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Vol. 78/No. 10      March 17, 2014

New communist book center opens in Greece
ATHENS, Greece — Nearly 50 people gathered Feb. 16 to celebrate the opening of the new offices and warehouse here of Diethnes Vima, which publishes books on revolutionary working-class politics in Greek as well as Arabic. Participants included workers who have been part of three recent strikes, unionists engaged in organizing efforts at the airport, construction workers, students and others active in solidarity with the Cuban Revolution.

“We are happy to celebrate the publication of our most recent title, Lenin’s Final Fight, and to announce that we are working on the following books: Che Guevara: Economics and Politics in the Transition to Socialism by Carlos Tablada, Teamster Rebellion by Farrell Dobbs, and Women in Cuba: The Making of a Revolution Within the Revolution,” said event chair Natasha Terlexi, an editor at Diethnes Vima and airline worker. Diethnes Vima mainly publishes translations of books by Pathfinder Press, like the three above.

Cuba’s ambassador to Greece, Oswaldo Cabacho Martínez, gave extended greetings. Italian-born painter Renata Menis donated one of her beautiful works to be hung at the new offices. Loukia Konstantinou, a two-time participant in international volunteer work brigades in Cuba also spoke.

Teamster Rebellion, a book about workers in the U.S. who in the 1930s built class-struggle industrial unions, will be an invaluable tool for our fights here,” said Bobbis Misailides, another Diethnes Vima editor who also works at the Athens airport.

Sofia Roditi, a leader of the Women’s Committee of the nine-month-long steelworkers strike at Elliniki Halivourgia that ended in July 2012, also spoke. She was at the meeting with her steelworker husband and daughter. She learned about Diethnes Vima from airport workers who joined the steelworkers’ picket lines in solidarity. “I appreciated two books the most, Problems of Women’s Liberation by Evelyn Reed and the book on the Cuban Five, which opened my eyes to the Cuban Revolution.”
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