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Philippines: Anakbayan member, his brother and father murdered by soldiers in Abra

We condemn the murder of Freddie ‘Fermin’ Ligiw, an Anakbayan member in Abra, his father Licuben and his brother Edie by members of the Philippines Army 41st Infantry Battalion last March 2. The three were gagged, tied-up, killed, and then buried in a shallow grave where they were discovered.

Fermin was supposed to give a testimony regarding how the military forcibly used him as a ‘guide’ (and more likely, as a human shield) by the 41st IB in its operations against the New People’s Army.

Given the recent attacks in the mainstream media by members of the military against ANAKBAYAN, there is clearly only one group in the entire country with an interest in assassinating our members.

Due to the fact that it is the U.S-Aquino regime itself which perpetuates this heinous crimes, we call on the Filipino people, including the revolutionary movement in the countryside, to exact justice for Fermin.

Justice for Fermin Ligiw! Justice for all victims of human rights violations!

Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, @venzie

Fact sheet of the murder prepared by Cordillera Human Rights Alliance can be read here

03.10.14 5
Ukraine: Hunting the Left

Demonstrations against the new rulers are impossible. Communists attacked and abused. Fascists patrolling with the police.

By Susann Witt-Stahl, Junge Welt

Kiev - In the February 21 agreement mediated by the three EU foreign ministers between the then government and the opposition in Ukraine, the leaders of the “Maidan” undertook responsibility to disarm all non-governmental militias. This did not happen even after the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych. The Maidan in the center of Kiev is like still an armed camp.  

Even on the interchanges, outside the headquarters of the Ukrainian parliament and other major buildings, everywhere are helmeted and masked fighters in full gear, equipped with iron bars and baseball bats. Quite a few of them carry pistols and revolvers. The red-black flags with the inscription “Prawi sector” (right sector) or UNSO (Ukrainian National Self-Defense, the paramilitary arm of the party Ukrainian National Assembly) and the “Wolf Fishing” yellow armbands which some of the militiamen wear, leave no room for doubt: It is the militant rightists that dominate the public space.

Just days ago, a member of the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) was detained during a visit to Kiev by members of the right block, abducted to the base and there mistreated for two days, said Sergei Kiritschuk of the revolutionary Marxist organization Borotba (Struggle). Only on the insistent demands of a woman who volunteered  ​​medical service on the Maidan was the seriously injured man freed. He was put on a train to Moscow and put in a hospital. The diagnosis of the doctors there: Several broken ribs and a lung injury.

The Central Committee of Borotba, which was created in 2006 by former members of the KPU, got to safety in time before the fascist assault squads reached them. To the west of the country and in Kiev, the right-wing already raged a few hours after the fall of Yanukovych, attacking the institutions of communist organizations. Leftists first found refuge in Kharkiv and Donetsk. Many activists left the regions affected by the witch-hunts, Kiritschuk reported.  

Those who had remained in Kiev would have to avoid showing themselves in public. Anti-fascist protests are impossible to organize. ”Every demonstration with a red flag would be immediately attacked by fascist gangs,” said Kiritschuk. ”Europe does not understand what is happening here,” he criticized. The West trivializes the problem.  

Although the ultra-nationalists and fascists were clearly in the minority, “they are very tightly organized, strengthened ideologically — and now they are heavily armed,” he pointed out. “They are driving Ukrainian society to the right.”  

To what extent this is already underway, you can imagine from a measure which has been ordered by the new interior minister Arsen Awakow, a confidant of Julia Tymoshenko: “The State Police has recently been ordered to patrol alongside the self-defense forces of the Maidan,” Kiritschuk reported. ”That is to say, the rightists now also officially control the cities of Ukraine.”

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Philippines: Obama, Aquino equally drenched with blood of victims of rights abuses

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) charged that the US government is just as responsible as the Aquino regime for the grave violations of human rights perpetrated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and various state paramilitaries under the regime’s Oplan Bayanihan.

The CPP statement was issued in reaction to the published contents of the US State Department’s 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which cited continuing extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances undertaken by security forces in the Philippines.

“The US government cannot feign innocence because it has been providing the AFP and its agencies with military advice, training and aid. In fact, the AFP’s current campaign of suppression deceitfully named Oplan Bayanihan was drafted under the close supervision of US military advisers and patterned after the US government’s Counter-Insurgency Guide of 2009,” said the CPP.

“Under Oplan Bayanihan, entire communities are being militarized, with the people’s human rights abused by the operating units of the AFP in the name of so-called peace and development,” said the CPP. “US military advisers have taught the AFP to describe every campaign of suppression as ‘peace and development’ in hopes of concealing the brutalities and abuses daily being committed by the fascist troops against the people.”

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Leftist Colombia presidential candidate unharmed after assassination attempt

Aida Avella, the presidential candidate of socialist party Patriotic Union (Union Patriotica – UP), survived an assassination attempt while on campaign in the northeast of the country on Sunday.

General Luis Danilo Murcia, commander of the Quiron Task Force in the Arauca state, the candidate campaign caravan of UP candidate Aida Abella was shot at by two men on a motorcycle.

The statement was corroborated by Venezuela television network Telesur which accompanies the campaign. The Venezuelan television network specified that two men on a motorcycle approached the caravan and shot at the SUV in which were Avella and Senate candidate Carlos Lozano.

Both were unharmed and immediately taken to an army base near the scene of the attack, reported Telesur.

“This attack against Colombia’s peace process and the right of political opposition in this country. Without guarantees for the opposition, there exists no democracy,” UP party president Omer Calderon said in a press release.

The UP was disbanded in 2002 after a political extermination campaign carried out by members of now-defunct [sic] paramilitary organization AUC and members of the security forces killed thousands of the party’s members, including two presidential candidates.

The March elections for Congress and the May presidential elections are the first the UP is able to take part in since then.

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Venezuelan Gov't Sends Army to Combat 'Grave' Opposition Disorder near Colombian Border

February 22, 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government is to send two army battalions to Táchira state, which borders Colombia, to combat a “grave” case of opposition-promoted disorder in the area.

According to press reports and an eyewitness testimony provided to Venezuelanalysis.com, the capital city of Táchira state, San Cristóbal, has been almost brought to a standstill in recent days by street barricades set up by hard-line opposition activists.

According to such reports, in recent days almost no transport has been able to circulate, while the great majority of shops and businesses have been closed. Authorities warn that the street blockades are impeding the delivery of food and gasoline, and claim that transport workers have been threatened.

The government also suspects that “paramilitaries and criminal gangs” are involved in the actions, with the complicity of the local opposition mayor, Daniel Ceballos.

02.23.14 6
Zoom Imperialism world domination tour 2011-2014
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Imperialism world domination tour 2011-2014

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Colombia 2014: A year of sharpening struggle ahead

By Berta Joubert-Ceci

Sharpening contradictions between the opposing classes and the growing exposure of the real intentions of Colombia’s ruling forces are reaching levels that can only be resolved by a new stage of the struggle in 2014. Recent developments in that country — including the increasing participation of the peasant and Indigenous people in the resistance to the regime — if continued and increased — could finally deal an immense blow to Colombia’s neoliberal and neocolonial status. This status has kept the majority of the population’s poor and excluded people from sharing in the benefits provided by the country’s immense natural riches.

Before we look at the new developments, we must remember Colombia’s reality and examine those developments in context. Colombia remains the most dangerous country for union leaders — 60 percent of all unionists killed in the world are assassinated in Colombia. These treacherous acts are perpetrated by the state and the transnational corporations together with paramilitary forces.

Not only unionists are targeted. According to a report released in April 2013 by the Center for Research and Popular Education (CINEP), there were six civil rights violations on the average each day, including 565 attributed to the paramilitary, 268 to the police and 187 to the army. Ten Colombians were killed by political violence per week. The report also states that under President Santos, the killing of civilians, the so-called “false positives,” have increased, contrary to the version offered by the official propaganda. (rebelion.org, Jan 11)

Despite this scenario, activists among the country’s progressive forces have responded to recent serious attacks with courageous resistance.

01.18.14 11
Zoom 210th Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution: Outstanding Victory for Freedom and Human RightsJanuary 1, 2014 marks the 210th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution. Beginning in 1791, Haitians began to rise up and eventually overthrew both slavery and colonial rule. The Haitian revolutionaries led by Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines were able to fight off successive European powers, the French, Spanish and British, eventually establishing an independent republic in 1804. The Haitian Revolution was an earth-shattering development in the struggle for the emancipation of labour all over the world and the establishment of citizenship rights on a modern basis, namely that they belong to people by virtue of their being human, members of a body politic.However, from that point until the present, great efforts have been made by the colonial and imperial powers to interfere in the development of the Haitian nation and block the realization of the aspirations of those courageous human beings who freed themselves from their condition of slavery and bondage. This February marks a particularly notorious anniversary in Haiti’s history, the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 coup against the democratically-elected President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This coup was orchestrated by the U.S., France and Canada. One of Canada’s point-men in facilitating this coup was none other than Denis Corderre, presently the new Mayor of Montreal, who in 2004 was the Minister Responsible for La Francophonie in Prime Minister Paul Martin’s government. 
This coup set the stage for the “death-squad democracy” used to brutally suppress the progressive forces in Haiti. The consequences of this coup are evident in the present government of Michel Martelly, a consort of the much-hated Duvalier dictatorship, which today is the agency of especially the U.S. sweatshops and cruise ships and their political representatives opening up Haiti for plunder by foreign monopolies. The shame of it is how Canada, France and the U.S. not only staged the coup but, along with the United Nations, do not permit Haiti to recover from the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.TML Weekly sends its militant revolutionary greetings to the Haitian people both in Haiti and in the diaspora, on the occasion of their history-making anniversary. The renewed enslavement of Haiti and the deplorable conditions imposed on Haiti by the foreign great powers attest to the profound racism and inhumanity of these big powers and the need to settle scores with them once and for all. What Canada does in Haiti tells all there is to tell about what the Canada of the Monopolies stands for.All Out to Support the Haitian People to See that Justice Is Done!
Graphic: “Combat de Vertières” by Patrick Noze, oil on canvas, from Haitian Art in the Diaspora, edited by Emile Viard, 2004. The Battle of Vertières was the decisive conflict of the Haitian revolution, fought in November 1803.

210th Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution: Outstanding Victory for Freedom and Human Rights

January 1, 2014 marks the 210th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution. Beginning in 1791, Haitians began to rise up and eventually overthrew both slavery and colonial rule. The Haitian revolutionaries led by Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines were able to fight off successive European powers, the French, Spanish and British, eventually establishing an independent republic in 1804. The Haitian Revolution was an earth-shattering development in the struggle for the emancipation of labour all over the world and the establishment of citizenship rights on a modern basis, namely that they belong to people by virtue of their being human, members of a body politic.

However, from that point until the present, great efforts have been made by the colonial and imperial powers to interfere in the development of the Haitian nation and block the realization of the aspirations of those courageous human beings who freed themselves from their condition of slavery and bondage. This February marks a particularly notorious anniversary in Haiti’s history, the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 coup against the democratically-elected President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This coup was orchestrated by the U.S., France and Canada. One of Canada’s point-men in facilitating this coup was none other than Denis Corderre, presently the new Mayor of Montreal, who in 2004 was the Minister Responsible for La Francophonie in Prime Minister Paul Martin’s government.

This coup set the stage for the “death-squad democracy” used to brutally suppress the progressive forces in Haiti. The consequences of this coup are evident in the present government of Michel Martelly, a consort of the much-hated Duvalier dictatorship, which today is the agency of especially the U.S. sweatshops and cruise ships and their political representatives opening up Haiti for plunder by foreign monopolies. The shame of it is how Canada, France and the U.S. not only staged the coup but, along with the United Nations, do not permit Haiti to recover from the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010.

TML Weekly sends its militant revolutionary greetings to the Haitian people both in Haiti and in the diaspora, on the occasion of their history-making anniversary. The renewed enslavement of Haiti and the deplorable conditions imposed on Haiti by the foreign great powers attest to the profound racism and inhumanity of these big powers and the need to settle scores with them once and for all. What Canada does in Haiti tells all there is to tell about what the Canada of the Monopolies stands for.

All Out to Support the Haitian People to See that Justice Is Done!

Graphic: “Combat de Vertières” by Patrick Noze, oil on canvas, from Haitian Art in the Diaspora, edited by Emile Viard, 2004. The Battle of Vertières was the decisive conflict of the Haitian revolution, fought in November 1803.

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Zoom Today in history: December 22, 1997 - Members of a right wing paramilitary group carry out a massacre of 45 people in the village of Acteal in Chiapas, Mexico. They targeted supporters of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). The Zapatistas and many Chiapas residents placed responsibility on the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
(mural reads: Acteal: Massacre against humanity and for neoliberalism. How long? Enough!)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

Today in history: December 22, 1997 - Members of a right wing paramilitary group carry out a massacre of 45 people in the village of Acteal in Chiapas, Mexico. They targeted supporters of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). The Zapatistas and many Chiapas residents placed responsibility on the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

(mural reads: Acteal: Massacre against humanity and for neoliberalism. How long? Enough!)

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

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Colombia Develops New Strategy Against the Left

By Gary Leech

It is becoming increasingly clear that right-wing elements in Colombia no longer need to slaughter leftist politicians on the grand scale of years past in order to preserve their hold on power. The right’s latest response to emerging democratic advances in Colombia has been to simply banish leftist politicians from office.

Just this week, Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez ordered that the left-leaning mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, be removed from office and prohibited from participating in politics for 15 years. Petro is not the first Colombian leftist to be banished from politics by Ordoñez; three years ago, he banned former senator Piedad Córdoba from holding office for 18 years.

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