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Global Left Midweek - South African Strikes

What the climate movement can learn from the anti-Apartheid movement. The anti-Semitism question. And HAPPY 90th Archbishop Desmond Tutu!

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Tunisians raise national flags as thousands join a rally against the president in central Tunis on 10 October 2021. Credit , AFP
  1. Italians Respond to Fascist Attack on CGIL
  2. South African Unions
  3. More on the Graz Victory
  4. Tunisia: Thousands Against President Saied
  5. Three Views on the Russian Duma Elections
  6. What the Climate Movement Can Learn from the Anti-Apartheid Movement
  7. News From the New Pink Tide in Latin America
  8. Niger Delta Mothers Besiege School Principal
  9. The Anti-Semitism Question
  10. Happy 90th to Human Rights Giant Desmond Tutu!

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Italians Respond to Fascist Attack on CGIL

Wanted in Rome (Rome)

There are growing calls in Italy for the extreme right group Forza Nuova to be shut down following clashes in Rome on Saturday evening during a protest against the Green Pass — a digital or paper certificate showing covid status. A group of protesters stormed the headquarters of CGIL, the country’s largest trade union, trashing offices inside.

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South African Strikes

Determined to Get a Living Wage  Anna Majavu, Oupa Nkosi, Rajesh Jantilal and Sibongile Portia Jonas / New Frame (Johannesburg)

COSATU  Marecia Damons, Masego Mafata and Joseph Chirume / GroundUp (Cape Town)

NUMSA  Nica Richards / The Citizen (Johannesburg)

SAFTU  Masego Mafata and Kimberly Mutandiro / GroundUp

United Front in Mining Wage Talks  Ed Stoddard / Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

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More on the Graz Victory

Michael Graber / transform! Europe (Vienna)

The success of the Graz Communists has a long prehistory of a consistent and unerringly pursued social and popular municipal policy, together with the KPÖ leaders’ personal engagement and manifest self-imposed restriction in refusing to accept their full salaries (donating most of them to poor Graz residents).

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Tunisia: Thousands Against President Saied

Middle East Eye (London)

Videos posted online showed masses of protesters waving Tunisian flags and chanting slogans, including “the people against the coup d’etat” and “raise your voice, the revolution is not dead”. 

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Three Views on the Russian Duma Elections

Magic Tricks  Evgeny Belyakov / LeftEast

Outcome and Perspectives  Leonid Krieger / International Viewpoint (Paris)

Democratic Socialists in the Communist Party  Mikhail Lobanov / Jacobin (New York)

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What the Climate Movement Can Learn from the Anti-Apartheid Movement

Donna Katzin / Foreign Policy in Focus (Washington)

The real test of success must be to what extent resources are actually removed from fossil-fuel production and reinvested in renewable energy. Taking the fight directly to corporations — many of which are more powerful than governments — can be incredibly effective.

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News From the New Pink Tide in Latin America

Peru: Leftists Shown the Door  / Peru Support Group (London)

Bolivia: Defying the Right, Raising the Wiphala  teleSUR (Caracas)

Demanding Abortion Rights in Venezuela  Andreína Chávez Alava / Venezuelanalysis (Caracas)

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Niger Delta Mothers Besiege School Principal 

Festus Ahon / Vanguard (Lagos)

How does a revolution get started? Like this.

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The Anti-Semitism Question

Commonality of Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism  Rachel Woodlock / RTÉ (Dublin)

The Crisis in UK Labour  Daniel Randall and David Renton / Tempest

Whose Fault?  Peter Oborne, Justin Schlosberg and Richard Sanders / openDemocracy (London)

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Happy 90th to Human Rights Giant Desmond Tutu!

Piyushi Kotecha / Daily Maverick

The Arch stands tall among the world’s justice seekers and peacemakers. Already an exceptional legacy figure, he starts a new decade this week as a consistent, uncompromised, fiercely independent affirming voice of healing, justice, faith and unconditional love.