The Arrests, Why Now?
When people woke up on Monday morning to
the news that 4 people had been arrested – AAA/SP TD Paul
Murphy, AAA Cllr Kieran Mahon, AAA Cllr Mick Murphy and the
now airbrushed Scott Masterson of Éirigí, there was an initial
state of bemusement. Since then more arrests have taken place
and more will come in for questioning over the alleged
'imprisonment' of Joan Bruton. These events are without a
doubt hugely politically motivated.
The question that people need to be asking is why now? The CYM
recognise and agree that this has the hallmarks of a maneuver
to discredit the R2W and anti-water charges protesters.
Tensions will begin to mount among those families, residents
and protest groups of the detainees, while the wider movement
will rightly condemn these arrests.
It is quite clear that the government's tactics of trying to
appease the public by making changes to the Irish water
package have failed, with wide-scale refusal to sign up to
Irish water now a reality. These arrests in this context are
clearly then a new tactic to try and raise tensions, with the
possibility of violence breaking out among the water
protesters. These arrests therefore are a new attempt at
trying to draw out anti-social behaviors so as to be able to
generate headlines, in order to demonise the R2W and
anti-water charges movement.
However there is another element to the arrests which the CYM
believe has to be raised – the next general election. It is
quite clear that the arrests were a very well thought out and
orchestrated political stunt, devised by the government,
carried out by the Gardai and played out in the media, with
the immediate goal of trying to discredit the water campaign
among those that are sitting on the fence about it.
CYM pose the question, in whose interests then do these
arrests serve? Who is to gain and who will lose? The one thing
that is for certain is that Paul Murphy and the Anti Austerity
Alliance/Socialist Party have just been gifted a national
platform and could not have asked for much more, as their
public profile will have skyrocketed from all the media
People may believe that this was a stupid and strange move by
the government but actually when you look at who is likely to
be hurt the most by a rise in AAA/SP support you have to
conclude that it will be Sinn Féin. This episode has been a
political exercise in vote splitting in the anti-water charges
camp, which in turn will weaken the overall chance for a Sinn
Féin led government at the next general election.
There can be no questioning that the Irish state is looking
both at the immediate water mobilisation and at the next
general election. In both cases they are looking to divide and
conquer. In both cases they see a very real threat to their
party votes and in terms of the international context they
have every reason to fear a mobilisation of people away from
the Troika parties.
On this basis the CYM urge those that are engaged and work
with R2W, not be tempted to fall into their trap. We urge that
R2W protests remain peaceful and that those that try to
instigate violence be condemned. Discipline and solidarity is
needed by all groups within R2W at this time. The propaganda
war will be in full swing and it wont take much to create
sensationalist headlines that will look to isolate the
protesters from the general public.
The CYM would have hoped that AAA/SP would have extended their
solidarity to Éirigí member Scott Masterson, but it seems that
by omitting him in their official statements they are taking a
narrow party line to advance their position politically. It
seems the seeds of division have sprouted stems.
FORWARD Magazine #18 Spring
Connolly Youth Movement Statement on
The Connolly Youth Movement welcomes the
Greek election results and sees the election of a left
political party as a deepening of the class awareness of the
Greek people. Syriza were just shy of 2 seats to form a
majority government but as it stands they have now entered
into coalition with the Independent Greeks, a far right party
of the bourgeoisie, who happen to also oppose austerity and
the debt – their common platform.
It seems the whole of Europe has taken inspiration from the
Syriza victory and now the people of Europe will look forward
with hope, that the Austerity measures of the last 6 years
will be stopped, the debt will be renegotiated and the gains
lost over that time period can be regained. These are the
hopes of the Greek people and they have put their faith in
Syriza to follow through on their election promises. We can
only hope and wish that Syriza live up to these expectations.
The slogan 'Hope is Coming'
are words that people hold on to, a people that have
been beaten and impoverished due to the economic policies of
the EU and carried out by Greek governments. The politics of
hope, the catchphrase of Syriza, is what people want to
believe in. Hope that the future will bring bread, peace and
prosperity to a new Europe, rid of all the problems and crisis
of the past.
In Ireland, the liberal left, those who have gotten the Syriza
t-shirts, those who have shouted from the rooftops, and
written reams of threads and tweets about the glorious victory
of Syriza and the radical left have maintained this divinity
and hope in Syriza. However, lest we forget the past and the
great 'Hope' campaign of Obama in the United States, the CYM
would caution those who are being swept by the euphoria of the
initial election success.
There is one Greek left party however that will not be swept
up in all the hype, the KKE. The KKE – the Communist Party of
Greece – are perceived to be a deeply sectarian party by many
on the left in Ireland, who through their actions and their
lack of cooperation with other Greek parties, including
Syriza, are seen to have made themselves redundant to this
resurgence of left wing politics in Europe. The obvious
question being, why didn’t Syriza and the KKE form a deeply
radical left government coalition? The KKE received 5.5% (a 1%
increase from 2012) of the vote and would have easily been in
a position to form the new coalition government.
It is easy to criticise the KKE, they haven’t won a lot of
favours or allies by remaining constant in their criticisms of
Syriza. All the soft left wing groups in Ireland are
absolutely disgusted with them. Some would even blame the KKE
for Syriza having to go into coalition with a right wing
party! However, for all the criticisms there is very little
analysis done on WHY the KKE remain unwilling to partner up
There are two strategic areas as to why the KKE will not go
into government with Syriza: 1) The past legacy of European
Communist Parties or 'eurocommunism' and 2) The ideological
difference between the KKE and Syriza. The legacy of
eurocommunism has been to strip many communist parties of
their Marxist-Leninist ideology, to leave a disbandoned party
with a left wing rhetoric without the revolutionary guiding
principles. The KKE put simply have looked at the past and
based on their analysis have found that putting faith in a
Parliamentary party, whether in government or opposistion has
never led to a transition from capitalism to socialism. All it
has done has been to weaken the party, the class and the
international communist movement. So the KKE are correct to be
cautious about going into coalition as their statements
reflect a revolutionary rather than a parliamentary path.
The ideological difference between the KKE and Syriza however
is the most fundamental point that seems to be lost on all
those who will bash the KKE as being secterian. The two
parties are ideologically opposed. Syriza has stated that it
will stay in the EU, that there will be no Grexit, that the
monopolies will remain and that they will remain in the
imperialist war club NATO. They call themselves a radical
party but there really is nothing radical about their
ideology. They, just like many left wing parties of the past
will do what they are ideologically driven to do – try and
better manage the capitalist system. The KKE are diametrically
opposed to these fundamental policies of Syriza.
The KKE have remained unwavering in their position in that
they don't see themselves as a party that wants to try and
better run capitalism, the KKE wants to overthrow the
capitalist system and to replace it with a real and
substansive alternative – socialism and they don't see this as
something in the distant future either. No election result
will bring this about and the KKE are not in the business to
try and hide their aims and objectives. Syriza on the other
hand have the rhetoric of a strong radical left party, however
their policies and statements would suggest that the radical
elements, which they do have within the party, will be
The main reason why Syriza was able to form a coalition with a
right wing party of the Independent Greeks (ANEL) and not with
the KKE is because Syriza are ideologically closer to ANEL.
This sentence may cause our Irish Syristers to come out in
their defence, however this isn't an attack on Syriza, these
are just facts. What the three parties do have in common is
their opposition to debt and austerity, what separates the KKE
from them is their unapologetic anti-imperialist policies.
If the new Greek government of Syriza and ANEL manage to
alleviate any pressure from the Greek people the CYM will most
certainly welcome it and if people are being politicised in
the process then these elections are a definite step in the
right direction, but there can be no illusions that this will
inevitably lead the way to a pro-people, pro-worker state, not
as long as Greece remains in the EU, the euro, Nato and that
the means of production remain in the hands of the monopolies.
The CYM gives full support to the KKE in their endeavours. The
path they have chosen seems to be a lonely one
at the moment, but
with a proud 93 year history and maintaining a discplined and
principled position, the next phase of Greek politics will
most certainly involve and need their activity, militancy and
The CYM like the KKE are fully aware that no matter the
outcome of an election, and, to paraphrase
Connolly 'unless you
set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your
efforts would be in vain. The EU and monopolies would still
rule you. They would rule you through her capitalists, through
her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array
of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted
in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and
the blood of our martyrs'.
Connolly Youth Movement
#WorkMustPay - great to see active
resistance on the streets of our capital to the exploitative
Yesterday afternoon activists took to
picketing First Place Recruitment on Trinity street who
refused to take down their advertisement for an 'office
administrator' on Jobbridge.
Without written confirmation from the company the #WorkMustPay
campaign will continue their activities. Nothing has been
provided so far.
Young workers deserve a decent wage and we must make employers
pay for wages and not to be subsidised by the government for a
full weeks work.
Join the resistance, join the WorkMustPay campaign!
Connolly Youth Movement Statement on
The show of power by broad sections of
society at last Wednesday's Right2Water demonstration, with a
huge amount of young people, especially young women getting
involved, is a clear indication that people were not fooled by
the governments concessions on water charges.
It is quite clear this whole movement is politicising our
youth and now is the time for those young people to join
organisations like the Connolly Youth Movement, to deepen
their political understanding and to become active in a
vibrant youth movement.
The Right2Water campaign has once again demonstrated the power
and strength in the unity of the trade unions, community and
political organisations. The campaign and all those involved
should be commended for all the hard and tireless work that
was put in to make Wednesday 10th of December a day of
peaceful protest on UN Human Rights day.
As much of a success that the demonstration was, it is quite
clear that the government will not be backing down anytime
soon. The trade unions, community and political groups that
have taken up the mantle for the defence of communities
against water charges have a real and unique opportunity to
deepen the political and class consciousness of those engaged
in this struggle.
Our youth really have to ask themselves, if this government
was to collapse in the morning, and another take its place,
without a fundamental and mass opposition to the EU and the
euro, and the US as the main political entities of Capitalism
there would be no change. Nothing drastic would change because
the state, and its class of industrialists, financiers,
oligarchs, monarchs, land owners and all their collaborators
would still be organised in the old way.
Ireland's industries, agriculture and services would still be
in the service of the EU, British and US Imperialist regimes.
The multi-national corporations and various legal treaties
would still bind us to international monopoly capitalism and
its unending war on workers. We would still be bound to pay
back an unjust and odious debt. The Troika would still oversee
our national budgets and the ECB would still gear the euro to
suit mainly Germany's needs to the detriment of the Irish
All this means is that our democracy, sovereignty and
independence would still be the hollowed out shells that they
are. The struggle being waged now, is not a new one and it
wont end with a victory over the water charges because we
would still lack a mass opposition to Capitalism and
However, we have to work and deal with immediate aims and
struggles to not only engage in a real struggle for people to
be able to access water, without any discrimination, but also
to deepen peoples political and class consciousness.
The most important thing right now is to have a nation united
against the water charges and from there, there is huge
potential to build a movement of organised, militant and class
conscious citizens. The R2W as an independent umbrella
campaign should continue to step up and be the unifying force
in defeating this governments attempt to commodify and
privatise the most basic and important source of life and the
CYM will continue to support the campaign.
From there we can move on to the source of the water charges –
the unjust, odious private bank debt heaped on our nation, and
paid for by the impoverishment of our people and the deporting
of a generation of youth.
Another Internship Eliminated
#WorkMustPay activists secured another victory today when the
well known cafe on Camden Street provided us with written
assurance that they would take down their current JobBridge
advert and advertise no further positions in the future. This
occurred after an advance warning and picket notice had been
provided, along with lengthy correspondence with the employer.
This proves the effectiveness of our tactics in eliminating
JobBridge positions and we will be monitoring future city
centre postings to ensure this is not a temporary victory.
The cafe in question were advertising to recruit a
‘Juicer/Kitchen Porter’ as an unpaid intern working 40 hours a
week for 9 months. While our focus is not on the legitimacy of
the ‘training’ received under JobBridge; instead focusing on
the fact that wage paying jobs are being eliminated under the
scheme, it is safe to say that this was a particularly
exploitative example of JobBridge in action where no
legitimate training would occur. We are pleased that this will
no longer be the case.
We congratulate the business involved for
complying with our request and look forward to future
campaigning with our comrades in the #WorkMustPay Campaign.
#WorkMustPay Campaign Launched Against
Overview and Initial Success
In the coming weeks, the Connolly Youth will be taking
part in a series of actions under the banner of the
#WorkMustPay Campaign to directly challenge the acceptability
of employers taking on unpaid JobBridge interns instead of
providing even the basic respect of a minimum wage for
workers. These actions will be a joint effort on the part of
the Connolly Youth Movement, Sinn Féin Republican Youth and
After the government has proven to be so thoroughly
unresponsive to polite reservations, academic criticism and
political protest against their use of unpaid internships as a
form of ‘labour activation’; a change of tactics has been well
overdue in campaigning. Instead of lobbying politicians and
hoping for a change in policy, we will be challenging any
employer which profits from the use of free JobBridge labour.
Peaceful pickets, chants and leaflets will be used to
encourage such employers to take down any current JobBridge
adverts, take on no further interns and commit to the basic
respect of a day’s work = a day’s pay for future employees. We
will not be seeking the immediate abandonment of all JobBridge
positions as the unexpected loss of €50 a week for the person
involved would cause unnecessary hardship. Prior warning will
be provided to all businesses engaged with as part of this
campaign and we hope that this will be enough for them to
reconsider their position before action has to be taken by
Responding to Potential Criticism
Some may say it is unfair that we focus on businesses that are
only making use of a fully legal and government approved
program. We would reply by saying that an under 25 year old
receives only €150 a week through this scheme and there is
nothing fair about trying to make that stretch to cover rent,
food, transport, medical costs and any other expenses. The use
of unpaid internships has eliminated job opportunities that
used to provide a survivable income for people trying to make
ends meet and it has increasingly become a scheme where
employers can ‘try before they buy’ future workers, with no
guarantee they will do the latter. We hope to create an
environment where this practice becomes less acceptable and
the amount of potential wage paying jobs being turned into
internships is reduced.
An Effective Tactic: Initial Success for #WorkMustPay
#WorkMustPay activists were intending to hold a picket outside
the City Pharmacy on Dame Street which was advertising for a
stock control and administrative position but this was
cancelled today after this business responded positively to
our request and removed this JobBridge advertisement without
filling the position. While pleased with this initial success,
we will be distributing more advance warnings to businesses
that take on JobBridge interns with a view to engaging in
peaceful pickets when adverts are not removed. The focus on
these actions will be on employers which are advertising for
intern positions which would have been wage paying entry-level
jobs prior to the introduction of JobBridge e.g. kitchen
staff, porters, retail staff, caretakers, etc.
Stop commodification of our rights!
The Connolly Youth Movement fully endorse
the Rigth2Water campaign and will mobilise all its resources
to help build and promote this movement, which is headed by
the most progressive Unions on this island. We see the
strength in the unity of trade unions, communities and other
organisations such as ourselves as a key element in defeating
this inhumane government policy.
The government is looking to implement a metering system in
approximately 80% of Irish households with the sole purpose of
commodifying this basic human right, so that it can be turned
over to private industry. These companies will exist only to
make a profit, not to provide a high quality service.
The fact that our government, with a social democratic Labour
party sharing power, is willing to hand over billions of
euro's of Irish taxpayer's money to bondholders each year, but
fails to keep water, the source of all life, a public utility
is a scathing indictment to the doctrine of social democracy
and its adherents. This is to be expected from Fine Gael and
Fianna Fáil, who have systematically severed any hope of
expanding public enterprise and who have overseen the
privatisation of other publicly owned industries, services and
We have witnessed our family and friends leave this country,
our right to work and earn a decent wage for a decent days
work is in jeopardy, college fees are rising and we have
become much more dependant on our parents than we should ever
have to be after leaving school and college. Now in a country
that is famous for the amount of days it rains in a year, we
are being made to pay for our usage of water!
The Connolly Youth Movement shares in the anger of those
communities fighting Irish water and their state protectorate.
Anger is a gift, but anger will only get you so far. We must
channel this into a productive, coherent and most importantly
a united front if we are to win this battle. We have to take
the State head on as a united movement and not to boil it down
to the individual's willingness to pay or not pay the charges.
To pardon the pun, the Right2Water campaign will be a
watershed in the trajectory of the Irish working class's
resistance to debt and austerity. We can win.
A Stark Class Divide
A recent report from the Higher Education
Authority reveals a stark class divide in Dublin when it comes
to access to higher education. The report confirms what all
socialists already knew: that teenagers from the leafy
middle-class suburbs are far more likely to go on to
third-level education than those from less privileged areas of
Teenagers from the wealthy Dublin 6 area have the greatest
opportunities, as 99 per cent progress to higher education.
This is in sharp contrast with Dublin 17 and Dublin 10, where
only 15 and 16 per cent,respectively, progress to third level.
The situation is replicated in rural areas, as the children of
big farmers, landlords and business-owners are far more likely
to progress to third level than the rural poor.
The establishment like to tell us that equality of opportunity
exists for all; they claim that anyone who is prepared to work
hard can rise to the top of society. However, this report
shows that the education system is rigged to benefit the rich.
Elitist fee-paying schools, like Gonzaga College in Dublin 6,
are where the elite send their children. The great majority of
parents will never be able to afford to send their children to
such schools; yet these fee-paying schools, outrageously, are
subsidized with public money to the tune of €100 million every
Eoghan Murphy TD of Fine Gael (who lives in Dublin 6) is a
fierce proponent of cuts to public services and wages, yet he
hypocritically defends this huge subsidy to Ireland’s elite
schools. Meanwhile many children in poorer areas of Dublin are
barely able to read or do basic arithmetic by the time they
leave primary school. Negative home environments are an
important factor in causing children from lower-income areas
to be left behind. If this Government were really interested
in equality of opportunity for all children they would stop
the subsidy of €100 million to elitist schools and instead
invest that money in pre-primary and primary education for
children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Labour Party makes a hullabaloo about the abolition of
third-level fees in the 1990s. But the fact that the
proportion of students from lower-income backgrounds barely
increased means that the removal of fees became just another
subsidy for the wealthy. The most prestigious and well-funded
courses, such as medicine, remain dominated by students from
wealthy backgrounds who attended fee-paying schools.
The HEA report proves that the education system is designed by
the elite for the benefit of the elite. The establishment are
not interested in creating equality of opportunity for all:
they only want to preserve their own privilege.
We remember Odessa! Protest in
front of Ukrainian embassy
"Today 02.08.2014 we protested in front of
the embassy of Ukraine in Dublin, Ireland. People of all ages
and all nationalities come together to voice their support for the people of the world
who protested just like us in Europe's capitals. We come
together as one to let the world know that civil war in
Donbass has to stop. People of Ireland come together on this
rainy day in order to remember every victim of Ukrainian
government. From Odessa to Slavyansk, from Lugansk to
At the end we launched black
air balloons in memory of victims killed and burned alive in
Odessa's government building on 2 of May 2014 by "Right
sector" neo-nazi organization and ultras (football fans). We
will always remember. We will never forget."
WFDY Statement for the 100 years
since the beginning of World War I
The past 28th of July marked the 100 years
anniversary since the beginning of the First World War. It was
the beginning of the fist global large scale war conflict
created by the antagonisms of imperialist powers. It was the
terrifying revelation of the results of the monopolistic stage
of capitalism. The millions of dead and the enormous disasters
that involved countries from all the continents will forever
be a reminder of the results of imperialist antagonisms and
aggressions; it will always be a reminder that the imperialist
alliances are serving the interests of the bourgeoisie of each
country but not the interests of the peoples.
The assassination of the heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne,
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, led to the beginning of the war. But
the real reasons that led to the first global imperialist war
can be found the passing of capitalism to its monopolistic
stage, imperialism. The fact that the development of
capitalism couldn’t be limited to the borders of a single
state, and that the national monopolies needed to expand their
markets created tensions over the conquest of colonies and the
control of trade routes. This antagonisms together with the
crisis of the late 19th century, led to the creation of
alliances of imperialist states and to the military build-ups.
Today we can find that history repeats itself with new
imperialist alliances, groupings and continuous military
build-ups. The re-arrangements of borders and alliances that
take place, usually violently are creating sparks that can
lead to wider international conflicts and wars. The capitalist
crisis once again pushes the tensions to their limits. The
need for control of the energy fields and especially the
energy routes creates an intensive competition among
monopolies. The effort to impose certain political
environments and the speculative nature of imperialism
generate developments that even their instigators cannot
control. We can see this taking place now in the Middle East
in Ukraine with unpredictable consequences.
We, as part of the international anti-imperialist movement, as
progressive young men and women pay our tribute to the victims
of the great imperialist war. Our struggle for peace and
friendship among peoples, our struggle to overthrow
imperialism is what brings hope for a better future for
mankind, for the necessary step of progress. As the great
October Revolution gave life through the ruins of the First
World War, we commit to defeat imperialism to bring peace to
The CC/HQ of WFDY
WFDY Statement of solidarity with the
The World Federation of Democratic Youth condemns the efforts to
criminalize the activity of the communists of Ukraine. In a
period where the crisis in Ukraine is intensified, with USA-EU
and Russia antagonize over their interests and against the
interests of the people of Ukraine, the fascist government of
Kiev backed by EU and USA attempts another provocation by
dissolving the parliamentary group of the Communist Party of Ukraine. This measure comes
as a step of implementation of the decision of the Ukrainian
government to criminalize the Communist Party.
This undemocratic measure is put
into effect at the same time where the violence in Ukraine is
still leading its people to bloodshed. It is a measure that
reveals the intentions of the government of Ukraine in which
the nationalist and neo-Nazi elements play a decisive role.
Even more it shows the democratic limits of EU and NATO that
are restricted to the horizon of their interests.
WFDY condemns the undemocratic, fascist methods of the
Ukrainian government; condemns their support by the US and EU.
The attempt to criminalize the communist and anti-imperialist
forces, serves the anti-popular plans and their war-loving
The outrage and the resistance to these kinds of policies is
becoming the duty of every progressive and democratic young
man and woman around the world. We express our solidarity with
the people of Ukraine whose future seems even harder being in
the middle of the imperialist contradictions. Mainly we
express our solidarity to the Communist Youth of Ukraine, our
member organization that continuous its activity under the
rule of terror and persecution.
The CC/HQ of WFDY
Common Declaration of CYO’s on the new
genocide of Israel against the Palestinian people
The Youth Organizations that sign the
following announcement denounce firmly the military operations
of the Israeli state against the Palestinian people that have
already resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives.
The USA, but also the EU, who encourage the criminal
activities of Israel by providing total support, equating the
culprits with the victims, upgrading their political,
financial and military relations with Israel with various
ways, organizing common military drills with the Israeli armed
forces, they have grave responsibilities for the continuing
crime against the Palestinian people and its youth.
The CYO’s call upon the young men and women of the world to
block with our struggle and internationalist solidarity the
new genocide of Israel against the Palestinian people and
youth that are in the crosshair of imperialist aggression, on
the ground of the generalized imperialist plans that exist and
are promoted in the region of the Middle East and of the
Organizations that sign
- That the
- That the
- · The liberation of all
political prisoners from Israeli prisons and all
Palestinians to be free to return to their homes. The
solution of the problems of the Palestinian refugees
according to the UN Resolutions.
- To cancel the military drills and all military
cooperation treaties with Israel.
- · Independent Palestinian
state on the borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its
1. CY Austria - KJOe
2. CY Bolivia - JCB
3. YCL Brazil – UJC
4. YCL Canada
5. YS Croatia
6. EDON Cyprus
7. CYU Czech Republic – KSM
8. CY Ecuador - JCE
9. MJC France - MJCF
10. CY Greece -KNE
11. CYM Ireland
12. YCL Israel
13. Front of CY Italy - FGC
14. CY Luxemburg
15. FYC Mexico - FJC
16. Paraguayan CY - JCP
17. CY Peru – «Patria Roja» - JCP PR
18. Peruvian CY – JCP
19. Portuguese Communist Youth - JCP
20. Revolutionary CY Russia (bolshevics)
21. UCY Yugoslavia (Serbia) - SKOJ
22. Collectives of Young Communists Spain
23. CY Sweden – SKU
24. Syrian CY – Khaled Bagdash Youth
CYM solidarity with anti-fascist resistance
CYM took part in the protest against
supporting and funding of fascist Kiev junta by
institutions of the EU in front of European Union House on
19 July. Protesters, gathered under slogans of "Stop
euro-fascism", "Save Donbass People", "Kiev junta - stop
killing Civilians in Donbass" and others, expressed their
outrage with massacres of civilian population in East
Ukraine, committed by Ukrainian Army and their support for
anti-fascist resistance. CYM would like to stress that the
violence in East Ukraine is a direct consequence of
aggressive expansion of the European Union and NATO to the
East and the result of a general crisis of
WFDY statement of the Israeli attack on Gaza
The World Federation of Democratic Youth
denounces the continuous attack on Gaza. That resulted in
dozens of martyrs, hundreds of wounded and massive
destruction. The Israeli forces launched, in two days,
hundreds of missiles under the approval and silence of the
imperialist powers. The same ones that agreed on 66 years of
occupation, and signed the death of thousands. That support
the Zionist occupation, the spread of settlements, the
displacement of thousands of Palestinians, and the brutality
of the occupation against the Palestinian people.
However, with the brutality of occupation comes the strength
of peoples. Comes unity and resistance.
As well as, the conformation on the resistance path against
occupation. The World Federation of Democratic Youth stand
beside the youth and peoples of Palestine, in their
steadfastness and unity against the Israeli occupation and
attacks. As well as, call for the end of the current attack on
Gaza. We stand by the strength of resistance, from Palestine
to all the anti- imperialist youth and peoples’ of the world.
Similar to the way WFDY fought, since its foundation until
today, alongside its member organizations, against imperialism
and its destructive nature. We will continue on the path of
liberation from imperialism, besides the anti-imperialist
youth of the world.
The CC/HQ of WFDY
Budapest, 10 July, 2014
CYM Statement on the European
The CYM is heartened to see there are a
number of leftwing candidates running in the upcoming European
elections, who are prepared to challenge the disastrous
policies of the European establishment, which have caused mass
youth unemployment across Europe. The CYM does want to work
with leftwing groups and individuals who are resisting the
neo-liberal policies of the EU. We recognise the contribution
Paul Murphy MEP of the Socialist Party, who has co-operated
with other socialists in the Parliament, and has been an
articulate voice against austerity. We wish Paul good luck in
the upcoming election.
However, we do not believe that any of these candidates are
fundamentally opposed to the European Union. The EU is
inherently an imperialist alliance designed to serve big
business, and put the interests of capital before the
interests of labour. The fact that there is no significant
progressive force in Ireland calling to leave the EU, or even
the Euro, confirms that the left in Ireland is very naive
about the inherently capitalist and imperialist nature of the
Imperialism and neo-liberalism is enshrined in the EU
treaties. The CYM do not see the EU as reformable. There is no
possibility of a ‘Social Europe’ while the EU exists. The idea that a ‘Social Europe’ can be created
by the EU is a dangerous myth perpetuated
by Social Democrats. The Social Democrats want to con
workers into thinking they will receive a social dividend if
they pledge their support to European imperialst and
These elections are an opportunity for people in Ireland to
consider our relationship with the European Project. The CYM
calls on young people to question the nature of the Euro
currency, and ask ‘In whose interest does it serve?
The European Central Bank is a fundamentally undemocratic
institution that runs European monetary policies in the
interests of bankers and big business. The ECB is more
concerned with keeping interest rates low than creating jobs
for young people. The ECB, in collaboration with subservient
Irish elites, has shackled tens of billions of private banking
debt upon the Irish people. This debt is illegitimate, and we
call on it to be repudiated.
The neo-liberal policies, emerging from Brussels and
Frankfurt, pit the peoples of Europe into competition with
each other for jobs and services. These policies divide
European people and give rise to reactionary forces. The CYM
wishes to see a Europe built upon co-operation between
democratic, socialist and sovereign nations, where the economy
is democratically planned according to people’s needs and
abilities. Only an economy built around public ownership and
planning can create dignified employment for all, as well as a
guaranteed right to healthcare, education, housing, and access
to a high level of culture and leisure.
Socialism is needed to stop our environment being destroyed
for profit, and stop imperialist wars for new markets and
resources. Socialism cannot be achieved within the current EU
framework, and any talk of Socialism within the EU is pure
folly. We hope that other groups on the left will come to
realize that socialism can only succeed outside of the EU.
World Federation of democratic Youth on the First of May
On the First on May, the Workers Day. The day that resembles
the righteous of the peoples in a prosperous developed world. In
a world, that reaches their presence as individuals with a right
to produce, a developed society. Being the ones that
benefit from their own production, taking this advantage of
their qualities for a better life.
On this great day, history strikes its events, that shouldn’t
be forgettable, in the necessity of overthrowing the system
responsible of the misery of the workers for decades. The
exploitation of the workers’ capability, so that the minority
can rule, on the flesh of the majority. The attack of the
workers’ trade union, to deprive the
workers from organizing their strength. The measures of the
liberal economy, privatization and open market, turning the
workers into slaves of the monopolies. Working in the lowest
conditions, for the benefits of these monopolies.
On this great day, history also strikes with the struggle of
the workers that forced their rights, and forced the
resemblance of their right on this day. The struggles of the
workers, that rejected the exploitation of the capitalist
system, the privatization of their national wealth, the long
working hours, the monopolization of the product and means of
production by the capitalist system. The wars, invasions, and
intervention done by their name, only benefiting the
monopolies and capitalist system.
From the struggles of the workers, to the peoples, forces, and
systems that supported, fought, and struggled to obtain the
legitimate right of the peoples and workers through the
history. Into the measures and character of imperialism
depriving this right.
The World federation of Democratic Youth salutes the workers
and youth of the world in the First of May. As well as,
confirms its position among the workers’ struggles, against
their exploitation. Besides the progressive forces fighting
against imperialism, its measures and aggressions. Into a
world, that insures the workers’ right.
Long live workers’ struggle!
The CC/HQ of WFDY
Budapest, May 1st 2014
Resistance CYM Public Talk Video by Connolly Media Group
forced labour schemes, Yes to real jobs, real pay and a
Ireland’s youth are in crisis. Facing prolonged
unemployment, cuts to social welfare, increases in
college/apprenticeship fees and the proliferation of
questionable free labour schemes, some 177,000 young people
have emigrated from Ireland since 2008.
They are voting with their feet, leaving in search of real
jobs, real opportunities and a real future.
They leave behind the empty promises and empty rhetoric of
the government parties.
They leave behind the “Youth Guarantee” which has neither
the funding nor capacity to deal with the scale of the youth
unemployment crisis and which perversely will see young
people being forced to take up places on free labour schemes
such as JobBridge and Gateway or face the threat of further
cuts to their social welfare.
Our young people deserve better than a choice between forced
emigration or forced poverty. Take a stand for real jobs,
real pay and a real future for young people in Ireland.
CWU Youth Committee Ireland
Mandate Youth Network
Trade Union Left Forum
Unite Youth - Dublin Activist Group
Unite Youth Ireland
We're Not Leaving
Connolly Youth Movement
Young Workers Network
Dublin Council of Trade Unions
Union of Students in Ireland (USI)
Sinn Féin Ireland
Sinn Féin - Republican Youth
Common announcement of the CYO's on the
developments in Ukraine
The developments in Ukraine are
particularly crucial and dangerous, first of all for the
people and the youth of the country, who are being transformed
again into victims of the intense antagonisms between the
USA-EU and Russia, for the control of markets, of natural
resources and the transportation networks of the country.
The open intervention of the EU-USA-NATO, the utilization
of fascist groups and organizations which are the
descendants of the SS and spread fascist and Nazi venom and
anticommunism, the planned persecutions and banning of
political parties primarily against the communists, and the
racist laws that are being prepared against the
Russian-speaking population and other minorities, all
demonstrate the character of the developments, and uncover the
lies about the “triumph of democracy in Ukraine”.
The youth – especially in Europe – can now see more clearly
the real face of the EU: it's a union of the capitalists and
of the monopolies of Europe and serves their interests; that
is why the EU is reactionary in its nature. It is a
union of military interventions, wars, support of the fascist
groups, of anticommunism which is its official ideology. All
those cultivating the illusions that the EU can
transform into a force of peace and stability in favor of the
peoples, have a great responsibility here.
The Communist Youth Organizations that sign this announcement:
Denounce the intervention of the EU-USA-NATO in the internal
affairs of Ukraine, the direct support that they are providing
to the armed fascist groups, the menaces of a foreign military
Express our solidarity with the Communists of Ukraine. We
denounce the persecutions and the attempts to ban the
Communist Party of Ukraine.
The young people of the working class and of the popular
strata must not fall in the trap of nationalist dilemmas, in
choosing a side in the antagonisms over who will exploit them.
On the contrary, the youth have an interest in
organizing and struggling along with the working class, to
open their own way: the way of the struggle in favor of our
modern needs, so that the wealth remains in the hands of those
who produce it, so that we rid ourselves from the imperialist
unions and their antagonisms.
1. Communist Youth of Austria KJOe
2. Union of Communist Youth Brazil UJC
3. Communist Youth Avancando Brazil JCA
4. YCL Britain
5. Communist Youth of Bolivia JCB
6. YCL Canada
7. Colombian Communist Youth - JUCO
8. EDON Cyprus
9. Young Socialists Croatia
10. Young Communists of Denmark - Ungkommunisterne i Danmark
11. Communist Youth of Ecuador JCE
12. Movement of Young Communists France MJCF
13. Socialist German Worker Youth - SDAJ
14. YCL Georgia
15. Communist Youth of Greece KNE
16. Left Front Hungary – Baloldali Front
17. Young Communist Front of Italy FGC
18. Connolly Youth Movement Ireland
19. YCL Mexico – LJC Mexico
20. Young Communists of Norway – UngKom i Norges
21. Paraguayan Communist Youth – JCP
22. Portuguese Communist Youth – JCP
23. RCYLb Russia – RKSMb
24. YCL Yugoslavia (Serbia) – SKOJ
25. Collectives of Young Communists, Spain – CJC
26. Union of Communist Youth of Spain – UJCE
Social Media: In whose interest does
I can’t help but wonder sometimes if the internet and all of
its social media outlets like YouTube, facebook, twitter,
blog sites, instagram etc have been the biggest help or the
biggest hindrance in fostering unity among left political
forces, engaging young people in class politics and creating
new narratives to events happening around the world. There
has been a definite increase and shift in how stories are
breaking and in the age of digital technology and the
arrival of broadband internet, there has been a
transformative shift in how the public interact, receive and
relay information on an almost infinite number of topics.
This has enabled them to not only enter but in fact shape
the traditional media discourse. Before the arrival of the
digital revolution, this had been under the exclusive
ownership of institutions of the media.
Statement of WFDY on the
developments in Ukraine
The past months the international anti-imperialist movement is
watching closely the dangerous developments that are taking
place in Ukraine and the power struggle among imperialism that
are leading the Ukrainian people in dangerous paths. The past
few days the situation has deteriorated more openly into an
The developments starting with the so-called Maidan
demonstrations against the Yanukovych government showed
clearly the elements of international interventions over the
control of the country. The European Union, NATO and the US
supported openly the demonstrations against the
Russia-orientated government of Ukraine as a way of
controlling the developments in a country that has great
geopolitical interest in the power battle between Russia and
NATO-EU. The gas lines connecting Russia to Europe and the
effort to strengthen NATO presence around Russia are directly
connected to the current situation.
In their will to promote their political, military and
financial interests, the European Union openly supported
neo-Nazi and far right paramilitary groups that leaded the
violence during the demonstrations. Despite their efforts to
present the Ukrainian demonstrations as a revolution in the
name of freedom and democracy, the European Union revealed
once again that imperialism, the monopolies and fascism are
connected systemically. The new laws of the so-called
revolutionary government which support minority discrimination
and the ban of the Communist Party in Ukraine are applauded by
the EU. At the same time, the Yanukovych government cannot
claim its innocence in the roots of these developments as its
corruption and unpopular policies supported another part o the
Ukrainian bourgeoisie and created public frustration.
These are results of the capitalist reconstruction that
started in the 1990’s. The promises of a prosperous future
shortly lead to hunger, unemployment, chaos, and continuous
economic crises. Today the people of Ukraine are facing the
results of the capitalist reconstruction in their country.
In this escalating confrontation between the Ukrainian
bourgeoisie and the sides that each one has chosen, whether
this is the EU-NATO or Russia, the people of Ukraine have
nothing to benefit by putting their country as a protectorate
of any power. The accusations for interventions coming
especially from the EU and NATO but also from Russia are
ridiculously hypocritical. The sovereignty and dignity of the
people of Ukraine can be only found in the fight of the
interests of the working class
and the popular masses and not by their dominate class that
puts them into adventures that can only bring war and misery.
At the same time the intense and undisguised intervention of
EU-NATO in Ukraine caused the imitated response of Russia. The
escalation of the crisis is rapidly internationalized,
confirming the concerns of WFDY that repeatedly stated: the
capitalist crisis in intensifying the international
antagonisms of the monopolies and the threat of a small or
wider scale international military conflict.
In the light of current development, the World Federation of
Democratic Youth stands in solidarity with the people of
Ukraine and their fight to stop the march of EU-NATO supported
fascism in their country. At the same time we underline that
the popular interests cannot be aligned with the interests of
any imperialist as they serve only their monopolies. In the
shadow of the forthcoming developments WFDY clearly states
that the only ally of the youth is the struggle of the popular
masses and the anti-imperialist movement.
The CC/HQ of WFDY
Budapest, 5 March, 2014
Joint Statement of Communist and
Workers’ Parties on the recent developments in Ukraine
(Proposed by the KKE and DKP)
Statement on the reactionary developments in
The recent dramatic
developments in Ukraine do not constitute the “victory of
democracy” by the alleged “revolutionaries”, as it is being
described by the mass media of the USA and the EU, but is a
dangerous development, above all for the people of Ukraine
Reactionary political forces, ideological descendents of the
Nazis, have risen to the political “surface” with the
assistance of the EU and the USA. These are forces which
apart from destroying the offices of their opponents, are
planning political persecutions, and the banning of parties,
above all against the communists, and even racist
legislation at the expense of the Russian-speaking
population, like what has been in force for the last 20
years in the countries of the “European” Baltic, with
the blatant political support of the EU.
The communist and workers’ parties that
sign this Joint Statement:
- Express our solidarity and support with the
communists of Ukraine, above all with those who in many
instances went on to the streets in order to defend the
monuments of Lenin and the other Soviet and ant-fascist
monuments, which found themselves “targeted” by the
ideological “cleansing” of history being attempted by the
nationalist-fascist armed groups
- Denounce the USA and the EU regarding their
blatant involvement in the internal affairs of Ukraine,
regarding the direct support they provided and are providing
to the armed fascist groups, supporting historical
revanchism against the outcome of the 2nd World War,
transforming anti-communism into their official policy, as
well as beautifying the fascist groups, their criminal
ideology and activity, promoting the division of the people
of Ukraine with planned persecutions at the expense of the
Russian-speaking of Ukraine.
- Highlight that the
positions of the opportunist forces are dangerous, which
spread illusions that there could exist another “better
EU’, “another better association agreement of the EU with
Ukraine”. The EU, like every capitalist inter-state union,
is a predatory alliance which has a deeply reactionary
character can not become pro-people, and acts and will
continue to act against the workers’ people’s rights and
- Note that the developments in Ukraine are
connected to the intervention of the EU and the USA, are
the results of the fierce competition of these powers with
Russia for the control of markets, raw material and the
country’s transport networks. However the people of
Ukraine, as all the other peoples of Europe have no
interests in siding with the one or the other imperialist,
or the one or the other predatory alliance.
The interests of the working class and popular strata of
Ukraine mean that they must prevent themselves from being
“trapped” in nationalist, divisive dilemmas, on the basis of
ethnic, linguistic, religious particularities and to
prioritize their common class interests, to chart their path
of class struggle, for their rights and socialism. Socialism
remains as timely and necessary as ever. This is the
perspective against every capitalist inter-state union, in
order to pave the way for an economy and society that will
not operate on the basis of profit, but on the basis of the
needs of the workers.
Is it just me, or has the world
Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
That eighty-five people in a Roman bath
Bathe in blood while wearing a mask—
They must feel shame, or is that too much to ask?
But these are the gods for whom temples are built
And it is we left standing without a pillow to sleep.
Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
With this Russian roulette, the chips have been set.
Our mother the player the bullet she’ll get,
Because there’s too much return with betting on black.
No room at the table for the poor voice of the masses,
That is for the oligarchs, patriarchs, and monarchs.
Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
With coloured risings and revolutionary-speak,
A boxed image tunnelled to its peak,
While cannibalised writing takes a front seat,
Carving these intricate tales of the East,
The lens set to blur to hide the veneer.
Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
That the demons of the past have won at last.
From the blood-soaked forests they’ve hoisted their mast,
Proud of atrocities their legacy has cast.
They’ve stepped from their murky disgusting shadow
And now line the streets with a legion to follow.
Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
That the very same heroes whose history is buried,
The real men and women, of which there are many,
Took on and beat the world’s most fearsome army,
Now, like a cruel twist of fate, set to repeat,
To be one of the first victims, just like back in ’33.
But it’s not just me: the world has gone mad.
The insanity of it all makes it so frustrating and sad.
Doing the same thing over and over again,
Expecting to get something else instead.
So we must look to the past and always remember
Those heroes who fell and their glowing embers.
Apparently there’s a revolution afoot in
Ukraine. Just tune in to RTE, the BBC or Euronews and you
could be forgiven for thinking that a wave of popular unrest
is sweeping the country, on the receiving end of which is a
Russian-imposed puppet government that established itself
through coercion and sustains itself through autocratic
The riots are serious and
sustained. Police and protesters have been killed and injured.
The demonstrators’ spokespersons are being interviewed
continually by the Western media—threatening “civil war” and
asserting that they are in the business of overthrowing a
No matter how many times this
is repeated, however, the factual information stubbornly
refuses to acquiesce in their story. Ukraine’s government was
elected by the Ukrainian people on 28 October 2012, an
election that was notable for a sharp fall in support for
Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party, and the almost tripling
of the vote attained by the Communist Party.
So, is this protest movement
just an attempt by Ukraine’s pro-Western opposition to heap
some pressure on the government before the 2015 elections?
Closer inspection of the rioting crowds reveals a much more
On 1 January this year
thousands of young men wearing masks and balaclavas marched
side by side with Second World War veterans—complete with
their old uniforms and deactivated guns—through the capital
city, Kyiv. They were involved in a commemoration that would
be considered unthinkable in much of the rest of modern
Europe. The march’s imagery told the story of the
participants’ ideals: the black-and-red flags, the Celtic
crosses, the runic of the German Schutzstaffel—the SS; and on
their placards the hard-faced image of Stepan Bandera. This
was the uncompromising leader of the militant terrorist branch
of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists, which declared
an independent Ukraine on 30 June 1941—nine days before Nazi
Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
This independent Ukrainian
government’s first act was to collaborate with the Nazis, who
enlisted Bandera’s men in setting up Ukrainian volunteer
battalions. So began an era of incredible barbarism; for, like
the Nazis, Bandera believed that “Bolshevism” and the Jewish
population of Ukraine were the enemies within Ukrainian
society that were to be “cleansed.” A Banderist pamphlet
proclaimed to Ukrainian Jews: “We will lay your heads at
Hitler’s feet.” For more than 1½ million of them, as well as
hundreds of thousands of (Jewish and non-Jewish) Polish,
Hungarian and Russian civilians, the mass graves of the “final
solution” were to be their fate.
The Germans had no intention of
allowing Ukrainian independence of any kind within their Third
Reich, and so they jailed Bandera and his government for
several years, before releasing him again in 1944 when the war
turned against them, setting him up with his own headquarters
in Berlin and letting him and his colleagues return to train
the death squads of the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army.”
Bandera’s story didn’t end in
the ruins of Berlin in 1945, however. Declassified CIA
documents in 2007 revealed that Bandera worked first for
British and then West German intelligence after the war. On 14
October 1959 he was discussing the expansion of his
underground operations in Ukraine while dining with the top
brass of a thoroughly infiltrated BND (West German
intelligence). Acting on this information, the following day a
KGB anti-terror unit caught up with him.
Bandera’s legacy and that of
the rest of the anti-Soviet émigré and underground
OUN/Banderist movement has left an indelible mark on Ukraine’s
political landscape. Always close to West German and latterly
EU interests, and implacably opposed to any policy considered
socialist or pro-Russian (for they regard these as essentially
the same), the modern protesters of the UDAR and Svoboda
(formally the “Social-Nationalists”) remain committed to their
wartime idea that Ukraine is “ruled by a Muscovite-Jewish
mafia” and annually commemorate Ukrainian Waffen-SS divisions
and attack Victory Day celebrations.
While the young men on the
barricades in Kyiv and throughout western Ukraine are the
openly fascist cadres of these groups, what makes them truly
dangerous is the gamble of the larger and more moderate
Fatherland party in supporting this movement, under the cover
of protesting against the government’s opting for a trade deal
with Russia rather than the European Union. They know they
cannot control the movement on the streets, but with the
brazen blessing of the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and
the president of the EU Council, Herman van Rompuy, they
clearly feel that they will be in a position to negotiate on
its behalf with the “international community” if a coup
develops that can bring down the government.
The ideas such a
“revolutionary” government would be based on—presumably within
the “liberal” European Union—should be reason enough to take
these riots very seriously. As one commentator recently
pointed out, if the BNP and EDL were to begin rioting in
England while holding up images of Oswald Mosley it would be
one thing; if they received support from the European Union
and the United States, entirely another. (DOC)
THE WORLD FEDERATION OF DEMOCRATIC YOUTH
PROCLAMATION IN REJECTION OF THE VIOLENT ACTIONS OF
VENEZUELAN FASCIST RIGHT-WING AGAINST VENEZUELAN PEOPLE
Long live the unity of the People!
In recent hours, the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela has come under attack from the fascist right-wing,
as a the plan of imperialism against the revolutionary
process; supported by the most reactionary sectors -inside and
outside- of Venezuela, whose format is similar to the coup
d'état driven in 2002 against the President Hugo Chavez.
This plan has the objective not only to end the Bolivarian
process, but undermining the process of regional integration
in Latin America. Today, a reverse in the process in Venezuela
means to deal a blow to the rest of the democratic and
progressive process on the continent.
We condemn and repudiate the deaths that have resulted from
the concretion of these violent acts, generating disorder,
attacks on public institutions and generally promoting a
violent destabilization agenda in the country. We support the
call for peace, defense of the revolutionary process and unit
have different youth organizations in Venezuela.
Attending to the call for international solidarity we are
asking to all members and partners of the World Federation of
Democratic Youth to express solidarity with youth, people,
workers and the Venezuelan Government continuation of the
legacy of Commander Chavez.
Long live the World Peace!
Down with imperialism!
Budapest, Frabraury 14th, 2014
Tacaíonn Ógra Uí Chonaíle go
láidir le tionscnamh Chonradh na Gaeilge "Lá Mór na
Gaeilge" a reáchtáil don Satharn seo chugainn, 15ú
Eagraíodh an léirsiú i ndiaidh cinnidh
an Choimisinéara Teanga, Seán Uí Chuirreáin, go mbeidh sé
ag éirí as a phost ag deireadh na míosa seo, i ngeall an
easpa tacaíochta rialtais ó Dheas do chearta pobal na
Gaeilge, go háirithe i gceantair Gaeltachtaí.
Luaigh an tUasal Uí Chuirreáin nach bhfuil Oifig an
Choimisinéara Teanga in ann feidhmiú mar is ceart de bharr
an laghdú in achmhainní na hOifige.
Laghdaíodh leithdháiltí na
nGaeltachtaí i ngach Buiséad ó thús na géarchéime, trí
imeallú a dhéanamh ar an dteanga sa chórás riaracháin
Níl rochtain cheart a thuilleadh ag muintir na
nGaeltachtaí ar sheirbhísí phoiblí trí mheán na Gaeilge.
Cuimsítear seribhísí bunúsacha ar nós oifigí poist agus
dochtúirí. Saraíonn na polasaithe rialtais seo a gcearta
Baineann an cruachás leis an Tuaisceart chomh maith. Is í
Tuaisceart na hÉireann an t-aon áit idir an dá oileán seo
nach bhfuil reachtaíocht ar bith ann le cosaint a
thabhairt dá teanga dhúchais.
Is furasta an rud é do na rialtais, ó dheas agus ó
thuaidh, leithcheal a dhéanamh ar mhionlaigh ar nós lucht
Impíonn Ógra Uí Chonaíle ar ógra na tíre a dtuairimí a
chinntiú ar an gceist thábhatach seo. Is ógánaigh iad
formhór lucht labhartha na teanga ar an oileán seo.
Is cuid lárnach í an Ghaeilge dár gcultúr ach fulaingeoidh
sí mura léirimid dlúthphairtíocht leis an tsreachailt ar a
Is linn an teanga. Go mairfidh sí go brách.
The CYM urges all young people to support "Lá Mór na
Gaeilge" and to attend the protest "Walk For Your Rights"
on Saturday, February 15th.
Young people make up the majority of Irish language
speakers on this island. The language will suffer unless
we, the youth, make a strong statement of solidarity this
Saturday to all those concerned about its future.
Education: A Front for Youth's
In times of economic crisis and relentless austerity such as
these, it is crucial to take a step back from the
situation in which we find ourselves and examine the bigger
picture. While many of us are used to the typical news
digest concerning the government's quest for jobs and
the public finances, one sector of our society is undergoing
major "reforms" that receive little critical coverage:
education. The state's budget deficits over the past few
years have been used as an excuse for the ruling classes, both
here and in the real centre of power, the EU, to
implement fundamental changes in the way our education
systems are funded. This unquestionably means the
privatization of our academic institutions, particularly
at third-level, as well as an increased role by businesses and
philanthropists (i.e. wealthy private investors) in how
they are run. The consequences of such measures will be
grave for young people and society in general if we leave our
centres of learning at the mercy of market forces and
the destructive demands of profit.
Last November, the EU parliament passed a resolution
establishing a programme called "Erasmus+", which will operate
in all member states of the EEA (European Education
Area) for the next six years. While RTÉ dressed the initiative
up as a "€14 billion fund to help young people to study
in other European countries", its scope and aims have a
far wider reach. The preamble emphasizes the importance
of cooperation between higher education institutions and
businesses, and apprenticeships are advocated as a means
of bridging the gap between knowledge acquired through
education and the skills needed for work. Such policies
are casualizing young people's entry into the labour market,
making them grateful for the opportunity to work for
nothing. If anyone was under the illusion that the Irish
government is the only authority to have focused on internship
schemes such as JobBridge, they're wrong. It's an official EU
policy line, designed to provide enterprises with a free
supply of highly qualified labour. It is not about young
people upskilling themselves. What is usually referred
to as “labour mobility” in the media has now been given
the seemingly innocuous title “learning mobility” by the EU
The EU's attitude towards the cost of education for students
is contemptible. In a
parliament resolution of April 2012, third-level institutions
were encouraged "to expand scholarship and funding
programmes", but in a resolution of October 2013, Member
States were called on to "uphold the right of all
persons, whatever their economic circumstances, to free
and universal education of high quality". The “social Europe”
we hear of so often clearly has no concrete plan
regarding the provision of accessible, affordable
education services in the future.
The position is unambiguous however, when it comes to the more
mercenary aspects of the EU's ambitions. The Bologna
Declaration states that "We must in particular look at
the objective of increasing the international
competitiveness of the European system of higher
education.... We need to ensure that the European higher
education system acquires a world-wide degree of
attraction". The Bologna Process aims to standardize
qualifications throughout the EEA, a move which benefits
employers seeking graduates from states with cheaper
labour costs. It also gives support to "universities'
independence and autonomy", which is simply a way of
inviting private interests in through the front door, instead
of a university being funded by taxes and subject to any
To bring the issue home, consider Dick Ahlstrom's article in
the Irish Times from October 28th last. State funding
for our universities is fast falling towards the 50% mark, and
this article discussed the State's possible future role
as a minority stakeholder in the third-level sector.
Outgoing UCD president Hugh Brady expressed his opposition to
what he perceives to be "State command and control",
arguing that universities should be allowed to pay their
own way in the world. How has UCD embarked on these plans as
of late? With the help of those ever-so independent
individuals, the philanthropists. Who are they? Peter
Sutherland, for one, chairman of Goldman Sachs, who
part-financed a €25 million development, the Sutherland
School of Law. Denis O'Brien is another, after whom the
O'Brien Centre for Science is named, a development supported
by numerous industry partners that will cost €300
million in total. The sky's the limit for these universities
once they tap into the vast amounts of private capital
at their fingertips. Companies such as Intel and
Accenture hand over the funds, and dictate the areas where the
investment should go, where the graduates should come
from. These projects will serve to help UCD to "compete
internationally for the best staff and researchers and the top
rated graduates and postdoctoral researchers" according
to Dr Brady. The industry partners will receive a fine
return on their investments, and with the means of
international graduates at the disposal of the
universities, the question of affordable education for the
Irish people will be ignored.
Those who actually provide education are suffering as well.
Both Dublin and Westminster have used the crisis as an
excuse to target teachers and, particularly in the case of
the South, to break the back of the resolute teachers'
unions. The Haddington Road Agreement is simply
condemning teachers and lecturers to unpaid labour. Just like
their students, they are expected to work for nothing.
All Supervision & Substitution Scheme payments have
been abolished for secondary school teachers, with a minimum
of 43 hours of such unpaid work to be put in every year.
Third-level staff have to contribute an extra 75 hours
of work per year, and they will only receive 75% of their
former rate for marking exams. What is less known is the
amount by which workers' pay in the education sector has
declined. The latest figures from the CSO show that between Q3
2009 and Q3 2013, their weekly wages were reduced by a
shocking 12.8%, more than any other employment sector in
the economy. The corresponding figure is 13% in the North. A
recent strike in Belfast by lecturers' and students'
unions was supported by the CYM.
CYM opposes the reforms in the education sector that have
taken place during the present crisis. We reject the EU
agenda of privatizing our educational institutions, of
exposing the education system to the brutality of market
forces. We oppose the continued growth of private
funding in this sector, a development that will render our
third-level institutions unaccountable and out of public
hands. We express our strongest solidarity with the
struggle of teachers and lecturers that have suffered as a
result of government policies in the education sector,
and with their unions who strive to defend their working
The quality of our education suffers as a result of the
exploitation of these workers. The government is not
acting in the students' interest, because it is beholden to
the interests of its private creditors and the EU. Young
people must act in their interest. The CYM supports the
constitutions of Cuba and Venezuela, which guarantee their
peoples an education system free of charge, democratic
and obligatory. We call on all young people to engage in
a struggle for this objective.
(Article published in Socialist Voice,
Seven Myths about the USSR
By Stephen Gowans
The Soviet Union was
dissolved 22 years ago, on December 26, 1991.
It’s widely believed
outside the former republics of the USSR that Soviet
citizens fervently wished for this; that Stalin was hated as
a vile despot; that the USSR’s socialist economy never
worked; and that the citizens of the former Soviet Union
prefer the life they have today under capitalist democracy
to, what, in the fevered parlance of Western journalists,
politicians and historians, was the repressive, dictatorial
rule of a one-party state which presided over a sclerotic,
creaky and unworkable socialist economy.
None of these beliefs is true.
Final declaration of the 18th WFDY
World Festival of Youth and
The 8000 of delegates of the 18th
World Festival of Youth and Students who gathered
from 88 countries in Quito, Ecuador, under the
slogan “Youth united against imperialism, for the
World of Peace, Solidarity and Social
Transformation” declare the following:
We salute the people of Ecuador and
its struggles; we express our solidarity in the
struggle of the Ecuadorian people for popular
conquests and radical social-political changes. With
the support of the progressive and militant youth of
Ecuador which in the past years have made important
steps forward and achievements through its struggle
through the process of the “Citizens Revolution” the
international anti-imperialist youth movement
constructed another important moment in the history
of its organized struggle. We gathered in Latin
America, a continent were the youth movement is
steadily growing, once again for the biggest
anti-imperialist youth event in the world to
strengthen our common struggle towards our common
goal: the overthrown of Imperialism..
On the 46th
Anniversary of the Founding of the PFLP
On this, the 46th anniversary year
of the founding of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, the Connolly Youth Movement
wishes to send its fraternal greetings and
congratulations to our comrades in Palestine
fighting the Zionist occupation of their homelands.
From its founding in 1967 by George
Habash, and throughout these past 46 years of its
existence, the PFLP has remained steadfast in its
resistance to perpetual Zionist aggression.
Throughout its 46 years of struggle, the PFLP has
continuously brought the plight of the people of
Palestine to the attention of the whole world, and
has defended those same courageous people with
honour and dignity. During the massacre of innocent
men, women and children in Gaza in November 2012,
the PFLP, along with other groups, were to the fore
in resisting Israel’s attacks, answering each bomb
and missile in kind and showing the world that the
Palestinian people will not simply lie down in the
face of imperialist aggression, but will tenaciously
Further, the PFLP has always rejected
the notion that there can be any settlement or
‘peace’ with the racist, apartheid state of Israel
as long as it continues to occupy stolen Palestinian
land, incarcerate millions of Palestinians in
open-air prisons such as the Gaza strip, and refuse
millions more Palestinian refugees the right to
return to the lands and homes that were so brutally
stolen from them upon the creation of the artificial
Zionist state in 1948. The PFLP has consistently
opposed the cul-de-sac of US-sponsored ‘peace talks’
with Israel, seeing them for what they are - mere
distractions from the struggle for true freedom and
democracy in Palestine. The fact remains that US
imperialism was and is the driving force behind the
Zionist state’s criminal acts in Palestine, and any
so-called ‘peace’ brokered by such charlatans must
be seen for the hypocritical sham it is.
Today, as we speak, the PFLP has
several hundred members incarcerated by the Zionist
state, among them the General Secretary of the
Front, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat. We call on the Zionist
state to immediately release Comrade Sa’adat, along
with all political prisoners and prisoners of war
unjustly held in Zionist cages for the sole ‘crime’
of resisting the occupation of their lands.
On this, the 46th
anniversary year of the founding of the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine, we salute the martyrs
Ghassan Khanafani, George Habash, Abu Ali Mustafa, and
all those who have given their lives for the cause of
freedom and socialism. We wish our comrades in the
PFLP the greatest success and total victory in their
struggle to build a single, democratic, egalitarian
society in all of historic Palestine, where people of
all religions and none can live in peace, with full
economic and social freedom.
The death of Nelson Mandela
Statement by the Communist Party of
5 December 2013
The Communist Party of Ireland expresses its great sadness
at the death of one of the great anti-colonial leaders of
the late twentieth century, Nelson Mandela.
Mandela was a towering
and inspirational figure, a leader of the oppressed of
South Africa and beyond. Together with other liberation
leaders he was convicted in the Rivonia Trial, concerning
two charges of sabotage, one under the Suppression of
Communism Act and one under the General Law Amendment Act.
Their arrest and trial provoked worldwide solidarity, with
money being collected in Ireland and around the world in
the early 1960s to be sent to the International Defence
and Aid Fund to assist Mandela and the other liberation
prisoners in their legal defence.
At this moment it is important to
acknowledge the major contribution made by working people
around the world to Mandela's liberation.
decades incarcerated in apartheid prisons, he remained
unbowed and unbroken. His walk to freedom, with his wife,
Winnie Mandela, beside him, was a defining image of the
late twentieth century. The white apartheid regime, which
for decades nestled snugly under the protective wing of
western governments, did not and could not break him or
the people’s resistance.
In one of his first
speeches Mandela paid tribute to the unbreakable and
unselfish solidarity given to the oppressed masses of
South Africa by the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc,
as against the inaction and active collaboration of almost
all western government with the apartheid regime that
incarcerated him for twenty-seven years. Mandela also paid
tribute to the heroic Cuban internationalists who defeated
the invading South African army on the battlefields of
Angola, which marked the beginning of the end of apartheid
South Africa. No doubt those same western governments will
now heap false praise on this champion of human
liberation, though they did nothing to help during his
With his passing we also remember the
thousands of ordinary citizens, both inside and outside
South Africa, who campaigned for his release and for the
imposition of sanctions on the apartheid regime but whose
demands fell on deaf ears for many decades.
With the death of Nelson Mandela humanity
has lost a deeply humane and committed liberation leader.
We salute him and all the great leaders and fighters who
struggled, and those who are still struggling, for freedom
and social liberation. The long walk to freedom still has
many miles to go. Statement ends
United for Education!
Connolly Youth Movement supports the UCU, Unite and Unison
university staff strike on the 3rd December and urges students
to show solidarity with the strike by joining them on the
picket line. University staff have seen their pay cut by 13%
over the past 4 years while the cost of living has continued
to rise. At the same time staff are being asked to undertake
increasing workloads to the detriment of their health and
teaching. Around 30% of staff are working over 50 hours a week
and a large proportion of higher education institutions are
using precarious zero hours contracts. At the same time over
half of vice-chancellors are receiving salaries of over
£242,000. The conditions imposed on university staff have a
direct impact on students.
Overworked and underpaid staff's teaching ability is reduced
and so the quality of education students receive mirrors the
working conditions of those that teach them. This is happening
at the same time as higher education tuition fees, and their
associated debts, are dramatically increasing and educational
grants decimated. Both students and university staff have a
common struggle against austerity, the destruction of our
education services, the rights of who those who work within it
and young people's futures. We do not have to accept these
conditions which have been thrust upon us by those who seek to
profit from them. Through collective action workers and
students can demand social change for a system that supports a
decent standard of living for workers and an education system
geared towards supporting students rather than market forces.
Queens University, Belfast: Rally at 1pm at
QUB Student Union University of Ulster: Picketing at Campus
entrances throughout the day.
Open Letter of the KKE to the Communist
and Workers’ Parties on the Anti-Communist Activity of Die
Linke in the EU Parliament
We denounce anti-communism, we struggle against the
anti-communist positions of the EU and the anti-historical
equation of the socialism’s contribution with the monstrosity of
fascism at the International Meetings of Communist and Workers’
Parties, as well as at the other meetings of the CPs.
We highlight the irreplaceable
contribution of the Soviet Union to the struggle of the
peoples and we refer to the 20 million dead which it gave to
We expose the dangerous rationale of the “two extremes” and
the relevant framework of the EU, as well as of the bourgeois
governments, a framework that has led to the persecution and
banning of Communist Parties.
We all understand that the struggle against anti-communism and
against the distortion of the historical contribution of
socialism is a very serious task and that the anti-communist
stance must be decisively denounced.
Consequently, we want to inform you that recently the MEP
Helmut Scholz, a cadre of the German Left party “Die Linke”, a
member of the presidium of the European Left Party (ELP),
organized in the European Parliament on the 12th and 13th of
November a meeting with the title: “I traveled to your country
as a guest – German opponents of Hitler as victims of
Stalinist terror: Family histories 1933-1956”.
As the EU Parliamentary Group of the KKE
denounced: “This is a wretched attempt to present German
anti-Nazis as victims of the Soviet workers’ state, an even
more sordid version of the official political line of the EU
that equates fascism-Nazism with communism and promotes the
“theory of the two extremes”. It is an insult to the thousands
of German communists and other anti-fascists who resisted,
paying the price with their own lives, against the Hitlerite
barbarity. A blatant insult to the millions of Soviet people,
communists and militants of the USSR and in all the countries
of Europe, who gave their lives to crush the fascist atrocity.
A vulgar slander at the expense of the first workers’ state in
the history of humanity, at the expense of the unprecedented
gains achieved by the workers under Socialism.”
We assess that this issue is very serious and exposes the
dangerous role of opportunism as a vehicle for the promotion
of the bourgeois ideology and political line, as a force that
defends and disseminates the anti-communist positions of the
The communist men and women are obliged to provide a decisive
International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE
Four pillars to build an alternative
"Now is the time that
we woke up to this reality, that class warfare has been
initiated against us by the imperialist powers, the
capitalists and its class collaborators here in Ireland.
It’s up to us, the youth of today to change the corrupt and
debilitating policies of yesterday to begin building the
nation of tomorrow!" (CYM new pamphlet "Permanent austerity
or path to socialism").
Had enough yet?
The plan of the Irish
government is becoming increasingly obvious: They have no
intention of trying to create jobs for young people, and
instead want to force us into emigration.
capitalism and their local managers in Ireland, cannot
provide a prosperous, or even stable future for us.
The need to create a
socialist system based on the common good, rather the
profits of a few, is more necessary than ever.
Women right to choose
The Connolly Youth
Movement supports a women’s right to choose as a
fundamental human right to control her reproduction. We
believe that women faced with a crisis pregnancy are best
placed to make their own decisions that impact on their
lives and those of their families. We advocate for full
access to safe and free abortion on demand as a
cornerstone of a truly democratic equal and secular
reproductive rights are only a part of the broad range of
women's rights. Women are underrepresented in society in
terms of both work and political participation. The
consequences of the crisis of capitalism effects women in
the first place and in many aspects. Not only difficult
material conditions but also lack of job stability, long
working hours, stress and time requirements from
individual careers are real problems women face. Some of
the main reasons why women decide not to have a child is
an interference with work, school and the fact that they
can't afford it.
Anti-Fascist Demonstration, O'Connell
CYM took to O'Connell
Street today, Saturday September 21st, to demonstrate
their condemnation of the recent attacks by fascists in
Greece, led by the extremist forces of Golden Dawn.
CYM showing red flags
in solidarity with the KKE and the KNE (Sept. 21, 2013)
The demonstration was
organised by Anti-Fascist Action Ireland, to mark the
brutal murder of an anti-fascist rapper and trade
unionist, Pavlos Fyssas, on Wednesday, September 18th.
KKE/KNE on murder of 34 year old by
of Golden Dawn in Athens
"The KKE calls on the people and
youth to denounce the murder of the 34 year old in
Keratsini by the fascists of Golden Dawn in a mass and
decisive way. The criminal and murderous activity of
Golden Dawn has the aim of intimidating the workers and
the youth. It grows bold due to the multi-facetted support
provided to it by the rotten capitalist system and the
interests of big business, which created it and nourish
it, so that it can attack the people who are struggling,
standing up for their rights, so that it can attack the
labour and people’s movement.
The people and the youth have the
strength to stop the murderous activity of the Nazis. The
workers’ trade unions, the mass organizations in the
cities and villages, the people’s committees must isolate
the cowardly murderers of Golden Dawn, and protect the
people from its poison and activity. The people’s alliance
must be strengthened in order to put an end to the
activity of the Nazis and the system that nourishes them."
Photo: KKE/KNE antifascist
demonstration, Athens (Sep. 18, 2013)
CYM Solidarity with Cuban 5
CYM calls for an
immediate release of Cuban heroes: Gerardo Hernández
Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Rene González Sehwerert,
Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort.
Five men are held as political prisoners by the US, after
unfair trial convicted and sentenced to four life terms
and one 75 years. Cuban 5 were gathering information on
violent Miami exile gangs, who planned terrorist attacks
on Cuban soil.
CYM expresses the
full solidarity with Cuban patriots and demands the review
of the case and immediate release of Cuban 5.
Photo: Vigil for
Cuban 5, The Spire, Dublin (Sep. 12, 2013)
40th anniversary of the fascist coup
Made in the USA
On 11 September
2013 was the fortieth anniversary of the fascist coup in
Chile, when the democratically elected government of
Salvador Allende was overthrown in a coup that was
planned, organized and directed from Washington.
Photo: Picket at US
Embassy, Ballsbridge, Dublin (Sep. 11, 2013)
On the intentions for direct
military interventions in Syria
The World Federation
of Democratic Youth highly condemns the imperialist
military and political moves towards a direct military
intervention to the sovereign state of Syria. WFDY
re-affirms its position that we stand against any military
or by other means intervention against the people of
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Ireland’s greatest Marxist
‘dragged up,’ like most proletarian boys. Connolly,
nevertheless, is well educated. His education is of that
sort that comes from conflict with circumstances
. . . His whole character has been coloured by
these circumstances, which have been bitter, and he has a
deep hatred of those institutions which have weighed so
heavily on the working class.”—Murtagh Lyng
Click here for
a short biography.
To read the important writings of this patriotic Irish
Marxist, click here.
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The Connolly Youth
Movement is a youth organisation committed to fighting for
democracy, freedom and unity in this country. The CYM
takes part in the struggle to build socialism in Ireland
and everywhere around the globe.
We unite in our ranks
the many different traditions on this island and of new
people living and working here.
We work primarily
with the Communist Party and the trade union movement to
build an alternative youth culture, to open people’s minds
to the alternatives to capitalism and slavery.
We also work with
other progressive movements to develop young workers’ and
students’ consciousness in their own proud history and
As a member of the
World Federation of Democratic Youth we struggle in
opposition to imperialism and for liberation around the
globe of all oppressed peoples, including ourselves.
Following the early
1990s crisis in socialism the CYM declined and became
defunct for many years. In 2002 it was revived. Since its
revival the CYM has founded branches in Dublin, Cork,
Belfast, and Galway.
The Connolly Youth Movement
(CYM) is an all-Ireland socialist youth
organisation supportive of the Communist Party of
Ireland . . .
“Membership shall be open to
all young people between the ages of 14 to 30 who
agree to this Constitution and the Programme of
the CYM . . .”