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Condemn the Armed Intervention in Libya!

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Condemn the Armed Intervention in Libya!

Letter to the Editor:
Anglo-US Aggression against Libya

Message to New Worker Public Meeting: “Saluting the Paris Commune ”

Public Seminar on the Occasion of the 99th Anniversary of the Birth of President Kim Il Sung

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Condemn the Armed Intervention in Libya!

Joint Statement of the New Communist Party of Britain and the
Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
March 26, 2011

Our two parties call on the working class and people to condemn the British government as well as the governments of the US, France, Canada and other countries for the military attacks on Libya. The Members of Parliament who this week voted overwhelmingly in support of what amount to crimes against peace must also be condemned. These attacks, which have included bombardment from the air and sea using the military might of some of the most powerful armed forces in the world, are being carried out under a UN mandate and with the alleged aim of protecting civilians. However, it is clear to the whole world that they are a cynical attempt to bring about regime change, as part of an attempt to re-divide the natural resources of this country and gain strategic advantage in the region. The attacks have already led to many civilian deaths as well as the destruction of the resources and infrastructure of the Libyan people.

Military Assets in the Mediterranean

There can be no justification for such barbaric attacks, carried out on a daily basis with overwhelming force against a sovereign country. The fact that Anglo-American war chieftains have openly admitted that they are seeking regime change and the assassination of Colonel Gaddafi makes a mockery of any claim that armed aggression is being carried for humanitarian reasons. The UN Charter was originally conceived in order to prevent crimes against peace and provides no basis for foreign intervention carried out in order to support armed rebellions. The Anglo-US imperialists and the other big powers who shout the loudest about the rule of law and their “universal values” have once again shown that they adhere to no other principle but “might is right”. They put the defence of their own neo-liberal interests first, while international law and the UN itself can be manipulated or ignored as best suits their purposes.

The hypocrisy and deceit of the British government and its allies, broadcast through the monopoly-controlled media has now reached unprecedented levels. On the one hand, the government claims that it is the greatest champion of those protesting against reactionary regimes in North Africa and the Middle East and, on the other, claims that it has reacted in Libya because these same reactionary regimes organised in the League of Arab States have called on it to do so. Armed intervention in Libya is also in stark contrast to the complete disregard that the Anglo-Americans and their allies have shown for the civilian population of Palestine, who have been driven from their homeland or massacred on an almost daily basis for the over sixty years.

The military attack on Libya shows that Britain and the other big powers will let no international norm stand in the way of intervening militarily in pursuit of their interests. It shows that the big powers are still intent on dominating world affairs and dictating matters in their interests, as well as contending to divide up the world’s resources between them. It is not for nothing that Cameron and Hague speak about the great opportunity presented by the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. In these circumstances, they seek to consolidate and strengthen their position throughout the region, impose political and economic arrangements that are to their liking and divert the aspirations and struggles of the people from threatening their interests. Justice-loving people can be under no illusion that Britain and the other big powers are supporters of the people’s empowerment and sovereignty.

The military attacks on Libya and the continued interference of the Britain and its allies throughout the region must cease. Now is the time to demand and organise for an anti-war government in Britain!

Hands Off Libya!
End All Use of Force and Armed Intervention!

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Letter to the Editor

Anglo-US Aggression against Libya

On March 19, 2011, the warmongers of Western Europe and North America launched their naked aggression under the pretext of a UN mandate. On March 19, 2003, the warmongers of Western Europe and North America launched their naked aggression without a UN mandate. What is the difference? For the Anglo-American aggressors any excuse will do – as long as they can install a puppet regime to serve their neo-colonial interests. The UN mandate fraudulently produced and promoted by the Anglo-French imperialists is in complete violation of the internal affairs and domestic problems of the state of Libya.

The mass media has been constantly promoting the notion that “Muammar Gaddafi is killing his own people” and is a “vicious dictator”, and “they have to invade to save lives”. This is a classic Anglo-American rubbish which was also touted before invading Afghanistan, Iraq and the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. The purpose of this aggression is to establish a neo-colonial regime which will be subservient to the interests of the Anglo-American aggressor bloc. Puppet regimes have been installed in Afghanistan and Iraq but this aggressor bloc is having great difficulties in holding down the armed resistance movements of the people.

In this day and age, the truth about the warmongers of Western Europe and the US is well known in the communist and workers’ literature around the world.

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Message to New Worker Public Meeting: “Saluting the Paris Commune”

Michael Chant – Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), March 24, 2011

Paris CommuneThe Paris Commune of 1871 represents an inspiring chapter in the history of the workers’ and communist movement, where the proletariat for the first time held political power for a matter of two months or more.

It is well known that Marx characterised the actions of the Parisian workers as “storming the heavens”. It is a quality that well characterises the spirit of those communards, and of the revolutionaries since those times of 140 years ago who have made the capture of political power, of the ability to set the direction for one’s society, their aim.

This courage to refuse to bow to authority when the conditions are clashing with that authority is the spirit of the communards. And it is that courage to organise and to take a stand in keeping with the requirements of the times that imbues the communists of all ages who stand in the vanguard of the movement. It is the most precious quality in our own times, that courage of the communards to storm the heavens.

The communards of 1871 were able to plant the red flag: “Vive La Commune!” It would not exhibit the same courage today to say that the issue simply remains to keep planting the flag. Courage is required today not simply to keep the red flag waving in the face of the cowards who flinch, or the falsifiers of history who sneer at the red flag and who equate it with the black swastika. Courage is required today to bring out from the movement of the revolutionaries of the past, indeed the whole movement of humanity for progress, what is best and is most pure. Courage is required to show our colours by our deeds and set the line of march to a new society, and deal a blow to all the filth, violence, reaction and obscurantism that the warmongers, the owners of capital and their ideologues place as obstacles to the progress of this line of march.

As the comrades of the New Worker have pointed out, Karl Marx declared: “Workingmen's Paris, with its Commune, will forever be celebrated as the glorious harbinger of a new society.” This new society is the destiny of humanity in its struggle against the common enemies of imperialism, monopoly capital and all their apologists. In our view, Marx’s quote brings out the real essence of the Paris Commune. The workers of Paris did not simply set out to take their place as the rulers of the same old society. They set out not to reorder the old society, but to build a new society, a society with a new human person at its centre.

This is the shining example of the Paris Commune, as it has been of all those who through these 140 years have been prepared to stake their lives on bringing this new society, this new humanity into being. It is the spirit also of the republicans of the Spanish Civil War, of the International Brigaders, whose 75th anniversary we celebrate this year, and of all those who fought fascism. These examples underline the challenge facing the communist and workers’ movement at present, to show with their deeds what the alternative represents, what the new society represents, not as some far-off model, but planted on the soil of Britain and internationally.

Comrades and friends,

I am sure that comrades of the New Communist Party and of RCPB(ML) are ready to join together in taking up this challenge, of building a society where the working class and people are the decision-makers.

Long Live the Commune!
Workers of All Countries, Unite!

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Public Seminar on the Occasion of the 99th Anniversary of the Birth of President Kim Il Sung

Saturday, April 9, 2011
62 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB
Refreshments 2:00pm; Seminar 2:30-4:30pm

In 2011, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is pursuing its all-sided project aimed at consolidating the gains of the revolution and decisively improving the the people’s well-being. A programme is underway designed to build a great, prosperous and powerful nation by 2012, the centenary of the founder of the DPRK, Comrade Kim Il Sung, who was born on April 15, 1912.

On this occasion of the 99th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung, Friends of Korea are organising a public seminar to present all-round information about the DPRK, and so assist in combating the disinformation about the country by those who are not friends of the Korean people.

A number of informative papers will be presented, with discussion. Topics include: the programme to raise the people's standard of living and the nation's prosperity; the social system in the DPRK; who upholds peace on the Korean Peninsula; the movement for reunification of the Korean Peninsula; the life and contributions of Comrade Kim Il Sung; what is meant by the Juche Idea and Songun politics; the work to build friendship with the DPRK.

Organised by Friends of Korea

Papers presented by the participating organisations: Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), UK Korean Friendship Association, New Communist Party, Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Socialist Labour Party

For further information contact Friends of Korea: email; phone 07764288678; write c/o 170 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LA

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