ILPS Chairperson Prof. Jose Maria Sison introduces the International League of Peoples' Struggle
The world is in crisis –economic, political and social. This is characterized by extreme poverty and exploitation for the vast majority of nations and peoples, economic stagnation even in advanced capitalist countries, wars of aggression, imperialist instigated local wars and so on. Imperialist globalization is being pushed and touted as the solution to the economic crisis but it only worsens the crisis. The WTO, GATT, and TRIPS, regional blocs like APEC are instruments for such imperialist globalization
The health crisis is bound to worsen as the world crisis escalates.
The health situation worldwide has deteriorated as a result of imperialist globalization. Governments have reneged on their State responsibility to provide social services, including health, to the majority of the citizenry. As a result, the majority poor and exploited have lost access to health care services. Government health expenditure in many countries have fallen drastically in Pakistan, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar. As a result, health spending has increasingly been coming from private sources particularly from out-of-pocket payments.
We, participants of the Workshop on ILPS Concern No. 11 “Rights of Teachers, Researchers and Other Education Personnel and the struggle Against Ideas and Research Directed against the People,” stand with the broad masses all over the world in exposing and opposing imperialism and all reaction.
Since the First International Assembly of the International League of People’s Struggles in 2001, imperialist powers led by the United States, have further wrought havoc on the people’s right to education and social services and have intensified repression against opposition to neo-liberal programs in education
The global capitalist system is structured by the hierarchic relations of nation-states currently dominated by the US imperialist state. As as a mode of crisis management, neoliberalism has been controlled and operated mainly by the US-led ruling elites in imperialist nations and their allied elites in the neocolonies through their hold on key social institutions.
Imperialism remains the main threat to the world's indigenous peoples, national minorities, oppressed nationalities and nations and to their lands and territories, their cultures and collective identities. This compels them to intensify, heighten and escalate their struggles on a variety of forms, fronts and levels to ensure their collective survival and attain self-determination and liberation.
In the past decade, imperialism and local reaction intensified national oppression, discrimination and racism on the world's indigenous peoples, national minorities and oppressed nationalities.
In recent years, the entire world especially the imperialist United States (US) succumbed to severe economic depression. The crisis has intensified as the imperialist powers scramble over the few remaining territories to extract raw materials and to serve as dumping grounds for their surplus products and capital.
Ultimately, the imperialist countries have had to rein in their neo-colonies through the strict enforcement of economic agreements that are geared towards the interests of the empire. Moreover, the imperialist countries also take advantage of the ongoing social unrest in many countries (such as in the West Asia and North Africa) in order to wrest control over their governments, especially on policies that protect national sovereignty. This is presently manifested in Libya which is currently facing a war of aggression initiated by the imperialist countries.
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