Filed under: Africa, Caribbean, Global, Indigenous, North America, South America
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18 April 2010
Editor’s Note: The below document is the Political Report to the 5th Party Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party. This report, written by Party Chairman Omali Yeshitela, was mandated by the Party’s Political Bureau, Central Committee, and membership.
We believe our Party’s theoretical and ideological formulations as represented by this report to the 5th Party Congress can stand scrutiny from any sector of the communist, socialist and progressive tendencies throughout the world.
This document is being put forward as a public forum for anyone interested in advancing the overall struggle against U.S.-led western imperialism. From workers to students, communist parties to socialist parties, unattached activists to revolutionaries and professors, we welcome you to scrutinize this document and make your view and opinions public through any media outlets you might have, including The Burning Spear newspaper and The Burning Spear online (Uhuru News).
The African People’s Socialist Party stands for active ideological struggle in and outside the Party. Our leader, Chairman Omali Yeshitela, the foremost practitioner of revolutionary theoretical work, puts forth a brilliant analysis of the current situation with respect to social classes and class struggle, and the crisis of imperialist capitalism.
He puts forward in the Political Report that the major contradiction in this world is that which exist between the oppressed nations and the oppressor nations.
The report says that the struggle against imperialism must be lead by a conscious African working class that is organized to fight for its selfish interest, which is also the best interest of the toiling masses of the world, including those workers of the oppressor nations whom Chairman Omali calls on to abandon the interest of their respective bourgeoisies, and to unite with the colonized and neocolonized peoples of the world.
This leads to a call for a real Communist International that would be instrumental in defeating world capitalism.
The Chairman’s Report clearly declares the Party as the heir to the (more…)
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28 September 2009
Source: The Dominion
At least the PM isn’t a history teacher
“We also have no history of colonialism…”
—Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
VANCOUVER—On the heels of a massive exercise of US police repression against G20 protestors, including use of a wartime sonic acoustic weapon also being used in Iraq, Stephen Harper made the above declaration. The comment came during a press conference in Pittsburgh where it was announced that Canada would be hosting the next G20 meeting in 2010.
Perhaps Harper and I are not on the same page—is colonialism not defined as the practice and processes of domination, control, and forced subjugation of one people to another? As most bluntly stated by Duncan Campbell Scott, Head of the Department of Indian Affairs in the 1920s: “Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic and there is no Indian question.”
I expect Harper has read the federal government’s own report on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which explicitly lays out Canada’s imposition of a colonial relationship (indeed, that is the heading of one of the chapters) on (more…)
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10 June 2009
Source: Belleville Intelligencer
TYENDINAGA TERRITORY — A phone call from a federal minister to native leaders in Akwesasne could spell the end of a three-day-old blockade here.
“It’s pretty simple, really,” mused Shawn Brant while leaning against a Tyendinaga police cruiser at the foot of the Skyway Bridge Tuesday — Day 3 of a blockabe by Brant and others here.
“The folks in Akwesasne aren’t asking for much — it could be something as simple as the minister (of Public Safety Peter Van Loan) calling back and saying ‘Hey, let’s get together and talk’ or ‘Hey, I’m returning your call.’”
If that were to happen, there would be a good chance the blockade of the local bridge — which spans the Bay of Quinte, linking Prince Edward County to Deseronto — would be taken down, the protest organizer said.
Brant and as many as two dozen protesters blocked both sides of (more…)
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10 June 2009
CORNWALL, ON — For nine days the border crossing that spans the St. Laurence River between Cornwall, ON and Massena, NY has been inoperable. On the North side, Canadian authorities have blockaded the Seaway Bridge, while their U.S. equivalents do the same on the South shore of the river. On the island in the middle stands a community in protest.
The community of Awkesasne, part of the Kahniakehaka (Mohawk) Nation, has unified in resistance to the Canadian Federal Government’s plan to arm its border guards with 9mm pistols. The guns were set to appear on June 1, but Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) guards walked off their posts at midnight on May 30 in response to a non-violent protest by members of the Akwesasne community. Since then the bridges have been sealed and the feds have refused to speak with community representatives.
Only Akwesasne community members are being permitted to cross the North-side blockade, while U.S. police maintain a total blockade from the (more…)
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8 June 2009
The rhetoric was sharp enough to cut down Amazonian hardwoods. Yesterday, Sunday June 7th, after a number of ministers had been paraded out Saturday and the day before, Peru’s el Señor Presidente, Alan Garcia decided to make it personal. After a joint police-military operation aimed at stopping an Indigenous protest had gone awry, leaving many dead on both sides, Garcia declared the Indigenous elements to be standing in the way of progress, in the path of national development, wrenches in the gears of modernity, and part of an international conspiracy to keep Peru down. In a troubling statement on the resemblance of the Indigenous protestors to the infamous Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) armed insurrection, Garcia seemed to imply the Natives were a band of terrorists as he stood in front of hundreds of military officers in a nationally televised speech. He continued to decry the Indian barbarity and savagery, and called for all police and military to (more…)
Onerahtokha / April 30, 2009
AKWESASNE — The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, and Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs issued the following joint statement today as the Mohawk community of Akwesasne prepares to mark the 110th anniversary since the passing of Saiowisakeron, also known as “Jake Ice.” Saiowisakeron was a Mohawk activist that was shot and killed by Dominion Police on May 1, 1899 as he opposed the Government of Canada’s effort to impose federal policies in our territory.
At the Kawehnoke Port of Entry, Akwesasne Mohawk leaders will (more…)
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9 May 2009
Source: Intercontinental Cry
Ecuador’s second largest oil pipeline ruptured this past February, causing more than 14,000 gallons of crude oil to spill out onto the banks of the Santa Rosa river.
The leak has been contained for a while now, and there are ongoing efforts to clean the oil. However, as many as 47 indigenous communities were effected by the spill, and their urgent pleas for assistance are being completely ignored.
The communities are in (more…)