Today (December 8th) carries two important significances in Venezuela this year. Firstly, it is a day of mourning, it being the first anniversary of Chavez’s last speech to the nation before his death the following March. Secondly, Venezuelans will be going to the polls in the mayoral elections. These are testing times for left democratic forces in Venezuela. The far right, led by Capriles and aided by the stealthy hand of US imperialism, have seized on the opportunity created by the loss of Chavez, and have been leading a campaign to destabilise the country and Maduro’s democratically elected government. They are organising shortages of vital food and other day-to-day essentials, carrying out sabotage attacks against key facilities such as electricity plants, the metro and oil refineries. They have carried out arson attacks and bombings on government funded health centres, and the homes of government officials. This violence has left 11 civilians dead. Given the history of South America, it is especially alarming that in recent days 45 retired military generals have publically announced that they do not support the government and would support regime change
The YCL extends solidarity and red greetings to all the delegates attending the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students in Quito, Ecuador 7th-13th of December 2013.
We hope the British delegates have arrived safely and wish them the very best of luck. The festival will draw in over 15’000 progressive young people from over 100 countries who are engaged in various ways in the struggle against imperialism and for peace in our lifetime. Read More…
The YCL in Britain expresses great sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela. Below are statements from our sister young communist league in South Africa and our fraternal party the South African Communist Party.
Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths responded as follows to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today 05/12/2013
The latest Chinese reforms might seem to herald a shift to the right. BEN CHACKO digs below the surface to uncover a more complex picture. This article first appeared as a feature in the Morning Star 03/12/2013
Concern over the direction of China’s economy has risen on the left since the Communist Party’s central committee plenum last month.
In my previous piece on the reforms announced at the meeting, I focused on changes to the hukou registration system and how it relates to social security, but many have questioned the concessions made to private capital in the broader economy. Read More…