INTERNATIONAL

Why I went to Grant Park on November 4

(This article is based on a slightly longer piece by Tithi Bhattacharya that appeared in the blog Lenin’s Tomb, November 9, 2008) Over the past few months, I must admit I have felt like a recalcitrant hack. As a socialist I

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Oceans Apart

'The wind had fallen off, so there was not a fleck of white visible on the surface, and with the afternoon sun glaring down, the water was as dark and still as the cloak of shadows that covers the opening

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The Gaza Bloodbath

(Abridged from an article in Counterpunch, January 6, 2009. Ed/-) In a rare moment of honesty, the New York Times divulged the real motive behind the bombardment and invasion of Gaza. In Ethan Bronner's article, Israeli Vice Premier Haim Ramon said, "

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Message of Greetings from CPI(ML) to the 8th National Congress of CPN(UML)

(Below is the text of the message delivered by CPI(ML) General Secretary to the 8th National Congress of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), CPN(UML), held at Butwal, Nepal, from February 16-22.) Dear Comrades, On behalf of

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Stop the War in Sri Lanka

(Siritunga Jayasuriya, currently the General Secretary of the United Socialist Party (USP) recently visited India. One of the voices in Sri Lanka who have refused to be terrorised into silence, Mr. Jayasuriya has been campaigning against the ongoing war in

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People’s Victory in Referendums in Bolivia and Venezuela

The first two months of 2009 have seen two remarkable instances of democracy in Latin America. Radical agendas promoted by President Evo Morales (Bolivia) and President Hugo Chavez (Venezuela) won convincing victories in popular referendums January and February respectively. In Bolivia,

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Holbrooke stalks South Asia

With mediaeval Sheikhdoms as the US role models for a moderate Muslim states, none gets a prize for guessing the precise nature of the assignment given to Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Whatever else he

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Global Crisis Brings Global Protests in its Wake

All over the world, there is anger at the economic recession imposed by corporate greed and US imperialism – and it is erupting in new ways every day. • Iceland: Iceland's government was forced to step down on January 26 following months of

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‘Expelled’ Cuba Steals the Show

The Fifth Summit of the Americas, held on April 17-19 at Trinidad and Tobago, was Obama’s first formal encounter with Latin America since he became US President. The Summit is convened by the Organisation of the Americas (OAS), comprising 34

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Developments in West Asia

The history of the West Asia for over a century is one long history of how colonial and imperialist powers, both old and new, have arrogantly plundered, looted, dismembered, manipulated and raped a region for their unbridled self interests. It

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The Changing Facade of US Imperialism

Barrack Hussein Obama stoops – well, only a little bit – to conquer. His carefully prepared and brilliantly presented speech at the Islamic University of Cairo contained quotations from the Quran, rich references to Islam’s contribution to civilisation and his own

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Honduras Resists Coup

In the early morning of June 28 the Honduran army staged a coup against its democratically-elected president, Manual Zelaya, by barging into his bedroom, plucking him out of bed and flying him out to neighbouring Costa Rica in his pyjamas. Then

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