Stop the War condemns the attacks at Westminster today. There can be no justification for the attacks on ordinary people in the street and those working in or providing security in the palace of Westminster. Our thoughts are with all those killed, injured or caught up in the incident.
The police have said that they have designated this as a terrorist attack, and it shares some of the features of other such attacks across Europe recently.
We reproduce an article written by Nikolas Papadimitriou, President of WFDY, and published today on the Facebook page of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY):
The World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) for 70 years now has established itself in the consciousness of millions of people. In 1947 during a period of time where the people were still trying to stand through the debris that fascism and Nazism left in World War II, thousands of progressive youths from around the world, by feeling the necessity for international unity they implemented the WFYS.
The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, extends its firm solidarity with the garment workers in Myanmar who have been struggling for better working conditions and benefits over the last period.
International Meeting of Peoples’ Movements in Caracas. Photo: The Dawn NewsFrom March 4 to 9, in the context of the homages to Commander Chávez on the fourth anniversary of his passing, the city of Caracas held the International Meeting of Peoples’ Movements, which was attended by more than 30 delegates of people’s organizations from around the world.
The main goal was: for people’s movements and organizations of the world to organize an International Assembly of People’s Movements and Organizations, to be held in November in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) issued the following statement:
Everyone is aware of the tensions between the AKP and several European countries. This international scandal is nothing but vileness done by a fundamentalist gang which considers its own interests, future, and destiny over the country’s destiny.
We reproduce a joint statement issued by the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and the New Communist Party of Netherlands (NCPN) about the recent diplomatic crisis between the governments of both countries:
A crisis is being practiced between the two countries reflecting the rude nature of the bourgeoisie politicians, so severe that we have not observed for many years. Now, they provoke and play with nationalistic emotions among the people and they try to benefit politically out of this tension being escalated.
We reproduce an Interview by »Nameh Mardom«, the central organ of the Tudeh Party of Iran, with Salam Ali, member of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party:
Perhaps we could start this interview with a question about the developments in the war to defeat ISIS in Mosul and expel them from Iraq. The news is that the Iraqi forces have recaptured Mosul airport and areas in the west of the city. Could you please tell us about the significance of these developments for future of Iraq's security in relation to the presence of foreign military presence, specifically the US.
The battle for the liberation of the city of Mosul from Daesh (the so-called Isis) is continuing, after successfully retaking the eastern side. The Iraqi armed forces have already seized back Mosul airport, a big military camp and three districts. The battle’s outcome is of enormous political significance for Iraq, as it will contribute to shaping the political landscape post-Daesh. The country will be facing several challenges after the military defeat of Daesh. These include the ability of the security forces to curtail the operations of terrorist sleeper cells, the fate of para-military formations; the future of “disputed territories” between the federal government and the Kurdistan regional government (KRG); and plans that have been put forward with regard to Nineveh province to split it up into several provinces. In addition, there is the need for concrete measures to achieve societal and national reconciliation and build civil peace, as well as confronting schemes aimed at dividing up Iraq.