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Kim Il Sung: Anti-imperialist fighter, socialist hero

April 15, 2014, is the 102nd birthday of the great Korean revolutionary Kim Il Sung. Here is Sam Marcy’s tribute, written after his passing in 1994.

Dear Comrade Kim Jong Il:

The National Committee of Workers World Party extends our deepest condolences on the passing of the great leader of the Korean people, Comrade President Kim Il Sung.

Comrade Kim Il Sung devoted his whole life to the Korean people’s struggle for national self-determination and the international working-class struggle for socialist emancipation. With his leadership, the Korean people defeated the Japanese colonial occupation and soon after brought about the first defeat of the U.S. imperialist military machine.

For over 40 years since the armistice, the U.S. military has continued to occupy the south of Korea with troops and nuclear weapons. This occupation has been the chief obstacle to peaceful reunification of Korea and poses the chief danger of a new war on the peninsula.

The recent nuclear crisis is the latest episode in a long history of Pentagon threats and provocation against Korea. At a time when the people of the United States are suffering from unemployment, racism and a general decline in living standards, another U.S. war against Korea would be a terrible crime against the poor and working people of the U.S. as well as against the people of Korea.

Comrade Kim Il Sung worked tirelessly to bring about the peaceful reunification of Korea and to forge a lasting peace on the peninsula. Workers World Party, representing class-conscious workers in the U.S., understands that Comrade Kim Il Sung’s great efforts to achieve peace and reunification met the aspirations of the Korean people and also benefited the poor and working people of the U.S.

It is Kim Il Sung’s remarkable achievement that in his own lifetime he became a symbol of national liberation and reunification for the Korean people, and a symbol of the anti-imperialist and socialist struggles of all the world’s peoples. Although U.S. imperialism tried at every opportunity to blockade, threaten and sabotage the construction of socialism in the north, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea stands strong. The accomplishments of socialist construction will be a lasting monument to the leadership of Comrade Kim Il Sung.

International developments in the last few years have created great difficulties for the working class and oppressed peoples of the world. And in the face of these difficulties some have wavered or even abandoned the struggle. But Comrade Kim Il Sung and the Workers Party of Korea refused to let go of the principles of revolutionary socialist internationalism.

Leadership in times of great difficulties is what makes a leader truly great.

Workers World Party values our close, comradely relations with the Workers Party of Korea very highly. We are proud to have known Kim Il Sung as a great leader and a comrade in the international communist movement. And it is with the most profound sense of loss that we mark his passing. Yet it is also with the greatest revolutionary optimism that we are confident that Comrade Kim Il Sung’s legacy will live on with your efforts to win new victories for the Korean people. His contributions and achievements for the cause of international socialism for all humanity will never be forgotten.

With comradely solidarity,

Sam Marcy, Chairperson, Workers World Party

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Zoom March 26: International Day of the People’s Right to Armed StruggleCommemorating the death of Comrade Manuel Marulanda, founder and leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People’s Army (FARC-EP), on March 26, 2008.

March 26: International Day of the People’s Right to Armed Struggle

Commemorating the death of Comrade Manuel Marulanda, founder and leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People’s Army (FARC-EP), on March 26, 2008.

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Zoom Day of the Universal Right of Peoples to Armed Rebellion, March 26, observed by the Peace Delegation of FARC-EP in Havana

Six years ago, comandante Manuel Marulanda Vélez passed away in the Colombian jungle. In memory of his revolutionary life and work, the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP in Havana, paid tribute to him with a document about his political ideas.


 After his death, March 26 was proclaimed “Day of the Universal Right of Peoples to Armed Rebellion" by the Continental Bolivarian Coordinating Body.
Pablo Catatumbo recalled the most important moments of the long political road of the legendary leader of the insurgency. He began by recalling the words of the Comandante of Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz:
“I considered and still consider Marulanda one of the most outstanding Colombian and Latin-American guerrilla fighters. When a lot of names of mediocre politicians will have been forgotten, Marulanda will be recognized as one of the most dignified and firm fighters for the well-being of peasants, workers and the poor of Latin-America”.
The event of acknowledgment was accompanied by a song entitled “The warrior for peace”, which tells the story of Manuel Marulanda; about how a peasant from the Colombian countryside became a symbol of resistance to oppression and hope for changes.
Afterwards, Alexandra Nariño, the Colombo-Dutch guerrilla fighter of the FARC-EP and member of the Peace Delegation, played a song composed by a guerrilla fighter of the Eastern Block, Alejandra, who was part of Marulanda’s troops for many years.
The Dutchwoman sent an embrace to her and all the guerrilla fighter in the Colombian jungle who are confronting the military operations of the official army and who are conmemorating today comrade Manuel’s death.
This afternoon, the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP will hold a private meeting in memory of their leader.
Who was Manuel Marulanda Vélez? Find out reading the book Marulanda and the FARC for beginners

Day of the Universal Right of Peoples to Armed Rebellion, March 26, observed by the Peace Delegation of FARC-EP in Havana

Six years ago, comandante Manuel Marulanda Vélez passed away in the Colombian jungle. In memory of his revolutionary life and work, the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP in Havana, paid tribute to him with a document about his political ideas.

 After his death, March 26 was proclaimed “Day of the Universal Right of Peoples to Armed Rebellion" by the Continental Bolivarian Coordinating Body.

Pablo Catatumbo recalled the most important moments of the long political road of the legendary leader of the insurgency. He began by recalling the words of the Comandante of Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz:

I considered and still consider Marulanda one of the most outstanding Colombian and Latin-American guerrilla fighters. When a lot of names of mediocre politicians will have been forgotten, Marulanda will be recognized as one of the most dignified and firm fighters for the well-being of peasants, workers and the poor of Latin-America”.

The event of acknowledgment was accompanied by a song entitled “The warrior for peace”, which tells the story of Manuel Marulanda; about how a peasant from the Colombian countryside became a symbol of resistance to oppression and hope for changes.

Afterwards, Alexandra Nariño, the Colombo-Dutch guerrilla fighter of the FARC-EP and member of the Peace Delegation, played a song composed by a guerrilla fighter of the Eastern Block, Alejandra, who was part of Marulanda’s troops for many years.

The Dutchwoman sent an embrace to her and all the guerrilla fighter in the Colombian jungle who are confronting the military operations of the official army and who are conmemorating today comrade Manuel’s death.

This afternoon, the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP will hold a private meeting in memory of their leader.

Who was Manuel Marulanda Vélez? Find out reading the book Marulanda and the FARC for beginners

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London: Funeral march and people’s farewell for Comrade Bob Crow, general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, March 24, 2014.

Photos: Left Notice Board

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Kharkov, Ukraine: Anti-fascists mourn victims of neo-Nazi attack, March 23, 2014. 

On March 23, activists of “Borotba” (Struggle), together with the association “People’s  Unity” in Kharkov, held a rally and march in memory of the anti-fascist comrades who died on the night of March 14-15 at the hands of armed ultra-nationalists. 

On that day, anti-fascists recognized and followed members of the neo-Nazi gang “Right Sector” who had fired upon mass anti-government demonstrations that took place in Kharkov on March 8. When they arrived outside the fascists’ hiding place, the Right Sector opened fire. As a result two defenders of Kharkov were killed on the spot. 

Participants in the rally tied black ribbons on flags in remembrance of the dead activists and observed a minute of silence. 

People came into Rymarska street to remember those who gave their lives to protect the civilian movement 10 days ago. 

Activists marched through the main streets of Kharkov, chanting “Fascists kill, power covers up”, “Remember forever”, “Kharkiv, stand up!” and requiring local authorities to ensure democratic freedoms and the right to local self-government. 

The blood of the Kharkov defenders is on the hands of the Kiev junta, which legalized the neo-Nazi gangs, armed them and sent to the South-Eastern regions, giving them their full support.

Photos and report: Borotba

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Delhi, India: The Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) observes Martyr’s Day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, March 23, 2014.

Photos by Rahul Sarkar

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Zoom Belgrade, Serbia: 16 trees in memory of the 16 journalists killed under the rubble of television station during the 1999 U.S.-NATO bombing campaign.
Photo by Gala Shaplin

Belgrade, Serbia: 16 trees in memory of the 16 journalists killed under the rubble of television station during the 1999 U.S.-NATO bombing campaign.

Photo by Gala Shaplin

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East Harlem, NYC: Protest against Con Edison and the city’s racist neglect that led to deadly building explosion, March 23, 2014.

Rally and march in support of the people of East Harlem and against the racist neglect of Con Edison. The lack of infrastructure upgrades caused a gas leak and the explosion of two buildings that killed eight people and injured more than 50.

Photos and report by Brenda Sandburg

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Baroda, Gujarat, India: A tribute program was held on the eve of 83rd martyr day of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, organized by the All India Democratic Students Organization (DSO) at Arts Faculty, M.S. University, March 22, 2014.

Photos by Manish Singh

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Zoom Comrade Melba Hernandez, heroine of the Cuban Revolution, presente!
Cuban heroine Melba Hernandez dies
Havana, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) - Melba Hernandez, Heroine of the Republic of Cuba and member of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) Central Commitee, died in the capital yesterday evening.
According to Granma newspaper, Hernandez died at the age of 92, as a result of complications of diabetes mellitus, a disease she suffered for years. 
Born in the country’s central region, Melba Hernandez participated actively in the struggle against the Fulgencio Batista tyranny, and was one of the first to join the movement led by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.Hernandez was among the combatants of the attack on Moncada Barrack in Santiago de Cuba on July 26, 1953, and was a witness of torture and murder of her fellow prisoners.After completing her sentence and the release from prison of the attackers, she collaborated in the organization and leadership of the 26 de Julio Revolutionary Movement, a force led by Fidel Castro that would lead the island to its real independence on January 1, 1959.Since then, Hernandez played important responsibilities, among them, she was a founder of the PCC and a member of its Central Committee since its 3rd Congress, as well as legislator to the National Assembly from 1976 to 1986, and elected again since 1993.For the Cuban people, Melba Hernandez is one of the most glorious and loved fighters of the revolutionary struggle, and an everlasting example of the Cuban woman.Following her wishes, her body will be cremated and the ashes temporarily guarded at the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces until they were taken to the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, and placed along with the remains of her comrades who attacked the Moncada Barrack.

Comrade Melba Hernandez, heroine of the Cuban Revolution, presente!

Cuban heroine Melba Hernandez dies

Havana, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) - Melba Hernandez, Heroine of the Republic of Cuba and member of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) Central Commitee, died in the capital yesterday evening.

According to Granma newspaper, Hernandez died at the age of 92, as a result of complications of diabetes mellitus, a disease she suffered for years.

Born in the country’s central region, Melba Hernandez participated actively in the struggle against the Fulgencio Batista tyranny, and was one of the first to join the movement led by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Hernandez was among the combatants of the attack on Moncada Barrack in Santiago de Cuba on July 26, 1953, and was a witness of torture and murder of her fellow prisoners.

After completing her sentence and the release from prison of the attackers, she collaborated in the organization and leadership of the 26 de Julio Revolutionary Movement, a force led by Fidel Castro that would lead the island to its real independence on January 1, 1959.

Since then, Hernandez played important responsibilities, among them, she was a founder of the PCC and a member of its Central Committee since its 3rd Congress, as well as legislator to the National Assembly from 1976 to 1986, and elected again since 1993.

For the Cuban people, Melba Hernandez is one of the most glorious and loved fighters of the revolutionary struggle, and an everlasting example of the Cuban woman.

Following her wishes, her body will be cremated and the ashes temporarily guarded at the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces until they were taken to the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, and placed along with the remains of her comrades who attacked the Moncada Barrack.

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