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Jones: Attention. Sunday- day, Sunday news. Who is winning? Even if USA imperialists were to make the maximum, miraculous, and conceivable industrial advances over the next few years, it will clearly have to accept second place to the Soviet Union, the avant garde of liberation in the world, in reference to economic output in the early eighties. A few years after the revolution, the USSR, industrially speaking, was the best part of a century behind the USA. By 1980, however, Soviet industrial production will be nearly a tenth above the USA’s total. At most, the gap will then be two or three years. Between 1960 and- between 1860, rather, and 1913, more than 50 years, tsarist Russia, imperialist or feudalistic Russia being- began to close the economic gap. The USA imperialist always produced at least eight times Russia’s maximum. Then came the war, followed by the civil war, and foreign intervention by fourteen nations. In 1922, when the last foreign invaders were driven from Soviet territory, the League of Nations estimated that the United States’ output was 35 times that of the war-ravaged Soviet republic. Twenty of the subsequent years have been taken up with wars and economic recovery, the wars which were perpetrated by even US imperialism in the beginning, even using [Adolf] Hitler as a buffer. The civil war and intervention cost us a quarter of our national wealth, we who love the Soviet Union. The Second World War destroyed about a third of the entire national wealth. In two world wars and the civil war, we lost almost 40 million of our most vigorous citizens, not counting those who died of wounds and shocks afterwards in our beloved USSR. These wars left the USA virtually untouched. During the Second World War, indeed, her industrial output increased by half. The Nazis had destroyed 1,710 towns seventy thou- thousand cities and villages, and tens of thousands of factories, mines, power stations and so on. Soviet output naturally fell in 1946. It was still only three quarters of the prewar level. But by 1950, the Soviet Union had again reached and passed the prewar economic level by a miraculous (unintelligible word) We then not- stood at about 30 percent of the American level. Growth rates of Soviet industry have long been far higher than uh, USA. Admittedly during the first five-year plan, that was easy to achieve, in view of our low starting level. But from 1950 to ’77, our industrial production grew eleven times over, whereas America’s only tripled. The average annual increase in the Soviet Union was 9.2 percent, in the USA, only four point- only four percent. In many Soviet industries, the growth and output is now higher than the USA’s in actual as well as relative terms. Since the early 70’s, the Soviet Union has been investing more than the United States of America. We are now ahead of the United States of America in output of oil, coal, iron ore, steel, cement, mineral fertilizer and other important items. True, the USA still produces market commodities and offers more services than the USSR, and standards of prosperity are generally higher, but man does not live by bread alone. A level of the second- of the social development is also measured by other yardsticks. I didn’t give you a test on Saturday, but you might have one tonight or any night. So please don’t take advantage. Don’t turn off what you’re hearing- the truth about the news. For instance, the socialist Soviet Union has no un- no unemployment at all, and hasnot had any since 1930. It has no energy, ecological or economic crisises. It has no inflation crisises, crisis and has been stable for twenty years. Social benefits like the health services, education grants, pensions and allowances are all financed from the state budget. There are no deductions from wages. Imagine that. No Soviet citizen need fear losing his job. He need not fear failing uh, by losing his job by f- falling ill and being unable to afford treatment, of losing his savings because of inflation, and he pays next to nothing for fares on-
Radio voice: Go ahead.
Jones:-any vehicle, plane or train or bus, or little or nothing in rent. It’s down now to two percent in many areas and some places-
Radio voice: (Unintelligible)
Jones: -one percent of the entire salary. And actual material levels are rapidly rising. Since 1950, real incomes per head in this USSR have quadrupled an average annual growth of 5.2 percent against America’s two per- uh, two percent. Like many others from my generation I have a vivid memory of my childhood, says this writer. During the war, my father was killed. So were the fathers of most of my classmates. I remember how the ink froze in our inkpots and a dry crust of rye bread was the most delicious food in the world. We wore jackets cut down from our fathers’ old trench coats and dreadful boots for several years after the war. What a contrast today. Perhaps the biggest complaint nowadays is the shortage of books. Though we publish more than any other country in the world, they are still in short supply because the- we, Soviet Union are literate all, and they’re avid readers. And we have fewer cars you- Yes, we still have problems, but like most Soviet people, I am convinced that we shall overtake-
Radio voice (over Jones): Go ahead.
Jones: (Unintelligible- Imperialist?) America in those fields where it still maintains a lead.
Radio voice (Simultaneous to Jones): Roger, has any of the uh, has any of the trusts came back, or the checks come back through?
Jones: In the very near future too, socialism is only bound to win-
Radio voice: The trust (unintelligible).
Radio voice: How long ago?
Jones:-the worker will see, that only under socialism does he get all the benefits-
Radio voice: Okay. Anytime that happens you- you let me know right away, okay?
Jones:-of his labor. Where else do you find a people paying no rent, paying no uh, cinema?
Radio voice: Okay. (Unintelligible)
Jones: For not paying for the movie or the dance or not paying even for many restaurants-
Radio voice: Okay.
Jones: Not paying for telephones or gas or utilities. Not paying for transportation. Being able to save all that money and have it in the bank. Where else? Obviously it’s going to soon become aware to all thinking mankind and womankind that it is in the Soviet Union that hope of the world lies. We have never had any hesitation about borrowing from the Americans, anything that is uh, actually good: B- Business acumen, enterprise, the speed with which they introduce the latest technical developments in their advanced capitalist state. They had two hundred and fifty years over the Soviet Union, and we shall go on doing so, because we are socialists. We learn wherever we can. And even though capitalism had a two hundred and fifty year head start, we have practically caught up inevery area and many areas are far in advance. But there are more than a few things that would be well advised to borrow from us, the socialist world. Thus ends that commentary in full agreement.
The Soviet people today observe Constitution Day. The new constitution was adopted by the parliament one year ago after a fourth- a fourth month discussion in which all the adult population took part. Thousands of proposals and amendments were submitted to the constitutional commission headed by Leonid Brezhnev, head of the communist party of the Soviet Union, the avant garde of liberation in Africa and all over the world. They were taken into account when the final text was drafted. The new constitution became a summary of the Soviet state’s development in sixty years. It has 174 articles protecting all the main points of the Helsinki accords and the principles of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights. The constitution guarantees Soviet citizens the rights to work, to free education, to paid leave, health protection and pension. The constitution also includes the peoples’ right to free housing in most areas. The general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, President Leonid Brezhnev has sent a message to the chairman of the NPLA party of labor and the president of Angola, Agusto Neto- Agostinho Neto, the Marxist-Leninist country of Angola, on the second anniversary of the bilateral treaty for friendship and cooperation. The message reflects international solidarity in the struggle against imperialism, colonialism, and racism, and a struggle for peace and international security. Leonid Brezhnev feels certain that continued friendship and close cooperation between the two nations will gain in strength and scale to the benefit of both nations and peace and progress too.
The president of Syria [Hafez al-Assad] has returned to Damas- Da- Damascus after completing an official visit to the Soviet Union. In a telegram to Leonid Brezhnev, he expressed satisfaction with the talks in Moscow and stress they would further strengthen closer bilateral relations because of the USA’s Camp David sellout. At the talks with Leonid Brezhnev and other Soviet leaders, special attention was paid to the situation in the Middle East. Communiqué on the results of the talks denounced the Camp David sellout agreement between Egypt and Israel as a collusion breached behind the backs of the Arabs. The Soviet Union and Syria feel that backstage separate deals serve only to heighten the explosive situation in the Middle East. In their opinion, lasting peace (pause) in that region should be based on the immediate withdrawal (pause) of the Israeli aggressive troops from the occupied territories and respect of the right of the Palestinian Arabs to have a state of their own. This can be reached within the framework of the Geneva peace conference. Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, speaking of Soviet e- evolution and growth had hit on a problem of strengthening peace, the Middle East and on Soviet/American relations. The Soviet U- Union said he wants to have a good relation with USA because peace between the two countries means peace for the whole earth. He spoke in favor of a speedy conclusion of the SALT [Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty] agreements with the United States, that he noted that some changes in the right direction have taken place in the American stance. At least he’s hopeful. The wish of President [Jimmy] Carter to meet Leonid Brezhnev, he said that this meeting should be well prepared for the signing of important documents, above all on limiting strategic weapons. Andrei Gromyko, foreign minister of the USSR, noted that the current session of the United Nations General Assembly, nearly all the member countries have backed the Soviet proposal to conclude an international convention guaranteeing the security of non-nuclear states. The United Nations Security Council has urged the conflicting sides in Lebanon to stop hostilities and observe the cease-fire. The call is contained in a resolution that was unanimously approved last night. The council also requested that the sides let International Red Cross teams enter Beirut and evacuate one of the beau- most beautiful capitals one time in the world. They have got to evacuate the wounded and the dead that are laying all over the city. The Security Council called for the re- restoration of peace in Lebanon on the basis of unity, integrity and independence and national sovereignty, and the removal of all troops of Israeli aggressors.
A group of African countries at the United Nations have condemned the decision of the United States to issue an entry visa to the head of the racist regime of Rhodesia, Ian Smith. In a general statement published in New York, New York, they described the moral violations of the United Nations charter and that the Security Council’s resolution for the observation of the Smith regime. They found it surprisingly shocking that the United States had violated these resolutions after their so-called report of favoring human rights. The patriotic front of Zimbabwe views the United States’ actions as a challenge to the international community. They said that the United States hopes to arrange talks with Ian Smith about the future of Rhodesia and demands of the recent Camp David sellout arrangements.
The vice-president of Vietnam, an ally of the Soviet Union, has completed his official visit to Angola. In a communiqué signed at the end of his visit, he denounced China’s agreement- aggression against Vietnam and called for its stop by pursuing the expansionist policy. The communiqué said China aligns with the imperialist powers. This policy is a threat to peace in South East Asia, Africa and the whole world. The communiqué expresses full support for the national liberation movement in southern Africa. It also denounced Israeli aggressor’s actions in upsetting the unity of the Arab people and depriving the Arab people of Palestine to form their own state. The vice president of Vietnam went on stress that the Chinese had made great strides in the service of their own people in domestic collectives, and why could they not change their complete barbaric foreign policy before it’s too late and ultimately a nuclear war comes.
The World Peace Council’s president has called an international conference in support of the liberation movements in southern Africa and against apartheid. The conference is sponsored by the World Peace Council, the Organization of Afro-Asian Solidarity and United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid. Over a thousand delegates from eighty countries came for mobilizing progressive forces everywhere to sign against the mass struggle against imperialism in Africa.
The Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States heard evidence from the citizens of Estile [phonetic] in Nicaragua. They told the commission about the campaign of mass murder and terror launched in the city by the dictator Somoza [Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza], national guard backed and armed by US imperialists, along with the guidance of USA advisors. Right on the scene they captured many of the uh, they were captured- US advisors were captured in the city of Estile. The city was practically demolished. According to the witnesses, the soldiers were shooting civilians and looting their homes, raping the women, killing innocent children. Today the commission is visiting the city of Nessia, Nesiah, Nescia, I believe it would be pronounced.
In Moscow- Moscow, the secretary of the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee has met with the delegation from the African National Congress of South Africa. The delegation thanked the Soviet Union for its support for the Patriotic Front of South Africa in their struggle against the racist regime. The Soviet people abhor the system of apar- of apartheid and racism everywhere. And there are, you know, 150 different races that live in peace inside the Soviet Union, and they insist on the liberation of the people of South Africa.
Soviet farmers grew a good crop this year. A record amount of grain has been harvested. The farmers sell all their products to the Soviet government, the people, at a high guaranteed price. The capital income of the Soviet Union’s rural area has doubled in the last six years.
Soviet cosmonauts have begun unloading the unmanned cargo ship Progress Four, which docked with the orbiting ship on Friday. The Soviet Union has demanded that the trial of two Soviet diplomats on the United States be stopped. Some time ago, two workers at the United Nations secretariat were arrested in the United States and charged with conspiracy to damage (pause) US security. The charges against the two Soviet diplomats are unfounded, as of course always they are. The Soviet officials have no relation to any conspiracy. The whole case is nothing but a provocation by the American Secret Service and CIA. It is obvious that the unjustified trial should be stopped immediately and the two men given the opportunity to leave to their home, the beloved Soviet Union.
The last commentary. Whom does the law protect? Police and fishery inspector- inspectors arrested a group of poachers near Astockon [phonetic] for illegal fishing of sturgeon and possession of sturgeon roe. In court they were identified as G. Greshukin [phonetic], himself a voluntary fishery inspector and three of his subordinates. The accused hope that Greshukin- Greshukin’s position would get them out of trouble in the Soviet Union, but the court found them all guilty and gave them sentences of eighteen months. Soviet courts often hear cases where there is a clash between the interest of the individual and those of state organizations or government. In that event, most parties have to prove their cases. The in-shot [phonetic] by esxke [phonetic] and Kuibysagv, k-u-i-b-y-s-a-g-v, region, a state organization demolished the home of one A. Penkov, P-e-n-k-o-v, without first providing him with alternative accommodations. The court found for the plaintiff. Cases like this are quite common and they completely disproved the assertion often made in the west that Soviet law protects state organizations and officials rather than the interests of the ordinary people. In other words, that man was given his full house back and all the damages that had been done to him in terms of uh, psychological and other pressures. Another assertion is that in communist countries con- constitutions are just scraps of paper which are no guarantee for fundamental human rights. Lies like this find acceptance because in the capitalist world. People often know from their own experience how hard it is to win a legal bat- battle against a government organization. In charging that the same thing applies in a socialist country, western ideologist liars are misleading those who listen to them. The Soviet constitution certainly says that citizens must not use their rights against the teachingof socialism, but that doesn’t mean that it’s- just- the government claims and ac- the ac- and actions are automatically deemed to be right. What with that particular article in the constitution does is to protect the rights and freedoms of Soviet citizens by stopping individuals using them in ways that curtail the rights and freedoms of the vast majority. In a socialist state, any action really directed against the government is in fact directed against the whole people, because the people own everything, the means of production, the means of distribution, all the wealth. So the people are the government. All judicial bodies in the Soviet Union make it their business to see that the rights and freedoms of Soviet citizens areobserved and ensured. The penal code of the Soviet Union, USSR, and the constituent republics provide for stiff penalties for crimes against constitutional rights and liberties of the individual. It is for instance a criminal offence to do anything that would deprive women of equal rights or to violate the privacy of correspondence or the home. It is a criminal offense to discriminate towards anyone because of race, creed or color. The law also provides for punishment of violations of the labor laws and for refusal to employ or for dismissal of a pregnant woman or nursing mother. It protects the rights of authors, separates church and state, and sees that believers can freely exercise their religion. And all these laws are scrupulously observed in the Soviet Union, the avant garde of liberation the world over. An official who tries to flout a labor law, to ignore safety regulations, who fails to abide by collective agreements or tries to interfere with trade union activity will quickly find himself out of his job or facing the courts. At an engineering works in Kirov, K-I-R-O-V, region, an unskilled woman worker was injured, she was injured when a concrete slab fell from a faulty crane. The manager was charged with permitting the use of faulty equipment and also for employing a worker not qualified for that particular job. He got an eighteen-month sentence. Our penal codes all contain a section on crimes committed by officials. They are liable to punishment for abusing their power, overstepping the limits of their job and for negligence which harms any individual or other peoples’ interest. Presumptions of innocence is, by the way, a basic principle of Soviet law.
Thus for the propaganda that you’ve heard about where- where justice really exists. It is the USSR that really has justice and protects the individual. Be sure that you look at the news and recite again, listen, be sure before tonight when we have the movie, the language class, be sure that you review the tape, (unintelligible word), that’s very important. You must review that one, and also I urge that uh, you look at the news on the boards.
Secondarily, I say in your afternoon time or your- whatever time you have dress your property up very nicely. Keep them up [to] very, very high standards, because the inspection committee will have to talk about it otherwise. We will not be having so many meetings, but we will have to continue with our language studies and our news. And please be sure you are listening to the news and not shutting it off, because you are responsible for the news as it proceeds. We have to know the news, remember the constitution, and (slow, deliberate) we also must be working at our highest levels, so that we expect to be done. For the next few hours Comrade Lee Ingram and Comrade Al Tschetter will be working- uh, Al Touchette rather, will be working to maintain this community. Let’s see if we can do some things to clear up. I’d like a draft by the engineer on the building. We now have a geriatric section in the dining room, so we could be thinking of a time when we can replace it, our gravel down in front, all of our mud stands. Maybe while we’re gone, members of the (unintelligible word) working force would- could show that we have a esprit de corps that can continue things and push things ahead, in spite of missing them, as we will. It’s very important now, be sure, be sure. We have the news, as I said, will follow just after the movie- and then there’ll be treats tonight, special treats, and there will be a language class at seven thirty. There will be some changes in that if we can- as soon as we get an- the ana- an analysis from the farm workers on exactly how much people can produce in their usualworkday as compared to what they were p- producing. If they can show that they can produce the same amount [in] two hours less then we will cut that out- down to two hours, and gladly so. And remember the number of Guyanese neighbors that we have to help. We have tens of thousands of dollars expended for free medical care, taking them to our headquarters, giving them free medication, and the liberation of our own people who are in agony to be free, who cry to be free. When people have to go back, they go back in desperation. So please remember that, and let’s remember all those that are suffering in the world. What our taxes in USA have done to the world, to kill, to destroy, the innocents, little women and children that I was talking about a moment ago. Nicaragua- why, why would US President Carter and the Trilateral commission and all the mutil-nationals uphold it? They are going to lose even right of center governments. They’ve lost Venezuela over it, they’re losing other South American governments on the South American continent, because no one can approve of a dictator who murders his own people just to keep in power, to say that he’s the dictator when he has no people left. He’s murdered them all or forced them all into exile. Much love and work well during this volunteer few hours that we have today. Thank you so much.
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Jones: -oppressive, the most cruel brutal fascist tyranny in the world and the government that remains propped in power by ad- admittedly forty thousand US troops, and some say it’s double that, and hundreds of nuclear bombs. The south is a living example of all that socialism in the north has overcome, and when the USA wasn’t in South Korea and put up their dictatorship, [former President] Syngman Rhee, right after their war of liberation before the Soviets could free the south too. The north moved down with the south, and the south rose up, and in a matter of- uh, just a matter of hours south and north had reunified. It took USA might, planes and threat of nuclear missiles and bombs by Senator McCarthy [former U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy], or General Mac- [Douglas] MacArthur rather to bring down the South Korean resistance. It is said by all pollsters that no dictatorship, including the present one, has had more than one and a half percent of the support of the people. Sooner or later, South Korea’s people will rise in rebellion against conditions there and demand the reunification of their country, as Vietnam has done under socialism and the backing of the avant garde Soviet Union. For two thousand years, there was one Korea. Imagine USA wanting to divide a country that it was two thousand years united. And 25 years of enforced artificial division will not change that fact. All the bayonets the US Army can muster will never be able to sever Korea permanently. For progressives in the United States, the Korean situation presents a compelling demand-
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Jones: -The hands of US imperialism and its lackeys reaches directly into the lives of allKoreans. We here in Guyana who do not sympathize with the way our tax dollars were being spent in USA have the opportunity and the duty to help remove it. By- if we workand produce, we can send out funds to help other systems. We also already have helped the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea] while we’ve been here. But we’ve got to do more, we’ve got to get our people to freedom. I would think you’d take joy in just working to make funds for Zimbabwean Patriotic Front or the Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea, or Namibia. I would think that would turn you on, but some it doesn’t. So observers will. Yes, because of the threat of revolution, the United States knows it’s necessary to maintain its huge fascist army in the south. The hands of imperialism reaches directly into the lives of all Koreans. We here have the opportunity, and as I- as I said before, the duty to help move it. Who in the world is better situated to take up this fight than we, the only socialist movement as the different guests have said in the last few days in the United States? If we don’t take it up, who will? We must always work, we know the night’s coming when no man can work, we know nuclear war looks inevitable, we know it almost looks an absolute, but as we commemorate this twenty-fifth anniversary of socialism really being free in the DPRK, we join with progressives the world over in demanding: US imperialism out of Korea, bring the troops home, like Carter promised. Even though he hasn’t kept one of his campaign promises. Not one. Jobs he promised for blacks, all kinds of ecology things, there’re all types of things. I could go on longer than is necessary. It’s been a half hour of news, and I want to give you less news so you can digest what you have, for testing tonight in peoples rally. Thank you for your consideration and time, and I do love you more, as I say, than you’ll ever know. Good morning, good evening, good day.
Jones: -from the Soviet Union’s determination to struggle to eliminate this dangerous military hotbed in the Middle East. Speaking at the Kremlin with the president of Syria, close ally of the USSR, the avant garde of liberation, he said this is an ironic part of the Soviet Union’s general struggle, to stop the arms race, to promote the relaxation of tensions, and to spread it to all parts of the world. Leonid Brezhnev stated that the start- at the start of the Middle East settlement-
Radio voice: Go ahead
Jones: (Unintelligible) at the Geneva peace conference where it belongs legally, for which the Soviet Union is co-chairman with the United States. The settlement must provide for the immediate withdrawal from all-
Radio voice: Roger.
Jones: Nazi occupied lands by Zionism. Providing the Arabs- the Arab people of Palestine an opportunity-
Radio Voice: Go ahead.
Jones: to create their own state, therefore bringing them international-
Radio voice: Roger.
Jones: (Unintelligible) of security for all states in the area. Soviet Union had spoken out very strongly on behalf (stumbles over words) these separate talks and uh, individual freedom being guaranteed for the Near East and Africa. Secretary General of the United Nations Kurt Waldheim, and the chairman to the security secretary- cu- council have voiced concern over the situation in Lebanon. In a joint statement issued after consultation with the council members, they urged the sides- the sides involved in the conflict to stop hostility. The secretary council-
Radio Voice: Roger, roger.
Jones: (unintelligible under radio) -if they continue consultation on the Lebanon issue. Meanwhile-
Radio voice: Roger and out.
Jones: -there was more fighting in Beirut last night. Shooting of artillery and missiles were used by Zionists in the clashes. Many buildings in the capital have been demolished in one week. More than one thousand people have been killed or wounded in the last four days. The fighting was provoked by the Christian right wing fascist arm, what they commonly call themselves Phalangists, who opposed the presence of the inter-Arab peace keeping forces in the country, which are the majority indeed, and US, of course, backs the Phalangists, the fascist that Israel has put in charge of southern Lebon- Lebanon after attacking them aggressively, taking over their land with US military hardware.
At the current session of the United Nations assembly in New York, New York, the representatives of Vietnam and Madagascar have supported the Soviet prop- proposal for concluding an international convention on the strengthening of guarantees of the security of non-nuclear states. Speaking at a full-scale session on Wednesday, the foreign minister of Vietnam called for a ban (pause) on the manufacture of all new types of weapons of mass destruction. The Madagas- Madagascar minister fortified the new Soviet initiative for curbing the arms race as a notable contribution to the strengthening of international security. If you look on your map Madagascar is the large island just to the east of the great, great continent of Africa. We’re glad that Madagascar-
Radio voice: Roger.
Jones: -has joined so firmly in the Soviet Warsaw treaty. Madagascar minister fortified his uh, loyalty in every way possible to the Soviet Union. The Turkish representatives characterized disarmament as one, the primary task of mankind. This point of view is shared by most of the UN members, because all scientists say that there will be a nuclear war within a matter of just a few years at the maximum. The text was stated by Kurt Waldheim in a report on the implementation on the declaration of the strengthening of international security. The United Nations circles denounced the decision of the United States department to issue, the State Department to issue visas to the racist Rhodesian regime, three African counc- counsilatories who have concluded [colluded] with him They called it a violation of sanctions against Rhodesia and insist that Washington has given its full support for the Smith regime, and they say that he should- they should go ahead and receive the fascist, because they’re paying his way with our tax dollars which have now risen to a billion plus a billions of dollars that’ve gone into corporation from things we’ve bought. All the corporations, in the supermarkets and so far- so forth. The Rhodesian or Zimbabwean authorities have decided to expand the state of emergency zone to include more regions. The decision follows an intensification of combat operations by the Zimbabwean Patriotic Front, under the brave leadership of Robert Mugabe, the Marxist-Leninist [leader of Zimbabwean Patriotic Front in Rhodesia] and Joshua Nkomo, nationalist, an organization engaged in armed struggle against the racist and fascist regime. The latest reports from Salisbury say that emergency measures already operate in about one-fifth of Rhodesian territory. They were introduced late last month. Smith’s troops have been given the authority to burn down whole villages and shoot civilians on charges of assisting the guerillas. That’s what we’re doing with our US aid, our mercenaries that have been trained, Air Force officers from New Mexico, that’s what we are doing, burning down whole villages. They said it on Radio Salisbury. No kidding. He will burn down whole villages and shoot every civilian in them. Joshua Nkomo of the Zimbabwe Patriotic Front has reaffirmed opposition to a proposed all-party conference on Rhodesia. He said the proposal is not even worth considering because the lates- ac- latest actions by Ian Smith, fascist white imperialist, have killed the whole idea. Joshua Nkomo said he has no further information about supporters of the front who were arrested by Rhodesian authorities over the past few days.
The political school of the Ethiopian Bureau of Mass Organization affairs has circulated some 230,000 books and teaching aids on Marxism and Leninism in the beautiful new free Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Herald said the Marxist-Lenin- Leninist literature is in growing demand in that country. Orders for it come from all over the c- the population, every sector, public offices, schools, associations, of parliament, private citizens and- and everyone else.
The Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States has gone into session in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, that’s almost has been bombed in the Stone Age by our tax dollars, by sending American jets to that fascist madman Somoza that was put in power by the US Marines when the US Marines invaded. They are investigating mass suppressions in Nicaragua. Somoza’s regime has now killed close to 40,000 innocent persons. 25,000 people have fled the country to escape reprisals. Troops have destroyed and burned whole towns, killing everyone in sight. Members of the commission have begun to hear witnesses representing all the factions of the population, political, and church circles.
Leaders of the fascist regime of Chi- Chile and the Chinese foreign policy sellout leaders plan reciprocal talks and visits, trade that is. Chile’s foreign minister is to go to Peking, mainland China in a few days. It is reported that Peking’s minister received a letter from Pinochet [Augusto Pinochet, Chilean president] inviting him to Chile. According to the minister, Pinochet may make take a trip to China in the near future. Undoubtedly China’s doctrine of three worlds which we must always remind ourselves of, is indeed being applied to some degree. And she is indeed not in the pocket of USA, because she supported Mozambique, and Zambia and Tanzania. And she no doubt thinks that she’s gaining by moving into areas like even Chile. It would not be the first right wing regime that’s been known to move away from that posture when it was convenient it almost happened with the Philippines, when Mrs. Marcos [Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos] attempted to bega- uh, become an ally of the Soviet Union, but it was squelched. As I said, Chilean’s foreign minister is to go to Peking in a few days. It is reported the Peking’s minister received a letter from Pinochet inviting him to Chile. According to the minister, Pinochet might make a trip to China in the near future.
The crew of the Salud space station are getting ready to receive the cargo ship launched on Wednesday. There’s much nervousness and apprehensiveness in the USA as to what the spacecraft really does contain. Perhaps it’s laser beam that destroys any missile they try to fire. That would mean no one would be killed in Russia and everyone in USA would die. Or maybe not. If it’s something that hones into heat, it might be able to stop the missile before it got out of the silo and thus save some several thousands of lives in the USA. As the ship is approaching the station, the cosmonauts are picking up its control and orientation. It is to deliver over two tons of fuel, scientific equipment, material, water, air and food. This is the fourth transport operation carried out this year by the Soviet Union, the avant garde of liberation. Each op- rev- operation makes it im- makes it possible to prolong research in orbit. The uh, cosmonauts on the Salud craft have set a record in space orbit of 113 days.
Thus ends the reading and commentary- most of it commentary- the news. We hope that you will work hard and have a love for your people or responsibility. There’re some of you that still feel pressured by time. You need to put yourself out of the way more and put the suffering babies before your faces more realistically. And some of the good people back there in USA that just beg to come. And Jean Brown, who can’t stand the thought of leaving and June, who begun to swell in her body when she had to go back, June Crym. You need to be more thoughtful of these matters, and I think you’d find our schedule not quite so demanding upon you. In that- in someplace else, when we have reached our paradise, you will not have to have that kind of structure. The hours are less (unintelligible) have been provided for us, so it would be a much better situation. So keep your peace and keep your expectations high. I don’t know why anyone would be downhearted these days- in these days, because the most encouraging news has come our way. I guess you know, we were carried- uh, a good article was carried in The Progress on our behalf, a (unintelligible word) Berkeley paper, The Barb–
Voice in back ground (sounds like a commentator from a news radio show or television station, rather than the previous ham radio transmissions.)
Jones: US FO UFSO, uh- U- KPOH, KCBS, and Channel 7, Eastland Show, very good. Marceline was on with Dr. Lane [Mark Lane, attorney for Peoples Temple] and Dr. Freed [Don Freed, screenwriter] and uh, perhaps Dr. Goodlett [Carlton Goodlett, physician and publisher of Sun Reporter], other representatives and uh, the television show uh, with a man by the name of Davis on KGO Channel 7. That’s where everybody really reads the news, so that way you can get uh, a real insight as to what is happening. We’re fortunate. That’ll give our people a little bit more encouragement, but they’re living under a heavy weight so we will tolerate no work indifference. And there will be observers this time planted and we will see who cares. Much love.
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Tape originally posted April 2004