Aug 252016
 

Our 38th Central Convention meets at a moment of escalating danger, from increasing war, environmental crisis and economic decay. As the systemic crisis of capitalism continues to deepen, and the effects of the 2008 economic meltdown continue to be felt, imperialist states and organizations are becoming increasingly aggressive. The standoff between nuclear armed states in Ukraine and the expanding war in Syria are powderkegs that threaten disaster. Millions upon millions of people in all parts of the world are being forced into poverty, hunger, homelessness and displacement.

But this is also a moment of rising working class and popular resistance. In all countries, albeit unevenly and with different characteristics, we see increased unity and mobilization. From online campaigns to mass demonstrations, general strikes, and political actions, people are using many different vehicles to advance these struggles. This is also expressed by the rising popularity of so-called democratic socialism, with all its contradictions, which is examined in detail in this report.

In Canada, the electoral defeat of the Conservatives in October 2015 represents a significant victory for the working class, Indigenous peoples, racialized communities, women, LGBTiQ communities, youth and students. While the victory of the Liberal party does not represent a break from the reactionary policies that are characteristic of the Canadian state, through a united, conscious political and organizational struggle we can open new space and possibilities in the fight for peace and disarmament, for immediate action to combat climate change, and for social equity and social justice. These advances can be realized – and can become concrete steps toward more fundamental change. Continue reading »

Jul 212015
 

The 3rd Memorandum debt refinancing pact signed between the Troika (European Commission, the IMF and the European Central Bank) and the Syriza-led government in Greece will have disastrous effects on the Greek working class and working people. It constitutes a monumental betrayal by the Syriza (social democratic) party of its previous promises to stand up to the European bankers and to end and reverse austerity imposed by previous bourgeois governments. The various attempts by Syriza (or its supporters abroad) to justify or excuse this sell-out agreement – or to deflect responsibility away from the Tsipras government in Athens – fail to alter that basic reality.

As the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) correctly noted in its recent statement, the government is essence is burdening the people with a new loan worth 86 billion € and savage measures that accompany it, such as the further reduction of the people’s income, the new heavy taxes, the maintenance of the new property tax, the significant increase of VAT on items of mass popular consumption, the reduction of pensions, the implementation of a new and worse social-security regime, the gradual abolition of supplementary assistance for poor pensioners, and the wholesale privatization of public assets.

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Jul 212015
 

L’entente signée de refinancement de la dette du 3ième mémorandum entre la Troïka (Commission européenne, le FMI et la Banque centrale européenne) et le gouvernement dirigé par Syriza en Grèce aura des effets désastreux pour la classe ouvrière et le peuple travailleur grec. Elle constitue une trahison monumentale des promesses du parti social-démocrate Syriza de tenir tête aux banquiers européens et d’en terminer avec l’austérité imposée par les précédents gouvernements bourgeois. Les diverses tentatives de Syriza (ou de ses partisanes et partisans à l’étranger) pour excuser ou justifier cette trahison, ou bien voiler la responsabilité du gouvernement Tsipras à Athènes – ne parviennent aucunement à altérer cette réalité fondamentale.
Comme le Parti communiste de Grèce (KKE) l’a correctement relevé dans sa récente déclaration, le gouvernement accable essentiellement la population avec un nouveau prêt d’une valeur de 86 milliards d’euros et les mesures sauvages qui l’accompagnent, telles que la poursuite de la réduction du revenu de la population, de lourds impôts, le maintien d’une nouvelle taxe sur la propriété, une importante augmentation de la TVA sur les articles de consommation des masses populaires et la taxe de solidarité, la réduction des pensions, la mise en œuvre d’un nouveau régime de sécurité sociale encore diminué, la suppression graduelle des pensions complémentaires pour les retraités pauvres et la privatisation systématique de biens publics.

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