Saturday, April 21, 2007

Editorial of En Marcha Resounding: Victory of the People and the Left in Equador

Resounding Victory of the People and the Left

Editorial of the weekly En Marcha, number 1355, organ of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador

The victory of the YES was crushing; 78% of Ecuadorians expressed their desire for change by opening the way to calling the National Constituent Assembly, which will now become the objective over which the various popular and political organizations will act.

Together with this victory of the workers and peoples of Ecuador, of the parties of the left and other emocratic and progressive forces that waged the campaign in favor of the Yes, came the defeat of the right represented by the Christian Democratic Union, the Christian Social Party, Patriotic Society and the PRIAN, by the Chambers of Commerce and big communications media such as Teleamazonas, Telecentro, Gamavision, El Comercio and El Universo, who waged a widespread and aggressive anti-communist campaign. The right hoped at least, to win 20 to 25% of the votes in favor of the NO, in order to claim "victory" to minimize the legitimacy of calling the Constituent Assembly. Now, they cynically claim that they do not feel defeated and that they are part of the forces interested in change.

The people voted to put end to a Constitution that makes neo-liberalism the official "model of development"; but as soon as the results were known, the right said that it was necessary to reach a consensus among all the social and political sectors of the country to draft a Constitution that will take into account everyone's opinions, that is, that maintains the conceptions and juridical scaffold that defends the economic and political interests of the bourgeoisie and imperialism.

There can be no agreement or consensus with the bourgeoisie and the representatives of imperialism; the people have fought for change and now want the Constituent Assembly to draw up a political Charter that will create the conditions that will introduce profound transformations in Ecuador. Of course, for this to occur, the left-wing, progressive and democratic forces should form the majority representation in the Constituent Assembly and block the road to the right wing that also wants to have its representatives in the Assembly. The structure of unity lists, that will unite representatives of the movements, parties and organizations of the tendency that is fighting for social change, is fundamental. It would be a serious error if, with the crushing victory of the Yes, exclusivist positions would arise that underestimate the importance and force of unity, and that would fragment those who should march and act in unity in the next electoral contest and in the Assembly itself. We must face the right-wing united, and not think that the defeat they have now suffered means their final burial.
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Sunday, April 15, 2007

PCOF: Après l’évacuation du quartier général des sans-papiers

Après l’évacuation du quartier général des sans-papiers

Amplifions la campagne pour la régularisation immédiate et globale de tous les sans-papiers

Les forces de police sous les ordres du préfet de Paris, ont évacué le quartier général de campagne des sans-papiers, vendredi à 20h30. Les quelque deux cents sans-papiers, soutiens, personnalités qui occupaient l’immeuble EDF du boulevard Charonne, sont sortis dans le calme et ont été rejoints pas les centaines de personnes, massées devant l’immeuble. Tous ensemble, nous sommes partis en manifestation pour crier haut et fort l’exigence de la régularisation totale et immédiate de tous les sans papiers et pour affirmer notre détermination à poursuivre et à amplifier ce combat.

L’évacuation s’est faite sans que les forces de l’ordre, présentes en grand nombre, ne puissent procéder à des arrestations.

La décision d’évacuation de cet immeuble inoccupé, a été prise au plus haut niveau. Elle traduit la crainte des autorités de voir la question de la régularisation des sans-papiers s’installer dans la campagne électorale et devenir une question incontournable.

En effet, en quelques heures, le « quartier général » a vu affluer les journalistes, des personnalités politiques, des candidats à l’élection présidentielle sont venues sur place et le nombre de manifestants devant l’immeuble n’a pas cessé de grossir. De nombreux habitants de ce quartier populaire se sont joints à ce rassemblement.

Les autorités sont arrivées à évacuer un immeuble transformé en quartier général de campagne, mais elles ne parviendront pas à évacuer l’exigence posée par ce mouvement. Les collectifs de sans-papiers, les réseaux de soutien, les organisations politiques, syndicales, les associations, les femmes et les hommes solidaires de ce combat vont continuer à se battre au grand jour, pour imposer cette régularisation.

Il faut amplifier la campagne de signature des pétitions pour la régularisation immédiate de tous les sans-papiers.

Paris, 15 avril 2007


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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Statement of The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan) about the USA's Plans on the Middle East

Stop the War!
No Sanctions, No Bombs Against Iran!
March 17, 2007

The US has, directly after its occupation of Iraq, been building up several military bases close to the Iranian border.

The US has made repeated demands on the Iranian government to accommodate to US policies concerning the "new American order". Replacement of the regimes in Iraq, North Korea and Iran is, and has been, part of the Bush doctrine. Right now, as the US has failed in Iraq, its war-mongering against Iran is on the increase. The US has now dispatched two aircraft carriers to the Gulf of Persia and placed 50 warships just off the Iranian coast. The US accuses Iran of possessing nuclear arms or of aiming at producing them. This is the hysterical US propaganda against Iran, in spite of the fact that all inspectors have declared that Iran has got no nuclear arms; those statements, however, don’t suffice for G.W. Bush. According to what the US dictates, independent nations have no right to develop peaceful nuclear power for civil use. The US dictate does not concern Israel, which is a nuclear power in the Middle East. Nor does it apply to Pakistan, or India, et al. What is being said,!
is that the Tehran regime must obey the US on the Palestine/Israel conflict; must not oppose US policies in the Persian Gulf on matters concerning oil; must accommodate entirely to the IMF and the World Bank, etc. In short, Iran must unconditionally align itself with the US in the rivalry of the latter with the EU, Japan, and China. Can this be realized without any military intervention? Yes, that alternative might be possible. The capitalist clergy regime in Tehran has the character of selling out to the US for the sake of power. All factions within the Tehran regime have shown marked tendencies of compromise with the US. Examples of this are that the Islamic regime, during bombardments of Iraq and Afghanistan, has been collaborating with "the alliance Britain-US" and, according to its own statement, "the US wouldn’t succeed in Iraq and Afghanistan without help from Iran".

Iran was one of the first states to recognize the stooge regime in Baghdad. The Tehran regime has from the very beginning been acting against the resistance movement in Iraq, and has been close to the US line, while yet being accused of responsibility for the US failure in Iraq.

An invasion of Iran is, given the situation of huge US problems in Iraq and internationally, unlikely to occur. Nevertheless, the war-mongering is dangerously similar to the war-mongering that preceded the invasion of Iraq. If it is not possible, in the end, to change the Iranian regime in favour of US desires, it might finally lead to a military action against Iran. The US doesn’t care about the form or medieval character of the Iranian regime. History has shown that the US may collaborate with any kind of Satan to realize its aims and goals. Decisive to the Bush administration is that Iran chooses a pro-US line like Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey, Qatar et al. The possible intrusion of US imperialism into Iran is of the same nature as its intrusion into Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and other countries, and must be condemned. The US has its imperialist political, economical and strategic interests, and no thinking person should believe that US meddling into Iranian affairs has !
anything to do with democracy, freedom or justice. That is nothing but sheer imperialist propaganda. The people of Iran can, by its own might, overthrow the reactionary theocratic regime and build a free and democratic society without the "aid" of imperialism. Iranians are never going to forget the 1953 event, when Prime Minister Mosadegh was overthrown by a joint US-British action following his nationalization of the oil industry. The Shah was reinstated, oppression and terror became everyday features, and the democracy movement was drowned in blood. One should not be blinded by the terror regime in Iran to forget about the colonial and barbaric aims of US imperialism.

US Out of Iraq Immediately and Unconditionally!
No Sanctions, No Bombs Against Iran!

The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan)

March, 2007
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