Global Left Midweek - December 2, 2020
- Largest Strike in History: 250M Workers and Farmers
- International: Amazon Workers Rumble on Black Friday
- Namibia Elections: SWAPO’s Sun is Setting
- Corbyn’s Tragedy is Labour’s
- Bolivia’s New Leaders
- Spain: Center-Left Budget
- Thailand: Turning Point
- Nigeria: #ENDSARS Stories
- Engels Today
Workers and Farmers Storm Modi’s Regime
Largest Strike in History: 250M Workers and Farmers The Wire (New Delhi)
Background Overview Thomas Crowley / Jacobin (New York)
Students Too Prajanma Das / New Indian Express (Chennai)
Farmers Stand Fast: Live Updates The Indian Express (Mumbai)
Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider (New York)
A coalition of Amazon workers, unions, and activism groups protested Amazon on Black Friday. The “Make Amazon Pay” group gave the company a list of demands that included raising workers’ pay, putting an end to union-busting, and taking climate action.
Namibia Elections: SWAPO’s Sun is Setting
Fall From Grace Shinovene Immanue and Sakeus Iikela / The Namibian (Windhoek)
Landless People’s Movement Ivan Skrywer / Namibia Institute for Democracy (Windhoek)
Independent Patriots for Change Sakeus Iikela and Eliaser Ndeyanale / The Namibian
Corbyn’s Tragedy is Labour’s
Joshua Leifer / Jewish Currents (New York)
When establishment organizations like the Board of Deputies asserted their authority to speak on behalf of all British Jews in denouncing Corbyn and his party, there were few progressive Jewish voices that could meaningfully challenge them.
Reflections: Bolivia’s New Leaders Speak
Sirio López Velasco / Resilience (Santa Rosa CA)
In their inaugural speeches, Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca both wagered that the Right will agree to cooperate with a national project based on indigenous-native thinking/living and on a communal economy for the common good (with renunciation of selfish individualism).
Spain: Center-Left Budget
The Spanish government of Spanish Socialist Workers Party prime minister Pedro Sánchez and Unidas Podemos second deputy prime minister Pablo Iglesias launched their 2021 draft budget with great fanfare.
Thailand: Turning Point
Giles Ji Ungpakorn / Uglytruth-Thailand (London)
The reasons why students have managed to enliven and expand the pro-democracy protests, is that this new generation are fed up with the entrenched conservatism in society, especially in the education system.
Nigeria: #ENDSARS Stories
Repression Libby George and Paul Carsten / Reuters (London)
Protests On Hold Immanuel James Ibe-Anyanwu / Waging Nonviolence (Brooklyn)
Women Lead Azeezat Olaoluwa / BBC News (London)
Queer Protesters Excluded Adeniyi Ademoroti / African Arguments (London)
Peter Schadt and Hans Zobel / Jacobin
In his early study of English working-class life, Engels anticipated the central argument in the Marxist critique of capitalism: that wage labor is no means to make a living, even if most of humanity is forced to treat it as such.