Global Left Midweek - October 20, 2021
- COP26 Global Day of Action
- Climate Action on Two Fronts
- No Future Without Food Sovereignty
- Politics in the Street and in the Voting Booth
- Half a Million to Strike in South Korea
- Reversal in Perú
- ANC Election Worries
- Chile’s Camila Vallejo
- Puerto Ricans Demand People’s Control of Energy
- Political Education and Theory
COP26 Global Day of Action
Susan Price / Green Left (Sydney)
The COP26 Coalition involves more than 100 trade unions, grassroots organisations, NGOs and faith groups. The COP26 Peoples Summit program will feature 90 events grouped around four themes: “Multiple Crises”; “Strategies and Tactics”; “The More than Human World”; and “Visions for the Future”.
Kenya Maina Waruru / Equal Times (Brussels)
Balkans Artan Rama / Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Berlin)
No Future Without Food Sovereignty
La Via Campesina (Harare)
Food Sovereignty presents a radical overhaul to notions of “food security.” It recognizes people and local communities as the principal actors in the fight against poverty and hunger. It calls for strong local communities and defends their right to produce and consume before trading the surplus.
Politics in the Street and in the Voting Booth
Italy’s Answer to Fascist Violence TRT World (Istanbul)
Behind the Attack on CGIL Maurizio Coppola / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)
The Election According to Il Manifesto Norma Rangeri / il manifesto Global (Rome)
Half a Million to Strike in South Korea
The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the country’s largest labor union umbrella with 1.1 million members, is organizing a massive strike and street action in a broad-based front with South Korea’s urban poor and farmers.
Perú Libre leader Vladimir Cerron announced that his organization decided not to give the vote of confidence to President Pedro Castillo’s new ministerial cabinet, which is lead by Mirtha Vasquez. Cerron pointed out that this Cabinet is a demonstration of the Castillo administration's political turn towards the center-right side.
ANC Election Worries
An independent candidate is contesting the local government elections in a former Eastern Cape Bantustan, revealing deep fault lines in the party’s ward candidate nomination process.
Chile’s Constitutional Convention promises to shift the balance of power in a society long prey to neoliberal dogmas. But Communist MP Camila Vallejo says the Chilean right will stop at nothing to defend ruling-class interests.
Paola Rosa-Aquino / New York magazine
Thousands of Puerto Ricans marched down a main highway in the capital of San Juan on Friday to protest the privatization of the island’s public electricity grid, which has left them with unprecedented outages, longer than normal restoration times, and billing increases.
Political Education and Theory
From Africa: The Root of the Problem Nanjala Nyabola / African Arguments (London)
1200 Marxist Bookstalls in West Bengal Sandip Chakraborty / NewsClick (New Delhi)
Marxism in Japan Gavin Walker / Jacobin