From September 20 to September 22, heads of state from around the globe met in New York to make a review of the state of achievements, if any, of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) adopted in 2000 and whose implementation is planned by 2015. Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon expressed concerns over the achievement of these objectives, among others, because of the reduction of international aid given by rich countries.

This year, there is expected to be a shortfall of 20 billion dollars in aid, because of decline in the contribution of half the “donor countries,” now caught

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Legitimate Revolt Is Not a “Conspiracy”

– Some comments by a militant

In the tumult of events surrounding the G20 Summit, a certain segment of what is generally referred to as the “far left” found itself denouncing the Black Blocs and other masked militants who carried out apparently illegal acts. Some went so far as to claim that the various actions against the bourgeoisie and its state were carried out by agent provocateurs, even that they were planned by the police itself. One could read this kind of analysis from the pen of Trotskyist authors. The leader of the “Communist Party of Canada,” Miguel Figueroa, took

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Support people’s war in India!

In India an impetuous people’s war against the Indian bourgeoisie and the imperialism is developing and spreading more and more in nearly one third of the districts of the country. It is not simply a guerilla waged by few thousands of fighters, coming from the castes and tribal areas of the country. It is a real people’s war, led by the Party of the proletariat of India, the Communist Party of India (Maoist), in which are involved – or is supported by – millions of poor peasants, women, “untouchables,” fighting to free themselves and it has already took big areas

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From the Workers and Proletarian Uprising to the Proletarian Revolution!

The crisis of the imperialist system goes on with its impact on the proletarians and the masses throughout the world. The imperialist bourgeoisies in the world take advantage of the crisis to restructure the capitalist system on a world scale, to “improve” it in their interest and for their profits.

For the oppressed people, it means hunger and poverty; for the proletarians in the imperialist countries, it means increasing unemployment and cost of living, sackings, closing factories, precariousness.

This also feeds the inter-imperialist contradictions for the control on the world market and on the strategic geo-political regions. This raises and

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Selected works of Jose Maria Sison

The Norman Bethune Bookstore, with the Centre for Philippine Concerns, and BAYAN Canada, invites you to the Québec launch of the first two books in the Selected Works of Philippine revolutionary, Professor Jose Maria Sison. This special event will be held Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Bookstore located at 1918 Frontenac Street in Montréal, right next to the Frontenac Metro. The author, who lives as a political refugee in The Netherlands, will be present via videoconference. It is to be noted that November 7 marks the 92nd anniversary of the October Revolution which led to the founding of the

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Armed guards, out of Akwesasne!

It’s now been more than a month that the Cornwall Customs office and the Seaway International Bridge linking Cornwall with Massena, New York have been closed. Border guards left their position overnight between May 31 and June 1st, because of opposition from the Akwesasne Mohawk community (where the office is located) to see armed Canadian Customs officers on their territory.

That day, June 1st, border guards were to begin carrying their new weapons. This is part of the Harper government’s plan, within its “security” offensive to respond to U.S. imperialism’s preoccupations (or demands?), who decided to arm all its 4,800

Some, to blend in the bad news, fake compassion towards those who must support the crisis’ heavy burden (workers and oppressed people in all countries). Others even dare to criticize capitalism, or rather a certain form of capitalism.

So that’s how we heard French president Nicolas Sarkozy get on his high heels and talk about the necessity to “refound” capitalism. His new pal Barack Obama didn’t hesitate to speak up condemning some top banking and major corporations’ executives for their outrageous bonuses, and whose greed provoked anger in those who lost their jobs or households. However, it appears Stephen Harper

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A New Maoist Bookstore in Montreal

The Political Information Bureau is announcing the opening of the Maison Norman Bethune – unique in Canada, aiming to be both an information center and an organizing space to support the struggle for socialism and world revolution.

This project is especially important in the current situation, where capitalism is going through one of its worst crises and where more and more people are expressing renewed interest in struggling for a system based on the interests of the majority and workers’ power.

Located in the heart of Montreal’s Centre-Sud neighborhood, the Maison Norman Bethune will make a variety of documents available

With the elections finally over and the Conservatives poised to lead another minority government, a few interesting facts about these latest elections, the 40th since Confede­ration, have been released.

The first and perhaps more important fact is that these elections resulted in the lowest voter turnout in Canadian history; only 59.1% of the eligible voting population bothered showing up at the polls on Tuesday, trumping the previous record set during the 2004 Federal Elections in which 60.9% of the voting population participated. Around the country, participation rates varied; in P.E.I., 69.5% of the eligible voting population showed up at the

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Two events you can’t miss!

• Fredy Villanueva, never again!

A family friendly demonstration will take place on Saturday, October 11th to remember the two-month anniversary of the murder of young Fredy Villanueva by the Montreal Police. Organized with the support of around twenty groups, including the Montréal-Nord Républik, the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality, the “Mothers and Grandmothers for Life and Justice of Saint-Michel and the RCP, the demonstration will demand a public and independent investigation of the events surrounding Fredy’s death, the end of racial profiling and police abuses and impunity, and “the recognition that economic and social inequalities will lead to