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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Monday December 05, 2016 06:28 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Belfast: Just Books (22 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ), 19th December @ 6:30pm read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Friday December 02, 2016 07:15 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dungannon: Éalú Centre, Shamble Lane, 15th December @ 6:30pm read full story / add a comment
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america centrale / caraibi / la sinistra / opinione / analisi Friday December 02, 2016 06:57 by Samuel Farber   image 1 image
Dopo una lunga malattia che lo ha costretto a ritirarsi dalla carica nel luglio 2006, Fidel Castro è morto lo scorso 25 novembre. Nel corso della sua vita Castro era sopravvissuto a molti sforzi degli Stati Uniti per rovesciare il suo governo ed anche eliminarlo fisicamente, vedi la sponsorizzazione di invasioni, numerosi tentativi di assassinio e attacchi terroristici. Castro ha tenuto il potere politico supremo a Cuba per più di 47 anni, e anche dopo aver lasciato il suo alto ufficio ha continuato ad essere politicamente impegnato per diversi anni incontrando numerose personalità straniere e scrivendo le sue Reflexiones sulla stampa del Partito Comunista Cubano. [English] [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 21:33 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cork: O’Rahilly Building (ORB 132), UCC, 12th December, 6pm

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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 20:48 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dublin: Connolly Book (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2), 13th December, 6pm read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 20:42 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cavan: Bridge Street Centre, Bridge Street, 14th December, 6,30pm read full story / add a comment
central america / caribbean / the left / non-anarchist press Wednesday November 30, 2016 19:59 by Slavoj Zizek
In the last decades, Cuban “socialism” continued to live only because it didn’t yet notice it was already dead. read full story / add a comment
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central america / caribbean / the left / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 30, 2016 19:41 by Samuel Farber   text 2 comments (last - tuesday january 03, 2017 10:12)   image 1 image
After a long illness that forced him to withdraw from office in July 2006, Fidel Castro died on November 25. Castro had previously survived many U.S. efforts to overthrow his government and physically eliminate him including the sponsorship of invasions, numerous assassination attempts and terrorist attacks. He held supreme political power in Cuba for more than 47 years, and even after having left high office he continued to be politically engaged for several years meeting with numerous foreign personalities and writing his Reflexiones in the Cuban Communist Party press. In light of a likely future state capitalist transition and the role that foreign capital and political powers such as the United States, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Russia and China may play in it, the prospects for Cuban national sovereignty—perhaps the one unambiguously positive element of Fidel Castro’s legacy—are highly uncertain. [Italiano] [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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américa central / caribe / la izquierda / opinión / análisis Wednesday November 30, 2016 07:09 by Samuel Farber   image 1 image
Tras una larga enfermedad que le obligó a renunciar a su cargo en julio de 2006, Fidel Castro murió el 25 de noviembre pasado. Castro había sobrevivido antes a muchos intentos de EEUU de derribar su gobierno y eliminarlo físicamente mediante el patrocinio de invasiones militares, numerosas tentativas de asesinato y ataques terroristas. Ejerció el poder político supremo en Cuba durante más de 47 años, e incluso después de retirarse continuó políticamente activo durante varios años, reuniéndose con numerosas personalidades extranjeras y publicando sus Reflexiones en la prensa del Partido Comunista Cubano. Dada la probable transición futura hacia un capitalismo de Estado y el papel que puedan desempeñar los capitales y poderes políticos extranjeros, como EE UU, Brasil, España, Canadá, Rusia y China, el porvenir de la soberanía nacional cubana –tal vez el único elemento indudablemente positivo del legado de Fidel Castro– parece sumido en la incertidumbre. [Italiano] [English] read full story / add a comment
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central america / caribbean / the left / review Monday November 28, 2016 08:31 by Wayne Price   image 2 images
The recent death of Fidel Castro makes it timely to review this account of how Che Guevara and Fidel Castro created the ideology and social structure of "Communist" Cuba. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 07, 2016 03:02 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
There are non-anarchist radicals who advocate creating a new, third, party, to replace the Democrats at least. They share many of the values of anarchists. However anarchists regard this as a mistaken strategy. read full story / add a comment
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venezuela / colombia / la izquierda / reseña Wednesday August 31, 2016 03:01 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.   image 1 image
El actual libro “Elogio del pensamiento crítico”, editado por Ocean Sur -editorial que ha publicado un buen número de trabajos de Vega Cantor-, no es, en estricto rigor, un libro nuevo, sino un volumen que se ha ido construyendo en unas dos décadas de reflexiones al calor de los eventos nacionales e internacionales. La lectura de este libro nos indigna, nos hace reír y llorar, nos hace perderle el respeto a la autoridad, pero también nos permite comenzar a imaginar un futuro distinto y un presente alternativo. read full story / add a comment
aotearoa / pacific islands / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday August 09, 2016 08:35 by AWSM
This article looks at the centenary of the Labour Party in New Zealand/Aotearoa and the outcome of the party's actions in that time. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / the left / review Monday August 01, 2016 07:38 by Wayne Price   text 1 comment (last - wednesday august 03, 2016 08:44)   image 1 image
Review of Frank's "Listen, Liberal." A leading liberal journalist, he exposes the Democratic Party as dominated by a section of the capitalist class, namely the top of the professional-managerial sector. He demonstrates its acceptance of inequality and its rejection of the working class. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / the left / feature Thursday May 19, 2016 03:28 by Michael Reagan   text 1 comment (last - saturday may 21, 2016 10:40)   image 1 image
The case of Kshama Sawant shows that no matter how good the candidate, business as usual rules in elected office This article is part of an ongoing series called “Socialist faces in high places” looking at the left in relation to the electoral path and state power. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday May 14, 2016 07:50 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
A constant fixation on the machinations of elite power manoeuvring, and persistent, recurring calls for either new leadership, or new political parties, are evidence of a very conservative and authoritarian political culture. These stories may well be important. Indeed, this is the nature of current socio-economic organisation (capitalism and the state). These human-created forms of control always operate to centralise power up the hierarchy, thus investing tremendous power in the hands of very few. This few – race, gender, rhetoric regardless – the ruling class, are those who control the means of production, administration and coercion. Our pre-occupations are drawn to such elite individuals and groups as many of us have chosen to hand over our political power and future to these. Now this political culture usually results in the general and often vain belief and hope that through hierarchical, fundamentally undemocratic organisation, leaders invested with this incredible power are somehow to create the foundations for a more equal society and world. Also important to consider is that all political parties, no matter the colour of its beret, whether in control of the state or seeking to attain this control, centralise the power of decision-making upwards, and are thus fundamentally authoritarian and anti-democratic.
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north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Friday April 01, 2016 11:45 by Wayne Price   text 2 comments (last - saturday april 09, 2016 07:23)
There is a new approach on the U.S. Left, which rejects both capitalism and state socialism. In several ways it resembles anarchism. It has been promoted by The Next System Project, and has been critiqued recently by Sam Gindin--who makes some insightful comments, but also demonstrates limitations. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Friday February 26, 2016 21:49 by Wayne Price   text 3 comments (last - friday march 04, 2016 03:39)
In recent decades, there have been efforts to "rehabilitate" the U.S. Communist Party as an historical model for the Left. Anti-authoritarian socialists and anarchists find this troubling. Whle the CP did some good things it also did some very bad things. A brief summary of its history demonstrates that and explains why this is. read full story / add a comment
bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / la izquierda / other libertarian press Wednesday February 24, 2016 17:12 by Rafael Bautista S.
Nunca como ahora tuvo tanta pertinencia aquella desafortunada invención de nuestro vicepresidente. Pues si el supuesto empate tiene sabor a derrota, entonces la figura del “empate técnico” es sólo un amargo consuelo (pretendiendo hacer de la derrota empate, lo técnico resulta una mera alquimia que sueña convertir plomo en oro). Nunca la retórica del empate se hace tan amarga como cuando se pretende disfrazar una derrota que confirma la no correspondencia entre la realidad y su interpretación. En ese sentido, lo técnico encubre una catástrofe: el gigante de bronce se descubre con pies de barro. Marx decía que la historia se repite dos veces, una como tragedia y otra como comedia. Lo que no dijo es que la comedia no es tal para el que la sufre; la tragedia continúa y hasta con más saña (por eso la historia está para aprenderla, no sólo para citarla). read full story / add a comment
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international / the left / opinion / analysis Friday February 19, 2016 20:20 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
Why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%

At a simple level parliamentary elections sound like the ideal way for the mass of the ‘have nots’ to use their numbers to overcome the power and influences of the tiny number of have’s. Occupy talked about this division in the language of the 1% and 99%; a crude approximation that does reflect a reality where the number of wealthy decision makers is actually very tiny, indeed less than 1%. So, why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%? read full story / add a comment
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