10 | 12 | 2018
  • Likud MK Yoav Kisch has sent a letter to Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri asking him to reject the request authorizing a salary for new Deputy Haifa Mayor Raja Zaatry (Hadash). Kisch’s letter comes as the far-right racist backlash to Zaatry’s appointment continues to gain momentum. Zaatry, is the head of the Haifa branch of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI).

  • Israeli occupation forces demolished on Wednesday, December 5, an elementary school in al-Simiya area, north of the southern West Bank town of al-Sumo’, and south of the city of Hebron, a local activist told the Wafa Palestinian news agency. Mohannad al-Masalma, PR coordinator for the West Bank area south of Hebron, said that an Israeli bulldozer demolished the “al-Tahadi 13” (Challenge 13) school with no prior notice and, before its destruction began, the immediate vicinity was declared a closed military area.

  • The Communist Party USA enjoys a warm and special relationship with the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) dating back to the American war in Vietnam and the role the CPUSA played in building solidarity, the anti-war movement and supporting the normalization of relations afterward. So, it’s always a special occasion when the two parties meet.

  • In a meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis was introduced on Monday, December 3, to the leader of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), who also held talks with Left parties while in Rome.

    MK Odeh told the leader of the Roman Catholic Church: “I bring with me a present: two rocks from the villages of Ikrit and Biram.” In 1948, Israeli soldiers uprooted from their homes the residents of Ikrit and Biram, two predominantly Christian villages in northern Galilee, “until the security situation makes possible their return.” In 1951, Israel’s High Court ruled that the villagers should be allowed to return “so long as no emergency decree” against this is issued. The government hastened to issue such a decree against the Ikrit evacuees, and two months later, the Israeli army blew up the houses in that village. In 1953, it similarly demolished the houses of Biram. Only the churches of the two villages were left standing. Two years later, the lands of Ikrit and Biram – 16,000 and 12,000 dunams respectively – were expropriated by the Israeli regime.

  • On December 3, 2018 the CPRF branches in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Smolensk arranged a series of protest actions as a part of international campaign in support of the Communist Party of Poland which is under persecution of the Polish government.

    Hands off the Communist Party of Poland! That was the demand of protesters to the Polish authority explicitly indicated by CPRF speakers.

  • The secretaries of the Communist Party in Scotland and Wales have issued the followed joint statement today (December 5):

    'Scottish and Welsh Communists have long supported the case for a federal Britain. We believe this is the only constitutional settlement that will empower the workers and peoples of our countries to control and develop their economies, while maintaining labour movement unity and redistributing the wealth owned largely by the capitalist class.

  • The European Communist Initiative (ECI) convened its plenary meeting in Athens on November 26. On behalf of the Communist Party of Greece, an introductory speech was made by Giorgos Marinos, member of the PB of the CC of the KKE. After the introduction, the rich action of the previous six months was treated, including numerous initiatives and interventions against the imperialist Euro-Atlantic plans and the further dangerous militarization of the EU; against the anti-communism of the EU and governments; against anti-popular measures like the orchestrated restriction of the right to strike and measures affecting the right to education; as well as activities for important anniversaries and celebrations such as the Great October Socialist Revolution, the May Day and the Anti-fascist Victory of the Peoples.

  • Tens of thousands of women and men, Jews and Arabs participated in a general strike across Israel on Tuesday evening, December 4, declaring a “state of emergency” to protest the far-right government’s inaction towards violence against women.

    The strike, which included demonstrations, direct actions, and vigils for women who have been murdered, took place in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, in universities across Israel, as well as in Arab cities and villages. The day’s events culminated in a mass rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.

  • Communist Party of Israel leading activist, MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List) head of Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women, has called upon the public in Israel to join today’s (Tuesday, December 4) nation-wide women’s strike to protest violence against women, in particular after a recent upsurge that included the murders of two teenage girls last week.

  • For the past week, there have been militant “yellow vest” protests in the streets of Paris and other cities over increased fuel taxes and other government policies seen as hurting the working class.  In response to the protests, the French Communist Party has called on the Macron government to resign.  Communist deputies in the French parliament are asking socialist and other progressive legislators to join their call for a no-confidence vote.  The French CP on  November 20, elected journalist and parliamentarian Fabien Roussel  as its new National Secretary.  He succeeds Pierre Laurent, who has been the National Secretary since 2010.

  • The Tudeh (Iranian communist party) is calling on the public to support two important strikes that are going on in Iran.  The strike of the sugar workers against the Hart Tappah Sugarcane Complex, which began in early November, has involved major street demonstrations in the city of Shush, in Khuzestan Province in the west of the country.  Demands include the release of two people arrested in the strike, and the nationalization of the privately owned company.

  • On  December 1, a unity meeting was held between the Communist Party of Brazil (Partido Comunista do Brasil, or PC do B) and the Free Homeland Party (Partido Patria Livre, or PPL) in São Paulo.  The PPL is a smaller Marxist-Leninist party. The unity project had been announced to the press on November 26 by Luciana Santos,President of the PC do B, and by Sérgio Rubens, President of the PPL.  This dynamic is moving in the direction of incorporating the PPL in the PC do B.

  • Flor de María Gonzales Uriola, the General Secretary of the Peruvian Communist Party, died on November 25, at 68 years of age, in the Peruvian capital, Lima.  She had been suffering from respiratory problems for a while. Flor de María Gonzales, who became General Secretary in 2017, was the first woman to head the Communist Party.  She also was a congressional representative for the Frente Amplio (Broad Front), a coalition to which the Peruvian Communist Party and other left-wing parties belong, but her illness prevented her from taking her seat, which will now be held by Katia Gilvonio Condezo of the Socialist Party, a youth and women’s rights activist.

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    Communist Party USA

  • Protests will be held next week during the visit to Israel by Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on December 11-12. The neo-facist Salvini, who leads the far-right Northern League, is known for his racist positions on immigration and his opposition to accepting asylum requests. Salvini also stirred protests when he vowed to take actions to expel all the Roma people living in Italy.

  • The Hadash fraction in the Histadrut has called upon the labor federation to join a strike supported by dozens of women’s groups for next Tuesday, December 4, to protest the social plague of violence against women. The Chairwoman of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality MK, Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List), has also called upon the public in Israel to join the nationwide protest.

  • A mass demonstration will be held today, Friday, November 30, in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Lod (al-Ludd in Arabic) in the center of the country after governmental authorities demolished a three-story building owned by Arab-Palestinians during the course of this week, leaving the families living there homeless.

  • We are approaching an important date in our country’s history. It is a quarter century since the Yeltsin regime perpetrated a heinous crime. In October of 1993 tanks gunned down Soviet Power, the power of the people. Only mute echoes of that gruesome tragedy reach today’s young generation. But for those who were involved in and witnessed those dramatic events they will be forever alive, the pain will never subside and the soul scars will never heal.

  • The 20th IMCWP took place on November 23-25, 2018, in Athens, hosted by the KKE, which celebrates 100 years of its historic course.

    The theme of the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) was "The contemporary working class and its alliance. The tasks of its political vanguard - the Communist and Workers' Parties, in the struggle against exploitation and imperialist wars, for the rights of the workers and the peoples, for peace, for socialism ". At he meeting 90 Communist and Workers’ parties from 73 countries took part, representing all the continents.

  • The Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality unanimously approved on Monday, November 26, the second and final readings of a bill that will permit adult victims of sexual assault to agree to reveal their identities without permission from a court.

  • The 38th Congress of the French Communist Party (PCF) was held on November 23-25 in Ivry, where Fabien Roussel became the new National Secretary. Roussel presented the new logo of the Party, which does not contain a reference to hammer and sickle, the traditional symbol of the communist parties, but is based on the figure of a red star.

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