Left politics

New Wave of Strikes and Protests in Iran Needs International Solidarity

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/12/2018 - 11:37am in

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ImageDuring the past few weeks an ongoing wave of protests and strikes in Iran has gained a new intensity.

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What recent London demos say about the state of the British left

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/12/2018 - 4:57am in

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by by Phil Hearse

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Demonstrations on successive weekends in London last month shone a spotlight on major political rifts — in the major parties and in the political left.

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Review: The Political Theory of Che Guevara

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 16/11/2018 - 3:55am in

by by Sean Ledwith

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Renzo Llorente. The Political Theory of Che Guevara. Rowman & Littlefield International, London, 2018. 196 pp., $39.95 pb.

The iconic Alberto Korda image of Che Guevara captured at a political event in Havana in 1960 continues to cast a spell over the imagination of the global left. In the wake of the wave of revolutions that erupted across the world one year after his execution in 1967, t-shirts and posters carrying the photo were de rigueur for rebels with and without a cause. In this century, the legend of Che has been re-fuelled by the resurgence of the radical left in the form of the anti-capitalist movement and its electoral manifestations such as Syriza and Podemos. The publication of his youthful Motorcycle Diaries in 2003 sparked another slew of biographies and movies that propagated the paradox of revolutionary chic.

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What's Left in Latin America?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/11/2018 - 6:13am in

by By Jenny Pearce

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The victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO) in Mexico’s July 2018 presidential election has led many to hope that a left is again resurgent in Latin America. His success bucks the recent trend in a region where the threat of ‘Castrochavismo’ has been used relatively effectively by the right to attack the left, which has sustained widespread electoral setbacks in the face of significant failings in government. Accusations of authoritarianism, economic mismanagement, corruption and even violence overshadow commitments to redistribution and social change.

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João Pedro Stedile on the election results in Brazil and the way forward

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 7:06am in

by By People's Dispatch

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The devastating victory of extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential elections on October 28 left many across the world shocked and wondering how someone who openly preaches hate and violence could have won. Claudia Fanti, an Italian journalist, spoke to João Pedro Stedile of the national board of the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST), about the elections and the way forward for the left in Brazil.

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On Activism, Voting, and Responsibility

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 04/11/2018 - 10:48pm in

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As most of us know, the history of left politics has had its share of sharp, even profound disagreements.

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Brazil: The Collapse of Democracy?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 31/10/2018 - 12:33pm in

by by Alfredo Saad-Filho

(This article was originally published on Oct. 27.)

Brazil will elect its new President on 28 October 2018. Since the judicial-parliamentary coup that removed elected President Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party (PT), the new administration (led by her former Vice-President, Michel Temer) has advanced its agenda of neoliberal ‘reforms’. The economic crisis has continued unabated, and the campaign for the destruction of the PT has intensified, leading to the imprisonment of former President and PT founder Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.1

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MST Open Letter on Brazil Election

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/10/2018 - 3:51am in

by by the MST National Board

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Comrades and Friends of MST () around the World,

We would like to share some of our views on this delicate moment of Brazilian politics in the last week of the election campaign:

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Marx Turns 200: A Mixed Gift

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/10/2018 - 8:09am in

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A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx
By Sven-Eric Liedman
Translated by Jeffrey N. Skinner
Part of the Marx 200 series
Verso Books, 2018, 768 pages, $40 hardcover.

AMID AN OUTPOURING of discussion and new works marking the bicentennial of Karl Marx, Sven-Eric Liedman’s imposing A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx is a mixed offering. The “life” part is a success; the “works” portion is not.

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"They Count on You Not Knowing"

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 30/09/2018 - 4:34am in

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Wealthy Bay Area investor David Crane is a leading promoter of the neoliberal agenda within the California Democratic Party. A former advisor to Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Crane is a widely-published critic of state and local tax initiatives, publicly-funded health care, public education, public employees and their pensions. He raises lots of money for “courageous” candidates willing to put “citizen interests” ahead of such “special interest” causes.

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