To our hosts, the Greek Communist Party. I would like to express my gratitude for the organization of this gathering which allows us to present our thoughts regarding the current situation and to jointly contribute to the solutions of the ongoing problems. I especially wish to congratulate the hosts, the KKE on the jubilee th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Greece. Knowing that at the beginning of the 21st century despite the enormous development of production resources, techniques and technology which should make decent and comfortable life to the people around the world, we are still deeply buried in the trenches of class divisions is a frustrating fact.
Differences between those who have too much and those who do not have enough for a decent life, and basic living needs, are today greater than those at the beginning of the 20th century. By extinction of socialism in Eastern Europe, a lot of energy has disappeared. The energy from which strength and ideas were drawn by the labor and trade union movements of the European West, hence the rights and the standards of the workers are lower than they were.
Growth of unemployment, a drop in the number of employed persons, an increasing share of limited time employment in relation to the unlimited, renewal of labor contracts often at very short intervals, causes permanent insecurity of workers and leads to steady reduction of the number of the organized workers societies. Social networks and spontaneous, often very massive action of workers and dissatisfied citizens are not good enough substitute for lack of awareness and worker solidarity, which are much lower today that they were a century ago.
There is less and less of class identification by the workers, IB As a consequence, we have an appearance and rise of power of the extremist to explicitly fascist groups. The socialist idea is being stigmatized at all levels, where countries of the former east bloc are the most vocal ones, ingratiating themselves to their new lords. In all these cases, it is a classic struggle for the conquest of other territories where the existing governments are overthrown, and new vassal government is brought in to power just to enable exploitation of natural resources and infrastructure and to use the newly conquered space in a strategic competition.
All these aggressions have left behind enormous civilian casualties and infrastructure destructions that made millions of people fled from their homes and try to find the future migrating to other countries. Huge number of them have died traveling, while the most of survivors were used to create one of the largest refugee crises in Europe, that is being manipulated with for political trade and concessions.
Europe has no right to be declared a victim of terrorist attacks or floods of refugees. It Is just like a boomerang that returns to her that the creation she participated.
Executed the will of America with no questions asked, supported and participated in most dirty wars against the sovereign states, for centuries exploited territories throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and America as a colonial empire. I have already mentioned the strengthening of the radical right in Europe. This phenomenon has become a part of everyday life in Croatia. While the phenomenon has emerged in some European countries in response to a refugee crisis and migration flows, or as an expression of dissatisfaction with the vassal relationship of states in relation to America, it has a completely different origin in Croatia.
In other words, a slightly milder form of events that what is happening in Ukraine right now. So capitalism, the system that has fulfilled its historical mission, does not offer more answers to needs of. The analysis of this destruction imposes the need for the shift of the focus of the action from essential Spheres into the existential one. Capitalism is the only system in human history that is capable of destroying humanity and not only by military means, it destroys the life-force of nature and man.
Failure by humanity to abolish capitalism will put an end to mankind by the capitalist system itself. A century ago, Rose Luxemburg argued that the future of humanity is either socialism or barbarism. In front of us we have a very organized machine, with very well-developed technology of mankind manipulation, and fighting it cannot be uncontrolled, but it must be very well organized. Since criticism and self-criticism are built into the very foundation of the revolutionary left, we must be honest to ourselves and admin our share of responsibility for the present state.
Disagreements between parties, rivalry, personal ambition, fragmentation to left-wing atomization, multiplication of a number of organizations with limited membership, opportunism, turning from a revolutionary path, and adhering to reformism and social-democracy, with the explicit support of particular communist parties to the military interventions, makes us unreliable and not serious support for broad mass.
We work directly for our own damage and by doing that we only help our class enemy. Condicio siune qua non for any move in this fight is overcoming existing divisions on a class basis. We are confident that the other conference participants will point out the problems our parties are facing and that we will outline the direction of our future actions and focus on strengthening our cooperation.
Thank you very much for your attention. A few weeks before marking the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution and with the infinite pride of having being true to a history full of heroism, the challenges being faced today by our people are not less in the determination to update the economic and social model of socialist development that will enable us to have an independent, sovereign, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation.
Esteemed comrades all, For the last three months we have carried out throughout the country a deep process of Constitutional Reform in which millions of our citizens have participated and contributed to this transcendental document with proposals and considerations. In keeping with the decisions taken at the 6th and 7th Party Congresses, changes are introduced in the economic and social model; the regulatory capacity and control of the State on the economic processes in the country are reaffirmed; the leading role of the socialist ownership is ratified while acknowledging other types of ownership and arrangements; and the role of the planned management of the economy, which considers and regulates the market, is reaffirmed.
There are proposals to change and improve the State structure, making it more functional and granting more autonomy to local governments. We have to carry out this noble endeavor in the face of the intractable policy of aggression and U. The Blockade is the main obstacle to our development, but it has failed in its aim to reverse the revolutionary process in Cuba, and is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the international community. Cuba has shown its willingness to make progress in the process of normalizing our bilateral relations with the Unites states, but making clear that nobody should expect from us any compromise regarding our principles and the independence and self-determination of the nation.
I take up this opportunity to express our gratitude to all parties here for their permanent solidarity with our people. S imperialism, the international financial capital and the oligarchic forces subordinated to them have unleashed a strong offensive against the progressive, revolutionary and left governments in Latin America and the Caribbean, using all available means, including non-conventional warfare. Last July we held in Cuba the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum which was mainly focused in assessing the situation in the region, gaining experience from recent years and projecting actions aimed at promoting the unity of the left forces, on the basis of a program of common struggle against the neoliberal offensive of imperialism and national oligarchies.
That is why it is so important to reaffirm the validity of the Proclamation of Latin America as a Peace Zone, in Havana, on January , as a guarantee of peaceful coexistence among our nations, as a principle for integration and as the basis for advancing in the development of the region. To this effect, we express our firm solidarity with the Saharawi people and its free self-determination, as well as our support to the Palestinian people while condemning the continuous aggressions of the Zionist State of Israel against this noble and suffered nation.
Thank you, very much. We convey a message of solidarity and joint action on behalf of the communists of Cyprus to the communists throughout the whole world, to all those who are struggling for the rights of the working people, for peace and socialism. On the occasion of the years of life and heroic struggle of the KKE we address a warm comradely greeting to its members and cadres. We are united by Marxist-Leninist ideology, internationalism and the cause of socialism. Of course, we know that there are different approaches as regards issues of strategy and tactics that we can and should discuss in a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect.
We believe, however, that the annual International Meeting fulfills its mission provided that it becomes a forum for a fruitful exchange of experiences and assessments, but above all, provided that it becomes the tool safeguarding and deepening the unity of action of our Parties around some key axes. Building on what unites us, we respond to our share of duty in the phase and situation of the international communist movement today. Comrades, The International Meeting is taking place in the global conditions of the ongoing capitalist crisis.
Despite the assurances from various leading circles of the capitalist world and despite the phases of a temporary and anomalous recovery being registered, the crisis has not been overcome. Even with the brutal destruction of a section of capital, even with all the anti-social measures that have been imposed in the years of the crisis all over the world so as to drive labour costs down and abolish social rights, capitalism cannot rid itself of its crises, contradictions and deadlocks.
The capital-labour contradiction was and remains at the root of the dramatic problems the overwhelming majority of people on the planet are facing. Class inequalities. The concentration of enormous wealth in increasingly fewer hands. Poverty, hunger, unemployment. The destruction of the environment. Mass migration. The rise of fascism in Europe and the American continent.
We have a duty to rallywithin the ranks of the peace, anti-war and anti-imperialist movements of our countriesthe whole of the working class, every working man and woman, young person, all those who agree with the importance of the struggle for peace, even though they might not agree with us on everything; even though we have not yet managed to convince them that peace does not just mean the abolition of war, but the eradication of the root causes of war.
This outlook guides AKEL in our duty to enlighten and mobilize the people of Cyprus against the longstanding plans to turn our island into a military base and an arena of military exercises by foreign armies. It is continuing on this line more intensely since its re-election in These options are being presented by the government as constituting a protective shield for Cyprus against Turkish aggression.
For AKEL, the struggle for liberation and the reunifica-. In our view, the reunification of our people - Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots - is an essential prerequisite so that the goal of the socialist transformation can be set in our country. A solution of the Cyprus problem, which will bring an end to the occupation and the regime of foreign guarantor powers, restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cyprus, result in the demilitarization of the island and reunification of the people will constitute a reversal of the imperialist crimes committed against Cyprus in It will also make an important contribution to the anti-imperialist struggle of the peoples and the cause of peace in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Today, the complex issue of the Cyprus Problem is interconnected with the economic, geopolitical and energy interests that are underminingthe situation. At the same time, the passage of time creates very serious and potentially irreversible negative fait accompli on the ground, but also with regards the demographic composition of the population due to the systematic policy of cultural-religious, economic and political absorption of the occupied territories of Cyprus and of the Turkish Cypriot community itself which Turkey is implementing.
This is the reason why AKEL in the current period is struggling and mobilizing the people and taking initiatives, both inside and outside Cyprus, in the direction of fulfilling the goal of resuming the talks on the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Framework of the Secretary General of the United Nations, which resolves correctly the issues related to the substance of the Cyprus problem, namely the termination of the Turkish occupation and the abolition of the system of guarantees, as well as the abolition of the intervention rights of Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom over Cyprus.
The fact that such. AKEL considers its historic duty for the future and unity of our homeland the defence of the framework of the solution of the Cyprus problem, which provides for the transformation of the Republic of Cyprus into a bizonal, bicommunal federation with a single sovereignty, a single nationality and a single international personality and the political equality of the two communities.
This solution represents the honorable compromise for the solution of the internal aspects of the Cyprus problem on which the progressive forces of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities agree on. The international solidarity of the Communist and Workers Parties and of international progressive movement towards the struggle being waged by the Cypriot peopleis therefore rendered invaluable. Comrades, For the Party to fulfill its immediate and long-term tasks as a political vanguard of the working class, it must first and foremost gain the trust of the working class and working people through the struggles for immediate popular and social assertions; for the promotion and solution of day-to-day problems and demands of the people of labour and the young generation; for the resolute defence of labour and social gains from the attacks unleashed by capital and governments serving it.
It is precisely through this outlook that we also evaluate and assess our own actions and our own weaknesses. In recent years, Cyprus has been experiencing an unprecedented concentration of wealth in the hands of a privileged few coupled with a dramatic worsening of social inequalities and a major setback in labour relations. AKEL is the only force that exercises opposition from the point of view of popular interests and it is the driving force and the. Nonetheless, the fact that most of the anti-social and anti-worker measures of the Anastasiades government - despite the social outcry - were ultimately imposed such as the legislation on foreclosures, the privatization of the ports and the sale of Co-operative Bank, a pioneering gain of the Cypriot people has entrenched among a large section of working people the denigration and undermining of the value of organized struggle and trade union action, but also disappointment with the Party and the Movement.
Our own experience - but also history itself - hasproved that the effectiveness of the struggles waged is a decisive factor in how working people view - especially that of the strata most affected by the crisis - is shaped about the Party and the workers movement. Consequently, it is therefore not enough to be declaring that we are the vanguard of the working class. We must conquer and gain this role through decisive,but also effective struggles that will improve the position of working people. It is the path of struggle through which the Party gains the trust of the people of labour, is recognized by the people itself as its vanguard and paves the way for achieving great social changes and reversals.
Because socialism is not some hopeful wish or a romantic utopia. Above all, socialism is necessary, timely and feasible. The wheel of history will always march on and humanity will ultimately march forward.
Socialism is the future of the peoples. This is the Arctic.
You have all heard about the melting ice sheet and the approaching end of the world. However, this is not a climate summit. What follows is a description of an unequal class struggle against imperialism - an imperialism which deaf and blind to all warnings against incalculable environmental catastrophes only has eye for unexploited possibilities and ignores the consequences with a single goal: to expand the markets for oil and war materials.
As the Arctic ice is melting, political, economic, and military interest in Greenland is growing. Greenland is not a member of the European Union; this was decided by the Greenlandic population in a referendum. The USA established itself as an ally in Greenland in , and in Denmark entered into a defense agreement with the USA which has been the basis of the American military installations in Greenland ever since. This has meant forceful relocation of part of the population and massive environmental effects from 50 tons of toxic waste, in addition to the nuclear waste from four hydrogen bombs in a B bomber aircraft which crashed near Thule Airbase in The clean-up of this mess is left to Greenland after the USA and Denmark signed the Dundas agreement with Greenland on the sideline.