LATIN AMERICA: The Patria Grande stands up

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.

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Imperialism Changes Guard in Syria

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 Army

Bashar 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?

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