Global Left Midweek - February 3, 2021
- South Africa
- Life and Work of Maxime Rodinson
Navalny and Left Strategy Ilya Budraitskis, Ilya Matveev and Kirill Medvedev / LeftEast (Bucharest)
How Moscow Protested Dmitry Sidorov / Open Democracy (London)
Prospects for Improved Relations Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng / Project Syndicate (Prague)
An Activist’s Ordeal Li Qiaochu / Made in China (Canberra)
Changes Ahead Luis De Jesus / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)
View from the Left Outside the Party Comunistas / Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières (Paris)
Vietnam: 13th Party Congress
Chris Humphrey and Bac Pham / South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Nguyen Phu Trong’s reappointment means his reign as general secretary is now the longest since Le Duan took control following the death of revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in 1969, making him arguably one of Vietnam’s most powerful politicians in decades.
Mexico: AMLO and Austerity
Tony Wood / New Left Review (London)
Long decried by the Western establishment press as a dangerous ‘populist’, the Mexican president has now earned the rare distinction of being taken to task in the same circles for not spending enough money.
Leftward Shift? Sarantis Michalopoulos / EURACTIV (Brussels)
Protest Ban The National Herald (Long Island City, Queens)
Rehad Desai / Socialist Project (Toronto)
We cannot leave this fight for access and genuine participation in the vaccine rollout to the health NGOs, social justice organisations and the likes of Oxfam or MSF alone. All our trade unions, democratically run civic organisations, churches and political parties have a huge responsibility.
Philippines: A Year of Activism
Kiko Mendoza / Rappler (Pasig City)
No lockdown could stem the wave of activism in 2020, as students and young Filipinos acted on their rage – whether to expose sexual harassment in schools, call out red-tagging government officials, or unmask the flaws of distance learning.
Agnieszka Mrozik / Transform! Europe (Vienna)
Ewa Dąbrowska-Szulc, President of Pro Femina Association, speaks on current and past protests against abortion laws, feminist organisation and on the history of women’s right to self-determination in Poland.
The Life and Work of Maxime Rodinson
Jean Batou / Jacobin (New York)
The French historian’s chosen subjects ranged from seventh-century Arabia all the way to the states and movements of the modern Middle East. Rodinson sought to explain the key political and social developments in Arab societies with the help of Marxist concepts.