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Global Left Midweek - March 17, 2021

The Left faces Islamophobia in Europe, as Myanmar masses start to see how they were used. More news and analysis from everywhere

Credit,Rebecca Blackwell | AP
  1. Changing Politics in Germany, France and UK
  2. Two Opinions From Canada That Americans Can Feel
  3. Myanmar: Sympathy for Rohingya Rises
  4. The Milk Tea Alliance
  5. Cuba, Venezuela, ALBA and COVID
  6. More on Senegal
  7. The Hong Kong Defendants 
  8. Enzo Traverso on Islamophobia in Europe
  9. Video: Songs and Chants That Defined the 2011 Arab Spring
  10. Legacies

Changing Politics in Germany, France and UK

Die Linke’s New Leaders   Cornelia Hildebrandt / transform! europe (Vienna)

Year Zero  Pauline Graulle / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Brussels)

Generation Left  Tom Blackburn / Tribune (London)

Two Opinions From Canada That Americans Can Feel

Gun Control  Scott Martin / Canadian Dimension (Winnipeg)

Small Business in Politics  Christo Aivalis / Canadian Dimension

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Myanmar: Sympathy for Rohingya Rises in Anti-Coup Fight

Aakriti Sharma / The EurAsian Times (New Dehli)

A section of young protesters opposing the current military regime in Myanmar has turned sympathetic to the Rohingya cause. More than 750,000 Muslim Rohingya had fled the Buddhist-majority country following the 2017 ethnic clashes.

The Milk Tea Alliance

Emmy Sasipornkarn / Deutsche Welle (Berlin)

An online solidarity movement is bringing together democracy activists throughout Asia for a fight against authoritarianism. But how much difference can a popular hashtag actually make?

Cuba, Venezuela, ALBA and COVID

Gemma Cruz Araneta / Manila Bulletin

Cuba and Venezuela are beleaguered states that have been shoved into economic and political morass, but they are showing Latin American nations how to unite and forge ahead.

More on Senegal

Boubacar Boris Diop and Moussa Sene Absa / Review of African Political Economy (London)

Rather than listen to the demands of the largely peaceful protest movement, the government has set out to crush it using all the means at its disposal: arbitrary arrests, the use of live ammunition, and the deployment of marauding militias.

The Hong Kong Defendants 

Jeffie Lam and Lilian Cheng / South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

47 opposition activists and former lawmakers were charged with violating Article 22(3) of the national security law. The attention generated by the proceedings has been unprecedented.

Enzo Traverso on Islamophobia in Europe

Lucion Nanni / Verso Books (London)

Traverso, a historian specialising in totalitarianism and fascism, discusses the intensification of the Islamophobic offensive and questions the notion of ‘Islamo-leftism’, used to delegitimise in advance any solidarity of the left with Muslims.

Video: Songs and Chants That Defined the 2011 Arab Spring

Gofran Sawalha / Middle East Eye (London)

The revolutionary spirit during the Arab Spring was reflected in songs and chants full of anger, frustration, hope and humour of those who took to the streets.


Sister Janice McLaughlin, Zimbabwe  / The Herald (Harare)

Joaquin Piñero, Brazil  Catarina Barbosa / Brasil de Fato (São Paulo)

Curt Sørensen, Denmark  Esben Bøgh Sørensen / Jacobin (New York)

Larry Nozaki, Canada  Joan Campana et al. / Socialist Project

Seif Sharif Hamad, Tanzania   Ahmed Rajab / Mail and Guardian (Johannesburg)

Colin Robinson, Trinidad and Tobago  Omar Balde / Pink News (London)

Luis Fernando Arias, Colombia  Megan Janetsky / The New York Times