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

Monday, September 11, 2017

Life After the USSR: Buying the Dream, Living the Nightmare

By: Eric Draitser


The reality of life in post-Soviet Eastern Europe is not at all what was promised. Standing in front of the Berlin Wall in June 1987, then President Reagan famously proclaimed:
"There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace … General Gorbachev, if you seek peace - if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe - if you seek liberalization: come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
Despite the neo-liberal talking points about “freedom,” “democracy,” and “peace,” the reality of life in post-Soviet Eastern Europe is not at all what was promised. Consider the abstractions employed by people like Reagan who framed the end of the Soviet Union as an event that would usher in “peace” and “prosperity.” And then consider the fact that neither peace nor prosperity has come to fruition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet bloc.
From the perspective of war and peace, no one could say that the post-1991 period has been particularly peaceful, especially when compared to the relative stability of the Cold War era. The United States has rapidly expanded NATO right to the doorstep of Russia, having subsumed most of the former Soviet Republics of Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, as well as Poland and Georgia. In that time, NATO has waged multiple vicious wars in the Balkans, including the criminal bombing of Yugoslavia which itself accounted for numerous war crimes, as concluded by Amnesty Internationalat the time.
NATO has further attempted to pull both Belarus and Ukraine into its orbit, with the former remaining non-aligned, and the latter now in the throes of an ongoing civil war which is the direct product of a U.S.-backed coup against the Russia-allied former government of Viktor Yanukovich. The U.S.-backed neocon-aligned government of Mikhail Saakashvili in Georgia is responsible for waging the unprovoked 2008 war with Russia over the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, a war that undeniably was started by NATO partner Georgia. As an EU-commissioned independent report concluded in 2009, “An investigation into last year’s Russia-Georgia war delivered a damning indictment of President Mikheil Saakashvili today, accusing Tbilisi of launching an indiscriminate artillery barrage on the city of Tskhinvali that started the war.”
Aside from wars in Europe, Western hegemony has also brought death and destruction to the Middle East and Africa, resulting in an exodus of refugees who are now being scapegoated by economically devastated countries in Southern and Eastern Europe. And while one might understand the socioeconomic factors leading to an anti-refugee backlash, it is unmistakable that the phenomenon is more a product of U.S.-NATO war-making than anything else.
And, of course, the most significant driver of public opinion is the standard of living or quality of life. Embedded in this abstract indicator is everything from employment opportunities, relative purchasing power, access to health care and education, and much more. Seen in this way, much of Eastern Europe longs for the halcyon days of the Soviet Union and communism, not because they were without problems – far from it, in fact – but because the kinds of problems people faced were markedly different from the ones they face today.
According to a comprehensive poll conducted by leading polling organization Gallup in 2013, “residents of [11 of the 15] former Soviet republics are more than twice as likely to say the breakup hurt (51 percent) than benefited their countries (24 percent).” Think about that statistic for a moment: twice as many residents of the former Soviet republics think the breakup of the Soviet Union did more harm than good. That is a rather devastating indictment of the supposed era of freedom and prosperity that the likes of Reagan & Co. promised in the years leading up to the breakup.
And while many neoliberal apologists hold up the fact that younger generations are more positive about the future, this fact is something of a distortion as part of the reason for such feelings is the ability of young people to simply leave their home countries. As economists Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers concluded after studying the situation in Latvia:
“Neoliberal austerity has created demographic losses exceeding Stalin's deportations back in the 1940s (although without the latter's loss of life). As government cutbacks in education, healthcare and other basic social infrastructure threaten to undercut long-term development, young people are emigrating to better their lives rather than suffer in an economy without jobs. More than 12 percent of the overall population (and a much larger percentage of its labor force) now works abroad.”
In essence, the neoliberal policies of the EU-aligned former Soviet republics have created deep crises in nearly every aspect of social and economic life. From plummeting birth rates to an exploding orphaned population, the notion of a brighter future should certainly give any observer pause. Additionally, the post-Soviet period has given rise to a dangerous wave of ethnic politics in which the governments of these countries are often made up of the ethnic majority which is aligned to Brussels and the Washington Consensus, and which demonizes ethnic minorities, especially Russians.
In fact, economic decline and its inevitable effects on society have been seen in just about every former Soviet bloc country. In Romania for example, a country which joined the EU in 2007, “the most prosperous districts are dotted by dozens of unfinished building projects abandoned by bankrupt developers. And the small inner circle of prosperity is surrounded by areas of the city of 3 million that are little changed from the crumbling squalor of the Ceausescu era.”
And this is a country that received an IMF bailout akin to the albatross around Greece’s neck. Romania has experienced neoliberal-imposed austerity which has seen public sector wages slashed, a massive hike in sales tax, and the cutting of social services such as unemployment, maternity, and disability benefits. A similar picture exists in nearly every country in Southern Europe and Eastern Europe, as well as in Germany itself where millions long for the days of the GDR (East Germany) before countless German professionals and academics were left without jobs and without benefits.
Striking income inequality and inflamed ethnic tensions may have brought an American-style feeling to Eastern Europe, but it’s clearly not what most people want. Add to that the rise of far-right fascist parties capitalizing on the economic hardship and complete failure of the Left to challenge the neoliberal consensus, and it should be no surprise that today Eastern Europe faces a very dangerous historical moment, one which could have major implications for its long-term future.
And so, equally unsurprising is the fact that a significant portion of the people of the former Soviet republics look longingly at the days before the fall of the Soviet Union. They remember all the hardships, the lack of consumer goods, the police state, and more. But they equally remember the month-long summer vacations with family, the guaranteed employment and income, the free and universal health care and education, etc. These are the aspects of life under the Soviet Union that have been systematically erased by the narrative set forth by the West where capitalism reigns supreme and must remain unchallenged, as if it were the word of God himself.
But no, capitalism is not a cure-all for the ills of life. Western-style capitalism (neoliberalism) has imposed on the people of Eastern Europe a new kind of hardship in the years since the Soviet Union collapsed. No longer are consumer goods restricted by an imposing state apparatus, they are now available to all who can afford them; unfortunately for the vast majority of people, they can’t.
Instead, they must work more for less in hopes that their children won’t have to flee the country in search of better opportunities. Such is the reality of the American Dream in post-Soviet Europe.

J.V. Stalin returns to the pedestal thanks to the peoples’ memory

On August 30 this year, An initiative group of citizens, which includes the members of the AUCPB, the RKRP, our supporters and sympathizers, repeatedly applied to the mayor's office of the city of Novosibirsk with a statement about the location of the monument to Generalissimo J.V.Stalin.
After Stalin's death, monuments erected to him were demolished, and the name and deeds of the Leader were slandered. We demand the restoration of historical justice. The erection of Stalin on a pedestal in the centre of the largest metropolis of the country will put an end to the blackout of the memory of the Leader and of all our heroic Soviet era.
Today, Stalin's authority among the people is the highest and most popular among the last decades and among other outstanding statesmen not only in Russia.
We propose to put a monument to I.V. Stalin to the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which we celebrate in this year, 2017.
WE recall that the mayor's office refused to install the monument to J.V. Stalin in the Square of the Heroes of the Revolution.
Now we propose to put the monument in the centre of the city on the Red Avenue near the stand of the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War (on Sverdlov Square) or in the Novosibirsk Technical College. Pokryshkina (30, Stantsionnaya Street), where on 5 May the Patriot memorial and historical park was opened with busts of Zhukov, Rokossovsky and Talalikhin.
The territory of the Novosibirsk Pokryshkina Technical College as a place for the monument to Stalin was proposed by the mayor's office.
We believe that the best place is the square near the stela to the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War.

During the war in this place the Siberians gathered and went to the front.
Our new proposal should be considered by the mayor's office at a meeting of the artistic council within a month and a half.
The bust of J.V. Stalin has already been made by us (the author is a sculptor from Novosibirsk, Pavel Markov). We collected money for the monument from across the whole world. Money transfers are coming from all over Russia from Moscow and St. Petersburg (Leningrad) to Vladivostok, from Arkhangelsk to Sevastopol. To date we have collected more than 300 000 rubles.

Now we are raising funds for a granite pedestal.
A.V. Denisyuk



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Boyun Eğme! The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) celebrated its 97th anniversary

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a written statement on the 97th anniversary of its founding, said: "We are not asking for the impossible but the very possible. We lead the only possible way to remain human."

"TKP founded on 10 September 1920 in Baku. The resistance struggling the occupation in Anatolia met the young Soviet revolution at that city. That very day, the communists of Turkey gathered together in a single party and declared being the comrades from Turkey of the international struggle for a socialist World," the statement said. 

Underlined the fact that a proletarian revolution, a socialist order which will end the capitalist exploitation, TKP said: "Hence, now socialism is also a must for an independent and free country."

"97 years ago TKP was founded by those who had seen socialism as the future for humanity. After 97 years TKP says: Without socialism, there is no humanity. No liberty, no enlightenment, no justice, no equity, no fraternity. Socialism is not merely the emancipation of the labour. Socialism is now a matter of existence," the statement read. 

TKP once again announce to people of Turkey and the people of the world that the Socialist Turkey and Socialist World will found. 

"Salute to the bright future of Turkey and the World. Salute to the ones to join TKP's struggle. For many many years," the statement said. 

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) celebrated its 97th foundation anniversary last weekend in three metropolitan centers of Turkey, İzmir, Ankara and Istanbul

Source: soL international

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) members gathered together with its friends in the events held in three metropolitans. The events started with the singing of the anthem the International. Kemal Okuyan, the general secretary of TKP, and Aydemir Güler, central committee member of TKP, gave the speeches of the events in three cities. 

"WE HAVE GATHERED TO DECLARE OUR WILL TO UNDO THE HISTORICAL DISASTER"

During the events where thousands of people gathered, Kemal Okuyan, the general secretary of TKP, gave the first speech. Okuyan noted that neither of the republics coinciding with the foundation of TKP in 1920 exists anymore, the Soviet Republic and the Turkish Republic, and the Communist Party of Turkey feels ashamed for that.

There is the rule of the Russian oligarchy instead of the Soviet Republic; and the rule of imams instead of Turkish Republic, Okuyan commented. "Therefore, we have not gathered for a celebration today. We are here to declare our will to undo this historical disaster.", Okuyan noted.

Okuyan also said that it is impossible to create "more just, freer and more peaceful capitalism" and thus "the humanity will either be doomed to live in barbarity or fight for socialism and build a humanitarian society." Reminding other historical examples, Okuyan noted that in all cases where the people tried to "tame" capitalism, it got wilder.

"WE HAVE TO SURPASS HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS"
Aydemir Güler
Aydemir Güler, the central committee member of TKP, gave the second speech during the event. Güler said that neither Mustafa Suphi and his comrades, the founders of the historical TKP, were in a dream while founding the TKP 97 years ago, nor the members of TKP are in a dream today. Güler noted that the Communist Party of Turkey will get organised step by step and found the socialist republic in Turkey.

Güler pointed out that the capitalism can never go hand in hand with the enlightenment, and yet the liberals make a mistake in compromising with the bourgeoisie to defend enlightenment values. Güler also reminded that the popular discourse of supporting the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) against the threat of fascism in Turkey is nonsense because CHP is a bourgeois party and it cannot defend values of independence, freedom and secularism forever. The duty of the communists is to surpass historical developments and never come to terms with the bourgeois actors, Güler said.

The events concluded with the performance of music bands in all three cities and with the determination to build a stronger struggle for socialism in Turkey, which is not only necessary but also possible.

Friday, September 1, 2017

MARCHING FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE TO DC

Sparked by the events in Charlottesville a few weeks ago, a large coalition of clergy, individuals, and activists launched a 110+ mile march from Charlottesville to DC, to be followed by a sustained encampment and further actions in DC in the weeks ahead. The marchers are demanding the removal of officials who enable white supremacists, including President Trump, and the policies that embolden and protect them.
Jewish Voice for Peace is supporting the march and we're organizing a delegation of JVP members to join.
If you are planning to join the march or the DC action, please let us know by filling out this quick form here. You can join the march for just a day or two, or support the action in DC later in September. We'll connect you with other JVPers and support as best we can.
To get updates about the march, sign up to join, or to support with monetary or supply donations, head to their website at cville2dc.us.
You can also show your support in your community with a  “We Will Defend Each Other” T-shirt.  Sold at cost.

The equation of Communism with Nazism is unacceptable and provocative

The anticommunist conference-provocation of the Estonian Presidency of the EU is no bolt from the blue. Similar anti-communist events being organized in the framework of the so-called "European day of remembrance for the victims of totalitarian regimes", as the EU with enormous budgets is trying to establish the 23rd of August. This is an orchestrated campaign that aims to slander socialism, rewrite history, and to unacceptably and provocatively equate communism with the monster of fascism. I.e. equating Nazism with the forces that in historical terms smashed it.

A basic goal is to conceal the fact that fascism is a form of capital's power in specific conditions. In Germany, Nazism constituted the ideal form to support capital in the conditions of the military preparations for the conquest of new markets, in the conditions of a very deep capitalist crisis, of the rise of revolutionary ideas, of the increase of the prestige of the KPD and the USSR. It was supported politically and financially by sections of German capital, it identified with monopolies (Krupp, I.G.Farben, Siemens etc.), it collaborated with the colossi of the "democratic" capitalist states (General Motors, General Electric, ITT, Ford, IBM).
Nazism-fascism met its deadliest and most determined opponent in the socialist society of the USSR, which was established by the October Revolution 100 years ago. The 20 million dead Soviets was the bloody proof of this deadly confrontation between socialism and Nazism. The communists in every country were the most determined and combative anti-Nazi force, with the role of the KKE and EAM in our country being a characteristic example of this.
The  anti-communist campaign of the EU, of this capitalist union, goes hand in hand with the offensive against the workers'-people's rights and has been going on for many years.
The wretched anti-communist memorandum of the Council of Europe in 2005 lent impetus to these anti-historical efforts. However it did not gain the necessary majority in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that would have made the measures that accompanied it compulsory for the member-states.
Through the decisive contribution and mobilization of the KKE, it met with the broad and mass condemnation of the Greek people and other peoples of Europe, of trade unions and other mass organizations, of public figures. The then governments of Greece, Portugal and Cyprus expressed their intention not to support it. The majority of MPs, MEPs  of the Greek bourgeois parties stated their opposition.
There followed the anti-communist resolutions in the European Parliament in 2006 and particularly the resolution of April 2009 entitle "European consciousness and totalitarianism", it should be noted that no Greek MEP voted in favour of it.  There then followed other anti-communist proclamations and decisions of the EU.
Beyond the declarations and resolutions, practical anti-communist measures are being pushed forwards in a number of EU member-states (e.g. Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania) as well as in countries connected to it (e.g. Ukraine). We are referring specifically to the persecution, prosecution, and condemnation of communists, bans on the activities of the CPs, bans on communist symbols etc.
A self-evident consequence of the anti-communist campaign is the justification, prettification and exoneration of Nazism-fascism and its atrocities. In these countries, honours are bestowed on, pensions and privileges granted to the Nazi collaborators and their political descendants are being promoted.
This year, the EU generously financed the "House of European History" in order to promote its anti-historical anti-communist proselytizing while for years it has been organizing the anti-communist programme "Europe for citizens" in order to slander socialism, with the involvement of local municipalities, NGOs etc.
Several forces utilized the opportunity provided by the anti-communist fiesta in Estonia to rear their heads. Primitive and crude anti-communism, in which ND plays the leading role, followed by PASOK and POTAMI, together with of course Nazi Golden Dawn, copies all the propaganda with aim of slandering socialism, the USSR, with the aim of falsifying the history of the peoples.
The absence of the government from this year's anti-historical anti-communist fiestas in Estonia cannot conceal the fact that the forces of SYRIZA in the movement are propagandizing-overtly or covertly-the equation of Stalin with Hitler, are playing a leading role in anti-soviet and anti-communist propaganda, while they hide or distort the relationship between capitalism and fascism.
A characteristic example of the government's hypocrisy is that fact that a representative of the government has attended similar anti-communist events last year in Bratislava, something the KKE had denounced, while a few weeks ago, on July 15th, "Avgi" published a vulgar article propagandizing the equation between communism and fascism.
The people's experience proves that escalation of anticommunism is a precursor for new anti-people measures and restrictions on people's rights, a precursor for the launching of a new round of imperialist wars. The struggle for the abolition of the anti-communist persecution and bans, the struggle against anti-communism, for the satisfaction of the contemporary needs of the people and their rights, is integrally linked to the struggle for workers' power, for the working class and popular strata to be emancipated from the shackles of capitalist exploitation and the imperialist unions, for the peoples to become the owners of the wealth they produce.
Whatever they try to do, history is not going to be rewritten with blue, green or black letters. It has been written with the blood of the millions of militants and communists who fought Nazism-fascism. It is in the hands of the peoples today to join forces with the communists in order to consign capitalism, which creates poverty, wars, fascism-Nazism and its nostalgists,  to the dustbin of history.
(This article was first published in the “Efimerida ton Syntakton” newspaper, 22/08/2017)



Kostas Papadakis
Member of the CC and MEP of the KKE