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Global Left Midweek – November 29, 2023

Protest goes international

Khady Camara leads Senegalese women in the Women's March for Climate in Dakar, Senegal, on Nov. 25, 2023, sending a message to the COP28 climate talks. Credit, Sylvain Cherkaoui, ASSOCIATED PRESS
  1. International Protests Expose Violence Against Women
  2. Worldwide Strikes “Make Amazon Pay”
  3. Now the People!: Euro Left Coalition
  4. Latin America Reports
  5. How Gaza United the World
  6. Myanmar in Depth
  7. Climate Activists Fear Repression at COP28
  8. Spain: Stormy Seas for Pedro Sánchez
  9. Quebec Steelworkers Stand Up for Foreign Workers
  10. Facing Fascism


International Protests Expose Violence Against Women

Worldwide Strikes “Make Amazon Pay”

Oliver Roethig / Social Europe (Brussels)

On Black Friday, three years ago, Amazon warehouse workers and their progressive allies co-ordinated a global protest for the first time in the company’s history, under the banner ‘Make Amazon Pay’. Now Amazon workers in Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and the United States are making their demand to Make Amazon Pay even louder, with a new wave of strikes. 

Now the People!: Euro Left Coalition

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La France insoumise, Vansterpartiet, Vasemmistoliitto, Enhedslisten, Bloco de Esquerda and Podemos / Now the People! (Brussels)

We are a European alliance uniting six political formations. Together, we want to support the citizen revolution against austerity and liberal policies. We fight for social and climate justice.

Latin America Reports

How Gaza United the World

Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo / Palestine Chronicle (Mountlake Terrace WA)

An actual global movement, centered around landless societies and indigenous rights, is heavily invested in global solidarity and intersectionality, which multiplies its powers several times over. The common element of “decolonization” has created intersectional links among various struggles around the world, and the Palestinian struggle for liberation fits perfectly into the new global narrative.

Myanmar in Depth

Francis Wade / London Review of Books

Violent repression had helped put an end to the last nationwide uprising, in 2007. But this time, young people from a broad cross-section of society – students, labourers, bankers, civil servants, sailors, even soldiers – began to leave towns and cities for the rural border regions where ethnic forces opposed to the state have long been based. 

Climate Activists Fear Repression at COP28

France 24 (Paris)

Highly attuned to international scrutiny, the UAE, where unauthorised protests are illegal, has said it would permit demonstrations in designated areas of the COP28 climate talks site, a far-flung development in the Dubai suburbs surrounded mostly by desert. Campaigners say they plan to raise human rights issues during COP28, which starts November 30.

Spain: Stormy Seas for Pedro Sánchez

Luca Tancredi Barone / il manifesto Global (Rome)

The third government headed by Pedro Sánchez has begun. With an absolute majority of 179 “yes” against 171 “no” votes, the Socialist leader succeeded in the historic feat of bringing all Spanish political forces together to stop the danger of fascism. Now the challenge of pacifying the Catalan situation has kicked off. It won’t be easy, because the right is more belligerent than ever.

Quebec Steelworkers Stand Up for Foreign Workers

United Steelworkers (Toronto)

A massive expansion of the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has further exposed the need for greater rights for exploited workers, members of the Syndicat des Métallos/United Steelworkers union (USW) from across Quebec are asserting on the final day of their 59th Annual Assembly.

Facing Fascism

Alberto Toscano / In These Times (Chicago)

Today German philosopher Walter Benjamin’s call to ​“organize pessimism” means, not offloading the pathologies of contemporary capitalism onto the wretched of the Earth, nor looking for scapegoats to assuage our dread, but collectivizing our catastrophic condition — realizing that the imaginary security of a few can’t be bought at the cost of the disposability of most of humanity.