Saturday, 17. November 2018
  • CPRF Victory in Khakassia elections

    Valentin Konovalov, the candidate of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) has been selected as the Head of the Republic of Khakassia 

    The International Department of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) reported that, on November 11, 2018 the second round of elections of the Head of theRepublic of Khakassia successfully culminated in the victory of the CPRFcandidate Valentin Konovalov with 57.6% of voters’ support.  The turnout rate for the elections was 46%.

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  • French communists on the Great War and Remembrance Day

    On the occasion of the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, French President Emmanuel Macron organized an official ceremony with the participation of more than sixty world leaders. Macron's "peace show" and the significance of the imperialist war of 1914-1918 are commented by French communists.

    Pierre Laurent, National Secretary of the French Communist Party (PCF), issued an article on November 7, where he underlined that soldiers who fought in the Great War were the first victims of the conflict between imperialist great powers in their quest for fulfilling their financial and strategic interests. Laurent expressed harsh criticism against the French leadership of the period who rejected their responsibility by condemning Germany as the scapegoat but who enjoyed at the same time the immense colonial domination that was in service of French imperialism. Laurent pointed out that all Great Powers, be it victorious or defeated, managed to arrive at a consensus in obstructing any revolutionary aspiration inspired by the October Revolution of 1917. Convinced by the necessity of respecting peoples' will and denying the idea of domination for a just and durable peace, Laurent concluded that to commemorate the Remembrance Day means a call for a firm struggle for peace.

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  • Fascists are not to negotiate with!

    KPP PolandStatement of the CP of Poland on the state celebrations of the independence day

    In Poland, the 11th of November again became a pretext to promote the militarism and fascism. The authorities of the Polish state marched hand in hand with the nationalists. Once again the red and white banners serve as a cover-up for xenophobia, racism, and fascism. Poland's rulers once again use the nationalist euphoria in order to divert the attention from real social problems. The Polish state again gives the citizens nationalist paraphernalia instead of what they really need.

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  • Brexit and the Irish labour movement

    In an article in the Socialist Voice issued by the Communist Party of Ireland, Brexit and the political agenda of the Irish labour movement was discussed.

    An article by Eugene McCartan in the November issue of Socialist Voice discussed the fracture between the British and European capitalist class and the stance of the working class in Ireland regaring the anti-EU policy. Under the title ‘Brexit and “backstops” – Difficulties for the EU continue to intensify’  the article said, ‘As the time for a final deal between the British state and the European Union draws nearthe British government is attempting to push through its minimalist Brexit strategy so as to secure its “special relationship.”

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  • CP of Mexico declares solidarity with migrant workers

    The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Mexico issued a statement on 7 November 2018 regarding the caravan of Central American migrants passing through Mexico to the United States. The US President Trump had threatened the migrants while the social democrat government of Mexico had taken a moderate attitute seemingly not to offent either side. The CP of Mexico denunciated the Mexican government’s attitude representing the interests of monopolies trying to take advantage of the situation while showing a humanitarian face.

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  • Celebrating war shows the limits of Irish nationalism

    CP IrelandStatement by the Communist Party of Ireland:

    This November is the centenary of the ending of the Imperialist War, 1914–1918, fought between British imperialism and its allies on the one side and German imperialism and its allies on the other. It is believed that more than 10 million soldiers died in the fighting, as well as an estimated 13 million civilians. More than 65 million men from the various empires took part, of whom 5 million were British.

    Over the course of the “war to end all wars” Britain lost about 750,000 soldiers—about a ninth of the total—while the number of Irish men who died fighting for the British empire was in the region of 50,000. It is also estimated that 21 million were wounded, of whom 1½ million were British.

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  • Invitation of union leaders to a meeting without agenda by Mswati’s prime minister an attempt to fool and pacify workers

    comunistaIn a bid to pacify workers, Mswati’s new prime minister, Ambrose Dlamini, has invited leaders of public sector unions for “just a greeting” today, Friday 9 November 2018. Other than this greeting session, the meeting has no agenda. It follows the same fashion as the hated royal-kraal meetings which are convened by Mswati without any agenda or any serious intention to resolve the problems of the people. Everything about the prime minister’s intentions is shrouded in secrecy and speculation.

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  • Communiqué of the PCP’s Central Committee of October 28th 2018

    PCP PortugalThe Central Committee of the PCP, having met on October 28th 2018, debated aspects of the international situation and the European Union, assessed the domestic political, economic and social situation, as well as the development of the mass struggle, and defined lines of work and guidelines for activity and to strengthen the Party.

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  • Modi Government's Disastrous Demonetisation

    comunistaOn the second anniversary of demonetization, the Indian economy is yet to recover from the disaster imposed on our economy and the people by Prime Minister Modi.

    All the claims that it would unearth lakhs of crores of rupees of black money and end corruption have proven to be utterly false. On the contrary, with 99.4 per cent of the banned notes back in the system, it is clear that demonetization has, in fact, been the avenue to convert black money into white helping the most corrupt. On the other hand, crores of people dependent on daily cash transactions have been devastated and more than 35 lakh workers in the unorganized sector have lost their livelihood.

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  • Swaziland's Dictator Mswati shows who is in charge by detaining a journalist for sticking to good journalism principles

    comunistaThe first big thing that Swaziland’s absolute monarch decided to do shortly after his discredited tinkhundla elections was to detain a journalist. Yesterday, Wednesday 7 November 2018, the royal Swaziland police's Organised Crime Unit detained seasoned journalist Musa Ndlangamandla in Mbabane, accusing him of aligning himself with organisations that call for democracy. They harassed, intimidated and threatened him, and are already preparing documents for his prosecution.

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  • CP of India Decries Brutal Attack on Party Worker in Chhattisgarh

    comunistaThe National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued on November 8, 2018 the following statement to the Media:

    The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India condemns the brutal killing of local party leader and Sukma district Janpad member Com Durva Kalumu on November 7 by the goons of the rival candidates while he was returning at around 4 p.m. after campaigning for Manish Kunjam who is contesting from Konta assembly constituency in Chhattisgarh.

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  • Palestinian Prisoners Excluded from Eased Administrative Release

    The Knesset plenum gave final approval on Monday, November 5, to the Bill to Amend the Prison Ordinance (No. 54 and Temporary Order), 2018, which extends the period of time during which authorities can grant prisoners early release for administrative reasons, following a High Court of Justice ruling that prisoners should be released due to overcrowding in jails. However, this extension will not apply to Palestinian prisoners.

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  • An historic election victory: Now what?

    The 2018 midterm election clearly marked a step forward. It was, in a word, huge. One-party extreme right-wing rule ended.  Trump and his alt-right (read fascist-minded) ilk have been set back.

    The resistance, beginning with the women’s marches the day after the inauguration, scored its first national electoral victory.

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  • Waking class consciousness today

    How woke is the U.S. working class? The good news: A recent study suggests that millennials are more likely than previous generations to self-identify as working class. The bad news: In the 2016 presidential election, 41% of voters with a family income under $50,000 voted for Trump.

    The working class can’t be blamed for Trump’s victory. But more than 4 in 10 voters with a family income under $50,000 voted for a man who promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This fact alone shows that the working class is not woke enough. Raising class consciousness should be a top priority for left activists, and we need more ways to do it.

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  • Histadrut Calls off General Strike – Construction Safety Deal Reached

    The Histadrut, the major labor federation in Israel, called off a general strike planned for yesterday, Wednesday, November 7, after reaching a deal with the government to improve safety conditions for construction workers.

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  • The Initiative on the 101st anniversary of October Revolution

    The European Initiative of Communist and Workers' Parties has released a statement in face of the 101st anniversary of the Great Socialist Revolution of October.

    The European Communist Initiative (ECI), considering the October Revolution as the greatest event of the 20th century, reflects the achievements of the socialist system, including equality, social and economic rights to a great extent, reminding that "the working class in the capitalist countries was stronger thanks to the existence of socialist countries".

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  • Baltic Sea Resolution by five Communist Parties

    At the invitation of the German Communist Party (DKP), representatives of Communist Parties from the Baltic Sea region came together in Kiel last weekend and took part in activities in memory of the November Revolution. The activities included the conference "Baltic Sea - Sea of Peace" by DKP and SDAJ, at which a resolution was passed.

    The conference, attended by Communist Parties from Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany, received contribution from Communist Parties from the Russian Federation and Finland as well.

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  • Israel Collectively Punishing Three Occupied West Bank Communities

    During the months of September and October of this year, the Israeli occupation forces blocked the entrances to three Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank: Kafr a-Dik, west of Salfit (for 11 days); ‘Azzun, east of Qalqiliyah (for 24 days); and al-Jalazun Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah (for 20 days).

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  • Jewish Settlers Assault and Injure Palestinian Father & Son in Hebron

    A Palestinian father and his son were injured on Saturday, November 4, after they were attacked by extremist Israeli settlers in the Tell Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron city, in the southern West Bank, according to the Wafa Palestinian news agency.

    Dozens of Jewish settlers from the illegal settlements of Ramat Yshai and Beit Hadassa attacked numerous homes in Tel Rumeida and on Shuhadaa Street in the city, terrorized their residents and pelted them with rocks.

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  • Defeating “dog whistle politics”: A critical review

    At first, I wasn’t sure about the metaphor and was afraid that it would turn into a psychological theory that is sometimes used to further the “colorblind racism” that he exposes later in the article.  But my fears were unfounded: Lopez is pretty clear that structural or institutional racism is the more significant problem.

    Race and Economic Jeopardy for All, was published by the AFL-CIO in January, 2016, six months into Trump’s campaign, but before his nomination by the GOP.  The analysis in Lopez’s article is an very deliberate way to get discussion going and help people analyze the political discourse they hear around them in this election period, preparing union members to be critical consumers of election discourse.  If you’re aware of the concept of “dog whistle politics,” and you hear Ron DeSantis saying that Floridians should not “monkey with” the way the GOP has run things in that state, it’s recognizable for what it is.   Another example in my state of Ohio, is Mike DeWine, the GOP candidate for governor, accusing Richard Cordray of discrimination against women (one of those stock deflection moves of the GOP that López calls the kick).

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