Sunday, October 22, 2017

NGO Action News




Last week's NGO Action News has just been published. The newsletter summarizes activities undertaken or planned by civil society organisations across the globe as well as UN action on the question of Palestine over the week. Please feel free to inform us about your activities and publications by emailing us at palestinianrights@un.org and to forward this newsletter to your supporters. We welcome your organization's contributions, questions or comments. 
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Global
·         On 10 October, Amnesty International re-issued an Urgent Action calling for the release of Palestinian parliamentarian and civil society leader Khalida Jarrar, unless charged with an internationally recognized criminal offence. The organization also reiterated its call for an end to the practice of administrative detention.

Middle East 
·         On 8 October, the 2017 two-week Journey for Peace organized by Women Wage Peace ended with a rally in Jerusalem. The event was attended by thousands of Israelis and Palestinians calling for negotiations with the participation of women and a peace agreement. For background information about Women Wage Peace, see the interview conducted by American Jewish Peace Archive with Anat Saragusti, one of the leaders of the movement.

North America
·         On 6 November, the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is hosting in Berkeley, California, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative Al Mubadara for a talk on “100 Years after the Balfour Declaration: The Anti-Colonial Struggle in Palestine. 

·         On 24 October, independent analyst Mouin Rabbani will hold at George Mason University the Middle East and Islamic Studies annual lecture“Palestine: Anatomy of an Abyss”

.·         Churches for Middle Peace (CMEP) will be hosting conversations with Daoud Nassar from Tent of Nations about life in Palestine, human rights and peacebuilding in Washington, D.C. on 16-17 October; Seattle, Washington, on 18-20 October; and in North Carolina, on 21-22 October.

·         On 11 October, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint arguing that a Kansas law requiring all state contractors to certify that they are not boycotting Israel violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In an article published in the New York Times the same day, Dima Khalidi, director of Palestine Legal, stated that the lawsuit was a “really important step to make sure that our right to dissent is protected”.

 Europe·         On 17 November, Independent Jewish Voices is inviting to a screening of its “100 Years of Balfour” at the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image in London. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

·         On 10 October, the independent media and research centre Danwatch reported that, following the publication of its investigations “Business on Occupied Territory” in January 2017, Denmark’s third largest pension fund (Sampension) had revised its investment guidelines and divested from four companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements.

United Nations·         On 2 November, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) will host a lecture on the Balfour Declaration and its impact on the Palestinian people, delivered by Prof. Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York.  For registration, please click here.

·         From 23 October to 17 November, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in Geneva will review Israel’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Israel’s State Report as well as “shadow reports” submitted by Palestinian, Israeli and international NGOs are available on the OHCHR website

.·         As part of its Humanitarian Monthly Bulletin, OCHA reported on 11 October that people with disabilities had been disproportionately affected by the energy and salary crisis in Gaza.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Young Communist League Britain has arrived at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students

The delegation from the Young Communist League Britain has arrived at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students after a long journey from Heathrow to Moscow, then to Sochi, Russia.


The point of this trip is simple: to join and share the debates with our international sister organisations, the Young Communist Leagues and anti-imperialist progressive youth groups who together with us constitute the World Federation of Democratic Youth, and help to make this year’s festival a success.For one week, we will be participating in festival activities and workshops where young people and students of the world will rally together for peace, progress and social justice, share their experiences and cultures and make lasting friendships.

Members of the Executive Committee of the YCL will be reunited with comrades whom we have met at international events, and with whom we share links but might have never met in person, and take the opportunity to share the experiences of our countries and establish closer friendships.

Finally, it will be an incredible and developmental experience for many of us, going abroad together as a team, working together at workshops and sporting events, and living together as an official delegation from our country’s youth for a week.

We will continue to build upon actions like these and hope that many more young people will place their trust in the Young Communist League as a voice for British youth in the future.

Monday, October 9, 2017

DPRK Condemns US War on Terror as Pretext for World Building

Pyongyang has accused Washington of using its ongoing War on Terror to manipulate governments and other entities around the world.
Alongside a foiled attempt on the life of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in April, the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) claims that actions by Washington continue to destabilize global organizations and governments, calling the US "the main reason international terrorism is not yet annihilated," cited by Newsweek.
An article published Friday by Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) asserted that the DPRK representative to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly explained his country's "principled stand" regarding how counterterrorism is defined by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, a working group in which North Korea was involved in creating.
The KCNA article stipulated that "the main reason international terrorism is not yet annihilated," is ongoing — and increasing — global military and diplomatic meddling by the Pentagon and Washington.
Pyongyang's UN representative also documented a failed plot to kill Kim and overthrow the government in Pyongyang.
"In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated into our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US and the South Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the purpose of carrying out a state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed," asserted KCNA.
DPRK representatives have also claimed that Washington contributes to global instability through its intended use of biochemical weapons to target specific leaders noted to be unfriendly to the US.
"The US has fully revealed its criminal scenario to make no scruple of using biochemical weapons" to take down the current leadership structure in Pyongyang, according to KCNA. The DPRK has also long accused Washington of husbanding a "Plan Jupiter," in the form of a biochemical attack to kill Kim and his cabinet.
The claims of a Plan Jupiter have not been substantiated, although the often contentious debate about US international meddling in politics and intelligence shows no signs of going away.
The Friday KCNA report claimed that Washington "changes its colors" similar to a "chameleon" in attempts to justify government overthrow, particularly in the Middle East.
KCNA further opined that Washington interchangeably used counterterrorism and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction as a means to defend ongoing military occupations and invasions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, cited by Newsweek.

Red Scare redux? US imposes World War II-era ‘foreign agents’ designation on Russia media

US troops of the 69th Infantry Division (left), shake hands with Russian troops on the wrecked bridge over the Elbe at Torgau, Germany, to mark the previous day's link-up between American and Soviet forces, 26th April 1945. © Allan Jackson / Getty Images

The Soviet-era McCarthyism that swept America in the mid-20th century was mere child's play compared to the Russophobic hysteria now running amok in the land, where Russian media is even being required to identify itself with a Nazi-era designation. 
The most disturbing aspect about the spectacular crash and burn of US-Russia relations in the last year is not necessarily the lightning speed with which it occurred, but that it was a deliberate, premeditated act of political violence that was absolutely avoidable.

The all-out anti-Russia campaign arrived with such swift, unwarranted ferocity that it would have made the late US Senator Joseph McCarthy - whose name is practically synonymous with witch hunts - sit up and take note. And just when you think we've hit rock bottom in the bilateral relationship, a trap door swings open below your feet, revealing yet another precipitous drop.
In what appears to be the basement as far as US-Russia media relations go, the US Department of Justice has issued an outrageous demand that RT [American branch] register itself as a "foreign agent" to continue operations on US soil.
What makes the US demand especially unacceptable, if not downright repulsive, is the history behind the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which was created to counter pro-Nazi agitation. Few people could have forgotten how much blood, sweat and tears Russia sacrificed in its extraordinary effort to repulse Hitler's forces from its territory. Indeed, without Russia's incomparable sacrifice, which broke the back of the Nazi war machine, it would be altogether useless to speak of a 'free media' today.
This week, during a session of the Russian Federation Council’s Interim Committee on the Protection of Sovereignty, RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan explained that according to the channel’s lawyers, the US branch staff could face harsh penalties if RT fails to follow through with the demands.
“We received a letter from the US Department of Justice, demanding that we register as a foreign agent. By October 17 we must ‘whip ourselves’ and say that we are a foreign agent,” Simonyan said, adding that “[our] lawyers tell us that if we [RT’s American branch] do not register as a foreign agent, arrests of our employees, seizure of property will follow – absolutely serious things.” 
As was the case with the expulsion of Russian diplomats in the US, which led to tit-for-tat actions, Moscow may have no choice but to impose retaliatory measures against US news outlets operating on Russian territory.
“Our [Russian] legislation envisages a possibility of imposing retaliatory restrictions against the… media of the states that have restrictive [regulations] specifically limiting the professional activities of Russian journalists,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at the meeting.
What is especially disconcerting about these latest developments is that they were decidedly unnecessary and avoidable.

Fake news fallout

Our present time of troubles began immediately after Hillary Clinton's 'surprise' defeat in the 2016 presidential election, which the Democrats conveniently blamed on the Russians, of course. After all, how could a candidate who needed to cheat during the debates ever be expected to lose? 
In any case, what happened next was truly despicable and designed to prevent any future US-Russian cooperation (which the NeoConLiberal faction refers to as "collusion"). On the basis of nothing more substantial than fake news and rumors, Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the United States just days before the New Year's holidays in retaliation for alleged US election hacking. 
Not even the mighty Trump could stop the media-induced mass hysteria that followed: sanctions, the seizure of Russian property, a crackdown on Russian companies, and attempts to silence Russian media. All the while, US-led NATO forces, entering a backdoor into Eastern Europe that was cracked wide open with the crowbar of anti-Russis scare tactics, have set up permanent camps on Russia's very doorstep.  

One nothing burger, please, hold the hysteria

Despite the non-stop media histrionics, not a shred of evidence has been produced to show that Russia "hacked" the 2016 US presidential election. Thus, in order to save face and keep the anti-Russia ball bouncing, the torch-carrying inquisition has turned its attention on the social media giants, most notably Facebook and Twitter, to come up with the goods on Russia.  
Prior to a public hearing scheduled for Nov. 1 before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook released the following soggy statement by Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer: "In this latest review, we... looked for ads that might have originated in Russia — even those with very weak signals of a connection and not associated with any known organized effort. This was a broad search, including, for instance, ads bought from accounts with US IP addresses but with the language set to Russian — even though they didn’t necessarily violate any policy or law. In this part of our review, we found approximately $50,000 in potentially politically related ad spending on roughly 2,200 ads." 
Just listen to that serial string of uncertainties: "might have, very weak, didn't necessarily violate, approximately, potentially, roughly..."
In other words, US politicians are on a wild goose chase, and this becomes clearer when we see exactly what that $50,000 actually bought - not much. As Facebook admits, “44% of total ad impressions [number of times ads were displayed] were before the US election on November 8, 2016; 56% were after the election.”   
Meanwhile, over “25% of the ads were never shown to anyone.” 
Republican Senator Richard Burr, chairman of Senate Intelligence, who understands perfectly well that his political career hangs in the balance over this anti-Russia campaign, called for the November hearing because he was "unhappy"with what the masters of the social media universe had provided so far, which was, in essence, nothing. A nothing burger.
"What I am interested in is what all the social media platforms know about activities on their platforms specifically funded by Russians, and I believe that that's something that is worthy of an open hearing," Burr told CNN, the very channel whose own correspondents were caught admitting that the Russian hacking story was pure ratings-chasing nonsense. 
Burr and Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, declined to provide further details on their findings, suggesting once again that the investigation has turned up empty-handed.
Daniel Faraci, a political analyst and director of Grassroots Political Consultants LLC, told RT that “any alternative news media coming from international sources … [and even] bloggers and social media” face similar pressure from the US authorities. 
He also said that Washington’s goal is “shutting [down] the voices of anything that is not MSM.” For anybody following recent moves by the titans of tech, the sultans of search, that news is not surprising.
While the Senate Intelligence Committee continues to waste precious political time and money, President Donald Trump asked the bipartisan group to investigate the media, which sounds like a sound idea all things considered.
“Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” Trump tweeted Thursday.
Speaking of Twitter, that social media company also had very little to tell the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was shown at the hearing that RT, RT America and RT en Español spent $274,100 for 1,823 US ads for their respective Twitter accounts that “definitely or potentially targeted the US market." Yet isn't that exactly the purpose behind commercial advertising, of course, to target a particular consumer market, a capitalistic idea that seems strangely lost on US investigators?
Margarita Simonyan, the RT Editor-in-Chief, remarked that "similar campaigns are conducted by the American media in the Russian segment of Twitter. It’ll be very interesting to find out how much they spend on it, who they target and for what purpose.” 
At this point, a lot of Americans must be wondering, at the very least, why their tax-supported representatives on Capitol Hill are wasting so much time and energy trying to smear Russia when over a year of mudslinging has still failed to produce the desired results. At the same time, Russian expatriates who have settled in America must also be slightly confused and perhaps even slightly worried at this juncture. Indeed, if Russian diplomats can be treated in such a coarse, disrespectful manner, what about the average person?
Indeed, would anybody be surprised if those Russians now living in America - a number estimated to be in the millions - wake up one sunny day and find themselves forced to wear special tags in public, identifying themselves as "foreign agents" from that far away, suspicious country that the mendacious media and unthinking think-tanks have argued for so long is the root of all earthly evil? 
I write that only partially in jest, because clearly the wave of Russophobia that has settled upon Washington like an impenetrable fog will not lift anytime soon. At least not while Donald Trump - the ultimate bugbear of the NeoConLiberals, the hawkish clan that would go so far as to sabotage US-Russian relations to invalidate his presidency - remains in power, disturbing the swamp creatures. 

@Robert_Bridge
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.





Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The General Secretary of the South African Communist Party and Minister of Higher Education and Training visits Cyprus

AKEL C.C. Press Office, 21st September 2017, Nicosia
The General Secretary of the C.C. of South African Communist Party and Minister of Higher Education and Training of the country Blade Nzimande arrives in Cyprus today at the invitation of AKEL. Dr. Nzimande will be one of the keynote speakers at the International Symposium “The Left in the 21st Century” organized by AKEL and the “Prometheus” Research Institute on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution to be held on 22-23rd September.
The General Secretary of the C.C. of South African Communist Party and Minister will have meetings with the General Secretary of the C.C. of AKEL and numerous Party cadres, as well as with the President of the House of Representatives Mr. Dimitris Syllouris, the Cypriot Minister of Education Mr. Kostas Kadis, with the University of Cyprus and the Technological University of Cyprus.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On Threat to North Korea


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
 The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the US threat to exterminate Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). President Donald Trump thundered, in his address to the UN General Assembly, that he would “totally destroy” North Korea. USA is the only country in the world that had used atomic weapons to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This designed destruction by the USA, killing and agonizing hundreds of thousands of people, was executed after Hitler’s fascist army surrendered ending World War II.  USA embarked on this destruction not to end World Ward-II but to start the ‘Cold War’ to establish its global hegemony. Post World War–II the USA, militarily intervened in Korea under its Slogan of “global war against Communism”. During the Korean War, the USA bombed various North Korean cities causing deaths of tens of thousands of civilians. USA ensured the division of the Korean Peninsula.

Donald Trump heaped invectives against Iran and Venezuela using phrases like “loser terrorist” and “murderous regime” etc.  He is, thus, defining USA’s new “axis of evil”

The USA, given its track record, has no right to issue such threats. This is an open threat to the sovereignty of independent countries. This cannot be accepted and must be rejected.

The solution to the issues posed by North Korea should be resolved by the group of six comprising – USA, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and North Korea by holding talks.

(Hari Singh Kang)
For Central Committee Office

Monday, September 18, 2017

Statement by Charis Polycarpou, Head of the Economic Research Bureau of the C.C.

AKEL C.C. Press Office, 14th September 2017, Nicosia

The Ministerial Cabinet yesterday approved the State Budget for 2018. We shall of course study the budget once it has been submitted to the House of Representatives so as to form a complete picture. However, apart from the expenditures and revenues it includes, what is equally important is what will ultimately be implemented. Unfortunately, experience so far has demonstrated that the Government is generous in making pledges, but very poor in its performance. For the first seven months of 2017, the implementation of state budget stood just at 29%.
Even more so given that the government’s economic philosophy, despite the increases the expenditures and revenues, will not change. The government is dogmatically obsessed with policies promoting the selling off of public wealth and property, dismantling the welfare state and making Cyprus head the table on income inequality.
The Finance Minister may say he “understands the opposition’s difficulty in identifying existing problems in the economy” but even the European Commission itself has no difficulty in identifying these problems. In its latest report on the Cyprus economy the Commission notes the very high rates of unemployment, in particular with regards long-term unemployment, the high rate of underemployed workers and the deterioration of working conditions during the crisis.
Instead of the Finance Minister delivering lessons to the opposition, it would be preferable if he were to focus on solving the existing problems of the economy and society.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Raul Castro: A call to our combative people


 
HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 12 (ACN) Cuban President Army General Raul Castro sent a message to the Cuban people after the passing of  Hurricane Iram through the northern coast of Cuba, which left 10 dead people and billions of dollars in damages on its wake.
 
Cuban News Agency reproduces the full text of the message:
 
 
Hurricane Irma, with its destructive power, battered our island for 72 hours, beginning the morning of September 8 until this Sunday afternoon. With winds that surpassed 250 kilometers per hour on occasion, it crossed the north of the country from Baracoa - hit hard by another phenomenon of this type almost a year ago - to the outskirts of Cárdenas. However, given its immense size, practically no province was spared its effects.
 
Described by experts as the largest ever to form in the Atlantic, this meteorological phenomenon caused severe damage to the country, which, precisely because of its scope, has yet to be quantified. A preliminary view shows evidence of an impact on housing, the electrical system, and agriculture.
 
It also struck some of our principal tourist destinations, but damage will be repaired before the beginning of the high season. We have on hand for this the human resources and materials needed, given that this constitutes one of the principal sources of income in the national economy.
 
These have been difficult days for our people, who, in a few hours time, have seen what was constructed with great effort hit by a devastating hurricane. Images from the last few hours speak for themselves, as does the spirit of resistance and victory of our people that is regenerated with every adversity.
 
In these difficult circumstances, the unity of Cubans has prevailed, the solidarity among neighbors, discipline in response to instructions issued by the National Civil Defense General Staff and Defense Councils at all levels, the professionalism of specialists at the Institute of Meteorology, the immediacy of our communications media and its journalists, the support of mass organizations, as well as the cohesion of National Defense Council leadership bodies. Special mention for all of our women, including leaders of the Party and government, who with aplomb and maturity provided leadership and confronted the difficult situation.
 
The days that are coming will be ones of much work, during which the strength and indestructible confidence in the Revolution of Cubans will again be demonstrated. This is not a time to mourn, but to construct again that which the winds of Irma attempted to destroy.
 
With organization, discipline, and the coordination of all our structures, we will move forward as we have done on previous occasions. No one should be fooled; the task we have before us is huge, but with a people like ours, we will win the most important battle: recovery.
 
At this critical moment, the Cuban Workers’ Federation and the National Association of Small Farmers, along with all other mass organizations, must redouble efforts to eliminate as quickly as possible the trail left by this destructive event.
 
One principle remains immovable: the Revolution will leave no one unprotected and measures are already being adopted to ensure that no Cuban family is left to their fate.
 
As has been customary every time a meteorological phenomenon has struck us, there have been many expressions of solidarity received from all parts of the world. Heads of state and government, political organizations, and friends in solidarity organizations have expressed the desire to help us, who we thank in the name of more than eleven million Cuban men and women.
 
We face the recovery with the example of Comandante en Jefe de la Revolución Cubana, Fidel Castro Ruz, who, with his unwavering confidence in victory and iron will, taught us that nothing is impossible. In these difficult hours, his legacy makes us strong and unites us.
 
Raúl Castro Ruz
 
Havana, September 10, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Statement on the dangerous developments in the Korean Peninsular


The Press Office of the CC of the KKE in its 
statement on the dangerous developments
 in the Korean Peninsular mentions that:

"The KKE expresses its intense concern about the
 dangerous situation in the Korean Peninsular. 
The developments reflect the escalation of the
 economic and military competition and 
inter-imperialist contradictions in the entire 
Asia and Pacific region between powerful 
capitalist states and business interests, 
at an international and regional level. It is 
not the result of choices of the allegedly "crazy"
 leaders of the USA and North Korea, as is being 
deliberately cultivated by the mass media in order 
to conceal the real causes of the confrontation.

These antagonisms between the USA, Japan, China, Russia  etc. are related in particular to the new division of the 
markets, the exploitation of the energy resources, which are to be found in regions such as the Korean Peninsular, the South 
and East China Sea, the Arctic and elsewhere. All this results in the constant intensification of the dangerous arms race and 
even the possibility of a military conflict. The USA is also paving the way for the increase of the sales of modern armaments 
to Japan and South Korea, while maintaining powerful military forces (28,000 troops) and military hardware in their bases 
in South Korea. It is constantly conducting major military exercises with provocative scenarios for the invasion of North Korea.
It is no accident that from the very first moment, the new US administration of Trump, together with the goal of 
renegotiating large scale economic agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), turned its attention to this 
specific region, which is in the under-belly of China and Russia and is considered by China to be a region vital to its interests, as 
well as other regions of Asia that are on the "Silk Route".All the above, together 
with USA's large trade deficits in relation to China, influence the formation of an 
aggressive political line in order to defend the US monopolies.
The USA is in the dominant position among the capitalist states with a nuclear arsenal, which it has already used, 
while it is characteristic that very recently the USA, Britain and France absented themselves from
 negotiations for the signing of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, with the excuse that this is not compatible 
with the realities of the international security 
environment. At the same time, NATO is talking openly at its summits about the possibility of using nuclear weapons. 
Consequently, the USA's entreaties about the nuclear programme of North Korea are enormously hypocritical and serve as an 
alibi, the moment when the USA and other capitalist states, like Britain, France, Pakistan, India etc possess nuclear weapons.
The USA invokes the nuclear threat from both North Korea and Iran in order to install its so-called "anti-missile shield" 
both in the Pacific and in Europe, while in collaboration with the EU it follows the path of overthrowing or supporting 
governments in line with its own interests and imposes sanctions that target the peoples. In addition, it is once again 
reinforcing its military presence in Afghanistan, with its attention turned towards China and also Russia. The same is also true 
regarding the concentration of NATO troops in the Baltic.
On its part, Russia is taking a position against these plans, which objectively serve the aim of impeding a possible 
response by Russia, in the instance when the USA and NATO alliance attempt a "first nuclear strike".
The USA is utilizing the stance of North Korea to develop its own nuclear programme, to promote its geostrategic interests in 
the region and more generally. However, the brutal crime the USA committed 72 years ago, with the nuclear destruction in 
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the long-term consequences of this crime, demonstrate that the solution is not to be 
found in the development of nuclear weapons. It is no accident the first workers' state in the world, the USSR, had abandoned 
the first nuclear strike and played a leading role for a world without nuclear weapons.
The exacerbation of the situation in the Korean Peninsular will not change or reduce the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean 
and the Middle East. This is not only because the consequences of a possible military clash, with the use of nuclear weapons 
indeed, will be global, but because in the final analysis we are talking about fragile inter-imperialist "balances" and a 
geopolitical "domino set" that is unfolding on an international level, from the Baltic, Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean to 
Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
This is not the first time the USA has focused on this region. It played the leading role in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, 
which led to over half a million dead and to the dismemberment of the country. In any case, it should not be forgotten that 
Greece sent troops to participate in the imperialist military intervention in Korea, with over 180 Greeks being killed and 600 
wounded. This was the choice of the Greek bourgeois class and its representatives.
The Greek government, with the support of the official opposition and the other bourgeois parties, is undertaking 
enormous responsibilities, as it participates in and agrees with the decisions and dangerous plans of NATO, serving the 
interests of the local bourgeois class, as all the bourgeois governments have done up until today. It places enormous 
emphasis on the role of Greece in the framework of the alliance, in the name of the country's "geostrategic enhancement".It 
has just recently agreed to expand the base at Souda and other military bases and infrastructure for the operations of the 
USA, NATO and the EU. It continues Greece's contribution to the enormous NATO budget and integrates the armed forces 
even more deeply into the imperialist plans, intensifying the competition with Turkey.
Various mass media, as well as politicians, utilize the situation around the nuclear issue related to North Korea, not only 
slandering the struggle of the peoples for a world without the exploitation of man by man as a whole, but also in order to 
prepare the ground so that our people accept a military intervention by the USA and NATO in North Korea, under the 
pretexts of "restoring democracy" and "dealing with weapons of mass destruction", which were also utilized in other 
imperialist interventions, such as in Iraq. The KKE supports the position that it is exclusively a matter for the people of each 
country to decide on the economic, social and political regime they will have, and also whether they will change it, through 
their own organization and struggle.
The developments impose vigilance, the intensification of internationalist solidarity and the strengthening of the struggle 
against the imperialist interventions and wars, against nuclear weapons. This struggle is integrally linked to the struggle for 
bread and wages, against capital and its governments, whatever shade of bourgeois government they may be. 
It is linked to the struggle against the imperialist unions, like NATO, the EU, as well as against others in Asia 
and elsewhere, against the capitalist system of exploitation and the power of capital, which, as history has shown, 
does not hesitate to commit all kinds of crimes against the peoples in order to overcome the sharpening 
contradictions and major problems, in order to achieve its goals and to safeguard its dominance."

12.09.2017