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Greek communists receive 25,2% of votes

In Europe on May 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm

ATHENS, Greece — The two Greek communist parties, the Marxist-Leninist KKE and the Eurocommunist SYRIZA, have jointly won circa 22-28 percent of the votes according to exit polls. Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn has won between 6-8 percent of votes.

The Eurocommunist SYRIZA has won between 15 and 18,5 percent of the votes, while the KKE somewhat disappointingly reached almost 7,5 to 10 percent of the votes.

The two ruling parties, who now have two thirds of parliament, have fallen to merely almost 40 percent of the votes jointly. The centre-right New Democracy has won between 17 and 20 percent of the votes (now 33,5 percent). While the now largest social capitalist PASOK has between 14 and 17 percent of the votes (now almost 44 percent).

UPDATE

The four communist parties KKE, ANTARSYA, SYRIZA, ΚΚΕ(μ-λ) jointly received 25,2%. Only the KKE and SYRIZA received enough votes to enter parliament. Other communist parties (such as the Trotskyist EEK, and anti-Russian Maoist conspiracy theorist party OAKKE) received less than 0,1 percent of the votes.

Final results:

New Democracy: 20,4%
SYRIZA: 15,6%
PASOK: 14,2%
Independent Greeks: 10,3%
KKE: 8,3%
Golden Dawn: 6,8%
DIMAR: 5,9%
Ecologists: 2,7%
LAOS: 2,8%
Dimokratiki Simmachia: 2,6%
Creation! Again: 1,9%
Action: 1,5%

The coalition of Trotskyists, Maoists, and Marxist-Leninists, ANTARSYA (Marxist-Leninist party): 1,1%

The Maoist ‘Communist Party of Greece (Marxist–Leninist)’: 0,2%

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FC Sankt Pauli does what it was supposed to do, but it was not enough

In Europe on May 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

HAMBURG, Germany — Left-wing football club Sankt Pauli located in Hamburg failed to reach third place in the second Bundesliga which would have given them the possibility of promotion to the first Bundesliga. Sankt Pauli finished fourth in the second Bundesliga on Sunday.

FC Sankt Pauli, ranked fifth in the 33rd round, needed to win from SC Paderborn 07, ranked fourth, while Fortuna Düsseldorf (ranked third) had to lose to MSV Duisberg. Sankt Pauli won by 5 – 0 from SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday. Goals scored where by Lasse Sobiech (1-0), Max Kruse (2-0), Florian Bruns (3-0), Moritz Volz (4-0), and Deniz Naki (5-0). It turned out this was not enough as Fortuna Düsseldorf played 2-2 against MSV Duisberg.

Both Sankt Pauli and Fortuna Düsseldorf ended the competition with 62 points, but Düsseldorf ended third on the basis of goal scoring ratio of +29 to +25 by Sankt Pauli. Sankt Pauli thus required a win of 10 to 0 in order to end in third place.

Sankt Pauli, the football club known for the radical left supporters base, will be playing in the second Bundesliga next year.

May Day Marches around the world

In Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America on May 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

WORLD — Hundreds of thousands of people around the world march on May Day for better working conditions, pay, or against capitalism.

Thousands of workers protested in the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and other Asian nations, with demands for wage hikes amid soaring oil prices a common theme, Associated Press reports. In Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, nearly ten thousand protesters marched dressed in red toward the presidential palace which was blocked by the police.

In Greece thousands of people marched in the capital city of Athens to protest the austerity measures that have crippled the country. Marches and protests are planned in other European countries as well. In Germany May Day is often preceded by riots in the night before, especially in Berlin and Hamburg. This year left-wing youths merely threw bottles and fireworks at police cars.

In other countries, May Day has been co-opted by the establishment to promote themselves. In Russia around 100,000 people marched including president Medvedev and president-elect Putin in the capital city of Moscow. The May Day march in Moscow targeted opposition groups.

 

 

Far-left loses to far-right in French elections

In Europe on April 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

PARIS, France —Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon disappointedly ended in fourth place in the French elections on Sunday. Social capitalist Hollande of the Socialist Party won the first round with 28,5 percent of the votes, while conservative and current president Sarkozy received 26 percent of the votes.

Jean-Luc Melenchon

Polls consistently indicated a third place for  Melenchon, the former Trotskyist candidate of the Left Front, who enjoys the support of the French Communist Party. In the elections, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen ended in the third place with nearly 20 percent of the votes, while Melenchon merely received 11 percent of the votes.

Melenchon has urged his supporters to vote for Hollande in order to oust Sarkozy in the second round. If Sarkozy loses, he will be the eleventh eurozone leader to be swept out since the start of the bloc’s debt crisis in late 2009.

Largest anti-government protests since 1989, as the communists rise in polls

In Europe on April 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Roughly 100,000 people marched against austerity measures imposed by the centre=right government, on Saturday. The protest was organized by major labor unions and non-governmental groups.

The anti-government protests in the capital of the Czech Republic are the largest since the collapse of the regime lead by the communists. The protesters from all over the country protested the government’s cuts and austerity measures and resign. Blowing vuvuzelas and beating drums, the protesters marched to Prague’s Wenceslas Square, disrupting downtown traffic, Associated Press reports. Protesters marched chanting anti-government slogans, as well as “stupid capitalism, stupid government, stupid cuts.”

According to the centre-right government, the austerity measures are necessary to lower the deficit in accordance with European Union guidelines. “As the prime minister, I feel a great responsibility for our country not to fall into a debt trap,” Petr Nečas said. Meanwhile, Nečas’ party, the Civic Democratic Party, has dropped in the polls below the Czech Republic’s communists, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia. The Communist Party would become the second largest party behind the social-democrats of the Czech Social Democratic Party.

Trade unions declared they were willing to stage more radical protests, including a general strike. Tomas Frejkovsky, 45, traveled to Prague with 200 people from the eastern city of Ostrava. “I have to take three jobs to make both ends meet,  ordinary people only suffer from it all,” he said to Associated Press.

The protests are characterising of the growing disillusionment with capitalism around the globe.

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Far-left candidate favours Chinese imperialism-capitalism over US’

In Europe on April 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

PARIS, France — The far-left candidate and former Trotskyist,  Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is participating in France’s presidential campaign says his country should reach out to China and resist US hegemony.

Melenchon of the Left Front party who is a self-proclaimed anticapitalist is expected to make a relatively strong showing in Sunday’s first round elections, but is expected to lose to social capitalist Francois Hollande and the current President Nicolas Sarkozy who are expected to advance to the final runoff.

Melenchon called international finance “parasitic.” Melencho is supported by the Communist Party, and he criticised US hegemony and military might, looking instead to China for partnership.

He said there is “a common interest between China and France” especially in development and international relation, as China continues its hyper-capitalist and fundamentally profit driven system while suppressing the Chinese New Left. The policies pursued by China’s Communist Party have lead to a higher income inequality than exists in the United States. China is currently expanding its empire by stealing land in Africa, and investing in corporate interests in Latin America as well as Africa, thereby challenging the US as the world’s imperialist superpower.

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Russian “Communists” attack liberalism and abortion

In Europe on April 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Moscow, Russia — The Communist Party of the Russian Federation has again reared its reactionary head in an article attacking “liberalism” in which it both criticised economic liberalism and denounced abortion.

Chairman of the KPRF,  Gennady Zyuganov, has attacked the liberal policies of Russia’s government t in an edition of Pravda, RT reports.

Zyuganov attacks to widening income inequality in Russia and the growing dependency on gas exports and blames the liberal policies pursued by Russia’s government of the last 12 years, and argues this has resulting in a decline of the living standard.

Zyuganov pointed out that the share of oil and gas incomes in the state budget has grown from 20 percent in 2000 to almost 50 per cent in 2011, RT reports. With Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization, Zyuganov estimates 2 million jobs will be lost as a consequence.

Lastly, Zyuganov attacked social policies which he blamed moral decadence such as suicide rates (especially amongst children and elderly), and the number of abortions, thereby directly criticising a woman’s right to abortion and slandering it as immoral.

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is primarily motivated by nostalgia for the Soviet Union and nationalism and is notorious for its alleged ties to ultra-nationalist including the National Bolsheviks and its rampant homophobia. The party has consistently argued in favour of criminalising homosexuality. In 2006 members of the KPRF violently attacked participants of a gay pride parade.

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Racist anti-gypsy protest in Serbia

In Europe on April 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Belgrade, Serbia — Ultra-nationalist Serbian thugs protested a new gypsy establishment in Belgrade on Monday.

20 gypsy families are being moved from their slums into a new housing settlement in Belgrade. A group of extremist nationalists attempted to attack this settlement by hurling stones, but mostly hit police officers. According to the police, twelve police officers and two protesters were hurt in the clashes.

Roughly seven percent of the Serbian population is gypsy (0.5 million). The gypsy or roma community often faces harassment from ultra-nationalists. A Belgrade court on Monday confirmed a two-year suspended prison sentence for a man who hurled a fire bomb into one of the houses prepared for a gypsy family that was resettled from Belgrade to another Serbian village in 2009.

 

 

Georgia’s Stalin museum shifts emphasis towards atrocities

In Europe on April 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Stalin was the leader of the USSR from 1924 till his death in 1953

Gori, Georgia — A Georgian museum located in Gori that has honoured Josef Stalin since its founding in 1937 will be remodeled to focus on the atrocities that occurred under the regime of the Soviet leader.

Georgian Culture Minister Nika Rurua said Monday that his nation, which became independent in 1991, can no longer host a museum “glorifying the Soviet dictator.”

Josef Stalin was born in 1879 in the city of Gori and became the leader of the newly established Soviet Union in 1924, which he ruled until his death in 1953. Campaigns under his leadership included agricultural collectivisation, industrialisation, and purging society of perceived counter-revolutionary elements. Official Soviet documents released after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 revealed and confirmed that under the leadership of Stalin 600,000 people were purged, up to 4 million people died as a result of a famine known as the Holodomor, and circa 1 million died in what is commonly known as “the gulag.” With roughly six million deaths attributed to Stalin, he became known as one of the most atrocious dictators in modern history. Something the Stalin museum will shift its attention to, Rurua said.

Stalin remains popular amongst many in the former Soviet Union. In 2008 he was voted the third greatest Russian in Russia. Especially the defeat of Nazi-Germany still sparks admiration. “Stalin was a great man. He defeated Nazism,” said Gori native Archil Dzhikvaishvili, 65, to Associated Press. “As to the purges, they did take place, but there were significantly fewer victims than the number we hear today.”

The Stalin museum was established in 1937 as part of a cult of personality surrounding Stalin. Currently it consists of 47,000 exhibits, including the house in which Stalin was born. It remained open despite the de-Stalinization campaign and denunciation of his personality cult declared by Stalin’s successor Nikita Khrushchev in 1956, and it has remained open up until now.

Possible French Socialist for President.

In Europe on April 9, 2012 at 3:16 am

RENNES, France — According to polls, a Socialist (Francois Hollande) has the best shot at becoming the next French president.

Hollande has pledged to hire more teachers, assay France’s roles in Afghanistan and OTAN ( North Atlantic  Treaty Orginization NATO), and renegoitate the EU bailout package with Greece.

France is the only country in Europe to lean left rather than to the right in the political spectrum, which would give a leftist the presidency, which hasn’t happened for a generation.

Another candidate, Melenchon has drawn some of the biggest crowds at rallies brandishing the red communist flag. Making the French presidental elections a must watch for many left leaning enthusiats.

For many in France, the time seems ripe for a return to a Socialist president: The only one in postwar France was François Mitterrand, from 1981 to 1995; throw-the-bums-out has been an election theme in Europe; Sarkozy, in part for reasons of personal style, has been unpopular for years; and the financial crisis and debt crises in Europe have emboldened the left.

“People say to us, ‘Watch out, the left is back, it’s going to empty the (state) coffers.’ It’s already happened! ‘Watch out, if the left is back, it’ll raise the debt.’ It’s already happened! ‘The Left will hurt competitiveness’ — it’s already happened,” he thundered. “Well, we’ll do the opposite.”

– Viktor