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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.

04.16.14 20

Pyongyang, Socialist Korea: Floral Tribute Paid to Statues of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il

Pyongyang, April 15 (KCNA) — Service personnel, people from all walks of life and school youth and children visited the statues of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill Tuesday on the occasion of the Day of the Sun, birth anniversary of the President. 

Seen standing there was a floral basket sent by Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army. 

Laid before the statues were floral baskets in the name of the party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, units of the KPA and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, organs and enterprises at all levels, factories, farms and schools in Pyongyang and bouquets and flowers.

Also laid before the statues was a floral basket in the name of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.

Floral baskets and flowers were also placed before the statues and portraits of smiling Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Kim Il Sung Military University, the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces, the Ministry of People’s Security, Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, Mansudae Art Studio and other parts of Pyongyang. 

Service personnel, people and school youth and children across the country visited the statues and portraits of smiling Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in their residential areas to pay high tribute to them.

Meanwhile, staff members of the Chinese and Russian consulates general in Chongjin visited the statue of Kim Il Sung in Chongjin City, North Hamgyong Province to lay floral baskets and bouquets and pay tribute to him.

On the same day, Chinese residents in Chongjin and foreign guests staying in the city laid floral baskets and bunches of flowers before the statue of Kim Il Sung and paid tribute to him.

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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

04.15.14 10

Pyongyang, Socialist Korea: 16th Kimilsungia Festival opens

Pyongyang, April 13 (KCNA) — The 16th Kimilsungia Festival opened here with splendor on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung.

Displayed at the venue of the festival are flowers of the sun reflecting the sincere minds of armed forces organs, ministries, national institutions and many other units, service personnel, people from all walks of life and school youth and children.

Also on display are flowers presented with sincerity by the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, overseas Koreans, foreign diplomatic missions and missions of international organizations here, friendship and solidarity organizations and figures of different countries, members of the supporting associations for propagating immortal flowers and Chinese residents in the DPRK.

An opening ceremony took place at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition on Sunday.

Present there were Kim Ki Nam, Yang Hyong Sop, officials concerned, officials of units which displayed flowers, service personnel, working people, overseas Koreans delegations and overseas Koreans.

Also invited there were members of the Indonesian government cultural delegation headed by Hari Untoro Dradjat, senior advisor to the minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, and other foreign guests.

Kim Chang Do, chairman of the Korea Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Committee, in an opening address expressed belief that the festival will contribute to encouraging the army and people of the DPRK in their heroic struggle to usher in a great prosperity of Songun Korea and boosting the good-neighborly and friendly relations with the world progressive people.

Hari Untoro Dradjat in a congratulatory speech expressed belief that the two countries would continue deepening the friendly relations together with Kimilsungia in the future, too.

The participants went round the venue of the festival.

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Zoom How The Oligarchs Were Defeated ― Remembering The April 2002 Coup in Venezuela
The Venezuelan people have marked the 12th anniversary of the right-wing military coup on April 11, 2002, that briefly ousted former President Hugo Chavez.
In an historically unprecedented event, the coup was overturned within 48 hours by a mass uprising of the people and soldiers loyal to the Bolivarian revolution.
This year’s anniversary occurs in the context of one of the most intense right-wing destabilisation campaigns since the dramatic days of 2002.
There are parallels between then and now. In both cases, the old elites rebelled against government measures that sought to benefit the poor. While decrying repression and lack of democracy, in both instances, right-wing forces employed violence in order to remove a government by undemocratic means.
But there are also key differences. The Bolivarian revolution today controls the state oil company and enjoys strong support within the military. Most importantly, it is based on greater organisation among the people.

How The Oligarchs Were Defeated ― Remembering The April 2002 Coup in Venezuela

The Venezuelan people have marked the 12th anniversary of the right-wing military coup on April 11, 2002, that briefly ousted former President Hugo Chavez.

In an historically unprecedented event, the coup was overturned within 48 hours by a mass uprising of the people and soldiers loyal to the Bolivarian revolution.

This year’s anniversary occurs in the context of one of the most intense right-wing destabilisation campaigns since the dramatic days of 2002.

There are parallels between then and now. In both cases, the old elites rebelled against government measures that sought to benefit the poor. While decrying repression and lack of democracy, in both instances, right-wing forces employed violence in order to remove a government by undemocratic means.

But there are also key differences. The Bolivarian revolution today controls the state oil company and enjoys strong support within the military. Most importantly, it is based on greater organisation among the people.

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Zoom  April 15, 1912: Birthday of Comrade Kim Il Sung, great leader of the Korean Revolution and founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

 April 15, 1912: Birthday of Comrade Kim Il Sung, great leader of the Korean Revolution and founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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Zoom Fred Ho, Creative Activist and Musician, Dies at 56
Fred Ho, a composer, saxophonist, writer and radical activist who composed politically charged operas, suites, oratorios and ballets that mixed jazz with popular and traditional elements of what he called Afro-Asian culture, died on Saturday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 56.
The cause was complications of colorectal cancer, said his student and friend Benjamin Barson. Mr. Ho had been in a war with the disease — his preferred metaphor, which he expanded on in many books, essays, speeches and interviews — since 2006.
Mr. Ho, who was of Chinese descent, considered himself a “popular avant-gardist.” He was inspired by the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and by the ambitious, powerful music of African-American bandleaders including Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sun Ra and especially Charles Mingus. But he rejected the word jazz, which he considered a pejorative term imposed by Europeans. …
Born Fred Wei-han Houn on Aug. 10, 1957, in Palo Alto, Calif. — he changed his surname in 1988 — he moved with his family when he was 6 to Amherst, Mass., where his father taught political science at the University of Massachusetts. He felt a powerful attraction to the art and rhetoric of black culture; as a teenager, he audited college classes taught by Mr. Shepp, the drummer Max Roach and the poet Sonia Sanchez, who were all putting progressive politics in their art. (He never formally studied music, but began teaching himself baritone saxophone when he was 14.)
In interviews, Mr. Ho recalled that his father physically abused his mother. “One of my first insurrections,” he told Harvard Magazine, “was to defend my mother against his physical beatings and give him two black eyes.”
He served in the Marines, where he learned hand-to-hand combat, and was discharged in 1975 because, he said, he had fought with an officer who had used a racial slur. In his 20s, Mr. Ho briefly joined the Nation of Islam and then the I Wor Kuen, a radical Asian-American group inspired by the Black Panthers. Like his two younger sisters, Florence Houn and Flora Houn Hoffman, he attended Harvard University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1979.

Fred Ho, Creative Activist and Musician, Dies at 56

Fred Ho, a composer, saxophonist, writer and radical activist who composed politically charged operas, suites, oratorios and ballets that mixed jazz with popular and traditional elements of what he called Afro-Asian culture, died on Saturday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 56.

The cause was complications of colorectal cancer, said his student and friend Benjamin Barson. Mr. Ho had been in a war with the disease — his preferred metaphor, which he expanded on in many books, essays, speeches and interviews — since 2006.

Mr. Ho, who was of Chinese descent, considered himself a “popular avant-gardist.” He was inspired by the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and by the ambitious, powerful music of African-American bandleaders including Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sun Ra and especially Charles Mingus. But he rejected the word jazz, which he considered a pejorative term imposed by Europeans. …

Born Fred Wei-han Houn on Aug. 10, 1957, in Palo Alto, Calif. — he changed his surname in 1988 — he moved with his family when he was 6 to Amherst, Mass., where his father taught political science at the University of Massachusetts. He felt a powerful attraction to the art and rhetoric of black culture; as a teenager, he audited college classes taught by Mr. Shepp, the drummer Max Roach and the poet Sonia Sanchez, who were all putting progressive politics in their art. (He never formally studied music, but began teaching himself baritone saxophone when he was 14.)

In interviews, Mr. Ho recalled that his father physically abused his mother. “One of my first insurrections,” he told Harvard Magazine, “was to defend my mother against his physical beatings and give him two black eyes.”

He served in the Marines, where he learned hand-to-hand combat, and was discharged in 1975 because, he said, he had fought with an officer who had used a racial slur. In his 20s, Mr. Ho briefly joined the Nation of Islam and then the I Wor Kuen, a radical Asian-American group inspired by the Black Panthers. Like his two younger sisters, Florence Houn and Flora Houn Hoffman, he attended Harvard University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1979.

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Zoom On April 10, 1919, Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos. 
Viva Zapata!
Via Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office

On April 10, 1919, Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos. 

Viva Zapata!

Via Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office

04.10.14 166
'For me, Palestine is paradise': An interview with Leila Khaled

Exclusive interview with Leila Khaled

Recorded on Thursday 3rd of April 2014
First published here.

Frank Barat for Le Mur A Des Oreilles (LMADO): LMADO: If negotiations do not bring peace to the Palestinians, what will? What should the leadership do?

LK: Resist! That’s how you achieve your rights as a People. History has shown us that. No People achieved their freedom without a struggle. Where there is occupation, there is resistance. It is not a Palestinian invention. We are actually going to call for a conference to be held under the auspices of the U.N, just to implement the resolutions taken by this body on the Palestinian question. Resolution 194 calls on Israel to accept the return of the refugees. Fine, let’s put the U.N on the spot. Let’s have a conference reminding people of this. The problem is that the references to any negotiations that have taken place were drafted by the Americans, which we know are biased towards Israel.

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