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Global Left Midweek - February 20, 2019

Haiti, Climate Crusade, Venezuela, South Africa, Thailand, Mexico, Brexit x 3

Port-au-Prince last week, Photo: Reuters
  1. Haiti
  2. Climate Crusade
  3. Venezuela
  4. South Africa
  5. Thailand
  6. Mexico
  7. Brexit x 3

Mass Protests In Haiti Threaten Modern Oligarchic Structure

Whitney Webb / The Haitian Times (Brooklyn)

Haitians throughout the country seethe with rage over Jovenel Moise’s blatant corruption, gross mismanagement and numerous scandals.

A Huge Climate Change Movement Led By Teenage Girls Is Sweeping Europe

J. Lester Feder, Zahra Hirji, and Pascale Mueller / Buzzfeed News (New York)

Tens of thousands of high school–age students in Belgium, Germany, and Sweden have boycotted class and protested against climate change. The loose movement’s inspiration is a 16-year-old girl who began a solitary picket last year outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.

Venezuela’s Popular Sectors and the Future of a Country

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Rebecca Hanson and Francisco Sánchez / NACLA Report (New York)

Just a few years ago, the vast majority of working-class barrios in Caracas were ardent supporters of Chavismo. Today, they are split—but they don’t trust the opposition either.

South Africa: Thousands Take to Streets in Protest Against Job Losses

Joseph Chirume, Lisekho Madikane, Emelda Tintswalo, Nomfundo Xolo and Zoë Postman / GroundUp (Cape Town)

COSATU is calling for job creation, an end to corruption in the private sector, a ban on labour broker companies and an end to retrenchments for the sake of profit. The protesters oppose a planned restructuring of the national electric utility Eskom.

Thai Youth a Rising Force in March Election

Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat / Reuters (London)

The March 24 vote could be swayed by young people, many of them newly politicized and active in a way that has rarely been seen since state forces crushed student pro-democracy movements in the 1970s.

The Real War at the Border: Strikers in Matamoros

David Agren / The Guardian (London)

A wave of wildcat strikes has rolled across this Mexican border town, as thousands of workers walked off the job to demand better salaries, safer conditions – and union leaders who put members’ concerns ahead of company interests.

Three Takes on Brexit 

Brexit and the Left / G.L.L. Williams / Links (Sydney)

Their Internationalism And OursPaul O’Connell / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Brussels Office)

For a Radically Reformed, Social Europe / Michael Rafferty / openDemocracy (London)