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Like an Oasis in a Desert: The Importance of Replika Open University in Hungary

Note from the LeftEast editors: In an effort to circulate information about local events and initiatives, we invite the submission of other reports such as this one in the future. Critical, self-reflective, interactive, communal, free, and open – these were the promises of Replika Open University, the series of online sociological presentations and discussions between […]

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“We have to stick together”

Note from LeftEast editors: We share a brief article about a strike at the automotive supplier plant in Beluša, Slovakia. The article was originally published on the Karmina.red blog on September 13, 2021, in Slovak and English. This brief article also contains the links where you can dowload the informative pamphlet outlining the background story of the […]

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Art and Politics in Cuba Today: Amilcar Navarro and Mary Taylor in conversation

Mary Taylor: Envisioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara as an important revolutionary institution, The National School of the Arts (la ENA, Escuelas Nationales De Arte- also known as “the City of Arts”) was founded in March 1962 in the Cubanacan neighborhood of Havana. The campus, with five buildings set on the grounds of what was once […]

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Conspiracy Theories, the Staple Diet of European Populism

Many thanks to our colleagues at Voxeurop for inviting us to republish this interview with Andreas Önnerfors, Professor in Intellectual History in Salzburg, Austria. He specializes in far-right ideology in Europe, radicalisation, and conspiracy theories. His latest book, coedited with André Krouwel, is Europe: continent of conspiracies, an overview of conspiracy theory with contributions by […]

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Misha Lobanov: a democratic socialist running for Russian parliament

In this fantastic interview conducted by Dmitry Sidorov for OpenDemocracy and generously shared by them with LeftEast, Mikhail Lobanov explains how United Russia can be beaten. Thirty years after the collapse of the totalitarian Soviet Union, Russian society is just beginning to get rid of its allergies to left-wing rhetoric and politics. For a new […]

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In Search of Afghanistan: An Interview with Ali Abdi

To offer our readers an inside look at contemporary Afghanistan, we have conducted an interview with Ali Abdi, a researcher who has been living there since 2015 and working with a queer community in Kabul. The Taliban’s speedy takeover of Kabul last week surprised many political observers. Yet, this is exactly what many in Afghanistan […]

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A Vicious Scenario: Stupid, but Possible in Iran

When reality surpasses speculation “One day you wake up and find out that the mullahs are gone”: on social media and in public spaces, this sentence is a common joke and a dream at the same time. But what if one day the mullahs wake up and find out that the people are gone? A […]

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Always by the Side of Elton Debreshi and the Albanian Mine Workers

Regular LeftEast readers will probably remember the United Miners of Bulqiza Trade Union (SMBB), who for the last couple of years have been the most militant and sustained labor movement in Eastern Europe. Earlier this year, the Albanian left united around the miners’ leader’s, Elton Debreshi’s, candidacy for parliament. Earlier this week, there was an […]

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Ukraine: 30 Years in Pursuit of Equality

As the Ukrainian government gears up to celebrate 30 years of independence, the reality is that, for many, independence has not brought the prosperity they were promised. LeftEast would like to thank OpenDemocracy, where the article was originally published. Tomorrow, Ukraine will celebrate 30 years of independence with pomp. The government has prepared lavish celebrations, […]

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Solidarity with Afghan People Begins with not Legitimizing the Taliban

Given this horrible situation,  what can independent socialists, feminists and anti-war activists do? Frieda Afari’s article was originally published in Iranian Progressives. August 21, 2021 My heart goes out to the Afghan people and especially Afghan women who are being subjected to the nationwide rule of the Taliban after 20 years of U.S. imperialist occupation […]