Letter from Sisters in the W.U.O-1976

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Dear PFOC sisters.

This is an internal paper tracing the development of the WUO’s right opportunist line on women through the last seven years. We thought the paper might be useful to you at this time. Please use it however seems useful to you.

We are engaged in tremendous struggle and self-criticism in our organization over our opportunist, white and male supremacist line and direction of the last two years. We-are sending this paper out of respect and acknowledgment of your revolutionary work and direction in struggling to overturn opportunism and develop a revolutionary line. We would like to do everything we can to support you in this. Your existence and work is of tremendous importance to the revolutionary forces in the oppressor nation left. Your leadership is of critical importance to us in our rectification.

In Struggle,
Sisters of WUO

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Outline History of our Opportunist Line on Women

This is a paper arguing that our right opportunist line on women must be overturned. Without doing so there can be no revolutionary line, strategy and practice. The development of our wrong line is clear in the line of Osawatomie and our practice of the last two years. Opportunist errors have different content during different historical periods. At this stage of imperialism and inside the oppressor nation, the essence of opportunism is the denial of the national and women’s questions, of white and male supremacy.

This paper is an attempt to define our current wrong line on women and to trace its history and development. The development of our right opportunist line on women is the result of a two-line struggle over the seven year period of our existence: the main contradiction has been between liquidation of the struggle against male supremacy, on the one hand, and the fight for revolutionary women’s politics on the other. In the aspect of the struggle for a revolutionary line, there has been a contradiction between revolutionary and bourgeois feminism.

The aspect of liquidation, which has been the primary aspect, has been characterized by: a) naming bourgeois feminism, not male supremacy,as the main enemy of women. This was a consequence of: b) denying the decisive importance of the special oppression of women to the maintenance of imperialism, thereby denying the revolutionary content of the struggle against male supremacy, the need for power for women. Along with this was the definition of all forms of women working with women separate from men as separatism and anti-communism.

In Spring ’69, SDS attacked the women’s movement for not being revolutionary, being racist and reformist. Bourgeois feminism and separatism were seen as the main enemy of the women’s movement. In “You Don’t Need a Weatherman etc” (6/69, Weatherman,Jacobs) we wrote:

“How do we organize women against racism and imperialism without submerging the principled revolutionary struggle of women’s liberation? We have no real answer, but we recognize the real reactionary danger of women’s groups that are not self-consciously revolutionary and anti-imperialist.” (emphasis added)

Liquidation of the women’s question is clearly the secondary concern. This error served to disarm the organization, especially the women,and laid the foundation for the development of the right opportunist line consolidated in the article “Women’s Question is a Class Question.” The essence of the attack on the women’s movement was to make no distinction between white women and the oppressor nation as a whole. We claimed that “any demand made by white people short of total annihilation of imperialism can be granted by the pigs—and will be.”

This formulation made out that the struggles of white women inside the oppressor nation against male supremacy were in opposition to and a threat to Black liberation, rather than potentially closest allies.

This attack undercut a relatively more progressive line which was being argued against PL. PL’s position was that the special oppression of women was their super-exploitation as members of the working class.

We argued that women also suffered a special oppression as women, namely sexism—the ideology of the inferiority of women—and that building women as fighters was a way to challenge this. Seven years later we put forward “Women’s Question is a Class Question.” The title says it. The politics consolidated in the editorial is in fact the right opportunist politics of PL in ’69.

Women are once again defined only as superexploited members of the working class, and as members of the reserve army of labor—their special oppression thus reduced to the workplace. This is not a Marxist-Leninist analysis. The material basis of women’s oppression, and its concrete expression in the institutions of society—the family, schools, courts, laws, religion and the state—are left out. Male supremacy is liquidated and sexism seen as unimportant.

In ’69 the line that stated the politics of the period was women as fighters. VIETNAMESE WOMEN CARRY GUNS. In “Honky Tonk Women” we say:

“Our liberation as individuals and as women is possible only when it is understood as a political process—part of the formation of an armed white fighting force. Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, and the struggle to gain and use political power against the state is the struggle for our liberation.

This line completely bypassed a materialist analysis of the special oppression of women. There was political struggle about this, and Cathy Wilkerson wrote in New Left Notes, 8/69: “The inability of the Weatherman proposal to include an organic analysis of male supremacy stems from a weakness in the basis analysis.”

But this criticism was ignored. In this period, women were in self-conscious struggle over sexism throughout the organization. This took the form of smashing monogamous relationships, of women leading demonstrations and actions, and fighting to build women’s leadership in the collectives. This coincided with the struggle of women in the national organization for leadership and a base of power in the national structure. There was a call for a form of women’s organization within the Weather organization. This struggle was defeated by the line opposing the initiative as separatist and anti-communist.

This corrupt line was a cover for male supremacy. As a consequence, the initiative was co-opted through putting a second woman on the Weather Bureau. The demand had been for power for women, while the addition of another woman could have been a basis for forward movement, it was token because it did not reflect the victory of a revolutionary line. This was a major defeat for women in the organization. Individually and collectively women were weakened. This was the basis for the worsening of political line, and for a lowering of women’s consciousness .

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Townhouse 3/6/70

Male supremacy and wrong line on women played a role in the Townhouse. Sexism was intertwined with the military error. But women had been weakened, and were unable to name and struggle against male supremacy. In the attempt to overturn the military error, male supremacy continued unchallenged. Because of the depth of this setback for women, the main form in which the struggle against male supremacy took place for some time after the Townhouse was the struggle for women to be able to work together.

Proud Eagle (1 and 2)

The Proud Eagle actions reflected this struggle of women. To the extent that these actions represented the struggle of women to work together, they represented a struggle against male supremacy. These were the first women’s armed actions in the organization. A report on Proud Eagle #2 reveals a political line whose defining characteristics are that: the content of the struggle against the special oppression of women is the struggle for women to be fighters — doing the action is the way that those women were liberating themselves.

This practical activity stems from the line that male supremacy is a bad idea, experienced as oppressive sex roles which individual women can and should struggle to change. Coexisting with this line and in contradiction to it was the liquidation line that defined women working together as separatist. This took the form of men out front saying this; but also the indirect form of denying the validity of the action through other arguments.

In all this the political line and content of the action, target and communique were explicitly secondary. What the content of the action said to and about and for women was secondary to the process of doing the action. This was consistent with the line that separated women from anti -imperialism. The line of the actions maintained and upheld the liquidationist male supremacist position that the struggle of women against male supremacy has no revolutionary content.

The First Women’s Newsletter, Winter ’72

..also reflected and was a consequence of the struggle of women to work together. The newsletter includes articles about a variety of women’s experiences as well as poetry by women in the organization. However, none of these articles name or attempt to analyze male supremacy or the special oppression of women.

An internal paper, Mountain Moving Day, Feb. ’73, represented an initiative by women to “overcome the weaknesses” in our separation of women from anti-imperialism, (it was not understood to be a wrong line.) It was written after the ceasefire and argued that the change in the world situation made it possible to make a priority of correcting our weaknesses in our line on women, and was a call to develop analysis and program.

In the following year women met, did retreats together, jumped into the upusurge of women’s literature and music, and began to work on projects relating to women: work on HEW, health, welfare, rape and forced sterilization were undertaken. This work was weakened by not working simultaneously on developing theoretical understanding of women’s oppression.

At the same time there were aspects of this work that were mystical, anti-male, etc; these errors were used as proof that the solidarity that had been built among women was divisive and that the initiative represented once more a move towards separatism and bourgeois feminism. One man argued that the women’s movement had gone “too far”. Other men argued that only women and gay men in the organization had any hope of being revolutionary, and that it was correct for the women to be separatists—they therefore moved out to work and live with men!

The national question was once more pitted against the women’s question and sisters were gutchecked as to their commitment to Third World struggles. This was the coup de grace to the initiative.

Six Sisters was a study group of women who met to study the special oppression of women and to advance our theoretical understanding of the woman question (Summer ’73). From the work of this group emerged an analysis that HEW, i.e., the state, was the embodiment of male supremacy, and as such was the main enemy of women in our society.

This group was consciously used by the leadership to be an alternative to Mountain Moving Day—as such its purpose included destroying solidarity among women and protecting leadership from criticism. This hidden purpose undermined the real advances made by the women and ensured that the political advances of the Six Sisters study could not challenge the dominant line of the organization and overturn it. When the group finished its study, it was disbanded.

HEW Action 3/8/74

This action nevertheless marked the possibility of a breakthrough around our politics: the special oppression of women was described and identified, and the state was named as the main enemy of women. Women’s liberation was understood as a matter of survival.

Prairie Fire

The politics of Prairie Fire represented our most advanced understanding about women. The politics of the HEW action are developed in the book, both in the sections explicitly about women, and in the whole. There was a critical struggle waged by women in the writing of the book that women be understood in the entire analysis —not just in one section: so women are throughout, in the history, Vietnam, etc.

We understood and said that the oppression of women was crucial to imperialism, although we could not explain this in depth. Sexism was linked to imperialism. At the same time, the material basis of the oppression of women is missing. Thus the analysis is firmly anti-liquidationist, but not a materialist analysis. This was the best of our political line on women (July ’74). But these were the politics that got once more liquidated a very short time later at the first Cadre school.

Cadre School 1.

The school leadership argued that a revolutionary women’s movement and program had to be based in the workplace. That our strategy should be to acquire a lot more information(census tracts) as to where women worked, what kinds of jobs, etc. The development of a program and analysis of HEW was explicitly argued to be liberal and reformist. The line of women and the workplace was consistent with the overall line of the school leadership that the fundamental contradiction was between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The extraction of superprofits and not wage labor and all the relations of production including the family and oppressor/oppressed nations, defined the base of society. This formulation laid the basis for liquidating the national question and the women’s question.

Linked to this reductionist view of the base, the superstructure was defined as ideology, only: the ideas which reinforced the base. The institutions of society were omitted from the superstructure. This meant omitting the analysis that the institutions of society arise from the base and exist for the purpose of maintaining the base. This eliminates the imperialist state from the analysis. Instead, the state and institutuions of society come to be not embodiments of the wage-labor system, formulations of this error are “institutionalized racism and sexism.” The wage labor system and the role of women in the family are the material basis of the special oppression of women,but if you leave out the state, you leave out how this oppression is organized, fought for and maintained. You leave out male (and white) supremacy.

This is how the woman and national questions got liquidated at Cadre School, and this is at the heart of what we have to overturn now. Cadre School 1 was a turning point in the organization. It was the place where the opportunist line that was sub rosa in the writing of the book, but checked up until its publication, emerged as the dominant line of the organization. Consistent with this line were commandist suppressive leadership and rank sexist practice. But the wrong line disarmed our ability to identify this. When women disagreed, they were crushed, and when they were subsequently silent, they were criticized for being subjective, lacking self-confidence, unwilling to lead and build organization, passive.

This has been a major manifestation of sexist practice during the last two years. Women who continued to oppose the line and direction of the organization were kicked out or isolated based on the same criticisms. When women returned from Cadre School, work on HEW, health,etc. mostly stopped, and an attempt was made to implement the politics of cadre school, to research where women work. “Working Women” came out of this a year later, an article which liquidated both the national and women’s questions. The implications of this line was to deny, this time with the cover of phoney ml, that the oppression of women is key to imperialism and that women must have a base of power in the struggle.

Thus women working with women was now explicitly viewed as at best an embarrassment, and at worst inherently dangerous and separatist. Thus the second women’s newsletter (3/75) contains a short argument for why we should not have all women’s collectives in the organization: this would reinforce bourgeois feminist tendencies among women. This was a specific attack on women in the organization with a more revolutionary line on women.

There is much more to look at, but the rest of the history is largely exposed in all the issues of OSAWATAMIE and in the film: from the second editorial where “Urgent Tasks of the Revolution” omitted the struggle against male supremacy, to “Our Class Stand” which leaves out the special oppression of women, to “Women’s Question is a Class Question” which liquidates it, to the last editorial which attempts to cover it over.

In struggling over how we developed this line, how we have, plainly speaking, betrayed women and concretely opposed the struggle against male supremacy, the primary reason to underscore is the material basis for male supremacy in the oppressor nation. Inside our organization, the male supremacist line was reflected in a male supremacist structure which aided the enforcement of the opportunist line on women and the national liberation struggle.

Women were both suppressed and promoted to leadership on the basis of the wrong line; women’s leadership was not defined by political line, but as “ability to take responsibility for the whole,” willingness to build organization,” “influence over and respect of cadre.” Women were thus dependent on higher bodies for their leadership and were passive and allied with leadership against criticism of the wrong line.

The fiercest fighting for the opportunist line on women was done by women, who were promoted and used for this purpose. As women we are responsible for the consequences of what we have developed and led. But we must look at the roots of male supremacy and its consequences for women as the basis for overturning our errors.

There is a material basis for passivity amongst white women in the oppressor nation. We think it meant inside our organization complicity and alliance with male supremacy and active enforcement of white supremacy. Passivity is a social expression of real dominance and powerlessness of women, rooted in the relations of production, especially the family: private servitude and economic dependence on men. It has to be overcome by attacking male supremacy.

The WUO has always promoted passivity as an individual character trait and problem of women. This coincides with the line “sexism is a bad idea that individual women should get over.” This formulation makes women out to be weak and confirms our worst fears of ourselves. We are in the middle of this struggle now: what is the relationship of the special oppression of women to imperialism?

We think it is a cornerstone, decisive, very very important. We think it is a revolutionary principle, a law of social development in this era that the main danger inside the revolutionary movement is opportunism, that its essence in the oppressor nation is the liquidation of the national and women’s question. There is a material basis for white and male supremacy against which we must wage continuous struggle. Agreement with this is the start and the basis for overturning opportunism and developing correct political line.

Letter from Sisters in the W.U.O to the Women of PFOC (September 1976) in The Split of the Weather Underground Organization: Struggling against White and Male Supremacy pp 36-40 -1977

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People’s War in India Clippings 1/5/2016

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Naxal, allegedly involved in IED blast, held in Chhattisgarh

A naxal who was allegedly involved in triggering an IED blast that injured a jawan in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district recently, was arrested on Sunday, police said. The cadre, identified as Santuram Padda (35), was nabbed from Salhepara forests under Badgaon police station limits of the district by a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force, Kanker Deputy Superintendent of Police Jayant Vaishnav said.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/naxal-allegedly-involved-in-ied-blast-held-in-chhattisgarh-2779270/

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Controlling Naxal menace in Balaghat is our mission: DGP

“Insurgency of Naxalites in district Balaghat has been taken up as a mission and joint operation of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh police is underway in the affected areas to check the menace. Madhya Pradesh police is on top in terms of conviction in sensitive crime cases and there is no significant rise reported in past financial year. Police force is going high-tech by adopting advanced technologies and strengthening its manpower with new recruitments,” said Surendra Kumar Singh, Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh.

http://thehitavada.com/Encyc/2016/5/1/Controlling-Naxal-menace-in-Balaghat-is-our-mission–DGP.aspx

YOUTH HACKED TO DEATH BY NAXALS

A youth was hacked to death by Naxals in Kirandul police station limits of insurgency hit Dantewada district police said here on Saturday.
“A group of armed Naxals killed Vijay Mandavi in Cholnar village on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday,” Bijapur Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap informed. A group of armed Naxals on Friday late night stormed into Mandavi’s home at Cholnar about 5 km away from Kirandul police station. They then forcibly took away Mandavi with themselves, the SP said.

Later on, Mandavi’s body was found near his home on Saturday morning. The injury marks on victim’s body suggest that he was hacked by some sharp edge weapon, SP Kashyap added. According to police in past Naxals had organized their self styled ‘Jan Adalat’ wherein they had threatened Mandavi.
Some Pamphlets were also found around the body which alleged that Mandavi used to pass information about Naxals to police. The pamphlets also read that members of Naxal Darbha Division committee were behind the executing of Mandavi, police informed.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/youth-hacked-to-death-by-naxals.html

Telecom, road network proposed in border areas

Srikaulam police draw up action plan to curb Maoist activity

The Srikakulam Police department has proposed a strong telecom and road network in remote areas all along the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border to curb Maoist activity. Senior officials of the department feel, the State, which at present is free of Maoist activity, may feel the heat in the event of intrusion from Odisha. District Superintendent of Police A.S. Khan reportedly urged Director-General of Police J.V. Ramudu to convey the suggestion to the State government so that it could take up developmental activities by releasing funds to the departments concerned such as Roads and Buildings and the Integrated Tribal Development Agency.

Check-posts

He has also proposed withdrawal of all pending warrants against Maoists who surrendered long ago. “More check-posts will be set up to identify suspicious persons and sympathisers of Maoists in border areas,” said a senior official.

The department has already identified Tuvva Hill range as most vulnerable place on the A.P.-Odisha border and the authorities are focussing on the area to prevent possible activity of the extremist groups. Tuvva Hills, covered with dense forests, are located in the stretch between Battili and Kottur, which are in the limits of Srikakulam district. They are also in the vicinity of Saluru, Neelakanthapuram and other areas which are very close to Koraput district of Odisha.

The police stations in Battili, Kotturu, Sithampet, Bhamini and other places have been strengthened with additional forces to take on Maoists in future. The Police Department has got reliable information that the banned organisation is trying to regain foothold in the district, where the Naxal movement started in 1969. According to sources, Maoists formed the Odisha-Srikakulam committee recently to intensify operations. It prompted the district administration to deploy additional APSP forces in Dhonubhai, Kotturu, Battili, Meliyaputti, Mandasa, Kasibugga, Vajrapukotturu and other areas.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/strong-telecom-road-network-proposed-in-bordering-odisha/article8542686.ece

IDSA on international support for the People’s War

..All these external linkages have served one important purpose for the Maoists. It has given them visibility and propaganda in different parts of the world. Thus, they have been able to mobilise international political support from fraternal groups. Moreover, these linkages have only very occasionally brought in money and weapons. Nevertheless, it is important for all Indian Missions abroad to closely monitor these international groups to counter the propaganda campaign that they unleash from time to time and refute their false claims. Finally, it would also be useful to probe whether these linkages would, in future, help in establishing an arms supply chain.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/01052016-the-maoist-global-web-analysis/

Ahead of bandh, Maoists dig up trenches

Maoists reportedly dug up trenches on a volatile stretch of the Charla-Pamedu main road along the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border on Saturday as a prelude to the 48-hour Dandakaranya bandh called by the CPI (Maoist) in protest against the third phase of “Operation Green Hunt” on May 4 and 5.

Posters on trees

According to sources, the rebels placed boulders on the remote stretch of the main road in the dense forest area close to the inter-state border in the afternoon. The Maoists reportedly pasted posters on trees situated in close proximity to the site urging people to make the ensuing 48-hour bandh a success. Meanwhile, the whereabouts of two tribal youths of Bodhanelli village in Charla mandal , who had been abducted allegedly by Maoists in the border village a few days ago, remained unknown.

Sources said Maoists had kidnapped two tribal labourers Bojji and Saraiah of Bodhanelli suspecting them to be “police informers” on Tuesday night. Family members of the two abducted youths made a fervent appeal to the rebels to release their bread winners unharmed. However, the local police did not confirm the “abduction” of two youths.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/ahead-of-bandh-maoists-dig-up-trenches/article8543745.ece

Maoist Parties of the World call for workers’ unity on May Day

IMPHAL, April 30: A joint declaration have been made in connection with May Day by the Maoist Parties of the world which include Maoist Communist Party Manipur and Communist Party of India (Maoist) from the South Asian Sub Continent. A press release by publicity secretary of the MCPM, Nonglen Meitei states that of the on this May Day a group of 30 Maoist Party from various part of the world call upon the proletariat and oppressed peoples of the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR) in China…

http://kanglaonline.com/2016/05/maoist-parties-of-the-world-call-for-workers-unity-on-may-day/

‘Conditions ripe for revolution’

On the eve of May Day, 28 Communist outfits, belonging to as many countries, have given a call to the “oppressed people of the world” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR)” in China.

The joint appeal by the Left-wing organisations, sent to The Hindu by revolutionary writer Vara Vara Rao, states that the Communists around the world should place Maoism in command as a guide for the “new great wave of world proletarian revolution and sweeping imperialism off the face of the earth”. The four-page statement points out that GCPR, led by Chairman Mao Tsetung, was the most advanced stage of the “proletarian world revolution” and for 10 years “it prevented the capitalist restoration in China”. The statement emphasised that the urgent task of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist movement was to fight the current state of dispersion in the international Communist Movement. “Pursuing this task will serve to establish… new levels of coordination between Maoist forces world-wide”.

According to the statement, imperialism today has descended into a deep crisis and “the conditions to advance the revolution are increasingly favourable”. The joint statement was made by, among others, the Left-wing outfits of India, Brazil, Germany, Afghanistan, Chile, Ecuador, Malaysia, Bolivia, US, Britain, Norway, Italy, Austria and France.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/conditions-ripe-for-revolution/article8543151.ece

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International Declaration of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organizations for May Day 2016

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Proletarians of all countries, unite!
Long live the 50th anniversary of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution!
Long live the Proletarian World Revolution! Long live Maoism!

On this Mayday we call upon the proletariat and oppressed peoples of the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR) in China. In the GPCR, as a great strategic beacon, the Mao Tsetung Thought was intensely spread and Chairman Mao became the recognized leader of the world revolution and the one who brought forward a new stage of Marxism-Leninism: Maoism.

Five decades after Chairman Mao affirmed that “imperialists and all reactionaries are paper tigers” imperialism has descended further into its prolonged and deep crisis; in a world evermore ridden from storms the conditions to advance the revolution are increasingly favourable.
In the current phase of imperialism, the brutal concentration and centralization of capital reaches even more sharp levels. Today, 1% of the world population have more riches than the rest of the world’s population all together. With the ever-greater concentration of capital in the last five years the wealth of the 62 richest people in the world rose by 45% while the wealth of “the poorest half” felt by more than 38%. This “poorest half” is in its absolute majority situated in the oppressed countries, 33% in India alone. This big bourgeoisie are increasingly concentrated in the hegemonic superpower: five years ago, 41% of the owners of most of the world’s wealth lived in the USA… and they are now 46%. Due to the increasing centralization of capital, for the first time since 1999 the USA will account for over 50% of the amounts transacted in monopoly-related transactions worldwide.

At the opposite pole, around the world there are at least 800 million people living in extreme poverty. This poverty is expressed most acutely in semi-feudal countries; 75% of the global masses living in extreme poverty are poor peasants. About 750 millions have no access to clean water and 25% have no access to electricity. Hundreds of millions of people are being brutalized by imperialist wars, forced displacements, epidemics, starvation, and brutal unemployment—even in countries like Greece the youth unemployment is above 50%.

Imperialism, mainly Yankee imperialism, develops its imperialist wars of plunder and pillage against the dominated countries, mainly in the Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, is the main part of the booty of the current imperialist repartition, in which Yankee imperialism strives to deepen and consolidate its condition as sole hegemonic superpower status while the Russian imperialism strives to maintain their spheres of influence and its condition of being an atomic superpower. As well as imperialist China strives for a stronger repartition and so thereby, they are getting increasingly in contradiction with the Yankee imperialism, the sole hegemonic power. Between imperialist countries of Europe the struggle for hegemony (mainly between Germany and France) is not yet decided; this brings their leading powers into distress towards the other imperialists.

The imperialist coalition led by the USA, in dispute with Russia results in collusion to divide and rule the Syrian nation and the whole subcontinent (as recent agreements between Lavrov and Kerry shows); it is promoting all kinds of massacres and genocides in the name of war on “terror.” For this they are launching smokescreens, putting peoples against peoples to divide the anti-imperialist front.
After more than five years of imperialist aggression in Syria there are over 470 000 dead, nearly 2 million people injured. In five years the country’s average life expectancy has fallen from 70 years to 55.4. These numbers add up to no less than 5,350 people who died trying to migrate in 2015.

The sharpening of our epochs main contradiction—the contradiction between oppressed nations and imperialism—sharpens all the other contradictions, such as the contradiction of inter-imperialist rivalry and the contradiction between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie in the imperialist countries.

The passing of Russia into an active role in the war in Syria is a part of its struggle to defend its interests in Syria and Ukraine. As part of inter-imperialist dispute for dominance of the region, the lackey governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia are making all sorts of provocations encouraging Yankee imperialism to devastate the region even more, and to isolate and defeat Iran even more—as the episode of the recent decapitation of Shiite leaders shows. The inter-imperialist dispute cannot result in any benefit for the masses but instead it will deepen the colonial and semi-colonial domination as we are witnessing in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

Hence, regarding the struggle of the Kurdish people against the domination of the Turkish State and Middle Eastern countries, we reaffirm that only the New Democratic Revolution, through the People’s War lead absolutely by Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties, can achieve the liberation of their people and ensure the national minorities their unrenounceable right to self-determination—even their right to complete separation.

Large waves of immigrants and refugees are coming to the European imperialist countries, shaken by crisis, as result of the imperialist war, in which these European imperialist countries participate, and the misery and despair in which the oppressed peoples of the Middle East, Asia and Africa are subjected. To this you have to add the massive unemployment on the continent, especially among youth.

These migratory waves are part of the imperialist plunder, because the imperialists need to incorporate every year hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers to keep their economy going in face of the “population deficit” in the imperialist countries themselves. Germany needs to incorporate annually 500,000 immigrants in its economy until the year 2060. But these same imperialists propagate the “immigrant threat” to boost imperialist chauvinism among the population, promoting fascism to separate the bulk of the proletariat from the migrant proletarians and create public opinion for the war against the peoples and wars of imperialist aggression.

The contradiction between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie sharpens, in the form of the contradiction between the masses and the imperialist governments and states. Additionally the imperialist war is “brought back home.” With the attacks in Paris and Brussels, the European imperialist bourgeoisies, starting with the French one, pay the cost for their active participation in the war of plunder in Syria, the imperialist interventions in Libya, Mali, etc.

While they extend imperialist war of domination abroad, internally they wage war on the poorer masses of their countries. Imperialism uses war as a mean to solve all sorts of problems. In the name of the “war on terrorism,” they impose the Emergency State, repression and militarization of the whole society, reactionary campaigns of racism and xenophobia against immigrants’ neighbourhoods.

With the policy of “adjustments and new labor laws” they continue suppressing the long time conquered rights by the proletariat and increasing the exploitation of wage labor. Millions of workers, especially young people, took to the streets in powerful protests in France and other European countries.

The proletariat, the masses, led by communists, must organize the proletarian and mass resistance against the internal war and resolutely undertake the preparations to turn the imperialist wars into revolutionary wars.

To do so from the belly of the imperialist beast, communists are constructing new Maoist Communist Parties, making efforts to merge with the deepest masses of the proletariat, to win ideological hegemony in the revolutionary movement in order to, in front of all non-proletarian ideologies, mobilize, politicize and organize the most exploited sections of the working class and the poorest masses, to prepare and carry out through actions the beginning and development of the People’s War.

The countries oppressed by imperialism are the storm centres and base of the world revolution. In India, the Philippines, Turkey and Peru, the masses and the peasants, the main force of the New Democratic Revolution, rise up through Agrarian Revolution to defend their lands and defeat the displacement plans from the countryside carried out by bureaucratic capitalism engendered by imperialism.

In India, the People’s War developed by the CPI (Maoist) has survived the encirclement and annihilation campaigns of the enemy, imposing defeats on imperialism and all reaction, and it is a great example for the masses of the whole world regarding the way forward. Hundreds of millions of peasants joining the masses of Indian workers—raised up in People’s War under the direction of CPI (Maoist)—add great strength for the world proletariat.

The old Indian state, headed by the reactionary Modi clique, promotes the massacre of Adivasi peasants, mass arrests in the countryside and in the cities, and the persecution of revolutionary leaders and democratic personalities as part of the war on the people in a desperate attempt to stop the revolution. Thus the Indian reactionaries are revealing the true character of the government and the Indian state and its fake democracy.
By developing the People’s War and joining the national liberation struggles of the New Democratic Revolution, the CPI (Maoist) is preventing the division of the masses. They are defeating the new revisionism; they are an example for the International Communist Movement.

As part of the unequally development of the revolutionary situation in the world, the bankruptcy of the opportunist governments in Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, etc. is part of the crisis of electoral revisionism and opens great possibilities for the revolutionary proletarian movement.

In Brazil, the deep political and economic crisis of bureaucratic capitalism shattered the official propaganda that sought to present Brazil as a new “rising power” (“BRICS” as a new perspective to the world, etc.). In the midst of the economic crisis, traditional and new political parties, representing different class fractions, pitted an endless struggle to see who stays on top of the old bureaucratic state machine. And although the bankruptcy of the opportunist aroused an anti-communist new wave, the peasant uprisings, united with the struggles in the cities, promise to shake up the entire old order and raise the class struggle to new levels.

These facts unmask the new revisionism of PCPMOVADEF/PCPMLM in Peru, of Prachanda and Avakian that want to deny the validity of the analyses of Lenin and Mao, separating the two great currents of the International Communist Movement: the national liberation struggles of the oppressed peoples and the proletarian revolution, whose unity is guaranteed by the Communist Parties.

More than ever the urgent task of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist movement is to fight the current state of dispersion in the International Communist Movement, struggling for a Unified International Conference of Parties and Organizations that are Marxist-Leninist-Maoist. Pursuing this task will serve to establish, through the line struggle, new levels of coordination between Maoist forces around the world that will trigger new Peoples War’s and enhance the anti-imperialist movement under the hegemony of the revolutionary proletariat.

Celebrate 50 years of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution!

Developed and led by Chairman Mao Tsetung, the GCPR was the most advanced stage, the highest level of the Proletarian World Revolution. It put forward and solved the problem of how to lead the class struggle under the conditions of the dictatorship of the proletariat, how to continue the revolution under socialism and move society to Communism after the ascent and success of capitalist restoration in USSR (1956); and for 10 years it prevented the capitalist restoration in China.

The GPCR, mobilizing hundreds of millions of masses in defence of the dictatorship of the proletariat, was the most shattering and overwhelming blow to bourgeois ideology, politics and culture, arming the international proletariat with Mao Tsetung Thought, which turned into Maoism.

Chairman Mao Tsetung established that to struggle against power holders who take the capitalist road is the immediate task of the GPCR, however, that its fundamental task is to solve the problem of world outlook; the question is to eradicating the roots of revisionism. Therefore we must grasp the shining GPCR and its teachings underneath the change of ideology and in this sense fully assuming Maoism as the key issue for the class to take power, supported by a people’s army capable of defending the New State supported by immense masses.

Fifty years after the initiation of the GPCR the powerful East wind is continuing blowing to sweep away imperialism from the earth. The glorious People’s Wars of India, Peru, the Philippines and Turkey threaten to set the entire prairie on fire. These People’s Wars, despite a thousand difficulties, are proving that the imperialist bandits are the real terrorists, the popular masses are the real heroic builders of a new world, that imperialism and all reactionaries are paper tigers, and that the masses are almighty.

On this Mayday, amidst a world evermore stormy and challenging, to celebrate the GCPR is to continue swimming against the current, challenging wind and tide in deep ideological and political struggles to uphold Maoism in the struggle of the international proletariat to conquer power. The Communists around the world must assume their role with acts of war against imperialism so as to place Maoism in command and as guide for the new great wave of world proletarian revolution and sweeping imperialism off the face of the earth!

We celebrate the beginning of the struggle to put Maoism as commander and guide of the proletarian world revolution to sweep away imperialism from face of the earth, a challenge that requires to resolve the pending and delayed task of constitution and reconstitution of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist Parties throughout the world so as to trigger the People’s War in as many countries as possible.

Down with imperialist war, long live the People’s War!

For an International Unified Maoist Conference and a new Maoist International Centre!

Imperialism and all reactionaries are paper tigers!

1st of May 2016

LIST OF SIGNATORIES:

Collective of Iranian Maoists
Committee for Building the Maoist Communist Party, Galicia, Spanish state
Committees for the Founding of the (Maoist) Communist Party, Austria
Communist Nucleus Nepal
Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan
Communist Movement of Serbia
Communist Party of Brazil Red Fraction – CPB (RF)
Communist Party of Ecuador Red Sun – CPE (RS)
Communist Party of India (Maoist)*
Communist Party of Turkey / Marxist-Leninist – TKP/M-L*
Democracy and Class Struggle, British State
Klassenstandpunkt, Class Position, Editorial Staff, Germany
Great Unrest WSRM, Wales, British State
Maoist Communist Group USA
Maoist Communist Movement Tunisia
Maoist Communist Party – France
Maoist Communist Party – Italy
Maoist Communist Party Manipur
Maoist Group Shouresh – Iran (MGS)*
Maoist Organization for the Reconstitution of Communist Party of Colombia
Maoist Revolutionary League – Sri Lanka
Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Party Construction Committee (Germany) MLM-PAK
Network of Communist Blogs
Peru People’s Movement (Committee for Reorganizing)
Red Fraction of Communist Party of Chile
Revolutionary Communist Party (PCR-RCP Canada)
Revolutionary People’s Front of Bolivia MLM
Serve the People – Communist League of Norway
Servir le Peuple – Sheisau Sorelh – Occitany – French state
Workers Voice – Malaysia
* Because of difficulties of communication, still waiting for official signature.

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Call to make success the 48 hours DANDAKARANYA BANDH on 4th & 5th May, 2016

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Call to make success
the 48 hours DANDAKARANYA BANDH on 4th & 5th May, 2016,
intensify a month long RESISTANCE CAMPAIGN
against DISPLACEMENT!

In a bid to bring the attention of our country and the world towards the displacement problem of Dandakaranya; to protect jal – jungle – zameen, resourses and identity, the very existence and self respect of the Adivasis; to stop the environmental destruction DKSZC of CPI (Maoist) calls upon the people and democrats to make success the proposed 48 hour DANDAKARANYA BANDH on coming 4th and 5th May and intensify a month long RESISTANCE CAMPAIGN during May.

Our party appeals to organise public meetings, conferences, seminars, dharnas, demonstrations, rallies against destructive projects in Chhattisgarh and Maharastra viz.,big mining projects, big dams, pipe line projects, Air bases, Army training schools, national parks, railway lines during Bandh. Our party also appeals to luanch a resistance campaign during May to stop destructive projects of domestic and international big carporate houses. We also appeal to conduct sabotage actions too.

If these projects once started tens of thousands of people of dandakaranya belonging to ancient tribes of Maria, Muria, Dorla, Halba, Dhurva, Bhatra, Uraon, Gond, Rajgond and ancient non-tribes of Raut, Kalad, Mahara, Marar, Panka, Ganda, Telanga, Dhakad, Sundi, Kumhar, Luhar, Kudak, Banjara, Dhobi, Nau, Kenvat, Ghadva, Ghasia would be displaced, they will be cleansed, they will be massacred at a big scale. Tens of thousands of acres of agricultural land and Jungle will be destroyed. Rivers will be badly polluted. Air, water and sound pollution will reach at their heights.

On the whole it can be said that their will be heavy loss to the environment. Monsoon rains will badly be effected and serious draught situation will be created. The life style, culture, their very existence and every thing will be destroyed. Indiscriminate extraction of natural resources, just for the super profits of capitalists will go on and on. Future generations will be left with no resources. We strongly oppose the central and state governments’ neo colonial model of development which is actually the model of loot and exploitation. We are opposing the loot of natural wealth and resources in the name of development.

Our party calls upon all the people to come forward to oppose and fight against the Operation Green Hunt which is actually the unjust war being waged by central and state governments on their own people with the aim of crushing the revolutionary peoples war and the anti-displacement peoples struggles as soon as possible and handing over the resources of Dandakaranya to the big corporate houses. We also appeal the democrats, human rights organisations and pro people media to support the anti-displacement mass movements, to safeguard the real peoples development model being implemented by revolutionary peoples committees which are called the JANATANA SARKARS.

With revolutionary greetings,

(Vikalp)

Spokeperson

Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee

Communist party of India (Maoist)

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KJA: Let’s celebrate the resistance of May 1

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The Free Women’s Congress (KJA) made a writeen statement the occasion of May 1, International Workers’ Day or Labour Day. The statement reads, “May 1 is one important and meanfull day in the history. May Day is celebrated as the day of women, workers, laborers and oppressed people those who work, produce by sweat of their brow throughout history. We wish a happy May 1, International Workers’ Day, to all people claiming of creating a free world with the sprint of hope and resistance.

“The first stealing of labor was against the labor of women.The stealing of labor spreads throughout society and faces the humanity to become extinct. A true struggle can be possible by understanding the historicity of cases. Therefore, the relationship between labor exploitation and women has continued in our days and it has been the main source of the power’s diseases. The people have continued to raise their struggle for a life that their labors aren’t exploited.

“We, as KJA, wish a happy May 1, International Workers’ Day, to all people claiming of creating a free world with the sprint of hope and resistance. We call on all people celebrate the May 1 and freedom by flocking the areas of resistance.”

Via Jinha News

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Stop Police-Sponsored Terror Of Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad In Latehar

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During the last few years, villages of Manika Block in Latehar District have been terrorised by Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad (JJMP), a police-sponsored outfit allegedly aimed at countering Maoist influence. Under this pretext, armed JJMP gangs are roaming in the area and harassing innocent villagers – extorting money, interfering with elections, supporting corrupt contractors, beating up dissenters, and even attempting to siphon off funds from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).

Among other recent incidents is the harassment of members of Gram Swaraj Mazdoor Sangh (GSMS), a local organisation of NREGA workers set up with the help of NREGA Sahayata Kendra Manika. During the last few months, GSMS and the Sahayata Kendra have worked together to revive NREGA in the area and ensure that people get work. The GSMS and Sahayata Kendra also convened a public hearing on the Public Distribution System (PDS) on 19 February 2016, which led to the dismissal of several PDS dealers. Due to these activities, some members of GSMS have become a target of JJMP harassment. One of them was badly beaten up just a few days ago, on 26 April.

In an earlier incident, JJMP goons demanded NREGA money from a worksite supervisor. When he explained that he had no money to give, they told him to close the worksite or he would be killed. There have been similar threats during the recent Yojana Banao Abhiyan.

We strongly condemn these criminal acts and demand strict action against those responsible for them. We also demand the immediate disbanding of JJMP – it is nothing more than a police-sponsored criminal gang.

(Note: Names of the victims have been omitted to protect their safety.)

Anil Anshuman (All India People’s Forum)

Balram (Advisor to Supreme Court Commissioners in right to food case)

Bela Bhatia (independent researcher)

Dheeraj Kumar (Right to Food Campaign)

Jean Drèze (economist)

Kavita Srivastava (People’s Union for Civil Liberties)

Moushumi Basu (People’s Union for Democratic Rights)

Stan Swamy (writer and researcher)

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People’s War in India Clippings 30/4/2016

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3 women Maoists killed in Kalahandi

Three women armed cadre of banned CPI (Maoist) were gunned down and a Maoist camp busted during a combing operation at Sahajkhaol Reserve Forest in Odisha’s Kalahandi district today. “As per the preliminary information received, three women Maoists were killed in the encounter with the personnel of Odisha Police,” Superintendent of Police, Kalahandi, Brijesh Rai said.

He said the personnel of Special Operation Group (SOG), a special paramilitary unit in Odisha, and district voluntary force raided the Maoist camp based on intelligence input.Stating that some items and arms ammunition were seized from the camp, the SP said the police have recovered three bodies of women cadre from the damaged maoist camp in the dense forest.

He said there was a heavy exchange of fire between the security personnel and the maoist ultras. “We will be able to give details about the operation only after the jawans return from the place of operation,” Rai said, adding the place of operation was located along the border of Kalahandi and Nawrangpur districts and very near to Ampani Ghat and NH-26.

The other Maoist cadre abandoned the camp and fled away, he said. Several Maoist literature, daily needs, arms and ammunition including two .303 rifles and 9 mm pistol have been seized from the camp.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/3-women-maoists-killed-in-kalahandi-116043000873_1.html

Naxals kill their 2 tribals associates

Two tribals, who were associated with the Naxals, were today killed allegedly by the Maoists in Dhanora tehsil of the district, on the pretext of engaging in “suspicious acts”, police said. Around 15 to 20 Naxals stormed into Masanadi village and took 52-year-old Sheshrao Baggaji Darro and 55-year-old Dewaji Mithuji Atla out of the village, a press release issued by the Gadchiroli police said.

They were severely thrashed and killed. While Sheshrao was the Vice President of the Naxal-led Jantana Sarkar, Dewaji was a member of another Naxal organisation. “The Maoists held the duo responsible for the taking the Naxal movement backward and indulging in suspicious anti-Naxal acts,” it said. As per the release, Naxals had warned the two to “improve” their behaviour.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/naxals-kill-their-2-tribals-associates-116043000853_1.html

Anti-naxal forces must be taken care of properly: Security chiefs

Visakhapatnam: State security forces should take proper care of the personnel involved in anti-naxal operations as well as ensure sharing of information on a higher level, said security chiefs of Chattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana and AP at the first day of the two-day meeting in the city on Friday. The consensus was that communication among the naxal-affected states should be improved to combat the Maoists successfully during joint actions.

According to sources, the closed-door meeting was held at a resort 30 km away from Vizag and the entry was only confined to IPS officers.
The meeting that saw Andhra Pradesh DGP JV Ramudu as well as Odisha and Telangana DGPs KP Singh and Anurag Sharma respectively advised the IPS officers posted in the border districts of all the four states to be cautious on various issues. “The first day meeting was informal and the higher officials may discuss serious issues such as Maoist movement on Saturday as top cops like Vijaya Kumar and Kode Durgaprasad would join them. The top brass may also chalk out an action plan for the four states and submit it to the home affairs ministry,” sources said.

A senior IPS officer said that the meeting aimed to share the experiences of senior IPS officers with the younger generations, who may not know the hardships faced by their seniors, who were once superintendents of police when the naxal movement was at its peak. The first day meeting also had power point presentations from all the four states about the Maoist scenario. AP intelligence chief AB Venkateswara Rao gave a presentation about Maoist movement in the state. Additional DG Lang Kumar of Chhattisgarh explained the Maoist formations and their activities in his state.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/Anti-naxal-forces-must-be-taken-care-of-properly-Security-chiefs/articleshow/52051057.cms

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Armed actions against temp labor agencies in Istanbul and Ankara

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The United Freedom Forces (BOG) have claimed responsibility for armed actions against temporary labor agencies in Istanbul and Ankara. The United Freedom Forces is a politico-military coordination of the Marxist–Leninist Armed Propaganda Corps-Revolutionary Front,Revolution Party of Turkey,Social Insurrection,Proletarian Revolutionary Liberation Organisation and Revolutionary Headquarters formed in the defense of the Rojava revolution.

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January-March 2016 issue of Prabhat

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Signalfire is a independent news organ with no organizational links or affiliation to any political grouping in India. We are reproducing the following for the benefit of our readers.

January-March 2016 issue of the political organ of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee Prabhat

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Two League of Poor Peasants (LCP) activists assassinated in Buritis

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According to a press release of the League of Poor Peasants of Rondonia and Western Amazonia Nivaldo Batista Cordeiro and Jesser Batista Bordeiro were shot dead on the 24th of April in Buritis in northern Minas Gerais and their bodies dumped in the nearby Candeias river. Both had previously received death threats and the Military Police are suspected to have carried out the killings on behalf of local landowners.

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