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Celebrate legal victory, brace for greater struggles for the free distribution of land

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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the broad masses of peasants and farm workers of Hacienda Luisita in their celebration of the Supreme Court’s November 22 decision revoking the stock distribution option (SDO) scheme of Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita Inc. and paving the way for the distribution of HLI’s remaining 4,900-hectare plantation. At the same time, the CPP calls on the peasants and farm workers to further strengthen their unity and brace for bigger struggles.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:04

Bury the 1 with the 99!

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A wave of rage and unrest is seen worldwide. The youth are out on the streets – protesting, resisting, hitting back. They are supported and joined by people from a wide spectrum. Dictators, who squeeze out the life breath of freedom; rulers, who load all the hardship of the crisis on the people’s backs; billionaire sharks, who speculate and profit on hunger and homelessness; politicians, who plunder public funds – the whole lot is targeted. This is wonderful!
In some Arab countries the people have achieved an initial victory by ending dictatorial regimes. In Europe, powerful outbursts of popular fury have forced the rulers to tread slow on their plans to choke the people with cuts in public spending. And in the midst of this, mass protest has broken out all over the USA, the centre of the world imperialist system. The slogans raised by the Occupy movements, initiated by Occupy Wall Street, capture the anti-capitalist sentiments and desire for change of the broad masses everywhere. Occupations replicate the world over and the call resonates with ever greater force.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:08

The JVP schism

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Every society benefits from a strong Left as a social counterbalance. In some instances, when the Left has the appropriate mix of policies and personalities, it manages to win social consent and political power. This has been the case in Latin America from El Salvador to Argentina, from Uruguay to Peru, in what is referred to as the ‘left shift’. It has also been so in the South Asian region, in Nepal. The JVP has been chronically unable to make that shift, because its founding political paradigm of Wijeweera’s brand of Marxism-Leninism was so significantly different from that of the Latin American left and the Nepali Maoists, that it does not readily permit such a transformation. This is a problem that the dissident faction of the JVP (now named United Democratic Front- UDF) will also face.
The problem with Wijeweera’s JVP was not that it was patriotic, nationalistic or populist – all of which it was and is —but that it was Sinhala centric and latently (sometimes manifestly) Sinhala chauvinist. Wijeweera’s great merit was to attempt to apply Marxism-Leninism creatively to the concrete context of Sri Lanka; he attempted a Lankanisation of Marxism. His great limitation and gross error was that the product was not a ‘Lankanised’ Marxism but a Sinhalised one: instead of ‘Lankanising’ Marxism-Leninism, he simply Sinhalised it (or made a Sinhala-Buddhist version).

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:08

Wijeweera’s gross error was ‘Sinhalaising’ Marxism-Leninism instead of ‘Lankanising’ it

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JVP Split: Can the left get it right?

by Dayan Jayatilleka

courtesy: LakbimaNews.lk

It doesn’t seem to have brought in many votes, but it was thoughtful of Comrade Somawansa Amarasingha to have mentioned me in the wrap-up rally of the JVP’s municipal election campaign in Colombo.

The Island report by Saman Indrajith quotes him as saying “The party had seen conflicts, intraparty struggles and factions …During the 1982-83 period came another plot led by Dayan Jayatilleka, but this too had been defeated.” (‘Amerasinghe says will never surrender to dissidents’, Thursday, Oct 6, 2011). Now this refers to my politics in my mid-20s, three decades ago, as a perceived rival for the same politico-ideological space, and has prompted me to comment on the ongoing crisis of the JVP.

The only left in Sri Lanka is the JVP, and whatever dissident tendency that comes out of it. The current schism in the party seems to be the most serious in its history because each side has its strengths and weaknesses.

Every society benefits from a strong Left as a social counterbalance. In some instances, when the Left has the appropriate mix of policies and personalities, it manages to win social consent and political power. This has been the case in Latin America from El Salvador to Argentina, from Uruguay to Peru, in what is referred to as the ‘left shift’. It has also been so in the South Asian region, in Nepal.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:09

Culture is serious business, not business

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CULTURE may need capital, but capitalized culture may not create cultural power.

After three decades of hectic growth in manufacturing and export of commodities from cars to cups, China is turning to its culture as the next pillar of economic development.

Xinhua reported last month that China's culture industries would likely make up 5 percent of GDP in five years, double its current contribution. In absolute terms, Xinhua said, the cultural business would be worth 2.85 trillion yuan (US$446 billion) by 2015, with book publishing, films, TV, online games and advertising leading the pack.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:09

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