A History of American Communists (full documentary) — United States Hypocrisy

Seeing Red: stories of American Communists is a 1983 Academy Award-nominated documentary film directed by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein detailing the greatly overlooked history of the Communist Party of the United States and its supporters, which at its peak in the early 1940s boasted nearly 100,000 members. Founded in 1919, the Communist Party USA split from the Socialist Party of America following the Russian Revolution and went on to play a defining role in the American Labor Movement and the early part of the American Civil Rights Movement throughout the 1920s, 30s and 40s…

Seeing Red tells the stories of the dedicated women and men who fought for unionization, equal rights and the 8-hour workday, who dreamed of an America where workers had rights to collective bargaining and to be free of discrimination by their employers. Watch the feature film…

via A History of American Communists (full documentary) — United States Hypocrisy

In despair…

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Lesbos island, Photo by Ayhan Mehmet – Anatolian News Agency

Refugees flocking to borders as Turkey says not to stop them reaching Europe

Hundreds of refugees and migrants are trying to reach Europe via Turkish land borders and coastal areas after Turkey says it will no longer prevent refugees from reaching Europe.

After a series of airstrikes on late Thursday killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers and wounded 36 in Syria’s Idlib, a senior Turkish official told Reuters that Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe by land or sea.

Hundreds of refugees have rushed into Turkey’s northwestern province of Edirne which is located along the European Union countries Bulgaria and Greece following the statements of Turkish authorities in the wake of the deadly airstrikes.

Some refugees came to the city by taxis from İstanbul as some others were transferred by buses to reach Kapıkule border gate after the airstrikes that killed Turkish troops in Syria.

As the refugees rushed into the border gate in Edirne, the border officials are claimed to direct the refugees to “the river or the forest” en route to Europe. Some different groups of refugees have been observed in Edirne, the city that has borders with Bulgaria and Greece…

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Photo by Ayhan Mehmet – Anatolian News Agency

“No illegal immigration,” said the Greek prime minister, responded to migrants with tear gas…” video by euro.news

Some refugees speak in English, like Palestinian refugee who started talking in 1.5 minutes, but I tried to translate the others. In some places due to their Turkish is not good enough I translated word to word.

0-10 seconds:

-Why do you want to go?
-The price of everything is raised in here Turkey, there is no work, no money, what are we going to do?

0.50-1.26 minutes: Syrian refugee

-How long have you been in Turkey?
-One and a half months.
-Why do you want to go?
-To go Europe. There is war in Syria. Much problem. There is no life at there.
-So, have you tried to go from here before?
-Two times. Greece holds, hits, they took my money and my phone.Then I deported to Turkey.
-Aren’t you afraid of?
-I’am afraid already. You’re not like human at there. Much problem.

2.04-2.35 minutes: Afghan refugee

-Four months ago I came to Turkey.
-Why do you want to go? Where would you like to go?
-We are going to Europe.
-Why?
-There are many wars, prohibitions, everything in our country. This place is not so easy for us either. They don’t allow. They do not give a residence permit. Very difficult in Turkey. So much Afghan comes here, what will they do? That’s why we want to go.
-So, what if the border gates don’t open? (by Greece)
-It will be very bad. So many women, kids in here, what are they going to do? We are young, we would find a solution, but what are they going to do? Very difficult, very bad.
-So, do you want to live again in Turkey? What are you going to do if gates don’t open?
We are desperate, of course we will live.

…….

As you can see, there are many refugees try to cross borders to go Europe from Turkey for last two days. Inside them, many Afghan, African, Uzbek, Iranian, Pakistani, Iraqi,  Moroccan except Syrians. According to today’s figures by Interior Minister of Turkey, more than seventy-six thousand migrants have crossed the border of Turkey. I do not know how many of them have reached Greece or Bulgaria, or how many stay in the buffer zone in between countries. Yesterday, Greece said, they sent 4000 refugees back. Right now, beside it is not possible to tell the exact number of people who do not wait in the buffer zone and try to reach the Greek islands by sea. In the video below you can see how some African refugees have struggled to survive with difficulty with inflatable boat until they reach Lesbos Island. (1 minute video)

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Even the women, men and children’s teeth are shaking from the cold. It is known Aegean Sea has high temperature in summer. But what the people who do not live in here, don’t know is when the weather is cold in the winter, and because of the high humidity, plus if there is wind and storm, you will feel the cold air until to your bones. All parts of your body must be closed, if there is a tiny open place, even the wind entering from there that can cause pneumonia. Believe me my earthling friends, the cold of Moscow is better than the cold of the Aegean sea that met these conditions. And when these people were trying to cross the Aegean sea, there was a strong storm, with a speed of 50-70 km per hour. The humidity is 73%. The air temperature was 7-11 degrees Celsius; 44-51Fahrenheit. So the conditions I mentioned were been provided. While most people are in their warm beds, they struggle to survive under these conditions.

Refugees have been captured by the consequences of the capitalist and imperialist world. Desperation is their living space. A young Pakistani refugee was saying in a video I did not share here: “Everyone wants to live in own homeland. But there is war, there is poverty; no one would want to leave homeland, live on the streets.”

There is nothing more to add on his words…

And the European or American, who do not want refugees in their country, do not rebel and do not go out on the streets for protest while bombing Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other countries with their own taxes or while colonizing Africa and still exploiting. But when the refugee comes to their country, they hate the refugees. Why? Aren’t your governments who milking you like a cow with taxes to ruin this planet? Or are you glad that your taxes find a good place themselves when your governments made open financial agreements on refugees, bargaining clearly on human life?

Or none of them. Well then, didn’t you then understand that those who still represent you in your parliaments do not work? The only right political parties on the planet are socialist and communist parties. Otherwise this cycle will continue as long as you vote for other parties.

Here I add an interview with Dimitris Koutsoumbas, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece KKE in 28th February publishing in newworker.org, so that you can understand the difference.  Greek communists speak out! 

Edit 02.03.2020

Taken from Istanbul Bar Association Human Right Center twitter account

Report on Istanbul Bar Association Human Right Center’s Visit to Pazarkule Checkpoint

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For a new year

We say good bye to 2019 and say hi to 2020 with another Iron Maiden song, Blood Brothers; as you know, our traditional new year song is from Iron Maiden always; Up to Irons! 😉

Here it’s lyrics:

And if you’re taking a walk through the garden of life
What do you think you’d expect you would see?
Just like a mirror reflecting the moves of your life
And in the river reflections of me
Just for a second a glimpse of my father I see
And in a movement he beckons to me
And in a moment the memories are all that remain
And all the wounds are reopening again
We’re blood brothers
We’re blood brothers

And as you look all around at the world in dismay
What do you see, do you think we have learned?
Not if you’re taking a look at the war-torn affray
Out in the streets where the babies are burnt
We’re blood brothers
We’re blood brothers

There are times when I feel I’m afraid for the world
There are times I’m ashamed of us all
When you’re floating on all the emotion you feel
And reflecting the good and the bad
Will we ever know what the answer to life really is?
Can you really tell me what life is?
Maybe all the things that you know that are precious to you
Could be swept away by fate’s own hand
We’re blood brothers
We’re blood brothers

When you think that we’ve used all our chances
And the chance to make everything right
Keep on making the same old mistakes
Makes untipping the balance so easy
When we’re living our lives on the edge
Say a prayer on the book of the dead
We’re blood brothers
We’re blood brothers

And yes, I think all we are blood brothers. 2019 is already telling us not to be too hopeful for 2020. From the beginning, this century did not promise much. But perhaps, like the elderls say, “the darkest hour of the night is just before the dawn.” I guess that depends on the intensity of the darkness. So we don’t know how dark it is right now. Lets hope peace on very this day for the new generations of planet earth! They all need this!

While we wait 2020, my all earthling friends, WD and I wish to all you healthy (as mind and body:)), peaceful and happy new year with your loved ones!

Happy New Year!

Those days…

Again one year passed. Days seem so quick, my dear earthling friend NFR. In fact, while in the day, especially as if some days do not pass quickly, I think this is psychological. Collectively, when the years go by, you realize that many thing is empty on this planet. There is no big difference actually between those days when your physical presence was here and these days. Just like in years when we will not be in here. Same order. Of course, some things still surprise me. I think this is about my extra-terrestrial situation.:)

In the Middle East, the cards redeal for the thousandth time. The poor are more poorer. The rich are more richer. Natural wealth has diminished. The distinction between people is the abyss. What surprised me the most was the hatred and anger of people in the last few months; the collective hatred of the lonely masses. I know you’re not familiar with “hate” word my dear friend. You’re a person who loved and respected all living things without discrimination, even the extraterrestrials. I thought I saw all kinds of racism on this planet, dear NFR. But I was wrong.

The kind of repressed racism was much worse. I have seen. And those racists call themselves socialists-communists. Yes, they do. Like Lenin said, they are “useful idiots”, they don’t even know what they did. The racism of literate leftists was worse than the ignorant rightists, I felt this to my bones. I shuddered from fear for the future of this planet and for myself, when seeing them.

You were always worried about the future of this planet, dear NFR. I was not like you, you know. I think I just notice. And now I think you’re in a better place…

Those days were the days I always tried to tell or explain some things to people, you know. Happy and hopefull. But I do not have the second one anymore, so I don’t have “hope”. I am seeing I was wrong, when I said everytime, “there is hope my friend.” No, there is not hope my dear friend. I see now.

I’m not trying to tell anyone anything anymore. The arrogant truths of people are indestructible in the face of the real facts; now I know this. I am not saying “this is like that not the way you know” anymore. Because nobody cares about the facts. Already some facts are so unbelievable than the stories that people believe in more.

Anyway, we missed you my dear earthling friend. I am sorry, this time it was kind of relief letter. I am sorry for this. And WD says hi to you. He is anymore getting old. But you know him, he never accepts he gets old anymore. He is still most handsome and intelligence dog on this planet, you know him.;)

Wherever you are, I hope the lights would always shine on you, my dear earthling friend. Forever!

 

21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties

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18 το 20 October 2019 Izmir, Turkey

Contributions of the Communists and Workers Parties
Host Parties

Communist Party of Turkey
Communist Party of Greece

PADS, Algeria
Party of Labour of Austria
Communist Party of Azerbaijan
Communist Party of Bangladesh
Workers Party of Belgium
Communist Party of Britain
Socialist Workers Party of Croatia
AKEL, Cyprus
Communist Party in Denmark
Communist Party of Denmark
Communist Party of El Salvador
Communist Party of Finland
Hungarian Workers Party
Communist Party of India
Communist Party of India [Marxist]
Tudeh Party of Iran
Iraqi Communist Party
Workers Party of Ireland
Italian Communist Party
Lebanese Communist Party
Communist Party of Luxembourg
Communist Party of Mexico
Nepal Communist Party
New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Communist Party of Macedonia
Communist Party of Norway
Paraguayan Communist Party
Communist Party of the Soviet Union
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
Communist Party of the Workers of Spain
Communists of Catalonia
Syrian Communist Party [Unified]
Communist Party of Ukraine
Communist Party of Uruguay
Communist Party USA
Communist Party of Venezuela

“21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties: The opening speeches by Dimitris Koutsoumbas and Kemal Okuyan”

SPEECH OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE CC OF THE KKE DIMITRIS KOUTSOUMBAS

Dear Comrades,

Dear Representatives of the Communist and Workers’ Parties,

We would like to warmly welcome you to this year’s meeting, which, based on the decision of the Working Group, is co-organized by the CP of Turkey and the CP of Greece, here on the Asia Minor coast, on the Aegean coast, which should be a sea of peace and cooperation and not of aggression and provocation, of disputing of sovereign rights in the framework of the antagonisms of the bourgeois classes in the region.

The working class, our people, even more so the neighbouring peoples, the Greek and the Turkish people have the same interests. We all share the concerns and the will for peace, friendship, progress and socialism.

The KKE opposes the agreement of continuation and expansion of the US-NATO bases in Greece. We struggle against the country’s involvement in imperialist plans against other peoples. We struggle for the disentanglement of the country from the imperialist unions of NATO and the EU.

The KKE denounces the latest invasion of Turkish troops in Syria and expresses its solidarity with the Syrian people, who experience the harsh consequences of the long imperialist war.

It should be emphasized that this year’s meeting in particular is taking place at a critical juncture, with the sharpening of imperialist antagonisms and contradictions, the continuation of local and regional imperialist wars and conflicts, the intensification of the exploitation of the working class and the popular strata, the capitalist economic crises, the intensifying concern about a new danger of an international and perhaps a deeper and synchronized crisis in the coming years, the sharpening of the environmental issues and climate change, of refugees and immigration, the restriction of people’s rights and freedoms, the rise of anti-communism, racism, nationalism, etc.

But this is also a highly symbolic year for our internationalist struggle and solidarity, because this year marks the 100 years since the foundation of the Communist International.

The CC of the KKE commemorates the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist International (CI) (2 – 6 March 1919).

Our Party has developed serious activity in the international movement. Besides, this expresses an urgent necessity today, after the counter-revolutionary overthrows of 1991 and also because of the economic crisis of capitalism, which imposes even greater coordination and organization of joint action, in order for the ICM to take quicker steps in the direction of formulating a single strategy against imperialist aggression and imperialist war, for peoples’ peace, for socialism.

The CC of the KKE commemorates the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist International (CI) (2 – 6 March 1919).

Our Party has developed serious activity in the international movement. Besides, this expresses an urgent necessity today, after the counter-revolutionary overthrows of 1991 and also because of the economic crisis of capitalism, which imposes even greater coordination and organization of joint action, in order for the ICM to take quicker steps in the direction of formulating a single strategy against imperialist aggression and imperialist war, for peoples’ peace, for socialism.

The labour movement since its birth, with the very emergence and spread of Marxist worldview and the foundation of the first political parties of the working class, embraced internationalism. has a common interest in overthrowing the bourgeoisie.

The Leninist analysis of imperialism, the position on uneven development and the weakest “link” in a country or group of countries and the tasks that derive from this position for each CP, the historical experience of the whole past century, unambiguously lead to the conclusion that the national field of struggle remains the dominant one, but this should not ultimately be interpreted as a resignation from the need to coordinate and elaborate a joint strategy and activity of the communists in every corner of the world. A need that is becoming even more important today, since capitalist internationalization has taken on higher forms, not only in the field of economics but also in politics, together with the establishment of international and regional transnational unions, such as NATO, the EU, the IMF etc.

Since its foundation, our Party has been committed to the principles of Proletarian Internationalism. For 100 years it has consistently struggled and did not back down from its principles. As a section of the Communist International (CI), it received a lot of support to be established as a Party of a New Type. At the same time, it suffered the negative consequences of the issues of theoretical immaturity or even opportunism that emerged in the ICM, but never rejected the need for a joint strategy of the communist movement against imperialism, for socialism.

It did not “theorize” any negative experience in a wrong direction. Even if international choices and decisions affected us negatively, too, we have never fallen into the mistake of justifying our own mistakes or failures, by blaming someone else apart from ourselves.

In particular, some issues related to aspects of the strategy of the ICM in the past decades provide valuable lessons for today and must be discussed within the communist movement, because wrong views and ideological constructs, which have often failed in practice and led to the defeat and retreat of the revolutionary movement, reaching inevitably their extreme counter-revolutionary expression, are repeatedly expressed by various sides.

I would like to approach this issue a little more specifically, in a codified way but non-hierarchical way.

A FIRST issue that also exists as a fundamental conclusion in the elaborations of the KKE and which deserves further analysis is the inability of the ICM to form a single revolutionary strategy, especially during and immediately after the end of World War II and the decades that followed. Even though they were proclaiming the necessity of socialism, some communist parties, especially those of the strong capitalist countries, while forming their political line, set goals that, regardless of intentions, did not serve a strategy of concentrating and organizing forces aiming to prepare for the conflict and total rupture with the bourgeoisie. Thus, the political line of that time did not function as a component of the strategy for socialism. It is a fact that there was an inability to elaborate a revolutionary strategy during and immediately after World War II, since the CI as a whole and most of the Communist Parties in the capitalist West were unable to form a strategy of turning the imperialist war or the liberation war against the foreign occupation and fascism into the struggle for the seizure of workers’ power, in conditions of intense sharpening of the social-class contradictions within the country in which they acted. At the same time, the ruling class timely showed the ability to form alliances to defend its power, but also to realign its international and domestic alliances….

A THIRD IMPORTANT ISSUE, in our view, is that historical experience has shown how utopian was and still is the perception of the transition to socialism through the so-called gradual “expansion of bourgeois democracy”. . Thus, the preconditions for the class-oriented emancipation of the workers’-peoples’ movements were not formed. This is a process that matures and broadens the revolutionary initiative and the ties with the popular masses until the emergence of new conditions, when the prolonged economic and political crises would objectively fuel mass popular revolutionary action. In Western Europe, mainly under the influence of Eurocommunism in the 1960s – 1970s and 1980s, the tactics of forming coalition governments with social democracy, that is, with bourgeois parties, and the participation of CPs in governments which essentially managed capitalist development, in the logic of stages, with the first stage being resolving the bourgeois-democratic and anti-monopoly demands and the issue of dependency, led almost all Western European countries only to a further strengthening of the capital’s power, in support of new mechanisms of repression and manipulation…

All constituents of the bourgeois political spectrum in the European Parliament including liberals, social democrats, “neo-leftists”, ecologists, greens, the far-right, nationalists and centre-left voted in favour of the recent EU decision. They reverse the historical truth, proceed to witch-hunting, equating fascism with communism, Hitlerism with Stalinism. Similar things happen on other continents as well.

Our Party believes that the international meetings of Communist and Workers’ Parties are useful and must certainly continue, in the framework of the exchange of views and experiences within the Communist and anti-imperialist movement, of the effort for coordination. But, for a meaningful reconstruction or a far more successful counter-attack by the ICM, something more is needed. We need a joint effort of the CPs whose ideological and political views are based on Marxism-Leninism, which recognize the historical attempt of socialist construction in the 20th century and its contribution, regardless of the fact that it ended, as well as the necessity of the struggle for socialism.

The KKE is now more mature than ever to contribute in this direction…

The slogan of the “Communist Manifesto”, “Proletarians of all countries, unite!” remains timely.

SPEECH OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE CC OF THE TKP KEMAL OKUYAN.

Communist representatives of fraternal parties, comrades, I welcome you.

We were planning to host you next year, for the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of Turkey. However due to reasons you are all aware of, we undertook the obligation to organize our 21st Meeting, in co-responsibility with the Communist Party of Greece. In either case, it is a source of great honor for us to meet with you, to welcome you in İzmir. We believe this meeting will serve our common struggle.

Another point I need to raise at the start is related to the big gathering we had planned for Saturday evening. Due to the military operation launched by Turkey against Syria, we had to cancel a political and cultural activity that would have brought together over five thousand participants and to which we would have invited all of you as well. Our party’s statements related to these latest developments have been sent to you, in addition to this, we prepared a briefing on the issue to share our detailed assessments and analysis. You are all invited to this meeting.

As I begin my speech, I would like to thank all the comrades of the Communist Party of Greece who contributed to the preparation of this meeting, to everyone from General Secretary Dimitris to young KKE militants who came for technical support, and of course to my TKP comrades. Thank you; I am confident that we will transform this region into a paradise where people live in friendship and in an egalitarian social order.

Dear comrades,

21st International Communist and Workers Parties meeting is convening at the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the Communist International, an organization whose historical significance for the communist movement is indisputable.

Communist International was founded in an era when Bolsheviks thought that the process that commenced with the 1917 October Revolution would have continued in other countries and that the working class would have come to power in at least part of Europe. In that respect, the Communist International is not an organization of solidarity or recommendations. The Communist International was founded to establish the common will, a revolutionary center, which the proletariat needed to strike the lethal blow to capitalism. In this respect, there is no mistake in calling the Third International as a World Party.

Comrades, the power that the Communist International had attained in a short time may confuse us. However, while starting out in March 1919, let us not forget that the Communist International was founded with extremely scarce resources, that the delegations coming from different countries to the founding congress did not have much representation power, and that most of the member parties did not have much weight in their own countries. If we leave aside the Bolsheviks who took power in Russia just a year and a half ago, the Communist International was founded by highly ineffective parties or groups.

However, they acted with a great assertion, excitement, determination and optimism. The deep crisis into which capitalism was falling and the mobilization of millions of proletarians in the face of that crisis was sufficient for the communists. They focused on their historic mission and responsibility as opposed to their weaknesses and they were convinced that the bourgeoisie could and will be defeated. This way, not only did the communist parties which were founded with the help of Bolsheviks became a major force in a short time and struggled to carry the working class to power, in certain cases, they also achieved it, even if for a short time. Today, no one should accuse the revolutionary attempts in Hungary, Slovakia, Germany and other countries with adventurism. Those who fought for revolutionary power remained loyal to the founding philosophy of the Communist International and they failed for various reasons.

Dear comrades,

There is a reason for me to talk about all this. It is critically important to determine the balance of forces between classes and to stay away from an administrative political line. Revolutions do not happen only by the decisions we make. Our task is not to make revolution but to lead the revolution because a revolution is not something that can be made. However, it is also true that there is a dialectical relationship between the crises of capitalism and the increase of revolutionary opportunities and even the rise of the revolution. In this sense, it is very misleading to evaluate the balance of powers statically, especially in times of crisis.

In 1919, the communist parties were extremely weak, in both the quantitative and qualitative senses. When we look at the world today, we are understandably complaining about the weakness of the communist movement but in 1919 when the Communist International was established, it didn’t have any greater power either.

So what was the difference? The mobility and organization of the toiling masses first come to mind. Even if the working class was under the umbrella of social democratic parties, it was widely engaged in the political struggle, in some countries the unions had serious potentials.

Another phenomenon that can be mentioned as a difference is the reaction to the destruction and poverty generated by the imperialist war and the fact that the war had not put an end to the deep economic crisis and even added new dimensions to it.

However, no one can claim that international capital today is stronger or more durable than 100 years ago. Imperialism is failing in every sense, it has nothing left to say to humanity economically, ideologically and politically. Nowhere.

Comrades, I am not trying to say that we are living in the same conditions as 100 years ago. This is not true. What we need to do is to analyze today’s concrete conditions and based on this, to struggle with the right tools and methods.

However, it is impossible to determine today’s tasks in a healthy way without pointing to a very, very important difference between 100 years ago and today.

Comrades, 100 years ago, starting from the working class 100 years ago, for large masses of people, hundreds of millions of people, socialism or an egalitarian order was a tangible, current demand. From the second half of the nineteenth century onwards, every working class struggle was permeated with the desire to overthrow capitalism, although primitive. I am not talking about political strategies and programs here. The desire to change order was a social reality. This desire did not emerge with the October Revolution of 1917. The October Revolution brought a new sense of energy and reality to this desire and spread it to a wider geography.

I need to repeat that capitalism today is not more durable and stable than 100 years ago. Maybe hundreds of millions are not in a struggle, but billions of people have given up on the current social order. This also has a role in the rise of racism and right-wing populist movements around the world. Although it is not the only reason why millions of people go after people they don’t know, and at least support the new leader-centered formations in the elections, it is related to the people’s search for a way out.

Yes, comrades, we have to admit that one of the most important differences from 100 years ago is that the idea that capitalism can be destroyed and that an egalitarian order can be established is largely out of the minds of humanity.

This cannot be explained by objective conditions alone. Keeping this idea alive and making it concrete in the minds and hearts of large masses of people, starting from the working class is the main task of the communists. This idea cannot be pushed back by referring to the balance of powers. On the contrary, it is the spread of this idea that will change the balance of forces.

Comrades, when we look at the last 100 years, we have to admit that we communists are also guilty of humanity’s failure to state in a loud fashion that a more egalitarian order is possible and that capitalism must be destroyed.

And now I am moving on to Turkey and our region, I would like to show you, when facing the current developments, how one can lose direction and move without a compass that would point the right way, if one forgets the actuality of socialism.

Our meeting coincided with Turkey’s new military offensive launched in Syrian territory. This is not the first time. The presence of the Turkish army in the territory of other countries started with Korea. It was part of an unjust war waged to protect the interests of US imperialism. In the following years, soldiers of Turkey participated in many operations of the international monopoly terrorist organization NATO. In Cyprus, the sovereignty, independence and integrity of the island has been violated for 45 years. There are countless cross-border operations in Iraq, as well as numerous bases, outposts and observation points belonging to the Turkish army, just as in Syria.

Dear comrades,

How do we evaluate this picture?

One point of view is to see Turkey as an obstacle to democracy and freedom.

Can any communist who struggles in Turkey object to this?

One can’t object to this but comrades this expression, this formulation is wrong. It is wrong because the rule of capital is the enemy of democracy and freedoms everywhere in the world. This formulation means to empty the class content of the problems in Turkey and to link it to people or the army and that will lead one to mistakes.

A revolutionary political position is impossible without understanding that there is a strong capitalist class acting with ever increasing self-confidence and that in general Turkey’s domestic and international policies are shaped in line with the interests of this class.

When one doesn’t understand this, the following happens: One ends up siding with, becoming allies with powerful imperialist countries or Turkey’s capitalist class for freedoms and democracy in Turkey or a larger region. What I am saying is not an exaggeration. This has happened in Turkey and many revolutionaries have unfortunately turned into actual collaborators with imperialism throughout this process.

Comrades, I have to remind you that Erdoğan, who in the news all over the world today and who is ascribed various adjectives, was supported by the so-called democratic and pro-freedom circles from the first periods of his rise to power till 2010. It wasn’t only from European Union to the United States but from many different tendencies in the left to the Kurdish nationalist movement in Turkey that this support was provided by. On the other hand, those of us, TKP, who struggled against AKP’s rule right from the beginning, were even labelled as fascists because we confronted Erdoğan…

Furthermore, they argue that the most important thing is to gain the ability to act independently of the US, by making an incomplete interpretation of imperialism and even by narrowing imperialism to the US. And they say that all kinds of oppression, bullying, reactionism, and war can be allowedfaced for this cause.

In almost every country in this geography, there is pressure on the communists to accept one of the two paradigms. Either you will cooperate with the imperialists-capitalists for the sake of democracy and freedom, or you will remain silent to all kinds of oppression and cruelty with other imperialists or capitalist groups for the sake of independence.

Can freedom, independence, sovereignty be worthless for communists? No, never. However, the random use of these concepts causes us great harm, as you can see. There’s only one way out of this weird situation. It is to placeput the demand for an alternative social ordersocial order in the agenda of the working people, with the excitement coming from the foundation of Comintern 100 years ago. Isn’t it a pity that the poor in my country is going after Erdoğan and bourgeoisie’s greed for profit because of their rage against the US? Isn’t it a pity that the working people, no matter they are Turks, Kurds or Arabs, expect freedom and democracy from the European imperialists or from one or the other fractions within the USA?

These are the results of our weaknesses, the gaps that we have left. Let’s not take the disadvantageous circumstances or balances of powers as excuses. As I said at the beginning, when the Comintern first set off 100 years ago, there were fewer people than we have now in this room.

I believe that, in a short time and together, we will regain our claims and enthusiasm we had 100 years ago.

Comrades,

The Communist Party of Turkey is organizing its struggle with this perspective. It is not true that the goal of socialism, defending the contemporariness and timeliness of socialism, will inevitably lead to isolation. There is no rule that a revolutionary attitude will result in sloganism or sectarianism. On the contrary, today in the world, the goal of communism requires a high level of creativity and intellect. When this is coupled with courage and determination, defending the socialist revolution as an actual goal echoes in the working class. The opposite could not be possible in this era of crisis, when it is proved every day that capitalism has nothing left to give to humanity.

The Communist Party of Turkey said no to any alliance with the bourgeoisie or bourgeoisie’s political representatives. Despite the heavy pressure, the party persistently defended the thesis saying “this social order must change”. Within the working class, we have developed our organization patiently; we have succeeded in doing what trade unions fail to do in many instances with a unique model called “We Breathe Down the Bosses’ Neck”. We succeeded in making those laid off to return to their jobs and we gained wage increases. While doing so, we said that the focus should be on the establishment of an egalitarian order, not on this or that bourgeois solution.

We said no to bourgeois alliances but we made the communists win the mayoral election in a city for the first time in the history of Turkey by making a revolutionary alliance. Our votes, for the first time, rose above 1 percent in some settlements in Turkey’s largest cities.

The number of party members increased by more than 30 percent in one year. We are at the beginning of our task in a very big and challenging country. More important than quantities are qualitative characteristics. Doing our utmost, we are trying to make the Communist Party of Turkey the urban, modern, intellectual and revolutionary vanguard of the working class. We have a long way to go, but knowing that life can leave us with historical responsibilities at any moment, we persistently follow the path of revolution, the path of Lenin who marked an era 100 years ago. The important thing is what our comrades say, not what anti-communists overtly or covertly say.

TKP will make mistakes, will sometimes take steps back; these are in the nature of the struggle. But, dear comrades, what TKP will not do is to betray the revolutionary ideals, the goal of communism, the working people and their friends.

Glory to the common struggle of the communist parties…

Long live Marxism Leninism!

And until victory, always!

Quotes were taken from http://www.idcommunism.com/2019/10/21st-international-meeting-of-communist-and-workers-parties-opening-speeches-by-koutsoumbas-okuyan.html

Yesterday,

21st International Communist and Labor Parties Meeting was completed.
According to decision taken, The next meeting will be held in Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 2020. In other words Red flag was sent to Pyongyang from Izmir.;)

Happy 5th anniversary!

It’s been 5 years from the day when we started blogging my earthling friends. Here we are again with our traditional anniversary post. But today, with a different, I am giving the keyboard to WD right now. 🙂

Finally Migo! So my dear, beloved readers, my all friends! You know this alien Migo never gave me the opportunity for my fame! And he has always interrupted the relation between you and me! My all dreams has gone! I waited and waited soooo long. Okay sometimes I have written some but it was not enough, I always knew that you wanted to talk with me, not with him! The most handsome, intelligence and brave dog; who doesn’t want to talk with me! Even myself sometimes I cannot understand how I am so much full earthling dog, even envy myself. I hope that lady dog who stepped my foot yesterday, is reading this right now. If you are reading this my darling, I am here, find me. 😉

And all my beloved readers and friends, if right now Migo would have written this anniversary post, probably he was going to mention his sinusitis or the other problems. If you don’t belive me you can check the other anniversary posts before! Almost all same! How boring he is! Luckly this year we have the opportunity finally!

-This year luckly I am not sick or have any sinus problem WD.
-What! Where did you come from! I will not give you keyboard back Migo, buzz off!
-Okay don’t give me, but this should be anniversary post, not your complaning and boasting post.
-I am just telling truths, not more not less.
-I am sure you do, but look WD that tabby cat is again out there.
-Really where!

WD ran away, my earthling friends; as you can guess. 😎

Happy 5th anniversary with you all, my Earthling friends!

EU Parliament’s new despicable anti-communist resolution distorts history — In Defense of Communism

Once again the EU Parliament proves its role as a leading instrument of anti-communist distortion of history.
In a joint resolution signed by the political groups of the People’s Party, the Social Democrats, the Liberals, the Greens and the Conservative Reformists, the EU tries – once again – to equate communism with fascism-nazism and legalize the unacceptable reactionary measures against the Communist Parties and their activity in a number of member-states.
Responding to this hideous effort, the group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in the EU Parliament sent a letter to the Greek and Cypriot MEPs, calling them to denounce this despicable distortion of history. In the EU Parliament, both the KKE MEPs, Kostas Papadakis and Lefteris Nikolaou-Alavanos, denounced the resolution and the anti-communist propaganda.
In a statement published today in 902 portal, the KKE group in EU Parliament points out:
“With the votes of the People’s Party, the Social Democrats, the Liberals, the Greens and the Conservative Reformists, the EU Parliament overwhelmingly passed the despicable joint anti-communist resolution under the title: “On the importance of the European remembrance for the future of Europe”. It is proved that the European Union has proclaimed anti-communism into its official ideology. It leads, along with bourgeois government, the bans on the activity of Communist Parties and communist symbols, the persecutions against communists and the communist ideology. It guides the unacceptable effort to distort and rewrite history by using the unhistorical equation of communism with fascism.
Despite the negative correlation of forces, the KKE group in EU Parliament, with its interventions, fought against anti-communism and the distortion of history, revealed the aspirations behind the shameful resolution against the people and  their struggle. It gave documented answers to the anti-communist campaign. The people will place the resolutions and the propaganda of the bourgeois political powers where they belong, in the dustbin of history.”
On this issue, the Press Office of the CC of the KKE issued the following statement:
The European Parliament proves to be a flag bearer of anti-communism which is the official ideologyof the EU
In a statement on the European Parliament’s outrageous anti-communist resolution, the Press Office of the CC of the KKE states:
“The KKE condemns the despicable, anti-communist joint resolution of the European Parliament, signed by the political groups of the People’s Party, the Social Democrats, the Liberal, the Greens and the Conservative Reformists.
The purpose of this reactionary monstrosity is to legalize the ban on communist parties and communist symbols imposed on a number of EU member states, such as the Baltic States and the so-calledVisegradGroup, the generalization of criminalization and persecution of communist ideology and the action of the people’s forces that fight together with the Communists and resist the anti-popularbarbarity.
It provocativelydistorts history, equating communismwith fascismin an unhistorical manner. It paves the way for fascist gangs and far-right forces which are developing in Europe, whitewashing Nazism and its hideous crimes.
The decisive contribution of the Soviet Union to the smashing of the fascist monster, with the blood of millions of Soviet people, the incalculable sacrifices of the communists who led the heroic resistance movement against the Nazi yoke,are still engraved in the peoples’ memory.
The European Parliament proves to be a flag-bearer of anti-communism, which is the official ideology of the EU, a forerunner and a necessary complement to the harsh anti-popular policy it imposes together with bourgeois governments in its member states.
History has been irrevocably written by the peoples with their struggles, and the apologists of the capital and capitalist barbarity will not rewrite it with resolutions. Those MEPs who vote for this anti-communist construct take on a serious responsibility that our people will judgestrictly” (inter.kke.gr).

via EU Parliament’s new despicable anti-communist resolution distorts history — In Defense of Communism

With google translate help from Greek, upper news says:

“With 535 votes in favor, 66 against and 52 abstention, on September 19th, the outrageous anti-communist resolution by the European Parliament, which once again confirmed that EU is the flagship in the anti-communist campaign.”

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After translate with google this tweet says:

Art.12 The European Parliament requires the European Commission to finance anti-communist campaigns through projects already approved as the “Rights and Values Program 2021-2027” endowed with 642 million euros. “[Then we ask who finances VOX]

I have checked the European Commission related link in English pages and I have found this one from this link: (May 30, 2018)

3. EU Justice, Rights and Values Fund

The Commission is also proposing a new Justice, Rights and Values Fund, comprising of the Rights and Values, and Justice programmes. The Fund has a proposed budget allocation of €947 million over the 7 years, €642 million for the Rights and Values programme and €305 million for the Justice programme.

At a time where European societies are confronted with extremism, radicalism and divisions, it is more important than ever to promote, strengthen and defend justice, rights, and EU values. For instance, this programme will help fight inequalities and discrimination, better protect children, and improve judicial cooperation to better fight criminality and terrorism. The Fund will contribute to the further development of a European area of justice based on the rule of law, on mutual recognition and mutual trust. It will also enhance and support the key role of Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society in promoting, safeguarding and awareness raising for EU common values and ensuring people can enjoy their rights.

The creation of the new Fund represents a simplification as compared to the current situation of 3 programmes. In particular, the area of citizenship, which is currently dealt with by 2 different programmes, will be covered by the new Rights and Values programme.

Already the resolution is starting with these words:
“The European Parliament,
having regard to the universal principles of human rights and the fundamental principles of the European Union as a community based on common values…”

So, it seems that anti-communism campaign fund already set in 2018.

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In here you can see which group gave favor, against or absentions for resolution. S&D Group is interesting in here, because inside it Labour Party UK members, I do not know what were their votes but yes they are the ones who call themselves comrade, haha!

In here also, you can listen KKE- Communist Party of Greece member Κωνσταντίνος Παπαδάκης-Kostas PAPADAKIS’s speech against EU parliament’s resolution debate. (he is also from NI group) its English.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/EN/vod.html?mode=unit&vodLanguage=EN&startTime=20190918-19:42:57-268&date=20190918#

All speeches of the members for the resolution in here as written, if anyone wants to see who said what.:) https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/CRE-9-2019-09-18-ITM-017_EN.html

Besides, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman M.V. Zakharova respons to a question from RIA Novosti Agency regarding the adoption by the European Parliament of the resolution on the Importance of Preserving Historical Memory for the Future of Europe from here:

http://www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/3793247

“The Russian Foreign Ministry is trying to refrain from commenting on the activities of the European Parliament. However, in this case, they are forced to make an exception, since we are talking about the next round of gross falsification of history…The European Parliament marked yet another outrageous attempt to equate Nazi Germany – the aggressor country – and the USSR, whose peoples liberated Europe from fascism at the cost of huge sacrifices…By hushing up the pages that are unpleasant for themselves and interpreting the “retouched” version of events at their discretion, the European Parliament finally loses touch with reality. But it is such that in a number of European countries they rehabilitate Nazi criminals, mass rallies of Waffen-SS veterans and their supporters take place, neo-Nazi organizations feel at ease. This is a true threat to the fundamental principles of democracy and human rights…We consider unacceptable a distortion of the past. History, in our deep conviction, should remain the destiny of responsible professionals, and not politicians who use it for their narrowly selfish purposes.”

I did not translate upper lines from Russian, google translate did it; I am lazy today.:))

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The Communist Youths present in Athens, on the occasion of the 45th Communist Youth Festival of Greece (Odigitis Festival), condemned the anti-communist resolution of the European Parliament. Communist party youth organizations of 36 countries issued statement.

http://www.gioventucomunista.it/risoluzione-delle-gioventu-comuniste-contro-la-nuova-escalation-anticomunista-dellunione-europea/?fbclid=IwAR2kzq7A5HfenLFNkYd5rBof71aO1wSxv_uUrU8X3be_kyOBaU27jUQKUck

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And here its the text of that resolution my earthling friends: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/B-9-2019-0100_EN.pdf

According to resolution, Communism is equal with Nazism and a number of measures such as the ban of communism symbols and the remove of monuments are required. My all earthling friends, are you aware of the danger?

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ps: Actually this week I was going to make a post about a different thing after the summer. But this is urgent and it needs to be primary.

Also, WD and I, we are happy to see you again!:)