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  • Things are getting back to normal at the Cinder Bed Road depot, one month after the longest strike in the history of the bus service in Washington, DC, USA, which led to an extraordinary victory for working people.

    The bus operators walked out from the only privatised depot in the city on 24 October 2019 after losing patience with their employer, Transdev. The French multinational had failed to give workers the same benefits as other bus workers at WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority).

  • A diverse coalition of Jewish organizations and individuals from communities across the globe has signed a call against US President Donald Trump’s imperialist plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The signed call follows. 

    We share a commitment to the Jewish values of justice and peace which can only be fulfilled through a negotiated two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians. We share a commitment to Israel’s security and prosperity which can best be fulfilled through peace agreements with its neighbors.

  • redglobeThis morning, Jeff Bezos announced he is donating $10 billion to his new "Bezos Earth Fund." Following that news, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice issued the following statement:

    “The international scientific community is very clear: burning the oil in wells that oil companies already have developed means we can’t save our planet from climate catastrophe.

  • The National Government will shield with national and international evidence and witnesses the lawsuit filed against the administration of the United States (US) before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity and the population.

    The announcement was made by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, who said that the evidence will show the international community “the torture for which the Venezuelan people have gone through” since 2014, the year in which the imposition of unilateral coercive measures against state officials and companies began.

  • The Executive Vice/president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez Gómez, highlighted this Thursday through her Twitter account @DrodriguezVen, the action of Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza – instruction of President Nicolas Maduro – to file a complaint with the Criminal Court International, for crimes against humanity committed by the United States government against the Venezuelan people.

    Given this, Vice-president Rodríguez said in another message that the economic and financial blockade by the United States government against the Homeland has prevented the entry of food and medicine supplies for Venezuelans.

  • The Executive Vice-president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez Gómez, highlighted this Thursday through her Twitter account @DrodriguezVen, the action of Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza – instruction of President Nicolas Maduro – to file a complaint with the Criminal Court International, for crimes against humanity committed by the United States government against the Venezuelan people.

    Given this, Vice-president Rodríguez said in another message that the economic and financial blockade by the United States government against the Homeland has prevented the entry of food and medicine supplies for Venezuelans.

  • The Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, considered this Friday as unacceptable and illegal the sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela.

    In a meeting with representatives of the National Dialogue Table from the headquarters of the Casa Amarilla in Caracas, he said that the objective of the US administration is to promote a popular uprising against the legitimate government.

    “The economic recession that is being experienced in Venezuela comes from the attempts, through an executed campaign, to overthrow the legitimate government, even with the use of force. It is outrageous that unilateral actions of the United States affect the social aspects”, he emphasized.

  • «Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu are not welcome to Portugal» was, more than the motto, the outcry that emerged from the public action carried out at the end of the afternoon, December 6, at Largo Camões, noble space of Lisbon, already well known for the initiatives in defence of peace that regularly take place there.

  • When, amidst his characteristic bombast, US President Donald Trump festively revealed his “Deal of the Century” last week in Washington, he repeated the terms “peace plan” and “Palestinian state” several times. In response, Peace Now has written, “Despite the seemingly appropriate words and the celebratory atmosphere, an examination of the details of the plan, clearly reveal the degree to which it lacks both peace and a Palestinian state. A deeper assessment indicates that the plan not only neglects to advance peace, but also has the potential to severely harm prospects for a genuine peace plan for both parties.”

    Statements similar to this one against the Trump Plan have been made by a range of peace and labor movements and appear in this week’s edition of the Hebrew-language Communist weekly Zu Haderech. What follows are summaries of some of these responses from prominent Israeli peace groups as well as three from organizations overseas.

  • President Trump’s plan for a Palestinian state is a smokescreen to legitimise Israel’s theft of Palestinian land, its illegal settlements, the creeping annexation of Jerusalem and the Jordan valley, the forced displacement of Palestinians and the apartheid wall.

    For decades, Israel has sought to create “facts on the ground” to destroy any effort for the two state solution. Trump is now rewarding Israel for this lawless behaviour, including the many grave violations of international law and war crimes.

  • The US administration, represented by the head of its pyramid, presented the US President Donald Trump with a hostile and provocative step has announced in public a press conference with the Prime Minister of the Israeli entity, “Beniamin Netanyahu” that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Zionist entity and that the occupied Syrian Golan has become part of what is called the State of Israel, and that the Palestinians has to accept the fait accompli and to join the peace process in order to have a state recognized by the American administration that has no borders but rather is based on separate and fragmented cantons. On the other hand, they will have investments that make their promised state a paradise on earth, otherwise they will face more and more isolation.

  • The Trump administration’s proposals on Israel and Palestine, announced on Tuesday, are an affront to Palestinian rights and dignity and have none of the elements of a realistic peace plan. The proposals, launched jointly by President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were drawn up by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has extensive business and financial links with Israeli companies.

    “The announcement this week provides no basis for peace and justice, and has been rejected by the Palestinian Authority. There was no serious dialogue or consultation with Palestinians. Peace can only be achieved through negotiations based on international law, not through imposing a completely unacceptable one-sided formula on the Palestinian people. The US proposals will severely damage prospects for a just and peaceful settlement,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

  • A naval blockade against Venezuela “would be detrimental to all the interests of the governments and countries that are part of this Caribbean community”.

    This was the pronouncement made by the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, before Washington’s threats to impose a naval blockade on the country.

  • “Venezuela is open to US investment and ready to receive all investors in the area of ​​oil, mining, tourism and telecommunications”, said President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro Moros, during an interview with journalist Anthony Faiola of the US newspaper The Washington Post.

    The President stressed that the United States and Venezuela are geographically located in the same region, and for this reason “we are obliged, for future years and centuries, to have relationships of respect, communication and not confrontation”.

  • comunistaThe undersigned Communist and Workers’ Parties, denounce the latest criminal military attack of the US, under Trump’s command, against the territory of a foreign country, specifically the international airport of Iraq, which resulted in scores of dead and wounded, among them officials of Iraq and an Iranian General. This constituted a flagrant violation of international law and the sovereignty of Iraq.

  • The assassination on Friday 3 January 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq of Qasem Soleimani, the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) extra-territorial Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, Head of Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah, together with several other Iranian, Iraqi, and Lebanese nationals, on the order of US President, Donald Trump, is a clear violation of both Iraqi national sovereignty and international law. Our parties condemn it unreservedly.

    We also condemn the subsequent threats of Trump against Iran, threatening to strike 52 sites in that country, including cultural sites. Furthermore, we view the Iranian regime’s threat to hit US personnel and interests in the region as a dangerous and irresponsible position that serves only to escalate tension.

  • Leading Communist Party of Israel member MK Ofer Cassif (Hadash – Joint List) published the following op-ed in the Hebrew and English editions of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Thursday, January 9.

    On Friday January 3, I said that if American bullying costs the lives of Israelis, it will be because of US President Donald Trump and his friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. My words were immediately criticized, and it was even said that I identify with the enemy. In the face of the ignorance, the lies and the incitement, I have decided to explain.

    The Iranian regime is an evil, extremist and cruel regime. It is evil and cruel mainly to Iranian citizens. The Revolutionary Guards Quds Force of Qassem Soleimani, the emissary of Iranian spiritual leader Ali Khameini, really is responsible for killing and destruction. It was not in his name, not for his stake and not for his successors that my friends and I, confronting almost unanimous political agreement, said: No. This assassination is American belligerence, an injustice that will exact a price in blood.

  • The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned statements made last Wednesday, January 8, by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in which he emphasized the right of Israeli presence in the occupied West Bank, which he referred to as “Judea and Samaria.”

    Speaking at the far-right Kohelet Forum Conference in Jerusalem, Friedman said, “Judea and Samaria – the name Judea says it all – is territory that historically had an important Jewish presence. As they say, it is the biblical heartland of Israel.” He also referred to the US declaration that Israeli settlements in the occupied territory are “not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” and opted to describe the West Bank issue as a population issue, stating that it is “certainly the most complicated of the issues because of the large indigenous Palestinian population.” “I thank God that President Trump had the courage and the wisdom to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv,” said Friedman.

  • The Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party issued the following statement on 8th January 2019:

    Once again, the sovereignty of our country is subjected to a new violation and our Iraqi citizens are being terrified, as Iran launched a missile attack early this morning on bases in Ain Al-Assad in Anbar and Harir in Erbil.

    This Iranian bombing operation, as well as the events that preceded it, will increase the legitimate concern among our people that Iraq has actually become a field for the conflict between America and Iran, in flagrant violation of its sovereignty by all parties. This bombing again indicates the absence of a significant and concrete role for the Iraqi government in stopping these flagrant violations and ensuring the safety and security of Iraqi citizens.

  • In a press office release on D. Trump's statement, the Press Office of the CC of the KKEmentions the following:

    “Trump's statement had elements of a war communique, posing enormous risks for all the peoples of the region.
    The demand for NATO's further involvement in the Middle East, along with sanctions on Iran, sharpen the already tense situation, bringing the risk of a generalized outbreak closer.

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