A New Year Gets Underway
• Best Wishes for Success in 2021
a Federal Election
Anna Di Carlo -
26th Anniversary of
A Nation-Building Project Like No
62nd Anniversary of the Cuban
• Long Live the Cuban Revolution!
Network on Cuba Hosts Successful
26-Hour Global Virtual
Institute for Friendship with the Peoples
217th Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution
Live the Haitian People's Historic Struggle
for Rights and
Argentina Legalizes Abortion
- Yolanda Machado -
Affirms Its Revolution and Right to Be
Are Cuba Viva, the Country That Resists and Triumphs
- Speech by Cuban
President Miguel Díaz-Canel -
Year Gets Underway
On the occasion of the New
Year, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) salutes all
those the world over who have played such a crucial role in 2020 by
showing through their deeds that our security lies in the fight to
affirm the rights of all.
First and foremost the
Party sends warm New Year's greetings to all its members and
supporters. It expresses its profound appreciation of all the efforts
made to advance its nation-building project, whose 25th anniversary we
marked in 2020 along with the 50th anniversary of the Party's founding.
Many initiatives were taken in the past year to consolidate CPC(M-L)'s
Historic Initiative in line with the decisions of the Party's 8th
Congress, with encouraging results. The work to publish TML
Weekly and its supplements and Workers' Forum
to encourage all those on the front lines of the fight to affirm the
rights of all has been truly exceptional. In the words of one reader:
"Best Wishes in 2021 to the Party for all your actions and clarity in
the past, may it continue and thrive in the 'New' Year!"
also greets Canada's working class and people who, in the past year,
have brought great honour to themselves. They have proven their mettle
once again, in the conditions of the pandemic, against injustices of
all kinds and in support of those fighting for peace, justice and
democracy both at home and abroad. Canadian working people are giving
collective expression to their claims on society and against every act
of injustice, including within the pandemic conditions. It is thanks to
them that their own safety and that of their fellow workers is
defended. To their great honour, they have persisted in upholding the
dignity of labour by laying claim to what belongs to them by right.
Taking the high road, they are not only defending the health, safety
and well-being of the people within their immediate purview but
collectively addressing how to confront the attacks of the rulers who
persist in their anti-social wrecking and claim they have a mandate to
The pandemic has served to make Canadians
aware of the economy and the role of the workers in production.
Canadians have also become more aware of how the economy is managed in
Canada, the disastrous consequences of the pay-the-rich course which
has been pursued by one party government after another at both the
federal and provincial levels since the onset of neo-liberalism in the
mid-1980s. Thanks to the working people, many collectives have been
activated to provide solutions to the myriad difficulties which exist
due to the wrecking of all hitherto known arrangements by the ruling
class. It is clear that so long as the direction set by the ruling
regime for the economy and all aspects of life is to preserve the
man-eating capitalist system and the so-called liberal democratic
institutions which are defunct, the destruction of the social and
natural environment and every manner of incoherence will continue, in
the service of narrow private interests. Havoc will continue to reign,
causing more and more damage.
the control of the financial oligarchy is a disaster with surging
poverty, homelessness, unemployment, ruination of nature and threats of
world war increasing with every passing day. The working class has the
numbers and capability to forge a new direction to save humanity from
the abyss into which the ruling elite, in its obsession to pay the
rich, is plunging the human species and Mother Earth.
the difficulties they face, we salute all the workers who produce and
deliver the goods and services we require, most of whom are putting
their health and very lives on the line without proper cooperation from
either their employers or the governments at every level whose focus is
to pay the rich, not look after the people.
condemn the federal government for responding in the most self-serving
manner to the pandemic. Borrowing money from private sources, it calls
these private funds "public funds," which it then doles out primarily
to narrow private interests claiming they, not the working people, are
crucial to the economy. Its demand that vulnerable workers and students
pay back thousands of dollars that they received through the Canada
Emergency Response Benefit and other payments, under the pretext that
they did not qualify according to rules they were never told existed,
is unconscionable. How should those who have no money pay it back?
We express our profound admiration for the health care
professionals and workers who have steadfastly defended the population
against contagion within the most difficult conditions caused by the
years of anti-social cutbacks to the health care system and its
privatization. We express our deepest sympathies to the families of all
those who have fallen victim to the coronavirus due to the failure of
governments to properly fund a public health care system which upholds
the highest standards of care and quality.
hearts go out to the families of those who have lost their lives as
residents and in the line of duty in long-term care and seniors' homes.
No one should suffer the brutality of the anti-human pay-the-rich
schemes which have created for-profit seniors' care, leaving them and
those who care for them abandoned, at the mercy of an avoidable fate.
We salute the teachers and staff of our schools, child care
centres, colleges and universities who are carrying out their duties in
untenable conditions. Our best wishes to all the children, students and
parents who are forced to fend for themselves in conditions of life
that governments make sure are out of their control.
salute the workers and people from all walks of life who have come
forward to protect and advocate for migrant workers, migrant students,
refugee claimants and vulnerable recent immigrants, as well as those
who are defending the rights of the homeless and those in need of
shelter and protection.
On the occasion of the New
Year, CPC(M-L) salutes the Indigenous peoples whose fight to put an end
to colonial injustice and for the rights which belong to them by virtue
of their being is at the heart of solving the problems of Canada's
anachronistic constitution, democracy and institutions. So too the
efforts of the people of every province and in Quebec to end the
anti-social offensive and resolve the crisis in the people's favour
encourage everyone to persist in their striving to humanize the natural
and social environment. In this regard, the youth make everyone
especially proud. All of it underscores the fact that the working class
and people are able to lead the society to sort out the problems it
We hail the courageous resistance struggle
and fight for rights of the working class and people in the United
States. Their fight for justice against police impunity and for
equality has grown in scope and intensity over the past year, winning
the support of democratic forces around the world, including the
Canadian people, with whom they share weal and woe. Now, as evictions
soar in the United States and massive unemployment in the wake of the
pandemic means no money for food and rent, the fight the people are
waging to bring in new arrangements is bound to open a path to progress.
We send greetings and reaffirm our anti-imperialist solidarity
with the peoples of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
fighting for their rights. Their struggles for justice and to be the
masters of their own destiny continue unabated and are escalating even
as the terrible conditions of an uncontrolled pandemic and its
attendant crises grip their societies, exacerbating the already
profound injustices of everyday life. On this occasion, the eyes of the
world are on the farmers and peoples of India fighting to repeal farm
laws designed to dispossess them in favour of narrow private interests.
In their hundreds of millions the peoples of India and south Asia are
demanding justice and constitutional arrangements which favour them.
Our red salute to the people of Kashmir and all the peoples affirming
their right to be.
We salute the peoples of West
Asia who persist in fighting for their sovereignty and right to be,
facing the non-stop aggression of U.S. imperialism and its proxies,
including the Israeli Zionists in Palestine, Syria, Iran and Yemen. Our
stand is also with the peoples of Africa where former colonial powers,
in their desire to continue plundering natural resources and control
spheres of influence, are committing aggression against the peoples of
their former colonies, and the people are striving to be the sovereign
decision-makers of their nations. This is the case in Mali, the Ivory
Coast and elsewhere, including the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
whose people are actively resisting the attempt of Morocco, backed by
France, to reoccupy their country by force of arms.
to the organized people of Venezuela and Bolivia who won important
electoral victories in 2020, delivering a sharp rebuke to U.S.
imperialism and its appeasers, including Canada, intent on forcing
regime change in their countries and preventing the people from
expressing their democratic will. We pledge to do our utmost to ensure
that Latin America and the Caribbean are a zone of peace and that
Canada cannot be used as a base for undermining the peoples' striving
for peace, democracy and freedom.
January 1 marks
the 217th anniversary of the 1804 Haitian Revolution which overthrew
both slavery and colonial rule. The revolutionaries led by Toussaint
L'Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines fought off successive European
powers -- the French, Spanish and British -- to proudly establish their
independent republic. Haiti was the first country in the world to
define citizenship rights on a modern basis, namely that they belong to
people by virtue of their being human as members of a body politic.
This was a decisive break from the conception of rights of the colonial
powers based on the ownership of property and a system of privileges,
which the U.S. imperialists and others continue to impose today.
Haiti's outstanding achievement continues to have great relevance for
the peoples of the world to this day as they fight for new arrangements
that affirm rights on a modern basis.
On January 1
we also extend warm greetings to all our fraternal parties, especially
at this time to the Communist Party of Cuba and its first secretary,
General Raul Castro, as well as to the Cuban people and their president
Miguel Díaz-Canel, and congratulate them on the occasion of
the 62nd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. We pledge to do our
utmost to contribute to defeating the criminal U.S. blockade and
attacks of other kinds that the U.S. has been intensifying in the vain
hope of bringing revolutionary Cuba to its knees. Meanwhile Cuba's
prestige is soaring to new heights for resisting the brutal U.S.
blockade and maintaining its independence and socialist project. The
exemplary life-saving work of its Henry Reeve International Medical
Brigade in more than 39 countries around the world has earned the
Brigade a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. The work of
Cuba's scientists is also exemplary. They have already come up with
four candidate vaccines as part of Cuba's efforts to help protect
humanity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
greetings as well to the Communist Party of Vietnam and best wishes for
the successful holding of its 13th National Congress that will take
place in January 2021. The government and people of Vietnam are to be
congratulated for the remarkable success they have achieved in keeping
the pandemic at bay in their country, giving rise to their own vaccine
on a self-reliant basis. With the mobilization and active participation
of the entire population, as of December 30, Vietnam has registered
only 1,456 total cases and 35 total deaths due to COVID-19 -- 15 cases
and 0.4 deaths per one million population -- one of the best records in
So too we congratulate the people of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea and their leadership for their
achievements in raising the people's well-being despite a brutal
sanctions regime, attempts at regime change and a world pandemic. We
wish the Workers' Party of Korea and its leadership every success in
their 8th Congress to be held in the New Year.
also wish to express our confidence in the fight of the peoples of
Europe and Oceania whose efforts to affirm the rights of all stand
second to none.
Nobody is sad to
see the year 2020 over. It will go on record for the uncertain
conditions which overtook the lives of the peoples of the world as a
result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a matter of great pride for
Canadians, Quebeckers and the Indigenous peoples to have faced the
pandemic in a manner which defends the rights of all. They have learned
a great deal from their experience which is worth appreciating as we
ring out the old year and ring in a new year. A crucial lesson is to
not put our lives on hold as a result of circumstances considered to be
This is a very particular historical
juncture where all the old forms of governance no longer exist and new
ones have not come into being. Whatever constituted a public authority
has been replaced by the destructive stranglehold and dictate of narrow
private interests. Far from putting our lives on hold and hoping the
old will return in due course, we must live our lives to the fullest
under all conditions and circumstances. Life is the object of our
living and what we achieve by it. It is ours for the taking.
Best Wishes in the New Year! Stay Safe!
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
2021, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) is going to pay
first rate attention to providing the problems we face with solutions.
It intends to go to the heart of the matter of what it means to provide
problems with solutions which favour the interests of the working
people, not the rich.
No matter which capitalist
society one refers to, it is plagued by social, spiritual and economic
problems which not only persist year after year but get worse. Canada
is no exception. The neo-liberal nation-wrecking agenda of the ruling
class is taking its toll, saddling the working people with problems
which require solutions.
Canada's model of
governance is based on Hobbesian covenant thesis. This was given rise
to several centuries ago, in England in the 1660s, as a way to get the
rulers of the day out of civil war. It established a fictitious person
of state in the manner of an incorporated persona which looks down upon
the people, who are classified as subjects. This fictitious persona
wields a sword in one hand and a bishop's staff in the other,
representing the decision-making power which stands above the people.
Matters related to war and peace and justice are thus the sole purview
of the person of state, who defines the character of the civil society
such that the national interest, values and the conduct of
relations serve that interest.
society arrangements which current neo-liberal governments are
dispensing with, were designed to sort out contradictions between
ruling factions by means of elections, deliberations in the
legislatures, discourse through the media and contractual arrangements
which were judiciable. They also established the system of political
parties and party government to act as gatekeepers of the power of the
fictitious person of state.
members of parliament, judges, lawyers and all such servants of the
court and the state must swear allegiance to said person of state who
they are duty-bound to represent. Party government in a representative
democracy represents the fictitious person of state, not the people.
The dictate of the ruling class over the people functions when it
appears to have the consent of the governed and to represent the
people. Once this fiction is seen to lie naked before the people, what
is revealed is the need for the people to solve the problem of wielding
the political power in their own favour instead.
material conditions today reveal the nakedness in the form of
unfettered police powers. Prime ministers, presidents, cabinet
ministers and the private interests they cater to set the direction of
the economy and the interests which will receive funds borrowed from
private sources, which are then channelled through the state coffers to
claim they are "public" funds. Arrangements hitherto known to comprise
a civil society have shed all notions of being a public authority based
on providing "the greatest good to the greatest number." No longer is
society based on the motto, "All for One and One for All," which upheld
a socialized process of production in the service of the rich while
also benefiting the many.
the rulers clamour for the preservation of the status quo, the more the
status quo reveals who it serves and that it is unsustainable.
order for governments to ensure that society continues to go nowhere,
they must give themselves more and more police powers and
justifications based on self-serving definitions of what constitutes
economic prosperity, national security and the national interest. This
has become the dominant feature of everything the federal government
does, to the extent that its intelligence agencies openly speak about
outlawing anyone who does not swear allegiance to Canadian
institutions. Based on these self-serving definitions of what
constitutes prosperity, national security and the national interests,
the intelligence police agencies are now in charge of monitoring speech
on social media, declaring what constitutes fake news and poses a
danger to Canada's model of governance.
now under the auspices of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are
passing laws related to the economy and the people's well-being which
ensure that the objective laws of capitalist development operate with
all their destructive force, while those who protest and call for the
fulfillment of their aspirations, who work for the building of a new
society, are suppressed. But objective laws when understood do not have
to cause destruction. They can be used in such a way that they
contribute to the creation of a society fit for human beings.
For their part, the people are not calling for the
preservation of the status quo; they are calling for change, for
solutions. Problems require solutions. Some are big problems and others
are small. Some require temporary measures and others, a permanent
solution. Some are problems of nature and others are problems of
society. Some are national and some are international. Some are of a
theoretical nature and others are of a practical nature. What can be
said, for sure, is that there are problems.
problems have a solution? No. But there are some problems with which
humankind cannot live without finding a solution. Such is the case when
it comes to the political process and its need for renewal. This
concerns who controls the decision-making power over all the decisions
which affect our lives.
The growing hostility to
governments which pay the rich, uphold definitions of justice as
decreed by the narrow private interests they serve, and pass the most
self-serving laws and call it rule of law requires an organized
political expression of the changes the people want. A modern
democratic personality is required whose every act is to humanize the
natural and social environment as it intervenes in every situation by
activating the human factor/social consciousness. The accomplishments
of the technical and scientific revolution, if channelled to humanizing
the natural and social environment, can bring all of humankind on par
with their own creations. A new world can emerge from the debris which
is threatening to bury us all alive. In 2021, let us focus on
the decisions which affect our lives. Let us focus on making sure we
unite in action to identify the problems which we think require
solutions and how to provide them with solutions!
As 2021 gets
underway, Canadians are being assaulted with the prospect that a
federal election could be unleashed against them at any time. The
machinery of polling firms, think-tanks, media and pundits controlled
by the Liberal faction currently in power has been in action for some
time saying how popular they are and that they deserve a majority to
pay the rich and integrate Canada into the U.S. war machine under U.S.
President Biden, unencumbered by being a minority government. The other
factions within the ruling class are gearing up their own electoral
machines to contest power in a manner which favours their own fortunes.
Their self-serving shenanigans provide evidence of how
elections are used as an assault against the people's right to
conscience. Canadians are told the "issues." They are saddled with
candidates not of their own choosing. They are made targets of costly
campaigns that reduce democracy to providing people, over whom they
exercise no control, with the authority to act in their name.
The idea of electing a party government that is said to have
the consent of the governed is a farce in the style of the emperor's
new suit of clothes. Self-serving factions usurp the machinery of state
through a fraudulent process called elections to serve very narrow
private interests. A slew of courtiers declare that the emperor's new
suit of clothes is democracy and very beautiful indeed. The emperor's
narcissism grows by the day and he too declares himself most fortunate
to have such courtiers who permit him to parade his nakedness without
reprisals of any kind. They believe that the people are powerless, that
it is the people who are naked because they can do nothing to control
the emperor's power to strut around naked, doing as he pleases.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) does not
accept such fairy-tales that are to keep the people tied to a system
which justifies paying the rich in the name of high ideals. CPC(M-L)
participates in elections under the name the Marxist-Leninist Party of
Canada. It champions the interests of the working people by putting the
full weight of its organization and its press to give expression to the
voice of the working people directly and to the claims the people from
all walks of life make by virtue of being human. CPC(M-L) alone puts
forward a definite vision and direction for society based on political
renewal so that the people themselves can take the decisions which
affect their lives and ensure all those in positions of power are held
Now is the time
to prepare for the assault which will be launched in the form of an
election by working out the matters of concern to the polity from the
point of view of the working class. More than ever, the situation
requires worker politicians who champion the cause of justice,
democracy and peace and are capable of speaking about the problems
facing the class and the country and involving them to provide these
problems with solutions. It is not in the interests of the people or
the country to give the cartel parties free rein to set agendas and
present the people with faits accomplis.
the human factor/social consciousness is all the more important under
conditions of COVID-19, so that working people are not forced to fend
for themselves. It is important for workers to be able to assess the
situation prior to and during an election period so as to decide how to
participate in a manner that breaks them out of their marginalization
and depoliticization and instead serves to mobilize their power. The
strength of the workers lies in their numbers and organization as
worker politicians who champion the cause of humanizing the natural and
social environment by affirming the rights of all.
assist the working people to provide themselves with the orientation
they require to participate in the political process and share the
reports and news which concern their lives, CPC(M-L) will publish the
bulletin Renewal Update twice a week, starting in
the second half of January. TML will be published
on the first Sunday of every month, instead of weekly, and TML
supplements will continue to be published as required to
provide more substantive information on unfolding developments and
matters of concern. The Workers' Centre of CPC(M-L) will continue to
publish Workers' Forum twice a week or as needed
by the workers' movement at any time.
We are convinced that a first step to people's empowerment is to unite
in action around projects of our own making! We count on you to send in
your reports, photos and information, along with announcements about
events, in a timely fashion, as well as to get more readers and
subscribers. Our best wishes for success in 2021!
Anniversary of CPC(M-L)'s Historic
On January 1,
1995, on behalf of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist),
party leader Hardial Bains launched CPC(M-L)'s Historic
This initiative brings together all the different
threads of the movement, which are developing across the country within
the present national and international conditions, to divert them
towards opening the path for the progress of society. It is a
nation-building project like no other as required by the times to
develop the human factor/social consciousness. This
article explains the key references contained in this
project, based on conversations with Hardial Bains at the time the Historic
Initiative was launched.
factor is meant the recognition that all people have rights
by virtue of being human and on account of their concrete objective
reality. Recognizing this as an approach to carrying out any initiative
is the basis for social progress.
consciousness is meant the recognition that society must
harmonize and reconcile the interests of its individual members with
their collectives and the individual and collective interests with the
general interests of society itself.
factor/social consciousness is meant that human sensuous and
material action which is directed towards fully controlling the
direction of society and its relationship with nature so as to humanize
the natural and social environment to benefit society and all its
Present Canadian society is constituted so
as to put individual freedom in first place by recognizing the sanctity
of private property as the basis on which the relations between people
are established. Such a society has sidelined the human
factor/social consciousness, the human sensuous and material action
which can harmonize the interests of the individuals with those of
their collectives and the interests of the individuals and their
collectives with the general interests of society. In sum, what has
been marginalized is that which is directed towards the full control of
society and its relationship with nature in favour of the people. The
aim is to preserve the status quo and ensure that the door
for the progress of the society is kept shut.
individual interest of private property has been concentrated into a
force of such gigantic proportions at this time that it has imposed a
state of retrogression on the whole of society in the country and
internationally. It claims that spontaneity and anarchism are normal
traits of people and society as long as they serve its own interests.
Organizing itself to the hilt in the form of coalitions and cartels
which seek to control all decision-making powers, the narrow private
interests claim that there is such a thing as an inherent human nature
in its own image which is egotistical and self-serving. On this basis
it claims that society must be organized accordingly and that nothing
can be done to change the situation. Such a self-serving notion ensures
that only that which facilitates its own existence and expansion and
competition with others of its kind is planned.
is meant that consideration which is based on a broad view of the
entire development from time immemorial to the present, in general, and
from the time of the Middle Ages in Europe to the present, in
particular. It is the approach which takes into account all the forces
engendered in the present day development and the gravitation inherent
in them. It places fidelity to the ensemble of social relations and
what they reveal in first place, which is not just the abyss and all
the powers of destruction but the face of the New and humanity's
striving for empowerment.
is meant putting the human factor/social consciousness at the centre
stage of all developments within the framework of concrete plans of
action designed to achieve the successes required at any time.
By Historic Initiative is meant that
action by the working class which will place the human factor/social
consciousness at the centre stage of all development with a
far-reaching impact on the direction of society, capable of determining
its entire future form and content.
this Historic Initiative and working out concrete
plans of action, CPC(M-L) is responding to historic necessity. It is a
plan by CPC(M-L) to ensure that human sensuous and material action is
put at centre stage, controlling the direction of the society and its
relationship with nature so as to benefit society and all its members.
In other words, CPC(M-L) is calling on the working class to transcend
the narrow aims imposed on society by a corrupt ruling elite and open
the door to the progress of society.
the door to the progress of society is meant the creation of
all the factors which will lead to social emancipation by ending the
exploitation of persons by persons. This requires an immediate
conscious move on the part of the working class to set the direction of
the economy, establish a modern constitutional foundation and carry out
democratic renewal which will open the door to the progress of society.
By progress in this case is meant the
creation of a society which cares and provides for all people and their
collectives by virtue of their being human, a society in which the
claims of all people are recognized according to their concrete
objective reality. A conscious, rational and humane society is a
requirement of history at this stage in the development of human
civilization. Bringing it into being is the main content and thrust of
the Historic Initiative until such a time as its
aim is accomplished.
By Plan of Action
is specifically meant the period of insistence in which the working
class must put the human factor/social consciousness at the centre
stage of the developments. No other aim must have priority for the
working class during this period. A plan of action is adopted to
consolidate the working class consciousness that it must fulfil its
historic role as the emancipator of humankind. It must do so not just
for its own sake but for the sake of the liberation of entire humanity,
which is the condition for its own emancipation and vice versa.
This Historic Initiative is the
continuation of the initiative of the people of the Renaissance and of
the Age of Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, at which point human
beings and their sensuous material life were put at the centre of human
enterprise in all fields, culminating with the birth of the modern
European nation-state and the ascent of the bourgeoisie on one hand and
its nemesis, the working class, on the other. This gave rise to the
system of governance based on definitions and institutions which
defended private ownership of the means of production and civil
liberties on this basis. With the release of the Manifesto of
the Communist Party, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels further
revolutionized the thinking on this question and put the working class
at the centre stage of history.
liberal democratic institutions no longer perform the function they
were established to accomplish. The Authority no longer contains the
police powers. It is no longer guided by a duty to uphold the public
good, and its institutions no longer serve to sort out
differences in the ranks of the owners of private property and control
rebellion and insurrection. Today these forms have passed away and the
private interests of the oligarchs accept no limitations. This main
content of the Historic Initiative is thus to
establish an Authority in accord with the Conditions which enables the
people to exercise control over their lives.
Initiative was launched by CPC(M-L) within the very definite
framework of nation-building. By nation-building is
meant fulfilling the need to lay down a modern constitution, change the
direction of the economy, carry out democratic renewal of the political
process and organize the entire affairs of society in a manner which
reconciles individual interests with the interests of their collectives
and harmonizes the individual and collective interests with the general
interests of society. Internationally, it means establishing peace and
harmony between nations by guaranteeing their sovereignty and
developing trade and other relations on the basis of mutual benefit.
Just as the period of the Renaissance and the Age of
Enlightenment affirmed the man of property and the twentieth century
socialist revolution and socialist construction affirmed the working
class and other working people, the present period must affirm the
rights of all people by virtue of their being human and their
collectives by virtue of their objective reality. The affirmation of
all individuals and all their collectives requires that all
exploitation of persons by persons be ended.
is meant the act of recognizing that all individuals and their
collectives are free to exercise their rights by virtue of their being
human and on account of their objective reality. Affirmation is that
state of being of all individuals and collectives that accepts no
limitation to its own development. It is an act of bringing forth that
which is most human in the present society and building a modern
society as a guarantee to its unfettered development.
20th century went down in the chronicles of human development as a
century in which the working class was placed at the centre stage of
development. The concrete expression of that success is the outlook of
the working class, the theory of Contemporary Marxist-Leninist Thought,
and all the attributes of a truly humane society without any
exploitation of persons by persons. What is needed now is to go from
success to victory, an irreversible development in which there is no
By success is meant the
recognition of the victory of socialist revolution and socialist
construction, the concrete objective reality of a new system which has
not disappeared. It is to fully appreciate -- the period of
retrogression and reaction which has set in notwithstanding -- that
there has been an advance and a success and that this concrete
objective reality is demanding that the human factor/social
consciousness transform this success into victory.
is meant the stage at which people will have taken up the centre stage
of all developments by virtue of their being human and on account of
their concrete reality. This is the condition for a truly
modern democratic personality to emerge and forge modern forms of
governance which block retrogression by virtue of vesting
decision-making power and accountability in the people. To accomplish
this there is a need to develop the human factor/social consciousness,
the human sensuous and material action which ensures that people are
placed at the centre stage of history by virtue of their being human
and on account of their objective reality.
the developments during the last thirty and more years on the basis of
facts, CPC(M-L) has concluded that this is a particular period,
characterized by the old forms having passed away and the new forms
having not yet been brought into being. There is not a single country
on earth where people are not demanding an end to neo-liberalism and
its attendant schemes to pay the rich, corruption, anarchy and
violence. People have claims on society based on the recognition that
they are born to society and society is duty-bound to look after them.
By society is meant the modern conditions
at its base in which the entire process of production is social while
the ownership of the means of production is private, blocking the vast
majority of the people -- who have no other way to make their living
except by depending on society -- from having a say in the direction of
the economy and matters of concern. The working people are striving to
eliminate the block to the progress of society. CPC(M-L)'s Historic
Initiative is dedicated to the elaboration of what is
required to eliminate this block.
Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution
Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) joins the Cuban people and
peoples around the world in hailing the Cuban Revolution on the
occasion of the 62nd anniversary of its triumph. CPC(M-L) sends
militant revolutionary greetings to the Communist Party of Cuba, First
Secretary Raúl Castro Ruz, President Miguel
Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and all the Cuban leadership
and the entire Cuban people whose heroic defence of the Revolution
inspires the entire world.
The Cuban people are
heading into the 63rd year of the Revolution having met one challenge
after another head on, showing the mettle of which they and their
revolutionary leadership are made. Through its response to the COVID-19
pandemic -- with its international medical brigades and unique
medications -- Cuba has saved lives and contributed to the well-being
of people the world over.
The year also presented
challenges of other types in the form of the increasingly hostile
policy of the Trump administration towards Cuba.
Cuban people have weathered all these storms, taking the necessary
measures to uphold their own independence and sovereignty in the face
of stepped-up U.S. aggression to make them submit, showing to all the
world the meaning of dignity. Through their actions and defence of
their right to be they have reaffirmed the socialist character of the
Revolution in the present. This shows how the life and work of Comrade
Fidel Castro live on in the Cuban people's actions today.
Celebration of the New
Year at the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa.
thinks that now more than ever, Canadians must go all out to demand an
end to the U.S. blockade and the return of occupied territory in
Guantánamo Bay to Cuba. Now is also the time to insist that
Canada maintain a policy of strict non-interference in Cuba's internal
affairs. We pledge to do our part to further deepen the profound
friendship between the Canadian and the Cuban peoples.
Canadian Network on Cuba
26-Hour Global Virtual Picket
successful 26-hour virtual event was organized by the Canadian Network
on Cuba on December 17, 2020 to demand, "Lift the U.S. Blockade on Cuba
Now!" Throughout the global action, people from all around the world
united for a dynamic program which included speakers, video greetings,
documentary films, and performances of music and poetry. It should be
noted that the action was planned for 24 hours, however, due to the
great number of messages received, the program was extended to 26 hours.
More than 1,000
people from 50 countries/nationalities, representing over 200
organizations, and spanning six continents joined throughout the
action. As of December 21, 2020, videos of the livestream on Facebook
had over 5,850 total views.
People of 50 countries and nations participated including:
Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada,
Chile, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England,
France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea Bissau, Honduras,
India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Mexico,
Musqueam, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Puerto
Rico, Quebec, Republic of Abkhasia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia,
Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Western Sahara, Yemen, and Zambia.
was not only a success, but something that the Canadian Network on Cuba
plans to build on. We must continue struggling and pushing to make 2021
the final year of the criminal U.S. blockade on Cuba!
global action came together for 26 hours to condemn the 60 years of
cruel and criminal U.S. blockade on Cuba. At the same time, the virtual
action promoted the work of Cuban doctors and medical personnel in the
Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade and why this brigade is
deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. The event also praised Cuba
for being an important example for the world in its fight against this
global COVID-19 pandemic, both internally and internationally.
December 17, 2020.
Picket at U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.
Network on Cuba also congratulated the Cuban Institute of Friendship
with the Peoples (ICAP) for its 60th anniversary, December 30,
Of course, the event was organized
on December 17, 2020 specifically to mark six years of the return of
all five of our Cuban heroes. After 16 years of being held unjustly in
U.S. jails, they continue to defend Cuba and defend the dignity of the
Cuban people as free men living in Cuba today.
Canadian Network on Cuba would like to thank everyone who participated
in this important event and recognizes that the success of the event
was due to the special support of: Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los
Pueblos (ICAP), El Movimiento Colombiano de Solidaridad con Cuba
(MCSC), the Ukrainian Committee "Stop the Blockade of Cuba," the
U.S.-Cuba Normalization Conference Organizing Committee, Australia-Cuba
Friendship Society-WA, Table de concertation et de
solidarité Québec-Cuba, Associazione Nazionale di
Amicizia Italia-Cuba, and the National Network on Cuba (NNOC)-U.S.
The Canadian Network on Cuba is committed to continuing to
organize virtual events on the 17th of every month and looks forward to
joining together once again on January 17, 2021. We hope that you will
continue to join us!
Executive Member of the Canadian Network on
and Central organizer of the 24-hour virtual event
17, 2020. Picket in Montreal against U.S. blockade of Cuba.
1. To watch livestream videos of the picket click on the
following links: Part
Cuban Institute for
Friendship with the Peoples Celebrates 60th Anniversary
below is the message sent by Elizabeth Hill and Isaac Saney, Co-chairs
of the Canadian Network on Cuba to the Cuban Institute for
Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) on its 60th Anniversary.
Embracing Friendship -- truly
describes the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, known
around the world as ICAP. The Canadian Network on Cuba is proud to be
part of this significant worldwide embrace and extends its hearty
congratulations to ICAP on the occasion of its 60th Anniversary.
December 30, 1960 to form ties of friendship between the Cuban people
and peoples around the world, ICAP has a remarkable history of building
solidarity, collaboration and unity in successful accomplishments. One
particular example is the campaign to free the Cuban Five heroes from
their prisons in the United States. The esteemed President of ICAP
today is Fernando González Llort, one of these five heroes
who was freed [after nearly] 16 years in the United States for fighting
terrorism against Cuba.
solidarity and friendship with Cuba dates to almost the very triumph of
the Revolution. Since that time, Canadians have continually
demonstrated their respect and admiration for the achievements of the
Cuban Revolution. For example, hundreds of Canadians 'brigadistas' have
participated in the 26 Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigades, hosted by
ICAP in Cuba. Many Cuban artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers,
medical professionals, and representatives of ICAP have travelled
across Canada to support solidarity organizations elucidating Cuba's
The Canadian Network on Cuba
commends ICAP for its six decades of active dedication to peace,
friendship and solidarity. We are committed to continue our close ties
with ICAP and to strengthen our solidarity work, particularly to end
the immoral, illegal, cruel U.S. Blockade in 2021!
Long Live Canadian-Cuban Friendship! Long
Live Peace and Solidarity!
Anniversary of the Haitian Revolution
the Haitian People's
Historic Struggle for Rights and
The Battle of Santo
The Communist Party of
Canada (Marxist-Leninist) warmly greets the Haitian people on the
occasion of the 217th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution. Beginning
in 1791, the organized resistance of the enslaved peoples of the French
colony Saint-Domingue took hold and eventually overthrew both slavery
and colonial rule. The revolutionaries, led by Toussaint L'Ouverture
and Jean-Jacques Dessalines, fought off successive European powers --
the French, Spanish and British -- to proudly establish their
independent republic, Haiti, in 1804.
Glory to this mighty feat, which dealt a severe blow to the
French colonial empire. The Haitian Revolution was the first to define
citizenship rights on a modern basis, namely that they belong to people
by virtue of their being human as members of a body politic. This was a
decisive break from the conception of rights of the colonial powers
based on the ownership of property and a system of privileges. Haiti's
outstanding achievement continues to have great relevance for the
peoples of the world to this day as they fight for new arrangements
that recognize rights on a modern basis.
to the present, the colonial and imperial powers have worked non-stop
to wreak vengeance on the Haitian people who continue to fight for
peace, freedom and democracy without let-up.
condemns the role played by Canada, along with the United States and
France, in the 2004 military coup against the democratically elected
President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and which it still plays to
keep the people of Haiti in a state of misery and bondage. The
consequences of the 2004 coup continue in the crisis and corruption
imposed on Haiti's electoral system. The ongoing foreign interference
has blocked the people from electing a government which defends their
indomitable spirit of the Haitian revolutionaries lives on in their
descendants and compatriots, many of whom live and work in Canada. By
upholding the dignity of labour in this country, they make a
contribution second to none.
In 2021, let
us continue the work to see that Haiti achieves justice and,
especially, that Canada ceases its diplomatic, military and police
interference in Haitian affairs, and makes reparations for its criminal
role in the 2004 coup.
Out to Support the Haitian People to See that Justice Is Done!
Rights Won: Argentina Legalizes Abortion
December 30, 2020.
Celebration of legalization of abortion in Argentina.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Argentina woke up a more just,
egalitarian and democratic country. One day before the close of the
year, the voluntary termination of pregnancy was legalized in a
historic session in the Senate of the Nation and in a particularly hard
and atypical year. The global repercussions were not long in coming,
with Argentina being the largest country in Latin America that now
protects the right of women and persons able to conceive, to decide.
Abortion is also legal in Cuba, Uruguay, Guyana and French Guiana, and
in the case of Mexico, it is legal in the state of Oaxaca and in the
debates that lasted around 12 hours, and the uncertainty of some
senators being, or counted as being undecided, the vote was positive by
a wider margin than expected. Thus, the Voluntary Interruption of
Pregnancy bill became law with 38 votes in favour, 29
against and one abstention, and abortion stopped being clandestine, to
become legal, safe and free, thus protecting thousands of lives.
The bill was sent to Congress by President Alberto
Fernández along with the Thousand Days bill,
which aims to "strengthen comprehensive health care for women during
pregnancy and for their children in the first years of life,"
Fernández explained in the video he posted when he submitted
the law on November 17.
In that same address, the
president assured that "the criminalization of abortion has been of no
use, it has only allowed abortions to take place clandestinely in
worrying numbers. About 38,000 women are hospitalized every year for
poorly performed abortions. Since the recovery of democracy, more than
3,000 women have died."
The figures are undoubtedly
alarming. The estimated number of clandestine abortions is close to
500,000 per year, a number disproportionately higher than what has been
officially recorded to date, precisely because it has not been possible
to perform them legally.
Congress, while the words of each one of the representatives of the
Argentine provinces were being listened to, two crowds waited
attentively, on tenterhooks. On one side, towards Avenida Entre
Ríos, the ones with the blue scarves, against the right to
decide, and on the Callao side, an immense green tide, filled above all
with women, with their daughters, friends, sisters and companions in
struggle for the bill.
This is without a doubt a
victory for the movement of women and the gender diverse who for years
have been fighting for gender equality and who, because of their
strength have managed to be heard by the political system. This time
the fight had the clear support of the executive branch in the person
of President Alberto Fernández, different from the last time
in 2018, when former President Mauricio Macri sent the bill to
Congress, but without specifically supporting it.
a virtual year, in which practically nothing could be done, this
victory together with the arrival of the first doses of the Sputnik-V
vaccine against COVID-19, brings it to a close with a breath of fresh
air and hope for a better 2021.
At the same time,
it represents a very big boost for all those who followed the debate
intently from their own countries, scarcely blinking an eye. Certainly,
next year and the years to come will see the fights for this right in
Latin America take on renewed momentum.
the Law Stipulate?
The law is called the Voluntary Interruption of
Pregnancy and it decriminalizes and legalizes abortion in
the first 14 weeks of gestation, thus establishing the right of
pregnant persons to decide whether or not to continue with a pregnancy,
to request and access abortion care, and to receive post-abortion care.
As well, it is to prevent unintended pregnancies through access to
information, comprehensive sexual education and effective contraceptive
Pregnancy may be terminated free of charge without cause up to week 14
of gestation, since the procedure is included in the mandatory medical
- After 14 weeks, starting from the 15th
week, it is still legal in cases of rape or risk to the health of the
- The medical establishment has a
maximum of 10 calendar days from the time the request for the abortion
is made to carry it out.
- Conscientious objection:
professionals can exercise conscientious objection, unless the life of
the pregnant person is in danger. However, they must maintain their
decision in all areas, public and private, in which they exercise their
profession, and refer the patient in good faith to be treated by
another professional in a temporary and timely manner, without delay.
- Those private medical or
social security centres that do not have professionals to perform an
abortion due to conscientious objection must anticipate and arrange for
referral to a place with similar characteristics where the service is
Nor can conscientious objection be alleged in order to refuse to
provide post-abortion health care. Failure to fulfil the requirements
to exercise the right to conscientious objection will lead to
disciplinary, administrative, criminal and civil sanctions, as
- In the case of children under 13
years of age, they must have the informed consent and the presence of
at least one of their parents or a legal representative. In the case of
adolescents between 13 and 16, they must have a companion or person to
provide emotional support. And in all cases, prior to the abortion
being performed, the written informed consent of the pregnant person is
- The State is responsible for
implementing the Comprehensive
Sex Education Law (number 26,150), establishing active
policies for the promotion and strengthening of the sexual and
reproductive health of the entire population.
Articles 85 and 86 of the Penal
Code are modified, with "abortion performed with the
consent of the pregnant person up to the fourteenth (14) week inclusive
of the gestational process" ceasing to be a crime and the incorporation
of article 85 bis,
which stipulates that "a public official or authority of the health
establishment, health care professional, provider or staff member that
unreasonably delays, obstructs or refuses, in contravention of current
regulations, to perform an abortion in legally authorized cases will be
punished with imprisonment of THREE (3) months to ONE (1) year and
subject to special disqualification for twice the time of the sentence."
Struggles, Perseverance and Rights Triumphed
victory is essential for women and pregnant persons in Argentina and
the continent. The law protects not only the right to decide and to
medical support, but also includes as an important element
comprehensive sexual education and access to information and
contraceptive methods that prevent anyone from having to go through the
bitter and painful experience of having to have an abortion, but should
they decide to do so, the State preserves and protects their life.
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