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Global Left Midweek - May 26, 2021

The movement for women's lives finds a new cultural expression across Latin America, and reports from four continents

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Clockwise from upper left: “I'm screaming” (Uruguay), “My voice exists” (Peru), “Let them say your name” (Chile), “We are no longer alone” (Argentina), “I exist because I resist” (Mexico), “I will resist” (Chile). Credit, courtesy of Des-bordando Feminismos
  1. Palestine: Lessons of Lydd
  2. Tel Aviv: Thousands Demand Peace
  3. Provisional Government For West Papua
  4. Embroidery and the Fight Against Femicide
  5. Climate and Labor
  6. How We Lost Madrid This Time
  7. Vietnam Party Chief’s May 19 Speech
  8. The Left and the Political Crisis in Russia
  9. When Maoism Was Global
  10. South Africa: Remembering Ronnie Govender

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Palestine: Lessons of Lydd

Oren Ziv / +972 (Tel Aviv)

Discrimination, police violence, and disparities between Palestinians and religious settlers in the city of Lydd have led to the largest uprising in decades.

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Tel Aviv: Thousands Demand Peace

Tobias Siegel / Jerusalem Post

Protesters voiced support for the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and called on the government to take immediate action to reach peace with the Palestinians.

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Provisional Government For West Papua

Paul Gregoire / Sydney Criminal Lawyers

The West Papuan provisional government has just announced that it has covertly established a cabinet and government departments, along with having appointed ministers, inside Indonesian occupied West Papua to directly challenge Jakarta’s rule.

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Protest Embroidery and the Fight Against Femicide

Whitney Eulich / Christian Science Monitor (Boston)

These women in Latin America turn stereotypes about needlecraft upside down. In their hands, beautiful sewing is an act of protest against violence – stitching their pain, resilience, and demands for change.

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Climate and Labor

Nicolas Rother / Rupture (Dublin)

The climate movement lacks economic power, and workers need political arguments that appeal to the whole of society. With unions as a hinge between those two groups, we were looking for a campaign to bring their interests together.

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How We Lost Madrid This Time

Marga Ferré / transform! Europe (Vienna)

Madrid’s electoral result does not directly affect the progressive government in Spain. The federal system in Spain makes difficult for the radicalized right to have the necessary alliances to rule the country, but we must not lower our guard against the radicalization of the right and the media messages demonizing all progressive thinking.

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Vietnam Party Chief’s May 19 Speech

Nguyen Phu Trong / Nhân Dân (Hanoi)

“We need a society in which development is truly for people... a political system where power is really of the people, by the people and for the people.”

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The Left and the Political Crisis in Russia

Alexey Sakhnin / Progressive International

There are radical changes in the political climate in Russia: the dissatisfied, those seeking a way out of the dead end of our national politics, now number in the millions. 

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When Maoism Was Global

Kevin B. Anderson / New Politics (New York)

Julia Lovell’s Maoism: A Global History contains a wealth of material indispensable for the twenty-first-century left to consider if we are to avoid the terrible mistakes of the past.

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South Africa: Remembering Ronnie Govender

Niren Tolsi / New Frame (Johannesburg)

The South African activist and man of letters used language as a weapon to defend the marginalised and reflect upon the people, places and culture that defined him.