Historic Unification of Nepal Communist Parties to Form Nepal Communist Party
The CPI(ML) warmly welcomed the historic unification of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) (CPN-UML) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) to form the Nepal Communist Party.
We are sure that this unification of Nepal’s Left will immensely strengthen Nepal’s democratic and republican movement.
We look forward to continuing and strengthening the CPI(ML)’s long history of solidarity and comradeship with Nepal’s communist movement.
Warm revolutionary greetings to the Nepal Communist Party!
More Power to The Iraqi Communist Movement
In the recently held Parliamentary elections in Iraq, the Sairoon (One The Move) coalition scored a victory. The coalition is headed by the party of the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who is known for offering stiff resistance to US troops in parts of Baghdad, for the solidarity shown by his mostly Shia fighters for the Sunni insurgents in Fallujah and Ramadi, and for surviving US assassination attempts. The Iraqi Communist Party and the Iraqi Republican Party were part of the coalition.
The Sairoon coalition won on a plank of anti-corruption, rights and basic services for the poor and disenchfranchised, as well as opposition to a US-sponsored regime.
Those who won MP seats include two leaders of the Communist Party of Iraq – its General Secretary Raid Jahid Fahmi and a woman leader, Haifa al-Ameen, who defeated her own brother in Nasiriyah. Another woman leader, Suhad al-Khatib, came a close second in the Najaf seat.
Another significant winner is Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the journalist who flung his shoes at the then US President George Bush at a press conference in Baghdad on December 14, 2008. (Muntadhar al-Zaidi has since expressed openly misogynist views and is accused of domestic violence against his wife, tarnishing his legacy as an anti-imperialist icon).
Maduro Wins Venezuela Elections
Nicolás Maduro was re-elected as President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, polling more than 6 million votes (68% of the total votes cast). The The main opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, boycotted the elections, while Opposition leaders who did contest and lost, declared that they refused to accept the election result. The US took this opportunity to impose sanctions on Venezuela as punishment for what they declared to be a rigged election process. President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of the US envoy following the imposition of sanctions, declaring, “The empire doesn’t dominate us here…We’ve had enough of your conspiring.” He repudiated the sanctions saying, “all the sanctions that are sought against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, because they harm it, they generate suffering for the people of Venezuela.”
The sanctions are likely to sharpen the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, which is the product of hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages, and broken water, power and transportation networks, which had recently led to thousands fleeing Venezuela for Colombia, and which had eroded support for Maduro and the PSUV.