12 | 11 | 2019
  • Communists attack Farage and urge Labour vote

    In response to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage's decision not to stand candidates against sitting Tory MPs, Communist Party general secretary issued the following statement today (Monday, November 11):

    "It is entirely in keeping with Nigel Farage's right-wing political history that he wants the Tories to win the General Election. But his decision also exposes the vulnerability of Labour's move towards an anti-Brexit position, having dropped its pledge to honour the EU referendum result and adopted a second referendum instead. Only a Labour government with its left and progressive policies will end austerity and privatisation, although it would quickly discover that EU rules on competition, state aid, public procurement, the corporate right of establishment and the free movement of capital will be used in attempts to sabotage Labour's programme".

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  • Likud Submits Racist Bill to Deny Hadash Leadership of Opposition

    The leading far-right Likud party of PM Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a racist bill which would prevent Joint List Chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) from becoming the head of the opposition if and when a unity government is eventually formed between the Likud and other rightwing parties and the Zionist center-left.

    Currently, the opposition leader receives regular diplomatic and security updates from the prime minister, as well as other privileges. Likud MK Shlomo Karhi, who spearheaded the racist bill, explained: “Despite the chance that a minority government will be formed [by Blue & White leader MK Benny Gantz] and the possibility that Ayman Odeh will be in the coalition [or support it from outside], we in the Likud are aiming to form a national unity government led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and we are making preparations towards that end.”

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  • Communists for Labour victory and mass campaigning

    The Communist Party reaffirms its commitment of September 23 to work for the election of a left-led Labour government in the forthcoming General Election. This is the only attainable outcome that would serve the interests of the working class and peoples of Britain. Thus we are calling for a clear-cut victory for Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn and for its left and progressive policies.

    After nine years of Tory rule, assisted for the first five by their LibDem collaborators, the working class and people generally are desperate for an end to austerity, privatisation, militarism and imperialist war. They need what only Labour is proposing in this General Election and could deliver in office - policies to promote full employment; public ownership of key industries and utilities; a reinvigorated strategy for regional economic development; a more progressive tax system and a major redistribution of wealth and power in favour of working people and their families. We welcome Labour's commitment to a massive public sector housebuilding programme; renationalisation of the railways and other privatised industries and services; large-scale investment in public services; a 'Green New Deal' for environmental security including a universal home insulation programme; new rights for workers and unions, including the revival of sectoral collective bargaining; comprehensive social care for the elderly; and substantial increases in pensions and social benefits.

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  • Report Finds Police Botched Probe into Shooting of Hadash MK Odeh

    The Public Committee against Torture in Israel is appealing the investigation by Israel’s police force of its officers’ conduct during a home demolition in the unrecognized Arab-Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in January 2017, and requesting that the probe be reopened.

    According to Zu Haderech, the Hebrew-language Communist weekly, the appeal is based on a new independent report prepared by a forensic criminologist who found that police did not interrogate all officers who were carrying sponge-tipped bullets on site on the day of the incident, and failed to thoroughly review their own footage of the shooting of the chairman of the Joint List and Hadash, MK Ayman Odeh.

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  • Iraqi Communist Party: What kind of government do the participants of the Uprising want?

    The following is the Editorial of “Tareeq Al-Shaab” (People’s Path), the daily newspaper of the Iraqi Communist Party, published on 31 October 2019:

    The glorious OctoberUprisinghas notlimited its slogans and demands to replacing this or that person, nor did it make the enormous sacrificesso thatthe same mechanismsenforcedsince 2003, andwhichhaveproved to be a terrible failure at all levels,would remain in place.

    The ongoing popular national uprising has created a new reality. The balance offorcesis no longer subject only to the results of the 2018 elections andcannotignore the newbig realities imposed by the rising masses.

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  • Adalah to UN: Israel Continues to Violate Arab-Palestinian Rights

    Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has submitted two reports to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination in preparation of the committee’s submitting its preliminary questions to the State of Israel in an upcoming session to be held in Geneva on 4-5 December 2019.

    In 1966 Israel signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, or ICERD,  and ratified it in 1979. The December session is the UN committee’s periodic review of Israel’s compliance with the terms of the convention to which it is a signatory.

    One of the two reports, submitted independently by Adalah, is entitled Violations of the rights of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel; the second submitted jointly by Adalah and the Negev Coexistence Forum (NFC) is named Violations of the rights of Arab Bedouin citizens in the Naqab/Negev. The reports provide updated information and analyses on legal, political, and policy developments since the UN committee’s last review of Israel in 2012. The two reports highlight Israel’s failure to comply with the UN committee’s previous concluding observations and recommendations to reverse many of the state’s racially discriminatory practices.

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  • Iraqi CP calls to form a new government with exceptional powers

    ICP interviewed Rudha Al-Dhahir, member of the CC of the Iraqi CP, who explained the Party's demand for the resignation of the government.

    ICP, 28 October 2019

    A statement issued by the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party on 23 October called for the resignation of the Iraqi government regarding the bloody repression of the demonstrations since October 1st. "The last hope that the government and its institutions would bear the political and criminal responsibility for the killing and wounding of thousands of unarmed innocent people has completely dissipated, just as the hopes for the government to complete its program, on the basis of which it had won the confidence of the parliament a year ago, were dashed" said the statement.

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  • The Haunted Halls of Parliaments

    Some months ago, I was approached by an old friend with a query. A work colleague of his was exploring the option of running in the local elections on a youth mental health platform and was looking for advice on how best to run the campaign.

    Why this person decided the best way to tackle the issue of mental health was through the granting of dog licenses and planning permission, is a story for another article, their main concern was whether to run as a principled independent in an area where they had no name recognition, or to sell their soul at the altar of Fianna Fáil in the hopes that the weight of their political brand would get them over the proverbial line.

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  • Iraqi Communist Party calls for the resignation of the government and early elections

    The final results issued on 22 October 2019 by the government committee to investigate the bloody repression of the demonstrations on 1 October 2019, and their conclusions and recommendations, have shown that the last hope that the government and its institutions would bear the political and criminal responsibility for the killing and wounding of thousands of unarmed innocent people has completely dissipated, just as the hopes for the government to complete its program, on the basis of which it had won the confidence of the parliament a year ago, were dashed.

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  • Iraqi Communist Party: Stop the Suppression of the Demonstrators Immediately!

    The Political Bureau of the Iraqi CP issued the following statement on 25 October 2019:

    Stop the Suppression of the Demonstrators Immediately!

    Once again peaceful demonstrators are subjected to a bloody repression no less severe than what happened on the first of this month and afterwards, which received widespread condemnation from political and popular organisations, both local and international. After the horrific deliberate killings that took place at the time, the government promised to act differently in future.

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  • The appeal of the 21st IMCWP

    APPEAL of the 21st IMCWP

    20 October 2019, İzmir

     The 21 st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties has taken place once again in Turkey after four years, this time in İzmir, under the mutual responsibility of the KKE and the TKP. The 137 participants representing 74 parties from 58 countries, express their comradely gratitude to both parties for undertaking this responsibility. 

    This year is the 100 th anniversary of the founding of the Comintern. We witnessed numerous situations that prove to us again and again the importance of solidarity and joint struggles of communist parties and the importance of the union of the revolutionary efforts for the overcoming of capitalism as a destructive world system with no future. 

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  • The New CP of Yugoslavia commemorated the Liberation of Belgrade

    On October 20, the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ) commemorated the 75th anniversary of Belgrade’s liberation from Nazi German occupation at the end of WWII. During the ceremony, Party members laid wreaths at the Memorial Cemetery of Belgrade Liberators. Members of the Central Committee of the NKPJ, along with the General Secretary of the Party, paid tribute to the fallen heroes of the National Liberation Army and the Red Army.

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  • Report: Nakba Files Unlawfully Concealed in Israeli Archives

    A report published by the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research reveals that for 17 years, the Director of Security of the Defense Establishment (DSDE), a Ministry of Defense division, has, without any legal authority to do so, ordered denying public access to individual documents and entire files in various official Israeli archives relating to the Nakba, the 1948-49 ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. The report, Silencing: DSDE’s Concealment of Documents in Archives, summarizes the findings of two years of research by Akevot Institute.

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  • Unity: The only tool that can get the job done

    Change sometimes occurs so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. What once was is no longer; life is stood on its head, and what seemed impossible is suddenly within grasp. Is the country now in such a moment? And if so, how is such progress gauged?

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  • COGAT Forced to Publish Criteria for Movement of People between Israel and Palestinian Territories

    Following a court petition submitted by the NGO Gisha – Legal Center for the Freedom of Movement, under the Freedom of Information Act, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has been compelled to publish the protocols and procedures governing its operations.

    Israel’s control over the movement of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory is codified in military legislation enforced by the Israeli army in the West Bank, and in civilian legislation applying to residents of the Gaza Strip. Pursuant to these laws, Israel has established procedures and protocols restricting the movement of both people and goods within the Palestinian territory. To travel, or to coordinate movement of goods, Palestinians must submit permit applications to Israeli authorities and receive their approval. Israel’s control over and restriction of Palestinians’ freedom of movement violates their fundamental rights to family life, health, education, religious worship, and more.

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  • 'We know that it was the largest demonstration in the history of Lebanon'

    Special interview with Omar El Deeb from the Lebanese Communist Party.

    The uprising that started last week and still continuing in Lebanon developed during the 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties.ICP made an interview with Omar El Deeb, member of the Political Bureau responsible for International Relations of the Lebanese Communist Party (LCP), on the events and political evaluations of the LCP. The interview took place on the last day of the meeting, on the 20th of October, hours before the call of the LCP for a general strike and declaration of demands.

    How did the uprising occur and what is the current situation?

    The current uprising in Lebanon has not occurred just because of the recent developments. There was an accumulation of events that led to a social explosion in Lebanese society. We’ve been suffering for 30 years from strong neoliberal policies enforced by our government. Policies that are based on growth, based on debts, such as borrowing money from banks, from international institutions to make infrastructure and other investments. All the government policies are oriented to support the banking sector, real estate and tourism. But our productive sectors, industry, agriculture has been greatly neglected by our government. So basically they set a system based on consumption, based on borrowing money from abroad with no real production inside our country.

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  • CPC: »The struggle does not end on the election night«

    The Communist Party of Canada (CPC) released a preliminary comment, highlighting the more complex situation which raised by the results of the 2019 federal elections in Canada

    The Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) released a preliminary comment on the results of the federal elections of 21st October. The CPC, expressed that they welcomed "the defeat of Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives, who represented the worst danger to working people and the environment, and the failure of the far-right People’s Party to elect a single candidate". The commentary of the CEC of CPC, stated that although the results demonstrated a strong rejection of the policies of the Conservatives and PPC, it also shows that "Canada is not immune from the racist, fascist, misogynist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and anti-LGBTQ+ ideologies which have made gains in many other capitalist countries."

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  • Communists urge support for EU Withdrawal Bill

    The Communist Party of Britain urges MPs to support the swift passage of the new EU Withdrawal Bill which is due to have its Second Reading vote later today (October 22).

    'While we have substantial reservations about aspects of the proposed legislation, the issue of Britain's membership needs to be settled so that Labour can go into an imminent General Election on a bold, radical manifesto of domestic policies', Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths declared.

    'The alternative is a General Election campaign dominated by Brexit, with Boris Johnson accusing Labour of failing to abide by its own pledge to honour the people's vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union', he argued.

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  • Protests Continue against Police Neglect of Arab Community Crime

    This week will see the renewal of protests against police neglect of crime in the Arab community. At 5pm today, Tuesday, a protest will take place opposite police headquarters in Nazareth, one of a number of planned demonstrations that have been approved by the High Arab Monitoring Committee. Last week, several thousands of persons demonstrated in protests held throughout the country.

    The Monitoring Committee’s legal team also intends filing an official complaint against the state of Israel with the United Nations Human Rights Council and other international organizations, including the OECD.

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  • The Green New Deal’s success will come from a focus on jobs, restructuring, and the role of the working class

    In a former career, a coworker of mine worked as a commercial fisherman in Northern California. He spoke how as certain fish populations were being driven to extinction, state and federal agencies came in to begin to limit how many pounds that could be caught, and in what times of the year they could work. He said this had the predictable effect of causing him and some of his colleagues to lose their jobs.

    I begin my contribution with that story to set up what I think are the problems in drawing these connections between fighting for socialism, stopping the destruction of the environment, and the working class. In those moments when government agencies forced fishing restrictions on them, all they could think of were their jobs, their families, their housing.

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