India is mourning along with the militant, international trade union movement

Burdensome and harsh, the message came from Kolkata. Comrade Gurudas Das Gupta passed away. A top leader, a worthy child of the proud working class, who started the struggle since he was a child and a young man, and climbed slowly but stably all the stairways of the struggle until the top. Where he shone for his intelligence, his class-oriented point of view, his internationalist and uniting insight and spirit. Today the World Federation of Trade Unions is mourning the loss of its worthy child. Of a consistent soldier of…

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CODEPINK Denounces the Arbitrary Detention of Journalist Max Blumenthal

CODEPINK strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of journalist Max Blumenthal on charges of simple assault. Blumenthal was subjected to a and arrest at his home on October 25, then held for two days, denied access to a phone call and a lawyer. The spurious charges against Blumenthal stem from the delivery of food to activists who were lawfully staying in the Venezuelan Embassy in April and May of this year in an effort to and handing the building over to the Venezuelan opposition.

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Workers’ Party President condemns attack on Sinn Féin local councillor

Workers’ Party President Michael Donnelly has condemned the apparent arson attack which took place targetting Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny.  Speaking following the attacks, Donnelly said:  “What took place at Deputy Kenny’s home appeared to be a pre-meditated and targetted attempt to silence anti-racist activists in the community. It is a sinister signal that dangerous, far right individuals and groups have begun to take hold in our communities. “

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Adalah to UN: Israel Continues to Violate Arab-Palestinian Rights

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has submitted two reports to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination in preparation of the committee’s submitting its preliminary questions to the State of Israel in an upcoming session to be held in Geneva on 4-5 December 2019. In 1966 Israel signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, or ICERD,  and ratified it in 1979. The December session is the UN committee’s periodic review of Israel’s compliance with the terms of…

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Foreign Minister Arreaza rejects cynicism and hypocrisy of the EU, UNHCR and IOM on Venezuelan migration

This Tuesday from his Twitter account @jaarreaza, the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, expressed his rejection to the statements of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR ), Filippo Grandi, at the start of the International Conference of Solidarity on the Refugee and Migrant Crisis of Venezuela, which took place in Brussels, Belgium.

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Iraqi CP calls to form a new government with exceptional powers

ICP interviewed Rudha Al-Dhahir, member of the CC of the Iraqi CP, who explained the Party’s demand for the resignation of the government. ICP, 28 October 2019 A statement issued by the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party on 23 October called for the resignation of the Iraqi government regarding the bloody repression of the demonstrations since October 1st. “The last hope that the government and its institutions would bear the political and criminal responsibility for the killing and wounding of thousands of unarmed innocent people has completely dissipated,…

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The Haunted Halls of Parliaments

Some months ago, I was approached by an old friend with a query. A work colleague of his was exploring the option of running in the local elections on a youth mental health platform and was looking for advice on how best to run the campaign. Why this person decided the best way to tackle the issue of mental health was through the granting of dog licenses and planning permission, is a story for another article, their main concern was whether to run as a principled independent in an area…

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Solidarity with Striking UK Postal Workers at the Royal Mail Group

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) stands in solidarity with 110,000 UK postal workers, represented by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), who have voted to strike at the Royal Mail Group, which was recently privatized by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. CWU’s previous “Four Pillars” contract with the Royal Mail Group, agreed upon less than two years ago, provided for pay increases, pension reforms, and a path to a 35-hour standard workweek for all full-time employees with no loss of pay by 2022. This contract was signed following a resounding strike…

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ITF calls on Chilean President Piñera to listen to the people or resign

The unrest prompted President Piñera to declare a state of emergency in the capital Santiago and other cities, and give the order to deploy 20,000 troops onto the streets. President Piñera also ordered the first military curfew since the country returned to democracy in 1990 following the right-wing Pinochet dictatorship. According to the independent National Human Rights Institute, 997 people have been injured, but doctors have accused authorities of under-reporting injuries. The UN high commission on human rights announced that it will send a team to investigate allegations of human rights…

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SOS MEDITERRANEE and MSF call on European leaders to urgently allow disembarkation of 104 survivors

Today, SOS MEDITERRANEE and Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) call on a broad coalition of European States to urgently facilitate the assignment of a port to the Ocean Viking and to finally put in place a predictable and coordinated disembarkation mechanism as discussed in Luxembourg earlier this month. The Ocean Viking, a rescue ship chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE in partnership with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), is still stranded, waiting for a Place of Safety for the disembarkation of 104 people rescued in international waters off Libya ten days ago. “In the…

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