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Maidan: Democratic Movement or Nationalist Mobilization?

Introduction It is conventional wisdom in the West to describe the ‘Maidan’ that brought to power the current regime in Kiev as an anti-authoritarian mass movement guided by democratic ‘European’ values [1]. While not denying the presence of such themes in the Maidan, I wish to argue that the Maidan was and is primarily a […]

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Struggles in and over Public Space: Hungarian Heritage as a Homeless Free Zone

Source: CritCom, Council of European Studies, Columbia University In November 2013, members of the organization The City Is for All (A Város Mindenkié, henceforth AVM) were forcibly removed from the Budapest General Assembly, after forming a singing, poem-reciting human chain in protest of the extension of criminalization of homeless people ‘to a major part of […]

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A response to Dragan Plavšić

I want to begin by thanking LeftEast for publishing Dragan Plavšić’s article “Did Somebody Say Ethnic Partition? A Critique of Žižek on Kosovo and the Balkans” (see parts [1], [2], [3], [4]) on the book that I co-authored with Slavoj Žižek. From Myth to Symptom: the case of Kosovo was published over a year and […]

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Did Somebody Say Ethnic Partition? A Critique of Žižek on Kosovo and the Balkans (Part 2)

Notes from the LeftEast editors: This is the second out of four parts of the article of Dragan Plavšić, which offers a critique of the recent book of Slavoy Zizek and Agon Hamza ” “From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo”. The first part of the article can be read here, the third one here, and […]

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Conference: Crises and Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe

Warsaw, 22-23 November, 2014   Speakers Olga Bryukhovetska (Ukraine) Ilya Budraitskis (Russia) Catherine Samary (France) Lubos Blaha (Slovakia) Mariya Ivancheva (Bulgaria) Sonja Lokar (Slovenia)   plus workshops   The conference will bring left-wing academics and activists together to discuss the current economic and political climate in the region, look at how progressive social and political […]

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Ukrainian elections results

Source: Transform-Network.Net Exit-polls and preliminary results showed a decisive victory for Petro Poroshenko at the presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25. One of the richest man in the country (7th rank according to Ukrainian Forbes list) with liberal economic program is taking 54% according to over 64% counted protocols from electoral precincts. Yulia Tymoshenko […]

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Romania’s Fragile New Left. An interview with Costi Rogozanu.

by John Feffer, original interview with Costi Rogozanu from the collective of CriticAtac to be read on Feffer’s blog. Romania is perhaps the last place to expect an independent Left to take root. Unlike in Poland or Hungary or Yugoslavia, a critical socialist movement didn’t emerge in response to the orthodox Communists in power. And […]

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Rather the Useful Idiot

by Gavin Rae Note from the LeftEast editors: this article was officially published on the author’s blog Beyond the Transition. The images from Odessa were truly horrific. Burnt corpses, a strangled pregnant woman, people jumping out of windows to their deaths. Yet perhaps the most disturbing of them all was the scene where a group […]

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After Odessa, “remaining human” is a political programme.

A comment, published in Russian on the Open Left web site in Russia. Translated into English and published by PeopleAndNature. In the two days that have passed since the tragic events in Odessa, we have heard dozens of versions of what happened. And all of these versions have been, one way or another, linked to the […]

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Estonia: Not the neoliberal stronghold you’ve been sold

Estonia is not exactly the ideal place for anti-austerity movements these days. Its electorate overwhelmingly voted its center-right government back into power in 2011, right after three years of deep cuts, unemployment soaring from 4% to 16% and the sharpest drop in GDP in the entire European Union. To add insult to injury, the most […]