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Nepali Congress and UCPN(Maoist) Weigh Next Moves

Posted by n3wday on March 8, 2010

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Change of guard: UCPN-M plan

After UCPN-Maoist supremo Pushpakamal Dahal’s proposal to Nepali Congress (NC) chairman Girija Prasad Koirala to become the prime minister, a strong jolt has been witnessed in the NC. When this was proposed, Girija had remained silent.

However, his only daughter, and deputy prime minister in the government, soon after condemned the present government leadership and opined that the time has come to think about an alternative government. Sujata lambasted the present government for not being able to fulfill the people’s aspirations. It is quite odd to notice that a sitting minister is condemning the government like an opposition leader. Some of her party colleagues, reacting on such remarks made by Sujata, suggested her to quit the government if she is not happy with the performance of the government. Sujata’s remarks were in support of the UCPN-M agenda of formation of another government led by Girija with the cooperation of the UCPN-M.

Immediately after Sujata’s remarks, NC spokesman Arjun Narsingh KC said that if the Maoist has such a desire, the party should make clear that such a decision was made by it on behalf of the NC. KC underlined that Sujata’s remarks were her personal views and they do not represent the NC party’s views. General secretary Bimilendra Nidhi strongly opposed such remarks made by Sujata and advised her to quit the government if she is unhappy with the government. Nidhi believed that the present coalition government should continue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Solidarity from Students in Philippines with US Student Resistance

Posted by Ka Frank on March 8, 2010

Police attack student demonstration in front of Malacanang, the Presidential palace in Manila

STRUGGLE FOR EDUCATION RIGHTS

RESIST STATE ABANDONMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF EDUCATION

Solidarity Statement from the Philippines, March 4, 2010

Various students and youth belonging to the ANAKBAYAN Philippines (Sons and Daughters of the People), League of Filipino Students and Student Christian Movement of the Philippines, together with the National Union of Students of the Philippines and College Editors Guild of the Philippines, join in solidarity with the students, youth and education sector across the United States of America in the March 4 Nationwide Day of Action to Defend Education.

The picture is clear everywhere. It is the people who bear the brunt of rescuing big capitalists in this great recession, with the increasing slash on social welfare funding including education.

In the US, the anti-students and anti-people policies like the policy of 32% tuition hike passed by the University of California Board of Regents last November 2009 deserve the strongest condemnation of the youth. Most affected also are the peoples of color and the students from working families who are still struggling with their outstanding mortgages. Similar cases of tuition hikes have also been experienced in other states, all blaming cutbacks in government funding.

Last year students, workers and faculty in the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) also militantly defied Governor Paterson’s ill-willed proposal of $698 million education budget slash which were to directly effect a raise in tuition fee for SUNY up to $620/school year, $600 for CUNY and $400 for community colleges.

In Europe too last November, there had been massive workers-supported students strikes like the mobilization of about 250,000 all across Germany in the clamor against the introduction of tuition increases and curriculum revisions. Students in Austria and even in Scandanavian countries decried the bail-out for the banks and held walk-outs and university occupations in resistance to the European Union’s Bologna process which is to drive education more to serve imperialism.

Student movements in Asia Pacific especially in Indonesia, India and Korea had also agitated against the worsening condition of the youth with the state abandonment of education. Read the rest of this entry »

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