Nepal: Interview with Shyam Shrestha

This leftist electoral alliance will move towards unification

A Journal of People report


Shyam Shrestha, a highly respected left-leaning thinker in Nepal, said in an interview carried by Kathmandu Post: “Now the formation of a leftist alliance has also put forward an image of stability. Nepalis [the people in Nepal] desire a stable government.”

The interview focuses on politics in post-election Nepal. In the election the alliance of two major communist parties – Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) and Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre (CPN-MC) – achieved a landslide victory.

Shyam Shrestha was editor of Mulyankan Monthly, a magazine that provides a widely followed forum for leftist and democratic debate.Read More »

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Venezuela’s Socialists Score Landslide Win in Mayoral Elections

by Ryan Patrick Mallett-Outtrim and Lucas Koerner

VENEZUELANALYSIS.COM | December 11, 2017

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro celebrates the outcome of Sunday's municipal elections with the newly elected mayor of Libertador district Erika Farias in Caracas. (AVN)
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro celebrates the outcome of Sunday’s municipal elections with the newly elected mayor of Libertador district Erika Farias in Caracas. (AVN)

Puebla, Mexico, December 11, 2017 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela’s socialists scored an overwhelming victory in mayoral elections Sunday, taking over ninety percent of the country’s municipalities.

President Nicolas Maduro’s United Venezuelan Socialist Party (PSUV), along with its allies, have secured victory in 308 of Venezuela’s 335 municipalities. According to preliminary results, the governing socialist party managed to take 21 out of the country’s 23 state capitals as well as the Caracas Capital District.

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Venezuelan Municipal Elections Open Two Scenarios for 2018 Presidential Race

by Ociel Lopez – Supuesto Negado

VENZUELANALYSIS.COM | December 12, 2017

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The electoral result of the 2017 mayoral elections can tell us a lot about how the 2018 political contest may play out. Certainly, the Chavista landslide win of 300 out of 335 mayorship positions it as a favorite for any electoral event. But these results are not sufficient to win a presidential election. Here we will try to analyze today’s conjuncture and make projections for the 2018 presidential election.

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Why the Honduras Crisis Matters to Me

by Rick Sterling

Opposition supporters dance and wave flags during a protest over a contested presidential election with allegations of electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December 8, 2017.

Opposition supporters dance and wave flags during a protest over a contested presidential election with allegations of electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December 8, 2017. | Photo: Reuters
Just as the 2009 coup in Honduras was a setback for all Latin America, the outcome of the current crisis will have consequences far beyond Honduras.

For seven months in 1969, I hitch-hiked around the US, Mexico and Central America with my best friend from high school. Some class-mates from our school in Vancouver Canada saved their money then travelled to Europe or Australia, but Ollie and I headed south. It was an eye-opening experience for two middle-class Canadians. We had a lot of learning experiences in the US, but today I want to talk about Honduras because it is in crisis as I write this: the Honduran election took place on 26 November, yet the results are still in contention. Will the current right-wing government manage to retain power?

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The Great October Revolution: Prison And Punishment

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Countercurrents.org | November 28, 2017

PKT3207 - 225418 PETROGRAD: Soldiers of the Keksgolm Regiment in 1917.

Russia’s tsar regent Boris Godunov exiled, as punishment, a 300-kilogram copper bell to the Siberian town of Tobolsk, in the east, from Uglich in 1591. The exiled bell had to cover a distance of 2,200 kilometers. The bell’s crime: to the tsar regent, the bell appeared as a symbol of political unity of the rebel residents of Uglich. The bell, before its journey to exile, was punished with 12 lashes, and its “tongue” was also tore down. The insurgent Uglich people were ordered to pull the bell across the Ural Mountains to Tobolsk. The military governor of Tobolsk registered the bell as “the first inanimate exile”. The Uglich Bell, by the mid-nineteenth century, emerged as the sovereign’s symbol of supreme authority and vindictive power. Lede of Daniel Beer’s The House of the Dead, Siberian Exile under the Tsars (Allen Lane, London, 2016) describes the incident cited here.Read More »

‘‘Revolution that saved Russia’’

by Aleksandr Rodgers

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.22, Dec 3 – 9, 2017

In ‘the history of mankind there were many many revolutions. But for all written history, only three of them were officially given the prefix “Great” : Great French revolution, Great American revolution, and Great October socialist revolution.

Even the British bourgeois revolution of Cromwell didn’t receive such a title, despite its scope and value.Read More »

U.S: Tell The FCC Not To End Net Neutrality!

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RobertReich.org | December 11, 2017

 

"It would give corporate executives free reign to slow down and censor news or websites that don’t match their political agenda" (Photo: Free Press/Flickr/cc)

“It would give corporate executives free reign to slow down and censor news or websites that don’t match their political agenda.” (Photo: Free Press/Flickr/cc)

The FCC is voting Thursday on whether to repeal the “Net Neutrality” rule adopted in 2015.

Since its creation, the internet has been an open exchange of ideas and information, free from corporate control and influence. But corporations could soon have tremendous power over what we can access and share online, ending the internet as we know it.

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