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Thursday 13 August 7pm
Ryan Boyle - Youth Representative STUC General Council, reports on current developments on the socialist island
Eventbrite listing - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/report-from-cuba-tickets-17860743966
7 p.m. in the Unity Offices,
72 Waterloo St Glasgow
(Next to Admiral Bar, 2 minutes from Central Station).
Thursday 6th August 7pm
AS you know Glasgow CND has for many years held annual commemorations of the dropping of the first atom bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year is the 70th Anniversary of these tragic events. On this occasion we are holding a joint event with Glasgow City Council (a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authoritiy network). This will include a civic reception and a welcome from the Glasgow Provost Sadie Docherty. In addition we will have readings and music, a statement from a Japanese survivor, and two short sessions on the historical context in which these bombs were dropped and a reminder of the horrific medical effects of nuclear war. These latter two components are, we believe, necessary because of the many attempts to justify the use of nuclear weapons as necessary to shorten World War 2.
The event will take place at 7pm on Thursday 6th August at the City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow. I hope you can manage to attend this important event.
Thursday 3rd September 7pm
Eddie Dempsey - a member of the international solidarity delegation in Donbass in May, will report on the struggle against fascism and for federal autonomy in Eastern Ukraine
7 p.m. in the Unity Offices
72 Waterloo Street Glasgow
(Next to Admiral Bar, 2 minutes from Central Station).
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the defeat of fascism, the Communist Party will be showing a season of anti-fascist films on our big screen at the party premises, Unity Office, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7AD.
Free entry & All Welcome
Dr Alan MacKinnon & Paul Dobson from Venezuela led a meeting on Imperialism in Ukraine and Venezuela, showing the far reach of those seeking control & influence in these and other regions.
Recorded April 2015 in Glasgow.
Speaker: Dr Alan MacKinnon
Filmed in March 2012 - at a time when Western NATO nations & media were focusing on challenging certain countries, whilst West hypocritically turned blind eyes to protect the region's most corrupt & dictatorial governments which were cracking down on Arab Spring local movements - simply because they were deemed to be pro-NATO already. Dr MacKinnon focuses his attention on Egypt - where many of his 2012 predictions have seemingly come to pass.
What are the forces at large in the region? What does this mean for the near future of people in the Middle east, and are we seeing an era of our Western nations engaging in yet more protracted war & bloodshed?
The Communist Party Manifesto for the General Election on May 7th 2015 in Scotland.
Download a PDF version here: http://www.scottishcommunists.org.uk/attachments/article/455/Communist_Party_Election_Manifesto_2015_Scotland.pdf
Zoe Hennessy is standing for the Communist Party in Glasgow North West constituency in the General Election on Thursday 7th May 2015.
I am proud to stand as a candidate for the Communist Party. Our party has a long tradition of fighting for working class power, organising in the trade unions and in Scottish communities in the battle for a better standard of life for working people.
Zoe Hennessy is leader of the Young Communist League, lives in Anniesland and has a degree from the University of Glasgow.
Active in her trade union she is 24 years old and works in a supermarket.
I am standing to challenge both the SNP and Labour on their commitment to stand up for working people and end austerity. After the referendum the working people of Scotland need to come together to fight against austerity cuts.
Follow Zoe's campaign on Facebook at
Zoe Hennessy - Communist Party Candidate Glasgow North West
You can download Zoe's Election Address here: http://www.scottishcommunists.org.uk/attachments/article/453/2015_GlasgowNW_address.pdf
THE Communist Party of Britain has unveiled its election strategy to challenge the country’s dire economic and political crisis.
Southern England district secretary Nick Wright told the executive committee at the weekend that the interests of the working-class majority were almost completely excluded from parliamentary and public life.
Recent public opinion polls (see today’s front page) confirmed that most people favour public ownership of services.
Opposition to privatisation of schools and the NHS is almost universal, Mr Wright said.
He outlined a “modest but vital” role for Britain’s communists in the unfolding election campaign.
The party’s candidates in Birmingham Hodge Hill, Croydon North, Devon North, Glasgow North West, Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney, Newcastle East, Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, Sheffield Central and Torfaen will be presenting the “stark truth” that Britain’s economic and political crisis is inherently capitalist.
As head of the party’s publicity team, Mr Wright revealed that the Communist election campaign would include giant billboards in all contested constituencies, featuring Tax the Rich! as their main slogan.
The Communist Party leadership reiterated its call for the defeat and removal of the Tory-led coalition, which it argued would mean having to vote for Labour candidates in most seats — especially marginal ones.
REVOLUTIONARIES mustered by Karl Marx’s tomb in Highgate cemetery on Sunday to mark the 132nd anniversary of his death.
This year’s gathering takes place 70 years since victory over nazi Germany in World War II and leading Russian communist Yuri Emelianov recalled the heroism and sacrifice of those who gave their lives to defeat Hitler.
With ruling classes across Europe rewriting the history of the war to paint the Soviet Union out of the picture, Mr Emelianov highlighted the part played by communists in winning it.
The conflict was begun by fascist leaders who made no secret of their “virulent anti-Marxism,” he said.
And he noted that the fascist states that arose in the 1920s and ’30s defined themselves as “the anti-Comintern pact,” revealing the central position of anti-communism in nazi ideology.
“The second world war showed that the communists were also the staunchest fighters against these attempts to return mankind to barbarism and the mass extermination of human beings.”
The Red Army was responsible for 73 per cent of German combat casualties during the war, while the 27 million Soviet dead outnumbered those of any other country, Mr Emelianov recalled.
And in other countries from France to China communists led the resistance to fascism.
Britain’s Communist Party speaker Jean Turner warned that 70 years on “the same forces of racism and fascism are stalking Europe.”
Ms Turner pointed to the civil war in Ukraine, where Nato and the European Union are backing a regime whose Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk claims Russia invaded Germany in World War II and which openly deploys neonazi paramilitaries such as the Azov Battalion against its own people.
“We know that the Russian Communist Party is at the forefront of the fight against the neofascists. We salute you,” she told Mr Emelianov.
And the far-right threat was not confined to Europe, Venezuelan embassy first secretary Marcos Garcia warned — noting that the United States’ absurd claim to see Caracas as a “security threat” — could be a prelude to a violent bid to overthrow the Bolivarian revolution.
On this day in 1945 the Red Army of the Soviet Union liberated Auschwitz. Ever since then this day has been commemorated as International Holocaust Memorial Day.
Professor Mary Davis from the Communist Party's Political Committee and National Executive Committee, gives some reflections on the lessons of the Holocaust 70 years on.
From the Young Communist League's Anti-Fascism Anti-Racism Committee 27/01/2015
Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by soldiers of the Soviet Red Army.
As a result, today is commemorated as International Holocaust Memorial day, a day we remember those who died in the Nazi death camps in their deliberate ploy to wipe out all Jews and non-German “sub-humans”.
It’s worth noting that while we should always remember the most horrendous crimes committed in human history, we should guard against sleep-walking into another holocaust and oppose all racist and fascist elements wherever they rise. Particularly in this time of austerity and financial crisis in which capitalism has once more plunged us into, where migrants and the vulnerable are used as scapegoats for capital’s inability to provide for everyone.
... shows why communists, and those who position themselves on the left, should deepen their resolve and unite against the resurgence of fascism in the 21st century.
The recent rise of fascism in Ukraine, with disciples of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera taking positions in the government with the help of the EU-USA-NATO, is testament to this point. The reelection of neo-Nazis in Greece and Hungary, and the rise of the far-right here in Britain and in France shows why communists, and those who position themselves on the left, should deepen their resolve and unite against the resurgence of fascism in the 21st century
In doing so, we should take heed of famous German, communist, Bertolt Brecht’s famous words: “For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch who bore him is in heat again”
Morning Star journalist PETER FROST recalls a unique meeting of minds and cultures during one Burns Night event decades ago
SUNDAY January 25 is Burns Night, for Scotland’s greatest poet Robert Burns was born on that day in 1759.
All over the world, particularly where Scottish emigres are gathered, the peculiar and very special event that is a traditional Burns Night will be celebrated.
From the backwoods of Canada to the far corners of New Zealand, in Africa, South America and the US, the standard format of the night will be played out. The skirl of the pipes will be heard, the haggis will be addressed and then stabbed and much whisky will be consumed.
Every town, village and hamlet in Scotland will have its Burns Night. Many will be held in England too. Morning Star supporters in Manchester will celebrate in fine style, raise some useful money and a smile on Ivan Beavis’s face.
I’ve celebrated a good few Burns Nights in my time, but there is no doubt which is the most memorable.
Some three or more decades ago I was working for a short while in Moscow. Soviet journalist comrades invited me to the International Friendship Club for a special event.
“Oh yes,” they asked, “and could you could buy a bottle of whisky from the hard-currency shop in the tourist hotel where you’re staying?”
I found a bottle, although from the label and the brand name I guessed it may have been brewed beside the Volga rather than the Spey.
The event that night turned out to be a very traditional Burns Night. I hadn’t realised just how popular Burns and his poems — inspired by internationalism and a love and respect for the common man — were among the Soviet people. They recognised the poet as a republican and a revolutionary — a kindred spirit indeed.
We started, despite any official atheism, with the Selkirk Grace:
Some have meat and cannot eat,
Some cannot eat that want it,
but we have meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
As always Burns’s humanity and his principled egalitarianism was much stronger than any of his religious sentiments.
The night took the usual form, but sometimes with a distinctly Soviet twist. The chefs in the club had made a remarkable job of recreating the haggis — a dish they had read about but never seen or tasted. Neeps and tatties however totally defeated them — my explanation came much too late.
The address to the haggis was bilingual. A Soviet literature professor proclaimed it in stentorious Russian and yours truly did the job in as near to the original Scots as a London boy could get.
Poems too came in a variety of languages, including French and Vietnamese from the assembled international Burns fans.
Most of the toasts — and there were many — were taken in good vodka but my bottle of the “water of life” gave many a Russian their first experience of what all the fuss was about.
And from the Moscow conservatoire came a brave young man with a set of ancient bagpipes.
Regular readers will be pleased to know that I only disgraced myself once. I was chatting on the top table with two top Burns experts from Moscow University. Which was my favourite among the poet’s works, they asked.
I explained that I had always had a soft spot for some of Robbie’s ruder works. They looked puzzled, so I gave the assembled poetry lovers my party piece. It was one of his works unknown in Russia — and indeed not too well known in Scotland — his notorious Twa Wives.
If you don’t know the work here’s a fragment:
She farted by the byre-en’
She farted by the stable;?
And thick and nimble were her steps
As fast as she was able.
In retrospect I’m not too proud of my contribution to Anglo-Soviet cultural understanding that night.
Perhaps I can put it down to the whisky. What I do know is that I’ll never forget that amazing Soviet Burns Night in Moscow all those years ago.