21 January 2020

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Dangerous liaisons: Can Podemos make a deal to govern Spain?

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:48

On Tuesday afternoon, we received unexpected news about a potential deal, a pre-agreement, between Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez and Unidas Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias to form a coalition government to last for a four-year term. After six months of inconclusive negotiations and a series of new elections in which both the PSOE and UP lost votes and parliamentary seats it is only natural that this accord would catch everyone off guard, especially given the right-ward turn Sánchez conducted throughout his whole campaign.

- IV538 - November 2019 /

Against the coup in Bolivia

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:32

This is no time for misrepresentation. Bolivia is suffering a brutal and violent coup d'état organized by a racist extreme right, which has begun to recover a political space and social backing in recent months in the Andean country. We denounce this coup and express our full solidarity with the Bolivian people!

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A paradigm of modern barbarism

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:29

In its series Notebooks for Study and Research the Amsterdam International Institute for Research and Education has published, or rather re-published, an interesting collection of essays by Enzo Traverso. Re-published because Critique of modern barbarism is an enlarged version of Traverso's Understanding the Nazi Genocide. Six more recent essays cover subjects related to the original theme, aiming to bring the understanding further and extend these findings to more general issues. Nevertheless the bulk of the book is formed by the six original texts. So a spoiler alert is warranted: those who know the original book may feel disappointed.

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Spain's permanent crisis regime

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 04:26

In a context of a surging far right alongside the consolidation of political forces determined to defend the pluri-national Spanish state, the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), having shown itself incapable of benefiting from either the collapse of the populist right-wing Ciudidanos party (Citizens-CS) or the retreat by Unidas Podemos (United We Can-UP), has suffered a clear failure in its hopes of winning a “cautious majority.” When all is said and done, Pedro Sánchez, the leader of PSOE, may end up confirmed as prime minister by way of one or another possible pathways. However, neither governability nor political stability are guaranteed faced with growing economic shadows in the middle of a climate emergency, not to mention a deficit of legitimacy for the regime in Catalonia.

- IV538 - November 2019 /

Will Evo's resignation lead to Pinochet or resistance?

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:25

The coup d'état against Bolivian president Evo Morales has generated the kind of anguish that great defeats of revolutionary struggles evoke: Allende's fall, Che's death in combat, defeat in the Spanish Civil War. “Criticism is no passion of the head, it is the head of passion,” Marx once said. We do not have to put aside the sentiments that envelope us today, rather, we must mobilize them for positive ends.

- IV538 - November 2019 /

Tribute to David Sanders (5 August 1945 – 30 August 2019), Revolutionary humanist and socialist

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 16:32

According to Leo Rosten, the author of The Joys of Yiddish, a “mensch” is "someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. Other definitions define mensch as a person of honour and integrity.

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Reject the coup d'etat in Bolivia

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 14:00

This Sunday (10 November) will go down in South American history as one of its darkest days. After weeks of institutional destabilization, business groups, landowners and the Bolivian Armed Forces have just succeeded in removing President Evo Morales and his vice-president García Linera from office. This is a coup d'état with a reactionary character and strong racist components, as shown by the successive attacks on the headquarters of indigenous organizations and the violence of the extreme right against activists in favor of popular sovereignty.

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More than just a “Spring”: the Arab region's long-term revolution

Sun, 11/10/2019 - 19:52

The Arab region is immersed in a long-term revolutionary process that pits youth-led movements against authoritarian rulers and neoliberal capitalism, explains Gilbert Achcar.

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Solidarity with the popular uprising in Chile

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 09:52

Since 18 October we have been witnessing the most powerful popular upsurge since the time of the Popular Unity in Chile (1970-1973). In a world context convulsed by great movements against neoliberalism, authoritarianism and corruption – in recent months there have been revolts in France, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Iraq, Sudan and Algeria – the Chilean popular uprising is of enormous importance and symbolism.

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“The working class is in the process of constituting itself as a political actor"

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 09:10

Karina Nohales is part of the 8M Feminist Coordination and Javier Zuñiga is involved in the Movimiento del Agua y los Territorios (MAT – Movement for Water and Territories). Alex G. spoke to them on October 28, 2019

- IV538 - November 2019 /

The coming crisis and the rise of “national liberalism”

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 08:42

The world's main political and economic leaders expect and are preparing in one way or another for a sharp slowdown in economic growth that could be coupled with a financial crisis.

- IV538 - November 2019 /

The automotive industry will be at the heart of the coming economic crisis

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:11

Since mid-2019, we have been living through the prelude to a deep crisis in the most important industrial sector of global capital. The automobile industry, the leading manufacturing sector of capitalism, is facing a crisis. By 2018, total car production in Germany was declining. In June 2019, there was a sharp 4.7% drop in new registrations (compared to June 2018). In August, manufacturers producing in Germany alone announced the loss of more than 30,000 jobs. The contradiction in Opel is typical. This subsidiary of the French group Peugeot is finally back in the black. But at what cost? In terms of employment, the numbers are dark red. Since the takeover by PSA [in February 2017], 8,000 jobs have been eliminated at Opel, which corresponds to 25% of the total; the reduction of 2,500 additional jobs is envisaged, as well as the closure of one of the three production sites.

- IV538 - November 2019 /

Update: ESSF/MiHANDs emergency appeal: earthquakes in Mindanao (Philippines)

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 12:10

Schools, clinics and homes in the provinces of North Cotabato, Sarangani and Davao have been destroyed or damaged by a series of earthquakes, aftershocks and flooding. People on highways are begging for help and food from passers-by. Heavy rain is complicating movement of people and relief supplies.

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Emergency Situation: Mindanao (Philippines) hit by a series of earthquakes, after-shocks and flooding – A call for solidarity

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 09:47

Schools, clinics and homes in the provinces of North Cotabato, Sarangani and Davao have been destroyed or damaged by a series of earthquakes, aftershocks and flooding. People on highways are begging for help and food from passers-by. Heavy rain is complicating movement of people and relief supplies.

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Mobilize now against climate disaster

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 11:51

The week of 20-27 September saw a historic mobilization for climate justice. With more than 7.5 million demonstrators in 185 countries, it is the largest coordinated global mobilization since the 2003 Iraq war.

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For a Social and Democratic Coalition in the Moscow City Parliament

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 09:40

We are celebrating the victory of the opposition in the Moscow City Parliament. This is our victory!

- IV538 - November 2019 /

Detroit Foreclosed

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 13:05

Mary Jones-Sanders bought her home on Detroit's east side back in 1975. That's where the African-American woman raised her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Thoughts on Bolivia

Sat, 11/02/2019 - 22:04

“The battle, the struggle, is permanent. And I want you to know, sisters and brothers, that as long as imperialism exists, as long as capitalism exists, the struggle will continue, not just in Bolivia, not just in Latin America, but across the planet, wherever there are human beings. [….B]ecause, sisters and brothers, uprisings don't just happen in Bolivia nor in Latin America, but around the world, we can talk about the French Revolution, we can revisit the grand uprisings of many countries, of Africa. That is to say, where there is inequality, where there is injustice, the people rebel, the peoples rise up…”

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Which Green New Deal?

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:46

As a candidate for the Green Party 2020 nomination for president, I released a Budget for an Ecosocialist Green New Deal during the Global Climate Strike, September 20-27, 2019. Our bottom line is that a ten-year, $27.5 trillion public investment in a Green Economy Reconstruction Program is needed to zero out greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 across all sectors of the economy: electric power, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and buildings.

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Canada - After the federal election: the dangers, and challenges, that lie ahead

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 08:55

It is still early to interpret fully the results of Canada's October 21 federal election. But behind the immediate results some trends are clear. Canada's Federal Election, 2019

- IV537 - October 2019 /