05 | 12 | 2019

Burdensome and harsh, the message came from Kolkata. Comrade Gurudas Das Gupta passed away. A top leader, a worthy child of the proud working class, who started the struggle since he was a child and a young man, and climbed slowly but stably all the stairways of the struggle until the top. Where he shone for his intelligence, his class-oriented point of view, his internationalist and uniting insight and spirit.

Today the World Federation of Trade Unions is mourning the loss of its worthy child. Of a consistent soldier of the international army which struggles for the abolition of the capitalist exploitation. Of a consistent defender of the WFTU and its class-oriented strategy.

Bennett Guillaume

After observing this summer of mass discontent, those who wish China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region well can draw a few conclusions.

This exercise begins superficially with some reflections on the protesters’ explicit demands. “Superficially” because the claims made by those marching in Hong Kong’s streets and setting them ablaze may not fully explain the underlying causes of the crisis.

A commentary published Sunday in the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, expresses strong support for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong SAR government in governance under the law.

According to the commentary, the central authorities strongly support the Hong Kong government in safeguarding the rule of law and the legitimate rights of its residents and strongly oppose interference by external forces in Hong Kong and Chinese internal affairs. They support the Hong Kong SAR’s decision to suspend the amendment to the Fugitive Criminal Transfer Orders in order to seek more views.

The imposition of trade tariffs by the United States (US) government on the People’s Republic of China is part of a script applied to destabilize the economy of countries, said the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, when asked about the issue, in the Miraflores Palace.

During an interview with the Chinese news agency Xinhua, Maduro said that the commercial war initiated by the US empire has affected Hong Kong, the vital financial center of the Asian giant, trying to create a serious problem that leads to a global financial debacle.

The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on August 29, 2019:

Government of India is announcing number of new measures in economy to boost growth. This in fact is an admission by government that it has failed to address issues like unemployment and growth and is an admission that all its tall claims about economy are half truths and false.

The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India (CPI) issued the following statement on August 28, 2019:

It is surprising that when our country’s economy is already facing turbulence and serious slowdown, instead of taking measures that will boost the economy, efforts are being taken which will further precipitate the economic instability.

RBI was specifically created as an independent institution mandated with the responsibility of ensuing the stability in the economy besides monitoring external stability, monetary stability and money supply. RBI is a totally autonomous body and is not expected to be an extension counter of the Finance Ministry or the Government. It has very specific tasks to perform which should not be interfered with. But what is happening now is a matter of serious concern where the RBI is apparently forced to bow down to the wishes of the Government to release their funds to bridge the fiscal deficit of the Government.

Foreign Policy issues occupy a peculiar position in Left-wing politics. In some cases, they have put substance to the existence of a potentially unified political community of “The Left”. The Iraq War acted as a shibboleth and divided Marxists, social democrats, and anarchists from the neo-liberal centre-ground and right-wing. The peculiarity of these issues is that while those on the far-left in Europe and North America have very little input into the foreign policy of their states (bound by a carefully fostered geopolitical consensus tied to NATO and other supranational commitments), it’s international crises, rather than domestic bread-and-butter issues of housing, employment and healthcare, that most acutely highlight the differences that exist between progressives. The history of international relations since the break-up of the Soviet Union has been the history of repeated interventions by the US and the UK, with the implicit backing of other OECD states, for the purpose of enforcing the neoliberal commandments of the Washington consensus on developing nations.

The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India has commented that steps taken by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to address deep slow down in Indian economy are half hearted and taken due to pressure of super rich and foreign capital and to appease finance capital. Wealth creators are not only rich people and MNCs. It is the people of the country who are the creator of the wealth. It is an admission of structural slow down in economy aggravated due to demonetization. This was not accepted during budget presentation and hence today’s announcements by Finance Minister virtually cancels the budget presented with all bravado and false assumptions.

A fire in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, leaves thousands homeless while it is estimated that houses of at least 3000 people had destroyed. The fire spread in one of the sprawling slums in which numerous workers are crowded in makeshift accommodation in order to be close to the nearby factories. Once again the insecure and miserable living conditions of thousands of workers in Bangladesh are revealed.

2019 August 15 is the 73rd Independence of the country.

We, the communist, stood in the forefront of the freedom struggle and made supreme sacrifices to win the independence.

Today the right wing fascist forces – the RSS and its affiliates, having captured the political power, are trying to appropriate every part of history and to rewrite history. They use everything to hack the minds of the people imposing the false narrative of jingoist nationalism.

The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India condoles the death of people due to floods in various parts of the country and expresses deep sympathy for all those who are affected due to floods and subsequent natural calamities. It appeals to central government to immediately send adequate help to all the states to give food, relief material and financial help to those affected along with medical help to face subsequent problems of infections and epidemics.

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