Tragedy in the Mediterranean: Immigration and the Crimes of Capitalism

From In Defense of Marxism The death of more than 800 people who drowned when a small fishing boat capsized 60 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa late on Saturday brings the death toll to of people among people attempting to reach Europe by boat in 2015 alone to 1,600. This tragic event highlights the dramatic situation that has developed in Africa and the Middle East after years of imperialist meddling. lampedusaThis latest “accident” is a direct result of the cut to the funding of the EU search and rescue… Read More

No to the Murderous Migration Policies of the EU

Joint Statement of the Communist Party of Greece, Communist Party of Italy, Communist Party of Malta, Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain At the initiative of the KKE, the Communist Parties of 4 European countries of the Mediterranean, which are receiving the largest waves of refugees and immigrants, denounce the political line of the EU and point to the causes of the problem, as well as the direction of the communists’ struggle on this issue. The joint statement is as follows: The KKE, CPI, PC Malta, PCPE wish to stress the… Read More

Victory for Workers’ Rights in Finland

From Building and Wood Worker’s International Finnish wage regulations and collective agreements should apply equally to everyone who works in Finland. That is the outcome of a new ruling by the European Court of Justice. ”The decision has great importance for both Finland the European Union as a whole”, said Martti Alakoski, chair of the Finnish Electrical Workers Union after the announcement on the 12th of February. In short, the ruling finds that all employees must be payed basic wages, holiday bonuses and all other benefits in the general collective agreement –… Read More

Launching ‘New Era of Political Change,’ Tens of Thousands March in Madrid

From CommonDreams Fed up with conservative economics and fueled by Syriza’s recent victory in Greece, tens of thousands of Spaniards flooded the streets of Madrid on Saturday to say: “No to Austerity and Yes to Change!” The march, dubbed the “March for Change,” is the first mass demonstration in support of the country’s new leftist party, Podemos, which is Spanish for “We Can.” According to reports, demonstrators chanted “yes we can” and “tic tac tic tac” suggesting the clock was ticking for the country’s two main political parties. Many waved Greek and… Read More

Canada’s Choice: Austerity or Prosperity?

From CounterPunch Imagine for a moment two societies living side by side. One has discovered the wheel and uses it. The wheel makes life easier for workers and boosts the economy for everyone. Prosperity reigns. The society next door is well aware of the wheel and watches as its neighbours move inexorably ahead, becoming wealthier, more efficient and healthier while creating more leisure time for cultural activities. But the ones who reject the wheel aren’t those who do the work in this society. Those who refuse it are the governing elite, the… Read More