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Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal seeks to promote the exchange of information, experience of struggle, theoretical analysis and views of political strategy and tactics within the international left. It is a forum for open and constructive dialogue between active socialists from different political traditions. It seeks to bring together those in the international left who are opposed to neoliberal economic and social policies, and reject the bureaucratic model of "socialism" that arose in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China.

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Social Movement (Ukraine): What’s going on in Ukraine and why left solidarity is important

 

 

May 20, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — Nataliia Lomonosova and Oleksandr Kyselov, the delegation from Ukraine’s Social Movement (Sotsialnyi Rukh) to the annual conference of the Danish Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), gave these greetings to its delegates on May 15.

The Red-Green Alliance is known in Danish as Enhedslisten--De Rød-Grønne (Unity Ticket—the Red-Greens) because it began in 1989 as an electoral alliance of the Left Socialists, Communist Party of Denmark and Socialist Workers Party.

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As we are talking the war continues: even at the most remote regions of Ukraine missiles are shot, people are killed, infrastructure and housing is destroyed, depriving those alive of access to very basic needs. The war has made millions of Ukrainians internally displaced in their own country or refugees abroad.

Credit won’t work: Why Ukraine’s state debt must be cancelled

 

 

By Yuliya Yurchenko

April 28, 2022  — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Commons — On April 10 the World Bank updated its GDP prognosis for Ukraine to state that the Russian invasion was to shrink Ukraine’s economy by 45% in 2022 alone.[1] But that is a very optimistic prognosis. As by March 29th, the country’s direct one-time losses due to the invasion already exceed $1 trillion. Even prior to the invasions Ukraine already was one of the poorest and most indebted countries in Europe. Current budgetary expenditure on arms, humanitarian needs, and medical needs of the wounded have grown exponentially. That is why the IMF has already set up a fund to allow other countries steer more resources to Ukraine's accounts following talks with Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance.

Russia: Learning solidarity together

 

 

May 12, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Midnight Sun — Anastasia Vosstavshaya and Marie are members of the Russian Socialist Movement (RSM), a revolutionary socialist organization active in the Russian state. Midnight Sun spoke to them about what life is like for anti-war organizers in Russia today, the centrality of feminist organizing against the war, and what it means to build international solidarity with those fighting for liberation in both Russia and Ukraine. The conversation has been translated by Midnight Sun editor Olena Lyubchenko.

Where is Parti Sosialis Malaysia Headed?

 

 

By Murray Hunter

May 7, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Think Left — The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) is one of the few Malaysian political parties which undertakes social activism as its primary activity, amongst the nation’s neglected marginal groups.

Those who have been keeping up with the local news are aware of PSM activists showing support for a Perak single mother, whose home was allegedly auctioned off by a local bank, outside CIMB offices.

One would have also read about the arrest of PSM activists who were protesting against developers carrying out excavation works on farm lands cultivated by smallholders in Chepor Impian, Perak recently. 

These are just two of the many causes PSM activists have taken up on behalf of marginalized people. PSM has campaigned against fuel hikes, housing, the abolishment of detention without trial, Orang Asli issues, minimum wages, gender equality, the environment, and human rights issues.

Sri Lanka’s dual crisis: Ethnic conflict & the debt economy

 

 

By Nalika Gajaweera

May 4, 2022  — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Jamhoor — “Except for the home crowd cheering for our national team at an international cricket match, it was the first time I was seeing Sri Lankans united together for the same cause”, said a Sri Lankan friend as she recounted the first days of the 2022 protests calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapakse. My friend was here in Los Angeles for a brief visit, and we made time to catch up during a hike in the hills overlooking the city. As we enjoyed the sunset, our conversation inevitably turned to the unprecedented economic crisis unfolding back home in Sri Lanka.

United States: Decriminalised marijuana reinvents racism and poisoning

 

 

By Don Fitz and Susan Armstrong

May 16, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — The change in marijuana laws across the US raises issues far beyond, “Hey, dude, we can blow a joint now without getting busted.” The racism that permeated the age of criminalization now lurks throughout the phase of decriminalization. The burgeoning business of growing pot raises the spectre of corporate agriculture with its threats to human health and natural ecosystems. Are there ways to enjoy weed while challenging racism and corporate domination over the environment?

Ukraine: Matrix of war

 

 

By Tony Wood

April 6, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from New Left Review — The Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, launched by the Kremlin after months of rising tensions, quickly generated a flood of casualties and several million refugees, as well as bringing the senseless destruction of cities and towns. A negotiated peace may yet bring it to an end. But amid the continued bombardment of Ukrainian cities by Russian artillery and the ramping up of Western military aid to Ukraine, the possibility remains that the war will continue. With that, the odds of a wider conflagration involving several nuclear-armed states would shorten alarmingly. While it is not yet clear how the war will unfold, the world stands at the threshold of a troubled new period. What follows is an attempt to sketch out the historical matrix from which the present conflict developed, and to identify the possible scenarios that lie ahead.

Against price increases and oligarchs – A new protest movement in Albania

 

 

By Enriko Peçuli and Minoas Andriotis

May 4, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from LeftEast — The recent price increases hit large parts of the people in Albania hard – especially because the living conditions of most people have already been difficult. On the other side, few rich people in the country have accumulated enormous wealth. In the last month, a movement has evolved that criticises the price increase and challenges the existing political order. Minoas Andriotis spoke with Enriko Peçuli, militant of the left-wing organisation Organizata Politike, about the social situation in Albania and the current protest movement.

Ukrainian refugees, anti-immigration politics, and the limits of solidarity in Slovakia

 

 

By Jakub Crcha

May 6, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from LeftEast — Within the first two months of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 5 million people have fled Ukraine. This has created an unprecedented situation in the countries neighboring Ukraine. Over 350,000 people have entered Slovakia since the war started, and while some of them continue their journey towards the western countries, a majority is staying for the time being. People from across the country are donating food, medicine, clothes, or money. They are offering their spare rooms and apartments to Ukrainian refugees for free. Companies and institutes are opening up job positions specifically crafted for Ukrainians of all qualifications, and the national railways and many bus companies offer free travel to Ukrainian citizens. But most importantly, these acts of solidarity do not exist outside or in opposition to the state. On the contrary, the state itself is providing a significant amount of emergency infrastructure, accommodation, healthcare, and the minister of finance made promises to financially support the people who host Ukrainian refugees. This marks a radical departure from the state’s role in the previous “migration crises” when the state distanced itself from humanitarian assistance.

Biden vacillates as Venezuela’s Maduro gains ground

 

 

By Steve Ellner

May 7, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s repeated calls for dialogue with the U.S. in order to normalize relations seem to be paying off.

His openness to rapprochement contrasts with the Biden administration’s nebulousness regarding the degree to which Washington is willing to recognize Maduro as president (full diplomatic recognition is out of the question).

Biden’s use of sanctions as a bargaining chip to wrest concessions from Caracas is a harder sell than former President Donald Trump’s regime-change narrative on the basis of the preposterous Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle, sometimes referred to as “humanitarian intervention.”

Over the last two months, the flip flops and timidity of the Biden administration have been put on full display.

Self-determination and the war in Ukraine

 

 

By Taras Bilous 

May 4, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Dissent Kini — Two months ago, when I wrote “A Letter to the Western Left from Kyiv,” I hoped that the shock of the Russian invasion and the voices of the Ukrainian left would push Western leftists to reconsider their approach. Unfortunately, too many of them have failed to do so. In their analyses of the war, Ukrainians are just victims in need of humanitarian aid, not subjects with desires that should be respected.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone on the left—not by a long shot. Scandinavian left-wing parties as well as Eastern European ones have listened to Ukrainians and supported arms supplies to Ukraine. Some progress is taking place among U.S. socialists. But unfortunately, even a joint statement by Ukrainian and Russian socialists hasn’t convinced enough people to support military aid. Let me try to address the left once more.

Four points on the war in Ukraine

 

 

By Murray Smith

April 29, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières —  The Russian invasion of Ukraine which began on February 24 is not only the biggest armed conflict in Europe since 1945. It is the first attempt of this magnitude to redraw the map of Europe by force. And it is on the initiative of Russian imperialism, not second-rank powers like Turkey or Serbia. It is too early to learn all the lessons and see all the consequences. But we can already say that nothing has happened as Russia had envisioned. We will not list here the weaknesses and mistakes on the Russian side. But the fundamental factor that thwarted Putin’s calculations was the strength of the Ukrainian resistance

The nature of the war

Some people argue that we should oppose the present war, as Lenin, Luxemburg, Liebknecht and others did in 1914. But this is not 1914.

May Day: Fight for workers’ rights will go on, says Socialist Party of Malaysia's Arul

 

 

By Martin Vengadesan

May 1, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Malaysia Kini — Every year around the world, workers in most countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, a notable exception being the US which celebrates it in September.

It has its roots in the International Workers Day celebrations called by socialists and unionists in the late 19th century and Malaysian workers are naturally part of this larger family.

This year’s Labour Day is part of a long extended break as it also falls near the religious holiday of Hari Raya Aidilfitri at the end of the Muslim fasting month. As such, celebrations can be expected to be relatively muted.

For one man, Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) deputy chairperson S Arulchelvan, it is nonetheless a day he will always celebrate – indeed, he has not missed a celebration for nearly 30 years.

Resisting the war to push for a more egalitarian world: An interview with Ukrainian socialist Denis Pilash

 

 

April 30, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from TSS Platform — Denis Pilash is an activist and political scientist at Kyiv National University. He is part of the Ukrainian socialist group Sotsyalnyi Rukh (The Social Movement) and member of the editorial board of Commons magazine. He talked with us from Western Ukraine, where he is involved in organising activities, particularly focused on delivering humanitarian aid and in the reception of internally displaced people from other parts of Ukraine. In this interview, Denis discusses the role of popular resistance and the space left for grassroots politics and class struggle in Ukraine after the outbreak of the war, the link between war and political issues such as migration and labour rights, and the importance of strengthening transnational connections and adopting a global perspective. Sotsyalnyi Rukh is collaborating with grass-root trade unions abroad in organizing the international workers’ aid convoy that is on the move and is going to celebrate this year’s anti-war labor day by bringing solidarity to workers organizing in Ukraine.

Fight for a better world with a socialist alternative: Joint statement by the Southeast Asian Left for May Day 2022

 

 

By Southeast Asian left organisations 

May 1 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — As the world plunged into the COVID-19 pandemic for more than two years, the climate crisis continues to worsen, threatening humanity's survival on the planet, with workers worldwide, including workers in Southeast Asia, being the primary victims of the global capitalist system's failure to protect people's livelihoods, and well-being.

The severe economic recession around the world has pushed a drastic number of people into poverty, joblessness and social insecurity. Even those with jobs are suffering from precarity and reduced income.

The dire situation of the working people and the poor continues to deteriorate as imperialist nations and regional powers pursue their own geopolitical interests with continuous war drives at the cost of the lives of ordinary masses who are confronted with the food crisis and other hardships.

For an ecosocialist degrowth

 

 

By Michael LöwyBengi AkbulutSabrina Fernandes and Giorgos Kallis

April 29, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Monthly Review — Degrowth and ecosocialism are two of the most important movements—and proposals—on the radical side of the ecological spectrum. Sure, not everyone in the degrowth community identifies as a socialist, and not everyone who is an ecosocialist is convinced by the desirability of degrowth. But one can see an increasing tendency of mutual respect and convergence. Let us try to map the large areas of agreement between us, and list some of the main arguments for an ecosocialist degrowth:

Internationalist manifesto against the war in Ukraine

 

 

By anticapitalist organisations of Russia, Ukraine, and NATO Countries

April 12, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — The criminal war launched by Russian imperialism against Ukraine is the most serious threat to world peace since the end of the Cold War. It brings the world closer to a global conflagration than at any time since Mikhail Gorbachev’s peace initiatives.

The main culprit for this dangerous evolution is US imperialism, which took advantage of the fall of the Soviet Union in order to consolidate its global military network, expand its presence in various parts of the world and launch invasion wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington fostered in Russia and Eastern Europe the adoption of a brutal neoliberal program that created conditions for a far-right drift in most of these countries, especially Russia where it supported Boris Yeltsin’s antidemocratic coup in 1993.

To stress this historical responsibility of the Cold War’s victor does not in the least exonerate the far-right government of Vladimir Putin of its Great-Russian expansionist ambitions, its own militaristic drive and increased global reactionary interventionism and, above all, its murderous invasion of Ukraine, the most brutal invasion of one country by another since the US invasion of Iraq.

Brazil: An assessment of the national situation and the need for an independent party

 

 

By Roberto Robaina

April 28, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — Any assessment of the current national situation needs to begin with the shifts that occurred in the country in June 2013. Since then, the bourgeois democratic political regime has been in crisis: the capacity to politically represent the interests of the social classes has been tremendously eroded; the gap between political parties and the people has taken on an unprecedented dimension; the already worn-out institutions have become even more discredited; and the course taken by the country has been marked by confusion and uncertainty. For a few months in that year, street mobilisations had an impact on politics not seen until then. The political stability that had finally been achieved in 1994 with the election of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and reinforced in 2003 with the rise of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the confirmation of the social liberal nature of his government, became a thing of the past. The New Republic — the regime that replaced the military regime — began to fall apart.

Behind Sri Lanka’s current protest wave (plus Tracing the historic roots of the island’s economic crisis)

 

 

By Chris Slee

April 28, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — Sri Lankan police opened fire on a demonstration in the town of Rambukkana on April 19, killing one man and injuring 14.

The demonstration was part of a wave of protests that has spread throughout Sri Lanka in recent weeks, sparked by an economic crisis. The country has suffered shortages of food, medicine, petrol, diesel, cooking gas and other commodities. There have also been electricity blackouts.

The protesters blame official corruption and nepotism, and have called for the resignation of president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government. Rajapaksa’s cabinet resigned on April 3, but the president did not.

Social sources of political polarization in Russia

 

 

With Greg Albo, Ilya Matveev and Oleg Zhuravlev

April 28, 2022  — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from LeftStreamed — Two authors from the 2022 Socialist Register offer a compelling account of rising urban-rural and core-periphery polarization in Russia under the authoritarian nationalism of Vladimir Putin. Until recently, Putin was able to rely on the apathetic indifference of the people and general appeals to social stability to maintain unchallenged power.

Introduced by Greg Albo. Presentations by: Ilya Matveev teaches politics at the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, St. Petersburg. Oleg Zhuravlev is a researcher at the Public Sociology Laboratory, Center for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg.

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