Participants in the CCOMPOSA political association of South Asian Maoists, the Communist Party of Bhutan (MLM) have openly declared the imminent launch of insurgency with the immediate goal of abolishing the monarchy and the establishment of a republic. I am not familiar with the author of this article, nor much beyond superficialities regarding life in Bhutan. This article is posted because it is so far unique, and that it appears to confirm the prognosis that South Asia is indeed becoming a storm center of world revolution. [Kantipur is not a Maoist publication. All links are provided for informational purposes.]
Another Maoist insurgency is going to rock yet another country in South Asia, if the statements made by the leaders of the Communist Party of Bhutan Marxist-Leninist-Maoist (CPM MLM) are anything to go by.
"Preliminary preparations for an insurgency are over. We are going to launch it soon," says Vikalpa, nom-de-plume of CPB MLM General Secretary. Bhutan is holding its parliamentary elections in March and April 2007. But, prior to the election date, CPB MLM plans to launch its 'People's War' in the Himalayan kingdom.
The goal: Abolition of monarchy and establishment of a republic.
The following is an open letter from Prof. Bill Martin, a tenured professor of philosophy at DePaul University, site of the recent fight over Norman Finkelstein's tenure and the very ability of intellectuals to engage in work that runs counter to the dominant politic.
"Two things that are very simple to understand need to be said up front.
First, you cannot deny tenure to a professor because she or he takes a
political stand that you do not like, agree with, or that is going to
incur the disapprobation and wrath of some group. Yes, frankly, I think
a professor who is an outright racist or misogynist or anti-gay bigot
ought to be removed from the university (though even here there have to
be procedures, and judgments cannot be based on whims, innuendo, or the
self-promoting agendas of powerful persons or groups), but that is not
what is going on here. Second, you cannot deny tenure to a professor
simply for a rhetorical style that you do not like. A person cannot be
denied tenure simply because you find his or her rhetoric 'inflammatory.'”
By Martin Travers artist living in Holland, and creator of the original image
I am a firm believer in the right to self determination of all peoples all over this wonderful world we all inhabit. To stand by the right to that self determination by Palestinian people or any other people is by no means supporting terrorism or senseless violence or racism, to say that is in itself an injustice. My painting which was recreated on the mural in question is about that right, breaking through the wall that separates the Israelis from Palestinians and the Palestinians from each other is symbolic of the breaking of the walls that fence in the marginalised and the “unwanted” people everywhere because to see them is to be reminded of where and how Europe, north America and Israel got its wealth.
Okay, so I confess that as a New Yorker, the fact that "Burningman" was an over-priced participatory arts orgy in the Nevada desert didn't quite register with my hard head. Every year, around this time, I get a surge of traffic from folks looking for information or reports on the Burningman festival. Haha! Bet you didn't see this one coming! I was just a man on fire... Adopting the Burningman pen name was only a play on the translation of my family name. In any case, I thought I'd post a link for ya'll burners to a scientific essay about the art of revolution. What does that mean?
[The text below is from the Maoist Information Bulletin,
produced by the CPN(M), Central Committee. The
CPN(M) is listed as a "terrorist" organization by the U.S. State
Department, American citizens should be advised.redFlagsprovides this link for informational purposes. On the link, there is also the entire text of a recent interview between Prachanda and Kantipur Online]
"On several occasions we have brought out our assessment that the
domestic situation in Nepal is favorable and ripe to capture central
state power in the near future, but as all the genuine communist
parties engaged in revolutionary practice know, the international
situation is quite unfavorable to accomplish new democratic revolution
and sustain it. It is obvious that we should try to mobilize
justice-loving people all over the world in general and the peoples of
south Asia in particular to garner support in favor of revolution,
improving on the domestic situation in the same spirit. For this we
should dare to abandon the course once selected and have the courage to
climb the unexplored mountain."
resignation of Debbie Almontaser as principal of the proposed Arab
language school in Brooklyn has caused a great deal of controversy. The
DOE replaced her with Danielle Salzberg. There's so
much stuff flying it is hard to keep track of it all. An interesting
interview by Amy Goodman posted on Democracy Now can be found here. Also this piece written by Almontaser, not long after 9/11.
By Steve Quester
UFT chapter leader
P.S. 372/418K The Children’s School from Education Notes Online
veteran Latina educator, with a years-long record of service supporting
Latino/a youth and building bridges between Latino/a and non-Latino/a
communities, is slated to be principal of a new middle school with a
focus on Hispano-Caribbean studies and Spanish language. She endures
months of vitriolic attacks from right-wing hate websites and blogs,
and from the Murdoch news organizations. Finally, the Murdoch media
uncover that she’s on the board of an organization that shares an
office with a Latina girls’ empowerment organization. The organization
has produced a T-shirt with the image of Che Guevara and the words
“Hasta la victoria siempre.” The Murdoch media point out (rightly) that
the “victoria” to which Che referred was the violent overthrow of all
capitalist governments, including the U.S. The media demand that the
educator condemn the T-shirt, but instead she says that the girls’
intention was to point to the victory of tolerance and coexistence over
anti-Latino/a bias in New York. The media howl. The educator quickly
apologizes, admitting that she did not take into account the effect
that the image of Che has on Cuban-American refugees of Castro’s
After the apology, the United Federation of Teachers president [hypotheticallyRandi Weingarten —JB], who had been
supportive of the new middle school and its principal, is quoted
condemning the educator’s initial defense of the T-shirt...
Chavez, President of Venezuela, recently announced the arrival of XXIst
Century Socialism. This declaration, although greeted with great
enthusiasm, left a residue of confusion. Since Chavez didn't discuss
XXIst Century Socialism during his recent Presidential campaign, and
since there are virtually no public theoretical documents defining this
new Socialist era, its precise features are not always clear.
Chavez has appointed a committee, well stocked with international
supporters, to come up with appropriate explanatory documents. In the
meantime, we can best understand the contours of XXIst Century
Socialism by examining it as it actually functions in the real world.
Practice is the true test of theory; after several years of Chavez's
leadership, we can readily detect the broad outlines of this innovative
There appear to be several critical new features of
the new XXIst Century Socialist breakthrough. We will review some of
the most important:
First of all, XXIst Century Socialism does
not require a revolution. This comes as a great relief to Socialists
around the world, and will surely encourage many new Socialists to step
Here's what I
want to understand more deeply: this question of the "everyday" – the place,
importance, meaning and political relevance of that “everyday” locus of
human existence. What emerges from that vantage point for viewing and
evaluating human existence? How important is specificity and how do
we know that importance?
during the civil rights struggle when white racists insisted that
“outsiders” didn’t “understand” Mississippi, and had no right to
denounce its long evolved local “ways.” Their slogan was seen on
handcrafted signs as marchers came. “We live here, you suck,” one read.
“States rights” after all defended jim crow (and before it slavery)
under the banner of local rights (and even “self-determination”!)
think it is the larger material coherence of society, that makes
politics possible. You don’t have to know all the many particularities
of each county or township, or else a Red Army couldn’t march through
on a Long March liberating people, or enter Tibet with profound
insights into the transformations needed there.
here: Some things can only be known well by direct experience. All
knowledge has its roots in experience (however removed the specific
practice and practitioners may be from those synthesizing that
knowledge). But intimate contact with everyday life (and
especially a close personal focus on the everyday in life) does not at
all automatically or directly breed insight to the problems and
solutions of that life.