ON March 14, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued a second list of its candidates for 49 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, which the party has decided to contest. The list includes some independent candidates supported by the party.
THE latest display of imperialism’s aggressiveness in its quest for global hegemony has come following the referendum held in the Black Sea Crimean Peninsula, part of Ukraine, where people overwhelmingly voted to join the Russian Federation. In a referendum, endorsed as free and fair by many an international observer, 85 per cent of the people participated of whom 96.9 per cent voted in favour of Crimea joining the Russian Federation.
THE Left Front has begun its election campaign in West Bengal by squarely battling terror in most affected areas. In the last 34 months of Trinamool regime, the ruling party has unleashed political terror in a large part of the state. No normal political activities are allowed in these areas, with murders, arson, false cases, and attacks on women becoming regular feature. But Left Front activists have gathered strength and regrouped in these areas and Red flags are up again.
THE presidential council of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) has called for a worldwide struggle against unemployment and for the strengthening of solidarity actions in the struggle against capitalist and imperialist exploitation.
The meeting of the council, which is the highest policy making body of the only class oriented international trade union organisation, was held in Rome on February 14 and 15, 2014. The meeting was hosted by the USB of Italy and presided by WFTU president Muhammad, Shaaban Azouz, who is also the president of GFTU, Syria.
THE CPI(M) and CPI units in Tamilnadu has decided to face the Lok Sabha elections jointly.
The DMK’s hope of roping the CPI into its alliance for the Lok Sabha polls was dashed late on March 10 with the CPI’s executive committee backing the CPI(M)’s decision to go it alone in the state.
After the ruling AIADMK went back on its announcement on contesting with the two Left parties, the latter decided to work together. However, the media scooped that there were possibilities of an alliance between the DMK and the Left. DMK chief M Karunanidhi also expressed his willingness.
THE All India Coordination Committee of Mid-Day Meal Workers, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), has strongly condemned the injustice meted out by the UPA government to the 26 lakh mid-day meal workers of the country.
IN a letter written to the editor of Malayala Manorama on March 8, 2014, Hannan Mollah, former Lok Sabha member and a member of the CPI(M), took strong exception to a news story published by the said paper regarding the candidature of Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal. The text of the letter is reproduced here.
“This is to invite your attention to the report appeared in the Malayala Manorama daily dated March 6, 2014 regarding the candidature of Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, which I represented for eight terms.
WHILE participating in the discussion on the chief minister’s grants in the Jammu & Kashmir legislative assembly on Saturday, February 22, CPI(M) MLA, Mohd Yousuf Tarigami criticised the state and central governments for taking the state legislature for granted and ignoring even its unanimous resolutions, which is sending dangerous signals across the state.
Below we reproduce the slightly abridged speech given by General Raul Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee and president of the Councils of State and Ministers, during the closing session of the 20th Congress of the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC), on February 22, 2014.
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