Monday, August 24, 2015

Communists criticise Government’s surreal propaganda.

The Communist Party of Malta is highly concerned as the Government is still persisting in building an Elitist Private University. The argument put forward by the government that this will be of benefit for the southern part of Malta especially in the Cottonera area, are simplistic calculations.
“Those who will benefit from this investment will not be the working class, but the few business man and the professional class. The Communist Party of Malta expects more from a party that until recently called itself the Worker’s Party”.   
“The propaganda that is being propagated to the people that this investment will improve the level of education and the standard of living of the working class, are just an illusion. Communists appeal to the Government to calculate the social impact that this project will create in Cottonera with regards to the affordability of property prices, social inequality, and the living standards”.
“On the other hand, the Communist Party will support any public investment that addresses social inequalities, illiteracy especially amongst children, and poverty”.

Public Education should be the Government’s top priority.

The Communist Party of Malta urges the Government to invest state resources in public schooling, with the aim that all under privileged children are given the best education. It is socially unjust that the government is giving away public land and properties for the benefit of private educational institutions. 
“Government’s policy seems to be more in favour of neo-liberalism that favours the privilege few, rather than the common good. Elitist culture is prevailing”, states the Communist Party of Malta.
“The development of a private university in Malta will continue to strengthen social inequalities.  According to National Statistics, 22% of children are living in poverty. This situation is making it harder for these children to obtain a basic level of education. The same statistic shows that 23% of school leavers are not continuing with their studies”. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Capitalism and Fascism are synonymous

Address delivered at the Seminar "The Threats of Fascism and the reactionary forces in the Era of Imperialism and Wars" in Nicosia Cyprus on the 4th of June 2015.

Capitalism and Fascism are synonymous to each other fascism takes over when Capitalism is in crises Vladimir Illych Lenin states that "fascism is capitalism in decay".
Today the Capitalist system once again finds itself in crises. As Karl Marx had predicted capitalism thrives on crises and almost up to now, it had managed to surmount the cycles of crises and each time comes out stronger. However the present crises are insurmountable, these crises are far deeper than the previous great crises of 1929, better known as the “Wall Street Crash”.
Those crises back then, brought about disastrous consequences, all around the world, which resulted in unemployment and poverty for the working classes, gave rise to Fascism, and eventually led to a global conflagration.
Looking back upon those years The 1930’s, analyzing and examining closely its effects, we will note that primarily that fascism in Central and Eastern European Countries had the aid and support of the big financiers of those days, notably coming from US financial centres. It was an open secret that NAZI party in Germany was supported by US financiers.
The Soviet Union in those dark days found itself surrounded by countries with hostile and reactionary fascist governments.
Communists and progressives around the world were involved in a struggle against the rising fascist tide.  In Spain a Popular Front Government was democratically elected. This led to a fascist army revolt that was supported by the Catholic Church and the privileged classes in Spain.  A Civil War ensued and Spain became the rally point for the anti-fascist struggle of the late 1930’s.
Both Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy openly aided the rebellion while Britain and France aided them simply by refraining from giving aid and support to the democratically elected Spanish Republican Government, and harassing progressives by closing the Franco-Spanish border so that the Spanish Republic could not be aided by progressives who wanted to volunteer and aid the Spanish people.
The war in Spain was to become the dress rehearsal for the Second World War which broke out in September of 1940. France was overrun and Britain then sought the aid of the Soviet Union. Fascism was eventually defeated through the great sacrifices made by the Soviet Union which had lost well over Twenty Four Million of its citizens in that struggle, and by the support of the working class from all around the world. The Second World War brought great changes the French and British empires came to a close as this gave new impetus for the liberation movements in the colonies to demand and struggle for Independence. The United States emerged from its isolationist policies of the pre-Second World War period to become the principal imperialist power replacing Britain and France.

Today capitalism is once again in crises, this crisis that had its start way back in the 1970’s with the Milton Friedman and the Chicago School experiments that gave birth to neo-liberalism which eventually was to bring about the financial collapse of international markets. The fall of the Soviet Union and the Socialist block in end of the 1980’s, was to bring new hope to a now moribund capitalist system. However this did not give the required stimulus that the system required to come out of these crises, instead it brought about new predicaments as countries in Eastern Europe were not prepared for the shock they had received by abandoning their socialist economic system, and the promise of new markets faded.
Subsequent localised wars were used in order to revive the system. However the overspending by the Republican administrations to maintain the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan   did not improve the financial situation, instead it brought about a collapse of the Lehmann Brothers, with dire consequences to other banks in the US and around the world.
In Europe Austerity measures are being imposed on the working class in a number of member countries of the European Union as if these crises were caused by the workers themselves and still no solutions to the problem could be found. What is resulting from this debacle is the unity of left wing forces which are growing in strength. In Greece with Syriza and in Spain with Podemos but if these new movements will give a positive result to the working classes in each respective countries remains to be seen, as the only possible solution is to do away completely with the capitalist system and adopt socialism.
One important factor that is of grave concern today is that fascism has arisen once again. In Ukraine a fascist coup was openly supported by both the U.S and the E.U. Fascists started to massacre all those that had opposed them, primarily the Communist Party of the Ukraine and other progressive forces. This resulted in splitting the country in two as the Eastern part of Ukraine is resisting the Kiev regime, and Crimea being accepted back in the Russian federation. US imperialism is interfering and blaming Russia for a situation that was brought about by their meddling. The bellicose language and embargo that is being directed against Russia by both the EU and the U.S. falls short of a war declaration. Once again we are back to the 1930’s.
Another separate war is being unleashed against Syria. Islamic fundamentalists are being financed and given arms by the U.S ally Saudi Arabia which is also involving itself in Yemen by aiding militarily an unpopular regime which is under threat by a popular revolt. In Iraq and in Libya the effect of a previous imperialist aggression against them was that both countries are still completely destabilised. Israel continues to defy the world community with impunity and the backing of US imperialism. The injustice against the Palestinians continues. The threat to world peace remains.

The solution to all these problems is to give capitalism its mortal blow and start afresh on the path towards Socialism.
Victor Degiovanni.       Communist Party of Malta.

Progressive forces should not support neoliberal agendas.

The Communist Party of Malta supports the environmental coalition “Front ─Žarsien ODZ” in its struggle against the proposed development outside the development zone (ODZ) in Marsascala. The Government has failed to be a catalyst in the safeguarding of the natural environment and the common good.
The introduction in Malta of an elitist tertiary educational institution is a direct threat to the public educational system. The market forces are doing their utmost to dismantle the present public tertiary educational system to a corporate model. Profit making is their ultimate agenda”. 
The Party said that “education should not be used to push forward social and economic divergences. The neoliberal strategy in the educational sector is also being proposed in the EU-US Transatlantic Partnership Agreement and in the Bologna Process”.  
The Communist Party of Malta appeals to all the progressive forces in Malta to support an egalitarian public educational system. We should not let education to become a commodity.

Communists appeal for better working conditions for child carers

The Communist Party of Malta is highly concerned with the employment conditions of childcare assistants. This issue was already brought to light by the Malta Union of Teachers and recently by Dr Anna Borg, researcher in Social policy.

The Party states that “many of the workers in this sector are being employed with inferior conditions of employment, precarious job contracts and low wages”, stated the Communist Party.

“Government should not allow such bad practices to continue, both in public and private Health centers.  Should increase the state funding, and new regulations are a necessity to improve the service and working conditions of workers. The responsibility for monitoring the quality of care is in government’s hands”, concluded the Communist Party. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Maltese Government should take a clear stand against Zionism

Naftali Bennett

The Communist Party of Malta appeals to the Maltese Government to  condemn the formation of the New Israeli Government which includes in the new cabinet the Deputy Naftali Bennett belonging to the far-right "Jewish Home Party".
It is a well known fact that “the far-right Jewish Home Party strongly opposes the formation of a Palestinian State and supports  further settlements on Palestinian lands. As a matter of fact, after this new government was formed, Israel gave the green light for construction of another 900 new homes in Ramat Shlomo, a settlement neighborhood in East Jerusalem”.
The Communist Party of Malta shares the same views of the international communists and worker’s movement for the establishment of a Palestinian State and for the immediate release of all communist activists from various prison camps belonging to the Palestinian Authority, and also from those belonging to the Zionist State of Israel.   


The European Communist Initiative during the meeting of its Secretariat in Athens on 8/9 issued the following resolution on the 70th anniversary of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples:
70 years ago at the daybreak of the 9th of May 1945, the seemingly invincible Germany unconditionally surrendered. The Red Army crushed fascism and raised the red flag with the hammer and sickle high over Berlin.
The European Communist Initiative honours the over 20 million dead of the Soviet Union, all those who sacrificed themselves, who were disabled on the battlefields, who contributed with self-sacrifice and heroism to the defeat of fascism. It notes the vanguard role and decisive contribution of the communist parties all over the world to the national liberation struggle.
We honour and defend the unsurpassed contribution of the USSR and socialism, the struggle of the communists from the lies and ahistorical distortions. The peoples of Europe today must reject the provocative and anti-historical aim of the EU and its governments to equate communist with the fascist monster. We must denounce the offensive that has been unleashed by capital’s forces which promote anticommunism, the persecution and bans on the activity of communist parties, the trials against communists, the outlawing of communist symbols and the dissemination of communist ideas, as recently happened in Ukraine, insulting the memory of the militants of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples. The honouring of the Nazi collaborators and their political descendants is an enormous provocation. The mass celebration of the Anti-fascist Victory is a defiant response to the EU and capitalists that are vainly trying to transform this day into the alleged “Day of Europe”. The history of the Great Antifascist Victory of the Peoples will not be rewritten.
It has been demonstrated clearly and is confirmed today that fascism is created and nourished by the capitalist system itself, it is the most extreme form of the monopolies’ power that is based on capitalist exploitation. The fascist-Nazi ideology is inherently criminal. This was proved by the appalling crimes of the Nazis in World War II, the mass murders and persecution, the Nazi concentration camps, the criminal activity of the Sturmabteilung against communists, other antifascists, immigrants. The youth in particular must draw important lessons from this history.
The peoples today are suffering due to the barbaric anti-worker offensive of capital so that it can overcome its crisis, in the context of sharpening competition.  They are experiencing the new dangers of imperialist wars and intervention, in which the EU-USA and NATO play the leading role. Their enemy is none other than the monopolies and their power. Their future prospects are to be found in the struggle for the liberation of the working class from the shackles of exploitation. 70 years after the Antifascist Victory of the Peoples, its lessons strengthen our unshakable conviction that socialism-communism is the new world.