Month: August 2020

Can Spain really do it?

31 August, 2020 · Spain

The news of the day in Spain is an event organized by the government to which the heavy weights of the bourgeoisie and the Spanish political apparatus are expected to attend. It does not really have a name but rather a slogan: Spain can do it. A whole confession of the atmosphere that reigns in the ruling class: impotence. And it is no wonder.

The decline of emerging countries

30 August, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Fernández (Argentina) and Piñera (Chile) during a videoconference this week.

National capital of Argentina, Turkey or South Africa, semicolonial economies triumphantly presented as “emerging” for years, are coming out of a decade in which they have lost weight in global capital, to enter a new and dangerous phase of crisis.

Russian check in the Sahelian chessboard

26 August, 2020 · Sahel

Pro-coup demonstrations in Bamako this week.

The change of rudder -and imperialist alignments- of a country that until now has been the last frontier of Europe, is a stone thrown violently into the already uneasy waters of African equilibrium. It will leave waves of war in its wake.

Bank mergers and the spectre of a new financial crisis

24 August, 2020 · Spain

President of the major Spanish banks.

When you double a bet and at the same time you double the insurance with which you cover your losses, one cannot say that the foreseeable result is the same. In case the bet is lost, the result will be even more catastrophic.

What did Trotsky mean for communism?

23 August, 2020 · Internationalist militants

L.D. Trotski and Natalia Sedova in exile.

Trotsky today could only look with horror at his so-called epigones. The last thing he would be is a “Trotskyist”. And precisely because of this, in the face of the enemies and slanderers of the great militant, eighty years after his assassination we can only vindicate him.

What Democrats won’t tell you about auto workers in the USA and Mexico

22 August, 2020 · North America

It would be hard to imagine a greater or more heinous cynicism than democrats if the unions were not there to hold that title. The experience across North America reflects the commitment of left wing governments and unions around the world to maintain production in order to save business investment, putting capital above the safety and lives of workers.

Ideological madness

22 August, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Anti-mask and QAnon signs are displayed at a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 9. Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images

Underneath all this ideological unhinged charivari there is a materiality that can be summed up in two terms: incompetence and incapacity. Incompetence both of the bourgeoisie and it’s theorists to imagine a progressive future, and of the petty bourgeoisie to find a way of articulating its interests capable of dragging the rest of the social whole, that is, to organize and create what they themselves call a people.

Spain on the road to a new slaughter

20 August, 2020 · Spain

Spanish covid data updated on day 18.

With infections on the rise and an increasing number of occupied beds and ICU patients, things are already approaching the level of early March. The opening of schools in September threatens to trigger a new phase of mass community transmission. And the only thing made clear by the Spanish bourgeoisie and state is a red line: “no more lockdowns, we lose revenues and taxes”. Only a strong strike movement can force the state or the bourgeoisie to put lives, our lives, ahead of their profits.

Rare earths

19 August, 2020 · Global situation

Rare earths were the tool of the first attempt to enforce Chinese global monopolies in mass industries and the reason why the search for alternative suppliers has triggered the imperialist conflict in Africa and pushed the basis of a bloc of Anglo-Saxon powers. Rare earths are and will be for a long time at the center of technological development… and therefore, of imperialist conflict.

Belarusian workers’ dilemma: to choose between sides or impose their own struggle

18 August, 2020 · Belarus

The workers will not gain any advantage from marching with Lukashenko, but neither will they gain any advantage from marching under the flags of the opposition. It is precisely the social and economic slogans -and not those of the opposition and its proposal for a general strike- that can enable the struggle in the Belarusian plants to be carried on and extended to the private sector again

Bannon’s followers

18 August, 2020 · Global situation

Denialist demonstration in Madrid last August.

What lies underneath this strange alliance of ultras, conspiracy-mongers, anarchists, libertarians of various stripes and underground geeks? What do they want?

Unions and the reopening of schools

16 August, 2020 · USA

Unions, Democrats and Trumpists all share the same goal: open up at all costs. The only difference is that trade unions and Democrats use the rhetoric of “social justice” and “safe reopening”. And they all agree on something even worse: they minimize the importance of the most basic measures for preventing contagion in order to reduce monetary costs and administrative difficulties

2nd Organizational Conference

This conference has covered most of the needs that have arisen from the growth of our organization over the past year. It has strengthened and mobilized us even more. Most importantly, it has put us on the path to equipping ourselves to be more useful in the battles ahead.

The forces pushing towards new blocs

14 August, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Trump presents the peace agreement between Emirates and Israel.

The acceleration in imperialist movements and tensions that we are seeing still has a potential counterweight in the development of the workers’ response.

Workers show up in the midst of the Belarusian crisis

13 August, 2020 · Belarus

The workers have finally appeared on the scene in Belarus, with their own concerns and not under the initial calls of the opposition. They are now presenting themselves as a force during this crisis, but the outcome is not yet decided. Will they be caught up in the incipient popular revolt as the opposition wants, or will they advance their own struggle as a class by adding their own slogans to their own budding movement?

Cultural promotion and the Internationals

12 August, 2020 · History

March 1919 poster published by the Emergency Commission for the Elimination of Illiteracy of the RSFSR. Under the motto of the International ("Workers of the world, unite!"), the text quotes a famous verse by Pushkin: "Long live the light! Hide the darkness!

The commitment and effort put into cultural dissemination was thus very different from that of the associations and state institutions dedicated then and now to promoting the knowledge and consumption of cultural objects. It was above all of a moral nature. It expressed the immediate dimension of communism’s perspective of abundance as the liberation of knowledge and the free development of human experience and sensibility.

Military escalation in the Mediterranean

11 August, 2020 · Turkey

We are facing an armed negotiation in which the different and contradictory imperialist interests of the coastal countries increase their pressure to the edge of an armed conflict. Of course, none of them has any intention of openly initiating it. All would prefer to see their interests flourish with no other violence than that of threat and imposition by the facts. But they are not playing alone. And if tension escalates, the turnaround will be little less than impossible.

Political crisis in Belarus

10 August, 2020 · Belarus

The world’s news programmes depict the elections and protests in Belarus in a completely contradictory way. While the Spanish TV links the electoral fraud to Russia, the BBC recalls the background of recent clashes between the two regimes and the German TV highlights the joint statement of Poland and Lithuania lukewarmly calling for further talks. What lies beneath the political crisis in Belarus?

Can Russia or China “skew” the US elections?

10 August, 2020 · USA

No, it is practically impossible that the services, Russian, Chinese or Iranian, would be able to manipulate so much opinion as to condition the electoral result. American opinion is practically the exclusive product of the American opinion industry. And that will continue to be the case this autumn.

Strikes in Iran are still on the rise

9 August, 2020 · News

Assembly of striking bus drivers.

The struggles continue to spread throughout Iran and now reach 12 provinces but are not yet coordinated among themselves.

The long prologue of an atrocious October

7 August, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Spain. Day laborers "without papers" confined by police.

With the epidemic on the rise but silenced, August is turning into the prologue to a global and drastic wave of attacks on the living, working and retirement conditions of workers around the world that is set for September. By October, it is more than likely that the pandemic and war will be in the foreground as well.

King’s gambit

5 August, 2020 · Spain

monarchy spain

King Juan Carlos I is leaving Spain. Are we facing an institutional crisis? What forces are precipitating it? What are the bourgeoisie and the Spanish state reacting to, and with what outlook?

Wave of struggles in Iran

3 August, 2020 · News

Oil workers protest in Iran during the August 2020 mass strike
Oil workers protest in Iran during the August 2020 mass strike

The surge of strikes that we are detecting around the world is now reaching Iran, where since December 2017 at least three waves of struggle have taken place.

Is there no news in August?

3 August, 2020 · News

Anti-mask demonstration in Berlin on August 2, 2020.

A quick summary of the day’s news to avoid being disconnected from reality by the media.

Moving toward new blocs

1 August, 2020 · Imperialism Report

US fleet in South China Sea.

The imperialist conflict between the U.S. and China is accelerating with each blow of the crisis. Both powers are pushing towards the formation of «close blocs» that are strategically and economically very much aligned with those national capitals with which they are most integrated, leading to a wider fracture by reorganizing trade out of them and with it the international division of labor and the technological standards of the industries most capable of placing capital today. We are in the first steps of a deep fracture in the world market, which can only strengthen the tendencies towards crisis… and war.