21 | 09 | 2019

I was fortunate to have visited the Trade Union Congress headquarters in London recently, and upon request, I received a plethora of pamphlets on various events in British labour history. One stuck out when it was handed to me, the one named ‘The Burston School Strike’. What came into my mind instantly was the school protests that swept across Europe earlier this year. The story, though, was more radical, for this was the longest student strike, in history.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg visited the Hambach Forest near Cologne, Germany, today. The forest has become an internationally recognised symbol for the impacts of coal mining and the movement for climate justice in Germany. It has been occupied by climate activists for seven years and saw demonstrations of over 50,000 people for its protection during an eviction last summer which lasted for weeks. On her way to the New York Climate Summit, Thunberg met youth climate strikers, activists, and local residents facing resettlement due to coal mining. The forest is currently experiencing existential stress due to ongoing drought, worsened by the climate crisis.

Summer camp of the WFDY CENA took place in Belgrade 20 years after the NATO bombing.

The summer camp organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) Committee of Europe and North America (CENA) took place in Belgrade between the 26th and 29th of July, 20 years after the NATO bombing. The camp was hosted by the Young Communist League of Yugoslavia (SKOJ) under the slogan, “NATO The Enemy of Peace and Freedom! 20 Years of NATO Bombing Republic of Yugoslavia – NATO Politics of Occupation and Starting New Wars”

On August 9, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the United States in Moscow, Tim Richardson, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where he was presented with an official protest in connection with publications on the official Twitter account of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and on the diplomatic mission’s website concerning the August 3 street protests in Moscow that were not sanctioned by authorities.

We remember the tragic events that took place 11 years ago. On the night of August 7-8, having crudely violated international agreements on the peaceful settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, the Mikheil Saakashvili government launched a full-scale military operation against South Ossetia. Without distinguishing between military facilities and residential districts, the Georgian forces subjected Tsinkhval to heavy shelling. They tried to attack a camp of Russian peacekeepers, 10 of which were killed. In all, 48 Russian servicemen were killed and 162 wounded.

Comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department

On August 8, during a meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry with Ms Beate Grzeski, Plenipotentiary Minister and chargé d’affaires ad interim of the German Embassy, the Russian side pointed out the unacceptability of direct appeals to Moscow residents to participate in unauthorised rallies posted on social media by the German television and radio company Deutsche Welle.

Seventy-four years after the US nuclear bombings upon the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — on August 6th and 9th of 1945 —, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) reaffirms the need and urgency to end this type of weapon.

The dimension of the crime of dropping the atomic bombs upon the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is, firstly, expressed in the number of victims and the brutality of its effects: more than 100 thousand dead in the moment of explosion and many more until the end of 1945, following wounds; among the survivors and their descendants, the incidence of malformations and oncological diseases skyrocketed, due to radiation — a reality still felt today, more than 70 years after the events.

Intervention of Kostas Papadakis on the anti-communist prosecutions in Poland and Ukraine.

According to the press release that the Group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in the European Parliament issued on July 25, Kostas Papadakis, MEP of the KKE, made an intervention on the anti-communist prosecutions in Poland and Ukraine in a debate with Commissioner Vĕra Jourová in the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. Papadakis denounced the Commissioner's unacceptable answers to the relevant questions of the Group of the KKE in the EP and EU's hypocritical interest in “human rights”.

On August 2, six months after Washington initiated the withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by the USSR and the US in 1987, the treaty has been terminated for all parties: the US, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

This means that a key treaty for establishing the regional and global security architecture no longer exists. Under the INF Treaty, the parties eliminated two classes of nuclear armaments: land-based intermediate-range and shorter range missiles. The missile launchers and all the associated support facilities and equipment were also destroyed.

The United States continues to use last year's staged poisoning of the former British agent and his daughter in the UK to aggravate relations with Russia. This blatant provocation, whose participants have been protected from exposure, again serves as the pretext to impose sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 and a special executive order recently signed by the White House.

On August 2, the United States completed the withdrawal from the INF Treaty. Accordingly, this instrument ceased to have effect.

Washington has committed a grave mistake. By launching a propaganda campaign based on deliberately misleading information on what was presented as violations of the INF Treaty by Russia, the United States intentionally plunged the Treaty into a crisis that was almost impossible to overcome. The cause is however clear: the United States wanted to free itself from the existing restrictions.

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