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Global Left Midweek – Focus on Eastern Europe

Election news from the Philippines, Ireland, France, Slovenia... and Ukraine’s socialist heritage

  1. Latin America and the Attack on Roe v Wade
  2. War Watch
  3. A Triumph for the Irish Republic
  4. Wetsuweten Activists Under Surveillance
  5. Post-Election France
  6. Survivors of the Marcos Dictatorship and the Philippines Vote
  7. Focus on Eastern Europe
  8. Communist Governments and Gay Rights
  9. South Africa: COSATU and Ramaphosa Face Angry Workers
  10. China: Warnings for Xi


Latin America and the Attack on Roe v Wade

Natalie Alcoba / The Guardian (London)

In recent years a younger, diverse generation of activists has mobilized in massive numbers to help clinch a string of victories for abortion rights in Latin American countries. Now, the possibility that the US could be moving in the opposite direction has prompted bewilderment, fear and indignation among campaigners from Mexico to Argentina.

War Watch

A Triumph for the Irish Republic

Fintan O’Toole / The Guardian

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Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin’s vice-president, is now putative first minister of the Northern Ireland executive. The source of dread for Ulster loyalists is not so much O’Neill herself as the historic moment she embodies: Catholic nationalism outstripping Protestant unionism. Her party is dedicated above all to ending the union with Britain.

suweten Activists Under Surveillance

Brandi Morin / Ricochet (Vancouver)

The RCMP have conducted three heavily armed raids, near the Morice Forest Service Road, which runs alongside a sacred river the Wet’suwet’en call Wedzin Kwa, since 2018. The most recent raid took place when the Coyote resistance camp blocked the roadway leading to Coastal GasLink’s drill pad site — where the company is preparing to drill under the river.

Post-Election France

Survivors of Marcos Dictatorship and the Philippines Vote

Rebecca Ratcliffe / The Guardian

Survivors of the brutal regime of the late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos have described his son’s apparent landslide presidential election victory as the product of trickery and disinformation, warning it is unlikely the billions stolen by his family will be recovered, and that human rights in the country will be weakened.

Focus on Eastern Europe

Communist Governments and Gay Rights

Samuel Huneke / The Washington Post (Possible paywall)

It has been common for U.S. commentators to use queer people to discredit socialism — a kind of pinkwashing in reverse. But doing so flattens the historical relationship between queer politics and communism. Centering only the homophobic elements in communism, this rhetoric ignores the truly impressive advances made by some communist regimes on queer rights.

South Africa: COSATU and Ramaphosa Face Angry Workers

Magnificent Mndebele / New Frame (Johannesburg)

Cosatu’s national delegates realised early on that chaos was imminent if the striking workers were denied an opportunity to air their demands. They insisted that Ramaphosa address the mineworkers directly. Although he was reluctant to humble himself, the president finally acceded to their pressure. 

China: Warnings for Xi

Lorenzo Lamperti and Simone Pieranni / il manifesto Global

The Shanghai lockdown is changing the way the world looks at China, and, more importantly, the way so many Chinese look at their government. Out of the last few weeks of fear and anger, “Voices of April” has emerged, a collective video that appeared on Chinese social media and spread at a speed and to an extent perhaps never seen before.