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Global Left Midweek - May Day 2019

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Opposing rallies in Venezuela, May Day in Europe, unions send a message to Spanish Socialist Party, reports from all over.

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The Evolution of Neoliberalism in Tunisia 1980-2017

Edna Bonhomme New Socialist
While the Arab uprisings of 2011 have been in a lull, the tentacles of capitalism continue to mutate in Tunisia. The Arab Spring was a mass movement to topple a dictator but it was strengthened by the self-activity of labour. Not only did they directly challenge capital but they helped to convert the decades of lethargy and state domination of the UGTT into a more active union.

The Second Tunisian Revolution

Giuliana Sgrena il manifesto
Protests expanded across the country this week in reminiscence of the Arab Spring. Unemployment is high, and citizens are unhappy with the pace and direction of reform.

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'The Trials Of Spring' Documentary Project Amplifies Voices Of Women In The Arab Spring

Nick Robbins-Early Huffington Post
Six short films profile nine women across Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, with each detailing their journey through uprisings and crackdowns. While each story is unique, they often share an arc similar to the larger political developments of the post-revolution countries in the region, where an initial hope for change is quashed by increasing repression and conflict.

Power and Resistance at the World Social Forum in Tunisia

Hamza Hamouchene Middle East Eye
The World Social Forum is one of the few remaining places where tens of thousands of people from all over the world meet annually to discuss, debate, plan and organise under the banner of “Another World Is Possible”. Though the WSF continues to provide a space in which radical thinking, networking and organising can and does take place, it is not immune from power politics and attempts to neutralise, hijack and convert it to a status-quo agenda.
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