Much is being written these days, especially in the context of West Bengal, about what is wrong with the CPI (M). For a Party that has been in power in the state for more than three decades, this is hardly surprising. But if a Party has been in power in a state for more than three decades, then something must also be right with it. Besides, no matter what the outcome of the forthcoming Assembly elections, it would still be the case that almost half of the electorate in the two most intellectually-advanced states in India, West Bengal and Kerala, would have voted in them for CPI (M)-led formations. What explains this, and also the fact that, notwithstanding all its omissions and commissions, the CPI (M) still continues to attract some of the finest young minds of the country?
Prabhat Patnaik's reflections on the loss suffered by the Left in the recent Loksabha election.
"Washington's foreign policy establishment has been proven wrong. Latin America is more stable and democratic than ever." Mark Weisbrot comments in the Guardian.
This is an interview of the Japanese experimental filmmaker Masao Adachi in Tokyo. After making a number of experimental films, in 1974 Adachi decided to go to Palestine to commit his energies to the cause of the Palestinian Revolution for liberation, whereupon he was imprisoned in Lebanon for activities that were revealed only later and extradited to Japan,where he spent two additional years in prison. In 2007, Adachi brought out his first feature film, Yuheisha – Terorisuto (The Prisoner), after his release. The interview marked the celebration of this special occasion.
"The controversy surrounding the Ponnani constituency in north Kerala has been enlivening the election scene in Kerala for the last two weeks. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) has never won this Parliament constituency since 1978. In this context, it is but natural that the well-wishers of the LDF wonder about the reasons behind the present controversy. The issue in Ponnani, as far as the CPI (M) is concerned, is not limited to winning a seat. It is a part of the Party’s strategy that seeks to fundamentally change the balance of political forces in Kerala.",writes CPI(M) Central Committee member T.M.Thomas Issac.
Basra, Fallujah, Mosul, Kirkuk, Baghdad – names and places and associations of nameless and faceless numbers of the dead and the dying, history’s witnesses to the stories of death, destruction, plunder and subjugation. Six years of war and occupation justified by lies, six years of complicity of the ‘international community’ and six years later an illusory pullout scheme and 138,000 troops according to one report and 142,000 according to another.
We won't pay for the crisis. The rich have to pay for it !
17 January 2009: On January 11, up to 80,000 people braved freezing temperatures in Berlin to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the murder of socialist revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht.
Remembering a working-class hero.
Hundreds of people participated in the protest demonstration held by CPI(M) in front of Israeli embassy.