Global Left Midweek – July 5, 2023
- France’s Left Parties Take On Police Racism
- Iran: Oil Workers Support Insurgent Women
- The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Africa
- Jenin: Symbol of Resistance and Resilience
- Myanmar and the Rohingya
- Closing Notes From il manifesto Editor
- Jujuy, Argentina Lights Up
- Major Strikes Target Governments
- Hugo Blanco (1934-2023)
France’s left has often failed to speak up for marginalized minorities. But after the backlash over the police murder of 17-year-old Nahel, left-wing parties have taken a clear stance, refusing to condemn rioters and insisting their anger is justified.
Anonymous / Red Pepper (London)
Following the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, by the Iranian state’s ‘morality police’, the Council for Organising Oil Contract Workers’ Protests issued a statement to the Iranian authorities, asking, ‘How long will our streets be dominated by the violence against women, under the pretext of hijab? How long will our lives be dominated by financial insecurity and hunger?’
Nnimmo Bassey / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)
The struggle for environmental justice in Africa is complex and broad. It is the continuation of the fight for the liberation of the continent and for socio-ecological transformation. It is a fact that the environment is our life: The soil, rivers, and air are not inanimate or lifeless entities. We are rooted and anchored in our environment.
Middle East Eye (London)
For more than two decades, the refugee camp, which sits in the eponymous West Bank city of Jenin, has become a focus of international attention and a stronghold of Palestinian determination to defy Israeli occupation. Israel's latest assault on the refugee camp, which started on Monday, has left residents shocked by the sheer level of destruction left in its wake.
- Unity Makes Us Stronger / Party of the European Left (Brussels)
- European Works Councils Heinz Bierbaum / transform! Europe (Vienna)
Chloe DS and Maung Zarni / Green Left (Sydney)
Zarni: “Two things are going on here: one is armed resistance, supplemented by a civil disobedience movement of civil servants. Then, a cultural boycott of the military and its economic products. And the other — in my view equally important — is the social revolution that attempts to build a different type of society that is worthy of a democratic system.”
Closing Notes From il manifesto Editor
Norma Rangeri / il manifesto Global (Rome)
Democratic and left-wing forces are not in good shape – as we also saw in the last local elections – and we at il manifesto, who are part of this left, are also laboring under the pains of the inadequacy of our camp. The left must rediscover its people, its empathy for the weakest, for those who depend on a living wage, and it must come to terms with a much-changed new lexicon of social and civil rights.
Jujuy, Argentina Lights Up
Harsh Thakor / Crosscurrents.org (Kottayam, India)
In San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, a turbulent revolt has arisen for weeks against the reform of the Provincial Constitution that will leave indigenous people landless to pave way for mega-projects for the extraction of lithium for foreign companies. In addition, the people are facing merciless repression by the provincial security forces.
- South Africa: COSATU Siyabonga Mkhwanazi / IOL (Cape Town)
- South Korea: KCTU Kim Hae-jeong and Jang Hyeon-eun / Hankyoreh (Seoul)
Hugo Blanco (1934-2023)
Warren Montag / Tempest (Brooklyn)
“When I entered the room to be judged, and saw my comrades after three years in prison, I yelled: Earth or Death! That was our slogan. They responded: We will win!”