05 | 04 | 2020
  • Britain's Communists welcome international 'Open Letter' on COVID-19 crisis

    Along with more than 230 political parties across the world, the Communist Party of Britain has signed an Open Letter on the COVID-19 crisis from the Communist Party of China.

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  • Israel Must Remove Restrictions to Ensure Food Security in Gaza Strip

    While countries across the globe grapple with the severe economic repercussions of measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaza’s economy has, for years, teetered on the brink of collapse, primarily as a result of the closure imposed by Israel since 2007.

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  • UN human rights expert urges lifting of economic sanctions to save lives amid COVID-19 pandemic

    A Unites Nations (UN) human rights expert called on Friday for the lifting of all unilateral sanctions that obstruct the humanitarian responses of sanctioned States, in order to enable their health care systems to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives.

    “I urge the international community to take immediate measures to lift, or at least suspend, all sanctions until our common threat is eliminated,” said Alena Douhan, the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights. This aligns with the recent appeal of the UN Secretary-General to wave sanctions that undermine countries’ capacity to respond to the pandemic.

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  • Joint open letter from world political parties concerning closer international cooperation against COVID-19

    Communist Party of ChinaThe Communist Party of China and more than 230 political parties from over 100 countries issued a joint open letter Thursday, calling for carrying out closer international cooperation to beat COVID-19. The following is the full text of the joint open letter.

    Today, as COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the globe, it constitutes the most urgent and serious challenge to both the health of the humanity and world peace and development.

    Faced with this unprecedented situation, we, major political parties of various countries tasked with the weighty responsibility of improving people's wellbeing, promoting national development and safeguarding world peace and stability, hereby issue our joint appeal as follows:

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  • Ambassador Moncada: Top drug producer, consumer gang up to block Venezuela amid COVID-19 pandemic

    In the face of to the U.S. government’s threat against the sovereignty and stability of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samuel Moncada denounced Donald Trump’s vile strategy to overthrow the legitimate government headed by President Nicolás Maduro amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has afflicted more than 950,000 people and caused more than 49,000 deaths so far.

    “Genocide perpetrators in Washington are using the world’s greatest health tragedy in the last 100 years to overthrow the Government of Venezuela. The world can now see what kind of sick people govern the U.S.,” expressed the Venezuelan diplomat on his Twitter account @SMoncada_VEN.

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  • CODEPINK Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

    Since our beginnings almost 20 years ago, CODEPINK has been using the slogan “Healthcare Not Warfare.” Never before has that rallying cry been more critical than today, as we face a health crisis of epic proportions.

    Facing this terrifying pandemic, we see the hollowness of our national defense preparedness and the havoc we have wrecked across the world. The world’s superpower is not capable of furnishing its people with enough protective masks, much less ventilators and hospital beds, and we hear our president saying it would be a great success if “only” 100,000 Americans die from COVID-19.

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  • Grassroots solidarity in times of corona crisis 

    It’s been described as the biggest peacetime crisis to face Europe for 75 years. Yet, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, our EU leaders were caught flat-footed, and were soon floundering and overwhelmed as the death toll rises and unemployment goes through the roof. 

    EU solidarity to member states impacted by the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t just been slow. At times, it was an unedifying spectacle as member states wrangled over budgets and bonds whilst our citizens lay dying, and our essential workers risked their lives to treat us, transport us and feed us. We have set outherewhat needs to happen policy-wise at EU level to respond to this crisis – a massive, coordinated European Emergency Response Plan. However, faced with this emergency, and a mostly inadequate response at both EU and national levels, people are building their own collective response. 

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  • Solidarity and Hope at a Time of Crisis

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly around the globe, claiming many thousands of lives in its path, Canadians from coast to coast to coast along with peoples around the world are confronted with an extraordinarily alarming threat. At this most difficult moment, the Canadian Peace Congress conveys its solidarity and best wishes to our members and friends, and to all peoples across the country in our common struggle to control this dreadful contagion.

    We urge everyone to closely abide by public health advisories and directives aimed to slow the spread of the virus, and to safeguard the health and well-being of everyone. We especially salute the selfless efforts of doctors, nurses and medical workers in the front lines keeping us all safe.

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  • Mobile Coronavirus Testing Clinic Launched for Forsaken Arab Towns

    Following protests from Arab lawmakers and other public figures, a mobile clinic for testing for the highly contagious coronavirus began its rounds in the Arab town of Arara in the Northern Triangle region on Monday, March 30, to complement facilities in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba.

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  • Chinese specialists ratify that measures adopted by Venezuela against Covid-19 are appropriate

    Team of doctors and specialists of the highest level in the People’s Republic of China to combat the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), confirm that the measures that the Bolivarian Government has taken to contain the infection are appropriate and correct.

    This was underlined by the Sector Vice-president of Communication, Culture and Tourism, Jorge Rodríguez, after a working meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Prevention, Care and Control of Covid-19, with doctors and specialists from the Asian nation, at the Miraflores Palace.

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  • Virus crisis around the world

    Friends and comrades from around the world give their experiences of the virus in their home countries.

    Italy, March 24

    I live in Rome, and my beautiful country is the most damaged at the moment. People are dying alone, and when I say alone I am of course referring to the absence of their relatives and loved ones, not the doctors, paramedics, and nurses—heroes all—who remain at the patients’  bedsides.

    Our health system is one of the best in the world and is totally free for all of us, but the only way to fight the spread is to stay home. As of this writing, today is day 14 of sheltering at home.

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  • CITU: On Food and Shelter for the Migrant Workers during lockdown period

    30th March 2020

    To:
    The Prime Minister of India
    New Delhi
    Sub: Food and Shelter for the Migrant Workers during lockdown period

    Dear Prime Minister Sir,

    We have earlier, on 24th March 2020, brought to your notice the serious problems of the unorganised sector workers, including migrant workers as a result of the country wide lockdown to contain the corona virus pandemic. We have urged upon you to ensure special arrangement for food, shelter and health checkups for these workers on a war footing.

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  • AITUC: Do not de-humanise and criminalise migrant workers

    AITUC strongly condemns the use of disinfectant spray on the migrant workers in Barreliey who were desperate to reach home and walking for miles on the highways. It is criminal to use chemical spray on human bodies as it can cause nausea, vomiting, head ache, irritation and damage to eyes, and in severe cases agitation, delusion, drowsiness, hallucination, impaired judgment, excitement, and mood changes and could be fatal in case of children and those with ailment of asthma, diabetes etc . In another place in Bulandshahar a police personnel is seen writing on the forehead of a worker that I am a lockdown breaker. Could anybody witness such a scene with an affluent, some of them in high positions violating advisories on lockdown even though having a history of travelling in Corona effected countries in the months of February- March 2020.

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  • COVID-19: A tale of two responses, China v. U.S.

    In this episode of The Specter, Comrade Ian Goodrum explains how the coronavirus pandemic emerged in Wuhan and describes his experience as an American Communist living in China during the initial outbreak. China has been able to contain the virus, while the confirmed cases of infected persons and death toll continue to rise in the United States. Only a system which puts people before profits will be able to save humanity.

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  • Covid-19: urban transport workers key to response and long-term recovery

    As both a health and economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic is the largest global challenge of our lifetimes. Over 30 percent of the world’s population is now under some form of restricted movement, while workers in many industries face loss of income and threats to their employment due to the severe contraction of the economy.

    Brave workers are on the frontline of this crisis, risking their own personal welfare, including health and social service, supply chain and public transport workers.

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  • Orbán’s power grab a carte blanche for erosion of fundamental rights

    Viktor Orbán’s unilateral power grab in Hungary this week marks not only a dramatic shift in the anti-democratic nature of his premiership, it also underscores how national governments around Europe, illiberal or otherwise, are using the COVID-19 crisis as an convenient excuse to row back on the fundamental rights of their citizens.

    In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, many EU member states have adopted drastic measures – previously unimaginable during peace times – to protect public health .

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  • 73 Communist & Workers Parties Demand Immediate Measures to Protect Peoples’ Health and Rights

    comunistaSeventy-three Communist and Workers Parties from around the world have issued a joint statement on the global situation created in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Initiated by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the signatory CPs express their support for both medical personnel and those suffering from the disease and denounce the huge shortages of equipment and staff in the public health sector resulting from years of anti-popular policies adopted by governments in the service of the capital, namely the commercializing and privatizing of health services to support the profitability of monopolistic groups.

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  • What should be done for workers’ rights during the coronavirus pandemic

    Policy proposals from Left MEPs in the European Parliament.

    1. Zero dismissals

    All employees should be protected from dismissal. This includes preventing the non-renewal of fixed-term or temporary contracts and the status of false self-employed persons. 

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  • Venezuelan Government, National Assembly to foster humanitarian agreement

    Lawmakers of the National Assembly (AN) will hold a meeting with Vice President Delcy Rodríguez to put forward their proposals and foster a humanitarian agreement with the participation of all the country’s sectors of society in order to contain and address the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela, informed President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, March 31.

    During a Council of State meeting at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, the Venezuelan president endorsed the request made by President of the National Assembly Luis Parra, who expressed his will to work with the Bolivarian Government for the benefit of the Venezuelan people.

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  • COVID-19 cases rise to 143 in Venezuela

    President Nicolás Maduro announced Tuesday night that 8 news COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours in Venezuela.

    These new patients were found in the states of Aragua, Sucre and Miranda. “Three of them come from Peri, three from the United Kingdom, and there are two domestic cases,” explained the Venezuelan president.

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