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New York City: Stop the War on Children! From Gaza to Donbass to the U.S./Mexico Border, Times Square, July 17, 2014.

Photos by redguard

07.18.14 66
Zoom Creation of Committee for the Liberation of Odessa announced in CrimeaSimferopol, May 22 - The Committee for the Liberation of Odessa brings together activists from the Odessa protest movement forced to remain outside the city and region. The announcement was made at a press conference at the Kryminform News Agency by Odessa Regional Council Deputy Alexei Albu, Odessa City Council Deputy Alexander Vasilyev and the head of “Odessa Yound,” Dmitriy Odinov.Those at the press conference said that after the Odessa region achieves self-determination, the committee will continue to fight for the liberation of other Ukrainian regions from the dictatorship of oligarchs and neo-fascists.
Via Borotba

Creation of Committee for the Liberation of Odessa announced in Crimea

Simferopol, May 22 - The Committee for the Liberation of Odessa brings together activists from the Odessa protest movement forced to remain outside the city and region. 

The announcement was made at a press conference at the Kryminform News Agency by Odessa Regional Council Deputy Alexei Albu, Odessa City Council Deputy Alexander Vasilyev and the head of “Odessa Yound,” Dmitriy Odinov.

Those at the press conference said that after the Odessa region achieves self-determination, the committee will continue to fight for the liberation of other Ukrainian regions from the dictatorship of oligarchs and neo-fascists.

Via Borotba

05.22.14 10

amodernmanifesto:

It is becoming clearer and clearer to me that a reconstituted socialist movement in the USA would be able to win very large amount of support, especially amongst the youth.

The fact that the steps towards unity are so small is a massive failing on behalf of the US left.

Maybe so. The question, though, is what is the basis of unity? It can’t just be unity for unity’s sake, because we think we can recruit more people that way.

How do you have unity between those who call themselves socialists, when some support imperialist counter-revolutions in places like Ukraine and Syria, while others oppose it?

How do you have unity between those like the CPUSA, which supports the Democratic Party regardless of what crimes it commits and is about to formally abandon Leninism, and those who continue to uphold revolution?

If there is going to be unity, which I am all for, then it is going to be among groups and individuals who have similar principles and world outlooks, or it will be nothing but an ineffective, unprincipled waste.

05.22.14 59
Zoom Donetsk and Lugansk Republics begin unification talks - Donetsk People’s Republic co-chair
The People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have started talks on unification. On Monday, co-chairman of the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, unveiled the two republics’ plans to unite. “Yesterday, our republics initiated unification. There have to be preliminary talks. The decision will be made by the leadership,” Pushilin said. The talks began on Tuesday morning.
Following Sunday’s referendum on the future of the Donetsk region, the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic will roll up their sleeves to resolve the social and economic tasks the region is faced with and they will take up the problem of organizing its Armed Forces, Denis Pushilin, the co-chairman of the DPR says in an interview published Tuesday by the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.
"A de facto civil war is being waged on our territory," he says. "There are many military bases here and we should decide on what’s to be done about their contingents. They either change over to our side or else they are declared occupation troops, which makes them subject to expulsion."

Donetsk and Lugansk Republics begin unification talks - Donetsk People’s Republic co-chair

The People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have started talks on unification. On Monday, co-chairman of the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, unveiled the two republics’ plans to unite. “Yesterday, our republics initiated unification. There have to be preliminary talks. The decision will be made by the leadership,” Pushilin said. The talks began on Tuesday morning.

Following Sunday’s referendum on the future of the Donetsk region, the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic will roll up their sleeves to resolve the social and economic tasks the region is faced with and they will take up the problem of organizing its Armed Forces, Denis Pushilin, the co-chairman of the DPR says in an interview published Tuesday by the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

"A de facto civil war is being waged on our territory," he says. "There are many military bases here and we should decide on what’s to be done about their contingents. They either change over to our side or else they are declared occupation troops, which makes them subject to expulsion."

05.13.14 23
Zoom May Day 2014 - Socialist Cuba
"Unity, firmness and victory"

May Day 2014 - Socialist Cuba

"Unity, firmness and victory"

05.01.14 32
Zoom Cuba: Millions Gather for May Day Marches
Millions of Cubans today flooded the squares, streets and avenues of cities and towns to celebrate International Workers’ Day, which will exhibit the most diverse celebrations.
A great holiday atmosphere prevails in the streets of Havana, where the parade of the working class just started. Workers carried posters to the event, and sounded whistles, rattles, drums and other musical instruments.
Santiago was the first to begin its march at seven in the morning. Half an hour later at the Plaza de la José Martí Revolution in the capital and elsewhere in the country, the popular parade of workers, students, housewives, soldiers, peasants, artists and young people, and people in general, began.
In several provinces health workers will lead the demonstrations, in which participants carried banners, posters, representative models of production and services they provide, and pullovers with the colors of the mother country.
In the parade in the capital, following the health-care workers, contingents of construction, education, science and sports, community, communications, science, civil defense, tourism, transport, public administration and other unions will march, accompanied by residents of each municipality in the capital.
More than 50,000 young workers, students and fighters will be the last to go, in what is expected to be a historic day, the most popular mobilization of the nation.
Preparations began shortly after Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the closing session of the Twentieth Congress of the CTC in February, called for this May to make the earth tremble.
He then called on the workers to make a popular parade condemning the interference of the U.S. government in Venezuela and support for the Bolivarian Revolution, the legacy of Chavez and constitutional president Nicolas Maduro.

Cuba: Millions Gather for May Day Marches

Millions of Cubans today flooded the squares, streets and avenues of cities and towns to celebrate International Workers’ Day, which will exhibit the most diverse celebrations.

A great holiday atmosphere prevails in the streets of Havana, where the parade of the working class just started. Workers carried posters to the event, and sounded whistles, rattles, drums and other musical instruments.

Santiago was the first to begin its march at seven in the morning. Half an hour later at the Plaza de la José Martí Revolution in the capital and elsewhere in the country, the popular parade of workers, students, housewives, soldiers, peasants, artists and young people, and people in general, began.

In several provinces health workers will lead the demonstrations, in which participants carried banners, posters, representative models of production and services they provide, and pullovers with the colors of the mother country.

In the parade in the capital, following the health-care workers, contingents of construction, education, science and sports, community, communications, science, civil defense, tourism, transport, public administration and other unions will march, accompanied by residents of each municipality in the capital.

More than 50,000 young workers, students and fighters will be the last to go, in what is expected to be a historic day, the most popular mobilization of the nation.

Preparations began shortly after Army General Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the closing session of the Twentieth Congress of the CTC in February, called for this May to make the earth tremble.

He then called on the workers to make a popular parade condemning the interference of the U.S. government in Venezuela and support for the Bolivarian Revolution, the legacy of Chavez and constitutional president Nicolas Maduro.

05.01.14 58
Zoom Voices of Ukraine: ‘Kiev, people are not cattle!’
By Andre Vltchek
I doubt where the official numbers come from, those that say that Ukraine is evenly divided between those who support the West, and those who feel their identity is closely linked with Russia.
Maybe this might be the case in western Ukraine, in Lvov, or even in the capital, Kiev. But western Ukraine has only a few key cities. The majority of people in this country of around 44 million are concentrated in the south, east and southeast, around the enormous industrial and mining centers of Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Krivoi Rog.
There is Odessa in the south, and Kharkov, “the second capital,” in the east. And people in all those parts of the country mainly speak Russian. And they see, what has recently happened in Kiev as an unceremonious coup, orchestrated and supported by the West.
The reality on the ground differed sharply from the ‘fairytales’, paid for and propagated by Western mass media outlets and by the ‘free Ukrainian press’.
In the east in Kharkov, Soviet banners flew in the wind, next to many Russian flags. Thousands of people gathered in front of the giant statue of Lenin on those windy days of March 28-29.
There were fiery speeches and ovations. The outraged crowd met the proclamations that the Western powers had instigated the “fascist coup” in Kiev, with loud shouts of “Russia, Russia!”
Old women, Communist leaders, and my friend Sergei Kirichuk, the left-wing leader of Borotba, as well as people from international solidarity organizations, made fiery speeches. Apparently, the government in Kiev had already begun to cut the few social benefits that were left, including free medical assistance. Several hospitals were poised to close down soon.
People were ready to fight; to defend themselves against those hated neo-liberal policies, for which (or against which) none of them had been allowed to vote for.
“In Crimea, people voted, overwhelmingly, to return to Russia,” said Aleksey, a student. “But the West calls it unconstitutional and undemocratic. In Ukraine itself, the democratically-elected government has been overthrown and policies that nobody really wants are being pushed down our throats. And… this is called democracy!”
In an apartment of the Borotba movement, a young leader and history student, Irina Drazman, spoke about the way the West has destroyed Ukraine. She reminded me of a Chilean student leader and now an MP – Ms. Camila Vallejo. Irina is only 20, but coherent and as sharp as a razor.
“There is great nostalgia for the Soviet Union,” she says. “If only it could be reshaped and the concept improved, most of the people in Ukraine would be happy to be part of it again.”
And that is exactly what the West is trying to prevent: A powerful and united country, one which can defend the interest of its people.

Voices of Ukraine: ‘Kiev, people are not cattle!’

By Andre Vltchek

I doubt where the official numbers come from, those that say that Ukraine is evenly divided between those who support the West, and those who feel their identity is closely linked with Russia.

Maybe this might be the case in western Ukraine, in Lvov, or even in the capital, Kiev. But western Ukraine has only a few key cities. The majority of people in this country of around 44 million are concentrated in the south, east and southeast, around the enormous industrial and mining centers of Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Krivoi Rog.

There is Odessa in the south, and Kharkov, “the second capital,” in the east. And people in all those parts of the country mainly speak Russian. And they see, what has recently happened in Kiev as an unceremonious coup, orchestrated and supported by the West.

The reality on the ground differed sharply from the ‘fairytales’, paid for and propagated by Western mass media outlets and by the ‘free Ukrainian press’.

In the east in Kharkov, Soviet banners flew in the wind, next to many Russian flags. Thousands of people gathered in front of the giant statue of Lenin on those windy days of March 28-29.

There were fiery speeches and ovations. The outraged crowd met the proclamations that the Western powers had instigated the “fascist coup” in Kiev, with loud shouts of “Russia, Russia!”

Old women, Communist leaders, and my friend Sergei Kirichuk, the left-wing leader of Borotba, as well as people from international solidarity organizations, made fiery speeches. Apparently, the government in Kiev had already begun to cut the few social benefits that were left, including free medical assistance. Several hospitals were poised to close down soon.

People were ready to fight; to defend themselves against those hated neo-liberal policies, for which (or against which) none of them had been allowed to vote for.

“In Crimea, people voted, overwhelmingly, to return to Russia,” said Aleksey, a student. “But the West calls it unconstitutional and undemocratic. In Ukraine itself, the democratically-elected government has been overthrown and policies that nobody really wants are being pushed down our throats. And… this is called democracy!”

In an apartment of the Borotba movement, a young leader and history student, Irina Drazman, spoke about the way the West has destroyed Ukraine. She reminded me of a Chilean student leader and now an MP – Ms. Camila Vallejo. Irina is only 20, but coherent and as sharp as a razor.

“There is great nostalgia for the Soviet Union,” she says. “If only it could be reshaped and the concept improved, most of the people in Ukraine would be happy to be part of it again.”

And that is exactly what the West is trying to prevent: A powerful and united country, one which can defend the interest of its people.

04.15.14 21

Donetsk prepares for the storm: Attack by Kiev regime expected tonight

By Ivan Pobedonoscev, Donetsk

The People’s Republic of Donetsk (DNI), proclaimed April 7, 2014, against the backdrop of the prevailing anarchy in the Ukraine, survived its first night (as opposed to Kharkov and other cities where the Nazis sent by the oligarchy and Interior Minister Avakov went on bloody rampages). Seeing the community and unity of the people, the Ukrainian fascists did not dare go on the assault and attack the Donetsk Regional State Administration, which is barricaded.

But the Kiev Interior Ministry yesterday transferred special forces to Donetsk for ruthless action to suppress the people. In the local Ministry of Internal Affairs there are many waverers who do not want to shoot ordinary people. In contrast, those sent from Kiev are promised mountains of gold and power preferences throughout the command structure of the MVD.

The terrorist group that seized power in Kiev plans further aggression against the self-determining regions of Ukraine. This terrorist group is being actively helped by foreign private military companies with the support of Western diplomacy and media.

The night before, in Donetsk airport, an IL-76 landed with Ukrainian SWAT teams in full armor, which filled 6 buses. All this points to the junta’s intention to deal with people in the storming of RSA. At night the building’s electricity was shut off.

Militant attack is likely planned for night. The Kiev junta has transferred a lot of military equipment to encircle Donetsk. Since Donetsk police refuse to perform the criminal orders from Kiev, Nazi militants of the Right Sector and National Guard were transferred to Donbas. In addition to this, the terrorist attack may be connected to 150 American fighters from the private military organization Greystone, disguised as soldiers of the Falcon unit (as stated by the Foreign Ministry).

There are reports that the Ukrainians terrorists will attack the RSA using the sleeping gas fentanyl.

Activists urge people to bring to the RSA water, milk, juices, fruits, army rations, canned food, bread, sandwiches. Thermoses with hot tea, coffee and other beverages are needed. Because of the possibility of terrorist action by the bloody Kiev junta, those defending the RSA building may also require fire extinguishers and other means of eliminating sources of ignition. Masks, gauze bandages, and medicines are very necessary, say activists. Buckets and any containers for water to neutralize the gas smoke bombs are needed.

The National Council of the Donetsk region, which was announced yesterday by protesting residents, declared its intention to create a Donetsk People’s Republic and hold a referendum on the future status no later than May 11.

Activists, speaking from the podium in the meeting room of the Donetsk regional council, said that the date was agreed with the activists in Lugansk and Kharkov regions.

04.08.14 17
Zoom Mozambican freedom fighter and revolutionary socialist Samora Machel with Margot Honecker, minister of education of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and a leader in the Socialist Unity Party of East Germany.
"International solidarity is not an act of charity; it is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains toward the same objective. The foremost of these objectives is to aid the development of humanity to the highest level possible."
Via Communism 101

Mozambican freedom fighter and revolutionary socialist Samora Machel with Margot Honecker, minister of education of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and a leader in the Socialist Unity Party of East Germany.

"International solidarity is not an act of charity; it is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains toward the same objective. The foremost of these objectives is to aid the development of humanity to the highest level possible."

Via Communism 101

03.21.14 43

Socialist Korea: Annual Meeting of Korean Committee for Solidarity with Cuba Held

Pyongyang, March 20 (KCNA) — An annual meeting of the Korean Committee for Solidarity with Cuba was held here Thursday.

Present there were Kim Sung Du, chairman of the Education Commission who doubles as chairman of the Korean Committee for Solidarity with Cuba, So Ho Won, vice-chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, and members of the committee.

Cuban Ambassador to the DPRK German Hermin Ferras Alvarez and his embassy officials were on hand.

The meeting reviewed the work done by the committee over the past one year to boost the friendship and solidarity with the fraternal Cuban people in their dynamic struggle to protect the sovereignty and socialist gains of the country, courageously frustrating the sanctions and blockade of the U.S. imperialists under the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba.

It also discussed a working plan to boost the bonds of militant friendship and cooperation between the two countries this year. 

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