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The triumph of Syriza and the challenge to social democracy and austerity

by JBB last modified Jan 26, 2015 07:15 PM
Michael Laxer | The victory of Syriza, while being clearly a victory within the specific Greek context, still stands as a challenge to the bankrupt narrative of social democratic acceptance of austerity.

The link address is: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/michael-laxer/2015/01/triumph-syriza-and-challenge-to-social-democracy-and-austerity

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Now in Power, SYRIZA Faces Herculean Task

by JBB last modified Jan 26, 2015 06:59 PM
Dimitri Lascaris says breaking up the troika and the power of oligarchs that control Greece is not going to be an easy task

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13059

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Historic Victory for SYRIZA Greece

by JBB last modified Jan 26, 2015 06:58 PM
Leo Panitch says it is the first left party to come to power since the 2007-2008 crisis of neoliberalism

The link address is: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13058

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On the Doorstep of Power

by JBB last modified Jan 25, 2015 08:39 PM
A Syriza election win today will be a victory against both austerity and the European right. | by Leo Panitch | Jacobin

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/panitch-syriza-election-austerity-greece/

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Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois sees conviction overturned | Montreal Gazette

by R. Dubois last modified Jan 24, 2015 12:07 PM
"The Quebec Court of Appeal has reportedly overturned a contempt-of-court conviction for former student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois."

The link address is: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/gabriel-nadeau-dubois-sees-conviction-overturned

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Mexico looks the other way as contractors fleece oil giant Pemex | Reuters

by Graham H. Cox last modified Jan 23, 2015 09:25 AM
-- The deregulation of the Mexican oil market will only make this worse: "Reuters identified more than 100 Pemex contracts signed between 2003 and 2012, worth $11.7 billion, that were cited as having serious problems by the Federal Audit Office of the lower house of the Mexican Congress. The allegations ranged from overcharging for shoddy work to outright fraud. The deals were worth about 8 percent of the $149 billion in Pemex contracts registered in Mexico’s federal contracting database in that period. "

The link address is: www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/pemex-contracts/

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Understanding the Greek Communists | Jacobin

by R. Dubois last modified Jan 22, 2015 06:33 AM
"The prospect of a Syriza victory in Sunday’s Greek election is big news, and the international left has taken notice. The attention is welcomed, but Alexis Tsipras’ electoral prowess has obscured what the real political landscape in the country is like."

The link address is: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/understanding-the-greek-communists/

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President Correa: Economic War in Venezuela Echoes Chile Coup | teleSUR

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jan 20, 2015 01:50 PM
"Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has compared the current economic war against the Venezuelan government to what happened in Chile in the early 1970s, which led to the toppling of socialist President Salvador Allende."

The link address is: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/President-Correa-Economic-War-in-Venezuela-Echoes-Chile-Coup-20150120-0010.html

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Venezuela Poor Keep Faith in Maduro’s Subsidies as Oil Plunges | Bloomberg

by Faiz Ahmed last modified Jan 19, 2015 06:56 PM
"As oil prices collapse, scarcities reach new heights and the bottom falls out of Venezuela’s already troubled economy, a line of anxious shoppers is Venezuela’s new common sight. Yet frustration hasn’t boiled over. ... In the working-class neighborhood of Catia in western Caracas, many residents blame speculators, hoarders and capitalists -- not Maduro -- for the worsening shortages."

The link address is: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-19/venezuela-poor-keep-faith-in-maduro-s-subsidies-as-oil-plunges.html

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