Month: June 2021

Military escalation between the US and Iran: 4 key points

30 June, 2021 · Iran

The week kicked off with US bombing raids on pro-Iranian militia bases in Iraq. According to the US it was a defensive attack aimed at containing the increasingly sophisticated drone attacks on its bases and interests in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan. In other words, the message was directed at Iran, not toward the Iraqi state. The answer came tonight: the US forces in Syria were bombed by militias. The Americans apparently responded immediately. The military escalation is undeniable. But why is it erupting now – is it self-contained or could it end in a new generalized war in the region?

Bosch: 7th… and last season

29 June, 2021 · TV

Bosch season7
Bosch season7

Bosch’s season 7 was released by Amazon Prime this week. The final one. As current as the Covid, it provides meaning to the previous six installments and teases us on where the cultural shift in the U.S. is headed.

Labor reform in Greece

27 June, 2021 · Greece

Demonstration against the labor reform in Greece
Demonstration against the labor reform in Greece

On June 16, the Greek Parliament passed a bill that allows and legalizesthe ten-hour workday. The new labor reform in Greece also introduces a digital work card in order to monitor employees in real time Spanish-style, as well as increasing the maximum overtime to 150 hours per year. In addition, the new law aims to impose new minimum services in public services in case of strike and sanctions in case of service interruption.

Bauhaus

26 June, 2021 · History

Carl Fieger, workers' houses, sketch at the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau
Carl Fieger, workers' houses, sketch at the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau

The EU wants to bring into being a New European Bauhaus that will be an integral part of the Green Deal. In January, the design process was launched. Since then, speeches and roadmaps have proliferated. The Green Deal uses the housing problem to impose capital’s pressing need to recompose the rate of profit through a massive transfer of income from labor to capital. That is why not coincidentally the ruling classes are once again taking the Bauhaus as a reference. And that is why it is worthwhile to dwell on the study of the original Bauhaus, what it reflected and what it meant for capitalist competition and the lives of workers.

Massive abstention in the French regional elections 2021

22 June, 2021 · France

Massive abstention in the French Regional elections 2021
Massive abstention in the French Regional elections 2021

French regional elections 2021: a massive abstention was expected of almost 60%… but in the end it seems that not even a third of the voters showed up to vote. The République is in danger! The minister of the interior, the editorials of the right and Mélenchon scream in unison. Libération says that the problem is a lack of supply, they would like an even wider panply of coourful parties, Le Figaro says that taking Le Pen to the second rounds in order to mobilize the vote under the guise of an electoral anti-fascism no longer works. Those of Le Pen, with their star Mariani at the head point out that they were the main victims of the massive abstention. But what does all of this really mean?

Katla

20 June, 2021 · TV

Katla
Katla

Netflix closes the season with its first Icelandic series, Katla, a matrioshka of references to earlier works that nonetheless manages not to be a pastiche…. even if unsuccessful in its critical examination of European opinion and culture.

Biden in Europe: 4 lessons

18 June, 2021 · USA

Biden in Europe
Biden in Europe

Biden in Europe: G7 and NATO summit, a summit with the EU, and then meeting with Putin in Geneva… Biden’s agenda in Europe could not be denser. And after so many meetings and negotiations, one idea stands out: the US is no longer what it used to be in the world imperialist game.

The war of the chips and the contradictions of capitalism

17 June, 2021 · Global situation

Printing chips on silicon
Printing chips on silicon

Chips are in short supply. The production chains of the semiconductor sector, have been in crisis for several months. Industrial branches that depend on electronic components – 60% of all factories in some French regions, for example- report that they are suffering from critical shortages and automotive production lines are forced to slow down their production. Producers of microprocessor manufacturing machinery and other components are running out of capacity. And this situation will last for long.

Heinous crimes: outrage is not enough

15 June, 2021 · Critique of ideology

Protests in Madrid against the last Heinous crimes
Protests in Madrid against the last Heinous crimes

This week, in Spain, the ruling against two parents who murdered their two children in Valencia was heard; in the Canary Islands, the corpse, more than 1km deep in the sea of one of the girls who had been kidnapped by her own father was discovered; and in Catalonia a woman confessed to the murder of her own daughter out of spite for her ex-partner and father of the girl. We must ask ourselves why these heinous crimes keep occurring, what produces them and why 20 years of laws and public policies against gender violence have apparently been to no avail.

Housing and Green New Deal in Biden’s US

13 June, 2021 · USA

Housing and Green New Deal in Biden's US
Housing and Green New Deal in Biden's US

With the moratorium on evictions set to expire at the end of June, the Biden administration has unveiled an affordable housing plan. It further pledges to eliminate racial discrimination in housing on the basis of removing the barriers to “wealth creation” suffered by the black petty bourgeoisie. But marrying housing and Green New Deal produces higher prices, and fattening up black petty bourgeoisie businesses will never eliminate discrimination in access to a home.

Peace in Northern Ireland and the Sausages of Wrath

12 June, 2021 · United Kingdom

Peace in Northern Ireland is in jeopardy because of the increasing contradictions between imperialism in Europe, not because of refrigerated sausages.
Peace in Northern Ireland is in jeopardy because of the increasing contradictions between imperialism in Europe, not because of refrigerated sausages.

The G7 summit kicked off in Cornwall with Biden warning the EU and Britain: “Don’t jeopardize peace in Northern Ireland”. Is he exaggerating? Not so much: the European Commission says it has “little patience” left with the British government and openly threatens a trade war. Meanwhile, the British services whip up the ultra unionist groups and use the media apparatus of the very US Democratic Party to sow discord between Dublin and Brussels.Welcome to the “sausage wars”, a supposedly amusing name for an imperialist feud that may well claim lives this summer.

Green Deal in the cities: The end of semi-detached housing and the twilight of urban upgrading projects

8 June, 2021 · European Union

The green deal in cities requires continuity and proximity between logistics centers, demand and renewable energy sources.
The green deal in cities requires continuity and proximity between logistics centers, demand and renewable energy sources.

The impact of the Green Deal on European cities has begun. In Germany, the development of new terraced housing estates is halted in the midst of a general price hike. In Spain, a new ideological campaign charges against urban upgrading projects (“PAU” in Spanish). The EU speaks of a “New European Bauhaus”, but in reality this is the need to accompany the Green Deal in the cities with measures to ensure the profitability of new logistics and energy macro-investments.

Housing and Urban Planning during the Russian Revolution

6 June, 2021 · History

Housing and Urban Planning during the Russian Revolution
Housing and Urban Planning during the Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution confronted the issue of housing, gave rise to the greatest social experimentation ever seen by workers on collective and communal ways of living and working, and very soon had to address the transformation of urban space in order to push forward the revolution of social space that was in its perspective.

What is going on with housing?

5 June, 2021 · Spain

What is going on with housing?
What is going on with housing?

The Green Deal, the rising cost of household electricity bills and the lack of profitable applications for capital are concentrating investment back into housing speculation and construction, transforming homes, neighborhoods and urban structures.

Cold War between Spain and Morocco

4 June, 2021 · Spain

Brahim Ghali's escape last night opens a stage of cold war with Morocco.
Brahim Ghali's escape last night opens a stage of cold war with Morocco.

After the departure of the self-proclaimed Saharawi president by the hand of the Algerian and Spanish secret services, we can only expect a cold war with Morocco… which, like all cold wars, will not only have consequences for the capital invested in Africa by the ruling class, but also for the security and lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Dictatorship, Indian variant, tourism and the Olympics

2 June, 2021 · Global situation

London: "Please believe these days will pass". A message typical of a dictatorship that always pursues our passivity.
London: "Please believe these days will pass". A message typical of a dictatorship that always pursues our passivity.

Let’s talk about dictatorship. In Britain, the reopening is jeopardized by the expansion of the Indian covid variant; in Europe, things are back to business as usual and borders are being reopened to tourists before it is prudent to do so, in Japan, amid new restrictions the government and the IOC are determined to celebrate the Olympics despite the general rejection of the population. All the news, from the imperialist battles between Spain and Morocco to the new electricity bill, as well as the hike in raw materials’ prices, share one element in common: the social imposition of the needs of capital profitability over and above the most basic universal human needs. A fact with an old name: dictatorship.

New electricity bill

1 June, 2021 · Spain

Energy poverty will inevitably grow with "fit for 55" package.
Energy poverty will inevitably grow with "fit for 55" package.

Last night [in Spain -TN], the new electricity bill came into force. Although the Green Deal is already being felt in the general price increase, this is the first direct move that ties the energy transition to the loss of workers’ purchasing power. It is sold to us as a price drop made possible by renewables. In reality it is quite the opposite.