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Saturday 10 December 12-3pm
This year’s bazaar will be held on 10 December from 12 noon to 3pm. We’re looking for helpers though from 10 am to help with leafleting and the set-up.
The venue is the Annexe Stewartville Street, Partick Glasgow.
We’re hoping to build on the success of last year’s Bazaar. As ever, the Star relies on the generous support of its readers and friends.
Please consider supporting this year’s event in one or more of the following ways:
- donations for the stalls, the big wheel and tombola: bottles, home baking and other home produce, toys and games, gift items, quality bric-a-brac, plants etc (no clothes or electrical goods though).
- help with distributing leaflets and posters in the run-up to the Bazaar.
- help on the day with transport, the stalls, the tearoom and leafleting.
- direct financial support through a donation from yourself and your colleagues.
Any help that you can offer would be much appreciated. At the very least spread the word through your contacts and in social media.
WIN WIN WIN! - Great Collection of Progressive badges
Here's an opperchancity to own a bit of history while helping the peoples paper the Morning Star. On offer is 100+ badges going back to the 1960s with examples from every major struggle of the last fifty odd years and few Soviet ones thrown in for good measure. To get your hands on these beauties for only two quid at the Bazaar in Partick, and you'll get one of only 50 tickets for a draw taking place at Glasgow's Morning Star bazaar on the 10th of December in the Annexe in the popular peoples republic of Partick.
C'mon its only two quid and even if you don't get them you still win as you'll be keeping this islands only socialist daily paper afloat!
Oh and there's rare Spanish Civil War collectables as a second prize too.
The Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Britain has received with profound sadness the news of the death of Comrade Fidel Castro.
As leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comrade Fidel liberated his country from centuries of imperialist control, profoundly changed the balance of world forces and inspired generations.
His commitment to socialism, to the revolutionary transformation of state power, freed the Cuban people to create their own future, to develop their own organs of popular self-government, to end economic exploitation and to oppose all forms of oppression and discrimination.
In doing so, Cuba provided a beacon of socialist hope that has inspired movements for social transformation across the world. In the face of direct military attack by the United States, Fidel Castro led the resistance. In the face of a crippling economic blockade, Fidel Castro worked with his comrades to ensure that the Cuban revolution survived and was able to supply assistance to others seeking liberation across Africa and the Americas.
His legacy remains today in the existence of a free Cuban people determining how to consolidate and develop socialism and contribute to a world without exploitation and oppression.
British Communists salute the memory of Fidel Castro. Please pass our condolences and solidarity to Fidel’s family and to the Cuban Communist Party.
Long Live the Cuban Revolution
Long Live Socialism
The letter in it's entirety can be viewed here.
The main resolution 'Block the Ruling Class Offensive and Win a Left-led Government' set out the party's analysis of the current national and international situation and its campaigning priorities for the coming period. A special session considered how to take forward the process of 'communist renewal', which seeks to enhance the party's recruitment, activitism, membership retention and political education.
The congress and several fringe meetings heard from representatives of the communist parties of Cuba and Venezuela, the German Communist Party, the Tudeh Party of Iran, the Communist Party of Ireland and the Iraqi Communist Party.Visitors from Ukraine, where the communist party is fighting government moves to ban it, brought the congress to its feet. Other guests came from the communist and parties of Greece, Bangladesh and Cyprus and the Chinese and Cuban embassies (ambassador Teresita Vicente Sotolongo). Congress delegates also saw video messages from general secretaries Sitaram Yechury of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Oscar Figuera of the Communist Party of Venezuela. Messages were received from more than 30 other communist and workers' parties across the world. An emergency resolution condemned Turkish government and state repression of the Kurdish people.
Special presentations were made to former party chairpersons Anita Halpin and Bill Greenshields, who have stepped down from the CP executive committee. The congress elected the following members to serve as the Communist Party's leadership over the next two years: Nisar Ahmed, Andy Bain, Mollie Brown, Ben Chacko , Andy Chaffer, Tony Conway, Ramon Corria, John Foster, Alex Gordon, Robert Griffiths, Jonathan Havard, Owain Holland, Steve Johnson, Bernadette Keveaney, Tam Kirby, Trish Lavelle, Martin Levy, Tommy Morrison , Liz Payne, Carol Stavris, Graham Stevenson, Joanne Stevenson, Ruth Styles, John Taylor, Anita Wright , Nick Wright.
General Secretary's address to Congress
The General Secretary's address to Congress can be read in full here http://www.communist-party.org.uk/images/pdfs/Gen_Sec_address.pdf
A report back from Kenny Coyle from his experiences in Socialist Vietnam. Kenny talks us through the history of this region, it's experiences of Western Imperialism and then in the aftermath it's attempts to build & develop an economy and society which works for all.
What of Vietnam today, and where is it in terms of a Vietnamese road to socialism? Do the Western powers still seek to intervene in this sovereign nation's affairs, particularly as it builds an alternative economic and political model?
Filmed in Glasgow, Scotland on 21st September 2016.
William Gallacher honoured in his home town
Monday 10 October 2016
Today, Councillor Mike Holmes unveiled a memorial to the Communist MP Willie Gallacher in Paisley’s High Street. Mr Holmes said “I’m pleased on behalf of Renfrewshire Council to unveil this memorial cairn. Willie Gallacher was a proud son of Paisley and a true internationalist. I’m delighted also that our library has today launched a new permanent exhibition on Gallacher’s commitment to the labour movement and his lifelong association with our town”.
Councillor Holmes was joined by representatives of the Communist Party, the Scottish Labour History Society and the William Gallacher Memorial Library.
Film Season: "THE BRITISH CLASS STRUGGLE"
All films start Saturdays at 4:45pm. Everyone is welcome and admission is FREE.
Glasgow City Centre Venue: Unity Office, 72 Waterloo Street, 2nd floor (lift available), G2 7DA
Video of a very successful public meeting held in Glasgow City Centre to discuss & examine advancing Socialism after the EU Referendum.
Tam Kirby from the Communist Party and Vince Mills from the Labour Party Campaign for Socialism were our speakers, chaired by Sandra Trotter of the Communist Party Fife Branch & UNISON trade union activist.
Recorded on Wednesday, 6 July 2016 in Glasgow.
Find out more: great pamphlets on EU & Labour Movement
The EU deconstructed
With an introduction by John Foster five critical voices from within the EU, from Ireland, Denmark, Portugal, Cyprus and Germany describe the austerity effect of membership of the European Union. Readers are encouraged to circulate this to friends and family
ISBN 978-1-907464-17-1 32pp £2 printed
Download free or go to https://issuu.com/manifestopress/docs/the_eu_deconstructed_e
Britain and the EU
This pamphlet ends with a warning. The EU’s imposition of neo-liberal policies on all governments, including those led by the traditional parties of the Left, has resulted in the collapse of support for social democracy. In the coming referendum voters will be asked to support an even more neo-liberal and probusiness EU. Politically, such an outcome would pose an additional danger that Cameron would use it to argue that the electorate has voted in support of the EU’s so-called free market policies and therefore against Labour’s programme for public ownership and enhanced public spending.
The battle for the Labour Movement
1 2015: a year of struggle January 2
2 Despite its flaws Labour remains the best choice for the working class March 11
3 Socialism is the only antidote to exploitation May 1
4 After the election, what priorities for the left? May 23 6 The Tories are fighting on a wide front – so must we June 20
8 Bail-out sell out July 14
10 The illusory recovery August 8
12 Big spending – the spark our economy needs August 10
14 Corbyn's victory stands to chart a new course for Britain September 14
16 An unabashed socialist is at the helm again October 3
18 Privatise the profits – the only game in Tory town November 27
20 2016: A year for decisive advance November 28
22 March, demonstrate, lobby & strike against Tory government policies January 2, 2016
Willie Gallacher was Communist MP for West Fife for many years. Our speaker Jim Whyte was Scottish Secretary of the Young Communist League and helped in Gallacher's political campaigning. Jim is in a unique position to speak from his first hand knowledge of a great leader of Red Clydeside who had it out with Lenin in Russia, but who eventually came round to Lenin's way of thinking!
Willie Gallacher was a founding member of the British Communist Party (following Lenin's advice), and grew politically and in the admiration of those around him to become the Member of Parliament for the constituency of West Fife.
This meeting was held on the 80th anniversary of Gallacher becoming a Communist MP. Jim talks us though the titanic developments in Scottish and British leftwing politics from the early 1900's up to the Cold War.
Raymond Mennie, Communist Party Scottish Committee
Recorded in Dundee 2016
The organised labour & trade union movement has a strong history in Scotland. Class politics was what gave the movement that strength, and class politics remains the key to rebuilding an effective fightback against Austerity, whether is comes from the government in Westminster, Holyrood or the powerful pro-business EU.
In 2016, Raymond Mennie from the Scottish CP leadership committee, stood in the elections as a Communist candidate. This is a talk which he delivered in Dundee, which exposes the extent to which neoliberal austerity politics has become the mantra for almost every Party in power.
Neo-liberal policies: done "at a Price to us, and a Profit to them"
Raymond gives a clear analysis of where the real power lies in Scotland and Britain, and where ordinary people are in this economically & politically. He then addresses what needs to be done by our movement to combat those who seek to retain the power of Capital in the hands of the few, who do so at the expense of the many. Raymond gives a blistering critique of the lack of talk in Westminster or Holyrood of "public ownership" or "wealth redistribution" - both fundamental tenets of socialism. He also shows how the European Union political project is a club for big business, and fundamentally against the interests of working people at it's core.
Filmed on Glasgow May Day 2016
This year was the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, so the Communist Party of Ireland (CPI) agreed to co-host a Centenary Celebration with the Communist Party in Scotland (CPB) at our Glasgow offices. It was followed by a great annual Red Bloc May Day Social, where much political discussion followed!
Joe Law from the CPI spoke of some of the recent history in Ireland, and what forces have shaped Ireland to the present day. He also shared his own experiences growing up in Ireland, and what it means to be an effective trade unionist and a Communist working in communities divided by many factors such as religious background & national identity. Communists like himself and James Connolly knew that it was in the interests of the ruling class to play worker off against worker on the basis of these factors, whereas the way to win was and still is uniting around class politics as fellow workers.
Keith Stoddart from the Communist Party (CPB) gives an introduction showing how a Marxist from Edinburgh - James Connolly - played a huge role not just in Scotland, but in the States & is especially remembered for his part in the Irish Easter Rising.
In the run-up to the British EU Referendum in 2016, the media reports almost exclusively on virulently rightwing voices & their "trigger issues" that they seek to bring up on the EU debate. The Communist Party believes that we must clearly make Left arguments against the European Union and for leaving the EU. We believe that it is at it's very core an unreformable anti-working class & anti-socialist club for big business & the control of workers by Capital. Of course, the EU is a political body that is not to be confused in any way with the "continent of Europe" - as it is racism, anti-immigration, petty nationalism & xenophobia that fuel much of the rightwing rhetoric and outlook, and these have no place whatsoever in a socialist analysis!
Prof John Foster here takes on some common myths about the EU:
1. Leaving the EU means the end to human rights & European Court of Human Rights
2. The EU has kept Peace in Europe
3. We'll loose 3 million jobs if we leave the EU
4. We need the EU to protect us from TTIP
5. Austerity only comes from Tories or Westminster?
Then the the Broad bigger picture is looked at: "What actually IS the EU, what is it's core nature"?
From the Scottish Venezuela Solidarity Campaign http://scottishvenezuelasolidarity.org.uk/
We are forwarding here a statement from the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign with the request that you support it and circulate it further. After that we give you links to three articles which give up-to-date insights into the situation in Venezuela
Tony Burke, Unite the Union,
Dr. Francisco Dominguez, Venezuela Solidarity Campaig
Colin Burgon, Labour Friends of Venezuela
We, the undersigned, note the growing concern across progressive movements and governments across Latin America that elements of the Right Wing within Venezuela have called again for the 'ousting' of the elected President Nicolas Maduro before the constitutional end of his term.
The success of such a campaign would mean the implementation of a hardline neo-liberal programme in Venezuela, which could only further exacerbate the country's economic problems and overturn the advances in social programmes and labour rights of recent years.
Announcements from the right-wing this week follow the decision of the US to renew sanctions against Venezuela, which have been condemned by the Union of South American nations.Agreeing with the Latin American community of nations, we call for respect for Venezuela's national sovereignty and ongoing solidarity with the social achievements Venezuela has made in recent years.
THREE RECENT ARTICLES FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST
1. Venezuela’s Right Wing Confesses to 17 years of Political Delinquency: The Amnesty Bill - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-francisco-dominguez/venezuelas-right-wing-con_b_9401644.html?utm_hp_ref=venezuela
2. Right Wing Majority in Venezuela’s National Assembly: The Constitutional and Political Stakes - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-francisco-dominguez/right-wing-majority-in-ve_b_9069350.html?utm_hp_ref=venezuela
3. Fixing the Venezuelan Economy - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-weisbrot/fixing-the-venezuelan-eco_b_9318760.html?utm_hp_ref=venezuela
Prof John Foster, Communist Party International Secretary, explains what is going on in the Ukraine. Ukraine is a country divided by a civil war that has already killed thousands. The country is also in economic chaos. Inflation is running at over 40 per cent. Average wages for those lucky enough to be employed are around £25 a week. Over half the population is living below the UN-determined poverty level.
Recorded September 2015, this event was originally to have had Eddie Dempsy give a report on the International solidarity visit to the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Although Eddie couldn't make it, Prof Foster stood in and gave tremendously useful insights into this potentially complex subject.
Prof Foster & others Left authors continue to give this sharp analysis in the Morning Star daily Leftwing newspaper - like this article:
Communism Ban signals Reign of Terror in Ukraine from Tuesday 19th January 2016.
Only the Morning Star in Britain really carries the news and analysis on Ukraine and many other subjects & issues which Western media can often obscure.