Youth unite against imperialism, for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation
Source: The Pan-Canadian Preparatory Committee of the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students!
1. What is the WFYS?
2. How is the festival structured?
3. How often does the festival take place?
4. Who organizes the festival?
5. What is the WFDY?
6. What about student organizations?
7. Are Latin American students participating?
8. Why is this festival important?
9. Why Ecuador?
10. What does the All-Canada Committee do?
11. What does the Interational Committee do?
12. What does the Ecuadorian Committee do?
13. Costs? Lodging Travel?
14. How do I get involved?
1. What is the World Festival of Youth and Students?
The World Festival of Youth and Students is the largest gathering of anti-imperialist youth in the world. The festival is an amazing event you will remember for the rest of your life. More that 15,000 youth are expected at this year’s festival.
Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo, is expected to lead the delegation of 250 youths from across Namibia to Ecuador for the conference that will take place from December 07 to 13. The youths will include those with disabilities and from marginalised communities. (Photo: Jerry Ekandjo)
“Such platforms of political education and expression of the Namibian youth are few and far between,” said Edward Kafita who is the national chairperson of the World Festival of Youth and Students.
Kafita noted that the participation in the festival is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Namibian delegates. He highlighted the fact that the Festival will allow “the youth to consolidate and strengthen their ideological beliefs through interacting with youths of similar persuasion from around the world”..
Nhan Dan – A delegation of 85 young Vietnamese is set to attend the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students in Quito, Ecuador from December 7-13.
The festival is held annually by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), and is one of the most important international youth conferences of the year.
This year’s event, under the theme ‘ Youth unite against imperialism, for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation‘, consists of an opening ceremony, Africa Day, America Day, Asia-Pacific Day, Europe Day, Middle East Day, Ecuador Day and a closing ceremony.
Thousands of people marched peacefully through the capital ofHonduras on Sunday in support of the opposition presidential candidate Xiomara Castro and her claim that last weekend’s election was fraudulent.
The electoral court has declared the conservative Juan Orlando Hernández of the ruling National party as the winner. The court said that with 99% of ballots counted, Hernández had 37% and Castro was second with 29%. Six other candidates shared the remaining votes.
Both Castro and her husband, the former president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted by a coup in 2009, led the protest march from a pickup truck carrying the body of a militant of their Libre party, who was shot dead hours before the demonstration began. (Photo: Xiomara Castro)
Two rural activists were murdered in Venezuela last Friday, which a national rural workers’ organisation is attributing to the activists’ role in combating contraband and price speculation.
Freddy Saya and Gerson Rojas were murdered in upper Apure state, which shares a long and porous border with neighbouring Colombia. They were spokespersons in their local commune and citizen volunteers with state consumer protection agency Indepabis, which fights against contraband and overpricing in the zone.
Pro-government national campesino (rural worker) front, the Bolivar and Zamora Revolutionary Current (CRBZ), claim the activists’ deaths came at the hands of hired gunmen. They accuse “elements” of Colombian guerilla group the National Liberation Army (ELN), and corrupt local military and business figures of being responsible.
According to the CRBZ these groups are involved in “multi-million dollar” contraband activity, where Venezuela’s regulated price gasoline, food and consumer products are smuggled to Colombia to be sold at higher prices.
Calling to the Youth of the World to participate in the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students
In the past and present, youth have always played a significant role in the struggle of all societies for progress and social justice. The youth were militantly present in the greatest struggles of the peoples for peace, solidarity and social transformation. In a world that imperialism presents itself as an inevitability, the anti-imperialist struggle proves that the youth chooses its own future. The 18th World Festival of Youth and Student that will take place in Ecuador is the space for the young women and men of the World to unite their voices against imperialism.
Since the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students our estimations about the character of imperialism and our calling for anti-imperialist struggle have been justified. In the past few years with the continuing international capitalist crisis, the imperialist order, the system where the monopolies rule, is revealing more and more clearly its true colours, its brutal and barbaric nature, that leads to wars, occupations international injustice, exploitation and blackmail by capitalists against the workers, human rights violations, threats and blackmail against countries and its people.
Festival Location: Quito Ecuador Dates: December 7th – 13th 2013
Slogan:“Youth unite against imperialism for the world of peace, solidarity and social transformation!”
In December, the 18th World Festival of Youth and Student will be celebrated in Quito, Ecuador. It is a political movement with a history of 66 years. The First Festival took place in 1947 in Prague. It was organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and its international partner organizations, in an effort to demonstrate the political will of the Youth that defeated Nazism to continue their efforts for everlasting peace and solidarity among the peoples. To achieve that, the participants adopted the ideal of the anti-imperialist struggle; because imperialism is the main cause of wars, misery and exploitation. They knew back then, as we know now that imperialism changes many faces and methods but its true nature stems from the economic system itself.
THE African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliamentary Assembly has trashed claims by the European Union that the sanctions regime on Zimbabwe was “smart” or “targeted” saying the sanctions were unjustified, had caused company closures and suffering among ordinary people and should be lifted.
The ACP Parliamentary Assembly, which is made up of 79 countries drawn from Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions made the groundbreaking declaration at its 34th session held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from Friday last week to Wednesday this week where the embargo was rapped for spawning negative economic and social consequences in Zimbabwe.
Yesterday President Nicolas Maduro announced that next year the government will create the Salvador Allende University of Health Sciences.
He made the announcement at the graduation of 289 community doctors from the Salvador Allende Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), in Caracas, which will form part of the new initiative.
Maduro said the new health sciences university would train doctors, nurses, dentists, and other health professionals. He said Venezuela would found the university, and that he would propose it to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) summit next month in Caracas
The Venezuela based ELAM was inaugurated in April 2007 by Hugo Chavez following an agreement between himself and then Cuban President Fidel Castro in 2005. It aims to train people from around Latin America as “humanist” doctors. Priority is given to countries and students who have problems accessing higher education due to location or economic reasons, and the initiative also aims to promote Latin American and Caribbean integration.
The President of the Guyana Cuba Solidarity Movement, GCSM, Haleem Khan, recently visited Cuba where discussions were held with Kenia Serrano, President of ICAP (Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples The ICAP President used the opportunity to update Mr. Khan on the situation in Cuba generally while the GCSM President shared with her the plans developed by his solidarity organization for the coming year 2014.
Mr. Khan reiterated his organization’s condemnation of both the unjust imprisonment of the Five Cuban Heroes and the inhumane, unilaterally imposed US blockade of Cuba.
The Guyanese solidarity president’s stay was not limited to meetings as he also found time to participate in the posting of stickers in the streets of Havana calling for the release of the anti-terrorist Cuban fighters