Thursday, December 13, 2018

The struggle against exploitation and imperialist war


Andy Brooks addressing conference
By Andy Brooks

Delegations from 91 communist parties, representing 73 countries, took part in the 20th international meeting of communist and workers’ parties that was held in the Greek capital of Athens last month. New Communist Party (NCP) leader Andy Brooks, together with Peter Hendy from the Central Committee, took part in the congress at the headquarters of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), where the first conference began in 1998. The theme of the meeting was the task of the working class and its political vanguard in the struggle against exploitation and imperialist wars. This is the NCP’s contribution to the debate.

We meet again at a time of sharpening contradictions – and the primary contradiction in the world today is that between US imperialism and the rest of the world it seeks to dominate.
When the Cold War ended the bourgeoisie of Europe as a whole closed ranks behind the US bid to rule the world in the name of the “new world order”. They supported US “regime change” in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine, and supported US efforts to overthrow the Syrian government.
Licking the boots of the Americans has been the policy of the British ruling class since the Second World War in the belief that this would help ensure continued US protection of their global interests in the post-colonial world. To a certain degree it did but only when it served the over-arching interests of American imperialism.
The Trump administration has widened existing divisions within America’s ruling circles over how to pursue those interests. Donald Trump claims that the Republicans want to “Make America Great Again”. But that is exactly what the Democrats want as well. The entire American ruling class wants to establish US hegemony over the world. What divides them is how to achieve it.
During his presidential campaign Trump claimed he was in favour of a rapprochement with the Russians. In the White House however, Trump is a prisoner of the most aggressive circles within the American ruling class.
Democrat leaders still believe in the ‘new world order’, though they now prefer to call it “globalisation”. Trump, on the other hand, represents circles who want to cut back US military expenditure in Europe and north-east Asia so that they can concentrate on controlling the global energy market by taking over the entire Middle East and restoring US imperialism’s hegemony over south and central America.
In Britain working people have rallied to Jeremy Corbyn’s left social-democratic Labour banner amidst increasing demands for a new referendum or another general election to end the crisis over Brexit.
The call for a second referendum, which began the day after the Remainers lost the first one in 2016, comes from the Europhile wing of the ruling class with the support of many Labour MPs, the Liberal-Democrats and Scottish Nationalists, most of the trade union leadership, the European Union (EU) institutions and the Soros foundation.
Their objective is, of course, to force the May government to agree to a new vote or call for an early general election. This, they believe, will result in a Labour minority government dependent on the Scottish nationalists and the Liberal Democrats, whose support can only be bought with a second referendum, which they believe is now winnable.
The problem we face is that amongst Jeremy Corbyn’s own supporters there are many who believe that “Another Europe is Possible” whilst the old mainstream Brexit campaign that was largely based on the chauvinist and anti-immigration platform of UKIP reinforced the claims of the Europhiles within the labour movement that Brexit would lead to further attacks on the unions and what’s left of the ‘welfare state’.
Most of the unions have swallowed the Brussels lies that the EU safeguards workers’ rights and guarantees jobs. This is reflected in Remainer support within the Labour Party that goes far beyond the Blairite ranks in parliament. This view must be challenged. But although British communists, of all hues, have long opposed the EU and the Treaty of Rome, the left case against the EU has still to be won within the labour movement.
The New Communist Party has never confused the Labour Party with a revolutionary party nor imagined that we can overthrow the bourgeoisie through parliamentary elections. But we believe that a Labour government, with its organisational links with the trade unions and the co-operative movement, offers the best option for the working class in the era of bourgeois parliamentary democracy.
Our strategy is for working class unity and our campaigns are focused on defeating the right-wing within the movement, and strengthening the left within the Labour Party and the unions. We support Labour’s demands for the restoration of trade union rights, progressive taxation, state welfare and a public sector dedicated to meeting the people’s needs.
We know that social democracy of whatever trend can never lead to socialism. But the struggles of the future can only come from a labour movement confident to lead the struggle for revolutionary change.
Our party came into being out of the struggle against revisionism, with the intention that we serve the interests of the working class. We shall not be diverted from that. Let us work together to build the movement that will ensure that this century becomes the era of socialism.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Kosova -- an integral part of Serbia


 20th  International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties

joint statement

The Communists of Serbia Party is asking for support from Communist and Workers’ Parties of the world to support Kosovo as an integral part of the Republic of Serbia, which has been under occupation of NATO since 1999 and a subordinate regime of Albanian separatists.

  1. Communist Party of Azerbaijan
  2. Communist Party of Belarus
  3. New Communist Party of Britain
  4. Socialist Workers Party of Croatia
  5. AKEL, Cyprus
  6. Communist Party in Denmark
  7. Communist Party of Estonia
  8. German Communist Party
  9. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
  10. Communist Party of Greece
  11. Hungarian Workers Party
  12. Tudeh Party of Iran
  13. Workers Party of Ireland
  14. Communist Party of Israel
  15. Communist Party (Italy)
  16. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  17. AKFM Madagascar
  18. Communist Party of Malta
  19. Communist Party of Mexico
  20. Communist Party of Norway
  21. Communist Party of Pakistan
  22. Palestinian Communist Party
  23. Palestinian Peoples Party
  24. Paraguayan Communist Party
  25. Communist Party of Poland
  26. Romanian Socialist Party
  27. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
  28. Russian Communist Workers' Party ‐ Communist Party of Soviet Union (RCWP‐CPSU)
  29. Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  30. UCP-CPSU
  31. Communists of Serbia
  32. Communist Party of Slovakia
  33. Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
  34. Communist Party of Sri Lanka                             
  35. Communist Party of Swaziland
  36. Syrian Communist Party
  37. Communist Party of Turkey
  38. Union of Communists of Ukraine
  39. Communist Party of Venezuela

Solidarity with the people of Brazil

20th  International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties

  Joint statement and appeal (PCB and PCdoB)


The Brazilian Communist Party - PCB - and the Communist Party of Brazil - PCdoB - greet all the communist and workers' parties and movements participating in the 20th IMCWP and present the comrades and fellows the following joint appeal: 

Comrades, 
The new conjuncture in Brazil after the election of Jair Bolsonaro to the Presidency of the Republic brings concerns and requires that the revolutionary and leftist parties, social movements and progressive forces in general implement organized actions of resistance, solidarity and struggle against the threats of political setbacks, in various areas, intimidation and even aggression against militants and activists, which are characteristics of the fascist and reactionary elements that conform the political bloc supporting the new government. In the Congress, bills are being promoted to persecute the communist parties and ban the defense and dissemination of communism's ideals and symbols.  
It is necessary and urgent to form and consolidate a democratic and anti-fascist front, which was already kickstarted, in public demonstrations held throughout the campaign in the elections' second round, around the candidacy of Fernando Haddad. This front shall not only publicly denounce all and any type of aggression and bring the aggressors to justice, but also hold various actions to face the new political framework, on the streets and in the institutional field, promoting the solidarity between the forces that oppose the new government.  
This struggle requires, at this point in time, the solidarity and unity of action between the communist forces in Brazil and also the militant solidarity in the international realm. Therefore, the Brazilian Communist Party - PCB - and the Communist Party of Brazil - PCdoB - will act jointly and in solidarity in this struggle and ask that all the communist and workers' party participating in this 20th International Meeting be vigilant and mobilized for the militant support that the conjuncture demands. 

Athens, 24th of November, 2018

  1. Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism
  2. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  3. Communist Party of Belgium
  4. Brazilian Communist Party - PCB
  5. Communist Party of Brazil – PcdoB
  6. New Communist Party of Britain
  7. AKEL, Cyprus
  8. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
  9. Communist Party in Denmark
  10. Communist Party of Estonia
  11. Communist Party of Finland
  12. French Communist Party
  13. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
  14. Hungarian Workers' Party
  15. Tudeh Party of Iran
  16. The Worker's Party of Ireland
  17. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  18. Communist Party of Malta
  19. Communist Party of Norway
  20. Communist Party of Pakistan
  21. Palestinian Communist Party
  22. Palestinian People's Party
  23. Paraguayan Communist Party
  24. Portuguese Communist Party
  25. Romanian Socialist Party
  26. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
  27. Russian Communist Workers' Party ‐ Communist Party of Soviet Union (RCWP‐CPSU)
  28. Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  29. UCP-CPSU
  30. Communists of Serbia
  31. Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
  32. Communist Party of Sri Lanka                             
  33. Communist Party of Swaziland
  34. Sudanese Communist Party
  35. Communist Party of Ukraine
  36. Communist Party USA

Monday, December 10, 2018

Donbass -- The struggle against fascism is not the past, but a task of today

Statement of the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties 
 
November 23-25, 2018
Athens

The Communist and Workers’ Parties, participating in the meeting, support the antifascist struggle of the working people of Donbass, against which the current Ukraine regime, with the support of US and EU imperialism, uses any method of repression, up to physical annihilation by open war operations. The Communist and Workers’ Parties express their firm protest against the nazi revival and their firm readiness to fight this brown pest.
Moreover, Communists know well, that putting an end to fascism is possible only by putting an end to capitalism.
To this fight, we dedicate all our efforts and lives.
Proletarians all over the world, unite!

Proposed by the Union of Communists of Ukraine, the Russian Communist Workers ’ Party, the Syrian Communist Party
  1.  Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism
  2. Party of Labour of Austria
  3. Brazilian Communist Party
  4. New Communist Party of Britain
  5. Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia
  6. Communist Party of Estonia
  7. Communist Party of Macedonia
  8. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
  9. Communist Party of Greece
  10. Hungarian Workers' Party
  11. Socialist Party, Lithuania
  12. Communist Party of Luxembourg
  13. Communist Party of Malta
  14. Communist Party of Mexico
  15. New Communist Party of Netherlands
  16. Communist Party of Norway
  17. Communist Party of Pakistan
  18. Palestinian Communist Party
  19. Palestinian People's Party
  20. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
  21. Russian Communist Workers Party
  22. Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  23. UCP-CPSU
  24. Communists of Serbia
  25. Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
  26. Communist Party of Sri Lanka
  27. Communist Party of Swaziland
  28. Syrian Communist Party
  29. Sudanese Communist Party
  30. Communist Party USA
  31. Union of Communists of Ukraine

Solidarity with the Korean People

20th  International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties 

Statement of Solidarity of Communist and Workers' Parties in Support of the Just Cause of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean People for an Independent and Peaceful Reunification of Korea and for Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

We, participants in the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties held in Athens, Greece on November 23-25, 2018 express full support for and solidarity with the just cause of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people for realizing an independent and peaceful reunification of Korea and maintaining peace and security on the Korean peninsula.

We welcome the new phase of peace and reconciliation being opened up on the Korean peninsula thanks to the proactive efforts of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people, aimed at improving the inter-Korean relations, establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula and terminating the U.S. hostile policy toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The just cause of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people to defend the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and build a powerful socialist country constitutes an active contribution to the struggle of Communist and Workers' Parties to secure international justice and peace and victoriously advance the cause of socialism on the global scale.

We resolutely oppose and reject the imperialists' interference in the internal affairs of the Korean nation and their unjust policy of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK,and strongly demand that the U.S. withdraw its policy of hostility and military threats against the DPRK once and for all.

We hope that the international community will respond positively to the measures taken in good faith by the DPRK toward the ease of tension and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula and call upon all Communist and Workers' Parties and progressive organizations of the world to intensify the international solidarity movement for the just cause of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Korean people.

November 25th  2018 
Athens

Initiated by the Hungarian Workers’ Party

  1. Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism
  2. Communist Party of Argentina
  3. Communist Party of Australia
  4. Party of Labour of Austria
  5. Communist Party of Azerbaijan
  6. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  7. Communist Party of Belarus
  8. Brazilian Communist Party
  9. Communist Party of Britain
  10. New Communist Party of Britain
  11. Communist Party of Bulgaria
  12. Party of the Bulgarian Communists
  13. Communist Party of Canada
  14. Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia
  15. Communist Party of Cuba
  16. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
  17. Communist Party in Denmark
  18. Communist Party of Denmark
  19. Communist Party of Ecuador
  20. Communist Party of Estonia
  21. Communist Party of Macedonia
  22. German Communist Party
  23. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
  24. Hungarian Workers' Party
  25. Communist Party of India
  26. The Worker's Party of Ireland
  27. Communist Party of Israel
  28. Communist Party (Italy)
  29. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  30. Workers' Party of Korea
  31. Party of the Communists of Kyrgyzstan
  32. Socialist Party of Latvia
  33. Lebanese Communist Party
  34. Socialist Party, Lithuania
  35. Communist Party of Luxembourg
  36. Communist Party of Malta
  37. Communist Party of Mexico
  38. New Communist Party of Netherlands
  39. Communist Party of Norway
  40. Communist Party of Pakistan
  41. Palestinian Communist Party
  42. Palestinian People's Party
  43. Paraguayan Communist Party
  44. Portuguese Communist Party
  45. Romanian Socialist Party
  46. Communist Party of Soviet Union
  47. Russian Communist Workers' Party ‐ Communist Party of Soviet Union (RCWP‐CPSU)
  48. Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF)
  49. UCP-CPSU
  50. Communists of Serbia
  51. New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
  52. Communist Party of Slovakia
  53. South African Communist Party
  54. Communist Party of The Peoples of Spain
  55. Communist Party of The Peoples of Spain
  56. Communist Party of Sri Lanka                             
  57. Communist Party of Swaziland
  58. Communist Party of Turkey
  59. Communist Party of Ukraine
  60. Union of Communists of Ukraine
  61. Communist Party USA
  62. Communist Party of Venezuela

Friday, December 07, 2018

Mrs Wilson


Review

By Ben Soton

In this Tuesday night espionage thriller on BBC1, the actress Ruth Wilson plays her grandmother Alison Wilson. The three-part series centres around the theme of deception, which goes hand in hand with espionage. Alison Wilson meets her husband Alec Wilson, an espionage agent, during the Second World War and they soon marry. The marriage lasts until Alec dies from a heart attack. Shortly after his death a mysterious woman appears announcing herself as Wilson’s wife. The question the programme seems to be asking is how well do we know those closest to us?
The same question seems to be asked a lot on the BBC at the moment, with a similar plot line in EastEnders.
The drama starts in 1963 with Alec Wilson’s death. The programme makers create an atmosphere of order; women are shown working in a typing pool (something that younger readers may need to Google), sat in orderly rows. Streets appear to be clean with little traffic.  Order starts to break down when the other Mrs Wilson appears on the doorstep of their suburban home. Alison Wilson then goes through her husbands’ effects and we are taken back to 1940; suddenly everything is made to look untidy.
At this stage I am expecting readers to be saying: “But it would be untidy…there was a bloody war on.” The nature of the thriller genre, however, is about the idea of the disorder and concluding with order being restored. The element of disorder being the idea of Alison Wilson’s world being turned upside down as a result of her not knowing what is happening.  Order can only be restored when she finds out what the hell is going on. Suffice it to say, the programme continually jumps between the order of the 1960s and the disorder of the 1940s.  Two period dramas for the price of one.
In the 1940s a fifty-something Alec Wilson, played by Ian Glen, seduces the future Mrs Wilson, a typist in her early twenties. In one scene Alec Wilson tells his now wife about plans for the battle of El Alamein and that he is to be arrested in what he says is some kind of stunt. At this point I immediately smelt a rat. No spy would tell even his wife about something that secretive. After a period of time away, Alec Wilson tells his wife that he is going to be working undercover in a series of menial jobs and will have to pretend to be a disgraced officer.
What I found infuriating is we are not told what the alleged misdemeanour was; although that is the nature of thrillers. Occasional shots of rosary beads remind us that Alec Wilson was a devout Catholic, who presumably would have opposed the concept of divorce.
Is this drama simply about a worldly older man seducing an innocent younger woman, or something more sinister and subsequently more interesting? The mystery should unravel in the next two episodes.
We are left with an element of suspense when Alison Wilson meets an Indian acquaintance of her husband who tells her what a good man he was. With this scene all kinds of ideas came to mind. To put the cat amongst the pigeons a mysterious woman called Dorothy, played by Keeley Hawes (also not looking like she has aged much), appears in both time periods. Could she hold the secret? As a result, this could be the making of a good television drama.