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Part 1 of the Series: Centenary of the Russian Revolution and the Repudiation of Debt

Russia: Repudiation of debt at the heart of the revolutions of 1905 and 1917

by Eric Toussaint

February 23, 1917: Womens protest in Petrograd

2017 08 09 01 Russian RevolutionIn February 1918, the repudiation of the debt by the Soviet government shocked international finance and sparked off unanimous condemnation by the governments of the great powers.

This decision of repudiation was intrinsic to this first big movement for social emancipation which rattled the Russian Empire in 1905. This huge revolutionary uprising was caused by the conjunction of many factors: the Russian debacle in its war with Japan, the wrath of peasants demanding land, the rejection of autocracy, workers’ demands... The movement began with strikes in Moscow in 1905 and soon spread throughout the empire like wildfire, adopting different forms of struggle. Out of the process of self-organization by the masses emerged councils, or soviets in Russian: peasants’ councils, workers’ councils, soldiers’ councils and so on.

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“Si yo fuese catalán no tendría más remedio que votar sí a la independencia” (Entrevista a Jaime Pastor)

Josep Casulleras Nualart

2017 08 02 01 article[Texto original en catalán: http://www.vilaweb.cat/noticies/jaime-pastor-si-jo-fos-catala-no-tindria-mes-remei-que-votar-si-a-la-independencia/]

Jaime Pastor es profesor de ciencia política de la UNED, de Madrid, y editor de la revista de pensamiento y análisis Viento Sur. Es un político e intelectual marxista, referente ideológico de las izquierdas alternativas en el estado español, y no hace mucho que publicó un artículo de un gran impacto en el diario Público, titulado “Legitimidad y legalidad. Con el derecho de votar el 1 de octubre “, donde criticaba que dirigentes de Podemos llegaran a alinearse con el nacionalismo español dominante en el ataque contra el 1-O. De esto hablamos en esta entrevista.

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Despotism, neoliberalism and climate change: Morocco's catastrophic convergence

By Jawad Moustakbal

2017 07 26 01 Jawad MoustakbalClaims of Morocco's exceptionalism during the Arab Spring now ring hollow as protests spread in the face of elite policies that deny dignity to the majority

On Friday, 28 October 2016, a tragic fatal incident happened in Al Hoceima city in northeastern Morocco when a state official seized wares from Mohsin Fikri, a fish vendor, and had it thrown into a garbage truck. When the vendor desperately climbed into the truck to reclaim his fish, “a local police officer ordered the garbage truck driver to start the compactor and 'grind him," according to activists and witnesses. The truck horrifically ground up Fikri, killing him.

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Mélenchon, France insoumise, populisme: questions sur la séquence électorale 2016-2017 et ses implications

par ROUSSET Pierre

2017 07 08 01 ROUSSET PierreCette contribution a été écrite pour la Sozialistische Zeitung (SOZ), mensuel publié en Allemagne. Il s’adresse donc à un lectorat étranger, qui n’est pas censé connaître grand chose de la situation française. Elle constitue aussi, de ma part, une intrusion dans le débat sur les récentes élections et la campagne menée par Jean-Luc Mélenchon au nom de la France insoumise – un débat qui touche à des questions assez fondamentales autour, en particulier, du « populisme » et que cette intrusion invite à poursuivre.

Quelques références supplémentaires ont été ajoutées à la version initiale et quelques passages ont été précisés (le 27 juin 2017), à la suite de remarques et critiques qui m’ont été faites.

La campagne présidentielle ou législative que Jean-Luc Mélenchon a menée cette année est très différente des précédentes. Il y a eu une modification profonde de ses rapports avec les partis politiques en général et avec ceux qui étaient ses alliés dans le Front de gauche en particulier. Il est important de comprendre les raisons de cette évolution, quelles en sont les implications et dans quel cadre elle s’est produite, en France.

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Spain: The Municipal Network against Illegitimate Debt held a second successful meeting in Cadiz

by Jérôme Duval , Fátima Martín

2017 07 05 01 Cadiz Municipal NetworkThe Municipal Network Against Illegitimate Debt and Fiscal Cuts is expanding to the level of the autonomous regions [the Spanish State consists of 12 autonomous communities, among which Andalusia, Catalonia, the Basque country, the Madrid community…] stated Carmen Lizárraga, a Podemos member of the Parliament of Andalusia, at the opening press conference of the second meeting of the Network, which brought together in Cadiz, on 2, 3 and 4 June 2017, over 150 participants representing 77 municipalities from all over Spain. Members of the Parliaments of the autonomous Communities of Andalusia, Navarre, the Baleares, Estremadura and Galicia had a separate meeting that resulted in the decision to meet more frequently and in a more structured way after the summer recess.

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Jeremy Corbyn's historic speech at Glastonbury festival (video)

A triumphant Jeremy Corbyn delivered a rousing, call-to-arms speech at Glastonbury on Saturday. Addressing the huge crowd – one of the festival’s biggest so far – he tackled issues such as sexism, racism, homophobia and poverty.

Read Jeremy Corbyn’s Glastonbury 2017 speech in full

The Labour leader spoke to a huge crowd at the Pyramid Stage

A triumphant Jeremy Corbyn delivered a rousing, call-to-arms speech at Glastonbury on Saturday. Addressing the huge crowd – one of the festival’s biggest so far – he tackled issues such as sexism, racism, homophobia and poverty.

He was introduced by Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis. You can read the speech in full below:

2017 06 25 04 Jeremy Corbyn video“Michael, don’t go! Michael, don’t go! Can you all give it up for Michael Eavis? Michael, I’ve got a gift for you here, it says, ‘Michael, the inspiration that gave space to millions through Glastonbury.’ Thank you Michael Eavis for all that you’ve done.

I want to say thank you to Michael for lending us his farm, for giving his space all those years ago for people to come here, enjoy music, enjoy good company and enjoy inspiring thought. Michael you paved the way for all of us. You brought the spirit of music, you brought the spirit of love, you brought the spirit of ideas and you brought the spirit of great messages and if you can see that far, look on the wall right over there that surrounds this wonderful festival. There’s a message on that wall for President Donald Trump. Do you know what it says? Build bridges not walls.

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Middle East: What’s at stake in the crisis over Qatar?

by ACHCAR Gilbert

2017 06 24 01 ACHCAR GilbertA brewing conflict among the rulers of the Persian Gulf region reached a crisis stage in early June when Saudi Arabia led other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in cutting ties with Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have halted all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, ended diplomatic ties and ordered to Qatari citizens to leave. With 40 percent of Qatar’s food supply coming over the border from Saudi Arabia, there are fears of shortages of food and water.

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Maroc: ​Manifestation de soutien à Rabat avec les soulèvements du Rif (video  Attac)

2017 06 15 01 Maroc

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Nawel Ben Aissa, une voix vive du Rif

par Omar Aziki , Nawel Ben Aissa

2017 06 04 01 Maroc01Le Maroc vit actuellement une vague de protestation sociale très large initiée par le mouvement de contestation populaire dans le Rif au nord du Maroc. L’État a répondu par une campagne de calomnie et la répression. Il a arrêté des dizaines d’activistes de ce mouvement et poursuit d’autres. Les sit-in de solidarité dans plusieurs villes sont dispersés par les forces de police. Mais ce climat de terreur renforce plutôt la détermination des citoyens et des citoyennes à combattre, exiger la libération des détenus et la satisfaction des revendications sociales. Des comités de solidarités se constituent un peu partout au Maroc.

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Maroc: Appel pour le Rif en lutte

par ATTAC/CADTM Maroc*

2017 06 02 04 ATTAC CADTM MarocA toutes les victimes du despotisme, de l’oppression, à toutes celles et ceux qui voient leur dignité bafouée et qui aspirent à un Maroc démocratique.

A tous ceux et toutes celles qui luttent contre l’injustice et pour un pays de liberté, de dignité et de justice sociale.

A tous et à toutes les personnes solidaires et sympathisantes avec le mouvement de contestation populaire dans le Rif et ses revendications justes et légitimes.

A tous ceux et toutes celles qui refusent la répression de la lutte des habitants du Rif et de leurs voix et l’arrestation de leurs activistes.

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The times they are a changing: Rebuilding collective action in Albania

by QOSJA Griselda*

2017 05 26 01 QOSJA GriseldaFollowing a wave of protests in Zharrez, Albania, Griselda Qosja spoke with activists affiliated with two of the leading leftist organizations in Albania, Organizata Politike and Thurje.

From Aristotle to Hegel, the distinction between state and market has been the basis of understanding the role of civil society. In Albania, however, since the 1990s, unfortunately the role of civic activism has been often marginalized in public opinion, and perceived as an agent linked to the Open Society Foundation (OSF) [1] or backed by foreign embassies. Probably, an atavism of the communist regime, where the fight against foreign agitators was ever-present. Furthermore, for historical and geographical reasons, be it in our foreign policy or daily discourse, Albanians (as most of our neighbors) tend to adopt a mild paranoia of resistance against forms of external social and cultural domination.

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A state of crisis in North-East Asia – The North Korea issue

by ROUSSET Pierre

2017 05 15 01 ROUSSET PierreThe Korean crisis has gone from chronic to acute since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. Against a backdrop of general instability, it is being played out on three levels: the world relationship of forces between powers; the strong tensions at work throughout East Asia; the breakdown or the maintenance of the status quo between the two Koreas. To this, let us add the situation in the USA, where Trump is tempted to compensate for his failures in domestic politics by creating a climate of national mobilization against an external threat - whether it be Russian, Chinese or North Korean.

The stakes of the Korean crisis are so numerous that the uncertainties are great and there are real dangers of “uncontrolled slippages”.

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