European left debates a 'Plan B' against austerity

Activists from France's Left Front. The Left Front is divided by strategic debates over how to confront Europe-wide austerity.

Five key figures of the European left have launched a new initiative “for a Plan B in Europe”.

TPP slammed: 'A wish list for giant corporations'

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations, including Australia, reached an agreement on October 5 on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade accord in history.

The agreement has been negotiated in secret for eight years and will encompass 40% of the global economy. The secret 30-chapter text has still not been made public, although sections of draft text were leaked by WikiLeaks during the negotiations.

Is Maduro taking Venezuela down a pragmatic path‭? Interview with Steve Ellner

Workers from Venezuela's 'housing mission', which is building large numbers of public housing, march on Venezuela's independence day, July 5. Photo from Venezuela Analysis.

Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution has transformed the country since the rise to power of late socialist president Hugo Chavez in‭ ‬1998‭ ‬on a platform of tackling poverty and promoting participatory democracy.

Greece: What's beneath 'eerily calm' election campaign?

It is hard to imagine two election campaigns more different than that leading up to SYRIZA's triumph in Greece's January 25 elections and country's September 20 vote.

In January, SYRIZA's winning slogan was “Hope is on the Way” — hope for a government that would end the six years of suffering inflicted on Greece by austerity measures in the first two memoranda of the “Troika” (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund).

Rise of Jeremy Corbyn spreads hope, but the left's fight just begun

When veteran left-wing activist and MP Jeremy Corbyn entered the race for British Labour Party leader, sparked by former leader Ed Miliban's resignation in May, he did so reluctantly on grounds it was “his turn” to be the “token socialist”.

But in a stark sign of the depths of anger at brutal anti-poor austerity and disillusionment with mainstream politics, Corbyn was declared the overwhelming victor on September 12 with almost 60% of the vote – more than a quarter of a million votes in total. His nearest opponent got 19%.

India's workers are pushing back

India witnessed a powerful general strike on September 2, across most sectors of the economy and civil administration. The strike was called jointly by central trade unions and supported actively by various sections of the Indian left.

Colombia: Land reform 'essential for peace'

Land reforms are essential to achieving a long-standing peace after half a century of conflict, said Colombian academic Alejandro Reyes on September 10 during a forum on agrarian issues in Bogota.

Stand Up!! Speak Out!! Ideas, Stories, And Action Against Poverty: A Two-Day Anti-Poverty Week Event

Join us this Anti-Poverty Week for conversation, stories, and learning about ways to get active. We will look at challenges facing low-income people, the policies making their lives harder, and the alternatives. We will focus on the voices and struggles of low-income people - the experiences and insights of those directly affected by poverty and unemployment.

- Low-Income People: Optional gold-coin per day.
- Community Workers: $20-$40 for one day, $30-$60 for two days.
- Others: $10 for one day, $15 for two days.
- Food/drinks optional gold-coin.


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Scotland: New left alliance RISE launched

Hundreds of people crammed into the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow on August 29 for the launch of RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance. The new coalition of the left will stand candidates in all eight regional seats in the 2016 Scottish elections.

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