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Left on The Move – Newsletter # 4 highlights analyzes of the growth of democratic socialists in preparation for the midterm elections in the United States. Jacobin Magazine‘s Meagan Day interviews Julia Salazar, a Socialist candidate for the Senate from the New York State. In addition, we share a text by Meagan Day explaining what democratic socialism is advocated by the DSA. Finally, Jacobin Magazine‘s Daniel Denvir of interviews Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York political phenomenon that overcame the Democratic establishment and is likely to be in the next legislature of the House of Representatives.

Other issues we have added to this Newsletter: the political crisis in Nicaragua from the perspective of the analyst Oscar Rene Vargas; the bankruptcy of the Brazilian states; the declaration of the Executive Committee of the Fourth International on the criminal immigration policy of the European Union; the general elections in Pakistan, in which a Marxist was elected parliamentary for the first time; a report from The Intercept release of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi.

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Growth of Socialists in the USA

Julia Salazar: “It Really Comes Down to Empowering the Working Class” | Interview by Meagan Day 

This September, New York voters will have a chance to nominate another member of Democratic Socialists of America for political office. In Brooklyn, twenty-seven-year-old Julia Salazar is running for New York State Senate on a platform of single-payer health care, housing as a human right, protecting public schools from privatization, expanding collective bargaining rights, and ending mass incarceration and deportations. Jacobin’s Meagan Day sat down with Salazar to talk about the failures of the Democratic Party establishment, the difference between socialists and progressives, and how democratic socialist candidates can stay accountable to the working class once they win office.

Democratic Socialism, explained by a democratic socialist | Meagan Day

I’m a staff writer at the socialist magazine Jacobin and a member of DSA, and here’s the truth: In the long run, democratic socialists want to end capitalism. And we want to do that by pursuing a reform agenda today in an effort to revive a politics focused on class hierarchy and inequality in the United States. The eventual goal is to transform the world to promote everyone’s needs rather than to produce massive profits for a small handful of citizens.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, In Her Own Words | Interview by Daniel Denvir

In a primary victory in New York’s fourteenth district that nearly no one saw coming, Ocasio-Cortez defeated ten-term incumbent and Democratic Party power player Joe Crowley. A twenty-eight-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) who was working as a bartender last year unseated a potential Democratic House speaker. Daniel Denvir spoke with Ocasio-Cortez this week for his Jacobin Radio podcast The Dig, covering the nuts and bolts of her campaign, why centrist Democrats throughout the country are vulnerable to left-wing challengers, the necessity of candidates putting forward a bold political vision, voter disenfranchisement, the political status of Puerto Rico, and much more.

Rebellion in Nicaragua

Oscar Rene Vargas: “Upping the Ante for Ortega in the Civic Struggle” | Interview by El Confidencial

“President Ortega isn’t going to just resign like that; he’s going to do it under heat. And when I say under heat, it means that the social movement is so strong that he must be made to step back. That is, if one roadblock is removed, another should be put back. Jinotega is the clearest example. The roadblocks are a problem for him because they put in evidence the mobilizing capacity of the people, and that’s his weak spot,” explained Vargas in an interview on the television program Esta Noche.

Economic crisis in Brazil

The Crisis of The States and the Need for a Political Alternative | Thiago Aguiar and Israel Dutra 

In this editorial, we continue with the debate on the electoral profile and program of the left-wing candidacies, with emphasis on the serious crisis in the states. With just over two months to go before the election, the lack of representativeness is one of the few national consensuses. The government cannot see its popularity rise and economic indicators are not helping. There was a setback in growth and household consumption, as well as stagnation in tax collection. The International Monetary Fund revised Brazil’s growth forecast downwards, falling from 2.3% to a tiny 1.8%. The Getulio Vargas Foundation, in a recent study, predicts that only in 2020 can the recession be overcome with the national economy recovering the level of GDP in 2014.

Immigration policy of the European Union

Stop Inhumane Policies Against Migrants | Fourth International

• We demand the right to migrate: freedom of movement and settlement. As internationalists we believe it is a fundamental right of every person to be able to live with dignity and enjoy all the political and social rights of the country where they reside. At the same time, migration must be a freely chosen option. However, millions of people are forced to migrate to escape misery, poverty, war, environmental disasters, the lack of prospects and so on. They should all have full rights, including, but not limited to, the right to asylum for those fleeing war and persecution. We reject the division between so-called “economic” migrants and refugees.

General Elections in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Most Rigged General Elections | Farooq Tariq 

The new government is in the making. It is quite obvious that Imran Khan will become the new prime minister. This new government will be a weak one and would have to face a severe economic crisis. The designated finance minister of PTI has already hinted to turn to IMF for a new loan. One of the main issues that PTI campaigned on was the massive foreign loans obtained during PMLN five years from China. Now they have no shame to say even before taking over power that they have to turn to IMF. The government would try to improve the tax base in the initial period and that would bring them into contradiction with strong traders lobby who have no habit of paying taxes. Imran Khan hinted to have friendly relationship with India. This would not be done. With an open support of the army generals, it is out of question that there will be improved relationship between Pakistan and India.

A Marxist in The Parliament Dominated by Feudal and Capitalists | Farooq Tariq

Ali Wazeer, a central committee member of The Struggle group, has won a seat in the national parliament with 23530 votes and his closest rival from religious alliance MMA got 7515. Thus winning the seat with a majority of 16015. Ali Wazeer was one the main leader of Pashtun Tahafaz Movement and during this year, mass meetings were organised in major cities to raise voices for the fair compensation to the victims of the war on terror” and to demand the release of all “missing” persons or to bring them to the courts if they are guilty. Two other leader of this PTM also contested for the national parliament and one of them Muhsin Dawer also won the seat after a close competition. Mohsin Javed Dawer got 16526 votes while Aurangzeb of Imran Khan PTI got 10422. However the MMA candidate Mufti Misbahudin MMA got a close 15363.

Israeli Oppression in Palestine

How Ahed Tamimi Became Symbol of Palestine Resistance to Israeli Oppression| Alice Speri of The Intercept

In 2009, the residents of Nabi Saleh joined other villages similarly situated near expanding settlements and launched a nonviolent, popular resistance movement to protest the occupation and settlement expansion. Every Friday for nearly a decade, village residents, sometimes accompanied by foreign and Israeli activists, would march toward Halamish waving Palestinian flags, trying to reach a water spring that had once belonged to the village and was now annexed to the settlement. Every Friday, they were detained or turned back by soldiers, who fired tear gas and sometimes live ammunition at them.



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