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Révolte sociale en Bosnie-Herzégovine : « Qui sème la misère récolte la colère »

par Catherine Samary

2014-02-17 02 bosnian-revolutionLe printemps est en avance sur le froid qui règne. Nul ne sait jusqu'où ira l'explosion sociale et démocratique. Mais dores et déjà, on sait qu'elle laissera des traces profondes et pourrait faire tâche d'huile : les peuples de la région commencent à voir « ce qui fait système », tant dans les griefs que dans les aspirations exprimées. De la dénonciation des « privatisations criminelles » on pourrait voir émerger celle des institutions euro-atlantistes qui les ont encadrées.

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The Exceptional Meaning of the Tuzla Plenum

The following is an article by 'Radnicka Borba' (Workers' Struggle).

2014-02-17 01 radnicka-borba logoThe most significant gain to date of the workers' uprising in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the foundation and daily activities of the Tuzla Plenum. It's natural that in the town where the uprising began, where from the very beginning the strength of the movements' working base was most clearly expressed – which had gathered around it the students, the unemployed and pensioners – would be the first to introduce into the life of the country a new political form in the service of the oppressed.

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Une transition énergétique… à l’envers, ou quand les villes grecques se transforment en chambres à gaz !

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Quel pourrait être le rapport de la transition énergétique à la crise actuelle de la dette et aux politiques d’austérité draconienne qui en résultent un peu partout en Europe ? Ou en d’autres termes, comment se présente la transition énergétique non pas en théorie, mais en pratique dans cette Europe balayée par la crise ?

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Spain: popular resistance delivers results

 by Esther Vivas

Esther VivasVictory against Madrid’s hospital privatisation – and other recent struggles in Spain – shows popular resistance delivers results.

Resisting is pointless”, we hear endlessly repeated. “So many years of protest but the crisis continues, why bother?” insist others, inoculating us with apathy and resignation. “Protests could lead to something that’s even worse”, whispers the machinery of fear. They want us submissive, heads bowed. Dreams of change are forbidden. However, history rebels, indomitable. And it shows us, despite the naysayers, that struggle is worth it. The victories against the privatisation of the Madrid’s public health system, of the Gamonal neighbourhood standing up to speculators and the corrupt, of the cleaners in their battle for jobs in the capital and the struggle against evictions and the banks, are good examples.

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Bosnia anti-government protests spread

2014-02-08 bosnian-revolution 01What started as a demonstration by unpaid workers in the north has expanded to more cities and other issues

Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in cities across Bosnia on Friday, as demonstrations by unpaid workers in the northern city of Tuzla spread to other parts of the country and morphed into widespread discontent — in an election year — about unemployment and rampant corruption.

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Miguel Romero (“Moro”): Revolutionary dignity

Tuesday 28 January 2014, by Manuel Garí

Miguel RomeroOn January 26 in Madrid, cancer finally conquered the tenacious resistance of Miguel Romero Baeza (born Melilla, 1945). A journalist and revolutionary militant, who experienced and fought the Franco dictatorship and the capitalist system with the same passion, intelligence and dignity which with he faced his disease. He never lost the capacity of indignation faced with injustice, he was always on the side of those at the bottom, was immune to accommodation and at all times maintained analytical lucidity and decisiveness in action. As happened with so many others and other revolutionaries, his was first sensitivity towards other people’s suffering, then an ethical option (“with the poor people of this earth I want to share my fate ") and later, only later, came tactics and strategy, party and program. He lived exactly as he thought. Neither a drop of ambition, nor an ounce of profit. Decently. Austerely. Incorruptible.

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Miguel Romero 'Moro', la dignidad revolucionaria 

 MANUEL GARÍ, Miembro del consejo editorial de Viento Sur

Miguel Romero MoroEl cáncer pudo, finalmente, el 26 de enero en Madrid, con la tenaz resistencia de Miguel Romero Baeza (Melilla, 1945). Periodista y militante revolucionario, que vivió y combatió a la dictadura franquista y al sistema capitalista con la misma pasión, inteligencia y dignidad con la que enfrentó su enfermedad. Nunca perdió la capacidad de indignación frente a la injusticia, siempre se puso del lado de las gentes de abajo, fue inmune al acomodo, en todo momento mantuvo la lucidez analítica y la decisión en la acción. Lo suyo, como ocurrió con tantos otros y otras revolucionarios, primero fue una sensibilidad hacia el sufrimiento ajeno, luego una opción ética ("con los pobres de la Tierra quiero yo mi suerte echar") y más tarde, sólo más tarde, vinieron la táctica y la estrategia, el partido y el programa. Vivió exactamente como pensaba. Ni una gota de ambición, ni un gramo de lucro. Decentemente. Austeramente. Incorruptible.

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Philippines debt must be cancelled to support typhoon recovery work

by Christian Aid

2013-12-10 01 Philippines debtThe enormous financial burden the Philippines labours under in servicing international debt while struggling to recover from Typhoon Haiyan and prepare for future emergencies must be lifted, said Christian Aid today.

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L’Audit citoyen de la dette au Brésil (Auditoria Cidadã da Dívida) : une source d’inspiration

25 novembre par William Gaviria Ocampo

Esta dívida não é nossaMaría Lucia Fattorelli, coordinatrice nationale de l’organisation brésilienne Auditoria Cidadã da Dívida (Audit Citoyen de la dette), travaille depuis plusieurs années au côté d’une excellente équipe de femmes et d’hommes à la sensibilisation et à la conscientisation de la population brésilienne ainsi que des autorités administratives, judiciaires et des organismes de contrôle. Ils/elles sont parvenu-e-s à étendre leur rayon d’action à de nombreuses régions du pays, dans lesquelles des groupes d’audit citoyen avancent dans la recherche et l’analyse des budgets et des dettes de leur localité. L’organisation dispose maintenant à la fois d’un grand réseau national couvrant une ample zone géographique et d’un fort potentiel de participation citoyenne.

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L’Empire Ottoman face à une « troïka » franco-anglo-allemande : retour sur une relation de dépendance par l’endettement

2013-10-20 00 artonAu XIXe siècle, alors même qu’était réaffirmé le principe de souveraineté des États hérité de la paix de Westphalie, se déployaient de puissants dispositifs de dépendance liés à la dette. Comme d’autres États et Empires de la « semi-périphérie » (Empire russe, Égypte, Chine), l’Empire ottoman se trouva progressivement engagé dans une intense relation de subordination envers les « grandes puissances » de l’époque, France, Angleterre, (Allemagne, de manière secondaire). C’est l’usage de l’endettement public externe qui lia l’Empire au « centre » ; d’abord financière, la subordination fut rapidement étendue aux champs administratif et diplomatique.

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The Health of the Populations Battered by Austerity

  by Patrick Saurin

Why Austerity KillsReader’s notes: The Body Economic. Why Austerity Kills.
David Stuckler & Sanjay Basu
Allen Lane, 2013.

In a recently published book, The Body Economic. Why Austerity Kills, David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu present an enlightening panorama of the consequences for public health, of the austerity based policies applied to the economic crisis. Adapting work they have published in the specialised press they arrive at the conclusion, that austerity not only kills, but it aggravates the economic problems it is supposed to solve.

From serious research in referenced and incontestable sources, often coming from the very institutions or States whose actions they criticise, David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu build up a detailed and precise inventory of the major crises since the 30s: starting with the great depression in the US at that time; the crisis of masculine mortality in Russia after the fall of the communist regime, the breaking up of the Soviet Union and the liberalising of the economy; the Asian crisis in 1997, and finally the Worldwide recession that began in 2007, are the events these researchers have studied.

The great recession of these last years has given the authors the opportunity to study the policies applied by a certain number of States, particularly concerning their attitudes to the banks, who are largely responsible for the crisis, and the results obtained.

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The Age of Austerity

by Isabel Ortiz , Matthew Cummins

A Review of Public Expenditures and Adjustment Measures in 181 Countries

2013-07-16 austerity aheadThis paper |1| examines the latest IMF government spending projections for 181 countries by comparing the four distinct periods of 2005-07 (pre-crisis), 2008-09 (crisis phase I: fiscal expansion), 2010-12 (crisis phase II: onset of fiscal contraction) and 2013-15 (crisis phase III: intensification of fiscal contraction); reviews 314 IMF country reports in 174 countries to identify the main adjustment measures considered in high-income and developing countries; discusses the threats of austerity to development goals and social progress; and calls for urgent action by governments to adopt alternative and equitable policies for socio-economic recovery.

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