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Global Left Midweek - May 6, 2020

Bay of Pigs 2020 in Venezuela, and more international news and analysis

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A member of the Bolivarian National Militia brandishes a rifle during an invasion drill in Caracas, Venezuela, AP Photo/Matias Delacroix
  1. Venezuela: Army Thwarts Invasion
  2. Pandemic Era Analysis
  3. Poland: History on Trial
  4. Sudan Bans Female Genital Mutilation
  5. Brazil: Opposition Alignment
  6. Party of the Euro Left Takes Stock
  7. Panama Protests Demand Government Aid
  8. Report From Kurdish Syria
  9. Legacies

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Venezuela: Army Thwarts Invasion

Interview with Miguel Tinker Salas / Democracy Now! (New York)

[Note: On May 6, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared “We will start the process of trying to figure a way, if in fact these are Americans that are there, that we can figure out a path forward. We want to get every American back. If the Maduro regime decides to hold them, we will use every tool that we have available to try and get them back.”]

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Pandemic Era Analysis

Global Solidarity  maldekstra international / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)

Rethinking the Way We Organize  LevFem, Bulgaria / LeftEast (Bucharest)

State Interventions, Good and Bad  James Meadway / Novara Media (London)

SE Asia May Day Joint Statement / Green Left (Sydney)

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Poland: History on Trial

Jacek C. Kamiński / transform! Europe (Brussels)

Each of the defendants has been accused of "being on the editorial team of the magazine Brzask, the content published on its pages referring directly to the ideas of a communist state system and Marxism and Leninism."

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Sudan Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Yuti Joshi / CBS News (New York)

A estimated 9 out of 10 women between the ages of 15 to 49 have been subjected to the practice. But some activists warn the practice could be hard to eradicate in a country where it is so entrenched in the culture.

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Brazil: Opposition Alignment

Online Show of Unity / Explica (Austin)

Party Leaders Demand President's Resignation  Ciro Gomes, Fernando Haddad, Guilherme Boulos,and Flávio Dino / Brasil Wire

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Party of the Euro Left Takes Stock

Cornelia Hildebrandt / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

The Party of the European Left unites completely different parties that have different functions in their respective countries, and correspondingly different expectations.

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Panama Protests Demand Government Aid

Peoples Dispatch

Hundreds of residents of four towns in the Guna Yala region blocked the Pan-American highway at Loma Cová, in Arraiján district, for several hours. The protesters demanded the delivery of solidarity vouchers, food bags and other aid promised by the national government.

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Report From Kurdish Syria

Ivan Hassib / Al-Monitor (Washington)

For the first time since Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mazlum Abdi announced an initiative to resolve inter-Kurdish differences, the Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) kick-started secret, direct talks. 

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Legacies

Dennis Goldberg  Jason Burke / The Guardian (London)

Arif Wazir  Dilawar Khan / teleSUR (Caracas)

Adelaida Macusang  Ken E. Cagula / Davao Today