Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Venezuela: The Communist Party (PCV) will back the candidacy of Nicolas Maduro

According to Prensa Latina, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) announced that it will back the candidacy of President Nicolas Maduro, in an effort to work for the development of the country and the people. 

A week ago, the resolution of the PCV's 14th National Conference had proposed a "PSUV-PCV Unified Pact" based on a "broad coalition of political and social forces". 

According to an agreement released yesterday by the national press, the pact includes 17 actions in order to protect social struggles, safeguard the rights of the working class and the projection of more social, economic and political initiatives.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"NO to imperialists!" - Greek communists send powerful message during KKE rally

With the major slogans being "NO to the plans of Government-Imperialists" and "Disengagement from NATO-EU", thousands of people attended the anti-imperialist rally organised by the Communist Party of Greece on Tuesday afternoon in Athens' Syntagma Square. 

Workers, students, unemployed people, pensioners as well as soldiers raised their voices against the NATO-EU plans in the Balkans and the Middle East and expressed their solidarity to the struggle of the people who fight against imperialism in every corner of the world. The rally was addressed by the General Secretary of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas who refered to the developments in the Greek-Turkish relations, the dangerous role of the US-NATO-EU in the Aegean and the Balkans and condemned the government of SYRIZA for being a loyal servant of the imperialist unions. 

Utanç Verici! Shameful exploitation of a little girl by warmonger Tayyip Erdogan

What else is Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan capable to do in order to publicly propagandize his government's warmongering plans? As we saw in international media and soL international reports, during an AK Party event in Kahramanmaraş province on February 24th, Erdogan promised  to honour a little girl with the Turkish flag if she were to be martyred.

Erdogan invited a little girl wearing special forces, nicknamed as 'maroon berets', uniform to the podium. As the six-year old girl was crying agitatedly, the President said:

Monday, February 26, 2018

The KKE denounces EU court's ruling which "legalizes" dismissal of pregnant women workers

The road for businesses to ‘legally” fire even pregnant women workers has been opened by the unacceptable decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that was taken on the 22nd of February, reaffirming the repulsive aspect of the EU's anti-labor policy and the extreme hypocrisy of the predatory alliance which presents itself as a supposed protector of social rights, motherhood and the most "vulnerable" members of society.

In response to a query from a Spanish court, the CJEU considers "legal" the firing of a pregnant woman in a Spanish company in 2013, as part of the mass firings carried out by the employers. At the same time, with the outrageous reasoning that dismissal of a pregnant worker is permissible as long as the stated reason for her dismissal is not the her pregnancy itself, the CJEU paves the way for a generalized launching of firings of pregnant women which is already being pushed through by large companies.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Communist Party of Canada (CPC)- Justin Trudeau’s Trail of Broken Promises

February 11, 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won the 2015 election largely by pledging to take a different course than the Harper Conservatives on many key issues. This included his call for a new nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, full acceptance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and promises to act on all the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

100 years of the Soviet Red Army

"Anyone who loves freedom owes such a debt to the Red Army that it can never be repaid.” 
— Ernest Hemingway.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Turkey: Cowardly attack by fascists against members of the Communist Youth (TKG)

According to soL international, members of the Communist Youth of Turkey (TKG) were attacked by fascist mobs on February 22 during their campaign against imperialism and the NATO at the university campuses in Tekirdağ and Antalya provinces of Turkey.

In Tekirdağ province, a black car approached TKG members, asking for a leaflet menacingly. As the fascists started gathering in front of TKG members, they threatened the communists to terminate leaflet distribution. They attacked TKG members with fists and iron rods, injuring the head of two.

The students were interrogated by the police before they went to the hospital for medical examination. When the police learned that TKG members will press charges against the fascists, the police investigated for hours to find an element of crime in the leaflets against imperialism and the NATO.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Novartis scandal: Greek Parliament to probe 10 politicians in alleged bribery case

Greek Parliament voted early on Thursday in favour of the SYRIZA-ANEL proposal to probe 10 politicians over allegations that they were involved in the Novartis scandal.

A parliamentary committee of 21 members will be set up and the process is expected to last for at least one month. 

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called on lawmakers late on Wednesday night to back a government proposal to form a parliamentary committee to investigate whether 10 prominent politicians were involved in an alleged bribery scandal perpetrated by Swiss drugmaker Novartis.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) offers conditional support to Nicolas Maduro

While the aggressiveness of the United States, the EU and other Latin American countries against Venezuela's social democratic PSUV government continues, political preparations for the April 22nd presidential elections have already started. 

The 14th National Conference of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), which was held last weekend in Caracas, evaluated the current political, social and economic situation and discussed the Party's stance in the upcoming elections. The PCV's Conference Resolution talks about "a broad coalition of political and social forces” as part of a "PSUV-PCV Unified Pact" in order to tackle "Venezuela's dependent and rentier capitalism with anti-imperialist, patriotic and popular political and socio-economic actions".

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Portuguese Communist Party: Resolution of the CC for the strengthening of the Party

Resolution of the Central Committee of the PCP [En, Pt]

January 21th 2018
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The PCP assumes its objectives and project with confidence in its forces, in the working class, in workers and people, in a context in which the future presents itself with dangers and potentialities. Whereas PCP is the target of systematic attack, slander, discrimination, silencing, it assumes its communist identity, its project of transforming society. The Party counts on its strength and ability to intervene, it resists attacks, it fulfills its role but, faced with its shortcomings, it needs to be stronger and more influential in current and future political battles. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Greece: Hands Off from the Trade Unions! Stop persecution against 35 PAME cadres

The Syriza Government Continues Suppression And Persecutions Against The Trade Unions And Workers That Do Not Surrender
The SYRIZA government-along with the far-right party ANEL, and ND, after the law for the abolition of the Strike right, it continues the attacks against the trade union organization and the struggles of the workers.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Nikos Kazantzakis writes about the Soviet Union

Nikos Kazantzakis
(Heraklion, 1883 - 1957, Freiburg) 
Nikos Kazantzakis*.
Preface in The Soaring Rise of Culture in the U.S.S.R. [Greek ed, 1945.]
Translation into english: 
In Defense of Communism

1. This world, the post-war one, where we are living in, is so rotten, immoral and unworthy of even a moderate man, that every attempt to break it down seems- and is- sacred. 

That is why today all honest people, all those who set justice, freedom and light as goals of the social life, regard the demolition of the rotten, dishonored, old foolish world as their first duty.

2. The second duty, the positive one, of every honest man today is: the effort to create a better world, where what call light or God or rise will be dominate. 

This effort, the heroic one, the martyred one, has been taken and realized- this is her terrific historical mission- by Soviet Russia. This is today the creative turbine, the rotating sparkling nebula, which is constantly shaping and condensing and creating- this is now the only hope of the people- the new, better world. 

Turkish authorities arrested Communist Party's members in Çanakkale

Ten days ago, in the western city of Bursa, members of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) who were distributing handouts inviting locals to "people’s alternative is strengthening” meeting, were detained by the authorities. 

This time, according to soL international, the regime of Tayyip Erdogan arrested five TKP members in the northwestern province of Çanakkale. 

The Communist Party of Turkey is the process of organizing various political meetings across the country under the slogan "Turkey is not hopeless, people's alternative is strengthening". 

Friday, February 16, 2018

KKE MP: "The Greek government becomes NATO's flag-bearer in the region"

The effort of the SYRIZA-ANEL government to play the role of NATO's flag-bearer in the region, in order to serve the aims of the capital, thus involving the Greek people in great dangers, was underlined by the KKE Central Committee member and MP Giannis Giokas during a radio interview earlier on Friday.

Giokas said that the government's policy is to play the role of NATO's flag-bearer in the region, making agreements for new military bases and arms purschase, as well as by closing a series of issues such as the FYROM name case. Through this way, the government argues that it will contribute to the country's upgrade in the region for the benefit of the people. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fascism Kills: Florida gunman had allegedly been trained with white supremacists

Nikolas Cruz, the alleged gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday, trained with a white-supremacist group, its leader told The Daily Beast.

Jordan Jereb, captain of the Republic of Florida, said Cruz “was part of our organization.” ROF hosted a “paramilitary” training session in the Tallahassee area that Cruz attended, Jereb said. “He probably used that training to do what he did yesterday. Nobody I know told him to do that, he just freaked out,” Jereb added.

Anti-imperialist rallies to be organized by the KKE in Athens and Thessaloniki

Under the slogan "No to the NATO-EU plans and Greece's intervention in them" the Party Organisations of the Communist Party of Greece in Attica and Central Macedonia have scheduled large anti-imperialist rallies in Athens and Thessaloniki, on February 27th and March 6th respectively.

The major speaker in both rallies will be the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas who will refer to the current developments in the Balkans, the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean, including the Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus Issue.

German Communist Party (DKP) calls for "No" to the grand coalition

Following the completion of the negotiations between the SPD and CDU/CSU in Germany, chair of German Communist Party (DKP) Patrik Köbele has shared a press release, regarding the outcome. Köbele called for democrats to reject the grand coalition appeal.

The chair of German Communist Party (DKP) Patrik Köbele commenced his analysis with clarifying that SPD is wanted to have its place in the government. Especially some of the ministerial positions were appointed as if “good bait catching fine fish”, to convince the members of SPD and influence their decision in the upcoming days to get an approval.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Koutsoumbas' statement on the aggression of Turkish government in the Aegean

Regarding the escalation of the Turkish aggression, the General Secretary of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece Dimitris Koutsoumbas made the following statement:

"The latest events consist an escalation of the Turkish aggression, after the formalization of Turkey's claims during the recent visit of Erdogan in Greece.

Before the- day before yesterday- collision of the Turkish ship, we had:

- Continuous encirclement of islets by Turkish ships

- Nearly a collision of a Turkish ship with a Greek gunboat. 

- Intervention of Turkish ships during the wreath laying in Imia by the Minister of Defense.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Comment by the KKE on Imia incident and Erdogan's statements

Regarding the incident near the Imia islets in southeastern Aegean and the statements made by Turkish President Erdogan on Greece and Cyprus, the Press Office of the CC of the KKE made the following comment:

"Both the incident in Imia, as well as the statements of Erdogan consists an escalation of the Turkish provocation, thus refuting the environment of complacency that the government cultivated during the visit of the Turkish President in Greece and proving that the participation of neighboring countries in NATO, as it has been supported in the case of FYROM, under no circumstances leads to stability and security for the people". 

Source: 902.gr / Translation: In Defense of Communism.

Communist Youth of Turkey: "NATO is the biggest terrorist organization"


The Communist Youth of Turkey (TKG) issued a declaration about their anti-imperialist stance. Criticizing the NATO presence in the region and the ongoing warmonger politics of the Turkish government, the TKG recalls the spectacular protestation against the US Navy 6th Fleet carried out by leftist students 50 years ago and calls for an uncompromising struggle against imperialists and their collaborators.

50 years after the casting of the soldiers of the US Navy 6th Fleet out to the sea by university students in Istanbul, the Communist Youth of Turkey (TKG) issued a declaration about their anti-imperialist stance. Stressing the ongoing warmonger politics in the region and also theoretical evaluations against imperialism, the statement has as title: "Those who don't target imperialism can't defeat imperialists: While they preach, we will be the ones to throw imperialists into the sea"

Monday, February 12, 2018

KKE is firmly against the dangerous plans of USA-NATO-EU and Greece's involvement in them


Many international media outlets in the previous period have turned their attention to Greece and the nationalist demonstrations, which were held in Thessalonica and Athens, with the open support of the main right-wing opposition party of ND, as well as of the "Centre Union" and also of the criminal fascist organization "Golden Dawn".With the main slogan "Macedonia is Greece" nationalist and even fascist forces sought to exploit the justified concern of the people about the developments in the relations of our country with FYROM in order to saw he poison of nationalism, jingoism.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stalin’s Ghost Haunts Capitalism

A Riposte to Stephen Kotkin’s ‘Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941’
By Raj Sahai*.

Princeton University historian Stephen Kotkin is writing a monumental three-volume biography of Joseph Stalin. Kotkin’s is the latest in a large number of books on Stalin, starting with Isaac Deutscher in 1949. So, why yet another book on Stalin?
Kotkin says Stalin represents a “gold standard” in “personal dictatorship”, and more archival documents are now accessible, so now a definitive biography of Stalin can finally be written. He takes Isaac Deutscher’s three-volume biography of Trotsky as a model for his own work. Published in 2015, Kotkin’s first volume was titled ‘Stalin: Paradoxes of Power 1878 - 1928’. Volume 2, published in November 2017, is titled ‘Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929 – 1941’.

Bertolt Brecht / Hanns Eisler- United Front Song


"United Front Song"
Poetry: Bertolt Brecht / Music: Hanns Eisler.

Friday, February 9, 2018

U.S. authorities refused to issue visa to WFTU General Secretary and trade unionist George Mavrikos

George Mavrikos, WFTU General Secretary.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), which represents more than 92 million workers worldwide, publicly denounces the U.S. government which has refused to issue entry visitor visa to the Federation's General Secretary George Mavrikos. 

More specifically, as it has been revealed, the U.S. State Department has classified the WFTU in the "Terrorist Travel" list which refers to terrorist organisations! 

As the statement of the WFTU points out "the stance of the U.S. State Department is anti-democratic and aims to prevent the free trade unionist activity and strengthening of the militant trade unionist movement of the workers in the USA. At the same time it consists an intentional discrimination against the WFTU and its right to exercise its role in the United Nations; a role that exists since 1945". 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ukraine: Anti-fascists were attacked and robbed by "National Squads" neo-Nazis in Kiev

According to the Communist Party of Ukraine, two members of the Anti-Fascist Committee of Ukraine were attacked and robbed by neo-Nazi thugs affiliated with the "National Squads" / Source: Solidnet
Neo-Nazis from the so-called "National Squads" attacked and robbed members of the Anti-Fascist Committee of Ukraine Alexander Kononovich and his brother. They are convinced that they were attacked because of their anti-fascist activities.
Representatives of the "National " kidnapped them February 7 at about 16:00, while Kononovichi received some printed materials (leaflets) from the company in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv. In addition, Alexander claims that they have been robbed with his brother by these attackers that demonstrated IDs of the "National".

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Greek soldiers: “Our only enemy is NATO”!

Young Greeks who perform their military service in army camps at the region of Evros, in north eastern Greece, have expressed their firm opposition to the installation of a new NATO base in the port of Alexandroupolis. 

According to letters published at 902.gr portal, soldiers express their anti-imperialist sentiments, as well as their willingness to participate in the, organized by local peace committees, anti-NATO demonstration which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 11 February in the city of Alexandroupolis.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Poland towards fascistization: President Duda signs law that exonerates Polish Nazi collaborators

In a disgraceful effort to rewrite history and under the pretext of "safeguarding the country's image", Poland's President Andrzej Duda confirmed that he will sign into law a highly controversial bill which in fact intends to exonerate the polish collaborators of Nazi forces during WW2. 

The new law will impose prison sentences of up to three years for mentioning the term “Polish death camps” and for suggesting “publicly and against the facts” that the Polish nation or state was complicit in Nazi Germany’s crimes.

Erdogan's "democracy": Turkish government holding nearly 600 people over Syria criticism

According to a soL international report, the AKP government of Tayyip Erdogan says it has detained 573 people for criticizing its offensive in northern Syria since the operation began earlier this month. 

The government last month launched an air and ground offensive, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch", against the Kurdish YPG militant group in Syria's northwestern Afrin region.

An Interior Ministry statement said Monday that 449 people have been detained so far for allegedly engaging in "terror propaganda" on social media, while a further 124 were detained for participating in protests against the military operation into the Syrian Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin.

Monday, February 5, 2018

KKE: Comment regarding the nationalist rally over "Macedonia" name in Athens

Commenting on the "Macedonia" rally* that was held in central Athens on Sunday 4th February, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece pointed out the following:

"Both the speeches and the slogans that dominated in the rally, do not challenge the dangerous NATO plans which the SYRIZA-ANEL government promotes by designating the arsonists of the Balkans as supposed guarantors of peace and cooperation.

They conceal the actual problems, throwing water in the mill of nationalism and irredentism, while at the same time they are fostering the government to present its policy with the mandle of a supposed progressivity.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Declaration of the KKE about the Macedonia naming dispute between Greece and FYROM

Regarding the ongoing developments on the Macedonia name dispute and the negotiations between Greece and FYROM, the Communist Party of Greece issued the following pamphlet-statement.

The arsonists of the Balkans- NATO, USA, EU- do not want to give a solution for the people's benefit!

The KKE calls the Greek people, who are genuinely concerned about the developments on the FYROM issue, must see the essence of the problem, the “forest” and not the “tree”. They must overcome the disorientation and the false dividing lines that both the government as well those powers who invest on nationalism and irredentism are cultivating.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Egypt: Communist Party calls for a boycott of the presidential elections

In a recent statement, the Egyptian Communist Party's Politburo calls for a boycott of the presidential elections which will take place between 26 and 28 March 2018. 

# - State organs and institutions bear responsibility for turning election into a referendum harming Egypt's reputation. 

# - Governmental, parliamentary and media circles parading to consolidate policies and practices of totalitarian rule. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

75 years since the victory in Stalingrad: Statement by the European Communist Initiative

On the occasion of the 75 years since the victorious outcome of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Secretariat of the European Communist Initiative issued the following statement:
On February 2 75 years will have passed since the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, with the complete victory of the forces of the Red Army and the crushing of the Nazi armies, something that constituted the beginning of the radical change of tide in the war in favour of the USSR and more generally laid the foundations for the Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples.

Istanbul's new airport: Galley-slave labour conditions and occupational murders for sultan Erdogan's sake!

According to interesting reports by soL international, construction workers held a protest on February 1 at Istanbul’s third airport project site, showing the reaction against the poor working conditions and non-payments. 

Around 1500 thousands of workers protested the working conditions, as their working hours were extended so as to finish the airport project that is still under construction. The workers closed the road to traffic while protesting the project owners.

The protestor workers say their shuttle services are inadequate and the food service is so poor that they have to sleep hungry since their work shifts and shuttle hours are irregular.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Macedonia name dispute: KKE is opposed to FYROM's accession to NATO

The firm opposition of the Communist Party of Greece to NATO's plans in the Balkan region and the role of the imprialist alliance in the Macedonia name dispute, was stated by Nikos Sofianos, member of the Political Bureau of the Party's Central Committee, during an interview on ERT1.

The negotiations that are currently taking place between Greece and the neighboring country [FYROM] are taking place under the umbrella of NATO and the Americans. These are the ones who accelerate the talks, aiming at the accession of FYROM in NATO” said Sofianos. 

He also added that both the government and other cosmopolitans as well as the organizers of the upcoming nationalist rally (which will take place on Sunday in Athens) “do not disagree with FYROM's accession to NATO, the alliance which is responsible for slaughtering the Balkans, dissolving Yugoslavia, bombing Serbia, creating minorities and utilizing irredentisms”.

Kemal Okuyan- Don’t you understand the difference between patriotism and nationalism?

Kemal Okuyan, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and soL columnist, wrote an article on January 30 regarding the differences between patriotism and nationalism with reference to a famous patriotic Soviet song, 'Song of the Motherland', some lyrics of which were removed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in order to ignore the song's references to the equality of all people under socialism.

Don’t you understand the difference between patriotism and nationalism?

It was 1936. Racism and fascism were rising in Europe. Italy, Germany and Austria surrendered. The fascists declared a "holy war" against the republicans in Spain. Nationalism was polluting everywhere. Discrimination against the black people reached the highest level.