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Global Left Midweek – December 6, 2023

La Via Campesina on the global political context

A huge turnout of workers and union leaders rallied under union banners in Dublin on Nov 27 to show solidarity with those injured or caught up in anti-migrant violence in the city the week before. Credit, Tommy Clancy
  1. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
  2. La Via Campesina on the Global Political Context
  3. Venezuela: Politics of the Commons
  4. Iran: State of the Women’s Movement 
  5. Euro Fronts Against Fascism
  6. Marcos/NPA Talks in Philippines
  7. Zimbabwe’s Third Generation Feminists
  8. Is the Ground Shifting for Myanmar and China?
  9. Panama’s Environmentalist Awakening 
  10. Basque Country General Strike


International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Al Jazeera (Doha)

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The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed on November 29 to mark the anniversary of Resolution 181, when the UN General Assembly in 1947 adopted a resolution to partition Palestine into two states. This year, protests were held in Manila, Tunis, Tehran, Karachi, Beirut, Harare, Tokyo, Stockholm, London, Johannesburg, Quezon City, Milan and elsewhere.

La Via Campesina on the Global Political Context

La Via Campesina (Bagnolet, France)

Solidarity liberates. It is a liberatory tool. And LVC is a space of liberation. Decolonization is not a metaphor. We will not be liberated by saying please, by being the perfect victim. We will be liberated by standing in solidarity with the peoples of the world, through dismantling settler colonialism. And how do we do this? We continue bringing the pressure. We feel it from Palestine. It is working.

Venezuela: Politics of the Commons

Reinaldo Iturriza López / Venezuelanalysis (Caracas)

The most important political phenomenon in Venezuela these days is swept under the rug: political disaffiliation. The immediate political effect of all this is the over-representation of this same political class and the under-representation of the vast majority of the disaffiliated popular masses. 

Iran: State of the Women’s Movement 

Mona Tajali / The Conversation (Waltham MA)

While the latest wave of street protests dwindled by the first few months of 2023, nonviolent protests for freedom, democracy and equality have a long history in Iran and continue today. Research shows that even when women are not demonstrating en masse in the streets, they consistently fight against gender discrimination, often at their own peril.

Euro Fronts Against Fascism

  • Ireland   Cillian SherlockJonathan McCambridge and Gráinne Ní Aodha / The Irish Times (Dublin)
  • Turkey   Sebnem Oguz / Socialist Project (Toronto)
  • Poland   Ewa Pospieszyńska / Red Pepper (London)

Marcos/NPA Talks in Philippines

Viswa Nathan / Asia Sentinel (Sacramento)

The Philippine government and the country’s communist insurgents have agreed to restart peace negotiations after a six-year hiatus, with the goal of finally bringing their decades-long conflict to an end. High-ranking delegations from Manila and the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines agreed to a “common vision for peace,” Norway’s Foreign Ministry announced. 

Zimbabwe’s Third Generation Feminists

Chido Nyaruwata / African Arguments (London)

The Zimbabwe women’s rights movement is built on coalitions between different women’s groups and activists.The younger generation of activists encourage cross-agenda activism with strong collaborations between young women’s rights activists. Young feminists within established women’s rights organisations may advocate for partnerships with outside women activists to address funding challenges .Mya

Is the Ground Shifting for Myanmar and China?

Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury / The Economic Times (Mumbai)

In a rare rally in Myanmar since a sweeping crackdown on dissent, dozens of nationalist protesters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in the main city of Yangon with banners and posters critical of Beijing. "We request China government don't support northern terrorist groups," read one of their posters, in English. 

Panama’s Environmentalist Awakening 

Francisco Javier Bonilla / NACLA Report (New York)

The Canadian-owned mine at the center of a national uprising will be shut down. But differing environmentalisms in the isthmus may now be on a collision course against one another.

Basque Country General Strike

Jule Goikoetxea / Jacobin (New York)

On Thursday, trade unions and women’s movements across Spain’s Basque Country held an explicitly feminist general strike. Workers are striking for a public community care system — one that ensures care work is well-paid and properly supported.