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The people against Rio Tinto: three ecopopulist lessons for the Balkan Left

Note from LeftEast editors: We are pleased to publish the second part of Ivan Rajković’s two-part series on anti-lithium mining protests that have erupted in Serbia over the last several months, and the broader environmental movement around it. See the previous entry here. With Rio Tinto’s extraction of lithium in Serbia, the European Union was […]

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Foreign workers in Zrenjanin forced to live in extremely poor accomodation

We repost Marko Miletić’s article published by Mašina. In Serbia, near Zrenjanin, local journalists recently found out that about 500 workers from Vietnam were hired to build the Linglong tire factory in that town. These migrant workers were housed in barracks, under inhuman circumstances, lacking heating, warm clothes, and potable water. Suspecting that these construction workers […]

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International Call for Solidarity: Boğaziçi University Academics Begin the 2021 Fall Term Under Assault

Note from LeftEast editors: We share the international call for solidarity with the academics of Boğaziçi University, originally published by Jadaliyya Reports. Boğaziçi University is under greater threat than ever before as the new term begins. It has been 10 months since the Turkish President appointed a rector to Boğaziçi University by a midnight decree […]

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Increased Risk of Eviction in Pata Rât of Cluj, Romania – Solidarity Call

89 organizations, collectives and groups, as well as 257 individuals from Romania and other countries demand to stop the eviction process of several Roma families from the modular houses built by Cluj-Napoca City Hall near the landfills in Pata Rât in 2010. Today, 6th of July 2021, we sent our Appeal together with the signatures […]

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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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LeftEast Statement in Solidarity with the Palestinian Struggle

We unequivocally condemn the recent escalation of the Israeli state’s persisting settler-colonial violence against Palestinians, which has most recently manifested itself in the forced expulsions of families from the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the attacks on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan, the brutal aerial bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip, […]

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Elton Debreshi: the way to Parliament passes through trade union organizing

The candidacy of Elton Debreshi – a mineworker from a peripheral town north of the country – in the upcoming general elections in Albania could be genuinely considered as an unwarranted intrusion into politics as usual. Thirty years after the collapse of the old regime, the political scenery has crystalized into the systemic rule of […]

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Strike as a Method?

Note from LeftEast editors. This is a reprint of an article that appeared on 13 Apr 2021 at Transnational Social Strike Platform. Bulgarian translation is also available We publish the report of the online meeting with trade unionists and activists organized by LevFem (Bulgaria) to discuss the possibility of solidarity and strike action in Bulgaria […]

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Call for Solidarity with DOXA

In the early morning of April 14th, 2021, the four editors of the journal DOXA were arrested by Russian authorities. Armen Aramyan, Natasha Tyshkevich, Volodya Metelkin and Alla Gutnikova appeared in court later that day. The purpose of the charges were made clear by the judge – to silence critics – who ordered the editors […]

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Public Health in Collapse: Healthcare Workers Report on Fragile Healthcare Systems

During the past year, healthcare workers all around the world have shouldered an incredible burden. Although both people and policy makers have applauded their contribution to the COVID-19 response, little has been done in practice to actually protect and support workers on the frontline. It is difficult to disregard the fact that thousands of nurses, […]