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Regional socialism conference PDF Print E-mail
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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
PLM march to Pope Francis mass at Luneta PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 18 January 2015 17:45

January 18, 2015 -- PLM marched at España Street to attend the mass of Pope Francis at Luneta, parading streamers that highlight the progressive statements made by Pope Francis on the issues of globalization and the capitalist economy, labor rights, against trafficking of women and children, for the environment and ecological justice, youth rights, against war and the systemic causes of inequality and poverty (see photos). While celebrating and affirming the progressive statements of Pope Francis, the PLM also affirms its unequivocal commitment and continued pursuance of the struggle for gender equality, a woman’s right to choose to control her own body and reproductive functions, and against all forms of discrimination that marginalize the LGBT people.

The parade of streamers was stopped by the police at corner Blumentritt St. upon orders by the security team headed by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. Cause-oriented groups carrying streamers, placards and other ‘propaganda materials’ are not allowed to come close near the site of the mass, even if the materials are mere reaffirmation of the progressive calls made by the Pope himself. Someone commented, we have a Pope who is close to the poor, but on order of those from above (not from heaven of course), the poor should stay nowhere close to the Pope.




Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2015 19:21
PLM statement on the Charlie Hebdo killings PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 January 2015 23:05

Charlie Hebdo must not justify Islamophobia, war and militarization!


The indications are that the horrendous killings at the the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in

Paris will unfortunately be used by the governments of the US, France, Australia and other Western

powers to ratchet up Islamophobia and to justify the continuation of their post 9/11 program of

endless wars, as well as the increased militarisation of Asia and other Third World regions. As we

condemn the killings, we also oppose any and every attempt to use them as a pretext to promote

anti-Muslim prejudice and Islamophobia.


In the same week that the Charlie Hebdo killings took place, in the Philippines another journalist,

Nerlita Ladesma, was gunned down, adding to the total of 145 journalists killed since the overthrow

of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986. Five years ago 32 journalists were killed in the Maguindanao

massacre in the lead-up to the 2010 Presidential elections. On January 11 one of the prime suspects

was allowed to walk free on bail.


Experience tells us that democratic rights are hard won and always conditional — hence referred to

as ‘elite democracy’, under our present system. They require sustained mass mobilisations to be

defended and extended. We hope that the mass mobilizations in Europe condemning the Charlie

Hebdo killings will be replicated around each and every attack on democratic rights. This includes

mobilizations in opposition to the French government’s ban on demonstrations in solidarity with

the Palestinian people, the criminalization of Muslim women wearing the veil or hijab, and racist

attacks against Muslims and other migrant communities.


We also need to expose the cynical hypocrisy of the governments that have feigned support for the

“freedom of speech” and who led the march in Paris. The Prime Minister of Turkey, the country which

has jailed many journalists and has carried out a policy of systematic and brutal oppression of the

Kurdish people. The Foreign Minister of Egypt, which has three Al Jazeera staff serving 10-year prison

terms on absurd convictions. The Prime Minister of Ireland, where blasphemy remains an enforced

criminal offence. The Saudi Arabian ambassador to France, representing a government which is a

dictatorship against women and which has just handed out a thousand lashes to a man convicted of

blasphemy. Qatar, where people are serving 15-year terms for "blasphemous" poetry. Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu, responsible for the genocidal war against the people of Gaza, whose military forces

targeted journalists during the Gaza invasion. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the US

Attorney General, whose governments are responsible for having killed more than one million Iraqis

and thousands in murderous drone attacks. The US has brutally cracked down on whistle blowers

who have exposed the governments routine spying operations, including against its own people.

To cap it all the US has now called for a conference against violence!


We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, as well as our Muslim brothers

and sisters, especially those living in the West, who must brace themselves against the fallout of these

events and the rising anti-Muslim prejudice. We oppose any attempts by international powers to use

the recent events to intensify their program of endless war and interventions in the Middle East and

against other Third World countries. We will continue to struggle against the US policy of increased

militarization in Asia and our region.#


Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 23:14
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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