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Mobilisation in Russia: a perspective from the Left

On September 21, Putin announced “partial” mobilisation. What does it mean? Who are the most vulnerable to mobilisation? How does it affect civic infrastructures and women’s status? We asked a group of left activists, journalists, and sociologists from Russia, who have been running the anti-war media “Nevoina” (“Notowar”) since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.   […]

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Singer-Songwriters: the Artists of the Democratic Socialisms of the 1960s

In the 1960s (not the decade but the historical moment), new figures were simultaneously sighted in different parts of the world. Whether bardy in the Soviet Union, Liedermacher in East and West Germany, cantautori in Latin America or Italy, autor-compositeur-interprete in France, folk singers or singer-songwriters in North America, they brought together a new type […]

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What Liberalism Did to Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a product of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, born under the auspices of self-determination and a capitalist economy, in line with post-cold war’s end-of-history expectations. Among neighboring Central Asian countries, Kyrgyzstan is the only democracy in the region. Now, 31 years later, we see in this small and mountainous region the elementary […]

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“Art Work: Invisible Labour and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism”

In her book -— Art Work: Invisible Labour and the Legacy of Yugoslav Socialism (University of Toronto, 2021), Katja Praznik counters the Western understanding of art – as a passion for self-expression and an activity done out of love, without any concern for its financial aspects – and instead builds a case for understanding art […]

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Getting to know oneself: enforced heteronormativity in the Kazakhstani educational system

From Foucault’s “docile bodies” to Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick” in the Wall, education has long been recognized as an inherently political institution that is intrinsically tied to the project of identity building. Schooling systems are not neutral and inclusion of any school subject in their curriculum can be used to diagnose social development. One of […]

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“Women and children are left to wait in line as men are sent to walk to get across the border as quickly as possible.” An eye-witness report from the Russian-Georgian border.

LeftEast: What is your situation? How do you feel? Anna: I have been living in Tbilisi for several years, but had to return to Russia for family reasons. Of course, I was anxious and scared about what would happen next, whether I would be able to return to Tbilisi and what the situation would be […]

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“The minimum task is to restore, without losses, all the civil, political, and social rights that we had before the war. ” Interview with Serhii Guz

Interview with Serhii Guz, journalist and trade union activist from Ukraine LeftEast: Could you introduce yourself? My name is Serhiy Guz, I am 52 years old, and I have been working as a journalist and editor for 27 years. I am actively involved in public life. I was one of the founders and heads of […]

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After tomorrow’s election: a contribution to the Brazilian debate

Brazilian politics have been polarized between Lula and Bolsonaro. The urgency to defeat the later has been evoked to close off critical thinking. However, Bolsonaro embodies social forces that will not go away with an electoral defeat while an eventual Lula comeback only in part responds to popular aspirations. In order to avoid illusions and […]

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The Life Uprising in Iran, Imperialism, and International Solidarity

During her visit to Tehran with her family on September 13, Zhina (Mahsa) Amini, a 22-year-old from Kurdistan province, was arrested at the central metro station by the infamous “morality police” for ‘bad hijab’(wearing her headscarf slightly looser around her neck and head.) In a statement issued two days after her arrest, Tehran police said she suffered […]

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The Italian Elections. A Defeat for the Left, a Chance for the Future

One cannot understand the recent Italian elections without a minimal background on the recent Italian past. Though certainly we cannot be happy about Giorgia Meloni’s victory, she does not represent the “Fascistic” deviation some simplifying liberal media would have us believe. She is the leader of a political party which, though it has a convoluted […]