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Global Left Midweek - Last Year, Next Year

Women Led the Fight in 2019 + Iraq Protesters Unite Against US Aggression + France + Cuba in Transition + UK Labour + CPIM Leader on India's Crisis + Workers' Party of Belgium + Hong Kong: A Deeper Look + Year in Review

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Hundreds of Iraqi mourners stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Dec. 31, following deadly U.S. airstrikes this week that killed 25 fighters from an Iran-backed Shiite militia in Iraq, Photo: AP/Hürriyet Daily News
  1. Women Lead the Fight to Save the Planet
  2. Iraq: Protests Shift Target to US Aggression
  3. France: CGT Head Assesses the Ongoing Strike
  4. Cuba’s National Assembly Makes Changes
  5. No Pause in UK Electoral Work
  6. India: CPIM Leader on Repression and Uprising
  7. The Workers’ Party of Belgium
  8. Continuous Rebellion in Hong Kong
  9. The Year in Review

 

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Women Lead the Fight to Save the Planet

Anuj Tiwari / The Times of  India (Mumbai)

Celebrating the power and courage of all the women and girls across the world who have to taken to the streets for their beliefs in gender equality, violence and democratic values.

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Iraq: Protests Shift Target to US Aggression

Marco Carnelos / Middle East Eye (London) 

Attacks could shift the focus of ongoing protests from political corruption and Iranian influence, towards the US violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

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France: CGT Head Assesses the Ongoing Strike

France 24 (Paris)

There appears to be no end in sight to the current walkouts. "It's a strong movement and still supported by public opinion," said Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the CGT union as he visited picketing workers at a bus depot.

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Cuba’s National Assembly Makes Changes

Roberto Livi / Il Manifesto Global (Rome)

Manuel Marrero Cruz was installed as Prime Minister by the National Assembly of the Poder Popular. Díaz-Canel highlighted on the occasion of his nomination, Marrero’s merits include the fact that he has successfully managed one of the main engines of the Cuban economy while maintaining harmony with the military.

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No Pause in UK Electoral Work

Salma Yaqoob / LabourList (London)

The seeds of our transformative vision have already been sown with with the back-breaking work of our brilliant members and activists. These need to be nurtured, not abandoned. The prize of a Labour victory in spring will represent a blossoming of hope and opportunity not just for the West Midlands but for the nation.

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India: CPIM Leader on Repression and Uprising

Anando Bhakto / Frontline (Mumbai)

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and four-time legislator from Kulgam in South Kashmir, shared his experiences post the August 5 action of the Government that had the Kashmir valley locked down. While exposing the Government’s fascist agendas, he underlined that there is hope for a sustained resistance. 

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The Workers’ Party of Belgium

Muhammed Shabeer / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)

Bert De Belder talks about the rise of the party, its involvement with trade unions and its engagement with youth and other sections of society. The party has emerged as one of the major opposition forces in the country, with significant representation in the federal and regional parliaments.

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Continuous Rebellion in Hong Kong

Au Loong Yu / Social.Geschichte Online (Duisburg/Essen, Germany)

Within the current movement multiple inclinations co-exist. The nativists have been saying loudly for years that mainland Chinese people are all ‘fxxking supporters of despotism.’ Obviously, many protestors have not listened to their advice.

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The Year in Review

Rappler (Manila)

In the last 12 months, the world got reminded of the power of mass movements and onground action – and how democracy can only get stronger because of it.