First as tragedy, then as farce? AUR and the long shadow of fascism in Romania

Friday 15 January 2021, by Raul Carstocea In the current political climate, witnessing an ascendance of far-right parties across Europe, and a more general shift to the right in mainstream politics globally, Romania was often pointed out as an exception in this respect, certainly when it came to the area of Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe. Since 2008, when the Greater Romania Party (Partidul România Mare, PRM) failed to meet the 5% electoral threshold for entering Parliament, there had been no far- or radical-right parties in the Romanian Parliament. As…

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Sri Lanka joins the struggle against the Adani Group

Sri Lankans join hands with the Indian farmers against Adani Group. While Modi government trying to hand over the agriculture sector to Adani, Sri Lankan Government is attempting to lease the Eastern Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo port to Adani Group of India. 23 Trade Unions attached to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) joined together to carry out a struggle against this attempt of Rajapakshe government. Their demand is to handover the operations of ECT only to SLPA.  Harbour Trade Unions launched several struggles including strikes to defeat the…

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Statement by “Comunistas” on recent events in Cuba

On 1 January 2021, the reform of the Cuban monetary system came into effect. It marks the end of the dual currency system and is part of a process of liberalization of the economy that began ten years ago, with the opening up of several sectors to private capital. These measures were inevitably accompanied by the rebirth of a bourgeoisie in Cuba, with, in addition to the deepening of inequalities, a cultural and ideological impact. We reproduce below a statement published at the end of November on the blog Comunistas…

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85 years of LSSP

By Niel Wijethilaka This December marks the 80th anniversary of the formation of the LSSP, Sri Lanka’s oldest left party. 85 years is a long period of time in relation to human life. As a revolutionary political organization, it was an even longer period. The first 30 years of the LSSP were a period of unrelenting courage to build socialism in our country, as well as a period of conflict, chaos and divisions. The whole period that followed was a period of betrayal, in which they abandoned their old program…

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We will not return to normal, because normal was the problem

South African and Covid-19 Saturday 19 December 2020, by Amandla! But is abnormal possible? Covid 19, the associated lockdowns, wearing of masks and social distancing have disrupted society. On the one hand, there is the obvious desire for things to return to normal. But there is also much talk of the “new normal”, in the knowledge that these conditions are going to be with us for some while. And ironically, the second wave of infections, spreading fear and anxiety in many parts of the world, is the result of the…

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How the rich are cashing in on pandemic pain

Posted Dec 15, 2020 by Eds. Originally published: Red Flag by Tyler Ray (November 26, 2020)   Millions of day labourers in India lost their jobs overnight earlier this year when Narendra Modi’s central government hastily announced a national lockdown. There were few welfare payments to fall back on. Many were forced to join large crowds walking hundreds of kilometres from the cities to their home villages, without any means to protect themselves from the danger of COVID-19 infection. In the following weeks and months, infections surged, and tens of thousands of India’s poorest people died.…

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Farmers vs. the Indian state

Originaly published on: https://www.ips-journal.eu/regions/asia/farmers-vs-the-indian-state-4865/ Contrary to what Narendra Modi’s government thinks, the huge open-air farmers’ protests outside Delhi may not fizzle out By Jayati Ghosh | 14.12.2020 India’s capital is under siege from more than two million farmers, who are currently gathered at the city’s border in a massive protest that started two weeks ago. Old and young men, women and even children from farming families are camping on open roads in the bitter cold of a Delhi winter. They have abandoned their concerns about viral infection and come prepared…

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UN climate report calls out global elite as cause of the crisis

Originally published: Liberation News by Tina Landis (December 11, 2020) The UN Emissions Gap Report released on Dec. 9, shows how far off the mark we are for averting complete climate catastrophe. Current global emissions reduction policies have us on track for 3.5 C warming by 2100, which would be catastrophic for life on Earth. An average increase of 1.5 C globally is the line that must not be crossed–with current temperatures at an average of nearly 1 C warming. The report takes a surprisingly class perspective by pointing out that the one percent…

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Capitalism Always Produces Racism

A new wave of anti-racist activists are taking to the streets to protest and stand against police violence. This highlights the importance of theoretical perspectives that understand racism as integral to capitalism. These perspectives must go beyond an identity politics that fails to acknowledge the role of class distinctions in perpetuating racism.  People across the world are rising up to protest the blatant, racist murder of George Floyd by now ex-officer Derek Chauvin. From Minneapolis to New Zealand, thousands upon thousands of people are breaking quarantine to join together and…

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SRI LANKA: The duty to stop murder

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of Human Rights Day In Sri Lanka, the closest event prior to the human rights day on December 10th, is the killing of 11 prisoners and injuring of over 100 other prisoners in the Mahara prisons. That incident clearly speaks about the massive contradictions involved in the claims about the protection of human rights and the actual reality that exists in the country. The prisoners, throughout the country, have been recently complaining about the spread of COVID 19. They…

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