Communists of the world bid farewell to Mikis Theodorakis

idcommunism.com | September 06, 2021

Communist Parties from Russia to Chile and from Turkey to Mexico express their condolences for the death of the legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis who died on September 2nd aged 96. 

In a message published on Twitter the President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez pays tribute to the late composer: 

“Mikis Theodorakis died and the world accompanies the mourning of Greece for one of the greatest musicians of all times. Cuba, which always had his militant solidarity, also mourns. Let the Canto General sound in his memory”. 

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Anti-communism, authoritarianism and repression are growing in the capitalist world

Luciana Bohne

Lenin “toppled”: the convenient rebellion of fools. Freedom at last from a spurious tyranny.

Authoritarianism in China? A place that nipped Covid in six weeks and ended poverty in 2020? Let’s turn the camera, shall we? And let’s fix it on the Western/capitalist bloc. Do you see any recrudescence of BOURGEOIS AUTHORITARIANISM in examples from recent times?

1. Slovakia: passes law on 1 Dec 2020 designating Czech and Slovak Communist parties “criminal organizations.”

2. Poland: the anti-communist hysteria is well established in the persistent “witch hunt” against the communists that for decades has characterized the Polish bourgeois authorities on a dangerous undemocratic and reactionary ridge, with the complacency and encouragement of the EU. In fact, the persecutions, restrictions and criminal proceedings that have been conducted for years against the Communist Party of Poland (KPP), its daily “Bzrask” and their members are known “for the promotion of totalitarian regimes”. Furthermore, among other things, we remember the interruption of scientific conferences on Karl Marx organized by universities, the use of public institutions such as the National Memory Institute (IPN) for the dissemination of anti-communist propaganda and the establishment of a dangerous legal framework for communist persecution which includes the 2017 “decommunization law”

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WORKERS PROTEST IN GREECE

Greek Workers Stage Massive Protests Against Government Policies

Peoples Dispatch | September 27, 2020

Workers across Greece staged protests on September 24.

On Thursday, September 24, massive and militant demonstrations were organized across Greece by the workers from different sectors on  a variety of demands.

In the education sector, teachers and students’ unions, along with parents’ organizations, held demonstrations. The Public Hospital Doctors’ Federation (OENGE) observed a national strike and held demonstrations in all major cities of Greece. Their main demands were immediate measures to support doctors and healthcare workers in public hospitals against the pandemic. Maritime workers went on strike in Greece’s biggest port, Piraeus, protesting the attempt of the government to undermine collective contracts.Read More »

BOOK REVIEW 

Greece 2015: There was an alternative

Resistance Books

By Eric Toussaint

Preface by Michael Roberts
ISBN: 978-0-902869-70-7
RRP £15, €18, $20; 260pages
Published by Resistance Books, IIRE and CADTM
 
2015 will be a landmark in the history of Greece, Europe and the Left. This book can be used as a guide for readers who are content neither with the mainstream narrative spun by major media and creditors, nor with former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’s version in his book Adults in the Room

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Greece: Refugees in Moria camp left with no water, no soap and no support against virus

Morning Star | March 23, 2020

Migrants pull fire extinguishers in Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, last Monday

THE Greek government has left refugees detained in the massively overcrowded Moria camp on Lesbos without any supplies or information on the coronavirus pandemic, according to people trapped in the camp.

Speaking to volunteers from German refugee rescue charity Mission Lifeline in the camp yesterday, Sayed (not his real name) said the Greek government has done nothing.

“They have not [provided] any [information] or anything that could help people understand what coronavirus is and how to prevent it and how to not get infected by it,” he said.Read More »

In Greece, communists withstand conservative surge as SYRIZA crumbles

Peoples Dispatch | May 31, 2019

Greece Elections
SYRIZA, which came to power riding a wave of anti-austerity protests, has lost a lot of popularity for continuing the previous governments’ policies. Photo: National Herald

The ruling SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) party in Greece faced severe setbacks in the European Parliament elections and local body elections held on May 26. In the wake of the electoral defeat, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras called for early parliamentary elections, which will be held by the first week of July. The center-right New Democracy (ND) party emerged the leader, both in the European parliamentary elections, as well as the local body polls.Read More »

FACE OF AN ECONOMY: Austerity and Poverty in Greece

A Journal of People report

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Austerity and poverty now dominate Greek life. Poverty in the country is not much different than the un-developed South. Greece, a capitalist economy, also faces serious income inequality

A report in The Washington Post said:

“Over the past seven years, austerity has left visible scars in Greece’s capital.

“A walk around Athens reveals more homeless people than ever despite some signs of a rosier economic outlook. Thousands of shops, mostly small businesses, are shuttered here and across the country. In what used to be a busy shopping arcade, closed stores are padlocked against a backdrop of hanging Greek flags.Read More »

FACE OF AN ECONOMY: Greece’s debt is not sustainable, warns IMF chief

Wages drop

Workers strike

A Journal of People report

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Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund chief, has warned that Greece’s debt is not sustainable.  She said: Greece requires significant debt relief from Europe.

But, under pressure especially from Berlin, Greece’s 18 other euro partners have not yet broached the issue of debt relief, preferring to push that hot-button topic to next year.

Protesters in Greece took to the streets this week to criticize the government for going along with public sector cuts imposed by the IMF and the EU. Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos accused the opposition of being behind a strike.

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Greek Democracy Succumbs To Austerity

by Kevin Ovenden

Morning Star | 20 February, 2017

GRINDING austerity and mounting social crisis. Industrial output falling in the last quarter. A €7 billion euro debt repayment in five months’ time. No money in the government coffers to meet it. European Union institutions holding back promised instalments of a previous bailout until further assaults on working people are rammed through.

If that all seems familiar, it is because that snapshot of Greece today is eerily similar to exactly this time two years ago.Read More »