17 October 2019

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No to the invasion and occupation of northeastern Syria by the Turkish army

4 hours 57 min ago

The Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists condemn Turkeys invasion of Northeastern Syria and its deadly assault on the Kurds.

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Revolution, project and democracy - notes on the Hirak

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 03:15

Now, in its seventh month of uninterrupted mobilization, the Algerian popular protest movement Hirak, considering its spread, scale and lack of political resolution, can be seen as a long-term development generating a debate which is more conceptual than punctual. Terms like revolution, democracy, constituent process, social class, oligarchy, issaba and bourgeoisie, are the key words that structure debate and action.

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No Conviction for the Movement In and Out of the Army

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 16:46

The solidarity movement with conscripts/soldiers in Greece is under attack for yet again as a new persecution against the Free Soldiers Network “Spartacus” and the Solidarity Committee to Conscripts is underway. More precisely, an active duty officer of the Greek Army (a former commander of an army unit in the city of Alexandroupoli) sued Nikos Charalampopoulos, a member of the “Spartacus” network with the accusation of “continuous libel and slander”.

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The war for Erdogan's survival means poverty and death for us!

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 14:49

Once again, Erdogan has decided to play the war card.

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Catalonia political prisoners trials

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 18:37

Today we have learned of the penalties imposed against Catalan pro-independence political prisoners. After two years in prison, Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa, Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Sànchez, Joaquim Forn, Raül Romeva, Jordi Turull and Josep Rull have been sentenced to various terms of between 9 and 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds.

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Letter of support to the peoples of Ecuador

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 14:39

Señor Lenín Moreno,

We hereby manifest our concern and our rejection of the repression unleashed upon the people's mobilization in defense of their rights, in particular the collective rights of the Indigenous Peoples and Nationalities, Afro-Ecuadorians and Montubios: women, men, children, youth and adults, who are being subjected to intense repression by the police and military forces under your command.

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Catalonia: Interview with Josep Maria Antentas

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 08:56

Josep Maria Antentas teaches sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Xavier Puig spoke with him following the publication of his latest book, “Spectros de Octubre” (Sylone).

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On Argentina

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 07:00

The international crisis has meant the ruling classes have unloaded the costs of the neo-liberal economic measures onto the backs of workers throughout the world. In a region which is again living through turbulent times, as we see with the people's upsurge in Ecuador or the political crisis in Peru, the shift to the right in Latin America is real but also unstable. The axis of the authoritarian and ultra-liberal offensive internationally is the Trump administration but a key regional outpost of it can be seen in the semi-fascist Bolsonaro government. This is the context of the upcoming Argentinian elections.

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Ecuador: Brutal economic decisions (“paquetazo”)

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 09:06

With a stubborn position that borders on political suicide, the government of Lenin Moreno, during the seventh day of massive and combative Popular Unemployment, has preferred to repress thousands of indigenous, students, settlers and workers who have risen throughout the country, by employing savage police and military force against them. In fact, this decision was stringently placed ahead of the possibility of repealing the “economic package” imposed on October 1 through Decree No. 883.

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No absolute majority for the SP, the right suffers an historic defeat

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 16:33

The 6 October general election saw the left increase its parliamentary majority thanks to the increase in votes for the PS (Socialist Party). However the latter did not achieve its objective of a working parliamentary majority on its own. The Bloco de Esquerda (BE – Left Bloc) consolidated its position as the third national political force.

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Betraying the Kurds

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 08:26

Donald Trump's treacherous sellout of the Syrian Kurds puts a new spin on the old saying that imperialism “has no permanent friends, only permanent interests.” It's true that the ultimate betrayal of the Kurds was almost inevitable — as has happened so many times before. But the particular way Trump's done it — right after a phone call with his Turkish autocrat buddy Erdogan, without consulting the Pentagon, State Department, “national security” staff, major allies or anyone else except his own great and unmatched wisdom — is truly spectacular. And of course it feeds into the U.S. domestic tangle in ways still to unfold.

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Trump's ‘stab in the back' to the Kurdish national movement

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 00:08

In one more blatant display of his erratic character, political irresponsibility and human carelessness, US President Donald J. Trump abruptly announced on the night of Sunday 6 October, following a phone call with Turkish President Recep T. Erdogan, that he had ordered the withdrawal of US troops stationed in North-East Syria (numbering close to one thousand). These troops had been there to support the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a multi-ethnic coalition led by the Kurdish forces of the People's Protection Units (aka YPG), in their fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS).

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Hong Kong : Statement from Students' Unions of Higher Institutions on the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:44

On 4 October 2019, the regime announced that it has decided to invoke powers under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance and enacted the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation (“Anti-Mask Law”). The Regulation prohibits Hongkongers from covering their faces in unauthorised assemblies, illegal assemblies, or even authorised assemblies and marches.

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India and the Colonial Debt

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:32

“The former Indian minister and a member of the parliament, Shashi Tharoor demanded Britain to pay reparations to India and other former colonies for its decades of imperial rule. He made the case in a debate entitled ‘This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies', organised by the famous debating society, the Oxford Union in 2015.

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Women against neoloberal reforms and repression in Ecuador

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:48

We, the women who resist - in the streets, in our territories, from our spaces and communities - we are the feminist sisters from Abya Yala, those who combat with our bodies, and sustain life; We sympathize with the criminalized, detained, repressed and persecuted in these days of protest against the neoliberal economic measures (paquetazo) of Lenin Moreno´s government. Since the announcement on Tuesday, of the structural adjustment measures in Ecuador, the different organizations and popular movements, indigenous and social, called for an indefinite strike against the economic violence exerted by the Government/ International Monetary Fund / Business Partnership, that fundamentally affects the popular sectors, the most impoverished and the middle classes.

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In defence of Greta Thunberg

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 08:39

The young Swedish woman Greta Thunberg has faced an exceptional outpouring of hatred that translates into the most vile macho attacks, the most sordid insinuations about her mental health, the lowest calumnies about her autonomy, and even barely veiled death threats.

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Mugabe is dead: remember Chiadzwa

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:15

The death of Robert Mugabe (1924-2019) is being celebrated by Zimbabweans around the world. The 2008 massacre at the Chiadzwa minefield deserves to stand as a testament to his rule, writes Leo Zeilig.

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Making Portugal's Break With Austerity Real

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 09:16

As Portugal heads to the polls this Sunday, the Socialist government boasts of its success in breaking the country out of austerity. Yet as the Left Bloc's Francisco Louçã tells Jacobin, the current low-investment growth model is unsustainable — and fundamental questions around debt restructuring and the Eurozone architecture remain to be answered.

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Modi's Philosopher

Sat, 10/05/2019 - 09:35

The far-right ideology of Hindutva has gained frightening currency under Indian leader Narendra Modi. But in order to combat it, we first have to understand Vinayak Damodar Savarkar — the man who originated the violent ideology.

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GM Workers Need More Than a Decent Contract

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 09:27

The GM workers out on strike have been hit with concessions for years. They need more than a decent contract — they need a transformational agreement that puts workers' rights before GM's profits.

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