07 | 04 | 2020
  • The PCF Puts Its Ideas on the Table

    After being received by the Prime Minister in the morning, the leaders of the PCF broke new ground this Thursday with a press conference by videoconference: a first. The opportunity for the national secretary Fabien Roussel to present his party’s proposals in this period of crisis, divided into six chapters (available on pcf.fr) and shared with the whole of the forces of the trade unions, political groups and associations. “In the short and medium term, the MP for the Nord French department specified, the priority is to respond to the health emergency, in particular by mobilising our industrial sectors.” If need be by requisitioning, as other countries have done, or nationalisation. A general mobilization against the pandemic which must result, for the PCF, in massive recruitment of personnel in hospitals and Ehpad retirement homes, an increase in healthcare workers’ wages and systematic screening.

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  • "Welsh and UK governments ignored warning of pandemic shortages", say Communists

    After an online meeting of the Welsh Communist Party's executive committee today (Sunday, April 5), Welsh CP secretary Trevor Jones issued the following statement:

    "The Welsh Communist Party salutes the heroic working people of Wales who are in the front line, fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and keeping our society running. Once again, it is starkly obvious who does the essential work on which we all rely!

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  • Communists warn of huge bill to rescue capitalism

    'The COVID-19 pandemic should not be blamed for yet another severe crisis of the capitalist system caused by corporate ownership of the economy and the anarchy of market forces', Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths told an online meeting of the party's executive committee at the weekend.

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  • Britain's Communists welcome international 'Open Letter' on COVID-19 crisis

    Along with more than 230 political parties across the world, the Communist Party of Britain has signed an Open Letter on the COVID-19 crisis from the Communist Party of China.

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  • No, a Pandemic is Not Good for the Environment

    AC, Baile Átha Cliath

    No, dolphins have not traveled to Venice to watch 12,000 Italians die of a pandemic, elephants haven’t broken into gardens to get drunk off wine in China and no, the environment isn’t benefiting from humans struggling with Covid-19.

    Recently hitting one million likes on Twitter, one tweet, from a woman based in New Delhi, India, @ikaveri spread a rumour about swans and fish returning to the canals of Venice, not long after a pandemic lockdown was enacted in the area. When journalists from National Geographic confronted her about the misinformation, she said she just saw some photos online and put them together in a tweet. “I wish there was an edit option on Twitter just for moments like this,” she said, even though she has yet to delete the post, “it’s a personal record for me, and I would not like to delete it.” The tweet is currently pinned to the top of her page.

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  • Joint open letter from world political parties concerning closer international cooperation against COVID-19

    Communist Party of ChinaThe Communist Party of China and more than 230 political parties from over 100 countries issued a joint open letter Thursday, calling for carrying out closer international cooperation to beat COVID-19. The following is the full text of the joint open letter.

    Today, as COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the globe, it constitutes the most urgent and serious challenge to both the health of the humanity and world peace and development.

    Faced with this unprecedented situation, we, major political parties of various countries tasked with the weighty responsibility of improving people's wellbeing, promoting national development and safeguarding world peace and stability, hereby issue our joint appeal as follows:

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  • A People’s Bank of Ireland

    AH, Baile Átha Cliath.

    Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland have recently been in the headlines. They intend to allow the accumulation of unpaid interest rates despite the mortgage payment freeze. Outrage and shock pours over the minds and emotions of many of their customers. This outrage is justified, as is the shock at the unscrupulousness of these institutions which themselves owe a debt to the public after multiple bailouts with more to come. These banks are taking advantage of one of the greatest pandemics that has ever swept across the world. They are taking advantage of it to ensure that their profit margins continue to grow, dividends continue to be paid to large shareholders and the managers and directors continue to get their fat salaries.

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  • Communist Party of Spain rejects US “transition” plan for Venezuela

    Through a statement published on its digital portal, the Communist Party of Spain rejects the supposed “transition plan” designed by the United States government for Venezuela.

    The political organization considers that the US proposal supposes a new interference in the internal affairs of another country, claiming the right to demand that the Venezuelan government renounce the power granted by the Constitution to be replaced by a “transitional government”.

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  • Portuguese Communist Party condemns support of the Portuguese government to the US plan against Venezuela

    The Communist Party of Portugal condemned the “unworthy” support announced by the government of the Portuguese Republic, through the Ministry of Foreign Business, to the “cynical” interventionist and destabilizing operation of the Donald Trump administration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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  • COVID-19: A tale of two responses, China v. U.S.

    In this episode of The Specter, Comrade Ian Goodrum explains how the coronavirus pandemic emerged in Wuhan and describes his experience as an American Communist living in China during the initial outbreak. China has been able to contain the virus, while the confirmed cases of infected persons and death toll continue to rise in the United States. Only a system which puts people before profits will be able to save humanity.

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  • Left anti-communism: The Unkindest Cut by Michael Parenti

    This essay is from the book ‘Blackshirts and Reds’ and has been republished due to the on-going propaganda war against the People’s Republic of China. You can find the full PDF here if you’re tired of the imperial let anti-communist and racist propaganda: https://eastsidemarxism.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/michael-parenti-blackshirts-and-reds-rational-fascism-and-the-overthrow-of-communism.pdf

    In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis. During the Cold War, the anticommunist ideological framework could transform any data about existing communist societies into hostile evidence. If the Soviets refused to negotiate a point, they were intransigent and belligerent; if they appeared willing to make concessions, this was but a skillful ploy to put us off our guard. By opposing arms limitations, they would have demonstrated their aggressive intent; but when in fact they supported most armament treaties, it was because they were mendacious and manipulative. If the churches in the USSR were empty, this demonstrated that religion was suppressed; but if the churches were full, this meant the people were rejecting the regime’s atheistic ideology. If the workers went on strike (as happened on infrequent occasions), this was evidence of their alienation from the collectivist system; if they didn’t go on strike, this was because they were intimidated and lacked freedom. A scarcity of consumer goods demonstrated the failure of the economic system; an improvement in consumer supplies meant only that the leaders were attempting to placate a restive population and so maintain a firmer hold over them.

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  • Feeling The Bern?

    The Sanders campaign for the US presidency has undeniably brought back a needed left-wing view of politics into the mainstream American political discussion. However, is it right for Marxists to support a Democratic socialist in the White House, or should we reject this phenomenon completely?

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  • 73 Communist & Workers Parties Demand Immediate Measures to Protect Peoples’ Health and Rights

    comunistaSeventy-three Communist and Workers Parties from around the world have issued a joint statement on the global situation created in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Initiated by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the signatory CPs express their support for both medical personnel and those suffering from the disease and denounce the huge shortages of equipment and staff in the public health sector resulting from years of anti-popular policies adopted by governments in the service of the capital, namely the commercializing and privatizing of health services to support the profitability of monopolistic groups.

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  • Virus crisis requires global, people-oriented solutions

    The coronavirus pandemic has precipitated one of the biggest crises in the United States in a century. It is a health-care, economic, and political crisis. The numbers of reported cases here have quickly surpassed other countries, and the crisis is still in its early stages. Staying at home, in order to flatten the curve, has become a national imperative.

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  • The struggle of our lives: Coronavirus and capitalist crisis

    In a new and dangerous twist to the coronavirus crisis, Donald Trump is now calling for an end to social distancing, perhaps as early as Easter. His goal is to restart the economy and avoid the worst impact of the coming recession.

    Can you imagine: Trump in the crudest and most callous possible way is attempting to solve the crisis on the backs of our working class and people. It wasn’t enough that the administration ignored each and every warning from the scientific community and called it a hoax and a scam. It wasn’t enough that they are using the crisis to turn immigrants back at the border and bust unions.

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  • It will be alright: The COVID-19 crisis in Italy

    Italy has been especially hard hit by COVID-19. Maddalena Celano talks about the political and economic consequences of the virus crisis.

    CPUSA: How are you and your family doing?

    Maddalena Celano: #andràtuttobene [it will be alright] is the hashtag full of courage and positivity that Italians are spreading on the web. Meanwhile, the coronavirus has changed everyone’s life, both infected and uninfected people. For Italians, in particular, quarantine is bad due to the fact that it is changing our lifestyle, but the same will happen to everybody else. Complaints and intolerance are growing bolder nowadays, above all after the latest government decrees. Even healthy people are venting on social networks, and they still sometimes underestimate the emergency and the danger of going out. They think it is a situation of deprivation and not a way to protect public health: “This is not life, they are depriving us of freedom”; “I can’t stay at home, I’ll get arrested”; “clubs are closed and there is no entertainment; it is certainly a scheme to destroy Italy and our economy.” In fact, conspiracy theorists invade Facebook, where many . . . “scholars” elaborate theories without a having clear idea of what is going on. For many this is a new war to be desperately fought from home, comfortably lying on the couch; a sacrifice that Italians make with much difficulty and despair. Even today, despite the harrowing numbers of infected patients, there are people who don’t give a damn about others and take risks by leaving their homes for no good reason. “It is just a flu,” or “but it’s not here yet,” when so many people are dying or are placed in intensive care. They would need to strongly consider that beds in intensive care are becoming scarce, especially in northern Italy, where we live the most difficult situation. At the moment, the rest of the nation, in particular southern Italy, fears the worst for its economic health.

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  • Communists condemn neoliberalism's 'deadly damage' to emergency defences

    'Ten years of neoliberal economic and financial policies have done deadly damage to our defences against health and other public emergencies', the Communist Party declared on Wednesday evening (March 25).

    Reporting to an online meeting of the party's Political Committee, General Secretary Robert Griffiths attacked the past ten years of spending cuts, tax relief for the rich and big business and the outsourcing and privatisation of public services. 'Almost every capitalist government is now compelled to use methods deployed so effectively by the Chinese authorities to counter the Covid-19 virus, based on state intervention, planning and control of essential industries and services', Mr Griffiths pointed out.

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  • Response to COVID-19 crisis: Ideology makes a difference

    The economic and political structure of capitalism requires “an ideology, a consciousness, a way in which the citizenry can be taught to accept the system as it is. This ideology has many branches but one root, the maintenance and enhancement of the capitalist economic system. The elements of the dominant political ideology include: privileging individualism over community; conceptualizing society as a brutal state of nature controlled only by countervailing force; acceptance of the idea that humans are at base greedy; and, finally, the belief that the avariciousness of human nature requires police force and laws at home and armies overseas” (Harry Targ, Heartland Radical).

    The Cuban Alternative

    The March 21–22 webinar “International Conference for the Normalization of US-Cuba Relations” presented panelists who discussed the status of United States/Cuban relations, the contemporary Cuban economy, US and Canadian solidarity movements with Cuba, and the consequences of Cuban medical advances for the fight against the corona virus domestically and internationally.

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  • A Red Response to COVID-19

    AH, Baile Átha Cliath

    The role of the state in a crisis, as sold to us by some begging liberals, is to maintain a form of vague idea of ‘social partnership’, which is usually determined by the interests of free markets and maintaining fiscal stability of the fictitious capital that pervades the stock market. COVID-19 is shining a spotlight on the operating nature of the Leinster and Stormont administrations, their ineptitude at handling a crisis. It has opened up a troubling insight into how the many years and decades of ruthless austerity have left our public services unable to cope, even outside of times of crisis.

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  • The Communist Party of Spain in light of the course of the coronavirus pandemic

    pce mit stern1st - We call on the entire population to strictly follow the instructions of the health and government authorities. Serenity, responsibility and solidarity in the face of difficulties.

    We underline the irresponsibility that comes from acts of hoarding, improper use of health or social services, and spread of fake news and information without an official source.

    2nd - Regarding the economic and social consequences of the pandemic, we support all the measures adopted by the Government to protect our people at a social and economic level, especially the most underprivileged sectors that will suffer the most from the economic emergency.

    The PCE will suggest the Government of Spain all the measures it deems necessary at each stage to further protect the working class and popular sectors. We remain at the disposal of social organizations and initiatives that want to send us suggestions for that purpose.

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