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  1. 75 Years of the Historic Warli Revolt
    23
    May

    75 Years of the Historic Warli Revolt

    [From Ashok Dhawale’s Facebook wall] Exactly 75 years ago, on May 23, 1945, a large convention was held by the Communist Party and the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Zari village in the then Umbargaon (now Talasari) tehsil of Thane district in Maharashtra. Over 5,000 Adivasi women and men from Talasari and Dahanu tehsils gathered there. They were addressed by AIKS leaders Shamrao Parulekar and Godavari Parulekar, who gave a clarion call to overthrow the hated feudal system of bonded labour a[...]
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  2. The Arab Spring in Yemen
    22
    May

    The Arab Spring in Yemen

    This day in the year 1990, North and South Yemen combined to form the Republic of Yemen. It is commemorated by its citizens as Unity Day. Yesterday, on May 21, the Saudi King Salman sent a cable of congratulations for Unity Day to Yemeni President Hadi, considered one of “Saleh’s Orphans”—Saleh being the de facto autarch that the Arab Spring helped oust. The cable, wishing the President good health and the people security and stability, is a complete travesty considering that the Saudi r[...]
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  3. Maoism in India
    21
    May

    Maoism in India

    In this extract from Prasenjit Bose’s Introduction to Maoism: A Crituque from the Left (LeftWord, 2010), the author traces the emergence of Maoism in India and its eventual ‘degeneration that inevitably follows from dogmatism’. A must-read primer on left adventurism in India. The Communist movement in India was initiated in the backdrop of the freedom struggle in the 1920s. While the Communists did not succeed in acquiring the leadership of the national liberation movement against Briti[...]
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  4. The Last Testament of Ho Chi Minh
    19
    May

    The Last Testament of Ho Chi Minh

    Having led the Vietnamese people to freedom and successfully through a devastating war with the French, not to mention the one with the United States which was to end several years after his death, Ho Chi Minh made this heartfelt statement to his compatriots shortly before it—filled with pride for their past and hope for their future. This text originally appeared in The Antioch Review (vol. 29, no. 4 [Winter, 1969–1970], pp. 497–99), and is going to be part of a forthcoming LeftWord title[...]
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  5. Ho Chi Minh, 2020
    18
    May

    Ho Chi Minh, 2020

    Tomorrow, 19 May 2020, is Comrade Ho Chi Minh’s 130th birth anniversary. Vijay Prashad speaks about what Comrade Ho meant to the Vietnamese people and their revolution; to the task of creating a socialist society in a country destroyed by thirty years of war imposed by imperialism, on land ravaged and poisoned by conventional and chemical weapons; and on how Vietnam has responded to the global pandemic, Covid-19, with a scientific and human approach. Below the video is a transcript of the tal[...]
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