Wednesday, 17. October 2018
  • Tudeh Party: Warmest Greetings to the Brave and Progressive Teachers of Iran

    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.


  • MK Khenin: New Film Law Aims at Enriching Culture Minister’s Friend

    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.”


  • Gun Permit Applications Nearly Triple Since Gov’t Eased Criteria

    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.


  • Nothing to celebrate

    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.


  • Strikes by Junior Staff Cast Shadow Over Start of New Academic Year

    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.”


  • Eleventh Annual Marx Conference to Be Held in Tel Aviv Next Month

    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.


  • 'Joining a broad democratic front with Haddad for the country to emerge from the crisis'

    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’.


  • Civil Administration in Breach of Trusteeship for Occupied W. Bank

    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.


  • Only socialism can solve global warming crisis say Communists

    '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.


  • 'Workers are seeing that tariff is ultimately the bosses’ policy'

    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.


  • Residents of Haifa Threatened with Eviction by Urban Renewal Plan

    Concerned tenants in Haifa are protesting local urban renewal plans threatening the rights of some of the most vulnerable public housing residents. In the urban renewal process known as “vacate and build” (pinui/binui), residents stay in temporary housing while their old homes are demolished and replaced with modern facilities which the residents then return to. This is a common plan seen in numerous neighborhoods throughout Israel.


  • CP, Italy condemns terrorist attacks of Nazis in Ukraine against Donetsk communists

    The Political Bureau of the CC of the Communist Party (Italy) issued a statement on 1 October condemning the attack targeting the Communist Party of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) wounding three delegates of the party congress that was being held at that time. The statement pointed out that among those injured, Igor Khakimzyanov was 'one of the candidates for president of the DPR after the murder of Zakharchenko in late August'.


  • CPI decries dissolution of Medical Council of India

    The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India condemned the dissolution of the Medical Council of India by the nationalist RSS-controlled BJP government.

    According to the statement of the Communist Party of India (CPI), the dissolution of the Medical Councli was done in such hurry that the government had to bypass Parliament. The Party noted that 'under Modi’s ordinance raj, regulatory bodies like the MCI which is responsible for ensuring high standards in medical education and good ethics in medical practice have become obstacles in government’s plan to fully commercialise and privatise education, including professional ones. Now instead of Democratic elections, it will be only nominated body.'


  • Al-Jalazun, Summer 2018: Soldiers Raid Homes and Cultural Center

    The Palestinian refugee camp al-Jalazun in the West Bank is home to some 15,000 Palestinians, 5,000 of them children and teens. The settlement of Beit El was established nearby in 1977, on private land belonging to residents of the town of al-Bireh and the villages of Yabrud and Dura al-Qare’.


  • Report Condemns Archaeological Practices of Israel in West Bank

    A joint report by two Israeli NGOs, Yesh Din and Emek Shaveh, titled Appropriating the Past – Israel’s Archaeological Practices in the West Bank, analyzes Israel’s archaeological policy in the occupied West Bank and the impact of this policy on the human rights of Palestinians as part of the summation of a project by the two organizations.


  • KKE on the results of the referendum in the FYROM

    On September 30, a referendum was held in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) for voting the country's EU-NATO membership in terms of the Prespa Accord, in which governments of Greece and FYROM had arrived into an agreement by deciding to change the FYROM's name to "Republic of North Macedonia". While a participation of at least 50% was necessary for the referendum to be legally valid according to the FYROM Constitution, less than 37% of the 1,8 million eligible voters took to the polls on last Sunday.


  • During 2018, 188-298 Palestinian W. Bank Minors in Israeli Prisons

    The Israel Prison Service (IPS) recently provided data regarding the number of Palestinian minors from the West Bank held in Israeli prisons since the beginning of 2018. The data was provided in response to a freedom-of-information request made by HaMoked, an Israeli NGO that advocates for the rights of Palestinian minors from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem who are arrested and interrogated by Israeli security forces.


  • Letter from the Editor-in-Chief of Tribuna Popular

    Tribuna Popular(TP), press organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), has managed since its inception in 1948 to overcome the most difficult conditions of clandestinity, persecution and political obstruction through the commitment and discipline of the members of our Party, and thanks to the support of the working people. But this time, in the year of its 70th Anniversary, and of what would have been the publication of the 3000th edition of its history, our newspaper is facing a most unusual situation that has led to the temporary interruption of our printed issues, as a result of the unprecedented economic crisis in our country that has caused an acute shortage of paper and other printing supplies, which are all imported.


  • Settlers, Soldiers Continue Joint Assaults on Palestinian Village ‘Urif

    The village of ‘Urif, with a population of some 3,600, is located southwest of Nablus in the northern West Bank. Due to its proximity to the settlement of Yitzhar and its satellite outposts, village residents have been suffering for years from repeated attacks by settlers.

    Yitzhar was established in 1983, only about one kilometer from ‘Urif farmlands, and most of the settler attacks take place in farmland close to the village water tower, which is situated some 500 meters from its easternmost homes.


  • 'No separate destiny for US workers apart from the workers of the world'

    ICP interviewed CC members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Eugene Puryear and Brian Becker on the imperialist agenda and class struggles within the US.

    International Communist Press interviewed Central Committee members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), Eugene Puryear and Brian Becker during their visit to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) late September. PSL CC members conveyed their views on the imperialist agenda of the US, the working class struggle, the issue of immigrants in the US, about  the PSL and its involvement in these struggles.


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