Global Left Midweek – August 24, 2022
- Climate Imperialism
- COSATU and SAFTU Join Hands, Down Tools
- Approximately Now: Mass Protests and Strikes
- Amazon Workers Striking All Over
- Parties Confront Grim Realities
- International Solidarity With Myanmar People
- Sri Lankan Teachers’ Leader
- Overviews: Anti-Fascism, Afghanistan, Western Sahara
- Ukraine/Russia War Watch
- Marx, Marxism, Science and Politics
Jayati Ghosh, Shouvik Chakraborty and Debamanyu Das / Monthly Review (New York)
Wars in the late twentieth century were closely related to control over energy sources like oil. The twenty-first century may see growing water wars. Increasingly, the change resulting from anthropogenic rifts in the Earth System metabolism has come to define a sphere of struggle over influence, control, and appropriation that is now a major aspect of contemporary imperialism.
COSATU and SAFTU Down Tools
Karabo Mafolo, Victoria O’regan, Shiraaz Mohamed, Suné Payne, Hoseya Jubase and Bheki Simelane / Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)
Across the country, workers affiliated with the two largest trade unions, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), took a day of protest action to send a “clear message” to government and employers.
Approximately Now: Mass Protests and Strikes
- Farmers’ Mahapanchayat / The Hindu (Mumbai)
- Haiti / CBS News (New York)
- UK Hot Summer Robert Maisey / Le Monde diplomatique (Paris)
- Pakistan / The News International (Lahore)
- Sudan / Africanews (Lyon)
- Palestinians Strike in Israel Rina Bassist / Al-Monitor (Washington DC)
- Argentina / Buenos Aires Times
- Bangladesh / Al Jazeera (Doha)
- Qatar Malak Harb / AP (New York)
Amazon Workers Striking All Over
Simon Childs / Novara Media (London)
Amazon has been hit by walk-outs and strike action across the globe in protest at poor pay and conditions, as inflation hits economies everywhere. After wildcat strikes in the UK following a pay offer that amounted to a real-terms pay cut, workers in the US, Turkey and Germany have staged strike action and protests over the last fortnight.
Parties Face Grim Realities
- Mauritius LALIT Party Confers / LALIT (Port Louis, Mauritius)
- Turkey HDP on War Crimes in Kobanê / ANF (Ankara)
- Die Linke and Green Transition Mario Candeias / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)
- CPIML-L Greets CPIM Dipankar Bhattacharya / Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (New Delhi)
- SWAPO in Trouble Eliaser Ndeyanale and Petrus Muronga / The Namibian (Windhoek)
A statement calling for worldwide support for the people's demand to end the bloody rule of the military junta in Myanmar. See the list of 369 signers here (scroll down).
Devana Senanayake / Tribune (London)
The collapse of the government and the social upheaval, which forced the president to flee the country, was a result of a long wave of popular resistance. Among the protesters pushing for a more just resolution to the ongoing crisis was the head of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU), Joseph Stalin, who police arrested earlier this month for involvement in the protests.
- Fighting Fascism Mirko Messner and Michael Hollogschwandtner / transform! Europe (Vienna)
- Year One of Taliban Rule Hassan Jan / Asian Marxist Review (Lahore)
- Western Sahara Jacob Mundy / The Conversation (Waltham MA)
- Labor in Donbas Pavel Lisyansky / Posle
- It’s a Capitalist War Małgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat / Cross-Border Talks
Marx, Marxism, Science and Politics
Helena Sheehan / Jacobin
Politics needs to be grounded in a worldview that’s coherent and comprehensive and empirical, and science is crucial to this, as the cutting edge of empirically grounded knowledge.