Global Left Midweek – No Easy Way Out
Readers of Global Left Midweek will find some of this week’s posts unusually long and possibly tough going. Between the threat of broader war, inflation, and political shifts, the left is forced to take on some heavy lifting, and that requires more rigorous theoretical efforts. In particular, the Supreme Court’s ruling undoing regulation of fossil fuel emissions is truly “existential” for life on the planet. Internationally, the tone of discussion has turned from grim warnings to high alert. We have to struggle harder, and just as important, think harder. - GLM moderator
- Ecological Survival Requires Socialism
- Imagining New Futures
- Workers Respond as Capitalism Devolves
- Rhythms of the Latin American Left
- War Watch
- Philippines: Left Responses to Marcos Jr Win
- Rage in Libya
- High Tension in France
- Arise Ghana Protests
- Portugal: Climate Justice vs Corporate Profit
Ecological Survival Requires Socialism
John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark / Monthly Review (New York)
An absolute catastrophe for civilization and the human species as a whole is still avoidable with a revolutionary-scale reconstitution of the current system of production, consumption, and energy usage, though the time in which to act is rapidly running out.
Imagining New Futures
Edlira Xhafa, Jeremy Anderson and Mirko Herberg / Global Labour Column (Johannesburg)
Facing an extremely challenging environment, workers and trade unions are fighting back at different levels, and in the process developing new ideas and imagining new futures. The ongoing struggles seek to respond to immediate challenges posed by government policies which claim to mitigate the environmental crisis, often without workers’ and communities’ involvement.
Workers Respond as Capitalism Devolves
David Peetz / Australian Outlook (Canberra)
Despite the decline of unions, there are many signs of worker resistance. This is related to rising inequality, union inroads into seemingly impenetrable occupations and industries, the development by unions of international links and digital tools, and the inevitable pressure for labour reform.
Rhythms of the Latin American Left
For the latest wave of the Left in power sweeping the region, the challenges are steep. Radical politics will continue to emerge from the streets.
- Recognizing the Resistance Simon Pirani / People and Nature (Oxford)
- Nationalism, Imperialism, Cosmopolitics Etienne Balibar / Commons (Kyiv)
- More on Chomsky Dick Nichols / Green Left (Sydney)
- Kremlin Capitalism Jairus Banaji / Commons
- We Have to be Honest Jan van Aken / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)
- Pink Tide Illuminates Electoral Vote Rene Ciriacruz / Convergence
- Martial Law Survivors Make a Vow Jairo Bolledo / Rappler (Manila)
Rage in Libya
France 24 (Paris)
Libyans, many impoverished after a decade of turmoil and sweltering in the soaring summer heat, have been enduring fuel shortages and power cuts of up to 18 hours a day, even as their country sits atop Africa’s largest proven oil reserves. Protesters stormed the parliament building in the eastern city of Tobruk, ransacking its offices and torching part of the building.
Arise Ghana Protests
Hundreds of Ghanaians took to the streets of central Accra, clashing with police as they protested against the rocketing price of fuel and food and what they see as the government’s inaction on the crisis.
Leonor Canadas / Common Dreams (Portland ME)
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