Friday, September 30, 2016
KKE: Statement regarding Turkish President Erdogan’s remarks on the Treaty of Lausanne
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Core Values and Program
- Class oriented
- Committed to peace
- Community based
We are activists throughout the country active in the labor movement, in community organizations, in the civil rights movement, activists in peace and solidarity organizations, anti-imperialist organizations, and religious groups that want to bring to fruition the concept of a government “of the people, by the people, for the people,” a government free from the control of Wall Street bankers and the executives of large multi-national corporations. As the economic crisis deepens, the corporate rulers are determined to continue and to intensify the foisting of this crisis onto the backs of working people. This is a desperate attempt to make the working class pay for a crisis that is not of our making.
Both of the major U.S. political parties, Democrats and Republicans, are defining the crisis as a “debt” issue, when in fact the real problem is a set of policies that protect the rich and big business interests with a regressive tax code—on top of the absurdly huge cost of supporting wars of occupation and aggression abroad. The times we live in reveal vast suffering of the masses of people, and bipartisan austerity programs uniting most Democrats and ALL Republicans against the poor and the weak. But there is a feeling among a broad strata of the people that a better world can become a reality!
Republican politicians, under the influence of the racist and fascist “Tea Party,” protect the monopolies by scapegoating undocumented workers and immigrants in general, as well as people of color, indeed, all who bear the brunt of this crisis. They seek to save their economic system by blaming the victims. Aided financially by right-wing industrialists like Charles and David Koch, these fanatics follow the aggressive lead of Wall Street and the further aims of the parasitic war industry in its drive for wasteful wars of occupation and imperialist expansion.
MPD believes that we need a government of people’s representatives who will aggressively curb the power of Wall Street, the monopolies, and the military-industrial complex. We call for defending and expanding the historic gains of the civil rights movement. We call for an independent and militant role by the trade unions, and for the labor movement to support and actually run candidates free from the big business connections of the Democratic Party, even though labor’s candidates themselves might run for office as Democrats.
Democracy and the American Electoral Process
We realize that the American political process is broken at every level of government. The demands of the Movement for Peoples’ Democracy (MPD) would be the basis for an electoral platform as well as a mass movement seeking to put into state and local government, and at the national level, into Congress and the White House, elected officials accountable to our program—a people’s government elected by broad democratic strata led by the working class. This is our long range goal.
The Capitalist Crisis and our Response
The U.S. invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and the support for fascist puppets in Ukraine, along with the explosive growth in the intelligence and domestic security agencies and businesses, hurricane Katrina, the collapse of Wall Street followed by a bailout of certain companies by the Federal government all indicate that the Wall Street and bug business rulers of the USA are reaching the limits of their ability to govern.
We are aware that many activists at this time will still focus on their particular single issues. In a sense, we fully realize that the many different movements to which we otherwise relate on a daily basis in our mass work probably are not ready now to just drop what they are doing and join us. What we are saying to these activists is “this is what we are doing” and we want to work with you to lay the foundations for the eventual election of a people’s government to replace the never ending cycle of crisis capitalism. The MPD believes that our work in a united front will facilitate the realization of the particular issue: everyone’s particular issue, be it labor rights, civil rights, militarization of our schools, quality education, health care, etcetera.
Labor Rights Are Human Rights
We support the right of all workers to organize into labor unions of their own choosing. We support the struggles for a wage commensurate with the cost of living. (Please contact us for additional information about our sister organization Labor United in Class Struggle: www.labortoday.us)
Tax the Rich
We fight for an end to corporate welfare and the demand to tax the rich and corporations. There is absolutely no reason why companies like General Electric (GE) should pay zero taxes because of loopholes in the tax code.
Stop Debt and Foreclosures on Poor and Middle Income Families
We demand an immediate moratorium on foreclosures and call for the cancellation of all mortgage and credit card debts. We demand a cap on interest rates at 5$ on all non-mortgage interest. Make payday loans illegal.
Tuition Free Education
We are against private education in principle, and the corporate running of our schools. Education should be in the hands of the people, not Wall Street and Monopoly corporations. In addition, we call for the forgiveness of all student loans, and the cancellation of all private and public student loan debts. Make all college and technical school education tuition free.
Civil Rights and Community Control Over the Police
We demand an end to police brutality and racial profiling. The racist practices of “stop and frisk” must be replaced by civilian elected police review boards with the power to investigate and adjudicate justice in cases of abuse by police officials. End police spying on law abiding citizens. Abolish the program of the militarization of our communities by police departments with the aid of the Federal government.
We support the concept of affirmative action at all levels. We demand the restoration of the political and economic rights for ex-prisoners, including the right to vote.
We oppose NAFTA, CAFTA, and the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, and demand that the USA pull out of these “free trade” deals. We oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Canadian-European Trade Agreement (CETA). We are actively working for the defeat of TPP, TTIP, and CETA with our allies both at home and abroad. We demand an end to the exporting of U.S. jobs overseas and we demand full employment for the U.S. people. There is no reason why workers should be forced to work overtime while their fellow workers are out of work! We say no to speed up! We support the struggle for a thirty (30) hour work week for 40 hours pay. We didn’t create the capitalist crisis of overproduction and we won’t pay for it!
We strongly support the creation of a national high-speed rail network, light rails, and subways funded by the Federal government throughout the country. We demand the nationalization of the oil companies and major utilities, gas, water, electric. We demand the nationalization of the banks so that the Federal government has access to capital to repair our infrastructure of crumbling, roads, bridges, drinking water delivery systems, schools, and other public buildings. We further demand the upgrade of the broadband superhighway.
The United States needs a nationwide program of rehabilitation of foreclosed properties and the immediate construction of low income housing in every major city in the country. The Federal government needs to start a housing trust fund to direct and finance this work. No one should be without the basic necessities of life: water, food, clothing, education, and a roof over their head.
We demand an immediate and unconditional end to the occupation wars against Afganistan and Iraq, and for a complete halt to the U.S. imperialist intrigues against Libya, Pakistan, Yeman, Somalia, and other countries. We call on the United States to cease all aid to the fascist junta government in Ukraine.
We demand and support the struggles to end the inhuman economic blockade of Cuba and for the restoration of fair trade and unrestricted rights to travel by U.S. Citizens. The Cuban Five are free, why aren’t we?
We call for an end to all military and economic aid to Israel and for the recognition of Palestine, inclusive of the right of Return by Palestinians to their stolen lands and homes.
We support the normalization of relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela, for the cause of peace and prosperity.
We support independence for Puerto Rico!
We demand an end to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). NATO is the greatest threat to world peace. We demand the abolition of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We demand the dismantling of the war industry, and we call for a seventy-five (75) per cent reduction in military spending, with guaranteed re-employment of laid-off workers and retraining to work on infrastructure projects with no cuts in pay or benefits.
We demand an end to U.S. involvement in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Greek industrialists: “SYRIZA and New Democracy converge in their economic strategy”
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The downward spiral of European opportunism has no end
The latter, such as, for example the French Communist Party (PCF) have for many years been divorced from Marxism-Leninism and proletarian internationalism, have even abandoned the historic symbols of the communist movement and in the name of the “left’ have become the “tail” of social-democracy and also whitewash the capitalist system and the imperialist unions of the EU and NATO. However, they keep the “communist” name and in this way, apart from their misleading activity in their own countries, even participate in the International Meetings of the CPs, seeking to play a similar role. If we can judge from the events of the recent festival of “L’Humanite”, the newspaper of the PCF, the downward spiral has no end.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Liars and Opportunists: SYRIZA’s 180-degree shift on the privatization of Elliniko
ATHENS (28/9/2016)- Greece’s parliament passed new reforms on Tuesday night to cut pension expenditure and transfer control of public utilities to a new asset fund. The reforms seek to unlock 2.8 billion euros ($3.14 billion) in financial loans as part of the country’s latest bailout program.
Workers at Greece’s public water utility companies in Athens and Thessaloniki walked out on Tuesday to protest the reforms. “They are handing over the nation’s wealth and sovereignty,” George Sinioris, head of the water company workers association said. “We think this is a crime because it involves basic public services. We will respond with court challenges, strikes, building occupations and other forms of protest.” (Sources: news/agencies reports).
|The social democratic “masterminds” of SYRIZA: PM Tsipras
and Vice President G.Dragasakis (right).
|Banner about the event headed “ELLINIKO IS NOT FOR SALE” at the municipal building
of Elliniko-Argiroupolis in Athens. Alexis Tsipras and two SYRIZA members were the
|Alexis Tsipras (middle) meeting with the Committee for the Metropolitan
Park of Elliniko, against the planned privatization.
It looks like the Clinton team has long ago decided they needed a bogeyman for the 2016 election. With their previous bêtes noire like Saddam, Gaddafi and Bin Laden all dead, they reached for the Russian comfort blanket, which sustained many an American “project fear” back in “the good old days.” Thus, in four years, we have gone from Barack Obama mocking Mitt Romney for trying to invoke a Russian threat to his successor as the Democratic Party nominee milking it until the cows come home.
Sometimes it is downright stunning to witness American election campaigners creating, and promoting, websites like “PutinTrump.org.” Paid for by the pro-Clinton “Progress for USA Political Action Committee” it collates media stories which connect the Republican candidate and the Russian president. That could be dismissed as merely slightly odd behavior, until you see the logo, which is … drumroll…a hammer and sickle!
Yes, that eternally recognizable communist symbol.
Reds in the Bed
In case Team Clinton is reading this: it looks like it might be time for a bit of a world history refresher. Any person even moderately informed about Russian affairs can tell you that Putin’s government is far from communist. Hell, most decently educated school children can tell you the same. The Russian government has promoted a pro-business agenda for well over a decade and has long maintained a flat income tax rate of 13 percent.
Indeed, only this year, the Russian president has denounced socialist hero Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik government for their brutal repression and accused him of having placed a “time bomb” under the state. He also admonished the Bolsheviks for making Russia suffer defeat at the hands of Germany in the First World War. “We lost to the losing party, a unique case in history,” the President said. Furthermore, Putin is no big fan of Stalin either. While recognizing his contribution to defeating the Nazis, he also described him as a “tyrant.”
It’s just as doubtful that Trump – a man who just boasted about not paying any federal taxes! – is a fan of Karl Marx’s theories. The idea of distributing wealth to labor, from financiers, is surely alien to a man who has essentially admitted to not paying people he has hired because he wasn’t happy with their work.
Put plainly, these commie associations are absurd. But of course, Team Clinton knows this. That’s the big reveal. The idea is to conflate the fading memory of the ‘Red Menace’ of Soviet communism with modern Russia. The purpose of this is pretty obvious too: to instill fear of the ‘Big Bad’ Putin in vulnerable American hearts and minds.
The Green Logo Menace
You need to go no further for proof than Clinton campaign’s official messaging. Take a look at this video, where Hillary’s team flings Russia slanders like they going out of fashion.
Cue the foreboding music – you could ask why they didn’t just license the tunes from ‘Jaws’ and have done with it – multiple RT logos and, no joke, Russian mafia references. You know the clichés that Bond films have dropped for being too crude.
The arguments presented are as light-weight as the production is heavy-handed. The Clinton side claims that Trump made millions selling Russian rights for Miss Universe. That may be true, but Trump owned the organization for 19 years and sold entitlements in dozens of other countries, holding the actual event in Russia only once during that time.
The video also implies that Trump is bad because he produced a “Russian language promotional video (which) attracted people to buy Condos in Florida.” Hold on here, what is so unusual about that? During the oil boom of the mid-to late 00’s, Russians were well known for buying property all over the world. Indeed, if you walk around hot spots like London, Nice or Dubai, you will still see Russian language signs outside many high-end estate offices. Probably all homes for the sleeper agents, huh.
Then Mike Morrell appears and declares that someone who doesn’t want to pursue an aggressive military policy toward Russia is an “unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” And at this point, we probably reach peak preposterous. Essentially the message is that if you don’t want to saber rattle with Moscow, you are working for it.
Did Joseph McCarthy even go this far?