Friday, September 13, 2019

LETTER FROM THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY GROUP AND THE PARLIAMENTARY GROUP OF THE KKE TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UN ANTONIO GUTERRES



PRESS BULLETIN
A delegation from the European Parliamentary Group of the KKE visited the offices of the United Nations (UN) in Brussels today, Wednesday 11/9/2019, and delivered this letter to the Secretary-General of the UN Mr. Antonio Guterres, from the Parliamentary and European Parliamentary Group of the Party.
The letter denounces the interference of the USA and its allies in Venezuela and the threats of military intervention against the country, while it expresses the solidarity of the KKE with the Venezuelan people.

The text of the letter is as follows:

To: Mr. Antonio Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations

Mr. Secretary-General,
The Parliamentary and European Parliamentary group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), which has already marked 100 years of life and action, unites its voice with the thousands of workers of Venezuela and other countries, who denounce the ending and extremely dangerous intervention by the government of the United States of America (USA) and its allies in the domestic affairs of Venezuela.
We strongly condemn this intervention aimed at are overthrowing the elected President of the country Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition on the people of Venezuelan Juan Guaido, a person who is at the service of the USA for their aggressive plans in Venezuela and the wider region.
We particularly condemn US threats of military intervention against Venezuela and its people.
Developments in this Latin American country, just as in any other country are a matter for its own people.
The Parliamentary and European Parliamentary group of the KKE demand that the intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela by the USA, the European Union (EU) and their allies cease and that the plotting to overthrow the elected President of the country and any other type of threat desist.

11 September 2019 Sincerely,

THE PARLIAMENTARY AND EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY GROUP OF THE KKE
Dimitris Koutsoumpas, President of the Parliamentary Group and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece
Aleka Papariga, MP State
Giorgos Lambroulis, Vice-President of the Parliament, MP Larisa
Thanassis Pafilis, Parliamentary Representative, MP Athens 
Nikos Karathanasopoulos, Parliamentary Representative, MP Achaia
Liana Kanelli, MP Athens
Christos Katsotis, MP Athens
Diamanto Manolakou, MP of Piraeus
Giannis Giokas, MP Eastern Attica
Giannis Delis, MP Thessaloniki
Leonidas Stoltidis, MP Thessalonki
Maria Komninaka, MP Lesbos
Manolis Sindichakis, MP Herakleion
Nikos Papanastasis, MP Aitoloakarnania
Giorgos Marinos, MP Evia
Costas Papadakis, MEP
Lefteris Nikolaou, MEP

Athens 11/9/2019 THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE CC OF KKE

Monday, September 9, 2019

Mass demonstration at Aristotelous Square


With the slogan : “Struggle for unity – mass – class, for modern working conditions and pay, for a life with rights”, thousands of working people, unemployed, self-employed, farmers  women and youth rallied on Saturday, 7th September at the All Workers Militant Front (PAME) demonstration at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), directing a call for struggle to every working person for contemporary working conditions, for a life with rights.
Behind the banners of the Trade Unions, Federations and Labor Centers, protesters from Thessaloniki and surrounding prefectures, gave the first mass, united class answer to the anti-people attack of the government – the EU – capital, making it clear that “normalcy” is not the anti-labor upheavals the curtailment of labor rights, of trade union and popular freedom. It is not 'normalcy' for the country to be integrated in imperialist plans and competitions, which create dangerous conditions for our people and the peoples of the neighboring countries.
At the same time, they directed an open call for unity and action against the new plans that the ND government is readying.
A delegation of the CC of the KKE was at the rally, headed by the GS of the CC, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, who in his statement to the Press noted:
“Capitalist growth is neither beneficial for all, nor is it a given, due to the international environment, as is claimed  and alleged by the current Greek government.
All of them seek to 'drag the labor – popular movement behind the chariot of monopoly interests', so that they can serve the profits of the few at the expense of the interests of the many.
This why here and now we need a dynamic organization of labor – popular struggle, the development of class unity, a widening of the social, popular alliance, a change in the correlation of forces, so that the new anti-labor – anti-trade union laws will not pass, to abolish  previous laws that have brought the working class and the Greek people to their knees, to open the way so that we can live our lives as we really deserve to live them today.”

Friday, September 6, 2019

Israel Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapons to ‘Wipe Out’ Its Enemies


(Originally reported by Global Research)

Standing next to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “wipe out” his enemies. In a speech that many will see as the Jewish state breaking its long silence over the possession of nuclear weapons, the Likud leader warned that it has the means to destroy its enemies.
“Those who threaten to wipe us out put themselves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal,” he said on Wednesday during a ceremony to rename the complex, near the desert town of Dimona. The site has long been suspected to be the location where Israel has been developing nuclear weapons.
Iran hit back by describing Netanyahu as a “warmonger”.  The threat “atomic annihilation” against the Islamic Republic was denounced as “beyond shameless in the gall”.
“Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his official Twitter account.
Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory. Beyond shameless in the gall.
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Zarif also commented on Israel’s nuclear programme saying:
“As the world marks Int’l Day against Nuclear Tests, let’s remember that only nuclear bombs in our region belong to Israel and the US; the former a habitual aggressor & the latter the sole user of nukes. Let’s also remember that Iran has called for Nuclear Weapon Free Zone since 1974.”
Israel has never acknowledged possessing nuclear weapons, instead maintaining a policy of “strategic ambiguity”. Foreign reports have put the size of Israel’s nuclear arsenal in the dozens to hundreds of weapons.
Earlier this month a science journal published by Princeton University’s Science and Global Security journal claimed that Israel conducted illegal nuclear test in contravention of international law.
Netanyahu’s remarks came as Israel lobbies world powers to follow the US in exiting a 2015 international deal with Iran that capped the Islamic Republic’s nuclear capabilities.
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Saturday, August 31, 2019

WFTU statement on the Amazon forest fires




The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), on behalf of its 97 million affiliated workers in 130 countries from all corners of the world, declares its total rejection against the terrible forest fires that currently harm Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay and at the same time affirms its solidarity with the populations of the affected areas.
For the WFTU, the catastrophe in the “green lung of the planet”, as well as the consequences for the native peoples and thousands of species of flora and fauna of the region is not a coincidence, but an organized crime, a plan encouraged and stimulated by the big capital and the Brazilian government that continues to implement with more intensity the harmful policies for the environment of the previous social democratic governments. Its goal is to illegally deforest land for livestock and agriculture, delivering virgin forests to transnationals for biofuels, illegal logging and mining.
The big class-oriented union family of the WFTU demands the immediate application of protection, compensation and reforestation measures in the affected areas, as well as the prohibition of business activities in the region.
In addition, we call on the peoples and workers of the countries of the Amazon to intensify their struggle for the protection of the environment, which is also a struggle against the capitalist system that generates poverty policies, environmental catastrophes and crimes against the peoples of the world.
The Secretariat

Friday, August 30, 2019

AKEL-EDON Event on Monday 2nd September: Amazon – SOS



PHOTO: www.bbc.com



AKEL C.C. Press Office, 30th Aug 2019, Nicosia
The C.C. of AKEL and Central Council of EDON Youth Organization are organizing a protest meeting on the fires in the Amazon on Monday 2nd September outside the Brazilian Embassy in Nicosia.
The Amazon is the most important habitat on the planet and is being destroyed because of economic interests. One of humanity’s main allies in combating climate change is being sacrificed on the sake of profit. The magnitude of the ecological disaster that is going on will never be reversed.
We call on all citizens to participate in the event on Monday 2nd September 7.30 pm outside the Brazilian Embassy (14 Achaeon St. 1101, Nicosia). Stefanos Stefanou, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C. of AKEL and MP, will be the main speaker at the event to demand that the necessary measures are taken to put an end to the disaster.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Portuguese CP, Concerning the recent Trump Administration decisions, on the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki




Statement by Angelo Alves, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of PCP
Concerning the recent Trump Administration decisions, on the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
August 6th and 9th mark the 74th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which provoked death, irreparable diseases and the most horrific suffering of hundreds of thousands of human beings. By marking this date, PCP pays tribute to the victims of this monstrous imperialist crime that cannot be forgotten.
1 – After 74 years, preserving the memory and defending the truth about the nuclear holocaust is the duty of all forces of peace and progress. Also imperative, is denouncing and repudiating the attempts to rewrite the history of a crime that merely sought to affirm the military might of the US, and dedicating forces towards the struggle, so that Humanity may never experience the terror of nuclear weapons —mission, which in the present international context of great instability and insecurity and violent imperialist offensive acquires an even greater importance, topicality and even urgency. 
2 – The international situation proves that the most reactionary and aggressive imperialist sectors increasingly invest in militarism, fascism and war as an “exit” for the incurable contradictions of the capitalist system. 
The world, in particular the lovers of Peace, can only look with deep concern at the great dangers of the US Administration to tear the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) —one of the fundamental nuclear weapons treaties between the two countries responsible for 94% of the world’s nuclear arsenal: the US and the Russian Federation— as well as this Administration’s indication it plans to abandon the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in 2021. 
These decisions largely seek the development and territorial expansion of the nuclear arsenals of the US and the World, namely in Eastern Europe and Far East, and constitute genuine attacks upon peace and international security, bringing to the forefront the danger of a new nuclear catastrophe that can endanger all of Humanity. 
3 – The main imperialist powers —in particular the US and its NATO allies, responsible for the overwhelming majority of global military spending and owners of the majority of the 16 thousand nuclear warheads in the World— are invested in an even greater military reinforcement of their foreign policies. They pursue increasingly dangerous acts of open destabilization and interference, develop lines of confrontation with large countries, such as the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, undermine International Law, and increasingly resort to nuclear blackmail. 
The accumulation of points of tension in several regions of the globe, in particular the Middle East —where the US’s abandonment of the 5+1 Nuclear Deal and consequent strategy of provoking Iran entails immense dangers— and Latin America, are the result of a deliberate option of confrontation, which associated with the arms race and the development of new and more powerful weapons of mass destruction, can have dramatic consequences for the World. 
4 – The only form of avoiding the repetition of catastrophes such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki is intensifying the struggle and political action against the interferences and aggressions of imperialism, and prioritizing disarmament, beginning with nuclear disarmament, and the defense of peaceful conflict resolution within a framework of international dialogue, respecting the equality and sovereignty of nations and the rights of peoples. 
At a time when warmongering rhetoric of the main imperialist powers is accompanied by the promotion of populism and openly reactionary and fascist ideologies, where new lies and propaganda are unleashed to justify militarist, securitarian and aggressive moves, the peoples and Governments should ponder the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two crimes sustained by maneuvers of propaganda and disinformation, now re-edited to justify new and more powerful weapons, operations of interference and a return to the nuclear option, as clearly stated in the military doctrines of the US, NATO and European powers, such as France or the United Kingdom. 
5 – Respecting the Constitution of the Republic, the position of the Portuguese State should not be one of submission to imperialism and its strategy of domination, confrontation and war, but a patriotic foreign policy that affirms sovereignty and national independence, that strives for an end to the arms race, for disarmament —firstly, nuclear disarmament— cooperation, peace and friendship among peoples. 
In this contact, PCP reiterates its support for the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that prohibits “developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, or stockpiling nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices”, and that in the next legislature it will present a Draft Resolution to recommend its ratification, which was voted down by the Socialist Party (PS), Socialist Democrat Party (PSD) and Popular Party (CDS-PP), last July 5th
6 – By alerting to the dangers of the present international situation, PCP simultaneously affirms its confidence that the struggle by the forces of progress and peace in the World can defeat the imperialism’s policies of war, aggression and exploitation. A nuclear war and tragedy isn’t inevitable. The strengthening of the forces, like PCP, which have a vast heritage in the defense of peace and against militarism is the best way of opening the path towards peace, dialogue, cooperation and progress, and the respect for the rights of peoples, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter. 

Friday, August 2, 2019

CP of Swaziland, SPS supports calls for a people’s government in Sudan




Statement, 1 August 2019

Communist Party of Swaziland supports calls for a people’s government in Sudan and justice for crimes committed against the people; progressive voices in Africa must stand up and be counted

The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) supports the popular calls for a people’s government in Sudan and that those who have caused untold pain to the people of Sudan through the decades of dictatorship and the recent days be face justice. This support is made in line with the CPS’s international outlook, particularly in the African continent, that the unbridled killing, arrest, torture and arbitrary arrest of the people by some African regimes must come to a halt.

The latest bout of massacre in Sudan took place on Monday 29 July 2019, perpetrated by the army and the security forces in Al-Obeid city. In Al-Obeid eight people were cowardly shot, all in the head, and tens were injured. This led to thousands of mass protesters taking to the streets in the capital and other major cities condemning this cold-blooded crime, demanding that the culprits be brought to justice and holding the Transitional Military Council (TMC) as solely responsible for these crimes against the people.

The CPS calls upon all progressive forces in the African continent and beyond to amplify their voices against such crimes and dictatorships, for the democratisation of the African continent. Dictatorial regimes like those of absolute monarch Mswati in Swaziland, Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan and others use the very loud silence of the progressive voices in Africa as a justification for their crimes. The people of Sudan should not be left to fight alone. Let the progressive voices in Africa stand up and be counted!

Issued by the Communist Party of Swaziland
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