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Thursday, September 09, 2004 

Eternal Glory

Today commemorates the lives of two of the greatest revolutionaries the world has ever known. On this day in 1969 a funeral was held for Ho Chi Mihn in Hanoi's Ba Dinh Square. In a show of their deep love and affection for "Uncle Ho," a quarter of a million people attended the service.

Only seven years later the world lost another "great, shining shield of the downtrodden" when Mao Tse-Tung, Chair of the Chinese Communist Party, died at the age of 82. This month's issue of the Monthly Review has a wonderful article (fully available on the web) on Mao's historical importance by William Hinton, a noted scholar/revolutionary and the author of Fanshen who himself has recently passed.


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