcare and cannot get KanCare, the bastardised privately run version of Medicaid, dumped on us by Brownback.
The decision by 25 states to reject the expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act will result in between 7,115 and 17,104 more deaths than had all states opted in, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School and the City University of New York. And that includes Kansas.
For most of my adult life and the lives of many other fine Americans, I have fought for universal health care. This is the only industrialized country without it. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, was a step in the right direction all thought it did not go far enough. Now we have politicians such as Trump and Brownback trying to go the other way, trying to put more obstacles to the few people who have access to Medicaid. This is more red tape. The people who really get hurt by this are those who are already sick, need health care, and can't work because they are sick. With so many people getting sick and dying it is hard to buy the ridiculous arguments that work requirements make life better for those denied health care. Those who push for these work requirements are despicable human beings who seem to have a great contempt for the poor. This is hate legislation and their is no better word for it. Trump and Brownback are nothing more than classist criminals who treat the poor the way the Nazis treated the Jews.
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Fifth-grader echoes Martin Luther King Jr. with her own 'dream' speech

It amazes me that this little kid has the common sense to see that Martin Luther King Jr. dream has not been realized. I would say not even close. In fact the goals of an equal society, where people have what they need to survive and live are farther away now than anytime since King lost his life. It takes a real young person like Tchanori Kone to look around and see just how messed up our world is right now. If the next generation can see through the crappy leadership we have today, with the world's Trumps and other scum bags, and realize how much needs to be done then there lies the hope for this world. សតិវ ​អតុ


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Trump's foul mouthed, racist blather is no surprise

Is it really that surprising that President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House?
The comment has been reported by a Democratic aide briefed on Thursday's meeting, according to NBC News.
It is no surprise that many politicians this week have labelled Trump a racist. And some people seemed shocked to hear our president use profanity.
I am not shocked at the profanity. I really don't care and I agree it is they way a lot of common people talk. After a year of Trump being in office it is no real surprise to find he is a racist. And as far as calling Haiti and African nations as "shitholes" he is partially right. Some of those nations are bad places to live.
As for the people of Norway not wanting to come here, Trump is pretty dumb if he can't figure that one out. Norway is a developed European nation. It has a well developed economy. According to National Public Radio:

"From 1870 to 1910 a quarter of Norway's working-age population emigrated, mostly to the United States. You read that right — one-fourth of its workers left the country.
Back then Norway was quite poor. Wages were less than a third of what they were in the United States. And the wave of emigration out of the country quickly benefited those who remained. That's because it reduced the supply of workers in Norway, so those left behind could demand higher wages. And this helped narrow Norway's wage gap with the U.S. by 25 percent over that same 40-year period, putting Norway on the path toward its status today as one of world's most prosperous nations.
Those are the findings of a paper published in European Review of Economic History back in 1997 by two economists. It's considered a seminal work because the authors — Alan Taylor of the University of California Davis and Jeffrey Williamson — then of Harvard University, now professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison — combed through paper archives to piece together the first truly comprehensive picture of wage differentials across European countries and the United States during that time.....
.....Then in 2008 a wealth of new data became available about Norway that added yet another twist to the picture: It turns out that the immigrants that Norway sent to the U.S. during that great migration wave of the 1870s were its poorest and least educated citizens. Researchers were able to determine this thanks to newly digitized census data from Norway. (Other European countries have embarked on similar efforts but Norway, with only around 2 million residents in its early census data, finished the task first. That has made Norway the go-to nation for researchers of historical economics.)"

There is a simple reality that Trump overlooks. European countries, such as Norway, don't have so much deep poverty. A lot of people in Norway have jobs. One big factor a lot of Republicans overlook are that most European countries have free or cheap health care. People in Norway pay almost nothing for their health care. So why do people with decent jobs, living in a first world country with a developed economy similar to the US—and most of all—Mostly free health care want to come here? To put this in simple terms Norway is not a shithole of a country.
But the "shithole" countries are a different story. Most nations in Africa and Haiti are underdeveloped. Many lack resources. Many have had famine and other natural disasters. Wages in those nations are often way below wages in the US. Governments are usually corrupt, with lousy human rights records. There is usually a wide divide between the poor workers and the rich upper classes.
Probably the best example of this is Yemen. Yemen is not an industrialised nation as is Norway. Yemen as of 2013 had a GDP (ppp) of US $61.63 billion, with an income per capita of $2,500.The unemployment rate as of 2003 was 35 percent. Simple logic suggests that people prefer to live in a nation that has a developed economy, adequate jobs and they probably like living in a nation where they can afford health care.
One thing that Trump is not talking much about is that the US is presently sending troops to Africa to interfere in those nation's political affairs. To put things in plain easy to understand English, the US is planning to import the same kind of imperialist intervention it has used in the last 10 years in the Middle East.
Until the Soviet Union fell, Yemen had a Marxist Government in its Southern half and a Western style republic in the North. After the Soviet Union fell North and South agreed to unite into one country. Then the northern government attacked the Southern Marxist army and wiped them out. As with many African countries there is presently an Islamic faction that resemble ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in some ways, called the Houthis  (الحوثيون‎). The US, has been using Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive regimes in the world, as a proxy army to attack the Houthis. Saudi Arabia attacked them with aircraft and with that action that country and the US have deepened involvement in that countries internal struggles. So not only is Yemen a poor country, it is now war torn nation.
Most people don't like living in countries at war since a lot of innocent bystanders get killed. Who wants to live in a country where they can get killed on any day without any warning?  
While I don't really care if the president uses profane language and I agree people want to come here from "shithole countries" the one thing that is apparent is that our president is just not that smart. The answers to his questions are obvious. Many of us already now that Trump is a racist. The problem is he is also an idiot and he is unfit to be president. This latest incident is just one more piece of evidence that he is unfit for the office.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Bela Lugosi, the most famous Dracula of Hollywood, and the Hungarian Revolution

Earlier, around Halloween, I posted an article about Bela Lugosi and his involvement in the Hungarian Revolution of 1919. Lugosi was a very interesting and influential actor. So this history is much more in depth than the one I wrote.  This was translated by Google. សតិវ ​អតុ

His interpretation of Count Dracula marked a milestone in classical cinema and gave the popular myth many of the characteristics with which he is known today. Bela Lugosi was not only a talented actor, but also in himself a fascinating character, a first person protagonist of the Hungarian Revolution of 1918 and of the ephemeral life of the Soviet Republic of Hungary, as a Communist Party militant. 

Born under the name Blaskó Béla Ferenc Dezső, on October 20, 1882 in Lugos, then

Hungary, a territory that later became part of Romania just after its military invasion and the taking of Budapest to end the new Bolshevik state, Bela Lugosi was a famous actor of the silent film era that shook the audience with his roles in horror films. 

His place of birth was about 80 kilometers from the western border of Transylvania and Poenari Castle, one of the historic homes of Vlad the Impaler, the voivode that gave birth to the famous legend of Dracula of the English writer Bram Stoker, whom Lugosi would present with great acclaim both on stage and on screen. As you can see, his artistic name would take him from the city where he was born, the current Romanian Lugoj.

Lugosi lived hard moments at the beginning of his life. The youngest of four brothers decided to flee from the bosom of his middle class home to open a path for himself in the world of theater, with just 12 years of age. Being only a child and determined not to depend on his parents, he had to work as a miner and then in the railway lines that connected the different localities of his country. All this would cause that he could not access or have an education as it would have corresponded if he had followed under the skirts of his family, rich bankers, but come to less. 

He tried to participate with small roles in local traveling productions, but his lack of education and his temperament made it difficult for him to succeed.

"They tried to give me small roles in their works, but I was so ignorant, so stupid, that people laughed at me. But they allowed me the taste of the stage and also the rancid taste of humiliation. "
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His sister , however, gave him support by lending him money and getting him minor roles in productions of the Szabadka Theater in Budapest. There, although without much education, Lugosi showed natural talent, although still in the rough, and soon rose to more important roles.

Although members of the National Theater were exempt from military service, when the first world war broke out, in June 1914, Lugosi put aside his career in the world of interpretation to fight for Hungary against Russia and the Western powers. After being discharged from the army due to health problems in 1916, Lugosi returned to the National Theater.

At that time, the actors were exempt from military service and Lugosi had no martial background. However, for reasons that are still unclear, he volunteered for the Austro-Hungarian army almost immediately. Maybe he was looking for adventure or felt the emotional impulse of patriotism that gripped so many other men at that moment. He was assigned to the 43rd Royal Hungarian Infantry Division, serving as an infantry lieutenant. The unit was sent to the eastern front, where they fought in Galicia against the forces of the Russian Empire. Lugosi was finally assigned to the ski patrol. His unit soon found itself involved in the brutal winter campaigns of the Carpathians. They began in earnest at the end of January 1915. To give just one example of the danger and death that permeated these battles, the Austro-Hungarians lost two thirds of an army of 100,000 men in less than three weeks. Although largely forgotten, the struggle that occurred on top of the snowy Carpathians is considered by some historians as the deadliest of the entire war on any of the fronts.

Lugosi did not escape unharmed from the fight. He suffered both mentally and physically. One of the few times he spoke about the war took place in an interview years later when he recalled that "There was a moment that I could never forget. We were protecting a forest from the Russians. All of us were cowering under huge trees, every man under a tree. A young, unwary officer slipped out of the cover and a bullet hit his chest. I forgot that the Russians fired from their line with machine guns ... I ran to him and gave him first aid. I went back to my tree and discovered that it had been thrown to the sky in pieces. I became hysterical. I cried there on the forest floor, like a child ... not of fear, not even of relief ... of gratitude for how God had paid me for having that outburst of good heart . "

Lugosi was wounded twice, the first time in battles near Rohatin, Galicia (Rohatyn, Ukraine today), the second time in the Carpathians. These wounds made him receive a decoration for his bravery, but they also took him out of the war. Soon after, in early 1916, Lugosi was discharged after 18 months of service. 

Another influence of the horrible war in Lugosi was the influence of the Russian revolution, which spread like wildfire across the eastern front among the workers and peasants in the ranks of all the armies. As Alan Woods explains in his analysis of the Hungarian Soviet Republic , "The victory of the October revolution in Russia had an electrifying effect in Hungary. The masterful anti-war agitation of the Bolsheviks during the peace negotiations of Brest-Litovsk, found a great echo among the masses of workers, peasants and soldiers tired of the war. The demand for "peace without annexation or compensation" was echoed in the factories, in the villages and in the trenches. In this situation the anti-war party of the bourgeoisie led by Karolyi - the "Hungarian Kerensky" - gained influence among the masses . " 

Or, as the Austrian newspaper Deutsche Volksblatt described, the atmosphere on the front was hectic,"The fourth and ninth Romanian armies refused to fight in the war, strikes broke out among Romanian workers in Ploesti, Bucharest, etc. "The Romanian and Czech armies are characterized by the absence of discipline, Bolshevik ideas are spreading, the most obvious example is that the movement of Basarabia peasants and workers has turned against the Romanian government ."

In these circumstances, Lugosi returned to Budapest. Moving from the stage to silent films and even organized the National Union of Hungarian Actors, the first union of film actors in the world. On April 10, 1916, less than twenty months after his last performance in Budapest, he returned to the stage at the National Theater. As the war dragged on for the next two and a half years, Lugosi continued to perform in a variety of roles on stage and also got his first start in the film. It was as if I had never gone to the trenches. Maybe he was able to forget the war, but his side effects in Hungary were about to influence the rest of his life.

The Austro-Hungarian Empire was defeated and divided in November 1918. Hungary became a republic. Then, Lugosi became actively involved in the political turmoil. He became the creator and leader of the newly created actors union in December 1918. He advocated ending the power of the theater managers who prioritized the profits over art. 

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Bela Kun speaking to the Hungarian working masses
He was a staunch supporter of the Hungarian Revolution of 1919 that briefly brought the Hungarian Soviet Republic of Bela Kun to power, unleashing Lugosi's passion for free art, culture, and the triumph of the workers over the bourgeoisie. When the Romanian troops entered Bucharest and the fascist government of Horthy was imposed, the savage revenge of the bourgeoisie imposes a wave of terror, torture, persecution and mass shootings, also against the world of culture, which makes Bela Lugosi, as would Bela Kun, the revolutionary leader, decide to flee the country, both become enemies of the new government.

After working for a time in German cinema, Lugosi decided to immigrate to the United States. After a brief stop in Italy, he left for New Orleans, arriving on December 4, 1920. From there he would move to New York, where he finally found the role that would bring him to fame. 

His marked Hungarian accent caused that, considering that at that time everyone still considered Transylvania, the country where Bram Stoker located Dracula, as part of Hungary, gave him the role in a play on Broadway in which He would play Count Dracula on Broadway and then starred in the 1931 Universal Pictures film, becoming a movie legend forever.

Of course, Lugosi would also be in the crosshairs of Sen. McCarthy's witch hunt in the 1950s, because it was too favorable to communist ideas, to the USSR and, incidentally, to President Roosevelt's policy. However, his career was already plummeting, leaving the good of Lugosi in the limits of poverty, surviving with varied and poorly paid jobs. At the end of his career he would be "rescued" by Ed Wood for his B-movies, shortly before his death in 1956, in Los Angeles. 

He would never return to the revolutionary Hungary for which he fought and from which he had to flee after the triumph of Marshal Horthy and his criminal fascist dictatorship.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Some considerations about the Catalan process

The Network of Communist Blogs (RBC) considers it appropriate to point out some considerations about the Catalan process and, ultimately, about the right to self-determination of all peoples.
Like José Díaz, when he advocated, in his speech at the Monumental Cinema of Madrid, for the creation of a " Popular Antifascist Concentration " on the basis of four specific points, the RBC also defends the "liberation of the oppressed peoples by the Spanish imperialism. That the right to freely govern their destinies to Catalonia, to Euskadi, to Galicia and to whatever nationalities are oppressed by the imperialism of Spain be granted ".
José Díaz, Secretary General of the PCE in the years when the Party was a Marxist-Leninist vanguard of the Spanish proletariat - faithful follower, therefore, of Lenin and Stalin - applied the doctrine and principles of what Lenin called "the  double task of proletariat in terms of the right to self-determination " [1] . On this basis, the RBC emphasizes the following points on the so-called Catalan procés , the last link, for the moment, of the historic struggle of the Catalan people for their liberation from Spanish imperialism:
1.- In the first place, the Catalan independence movement is not just a bourgeois movement as many leftist chauvinists point out. From its multiclass character, reflected in an enormous social support, stands out an evident emancipatory, popular and worker component, whose interested concealment seeks, above all, to separate the current Catalan movement from the struggle of the workers of the rest of the State.
2. The Communists, therefore, must not limit themselves to supporting or criticizing it, but, as in any popular or revolutionary movement, they must actively participate in it, directing the masses, especially the proletariat, and becoming their Vanguard.
3 .- The open wound in Catalonia is not going to close and with simple legal or budgetary patches.In the context of political struggle in Catalonia, to which, it is to be expected, other nations of the Spanish State and the most diverse popular sectors will be added, the communists must not contribute at all to the fact that the monarchical regime can take over the situation and suffocate it.For the communists the main task of this day, theoretical and practical, goes through the transformation of the Catalan problem of the Bourbon regime into the problem of the Bourbon regime in the Spanish state as a whole.
4. - As Federico Engels wrote, when, referring to the problem of Alsace and Lorraine, said that such a problem would not exist if France and Germany were socialist states, only the end of capitalism and the construction of free states of exploitation can resolve the issue Catalan national[2] . Ultimately, in the liquidation of the regime of 78, that is, the socio-political and economic system that "tied and well tied" the Francoism is the only possibility of overcoming the "Spain one, large and free" that aherroja to the nations and popular classes of the State.
5.- The objective, then, is to eliminate private property and replace it with the socialization of the means of production, that is, to end capitalism, to end the barbarism that this system represents for workers, peoples and humanity in its set The task of the Communists is to support unambiguously any progress, however small, towards socialism. In this concrete sense, the passage from the monarchy of 78 to the Third Republic, with the deep meaning that this word has in Spain, constitutes a step forward that we must help to give, no matter how bourgeois this may ultimately be. Let us never forget the famous words of Stalin in his Fundamentals of Leninism about the national question and its relation to the struggle against imperialism! [3]
6.- Following Lenin, it is about fighting, first of all, for class unity: All workers, regardless of our nationality, are class brothers! All workers have the same common enemy, which is the bourgeoisie of each of our nations! This does not exclude, in any way, neither the belonging of each worker to a specific nation or people nor their identification with a specific culture, which, as such, can never be enemies of the working class of any other State. In the concrete situation of Catalonia, the only enemy of the Spanish working class is the great Spanish chauvinism, heir to the fascists of 36. The only homeland of the Spanish bourgeoisie, of the parasitic class of the Bourbon monarchy, is its pocket.
7.- Finally, the RBC must mention the lamentable role of Podemos, whose ambiguity demonstrates, once again, that its main objective and raison d'etre is the demobilization of popular protest and the dismantling of the workers' organization. Instead of taking the side of the republican forces in Catalonia, instead of articulating a democratic and progressive political front against the 78 throughout the State, instead of taking to the streets the republican masses of the entire State, Podemos, it has placed, in the least bad of the cases, in the equidistance, that is, on the passive side of the monarchy and of great Spanish chauvinism; has chosen to assume the status quoinstead of putting aside the progressive and democratic aspirations not only of the Catalans, but of the working class of the entire Spanish State; has renounced the construction of a Spain different from the current one; it is his accommodating and servile attitude, and not the legitimate struggle of the Catalan people, which has allowed fascism and chauvinism to reappear through the streets of Spain.
[1] "Such a state of affairs presents the Russian proletariat with a double, or rather a bilateral, task: to fight against all nationalism and, first of all, against Russian nationalism; recognize not only the complete equality of rights of all nations in general, but also the equality of rights with respect to state building, that is, the right of nations to self-determination, to separation; and, at the same time and precisely in the interest of success in the struggle against all kinds of nationalisms of all nations, to advocate the unity of the proletarian struggle and proletarian organizations, their most intimate fusion in an international community, in spite of the bourgeois tendencies to national isolation. Complete equality of rights of nations; right of self-determination of nations; fusion of the workers of all nations; such is the national program that teaches the workers Marxism, which teaches the experience of the whole world and the experience of Russia. "

[2] "We could not take or retain power without compensation for the crimes committed by our predecessors for other nationalities, and therefore without: 1) facilitating the reconstitution of Poland, and 2) placing the population of northern Schleswig that of Alsace-Lorraine in a situation of freely deciding who should belong. Between a socialist France and a socialist Germany there would be no problem of Alsace-Lorraine "(Friedrich Engels, Letter to A. Bebel, October 24, 1891).
[3] "The undoubtedly revolutionary character of the vast majority of national movements is as relative and peculiar, as is the possibly reactionary character of some specific national movements. The revolutionary character of the national movement, in the conditions of imperialist oppression, does not necessarily presuppose, much less, the existence of proletarian elements in the movement, the existence of a revolutionary or republican program of the movement, the existence in it of a base democratic The struggle of the emir of Afghanistan for the independence of his country is an objectively revolutionary struggle, despite the monarchical ideas of the emir and his supporters, because that struggle weakens imperialism, breaks it down, undermines it. On the other hand, the struggle of democrats and "socialists", 

Saturday, January 06, 2018

India- Maoists raise their heads again, form people’s committees in Kerala

The revolutionary war in India, waged by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is a breath of fresh air in a world where the worst political scum seem to win both wars and elections (such as Donald Trump in the US). Right now the only place where Maoist revolutionaries are making any progress is in India. Here is one more article to show some movement in the right direction:
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From Redspark:
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Maoists who were lying low after the fake encounter at Nilambur have not given up and are re-emerging fast in the state, say Intelligence sources. Reports suggest BG Krishnamoorthy, central committee member from Karnataka, has taken charge of Kerala operations in place of Kuppusamy alias Kuppu Devaraj who was murdered in the controversial encounter in Nilambur.
The group has succeeded in establishing ‘Revolutionary People’s Committees (RPC) in many colonies on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu- Karnataka border. The formation of these committees is worrying the authorities as it is seen as an indication of growing influence and ground support for the Maoists.
Maoists who are known to make their presence felt initially with lightning appearances and distribution of leaflets in potential areas of growth dare to form RPCs only after they get feelers that the ground is fertile. Intelligence reports indicate that Maoists have succeeded in forming RPCs in half a dozen tribal colonies, including some in Attappadi. New state coordinator Krishnamoorthy has been successful in organising meetings in these areas which were attended by members of the ‘People’s Liberation Guerilla Army’.  Many of these locations are still insurmountable to security forces and government agencies.
The Maoists, meanwhile, have established contact with and won the support of local people and are looking at fresh recruitment to bolster their field strength. The activities of the CPI (Maoist) had weakened in the ‘South Zone’ after it suffered setbacks following strong joint and independent offensive by forces from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The biggest setback in recent history was the encounter in the Karulai range at Nilambur in which central committee member Kuppu Devaraj and SZC member Ajitha were murdered. Maoists and human rights activists refused to accept the incident as an encounter and termed it fake. The LDF (Left Democratic Front) Government was forced to order a probe following criticism from the CPI which observed that the line of action did not suit the Left ideology.