Month: November 2021

Vaccines: “My body, my choice”?

30 November, 2021 · Critique of ideology

"My body, my choice" as a "women's right" ... not to be vaccinated.
"My body, my choice" as a "women's right" ... not to be vaccinated.

Infections are on the rise again and the impact of new variants is feared. But European governments are encountering increasingly violent resistance to the “Covid passport” requirement. The old feminist slogan “My body, my choice,” accepted as the moral dogma of the vaccination campaign by the governments themselves now undermining public health.

End of Cádiz strike: What can we learn?

26 November, 2021 · Spain

Unions and employers, two groups of managers with common interests in the progress of the companies, reach a pre-agreement to put an end to the metal strike in Cádiz by the hand of a body specialized in promoting agreements between them. In Seville, of course, as far away as possible from any workers' assemblies.
Unions and employers, two groups of managers with common interests in the progress of the companies, reach a pre-agreement to put an end to the metal strike in Cádiz by the hand of a body specialized in promoting agreements between them. In Seville, of course, as far away as possible from any workers' assemblies.

The lessons to be learned from the end of the strike in Cadiz are fundamental for the struggles to come. No, better conditions did not bring about an agreement between the bosses and the unions which the workers then accepted. Rather, the union leadership of the strike has prevented the workers from taking control of the struggle by inevitably ensuring that the conditions offered by the bosses would be accepted.

Metalworkers’ strike in Cádiz

24 November, 2021 · Spain

Metalworkers' strike in Cádiz
Metalworkers' strike in Cádiz

The metalworkers’ strike in Cádiz shows us that we need to fight in a different way. And that means, from now on, to take control of the assemblies today monopolized by the unions. And to do so in order to extend the struggles, open the assemblies and make joint demands that go beyond all the divisions by sector, province, region or contract type.

Apocalyptic and commodifying

21 November, 2021 · Global situation

The new cultural trends that have been emerging since the outbreak of the pandemic combine apocalyptic messages and an exacerbated drive for commodification.

The coming famine

19 November, 2021 · Global situation

Global food prices rose 31.3% in one year. Against the disastrous backdrop of capitalist chaos, which does not even enable 40% of the world’s population to afford a healthy diet and keeps 30% under food insecurity, the prospect of this runaway inflation is a wave of famines. Compounding it all: the Green Deal.

Changes in China: Beyond Xi’s enthronement

12 November, 2021 · China

The group of fewer than four hundred bureaucrats and military officers who sit atop Chinese power held a meeting yesterday that heralded a “historic declaration.” The final text, encoded into the bureaucracy’s ledger was interpreted by nearly every media this morning as a play by Xi to stay in power. In reality that’s just the surface: the Plenum ideologically culminates an underlying movement that has been underway for months which disciplines economic power, refocuses and represses mass culture, and centralizes the bureaucratic apparatus in preparation for a war economy.

Is there a “hybrid attack” on the border between Poland and Belarus? 7 questions and answers

11 November, 2021 · European Union · Belarus

Hybrid attack? The picture is from the Polish side of the border. On the other side there are only families and young people going cold and thirsty.
Hybrid attack? The picture is from the Polish side of the border. On the other side there are only families and young people going cold and thirsty.

Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has been talking about “a new kind of war” for days. The Baltic governments speak of “the biggest security threat in the last 30 years.” EU Council President Michel calls the arrival of a few hundred migrants a “brutal, hybrid, violent and undignified attack.” And the most enthusiastic European press echoes him today: “We are facing a hybrid attack from a clearly hostile neighbor” editorialized El País. But are we really facing a “hybrid war” action? Are a few hundred refugees a threat? To whom?

Refugee crisis in Lithuania and Poland: 4 basic questions on a new episode of barbarity against the weakest

10 November, 2021 · European Union · Belarus

Refugee crisis in Poland

A thousand refugees and migrants at the border may seem commonplace in Mediterranean countries. But on the eastern borders of the EU this means a full-fledged refugee crisis mobilizing the army and serving as the basis for a brutal nationalist and racist campaign. In a perverse game between the dictator of Belarus and the rulers of Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and Greece, it is serving as a means of ending the few remaining guarantees for refugees and migrants in Europe. “The right of asylum, as laid down in European law, no longer exists throughout Europe,” sentenced Spiegel yesterday.

Kongsi: The large mining collectivities of Borneo

8 November, 2021 · News

Kongsi in Soengeiliat ca. 1900 - ca. . 1920
Kongsi in Soengeiliat ca. 1900 - ca. . 1920

The kongsi were collectively owned Chinese proto-states in Borneo in the 18th and 19th centuries. These territorial collectivities are sold today in Asia as the first bourgeois republics in history, before the American and French revolutions, but in reality they were something much more interesting.

Glasgow Cop26

2 November, 2021 · Global situation

cop26

COP26 kicked off on Sunday in Glasgow with downcast royal speeches, war metaphors and tons of doomsday hypocrisy, but also with the significant absences of the Brazilian, Mexican, South African, Russian and Chinese leaders. The media is reporting in dribs and drabs on the content of the meetings and discussions and prefers to play at feeding the “climate anxiety” of the youth. But the issues on the table at COP26 go far beyond emissions pledges and even climate change. At issue is actually each country’s place in the Green Deal’s new international division of labor.