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Global Left Midweek - December 4, 2019

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of proletarian internationalist Fred Hampton, a new radical student movement in Pakistan takes inspiration. News and analysis in the spirit of Chairman Fred: "I am a revolutionary."

Students solidarity march in Lahore,Photo: Khalid Mahmood/Peoples Dispatch
  1. Pakistan: Student Movement Busts Loose
  2. Another World Is Still Turning
  3. The Hong Kong Vote
  4. Party Politics Shift in Germany and Québec
  5. Mass Protests: Iran, Iraq, Lebanon
  6. Attacks on Kurdish Militants in Syria and Turkey
  7. Italy: Meet the Sardines
  8. France: National Strike
  9. Haiti: Demanding Answers in the Death of Charlot Jeudy


Pakistan: Student Movement Busts Loose

An Answer to Fred’s Question  Raza Gilani / Asian Marxist Review (Lahore)

Students: "The Desire for Revolution"  V. Arun Kumar / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)

Another World Is Still Turning

Pierre Beaudet / Canadian Dimension (Winnipeg)

Today's power struggles are complex, not predetermined, allowing creative movements to regroup, transcend their past experiences and invent new forms of political and social mobilization.

The Hong Kong Vote

Election Results  Kris Cheng / Hong Kong Free Press

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What's Next  Phila Su and Kinling Lo / South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

A Pro-Beijing View  Regina Ip / South China Morning Post

Party Politics Shift in Germany and Québec

German Social Democrats  Loren Balhorn / Jacobin (New York)

Québec Solidaire  Richard Fidler / Socialist Project (Toronto)

Mideast Mass Protests

Iran Crackdowns  Michael Safi / The Guardian (London)

Iraq Triumph  Tom Westcott / Middle East Eye (London)

The Lebanese Street  Ursula Lindsey / New York Review of Books

Attacks on Kurdish Militants

Syria   Adnan R. Khan / Maclean's (Toronto)

Turkey  Hamit Bozarslan / Ahval (London)

Italy: Meet the Sardines

Daniela Preziosi and Giovanni Stinco / Il Manifesto Global (Rome)

"The sardine events are full of people who hate inequality. And a great component is the LGBT sphere, feminists, immigrants. There’s a reason behind that. They are people who have suffered under the aggressive attacks from right-wing populist language and the Lega."

France: National Strike

Richard Greeman / CounterPunch (Petrolia CA)

On the eve of an “unlimited” (open-ended) General Strike called for Dec. 5, more and more unions and protest groups are pledging join it. The Yellow Vests have decided to converge with the strike, and the CGT union’s leader, who had originally spurned the Yellow Vests, immediately welcomed them. 

Haiti: Demanding Answers in the Death of Charlot Jeudy

CBC (Ottawa)

Haiti’s most prominent LGBTQ rights organization, Kouraj, or Courage, is mourning the suspicious death of their president Charlot Jeudy in the Capital of Port-au-Prince on November 25.