Thursday, 17. August 2017

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  1. António Guterres, United Nations secretary general called on the international community and its actors to condemn racism and xenophobia “everywhere and every time”

  2. Damascus, SANA-Foreign and Expatriates Ministry called on the UN Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities in the maintenance of international peace and security and to stop the crimes of the international coalition led by the United States against the innocent Syrian civilians. In two letters sent to UN Secretary General and President of SC on...
  3. Thousands of members of the Chamba Juvenil program will be trained to harvest fruits, vegetables, legumes as well as raise sheep, goats, and pigs.

  4. Damascus, SANA-Prime Minister Imad Khamis met on Thursday Lebanese ministers of Agriculture and Industry Ghazi Zaiter and Hussein Hajj Hassan separately and discussed with them means to develop the economic relations between the two brotherly countries, especially in the agricultural and industrial fields. Khamis expressed his appreciation for this visit and the participation of Lebanese...
  5. Puerto Rican artist, Danny Rivera, is currently recording two albums in Cuba

  6. The conservation and recovery of these ecosystems is among the tasks included in the State Plan for Confronting Climate Change, approved by the Council of Ministers in April

  7. Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad issued on Thursday Decree no. 253 for 2017 granting one additional examination session for undergraduates who failed in any subject in the 2016-2017 academic year. The decree also grants an additional academic year to the students of the same grade who exhausted all opportunities to take exams from inside...
  8. Damascus, SANA- Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Thursday received on Thursday a delegation from the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce which will be participating in Damascus International Fair, headed by Chairman of the Federation Ahmed el-Wakil. Al-Moallem welcomed the Egyptian delegation, reviewing the historical ties binding the two brotherly people in Syria...
  9. Deir Ezzor, SANA- Army units engaged in sporadic clashes with ISIS-affiliated terrorist groups on the axes of al-Rushdieh neighborhood, al-Maqaber “cemeteries” and the Airport in Deir Ezzor and its surroundings, killing scores of terrorists. SANA reporter in Deir Ezzor said that the clashes were accompanied by intensive airstrikes carried out by the Syrian Air Force...
  10. Deir Ezzor/Raqqa, SANA- 6 civilians, among them 3 children were killed in a new massacre committed by the US-led ‘international coalition” against a number of villages and towns in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor province. Local sources told SANA Thursday that the aircrafts of the US-led ‘international coalition” shelled for two days the citizens’ houses...
  11. Damascus, SANA- The temperatures will remain around average as the country is affected by an Indian seasonal low pressure accompanied by southwestern air currents in the upper layers of the atmosphere. The Meteorology Department expected in its Thursday bulletin that the skies will be clear to partly cloudy in general and local rain showers will...
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  13. “The stronger the imperialist threat, the more the people will take to the streets and demonstrate that we are a sovereign and dignified people,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stated

  14. The importance of the Che Guevara Studies Center was recognized by the Memory of the World Programme in 2013

  15. For over five years Cuban baseball’s top batter was Osmani Urrutia: the star player from Macagua 8, Las Tunas, and winner of six titles

  16. The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its more than 92 million members in 126 countries in the five continents, extends its internationalist solidarity with the people of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. As international class-oriented trade union movement, we strongly condemn the tensions caused by the US government and President Trump as well as the recent decisions of the UN Security Council which impose new sanctions against DPR Korea and its people. It is blatant hypocrisy on the behalf of the US government to threaten the sovereignty of DPR Korea under the pretext of its nuclear program, while at the same time they maintain their own nuclear arsenal, while the military exercises among the USA, South Korea and Japan are constantly increasing in the...
  17. According to the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI), population aging in the country is expected to steadily increase over the coming years, while the number of young people and adolescents is set to decline

  18. Various social organizations and personalities from different countries around the world are set to participate in the “Third Days of Action Against the Blockade” in Washington D.C, from September 11-1

  19. GranmaInternational shares with our readers some of the Comandante en Jefe's reflections and ideas on issues which impact the world today

  20. The ninth edition of the International Timbalaye Festival, taking place August 18 through September 1, will be the first to celebrate rumba’s inscription on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

  21. Eliodoro Pérez Reyes holds a degree in Agronomy Education and has more than a decade of experience as a political and student leader. He believes that the greatest obligation of Cuban youth is to immortalize the thought of Fidel Castro

  22. Cuba vehemently condemns military aggression against Venezuela, stated the island’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations, Ana Teresita González

  23. The Venezuelan President was accompanied by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, First Combatant Cilia Flores, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla

  24. This August 13, Cubans and Venezuelans paid tribute to the Comandante en Jefe’s exceptional career, as well as to another extraordinary fighter: Hugo Chávez

  25. Fidel’s ideas about respecting rights, legality, and upholding the law, always in consultation with the masses, go back to his years as a student

  26. By: Geraldina Colotti / Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / August 10, 2017 The professor Hermann Escarrá is one of the biggest constitutionalist in Venezuela, and one of the last people to be sanctioned by the USA: In the Hall of the Melia Hotel in Caracas, he gave […]
  27. The President of the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC), Antonio Moltó, passed away in Havana at 74 years of age

  28. The World Federation of Trade Unions expresses its deep condolences to the families of the victims of the floods. Until now more than 312 people lost their life, while thousands more are still missing and more than 3.000 people are left homeless. For one more time the workers and the poor people are paying the price of the lack of adequate protective measures. The ineffective protective measures result from the capitalistic way of production that ignores peoples’ needs and cares only for the profits. The workers must realize this reality and move on to class oriented militant struggles in order to put pressure on authorities and the governments in every country to safeguard the safety of the people in cases of nature disasters. The Secretariat
  29. Source: Pagina/12, Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / August 15, 2017 The ruling party, Cambiemos, grew in several provinces and didn’t lose the ones it already had. Kirchnerism denounces manipulation of the results Last Sunday, Argentina held its Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory Primary Elections (PASO). Voter turnout was of […]
  30. Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policies have been solely focused on ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ Most of the designated terrorist groups in the US are right-wing extremists, not Muslim, according to a new report. A joint project by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a nonprofit media centre, and news outlet Reveal from […]
  31. The World Federation of Trade Unions, which represents more than 92 million members in 126 countries all over the world, firmly supports the workers of Iraq, who are opposing the new law on social security approved on 1st of August 2017 by the Iraqi cabinet. This law does not meet the international labor standards which protect the rights and needs of workers and retirees and appears to have been based on suggestions of the World Bank to the Iraqi government, pressuring the government to pass it as a pre-condition so that Iraq can receive new loans. According to the Conference of Iraqi Federations and Workers Unions [CIFWU] the new law integrates the Pension and Social Security Fund with the National Pension Fund, raises the retirement age of workers from 63 to 65 in all work sectors,...
  32. Chomsky, Pilger Slam Trump Threats Against Venezuela The progressive intellectuals say Washington’s military threats against Venezuela must be stopped, in exclusive comments to teleSUR. Source: TeleSur TV / The Dawn News / August 13, 2017 Noam Chomsky and John Pilger spoke with teleSUR, denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to […]
  33. The inauguration today of new works and those to repair damages caused by Hurricane Matthew will be one of the most important moments of the festivities to mark the 506th anniversary of the founding of Baracoa as Cuba’s first villa

  34. The extraordinary contributions of Cuba's healthcare collaboration internationally owes its origins to the thinking of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, the greatest promoter of solidarity with the world's peoples, and advocate of this principle as fundamental to the Revolution's foreign policy, since its very inception

  35. By: Armando B. Ginés / The Dawn News / August 7, 2017   World elites dominate the main international media almost completely through an intricate network of associations that conceal the participation of transnational empires such as banks, weapons industries, energetic industries, and financial and investment entities. The New York […]
  36. Army General Raúl Castro Ruz laid flowers before the graves of Cuba's national hero José Martí and Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, in Santiago de Cuba's Santa Ifigenia Cemetery

  37. Bodyguards of Hamma Hammami were removed by the Tunisian government. Hammami is the spokesperson for the Peoples’ Front in Tunisia and he has been receiving death threats for a long time. EMEP strongly condemns this decision by the Tunisian government. Tunisian government will be responsible for any attack that may target Hammami. Hammami is the
  38. CARTAGENA, Colombia — Vice President Mike Pence is walking a line during a trip to Latin America between the region’s opposition to possible U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, and President Donald Trump’s surprising refusal to rule out that option. Speaking during a joint news conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos shortly […]
  39. Ghassan Kanafani in his PFLP office in Beirut, surrounded by revolutionary icons on the wall (Marx, Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara, George Habash). All the PFLP posters below were authored by Ghassan Kanafani. July 8th marked the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Ghassan Kanafani. A multifaceted Palestinian revolutionary, […]
  40. By: Franklin Frederick / The Dawn News “The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them.” Harold Pinter Fascist tendencies are back in broad daylight in Latin America. They can be clearly seen in the murderous Venezuelan opposition […]
  41. Source: Ma’an News Agency / The Dawn News / August 14, 2017 RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with a delegation of Hamas deputies of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on Monday to discuss ways to end the decade-long political rivalry between the Hamas movement, […]
  42. By: Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Source: Global Research / The Dawn News / June 15, 2017 George W, Bush was known for his total ignorance of geography. “Dubya the Geographer: Someone Buy This Man an Atlas” appears in dubyaspeak.com, Dubya Speaks, We Record the Damage.   Fast forward to 2017: What about Donald Trump who has his thumb on the […]
  43. In a recent Twitter post, Cuban Ambassador to Spain, Eugenio Martínez, announced that there are now 19 direct weekly flights between the European nation and Cuba

  44. Our interview on elections in Cuba with Dr. José Luis Toledo, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power Commission on Constitutional and Judicial Affairs, and tenured professor at the University of Havana, continues below, addressing the nomination of candidates

  45. The 21st century equivalent of the Panama Canal is a railway corridor

  46. The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, condemns the increasing phenomenon of imprisonments, based on the expression of people’s opinion in Thailand. The incidents of attacks against freedom of speech is an overt violation of the rights of the people of Thailand. Those practices mainly undermine the action of the working class and aim to the subjugation and manipulation of the popular strata, minimizing the possibility of the class oriented struggles. The international class oriented trade union movement denounces these phenomena which are integral parts of the generalized anti-labour policy. The WFTU expresses its solidarity to the working class and the people of Thailand and demands the immediate release of all the political...
  47. Thousands of residents of Santiago celebrated the 91st anniversary of the birth of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz with an extensive program of activities, including a tribute at the stone monument that guards his ashes in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery

  48. A new museum devoted to Cuba's resistance to U.S. aggression was inaugurated, yesterday on the 91st anniversary of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro's birth, with Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Political Bureau member and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, on hand

  49. WFTU World Working Youth Congress November 2nd -3rd 2017, Rome Italy Dear Colleagues, The World Federation of Trade Unions in its 17th World Trade Union Congress made one more step in analyzing the situation and the problems of the working youth. The youth as the new shift of the working class faces today the problems of the working class but also other particular problems related to its age and particular needs. The working youth must be in the heart of action of the class oriented trade-unions all over the world. The class-oriented trade-union movement, the WFTU has given and still does much attention to the development of young trade unionists able to lead the working class to victory. The renewal of cadres is necessary so that the eldest and more experienced trade unionists to be...
  50. GFTU Syria in cooperation with WFTU and ICATU are pleased to cordially invite you to participate in the International Trade Union Forum on “Solidarity with Syrian People and Workers against Terrorism, Blockade, and Imperial Intervention Policies”. The Syrian crisis has caused the death of thousands of Syrians, the wounding of tens of thousands, and the displacement of millions of Syrians. However, most of those who have been affected are workers. Therefore, we count a lot on your participation to send a strong message to Syrian workers and people that they are not alone against terrorism and Imperial aggression. We would feel very deeply honored by your presence in this important solidarity forum. The forum will be convened in Damascus/ Syria in two days 11-12/9/2017 at...
  51. This article is based on remarks made by the author at the CPUSA National Labor Conference, May 20-21, in Chicago.
    Several crises of contemporary capitalism have reached or are reaching dangerous tipping points. They are rooted in a path of destructive and unsustainable development.
    They include extreme wealth and social inequality, job loss and dislocation from automation, and the existential threat posed by the ecological crisis.
    These interconnected crises are impacting everything and (...)

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  52. The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its 92 million members in 126 countries all over the world, stands by the side of the 1.600 workers who were dismissed from Mukhtar Contracting and Investment Company after ten or twenty years of service, because of claimed liquidation process of the company. As class oriented world trade union movement, we express our stable solidarity to the working class of Egypt, and call on the workers to continue their struggle until the attainment of their fair demands.
  53. Fidel placed particular emphasis on the development of Cuban culture from the very first years of the Revolution

  54. Fidel is incarnated in the hearts of millions of Cubans and admirers throughout the world

  55. About 200,000 people were displaced by floods brought about by monsoon rains in various parts of Myanmar. Specifically from July 1 to August 10, a total of 208,450 people from 51,774 households were forced to flee their homes. The most affected regions were parts of Sagaing Region, Magwe Region, Chin State, Bago Region, Kayin State, Ayeyarwady Region, Mon State, Nay Pyi Taw, Rakhine State, Shan State and Tanintharyi Region. This is not the first time that the people of Myanmar suffer because of natural disasters due to the lack of basic protection measures. The poorest areas in Myanmar and generally in the South-East Asia are completely exposed to bad weather. The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, demands the immediate protection of...
  56. Residents of the Ampliación del Sevillano neighborhood in the Havana municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, described Cuba’s political system as genuinely democratic, during a community debate organized by the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR)

  57. Raúl Castro’s words, as early as 1959, summed up the significance of Fidel’s example and his lasting presence among the Cuban people

  58. The right of signing a collective agreement that the workers won by struggling can’t be blocked at Çankaya Municipality We will use our rights in Norm Altaş sooner or later! Despite the emergency state conditions in Turkey, Nakliyat İş Union continues to organize massive demonstration to preserve the basic rights of its members. Another massive protest was organized in the Capital City of Turkey, Ankara on August 10. Norm Altaş is a subcontractor firm that carries out business on behalf of Çankaya Municipality in Ankara. In spite of the fact that our union struggled and gained the right of signing a collective agreement in this firm, the employer tries to prevent our members from using their rights. Moreover, there are some court verdicts ruling that it is a right to sign a collective...
  59. Bolivian President Evo Morales highlighted the struggles of indigenous movements from his country and Latin America against colonialism, during an act to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 

  60. The Trade Unions of India during the National Convention of Workers discussed about the current developments, the increasing anti-labor policies of India government and worker’s standard of living. The Convention examined the previous action of the trade union movement and the continuing government’s provocative rejection and indifference of the 12-point Charter of Demands on minimum wage, social security, workers’ status and pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatization and mass scale contractorisation etc. The convention was organised by the joint platform of all the central trade unions – CITU, AITUC, INTUC, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF, and the National Federations of State and Central Government employees and the employees in a wide...
  61. The Tory government is preparing to bind workers and a future Labour government with EU market and competition rules after Britain leaves the EU, according to the Communist Party.

    'Big business is putting huge pressure on Prime Minister May and her negotiating team to reach a settlement with the EU that would prevent any form of democratic intervention in the economy through an alternative economic and political strategy', International Secretary John Foster told the party's Political Committee on Wednesday evening (August 2).

    He warned that any transitional or post-exit treaty with the EU that accepted existing single market or customs union rules and institutions would outlaw policies to support industry, control capital, regulate trade or

    ...
  62. The Communist Party of Britain has welcomed the results of last Sunday's referendum in Venezuela to create a Constituent Assembly under article 347 of that country's democratically adopted constitution.

  63. The Communist Party of Canada condemns the latest flagrant violation of the national sovereignty of Venezuela by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Going far beyond the bounds of diplomacy, Minister Freeland attacked the July 30 voting to elect a Constituent Assembly which will have powers to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela. The Liberal government’s [...]
  64. Le Parti communiste du Canada condamne la dernière et flagrante violation de la souveraineté nationale du Venezuela par la ministre des Affaires étrangères, Chrystia Freeland. Outrepassant de loin les limites de la diplomatie, la ministre Freeland s’est attaquée au scrutin du 30 juillet visant à élire une assemblée constituante qui aura le pouvoir de résoudre [...]
  65. Two shipwrecks were reported off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, 9 May. They exacted a terrible toll: 11 dead, 230 missing, and 57 survivors.
    Some 50 survivors were rescued Sunday. They were taken to Pozzallo, in the southern part of Sicily.
    photo: Iker Pastor/Anadolu Agency/AFP
    The flood of migrants and its attendant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean have not abated. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since May 5th over 6,000 people have crossed the sea (...)

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  66. France's Front National is holding a "refoundation seminar" this weekend. For the political scientist Jean-Yves Camus, it will have a "cathartic function", after disappointing electoral results, but “the party is in no danger”.
    Photo : Iris
    Jean-Yves Camus, politologue, spécialiste de l'extrême droite.
    Huma: After defeat in the presidential and legislatives elections, what are the objectives of the party's [senior] activists?
    JEAN-YVES CAMUS After two electoral defeats, this seminar has a (...)

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  67. In its endeavour to create a political regime defined by a one-man state characterised by oppression, violence and prohibition, the AKP Government has been responsible for all sorts of lawlessness. Including the arrest of politicians, elected officials, journalists and defenders of human rights; the closure of newspapers, magazines, television channels and radio channels; and the
  68. Bike-sharing firm Ofo recently established its own Communist Party of China (CPC) committee and held its first meeting for its Party member employees, a significant move that shows that Party units are now represented in the country's cutting-edge economic fields.
    Ofo currently has 167 Party members and CEO Dai Wei heads up their CPC committee, according to a statement the company sent to the Global Times on July 6.
    Besides Ofo, live streaming website douyu.com established a Party branch (...)

    - International Communist Press
  69. The Communist Party of Canada condemns the federal Liberal government’s June announcement of its plan to increase military spending by 70% over the next ten years. This massive militarization means the government is committing to increase its already significant role in military interventions and full-scale wars around the world, further escalating imperialism’s drive towards world [...]
  70. On Thursday, Unicef's Innocenti Research Centre published a report on the well-being of children in developed countries. France's results were mixed.
    With repect to education, France comes in 14th place
    Photo : Martin Bureau/AFP
    Children's well-being in developed countries differs. The report published on Thursday by Unicef's Innocenti Research Centre shows there is still a lot of inequality in the 41 countries of the EU and the OECD. The research was based on nine criteria such as health, (...)

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  71. Bill C-59, the Liberals’ new national security legislation, is a cleaned up continuation of the Tories’ infamous and draconian Bill C-51, which the Liberals promised to significantly amend if elected in 2015. In fact they voted for C-51 despite mass country-wide protests against the Bill before and during the election. Their promises to amend it [...]
  72. A Political Solution to the Crisis is Possible and Urgent US President Donald Trump’s threatening statements regarding the DPRK and its missile tests this week are a serious danger to peace in the region and in the world. President Trump and his administration are not the world’s policeman, and have no right to threaten “punishment” [...]
  73. Trump continues to obstruct the fight against climate change. The backdrop against which the climate skeptic President has suspended his decision says a great deal about his national strategy.
    A protester wearing a mask caricaturing Donald Trump at the People's Climate March in front of the White House in Washington, April 29th. Photo : Nicolas kamm/AFP
    The speech made Thursday night by Donald Trump brought to a close a skillfully orchestrated performance regarding his position on the (...)

    - World
  74. One scandal can hide others. While he is being investigated on suspicion of obstruction of justice related to collusion with Russia, the President has also enriched his personal real estate empire and supported a new law to destroy unions.
    Speculation about a possible conspiracy between Donald Trump and Russia, which continues to circulate, has pushed other, more serious issues, into the background. These include the real estate mogul's conflicts of interest and the anti-social shock (...)

    - World
  75. May 20, 2017
    Consortium News: A prototype of the modern foreign lobby in Washington was the China Lobby, bribing and bending U.S. politicians to serve the will of the Nationalists who fled to Taiwan and helped fuel McCarthyism, reports Jonathan Marshall.
    One of the first big foreign lobbies to blossom after passage of the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act was the infamous China Lobby, defined by William Safire in his political dictionary as an “attack phrase used against those urging (...)

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  76. The Ban

    In December 2015, the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) was outlawed. The ban has been condemned around the world. Amnesty International called it 'a flagrant violation of freedom of expression and association' which should be immediately overturned.

  77. The Queen's Speech and the EU exit negotiations underline the urgent need for a General Election and a change of government, according to Britain's Communists.

  78. Welsh Communists are urging all workers, trade unionists and socialists to unite in a 'mass movement of action' to secure another General Election as soon as possible.

  79. Pride 2017 Statement from the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League In 2017, Pride events across Canada take place in a much different context than one short year ago. The election of Donald Trump has encouraged fascists and other reactionaries to emerge from their dark corners and to openly promote hatred in [...]
  80. While the djihadists of Daesh (ISIS) are under siege in their two ``capitals'', tensions are mounting between the different forces present on the terrain. At risk, not only the future of two cities, but also of the nation-states as they presently exist.
    Several non-governmental organisations have expressed their fears in face of risks encountered by the inhabitants of Mosul, themselves under siege and lacking everything.
    Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP
    In Mosul, the combat against Daesh has (...)

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  81. On February 19, 2016, Bulu Roy Chowdhury, a National Council member of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), member of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), All India Youth Federation( AIYF), All India Students Federation (AISF) and champion of the oppressed, former Lady Irwin School (LIS ), Delhi, student (1951), passed on in the town of Tiruvananthapuram which she had made her home for many years. The Hindu in its obituary mentioned that, “ Ms. Chowdhury played an active role (...)

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