Global Left Midweek – August 17, 2022
- Indigenous Organizing, Continent by Continent
- Pre-Election Protests in Brazil
- Taking the Temperature of the Swedish Left
- Sierra Leone: Inflation Explosion
- Left Parties in Transition
- Unions in South Africa
- Takes on the New Pink Tide
- Don’t Pay UK
- Ramzy Baroud: Palestine Needs a New Vision
Equal Times (Brussels)
Indigenous peoples everywhere, from Asia across to Africa and Latin America, are constantly battling to defend their cultures, their territories and, above all, their rights. Also targets of racism, Indigenous peoples are proudly reclaiming their culture through one of the most universal means of communication, music.
Pre-Election Protests in Brazil
Brett Wilkins / Common Dreams (Portland ME)
Protests—some of them massive—in defense of democracy and education and against far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's coup-mongering were held in cities across Brazil. Many of the protests featured readings of a pair of pro-democracy manifestos, including the “Letter to Brazilians in Defense of Democracy and Rule of Law.”
Volodya Vagner / Posle
As the historical significance of the invasion sank in and public opinion consolidated the overwhelming sympathy for Ukraine with concern over Swedish security, many, especially on the radical left, found themselves faced with a reality which their ideological lethargy of the past decade had ill-prepared them for.
Sierra Leone: Inflation Explosion
Pavan Kulkarni / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)
Hundreds of people, angry at the rising cost of living, protested on Wednesday in the capital Freetown and in the north. Demonstrations soon turned violent with some calling for President Julius Maada Bio to resign. The president says the unrest is “terrorism”, instigated by Sierra Leoneans living abroad.
Left Parties in Transition
- India: Parties Tussle Over Kerala Leadership / OpIndia (New Delhi)
- PSOL in Brazil Federico Fuentes and Israel Dutra / Green Left (Sydney)
- Spain’s Podemos Paolo Gerbaudo / New Left Review (London)
- Parti Socialis Malaysia National Congress S. Arutchelvan / Think Left (Kuala Lumpar)
- Working Class Summit South African Federation of Trade Unions / Socialist Project (Toronto)
- Ten Years From Marikana Naadira Munshi / Africa is a Country (New York)
More on the New Pink Tide
- Learning From the Last Pink Tide Geoff Goodwin, Patrick O'Hare, Miranda Sheild Johansson and Jonathan Alderman / LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (London)
- Learning From Cuba and Venezuela Vijay Prashad / Peoples Democracy (New Delhi)
- Colombia: One Step Further Tathagatan Ravindran / Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai)
Jedidajah Otte / The Guardian (London)
More than 100,000 people have pledged to cancel their direct debit payments for gas and electricity from October in protest against rocketing energy prices, but charities are warning that such actions could push people into dangerous levels of debt. Five people share their views on the Don’t Pay UK campaign, which launched in June, and explain why they will join the protest, or not.
In recent weeks, trade unions have blocked major roads to demand the government impose price caps on food, gas, and medicine — and they’ve already won a 30 percent cut.
Riyaz ul Khaliq / Anadolu Agency (Ankara)
“Our book is an attempt at articulating a new Palestinian political discourse,” said Ramzy Baroud, co-editor of “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders & Intellectuals Speak Out.” The book has brought together 27 scholars from varied backgrounds to provide a fresh direction to the Palestinian struggle.