14 | 10 | 2019

After a second round of hearings, the European Parliament has decided to reject French Commissioner-designate Sylvie Goulard for the Internal Market portfolio.

Her candidature was marred by controversy as she faces an investigation for fraud and stands accused of conflicts of interest during her time as MEP.

A 5,8 magnitude earthquake centered in the Sea of Marmara hit Istanbul on the 26th of September, resulting in no death but some injured citizens and damaged buildings. The experience revealed that Istanbul is not prepared at all for a much bigger earthquake that experts are expecting in Marmara. In 1999, a 7,6 magnitude earthquake on the same fault system had killed over 17.000 people.

In the light of these events and facts, the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) published a statement the day after the last earthquake. According to the TKP, it is apparent that İstanbul is in a worse situation than in 1999 against earthquakes. The Party emphasizes that there is no need to be surprised by being unprepared for earthquakes while being ruled by the AKP governance as it is the reason for systematically getting away from science, logic, and justice. Indeed, the institutions that are directly related to quakes have made different statements, leading to an escalating panic among the people. In the published statement, TKP draws attention to the emergency muster points which were decreased from 407 to 77 due to unplanned urbanization. During the earthquake, the people could not communicate via their mobile phones and their right to communication was violated because the telecommunication monopolies did not make any proper investments in accordance with the increasing capacity although they rob the people with heavy bills.

Metalworkers in Bizkaia (Basque region) continue the mobilizations in the context of 5 days strike called in the sector. 85% of workers have supported the strike facing the strong police confrontation.

After the meeting with management they gave to workers the following proposal:

Sinn Féin have come in for criticism for their proposal that a tax break equivalent to one month’s rent be granted to those renting from private landlords. Workers’ Party local representative Éilis Ryan today (Monday) said the tax break was a return to Celtic Tiger Fianna Fáil politics, and amounted to a public handout for greedy landlords.

Ryan said:

“Sinn Féin’s proposals to grant a tax break equivalent to one month’s rent to every individual in the private rented sector is nothing short of a handout for landlords. It is effectively accepting the right of landlords to charge exorbitant rents, and making it the state’s responsibility to close the gap between what tenants can afford and what landlord’s believe they are entitled to be paid.

Statement of the European Communist Initiative

The parties participating in the European Communist Initiative denounce the outrageous anti-communist resolution of the European Parliament and the escalation of anti-communism planned by the EU. This resolution promotes the unhistorical identification of communism with the monster of fascism, whitewashing the fascists and their actions, expressing hatred for the struggle of the peoples. The slander that socialism equates to fascism in the name of totalitarianism is revealed by the fact that fascism is born and bred of capitalism. Their common economic basis is the power of monopolies that only socialism overthrows.

In a letter today to the Commission President-elect, GUE/NGL co-Presidents Manon Aubry (France Insoumise, France) and Martin Schirdewan (DIE LINKE, Germany) urge rethinking of proposed fragmented portfolios for Commissioners, stress the problem of conflicts of interest among Commissioners-designate, and raise key policy concerns on economics, climate, gender equality and new tech.

In times of economic uncertainty, it is easy to lay blame at the foot of the asylum seeker, the migrant or a member of a vulnerable community and proclaim loudly that IF IT WERE NOT FOR THEM things would be better. But would they?

If we examine Irish history and take a look at a particularly excellent economic analysis of it by Dr Conor McCabe – Sins of the Father, we will see that Ireland has suffered, dramatically, from many of the same issues it suffers today. Of particular note, we can see that the first government from 1922, failed to construct houses which led to slum living conditions and a housing crisis,  they failed to properly create an indigenous economy which led to farmer subsidies and even a small famine in 1925, they failed to develop infrastructure and build up communal necessities. Why?

With the speech of Dimitris Koutsoumbas, GS of the of the CC of KKE, the events of the 45th KNE Festival and the "Odigitis" magazine culminated on Saturday 21/9. Below is listed the full speech by D. Koutsoumbas.

“Friends and Comrades,

For yet another year, the KNE-Odigitis Festival completes its journey across Greece tonight!

It was in early summer of 1975, when the idea of organizing something important was born.

The events of the 45th Festival of the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) and its newspaper - “Odigitis” are continuing all over Greece.

The 45th Festival KNE-Odigitis is taking place in all the cities of the country, with a rich artistic, cultural and political program.n 13/9 at the KNE Festival site in Thessaloniki, the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, spoke where he referred to the dead-end of the capitalist mode of production, the sharpening of the intra-imperialist rivalries, the involvement of Greece in them, such as with the aggressive moves of the Turkish bourgeois class, adding: “The imperialist system is becoming more and more reactionary and dangerous and its supporters, the government and the bourgeois parties in Greece are have been irreparably exposed. They defend a barbaric system that has stained its hands and is staining its hands with the blood of the peoples, in order to get richer, for the monopolies to amass fortunes and become increasingly more aggressive.

Since 2013, 26 September has been, by decision of the UN General Assembly, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

Reputable scientists warn that the explosion of only one percent of today's deployed nuclear weapons in the world would amount to about 4000 times the energy released by the US atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

A nuclear explosion causes massive destruction of both living beings and structures. By combining different effects, it can lead to immediate death but also to prolonged after efects that affect health, either as a result of direct exposure to radiation or the effects of environmental contamination resulting from the spread of radioactive dust.

The Tourism giant «Thomas Cook», which manages, among others, hotels in Rhodes and Crete, has gone bankrupt, leaving tens of thousands of workers without a job worldwide.

This is a development that proves once again that working rights are crashed by the competitiveness of monopolies in every industry, from which neither tourists who overpay their holidays and leisure can escape.

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