Sunday, 22 February 2015

DROP THE DEBT! Petition in solidarity with the people of Greece. Please sign!

They say Greece owes over €300 billion to the European Central Bank, the IMF and other national and international lenders. This is money that was loaned to Greece’s ruling 1% to "solve" the problem created by the 1%.

People of Greece, the 99%, don't owe anything. They are not responsible for the economic crisis created by the 1%, and they shouldn't pay for it. They have already paid enough through job losses, cuts in pensions and all the other austerity measures. No more austerity! No more liability!

We, the people of Greece, Europe and the world, say to the European Central Bank, the IMF and other national and international lenders:

People of Greece don’t owe you. Drop the debt!

Λένε ότι η Ελλάδα χρωστάει πάνω από 300 δισ. ευρώ στην Ε.Κ.Τ. στο Δ.Ν.Τ. και σε άλλους εθνικούς και διεθνείς δανειστές. Αυτό το ποσό δανείστηκε η κυρίαρχη τάξη της χώρας που αποτελεί το 1% του πληθυσμού για να “λυθεί” το πρόβλημα που δημιουργήθηκε ακριβώς από αυτό το 1%.

Οι υπόλοιποι Έλληνες πολίτες, το 99% του πληθυσμού της χώρας, δεν χρωστούν τίποτα. Δεν είναι υπεύθυνοι για την οικονομική κρίση που δημιουργήθηκε από το 1% και δεν πρέπει να πληρώσουν. Έχουν πληρώσει ήδη αρκετά χάνοντας τις δουλειές τους, βρίσκοντας τις συντάξεις τους κουρεμένες και βιώνοντας γενικά μέτρα λιτότητας.

Εμείς, οι πολίτες της Ελλάδας, της Ευρώπης και του κόσμου λέμε στην Ε.Κ.Τ. το Δ.Ν.Τ. και τους άλλους διεθνείς δανειστές:

Οι πολίτες της Ελλάδας δεν σας χρωστούν. Διαγράψτε το χρέος!

Dicen que Grecia debe más de € 300 billones al Banco Central Europeo, el FMI y otros prestamistas nacionales e internacionales. Este es el dinero que fue prestado a Grecia, en dominio del 1% para "resolver" el problema creado por ese 1%.

El pueblo de Grecia, el 99%, no les deben nada. Ellos no son responsables de la crisis económica creada por el 1%, y no deben pagar por ella. Ellos ya han pagado lo suficiente a través de la pérdida de empleo, los recortes en las pensiones y todas las otras medidas de austeridad. No más austeridad! No más imposición de las responsabilidades!

Nosotros, el pueblo de Grecia, Europa y el mundo, decimos al Banco Central Europeo, al FMI y a los otros prestamistas nacionales e internacionales:

El pueblo de Grecia no les debe. Suelten la deuda!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Message of congratulations on Syriza’s election victory

From Hamid Taqvaee, Leader of the Worker-communist Party of Iran
To Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece

2 February 2015

Dear Alexis Tsipras

On behalf of the Worker-communist Party of Iran, I congratulate you and Syriza on your spectacular victory in the election and the formation of the new government.  Your victory is a blow against austerity and a big step forward for the people of Greece. However, its effects will go beyond one country.  It is a promising return of the radical left to the mainstream political scene and the emergence of a new proactive political communism, which is going to have a decisive impact on the political situation of Europe and the world.  We are already witnessing the positive effects of your victory in Spain with Podemos, and this is only the beginning.

Austerity, as a capitalist solution to the chronic crisis of the system, is against what the 99 percent of the people want and need.  And what is happening in Greece has opened a new window to putting an end not only to this policy, but also to the system that needs and dictates it.  

Every step forward against austerity will bring up the question of the credibility and utility of the whole capitalist system.  Inevitably, the Greek society is going to be polarised on this question.  You are at the beginning of this road; a long and tortuous struggle that can only be won by relying on people and the "power of the street", which has already been a decisive factor in your victory.  In this journey and at every step forward, the people of the world, the camp of the 99%, are with you and standing by you.

In solidarity

Hamid Taqvaee
Leader of the Worker-communist party of Iran

Sunday, 11 January 2015

To Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief, and staff of Charlie Hebdo

We are writing to express our deepest condolences on the cowardly attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the callous murder of your colleagues.  We vigorously condemn this barbaric act.

This was not just a gruesome attack on your magazine, which has bravely stood up to ignorance, bigotry and dogma, but also an attack on freedom of expression and the unconditional right to criticise and ridicule religion.  It was an attack on civilisation and humanity itself.

They were hoping to silence you and free speech.  Instead, in the wake of this attack, a colossal wave of human solidarity has taken shape in France, Europe and across the globe with you and your cause.

The Islamic terrorists who carried out this barbaric act belong to a movement which has been committing enormous crimes against people and critics of Islam for decades in countries like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria and everywhere else plagued by Islam.

Confronting and stopping this movement is the job of left, secular, atheist, freethinking and progressive forces, who see the defence of unconditional freedoms as a prime task.  Charlie Hebdo belongs to this camp.

Our party is committed to a vigorous fight against Islamism both in Iran and internationally.  We are committed to the defence of unconditional freedom of expression and criticism of religion.  Our colleagues have for years been campaigning internationally for secularism, universal rights, and against Sharia laws, apostasy and blasphemy laws, the death penalty and stoning.  In Iran, we are committed to the overthrow of the Islamic Republic, i.e., a cornerstone of political Islam and Islamism, and the building of a free, open and equal society.

In solidarity with you and in loving memory of your lost colleagues
For a world free of religion, ignorance, prejudice and dogma
For a better world

Asqar Karimi
For the Executive Board
Worker-communist Party of Iran

Thursday, 8 January 2015

We condemn the murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo by Islamic terrorists

The murderous attack today by Islamic terrorists on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo has aroused people’s anger and disgust around the world. Charlie Hebdo is a left, progressive satirical weekly which criticises and ridicules religion and religious beliefs, prejudices and taboos. In 2011 the magazine’s office was firebombed by Islamists for publishing a caricature of Muhammed, and its editor and writers have repeatedly received death threats. In today’s attack 12 people, including the magazine’s editor and three well-known French cartoonists, were killed. This is a direct attack on freedom of expression, on freedom to criticise religion and on civilisation and humanity.

This atrocity has once again alerted the people of the world to the enormous crimes which Islamic states and groups in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries plagued by Islam are committing daily against their opponents and critics of Islam. The fight against Islamic states and groups rests on the shoulders of left, atheist and freedom-loving forces. The governments in the West, which rely on Islamic states and forces in the Middle East to further their aims and policies, and which have been instrumental in the rise of these forces, stand practically opposed to the camp of the revolutionary left, the secularists, atheists and progressive humanity, which is fighting Islamic states and forces of all types. Charlie Hebdo belongs to this latter camp.

Civilised and progressive humanity must everywhere come out against political Islam, the western governments’ policy of appeasement of Islamic states and forces, in defence of the unconditional freedom to criticise religion - specifically criticism of Islam - and in defence of secularism and separation of religion from the state. Already, people in France, Germany and Britain are holding protest gatherings against Islamists. This can be – and our party will try with all its power to make it - the start of a new global line-up against Islamists.

The Worker-communist Party of Iran extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo. It vigorously condemns this crime and calls on all left, secular and atheist forces and all freedom-loving people around the world to come out against political Islam and in defence of freedom of expression, in particular the freedom to criticise religion.

Worker-communist Party of Iran
7 January 2015

Friday, 8 August 2014

The lives of thousands of people in Iraqi Kurdistan are in danger

Statement by the Worker-communist Party of Iran

Following the atrocities of the barbaric Islamic terrorist group ISIS in Iraq, thousands of people have fled to the mountains from fear of this group, and are in danger of dying.

In the past five days, areas to the east of Mosul, including the town of Shangal, have been captured by ISIS. Hundreds of people in these areas, including 17 girl students, have reportedly been executed for belonging to the Yazidi religion. Over 200,000 have been displaced, of which around 50,000 have taken refuge on the mountains near Shangal.

These people are now under the siege of ISIS forces.

Since June this year, after several years of fighting the Islamic Maliki government, ISIS has succeeded in capturing a number of areas in five central provinces of Iraq. In the past two months, it has murdered thousands of people, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced from fear of these Islamic savages.

According to the latest reports, many people on the mountaintops have already perished from lack of water and food. The rest, if they receive no help, are also in danger of certain death. This is genocide. Those trying to come down from the mountains to save themselves are being executed by ISIS. ISIS has blocked all the escape routes, which means that tens of thousands of people, stranded in 45-degree Celsius heat and without water or food, have little chance of survival. The world states and international bodies have done nothing so far. If no help arrives immediately, these people will certainly perish.

We cannot and must not wait for the next few days, which will undoubtedly bring human catastrophes of far greater proportions. We must act immediately. We must put the world states and international bodies under pressure to bring food and water to these people immediately.

The civilised people of the world must come out in support of the people of these war-ravaged areas. The people in Iran, and in particular in Iranian Kurdistan, must come out in support of the people of Iraq and Syria, who have been terrorised by ISIS and other Islamic and reactionary forces and by murderous states.

The Worker-communist Party of Iran supports the struggle of the people of Iraq and Syria for liberation from the hands of ISIS and all the reactionaries and criminal states in these countries.

Worker-communist Party of Iran

7 August 2014