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Global Left Midweek - International Women's Day 2022

Many actions, many ideas in a week of crisis

An armed civil defense woman holds a Kalashnikov assault rifle while patrolling an empty street due to a curfew in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. Credit,AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky
  1. International Women’s Day 2022
  2. Unity Across Old Divides
  3. Shack Dwellers Leader Ayanda Ngila Assassinated
  4. More Perspectives on Putin’s War
  5. Videos: Resistance in Ukraine and Russia
  6. Latin America Defies Climate Wreckers
  7. Sweating Out the Philippines Election
  8. UK: New Tech Workers Union
  9. Workers in Myanmar Resistance
  10. Rosa’s Birthday: Gifts to Us


International Women’s Day 2022

Pakistan   Saman Rizwan / South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Colombia   Julie Turkewitz / The New York Times [possible paywall]

South Korea   Min Joo Kim and Michelle Ye Hee Lee / The Washington Post [possible paywall]

Kuwait   Isabel Debre and Malak Harb / Associated Press (New York)

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India   Haseena Khan / NewsClick (New Delhi)

Ghana   Akosua Hanson / openDemocracy (London)

Jordan   Hanna Davis / Al Jazeera (Doha)

Unity Across Old Divides

Dmitri Makarov and Mary Kaldor / Red Pepper (London)

What is needed now is for peace and human rights activists in the West to organise an intensive dialogue with peace activists across Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in order to develop a common transnational strategy. We need a shared understanding of the war in terms of democracy and human rights. 

Shack Dwellers Leader Ayanda Ngila Assassinated

Chris Makhaye / Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

News of the murder of Ayanda Ngila, a 30-year-old land activist and leader of Abahlali baseMjondolo in the volatile eKhenana Commune in the Cato Crest informal settlement just west of Durban, has been received with shock by civil society and community activists in South Africa and abroad.

More Perspectives on Putin’s War

Transnational Institute (Amsterdam)

Unions Aid Ukrainians   Radu Stochita / Jacobin (New York)

Cuban View   Julio César Guanche / On Cuba (Miami/La Habana)

African View   Khatondi Soita Wepukhulu / openDemocracy

Richard Seymour  / The New Statesman (London)

David Harvey  / FocaalBlog (Amsterdam)

Response to Harvey   Elizabeth Cullen Dunn / FocaalBlog

Lenins Ukraine and Putins Ukraine   Cihan Tuğal / LeftEast

Stand With All Refugees   Elena Liber / African Arguments (London)

Videos: Resistance in Ukraine and Russia

Street Combat   / VICE News (New York)

Peace Protest   / Al Jazeera

Latin America Defies Climate Wreckers

John Feffer / Foreign Policy in Focus (Washington DC)

Cutting across countries and issue areas, Pacto Ecosocial del Sur is resistant to the notion of separating the environmental from the social, and committed to the idea that a just transition in Latin America will come from the margins. The Pact has launched national chapters, produced reports and dialogues, and sponsored campaigns and public events.

Sweating Out the Philippines Election

Can a Lesser Evil Beat Marcos?   Jay Hilotin / Gulf News (Dubai)

Can a Greater Good Win?  Maria Khristine Alvarez, Joshua Makalintal and Herbert Docena, PhD / Jacobin  

UK: New Tech Workers Union

Liam Kennedy / Red Pepper (London)

John Chadfield and Eran Cohen of the new United Tech and Allied Workers (UTAW) branch talk about their plans for the sector, democratic workplaces and big tech’s pollution problem.

Workers in Myanmar Resistance

Ko Maung and Stephen Campbell / Frontier Myanmar (Singapore)

Unscrupulous factory owners have used the coup to cut wages and harass workplace unions, but successful strikes at two plants late last year have highlighted the determination of workers to resist exploitation and abuse.

Rosa’s Birthday: Gifts to Us

Writing Against Barbarism   Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn / Review of African Political Economy (London)

RL and Decolonial Theory   Hamid Dabashi / Al Jazeera (Doha)

Speaking to Feminism   Zhou Shangwen and Zhang Zhiyao / Chuo University (Tokyo)