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How does capitalism survive? This was the question that greeted the 11th annual Historical Materialism conference in London. Held from November 6 to 9 at the Vernon Square Campus, it was a four-day long broad marriage of global leftist activists and academics run by the Marxist journal of the same name.

Posed as a simple question, it quickly developed into as many answers and narratives as there are positions within the left.

An incredible political transformation has been taking shape in the “Land of the Upright or Incorruptible People”, Burkina Faso.

Twenty-seven years after the assassination of revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, Burkinabes turned out in their hundreds of thousands, for several days of protest. Chanting “enough is enough”, it echoed a long history of trade union activism against political repression in the country, as well as protests staged through the Balai Citoyen collective.

After four days of the popular anger, president Blaise Compaore vacated his post.

Melbourne solidarity rally with Kobani, October 23.

A young Kurdish woman called “Rehana” has garnered a great deal of media attention over the past few days, after reports emerged claiming she had killed more than 100 Islamic State (IS) fighters ― single-handedly ― in the struggle to defend predominantly Kurdish Rojava in Syria's north.

A picture of the smiling beauty, wearing combat gear and toting a rifle, is still making the rounds of social media. Even as Rehana's circumstances remain uncorroborated, the overabundance of attention she has received raises several important questions.

Ezekiel Ox is a long-term singer-songwriter and activist for social justice. He has a reputation for energetic live performances across Australia, the United States and Britain with bands such as Full Scale, Mammal and Over Reactor.

Ox is an artist who puts ideas into practice, founding Musicians Against Police Violence, organising actions and fundraisers to fight racism and regularly MCing and leading chants at demonstrations.

Rojava Revolution - why socialists support the pro-feminist, ecosocialist, multi-ethnic and democratic con-federalist revolution in northern Syria.

The Turkish government is attempting to eradicate the Kurdish-led project, but the Rojava project is surviving, albeit with the setback of the fall of Afrin. Get the latest on the situation in Afrin (now under brutal Turkish military occupation).

GREEN LEFT WEEKLY presents: 

After Afrin: What now for northern Syria’s feminist, democratic revolution?

Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 pm (meal from 6 pm), Resistance Centre, Level 5, 407 Swanston Street.

Speakers: HAWZHIN AZEEZ (Kurdish solidarity activist, editor of the The Middle Eastern Feminist via video link from Kobanê) & Dave Holmes - solidarity activist & Socialist Alliance member.

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