Global Left Midweek – August 16, 2023
- Class Identity and Fighting the Right
- African Socialists on Niger Coup
- Ecuador Election
- Bulgarians Protest Domestic Violence
- Latest From Myanmar
- Venezuelan Communes
- South African Left: A Response to the Amandla! Collective
- Haiti: 50th Congress of the Mouvman Peyizan Papay
- Women Fighting Abortion Ban in El Salvador
- Prabhat Patnaik on Universal Basic Income
Class Identity and Fighting the Right
Federico Fuentes and Pablo Stefanoni / Green Left (Sydney)
Pablo Stefanoni is editor of the progressive Latin American magazine Nueva Sociedad and author of La rebeldía se volvió de derecha? (Has rebellion become a thing of the right?). He spoke about the situation in South America after the left’s victory in Brazil — and the stronger-than-expected showing for the extreme right.
African Socialists on Niger Coup
This is a collection of statements by African socialists, trade unions and democratic forces on the recent coup in Niger. This includes statements by: Nigeria Labour Congress, Seneplus (Senegal/various), Movement for a Socialist Alternative (Nigeria), and others. This page will be continuously updated.
Stephan Kueffner and Marcelo Rochabrun / Yahoo! News (Sunnyvale CA)
Ecuador’s presidential candidates tried to distinguish themselves in a bumpy debate on Sunday, marked by the absence of a replacement for slain candidate Fernando Villavicencio. Polls conducted after Villavicencio’s killing have shown the anti-crime hard-liner Jan Topic gaining ground against leftist Luisa González.
[Portside note: The fatal shooting Monday of Pedro Briones, a local leader of Revolución Ciudadana, the party of former President Rafael Correa, was confirmed by Luisa González, the frontrunner in Sunday’s special presidential election and member of the same party.]
Bulgarians Protest Domestic Violence
Last week saw protests in 40 towns across Bulgaria, after courts failed to convict a man who attacked his 18-year-old former partner with a knife. The case pointed to authorities’ failure to confront domestic violence — and the wider misogyny of public life.
Latest From Myanmar
Matthew B. Arnold / The Irrawaddy (Yangon)
Myanmar’s revolution is a sprawling bottom-up revolt initially driven by the imperatives of local self-defense that grew into a national uprising based on shared aspirations for a better future built upon federal democracy. Look around the world and there is no clearer example of a mass movement fighting for a just cause.
Reinaldo Iturriza López / Venezuelanalysis (Caracas)
To take on the titanic task of transforming a subordinate and dependent economic structure implies, to put it in Rosa Luxemburg's words, venturing into uncharted territory and facing a thousand problems. The formula discovered by the Bolivarian leadership was the communal councils, Space belonging to the community, primarily occupied by the poorest of the poor.
Mercia Andrews / Amandla! (Johannesburg)
This article seeks to respond to the questions posed by Amandla! which relate to the South African Left in particular: where is the Left intellectually, programmatically and organisationally? What has happened to it, and why has it become so fragmented and marginal? Renewing an eco-socialist, eco-feminist politics has to be approached as a long march, avoiding shortcuts and opportunistic quick fixes.
Via Campesina (Bagnolet, France)
We were born in 1973 under the dictatorship of Duvalier. This means that the MPP grew up in arid terrain, facing adverse winds and a difficult burden. Many of our members were injured, many died. The criminal State plundered and stole from us. They tried to crush us, scare us, make us disappear, but we are stronger because we are like bamboo, we bend but don’t break.
Women Fighting Abortion Ban in El Salvador
Alice Pistolesi and Monica Pelliccia / Progressive International
Women in El Salvador who were imprisoned for years after suffering miscarriages, stillbirths and other complications are now fighting for the freedom of other women persecuted like them. Mujeres Libres El Salvador provides training and support for women who have been deprived of their liberty, to enable them to reintegrate into society.
Prabhat Patnaik on Universal Basic Income
Prabhat Patnaik / Peoples Democracy (New Delhi)
If the idea is to have a UBI in real terms, then the only possible meaning one can give to it is in terms of a set of specific rights, to health, education, and such like, which the government has to take on the responsibility for providing.