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venezuela / colombia / the left / non-anarchist press Monday December 07, 2015 - 04:21 by Gregory Wilpert
The current economic, political, and social situation in Venezuela is very complicated, which makes it somewhat difficult for outsiders to make sense of. On the one hand there are many people who defend the Bolivarian revolution, pointing to the successes it has had in reducing poverty and inequality and in increasing citizen participation and self-governance. On the other hand, there is a chorus of critics, not just from the usual suspects on the political right, but often from the left, who criticize the Maduro government's economic management of the country, corruption, the high inflation rate and shortages, and the trial of a high profile opposition politician, who the government accuses of fomenting violence. How did Venezuela get here? What happened since Hugo Chavez's death? Did the project derail, get stuck, hit a speed bump, or crash altogether? In order to answer this question, I will first analyze the origins of the current economic situation. ... read full story / add a comment
italia / svizzera / la sinistra / altra stampa libertaria Thursday August 27, 2015 - 19:48 by Lucio Garofalo
Premetto subito che mi piacerebbe assistere al risveglio di una dialettica democratica in questa comunità. (...) All'uopo potrebbe servire Facebook. In un recente passato, ho già avuto occasione di annotare che il limite oggettivo di questo spazio virtuale di confronto e di partecipazione politica, è insito nel mezzo stesso di comunicazione, attualmente circoscritto ad una cerchia ancora elitaria di cittadini che utilizzano abitualmente Internet ed i social network. Comunque, ben venga lo strumento del web in soccorso alla libertà di espressione e di critica, dunque alla convivenza democratica e civile. Invito chiunque ad afferrare il senso di una questione estremamente delicata qual è, appunto, l'istanza o la rivendicazione di una maggiore partecipazione collegiale e democratica proveniente dal basso, vale a dire da settori consistenti della cittadinanza (...), che non deve scadere in futili pretesti per scatenare sterili o rissose polemiche personali. (...) ... read full story / add a comment
international / the left / other libertarian press Tuesday August 04, 2015 - 09:22 by Jan Makandal   text 2 comments (last - tuesday august 18, 2015 - 09:21)
Once again the radical left petite bourgeoisie has failed.
This is not particular to Greece. It is a general tendency of struggles in many other social formations as well, wherever the petite bourgeoisie instead of the working class is leading the struggle. One lesson to learn is that whenever we persist in hoping that something positive will come from petite bourgeois leadership, however radical they might seem, THE RESULT WILL BE THE SAME: A TOTAL CAPITULATION TO CAPITAL.
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greece / turkey / cyprus / the left / other libertarian press Monday August 03, 2015 - 02:33 by Class War
“Communists supposed it… but Syriza surpassed their expectations…” ... read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / the left / non-anarchist press Monday July 13, 2015 - 00:22 by Leo Panitch
Did those who are already raising Lenin from his tomb to render quick judgement on Syriza's abject “world-historic defeat” (without saying much about what victory would look like or require) actually bother to read the rather similar plans that Syriza put forward before the referendum and that were consistently rejected by the EU and IMF “Institutions”? This rejection is what the referendum was about. The resounding OXI was then used by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to secure the resignation of the leading political representative of the domestic ruling class (and former Prime Minister), Antonis Samaras, and to get all the party leaders with any such claim or ambitions to speak for that class to adopt Syriza's position on the need for debt restructuring and investment funds. One might even say that if there was a class crossover involved here it was the other way around, one that looks more like what Gramsci meant by a hegemonic strategy rather than the way it is presented from the perspective of those standing on Lenin's Tomb. ... read full story / add a comment
grecia / turchia / cipro / la sinistra / stampa non anarchica Friday June 19, 2015 - 16:28 by Sungur Savran
Così finalmente, nonostante tutti i meandri, le vie laterali e le deviazioni della storia, la logica delle lotte sociali ha finalmente impresso la sua impronta sulla politica della Turchia. La clamorosa sconfitta di Recep Tayyip Erdogan e del suo Akp alle urne nelle elezioni generali del 7 giugno in Turchia, mette allo scoperto una perdita di peso politico da parte di Erdogan a seguito dei successivi rovesci che ha subito negli ultimi due anni da parte delle masse e, in parte, dai suoi alleati di un tempo. [English] ... read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / the left / non-anarchist press Monday June 15, 2015 - 19:11 by Sungur Savran
So at long last, despite all the meanders and sideways and detours of history, the logic of social struggles has finally put its stamp on the politics of Turkey. The resounding defeat of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP at the polls in the 7th June general elections in Turkey brings out into the open a loss of political clout on the part of Erdogan as a result of the successive blows he received in the last two years at the hands of the masses and, partly, his erstwhile partners. [Italiano] ... read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / la izquierda / other libertarian press Thursday June 04, 2015 - 17:52 by Savador López Amal
Luchador popular revolucionario de larga trayectoria en la izquierda venezolana, Roland Denis es graduado en Filosofía en la UCV y fue viceministro de Planificación y Desarrollo entre 2002 y 2003. En los años 80s militó en el Movimiento La Desobediencia y luego en el Proyecto Nuestramérica /Movimiento 13 de Abril. Es autor de, entre otros, Los Fabricantes de la Rebelión (2001) y Las Tres Repúblicas (2012). Actualmente participa en la organización de las “Asambleas de Militantes” centrada en el apoyo a la construcción de los territorios de “Gobierno Popular”. ... read full story / add a comment
bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / the left / non-anarchist press Monday April 13, 2015 - 18:44 by Jeffery R. Webber
In the open­ing salvos of Latin America’s uneven lurch to the Left in the early twenty-first cen­tury, Bolivia dis­tin­guished itself as the region’s most rad­i­cal socio-political ter­rain.1 Left-indigenous move­ments in the coun­try­side and cityscapes alike threw the state into cri­sis and brought two suc­ces­sive neolib­eral pres­i­dents to their knees – Gon­zalo Sánchez de Lozada in 2003, and Car­los Mesa in 2005.2 Evo Morales’s party, the Movimiento al Social­ismo (Move­ment Towards Social­ism, MAS), leapt into the power vac­uum opened up by this series of revolts, and there has been seri­ous debate on the Left as to how best to but­ton down the cen­tral polit­i­cal dynamic of the coun­try ever since. In a coun­try where 62 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion self-identified as indige­nous in the 2001 cen­sus, Morales became the first indige­nous pres­i­dent through the Decem­ber 2005 elec­tions with 54 per­cent of the pop­u­lar vote, assum­ing office in Jan­u­ary 2006. He repeated this extra­or­di­nary elec­toral suc­cess in Decem­ber 2009, with 64 per­cent, and again in Octo­ber 2014, with 61 percent. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / the left / non-anarchist press Monday March 30, 2015 - 19:31 by Alfredo Saad-Filho
Hundreds of thousands of chiefly white middle class protesters took to the streets in Brazil on 15 March in an organized upsurge of hatred against the federal administration led by President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT). These protests are far more cohesive and better organized than the previous wave of anti-government demonstrations, in 2013; their demands are unambiguously reactionary, and they include primarily the country's elite. ... read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / the left / non-anarchist press Wednesday March 11, 2015 - 16:13 by Spyros Lapatsioras, John Milios and Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos
“One must know how to employ the kairos [right or opportune moment] of one's forces at the right moment.
It is easy to only lose a little, if one always keeps foremost in the mind the idea that unity is never the trick, but the game.”

— Guy Gebord, “Notes on poker.” ... read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / the left / non-anarchist press Wednesday February 18, 2015 - 21:41 by Sakis Gekas
On January 25th, Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) formed a government in Greece with the help of the ANEL (Independent Greeks). Within 24 hours direct attacks, threats and provocations aimed at the Greek government, about to begin negotiations with EU and Eurozone leaders, began. The attacks were pre-emptive strikes against efforts to find a quick, viable and productive solution to the Greek debt problem that continues to strangle the Greek economy and society; time is very short and everyone is aware that it is working against the efforts of the Greek government that needs to reach an agreement by February 16 or February 28 at the latest. ... read full story / add a comment
Ayanda Kota, chairperson of the Unemployed People's Movement. Photo by Jon Pienaar.
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Friday December 05, 2014 - 16:14 by Ayanda Kota   image 1 image
Some NGOs with no membership that cast themselves as "radical" misuse grassroots organisations for their own purposes, writes Ayanda Kota. ... read full story / add a comment
Picture credit: Numsa
southern africa / the left / non-anarchist press Monday December 01, 2014 - 19:46 by Jane Duncan   image 1 image
The country’s largest trade union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), has expelled the National Union of Metalworkers’ of South Africa (Numsa), for not supporting the African National Congress (ANC). Anyone in South Africa who doesn’t know this news must have been living under a rock for the past week.
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internacional / la izquierda / non-anarchist press Wednesday June 25, 2014 - 21:33 by pablo stefanoni
Desde fines de los años 90, América Latina viene transitando lo que a falta de términos más precisos se ha definido como pos-neoliberalismo, y que el presidente ecuatoriano Rafael Correa denominó “cambio de época”. Se trata, sin duda, de una variedad de experiencias difícilmente reductibles a la extendida clasificación de las “dos izquierdas”. Este clivaje, que Álvaro Vargas Llosa sintetizó –apelando a metáforas maniqueas- como izquierdas vegetarianas (Chile, Brasil, Uruguay) contra izquierdas carnívoras (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador) corre el riesgo de congelar imágenes demasiado acotadas de procesos atravesados por una gran diversidad de pliegues y ángulos de análisis –pero tampoco capta las convergencias entre ambas orillas-. Problemas similares encontramos con quienes, desde la izquierda radical, realizan la misma disección pero colocando del lado correcto a los gobiernos revolucionarios y del negativo a los reformistas. Que recientemente un largo artículo en The New York Times elogie la gestión macroeconómica de Evo Morales con el término “prudente” (1), que La Nación –“el diario de la oligarquía argentina”- titule un artículo “Bolivia da la nota” (2) o que el programa “Dinero” de la CNN le haya entregado la “medalla de oro” al país andino diciendo que “Bolivia está mejor desde 2005” (3) constituyen ilustrativas advertencias tanto para los antipopulistas furibundos como para quienes creen que en el bloque bolivariano se estaría transitando la salida del capitalismo. Lo mismo ocurre con el interesante proceso ecuatoriano, que combina transformaciones profundas –e incluso refundacionales- con un nacionalismo dolarizado. ... read full story / add a comment
internacional / la izquierda / non-anarchist press Tuesday March 11, 2014 - 00:08 by Raúl Zibechi
Las recientes manifestaciones de masas generadas por las derechas en los más diversos países, muestran su capacidad por apropiarse de símbolos que antes desdeñaban, introduciendo confusión en las filas de las izquierdas. ... read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / la izquierda / non-anarchist press Tuesday March 04, 2014 - 23:59 by Andrés Figueroa
1. Carece de sentido representar una nueva relación de hechos sobre los acontecimientos en curso en Venezuela desde el 12 de febrero de 2014. Su caracterización consensuada incluso desde las administraciones capitalistas de América Latina cuya política exterior se comporta relativamente independiente, al menos en términos diplomáticos y declarativos, se ha inclinado por llamar a respetar la democracia representativa y al Presidente Nicolás Maduro legítimamente optado en las urnas. Naturalmente, de esa solidaridad elemental se han excluido los gobiernos alineados en el tratado de libre comercio y de nítidos objetivos geopolíticos en beneficio del Estado corporativo norteamericano, la Alianza del Pacífico, compuesto por ahora por México, Colombia, Perú y Chile. En el último país, la hace poco electa por un 25% de personas habilitadas para sufragar, la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet, pronta a asumir en menos de un mes, siguiendo la política pro imperialista del ex Presidente Ricardo Lagos Escobar quien fue el primer mandatario en reconocer a los golpistas fracasados de 2002 contra Hugo Chávez, ha guardado un silencio obsecuente en apoyo a las acciones emprendidas contra el pueblo y el Ejecutivo venezolano. Porque esta hora es de aquellas donde se revela la genuina escala de grises de los intereses y proyectos políticos más o menos articulados de las clases sociales y se caen las fachadas. En los paraderos de la locomoción pública, en cualquier proclama que se refiera al asunto, en las Naciones Unidas.
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venezuela / colombia / la izquierda / non-anarchist press Tuesday March 04, 2014 - 00:58 by Andrés Figueroa Cornejo
“…y lo he dicho en Chile, que nosotros –que no queremos la violencia- a la contrarrevolución y a la violencia reaccionaria responderemos utilizando primero la ley, después utilizaremos la violencia revolucionaria.”

Salvador Allende, La Habana, 1972 ... read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / la izquierda / non-anarchist press Friday February 28, 2014 - 17:42 by Jeffery R. Webber and Susan Spronk
"Today the counter-revolutionary Right is reactivating itself,” according to long-time Venezuelan revolutionary Roland Denis, “taking advantage of the profound deterioration that this slow revolutionary process is suffering. Its reappearance and interlacing with ‘democratic civil society’ is a clear signal to the popular movement that we either convert this moment into a creative and reactivating crisis of the collective revolutionary will, or we bid farewell to this beautiful and traumatic history that we have built over the last 25 years.”[1] ... read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / la izquierda / non-anarchist press Monday January 20, 2014 - 20:46 by Álvaro Forero Tascón
La guerra contra las Farc nunca fue una guerra contra el terrorismo, siempre ha sido una guerra contra el comunismo. ... read full story / add a comment
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