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Global Left Midweek - February 23, 2022

Tariq Ali on the Ukraine mess and the UK peace movement, and labor news from all over

Patrice Lumumba honored by OSPAAAL. Credit,Alfredo Rostgaard
  1. Accomplishments of Brazils Landless
  2. T. Ali: The Warmongers and the Peace Movement
  3. Labor Moves the Needle in India and Indonesia
  4. New South Wales Nurses Hit the Bricks Hard
  5. The Left and State Censorship Powers
  6. New Pink Tide Struggling Into Life
  7. Labor in Egypt
  8. Strikes in Vietnam
  9. Fighting Fascism Down Under
  10. Revolutionary Lives


Accomplishments of Brazil’s Landless Movement

Stellan Vinthagen / Waging Nonviolence (Brooklyn)

Brazil’s MST have achieved something even Gandhi never could: the combination of constructive alternatives with broad-based resistance.

The Warmongers and the Peace Movement

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Tariq Ali / New Left Review (London)

Labour leader Keir Starmer has launched an attack on the UK peace movement. Starmer rails that Stop the War is ‘giving succour to authoritarian leaders’ and ‘showing solidarity with the aggressor’. This tired old slogan was raised against the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1950s and the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign in the 60s.

Labor Moves the Needle in India and Indonesia

Nithin Coca / Equal Times (Brussels)

At the end of 2021 in Asia, two hard-fought movements saw their efforts bear fruit as workers saw victories in India and Indonesia against government moves to reduce labour rights in the name of economic growth.

New South Wales Nurses Hit the Bricks Hard

Just the Beginning   Newcastle Herald (Newcastle NSW)

White-Hot Anger   April Holcombe / Red Flag (Sydney)

Photos   Pip Hinman and Viv Miley / Green Left (Sydney)

The Left and State Censorship Powers 

Dimitri Lascaris / Canadian Dimension (Winnipeg)

Leftists must oppose the suppression of dissent—even when we disagree with the dissenters.

New Pink Tide Struggling Into Life

Social Movements from ALBA Countries  Zoe Alexandra / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)

Honduras’s Castro  Nili Blanck / Foreign Policy (Washington DC)

Chile: Boric’s Challenge  Ricardo Martner / Al Jazeera (Doha)

Perú on Thin Ice  / Andina (Lima)

Bolivia: Thick as Thieves  Forrest Hylton / London Review of Books

Labor in Egypt

Hossam el-Hamalawy / New Frame (Johannesburg) 

The Egyptian labour movement has a long history of resistance, but the current repressive regime is coming down hard on independent trade union organising.

Strikes in Vietnam

Phan Duong and Duc Hung / VnExpress International (Hanoi) 

Workers disagree with the wage payment format and salary raises, which is the main reason for striking work and labor conflicts, according to Phan Van Anh, a leader of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour. 

Fighting Fascism Down Under

Evan Smith / Jacobin (New York) 

Far-right organizing in Australia is nothing new. But time and again, coalitions of anti-fascists, union militants, and community organizations have stymied the far right’s rise. That history stands as a resource for the Left to draw from today.

Revolutionary Lives

Resistance Leader Mildred Harnack   Rebecca Donner / HistoryNet (Arlington VA)

Martyred Organizer María Elena Moyano   Néstor David Pastor / NACLA Report (New York)

Scholar Mahdi Amel   Gilbert Achcar / Haymarket Books (Chicago)

An Innovator, Jenny Marx   Harrison Fluss and Sam Miller / Tribune (London)

Forebear Ashfaqulla Khan   Harshvardhan / National Herald (New Delhi)

Philosopher Karl Korsch   Darren Roso / Spectre (Brooklyn)

Initiator Patrice Lumumba   Okello Oculi / THISDAY (Lagos)