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Left on the Move Newsletter #2

In this biweekly edition of the Newsletter of Left on the Move, our editorial secretary highlights the debate around Donald Trump’s xenophobic and racist policies and the replication of ultranationalist governments amid geopolitical chaos. In his editorial, Pedro Fuentes elaborates on this theme, seeking to update previous documents on the growing social polarization in this new global order.

Another issue in this newsletter is the surprising victory of the socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the primaries of the Democratic Party in New York, defeating a veteran politician of the liberal establishment. Ben Becket explains how this was possible. Still in the US, Ella Mahony interviews Massachussets union leader Barbara Madeloni about teacher insurgency.

In Central America, Dan La Botz analyzes the popular rebellion in Nicaragua. We also published an international manifesto for freedom and democracy in Nicaragua.

In South America, we share (in Spanish) the electoral balance of Lucas Guerrero on the second round in Colombia. Thiago Aguiar and Israel Dutra mark the 100 days of the murder of Marielle Franco, a crime still unanswered.

From Europe, our correspondent Thaís Bueno describes the struggle of the railroad against Macron. We also share the instigating analysis of the Portuguese activist Catarina Príncipe of the lessons to be drawn from the government of Geringonça. From Turkey, we reverted to the results of the elections that reinforced the Erdogan sultanate, while again pushing the HDP to a plateau above the proscription clause, even with a large number of its arrested leaders.

We wish an excellent internationalist reading to our readers!

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PS: This week, we will send our readers a supplement with special coverage on the presidential elections in Mexico that may choose Lopez Obrador as the new president of the country with a program on the left and anti-regime.


Migratory crisis and Trump

Where is the world going with Trump and his racist and xenophobic ultra-nationalism? | Pedro Fuentes

We wrote in a previous article that the narcissist, demagogue and erratic president of USA is the expression of the decadence of US hegemony in a more chaotic world. This is Trump, but it would be a mistake to despise that there is also in this character who commands the (still) greater power of the world, an ultra-rightist politics that rests on an imperialist nationalism (nothing to do with the nationalisms of the backward countries), of white supremacism, and persecution of immigrants. It has polarizedAmerican society by relying on the racist and anti-immigrant sentiments of the politically backward sectors of workers who have lost their jobs with globalization (relocation of factories) and the more backward and right-wing middle sectors). His slogan “America in the first place” deserves several readings.

No human being is illegal! We must stop Trump’s monstruous policy! | PSOL’s Secretariat of International Relations

The immigration issue is currently central. It is the spearhead of the reactionary and conservative all over the world. This week, for example, the Italian Minister of Interior, Matteo Salvini (no coincidence, a Trump admirer) suggested the census and expulsion of the Romani living in the country, scandalizing the European public opinion. Across the Atlantic, Trump turns that discourse into practice, harassing immigrants and refugees, just as he does with women, children, black people and the whole of his country’s working class.

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Socialist wins congressional election in New York City | Ben Beckett

New York City congressional district representing working class neighborhoods in Queens and the Bronx has elected Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, a member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), in the Democratic Party primary. She defeated incumbent Congressman Joseph Crowley, a centrist with extensive ties to Wall Street and the national Clinton machine.

Interview with Barbara Madeloni

I Believe We’re On The Cusp of A Labor Upsurge | Ella Mahony

If you’re committed to democratic unionism, you really have to be committed to that come hell or high water. When you take office and you have the opportunity to set agendas and chair meetings, the invitation is there to give yourself an excuse for things not being particularly democratic. Like, “I’m in charge, I got the best ideas.” It’s absolutely essential to, when making difficult decisions, especially when you’re under attack, to have as a grounding and a deep foundation that “this is about democracy.” I mean, we had a board that said “We’re a democratically elected board” — but until the transformation started by my election probably 80 percent of them ran uncontested. You still have to commit to “All right, that’s the board and that’s where we are.” Then let’s go out and deepen the democracy by having people run for seats.

Popular Rebellion in Nicaragua

Support the Popular Rebellion In Nicaragua – Oppose U.S. Intervention | Dan La Botz

At this moment, the government of President Daniel Ortega and his party, the Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN or Sandinistas), face a popular rebellion from below on a national scale. We look here at the origins of this rebellion, at the alternatives facing it, and at the responsibilities of those of us in the United States toward the people of Nicaragua.

For a Free and Democratic Nicaragua | International Manifesto 

In view of all of the above, the undersigned ask Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo to stop the repression against the people of Nicaragua. We ask that they leave power immediately. And we ask that the International Court of Justice open a case against them for crimes against humanity. As Gioconda Belli and Sergio Ramírez have written, the Nicaraguan people deserve democracy and justice for all.

Political Crisis in Brazil

One Hundred Days Without Marielle | Thiago Aguiar and Israel Dutra

It is time to join in the demonstration that will take place throughout the country in memory of Marielle and Anderson, demanding justice and honoring their legacy. We insist: who killed and who had Marielle killed?

Turkish Elections

Turkey Election: Erdogan wins, the opposition crashes – but don’t write off the HDP | David Barchard

The HDP, with 11.5 percent of the vote and 68 MPs, will remain a visible force in Turkish national politics, even though the onslaughts from the authorities and the imprisonment of its leaders will almost certainly continue. One concern for its rivals will be how to stop the party – which defends liberal leftist views and claims to represent Turks as well as Kurds – from eating into the support enjoyed by the CHP with its record of repeated ineffectiveness. Meanwhile Turkey’s neighbours and the wider world must wait to see what Erdogan will do with the enormous increase in his political strength that these elections have now given him.

I Am Running for President in Turkey. From My Prison Cell. | Selahattin Demirtas

Turkey now understands that the collective punishment of the Kurds on the southeastern periphery affects freedoms and democratic culture across the country. What was limited to the Kurds has become the norm for Mr. Erdogan’s opponents elsewhere too. The only hope for a liberal, democratic future lies in our coming together to defeat the authoritarian regime.

France

At full steam: the struggle of railroad workers in France | Thais Bueno

In the current strike, the stoppages have occurred in the ratio of two to five days. At first, there were doubts if a strike that was not continuous would be able to withstand a fall of arm with Emmanuel Macron, however, the paralysis in some days generates chaos during the rest of the week in the railway system, allowing the strike became one of the longest in the history of the category and accumulating a loss of billions for the government; In addition, the railway workers have managed to guarantee the almost complete replacement of the strikers’ salaries (more than 50% of the category) by means of campaigns and activities that extrapolate the limits of the category itself, having until now a partial victory in the category. Macron’s retreat in terms of closing smaller train lines and having the possibility of doubling a government that until then seemed untouchable.

Portugal

The Portuguese Myth | Catarina Principe

This demands a radical rethinking of our priorities. The radical left has to work from below, to reinvent its democracy, to grow from the grassroots, and to rebuild the popular movement. It must help self-organized collectives flourish, work toward the revival of the labor movement, and build a social and political front that fights austerity-lite as well as its harder variants. The present moment is no aberration. But if we settle for the existing horizons of possibility, rather than create the conditions for the change we need, and want, then our situation will become even more difficult.

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