The following appeal was launched by activists, workers, students, intellectuals, artists, internationalists who are forced to live in France and in different countries of the world because of the economic, social and political conditions in Sri Lanka. It has since received support from labour activists, rural workers and intellectual activists in Sri Lanka and from workers and activists around the world. [More...][...]
What should we learn from the NATO summit that took place in Madrid (Spain) from June 28 to 30? According to the official communiqués of this U.S.-led military alliance, founded in 1949, the Madrid summit marked a "strategic turning point." What is that?
NATO is now calling Russia "the most significant and direct threat to the security of the allies.” The military alliance adds, "We cannot rule out the possibility of an attack on the sovereignty or territorial integrity of the allies." Not only does NATO not rule out the possibility of a direct confrontation, but in fact it is looking for one. For example, during the summit, bombings took place on the Russian city of Belgorod, 40 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, as a result of massive arms deliveries to Ukraine from NATO countries. Shortly before the summit, the Lithuanian government (a member of NATO and the European Union) declared a blockade of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad (a Russian territory between Lithuania and Poland and a Russian naval base in the Baltic Sea).[...]
A real human tragedy took place on June 24 in the north of Morocco after the attempt by about 2,000 migrants from sub-Saharan countries to enter Mlilya (in Spanish Melilla), an enclave occupied by Spain. This attempt was repressed in a bloody and deadly manner, costing the lives of at least 23 young migrants and injuring dozens. Their only « crime » was to enter Europe through this occupied city.
This tragic event coincided with another similar event: The death of at least 46 migrants trapped in a truck in San Antonio, Texas, after a day of extremely high temperatures. This occurred about 145 miles from the border with Mexico. The young people who died were hoping to reach the United States. Moroccan activists preparing the World Conference against War and Exploitation, for the Workers’ International Have sent us this contribution. [...]
On May Day 2022, workers and their organisations gathered in many countries around the world – with many exceptions this year: in many countries, war, repression, and restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic – prevented workers from gathering. Conversely, in some countries where workers are on the offensive, such as Sri Lanka (photo), some of the May Day rallies called by labour organisations were extremely massive.
Where trade union and political initiatives did take place, the rejection of war was sometimes expressed among the demands. Present in these demonstrations and marches were the activists who took part in the International Emergency Meeting against War on 3 April. They circulated the meeting’s appeal, which had originally been signed by labour activists from 50 countries, and translated into some twenty languages, to make it known and to get it signed.[...]
Emergency international meeting against war Sunday, 3 April 2022
- To the correspondents of the International Workers' Committee against War and Exploitation, for a Workers' International
- To the activists and workers' organisations around the world who intend to fight against the war
On 3 April an "Emergency International Meeting Against War" was held (in video). Delegations from 47 countries attended.
Attached you will find the appeal that was passed with the list of endorsers .
All the participants agreed to :
- launch a campaign of endorsement of the appeal in their respective countries;
- prepare for the broadest possible circulation of the appeal on 1 May, the international day of workers' struggle. This should take into account the national conditions of the class struggle in each country;
- translate it into as many languages as possible.
A new list of international endorsers will be published on 27 April.
Daniel Gluckstein, Nambiath Vasudevan
Coordinators International Workers Committee against War and Exploitation for a Worlers’ Internation
Paris and Mumbai 14 March 2022
Having read the Appeal that was passed on 3 April (to be downloaded here), I wish to add my name to the list of international endorsers. Please sign here. Après avoir lu l’appel adopté le 3 avril (téléchargez ici), je souhaite rejoindre la liste des premiers signataires. Signez l’appel ici. Después de haber leído el Llamamiento adoptado el 3 de abril (descargar aquí), deseo unirme a la lista de los primeros firmantes. Firme el Llamamiento haciendo clic aquí.
In November 2016, delegates who had gathered in Mumbai at an Open World Conference formed the "International Workers' Committee Against War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour, For a Workers' International." Over the past five years, unprecedented developments have shaken the world.
For us, this confirms that a Workers' International is more than ever a necessity. We, 601 militant activists from 57 countries, call for the preparation in all countries of the Open World Conference (Paris, October 2022).[...]
Rarely has such mobilisation in solidarity with the Palestinian people been seen. We are publishing a brief report. We invite all our correspondents to send us reports, accounts and photos on the demonstrations in their countries. First informations from Pakistan, Canada, United States, Australia, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Germany, France, Great-Britain... [...]
Open letter to Boris Johnson Dear Prime Minister, The news received from Indian trade unionists is absolutely appalling. The whole world is witnessing a real tragedy [...]
Daniel Gluckstein and Nambiath Vasudevan, IWC co-coordinators, call for solidarity with the Indian workers, peasants and youth, and for the demand to lift the ban on putting patents for the production of vaccines in the public domain.
Presently India is facing a second wave of Covid-19. Pictures coming out from India are scary.
IWC correspondents in India informed us: “The number of people infected with Covid-19 is rising every day. Those who can get a hospital bed are considered lucky. Deaths are mounting owing to lack of hospital beds, medicines, oxygen – the health care system has collapsed, there are no doctors and para medical staff to cope up with the mounting cases."Read and endorse this declaration by clicking here. [...]
Throughout the world – though under different forms – the workers and their organisations are faced with questions regarding the pandemic, its consequences, the governments’ policies and the stance taken by the labour movement. We do not hide the fact that we intend, starting from facts, to back up what we have kept saying in every IWC document: the capitalist regime – founded on the private ownership of the means of production – leads the whole society into an abyss.
The positive solution to the unprecedented crisis humankind goes through is in the hands of the working class. [...]
On all continents, workers are suffering from soaring food and fuel prices, caused by the speculation of capitalist markets. Everywhere, they are seeking to assert their demands: wage increases, freezing of prices and an end to austerity measures. Under one and the same red banner, the banner of labor organisations from Ecuador to Tunisia, to Belgium and elsewhere, workers have mobilised this past week. [...]
Interview with the singer Africana, endorser of the call to the World Conference against War and Exploitation, for a Workers' International (Paris, October 29-30)
— Africana, you are a Nigerian singer. Can you tell us more about yourself and your songs? What are they about? What do your songs stand for?
— My name is Jibril Adewunmi, but my stage name is Africana. I am 32 years old. I was born and raised in Bariga, a working-class neighborhood in Lagos. My parents, now deceased, were civil servants. I have a degree in animal breeding. But I chose to be an artist. My songs are inspired by my immediate environment, by what I see around me. They speak about the political and social context of my country. For example, one of my songs, Stand Up, says, "Fight for your rights / For a better future / So many lies / So much corruption from our leaders / While the masses starve."[...]
The National Congress of the Trades Councils (TUC’s) was held on Saturday, June 11 in Leicester, England. On the agenda was the following emergency motion, tabled by the Greater Manchester Association of TUC’s grouping 10 TUC’s.
After the motion was read out, the demand for the immediate release of the trade unionist Kirill Ukratsev, president of the Courier trade union, and the official recognition of the trade union by the Russian authorities was unanimously adopted by the delegates of the 150 TUC’s represented at congress.[...]
In a show of national unity, in early June and by a very large majority, German MPs voted to provide 100 billion euros for the army.
On June 3, the Bundestag (Parliament) voted to amend the Fundamental Law (which serves as the Constitution) to allow for the creation of a "special fund for the Bundeswehr", the German army. This special fund, worth 100 billion euros, was then adopted.[...]
An activist involved in the campaign for the release of trade unionist Kirill Ukraintsev tells us about the appeal hearing he attended in a Moscow court on 23 May.
The lawyers of the head of the Kurier trade union (kurier means “deliveryman” – translator’s note) and left-wing activist Kirill Ukraintsev had appealed against the court's decision to remand him in custody. His lawyers had appealed against the pre-trial prison sentence, requesting that he be placed under house arrest pending trial.
Currently in pre-trial detention until 25 June, Kirill risks being sentenced to five years' imprisonment under Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code, an ultrarepressive and arbitrary article that punishes alleged "repeated violations of the legislation on public gatherings".[...]
Taking into account the confinement measures, this rally was posted “online”.
“It is workers, youth, mankind that must be saved!
Not the banks and capitalists!”
All the workers’ gains are targeted by governments!
On that day, from New York to Mumbai, from Gaza, to Paris, From Johannesburg to Beijing, From Moscow to Santiago of Chile,
despite the epidemics and the blows that are showered on workers, despite confinement measures, we regroup under the same banner,
for the same cause:
- • Requisition of the billions of the banks and capitalists to save the sick and the hospitals!
- • Requisition of the billions of war to give each and every one food and shelter.
- • Requisition of all the “bank bail-out plans” for workers and their families!
- • Unity of workers against the anti-worker measures of governments which use of the crisis for their own objectives!
- • The eight-hour working-day and every working-class and democratic gain must be preserved!