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Global Left Midweek – January 10, 2024

In a world beset by war and counterrevolution, resistance is happening

A joint Jewish-Arab protest demands a ceasefire in Tel Aviv, Nov. 18. Credit, Zo HaDerekh / People's World
  1. Guatemala and El Salvador: Contradictions of International Support
  2. Myanmar: Soon Come
  3. Jews and Arabs Standing Together Against Israel’s War
  4. Dominican Women Take on Abortion Ban
  5. The Ukrainian and Russian Left
  6. Indigenous World
  7. South African Miners Sit Down
  8. People’s Manifesto for a Just, Equitable, and Sustainable India 2024
  9. Rojava’s Revolutionary Process
  10. The Spectre of Genocide


Guatemala and El Salvador: Contradictions of International Support

Manuel Perez-Rocha / Foreign Policy in Focus (Washington)

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador stood on the right side of history when he called upon Guatemalan authorities to respect president-elect Bernardo Arévalo’s electoral victory. But when it comes to El Salvador, AMLO has failed to address the human rights crisis under President Nayib Bukele’s regime of exception. This is a grave omission.

Myanmar: Soon Come

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Jews and Arabs Standing Together Against Israel’s War

Uri Weltmann and Federico Fuentes / Links (Sydney)

Jewish-Arab Solidarity Rallies held in cities throughout Israel have been attended by hundreds of people. Those who have gathered at these rallies have heard speeches by Jewish and Arab leaders of Standing Together in support of Israeli-Palestinian peace, ending the occupation, and stopping the racist witch-hunt against Palestinian citizens of Israel who speak out against the injustices of war.

Dominican Women Take on Abortion Ban

María Teresa Hernández / Associated Press (New York)

President Luis Abinader committed to the decriminalization of abortion as a candidate in 2020, but his government hasn’t acted on that pledge. Maria González and other activists have developed “teenage clubs,” where adolescents learn about sexual and reproductive rights, self-esteem, gender violence, finances and other topics. 

The Ukrainian and Russian Left

Vasylyna and mia / Anticapitalist Resistance (London)

We do not see this as a proxy war. It is, first and foremost, a people’s war for national liberation. At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, people were self-organising, doing anything they could to resist the occupation, speaking to soldiers, and older women making homemade explosives. People from all walks of life joined the army to fight for the Ukrainians’ right to self-determination.

Indigenous World

South African Miners Sit Down

Nokukhanya Mntambo and Kgomotso Modise / Eyewitness News (Johannesburg)

Some disgruntled mineworkers at the Gold One Modder East mine are plotting their next move after the company axed hundreds of workers for staging an illegal strike. Over 400 jobs have been shed in the aftermath of a labour dispute over organising rights, in what began as a three-day hostage drama in October last year.

People’s Manifesto for a Just, Equitable, and Sustainable India 2024

Frontline (Mumbai)

In a collaborative effort to address the pressing challenges faced by the country today, more than 85 movements and organisations, under the banner of the Vikalp Sangam General Assembly, have presented the “People’s Manifesto”, a comprehensive document that delineates a vision for a society that prioritises well-being, inclusivity, and environmental sustainability.

Rojava’s Revolutionary Process

Anna Rebrii and Liza Shishko / LeftEast

What was originally a Kurdish, revolutionary, Ocalanist democratic confederalist model of governance—based on communes, cooperative economy, equal representation of women in decision-making—is now being exported to other ethnic communities. The process is by no means straightforward. (Read Part 2 here.)

The Spectre of Genocide

William I. Robinson / Truthout (Sacramento)

There is little doubt that we are seeing pre-genocidal activity in Israel-Palestine. What are the underlying structural roots in the Israeli political economy bringing about such genocidal pressures? To answer this question we must focus on the larger structural changes associated with capitalist globalization and the integration of Israel and the Middle East into the new global order.