Month: July 2020

Today’s lies will become September’s attacks

29 July, 2020 · News

Spanish capital closes the political course with the sword of falsehood held high. It wants to blur the reality of the epidemic, of unemployment, of the situation of its own companies, of what the European funds mean and above all its plans for a “way out of the crisis”. At least until September, when today’s lies will become a guillotine on our most basic living conditions and needs.

Can the European “Recovery” Fund ease the crisis?

27 July, 2020 · European Union

Conte and Sánchez last summer.

The low volume of the “recovery” funds turns them into a mere cover of the “austerity” promoted by the EU, with all that it means for the workers as a forced reduction of the general exploitation costs of the labor power: less healthcare services, education, social cohesion, etc. But this “austerity”would remain a mere appetizer for the general offensive against workers’ conditions implied by the “reforms” aimed at by this “recovery fund”.

Racialism, feminism and equality

25 July, 2020 · Critique of ideology

Why are racialism and feminism replacing movements for «equality of rights» There is a certain pattern in the way these movements expanded globally in the last four years. Feminism and Anglo-Saxon-style racialism share identical arguments and tools in their structure. However, while feminism has been adopted as a state ideology in several continental European countries, racialism is receiving, especially in France, a head-on response from the state itself and its left wing.

War on hold

24 July, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Turkish army

Turkey, Egypt, Ethiopia and of course Russia, the US and the EU are all playing at establishing faits accomplis, using diplomacy as a form of disinformation warfare. Disinformation that is primarily aimed at the general population. We live in a mixture of generalized information blockade – in Spain, for example, the danger of war has not even merited a brief appearance on the television news – and intoxication. Breaking this lie and half-truth-powered blockade by opening up conversations about “what is going on” with co-workers, neighbours and friends is today a crucial task in order to be able to respond.

Strike for Black Lives

23 July, 2020 · USA

This strike, which is marketed to the workers as a fight for the improvement of working conditions and against the discrimination of black workers, affirms nevertheless in its demands segregation among workers, amplifies the racialistic guilt and ends up merging everything into the achievement by the unions of a status similar to that of their European or Argentinean equivalents. All well seasoned and limited by the electoral interests of the Democratic Party. Where is the working class potential of the BLM movement of which the American left talks about?

EU funds: when “aid” means cutbacks, precariousness and attacks on pensions

22 July, 2020 · European Union

For the workers of the countries that have been affected, the credits really are cutbacks and the direct aid that they receive will only serve to accelerate the transfer of income from labor to capital. And in the case anyone had hoped that the European Council could serve to prevent the escalation of war in the Mediterranean and the horizon of barbarism that it opens, they were deeply mistaken.

Egypt invades Libya

21 July, 2020 · Global situation

War is spreading, directly involving the working class of a major industrial country like Egypt, threatening to stop Mediterranean merchant trade and hindering gas supplies to Europe. We are at a critical time for workers throughout the region, with the threat of mass slaughter looming ever closer and all the incentives for a seemingly endless escalation.

What happened on July 19th?

19 July, 2020 · History

Rey Vila, "July 19" published in "Images of the Spanish Revolution".
Rey Vila, "July 19" published in "Images of the Spanish Revolution".

1936, on July 17 and 18, a military uprising confirmed that a sector of Spain’s ruling class -the most reactionary one- had decided to take that path. But on the 19th, the “unexpected” general insurrection of the Spanish proletariat, overriding parties and unions, disarmed the armed reaction and seized power in 4/5ths of the territory.

July 19th around the world

19 July, 2020 · Global situation

Rey Vila, "July 19" published in "Images of the Spanish Revolution".

The forces that drove that massive insurrection, capable of defeating the democratic Republic, the military coup leaders and fascism at the same time, are still present and are asserting themselves ever more strongly throughout the world. The Spanish revolution, its lessons and what it means, matter not for what was left behind, but for what lies ahead. It is not memory or history, it is the future.

Imperialism is no game

17 July, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Azerbaijan yesterday

Imperialism is not an adventure game taking place in exotic landscapes and control rooms where the level of abstraction makes hunger and blood invisible. It is the daily life of our lives and the threat it poses to us. It is the universal day-to-day life of a capital that cannot find enough markets to give free rein to accumulation and destroys the capacities it organizes socially, the main one of them being us, labor power.

The end of “confluences”

13 July, 2020 · Spain

Podemos candidate in Galicia accepting defeat during the election night.

The end of the stage of confluences around Podemos is the end of the possibilities of a fit of petty-bourgeois revolt in the political apparatus of the state. The form that remains open points to a regime crisis.

Reclaiming our cities

12 July, 2020 · Architecture

Both the “new normal” summer in Europe and the winter of confinement in South America may be a good time to take back the places we live in a very different way.

Imperialism knows no holidays

10 July, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Nadia Calviño and Paschal Donohoe

The agony of the EU, the possible nuclearization of a Turkey increasingly at odds with the US and the EU, and the militarization of the US-China conflict were the main red lights of the imperialist conflict this week.

The morality of a meat grinder

8 July, 2020 · Morality

Donald and Melania Trump in an even on school reopening.

The antagonism of interests between capital and workers, between accumulation and life, is also a moral antagonism.

Fragility and ideological crisis

6 July, 2020 · Global situation

El primer ministro británico, Boris Johnson, durante un discurso en su visita al Dudley College of Technology en Dudley, Reino Unido, el 30 de junio de 2020. Paul Ellis/Pool vía Reuters

It is significant that the current crisis is also an ideological crisis, that is, a crisis of the discourses that underpin the social domination of capital. It shows the historical exhaustion of the state capitalism in which we live. It is the other side of its inability to prevent the devaluation of capital.

Tunisia: Rise and spread of the struggles

1 July, 2020 · Magreb

General Strike in Tataoine

Tunisia is experiencing a summer of struggles and mass worker mobilizations that draws on the lessons of the January 2018 movements while raising new challenges.