Sitaram Yechury member of the Indian Parliament and Politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was at the Perse School in Cambridge on Tuesday the 1st of November to give the second of the new Rajani Palme-Dutt Memorial Lectures, following Rob Griffiths' inaugural talk last year, writes Leonardo Impett. 

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Greece: The people rise up!

Economic policy EU style. The people of Greece face disaster not of their own making as EU/IMF/World Bank austerity measures bite deep. The workers have responded with the sixteenth general strike in a year. This one has been dubbed the mother of all strikes and even the Acropolis was closed. Nothing moved on land, on the sea or in the air, as all workers unions struck for 48 hours. The aim is to block passage of a law [the first part scraped through at 9pm on Wednesday evening], which abolishes sectoral bargaining, raises taxes, slashes wages and dismisses thousands of public sector workers.

Researchers at Cambridge University using Greek government health ministry statistics have logged a 25 per cent increase in suicide since the austerity measures took hold.

GREECE: Mass protests extends across major cities

"We can stop them! We do not owe anything-We will not pay your head tax! " Many tens of thousands took part in demonstrations against the Greek government and EU imposed programme of austerity. They were particularly angry at the imposition of new levels of tax levied on workers and the self employed and mailed to their homes en mass. 

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COMMUNISTS PROTEST: Slovak bans contravene human rights

The Slovak Republic succumbs to the revanchist anti communism of the extreme right with legal changes to repress those who stand by the Allied victory of 1945 and post war social gains. Communist party protests to Ambassador Zervan at the Slovak embassy.

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SWINDON: This weekend celebration of International Brigaders

A memorial meeting is to be held this Saturday in Swindon, [details here] to honour two comrades, Percy Williams IB and Les Thompson lifelong Trade Unionist, Communist and anti-fascist. Entry is free and you are welcome to bring refreshments. Robert Griffiths will speak. Jim Bainbridge, renowned melodeon player and singer will entertain. Join us for an evening of memories, music and politics. 

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