Monday, January 31, 2022

50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday — Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland

Bloody Sunday, 1972: Imperialism’s response to peaceful demands for democratic reforms

Anniversaries are an opportunity to dwell upon and learn from past events and struggles, to identify past successes and failures. Fifty years ago the British state carried out an organised and sanctioned attack on the anti-internment civil rights march in Derry organised by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, in which the CPI played a central role, helping to establish and build that mass movement of working people.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Turkish communists commemorated Mustafa Suphi: Mass events in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir

With political events titled "TKP calls for a new Turkey", the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) honored on Saturday 29 January the memory of its founder Mustafa Suphi. 

Events, with both political and cultural programs, took place in the country's three largest cities, Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, with the participation of numerous party members and supporters, soL portal reported.

The event in Ankara was attended by the TKP General Secretary Kemal Okuyan who delivered a speech in memory of Mustafa Suphi and his 14 comrades who were killed in 1921. 

Saturday, January 29, 2022

KKE in EU Parliament: Question about the shameful banning of the Romanian Communist Party

On the 21st of December 2021 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against the registration of the Romanian Communist Party (RCP) thus adopting the preposterous decision of Romania's national courts according to which “the PCR program and status ignored democratic values and the country's socio-political evolution after 1989” and “allowed totalitarian (sic) and extremist actions that could undermine national security, posed dangers to democratic values”. 

Thursday, January 27, 2022

KKE: Open letter about the Resolution of the CP of Spain — On the confrontation between USA, NATO, EU and Russia

Open letter of the International Relations Section of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) about the Resolution of the CP of Spain (PCE).

In recent days, the confrontation between the USA–NATO–EU and Russia is sharpening. The deployment of large military forces throughout the region from the Baltic to the Black Sea is accompanied by negotiations between these forces.

The KKE and other Communist and Workers’ Parties are following the developments. Our Party was placed with a Statement of its Press Office, published in Rizospastis on 22/1/22, which can be found here:

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Aspects of the ideological–political struggle in the ranks of the international communist movement

Article by the International Relations Section of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) about the recent international teleconference of the CPs:

Recently, in conditions of an ongoing 5th wave of the pandemic, an Extraordinary Teleconference of the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties was held under the responsibility of the CP of Greece (KKE) and the CP of Turkey (TKP). The developments confirm that bourgeois governments were not able to tackle the coronavirus pandemic to the benefit of the workers. Moreover, the restrictions on travelling from one country to another hindered in-person meetings. This negative development is rooted in the enormous deficiencies in the public healthcare systems as a result of the anti-popular policy followed by governments serving the capital. 

Monday, January 24, 2022

Fadi Kassem, the communist alternative in French elections

Numerous candidates will participate in the French presidential election which will take place on 10 April 2022. From current President Macron to Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo and from leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon to far-right demagogues Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour, all presidential candidates share a common characteristic: They are all committed to serve the bourgeois political system and protect the capitalist order in France. 

But there is an interesting exception: The candidacy of Fadi Kassem on behalf of the Pole of Communist Revival in France (Pôle de Renaissance Communiste en France, PRCF), who expresses the "Red and Tricolor Alternative" in the presidential race, proposing a "frankly communist" political programme. 

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Communist Party in State Duma calls Putin to recognize Donbass republics

CPRF's Gennady Zyuganov.
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) fraction in the State Duma and its leader Gennady Zyuganov on Wednesday submitted to the Duma a draft message from the lower house to President Vladimir Putin for the recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk self-proclaimed republics. The draft was uploaded to the State Duma’s electronic database.

As follows from the draft, the Communists want the State Duma to address the head of state "with a request for considering the recognition of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic as independent and sovereign states."

Saturday, January 22, 2022

KKE on the dangerous tension between USA-NATO and Russia

Following the dangerous escalation in the relations between the Euro-Atlantic forces and Russia on the issue of Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) issued a statement calling for Greece's disengagement from the dangerous US-NATO military plans. 

The full statement (here in Greek) reads:

The ineffective meeting of the US and Russian Foreign Ministers in Geneva, their inability to reach and agreement even on the subject of the talks, has been accompanied in the last 24 hours by tension in aggressive rhetoric and military moves by the US, NATO, EU and capitalist Russia. The confrontation in Ukraine, which in recent years has been consistently at the center of intra-imperialist competitions, is once again rekindling.

Joseph V. Stalin — On the Death of Lenin

Speech by Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin at the beginning of the Second All-union Congress of Soviets (26 January-2 February 1924) just a few days after the death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. The speech was published in "Pravda" on January 30, 1924:


we Communists are people of a special mould. We are made of a special stuff. We are those who form the army of the great proletarian strategist, the army of Comrade Lenin. There is nothing higher than the honour of belonging to this army. There is nothing higher than the title of member of the Party whose founder and leader was Comrade Lenin. It is not given to everyone to be a member of such a party. It is the sons of the working class, the sons of want and struggle, the sons of incredible privation and heroic effort who before all should be members of such a party. That is why the Party of the Leninists, the Party of the Communists, is also called the Party of the working class.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Russian communists honored Lenin's memory in Red Square

On the 98th anniversary of the death of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, hundreds of communists, workers, young men and women gathered today in Moscow's Red Square in order to pay tribute to the leader of the Great October Socialist Revolution.

The action was attended by representatives of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the Lenin Komsomol, the Movement in Support of the Army, "Children of War", the "Russian Lad" movement, the Union of Soviet Officers, the All-Russian Women's Union "Hope of Russia", the "Left Front", the movement "For New Socialism" and others. 

Vladimir Lenin: The man who changed the course of history

By Nikos Mottas.

It was in the dawn of January 21, 1924, 98 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. On the other hand, there is his theoretical work which is the development of the revolutionary theory of Marx and Engels in the era of Imperialism. That extraordinary combination of revolutionary theory and practice makes Lenin a unique personality in history who, 98 years after his death, remains “alive” in the collective memory and hearts of the working class people across the world.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

KKE: Statement on government's celebrations for Rafale jets

The first six of 24 Rafale fighter aircraft acquired by the Hellenic Air Force from France arrived in Greece on Wednesday, landing at the Tanagra air base where the government organized a celebration attended by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

They took off from Istres in France and landed in Tanagra, where they joined the 332nd Squadron, after first flying over central Athens, escorted by two Mirage 2000-5 aircraft.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

KKE and KNE expressed their solidarity with the people of Kazakhstan

On Wednesday morning, 19 January 2022, delegations of the KKE and KNE held a protest at the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Athens, expressing their solidarity with the fighting people of the Central Asian country, which was recently shaken by mass demonstrations.

“We denounce the bloody repression, the death toll, and the arrest of thousands of demonstrators”, stressed Lefteris Nikolaou-Alavanos, MEP of the KKE. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Joint Statement of Communist and Workers’ Parties on the situation in Kazakhstan

Joint statement of Communist and Workers' Parties on the valuable experience of the great strikes and demonstrations of the working class and the people of Kazakhstan:

1.   At the beginning of 2022, Kazakhstan, the former Soviet Republic of Central Asia, has been shaken by mass workers’ and people’s mobilizations, whose cause lies in the sharpened economic, social, and political problems faced by workers due to the restoration of capitalism in the country, 30 years after the counter-revolution and the dissolution of the USSR, when the power and the means of production passed into the hands of capital and the multinational monopolies now control a large part of the mining sector of the economy.

Monday, January 17, 2022

"Every anti-communist is a dog" — Russian communist is persecuted for quoting Sartre!

Filippov's post in 2017.
A spectre is still haunting capitalist Russia – the spectre of communism. According to Russian news sites, Alexei Filippov, a member of the Communist Party in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) was charged for “inciting hatred” because he published in social media a quote by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

More specifically, the reason for the prosecution was a post by Filippov on Russian social media platform Vkontakte in April 2017, with a photo Sartre and the quote “Every anti-communist is a bastard”. 

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Brazilian Communist Party: "The crisis generated by the pandemic evidenced the superiority of Socialism"

The text below is the contribution of the Brazilian Communist Party (PCB) to the Extraordinary Teleconference of the International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties (IMCWP) which was held on 10-11 December 2021:

"Dear Comrades: Receive the fraternal and revolutionary greetings of the Brazilian Communist Party, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. We recently successfully held our XVI Congress. The PCB is organized throughout the country and it’s present in the struggles of the workers and the youth.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Jean-Jacques Marie vs Grover Furr on Joseph Stalin

Jean-Jacques Marie and Grover Furr.
In December 2021, British journal "Historical Materialism" published reviews of two books ("Yezhov vs Stalin" and "Khrushchev Lied") written by American professor Grover Furr. The reviews are signed by French historian, specialized on Soviet History, Jean-Jacques Marie. 

According to professor Furr, "Historical Materialism" declined to publish his answer to Marie's reviews which, as he states, "are full of crude personal insults, attempts at sarcasm and full of shocking errors". 

Nazim Hikmet: The most beautiful days we haven’t seen yet...

By Nikos Mottas.

Nazim Hikmet. The great Turkish poet of the world's working class whose poems praised and highlighted the people's struggles for a better future without exploitation.

The man whose poetry expressed the revolutionary desires and hopes of the proletariat, of the poor and despised people in every corner of the world.

It was 120 years ago, on January 15, 1902, when Nazim Hikmet Ran was born in the city of Thessaloniki, then part of the Ottoman Empire, from a Turkish father and a mother of German, Polish and Georgian descent. 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Kazakhstan Protests: Interview with Eliseos Vagenas, head of the International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE

The news portal has published an interview with Eliseos Vagenas,  member of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and Head of the International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE, concerning the developments in Kazakhstan:

The recent mass mobilizations in Kazakhstan have led to violent conflicts and the intervention of military forces to suppress them. President Tokayev spoke of foreign intervention, of 20,000 foreign militants, which was followed by the military intervention of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) countries. The question arises: Were these mobilizations based on internal developments or was it truly a foreign intervention as in the case of Ukraine a few years ago?

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Venezuela: PCV denounces the murder of José Urbina

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) condemned the heinous assassination of communist militant José Urbina, which took place in the Pedro Camejo community, Apure state, where the victim lived.

“The regional committee of the PCV in the state of Apure condemns the heinous murder of our comrade José Urbina at his home”, the party's statement said.  

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The "petty leftists" and Kazakhstan

The following article (here in Greek) was published in today's "Rizospastis", the organ of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and consists a very accurate comment for all those who rushed to condemn the popular mobilizations in Kazakhstan and side themselves with the bourgeois Kazakh government and its Russian allies:

The "petty leftists" and Kazakhstan

Recently, on the occasion of the events in Kazakhstan, some “petty leftists”, who in their effort to pave the way for a SYRIZA government a few years ago had been distinguished for their anti-KKE passion, “struck again”. 

Extraordinary Conference by the Communist Party of Turkey

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) held an Extraordinary Conference last Sunday, 9 January, in Ankara. Delegates from all around Turkey gathered and discussed the ongoing political-economical crisis and how the Party will intervene.

The Extraordinary Conference, titled as “One More Step Forward” thematized the actual conditions of the working class in the context of the political and economical crisis Turkey is suffering, the decline of AKP government, the efforts of the bourgeois opposition for a capitalist restoration. 

Monday, January 10, 2022

Berlin: Thousands marched in honor of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht

Members and supporters of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), alongside members of the German Communist Party (DKP) and the Socialist Workers Youth (SDAJ), participated on Sunday 9 January in a large rally in honor of slained communist leaders Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Berlin.

According to the organizers of the rally, despite the freezing temperatures and the pandemic-related restriction measures more than 7,000 people marched in the streets in order to honor the two communist revolutionaries who were 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. 

Party of Labour of Austria to hold its 5th Congress in Vienna

The Party of Labour of Austria (Partei der Arbeit) will hold its 5th Congress on January 29, 2022 in Vienna. In a statement, the International Commission of the Central Committee of the Party stresses out the following:

"On 29 January 2022 we will hold the 5th Congress of the Party of Labour of Austria, which we have named as “Clarity and unity strengthen the party!”. We have chosen the slogan for the Party Congress because in the past period we have succeeded in taking important steps in clarifying questions about the history and orientation of the communist movement in Austria. The Party Congress is another important step for us in the reorganisation of the party's work.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Communist Party of Sweden on Chinese imperialism: Open response to the Communist Party of China

In the struggle between the United States and China for the leadership in the imperialist system, we see each side “dressing” the interests of its monopolies with the appropriate ideological cover. Last December, during the first ten days, the U.S. held the so-called “Summit for Democracy”, selectively calling representatives of 110 capitalist countries and excluding some of them, such as China and Russia.

China, on the other hand, prepared its own “response” with a statement drawn up by the Communist Party of China and signed by 355 political parties, social organizations and think tanks. The Communist Party of China has not released the full list of these parties/organizations. 

Kazakhstan's uprising isn't a “color revolution", says Aynur Kurmanov

The ongoing large popular mobilizations in Kazakhstan do not constitute a “color revolution” or another “Maidan”, says Aynur Kurmanov, co-chairman of the Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan.

Speaking at the YouTube channel of the Russian Communist Workers' Party (RCWP), Kurmanov made some interesting remarks concerning the situation in Kazakhstan. “The main body of today's protesters in Kazakhstan consists mainly of workers in the oil/natural gas, metallurgy, mining sectors, as well as from unemployed youth”, Kurmanov pointed out and underlined that the starting point of the demonstrations were the strikes of industrial workers. 

Friday, January 7, 2022

Communist Party of Mexico: Solidarity with the struggle of the workers of Kazakhstan

In a statement concerning the ongoing popular mobilizations in Kazakhstan, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Mexico (PCM) expresses solidarity to the struggle of the working class of the Central Asian country. 

More specifically, the CC of the PCM points out:

"The Communist Party of Mexico expresses its solidarity with the working class and the people of Kazakhstan in their just struggle against exploitation, oppression and excruciating misery. 

Spain: Communists slam government's Labor Reform

The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of the Workers of Spain (PCTE) has issued a statement making assessments for the so-called "Labour Reform" prepared by the social democratic government of Spain.

Read the statement below in both English and Spanish:

"The Reform passed by the Government, the trade unions, and the employers' unions, carries out component #23 of the so-called Recovery, Transformation, and Resilience Plan, and it is an essential part of the Government's commitments to the European Commission in return for the NextGenerationEU funds. 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Statement by the Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan on the situation in the country

In a statement about the large-scale mobilizations and protests in the country, the Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan calls for international solidarity to the demonstrators and demands the withdrawal of troops from the cities, the resignation of all Nazarbayev officials, the release of all political prisoners and detainees, the legalization of the Communist Party and trade unions, as well as the nationalization of Kazakhstan's entire extractive and large-scale industry.

The statement reads: 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

KKE in solidarity with workers' protests in Kazakhstan

Thirty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the restoration of capitalism, Kazakhstan is in the midst of a large-scale uprising by thousands of people across the country. 

In Almaty police fired stun grenades and tear gas at a crowd of several thousand protesters, but were unable to stop them from storming the mayor's office, AFP reported. 

In a statement published in 902 portal, the International Relations Section of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) expresses its solidarity with the workers' mobilizations in Kazakhstan, demanding the release of all political prisoners and the legalization of the Socialist Movement and the Communist Party of Kazakhstan. 

Farewell to Greek militant communist Maria Sideri

Maria Sideri, an emblematic figure of the Greek communist movement, passed away at the age of 98. “With pride and respect we pay farewell to our comrade, Maria Demseri-Sideri who passed away full of days, having closed a long and full cycle or life, uninterrupted action and relentless struggles", underlines a statement issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

Maria Sideri was born in Kozani, northern Greece, in 1923. In 1943 she joined resistance youth organization EPON and took active part in all its activities against the Nazi occupation. Later she joined the KKE.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

KKE: Solidarity with the people of Sudan

In a statement about the recent developments in Sudan the International Relations Section of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) points out:

"The KKE denounces the junta in Sudan that was imposed on 25/10/2021 and cost the lives of a total of 53 citizens. The Sudanese junta authorities continue the criminal practice against the people’s demonstrations by brutally repressing them. 

Monday, January 3, 2022

Kim Philby Remembered: A traitor to his class

Kim Philby, born on January 1st, 1912, is one of the best known double agents of the Cold War era. A man of affluent bourgeois background who decided to cut ties with his class and devote himself to the struggle of the working class by serving the Soviet Union secret services. In his homeland, Britain, he has been labeled as a “traitor”. But, in fact, just for “betraying” the interests of British imperialism, Philby should be regarded as a hero for the working class people.

“I have followed exactly the same line the whole of my adult life. The fight against fascism and the fight against imperialism were fundamentally the same fight”, Kim Philby was quoted as saying. 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

63rd Anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution

By Nikos Mottas

The Cuban Revolution inspired and continues to inspire the workers-people's struggles in all over the world, proving the vitality of the Marxist-Leninist worldview and the significance of proletarian internationalism. Figures such as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos, Vilma Espin, Fran Pais and others became eternal symbols of the revolutionary working class movement throughout the world.

Under the leadership of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz and with the decisive contribution of the Soviet Union and other socialist states, Cuba achieved a number of extraordinary – unprecedented in Latin America - achievements in sectors such as Health, Education, Womens' Rights, Culture, Sports, etc.