Global Left Midweek – November 15, 2023
- Who Votes For the Left?
- International Health and Safety Accord for Garment Workers
- Moment of Truth in Myanmar
- Palestine: Spirit of Solidarity
- Short Takes: Strikes in Quebec
- Africa’s Revolutionary ’60s
- Brazil: Strikes Against Privatization
- In Defense of Afghans in Pakistan
- Reports: Spain and Catalonia
- France’s Debs, Jean Jaurès
Who Votes For the Left?
Małgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat / transform! Europę (Vienna)
Is there any social group that is particularly connected to the left, and which can be expected to elect radical left-wing candidates on a regular basis? Can certain patterns common to many European countries be identified in this regard? An attempt to find and name them was made by researchers Luis Ramiro and Raul Gomez, in a debate with Gala Kabbaj and Yann Le Lann of Espaces Marx.
IndustriALL Global Union (Geneva)
Global trade unions and fashion brands and retailers have reached agreement on a new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry. The renegotiated contract secures the work of the Accord until the end of the decade, strengthens the complaint mechanism for workers and includes commitments for an expansion into other countries.
Moment of Truth in Myanmar
- The Revolution and the Junta Matthew B. Arnold / The Irawaddy (Yangon)
- China Ties Shaken / Myanmar Now (Victoria, Australia)
- Video: The Resilience of the Resistance Peter Boyle / Green Left (Sydney)
- Massive Climate Losses Alex Lo and Shar Thae Hoy / East Asia Forum (Canberra)
Palestine: Spirit of Solidarity
- In Gaza Abdallah Aljamal / Palestine Chronicle (Mountlake Terrace WA)
- West Bank Hails London Protests Peter Oborne / Middle East Eye (London)
- Israeli Left / Al Jazeera
- India’s Left Parties Unite for Palestine / People's Democracy (New Delhi)
- Kurdish Response Matt Broomfield / Jacobin (New York)
- On Canadian Campuses Independent Jewish Voices / Socialist Project (Toronto)
- Shutting Down Israel’s UK Military Suppliers Anita Mureithi / openDemocracy (London)
Short Takes: Strikes in Quebec
- Front Comun Nick Seebruch / rabble.ca (Toronto)
- Health Care Workers Erika Morris / CBC News (Ottawa)
- Transit Workers Anastasia Dextrene / CityNews (Montreal)
- Teachers Brayden Jagger Haines / Global News (Toronto)
Africa’s Revolutionary ’60s
Pascal Bianchini, Ndongo Sylla and Leo Zeilig / Review of African Political Economy (London)
The history of revolutionary left movements in Africa is largely ignored and disregarded among political scientists, historians and across the academic literature on Africa. But extraordinary anti-colonial struggles and the creation of new independent states occurred during the Cold War.
Brazil: Strikes Against Privatization
Vinicius Konchinski / Brasil de Fato (São Paulo)
Workers mobilized against the privatization of Brazilian state-owned companies have organized at least 14 strikes this year in seven states. A 24-hour strike on October 3 hit the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo (Sabesp), São Paulo’s Metropolitan Train Company (CPTM) and the Metro against the plans of Governor Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans Party) to sell the companies.
In Defense of Afghans in Pakistan
Afghan Reparations Collective / Jamhoor
The government of Pakistan announced a deadline for all “undocumented Afghans” – essentially Afghans seeking refuge but denied this status by the government – to leave the country by November 1, 2023. The demands were qualified through unproven accusations of Afghans being involved in “terrorism.”
- The PSOE and Catalonia / Al Jazeera (Doha)
- Trouble Between Sumar and Podemos Fernando Heller / Euractiv (Brussels)
Philippe Marlière / London Review of Books
Remembered in France as the great orator of the left, Jaurès is still seen across the political spectrum as a champion of ‘republican values’. To call him a ‘great republican’ doesn’t mean much nowadays and downplays his radicalism. It’s strange that someone who was vilified, demonised and smeared by his opponents should be seen as almost above politics.