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The Real Face of Canada

Growing up in Canada, it is repeated like a prayer that “our country” is one dedicated to and renowned for “peacekeeping,” “human rights” and “freedom.” Even some elements of the left, rightly critical as they may be of Canadian foreign policy, see Canada as something different, in some way, from the broader imperialist system —that it is at once “semi-imperialist” and “semi-colonial.” That it is at once both exploits with and is exploited by imperialism.

The truth of these claims, however, is often very dubious. When we look beneath the surface we find that Canada is a settler-colonial state built

Each year, the arrival of summer coincides with a surge of nationalism in Canada and Québec. The website of the federal government recently urged us to “celebrate Canada” from June 21 (National Aboriginal Day, as declared by the settler-colonial state) until July 1 (Canada Day), including Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24) and even “Canadian Multiculturalism Day” on June 27. As workers, we have nothing to celebrate on these occasions, for we have nothing in common with the capitalists who run this country.

The Canadian (and Québécois) bourgeoisie would like us to celebrate that an opulent minority of people rule the roost

An important activist from the U.S. radical Left, Marilyn Buck died from a rare and aggressive uterine cancer on August 3, 2010, only two weeks after being released on parole. Marilyn Buck, like many of her fellow activists in the 1970s, firmly believed that the duty of any revolutionary is to make the revolution.

Born in Texas, she became involved in the 1960s with the Students for a Democratic Society. As the black liberation struggle grew in power and determination, Marilyn’s political work focused increasingly on solidarity with that movement. In 1973, when Marilyn was 26, she was arrested for

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» Red Aid 4 (Belgium)

On February 12, 2007, dozens of Communist trade unionist and anti-fascist activists were arrested in several Italian cities. Italian police was investigating a clandestine organization, the Political-Military Communist Party, which was allegedly planning attacks on a residence and a television station belonging to Silvio Berlusconi. Among the thousands of documents the Italian police found were photos of four members of the Belgium Red Aid.

Italian police secretly communicated information to the Belgian police. After one and a half years of secret investigation, and in the absence of any result of this espionage, a judge ordered a wave of raids and

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» Vancouver 5

The anarchist group Direct Action in Vancouver wanted to attack the symbols of corporate greed in order to wake the masses up to the atrocities that feed capitalism and to show that it is possible to fight the system. After vandalizing targets such as the headquarters of mining company Amax, the group decided to step up tactics. In the spring of 1982, a bomb made up of an estimated 200 sticks of dynamite destroyed the Cheekye-Dunsmuir Hydro substation, which was nearly completed and was widely opposed by the surrounding community because it would pave the way the development of a

In 1926, Dawn Fraser wrote a poem that began:

Listen, my children, and you shall know Of a crime that happened long ago In the dark and dismal days of old When the world and all was ruled by Gold 
When the earth was a rich man’s institution That was before the Revolution.

Canada, of course, has yet to see its Revolution, but in the 1920s and 1930s, hopes for this revolutionary future were at their peak.

On August 11, 1931, the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) were raided and Tim Buck, General Secretary of the CPC,

Here are some short presentations of current and former political prisoners who have been jailed because of their participation in people’s and revolutionary struggles. They are only a few among thousands of others who dared to oppose the capitalist/imperialist system. We hope their example will be an inspiration in our struggles to come. Some of them are still in need of solidarity: we urge our readers to use the provided links to show their support.

» Marilyn Buck (1947-2010)

» Red Aid 4 (Belgium)

» Vancouver 5

» Repression of communists in the 1930s

» Mumia Abu-Jamal

» Jose Maria

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» Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a renowned journalist from Philadelphia who has been in prison since 1981, and on death row since 1983 for allegedly shooting Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. He is known as the “Voice of the Voiceless” for his award-winning reporting on police brutality and other social and racial epidemics that plague communities of colour in Philadelphia and throughout the world.

In 1981, while he was working as a taxi driver, he saw his brother staggering in the street. Mumia exited the cab and ran to the scene, where he was shot by a uniformed police officer and fell

Rising from the crushing poverty of the long-suffering Peruvian masses, the Communist Party of Peru has since 1980 supported the strategy of People’s War. Following decades of failure of the bankrupt parliamentary strategy to empower and uplift the oppressed and exploited in Peru, the Communist Party of Peru blazed new trails, and thus evoked a particularly brutal response from the Peruvian state and murderous Garcia regime.

The general experience of the Communist Party of Peru up to this day shows that the state will resort to any amount of repression and fabrication to protect the ruling class and private property;

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» Jose Maria Sison

Founder of the new Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in 1968, Jose Maria Sison is one of the most important political personalities in this South-East Asian archipelago. Arrested during the time of the Marcos dictatorship, Sison spent nine years behind bars before his release in 1986. But repeated threats on his life from the military and the Philippine regime eventually forced him to leave his homeland. Jose Maria Sison is presently the chief negotiator in the peace talks with the Philippine government for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). He also heads the International League of People’s