Daily Archives: December 13, 2015

Ukraine | New Workers’ Party

A new left-wing party is organizing in Donetsk. This initiative was proposed by local leader of Independent Trade Unions Alexander Smekalin. It is expected that the organization will be called the Workers’ Party of Donbas.
The draft program of the new party pays great attention to issues of worker self-management. The document condemns nationalism. At the same time, the Party recognizes the right of nations to self-determination. Marxism in the draft program is not mentioned, but the program is clearly based on the basic principles of Marxism.
With regard to the Soviet Union, a draft program repeats a series of errors typical for the Stalinists. Parties with the same views on the Soviet Union have already existed in the Donbas, so the question arises, what is this party created for? Apparently its main difference is the emphasis on workers’ self-management.

Anti-NATO rally in Montenegro

On December 2, Montenegro received an invitation to become the 29th member of NATO. The government called it a “historic moment”.
Podgorica obtained a Membership Action Plan in 2009, which was regarded as a step before membership – but the expected invitation to join failed to materialise at last year’s alliance summit in Wales.
While the pro-Western government sees joining NATO as a strategic priority, Montenegrins remain bitterly divided about membership.
Many in the large Serbian community are still angry about NATO’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which forced Belgrade to withdraw from what was then the Serbian province of Kosovo.
The Kremlin has called the membership invitation to Montenegro a blow to European security and to relations between Russia and NATO.
Several thousand opponents of the Montenegrin government staged an anti-NATO rally on Saturday in Podorica, shouting “No to NATO” and “Long Live Russia” and demanding a referendum on Montenegro’s membership of the alliance.
Accusing the government of pushing the country into the alliance against the will of the citizens, they also blamed Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic for backing Western sanctions against Russia, a country “without whose help Montenegro would not exist”.
“Anything other than a referendum [on NATO] would be occupation of Montenegro, which can only end with an armed uprising,” Janko Vucinic, from the Workers Party, said.
Protesters carried Serbian and Russian flags and banners proclaiming “We are not for war, and you?”, “We love our homeland” and “No to NATO”.

OUTCOMES OF THE U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN PARIS

Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a landmark agreement on December 12 in Paris, charting a fundamentally new course in the two-decade-old global climate effort.

Culminating a four-year negotiating round, the new treaty ends the strict differentiation between developed and developing countries that characterized earlier efforts, replacing it with a common framework that commits all countries to put forward their best efforts and to strengthen them in the years ahead. This includes, for the first time, requirements that all parties report regularly on their emissions and implementation efforts, and undergo international review.