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The Rise of Egypt’s Workers

Workers have long sought to bring change to the Egyptian system, yet the independent labor movement has only recently begun to find a nationwide voice. As Egypt’s sole legal trade union organization and an arm of the state for nearly sixty years, the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) has had a monopoly on representing workers. Though its mission is to control workers as much as it is to represent them, ETUF has been unable to prevent the militant labor dissidence that has escalated since the late 1990s. Workers were by far the largest component of the burgeoning culture of protest in the 2000s that undermined the legitimacy of the Mubarak regime.

Eric Hobsbawm obituary

If Eric Hobsbawm had died 25 years ago, the obituaries would have described him as Britain's most distinguished Marxist historian and would have left it more or less there. Yet by the time of his death at the age of 95, Hobsbawm had a achieved a unique position in the country's intellectual life. In his later years Hobsbawm became arguably Britain's most respected historian of any kind, recognised if not endorsed on the right as well as the left, and one of a tiny handful of historians of any era to enjoy genuine national and world renown

Pakistan: Towards a new left

From the perspective of the Left, the most pressing task is to imagine a politics that is not confined within the repressive frameworks of our contemporary political scene.

Global stagnation and China

Five years after the Great Financial Crisis of 2007–09 began there is still no sign of a full recovery of the world economy. Consequently, concern has increasingly shifted from financial crisis and recession to slow growth or stagnation, causing some to dub the current era the Great Stagnation

The crisis wears on

The world enters 2012 still in the grip of an economic crisis that, by increasingly common consent, is without precedent since the 1930s. Its basic contours haven’t changed since we delineated them in our last issue. On the one hand, the banks and consumers in the bulk of the two main zones of advanced capitalism (the United States and the European Union) are still loaded down with the debt accumulated during the credit boom of the mid-2000s and (in the case of the banks) with many of the losses they suffered when that boom collapsed in 2007-8.

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The Rise of Egypt’s Workers
Joel Beinin
Workers have long sought to bring change to the Egyptian system, yet the independent labor movement has only recently begun to find a nationwide voice. As Egypt’s sole legal trade union organization and an arm of the state for nearly sixty years, the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) has had a monopoly on representing workers. Though its mission is to control workers as much as it is to represent them, ETUF has been unable to prevent the militant labor dissidence that has escalated since the late 1990s. Workers were by far the largest component of the burgeoning culture of protest in the 2000s that undermined the legitimacy of the Mubarak regime.
 
Eric Hobsbawm obituary
Martin Kettle and Dorothy Wedderburn- guardian
If Eric Hobsbawm had died 25 years ago, the obituaries would have described him as Britain's most distinguished Marxist historian and would have left it more or less there. Yet by the time of his death at the age of 95, Hobsbawm had a achieved a unique position in the country's intellectual life. In his later years Hobsbawm became arguably Britain's most respected historian of any kind, recognised if not endorsed on the right as well as the left, and one of a tiny handful of historians of any era to enjoy genuine national and world renown
 
Pakistan: Towards a new left
ALI JAN Ammar
From the perspective of the Left, the most pressing task is to imagine a politics that is not confined within the repressive frameworks of our contemporary political scene.
 
Global stagnation and China
John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney
Five years after the Great Financial Crisis of 2007–09 began there is still no sign of a full recovery of the world economy. Consequently, concern has increasingly shifted from financial crisis and recession to slow growth or stagnation, causing some to dub the current era the Great Stagnation
 
The crisis wears on
Alex Callinicos
The world enters 2012 still in the grip of an economic crisis that, by increasingly common consent, is without precedent since the 1930s. Its basic contours haven’t changed since we delineated them in our last issue. On the one hand, the banks and consumers in the bulk of the two main zones of advanced capitalism (the United States and the European Union) are still loaded down with the debt accumulated during the credit boom of the mid-2000s and (in the case of the banks) with many of the losses they suffered when that boom collapsed in 2007-8.
 
Communist Union in Iraq (About us)
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Founded in 1998, the CUI established in the north of Iraq (Kurdistan Region). It is part of communist, socialist movements and part of struggle, political, social and class conflict to eliminate capitalism, slavery and private property of bourgeois. It aims to eliminate capitalism with the effort of worker classes and joint left and communist parties.
 
Losing” the World" -part 2
Noam Chomsky
In the years of conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” continued to mount elsewhere. In the past decade, for the first time in 500 years, South America has taken successful steps to free itself from western domination, another serious loss.
 
Losing” the World" -part 1
Noam Chomsky
Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated -- Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example. Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie ahead. Right now, in fact.
 
Theses on the “Arab Spring”
Gilbert Achcar
The gigantic upheaval that is shaking the entire Arab world since its initial tremors started in Tunisia on 17 December 2010 was determined by a long and deep accumulation of explosive factors: lack of economic growth, massive unemployment (the highest average rate of all world regions), widespread endemic corruption, huge social inequalities, despotic governments void of democratic legitimacy, citizens treated as servile subjects, etc.
 
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Losing” the World" -part 2

Noam Chomsky

Losing” the World" -part 1

Gilbert Achcar

Theses on the “Arab Spring”
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