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Global Left Midweek - September 9, 2020

Three from Vijay Prashad, international labor challenges G20, mutual aid in Puerto Rico, and more news and analysis from the international left

A protester holds a placard at a rally of striking workers at the potash producer Belaruskali in Salihorsk, Belarus,Photo: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
  1. Labour 20’s Message to G20
  2. Extermination Rebellion’s Week of Action 
  3. Three from Vijay Prashad
  4. South Africa: Black Power and Racial Capitalism
  5. From and About Belarus
  6. Puerto Rico Mutual Aid
  7. A Communist Minister in Spain
  8. Vietnam to Allow Independent Labor Organizing
  9. For a New World Social Forum
  10. Legacies

Labour 20’s Message to G20

ITUC (Brussels) and TUAC (Paris)

The international trade union movement is calling on the G20 governments to act urgently and decisively to protect and promote employment as the world faces continuing destruction of jobs and economic activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Extermination Rebellion’s Week of Action

Mattha Busby / The Guardian (London)

Thousands of Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists and supporters have been staging “die-ins”, preventing copies of newspapers from being distributed and meditating outside banks in a series of actions aimed at highlighting the worsening ecological crisis.

Three from Vijay Prashad

Six Complexities of These Pandemic Times  Tricontinental

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One Hundred Years of the Communist Movement in India  Tricontinental

Suffocating Democracy in the Andes  Frontline (Mumbai)

South Africa: Black Power and Racial Capitalism, Part 1 and Part 2

Jeff Rudin / Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

The ANC has single-mindedly pursued advancing the Black Lives of an elite, in the name of “our people” and racial justice.

From and About Belarus

Statement of the Belarusian Left Party FAIR WORLD / transform! europe (Brussels)

Learning From the Protest  Aleksandr Buzgalin / Socialist Project (Toronto)

Puerto Rico Mutual Aid

Isa Rodríguez Soto / NACLA Report (New York)

Puerto Rican communities have bet on their own survival. Their mutual aid efforts testify to both the power of grassroots organizing and the scale of state neglect.

A Communist Minister in Spain

Alberto Garzón / Jacobin (New York)

A pact between the Socialists and Unidas Podemos gave Spain its first ruling left-wing coalition since the Civil War. The militant right still refuses to accept its legitimacy.

Vietnam to Allow Independent Labor Organizing

Joe Buckley / China Labour Bulletin (Hong Kong)

A New Labour Code will allow, for the first time, “worker representative organisations at the enterprise level” (tổ chức đại diện người lao động tại doanh nghiệp, WROs), not affiliated with the state-led Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL). 

For a New World Social Forum

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel et al. / Latin America in Movement (Quito)

A group of participants of the first WSFs launched a call: Change the World Social Forum in order to change the world – from ‘open space’ to ‘action space’. 


Annar Cassam, Tanzania

Daud Al-Khatib, Palestine

Ahmed Abdrabbu, Egypt

Mireya Rodriguez Lemus, Mexico

Shaheena Shaheen Baloch, Pakistan