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by Editors — last modified Jul 29, 2015 01:12 PM
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Europe's Moment of Truth

by JBB last modified Aug 03, 2015 02:21 PM
by Prabhat Patnaik | MR Zine | Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras' acceptance of an "austerity package" on July 13, which contained measures rejected by the Greek people in a referendum barely a week before, represents not just an abject surrender by the Syriza government, or a sign of contempt on the part of German finance capital for the Greek electorate; it marks a decisive turning point for Europe (and indeed for the rest of the world), and the end of the road for a whole way of thinking on the Left, especially the European Left.

The link address is: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2015/patnaik020815.html

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Social Democracy or Revolutionary Democracy: Syriza and Us

by JBB last modified Aug 03, 2015 02:18 PM
by Michael A. Lebowitz | Socialist Project | All eyes on the Left are upon Greece. Not because of a general interest in the contradictions of capitalism in the midst of this particular crisis but because of Syriza. Unfortunately, what we are observing is not unique to Syriza. The story has been told before, and the story inevitably will occur again if we do not learn from it. Rather than debating the arguments of individuals (many of them good comrades) who may hold different views, I think it is essential to try to understand how this happened and why.

The link address is: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/1149.php

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Jeb Bush grabs cash from Iran and Cuba émigrés while opposing Obama policies | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 31, 2015 04:46 PM
If there doubt that pre-revolutionary Cuba and Iran weren't client states of the U.S., here's some evidence to the contrary.

The link address is: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/31/jeb-bush-financing-iran-cuba

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Palestinian toddler killed in West Bank; Jewish arsonists suspected | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 31, 2015 10:30 AM
"It was the worst attack by Israeli assailants since a Palestinian teenager was burned to death in Jerusalem a year ago. ... Israeli settlements are considered illegal under international law."

The link address is: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/31/us-israel-palestinians-idUSKCN0Q50AG20150731

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Europe faces second revolt as Portugal's ascendant Socialists spurn austerity

by JBB last modified Jul 30, 2015 08:02 PM
Germany is worried that any concession to Greece will set off political contagion and cause fiscal discipline to collapse across southern Europe | by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | The Telegraph

The link address is: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11616002/Europe-faces-second-revolt-as-Portugals-ascendant-Socialists-spurn-austerity.html

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The Making of Leopoldo López

by JBB last modified Jul 30, 2015 08:00 PM
by Roberto Lovato | FP | A closer look at the democratic bona fides of the rock star of Venezuela’s opposition.

The link address is: http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/27/the-making-of-leopoldo-lopez-democratic-venezuela-opposition/

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Anatomy of a Collapse

by JBB last modified Jul 30, 2015 07:53 PM
Kevin Lin | Jacobin | The Chinese state’s intervention after the stock market crash was immensely political — as was the collapse itself.

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/07/china-market-collapse-communist-party/

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The defeat of Europe

by JBB last modified Jul 29, 2015 08:55 PM
by Yanis Varoufakis | The Eurogroup — which has no legal standing — is anti-democratic, disdainful of the European Commission, which it now commands, and internally fractured. This is what it did to Greece.

The link address is: http://mondediplo.com/2015/08/02varoufakis

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Why Greece Doesn't Matter

by JBB last modified Jul 29, 2015 08:46 PM
by Athanasios Lazarou | MR Zine | We have to stop talking about Greece. What must emerge from the calamity of SYRIZA-ANEL is a renewed call for democracy.

The link address is: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2015/lazarou290715.html

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Unison endorses Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leadership | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jul 29, 2015 01:10 PM
"The endorsement by Unison will help to cement Corbyn’s position as the current – and surprise – frontrunner in the leadership contest. ... The main trade unions have been signing up supporters ahead of the leadership election." Full story here.

Also see: Jeremy Corbyn’s rivals think he’s a dinosaur – they couldn’t be more wrong | The Telegraph

"Mr Corbyn is in fact a figure of sparkling modernity and thus more dangerous than his adversaries can yet imagine. ... Mr Corbyn’s old-fashioned views, on issues such as renationalisation, have a voguish ring, while his lifestyle choices of cycling and not drinking strike a chord with a frugal generation. Attuned to the politics of identity, he senses voters’ yearnings and the beat of his party’s Eurosceptic heart."

And, most interestingly: Labour carries out ‘due diligence’ in leadership race | The Financial Times

"The equivalent of 48 full-time Labour party officials are screening thousands of phone calls made to potential “affiliate” members by trade unions in an attempt to confirm they are genuine supporters. ... There is particular concern that many of the new members may come from the hard left, the Greens or other groups who intend to back Mr Corbyn, the leftwing candidate. More than 65,000 new full members have joined Labour since the general election, while trade unions have signed up a further 28,500 union members as “affiliates” eligible to vote in the contest, often by using phone banks."
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