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Global Left Midweek - May 27, 2020

Notes From Leaders, Activists, Scholars and Journalists

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  1. We Must Be Internationalists
  2. A Feminist International
  3. African Liberation Day
  4. Philippines: Socialist Solutions
  5. Italy: Econ-apocalypse
  6. India: The Return of Socialism?
  7. Netherlands: Future of Essential Workers
  8. UK: The Food System
  9. Word from Kenya and Nigeria
  10. Palestine: Two-State Declared Dead
  11. Global Crisis, Global Solidarity: New Biweekly Livestream 
  12. Legacies

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We Must Be Internationalists

Sam Lowry / Mutiny (London)

Only an internationalist response to the unfolding pandemic of Covid-19 can resolve a fundamentally international crisis.

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A Feminist International

Victoria Furtado, Ndeye Fatou Kane, Kerstin Wolter, Cinzia Arruzza, and Radhika Menon / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)

It might seem out of date to talk about new forms of internationalism. Yet, against all odds, strong local, as well as transnational movements, have developed.

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African Liberation Day

People's Dispatch (New Delhi)

Kambale Musavuli of the Pan-Africanism Today Secretariat talks to Justice Henaku of the Socialist Forum of Ghana on the significance of African Liberation Day for the African continent, the African world and the entire world.

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Philippines: Socialist Solutions

Sonny Melencio / Ang Masa (Quezon City)

Every decisive political question is decided by force, and the only way to do this is to consolidate our ranks and mount crippling actions that mobilize millions of exploited and oppressed classes.

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Italy: Econ-apocalypse

Riccardo Bellofiore / MR Online (New York)

For a while, we can go back to living as before, but after that, the same virus or others return even stronger. This is the pessimistic hypothesis. The optimistic hypothesis is that we don’t forget: that we realize that the virus is like a huge negative technological shock, therefore on the supply side, which can only completely change the way of life, the type of demand, of transportation, of consumption.

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India: The Return of Socialism?

Binoy Viswam / Frontline (Mumbai)

The time has come for various streams of the global socialist movement to put their heads together and shape a new world of hope.

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Netherlands: Future of Essential Workers

Karin Astrid Siegmann / Global Labour University

While essential workers keep the cogs of societies oiled and turning, most of them remain underpaid and underappreciated.

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UK: The Food System

Benjamin Selwin / Le Monde diplomatique (Paris)

The UK’s current food system fails to deliver the goods. A system of state-supported community restaurants, connected to regional farms and alternatives-to-meat production facilities, could begin fixing it.

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Word from Kenya and Nigeria

Nyambura Kamau and Lai Brown / Review of African Political Economy (London)

Lack of water is rampant in Kenya. In Nigeria, many women face a triple attack.

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Palestine After Two-State

Yvonne Ridley / Middle East Monitor (London)

Elections, a new leadership and BDS are pivotal for Palestine.

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Global Crisis, Global Solidarity: New Biweekly Livestream 

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)

"Global Crisis, Global Solidarity" is a livestream on the first and third Wednesday of every month with guests from around the world discussing the current health crisis, but also its economic and political implications and the way forward for the international Left. 

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Legacies

Julio Anguita / transform! europe (Brussels)

Michel Piccoli / France 24 (Paris)