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venezuela / colombia / género / opinión / análisis Tuesday December 06, 2016 23:30 by Rebeldía Contrainformativa   image 2 images
Mujer rebelde, mujer esperanza, mujer vida, mujer trabajadora, mujer luchadora; tal vez ese pueda ser el rol jugado por la mujer en el pueblo nasa que ha venido re-existiendo al olvido y la invasión desde hace mas de 500 años cuando llegaron los europeos a las tierras de nuestra América. En las calles de Caloto, estas guerreras milenarias se ven caminando libremente; en las ferias de Corinto se ven vendiendo productos que ellas mismas fabrican de manera autolesionada y sin hacerle daño a la madre tierra con trasngenicos o monocultivos; en el cabildo indígena de Santander de Quilichao se ven moderando una asamblea de plan de vida; en las bellas montañas de Jambaló se ven recogiendo café y cultivando maíz; en la tulpa del saber de Toribio se ven armonizando un ritual con chirrincho, coquita y cigarrillo. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / workplace struggles / feature Tuesday December 06, 2016 21:23 by Tom Wetzel   text 3 comments (last - tuesday december 13, 2016 03:37)   image 1 image
Debate "The claim that "syndicalist unions broke off from mainstream federations to form 'purely revolutionary' unions, cutting themselves off from the mass of workers" doesn't hold up, though it does conform to the Leninist orthodoxy of "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder. There were many countries where the syndicalist unions were the majority--such as Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil. Syndicalist unions in South Africa, such as the Industrial Workers of Africa (modeled on the Industrial Workers of the World), were the only unions that organized native African workers, who were excluded from the white craft unions.
At the time of the mass occupation of the factories in Italy in September 1920, the USI (Italian Syndicalist Union) was claiming 800,000 members, and the factory councils formed throughout Italy in those events were mostly organized by the USI. Moreover, it was the anarcho-syndicalists who initiated a militia movement ("arditti del popolo") to fight Mussolini's fascist squads. But the Communists didn't cooperate, and the Socialist Party capitulated to fascism.


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north america / mexico / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 06, 2016 18:36 by andrew   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 15, 2016 05:48)   image 3 images
Once it became clear that Trump was going to become the president of the USA, my Facebook feed became cluttered with attempts to understand how that could possibly happen.  How could a white supremacist, misogynist and utterly transparent snake oil salesman accumulate so many votes?  Those on the left both inside and outside the borders of the USA struggled to understand what had happened. [Listen to the audio of this entire article] A common conclusion in too many of these pieces is that the left needs to reach out, and listen to the concerns of, those who voted for him as a priority.  In a similar fashion to how sections of the left evaluated Brexit, they see a working class anti-establishment rebellion in the Trump vote from what they term the ‘white working class’. They believe that component was won by Trump because it has been neglected by the left - often, they will assert, because the rest of the left was distracted by what they call identity politics. This is a simple explanatory story that is particularly attractive to those sections of the left that have a nostalgic yearning for an imagined past of pure class struggle, shorn of internal concerns around oppression.  But the concept of masses of otherwise progressive working class voters opting for Trump on economic grounds is a myth.  The attractiveness of that myth and its promotion has more to do with the hostility of that section of the left towards the influence of intersectional feminism than anything more substantive.  That hostility has caused them to seek out anecdotes and exceptional regions and present them as the typical story that defines the election just as liberal Hillary Clinton campaigners have focused in on Facebook false news stories as the cause of her defeat. read full story / add a comment
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