Shimon Peres: Zionist Hawk

ISRAEL and the West mourned the death of Shimon Peres on October 27 painting him as a visionary statesman who had vainly fought for a two state solution to resolve the impasse between Israel and the Arab world. President Barack Obama accompanied by the former president, Bill Clinton, were among the prominent foreign personalities present at the funeral of the former Israeli president. It was the largest attended State funeral in Israel after that of his fellow Nobel laureate, Yizthak Rabin in 1995. More than 70 countries were represented at the funeral.

Eighteenth IMCWP Held at Hanoi

THE Communist Party of Vietnam hosted the 18th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers' Parties, which was held for the first time in a socialist country, from October 28-30. The theme of the meeting was, “Capitalist crisis and imperialist offensive - strategy and tactics of the communist and workers’ parties in struggle for peace, workers’ and peoples’ rights, socialism.” M A Baby, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and head of the international department attended the meeting. Below we publish extracts of the CPI(M) intervention at the meeting. 

Innovative Steps at Party Building to Achieve the Chinese Dream

A CPI(M) cadre delegation visited China from August 24 to September 3, 2016 at the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The main theme was “to study the new initiatives in building the Communist Party of China in pursuance of the Chinese dream”.

The CPI(M) delegation visited Kunming (capital of the relatively less developed province of Yunnan, bordering Burma), Jinggangshang (called the Cradle of the Chinese Revolution due to its rich revolutionary history) in Jiangxi province, and the Chinese capital Beijing.

Bye Bye NAM, Hello America

IT has been evident for some time that India has been slowly but surely veering away from the principles of non-alignment that defined its foreign policy for more than four decades after independence. The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi's decision to skip the important NAM summit in Venezuela is only a stark illustration of this reality. Previous UPA and NDA governments had started the process of downgrading the movement founded by the leaders of anti-colonial struggle like Jawaharlal Nehru, Achmed Sukarno, Khwame Nkrumah and Gamel Abdel Nasser.

Japan: Imperial Dilemma

PRIME Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have further consolidated their political gains after the latest round of elections to the upper house of the Diet, held in the third week of July. The LDP will now have the brute majority in both the lower and upper house that will help the government to pass controversial legislation relating to the constitution and other important issues. Though the upper house is not as powerful as the lower house, it has the power to block legislation.

Colombia Peace Talks, Referendum and After

COLOMBIA and the world was stunned when the NO vote won the referendum on the peace agreements on October 2, 2016. The referendum was held to vote YES or NO on the historic Final Agreement for the Termination of the Armed Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace that was signed between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) and the government of Colombia on August 24, 2016.

North Korea Nuclear Test: Getting Bigger and Bigger

IN the second week of September, North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test. The last two tests have been in quick succession. The latest nuclear test, the most powerful so far, coincided with the country's 68th independence day celebrations. It was conducted in the underground testing facility of Punggye-ri in the northeast of the country. The magnitude of the blast has been estimated at between 10 and 20 kilotons, much higher than the test in 2013 which was estimated to be between 6-7 kilotons. Pyongyang has claimed that the latest test was that of a hydrogen bomb.

Thailand: Democracy Trampled

THE Thai army junta which calls itself the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) that seized power from a democratically elected government on May 2014 now seems intent to permanently convert electoral politics in the country into a farce. In the first week of August, Thais were told to vote in a referendum that in effect sought to curtail their democratic rights.


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