Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Theory and Practice by Joma Sison



The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects the unbelievable statement published today by the White House on 07/17/2017.

It is a document of a sort that has never been seen before, which, due to its poor level and awful quality, makes it difficult to intellectually understand the intentions of the assailant country.

Without a doubt, the government of the United States is used to humiliating other nations in its international relations and believes that it will receive as a response the subordination to which they are accustomed.

The trench that the government of the United States is digging in its relations with Venezuela makes it difficult to rationally predict its actions for the entire international community.

The government of the United States, unashamedly, shows its absolute bias towards the violent and extremist sectors of Venezuelan politics, which favor the use of terrorism to overthrow a popular and democratic government.

The moral ruin of the Venezuelan opposition has dragged President Trump to commit an open aggression against a Latin American country.

We know not who could have written, let alone authorized, a statement with such a conceptual and moral poverty.

The thin democratic veil of the Venezuelan opposition has fallen, and it reveals the brutal interventionist force of the U.S. government, which has been behind the violence suffered by the Venezuelan people in the last four months.

It is not the first time that we denounce and confront threats as ludicrous as those contained in this unbelievable document.

We call on the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as on the free peoples of the world, to understand the magnitude of the brutal threat contained in this imperial statement and to defend the sovereignty, self-determination, and independence, fundamental principles of international law.

The original constituent power is contemplated in our Constitution and it only concerns the Venezuelan people. The National Constituent Assembly will be elected by the direct, universal, and secret ballot of all Venezuelans, under the authority of the National Electoral Council, as contemplated in our legal framework. It is an act of political sovereignty of the Republic, nothing and no one can stop it. The Constituent Assembly will go on!

Today, Venezuelan people are free and will respond united against the insolent threat posed by a xenophobic and racist empire. The anti-imperialist thought of the Liberator is more valid than ever.

“The United States seems destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty” Simón  Bolivar

Monday, July 17, 2017

Rodong Sinmun: South Korean Authorities Should Opt for Repairing Relations with the North

Democracy and Class Struggle has long been expecting a "peace proposal" from South Korea following the election of President Moon Jae-in - but following Moon Jae-in's meeting with Donald Trump things appeared to turn for the worse - a new attempt by South Korea to float a new "peace" initiative has had this cautious response from the North Korean Newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

S. Korean Authorities Should Opt for Repairing Relations with North

The chief executive of south Korea made public his "conception of peace on the Korean peninsula" during his recent junket to Germany.

His "peace conception" seemed fortunate as he pledged to respect and implement the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration, unlike his predecessors' stance.

However, its overall contents are run through with an ill intention to escalate confrontation with the compatriots in the north and stifle them with the backing of outsiders.

They are all characterized by nonsensical sophism putting a brake on the efforts for achieving peace on the Korean peninsula and repairing the north-south relations.

As the present chief executive of south Korea uttered, proper beginning is important for everything.

In order to fundamentally improve, as desired by the fellow countrymen, the north-south relations complicated and twisted by festering distrust and antagonism, hostility and confrontation under the pro-U.S. conservative regime, and achieve peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula, it is important to make a good start.

It is necessary to do something badly needed and settle the fundamental issue above all at the starting point.

The intention of all Koreans and aspiration of candlelight demonstrators can never come true if the south Korean regime persists in reading the face of the U.S. displeasing the reconciliation and unity of the Korean nation and the pro-U.S. conservative forces desperately checking the improved north-south relations.

The south Korean authorities should not persistently depend on outsiders, going against the aspiration of all Koreans and the trend of the times, but opt for improving the north-south relations and achieving independent reunification by pooling efforts with the compatriots in the north.

Red Block at the Tollpuddle Festival of Socialism

The Red Block of Revolutionary Praxis and Democracy and Class Struggle were at the Tollpuddle Festival of Socialism - The Red Block was born out of the  No to NATO in Newport a few years ago and remerged in London in opposition to the visit of Indian President Modi and made it appearance at the Tollpuddle Festival of Socialism over the weekend.

Revolutionary Praxis organised a Forum : After the General Election Where Do we go from here ? at which the Corbynistas were invited to state their views Harry Powell and Nickglais challenged the idea of a Parliamentary Road to Socialism on the basis of the theory and practice of the Labour Party for the last 100 years.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Sacred War : Russian and Korean - Священная война 성스러운 전쟁

Democracy and Class Struggle says it will take the same determination in Korea to defeat US Imperialism as it took the Soviet Union to defeat Hitlerite Nazism and the Sacred War song unites their struggles.

NATO produce 8 minute film praising Baltic Nazi Waffen SS related Forest Brothers

Democracy and Class Struggle says this film should be a wake up call about the shameless direction of NATO and its revision of history. We agree with Dmitry Rogozin that NATO's insolence has reached its limit with this film.

Several Russian officials and politicians, including the foreign ministry spokesperson, criticized a documentary about the ‘Forest Brothers’ – pro-Nazi guerillas from the Baltic nations – recently released by NATO.

“I remember that 6 months ago the international community, including the leading mass media, was discussing whether Holocaust-themed dance shows should be allowed. I have a strong hope that these same people who claim that they care a lot about the tragic pages of history will also give their appraisal to this appalling stunt by NATO. I also hope that no one needs a reminder concerning mass executions performed by those who later started calling themselves Forest Brothers,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page.

The reaction came to the eight-minute reenactment film ‘Forest Brothers – Fight for the Baltics’ which was released by NATO. The film glorifies guerillas who fought against the Soviet regime in the Baltic countries, and depicts an ambush in which some Forest Brothers attacked and killed Soviet soldiers.

Zakharova called upon historians, reporters, and political scientists not to remain indifferent to this new attempt of distorting history. “Don’t remain indifferent, this is a perversion of history that NATO knowingly spreads in order to undermine the outcome of the Nuremberg Tribunal and it must be cut short!” she wrote. She also reminded her readers that many of the Forest Brothers were former Nazi collaborators and members of the Baltic Waffen SS, and that members of these guerilla groups killed thousands of civilians in their raids.

Russian deputy PM and former envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin was even harsher in his reaction to the film: “This reel with Forest Brothers killing our soldiers confirms the fact that when we face NATO we face the heirs to those of Hitler’s collaborators who survived the war,” he tweeted. The official noted that some time ago, when he worked as a plenipotentiary with NATO, such things would not have been allowed, but now “their insolence has reached the limit.”

Speaking to RT, Lower House MP Iosif Kobzon (United Russia) called the NATO film “vandalism and Russophobia,” adding that he was ready to propose the making of a film that would describe the story of the Forest Brothers movement in a more realistic light. He also recommended everyone watch the 1965 documentary ‘Triumph Over Violence’ by Soviet director Mikhail Romm, which describes in detail the atrocities committed by the Nazis and their allies and collaborators.

‘Forest Brothers’ is the unofficial name for guerilla units that offered armed resistance to the Soviet authorities in the three Baltic republics – Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia – from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. These guerilla groups killed at least 25,000 people in Lithuania alone, most of them civilians.

After the Baltic nations declared independence from the Soviet Union in early 1990, nationalist politicians in these countries began frequently using the images of Forest Brothers and Waffen SS veterans in their propaganda, depicting the Nazi collaborators as patriots who fought the Soviet regime. Russia has repeatedly denounced such moves as rewriting history and warned of the possible dire consequences of justifying Nazism.#