The second day of the congress of The Struggle was filled with the same revolutionary energy as the previous day, with the participation of workers, women and youth from all over Pakistan. Thousands of comrades have made huge sacrifices just to be able to attend, often selling what little they have to put up the cash for the ticket and other expenses. Unlike the NGOs, financed by western countries and welfare institutions, and which talk about and do nothing, no external money or subsidies were used to organise this congress – the comrades and sympathizers of The Struggle have to pay for everything themselves.
This year the 33rd congress of The Struggle was awaited with great expectation. The coming to power of the right-wing government of Nawaz Sharif’s Muslim League was the signal for new and severe attacks against the working class and The Struggle and the PTUDC have been at the forefront of the counterattack.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the media is dedicating much time and attention to it. However, one aspect which so far has not received sufficient consideration is the role played by women during those dramatic and bloody years.
The 2015 General election is expectedly taking the centre stage in the public discourse as the date approaches. For a significant section of the advanced layer of the youth and working class, the coming election is being awaited with lot of scepticism; but for the overwhelming majority of Nigerian masses, attention is being drawn gradually towards this electoral event, which has been slated to commence on February 14, 2015.
The bourgeois press went into overdrive about organized labor’s “devastating defeat” in the South, after workers at a Chattanooga, TN Volkswagen plant voted 712 to 626 against unionizing. One could detect a triumphant tone in the coverage, as if to say, “What more evidence could you ask for? The unions’ days are finished!
It is often the destiny of revolutionary leaders that after death those that attacked and vilified them during their lifetime begin to praise them, while simultaneously distorting their ideas, watering them down, reducing them to impotence, just as one neuters a troublesome tomcat.
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A medida que SYRIZA se acerca al poder, sus dirigentes viven bajo una enorme presión. Por un lado, los capitalistas exigen más ataques contra los trabajadores, por el otro lado, la clase obrera espera que SYRIZA defienda sus intereses. Pero no se puede servir a dos amos, Tsipras tendrá que elegir.
Cerca de 60 personas participaron en la quinta Escuela marxista de invierno en Montreal (Canadá) este año, que tuvo lugar en la Concordia University los días 15 y 16 de febrero. En esta ocasión, la organizaron los colaboradores de las revistas Fightback y La Riposte (Quebec), así como la Workers' International League de los EE.UU.
Es a menudo el destino de los dirigentes revolucionarios el que, después de muertos, aquellos que los habían atacado y vilipendiado en vida empiecen a alabarlos, al mismo tiempo que distorsionan y diluyen sus ideas, convirtiéndolas en algo inofensivo, del mismo modo en que se neutraliza a un animal molesto.