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Liberation of Aleppo

THE liberation of eastern Aleppo from the clutches of jihadi forces after a struggle lasting over four and a half years, signals the complete unraveling of the plot that was hatched to bring about regime change in Syria. It is “game over” for the west and its regional proxies in Syria. With the ouster of the rebels from the last remaining pockets of eastern Aleppo, the Syrian government now has complete control of all the major cities in the country.  President Bashar al Assad described the liberation of the entire city as a historic turning point.

Colombia Peace Process: On Track Again

THE rejection of the historic peace accord signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a referendum by a wafer thin majority had come as a shock to most Colombians and the international community. A referendum, which was not constitutionally mandated, was held just a few days after the two sides signed the permanent cease fire agreement with much fanfare in Havana on September 26. Opinion polls had shown overwhelming support for the agreement to end the war that has been going on for more than 50 years.

PCP Congress: Affirms Struggle for Patriotic and Leftwing Alternative

THE 20th Congress of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) was held in Almada in the outskirts of Lisbon from December 1 to 4. I attended the Congress on behalf of the CPI(M).  Almada is a municipality just across the river Tagus from Lisbon.  It has had a Communist mayor ever since local body elections were held in Portugal from the early 1980s.  In an arch in the south of Lisbon, there are nine such municipalities which are Communist-run. 

Fidel’s Enduring Lesson is that, Yes, It Is Possible

Below we publish remarks by Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, and president of the Councils of state and ministers, during the political posthumous tribute to Comandante en Jefe of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, in Santiago de Cuba’s Plaza Mayor General Antonio Maceo Grajales on December 3, 2016, “Year 58 of the Revolution”.

Farewell to Fidel Castro

LAKHS of people paid homage to their dear and great leader during the journey of convoy from Havana to Santiago which carried the mortal remains of revolutionary genius Fidel Castro. In this sea of people, comrades who are holding responsibilities for the changes and reforms of Cuba were also seen. The distance between Havana and Santiago is 800 km. All the way through, large numbers of people stood on either side of the road, to see off their leader.

Homage to Fidel Castro

THE whole of Havana and various Cubans from different parts of the country had joined in a huge memorial meeting to pay homage to Comandante Fidel Castro Ruz.  The memorial meeting was held at the Plaza de la Revolucion “Jose Marti”.  23 heads of States/ governments, vice presidents from six countries, 13 former presidents/prime ministers, four parliamentary delegations led by the speaker/chairperson and 16 ministerial delegations had arrived to participate in this memorial meeting.  The meeting was held on November 29, barely 72 hours after Comrade Fidel Castro was cremated.  Comrade Fidel

Syria: First Anniversary of Russian Military intervention

IT was at the end of September last year that Russia in a surprise move dispatched its planes and troops to Syria at the request of the government in Damascus. The jihadi forces and their western backed allies were intent on delivering the coup d'grace to the legitimate secular government before the end of that year. More territory and towns, including the historic city of Palmyra, had fallen to the terrorist Daesh (IS) and the Jabhat al Nusra Front. Washington and its allies were waiting for the much heralded regime change in Syria even as the country was awash in blood and suffering.

Innovative Steps at Party Building to Achieve the Chinese Dream -II

ENSURING HARMONY BETWEEN PARTY AND PEOPLE

During the revolutionary period, the CPC had close links with the masses since it was involved in a life-and-death struggle. But now it is the ruling Party, so there is the danger that it may consider itself above society. Hence the CPC has consciously decided on a mass line to strengthen its links and ensure harmony between the Party and the people.

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