International

Zig Zag Politics in Latin America

THE graphs are painful to look at, the surge of cases in Brazil extraordinary, but the surge in other countries (Colombia, Argentina, Mexico) not lagging behind. The focus of attention in Latin America is Covid-19, with many states floundering to manage the spread of the virus, but more so to manage the social chaos it has created.

Myanmar Burning and its Implications

SINCE the military coup in Myanmar in February this year, Myanmar is burning. Thousands of people are on the streets protesting the military coup, the dismissal of democratically elected government and the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and her party colleagues. According to latest reports, more than 570 protesters were killed in the police firing to curb these protests using force. At least 2,728 people are said to be arrested and many more are claimed to be missing. No one knows their status.

Cuba on the Go

ON March 28, caravans marched in Havana, Cuba and another 50 cities around the world demanding an end to the US-imposed blockade on Cuba. In addition to demanding an end to the blockade, the caravan in Havana was dedicated to thanking the world for the solidarity and opposition to the hostile policies of the US government. The caravans began in Miami, US and were held in many cities in the US and in other continents on the last Sunday of every month, since the last nine months. These ‘caravan protests’ concluded on March 28.

China's Victory over Absolute Poverty

ON February 25, 2021, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China has achieved a ‘complete victory’ in its fight against poverty, with the final 98.99 million impoverished rural residents living under the current poverty line lifted out of poverty. With this, all 832 impoverished counties and 128,000 villages have been removed from the poverty list. President Jinping made the announcement while addressing a gathering to mark the nation's poverty alleviation accomplishments and honour model poverty fighters.

Communist Party of Vietnam – 13th Congress

THE 13th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) was held in Hanoi from January 26 to February 1, 2021 with the theme: ‘Strengthening the building and rectification of the Party and the political system into purity and strength; rousing the will and determination for national development and promoting the strength of the great national unity bloc in combination with the power of the era; continuing to comprehensively and synchronously accelerate the cause of reform; constructing and firmly safeguarding the Fatherland and maintaining

Centenary of the Communist Party of Italy

THE Communist Party of Italy was founded on January 21, 1921. The October Socialist Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent formation of the Communist International in 1919 under the leadership of V I Lenin inspired and creates the atmosphere for setting up of communist parties in different parts of the world. The Communist parties of China, South Africa, Spain, Portugal etc were all set up in the year 1921.

Israel – An Apartheid Regime

ON January 12, 2021, for the first time an Israeli organisation had called Israeli State for what it is – an apartheid regime. Though many Palestinians, supporters of the Palestinian cause and non-Israeli human rights organisations have been terming the Israeli regime as an apartheid regime, the significance of a reputed human rights organisation from Israel – B’Tselem – publishing a detailed report reasoning its arguments cannot be lost.

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