Sunday, July 17, 2016

EMEP: The people’s choice is not one between a military coup or the one-man, one-party dictatorship

The people’s choice is not one between a military coup or the one-man, one-party dictatorship.

The answer is the protection of democratic rights and political freedoms; the struggle for a people’s democracy.

The mainstream political landscape in Turkey is littered with frequent attempted and successful military coups. The cost of these have always been countless deaths, torture, persecution and more violent attacks on rights and freedoms.

Attempts to drown the calls of the oppressed and exploited peoples, for democracy and freedoms, with military coups and consequent dominant politics is nothing new.

Military coup attempts are not and could never be the antidote to the one-man, one-party politics pursued today by Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP government. Furthermore, such attempts will be used as a basis for quicker and more violent implementation of these policies.

Erdoğan and the AKP government, calling their supporters out on to the streets “against the plotters”, will attempt to use this situation to repair their shaken reputation – the result of opportunistic and inconsistent internal and external politics - and to reach their reactionary and fascistic aims. The scenes of swinging saw blades and swords, a confrontational attitude reminiscent of IS, are indicative of this happening.

It is clear that all citizens of Turkey from different naitonalities and beliefs, squeezed into a position between a rock and a hard place, can not be subjected to a choice only between a military coup and a one-man, one-party dictatorship.

The only choice and the path to the liberation of the people is the establishment of a Turkey that is truly secular and democratic.

The way out of this anti-democratic seige is the safeguarding of democratic rights and political freedoms. The solution is the struggle for a people’s democracy.

Selma GÜRKAN
Chairwoman
Emek Party

Saturday, June 04, 2016

ICMLPO: Let us develop resistance against the offensive of capital, reaction and war!

Declaration of the regional meeting of the European members of ICMLPO

Let us develop resistance against the offensive of capital, reaction and war!

Within a short period the situation in Europe has aggravated to an extreme degree. Though there are good conditions for capitalist economic development such as cheap credits, the low exchange-rate of the Euro, low oil prices, billions of Euros spent by the ECB, the economy is stagnating and a new crisis is approaching because of the insoluble contradictions of capitalism. The wealth of a very small group of rich people is expanding by this development while the poor are getting poorer. There is plenty of money for weapons and war, while there is less and less money for social needs.
In this situation the ruling class and their parties, such as the conservatives, social-democrats and their governments, are attacking the achievements of the working class such as collective bargaining contracts on a national level, while they want to make it easier to dismiss workers. This is accompanied by wage cuts, social service cuts, efforts to reduce pensions and to increase the age of retirement. This leads to an increasing distrust of the state, its institutions and the different bourgeois parties, whether they are from the old right, conservatives, social-democrats or liberals.
In this context states are being transformed step-by-step into police states with authoritarian governments, accompanied by the rise of right-wing, nationalist, racist and to some extent fascist movements and parties, who present themselves demagogically as “social” and support this development into police states. Under the pretext of the “fight against terrorism,” democratic rights are eliminated.
At the same time the policy of war is being increasingly expanded. Under the leadership and in the framework of NATO, the EU and its members, especially Britain, France and Germany, are intervening militarily in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali etc. This is the main cause of the great number of refugees who want to come to Europe. The imperialist powers use the result of their own aggressive, imperialist politics as a pretext to intervene more and to strengthen fortress Europe, to prevent the victims of their policy from finding a safe place where they can survive and live. In this context the agreement between EU and Turkey was made. It is an agreement against humanity. It is an agreement with a regime that disregards fundamental democratic rights and liberties, tramples and crushes every democratic opposition by its roots and tries to smash the national liberation struggle of the Kurdish people by military means.
But the question of refugees has also shown and deepened the contradictions within the EU and the different aims of the ruling classes. It deepened the political crisis of the EU and its institutions.
They also use the refugees to intensify and extend the police state, always under the pretext of the “struggle against terrorism”. It opens the way for right-wing and even fascist movements, with some support from the bourgeoisie, the bourgeois state and the media. All these right-wing movements assist the bourgeoisie in splitting the workers and the peoples movement to fight one another instead of fighting together against the ruling class and their governments.
But all these measures of the bourgeoisie do not solve the problems but on the contrary increase them.
The resistance of the working class and of the workers against the attacks of the bosses and the governments of all hues (right, social democrats, alone or in alliance…) is increasing in all the countries.
The actual attacks are concentrated on the labor laws, as we can see today in France. A huge movement is mobilizing tens of hundreds of thousands of workers, the trade unions, the youth… who are struggling for the withdrawal of this project through demonstrations, strikes… on a local and national level. It is a counter-reform that comes after several others, which have fulfilled the main demands of the bosses: to make it easier to fire workers, to impose more flexibility, lower wages and increased exploitation.
The same attacks are waged in other countries, such as in Italy, Germany, Norway and Spain, where workers rights and collective bargaining are being undermined or suppressed. Thus they try to limit the ability of the workers to act in a united manner.
Resistance is also developing against the criminalization of strikes, especially by the combative trade unionists when they oppose the violence of the working class to the violence of capital and its State. The number of jailed trade unionists is increasing. Some movements of solidarity have developed internationally, especially when it concerns monopolies with enterprises in different countries. This kind of solidarity is still limited, and must be developed.
Imperialism and monopoly capital are attacking and disregarding national sovereignty and elected institutions. This is not only the case in the less developed countries, but even in the advanced imperialist countries.
The resistance and struggle against the EU and its neoliberal policy, its reactionary and inhuman policy against refuges and migrants, its policy of war, of increasing tension with Russia, in close relationship with NATO, are also increasing in all the countries. The dictate of the Euro and its consequences have been exposed, especially in Greece, but also in other countries.
The opposition to the EU is increasing in Denmark and Holland, where referendums have been organized on the question of EU. In each case, the rejection of EU is getting stronger and becoming a majority among the peoples, especially among the workers and popular masses.
The next occasion will be the referendum in Britain: the prospect of a “brexit” [British withdrawal] is concrete and infuriates the financial oligarchy, the leaders of the right-wing and social-democrat parties, the big bosses, the pro-EU leaders of the other countries and even Obama who has interfered in favor of Britain staying in the EU.
We support without restrain the democratic and progressive forces which are campaigning in favor of the “Brexit”. If it occurs, it will create a new political situation, deepening the political crisis of the EU and stimulate the opposition to the EU in other countries. We strongly support the right of the people to withdraw from the EU. We support the people who demand a referendum, to withdraw from the EU.
Several international treaties are being discussed and negotiated in secret between the representatives of the EU and the US: the TAFTA/TTIP is one of these treaties whose consequences are tremendous and very dangerous. It will increase the power of the monopolies, both of the US and the European ones, against all the workers and peoples. There are other treaties like TISA, which is an anti-democratic project aimed at making privatization of public services and resources permanent, in discussion on specific areas, which have the same objective: open markets for the monopolies and increased competition among the workers to the benefit of capital, to impose the diktat of the monopolies, using the States as the best defenders of their private interests.
Huge demonstrations are developing during the final round of these negotiations. Nothing is settled: a victory for the popular movement is at hand. We must reinforce the mobilization to stop the negotiations, to make them fail.
The aggressive policy of NATO is meeting an increasing resistance movement that says “no to war, no to NATO”, which proclaims the necessity of its dissolution and which says “out of NATO” in the countries that are members of this political and military alliance, under the leadership of US imperialism. This movement is also denouncing the links between the EU and NATO.
Another aspect of the policy of NATO is the pressure exerted on the governments to increase their war budgets, to buy more and more weapons produced by the US and European monopolies, which are competing for this market.
We join our voices in the denunciation of the increasing militarization of the States, of the whole society, of the increasing political and economic power of the monopolies of the military industrial complex.
We join our voices to the movement that says “money for education and health, not for weapons or war”.
We work for developing a huge international anti-war movement.
A movement that struggles to end the wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan
A movement that says “no to an aggression against Libya”
A movement that denounces the “war against terrorism in Africa” waged by the imperialist powers, especially France and Germany, in close relationship with US imperialism. We join our voices with the people and organizations of these countries, who are struggling for the withdrawal of foreign troops, for their sovereignty, especially in Mali. In particular we support the revolutionary struggle of the people of Burkina Faso and other neocolonial countries, which are confronting French, US and other imperialist countries.
The system of capitalism and imperialism only brings misery, poverty, repression and war to the vast majority of workers and people. This system cannot be reformed in the interest of the workers and people and brings no future to the people and youth. We affirm our conviction that a revolutionary change and socialism is necessary. This will be the message that we as Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations will spread among the workers and peoples worldwide on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the October Revolution.
Socialism is the future!
Declaration of the regional meeting of the European members of ICMLPO.
Stuttgart, Germany, May 2016


Communist Workers Party of Denmark (APK)
Communist Workers Party of France (PCOF)
Organization for the Construction of a Communist Workers Party of Germany (Work Future)
Organization for the Reconstruction of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE 1918-1955)
Communist Platform – for a Communist Workers Party of Italy
Marxist-Leninist Group Revolution, Norway
Communist Party of Spain Marxist-Leninist (PCE-ML)
Labor Party of Turkey (EMEP)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Anasintaxi 421B (April 2016)


Anasintaxi 421 (April 2016)



Anasintaxi 420B (March 2016)

Anasintaxi 420 (March 2016)

Let us develop resistance against the offensive of capital, reaction and war!

Declaration of the regional meeting of the European members of ICMLPO

Let us develop resistance against the offensive of capital, reaction and war!

Within a short period the situation in Europe has aggravated to an extreme degree. Though there are good conditions for capitalist economic development such as cheap credits, the low exchange-rate of the Euro, low oil prices, billions of Euros spent by the ECB, the economy is stagnating and a new crisis is approaching because of the insoluble contradictions of capitalism. The wealth of a very small group of rich people is expanding by this development while the poor are getting poorer. There is plenty of money for weapons and war, while there is less and less money for social needs.
In this situation the ruling class and their parties, such as the conservatives, social-democrats and their governments, are attacking the achievements of the working class such as collective bargaining contracts on a national level, while they want to make it easier to dismiss workers. This is accompanied by wage cuts, social service cuts, efforts to reduce pensions and to increase the age of retirement. This leads to an increasing distrust of the state, its institutions and the different bourgeois parties, whether they are from the old right, conservatives, social-democrats or liberals.
In this context states are being transformed step-by-step into police states with authoritarian governments, accompanied by the rise of right-wing, nationalist, racist and to some extent fascist movements and parties, who present themselves demagogically as “social” and support this development into police states. Under the pretext of the “fight against terrorism,” democratic rights are eliminated.
At the same time the policy of war is being increasingly expanded. Under the leadership and in the framework of NATO, the EU and its members, especially Britain, France and Germany, are intervening militarily in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali etc. This is the main cause of the great number of refugees who want to come to Europe. The imperialist powers use the result of their own aggressive, imperialist politics as a pretext to intervene more and to strengthen fortress Europe, to prevent the victims of their policy from finding a safe place where they can survive and live. In this context the agreement between EU and Turkey was made. It is an agreement against humanity. It is an agreement with a regime that disregards fundamental democratic rights and liberties, tramples and crushes every democratic opposition by its roots and tries to smash the national liberation struggle of the Kurdish people by military means.
But the question of refugees has also shown and deepened the contradictions within the EU and the different aims of the ruling classes. It deepened the political crisis of the EU and its institutions.
They also use the refugees to intensify and extend the police state, always under the pretext of the “struggle against terrorism”. It opens the way for right-wing and even fascist movements, with some support from the bourgeoisie, the bourgeois state and the media. All these right-wing movements assist the bourgeoisie in splitting the workers and the peoples movement to fight one another instead of fighting together against the ruling class and their governments.
But all these measures of the bourgeoisie do not solve the problems but on the contrary increase them.
The resistance of the working class and of the workers against the attacks of the bosses and the governments of all hues (right, social democrats, alone or in alliance…) is increasing in all the countries.
The actual attacks are concentrated on the labor laws, as we can see today in France. A huge movement is mobilizing tens of hundreds of thousands of workers, the trade unions, the youth… who are struggling for the withdrawal of this project through demonstrations, strikes… on a local and national level. It is a counter-reform that comes after several others, which have fulfilled the main demands of the bosses: to make it easier to fire workers, to impose more flexibility, lower wages and increased exploitation.
The same attacks are waged in other countries, such as in Italy, Germany, Norway and Spain, where workers rights and collective bargaining are being undermined or suppressed. Thus they try to limit the ability of the workers to act in a united manner.
Resistance is also developing against the criminalization of strikes, especially by the combative trade unionists when they oppose the violence of the working class to the violence of capital and its State. The number of jailed trade unionists is increasing. Some movements of solidarity have developed internationally, especially when it concerns monopolies with enterprises in different countries. This kind of solidarity is still limited, and must be developed.
Imperialism and monopoly capital are attacking and disregarding national sovereignty and elected institutions. This is not only the case in the less developed countries, but even in the advanced imperialist countries.
The resistance and struggle against the EU and its neoliberal policy, its reactionary and inhuman policy against refuges and migrants, its policy of war, of increasing tension with Russia, in close relationship with NATO, are also increasing in all the countries. The dictate of the Euro and its consequences have been exposed, especially in Greece, but also in other countries.
The opposition to the EU is increasing in Denmark and Holland, where referendums have been organized on the question of EU. In each case, the rejection of EU is getting stronger and becoming a majority among the peoples, especially among the workers and popular masses.
The next occasion will be the referendum in Britain: the prospect of a “brexit” [British withdrawal] is concrete and infuriates the financial oligarchy, the leaders of the right-wing and social-democrat parties, the big bosses, the pro-EU leaders of the other countries and even Obama who has interfered in favor of Britain staying in the EU.
We support without restrain the democratic and progressive forces which are campaigning in favor of the “Brexit”. If it occurs, it will create a new political situation, deepening the political crisis of the EU and stimulate the opposition to the EU in other countries. We strongly support the right of the people to withdraw from the EU. We support the people who demand a referendum, to withdraw from the EU.
Several international treaties are being discussed and negotiated in secret between the representatives of the EU and the US: the TAFTA/TTIP is one of these treaties whose consequences are tremendous and very dangerous. It will increase the power of the monopolies, both of the US and the European ones, against all the workers and peoples. There are other treaties like TISA, which is an anti-democratic project aimed at making privatization of public services and resources permanent, in discussion on specific areas, which have the same objective: open markets for the monopolies and increased competition among the workers to the benefit of capital, to impose the diktat of the monopolies, using the States as the best defenders of their private interests.
Huge demonstrations are developing during the final round of these negotiations. Nothing is settled: a victory for the popular movement is at hand. We must reinforce the mobilization to stop the negotiations, to make them fail.
The aggressive policy of NATO is meeting an increasing resistance movement that says “no to war, no to NATO”, which proclaims the necessity of its dissolution and which says “out of NATO” in the countries that are members of this political and military alliance, under the leadership of US imperialism. This movement is also denouncing the links between the EU and NATO.
Another aspect of the policy of NATO is the pressure exerted on the governments to increase their war budgets, to buy more and more weapons produced by the US and European monopolies, which are competing for this market.
We join our voices in the denunciation of the increasing militarization of the States, of the whole society, of the increasing political and economic power of the monopolies of the military industrial complex.
We join our voices to the movement that says “money for education and health, not for weapons or war”.
We work for developing a huge international anti-war movement.
A movement that struggles to end the wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan
A movement that says “no to an aggression against Libya”
A movement that denounces the “war against terrorism in Africa” waged by the imperialist powers, especially France and Germany, in close relationship with US imperialism. We join our voices with the people and organizations of these countries, who are struggling for the withdrawal of foreign troops, for their sovereignty, especially in Mali. In particular we support the revolutionary struggle of the people of Burkina Faso and other neocolonial countries, which are confronting French, US and other imperialist countries.
The system of capitalism and imperialism only brings misery, poverty, repression and war to the vast majority of workers and people. This system cannot be reformed in the interest of the workers and people and brings no future to the people and youth. We affirm our conviction that a revolutionary change and socialism is necessary. This will be the message that we as Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations will spread among the workers and peoples worldwide on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the October Revolution.
Socialism is the future!
Declaration of the regional meeting of the European members of ICMLPO.
Stuttgart, Germany, May 2016


Communist Workers Party of Denmark (APK)
Communist Workers Party of France (PCOF)
Organization for the Construction of a Communist Workers Party of Germany (Work Future)
Organization for the Reconstruction of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE 1918-1955)
Communist Platform – for a Communist Workers Party of Italy
Marxist-Leninist Group Revolution, Norway
Communist Party of Spain Marxist-Leninist (PCE-ML)
Labor Party of Turkey (EMEP)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Manifesto for May Day 2016




Workers and labourers of all the countries!
The capitalists and its government continue without stopping their aggression on the workers and the peoples.
The dismissal and the forced increasing of the exploitation, the wage cut and the deterioration of the work conditions, the flexible working and precariousness, the austerity programs and the great injustices increases the profits the monopolies and worsen the situation of the labourer masses.
Nowadays, poverty affects wide strata of workers that create all the social wealth and youth unemployment have dramatic consequences, while a handful of rich people keep getting richer.
The corrupt ruling classes accentuate authoritarian and bullying governing methods, liquidate the rights and the democratic freedoms of the workers, repress brutally the worker’s and popular protests, in order to perpetuate its privileges and power.
The imperialist and capitalist powers are in the path war, against the interest of working class and the peoples. They are rearming, they become more aggressive in order to impose their exploitation and domination.
As a result of the economic spoliation and the wars of pillage, massive migration are proceeding from the poor and oppressed countries to the richer and dominant ones, that close the borders.
At the same time, the imperialism with its wars and military aggressions generates the reactionary and fascist terror that is used to redraw the maps of the entire regions and to maintain the masses into obscurantism.
In this situation, that demonstrate that capitalism is incompatible with the interest of working class and the peoples, the ICMLPO appeals to celebrate this May Day reinforcing the unity and class solidarity, creating in the common struggle the unique front of all the workers against the offensive of the capital and the political reaction, the politics of imperialist war and the fascist terror!
We call the working class to trust in its own enormous force and strengthen its unity and struggle in every countries and all over the world.
We call to the international solidarity of the workers, labourers and peoples, to the revolutionary unity of the international worker’s movement!
Let us extend and intensify the struggle against the capitalist exploitation and the bosses attacks, facilitated by their opportunist accomplices, for the uncompromising defence of the political and economic interests of the working class and its organizations, to overturn on the ruling classes the consequences of the crisis!
Let us extend and intensify the struggle against the bourgeois reaction in all its forms, raise the flag of the liberties and the rights of the working class and the popular masses threatened by the bourgeoisie, the reactionary and fascist forces!
Let us extend and intensify the struggle against the robbery war, the imperialist interventions and interferences, the rearmament and military measures applied by the bourgeois governments!
Let us join and strengthen in every countries the organizations of the working class against the bourgeoisie, to break the chain of capitalist-imperialist power and to construct the new society without the exploitation of man by man.
Long Live May Day, international day of proletarian solidarity!
«Workers of All Countries, Unite!» 

Coordinating Committee of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO)

Solidarity and support to the people of Ecuador





The International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Party Parties Organizations and (ICMLPO) express its deep condolences to the families of the victims and its full solidarity with the people of Ecuador hit by a strong earthquake.
As usual, in the capitalist regime the more affected by this kind of natural phenomena are the poorest, the deprived workers. This is the logic of a system whose purpose is the profit, instead of to satisfy the material and cultural needs of the society.
The ICMLPO calls to its members, to the working class and the people of Latin America and the whole world to express in a militant way the solidarity with this Ecuadorian people that since decades struggle against the exploitation and the imperialistic dominion, for the national sovereignty, the social progress and for a true revolutionary change.
We also call to the health and humanitarian organizations to intensify their efforts and to activate the urgent and necessary help to the affected population.
Let us distrust the bullying and authoritarian government of Correa to not taking advantage of the situation in order to limit the democratic and popular liberties and criminalize the social and political protest. The crisis and the devastation must be paid by the capitalists and the rich ones!
The oppression and the tragedies suffered by the peoples for social and environmental causes should push the workers and the peoples of all countries to say NOT to the imperialist intervention, interferences and wars, NO to the war expenditure and the racist walls, but YES to a politics of mutual help, peace and international workers’ and people solidarity, YES to a new socialist world.

April 18, 2016

Coordinating Committee of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Anasintaxi 419B (February 2016)

Anasintaxi 419 (February 2016)

SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES-MIGRANTS

SOLIDARITY WITH REFUGEES-MIGRANTS

STRENGTHEN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST WAR - STOP The imperialist intervention

CRASH FASCISM - RACISM - NATIONALISM
LONG LIVE THE PEOPLES FRIENDSHIP - Imperialists out from the Aegean Sea
SOLIDARITY WITH THE STRUGGLE OF THE PEOPLES - Greece OUT of the EU and NATO

In Syria, since the beginning of the war, it was obvious that the so-called "opposition" was nothing but the long arm of imperialism in the country. The aim was to intervene in the country's interior so as to overthrow the democratically elected bourgeois president Assad. The "Free Syrian Army" and the Syrian opposition were not created by some organized popular power, but they were equipped with modern weapons and formed by experienced soldiers who could confront the quite capable Syrian army.
In Greece, during the same period, the vast majority of political organizations did not take a position in favor of Syria, against the embargo and the sanctions imposed. At best, they have kept an equal distance from jihadists and the Syrian government, ignoring that the conflict between imperialism and people was the main contradiction, since imperialist countries have openly intervened (as had been done previously in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.) against yet another country as "saviors" in order to serve their interests in the wider region.
Eventually, Russia, USA, England, France, Turkey, etc. have been involved in military operations in Syria. After the attacks in France, all the governments of the state - members of the imperialist EU agreed to escalate military operations in Syria (the government of SYRIZA - ANEL among them). This involvement continues under the pretext of "the danger of Islamic state" whose influence is increased or decreased depending on the extent of the bombing, without some support from the local population and without any organization of its structures or its army.

SYRIZA maintains the "fence of shame" in Evros

The continuous bombing razed whatever existed in the country forcing the bulk of the 22,000,000 (or more) residents to flee from the scourge of war and seek a better life elsewhere. In the beginning, neighboring countries bore the brunt of the refugee flow, but from 2015 thousands of immigrants each month are trying to reach Europe passing through our country. Being unable to cross the 12.5 km wide fence at Evros, the Greek-Turkish land border, known as the "fence of shame" made by the fascist A. Samaras, they have no other choice but to cross the sea. A fence that the current Prime Minister, A. Tsipras, refuses to pull down, calling everyone who makes such a suggestion essentially a fool ( "the idea to unilaterally remove the fence and allow the refugees to come through Evros sounds like a good idea to someone who has not got a clue, "11/5/2015) despite the fact that according to a statement made by Amnesty International: “the increased security measures across the land border with Turkey, and the erection of a 12.5 kilometer fence there in 2012, has forced refugees and immigrants to choose the more dangerous route through the Greek-Turkish sea border"(02.11.2015). The result is the drowning of refuges in the Aegean, by hundreds, a crime that probably constitutes genocide.

Calling the coalition SYRIZA-ANEL to NATO butchers for "custody" of the Aegean - The, under German command, Frontex will support work in NATO activities

While the whole M. East  is in "flames" (see Syria, Libya, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) mainly due to the responsibility of NATO and allied states, the prime minister invited the military (!) NATO forces on the pretext of "guarding the maritime borders of the country." In this way he, firstly, appealed to an army to deal with the immigrants, secondly he invited the murderers of the Middle East peoples as guarantors of the preservation of the borders(!), thirdly, he basically considers immigrants a border threat! A motion shall be underscored once again the pro-NATO-imperialist policy of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition and personally of Prime Minister A. Tsipras.
At the same time, the local bourgeoisie, through its affiliated media and, therefore, the Greek government, firstly, criticizes Turkey (regardless of the reasons)  because the latter temporarily opposes the deployment of NATO forces on Turkish territorial waters ("Turkey undermines the NATO operation in Aegean ", "Vima" 22.02.2016 "High ranking officials confirmed to "Kathimerini" that is Turkey's insistence to limit the operation on international waters and not in national waters, as originally agreed. If the operation only in international waters, it will not be useful in reducing the refugee flows, according to the same sources.” "Imerisia" 24.02.2016), and secondly, attempts to present NATO's involvement in the Aegean as having a "positive" (!) effect on its competition with the Turkish bourgeoisie with regards to the migration issue ( "Mr. Kammenos reckons that the allies would isolate Turkey", "Imerisia" 24/ 02/2016).
The Parliament Speaker N. Voutsis could not fail to take part in this contest of servility to the imperialists.  In his speech at the "Delphi Economic Forum", on 26/02/2016, as a true apologist of imperialism, he concealed the responsibility of NATO and the EU for the destruction, the uprooting and the slaughter of the M. Eastern peoples. More specifically, he adopted all those arguments used by the imperialists to intervene, mainly through military means, in the internal affairs of these countries ( "Is the European Union's political leaders determined to devise a strategy of reception and integration of several million refugees-immigrants from the wider Middle East and North Africa regions are in general destabilization due to wars, civil conflicts and religious fundamentalist tendencies; », left.gr, 26/02/2016 https://left.gr/news/n-voytsis-oi-axies-tis-eyropis-anavaptistikan-mesa-apo-tin-allileggyi-kai-tin-axioprepeia-toy ).

The distinction immigrant – refugee is reactionary and racist

Since the attack on Libya and its dissolution from the imperialist forces of the USA, England, France and Italy and the massive immigration wave that followed in Italy, with thousands jostling daily in boats to pass through the sea to Europe and escape the war, a change in the tactics of the dominant media, Greek and foreign, began to take shape. A change that was initiated, of course, by fascist-like forces and paved the way to the true fascist and nazi-fascist forces, by idealizing their slogans and practices whose only aim is to foster hatred among peoples and to divide the proletariat in each country. The new tactic can be described in a few words by the formula "The good refugee vs. the bad immigrant" which essentially presupposes the fascist position according to which, 'immigrant = irregular immigrant  = illegal immigrant. "
In the context of this change of tactics, the terminology used by Greek media and the Greek government has adapted. A typical example of this reactionary-racist distinction is the screening of migrants by country of origin (as if Afghanistan, for example, has suffered less from imperialism or that the war there is over). There is one attitude towards Syrians, another towards Iraqis, etc. Syrians are allowed (in small groups) to exit from the northern border of our country, but not the Afghans.

The practices of " checking the migrant wave " or " migrant re-forwarding" mean only one thing: More immigrants drowned in the Aegean

At the EU summit held in mid-February on the refugee issue, it is indicated that the EU objective "should be the rapid reduction of refugee flows, the protection of our external borders to reduce illegal immigration and the safeguarding of the Schengen area." ("Vima", 19.02.2016). In the joint communique released after the Council, it was noted that "a substantial and sustained reduction in the number of illegal crossings is required" ("Vima", 19.02.2016).
In this context, the head of the conservative party New Democracy K. Mitsotakis and the bourgeois PASOK Ph. Gennimata had a telephone conversation in which Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated that: "The illegal flows should by all means stop now." ( "Kathimerini", 24.02.2016)
Both in the communique of the summit and the communication Mitsotakis-Gennimata, the immigrants are clearly treated as a threat to the borders of the EU. They are, therefore, regarded not as victims of an imperialist war but as "invaders" and a plan of "checking the migrant wave" is drawn which means more immigrants drowned in the Aegean due to military operations against them.

The fascist transformation of Europe

At the same time Europe is becoming increasingly fascist. On 26/01/2016, a law was passed in Denmark allowing the confiscation of valuables from the migrants that enter its territory in exchange for the "hospitality" that would provide them. The law aroused a storm of reactions across Europe since it legitimizes actions against refugee immigrants that are similar to the confiscation of the Jews’ properties practiced by the Nazis before and during WWII.
In Austria, the Nazi-fascist "Free Party" is gaining popularity, surpassing even the ruling party in the polls. Instead, however, of forming a front against the fascist transformation of their country, the other bourgeois parties adopt the agenda, the phrasing and the program of the Nazi-fascists, they close the borders to immigrants, they deploy the army on the streets and erect fences to check the wave of migrants In Slovakia, the Nazi-fascist party is on the rise and entered the parliament for the first time.

Migrant camps became "hot spots"
 
To deal with emigration wave of recent months and in conjunction with the choice of EU countries to close their borders, the government singled out areas for the construction of sites that will host immigrants trapped in the country. These places - most of them in the middle of nowhere – are intended to be closed, at best it is a ghetto and in the worst case will be Amygdaleza type concentration camps, where thousands of immigrants are crammed in squalid conditions under police terror.
Today, a class solidarity to the immigrants is required, escalation of the struggle against the war, the imperialist interventions, fascism, racism and nationalism. As previously had noted: "The revolutionary Marxists i.e. the Leninists-Stalinists should, together with all the antifascists, strive for the establishment of a broad anti-fascist front, but also for the class unity of the proletariat, of local and foreign workers, forging the solidarity and the unity in the common struggle for the defense of their interests and against the fascist transformation of society, against racism, nationalism, fascism and Nazi-fascism and the struggle for the proletarian revolution. " (July 2014)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Solidarity with Syria



The English Facebook page of the Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan) has interviewed the comrade in charge of the Office of Foreign Relations of the Party, Comrade Jaafar Paknia, on the situation in Syria.
The following is the text of the interview.
Q. Comrade Jaafar, thank you for the time you are spending with us for this interview. As you know, due to the Russian aerial bombardment and the destruction of the bases of Daesh (ISIS) and other terrorist groups, the balance of power has changed in Syria. The regime of Basher Assad has gone on the offensive, and its forces have advanced significantly. The Turkish government of Erdogan has violated international norms and regulations and has frantically bombarded the bases of the Kobane Kurds and has declared its opposition to any autonomy for the Syrian Kurds. How do you evaluate these new developments in Syria?
A. The adventurist policy of Erdogan’s government, a government that is sunk in the dream of the revival of “Great Ottoman Empire” and that shamelessly interferes in the internal affairs of the countries of the region has faced disgraceful defeat. This is clearly a sign of political shortsightedness of the present leadership of Turkey. By sending the Syrian refugees to Europe, Erdogan wanted to pressure the European governments to agree with his policy of toppling the legal and legitimate government of Assad and to pretend that only through NATO involvement in Syria and its support for terrorist organizations and eventually through the overthrow of the Syrian government, it is possible to stop the influx of refugees to Europe. Erdogan’s inhumane conspiracy has become a policy of instigation, war, and destruction in the region. This policy was rejected by the European governments, and consequently Turkey’s shortsighted policy faced a dead end. Erdogan asked for three billion Euros from the European countries as blackmail to stop the influx of refugees to Europe.
The gains of the Syrian army against Daesh through Russian bombardment are increasing daily. These gains have encouraged the people in the Daesh-controlled regions to resist and to participate in the war against the terrorist organizations. ISIS has chosen the “flight” over “Heaven”. These terrorists are returning to their homelands by the scores. The imperialist-trained Daesh and Jihadists have spread their terror campaigns to their motherlands. Though France has fallen victim to terrorist operations, it has not stopped interfering in the affairs of the Middle Eastern countries. The Western imperialist countries that supported Daesh and other terror groups in killing 300 thousand Syrians will not escape these terror campaigns. Turkey itself will fall victim to Daesh’s terror campaign soon.
The government of Erdogan that continues the criminal fascist suppression and bombardment of PKK and the Kurdish people is extremely frightened by the recent victories of the Syrian government over the terrorist groups, and it is asking Saudi Arabia and Qatar to jointly dispatch their armies to Syria to “fight” Daesh. What a joke! What a lie! These countries have been supporting, training, arming, and financing ISIS for the past five years. Even Barak Obama and NATO and EU officials are hesitant about the effectiveness of Erdogan’s adventurist policies. The armed forces of Turkey enter Syria only for the purpose of destroying the democratic achievements of the Kobane Kurds and to fight against the Syrian army. This is obviously in violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.
Q. Some hold the opinion that Russian bombardment of Daesh has made the situation worse and has killed many civilians, that Russia’s objective in its rivalry with the U.S. imperialists is to preserve and strengthen its interest in Syria and the Region, and that Russian interference in the Middle East is an imperialist act that should not be supported. What is your opinion on these issues?
A. Before we talk about the class nature of the Russian establishment, we must clarify the nature of the war that is being waged in Syria and the Middle East. We must analyze the reasons why the Western imperialists headed by the U.S. and their lackeys and allies in the region such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, etc. want to overthrow the legal government of Syria. Isn’t this policy of aggression against Syria consistent with the doctrine of establishing the “Greater Middle East”? Isn’t this the continuation of the policy of military aggression against Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.? Isn’t this policy in the interest of Zionism and world reaction? Do China and Russia desire to disintegrate Syria and split it into pieces?
It must be emphasized that Syria has political independence and therefore has the right to freely seek help from any force or country in order to preserve its national independence and territorial integrity. This policy of seeking assistance is not new in the struggle of the people of the world. In the war that is imposed upon Syria, the condemnation of the Western aggressors and their regional allies must occupy the first place. These aggressors are seeking the total destruction and disintegration of Syria. Furthermore, their objective is not limited to the overthrow of Assad’s regime. The suppression of Lebanon’s resistance movement, aggression against Iran, and the dispatch of terrorist forces to the borders of Russia all will come next. The U.S. strategy of “New World Order” is to weaken and remove the allies of China and Russia, to subdue these two imperialist rivals, and to impose its hegemony on the globe. The fact is that Eastern imperialists presently do not have the necessary military power or preparation to wage war on the Western united military forces of NATO led by the U.S. In the present condition, it is NATO that has military superiority and violates and threatens the independence, territorial integrity, and the rights of nations to self determination. Western imperialism, headed by the U.S., is the source of all present wars and is responsible for the flight of millions of people from their homelands in the Middle East, Horn of Africa, Yugoslavia, and Ukraine. 
Russia and China vetoed the U.S. proposal in the UN Security Council and have expressed many times their opposition to the bombardment of Syria. This is a positive stand, as were the stands of Germany and France in opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It is clear that behind these stands and oppositions lie economic and political interests and motives. A political party, while clarifying the nature of the war and of the forces involved, must adopt its tactic. The independent state of Syria, as any independent state, can make use of the present world contradictions to preserve its independence; otherwise, it will not overcome the aggression imposed on it. One may simplify a complicated political question and raise a general political slogan and put his mind at ease by declaring war on all forces involved and then watch the development of the events. This is not responsible conduct and it is inconsistent with Marxism and Leninist tactics. Our Party emphasizes that we must defend the independence and territorial integrity of the countries that face imperialist military aggression. This defense is a defense for rights of nations to self-determination by their own people.
We must add that Saudi, Qatar, and Turkey’s opposition to Syria is over the export of natural gas from the region to Europe. Iran, Iraq, and Syria planned for a ten-billion-dollar project for the construction of a pipeline to export Iran’s natural gas to Europe starting in 2010. In 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by these three countries. Two weeks later, armed clashes started in Syria. Armed terrorist groups were sent to Syria through northern and southern borders. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey utilized their means to overthrow the regime of Assad. Qatar now fights for a bigger share of the market for its natural gas, and Saudi Arabia and Turkey want the gas pipelines to pass through their countries in order to become a broker for the export of Qatar’s natural gas to Europe and to collect transit fees.

Q. Western media claim that Russian bombardments of Syria have killed many thousands of innocent people and that Russia is responsible for the continuation of the war and the migration of hundreds of thousands of residents. What are your views on these claims?
A. Western media lie about the events in Syria and also fabricate stories consistent with the official line of their governments. The Russian fighter jets bomb the bases and positions of Daesh and some other terrorist groups and have significantly weakened Daesh’s grip on the regions under their control. Russia displayed satellite pictures of stolen oil tankers going from Syria to Turkey. Daesh sells the stolen oil to Turkey at a low price, and Turkey offers it to the world at the market price. Russian jet fighters bombed many hundreds of these oil tankers.
Assad’s victories over Daesh and over the conspiracies and plots of the Western imperialists are very bitter for Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and the Western media. These conspirators try to disrupt and hinder the fight against the terrorists who have destroyed Syria. European countries that are vulnerable and are threatened by the terrorist actions want to stop their losses. They see that their policy of toppling the legal government of Assad has faced defeat and that their hopes are dashed, though they – with the help from reactionary regimes of the region such as Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Jordon – made use of everything they could, including the violation of the UN Charter and of the rights of nations to defeat Assad. Now they are interested in reduction of tension in the region. They see the reduction of tension in the region as useful to their interests and to the normalization of relations with Russia. The government of Erdogan that used Daesh of Arab, Turk, Turkmen, Chechen, Dagestan, and European nationalities to attack Syria now sees that the terrorist forces are on the run and are facing defeat followed by another defeat. Erdogan, with the hope of occupying and annexing northern Syria to Turkey, has invented a Turkmen national minority in Syria that wants to join Turkey. Turkmen who are allies of Daesh and who behead Arabs and Kurds are Erdogan’s brothers and friends and are defended as “non-terrorist” opposition. The Russian jets are making these terrorists martyrs for Erdogan. And of course, the jets that make these Turkmen martyrs have to be shut down by the non-terrorists provided that the U.S. has expressed its consent. With the defeat of Daesh, the Syrian Kurdish forces are gaining strength, and Erdogan is losing the hope to split Syria. Obama and Erdogan play a sly and hypocritical role in the fight against Daesh.
In the present situation, Russians and Assad’s army have no interest in bombarding the civilian regions. We should mention that long before the Russian military involvement in Syria, more than 150 thousand terrorists from 80 countries, financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the U.S. and Europe, were mobilized to destroy and attack Syria. Now they are defeated and are on the run. The Western news media tries to instigate public opinion against the regime of Bashar Assad by engineering lies and distributing photo shopped pictures.

Q. What is the future of the regime of President Assad? What stand are the people taking in this situation?
A. As I have mentioned several times, the U.S. objective is to overthrow the regime of Assad in the framework of “humanitarian involvement”. The U.S. imperialists and their allies want to divide Syria into four regions: a Sunni region in Damascus and its suburbs, the Druze region in the Golan Heights, the Alavi region in Antakya region, and a Kurdish region in northeastern Syria. This would make Syria a weak, dependent, and fragmented country that serves the strategic interest of the U.S. and Israel and their allies. The silence of the so called human rights organizations on the violation of the rights of nations by the U.S. imperialists shows the hypocrisy of the fake human rights organizations.
It must be said that the overthrow of the regime of Bashar Assad by the hands of the Syrian people led by the working class and for the purpose of establishing freedom, social justice, and the preservation and deepening of independence of Syria would be a revolutionary act that serves the people of Syria and of the entire region. The toppling of the Syrian regime by the imperialist powers is neither in the interest of the Syrian people nor in the interest of the people of the region. Parties and organizations that have not learned from the experience of the occupations of Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan and that are still repeating the theories of “fight against all reactionary forces” and resolving “all social contradictions” at the same time understand neither tactics nor revolutionary politics. They are sunk in the Trotskyite quagmire of a “fight against two reactionary poles”. These forces do not serve the people. On the contrary, they sabotage the national and liberation struggles of the people against imperialist aggression and invasion. It is the responsibility of the revolutionary and progressive forces to resolutely expose these deviated and decaying political currents that damage the movement under the name of “communist” and “left”.
Today, the Western imperialists see that a significant section of Syrians, due to the destructive actions of the dark force of Daesh, have lined up behind Assad’s regime and that not by any means will the Syrian people “rise up” against the “dictator”. The U.S. imperialists and their allies are forced to talk about peace (!), but in practice, they beat the war drums on all fronts.