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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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Ukraine’s first assailant—international lenders

 

 

By Dru Oja Jay

April 24 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from The Breach — After their gas was shut off, women and children in Ukraine took to gathering firewood or anything burnable to heat their homes. 

In regions like Donbas, one of the most land-mined areas in the world, that meant risking the loss of a limb. Even if they avoided unexploded ordnance, many were guaranteed smoke inhalation as the price of a hot meal or warm house.  

And that was before the Russian invasion.

Ukrainians have been suffering from the consequences of economic restructuring driven by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—from a rise in mortality linked to rapid privatization after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to the commodification of agricultural land and sixfold increases in energy bills. 

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has borrowed more than $125 billion from international financial institutions, which pushed the sell-off of public enterprises and rewarded oligarchs and the super-rich with every loan they made. 

Against Putin’s War in Ukraine: An interview with Ilya Budraitskis

 

 

By Ashley Smith

April 24, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Spectre — Spectre’s Ashley Smith talked to Russian socialist Ilya Budraitskis, author of Dissident Among Dissidents: Ideology, Politics and the Left in Post-Soviet Russia. He writes regularly on politics, art, film, and philosophy for e-flux journalopenDemocracyJacobin, and other outlets. He teaches at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and the Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow.

Philippine elections: 'For a new politics, for a new economy'

 

 

By Reihana Mohideen, Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM)

April 19, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Think Left — The May 9 national elections in the Philippines are taking place in a country reeling under the blows of the multiple crises of the system – pandemic, climate, economic, social. More than a fifth of the labor force (22.1%) or almost a tenth of the population (9.78%) are underemployed or unemployed. The current minimum wages in the Philippines are basically slavery wages with 18.0% percent of all families to cross the official regional poverty thresholds as of the 1st semester of 2021. Meanwhile the collective wealth of the 50 richest Filipinos grew by 30% from 2020 to 2021 despite the pandemic. The Philippines is also one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate-related impacts, such as typhoons and the environmental crisis. By 2030 some 50% of the population are expected to be affected by the rise in sea levels, with sections of major urban centres submerged, including the capital Metro Manila.

Statements: Solidarity with Philippine socialist presidential candidate Leody de Guzman against political violence

 

Presidential candidate Leody de Guzman (2nd from right) with some of the wounded outside the hospital.
Photo: Laban ng Masa spokesperson Leomar Doctolero via Jairo Bolledo/Twitter

Real peace in Ukraine will only come after change in Russia

 

 

Oksana Dutchak interviewed by Fabian Wisotzky

April 8, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung — The Russian onslaught against Ukraine has dragged on for over six weeks, costing untold lives and throwing the entire region into chaos. In recent days, the horrific images emerging from Bucha and other areas under Russian occupation have raised further questions about what Putin’s war aims really are and how much suffering he is willing to inflict to achieve them.

As sanctions mount and negotiations drag on with no agreement in sight, how can the killing be brought to a halt? Oksana Dutchak of the Center for Social and Labour Research in Kyiv, who recently fled the country, spoke with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s Fabian Wizotsky about the situation in Ukraine and the increasingly dim prospects for peace.

A tremendous resistance: Feminists in Russia against the war and patriarchy

 

 

Sasha interviewed by Transnational Social Strike Platform

April 22, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from TSS Platform — We publish an interview with Sasha from the Feminist Anti-War Movement in Russia who has been taking part in the Permanent Assembly Against the War. She tells about how this war is the continuation of patriarchal violence women have been fighting against, about the different forms of opposition to the war in Russia and announces that actions will take place in Russia as well for the transnational May 1st against the war.

Left Youth of Finland: 'The most significant consequence of Putin's war in Finland has been the question of NATO membership'

 

 

Pinja Vuorinen interviewed by Duroyan Fertl

April 20, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung — Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine grossly violates international law and thus leads to new discussions on how to deal with Russia. As a result, Finland and Sweden are closer than ever to join NATO. If Finland were to join NATO, the Western military alliance's land border with Russia would double. The most significant consequence in Finland regarding the Russia-Ukraine war has been the question of NATO membership, says Pinja Vuorinen, Chair of the Left Youth of Finland. Duroyan Fertl interviewed her about Finland’s position on the war and the expected consequences for Finland.

The future of the Resistance Committees in Sudan

 

 

A roundtable with Abdelsalam Mindas, Muzan Alneel and Magdi el Gizouli organised by Sara Abbas and Shireen Akram-Boshar 

April 14, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Spectre — In December 2018, a mass uprising took place in Sudan that began an ongoing revolutionary process, which has taken shape in two major waves thus far. For the first four months, protests swelled, until in April 2019, mass sit-ins brought about the fall of Omar al-Bashir, the head of the military regime that had devastated the country for 30 years. The military, seeking to retain power, responded to this first wave of revolutionary activity with brutality, most infamously on June 3, 2019, when its violent dispersal of the sit-in in Khartoum left more than a hundred protestors dead and destroyed the lives of many others. The civilian opposition, under the umbrella of the Forces for Freedom and Change, responded by signing a deal with the military in August 2019. This deal, in the form of a constitutional document, ushered in a “transitional period” of power sharing between the military and the civilian opposition, at the end of which power would have ostensibly moved to an elected, fully civilian government. Protests continued sporadically however for the two years that followed, as the military remained the dominant player in politics, and as the government—under the civilian Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok—ignored the calls for justice and accountability. Instead, it pursued a politics of neoliberal economics.

Sri Lanka: The #GotaGoHome protest movement (plus interview: No agreement with the IMF!)

 

 

By Jayadeva Uyangoda

April 16, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Social Scientists' Association — After 31st March, 2022, Sri Lanka’s politics is no longer what it has been. It seems to have entered a qualitatively new phase. It is still too early to say anything definite about the true magnitude and future directions of this newness. Its basic character and dimensions, however, are quite clear. The ‘direct democratic’ action of the group of citizens who protested in front of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence in Pengiriwatte, Mirihana, has given rise to outcomes even they would not have quite anticipated. It has shaken the very foundations of an autocratic-authoritarian regime that was, up until now, perceived to be as strong as an immovable rock.

If Malaysians turn red: Socialist Party of Malaysia outlines what its first 100 days in power might look like

 

 

April 25, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from MalaysiaKini — Since its inception in 1998, the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) has been labouring to construct inroads into the Malaysian political landscape.

The first decade was spent convincing the authorities that it subscribes to the evolutionary and not revolutionary school of thought which prescribes utilising the ballot instead of the bullet.

The second decade, after its registration was greenlit, had been dedicated to the formidable endeavour of winning hearts and minds.

Though not lacking in commitment or resolve as well as functioning as an indefatigable defender of the working class, its alternative vision for the nation has failed to garner the desired traction. PSM was decimated in the 2018 general election.

Its greatest electoral achievement to date was when its current chairperson Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj sank the titanic erstwhile MIC president S Samy Vellu in the latter's stronghold of Sungai Siput in the 2008 polls.

Russian Socialist Movement: “The only way for Russians to end this war is convince soldiers to stop fighting”

 

 

By Phil Butland

April 5, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from The Left Berlin — Interview with a member of the Russian Socialist Movement about the anti-war movement in Russia

Debates in the Second International

 

 

The following is an edited version of a talk given at the Online Communist Forum, based in London UK, on 27 March 2022. In it Mike Taber discusses a new book he is preparing, to be published by Haymarket Books.

By Mike Taber 

April 3, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from John Riddell Marxist Essays and Commentary — Thanks for the invitation to speak at the Online Communist Forum. Some of you will remember my forum here two years ago, when I spoke about Under the Socialist Banner, then in preparation. That book helped provide a clearer and more rounded picture of what the Second International of 1889–1914 actually was, as registered in its adopted congress resolutions. 

It also posed the way the Second International is viewed today by both right-wing and left-wing socialists. Most contemporary social democrats think there was too much Marxism in the pre-1914 Second International, not enough political realism, as they see it. For their part, many left-wing socialists and communists tend to think either that the Second International was fundamentally flawed from the outset, or else they simply don’t give it a lot of attention.

A war in our own backyard: How the attack on Ukraine impacts neighbouring Moldova

 

 

By Vitalie Sprinceana

April 5, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung — Although Moldova, a republic of roughly 3 million inhabitants located along Ukraine’s southwestern border, is not directly involved in the Russian aggression against its northern neighbour (and, hopefully, will remain uninvolved for the foreseeable future), the war dominates public debate across the country.

Statement from Russian and Ukrainian socialists: Against Russian Imperialism

 

 

Illustration by Kamshat Nurlanova.

By Russian Socialist Movement & Sotsialnyi Rukh

Statement of solidarity & support for Walden Bello amidst narco-tagging incident

 

 
Initiated by Focus on the Global South

March 28, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — In a recent statement released by Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP or Alliance for Change), the regional party founded by Sara Duterte, daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, activist-scholar Professor Walden Bello was unfoundedly and maliciously labeled as a “narco-politician.”

Russia: Putin is not only waging war on Ukraine, he is also destroying Russian society

 

By Karine Clément 

April 4, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Anti*Capitalist Resistance — Everywhere I hear only terrified exclamations against “those people”, this brainwashed Russian people who massively support the war and the criminal acts of Putin. I read this from the pen of French journalists, I also see it too often in the words of many courageous Russians who still openly oppose the war on social networks. We are told that Russian society is in the grip of pro-war propaganda, that society has long been depoliticized by Putin’s authoritarian regime, that opposition forces have been annihilated except for one thin layer of diehards who now, for the most part, have to flee their country.

Corsica: Youth-led revolt forces France to offer ‘autonomy’

 

 

By Dick Nichols

April 4, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — In Europe, there are four nations without a state where parties expressing the popular aspiration to nationhood enjoy seat majorities in regional legislatures: in the Spanish Basque Country (Euskadi), Scotland, Catalonia, and Corsica.

In the most recent regional elections the total vote for formations seeking independence or greater powers from their ruling states (respectively France, Spain and the United Kingdom) was as follows: Corsica (2021) 68%; Euskadi (2020) 66.9%; Catalonia (2021) 50.8%; Scotland (2021) 47.7%.

However, despite Corsican autonomist and pro-independence forces having the highest vote of all four, Corsica comes last in the degree of autonomy it has wrung from the French state. Highly centralised partially as the result of the Jacobin phase of the 1789 French Revolution, but most of all due to the rule—ironically—of Corsica-born self-crowned emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, the French state up until 1982 administered Corsica like any other part of the country, as one or at times two of France’s hundred or so départments.

Interview: Russia’s feminist resistance to Putin’s war on Ukraine

 

 

By Viktorya Kokoreva

April 2, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal translated from Italian website fanpage.it by Green Left and LINKS International Journal of Socialist Renewal European Bureau In early March, Russian feminists joined forces and organised Feminist Anti-war Resistance (FAR), currently the most organised anti-war movement in Russia. Viktorya Kokoreva contacted a member of its coordination group, Russian feminist activist and historian Ella Rossman. They talked about the repression that young women suffer, violence during arrests, and how it falls to Russian women to fight for the humanisation of the entire country.

Simon Pirani: ‘Our movement needs a different politics that is concerned with Ukrainian and Russian people not governments’

 

 

April 1, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal — Interview with Simon Pirani, socialist writer and editor of peoplenature.org by Sohrab Rezvani. This interview was conducted in the second week of March.

What is the current stage of development of the capitalist world economy? Are we still dealing with the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath? Or are we entering a new stage?

What is happening to the Russian consciousness?

 

 

By Alexey Sakhnin

March 31, 2022 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal reposted from Left Against the War — The beginning of the military conflict in Ukraine came as a shock to Russian society. But even before people were able to recover, they were also informed that they supported the war almost unilaterally. For instance, the government-controlled Russian Public Opinion Research Center published a report on the 4th day of the war, according to which 68% of Russians “somewhat support the decision to conduct the special military operation.” Only 22% do not support it. Similar results were published by another large sociological center—the “Public Opinion” foundation—whose main contractor had consistently been the president’s administration.

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