Global Left Midweek – April 5, 2023
- South Africa: Future of the Tripartite Alliance
- Climate Action: Cities Take on Corporations
- More on the French Uprising
- Will the Attack on India’s Congress Party Unite the Opposition?
- Thousands March for Migrants’ Rights in Canada
- Israel/Palestine: Point of No Return?
- The Latin American Left and Ortega
- The West Targets China: Left Viewpoints
- Public Anger and Politics in Kenya
- Manifesto of the International Network of Antifascist Trade Unions
William Shoki / Africa is a Country (New York)
This panel considers the past and future of the Tripartite Alliance, composed of the ANC, COSATU, and the South African Communist Party. The panelists are Lebogang Mulaisi, Head of Policy at COSATU; Phindile Kunene, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa; and Dale T. McKinley, long-time political activist. Basani Baloyi chaired the panel, which took place in Johannesburg on March 20.
Steve Rushton / Equal Times (Brussels)
Governments, especially those of high-polluting nations, are leading us deeper into climate disaster. From the smallest communities right up to the level of cities, a growing surge of municipalities are reducing emissions and adapting to our over-heating world, often challenging business interests that few of the highest polluting nations have been willing to take on.
More on the French Uprising
- What We Can Learn Clément Petitjean / Jacobin (New York)
- A Long Weekend in Paris Brian Ng / London Review of Books
- Unions in Revolt John Mullen / Green Left (Sydney)
- The Incompetence of the Bourgeoisie Frédéric Lordon / New Left Review (London)
Editors / Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai)
Pulling the Congress out of the mud, hinges on its ability to catalyse the widest possible opposition unity. The disqualification of its prominent leader Rahul Gandhi has offered an opportunity to this end and any misreading of its meaning would be at their own, and more ominously, at the democratic polity’s peril.
Anupriya Dasgupta / Ricochet (Vancouver)
Thousands took to the streets across the country this weekend to demand permanent status for all migrants, including agricultural workers, healthcare workers, international students, as well as massage parlour and sex workers. The march brought together groups and activists to hold Prime Minister Trudeau accountable for his 2021 promise of regularization for all foreign workers.
Israel/Palestine: Point of No Return?
- Palestinians Protest in Haifa Nir Hasson, Adi Hashmonai and Jack Khoury / Haaretz (Tel Aviv)
- Bibi’s Dilemma Gil Shohat / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)
- The Main Players Razi Nabulse / Mondoweiss (Detroit)
The Latin American Left and Ortega
Raúl Zibechi / NACLA Report (New York)
The Nicaraguan dictatorship is as isolated on the international level as it is among the continental Left; the majority of parties and social movements either condemn it or avoid taking a stand, with only a handful continuing to support the regime. The perception about what is happening in Nicaragua has changed in the last few decades.
The West Targets China: Left Viewpoints
- Is War Inevitable? Michael Klare / Salon (San Francisco)
- Number One Security Threat Editors / Monthly Review (New York)
- Contradictory Signals Pierre Rousset / International Viewpoint (Paris)
Public Anger and Politics in Kenya
Tanupriya Singh / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)
Defying the recent ban on protests, thousands of people took to the streets in the second week of unrest against a growing cost of living crisis. Although he had campaigned on a pro-poor stance, President Ruto’s policies once in power were aligned in the opposite direction, beginning with the scrapping of fuel and maize subsidies in line with the diktats of the IMF and the World Bank.
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