US corporate results cheer

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Have I left it too late to profit from the stock market recovery?

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Harvey Jones | Friday, 4th June, 2021 Image source: Getty Images As the FTSE 100 powers past 7,000, I’m wondering how much further the stock market recovery has to run. The index is up 40% since slipping below 5,000 in March last year, but has been idling lately.Can the FTSE 100 press even higher, to 7,500 or even 8,000? It absolutely could, given the UK’s relative vaccine success. Or could it crash back down to 6,500, or even 6,000? That’s also possible, given mutant Covid threats.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…That’s the problem with second-guessing the stock market. Nobody can say for sure whether a recovery can continue, or what will trigger the next crash. There are simply too many variables. So what should I do?I can’t second-guess this stock market recoveryThe first step is to remember what ace investor Warren Buffett has taught us. Don’t predict the market! Or as he put it: “A prediction about the direction of the stock market tells you nothing about where stocks are headed, but a whole lot about the person doing the predicting.” So what can I do?When deciding whether to invest in UK shares, it’s the underlying company that matters. Does it have solid, growing revenues? A healthy balance sheet? Good management? Loyal customers? High entry barriers for rivals?I can’t gauge whether today’s stock market recovery will continue, but I can do my best to work out which stocks are well-placed to increase their profits if it does, or will prove resilient if it crashes.Lately, I have been steering clear of the riskier recovery stocks, such as cinema chains and travel companies. I know they’ve done well lately, but I also think they’re vulnerable to another stock market crash. Recent government flip-flopping over travel restrictions has increased my unease. The easyJet share price fell 5% yesterday after ministers reversed their decision to green list Portugal.Today, I’m focusing on companies that have shown resilience throughout the last crazy year. I admire Legal & General Group for standing by its generous dividend. I’d also buy grocery chain Tesco, which also offers a steady, solid yield.I’d buy these FTSE 100 stocks in any weatherBusiness support specialist Bunzl, pharmaceutical giants and income hero GlaxoSmithKline, clothing retailer Next, and future renewables giant SSE are just some of the companies I’d consider buying today.I might also build a position in long-term favourites such as spirits giant Diageo and household goods supplier Unilever. I’d also add asset manager M&G and global mining giant Rio Tinto to my watch list, as they offer incredible yields of 7.34% and 5.33% respectively. By investing in a balanced spread of shares I don’t have to worry whether the stock market recovery will continue, pause, or reverse.Even a crash doesn’t worry me toon much. History shows that stock markets should always rebound, given time. I’d simply take the opportunity to snap up more stock at a lower price. Then when the next leg of the stock market recovery hopefully arrives, I should reap the benefits. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Looking for new share ideas?Grab this FREE report now.Inside, you discover one FTSE company with a runaway snowball of profits.From 2015-2019…Revenues increased 38.6%.Its net income went up 19.7 times!Since 2012, revenues from regular users have almost DOUBLEDThe opportunity here really is astounding.In fact, one of its own board members recently snapped up 25,000 shares using their own money… So why sit on the side lines a minute longer?You could have the full details on this company right now. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’d also consider this. Grab your free report – while it’s online. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Have I left it too late to profit from the stock market recovery? See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

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Richard L. Nygaard, Federal Court of Appeals judge, ordained deacon

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Tags Richard L. Nygaard, Federal Court of Appeals judge, ordained deacon Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 5, 2016 at 12:51 am This ordination speaks volumes to the notion of automatic and absolute retirement ages. Bravo Deacon Richard, bravissimo Bishop Sean! Ad multos annos! Sandra Koenig says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN People August 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm If you can afford it, you can do anything. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Frank Bergen says: Comments (4) August 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm He sounds like a real deacon doing diaconal ministry. What gifts he brings to the church in new ways. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Posted Aug 3, 2016 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Pamela Payne says: The Honorable Richard L. Nygaard, senior circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, was ordained a deacon by Bishop Sean W. Rowe of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania in June at Saint Mark Episcopal Church, Erie, Pennsylvania.Nygaard was born July 9, 1940 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Now at the age of 76, Nygaard is believed to be the oldest person ordained a vocational deacon in the history of the Episcopal Church. He received a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 1969, and was awarded his Juris Doctorate by the University of Michigan in 1971. He is married to the former Martha Jean Marks, and has three children, nine grandchildren, and had the unique experience of being ordained with his great-granddaughter in attendance.In 1991, the American Bar Association received a request from Romania for assistance in preparing their country for a democracy; in developing a constitution and a bill of rights; and in restructuring their judiciary. The International Law Section of the ABA requested that Nygaard act as an advisor to the Constitutional Conferees of Romania, make comments on their constitution, judiciary structure, and bill of rights. Since then, he has been a constitutional consultant for the countries of Albania, Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, and Croatia, basically in the areas of judicial structure and individual rights. He developed a “Charter of Rights and Responsibilities” now in use, to varying extents, in these countries. He declined to participate with the Government in Exile of Somalia because it rejected his recommendations on human rights, religious freedoms and the rights of women. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa by Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1993 for his constitutional work in central and east Europe. Nygaard also studied the ethical, legal, and sociological implications of the Human Genome Project, under the auspices of the University of Virginia, and the National Institute of Health.He has lectured and written essays on topics ranging from legal history to legal philosophy. His book, Sentencing As I See It, was published by Copperhouse Publications in 2000. Nygaard, who has a passion for sentencing and prison reform, has participated in various fora to stimulate interest in the concept of redemption. Through his Prison Library Project, Nygaard has distributed more than 20,000 books to local, state and federal prisons. Comments are closed. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA August 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm Money has nothing to do with it. Deacon Richard has a heart for ministry and service, and I applaud him and his bishop for recognizing Deacon Richard’s dedication to serving God. May God bless and keep you, Deacon Richard. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curt Zimmerman says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

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Controlled burns coming to Apopka

first_img Mama Mia Mama Mia TAGSKelly ParkOrange County Parks and RecreationPrescribed BurnsRock Springs Run Previous articleSummer Olympics Medal Count UpdateNext articleDelta Airlines: Delays and Cancellation Update Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 8, 2016 at 11:46 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Reply Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Again and again more and more “prescribed burns” never ever ending to the same general areas. This is suppose to increase wildlife according to the article? No, it will run the wildlife out of there into subdivisions where there will be increased nuisance calls about bears to justify their next planned bear hunt next year! They are not fooling me. If you were down in those areas hanging out and living, and the fires started and started sweeping across the forests, would that be good for you? There will be wildlife that suffers burns and death from the fires, don’t be deceived, and believe the government’s scientific double talk. Also the agencies don’t have regard for the humans who can’t hardly breathe from the smoke and fires, plus their eyes that burn. The smoke danger for those on the roads while driving. Helen Mama Mia 4 COMMENTS Reply center_img Reply August 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 I wonder if this is absolutely necessary. The burns instigate severe asthma attacks for me….and I am sure for many others. Is the human factor ever considered when they make these decisions? Please think of all the residents suffering from these burns. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 The headlines states, “Controlled burns coming to Apopka”……they have already been coming to Apopka, over and over, again and again, and THAT is the problem! Orange County planning prescribed burnsFrom The Orange County websiteWith the goal of preventing future catastrophic wildfires while maintaining natural ecological systems, land managers with the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division are planning to perform prescribed burns within Kelly Park (Rock Springs Run), weather pending, within the next two weeks.County lands are managed as natural areas and periodic fires are needed to keep the systems in good condition. Fire is a natural and important ecological force, which has shaped these properties over time. Plants and animals that live in these systems are adapted to and depend upon periodic fires for their continued survival.Benefits of prescribed burning include the removal of accumulated fuels; the increase of wildlife and wildflowers; and the restoration of scenic vistas as undergrowth is reduced.Land managers need a narrow range of weather conditions outlined in park-specific fire prescriptions in order to burn. These prescriptions consider such things as ground moisture, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and the ability of the atmosphere to carry smoke harmlessly away from the area. The Florida Forest Service must agree with fire prescriptions and issue permits to allow prescribed fire.For more information regarding these burns, please contact Mandy K. Zimmer, the Public Relations Officer for Orange County Parks and Recreation at 407-836-6257 or go here. Reply August 8, 2016 at 11:49 am August 9, 2016 at 6:20 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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OCPS Superintendent wins award

first_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSDr. Barbara JenkinsOrange County Public Schools Previous articleDexter Hughley shooting suspect arrestedNext articleTrader Joe’s Recalls Hummus Due to Listeria Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014  Barbara Jenkins is Florida’s Superintendent of the YearFrom Orange County Public Schools Dr. Barbara Jenkins was named Florida’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year, at the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and Florida School Board Association (FSBA) joint conference this week in Tampa.Jenkins was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012.“I am honored to represent the fine superintendents of Florida,” said Jenkins. “I am also extremely grateful for a phenomenal school board, talented leadership team, outstanding principals and teachers, and OCPS team members who lead our students to success every day.”Under Jenkins’ leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize earned $500,000 for student scholarships from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The district also received the Governor’s Sterling Award in 2014 and again in 2015. The award is highly regarded for its recognition of organizations that exemplify performance excellence in Florida. Also, for three of the last five years, OCPS was named to the AP District Honor Roll by the College Board, for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning exam scores for college credit.Jenkins serves on the boards of United Arts of Central Florida, Winter Park Health Foundation, Greater Orlando Economic Development Commission, Florida Hospital, Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness, Orange County Youth Mental Health Commission, and is a member of the Aspen Urban Superintendent’s Network.The process for electing Florida’s Superintendent of the Year was established by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), a national organization of school superintendents and other educational leaders. In March 2017, Jenkins will represent all Florida superintendents at the AASA’s National Education Conference in New Orleans, LA where she will be recognized and honored for her public education service in Florida. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Community Health Centers named Top 100 for working families

first_img Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSCommunity Health Centers Previous articleAPD Arrest ReportNext articleComing to Netflix in September Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here  from chcfl.orgCommunity Health Centers was, recently, selected as one of the 2017 Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Companies for Working Families. The list of “Top 100 Companies” was created by the Orlando Sentinel and Best Companies Group.  This is the second consecutive year that the organization has been recognized as a Top 100 Company. There are three locations in Apopka that provide dental, family. OB/GYN and pediatric care. Florida Hospital gifted CHC/ Apopka the location in May of 2017.This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Orlando, benefiting the region’s economy, its work force and businesses.For consideration, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;Florida Hospital gifted CHC the location in May of 2017. Be a publicly or privately held business;Have a facility in Central Florida (Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia County); Have at least 15 employees working in Central Florida; Must be in business a minimum of one year.Organizations from across Central Florida entered the two-part survey process to determine the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Companies. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey, and analysis process and determined the final rankings.Community Health Centers, with 485 employees in Central Florida, was recognized in the companies with 100-499 employees category.  For more information on the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Companies program, visit www.Top100CompaniesORL.com.Community Health Centers, Inc., (CHC) provides quality and compassionate primary health care services to insured, uninsured, underinsured, and underserved children and adults in Central Florida. CHC accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance plans. A Sliding Discount Program is available for those with or without insurance. CHC provides care to more than 62,000 patients each year in the Apopka, Bithlo, Forest City, Lake Ellenor, Leesburg, Meadow Woods, Pine Hills, South Lake, Tavares and Winter Garden communities.www.chcfl.org Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

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AdventHealth physician shares insights on COVID-19 ‘long haulers’

first_img TAGSAdventHealthCOVID-19FatigueLong-HaulersMentalOngoing SymptomsPatientsPhysicalVaccines Previous articleProposed Florida vote-by-mail restrictions scaled back, but opponents, like Sen. Bracy, not swayedNext articleApopka Police Dept. officers run for a worthy cause Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Doctors are finding that some patients who are no longer infected with the virus have ongoing symptoms such as fatigue and brain fogFrom AdventHealthFor some patients, getting over COVID-19 is just the beginning. A subset of patients known as “long haulers” are emerging who continue to have symptoms weeks and even months after the virus has cleared their systems.Dr. Cynthia Gries, Medical Director of AdventHealth’s lung-transplant programThese patients can face both mental and physical challenges, said Dr. Cynthia Gries, medical director of AdventHealth’s lung-transplant program, on today’s AdventHealth Morning Briefing.Long haulers are defined as those who are still having symptoms more than three weeks after their initial diagnosis. People who’ve had any level of COVID-19 can become long haulers, Gries said, ranging from hospitalized patients to those with mild cases who may have recovered at home.Symptoms can include headache, fatigue, brain fog and shortness of breath, Gries said. To date, the majority of patients are women, and younger populations seem to be more affected.In addition, the syndrome can bring a mental toll, Gries said, resulting from the trauma of the disease diagnosis itself, to the isolation required during treatment, to survivors guilt in the aftermath of the disease.“I wouldn’t be surprised to see PTSD in these patients going forward,” Gries said.Gries also advised patients who’ve had the disease to get vaccinated, but to wait three months post-COVID before doing so.Some have reported that getting the vaccine helped their long-haul symptoms, Gries added.last_img read more

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Irish Hospice launches ‘Lifestory’

first_img Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 9 October 2007 | News The Irish Hospice Foundation has launched the latest in a series of books designed to raise money for the organisation. ‘LifeStory’ is a hardback book in its own slipcase which provides a template to encourage people to write their own life stories and retails for ‚€40. The book is divided into sections, e.g. Family Story, Early Years, Growing Up, Leaving, Friends, Work, Turning Points, Dreams and Lists (favourite books, music, etc.), conceived to help people capture key moments in their lives. With lots of blank space in which to write your story, LifeStory also features a series of ‘prompts’ in the form of memory-jogging questions at the start of each section.Also included are many ‘first lines’ and passages from a wide range of published memoirs, diaries and journals from Irish and international writers. Among those featured are Bill Clinton, John McGahern, Bob Geldof, Anne Frank, the Dalai Lama, Gay Byrne, Hugo Hamilton, Barry Norman, Jane Fonda, John Major, Jung Chang, Helen Keller, Christopher Reeves, Chris Patten, Fiona Looney, Roddy Doyle, Gloria Hunniford and Bob Dylan. Advertisement  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Irish Hospice launches ‘Lifestory’center_img LifeStory has been launched to coincide with the Christmas market and follows other very successful publications by the charity. LifeStory has its own dedicated website, www.lifestory.ie AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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End all coup attempts on Venezuela!

first_imgApril 30 — Anti-imperialists in the United States must unite once more, just as we did in February, March and April, to stop the coup that U.S. imperialism is attempting to carry out against the Bolivarian government of Venezuela and against all the workers, farmers, Indigenous and poor people of that country.At dawn, from a highway near a military base in the rich, right-wing section of Caracas, the nominal coup leaders — convicted plotter Leopoldo López and self-nominated leader Juan Guaidó — announced a military coup. López and Guaidó have already disgraced themselves as traitors to Venezuelan sovereignty. They stand still unless someone in Washington pulls their strings.U.S. officials Elliott Abrams, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, impatient with the lack of success of their “interim” puppet, push every move aimed at “regime change” in Venezuela. The three are ruthless. They stop at nothing — starving the masses, bombing their opponents, mass murder — in their effort to expand the power of the imperialist banks and corporations.Their weakness, and that of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, is that they consistently underestimate the determination and will of the masses of people to defend their own interests. Up to now the right wing have demonstrated this weakness in Venezuela in every battle.In January, when Guaidó first appointed himself “interim president,” only imperialist and rightist foreign governments subservient to the U.S. recognized this arrogant act. In Venezuela the masses rejected him.In February, when Guaidó tried to bring an invasion force into Venezuela on the backs of so-called “humanitarian aid,” the mobilized people and their militia, along with the Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB), stopped the invasion at the border. In March, when U.S.-directed sabotage disrupted electric power for days, cutting off food and water supplies, the people mobilized to deliver emergency supplies while power was being restored.Realizing Guaidó’s lack of support, even the most right-wing regimes in the region — in Colombia and Brazil — refused to offer their troops as cannon fodder for a U.S.-led intervention.At the present time — noon EDT on April 30 — the coup attempt appears to have very little support inside the country. The Venezuelan defense secretary and the president of the Constituent National Assembly have said the FANB and the population are with the Maduro government. Tens of thousands of people have answered the call to defend the presidential residence at Miraflores in Caracas. There remains the possibility of a U.S. military intervention. Despite the dangers to U.S. troops invading against an intact military with massive popular support — and 2 million people with access to arms in the militia — there is no guarantee that the Abrams-Pompeo-Bolton gang will concede. In the U.S., the forces that have demonstrated support for the Bolivarian Revolution since January are again in action. In New York, community and religious leaders held a news conference today calling on the U.S. population to protest the new threat. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., anti-imperialists occupying the otherwise empty Venezuelan Embassy are continuing to defend the right of Maduro government representatives to the office. Everyone who defends the sovereignty of nations against imperialism should defend the government of Nicolás Maduro against this latest coup attempt and defend the workers and poor of Venezuela against U.S. imperialism and its local agents. And we should continue that defense, whatever measures the Bolivarian government, the real government of Venezuela, decides are necessary to suppress the imperialist-inspired coup and its leaders.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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On the 150th anniversary of his birth/Lenin’s April Theses

first_imgApril 22, 2020, marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Lenin, leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution.  In honor of this great proletarian leader and theoretician, WW is reprinting an abridged talk by Deirdre ­Griswold, a founding member of Workers World Party and Workers World editor, given at a WWP meeting on April 6, 2017, in New York.  Other writings by founding WWP members, Sam Marcy and Vince Copeland, on Lenin’s contributions can be read at tinyurl.com/jw8mm6v and workers.org/book/lenin-thinker-fighter, respectively.  There were two revolutions in Russia in 1917. The first was called the February Revolution and the second the October Revolution, although the date falls on Nov. 7 by our calendar.Between February and October 1917 there was an extraordinary period in Russia, when the great masses of people were awakened to the possibility that they could fundamentally change the conditions of their lives.The first revolution in February started with a huge demonstration of women textile workers who struck on International Women’s Day. Within weeks, the people overthrew the czar and ushered in a period of democracy. Over the next eight months, millions became active in organizations that would shape the future of the country. They were called soviets, which is the Russian word for people’s councils. We might call them people’s assemblies. There were soviets of workers, peasants, soldiers and sailors.The soviets were both an arena for political debate and a place where the people could express their will in democratic votes — and attempt to carry out what they voted for.What drove the people to a passionate desire for change?First were the terrible conditions of exploitation, in the workplaces and on the land. Then there was the brutal oppression by the czarist regime and its secret police.But on top of all that, which had been going on for years, was a huge new ­factor: war.The Russian ruling classes went into World War I for the same reasons as the other capitalist powers: to grab territory and riches for themselves. They expected to come out of the war immensely fattened by taking over resources and land from the losing side. Their primary foe was Germany, whose rulers had the same objective.But of course it wasn’t the rulers who fought and died in the war. It was the workers and peasants, and they died by the millions.There was a Socialist International in Europe at that time, made up of parties in all the different countries. Before the war started, these socialist parties had met several times and passed resolutions opposing the coming war.Imperialist ‘patriotism’But when the war came, almost all these socialist parties capitulated to the pressure of “patriotism.” Where they had elected deputies in the parliaments, particularly in Germany, Britain and France, these deputies voted for war credits — that is, they voted the immense funds for war that the governments requested, although the war did cause splits in some of these parties.What followed was four years of the greatest slaughter Europe had ever seen, with 17 million dead and 20 million wounded, all for the benefit of the ruling classes.But there was one small group of European socialists who in 1914 had refused to support this inter-imperialist war. The leading figure in it was Vladimir Lenin, head of the Social Democratic Party in Russia, known as the Bolsheviks.The Bolsheviks’ opposition to the war meant jail or exile for many of the leaders. But as the war dragged on, deepening the misery of the people, the Bolshevik Party won respect for its principled stand.By 1917, the people of Russia — and especially the soldiers — had become thoroughly anti-war. After democracy was proclaimed in the February revolution, the people hoped and expected that Russia would pull out of the bloody conflict still raging in Europe. But the government that took over, headed by Alexander Kerensky, was weak. It stayed in the war and became increasingly unpopular.This was the situation when, in early April 1917, Lenin returned from exile in Switzerland. He was able to come back by negotiating with Germany, which allowed him to cross Germany in a sealed train so there was no chance of him agitating the population against the war.As soon as he arrived in Russia, he immediately gave a speech to the All-Russia Conference of Soviets of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies on April 4. It was then published in the party newspaper, Pravda.Lenin spelled out in detail exactly what the party should do:‘The April Theses’“1) In our attitude towards the war, which under the new [provisional] government of Lvov and Co. unquestionably remains on Russia’s part a predatory imperialist war owing to the capitalist nature of that government, not the slightest concession to ‘revolutionary defensism’ is permissible. …“In view of the undoubted honesty of those broad sections of the mass believers in revolutionary defensism who accept the war only as a necessity, and not as a means of conquest, in view of the fact that they are being deceived by the bourgeoisie, it is necessary with particular thoroughness, persistence and patience to explain their error to them, to explain the inseparable connection existing between capital and the imperialist war, and to prove that without overthrowing capital it is impossible to end the war by a truly democratic peace, a peace not imposed by violence. …“2) The specific feature of the present situation in Russia is that the country is passing from the first stage of the revolution — which, owing to the insufficient class-consciousness and organization of the proletariat, placed power in the hands of the bourgeoisie — to its second stage, which must place power in the hands of the proletariat and the poorest sections of the peasants.“This transition is characterized, on the one hand, by a maximum of legally recognized rights (Russia is now the freest of all the belligerent countries in the world); on the other, by the absence of violence towards the masses, and, finally, by their unreasoning trust in the government of capitalists, those worst enemies of peace and socialism.“This peculiar situation demands of us an ability to adapt ourselves to the special conditions of Party work among unprecedentedly large masses of proletarians who have just awakened to political life.“3) No support for the Provisional Government; the utter falsity of all its promises should be made clear, particularly of those relating to the renunciation of annexations. Exposure in place of the impermissible, illusion-breeding ‘demand’ that this government, a government of capitalists, should cease to be an imperialist government.“4) Recognition of the fact that in most of the Soviets of Workers’ Deputies our Party is in a minority, so far a small minority, as against a bloc of all the petty-bourgeois opportunist elements … who have yielded to the influence of the bourgeoisie and spread that influence among the proletariat.“The masses must be made to see that the Soviets of Workers’ Deputies are the only possible form of revolutionary government, and that therefore our task is, as long as this government yields to the influence of the bourgeoisie, to present a patient, systematic, and persistent explanation of the errors of their tactics, an explanation especially adapted to the practical needs of the masses. …“5) Not a parliamentary republic — to return to a parliamentary republic from the Soviets of Workers’ Deputies would be a retrograde step — but a republic of Soviets of Workers,’ Agricultural Laborers’ and Peasants’ Deputies throughout the country, from top to bottom.“Abolition of the police, the army and the bureaucracy.“The salaries of all officials, all of whom are elective and displaceable at any time, not to exceed the average wage of a competent worker.“6) The weight of emphasis in the agrarian program to be shifted to the Soviets of Agricultural Laborers’ Deputies.“Confiscation of all landed estates.“Nationalization of all lands in the country, the land to be disposed of by the local Soviets of Agricultural Laborers’ and Peasants’ Deputies. The organization of separate Soviets of Deputies of Poor Peasants. The setting up of a model farm on each of the large estates. …“7) The immediate union of all banks in the country into a single national bank, and the institution of control over it by the Soviet of Workers’ Deputies.“8) It is not our immediate task to ‘introduce’ socialism, but only to bring social production and the distribution of products at once under the control of the Soviets of Workers’ Deputies.“Convene a new party congress and change the program to include the points above.“Change of party’s name: Instead of ‘Social-Democracy,’ whose official leaders throughout the world have betrayed socialism and deserted to the bourgeoisie, we must call ourselves the Communist Party.”Well. That is a program for a real ­revolution.We study these points today not because they are a timeless blueprint for a revolutionary program. Not at all.There is no such blueprint. Marxism above all recognizes that everything is in a process of change, of coming into being, and passing away. We must analyze what is the current reality and base our program on that.Lenin himself constantly updated his analysis of what had to be done. When he delivered his speech on April 4, he stunned a lot of the leaders in his own party.In fact, one of his points of difference with Leon Trotsky back in 1905 had been over what would be the various stages in the revolutionary process in ­Russia. At that time, Lenin had believed it ­necessary for Russia to go through a period of bourgeois, capitalist development before the working class and the poor peasants could think of taking power and reorganizing society on a socialist basis.The war changed everythingBut the war had changed everything. When Lenin introduced the “April Theses,” it was two months after the overthrow of the czar and the establishment of a democratic government — democratic in form, but still dominated by the capitalist bourgeoisie. In those two months, the bourgeois democrats had shown themselves incapable of getting Russia out of the war, incapable of breaking up the landed estates, incapable of reorganizing the economy and incapable of setting up a state apparatus strong enough to fight off attempts at a counterrevolution by the monarchists and aristocrats.All this called for a new understanding of what had to be done.Trotsky, since 1905, had argued that the workers must take the power in Russia in order to carry out even bourgeois democratic reforms. So now he and Lenin were in agreement.But Trotsky also changed his views in early 1917. Earlier, he had differed with Lenin on the question of what kind of party was needed to carry out the revolution. He was won over to Lenin’s views on the need for a disciplined, combat party based on democratic centralism.It was on the basis of the “April Theses” that Trotsky and his grouping joined the Bolshevik Party and played an important role preparing for the revolutionary seizure of power in October.The masses of the people, seen especially in the constant shifts to the left in the Soviets, pushed ever harder for a revolutionary change that would take the power away from their oppressors.At times the Bolshevik Party even had to hold back the workers in key cities like Petrograd, so that those elsewhere in the country who were slower to understand what was happening could catch up — and join the revolutionary movement, which they did.In studying the past, we can gain a better understanding of what a revolution is, how it happens and, most important, how it can succeed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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