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Nepal Maoists Condemn Indian Operation against Rebels

Posted by celticfire84 on November 30, 2010

Source: Sify News

Kathmandu, Nov 28 (IANS) A year after India started paramilitary operations against its own outlawed Maoist party and nearly five months after security forces killed a top guerrilla leader, Nepal’s Maoist party has finally reacted to the incidents officially, condemning both and underlining its continued antagonism towards the Indian government.

The week-long plenum of Nepal’s largest party, that ended in a remote village in western Nepal Saturday, has formally condemned India’s ‘Operation Green Hunt’, the offensive started in five Indian states in November 2009 to flush out underground Maoists, known as Naxalites in India.

‘We condemn the oppression of the Indian people in the name of Operation Green Hunt,’ the plenum declaration said. ‘We urge for a peaceful resolution of the problem.’

The 14-point statement also condemned the ‘immoral and planned murder’ of Cherukuri Rajkumar, who was the spokesman of the Indian Maoists under the nom de guerre Azad.

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Philippines: Students Protest Education Cuts

Posted by celticfire84 on November 30, 2010

Source: Philippine Revolution

Students, teachers and faculty protests cuts to education in the Philippines.

Campus rallies against SUC budget cuts presage rising tide of youth and people’s protests

by Communist Party of the Philippines
November 27, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) salutes and supports the struggle of students and other school personnel of the University of the Philippines, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the Philippine Normal University and other state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Metro Manila and other regions against unjust SUC budget cuts.

The CPP hails the militancy and determination of the students, teachers and other school personnel in the mass protest actions they have launched the past two weeks. The CPP takes note of the widespread unity of students, teachers, administrative officials, non-academic workers and supporters against the US-Aquino regime’s SUC budget cuts. The broad united front against the budget cuts underscores the popular opposition to the ruling regime’s policy to cut state subsidies for SUCs and other direly needed social services, and concentrate the bulk of state spending for foreign debt servicing, military spending, privatization programs, “pork barrels” and the World Bank’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program for perpetual mendicancy. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. Ambassador to Nepal: Damage Control over Coming Leaks

Posted by Mike E on November 30, 2010

Hegemonik posted this on Kasama:

U.S. Ambassador to Nepal reacts on the U.S. embassy site:

Of course, even a solid relationship will have its ups and downs. We have seen that in the past few days, when documents purportedly downloaded from U.S. Defense Department computers became the subject of reports in the media. They appear to contain our diplomats’ assessments of policies, negotiations, and leaders from countries around the world as well as reports on private conversations with people inside and outside other governments.

I cannot vouch for the authenticity of any one of these documents. But I can say that the United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential. And we condemn it. Diplomats must engage in frank discussions with their colleagues, and they must be assured that these discussions will remain private. Honest dialogue—within governments and between them—is part of the basic bargain of international relations; we couldn’t maintain peace, security, and international stability without it. I’m sure that Nepal’s ambassadors to the United States would say the same thing. They too depend on being able to exchange honest opinions with their counterparts in Washington and send home their assessments of America’s leaders, policies, and actions.

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Nepal Maoists: Reports of Unresolved Disunity After CC Meeting

Posted by Mike E on November 30, 2010

Often in the long-standing debates of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), party conferences ended by announcing a merged or compromise position.

Some initial reports from the recent Central Committee meeting suggest that this time has been different.And, in particular in this article the argument is made that the ability of party chairman Prachanda to act as a unifying center within the party has been weakened by the sharpness of differences and the urgency of acting upon one or another strategic decision.

The long-standing and intensifying political line-struggle has centered over the timing of a possible seizure of power and more radical transformation of society — with some forces urging immediate preparations and others urging postponement. The issues include when to launch the next advance of revolution, whether a socialist Nepal can survive under current international conditions, and what would happen to the revolutionary movement if it were placed in semi-permanent holding pattern.

The following article comes from My Republica. We urge readers to remember that these reports on on the Maoist Central Committee Plenum are at this point still coming to us through the bourgeois press – who have their own motives and worldview. No one should assume that these are accurate, and we will post actual texts of the various positions and speeches as soon as they become available in English.

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Plenum weakens Dahal

KATHMANDU, Nov 30:

“This is the first time in the party´s history that your political document has failed. What do you have to say, comrade?”

When a journalist shot this question at Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal during the news conference held at the end of the weeklong party plenum in Gorkha last Saturday, the latter looked disappointed while the face of Vice-chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai, who was sitting cross-legged nearby, lit up.

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Arundhati Roy: Indian Maoists are “Patriot of a Kind”

Posted by celticfire84 on November 29, 2010

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy

From The Times of India

Writer-activist Arundhati Roy on Sunday described Maoists as “patriot of a kind” and accused the prime minister and home minister of “violating the Constitution and Panchayat (Extension of Scheduled Areas) Act by allowing corporates to use tribal land”.

“Patriot of a kind, they (Maoists) are. But here patriotism is very complicated. So at the moment what people are fighting for is to keep this country from falling apart,” Roy said after addressing a meet on Cultural Resistance to War on People in Corporate Interest, organised by a magazine.

She said she did not think there could be only Maoist revolution for solving problems. Read the rest of this entry »

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India: Arundhati Roy Charged with Sedition

Posted by celticfire84 on November 29, 2010

From The Times of India

Writer and activist Arundhati Roy is charged with sedition for making speeches in support of Kashmir independence. Roy has also made statements calling the Indian Maoists "patriots" and is the author of the popular essay "Walking with the Comrades"

NEW DELHI: Acting on a court directive, the Delhi Police on Monday registered a sedition case against writer-activist Arundhati Roy and Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani for their alleged anti-India speeches at a seminar here.

The Delhi Police have slapped Sections 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enemity between two communities), 153 B (assertion against national integration), Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and Section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief).

A Delhi court on Nov 27, on the complaint of Sushil Pandit, a member of the Roots in Kashmir organisation, ordered the registration of an FIR against hardline Hurriyat leader Geelani, Roy and five others for allegedly making anti-India speeches.

Speaking to IANS, Pandit’s counsel Vikas Padora said: “The Delhi Police has registered a FIR against Roy and Geelani for their anti-Indian speeches.”

Pandit filed a complaint Oct 28 at the Tilak Marg police station against Geelani, Roy and others, and demanded that an FIR be registered against them for their alleged anti-India speeches at a seminar “Azadi – the only Way”.

Geelani, Roy and their fellow speakers voiced their opinions in favour of Kashmir’s separation from India at the conference, the petitioner alleged.

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U.S. Covert Ops in Nepal? Get Ready for Wiki-Exposure!

Posted by Mike E on November 29, 2010

Who are their agents? What are their moves?

To everyone who cares about the revolution in Nepal: We may be about to get the break we have been waiting for. So far the U.S. intrigues have been hidden — barely seen. Now it may be exposed soon how the U.S. has been intriguing (with India and Nepal’s reactionary forces) to crush or coopt the Nepal Maoist revolution. Who is involved? What are their speculations? What is the extent of their involvement? What are their intrigues with Nepal’s military feudalists?

We do not yet know what will emerge — but we should prepare now to go on the offensive, and make Nepal’s revolution an issue among all the diverse forces who hate and oppose U.S. interventions and counter-insurgency.

This appeared on the AHN site.

A Wikileaks report says the documents date to 1995, with almost 1,200 tagged with PTER (Prevention of Terrorism). There are 339 with the specific tag “Maoist” or “Maoist Insurgency.””

Nepal Desperately Waiting For Wikileaks Documents

by Anil Giri – AHN News Correspondent (November 29, 2010)

Kathmandu, Nepal (AHN) – Anxiety, search and curiosity are rampant in Nepal among the political, diplomatic and media circles about the release by Wikileaks of a cache of more than 2,600 classified and non-confidential documents related to Nepal.

According to the website, the dossier has 2,278 memos sent by the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu to the U.S. State Department. Eighty-four of those memos were labeled secret and 1,399 confidential while the remaining 795 are unclassified.

Although none of the memos on Nepal were released Sunday, the whistle-blower website said it would be releasing the embassy cables “in stages over the next few months.”

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India: Naxals Use Libraries to Promote Revolution

Posted by celticfire84 on November 29, 2010

This was in the Hindustan Times

‘Naxals used library to spread their ideology’

Shailendra Mohan, Hindustan Times

The banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), dubbed as the single largest threat to India’s internal security by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had set up a base in the city to propagate their ideology and to connect with the youth. The naxalite allegedly used a reading library situated in the slums along the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) in the western suburbs for this purpose, a witness has told the police.

The witness in his statement to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has named Surya Devra Prabhakar, an alleged naxalite leader who was arrested by the ATS on January 19. Prabhakar, a member of the politburo and one of the top most leaders of CPI (Maoists), was arrested from Kanjurmarg and he had been working in the city since 1991, trying to lure people towards the naxalite ideology, the witness has said.

Prabhakar had been a member of the organisation since 1978 and was a member of the Maharashtra State Committee of the CPI (Maoists). He allegedly controlled operations for Dahanu, Wada, Palghar and other rural areas and had, therefore, set up base in Mumbai.

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U.S. Imperialists Unleash “Terror-Scare” in Philippines

Posted by celticfire84 on November 29, 2010

Philippines-NPA Fighters

New wave of “Terror-Scare” an old US Imperialist ploy to intensify military intervention for US military basing and economic interest

Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlo
Spokesperson
National Democratic Front of the Philippines

Mindanao November 6, 2010

There has been a series of “terror-scare” spreading in the country of late. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao) views this chain of events along the following the lines:

1. The United States, being in the throes of a deep recession and trapped in the quagmire of wars of aggression in the Middle East, is looking up to the Philippines as its second front to secure its geo-politics in the Asia-Pacific, protect its economic interest and unhampered US military basing in the country. It had to install a more reliable ally — Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III – through a pre-programmed election and drum up a new wave of terror to justify its intensified military intervention.

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Nepal: Maoist Plenum Closes, Decisions Announced

Posted by hetty7 on November 28, 2010

We urge readers to remember that these reports on on the Maoist Central Committee Plenum  are at this point still coming to us through the bourgeois press – who have their own motives and worldview. No one should assume that these are accurate, and we will post actual texts of the various positions and speeches as soon as they become available in English.

This article is from ekantipur.com.

Plenum Participants

Nepal – Plenum Successful: Party Brought Together

Kathmandu, Nov. 27

The United Communist Party Nepal  (Maoist) (UCPM-Maoist) organised a press meet at Palungtar in Gorkha district on Saturday to make public the decisions taken by the party in its extended plenum.

Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Daha, Chairmen Baburam Bhattarai and Mohan Baidya, Spokesperson Dinanath Sharma, among others, marked their presence in the press meet.

Maoist Spokesperson Sharma said that the extended plenum, which was the largest gathering in the history of Nepalese politics, drew the attention of national and international bodies.

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Nepal Maoists: Reports Allege Discussion of Faction Allignment

Posted by celticfire84 on November 28, 2010

From MyRepublica.

We urge readers to remember that these reports on the Maoist Central Committee meeting are, at this point, still coming to us through the bourgeois press — who have their own motives and worldview.  No one should assume that these are accurate. We will post actual texts of the various positions and speeches as soon as they become available in English. Pushpa Kamal Dahal is also known by his nom de guerre Prachanda, and Baidya is also known as Kiran.

Mohan Baidhya also known as Kiran, speaking at the recent plenum of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

PALUNGTAR,GORKHA, Nov 22: Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has held several rounds of talks with Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya asking the latter to join forces against another Vice Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai in the party plenum that began on Sunday here in Palungtar, Gorkha.

According to party sources, Dahal has already held several rounds of talks with Baidya in this regard. “But Baidya has not so far responded positively to Dahal´s call for unity against Bhattarai,” said a Maoist leader close to Baidya.

With his relationship with Bhattarai souring, Dahal needs the support of Baidya, who has a strong hold among the party rank and file, to make his party line prevail in the plenum.

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Women Martyrs of the Indian Maoist Struggle

Posted by celticfire84 on November 26, 2010

Women have been integral fighters in the Naxalite movement from the beginning

From the blog Indian Vanguard we share this collection of biographies of the lives of women martyrs who participated in the first Naxalbari rebellion.

In the shining path of struggles and sacrifices
Women Martyrs

Naxalbari Martyrs

Women were mobilized in the Naxalbari (West Bengal) struggle. They attended villagemeetings and remained in the van of the demonstrations. Very often entire families joined themovement. Women confronted the police when the male activists went into hiding; they kept contact with the activists, while doing household work and looking after the field. Some youngactivists who learnt to use arms chased away the anti socials that molested women. There grew up a nucleus of militants.

After the murder of Wangdi, the male activists took shelter in the forests; the women activiststried to organise a meeting on 25th May 1967 at Prasadjote. The police fired on thedemonstration, killing seven women. Dhaneshwari Singh, Sanamati Singh, Pulmati Singh,Surabala Barman who were killed in police firing came from the Rajbansi Community. Dhaneshwari Singh was literate and became a leading activist and went to distant villages forcampaigning. Naganeshwari Mallick who was born in a Dhamal Community in 1944 married arefugee schoolteacher from East Pakistan. She worked hard as a sharecropper and collectedwood from the forests. Nayan was killed along with her child who was tied to her back.Samsai Saibani, a brave tribal girl was one of the leading organizers of the demonstration.These were the first (women) martyrs of the Naxalbari struggle.

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Baidya at Nepal Maoist Plenum: Time is Ripe for Revolt

Posted by hetty7 on November 25, 2010

photo: jed brandt

This article was published by  myrepublica.

We urge readers to remember that these reports on the Maoist Central Committee meeting are, at this point, still coming to us through the bourgeois press — who have their own motives and worldview.  No one should assume that these are accurate. We will post actual texts of the various positions and speeches as soon as they become available in English. Baidya is also known by his nom de guerre, Kiran.

Maoist Plenum – Baidya Threatens Revolt Against Party

Post Bahadur Basnet

Palungstar, Gorkha, Nov. 23: Maoist Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya has threatened to revolt against the party if the official party line is not implemented.

“If the  party doesn’t become revolutionary and gets bogged down in revisionism, we will have to raise the red flag for revolution,” a party leader quoted Baidya as saying while presenting his separate political document  in closed session on Monday, the second of the plenum being held in Palungstar, Gorkha district.

Baidya warned that he would not remain in the party if it sides with revisionism.

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Nepal:Prachanda Calls for Realizing the Martyrs Dream

Posted by hetty7 on November 24, 2010

This following article is from MyRepublica.

Dahal Defends His Political Line at Plenum

Post B. Basnet

Palungtar, Gorkha, Nov. 21 – Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday said his party cannot remain complacent with the political achievements made so far and that the ongoing plenum  would chart a concrete policy to complete the “revolution” in Nepal.

“We cannot remain complacent.  The course of the revolution must be taken ahead until we create a society  free of all sorts of oppression and realize the martyrs’ dream. We will not stop until we achieve  peace and constitution as desired by the people,” said Dahal addressing the sixth plenum that kicked off at Palungtar, Gorka.

Dahal has taken a “vague centrist position ideological  line” between the two opposite extreme lines floated by Senior Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya and Vice-chairman Dr. Baburam Bhattarai respectively, and gave a long speech, defending his own line.

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Reactionaries Protest Arundhati Roy’s Trip to Orissa

Posted by celticfire84 on November 24, 2010

Arundhati Roy in Bhubaneswar

This was originally written for the Times of India.

Protests greet Roy in Orissa

Ashok Pradhan

BUBANESWAR: Writer Arundhati Roy was at the receiving end of her own tactic of dissent and protest here on Sunday when ABVP activists tried to stop her from attending a meeting on tribal rights for her controversial remark last month supporting ”azad Kashmir”.

The activists of  the youth wing of the BJP [the Hindu supremacist opposition party in the Indian government–ed], wearing black badges, shouted slogans like ”Gaddar (traitor) Arundhati hai, hai”, and, ”Arundhati go back” just as she got down from the car to reach the meeting venue, said an eyewitness, and added, ”They waved black flags and also chucked one of them at her.” Read the rest of this entry »

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