15 | 09 | 2019

Left group in Parliament will not endorse nominee for president of ECB

Left MEPs will be voting against Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank today.

Her eight years at the helm of the International Monetary Fund – as part of the Troika along with the ECB and the European Commission – have been characterised by policies that have exacerbated inequality across the globe while benefiting the 1%.

On September 3, Russia marks the Day of Solidarity in the Fight Against Terrorism. People around the country commemorate the victims of terrorist attacks, including law enforcement officers who died during counterterrorist operations and on duty.

This commemorative date was established following the tragic events that occurred in September 2004, when 334 people, mostly children, died in a terrorist attack on a school in Beslan.

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.

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.

On the occasion of 1st September, "Day of Action for World Peace", the Cyprus Peace Council (CPC) raises its voice to shout out loud “YES TO PEACE, NOT TO WAR!” 1st September, which has been proclaimed by the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) in memory of the millions of victims of Nazism-Fascism and of the fighters who sacrificed their lives during World War II, reminds us of the catastrophic consequences of imperialist aggressiveness, fascism and war.

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.

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.

PAME expresses its solidarity with the General Secretary of the French Federation of Commerce (Fédération CGT Commerce et Services), colleague Amar Laga, and with the French workers who are being persecuted for fighting for their right to work and life.

Colleague Laga was brought to justice by the French police for the European mobilization organized by the CGT Commerce Federation with the workers of CONFORAMA stores on July 11 against shop closures and layoffs. The employer, who used bodyguards and refused to meet with the workers, filed a complaint against the unionist who did his class duty.

Ireland’s Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are 21-23% higher than the global average. Our ammonia pollution is expected to continue to increase year on year. Methane, which cows produce 70-120kg of annually, is 23 times more damaging to the climate than CO2. To put this into perspective, a steak dinner for 2 can generate the same greenhouse gas emissions as a flight from Dublin to New York. Globally, agriculture produces more greenhouse gasses than the entire transportation sector. 70% of Irish Nutrient Pollution, which harms water quality, food resources and habitats, and decrease the oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need to survive, is caused by Agriculture. Regardless of all of this, our livestock farming is set to grow, pushing agriculture to account for almost half of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, through Dáil Éireann initiatives; Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025.

After the mobilization in CONFORAMA of July 11, the Business Managers filed a complaint against Amar LAGHA, Secretary General of the Federation.

It should be remembered that, with the support of the Federation CGT Commerce and Services, the employees of CONFORAMA came from all over France on July 11, to demand explanations on the destruction of jobs and store closures, on the occasion of the first meeting of the Central Business Committee on the PSE (employment rescue plan).

Even locked in the hotel room turned into a bunker and protected by more than 30 bodyguards, management failed to prevent protesters from reaching the meeting room.

In the past, young people were able to receive a home from the local authority which led to localized construction projects. Most people in Ireland lived in homes built by their local corporation or council, the same model existed in the United Kingdom where local authorities constructed mass local housing. Seems simple, right? Today the waiting list for housing is over 80,000 while almost 10,000 people, a third of which are children languish in homelessness. So what changed to create this horrible reality?

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