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Global Left Midweek - August 14, 2019

Russia * International Repression * Argentina * India * Mexico * Uganda * Puerto Rico * UK * Spain

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Protest in San Juan, July-29, RICARDO ARDUENGO / GETTY IMAGES
  1. Russia’s New Resistance
  2. International Repression: Enemies of the State?
  3. Argentina: Primary Upset
  4. India: Left Parties Protest Modi’s Kashmir Incursion
  5. Mexico’s Fourth Transformation
  6. Uganda: Unions Defend Disabled Workers
  7. Puerto Rico: Women Are Leading
  8. The UK Left and Brexit: Two Views
  9. Spain: Podemos On the Spot

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Russia’s New Resistance

Dmitry Kartsev / Meduza (Riga)

The Russian capital’s government has done its best to ban the protests, and police have dispersed them as violently as ever, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from taking part even when the marches aren’t protected by a permit.

 

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International Repression: Enemies of the State?

Global Witness (London)

More than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and our environment.

 

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Argentina: Primary Upset

Tanya Wadhwa / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)

Argentines have had enough of Macri’s neoliberal and repressive policies and are ready for a more progressive government.

 

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India: Left Parties Protest Modi’s Kashmir Incursion

Sumedha Pal / NewsClick (New Delhi)

A massive all-India call was given by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM), Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation (CPIML) along with affiliated organisations.

 

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Mexico’s Fourth Transformation

Gerardo Otero / Progress in Political Economy (Sydney)

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) won the elections by a landslide. Significantly, both Congress and the cabinet have gender parity, a first for any Latin American country.

 

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Uganda: Unions Defending Disabled Workers

Ange Gusenga interviews Geofrey Musanje / Public Services International (Ferney-Voltaire, France)

There is significant work in some African countries, and notably in East Africa, where unions are continuously promoting employment for workers with disabilities, as well as legislative and union changes. At a regional level, this work is being used to build capacity and inspire unions in other countries and at an international level for demonstrating the relevance and possibility of trade union action in these contexts.

 

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Puerto Rico: Women Are Leading

Sandra Guzmán / Shondaland (New York)

Underneath the spectacular protests rocking Puerto Rico’s government, forcing the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló in July, is a women’s movement that began in the days following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

 

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The Left and Brexit: Two Views 

LabourList (London)

 

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Spain: Podemos On the Spot

Eoghan Gilmartin and Tommy Greene / Jacobin (New York)

Data theft, spying, fabricated documents. The Spanish state is trying to derail Podemos and its challenge to elites.