Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Odessa massacre will not be forgotten

 by New Worker 

COMRADES and progressives in London came to Marx House in Clerkenwell for an exhibition to mark six months since the massacre by fire of anti-fascists and trade unionists who were sheltering in the Trade Union House from violent pro-Kiev Nazi thugs in May this year.
The Nazis secured the doors and then pelted the building with Molotov cocktails. At least 48 young people died in the fire that engulfed the building. Police stood by and did nothing.
The exhibition consisted of photos of the massacre and its aftermath.
A collection raised £250 towards humanitarian aid for the anti-fascist cities of Donetsk and Lugansk, which are defending their independence from the fascist regime in Kiev.

Marching in the rain against war

by New Worker correspondent

AROUND 2,000 peace campaigners braved the cold and wind last Saturday to march through London to protest at Britain once more getting involved in bombing Iraq and the threat that Britain might also follow the United States into bombing Syria.
Marchers assembled at Temple Place and marched along the Embankment to the Houses of Parliament where they turned and marched up Whitehall for a rally opposite Downing Street.
There were banners from peace groups – mainly Stop the War and CND but also Quakers for Peace and others – and hundreds of placards demanding: “Stop bombing Iraq; don’t attack Syria.”
The rally was addressed by peace campaign veterans Lyndsey German, Kate Hudson, Jeremy Corbyn MP and others.
The bombing campaigns are led by the United States ostensibly to counteract the advance of
ISIS. the very brutal militant Islamic militia that was created a couple of years ago by the US and Saudi Arabia to destabilise the secular Baathist government of Bashar Assad in Syria.
This army has been defeated by the Syrian army and driven out of large parts of Syria and is now rampaging through northern Iraq, picking up support from many Sunni communities that have suffered at the hands of the sectarian Shia puppet government that the US installed in Baghdad.
Marchers agreed that the extremely violent
ISIS militia must be stopped but argued that bombing and the threat of more western invasions did more harm to civilian communities and just made matters worse.
It is also being used by the imperialist powers to continue their intention to destabilise and overthrow the Assad government and replace it with the chaos and confusion of never ending sectarian religious strife that now prevails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
This kind of chaos and corruption allows the western oil giants easiest access to plunder the oil riches of the Middle East.
Just a year ago the House of Commons voted against British involvement in a planned US bombing and invasion of Syria to bring down the Assad government. The US had to postpone its plans in face of growing popular opposition to a new war.
But last week Parliament voted last week for British forces to join US-led raids on targets in Iraq but not Syria. Britain now has eight Tornado jets flying out of Cyprus in combat operations in Iraq.
But now the threat of ISIS – created by western imperialism – is allowing the British and American governments to circumvent popular opposition to new involvement in military action in the Middle East.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Korean communists’ day of glory

Yu Kwang Song, Andy Brooks and Michael Chant
by New Worker correspondent

FRIENDS of Korea met last Sunday to celebrate the formation of the Workers Party of Korea at a social meeting at the John Buckle Centre in south London.
The WPK was founded on 10th October 1945 by great leader Kim Il Sung. Since its birth the WPK has led the Korean revolution and socialist construction, performing tremendous feats. Under the guidance of the respected leader Kim Jong Un, the WPK is now leading the drive to build a thriving and impregnable socialist country.
At the meeting the panel, which included New Communist Party leader Andy Brooks, Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), general secretary Michael Chant, Yu Kwang Song from the DPR Korea embassy in London and John Rainsborough from the Korean Friendship Association, all spoke about the role of the WPK in the world communist movement and the significance of the Juché Idea in the modern world.
Comrades joined in the discussion which followed. Then came a cultural interval, provided by Michael Chant and Lesley Larkum, who played Arirang, a folk-song known throughout the Korean peninsula and the national anthem of the DPRK. And, as always, the discussion continued informally during the buffet at the end of the meeting.
The celebration was called by the Co-ordinating Committee of the Friends of Korea, which brings together all the major movements active in Korean friendship and solidarity work in Britain today.  It is chaired by Andy Brooks and the secretary is Michael Chant.
The Friends of Korea committee consists of the NCP, RCPB(ML), the Socialist Labour Party, the European Regional Society for the Study of the Juché Idea and the UK Korean Friendship Association. The committee organises meetings throughout the year, which are publicised by the supporting movements and on the Friends of Korea blog.

Communists remember Cable Street

by New Worker correspondent 
NCP leader Andy Brooks with comrades by the mural
LONDON communists joined comrades from Greece and Italy at the Cable Street mural on Sunday to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the battle that stopped the fascists in their tracks in 1936.
Hundreds of thousands of anti-fascists took to the streets of London's East End on Sunday October 4th 1936 to stop Sir Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts marching through a predominantly Jewish part of East London.
The Communist Party played a major part in the mobilisation along with the Independent Labour Party and the Jewish Ex-Servicemen's Association.
Last Sunday, by the famous mural that immortalises the East Enders’ heroic stand against fascism, New Communist Party members remembered all the anti-fascist fighters who fought for a better world, alongside comrades from the Communist Party of Italy’s British Pietro Secchia branch and the Greek communist KKE branch in London.
The Italian communists, who organised the event, called on people to fight fascism and capitalism by raising up their proletarian flag whilst organising themselves in condemning any fascist or imperialist act of violence around the world from Iraq and Syria to Athens and Ukraine.