THE WFTU Asia Pacific regional conference of women workers was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on December 6-8, 2017 as a prelude to the World Working Women’s Congress scheduled to be held in Panama from March 8-10, 2018. The conference was hosted by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL). 14 women trade unionists from seven countries – Bangladesh, India, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Sri Lanka, representing 10 affiliated unions, participated in the conference. From India, A R Sindhu from CITU and K Mallika from AITUC attended the conference.
IT had been a hectic couple of years for the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman or MBS as he is now popularly known, since he became the de facto ruler of the kingdom. He started by imposing a war on Yemen two years ago that has devastated the country, the poorest in the Arab world. Then he decided to do regime change in neighbouring Qatar. He has failed in achieving his goals in both Qatar and Yemen.
THE six-year devastating Syrian war is reaching a conclusive stage. The eighth-round of UN-mediated talks between the government of Syria and the opposition that began in Geneva on November 28, signify a decisive phase in the nearly six years of Syrian War. These talks are to continue till December 15 and widely expected to bring the curtains down on the war that had led to the killing of over 3,30,000 citizens and the displacement of millions of people.
BETWEEN November 30 and December 3, 2017, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) organised an international meeting under the title “CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting”. Nearly 600 delegates from over 200 political parties across the spectrum from – ruling parties to opposition Communist parties – representing more than 120 countries participated in this event.
The programme began with plenary sessions at the beginning and end. In between, five thematic discussions were held:
THE report presented by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) traces the role played by the Party in the country’s transition from a feudal autocracy to people’s democracy. The Party united the people and led the struggle against feudalism, imperialism and capitalism and founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949. It established socialism as the basic system of Chinese society and is advancing on the path of socialist construction with Chinese characteristics.
THE 14th Congress of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) took place in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil from November 17-19, 2017. Myself, on behalf of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Benoy Viswam on behalf of CPI attended the Congress.
THE 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was held in Beijing from October 18-24, 2017. The theme of the Congress was: ‘Remain true to our original aspiration and keep our mission firmly in mind, hold high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and work tirelessly to realise the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation’.
Below we publish the greetings of the CPI(M) to the 14th National Congress of the Communist Party of Brazil – PCdoB. G Ramakrishnan, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) has attended this Congress which was held from November 17-19, 2017 at Brasilia.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) greets the 14th National Congress of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB). It is a great honour for us to participate in your Party Congress. We are confident that this Congress will further strengthen the Party.
THE centenary celebrations of the Great October Socialist Revolution concluded in Moscow with a rally on November 7. It was attended by not only comrades from Moscow but also leaders of over 100 communist and workers parties from across the world, as the 19th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) was held in Russia. In the morning, on November 7, there was a military parade at the Red Square in front of the Kremlin, marking the 76th anniversary of the Red Army Parade at the time of preparing for countering the Nazi invasion of the USSR.