The Guardian • Issue #2099

GLOBAL BRIEFS

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  • Issue #2099
Global briefs

UK: Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths has welcomed the results of local elections which “landed a red card to the Tories and a warning to Labour.” “Anybody who cares about local communities, public services, jobs, and integrity looks forward to the end of Tory rule at Westminster too,” he said. Griffiths pointed out that “Labour cannot afford to gamble everything on a Tory collapse at the next General Election in order to win an overall majority in the Westminster parliament.” Labour’s leadership failure to embrace bolder progressive policies, and refusal to condemn Israel’s genocide in Gaza has alienated thousands of voters. “We now intend to run the biggest Communist General Election campaign in 40 years, holding high the banner for socialism and preparing for the post-election battles to come against a ‘status quo’ Labour government,” said Griffiths.

GERMANY: Members and friends of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) defied the ban on USSR banners and symbols and met at the Soviet Monument in Treptower Park in Berlin to jointly lay a wreath at the foot of the monument to the Soviet Soldier-Liberator in commemoration of the 79th anniversary of the great anti-fascist victory. They were among many others who came to remember and honour the fallen. The bronze sculpture of a Soviet soldier holding a rescued child in his arm and a lowered sword over a shattered swastika symbolizes the overthrow of Nazism.

PALESTINE: At least 143 journalists and media workers have been killed in Gaza. The Palestinian Journalists Union stated that journalists in Gaza are doing their job exposing Israeli crimes. They seem to be specifically targeted for that. The latest victim was a photojournalist who died with his wife and child when his house was bombed in the Jabalia refugee camp. Israel has also killed 191 UN workers since October 2023.

MEXICO: The Mexican government will hire 1,200 Cuban doctors in addition to the hundreds already working in Mexico. The Cuban President Díaz-Canel said “Serving the Mexican people through a government project between our two nations is also a growth for our doctors, because there is much that undoubtedly contributes to their training as professionals, as humans and as revolutionaries, experience with the people.”

POLAND: Once again Polish farmers marched in protest against the EU climate policies and in opposition to the pro-EU government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The march was organised by Solidarity, a farmers’ trade union which is highly critical of the EU’s farming policies. They particularly oppose a policy known as the Green Deal. The Polish farmers claim it interferes with their work and imposes high costs.

SAO TOME and PRINCIPE: The African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe has signed a defence agreement with Russia. The two countries have agreed to jointly fight terrorism and promote peace and stability. So far Russia has signed agreements for military cooperation with over 40 African countries.

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