BRIEF MESSAGES & LETTERS, 2001 - Present
MESSAGE TO COMPATRIOTS AND FRIENDS
IN TORONTO, CANADA
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle
September 11, 2009
Dear compatriots and friends,
Warmest greetings of solidarity!
I am highly honored and deeply pleased that BAYAN Canada and BASICS Free Community Newsletter are sponsoring the launch of Volumes 1 and 2 of the 4-volume compilation of my writings from 1991 to the current year. It is auspicious that the launch is done in Toronto, the city with the highest concentration of Filipinos in Canada.
I am sure that Coni Ledesma, representative of Makibaka and member of the NDFP negotiating panel, can speak very well on these books as well as inform you on the situation and prospects of human rights and peace in the Philippines.
But let me say a few words about Volumes 1 and 2 in order to enhance the coherence and interconnection of the contents . It is obvious that each volume reflects the most important events and issues in the Philippines and the world within the period covered.
Volume 1, For Socialism, Justice and Peace, covers the period of 1991 to 1995. Regarding the Philippines, it presents the persistent semicolonial and semifeudal character of Philippine society, the gross crimes of the US-directed Aquino regime, the question of revolutionary violence, the people's struggle for a just peace, the framework of peace negotiations, the cause of human rights in the national democratic movement, Mao Zedong Thought as guide to revolutionary action and the critical and creative tasks of what has come to be known as the Second Great Rectification Movement in the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Regarding the world, the book presents the worsening crisis of the world capitalist system, poverty and low technology in the third world, the sharpening of major contradictions in the world, the propensity of the imperialist powers headed by the US to wage wars of aggression, the sorting out of contradictions in Iraq, the petty bourgeoisie as the social base of modern revisionism in socialist societies, the continuity of the epochal struggle between the bourgeoisie and the working class, the new world disorder and eventual resurgence of the revolutionary movement against imperialism and for national liberation, democracy and socialism.
Volume 2, For Democracy and Socialism against Imperialist Globalization, covers the period from 1995 to 2000. Regarding the Philippines, it presents the cause of celebrating the centennial of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the need for protracted people's war and diplomacy, the combination of legal and illegal forms of struggle, the Philippine revolution and the nationality question and the impact of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution on the Philippines.
Regarding the world, the books presents the continuing validity of the Communist Manifesto as guide to revolution by the proletariat and the people, Lenin and Stalin on the relationship of democratic and socialist revolutions in the era of imperialism, the impact of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution on the world, an overview of imperialism, fascisation and fascism, the bankruptcy of imperialist globalization and urgency of the socialist cause, accelerated destruction of productive forces, the fatal course of imperialism and inevitability of socialism, the people's resistance to imperialist globalization and the revolutionary perspective for the 21st century.
May I take this opportunity to announce that Volume 3 Crisis of Imperialism and People's Resistance (2001-2005) and Volume 4 People's Struggle Against Imperialist Plunder and Terror (2005-2009) shall be available within the next two months. I hope that BAYAN Canada and its allied organizations will facilitate the distribution of these volumes and possibly hold another book launch in due time. Aklat ng Bayan is the publisher of the 4-volume series. Please visit its website: www.aklatngbayan.org for further developments.
Thank you. Mabuhay kayo!