Left alliance is heading to victory in Nepal election

A Journal of People report

An alliance of two major communist parties in Nepal is heading towards a major victory in the just concluded elections. It is now almost certain the leftist alliance would win, and will be forming the next government in the Himalayan country.

The ruling Nepali Congress, which was the largest party in the last election, won only 10 seats while the Left alliance was on Sunday won 72 of the 89 seats so far. According to results released by the Election Commission, the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN- UML) has won 51 seats while its alliance partner CPN Maoist Centre has bagged 21 seats. Two Madhesi parties have won five seats. The Federal Socialist Forum Nepal led by Upendra Yadav has won 2 seats whereas Rastriya Janata Party led by Mahanta Thakur has bagged 3 seats. Naya Shakti Party led by former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai has won one seat and an independent was among winning candidates.Read More »

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The Great October Revolution: The Peasants Perish

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Countercurrents.org | November 18, 2017

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“[I]n this open step the sheep wander from Asia into Europe, and the Kirgiz shepherd drives them back again into Asia without knowing that he has crossed a geographer’s frontier.”

Thus describes Geroid Tanquary Robinson a part of Russia in Rural Russia under the Old Regime, a History of the Landlord-Peasant World and a Prologue to the Peasant Revolution of 1917. (Chapter I: “Serfdom and the earlier servile wars”, University of California Press, Berkley & Los Angeles, 1960)Read More »

‘Crisis’ Is An Opportunity

 Morning Star Editorial | December 09, 2017

“THE most powerful international corporations must not be allowed to continue to dictate how and for whom our world is run.”

This sentence from Jeremy Corbyn’s landmark Geneva speech yesterday sums up a growing mood of defiance among ordinary people.

The sense that the planet is dominated and exploited by an unaccountable elite lies behind repeated demands from developing countries for a greater say.Read More »

US: GOP’s tax plan is igniting a movement for a moral economy

by SARAH ANDERSON

People’s World | December 08, 2017

GOP’s tax plan is igniting a movement for a moral economy

Rev. William Barber II, with the “Poor People’s Campaign,” speaks to the group after they prayed inside of the Capitol Rotunda in protest of the GOP tax overhaul, Dec. 4, in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin / AP

If you’re expecting a gift card from your boss as an end-of-year bonus, enjoy it this year because you probably won’t get one in 2018.

The Senate tax bill would ban such rewards. Why? Because Republican lawmakers are determined to prevent ordinary workers from pocketing a $25 or $50 gift card without reporting it as taxable income.Read More »

EU’s ‘aid for trade’ policy towards Africa

by Daouda Cissé

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Why Making American Corporations More Competitive Doesn’t Help Most Americans

by ROBERT B. REICH

Robert Reich | December 07, 2017

Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says.

Our competitive edge? Who’s us?

Most American corporations – especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts – have no particular allegiance to America. Their only allegiance is to their shareholders. Read More »

PFLP: Our struggle – not Trump – will decide the fate of Jerusalem

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine | December 06, 2017

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine described the declaration of US President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the U.S. position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.Read More »

PFLP: Deporting Comrade Leila Khaled from Italy will not silence the voice of the Palestinian people

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine | November 29, 2017

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine strongly condemned the action of the Italian authorities in denying entry to Comrade Leila Khaled, member of the Political Bureau of the Front, canceling her visa and forcing her to board the next plane to Amman. She was invited to Italy for a series of political events organized by the Arab Palestinian Democratic Union in Italy to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the PFLP.Read More »

Facebook is still censoring black activists

by Thabi Myeni

Facebook

The growing power of social media is undeniable, so Facebook’s rules are not only harmful to freedom of speech, a basic human right; they also exclude marginalized people from using the power of social media to affect meaningful change through social activism.

A few months ago, US-based investigative journalism website, ProPublica, leaked internal documents revealing Facebook’s guidelines for dealing with hate speech and abusive language for its moderators in training. These “guidelines” fall nothing short of racist, discriminatory and tone deaf. One example of blatant racism was a multiple-choice question asking the moderators-to-be, “Which group is protected from hate speech?”, among the options were female driver, white men and black children. The correct answer to the question was: white men.

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The life of Fidel Castro: A Marxist appreciation

One year after his passing

by Ike Nahem

Pambazuka News | December 07, 2017

Revolutionary Cuba today – and this is the living legacy of Fidel Castro – has become, in word and deed, the leading voice for working people and oppressed nations and peoples everywhere. In the worldwide Battle of Ideas that Fidel stressed continually, the Cuban Revolution is the living, resonant, politically attractive socialist alternative to today’s capitalist world disorder with its grotesque inequality and permanent fueling of war.

“Marxism taught me what society was. I was like a blindfolded man in a forest, who doesn’t know where north or south is. If you don’t eventually come to truly understand the history of the class struggle, or at least have a clear idea that society is divided between the rich and the poor, and that some people subjugate and exploit other people, you’re lost in a forest, not knowing anything.” Fidel Castro

“[Humans] make [their] own history, but [they] do not make it out of the whole cloth; [they] do not make it out of conditions chosen by [themselves], but out of such as [they] find close at hand.” Karl Marx

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