China Commemorates 91st Anniversary of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression! (18.9.2022)

China resounds with the hashtag – 牢记九一八#!(#Keep in mind 918#!) – to remember the millions of Chinese people (and Allies) that were killed or maimed in China’s War Against International Fascism (which lasted between 1931-1945 and included the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945)! Imperial Japan was copying the Western model of imperialist and colonial aggression – and had invaded and occupied Northeast China in 1894-1895 (First Sino-Japanese War) and this aggressive behaviour eventually led to the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905) – a conflict between an encroaching Czarist Russia an an ever-increasingly confident (modernising) Japan! Japan ended the conflict with controlling parts of Shenyang (formerly controlled by Czarist Russia) – but decided to launch a ‘War of Aggression’ from this platform on September 18th, 1931! Ironically, it would be the Soviet Red Army that would come to the aid of the Chinese people in 1945 and ‘crush’ the occupying Japanese Forces whilst completely ‘Liberating’ Northeast China – handing the captured territory (and material resources) to the control of the Communist Party of China!

Ninth Batch of Chinese Martyrs (Who Gave Their Lives Defending Korea in the US War of Aggression) – Returned to the Motherland! (15.9.2022)

Let the People’s Republic of China bring home the remains of our brave men and women – who ‘Volunteered’ to fight against the Western enemies in the War of US Aggression in Korea (1950-1953) – enthused by the spirit of Socialist ‘Internationalism’ to assist the Working-Class wherever (and whenever) it is under attack by the reactionary forces of the bourgeois, capitalist system! The decisions we take as individuals (being part of ‘Collectives’) do matter – and do have far-reaching historical ramifications! The spirit of self-sacrifice ‘ripples-out’ and permeates throughout every corner of the world! All those people who are oppressed and unable to fight for themselves are uplifted just that little bit more as the crushing weight of bourgeois injustice and poverty they are made to endure on a daily basis is ‘lightened’ ever so slightly! It all matters and feeds in to an eventual World Socialist Revolution!

Lisbon Maru (1942): In Praise of the Chinese Fishermen of Dongji! The People of Britain Thank You! (29.8.2022)

The remaining 936 British POWs were transported to Japan on the ‘Shinsei Maru’. By the time this ship reached the port of Moji in Kyushu – a further five British POWs had died. Of the original number of 1,816 British POWs that had boarded the ‘Lisbon Maru’ on September 27th, 1942, by the time they eventually arrived in Japan (around October 8th, 1942), only 931 British POWs remained! (What happened to the five seriously wounded British POWs left in Shanghai I do not know). This entire episode means that through a combination of a US ‘War Crime’ and continued Imperial Japanese ‘War Crimes’, in a matter of just eleven days in 1942, these two countries conspired to murder 885 British POWs! The number would have been much higher if not for the selfless actions of the Chinese fishermen (and their families) who came from Dongji Island!  

China: 1942 Sinking of the ‘Lisbon Maru’ – US War Crime? (29.8.2022)

The ship named the ‘Lisbon Maru’ was carrying around 2,000 British POWs (British military personnel captured during the fall of Hong Kong being transported to Japan) when the ship was hit by a torpedo fired by the USS Grouper (part of the 81st US Pacific Fleet Submarine Force) on October 2nd, 1942! The ‘Lisbon Maru’ sank just off the Zhoushan (Zhejiang) area of the East China coast! It is reported that although 843 British POWs died due to drowning (and the machine-gunning of men in the water by other elements of the Imperial Japanese Navy active in the area) – another 384 British POWs were saved by the actions of local Chinese fishermen!

Some Facts About Pelosi’s Visit to the Chinese Region of Taiwan! (25.8.2022)

American democracy has deviated from the essence of democracy. The American-style democracy is a game of money played by the rich. Ninety-one percent of U.S. Congressional elections are won by better-financed candidates. “One person one vote” in name, “rule of the minority elite” in fact. Ordinary voters are wooed when their votes are wanted but pushed aside once the election is over. The checks and balances have resulted in a “vetocracy”, putting partisan interests before the need of national development. The U.S. electoral system is visibly flawed. The practice of gerrymandering, which draws the boundaries of electoral districts by manipulation, undermines fairness and justice. American democracy is fraught with deep-seated problems. Problems like money politics, identity politics, partisan wrangling, political polarization, social division, racial tension and wealth gap have become more acute. The Capitol riot shocked the world. The death of George Floyd triggered waves of protests. The mishandling of COVID-19 resulted in a human tragedy. The problem of “the rich get richer, and the poor poorer” is worsening. The dysfunction and failure of American-style democracy have become an unmistakable fact.

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