7 December 2019

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The defence of the Amazon is a fight for the future of the earth

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 08:30

“I don't want flowers at my funeral, because I know they will be taken from the forest.” Chico Mendes

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On political crisis in Moscow

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 10:54

The events of the past month in Moscow have led to a political crisis on a national scale. Its distinguishing feature is the inability of the authorities to govern as usual, combining political methods and repression for maintaining stability. The mechanism of maintaining legitimate power through controlled elections with low turnout and the predictable victory of United Russia no longer works.

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Oppose Continuing Assaults on Idlib and on Kurds in Northeastern Syria

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 07:20

We, the Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists oppose the military attacks on the Idlib region and northern Hama and threats and assaults against the northeastern regions of Syria. We support all the innocent civilians in Syria.

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On Trump and Netanyahu and mutual interests

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 09:42

It has been an interesting week.. Two members of Congress, Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib had been invited to visit the Israeli-occupied territories under the auspices of an organisation called Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy (aka Miftah). The tour was not organised by Israel or by a group sympathetic to the actions of the Israeli government and military; instead it is a Palestinian group and these Congresswomen were not going to see the usual tour that most American Congresspeople take. Tours for Congress members are organised regularly by AIPAC through the aegis of the AIEF (American Israel Education Foundation); given the politics of AIPAC these tours have specific aims, the primary one being building support for Israel. J Street also has organised alternative tours to Israel by Congresspeople in the past.

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Puerto Rico: The organic crisis and the alternatives

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:05

The discredit attained by the dominant parties, by the legislature, by the “politicians” and even “politics” itself, defined inaccurately, but viscerally despised by many people, recalls the concept of “organic crisis” advanced by the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci. Authors such as Stathis Kouvelakis have used it to analyse the movement of the gilets jaunes in France. An organic crisis involves a breakdown of the ability of the ruling class to “maintain its leading role”. One of its “most visible symptoms” is the “collapse of support for traditional parties”.

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5 Ways to Support Palestinian Queers

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:44

On 18 August, the Palestinian Police Force issued an official statement banning the activities of alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society. The announcement followed an unprecedented attack on alQaws in social media channels. The statement promotes incitement against alQaws - and LGBTQ Palestinians - by encouraging members of society to report on alQaws activities.

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Palestinian Authority bans LGBT group, calls for repression

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 07:44

On Saturday, August 17th, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority police, Louai Irzeqat, issued a statement concerning alQaws' activities in the West Bank. This first-ever statement about alQaws declared that the PA police would prohibit any event organized or held by alQaws for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Palestinian Society. The police claimed it goes against “traditional Palestinian values” accusing us as “foreign agents.” The statement went further, calling on citizens to complain about any “suspicious” activities and for the persecution of alQaws staff and activists.

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Support for Hong Kongers in struggle for their democratic rights

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:27

It was indeed Beijing and the head of the local Government Executive, Carrie Lam, who took responsibility, almost four months ago, for opening up this crisis by calling into question the status enjoyed by this territory as a Special Administrative Region, a status that stems from the handover agreements of the former British colony. This ensures it a significant degree of autonomy in many fields. This status was due to remain in force until 2047 at least.

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With the constitutional agreement, the Sudanese Revolution enters a new phase

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:44

The Sudanese Revolution has won major victories. But it still needs to wrestle control from the military to popular forces.

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The battle of the Bogside

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:22

Marking its 50th anniversary, Vincent Doherty looks at one of the most significant episodes in modern Irish history

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Statement on India's Revocation of Jammu & Kashmir's Autonomous Status by the Indian Government

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:43

As the Indian government resorts to annexation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir at gunpoint, detaining its political leaders and cutting off all means of communication, we extend our solidarity to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as they struggle for their most basic rights and freedoms.

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