Wednesday, January 31, 2024

China Plunders Congo, Exploits Miners — "Anti-imperialists” Approve

Photo Credit: Sebastian Meyer
By Charles Andrews*

Late in January Sinohydro Corp and China Railway Group Limited re-negotiated their plunder of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They hold 68% of Sicomines, a joint copper and cobalt mining venture with a local corporation. The two Chinese corporations will pay a pitiful royalty of 1.2% on gross sales.

The Chinese firms also pledged to invest $7 billion in infrastructure in the Congo during the life of the agreement. However, in the previous contract they had agreed to put in $3 billion but actually invested only $822 million.

Mexico's Communist Party names Marco Vinicio Dávila as Presidential Candidate

Marco Vinicio Dávila (centre)
On Monday 29 January, the Communist Party of Mexico (PCM) announced its candidates for the Presidency, the Head of Government of Mexico City and the governorship of Morelos for the upcoming June elections.

During its National Political Conference, which took place over the weekend, PCM decided to present its candidates so that Mexican voters “have an option for radical change, to put an end to injustice and bring the workers to power. That is the option that the Communist Party of Mexico represents,” reads a statement published on social networks.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Communist Party of Sweden: The decision to join NATO is based in the interests of Swedish monopoly capital

Recently PCTE’s organ Nuevo Rumbo conducted an interviewed with the Communist Party of Sweden on the topic of Sweden, NATO and neutrality. 
Below is an English language version of the interview, which Nuevo Rumbo has already published in Spanish.

Nuevo Rumbo: First of all, we would like to thank the Communist Party of Sweden (SKP) for your time and for having accepted to this interview in our newspaper. 

Monday, January 29, 2024

Party of Labour of Austria to hold its 6th party congress on February 10

On 10 February 2024, the Party of Labour of Austria (Partei der Arbeit Österreichs, PdA) will hold its 6th party congress. The congress will be held in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, and the congress motto is: "Peace to the peoples! War on imperialism!". 

The Central Committee will present its reports on the past two-year period since the 5th party congress to the convening members and put them up for discussion. Subsequently, the focus for the coming period will be determined and important resolutions and motions will be passed, for example on the massive inflation in Austria or the war in Palestine. 

Ceasefire Now! Thousands protest across Israel calling for release of hostages and Netanyahu’s dismissal

Tens of Thousands protest Saturday night, January 27, in various demonstrations across Israel, demanding the release of hostages, immediate elections, against war in Gaza and the removal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Protests were held this in several locations across the country. Protests demanding elections were held at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Horev Center in Haifa, Karkur Junction, Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, Rehovot, Nes Tziona, Kafr Saba and Caesarea. 

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Vladimir Lenin: Lodestar of Revolutionary Advance For Human Emancipation

By Sitaram Yechury*

In a short span of 54 years, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin left an inerasable imprint for the advance of the global proletarian revolution.  He not only mastered the essence of the creative science of Marxism, but updated it to his contemporary times and led the Russian Revolution to victory leading to the establishment of the first socialist country in the world – the USSR.  

He enriched Marxism combating all forms of deviations and protected the revolutionary movement from derailment. He was a master tactician adopting correct and appropriate tactics for every twist and turn of the revolutionary movement.  

Argentine communist leader Víctor Kot passes away

On January 22, 2024, the Communist Party of Argentina (PCA) announced the death of its General Secretary Víctor Kot.

"We regret to report on the passing of the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Argentina, Victor Kot. An important political leader for the history of our workers' movement and a comrade who fought his whole life for socialism", a message of PCA stressed out.

Victor Kot began his militant political activity at an early age, as a student, becoming a leader of the Communist Youth Federation. 

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Communist Party of Turkey condemns Grand National Assembly's approval of Sweden NATO bid

In a statement, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) stresses out:

"The Grand National Assembly of Turkey has made another shameful decision. The issue of Sweden's membership to NATO was discussed in the General Assembly of the Parliament today and approved with a majority of votes. As it is known, after the start of the war in Ukraine, NATO's attempt to gain new members in Northern Europe gained great momentum and the membership of Sweden and Finland was immediately on the agenda. As a result of an extremely fast process, Finland became a member of NATO and the Turkish Parliament was one of the parliaments that signed this historic decision in March 2023. 

Monday, January 22, 2024

Free Haitham Dafallah! Sudanese Communist Party newspaper's editor abducted by paramilitary forces

In a statement, the Chairman of Al Midan Newspaper, organ of the Sudanese Communist Party, calls for the release of journalist Haitham Dafallah (photo):

"Mr. Haitham Dafallah, the managing director of the Sudanese Communist Party's Al Midan Newspaper, was detained yesterday from his home in the Al-Jaref West neighborhood east of the capital Khartoum. The detention was carried out by members of the Rapid Support Forces, who control the area. 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Russians gather in Red Square to honor V. I. Lenin on his 100th death anniversary

Despite the freezing temperatures, hundreds of Russian working men and women of every age gathered today, Sunday 21 January, in Moscow's Red Square in order to mark the 100th death anniversary of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

"I came here to honor the memory of Vladimir Lenin — our leader, the founder of the Soviet state," said 47-year-old Yulia, one of many admirers who gathered outside Lenin's mausoleum.

Joint statement of the European Communist Action On the Centenary of the Death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Today, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (January 21, 1924), we, the Communist and Workers’ parties participating in the ECA, turn to the grandiose figure of this brilliant thinker and revolutionary.

His contribution to the cause of the working class and the other popular strata, the struggle for the abolition of exploitation and the construction of the socialist–communist society is enormous.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

New Worker: The 2024 US Presidential Campaign Season Begins

On Monday, January 15, the Republican Party began its 2024 primary race with the traditional first caucuses in Iowa. The result was a landslide victory for Donald Trump, indicating his likely nomination as the Republican candidate in the US presidential election this fall. Now, the country freezes over as Americans everywhere prepare themselves for a gruesome political campaigning season, currently set to repeat the contested Trump-Biden matchup of 2020.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

"European Historical Consciousness", or EU's deplorable attempt to equate Communism with Nazism

By Nikos Mottas

The European Parliament has never ceased being an endless source of anti-communist propaganda. Having adopted anti-communism as its official ideology, the EU and its institutions relentlessly continue the attempt to re-write history by promoting the deeply unscientific and unhistorical theory of "the two extremes".

More specifically, according to a recent statement by the Europarliament Group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the EU Parliament published a report on “European historical consciousness”, in which it “acknowledges the crimes committed by Nazi, fascist and communist totalitarian regimes as well as under colonialism...”! 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

European Communist Action teleconference: Reject the parties of the EU, capital and ‘green’ exploitation

On 14 January 2024, the parties of the European Communist Action (ECA) held a teleconference under the theme: “Reject the parties of the EU, capital and ‘green’ exploitation. The hope for saving the environment is red”.

Kostas Papadakis, MEP and member of the CC of the KKE, delivered the introductory speech at the teleconference. The delegates of the CPs exchanged views on the issue of environmental protection and the so-called green growth. During the works, there was agreement and a significant convergence of views on important aspects of the issue. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

KKE: Hands off Oscar Figuera, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Venezuela!

In a statement, the International Relations Section of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) stresses out:

"The anti-communist campaign of the social-democratic PSUV government against the CP of Venezuela is further escalating, following the unacceptable decision of the Supreme Court of Justice, which in August 2023 outlawed the CP of Venezuela and recognized a group of paid agents of government representatives in its place.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Thousands marched in honor of heroic communists Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Berlin

More than 3,000 people of all ages, workers, men and women, participated in a large rally in Berlin, commemorating the 105th anniversary of the murder of heroic communist revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht.

Luxemburg and Liebknecht were brutally murdered on January 15th, 1919 by  paramilitary troops of the social democratic government and the German bourgeoisie shortly after the violent suppression of the Berlin workers' revolution. 

Security threat: Ottomanism, Islamism, Kurdism, Turkism and Imperialism!

Security threat: Ottomanism, Islamism, Kurdism, Turkism and Imperialism!
On the evening of January 12, many soldiers were killed and wounded. The attack did not take place within Turkey’s borders, but instead beyond them.

We know that the real reason for Turkey’s military presence in foreign lands, especially in Syria and Iraq, is the insatiable greed for profit of the capitalist class.

Greece: New mobilizations against the presence of US-NATO ships in the country

People’s protests against the escalation of the presence of US-NATO ships and troops in Greece continue. Greece’s ND government, together with its NATO allies, is involving the country more and more deeply in the dangerous imperialist plans and wars against the peoples of the region.

On Saturday 13th January in Thessaloniki, the Greek Committee for International Detente and Peace (EEDYE) organized a rally against the presence of NATO ships of the US, Germany and G. Britain with the slogan: “Thessaloniki is a port of the peoples, not a launching pad for the imperialists”.

Friday, January 12, 2024

KKE condemns US-British air strikes in Yemen

In a statement following the U.S- British air strikes against Houthis in Yemen, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) warns about the risks of a generalized war. More specifically, the statement (here in Greek) reads: 

"The KKE condemns the US and British missile attacks on Yemen which multiply the risks of generalizing the war in the region, with the involvement of other powers, such as Iran.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Saint Joseph: Anti-communists in Georgia run amok over Stalin icon in Tbilisi Cathedral

Even as an icon, Joseph Stalin causes panic to all kinds of anti-communists everywhere in the world. Here is an interesting story coming Tbilisi, Georgia Local authorities are investigating the defacing of a recently-installed icon in Tbilisi's main cathedral depicting the legendary Soviet leader.

An unknown culprit splashed paint on Tuesday on the icon, which has been displayed in Tbilisi's Holy Trinity Cathedral for several months, Georgia’s Interpress news agency reported. Footage on social media showed the icon defaced with blue paint. 

Israel: Communist lawmaker Ofer Cassif faces possible expulsion from Knesset

Seventy Knesset members signed a motion on Monday to support the expulsion of lawmaker Ofer Cassif (Hadash) from the Knesset over his support of South Africa’s petition against the Israeli government at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Cassif announced on Sunday that he would be joining the lawsuit against the war in Gaza in the Hague. More specifically, in his announcement, he claimed:

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Farewell to veteran Danish communist Anton Nielsen

Numerous friends, comrades and workers paid farewell to veteran Danish communist Anton Nielsen who died at the age of 84. The civil funeral took place on January 6 at the Construction Workers' Union (BJMF) in Copenhagen.  

The memorial event was attended, among others, by members of the KKE and KNE branches in Denmark.

Anton Nielsen, a bricklayer by profession, was a lifelong committed communist and anti-imperialist, President of the anti-fascist group Horserød-Stutthof Foreningen, member of the FIR.

Venezuela's communists respond to Nicolás Maduro: "Mr. President, it is you who drives a bus full of corrupt people"

Communist branches respond to Nicolás Maduro: "Mr. President, it is you who drives a bus full of corrupt people"
Indignation and total rejection has been registered in the last hours in the ranks of the Communist Party of Venezuela after President Nicolás Maduro confirmed his participation in the judicial assault on the PCV on January 4 and declared -without any proof- that the legitimate leadership, elected by the XVI National Congress, had "surrendered" to "corruption" and "imperialism".  

Monday, January 8, 2024

The KKE slams Mitsotakis' government on Greece-USA relations, calls the people to be vigilant and oppose the US-NATO plans

In a statement on the meeting between Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) stressed the following:

“Against the background of the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people by the Israeli state, the tangible dangers of a generalization of the conflict throughout the Middle East, the massacre in Ukraine and NATO’s arrangements regarding Greece–Türkiye relations, the Mitsotakis–Blinken meeting aims at deepening Greece’s involvement in the dangerous US-NATO plans and interventions in the region.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Vladimir Lenin quotes on Leon Trotsky

On the occasion of Vladimir Lenin's 100th death anniversary (21 January), we honor the legendary communist revolutionary, political theorist and founder of the Soviet Union in a series of posts. 
Below you can find Lenin's quotes on Leon Trotsky, the Bolshevik who turned into a counterrevolutionary and traitor of the Soviet fatherland.

Vladimir Lenin on Trotsky:

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

European Communist Action: Firm solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela which is currently under severe attack by the PSUV's regime

The European Communist Action expresses its firm solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), which is currently under severe attack by the PSUV's regime in power in the country.

The contraction of oil revenue has led the PSUV's government to expedite continuous concessions to the bourgeoisie, accompanied by increasing restrictions on the political and labor-union rights of the working class and by intensifying repression of the proletarian resistance. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Kazakhstan follows the Baltic States and Ukraine in the rehabilitation of Nazi collaborators!

The Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan condemns the final decision of the State Commission for the Final Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression to acquit 311 thousand people, many of whom are criminal criminals or persons with weapons who fought as terrorists, Basmachi, members of the Turkestan Legion and Eastern Muslim SS units against the Red Army and the Soviet government.

All are now being presented as "victims of the Stalinist regime of the 20-50s of the XX century," although among them there were a lot of people convicted of banditry, sabotage, plundering public property, for attacks on trains and motor vehicles with the aim of robbery, which in the 20s and early 30s was equated to political crimes.

Monday, January 1, 2024

On the 100th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's death

By Nikos Mottas.

It was in the dawn of January 21, 1924, 100 years ago, when the heart of the greatest revolutionary in modern history, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, stopped beating. 

Lenin, the leader of the 1917 Great October Socialist Revolution and architect of the first socialist state in the world, was 54 years old.

The name of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is identified with two dialectically connected issues. On the one hand, there is his revolutionary activity and practice as the leader of the 20th century's most significant event- the 1917 Great October Socialist Revolution.