Highest Tribute to Comrade Fidel Castro: Great Leader of the Cuban Revolution, inspiration to the Peoples' of the World
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson,
International League of Peoples Struggle
We, in the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, express our most heartfelt condolences to the Castro family, the Cuban people, the Communist Party of Cuba and government of Cuba over the passing away of Comrade Fidel Castro, the great revolutionary leader of the Cuban people and founder of the Communist Party of Cuba.
We pay the highest tribute to him for leading the revolutionary struggles of his people and achieving great victories in upholding national sovereignty and independence, advancing the cause of socialism, contributing to the worldwide struggles for national and social liberation and inspiring the people of the world to persevere in the struggle for socialism and communism against US imperialism and all reaction.
The greatness of the Cuban revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro is immediately recognized by considering the fact that Cuba is a small country that is only 90 miles away from the US and yet the Cuban people have succeeded in liberating themselves from this imperialist monster, in defeating its aggressive actions such as that in the Bay of Pigs, countering the threat of nuclear attack, frustrating countless acts of sabotage and the hundreds of assassination attempts on Fidel Castro and prevailing over the most sustained embargo ever waged by US imperialism against any country.
The Cuban revolution has been victorious because of the correspondence of Fidel Castro’s indomitable revolutionary spirit, mastery of strategy and tactics, daring and perseverance to the needs and demands of the Cuban people and their determination to fight and win when aroused, organized and mobilized. As a university student of law from a landed family, Fidel Castro sided with the oppressed and exploited people, opposed the brutal and corrupt dictatorship of Batista and founded an underground revolutionary socialist group called The Movement.
The Movement launched an attack on the Moncada barracks on July 26, 1953. It failed as a military operation but it succeeded in sparking the spirit of resistance among the youth and people. Fidel Castro together with many other participants in the Moncada attack were arrested. Imprisonment gave him the chance to read revolutionary works, including those of Marx, Lenin and Marti. His speech in court, “History Will Absolve Me”, became a powerful piece of propaganda.
Castro was released from prison in 1955 and left Cuba for Mexico. He regrouped The Movement and eventually renamed it as the July 26 Movement in honor of the Moncada attack. With his Argentine comrade Ernesto “Che” Guevara and others, he set sail for Cuba on the Granma in order to wage guerrilla warfare against the Batista regime. Under his strategic direction, the few guerrillas grew from small to big, from weak to strong, by destroying the 5000-troop backbone of the Batista army piece by piece at the Sierra Maestra.
In coordination with the revolutionary mass movement in the urban areas, the July 26 Movement won total victory on January 1, 1959. Fidel Castro proclaimed victory and proceeded to transform Cuba by ending Batista’s rule of terror, carrying out land reform and wealth redistribution, eliminating illiteracy and expanding education, realizing universal health care of high quality and providing other social services. He nationalized US-owned companies, refineries and land and thus earned the wrath of the almighty USA.
The US Central Intelligence Agency launched the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. This was thoroughly defeated and the revolutionary prestige of Castro and the Cuban revolution resounded throughout the world. Next came the 1962 Missile Crisis which exposed the vulnerabilities of the US to Soviet nuclear power on various geographic scales during the Cold War. It is estimated that Castro himself became the target of at least 638 assassination attempts and Cuba to countless destabilization attempts, aside from the relentless economic, trade and financial embargo.
Under the leadership of Fidel Castro, the revolutionary proletariat and people of Cuba have stood out as the most formidable revolutionary force inspiring the people of Latin America to fight for national independence, democracy and socialism against US imperialism. They have not wavered in taking the road of anti-imperialist resistance even during the “special period” when drastic adjustments had to be made in the face of the disintegration of revisionist regimes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union no less.
Up to recent times, they have cooperated with Venezuela and other Latin American countries in building the ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas) in accordance with the principles of social welfare and mutual economic aid and in opposition to imperialist and reactionary policies, especially neoliberalism, subversion and military intervention. They are known for outstanding policies and acts of internationalism not only in Latin America but also on a far wider scale.
They have played a major role in the tricontinental movement of anti-imperialist governments and peoples earlier inspired by the Bandung Conference and then by the Non-Aligned Movement. Under the direction of Fidel Castro, Cuba played a major role in fighting the forces of imperialism, colonialism and neocolonialism. As an outstanding example, Cuban troops frustrated the armed forces of the South African apartheid regime and made way for the national independence of the people of South Africa. In several countries, Cuban doctors, agricultural specialists and teachers have helped on humanitarian missions.
When Fidel Castro became seriously ill in July 2006, he relinquished his presidential duties to the vice president Raul Castro, his revolutionary comrade and brother.. As soon as he regained physical strength, he wrote letters and articles on global issues and continued to influence Cuban policy. At the final session of the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party on April 19, 2016, he referred to his ripe age of 90 and declared, “This may be one of the last times that I speak in this room, but the ideas of the Cuban communists will remain as proof that on this planet, by working with fervor and dignity, we can produce the material and cultural wealth that humans need”.
Fidel Castro will always be remembered as a great revolutionary leader who held his ground in Cuba, accomplished what was possible and continued to fight for the cause of national and social liberation, for socialism and for the ultimate goal of communism despite the dismal conditions resulting from the betrayal of socialism by the modern revisionists, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent ideological, political, economic and military offensives of the US and its imperialist allies. He understood that we are now in a period of unprecedented worsening of capitalist crisis and inter-imperialist wars in transition to a new upsurge of revolutionary struggles on a global scale.###
- Published: 26 November 2016
Stop the political repression in Turkey!
Nov 11, 2016 – The Philippines-Kurdistan Friendship Association protests the arrest and detention of party leaders and parliamentarians of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey and the raid of the party’s headquarters carried out by the AKP-led police in Ankara. This latest move to decapitate the HDP reveals that the state of emergency imposed in response to the failed NATO-backed coup in July against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rapidly transforming Turkey into a presidential dictatorship.
HDP represents the third largest party in Turkey. It fights for the aspirations of the Kurdish people for self-determination, equality, democracy, and justice. The HDP parliamentarians and party leaders represent the millions of people who have entrusted HDP in representing them in the Turkish parliament. The attack against HDP is tantamount to attacking the last living voice of democracy and foreclosing the prospects to peace in Turkey.
The Erdogan regime’s crackdown against HDP goes hand in hand with its aggressive military intervention in Syria and Iraq in an attempt to obstruct the emergence of a separate Kurdish state along its southern border. At the same time as the raids against HDP in Ankara, Erdogan also attacked the free canton Afrin in Northern Syria which is part of the new Rojava federation that has developed into a real alternative for peace in a country that has suffered from civil war for over five years.
Rojava today is a project initiated by the Kurdish peace movement and extends across the borders of several countries. It has established and strengthened itself based on principles of democracy, gender equality, and secularism. The movement in Syria that has distinguished itself in its resistance to ISIS is the same movement that Turkey brands as terrorists. HDP is the only party in the Turkish parliament that pursued the resumption of the peace process aborted by Erdoğan.
Meanwhile, the US and EU have raised warnings about the accelerating collapse of Turkish parliamentary democracy. These statements reek of hypocrisy. Imperialist powers, up until recently, propped up the Erdogan regime by feeding its delusion of becoming a regional hegemon. In exchange, the ruling establishment in Ankara allowed itself to become imperialism’s running dog. It permitted NATO to use Turkey as a key transit point for opposition militias in Syria such as ISIS and Al Nusra Front. We recall that the US, EU, and NATO led the demonization campaign against Kurdish liberation movements by branding them as terrorist organizations.
We reiterate the Filipino peoples’ solidarity with the Kurdish people’s struggle for freedom and democracy. We unite with all the people around the world who are holding mass demonstrations, issuing statements, organizing petitions, and similar actions to denounce this latest assault of the reactionary Erdogan regime against democracy and human rights in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan.
Stop political repression in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan!
Freedom to all Kurdish political prisoners!
Long live the Kurdish struggle for national self-determination and democracy!
Long live the solidarity between the Filipino and Kurdish people!
Ivan Phell Enrile
Peace for Life Secretariat 3/F 877
UCCP Bldg. EDSA West Triangle
Quezon City, 1104 Philippines
+632 413 7540
- Published: 11 November 2016
Makabayan : Statement Condemning Turkey President Erdogan’s Fascist Attacks Against the Kurdish People and Expressing Support to Arrested HDP Parliamentarians, Leaders and Members
We, representatives of the progressive party lists under the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN or Patriotic Coalition) strongly condemn the arrests of pro- Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentarians, leaders, and members in Turkey including HDP Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdağ. We stand in solidarity with the Kurdish people in their struggle for national self-determination and democracy.
The arrests among the members and leaders of the HDP on the pretext of “failing to cooperate on terrorist investigation” are part of the series of violations of people’s rights including that of the Kurdish people perpetuated by the Turkey administration under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in its effort to crush the Kurdish people’s struggle. President Erdogan is using all his fascist machineries in crushing not the ISIS terrorists but the people fighting for their rights and their supporters.
Makabayan’s leaders and lawmakers have likewise suffered arrests and trumped-up charges under the rule of previous administrations. Makabayan leaders who are also members of the Philippine House of Representatives are charged for participating in protest actions and trumped-up criminal charges. In 2006, six of our progressive party list lawmakers were charged with rebellion, sought refuge and were protected by supportive lawmakers in the House of Representatives. With the persistent clamor and protests of the Filipino people against the baseless accusation, the Supreme Court dismissed the case with finality on July 10, 2007.
Makabayan expresses solidarity with the Kurdish people in their continuing struggle for national self-determination. They have long fought for their rights and self-determination but are continually being violently suppressed in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and other countries. Their struggle needs the support and help of other groups and peoples as their struggle forms part of the struggles of all oppressed and suppressed peoples for rights and liberation throughout the world.
We strongly condemn the violent suppression of the Kurdish people’s struggle in Turkey and other countries. We denounce the intervention and manipulation of the involved states by the imperialist powers led by the United States. These should not be allowed and should be condemned by all freedom-loving and rights advocates in all parts of the world.
Stop the political repression in Turkey!
Release all Kurdish political prisoners!
Support the Kurdish people’s struggle for national self-determination and democracy!
Rep. CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE
Bayan Muna Partylist
Rep. ANTONIO L. TINIO
ACT Teachers Partylist
Rep. FRANCE L. CASTRO
ACT Teachers Partylist
Rep. ARIEL B. CASILAO
Rep. EMMI A. DE JESUS
Gabriela Women’s Party
Rep. ARLENE D. BROSAS
Gabriela Women’s Party
Rep. SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
Blk 26 Lot 3 J.P. Rizal St. Capitol Estate II, Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Website: www.makabayan.net; Facebook: Koalisyong Makabayan
- Published: 10 November 2016
Free Kurdish Political Prisoners Now!
The US Country Committee of International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS-US) strongly condemns the recent arrest and detention of leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) including Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdağ in North Kurdistan and Turkey by the Turkish authorities.
The raid and arrests are repressive acts consistent with the anti-democratic and fascist line of the US-supported Erdogan regime, and its intent of crushing the Kurdish people’s continuing struggle for national self-determination and democracy. This includes the continuing detention and isolation of Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) founding member and armed resistance leader Abdullah Ocalan since 1999, when the CIA worked with Turkish intelligence to kidnap Ocalan in Nairobi.
As an anti-imperialist formation in the US, ILPS-US unconditionally supports the Kurdish people’s struggle for national liberation, starting with its liberation from the fascism and political repression of the Turkish state, a member of NATO. The steadfast resolve and unwavering resistance of the Kurdish struggle is an inspirational one, and it is necessary for all who aspire for liberation and a just peace in the world to stand in solidarity with it, including those oppressed and exploited within the United States.
We call on ILPS members in the US to stand with the Kurdish people’s struggle for national self-determination and democracy and demand Turkish authorities release Kurdish President Abdullah Ocalan and all Kurdish political prisoners immediately.
Stop Political Repression in Turkey and North Kurdistan!
Long Live the Kurdish Struggle for Self-Determination!
Long Live International Solidarity!
- Published: 09 November 2016
7 November 2016
MANILA - Local affiliates of the global activist alliance, International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), are set to picket outside the Turkish embassy this week to condemn the Erdogan regime's on-going crackdown of the democratic opposition including the arrests of leaders of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).
Two leaders of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, were arrested last November 4 along with a dozen of its MPs. Journalists and editors of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper were also arrested while major internet providers restricted access to Twitter, Facebook, and the WhatsApp social messaging app.
"We stand in solidarity with the Kurds and the Turkish people to demand the immediate release of those detained," ILPS-Philippines Chairperson Elmer Labog said.
"We urge the Duterte government to file an urgent protest against the repression," he added.
The Erdogan regime is a US and EU ally, both of which were also criticized by Pres. Durterte in his public speeches.
The Philippines Chapter of the ILPS is also seeking a support action in Congress to express solidarity with the HDP lawmakers.
Kurds and their supporters have protested in their thousands in Cologne, Paris, London and other cities while Turkish riot police used water cannons and tear gas against protesters in Istanbul.
"We are one with the struggles of the Kurds in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and every place where they are fighting for freedom and against terrorism. Their People's Defense Units (YPG) under the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) are effectively fighting ISIS/Daesh in Northern Syria, in taking back Aleppo and Raqqa, and now Mosul in Iraq. The Turkish tanks and troops only seek to cut the expansion of the Kurds and abet the real terrorists," the ILPS-Phils said.
The HDP, meanwhile, has decided to halt legislative efforts and would not participate in general assembly sittings or parliamentary commission meetings according to its party spokesman Ayhan Bilgen.
- Published: 07 November 2016