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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Chomsky and Prashad: Three major threats to life on Earth that we must address in 2021

Posted Jan 06, 2021 by Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad This article was produced by Globetrotter. Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols released by the World Health Organization and by scientific organizations reveals their malicious practice. Anything less than focused attention to managing the virus by testing, contact tracing, and isolation—and if this does not suffice, then…

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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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60 journalists were murdered in 2020

30 December 2020 In 2020, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the world’s leading organization of the profession, recorded 60 killings of journalists and media personnel in targeted attacks, bomb blasts and crossfire in 16 countries around the world, 11 more than in 2019. Since 1990, the IFJ has recorded 2,676 deaths worldwide. The year 2020 will go down in history as that of an unprecedented global pandemic crisis, but also as that of the resurgence of assassinations of journalists and media personnel around the world. With 60 murders in…

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The Pandemic and Vaccine Nationalism

Post on: December 19, 2020 Claudia Cinatti “Vaccine nationalism” reproduces the geopolitical rivalries and tensions that have been building up since the 2008 capitalist crisis. Ultimately, it is a mirror of both capitalist competition and the irrationality of a system that transforms everything it touches — from the superfluous to the indispensable for life — into merchandise and profit. During November, some of the hundreds of vaccines in development against Covid-19 were approved, among them the one produced by the laboratory Pfizer (and its German partner BioNTech). While these vaccines…

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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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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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Climate Catastrophe May Be Imminent but a Better World Is Still Possible

Post on: January 11, 2020  James Dennis Hoff After years of dithering, the UN has finally admitted that, given the lack of action by the world’s most powerful economies, there is practically no chance of avoiding global temperature increases above 1.5°C and little chance of remaining below 2°C. Such an increase would have potentially catastrophic consequences, but how we adapt to this new world is up to us. Scientists and climate activists have been saying it for years, but a new UN report shows conclusively that the 2015 Paris Agreement has largely…

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Fed up with capitalism, young Chinese brush up on ‘Das Kapital’

Originally published: Sixth Tone (December 7, 2020)  This article is the second in a three-part series on the ways online historians and writers are shaping the worldviews and mindsets of young Chinese. Read the first article here. As I discussed in my first article, young Chinese are in the midst of a major reappraisal of their country’s modern history, one that is reshaping their attitudes toward the so-called socialist period, roughly defined as the years between the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and the start of “reform and opening-up”…

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The Stock Market Celebrates Biden’s Cabinet Picks

Post on: November 25, 2020 La Izquierda Diario Argentina The stock market posted record-breaking gains this week on the news of Joe Biden’s transition and corporate-friendly cabinet picks. These market gains mean more profits for capitalists and investors as the economic crisis continues for the working class. his week, Wall Street stocks traded at record heights. The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a milestone 30,000 points, surpassing the previous record set on November 16. The other two main U.S. stock indexes likewise posted gains: the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite…

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