Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The uprising of our people did not start last month and made enormous sacrifices in pursuit of partial solutions or cosmetic reforms, but directly raised the goal of salvation from the existing system of governance, the power-sharing quota policy in all its forms and the rampant corruption. It has clearly declared that the time for comprehensive change has come, and that it is necessary to launch a new phase in the country's march and open up the way for the establishment of a state based on citizenship, true democracy and social justice.
After all the deliberate killings and the bloodshed in an unprecedented brutal and horrific manner, with hundreds of peaceful protesters and security forces injured, and campaigns of detention, kidnapping and forced ‘disappearance’, and after the support for the valiant people's uprising from various popular and social sections, as well as professional, trade union and religious organisations .. After all this, the peaceful protesters are adamant that there will be no return to what had existed prior to 1st October 2019.
We stress that any procrastination or delay by the Government, the Parliament and dominant ruling forces in complying with the demand for real change, will only inflict harm on our people and our country.
While noting that the Uprising, which is effectively an unparalleled popular referendum, has entered its 45th day with great momentum and vigour, and with great determination to achieve its objectives, we reiterate support for it by all peaceful means, and reaffirm the demands we already made:
- The resignation or dismissal of the existing government in accordance with constitutional procedures. There should be no more excuses given in order to cling to power.
- To start the formation of a new government composed of competent, impartial and national figures who are known for integrity. This government should have exceptional powers and be formed away from the abhorrent quota system and corruption and in accordance with the Constitution. Its term should not exceed the period necessary to prepare the requirements for transition, and in all cases not more than six months.
- The President of the Republic, in accordance with the Constitution, shall immediately take the necessary steps to select the Prime Minister, on the basis of criteria of patriotism, competence, integrity, independence and decision-making ability away from regional tendency, political sectarianism and narrow partisanship.
- The principal functions of the new Government should be:
A- To accomplish the immediate and urgent steps to secure the people's livelihood and satisfy their urgent needs, and implement the economic and social demands of the participants in the Uprising.
B- To bring just retribution to those who committed the crimes of killing the demonstrators and those who issued orders to them. To release all the ‘disappeared’, the detainees and the kidnapped, and to stop the campaigns of pusuing and harassing other participants in the Uprising.
C- To act on the cases of corruption, starting with the worst cases, to bring the corrupt to justice and recover the looted money.
D- To prepare for early elections provided that it is preceded by:
- Legislating a new democratic and fair electoral law, which enshrines the principle of citizenship, expands representation and convinces citizens about the importance of elections and participation in them. This law must not be formulated to please the ruling blocs.
- Amending the Political Parties Law to ensure a healthy democratic political life, and to effectively implement the provisions that do not allow having armed wings. Transparency regarding the financial resources of the parties must be ensured.
- Electing a new High Electoral Commission, which is truly independent, composed of qualified individuals from outside political parties and blocs, and is supervised by the judiciary.
- Ensuring effective international supervision.
Upon completion of the above tasks and legislations, the Parliament must dissolve itself. The Government would then be a caretaker government. The constitutional amendments that need to be made will then be one of the first tasks of the new elected Parliament.
E- To restrict the possession of weapons by the State.
F- To preserve the sovereignty of the Iraqi state, ensure the independence of national decision-making and prevent external interference in its affairs.
Let us work diligently to sustain the momentum of the peaceful Uprising until its objectives, the goals of the people, have been fully realized.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
The Communication Workers' Union says the judgment is a ‘genuine outrage’
|The Royal Courts of Justice|
LABOUR became the first major political party to pledge support for Living Rent’s campaign against evictions caused by universal credit tonight.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
CPA International Department
The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the US-backed right-wing military coup against the democratically elected President of the Pluri-national Republic of Bolivia, Evo Morales. We note that the anti-patriotic forces involved in the coup d’état in Bolivia were backed by foreign interests and preparations for it began well before the presidential elections held on 20th October.
The CPA expresses its solidarity with President Evo Morales, his family, his government and supporters as well as the Communist Party of Bolivia who are now victims of fascist like repression inside Bolivia.
The CPA also expresses its solidarity with Cuba, Venezuela and China whose diplomatic missions have been victims of attacks and were given 48 hours to leave Bolivia.
Who benefits from the coup d’état? The mining conglomerates whose interests were nationalised and put in the service of the once abandoned Bolivian people.
Many of the supporters of President Evo Morales are indigenous people who have resisted for more than 500 years oppression and institutionalised racism.
President Morales and his Movement towards Socialism (MAS) managed over almost 14 years in government to transform the economy of the country, creating thousands of jobs, providing education and health and opening the possibility of a new Bolivia for all.
President Evo Morales’ latest project was to nationalise and put into the service of the people the vast reserves of lithium and other national resources, infuriating the mining conglomerates who are hungry for private profits. These highly valued minerals are used in batteries to power new hi-tech cars and smartphones. He aimed to improve the manufacturing sector of his country rather than just extracting raw materials.
It is clear that the coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho, whose family has links with the mining sector, would not allow another electoral victory of President Morales. The coup leaders have sold their country out to foreign interests by refusing to recognise the will of the people in the recent presidential elections.
The Communist Party of Australia views with concern recent events in Latin America, with right-wing forces backed by US interests and supported by the Organisation of American States aiming to remove progressive governments and so heralding a return to the worst years of military-backed governments.
The attack on progressive governments in the region is an attack on workers and the popular strata. It raises big questions about the right to win government and the struggle for political power capable of working in the interest of the people.
We call on the Australian government to reject the coup d’état against Evo Morales and for the re-establishment of the democratic process as expressed by the Bolivian people on 20th October 2019.
Long live working-class internationalism!
International Department, CPA
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
AKEL C.C. Press Office, 11 November 2019, Nicosia
AKEL condemns the new coup d’état underway in Latin America – this time in Bolivia – with the blessings of the US, as well as the direct intervention of the Organization of American States in the country’s internal affairs. The conservative opposition and the far-right of he country, together with police and military divisions, are turning against the democratically-elected government of Evo Morales, who in the face of a wave of violence, kidnappings and looting that has been launched, has opted to resign in order to avoid further bloodshed.
Monday, October 28, 2019
22-year-old Austrian Jew Edmond Sichrovsky says family's horrific past inspired activism
|Israeli border police secure a road leading to a newly established Israeli settlers outpost, seen in the background, during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Tormusayya, northeast of Ramallah|