[Marxism] Leila Khaled in the Philippines

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 07:14:36 MST 2015

First of all, Sison's own supporters admit the killings, they just say the
policy was later abandoned (in a "rectification" campaign).
Secondly, I don't know where you got your training, Ferguson, but where I
come from ANY violence against a comrade or coworker is 100% expressly
forbidden. And apologizing for it or lying about it is morally
The fact that you defend murder chills my blood. And the fact that, in a
moment when Palestinian youth are mobilizing without and even against the
old factions, you are still promoting tired old Stalinists, convinces me
that your ideas are an obstacle to the reorganization of the global left.

On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 2:59 AM, Philip Ferguson via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> Ken, this arose as I posted the url for a piece about Leila Khaled speaking
> at an ILPS event in Manila.
> I am not opposed to her taking advantage of any platform she can get.
> This has nothing to do with what Sison may or may not have done 30 or 40
> years ago.
> It's as irrelevant as where people fighting repressive regimes get their
> guns from or whose train Lenin rode in in 1917.
> Phil
> On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 6:46 PM, Ken Hiebert <knhiebert at shaw.ca> wrote:
> >
> > Phillip Ferguson said (in part):
> >
> > Andy, if it is OK for people fighting for liberation in the Middle East
> to
> > get guns from imperialism (and I think it is), then it is OK for Leila
> > Khaled to take advantage of a mass audience offered to her in the
> > Philippines.
> >
> > The charges about threatening to kill Walden Bello were, afaik, dealt
> with
> > years ago and it turned out they did no such thing, although they
> certainly
> > attacked Bello strongly over some stuff - if I recall rightly it was
> dodgy
> > NGO stuff.
> >
> > What does "ultra-Maoist" mean in the context of 2015?
> >
> > The NPA has - and celebrates - gay marriage in its ranks and the CPP is
> > heavily involved in the gay and trans movement in the Philippines (in
> fact
> > they lead such a movement).  Is that 'ultra-Maoist' too?
> >
> >
> >
> > Ken Hiebert replies:
> >
> > Andrew Pollack's accusation that Sison was responsible for the death of
> CPP members did not provoke a denial from Philip, but he did balk at the
> suggestion that Walden Bello had been targeted.  This seems to be a detail
> if you are not willing to deny that the CPP killed its own members.
> >
> >
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