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The Danger of the “Ethno-Nationalist” State

Bill Fletcher, Jr. Black Press USA
It was only with the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s and the Rwanda genocide (1994) that it became more than apparent that another wave of ethnic cleansing and ethno-nationalist regimes were unfolding.

The Sardines are a Wakeup Call for the Left

Norma Rangeri Il Manifesto Global
It is as if the people as a democratic entity have just awakened from their slumber, casting aside the weight of a feeling of powerlessness and depression. They are giving us a priceless Christmas present: a shot of real positivity.

From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

Joseph E. Stiglitz Project Syndicate
The grassroots movement behind the Green New Deal offers a ray of hope to the badly battered establishment: they should embrace it - make it part of the progressive agenda. We need something positive to save us from ugly wave of populism, nativism...

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For a Left Populism: A New Strategy for Democratic Socialism

Eoin Ó Broin The Irish Times
Despite its weaknesses, writes reviewer Ó Broin, this book "is an important contribution to the strategic debate for those of us committed to political and socio-economic alternatives based on principles of democracy, equality and social justice."

Global Left Midweek - November 7, 2018

Portside
Google Walkout, Revolutionary Rojava, Brazil Left Unites, Italy's Dilemma, Left Populist Path in Canada, Africa's Marxist Era, Latin Pink Tide Aftermath

Barcelona’s Experiment in Radical Democracy

Masha Gessen The New Yorker
Issues that Barcelona en Comú is tackling come up against limitations set by Catalan and Spanish law. The city lacks authority to regulate housing, although the city has created new affordable housing, has successfully limited the reach of Airbnb...
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