Karina, Oscar López's granddaughter, during the World Festival of Youth and Students 2013 in Quito. Photo: RedGlobeThe United States government announced Tuesday the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisoned in the U.S. for 36 years for his struggle to free Puerto Rico from U.S. colonial rule. Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama commuted Lopez' sentence, which will expire on May 17, according to a list of commutations announced by the White House.
Celebrations started almost immediately, while Clarissa Lopez, daughter of Lopez, will hold a press conference Wednesday at 10 a.m. in reaction to his release at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
»With Herbert Mies, I lost a friend and political father. The German Communist Party lost a working class politician of the working class who has shaped it for decades. German imperialism lost an opponent who has shown the way to resist this system«, Patrik Köbele, Chairman of the German Communist Party (DKP), said on Monday. »The DKP, led by Herbert Mies, was a party that was both on the side of the German Democratic Republic and a driving force in the West German peace movement.
It was a party that could win intellectuals and artists because it focused on factories and in the workers' living quarters. It was a Marxist-Leninist party, that was in contact to the masses of the working class. This is the road of todays DKP - Herbert Mies is a model for us,« Köbele noted.
Statement by Stefanos Stefanou, AKEL C.C. Spokesperson
With regards the results of Geneva and the ongoing developments on the Cyprus problem, as a first reaction we note the following:
The fact that both sides simultaneously submitted maps for the first time is positive. Regardless of the fact that the Turkish Cypriot proposal is not satisfactory, the tabling of maps creates the preconditions for a concrete negotiation and the achievement of an agreement on the territorial issue.
This January 12, theWhite House published a statement by outgoing U.S President Barack Obama on the ending of the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, both of which offer preferential treatment to Cuban migrants, encouraging unsafe and disorderly migration. The statement reads as follows:
Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy
Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called "wet-foot/dry foot" policy, which was put in place more than twenty years ago and was designed for a different era. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities. By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries. The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea.
During the last days, the wave of bad weather is affecting Balkan and other European countries. Several people died of cold in Bulgaria, Italy and Poland, while in other countries like Turkey and Croatia, people are seriously affected by the low temperatures and snowstorms. In Greece, we all remember the tragic death of a 13 year old girl from Serbia, who died in Thessaloniki few years ago, because of the fumes of the brazier that they used in order to keep their house warm, as it was the case for two students who died from the same reason in Larissa.
The Communist Party of Swaziland is deeply concerned for the safety of two of members of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) who are being targeted by the security police after attending a CPS summer school, held over the holidays in South Africa.
Alexis Tsipras and Dimitris Koutsoumpas. Photo: KKEOn Monday 9th of January, the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, met with the Prime Minister, in the framework of the round of meetings conducted by Alexis Tsipras with the Party Leaders in order to inform them about the developments concerning the Cyprus negotiations. After the meeting, the GS of the CC of the KKE made the following statement:
»The Cyprus Issue is a problem of invasion and occupation. If we want to talk about a negotiation which will lead to a solution, that means first of all the immediate withdrawal of all the occupation forces. That means the abolition of the regime of guarantees.