Monday, April 26, 2021

151st Anniversary since the birth of one of the world’s greatest communists.

 



April 22, 2021 is considered as a date of great importance for all Russian and international communists around the world as it marks the 151st Anniversary of V. Lenin's birth. 

The CPRF traditionally is used to widely celebrate this famous date.

CPRF members and parliamentarians, Komsomol and Party allies marched through the Red Square to lay wreaths and flowers at the Mausoleum of the Leader of the World Proletariat to pay him a tribute. Marching under red flags the column was headed by G. Zyuganov, the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Along with Russian participants in columns there were foreign guests from Cuba, Vietnam, Venezuela and Mexico.

Presenting a commemorative speech he stressed that Vladimir Lenin had been, indeed, one of the most brilliant philosophers, scientists and strategists on Earth.

He laid down the basis and guidelines of bringing our country to socialism which had resulted in creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – the first socialist state in the world. The world had been changed forever.  

Today, Lenin's teachings are in demand more than ever as we witness great interest in Marxist-Leninist theory and practice throughout young generation. To meet modern requirements the CPRF has established an education center where it welcomes young communists and students from all over Russia and fraternal Parties. 

Сommemorative events were held throughout the country. People pay their cordial tribute to the memory of the Great Revolutionary and Citizen of our country.

 

Long live the teaching of Lenin!!!

Monday, February 15, 2021

PCV welcomes UN rapporteur's report

 



PCV welcomes UN rapporteur's report and reiterates demand for the immediate and unconditional lifting of imperialist criminal coercive measures against Venezuela

The Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) welcomes the preliminary conclusions of the report presented by the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN), Alena Douhan, after her visit to Venezuela, where she points out that the illegal sanctions have aggravated the calamities suffered by the Venezuelan people and represent a violation of human rights. The rapporteur has urged the governments of the United States and the European Union to lift these unilateral coercive measures that were illegally imposed with the purpose of bringing about a change of government through interference and external pressure.

The effects of these measures, as the document points out, have been devastating mainly on the most vulnerable sectors of society: people living in extreme poverty, women, children, workers, people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, and indigenous populations.

The criminal impact of the illegal coercive measures, together with the effects of the general crisis of the dependent and rentier capitalist model, and the inconsistencies of an economic policy, which in this adverse context, zealously protects the interests of the capitalists while dismantling the conquests, social and labor rights of the people, have caused the impoverishment and growing deterioration of the living conditions of the Venezuelan people.

We support the demand of the UN rapporteur, to the Governments of the United Kingdom, Portugal and the United States to immediately unfreeze the assets of the Central Bank of Venezuela deposited in financial institutions of those countries, so that they can be destined to meet the humanitarian needs of the Venezuelan people that have worsened in the context of the global pandemic of Covid-19

Since 2015, when the Obama administration declared Venezuela as an unusual and extraordinary threat to the internal security of the United States, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) has developed an intense offensive against the escalation of imperialist aggression, the imposition of illegal extraterritorial sanctions and for the respect of the right to self-determination of the Venezuelan people. This has been a campaign that the PCV has promoted with great force in the International Communist Movement, the regional and world parliaments, the World Federation of Trade Unions, the International Federation of Women, the World Federation of Democratic Youth, the World Peace Council, the Sao Paulo Forum, among other political, social and institutional spaces.

After noting the dramatic consequences of the imperialist aggressions against the Venezuelan people, we demand that the United Nations (UN) adopt more forceful actions against these criminal and illegal measures imposed by the U.S. and the European Union against the Venezuelan people outside international law.

The criminal and illegal unilateral coercive measures must be lifted immediately without any conditioning of any kind on our country and people. All financial resources and assets owned by the Republic must be returned to the country.

We urge the Government of President Nicolás Maduro to carry out the corresponding international legal actions against the nations that executed the criminal unilateral measures and demand that they assume responsibility for the human and patrimonial damages caused to the country and the Venezuelan people. The crimes committed against the Venezuelan people cannot go unpunished, the Republic must deploy a strong international political, diplomatic and judicial offensive to achieve the moral condemnation of these despicable interference policies and demand that our people and country be compensated.

Likewise, we insist that justice be done in Venezuela against the internal characters that promoted and sponsored these criminal "sanctions" against the country, even endorsing the plundering of our assets abroad by foreign financial entities. We cannot forget that these characters used funds owned by the Republic to finance the formation of mercenary groups and promote terrorist attacks against the country.  Enough of impunity, Guaido and his acolytes must go to jail and pay for the crimes committed against the Venezuelan people.


Tough Hand with the Polar Group demand CUTV and FNLCT



CUTV and FNLCT demand a firm hand with the Polar Group

They express their solidarity with the workers of Alimentos Polar Marigüitar, in Sucre. 

The Frente Nacional de Lucha de la Clase Trabajadora (FNLCT) and the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Venezuela (CUTV), once again, pronounce themselves in class solidarity with the workers at the service of the companies of Grupo Polar, where thousands of direct and indirect dismissals have taken place, with the bosses repeatedly disobeying orders of reinstatement issued by the Labor Inspectorates and ratified by the Judiciary.


In particular, we express our categorical condemnation of the serious labor law violations that have been committed in a sustained manner since 2017 at Alimentos Polar Planta Marigüitar, located in the Bolívar Municipality of the State of Sucre. In that work entity, labor immovability has been violated with the unilateral decision and without just cause to suspend 85 male and female workers, in conditions of great deterioration, constituting such fact an indirect dismissal. In addition, the aforementioned company blatantly violates the Organic Law of Prevention, Conditions and Environment of Work (LOPCYMAT) by throwing workers with occupational diseases out of work, refusing to comply with its obligations towards these colleagues who suffer serious health problems as a result of the conditions in which they have been working for many years.


Consequently, we urge the authorities of the Ministry of Labor, INPSASEL, the Attorney General's Office and the Supreme Court of Justice to act with forcefulness and determination to bring about labor justice and force the monopolistic employer of Empresas Polar to respect the laws and the Constitution. Enough of impunity, enough of labor defenselessness.

On the other hand, we make a fraternal call to all the workers who are victims of the massive and repeated violations of labor rights committed by the Polar Group, to unite and fight in an organized manner, with absolute independence from the bosses and the State, which must be forcefully demanded not to be an accomplice of the aberrations of this abusive and fraudulent employer.


Tough hand with Lorenzo Mendoza and his delinquent managers! Reinstatement for all the dismissed workers of the different companies of the Polar Group!

The united working class will never be defeated!

CUTV Executive Committee

General Coordination of the FNLCT

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Response to Joe Sims & CPUSA

 




By Jerry Dale

The Joe Sims’s leadership statement has great significance. “After the Election: Go Out and Make ‘em do it”. As co-chair of the CPUSA and former editor of the Party’s ideological Journal, Political Affairs, Sims’s opinion carries considerable weight.

Sims’ declaration is first and foremost, the statement that eliminates any issue that the current CPUSA has changed its ideological direction after claiming to have shed itself of the Webb fog. Sam Webb former CPUSA head is now safely where he has always been, well within the mainstream Democratic Party orbit.

He left a Party that may not be currently working in that orbit officially, as he is, but continues nonetheless to direct its members and affiliated groups to struggle within the Democratic Party guardrails, non-endorsement of official Democratic Party candidates not- withstanding.

As a self-proclaimed working-class Party, Sims offers no directions to its Labor Commission. Is there one? That should be a centerpiece.

Under Webb’s leadership trade union/labor clubs were disbanded into community clubs. Yes, indeed they were! So, a good guess would be, the CPUSA is still without organized working class/trade union leadership.

His reference to “collective bargaining “ (a part of the what CPUSA believes must be fought for) indicates the narrow role that the working class and trade unions should and must play in the Party. No revolutionary spirit here. That is a collaborationist perspective.

Not even mentioning the only international trade union federation that fights for workers and trade unions continues the Party’s unprincipled opposition to the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). Hard to believe, but true.

Left blank on this issue moves Party union activists toward the AFL-CIO and its right-wing international federation the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

Party collectives

In Sims’ report there isn’t even a hint that Party collectives, in any lingo, should function as Communist collectives and formulate policies. While they may be fully individually independent, they function completely within the mainstream Parties and other Democratic Party orbit groups, like the DSA and Bernie Sanders groupings, and within their guardrails.

Going into these formations which have strict guardrails, without their own Organizational meetings, keeps the Webb mainstreaming policy fully intact. Most importantly It robs all peoples’ groups of real class-oriented strategies and tactics. There is a lot more to win than even the program of the DSA, regardless how much better it is than the DNC. Or Trump calling them all communists.

All that’s implied quite directly by Sims is to “get the Democrats to Do It”.

Do WHAT?

Where does the Party’s program, such as it is, come in? It’s still on the shelf with a profound Party history of Wm Z Foster and Henry Winston.

Everybody knows the DNC demanded and got a severely compromised Program for the 2020 election. Sanders, AOC and the DSA agreed. And even their Democratic Socialist programs were limited, especially on foreign policy. Everyone cringes when they mention Cuba, Russia, China, and every South American country which bears the brunt of US sanctions / boycotts and other forms of imperialism.

Medicare for All or Single Payer is NOT a NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE!!!! That Used to be the CPUSA position before they opportunistically cut it back to supporting Single-Payer.

In terms of world peace, the CPUSA gives minor lip service to anti-imperialist struggles. Sims doesn’t seem to find this important struggle in what his minions should fight for. Only when pushed and humiliated do they join with Code Pink, World Peace Council and the US peace Council. But usually only on a perfunctory manner. No mention of the Black Alliance for Peace BAP either! Too radical a proposition?

The failure to highlight the Black Lives Matter / pro-immigration demands that are guiding peoples’ movements is dizzying, let alone the frontal attack on women

The Joe Sims directional article which sounds the call to Party cadres and adherents continues the woeful centrist Webb direction of the 21st century.

The CPUSA is an independent Party in name only. But they will work entirely within the policy confines of the Democratic Party albeit with a healthier vocal left of center Democratic Socialist concepts, at least on some domestic issues.

The Party of Communists USA (PCUSA) offers a healthy independent communist approach to struggle and a future. We involve ourselves in all forms of struggle, but we also generate class oriented, anti-racist peoples’ solutions that mobilize. We engage in struggles with a clear viewpoint and engage front line activists in an open comradely non-sectarian manner. The Democratic Party is not our guidepost. Join us in the struggle for all-peoples’ unity and scientific socialism-communism.

 

Dare to Struggle

Dare to Win

 


Friday, August 21, 2020

Save the Los Angeles Peace Center! Stop the Sale!



https://www.politicalgraphics.org/petition


Since 1989, the Peace Center, created and funded through the generosity of Aris Anagnos, has provided rent-free offices and meeting spaces to diverse peace and justice groups throughout Los Angeles, enabling them to focus on the work they do best: educating and organizing for justice. The Peace Center’s continued existence is now being threatened. The building is for sale, and all the tenants have been told to leave.

 

To ensure that the Peace Center would permanently house its social justice tenants rent-free, Aris established the Aris and Carolyn Anagnos Peace Center Foundation. Prior to his death, the Peace Center Foundation Board voted to grant the social justice tenants at the Peace Center rent-free office space in perpetuity.  Soon, after Aris died in 2018, his son Demos Anagnos, began to undermine his father’s legacy and take actions that his father would never have approved.  Not only is he trying to sell the Peace Center, he has also filed to dissolve the Foundation.

 

The groups housed in the Peace Center include: the Center for the Study of Political Graphics; the National Lawyers Guild; Peace Action; California Clean Money; Common Peace;  Americans for Democratic Action; the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador; and the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. The Peace Center’s impact extends much further. Countless progressive groups use the meeting rooms—for free—to organize, train, educate, fundraise, and celebrate. These include the Democratic Socialists of America, the Pacifica Foundation, Veterans for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, Health Care for All, and the American Civil Liberties Union. All that could be gone! Many of these organizations depend on the rent-free space at the Peace Center and, if taken away, may no longer be able to continue their peace and justice efforts. At a time like now, when social justice is at the forefront of the news and politics, these organizations are a critically important and vital part of the debate and cannot be lost.

                                                                                 

A lawsuit to stop the sale of the Peace Center and challenge the dissolution of the foundation has been filed by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. CSPG is represented by Jason H. Tokoro and  Emily Sanchirico with the law firm Miller Barondess. While CSPG is but one of the beneficiaries of Aris’ generosity, the success of this lawsuit will protect all the peace and justice organizations housed in and using the Peace Center.

 

At a time when civic engagement is increasingly important, it would be catastrophic to all their work, and to Aris’ vision, to destroy the Peace Center. In the midst of a pandemic that has the greatest impact on the poor and people of color, the Peace Center is needed more than ever.

 

We are outraged at the attempt by Demos to subvert Aris’ legacy and lifelong commitment to the cause of peace and justice. Help us win this fight by adding your name to the attached letter which we will release to the press. Thank you for joining us in a show of support for these efforts.

 

In solidarity,

ad hoc Committee to Save the Peace Center: 

(affiliations listed for identification only)                

 

Carol A. Wells, Founder and Executive Director, Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)

Jim Lafferty, Emeritus Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild

Theresa Bonpane, Co-Founder and Emeritus Executive Director, Office of the Americas

Susan Adelman, President, Lucy & Isadore B. Adelman Foundation

Sherry Frumkin, Death Penalty Focus Board of Directors

Ted Hajjar, CSPG Board of Directors

Scott Johnson, CSPG Board of Directors

Shari Leinwand, Chair Emeritus ACLU Foundation SoCal

Roger Lowenstein, CSPG Board of Directors

Sonia M. Mercado, Civil Rights Lawyer

R. Samuel Paz, Civil Rights Lawyer

Bob Schwartz, Center for Cuban Studies Board of Directors

Danny Widener, President, CSPG Board of Directors

 

The undersigned oppose the sale of the Los Angeles Peace Center. Everyone signing will receive updates on our fight to preserve this priceless resource. No contact information will be sold or traded. 

Thank you for helping to save the Peace Center. 

IMPERIALISM’S ECONOMIC WAR COSTS VENEZUELA NEARLY $200 BILLION

 

By Pasqualina Curcio

Quantifying each and every one of the effects of the war that imperialism has declared on the Venezuelan people is impossible. The attacks that Venezuelans have experienced since 1999 have not only been economic, they have also been psychological. There is no way to measure the consequences of the hatred that the undemocratic opposition has sown with its anti-socialist propaganda, to the point of burning people alive if they are suspected chavistas. The resentment that the Venezuelan people have towards those who claim to be Venezuelans, but who have sold out their homeland, is also unmeasurable.


That said, focusing on the economic dimension we have updated the calculations that we made in March 2019. At that point, losses caused by this war amounted to $125 billion; we have now calculated those for all of 2019, which total $68 billion (all amounts in US dollars).

Therefore, the total economic losses between 2016 and 2019 are $194 billion.

For Venezuelans, $194 billion is equivalent to approximately 16 months of national production. With that money, we could have paid the entire external debt of $110 billion. Or we would have enough resources to import food and medicine for 45 years.

These losses break down thus: $25 billion corresponds to money and assets that have been looted from us, while the other $169 billion represents what we have stopped producing from 2016 to 2019 as a result of the attack against state-owned oil and natural gas company PDVSA ($64 billion) and the attack on the bolivar ($105 billion).

Blockade, plunder and piracy

In January 2019 John Bolton confessed, “We froze all assets of the state-owned company PDVSA in US territory [CITGO]; we blocked US $7 billion in assets plus US $11 billion in estimated export earnings over the next year.”

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US government and its allies have looted $25 billion from Venezuela. They disguise it as “sanctions” – others elegantly call them unilateral coercive measures – but it is nothing but blatant robbery and an act of piracy. Approximately $5.4 billion are held by 50 banks, including 31 tons of gold that the Bank of England has withheld from us. The $18 billion in assets and dividends of the CITGO company are also included.

They not only robbed us – in January 2019 the US State Department announced that it gave Juan Guaidó [self-declared president, against democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro] control of the assets, assets and properties of the Venezuelan government in US bank accounts, meaning he is responsible for the administration of these resources. We would like to know how much of this money has been allocated to protecting the Venezuelan population during the quarantine. We know that $200 million was used to seal the contract with SilverCorp, whose objective was to hire mercenaries to assassinate Venezuelans.

As for the retained gold, the Bank of England is obliged to return it to its owner immediately upon request. However, according to the English, the owner of the gold is Guaidó who they say is the “interim president” of Venezuela. This is a theft so outrageous that nobody in their right mind could accept it. The whole world knows it is not Guaidó who sits in the United Nations General Assembly, in the UN Human Rights Council, in the UN Security Council or in OPEC meetings. Obviously, he does not occupy the president’s seat in Miraflores Palace either, much less command the National Bolivarian Armed Forces.

Is it Guaidó who is dealing with COVID-19 in Venezuela and coordinating with the World Health Organization about health aid and protocols? These are key questions.

Attack on PDVSA

Former US ambassador to Venezuela William Brownfield acknowledged, “If we are going to sanction PDVSA, it will have an impact on the entire people, on the ordinary citizen. The counter argument is that the people suffer so much from lack of food, security, medicines, public health, that at this time perhaps the best resolution would be to accelerate the collapse even if it produces a period of suffering of months or perhaps years.”

The attack on PDVSA is not accidental; on the contrary, it is a deliberate and well-aimed action. Any disruption in the oil industry has repercussions on the company but also, and more fundamentally, throughout the national economy and on the Venezuelan people.

The oil industry generates 95 percent of Venezuela foreign currency revenue from exports. A decrease in these exports, either due to reduced oil production levels or a drop in price, affects the foreign currency revenue and, consequently, the imports of supplies, spare parts and machinery for national production. PDVSA is the catalyst for internal production.

For the first time ever, the price of oil fell for four consecutive years by a total of 65 percent. At the same time, due to the commercial and financial blockade against PDVSA, the difficulty of securing spare parts and supplies, financial restrictions and other reasons, oil production has decreased 64 percent, from 2.8 million barrels daily in 2013 to 1 million in 2019. Overall, this translates into a 78 percent drop in oil exports, which went from $85 billion annually in 2013 to $19 billion in 2019.

Between 2016 and 2019, Venezuela’s national production declined by $64 billion due to the decrease in oil exports.

Attack on the currency

US Republican senator Richard Black confessed about Venezuela, “We demonetized their currency and, through the international banking system, we made the Venezuelan currency worthless and then we go and say: ‘Look how bad this government is, your currency is worthless.’ Well, it wasn’t them, it was us who made their currency useless.”

The main weapon of the economic war is the attack on the bolivar [Venezuela’s currency], which not only produces hyperinflation and the consequent loss of purchasing power for the working class, but also contracts national production. Insofar as wage earners see their purchasing capacity deteriorate because of the rapid and disproportionate rise in prices, they decrease their demand for goods and production also decreases.

Since 2013 imperialism has criminally caused the depreciation of the bolivar by 241,657 million percent, which has led to a price increase of 11,500 million percent to date.

Between 2016 and 2019 Venezuela’s national production declined by $105 billion because of the attack on the bolivar.

Everyone can draw their own conclusions about what $194 billion in economic losses represent, in terms of anguish, outrage and quality of life for the Venezuelan people. But everyone should also draw conclusions about the immense level of consciousness and resistance of the Venezuelan people who, always with high morale, have confronted the enemies of their homeland with the best of strategies, the civic-military union.

Pasqualina Curcio is Professor of Economics at Universidad Simón Bolívar.

Article originally published at the author’s blog. Translated from Spanish by PV staff.


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