At the Brussels Summit on 27/28 June the imperialist EU countries have agreed on an ultra-reactionary, racist tightening of refugee policy. It amounts in effect to a termination of the right of asylum. Even before that the Mediterranean had become a mass grave for thousands of refugees. At the recent meeting the heads of government agreed on closed-off internment camps, preferably in North Africa. In Libya, at the behest of the EU such camps already have been created, where trafficking in human beings, maltreat-ment and rapes are the order of the day. The FRONTEX border guard force is to be expanded to a force of 10,000. The military arming of reactionary governments in Niger and Chad has the purpose to intercept refugees long before they reach the Mediterranean coast. Many perish in the desert. This inhuman policy is accompanied by racist agitation of ultra-right-wing, proto-fascist parties against refugees. They divert attention from those who cause the streams of refugees: the imperialist world system, the international corporations, which plunder the raw materials and labour of Africa or are chiefly responsible for the development of the global environmental catastrophe.
The ICOR defends the right to flee. At the same time, the ICOR advocates that the masses of the people fight for their liberation from capitalism in their countries. Thus the construction of a health centre in Kobanê/Rojava/North Syria on the basis of the Solidarity Pact between ICOR and local self-government bodies has enabled the return of many refugees.
However, this entire reactionary rightward development is confronted by many protests, strikes, demonstrations and practical refugee aid of the masses in all of Europe on the basis of a growing internationalist consciousness. In Hungary the masses struggle against Orban’s manipulated election victory; in Germany against the introduction of proto-fascist police laws; or in Austria and France against the dismantling of social rights and labor rights! Owing to the people’s loss of confidence in them European governments get into increasingly deeper political crises.
The development to the right is the governments’ answer to the rapid intensification of the imperialist world system’s crisis-proneness and the shifts in the balance of forces in the worldwide imperialist rivalry. These result in a general increase to imperialist preparation for war. This policy is accompanied by chauvinist propaganda, fascistization of the state apparatuses and a massive dismantling of bourgeois-democratic rights and freedoms. This development is most advanced in Turkey with the establishment of fascism.
Those in power know: it will become dangerous for them when the working class and the other sections of the masses fight under the leadership of revolutionaries to overthrow imperialism. Accordingly, the anti-communist spearhead of their attacks is directed against revolutionaries. The building of revolutionary parties in all countries and their joining together in the ICOR is the most important conclusion.
The time is ripe for the building of a broad anti-fascist, anti-imperialist united front in all countries!
Stop the rightward development of more and more governments!
Rebellion against the imperialist EU is justified!
Strengthen the building of revolutionary parties, strengthen the ICOR!
Signed by CPI (ML) Red Star, MLPD and 27 other constituents of the ICOR till 25th July
Worldwide Solidarity with the Just Liberation Struggle of the Palestinian People!
FOR decades the State of Israel has terrorized the Palestinian liberation struggle and has intensified that during the last weeks and has killed several dozens of demonstrators at the border to Palestine. With these attacks the State of Israel causes great suffering among the Palestinian population. But they do not allow that to deter themselves from their just struggle. A climax of this was the observation of the Nakba day on 15 May. In 1948 on this day 800,000 Palestinians were deported from their home country to exile, lasting until today.
The ICOR denounces Zionism as the spearhead of US imperialism in the Middle Eastern region and the Zionist crimes against the Palestinian people. Since 1947 the Palestinian people live under the yoke of colonialism, exploited, starved out, deprived of their land, massacred and forced by violence to leave Palestine. The Zionist committed barbarian atrocities and genocides that continue till today. One reason for Israel to act in such an aggressive way is that it wants to weaken the potential of the Palestinian liberation struggle and its impact on other struggles for democracy and freedom, for national and social liberation – in Kurdistan, in Iran. Those in power are on the defensive! The joint anti-imperialist and antifascist struggle in the Middle East/West Asia has special great power. The Palestinian cause remains an inseparable part of the international anti-imperialist and anti-zionist revolutionary movement. (quotations: Closing resolution of the 3rd World Conference; Resolution on Palestine of the 3rd World Conference, November 2017)
Therefore the ICOR calls its presently 51 member organizations and all internationalist forces for solidarity with the Palestinian people:
Long live international solidarity!
Freedom for Palestine!
Explanation: the flight and deportation of Arab Palestinians on the occasion of founding the State of Israel is called Nakba. That is why there is an annual commemoration of Nakba on 15 May.
In sharp contrast to that, a general tendency towards imperialist preparation of war is intensifying presently, increasing significantly the general danger of world war. With threats of the American president Trump to use missiles against the Syrian Assad regime in Syria, he is risking a direct armed conflict with his imperialist Russian rival. The imperialist superpower USA is the main enemy of all peoples. The main reason for its growing aggressiveness is its relapse in the imperialist competition with China.
For this purpose, a trade war with the rivals is being instigated and the attempt is being made to push back Russia’s spheres of power and influence. The USA and Russia are modernizing their atomic weapons with the goal of gaining first strike quality. NATO has increased its military expenditures from 895 billion $ (2015) to 945 billion $ (2017). Its members are supposed to increase their military spending to 2 percent of the GNP. 23 states in the EU signed the military pact PESCO Permanent Structured Cooperation) in November 2017 and are extending their foreign engagement.
The means of psychological war preparation are getting more and more perfidious. The ruling aggressors are trying to get the masses behind them on a chauvinist basis. Chauvinism means division of the peoples, means extreme nationalism and racism. However, in the polarization the peoples’ wish for peace also becomes stronger; they do not want to be turned against each other.
The focal point of the imperialist attempts to extend their spheres of power is presently Syria. Russia is leaning on the reactionary Assad regime. With the approval and support of the USA, Russia and Germany, fascist Turkey is expelling the Kurdish population from Afrin. In the same way old and new imperialists from the EU, Iran, Saudi Arabia are participating in the re-division of the Middle East. Tens of thousands of people were murdered or put to flight. Zionist Israel wants to conquer the South of Syria and attacks Syrian positions with warplanes. On 30 March 2018 it assassinated 18 Palestinians on the day of commemoration of the Palestinian liberation movement. The joint freedom struggle of the Palestinian and Kurdish peoples has strategic importance.
The construction of a liberated, democratic Rojava by the Kurdish fighters of YPG, YPJ and PYD, in which many ethnic groups, men and women live together on an equal footing, is a thorn in the flesh of all imperialists. In connection with the Nevroz festival ICOR organized the solidarity with the Kurdish liberation struggle against the fascist occupation of Afrin. Thousands followed the call. 1.5 million people took to the streets for that worldwide in March. The close collaboration with other progressive forces created further bases for the construction of a worldwide anti-imperialist, anti-fascist united front.
In view of the aggravated danger of war the worldwide peace movement is challenged to construct this united front in an accelerated way and further strengthen ICOR.
Our perspective is the overthrow of imperialism, which is the cause of the growing danger of a world war. Only in socialism can the peoples live together peacefully and use the achievements of humankind for the unity of humans and nature.
ICOR calls for manifold actions of peace on the international day of struggle against fascism and war on May 8/9, 2018, and also – adapted to the existing circumstances at that date – on August 6 and September 1.
Stop the Imperialist Warmongers !
Ban on and Destruction of All ABC Weapons!
All Imperialists Out of Syria!
Solidarity with the Kurdish and Palestine Liberation Struggle!
For Peace, Liberty and Socialism!
Internaitonal Co-ordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organisations (ICOR)
For decades the threat of a nuclear war, which can never be restricted to one region, has been as high as today. US President Donald Trump openly threatens North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) with a nuclear strike. US imperialism as the only superpower still is the enemy of all peoples, and the main threat to world peace comes from there. The regime in North Korea on its part threatens to attack the US military base on the island of Guam with missiles, which would mean a dangerous escalation of the conflict. But the situation of North Korea has to be seen also in the context of the destructive war waged by the USA and allies against North Korea for more than 60 years and the continuing harassment bullying of the USA. In spite of it, in 1964 socialist China regarded as self-understood to waive a nuclear first strike.
The areas of war and crisis like Ukraine, Syria or Afghanistan are dangerous hotbeds, too. Dozens of unjust wars are going on all over the world today. In their struggle for re-dividing the world all imperialist great powers are involved.
In this situation, strong cross-border, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist actions are urgently necessary up to building an anti-imperialist, anti-fascist united front against the warmongers which is becoming the order of the day. We need a new strong worldwide peace and anti-imperialist movement, directed against any imperialist aggression and consistently committed to proletarian internation-alism. Some seek to identify some imperialists like the EU, Russia or China as being more peaceful, more moderate or even as peacemakers. Such is also the thrust of the deceptive social chauvinist propaganda.
2017 is the year of the 100th Anniversary of the Socialist October Revolution. It has set the signal, how socialist revolution puts an end to imperialist war!
Thus, the USA provocatively withdrawing from the Paris agreement is a frontal assault against the demands of the masses worldwide!
Almost all countries that signed the agreement are standing united against this utterly criminal decision by a rogue president of a rogue state which to this day has implemented none of the climate agreements unanimously signed by the comity of nations including the much talked about Kyoto Protocol. It is high time that the progressive forces the world over also take initiative to fight for more meaningful decisions for resolving the threats emanating from climate change which is the direct outcome of the development paradigm led by corporate profit motive today.
However, it is revealing to note that, in spite of issuing statement for continuing with the Paris Accord, the Indian regime with Prime Minister Modi has refrained from joining with the comity of nations condemning the US decision, that too when Trump has vehemently attacked India characterizing it as one of the biggest carbon emitters while India’s per capita carbon emission is just one-tenth of that of the US. Also many other signatories are content with verbally criticizing Trump’s pull-out without taking the completely insufficient and not even achieved goals of Paris as an occasion for a really effective protection of the world climate.
We appeal to the masses of the world, all progressive-democratic forces, environmental activists including the scientific community to resolutely come forward condemning this US decision and join together, to protest and to bring about more meaningful steps to resolve the ever intensifying environmental crisis confronting planet earth.
Signatories (as of 20 th of september 2017, further signatories possible):
RCP [Revolutionary Communist Party of Egypt] ORC [Revolutionary Organization of Congo] MMLPL [Moroccan Marxist-Leninist Proletarian Line] CPSA (ML) [Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist)] Marxist-Leninist Organization of Afghanistan Communist Party of Bangladesh Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Red Star Ranjbaran [Proletarian Party of Iran] Nepal Communist Party (Mashal) New-Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party, Sri Lanka Bulgarian Communist Party Bulgarian Workers Party (Communist) KSC-CSSP [Communist Party of Czechoslovakia – Czechoslovakian Workers Party] Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany KOL [Communist Organization of Luxemburg] Rode Morgen [Red Dawn, Netherlands] Bolshevik Party (North Kurdistan-Turkey Marxist-Leninist Platform, Russia MLGS [Marxist-Leninist Group of Switzerland] TIKB [Union of Revolutionary Communists of Turkey] MLKP [Marxist Leninist Communist Party Turkey/Kurdistan] KSRD [Coordination Council of the Workers Class Movement, Ukraine] PC(ML) [Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), Dominican Republic] New Communist Party of Haiti (Marxist-Leninist) PC/ML [Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) of Panama] PCP (independiente) [Paraguayan Communist Party (independent)] PPP [Proletarian Party of Peru] ORC [Revolutionary Organization of Congo]