Friday, March 29, 2019

"We trust KKE, the only party that doesn't divide workers by skin colour, language or religion"

Birgül Maksum is a young working woman from Western Thrace, which is home to a diverse muslim minority of approximately 120,000 Greek citizens of various ethnic origins (Turks, Pomaks, Roma, etc). She is also a candidate for the Regional Council of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace with the electoral list of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). 

Birgül was among the speakers during yesterday's KKE event in Komotini, which was attended by the Party's General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas who is currently visiting the region. 

World Peace Council (WPC): Speech by General Secretary Thanasis Pafilis in Belgrade

WPC General Secretary Thanasis Pafilis.
The World Peace Council Secretariat Meeting was held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 21st and 24th of March, 2019. 

The meeting coincided with the international conference, organised on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Below is the speech of the WPC General Secretary Thanasis Pafilis to the meeting.

Dear Comrades and Friends,

Thursday, March 28, 2019

20 years later Greek Communists did not forget NATO's imperialist crime against Yugoslavia

General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas during his speech
in Thessaloniki.
In a fully-packed ceremony hall, at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, hundreds of members and supporters of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) attended the Party's political event in commemoration of the 20 years since the bombardment of Yugoslavia by NATO imperialists. 

The event began with a 15 minute video depicting moments from the 1999 anti-imperialist, anti-war mass mobilizations in Thessaloniki and elsewhere in Greece, in which the communists had a leading role. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

KKE: "The communists in Turkey and Greece are giving a common struggle"

On the occasion of the March 31, 2019 local elections in Turkey, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) have sent a message of solidarity to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), stressing the bonds between the communists in both countries and calling  the working classes of Greece and Turkey to struggle together against the exploitative system that brings poverty, unemployment and crisis. 

Read the full message:

Monday, March 25, 2019

Don't Forget Yugoslavia: 20 years since NATO's crime in the Balkans


It was March 24, 1999, twenty years ago, when the imperialists of USA-NATO-EU were launching the last mass slaughter of the 20th century against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 

NATO's war in Yugoslavia was the peak of the country's fragmentation, a process which was steadily orchestrated after the counterrevolutionary overthrows in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe in the beginning of 90s. The dominance of capitalist relations of production in Yugoslavia after many decades, marked the kick off of its dissolution. That was a great opportunity for the vulptures of capitalism, US and European monopolies, to extend their businesses in new markets and feed on the remains of the former Federal Yugoslavia. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

KKE: Statement on the trilateral Greece - Cyprus - Israel summit with the US participation

Pompeo - Anastasiadis- Netanyahu- Tsipras.
On the occasion of the trilateral summit in Jerusalem between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, with the participation of the United States of America, the Press Bureau of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) issued the following statement:
"The trilateral meeting in Jerusalem between Greece - Cyprus - Israel, with the participation of the American Secretary of State is being presented a “milestone” in developments.
The SYRIZA government is 'leading the dance', which up until a few days ago hoped that the trilateral meeting would be hosted in Crete and that the participation of Pompeo would be recorded as yet another recognition of its "offer" to  American-NATO designs in the eastern Mediterranean and wider.

Brexit: Communist Party of Ireland's political statement on the current situation and debate

At its regular meeting on 16 March 2019 the National Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Ireland discussed the current situation in relation to the continuing debate about Brexit and also the decision of the Public Prosecution Service in regard to the prosecution of members of the British military in connection with the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972 and the murder by the British state military of fourteen innocent Irish citizens taking part in an anti-internment march. [...]

Greece: PAME's George Perros denounces the trade union mafia of the GSEE leadership

After the incidents at the 37th Congress of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) in Kalamata, where the Confederation's leadership tried to impose... employers as congress' delegates, the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) strongly protested such methods. 

Trade Unionists and workers affiliated with PAME denounced the mafia methods within the trade union movement used by the GSEE leadership of G. Panagopoulos. During a press conference held by Regional Trade Unions and Federations, the member of the Secretariat of PAME George Perros noted the following:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

20 YEARS SINCE NATO CRIME IN YUGOSLAVIA: Belgrade to host international conference on March 22-24

On the occasion of the tragic 20th anniversary since the imperialist attack of NATO, US and the EU against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Belgrade Forum for the World of Equals and the World Peace Council (WPC) organize an international conference in Belgrade, on March 22-24. 

The conference, which is a commemoration "against forgetting the 1999 NATO aggression", is expected to be attended representatives from peace and anti-imperialist organizations from around 40 countries. 

International Communist Bulletin 20-3-2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Turkish communists on New Zealand massacre: "Racism and capitalism will be defeated"

Regarding the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) issued, on March 16th, the following statement:
Yesterday there had been a brutal massacre killing 49 people in New Zealand.  It became clear by his messages that, the assailant had been in a sick hatred and he been preparing for the attack beforehand.
This increasing racism, anti-immigrant hatred and as witnessed in the last incident, a fascist delusion all around the world, is the reflection of capitalism's deadlock. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Communist International's 100th anniversary- Statement by the Communist Party of Greece

The Central Committee of the Communisty Party of Greece (KKE) honors the 100th year anniversary marking the founding of the Communist International (CI) ( 2 – 6 March, 1919). 

It recognizes its contribution to the international workers' and communist movement, while underlining the need to derive important lessons from the experience accumulated from its action.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Evo Morales, Alexis Tsipras and... "revolutionary realism"


It was truly sad watching Bolivian President Evo Morales becoming part of Alexis Tsipras' propaganda just months before Greek elections. Because that is what Tsipras actually tried during Morales' visit in Athens two days ago. 

Having the President of Bolivia by his side and in front of Greek and foreign reporters, Tsipras engaged into an endless jabbering about the "common struggles of the progressive forces", talked about "democracy and social justice", the "21st century left", etc. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

"New Zealand attack shows how far the racist, fascist ideology can go" - Statement of KKE

In a statement regarding the heinous crime in the city of Christchurch, in New Zealand, where at least 49 people were murdered and 48 more injured, the Press Bureau of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) points out:

"We express our deep solidarity to the people of New Zealand for the heinous crime at the muslim mosques in the country. Such crimes show how far the racist-fascist ideology and hate can go. The people must fight against them at their roots, in order to prevent any repeat of such tragedies". (902 portal)

Workers storm, interrupt event of the reformist Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE)

Under the slogan "Unions of workers, not employers", workers stormed and interrupted a "fiesta"-event organized by Greece's General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) which was taking place at the Kalamata Dance Hall, on Thursday evening. The GSEE event was due to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Confederation.

As 902.gr portal reported, the workers and trade unionists, holding banners and shouting slogans, entered the hall where the event was taking place. They lamented the reformist leadership of the GSEE, shouting slogans such as "Class based Trade Unions, without employers", "Trade Union leaders strike-breakers, the workers have turned their backs at you".

Thursday, March 14, 2019

KKE Euro-Parliamentary group slams Tajani's remarks about fascist dictator Mussolini

EU Parliament's right-wing president Antonio Tajani (left)
said that "Mussolini did some positive things...".
In a statement, the EU Parliament group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) condemns the remarks made by Europarliament's President Antonio Tajani who praised fascist dictator Benito Mussolini during an interview. 

More specifically, according to 902.gr portal, the KKE "denounces the unacceptable and provocative statements of nostalgia towards fascist Mussolini made by the president of the European Parliament A. Tajani, vice president of Berlusconi's party and member of the European People's Party (EPP)".

Israeli Elections: Hands Off Hadash candidates!

Ayman Odeh (Hadash) and Ahmad Tibi (Ta'al Party).
Less than a month before the April 9th General Elections in Israel, the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu tries to put obstacles to the candidacies of Hadash-Ta'al joint list. 

It is characteristic that the chairman of the far-right Yisrael Beytenu Party, Avigdor Lieberman, submitted a petition to the Central Elections Committee, in order to ban a certain candidate from running in the elections. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Cuba denounces the US-organized sabotage of Venezuelan electrical power system

The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba strongly condemns the sabotage perpetrated against the Venezuelan electrical power system, which is a terrorist act intended to harm the defenseless population of an entire nation, and taking it hostage in the non-conventional war launched by the government of the United States against the legitimate government headed by comrade Nicolás Maduro Moros and the civic and military union of the Bolivarian, Chavista people.

KKE deputy at EU Parliament condemns US-EU imperialist interference in Venezuela

Once again, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) member at the EU Parliament, Kostas Papadakis, raised his voice against the imperialist interference of the USA-EU and their allies in the internal affairs of Venezuela

As 902 portal reports, during a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Papadakis pointed out the following:

Monday, March 11, 2019

Massive election rally in Istanbul organized by the Communist Party of Turkey

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) held a promising election rally in Istanbul's Kartal on Sunday, March 10, soL news portal reports. 

Thousands of people gathered in Kartal Square for the rally of the TKP participating in the elections chanting the slogans "If money has its reign, working people have their Communist Party" and "We are not in the same boat".

Anti-NATO mass mobilizations to take place in Washington DC on March 30-31

The World Peace Council (WPC), in collaboration with the U.S. Peace Council, organizes mobilizations against the murderous imperialist alliance of NATO on March 30th and 31st, 2019. 

The mobilizations include protests and demonstrations throughout the city, in front of the White House, concerts, as well as an Anti-NATO Conference on Sunday 31st March. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

"I'm a woman and a communist": TKP's mayoral candidates for Turkey's largest cities

Three women, fighters in both life and the political arena, are the mayoral candidates of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) in the country's largest cities - Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

TKP's candidates will be running for mayorships of 81 cities and 85 districts throughout Turkey in the upcoming local elections on March 31st.

Participating in the elections with the motto "We are not in the same boat", TKP’s three women mayoral candidates talked to soL news about their candidacy and electoral campaigns to be carried. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

More than 50 Communist and Workers' Parties denounce imperialist interference in Venezuela

We denounce the imperialist intervention in Venezuela. 

Solidarity with the Venezuelan People!

We, Communist and Workers Party of the world, decisively denounce the imperialist plans, the undermining tactics and the menaces unleashed by the USA, the EU and their allied governments in Latin America, aiming at overthrowing the legally elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; at subjugating the people of the country into their imperialist interests; and at looting the country’s wealth-producing resources.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Italy: Communists paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of Communist International

Photo from the event in Rome (Credit: La Riscossa).
An event in honor of the 100th anniversary since the founding of the Communist International was held in Rome, on Saturday 2nd of March, by the Communist Party, Italy (Partito Comunista). Numerous members and friends of the Party and its youth wing- the Front of Communist Youth (FGC) – attended the event. 

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) was represented by Kostas Papadakis, MEP and member of the CC, who delivered a greeting speech.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

KKE: We must not allow Thessaloniki port to become a base for US-NATO imperialists


“We must not allow the Thessaloniki port to become another base of death by the US-NATO imperialists” is the major slogan of a statement issued by the Central Macedonia Party Organisation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), on the occasion of the recent visit of the US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt in the city. 

The US diplomat had visited the port (Greece's second largest) in order to inspect the departure of the 4th US Airborne Brigade.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

International Communist Bulletin 5-3-2019

WFTU honors the International Women’s Day - against all forms of inequality and exploitation

The World Federation of Trade Unions honors the International Working Women’s Day on 8th March 2019, under the slogan:
“The WFTU against all forms of inequality, against all forms of exploitation”.
162 years after the first uprising of women textile workers in 1857 in New York, claiming the increase of their miserable salaries, the reduction of working hours, equality in payment and social rights, the situation for the working, unemployed and young women, is extremely harsh: unemployment, flexible work, lack of free and high quality health services and healthcare for them and for their children, psychological pressure and violence mainly inside but also outside the workplaces.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Communist Party of Pakistan denounces the frenzy of jingoism between India and Pakistan

The current escalated frenzy of jingoism between India and Pakistan, has created a nonsensical combatant environment in the whole region, followed by heavy cross border shelling and air bombardment which is a total wastage of the national capital in the air. 
No doubt this tension is in the best interest of the religious fanatics and the military establishment, but it has nothing to do with the peoples well-being of both the countries. 

Was the famine of 1932-33 in Kazakhstan a genocide?

The following text is a translated version of an article published on socialismkz.info, the website of the Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan and deals with the recently released anti-Soviet propaganda film/documentary "Zulmat":  

At the end of January in Zhanbolat Mamai's "Zulmat" film was shown in Almaty. According to the nationalist-minded Kazakhstani and Ukrainian historians and public figures, the famine of 1931–33 must be recognized as genocide.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Tsipras' deal with shipowners: Another mockery against the Greek people

Greece's shipowners consist a global power. They have one of the largest merchant navies globally and, due to very low labour-cost, they “build” and repair their ships in the shipyards of Asia and Northern Europe. Also, they enjoy numerous privileges by the law in Greece, including dozens cases of tax exemptions. 

At the same time, the Greek governments - both the current one of SYRIZA as well as the previous ones under New Democracy and PASOK- have imposed a situation of tax-robbery against the working class and the popular strata. The working men and women, the pensioners, are called to pay enormous amounts of taxation, despite the huge cuts in salaries and pensions.