Saturday, June 29, 2019

AKEL on the tragic consequences of US and EU immigration policy

AKEL C.C. Press Office, 27 June 2019, Nicosia
The shocking photo of the father and daughter from El Salvador who drowned in their attempt to cross to the US to seek asylum reminds us in a tragic way the human cost caused by the American Trump government’s draconian anti-immigration policies. It also reminds us of what the xenophobic policy of the US means in practice which has indeed refused to sign the UN Pact on Immigration and followed by EU states such as Hungary, Italy, Austria and Poland. It also compares with “Fortress Europe” which was built with deliberate policies of the EU, at the doorstep of which thousands of refugees from the Middle East and impoverished peoples from Africa are drowning in the sea. It’s therefore not enough for one to be shocked and saddened by the ongoing tragedy, as long as the policies that provoke it are not opposed and resisted.
In any case, let’s not forget, however, that the same racist logic is hiding behind all those in our country too who consider the refugees from wars as representing a “cultural danger”, but who of course on the other welcome foreign rich Tycoons spending millions of Euros to buy Cypriot citizenship as a “blessing for the economy”.
So long as millions of people are victims of wars, poverty, exploitation and now climate change, they will continue to risk their lives by seeking refuge and searching for a better life for them and their children. Neither Trump’s walls, nor the EU’s border army can stop this desperation, but will only make it worse and cause additional new human tragedies.
In today’s world, the stand towards migrants and refugees prove to be a measure of the humane treatment and attitude shown by governments, organizations, peoples and citizens.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Tudeh Party of Iran, The urgency of mobilising public opinion in Iran and the world to thwart another horrific war in the region

Statement of the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran

The published news in recent days indicate that our nation is on the verge of a very dangerous military conflict with the Trump administration. Following the shooting down of the US surveillance drone on 19 June - a drone that according to the published reports had entered Iran’s air space - news outlets around the world reported that an attack by US military forces against Iran was called off at the last minute on Trump’s orders. Confirming this information, Trump emphasised in an interview with NBC TV station on 22 June, “I am not looking for war, and if there is, it will be obliteration like you’ve never seen before.”
Furthermore, it was reported that, on the orders of Trump, a broad cyber-attack was launched on Thursday 20 June against weapons systems of Iran’s Guards Corps (IRGC) with the purpose of disablingthe computer systems controlling IRGC rocket and missile launchers. Furthermore, Trump announced that the US is set to impose further sanctions on Iran,and tweeted on Saturday 22 June, “I never called the strike against Iran ‘Back’, as people are incorrectly reporting. I just stopped it from going forward at this time.”
The escalation of tensions following the attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the imperialist media’s accusationsthat Iran perpetrated the attack, as well as the stance taken at the summit of the Islamic States (held in Saudi Arabia) against Iran, leaves no doubt that the regional reaction led by the medieval regime of Saudi Arabia and the racist government of Israel, along with influential individuals in charge of formulating the foreign policy of the Trump administration, including Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, are preparing the ground to impose a dangerous military conflict on our country and the wider region.
On 22 June, Trump claimed that his goal is to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and that he is willing to talk to Iran’s leaders. When considering this current position of Trump, it is worth noting that it was the Trump administration that through withdrawing from the JCPOA (despite the opposition of the EU states and the governments of  Russia and China that were the other signatories of this agreement) and imposing the harshest economic sanctions on Iran to date in order to advance regime change, laid the ground for the current precarious situation in the region.
In recent months, the Tudeh Party of Iran, while warning about the grave danger that threatens peace in the Persian Gulf region, has stressed that the regional disputes must be resolved solely through a reduction in tensions, d├ętente and via negotiations. Clearly, and contrary to all the claims of the leaders of the Iranian regime, the inhumane economic sanctions imposed by the US imperialism have created a very difficult condition in our country for millions of Iranians and pose serious challenges to the economic viability of the regime. The inability of the EU states to create a functional instrument to circumvent the US economic sanctions on Iran and the inability of Iran to sell its oil,with exports reduced from 2.8 million b/day to 700,000 b/day, has exacerbated the current economic hardships that are the result of the regime’s decades-long pursuit of neoliberal policies in favor of the interests of grand capital in Iran.
Obviously, the current situation is unsustainable for long and the leaders of the Iranian regime, knowing that this grim situation cannot be drawn out, are counter threatening the US and Europe that they will fully withdraw from JCPOA, accelerate uranium enrichment, and further inflame the tensions in the region.
Such threats as, “If Iran cannot export oil, naturally it will not just sit and watch while others continue to do so. If we cannot export, then others will not be able to either. The options, choices, and possibilities open to Iran are numerous. It is not just the Strait of Hormuz. There is not only one solution.” (Quoted from Mr. Araqchi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in talking to Al-Alam news network about the Europe’s proposed package to save the JCPOA) not only will fail to reduce the tension in the region, but will also provide a pretext to the US imperialism and the reactionary states in the region to pursue their objectives and to intensify imperialist military interventions there. In recent days, the Unites States and its allies have been mulling over dispatching more troops to the region in order to protect the oil pipelines in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. Such interventionist actions could certainly raise the tensions and lead to sparks that ignite the gunpowder keg that sits in the region.
No progressive nationalist, patriotic, and freedom-loving force can support the resumption of the current tensions norbe in favour ofa military strike on Iran. History shows that the working people, both urban and rural, would be the first and foremost victims of any war and military conflict. In addition, the continuation of the current tensions and the development of “wartime conditions” inside Iran would present the ideal opportunity for the regime to intensify suppression and tyranny[as it did before during the devastating Imposed War with neighbouring Iraq].
The Tudeh Party of Iran, like all freedom-loving and patriotic forces of the nation, adamantly opposes the interference of imperialist states and the regional reaction in Iran to orchestrate “regime change”.
Deposing of the despotic regime ruling Iran and establishing a people-oriented and democratic government that would safeguard the freedom and sovereignty of Iran, and end to the current oppression and corruption as well as implement policies that bringabout social justice, is possible only through the struggle of the people of Iran and the freedom-loving and patriotic forces of the nation. The events in Iran’s contemporary history,including the 1953 coup,as well as other developments in the region- from the ousting of the nationalist government of Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt to the full military-political support for the corrupt, anti-people, and inhumane regime of Saudi Arabia as the closest ally of the United States - all show that the typical favourite regimes of imperialism and its allies are dictatorial and dependent regimes that have nothing to do at all with the wishes and demands of the people of Iran and the patriotic and freedom-loving forces of the nation.
The struggle to reduce tensions and mobilising a strong movement in support of peace in the region and globally, in order to prevent any and all dangerous military conflicts, is an immediate task that must be pursued with full resolve. The warmongers in the US administration as well as the reactionary and anti-people governments in the region, including the theocratic regime in Iran,should not be allowed to once again impose another disastrous war on our region. Let us move forward together hand-in –hand, with the slogan “No to anti-human Sanctions, No to War, and No to Dictatorship”,to pave the way to preserve peace in the region and thus establishfavourable conditions to intensify the struggle to dispose of the theocratic regime of Iran.

The Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran
Sunday 23June 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019


The Communist Party of Britain has warned that the danger of a military strike against Iran and a new war in the Middle East has not disappeared. In a statement issued today (Sunday, June 23), General Secretary Robert Griffiths said:
  'The US and British military build-up in the region is real and escalating, replicating what happened before the disastrous bombing and invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.
  Until President Trump aborted the mission on Thursday night, the US military was about to launch air strikes to kill - by its own admission - at least 150 Iranian citizens, in retaliation for the loss of an unmanned US drone that was almost certainly violating Iranian airspace. 
  'The pretext for Western aggression is the attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, for which the US and British governments hold Iran responsible on the flimsiest of evidence.
'There is no rational explanation for why the Iranian regime would attack a Japanese cargo ship and two boatloads of Iranian exports bound for Japan at the very time that Japan's Prime Minister is visiting Tehran to mediate between the Iranian and US governments. 
  'This crisis was provoked by the decision of US President Trump to withdraw unilaterally from the UN-backed "P5+1" deal with the USA, Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China whereby Iran drastically curtailed its nuclear programme so that it can only be used for civilian purposes. Since that withdrawal, US state power has imposed a wide range of vicious economic and financial sanctions which have devastated the Iranian economy and condemned millions of workers and their families to unemployment, poverty and hunger. 
  'The real motive for escalating this issue into a military confrontation is that powerful forces in the US political-military-industrial complex see Iran as a barrier to US domination of the strategically important greater Middle East region.
  'The Iranian regime is accused of 'meddling' in the affairs of various Middle East countries by Western powers whose bombings and occupations have turned the region into a killing field, where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions more have fled their homes.
  'The US and British war criminals who caused this bloodshed have yet to be brought to trial. Likewise, their allies in Israel and Saudi Arabia have yet to face justice for their barbarous attacks on the peoples of Palestine and Yemen, respectively.
  'A military attack on Iran will plunge the region deeper into bloodshed and set back the struggle for democracy and social justice in that country by enabling the reactionary, theocratic regime in Tehran to pose as the defenders of national sovereignty.
  'Western military intervention in the Middle East must end. Britain must cease playing 'Little Mr Echo' to every US President, trumpeting the same crude propaganda before following the US military into its murderous adventures. 
  'This latest crisis also underlines the need for a left-led Labour government that will break from the US-NATO-EU alliance to pursue a genuinely independent foreign policy based on social justice and solidarity between the world's peoples'. 
  Britain's Communists have signed a joint statement with scores of other Communist and workers' parties condemning Western sanctions and threats of war against Iran, including the Tudeh Party of Iran and parties from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, France, Russia, Turkey, India and South Africa.  

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Statement of the Central Committee of AKEL on the funeral of Demetris Christofias

The Central Committee of AKEL declares mourning up to Tuesday, the day of the funeral of comrade Dimitris Christofias.  The funeral will be held at public expense, at 17:00 at the “Tis Tou Theou Sofias” Church in Strovolos. The burial will subsequently take place at the cemetery of Makedonitissa.  The service will be led by the Bishop of Kykkos Nikiforos.  The General Secretary of the Central Committee of AKEL, Andros Kyprianou, will deliver the funeral eulogy on behalf of the Popular Movement.
The body of Dimitris Christofias will be lying in state for a final farewell from the people on Tuesday from 09:00 to 15:00 at the Pancyprian Federation of Labour – PEO central offices in Nicosia.  From 16:00 to 17:00 the family will receive condolences at the Church from the political leaders and institutions of Cyprus, public officials, political figures from abroad as well as the diplomatic corps accredited to Cyprus.
Instead of wreaths contributions will be made to the Popular Solidarity Network and the Association of Fraternal Support.
Flags will be flying at half-mast at all the offices of AKEL and the buildings of the Popular Movement up to the day of the funeral. All events organised by the Party and the Popular Movement are postponed.  The cadres of AKEL will not be participating in political public debates during these days and the House of Representatives will be requested to suspend its meetings.  A photograph of Dimitris Christofias will be placed in the office of the General Secretary of the CC AKEL, as well as in the offices of all the District Committees of AKEL.
As of Monday a book of condolences will be opened at the offices of the Central Committee of AKEL and all the Party District Committees.  The book of condolences will be at the disposal of the public from Monday 09:00 to 18:00 and on Tuesday from 09:00 to 12:00.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Deep grief for the passing away of Dimitris Christofias

It is with deep grief that the Central Committee of AKEL announces the passing away of Dimitris Christofias, former President of the Republic of Cyprus and former General Secretary of the Central Committee of AKEL. Dimitris Christofias was for some time treated in the Nicosia General Hospital his health being in a severe condition.
At this time the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Party is convening to decide in agreement with the family the details of the funeral.
The Central Committee of AKEL expresses deep condolences to his wife, comrade Elsie, and his whole family.