19 July 2019

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Looking at the presidential duel

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 05:02

Indonesia's incumbent president, Joko Widodo, won the country's general elections on 17 April 2019, beating his rival, Prabowo Subianto, who had a nefarious military past. A victory for democracy? It's not that simple…

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Teachers on strike in Poland

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 07:15

On 8 April 74% of schools and kindergardens in Poland went on strike. The strike's organizer is The Polish Teachers' Union (ZNP), close to the Social Democrats, but the strikers are also members of the pro-government Solidarność (Solidarity) union and non-union members. It is the biggest teachers' strike since 1993 and possibly the biggest in the history of Poland. There is impressive solidarity and grassroots mobilization of a mainly female occupational group. Inter-school strike committees are being launched as well.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Democracy, the constituent assembly and the challenge of transition

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 09:12

It is the political question that is now structuring the actions and debates in the popular protest movement known as “Hirak”. Since 22 February 2019, the date of the emergence of the movement that occupies the street and Algerian public space, the demand has quickly passed from its ethical dimension, the rejection of the candidacy of an old and sick president for his fifth term, towards the political issues that underpinned this candidacy and its corollaries relating to the organization and democratic exercise of Algerian government.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

NSSP statement

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 12:12

‘Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said said on twitter that information about these attacks had been received in advance, but attempted to sidestep responsibility. “We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken. Neither I nor the Ministers were kept informed.”

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Russia: The Protest Movement is Younger, Poorer, and More Left Wing

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 09:01

As conspiracy theories about Trump-Russian “collusion” and fatuous claims about Putin's iron grip have dominated American headlines for the past two years, the politics of the Russian street have undergone a noticeable transformation. Despite the authorities' best efforts, mass street protests have become a fact of Russian life. The mass protests for fair elections in December 2011 aroused intellectuals' interest in opposition politics in the large cities. Seven years later, the aesthetics of protest have changed. Today's protests are more and more defined by youth from poor families from provincial cities. This is a welcomed development, proving once again, that politics in Russia is far more vibrant, especially among young people, than the American media would have us believe.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

“President and Government should be held responsible for Easter Sunday carnage”

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 16:25

At least 253 people were killed and 500 were wounded due to the suicide attacks carried out by religious extremists on Easter Sunday on three churches and three luxury tourist hotels in Sri Lanka. The Left Voice, an organisation of socialist activists in the trade unions and peoples' struggles, unconditionally condemns this barbaric attack.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Defeat the BJP Strengthen the Working Class, Left and All Progressive Movements

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 08:10

The 2019 Indian general election is currently being held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes will be conducted on 23 May, and on the same day the results will be declared. [1] This statement by Radical Socialist was issued on 19 April 2019.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

The Left Bloc 20 years on

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 04:38

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the foundation in Portugal of the Bloco de Esquerda (BE – Left Bloc), which was created as a unique political movement and not as a unified political party or as a coalition. Its constitution and evolution, for those of us who have closely followed this experience with interest and passion from other political contexts, is paradigmatic. A unique experience that is not free of paradoxes, challenges and risks. A revolutionary left that does not want to limit itself to a testimonial practice and self-affirmation has to reflect on these.

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PST denounces “charade called ‘consultation meeting'”

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 15:55

After having taken note of the invitation of the PST on 21 April by the "Presidency of the Republic" to "a consultation meeting on the preparation of the presidential" and which takes place on Monday 22 April 2019 at Club des Pins, the National Secretariat of the party has decided the following:

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The killing of Lyra McKee

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 07:59

On 18 April the twenty-nine year old journalist, trade unionist and lesbian activist Lyra McKee was shot while reporting on rioting in the Creggan area of Derry in the North of Ireland. This killing provoked widespread grief for a well-known journalist and activist and anger against the New IRA – a dissident group that broke with the Provisional IRA in 1998, rejecting the Good Friday agreement. – IVP

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Ukrainian Elections: The Crisis of Representation and Reconfiguration of Oligarchic Power

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:48

The elections in Ukraine have come a shock and will have an impact not only in Ukraine and East Europe but globally. What does this mean and how did it happen? In order to help understand these dramatic events Christopher Ford organiser of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign interviewed leading Ukraine specialist Yuliya Yurchenko author of Ukraine and the Empire of Capital (Pluto, 2017).

- IV531 - April 2019 /

There Is No End in Sight for Turmoil in the Middle East

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 05:56

In this edition of the Interview, Fair Observer talks to Gilbert Achcar, professor of international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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Québec solidaire vows to fight CAQ government's racist bill

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:06

National Council reaffirms party's program on separation of church and state, rebuffs QS leaders' attempts at ‘compromise'

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Notre-Dame: the tragic consequences of an incendiary policy

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 08:55

Monday, 15 April 2019 will be remembered as the day when Notre-Dame de Paris was ravaged by the flames. At the time of writing [16 April], the fire seems to be under control and only a few residual fires remain contained by firefighters, who fear the risk of fresh outbreaks. It will actually take several days or weeks to know the extent of loss and damage caused by the fire, the collapse of the frame and the spire, but also the consequences of the hundreds of thousands of litres of water pumped out to extinguish the flames, on the structures and the works of art that could not be evacuated.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Building the Slovenian Left

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 20:17

Luka Mesec, the coordinator for the party Levica (“The Left”) in Slovenia, in conversation with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung's Wenke Christoph, on the political models that helped them succeed, and what challenges and chances come along with tolerating the government and building local structures.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Six remarks about the elections in Israel

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:14

The first comments on Netanyahu's victory, right and far right in Israeli politics, how did Arab Israelis vote.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

"Many women have become conscious of the value of claiming their rights and demanding the end of the system"

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 08:21

Titi Haddad, a feminist activist in Algeria was interviewed by Antoine Larrache

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Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 07:39

In the late spring of 1919, green meadows in the fertile plains of the Punjab were acquiring a golden hue with the sun's rising radiance. It was the onset of harvest time. A century ago the near-absence of pollution, the air would have been fresh. With mustard yellow pastures in the periphery of the ripening wheat crops and the spring breeze imbued with fragrance of fresh foliage, gave spring its serene and alluring splendour.

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How not to skip class: social reproduction of labour and the global working class

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:02

“…labor-power is a commodity which its possessor, the wage-worker, sells to the capitalist. Why does he sell it? It is in order to live.” Karl Marx, Wage, Labor and Capital

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Assessing 40 Years of Labor Notes

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:29

Labor Notes is one of the most successful socialist projects in the labor movement in US history. It has trained and connected tens of thousands of union militants throughout the world.

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