7 April 2020

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To confront capitalism's multifaceted crisis the bankers must be expropriated and the banks socialised

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Bank shares have been plunging since mid-February 2020. If the big and institutional holders are selling these urgently, it must be because they are at risk. Part 2 of the series: The Capitalist Pandemic, Coronavirus and the Economic Crisis

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Economic crisis only because of the Corona pandemic?

06/04/2020 - 18:24

With the onset of an economic crisis that has been universally acknowledged since the end of March, two main questions arise: To what extent is the corona pandemic the starting point (or even the cause) of this crisis? And secondly: can the aid programmes that have been adopted prevent a deep and prolonged recession?

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Bohrer's loving, fuming critique

06/04/2020 - 18:02

“Ashley Bohrer's Marxism and Intersectionality is indispensable reading for socialists trying to understand how class, race and gender mesh. ” Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism by Ashley J. Bohrer, Bielefeld (Germany): Transcript, 2019, distributed by Columbia University Press, $45.00

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Women, race and class in social movements: An extract

06/04/2020 - 13:01

Jules Falquet looks at the complexity of identities, loyalties and the interests of everyone in social movements. The book Imbrication. Femmes, race et classe dans les mouvements sociaux published in February 2020 by Éditions du Croquant, presents the history of guerrilla (Salvador), Indian-peasant (Zapatista movement in Mexico) or Black (Brazil, Dominican Republic, USA) struggles, as well as the women's, feminist and lesbian movements of the continent: the women of the Americas and the Caribbean offer us an exceptional mirror to better understand “intersectionality” at a time of a profusion of struggles, sometimes confusing . Starting from the daily life of these movements in order to reach a veritable "science of the oppressed", this book is aimed at an inquisitive public as well as activists and the world of research. [Contretemps]

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Against the crisis: The crisis is not an opportunity, it's the enemy

06/04/2020 - 08:14

The Corona Pandemic and the economic crash that is currently shocking and shaking the world poses a massive danger for people around the world. For many capitalists the crisis is an opportunity, and for the capitalist system this is also the solution to underlying problems in the capitalist economy. COVID-19 is the creative destruction that capitalism needed in order to survive. This sounds perverse, and it truly is. Socialists must not only work to mitigate the worst effects of the crisis, but also understand the capitalist crisis as the enemy itself.

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This Changes Everything

05/04/2020 - 20:56

This editorial was published in the South African magazine Amandla Issue 69 31 March 2020.

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The pandemic is a symptom of capitalism's sickness: Workers should look to their own survival

05/04/2020 - 15:47

As we face into a catastrophic viral pandemic the question many are asking is how is it that while the world is fabulously wealthy the funds are not available for a first class health care system? Everything is in short supply!

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Statement of Feminists and Women's Rights Organizations from the Global South and marginalized communities in the Global North

05/04/2020 - 13:55

The following statement has been endorsed by nearly 1160 individuals and women's networks and organizations globally, from more than 100 countries, to demand States to adopt a feminist policy to address the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that is consistent with human rights standards and principles.

This initiative was initiated by women from the Global South and marginalized communities in the Global North and was coordinated by the Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR).

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Call of the indigenous peoples, afro-descendants and peoples organizations of Latin America.

05/04/2020 - 05:38

The crisis that the COVID-19 has provoked globally presents a crossroads to the peoples of Abya Yala - Latin America. The popular organizations are the first line of resistance against the worst expressions of the decomposing system:

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Understanding the Holocaust

04/04/2020 - 22:30

Understanding the Holocaust is a direct challenge to Marxism. Marxism is a body of theoretical and experiential understanding, which tries to explain the rationality behind history, but the fusion of racism, slave labour, oppression, persecution, irrationalites and barbarism, of the Holocaust and Auschwitz is hard to explain even with Marxism's insights.

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Covid-19 in Sweden: “We are suffering the full extent of our broken healthcare system”

04/04/2020 - 16:58

The Guardian reports: A petition signed by more than 2,000 doctors, scientists, and professors last week – including the chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Prof Carl-Henrik Heldin – called on the government to introduce more stringent containment measures. “We're not testing enough, we're not tracking, we're not isolating enough – we have let the virus loose,” said Prof Cecilia Söderberg-Nauclér, a virus immunology researcher at the Karolinska Institute. “They are leading us to catastrophe.”

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“The Coronavirus pandemic is part of a multidimensional crisis of capitalism”

04/04/2020 - 13:25

Eric Toussaint was interviewed by the newspaper l'Anticapitaliste (France).

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Government proceeds with the automatic regularisation of migrants and refugees with pending residency applications

04/04/2020 - 12:00

This measure results in a temporary residence permit and avoids crowding of the public at the SEF (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – Immigration and Borders Service) during the pandemic. Beatriz Dias, Bloco's MP, welcomes the decision that guarantees access to social benefits for many "migrant people who work and contribute to social security revenues".

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The Corona Virus Pandemic and Past Pandemics

04/04/2020 - 09:29

The Corona virus threat has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. How not to respond to it from the left is easily seen, by apparently leftist posts circulating in social media (Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter), which suddenly wake up to how many people die because of hunger, how many die due to dengue, or due to various other ailments. These are not serious responses, and usually by individuals who on other days seldom care about the collapse of public healthcare, or the causes of world hunger.

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Swiss government rejects confinement and relies on “individual responsibility”

03/04/2020 - 20:02

With 11,888 positive cases and 193 deaths to date [27 March] for 8 million people, Switzerland is the country with the most Covid-19 cases per capita in the world. 13.74 cases per 10,000 inhabitants on average in the country as a whole, 39.65 in Ticino, 35.19 in Geneva and 29.49 in the canton of Vaud.

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Car manufacturer PSA backs down under pressure from employees

03/04/2020 - 12:07

Although the management of the PSA plant in Valenciennes - Trith-Saint-Léger wanted to resume activity, as of Tuesday, 31 March 2020 it had to back down following opposition from the CGT and CFTC unions represented on the establishment's Economic AND Social Committee (CSE). A first victory against the plans of PSA who wanted to make this a test factory.

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How China contained Covid-19 and the dangerous world to come

03/04/2020 - 06:26

This interview with Kevin Lin explains how medical personnel in Wuhan, China sounded the alarm in late December as the coronavirus began to spread. After an initial period of denial and scapegoating, Chinese leaders took decisive actions to contain the virus, even as some of those actions produced unintended consequences. As Covid-19 deaths spike around the world, China faces a potential resurgence of the pandemic and a mounting ecomonic crisis that will test the Communist Party. And although civil society in mainland China and street protests in Hong Kong have been quashed, the crisis may open a path for labor, feminist, and democratic organizing to spread among the youth, even as nationalist tensions rise between the US and China.

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Towards social crisis in Italy

02/04/2020 - 17:39

The Italian health crisis, after three weeks of lockdown, is taking on even more dramatic aspects and, so far, there are no convincing signs of limitation of the epidemic: it has now affected [as of 29 March 2020] 80,000 people and claimed more than 10,000 victims. At least, these are the official figures. On all sides, including international scientific communities, such as Nextstrain, there is the hypothesis of much higher figures. In any case, the entire national health system is no longer able to guarantee adequate care for all patients and even less to keep the other services running: one million “normal” operations have been postponed.

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“To fight the Coronavirus is to fight capitalism!”

02/04/2020 - 17:36

Since the announcement on 10 March, 2020 of the first case of infection and, a week later, of the first death due to Covid-19, Turkey now has 7,500 infected and 108 dead. We are thus entering the weeks when the number of cases and deaths are very likely to increase dramatically. But which will also show whether the measures taken so far have helped to contain the spread of the virus.

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More than 60,000 Germans have tested positive...

02/04/2020 - 08:53

More than 60,000 Germans have tested positive for the coronavirus and 577 have died from Covid-19 as of March 31. Yet, Germany has not yet suffered the terrible casualty rates seen in France, Spain, and Italy where approximately 25,000 people have died in the last few weeks. And while workers have suffered neoliberal cuts, Germany's powerful capitalist class has partially succeeded in forcing weaker states in the European Union to bear the brunt of the long-running economic crisis. But the monster is next door and Germany is not out of the woods. And even if it Germans are spared the worst, the far right is growing and the parties of government may well use this crisis to buttress surveillance powers to strengthen their hand in preparation for the deep recession that will no doubt strike at the heart of the countries manufacturing industries.

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