The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), on behalf of its 97 million affiliated workers in 130 countries from all corners of the world, declares its total rejection against the terrible forest fires that currently harm Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay and at the same time affirms its solidarity with the populations of the affected areas.
For the WFTU, the catastrophe in the “green lung of the planet”, as well as the consequences for the native peoples and thousands of species of flora and fauna of the region is not a coincidence, but an organized crime, a plan encouraged and stimulated by the big capital and the Brazilian government that continues to implement with more intensity the harmful policies for the environment of the previous social democratic governments. Its goal is to illegally deforest land for livestock and agriculture, delivering virgin forests to transnationals for biofuels, illegal logging and mining.
The big class-oriented union family of the WFTU demands the immediate application of protection, compensation and reforestation measures in the affected areas, as well as the prohibition of business activities in the region.
In addition, we call on the peoples and workers of the countries of the Amazon to intensify their struggle for the protection of the environment, which is also a struggle against the capitalist system that generates poverty policies, environmental catastrophes and crimes against the peoples of the world.
The C.C. of AKEL and Central Council of EDON Youth Organization are organizing a protest meeting on the fires in the Amazon on Monday 2nd September outside the Brazilian Embassy in Nicosia.
The Amazon is the most important habitat on the planet and is being destroyed because of economic interests. One of humanity’s main allies in combating climate change is being sacrificed on the sake of profit. The magnitude of the ecological disaster that is going on will never be reversed.
We call on all citizens to participate in the event on Monday 2nd September 7.30 pm outside the Brazilian Embassy (14 Achaeon St. 1101, Nicosia). Stefanos Stefanou, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C. of AKEL and MP, will be the main speaker at the event to demand that the necessary measures are taken to put an end to the disaster.
Statement by Angelo Alves, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of PCP
Concerning the recent Trump Administration decisions, on the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
August 6th and 9th mark the 74th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which provoked death, irreparable diseases and the most horrific suffering of hundreds of thousands of human beings. By marking this date, PCP pays tribute to the victims of this monstrous imperialist crime that cannot be forgotten.
1 – After 74 years, preserving the memory and defending the truth about the nuclear holocaust is the duty of all forces of peace and progress. Also imperative, is denouncing and repudiating the attempts to rewrite the history of a crime that merely sought to affirm the military might of the US, and dedicating forces towards the struggle, so that Humanity may never experience the terror of nuclear weapons —mission, which in the present international context of great instability and insecurity and violent imperialist offensive acquires an even greater importance, topicality and even urgency.
2 – The international situation proves that the most reactionary and aggressive imperialist sectors increasingly invest in militarism, fascism and war as an “exit” for the incurable contradictions of the capitalist system.
The world, in particular the lovers of Peace, can only look with deep concern at the great dangers of the US Administration to tear the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) —one of the fundamental nuclear weapons treaties between the two countries responsible for 94% of the world’s nuclear arsenal: the US and the Russian Federation— as well as this Administration’s indication it plans to abandon the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in 2021.
These decisions largely seek the development and territorial expansion of the nuclear arsenals of the US and the World, namely in Eastern Europe and Far East, and constitute genuine attacks upon peace and international security, bringing to the forefront the danger of a new nuclear catastrophe that can endanger all of Humanity.
3 – The main imperialist powers —in particular the US and its NATO allies, responsible for the overwhelming majority of global military spending and owners of the majority of the 16 thousand nuclear warheads in the World— are invested in an even greater military reinforcement of their foreign policies. They pursue increasingly dangerous acts of open destabilization and interference, develop lines of confrontation with large countries, such as the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, undermine International Law, and increasingly resort to nuclear blackmail.
The accumulation of points of tension in several regions of the globe, in particular the Middle East —where the US’s abandonment of the 5+1 Nuclear Deal and consequent strategy of provoking Iran entails immense dangers— and Latin America, are the result of a deliberate option of confrontation, which associated with the arms race and the development of new and more powerful weapons of mass destruction, can have dramatic consequences for the World.
4 – The only form of avoiding the repetition of catastrophes such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki is intensifying the struggle and political action against the interferences and aggressions of imperialism, and prioritizing disarmament, beginning with nuclear disarmament, and the defense of peaceful conflict resolution within a framework of international dialogue, respecting the equality and sovereignty of nations and the rights of peoples.
At a time when warmongering rhetoric of the main imperialist powers is accompanied by the promotion of populism and openly reactionary and fascist ideologies, where new lies and propaganda are unleashed to justify militarist, securitarian and aggressive moves, the peoples and Governments should ponder the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two crimes sustained by maneuvers of propaganda and disinformation, now re-edited to justify new and more powerful weapons, operations of interference and a return to the nuclear option, as clearly stated in the military doctrines of the US, NATO and European powers, such as France or the United Kingdom.
5 – Respecting the Constitution of the Republic, the position of the Portuguese State should not be one of submission to imperialism and its strategy of domination, confrontation and war, but a patriotic foreign policy that affirms sovereignty and national independence, that strives for an end to the arms race, for disarmament —firstly, nuclear disarmament— cooperation, peace and friendship among peoples.
In this contact, PCP reiterates its support for the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that prohibits “developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, or stockpiling nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices”, and that in the next legislature it will present a Draft Resolution to recommend its ratification, which was voted down by the Socialist Party (PS), Socialist Democrat Party (PSD) and Popular Party (CDS-PP), last July 5th.
6 – By alerting to the dangers of the present international situation, PCP simultaneously affirms its confidence that the struggle by the forces of progress and peace in the World can defeat the imperialism’s policies of war, aggression and exploitation. A nuclear war and tragedy isn’t inevitable. The strengthening of the forces, like PCP, which have a vast heritage in the defense of peace and against militarism is the best way of opening the path towards peace, dialogue, cooperation and progress, and the respect for the rights of peoples, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter.
Communist Party of Swaziland supports calls for a people’s government in Sudan and justice for crimes committed against the people; progressive voices in Africa must stand up and be counted
The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) supports the popular calls for a people’s government in Sudan and that those who have caused untold pain to the people of Sudan through the decades of dictatorship and the recent days be face justice. This support is made in line with the CPS’s international outlook, particularly in the African continent, that the unbridled killing, arrest, torture and arbitrary arrest of the people by some African regimes must come to a halt.
The latest bout of massacre in Sudan took place on Monday 29 July 2019, perpetrated by the army and the security forces in Al-Obeid city. In Al-Obeid eight people were cowardly shot, all in the head, and tens were injured. This led to thousands of mass protesters taking to the streets in the capital and other major cities condemning this cold-blooded crime, demanding that the culprits be brought to justice and holding the Transitional Military Council (TMC) as solely responsible for these crimes against the people.
The CPS calls upon all progressive forces in the African continent and beyond to amplify their voices against such crimes and dictatorships, for the democratisation of the African continent. Dictatorial regimes like those of absolute monarch Mswati in Swaziland, Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan and others use the very loud silence of the progressive voices in Africa as a justification for their crimes. The people of Sudan should not be left to fight alone. Let the progressive voices in Africa stand up and be counted!