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“Unity & Struggle” No. 22 Released


Issue #22 of “Unity and Struggle” has been released. Unity & Struggle (Unidad y Lucha in Spanish) is the theoretical organ of the ICMLPO, or the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties & Organizations.

The 22nd edition numbers 166 pages in the Spanish version and has been published in Spanish, English, French, Turkish, Portuguese and Arabic.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS OF ISSUE 22:

Brazil
Long live 140 years since the Paris Commune!
Revolutionary Communist Party of Brazil (PCR)

Burkina Faso
Questions regarding the situation in South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire
Revolutionary Communist Party of Upper Volta (PCRV)

Chile
The potential for confusion is constantly narrowing
Communist Party of Chile (Proletarian Action) PC (AP)

Denmark
Greetings from Copenhagen, Denmark at the World Conference on Women’s Day in Caracas, Venezuela
Communist Workers’ Party of Denmark (APK)

Ecuador
The responsibility for organizing and carrying out the revolution is the work and the main objective of PCMLE
Marxist Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador (PCMLE)

Spain
The popular front: A tool for the current situation
Spanish Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) PCE (ml)

France
The peoples of the Maghreb and the Middle East
Communist Workers’ Party of France (PCOF)

Greece
Unilaterally stop payment of the entire debt outside Greece by Euro-EMU-EU
Movement for the Reorganization of the Communist Party 1918-55

Italy
Today, like yesterday, break with reformism and opportunism to set up a real Communist Party
Communist Platform

Mexico
The Soviets (workers councils), their role and their contribution to the proletarian revolution
Mexican Communist Party (Marxist Leninist)

Norway
The popular uprising for a living, democracy and national self-determination in Arabia is problematic to the imperialists and their stooges
Marxist-Leninist Organization “Revolution”

Dominican Republic
The Left is a minority
Communist Party of Labour of the Dominican Republic (PCT)

Tunisia
Interview with Hamma Hammami, spokesperson and member of the Workers Communist Party of Tunisia
Communist Party of Tunisian Workers (PCOT)

Turkey
Turkish Foreign Policy: Illusions and Reality
Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey (PCRT)

Venezuela
Amid the crisis, spread our theory, a project of great importance
Marxist Leninist Communist Party of Venezuela (PCMLV)

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About the Current Situation in the Ivory Coast


The Ivory Coast has just held its presidential election, the most expensive elections in the world and on Thursday December 2 2010 the CEI (independent Election Commission) declared Laurent GBAGBO defeated. The next day, the Constitutional Council, charged by the existing Constitution to proclaim the final results, invalidated the CEI because the CEI published the provisional results more than 72 hours afterwards. The Council, after annulling the votes in 7 departments, particularly in the north and center, proclaimed GBAGBO the winner. The UNOCI [UN mission in the Ivory Coast] and following it the Western powers rejected the results of the Constitutional Council and said they recognize only the results of the CEI with OUATTARA as the one legally elected according to the law of “certification” of elections in the Ivory Coast conferred on it by the Ouagadougou accords. Each protagonist clings to the results that proclaim him the winner. As a result: one country, two Presidents with the danger of a new civil war.

All the people of Benin are interested in these elections and their outcome as there is the matter of electing the President of Benin. The people of Benin are passionate about these elections and have applauded the (almost) defeat of GBAGBO, because for them GBAGBO is tyrant over the people just as his counterpart, Boni YAYI of Benin, is a tyrant and the defeat of the first foreshadows the defeat of the second. The people know that, just like GBAGBO, YAYI is clinging tooth and nail to power and they are eager for such an end to YAYI. This is good and just, except that the two cases are different.

In the Ivory Coast, the French Government and the other Western powers have made their choice of OUATTARA during and after the civil war and support him; in Benin, Boni YAYI is up to now the choice of French imperialism supported by the European Commission and the UN Development Program. In the Ivory Coast, the CEI has the right to give the provisional results. In Benin, the CENA [Autonomous National Electoral Commission], the counterpart of the CEI, does not. Here the CENA’s role is only to collect and compile the results that it transmits to the Constitutional Court, which publishes the provisional results and has the right to nullify votes, receive protests and proclaim the final results. Here, the Constitutional Court is in the hands Robert DOSSOU and Theodore HOLO, agents of French imperialism and supporters of Boni YAYI.

A former President of Benin, KEREKOU, who knows well what he was talking about, said that the President of Benin is not chosen in Benin but in Paris. And this is true in the current African context where elections are carried out by corruption, buying of votes, fraud, intimidation and lies. It is always people supported politically, in the media, financially and sometimes militarily by the dominant imperialism (French in the case of Benin and Ivory Coast) who win or are declared the winner (in the case of Togo, Burkina-Faso and Gabon). And as it is well established in Benin under the Renewal and elsewhere in Africa, in the elections, it is not always the one who has the most votes at the ballot box who is declared the winner by the institutions charged with proclaiming the results; these institutions are used or ignored or put in competition with each other in order to ensure that the preferred candidate wins.

In the case of the Ivory Coast in 2010, the French had made their choice before the election and that was OUATTARA; they have done and are doing everything for him to win and to enter the Presidential Palace to serve their interests. The “international community” has been mobilized for this purpose and it has even invented a new concept: the certification of the result by the UNOCI which places itself above national agencies, as if the Ivory Coast were a protectorate. This interference in the Ivory Coast by foreign powers is certainly inadmissible for every patriot and democrat; this tramples underfoot its sovereignty, interference up to threats of armed interventions.

As to GBAGBO, behind his speech and nationalist airs, he has ended up by giving everything away to the French and other multinationals and no longer has anything to offer. His brutal, tyrannical and corrupt manners eventually wore out numbers of his original followers and made him a worn out and less credible agent for the French; he cannot contain the rebellion created by the French themselves and OUATTARA, and this requires that the latter take the reins to extinguish the flames of war that they themselves lit and to stabilize the country. GBAGBO has been dropped and must leave.

GBAGBO must go but Alassane OUATTARA is an open agent of international financial capital and, as such, is dangerous both for the people of the Ivory Coast and for Africa. He will be no better for the Ivory Coast as is YAYI for Benin.

Cotonou, December 7, 2010

Communist Party of Benin

Plenum of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Upper Volta (PCRV)

From Bug-Parga Takisse Jewol-Jema

Central Political Organ of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Volta

No. 52 [August 1995]

Last July the Central Committee of the PCRV held an ordinary Plenum:

Analyzing the experience of socialism and its defeat on a world scale as a social system, the Plenum showed that this defeat is temporary and that the objective causes exist more than ever today that make the march of history lead only to socialism as well as communism. The tasks of communists is to work for the realization of the subjective conditions, in this case the creation and/or the reinforcement of genuine Communist Parties, the elaboration of correct revolutionary strategies and tactics in view of a fierce struggle for the destruction of capitalism by the taking of power and the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat for the construction of Socialism and Communism.

Analyzing the international situation, the Plenum showed that the defeat of socialism has as a direct consequence that capitalism, as a social system, rules on the entire globe in a hegemonic manner under the direction of American imperialism, with the emergence of a single world capitalist market, and that from now on the world is marked by three fundamental contradictions, that is:

  • the contradiction between the imperialist powers
  • the contradiction between imperialism and the peoples
  • the contradiction between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat.

The dismemberment of the USSR and the collapse of the revisionist regimes of East Europe have put an end to the bipolar division of the world which placed on one side the USA and its European allies and on the other the USSR and its satellites.

The Plenum showed that the economic and political upheavals taking place in the world, the prodigious changes and developments taking place in all spheres of life through the Scientific and Technical Revolution (STR) and its consequences, have not changed the character of our epoch, which remains the epoch of imperialism and proletarian revolutions.

Analyzing the national situation the Plenum showed:

* the complete restriction of the political life of our country by setting up a Party-State.

* the ruin of the economy and social misery by the selling off of the national patrimony, the corruption, the exclusion of the large masses from health service and education, the reduced diet, etc.

The Plenum analyzed the internal situation of the Party and decided on measures for its reinforcement and the elevation of the level of its activity.

In conclusion, the Plenum elaborated the tactics of the Party for:

– the advance of the struggle for the revolution in our country;

– its contribution to the struggle for the reinforcement of the International Communist Movement (ICM).

Long Live the immortal doctrine of Marxism-Leninism!

Long live socialism and communism for the national and social liberation of the peoples!

Long live the PCRV Party of Revolutionary Action!

BREAD AND LIBERTY FOR THE PEOPLE!

July 1995
The Central Committee of the PCRV.