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ireland / britain / the left / opinion / analysis Thursday June 15, 2017 19:24 by Andrew Flood   image 4 images
Corbyn’s strong showing in the June 2017 UK elections has given a big morale boost to the left.  A considerable youth vote, self-mobilising in larger part as a reaction to the ‘me and mine’ selfish society revealed by the Brexit vote seriously set back Tory plans for a fresh wave of Brexit required austerity.  Activists used social networking to overcome what had previously been seen as an all powerful smear machine of the billionaire print press.  Very few outside the radical left expected this outcome, what drove it and more importantly where can it lead?
[ This is a long read so you can also listen to an audio of the text ] This piece is not going to answer that in terms of assumptions and assertions but as far as possible through hard numbers.  66% of 18-24 year old’s voted Labour, only a quarter of that, 18% voted Tory [p4].  27% of those 18-24 year olds said the NHS was the most important issue for them, even though they are least likely to need it [p40].  For the over 65 age group this was flipped, only 23% voted Labour and over twice as many (58%) voted Tory [p4].  In fact, given the way the UK election system works, if only 18-24 year olds had voted, Labour would have been heading for 500 seats.  If it had only been those over 65 voting the Tories would have had over 400 seats. read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Αριστερά / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Tuesday May 30, 2017 17:39 by Μιχαήλ Μπακούνιν   image 2 images
Το κείμενο αυτό περιλαμβάνεται στην έκδοση του έργου του Μιχαήλ Μπακούνιν «Η Παρισινή Κομμούνα και η ιδέα του Κράτους», σε μετάφραση Τζακ Λουμάλα και επιμέλεια Γ. Ξυλαγκρά, εκδόσεις «Ελεύθερος Τύπος» (σ.σ. 94-103).
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international / the left / non-anarchist press Monday April 24, 2017 18:12 by Ingo Schmidt
We live in a paradoxical world. Much debate on the radical left revolves around multitudes of discontented groups – sometimes lumped together as the 99%, sometimes rebranded as precariat – struggling against an abstract empire and its 1% rulers. Capitalism and class – once serving as a compass to navigate left politics through the apparently chaotic sees of everyday life – have turned into subjects of theoretical debate with little to no connection to political praxis. read full story / add a comment
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russia / ukraine / belarus / the left / opinion / analysis Monday April 24, 2017 06:28 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
The Russian Revolution of 1917 demonstrates the dangers of a revolutionary minority taking over, setting up its own state, and substituting itself for the working class and oppressed. read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / a esquerda / opinião / análise Thursday April 20, 2017 03:41 by BrunoL   image 1 image
É lugar comum ouvir em análises e expressões vindas de todas as camadas da esquerda e da centro-esquerda, algo como “quando este povo vai se levantar indignado”? Além do sentimento de revolta e frustração – totalmente compartilhado por este que escreve – a afirmação também traz elementos de certa condescendência com o governo deposto e algo da perigosa inocência politica. Neste breve texto, tento demonstrar como a categoria ideologia foi desprezada e, por óbvia consequência, a relação com o oligopólio da mídia – em especial com a empresa líder – foi reificada. read full story / add a comment
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netherlands / germany / austria / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 28, 2017 20:02 by Kevin Doyle   image 2 images
In this post, Anarchist Lens returns to the subject of electoral politics and how it demobilises the struggle for change. The example of the German Greens is examined. In the late 70s, Die Grünen (The Greens) emerged as a new force on the German and European left. Radical and activist led, they claimed to be aware of the pitfalls of the electoral process and were, in their own words, an ‘anti-party party’. Yet, in less than twenty years, they had capitulated on all their key principles: tolerating nuclear power, rubber-stamping German participation in NATO and even agreeing to capitalist-friendly market reforms. How did this transformation come about? read full story / add a comment
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iberia / la izquierda / portada Friday February 03, 2017 15:37 by José Luis Carretero Miramar   image 2 images
Ponencia presentada en el Panel “Las ocupaciones obreras y la autogestión a lo largo de la historia –vínculos con el presente. II Encuentro Euro - Mediterráneo “La Economía de los trabajadorxs” - VIOME - 28/29/30 Octubre 2016. Participantes: Francesca Gabbriellini (Italia), Milos Vlaisavljevic (Croacia), Ozgur Narin (Turquía), Alan Tuckman y Tom Unterrainer (Reino Unido) y Mario Hernandez (Argentina). read full story / add a comment
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / la izquierda / opinión / análisis Saturday January 28, 2017 02:21 by Alejandro Azadî   image 1 image
Oriente Medio es históricamente visto, desde Occidente, como una zona caliente. Desde las películas hollywoodenses hasta las empresas de viaje, ponen el acento en la extrema violencia que vive la región. Sin embargo, lo que nadie dice sobre esa violencia es que es agitada, y financiada, sistemáticamente, por Occidente y su punta de lanza: los Estados Unidos. read full story / add a comment
américa del norte / méxico / la izquierda / non-anarchist press Monday January 23, 2017 15:20 by Nancy Fraser
La elección de Donald Trump es una más de una serie de insubordinaciones políticas espectaculares que, en conjunto, apuntan a un colapso de la hegemonía neoliberal. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / the left / non-anarchist press Monday January 23, 2017 15:18 by Nancy Fraser
The election of Donald Trump represents one of a series of dramatic political uprisings that together signal a collapse of neoliberal hegemony. These uprisings include the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, the rejection of the Renzi reforms in Italy, the Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party nomination in the United States, and rising support for the National Front in France, among others. Although they differ in ideology and goals, these electoral mutinies share a common target: all are rejections of corporate globalization, neoliberalism, and the political establishments that have promoted them. In every case, voters are saying “No!” to the lethal combination of austerity, free trade, predatory debt, and precarious, ill-paid work that characterize financialized capitalism today. Their votes are a response to the structural crisis of this form of capitalism, which first came into full view with the near meltdown of the global financial order in 2008. read full story / add a comment
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international / the left / opinion / analysis Sunday December 25, 2016 21:26 by Zaher Baher   image 1 image

There is no doubt that over the last couple of decades our movement has declined dramatically . Not only it is not achievable anymore, in fact it cannot maintain what had already achieved before. It is also very clear that Marx's theory is not the remedy for the current situation any longer. I believe it is extremely hard to expect that the revolution to take place in the advanced industrialised countries, at least not in the very near future.

This article puts forward the argument of possibility that the revolution could happen in the less or non-industrialised countries, before the advanced industrialised countries.

The article explains the mechanisms that exist in the non-industrialised countries that brings about the revolution.

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north america / mexico / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday December 17, 2016 03:40 by Wayne Price   text 2 comments (last - sunday december 18, 2016 06:49)   image 1 image
The rise of a U.S. movement which rejects the legitimacy of Trump's presidency. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Monday December 05, 2016 05:28 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 06:15 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 05:57 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 20:33 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 19:48 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 19:42 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 18:59 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 18:41 by Samuel Farber   text 2 comments (last - tuesday january 03, 2017 09:12)   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
Employees at the Zarfati Garage in Mishur Adumim vote to strike on July 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Ma’an workers union)

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