Year 2000 No. 131, August 10, 2000

London Regional Forum:

The Mass Party Press and the Role of the Modern Communist Party

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London Regional Forum:
The Mass Party Press and the Role of the Modern Communist Party

Letter to the Editor:
On the "Naming and Shaming" of Paedophiles

News In Brief:
Threat to Pioneering Scottish Cancer Clinic

International News In Brief:
Southern African Summit Supports Zimbabwe
US and Japan Plan Joint Military Exercises

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London Regional Forum:

The Mass Party Press and the Role of the Modern Communist Party

At 7.45 pm this evening, the Party in the London Region is organising the second in a series of fortnightly Forums on "The Mass Party Press".

The Forums have been organised to further discuss the significance and necessity of the mass party press in the context of consolidating RCPB(ML) on the new historical basis, and how all the activists and supporters of the Party in the London region can make their contribution to its development. Everyone interested is invited to come and encouraged to participate and give their views.

The focus of the discussions this evening is: "The Mass Party Press and the role of the Modern Communist Party". This is a focus which is centred around the necessity for all the activists and sympathisers of the Party to have a profound grasp of what the Party's tasks are that it is crystallising at this time, what is required for their development and how to put the Party into action in the region and develop its life so that its organisation serves its aims. It is also centred around the inherent relationship of these tasks with waging the class struggle and developing the independent programme of the working class. The building of the mass party press is at the centre of all these questions.

The London Region gives the call: Join in! Mobilise!

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Letter to the Editor

On the "Naming and Shaming" of Paedophiles

It seems to me that the powers-that-be have taken a deliberate decision on the question of what they call paedophiles to create the maximum diversion, so as to prevent people becoming conscious of what is attacking the social fabric of society. That is, I think they wish to get society off the hook, to stop people pointing the finger at this social system as being culpable of all that is most backward, at the anti-social offensive that is tearing apart the social fabric and the driving down the level of political culture to its most base so that people's helplessness is made even worse, by suggesting that a number of depraved individuals are the problem.

It seems to me to be a feature of this society that people are encouraged to look upon all the problems they face as individual problems and not social problems, even though they may have the instinct something must be done to change society in order to deal with these problems. A feeling of mutual suspicion and recrimination is also fostered to prevent them developing a social consciousness. Horrible crimes against children have been committed, but is this not the symptom of a sick society, a society where self-gratification is made the number one aim in life, a self-gratification which mirrors the obscene aim of making maximum capitalist profit from all areas of life by the monstrously rich?

Can it be a total coincidence that a hysteria is being created about so-called paedophiles and encouraging people to act at a "community" level, when Tony Blair has been hammering home at every opportunity that "civil society" should develop "values" which when adopted allow them to enter into a "partnership" with the state to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour, and so forth? It seems to me that those things must be connected.

A second level of diversion has been added. That is the "mobs" which are so-called driving paedophiles underground, causing them to commit suicide, and so on. These are made out as a further source of problems, taking the law into their own hands, albeit egged on by a certain newspaper.

What can the aim of all this be, apart from all this diversion from identifying the need to transform society? This is what is so sinister. One wonders, for example, if the powers-that-be will be satisfied unless some victim is murdered and then even more hysteria will be created, causing the state to step in and institute further oppression, to turn everyone into common criminals.

The way animosities are fanned puts me in mind of the way that the big powers fanned the flames of "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia or in Kosova, and then intervened for their own ends, so that the problems are never ending. Or, closer to home, the way different minority communities are insidiously encouraged to engage in gang warfare, and it is all added to the crime statistics. Or even the way the youth, faced with no way to turn, are driven to form gangs to engage in violence against each other. Common to all these is that because the various sections of the people have been kept with no way to influence the direction society is going in, they are then incited to look to violence as the way to sort out their differences.

It is terrible the way such mutual distrust has been fostered among society. It is as if displays of social affection have almost been outlawed, while the state is invited to clamp down hard, and intervene in social matters because it is in "partnership" with the "community".

However, I can't help feeling also that there must be a way out from this apparent conundrum, that there is something which is inherent in the situation which does provide a way forward. I think it must be that people are prepared to discuss the problems in society, that they do have a sense of dignity and a sense of social affection. What is needed is that these energies and social consciousness be channelled into the direction of renewing society as a whole, together with removing everything that keeps them on the margins of political and economic affairs and the affairs of the society.

South London Reader

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News In Brief

Threat to Pioneering Scottish Cancer Clinic

A specialist Research Clinic at the Homeopathic Hospital in Glasgow is in danger of closure. At the clinic, Dr Liz Thomson, who is Senior Registrar in Palliative Medicine, is pioneering the complementary application of homeopathic therapies to those suffering from cancer. However, due to lack of funding being made available, Dr Thomson is planning to take up a new post in Bristol which would lead to the closure of the Glasgow Research Clinic.

The Homeopathic Hospital is the only cancer care service of its kind in Scotland, with a substantial waiting list. Increased funding must be provided to safeguard its future.

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International News In Brief

Southern African Summit Supports Zimbabwe

A summit of southern African leaders has given its "unqualified support" to Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe and his land redistribution programme and praised Zimbabwe’s general election in June as "free and fair".

The leaders of the 14-country Southern African Development Community (SADC), meeting in Namibia, issued a communiqué on Tuesday that criticised the British and US governments for their stance on the Zimbabwe land issue. It condemned what was referred to as "biased reporting" of events in Zimbabwe by the international media.

The SADC leaders also nominated the presidents of South Africa and Malawi to make representations to the British government to secure financial support for Zimbabwe’s land reform programme, as was agreed at the 1979 Lancaster House Conference on Zimbabwe’s independence.

The communiqué also condemned a US Senate Bill which seeks to impose penalties on Zimbabwe because of the land reform programme, and called on the big powers to write off foreign debt.

US and Japan Plan Joint Military Exercises

The Japanese Defence Ministry announced on Tuesday that Japan is to hold joint military exercises with the United States in November.

About 20,000 soldiers from Japan and the US are expected to take part in two weeks of exercises at land facilities run by Japan's Self-Defence Forces, as well as in Japanese territorial waters and airspace.

These are the first military exercises since Japan and the United States adopted new security arrangements last August. These authorise Japan to provide logistical support to the US military in the event of what is termed an "emergency" in northern Asia.

It is widely accepted that, as well as developing the Japan-US military alliance in the region, the military guidelines are aimed at creating tension around the question of Taiwan, and encouraging its stand of so-called "independence" from the People's Republic of China.

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