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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State—PKK and US mercenaries take on ISIS

The PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party or Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan)‎ is the only anarchist group that is winning anything anywhere in the world. They are also one of the few left-leaning groups in the world who are winning right now.  So it is important to keep up on the progress of such groups. This article is from the Rolling Stone:

On the front lines of Syria with the young American radicals fighting ISIS

On the morning of his first battle, Brace Belden was underdressed for the cold and shaky from a bout of traveler's diarrhea. His Kurdish militia unit was camped out on the front line with ISIS, 30 miles from Raqqa, in Syria. Fighters stood around campfires of gas-soaked trash, boiling water for tea, their only comfort besides tobacco. "I've never been so dirty in my life," Belden recalls. When the time came to roll out, he loaded a clip into his Kalashnikov and climbed into a makeshift battlewagon, a patchwork of tank and truck parts armored with scrap metal and poured concrete. Belden took a selfie inside its rusty cabin and posted it online with the caption "Wow this freakin taxi stinks."

The rest of the militia piled into an assortment of minivans, garbage trucks and bulldozers, and rode south into territory ISIS had held for more than three years. Belden was manning a swivel-mounted machine gun, the parched landscape barely visible through the rising dust, when he spotted a car packed with explosives revving across the desert toward the Kurdish column. Before he could shoot, an American fighter jet lacerated the sky and an explosion erupted where the car had been, shaking the earth for miles around.

It was November 6th, 2016. The Kurdish militia known as the YPG – a Kurmanji acronym for People's Protection Units – had commenced a major offensive to liberate the city that serves as the global headquarters for ISIS. The YPG was backed by U.S. air power and fighting alongside a coalition of Arab and Assyrian militias. Also within their ranks, though scantly reported, was a group of about 75 hardcore leftists, anarchists and communists from Europe and America, Belden among them, fighting to defend a socialist enclave roughly the size of Massachusetts.

Belden, who is 27, started tweeting photos of the front shortly after arriving in Syria in October. The first widely shared image showed him crouched in his YPG uniform, wearing thick Buddy Holly glasses, a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth, a stray puppy in one hand and a sniper rifle in the other. "To misquote Celine," the post read, "when you're in, you're in." He has since amassed 19,000 followers under the handle PissPigGranddad, puzzling the Internet with a combination of leftist invective and scurrilous bro humor. Tweets like "Heading to the Quandil Mountains to lecture the PKK about entitlement reform" are followed by "The dude with the lamb bailed so now we're fucked for dinner."

Belden had no military experience before joining the YPG. He lived in San Francisco, where he arranged flowers for a living. Before that, he was a self-described lumpenproletariat, a lowlife punk and petty criminal with a heroin habit who started reading Marx and Lenin seriously in rehab. Once sober, he got involved in leftist causes, marching for tenants' rights, blocking evictions, protesting police brutality. As he prepared for the Middle East, his girlfriend thought he was going to do humanitarian work. She was "not stoked," Belden says, to learn that he planned to fight alongside the YPG.

For the rest click here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Drone use not heroic —and in Wichita, Kansas we will work to stop it

An open letter to The Wichita Eagle (Kansas):

I read with disgust the article "How Wichitans fight in Combat from here." The whole article makes a hero out of a woman who sits in a nice safe room and kills people she never met in person thousands of miles away. Heroic! considering how easy our technology has made war these days it seems more cowardly to me. Our troops no longer have to meet the enemy on  a battle field, we just push a button and they are gone.
The article uses clever words like "the neutralizing of 92 high value individuals." I think the more common word is either to kill or murder.
We are talking about a fight in someone else's country where people have lost their nation, sovereignty and their national pride. Some of those combatants are not just Taliban. Some people there have joined in the Taliban's fight because they want the foreigners to leave. That especially goes for the many factions of resistance in Iraq and other parts of the world where this country feels free to impose our standards on them against their will. We impose democratic puppet regimes that ignore these people's own dynamic interest, culture and national needs.
Not only is their resistance justified, these machines kill members of their families, including young children and innocent civilians who happen to be there at the time these bombers go off.
I can't understand how a country that claims to be for "freedom and democracy" and a "beacon of hope in the world" can rely on technology that makes a button pushing soldier judge, jury and executioner. We are doing all of this because we have the ability to do it—Not because there is any moral grounds for it. It has never been justified to take over someone else's country just because it serves our needs.
I'm not alone in this complaint. A lot of people in Wichita are concerned about the use of unmanned drones to kill people. 

Film: National Bird
Friday, March 3, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
At the Peace and Social Justice Center
1407 N. Topeka 
Wichita, KS  

National Bird is a 2016 documentary film directed by Sonia Kennebeck with executive producers Wim Wenders and Errol Morris. It was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival, and it was reviewed in Variety and The Guardian. It will show on PBS Independent Lens on May 1, 2017.

National Bird follows the dramatic journey of insiders who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: The secret US drone war. The film gives rare insight into the American drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors. Plagued by guilt over the killing of faceless people in foreign countries and suffering from PTSD, the veterans decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.

Sunday, February 19, 2017




(This is a Google Translation. Some parts did not translate well.)

"Our Party maintains that in the world today there are three fundamental contradictions: 1) Contradiction oppressed nations, on the one hand, against imperialist superpowers and imperialist powers, on the other hand, there is enclosed the thesis of three worlds are outlined and formulated so because The crux of this contradiction is with the imperialist superpowers but there is also contradiction with the imperialist powers. This is the main contradiction and its solution is the development and triumph of revolutions of new democracy. 2) Contradiction proletariado-bourgeoisie, has as a solution the socialist revolution and in perspective the proletarian cultural revolution. 3) The inter-imperialist contradiction: between the superpowers, superpowers and imperialist powers and imperialist powers among themselves, which leads to war for world hegemony and imperialist wars, of rapine to which the proletariat must oppose the people's war and in perspective popular war worldwide. The contradiction socialism-capitalism we do not put it today because it only occurs at the ideological and political level because it does not exist as a state, today there is no socialist system, there was and to maintain that exists today is to state in essence that the USSR is socialist, which is Revisionism. "
"President Mao Tsetung develops Lenin's strategy by focusing on the great transcendence of the national liberation movement for the world revolution, as imperialism smacks more and more of the oppressed nations which are raised in powerful revolutionary storms, to be led by Their communist parties. Thus, the national liberation movement merges with the international proletarian movement and these two forces drive the development of world history. President Gonzalo teaches us that the strategy we have to develop communists must start from the foundations laid by Lenin and developed by President Mao.
Core Documents, International Line-PCP

Today we are living the period of struggle between US, Russian and Chinese imperialism; Today are defined the three main enemies worldwide, for those who develop democratic or socialist revolution with people's war and also for nationalist movements. What corresponds is that each revolution or movement specifies its main enemy and to conjure the dominion of the other superpower or of the other powers.

In our country the domination continues on the part of the Yankee imperialism colluded with the big bourgeoisie and the landowners. And at the global level, the struggle between the three superpowers for world hegemony intensifies; We fight against American imperialism, against feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism, but we can not allow it to substitute the domination of Russian or Chinese imperialism or power, see how the APRA receives donations from China and the lod is paving the way . In Syria the direct aggression is of the Yankee imperialism accompanied with the powers of Germany, France, England, Spain, etc. (There are more than 50 countries that form the coalition against Syria) that contends for the hegemony with Russian and Chinese imperialism, there must fight against Yankee imperialism as main and not allow to enter the dominion of Russian imperialism or other powers; The problem is that the struggle for national liberation does not unfold because of the absence of a Communist Party.

Based on the correct and correct thesis of President Mao Tse-Tung that three worlds are outlined, the Party has currently defined on the current situation of three worlds are outlined in a palpable way, as the first world are the three superpowers, UU, RUSSIA, CHINA, which are those that contend for world hegemony and can unleash an imperialist world war, are superpowers because they are more powerful economically, politically and militarily than other powers. These superpowers have contradictions in open differences between themselves and move within the law of collusion and struggle to divide the world, even establishing military fences between them and at the same time negotiate purchases of oil and gas.

In the second world are the imperialist powers not superpowers, that is to say of less economic, political and military power like Germany, France, England, etc.Which have contradictions with the superpowers because they support the imposition of the yuan, devaluation of the dollar, gold reserves, economic sanctions, military restrictions, and political impositions; These imperialist powers are on the verge of being part of the new superpowers (in particular Germany follows), they are currently participating in wars of aggression against the oppressed nations using regular army of mercenaries like the Daesh and among them there are also sharp contradictions: Its old and new colonies, oil, gas, drug trafficking, etc. The Third World is made up of the oppressed nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. They are colonies or semi-colonies where one does not seek to destroy feudalism, but to develop bureaucratic capitalism, being subject to one or another superpower and / or power.

CONTAINING IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Concentration of military force for immediate deployment, Oil, gas pipelines

The struggle on two fronts of US imperialism has accelerated the collusion of Russia and China, worsening the state balance of consumption in armed operations (concealed or not), arms purchases and financing to build regular armies with first-class weaponry to support "Rebel opponents or mujadines."
Let us look at the previous Yankee governments: during Clinton from 1993 to 2001, he developed the " dismemberment of Yugoslavia through war and genocide  ", with George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, triggered a " total war on terrorism " with justification for the attack Of September 11, having invaded Afghanistan before, arming the "mujahideen", and continued with Iraq with the tale of " presence of weapons of mass  destruction " , continued insatiably blood and power with "The Orange Revolution" of Ukraine in 2004 and Georgia's Rosas in 2003. Howling imperialism "Preventive War" and "In Defense of Democracy"  to justify military action because they already saw in the bud that the imperialist powers of Russia and China were questioning their hegemony.The speech of President Gonzalo demanded us and encouraged the communists to fulfill our condition, to face the sinister plans of imperialism (plans pushed by Brzezinski, Kissinger, Stratford, Soros, other perverts). And that to date they have failed completely in the defense of the only gendarme.

Today, applying Gonzalo thinking, we must solve the new problems that the world revolution demands! It urges the communists to deploy energy in abundance, unite us, and as our condition demands firm and resolute step. The peoples of the world cry revolution! Make every effort to unite for today's Marxism: Maoism.

How different are the logic of imperialism and that of the people! To provoke riots, to fail, to provoke disturbances again, to fail again, and thus to ruin: this is the logic of the imperialists and of all the reactionaries of the world to the cause of the people, and they will never march against this logic. This is a Marxist law.

Let's look at the failures of the Yankee strategy coming out of 2010, the uprisings known as Arab Spring ("Jazmin Revolution" in Tunisia 2010-2011, "White Revolution" in Egypt 2011, Libya War 2011, "Revolution of The Pink Ribbon "in Yemen 2011-2012) aimed at changing the correlation of forces in the oil industry to the benefit of the French, British and American powers, but reality confirms the progress of the Russia - Turkey - Iran - Syria group Preparing its new oil and silk route. Syria's importance is not only tied to its black gold reserves in the Tayem field, Qarah gas fields, Yezl, Hasaka and Deir Ez-Zor oil wells but to Its key geo-strategic position for Russia and China.

NATO is dominated by the US and today with greater presence in 2017, do not forget present its role of gendarme the rest is rhetoric. It is a command structure that is ultimately based on US military power and priority. Everything else is indeed a vassalage. The overthrow of Gaddafi was supported and celebrated with champagne by European leaders. Italian bases were used to bomb Libya, and British Special Forces participated in the training of mercenaries as a regular army (they say "Islamist rebels"). The French airplanes indignant with the defenseless town bombing Libya, helped to the tracking of Muammar Gaddafi and its lynching.

President Gonzalo's statement that  "Maoism, incarnating itself in the peoples of the world, is uncontrollably leading the new great wave of the world proletarian revolution" : In Peru, India, the Philippines, Nepal and other countries, hundreds of thousands of Workers and peasants under the red banner of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, have risen in arms under the leadership of the Communist Parties, parties that face new problems of the revolution, taking Maoism to solve them; Today we face three imperialist superpowers who struggle to divide the world and each striving to have strategic superiority, the superpowers of Russia and China come from the restoration of capitalism (come from the leaders followers of the capitalist road) process that was carried forward by arresting and Murdering well-known Communist leaders, and today they are calling on certain leaders of Nepal, India, the Philippines, PKK, PCR to emulate them by proposing: peace accords, capitulation, amnesty (sinister work with prison leaders) calling the party to Capitulation (here he was given a strong response that he suffered them dry). Other situations: some parties focus on the counterrevolutionary atrocities carried out by reactionary forces to break the morale of the people, to be very careful with those leaders who promote and enhance those campaigns, not to be confused with heroic actions. And we mainly face problems in the main  ideological, it is  urgent to develop campaigns  of rectification  and  verification of militancy  from the Central Committee to strengthen the leap and move from strategic defense, from strategic balance to the conquest of power if appropriate, this action Should start from the Central Committee which is the vortex of struggle and go vaccinating all the committees, never disperse see steering system. Crushing right-wing positions and not letting them be structured, not letting them raise their heads, crushing the yoke, it is the Central Committee that must guide the leap in ideology, this will allow the leap in the organic, never the other way around . Not like the PCR that sells its conceptual books (as watchtower) indicating What is communism? What is revolution? , What tasks ?, of bookish concepts do not happen more, from their foundation to date do not advance. To all the organizations in question we appeal to the combative left of each Party to learn from President Mao: "Cañonear the headquarters", in which he lifted the lid on Liu Shao-chi's bourgeois headquarters. In a letter to the Red Guards, President Mao pointed out that his revolutionary actions  "manifest indignation and condemnation against the landlord class, the bourgeoisie, imperialism, revisionism and their lackeys, who exploit and oppress the workers, peasants, Revolutionary intellectuals and revolutionary parties and groups and testify that the rebellion against the reactionaries is justified; I express my warm support. "  And today as ring finger to leverage for some opportunist leaders: are capitulating, are by the parliamentary cretinism, are to hand over popular committees and weapons. In this new situation the Communists must face it by applying Maoism, firm resolution to unite, to program joint actions with flexibility, to move to greater actions, we must develop a sagacious and forceful communist struggle, strive to unite and sweep the new revisionists.

The PCP, based on its International Line, has carried out a relentless struggle within the MCI against revisionism: for the understanding of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as the third, new and superior stage of Marxism; By the concrete application of Maoism to the conditions of each country, against the hegemonic tendencies of the RCP in the RIM and its opposition to assuming Maoism; By the universal validity of the people's war; For the universal contributions of President Gonzalo, mainly the militarization of the Communist Parties, and other points.

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution initiated and directed personally by President Mao under the conditions of the dictatorship of the proletariat, a great revolution in the superstructure. We aim to crush revisionism, recover the part of power usurped by the bourgeoisie, fully exercise the dictatorship of the proletariat in the superstructure, including all the domains of culture, consolidate and strengthen the economic base of socialism and ensure that our country continues to advance By the socialist road.

At the 10th Plenary Session of the Eighth Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in 1962, President Mao said:  "To overthrow political power, it is always necessary first of all to create public opinion and work on the ideological ground. That is how the revolutionary classes come, and also the counterrevolutionary classes. "  With these words President Mao struck a blow to the counterrevolutionary revisionist clique of Liu Shao-chi. It was precisely for the sole purpose of preparing public opinion to overthrow the dictatorship of the proletariat that this clique so feverishly endeavored to seize the ideological field and the superstructure in its hands, exercised a rabid counterrevolutionary dictatorship over the proletariat in the various departments controlled by She and President Mao also spread: we had to destroy, in the first place, his counterrevolutionary public opinion with the revolutionary public opinion.

Seeing the two hills to the proletariat presents itself with immediate tasks, for the communists to develop a campaign of rectification, verification of militancy and care for the management system as the child of our eyes as an application of a relentless struggle against revisionism and in firm application of The GRCP.

Today, on this date of President Mao's birthday, we reaffirm in President Gonzalo's statement that  "MAOISM, ENCARNÁNDOSE IN THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD, WILL INCONTINLY PUT ON THE NEW GREAT WAVE OF THE GLOBAL PROLETARIAN REVOLUTION". And we call on all the Peruvian people to fight the traitors and revisionists of old and new, solving the problems facing the revolution today and as such the solution will come from the guns of our all powerful military theory: the People's War .

Finally we call on the Communist Parties to raise, defend and apply Maoism to be the sole command and guide of the new great wave of world proletarian revolution. It is described above as they are from failure to failure, we proceed to dynamite them with the deep class hatred we have.

December 2016
PCP-Central Committee

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Backlash against Republican’s repeal and non-replacement of Obamacare

For years now the Republican Party has been trying to kill Obamacare (Affordable Care Act or ACA). That was a major promise made by President Donald Trump as he ran his election campaign. But he also promised to replace Obamacare with his own program that would take care of the nearly 20 million people who now have health insurance thanks to the act. Trump has kept the first part of his promise. The Republicans are busy trying to repeal Obamacare. The second part is not so clear. There is no replacement of the ACA. Chances are there never will be a replacement. That has been traditional Republican strategy.
And so far repeal and no replacement is causing a backlash across the country. Angry people are not just willing to die over Trump’s inaction on health care.
The strategy has always been to keep US medical policy the same. Those who make good money can either afford the extremely expensive insurance rates or some lucky workers get some kind of coverage through their job. There is also Medicaid for those few individuals who are poor enough to be eligible for public assistance. And thanks to hard working Republican leaders, very few poor people are eligible for Medicaid, in most states.  
The Republicans represent the 1 percent of the Population who have most of the money and most of the political power (such as the Koch brothers). They want to do what is best for businesses and wealthy people who profit for voting for them. And they represent the insurance companies that profit off of the sick and dying, but wealthy individuals.
So the real plan for US medical policy is actually repeal Obamacare then stall. That will give them what they want….the old status quo we had before President Barack Obama.
But so far, many of the people who are set to lose the coverage, that they have, are not willing to just die off for the benefit and convenience of their wealthier fellow citizens. Reports have come in from all over the country that Republican politicians have been hearing from such people—the people whose health is now at risk because Obamacare is being repealed and not replaced. According to last Sunday’s The Wichita Eagle:

“It's a scene that's played out around the country over the past several weeks as Republicans and President Donald Trump have assumed control of Washington and begun moving forward on their long-held promise to undo former President Barack Obama's health care law. In an echo of the raucous complaints that confronted Democrats back in 2009 as they worked to pass "Obamacare" in the first place, Republicans who want to repeal it now are facing angry pushback of their own at constituent gatherings from Utah to Michigan to Tennessee and elsewhere, even in solidly Republican districts.”

And The Wichita Eagle article had its own example of a person who is worried about his loss of insurance:

“The voter identified himself as a cancer survivor, and he had something to say to Republican Rep. Justin Amash: "I am scared to death that I will not have health insurance in the future."
The comment earned 61-year-old retiree Paul Bonis a standing ovation from the crowd packed into a school auditorium in Amash's Michigan district Thursday night. And the congressman was booed for his response: That the Affordable Care Act has "hurt a lot of people," and he supports his party's plans to repeal and replace it, even though the GOP still hasn't united around an alternative.”

It seems a lot of people have said they are scared that they will die waiting around for the Republicans to come up with a better plan. They should worry, because the plan is really to do nothing once the old act is repealed. I know I am scared, because my wife retires this year and when she does I will not have health insurance. I had Hepatitis C for nearly 10 years. I was treated for it with an old set of medicines that made me real sick, almost like a person going through Chemotherapy, as they do for cancer. The first treatment didn’t work. I have stage four liver damage. A few years ago they came out with a new drug that cures Hep C. Even though I am free of the viruses, the disease has left me with liver damage and other health problems. If I can’t afford health insurance under someone’s plan, I will probably die in the next few years. I know there are many people who are in similar situations. As with many others, I don’t want to die just so some wealthier people won’t be inconvenienced or because the drug companies need to make massive profits. Facing death over a political situation creates contempt. And it should cause contempt as it has. For example, from The Wichita Eagle:

“In a Salt Lake City suburb on Thursday night, GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz faced irate constituents chanting "Do your job!" as they pressed the House Oversight Committee chairman to investigate Trump. Chaffetz struggled to be heard as he faced a litany of sharp questions and screams from a crowd of people who grilled him on everything from Obamacare to Chaffetz's desire to overturn a new national monument in southern Utah.”

This is what is needed here in this country. There needs to be a powerful backlash against repealing Obamacare and finally—we may have that backlash. It is badly needed. Even before Trump won, there are parts of the country where Obamacare is not being implemented because of certain stubborn Republican Governors and state legislators. Such an example is Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. He has opposed every part of Obamacare including expanding KanCare, his state's version of Medicaid. The results are that many working poor people and other poor persons are dying from preventable diseases. There has been some backlash against him, but it hasn’t been enough.
Much of what the Republicans are talking about doing, to replace Obamacare, is the usual foolishness that comes from their insensitivity to the poor. For example they want to encourage poor persons to build savings accounts for their medical needs. If I set up such an account, I might as well start a second one for a Learjet. The cost of medical treatment in the US is so ridiculously high that it isn’t much cheaper than buying a Learjet.
This backlash is a positive sign. If we can capitalize on it, then we can begin to push for serious change in US medical policy. We need a single payer system. But anything is better than the status quo we had before Obamacare. For all its wealth, the US has the worst health care system in the industrialized world.

To see The Wichita Eagle article click here.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Communiqué of the PCI (M): homage to comrades Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha

I have never met Comrade Ajitha, but I have read a lot of his works. I have always considered him a good writer and important thinker for the revolution in India. His criticism of Bob Avakian were key to some articles I wrote several years ago. So I'm saddened at the fact that he is now dead. I will never be able to know him now. That is misfortune. However, there is still a chance that the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and win and as long as there is that chance, I will be supporting their efforts. This article was translated by Google. I'm proud to post it here. -សតិវ​អតុ

The Communist Blog Network continues its task of giving a voice in Spanish to the Communist Party of India (M), translating its communiqués. On this occasion, the appeal is made on 1 January for the murder of two party militants, the comrade of the Central Committee Kuppu Devaraj and the militant Ajitha. His life will revolutionize, no doubt, will serve for the new generations to continue their fight to victory.

"As harsh as repression and loss are, the movement will advance to the end of the exploiting dominant classes, to implant the popular state power and to establish the State of New Democracy that advances towards Socialism and, later, towards Communism."

From Communist Party of India (Maoist):


The Communist Party of India (Maoist) pays a respectful tribute to its Central Committee member, Comrade Kuppu Devaraj (Ramesh / Yogesh / Rayanna), and a veteran activist, Comrade Ajitha.Comrade Devaraj served the revolutionary movement for almost forty years and died in a false confrontation with another veteran militant, Comrade Ajitha, on December 24, 2016. We send our deepest sympathy to the families of our dear comrades Devaraj and Ajitha. Comrade Devaraj was 62 years old and Comrade Ajitha 52. We call on the masses, democrats, patriots and citizens of the whole country to condemn the brutal murder and oppose such atrocities. The responsibility for this false confrontation rests on the current brahmanic-Hindu-fascist government of Modi and the social-fascist government of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of Kerala.

This is the revolutionary trajectory of our dear comrade Devaraj. Under the influence of the peasant armed struggle of Naxalbari in the 1960s, the peasantry and intellectuals of the Karnataka state began to work with the masses. One such person was Koganuru Gonappa from the village of Sirahatti, who, with the political example of the Naxalbari struggle, began to raise the awareness of the poor peasants. The mercenaries of the landowners murdered him.

There was later a vacuum of several years, followed by the formation of the PCI (ML) [Popular War]. Revolutionary militants and sympathizers across the country began to unite. Among them was Comrade Devaraj, who came into contact with the party in 1980. The result was the appearance of part-time militants in Karnataka, who were consolidated into party cells. Yogesh was an active militant of one of these cells. Together with others, he began to develop political and organizational work among workers, students and youth. In fact, even before the party came into contact with him, he already carried out revolutionary activities with other militants within the working class.

Comrade Devaraj was a factory worker. It belonged to the poor urban class and the oppressed Dalits. Their ancestors had emigrated from Tamil Nadu to Bangalore. He had a family with a wife, children, brothers and sisters. After becoming a militant, his house became a center of party activities.

Between 1980 and 1985, the party cells were activated. Soon Devaraj became a professional revolutionary ["PR" in the original] under the direction of Cherukuri Rajkumar (Azad). The party sent Comrade Azad to organize their structures in the state of Karnataka. By the year 85, there were already eight professional revolutionary militants led by Devaraj. The professional revolutionaries worked in the cities of Bangalore, Kolar and Mysore with the workers, the students and the youth.They also organized and supported student, worker, and youth struggles. They also formed a cultural front.

The cultural front, the party and the militants of the mass organizations spread the Prolonged People's War and extended the movement to Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and other areas. They carried out numerous tasks of political propaganda. In that process, before 85, a leading group, formed by ideological and political coherence, was formed, headed by Azad. Devaraj was the key person in this group.

In 1985, during the crisis of the Central Committee, this ruling group in Karnataka played an active role in confronting the opportunist and liquidationist clique within it. Under Comrade Azad's leadership, comrades Devaraj and Saketh Rajan played a crucial role in this internal struggle.Although the comrades did not have much experience in the class struggle, they studied the theory of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, the basic documents of the Party, as well as the revolutionary history of our country and the world, which allowed them to acquire ideological and political solidity . They fully assumed the party line of the Prolonged People's War and contributed to the party's adherence to the policy of armed struggle. The study and the theoretical struggle that they undertook against the opportunist and liquidationist clique allowed to lay the theoretical bases for the future organization of the party in the state. All this contributed also to that the group later became State Committee. The group also helped the Andhra Pradesh committee during the repression. Thanks to this assistance, the Andhra Pradesh committee was able to successfully carry out important tasks, which helped to develop good relations and cooperation between the two movements.

In 1987, at the First State Conference, Comrade Azad was elected Secretary of the State Committee, of which Saketh Rajan and Kuppu Devaraj were also members. In this conference a program for the peasant revolution was adopted. Taking into account the situation of social, economic and political inequality in the state, the decision was made to undertake the movement in the northern plains of Karnataka flanking Andhra Pradesh. Devaraj, who was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the rural movement as a member of the State Committee, understood that he would only advance with a steely direction. In this area a landowner was executed and his lands confiscated. The struggle lasted for about two years and the students also participated actively.

They worked with peasants in the districts of Bidar and Raichur. They mobilized the peasantry, set up peasant organization, and engaged in anti-feudal and anti-state struggles. It was then that the fight against the nuclear power plant of Kaiga arose. They broadened their scope of action to the student body and created student organizations in the districts of Bidar, Raichur, Chitradurga, Shimoga and Dharwad. The fight in Kaiga and work with the students made the party known throughout the state.

Due to the crisis in the Central Committee between 1985-1987, there was a break in activities for some time. There was no focal point and direction of the different movements in the states. In that period, Azad and Comrade Yogesh worked shoulder to shoulder to keep the frame structure intact.In that task, Comrade Devaraj also played a very important role in Tamil Nadu.

In 1990 the party held the Second State Conference. In this Conference the various struggles were analyzed in depth. The conference considered that there had been some deficiencies in the anti-feudal struggle, especially in relation to militancy. They drew the appropriate lessons from this experience and decided to consolidate the party and strengthen its leadership to push the movement forward. The party also held a State Plenary in 1993 to rectify heterogeneous class trends. In that plenary, the party assumed the task of developing itself to advance the movement and thus better face the problems of the people.

The national question was also raised in Karnataka. The party realized the need to address the problem of the kannadigas and created an organization to deal with it.

There was a second crisis in the party at the national level in 1991. In that crisis, the Karnataka State Committee produced a document outlining the erroneous tendencies of the minority group.They appealed to all party cadres to fight the opportunist clique in 1992. The aim of the appeal was that all cadres could understand the approaches of the liquidationist clique and combat it ideologically.

Before the Special National Conference of 1995, a state conference took place in which Devaraj assumed the position of Secretary of the State Committee. At the Conference he became an alternate member of the Central Committee and, as of 1997, a full-time member. From that moment, the internal struggle in the party in Karnataka slowed the advance of the movement.

In 2001, the former Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) [People's War] held its Ninth Congress and Comrade Devaraj was once again elected to the Central Committee. The Central Committee also created the Southwest Regional Office (SWRB), of which it was also a member. At that time, the State Committee proposed to the Central Committee to modify the areas of action in the short term. The Central Committee approved the proposal and developed a comprehensive plan.The Committee studied socio-economic and political conditions in these areas. Together with Comrade Saketh Rajan, Comrade Kuppu Devaraj played a key role in launching the movement in those areas in the early 21st century.

Once the work began in the zones of action, the opportunists began to sabotage it under the pretext that it would not work. They also opposed the merger of the two parties and the creation of the Maoist Party. In that context Comrade Saketh Rajan heroically martyred in combat with the enemy.After his death Comrade Devaraj continued the struggle against the right-wing opportunist clique with the help of the South West Regional Office. Most of the comrades remained true to the Party line. Finally the crisis was solved in the State Conference of 2006, in which the Party left the opportunist clique.

A document was published in which opponents were rebutted under the title "Opportunists never understand the revolutionary dialectic." Yogesh was the soul of that document. Meanwhile, armed guerrilla fighters had been raised in Madurai and some neighboring districts of Tamil Nadu. Yogesh was the one who assumed the main responsibility for the planning and preparation of cadres for armed struggle.

In 2004 the Maoist Party was formed. Yogesh, as a member of the Central Committee, helped to create the new party. He subsequently became a member of the Southwest Regional Office. He participated in the Unity Congress, to which he contributed ideologically and politically.

In 2007 the Party held the Congress of Unity-Ninth Congress. Congress elected Comrade Devaraj to the Central Committee and reconfirmed him as a member of the Southwest Regional Office. By the end of that year and the following year, other comrades of the Regional Office had either been martyred or detained. Comrade Devaraj took over the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.In this difficult situation, he remained firm and contributed to the cadres to consolidate the revolutionary movement.

In 2011, the Southwest Party decided to concentrate most of our subjective forces in the wooded area bordering the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.Comrade Devaraj always wanted to open a war front in this part of the country. He constantly studied the conditions of the different parts of these three states, which allowed him to play a crucial role in the beginning of the movement in that area and in the direction and implantation of the pictures in it. In a short time, the Party gained the appreciation of the traditional tribal populations of the region and directed to the Guerilla Army of Popular Liberation in the successful development of its politico-military campaign. The masses began to integrate widely into the guerrilla squads. All this put on alert the governments of the three states. The current movement in that area is a major blow to revisionism, especially in Kerala. The Party showed the masses the right course, to which Devaraj contributed actively.

When the Southwest Regional Office launched the Command Training Program [LTP], Comrade Devaraj assumed responsibility and ran the training camps. In the program participated state and superior cadres who received a complete education that allowed them to equip themselves with a clear vision on the diverse questions of the revolutionary movement. Devaraj thus contributed to forming political party cadres.

Comrade Devaraj also had an active role in the processes of unity with other revolutionary communists. It was he who led on behalf of the Central Committee the negotiations with the Naxalbari group that later led to the merger of that formation. Previously, Devaraj had initiated conversations with the group Janasakthi, managing to attract some comrades to the correct way.Comrade Devaraj was keenly interested in the Party press and mass organizations. He also paid great attention to the information of all the news and events that the corresponding committees might need in their tasks.

There is another important thing about Devaraj: he played a prominent role in supplying weapons and ammunition for the ongoing popular war, as well as in the manufacture of grenades.

The Western Ghats could become a new bastion of the revolutionary movement in the country, so the central and state governments plotted the kidnapping of Devaraj and another veteran Party militant, Comrade Ajitha, and assassinated them in an alleged confrontation.

Comrade Devaraj's loss is a blow to the Party, which had begun to consolidate among the masses in the Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu border areas. The people of Kerala will never forget [Arikkad] Verghese, who reached martyrdom almost fifty years ago, as well as his sacrifice for the people. The people want to promote the movement according to the ideals of Verghese, so, as soon as the Party approached them, they became actively involved. Now they will never forget Devaraj.

Comrade Devaraj belonged to an oppressed class, the Dalit community. He spoke fluently English, Malayali, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and the local language adivasi. The Indian Revolution has lost a great leader, tempered in the hard internal struggle on ideological and theoretical level. He led the movement with few subjective forces and relatively less experience, and this with great courage and iron will. He talked to everyone and was able to create a democratic atmosphere between the cadres and the masses, gaining their trust. Thus it will always remain in its memory.

He was a disinterested personality. He would undertake any task entrusted to him by the Committee. Devaraj will be remembered in the Indian Revolution, mainly in the Western Ghats, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Dandakaranya. Their ideals will live forever. Their commitment, their seriousness in the work and their sacrifice will undoubtedly advance the Party. Comrade Devaraj's unwavering commitment to the objective will help the future cadres to overcome the current losses. One must learn from Devaraj how to swim against the current. Comrade Devaraj's style of work, will, dedication and courage are an example for all Party cadres. The Central Committee urges the cadres of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to imbue themselves with the ideals of the martyr. The Committee also urges the cadres of these three states to undertake their work and continue to work with their own energy. Following his example, he can become a good communist worker. This will be the true tribute to the great martyr. Once again we express our regret and our condolences to his paintings and his family.

With the help of other comrades, he hoisted the red flag in the Western Ghats. No matter how harsh repression and losses may be, the movement will advance to the point of eliminating the exploiting dominant classes, implanting popular state power, and establishing the New Democracy State to advance towards Socialism and, later, toward Communism.

Spokesperson,  Central Committee
PCI (Maoist)
January 1, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Philippines: Condemn Duterte’s arbitrary termination of GRP-NDFP peace negotiations and declaration of all-out war

From Democracy and Class Struggle/ Communist Party of the Philippines:

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the Filipino people in condemning GRP President Rodrigo Duterte for arbitrarily terminating the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.

Duterte has gone berserk and upturned the entire peace process facilitated by the Royal Norweigian Government. He has wasted the achievements attained in peace talks over the past few months. He has crushed the people’s aspiration to carry out peace negotiations as a means of resolving the roots of the ongoing civil war.

The CPP denounces the arrest last Monday of NDFP peace consultant Ariel Arbitrario in Davao City, together with two workers activists. The CPP assails the Duterte order to rearrest and detain all JASIG-protected NDFP consultants, particularly those who were released last August for the talks. He has ordered as well the arrest of those who had been ordered released by the courts long before Duterte became GRP president.

Not only will rearresting the NDFP consultants be a gross violation of the JASIG, it will also be the height of treachery and will prove him incapable of respecting agreements.

Furthermore, rearresting NDFP consultants on Duterte’s orders, even when there are no outstanding court orders, will be tantamount to flaunting the law and exercising despotic authority.

The besieged NDFP consultants can avail of the security of the NPA and enjoy the freedom in the guerrilla zones.

Duterte is proving to the NDFP and the people how difficult it is to conduct serious negotiations with a doublespeaking thug who only recognizes his own rules. He is presenting himself a charlatan who does not know the true meaning of just and lasting peace.

Contrary to his claim of “having done everything”, Duterte has in fact done very little to advance peace talks. Indeed, he released 18 NDFP consultants, because otherwise he would have no one to talk to. But, as Duterte is now proving, the consultants were never completely free as they constantly were under threat of rearrest the moment the peace talks did not go along his whims. He has also failed to release all political prisoners, a promise he has repeatedly made.

Duterte has chosen to terminate peace talks when he could no longer use it to compel the CPP and NPA to a prolonged ceasefire that has left the people defenseless against AFP military operations. The termination of the CPP and NPA ceasefire signals the revolutionary forces will not accept pacification or surrender. The thug that he is, Duterte will not have any of the CPP’s assertion of its revolutionary integrity.

The revolutionary forces denounce Duterte for regarding the CPP, NPA and NDF as “a terrorist group.” In doing so, Duterte has effectively joined the US imperialists in its terrorist-tagging just a few days after his negotiating panel agreed to ask the US to remove the CPP, NPA and Prof. Jose Ma. Sison from its list of so-called “foreign terrorists.”

Indeed, Duterte appears to have acceded to many of the US plans including that of building military facilities inside AFP camps in line with EDCA and carrying out 256 war exercises with the VFA. He is now proving his anti-US rhetoric of the past months as a completely hollow enticement for Filipino patriots.

The Filipino people must prepare against Duterte’s all-out war declaration. Judging by his record in his Oplan Tokhang, Duterte’s all-out war is bound to set his fascist dogs in the AFP in a wild spree of human rights abuses against the people and gross violations of civil liberties. The abuses perpetrated by the AFP over the past months are set to worsen. The people must be ready to vigorously oppose any scheme to impose martial law or martial law-style rule and rehabilitate and reinstate the Marcoses to power.

Duterte’s declaration of an all-out war is an empty taunt. All past reactionary regimes have dreamt of defeating the NPA and the people’s war. All have failed.

The New People’s Army is ever ready to face Duterte’s all-out war. The AFP is overstretched. It could not even defeat the NPA in Eastern Mindanao despite its all-out offensives of the past four years. It will fail stem the nationwide growth of the NPA. Duterte’s all-out war will be completely frustrated. The NPA and the revolutionary movement will definitely outlast the Duterte regime.

The workers, peasants and ordinary toiling people continue to suffer oppression and exploitation. Their clamor to wage and intensify the people’s war continues to grow.

Over the past months, Duterte’s reckless demagoguery has painted himself into a corner, antagonizing the people with the killing spree in his so-called war against drugs and perpetrating such anti-people policies of contractualization, cheap labor, landgrabbing and so on. He has now antagonized all peace-loving sectors of the Philippines. Not for long, he will only have the AFP’s fascist dogs for company.

The Party calls on the Filipino people to build a broad united front to demand peace talks and vigorously oppose countryside militarization and extrajudicial killings in the “anti-drug war” and all-out war and resist the worsening tyrannical rule under Duterte.

Ka Oris of the New People's Army on the Termination of Unilateral Ceasefire