Maduro, Morales Address World Solidarity Summit in Venezuela

teleSUR | September 17, 2017

Participants at the "Todos Somos Venezuela" Summit.

Participants at the “Todos Somos Venezuela” Summit. | Photo: AVN
Some 197 delegates representing political and social organizations from around the world are discussing peace and international solidarity.

 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has thanked the representatives gathered for the three-day summit titled, “We are all Venezuela,” which is being held at the Teresa Carreno Theater in Caracas.

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Philippines: National Democratic Front Condemns Worsening Military Violations

by Reynard Magtoto

teleSUR | September 17, 2017

“The long-term change the people are hoping for depends on the success of the people’s democratic revolution,” Banua said.

 

In the Bicol region in the Philippines, the people are still mourning a series of killings, as new extrajudicial killings — suspected to be perpetrated by state forces — have been recently recorded in these communities.

The series of brutal killings led the National Democratic Front in the region to asked President Rodrigo Duterte what change he pledged for the people, with his tagline “Change is Coming.”

“What change can be boasted by a regime which systematically removes all machinery that will ensure its accountability to the people so that his offensives will be completely undisputed against the people?” NDF-Bicol spokesperson Roja Banua raised while condemning recent civilian killings in Sorsogon province and the allocated about US$20 Commission on Human Rights budget passed by the house of representatives.

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FARC, the letters mean more now in Colombia

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Granma | September 14, 2017

The red rose and initials of the new Alternative Communal Revolutionary Forces identify the party which has been established by Colombia’s major former guerilla army. Photo: theguardian.com

Alternative Communal Revolutionary Forces (FARC). This is the name of the new political party with which former Colombian guerillas are looking to enter the country’s political arena, maintaining the initials they used fighting in the mountains, plains, and jungles for more than 50 years, as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The name chosen goes beyond formalities and sends a clear message about the group’s objectives following the historic peace agreement signed in Havana last year.Read More »

Past continuous: Karl Marx’s Capital can help unravel the perplexities of modern-day capitalism

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The Wire | September 12, 2017

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On September 14, it will be exactly 150 years since the publication of Capital: Critique of Political Economy, the first volume of Karl Marx’s epochal Das Kapital. The historicity of the book can be gauged by the fact that this first of three bulky tomes was published by a Hamburg publisher two years after the American Civil War but well above a decade before the incandescent bulb was invented. Capital however, literally acted as the bulb that shone a light on many a way.

Considered as the second most influential book after the Holy Bible, Capital acted as the veritable bible for the working class for well over a century. For several generations of people, Marx was the guru and Capital the holy book. The first volume was the only one published during the lifetime of Marx who died in 1883. The other two parts were published by Frederick Engels based on notes and drafts he found in Marx’s study.Read More »

Karl Marx makes a comeback

by KATHY M. NEWMAN

People’s World | September 14, 2017

Karl Marx makes a comeback

Marketing materials produced by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation seek to make Marx and Lenin cool again. | CPRF

Several months ago the Communist party in Russia updated their visual propaganda by giving three of their most controversial icons—Lenin, Stalin, and Karl Marx—a makeover. In their new poster series, Stalin looks handsome and serious in a puff of vaping smoke; Lenin looks like a college student or a hacker, hunched over a bright red laptop; and Marx looks like a rock star in a red t-shirt and a black leather jacket. Marx has a copy of Das Kapital tucked under one arm and is vowing, “I’ll be back.”Read More »

As missiles fly, Japanese Communists demand U.S.-DPRK talks

by SHIMBUN AKAHATA

People’s World | September 15, 2017

As missiles fly, Japanese Communists demand U.S.-DPRK talks

This Aug. 29 file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile in Pyongyang, North Korea. | Korean Central News Agency via AP

TOKYO — As more North Korean missiles soar over Japan with each passing week, Japanese Communist Party (JCP) parliamentarians are demanding that the Japanese government push the U.S. to hold direct talks with North Korea in order to avert a military clash.

Both houses of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, opened meetings in response to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on Sept. 5, and JCP members have been urging direct talks since. The latest North Korean ballistic missile launch occurred this morning at 6:47 am local time. The mid-range rocket, launched from within North Korea, passed over northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean.Read More »

What Cuba can teach America about freedom

by T.D. Harper-Shipman PhD

Pambazuka NewsSeptember 14, 2017

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Reflections on Kenya: Whose capital, whose state?

by Yash Tandon

Pambazuka News | September 14, 2017

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Following the bungled presidential election, Kenya is heading to a repeat poll on 17 October. Regardless of the outcome, the election will not resolve the country’s deep neo-colonial contradictions. Progressive forces must consider building a socialist Revolution to bring about democratic control of the means of production and a fair system of the distribution of the fruits of labour for the benefit of all.

In The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o challenges the colonial presentation of Kimathi as a depraved, mad, terrorist. Ngugi presents an alternative nationalist narrative of Kimathi as a revolutionary, admired by peasants and workers of Kenya. In the courtroom – interspersed with Gikuyu songs and dances that interpret episodes from Kenya’s history – Kimathi emerges as a hero.

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India: Metamorphosis of the Media

by Barun Das Gupta

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.10, Sep 10 – 16, 2017

The Indian media—or at least the most dominant and influential part of it—is undergoing a rapid metamorphosis. From being the vehicle of informing the public with news and objective analysis and being the vehicle of articulating the people’s voice and gauging the public mood, it has become a willing adjunct of a coterie that seeks to transform a democratic State into a fascist one.

These media-persons, especially those in the electronic media, are waging a valiant war against domestic ‘anti-nationals’ and foreign enemies from their five-star comfort of air-conditioned studios. ‘Peace’ has become the most hated word today and ‘peaceniks’ the most hated species—the target of insults, insinuations and innuendos—whose patriotism can be questioned by any Tom, Dick and Harry. And the questioners are usually those who have no record of patriotism, no record of participating in India’s freedom movement.Read More »

India: Growing Intolerance Leading To Shrinking Economy, Warns Raghuram Rajan?

by Raman Swamy

Frontier | September 16, 2017

For a full year after he stepped down as RBI Governor in September 2016, Raghuram Rajan refrained from speaking out.  Now he has come out with a book entitled “I Do What I Do” and has been talking about what he thinks about India’s current economic, political and social scenario.

In various interviews and talks during the past week, Rajan’s focus has been as much on why the growth rate has slowed down as on what needs to be done to ensure that the country gets back on track to achieve its potential as an economic super-power.

As a world-renowned monetary economist with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the system in India as well as the advantage of studying developments from afar for the past 12 months,  his observations are deserving of close attention. Read More »