22 June 2018

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Salah Hamouri in arbitrary detention for 300 days

21/06/2018 - 16:07

Three hundred days. Salah Hamouri, a French-Palestinian lawyer, has been arbitrarily detained in Israel for 300 days. "A few days before the end of his sentence, we have no guarantee that he will be released, as the extension of the sentence is still to be feared. The French State must finally obtain his liberation," insists his support committee.

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Support the AWP's campaign for the 2018 General Election

21/06/2018 - 15:11

As Pakistan heads toward a general election in July, cynicism about the mainstream political sphere is rife. Attempts by unelected institutions to subvert the democratic process are playing out in full public view, censorship and attacks on press freedom have escalated and personal attacks among political elites have replaced any pretense of reasoned debate about Pakistan's many economic, social and political crises – from rising inequality, to crippling national debt, to the 22 million children out of school, to the affordable housing crisis, to widespread malnutrition, to the imminent countrywide water shortage.

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1968 and the Spanish State: The Year in its Context

20/06/2018 - 16:58

Understanding the Spanish 68 requires an understanding of the rise of anti-Francoism in the previous years and its evolution after the state of exception declared in January 1969.

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A critical left approach

20/06/2018 - 16:04

The world has been surprised by an impressive popular mobilization in Nicaragua, mainly of youth, which began in opposition to reforms to the social security system, but which has evolved to demand the resignation of the government. Its cost is tragic: dozens of dead, injured and detained, study and work centres destroyed, and a semi-paralysis of economic activity.

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Trade Union Power and Democratic Transition in Tunisia - The UGTT: A Unique Story, An Unprecedented Experience

19/06/2018 - 11:41

In the wake of the collapse of the dictatorship in Tunisia, the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) constituted a key player in ensuring the country stayed on track for a peaceful transition to democracy. This article is intended as a guide facilitating better understanding of the UGTT's power which allowed the trade union to assert itself and serve as a balancing force in a national context marked by strong political competition and significant social instability. In this context, the authors explore the origins of the UGTT's power and analyse how these power resources were articulated and combined in the national dialogue (between October 2013 and November 2014), a process that allowed the country to extricate itself from the political impasse, earning the UGTT and three other civil society organisations the Nobel Peace prize in 2015

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A feminist revolution engulfs Chile

19/06/2018 - 08:00

For the past month, Chile has been living to the rhythm of demonstrations and university occupations by a historic feminist movement, calling for non-sexist education and the end of harassment and of gender inequality in the health system.

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Fifty years after the revolutions of ‘68

18/06/2018 - 14:19

The fiftieth anniversary of May ‘68, like the centennial of the Russian Revolution, is far from a mere ritual commemoration. Both mark high points of the struggle of the workers for their self-emancipation, and their lessons are incorporated into our history and give continuity to the struggle for socialism. History is alive in these central events of the class struggle. The revolutions of 1968 had objective and subjective consequences that have been fundamental in the last decades of the 20th century and the first decades of the 21st.

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Trump's trade war on the world

18/06/2018 - 11:45

Trump's conflict with Canada and European countries over trade grabbed headlines during the G7 summit, but there are deeper factors involved, writes Lee Sustar.

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The spirit of 1968 is inextinguishable – even 50 years later

17/06/2018 - 21:05

This rebellious era shaped radical activists – and aggressive capitalists. What can we learn from 1968, for democratic change today?

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Climate change and the next left

17/06/2018 - 16:18

Climate change is already happening. But the really bad news is that there's very strong evidence that capitalism will deliver a future of catastrophic climate change that will have far-reaching effects around the world, especially in the imperialized countries of the Global South. There is a vast gap between the continuing growth of greenhouse gas emissions and the massive reductions of emissions needed to prevent widespread catastrophes.

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Banning abortion is violence against women

16/06/2018 - 11:08

This statement by Ni Una Menos (not one woman less) was issued on 4 June on the occasion of major demonstrations in Argentina calling for a liberalization of the law on abortion ahead of the debate scheduled to open on 13 June. On 14 June 2018 the Chamber of Deputies voted by a narrow margin to legalize abortion in the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy. This great victory is the result of years of mobilization by women in Argentina. It has to be confirmed by a vote in the Senate and approval by the president. The statement was translated and abridged for publication for

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Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia: 1968 as the antipodes of 1989

16/06/2018 - 10:42

From March 2 to April 14, 2018, a series of initiatives dedicated to "May 68 seen from the South" were held in France, initiated and supported by the Sortir du colonialisme network, Cedetim, the Institut Tribune socialiste (ITS), the IPAM Foundation, the Gabriel Péri Foundation, the Fondation de l'écologie politique, the Copernicus Foundation, Espace Marx and the Centre d'histoire sociale du XXe siècle. The French magazine “Contretemps” will be publishing articles on “the 1968 years” including some contributions on “May 68 seen from the Souths” throughout 2018. This article by Catherine Samary is a modified version of her contribution to the latter.

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1968: a revolution too early to judge

16/06/2018 - 07:10

The events of 1968 have been stripped of their meaning and are now more a symbol of capitulation than revolution. Accepting this is the first step to making its legacy relevant again

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How Britain's colonial legacy still affects LGBT politics around the world

15/06/2018 - 11:37

At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, the British prime minister, Theresa May, urged Commonwealth nations to reform existing anti-gay legislation held over from British colonial rule.

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Parliamentary elections in Slovenia

14/06/2018 - 01:06

A new electoral consultation took place in Slovenia on Sunday 3 June 2018. The ultra-right conservatives of Janez Jansa gained the highest number of votes with 24,96 % It is followed by another right party that won 12,66 %. This important score is largely due to anti-migrant demagogy. But this election result is not enough to have a majority government and if he wants to be in power, Janez Jansa will have to find partners from the multitude of small parties, including the anti-islamic party that obtained 4,20 % of the vote. [It would be an exaggeration to call Jelinčič's party fascist. Janša's party certainly has neo-fascist features and even originates from Slovene interwar fascism, but it would be anachronistic to describe it as such.] Meanwhile there are events that can provide hope. The Levica party (The left) won 9,29 %. This is to be compared with the 9,92 % gained by the social-democrat party. Lucien Perpette asked Marko Krzan, a militant of Levica to comment on these elections :

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US military base on Diego Garcia must be closed!

13/06/2018 - 16:13

For 42 years now, LALIT has mobilized on the three closely intertwined demands on this issue:

Decolonization of the Chagos Islands, illegally split off from Mauritius by Britain at Independence in 1968.

Closure of the US military base on one of the islands, Diego Garcia.

The right of return, heads held high, of all Chagossians, as Mauritians, with proper reparations.

Our mass mobilizations of the 1970s and 1980s have helped keep the struggle against military occupation on the agenda until now. Lalit never gave up on any of the three. Why should we?

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Malaysia's “Second Emergency” (1968–89)

13/06/2018 - 15:34

The impact of revolutionary developments in Vietnam and China on the May events of 1968 in France and other Western countries has long been acknowledged. Less notice has been paid outside Asia to their repercussions on other Southeast Asian countries, which also experienced a revolutionary high tide in 1968. The upsurge of armed struggle in Malaysia in 1968 is rarely mentioned in general studies on the period, and is not often talked about even in Malaysia.

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Will this election in Mexico be fraud-proof?

12/06/2018 - 09:45

One month away from Mexico's presidential election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO) finally appears to be the undisputed candidate for the presidency.

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Siege and resistance in Gaza: an interview with Toufic Haddad

11/06/2018 - 17:22

For more than 10 weeks, Palestinians have gathered in protest every Friday at the Israeli-Gaza Strip buffer zone, located in the perimeter of the 1949 armistice lines. Called by organisers the Great March of Return, the mobilisations have demanded an end to the crippling Western state-Israeli economic and political blockade of the Gaza Strip and that families expelled for generations from their homelands be allowed to return.

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‘Sooner or later, there will be a new financial crisis'

10/06/2018 - 22:00

The recent bubbles in the stock exchanges and financial markets foretell an imminent financial crisis that would likely be stronger and more dangerous than in the past, according to Eric Toussaint, historian, political scientist and a spokesman of the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM).

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