International viewpoint

Changes and Continuity: Four Decades of Industrial Relations in China

1 heure 31 minutes ago

China's economic reforms started exactly forty years ago. Labour scholars today are debating the extent to which labour relations and the labour movement in China have changed, and where they may be heading. Positions are polarized between pessimists who emphasise the structural power of the market and the authoritarian state, and optimists who envision the rise of a strong and independent labour movement in China. In this essay, Chris King-Chi Chan advocates for a different approach.

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Chris King-Chi Chan

Her Majesty, Aretha

1 jour 3 heures ago

You can find Aretha Franklin's teenage church recordings online. She was a star if not the main attraction at her father's Detroit church, where there were plenty of great singers including the pastor himself. We know in hindsight that she would develop her raw talent to become a music icon. What may have not been known is how she would use her gospel roots in her incredible career.

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Kim D. Hunter

The evolution of the regime of President Daniel Ortega since 2007

1 jour 22 heures ago

In order to win the presidential election of November 2006, Daniel Ortega succeeded in making his election acceptable to the ruling classes, and in particular to the COSEP (Superior Council for Private Enterprise), the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, represented by Cardinal Obando y Bravo, former presidents Arnoldo Alemán and Enrique Bolaños, and the IMF. Daniel Ortega had also done his best to keep the support of a number of leaders of Sandinista popular organizations. He succeeded in doing that, and has continued to do so until today. These leaders consider Ortega to be the protector of a series of entitlements achieved by the organisations, and above all of their leadership.

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Éric Toussaint

Britain: the newest ‘Pacific Island' paradise?

3 jours 2 heures ago

In a somewhat surreal twist, in what is already an increasingly surreal global landscape, UK trade minister Liam Fox announced on Wednesday, 18 July, that the government will do a public consultation on whether the UK should seek to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) once the UK leaves the European Union next March.

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Dorothy Grace Guerrero

Workers say no to Vietnam's ‘Special Exploitation Zones'

3 jours 20 heures ago

On Sunday, 10 June 2018, thousands of people took to the streets in major Vietnamese cities—Nha Trang, Binh Thuan, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, among others. Academics, independent journalists, and overseas Vietnamese signed petitions to join in their protest against the Draft Law on the 99-year lease of the three Special Administrative and Economic coastal zones in Vietnam. Workers, too, went on strike in two industrial zones in Long An and Tien Giang provinces. These collective actions led to a concession from the government: it would delay the National Assembly's ratification of the Draft Law to its next meeting.

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Angie Ngoc Tran

An authentic revolution in 1979

4 jours 4 heures ago

On 9 July 1979, an authentic popular revolution triumphed over the dictatorial dynasty of the Somoza regime. The Sandinista National Liberation Front (in Spanish – Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional-FSLN) played a fundamental part in the victory thanks to its role in the armed struggle, its political initiatives and its capacity to represent the aspirations of the people. Nevertheless, the FSLN would never have won out against the dictatorship without the immense mobilization of the majority of the Nicaraguan population. Without the courage and abnegation of the people, the Somoza dictatorship, supported by Washington for several decades, could not have been decisively overthrown. Support from Cuba also had a decisive effect.

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Éric Toussaint

“The patriarchal system weighs on the political structures”

5 jours 5 heures ago

Although Argentina is currently debating abortion, the subject remains one of the great taboos of the South American continent. Charles Delouche spoke to lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Grenoble and “International Viewpoint” collaborator Franck Gaudichaud about the situation for the French daily newspaper Libération on August 7, 2018 (before the Argentine Senate voted to reject abortion legalisation).

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Franck Gaudichaud

Whither Korea

6 jours 4 heures ago

Seoul, South Korea, It is still unclear how the situation in Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will develop. Beyond the process of negotiations and trade agreements among rulers, there is an urgent need to establish a class policy for the workers on the Korean Peninsula. How the Korean political situation develops will reveal itself only in the struggles between the capitalist and working classes. How should the workers' movement operate in the context of this class struggle? The specific means may vary according to circumstances and conditions, but they will inevitably be connected to the fundamental problem, “capitalism or socialism?”

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“It Really Comes Down to Empowering the Working Class”

1 semaine ago

On the heels of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's unexpected victory against a ten-term incumbent in the recent Bronx and Queens Democratic primary, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi swore that socialism is not ascendant. It was kind of like a realtor informing you that the house isn't haunted; the only reason to bring it up is because there have been sightings, the stairs creak at night.

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Challenge of the Students Uprising

1 semaine 1 jour ago

The students' movement that erupted on 29 July following the death of two students in a tragic road accident in Dhaka spread to almost all the major cities of the country. Thousands of outraged school and college students laid siege to the streets of the capital Dhaka for a week demanding road safety across the country. Within days its verve and militancy shook the despotic ‘democratic' regime of Prime Minister Hasina Wajid's Awami League (AL), the party of Bangladesh's national bourgeoisie.

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Lal Khan

Safe, legal and free abortion: against dogmatic morality

1 semaine 2 jours ago

The revolt of women continues its walk without pause, now the legalisation of elective abortion has been voted through by the chamber of deputies and will be voted on by the Senate. (After this article was written, legalisation was voted down in the Senate by 38 votes to 31.) For dogmatic morals the eruption of the younger generations marks a before and after.

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Eduardo Lucita

On 25 June a feminist strike everywhere

1 semaine 2 jours ago

The outcome of the Senate vote is now known : 31 votes for decriminalization, 38 against. However the breadth and depth of the mobilization as indicated by this call show that victory will be achieved in the short term.

Ni Una Menos (“Not One Less”) is the common name of unitary feminist mobilizations against violence against women, first in Argentina (June 3, 2015 and 2016) then in other countries, such as Uruguay (2015), the Spanish State (2015), Chile and Peru (2016). Unitary collectives with this name have been created in several countries. This is the call of the Argentine collective to the general strike organized by the Union centres against the policy of the government Macri, published by the daily newspaper Pagina 12.

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Ni Una Menos Collective

It was never about the Istanbul Convention

1 semaine 4 jours ago

The debate over the ratification of the so called “Istanbul Convention” in Bulgaria, as in some other countries in the region, became a huge public scandal and probably the most important political matter of 2018. Originally intended to provide states with a framework for prevention and reduction of domestic violence against women, the document has become a byword for a conspiracy against the Bulgarian people and their supposed “traditional values” violated by foreign liberal powers through the use of “gender ideology”. On the 27th of July the Constitutional Court, referred to the matter by 75 deputies to the National Assembly, ruled that the Convention is incompatible with the constitution. The ruling revealed what the actual struggle was about.

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Stanislav Dodov

The troika leaves, its misdeeds remain

1 semaine 5 jours ago

In a few days (August 20, 2018), after more than eight years of direct European management of the country, Greece will celebrate the official end of the troika. And the enthusiastic statements of the European elites (European Commission, Tsipras, Merkel and others) resonate, despite the terrible damage caused by the Troika, as applause! Recall that the invention of the troika in Europe was made in early 2010, supposedly to fight against Greece's huge public debt.

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Tassos Anastassiadis
1 minute 12 secondes ago
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