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Tunisia: “The promised economic miracle never happened” – A continuation of the uprisings of 2011

by Gilbert Achcar

2018 02 24 01 Gilbert AchcarFor the specialist of the Arab world Gilbert Achcar, the Tunisian revolt was “foreseeable”. And it is a continuation of the uprisings of 2011.

Originally from Lebanon, which he left in 1983 for Paris, Berlin and now London, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where he is professor of international and political relations, Gilbert Achcar has been observing the upheavals of the Arab world for two decades. The author of The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (London, SAQI, 2013) and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising (London, SAQI, 2016) takes a Marxist approach to the analysis of the uprisings of 2011. According to him, the current protests are a logical extension of them.

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Macerata, ordinaria follia oppure normalissimo fascismo?

Ovvero come si fa a distinguere un pazzo da un razzista savio?

di Checchino Antonini

antoniniMacerata, ordinaria follia o ordinario fascismo? Mettiamo in fila i fatti: un fascio-leghista gira per ore per Macerata sparando sui migranti. Ne ferisce sei. Quando lo prendono si fa portar via avvolto in un tricolore, ostentando il saluto romano. Nel 2017, Luca Traini, è stato candidato della Lega Nord alle amministrative. Il Comune, dai social network, invita a rimanere chiusi in casa, nei luoghi di lavoro e nelle scuole, i mezzi pubblici fermati fino a nuovo ordine. Salvini – coda di paglia – prova a smarcarsi puntando l’indice su chi avrebbe riempito l’Italia di clandestini. Forza nuova si offre di pagare le spese legali al razzista avvolto nella bandiera italiana. Solo pochi giorni prima, a Mestre, un ventenne ha tentato di rapinare una tabaccheria. Lo hanno preso poco dopo con alcuni grammi di eroina in macchina, la pistola e tutto il kit del piccolo rapinatore. Sul suo profilo fb, post inneggianti a Forza nuova, contro i “negri” e foto a fianco al ducetto di quel partito. Chissà se anche a lui verranno offerte le spese legali. Un salto indietro di poche settimane e di 5-600 chilometri. Roma: arrestato un trentottenne che, insieme a gentiluomini di Forza Nuova e CasaPound, guidava la protesta al centro di accoglienza di via del Frantoio, al Tiburtino III. Ma il tipo è stato “bevuto” per una rapina ai danni di una gelateria. Di giorno italiani indignati, di sera rapinatori. E non è una mosca bianca, anzi nera. È stata arrestata per furto anche la donna che a fine agosto aveva raccontato di essere stata sequestrata da alcuni migranti tra i cancelli del presidio umanitario di via del Frantoio, innescando l’assedio dei fascisti al centro per minori stranieri. Nell’estate precedente, a Fermo, un ultrà di destra della locale compagine, aveva ammazzato a pugni un richiedente asilo. Anche lui amava farsi fotografare con magliette di Fn e Cpi. Nel 2008, cinque ragazzotti legati in qualche modo a Forza nuova Verona hanno ucciso per futili motivi Nicola Tomassoli, un giovane di sinistra. Forse la sua colpa fu quella di avere il codino o forse rispose con fare seccato alla richiesta di una sigaretta ma certamente il suo omicidio maturò nell’humus fascio-alcolico che spesso la sera trabocca nelle strade e nelle piazze della “città dell’amore”. E Renato Biagetti morì di lame fasciste nell’estate 2006, all’uscita da una festa in spiaggia, solo perché era una “zecca”. E prima di lui, Dax, un operaio di Milano fu aggredito a marzo del 2003, da padre e due figli fascisti che portavano a pisciare il loro cane Rommel. Dax morì in ospedale. Come si fa a distinguere un fascista da un folle? Chi mette le bombe sui treni o nelle piazze, chi pensa che esistano complotti ebraici contro i bianchi cristiani, chi pensa che le razze esistano e alcune siano superiori mentre altre inferiori, chi pensa che la guerra sia desiderabile, chi ritiene legittimo che un essere umano possa sfruttarne un altro, che lo possa violentare o uccidere, ebbene è un pazzo o, banalmente, solamente un fascista?

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La investidura de Puigdemont y las tensiones del independentismo

Martí Caussa

2018 02 08 01 Martí CaussaEl martes día 30 por la mañana Roger Torrent, presidente del Parlament y miembro de ERC, aplazó el pleno que debía investir Puigdemont sin advertir antes a JuntsxCatalunya y la CUP, que mostraron abiertamente su desacuerdo. Pero no se suspendieron las manifestaciones y concentraciones que habían organizado la ANC (pero no Omnium) y los CDR, en las que uno de los gritos más populares fue "Carles Puigdemont, el nostre president". La ANC disolvió su concentración después del parlamento de su vicepresidente, pero los CDR la continuaron y más tarde un numeroso grupo de personas logró entrar en el parque de la Ciutadella e ir hasta la entrada del Parlament donde se mantuvieron hasta la madrugada. Por la noche Puigdemont difundió un vídeo en el que insistía en que "no hay ningún otro candidato posible". Las tensiones dentro del independentismo son hoy, miércoles día 31, el gran tema de los medios de comunicación y las redes sociales.

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Catalogne : construire de la base ce que le sommet nous refuse

par Txetx Etcheverry*

2018 01 20 04 Txetx EtcheverryQuoi qu’on pense de l’indépendance de la Catalogne, le processus catalan est quelque chose de passionnant à étudier pour les militants progressistes, démocrates et en rupture avec ce système capitaliste qui nous fait foncer vers le précipice.

En effet, il s’agit là du plus important mouvement social de cette dernière décennie dans le camp progressiste européen. Où a-t-on vu, dans un territoire de 7,5 millions d’habitants une telle succession de manifestations aussi massives, réunissant parfois plus d’un million de personnes ? Quel est le mouvement social européen capable aujourd’hui d’organiser une chaîne humaine longue de 400 kilomètres, traversant sans discontinuité villes, banlieues et campagnes inhabitées ? Qui pourrait réussir à organiser un référendum, avec bulletins de vote, urnes, bureaux de vote, cens électoral, quand un État moderne met tous ses moyens (police, gendarmerie, services de renseignements, informatique, judiciaire, etc.) pendant un mois entier pour en empêcher la tenue, fermer les bureaux de vote et les sites d’information, et saisir les urnes et les bulletins de vote ?

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D’où viennent les fonds vautours ?

par CADTM

2018 01 13 07 cadtmL’activité financière basée sur le recouvrement de créances rachetées à bas prix n’est pas l’apanage de la période moderne |1|. Concomitamment à l’apparition d’un marché des titres, ont existé des créanciers dont l’activité consistait essentiellement à exercer une pression sur des débiteurs en difficulté de paiement. Ainsi, en 1891 déjà, Émile Zola décrivait-il précisément dans L’argent cette activité de recouvrement, incarnée par les personnages de Bush et de la Méchain. Spécialisés dans le rachat de titres à bas prix, ceux-ci enquêtent et traquent à travers Paris les débiteurs entrés en faillite, forçant ensuite le repaiement intégral de leurs créances. Dans la description que fait Zola du phénomène, il ne s’agit toutefois à l’époque que d’une activité orientée vers les débiteurs privés, individus ou entreprises, et limitée à l’espace d’un pays ou d’une ville, en l’occurrence Paris.

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“Sellouts in the Room:”
Éric Toussaint on the Greek Debt Crisis and SYRIZA Capitulation

by Eric Toussaint , Michael Nevradakis

2018 01 03 01 ericATHENS, GREECE – For years, throughout the severe economic crisis that has plagued Greece over much of the past decade, the international media and financial press have held Greece up as a striking example of financial folly and mismanagement. Greece’s debt, we have been told, is the product of fiscal irresponsibility, of “lazy” and “unproductive” Greeks living beyond their means and spending recklessly. Moreover, Greece has been chastised for not emerging out of its economic doldrums despite being the recipient of hundreds of billions of euros worth of “free bailout money.” In short, Greece has been presented as an example for other countries to avoid at all costs.

Éric Toussaint, the spokesman of the Brussels-based Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM) and scientific director of the Greek Debt Truth Audit Commission, adopts a radically different view.

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República catalana: Documental "El primer dia d’octubre"

produït per la Directa - Agència UO

Υπότιτλοι Γαλλικά - Αγγλικά

2017 12 20 01Anticapitalistes 550

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OCTOBER 1917-2017 (Part 2)

From a decolonial Communism to the democracy of the Commons:

The ‘Soviet century’ – in the turmoil of the ‘permanent revolution’

By Catherine Samary

3- From the Cuban ‘great debate’ to a self-managed system  

2017 12 19 01Catherine SamarySoviet planning suffered from a slowing up of growth, the damage of bureaucratism both on the quality of the products and their cost, internal pressures (popular and coming from the apparatus) in favour of the consumption of Western products, and of the need to improve the possibilities of exports to countries with strong currencies to buy their products. It was under these pressures that the debate on reforming planning took place: it was initiated in the first half of the 1960s from inside an apparatus which, in the USSR, had put an end to the ‘chaos’ of Khrushchev’s thaw and had assumed Soviet intervention against the Hungarian workers’ councils. That is to say, that in a dominant fashion, the reformist economists discussing ‘economic laws’ and productivity, avoided any issues of democratisation and workers’ self-management – except in Yugoslavia and inside the Czech CP, the self-management wing linked to Jaroslav Sabata.

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OCTOBER 1917-2017 (Part 1)

From a decolonial Communism to the democracy of the Commons:

The ‘Soviet century’ – in the turmoil of the ‘permanent revolution’

By Catherine Samary

2017 12 17 01 Catherine SamaryBut when it comes to the nature of the thousand concrete, practical measures, large and small, necessary to introduce socialist principles into economy, law and all social relationships, there is no key in any socialist party program or textbook…  Only experience is capable of correcting and opening new ways. Only unobstructed, effervescing life falls into a thousand new forms and improvisations, brings to light creative new force, itself corrects all mistaken attempts.

Rosa Luxembourg, The Russian Revolution, 1918.

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Les trop brèves convergences de la Révolution russe et de l’écologie scientifique

2017 12 11tanuro16 janvier 1919. La guerre civile bat son plein. Les troupes blanches de l’amiral Koltchak ont franchi l’Oural et progressent vers Moscou. La portion du territoire contrôlée par les rouges se réduit comme peau de chagrin. Les soviets sont en danger de mort. Dans son bureau du Kremlin, Lénine prend pourtant le temps de débattre… de protection de la nature.

Daniel Tanuro revient dans cet article sur la (trop) brève convergence entre la Révolution russe et l’écologie. Il est ingénieur agronome et militant écosocialiste. Il est notamment l’auteur de L’impossible capitalisme vert. Cet article est paru initialement sur le site La Gauche.

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República Catalana: Manifestació del 7 de desembre a Brussel·les

2017 12 09 01 republica catalanaMés de 45.000 catalans han ocupat aquest dijous la capital administrativa d’Europa, Brussel·les.

El lema de la manifestació, Wake up, Europe (Desperta Europa), recull l’esperit de la marxa per Brussel·les que s’ha centrat, també, en l’exigència que s’alliberin els presos polítics del procés.

La gran manifestació de l’independentisme ahir a Brussel·les no es va poder emetre per TV3 a causa de la prohibició de la Junta Electoral espanyola. En canvi, algunes cadenes privades espanyoles sí que van poder emetre imatges en directe durant una bona estona.

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I AM A CATALAN - OMNIUM CULTURAL

2017 11 17 01 Pau CasalsFreedom, democracy and respect for human rights.

These are Europe’s founding values. Values that were achieved at great cost. Values that are under attack right now. Catalonia has always been at the forefront of Europe’s values. Our country has always cared about social rights.

That’s why we have gladly created an open-minded society compound by people from all over the world. We were pioneers in the fight for women’s rights and in the creation of the most advanced public schools. We demonstrate en masse against wars. We are Europe. We are Europe’s values. We believe in Europe’s future.

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