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 GLOBAL LEFT MIDWEEK - FEBRUARY 13, 2019  
[https://portside.org/2019-02-13/global-left-midweek-february-13-2019]


 

 February 13, 2019
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 _ France: Unions and Yellow Vests, Senfo Tonkam Speaks, Repression in
Russia and China, Mexican Electrical Workers, Canadian Class-Warriors,
Students Fight On in Albania _ 

 Students hit the streets in Tirana, Photo: Shuttlestock 

 

	* France: CGT and Yellow Vests in Joint Strike
 	* Cameroonian Viewpoint: Senfo Tonkam
 	* Russia: Torturing Anti-Fascists
 	* The Rebirth of Mexico’s Electrical Workers
 	* Sanders, AOC, and the Canadian Left
 	* Beijing: Confession Videos Used to Incriminate Marxist Students
 	* Albanian Students Fight On

France: Red and Yellow Vests in Joint Strike
[http://en.rfi.fr/france/20190205-french-red-yellow-vests-march-together-strike-can-they-become-joint-force]

_Alison Hird_ / RFI (Paris)

A day of strike action was called by the hard left CGT trade union.
And for the first time Yellow Vests were among their ranks. Some want
more convergence but it won't be easy.

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Cameroonian Viewpoint: Senfo Tonkam
[https://www.pambazuka.org/pan-africanism/interview-senfo-tonkam-activist-and-political-analyst-exiled-germany-0]

Pambazuka News (Oxford)

An interview with the Pan-African organizer and theorist living in
exile in Germany.

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Russia Normalises Torture in Case Against Anti-Fascists
[https://www.redpepper.org.uk/russia-normalises-torture-in-case-against-anti-fascists/]

_Gabriel Levy_ / Red Pepper (London)

Young activists remain in detention awaiting trial, charged with
organising a terrorist group and illegal possession of weapons. The
prosecution’s main evidence comprises statements taken after the
accused were tortured with electric shockers, hung upside down,
throttled and beaten up for hours on end.

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The Rebirth of Mexico’s Electrical Workers
[https://nacla.org/node/11743]

_David Bacon_ / NACLA Report (New York)

The Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME) is Mexico’s most
important independent union on the Left. Ten years ago, it was nearly
destroyed. Today, its members are rebuilding through a new labor
cooperative. 

 

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Sanders, AOC and the Canadian Left
[https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-lesson-ocasio-cortez-and-sanders-have-for-the-left-welcome-their-hatred]

_Christo Aivalis_ / Canadian Dimension (Winnipeg)

The economic elite have never supported the CCF-NDP, and they never
will. We’ll be branded as class-warriors and socialists no matter
what our policies, however ambitious or modest. We need to embrace the
image we have.

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Activist 'Confessions' Strike Fear Into Students
[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-confessions/at-a-top-chinese-university-activist-confessions-strike-fear-into-students-idUSKCN1PF0RR]

_Christian Shepherd_ / Reuters (London)

Protesters were barricaded in classrooms, where they were shown videos
of recent graduates, including one from their own university,
“confessing” to working with an “illegal organization” to
arrange protests in southern China.

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Albanian Students Fight On
[https://www.transform-network.net/blog/article/the-struggle-goes-on/]

_Arlind Qori _/ transform! Europe (Vienna)

The students are asking for a thorough democratisation of university
life. They are demanding that the percentage of their vote in electing
university authorities be equal to the professors’.

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