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Global Left Midweek - February 16, 2022

Mass protests confront governments, police and employers in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe

Mercedes Martínez Padilla, president of the Teachers’ Federation of Puerto Rico, speaks to a crowd of protesters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 4, 2022. Credit,Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco/Latino Rebels
  1. Protests Everywhere
  2. Keir Starmer Hunts Peace Group
  3. China and the Asian Left
  4. Burkina Faso: Trade Unionists Against the Coup
  5. Chavismos Fate
  6. Sudan Democracy Proposal
  7. The Fierce Urgency of Alaa Abd el-Fattah
  8. Portuguese Left on the Wane?
  9. Algerias Political Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike
  10. LGBTQ Students Fight Repression in East Africa


Protests Everywhere

Argentina  La Prensa Latina (Memphis)

Brazil  Al Jazeera (Doha)

Puerto Rico  Manuel de J Gonzalez / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)

Bristol, UK  Ben Bloch / Bristol Live

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Sudan  Al Jazeera

Syria  Paul McLoughlin / The New Arab (London)

Tunisia  Deutsche Welle (Berlin)

Turkey  Bianet (Istanbul)

Keir Starmer Hunts Peace Group

Heather Stewart / The Guardian (London)

The Labour Party leader has launched an outspoken attack on the Stop the War coalition, in which former leader Jeremy Corbyn is a leading figure, effectively accusing the campaign group of siding with Russia against Nato.

China and the Asian Left

Myanmar  Khin Oo / The Irawaddy (Rangoon)

CP (Marxist) of India  Shaju Philip / The Indian Express (Noida)

Burkina Faso: Trade Unionists Against the Coup 

Unité d’action syndicale / Review of African Political Economy (London)

Six trade union centers and 17 autonomous unions have taken a stand against the recent coup in Ouagadougou.

’s Fate 

Reinaldo Iturriza / New Left Review (London)

Venezuela’s former culture minister discusses the rise of ‘Constituent Power’ and the implications for the Bolivarian Revolution.

Sudan Democracy Proposal

Hussein Saad / Dabanga (Amsterdam)

On January 15, the resistance committees in Wad Madani, capital of El Gezira, published a joint position paper about their demands of a democratic Sudan.

The Fierce Urgency of Alaa Abd el-Fattah

Hamid Dabashi / Middle East Eye (London)

With his newly released You Have Not Yet Been Defeated, a collection of the English translations of his prison writings, the Egyptian revolutionary activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah has followed the hallowed tradition and joined the pantheon of critical thinkers casting the web of their involuntary incarceration widely to think the character of our defiant soul in palpable prose. 

Portuguese Left on the Wane?

The Elections  Víctor Honorato / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Brussels)

The Communists  João Madeira / Jacobin (New York)

s Political Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike

Peter Rossman / openDemocracy (London)

Trade unionists in the country, who are already ceaselessly persecuted, are being targeted for their role in the Hirak pro-democracy movement.

LGBTQ Students Fight Repression in East Africa

Khatondi Soita Wepukhulu / openDemocracy

Homophobia, religion and the legacy of colonialism are hurting gay and lesbian school students in Kenya and Uganda – but they won’t be defeated.