Marxism in the 21st Century and the Future for World Socialism

ROBERT GRIFFITHS spoke at a conference in Shenzhen, China, last week on ‘Marxism in the 21st Century and the Future for World Socialism’. Here is his speech: In Das Kapital, Marx explained how and why — as the result of capital accumulation and technological advance — capitalism creates a ‘disposable industrial reserve army’ from dispossessed, displaced and redundant workers. Today, capitalism reproduces this reserve army on an ever-growing scale. Uneven development, Third World debt bondage, the deregulation of labour markets, accelerating technological change — together with large population movements caused…

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TKP on upcoming elections in Turkey and the position of communists

The CP of Turkey issued a report titled ‘The Reflections of the International Relations Bureau of TKP on Turkey’s June 24 Elections’. As Turkey enters presidential and parliamentary elections first time in its history, the International Bureau of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) issued a report analysing the snap elections in Turkey, its background and the anticipations regarding the elections. Since President Tayyip Erdogan increasingly became a symbol of aggression not only in Turkey but also in international politics, TKP elaborates the role of Erdogan in Turkish bourgeois politics and his…

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KKE hails the workers’ strike and warns: No illusions!

On Wednesday, 30th May 2018, a 24-hour Pan-Hellenic strike took place in Greece. According to the statement of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the struggle for the organization of this strike was particularly tough, since the compromised leaderships of the GSEE-ADEDY confederations, although they called a strike, did everything for its failure. The compromised trade union leadership of GSEE and ADEDY called upon workers to demonstrate and strike for “boosting entrepreneurship and innovation”. The KKE underlined that this demonstrates ‘the demands and context of the OECD, the IMF, the EU, the…

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CP of India accuses corrupt governments for Tuticorin massacre

The Communist Party of India declared that the police attack towards anti-sterlite protestors in Tuticorin is ‘State sponsored terrorism’. On 22nd May, in Tuticorin, a coastal district of the state of Tamil Nadu, a peaceful protest against the Sterlite Copper Plant was subjected to a murderous police attack. The police fired at the protesters killing 13 and injuring more than a 100 people. Hundreds are also reported missing. The people were demanding clean air for breathing and clean water for drinking and irrigation. Six days after the incident the Tamil Nadu Government ordered ‘permanent closure’ of the plant based on the Water…

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Workers’ Party welcomes huge Yes vote in Waterford, calls for abortion to be provided at no cost to women

 Workers’ Party representative in Waterford, Dick Roche, has welcomed the large yes vote in favour of the repeal of the 8th amendment. Speaking following the referendum, Roche said: “This referendum was a resounding victory for women’s equality, nowhere less than in Waterford. Almost 70% voted in favour of ending Ireland’s medieval ban on abortion in Waterford. The emphatic result represents a victory for common sense, for equality and for a new secular Ireland.

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Call for Solidarity With the Dock Workers in Port of Piraeus who Continue Strike for 2nd Day

The workers in the port of Piraeus, which is owned by the Chinese company COSCO continue their strike for 2nd day after the company attempted to break the workers participation to the National General Strike of May 30. COSCO on the afternoon of May 29 attempted to intimidate the workers not to participate in the strike by issuing a statement that it will call for the arrest and persecution of anyone who tries to stop the company from functioning during the strike. COSCO named the workers Union as an organization…

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The WFTU supports the strike of the workers in Jordan

On 30 May 2018, the professional unions and several commercial sectors entered into strike,against the amended income bill proposed by the government. Thousands of workers from many sectors, as well as farmers participate in the protests. We stand in solidarity with the Jordanian working class who already face poor salaries and poverty and we support their struggle for better working and living conditions.

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Brazil: The World Federation of Trade Unions supports the strike of oil workers

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), an organization that represents more than 92 million workers around the world, expresses its support and solidarity with Brazilian oil workers who started, on Wednesday (30), a warning strike for 72 hours throughout the country. The sector, composed of more than 60 thousand workers, protests against the neoliberal measures of the illegitimate government of Michel Temer that since he assumed the presidency by a coup, has implemented his agenda of privatization of the Petrobras system, reducing investments and practicing an extortive policy of…

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European peace groups discuss key challenges

REPRESENTATIVES of peace organisations from 13 coun­tries gathered in London at the weekend for the annual European meeting of the World Peace Council (WPC). It was hosted this year by the British Peace Assembly (BPA), a WPC affiliate. The BPA and the regional co-ordinator, the Por­tuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation, jointly chaired the discussions. The meeting at the Marx Memorial Library opened with an address by guest speaker Jamshid Ahmadi, who is the WPC vice-president and presi­dent of the Association for the defence of Peace, Solidarity and Democracy in…

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Bomb attack against the Iraqi CP

Two weeks after the electoral victory of the Saeroun alliance, the Headquarters of the Iraqi CP was targeted by a homemade bomb. Parliamentary elections in Iraq were held on May 12, with the participation of the 44% of total electors. Saeroun alliance, led by the Shia cleric called Muqtada al-Sadr, secured more than 1,3 million votes and obtained the first place in the elections with the support of the Iraqi Communist Party. Two weeks after the elections, on May 25, the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party at Andulus Square, in…

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