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Green Party’s Jill Stein Tells Californians, ‘Please Vote For Bernie’

DAWN PAPPLE

2016-06-06 01 Jill SteinThe Green Party’s likely presidential nominee, Jill Stein, penned an open letter to Californians on Friday calling for “All hands on deck!” In an unprecedented call to action that, if acted upon, could significantly cost the Green Party votes in November, Jill Stein told all Californians who are currently registered to vote as “No Party Preference” or “Democrat” to cast their vote for Bernie Sanders in the June 7 primary.

“California voters have a chance to put us on the road to revolutionary change in the June 7 primary,” Stein wrote. “At this historic moment, as voters reject the Clinton and Trump campaigns with record high levels of dislike and mistrust, I ask not just for your vote for me, but also for your vote for Bernie. These votes are powerfully synergistic as we build an historic grassroots movement and a political vehicle to carry it forward.”

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 Face à une contestation sociale multiple, les amalgames d’un Premier ministre en position de faiblesse

par Collectif

2016-06-05 01Ces derniers jours, le Premier ministre a réussi le tour de force de multiplier en quelques minutes les provocations et les outrances : la CGT est accusée « d’encourager la violence » contre les policiers ; ceux qui contestent les « sociaux-démocrates quand ils sont au pouvoir » ou protestent contre les violences « des forces de l’ordre qui incarnent l’Etat » ne sont rien d’autres que des « ennemis de la démocratie » ; la porte-parole d’« Ensemble ! », Clémentine Autain, est étiquetée « islamo-gauchiste » et jugée responsable d’alimenter « le terreau de la violence et de la radicalisation ». Des propos envers les uns et les autres qui rappellent ceux utilisés contre le terrorisme !

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A multifaceted mobilization:

Strong headwinds are making

France a stormy sea 

by CREMIEUX Léon

2016-05-28 01 Léon Crémieux BIG“The 49-3 is a brutality. The 49-3 is a denial of democracy.” Despite François Hollande’s opinions on this article of the French constitution in 2006, his government under Manuel Valls (who had himself been among the MPs proposing it be suppressed in 2008) used it to force through the unpopular law proposed by Minister for Labour Myriam El Khomri on May 10. This provoked an immediate reaction from the coordinating committee of workers’ and students unions calling days of national mobilisation and strikes on May 12, May 17, May 19, to continue on May 26 and June 14. [1]This article, originally written just before the government’s decision to use the 49-3, explains the development of the movement against the El Khomri law up to that point. It was updated on 24 May.

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NPA: Dans le bras de fer avec

le gouvernement, notre carburant,

c’est la lutte !

Hebdo L’Anticapitaliste - (26/05/2016)

2016-05-27 01 NPALa lutte pour le retrait de la loi travail n’en finit pas de rebondir. C’est déjà un échec pour le gouvernement qui comptait bien, dans la foulée de l’état d’urgence et d’une offensive sécuritaire et autoritaire sans précédent, marquer un point décisif dans la mise à mort du Code du travail...

Il aura tout utilisé, du coup de force institutionnel avec le 49-3 à la répression et aux provocations policières, pour diviser les opposantEs, en passant par les mesures d’exception avec les interdictions individuelles et collectives de manifester... Dès la semaine dernière, il faisait intervenir le Raid contre la Maison du peuple à Rennes et interdisait purement et simplement la manifestation de Nantes de jeudi dernier ! Mais rien n’y fait, la journée du 19 mai en témoigne, la mobilisation demeure. Et maintenant, la seule réponse à la multiplication des blocages des raffineries est l’envoi des forces de « l’ordre » pour dégager les barrages... Avec pour réponse immédiate la généralisation de l’arrêt des raffineries !

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Communiqué de Ensemble! Bloquer l'économie et étendre la mobilisation

2016-05-25 01 ensembleCela fait 2 mois que l'intersyndicale, les collectifs Nuit Debout partout en France, les organisations de jeunesse, des associations et des partis politiques sont mobilisés contre la destruction du code du travail.

Malgré les provocations et la brutalité de la répression policière, le recours au 49.3, la mobilisation, loin de faiblir, s'étend.

Après les routiers et les cheminots, et bientôt la RATP, ce sont les ouvriers de toutes les raffineries et du terminal pétrolier du Havre qui sont en grève. Plusieurs dépôts de carburant sont également bloqués.

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Quel internationalisme dans le contexte de la crise ukrainienne ?
Les yeux grands ouverts contre les “campismes” borgnes

par SAMARY Catherine

2016-05-20 03 Catherine SamaryNul doute que les Etats-Unis se sont saisis de la crise yougoslave pour maintenir et relancer l’OTAN quand elle aurait du être dissoute en 1991 en même temps que le Pacte de Varsovie. On ne peut non plus douter du fait que Washington s’efforçait de propulser une forme de gestion “euro-atlantique” des conflits balkaniques. C’est pourquoi les internationalistes devaient se mobiliser contre les bombardements “humanitaires” de l’OTAN. Mais en même temps, n’était-il pas nécessaire de dénoncer la politique “grand’serbe”, en particulier sur l’enjeu concret du Kosovo, tout en combattant les positions “anti-Serbes” ? Est-ce que la question nationale albanaise était simplement une “création impérialiste” ? Et est-ce que le fait que le “Parti socialiste” de Milosevic avait noué une alliance organique avec les partis et milices nationalistes grand-serbes était un enjeu secondaire ?

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Part I of the series “Greece and debt: two centuries of interference from creditors”

Newly Independent Greece had an Odious Debt round her Neck

by ERIC TOUSSAINT

2016-05-10 01 5-draxmaiSince 2010, Greece has been the centre of attention. Yet this debt crisis, mainly the work of private banks, is nothing new in the history of independent Greece. The lives of Greeks have been blighted by major debt crises no less than four times since 1826. Each time, the European powers have connived together to force Greece to contract new debts to repay the previous ones. This coalition of powers dictated policies to Greece that served their own interests and those of a few big private banks they favoured. Each time, those policies were designed to free up enough fiscal resources to service the debt by reducing social spending and public investment. Thus Greece and her people have, in a variety of ways, been denied the exercise of their sovereign rights, keeping Greece down with the status of a subordinate, peripheral country. The local ruling classes complied with this.

This series of articles analyses the four major crises of Greek indebtedness, placing them in their international political and economic context – something which is systematically omitted from the dominant narrative and very rarely included in critical analysis.

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Bern: The Bernie Sanders Movie

2016-05-04 01 Bernie-movie "Bern" The Bernie Sanders documentary will tell the story of Bernie Sanders' life growing up, the historic campaign currently taking place, and the people working to get him elected. We have a unique opportunity to capture a pivotal moment in American culture and its impact on the country's political and social landscap.

 We are independent filmmakers, producers, animators, editors, writers and other creative and communications professionals who are interested in adding dimension to the current political discourse by learning more about one of the most intriguing participants of the 2016 presidential election. As an independent collective, we are beholden only to the story we are telling, and we are committed to discovering and telling it as authentically as possible.

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Armenia, Azerbaijan & the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Behind the Four-Day War

by LIAKHOV Peter

2016-04-27 02 Peter-LiakhovOn the afternoon of April 2, Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, was gripped with anxiety. On the street, the dour, worried faces of passersby clashed with the unusually warm and sunny spring weather. By evening, the normally bustling bars and restaurants were nearly empty, and the few patrons that did come were loath to touch the food and drinks they ordered. Waiters too were morose, having dropped any pretense at a customer-service smile. Earlier that morning the “frozen” Nagorno-Karabakh conflict had erupted in violence, and just like that, the country was at war.

It seems that under the cover of darkness, Azerbaijani troops on the border with the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh pushed across the line of contact, and with the support of tanks, gunships, and heavy artillery overran many of the Armenian positions, including three villages.

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Eric Toussaint à la Nuit Debout - Témoignage

2016-04-22 01 Eric ToussaintL'occupation de la place de la République à Paris par Nuit Debout se poursuit depuis 3 semaines. Hier je m'y suis rendu. J'ai commencé par écouter les discussions qui se déroulaient dans le cadre de la commission finance et économie qui se tenait en plein air à partir de 17h30. Y participait une bonne centaine de personnes. Dans le même temps avaient lieu deux autres commissions. Par ailleurs, en dehors des espaces occupés par les commissions, beaucoup de monde se rassemble pour des dialogues improvisés un peu partout sur la place. Il y a également des animations musicales, du théâtre action,...

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USA: Labor Notes Conference Gathers Over 2,000 ‘Troublemaker’ Workers and Organizers in Chicago – “To create a militant and democratic unionism”

by MOBERG David

2016-04-20 01 Troublemakers-UnionEvery two years since 1981, the Detroit- and Brooklyn-based monthly newsletter Labor Notes has rallied union members and wannabe members, as well as some union staff and elected leaders, to join in a long weekend of sharing stories, strategies and wisdom gained in their workplace skirmishes.

They are the sort of people that bosses everywhere—and a few union officials—might call “troublemakers,” and they have adopted the moniker as a badge of honor (including holding “troublemaker schools” and producing tactical handbooks for do-it-yourself organizers).

Last weekend, around 2,200 labor activists, from diverse age groups, industries, personal experiences and nations (about 150 visitors from 22 countries), gathered in Chicago for a packed line-up of workshops and plenary sessions in the largest of these conferences.

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Bulgaria in the trap of neoliberalism

Daniela Penkova

2016-04-11 02 protestIn 1989 the Berlin Wall fell and the so-called “transition period” for Central and Eastern Europe began. The goal pursued was a radical change of society at economic, political and social level. In relation to this, Bulgaria endorsed a variety of development programs, which were manipulated by the two supranational institutions – the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The country was quickly encompassed by a wide network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose number amounts nowadays to 38,000. The UN agencies, supranational authorities and NGOs organized and coordinated Bulgaria’s transition through the same methods, ideas and language, which were being used for the Third World Countries by that time.

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