Chinese president Xi Jinping. Screenshot: CCTVAll my countrymen and women, Your Excellencies heads of state and government and representatives of the United Nationsand other international organizations, Distinguished guests, All officers and soldiers participating in the parade, Ladies and gentlemen, Comrades and friends,
Today is a day that will forever be etched in the memory of people all over the world. Seventy years ago today, the Chinese people, having fought tenaciously for 14 years, won the great victory of their War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, marking the full victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. On that day, the world was once again blessed by the sunshine of peace.
One of the most barbaric forms of modern work today in Greece is called 5-months employment. Thousands of workers, who were long-term unemployed in the previous period, are employed in the municipalities with flexible forms of employment and underpaid programs aiming to the “recycling” of the unemployed and at the same time gaining cheap labor force with no rights, in the service of the capital. The 5months programs are fixed-term contracts (for only 5 months) for unemployed people. They are paid with much lower wages than the normal worker and they are used to cover the huge lack of staff that the staff-reductions in public services and municipalities have brought.
I disagree because what we are witnessing is as far from an “invasion” as conceivably possible. We see instead fragments of desperation, human journeys made as a choice of last resort, crises too numerous to count. And all thanks to economic and geopolitical domination by a handful of “Western” bastards, devotees of the IMF, eurocrats, pension managers, filthy-rich shareholders for whom ‘enough’ is never enough, CEOs who think that the world revolves around their bank account, all of whom still profit from their most prized possession – their former African colonies.
The thousands of migrants (I prefer, in fact, to speak of “refugees”), side-effects of our capitalist society, are not simply baby animals – though our society certainly would probably treat them with more compassion if they were. They are our fellow creatures, our brethren. Most are fleeing war – our own dirty wars instigated in countries where “The West” has unscrupulously pillaged for centuries, countries which have now effectively imploded (Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan). Why such meddling - for humanitarian reasons? Yes, if you think such reasons include exploitation of oil and precious metals, pursuit of neocolonialism and geostrategic interests, or allowing multinational corporations to sink their claws into territories not their own...
Hungary has erected a vast fence and is mobilising troops to keep out refugees, not stinting on forceful methods. European leaders have responded to this humanitarian crisis merely with cold, “rational” calculations.
The »West Balkans Way«, taken by thousands of refugees who hope to enter Western Europe, has found itself thrust to the top of the agenda at the Vienna Summit, which opened this Thursday 27th August. Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, fleeing persecution and war, pass in their thousands through Turkey, then onwards through Greece, Macedonia (which has now declared a state of emergency) and Serbia before hitting Hungary, the door to the Schengen Area.
Photo: Henry Millstein/PWWaves and honks of support from passing motorists greeted some 30 South Bay activists gathered near the office of Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren to show their opposition to war with Iran and their support for the international nuclear arms deal with that country.
They delivered a petition bearing signatures of local residents calling on Rep. Lofgren to come out in support of the agreement and were pleased to find that she has done so.
Communist Party of GreeceArticle of the International Relations Section of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE)
The ancient philosopher Heraclitus said “You cannot step twice into the same river”, but some Greeks today seem to be ignorant of this dictum. There is a discussion about the political forces that recently detached themselves from SYRIZA and announced the creation of a new party, Popular Unity (PU). The GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, in reference to this development, stressed that “the same scenario must not be repeated at the expense of the people. In any case, the sequel is usually worse than the original film.”