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Global Left Midweek - August 19, 2020

Jayati Ghosh on transforming economics, and reports from Thailand, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, and more

Protesters confront the military in Khartoum,credit: Marwan Ali
  1. Think Pieces
  2. Reports from Belarus
  3. Thai Rebels Take on the Monarchy
  4. Bolivia Stalemate
  5. Sudan: The Fire Still Burns
  6. Anti-Corruption Protests in Israel
  7. Covid in Palestine
  8. Brazil: Attack on MST Encampment
  9. Situating the Hong Kong Left
  10. Voices from Bulgaria

Think Pieces

Transforming Economics  Jayati Ghosh / IDEAs (New Delhi)

A New Manifesto for World Social Forum  Frei Beto et al. / Critical Legal Thinking (Oxford)

Reports from Belarus

The Left  Ksenia Kunitskaya and Vitaly Shkurin / Jacobin (New York)

Partisans or Workers?  Volodymyr Artiukh / LeftEast (Bucharest)

Striking Workers at Belaruskali  / People and Nature (London)

Thai Rebels Take on the Monarchy

Helen Regan and Kocha Olarn / CNN (Atlanta)

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It was an act unthinkable in Thailand mere months ago -- an estimated 10,000 anti-government protesters packing Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, with some calling for reform of the country’s monarchy.

Bolivia Stalemate

Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)

The main organizers of the national strike against the postponement of general elections, the Bolivian Workers’ Center and the Pact of Unity (a national alliance of social movements and grassroots organizations), announced that they will suspend the protest until October 18. 

Sudan: The Fire Still Burns

Al Jazeera (Doha)

Protesters in Sudan have returned to the streets over the slow pace of change a year after a power-sharing agreement was signed between the country’s generals and a pro-democracy movement. 

Anti-Corruption Protests in Israel

Abdul Rahman / Peoples Dispatch

Anti-occupation and pro-Palestinian groups are joining protests which began with the demand for Netanyahu’s resignation over corruption charges.

Covid in Palestine

Raja Khalidi / IDEAs

If de-jure sovereignty is still a distant prospect, then instead can we conceive a path that builds on the de-facto social, economic and administrative autonomous practices of the different levels of the State, and which materially sets the scene for sovereignty and development?

Brazil: Attack on MST Encampment

Lu Sudré / Brasil De Fato (São Paulo)

The land repossession of the Quilombo Campo Grande camp in Minas Gerais was carried out after the Military Police committed violent actions against the families that resisted the eviction for almost 60 hours.

Situating the Hong Kong Left

T / Lausan (Hong Kong)

An interview with a Hong Kong leftist organizer on how to build power despite antagonisms with the mainstream movement and the right.

Voices from Bulgaria

Anna Krasteva / openDemocracy (London)

This has been a hot political summer – for more than a month thousands of angry citizens have poured into streets and squares in Sofia and the big cities, calling for ‘resignation’ and ‘prison.’