Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's messages from around the world

Message for the New Year 2011

Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal
National Spokesperson
Communist Party of the Philippines
December 31, 2010
Other versions: Pilipino

To all the revolutionary forces and the Filipino people: I would like to extend my most ardent greetings on the occasion of the coming New Year. We approach 2011 in the face of intensifying crisis, poverty and suffering. As we have witnessed these past few months under the new Aquino government, we cannot expect any changes that would bring any good or relief to the toiling masses and the people.
With the New Year, let us renew our resolve to achieve revolutionary change. Revolution is the only light that bursts through the cloudy sky and gives hope to the people. Let us achieve many more of the brilliant revolutionary victories we have attained in the past years. In 2011, let us achieve new and bigger victories in all fields of struggle. Despite the hardship and pain, let us devote all our strength and abilities to the advancement and victory of the revolution.
More firmness, courage and perseverance in the year 2011!
The Philippine Revolution Web Central is maintained by the CPP Information Bureau.
Red Greetings from CARC Party [mailto:carc.int.dept@alice.it]
Inviato: venerdì 31 dicembre 2010 8.13
Oggetto: red greetings from Italy

king crimson - 21st century schizoid man

This song was written in the 1970s. Has it come true?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The year 2010: Important news review


1 Afghanistan-This war drags on while President Barack Obama keeps pumping money and people into it. All year long this war keeps popping up in the news. Anti-war activist keep pushing for an end to this nation-building-empire-building war. The pundits for imperialism keep talking on how the US can win this war and keep coming up with excuses to continue until some kind of victory.
This will be a major theater of action next year as we try to shut this war down.



2. Indian revolution, Operation Green Hunt- The Communist Party of India (Maoist) has made major advances over the years in creating a “red corridor.” The Indian Government launched Operation Green Hunt to try and wipe the rebels out. They took some areas and cities, but overall the plan has failed to eradicate the rebels.

3. Nepal revolution- remains in a stalemate with the reactionary parties and the military. The United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) is still working on a strategy to continue and expand their revolution. On the positive side they have not lost anything major in quite some time.

4. The Philippines- The New People’s Army and its political wing The Communist Party of the Philippines is expanding its revolution. It is not as advanced as it was during the Ferdinand Marcos era, but it has expanded since Corazon Aquinowas president.

5. Peru-The US and Peruvian government are worried about a resurgence of guerrilla violence. However, no one seems sure which faction is doing most of the fighting. There is the old guard which is still loyal to Chairman Gonzalo and another that is following a new group calling itself the Communist Party of Peru (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist).

6. Korea- There has been constant tension between North and South Korea. The North has actually fired some shells at the South, but so far it has not yet escalated to war. There have been arguments by leftist groups as whether or not to actually support the government in the North, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

7. Italy- Partito dei Comitati di Appoggio alla Resistenza - per il Comunismo (CARC) continues to build block governments and may be one of the most active Maoist groups in Europe.

8. Young Americans don’t hate socialism- according to a new poll by Pew. The anti-socialism attitudes of the Tea Party activist may be those of an era that is about to come to a close soon. This means the possibility of opening up new debates among the US youth as to the merits of socialism.

9. The mainstream British press noticed a rise in Marxism-

This came from an article published in Times Online.

10. Maoist and Marxist organizations appear to be showing up in more and more countries, including those of the old Warsaw Pact. We had a Trotsky group send in an article from Romania.
The main thing we need to do is promote Marxism, Maoism and socialism in general here in the US. A Socialist Party has formed at the local university, Wichita State University. We need to encourage all socialists in this area to keep active and keep open the debates for change. -សតិវ អតុ

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2010: the year in review

A number of items made big news this year. The top ten were;


Wikileaks released thousands of documents about US foreign policy. So far most of it is predictable and most of the information is more of an embarrassment more than anything else. But it will take some time for anyone to examine all the files.


The Tea Party Republicans captured much of the US House of Representatives this year, in a major election. They have yet to hold office and their impact on US politics is still a wild card for now. The Tea Party is a careful blend of populism with Herbert Hoover politics and a lot of quackery thrown in.


This year’s elections were unusually dirty. Extremist ran against moderate Republicans and the name calling and fear mongering took part on both sides.


Political activist were arrested for anti-war activities. Members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization were accused of having connections to terrorist groups based on the possibility that some of their members may have met with groups that the US government has accused of being terrorists.
People who protested at the 2008 Republican National Convention were also prosecuted as terrorists. Several people were arrested for protesting that event and eight are still dealing with criminal legal charges against them.  


Arizona tried to pass an illegal immigrant law that the rest of the country saw as pure discrimination.


The War on Drugs got worse this year. Mexican violence over drug cartels has spiraled out of control. Here at home old people were being arrested for having marijuana and in Wichita a drug treatment center, Parallax, was closed down.


Abortion stayed in the news. Scott Roeder, who killed Dr. George Tiller, was found guilty and put away. Two new doctors, Mila Means and Greg Linhardt, are planning to take his place performing abortions in Wichita once again. This means a return to the political abortion wars.

Gays finally got the right to serve openly in the US military.

The Health care debate continued into 2010 this year. A bill was finally passed. It gave neither liberals nor conservatives what they really wanted.

The Islam center at ground zero of 9/11 was a major controversy. It brought out the worst of Americans.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

News from Nepal

This is from REPUBLICA;
and

 

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: The UCPN (Maoist) Central Committee meeting on Friday endorsed the political paper of party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal that proposes to go for a revolt if there is any conspiracy against peace and the new constitution.

The CC meeting held at party headquarters, Paris Danda endorsed Dahal´s political paper by voice vote as Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya, who had presented a separate political paper during the Palungtar plenum, supported Dahal, except in his review of the party´s history from the Chunwang meeting to date.


Another Vice-chairman, Dr Baburam Bhattarai, has expressed his disagreement over Dahal´s political paper, saying that it would only encourage counter-revolution but voiced his support for the immediate work plan proposed by Dahal. The three top leaders, however, are in consensus over the party´s immediate work plan as there has been agreement to hold a debate on the differences seen in the political papers of Chairman Dahal and Dr Bhattarai.

"The political paper presented by the chairman at the Palungtar plenum has been endorsed by the CC meeting," said Maoist spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma after the meeting.

Chairman Dahal and Vice-chairmen duo Baidya and Dr Bhattarai had presented separate political papers at the Palungtar plenum as there was no consensus among the top three leaders on the party´s immediate action plan. The plenum had given responsibility to the party´s CC committee to resolve differences seen in the three separate political papers and come up with a single document on the party´s immediate action plan.

All three political papers mainly dwelt on determining the party´s principal enemy and a review of the Chunwang meeting, among other things. While Chairman Dahal had proposed ´Indian expansionism and intermingling of domestic reactionaries´ as the principal enemy, Baidya and Dr Bhattarai had taken ´India´ and ´domestic reactionaries´ respectively, as the principal enemy of the party.

Friday´s CC meeting endorsed Dahal´s political paper as Baidya agreed to Dahal´s proposal that ´Indian expansionism and intermingling of domestic reactionaries´ be taken as the
principal enemy. While proposing to forward a slogan of struggle for peace and constitution, Dahal in his political paper has given emphasis to people´s revolt.

The Palungtar plenum had decided to hold a debate both within and outside the party on differences seen among the top three leaders.
According to spokesperson Sharma, the CC meeting decided to start a new publication, ´Bichar Dhara´, to debate the ideological differences seen among the leaders --something leaders close to Dr Bhattarai have opposed saying that it would close the door for open debate.

Baidya had expressed reservations over the analysis of Dahal and Dr Bhattarai that the party´s political course of peace, constitution and federal democratic republic adopted by the party´s Chunwang meeting was correct.

Among other things, Baidya has said it was mistake on the part of the Maoists to agree to the end of the people´s war in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and dissolution of the Maoists´ self-styled people´s government. He has also criticized the party-led government as a total failure as it could not do anything significant during its leadership.

Vice-chairman Bhattarai has expressed reservations over Chairman Dahal´s political paper. "This action plan will only help counter-revolution if we take into account both the national and international situation," a CC member quoted Dr Bhattarai as saying. "I may be in a wrong position as well. Despite my reservations, I support the immediate work plan adopted by the party."

Dr Bhattarai had said at the meeting that the work plan proposed by Dahal would neither bring peace nor ensure promulgation of a new constitution or a revolt.

Maoists to hold struggle programs

As a part of the party´s struggle program for peace and constitution, the Maoists plan to hold rallies starting from December 30 and internal orientation for party cadres until January 14, 2011. Likewise, the party has proposed to appeal people in the streets along with a publicity campaign from mid-January to mid-February and launch a strong struggle from February 13 that coincides with the anniversary of the Maoist people´s war launched in 1996 and take the struggle program to a new height beginning April 7, which marks Janaandolan Day.

Maoists to seek UNMIN term extension

Maoists have decided to seek consent from other political parties for extending the term of UNMIN yet again if the integration and rehabilitation of combatants is not accomplished by the set deadline of January 15, 2011. The Maoists also decided to seek an alternative if there is no consensus with political parties on UNMIN´s term extension.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Afghanistan still an issue at the end of 2010

Afghanistan wants autonomy

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

Even for a puppet government it is hard to be a puppet to NATO, the US and other international powers. That must be why the government in Afghanistan denounced a NATPO night raid which killed to people. The government there accused the Western forces of violating agreements governing the security of the Afghan capital.  
According to a report in The Wichita Eagle;
“The quarrel highlighted long-standing disagreements between the Afghan government and the U.S. military, which makes up the majority of the foreign force, over the use of night raids. Afghan officials say such raids often result in accidental civilian deaths.
The incident also underscored jurisdictional disputes that are likely to arise as Western troops begin handing over security responsibilities to the Afghan police and army. NATO plans call for Afghan forces to take the lead in safeguarding the country by 2014, paving the way for the departure of most Western troops, who now number about 150,000.”
The US went in to put a more favourable government in Afghanistan and has accused the Taliban of supporting Al Qaeda, a group dedicated to destroying the US present in the Middle-east. However, the Taliban have seemed intent on ridding Afghanistan of a US presence.
The mainstream press has focussed on the Taliban’s mistreatment of women as a possible excuse for the US to stay there. But there is no evidence that the US is in a better position to help women than groups already active in Afghanistan.
As this year comes to a close and the New Year approaches, Afghanistan remains a thorn in US foreign policy.

From A World Can’t Wait;

One of the important developments in 2010 is that Wikileaks published information which revealed U.S. war crimes and the diplomatic operations of the U.S government.  Instead of prosecuting officials responsible for these crimes, the U.S. government has unleashed a series of vicious attacks on Wikileaks.
The Obama administration is attempting to re-write laws in order to silence Wikileaks.  Assange’s life is threatened in the national media. The U.S. military and State Department has banned personnel from reading these documents. Paypal, Visa, Mastercard and Bank of America ban people from donating to Wikileaks.  But people are resisting such bans. Columbia Journalism professors protested Columbia's ban, and it was rescinded! 

Friday, December 24, 2010

A very Red Seasons Greetings

A season of Hope

A Christmas History

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

Christmas wasn’t a major Christian holiday until the Roman Empire adopted Christianity. They didn’t know exactly when Jesus Christ was born so they chose December 25 because it was close to the pagan celebration Sol Invictus.
This holiday was to celebrate the Winter Solstice. It was a major holiday, so it was easy to just change its name and keep many of the customs, some of which we have today. In addition, each country or tribes in Europe contributed something from their own solstice celebration.
Mistletoe was considered sacred by the Druids of Ireland and England. They believed it had magic powers. It was later adopted by the Christian Church, In the York cathedral the minister placed the branch on the High Altar and proclaimed “public and universal liberty, pardon and freedom of all sorts of inferior and wicked people at the minster gates, and the gates of the city, towards the four quarters of heaven.”
“The Egyptians were part of a long line of cultures that treasured and worshipped evergreens. When the winter solstice arrive, they brought green date palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life's triumph over death.
The Romans celebrated the winter solstice with a fest called Saturnalia in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. They decorated their houses with greens and lights and exchanged gifts. They gave coins for prosperity, pastries for happiness, and lamps to light one's journey through life.
Centuries ago in Great Britain, woods priests called Druids used evergreens during mysterious winter solstice rituals. The Druids used holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life, and place evergreen branches over doors to keep away evil spirits.”

Santa Claus comes from a variety of persons with different clothing and names from all over Europe.
The American Santa is a product of a blend of many different cultures and customs. His earliest ancestors date back to pre-Christian days, when sky-riding gods ruled the earth. The mythological characters Odin, Thor, and Saturn gave us the basis for many of Santa's characteristics.
His suite was not always red. He was not always fat. He had many means of travel.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

More on Abortion demonstrations in Wichita


 
Last Saturday was a blast from Wichita’s past as both anti and pro abortion picketers went to Mila Means office. As reported last week, by The Wichita Eagle, Means and Greg Linhardt have decided to start performing abortions here in Wichita.
The anti-abortionists, led by Operation Rescue; planned to picket there at 10 am. The website put up for Operation Rescue claimed;
“The protest and prayer vigil was conducted smoothly. A small group of pro-abortion counter protesters huddled on a corner and unsuccessfully attempted to cover a huge sign that read “Thou Shalt Not Kill” put up by Mark Gietzen of the Kansas Coalition for Life.”
Yet pro-abortion protesters said their group was not so small.
“We had about 35-40 people. Someone said they had maybe 50 people on the other side. It was hard to tell because people on both sides were standing together on the curb in front of the strip mall where the doctor’s office is located,” said Diane Wahto.
According to the Kansas National Organization of Women website;
“The Kansas National Organization for Women stand in support of Dr. Mila Means and Dr. Greg Lindhardt in their decision to provide Wichita women with abortion care…..
We are grateful for the courage of these two doctors. The fact is that providing abortion care is dangerous work.”
Those pro-choice(abortion) protesters on site had plenty to say.
It was a chance to confront those I believe with every fiber of my being are responsible for the cold blooded murder of Dr. Tiller. It was also a chance to show support for the heroic Dr's who are stepping up and offering women a legal medical procedure despite the thugs and their threats,” said Bonnie Moss-rodes.
Until these thugs are treated and seen for the domestic terrorists they are there will be more murders. Some moron tries to make a bomb out of his underwear and the whole nation is threatened, six doctors, two receptionists and a security guard are murdered, to say nothing of the bombs the arsons and the acid attacks by the dozens and all of these are individual incidents committed by lone wolves. What do we have to do to get people to see this for what it is? I for one have seen the results of two bombings first hand in San Diego and I have seen a good man laying in a coffin after a act of terrorism here in Wichita. I think for me the terrorism that claims to be pro-life is obviously more danger than another 9/11,” she added. .
Wichita has been plagued with countless demonstrations and anti-demonstrations for years as the so called “pro-life activist tried to shut down Dr. Tillers office. They will no start picketing this new effort to provide women with abortion services here in Wichita.
Kansas NOW member Kari Ann Rinker.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Philippines: Aquino's Oplan Bayanihan will fail to stop the advance of people's war

From
Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today described the US-Aquino regime's new counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign plan Bayanihan as "the same dog with a different collar." The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is scheduled to unveil tomorrow its new COIN plan that will replace the previous Arroyo government' Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL).
The OBL has been widely criticized for giving rise to the spate of extra-judicial killings and abductions targeting mainly social activists and critics of the government and the ruling system. It was known for its brutal military operations and other gross human rights abuses that have caused massive sufferings of the people, especially in suspected New People's Army areas as well as those fighting in the legal and parliamentary arena.
More than a thousand people tagged by government military and security forces as "supporters of the NPA" were summarily executed by "death squads" identified with the AFP.
In his assessment of the OBL, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo David Jr. acknowledged the "negative public perception" generated by what he says is a "perceived poor human rights record ascribed to the AFP and the publicized military abuses." In an effort to counter such perception, the AFP command has gone public to say that their COIN plan now stresses the 'whole nation approach' and 'respect for human rights.'
"The problem with the ruling reactionary regime and its armed forces is that they want to dismiss the several thousand cases of human rights abuses by the military as a mere problem of negative perception and is now trying to hide behind new fancy slogans," said the CPP. "With the AFP persistently in a state of denial regarding its record of abuses and rights violations, their new slogans are only good for sound bytes."
The CPP said that "Aquino's Oplan Bayanihan is not at all new except in name and heavy cosmetizing."
Elaborating, the CPP said "the 'new' COIN plan hews to the fancy rhetoric of the latest edition of the US Counterinsurgency Guide. It contains the same, brutal, militarist doctrine and prescriptions of all previous US-designed COIN plans. It pretends only to be different from Arroyo's Oplan Bantay Laya by harping on new rhetoric that are neither grounded in practice nor in will."
The CPP said further that the Aquino government is now being called upon to decisively stop the ongoing extrajudicial killings, brutal military operations and other gross human rights violations of its military, security and paramilitary forces. "It should prosecute and punish the criminal masterminds and principal perpetrators of more than a thousand cases of extrajudicial killings and thousands of other cases of gross human rights abuses committed in the past ten years under Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL)."
Since the onset of the Aquino government, there has been an average of more than one extrajudicial killing per week, which is a much higher rate than during the terminal months of its predecessor.
"In failing to punish the masterminds and perpetrators of continuing gross human rights violations and crimes against the people, the Aquino government is encouraging the culture of impunity and emboldening these criminals. This confirms that reaction, oppression and fascism are endemic to the rotten ruling system. The people have no other recourse but to resist and wage revolution to effect change."
"Like its predecessor," said the CPP, "Oplan Bayanihan is sure to fail in its declared objectives of defeating the people's revolutionary armed resistance. It can never succeed in its core objective to defend the rotten ruling system that exploits and oppresses the people. It will will keep on engendering revolution until the entire rotten, puppet, reactionary system is brought down and replaced by a revolutionary, democratic, pro-people and progressive one."

Reference:

Marco Valbuena
Media Officer
Cellphone Numbers: 09156596802 :: 09282242061
E-mail: cppmedia@gmail.com  

Monday, December 20, 2010

News from Peru

Here is a Google translation from


According to Peruvian press reports there have been several clashes between the guerrilla troops of the underground Communist Party of Peru and the armed forces in the area VRAE.
The most important of these tube place in the vicinity of the town of Pampa Hermosa when a military helicopter MI 17, identified as EP 610 was attacked by gunfire from the guerrillas. One of the crew were reached and the tube unit to withdraw to their base of Pichari.
Official sources reported that the helicopter was disabled after the guerrilla attack, to conform with a mission to provide food and supplies to military patrols of the 31 Infantry Brigade Huancayo.

The original;

Lima, 11.11.10
Según informa la prensa perúana se han producido varios enfrentamientos entre efectivos de la guerrilla del clandestino Partido Comunista del Perú y fuerzas militares en la zona del VRAE.
En el mas importante de los mismos tubo lugar en las cercanias de la población de Pampa Hermosa cuando un helicóptero militar MI 17, identificado como EP 610 fue atacado por disparos de la guerrilla. Uno de los tripulantes resulto alcanzado y el aparato tubo que retirarse a su base de Pichari.
Fuentes oficiales informaron que el helicóptero quedó inutilizado luego del ataque guerrillero, que cumplia con una misión de abastecer de alimentos y pertrechos a las patrullas militares de la 31° Brigada de Infantería de Huancayo.
correovermello noticias 
Información de la Revolucion Proletaria Mundial 
saudos vermellos / saludos rojos

Winter Solstice

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Abortion returns to Wichita, along with protesters




When Dr. George Tiller was murdered, many pro-life groups proudly hailed that this event rid the City of Wichita of abortion once and for all. They believed they had won the battle. The believed they could keep abortion out of Wichita.
They were wrong. According to The Wichita Eagle; A Kansas City abortion clinic has been training two doctors to provide abortion services in Wichita following the death of George Tiller, a clinic spokesman said Wednesday.
According to the Article;


“Mila Means and Greg Linhardt decided to learn how to perform abortions at their Wichita medical practices after Tiller was shot to death by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in May 2009, said Aid For Women spokesman Jeff Peterson. Abortion services haven't been offered in Wichita since Tiller's death.”
The two will provide abortions sometime in the middle of next year. They do not plan to do late-term abortions as Dr. Tiller did.

Now the Pro-life will have to reorganize and plan to pester and threaten a new group of doctors. However, they may find their threats and intimidation won’t work. Thuggery just doesn’t always work. Many people dedicated to giving women their rights to choose an abortion are not going to let murderers and thugs stop something that is perfectly legal.
Protests have begun
By
Anti-abortion activist have already started to harass the new doctors, Mila Means and Greg Linhard, who are planning to open up an abortion clinic in Wichita.
They held a protest at the new clinic site, Saturday, Dec. 18. The local National Organization for Women set up a counter protest to let the antis know they will what they are up against and to show support for these new doctors.

 Protest and counter protest

India: Maoist CPI plans to form liberated zones

From the Hindu.com;

The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) is planning major strategies to increase its influence and strength.
An important task the Maoists have set for themselves is to create a liberated zone, in Bihar, Jharkhand and Dandakaranya (Chattisgarh). Towards this end, the party's strike force — People Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) — is being developed.
This was stated by Prasad, party's Andhra-Orissa Border State committee member during an interview at a remote place on the Andhra-Orissa border. A few reporters reached the place, guided by a local Girijan, trekking a small distance after travelling on a bumpy dirt track on either side of which landmines and directional mines were reportedly planted to keep the area out of the reach of the police.
The CPI (Maoist) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of PLGA, from December 2 to January 2, 2011. As part of it, the party organised a meeting at which local Girijans vowed to take over the Forest Department's coffee plantations.
He said the PLGA should be transformed into the people's liberation army for which a liberated zone was necessary. PLGA formations were being developed to achieve this target and it had also carried out "mobile" war by carrying out raids on targets at faraway places, by mobilising its armed cadre from different parts and taking assistance from the people along the way.
PLGA cadres, over a period of two to three months, successfully carried out an attack at Nayagarh in Orissa as part of this mobile war.
"The creation of a liberated zone and beefing up PLGA for this purpose is in its early stages. The process is being commenced by forming village-level committees which will be expanded to mandal (taluk) and district levels. Already, the Janatana Sarcars [revolutionary people's councils-RPCs] have been formed in Dandakaranya," he said.
The PLGA, which has grown to the strength of creating companies, is also planning battalions. "We have already reached this stage in Dankaranya. We don't have a timeframe for other areas but the process will be completed early if the conditions suit us, that is until people take up armed struggle."

Nepal: interview with Dr Baburam Bhattarai

From Republica;

Maoist Vice-Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai is an ideologue and one of the brains behind the 10-year-long Maoist insurgency in Nepal. The Maoist party is currently undergoing sharp ideological differences among Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Senior Vice-Chairman Mohan Baidya and Bhattarai.

The party is having a tough time forging a common "action-plan" for implementation in the peace process as the top three leaders are at loggerheads over the party's future course of action. Republica journalist Post B Basnet caught with him on Saturday and talked about the role of his party in the peace process.


What is your party currently engaged in?

Right now our party is engaged in institutionalizing the progressive changes in society while passing through a historical transitional phase of evolution of autocracy, feudalism and institutionalization of modern industrial state based on multi-party democratic polity. This transition has its complications. But, as a responsible political party, we are still trying to find a way out amidst the presence of bourgeois democratic forces who believe in parliamentary democracy and us, communist revolutionaries, who believe in people's democracy. We are trying to find a common meeting ground where we can institutionalize a democratic system in which the oppressed masses will have their participation in the state in a new socio-economic and federal structure.

There are sharp ideological differences between you, Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Mohan Baidya. Are you facing an ideological dilemma?


In every political party, there are political debates. If there is no debate, you can't have a vibrant political party, and especially in a communist party debate on ideological political questions are always there. We believe in dialectical materialism and unity of opposites. Unity, struggle, and transformation give impetus to the development process. So, accordingly, our party is also a vibrant entity and there is a constant struggle between various opinions. But, ultimately, we are united on one issue: That we need overall restructuring of the Nepali state and society. To achieve that objective, we launched people's war and we have already seen the results in the form of republicanism, federalism and secularism. These are positive gains. These gains need to be preserved. We still have to struggle to institutionalize a democratic system whereby the oppressed classes of people, nationalities, regions, gender, oppressed caste will also have their say. We are trying to figure out the correct path within the party to achieve them.

There is also the question of doing away with the remnants of feudalism and autocracy in different spheres of state and society. Since the days of Sugauli Treaty, our economy, state and society have been subjugated. So we want to do away with such domination and reassert total sovereignty and national independence. We need to settle the dispute on whether we want to give priority to democracy or nationalism.

Let's talk about the party. The Palungtar plenum failed to take any political line. What do you have to say?

No, this is not a question of failing. We had a real good democratic exercise; 7,000 people gathered for seven days and engaged in constructive political debates and that itself was a big achievement. It has created a basis for achieving a higher unity within the party and clarifying the political lines. In that sense, the Palungtar plenum was very useful and historical and we have taken a unified view that the current path of peace, constitution-making and democracy should be pursued and to make it a success we need to mobilize the masses from the streets as well. Reactionary and status quo-ist forces don't want progressive changes in the society. So, to exert pressure on them, we need to mobilize the masses. On this issue, the party is unified.

What's the difference between people's revolt floated by you, Dahal and Baidya?

We have every right to revolt against injustice; Mahatma Gandhi called it civil disobedience, some call it a revolt, while others call it a revolution. They are the same thing. We want change in society. So, if this process of change is blocked, people have the right to revolt against that, this is the general political philosophy. In that sense, we want to pursue the path of peace and democracy. But if that path is blocked, people have the right to resist and revolt. This is a general formulation and so we have no fundamental dispute on this.

This is your view. But there are fundamental differences between you and Baidya on this issue?


No, I don't think there are fundamental differences. The only question is whether the objectives, political goals we accept and our party accepts could be achieved through peaceful and democratic means, and whether the reactionary forces will allow it. On the question of evaluation, there are some differences. Even then we all agreed on principles that we should pursue.

What's the difference?

The difference is whether we should pursue this process (the current peaceful path) till the end. And if it is blocked, people should realize that we will have to take another path. Only when the general masses realize, a "people's movement" becomes successful. If the people don't realize, the current path is no longer viable and possible. They won't come out onto the streets in protest.

But Baidya is calling for an end to the ongoing process?


Nobody is saying that indeed. The difference lies only in assessments. What I am stressing is that on our part we should make sincere efforts till the end. We should patiently pursue and try our best till the end to make a new constitution and complete the peace process. But, side by side, we need to empower the masses. We have to mobilize the masses again, in case this path fails. Then the people will rise in a "people's movement" and give impetus to this development process. I have been stressing this aspect. Some of the comrades are saying this path has already morally exhausted by now. The way the peace process has developed in the last two years has given an impression that there is no chance of this path moving ahead in a positive direction. So, maybe, now this is high time we really prepared for the other path. There are differences only on what we have stressed. Otherwise, on the fundamental path to be followed for change in society, there is no difference at all.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Philippines: NPA action on a truce violation

From
Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines;

No treachery, truce violation in NPA ambush of operating Philippine Army troops in Samar--CPPDecember 17, 2010


The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today declared that "there was neither treachery nor a violation of the 19-day ceasefire declared by the CPP and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)," when the New People's Army (NPA) successfully carried out on December 14 an ambush against the operating troops of the Philippine Army's 803rd Brigade in Las Navas, Northern Samar. According to initial reports, the Red fighters were able to seize at least 10 high-powered firearms from the defeated Philippine Army unit.
"The CPP, NPA, NDFP and all revolutionary forces fully support the peace negotiations and faithfully abide by their declarations and commitments, including their December 16 to January 3 ceasefire declaration, simultaneous with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ceasefire."
As far as the CPP, NPA, NDFP and revolutionary forces are concerned, the Samar ambush last Tuesday should not in any way affect the progress of the peace negotiations. It was a legitimate act of war, carried-out in self-defense in response to an active enemy offensive operation," the CPP said.
"On the other hand, the AFP spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mabanta's claim of NPA treachery is hypocritical and turns on its head. In fact, it was the AFP forces that had treacherous intent in carrying out offensive operations against the NPA and the revolutionary mass base in the area just two days before the start of the simultaneous ceasefire."
"They dispatched their troops to scour the area and conduct offensive military operations based on a report they received about the presence of an NPA unit in the area, knowing full well that the area is an NPA operational base," the CPP pointed out.
The CPP said further that "The 803rd Brigade deployed troops in the area precisely to give battle to the NPA. But the people's army was monitoring the movements of the offensive enemy forces and engage them in gunbattle. With the support of the people, mastery of the terrain and superior knowledge of guerrilla tactics, the NPA unit was easily able to subdue the operating enemy troops."
"The NPA ambush was carried out according to international rules of war," added the CPP. "The NPA unit legitimately and responsibly employed command-detonated explosives, as opposed to pressure-triggered land mines, to subjugate the AFP unit, in consonance with the Ottawa Treaty and other international treaties concerning the conduct of war."

Reference:

Marco Valbuena
Media Officer
Cellphone Numbers: 09156596802 :: 09282242061
E-mail: cppmedia@gmail.com  

WikiLeaks: U.S. frets over Peru’s army, resurgent Shining Path

The following is from The Kasama Project and McClathy News service;

by Tim Johnson
December 13, 2010, MEXICO CITY — U.S. diplomats in Peru are keeping a close eye on the steady resurgence of the fanatical Sendero Luminoso insurgency but find that corruption in Peru’s army stymies efforts to fight the Maoist group, U.S. diplomatic cables show.
A U.S. cable written in November 2009 said Lima urgently needed a better strategy “for turning the tide against a re-emerging” Sendero Luminoso, also known as the Shining Path.
While the group may number only 2,000 members or so, many of them unarmed, cables indicated that Peru’s armed forces face serious equipment shortages and are plagued by generals seemingly more interested in enrichment than fighting leftist guerrillas.
Sendero Luminoso arose in the Peruvian Andes in the early 1980s, leading a fight that cost some 69,000 lives before the insurgency was largely decimated in the 1990s.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

City Council of Wichita to give taxpayers money to big business



The City Council of Wichita just approved a plan to give $100 million to a new development scheme called “Project Downtown.”

According to The Wichita Eagle, Mayor Carl Brewer said the plan provides a path to a vibrant downtown, which is needed to make Wichita more competitive in attracting businesses.
Also The Wichita Eagle wrote;

“According to the plan put together by Boston-based consultant Goody Clancy, there is a potential market demand of $500 million in projects from private investors. An additional $100 million would be in public money, projected to be spent on such public-use areas as parking garages, parks and street landscaping….
"We wouldn't be out in front of the private sector," Fluhr said. "Market demand is driving the plan."

It may be market driven, but it is being financed with taxpayer’s money. The city has other problems, such as homelessness, lack of decent paying jobs and they keep voting to destroy historical buildings to put in parking lots.

That money would be better spent on Wichita’s infrastructure rather than to keep putting up pink elephants such as the Intrust Bank Arena.
Since Republicans have complained about public money going to bailouts of large corporations, they should take note of the money being taken from Wichita’s taxpayers and going to large businesses in the name of downtown development.


Photo from Bollywood News.


Mumia Abu-Jamal: OSCAR GRANT–and YOU



by Mumia Abu-Jamal


Like you, I’ve seen the searing phone-camera tape of the killing of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, of Oakland, California.

And although it’s truly a terrible thing to see, it’s almost exceeded by something just as shocking. That’s been how the media has responded to this police killing, by creating a defense of error.

This defense, that the killer cop who murdered Grant somehow mistook his pistol for his Taser, has been offered by both local and national news reporters–even though they haven’t heard word one from Johannes Mehserle, the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) cop who wasn’t even interviewed for weeks after shooting an unarmed man!

If you’ve ever wondered about the role of the media, let this be a lesson to you. You can see here that the claim that the corporate media is objective is but a cruel illusion.

Imagine this: if the roles were reversed, this is, if bystanders had footage of Grant shooting Mehserle, would the media be suggesting a defense for him?

Would Grant have been free to roam, to leave the state a week later?

Would he have made bail?

The shooting of Oscar Grant III is but the latest, West Coast version of Amadou Diallo, of Sean Bell, and of hundreds of other Black men–and like them, don’t be surprised if there is an acquittal–again.Oscar Grant is you–and you are him, because you know in the pit of your stomach that it could’ve been you, and the same thing could’ve happened.

You know this.

And what’s worse is this: you pay for this every time you pay taxes, and you endorse this every time you vote for politicians who sell out in a heartbeat.

You pay for your killers to kill you, in the name of a bogus, twisted law, and then pay for the State that defends him.

Something is terribly wrong here–and it’s the system itself.

Until that is changed, nothing is changed, for we’ll be out here again (in the streets)–chanting a different name.