23 | 10 | 2018
  • The unions of junior academic staff at public colleges announced a strike on Sunday morning, October 21, in an effort to improve their members’ employment conditions. The colleges on strike include Sapir College, Kinneret College, Ruppin Academic Center, the Kibbutzim College, the Holon Institute of Technology, Achva Academic College, the Tel Hai Academic College and the Ashkelon Academic College.

  • comunistaThe Communist Party of Poland wishes to express its utmost indignation at the destruction of the monument commemorating the soldiers of the Red Army situated in the Skaryszewski Park in Warsaw. The monument was erected on the site where soldiers fallen in 1944 during the liberation of Prague district were buried. The inhabitants of this district have regarded this monument as an integral part of the Park for years and the overwhelming majority of them wished to preserve it. It has been the last monument commemorating the liberation of Warsaw outside the cemetery-mausoleum of Soviet soldiers.

  • The ICP interview with PSL CC members Brian Becker and Eugene Puryear comes to an end with this third part treating US-DPRK relations, anti-imperialist resistance in Latin America, recent strikes of teachers and prisoners and the issue of personal gun ownership in the U.S.

    The International Communist Press interviewed Central Committee members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) during their visit to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) in September. The first part of the interviewthe PSL members conveyed their views on the effects of the mobilization against imperialist interventions in Syria, the opportunity arising from the popularization of “socialism” in the US, the recent struggles of immigrants within the US working class and the positioning of US communists in the world communist movement while the second part of the interviewelaborated on US tariff policy, the rivalry with China, the Palestinian issue and Syria.This third part treats US-DPRK relations, anti-imperialist resistance in Latin America, recent strikes of teachers and prisoners and the issue of personal gun ownership in the U.S. Puryear states that there are hopeful signs in the unions in the United States, which are increasingly made up of people of color and adds that labor is one of the few institutions in America that has a level of integrated activity. He arrives at the conclusion that the labor movement offers a model and potential for multinational unity.

  • Communist Party international secretary John Foster warned of the growing threat to world peace, the international economy and the environment at the weekend.

    Speaking to the party's executive committee, he cited US President Trump's increasingly aggressive attitude towards China and Russia, in keeping with what the US National Security Strategy calls a new era of 'great power competition'.

  • The forced evacuation of the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied Palestinian West Bank will be delayed until further notice, Israel announced on Saturday night, October 20. Far-right Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed the security cabinet’s decision and emphasized it was made “despite strong objections.” Security forces have said in recent days that they are ready to evacuate the village and are waiting for instructions to do so.

  • Racist election posters put up by the far-right religious HaBayit HaYehudi (Jewish Home) party in Ramla, a mixed Jewish-Arab city in the center of the country, were removed on Wednesday, October 16, after most of them were vandalized.

    Only a handful of the 40 advertisements that went up around town the day before remained intact, Zion Cohen, director of the Zohar Outdoor Advertising Company, told Haaretz.

  • Communist Party of Turkey initiates a network for solidarity, communication and struggle against the crisis and its profiteers, with the participation of resisting workers.

    Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) last week declared the initiation of a solidarity, communication and struggle network against the crisis and its profiteers, the capitalists. According to the news portal soL,  TKP declared that it would welcome those who wish to have access to this network at its buildings, clubhouses and representative agencies. 'We will join our forces', said the declaration, 'We will not bow down to the bosses. We will clamp down on the exploiters. Those who suppose that workers are all alone should know that we will breathe down bosses’ neck.'

  • Chairman of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, MK Aida Touma-Suleiman (Hadash ‒ Joint List), sent on Tuesday, October 16,  an urgent letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which she lists the names of the women who were murdered this year. “Every name is an entire world, a woman full of hopes and dreams, with a family, parents and children whose lives were destroyed,” she wrote.

  • The far-right Israeli government approved on Sunday, October 14, allocating some 22 million shekels ($6.1 million) in government funding to expand the Jewish settlement inside the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron. Israel’s Civil Administration for the occupied West Bank had already approved the new construction, which will be carried out at the site of a former Israeli army base. The green-light given by the cabinet this week enables the work to proceed on the new Jewish neighborhood, which is slated to include 31 housing units as well as kindergartens and public spaces.

  • pvda beAt the 14 October local elections, the PTB (Parti du Travail de Belgique, Workers’ Party of Belgium) – the only national party in Belgium – has made a breakthrough in the major cities of Flanders, while making further progress in Brussels and Wallonia. Particularly noteworthy are the results in Brussels, capital of Europe, with 11.6%; Antwerp, the second largest port city in Europe, with 8.7%; the two most important cities in Wallonia, Liège with 16.3% and Charleroi with 15.7%; and Ghent, the second largest city in Flanders, with 7.1%.

  • The Tudeh Party declares support to the strikes and sit-in protests of the Iranian teachers and educational workers struggling for their rights.

    The purchasing power of the working people in Iran has drastically shrunk due to the devaluation of the Iranian rial and the uncontrollable inflation. In addition to the ongoing strikes of the truck drivers and bazaar merchants, recently Iranian teachers and educational workers joined the struggle for a decent life. It is an acknowledged fact that teachers' salaries are about a third of the poverty line and that many of them are obliged to work for side jobs in order to make ends meet. On October 14 and 15, teachers from more than 25 provinces and 60 cities of Iran refused to attend classes but held sit-in protests. During the nation-wide two-day strike, at least two education activists were arrested by the authorities.

  • A clause in a bill to amend the law on government funding for films “smells of corruption,” Hadash MK Dov Khenin (Joint List) has warned. In a letter to the Attorney General, Khenin said the purpose of the amendment, advanced by far-right Culture Minister Miri Regev, is “to encourage and support a single entity in the film industry that is close to the culture minister.”

  • Following far-right Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s easing of the criteria for gun permits less than two months ago, over 2,800 civilians have filed applications to own a firearm, an increase of 183% compared to the same period last year. Based on the public response the ministry now estimates that about 10,000 additional persons will obtain gun permits, bringing the total number to about 140,000, not including members of the police force and the army.

  • Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

    Several comrades and friends from Venezuela and abroad, with the best of intentions, suggested that we should celebrate the 3000th edition of Tribuna Popular, which had been scheduled several years ago to come out of the printing presses last August.

    To all of them, and now also to the rest of our devoted readers, we wish to convey that, unfortunately, we have nothing to celebrate, because, after 70 years and five months during which we were able to print 2998 editions –including the 269 issued in clandestinity during the Pérez Jiménez dictatorship and the armed struggle of the 1960s–, the printing of the historic press organ of the Central Committee of Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) has been interrupted, and not by our decision or will.

  • The junior staffs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University began open-ended strikes on Sunday, October 14, over pay and working conditions.

    The organizers of the strike in the Negev university released the following statement on Saturday evening: “The Association of Junior Academic Staff at Ben-Gurion University has announced that commencing Sunday, and until further notice, 2,500 junior academic staff, representing 75% of the entire academic staff of the institution, will strike to protest against their working conditions and the continued refusal of the management to offer substantial improvements.”

  • Two hundred years ago, on May 5, 1818, Karl Marx was born in the German town of Trier on the banks of the river Moselle. In this bicentennial year, the 11th annual Marx Conference, devoted to Marx’s life and work, will take place in Tel Aviv over the weekend of November 9 and 10 under the auspices of the Hagada Hasmalit (Left Bank) Alternative Cultural Center. In addition to 20 panelists, hundreds of people will participate in the meetings and discussions.

  • The National Political Commission of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) issued a statement on October 8th, 2018, regarding the presidential elections. According to the statement, the second round of the presidential elections accomplishes the aspiration of the majority of Brazilians to have more time to make the definitive choice of their presidential candidacy. The statement underlined that the first round was ‘a setback to Jair Bolsonaro's fascist candidacy supported by mainstream media, large economic and financial groups, by sectors of state corporations.... including illegal actions, such as a lot of fake news that he would win in the first round’. Against Bolsonaro, the candidates Fernando Haddad as president and Manuela D'Ávila as deputy supported by previous president and Workers' Party (PT) leader Luiz Inácio Lula imprisoned by the reactionary forces in Brazil achieved to get almost 30% in the first round. PCdoB declared its support for the candidacy of Fernando Haddad ‘to form a democratic front, as broad as possible, based on the unity of the left’.

  • The Civil Administration is the military unit responsible for implementing Israel’s civilian policy in the West Bank. Its vast powers are tangible in most areas of life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT): travel and work permits; infrastructure – water, electricity, transportation and communication; health, education and welfare; land, planning and building; the Population Registry; agriculture, trade and industry; environmental protection; and archeology and nature reserves.

  • 'The real message from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is that capitalism has caused the deadly global warming crisis and is incapable of solving it', John Foster told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

    Pointing out that burning oil and gas accounts for 50 per cent of global carbon emissions, he said the big corporations showed no intention of helping reach the Paris Agreement targets to limit global warming to 2°C, let alone 1.5°C.

  • The second part of the ICP interview with PSL CC members Eugene Puryear and Brian Becker elaborates on US tariff policy, the rivalry with China, the Palestinian issue and Syria.

    The International Communist Press interviewed Central Committee members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) during their visit to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) late September. The first part of the interviewthe PSL members conveyed their views on the effects of the mobilization against imperialist interventions in Syria, the opportunity arising from the popularization of “socialism” in the US, the recent struggles of immigrants within the US working class and the positioning of US communists in the world communist movement.

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