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Pakistan: The PPP's revival – ideology or individuals?

Written by Lal Khan Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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pppThe renowned American author and progressive thinker Gore Vidal, analysing the U.S. political setup, once wrote, “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party… and it has two right wings.” Vidal was referring to the Republicans and the Democrats, whom he characterised as representatives of the ruling class, who have obvious cursory differences, but are fundamentally there to preserve the exploitative capitalist system and the imperialist hegemony.

 

Malakand: Marxists braving Islamist black reaction

Written by Lal Khan Monday, 27 October 2014
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malakand-thThe notion that Islamic fundamentalism, religious terror and neofascist black reaction can be crushed or eliminated without challenging the status quo is not only false, but also deceptive. It actually amounts in practice to supporting the rotten bourgeoisie in the name of “democracy”, “secularism”, “human rights”, “women’s emancipation” and “freedom”.

 

Pakistan: Commemoration Meeting for Comrade Sajid Alam

Written by Sangeen Bacha Thursday, 23 October 2014
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sajjad3-thOn Friday 17 October a condolence meeting was held for 23 year old Comrade Sajid Alam, area secretary of The Struggle for Malakand, who was killed in a tragic road accident. Killed by the intensely barbarous conditions found in Pakistan generally, and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular. As if this were not heartbreaking enough, the local Taliban tried to disrupt his funeral, calling him an infidel, making his grieving family's life an even worse hell on earth.

   

Scapegoats in Pakistan

Written by Lal Khan Friday, 10 October 2014
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zardari-alcohol-thIn an astonishing move, a Christian member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, Asiya Nasir, supported by more than a dozen lawmakers including Islamicist mullahs, moved a new amendment to the 1973 Constitution seeking a ban on non-Muslims drinking alcohol, but the bill didn’t get very far.

 

Afghanistan: Democracy under imperialist bayonets

Written by Lal Khan Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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helicopters Camp Pannonia-isafmedia-thThe final round of the presidential elections in Afghanistan, and the “deal” between the two “front runners”, on September 21, was so feeble, and the outcome so rotten, that even bourgeois analysts and reporters had to designate them as pathetic and repulsive.

   

Hong Kong: the fight for genuine universal suffrage

Written by Congyue Dai Monday, 29 September 2014
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hk-protest-sep-2014 copyThree years after the Occupy Wall Street Movement spread out from Manhattan to several major cities all over the world, the Occupy Central movement has begun, earlier than planned on 26th September, after a couple of years of discussions and demonstrations, with the declaration of an “era of civil disobedience”. Prior to this, students from 25 universities and various schools joined a one-week strike called by the Hong Kong Federation of Students on 22nd September, which served as the ‘final warning to the regime’.

 

Pakistan: Revolutionary preparations for 19th Convention of JKNSF

Written by Yasir Irshad Friday, 19 September 2014
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JKNSF1The Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation is holding its 19th central convention on 24 and 25 September in Muzaffarabad. The convention will coincide with the anniversary of the killing of former General Secretary of JKNSF Fahim Akram who was martyred by the reactionary forces.

   

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