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Zoom April 22, 1870: Birthday of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik party, leader of the Russian socialist revolution, great teacher of the world’s workers and oppressed peoples.

April 22, 1870: Birthday of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik party, leader of the Russian socialist revolution, great teacher of the world’s workers and oppressed peoples.

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Zoom April 22, 1870: Birthday of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik party, leader of the Russian socialist revolution, great teacher of the world’s workers and oppressed peoples.

April 22, 1870: Birthday of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik party, leader of the Russian socialist revolution, great teacher of the world’s workers and oppressed peoples.

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Zoom April 22, 1948: Foundation Day of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist).

April 22, 1948: Foundation Day of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist).

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Zoom April 22, 1870: Birthday of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik party, leader of the Russian socialist revolution, great teacher of the world’s workers and oppressed peoples.

April 22, 1870: Birthday of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik party, leader of the Russian socialist revolution, great teacher of the world’s workers and oppressed peoples.

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Zoom April 22, 1870: Birthday of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik party, leader of the Russian socialist revolution, great teacher of the world’s workers and oppressed peoples.
"Lenin" by A. Mikhailovsky, September 1918

April 22, 1870: Birthday of Comrade V.I. Lenin, founder of the Bolshevik party, leader of the Russian socialist revolution, great teacher of the world’s workers and oppressed peoples.

"Lenin" by A. Mikhailovsky, September 1918

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Tasks of the people of Ceylon against neocolonial and neoliberal attack of imperialism

Lecture delivered by comrade E. Thambiah, co-convener of Ceylon Communist Unity Centre, on the occasion of the 131st Anniversary of the demise of Karl Marx, at the Women’s Studies and Research Centre in Colombo on March 15, 2014.

Now Cuba and North Korea are in defending position from imperialism and capitalism. Apart from the fall of socialism and emergence of some former socialist states as neo-colonial masters with their specific characterization, socialist and anti-imperialist forces and some Latin American and African countries are upholding the banner of anti-imperialism.
 
The legacy of Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana who used the word neo-colonialism in 1961 and Frantz Fenon who used the word in 1950 to describe the French policy on Algeria is still carrying weight in Africa against neo-colonialism. The legacy of Jose Marti, and Che Guevara are not only carried forward by the people but some of the Latin American government as well.

In Arab and Middle East countries the Legacy of Nasser is based for their Struggles against their regimes but basically Anti-Imperialist in nature as their rulers are followers of Imperialism. Under neo-colonial phase the struggles are undermined or twisted to benefit of imperialism. The struggles of Arab people are reduced to „spring‟ by imperialist.
 
Although almost all the governments in the Asia are aligned with neo colonialism, the people of Asia are parading forward against imperialism. Now the local political leaderships are agreed with neo-liberal and neo-colonial policies. Therefore in this backdrop we will understand that the positions of the revolution against the external enemy – the imperialism is immediate first task and the local enemy is the second task are no more valid in the present context. Both the revolutions against imperialism as well as its local collaborators should be carried on parallel solid programme and practice.
 
Nevertheless we can observe the grouping of communist parties and groups towards Internationalism. There are healthy moves as well as short comings of their grouping but believed to be led towards healthy and constructive discourse. We hope for better through communist international discourse to build up correct and strong international on the basis of Anti-Imperialism in order to over throw the neo-colonial system and neo-liberalism and replace with appropriate socialist Economic base and super structure.
 
There are other broader International forums against Imperialism. The works of International Anti-Imperialist Coordinating Committee‟s (IACC) are commendable . It consist of revolutionary communist parties of the countries of the world, i.e., Workers World Party of America, Socialist Unity Centre of India, Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Nepal Maoist Party and our Ceylon Communist Unity Centre and many mass organizations, National Liberation movements like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Lebanon Anti-Imperialist Forum. The IACC has declared to observe the 6th of August the Hiroshima day as the Anti- Imperialist day. 

With all these we state that these moves both the grouping of world communist parties and the broader Anti-Imperialists are not adequate to face the challenges of neo-colonialism the present phase of Imperialism.

The need of hour is to build up strong Anti-Imperialist movement internationally as well as internally.
 
Further we should keep in our mind the writings of Lenin in the concluding part of Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism. “The fight against Imperialism is a sham and Humbug unless it is inseparably bound up with the fight against opportunism.”
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Irish revolutionaries: 'Struggles for national liberation & socialism cannot be separated'

Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America (IRSCNA) Easter Statement 2014:

Comrades, at this Easter time, the Irish Republican Socialist Committees of North America send solidarity greetings to our comrades and fellow members of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement in the Irish Republican Socialist Party, Irish National Liberation Army, Republican Socialist Youth Movement, and Teach na Failte. We are particularly mindful of our imprisoned comrades in Portlaoise Prison.

On this day, the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, we remember with pride all those who have given their lives for an Irish Workers’ Republic. We pay homage to the brave volunteers and activists of the INLA and IRSP who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year is an important one for Republican Socialism. We celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement. We are very proud that 40 years later, we can say we stand here with our principles intact. Even after attacks by both the British and Free State forces, loyalist paramilitaries, and counter revolutionaries, including the assassinations of our leaders such as Seamus Costello, Miriam Daly, Ta Power, and Gino Gallagher, we have not been defeated. We still carry on the message of Connolly, that the struggles for national liberation and socialism cannot be separated. This year also sees the 30th anniversary of the IRSCNA. Over the last 3 decades, we have organized events, gathered funds, and raised awareness for the movement back home in Ireland. In this our 30th year, the IRSCNA Coordinating Committee is continually working on how to best organize ourselves to serve the IRSM in the 21st century.

While a lot has changed in Ireland since the movement was founded in 1974, much as remained the same. Irishmen and women are still being interned by the British state. While former revolutionaries try to paint the Orange state green, Stormont it is still a bigoted reactionary assembly. It is still based on sectarian divisions. Unionists continue making more demands and the nationalists are expected to forever give ground to maintain the sectarian agreement. This has been made clear by the continued internment by remand of Republicans, discrimination in housing allocation, and the hostility to our Gaelic games and language. We were pleased to see thousands march in Belfast as part of an Lá Dearg, and call upon all Republican Socialists to support civil rights for Irish speakers on both sides of the border.

We in IRSCNA are confident in the in the direction the IRSP leadership has taken in recent years and in this our 30th year, we will recommit ourselves to supporting the movement here in North America. We will do our best to make sure that the message of the Party of Connolly, Costello, and Gallagher is heard loud and clear here among the Diaspora.

Onward to the Workers Republic, Saoirse go Deo!

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Zoom Dublin Easter Commemoration: For A Socialist Republic 
This year will mark the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. In recent weeks the Dublin government have made it clear that they intent to use the centenary of the 1916 anniversary to copper fasten partition and the British occupation of the Six Counties. They further intend to dishonour the memories of all of those who died during the Rising by inviting members of the British ‘royal family’, with their extremely close ties to Britain’s murderous military, to the official centenary commemorations.
In truth the Dublin government and the wider political establishment are intent on turning the clock back to before 1916, when all of Ireland was a British colony. They want to restore the ancient regime when the ruling elite of Britain and Ireland gorged themselves on the wealth they stole from the labour of the working people. As never before the working class of Ireland needs a genuine Republic – a 32 County Republic where the needs of the people are put ahead of the greed of the royals, the money lenders, the ranchers and the politicians.
The battle lines for 2016 have now been drawn. Will that great centenary be marked by official ‘commemoration’ of Irish Volunteer and British soldier alike or will it be marked by a people’s ‘celebration’ of the Irish fight for freedom and justice?
Join us tomorrow [Easter Sunday] and add your voice to the people’s celebration of 1916 and all of those who have given their lives in the fight for freedom.
As in previous years we’ll be joined by the Patricia Black / Frankie Ryan memorial flute band from Glasgow which will lead us to the Republican plot in the St Paul’s section of Glasnevin Cemetery. The plot contains the bodies of many Irish Citizen Army Volunteers and civilians killed during the fighting of Easter Week 1916.
Our main speaker this year will be the veteran socialist republican activist Sean Doyle from Wicklow. Sean, who has been a community and political activist since the 1960s, was a close comrade of the assassinated socialist republican icon Séamus Costello. His oration tomorrow is expected to draw on his more than four decades of observation and experience.
We hope to see you there tomorrow and please encourage your family and friends to come along as well. It’s time for the people of Ireland to take ownership of our history and celebrate those who gave so much so their fellow citizens could be free.
Bígí linn amárach.

Dublin Easter Commemoration: For A Socialist Republic 

This year will mark the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. In recent weeks the Dublin government have made it clear that they intent to use the centenary of the 1916 anniversary to copper fasten partition and the British occupation of the Six Counties. They further intend to dishonour the memories of all of those who died during the Rising by inviting members of the British ‘royal family’, with their extremely close ties to Britain’s murderous military, to the official centenary commemorations.

In truth the Dublin government and the wider political establishment are intent on turning the clock back to before 1916, when all of Ireland was a British colony. They want to restore the ancient regime when the ruling elite of Britain and Ireland gorged themselves on the wealth they stole from the labour of the working people. As never before the working class of Ireland needs a genuine Republic – a 32 County Republic where the needs of the people are put ahead of the greed of the royals, the money lenders, the ranchers and the politicians.

The battle lines for 2016 have now been drawn. Will that great centenary be marked by official ‘commemoration’ of Irish Volunteer and British soldier alike or will it be marked by a people’s ‘celebration’ of the Irish fight for freedom and justice?

Join us tomorrow [Easter Sunday] and add your voice to the people’s celebration of 1916 and all of those who have given their lives in the fight for freedom.

As in previous years we’ll be joined by the Patricia Black / Frankie Ryan memorial flute band from Glasgow which will lead us to the Republican plot in the St Paul’s section of Glasnevin Cemetery. The plot contains the bodies of many Irish Citizen Army Volunteers and civilians killed during the fighting of Easter Week 1916.

Our main speaker this year will be the veteran socialist republican activist Sean Doyle from Wicklow. Sean, who has been a community and political activist since the 1960s, was a close comrade of the assassinated socialist republican icon Séamus Costello. His oration tomorrow is expected to draw on his more than four decades of observation and experience.

We hope to see you there tomorrow and please encourage your family and friends to come along as well. It’s time for the people of Ireland to take ownership of our history and celebrate those who gave so much so their fellow citizens could be free.

Bígí linn amárach.

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Zoom Today in history: April 18, 1980 – In a victory for African liberation and self-determination, the people of Zimbabwe win independence after being ruled by British colonialism as “Southern Rhodesia” since 1888 and then by white minority rule as “Rhodesia” after 1965.
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back)

Today in history: April 18, 1980 – In a victory for African liberation and self-determination, the people of Zimbabwe win independence after being ruled by British colonialism as “Southern Rhodesia” since 1888 and then by white minority rule as “Rhodesia” after 1965.

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back)

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The National Question & Black Liberation

By Lamont Lilly

In commemoration of Lenin’s death 90 years ago. Excerpted from a talk given at the March 29, 2014, “Hard Times are Fighting Times” conference in Durham, N.C.

Just as Vladimir Lenin did in October of 1917, it is time that freedom fighters once again revisit the importance of the National Question. As thinkers and revolutionaries today, it is time that we face the reality of our constantly changing conditions. It is time we re-evaluate the ways in which imperialism and capitalist rule continue to tweak the oppression of various groups, global regions and nationalities.

I just so happen to belong to a very special but highly oppressed nation right here in the U.S. — the African American. My ancestors were forcibly brought to North, South and Central America to work for free. They were brought here in steel chains to toil the soil. They experienced the most brutal and sadistic conditions known to modern times, resulting in social conditions today throughout the Western Hemisphere of extreme institutionalized racism.

In the United States, African Americans are still kept as hostages in mass pockets of poverty. Our families and communities are being dismantled by the Prison-Industrial Complex. Our children are being stolen every day by the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Valuable members of our community are being murdered by local police departments and vigilantes with impunity. Regarding our right to work, African Americans are the last ones hired and first ones fired while Black workers are still primary subjects of racial discrimination in the workplace. In reference to the National Question and Black Liberation, African Americans are still frustrated, angry and deservedly so. As revolutionaries, we have to be honest with these conditions. We must learn about them as much as we can.

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