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'Labour is beginning to gain ground in the General Election as its economic and social policies chime with the needs and aspirations of the mass of the people', the Communist Party declared on Wednesday evening (November 13).

But CP London district secretary Steve Johnson warned that Britain's ruling class and its supposedly 'liberal' intelligentsia will pull out all the stops to prevent Jeremy Corbyn entering Ten Downing Street.

'The forces of reaction understand that Labour's left-wing leadership and its policies represent a threat to the wealth, power and privilege of the super-rich elite and their system', he told the CP political committee. People have had enough of austerity, insecurity and privatisation and want substantial new investment in public services, productive industry and decently paid jobs.

Since coming to power, the recently re-elected right-wing government  led by Poland’s Law & Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS) has been propagating a misogynistic, anti-abortion, anti-contraceptive, homophobic and conservative ideology – using anecdotes, random opinions and bizarre wording to support their stance. One such example is that they blame the addiction to pornography on
sexuality education.

Meanwhile, sexuality education classes in more conservative areas of the country tend to teach students how to ‘prepare for family life’ based on misinformation and harmful stereotypes. However, schools in metropolitan areas with a more liberal leaning would include sexuality education in their curriculum – and it is the latter that has now come under attack.

Thousands of students demonstrated massively and with militancy in many cities of Greece on November 4th, under the central slogan “A school that educates us and does not exhaust us”! They demanded a contemporary school that corresponds in today’s needs and that, according to students themselves,  is not a school-examination center, for which the parents will have to pay extracurricular courses and the students will get nervous about getting a place in University.

Many schools in Attiki are full of cracks after the last earthquake and others are situated in landfills. Many schools face an important lack of teachers and infrastructures, while the examination system is unfair and exhausting, because it forces more and more students from a very young age to very expensive extracurricular courses in order to cope with the whole situation. Students’ mobilizations target the continuous degradation of free public school and the class barriers that are set in the rights of the children of the working class and the popular strata.

100 student unions from around the country and thousands of students, who during the recent time period gave a battle in the general assemblies of their student unions against those forces that in fact defend the government policy, made one more mass and dynamic mobilisation on Thursday, the 31st of October. They denounced that way the policy of the government of New Democracy that follows the steps of SYRIZA regarding the anti-educational policy.

 The most important of their demands are extraordinary state funds to be provided to satisfy the imperative needs of the institutions, the annual funding for education in the new state budget to be increased, an immediate solution to be found on the issue of the students’ accommodation and all the transfers of students to institutions of other cities to be accepted. At the same time they declare: “Not even a thought for deleting students from institutions”, “The ND government should not dare to bring the bill it is preparing”, “The laws on the University asylum and the Colleges-Universities equation should remain only on paper”.

In response to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage's decision not to stand candidates against sitting Tory MPs, Communist Party general secretary issued the following statement today (Monday, November 11):

"It is entirely in keeping with Nigel Farage's right-wing political history that he wants the Tories to win the General Election. But his decision also exposes the vulnerability of Labour's move towards an anti-Brexit position, having dropped its pledge to honour the EU referendum result and adopted a second referendum instead. Only a Labour government with its left and progressive policies will end austerity and privatisation, although it would quickly discover that EU rules on competition, state aid, public procurement, the corporate right of establishment and the free movement of capital will be used in attempts to sabotage Labour's programme".

The Communist Party reaffirms its commitment of September 23 to work for the election of a left-led Labour government in the forthcoming General Election. This is the only attainable outcome that would serve the interests of the working class and peoples of Britain. Thus we are calling for a clear-cut victory for Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn and for its left and progressive policies.

After nine years of Tory rule, assisted for the first five by their LibDem collaborators, the working class and people generally are desperate for an end to austerity, privatisation, militarism and imperialist war. They need what only Labour is proposing in this General Election and could deliver in office - policies to promote full employment; public ownership of key industries and utilities; a reinvigorated strategy for regional economic development; a more progressive tax system and a major redistribution of wealth and power in favour of working people and their families. We welcome Labour's commitment to a massive public sector housebuilding programme; renationalisation of the railways and other privatised industries and services; large-scale investment in public services; a 'Green New Deal' for environmental security including a universal home insulation programme; new rights for workers and unions, including the revival of sectoral collective bargaining; comprehensive social care for the elderly; and substantial increases in pensions and social benefits.

Workers’ Party President Michael Donnelly has condemned the apparent arson attack which took place targetting Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny. 

Speaking following the attacks, Donnelly said: 

“What took place at Deputy Kenny’s home appeared to be a pre-meditated and targetted attempt to silence anti-racist activists in the community. It is a sinister signal that dangerous, far right individuals and groups have begun to take hold in our communities. “

Some months ago, I was approached by an old friend with a query. A work colleague of his was exploring the option of running in the local elections on a youth mental health platform and was looking for advice on how best to run the campaign.

Why this person decided the best way to tackle the issue of mental health was through the granting of dog licenses and planning permission, is a story for another article, their main concern was whether to run as a principled independent in an area where they had no name recognition, or to sell their soul at the altar of Fianna Fáil in the hopes that the weight of their political brand would get them over the proverbial line.

Today, SOS MEDITERRANEE and Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) call on a broad coalition of European States to urgently facilitate the assignment of a port to the Ocean Viking and to finally put in place a predictable and coordinated disembarkation mechanism as discussed in Luxembourg earlier this month. The Ocean Viking, a rescue ship chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE in partnership with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), is still stranded, waiting for a Place of Safety for the disembarkation of 104 people rescued in international waters off Libya ten days ago.

“In the past four months, several European leaders met on three occasions (in Paris, Malta and Luxembourg) showing a will to establish a temporary disembarkation and distribution mechanism for people rescued in the Central Mediterranean,” said Louise Guillaumat, Deputy-Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE’s Operations. “Yet today, 104 survivors are once again left in limbo on the deck of a rescue ship with no solution for their disembarkation in sight, adding to their suffering after being rescued from distress at sea. Europe can and should show more solidarity towards its coastal States,” she added.

APPEAL of the 21st IMCWP

20 October 2019, İzmir

 The 21 st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties has taken place once again in Turkey after four years, this time in İzmir, under the mutual responsibility of the KKE and the TKP. The 137 participants representing 74 parties from 58 countries, express their comradely gratitude to both parties for undertaking this responsibility. 

This year is the 100 th anniversary of the founding of the Comintern. We witnessed numerous situations that prove to us again and again the importance of solidarity and joint struggles of communist parties and the importance of the union of the revolutionary efforts for the overcoming of capitalism as a destructive world system with no future. 

On October 20, the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ) commemorated the 75th anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation from Nazi German occupation at the end of WWII. During the ceremony, Party members laid wreaths at the Memorial Cemetery of Belgrade Liberators. Members of the Central Committee of the NKPJ, along with the General Secretary of the Party, paid tribute to the fallen heroes of the National Liberation Army and the Red Army.

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