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Global Left Midweek – May 22, 2024

Burning questions

Labor unions in Nigeria picketed offices of public electricity utilities in major cities as they asked authorities to counteract price hikes that have worsened the country’s cost of living crisis. Credit, AP Photo/Sunday Alamba
  1. Kagarlitsky on War, Fascism and Revolution
  2. Sustaining Sudan’s Revolution
  3. Finnish Left Fights Neoliberalism
  4. The Hamas Question
  5. Marxism, Feminism and the Mexican Election
  6. A Cautious Statement From Nigerian Unions
  7. Target: Tesla
  8. New Hope for Labor in Guatemala
  9. In UK, Climate Action Hooks Up With Palestine Solidarity
  10. China’s Left Intellectuals Embrace Xi’s Dream


Kagarlitsky on War, Fascism and Revolution (long read)

Boris Kagarlitsky / Links (Sydney)

The aggressiveness of the Kremlin leadership was predetermined by its desperate and fruitless attempts to escape from Russia’s growing internal political crisis. At the same time, the war that broke out in 2022 was a consequence and one of the manifestations of the global socio-economic crisis that had resulted from the exhaustion of the possibilities of the neoliberal model of capitalism.

Sustaining Sudan’s Revolution

Rabab Elnaiem and Marya Hannun  / MERIP (Chicago)

A Sudanese labor organizer speaks about political organizing in Sudan during the 2018–2019 uprising, the transition period and in the war that has followed. 

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Finnish Left Fights Neoliberalism

Li Andersson and Duroyan Fertl / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)

One of the big challenges the Left will face in the coming years will be to expose once again the problems arising from austerity, and the implications it will have for all of Europe in terms of being able to make investments, not only in social policy and the social sector, but also in the energy transition and renewables.

The Hamas Question

Matan Kaminer / Verso (London)

If Operation Al-Aqsa Flood is to become a model for the counter-systemic insurgencies of the future, what are the implications for the possibility of constructing a movement that is not only against US imperialism but also for the establishment of a global, anti-racist, liberationist eco-socialism?

Marxism, Feminism and the Mexican Election

José Ovejero / Worldcrunch (Paris)

I read some of the statements by current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and understand that many Mexican women may feel, like Kolontái or Zetkin, that quite a few leftist men see feminist demands as an obstacle to their project. Will things change with a president such as Claudia Sheinbaum — a leftist and openly feminist woman?

A Cautious Statement From Nigerian Unions

Victor AhiumaYoung / Vanguard (Lagos)

The imperative to dismantle barriers dividing us has never been more urgent. We must forge a cohesive movement capable of safeguarding our interests while staying relevant to Nigerian workers amidst the escalating challenges and impunity in our industrial landscape.

Target: Tesla

New Hope for Labor in Guatemala

Jeff Abbott / The Progressive (Madison)

In a major shift from previous administrations, the Labor Ministry recognized the formation of a new union formed by the workers of a palm oil company in Petén. The union is largely made up of young workers and is the result of years of organizing by the Guatemalan organization Consejo Nacional de Desplazados de Guatemala. This is the first union in the world to represent palm oil workers. 

In UK, Climate Action Hooks Up With Palestine Solidarity

Clare Hymer / Novara Media (London)

Across the country, students from Palestine and climate campaigns are working together to highlight the links between Israel’s genocide and the climate crisis, and universities’ role in both the arms and fossil fuel industries – as well as sharing lessons in how to hold occupations.

China’s Left Intellectuals Embrace Xi’s Dream

David Ownby / China Books Review (New York)

China’s leftist intellectuals, once regime critics in the 1990s, have shifted from their socialist origins to support statism and the China model. Where does that leave their thinking now?