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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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Belgique : La Wallonie contre le CETA : que faire de cette victoire ?

par LCR (Belgique)

2016 10 26 01 LCRLes victoires face au rouleau compresseur néolibéral sont si rares qu’il faut savoir les savourer et les célébrer quand d’aventure elles se présentent. Le Parlement de la Wallonie a refusé de donner à l’Etat belge le feu vert pour la signature du CETA et le gouvernement wallon refuse de céder aux ultimatums, aux menaces et aux pressions émanant de l’Union Européenne, du gouvernement belge, des milieux d’affaire et du gouvernement flamand.

Une victoire de la lutte

C’est indiscutablement une victoire contre la dictature des multinationales et contre l’Union Européenne, ce serviteur zélé de la gouvernance néolibérale. « Il ne peut y avoir de recours démocratique contre les traités européens déjà ratifiés », disait Jean-Claude Juncker en pleine crise grecque. Il ne s’agit pas ici du même type de traité, mais il est clair que le « non au CETA » du Parlement wallon résonne dans toute l’Europe et au-delà comme un refus légitime de s’incliner devant cette tyrannie.

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The CADTM Italy is born

by Chiara Filoni

2016 10 22 01 CADTM ItalyFollowing the successful meeting between secular and Catholic entities in Genoa on July 15th of this year, |1| which also lead to the Charter of Genoa for the abolition of illegitimate debts, twenty Italian movements and progressives met on September 15th for CATDM Italy’s launch in the capital city of Rome.

The function room of the faculty of “Lettere e Filosofia” at the University of La Sapienza was full. Amongst those who came together to inaugurate CADTM Italy were activists from academic groups, professors, members of local debt audit commissions (including for the audit of the debt of Parma), Attac Italy, Communia, political parties (such as Sinistra anticapitalista), civil society organisations (Associazione culturale il Bradipo, Arci, Pop-Off Giornalismo, Cooperativa Bottega Solidale Genova,Fair, Fondazione “Lorenzo Milani” Onlus di Termoli, Centro Nuovo Modello di Sviluppo), trade unionists and Pax Christi |2| representatives .

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Putine, Trump... – What Can We Learn from Vampires and Idiots?

by BUDRAITSKIS Ilya

2016 10 16 01 BUDRAITSKIS IlyaThe German socialist August Bebel once called anti-Semitism “the socialism of fools.” He had in mind that a fool from the lower classes, indignant at the existing state of things instead of seeking the genuine reasons for his discontent concealed in the capitalist means of production, found a facile but false target in Jews. The result of this fool’s bad decision could prove catastrophic: instead of joining the ranks of socialists, he became their fiercest and most dangerous adversary. “Socialist foolishness” merits neither indulgence nor understanding. It is, moreover, a formidable weapon in the hands of elites, who are wise enough to know how to exploit it.

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Italy: The ambiguous nature of the 5 Star movement

 by TURIGLIATTO Franco

2016 10 08 01 TURIGLIATTO FrancoThe victory of the 5 Star Movement (M5S according to its initials in Italian) and its young candidates, Virginia Raggi and Chiara Appendino, in the municipal elections of June 2016 in two symbolic cities of Italy (the capital, Rome and the main industrial city of the country, Turin) has revived many questions about the political role and the nature of the group founded by the comedian Beppe Grillo.

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PSOE: Sánchez dimite, la crisis continúa

Jaime Pastor

2016 01 01 01 Jaime PastorConsumatum est. Desde que, tras el pasado miércoles, con el golpe de silbato de Felipe González y la dimisión del sector afín a Susana Díaz de la Comisión Ejecutiva Federal, se iniciara una ofensiva en todos los planos, con PRISA a la cabeza, contra el todavía Secretario General del PSOE, era difícil pensar que el equipo encabezado por Pedro Sánchez fuera capaz de aguantar la presión sufrida durante la reunión de del Comité Federal. Y, efectivamente, al final ha tenido que tirar la toalla después de una votación a mano alzada en la que su propuesta de Congreso ha sido rechazada por 137 votos contra 105.

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Britain: Inside Labour is the heart of the class struggle

by STOWE Andy

2016 09 29 01 STOWE AndyAndy Stowe writes about Jeremy Corbyn’s election victory for leader and the process of change of the Labour Party.

The Labour right, its friends in the press, the commentariat and their allies threw everything they had at Jeremy Corbyn and he trounced them. He and his supporters were accused of antisemitism, intimidation and misogyny on the basis of nothing approximating to evidence and the charges were repeated endlessly throughout the mainstream media. Rarely has such a mendacious and well-resourced disinformation campaign been so utterly rejected by its intended audience. Corbyn increased his share of the vote to 62% from last year when he got 59.5%. He won support from 59% of party members, 70% of registered supporters and 60% of affiliated supporters. And that is despite a purge of many tens of thousands who would have voted for him.

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Mexico’s Teachers Movement –

From Class War to Death Squads

by LA BOTZ Dan

2016 09 22 03 LA BOTZ DanMexican Teachers Union (el SNTE), have also engaged in protest marches, the blocking of highways and railroads, the commandeering of government vehicles, and the occupation of government buildings.

The government has responded by docking teachers’ pay, firing them, sending the police to beat them, and issuing warrants and arresting teacher leaders. One can only call what has gone on in Chiapas and Oaxaca and to a lesser extent in Guerrero and Michoacán class war.

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Catalunya 11-S: El movimiento soberanista vuelve a mostrar en la Diada de 2016 su colosal capacidad de movilización y marca al Govern el camino hacia una República Catalana

Arturo Puente

2016 09 14 01 República CatalanaLa Diada de 2016 ha vuelto a convertirse, por quinto año consecutivo, en un grito masivo en favor de la independencia de Catalunya. El movimiento soberanista ha mostrado que su capacidad de convocatoria no decae, consiguiendo mantener el pulso en cuanto a afluencia de gente, y reforzando desde la calle el llamado "proceso de desconexión" que promete el Govern de la Generalitat. Las ciudades de Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida, Salt y Berga han quedado colapsadas este domingo, con manifestaciones nunca vistas fuera de la capital.

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European Union referendum in Britain:

Was Brexit a Working-Class Revolt?

by MOODY Kim

2016 09 05 01 MOODY KimON JUNE 23 the British electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU) by 17,4120,742 (52%) to 16,141,241 (48%) with a high turnout of 72%. The referendum gave voters the simple choice of whether the UK should “Leave” or “Remain” in the EU. It was called by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, as a result of pressure from “Eurosceptic” Tory (Conservatives) Members of Parliament (MPs) and the growing right-wing, anti-EU, anti-immigrant United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP, pronounced U-kip).

Although the Conservatives split between Remain and Leave factions, most of the other parties supported Remain. [1] Cameron and most politicians assumed a Remain victory. Instead a significant majority voted for Brexit (Britain + exit), as leaving the EU has become known.

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Barroso’s Gold-plated revolving door

by Corporate Europe Observatory

2016 09 01 01 Corporate Europe Observatory 01 Never before has a former European Commission official been criticised as much for their post-EU career as ex-Commission president Barroso since he joined infamous US investment bank Goldman Sachs earlier this summer. Despite its scandalous nature, his move did not come as a complete surprise, given previous revolving door cases involving former EU commissioners. Citizens have every reason to ask if Barroso’s move goes against the public interest: evidence already points towards a gross violation of the EU Treaty. It would only be fair if Barroso was forced to choose between his new position with the banking giant and his generous EU pension.

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