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Archive for May, 2010

Declaration of Communist Workers of Iran on the Recent Executions of Political Prisoners

By • May 12th, 2010 • Category: Headline, News & Analysis

We have received reports that Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, Shirin Elm Hola, Farhad Vakili and Mehdi Aslamyan were executed. Each of them for several times went under the worst tortures to confess to the crimes that they did not commit. Every so often, news of their heroic resistance to the pressures would leak outside of […]

Iran Hangs Trade Unionist and 4 Civil Rights Activists

By • May 12th, 2010 • Category: Headline

Farzad Kamangar: EI Outrage at Iranian Teacher’s Execution Education International is deeply troubled to hear reports that Iranian teacher trade unionist Farzad Kamangar was among five people who were summarily executed in secret on 9 May. Farzad Kamangar, a 35-year-old member of the Teachers’ Union of Kurdistan, was accused of “endangering national security” and “enmity […]

World Markets Under Pressure as Greece protests flare over austerity measures

By • May 7th, 2010 • Category: News & Analysis

Source: Christian Science Monitor – By Ben Quinn, Staff writer posted May 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm EDT London — The Greek parliament agreed to a raft of austerity measures imposed on the heavily indebted nation by the IMF and its European neighbors as the price of a €110 billion ($142 billion) bailout package, even […]

Yassamine Mather: A New Left Emerging in Iran?

By • May 5th, 2010 • Category: Commentaries, Headline

The defeat of the 1980s Left was a major defeat. No one single organization has come out of it. However there are places one can show solidarity with. There is a new Left growing in Iran and this Left has less baggage. It is not connected to any of those various old groupings. There are people in exile who will say, “these are our comrades.” But the reality is that this is not the case. Some of the organizations set up, such as The Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations in Iran, have people who were associations with one or another of those past political organizations, but now they are in a completely new organization, with new ideas, which are much more practical. In this respect there are places to show solidarity but many of them are not expressing themselves in the language of solidarity campaigns and quite a lot of that work is done in Farsi.

15 Arrested in Bolivian Teachers Protests

By • May 5th, 2010 • Category: News & Analysis

LA PAZ – Police arrested 15 union members Tuesday for damaging Bolivia’s labor ministry during protests to demand pay hikes bigger than the 5 percent increase mandated by President Evo Morales’ socialist government for workers in both the public and private sectors. The protesters were detained after they set off dynamite charges at the doors […]

Murder of Human Rights Witness Sparks Fears in Argentine

By • May 5th, 2010 • Category: News & Analysis

The recent murder of Silvia Suppo, a key witness in a human rights trial on crimes committed during the Argentine dictatorship, has sparked fears for the safety of witnesses who testify publicly in the cases. Suppo, a torture survivor, was stabbed to death on March 29 at her crafts shop in the province of Santa […]

Greeks protest against austerity measures

By • May 5th, 2010 • Category: News & Analysis

Source: CNN – STORY HIGHLIGHTS * Greek public sector workers began a 48-hour strike Tuesday * About 2000 teachers held a march past the finance ministry and parliament, say police * The country faces tough austerity measures to meet EU and IMF bailout conditions * A &euro110 billion ($146 billion) aid package for Greece was […]

3 COMMUNIQUÉ in Solidarity with Oaxaca and Condemnation of Armed Attack on the Caravan

By • May 1st, 2010 • Category: News & Analysis

Source: El Enemigo Común – Communiqué from VOCAL about the Armed Attack on the Caravan Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca. April 29, 2010. To the news media To the peoples of Oaxaca To the peoples of Mexico To the people of the world FOLLOW-UP COMMUNIQUÉ: Armed attack on the Support and Solidarity Caravan to the Autonomous […]

Complete Update of the the Armed Attack on the Caravan in San Juan Copala

By • May 1st, 2010 • Category: News & Analysis

Source: El Enemigo Común – Oaxaca Ambush Survivor: Paramilitaries Said They Had Governor’s Support by Kristin Bricker In a press conference organized by Section 22 of the teachers union in Oaxaca, APPO counselor Gabriela Jimenez recounted her experience in the international aid caravan that was attacked by gunmen yesterday. She says that the gunmen identified […]

Joint Statement of several groups of Communist labor on May Day 2010

By • May 1st, 2010 • Category: Commentaries, Headline

Let us gather on this 1st of May (International Workers Day) to declare: A Group of Workers’ Activist (JAFK) Communist Workers of Iran (CWI) Unified Workers’ Front Founding Group of Construction Workers Union WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS. We deserve a different life. We deserve relationships free from cruelty, violence and discrimination. We deserve self-determination. We […]