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Mahatma Gandhi, the defining figure of the Indian nationalist campaign against British colonial rule in India, is known by most as an anti-imperialist, whose peaceful non-violent methods helped to overthrow British rule. This myth has been perpetuated by many. The truth, however, is that he betrayed as many as he inspired in the independence campaign, stood wholeheartedly with British imperialist interests, consolidated existing inequalities including caste, racial, and gender discrimination, and ultimately his role helped lead to the calamitous disaster of partition.

Donald Trump’s latest threat, that North Korea would face “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim Jong-Un’s regime persists in its aggressive rhetoric has sparked a frenzy of fear and speculation in the media over the possibility of this war of words turning into a full-fledged nuclear conflict.

On the afternoon of Thursday, June 15th local time, an explosion ravaged a nursery in XuZhou city, Jiangsu Province, causing massive deaths, injuries, and damages. The latest official police reports states that 8 people have died and 65 were injured, although many Chinese netizens suspect that this is an understated figure given the photos that were leaked to Chinese internet at the onset of the explosion, which were later removed at the direction of the government.

مشعل کی شہادت پاکستان میں ابھرتی ہوئی طلبہ تحریک میں ایک نئے باب کا اضافہ ہے۔ مشعل کی جدوجہد اور قربانی کو سرخ سلام پیش کرتے ہیں اور یہ عزم کرتے ہیں کہ اس کی جدوجہد کو جاری رکھیں گے۔ مشعل کا قتل پولیس، فوج اور سیکیورٹی سمیت اس ٹوٹ کر بکھرتی ریاست کی ناکامی کا منہ بولتا ثبوت ہے۔ مشعل کا بہیمانہ قتل اس بات کا واضح ثبوت ہے کہ پولیس، فوج سمیت تمام ادارے ناکام ہوچکے ہیں۔ تعلیمی اداروں کی سیکیورٹی طلبہ کو اپنے ہاتھ میں لینی ہوگی۔ مشعل کی جدوجہد کو جاری رکھنا ہمارا انقلابی فریضہ ہے۔ مشعل کے بہیمانہ قتل میں شریک پولیس، فوج، یونیورسٹی انتظامیہ اور دہشت گرد طلبہ تنظیموں کے افراد کو فوری سزائے موت دی جائے ۔مشعل کا قاتل یہ سرمایہ دارانہ نظام اور اس کا حکمران طبقہ ہے اور اس نظام زر کو اکھاڑ پھینک کر

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دودھ کا دودھ اورپانی کا پانی ہو چکا۔ مشال کے قتل کے اصل محرکات چھپانے کی ہر کوشش بری طرح ناکام ہو ئی ہے۔ اس ناکامی سے دلبرداشتہ پالیسی سازوں نے اب پاناما کیس اور دیگر نان ایشوز میں عوامی غم وغصے کو زائل کرنے کی واردات شروع کر دی ہے۔ حقیقت یہ ہے کہ مٹھی بھر جنونی ملاؤں اور مذہبی وحشیوں کے علاوہ آبادی کی بھاری اکثریت نے مشال خان کے قتل پر نہ صرف خون کے آنسو بہائے ہیں بلکہ ریاست، نظام، حکمرانوں، ملاؤں اور سیاستدانوں کے خلاف دل کھول کر نفرت اور حقارت کا اظہار بھی کیا ہے۔ جوں جوں مشال خان قتل کیس میں پیشرفت ہو رہی ہے یہ غم و غصہ کم ہونے کی بجائے بڑھتا ہی جا رہا ہے۔ یاد رہے کہ شروع میں اس بہیمانہ واقعے کی خبر کو ہی دبانے کی کوشش کی گئی تھی۔ لیکن دوسرے دن جونہی یہ خبر اور اس کی ویڈیو سوشل

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North Korea has carried out an underground nuclear test, attracting the attention of the world media and infuriating the imperialists, in particular George W Bush. What is behind this move? But more importantly, what is happening to the North Korean regime and economy? This article attempts to give some answers.

(Article originally published the 10th of october 2006)

On 22nd April, the Progressive Youth Alliance held its Lahore city-wide convention at Al Hamra Hall, dedicating the event to Mashal Khan. More than a hundred students from various universities across Lahore participated in the convention, and delegates from other cities’ universities were also present to address the convention. A new executive body was also elected. The atmosphere was one of anger, directed at the killing of Mashal Khan, a 23 year old journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, who was lynched after he was falsely accused of blasphemy.

Der brutale Lynchmord an den 23jährigen Journalistik-Studenten Mashal Khan von der Wali Khan Universität in Abdul (Pakistan), der von einem fundamentalistischen Mob begangen wurde, ist ein weiteres und schockierendes Beispiel für den Terror, der gegen linke und progressive Kräfte in Pakistan verübt wird.

El brutal linchamiento de Mashal Jan, estudiante de 23 años de periodismo en la Universidad Abdul Wali Jan, a manos de una turba fundamentalista, es un nuevo e impactante ejemplo del reinado del terror que se está librando contra las fuerzas izquierdistas y progresistas en Pakistán. Incluso para los estándares bárbaros de la violencia fundamentalista, este asesinato se caracterizó por su extremo salvajismo. Arrastrado desde su habitación del albergue, Mashal Jan fue golpeado con tablones de madera antes de ser asesinado a tiros. No satisfechos con esta carnicería, esos cobardes asesinos procedieron a profanar y humillar su cadáver.

Il brutale linciaggio di Mashal Khan, uno studente di giornalismo di 23 anni nell’università Abdul Wali Khan, da un gruppo di fondamentalisti è un esempio nuovo e scioccante del regno del terrore che si sta sviluppando contro la sinistra e le forze progressiste in Pakistan. Anche per gli standard barbari della violenza fondamentalista, questo omicidio è stato caratterizzato dalla sua estrema ferocia. Trascinato fuori dalla sua camera di ostello, Mashal Khan è stato colpito con bastoni di legno prima di essere ucciso da un colpo di pistola. Non contenti di questa massacro, questi assassini codardi hanno poi proceduto a profanare e umiliare il suo corpo senza

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The PYA is continuing its campaign of protests against the gruesome murder of Mashal Khan, a left wing student activist falsely accused of “blasphemy”. The IMT and In Defence of Marxism support our Pakistani comrades in this. They need financial assistance to intensify their campaigning. Please donate generously to support their efforts.

The brutal lynching of Mashal Khan, a 23 year old student of journalism in Abdul Wali Khan University, by a fundamentalist mob is a new and shocking example of the reign of terror that is being waged against left-wing and progressive forces in Pakistan. Even by the barbaric standards of fundamentalist violence, this murder was characterised by its extreme savagery. Dragged from his hostel room, Mashal Khan was battered with wooden planks before being shot dead. Not satisfied by this butchery, those cowardly murderers then proceeded to desecrate and humiliate his dead body.

On April 13, Mashal Khan, a 23 year old student of journalism in Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan was lynched by a mob. He was dragged out of his hostel room and shot at with bullets while the mob lynched him. Even after being killed, his body was desecrated and humiliated.

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, has become the cornerstone of the state policy of Pakistan in recent years and all the politics and economics of the ruling class revolve around this project. The rulers are claiming that this corridor will bring prosperity and advancement in the country and that soon rivers of milk and honey will start flowing.

On 18 and 19 February a Marxist School was held in Multan. This school was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution. Young comrades from all over the country started arriving in Multan on the evening of 16 February. From Kashmir to Karachi comrades had to travel long distances amid difficult economic conditions, but they arrived with revolutionary enthusiasm. On 17 February a convention of Multan city was organized by the Progressive Youth Alliance in which all comrades participated with Bolshevik spirit. Afterwards they stayed to attend this two day national school. More than 70 comrades participated in the school. The hosts of this school made it a success despite the

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On 17 February the Progressive Youth Alliance organised its city convention of Multan at the Multan Tea House hall. More than 200 students from various colleges and universities of Multan participated in this meeting.

Yesterday, two workers - Usman and Arshad - were killed and 23 others severely injured after a fire broke out at the Al Badar factory located on Sheikhupura Road near Lahore. The fire was caused by a boiler which exploded in the factory. Twelve of the injured workers are in a critical state, with more than ninety percent burns. They have, according to hospital reports, little chance of surviving.

On 2 February last year two PIA workers were killed and many injured at Karachi airport by para-military forces as they protested against privatization together with hundreds of other workers. After those killings a total stoppage of PIA operations was imposed by the workers and all domestic and international flights were cancelled for eight days.

The crisis of capitalism in the West has taken centre stage, with the spectacle of Donald Trump's election, and Brexit. China has dropped out of the limelight, for the time being retaining a degree of stability. This at least is the message the party leadership would like to present.

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