Party Briefings

Various party committees publish briefing papers on national and international issues. A selection of these can be found to download and read below.

Updated November 2014

The briefing document on Syria contains information on the pro and anti government forces, Ba-athism, Syrian communism and a timeline of major events dating back to 1916.

Syrian Communism

The split in the Syrian Communist Party in 1986 had the backdrop of perestroika, with the Faisal wing essentially sympathetic and the Bagdash wing opposed. Differences also centred on inner party democracy (the last three general secretaries of the SCP in order have been KhaledBagdash, his widow Wisal and now his son Ammar). Both parties have expressed criticisms of the ruling Ba’ath (within permitted limits) with the SCP focusing on economic changes and the SCP (U) on political and democratic reform.

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Syria Briefing

Updated November 2014

The 52nd Congress of the Communist Party of Britain resolved that:

The key priority of our international agenda must be the implementation of UN Resolution 194 calling for the creation of a sovereign, viable and independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel with the borders of 4 June 1967, Jerusalem as its capital and the right of return of refugees. In furtherance of this goal and to highlight the injustices perpetuated by the state of Israel, we will campaign for its universal boycott, including all things academic, cultural, economic, military and political.

We support the demands of the Palestinian people and their organisations for the restoration of all that has been taken from them, for rights and freedoms, the cessation of abuse and the release of all political detainees, including child prisoners. Our party supports the demand for UN recognition of Palestinian statehood and sees it as its particular duty to campaign for the release of the Palestine Legislative Council member and PLO leader, Marwan Barghouti. Our party also notes the continuing opposition within Israel to the creation of a sectarian Jewish state, the mass movement developing in the face of deteriorating economic conditions and the role of the Communist Party of Israel.

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Palestine Briefing

Mali is a large landlocked country in West Africa with a population of almost 15 million. The north of the country is part of the Sahara desert and most of the population live in the south around the Niger and Senegal rivers. It, therefore, has Saharan and sub-Saharan zones. Ninety percept of the population are Moslems. Like much of West Africa, Mali was seized by France in the late 19th century as part of the scramble for Africa and did not achieve independence until 1960. Life expectancy is 49. Most of the population live below the poverty line. Mali is overwhelmingly agricultural. Cotton is the main cash crop which is exported to the west via Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire. Gold is mined in the south of the country.

Since January 2012 a rebel force of Jihad groups has advanced rapidly to control the whole of the north of the country and recently moved to threaten the capital Bamako.

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Mali Briefing