11 January 2007

Struggle for Democracy and against Imperialism continues

Thanks to Professor Patrick Bond for forwarding a Letter to the Editor (of which newspaper we do not know) from the great Prof Issa Shivji of Dar-es-Salaam (pictured on the right).

The letter is about the US atrocities on African soil in Somalia. Professor Shivji writes: The people of Africa must rise up to condemn the American strike without reservations.

Issa Shivji is a veteran of the great days of the Dar Campus. He continues to write clearly on the struggle for democracy, that it is our struggle, and that the appropriation of the word democracy as an empty slogan by the Imperialists is to be rejected with contempt. He calls upon the current generation to renew the liberation struggle. The Communist University has archived
The Struggle for Democracy and Unity and Struggle towards a New Democratic Africa so that they remain accessible to scholars and activists.

Please read the new Shivji letter by clicking on the link below.

The reference in his opening line to Dr Migiro concerns the recent appointment of former Tanzanian Foreign Minister Dr Asha Rose Migiro to be Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The bourgeois press have played down the worldwide protests against the new US aggression in Africa. Instead of running them in full measure, they hold them back and then publish pieces like the one in the Johannesburg Business Day today, headed US rebuts criticism of raids in Somalia, using the occasion to repeat the original US lies at greater length than the protests they are supposed to be reporting.

This is a time when the re-intensification of international solidarity action is of renewed importance. It is no less than a second independence struggle. A good example of how this can be done is forwarded by James Tweedie of the London YCL, a recent visitor to the YCLSA Congress here in South Africa. You can join the VIC (Venezuela Information Centre) Google Group by clicking on the link below and then on the right hand side where it says Join This Group.

More such solidarity groups will be featured in the coming days.

On Tuesday, January 16th (next Tuesday) at 09h00 in the SACP Boardroom, 3rd floor, COSATU House, 1 Leyds Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, a meeting will be held to plan the holding of an AGM for the
Swaziland Solidarity Network so as to put the SSN on a firm footing for what we confidently expect will be a victorious final phase of the Swazi liberation struggle in the coming months.


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