The following article by W T Whitney Jr is reproduced from Monthly Review to highlight the difference in response to COVID-19 between capitalist and socialist countries. Whitney is a political journalist whose focus is on Latin America, health care, and anti-racism. A Cuba solidarity activist, he formerly worked as a pediatrician.Continue reading “Fighting COVID-19 in Cuba, China and the United States”
To commemorate International Working Women’s Day, we decided to share a speech by Clara Zetkin entitled ‘Only in conjunction with the proletarian woman will socialism be victorious‘.
Zetkin was a great German Marxist-Leninist, leader of the Communist International, and a founder of Working Women’s Day, who for the first time thoroughly established the connection between working women’s liberation and socialism.
The whole speech can be found at the above link, but the key paragraph is reproduced below:
Therefore the liberation struggle of the proletarian woman cannot be similar to the struggle that the bourgeois woman wages against the male of her class. On the contrary, it must be a joint struggle with the male of her class against the entire class of capitalists. She does not need to fight against the men of her class in order to tear down the barriers which have been raised against her participation in the free competition of the market place. Capitalism’s need to exploit and the development of the modern mode of production totally relieves her of having to fight such a struggle. On the contrary, new barriers need to be erected against the exploitation of the proletarian woman. Her rights as wife and mother need to be restored and permanently secured. Her final aim is not the free competition with the man, but the achievement of the political rule of the proletariat. The proletarian woman fights hand in hand with the man of her class against capitalist society. To be sure, she also agrees with the demands of the bourgeois women’s movement, but she regards the fulfillment of these demands simply as a means to enable that movement to enter the battle, equipped with the same weapons, alongside the proletariat.
Anti-imperialist forces around the world were shocked within the last hour when the news broke that two of the Middle East and the world’s most significant fighters against US imperialism, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were killed in a joint strike by the US Air Force and their Zionist lackeys. These two martys dedicated and ultimately sacrificed their lives for a Middle East and a world that is independent and free of imperialist domination.
Workers at Lyttelton Port and their union, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) are continuing to take a stand against the import of “blood phosphate” from Western Sahara sold by the colonial occupier government.
Western Sahara, the last formal colony in Africa, has been occupied by Moroccan forces ever since Spanish colonisation ended in 1975. The ongoing national-liberation movement led by the Polisario Front has led to the establishment of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which is now fighting colonial forces for full national liberation.
A ship chartered by Ravensdown, the Federal Crimson, is currently unloading the last of 51 tonnes of phosphate at Port Chalmers, after earlier docking in Napier and Lyttleton.
After initial opposition from port management, the RMTU has boarded the ship and lodged formal protest with its captain at each docking.
Wayne Butson, General Secretary of the RMTU, said in a media release that “our fellow unionists in Australia, the Maritime Union of Australia, have used this method to register protests against Blood Phosphate imports, to us it seems a relatively mild and pragmatic way to exercise a fundamental democratic right “
“We have been advised that the cargo of the Federal Crimson may in fact be illegal and that under international law port workers have the right to refuse to berth or work ships carrying such cargo” continued Butson.
The workers’ movement has been fairly unanimous in support of the Sahrawi national-liberation struggle. Last month, the Council of Trade Unions passed a resolution condemning the Moroccan colonisation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and the import of “blood phosphate” into New Zealand. Also last month, the New Communist Party met with the Polisario Front delegation at the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity in Havana and pledged to deepen our practical ties and internationalist solidarity.
During a visit to New Zealand, the regional representative of Polisario told Radio New Zealand that since the occupation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic has been condemned by international law and the United Nations, New Zealand should ban imports of “blood phosphate”.
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union have pledged further industrial action against this practical support for colonialism.
-NCPA Workers Star Reporter
The following text is a translation of a speech delivered by the Chair of the Auckland Branch, New Communist Party of Aotearoa in Spanish at a rally of the Chilean community on October 10, 2019.
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The visit of the Deputy Secretary of the CC NCPA, Comrade J Morgan, to Sydney, Australia to mark the 99th Anniversary of the Communist Party of Australia is the first ever visit to an international Communist Party by the NCPA, highlighting the vitality and importance placed upon the alliance of trans-Tasman Communists by both sides.
While the two Parties are and will remain independent in their efforts to apply Marxism-Leninism to national conditions and build the conditions for socialist revolution, a trans-Tasman relationship of cooperation is undeniably important. Our two countries are strongly interconnected in financial, political, military and most importantly, people-to-people ties. Any change in the social, economic or political situation on one side of the Tasman will strongly influence, the other. Therefore, Communists in both countries play close attention and give support to the other side.
The CC CPA welcomes the establishment of the NCPA and expressed its hope that the NCPA will be able to successfully lead New Zealand out of the low ebb of world socialism and re-popularise the Communist theory and Party amongst the New Zealand working class.
The CC CPA also conveyed best wishes for the First National Congress of the NCPA to be held in Wellington on November 21-22 with the theme “The 21st Century: A New Era in Social Progress”, and accepted the kind invitation to send a delegation to participate in this Congress as a sign of the friendship between our two Parties.
The CC NCPA fully supports the renewed and consolidated leadership of the CPA given the recent successes of the CC CPA in re-establishing leadership based around firm Marxist-Leninist principles. Comrade Morgan expressed the firm belief of the CC NCPA that the significant history of the CPA and its continued adherence to Marxism-Leninism meant that even after the low ebb of world socialism, the CPA is in a strong and stable position to continue its traditionally important role in the Australian workers’ movement and strengthen its ties to the masses.
Both sides fully intend to continue the current trend of high-level and frequent discussion and cooperation between the NCPA and CPA while looking for ways to further enhance a practical relationship based on mutual respect and solidarity, friendship, non-interference and cooperation under Marxist-Leninist principles of proletarian internationalism.
Long live Marxism-Leninism!
Long live proletarian internationalism!
Long live the fighting Communist Party of Australia and New Communist Party of Aotearoa!
Latin America has always been a continent of struggle against imperialism and its domination by foreign powers. Heroes like the Taino chief Hautey, executed by Spanish colonists, are still held up as aspirations for Latin American internationalists and anti-imperialist fighters. So too are later figures such as Simón Bolívar, Benito Juárez and José de San Martín, who liberated the countries of Latin America from colonialism and first introduced the idea of the Patria Grande or the Great Homeland, a collective anti-imperialist spirit and identity spanning all of Latin America.
The 20th Century brought a new generation of anti-imperialist fighters to the continent: Sandino in Nicaragua, Farabundo Martí in El Salvador, Luis Emilio Recabarren in Chile, and of course, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in Cuba. Inspired by the success of the Great October Socialist Revolution and the new Soviet Union, for the first time ideas of socialism and Marxism-Leninism entered the fight of Latin America.Continue reading “LATIN AMERICA: The Patria Grande stands up”
The following speech was delivered in Sydney, Australia on 26 October 2019 at the celebrations of the 99th year of the Communist Party of Australia by Deputy Secretary of the Central Committee, New Communist Party of Aotearoa, J Morgan.Continue reading “NCPA Speech at the 99th Anniversary Celebrations of the CP Australia”
The Deputy Secretary of the Central Committee of the New Communist Party of Aotearoa leaves early tomorrow morning on the first overseas visit of the New Communist Party of Aotearoa to attend meetings of friendly causes in Australia and Cuba.Continue reading “Internationalist Visit of the NCPA to Australia and Cuba”
Statement on Events in the Syrian Arab Republic by the Chair of the CC NCPA
The US will not protect you. The US will not safeguard you in their hearts or their laps. The US will put you in their pockets so as to become a bartering tool along with their dollars which they began doing. If you will not prepare yourselves to defend your country then you will become slaves for the Ottomans. No one will protect you except your country. No one will defend you except the Syrian Arab ArmyBashar Al-Assad, President of Syria speaking to YPG fighters, February 2019
All over international media this week was the announcement that US forces would withdraw from Syria, and that Turkish military operations in Syria would then commence. This provoked a furor from all sides of the US political establishment that the US was abandoning its “Kurdish allies”. ‘Rojava’ and the YPG/YPJ militas, long the obscure pet project of some Western anarchists, suddenly became the public darling of all factions US imperialism opposed to Trump. How could this happen?Continue reading “Imperialism Changes Guard in Syria”