THE “climate treaty” of the Paris UN climate conference of December 2015 is a farce. The climate warming that has already taken place is approaching the figure of 1.5°C. This is supposed to work with “voluntary self-commitment declarations” of the states. They actually allow a further increase of greenhouse gas emissions from presently 36 to 55 gigatons until the year 2030! Those in power are proving themselves to be neither willing nor capable of taking serious measures for the lasting protection of the natural environment.
After three years in a row of rising record temperatures, the year 2016 is again the warmest year ever recorded with +1.3°C above the preindustrial era. However, not only the climate crisis has dramatically intensified: an ozone hole is also developing above the northern hemisphere. The tropical rainforests would be completely destroyed by 2030. Droughts, regional flood catastrophes and the destruction of the nutritional bases of humankind are accelerating.
The ICOR is promoting that the growing criticism of the masses of the willful and unscrupulous policies of international finance capital and of imperialist governments leads to building up an international front of active resistance for the protection of the natural environment. That requires the firm fighting unity of the working-class and the environmental movements to develop further. The masses do not want to perish in barbarism and put up resistance against further operation and construction of nuclear power plants. There is a worldwide struggle of thousands of workers, peasants, environmentalists against the environ-mentally destructive mining of raw materials, land-grabbing, destruction of forests, in international social movements against imperialist free trade agreements...
The ICOR demands, among other things, a radical reduction in greenhouse gas emissions! Shut down all nuclear power plants at the expense of the operators – worldwide!
The struggle for immediate measures requires a societal perspective: “Save the environment from the profit economy – revolutionary solutions are necessary!” In the coming year 2017 there is the 100th anniversary of the victorious Socialist October Revolution in Russia. The solution of the environmental question today more than ever also requires an evaluation of the achievements, successes and problems of this struggle and the building of a liberated socialist society and conclusions from its betrayal.
The ICOR calls up to prepare and conduct militant manifestations and broad unities of action worldwide of workers, peasants, women, youth, environmentalists, etc. on the occasion of this year’s international environmental day of struggle, the 12th of November 2016. It mobilizes to the protest activities on the occasion of the 22nd UN climate conference in Marrakesh/Morocco.
US imperialism tries to keep up the lie that the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary to end World War II. The truth is that 265,000 people had to die the terrible nuclear death and further 120,000 injured had to lead a life in agony, so that Japan would come under the domination of the USA and not surrender to the approaching Red Army. The US government denies giving any apology for that to date. Today there are more than 17,000 atomic bombs worldwide; 96 percent are owned by the USA and Russia. The explosive power exceeds that of all weapons of World War II by 2,500 times.
For the ban and destruction of all nuclear weapons worldwide!
Today the danger of war is being increased by the rivalry of the imperialist powers, the focal points being in Ukraine, the Middle East, Western Asia and the Asian-Pacific region. Along with imperialist powers like the US, China, Russia, etc., imperialism’s regional pillars such as India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, etc., which are major arms importers and having huge stockpiles of arms also play a major role in intensifying the global armament race. Also new forms of fascism like the “Islamist State”/Daesh are responsible for the increase of brutal wars of aggression.
Regional wars are one of the main reasons for the worldwide refugee movement with a historic climax of refugees numbering more than 65 million. The struggle for maintaining world peace must be led internationally against imperialism. The ICOR fights against all imperialists and all forms of the causes of war.
With the increasing worldwide crisis-proneness of imperialism, its tendency to internal and external reaction comes to light more and more. In India, Turkey and Russia there is a drastic fascistization of the state apparatuses and government politics. Also in Europe in Poland, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovakia and Austria ultra right-wing and protofascist tendencies have developed. Many bourgeois governments have clearly moved to the right. Internationally we are experiencing a strong societal polarization between a reactionary protofascist to fascist and a progressive, internationalist and revolutionary pole. This is a challenge for the revolutionaries of the world.
Wars and the danger of war will only be abolished by the revolutionary overcoming of the imperialist world system! The ICOR supports the worldwide peace movement and the struggle of the masses against the military aggression of any imperialist power without exception. It organizes the solidarity with revolutionary liberation movements. It especially calls on the youth for the antimilitarist struggle.
For peace and friendship among the peoples – for socialism !
Get organized in revolutionary parties and organizations! Join the “Friends of ICOR” where such parties still have to be built up !
The revolutionary struggle for overcoming the imperialist world system is the most resolute struggle for peace !
T the end of January, nine internationalists were arrested on Spanish state territory. Most of them are alleged members of the communist organization “Partido Marxista-Leninista / Reconstrucción Comunista” (Marxist-Leninist Party / Communist Reconstruction).
Already in July 2015, two young members of this organization were arrested temporarily with the justification that they had joined the armed struggle of YPG against ISIS without getting the authorization of the Spanish state. Reconstrucción Comunista (RC) is now being accused of supporting PKK and RC itself is being prosecuted as a criminal association. Spain construes a legal basis for this attack on grounds of the Europe-wide ban of PKK as a terrorist organization. Com. Roberto Vaquero was in jail until the middle of March 2016 and could be released in the meantime. The organization has been banned for one year, two of its party offices were closed.
Freedom for the Spanish internationalists! Immediate lift of the party ban of PML(RC)!
We condemn the criminalization of our comrades in Spain and the hypocrisy of the Spanish state. The Spanish government along with all other European governments sheds crocodile tears over the fundamentalist terror in Paris and in Brussels; now they criminalize those who voluntarily and without any kind of securities, selflessly put their health and lives on the line to fight against this very fundamentalism. The heinous attacks of Daesh (IS) are used in order to further restrict bourgeois democratic rights and liberties throughout Europe. The fascistization of the state apparatuses in several Western European countries is directed against a transnational trend to the left connected with the awakening of the internationalist consciousness among the masses. Our Spanish comrades fight for the freedom and self-determination of all peoples living in the Syrian part of Kurdistan – Rojava.
However, all the peoples struggling for freedom all over the world and the class conscious workers are standing behind them. The true arsonists for the dirty war in the Middle East can be found in the imperialist governments of the United States, the EU, Russia and the reactionary regimes of Turkey, Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and Syria.
The ICOR declares its steadfast solidarity with the Spanish comrades. It will not be kept from continuing the solidarity with the liberation struggle of the Kurdish people and the peoples in Western Asia.
Down with the ban of the Marxist-Leninist Party (Communist Reconstruction) (Partido Marxista-Leninista (Reconstrucción Comunista))!
Down with the ban of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê)!
Freedom for the Spanish internationalists!
N the night of 15 July 2016 parts of the Turkish military staged a coup against the reactionary Erdogan regime. Tanks appeared, F-16 jets thundered over Ankara and Istanbul, some strategically important positions like the Bosporus bridge, airports, public TV stations were occupied, police forces were disarmed. There were explosions and fierce shootings. At about 11 pm, the coup plotters announced “The power in the country has been taken over in its entirety.” But still during that night, the tide began to turn. The majority of the bourgeois state apparatus took a stand against them and backed Erdogan. In many towns of Turkey masses took to the streets for and against Erdogan. Around 4 am, Erdogan announced the defeat of the attempted coup. At least 265 people are said to have been killed and 1440 injured. The Erdogan regime immediately started with large scale purges, arrests and executions among the military.
As opposed to the military coups in 1971 and 1980, this time it was not the extremely reactionary and fascist forces staging a coup against the progressive and revolutionary movement. This failed coup attempt has to do with a sharp conflict within the Turkish bourgeoisie. Parts of the military revolted against the increasing international isolation of Turkey developing because of Erdogan’s course of intensifying aggressive internal and external politics and advocating his autonomous power political interests. This is underlined by the demagogic statement of the coup plotters promising the “protection of the constitutional order, human rights and liberties, compliance with the law” and the “restoration of general safety”.
During the course of the night international finance capital and a large number of imperialist governments adopted a position backing Erdogan after the defeat of the coup, because they were fearing that coup methods will further increase the instability of the ruling order. The defeat of the attempted coup is a victory of Erdogan in this struggle over power within the ruling class.
The revolutionary proletariat is fiercely resisting against the Erdogan regime and its increasing state terror against any democratic and revolutionary movement of the people. However, it also condemns the coup of the military which suppresses any independent activity of the working class and the broad masses by proclaiming martial law and which does not represent a true alternative.
The proletariat and the broad masses must go their own path, fight for freedom and democracy and stride forward to socialism! Their road is neither on the side of the coup plotters nor of the ultra reactionary Erdogan regime.
In the commotion the masses must be mobilized under the slogan: Defend democracy and freedom – forward to socialism!
It is this struggle that the international solidarity of ICOR refers to, stating at its 2nd World Conference in a resolution: “The 2nd ICOR World Conference expresses its solidarity with the struggles of the peoples of Turkey and Kurdistan and the fighting revolutionary forces there. Long live the liberation struggle of the peoples! Long live proletarian internationalism! Long live Marxism-Leninism!”
At the same time, the refugee movement expresses the enormous will to survive of the masses, who do not want to perish in capitalist barbarism. Since human beings exist, they travel to where they can live and work. Advanced cultures were founded by merging the achievements of the peoples. The refugee movement from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq or the African countries will not be stopped by isolation measures of the EU states. They are being welcomed by an exemplary and selfless readiness to help on the part of many people in all European countries. Due to the experience made with displacement in the Yugoslavia war, people in Serbia and Croatia defy hostile propaganda and help refugees. Sincere solidarity, altruist help based on an internationalist consciousness - that exists only among the masses, the working class, the militant women’s and youth movement.
Seemingly, Merkel welcomes refugees in Germany with open arms. The refugee deal adopted on 20 March by the 28 EU countries and Turkey reveals the reactionary and inhuman character of the EU refugee policy. With walls and border fences in Macedonia, Hungary, Romania the external borders of the EU shall be completely sealed off. Tens of thousands in the refugee camp Idomeni at the Greek Macedonian border are experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe. The bourgeois refugee policy of the EU has failed. Since the year 2000, the Mediterranean Sea has become a mass grave for at least 26 000 people.
While the most decadent rich people of the world are living in luxury, millions of people are defamed as “economic refugees” when imperialist politics deprive them of their existential basis. In the refugee pact the EU collaborates with Erdogan, of all people, who also promotes the IS and combats liberation fighters and the Kurdish people with fascistic methods. He is awarded altogether 6 billion Euros and the promise of visa facilitations for this deal. The measures decided are in blatant contradiction to the UN human rights and refugee convention: In Greece so-called “illegal” refugees shall be interned. All refugees who did not come from Iraq or Syria are generally denied the right of asylum. They are forcibly deported to Turkey which has been declared to be a “safe country of origin” for this purpose in spite of state terror against Kurds and oppositional forces. At the outer borders of the EU, further inhumane internment camps are created. Pictures of overcrowded refugee accommodations, that the governments themselves are responsible for, shall create the feeling that “the-boat-is-full”. But there is enough room. In countries like Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Spain, Germany the population declined between 2001 and 2011. Ultra-right-wing and fascist movements and their nationalist and racist slander is granted leeway. The perpetrators of attacks against refugees are rarely arrested.
In the middle of March tens of thousands took to the streets in the European capitals - London (4,000), Athens (3,000), Barcelona, Vienna, Amsterdam and Berlin against the EU-Turkey refugee pact under the slogan “refugees welcome here”.
The ICOR struggles determinedly for the right to migrate - irrespective of whether people flee from war, economic misery, environmental destruction or because of political prosecution. The ICOR supports that people stay in their home countries to wage the struggle for national and social liberation there. The victory of the Kurds in Rojava over the IS fascists and their most advanced struggle for freedom and democracy worldwide opens up this perspective. Since the liberation 150,000 refugees have returned to Kobanê. The ICOR agreed to a solidarity pact with the Kurdish liberation struggle in March 2015, containing the self-obligation to collaborate on equal footing and to support each other mutually in practical work. This spirit of proletarian internationalism was put into practice with the construction of the health-care centre in Kobanê by 170 international ICOR brigadists in close cooperation with the population. On 20 November, it was handed over in a festive ceremony to the self-government bodies of Kobanê.
Fundamentally, the world refugee problem can only be resolved when its cause, imperialism, is abolished. When the international working class and the masses worldwide liberate themselves from oppression and exploitation of humankind and nature, the causes of flight and displacement will also be abolished. In the global building of socialism, every country also assumes responsibility for the others.
Let us clearly reject any imperialist division - let us organize the joint struggle in every country for better working and living conditions for the workers, jobless and refugees! Fight against racism! Fight against all fascist threats!
Everybody who wishes to support this path is called upon to join one of the ICOR organizations.
Workers of all countries, unite !
Workers of all countries and oppressed peoples, unite !
Solidarity with the revolutionary liberation struggles in the world !
The ICOR calls for worldwide protests against the attempt of imperialist and reactionary forces to stifle the achievements in the struggle for freedom and democracy in Rojava and Nepal.
In Nepal in 2006 the monarchy was overthrown after more than 200 years. On 20 September, 2015 a progressive constitution of a non-religious federal and democratic republic could be adopted. It includes democratic and women’s rights, the protection of minorities etc. Since then the country is being violently blackmailed by an economic blockade of the Indian Modi government and reactionary leaders of the Madeshi ethnicity living in Nepal. There is a lack of kerosene, gas for cooking and to a growing extent also of food and urgently needed medications. Public life is collapsing in this country where the 2nd World Women’s Conference is planned in March 2016. The consequences for the population are already exceeding those of the previous earthquake. It is scandalous that this humanitarian catastrophe is kept under the cloak of silence in bourgeois media.
In Rojava in 2012 a democratic revolution prevailed which by struggle achieved far-reaching women’s rights, obtained social improvements, emphasizes the ecological question and rejects any national and religious discrimination. In January 2015 the Kurdish liberation struggle allied with other ethnicities defeated the fascist IS gangs of murderers in the struggle over Kobanî, lasting 134 days. Neither military attacks of Turkey nor fascist massacres of the IS could stop the reconstruction of Kobanî, of which 80% had been destroyed. On 20 November the health-care and social center built by 170 brigadists from ten countries jointly with the population was handed over to the self-government bodies of Kobanî. During the last year 170,000 refugees returned to Kobanî to take part in the reconstruction and to conclude the democratic revolution.
The imperialists and reactionaries, above all the Turkish Erdogan government, are trying to strangle the reconstruction of Kobanî and Rojava with a diplomatic, political, military, economic and humanitarian embargo. Urgently needed construction material, medications etc. are stopped at the border. Hunger is spreading in parts of Rojava. In violation of international law, humanitarian helpers of the ICOR solidarity brigades are denied access to Rojava instead of finally creating a humanitarian corridor. The imperialist governments, especially the German Merkel/Steinmeier government, are denying diplomatic recognition to Rojava and humanitarian help for reconstruction.
Defending the democratic sovereignty of Nepal and the democratic revolution in Rojava is an important part of the worldwide struggle for freedom and democracy and the preparation of the international socialist revolution.
Immediate lift of the embargo against Rojava and the blockade of India against Nepal!
Long live international solidarity!
Long live the worldwide struggle for freedom, democracy and socialism!
A great NO by the Greek People
Date: Sunday, 5 July 2015, 23:20
To our fraternal parties and movements, to all our international friends!
A few hasty remarks about the Greek referendum – More tomorrow.
1) We are in front of a great NO by the Greek People, who stands defiant and fighting against the ultimatums and the destructive policies imposed on Greece by the troika and its local supporters. Today’s NO has a pan-hellenic, national, popular, democratic character. It proves once again that the Greek People has a great reserve of courage and resisting spirit, and storms the political scene, as it has always happened in critical moments of our History.
2) This great NO, around 61,5%, comes despite the (unforeseen in post-war Europe) terror campaign and direct threats by all the systemic reactionary forces on European and international level. Moreover, it has been achieved despite the manifest weaknesses of the Greek Left’s forces. It is a result that was not expected by all those who underestimate the Greek people’s courage, and this remark is valid no matter how huge difficulties we shall face tomorrow (literally!).
3) The referendum’s result represents a crushing defeat of the pro-troika internal opposition, which, in vain, spared no effort to distort the meaning of the referendum and to multiply the fear amongst the Greek society. It represents a crushing defeat of the whole old political, business and media system. Already the former Prime Minister and leader of the right wing opposition, Antonis Samaras, has resigned from the leadership of “Nea Dimokratia” party.
4) The big victory of NO is sending a resounding message outside Greece as well. It is a NO organically connected with all the struggles waged by the peoples of Europe and of the whole world, aiming at paving new paths against neoliberalism and imperialist interventions. In this sense, the “other Europe” we are all fighting for is a cause that must be upheld by all the peoples, not by the Greek people alone. Today more than ever, a democratic awakening all over Europe is necessary and possible!
We shall try to keep you updated. We thank you for your encouraging and touching support, and we urge you to get in your hands the flag of the struggle waged by the Greek people. Keep on fighting!
Athens, 5 July 2015
KOE, International Relations’ Department