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Zoom May Day 2014 - Toulouse, France

May Day 2014 - Toulouse, France

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Zoom Left behind, Shanghai’s older generation hark back to Chairman Mao

East Is Red, the anthem of China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution, was being piped out of the second-storey window of an old house located a few streets south of Xintiandi, Shanghai’s affluent downtown shopping district. The house was part of an old neighbourhood that was being demolished to accommodate the next phase of high-end real estate expansion.
But it was the slogans on the two banners hung outside the house which really caught the attention of the crowd gathered across the street. Angry over the pending loss of his home, one resident had scrawled “democracy begins with rights” on one banner – and launched a nostalgic call back to Maoism on the other: “Chairman Mao, the people miss you! Corrupt officials are scared of you!”

Left behind, Shanghai’s older generation hark back to Chairman Mao

East Is Red, the anthem of China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution, was being piped out of the second-storey window of an old house located a few streets south of Xintiandi, Shanghai’s affluent downtown shopping district. The house was part of an old neighbourhood that was being demolished to accommodate the next phase of high-end real estate expansion.

But it was the slogans on the two banners hung outside the house which really caught the attention of the crowd gathered across the street. Angry over the pending loss of his home, one resident had scrawled “democracy begins with rights” on one banner – and launched a nostalgic call back to Maoism on the other: “Chairman Mao, the people miss you! Corrupt officials are scared of you!”

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Zoom April 17-19, 1961: Revolutionary Cuba defeats CIA-organized invasion at the Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron) in 72 hours.

April 17-19, 1961: Revolutionary Cuba defeats CIA-organized invasion at the Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron) in 72 hours.

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Moscow, Russia: ‘USA, CIA, hands off Ukraine!’ Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) protest at the U.S. Embassy, April 17, 2014.

Photos: KPRF

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Cuba Celebrates 53 Years of Socialist Nature of Its Revolution

By Nuriem de Armas

Havana, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) - Cuba is updating its economic and social model, but it maintains the socialist nature of its Revolution, proclaimed on April 16, 1961.

In order to achieve that goal, measures have been taken, including new forms of production such as self-employment and cooperatives, among other actions aimed at building a prosperous and sustainable socialism.

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, noted that “this is the socialist and democratic Revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble”.

"And for this Revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble, we are willing to give life," he stressed on April 16, 1961, before a crowd of passionate Cubans who accompanied the victims of mercenary bombings perpetrated the day before.

On Saturday, April 15, enemy planes camouflaged with the insignias of the Revolutionary Armed Forces bombed the airport at Ciudad Libertad (in the capital), the air base in San Antonio de los Baños (southeast of Havana) and the airport in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

According to history, the people gathered at the corner of 23rd Avenue and 12th Street, near Colon Cemetery. Cuban flags were hanging from the balconies and flowers were falling.

The funeral procession and the march of thousands of people stopped at the since then historic corner of 23rd and 12th, where Fidel Castro gave a speech.

In allusion to Washington, the Cuban leader said, “This is what they cannot forgive us, that we are here, under their noses, and that we have made a socialist Revolution under the own noses of the United States.” 

That way, the Cuban Revolution was announcing to the world, and Washington, its socialist nature.

Fidel Castro then accused the U.S. administration of hindering the peaceful march of the Cuban nation, destroying its people’s economic resources and their citizens’ lives, and demanded that the United States took responsibility for the aggression.

These events will teach us, these painful events will illustrate us and will show us, perhaps more clearly than any others that have occurred until today, what imperialism is like, he stressed.

The image of rifles raised by men and women immortalized the total support for the turn that the revolutionary process would take from then on and that it still continues in Cuba.

In that speech, Fidel Castro also foresaw the aggression that was being organized and that was perpetrated two days later in Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs).

In less than 72 hours, the recently-created National Revolutionary Militias, along with forces from the Rebel Army and the Police, defeated the invaders and that victory is considered the first defeat of the United States in Latin America.

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Zoom April 17, 1917: 97 years ago, one day after his return to Russia, comrade and revolutionary leader V.I. Lenin spoke at a conference of the Bolsheviks in Petrograd on a political program for further development after the February Revolution. It is the basis for his "April Theses" published three days later in Pravda.
Via International Marxist

April 17, 1917: 97 years ago, one day after his return to Russia, comrade and revolutionary leader V.I. Lenin spoke at a conference of the Bolsheviks in Petrograd on a political program for further development after the February Revolution. It is the basis for his "April Theses" published three days later in Pravda.

Via International Marxist

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Zoom Ukraine: U.S./NATO-backed fascist coup & growing people’s resistance
Compilation of recent articles from Workers World newspaper.
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Ukraine: U.S./NATO-backed fascist coup & growing people’s resistance

Compilation of recent articles from Workers World newspaper.

Download in PDF format here

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May Day 2014 in Moscow: ‘Left March -- a march of workers’

On April 16, the Moscow city government was served notice of the May 1, 2014, “Left March – a march of workers.” Applicants notified the authorities of their intention to march on Ring Boulevard with a gathering place at 13.00 on Nikitsky Boulevard (metro “Arbat”), a march on Nikitsky Boulevard and Tversky Boulevard, with a rally in Novopushkinsky Park.  

The main purpose of the “Left March” on International Workers’ Day is defending the legitimate rights and freedoms of Russian citizens, the right to work, the resistance of rising fascism in fraternal Ukraine, support of self-determination and self-government for the workers of South and Southeastern Ukraine.  

Organizers of the rally emphasize their opposition to any kind of dictatorship and oppression of working people, including on national and religious grounds, and consistently advocate  for prisoners of conscience — persecuted on political grounds for defending the legitimate rights of the people. 

Organization that announced their participation include: “Unified Communist Party”,” Russian United Labor Front - RotFront “,” The Other Russia “,” Communists of Russia “,” Left Front “,” Kolomna Bush, “” Working Russia “,” Interregional Association of Communists - IOC “,” Russian Communist Workers Party - RKRP “,” Young Communist League “,” Union of Workers of Moscow “,” Russian Communist Youth League - Komsomol, “” Revolutionary Workers Party - RRS “,” Committee to Protect the rights of citizens - KZPG “,” Interregional Trade Union vehicles - MPRA “,” Motion hostels Moscow - HOUSE “union” protection “,” union of migrant workers “, etc. 

Our calls: "Workers of all countries, unite!" "No to fascism, no to capitalism!" "Capitalism in Russia - Russia is death! Free labor - free people!” "Workers fight for their rights — in solidarity is power!" "A world without the bourgeoisie!" "Power to the millions, not the millionaires!"

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Ukraine: Union Borotba (Struggle) flyer with their terrific statement, ‘The Junta has Declared War on its Own People.’

English translation

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U.S. Still Attacks Cuba, 53 Years after Bombing Airports

By Orlando Oramas Leon

Havana, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) - Cuba is commemorating today the 53rd anniversary of the bombings of its airports, ordered by the government of the United States and resulting in the prelude of the mercenary invasion that was defeated in record time in Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs).

The commemoration is taking place at a time when evidence shows new modalities of aggression against Cuba, described as non-conventional warfare in a training handbook of the Special Operation Forces of the U.S. Army.

At the dawn of Saturday, April 15, 1961, enemy planes camouflaged as aircraft of the recently-founded Revolutionary Armed Forces, attacked the airport in Ciudad Libertad (in the capital), the air base in San Antonio de los Baños (southeast of Havana) and the airport in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

Eight B-26 planes departed from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, with the mission of destroying, on the ground, Cuba’s modest aviation and guaranteeing the impunity of other incursions.

A fleet, armed and financed by the U.S. government had departed from that Nicaraguan city, carrying a mercenary brigade whose mission was to occupy a beachhead from where they would announce the establishment of a puppet government.

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