France: “The house is on fire”

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7 December, 2018. A World to Win News Service. The Yellow Vest revolt that erupted suddenly among the usually ignored and voiceless lower classes in France’s rural areas and smaller cities has stormed into the centre of political life and may have blasted a hole in the dam through which much broader and diverse social discontent can erupt. “The house is on fire” is the assessment prevalent among the country’s “political class” – but the flames have been kindling.

“Trump = war” – Paris protests confront imperialist war makers at World War 1 “peacefest”

France: Revising the legacy of WW2 Nazi collaborator and WWI Army Marshal Petain

Germany: Art world figures take a stand against the “renationalization of culture”

November 11th marked the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. In Paris more than 70 heads of state and government invited by French President Emmanuel Macron memorialized one of history’s worst crimes against humanity – a war among imperialists whose purpose was to forcibly resolve great power rivalries over zones of influence and colonies. Macron’s hypocritical plan to drape the weekend in talk of peace while honoring the imperialist war machine that ended in the slaughter of ten million soldiers, and featuring Donald Trump as the honored guest, triggered a call to protest.

The West and Saudi Arabia: The head-cutters ball

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20 October 2018. A World to Win News Service. The apparent murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi and subsequent events demonstrate an extremely ugly turn in global politics, embodied most of all by U.S. President Donald Trump and increasingly common to governments around the world: a naked discourse that “might makes right” and whatever is good for the national interests is good.

Coming 19 October: Online premier of Bob Avakian’s talk “Why We Need an Actual Revolution and How We Can Really Make Revolution”

“A flag for the Aquarius” and the immense political importance of this battle

9 October 2018. A World to Win News Service. This speech is about something that has never been addressed this way before – the basis and strategy for how a revolution could actually be carried out in a country like the U.S. Such a revolution would receive a tremendous welcome all around the globe, and people worldwide need to see this film to learn how an actual revolution could deal with the immense and unnecessary suffering humanity faces. The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA is seeking to activate hundreds of people right now to make sure as many people as possible see and engage with it.

The fascist mobs in Chemnitz and the need for a radical way forward

20 September 2018. A World to Win News Service. People in Germany and around the world were horrified by the images flashing across their TV screens at the end of August, not sure if they were seeing the return of the dark past or a preview of a horrible future. In the city of Chemnitz, located in the state of Saxony in former East Germany, hordes of Nazi hooligans and other right-wing thugs hunted down pedestrians who looked like “foreigners”, left-wing counter-demonstrators (who the Nazis call “ticks”) and journalists. Some people in the mob displayed Hitler salutes (officially forbidden in Germany) and chanted, “Germany for the Germans! Foreigners out!”, “This is our city!’, the Nazi slogan “Free, social and national!”, “We are football fans – Adolf Hitler hooligans” and “For every dead German, one dead foreigner.”

Libya and Europe: the whirlpool pulling immigrants to their deaths

16 September 2018. A World to Win News Service. Two large rubber boats set out for Italy from Libya on 1 September. Like countless such craft before them, they were carrying hundreds of people from central, east and north Africa, and has happened so often, the engine failed on one and the other began to deflate.

India: “Provocative speeches” lead to arrests

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31 August 2018. A World to Win News Service. On 28 August the Indian police raided homes in cities across the country and arrested five activists and intellectuals under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The UAPA allows the government to hold someone for six months without any specific charges. Those arrested are law professor Sudha Bharadwaj; Gautam Navlakha, former political editor of the widely respected Economic and Political Weekly; Varavara Rao, the well-known 78-year-old poet and founder of the Revolutionary Writers Association; human rights activist Vernon Gonsalves and activist and lawyer Arun Ferreira. Over the years, the arrested have led lives that put them at the forefront in fighting caste oppression against Dalits (“untouchables”), the communal hatred and persecution of Muslims and the theft of Adivasi (tribal) lands.

“Hey Trump what do you say, how many kids did you cage today?”
Mass protests repudiate Trump visit to the UK

“We need not reform, but revolution!
Trump’s coming – No business as usual!”

17 July 2018. A World to Win News Service. As Trump landed in Britain on 12 July following the Nato summit where he had shaken up the post-WW2 liberal-democratic imperialist consensus by aggressively asserting his America First programme, every political force in the UK took a stand.

The sound of clanging doors: European migration summit marks a dangerous turning point

Immigrants: These are our children!

1 July 2018. A World to Win News Service. The late June meeting of European Union country leaders may well mark a dangerous turning point. The vagueness and lack of detail in their signed agreement, and the secrecy surrounding the heated night-long joint session, are not just a reflection of unresolved clashes about how the accord could be implemented. They are also an attempt to cloak the radical and threatening change represented by what they seem to have agreed. That noise growing louder as if some future cataclysm were growing nearer is the slamming shut of borders, the clanging of prison doors and the nailing of coffins.

Italy’s new fascist government opens fire on immigrants

11 June 2018.. A World to Win News Service. The new Italian government’s opening salvo was to order that the country’s ports be closed to an NGO ship carrying 629 people rescued from the Mediterranean, about 100 of them children. This demonstrated just what the slogan “Italians first” really means.

France: heroes and immigrants

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2 June 2018. A World to Win News Service. France enjoyed a feel-good moment when President Emannuel Macron held a much-publicized meeting with Mamoudou Gassama and promised citizenship to the young Malian living and working in Paris without papers. A video viewed by millions had shown him climbing up the outside of an apartment building to rescue a toddler dangling by one hand from a high balcony.

Revolutionary Communist Organization, Mexico: “We need to overthrow this system, not try to ‘democratize’ it”

25 May 2018. A World to Win News Service. Abridged excerpts from an extensive pamphlet put out by the Revolutionary Communist Organization (OCR), Mexico, in view of the national general elections to be held in July. Much of the pamphlet is an exposure of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, long the standard-bearer of the traditional left and now considered the leading candidate, who promises to “democratize” a state that has earned widespread and intense discredit and hatred. It also explains how the electoral system serves to legitimate the rule of the big capitalists and landlords and Mexico’s domination by imperialism. These excerpts focus on the polemic against the Zapatistas, who led an armed peasant uprising in the southern state of Chiapas in 1994 before entering into an uneasy coexistence with Mexico’s governments since then. We made this choice because of the international influence of that trend and the thinking it represents among radical-minded people in many countries. [Official Zapatista website: enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx]

Communist revolution and nothing less!
Statement by the Communist Party of Iran (MLM) on the occasion of May First, International Working Class Day

Revolutionary Communist Group of Colombia on 1 May:
The world needs a real revolution and the new communism! And nothing less!

14 May 2018. A World to Win News Service. A statement by the Communist Party of Iran (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist) and a statement by the Revolutionary Communist Group (GCR) of Colombia.

The Nakba: Ethnic cleansing and the birth of Israel

Palestine: “The Great March of Return”

4 May 2018. A World to Win News Service. In what they call “the Great March of Return”, tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees forced to live in Gaza have been braving Israeli gunfire to demonstrate near the fences that imprison them every Friday during the weeks leading up to 15 May. That day, Nakba Day, commemorates a turning point in the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homes, about 250,000 in the months before 15 May 1948, when the state of Israel was proclaimed, and as many as 750,000 more by the end of that year.

The political execution of Lula and the shadow of fascism falling across Brazil

18 April 2018. A World to Win News Service. Lula (Luiz Ignacio da Silva), the Brazilian ex-head of state U.S. President Obama once called “the most popular politician on Earth”, is now in prison serving a twelve-year sentence for accepting the renovation of an ocean-front apartment placed at his disposal by a contractor.

Why the Italian elections mean bad news for the world and what to do about it

9 March 2018. A World to Win News Service. The results of the Italian parliamentary elections are as alarming as they are grotesque. Grotesque in that the two parties that fared the best, splitting the electorate between them, the fascist League and the “libertarian” Five Star Movement, two apparent opposites, are united against immigration. Alarming because they demonstrate how quickly a violent, racist, fascistic mood can descend on a Western country, catching even many of its own people by surprise.

The weaponization and targets of the debate about “Polish death camps”

“Ode to the Sea” – Art from Guantanamo prison

Protests in Mexico City against the fascist Trump/Pence regime

4 February 2018. A World to Win News Service. Poland’s parliament has passed a bill criminalizing the use of the term “Polish death camps” to refer to Auschwitz and other concentration camps located in Poland where about three million Jews and as many as three million other people were killed during World War 2. This law is a serious step in Poland’s march toward implementing fascism. At the same time, the widespread condemnation of this law has been marked by falsification and hypocrisy on a grand scale. The U.S., Israeli and other governments have condemned it only to further their own murderous objectives.

Tunisia: Bright anger amid dismal atmosphere

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20 January 2018. A World to Win News Service. By Sam Albert. Demonstrations and fighting broke out across Tunisia for about ten days in January in the most important flare-up of popular anger since the toppling of the Ben Ali regime seven years ago. These events are all the more significant  in that Western representatives and apologists for the current state of the world have held up Tunisia’s political situation as the most successful outcome of the 2011 “Arab Spring” – “successful”, that is, from the point of view of maintaining the status quo. Actually, this explosion of anger shows that the underlying factors driving that popular revolt in multiple Arab countries are still at work – factors also visible in the similar recent events in Iran.