16 | 09 | 2019
  • Communist parties warn of 'new war danger' in Middle East

    Six Communist and workers' parties have issued a joint statement in Paris warning against the continuing threat of a new war in the Middle East. Meeting at the Fete de l'Humanite, representatives of parties from Iran, France, Lebanon, Cyprus, Iraq and Britain expressed their concern at the rising tension between the governments of the US and Iran. They also condemned the 'economic warfare' being waged against the people of Iran as the result of US and European Union sanctions and pledged solidarity with forces in that country struggling for democratic and human rights.

    'The sanctions are ruining the Iranian economy with high inflation, factory closures, mass unemployment and scarcity of medical supplies, devastating the lives of working people', accused Tudeh Party of Iran international secretary Navid Shomali.

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  • Communists urge focus on militant 'New Deal' campaign

    'While Brexit understandably dominated many of the debates at the TUC conference, other vital issues were neglected to a worrying extent', Andy Bain told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

    He praised the efforts of some unions and delegates in Brighton this week to focus more on austerity, public services, manufacturing and the urgent need to boost investment in technology, public transport, housing and other aspects of Britain's inadequate infrastructure. In particular, the CP trade union organiser highlighted the TUC's failure to campaign for the ambitious 'New Deal' package of economic policies agreed 12 months ago. 'The renewed commitment to this radical project must now be backed up with action', he remarked, pointing out that workers have shown through recent strikes and solidarity activities that they can be mobilised for a fight-back.

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  • Netanyahu Vows, If Re-Elected, to Annex Land in Occupied W. Bank

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday night, September 10, he will extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea in the occupied Palestinian West Bank if reelected.

    Speaking to the press a week before the election, Netanyahu also said that the Trump administration’s peace plan, which he said would be released days after the election, will provide an “historic opportunity” for annexing the West Bank and other areas.

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  • Hadash MKs: Camera Bill Defeat, Beginning of End for Netanyahu

    The racist bill promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party to place cameras in polling stations was defeated in committee yesterday, Monday, September 9. The controversial bill failed to gain a majority in the Knesset Regulatory committee, leaving the Likud-proposed legislation without an immediate path to become law before the September 17 election. The committee voted down a motion to shorten the usual legislative process so that the bill would not have to wait the standard 45 days before being brought before the Knesset plenum for debate and three votes.

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  • The 32nd Pancyprian Festival of Youth and Students of EDON

    The 32nd Pancyprian Festival of Youth and Students of the United Democratic Youth Organization (EDON) took place on July 3-5 at the Famagusta Gate Moat in Nicosia, Cyprus with thousands of participants. On the last day of the Festival, Andros Kyprianou, General Secretary of the C.C. of the Progressive Party of the Working People (AKEL), took the floor.

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  • FARC-EP to continue the armed struggle

    On 28 August 2019, Iván Márquez, a lead negotiator of the Peace Accord and former commander within the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), alongside Jesus Santrich and other ex-rebels, announced that they are rearming. Among the reasons behind this decision lie the lack of political commitment to implementing the Peace Accord, the rising number of FARC ex-combatants being killed, the conditions in which FARC combatants have had to live, ever increasing number of social leaders being killed and legal insecurity amongst other things. The Peace Accord between the FARC and the Colombian Government was signed in 2016 but was not respected by the latter. More than 150 ex-guerrillas and 600 social leaders were killed in the last three years.

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  • Lisbon meeting calls for 'Europe of the peoples and workers', not the 'EU of big capital'

    The European Union cannot be reformed in the interests of the workers and peoples of Europe, insisted an international panel of speakers at the huge 'Avante!' festival near Lisbon, Portugal, at the weekend.

    Neoklis Sylikiotis of Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus (AKEL) told the open-air meeting on Saturday evening that the EU had produced a Europe in which 16 million workers were unemployed - more than 7 per cent in the euro area - and 110m people lived in poverty, while the EU Commission-European Central Bank-IMF 'Troika' had imposed sweeping austerity and privatisation measures in order to bail out the banks.

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  • MK Odeh: Gantz Doesn’t Want the Joint List in Any Possible Coalition

    Joint List Chairman, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), attacked far-right Prime Minister Netanyahu and Kahol-Lavan (Blue & White) Chairman Benny Gantz on Friday, September 6, for their racist attitude towards the Joint List, the political representation of the vast majority of Arab citizens of Israel.

    Odeh commented on the remark he floated during an interview with Yidioth Ahronoth, published on August 23, about the possibility of the Joint List joining a coalition headed by Blue & White: “I see that Netanyahu doesn’t want Arabs in the Knesset; Gantz doesn’t want Arabs in the coalition.” Odeh addressed the opposition expressed by Gantz to the idea, saying that, like Netanyahu, Gantz is “looking for an Arab who doesn’t have a national identity; a pro-Zionist Arab – as a fig leaf.”

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  • Elections Committee Chair: “Likud Cameras at Polls will Cause Chaos”

    The head of the Central Election Committee, Justice Hanan Melcer, said in a radio interview he gave on Thursday, September 5, that he strongly opposes the far-right Likud party’s bill to allow cameras in and around polling stations during the upcoming elections. On Wednesday, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud that their bill to legislate the deployment of cameras in polls around the country is legally problematic and cited Melcer’s earlier opinions on the matter, saying it would cause chaos and prevent some people from turning up at the polls.

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  • Netanyahu Says He will Extend Sovereignty to All OPT Settlements

    Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday, September 1, to extend “Jewish sovereignty” to all settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) — a move tantamount to annexation — seeking to shore up right-wing support some two weeks ahead of the September 17 Knesset elections. Speaking to elementary school students in the West Bank settlement of Elkana on the first day of the school year, Netanyahu was echoing a pledge he made days before the previous national vote in April. The premier said that no more settlements would be evacuated, as happened in 2005 when the entire Israeli civilian presence in the Gaza Strip was removed.

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  • Poll Predicts Joint List Will Be 3rd Largest Knesset Bloc after Election

    A poll released by Kan News on Sunday evening, September 1, found that if the Knesset elections were held then, the third largest parliamentary block in Israel’s Knesset would be the Joint List with 11 seats. Ahead of it would be the far-right Likud with 32 seats in the 22nd Knesset, making it the party with the most representatives, and Kahol-Lavan (Blue & White) which would trail the Likud by a single seat with 31 MKs.

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  • Netanyahu Deliberately Leading Israel to War

    Hadash MK Ofer Cassif placed responsibility for the escalation of violence between Israel and Hezbollah on Sunday, September 1, at the doorstep of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him “the serial criminal from Balfour Street.”

    Cassif said “Netanyahu and his servants are responsible” for the recent clash, adding they mean to “occupy the seat of power with blood and to ensure the criminal [Netanyahu] will escape prison.”

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  • Hadash: Schools & Parents Should Resist Teaching “Nation-State” Law

    As children all over Israel headed back to school on Sunday, September 1, it’s expected that they will immediately start to feel the effects of the appointment of far-right and religious fanatic Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) leader and Yamina (To the Right) Knesset candidate Rafi Peretz as education minister.

    In the high school grades, students will be taught the wording of the racist “State-Nation” law and debate “what it means to be a Jewish state.” Peretz contends that it’s very important to teach our historical rights as a sovereign state, as articulated in the law.”

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  • Welsh Communists warn of future Labour election defeat

    Welsh Labour is alienating potential support in working class communities on a scale that could contribute to the party's defeat at the next General Election, Welsh Communists warned at the weekend.

    In his report to the Welsh Communist Party's executive in the Merthyr Tydfil Labour Club, secretary Trevor Jones attacked the 'onward march of the ultra-Remainers' in the Labour Party in Wales. 'Their unqualified pro-second referendum and anti-Brexit positions are not preventing a loss of support to the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, while a susbtantial number of pro-Brexit one-time Labour supporters are either switching to the Brexit Party or have stopped voting altogether', he declared.

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  • The Front Line in the Battle for Class Unity in Northern Ireland

    Housing has often been the arena in which class consciousness and militant action has been instilled in the hearts and minds of the Irish youth. This struggle is ever present in the North. Segregation of housing in urban centres of Derry and Belfast remains an obstacle to social cohesion and the unity of class action from both Nationalist and Unionist communities. Stormont, underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) has largely excluded the working class from its benefits, with the 1998 agreement only serving to build limited cross-sectarian relations between careerist political entrepreneurs.

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  • Deal Reached to Avert Teachers’ Strike at Start of the School Year

    Negotiations between the Finance Ministry and the Israel Teachers’ Union (ITU) resulted in an agreement on Friday, August 30, which averts a strike at elementary schools that was set to begin today, Sunday, September 1, the first day of the new school year. ITU General-Secretary Yaffa Ben-David said the agreement was “an unprecedented achievement for the teachers of the country.”

    On Thursday night, 2,000 teachers demonstrated outside the Tel Aviv Museum, in an attempt to pressure the Education and Finance ministries to accede to their demands, most of which focus on pensions, the proposed reforms for special education, and conditions for teachers who work at multiple schools. Among the demonstrators were Hadash MKs Ofer Cassif and Youssef Jabareen and Hadash activists in the ITU.

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  • Communist Parties on Amazon rainforest fire

    While wildfires are ravaging the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro does not seem to respond to the increasing international pressure to contain fires. Bolsonaro had previously described rainforest protections as "an obstacle to economic development." Besides, it is not a secret that many capitalist companies involved in Brazilian agribusiness will score big profits from the deforestation.

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  • Communists call for Labour election victory and 'clean break' with EU

    The Communist Party of Britain issued the following statement on Friday, 30 August 2019, at 11.30 pm

    The Communist Party reiterates its call for Britain to leave the EU on terms that enable a democratic, left response to our country’s mounting economic and ecological crisis. Hence the Party does not support any movement in the House of Commons or the courts to delay or block Britain's exit from the EU or to rearrange parliamentary business in a way that maximises the opportunity for Brexit to be sabotaged.

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  • Poll: 78% of Arab Voters Support the Joint List Entering a Coalition

    A public opinion poll conducted last Saturday, August 24, revealed that 78% of Arab voters in Israel support the Joint List’s entering a coalition after the September 17 elections.

    The poll, conducted by the Statnet Research Institute, a research and survey institute specializing in the Arab sector,included 160 subjects from all Arab-Palestinian communities in Israel: Muslims, Christians and Druze of a variety ages. In response to the question “Do you support or oppose the Joint List entering a coalition?,” 53% said they would support the Joint List entering a moderate-left government; 14% said they would support the Joint list joining a blocking majority; and 11% said they would enter any government coalition.

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  • 'We are going to hand the baton over to thousands of young people'

    Marco Rizzo commented on the political crisis in Italy.

    On August 17, Alberto Maggi interviewed Marco Rizzo, General Secretary of the Partito Comunista, for Affari Italiani.

    "What we define as markets," describes Rizzo, "in reality, are the command line of capitalist globalization, which dramatize the economic situation and then impose a clear solution as they are used to do." In case of a 5 Star - PD government, Rizzo asserts that such a government would have nothing subversive to the powers given by the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank, NATO and the EU itself. Paradoxically, the case of a League government that would emerge from the elections and would represent a certainly liberal version of a part of the Italian media and bourgeoisie, Rizzo interprets, would be a less welcome situation. The General Secretary adds that beyond the anti-European discourses, Salvini has never questioned even the European treaties.

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