As I mentioned in an earlier post, I intend to write an article in the next few days on the latest issue of Maoist Road and the latest developments in efforts to found a new RIM or an equivalent international organization. However, besides I do so I thought that I would make available most of the contents of the 1st issue of the magazine that was released in 2010 in several languages, but for some unknown reason the intended English edition has never made available. Maoist Road magazine was initiated by the Maoist Communist Party of Italy, Maoist Communist Party of France and the Maoist Communist Party of Turkey/North Kurdistan. The magazine groups invited organizations that were both inside and outside of the RIM, and some forces that do not adhere to Maoism at all like the Hoxhaite Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Turkey/North Kurdistan. The theme of the first issue, and the meeting, was the need to build Maoist parties in all countries, experiences and problems that had cropped up in the process of building such parties and the importance of the creation of mass organizations around youth and women’s movements. However, other contentious issues were raised and briefly discussed including 1) the question of electoral boycott; 2) the question of the universality of PPW; and 3) the question of modern fascism. The meeting did not intend to serve as a conference, and was not even a Maoist meeting per se, but rather a meeting to discuss the issues that have cropped up in the building of Maoist parties. Although, like previous meetings, the speaker from the Maoist Communist Party of Italy points out, that had been organized, these meetings were not simply supposed to serve as a discussion circle but also to facilitate the possibility of joint-work between different organizations and thus at even at this meeting there was proposal to to publish the documents and statements from the meeting in a review, to put out a May Day statement and to organize a protest in a particular city and to endorse the campaign to support the people’s war in India (see Introduction).
It is unfortunate that not all the contents of the first issue are available as I would love to have heard the contributions from the (new)Communist Party of Italy, the Peru People’s Movement and the Nepalese comrades. But I am glad that these and other comrades (several of these parties were not involved in the next issue of the magazine, whereas several others were like the Revolutionary Communist Party (Canada)) have taken part in this initiative to put out a seemingly annual Maoist magazine which hopefully will replace the already defunct “A World To Win” magazine). Furthermore, since the publication of this issue of the journal there was the publication of a joint-2011 International May Day statement that including several of the parties that have been involved in this journal and several other important Maoist parties around the world that opted to not be involved in the RIM like the CPI(Maoist) (this is despite the fact that the merger between the MCCI, a member party of the RIM, and the CPI(ML)[People’s War] was supposedly facilitated by the RIM). However, there remain several issues, including those mentioned above, that remain major obstacles for the reformation of a Maoist international organization besides the obvious one of summing up the RIM experience and reorganizing the structures of such an organization that does not allow for a national chauvinism, as practiced by the RCP,USA, to operate again.
Maoist Road: International Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Journal Review #0
International Meeting – Paris 30-31 January 2010: Texts and Actions
Invitation: Build Communist Parties in All Countries
Peru People’s Movement
Written Intervention Presented by the (new) Communist Party of Italy
Comrade Shova, France-Nepal Solidarity Committee
Democratic Union of Youth – Turkey-North Kurdistan
Revolutionary Praxis – Great Britain
Democracy and Class Struggle – Great Britain
Messages of Support Received
MLKP – ICAD
International Appeal: Support the People’s War of India
International 1st May!