ILPS Chairperson Prof. Jose Maria Sison introduces the International League of Peoples' Struggle
Resolution of the Youth Commission
Like a prairie fire, unrest is spreading at an intensifying and wider scale in the world in the era of another “Great Depression”. It has created unrest that has also sparked unprecedented resistance among the toiling masses and the people of the world.
Huge bail-outs to save big businesses, which have resulted in so-called “austerity measures” that have been imposed upon the people, have been revealed to be part of imperialist-instigated schemes of governments.
Last year, the United Nations declared 2011 as the “World Year of the Youth”, to propel the realization of the much-touted Millennium Development Goals 2015. In spite of this, the year 2011 opened with the highest recorded world youth unemployment in history at 88 million. This fact unmasks the declaration as a ploy of imperialist nations to hide the deepening of neoliberal policies around the world.
One hundred and one years after the declaration of the International Working Women's Day, women worldwide have learned the value of persistent struggle in overcoming even the most difficult barriers. Indeed the past century of women’s struggles have won many victories for women such as the right to suffrage, property, to equal wage for equal work, to maternity leave, to unionize and to organize. Moreover, women's movements have contributed immensely to the gains and advances made by peoples and nations as part of people's and national liberation movements throughout history.
These gains though are not universal and are now under siege as the global protracted economic depression worsens living conditions and hinders women’s ongoing struggles for equality and emancipation. The protracted global depression is driving imperialist countries to further extract profit through more complex measures that lead to more vicious attacks on the lives and livelihood on women and the of the toiling peoples.
Wars of aggression and foreign interventions in many parts of the world impose extra hardships and further exploitation and abuse of women. There is no doubt that imperialism paved the way for the systematic and systemic perpetration of violence against women.
The unprecedented global economic crisis and political disorder resulting from the inherent crisis and irreparable deterioration of the world capitalist system has further pushed imperialism to exploit and oppress the peasants and working people of the world..
While wealth and resources, including land, water and forests are increasingly concentrated and reconcentrated in the hands of a few, the vast majority of the world's population, the peasants, farm workers, peasant women, fisherfolk, dalits, herders and pastoralists are subjected further to the demands of imperialist globalization, facing increasing domination and exploitation by monopoly capital and its domestic lackeys resulting in their further impoverishment and marginalization.
The most evident and gruesome crime committed by the world capitalist system is the wholesale denial of genuine land reform and the perpetual extraction and destruction of resources of farmers and millions of people in underdeveloped nations. Land monopoly and economic backwardness is ensured in underdeveloped nations to make them heavily dependent to foreign exploiting economies through unbridled cycle of export-oriented and import dependent economy.
The Workers’ and Trade Union Workshop meeting at the Fourth International Assembly of the ILPS calls for genuine trade unions everywhere to create an anti-imperialist united front to fiercely resist the intense attack on public services, pensions, and workers’ rights in all countries by big finance capital, and secondly to educate and mobilise a global workers’ movement for democratic pro-people transformation of our economies.
The Great Recession of 2008-09 was centred in the biggest capitalist economies in the USA and Europe, and arose from the nature of capitalism as a system based on the need for ever-expanding profits and super profits. The biggest capitalist interests are now struggling to turn the ongoing global capitalist crisis that they themselves have created, to their advantage, by directly extracting public funds and by big attacks on workers’ and people’s rights. The Great Recession of 2008-09 is far from over, nor is the global economy experiencing ‘recovery’. It is now a global depression, if this is measured as more than two quarters of shrinking or low growth with continuing high or rising unemployment. This applies in big economies like the USA, UK, Japan, France and Italy, and smaller ones like Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Iceland, and most of Eastern Europe apart from Poland. On the positive side, Latin America and the Caribbean are doing comparatively better.
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