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Global Left Midweek - September 23, 2020

Elections in Bolivia, Uprising in Thailand, Palestine on the defensive. Reports, remembrances and reminders from the international left.

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  1. Rossana Rossanda 1924-2020
  2. Myesha Jenkins 1948-2020
  3. Why Internationalism is Necessary
  4. Progressive International Summit
  5. Palestine After the Bahrain/UAE/Israel Pact
  6. The Battle For Bolivia 
  7. Meet South Africa’s Covid Social Movement
  8. Thai Students Defy the Monarchy
  9. Spain: Neighborhoods Protest Lockdown Bias 
  10. Who Ordered the Killing of Basra’s Activists?

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The Woman Who Looked History in the Eye

Rossana Rossanda / Jacobin (New York)

On the death of the profound revolutionary journalist and activist, her memory of the founding of il manifesto offers an example for our time.

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Myesha Jenkins, Poet of Love and Liberation

Johannesburg Review of Books

Jenkins moved to South Africa from Los Angeles in 1993, after many years as an anti-apartheid activist. She co-founded the Feela Sistah! Spoken Word Collective, which broke new ground that contributed to a ‘seismic shift that transformed national culture through poetry’.

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Why Internationalism is Essential

Jennie-Laure Sully / rabble.ca (Toronto)

It is urgent to strengthen our social movements by developing an internationalist political conscience. “Think globally, act locally,” has become an empty slogan for many. 

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Progressive International Summit

The New Indian Express (Chennai)

Progressive International held its first ever two-day summit which brought together the organisation’s council from around 70 organisations from over 40 countries to plan collective actions. 

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Palestine After the Bahrain/UAE/Israel Pact

Video: Anger in the Streets  Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)

Prospects For Unity  Ali Adam / The New Arab (London)

Prospects For Change Marwa Fatafta and Alaa Tartir / Foreign Policy (Washington)

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The Battle For Bolivia 

Coup Leaders On the Defensive Jihan Abdalla / Al Jazeera (Doha)

Death Squads Hit MAS Canvassers teleSUR (Caracas)

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Meet South Africa’s Covid Social Movement

Kate Alexander / Review of African Political Economy (London)

The C19 People’s Coalition has demonstrated the capacity for working-class activists and their sympathizers to mobilize for social justice even under the conditions of a draconian lockdown.

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Thailand Protests Challenge the Monarchy

Authorities Threaten Crackdown  Panarat Thepgumpanat and Matthew Tostevin / Reuters (London)

Behind the Uprising  Judha Su and Benjamin Tausig / Progressive International

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Spain: Lockdown Protests Charge Bias Against Poor

Miguel Cantón and Ignacio Gallello / El País (Madrid)

“The primary healthcare system is completely overwhelmed and public transportation is packed in the neighborhoods where people who can’t work from home live.”

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Who Ordered the Killing of Basra’s Activists? 

Suadad al-Salhy / Middle East Eye (London)

In Iraq, anti-government protests had begun again last month, with calls for the killers of demonstrators to be identified and brought to justice.