November 11, 2017 - No. 36
Great October Socialist Revolution Continues to Grow
and the Cause of Peace
| Halifax Anti-War Rally
Warmongers Not Welcome in Halifax!
Oppose the Halifax War Conference!
• Celebrations Worldwide
Trudeau Government's Support for
Foreign Interference in Canadian Politics
• Foreign Financing for the Anti-Communist
A Matter of Great Concern
- Louis Lang -
Imperialist Countries' Response to Russian Revolution
• Foreign Intervention in Soviet Russia and
Canada's Forgotten Role
Significance of Great October Socialist
Revolution Continues to Grow
Remembrance Day and the Cause of Peace
On November 11, 1918, Germany signed the Armistice that
officially ended World War I, which was originally referred to as "the
Great War." This date
is commemorated as Remembrance Day and the slogan used to mark
Remembrance Day is "Never Again." This refers to the great
slaughter in that war of the soldiers sent as
cannon fodder from all sides. Despite this, another great war
took place less than three decades later, another great slaughter. The
meaning of Never Again was understood very differently by
the imperialists than by the people, not only then but now.
Never Again. What does it mean to
the bourgeoisie of the
imperialist countries which are engaged in perpetual wars of
aggression and occupation against the peoples in practically
every region of the world and who brandish nuclear weapons to
threaten any peoples who refuse to come under their dictate?
Today, their actions speak louder than their words of the kind of
peace they seek to impose on the world.
The people know there is an alternative to war,
provided by the Great October Socialist Revolution in 1917. In fact,
Revolution showed in a concrete way that the entire world is in
transition from one system to another. Nineteen seventeen marked that
point where one society passes into another. It was a period
full of every kind of conflict. In Europe, the First World War
was taking place. It was the most brutal war known to that date
and involved a large number of countries, not only in Europe, but
in Asia, Africa, Oceania and North America. At the same time, the
workers, peasants and others were in revolt. There were
revolutionary crises in Italy and Germany, as well as a war of
national independence in Ireland, and workers' struggles in Scotland
and various other places. The ferment was widespread, reflecting
in a serious way that these kinds of conditions could not carry on,
that the situation had to change.
Within this framework, one of the demands of the
in Russia was for peace, a slogan which has not disappeared. Another
demand of that revolution was for bread, and economic security has
remained one of the constant
demands of the people in every country in the world. Those features of
the revolution which ended the feudal
aristocracy and brought democracy to Russia became a standard of
democracy in the 20th century. Since that time there has been a
definition of democracy and its requirements within each country and
internationally that demand the elimination of the role of privilege
and the establishment of equality and a people's power on a modern
basis. Most importantly, this revolution brought forth a
new society, a socialist society, which was constructed in Russia
after 1917 and from 1922 within what came to be known as the
Soviet Union. The consequences of the 1917 revolution became the
fighting ground for the whole period to come. Since 1917, for 100
years, the struggle has been between one society trying to come
into being and the other society passing away. This is a struggle
which, with the retreat of revolution following the collapse of the
former Soviet Union and People's Democracies in eastern Europe, has now
once again assumed great significance on the world scale.
But at the time of the Russian Revolution, from the
outset the bourgeoisie of the belligerent nations would not countenance
losing control over lands and resources they coveted. Before the
revolution of October 1917,
the Russian bourgeoisie, which was brought to power after the
Revolution that took place in February 1917, was unable to think
of anything better than to continue the policy of the detested
tsar in all its essentials. This included the policy of war "to a
victorious finish" -- even though the war with Germany and Austria was
beyond the country's
strength and had reduced the people and the army to a state of
utter exhaustion. After 1917, in order to consolidate the Soviet power,
state of war had to be ended for, more
than anything else, it was hampering this consolidation. The
Bolshevik Party therefore launched the fight for peace from the
moment of the victory of the October Revolution, and the Russian
working class led by the Bolsheviks and V.I. Lenin immediately
took Russia out of that imperialist war. Amongst other things,
the people's power refused to pay debts that had been incurred
for the continuation of the war of conquest and which had placed
the country in bondage to foreign capital. Lenin also revealed
all the secret unequal treaties between the big powers and
delivered on the promises for peace, bread and land. In this way,
the Bolsheviks showed what it meant to stand for peace not just
in word but in deed. It entailed a life and death struggle to
come to terms with one's own oppressors so as to make a
contribution to the great cause of world peace. It gave the
working class around the world a banner of their own to rally
around so as to also make a real contribution to peace.
Build an Anti-War Government!
Get Canada Out of All Imperialist Alliances!
Today in the imperialist heartlands, this content of
peace achieved in 1918 is hidden. Remembrance Day is used by the
government of Canada to conciliate with the irrational and
self-serving U.S. imperialist definitions of the U.S. as the
indispensable nation. The notions promoted of democracy, peace and
freedom are based on that. The working class and people are
reduced to spectators wishing upon a star that peace
will come and expressing gratitude to veterans of past
wars in a manner that considers military affairs to be devoid of
politics. Despite this, governments such as that of the Trudeau
Liberals are not able to convince anyone that they desire peace; their
active engagement in war and aggression abroad shows that their talk of
peace, freedom and democracy is counterfeit. Their fraudulent notions
of remembrance are rejected by the peace-loving people of Canada for
whom Remembrance Day means that humanity's desire for no more wars must
To block remembrance which contributes to peace, this
alone the Trudeau government is hosting two international
meetings where, in the name of peace, more war preparations will be
put in place. The first is the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial
to be held in Vancouver November 14 to 15. The initiative to hold
this meeting comes directly from former U.S. imperialist
president Barack Obama. His program to reform peacekeeping embroils the
UN in achieving U.S. imperialist aims for regime change, to subjugate
those nations that do not voluntarily come under U.S. control. Canada
is pushing to continue the reform of UN peacekeeping despite
policies to the contrary by the Trump presidency in the U.S. In
this vein, Canada is expected to announce a new "peace operation," and
where it will deploy 600 troops or more in Europe, Asia, Africa and/or
Latin America and the Caribbean.
Meanwhile, a government report shows
Canadian exports of military arms and equipment to Saudi Arabia
increased by 47 per cent to $142 million in 2016. Data gathered
by Industry Canada and Statistics Canada show firearm industry
exports of "civilian semi-automatic rifles" to Saudi Arabia went
from zero exports in 2015 to $13.5 million worth in
2016. "[R]ifles for sports,
target shooting" rose by 67 per cent from January through August
this year compared to the first eight months of 2016. Rifle exports in
2017 alone totalled $6.8 million for more than 7,000
rifles up to the end of August. While the category "rifles for
sports, hunting and target shooting" is made to sound harmless
enough, reports indicate that high-powered Canadian-made sniper
rifles are being used by Saudi soldiers, at least one of whom
was reportedly captured by Yemeni fighters who are resisting the
U.S.-backed Saudi aggression against their country.
The second warmongering meeting this month will take
place two days after the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial
when Canada hosts the ninth annual Halifax International Security
Forum, a U.S. institution through which the NATO powers and their
agents make secret deals and sort out how to achieve their
empire-building aims. The organization No Harbour for War in
Halifax is organizing the annual protests to oppose this
gathering of the world's chief war criminals.
All of this shows that for the working people of
Remembrance Day is a time to remember that there is an
alternative to the wars of aggression and slaughter that the
imperialists organize in the futile attempt to extricate themselves
from the profound crises they have created. It is the way forward shown
fight to consolidate the achievements made by the Great October
Revolution in 1917. It requires that the working class constitute
the nation so as to open society's path to progress. It starts by
taking the steps required to establish a political
process that brings into being an anti-war government. This
means taking actions with analysis which come to terms with the
role Canada is playing in the world and working out what are the
factors for peace and organizing to put collective weight behind them.
In this issue TML
Weeky is publishing an extensive supplement
to inform readers how the Russian working class defended the
workers' state under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party and
V.I. Lenin during the Civil War, which took place from 1918 to
1920. The intervention of 14 "Entente" countries, including
Canada, was aimed at preserving the relations that Tsarist
Russia had established. Another item elaborates the causes and
circumstances in which Canada intervened against Soviet Russia.
It too underscores the fact that the October Revolution ushered
in a period of transition on the world scale. To quote from the
Great Lenin after Russia was forced to sign the Peace of
Brest-Litovsk that gave the Bolshevik Party a respite in which to
consolidate the Soviet power and to organize the economic life of
the country: "Intolerably severe are the terms of peace.
Nevertheless, history will claim its own.... Let us set to work
to organize, organize, organize. Despite all trials, the future
To read article by Lenin, click here.
One Humanity! One Struggle!
Get Canada Out of NATO, NORAD
and All Imperialist Alliances!
All Out to Establish an Anti-War
1. Tim Naumetz, "Canada's Rifle
Exports to Saudi Arabia Spiked This Year," iPolitics, November 1, 2017.
November 7, 2017. Communist organizations from Russia were joined by
representatives of political parties and democratic and progressive
organizations from more than 80 countries at
a march and rally in Moscow held to honour the Great October Socialist
In Russia and around the world the centenary of the
Great October Socialist Revolution on November 7 was celebrated with
Celebrations in Russia
Celebration of the centenary of the Great October
Revolution took place in many cities in Russia. From November 2-7 a
number of activities were organized by the Communist Party of the
Russian Federation in
Petersburg and Moscow to which foreign parties were invited.
Photo of the 19th International Meeting of
Communist and Workers' parties, St. Petersburg, November 2-3.
From November 2-4, the 19th International Meeting of
Communist and Workers' Parties was organized with the theme: "The 100th
Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution: The Ideals of
the Communist Movement, Revitalizing the Struggle against Imperialistic
Wars, for Peace, Socialism." It was attended by 103 parties from around
the world, representatives of the CPRF's 85 regional bodies and
activists of its youth wing.
During the meeting, a press conference was held to
important new books published for the centenary of the Great October
Gennady Zyuganov, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPRF,
and Guo Yezhou, Deputy Head of the International Department of
the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China presented a
major new work produced jointly by their parties, The October
Wind. Lenin in Historical Events and Memories.
Based on extensive archival research, the beautifully
illustrated book was described as a historical narrative of all
the major events of the revolution that is filled with new
content. It has been published in Russian with publication in
Chinese and other languages to follow soon.
A second book, Truth
and the Great October also
for this occasion was presented by the CPRF. It is a compilation
of material published in the Communist Party newspaper Pravda
for the purpose of providing an honest
rendering of the history of the Great October Revolution and combating
the falsifications that abound today, Zyuganov said.
A third book presented at the press conference was
by Gennady Zyuganov and contains the CPRF's assessment of the Great
October Revolution and ten proposals to address the current situation
Historic Sites of the Revolution in St.
whose guns fired the signal shot for the storming of the Winter
It was in St. Petersburg that the October Revolution was
launched November 7, 1917. A warning shot fired from the battleship
Aurora signalled the start of the Revolution, the ship's spotlight
trained on the Winter Palace which had served as the seat of the
Provisional Russian Government since February that year. The city,
renamed Leningrad after the revolution, is now with the retreat of
revolution called St. Petersburg once again.
A delegation of the
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) joined the celebrations
organized by the CPRF in St. Petersburg and Moscow and can testify to
the spirit of determination for renewal which imbued all the events.
Included among the celebratory events organized in St.
Petersburg were visits to the Aurora,
the first months of the
October Revolution. The legendary Second All-Russia
Congress of Soviets of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies was held
in its Great Hall immediately after the overthrow of the
provisional government. It was here that the banner "All Power to
the Soviets of the Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Deputies"
was first raised in response to Lenin's call, and where the Bolsheviks'
revolutionary decrees on Peace and Land were adopted. Today
the Smolny Institute houses the Lenin Museum as well as offices of the
Top: Smolny Institute; bottom: Lenin's desks in his study and office.
The State Hermitage Museum
located in the former Winter Palace of the tsars, is home to one of
the largest art collections in the world, and currently
has a powerful special exhibition dedicated to the centenary of
the Great October Socialist Revolution.
State Hermitage Museum
Gala Concert in St. Petersburg
On November 3, the CPRF held a gala evening and
magnificent concert to celebrate in song, poetry, dance, acrobatics and
dramatic visual imagery the Great October Revolution and the many
achievements it made possible. The concert, at Oktyabrsky Grand Concert
Hall, was attended by 5,000 people. To see videos of the concert click here.
The festivities organized by the CPRF continued in
from November 5 to 7. They included a gala concert on November 5
in Rossiya Concert Hall that was attended by 7,000 people, an
important international forum on November 6, and a march and rally
in Revolution Square on November 7.
During the celebrations, the delegations of foreign
visited the tomb of the unknown soldier and paid respects to the
memory of V.I. Lenin at his mausoleum in Red Square. It was also
the honour of many, including the delegation of CPC(M-L), to pay
respects at the tomb of J.V. Stalin, who led socialist construction on
the Leninist path until he died in 1953. Stalin was also the architect
of the victory of the Great
Patriotic War in which the Soviet Union with utmost heroism bore
the brunt of the battle of the world's people to defeat Nazi-fascism in
Europe and contributed to the defeat of Japanese
militarism in Asia. Flowers were also laid at the tombs of other
leaders of the Soviet Union.
The November 5 gala evening opened with the
presentation of the Lenin Prize
the Central Committee of the CPRF to 15
individuals in recognition of their special contributions to
socially significant activity, including achievements in
advanced production, social practice, scientific research and
cultural activities. The prize also recognizes work that furthers
the study and popularization of Marxist-Leninist philosophical
knowledge and contributes to upholding historical truth and
combating the falsification of the history of the Soviet Union
and the communist movement. The presentations were followed by a
magnificent tribute to the Great October Socialist Revolution in
song, dance, spoken word and dramatic visual images, with members
of the audience often joining in singing the songs. For videos
of the concert click here.
Presentation of Lenin Prize by Gennady Zyuganov, First Secretary of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
On November 6, the international forum "October 1917:
Breakthrough Towards Socialism" was attended by 133 parties and
progressive organizations from around the world.
Among those who addressed the forum and reaffirmed the
significance and continuing relevance of the Great October Revolution,
the teachings and example of the great V.I. Lenin, and socialism as the
way forward were representatives of parties whose governments are in
the heat of battle, defending their right to self-determination and
independence and resisting the brutal attempts of U.S. imperialism to
force regime change on their countries and destroy them through
economic, military and other forms of warfare. Notable among these were
representatives of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the
Communist Party of Cuba and the Ba'ath Party of Syria.
November 7 Events
On November 7, the official annual military parade took
place in Red Square. This event includes a re-enactment of the 1941
WWII military parade on the 24th anniversary of the Great October
Revolution at which J.V. Stalin issued a rousing call to the Red
army to fight the Nazi invaders. Stalin called on the Red Army to
take up the great mission that had fallen to them of liberating
the motherland and the enslaved peoples of Europe from the yoke of the
German invaders. From the parade in Red
Square the 28,500 assembled troops marched directly to the front
lines of the battle on the outskirts of Moscow, marking an
important turning point in the war. This year's re-enactment
marked the 76th anniversary of the historic 1941 parade in Red
Square. For video of Stalin delivering 1941 speech click here.
Despite the annual parade and re-enactment, November 7
is no longer a state holiday in Russia. In its stead, in 2005
Putin declared November 4 "National Unity Day" and made it a
national holiday. This year he delivered a speech for the occasion
emphasizing unity, cooperation, patriotism and preserving the ethnic
and cultural identity of Russia's diverse population.
The parade and re-enactment in Red Square were followed
later in the day by a march and rally organized by the CPRF. Thousands
of local communists and other patriotic forces marched together with
representatives of communist and progressive organizations from around
the world through the streets of downtown Moscow. A sea of red flags
and banners caught the eye, accompanied by the chanting of slogans
until the march reached Revolution Square where a spirited rally was
held celebrating the centenary of the October Revolution.
Celebrations of the Centenary of the Great October
Revolution were held in many cities across the country in the form of
meetings, parties and film showings.
The celebration organized in Toronto on November 4 led
the way in bringing together people from many organizations and fields
of endeavour to celebrate a cause they all hold in common. The brief
presentation by the National Leader of the Marxist-Leninist Party of
Canada (MLPC) Anna Di Carlo set a militant tone and was much
appreciated. A delegation from the Parti marxiste-léniniste du
Québec provided a lively choral presentation.
Bill Mahoney, resident poet of USW Local 1005, recited
several of his poems. He was part of a large delegation from Hamilton
of steelworkers, members of other unions and community organizations.
Other well-known Canadian poets also contributed readings of topical
poems. Peter Page, Executive Vice-President of the Ontario Network of
Injured Workers’ Groups brought his greetings and a song. The words of
greeting by Kathleen Chandler, General Secretary of the United States
Marxist-Leninist Organization were well-received.
The publication Northstar Compass, which
contributed historical photos to the display throughout the hall, also
sent its greetings. Other musical contributions at the event included a
moving tribute by a Salvadoran musician from Ottawa to Ernesto Che
Guevara on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, as well as songs
by musicians and singers from the MLPC known as the Fireweed Ensemble,
and singers and an accordion player from a local Russian youth choir. A
delegation of Filipino patriots from Bayan (the New Patriotic Alliance)
brought greetings and added to the musical program. Good food and
lively conversation as well as a display of revolutionary posters from
the time of the revolution, socialist construction and the anti-fascist
war all combined to a making the celebration a memorable event.
The celebration in Windsor featured the film October:
World, along with remarks by
representatives of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada.
The Halifax event featured a screening of the film October: Ten
Days that Shook the World by Sergei Eisenstein, along with speakers
In Edmonton, people held a celebratory dinner.
In Calgary, a double feature of Battleship
Potemkin and October: Ten Days that Shook the World was
organized by the Student Empowerment Committee at Mount Royal
University on November 7. A celebration dinner was also held November
Other events across the country included a screening of October:
World in Gatineau organized by the Joseph
Montferrand Collective on October 25, with a similar event held
November 9 in Ottawa. Activists with the International League of
Peoples' Struggle held a
celebration in Vancouver November 10 at the Russian Hall.
Donetsk People's Republic (Ukraine)
Lugansk People's Republic (Ukraine)
Trudeau Government's Support for Foreign
Interference in Canadian Politics
Foreign Financing for the Anti-Communist
Monument -- A Matter
of Great Concern
Protest against the
anti-communist monument on Parliament Hill, September 19, 2015. (E.
After more than
nine years of fraudulent Cold War
propaganda to win support for an anti-communist monument, first
by the Harper Conservatives and taken up now by the Trudeau
Liberals, it is clear that Canadians reject this despicable and
Having failed to raise money or support from
has been reported that Tribute to Liberty, a private
organization that has links to Latvian Nazi collaborators, is receiving funds from foreign
governments and sources to build the
On November 2, Heritage Canada held a dedication
site west of the Garden of the Provinces on Wellington Street in
Ottawa where the monument is to be located. Attending the
ceremony was Taiwan's representative to Canada who used the
occasion to donate U.S.$25,000 to Tribute to Liberty.
Ludwik Klimkowsky, head of Tribute to Liberty, thanked
for its contribution and acknowledged that donations had
also been received from Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia,
Poland, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.
Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine in particular are known for public
celebrations of those who collaborated with the Nazis or were part of
Nazi formations during the Second World War. Many of the governments in
these Eastern European countries have sought to diminish or distort the
role of the Soviet Red Army in their liberation from the Nazis. Poland
for example, actively promotes the Nazi lie that the "Katyn Massacre"
was carried out by the Red Army, rather than the Nazis themselves. For
its part, Taiwan, as the seat of power for the reactionary KMT deposed
by the communists in the Chinese civil war and propped up by the U.S.
imperialists, established the Asian People's Anti-Communist League in
1954 with the governments of the Philippines and south Korea. It was
expanded in 1966 into the World Anti-Communist League, and renamed the
World League for Freedom & Democracy in 1990. Its offices are
located in Taiwan, and its current president, Vice President and
Secretary General are all from Taiwan and are all former members of the
The fact that a large portion of the money in Tribute
Liberty's bank account comes from such virulently anti-communist
also exposes the fraudulent declarations of the Trudeau
government that the Canadian people approve of this
anti-communist hysteria. Nothing could be further from the
truth. With such shady backers, the government only succeeds in
exposing its own Nazi schemes and its betrayal of those Canadians
and peace-loving people all over the world who sacrificed so much
to defeat fascism in the Second World War.
No one can forget that this anti-communist monument is
built at a time when the Trudeau government is actively
participating in U.S. and NATO schemes, fomenting war on the
borders of Russia.
Thousands of Canadian troops have
been sent to Eastern Europe
(Ukraine and Latvia) to participate in military exercises and
other provocative actions such as "training" the armed forces of the
Kiev government, much of which is comprised of Nazi militias.
In order to justify these nefarious activities in
imperialist ambitions of the U.S. in the region, the Canadian
government in alliance with extremist governments in Eastern
Europe, is waging an assault on the consciousness of the people
by trying to rewrite history and erase from the collective memory
the historical significance of the struggle against the fascist
aggression of the Axis powers and the leading and decisive role
played by the Soviet Union in the victory over fascism in
It is a well-known fact that these same East European
countries who are financing the anti-communist monument in Canada
are also building monuments in their own countries to honour the
memory of those who collaborated with Nazi Germany during the
war. Meanwhile at home, the Trudeau government is silent in the face of
exposures of monuments to similar Nazi collaborators in Canada. To justify all this worldwide there is
an effort to paint Nazi collaborators as "patriots" who fought
communism. These war criminals are the "victims of communism" who
Justin Trudeau and Tribute to Liberty want to honour with a memorial in
Ottawa. This cannot be allowed to pass!
Adding "Canada, a Land of Refuge" to the name of the
is another part of the fraudulent campaign to pull the wool over
History shows that refugees have never
welcome in Canada based on humanitarian needs and considerations.
Vietnamese and Hungarian refugees, to name just
two, are examples of how the dire situation to which people were
subjected, was used to further the Cold War anti-communist
propaganda of U.S. imperialism, promoting lies and distortions
that all these people were escaping "evils of
These lies can never cover up the facts about the
of the wars of aggression and for regime change, waged by the U.S.
and its lackeys like Canada, in causing economic disasters
and dislocation of millions of people driven out of their
The example of the Hungarian government shows the
hypocrisy of these ruthless thugs who claim to be the greatest
defenders of democracy. In August 2015, the Hungarian government
donated CAD$121,000 to Tribute to Liberty, for the anti-communist
monument, the largest single
donation to date. In making the
donation a minister of the Hungarian government said this
was to recognize Canada's generous act of granting safe
haven to 43,000 Hungarian refugees who fled at the time of "1956
The shameless fraud of these anti-communist extremists
is exposed for all to see because the same Hungarian government which
praises Canada as a land of refuge, refused to help the refugees
resulting from U.S.-led destruction of countries of North Africa and
the Middle East in dire need on their own borders. Hungarian
authorities installed razor
wire fences and used tear gas and water cannons to attack refugees from
Syria and other countries who have been driven out of their homes and
risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean. Meanwhile the
Hungarian government is also well-known for its racist targeting of the
Roma, which has caused many to flee the country as refugees. A similar
situation exists in the Czech Republic.
The Canadian government's war mongering actions in East
Europe and its links with such criminal elements, facilitating their
interference in Canadian politics for war-mongering aims is an affront
to Canadians. The Trudeau government must be held to account.
No to the Anti-Communist Monument!
Canada Needs an
1. See "Tribute
TML Weekly, March
2. Some of the donations reported are: Czech Republic --
$20,000 and Latvia -- $14,000.
Exact amounts of other donations by foreign countries have not
3. In addition to Canada's
Foreign Minister expressing her undying respect for her Nazi
collaborating grandfather, David Pugliese writing in the Ottawa Citizen has raised concerns
of attempts to deny the significance of monuments in
Canada to Ukranian Nazi collaborators of the SS Galizien Division.
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