Global Left Midweek – March 29, 2023
- La Via Campesina: Peasants Organize Worldwide
- “Macron Must Fall”
- Unions Meet on Haiti
- Questions Facing the Anti-Netanyahu Movement
- Hiroshima Ex-Mayor Defies Japanese Militarism
- The Word From the Nuevo Perú Party
- Western Sahara and Palestine
- Freedom Fighters Remembered
- Multipolarity, Internationalism and Democracy
- Crisis in the International Trade Union Confederation
Jun Borras / Transnational Institute (Amsterdam)
La Via Campesina has shown the important role of agrarian movements in anti-capitalist struggles and the radical reimagination and construction of a positive future. The significance of LVC is found in what it represents in terms of an alternative future that is so different from the current agrarian world.
“Macron Must Fall”
- The Context Joseph Andras and Patrick Lyons / Verso Books (London)
- Women on Fire! Kim Willsher / The Guardian (London)
- Millions of Workers Up Against Capitalist Takebacks Manon Aubry and Paolo Vittoria / il manifesto Global (Rome)
Unions Meet on Haiti
Frédéric Thomas / Equal Times (Brussels)
A union-organized gathering had two objectives: to (re)launch an international solidarity campaign with Haiti, based on the analyses and the demands of Haitian organisations in general and, more specifically, the “roadmap” of Haiti’s largest unions, and to reaffirm that trade unions are anchored in the Haitian social movement and fully committed to the project to secure a “transition of rupture”.
Haggai Matar / 972+ (Tel Aviv)
Never before have Israelis risen up in such numbers with such commitment against their own government — to the point that they have effectively brought it to its knees. The question now is: where is this all heading? What does this all mean for the future of Israeli politics? And perhaps most importantly, what could it spell for Palestinians?
Tadatoshi Akiba / The Mainichi (Tokyo)
As the G-7 Hiroshima summit approaches, the deep divide between the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida with its supporters and those who have fought to eliminate nuclear weapons together with the hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) has become more than visible.
Zoe Alexandra / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets throughout the country to demonstrate their rejection of the de facto government of Dina Boluarte and the National Congress. To understand the context in Peru today after three months of mobilization and repression, Peoples Dispatch spoke with the secretary general of the left political party Nuevo Perú, Enver León.
Western Sahara and Palestine
Nithya Nagarajan / Socialist Project (Toronto)
Both the Saharawi and Palestinian refugee camps seem as worlds without horizons. The youth endure the suffocation of imperial powers that deny both peoples their right to self-determination. Yet the dominant factions of the Palestinian national movement are pitted against one of the most silenced liberation movements in the world, that of the Saharawi people.
- Marko Bujcan Denys Pilash / Commons (Kyiv)
- Josie Mpama / Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research (Northampton MA)
Vivan Sundaram / Frontline (Mumbai)
Multipolarity, Internationalism and Democracy
- Impacts of the Xi/Putin Meeting Ronald Suny / The Conversation (Waltham MA)
- Multipolar Imperialism, or Socialism? Promise Li / Spectre (Brooklyn)
- China’s Democracy Summit Charles Onunaiju / Blueprint (Abuja, Nigeria)
Victor Baez / Global Labour Column (Johannesburg)
We tend to think of corruption solely as the act of a selfish individual – the proverbial bad apple – and forget about the conditions that allow it to thrive. This is often a combination of factors such as concentration of power in one person, weak processes of checks and balances, bendy rules, insufficient transparency and, more importantly, the lack of real democracy in decision making.