Saturday, December 9, 2017

NGO Action News



Global
·         Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church restated its vision of a shared Jerusalem, as a city of peace and reconciliation, expressing concern that the decision “risks emboldening further Israeli settlements on Palestinian land and further displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.”

·         Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund (NIF), a partnership of North Americans, Israelis, Europeans and Australians committed to promoting equality and democracy in Israel, stated that “international recognition of Jerusalem’s status has always hinged on a successful resolution to the conflict, as part of a negotiated, final status peace agreement. Doing so outside of that context severally damages prospects for a negotiated peace agreement.”

·         Citing resolution 2334 (2016), Pax Christi International requested the UN Security Council, inter alia, to reaffirm in the emergency meeting of 8 December that it would not recognize any changes to the 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations.

·         The World Council of Churches (WCC) called on the U.S. Administration to reconsider its  position on Jerusalem and to exert its maximum efforts in promoting renewed negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis for a genuine, just and sustainable peace.

Middle East 
·         Al-Haq called on the UN General Assembly to convene an Emergency Special Session and to seek from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an Advisory Opinion on “the question of Israel’s annexation, colonization and apartheid.”  Al-Haq further called on UN bodies and regional organizations to ensure that sanctions are placed on Israel.

·         Criticizing the decision, Issam Younis, general director of Al Mezan Center for Human Rightscalled on the international community to oppose the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to work on an “international law-based engagement in the conflict that prioritizes ending impunity and allowing justice to prevail.”

·         B’Tselem noted that no unilateral announcement or embassy relocation could change the fact hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lived under occupation in Jerusalem, deprived of their political rights. “This is the reality that must change,”the organization stated.

·         Ir Amim expressed concern that the decision would embolden Israeli policy makers proposing to unilaterally redraw the boundaries of Jerusalem and alter its demographic balance. “If realized, these proposals would result in the transfer of approximately 120,000 Palestinians from East Jerusalem and the de facto annexation of some 140,000 settlers from the adjacent major settlement blocs,” Ir Amim remarked.

·         Drawing a comparison to the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued the position paper “A Grant of Recognition from those who do not own to those who do not deserve”, setting out recommendations for action to the Palestinian leadership, the international community and civil society.

·         Peace Now expressed concern that in the current context, a unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital risked undermining chances for peace. The group stated that “the only way to make Jerusalem universally recognized as the legitimate capital of Israel is through a two states agreement in which the Palestinians establish their own capital (Al-Quds) in East Jerusalem.”

·         The Open Letter by Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem of 6 December to U.S. President Trump is available on the website of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF). The latter also issued a statement, concluding that “Jerusalem is for all.”


North America
·         Nadia Hijab, executive director of Al-Shabaka – The Palestinian Policy Network published an analysis, weighing options for Palestinians after President Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem.

·         Amnesty International USA stated that the decision showed disregard for human rights violations linked to Israeli annexation policies and undermined the international rule of law.

·         Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East (CJPME) issued a statement, opposing the presence of foreign Embassies in Jerusalem.

·         Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), a coalition of 27 national church denominations and organizations, warned that the decision would undermine trust and make the resumption of negotiations more difficult, if not impossible.

·         The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched an Action Alert, calling on citizens to raise with their elected representatives their concerns about plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

·         Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) cautioned that the decision would endorse “Israeli policies of dispossession and forcible transfer, harming the rights and lives of Palestinians and crushing any hope for a peace based on equality and freedom for everyone in the region.”

·         Expressing concern about the President’s change of U.S. policy,  J Street called on Members of Congress and Jewish communal leaders concerned about Israel’s security not to support it.

·         The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights noted that the move was contrary to international law, the consensus of the international community and decades of U.S. foreign policy.

·         Daniel Levy, President of the U.S. Middle East Project, analyzed the implications of President’s Trump decision in The National Interest.

Latin America
·         The Federación Palestina de Chile issued a statement, calling on the Government of Chile to oppose the unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A statement by the Confederación Palestina de América Latina y del Caribe(COPLAC) is also available online.

Europe
·         Cités Unies France and its Réseau de Coopération Décentralisée pour la Palestine (RCDP), the French section of the Global Network of Cities, Local and Regional Governments (UCLG), stressed that France had a pivotal role to play in efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East and a full recognition of the State of Palestine.  RCDP is inviting participation in a project to support Palestinian youth in Jerusalem.

·         The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) updated the British Parliament on recent developments, providing a fact sheet regarding the status of Jerusalem under international law, relevant UN resolutions and current conditions in the city.

·         Expressing support for Palestinian rights, the Jewish Socialists Group announced its participation in the “Hands Off Jerusalem” demonstration scheduled to take place in London on 8 December, organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and other groups.


Australia
·         The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network issued a statement, calling on the Government to stay with the international consensus and keep the Australian Embassy to Israel in Tel Aviv.

United Nations
·         On 8 December, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. In his briefing to the Council, Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, reiterated that Jerusalem remains a final status issue for which a comprehensive, just and lasting solution must be achieved through negotiations between the parties, and on the basis of relevant United Nations resolutions and mutual agreements, and urged the international community to fulfil its historic responsibility to support the parties in achieving peace and a comprehensive agreement.

·         In a statement issued on 7 December, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People(CEIRPP) strongly urged the Government of the United States of America to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

·         Stressing that there is no alternative to the two-state solution, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated on 6 December that he would do everything in his power to support a return to meaningful negotiations and the realization of a lasting peace for both peoples.


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Friday, December 8, 2017

AKEL denounces the decision by the US to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. AKEL has submitted a relevant resolution to the Cyprus Parliament

AKEL C.C. Press Office, 7th December 2017, Nicosia

AKEL denounces the unilateral decision by the United States to proceed to the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which violates the resolutions and decisions of the United Nations on the special international status of the city. The status of Jerusalem is a central issue for a comprehensive solution of the Palestinian issue, and the position of the international community is that East Jerusalem will be the capital of the independent Palestinian state.
This provocative decision constitutes a flagrant violation of the Palestinian people’s national rights and represents support for the Israeli occupation, threatening to undermine the possibility of a two-state solution and to provoke new conflicts both in Jerusalem and in Palestine, and more broadly throughout the region.
We believe that the international community has an obligation to defend its decisions and principles of law, to uphold the right of the Palestinian people to an independent and viable state. This is a critical time during which the UN and the entire international community – together with the EU as well – must demand in practice the immediate termination of the 50-year Israeli occupation, the recognition of the independent Palestinian state – with East Jerusalem as its capital – as a full member of the UN.
We reiterate that the Cypriot government must adopt a position based on principles and stand against this decision otherwise it will be exposed in the eyes of the Arab world, but also the overwhelming majority of the international community.
AKEL reaffirms its full unreserved solidarity with the Palestinian people, which it will intensify in a variety of ways. The Palestinian people, like all the peoples of our region, have the right to freedom and peace.

AKEL has submitted a relevant resolution to the Cyprus Parliament.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

AKEL denounces the attempt to alter the status of Jerusalem



AKEL C.C. Press Office, 6th December 2017, Nicosia
The intention announced by the US to transfer the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem constitutes a severe provocation first and foremost towards the international community, which with the adoption of United Nations Resolution 181 (1947) defined a special international status for the city. Such a political action would deal a fatal blow to any possibility of reaching a two-state solution, with an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4th 1967, and with East Jerusalem as its capital; a perspective which is supported by the international community.
If Trump carries out the threat by fulfilling the plans for the perpetuation of the occupation of Palestine, it will trigger reactions beyond Palestine, causing consequences that would be difficult to predict or curb.
AKEL denounces the intention of the US and joins its voice with all those forces demanding the annulment of the decision so as to avoid the possibility of new adventures and bloodshed in Palestine and throughout the volatile region of the Middle East.
We urge the Cyprus government to adhere to a position based on principles and to come out against this decision, otherwise it will be exposed in the eyes of the Arab world, but also of the overwhelming majority of the international community.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vera Shlakman, Professor Fired During Red Scare, Dies at 108

Vera Shlakman speaking with New York City Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin, left, in April 1982 after she and others received restitution from the city for being fired from college teaching positions because they had refused to testify in the 1950s about whether they were members of the Communist Party. With her, from right, were fellow recipients Oscar Shaftel, Dudley Straus and Bernard F. Riess. CreditNeal Boenzi/The New York Times



Vera Shlakman, an influential economics professor who was fired by
Queens College after she refused to tell Senate investigators whether
she had ever been a card-carrying Communist — a punishment that
brought an apology three decades later — died on Nov. 5 at her home
 in Manhattan. She was 108.

Her death, which was not widely reported at the time, was confirmed
by her friend Ellen J. Holahan.

Dr. Shlakman was the last survivor among more than a dozen teachers
 at New York City’s public colleges who were ousted by the Board of
Higher Education during the early stages of the Red Scare wrought by
 Senators Pat McCarran and Joseph R. McCarthy.

A 42-year-old assistant professor when she was fired in 1952,
Dr. Shlakman neither taught economics again nor wrote a sequel
to her groundbreaking 1935 book on female factory workers.

Thirty years later, 10 of the fired professors, including Dr. Shlakman,
were indemnified with pension settlements after receiving an apology
from college officials.

“They were dismissed during and in the spirit of the shameful era of
McCarthyism, during which the freedoms traditionally associated
with academic institutions were quashed,” the trustees of the City
University of New York declared in a resolution adopted unanimously
in 1980. The trustees had succeeded the Board of Higher Education.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The KKE demands the end of the persecutions against the Communist Party of Poland

On November 27th, a delegation of the KKE, headed by Kostas Papadakis, member of the CC and MEP of the party, held a protest at the Embassy of Poland in Athens regarding the persecutions against cadres and members of the Communist Party of Poland



In the meeting that took place, the following protest note was presented:

To the Government of Poland
To the Embassy of Poland
Dear Sirs,
The trial against the CP of Poland and its cadres is being repeated on Monday 27th November, a trial which continues for more than 2 years with the accusation of “propaganda of communist ideology” by the newspaper “Brzask” and the website of the CP of Poland. The cadres of the CP of Poland are threatened with 2 year imprisonment.
The Communist Party of Greece condemns and denounces these anticommunist measures and persecutions, every kind of banning at the expense of communists as the trials against them, the banning of communist symbols and the propagation of communist ideas. This unacceptable persecution cannot be legitimized due to the support of the reactionary European Union or due to the fact that similar persecutions are being promoted in other EU-countries.
The prohibitions, the measures that restrict the activity of the communists go hand in hand with the anti-labour measures and the assault against the rights and the achievements of the working class.  
They are part of the propaganda about “totalitarian regimes” which fosters the provocative and anti-historical equation of the fascist monstrosity, which is bred by the capitalist system, with communism.
At the same time, it is provocative to honor Nazi collaborators and their political descendants.
The history was written by the peoples. It is not possible to rewrite it.

The Communist Party of Greece:
-condemns the anti-labour, anti-people and anti-democratic actions of the Polish government.
-it demands the immediate revocation of the persecutions against the Communist Party of Poland, its members and its cadres.
 -it expresses its solidarity with the communists and the class oriented movement of Poland!
Anticommunism and the repression of the labour movement, the suppression of historical truth which was written with the blood of the peoples will not succeed! Hands off the communists!

Contribution of the KKE at the 19th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties in Leningrad

Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution. Dimitris Koutsoumbas General Secretary of the CC of the KKE




Dear comrades, representatives
of the Communist and Workers Parties:

We are particularly moved to be here in Leningrad, at the meeting being hosted by the CP of the Russian Federation, precisely 100 years after the Great Socialist October Revolution.

We continue to call Petrograd, Leningrad, the name that it took in honour of the leader of the world historically important revolution that changed the fortune and course of humanity, inaugurating the beginning of the end of capitalist barbarity  and the dawn of a new society; the name of the founder of the young workers’ state, the first socialist democracy known to mankind, irrespective of the fact that this course was interrupted in 1991, after tragic mistakes and weaknesses that allowed the restoration of capitalism.

We are firmly convinced that the earth will become red in any case, red with life and creativity and that the red flag will be raised again in Leningrad, in Moscow, all over Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, in Europe, in Asia, in America, in Africa, in Oceania, all over the world.
The KKE feels particular pride, because on the first day when the red flag was being brought down from the Kremlin, it had the courage to declare in Rizospastis  “Comrades, hold the flag high! Hope lies in the struggle of the peoples!”

Dear comrades,

The study of history, the class struggle itself confirms a general fundamental conclusion: the struggle for power is objective when the class that is in power, in the specific historical context, represents a historically obsolete socio-economic formation, while the class that can assert power is the motor force of the new, higher socio-economic formation.
History has demonstrated that in class societies the class conflicts are always violent, precisely because the very concept and the essence of power and the struggle for it entail imposition, violence. The radical changes in terms of the character of power only come about through revolutions, i.e. the movement of masses, under the leadership of the emerging class in each phase and guided by its political party, its political representatives. Such were all the bourgeois revolutions and subsequently the proletarian ones, while before the bourgeois revolutions, the radical changes were also brought about by wars, with the invasion and military superiority of peoples-tribes that possessed more developed means of production.

In the struggle for power, as well as during the development and prevalence of the new social relations, progress is not linear and upward, but there are several zigzags, leaps and setbacks.

Dear comrades,

Being fully aware of all the above, at the same time we must not forget the greatest lesson of the October Revolution:

the emerging force, the working class, with its revolutionary movement can play the leading role in the cause of social progress, in the transition from the old mode of production and organization of society to the new communist one.

And this is what happened in October in Russia. In a very short period of time, centuries of backwardness and pre-capitalist vestiges were swept away. The achievements in Soviet Russia and later in the USSR were attained in conditions of imperialist interventions, permanent threats by the imperialist centres, the undermining of production.
There is no way they can convince us that the course of the populations in the endless expanse of the Tsarist empire, their general political level would be as it is today without the victory of the October Socialist Revolution, without the beginning of socialist construction. The same is true for the other countries of socialist construction in Europe, Asia and America.

The achievements of socialism in the USSR, even if they later suffered a catastrophic setback, cannot be compared to the current situation of the working class in capitalism. Likewise,  we cannot compare the level of capitalism of the 21st, 20th and even 19th centuries with what was provided by the newly emerging capitalist relations in the 14th century in the urban centres of Italy.

The experience of socialist construction indicates the trend for the rapid development of society as a whole, the amazing increase of the level of social prosperity. However, it cannot show us what it would really be like today, when science, knowledge, labour potential and productivity have objectively reached even higher levels. In general, the bourgeois criticism of the history of the USSR conceals that it constituted the first historical steps of the immature level of communist society.

This what the younger generations should be aware of, in particular the youth of our countries, so that they do not easily fall into the trap of the deliberate distortion that is promoted with a “scientific” camouflage. Of course the various historical researches who serve capitalism today know that the upsurge of the labour movement all over the world had a solid basis, namely the impact that the achievements of the Soviet Union have had for decades.

However, We, the communists know that we have the duty not to conceal the weaknesses of our movement, but openly criticize them in order to get rid of them once and for all. For that reason, at our meetings there is no room for verbalisms, big words and mere applause. Our meetings should focus on the essential presentation of views that will contribute to the correct assessment of the past as well as to the clear definition of the present in order to be able to make a leap into the future.

For that reason, the experience from October Revolution is inexhaustible and above all timely. This is the basis on which the communists from all over the world should rely on, enriched with the experience from the other socialist revolutions that followed within a strictly defined historical context.

The victory of socialism –as a first immature phase of communism- against capitalism has demonstrated that the working class, as the only truly revolutionary class, has the historical duty to complete its basic tasks:

 To overthrow, smash the exploiters i.e. the bourgeois class which is their main economic and political representative; to beat their resistance and thwart their attempts to reinstate the yoke of capital, wage slavery.

 To attract and lead under the revolutionary vanguard of the Communist party, not only the industrial proletariat, either as a whole or its vast majority, but the entire mass of the working people and the people exploited by capital and monopolies; to enlighten them, organize and educate them through the process of a tough battle and class conflict against the exploiters.

 At the same time, it must eliminate and render harmless the inevitable wavering between the bourgeois class and the proletariat, between the bourgeois power and the working class power, that the middle strata, the small-proprietors in agriculture, trade, crafts and other services of various scientific fields will manifest, as well as by state employees, all of which represent numerous sections in all capitalist countries.

 the success of the victory against capitalism requires a proper relationship between the party that leads the revolutionary change, the Communist Party, and the revolutionary class, the working class, as well as with the working masses and the exploited people as a whole. Only the Communist Party can lead the masses in the most decisive struggle against capitalism, imperialism, provided that its members are committed communists, steeled and educated by their participation in the class revolutionary struggle, and provided that it manages to become part of the life of the working class and consequently the exploited masses as a whole and it gains the trust of the working class and the people. 

 Only the guidance of this Party enables the proletariat to release the power of its revolutionary assault, to eliminate the resistance of the labour aristocracy, which is bought off by the bourgeoisie,  as well as of the corrupt and compromised reformist, opportunist trade unionists and achieve the victory. Only the workers and the other popular strata who are liberated from capitalist slavery can develop at the utmost their initiatives and activities through their new institutions which emerge from the revolutionary process, as they were organized for the first time in history in the working class power in the soviets in Russia. Only in that way can they achieve the participation in government , which they are deprived of during the bourgeois power, despite the illusions fostered regarding their participation. The working class, participating in the organs of state power from the bottom up, is actually learning through its own experience how to build socialism, how to develop a new voluntary social discipline. It forms, for the first time in history, a union of free people, a union of workers in a new society, in a society without the exploitation of man by man.

 The conquest of political power by the proletariat does not entail the end of class struggle against the bourgeois class.  On the contrary, it renders this struggle “extremely broad, sharpened, relentless” as Lenin noted. In this framework we should pay particular attention on the following assessment which all of us have confirmed in practice: any inconsistency or generally any ideological-political weakness in revealing the revisionist, opportunist, reformist forces may significantly increase the danger of the overthrow of  working class power by the bourgeois class that will utilize these forces for the counterrevolution as has happened many times in history. 

 In order for our course to be truly victorious all CPs must elaborate a revolutionary strategy in their countries and this attempt must embrace the international communist movement. The experience of the Bolsheviks in this direction, enriched with the experience from all socialist revolutions, with the experience of the revolutionary movement in each respective country must serve as a beacon in this process. The fact that this experience was not assimilated and did not prevail thereafter and that the character of the revolution was determined on the basis of other mistaken criteria requires our serious reflection.

 Today, in conditions of a general setback, of a negative correlation of forces at an international level and in each region separately, each communist party has the duty to intensify the preparation of the working class, on a daily basis with hard  ideological-political work and class oriented activity for the revolutionary upsurge to come. Because, our era continues to be an era of transition from capitalism to socialism. The era of capitalism’s overthrow was inaugurated by the October Revolution 1917 that paved the way and marked the beginning of socialist revolutions. For that reason, we consider timely the words of Lenin  that the start was made and the proletarians of which nation will complete this process is not important.  For that reason, we do not fall back, we do not retreat; we are deeply convinced that we have to carry through this task.

Dear comrades,

The 100th anniversary of the October Revolution finds the International Communist Movement, as a whole, deeply divided,  faced with enormous difficulties, in a relatively perplexed situation, despite the partial positive steps made in separate countries with the undeniable effort of many vanguard leaderships and entire party organizations in various country.

The unity of the International Communist Movement in the 21st century must be based on certain essential indisputable principles.


1
 Our theory is Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism. The role of the Communist Party is irreplaceable. Socialism is more timely and necessary that it has ever been in the history of humanity. The timeliness and necessity of socialism, the socialist character of the revolution do not depend on the correlation of forces at each time.
The bourgeois class has lost its progressive role even before the revolution of 1917. It finds itself in the era of reaction, of monopoly capitalism, namely imperialism; capitalism in its last stage that is in decay. As the experience from October Revolution has shown, there is no room for any cooperation-alliance with the bourgeois class or any sections of it in the name of defending bourgeois democracy or avoiding any “pro-war powers”. The bourgeoisie and the bourgeois power, as a whole, undermine and suppress workers’ and people’s rights, achievements. In their “peaceful conditions” they prepare wars. Τhe consolidation of the anti-capitalist-anti-monopoly struggle, of the struggle for socialism requires  the alliance of the working class with the poor farmers and the self-employed craftsmen.

2
 Our answer to the question “reform or revolution” is revolution because no organ of bourgeois power can be humanized. The line of social democracy since the beginning of the previous century until today has completely failed, it has caused great damage, it led to the defeat of the revolutionary communist movement, it assimilated working masses in the capitalist exploitative system, it led militant, progressive forces in favour of social development to be disarmed. 

3
 The socialist construction as a first immature phase of the communist society highlighted the scientific laws that the revolutionary vanguard must be aware of and not violate so as to eradicate consciously and methodically the seeds of counterrevolution. More specifically, the theory and practical implementation of “market socialism” is disastrous for  socialist construction, whether it is used to justify the toleration of capitalist relations or the long term support of the small commodity production or the long-term distribution of the social product in the form of trade. In these three instances, in each one separately and altogether, central planning is undermined as well the socialist character of the ownership over the means of production. As a result, the class state power is undermined and the counterrevolutionary forces are being recreated, developed and strengthened. Thus, instead of the victory of communism we return to capitalism as it finally happened with the developments of 1991 being the milestone of this process.

4
 The forms and the modes of this setback are not that important. In the USSR this happened gradually through the opportunist sliding that started in 1956 and broke out violently in 1991 with the final dissolution of the USSR and the CPSU and the ascending of new capitalist forces to power that exercised state power in the form of bourgeois parliamentary democracy. Elsewhere, this may happen gradually, with the CP maintaining state power and following a clear course of capitalist restoration and consolidation of the capitalist relations of production. The capitalist relations are bound to take the upper hand, even in cases where they have not prevailed yet, no matter if this course is presented as or is honestly considered to be a temporary solution. The result will be a new wave of confusion and disillusionment among the working masses and the people. This line is the beginning of the end of our perspective. Historical experience has demonstrated that the problems that arose in the course of socialist construction were mistakenly interpreted as inherent weaknesses of central planning. The solution was sought in the expansion of market, which was a step backwards, instead of making a step forward expanding and strengthening the communist relations of production.

5
 Today, in the 21st century, capitalism in its imperialist stage prevails at international level. The socialist relations – remnants of the socialist past – that survive in some countries, exist only to remind us that they are the swansong of the first attempt of socialist construction that began in 1917 and continued in several countries during the 20th century. In the final analysis, it is not possible for two kinds of production relations to coexist for a long time with various forms in the framework of a new superior social system like socialism-communism i.e. the exploitative capitalist relations and the ones that lead to their abolition, the socialist ones. The one or the other kind shall prevail. Our worldview and the historical experience have proven that their coexistence can only serve as a vehicle for counterrevolution.
6
 In the framework of this complicated situation inter-imperialist competition is sharpening  as well as the great contradictions over the division of the markets, the control of the energy resources and their transport routes, the geopolitical control and the upgrading of each country in the region and generally. New alliances and blocks are being created that lead to the creation of axes and anti-axes, increasing the danger of involvement in wars, at local and regional level, as well as the possibility of a generalized imperialist war. In any case, it is certain that the regional confrontations and wars will continue as well as the involvement of stronger regional powers and imperialist centers by means of direct military involvement or through diplomatic, political  means, economic war etc.

7
 In this confrontation the international communist movement and each communist party separately cannot stand in puzzlement. It must elaborate its own line for the struggle in each country, in each continent and internationally: a line for the overthrow of the imperialist barbarity that breeds economic crises, poverty, unemployment and wars or “peace” with the gun to the people’s head. For that reason, it is essential to study historical experience, to consciously reject mistaken positions of previous decades that led the revolutionary forces to political disarmament, perplexity and ineffectiveness. Every communist party must elaborate a line for the disengagement of their countries and their people from imperialist interventions and wars, defending the sovereign rights of each country; a line which will lead to the defeat of the bourgeois class which is attacking, and simultaneously a line of rupture with the domestic bourgeois class, aiming at its overthrow that will bring about real peace and prosperity for people and not the return to the previous situation that will prepare new crises, military interventions and wars in the name of the national interest . At the same time, it is necessary to elaborate and promote suitable slogans that will facilitate and escalate the  people’s struggle and prepare these forces so that in conditions of revolutionary situation they will direct the working and popular masses that are in revolt to a successful overthrow of the capitalist power and to take power into their hands.

8
 This dynamic will not emerge like an oasis, merely in one country. In this discussion about what is to be done, which is taking place today in the squares, at our demonstrations, at strikes, in cities and villages, in factories and work places in general,  in universities and schools , in all over the world, the bourgeois class and the opportunists pose the dilemma “how can we do it ourselves? It is not realistic!”.

9
 Only the communist movement, the communists that believe in the visions and the struggle of the October Revolution, in Marxism-Leninism can put them in their place, refute defeatism and fatalism.

10
 Our weapon is proletarian internationalism, our joint struggle, our class and comradely solidarity which is necessary against national isolationism and imperialist cosmopolitanism. The principle of proletarian internationalism is also a significant message for the 100th anniversary of the Great October Revolution. Without the practical expression of the people’s internationalism towards the Revolution and the young Soviet Union the victory might not have been possible.

This is a valuable conclusion and lesson.

Dear comrades,

The KKE, as other Communist Parties, was born and developed under the impact of the Socialist October Revolution. In 2018 it will celebrate 100 years of heroic life and activity. It focuses its attention on its internationalist duties and as is known, it has applied to host the next IMCWP in Athens, the city where our International Meetings started from.

Comrades,

Hold high the red flag
of socialism-communism!

Hold high the flag
of Marxism-Leninism!