18 November 2019

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We are quitting the Awami Workers Party

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 13:01

Capitalist exploitation in Pakistan is assuming alarming proportions. Democratic spaces are shrinking. The state is increasingly becoming oppressive towards social movements and working class organisations.

- IV537 - October 2019 /

Macron and the Gilets jaunes

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 04:53

“We're here, we're here, even if Macron doesn't want it, we're here, for the honour of the workers and for a better world.” One of the songs of the gilets jaunes.

- IV537 - October 2019 /

British politics in utter turmoil

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 17:40

British politics is in utter turmoil as a general election looms. We face either a Labour government, possibly as the biggest party with the support of other left parties, most notably the Scottish National Party, with a radical left agenda; or a reactionary Tory Government driven by racism, populism, and English nationalism, with a race to the bottom economy and a strategic relationship with Donald Trump's America First USA. This could determine the shape of British politics for a long time to come.

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The Fantasy of Normalcy: Neoliberalism, the Family, and the New Right

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 18:11

In a comment published in New York Magazine in 2018, Andrew Sullivan warns the LGBT movement against its leftist “excesses,” which run the risk of jeopardizing the achievements of the gay rights movement and of opening the doors to a reactionary right on the rise:

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Down with Sisi and Long Live the People!

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 14:25

Whatever the outcome of the demonstrations we are witnessing, and whether or not you stand with them or against them, it is certain that the grip of terror on the hearts of people across Egypt is slackening and that the wall of fear built by the regime during the last six years is cracking and close to collapse. The departure of Sisi is no longer a distant dream, but nearer than ever before.

- IV536 - September 2019 /

Among the right-wing governments, Bolsonaro's is the one with most neo-fascist features

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 21:33

Michael Löwy, the French-Brazilian sociologist and philosopher, has been one of Europe's most influential Marxists for the past 30 years. In this interview, translated from Portuguese, he discusses Jair Bolsonaro and the global return of the right.

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Let's win back our future: change the system not the climate

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 20:37

The week of mobilization that began on Friday, 20 September is of an historic scale: already more than five thousand events in 156 countries, four million demonstrators. Hundreds of thousands of young people have been coming out of their schools and universities on climate strike for months and are massively present this week, largely responding to the call by Greta Thunberg. There is a new generation rising on all continents to avert the ongoing climate catastrophe.

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The millennial generation's struggle for self-determination

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 07:52

Over the last few months, a massive wave of mass struggle emerged in Hong Kong and attracted the world's attention. We are republishing this interview with Hong Kong socialist Au Loong Yu published by Think Left, which has interviewed local social activists in Hong Kong, in order to allow its readers to have an in-depth understanding on the current political crisis and mass struggles in Hong Kong from a perspective beyond mainstream media.

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Sergio, the irreplaceable comrade

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 11:37

Sergio d'Amia died on 16 September 2019. His mother, an Italian Communist Party activist under fascism, then in the Resistance, signed him up at the age of 10 for the Pioneers, the organisation for the youngest communists (organising youth up to the age of 15), after which they could go on to the Fgci (Federation of Italian Communist Youth).

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The New York City Student Climate Strike

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 10:17

When I got up the morning of the September 20 world-wide student climate strike, I turned on the TV news with my cup of coffee, and saw a huge, spirited and loud demonstration in Melbourne, Australia, held the previous day, which was September 20 there. I was both surprised and inspired.

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The Day After Macri's Downfall

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 10:22

Argentina's recent elections have set the country's right on the path to defeat. But that won't immediately put the working class back in the driver's seat — much greater mobilization is needed for that.

- IV536 - September 2019 /

Striking General Motors Workers Aren't Backing Down

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 13:23

Nearly 50,000 UAW members are on strike for the third day. For years, they've been hit with plant closings, pay cuts, and two-tier contracts — and they aren't ready to make concessions.

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Lexit will not dismantle Fortress Europe

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 08:20

Climate strikes across the globe highlight the plight of climate refugees, or “economic migrants” as they are wrongly labelled. The question of migration has been a central one in the British debate on the European Union. We publish a contribution from Labour List.

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Why buid a global climate strike in Brazil

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 10:33

The last four years (between 2015 and 2018) were the hottest years in our history, since temperatures were measured regularly and on a global scale in the year 18001. Global warming is a reality, denied only by those who insist on attacking science. Excessive emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane – mainly from the burning of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) and the livestock – intensify the greenhouse effect, a phenomenon of heat retention on Planet Earth.

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MNA's Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar Granted Bail

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 10:29

After a dozen of hearings in Kharqhamar check post attack case on 18 September Peshawar High Court's Bannu bench accepted the bail pleas of MNA's, Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar [see The News article below]. The MNAs have been asked to provide surety bonds worth Rs1 million each. They have been asked to report to police once a month. “The judge gave a verbal order and we are waiting for the written one,” said Latif Afridi, the lawyer representing the MNAs.

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Pakistan: Capitalism and climate change

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 08:43

The week from September 20 till September 27 has been designated as the week of the ‘Climate Strike'. It is an unprecedented event in its ambition to disrupt business as usual.

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Scottish independence grows nearer

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:39

One of the first things Boris Johnson did on becoming Prime Minister was to give himself the title of ‘Minister for the Union' and head to Scotland to try to shore up the collapsing Tory vote and prevent independence.

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Ecosocialism & Just Transition - System Change

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:08

Climate change requires major societal change. But how do we ensure this transformation is done in a fair and just manner? John Bellamy Foster—a renowned environmental sociologist and editor of Monthly Review—takes a look at the idea of the Just Transition, arguing that any strategy to save the planet must go beyond the strictures of capitalism.

- IV536 - September 2019 /

The future demands environmental justice

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 11:50

While the forests in the Amazon and Congo are in flames, while extreme weather demolishes island countries from the Caribbean to Southeast Asia, while the Great Lakes suffer from both flooding and the spread of algae, politicians and corporations fail to address the climate crisis. So youth around the globe are taking a stand, demanding that we break with the fossil-fuel economy. On September 20 youth are striking for climate justice. We stand with them!

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British politics in tumult

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 10:08

It is a tumultuous time in British politics.Parliament returned from its summer recess on September 3 to a new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, elected by only Tory members following Theresa May resignation as Prime Minister.

- IV536 - September 2019