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KKE Solidary with the Palestinian People -

Joint Statement of Communist and Workers' Parties

A large mobilization was organized in Athens on the 24th of July where once again the KKE and KNE expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people and condemned the new Israeli crime that is supported by the U.S., the EU and NATO. The above mobilization was organized by the Attica Party Organization of the KKE and the Attica Organization of KNE. Dimitris Koutsoumpas, the General Secretary of the CC of the KKE participated in the mobilization, as did a large delegation of the CC of the KKE, Thodoris Chionis, the Secretary of the CC of the Communist Youth of Greece and a large delegation of the CC of KNE.

The Secretary of the CC of the KKE, D. Koutsoumpas, had a meeting with the Greek President of Democracy on Wednesday the 23d of July, where he demanded the cancellation of all the Greek government’s agreements with Israel.
Dimitris Koutsoumpas noted:

"We cannot remain indifferent to the new genocide committed by the State of Israel against the Palestinian people, with the daily slaughter of civilians, children, women, workers and youth. No one can or should equate victims with their aggressors. We believe - and we have raised this issue – that the Greek government should immediately cancel all agreements with Israel, especially military agreements, but also economic and political agreements. They shouldn’t help a state, a regime that is murdering the Palestinian people and creates problems and risks of a conflagration throughout the Mediterranean region."

More here: http://inter.kke.gr/en/articles/The-Solidarity-interventions-of-the-KKE-with-the-Palestinian-People-continue/

Capitalism and Slavery: An Interview with Greg Grandin

8.1.14 ~ by Alex Gourevitch
Our notions of freedom emerge from and depend on slavery

In 1855, Herman Melville published “Benito Cereno,” a novella about a New England ship captain who suppresses a slave rebellion onboard another ship discovered off the coast of Lima, Peru. The story takes place in Melville’s favorite setting, a ship in open water, and deals with one of his main preoccupations: slavery. As it happens, it is also true. Thanks to Greg Grandin’s masterful Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, we now know that history.

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Grandin’s book not only reconstructs these events, but in the process takes us from Duxbury, Massachusetts, to Bristol, England, to Senegambia, to Lima, to trace the complex threads of the slave trade that tied sealing captains like Amasa Delano to West African slave rebels like Babo and Mori to Latin American captains like Cerreño.

Along the way we learn how capitalism, slavery, and competing notions of freedom have been historically related; how doctors used slaves in early experiments with vaccination; how the slave trade was the chrysalis out of which came modern tort law and financial instruments; that Islam spread among slaves and became the basis for a number of slave revolts; that ships were floating tyrannies and seal hunters barbarians of a special sort; and much more ...

Much more here (and very much worth the long read): https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/08/capitalism-and-slavery-an-interview-with-greg-grandin/

Devastation in Gaza (Photos)

Devastation in Gaza: Rights groups estimate that more than 10,000 houses have been destroyed in the Israeli offensive: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.608548

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