82nd Anniversary of the Birth of Hardial Bains, August 15, 1939
82nd Anniversary of the Birth of Hardial Bains, August 15, 1939
Use of force to quell the people
Thirty-seven years ago, from June 3-8, 1984, on Indira Gandhi’s orders, the Indian army launched a devastating assault and massacre of innocent Sikhs at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar, Punjab. Other Gurdwaras were also attacked.
By HARDIAL BAINS
There are two worlds in combat today. One is the world of the bourgeoisie, counter-revolution, retrogression and the anti-social offensive. This world of reaction and war tramples underfoot the right of the peoples of the world to chose their own system. There is another world, the world of the working class and all progressive humanity, the world of revolution and the opening of the door for the progress of society. This is the world of pro-social programs, the world of unity and struggle of the peoples of all lands. Continue reading
1. The Manifesto of the Communist Party
February 22 marks the anniversary of the publication of the first edition of the Communist Manifesto, written in 1848 by Karl Marx and his life-long friend and follower Frederick Engels. The Communist Manifesto became the most read and sought after pamphlet in the world. To this day, the attitude towards this pamphlet distinguishes those who are revolutionary because they use Marxism as a guide to action, from those who are hidebound and dogmatic and have another aim. Continue reading
Fourth in a series on the issues and goals of the “October Crisis” and the forces in motion, reposted from TML Weekly.
Third of a series on the issues and goals of the “October Crisis” and the forces in motion, reposted from TML Weekly.
By Anna Di Carlo
There are many official as well as media accounts of crimes committed against Canadians, Quebeckers and Indigenous peoples by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Some of the crimes are left out of the accounts altogether; others are said to be unacceptable aberrations or necessary despite the violations of rights. All in all, it is said that such crimes belong to the past or even that they have contributed to strengthening our democracy. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) was created in 1984 to, allegedly, “collect intelligence but not pass to action” and thus we were to believe that the days of the dirty deeds of the RCMP were over. Of course, it is not true that after 1984 the security services stopped violating the rights of the people. These include cover-up of their involvement in the 1985 Air India disaster. Since 9/11, every manner of excuse has been given to violate rights with impunity. Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act 2015 extends powers to CSIS to allow it to conduct activities that resemble those of the RCMP prior to 1984.
This article provides a brief review of the official story and what the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) had to say about this at the time the events were taking place. The aim of the review is to sum up this experience so that people can provide themselves with a suitable guide to action which serves the present and opens a path to a safe and bright future. Continue reading
Second of a series on the issues and goals of the “October Crisis” and the forces in motion, reposted from TML Weekly.
Media disinformation about the invocation of the War Measures Act in 1970 tends to focus only on some events which were taking place in October 1970 and discussion on whether or not Pierre Elliot Trudeau over-reacted or if there truly was a state of apprehended insurrection at the time. Information brought to light in 2010 about the RCMP’s secret plans, first devised in 1950, for indefinite detention and internment of thousands of Canadians, code-named PROFUNC (PROminent FUNCtionaries of the Communist Party), was used, amongst other things, to suggest that the phenomenon of the police being above the civil power was a thing of the past. Continue reading
September 1 marks the anniversary of the invasion of Poland by the Hitlerites in 1939. Instead of condemning the Nazis, reactionary forces such as the Harperites use disinformation to rehabilitate the reputation of Nazi war criminals and to cover up who were the victims of fascism in whose name the peoples of the world declared “Never Again!” At this time of year, they use the anniversary of the German-Soviet non-aggression pact signed on August 23, 1939 to claim that this was an act of appeasement, not a tactical move for the Soviet Union to buy time to arm itself for an inevitable confrontation with the Nazis. The disinformation is also used to suggest that it was the Soviets and not the Nazis who invaded Poland in September 1939 and started the war in Europe. This is to hide the fact that it was the European powers that actively appeased the Nazis and permitted the invasion of Poland, while the Soviets fought to defend that country and its people at every turn. Ultimately, this disinformation about the causes of World War II is to justify and commit similar crimes in the present. Continue reading
International Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10, the date on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, seventy years ago in 1948. According to its Preamble, the Declaration, which contains thirty articles, was to constitute a “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.” Continue reading
What are the Liberal notions of openness, transparency, accountability and electoral reform, which the Trudeau government calls Real Change? TML editorial on the Liberal agenda.
The Governor General officially opened the 42nd Parliament of Canada with a Speech from the Throne on Friday, December 4. The 15-minute speech was entitled “Making Real Change Happen.” Just over 1,600 words were divided into seven sections: an introduction, “Growth for the Middle Class,” “Open and Transparent Government,” “A Clean Environment and a Strong Economy,” “Diversity is Canada’s Strength,” “Security and Opportunity” and a conclusion. After the speech was read, the House of Commons began debate on a motion to adopt an Address in Reply to the Throne Speech which will continue until Friday, December 11. The House was adjourned at 5:05 pm after the Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc informed MPs of the schedule of House business for the coming week. Continue reading
Shunpiking Magazine’s Online Dossier, May-June 2005
May 8, 2005 marked the 60th anniversary of the surrender of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich in 1945 and the defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe. Called Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) in the English-speaking countries, it is celebrated on May 9 in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union where it marks the victory of the Great Patriotic War. The defeat of fascism in Europe was a historic event with a permanent significance not only for Europe but for all peoples, who made the greatest contribution to its defeat. Imperialists can be stopped and their weapons silenced.
With this Dossier we want to give our readers a vivid idea of how war may and will creep up on them if it is not opposed. We want to try and discover the real political and economic origins and causes of WWII and its conduct, length and end, the war aims of the different parties, and show how war can be hatched in the greatest secrecy. How was the fate of the peoples of Europe sealed? How was fascism defeated? This has special urgency in our own day, when the imperial Washington of George W. Bush has taken on the task of declaring itself above international law and the Charter of the United Nations. Continue reading
By PULINE EASTON and ANNA DI CARLO
According to official and media accounts of crimes committed against Canadians, Quebeckers and Indigenous peoples by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), some crimes never took place and others were unacceptable aberrations. They say that, in any event, the door for such things to be repeated was closed in 1984, when the Canadian Security Intelligence Review Service (CSIS) was created to collect intelligence but not pass to action. In this context, concern is expressed about Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 extending powers to CSIS to allow it to conduct activities that resemble those of the RCMP prior to 1984. Of course, it is not true that after 1984 the security services stopped violating the rights of the people. Continue reading
Tireless fighter for the dignity, rights and freedom of the Puerto Rican people
With profound sorrow, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) regrets to inform you that the beloved champion of the Puerto Rican people, the devoted anti-colonial patriot, Luis Nieves Falcón passed away in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on March 10 after a two-year battle with leukemia. Comrade Luis was also a very dear friend to CPC(M-L), its founder and leader Comrade Hardial Bains and its current leadership.
The passing of Comrade Luis represents a huge loss to the Puerto Rican people and all those fighting for independence and freedom from colonial domination around the world. The most beloved and fearless champion of the anti-colonial struggle, he had utter fidelity to the grand cause of the freedom of the Puerto Rican people, the liberation of their political prisoners from U.S. jails and the high road of civilization. Continue reading
25 November 2006
Editor & Publisher,
Shunpiking Magazine, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Congratulations on receiving the Award of Media Excellence 2006 from the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC). For many years we have been journalistic colleagues and kindred spirits in building an independent media that tells the truth and provides Canadians with information relevant to their concerns. Your journalism, embodied in the ongoing work of Shunpiking Magazine and elsewhere, is at the same time fully partisan in its unrelenting defence of the rights of all, and most especially, those singled out for attack by the Canadian state and world reaction. Continue reading
Speech of Acceptance by TONY SEED
THE Canadian Islamic Congress 2006 Award for Media Excellence was presented to Tony Seed of Halifax on 30 October in Ottawa. Shunpiking Magazine’s editor and publisher was also invited to address the CIC’s Annual Gala Dinner – held in the West Block of the Parliament Buildings – on the topic of “Muslims and the Media.”
Invited guests included community activists and Muslin delegates, politicians, senior government officials, Ambassadors of 26 Muslim countries as well as professional and business leaders from across Canada.
By TONY SEED
Upfront Editorial. Shunpiking Magazine, December-January, 2000, No. 31
AS WE APPROACH the threshold of the year 2000 – an illusory date that has long served as a synonym for the future that is about to become the present – we inevitably reflect on the past and take stock of our region, country and world. All the media is prophesying the beginning of a new millennium, but as I glance through the news reports one of the first things which strikes my mind is: what are they talking about? Here at Shunpiking we do want to give significance to the new millennium, too – but without sentimentality, nostalgia or angst, and with some objective criteria.
What has been accomplished in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes in a fundamental way during this century? What do we want to achieve in the future? Continue reading