10 Theses of the Leftist Opposition in Ukraine

Euromaidan and a Program for the Left

“Euromaidan’s popularity has nothing to do with Ukrainians finding the question of free trade with the European Union so significant that it emboldened them to survive sleepless nights on the square. The country’s socioeconomic problems, which are much more acute than those of its neighbors to the East and West, gave the protest its meaning.”

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GYBO – Manifesto 2.0

Gaza Youth to Planet Earth! Anyone out there? “Gaza what?”

The previous manifesto seems to have grown bigger than expected; many supported us, many others stood firmly against us, and very few stayed indifferent. Everyone had an opinion, yet rarely did they listen to others’ and in the middle of that mess, our own voice remained unheard.

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The Woman in Red Speaks

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Using the influence of a symbolic photograph is not a sign of justice

The woman in red (Ceyda Sungur) is not satisfied that the police officer who sprayed her is being prosecuted (http://translatingtaksim.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/policeman-who-sprayed-tear-gas-to-woman-in-red-faces-three-years-in-jail/)

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In an article she wrote in Radikal (http://www.radikal.com.tr/turkiye/kirmizili_kadin_radikal_icin_yazdi_o_polisin_yargilanmasi_yetmez-1171207), she says:

I didn’t want to speak till now as I didn’t want to change the symbolic value of ‘the woman in red’ and I didn’t want to make an individual more important than the movement itself. But now I feel I owe an explanation especially to the families of those who were killed during Gezi. No one should talk of justice until the killers and those responsible for the killings are punished. Prosecuting a 23 years old police officer for acting alone yet still under the orders of his superiors is not sufficient compensation for the violence incited by a government who described the police…

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Eyes With No Memory See Nothing

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The situation in Greece is reaching a point comparable to that of mid-1930s Spain. On the brink of civil war, as a lab rat in the ongoing neoliberal austerity experiment, Greek society is being pushed further and further towards the complete obliteration of democratically achieved civil and human rights and is becoming a festering sore of rightwing nationalism.Continue Reading

«Wir blei­ben alle!»

Von Flo­ri­an Wilde.

Es waren unge­fähr drei­hun­dert west­afri­ka­ni­sche Flücht­linge, die im Früh­jahr 2013 von Li­by­en kom­mend Ham­burg erreich­ten. Ihr Weg hatte sie nach einer gefähr­li­chen Über­fahrt über das Mit­tel­meer zu­nächst auf die ita­lie­ni­sche Insel Lam­pe­dusa ge­führt, nach der sich die Grup­pe in Ham­burg dann be­nann­te. In Ham­burg ange­kom­men, wei­ger­ten sich die Behör­den unter Ver­weis auf die EU-​Richt­li­ni­en, den Flücht­lin­gen eine dau­er­hafte Unter­kunft zur Ver­fü­gung zu stel­len und ver­such­ten, sie gleich wie­der aus der Stadt zu trei­ben. Doch die Flücht­linge woll­ten nicht wei­ter­zie­hen. Wohin denn auch? Sie ent­schie­den sich zu blei­ben, an die Öffent­lich­keit zu gehen und für ihre Rech­te zu kämp­fen. Sie stie­ßen dabei auf eine spon­tane Welle der Sym­pa­thie und Soli­da­ri­tät in Tei­len der Be­völ­ke­rung.Continue Reading

Syria, European Pseudo-Leftists, and Žižek

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I was a bit disappointed when I read Žižek’s article on Syria. It is true that the people in Syria have no excuse for not making a revolution, but compassion is a virtue. Maybe if “comrade” Žižek could’ve taken the time to scribble them a manual of “Revolution 101″ they could’ve been brought to their senses. Possibly a syllabus of recommended readings? Žižek has a lot to teach the people in Syria and Egypt. The European Left as a whole has much to share. I mean, Europe has been revolting for decades and the victories of the European Left are a source of global envy. Žižek himself has stood atop the barricades and put a stake in the heart of neoliberalism in his own country.Continue Reading

Knüppel für unsere Träume

Von Antidotes’ Laurent Moeri

Die griechische Gesellschaft ist nun an einem Punkt, an dem es Spanien Mitte der 30er Jahre des vergangenen Jahrhundert gleicht. Ein Land das kurz vor dem Bürgerkrieg steht, als Testratte in einem Labor der neoliberalen Sparpolitik, gedrängt zur Vernichtung demokratisch erlangter Rechte und Brutstätte des wieder wuchernden Geschwürs des Nationalismus.Continue Reading

Below and Behind the June Uprising

By Raúl Zibechi

Raúl Zibechi explores the autonomous and horizontal forms of organization, direct action and consensus decision-making behind the Brazilian uprising.

The huge mobilizations in June 2013 in 353 cities and towns in Brazil came as as much of a surprise to the political system as to analysts and social bodies. Nobody expected so many demonstrations, so numerous, in so many cities and for so long. As happens in these cases, media analyses were quickly off the mark. Initially they focused on the immediate problems highlighted by the actions: urban transport, rising fare prices and the poor quality of service for commuters. Slowly the analyses and perspectives expanded to include the day-to-day dissatisfaction felt by a large part of the population. While there was widespread acknowledgement that basic family income had risen during the last decade of economic growth, social commentators began to focus on economic inclusion through consumption as the root of the dissatisfaction, alongside the persistence of social inequality.Continue Reading