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Anger: To “leftist” admirers of Assad’s Syria

by MARDAM-BEY Farouk

2017 01 13 01 MARDAM BEY FaroukAs a Syrian who has always identified politically with the left, I am particularly appalled by those men and women who call themselves left-wingers — and are therefore supposed to stand in solidarity with struggles for justice worldwide — and yet openly support the regime of the Assads, father and son, who are chiefly responsible for the Syrian disaster.

Following four months of intense bombardment by the Russian air force, Bashar Al-Assad’s army, along with Shiite militias hailing from everywhere and mobilized by the Iranian mullahs, have now finished ‘liberating’ Eastern Aleppo. Liberated from whom? From its inhabitants. More than 250,000 inhabitants were forced to flee their own city to escape massacres, as had the people of Zabadani and Daraya before them, and as will many more Syrians if systematic social and sectarian ‘cleansing’ continues in their country under the cover of a massive media disinformation campaign.

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Grèce : démocratie introuvable !

par Yorgos Mitralias

2017 01 07 01 never mind democracy EUEn matière de déni de démocratie, il y a eu évidemment l’illustre précédent du résultat, jamais respecté, du referendum français de 2005 sur la constitution européenne. Mais quand même, ce qui s’est passé en Grèce en ce funeste mois de juillet 2015 n’a pas son pareil dans l’histoire de l’Europe (anti)démocratique. Jugez-en vous-même…

La foule en délire devant le Parlement grec était en train de fêter l’écrasante victoire du Non à l’austérité, aux memoranda et à la Troïka, quand, à deux pas de là, celui qui était alors ministre des Finances, Yanis Varoufakis, entrait dans le Palais Maximou et… restait figé, bouche bée : le noyau dirigeant de ses collègues, le Premier ministre Tsipras en tête, offrait un spectacle à l’opposé de la liesse populaire de la place Syntagma. Tête baissée et répétant « et maintenant, qu’est-ce qu’on fait ? », les ministres du gouvernement de la « gauche radicale » (Syriza) semblaient désespérés et abattus par la victoire du Non. Un Non qu’ils avaient tant souhaité en public durant toute la semaine précédente ! |1|

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You've Been Warned

Hamilton Nolan

2017 01 03 01 TrumpIf the very worst happens, it won’t be because we didn’t know that it might happen. We have all been amply warned.

- We’ve been warned of the many disturbing parallels between Donald Trump and Hitler.

- We’ve been warned that the rise of Trump resembles the rise of other authoritarian populist demagogues.

- We’ve been warned—by Donald Trump himself—that he plans to implement incredibly broad rules blocking Muslims from entering America, and that he views a Muslim registry or “watch list” as a wise idea.

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The Only Way to Stop Climate Change Now May Be Revolution

2017 01 01 01 James HansenFed up with slow (or in some cases, backwards) progress on climate change, environmental advocates are mulling desperate measures. Emerging at the head of this pack is arguably the world’s most prominent climate scientist: James Hansen, a former NASA researcher turned activist.

So it’s come to this.

Last year, a researcher presented a paper on climate change at the American Geophysical Union’s meeting entitled ”Is Earth F**ked?” which advocated “environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists and other activist groups.”

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Banks are responsible for the crisis in Greece

Debts claimed from Greece are odious

9 January by Eric Toussaint

2016 12 28 00 ericThe present study shows that the Greek crisis that broke out in 2010 originated in private banks, not in excessive public spending. The so-called bail-out was designed to serve the interests of private bankers and those of dominant countries in the Eurozone. Greece adopting the euro played a major role among the various factors that contributed to the crisis. The analysis developed here was first presented in Athens on 6 November 2016 during a meeting of the Truth Committee on Greek Public Debt.

At first sight, between 1996 and 2008, the development of Greece’s economy looked like a success story! The integration of Greece within the EU and from 2001 on within the Eurozone seemed successful. The rate of Greece’s economic growth was higher than that of the stronger economies in Europe.

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2011-2016: The Sixth Anniversary of the Start of the Arab Uprisings 

“No one should mourn the old order as if it was a dream rather than a nightmare”

by ACHCAR Gilbert

2016 12 22 01 ACHCAR GilbertSix years ago, on 17 December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi immolated himself in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. Bouazizi did not know that by this extreme form of protest, he was setting not only himself or his town on fire, nor his province or even his Tunisian homeland alone, but the whole Arab region. Indeed, his protest inspired millions of others—“from the Ocean to the Gulf” as the saying went in the heyday of Arab nationalism—to protest their regimes and the status quo.

The tragedy is that this wave of protests did not bring the renewal that was promised by the branding phrase “Arab Spring,” but rather what followed were more of the old calamities, aggravated to a frightening degree in some cases. It is necessary therefore to emphasize two crucial issues regarding the sad condition under which we commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Arab uprisings.

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2011-2013-2016. New Texts Out Now

“Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising”

by ACHCAR Gilbert

Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?

2016 12 22 02 ACHCAR Gilbert2Gilbert Achcar (GA): Two reasons: one general and one practical. The general reason is the need to assess the new counter-revolutionary phase in the Arab upheaval, which started in 2013. Since early on, I have been describing what began in December 2010 in Tunisia and spread to the whole Arab-speaking region in 2011 as a “long-term revolutionary process” that will necessarily go through a succession of contrasting phases. My previous book, The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising—which came out in 2013 and was kindly reviewed by Maha Abdelrahman for Jadaliyya—analyzed the economic, social and political roots of the regional upheaval and its dynamics, along with an assessment of its first two years. Morbid Symptoms is a sequel to The People Want, assessing the reactionary phase that has been unfolding since the turning point of 2013.

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We weep for Aleppo –

“Aleppo burn, Yemen starve and Palestine cry out for justice”

by DOWLING Felicity, Left Unity

Left Unity Principal Speaker Felicity Dowling writes:

2016 12 19 04 AleppoThe abomination that is the destruction of Aleppo, of its people and of its buildings and services will be remembered for centuries to come, should humanity have the good fortune to last that long.

War is part and parcel of capitalism, the more so in economic crisis as now.

When the capitalists can’t make enough money by production, or by trade, or by robbing the accumulated wealth of the modern state (they call it austerity or re-structuring or the cuts, or just plain privatisation), by the peaceful use of their power, they decide to rob one another – or other states and peoples – with force of arms. War is part and parcel of capitalism.

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Massacres à Alep :

lettre à un « camarade » qui s’obstine à justifier l’injustifiable

par SALINGUE Julien

« Camarade »,

2016 12 19 03 SyrieCela fait plusieurs semaines que je me dis que je vais t’écrire, et ce sont les événements tragiques d’Alep et ta réaction à ces événements, ou parfois ta non-réaction, qui ont fini par me persuader que l’heure était venue de m’adresser à toi. Pas nécessairement dans le but de te convaincre, car je crois que malheureusement il est déjà trop tard. Mais au moins, comme ça, les choses seront dites et tu ne pourras pas dire que tu ne savais pas.

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Procès Luxleaks et Lagarde : la justice protégera-t-elle encore longtemps la délinquance financière ?

par CADTM France , CADTM Belgique , CADTM Suisse

Procès Luxleaks : on se trompe d’accusés !

2016 12 12 01 cadtmAujourd’hui s’ouvre à nouveau, au Luxembourg, le procès d’Antoine Deltour, Raphaël Halet et Édouard Perrin, les deux lanceurs d’alerte et le journaliste, grâce auxquels le scandale LuxLeaks a pu éclater au grand jour. En juin 2016, É. Perrin avait été acquitté mais le parquet luxembourgeois a décidé de faire appel. A. Deltour et R. Halet, quant à eux, condamnés respectivement à 12 mois et 9 mois de prison avec sursis et à des amendes, ont fait appel. Ce verdict est en effet tout simplement scandaleux, sanctionnant un acte citoyen courageux : la mise à jour d’un système de fraude fiscale de grande ampleur via des centaines d’accords secrets entre des multinationales et l’administration fiscale luxembourgeoise (« tax ruling »), par l’intermédiaire du cabinet d’audit Price waterhouse Coopers (PwC).

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Fidel Castro :

La dette ne doit pas être payée

par Fidel Castro Ruz

2016 11 29 01 Fidel CastroEn 1985, Fidel Castro a lancé une campagne internationale pour la constitution d’un front des pays endettés confrontés à des dettes insoutenables. Fidel déclare dans ce discours prononcé en août 1985 à l’issue d’une rencontre internationale consacrée à la dette : « nous nous sommes rendu compte qu’(...) en définitive le mot d’ordre d’annulation de la dette était valable pour tous les pays du Tiers-monde. ».

Ses efforts pour favoriser une unité des peuples pour l’annulation de la dette du Tiers-monde ont connu un grand écho en Amérique latine parmi les mouvements sociaux et les intellectuels de la gauche radicale. En Afrique, Thomas Sankara, président du Burkina Faso, a repris ce mot-d’ordre et a tenté de lancer un vaste mouvement africain pour le non paiement de la dette. En Europe, le CADTM est né dans la foulée de cette campagne internationale partie de l’Amérique latine.

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Cuéntenles a sus hijos quién es Marcos Ana

Se apaga la memoria de un siglo de lucha antifascista y por la libertad

Por Isaac Rosa

2016 11 25 01 Marcos AnaCuéntenles a sus hijas e hijos quién es Marcos Ana. Porque de lo contrario, salvo que hayan tenido la suerte de conocerlo en alguna de sus visitas a colegios e institutos, es probable que no sepan quién es. Pese a algunos homenajes y reconocimientos recientes, este jueves eran muchos los que buscaban en Google quién es ese tal Marcos Ana. Y esa ignorancia da la medida de los agujeros que sigue teniendo la memoria colectiva de este país, sobre todo con los antifascistas, y más con los comunistas.

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Primaire de la droite : François Fillon, celui qui veut être « l’homme de fer »

par ORANGE Martine

2016 11 23 01 Martine OrangeFrançois Fillon est un adepte de la stratégie du choc. Abrogation des 35 heures et de l’ISF, fiscalité réduite pour le capital, retraite à 65 ans, réforme de l’assurance chômage, droit du travail… Il veut mener sa révolution néolibérale en deux mois. Au risque d’un choc récessif détonant.

Depuis des mois, François Fillon a déjà théorisé ce que pourraient être ses premières semaines de gouvernement. S’appropriant les habits du thatchérisme, au moment où la Grande-Bretagne l’enterre, l’ancien premier ministre de Nicolas Sarkozy entend incarner le nouvel « homme de fer » et mener sa révolution libérale au pas de charge. Une stratégie du choc, comme il le reconnaît lui-même. Un choc technique mais aussi un choc psychologique, précise-t-il.

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It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump

By Naomi Klein

2016 11 15 01 Naomi KleinThey will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the corporate media for giving him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry.

But this leaves out the force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which we now find ourselves wide awake: neoliberalism. That worldview – fully embodied by Hillary Clinton and her machine – is no match for Trump-style extremism. The decision to run one against the other is what sealed our fate. If we learn nothing else, can we please learn from that mistake?

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US Presidential Election Trump Victory Brings Far Right Government and Uncertain Future

by LA BOTZ Dan

2016 11 12 01 Dan La BotzRepublican Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections not only brings to power the most rightwing president in our nation’s modern history, but because he is an idiosyncratic political outsider, it also points to a very uncertain future. Still we can be sure that his victory will lead to attacks on the working class, on the black and Latino communities, on women, and on LGBT folk.

The Democrats choice of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders doomed the party to defeat, while the failure of the labor movement and left to build a political alternative left voters with few choices, most of them bad.

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The Oviedo Manifesto

2016 10 30 01 Oviedo ManifestoMore than 580 elected representatives, including councillors, MPs and MEPs have signed the Oviedo Manifesto, an association against illegitimate debts that was presented to the Spanish Parliament on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

More than 40 Mayors from all over Spain, hundreds of councillors and dozens of local and national politicians and MEPs from different political parties were among the endorsers.

The list of signatories is now open to activists, social movements and people who want to give their support or better still, to be actively involved in the process.

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Standing against barbarism

by Gilbert Achcar

2016 10 27 01 Gilbert AchcarBoth the Syrian regime's war on a pro-democracy uprising and the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen are aimed at burying the aspirations of the Arab Spring, writes Gilbert Achcar, author most recently of Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising, in an article originally published in Arabic at Mada Masr and first published in English translation at Jacobin.

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