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The Little War That Couldn’t

His assessment about the Afghanistan occupation – “We’re not going to win this war” – is perhaps the most direct opinion of the situation we have heard coming out of the military circles of those nations involved in the conflict, but it is certainly not the first, nor will it be the last. And while it is also perhaps the most accurate, it yet again fails to realize just why the mission will fail, and why it that failure was inevitable. But regardless of the reasoning behind it, the fact remains that the Taliban is regaining strength and momentum at

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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

No surprises here — Prime Minister Harper has called for a general federal election, to take place this upcoming October 14th. For the next few long, arduous weeks, we’ll be forced to listen to the freak show yet again, and watch the ridiculous acts they put on to try and gain our votes.

The circumstances under which the elections were called say a lot about the futile character of bourgeois parliamentarism. All summer long, the opposition parties, led by the Liberals, made claims about their ability to defeat the minority government of Stephen Harper and provoke elections at

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Justified revolt against Injustice

There’s no two ways around it: last Sunday’s spontaneous riot in Montreal North neighbourhood was completely justified.

Mao Zedong wrote decades ago, during the era of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China, that the stance of Communists during these times of social upheaval and civil unrest should be clear-cut and decisive; in his mind, these spontaneous movements “express your wrath against and your denunciation of the landlord class, the bourgeoisie, the imperialists, the revisionists and their running dogs, all of whom exploit and oppress the workers, peasants, revolutionary intellectuals and revolutionary parties and groups”. He added that those upheavals

As footage of Tibetan and Chinese police and security forces using excessive force and violence against protesters in Tibet have sparked worldwide attention, it seems our own police forces have been taking discreet lessons from their Chinese counterparts, judging from the events that occurred at the annual May 1st International Worker’s Day demonstration, in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district.

The demonstration, which drew in as many as 800 people including some from Sherbrooke City, Drummondville, Trois-Rivières, Valleyfield, Sainte-Thérèse and Ottawa-Gatineau, was the culmination of efforts of nearly twenty community groups, popular fronts and other leftist organizations, including the Revolutionary Communist Party, Anarkhia,

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One and all to Montreal

Next May 1st at 6:30PM, those who have had enough of capitalism, exploitation and oppression will beat the streets in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood in Montréal, one of the poorest in Québec. Those who wish to see this rotten system transformed have no better day to do so, the day that symbolizes international solidarity between working-class people, employed and unemployed, immigrants and youth, and all of the exploited.

The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) supports and will take part in this initiative, which groups together a variety of different popular and political organizations (see the list below) as well as individuals

Over two years ago, on February 28th 2006, the first tents were erected in a construction site in a small town called Caledonia. From that day onwards, local Natives, upset at plans by Henco Industries to build on their land, have faced institutionalized discrimination from the government, public discrimination from their fellow Canadians, and attacks, verbal and physical, from both police and white supremacists—and yet, they’re still there.

Since the 1990 “Oka Crisis,” there have been several instances of Natives stepping up to defend their rights, their self-determination and their respect, but most have largely gone unnoticed by the mainstream

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Another budget to serve Capitalism

As politicians jousted and journalists’ cameras flashed on Parliament Hill and the pathetic spectacle of the “Leader of the Opposition” Stéphane Dion found new cause to embrace his Conservative “opponents,” the budget passed last Tuesday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was anything but spectacular. As usual, it’s up to the government to help the Canadian capitalists increase profits, while strengthening the repressive functions of the State apparatus.

According to some critics, the most substantial crime of this budget is its total lack of addressing the hardships being faced by Canadian workers. It does nothing but throw a few bread crumbs

We received the following communiqué several weeks ago. The lawyer’s office that represents the victims of police brutality pointed to in this letter is still looking for looking for them.



We are presently trying to find all the people who were arrested, detained or present during the encirclement by the Montréal police force on April 26th, 2002 around 5: 45 – 6:00 p.m. near the northwest exit of Dorchester Square at the corner of Peel and Square Dorchester in Montréal. For those who don’t remember, it was a protest to denounce the policies of the labour ministers of

As we’ve come to expect, the two political wings of the Canadian bourgeoisie (the Liberals and Conservatives) have agreed recently on a proposal, which will soon be passed to the House of Commons, to extend the military occupation operations of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan to at least 2011. Since the release of the Manley Report at the end of January, it became clear that the position of the bourgeoisie in Canada was firmly in support of maintaining Canada’s role in the imperialist occupation of Afghanistan.

Some hoped that the opposition parties, which maintain the majority of MPs, would foil