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[30 Mar 2005|03:20pm]
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Taken from A World To Win news service:

Empire in Turmoil, People in Motion

In the two years since the US imperialists launched their campaign to make the twenty-first century the "new American century", they have dramatically escalated military spending, positioned tens of thousands of troops in a dozen new countries, invaded and occupied Afghanistan and intensified repression at home and around the world. In Iraq, the US carried out its most savage war since Vietnam. 150,000 US and British troops now occupy Iraq. This section of AWTW on Empire in Turmoil, People in Motion contains an analysis of US policy that not only strips away imperialist rhetoric to reveal their real agenda, but also shows how the same compulsions that have launched the imperialists on their grab for unprecedented power are also awakening millions to political life and creating more favourable conditions for revolution. Another article examines the particular situation of Turkey and Kurdistan in the cauldron of war, and warns that by linking up with the imperialist war machine in an effort to get a share of the spoils of war, what some nationalist leaders are advancing is not national liberation but national capitulation. The world’s Marxist-Leninist-Maoist forces must seize on the boiling anger at the imperialists’ crimes and advance the revolutionary cause amidst the intensifying swirl of contradictions. A document from the RIM Committee, originally an internal circular letter to RIM parties and organisations, calls on the communists to grasp the full impact of the moment and act upon it.

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[20 Feb 2005|01:31am]
Nepal: Two Futures, Two Roads
by Li Onesto

Revolutionary Worker #1268, February 20, 2005, posted at rwor.org

On February 1, 2005 King Gyanendra in Nepal declared a state of emergency, dissolved the parliament, sacked the prime minister and suspended many constitutional rights, including freedom of the press, speech and expression, peaceful assembly, the right to privacy, and the right against preventive detention. All international flights to and from Kathmandu were halted and telephone lines and internet services were blocked.

With the king’s televised declaration, armored military vehicles began patrolling the streets of the capital city of Kathmandu and soldiers immediately started arresting people and instituting a sweeping clampdown. Soldiers surrounded the houses of Prime Minister Deuba, putting him under house arrest. Other leaders of two of the main parliamentary parties, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), were detained in their homes or arrested—and security forces were stationed in front of government buildings, post offices, telecommunications centers and the state bank. To prevent organized protests, trade union and student leaders were also arrested. Reliable news is hard to get from Nepal because of intense censorship, but there are reports that in the days after the king’s announcement, as many as 1,000 people were arrested.

This is a desperate move by the king, who has been unable to crush the Maoist People’s War led by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). February 13, 2005 marks the ninth anniversary of the start of the insurgency and the Maoist guerrillas now control 80% of the countryside.

The World to Win News Service pointed out: "With his attack on parliament, Gyanendra is trying to win a certain populist appeal by pointing to the corruption among those parties—as if he himself were not involved in all sorts of corrupt activities and killing. It has become apparent to one and all that society has become polarized between the Maoists and a monarchy based on little more than the Royal Army. With the king’s ‘self coup,’ the country has entered what Prachanda [head of the CPN (Maoist)] called ‘a turning point, a decisive battle between autocracy and republic.’ "

The day after his declaration Gyanendra announced a new 10-member Cabinet made up of his supporters. The king’s new foreign minister said there would be no new elections until the Maoist rebellion was ended and predicted it could take three years before multi-party democracy could be reintroduced.

The current king, Gyanendra, people may remember, came to power in June 2001 after a palace massacre in which his brother king Birendra, the queen and eight other members of the royal family were murdered. Many people think Gyanendra was behind this massacre and upon coming to power he sent the Royal Nepal Army against the guerrillas for the first time.

By the end of that year Gyanendra had declared a state of emergency, suspended constitutional rights, and unleashed a bloody campaign against the guerrillas in which thousands of people were killed. He has been backed by India, the United States and the UK which have all provided political, financial and military support. The U.S. Congress gave the king $22 million, thousands of M16s, and has sent U.S. military personnel to train the Nepalese Army. Nepal has been without a working parliament for over two years. At the end of 2002 Gyanendra grabbed complete power, disbanded the parliament, and appointed his own prime minister. Later, in 2004 he was forced to give some power back to the parliamentary forces. But he has now grabbed complete power once again.

It was reported that only hours after the King’s speech, in the western town of Pokhara, stone-throwing students clashed with the police, driving them away from the campus twice over the course of several hours. At least 15 people were injured when the police fired on the protest, and many were also beaten when the police dispersed the crowd. Nepal’s national human rights commission also reported that the same night the army raided a student hostel and at least 250 students were detained.

The paramilitary police immediately began enforcing the king’s ban on public gatherings. A few days after the king’s declaration they raided a meeting of about 50 members of the Nepali Congress Party, arresting all those who couldn’t escape. Nepalese and international reporters and photographers — including a team from The Associated Press and Associated Press Television News — who were covering the meeting were briefly detained and had their digital camera disks and videotapes confiscated.

Government security teams launched sudden inspections of the Passport Department, Land Revenue Department, Kathmandu District Administration Office and Transport Management Office. And the king issued an order prohibiting government employees from setting up any kind of organizations having political affiliation. Any such organizations that already existed have been ordered to stop all activities "that affect the sovereignty, integrity or peace and security of the Kingdom of Nepal." The order also authorized the seizure of private property.
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[09 Nov 2004|09:29am]

Russians mark anniversary of revolution
Associated Press

MOSCOW - Carrying the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flag and singing as they marched, Russians marked the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution on Sunday in both a celebration of Soviet times and a protest against a parliamentary proposal to scrap a once-revered Soviet holiday.

At least 8,000 Communist Party backers and members of the ultra-nationalist National Bolshevik party gathered at a square once named for Vladimir Lenin and marched across Moscow toward a statue of Karl Marx. They bore a giant portrait of Lenin and banners proclaiming "U.S.S.R. - our Homeland."

In Red Square, aging veterans wearing long, belted World War II military coats marched in formation, retracing the steps they took in 1941 when Soviets defiantly celebrated Revolution Day in spite of the Nazi forces massed 33 miles outside Moscow.

Some pro-Kremlin lawmakers have proposed replacing the Nov. 7 holiday with a new holiday on Nov. 4 to be called National Unity Day. Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, is expected to consider the measure Wednesday in the first of three required votes.

"This day was and will be a landmark event, and its celebration cannot be abolished," Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said.

Criticism of President Vladimir Putin's government, changes to social benefits and complaints about inequality dominated the speeches.

But some also chanted, "America, hands off Lukashenko!" a show of support for the  leader of neighboring Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, who has resurrected Soviet-era symbols and institutions and honored now-disgraced Soviet-era officials. The United States has accused Lukashenko of human rights violations and threatened Belarus with sanctions.

Young protesters, wearing masks, stomped on the flag of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party and tried to burn it in Chelyabinsk, about 950 miles east of Moscow, Russia's NTV television reported. Police arrested several of the protesters, NTV said.

In the Siberian city of Tomsk, Communist Party members carried posters reading, "Hands off Nov. 7!" the Interfax news agency reported.

A poll of 1,500 Russians by Romir polling agency found that 77 percent opposed scrapping the Nov. 7 holiday. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percent.

The holiday was also marked in other former Soviet republics. Three hundred elderly people rallied in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the only country in former Soviet Central Asia that has preserved both the holiday and a statue of Lenin on one of the capital's main squares.

About 1,000 Ukrainians also marked the Soviet holiday, but some bystanders were cynical.

"Those who make revolutions don't like to work," said Oksana Levina, a businesswoman in Kiev. "The principle of equality kills all initiative."


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[22 Oct 2004|09:30am]
"Kill 10 of our men, and we will kill 1 of yours, and in the end it is you who will tire."
-Ho Chi Minh

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[08 Oct 2004|09:44am]

56 years of heroic struggle

Pyongyang, September 8
(KCNA) -- 56 years have elapsed since the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was founded on September 9, 1948. During the
period, the DPRK has traveled a road of triumph.

Before its birth, the Provisional People's Committee of North Korea and the People's Committee of North Korea carried out the anti-imperialist,anti-feudal democratic revolution successfully to consolidate the politico-economic foundation. Basing itself on this, the DPRK government, from the first days of its foundation, mobilized the entire people in the efforts to fulfill the Two-Year Plan of National Economy (1949-1950).

The industrial output targets envisaged to be fulfilled by the first half of Juche 39 (1950) were attained in the main, with the result that the nation’s colonial lopsidedness was overcome considerably and industrial output surpassed that in the period of the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule by far.

Thanks to a vigorous illiteracy eradication campaign, the DPRK became the first country in the East with no illiterates in March 1949.

The DPRK emerged victorious in the Korean War (1950-1953) started by the U.S. imperialists and thus fully demonstrated its invincible might as a democratic, independent and sovereign country. The heroic Korean people humbled the arrogance of the aggressors who attempted to put down the DPRK in its cradle, putting the U.S. imperialists on the downgrade for the first time in history.

Within a few years following the war, the people, under the leadership of the DPRK government, laid the foundation of an independent national economy, though the U.S. imperialists raved that the DPRK could not revive within a hundred

A socialist system was established in 1958 and the socialist industrialization completed 14 years after the war in the country.

The DPRK government has aroused the people in its efforts for
strengthening socialism under the banner of the Three Revolutions and converted the country into a dignified and powerful nation, independent, self-supporting and self-reliant in
national defence.

All this is unthinkable apart from the wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung, founder of the DPRK. Today the Korean people, under the Songun-based revolutionary leadership of Kim Jong Il, are striving hard to build a great prosperous and powerful nation, frustrating all manner of provocations of the imperialists.¡

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[25 Sep 2004|12:36pm]

If there ever was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world, attack the entire world in any way or another, that real and really universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism.
-Fidel Castro
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[09 Sep 2004|05:27pm]
[ mood | impressed ]

The Great Comrade Stalin!

About 3,000 Russians have been gathering near the grave of Josef Stalin on the 50th anniversary of his death, as a poll suggests more than half the population view him positively. Supporters of the Russian Communist Party followed their leader Gennady Zyuganov in a solemn procession to Stalin's grave, next to the Kremlin Wall in Red Square. Carrying the flag of the old Soviet Union, they laid flowers beneath a bust of the fomer leader. Many of them were veterans of World War II, when Stalin is credited with rallying the Red Army in the ferocious and decisive battle of Stalingrad in 1942-43, and stopping the advance of German Nazi forces into the Soviet Union.

"Stalin was a great statesman, who had a strong fighting character and a strong will," Mr Zyuganov said, adding that he "was the founder of the biggest superpower and created a country where the working man felt confident".

A survey by the All-Russian Centre for the Study of Public Opinion released this week showed that 53% of 1,600 people polled said Stalin had played a "mainly positive role" in the country's history. A total of 33% thought his role negative, and 14% didn't know. Some of those questioned held a very negative view - 27% thought him a cruel tyrant, responsible for millions of death. But 20% thought him a wise leader who brought about the blossoming of the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, Russian human rights group Memorial marked the anniversary by releasing lists which it said for the first time named thousands of people killed in the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. The lists - naming about 40,000 people - were posted on the group's website, after Memorial consulted the official presidential archives.

"Stalin is a great personality, he's like Abraham Lincoln - he's like the captain of a great state, the captain of a ship."
Lyuba, aged 16

Memorial said the documents of the 1937-38 purges were original, and that Stalin's signature clearly appeared on all the lists of people that were ordered to be killed.
Stalin died on 5 March 1953, but it was not until his famous denunciation by Nikita Khrushchev in 1956 that the process of rehabilitation of his victims slowly began.
Archive material deflating the cult of Stalin began trickling out when the then Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, launched his programme of greater openness, glasnost, in the late 1980s.
Historians estimate that up to 20 million people perished in Stalin's purges which began with the Soviet peasantry and continued to include intellectuals and military leaders.
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[05 Sep 2004|01:07pm]
[ mood | energetic ]

Behold the great Comrade Lenin, liberator of the people of Russia.

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[05 Sep 2004|12:56pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

The Internationale

Arise ye workers from your slumbers
Arise ye prisoners of want
For reason in revolt now thunders
And at last ends the age of cant.
Away with all your superstitions
Servile masses arise, arise
We'll change henceforth the old tradition
And spurn the dust to win the prize.

So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.

No more deluded by reaction
On tyrants only we'll make war
The soldiers too will take strike action
They'll break ranks and fight no more
And if those cannibals keep trying
To sacrifice us to their pride
They soon shall hear the bullets flying
We'll shoot the generals on our own side.

So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.

No saviour from on high delivers
No faith have we in prince or peer
Our own right hand the chains must shiver
Chains of hatred, greed and fear
E'er the thieves will out with their booty
And give to all a happier lot.
Each at the forge must do their duty
And we'll strike while the iron is hot.

So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.

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[05 Sep 2004|01:11am]

"The oppressed peoples and nations must not pin their hopes for liberation on the "sensibleness" of imperialism and its lackeys. They will only triumph by strengthening their unity and persevering in their struggle."

-Mao Tse-Tung
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[04 Sep 2004|01:33pm]
[ mood | busy ]

"The people's government must guard against the poisonous ideas of capitalism and revisionism and resolutely fight against all attempts to infringe upon the socialist system"

-Kim Il Sung


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