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March 8, 2021 – Manifesto by fAKTIV

fAKTIV is a feminist collective based in Croatia fighting for women’s labor and social rights, advocating for reproductive and sexual rights, and against gender-based violence. The collective started out in 2016 in opposition to ubiquitous social and economic inequalities, fascism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, with the aim to organize extra-institutional actions and create feminist practices […]

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(Post)pandemic struggles in social reproduction: What did Bulgarian teachers learn from the pandemic?

Note from the LeftEast editors: The present text, which we co-publish together with TSS, is part of a series of publications and webinars on the topics of social reproduction, (women’s) labor, and migration in East-Central Europe and beyond. The video from the webinar (Post)pandemic struggles in social reproduction, where this text was first presented, can be seen here […]

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Misogyny – the other pandemic!

An International Women’s Day manifesto by the alliance of feminist organizations “Thanks for the Flowers” in Romania.
Translated by Irina Novac.

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OpenDemocracy: “Egyptian student of gender and religion jailed for terrorism on visit home” by Walid el Houri

To read the article, click here. The crackdown on freedoms is intensifying with the arrest of Ahmed Samir Santawy – the latest student to be locked up on obscure charges.

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The Wonder That Brings Hope: The Union Candidate in Albania’s Parliamentary Elections

It is these conditions that prompt the need for a reliable and hopeful alternative. Elton Debreshi is such an alternative. A figure with the potential to challenge the hegemony of the corrupt power and bring hope to all the marginalized social groups. It is not his political ambition that pushes him to the podium of the parliament, but the historical demand of miners and citizens for a real and honest representation. A representation intact from the influence of criminal groups, violence and dubious businesses. Elton Debreshi has, for many years, sustained through his work the system that produces goods, on behalf of the oligarchs. Now it is time to seek on behalf of the city of Bulqiza the fair share of those people who work and live on a rich land, blessed with chromium, but spend their lives in poverty.

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“Twenty thousand farmers commit suicide in India every year” – Interview with Madhuresh Kumar

“The moment the more corporations are coming and the market players are coming, the prices will go further down. So as a result, when the input cost is very high, the farmers will not have the desired output. So I think the whole contention is around the fact that the laws are to benefit the corporate houses and the commercialization of agriculture. That’s the one, the second is that the minimum support prices structure and the government subsidies for the farmers, that will end, slowly the government will withdraw from it.”

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Unprecedented Victory for the Left in Kosova: The Movement for Self-determination (LVV) Wins by a Landslide

LVV wants to end the endless dialogue (that is neither helpful for Kosova or Serbia). The technical dialogue is in the way of any principled dialogue based on shared premises. On the other hand, throughout the campaign, LVV has shown that its priority remains the dialogue with the Kosovo Serbs and other national minorities on social and economic issues. There is no doubt that only through a will for collective political change can the difficult journey for a radical transformation of the economic and political structures of the country begin.

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For Boğaziçi and Freedom: a report from Turkey’s new student opposition

This year the Turkish government’s campaign to stamp out dissent has broken new ground, but a new spirit of resistance is there to meet it, particularly at one of the country’s landmark public universities. In what follows, two participants in the oppositional student movement at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul tell us about their struggle against […]

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Left perspectives on the protests in Russia and Navalny

Note from LeftEast editors: We publish a range of commentaries on the recent protests in Russia and Navalny. They include views from within but also from outside of Russia. Further comments are encouraged and will be considered for publication as part of the ongoing WeAsked series on this topic. Liza Smirnova Georgiy Komarov Katya Kazbek […]

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Left perspectives on the protests in Russia and Navalny – Sergey Solovyov

Sergey Solovyov is editor of the journal Scepsis. The protests that took place in Russia were primarily the result of exhaustion of a certain part of society: from stagnation, social problems, and the bureaucracy-bourgeoisie reign. This exhaustion is enhanced due to the COVID-19 pandemic consequences. The protests are pro-liberal and personalist (leadermaniac) by nature. After […]