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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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Battre Le Pen dans les urnes et dans la rue!

Par Michael Lowy

2017 05 03 01 Michael LowyLe mot d'ordre proposé par certains camarades, "Pas un seul vote pour Marine Le Pen", n'est pas suffisant. On peut "ne pas voter" MLP en votant blanc ou en s'abstenant, en allant à la pêche, etc. On ne vote pas pour elle, mais on ne fait rien pour l'empêcher d'être élue... Si on veut vraiment la battre, il faut mettre un bulletin avec le nom de son rival.

"Battre le Pen dans les urnes et dans la rue !" : ce fut, en 2002, le mot d'ordre de la Ligue communiste révolutionnaire, au moment d'un deuxième tour opposant Jean-Marie Le Pen à Jacques Chirac. Pourquoi ne serait-il pas valide en 2017, dans ce  deuxième tour entre Marine Le Pen et Emmanuel Marcron ? Est-ce que la fille est moins dangereuse que le père ? Est-ce que Macron est plus à droite que Chirac ? Ou est-ce que la LCR de 2002 manquait de fibre révolutionnaire ?

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Choosing is defiance !

5th CADTM Europe Summer School

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by CADTM Belgium

5th CADTM Europe Summer School Choosing is defianceSave the dates and sign up here ! From Friday 30th of June to Sunday 2nd of July, the 5th CADTM Europe Summer School will be held in the cultural center of La Marlagne in Wépion near Namur (Belgium).

The system will never fall, if it is not toppled over. Our Summer School will be the place to be for those across Europe who share this goal. We’ll meet, share, discuss on current struggles and strategies we need to set up in order to put an end to the cycles of debt, capitalism and its destructive mechanisms. Creditors’ diktats in the European Union, domination through debt in the Global South, vulture funds’ misbehaviour, illegitimate private debts, women’s oppression, destruction of the environment… We do have reasons to fight!

Could there be a better place than Belgium to talk about all this? It is located in the heart of fortress Europe and near places where austerity policies are decided. Never mind if the sky is not so blue. It precisely gives us another reason to storm heaven.

But we shall not forget it’s summer time, a perfect time to seize the day! The CADTM team is preparing activist and festive parties. Among these, you’ll have access to theatre, slam and DJs performances!

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The Serbian Left’s Next Move

After Aleksandar Vučić’s questionable election victory, Serbian radicals have a rare opening.

by Pavle Ilić*

2107 04 20 04 dole diktaturaLike most recent elections, this spring’s presidential campaign in Serbia has been anything but boring. Acting Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić’s overwhelming first-round victory — with 55.07 percent of the vote based on 99 percent counted — seemed to prove that the election had been rigged. Serbians immediately took to the streets, expressing their dissatisfaction with the nation’s undemocratic turn and their rage at living conditions that have been falling since the global economic crisis.

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Serbie: un mouvement inédit de protestation menace l’«autocrate» Vučić

Par Jean-Arnault Dérens et Philippe Bertinchamps (Mediapart)

2017 04 11 05 necemo da budemo jeftina radna snagaDepuis une semaine, le mouvement de protestation ne cesse de s’étendre, prenant une ampleur jamais vue depuis la chute de Milosevic en 2000. Chaque soir, des dizaines de milliers de Serbes manifestent dans toutes les villes du pays contre la « dictature » d’Aleksandar Vučić, le premier ministre élu président de la République dimanche 2 avril.

De nos envoyés spéciaux à Belgrade (Serbie).-  « À bas l’autocratie ! », « Aller à la manif, c’est mieux qu’aller en boîte », « Non à la dictature du capital ! », « Je ne veux pas de café, je veux une manif », « Les manips ne passent plus », « Je ne veux pas de Vučić, je ne veux pas du FMI, je ne veux pas de l’OTAN »… Les slogans fleurissent par centaines, drôles, décalés ou radicaux, souvent reproduits à l’imprimante sur des feuilles A4 et brandis par les manifestants qui se donnent rendez-vous chaque soir dans toutes les villes de Serbie.

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Présidentielle 2017 :

l’élection de toutes les surprises ? –

« La clé est dans l’ampleur du vote Mélenchon »

par MARTELLI Roger

2017 04 11 01 picture01Jusqu’à ce jour, les péripéties de l’élection présidentielle auront déjoué tous les pronostics. Ce signe de crise politique intense peut-il ouvrir sur de nouveaux enfermements ou sur une nouvelle espérance ? Les deux prochaines semaines seront cruciales.

Dans un article précédent, nous avions évoqué le constat d’une crise politique. Il n’est pas infirmé par les derniers sondages [1]. Pour l’instant, deux tiers des individus interrogés se disent certains d’aller voter (l’abstention, le 22 avril 2012 était de 20,5%). Et sur ceux qui affirment qu’ils iront sûrement voter, moins des deux tiers considèrent que leur choix est définitif. Ajoutons que près de 40% (Ipsos) disent que leur choix de tel ou tel candidat ne se fait pas par adhésion, mais par défaut.

Il n’y a donc rien d’étonnant à ce que la dispersion des intentions de vote soit toujours aussi grande. Aucun candidat retenu par les sondés ne dépasse le quart des suffrages exprimés. Extrême droite, droite « classique », centre et gauche se partagent l’électorat de façon presqu’équivalente.

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French presidential election: factory worker Poutou emerges as star of TV debate

by WILLSHER Kim

2017 04 11 03 picture03The 11 presidential candidates faced off in a live televised debate, with anti-capitalist Poutou goading rivals over their integrity. A little-known candidate emerged as the star of the televised French presidential debate after challenging two of the frontrunners over their honesty and implication in fraud scandals.

The militant Philippe Poutou, of the New Anti-capitalist party, weighed into the far-right favourite, Marine Le Pen, and conservative François Fillon, who are both under investigation for misuse of public funds.

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Release of Arctic Methane "May Be Apocalyptic," Study Warn

By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report

2017 03 24 01 Arctic MethaneOn a lake, plumes of gas, most likely methane from the breakdown of carbon in sediments below the lake, keep the water from freezing in spots, outside Fairbanks, Alaska, October 21, 2011. As the Arctic warms, the threat of abrupt methane releases is rising, too. (Photo: Josh Haner / The New York Times)

A scientific study published in the prestigious journal Palaeoworld in December issued a dire -- and possibly prophetic -- warning, though it garnered little attention in the media.

"Global warming triggered by the massive release of carbon dioxide may be catastrophic," reads the study's abstract. "But the release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic."

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The Dutch elections: Very little reason to celebrate

by Mathijs van de Sande

2017 03 20 01 Dutch electionsThis is ridiculous. Avaaz is circulating a petition to thank the "Dutch people" (whoever that may be) for "choosing hope, unity, and dialogue over hate, fear and old fascist rhetoric." They even claim that, "by rejecting Geert Wilders you've helped stop the rise of the far right everywhere." More generally, the coverage of these elections in the international press has been a complete disaster.

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Amériques latines, entre reflux des progressismes et expériences alternatives

par Franck Gaudichaud

2017 03 14 01 Franck GaudichaudLes retours revanchards de néolibéraux aux gouvernements de certains pays d’Amériques latines remettent-ils en question les expériences d’émancipation des dernières décennies ? Les réalités sont plus complexes, nous dit Franck Gaudichaud.

Franck Gaudichaud est maître de conférences en histoire et civilisation de l’Amérique Latine à l’Université Grenoble-Alpes et co-président de France Amérique Latine. Dernier ouvrage paru en français : Chili 1970-1973. Mille jours qui firent trembler le monde, PUR, 2013.

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In Britain, after byelections in Stoke and Copeland:

Don’t blame Corbyn for the sins of Blair, Brown and New Labour

By Ken Loach

2017 03 08 02 Ken LoachIn the parts of Britain that have been left to rot, people support Jeremy Corbyn’s policies. So why aren’t MPs promoting them?

The spate of calls for Jeremy Corbyn to quit since last week’s byelections in Stoke and Copeland has been as predictable as it was premeditated. It says everything about the political agenda of the media, and nothing about people’s real needs and experiences.

I went to Stoke and Whitehaven, in Cumbria, a few days before polling. Momentum arranged screenings of Daniel Blake [1]. We went to Labour clubs in neglected areas, old estates away from the centre. At one club I was asked: “Why have you come here? No one comes here.”

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