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The role of Chinese capital in the present Hungarian regime of accumulation: A context to the present political controversy over the Fudan University

Recent Chinese investments in Hungary have made waves in the international liberal press as part of Transatlantic narratives of hegemonic anxiety. These see Hungary’s “democratic backslide” and “flirtation” with Russia and China in the context of a new Cold War imaginary, defined through Huntingtonian characteristics of politico-cultural belonging. These interpretations have recently found their perfect […]

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Red-Green Political Platform Wins Local Elections in Zagreb

Note from LeftEast editors: this post was first commissioned by French Left publication Contretemps, and you can read it on their website in the translation of Celine Cantat. To update the discussion on Zagreb je Naš/Možemo!, in the local elections held on 16 May 2021, the left-green coalition won 40.8% of the votes and 23 […]

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[E.A.S.T.] Stop the Fascist Attacks against LGBTQI+ People in Bulgaria!

Note from LeftEast editors: Towards the transnational mobilization on July 1st against the attack on the Istanbul Convention and the patriarchal backlash that is hitting women and LGBT+ people all around the world, we republish a text which first appeared on the website of the platform Transnational Social Strike (TSS). The text, written by Stoyo Tetevenski, member […]

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“You don’t own a business; you own a bike or a Suzuki” — the realities of forced self-employment

This article was originally published in Mérce and was translated by Noémi Bíró. It is part of a series by ELMO (East Left Media Outlet). In honour of the international labor day, May 1st and May as a month dedicated to workers’ struggles, this article is part of an ELMO series titled “Gig work in […]

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The swan song of social democracy in the Czech Republic

Note from LeftEast Editors: An earlier version of this article was published in French by Courrier D’Europe Centrale. Ahead of the October 2021 elections, the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) is heading into the dustbin of history. ČSSD has been the historic party of the Czech left since the late 19th century. It now finds itself slowly […]

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The Return to Bare Life: Settler Colonialism and Community Violence Among 1948 Palestinians

The Return to Bare Life: Settler Colonialism and Community Violence Among 1948 Palestinians By Noura Salahaldeen In April and May 2021, Israel’s ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah escalated, seeking to displace 500 Palestinians on behalf of Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem. At the same time, the Israeli army and police attacked Palestinian worshippers at the […]

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Urban Struggles and Theorizing from Eastern Europe: a collective interview with Ana Vilenica, Ioana Florea, Veda Popovici and Zsuzsi Pósfai

Note from LeftEast editors: this interview first appeared as a chapter in the edited volume of Michele Lancione and Colin McFarlane Global Urbanism Knowledge, Power and the City (Routledge, 2021). It was reprinted with the kind permission of the interviewers and interviewees, and was made open access with the support of The Swedish Research Council […]

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Migrants and Refugees Who Never Made it Commemorated in Croatian Exhibition

Note from LeftEast editors. The article is a reprint, it originally appeared in Balkan Insight. This article documents the exhibition “The Passage” in Zagreb which closed on May 21, 2021. A new exhibition in a Zagreb gallery depicts some of the migrants and refugees who perished on their way to Western Europe on the often […]

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Lefteast Podcast with Fabio Mattioli on financialization in post-socialist Macedonia

LeftEast editors Adela Gjorgjioska, Mary Taylor, and Konstantin Kilibarda sat down with Fabio Mattioli to discuss his new book Dark Finance: Illiquidity and Authoritarianism at the Margins of Europe. In this interview, we explore themes of peripheral financialization, populism, masculinity/gender, capitalist accumulation, and working-class resistance in postsocialist Macedonia, including the more global lessons we can draw […]

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Jaffa: Dispatch from a Mixed City

The article is a reprint: it originally appeared at JewishCurrent on May 20, 2021. THESE LAST FEW DAYS IN JAFFA, the most centrally located and deeply unequal of Israel’s mixed Jewish–Arab cities, a tense quiet has prevailed. The intercommunal mayhem that engulfed mixed cities like Acre and Lod since Israel’s horrific attack on the Gaza Strip began last week has […]