AFTER Nelson Mandela was released from 1991 in preparation for the formal interment of the apartheid system, he embarked on a world tour to thank governments and peoples who had supported the South African freedom struggle.

In Havana he extolled Fidel Castro as a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.”

Later in the US, during the Ted Koppel show in front of a live TV audience, Mandela was questioned by neocon diplomat and political analyst Ken Adelman, asking whether Fidel Castro — and for good measure — Muammar Gadaffi and Yasser Arafat, the Libyan and Palestinian leaders, were “your models of leaders of human rights.”

Mandela responded: “One of the mistakes that political analysts make is to think that their enemies should be our enemies. That we can and we will never do.”

He added that these US bugbears had supported “our struggle to the hilt … They don’t only support it in rhetoric. They are placing resources at our disposal to win the fight.”

Cuba’s internationalism had already impressed itself on him when serving a life sentence on Robben Island and heard of Cuba’s military intervention in Angola in 1975 in support of the MPLA liberation government against the apartheid South African invaders who were closing in on the capital Luanda.

Mandela told a rally in the Cuban city of Matanzas that Africans were “used to being victims of countries that want to take from us our territory or overthrow our sovereignty. In African history there is not another instance where another people has stood up for one of ours.”

The mainstream press often gets China wrong, says KENNY COYLE, because of its inability to appreciate how important Marxism is to the country

“China, through countless facts, has proven a simple truth: Adapting Marxism to a country’s reality is the most effective guiding ideology to develop its politics and economy and also to modernise its culture.

NEARLY 30 years ago the “death of communism” was announced following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In the much-quoted words of the right-wing commentator Francis Fukuyama it was “the end of history,” it marked “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalisation of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.

Now it appears that, maybe after all, just like the great anti-imperialist writer Mark Twain, reports of communism’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Last month’s 19th congress of the Communist Party of China provoked a wave of reluctant second opinions, with the corpse declared to be in dangerously rude health.

A Washington Post columnist expressed the anxiety of the Beltway liberals by talking of “Xi Jinping’s quest to revive Stalin’s communist ideology,” the bipartisan journal Foreign Affairs warned ominously of the “The Bolsheviks in Beijing — What the Chinese Communists Learned from Lenin,” socially concerned Guardian readers were told that “Xi Jinping’s Leninist quest for a dynasty inspires congressional love-in” and BBC blogs talked of China’s “unreformed Leninist political system.”

It is an especially anxious time for North Atlanticist liberals and social democrats in Britain. The two once sturdy pillars supporting their beliefs, a US-led Nato and a market-led European Union, have never looked shakier.

Kenny Coyle, respected Marxist analyst and British Communist residing in China, gives his insights into a landmark People's Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China in late 2017. Cutting through much of the wilful or accidental ignorance of much of Western media's reportage, Kenny with a Marxist eye guides us in the reality of the situation which is sadly lacking in biased & trivialised Western media outlets. A public event organised and videoed by the Communist Party in Britain, Scottish Committee, Glasgow

ROBERT GRIFFITHS reviews the recent international meeting of communist and workers’ parties in Russia.

Since 1999, communist and workers’ parties from across the world have met every year to exchange news and views, hold bilateral discussions with one another and endorse statements setting out common positions on particular issues.

A working group meets in between meetings to prepare the agenda and issue the appeals and declarations agreed by all present at the event. It also recommends acceptance or rejection of applications by more parties every year to join the proceedings.

The host party is responsible for providing all necessary facilities for the hundreds of representatives who arrive from all corners of the world — some of them in defiance of their illegal status at home, where communist parties are persecuted and banned.

Past venues for the annual gathering have included Athens, New Delhi, Lisbon, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Minsk and Beirut.

On November 2-3 this year, fittingly enough, representatives from 103 parties in 78 countries converged on Leningrad (now known by its pre-1914 name of St Petersburg), which as the Russian capital Petrograd was the epicentre of the 1917 Socialist Revolution.

The State of modern Germany

Victor Grossman in the only person to have graduated from both Harvard and Karl Marx University. As a young leftist in the United States where the Cold War was being engineered, communists were facing increasing government hostility and harassment. 

The Korea War was seeing young men called up, and Victor was enlisted in the US Army and sent to Europe. In 1952 the Pentagon sent him a letter showing that they knew his politics (they left out his membership of the CPUSA probably to hide the extent of their infiltration). Facing the possibility of up to 2005 years in prison, he travelled to Austria under Western powers, and managed to present himself to the Soviet Red Army. He then settled in the German Democratic Republic and became a journalist.

He still lives in East Berlin and writes with a keen eye about the current political scene. A large part of his discussions were about modern day Germany and the perils people face as Capitalism lurches in need of scapegoats and solutions - which often involve militarism and imperialist expansionism, as demonstrated by that great son of Germany Karl Marx.

Read his Berlin Bulletin here:

Africa is an astonishingly rich continent in raw materials, many which are key in manufacturing modern IT devices. Sadly, that wealth is not finding it's way to ordinary Africans, but rather being siphoned off into the pockets of powerful rich multinational companies. These companies could be thought to follow in the footsteps of the slavers and the colonialists, seeing Africa and Africans as a way of making money or controlling other parts of the world.

In modern times, Africa has sought to throw off the shackles of Western colonialism in it's struggle for liberation. 

Prof John Foster, International Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, leads us through the early history of Africa and the devastating impact of slavery where a third of working age people were removed.
From there we discover the colonial rush to control swathes of Africa for raw materials, and the great Scramble for Africa by the European powers. Artificial states were created by these European colonialists, in order to secure resource rich pockets for themselves.

When people talk about 9-11, it is important to clarify exactly "which one"? The first, in 1973, saw the removal of the Chilean government with the help of the USA, and the bringing in of a brutal dictatorship under Pinochet. In 1970, the CIA’s deputy director of plans wrote in a secret memo:

"It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup. ... It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that the USG [the U.S. government] and American hand be well hidden."

That same year President Nixon ordered the CIA to "make the economy scream" in Chile to "prevent Allende from coming to power or to unseat him." 

Rab Paterson has visited Latin America in 1995, 2012 and in 2016. He reports back what he saw of rising militancy amongst some workers, resisting the increasingly rightwing political & economic situation where pensions are decimated and education is unaffordable, unemployment is rampant and poverty lives side by side with the extreme wealth of the ruling class.

A report back from Kenny Coyle from his experiences in Socialist Vietnam. Kenny talks us through the history of this region, it's experiences of Western Imperialism and then in the aftermath it's attempts to build & develop an economy and society which works for all.
What of Vietnam today, and where is it in terms of a Vietnamese road to socialism? Do the Western powers still seek to intervene in this sovereign nation's affairs, particularly as it builds an alternative economic and political model?

Remember, this is the country which expelled the French colonialists in 1954 against all the odds and against a much better armed military.
Then in 1973 the Vietnamese National Liberation Front led by Ho Chi Minh defeated a USA invasion of their country, a Western war of aggression which decimated the Vietnamese population and which also devastated their environment by US use of chemical weaponsas well as standard bombs.

Filmed in Glasgow, Scotland on 21st September 2016.

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