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Why our generation must support Palestine, by: Brian Latour, The Manitoban, Feb 22, 2010

Why our generation must support Palestine
Actually setting the record straight

Last week, the Manitoban printed an article by Spencer Fernando titled “Why our generation must support Israel." Amidst the various boilerplate Zionist arguments, Fernando calls for “set[ting] the record straight” and discussion to reach common ground. While discussion alone cannot end the conflict (only the dismantling of systems of Israeli oppression can), and anyone attempting to discuss or mediate the issue from a distance must be cognizant of our lack of agency to engage in dialogue with an oppressor on behalf of an oppressed people, I am writing this article as a response to actually try to set the record straight.

One of the first things I find curious about Fernando’s article is the central thesis, namely that one could claim to support an independent Palestine in accordance with a two-state solution, yet also that one must also support the state which has been denying the right to self-determinat…


Cheryl-Anne Carr of Winnipeg CPC led the Convention in aboriginal Song

(The following article is from the March 1-15, 2010 issue of People's Voice, Canada's leading communist newspaper. Articles can be reprinted free if the source is credited. Subscription rates in Canada: $30/year, or $15 low income rate; for U.S. readers - $45 US per year; other overseas readers - $45 US or $50 CDN per year. Send to: People's Voice, c/o PV Business Manager, 133 Herkimer St., Unit 502, Hamilton, ON, L8P 2H3.)

Delegates at the 36th Central Convention of the Communist Party of Canada finished three days of spirited and constructive debates on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto. The Convention concluded with a rousing call for broad political mobilizations to defeat the Harper Tory government, and to build support for a People's Alternative to the capitalist crisis which continues to devastate working people in Canada and around the world.

Earlier on the final day of t…

LINKS of interest ***: articles posted on Political Affairs as part of the Communist Party USA's pre-convention discussion

LINKS of interest ***: "The Old Bug of Right Opportunism Returns, by Mark Anderson

Cuban News Agency : Fidel Castro Sends Message to Cuba's Medical Brigade in Haiti, Feb 10, 2009

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 8 (acn) The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro, sent a message to the members of the island’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade for emergency situations, and also to the graduates and fifth and sixth year students from the Cuba-based Latin American School of Medicine (LASM), who are currently providing health services in Haiti.

“Today, you are writing one of the most beautiful pages in the history of human medicine,” the letter reads.

Esteban Lazo, Vice President of Cuba’s Council of State and bearer of the message, read it on Monday at a Cuban-run field hospital in Croix des Bounquets, where he arrived accompanied by other Cuban officials.

“Helping to save lives, to heal the wounded and to rehabilitate people, and to work for the well-being of human beings, will always be an invaluable honor for any man or woman,” the text stresses.

Referring to the LASM graduates and students working alongside the Cuban doctors, Fidel wrote that it …

"Praise of Communism" By Bertold Brecht

It's sensible, anyone can understand it.

It's easy.

You're not an exploiter, so you can grasp it.

It's a good thing for you,

find out more about it.

The stupid call it stupid and the squalid call it squalid.

It's against squalor and against stupidity.

The exploiters call it a crime but we know:

It is the end of crime

It is not madness, but the end of madness.

It is not the riddle but the solution

It is the simplest thing so hard to achieve.

Bertolt Brecht.