Monday, 24. September 2018
  • Communists greet TUC 'shift to the left'

    The recent TUC conference in Manchester marked a small but significant shift to the left, Communist Party trade union organiser Andy Bain told his party's Political Committee on Wednesday evening.

    He welcomed resolutions on the economy, privatisation, precarious and low-paid work, a 'New Deal' for workers, public sector pay, social security and universal credit, the Grenfell Towers and Windrush scandals, a national education service, sexual harassment and fracking.

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  • Palestinian Dies of Injuries after Brutal Assault by Israeli Soldiers

    A 24-year-old Palestinian, Muhammad Zaghlul Rimawi, died of his injuries on Tuesday morning, September 18, after he had been brutally assaulted by Israeli forces in a predawn raid on his home in the village of Beit Rima in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah .

    Muhammad’s brother, Bashir Rimawi, told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an that some 40 Israeli soldiers raided their house in Beit Rima before dawn on Tuesday, assaulted Muhammad while he was still lying in bed wearing his nightwear which they tore from his body. Bashir related how the Israeli forces continued to brutally beat his brother after he had lost consciousness, carried him outside the house, and took him to an unknown location.

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  • Hundreds of Citizens of Israel Sign Letter Supporting Jeremy Corbyn

    Hundreds of Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs, have in the last few days signed a letter expressing support for the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corby. The letter will be sent to Labour’s Annual Conference that will take place in Liverpool starting next Sunday, September 23, and continue until Wednesday, September 26. The letter of support reads as follows:

    “We are Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel, committed to civil equality within Israel, to an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza, to a just peace and justice for the Palestinian refugees. The solidarity of progressive forces abroad is vital to our struggle, and we therefore welcomed the election of Jeremy Corbyn, a committed campaigner for peace, as leader of the British Labour Party.”

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  • TKP completes 2018 Conference with the appeal “To the Workers!”

    The 2018 Conference of the Communist Party of Turkey convened under the theme “To the Workers!”, declared its support for the strike of the workers at İstanbul's new airport construction site. 

    The CC of the TKP issued a statement announcing the completion of its 2018 Conference under the theme “To the Workers”. Following several weeks of organisational work, the Conference convened on 15th of September in Izmir, finalizing the restructuring of the Party according to its revolutionary missions. The delegation of the Conference saluted the concurrent strike of the construction workers of İstanbul's new airport that had just broke out with the participation of TKP members. In its statement on the Conference, the CC of the TKP thanked all the fraternal parties for their messages of solidarity and support, published on the website of TKP.  The TKP will soon declare a political roadmap for the upcoming period, as well as the outcome of the Conference.

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  • UNCTAD: The Economic Reality in the OPT is Bleaker than Ever

    Sky-high unemployment, declining per capita income, contracting agricultural productivity and worsening socioeconomic conditions characterize a bleak assessment of the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), according to the new annual report by UNCTAD (the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) on its assistance to the Palestinian people.

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  • Statement of Solidarity from the Workers’ Party to the Communist Party of Turkey

    Dear Comrades,

    The Workers Party of Ireland sends warm comradely greetings to the Communist Party of Turkey on the occasion of its Conference on the 15th-16th September 2018 in Izmir under the theme “To the Workers” and sends its congratulations and best wishes to the TKP, the oldest party in Turkey, on the occasion of its 98th anniversary.

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  • Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinians in Friday’s “Great March of Return”

    Three Palestinians were killed and dozens others sustained injuries during Friday’s 25th consecutive Great March of Return protests in the eastern sector of the besieged Gaza Strip. Thousands of Palestinians gathered on Friday, September 14, along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip with Israel to take part in protests under the slogan “Resistance is our Choice.” A spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that three Palestinians were killed during Friday’s protests.

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  • Israel Forces Destroy Token Shacks Towards Razing of Khan al-Ahmar

    An Israeli High Court injunction preventing the forced displacement and demolition of the Arab-Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar expired at midnight on Tuesday this week. Israeli army bulldozers may now show up at any time to destroy the West Bank Palestinian village, strategically situated between Jerusalem and the Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

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  • Portuguese CP: EU paves the way for the advance of fascist forces in Europe

    The Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) exposed EU’s disregard for national sovereignty and social rights.

    The Portugese Communist Party (PCP) strongly denounced and condemned the attacks ‘on democracy, social rights, fundamental freedoms and guarantees of the citizens in Hungary.’ The PCP also rejected that under the pretext of this situation the European Union (EU) tries to pave the way to increase its threats, blackmail, impositions and sanctions against the States and their peoples, which portrays the policies of the EU itself.

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  • KKE: EU's involvement in imperialist wars provoke migration

    The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in the European Parliament (EP) voted for the resolution condemning the anti-communist and racist government of Hungary.

    The delegation of the KKE in the EP voted for the resolution condemning the government of Hungary but also denounced the equally anti-immigrant attitude of the EU. The KKE in its press release explained that "the positive vote" about Orban’s government is a political position against the policy of anti-communism of the Hungarian government, its racist policy against refugees and immigrants and every kind of racist discriminations.

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  • Israeli Forces Arrest and Hold Senior Staff Member of Addameer

    Israeli occupation forces detained on Sunday, September 9, Ayman Nasser, a senior staff member of Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, the human rights organization has reported.

    Nasser, 48, the coordinator of Addameer’s legal unit, was seized by soldiers at his home in the occupied West Bank and is currently being held without charge or trial in the Ofer military prison.

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  • 140 Worldwide Artists Call to Boycott Eurovision in Israel

    About 140 artists, including musicians, writers, actors, directors, novelists, and poets from around the world have signed a letter calling for the boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which is scheduled to be held in Israel next spring. The group of artists , including six Israelis , are demanding the song contest should be boycotted if it is “hosted by Israel while it continues its grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights.” Their letter has been published by the British newspaper The Guardian.

    Among those who signed the letter are musicians Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Nosizwe, Bugge Wesseltoft, Lars Klevstrand, Trond Ingebretsen, Jos M rio Branco, Chullage, Dror Feiler, Christy Moore, Charlie McGettigan, Kimmo Pohjonen, Paleface, and actors Candy Bowers, Daan Hugaert, Marijke Pinoy, Chokri Ben Chikha, Tove Bornhoeft, Anne Marie Helger, Tommi Korpela, Krista Kosonen, and novelists Manuela Bosco, Gerard Mordillat, Jose Luis Peixoto, and others.

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  • Portuguese communists gathered tens of thousands of people in their yearly politico-cultural event

    The Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) organized the 46th edition of the Avante Festival in Seixal municipality as every year in the first weekend of September. In the mass meeting organized at the last day of the festival, General-Secretary of the PCP, Jerónimo de Sousa made a speech, highlighting that the world is getting more dangerous, more unstable and more unsafe due to the exploiting, repressive, predator and aggressive nature of capitalism.

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  • Syrian CP: Struggle for liberation from the abomination of colonial occupation

    The Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party (SCP) held its periodical meeting on August 3 under the chairmanship of Secretary-General Ammar Bagdache and issued a communiqué. The CC stressed the achievements of the Syrian armed forces which have liberated large areas, including all positions surrounding the capital, Damascus.

    Promoting the steadfastness of the resisting people and struggling communists in the occupied areas, the communiqué pointed out the growing popular discontent among masses and indicated practices of the Turkish authorities like demographic change, displacement and imposition of the currency of the occupying power, which are practices prohibited by international treaties. It was also added that American flags were set on fire on many occasions as an expression against American colonists and organizations who cooperate with them.

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  • TUC meeting supports 'People's Brexit'

    A well attended TUC fringe meeting in Manchester heard the case for a 'People's Brexit' on Tuesday evening.

    Local Labour MP Graham Stringer made clear his opposition to right-wing neoliberal policies whether they came from pro- or anti-EU Tory MPs. In particular, he defended his decision not to support a Commons amendment from Tory pro-EU rebels that would have limited the ability of a future British government to reform VAT.

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  • MK Touma-Sliman on Closing of PLO’s DC Office: “Trump Wants to Force Palestinians to Surrender”

    The Palestinian Authority was defiant on Monday, September 10, despite the continuing spate of US imperialistic threats and measures, the latest being the closing of the offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington DC.

    In his first major public address since becoming National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, John Bolton officially announced on Monday the closing of the PLO office in his country’s capital, citing failure of the Palestinians to take steps “to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” Bolton said the “PLO leadership has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen and has refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise.” Bolton’s announcement also cited concern over Palestinians going to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Israeli officials over its war crimes against the Palestinian people.

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  • Jerusalem Art Gallery to Be Closed for Hosting “Breaking the Silence”

    Two weeks ago, Amir Dahan, the judge of the Jerusalem Magistrate Court, ruled in favor of the Jerusalem Municipality’s request to evict Barbur Gallery from the locale it has been operating from for the past 13 years. Judge Dahan admitted that there are political forces that have been trying to interfere with the exhibitions displayed at the gallery and silence the voices emanating from there and force it to close. Nevertheless, the judge decided to curtail the right to free speech even further and denied the gallery the right to defend itself and present its arguments, and ruled that it must vacate the premises by February 1, 2019.

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  • TKP: 'The hope lies in the party which is both the oldest and the youngest.'

    The Communist Party of Turkey issued a message celebrating the 98th foundation anniversary of the Party as it convenes the Conference titled 'To the Working People!'

    The CC of the Communist Party of Turkey issued a message celebrating the 98th foundation anniversary of the Party on 10 September. The message titled ,'The hope lies in the party which is both the oldest and the youngest' illustrated the conditions in which the Party was founded during the days of Anatolia's occupation by imperialist powers and the resistance of the people including the revolutionary endeavor of communists.

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  • "Parubii's statement is a spittle in the face to the people"

    The Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) released a statement about the scandal speech made by the speaker of the Ukranian Parliament, Andriy Parubii. Parubii has referred to Hitler as "the greatest democrat" during his recent speech. In the statement released by the Department for the International Relations of the CC, the general secretary of the KPU, Symomenko, called for Parubii's immediate exclusion from his position in the parliament and brought to criminal liability for these words.

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  • Thürmer: We remember socialism and the time is working for us

    A delegation from the Hungarian Workers' Party (Munkaspart), leaded by President Gyula Thürmer, paid a visit to Turkey in August on the invitation of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP). Bilateral meetings were held regarding various matters such as the struggle in workplaces, youth works and anti-communism. Thürmer answered the questions of soL HD. Thirty years after the dissolution of socialism in Hungary, Thürmer asserts that the time is working for us at this stage of capitalist crisis.

    soL: Welcome to İstanbul. We hope you had a nice time here. First of all, what was the purpose of your visit?

    Gyula Thürmer: Thank you very much for your question. It is my third or fourth visit to İstanbul. We represent here, the Hungarian Workers’ Party. We, in Hungary, are living very similar situation like you do in Turkey. We know much about the activity of the Communist Party of Turkey and we arrived at İstanbul to study your experience to learn a lot from your party and to use your experience in our fight against capitalism in Hungary.

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