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Saturday, 11 December 2010 12:42

 

 

Successful socialism conference held in the Philippines

From Partido Lakas ng Masa, International Desk

(Conference talks uploaded in Socialist Dialogue section)

 

A successful ‘socialism conference’ was held in Manila from

November 27 to 28. The conference was organized by the socialist

Partido Lakas ng Masa or Party of the Labouring Masses (PLM)

and the socialist-feminist regional network Transform Asia. The

conference was attended by 100 delegates, leaders of the PLM

from Metro Manila, and other leading socialists of the Philippine

left, as well as 13 international guests.

 

The international organisations represented came from the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM);

People’s Democratic Party (PRD-Indonesia); Working People’s Association (PRP-Indonesia);

Political Committee of the Poor-People’s Democratic Party (KPRM-PRD-Indonesia);

Socialist Alliance (Australia); The Left Party (Sweden); the General Confederation of Nepalese

Trade Unions (Gefont); the Vietnamese Union of Friendship Organisations; the Turn Left (Thailand);

and the Centre for Environment and Community Asset Development (Vietnam). Keynote speakers

at the conference included the newly appointed Cuban Ambassador to the Philippines Juan Corrales.

Greetings were also given by the representative of the Venezuelan embassy, Charge d’affaires

Manuel Iturbe.

 

The aim of the conference was explained by the opening speaker Reihana Mohideen, Chairperson of

Transform Asia. “We need to go beyond anti-capitalism. We have no shortage of those criticizing the

horrors of capitalism today, including the capitalists themselves, such as George Soros and even

former leaders of international finance institutions, such as Joseph Stiglitz… to NGOs, who are also

critics of the system. [But] anti-capitalism is not enough today. We need to put forward alternatives

to the capitalist system and we need to name these alternatives,as socialism. This is what this

conference aims to do,” she explained.

 

Conference highlights included panels and discussions on socialist strategy, the capitalist economic

crisis and socialist alternatives to the environmental crisis. Sonny Melencio Chairperson of PLM

argued that “there’s no strategy for all seasons” and that strategy is “not something constant, fixed,

once and for all.” “Strategy becomes a key question during historic turning points, when there is

intensification in the class struggle and during political crises…. [Otherwise] we face periods of

protracted organising and the preparation of the forces of the working class.”

 

Melencio gave some examples of such historic turning points: “While Lenin did not use the term

strategy, the question of strategy was posed in the 1905 and the 1917 Russian revolutions, when

the capture of political power by the working class was resolved through insurrection … The second

world war gave rise to national liberation movements and the strategy of Mao’s peoples war or

protracted peoples war [emerged] in China… Gramsci put forward the idea of ‘war of positions and

war of maneuvers’ which was in the context of the structure of the state in western countries.”

Melencio outlined the strategy pursued by PLM as a “combination of uprising or people's power

action and electoral intervention”, also drawing from the lessons of the revolutions in Venezuela and

Bolivia that involved insurrectionary uprisings and electoral victories.

 

Bui Ba Binh, from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, described the situation in Vietnam

today under the ‘socialist oriented market economy’. He explained that the key features of this

orientation was “to consider the market as a means to achieve social development objectives…

to rationally use the market space… and to harmoniously link the market space with public,

non-market, space in other fields.” According to Binh, the ‘socialist-oriented market economy’ has

brought about real positive changes in Vietnam.

 

The final plenary session included a discussion on socialist internationalism and the call made by the

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela for the formation of a

Fifth International. Speaking on the proposal Arul Arutchelvan, from the Socialist Party of Malaysia,

explained the importance of the proposal. “Hugo Chavez and Venezuela have the moral authority to

call for the Fifth International because of their commitment to building socialism in the 21st century.

It’s also a non-sectarian position taken by Chavez. This is not a rigid [structure] it calls upon all left

parties and anti-imperialist groupings to come together.”

 

The conference concluded with a performance by the PLM cultural group Teatro Pabrika and

the singing of the Internationale.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 20:47
 
PLM at European Feminist Forum, Stockholm, Sweden PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 May 2011 14:49

PLM was invited to participate at the Feminist Forum held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 7. The talk, presented by PLM EC member Reihana Mohideen, was on "Renewing Socialist Feminism", which discussed the need for the women's movement to put forward anti-capitalist alternatives in the face of the multiple crises facing global capitalism. The conference, which is held every year, was attended by around 1000 feminists. PLM also participated in a national tour of six cities. The presentation made at the Feminist Forum can be found here: Feminist Forum, May 2011, Stockholm, Sweden

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 15:23
 
Statement of Solidarity With the People and Government of Greece PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 July 2015 19:54

The following statement is issued by various progressive individuals and organizations from many parts of the world, but mostly in Asia-Pacific. A copy of the statement has already been sent to Syriza's international department. The number of signatories, however, is increasing as the Sunday referendum on the proposed Troika austerity program draws near.

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"Your Struggle is Our Struggle"

 

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the people of Greece and the Syriza-led government as they prepare for a referendum on July 5, 2015 on whether to accept the continuation of the program of neoliberal austerity or chart a new course free from the debilitating stranglehold of the “troika” - the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission.

 

We support the call of Syriza for a 'no vote' as the only option for the people of Greece, especially the working classes, to assert sovereign control over the country's economy and their own future.

 

We condemn the “troika” and their allied political institutions, for forcing their policies of neoliberal austerity, privatization, deregulation, and savage cutbacks dismantling the public sector. We, therefore, hold the “troika” responsible for the massive unemployment, increased poverty, greater social inequality, and a severe economic depression now being experienced by Greece. The irony of it all is that the huge debts the “troika” is demanding for repayment did not go to Greece but were used to repay private sector creditors such as French and German banks. In other words, these are onerous and illegitimate debts.

 

We had welcomed the election of the Syriza-led government on a program committed to ending the neoliberal-austerity policies imposed by the EU creditors and we stand in solidarity with them as they struggle to implement an anti-austerity program.

 

The austerity program has been assessed as a colossal failure by leading economists worldwide. Despite this, the insistence of the EU creditors and their political and economic allies to resuscitate this failed program, can only be construed as a cynical political maneuver whose real aim is to bring down the Syriza government, the first anti-neoliberal, anti-austerity government to be popularly elected in Europe.

 

Syriza was a product of the mass movements’ and working people’s struggles against neoliberal austerity promoted by unbridled capitalism. Similar political organizations have arisen across Europe, such as Podemos in Spain, a product of the anti-austerity 'indignados' movement.

 

The specter that haunts the European capitalist class is a 'Syriza syndrome' spreading to other parts of Europe, particularly in Spain, with the election of an anti-neoliberal Podemos government. By bringing down the Syriza government, the capitalist hydra aims to strangle such a movement at its birth.

 

Peoples from all over the world, in both developing and developed countries, have been struggling for the past decades against the imposition of a whole range of neo-liberal measures - liberalization, deregulation, and privatization, including neoliberal austerity programs imposed by capitalist governments led by the US and its allies, through the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial institutions.

 

There has also been a long history of struggles against debt repayments and for the cancellation of odious and illegitimate debts. The world has experienced how debt burdens and neo-liberal impositions have created havoc on economies, depleted natural resources, exacerbated inequalities, and impoverished peoples while siphoning off billions of dollars to global capitalist banks, giant corporations and imperialist governments.

 

We welcome the people of Greece into the struggle of peoples of the global South against neoliberalism, onerous debts and austerity.

 

Your struggle, is our struggle. Your victory, is our victory.

 

Signatories

Individuals:

Eduardo C. Tadem, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines

Reihana Mohideen, Ph.D., Transform Asia

Ric Reyes, Philippines

Sonny Melencio, Chair, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) - Philippines

Jean Enriquez, World March of Women

Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South, Philippines

Joseph Purugganan, Focus on the Global South, Philippines

Josua Mata, SENTRO, Philippines

Lidy Nacpil,  Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development

Manarishi Dhital, Editor Janadesh Weekly and socialist activist, Nepal

Cora Valdez Fabros, STOP the War Coalition, Philippines

Isagani Serrano, President, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)

Amado Mendoza Jr., PhD., Professor, University of the Philippines

Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines

Joseph Anthony Lim, Ph.D., Professor, Ateneo de Manila University

Jafar Suryomenggolo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kyoto University

Edru Abraham, Professor (ret), University of the Philippines

Jerik Cruz, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva

Teodoro Mendoza, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Philippines

Anuradha M. Chenoy, Ph.D., Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Ph.D., Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Darwis Khudori, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Le Havre

Annabelle Benedicto Bonje, De La Salle University, Philippines

Francisco Nemenzo, Former President and Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines

Ana Maria R. Nemenzo, Campaign for a Life of Dignity for All (KAMP)
Edmund Landrito, Arya Progresibo

Mercy Fabros, WomanHealth, Philippines

Omi Royandoyan, Centro Saka, Inc. (Center for Rural Development Studies)

Michael Treen, national director Unite Union, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Marcela Olivera, Red Vida, Bolivia

Benjamin Quinones, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Coordinator, Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS-Asia)

Fatima Gay Molina, Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP-Philippines)

Janus Isaac Nolasco, University Researcher, University of the Philippines

Aries Arugay, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Philippines

Krishna Kumar KK, Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP-India)

Maria Luisa Torres, PhD., Professor, Ateneo de Manila University

Maria Dulce F. Natividad, Ph.D., University of the Philippines

Nathan Gilbert Quimpo, Ph.D., University of Tsukuba

George Aseniero, Dapitan, Philippines.

Chibu Lagman, Independent journalist

Chris White, socialist, former Secretary of the United Trades and Labor Council of South Australia

Sam Wainwright, Socialist Alliance City Councillor for Fremantle, Western Australia

Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance City Councillor for Moreland, Victoria, Australia

Tim Gooden, Secretary, Geelong Trades Hall Council, Victoria, Australia

Darcey O’Callaghan, USA

Marta Harnecker, writer, Chile

Michael Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Canada

Saturnino Borras, Jr., Ph.D., Professor, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Nicole Curato, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Canberra

Roland Simbulan, Professor, University of the Philippines

Francis Loh Kok Wah, Ph.D., Professor, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Samuel Lee, Ph.D., Secretary General, Korean National Commission for UNESCO

Kinhide Mushakoji, Ph.D., Professor, Osaka University of Economics and Law

Naruemon Thabchumpon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University

Carl Middleton, Ph.D., Lecturer, Chulalongkorn University

Eduardo T. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Professor (ret), University of the Philippines

Kho Tungyi, Ph.D., Lecturer, Lingnan University (Hongkong)

Wei Xiaoteng, Ph.D., Professor, South China Normal University

Temario Rivera, Ph.D., Professor (ret), University of the Philippines

Jean Franco, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Philippines

Fred Chiu, Ph.D., Professor, National Taiwan University

Rudi Hartono, editor Berdikari Online

Yvonne Miller Berlie, Third World Network

Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now,  UK

Caroline Sy Hau, Ph.D., Professor, Kyoto University

Lisandro E. Claudio, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyoto University

Lin Shenjing, New International, Taiwan

Hansley Juliano, Lecturer, Ateneo De Manila University

Tyrell Haberkorn, PhD. Fellow, Australian National University

Arze Glipo, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty

Woody Aroun, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

 

Organizations:

Focus on the Global South

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)

Socialist Alliance, Australia

Marxist Student Federation, Philippines

Socialist Aotearoa/New Zealand

Alab Katipunan, Philippines

Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA)

Alternative ASEAN Network (ALTSEAN)

Liga ng Makabagong Kabataan, (LMK-Philippines)

Partido Lakas ng Masa-PLM, Philippines

Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)

FDC-Southern Mindanao

Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura, Philippines

Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)

Resistance, Young Socialist Alliance, Australia

Blue Planet Project, Canada

Council of Canadians

Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development

SANLAKAS, Philippines

SANLAKAS –Mindanao

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino-BMP, Philippines

Partai Rakyat Demokratik, Indonesia

Social Action for Change, Cambodia

SustainUs, USA

Global Justice Now, UK

Earth in Brackets

South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)

LDC Watch

Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF)

People’s Alliance in Central East India (PACE-India)

Bangladesh Krishok Federation

EquityBD, Bangladesh

Coastbd, Bangladesh

VOICE, Bangladesh

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

All Nepal Peasants Federation

Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), Nepal

Joint Preparatory Committee on Tax and Fiscal Justice (JPCTFC), Nepal

Debtwatch Indonesia

KRUHA Indonesia

LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women's Rights)

Our Rivers, Our Life ( OROL)-Philippines

Gitib, Inc - Philippines

MAKABAYAN-Pilipinas

Aliran, Malaysia

Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty (APNFS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 20:21
 
Union Presidents Against Contractualization (UPAC) held a union assembly today (July 2) on Kentex strike, the coming APEC meeting in Manila, and the struggle against contractualization. Leody de Guzman of BMP and Sonny Melencio of PLM are main speakers. PDF Print E-mail
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Haiti: Regional Solidarity Statement PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 January 2010 09:13

Haiti: Solidarity and Aid! Freedom and National Sovereignty! No to US Occupation!

On January 13, 2010, a 7.3 Richter scale earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.  The earthquake caused great destruction and 200,000 people are thought to be dead. Further, 3 million Haitians have been rendered homeless by the quake, which also damaged many public service buildings, such as hospitals and schools.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2010 13:11
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