The reformed Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) recently held its seventh general convention. It was the first such event since it formally split from the revisionist Unified Communist Party of Nepal last summer. During and immediately after the convention, the CPN-Maoist vowed to carry forth a strategy of ‘people’s revolt.’ They also took the opportunity […]

This is a speech about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Pan Africanist and anti-colonial leader of Ghana and major theorist on neocolonialism.  It is given by Jorge Risquet Valdes, a Central Committee member of the Communist Party of Cuba.  Here he illustrates main points of Nkrumah’s ideas and influence, and Cuba’s strong relationships to Africa displaying […]

The following document was published by the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist and sourced from BannedThought.net. As always, reposting here is for educational and discussion purposes and does not imply endorsement, affiliation, or agreement. With the advent of monopolies, the question of what is capitalism and what is its nature began to be discussed. While Engels was aware of the […]

The following article by Ward Churchill originally appeared in Covert Action Information Bulletin, Number 24 (Summer 1985), pp. 16-21. As always, reposting here is for critical discussion and does not imply endorsement or affiliation by Anti-Imperialism.com or the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement. There is a little considered aspect of the covert means through which the United States […]

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the US and its western allies of using blackmail to secure a UN Security Council resolution on Syria. The draft resolution, circulated my members of the British delegation, included economic sanctions on the Syrian government and could pave the way for a future UN-backed intervention.

It is a paradox of third world nationalism that the nation itself was more or less forged by colonial partition and then later become a force of emancipation for the colonized. In this sense, the nation must be understood as both a product of colonialism and a form of resistance to it. Nationalism, then, in […]

A recent article in the Washington Post by Craig Whitlock titled “U.S. Expands Secret Intelligence Operations in Africa,”(1) has generated interest among many different circles.  It talks about the expansion of a spy and surveillance program that utilizes small aircraft for reconnaissance missions in different African countries.  These are often operated by private mercenary companies.  […]

Conclusion: Humanity vs CIA Terrorism In reviewing the history and scope of CIA terrorism, it may be tempting to fall back into a kind of persistent conspiratorialism, either rejecting outright the notion that such a group could be so lethal and influential or succumbing to paranoid helplessness in the face of what seems like insurmountable […]

Following the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings which toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarek, various forces of Egyptian society have emerged in an ongoing contest over social and political power. Of these forces, one of the most prominent has been that of organized Islam, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood. How did Islam come to Egypt and how has it manifested itself in modern organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood? What has been its role in Egypt since independence, and what role will political Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood likely play in the future?

The recent coup in the west African country of Mali continues to play out.   On March 21st 2012 a rebel faction of the nation’s military took over the elected government over internal disputes in the region.  The military faction, naming itself the Committee for the Reestablishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State, […]

This video does an excellent job of highlighting some of the problematic aspects of the recent Kony2012 campaign and Invisible Children documentary. As always, posting here does not imply endorsement or affiliation and is for educational and discussion purposes. -Nick

The recent Kony 2012 video that has gone viral all over the internet has been talked about almost everywhere as of now.  With over 70 million views and counting the 30 minute video by Invisible Children is unprecedented in its dissemination through social media, especially from those who do not usually engage in politics.  The […]

Wages and class struggle

Karl Marx’s opening line in the first chapter of Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 states that, “wages are determined by antagonistic struggle between capitalist and worker.” (p. 19)

This opening line is often cited by nominal leftists as explanation for exorbitantly high wages of many workers in the United States and throughout the First World. The explanation they reach is that First World workers receive such high wages because they have secured them as historic concessions over the course of past class struggle. But this view is narrow and has quite specific limitations.

In terms of scope, this explanatory view negates the workings of capitalism internationally. Wages of all workers have hardly risen, just those within certain spatial and social limitations (i.e., those within the First World and often part of oppressor nations). The notable idea ignored by the First Worldist viewpoint is that while class struggle certainly may have played a role in elevating the status and material fulfillment of First World workers, this class struggle may not have occurred on their part alone. Instead, the raising of wages for a limited number of worker, i.e. those mainly in the First World, was a measure to counteract not merely their own class struggle but that of the international proletariat. During the 20th century, the international proletariat advanced in their struggle in many regards. They were able to establish nominally socialist states which for a time acted as economic and political bulwarks against capitalist-imperialism. As well, the proletariat of the Third World waged several wars of liberation against direct imperialist occupation and neo-colonial puppets. It was no doubt such heightened class struggle which played a large role in determining the wages of First World countries, so as the secure their passivity and tacit support of the system at the moment it was facing its greatest challenges from the international proletariat movement. Continue reading

If you are an American or European citizen, chances are you’ve never heard about shengren, minzhu and wenming. If one day you promote them, you might even be accused of culture treason. That’s because these are Chinese concepts. They are often conveniently translated as “philosophers,” “democracy” and “civilization.” In fact, they are none of those. […]

At least 11 workers at a tea plantation in the north-east Indian state of Assam have died due to starvation or malnutrition recently. After the privately-owned tea plantation closed in October of last year, its owner fled and refused to pay the workers’ wages from the previous nine weeks. Left without any means of subsistence […]

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller of the People’s National Party, recently reelected, stated that Jamaica would take steps to cut ties with the British monarchy and become a republic.  Through this action Jamaica will replace its head of state, currently the Queen of England, with its own indigenous president.

At a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, Prime Minister Miller, whose People’s National Party won in a landslide reelection on December 29th 2011, stated in her inaugural address:

“I love the Queen, she is a beautiful lady, and apart from being a beautiful lady she is a wise lady and a wonderful lady. But I think time come…As we celebrate our achievements as an independent nation, we now need to complete the circle of independence.” (1) (2)

Although Jamaica achieved independence from Britain in 1962 it still retains its colonial ties in an arbitrary monarchical system.  Jamaica has both a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy.  As part of the Commonwealth Realm, Queen Elizabeth of Britain is the official head of state of Jamaica, and retains the title Queen of Jamaica. The government has a Governor-General which represents the British monarchy in the government of Jamaica.  The Governor-General appoints the members of the Cabinet on the advice of the Prime Minister.  The monarch and the Governor-General have ceremonial roles in the day-to-day operation of the government but have reserve power to dismiss the Prime Minister or Parliament. Continue reading

The radical faction of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has recently threatened to form its own political command aimed at relaunching the people’s war, a 10 year long countryside-based insurrection which ended in 2006 after the Maoists joined a coalition government with other mainstream parties to oust the country’s centuries-old monarchy.

The radical faction, led by party Vice-Chairman Mohan Baidya (also known as Kiran), has threatened to create “another Maoist party” if specific measures are not taken to write a constitution which gives basic assurance to the country’s masses and the sanctioned reversals of past social gains are not halted. Those amongst the radical faction have accused party leaders of selling out the goals of the revolution for their own private interest, acting against party policy, making unilateral decisions and capitulating to Indian expansionism and capitalism. (1)

Lekhnath Neupane, the former leader of the Maoist-aligned All Nepal National Independent Student Union, announced he plans on quitting the UCPN. During a press conference on December 19th, he said the parities stating its leadership has fallen back from their communist ideals and become a tool for imperialism, “The UCPN (Maoist) is on the path of ruin due to foreign agents in the party and I am quitting the party soon due to this reason.”

He also warned, “preparations are underway to form another People’s Liberation Army by constituting another communist party…” Both factions of the UCPN have recently held secret meetings in which the other faction was not invited. (2) (3) Continue reading

The genocide of the First Nations that reside in the continent of North America was perpetrated by white settlers and colonialism. Not only were whole nations eliminated through continuous warfare, biological attacks, and re-settlement, but the children of the remaining people were forced into what is known as the Indian Residential Schools. These schools systematically […]

On October 15th 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of 100 armed Amerikan military advisors to Uganda to aid that country’s armed forces in their war against the Lord’s Resistance Army.  Most of these troops will be from U.S. Army Special Forces.  Along with operating in Uganda, the center of that conflict, they […]

Recently the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics showing that the poverty rate in the United States has risen.  This has been widely covered in the media,(1) (2) used by different sides in U.S. politics, and also given by many on the nominal left as confirmation of oppression of a supposed Amerikan “proletariat” in the U.S. […]