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Posted by Emile Schepers to People's World 06/26/2010 in response to Sam Webb's "No other way to get there"

Posted by Emile Schepers to People's World 06/26/2010 in response to Sam Webb's "No other way to get there"


See Webb: http://peoplesworld.org/no-other-way-to-get-there?commentStart=10

This is an interesting discussion and we should find a way to keep such discussions on strategy and tactics going on a permanent basis. Now my two cents:

1. I can't agree that the task of pushing the Democratic Party to the left has to wait until the ultra-right has shriveled up like the Wicked Witch of the West. That would be a long, long wait. Even under socialism, the ultra-right is likely to survive for a considerable time, and periodically flare up and do harm. Consider the case of Hungary: Recently the world was shocked by a big electoral advance for the JOBBIK party. This party has revived the demands of the old feudal nobility and its hangers on who are angry at the loss of their estates in Slovakia and Rumania AT THE END OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR! The tendency ran Hungary in the…

POLAND'S ANTI-COMMUNIST LAW TURNS HISTORY ON ITS HEAD, People's Voice, June 16-30, 2010 issue

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Statement by the Central Executive Committee, Communist Party of Canada

"Democracy" in the former socialist countries of Eastern Europe will take another body blow on June 8, when a new law takes effect in Poland, banning the depiction of anything considered a "communist symbol." In an outrageous twist, the law equates such symbols with the swastika and other Nazi insignia. The Communist Party of Canada condemns this legislation, which proves once again that democratic rights and civil liberties are being increasingly trampled across the European Union.

The legislation in Poland is an amendment to the penal code, criminalizing the dissemination of "communist symbolism." Signed into law last fa…

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY, People's Voice Editorial, June 16-30, 2010 issue of People's Voice

(The following article is from the June 16-30, 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, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)

People's Voice Editorial

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, a date to celebrate the struggles of Aboriginal peoples for social and economic equality, and for their national rights. This year, we salute the principled opposition by Ontario First Nations against the so-called "Harmonised Sales Tax," which threatens historic treaty rights. An important victory has been achieved with the news that the federal government will restore $4 million in funding to the First Nations University in Regina.

But the challenges facing Aboriginal peoples under t…

Obama to be given the right to shut down the internet with 'kill switch'By Paul Thompson, Mail Online, 25th June 2010

Barack Obama will be given a 'kill switch' in times of national emergency


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President Obama will be given the power to shut down the Internet with a 'kill switch' in a new law being proposed in the US.

He would be able to order popular search engines such a Google and Yahoo to suspend access to their websites in times of national emergency.

Other US based Internet service providers as well as broadband providers would also come under his control in times of a 'cybersecurity emergency.' Any company that failed to comply would be subject to huge fines.

Critics of the new law, which has been proposed by former presidential candidate Joe Liebermann, said it would be an abuse of power to let the White House control the internet.

TechAmerica, one of the largest U.S. technology lobby groups, said the new law had the 'potential for absolute power.'.

The proposed legislation, introduced into the US Senate by Lieberman who is chairman of the US Homelan…

Honduras on the March, By Chris Thomas, The Indypendent, June 23, 2010

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COUNTERING THE COUP: Thousands of people took to the streets of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on April 20 to launch a campaign for a new constitution. PHOTO: GIORGIO TRUCCHI/Rel-UITA



TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—On June 28 of last year, soldiers burst into the Honduran presidential palace in the middle of the night, put Manuel Zelaya, the country’s leftleaning, democratically elected president, on an airplane and exiled him to Costa Rica.

Cesar Silva, a reporter for state-run Channel 8 television, tried to go on the air to denounce the coup, but was censored. Instead, he took to the streets with his car and a loudspeaker to broadcast news of the overthrow, which was orchestrated by Honduras’ traditional oligarchy.

It would be the first of many independent broadcasts for Silva, 29, who tirelessly documented opposition to the coup and the human rights abuses that were visited on the opponents of the new regime. He too was forced into exile after an incident in late December in which ma…

Hadash: Israeli Arabs most restrained minority, Ynet, June 8 2010

Hadash General Secretary Ayman Uda


Hadash: Israeli Arabs most restrained minority

"We are not Arab Israelis, we are Palestinians. We are the most restrained minority in the world, despite the IDF's crimes," Hadash Secretary-General Aiman Uda said.

"In 1948 we decided not to harm the state's security, yet you continue to commit crimes against us anyway," he said during a conference in Ma'a lot- Tarshiha. (Hagai Einav)

G8/G20: Fight for a Real Alternative to the new Capitalist "Consensus" July 1-31, 2010 issue of People's Voice

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(The following article is from the July 1-31, 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, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)

Issued by the Central Executive Committee, Communist Party of Canada, June 2010

On the eve of the G8/G20 meetings, mass labour and democratic mobilizations are building in Southern Ontario and across Canada to protest this wasteful, security-obsessed extravaganza. The Communist Party of Canada salutes this resistance and takes its rightful place alongside workers, students, women, Aboriginal peoples and social activists in denouncing these summits which aim to hammer out a strategic line among the ruling imperialist states and international financ…

COMMUNITY SUPPORT STRONG FOR M.P. LIBBY DAVIES July 1-31, 2010 issue of People's Voice, Communist Party of Canada Newspaper

(The following article is from the July 1-31, 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, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)

PV Vancouver Bureau

In response to ferocious attacks by opponents of Palestinian rights, including within her own party, NDP MP Libby Davies is also receiving an outpouring of public support. Backing for Davies is especially strong in her riding of Vancouver East, where she was greeted warmly by voters at the annual "Car Free Day" festival, held June 20 along Commercial Drive.

The hate campaign erupted after an interview was posted on YouTube, in which Davies dated the occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel from 1948. As Palestinian-Cana…

TAKE PRIDE IN SOLIDARITY! Pride 2010 statement from the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League

(The following article is from the July 1-31, 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, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)



This summer, millions of people from the LGBT communities and their allies across North America will fill the streets for Pride parades. On the 40th anniversary of the first gay pride celebrations, held in 1970 in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League send warmest greetings, and pledge our solidarity to the ongoing struggles for full equality.

The controversy around this year's Pride Parade in Toronto highlights the true meaning of these struggles. By trying to ban reference to Israel's ap…

THE CPC VIEWPOINT ON ON IRAN, From the Resolution of the 36th Central Convention Communist Party of Canada. February 2010

On Related International Issues


"We also express our solidarity with the progressive,
secular and democratic forces of Iran who are struggling
against the Ahmadinejad government and the repressive
theocratic regime as a whole.

"At the same time, we emphasize that the
conflict within that country must be settled
by the Iranian people themselves. We vehemently
oppose any move by U.S. imperialism or its
allies to use the conflict and their ongoing
“demonisation” of Muslims and Islam as a pretext
to interfere, or worse, launch military aggression
against Iran.

"As the Central Executive stated in July 2009, some
progressives in Canada and elsewhere
“have wrongly concluded that because the regime
has been targeted by U.S. imperialism and its
regional gendarme, the Zionist state of Israel… [the
anti-imperialist movement] should remain silent, or
worse, even support the reactionary regime. This
simplistic arithmetic, based on the flawed notion
that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’, is
fun…

Unless there is a Communist Party line there is no opposing line to Wall Street's line, by: Alan Maki, June 21st, 2010

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I had commented on "the Obama is better" argument in starting a facebook thread:

American progressive friends often say "but Obama is better then the Republicans". How better is it to have a Dem president who has escalated the Afghanistan War & expanded US commando Special assassination commandos to 75 countries including African countries? Obama initially sold the world on a softer US imperialist spiel. Now Pakistan cannot dodge his indiscriminate drones.

Alan Maki's contribution touched on many important lines on the role of the Left in North America:

"First of all, there is no "Obama line" or "Bush line" or "McCain line" or "Palin line;" there is only the "Wall Street line." We are seeing this in the upcoming G-20 meeting in Toronto. Wall Street is dictating the "line" of capital.

"Unless there is a "Communist Party line" (the Party line); there is no opposing…

Aides to U.S. General in Afghanistan slam Obama: report, Excerpt, Washington, Reuters, Mon Jun 21, 2010

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The Rolling Stone article, which quoted several McChrystal aides anonymously, portrays a split between the U.S. military and Obama's advisers at an extremely sensitive moment for the Pentagon, which is fending off criticism of its strategy to turn around the nearly nine-year-old Afghan war.

It quotes a member of McChrystal's team making jokes about Vice President Joe Biden, who was seen as critical of the general's efforts to escalate the conflict and who had favored a more limited counter-terrorism approach.

"Biden?" the aide was quoted as saying. "Did you say: Bite me?"

Another aide called White House National Security Adviser Jim Jones, a retired four star general, a "clown" who was "stuck in 1985."

It quoted an adviser to McChrystal dismissing an early meeting with Obama as a "10-minute photo op."

"Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was. The boss was pretty disappointed," the…

The Israel lobby in Canada, From: Jews sans frontieres June 19, 2010

http://jewssansfrontieres.blogspot.com/2010/06/lobby-in-canada.html

Source: Jews sans frontieres
June 19, 2010

The Israel lobby in Canada

The Israel lobby in Canada is as nasty as it is anywhere if the case of Canadian MP, Libby Davies, is anything to go by. They are not content with hassling people who have made comments condemning this or that atrocity by the racist war criminals of the State of Israel, they have to get in people's faces now, ask them what they think of something or other and then go nuclear when they get an honest response. See this from Straight.com:

Vancouver East MP Libby Davies got bushwacked by a pro-Israel activist posing as a neutral – if not pro-Palestinian – blogger. After a rally for the Palestinians criticizing Israel’s deadly assault on the aid flotilla, a man approached Libby asking for an interview. As she always does, because she never hides her views, she complied. He immediately set her up with what he called a “background question.” He asked wh…

Palestinians already have a homeland, By Palestine Youth Voice, palestinenote.com, 21 Jun 2010

Palestinians are not desperate for a homeland, they already have one. Palestinians want to go back to their homeland.

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After his meeting with President Abbas, a meeting meant to difuse calls to punish Israel on its flotilla massacare, President Obama came out to pretend he understands it all. Obama came out to say: "It is time for us to go ahead and move forward on a two-state solution that will affirm the needs of Israeli citizens and will affirm the needs of Palestinian -- Palestinians who are desperate for a homeland."

Obama is desperate for a two-states solution not for peace. But never mind, all former American Presidents were committed to the same concept, a two-states solution to guarantee the legitamizing of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. They never discuss a solution for peace. They always discuss a solution for a two-states solution. Regardless of all that, Obama and his predecessor have always thought we are desperate for a homeland. I wonder wh…

"Whoever says that there was a coup here (in Honduras)is crazy," says Panamanian Ricardo Maduro, Honduras en lucha!, 21st june 2010

Ricardo Maduro (photo) with Roberto Micheletti was part of the coup against the constitutional president, Manuel Zelaya in June 2009.He is a former President of Honduras and chairman of the Bank of Honduras

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Source: Honduras en Lucha! , June 21, 2010

The former president Ricardo Maduro (2002-2006)who masterminded the coup...said that the Honduran coup which occurred in June 2009, was a total success, because "culture, peace and democracy" must prevail over foreign interference.

Honduran Military and police kill boy and arrest five peasants, from: Honduras en lucha! Source: defensoresenlinea.com , June 21, 2010

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The farmer Oscar Geovanny Ramirez (age 16) was killed and five others arrested in a violent operation that involved the police and army, the Cooperativa La Aurora, the Peasant Movement Unified Aguán, MUCA, on Sunday June 20 between 9 : 30 to 10:00 am.

A flash of lightning By Uri Avnery, Aljazeera.com 21/06/2010

Uri Avnery

Our government's action against the Gaza aid flotilla was such a lightning flash. Israelis normally live in darkness as far as seeing the world is concerned.

By Uri Avnery

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NIGHT. UTTER darkness. Heavy rain. Visibility close to nil.

And suddenly a flash of lightning. For a fraction of a second, the landscape is lit up. For this split second, the terrain surrounding us can be seen. It is not the way it used to be.

OUR GOVERNMENT action against the Gaza aid flotilla was such a lightning flash.

Israelis normally live in darkness as far as seeing the world is concerned. But for that instant, the real landscape around us could be seen, and it looked frightening. Then the darkness settled down over us, Israel returned to its bubble, the world disappeared from view.

This split second was enough to reveal a dismal scene. On almost all fronts, the situation of the State of Israel has worsened since the last flash of lightning.

The flotilla and the attack on it did not …

A Quebec Communist replies To CPUSA's Sam Webb re: "A cautionary tale" People's World, June 18 2010

A Quebec Communist replies To Sam Webb's "cautionary tale",
People's World, June 18 2010

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To Sam Webb,

I don't agree with you. Of course, I don't know much about the USA; however I realize that there is not such a thing as the Left in your country. There are political groups that are of the extreme left, such as Trotskyists and there is also the Communist Party USA. I would never say that the Democratic Party that is reluctant to adopt the law on Health Care for some members is a progressive organization. In Canada, more precisely in the french province of Québec, there is the Québec solidaire party that gathers different groups and the communists. They have one elected Member at the National Assembly out of 125 deputies. His main concern is for the workers of Québec.

Of course, communists are ready to represent workers in the National Assembly (Parliament) and promote their interests such as the purchasing power and the defence of their standard…

Zionists fighting Peace - How Israel lost its soul, Media Monitors, by Mohamed Elmasry, Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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"Israeli society is in love with war and Tzahal: because they give the average citizen a feeling of contradictory safety; because they develop the mind and muscle of the economy and help them fill their pockets; and because war and preparation for war tally with the dynamic development of Israeli industrial life. Further more, war IS the only possibility, when your aim is to live alone in a country where another people lives as well.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu laid out "his vision" of peace last week. This vision was, in a word, expected. After all, he is a hard-core Zionist Jew:

"If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israel’s security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state."

Netanyahu also said Israel would not recognize t…

CUPE ONTARIO : INTERNAL DIVISIONS CONSUME CONVENTION, By Helen Kennedy, Toronto, June 16-30, 2010 issue of People's Voice

(The following article is from the June 16-30, 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, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)



CUPE Ontario has emerged from its recent convention in Windsor with divisions in its leadership and budget cuts that could hamper its ability to act as one of Canada's leading social unions. The union that has been on the leading edge of many critical debates in the labour movement over the past decade has been hobbled by an accumulated deficit. And, instead of coming out strongly in defence of free collective bargaining in the face of a provincial government that is creating a wage-freeze environment, the leadership appears to be consumed by internal divisio…