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CHILE Constituent Assembly, Now!

2019-11-02

Neither President Piñera’s state of siege — with the army and police in the streets, the 18 dead, and the hundreds of wounded and nearly 2,000 arrests — nor the announcement of social measures aimed at calming things down, have had the least effect in quelling the protests. Pushed by the mobilisations from below, the platform called Unidad Social (Social Unity — which brings together hundreds of the country’s trade unions and social organisations, including the CUT / Workers’ United Central, the Coordinating Committee Against the No + AFP Pension Fund law, and the Colegio de Profesores, affiliated with CUT — issued a call for a general strike on 23 and 24 October. The demands are the ones that the workers and youth have been chanting in the streets since the beginning of the social explosion: lifting of the state of emergency, withdrawal of the draft law that destroys workers’ rights to retirement pension, education, taxation, and the demand for a series of [...]

HAITI   « This popular uprising » which the « servile press » does not want to see (Haïti Liberté)

2019-11-02

While “a continuous rain of demonstrations” has been falling on Haiti, aimed at getting rid of the illegitimate president, Jovenel Moïse, who only has been able to remain in power thanks to the occupation of U.N. troops, the capitalist Western press continues to ignore this popular uprising. “The popular events that are taking place in our country have once again revealed the true colours of some of the foreign press … . Need this come as a surprise, need we be shocked? Not necessarily. There is nothing surprising or abnormal about it, since this despicably reactionary press has indeed learnt its lesson from history; it defends only the interests of the multinationals and the imperialist powers, in order to smash any movement of national emancipation and progress. « This highly specialised press is not completely free and independent, it does not have the freedom to tell all, especially when it is the working class that is revolting and resisting heroically, calling upon [...]

CATALONIA A human tide against the repression and for the Republic

2019-10-26

To all those who said that it is dead and buried, the human tide that has surged and swept the country has answered: “The Catalan Republic is still here!” On 14 October, nine Catalan leaders were placed on trial and given prison sentences of from 9 to 13 years for “sedition”. It was a sentence handed down by the Supreme Court and in the name of the Penal Code that are both legacy of Franco’s dictatorship, as are the Spanish monarchy and the 1978 Constitution. The verdict provoked immense anger that quickly turned into mass demonstrations, at the call of the Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDR) and associations such as the National Catalan Assembly (ANC) or Omnium Cultural. As of 17 October, the students union launched the demand for a strike. The human tide peaked on 18 October in Barcelona, the day of general strike launched by the “minority” trade unions. The leaders of CCOO (Workers Commissions) and UGT refused to call for strike – all the while [...]

Address to our sister and brother workers and youth in China

2019-10-26

We are labour activists and defenders of democratic rights. We send our fraternal greetings to the workers and youth in China. We wish to express our solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of youth and workers who have been marching in demonstrations in Hong Kong for the past four months, and with the hundreds of thousands who went on strike on 5 August and 2 and 3 September and imposed the withdrawal of the Extradition Bill on Carrie Lam. We condemn theheavy-handed police crackdown on the protesters, the imprisonment of protesters and the implementation of an emergency law that gives authorities unlimited power against elementary civil liberties. This emergency law was adopted in 1922 by the British colonial regime to break a seamen’s strike. Thus, the Hong Kong authorities, and the Beijing government behind them, are using a law of the colonial powers which plundered China against the Chinese workers and youth.They should beware of the fact that in 1922, the seamen’s general [...]

Communiqué of the International Youth Alliance for Socialism Release the young activists arrested in Algeria immediately!

2019-10-20

On Wednesday 9 October, Youth Action Rally (RAJ) President Abdelouhab Fersaoui was arrested by police at the end of a rally organized in front of the Algiers court house to demand the release of five other leaders of that organisation, which is very active in the Hirak (popular movement).  They have been charged with threatening national security, and face 10 to 20 years in prison.  The militant activists of the International Youth Alliance for Socialism cannot allow activists to be arrested and imprisoned for their political opinions.  There is only one youth, and it is international.  The same goes for defending democratic rights and individual freedoms in Algeria as for anywhere else.  We give our total support to those activists, and demand the immediate release of all prisoners of conscience.  We invite all young people, school or university students, activists or not, to sign this appeal and have others sign it, and to join the international [...]

CATALONIA Communiqué of the Independent Democratic Workers Party (POID) of France          Their Conviction Is Shameful:
Free the Catalan Leaders Now! Respect for the Right of the Catalan People 
to Free Themselves from the Francoist Monarchy
 and to Establish their Catalan Republic!

2019-10-20

The Independent Democratic Workers Party (POID) of France expresses its strongest protest against the verdict of 9 years to 13 years in prison against the Catalan leaders, some of whom have been imprisoned for more than two years.  This verdict is a perfect expression of the nature of the monarchy’s institutions, its 1978 Constitution, and its judicial and police systems, directly inherited from Franco’s dictatorship.  What is the alleged « crime » committed by those who have been sentenced, other than to have supported the will expressed by the majority of the Catalan people in the referendum of October 1, 2017, to free themselves from the Francoist monarchy, and to establish their Catalan Republic, the first step towards the Free Union of the Republics of Spain?  Shame on Pedro Sanchez, leader of the Spanish « Socialist » Party and current president of the government, who has just justified the sentence, daring to claim that « no one is judged [...]

AFGHANISTAN Communiqué of the Left Radical of Afghanistan (LRA) By lowest participation, people reject US-Nato sponsored elections in Afghanistan

2019-10-20

On September 28, 2019 there were presidential elections in Afghanistan. The elections were sponsored and fully influenced by US and its partners in Afghanistan to give so-called legitimacy to a puppet regime in Afghanistan. There were in total 18 candidates including the current president Ashraf Ghani, Executive Direct Abdullah Abdullah and “Butcher of Kabul” Gulbaden Hekmatyar.  But, elections in an occupied country never could be fair, transparent and independent. The previous experience of the presidential and parliamentary elections demonstrated that, all the elections were full of corruption, fraud and intervention of the US and Nato. The people simply say, “it is not our election, it is American election”. This is not Afghan voters to elect the coming president, but it is US government and its allies who determine the fate for Afghanistan.  The US government never like to build a strong government in Afghanistan, they rather need to keep a weak and in-need [...]

PAKISTAN PTI government is following US Imperialism Policies to Privatize state-owned companies in Pakistan

2019-10-12

The federal government has decided to privatise 49 organisations within the next five years. The decision was made in a session of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Privatisation.  The Privatisation Ministry said that 15 companies had been taken out of the privatisation list and eight had been added to it.  Pakistan is in discussion with half a dozen companies from Russia and China to run the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) under public-private partnership and increase its capacity from 1.1 million to 3.5 million per year.  The committee was informed that the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and the PSM have so far racked up combined losses of around Rs600 billion, of which the PIA losses stand at around Rs400 billion.  This ruling government is sitting on the laps of US Imperialism and constantly adopting what agreement they signed with IMF/World Bank.  The mills current total losses are around Rs200 billion. Secretary Privatization said that [...]

HAITI Long Live the People’s Uprising for Democracy and Sovereignty!

2019-10-12

For two weeks now, the people en masse have been coming out into the streets in Port-au-Prince and the other major towns of Haiti, to demand an end to President Jovenel Moïse’s government, his PHTK party, and his antiworker and anti-popular policies. The masses –with the workers in the forefront – want an end to the high cost of living and to the austerity measures dictated by the International Monetary Fund to a government that only has been able to remain in place thanks to the occupation by foreign troops. The people are denouncing the top State dignitaries’ pillaging of the funds of PetroCaribe, the Venezuelan government’s programme that sells cheap oil to Haiti. The MINUSTAH -the UN troops that have been occupying Haiti for 15 years now -are in a state of alert.  In the face of this popular uprising, the regime has unleashed its repression. The worker and anti-imperialist weekly Haïti Liberté reports:  “Since Friday 23 September, the popular mobilisation [...]

UNITED STATES Labor’s Resurgence, Bernie Sanders, the DSA and the Fight for Independent Working-Class Politics Today An Interview with The Organizer Editorial Board Member Alan Benjamin (part II)

2019-10-05

Question: The Organizer newspaper has reported on the substantial growth of Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, the political group that has been promoting Bernie Sanders for president. Tell us about it?  Alan Benjamin: The DSA, the long-dormant refuge of labor officials adhering to liberal social-democratic policies within the Democratic Party, has re-emerged through the Bernie Sanders campaign with a largely youth and rank-and-file labor base, a militant base. This is another expression of the growing radicalization of the youth and sectors of the working class.  DSA just held its national convention in Atlanta, with more than 1,000 delegates representing 56,000 dues-paying members organized in hundreds of chapters nationwide. During the pre-convention discussion, some of the DSA chapters refused to endorse Sanders for president, as proposed by the outgoing DSA leadership, on the grounds that a vote for Sanders would be nothing more than a vote for Biden or Warren, [...]