Sunday, July 13, 2014
“The declaration made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr George Vella, to keep secret Malta’s position with regards the vote to allow Israel to hold a seat in UN Security Council, as one, that betrays the Palestinian cause.
“The Government present policy contrasts largely with the traditional labourite principles, one of which was, solidarity with the people of Palestine”, stated the Communist Party of Malta.
“Traditionally, past Labour administrations from the Dom Mintoff era till now, always supported the Palestinian people’s cause. This policy was also upheld by the Nationalist administrations from 1987 onward through the initiative of Dr Guido Demarco.”
“The Government should officially declare it’s position with regards to Palestinian issue and clearly state how its representative is going to vote on the Israeli vote. The Communist Party of Malta reiterates that the Zionist State of Israel should not occupy a seat in the UN Security Council, as Israel had never observed UN resolutions against it. The Maltese Government should not condone such behavior.
“We also appeal to the government to condemn the criminal punitive measures being taken by Israel against the Palestinian population in Gaza”, ended the Communist Party of Malta.
|Dr George Vella Minister for Foreign Affairs|
The Communist Party of Malta and the Ngo Garden of Knowledge had initiated an online petition to appeal to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Dr George Vella, and the Ukrainian Consul in Malta, Mr John Debono to work for a diplomatic and peaceful solution in Ukraine.
“The war declaration against the people of east Ukraine by the new president, Petro Poroshenko should be condemned, as it constitutes a direct breach of International Law. The people in the Ukraine should not suffer the consequences of foreign political interference and neither the senseless bombing by the Kiev government”.
The two organizations said that “there should be no discrimination what so ever on Russian speaking Ukrainians. The Ukraine Government should ensure strict respect for democratic rights and freedoms, the protection of minorities, and the freedom of assembly. We express our deepest solidarity with the people of Ukraine”.
The two organisations appealed to the public to join this petition to call for a diplomatic and peaceful solution.
“The agreement reached in the European Union on genetically modified (GM) crops is nothing less than a cheap compromise that will give more power to multinational companies. It’s a shame that UE environment ministers did not take a common position to totally ban GMOs from Europe”, stated the Communist Party of Malta.
“Through this compromise, the present EU structural system to halt the cultivation of GMOs in Europe will be weakened. The present system to a certain extent offers more protection against opening up to GMO cultivation and production”.
“With GMO production, more agricultural land will be taken for GMOs cultivation which in turn will benefit a few transnational corporations, such as Monsanto and the Swiss based Syngenta. The small farmers will have their livelihood threatened due to cross contamination of food and agricultural land”.
The Communist Party of Malta supports the position taken by the Maltese Government to vote against this European Commission proposal. The Party also supports the local wide grassroot activism against Monsanto and other similar companies.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
“The increase in support achieved by the communists and left wing forces in European Elections augers well in the struggle for a Social Europe, for Peace and Solidarity”, stated the Communist Party of Malta.
“The total support for these parties translated into an increase in the number of MEPs from 34 in 2009 to 51 today. The results gained by the communists and left wing forces in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland are praiseworthy, and even so in Italy. These countries were all victims of austerity measures imposed by the Troika, which caused widespread poverty and precariousness amongst the working classes”.
“On a positive note, the left bloc in Spain together with the ‘Podemos’ movement obtained more votes than the traditional parties. This movement was formed 100 days before the elections by the Indignatos. The same was accomplished by Syriza in Greece. The left project in Italy for an “Alternative Europe” also made inroads in European elections were once again communists and radicals are active in Italy’s political arena. The communist movement in Portugal and the Left Alliance in Ireland also increased their support”.
The Communist Party of Malta is highly concerned with the results attained by extreme right wing forces in these elections. These results highlighted the precarious situation that Europe is in. Once more, it seems that the big capital is aiding and abetting extreme right wing forces in its effort to thwart the success of progressive forces in Europe. This is evident in the events that are taking place in Ukraine.
The Communist Party of Malta states that “union representatives should unify their forces against MIA proposal to outsource part of its services. These include the IT and porter services, Technical and Communications Department. Outsourcing is used to hand over the control of public services to private companies.”
The Party insists that “squabbles between unions over who will represent workers, is not in the worker’s interest. First and foremost, Unions should unite and form a common position against such proposals”.
“Outsourcing represents a new threat, contributing to worker insecurity, precarious jobs, and is reflective of the general process of a global neoliberal system”.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
The Communist Party of Malta condemns the declarations made recently by the unelected Interim Government of Ukraine, to ban the communist movement in the country. The Communist Party of Ukraine enjoys the support of 13.2% of the population.
“President Turchynov is using this unconstitutional measure to silence the progressive forces in Ukraine. This President was installed by extreme right wing and NAZI forces which were backed by the European Union and the United States”.
“In the past we saw violent physical attacks on communist members of the Ukrainian parliament, on heads of regional party committees and other leftist activists. Their headquarters were destroyed, which is a scandal in itself”.
The Communist Party of Malta said that “the European Parliament should remain consistent with its previous statements, were it called upon the former legally elected Ukrainian Government to guarantee rights and freedoms to all political forces in the country. The Communist Party of Malta expects that the European Parliament exerts the same pressure on the present Ukrainian administration”.
The Communist Party of Malta shows solidarity with the Communist Party of Ukraine in this difficult moments and appeals to all political forces in Malta to show their disapproval towards these illegal actions that are being taken by the present Ukrainian Government. All Opposition forces including the Communist Party of Ukraine will not contest the General Elections in sign of protest against the unconstitutionality of these elections.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Communist Party of Malta warns that the US-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will give more power to Multinational corporations.
The Party said that “sovereign states and democratically elected legislatures will be little more than empty phrases if the US-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is brought into force. This agreement will weaken national governments who will find themselves liable to legal procedures brought about by these companies under the excuse that state regulations obstruct the unfettered pursuit of maximum profits. Infact in 2012, around 2,843 multinational companies sued governments for passing measures they claimed that resulted in lost profits”.
“These partnerships are tools through which multinational companies will remove health and safety protection, end environmental safeguards, abolish legislation providing minimum conditions for labour, scrap food safety laws, abandon efforts to slow climate change, stop campaigns against fracking and forbid attempts to rescue the National Health Service from the predations of private companies”.
“The concept of globalisation is to concentrates wealth into fewer private hands so the radius of their power expands. Power now extends across the globe. Karl Marx wrote “that the changes in the economic foundation lead sooner or later to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure”, (Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy)”.
“The proposed partnership agreement is nothing more than a repetition of the economic model applied under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the US, Canada and Mexico, signed in 1992. This type of agreement was rejected by different countries in Latin America due to its disastrous impact on the people, the public services and the natural environment”, concluded the Communist Party of Malta.