Friday, 28 March 2014

Iraqi CP Statement on the 80th Anniversary of its Foundation

Statement of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party

on the 80th Anniversary of its Foundation

The political and social developments in Iraq, since the early decades of the twentieth century, along with the working class maturing and transforming from a class in itself to a class for itself, in addition to the positive impact of the October Socialist Revolution, and the spread of progressive ideas in large areas of the world, provided the conditions for the emergence of the Iraqi Communist Party. Thus the dream of the workers and peasants, and all Iraqi toilers, was fulfilled; that they have their own party that expresses their radical aspirations and goals, and that would lead their struggles to achieve a Free Homeland and a Prosperous People.

The party foundation was achieved at the initiative of a group of revolutionary pioneers, led by the party's founder Comrade Yusuf Salman Yusuf (alias Fahad), through the unification of scattered Marxist cells and circles in Nasiriyah, Basra and Baghdad. The party first appeared on 31 March 1934 under the name of the "Committee for Combating Colonialism and Exploitation", and a year later turned into the Iraqi Communist Party.

The announcement of the foundation of the party, and its immediate involvement in the struggle in defense of the interests of the poor and disadvantaged, had echoes and repercussions that resembled a quake in a stagnant political life that had been the monopoly of some traditional parties in Iraq. The reactionary monarchic regime at the time therefore dealt with the newborn party with utmost ruthlessness. This became a consistent policy of all the successive rightist and dictatorial regimes that ruled Iraq, especially in the periods of Baath Party rule in 1963 and after 1968, because they were well aware that the Communist party constituted a real threat to their class and political interests.

Since its early days the Iraqi Communist Party’s main preoccupation was to achieve full independence and national sovereignty, distribute land to the peasants, ensure workers' rights and their trade unionist freedoms, secure democratic freedoms for the popular masses and their patriotic parties, and to support the Arab peoples, especially the Palestinian people, and all the peoples of the world in their struggle for liberation and democracy and for getting rid of imperialist domination. At the same time, the party fought consistently against the chauvinist and discriminatory policies of successive dictatorial regimes, and for the right of the Kurdish people and other nationalities to enjoy their legitimate rights within a unified federal democratic Iraq.

The party took a distinct position towards women and their rights, and stressed the need for women’s equality with men. It also paid great attention to culture and intellectuals, and strived to provide a favorable atmosphere to enable them to reveal their potential and to take care of their creative works, in conjunction and harmony with the party’s struggle to liberate the poor and low-income people from the clutches of the backward social reality and exploitative relations of production. For this purpose, the party always sought to establish the broadest social and democratic mass movement, leading political and economic struggles, and providing effective leadership to popular uprisings which broke out against tyranny and oppression, and against the suppression of the people's right to express their opinion and enjoy freedom along with other free peoples of the world.

The party also adopted a memorable stance towards religion and religious people, embodied in full respect to both. It called for tolerance and peaceful coexistence among religions and sects, ensuring their rights to worship and practicing religious rituals in safety and freedom. It opposed involving them in political conflicts because this would constitute an abuse to religion itself, especially if it is accompanied by sectarian intolerance which would eventually lead to grave conflicts that may be difficult to control. This is, regrettably, what we are witnessing in the very dangerous current situation.

Dear Comrades and friends, 

This year we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of our party while our dear country Iraq is going through a comprehensive crisis that has become more complicated recently as a result of the rulers’ insistence on adopting sectarian and ethnic power-sharing in all aspects of the political process and in society as a whole. This has been associated with the approaching parliamentary elections and the feeling by some that their chances of remaining in power have become limited as a result of their policies and performance.

Putting ahead narrow selfish interests, whether personal, sectarian or regional, disregarding the interests of the people and the homeland, accompanied by conflicts and exchanging malicious political accusations, pursuing policies of exclusion and marginalization against opponents, striving to concentrate power in the hands of one group, the continued attacks on democratic freedoms, silencing critics and violating the Constitution, as well as maintaining the laws of the former dictator Saddam as arbiter in a lot of things .. all of this has led, as we see today, to the horrific deterioration in security and on political, economic, social and cultural levels.

The continuation of this extremely disturbing situation, and continuing to pursue the current policy in dealing with problems and crises, and in the management of the affairs of the state and its various institutions, would lead to what is far more dangerous unless a qualitative shift takes place in the political thinking of the country’s rulers. This requires a total rejection the sectarian-ethnic power-sharing system, then sitting down to dialogue, expressing willingness to make reciprocal concessions, respect for the opinions of others, and the involvement of others in political decision-making, relinquishing unilateralism and tendencies of vanity and exaggeration of personal capacity. Our party has put forward its analysis of the current situation, and its concrete perceptions and proposals for meeting its challenges, and its risks to the security of the country, the unity of its national fabric national and the process of democratic transformation, in a memorandum that was addressed in late February 2014 to the three presidential bodies, the political blocs, and the leaders of political parties, holding them accountable and warning that history will not have mercy on those who contribute to the impoverishment of the people and the destruction of the country.

On this occasion, we renew our high confidence in the masses of our people and their ability to choose their true and genuine representatives in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Those who had given false and misleading promises have been exposed. They have achieved nothing of significance for the people, not even for their own electorate, rather they did just the opposite, as they have filled their pockets with money, have embedded the ugliest forms of sectarianism, and have led Iraq into a tunnel where no light can be seen at its end.

Finally, we stress that the electoral list of the Civil Democratic Coalition is the lifeline for all Iraqis because it includes in its ranks all those who are fighting to save Iraq from the diseases of sectarianism and authoritarianism, from financial and administrative corruption, and from bribery and banditry, and to realize the aspiration of the people of eradicating terrorism and terrorists, and living in security, peace and social justice.

Long live the Iraqi Communist Party!
Victory to our people and their democratic forces in building a democratic civil and prosperous Iraq!
Glory to the martyrs of the party and the people!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Communist Clinic celebrates its 10th anniversary in Baghdad

The Communist Clinic celebrates its 10th anniversary in Baghdad
The Communist Clinic celebrated its 10th anniversary with an event organized on 7 December 2013 in the party headquarters in Andulus Square in central Baghdad.
Mohhammed Jassim al-Labban, member of the party’s Political Bureau, addressed the meeting. The founder of the Communist Clinic, Dr Muzaham Mubarak, also gave a speech. The meeting listened to speeches of volunteers who had supported the work of the Clinic. The well-known poet Nadhem al-Samawi recited a poem on the occasion.
The event was part of celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the Iraqi Communist Party.   

Iraqi CP to contest parliamentary elections under Civil Democratic Alliance

Iraqi Communist Party to contest parliamentary elections under the Civil Democratic Alliance

The Iraqi Communist Party announced on 9 December that it will be contesting the forthcoming parliamentary elections in April 2014 within the Civil Democratic Alliance. It pointed out that some political blocs have failed with their sectarian plans and are now attempting to take part in the elections under  the guise of a “civil democratic” program. 
Jassim al-Hilfi, member of the party’s Political Bureau, said in a statement published by “Tareeq Al-Shaab” (People’s Path), Iraqi CP’s daily newspaper, that the party “remains part of the Democratic Current which took part In the provincial elections earlier this year and won 11 seats.” He confirmed that the “Communist Party will contest the parliamentary elections in April 2014 as part of the Civil Democratic Alliance, against blocs whose sectarian plans have failed are trying once again to take part in the elections under a civil democratic cover, but the essence of their thought is sectarian.”
He said that the Civil Democratic Alliance include the forces of the Democratic Current (such as the Communist Party, National Democratic Part, Arab Socialist Movement, Democratic Action Party, Umma Party) as well as the People’s Party, several other forces and independent figures. “These democratic politicians have not been tarnished by corruption and shedding the blood of Iraqis, and are known for their integrity, competence and support for the ci,vil democratic alternative.  
Raid Fahmi, member of the Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party, told “Shafaq News” agency that the Civil Democratic Alliance is expected to do well in provinces in southern Iraq, including Basrah, Thi Qar and Muthanna, as well as Baghdad, as it did in the provincial elections.
The Communist Party had launched its 80th anniversary celebrations last October in the city of Nasseriyah (in southern Iraq) which had witnessed its beginnings. The party was founded on 31 March 1934. The program of the 80th anniversary celebrations includes many political and cultural events in Baghdad and all over Iraq that will continue well into 2014.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Iraqi CP: Iran nuclear deal is a step in the right direction

Political Editor of “Tareeq Al-Shaab”: 

Iran nuclear deal is a step in the right direction

The following is an article by the Political Editor of “Tareeq Al-Shaab” (People’s Path), the daily newspaper issued by the Iraqi Communist Party, in its edition on 28 November 2013. 
Finally, the two sides, Iran and the so-called P5+1 group of nations, have reached a deal over Iran's nuclear program. As a result, a serious danger that was threatening the region at any moment has been removed. Some parties in the region, in the forefront of which is Israel , did all they can to prevent achieving this result which has came in the final analysis in the interest of all the peoples of the region and serve their stability and security. It has also spared them the dangers of an international military conflict, especially since the region has still not recovered from the wars that broke out on its territories. In addition, the Palestinian issue remains inflamed as a result of Israel's intransigence, arrogance and aggressiveness, continuing to deny the Palestinian people the right to establish their state on the their own homeland.
What has been achieved in this deal is not unrelated to the changes in Iran's presidency and the new approach of opening up to the world, showing flexibility and giving precedence to the interests of the of Iranian people, and the retreat of hardliners. But it is also linked to a host of other developments and their repercussions on the regional and international levels. It is important in this respect to point to what is happening in Syria, and what is changing on the ground daily, despite the undesirable widespread external intervention. The interests of the Syrian people and their hopes for security, stability, free dignified life and democracy remain meanwhile undecided.
It is obvious however that America is unwilling to engage in new military conflicts in the region, especially after its bitter experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq and the consequences and tragedies they left behind. These wars have affected the American people themselves, with a negative impact on their lives and standard of living through massive military spending, high rates of poverty and unemployment, the bitter struggle waged by Obama in order to keep his health care program, and the disruption of the American state because of a failure to approve the federal budget, while still suffering from inability to overcome the consequences of its economic and financial crisis that has extended to cover the capitalist world as a whole.
There is no doubt that the deal that has been achieved is a step in the right direction. It is a welcome step that demonstrates the importance of constructive dialogue, making reciprocal concessions, showing flexibility and the adoption of peaceful and diplomatic solutions to existing problems whether between countries or on the regional or international level. It is an approach that responds to the interests of the peoples and spares them the evils of wars and their tragedies.
All the parties concerned must ensure the proper implementation of what has been agreed and adherence to the prescribed timetable. The efforts by war hawks and advocates to inflame differences, agitate and get things back to square one should be curbed.
All the countries in the region must seize this moment and develop it for the benefit of the peoples of the region, ensuring their development and right to choose their own political, economic and social systems, in order to achieve security, peace and progress. In this respect, the Iraqi government and its officials should make an effort in this direction, seeking to establish balanced and equitable relations with neighboring countries and the world, and to spare our country the dangers of foreign interference in its affairs. Proper consideration should be given to the possibilities and changes that may take place in the coming days regionally and internationally. This is essential in order to preserve the unity of Iraq and its social fabric, achieve security, stability and lasting peace, so as to ensure the country’s reconstruction, progress and proper democratic development.