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May Day 2022, International Day of Working Class Struggle and Unity:
Fighting for the New, Leaving the Old Behind
Workers' Memorial Day, April 28, 2022:
Our Safety and Security Lies in Our Fight for the Rights of All!
Fight for an Anti-War Government:
US and Britain are Leading the NATO Countries in a Proxy War against Russia
Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea:
Massive Military Parade Marks 90th Anniversary of Korean People's Revolutionary Army
RCPB(ML) sends its militant May Day greetings to working people throughout the world. RCPB(ML) extends its militant May Day greetings to the peoples of the countries which have been exhibiting historical and social responsibility, and to all working people in struggle to solve the problems which step by step will bring about and strengthen a human-centred society. May First is the day of international working class unity, the day of expressing our common cause in the struggle to bring about a world without war, without the exploitation of persons by persons, with the recognition of the rights of all by virtue of being human. This is the new world which requires effort and vision to bring into being, a world which is not simply replacing one government by another, one ruling elite by another. It is a world where the rights of the individual are inseparably linked with the rights of all, not in contradiction with them. It is a world where all participate in deciding, in being in control of, their own future, where society is organised for the benefit of human beings, not the private interests that ride roughshod of the rights of human beings. It is a world where the social wealth produced by the working class is put to use for the benefit of ordinary people, the producers.
Working people must be the ones who determine what must be done. Workers must have their voices heard on all political and economic questions. More than this, the working class must have its own vantage point, its own frame of reference, which it starts from in discussing all these questions of concern for the whole of society. For instance, what this means is not to start from the viewpoint of bemoaning that the all-round crisis, both political and economic, as well as cultural and on all other fronts, is so deep and all-encompassing. The working class cannot afford to be a party to divisions blaming one faction of the Westminster consensus and cartel parties. It must affirm that those who create the new value in society, the workers themselves, can utilise their strength, their number, their comradeship and co-operation, to provide the crisis with solutions, based on the working people and the vast majority in society having the power, both in their collectives and in society as a whole, to break through the limitations. They will organise the economy so that guaranteeing the well-being of all is the aim, and a political system where all speak in their own name. The conditions are demanding that the working class take up its historic role to lead all working people in action to fight for their own rights in a manner which upholds the rights of all. The producers of the social wealth must take hold of what belongs to them.
In opposition to the attack on the rights of each and of all, of privatisation and neo-liberalism, which are being promoted and carried out, such as the Nationality and Borders Bill, the Health and Care Bill, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, the labour laws which attempt to put limits on the power of working people to defend their rights, not to mention the challenge of climate change and the rights of Mother Earth - in opposition to the attacks on all of these, people are organising as to how to be effective in their opposition and in their vision for a just and peaceful future.
On the front of the economy and workers' rights, standing exposed, the ruling circles have turned a blind eye to "Fire and Rehire" and simply "Fire" schemes such as at P&O ferries. They have not turned the same blind eye to the growing resistance. In fact they view labour as a "cost", a burden, not a producer of wealth. They do not want the labour used to enhance security, welfare or health and safety. This is the new provocation against front-line organised forces in the workers' movement. Key workers in transport have been threatened, such as railway workers, who are being placed in a position of defending their rights, resisting an assault and fighting against schemes to bale out the rich. The attack is on their livelihoods, their health and safety and also public safety.
What is proving crucial to grasp at this time is the necessity urgently to work for and elaborate the character, form and content of an Anti-War Government, in the course of settling scores with the old conscience of the ruling elites who are profoundly pro-war. It is the internationalist duty of the working class in Britain to oppose, fight and reject all the propaganda and outlook of the ruling elites, war profiteers, bankrupt "representatives", and so on, who tell us that NATO is a force for peace, that the rich are a force for equity, that those who defend the British empire are a force for enlightenment. Those forces are marauding globally, spreading hysteria, committing aggression and causing havoc. It is necessary to identify US/NATO, including Britain, as the provoker and instigator of conflict. But crucially, the movement to reject such backwardness, such embodiments of the Old, is very profound, within Britain and world-wide. The old arrangements, where the monarch rules her subjects as a fictitious person of state, are in a state of crisis and being rejected. It follows that the people must themselves speak out and consider what new arrangements are possible and necessary, and prepare now to discuss how they should be put in place and who should be the decision-makers.
This is a decisive time for the world's people in the face of the dangers posed by those who would destroy what they cannot control. There is an alternative around which the fight must be strengthened and unity built, beginning with the immediate programme: Stop Paying the Rich! Increase Investments in Social Programmes! Fight for an Anti-War Government! Let us join this struggle to fight for the New, and leave the Old behind.
Working and Oppressed People of All Countries, Unite!
Sheffield marking International Workers' Memorial Day
April 28 marked the annual International Workers' Memorial Day for workers killed, disabled, injured, or made ill through their conditions of work. Memorial Day 2022 comes at a time when the anti-social offensive continues, the lives, livelihoods and conditions of the entire working class are under threat. The threat to the population's security by war and inflation, caused by the financial oligarchy, governments of the rich and global imperialism, reflect the need for fundamental change. A change in the direction of the economy and for anti-war government, a change that enables and empowers the workers to control their destiny and take the big decisions in their own name and not the rule of the elite, a change so that they can establish new authority.
Workers' Memorial Day is a day when workers across the world, their trade unions and other fighting organisations, participate in ceremonies and meetings and observe a moment of silence to mourn the dead and fight for the rights, safety and well-being of the living. The day also expresses the demand for compensation and treatment for the consequences of poor working conditions.
We express our deepest sympathies to the families of those essential workers who have lost their lives while performing their duties without adequate protection. Those working in elementary occupations, workers employed as process, plant and machine operatives, and health, care and leisure service workers who all suffered significantly higher rates of illness and death than the average population.
Workers' Memorial Day came this year with added difficulties. The government removed all measures and guidelines to defeat the pandemic even though it reached new peaks threatening the lives of significant numbers and made no adjustments to alleviate the dangers posed by new variants of coronavirus. In doing so new peaks were made in infections and practically the entire population went down with the virus at some point. No plans are made for any new pandemic.
This year, for the second year, Hazards Campaign has also included the estimated number of workers who have died because of Covid-19. More than 60,000 workers are now estimated to have died last year because of work-related harm. 
Instead, the conditions of essential workers and their contribution was pushed aside. Pay and conditions have deteriorated. Workers have seen the elimination of the furlough scheme and the government is bent on paying back the loans to the financial oligarchy to service the rich. The workers were taxed through increases in the National Insurance scheme. Caps were lifted on energy bills. Workers continued to be dismissed under "fire and rehire" that the government failed to inhibit. Workers at P&O were simply fired and new labour under poorer working conditions were put in their jobs. Now workers who have worked at home for so long are being told to return to their offices, forcing more people to commute. Already dangerous conditions are forced on workers that demanded improvements during pandemic such as at DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority). Front-line workers in hospitals, communities, care homes, transport, as well as all those workers who ensured that society did not come to a complete standstill have been treated in the most disgusting way.
How can injuries, sickness and death be prevented? They can only be prevented when workers have control over their conditions, their lives and livelihoods. Accidents and disease can be prevented by making sure the workers are put in charge of the conditions and preventative safety measures they require at work. Furthermore, sick pay and industrial injury compensation systems must properly and adequately compensate workers and their families.
Workers have the right to participate in decisions that affect their health and safety. They have the right to refuse work that could endanger their health and safety or that of others. Any attempt to intimidate or criminalise workers for exercising this right should be dealt with severely as should the wilful neglect of workers' health and safety by governments and employers.
International Workers' Memorial Day is an occasion marked by workers in speaking in their own name. The working class and people cannot hand over their trust to those who claim to speak, represent, or govern in their name. The working class and people must take up the fight for new arrangements that guarantee their interests and their right to decide on a safe human-centred system. Fight for a future where the working class and people decide how the economy is organised, how things are done, and what they need to serve the interests of everyone in society! Our safety and security lies in our fight for the rights of all.
Defend workers' rights! Defend the rights of all!
In what was reported as the "highest-level meeting" between the US and Ukraine since the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin took a train from Poland to Kyiv where they met with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of the Ukraine, on Sunday, April 24. There, it was reported, they pledged to increase further the military financing to Ukraine from NATO partners and said that US diplomats would start returning to Ukraine this week. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Wednesday that the West must be prepared "for the long haul" in the Ukraine war as she called on NATO allies to increase military supplies to Kyiv.
These announcements come at a time when what is needed is to seek out a negotiated peace between Ukraine and Russia. What is becoming clearer is that the US and Britain are leading the NATO countries in a proxy war against Russia. This is confirmed by reports of the meeting  stating that the US Defence Secretary "did not call for a peace settlement but rather stepped up his rhetoric against Russia as the conflict enters its third month". The US officials believe that Ukraine can win the conflict "if they have the right equipment" and the "right support". The US pledged another $713million in foreign military financing for Ukraine and 15 allied and partner countries; some $322million of that being earmarked for Kiev with the remainder split among NATO members that have provided Ukraine with "critical military supplies since the war with Russia began".
At the start of the conflict, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among the first to announce military funding to Ukraine. Britain also played a leading role in establishing on February 25 an International Donor Co-ordination Centre in Stuttgart to provide "lethal aid", immediately providing 2.5 million items of military weapons and equipment to Ukraine, amounting to more than £1.5 billion. On his recent trip to India, Boris Johnson revealed that Britain is also training Ukrainian troops at an unnamed military base in England as well as training Ukrainian troops in Poland. Since the Maidan coup in 2014 which brought to power an anti-Russian regime in Ukraine and its war against the Donbas, Britain has trained over 22,000 personnel as part of Operation Orbital and the UK-led Maritime Training Initiative. This support was stepped up in 2021 when Britain and Ukraine signed a bilateral treaty on HMS Defender, which released £1.7bn of financing in support of the Ukrainian Naval Capabilities Enhancement Programme. It was HMS Defender that entered Crimean waters in Operation Sea Breeze 21  as a provocation against Russia. This operation was aimed at inciting Ukraine against its neighbour and to sell British warships. The operation openly declared its aim against "Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and denounces its temporary occupation".
All this exposes the mindset of the pro-war British government which is only too happy to claim that it is seeking the lead in military matters and to sell its military hardware. It has no control over the outcome of its warmongering actions, which are threatening the most dangerous escalation of the war. Britain is acting in lock-step with the US and NATO in not paying heed to Russia's political aims in the conflict. Britain paid no heed to Russia's proposals to resolve the conflict before its military action in Ukraine. Instead, it incited Ukraine not to resolve the conflict before it started and is now inciting Ukraine not to be serious in pursuing negotiations for a lasting peaceful outcome. Instead, Britain, is itself contributing to the false-flag war crimes alleged to be committed by Russia, and is sending lethal weapons, training troops, strengthening its de facto backing of the neo-Nazi forces, and overall prolonging the conflict to the detriment of the Ukraine peop le themselves.
Britain's response is revealing its nature as a pro-war government, and that the crimes being committed in Ukraine further the aims of US/NATO war oligopolies, including those of Britain, who make vast profits from military industries. As well as profiteering from weapons of mass destruction, it is these forces which hold the reins of power and are able to spread disinformation about what is right and what is wrong. However, the future does not lie with them but with the world's peoples who desire peace, justice and security, and are striving to bring into being modern arrangements which are anti-war, and truly match the high ideals which the warmongers claim they are following.
1.Daily Mail online - April 25 2022
2. "NATO Operation Sea Breeze 21 in the Black Sea: US, Britain, NATO - Get Out of the Black Sea!" - July17, 2021
The website of the Caribbean Organisation for Peoples Empowerment on April 27, 2022, carried this article by A T Freeman headed: It's time to end these demeaning "royal visits"
Protesters in St Vincent and Grenadines at the arrival of The Earl and
the Countess of Wessex.Photograph: Kenton X Chance/I-Witness News
Once again the people of the Caribbean are being subjected to another "visit" from members of Britain's royal family. This current visit sees the British queen's youngest son Edward and his wife Sophie's visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda after they postponed the Grenada leg of their trip. It follows on closely from the visit of the queen's grandson William and his wife, Katherine, to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas in March.
These representatives of the British state have been met at every turn with the righteous indignation of the people of the Caribbean who are demanding that Britain fully acknowledge its guilt for the historic crimes against humanity that it has committed in this region. These crimes include genocide against the indigenous people, the industrial human trafficking and enslavement of millions of African people and the cynical and calculated policies to prevent the social and economic development of the countries of the region. The demand is also being made that reparations must be paid for both these crimes and the wealth that has been stolen from the region over hundreds of years.
In its usual arrogant manner, the British government refuses to accept responsibility for the said crimes or legal liability for reparations. This was exemplified in its most grotesque form, when, in 2015, then British Prime Minister, David Cameron, contemptuously declared that with regards to Britain's crimes in the Caribbean, the people of the region "should move on".
There is no logical reason why these insulting and demeaning visits should be allowed to continue. The governments of the region should make it clear that no further such visits will be entertained until the British government accepts its guilt for the crimes it committed and declares unequivocally its willingness to pay reparations. [...]
Prof. Hakim Adi *
The visitor to Cuba is rapidly captivated by the friendliness and hospitality of its people and the beauty of the country. But in Havana, especially, one is soon made aware that there is a war against Cuba, a war waged for over sixty years by successive governments of its powerful neighbour, the United States. The vast majority of Cubans have had to live with this war and find ways to cope with its consequences for their entire lives. Today the war is mainly waged by economic, cultural and political means but there have been times when the United States government has engaged in military invasion, terrorist attacks and other violent means to subvert and overthrow the government, as well as the political and economic system which is supported by the overwhelming majority of Cubans. Such support is regularly demonstrated in referendums, on the constitution and on various laws and other important matters.
The war is most obviously waged through economic sanctions, a blockade which not only prevents Cuba trading with the US economy and US-based companies but also with many other countries too. The visitor's friends therefore often extend requests for essential supplies, anything from paracetamol to printer ink, powdered milk to vitamin D tablets - items which are difficult to obtain, or that are rationed for those most needy in Cuba. The economic war is also noticeable from the ubiquitous gatherings of Cubans that can be found in Havana and some other towns and cities when people need to search for certain scarce food items. I found that wholemeal bread and cheese were delicacies that needed considerable efforts to track down. I discovered neither in Havana but did secure some of the latter in Santiago de Cuba, the east of the country. The journey to the east also took me to the city of Holguin, particularly memorable for a delicious meal in a restaurant that provided more fish than I could eat. In Havana economic warfare also means that public transport can also be difficult to find, overcrowded, or expensive. But necessity is the mother of invention and Cubans have become internationally famous for maintaining and restoring those vehicles that do exist in the country. I had the most comfortable journey travelling for over two and a half hours from Santiago to Holguin in a 1959 Chevrolet.
The earliest efforts to overthrow the Cuban government known as "Operation Mongoose" were approved by US President J F Kennedy in 1961. Organised by the CIA they included terrorist attacks and political activities, but these were to be assisted by "economic warfare to induce failure of the Communist regime to supply Cuba's economic needs", and "psychological operations to turn the peoples' resentment increasingly against the regime" , the intention being to ferment a revolt to overthrow the Cuban government. That was during the Cold War six decades ago and yet what the US government openly refers to as "economic warfare" is still being waged, despite vigorous objections by most other countries in the world. For 29 years the UN General Assembly has protested against such economic warfare. In 2021, 184 countries voted in Cuba's support. Only the US and Israel took a contrary position. The government of Cuba has recently estimated that this blockade has cost the country over $1 50 billion, or nearly $1 trillion when the depreciation of the dollar against the value of gold is taken into account. That is $12m every day. Bearing in mind the current one-sided ubiquitous coverage of the conflict in Ukraine, it is perhaps to be wondered why the war against Cuba, waged for over six decades, which has blighted so many lives and led to mass migration as well as so many preventable deaths is not more well-known and does not warrant extensive media coverage.
But Cuba survives and in many respects is flourishing. Its health system is also one of the best in the world and entirely free, including dental services. It has taken very effective measures against Covid, and has even sent medical teams to assist other countries, produced several vaccines and fully vaccinated the vast majority of the population. It clearly takes health seriously and everyone still wears a mask in all public areas, including the streets. Its education system is also entirely free at all levels up to and including university and it manages to provide books at prices that appear to be much lower than the production cost. I'm still amazed that my book translated and published in Cuba sells for less than £0.50.
One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to Santiago de Cuba to participate in the 20th International Conference on African and Afroamerican Culture. Santiago is Cuba's second city, the "city of heroes" with an important history relating to the struggle for independence in both the 19th and 20th centuries. A city of great beauty, nestling between mountains and a bay leading to the Caribbean Sea, it contains the house (and now museum) of Major-General Antonio Maceo Grajales, the "Bronze Titan" as he became known, one of the most famous leaders of Cuba's struggle for independence. The centre of the city, the Plaza de la Revolucion, is dominated by an enormous stature in his honour. Maceo's mother, Mariana Grajales Cuello, also born in Santiago, who participated in the struggle for independence and encouraged all her children to follow her example, is just as famous and honoured in Cuba as the "mother" of the nation.
The conference was four days long with sessions devoted to gender, anti-racism and Afro-Cuban identity, including presentations on music, dance, theatre, visual arts, medicine, history, ethnology, literature and linguistics, with the participation of scholars from several Cuban provinces. The conference also focused on relations between Cuba and Africa and devoted several evenings to performances of Afro-Cuban culture, especially traditional music, drumming and dance. Of particular interest were the discussions on the legacy of Cuba's colonial past, the remnants of racism and Eurocentrism, and the efforts of the government and people of Cuba to combat them.
It is impossible not to have great admiration and sympathy for this country, its modest and hard-working people and their struggle for independence and sovereignty, and their great hatred for those who continue to wage war against them.
1. Program Review by the Chief of Operations, Operation Mongoose (Lansdale), Washington, January 18, 1962. Source: US Department of State, Central Files, FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES 1961-1963, Volume X Cuba, 1961-1962.
* Hakim Adi is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester. His book Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 was published in 2013 by Africa World Press. It has been published in Cuba by Editorial de Ciencias Sociales as Panafricanismo y Comunismo: La International Comunista, Africa y la diaspora (1919-1939).
Military aircraft flyover on the 90th anniversary of the KPRA
A night-time grand military parade was held at Kim Il Sung Square in the DPRK's capital Pyongyang on April 25, the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army (KPRA), the forerunner of today's Korean People's Army (KPA).
President Kim Il Sung, the legendary hero of the anti-Japanese war, founded the KPRA on April 25, 1932. It marked the dawn of the national liberation struggle for the Korean people who had even been deprived of their language and their Korean names in a situation where no army had been guarding the territory of their nation. Having no state backing or stable rear or outside assistance, the KPRA fought in the spirit of self-reliance and made its own weapons..The KPA underwent a baptism of fire in 1950 to 1953 when the US imperialists, south Korean puppets and other states including Britain, invaded the DPRK under the flag of the UN.
The military parade was an important event for all the civilians and service personnel, as the DPRK has drawn the warranted conclusion that in order to defend the building of the DPRK as a prosperous country and take forward its nation-building project, a strong army is necessary. Imperialist provocations against the DPRK have been stepped up, and the threats of the US and its allies against the DPRK have underlined the imperative of that country having its military deterrent and defending its revolution and dignity. The experience of the Korean Peninsula has demonstrated who is interested in peace and sovereignty, and that it is not the warmongers of the US, NATO and their pro-war allies. In this respect, the pride and confidence which the people of the DPRK have in the KPA is a powerful force against war and instability in the region, despite the wild claims that the US, Britain and others make against the DPRK.
The military parade in Kim Il Sung Square began with a magnificent demonstration of the skills of the DPRK's paratroopers who landed precisely in the Square, fluttering a large national flag. The State Merited Chorus in charge of playing music for the parade entered the Square, followed by the combined military band playing military music and changing formations to portray two pistols showing the origin of the revolutionary armed forces, the numbers "4.25.", "90", etc. the emblem of the Party and the letters "Ongwi" (safeguard) at the Square. Parade columns of the powerful elite army proudly entered the Square as orchestral music capturing the spirit of victory was performed, signifying, as the report of the event said, "the might of the DPRK dashing ahead like the wind in the face of manifold difficulties".
Columns of cutting-edge military hardware were on standby on the avenues to the Square. They well demonstrated how the appearance of the armed forces of the DPRK has dramatically developed from the first armed group of Koreans who declared their resistance against aggressors with only 100-odd rifles on April 25, 90 years ago. Air squadrons of the Air Force with the mission of defending the airspace of the DPRK and its revolution were also there waiting for their sorties.
When Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, arrived at the square together with his wife Ri Sol Ju, a solemn ceremony of receiving him was held by the honour guard of the Korean People's Army. After receiving a salute from the chief of the honour guard, Kim Jong Un reviewed the guard and the colours of the large combined units.
In a speech, Kim Jong Un emphasised that the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army was an event of national significance that declared the people's resistance against imperialism under the banner of winning national liberation and independence by their own efforts. It was also an historic event, he said, that ushered in a new era of the Juche revolution that relies on the powerful revolutionary armed forces. The significance of this event, he continued, is not confined only to the fact that the Korean people, who were forced to live a pitiable life in the turmoil of history, could have their own national army and the hope of their revival; it also lies, he said, in the fact that the event marked a declaration at home and abroad of the conception of a consistent anti-imperialist stand of the Korean revolutionaries to take to its conclusion the settling of accounts with those who infringed upon the dignity and sovereignty of the Korean nation by force of arms and their unyielding will to win the people's freedom and liberation and the revolution's victory without fail by the internal forces.
See the video: Pyongyang Broadcast Service - DPR of Korea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB8xGBGCtV4
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